Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia

Sabic lowered the August contract price of MEG for Asia by USD25 per tonne    Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia 

Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia MOSCOW – Sabic, the largest Saudi petrochemical company, has lowered the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to supply material to the Asian market in August at USD25 per tonne in relation to supplies in July, ICIS source in the company said.

Thus, the contract prices of the company’s MEG for July deliveries to Asia will be at the level of USD1,080 per tonne, CFR Asia.Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia

The continued depreciation of the Chinese yuan against the US dollar weakened consumer interest from the second half of June, putting downward pressure on MEG prices.

Earlier it was reported that Sabic had lowered the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for supplies of material to the Asian market in July at USD45 per tonne compared to the June price level to USD1,105 per tonne, CFR Asia.Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , the situation in the Russian injection molded PET market changed sharply in July.Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia

The downward price trend in the domestic spot market of PET granules this week has intensified against the backdrop of a decline in peak demand for Russian granules.Sabic lowered August contract price MEG Asia

The material prices of Chinese plants are going down for the fifth week in a row. The upper limit of the spot prices of the Ecopet plant for a lot of 20 tons dropped to 150,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

According to unofficial information, the Kaliningrad plant concluded a spot deal for the sale of 700 tons of PET at a price of 133500 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT. The plant still has some free July volumes.

Sabic is a diversified company producing chemical products, industrial polymers, fertilizers and metals. It is the largest state company in Saudi Arabia.

Sabic is currently the world’s second largest producer of ethylene glycol, the third largest producer of polyethylene, the fourth largest producer of polypropylene.

Sabic reduced its net profit last year by 7% to SR23.43 billion (Saudi reais), which is equivalent to USD6.24 billion, as the average price of sold products and the increased sales volumes decrease.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

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USA China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry

USA China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry

The trade war has escalated impacting the plastics industry.

USA China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry100 types of plastic products, materials and equipment from China are included on the 10 July lists of goods that will be taxed. The list represents an approximate value of $200bn (€172bn) worth of Chinese goods. The list includes flexible tubes, pipes, hoses, PVC and other plastic tiles, flooring, furniture, bags and boxes, building products, luggage, plastic machinery and moulds.US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

Import taxes were also imposed on steel and aluminium from Canada, the European Union and Mexico earlier this year. The U.S. plastics industry relies on steel and aluminium imports to manufacture goods so these sanctions will also impact the plastics industry.

The Trump administration justifies the trade sanctions against China to protect US national security and intellectual property, and to reduce the U.S. trade deficit.

Trump and many others accuse China of unfair commercial practices.

China’s unfair commercial practices

  • exporters receive export tax rebates and export subsidies;
  • exporters receive subsidies for the construction of plants and the purchasing of equipment;
  • exporters receive subsidies to cover start up losses and training costs;
  • local and national governments finance start ups;
  • China doesn’t respect quality and safety guidelines leading to lower production costs;
  • strict control of the Chinese currency leads to an under evaluated currency making Chinese exports even cheaper;
  • intellectual property rights & piracy – China copies almost everything;
  • corruption: China bribes its way through (ex: How China accesses natural resources in Africa);
  • child labour and inhumane working conditions.

China’s unfair commercial practices results in

  • Chinese Trade Surplus with the US;
  • many US jobs go to China because of cheap labour and low production costs;
  • China has a huge cashflow and buys many US assets.

China is not the only one to blame for this distorted situation. US and the rest of the world have accepted a lot from China under the so-called “free trade” fairy tale.

Many US companies benefit from cheap labour and low production costs by running operations in China and importing cheap Chinese goods.

We’ve all heard the smartphones stories: child labour, cheap production costs, high margins and trillions of profit.US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

Trump reminds us of the bad guy in the “Back to the Future” trilogy; Mad Dog Tannen. Many believe China needs to be stopped before it disrupts Western democracies like the oil crisis in the 1970s.US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

Trump could be the right guy to win this trade war against China because he doesn’t really care about the consequences. His attention span is close to the one of the goldfish so he doesn’t really bother about the details.US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

One may ask the following questions. How far will this escalate and who will give in first? Will Trump push China into a corner and force it to capitulate? Will this be the ultimate power test for China? US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

Will China come out as a winner or will it be domesticated by Trump? Will a trade war lead to social unrest in China?US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

What about the rest of the World? Japan is an ally of the US and their relationship with China has not always been “romantic”. India lives in the shade of China and could benefit from a weaker China. Turkey could also inherit some Chinese business.

What about Europe? Was it not Kissinger who said: Who do I call if I want to call Europe? The president of the EU Commission, Juncker, is not always sober. UK will be removed from the EU equation because of Brexit.US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

Merkel has been long enough in power to have burnt her wings regarding European foreign policies. Spain is in a political crisis between corruption scandals and separatism. Italy has an extreme right political party in power. Greece was transferred to the bankers. That’s about it.US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

Will Mad Dog Tannen bluff his way through a trade war, domesticating China a little bit more? Will the trade war have a long lasting negative impact on the plastics industry or will the industry adapt, modernise and become more lean and agile? Or Will the trade war just fade away?US-China Trade War will Impact Plastics Industry  

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AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

Plastic-metal composite and alternatives to PA 6.6 in focus for lightweight construction  AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

Akro-Plastic offers up substitute for nylon 6/6

AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

Plastic-metal composite and alternatives to PA 6.6 in focus for lightweight construction

Polyamide 6.6 compounds have limited availability in the market due to the shortage of raw materials that has existed for years, and prices are rising steadily.  Therefore, AKRO-PLASTIC has set itself the task as an attractive alternative to modify a PA 6 so that it achieves comparable properties to a PA 6.6.

The new development of AKRO-PLASTIC with regard to a PA 6.6 substitution is called AKROMID® B +.  Reinforced with 50% glass fibers, this compound is conditioned and reaches the same strengths at 80 ° C as a conditioned PA 6.6 GF50 (115 MPa breaking stress).  The stiffness of the conditioned material is also almost at the level of PA 6.6.  “Our new polymer-modified PA 6-type is priced between PA 6.6 and PA 6 and therefore offers considerable savings potential,” says Thilo Stier, Head of Innovation and Sales at AKRO-PLASTIC.AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

A portfolio of 30 to 50% glass-reinforced AKROMID® B + compounds is available for sampling, with a 60% fiber grade coming soon.  “We will present the first components made of the new material and complete material values ​​such as aging and conditioning to our visitors at our booth,” adds Stier.AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

For some time now there has been a development partnership with the company Plasmatrat with regard to material development with regard to plastic-metal composite.  The resulting AKROMID® PST creates a tensile shear strength of well over 50 MPa in combination with stainless steel, for example.  “After intensive development of these compounds, we now have excellent adhesion to aluminum.  This is above 30 MPa with an overlap area of ​​12.5 x 25 mm.  In some aluminum variants, tensile shear failure causes fracture in the aluminum and not in the adhesion surface (see Figure 1), “explains Cyprian Golebiewski, Head of Application Engineering at AKRO-PLASTIC.

As an alternative to hydrolysis-stabilized polyamide, the compounder with AKROMID® A3 GF 30 4 L black (4678) presents a new material with outstanding mechanical properties and resistance to hydrolysis.  The blend of PA 6.6 and PP provides excellent hydrolyzing properties.  The proportion of PA 6.6 is significantly reduced here, and the material is also density-optimized, thus offering an additional weight advantage.

BIO-FED, a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH based in Cologne, produces and markets biodegradable and / or bio-based plastics under the M ∙ VERA® brand.  In order to meet the legal requirements, inter alia in France and Italy, BIO-FED offers compounds with a correspondingly high proportion of renewable raw materials (bio-based carbon content above 40%) and variable end-of-life scenarios such as OK compost INDUSTRIAL, OK compost HOME and OK biodegradable SOIL, which will also be presented to the German-speaking trade audience at the Fakuma.

Also based in Niederzissen, AF-COLOR is, as a further branch of AKRO-PLASTIC, the specialist for color and additive masterbatches.

It informs trade fair visitors about new chemical blowing agents for use in thin-walled packaging applications, which are produced in the multi-layer production process or used in technical-constructive applications. AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

In addition, AF-COLOR will introduce its new additive portfolio for PET packaging applications.AKRO-PLASTIC Fakuma 2018 Plastic metal composite alternatives PA 6.6

You will find AKRO-PLASTIC at the Fakuma 2018 together with its branches AF-COLOR and BIO-FED and the sister company KD Feddersen at the joint stand in hall B2, 2209.

Source: AKRO-PLASTIC

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BioEconomy LCA Life Cycle Assessment Bioplastics

European Commission, European Environment Agency and EU Universities on BioEconomy, LCA and Bioplastics     BioEconomy LCA Life Cycle Assessment Bioplastics

 BioEconomy LCA Life Cycle Assessment BioplasticsThe following presentations were given during a Bioeconomy Conference in Brussels in June 2018

The conference served as a platform to present and discuss the considerations emerging from the study “Bioeconomy: Support to Policy for Research and Innovation”.

The overall objective of the study Bioeconomy: Support to Policy for Research and Innovation is to provide a range of new information and analyses on three distinct but related topics comprising:

  • Full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of case studies comparing bio-based with fossil based products
  • EU  success stories, with insights on the bio-based sector and the investment potential it offers
  • Top emerging bio-based products, their properties and industrial applications

PRESENTATIONS

  • European Environment Agency

The circular economy and the bioeconomy – Partners in sustainability

  • Utrecht University

Life Cycle Assessments of seven innovative bio-based products

  • European Commission

Plastics LCA – challenges and knowledge gaps

  • University of Bologna

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French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

French to develop EPS Recycling Scheme   French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene 

French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

French to develop EPS Recycling Scheme (c) Jon Larson

Two French companies and two national industry associations have joined forces to launch a polystyrene recycling system as part of France’s contribution to the EU’s Circular Economy plans. According to estimates, some 110,000 t of PS-based packaging is placed on the market annually across the country.

The partners in the venture – energy and petrochemicals group Total, building materials producer Saint-Gobain, the recyclers association Citeo and dairy products group Syndifrais – are currently studying the technical and cost feasibility of their scheme, with an eye to launching it up to 2020. Other players in the PS and recycling fields may join the project at a later date.French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

Citeo, the recycling group formed in 2017 through a merger of French national packaging waste company Eco Emballages with Ecofolio, will have responsibility for sorting and preparing the collected waste material for recycling, while Syndifrais will evaluate the technical findings to improve the plastic products and facilitate their reuse. The project will also seek to identify uses for the recyclate.French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

As its contribution, Total will utilize the recycling technology it successfully tested last year to produce 4,000 t/y of virgin quality PS containing at least 20% recyclate at its plants in Carling, France, and Feluy, Belgium, by 2019. Input material will be drawn from the French household collection system.French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

Through its subsidiary Placoplatre, Saint-Gobain is already participating in circular economy initiatives. Placoplatre collects discarded EPS at construction sites and reuses the material in its own production. The company based in Brittany also hopes to use the waste to produce higher quality insulation material containing a recycled component.

Earlier this year, France introduced its circular economy road map under the name Feuille de route pour l’économie circulaire (FREC) and set itself the goal of recycling 100% of plastics waste by 2025.French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

At present, the country recycles only 22% of such waste, which is well below the European average.v

Earlier this month, 55 companies and associations working in France, including producers and consumers of packaging and those active in the building and automotive industries, signed a voluntary commitment to use altogether 275,000 additional t of recycled plastics up to 2025.French develop EPS Recycling Scheme polystyrene

Authors

Dede Williams, Freelance Journalist

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Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry

Textiles: paying for polyester protection   Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

 BR RESEARCH

Adaptability holds paramount importance in today’s continuously evolving consumer landscape. After all, the customer knows best and any production incompatible with those wishes will simply fail to make its mark.

Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry

While the textile industry has faced a lot of problems including a high cost of production and an overvalued currency, the lack of product diversification is one that has made Pakistan’s products out-dated and at the risk of becoming irrelevant in the modern space.

Much has been written about it in this space (Read: Changing trends in textiles and Textile: Evolving consumer preferences) and the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) recently released third quarterly report has a special section dedicated to the importance of synthetic textiles for sustaining export growth momentum.

Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry

Pakistan continues to have a pre-dominantly cotton based textile industry while the share of cotton in global fibre consumption has sharply declined from 70 percent more than fifty years ago to 27 percent in 2016.Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

The country’s fibre mix is still 80:20 in favour of cotton while according to the report only 25 percent of Pakistan’s spinning machines are using man-made fibres (MMF) to produce blended yarn.Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

On the other hand, our neighbours China, India and Bangladesh and other Asian countries including Vietnam and Cambodia together account for more than 80 percent of global polyester staple fibre (PSF) and have become the major players in synthetic textile exports.

Granted, Pakistan does not have an established chemical industry to aid in the production of textile polymers. But as the central bank points out, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia import MMFs fibres, yarns and fabrics to produce and export synthetic garments. In fact Vietnam is the second biggest exporter of synthetic textile to the US after China.Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

So why has Pakistan been left so far behind the curve? The answer lies in illogical policies pertaining to duty imposition (Read: Illogical protectionist measures) leading to what the SBP correctly terms as anti-export bias.

Both purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and PSF have enjoyed high duty protection with a 25 percent duty imposed way back in late nineties.Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

After this the share of MMFs in Pakistan’s textile product mix steadily declined even though the duty structure has been somewhat relaxed since then.

Moreover, as the central bank points out the tariff liberalisation has not been uniformly applied to finished products which have more protection compared to raw materials including tow and fibres.Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

What this has done is tilt Pakistan’s imports towards fibres in stark contrast to regional peers including Vietnam and Cambodia who import full spectrum of synthetic textiles as illustrated by the figure.Textiles paying polyester protection textile industry 

But even fibres are being subject to high tariff rates as compared to regional peers supposedly to provide protection to the domestic polyester industry.

The government has kept the customs duty at 7 percent in favour of local manufacturers while exporters are paying 11 percent customs duty, as well as 5 percent regulatory duty, on the import of filament yarn.
But at what cost? According to the National Tariff Commission’s (NTC) determination of anti-dumping duty on PSF, the lion’s share of the production is held by Ibrahim Fibers Limited (55%) and ICI Pakistan Limited (29%). Production by both companies for FY17 clocked in at 290,697 and 121,929 tons respectively. But industry stakeholders argue this production only meets a small part of overall fiber consumption in the country.

The Pakistan Yarn Merchants Association (PYMA) believes that for polyester FDY yarn (HS. Code 5402.4700) the local production amounts to only 3 percent and the remaining is imported. Similarly, polyester DTY’s (HS Code 5402.3300) local production amounts to only 25 percent of the required needs of the weaving industry whereas the rest again needs to be imported. This raises some important questions. Firstly if the local supply is unable to meet the required demand what is the purpose imposing an anti-dumping duty? Secondly, as the SBP pertinently points out if after adding all these duties and tariff barriers what is the point if the domestic industry fails to flourish?

As this newspaper has commented before and the SBP has reiterated in its report, the government should reconsider protectionist policies for polyester fibre and filaments if Pakistan’s textile sector is to catch up in the race of shifting towards synthetic fibres.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2018
SourceBusiness Recorder

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Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

TPE portfolio for automotive and consumer applications expanded  Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

Outstanding processing, adhesion and surface properties

KRAIBURG TPE is highlighting its market-driven and customer-oriented development expertise at the 26th International Trade Fair Fakuma held from October 16 to 20, 2018 at Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center.Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

In addition to current applications for its thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), the company – at Booth 5303 in Hall B5 – will also be showcasing two advanced new material series that provide excellent properties for automotive interior and consumer applications.

“Fakuma is the largest trade fair specializing in plastics processing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),” emphasizes Franz Hinterecker, CEO of KRAIBURG TPE.

“With our comprehensive materials expertise, sound knowledge of the market and consistently close customer relations, we’ll be offering visitors to the fair a comprehensive demonstration of competence covering every aspect of thermoplastic elastomers.”

New compounds for soft-touch automotive interior applications

Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

With FG/SF, the new THERMOLAST® K series and latest innovation for the automotive industry, KRAIBURG TPE is expanding its portfolio in this growing market segment.

The series comprises several compounds in the Shore A hardness range between 50 and 80 with excellent surface properties for automotive interior parts – properties that include reliable adhesion to polypropylene and good abrasion resistance.

The materials can be processed at relatively low pressures. Along with the standard black and natural colors, customer-specific colors are also available.
The new FG/SF compounds also comply with all common OEM standards for components used in automotive passenger compartments in relation to emission and smell as well as UV-resistance.Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

The target applications range from floor mats and anti-slip mats with complex geometry that require enhanced surface quality to decorated surfaces and functional parts with a pleasantly soft touch, such as thumb wheels and switches.

FDA-compliant TPEs for multi-component applications with PA

The new compounds in the FC/AD/PA THERMOLAST® K series are aimed at manufacturers in the consumer and food industries.

These materials have been developed specifically for food contact and feature excellent adhesion to polyamides. The natural-colored compounds are available in hardness degrees ranging from 40 to 80 Shore A.Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

They are not only characterized by easy processing and colorability, but also by high tensile strength and elongation at break.Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

This makes the TPE family particularly suitable for a wide range of applications with direct food and mouth contact such as container and packaging seals, and parts of kitchen utensils and tableware.Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications

Other applications include sports items and cosmetics, as well as seals for hearing aids.

Diversity through specialization

The applications with thermoplastic elastomers that are being showcased range from motor vehicle window profiles to consumer goods, to e-mobility applications, to electrosurgical instruments and a new mascara container.
From October 16 to 20, at Booth 5303 in Hall B5, visitors to Fakuma will be able to have detailed technical discussions and interviews with the manufacturer’s market and materials experts about the wide range of potential applications provided by the company’s TPE solutions.Kraiburg TPE portfolio automotive consumer applications
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Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

ALPLA: Michael Heyde, Head of Recycling Technology.

ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG

On 2 July Michael Heyde joined the Aus­trian packa­ging pro­ducer ALPLA as head of recy­cling tech­no­logy. The 58-year-old spe­cia­list in recy­cling and the cir­cular eco­nomy will focus on the expan­sion of recy­cling capa­ci­ties at ALPLA.

Heyde is a reco­gnised expert in the deve­lop­ment of new areas of app­li­ca­tion for post-consumer recy­cled plastics. He has exten­sive expe­ri­ence acting as an inter­face bet­ween the waste manage­ment industry and the packa­ging industry. ‘The esta­blish­ment of a centre of exper­tise for recy­cling tech­no­logy at ALPLA is now recei­ving a boost. With Michael Heyde, we will make a decisive impact on the global deve­lop­ment of recy­cling capa­ci­ties. In doing so, we want to expand our pre­vious focus on PET to include HDPE and clo­sures,’ says Dietmar Marin, head of the ISBM and recy­cling busi­ness unit.

Suc­cessful invol­ve­ment at Der Grüne Punkt
Heyde recently served as head of pro­duct and pro­cess deve­lop­ment at Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutsch­land GmbH.Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

His respon­si­bi­li­ties par­ti­cu­larly included pro­cess deve­lop­ment for closed-loop sys­tems and the deve­lop­ment of recy­cled mate­rials for the group’s pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties.Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

Expe­ri­enced recy­cling spe­cia­list
After com­ple­ting his stu­dies in mechanical/process engi­nee­ring at the Tech­nical Uni­ver­sity of Munich, Heyde began his career as a rese­arch asso­ciate at the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute for Pro­cess Engi­nee­ring and Packa­ging in Frei­sing.Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

There, he advanced to head of sys­tems ana­lysis, where his work included the deve­lop­ment of methods for the pre­pa­ra­tion of pro­duct life cycle assess­ments. He earned his PhD from the Tech­nical Uni­ver­sity of Berlin in the sub­ject of food sci­ence and bio­tech­no­logy in 1998. A year later, the engi­nee­ring sci­en­tist took over as head of tech­no­logy at Der Grüne Punkt. Since then, he has made a signi­fi­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the deve­lop­ment of recy­cling manage­ment for packa­ging in Ger­many through various roles within the Duales System Hol­ding group.

More infor­ma­tion about ALPLA: www.alpla.com

About ALPLA:
ALPLA is one of the leading companies in plastic packaging. Around 19,300 employees worldwide produce custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and moulded parts at 176 sites across 45 countries.Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

ALPLA also operates recycling plants at three locations with an annual capacity of 65,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET. 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 celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion for edi­tors:
ALPLA, Alex­andra Dittrich (PR and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), Tele­phone: +43 (0)5574 602 1083, email alexandra.dittrich@alpla.com
Pzwei. Pres­se­ar­beit, Werner F. Sommer, Tele­phone: +43 (0)699 1025 4817, email werner.sommer@pzwei.at Recy­cling expert Michael Heyde ALPLA recy­cling tech­no­logy

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Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

Uflex develops Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film for Indian Space Research Organization  Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRONoida (India): Impressed by the wide range of polymeric films that Flex Films manufactures and the associated R&D capabilities that the company is globally recognized for, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had approached the company earlier in September 2017 with a requirement of specialized film for passive thermal control of spacecraft components.


Flex Films at Noida is the Indian Film Manufacturing Arm of India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited.

Taking this requirement in its stride, the engineers at Flex Films India developed a solution for ISRO in a record time period of 6 months.

Talking more about this specialized film, Mr. Anand Prakash Gupta from Speciality Films and R&D Department at Flex Films, Noida says, “ISRO approached us in an endeavour to achieve its vision to self-reliance in Indian Space Programme which aims at engaging more Indian Industries in producing Space worthy products/technologies for its specific applications.Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

Their desired specifications were in electro-optical and physical terms like Solar Transmittance, IR Emittance, Thickness of Coating in nano-meters on both sides of the substrate and wide spectrum working temperature of -150 to +120 degrees Celsius to name a few.Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

The real challenge was to convert these specifications into our measurable norm. For this we sent an A4 sized sample to ISRO to get everything measured and tested in their terms.

When ISRO reverted to us with their requirements in the parameters that they recognize, we extrapolated that information to our measurable norm.

Performing metallization in conventional metallizer was fraught with high risks of getting scratches and other aberrations (anomalies which were absolutely unacceptable for a high precision job that we were processing for ISRO).Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

Further we developed some specialized coatings and applied on the substrate to ensure flawless metallization as required by ISRO.”Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

Talking more about this major break-through Mr. Jagmohan Mongia, President of Flex Films India said, “The specialized metallized film that we supplied to ISRO was subjected to space environmental tests and passed through all parameters/tests qualifying for space application.Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

Here I would particularly like to acknowledge the unrelenting and hard work by the metallizing team of Flex Films India without which it would not have been possible for us to accomplish this goal.Uflex Satellite Thermal Radiation Insulation Film ISRO

After this major break-through we now look forward to working with ISRO more closely in other research areas and technologies. This is just the beginning.”

Expressing delight on this breakthrough, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “The most gratifying part of this whole engagement is that Uflex has been able to contribute to ISRO’s endeavour of indigenization and becoming self-reliant in space technology applications.

This is a perfect example of an Indian polymeric film manufacturer meeting and exceeding the performance parameters set by Indian Space Research Organization. This is a major win for Make in India and a moment of truth for Made in India.”

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United States Intensifies Pressure Iran Oil Customers sanctions  

US Intensifies Pressure on Iran Oil Customers    United States Intensifies Pressure Iran Oil Customers sanctions 
United States Intensifies Pressure Iran Oil Customers sanctions

The United States intends to impose sanctions on all customers of Iranian oil, including China, the EU and Russia, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday, signaling that the US will be working to cut off Iran’s access to the oil market.

“It is our intent to enforce sanctions on Iran-related oil against everybody, including China,” Mnuchin said in his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Oil Price reported.United States Intensifies Pressure Iran Oil Customers sanctions  

Oil prices jumped two weeks ago, after the US said it would look to get Iranian oil exports “down to zero” when sanctions return in early November. The US also said that it may refuse to issue waivers, but later clarified that position by saying that it would “work with those countries importing Iranian crude oil to get as many of them as possible down to zero by Nov. 4.”United States Intensifies Pressure Iran Oil Customers sanctions  

“We are prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case-by-case basis. We are serious about our efforts to pressure Iran to change its threatening behavior,” a State Department official said two weeks ago.

Secretary Mnuchin’s Thursday comments are the clearest sign yet that the United States plans to seek a drastic reduction of Iranian crude oil exports by imposing sanctions on those who continue to buy Tehran oil after the US sanctions return.

Earlier this week, a senior official said US State Department officials had visited Saudi Arabia to coordinate stronger pressure on Iran and discuss ways to ensure that the oil market is well-supplied after US sanctions on Iran’s oil kick in.

The tough US line on Iran’s oil exports has had analysts raise their oil price forecasts, predicting that more oil will be removed from the market at a time when global spare capacity is shrinking, as Saudi Arabia and Russia opened the taps to compensate for supply disruptions elsewhere and to cap upsides in oil prices that could destroy demand.

Last week, Morgan Stanley lifted its forecast for Brent crude by $7.50 to $85 a barrel for H2 2018, while Bank of America warned that a complete cutoff of Iran’s oil could result in oil prices jumping to more than $120 a barrel.United States Intensifies Pressure Iran Oil Customers sanctions  

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LyondellBasell petrochemical producer Braskem Done Deal October

LyondellBasell-Braskem “Done Deal” by October?  LyondellBasell petrochemical producer Braskem Done Deal October 

LyondellBasell petrochemical producer Braskem Done Deal October

LyondellBasell-Braskem “Done Deal” by October?

Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht is poised to agree on the sale of its controlling stake in compatriot petrochemical producer Braskem to LyondellBasell by mid-October, according to a report by Brazilian financial newspaper Valor Econômico.

By that time, the paper said, Braskem’s other major shareholder, oil giant Petrobras, will decide whether to include its own stake. This would allow the transaction to be wrapped up as one and submitted to regulators.LyondellBasell petrochemical producer Braskem Done Deal October 

Odebrecht currently owns 50.1% of Braskem’s voting capital, while Petrobas holds 47%. LyondellBasell and Odebrecht confirmed last month that they were in exclusive talks for the Dutch-headquartered, US-managed chemical producer to acquire control of Braskem in a cash-and-shares deal.

Valor calculates that Odebrecht’s stake could be worth more than 21 billion Brazilian reais ($5.4 billion), which would place Braskem’s value at about 55 billion reais ($14.3 billion).

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Dede Williams, Freelance Journalist

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Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

Novak Blames US Trade War for Current Crude Oil Prices   Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices
Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices

The current level of oil prices stems particularly from the US trade war, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

“Those oil price declines are negative signals for the global economy. Crude prices are volatile and respond to existing general signals. The current prices reflect trade wars statements as well,” Novak was quoted as saying by TASS.

Member states of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC countries agreed to ease the output curbs set in place to boost prices that had dipped to abysmal levels. However, when prices hit $80 per barrel, US President Donald Trump begged them to again turn on the oil taps to lower prices.

A sharp drop in crude prices started on July 11, as the price of Brent crude oil decreased by $4 on the day to $73 per barrel.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

Novak said Russia restored oil production by 80% in July against the reduction volume within the OPEC+ agreement.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

“Following the decision on increasing production, in July we have already restored reduction by approximately 2/3 or even by 80%,” he added.

Russia reduces crude oil production by 100,000 barrels per day in July, versus October 2016.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

“In June, the reduction was 180,000 bpd instead of 300,000 bpd. As for July, it is still early to speak about monthly indicators, though we assume that the total reduction will amount to roughly 200,000 versus the limit. Around 100,000 bpd will remain compared with October 2016,” he said.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

The Russian minister expects the effect of OPEC+ deal to amount to 2.5 trillion rubles ($40 billion) in 2018.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

“With (oil) prices of $70 per barrel, the effect will amount to 2.5 trillion rubles,” he said, adding that with the average annual oil price of $75 per barrel, the effect may exceed 3 trillion rubles ($48 billion).

According to Novak, extra revenues from the deal amounted to 1.7 trillion rubles ($27 billion) in 2016-17 due to the oil price increase.Novak Blames USA Trade War Current Crude Oil Prices  

“OPEC+ will be able to make decisions on regulation of the oil market after 2018. The OPEC+ agreement fulfilled the task of balancing the market,” he said.

“As for continuing this work to regulate after 2018, we will consider its expediency. The mechanism was effective. The countries want to continue interaction, make decisions on oil production, if necessary,” he said. Novak said OPEC+ states may raise crude production by over 1 million barrels per day if needed. This claim has been disputed by experts.

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HeiQ announces new appointments textile innovation

HeiQ announces key new appointments   HeiQ announces new appointments textile innovation

 

HeiQ announces new appointments textile innovation

HeiQ Materials, a leader in textile innovation, has announced two key new hires to strengthen the sales, marketing and technical support to its brand partners. In these two newly created leadership roles, Colleen Nipkow has been named Marketing Director North America, and Paul Middleton has been named Brandforce Europe and Technical Director Brandforce.

Nipkow will oversee HeiQ’s North American marketing, leading strategic planning, budget, and all aspects of marketing communication for the region. Middleton will manage brand relations with the company’s European partners, as well as support the Global Brandforce Team on all technical aspects.

“At HeiQ, we believe in our people, their skills and their passion for success. With the hiring of Colleen and Paul, we add two more experienced professionals to our team. We are very proud that they decided to join HeiQ and our ambitious plan to be the technology innovator and marketeer for our brand partners,” commented Carlo Centonze, HeiQ’s CEO.

Nipkow’s experience includes over 25 years of marketing roles in the outdoor industry. She has worked with brands including Polygiene, Gregory Mountain Products, SCARPA North America and Black Diamond Equipment.

HeiQ announces new appointments textile innovation

Middleton comes to HeiQ with 30 years of experience developing new finishes while ensuring all yarns, constructions, chemical effect finishes and process routings comply with the customer’s expectations. His previous experience includes technical director for both Polygiene and Courtaulds.

“I joined HeiQ because I feel aligned with their core value – Differentiate. Innovate,” said Nipkow. “The strategy of R-D-M (research, develop, market) sets HeiQ apart as an innovation partner to the brands. I am excited to be working with the teams in both North America and Switzerland to support these HeiQ values and strategy.”

“I am very happy to be joining the team at HeiQ,” said Middleton. “HeiQ’s mission to be the leader in textile innovation will allow me to help our brand partners incorporate innovative finishes and effects into their products.”

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Source : Innovation in Textiles

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Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

Trials under way for new fibre-based ready meal pack   Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

Ready meals may come in handy for the fast on the go, but the trays they’re served in will likely be around for longer than your lifetime.

Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

Europe is witnessing a steady increase in consumption of ready meals. Beyond human health concerns for this emerging ‘diet’, the packaging of these meals also has major implications for our environment. Creating enormous waste issues, the black plastic used for ready meal packaging is also difficult to recycle as lasers in waste processers cannot easily identify materials for recycling.Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

Concerned about the environmental impact of such packaging, consumers and producers alike are eager to embrace more sustainable solutions. Major retailers have also agreed to phase out such packaging, and EU-funded researchers and scientists are ready to help them.Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

A new tray by Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki offers hope of a viable alternative to black plastic. Developed in collaboration with partners Södra and SaladWorks on the EU-funded FRESH project, the product is part of efforts to ultimately introduce a bio-based ready meal package for the United Kingdom market.

The company trialled its fibre-based ready meal packaging in May and June with two Italian-style ready meals. “We hope this novel solution will be well received and that this project will be a tipping point for the adoption of bio-based packages in this segment,” said Steve Davey of Huhtamaki in an article on Packaging Europe. Recognising the need for alternatives based on renewable materials, Huhtamaki hopes the trial will open the way to adoption of bio-based packaging in this segment.

A news story on the Finnish company’s website explains that the new material feels like cardboard and is made of fibre derived from sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Established in 1993, the Council promotes environmentally and socially responsible management of the world’s forests.Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

Developed by FRESH partner Södra and called Durapulp, the renewable material is a biocomposite comprising a mixture of cellulose and GMO-free polylactic acid. “It is a renewable alternative and suitable for sensitive substances such as food,” the story quotes Catrin Gustavsson, Senior Vice President of Innovation and New Business at Södra as saying.Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

The FRESH (FRESH – Fully bio based and bio degradable ready meal packaging) project, running for 3.5 years to 2020, targets an innovative, high-end cellulose-based alternative to existing fossil-based plastic trays using a novel laminating technology. Project objectives include a radically improved environmental footprint (over 80 % CO2 reduction) over the product life cycle compared to competing fossil-based packaging materials. Its overarching aim is to deliver a full value chain – from materials sourcing to end users – demonstrating technical and economic feasibility of a 100 % bio-based and 100 % biodegradable alternative for ready meal packaging.Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

FRESH’s end product has potential for major environmental, economic and even job creation benefits. It should also prove to be a game-changer for retail, catering – e.g. for airlines and for meal services for the elderly – and remote operations covering both civil and military needs.Trials way new fibre based ready meal pack black plastic

Source: Based on project information and media reports
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