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-What future for composites?
Last year the market suffered the blow of the pandemic, but the prospects in the medium term remain positive.
Last year, the world market for composite materials should have reached production volumes around 10 million tons, for an estimated value of 78 billion dollars, down by about -14% compared to 2019 due to the effects of the pandemic. The main market is confirmed as Asia, even if Europe and North America stand out in the applications with higher added value.
This is what emerges from the study “JEC Observer: Current trends in the global composites industry 2020-2025”, which already foresees a rebound this year, which will bring the trend back to the long-term growth path: + 8% annual average from 2010 to 2019, with a forecast of further development in the next five years, between +2 and + 9% per year in the various geographic markets.
Since the introduction of LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ materials in late 2019, SABIC has helped divert more than 100 million single-use 16.9 oz. (50 cl) PET water bottles from landfills and incinerators. This portfolio of globally available polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) materials is produced from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles through a unique chemical upcycling process.
SABIC also recently completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing virgin PBT and LNP ELCRIN iQ resin, which underwent third-party critical review in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 standards. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
Results indicated that LNP ELCRIN iQ resin lowered global warming impact by 29 percent and cut cumulative energy demand by 43 percent compared to virgin PBT. LNP ELCRIN iQ resins also show favorable LCA results compared to data for other virgin base resins, such as polyamide (PA) 6,6 and PA6, extracted from Plastics Europe Eco-Profiles.
Honda is offering a new premium cabin air filter which it says is highly effective at capturing a wide range of harmful germs, allergens and even viruses related to significant health problems, including infection risks associated with the SARS COV-2 virus. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
The filter was developed in cooperation with filtration specialist Freudenberg and is offered as a genuine Honda spare part, as an alternative to standard pollen filters.
Honda explains that the first two microfiber layers of the filter capture most ultrafine aerosols, dust and pollen; the third layer, made of activated carbon, is responsible for the adsorption of harmful pollution such as particulates and acid gases. A fourth bio-functional layer coated with an active layer derived from fruit extract then effectively inactivates captured viral aerosols and prevents them from being released back into the cabin air. Honda says that this functionality has been conclusively proved by a comprehensive series of tests conducted in collaboration with the Austrian Research Institute, OFI.
The company adds that the fine particle filtration layers provide improved protection against virus transmission in comparison with standard filters. They demonstrably separate not only droplets (>5μm), but also critical viral aerosols (droplet nuclei significantly below 5μm). Honda says the filter can trap more than 90% of viral aerosols. Furthermore, the second step inactivates almost 100% of the captured viral load via the bio-functional layer.
A report published by Impact Solutions could not have used RecyClass’ “Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE Films” to verify the recyclability of a degradable film, since degradable plastics are explicitly excluded from the scope of the RecyClass protocols, said the organization. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
In reference to the report, “Impact Solutions’ Recyclability Report,” published on Feb. 18, 2021, by Impact Solutions, a laboratory commissioned by Polymateria to carry out a recyclability test of a polyethylene film with biodegradable additive technology called PLM-G, RecyClass has made the following declaration:
“As the laboratory testing was done according to the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE Films, RecyClass would like to clarify that it was contacted by Polymateria to perform laboratory analysis of the PLM-G film in question on May 13, 2019. The composition and ‘oxidation’ properties of the material are described in the patent description of Polymateria (European Patent EP354032). Since degradable plastics are explicitly excluded from the scope of the RecyClass protocols, as they have an impact on polymers’ degradation and, therefore, are not compatible with plastics recycling, RecyClass answered Polymateria on May 14, 2019, stating clearly that it cannot run such tests, as the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols are based on a harmonized methodology to test the recyclability of a specific technology in a defined, conventional plastics recycling stream (“RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PET Films”
Reinach, Switzerland, 16 March 2021 – Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, and Jeanologia, world leader in sustainable and efficient technology development, today announced the launch of ‘Pad-Ox G2 Cold’, a water-saving dyeing process at room temperature for casual looks.
Archroma initially introduced its eco-advanced Pad-Ox dyeing process for woven fabrics, and then used it as part of its ADVANCED DENIM concept. The idea was fairly simple, yet technically revolutionary at the time. By combining the oxidation and fixation steps, it is possible to shorten the dyeing process and thus realize substantial resource savings in water, wastewater, cotton waste, and energy.
Over the years the company has worked with its textile manufacturers and partners to improve the Pad-Ox process, in particular woven applications such as chinos and casual wear. To achieve maximum positive impact, Archroma is using its Diresul® range of low sulfide sulfur dyes and, more recently, its innovative plant-based range of EarthColors®. A wide selection of dyes from these two ranges have received the Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certification. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
For many years, the fashion industry observed the profound impact of climate change on the world’s environment. Now, as consumer preferences shift toward sustainability, 2021 will be a pivotal year for the fashion industry as emerging technologies lay the foundation for a more sustainable future. During this crucial time, Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business at Lenzing, reveals the top three sustainability trends impacting the fashion landscape in 2021.
- Debunking myths and assuming responsibility
Consumers continue to seek ways to become better informed and make eco-conscious purchases. As a result, eco-friendly brands are creating products that consumers can feel comfortable in purchasing. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
In addition, brands are also publishing their environmental credentials and eco-friendly initiatives to help consumers keep them accountable for their progress toward sustainability. Eco-conscious brands are actively driving sustainable changes as compared to some fast fashion and luxury brands who are lagging behind or still distancing themselves from the conversation.
QEM to study potential for flagship Julia Creek project in Queensland
Australian operator QEM has commenced studies into green hydrogen opportunities at its Julia Creek oil shale project onshore Queensland, Australia.
QEM on Monday said its strategic progression comes amid a buoyant market, supportive government policy and optimal project location. The hydrogen strategy would underpin the continued development of its Julia Creek oil shale and vanadium project. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
The company’s advancement of its green hydrogen production strategy comes amid growing investment and interest in such renewable energy ventures from both the private and public sectors.
“The commissioning of these studies will lay the groundwork to advance our green hydrogen strategy at Julia Creek, amid increasingly buoyant market conditions and the project’s optimal location and resource profile to produce hydrogen on-site,” said QEM managing director Gavin Loyden.
The bottle filling machine market is projected to grow at more than 4 per cent between 2020 and 2027, reaching an estimated value of $5.55 billion by 2027, claims Data Bridge Market Research. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
Rising purchasing power of global consumers is the main reason for the growth in semi-automatic and automatic bottling filling machines, with food and beverage sectors leading the way. Pharmaceuticals are also increasingly contributing to this sector’s growth.
Stress heavy taxes threaten country’s textile exports
Karachi :Traders of polyester filament yarn (PFY) have highlighted that heavy taxes are alarming for textile exports, therefore, the government should reduce the taxes on raw material. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
Prices of PFY, a basic raw material for the textile industry and small and medium-sized units, have increased sharply in local markets, said Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Imports Deputy Convener Khawar Noorani. “It is catastrophic for exports of the textile industry,” he said.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) first quarterly report 2020-21, the output of textile sector increased 2.2% in the first quarter (Jul-Sept) of fiscal year 2020-21 compared to marginal growth of 0.2% in the same period of previous year.
The lacklustre performance of the textile industry could be attributed to a couple of factors, the quarterly report said.
First, the harvest of local raw cotton, which serves as an input for the upstream cotton textile industry, remained below par. Less availability of raw material, in turn, necessitated imports of the commodity to the tune of $208 million, which was the highest first-quarter import bill since fiscal year 2008.
Moreover, the increased reliance on imported cotton also raised costs for the export-oriented industry, said the report. The second factor that hampered the growth of cotton textile production was the low international demand for textile products.
Saudi Arabia and Germany on Thursday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation on the production and exploitation of hydrogen, said Arabnews. Petrochemicals Plasticwaste Composites
The kingdomпїЅs Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, said the MoU will build on existing Saudi-German dialogue on energy developments aimed at achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The worldпїЅs first large scale green hydrogen plant is currently under construction in the new пїЅmegacityпїЅ of Neom on the Red Sea coast. Officials hope the USD5 bn Air Products JV will be the first phase of a mission to turn the country into a global hydrogen hub.
Last year, Saudi Aramco shipped the worldпїЅs first cargo of blue hydrogen, with ammonia identified as a key carrier for hydrogen given existing shipping and logistics infrastructure and relatively lower transport costs. On the German side, the MoU was signed by Peter Altmayer, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.