Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF 14-07-2020

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-Iran will develop oil industry despite U.S. sanctions, Iranian oil minister says

“We will not surrender under any circumstances … We have to increase our capacity so that when necessary with full strength we can enter the market and revive our market share,” said Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh.

Hit by reimposed U.S. sanctions since Washington exited Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal in 2018, Iran’s oil exports are estimated at 100,000 to 200,000 barrels per day, down from more than 2.5 million bpd that Iran shipped in April 2018.

The Islamic Republic’s crude production has halved to around 2 million bpd.

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-The PEF is getting closer to a market introduction in France (French Language Only)
Launched in 2017 and coordinated by Toray Films Europe, the PEFpack project provides promising results.

If several aspects remain to be mastered, pilot productions could see the light of day in 2022. –
Polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a bio-based alternative – derived from fructose contained in wheat starch, beets or agricultural waste – to polyethylene terephthalate (PET)? The idea is gaining ground.

In any case, the intermediate results of the PEFpack project are “promising”, according to the partners of this research program.

Five industrialists

Launched in 2017 in France, the project aims to define an industrial process for the synthesis of PEF, to develop specific grades for its transformation by injection, extrusion and thermoforming, to identify the main performance requirements of applications, including barriers as well as mechanical and thermal properties, and to study its recycling. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

Coordinated by Toray Films Europe, it brings together two Lyon university laboratories, the technical center for the conservation of agricultural products (CTCPA), and four other industrialists, Ava Biochem, CGL Pack (now Faerch), Herplast and Paprec.

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-Biodegradation and synthesis of plastics using selected enzymes and microorganisms

AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre

Thanks to the advantages of plastic materials, their use has steadily increased last decades due to their enhanced properties. This fact is reflected in global polymer production, which amounted to 359 million tonnes in 2018, a 3.2% increase over the previous year. Bioplastics currently represent only 1% of all plastics produced annually, but demand is on the rise, given the many options for diversification due to the emergence of increasingly more sophisticated applications and products. According to the latest market research by European Bioplastics, in cooperation with NovaInstitute, global bioplastic production capacity is expected to grow from 2.11 million tonnes in 2019 to 2.43 million by 2024. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

However, one of the greatest challenges to face  associated with the use of plastics is environmental pollution if they are not managed properly. Because most plastics have very low biodegradation rates, they accumulate in the environment at the end of their shelf life. Many plastics also end up in landfills, since no methods are currently available for proper waste treatment and recycling.

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-Cortec invests to close loop on its films

Plastic film producer accepts back discarded product to use in its own manufacturing process.

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Cortec Corp. says it is using up to 20 percent recycled content in the production of its vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) plastic film packaging. The firm says it patented the technology for making the VCI film using recycled plastic resin more than 20 years ago. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

Cortec  says it now operates “a vibrant recycling program that produces VCI film, which goes by the VpCI brand, with up to 20 percent recycled film content–a level at which Cortec says it can ensure the quality of newly made VpCI product.”

The company says it “regularly manufactures” VpCI film with 15 percent pre- and postconsumer recycled content. This level is “significantly outpacing recent American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) milestone goals of reaching 10 percent recycled content shopping bags by 2021 and 15 percent recycled content bags by 2023,” states the firm.

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-NRT launches color-based optical sorter with Al

The NRT ColorPlus with Max-AI combines high-resolution color and AI technologies.

Nashville, Tennessee-based National Recovery Technologies (NRT), a subsidiary of Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), Eugene, Oregon, has released the ColorPlus with Max-AI. The ColorPlus with Max-AI integrates artificial intelligence (AI) with NRT’s ColorPlus sorter. According to a news release from NRT, the additional layer of AI creates new sorting capabilities by combining the ColorPlus sorter’s high-volume and high-confidence capabilities with Max-AI’s person-like identification decisions.

The ColorPlus sorter employs a high-resolution RGB color line-scan sensor to identify and sort recyclables by color. Max-AI technology employs a camera and deep-learning-based AI to identify recyclables similar to the way a person does.

Max-AI technology, launched by BHS in 2017, is already at work in more than 100 installations, according to NRT. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

While most of these installations use the technology in collaboration with robotic sorters, the Max-AI VIS (Visual Identification System) is also installed as stand-alone equipment and has already been integrated into the NRT SpydIR with Max-AI.

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-Canada’s Nova Chemicals and Enerkem to recycle municipal waste

Recycling municipal waste into ethylene

Two Canadian companies will collaborate on technology to close the loop on recycling and drive a plastics circular economy. Nova Chemicals Corporation, a producer of chemicals and plastic resins, and Enerkem, a waste to renewable fuels and chemicals producer, have entered into a joint development agreement to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

Working together, the companies will research advanced recycling technology to transform hard-to-recycle municipal waste, including items such as plastics, household waste, and construction materials, into ethylene at full commercial scale. Ethylene, produced from waste, would advance a plastics circular economy and help meet consumer brand goals for recycled content in packaging.

Canada’s Nova Chemicals and Enerkem to recycle municipal waste

-China’s vehicle sales, production surge in June

China’s vehicle sales and production rose in June to the highest for the month since 2018, data from the China association of automobile manufacturers (CAAM) show.

Sales were higher by 11.6pc from a year earlier at 2.3mn in June, while production rose by 22.5pc to around 2.33mn over the same period.

The country’s January-June sales fell by 16.9pc from the year-earlier period, paring year-to-date declines of 22.6pc in May, 31.1pc in April and 43pc in March, on higher-than-expected domestic demand in response to local government stimulus measures to boost auto sales.  Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

China’s January-June vehicle production also decreased by 16.8pc from a year earlier to 10.11mn.

China’s vehicle sales, production surge in June

-Europe PE margins rise on higher selling prices

Europe’s polyethylene (PE) producers’ margins increased week on week on the back of higher selling prices, although this was in part offset by a rise in feedstock costs, ICIS margin analysis showed on Monday. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

In the week to 10 July:

– Naphtha values rose by more than 6%

– LPG values increased by 2%

High density polyethylene (HDPE) contract margins rose by 2%, co-product credits increased

Europe PE margins rise on higher selling prices

-Germany passes through the deepest part of economic collapse – ministry

Germany has passed through the deepest part of the economic trough brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s economic ministry said on Monday, with activity increasing but capacity still underutilised.

The country’s key manufacturing industry increased production by 10.3% in May, month on month, driven particularly by automotive production and components, with further improvements expected for June. Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

The data points to industrial production having bottomed out and starting to rebound, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) said, after a downturn that significantly pre-dated the pandemic and chilled conditions in wider eurozone manufacturing since the second half of 2019.

Stronger order books point to production increasing over the next few months, but risks still remain in terms of infection rates elsewhere, in turn  hitting demand growth from non-EU countries.

Germany passes through the deepest part of economic collapse - ministry

-Why clothes are so hard to recycle

Fast fashion is leading to a mountain of clothing being thrown away each year and has a huge impact on the environment, so can we turn our unwanted garments something useful? Petrochemicals Graphene AdipicAcid PEF

Open your wardrobe and be honest. How long was it since you last wore some of those clothes? Do you think it might be time for a clear out?

Languishing in the back of cupboards and bottom of drawers are outfits that don’t fit any more, items that have gone out of fashion, or even clothes that have never been worn. In fact, according to research conducted by sociologist Sophie Woodward at the University of Manchester, on average 12% of clothes in the wardrobes of women she studied could be considered “inactive”.

If you were brutal, you’ll probably manage to fill a bin-bag or two with clothes you no longer want or need. But what then?

-Why clothes are so hard to recycle

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