Petrochemicals Biodegradable Packaging 05-08-2019

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-INVISTA to Expand STAINMASTER® and STAINMASTER® PetProtect® Portfolio of Products Through Licensing

North American licensing agreements will extend the well-known flooring brand into home furnishings and home improvement categories.

Spilled wine, messy pets and dirty shoes can all take a toll on the furnishings in your home. That’s why INVISTA, the parent company of the STAINMASTER® and STAINMASTER® PetProtect® portfolio of products, has announced plans to develop new licensed product opportunities and to expand its reach to new audiences.

“We develop products that live up to life’s messiest moments. Through new licensing partnerships, we will bring consumers more ways to experience our brand in complementary categories that will allow them to rest easy and enjoy life, just as we continue to do for the flooring industry,” said Brook Brown, Vice President, STAINMASTER® brand.

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-The technical running T-shirt made of Dryarn yarn ( Italian Language only)

A yarn with unique characteristics, the Dryarn. Produced by Aquafil, a Trentino company based in Arco, it is very light, insulating, breathable and thermoregulating. It therefore guarantees total comfort in both amateur and more advanced performances.

A second skin, made to protect the first one. So, they could be called, intimate garments made with Dryarn yarn. They protect from the cold when the weather is inclement, and disperse the heat when instead – as in these days – the thermometer exceeds 30 degrees. We tested them in both conditions: in the first case obviously with the addition of a second layer; in the second, alone (although in reality the T-shirt was designed as an underwear item).

Dryarn is not the brand of a sportswear line, but a technical yarn patented by Aquafil, a company based in Arco (Trento), which specializes precisely in the production of fibers capable of guaranteeing maximum performance, even in the most extreme activities and conditions more difficult climatic conditions.

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-Kivanc Tekstil Ties Up With Reliance to Make Eco-friendly Fabrics

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), India’s largest private sector company and the world’s biggest integrated polyester producer, has joined hands with Turkey’s textile behemoth, Kivanc Tekstil, to manufacture and market R|Elan GreenGold, a sustainable and innovative fabric 2.0, to leading apparel brands and consumers across the world.

Apart from manufacturing and marketing R|Elan GreenGold fabrics, Kivanc will be the exclusive distributor of Recron GreenGold fibres to spinners, yarn manufactures and knitters across Turkey and it will offer the best quality eco-friendly textile solutions to brands and retailers to meet the ever growing demand of environment friendly apparels.

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-Irish teen invents method to remove microplastics from ocean, wins $50K Google Science Fair prize

A teen from Ireland may have found the solution to rid world’s oceans from the microplastics that are near impossible to remove.

Fionn Ferreira, 18, designed a new method for the extraction of microplastics, or particles of plastic less than 5 millimeters in diameter, as part of the Google Science Fair, an online competition open to students between the ages of 13 and 18.

The procedure, inspired by an article written by physicist Arden Warner, involves using non-toxic iron oxide to clean up oil spills, according to Ferreira’s project study.

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-Turkey-US road map to raise trade volume to $100 bn

Despite the ongoing dispute over the S-400 missile system and the F-35 fighters, Turkey and the United States drew a road map to gradually increase bilateral trade volume to $100 billion—revised from the earlier target of $75 billion—during the bilateral meeting held between Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump at the G20 summit last month.

A report commissioned by the Turkish business community and prepared by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the new trade volume target identified eight sectors out of 38 in Turkey that have potential for exports to the United States.

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-Chemours adds to titanium mining, processing operations

The Chemours Company is adding to its titanium mining and processing operations.

The Wilmington company acquired Southern Ionics Minerals, LLC, an exploration, mining, and manufacturing company based in Jacksonville, FL. SIM was a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Ionics Incorporated, a privately held chemical manufacturer based in West Point, MS. Selling price was $25 million.

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-Brazilian diplomat sees BRICS as expression of new economic reality

The BRICS group represents not an ideological manifestation, but expresses a new economic reality, Brazilian diplomat Roberto Jaguaribe said here on Friday.

Jaguaribe, who currently serves as Brazil’s ambassador to Germany and previously held the position of ambassador to China, said that the bloc, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is a reflection of the rising relevance of its member countries.

“Developing nations grow twice as fast as developed countries, and that tends to demand new forums of representation. Thus, BRICS is not an ideological manifestation — in fact, it tried really hard not to do so — but represents an expression of a new economic reality,” he said.

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-Trade War: Is $40 Oil on the Horizon?

On Thursday, US crude oil futures fell 7.9% and settled at $53.95 per barrel—the highest decline for oil prices in a single day since February 4, 2015.

In the last trading session, the United States Oil Fund LP (USO) fell 6.1%.

USO tracks US crude oil futures.

Tthe S&P 500 Index (SPY), the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), and iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) fell 0.8%, 0.5% and 1.44%.

Like oil, slowdown concerns due to the trade war might have impacted SPY, QQQ, and IWM.

Trade War: Is $40 Oil on the Horizon?

-Alpek joins The Recycling Partnership

Alpek has announced that its subsidiary, Alpek Polyester, has joined The Recycling Partnership as an active member, in support of the organisation’s goals of increasing residential recycling rates and the need for increased availability of recycled materials to enable the creation of circular business models. Alpek is a leading petrochemical company.

Specifically, it is the goal of Alpek Polyester, one of the largest recyclers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles in the US, to support efforts to improve the availability of recycled PET (rPET) to meet growing customer needs for higher rPET content in end-use products, according to a press release by the company.

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-Saudi Arabia may cut crude oil prices to Asia in Sept

SINGAPORE: Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia may cut prices for most of the crude grades it sells to Asia for a second straight month in September after Middle East benchmark prices weakened.

The official selling price (OSP) for flagship Arab Light crude could drop by at least 50 cents a barrel, falling below a  premium of $2 a barrel for the first time in four months, a Reuters survey of five buyers in Asia showed.

The cuts would track a backwardation between prompt and third month Dubai prices that narrowed by 70 cents a barrel in July versus June. Spot prices are higher than those in future months in a backwardated market.

Asia’s incremental demand for September-loading Middle East crude weakened last month with several North Asian refineries scheduled to shut for maintenance during their autumn season.

Saudi Arabia may cut crude oil prices to Asia in Sept

-Autotech-Sirmax launches wide range of engineering thermoplastics compounds

Autotech-Sirmax India has announced the launch of a complete range of specialty Engineering Thermoplastics Compounds (ETPs) in the Indian market using technology from Sirmax S.p.A. Italy.

The launch coincides with a newly expanded, state-of-the-art, fully automated compounding plant at Valsad, Gujarat, and Palwal (near Delhi), with a capacity of over 40000 tpa.

The company (a JV between Tipco group and Sirmax) will use the ISO and DAFNE brands of Sirmax for its ETP compounds.

The launch has facilitated augmentation of the entire range of Polypropylene Compounds that Autotech-Sirmax supplies to major OEMs and Tier-1s in India since 1980s along with its proprietary range of Long-Fibre Thermoplastics Compounds.

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-China skirts sanctions on Iran oil

Shipments exceed what was known, investigation shows

China is receiving oil shipments from a larger number of Iranian tankers than was previously known, defying sanctions imposed by the United States to choke off Tehran’s main source of income, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

The Times examined the movements of more than 70 Iranian tankers since May 2, when the U.S. sanctions took full effect.

Twelve of the tankers loaded oil after May 2 and delivered it to China or the Eastern Mediterranean, where the buyers may have included Syria or Turkey.

China skirts sanctions on Iran oil

-Plastics recycling technology roundup

Plastics Recycling Update iconThe U.K. government is helping to fund recycled PP and PE deodorizing research, and an ultrafine PET melt filter is developed.

Flake to bottle preforms: A PET flake-to-preform technology has won a World Star Packaging Award. Four companies – recycling equipment manufacturer Erema, PET packaging maker SIPA, plastics recycling company Kyoei Industry and beverage company Suntory – were involved in developing what’s called the XTREME Renew Flakes to Preform System, which creates 100% recycled RPET bottle preforms in a single process. With an annual capacity of 300 million containers a year, the system has been in use by Kyoei Industry in Japan for nearly a year.

Plastics recycling technology roundup

-New US tariff threat, Q2 earnings reports dash hopes for H2 recovery

After the bulk of Q2 earnings reports and management guidance, hopes for a second half recovery have been dashed. And US President Donald Trump’s threat to slap 10% tariffs on an additional $300bn in imports from China starting on 1 September only dampen the outlook.

End market headwinds in automotive, housing, consumer electronics and durable goods, and geographically in China and Europe will persist while the US-China trade war is about to escalate even further.

Chemical stock prices took a beating on 1 August following Trump’s tariff threat. While the broader US market as measured by the S&P 500 fell 0.9%, the S&P 500 Commodity Chemicals Index plunged 3.0%.

New US tariff threat, Q2 earnings reports dash hopes for H2 recovery

-US firm opens new yarn and fibre dyeing plant

Valdese – Meridian Specialty Yarn Group has opened a new, high-tech, yarn dyeing plant in the US which will supply high-end apparel, hosiery and home furnishings manufacturers.

The 116,000 square-foot facility, at the site of their current operations in Valdese, NC, is said by Meridian to be the first yarn and fibre dyeing operation to be built in the United States in over two decades and offers the only tow-dyeing capacity in the country.

Until this summer, all producer-dyed acrylic tow was imported from outside US borders.

US firm opens new yarn and fibre dyeing plant

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-Research from bpi protec exposes consumers’ lack of understanding of plastic film recycling

Only 50% of the public are aware that plastic films can be recycled, and almost all would like to be able to recycle them more easily, according to new research by bpi protec.

The research asked over 1,000 UK consumers their opinion on a variety of questions in relation to plastic film recycling, with the full results revealed at Packaging News’ Environmental Packaging Summit last month.

The Berry Global flexible packaging company also suggested that the type of packaging used by brands may impact on a consumer’s purchasing decision with over half of respondents saying that they would choose to buy a product whose packaging was recyclable or contained recycled content above one that didn’t.

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-Amcor designs lightweight PET beer bottles for Brazil market

Amcor has adapted its leading-edge design technology to develop the first PET bottles for pasteurised beer in Brazil.

The company designed custom 600ml containers for São Paulo-based beverage maker New Age Bebidas that feature a glass-like, champagne-style base combined with the convenience of lightweight and shatter resistant PET. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

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-RECOUP and Valpak deliver plastics recycling education

RECOUP is working with environmental compliance firm Valpak to deliver an education programme at schools on plastics recycling.  RECOUP is working with environmental compliance firm Valpak to deliver an education programme at schools on plastics recycling.

Pupils from Diss High School in Norfolk have taken part in the #SORTITOUT campaign featuring recycling games to help them to understand what they can recycle locally, and the journey plastic packaging undertakes when recycled – including the range of products that it can be made into.

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-Where next for bioplastics and biocomposites?

Bioplastics are top of the list in a new World Economic Forum (WEF) report, Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2019, above social robots, tiny lenses for miniature devices, disordered proteins as drug targets, smarter fertilizers, collaborative telepresence, advanced food tracking and packaging, safer nuclear reactors, DNA data storage and the utility-scale storage of renewable energy.

The need for bio-based alternatives to our current plastics appears pretty obvious, with an annual 400 million tons currently produced – a figure that is expected to triple by 2050 without a global change in direction – and only 15% of it is recycled.

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-Europe HDPE spot prices still under pressure as imports increase

High density polyethylene (HDPE) spot prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks in Europe, and sentiment is still weak.

HDPE spot prices tumble

Planned cracker turnarounds imminent

Global concerns add to uncertainty

Imports are offered in greater volume, for end-August/September delivery, but also for prompt. Many prices talked for such material are below €1,000/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe). Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

Europe HDPE spot prices still under pressure as imports increase

-China plans countermeasures to new US tariffs

China will have to take necessary countermeasures to defend its own interests if the US imposes additional tariffs on Chinese goods, its Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

US President Donald Trump announced on 1 August that 10% tariffs will be imposed on additional $300bn imports from China starting 1 September.

The announcement came a day after high-level negotiations concluded in Shanghai failed to produce a clear resolution to the year-long trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

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-Trump repeats tariff threat on $300bn of Chinese goods

US President Donald Trump repeated on Thursday his earlier threat to impose tariffs on $300bn worth of Chinese goods, a move that would put nearly every US import from China under some kind of duty.

American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. The American Chamber of Commerce in China says Beijing will “dig its heels in” after U.S. tariff hikes and appealed for a negotiated end to their trade battle. (Source: Andy Wong/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Trump made the threat despite what he described as a positive dialogue between US and Chinese negotiators during their latest round of talks. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

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-How Graham Packaging is Helping to Create a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging

Graham Packaging’s Tracee Reeves talks with Plastics Technology about ways the company is working to encourage recycling, improve product recyclability and increase offerings with recycled content.

The plastic packaging market is at an interesting crossroads. Some of the aspects that help to grow the industry (light containers and convenience design) are now taking a hit due to the increasing issue of global plastic waste.

How Graham Packaging is Helping to Create a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging

-Sustainable sourcing at scale: H&M’s approach

Alternative fibers are challenging to produce and procure at scale. A shift from mass market consumption to a craft model with enhanced visibility may be the solution.

ith 4,968 stores in more than 70 markets, the H&M Group is not known as a boutique retailer. The company, with nine brands including flagship H&M, works with 2,383 supplier factories worldwide. Stores in the largest brand, H&M, rack up 800 million annual transactions. Yet, this high-volume retailer is focused on sustainability in all things, including textiles, a seeming contradiction in the fast fashion business.

Sustainable sourcing at scale: H&M's approach

-Photovoltaic power from textiles

Dr. Jonas Sundqvist, group manager for thin-film technology, with prototype textile-based solar cells. Credit: © Fraunhofer IKTS  Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight! With the help of new textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.

Photovoltaic power from textiles

-Orders boost for FET at Techtextil and ITMA 2019

Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) has recorded most successful ever number of customer enquiries from over 20 countries, in a short period totalling over 100, having exhibited at Techtextil Frankfurt and ITMA Barcelona in May and June.

Total enquiries are up by over 40 per cent compared to previous year and orders are expected to break previous records. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

Orders boost for FET at Techtextil and ITMA 2019

-Petroleum comprises largest primary source of energy consumed

etroleum accounted for 36% of total energy consumption in 2018 and was the largest primary source of energy consumed in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). More than two-thirds of finished petroleum products consumed in the United States are used in the transportation sector.

Petroleum consists of crude oil and refined products such as gasoline, diesel and propane. Crude oil is processed at petroleum refineries to make products, including motor gasoline, distillate, fuel oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids and jet fuel.

End-use consumption is difficult to calculate because of the large number of refined products and stores that sell them, such as gas stations.

Petroleum comprises largest primary source of energy consumed

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