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Polymers Petrochemicals Graphene Recycling 09-04-2019

The EU Graphene Flagship has published its graphene application roadmap, showing when the flagship expects different graphene applications to mature and enter the market.

Polymers Petrochemicals Graphene Recycling

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Borealis and Borouge have announced that the new compounding plant of Borealis in Taylorsville, North Carolina, has come on stream during Q1 2019 as planned, with the inauguration of the facility scheduled for 16 May 2019.

With dedicated production lines for thermoplastic olefin (TPO) and short glass fibre (SGF) reinforced compounds, the plant is ideally located in the southeast of the United States to meet the growing needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and Tier 1 customers in the region for advanced polypropylene (PP) solutions, while adding another 30 kt to Borealis and Borouge’s global PP compounding capacity.

Polymers Petrochemicals Graphene Recycling

Michael A. Marcotte Klaus Jell, director general Mexico, Krauss Maffei Group at Plastimagen 2019.

Mexico City — KraussMaffei de México S de RL de CV wants to grow its packaging business, as the machinery maker prepares for billowing “dark clouds” in the forecast for automotive.

“We see some dark clouds in the automotive industry this year,” Klaus Jell, general director of the Mexican subsidiary in Querétaro, said in an interview at Plastimagen, April 2-5 in Mexico City.

Chemical recycling of waste plastics is suddenly getting a lot of attention.

Two big names in polymers have recently announced chemical recycling schemes for post-consumer plastic waste, joining the entrepreneurial efforts of Loop Industries Inc., IBM Lab’s VolCat process and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), all of which promise methods to depolymerize plastic materials, breaking them down into their basic molecular components to create virgin-like recycled material.

As we realize that the 3Rs approach is failing to achieve our sustainability objectives, plasma gasification stands out as the most promising solution.

As we realize that the 3Rs approach (Reduce, Reuse. and [selective] Recycle) is failing to achieve our sustainability objectives, plasma gasification stands out as the most promising solution.

While gasification is a well-known process that has been used for centuries to produce fuel gas and chemicals, plasma gasification is a unique version of the process for its use of plasma to achieve the high process temperatures required to induce desired thermochemical reactions.

Made by employing Reliance Industry technology, the fabric called Ecovera is being promoted as the greenest fibre in the world by the company.

The fabric is made by recycling PET bottles from landfills. Representative Image.

Reliance Industries’ innovative plastic made fibre called R|Elan GreenGold has found another partner. Raymond recently announced its collaboration with Mukesh Ambani’s RIL for a fabric made from waste plastic bottles.

Made by employing Reliance Industry technology, the fabric called Ecovera is being promoted as the greenest fibre in the world by the company.

At this year’s ITMA, the leading international trade fair for textile machines which will be held in Barcelona, Nitta Industries Europe GmbH will present drive belts for use in textile manufacturing. The flat belts conform to the stringent requirements for textile applications and are particularly noteworthy for their high abrasion resistance and long service life even at high speeds.

The two global nonwoven trade associations, EDANA and INDA, announce the program of speakers and topics for OUTLOOK ™ Plus Latin America to be held in São Paulo, 7-9 May 2019.

The third edition of this unique three-day networking conference and exhibition will examine the latest regional developments in the nonwoven personal care and absorbent hygiene sectors.

The third day will focus on nonwoven filtration media and nonwoven medical products.

Indian officials are in negotiations with the United States government to extend a waiver beyond May 4 that would allow the South Asian country to import Iranian oil without any repercussions. India was granted a six-month waiver to purchase oil from Iran after American sanctions on Iran went into effect in November 2018.

“We are engaging with the U.S.,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on April 4 according to WionNews.com. “We have continued to engage with the U.S. administration. The waiver lapses on the 4th of May, let us wait and see what happens. But, the important thing is we will continue our engagement with the U.S. to see if we are taking care of our energy security.”

Ruling allows SVHC use in recovered waste, NGO says

NGO ClientEarth has lost a landmark court case to overturn the European Commission’s decision to grant authorisation for uses of the phthalate DEHP in recycled PVC.

ClientEarth had been seeking a ruling forcing the Commission to change its decision not to carry out an internal review as well as a reversal of the authorisation decision. But, in a judgment on 4 April, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) refused.

Higher upstream costs and burgeoning tightness in some polyethylene (PE) grades are leading to strong upward pressure in the European market.

Crude oil Brent at five-month highs

European PE buyers face hikes

Brexit still a concern for UK players

The April ethylene contract closed up €30/tonne, and on Monday Brent crude oil broke the $70/bbl barrier the first time since November 2018.

Higher crude and naphtha costs have been putting pressure on ethylene – and subsequently PE – in the past weeks, and this had been supported by tightening in some PE grades.

European chemicals companies in the polymers and catalysts sectors could take a hit from the EU’s “race to cut” carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2021, Swiss investment bank UBS said on Monday.

An old Volkswagen Ladybug converted into a 100% electric vehicle. Picture source: Mario FOURMY/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

The EU has admitted its new CO2 emissions target will be implemented in a “shorter phase-in” period than the previous target, which according to UBS could negatively impact those companies within the specialty polymers segment, as well as the catalysts makers who have the engine sector as an end consumer.

The EU wants all cars manufactured by 2021 to emit CO2 at a levels of 95 g/km (grams/kilometre), a decrease from the previous 130g/km ruled out in 2015.

The EU has said that 95% of each manufacturer’s new cars will have to comply with the limit value curve for the 95g/km target in 2020, increasing to 100% in 2021.

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