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USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

USA antidumping tariffs PET resin TaiwanThe US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The punitive tariffs on PET resin firms from Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan were imposed after the department on Tuesday issued an affirmative final ruling on its investigation into the alleged unfair trade practices.

For Taiwan, anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 45 percent have been imposed, the department said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Far Eastern New Century Corp (遠東新世紀), Far Eastern Textile Ltd (遠東紡織) and Worldwide Polychem (HK) Ltd (環世聚酯香港) face a 5.16 percent anti-dumping rate, while a tariff of 45 percent was imposed on Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp (新光合成纖維), it said.

Far Eastern Textile is the largest PET resin maker in Taiwan.

Tariffs ranging from 29.68 percent to 275.89 percent were imposed on PET resin exporters from Brazil; 8.23 percent to 101.41 percent on South Korean firms; 30.61 percent to 53.50 percent on firms from Indonesia; and 43.81 percent to 59.92 percent on exporters from Pakistan, the department said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

PET resin is the raw material used for the production of soda, juice and edible oil containers, as well as a wide range of other products, such as audio/video disks.

“The strict enforcement of US trade law is a primary focus of [US President Donald Trump’s] administration,” the department said in a statement.

“Since the beginning of the current administration, the [department] has initiated 122 new anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations — this is a 221 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration,” it said.

The US International Trade Commission is to issue its final determinations about Nov. 1, the department said, adding that if it makes an affirmative final injury decision, the department would issue anti-dumping orders on PET resin imports from the five nations.

The US is the second-largest buyer of PET resin from Taiwanese firms, Bureau of Foreign Trade data showed.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

PET resin exports to the US market last year totaled about US$140 million, 15.2 percent of total outbound PET resin sales by Taiwanese firms, the data showed.

As the tariff rates faced by Taiwanese exporters are relatively low compared with other major exporters to the US, Taiwan has a better chance of maintaining its presence in the US market, the bureau said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Some Taiwanese PET resin makers have begun relocating their production overseas to reduce the effects of the US tariffs, it added.

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Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Impossible recycling in the real world   Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

One of the many bales of household waste that can be fed into the recycling machines. [CeDo]  

In the Netherlands, one recycling plant is doing what many in the industry have labelled “impossible”, by recycling household packaging and making a financial success of it. EURACTIV went north of the Belgian-Dutch border to see the operation in action.

At a recycling facility in the town of Geleen, north of Liège and Maastricht, sorting machines, washers and industrial melters run around the clock every day of the year to convert problematic plastic waste into something useful.

Other recycling centres have carved out their own niches, buying up polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles or other readily available waste materials to convert into products like carpet, clothing or even back into bottles.

But the CeDo plant in Geleen, the first in Europe to start dealing in PET back in 1985, got out of the bottle game in 2012 when its management realised it could not compete due to low interest in the finished product.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Now CeDo pursues a new type of business model, where the recycling arm of the operation is directly linked to the manufacturing end. Essentially, the company has created a closed loop of sorts, where recycled material is guaranteed to be used within its own value chain.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Europeans will have to recycle half of their waste by 2025

European households and businesses will have to recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste by 2025, according to stricter new rules passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday (18 April).  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“We needed someone to use our recyclates,” explained managing director Ton Emans, who described to EURACTIV the virtues of abandoning the idea of independent recycling.

That is why the Geleen plant, the largest of its type in Europe, only recycles polyethylene film (PE), a material that lines the aisles of our supermarkets as many producers use it as food packaging.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

As of 2018, half the material processed by the plant comes from household waste, out of a total 80,000 tonnes recycled every year. That waste would otherwise likely have been landfilled or incinerated.

Once processed into plastic pellets, the recycled PE is shipped to CeDo’s manufacturing plants, which then use the pellets to make garbage and recycling bags. Retailers are keen to offer consumers a ‘made from recycled waste’ option and CeDo fills that market gap.

Some recyclers won’t touch PE film though, because they do not have an outlet for it once it’s been processed, leading many in the trade to label the idea of dealing in it as “impossible”. Recycling it is simple enough but making it profitable is the real challenge.

But Emans explained that his setup is part of an existing trend of producers taking over the recycling part of the chain: “They have to do it because recyclers are making plastic cheaper and damaging their account books”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Indeed, there are expectations that the plastic industry, whose output is expected to expand to 80 million tonnes a year in Europe, will not invest in new virgin plastic capacity, due to high start-up and maintenance costs.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Plastic bans among ‘most effective’ ways to beat pollution, says UN

A landmark report by UN environment experts on plastic pollution, published to coincide with World Environment Day (5 June), shows that governments across the world are starting to take action and that bans and levies are starting to take off.

Not impossible but imperfect

But Ton Emans has a problem and it’s located right at the beginning of the recycling line: the sorting stage.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

When plastic arrives at the Geleen plant in bales, collected from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the UK, it is only sorted to some extent.

In the bales, one can expect to find only 75% usable PE, 10% polypropylene (PP) and 15% unrecyclable multi-layered plastics, like crisp packets and chocolate bars.

PP is a recyclable material but not the target plastic, so it does not fit in with Emans’ “focus on one stream and you can be king” business motto.

So before anything can be washed and melted down and eventually turned into garbage bags, the PE has to be sifted out by complex sorting machines that use infra-red scanners to collect what can actually be used. [For a more in-depth description of the recycling process, see Background]

Is recycled plastic safe for food packaging? EU seems to think so

The European Commission is preparing to fast-track approval of 140 recycling processes for use in food and drinks packaging, despite warnings that second-hand plastics risk containing toxic chemicals that are dangerous for human health.

“For higher quality recycling, we want pure streams. That 75% PE mix should be over 90%. If it is over 90%, then I can run my machines beyond the current four tonnes limit to eight tonnes,” Emans said, adding that large-scale collection and sorting centres have a lot to gain from cleaning up streams.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Most bankruptcies in the sector are based on uncontrolled streams, where recyclers are unable to guarantee a quality end-product, which pushes down their prices.

According to Emans, more recyclers would take the leap and open up shop if that guarantee was in place, meaning more material would be bought and processed.

“If shit goes in, then shit comes out,” the Dutchman quipped, adding “that’s no good if we’re going to compete with virgin plastic”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Europe’s new focus on recycling and setting up a true and profitable internal market for waste was really kicked off by China’s recent decision to ban the import of waste, and Emans calls that move “a blessing in disguise”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“It was totally wrong the way the rest of the world, Europe included, used it as a dumping ground for waste and unrecyclable material,” he said, urging the European Commission to follow through on its work on EU waste rules through monitoring and ensuring that member states implement the law.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Reiterating what EU leaders have said recently about plastic waste and January’s Plastic Strategy, Emans warned that “plastic is not bad, plastic waste is the problem”.

The Geleen plant runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is crewed by a multi-cultural team that are kitted out to work the machines during every public holiday. If Europe’s internal market for recycling kicks into overdrive, expect more operations like CeDo to spring up.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“I encourage you, or anyone else to copy this business model. I relish the competition,” Emans shouted during a tour of the noisy shop floor in Geleen.

“And let me share my dream with you: toilet roll bags. People will always need them, rolls will always have to be packed in plastic like this, we just need the outlet,” the Dutchman concluded with a wink and a smile.

BACKGROUND

How PE recycling works in Geleen

Bales of collected waste are dropped off at the Geleen plant, after processing at a large-scale collection and sorting centre. One of the largest in the Benelux area is located in Rotterdam.

Those bales are then fed into large sorting machines, which filter out everything that is not polyethylene film, using infra-red scanners to monitor which materials are rigid. High-power fans blow the material onto separate conveyor belts.

Anything that is not PE but which is still recyclable is bundled up and sent on to plants that actually process the material.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Next, the mostly PE stream is shredded into tiny pieces or flakes. Another stage of sorting takes place here, as heavier and lighter flakes are separated.

The flakes are then washed with environmentally friendly detergent in order to remove contamination and pollutants, like sand and dirt. In fact, the Geleen plant removes so much sand from the waste that it is able to supplement its revenue by selling it on to construction companies.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Once dried, the flakes can then be melted down and made into the pellets that are needed for the manufacturing process. During this process, one of the few unusable by-products is created: ink. Mostly toxic, the ink used in wrappers and labels is removed and disposed of accordingly.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Finally, the pellets or ‘nurdles’ are made by compressing the melted plastic pieces. They are then bagged up, given a final quality check and then transported to the manufacturing plant that needs them.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

What it’s all about: the final product, plastic pellets, ready for use in manufacturing processes. [CeDo]

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain is always in downward

PET Bottle grade export 1,260/1,310 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,950/10,100 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,750/9,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 850/865 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,950/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,235/1,245 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,850  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,700/10,900  yuan/ton

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-US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.US

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Japan begins to use bioplastics to replace petroleum-based plastics, ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole-owned petrochemical project settles in Guangdong | Global Chemical Industry News  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

As a material industry supporting the industry, chemical industry should also match the overall industrial output value to more than 50%.  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical

In the future, with China’s efforts to promote the localization of chips, the matching photoresist, electronic specialty gases, packaging materials, high-purity reagents and other industries will undoubtedly usher in great development.

The development of China’s automobile lightweight and large aircraft also provides a huge market space for high-end engineering plastics such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

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-Poland, Lithuania, Romania urge close EU-UK ties after Brexit

The foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Romania have urged close EU-UK ties after Brexit.

Britain’s impending withdrawal from the European Union poses a number of challenges on both sides of the Channel, but the EU and the UK need each other on post-Brexit security, the three foreign ministers said in an article published by the Politico news service.

Poland’s Jacek Czaputowicz, Lithuania’s Linas Linkevičius, and Romania’s Teodor Meleșcanu said in the article that Brexit would leave a gaping hole in Europe’s foreign policy and that, without Britain, the EU’s position on the global stage might weaken, making it more vulnerable to external threats.

They argued that Britain, “in its capacity as a UN Security Council member, a nuclear power and a guarantor of approximately one-fourth of European defense capabilities — is one of the key pillars of the EU’s external action.”

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-New Method Uses Sunlight to Convert Plastic waste into Usable Hydrogen

UK-based researchers have invented a simple sunlight-driven method for transforming plastic waste into usable hydrogen and some chemicals. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have discovered a method that employs quantum dots made of cadmium sulfide for the photocatalysis and degradation of plastics.

In the process of transforming plastic waste into usable hydrogen, referred to as photoreforming, the photocatalyst is dropped onto the plastic, which is then immersed in an alkaline solution. With the help of irradiation using sunlight, the water from solution is reduced to hydrogen and the plastic is simultaneously oxidized to tiny organic molecules.

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-China announces 10% tariff on US paraxylene in retaliation, but impact likely limited

China’s Ministry of Commerce Tuesday evening announced in a statement that Beijing would be imposing retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of US imports, including a 10% tariff on US-origin paraxylene.

Initial feedback from market participants suggests that the impact of the tariffs on the Chinese polyester industry will likely be limited. The US accounted for around 8% of the world’s total PX production in 2017, and is not a major exporter of PX to China, industry sources said.

“The current import [volume] from the US to China is small, with South Korea, Japan, and the Middle East accounting for most of the PX imported last year. US exports to Asia can go to other countries, such as Taiwan, which in turn will displace some Asian-origin cargoes to China,” a Chinese end-user said Tuesday.

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-Just How Low Can Iran’s Oil Exports Go?

Iran’s oil exports started to fall noticeably in August as key customers in Asia began to curtail oil purchases to either comply with the U.S. efforts to bring Iranian exports to zero, or to win waivers with the U.S. Administration.

Iran’s crude oil and condensate sales fell in August to below 2 million bpd—the lowest level in more than a year, according to tanker tracking data compiled by Bloomberg.

In September, the trend of reduced Iranian oil exports has continued, and analysts expect further cuts from some of Iran’s oil customers.

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-To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%

According to Repak, Ireland’s plastic recycling must increase to 175,000 tonnes by 2030 to reach new EU targets.

IRELAND NEEDS TO increase its plastic recycling by 80% to reach EU targets set for 2030, according to Repak.

The not-for-profit recycling company has published its Plastic Packaging Recycling Strategy 2018-2030, calling on the government to establish a plastics working group to help encourage recycling.

According to the company, for Ireland to meet the EU’s targets, the government needs to play a critical leadership role in the coordination of the new strategy in order to achieve a major attitudinal change in society.

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-Netstal to showcase Smart Operation at Fakuma

Netstal will be introducing its Smart Operation control option at Fakuma 2018.

The new option for the aXos machine controller offers a sensible separation of the development of applications and the subsequent operation of the machine in the production environment.

Smart Operation is optionally available now for all Netstal machines of the ELIOS and ELION series and existing plants that use an aXos controller can be retrofitted.

Based on the application, all processes can be flexibly defined by in-house experts and the Smart Operation provides users with an innovative operating concept to be used in a production environment.

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-Danimer PHA verified as a viable biodegradable alternative to traditional packaging.

Untitled design (28)Danimer Scientific,  a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastics announced this week that its PHA based product has been verified as an eco-friendly alternative to petrochemical plastics by the University of Georgia (UGA). The polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material is a naturally occurring polyester, which can be incorporated into a flexible packaging structure and one that is certified for marine degradation. UGA’s New Materials Institute found that PHA degrades in both aerobic and anaerobic environments.

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-Opec’s problems aren’t over yet! Here’s a new one that the cartel is facing

Exporters’ group has navigated both supply and demand crises

A global recession, both $140 and $30 oil, the US shale revolution, a market-share war, and output cuts. Opec’s 60-year history has rarely confronted a more challenging period than the past decade.

Now, instead of enjoying the higher prices resulting from 18 months of joint production cuts with a coalition of other major producers, the cartel faces new problems. A tweet-happy American president is ramping up geopolitical risk, renewed sanctions are hammering Iran’s exports, Venezuelan production is tanking as its economy collapses, and a political attack from Washington in the form of the NOpec bill.

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-OPEC seeks new way forward after decade of turmoil

A global recession, both $US140 and $US30 oil, the US shale revolution, a market-share war, and output cuts. OPEC’s 60-year history has rarely confronted a more challenging period than the past decade.

Now, instead of enjoying the higher prices resulting from 18 months of joint production cuts with a coalition of other major producers, the cartel faces new problems. A tweet-happy American president is ramping up geopolitical risk, renewed sanctions are hammering Iran’s exports, Venezuelan production is tanking as its economy collapses, and a political attack from Washington in the form of the NOPEC bill.

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-Swiss consumption of bottled water rises significantly

Before the 1970s, few in Switzerland drank water from anywhere other than kitchen taps or fountains. By 1998, 680 million litres of bottled water a year were consumed. Now the figure is an eye watering 977 million litres, 115 litres per person every year. That is equivalent to nearly 350 small single-use plastic bottles per person per year.

In addition, Switzerland has some of the best drinking water in the world. Some communes get their water from mountain springs, making it better than bottled water – it’s from a similar source but fresher.

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-Impossible recycling in the real world   Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

In the Netherlands, one recycling plant is doing what many in the industry have labelled “impossible”, by recycling household packaging and making a financial success of it. EURACTIV went north of the Belgian-Dutch border to see the operation in action.

At a recycling facility in the town of Geleen, north of Liège and Maastricht, sorting machines, washers and industrial melters run around the clock every day of the year to convert problematic plastic waste into something useful.

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-Small traders’ revenue drops as shoppers avoid plastic packaging

As scrutiny increases on plastics use across all industries, new research* from Paymentsense reveals over half (54%) of small retailers have seen sales of plastic packaged goods fall over the last six months.

The research shows that sales of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic are most commonly highlighted as down, closely followed by fruit juice and water in plastic bottles. It also underlines how shoppers purchasing habits are evolving, in light of months of mainstream media attention on the subject.

Almost half (49%) of the small retailers surveyed said the number of customers requesting products without packaging has increased over the last six months. Over a third (36%) reported that consumers are now buying more unwrapped goods and using their own bags or containers to transport them. Nearly a quarter (23%) said they had seen a growth in customers requesting products with plastic-free packaging.

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-Smart clothing start-up selected for acceleration programme

As part of its recently launched New Business and Innovation Division, ASICS has announced five innovative businesses to benefit from TENKAN-TEN, a unique growth catalyst programme for start-ups disrupting the sports and wellbeing sector.

The five ambitious start-ups – varying from smart fabrics to artificial intelligence and motion capturing apps – were selected from around the world based on their innovative products and services and commitment to inspiring movement in line with ASICS’ founding philosophy of Anima Sana In Corpore Sano – A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.

One of the businesses selected to benefit from the TENKAN-TEN programme, a Japanese expression for Tipping Point, is Pyrates. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, by Spanish entrepreneur, Regina Polanco, the sustainable clothing company offers high-end performance streetwear with a difference. Through its Pyratex smart fabric technology, the clothing combines protein from organic agricultural vegetation with 17 kinds of amino acids to create an innovative yarn.

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-US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The punitive tariffs on PET resin firms from Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan were imposed after the department on Tuesday issued an affirmative final ruling on its investigation into the alleged unfair trade practices.

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-FlexFilms launches two new advanced BOPET films

FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has launched two new state-of-the-art BOPET Films, at its manufacturing centre in Kentucky, U.S.A.

FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HBP-M is a metallized biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film with a superior gas barrier that offers high moisture and oxygen barrier for virtually all applications including Aluminium foil replacement. High barrier comes from patented BOPET film technology, with high optical density specifically suitable for most flex pack product offerings. This film is 100% web inspected; using our advanced web metallized surface inspection system.

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Japan begins to use bioplastics to replace petroleum-based plastics, ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole-owned petrochemical project settles in Guangdong | Global Chemical Industry News  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

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 As a material industry supporting the industry, chemical industry should also match the overall industrial output value to more than 50%.  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

In the future, with China’s efforts to promote the localization of chips, the matching photoresist, electronic specialty gases, packaging materials, high-purity reagents and other industries will undoubtedly usher in great development.

 The development of China’s automobile lightweight and large aircraft also provides a huge market space for high-end engineering plastics such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

Viewpoint this week

Highlights Highlights

 🔸SABIC introduces special resin for cross-linking foaming

 Wan Wanhua Chemical makes exterior wall paint more resistant to tearing

 🔸 Exxon Mobil’s $10 billion sole proprietorship project settled in Guangdong

 🔸 National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center passed on-site acceptance

🔸Japan will begin to replace petroleum-based plastics with bioplastics

 🔸 US trade war opened the first batch of import and export resin was imposed tariffs

 Yan Yingwei will build a large nylon 6/6 raw material plant in China

🔸Fraunhofer research on the production of bio-based polyamides

🔸 China’s chemical industry digital transformation market is huge

 The specific content of the news is as follows:

01 01

 SABIC introduces special resin for cross-linking foam to further expand the foam material line Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

SABIC® LDPE HP0722NDF和SABIC® LDPE HP2022NDF。 Recently, SABIC has introduced two new special LDPE (low density polyethylene) resins – SABIC® LDPE HP0722NDF and SABIC® LDPE HP2022NDF for cross-linked foaming processes , which are supplied globally.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ” Douwe van der Meer, SABIC market development and technical support engineer, said: “SABIC’s new resin has been developed specifically for cross-linked foaming processes and has significant results.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

Due to the increased cross-linking reaction rate, these new resins improve surface quality and shrink. Cell size increases the likelihood of improving mechanical properties. “

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 Content Source: SABIC SABIC Innovative Plastics China Co., Ltd. official website

02 02

BASF helps South Korea melt-blown non-woven materials to make new disposable scrubbing rags Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

South Korea’s polypropylene (PP) meltblown nonwovens manufacturer – Korea Nonwovens Technology Co., Ltd. introduced a new disposable scrubbing rag made with BASF rheology modifier Irgatec® .This rag offers a healthier alternative to traditional materials and has better barrier and mechanical properties than traditional meltblown grades.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The monofilaments achieved with Irgatec additives are thinner and stronger than the prior art, making the fabrics tougher and more efficient than existing materials such as paper, spunbond nonwovens and traditional meltblown grade nonwovens. .

。” Mr. Kwang-il Kwon, CEO of Korea Nonwovens Technology Co., Ltd. said: “With the BASF rheology modifier, we have introduced a meltblown grade high quality disposable scrubbing rag with better strength, elasticity and thickness, which has become The leader of the Korean market.”

 Irgatec is able to modify the controlled rheology of polypropylene for nonwoven applications.  It is very effective at extrusion temperatures in excess of 250 ° C and is therefore particularly suitable for polypropylene meltblowing applications.  

This fabric does not irritate the skin and is therefore suitable for use in a variety of hygiene products such as diapers, cleaning wipes, filtration products, and medical applications.

 Source: BASF Greater China Official Website

03 03

 Wanhua Chemical makes the exterior paint more “tear-resistant”, Nice!

Wanhua Chemical, a Chinese company that is the latest in the 2018 global chemical producers announced by ICIS, has launched a new research and launched the newly developed exterior wall coating osmotic reinforced primer emulsion Archsol® 8223 , which is a perfect solution to the previous market. Tear the problem.

 Among the many exterior wall decoration materials, real stone paints and colorful paints with imitation stone textures are increasingly occupying a high proportion.

 In the final step of the construction step of such a coating, the primer is easily torn off together during the process of removing the textured paper, which not only increases the cost of repairing, but also may contaminate the already coated topcoat when repairing.

 Archsol® 8223 Emulsion penetrates strongly into the base layer to compensate for the voids in the base layer, creating a strong mechanical bite that reinforces the loose putty and prevents the tearing of the textured paper from damage to the substrate.  Easy to tear from now!Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Don’t worry!

 In addition, with its excellent penetrating power, Archsol® 8223 Emulsion also acts as a barrier and barrier, eliminating the problems of efflorescence and hair growth caused by moisture migration in the substrate. Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

At the same time, the adhesion between the layers is also enhanced, and the phenomenon of peeling and loosening is avoided.

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Source: Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd.

04 04

 ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole proprietorship petrochemical project will be located in Guangdong

 Despite the constant trade friction between China and the United States, with deepening reforms, expanding openness, and improving the business environment, China’s huge domestic market has attracted foreign investment and even US capital to go.  

During the recent visit to China, Woodr, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, discussed with the Chinese side that the $10 billion wholly-owned petrochemical project was settled in Guangdong.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ExxonMobil is the largest oil company in the United States and is among the best in the world.  The $10 billion wholly-owned petrochemical project settled in Guangdong, which is a big investment.

 ” “It is the responsibility of the Chinese government to provide a non-discriminatory and fair competitive business environment for Chinese and foreign companies. ”

Li Keqiang said, ” China will unswervingly deepen reform and expand opening up. We will provide more convenience for foreign companies to invest in China and continue. Become a hot spot for foreign investment. “Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Content Source: Voice of the Economy “World Finance”

05 05

Toray Torayfan products launch white metallized BOPP film

 Toray Plastics (USA) Co., Ltd., located in Rhode Island, North Kingstown, USA, has expanded its line of white film products to provide five new Torayfan white metallized biaxially oriented polypropylenes (BOPP) for consumer goods companies and intermediaries. )film.

 Available in both sealable and non-sealable versions, this film has a variety of heat seal strengths. End users can also choose anti-oxidation and moisture resistance levels.

Tammy Williamson, deputy product manager at Torayfan, said: “Consumer products want an aesthetically pleasing, high-barrier alternative to traditional metallized and bubble white metallized films.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

These new pigmented films are available after blow molding. Rugged barrier durability, extended shelf life and a clean, bright white appearance all enhance brand integrity.”

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 Content Source: Zhongsu Online

06 06

104 chemical, petrochemical, metallurgy, nonferrous, light industry, textile, packaging industry standards for public noticeJapan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Today, the relevant standardization technology organizations and other units have completed 7 chemical industry standards such as “Synthetic Hydrochloric Acid Safety Technical Specifications”, 1 “Petrochemical Engineering High-level Operation Technical Specifications”, 1 petrochemical industry standard, “Iron Mine Safety Production Technical Specifications”, etc.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

There are 13 textile industry standards such as 3 metallurgical industry standards, 1 non-ferrous industry standard for “Silver Smelting Safety Production Standards”, “Frozen Baking Food”, and 18 textile industry standards such as “Quantitative Analysis of Textile Fiber Near Infrared Spectroscopy”.

The formulation and revision of three packaging industry standards, such as Aerosol Paint.  It will be publicized in the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology before October 10, 2018.

 Source: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China

07 07

 National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center passed on-site acceptance

 The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Basic Division in Shanxi Changzhi organized experts to pass the on-site inspection and acceptance of the National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center.

 The Engineering Technology Center completed 2×500,000 tons/year of iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, 50,000 tons/year of cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, 30MW of spent wind power generation, 10,000 standard/hour carbon dioxide and methane reforming synthesis gas.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The research tasks of engineering technology have formed a number of key core technologies in the field of coal-based synthesis.

 The establishment of the National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center will accelerate the development of modern coal chemical industry based on coal-based synthesis technology, and form economies of scale.

It will also drive large-scale coal gasification, catalyst preparation and new catalytic reactions in the coal chemical industry. Advances in technologies, large reactors and equipment have improved the overall level of China’s modern coal chemical industry.

Content Source: Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic

08 08

 Japan will begin to replace petroleum-based plastics with bioplastics

 In accordance with global trends, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan strives to promote the use of bioplastic products in the country and to stop using disposable articles made of petroleum-derived plastics that cause environmental pollution.

 The campaign to stop using disposable plastics has spread beyond Japan and beyond.  US coffee giant Starbucks has decided to stop using plastic straws from its global stores by 2020, and a family chain restaurant has announced that it will stop using plastic straws this year.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 For example, Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp is using bioplastics in its products, including polycarbonate made from castor oil and polycarbonate made from starch.

According to the company, PCs made from starch not only have a high hardness on the surface, but also have superior optical properties and water stability compared to conventional materials.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Denso said at a press conference that PCs made from biomaterials have a lower refractive index and are easier to color, which means no additional color.

 Toyota Motor Corporation also uses Denso’s materials in the beveled surface of its navigation system.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The heat-resistant polyurethane resin made of castor oil can be used as a protection device for connectors in automotive waste sensors.

 These sensors must have high heat resistance to measure the concentration of a particular gas.  Generally made of silicone resin.

 The company claims that the new polyurethane resin is cheaper and can withstand temperatures up to 150°, significantly reducing the amount of volume produced during melting or forming.

 Also said that this is the world’s first resin of this type.  The company established the Eco 2025 Action Plan.

 It indicates that it will continue to develop plastics for plant substrates and increase the number of these products.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The aim is to reduce the amount of oil used and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the use of the product. to 1.97 million tons by fiscal year 2030.

 In order to achieve the temporary goal of producing 790,000 tons of bioplastics in fiscal year 2020, the government is considering a substantial increase in the production of bioplastics.

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Source: Sohu Finance

09 09

PVC is good

 Recently, the PVC market, which has just emerged from a round of gains, has fallen slightly.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Since August, the demand for plastic products terminals has slowly picked up, and the operating rates of downstream enterprises in North China and South China have increased.

 Among them, the operating rate of plastic products enterprises in South China was 82%, a significant increase of 15 percentage points year-on-year; the operating rate of plastic products enterprises in North China was 73%, an increase of 5 percentage points.

 After entering September, with the arrival of the peak season, downstream demand has continued to rise expectations, forming support for the PVC market.

 On the other hand, PVC is mainly used to produce building materials such as pipes, profiles and profiles, accounting for 60% to 70% of the total demand.

 The rebound in the real estate industry will also drive demand for PVC.

 As of the end of last week, the domestic PVC industry operating rate was 82.67%, down 0.9% on a week-on-week basis.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Moreover, at present, Tianjin Daxie, Shanxi Ruiheng, Formosa Plastics Ningbo, Ningxia Yinglite and other PVC devices have maintenance plans or are in the state of overhaul. It is expected that the industry operating rate will further decline.

 This will lead to a reduction in market supply and aggravation of the PVC market.

Source: China Petroleum and Chemical Network

10 10

US trade war opened the first batch of import and export resin was imposed tariffs

 WASHINGTON–The US-China trade war has officially burned into the plastics material industry in recent days. The two countries formally imposed tariffs on chemical and plastic products worth $ 4.2 billion .

 This amount is likely to rise rapidly, as Washington considers the next round of $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including $ 25 billion in chemicals and plastics.

The US Chemical Industry Council released an analysis report on August 22. It is expected that if the United States begins to impose tariffs on Chinese imports in the next round, China will use retaliatory actions, and US chemicals and plastic products worth US$8.8 billion will be hit.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The next round of $200 billion worth of tariff-levied goods included $16.4 billion in chemical and plastic products imported from China.

 The next round of tariff increases may be implemented in late September or early October, and the impact on the industry will be much greater than this round starting on August 23.

 The first round of tariffs only involved US$2 billion worth of US exports of chemical and plastic products to China and US$2.2 billion worth of Chinese exports to the United States.

 The addition of tariffs will lead to an increase in the price of raw materials, making US companies less competitive in countries and regions that have not imposed tariffs on Chinese goods.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The American Chemistry Council said: “The supply chain is not broken and cannot be easily reconfigured to meet US trade policy adjustments. Forcing companies to reconfigure their supply chains may threaten the survival of their business activities.”

 The US resin industry has a large trade surplus with China, which is different from other sectors in the plastics industry, and the resin industry is worried about losing the Chinese market.

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 Source: China Chemical Network

11 11

 INVISTA will build a large nylon 6/6 raw material plant in China

In response to the global shortage of nylon 6/6 resin, the materials company INVISTA will invest US$1 billion in China to build an adiponitrile (ADN) production plant, which is the key raw material for the supply of nylon 6/6.

The plant will begin construction in 2020 and is scheduled to go into production in 2023. Invista is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, and the company says the project “is designed to meet the strong local demand for nylon 6/6 intermediate chemicals.”

The preliminary work of the construction of the plant is underway.  The plant has a total investment of 1 billion US dollars, and at least 660 million pounds of ADN per year after completion.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ADN is used to produce nylon resins, fibers and other specialty materials such as HDI for coatings.

 INVISTA is one of the world’s largest producers of fiber and related specialty chemicals and resins.

 Nylon 6/6 is widely used in automotive parts and the like.

 Nylon 6/6 demand is higher than expected and the new ADN’s capacity investment is insufficient, resulting in tight global supply.

All of this has led to higher prices for related materials, extended delivery times, and, in some cases, plastic processing companies considering alternative materials.

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Content Source: Zhongsu Online

12 12

The Fraunhofer Institute is dedicated to the production of bio-based polyamides

 Fraunhofer’s 72 institutes, as Europe’s leading applied research organization, are investigating sustainable alternatives to new terpene high performance plastics found in resins.

 Fraunhofer researchers are using a new catalytic process to convert lenene into 100% pure bio-based plastics that are transparent and have high thermal stability.

 Endene is a natural substance and is a component of turpentine. Turpentine is a waste of cellulose produced from wood.

 Conifers such as pine, larch or spruce provide natural substances.

 The preparation of the pulp includes decomposition of the wood to separate the cellulose fibers and a large amount of separation of the terpenes as a by-product.

The Raunhofer Association is Germany and Europe’s largest applied scientific research institution. It was founded on March 26, 1949 and named after German scientist, inventor and entrepreneur Joseph Fraunhofer.

 In particular, focus on shaping technology, designing new products, improving hygiene, communication, safety, energy saving, environmental protection and other production methods and technologies.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

According to market data compiled by the European Bioplastics Association and research institutes, the global bio-based plastics capacity will increase from about 2.05 million tons in 2017 to about 2.44 million tons in 2022.

From the actual production of bio-based plastics and regional production capacity, Asia is becoming the largest production center for bio-plastics and will further expand its global leadership.

 As an important category in bio-based plastics, the development of bio-based plastics is advancing by leaps and bounds, and continues to advance in new material development and performance improvements.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 At present, a variety of bio-based plastics have entered the stage of commercial application, and the development prospects are very optimistic.

 Source: China Chemical Network

13 13

 Ke Shiwen, CEO of Covestro: China’s chemical industry has a huge market for digital transformation

“Digitalization has become the biggest opportunity for the chemical industry and the investment in the chemical industry,” said Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, who is attending the 2018 China International Petrochemical Congress.

“Specifically, digitalization can not only help Chemical companies like Covestro circumvent unplanned production to further expand production capacity and serve customers more accurately.”

 Not only Covestro, BASF, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and the relevant person in charge of China’s Sinochem Group Co., Ltd. expressed their optimism about the digital transformation of the chemical industry.

 According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2030, digital technology will transform and create 10%-45% of industry revenue in China.

 With the popularity of data and computing power, communication between internal production and operation communication and industry value chain partners is becoming increasingly close. Digitalization is bringing many new opportunities for the entire chemical and plastics industry.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 According to recent research by the World Economic Forum, digital revenues for the global chemical materials industry are expected to reach $310 billion to $500 billion during 2016-2025.

 However, compared with the optimistic expectations of companies such as Covestro and BASF, the concepts, usage habits and production models in reality still take a long time to change.

 Content Source: First Finance

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