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Dow and Luhai, an integrated waste management company located in Xiamen, China, have announced their collaboration to give plastics waste collected by Luhai a second life, thereby increasing the circularity of plastics in China, as per Dow’s press release.
The agreement is in line with Dow’s new sustainability targets to Stop the Waste by enabling one million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships by 2030.
Aside from its long history of recycling beverage cartons, Luhai’s waste management operation is focused on collecting and recycling various kinds of post-consumer plastics from waste collected in China. They are currently actively collecting plastic waste from local communities in Xiamen city in Fujian province, with plans to expand to other cities across the country.
Through this strategic partnership, Dow will use its expertise in materials science and application development to create new circular plastic solutions for the Asia Pacific market with from the plastic waste collected by Luhai.
In Germany, specialty chemicals major Evonik Industries AG (Evonik) and Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG (Siemens Energy), the energy technology arm of Siemens AG have officially commissioned a pilot plant sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and water to produce chemicals.
Located in Marl, Evonik’s largest site in the northern Ruhr area, the pilot plant’s innovative artificial photosynthesis technology should contribute to the success of the energy revolution. Using renewable electricity, the pilot is an essential part of the Rheticus I and II research projects, announced by the two companies in January 2018 and which are sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of EUR 6.3 million.
Daqing Lianyi Petrochemical Co Ltd is planning to start-up its new polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) plants by end of September 2020, reported CommoPlast with reference to market sources. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
Based in Daqing, China, the plants consists of a 350,000 tons/year No. 1 PP plant, a 200,000 tons/year No. 2 PP plant and a 400,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant.
A source closed to the company informed that PE plant will start with production of LLDPE grade during October, following by HDPE injection during November period, and HDPE pipe during December. Meanwhile, its PP plants will start with homo-PP yarn grade for 2 months, and switching to homo-PP fiber in December.
Honeywell UOP announced today that Hengli Petrochemical Co. Ltd. successfully started up seven UOP Polybed™ pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units supplying high-purity hydrogen at its complex in Dalian, Liaoning, China.
As a fully integrated site, the complex produces gasoline and diesel, along with plastics and other chemicals. Hengli will use the PSA units in downstream hydrotreating to create feedstock for petrochemical products, producing approximately 1.4 MM Nm3/h (normal cubic meters per hour) of hydrogen. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
“Hydrogen purification is essential to produce clean fuels, remove contaminants and improve the quality of fuels and petrochemicals,” said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager, of the UOP Process Technologies business. “Customers such as Hengli are choosing UOP PSA technology because of its record of producing a reliable and efficient source of high-purity hydrogen to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Following wider corporate commitments made by Lenzing Group in 2019 to drive sustainability and combat climate change, Tencel, Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles, has introduced its very first carbon-zero Tencel branded lyocell and modal fibres to the market. Available from September, this fibre will help reduce the production emissions.
Following the strict guidelines of The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the leading global framework for carbon neutrality, carbon-zero Tencel branded fibres are certified CarbonNeutral products for the textile industry. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
This means that the emissions associated with the fibres production, manufacturing and distribution have been calculated and offset. Under the guidance of the Tencel “true carbon zero” campaign, the Tencel brand is contributing to Lenzing’s commitment to the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative and its continuous support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to limit global warming.
Asia monoethylene glycol (MEG) spot discussions fell for a fifth day, after prices hit a six-month high in early September, as the start-up of new plants in China weighed on market sentiment.
Spot discussions were at $460-470/tonne CFR CMP (China Main Ports) in the morning trading session. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
“New supply is coming up, so we better wait and see. No need rush to buy,” a downstream end-user said.
“Port inventories are still high, so we prefer clearing our positions before China’s National Day holiday (1-8 October) given the unclear market outlook,” a regional trader said.
Barrier properties in paper packaging have come on significantly in recent years – so much so that some would argue they can now equal plastics when it comes to product protection. But can they really ‘replace’ plastics? Victoria Hattersley spoke to a few industry insiders to explore this question. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
There was a time when the answer to the above question would be simpler; not very far at all. But as those in the industry will know, advances in material properties for paper when it comes to product protection have been closing the gap as far as what this material can achieve.
Biffa and Nestlé Waters UK partner to deliver 100% rPET made from British recycled plastic Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
Biffa, the UK’s leading sustainable waste management business, and Nestlé Waters UK are delighted to announce a new partnership to help accelerate a circular economy for plastics in the UK. Biffa will be supporting Nestlé Waters UK to achieve its commitment of making every BUXTON® bottle from 100% recycled PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or rPET), by collecting recyclable PET bottles and reprocessing them here in the UK into rPET.
The partnership will enable Nestlé Waters UK to significantly reduce the amount of virgin plastic in circulation and lead the shift to using high-quality food-grade recycled PET in the UK, which today is sourced from Europe. Plastic is a lightweight, durable and low energy-intensity packaging material that when recycled properly can play a sustainable role in modern life, helping to shape a waste-free, lower carbon future. Together, Nestlé Waters and Biffa will ultimately offer a more sustainable choice for consumers of natural source waters and encourage the UK to recycle more.
Widespread damage and ongoing Louisiana power outages in the wake of Hurricane Laura kept some polyethylene and polypropylene producing plants from restarting. The production shortfall has become more evident and the supply/demand imbalance more pronounced. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
Spot resin trading last week was marked by limited availability, higher prices, and initial buyer resistance shifting into acceptance. Sound familiar? That has been the pattern of late, as widespread damage and ongoing Louisiana power outages in the wake of Hurricane Laura kept some polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producing plants from restarting. As time marches on, the production shortfall has become more evident and the supply/demand imbalance more pronounced, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.
Soy hull–based biocarbon, graphene nanoplatelets among novel components of newly developed materials. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) honored the Best Paper Award Winners for the group’s 20th annual program at its Virtual Event, Sept. 9–11, 2020. The two authors who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 40 contenders were honored for excellence in technical writing and will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement. Ethan Watt, a fourth-year undergraduate nanocomposites student at the University of Guelph – Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, won first place in this year’s ACCE Best Paper Award competition. Sandeep Tamrakar, Research Engineer at Ford Motor Co., was recognized as ACCE Best Paper Award runner up.
SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, has launched a sustainable packaging solution for frozen food which combines a new polyethylene (PE) grade with innovative film production technology. Compared to conventional blow PE film solutions, it offers significantly higher throughput and also has potential for down-gauging, making it attractive from both a commercial and sustainability standpoint.
The solution is based on a mono web TF-BOPE film structure which has a thickness of only 20 micrometers – an unprecedented benefit in this market. This thin gauge provides a potential packaging material reduction of approximately 35-50% compared to incumbent blown PE film. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
The reduced thickness of the packaging solution minimizes environmental impact and supports brand owners and retailers who are aiming to reduce their packaging material consumption. The new packaging solution is also 100% recyclable and fits mono-PE recycling streams.
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