rPlanet Earth Launches Mega PET Plant to Cut Carbon Footprint – rPlanet Earth Mega PET Plant Cut Carbon footprint

rPlanet Earth Launches Mega PET Plant to Cut Carbon Footprint – rPlanet Earth Mega PET Plant Cut Carbon footprint
The facility will make about 75 million pounds a year of two product types from 100 percent recycled PET.
rPlanet Earth Mega PET Plant Cut Carbon footprint

Arlene Karidis

A new plant owned and operated by green tech company rPlanet Earth will launch this August in Vernon, Calif., to make about 75 million pounds a year of two product types from 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The facility will produce forms to make both beverage containers and food packaging. And it will combine several processes normally done in a few facilities under one roof, cutting emissions and, potentially, cost for finished products.

rPlanet will make preforms for beverage containers, and it will make thermoforms for containers for produce, deli, bakery and other ready-to-eat foods.

Traditionally, PET bales have been sorted, ground and washed at one facility. From there, flake typically goes to another company that decontaminates it and turns it to pellet, bringing it to the Food and Drug Administration’s required specs, whether for food containers or bottles. Then, material would typically have gone to another location, either a plant to make preforms or a plant to make sheet for thermoforms, says Robert Daviduk, co-CEO of rPlanet Earth.

“These intermediate transportation steps create greenhouse gas emissions and mark up between facilities, adding to the cost of materials,” he says. “But we take the process from raw material through to preform or thermoform under one roof for the lowest carbon footprint possible.”

At rPlanet there are two paths. Along one path, the material is conveyed to a sheet extruder. From here, rPlanet can take sheet and convert it into thermoform in a separate machine that presses and molds it to make different forms for different applications.

“For preforms, it goes into an injection molding machine. So, the two paths enable us to make two different products,” says Daviduk.

The postconsumer bales of PET will be run through optical sorters to ensure that what comes out is 100 percent pure PET.

The plan is to prove out the first line and then install a second parallel line, both in the 300,000-square-foot Vernon plant. A later goal is to build three or four similar plants across the U.S., concentrated in the Midwest, Northeast/mid Atlantic, Southeast and Texas.

The company has secured a long-term supply of raw material with businesses that collect containers through deposit programs or curbside clients.

Developing the project was a five-year endeavor, from idea inception through design and planning, to setting up with equipment manufacturers, to installation.

“What we learned through the process is that we have a lower carbon footprint. And we learned different ways to take what are now manual paths to automate in order to make the plant efficient and increase output capacity,” says Daviduk.

Customers will be those in foodservice, retailers and possibly pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetic companies.

“They tend to have production facilities close to population centers, and we will focus near those population centers, where post-consumer PET is mainly generated. So, we will have a readily available supply and a nearby client base,” says Daviduk.

One key feature of the operation is optimization of the thermal process involving heat, which will reduce carbon footprint, saving energy.

“Other plants put flakes in a silo and transport it to buyers who heat it to melt it and extrude it to make plastic. But we are taking it out of the decontamination reactors and putting it directly into the manufacturing equipment that makes preforms and sheet,” says Eric Carlson, senior vice president of Woodard & Curran, who built and designed the system. “It comes out just below its melting point, so it’s not cooling and heating.” rPlanet Earth Mega PET Plant Cut Carbon footprint

He says there are several processes incorporated under one roof that have never before been done that way. rPlanet Earth Mega PET Plant Cut Carbon footprint

“There are boilers providing steam, compressors providing compressed air and cooling water to cool equipment [among functions],” says Carlson. “The flow of these utilities needs to be maintained without interruption. There are a lot of integrated workings to make this all happen.”

John Standish, technical director of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, says rPlanet will create a demand for enormous volumes of existing post-consumer bottles. Only 30 percent of PET in bottles and jars is recovered in the U.S. now.

“It is great that there are new companies coming online that will recycle PET bottles. But we need to be working as an industry in parallel to increase recovery of those bottles,” says Standish. “It starts with convincing consumers to put them in the recycling bin and encouraging communities to have the infrastructure.”

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Avantium to open pilot biorefinery; sights already set on commercial scale-up – Avantium open pilot biorefinery nonfood feedstock

Avantium to open pilot biorefinery; sights already set on commercial scale-up – Avantium open pilot biorefinery nonfood feedstock

Avantium open pilot biorefinery nonfood feedstock Avantium  Amsterdam  Netherlands

Province of Groningen awards €1.8 million subsidy for pilot plant in Delfzijl

Avantium N.V., a leading technology development company and forerunner in renewable chemistry, today announced that it will officially open a pilot biorefinery for its Zambezi technology in Delfzijl, Netherlands next month. Opening ceremonies will take place in Amsterdam on 10 July and in Delfzijl on 13 July.

Avantium develops novel technologies that use renewable carbon sources instead of fossil resources. The Delfzijl plant will pilot Avantium’s latest technology to convert plant-based non-food feedstock to high purity industrial sugars and lignin. The industrial sugars are used in chemistry and fermentation processes to produce a broad range of durable materials, while lignin is used in energy generation.

The province of Groningen is supporting the pilot biorefinery with a RIG (‘Regionale Investeringssteun Groningen’) subsidy of €1.8 million.

Tom van Aken, Chief Executive Officer of Avantium, said: “We are thrilled to open our pilot biorefinery, which will enable the use of non-food biomass, such as forestry residue, to make many products people use every day. This is a milestone in our work to support the transition to a circular economy, and we are already looking beyond the pilot phase. We have a consortium of partners committed to developing a commercial-scale plant.”

Avantium previously announced it had founded a consortium to develop an ecosystem for the biorefinery technology. The consortium consists of AkzoNobel, RWE, Staatsbosbeheer and Chemport Europe, each of which brings specific expertise for the planned commercial-scale biorefinery.

“We have gathered the right partners to tap into local expertise, utilities and infrastructure for the future commercial scale-up of our technology in the Netherlands,” said Van Aken. “Other potential partners around the world have also expressed interest in licensing our technology for local deployment, to make glucose from a wide variety of feedstocks.”

Gert-Jan Gruter, Chief Technology Officer of Avantium, said: “Glucose is a core building block for the transition towards a bio-based economy. We can replace all materials made from petroleum today with materials made from glucose. Our technology makes optimal use of already available agricultural and forestry residues.”

Patrick Brouns, regional minister of the province of Groningen, said: “We are happy to welcome Avantium to Delfzijl. They bring innovation, green chemistry and highly skilled jobs to the region and fit well with the existing local chemistry, energy and agricultural sectors and the knowledge institutions. With Chemport Europe we also support the future commercial-scale biorefinery in Delfzijl.”

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Ministry of Economy worsened the forecast for GDP growth for 2018-2019 – Russia Ministry Economy worsened forecast GDP growth

Ministry of Economy worsened the forecast for GDP growth for 2018-2019 – Russia Ministry Economy worsened forecast GDP growth

Russia Ministry Economy worsened forecast GDP growth MOSCOW ( MRC ) – The Ministry of Economy in a new macro forecast has worsened the dynamics of Russia’s GDP growth in 2018-2019, Kommersant reported citing a source in the government’s financial and economic bloc.

The forecast for GDP growth for 2018 was reduced from 2.1% to 1.9%, and in 2019 – from 2.2% to 1.4%. Among the reasons for revising the forecast is geopolitical uncertainty and decisions to raise VAT from 18% to 20% next year.Russia Ministry Economy worsened forecast GDP growth

The Ministry of Economy also forecasts higher inflation – 2.9-3.1% against 3.1% in the April version of the document. The forecast for the growth of real wages in 2018 is kept at 6.3%, and in 2019 – reduced from 1.3% to 1%.

Earlier it was noted that the Central Bank predicts the annual growth rate of Russian GDP at the level of 1.5-2% in the next three years.

As reported by MRC, last year’s GDP growth was 1.5%, which coincided with analysts’ expectations, but was below the government’s forecast (2.1%) and CB expectations (1.7% -2.2%).

And in the first quarter of 2018, Russia’s GDP grew by 1.3% compared to the same period in 2017.


Author:                Margarita Volkova

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US June PP contracts settle higher along with rising monomer costs – US June PP contracts monomer costs

US June PP contracts settle higher along with rising monomer costs – US June PP contracts monomer costs  

 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)–US June polypropylene (PP) contracts were assessed 8 cents/lb ($176/tonne) higher from May, tracking an equivalent rise in June propylene contracts.

US June PP contracts monomer costsThis marks the second consecutive month of increases, with PP contracts rising by a cumulative 13 cents/lb.
US PP contracts are generally formula-based and set at polymer-grade propylene (PGP) values plus an adder.

Price volatility is emerging as a major concern as domestic contracts have risen or fallen by 5 cents/lb or more in five of the first six months of the year.

Participants are also concerned about the possibility of demand destruction as June contract prices stand at a four-year high.

Demand had remained healthy following the jump in May contract prices, but the additional jump in June may encourage more buyers to shift to imports or to trim their operating rates as a means of coping with higher raw material costs.

PP end-users typically have only a limited ability to reflect increases in raw material costs onto their end-product prices, resulting in a high degree of price sensitivity. Manufacturers of caps and closures, a major end use for PP, often elect to import finished products from Asia rather than manufacture material domestically during periods of sharp rises in domestic prices.

Import prices have been heard in the market at 68-69 cents/lb DEL (delivered) for July delivery and at similar levels on a CFR (cost and freight) basis for July shipment. Buyers are hesitant to purchase cargoes for July shipment, as these would not arrive until August or September.

Margin expansion proposals of  3-5 cents/lb on top of existing monomer plus contracts remain on the table, although negotiations regarding these proposals are likely to be deferred until at least the next month following the large jump in monomer costs in June.

Margin expansion proposals for 2017 were ultimately unsuccessful as a strong run-up in monomer costs during the second half of the year made margin expansions untenable as US domestic prices became uncompetitive globally after a late year surge in monomer costs.

ICIS assessed June contracts for homopolymer PP injection at 78-82 cents/lb delivered in bulk US while contracts block copolymer PP were assessed at 79-83 cents/lb with the same terms.

Major US PP producers include Braskem, ExxonMobil, Formosa, INEOS, LyondellBasell and Total Petrochemicals.

Photo above by PhotoAlto/REX/Shutterstock

By Zachary Moore
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Paraxylene producers in Asia nominated July contract prices at the level of USD1,040-1,100 per tonne  – Paraxylene producers Asia July contract prices


Paraxylene producers in Asia nominated July contract prices at the level of USD1,040-1,100 per tonne – Paraxylene producers Asia July contract prices 

Paraxylene producers Asia July contract prices MOSCOW – Three major Asian paraxylene producers announced their contract prices for material for July supplies at USD1,040-1,100 per tonne, ICIS sources told the market on Wednesday.

Thus, the Japanese JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and South Korean S-Oil announced their July contract price of paraxylene at USD1,100 per tonne, CFR Asia, while South Korean SK Global Chemicals named its contract price at USD1,040 per tonne, CFR Asia

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the June contract prices of paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement.  According to them, the last agreed levels of paraxylene prices for June deliveries were at the level of USD960-1,040 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – a semi-product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , there are still no signs of a decline in spot prices on the Russian spot market of PET granules.  On the other hand, spot prices have reached anomalously high values ​​and the possibility of their further growth is unlikely.  Formal buyers of PET order for July increased volumes of granules within their contracts.


Author:   Margarita Volkova

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China’s Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical eyes commercial output at new CPL plant in August – China Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical new CPL plant

China’s Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical eyes commercial output at new CPL plant in August – China Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical new CPL plant 

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China Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical new CPL plant China’s Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical is expected to start commercial production at its new 200,000 mt/year caprolactam plant in Putian, in eastern China’s Fujian province, by August, after major construction work was completed earlier this week, industry sources with knowledge of the matter said Thursday.

Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical was unavailable for comment.

Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical, owned by Fujian Eversun Group, has phase two of the project at the same site currently underway. Once it gets completed in 2019, the company will add another 400,000 mt/year of caprolactam capacity, bringing its total capacity to 600,000 mt/year, sources said.

Caprolactam is primarily used in the production of nylon 6 fibres. Asian caprolactam was assessed at $2,120/mt CFR Far East Asia last Thursday.

–Frank Zeng, frank.zeng@spglobal.com

–Edited by Pankti Mehta, pankti.mehta@spglobal.com

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€566 billion and growing: the EU blue economy is thriving – EU blue economy European Commissioner Environment

€566 billion and growing: the EU blue economy is thriving – EU blue economy European Commissioner Environment  

The EU’s blue economy – all economic activities related to oceans, seas and coastal areas – is growing steadily, according to the EU’s first annual report on the blue economy.

With a turnover of € 566 billion, the sector generates € 174 billion of value added and creates jobs for nearly 3.5 million people.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: ‘The EU’s blue economy is consistently growing over the last decade and the potential for the future is promising. With investments in innovation and through responsible ocean management, integrating environmental, economic and social aspects, we can double the sector in a sustainable way by 2030.’

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: ‘Thanks to the scientific input provided by the Joint Research Centre we are able to track what drives the blue economy and how it is developing. This report will support policymakers and stakeholders in creating new business opportunities and managing the resources of oceans, seas and coastal resources in a sustainable manner.’

The blue economy represents all economic activities related to our oceans, seas or coastal areas.

It covers established sectors such as fisheries, shipbuilding and tourism as well as emerging industries, including ocean energy and biotechnology. In several EU member states, the blue economy has grown faster than the national economy in the last decade.

During the financial crisis, the blue economy proved more resilient in those member states, softening the effects of the downturn on coastal economies.

The report presents the current status and recent trends in the six established blue economy sectors in different EU Member States, to gain insight into where new opportunities and sustainable competitive advantage may be found.

The big five

The UK, Spain, Italy, France and Greece have Europe’s biggest blue economies. Spain accounts for one fifth of total employment, followed by Italy, the United Kingdom and Greece. Combined, these four Member States account for more than half of the total blue economy-related jobs.

Among the different sectors, that of the ‘living resources’ (i.e. fisheries, aquaculture and processing) has grown by 22% between 2009-2016. Increased sustainability, thanks to the EU common fisheries policy, plays an important role in this positive development.

Also the emerging sectors are booming. The biotechnology sector marks double-digit growth in member states such as Ireland, and employment in the offshore wind industry has jumped from 23.7 thousand in 2009 to 160 thousand in 2016, outnumbering employment of the EU fishing sector.

Key facts of the EU blue economy

• Turnover: EUR 566 billion;
• Gross value added blue economy: EUR 174.2 billion;
• Gross profit: EUR 95.1 billion;
• Gross profit margin: 16.8%;
• Employment: 3.48 million;
• 1.6% of EU’s total employment;
• Net investment: EUR 22.2 billion;
• Net investment to GVA: 29%;
• Average annual salaries: EUR 28.3 thousand
• Blue economy represents 1.3% of total EU GDP (2016)

By tracking the development of the blue economy subsectors, and examining the drivers behind, the Annual Report on the EU Blue Economy can help identify investment opportunities and provide direction for future policies, including ocean governance.

As such, this report – the latest in a series already covering the EU fishing fleet, the EU aquaculture sector and the EU fish processing sector – is a must read for any blue economy professional.

The report was prepared jointly by the JRC and the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).
Source: European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), JRC – Joint Research Centre

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Asia naphtha eases on supply flows; spot premiums slump – Asia naphtha supply flows spot premiums

Asia naphtha eases on supply flows; spot premiums slump – Asia naphtha supply flows spot premiums  

Source:ICIS News

Asia naphtha supply flows spot premiumsSINGAPORE (ICIS)–Asia’s naphtha prices have slumped on ample supply, as have spot premiums, with deep-sea cargo flows from the west set to rise, according to traders.

Open-spec naphtha prices stood at $637.75/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Japan for first-half August delivery at the close of trade on 26 June, little changed from the previous day.

Spot prices, however, have fallen by 8% compared with $696/tonne CFR Japan a month ago, according to ICIS data.

Market expectations of greater excess arbitrage flows from Europe and the Mediterranean weighed on sentiment.

This was reflected in recent end-user spot cargo purchases that fetched notably lower premiums than before.

Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical (FPCC) purchased around 100,000 tonnes of spot naphtha at a premium close to $5.00/tonne to its pricing formula for delivery to Mailiao.

In contrast, FPCC paid a premium of $7.00-9.00/tonne to its pricing formula for second-half July supplies.

In a similar vein, South Korea’s Yeochun NCC (YNCC) secured a total of around 125,000 tonnes of spot naphtha at a premium near $5.50/tonne to spot CFR (cost and freight) Japan quotes.

The premium level for first-half August delivery to Yeosu was down from the firm’s earlier purchase of second-half July supplies done at a premium near $10/tonne to spot CFR Japan quotes.

At the same time, YNCC is seeking, via a separate tender, term supplies for a 12-month period from September with discussions ongoing.

This coincides with easing premiums on the back of a well-supplied market.

“Naphtha is softening … because of weak western [and gasoline] markets,” a southeast Asia-based market source said.

Asia’s naphtha crack spread against prompt-month August ICE Brent crude futures stood at $74.20/tonne on 26 June, sliding from week-earlier levels at $77.40/tonne. The crack spread has since also slumped from above $80/tonne mark throughout the first-half of June.

Naphtha’s forward market structure or the intermonth time spread has also narrowed considerably, reflecting the softer market.

The spread between first-half August and first-half September stood at $6.00/tonne in backwardation. This backwardated spread was much wider at $16.00/tonne this time last month.

But the market is not expected to flip into a contango in the coming weeks, taking into account downstream petrochemical demand that is generally steady, according to market sources.

On deep-sea cargo flows, an estimated near 1.4m tonnes of naphtha from the west is estimated to potentially land in Asia in July, more than average monthly volumes of about 1.2m tonnes.

Picture: Singapore port (Photographer: JW Alker/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock)

By Melanie Wee
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Technical textiles to grow at 20%: Textile Commissioner – Technical textiles grow 20% Textile Commissioner

Technical textiles to grow at 20%: Textile Commissioner – Technical textiles grow 20% Textile Commissioner

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai

Technical textiles grow 20% Textile CommissionerThe technical textiles industry is projected to grow at 20 per cent year-on-year and the segment’s potential is largely untapped in the country, a senior government official said here.

“We see huge growth potential for the technical textile industry in India. With 12 segments of technical textiles and a market size of Rs 1,16,000 crore it is projected to grow 20 per cent per annum,” Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta said here.

Indiaonly accounts for 3 per cent of global technical textile production. As compared to countries like Germany where technical textile contributes 50-60 per cent, In India, this contribution is only 12 per cent, she said.

After inaugurating TECHNOTEX 2018 – an International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles jointly organised by FICCI, Gupta said that technical textiles are being promoted at the highest level by the government so that full potential of this critical segment could be realised.

She said that ministry needs the support of industry to promote usage of technical textiles.

Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, FICCI Textile Committeeand chairmanand managing director of Ginni Filaments in his welcome address said, “Government has special focus on technical textiles and has announced various flagship schemes and future looks promising. We want to pass on the benefits to the consumers.”

Nearly 168 exhibitors from 39 countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and USA are participating in Technotex. A total of 225 international buyers will be taking part in reverse buyer-seller meet and 7000 visitors are expected at the two-day event.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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