Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last week

The prices of styrene rose by USD30 per tonne in China last week   Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last week

Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last weekMOSCOW – Prices of imported styrene in China rose at the end of last week by USD30 per tonne against the background of growing consumer interest, ICIS reports.

The price proposals for July 6 for August deliveries were USD1380 per tonne, CFR China, while the prices for July were USD1410 per tonne, CFR China, which is USD30 per ton higher than the previous day.

Demand increased as soon as signs of an uptrend appeared. In addition, the margin in the polystyrene sector has also increased. As a result, a larger number of end users searched for additional spot volumes.

It was previously reported that the stocks of styrene monomer in the eastern region of China increased by 6.3% last week compared to last week, thus showing an upward trend for the fourth week in a row after falling to the lowest level since 2010 in early June . The total reserves of the material in the region were at the level of 62.4 thousand tons, which is 3.7 thousand tons higher than the level of the week ago.Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last week    Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last week  

Styrene is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, the total operating time of the PS at the capacities of Russian plants in May was 42.58 thousand tons.

Compared with May of last year, production of PS and styrene plastics in Russia decreased by 5%. Over the period January-May, the production of substations in Russia amounted to 216.42 thousand tons, which corresponds to the amount of operating time last year.

Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last week  Prices styrene rose USD30 tonne China last week  


Author:                Anna Larionova

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Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

Oakley and Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey   Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

Directa Plus, a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, has announced that Oakley, in collaboration with Bioracer, a designer and manufacturer of innovative, customised clothing for cycling teams and individuals as well as for other sporting activities, have launched the G+ Graphene Aero Jersey containing the company’s graphene-based products.

Unveiled today at the Eurobike 2018 trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the new jersey is designed to leverage the unique properties of Graphene Plus (G+) to dissipate heat from the rider’s body enabling them to focus less on the conditions around them and more on performance.Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

The company’s printed G+ planar thermal circuit distributes the heat generated by the body and dissipates it when needed to significantly improve the comfort of the wearer and enable riders to use less energy to regulate their body temperature, the manufacturer explains.Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

Fabrics treated with G+ are also electrostatic and bacteriostatic. These properties contribute to moisture management and have an anti-odour effect, and, if placed on the outside of the garment, G+ is said to reduce the friction with air and water to facilitate top sporting performance. In addition, Directa Plus’ production process is chemical-free, and its graphene-based products have been independently certified as non-toxic and non-cytotoxic.Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

“We are honoured that Oakley and Bioracer have launched the G+ Aero Jersey incorporating our Graphene Plus, which follows extensive lab and road testing. It is a significant endorsement of the strengths of our offer and, in particular, the thermal regulation abilities of our G+ planar thermal circuit,” said Giulio Cesareo, CEO of Directa Plus.Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

Oakley Bioracer launch G+ cycling jersey graphene based products

“Sportswear represents a substantial potential market for our G+ and we’re delighted to have added cycling clothing to our portfolio of G+-enhanced textiles for sport, which includes skiing, golf and athleisure. We congratulate Oakley and Bioracer on this launch – a first of its kind cycling garment – and look forward to expanding our relationship with them.”

Directa Plus is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets. Established in 2005, the company has a patented technology process and a portfolio of product and application patents. It produces its graphene-based products at its own factory in Lomazzo, Italy, with a scalable and exportable manufacturing model.

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Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET

Loop Industries introduces world’s first integrated upcycling process for PET   Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET 

by: Rick Lingle
Packaging SustainabilityRecyclingMaterials

Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET

As the next step in commercializing its Generation II technology, Loop Industries, Inc. (Terrebonne, Quebec) is designing a fully integrated manufacturing facility to upcycle waste PET and polyester fiber into virgin-quality Loop PET resin and polyester fiber. Loop is in the process of engaging engineering partners to complete the integrated design.

“A fully integrated start-to-finish process will soon exist to commercialize Loop’s innovative Generation II technology and help tackle the global plastic crisis,” says Daniel Solomita, CEO and Founder of Loop. “These facilities will make it possible for all forms of waste PET and polyester fiber, even ocean plastics that have been degraded by the sun and saltwater, to be fully recovered and upcycled into PET of the highest purity and performance quality.”Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET

Like many manufacturers, your shop floor operations may be challenged with inefficient processes, unpredictable downtime, and difficulties with machinery maintenance. A manufacturing execution system (MES) can help make the most of your shop floor’s capabilities, with tools that can identify under-performing and high-performance machines, and then optimize asset utilization accordingly.Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET  

This integrated innovation will join Loop’s proprietary depolymerization technology with advanced PET production processes, allowing plastic waste to be utilized as feedstock to produce Loop PET resin and facilitate the transition to a circular economy. The technology will take waste PET and polyester fiber that can include PET plastic bottles and packaging of any color, transparency or condition, and carpet and other polyester textiles that may contain colors, dyes or additives and separate the PET from all contaminants to produce virgin quality FDA-approved food-safe Loop PET resin and polyester fiber.

PLASTEC Minneapolis 2018 held October 31-November 1 is part of the Midwest’s largest advanced design and manufacturing event that also includes MinnPack brings you the latest in materials and additives, injection molding, rapid prototyping, coatings, automation, packaging and more. For details, visit PLASTEC Minneapolis.

This decouples plastic from fossil fuels by depolymerizing waste polyester plastic to its base building blocks of monomers that are then repolymerized to create virgin-quality polyester plastic that meets FDA requirements for use in food-grade packaging.

Strategic locations

“To encourage more recycling at the community level and reduce climate causing emissions, Loop facilities are planned to be optimally located adjacent to large population centers where ample feedstock can be found,” states Solomita.

This integrated manufacturing design will be the basis for Loop’s commercialization strategy, which is now the company’s focus in order to capitalize on its technology and respond to the demands of consumers, governments, non-governmental organizations and brand owners who have committed to ambitious sustainability targets.

Loop PQLoop Industries’ chief growth officer Nelson Switzer tells PlasticsToday, “we’re currently working with and in discussion with leading engineering firms to assist with some or many of the steps in the development of a chemical facility from basic engineering through to construction. We have not announced a completion date for selecting all partners.”Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET  

The source for the materials include are a variety of organizations and provider types from whom we source material and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, according to Switzer. “Examples are Municipal Recycling Facilities (MRFs) reclaimers, recyclers, processors, environmental services companies, manufacturers and more.

“Potential customers of Loop resin and polyester fiber include all users of PET resin and polyester fiber,” he notes. “For instance, these include water bottlers, textile and clothing manufacturers, consumer goods companies that package food, discretionary and cosmetic products and more.  The list is quite extensive.”Loop Industries world first integrated upcycling process PET  

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ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles

ALPLA and FROMM cooperate in PET recycling   ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles

ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottlesThe recycling plant Texplast GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of FROMM Plastics GmbH.

Collaboration in the German market enables complete recycling of PET plastics

– ALPLA, the Austrian packaging solutions specialist, and FROMM (Switzerland) have agreed on a collaboration in relation to PET recycling. Both companies operate recycling plants for PET bottles, thus ensuring the necessary supply of materials for their own production facilities.ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles

The goal of the collaboration between ALPLA and FROMM is the further optimisation of the already high recycling rates for PET as well as a significant reduction in CO2 emissions through saved transport. There are also further benefits for the partners, such as simplified access to markets in the respective countries.

‘The requirements at our production sites complement one another very well. At ALPLA, we mainly need clear, food-grade pellets. Fromm processes coloured flakes for the strapping bands,’ explains Georg Lässer, Head of Corporate Recycling Services at ALPLA. ‘The collaboration between our recycling facilities will ensure the necessary quantity and quality of materials for production for both sides.’ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles

‘The three recycling plants are integrated in various procurement markets and complement one another ideally in the procurement of raw materials,’ highlights Reinhard Fromm, owner of the family-run FROMM Group.ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles

Partners with complementary interests

The PET Recycling Team plants in Wöllersdorf (Austria) and Radomsko (Poland) are part of the ALPLA Group. These recycling facilities have an annual capacity of approximately 45,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET produced from post-consumer materials.

The PET recycling company Texplast in Wolfen (Germany) has been a subsidiary of FROMM Plastics GmbH since 2004. Texplast produces PET pellets and PET flakes. FROMM uses these for its own production of strapping bands and also supplies manufacturers of beverage bottles, thermoforming sheets and fibres.

The contract partners have agreed not to disclose the details of the cooperation. Further possibilities to extend the cooperation are to be explored.

More information: www.alpla.com, www.fromm-pack.com, www.texplast.de

About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies involved in plastic packaging. Around 19,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 176 sites across 45 countries. The high-quality packaging is used in a wide range of areas, including for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, engine oils and lubricants. ALPLA operates its own recycling plants: PET Recycling Team with two sites in Austria and Poland, and in the form of joint ventures in Mexico and Germany. ALPLA celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles

About FROMM and Texplast:
The FROMM Group is a leading global company producing load securement systems for the transportation of goods and has over 70 years of history. Over 1,200 employees develop, produce and distribute tailored packaging solutions for customers with around 40 companies across six continents. FROMM has production sites in Italy, Germany, USA, Thailand, Chile and Slovakia.
Texplast GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of FROMM Plastics GmbH in Kölleda. The company has almost 100 employees and, with an input capacity of over 50,000 tonnes of bottles per year, is one of the leading recyclers of rPET in Western Europe, in particular for used beverage bottles. Texplast produces flakes for applications in the plastics industry as well as pellets for the production of food packaging. FROMM specialises in strapping bands, air cushion packaging and stretch film, as well as the corresponding machinery and equipment.ALPLA FROMM cooperate PET recycling Texplast PET bottles


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Good supply used PET bottles Germany PET recyclers

Good supply of used PET bottles in Germany   Good supply used PET bottles Germany PET recyclers

Good supply used PET bottles Germany PET recyclers

There are no PET recyclers in Germany having a hard time sourcing material at the moment. A few were only accepting amounts under contract in June and were either turning away extra volumes or using the opportunity to cut prices, and were either turning away extra volumes or using the opportunity to cut prices, citing excellent supply with large amounts of mixed bales on offer. Recyclers had very high stocks across the board. Demand from Europe was helping to ease matters a little, though, EUWID sources said.

Flake and regranulate sales remain very healthy, not least thanks to jumps in the primary PET price on the spot market. Preform manufacturers were also buying much more regranulate, insiders added. Recyclers managed to raise prices slightly for both flakes and regranulate.

The full report on the German PET bottle market including the table with price changes appears in the new issue of EUWID Recycling and Waste Management on  11 July 2018. Online subscribers can already access the text here:

Post-Consumer PET Bottles Germany

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Faurecia take control 100% Parrot Automotive

Faurecia to take control of 100% of Parrot Automotive   Faurecia take control 100% Parrot Automotive

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Faurecia take control 100% Parrot AutomotiveFaurecia and Parrot have finalized a proposal concerning the take-over of 100% of Parrot Automotive by Faurecia, ahead of schedule.

This transaction underlines the importance of Parrot Automotive in Faurecia’s Cockpit of the Future strategy. It would accelerate the development of infotainment solutions based on the Android operating system by Parrot Automotive and the development of an open platform integrating the different connected systems and functionalities of the vehicle interior. This will facilitate the introduction of innovative and differentiating user experiences such as for postural and thermal comfort, immersive sound experience and new HMI solutions.

The transaction would be based on an enterprise value of € 100 million, identical to that used when Faurecia entered into the capital of Parrot Automotive in 2017.

This project is subject to consultation of the Parrot Automotive and Parrot SA Works Councils and to the agreement of the antitrust authorities. It would be closed during the third quarter of 2018.Faurecia take control 100% Parrot Automotive

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Faurecia has focused its technology strategy on providing solutions for smart life on board and sustainable mobility.  In 2017, the Group posted total sales of €20.2 billion and value-added sales of €17.0 billion. Faurecia is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is a component of the CAC Next 20 index. For more information, please visit www.faurecia.com

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Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market

Global automotive additive manufacturing market projected to be valued at $5.3 billion by 2023   Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market 

By: Stephen Moore
Automotive and Mobility

Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market Industry analyst firm SmarTech Publishing has issued a new report that examines the current market for automotive additive manufacturing (AM) market including prototyping and tooling applications while focusing specifically on production of final parts. In the new report, SmarTech expects the overall automotive additive manufacturing market to reach $5.3 billion in revenues in 2023 and then grow to an impressive $12.4 billion by 2028.

Automotive industry stakeholders worldwide are now racing toward full industrialization and integration of the AM process within their end-to-end production workflow, beginning with software and materials, passing through the actual AM hardware, and ending with services and a growing number of possible applications. 3D printing is thus well positioned to expand its use as the primary technology for automotive prototyping as well as tooling, while also establishing a stronger than ever opportunity for serial and mass customized part production.

The company’s third dedicated study of automotive AM expands coverage to consider the greater long term potential for additive manufacturing as a key production technology for the massive global automotive industry, paving the way to widespread adoption of both metal and polymer AM technologies. This comprehensive report includes:

Like many manufacturers, your shop floor operations may be challenged with inefficient processes, unpredictable downtime, and difficulties with machinery maintenance. A manufacturing execution system (MES) can help make the most of your shop floor’s capabilities, with tools that can identify under-performing and high-performance machines, and then optimize asset utilization accordingly.Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market

  • Ten-year 3D printing opportunity and market data forecasts in volume and value terms for automotive additive manufacturing. These cover hardware, materials, software, services and overall printed parts value.
  • Expanded market data to include key metrics at a country level, better capturing the regional attitudes towards introducing AM in the production workflow for prototyping, tooling and final parts.Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market
  • Complete lists and descriptions of key AM hardware and AM materials (both polymer and metal alloys) used in automotive AM, including upcoming production-ready technologies.Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market
  • Complete analysis of software used in the end-to-end automotive production cycle, in light of recent advanced in generative design software and PLM software solutions.Global automotive industry additive manufacturing market
  • The latest trailing twenty-four months activity and competitive analysis to reflect the rapidly evolving landscape in which major automakers, automotive tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers and “application agnostic” 3D printing service are finding new cost-effective solutions through AM adoption.
  • Complete and detailed analysis and forecast of the potential for final parts production through AMGlobal automotive industry additive manufacturing market

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Bad Iran Oil Situation Crude Oil prices 

  How Bad Is Iran’s Oil Situation?  Bad Iran Oil Situation Crude Oil prices 

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Bad Iran Oil Situation Crude Oil prices 

The U.S. government has continued its attempts to shut down Iran’s oil exports, and in recent days Iranian officials responded by threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz. Such an outcome is highly unlikely, but the war of words demonstrates how quickly the confrontation is escalating.

Oil prices spiked in late June when a U.S. State Department official said that countries would be expected to cut their imports of oil from Iran down to “zero.” The official also suggested that it would be unlikely that the Trump administration would grant any waivers.

This hard line stance fueled a rally in oil prices as the oil market was quickly forced to recalibrate expected losses from Iran, with a general consensus changing from a loss of around 500,000 bpd by the end of the year, to something more like 1 million barrels per day (mb/d), or even as high as 2.0 to 2.5 mb/d in a worst-case scenario in which all countries comply.

A loss of that magnitude would be hard to offset, even if Saudi Arabia decides to burn through all of its spare capacity.

That led to a dialing back of the rhetoric from the Trump administration, or so it seemed. A follow-up statement from the State Department suggested that the U.S. government would work with countries on a “case-by-case basis” to lower Iranian oil imports. High oil prices seemed to put pressure on Washington.

But for now, there is no policy shift. “I think there’s going to be very few waivers. That’s what we’re hearing all the time from officials across the administration. I think it’s a very strong policy decision,” Brenda Shaffer, an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, told Oilprice.com.

Time will tell, but early evidence suggests that the Trump administration is having success convincing top buyers of Iranian crude to curtail their purchases.

South Korea reportedly plans on zeroing out its imports of oil from Iran in August, according to Reuters. Sources told Reuters that Japan plans on buying oil from Iran for the next few months, but will likely come under pressure to cut imports as the November deadline approaches.

Iran managed to keep exports from being adversely affected in June, with volumes mostly unchanged, although higher condensate exports offset a decline in crude oil exports, according to S&P Global Platts. Export flows to Europe fell sharply as European refiners cut back, which is significant since Europe accounts for about a third of Iranian sales. South Korea, Japan and Taiwan bought more Iranian oil in June, offsetting the decline to Europe. But, as mentioned before, South Korea plans on eliminating those purchases later this summer.

The real battle will be convincing India and China to play along. India has reportedlyadvised its domestic refiners to prepare for a “drastic reduction or zero” imports from Iran. China, for now, remains in defiance of U.S. demands, and Beijing doesn’t recognize U.S. sanctions on Iran.

The European Union, which still hopes to keep alive the nuclear deal with Iran, had initially hoped to shield Iran from the worst effects of U.S. sanctions. The foreign ministers of the UK, China, France, Germany and Russia held talks on July 6 with Iran’s foreign minister in an effort to keep the nuclear accord alive. But that will only be possible if Iran can receive the benefits of the deal, which includes exporting oil. The group of world powers hope to put together an economic package that helps Iran enough to keep Iran in compliance with the nuclear deal.

But it will be a difficult task since European companies are walking away from Iran even as their governments insist they will support their investments. “What I hear from oil and gas companies, no one is taking a risk from being cut off from the U.S. financial market. So I think there’s a really big gap between what foreign governments are saying and what companies are saying,” Brenda Shaffer of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service said. She cited the case of Total SA, the French oil giant that pulled out of Iran despite assurances from European governments that they would be protected from U.S. sanctions.

All of that is to say that by all accounts, a significant chunk of Iranian oil exports will be interrupted over the second half of this year. The economic pain will add even more pressure on a government that is already struggling with an increasingly restive populace.

One other thing to keep an eye on are the protests underway in Iran. “The demonstrations taking place in Iran are very very serious, and many of them right now are focused in the oil producing areas. Over the weekend there were incredible demonstrations in Abadan, which is like the heartland of Iranian oil production,” she said. “So we might have two things going on, which is not just the limitations on the exports, but they might have some serious production problems if these demonstrations continue to escalate. I think that is something that is completely realistic.” Bad Iran Oil Situation Crude Oil prices 

Either way, as oil exports start to feel the pinch, Iran’s back could be against the wall. Iranian officials said this week that they might block the Strait of Hormuz if their oil exports are blocked. “Around 17 million barrels per day or 35 percent of all seaborne oil exports pass through the strategic waterway and, needless to say, such a move would propel oil prices well into triple figures,” Stephen Brennock, oil analyst at PVM Oil Associates, said in a research note.

“A blockade of this transport route would thus have dramatic consequences for global oil supply and an impact on prices that is almost impossible to put into figures,” Commerzbank wrote in a note.

Iran has threatened this before and the recent statements are likely a bit of bluster. Such a drastic move would not only provoke a response, likely from the U.S. Navy, but it would also be self-defeating since much of Iran’s trade also goes through the Strait. “The country that would suffer the most from the Strait of Hormuz being cut off would be Iran. It’s a muted threat. Because it’s like ‘I’m going to threaten my trade if you don’t allow my trade,’” Shaffer said.

By Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com

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Italy joint-venture Indorama Clivati closed Ottana plant

Italy – The joint-venture between Indorama and Clivati closed the plant last year by firing the 60 employees – Ottana Polimeri workers write to the Minister of Labor Di Maio  Italy joint-venture Indorama Clivati closed Ottana plant
The joint venture between Indorama and Clivati closed the plant last year by firing the 60 employees, who now turn to the Minister of Labor.

I lavoratori di Ottana Polimeri scrivono a Di Maio

La joint-venture tra Indorama e Clivati ha chiuso l’impianto l’anno scorso licenziando i 60 addetti, che ora si rivolgono al Ministro del lavoro.

Source : Polimerica

Italy joint-venture Indorama Clivati closed Ottana plantRiceviamo e pubblichiamo integralmente la lettera pubblica inviata dai lavoratori di Ottana Polimeri al Ministro del Lavoro e dello Sviluppo economico Luigi Di Maio dove ripercorrono la storia dell’azienda e chiedono di aprire un tavolo al Ministero con i vertici dell’azienda. 
I firmatari ci hanno inviato la missiva, chiedendo di pubblicarla. “E’ un appello al ministro, ma anche una richiesta affinché l’Italia torni ad essere protagonista nel mercato del PET, riavviando l’unico impianto presente in Italia per la produzione di questo bene”, scrivono nella loro richiesta.

Ill.mo Ministro del Lavoro e dello Sviluppo Economico Dott. Luigi Di Maio

Chi le scrive sono i lavoratori ex Ottana Polimeri, per sottoporle la situazione e la vertenza che ci vede espulsi dalla nostra fabbrica dal Settembre 2017. Nel 2015 inviammo una lettera aperta al Presidente Renzi, rimasta lettera morta, senza alcun riscontro.

Ottana Polimeri è l’ultima società in ordine di tempo di ciò che fu la chimica di Stato a Ottana; il nostro impianto è nato negli anni 70’ sotto il controllo dell’ENI e negli anni 90′ ha conosciuto una ”selvaggia” privatizzazione, operando uno “spezzatino” degli impianti e delle produzioni, ceduti a diverse società ; La produzione del PET è uscita sempre indenne da chiusure e delocalizzazioni, tanto che fino al 2014 era l’unico impianto di produzione del PET in Italia e lo è tutt’ora.

Il PET è la materia prima delle bottiglie di plastica principalmente usate per l’acqua minerale e contenitori alimentari; una produzione che in tutta Europa è crescente, florida e in continua espansione. Per circa 18 anni e fino al 2010 il nostro impianto è stato di proprietà della multinazionale Dow Chemical Company, che lo ha ammodernato, anche grazie a 100milioni di euro di cui 36mil di fondi pubblici, e reso alla massima capacità produttiva.

Nel 2010 a causa degli alti costi energetici nel sito industriale di Ottana, la multinazionale Dow è andata via da Ottana, cedendo gli impianti proprio al gestore della centrale termoelettrica Paolo Clivati in joint-ventures con la multinazionale thailandese Indorama, attiva anch’essa nel mercato del PET. Da allora nel giro di 4 anni gli impianti hanno prodotto alla massima capacità (180.000 tonn.); dal 2012 è invece iniziata la cassa integrazione per crisi aziendale ed infine la fermata definitiva degli impianti. Dal 2014 non abbiamo più notizie di Indorama, che nel frattempo ha continuato la propria espansione in Europa (Spagna, Portogallo, Olanda, Polonia, Lituania) e in Medio Oriente (Turchia, Egitto).

Inutile dire che in questi 4 anni noi operai abbiamo sensibilizzato in tutti modi la politica Regionale e Nazionale, perché fossero convocati urgentemente Indorama e Clivati ad un tavolo tecnico per sapere che fine avrebbero fatto gli impianti e la loro possibilità di riavvio; tutto questo fino a Settembre 2017, infine hanno definitivamente chiuso la partita licenziando tutti gli operai, ma non mettendo in vendita gli impianti, quindi non concedendo a nessuna altra azienda di rilevarli.

Siamo quindi a chiederle, Egr. Sig. Ministro, di prendere in mano la situazione. Qui siamo di fronte alla più squallida e miserabile delocalizzazione, fatta sulla pelle di 400 famiglie da un gruppo industriale che ha distrutto e devastato il lavoro in una intera area , tutto questo però dopo aver preso milioni e milioni di soldi pubblici. Ci rivolgiamo a Lei, affinché convochi d’urgenza il gruppo Indorama-Clivati affinchè si trovi una soluzione dignitosa.

I nostri impianti di Ottana, come già detto sono nuovi di zecca, costruiti e revampati nel 2007, con le migliori tecnologie e maestranze altamente qualificate presenti sul territorio nazionale. Tecnici in larga parte giovani, preparati e professionali. Lei signor Ministro deve scongiurare ciò che ogni giorno sembra avvicinarsi, e cioè la rottamazione di un impianto efficiente e finanziato dalla collettività. O il loro trasferimento o vendita in altri siti industriali, magari dello stesso gruppo Clivati/indorama.

Vorremmo ricordare che la cessione degli impianti da parte della multinazionale Dow Chemical è avvenuta sostanzialmente a costo zero per gli attuali proprietari.

Essendo il nostro l’unico impianto in Italia per la produzione PET, in una zona (il centro Sardegna), ormai completamente deindustrializzata e in ginocchio, tale patrimonio può essere considerato strategico per l’Italia e messa sotto tutela dal suo Ministero. Il nostro territorio ha infatti perso oltre 3.500 posti di lavoro nella chimica, 1.500 nel tessile e tanti altri nelle manutenzioni e servizi.

Il giusto e forte impegno del Governo, delle Regioni e della politica per Alcoa, per Ilva e varie, in nome della strategicità nazionale delle produzioni di Alluminio ed Acciaio non vale per il PET? I paesi dove Indorama si è insediata hanno messo il tappetino rosso per l’arrivo di investimenti e la difesa dei posti di lavoro.

I lavoratori non chiedono elemosine o assistenza, chiedono un impegno forte e serio per creare le condizioni di un rilancio dell’industria ad Ottana, che sia con le produzioni tradizionali (che comunque hanno un grande mercato) o con quelle verdi o bio che si voglia (che comunque vanno in miscela con il PET) poco importa. Questo territorio ha bisogno non di tamponi, ma di uno sviluppo robusto, di veri posti di lavoro, non solo di cantieri temporanei (che sono comunque i benvenuti).

Quello che Le vorremmo chiedere è l’impegno a portare rapidamente ad un tavolo governativo la multinazionale Indorama, per verificare le necessità e le possibili condizioni di una ripartenza degli impianti. Se Indorama dovesse manifestare la volontà di non riprendere le produzioni, Le chiediamo di ricercare subito soluzioni alternative, a partire dai soggetti industriali italiani (Eni per prima), chiedendo agli attuali gestori di cedere gli impianti alle stesse condizioni a cui li hanno ricevuti.

Le chiediamo di agire subito, il prima possibile, e di dare un riscontro chiaro e inequivocabile del suo interessamento a noi e alle nostre famiglie. La fine del nostro ammortizzatore è purtroppo vicina…

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