The capacities and production of bio-based polymers will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CGAR) of about 4 per cent until 2023, a report said.
This will be at about the same rate of growth of petrochemical polymers and plastics, said the “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2018-2023” report from the German nova-Institute.
The total production volume of all bio-based polymers reached 7.5 million tonnes in 2018, about 2% of the production volume of petrochemical polymers, a report said.
The potential of bio-based polymers is much higher, but is currently hampered by low oil prices and a lack of political support, said Biobased polymers polylactic acid
The production of bio-based polymers has become much more professional and differentiated in recent years. By now, there is a bio-based alternative for practically every application, it said.
The increase in production capacity is mainly based on the expansion of the polylactic acid (PLA) production in Thailand and the polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) and starch blends production expansion in US. Biobased polymers polylactic acid
Especially PLA and starch blends will continue to grow significantly until 2023. Also new capacities of bio-based polyamides, polyethylene (PE) and, for the first time, polypropylene (PP) and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) will also be added in Europe in this period.Biobased polymers polylactic acid
The great hopeful polyethylene furanoate (PEF) will presumably only be able to offer commercial capacities after 2023.
Overall, the market environment remains challenging with low crude oil prices and little political support, the report said. So far, the two major advantages of bio-based polymers have not been politically rewarded.
The first advantage is that bio-based polymers replace fossil carbon in the production process with renewable carbon from biomass.
This is indispensable for a sustainable, climate-friendly plastics industry and is not yet politically rewarded, the report said.
The second advantage is offered by about a quarter of bio-based polymer production: They are biodegradable (depending on the environment) and can therefore be a solution for plastics that cannot be collected and enter the environment where they can biodegrade without leaving behind microplastics. Only a few countries such as Italy, France and, in future probably Spain will politically support this additional disposal path, the report said.
Dan K. Eberhart is CEO of Canary, an independent oilfield services company in the United States, and a frequent commentator on oil markets and US politics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Congress has been debating the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, or “NOPEC,” which would make international oil cartels illegal, exposing countries that coordinate on the price of oil to the risk of litigation in US courts.
The odds are pretty good that anti-OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) legislation could eventually win the approval of Congress, given rising anti-Russian and Saudi Arabia sentiment, including anger over President Trump’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the subsequent resurgence of progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives.
UK-based supplier of flexible packaging products Now Plastics is planning to introduce its new line of films, made using 60% to 90% post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PCR PET) resin, across European markets.
The European Union has approved the new films for use in food contact and other product applications
The company noted that the PCR PET films are suitable for the CPG industry and will allow converters and manufacturers across Europe to comply with new sustainability goals.
Haley Gershon is marketing specialist for Beta Analytic. Web: betalabservices.com
A growing interest in natural and eco-friendly products makes the role of eco-labels crucial in legitimising some of the claims made about packaging materials, says Haley Gershon
Many products claim to be composed of renewable materials, and within a competitive market there is potential for greenwashing here. This can create uncertainty and distrust among consumers as they consider their purchases.
Monforts will demonstrate a number of enhancements that have recently been made to its texCoat and Allround coating units at the forthcoming Techtextil show in Frankfurt from 14-17 May.
In a major development for the coating of technical textiles and nonwovens, Monforts is now offering the coating roller for its texCoat and Allround coating units as an optional carbon fibre version, in order to meet even the highest level of coating accuracy that is being demanded by the most exacting customers today.
“The carbon rollers provide the extreme stiffness necessary to deal with the winding tension required in the processing of materials such as prepregs for composites and other heavyweight fabrics, but at the same time, a significant improvement in coating accuracy is achieved, even for very lightweight flexible materials,” explained Jürgen Hanel, Monforts Head of Technical Textiles.
Reclaiming the value of plastic waste has been on the front burner for many companies recently, and several are on the path to commercializing their innovations, including Loop Industries Inc. and the folks at IBM’s laboratory with their VolCat process.
This week, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Golden, CO) announced their take on plastics upcycling—transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value, with the goal of incentivizing recycling of waste plastics.
HFPA memo clarifies latest from the USTR, Congress
News on the tariff front is a mixed bag, according to the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA).
On the up side, the US Trade Representative (USTR) is scheduled to publish a notice today in the Federal Register that makes President Trump’s previously announced delay in hiking List 3 duties effective “until further notice.”
List 3, which kicked in Sept. 24, 2018, imposed 10% duty on $16 billion in Chinese-made goods. The list included fibers, carpet and rugs, and feather & down products like feather boas, but not down & feather itself. Due to the delay, they will not rise to 25% tomorrow, according to a memo from HFPA legal counsel Robert Leo.
“There are reports that the President wants to sign a deal with China by the end of March. However, there are also reports that the difficult trade issues to be resolved are not close to agreement,” wrote Leo, a partner at Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury.
Resin, which uses sugarcane as a raw material and is 100% recyclable, will be used for the first time in line of garden sprayers
Braskem’s Green Plastic will be used in the manufacture of sprayers from Guarany, a producer of machines for the application of pesticides and agribusiness equipment. The resin, which uses sugarcane as a raw material, will be used in the products of the Katu line, which Guarany is launching to strengthen its portfolio of sustainable products.
The line, which features 5 L high-pressure sprayers, 1.2 L and 7.6 L pre-compression sprayers, and 10 L lever sprayers, in addition to the 500 ml Multisprayer and 350 ml Export models, made with the renewable resin, are already available on the market. The equipment is aimed at the gardening sector and will feature the I’m greenTM seal, identifying the products, as a differentiator.