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-Nongfu Spring in China trusts Sidel’s dry preform sterilisation to enhance its aseptic production flexibility

Nongfu Spring’s latest additions to its beverage portfolio required a hyper-flexible and safe aseptic solution, able to process high- and low-acid, still and carbonated products in PET, while enabling impactful bottle designs. With four decades of supporting sensitive beverage producers worldwide, Sidel recently engineered and installed a complete aseptic packaging line, integrating the Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis™. The line helped the leading Chinese beverage player launch a breakthrough in the domestic market: sparkling Ready-to-Drink (RTD) products, aseptically bottled in PET.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Founded in 1996 in Hangzhou, Nongfu Spring Co Ltd. (Nongfu Spring) is one of the key players in the soft drinks market in China, maintaining leadership in the packaged water market over the past eight years. The company bottles not only high-quality natural drinking water, but also vegetable and fruit juices, functional beverages, teas and other high-quality soft drinks, including plant protein yogurt, premium water for elderly people and vitamin water. Its strong focus on innovation and premium brand positioning are contributing to the steady customer base increase, even within beverage categories.

Nongfu Spring in China trusts Sidel’s dry preform sterilisation to enhance its aseptic production flexibility

-Turkish association urges buyers to stop purchasing virgin raw materials

“Speculative” current prices have been inflated via artificial supply restrictions by petrochemical companies, warns PAGEV

The Turkish plastics industry association PAGEV has called for the removal of import duties and protectionist measures on plastics raw material imports, after pointing to a suspicious wave of closures by the global petrochemical industry that has ruined the supply and demand balance. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

As of November 2020, petrochemical companies around the world have cut production and reduced the supply of raw materials under various pretexts, allowing prices to rise rapidly and giving the suspicion of an OPEC-like Cartel arrangement.

In a press statement, PAGEV said that the profitability of cartel-like conduct, coupled with supply chain disruptions, logistics issues, and most importantly the reluctance of governments to intervene due to the fragility of the global economy because of the pandemic, encourages some companies to continue these practices.

Turkish association urges buyers to stop purchasing virgin raw materials

-Recycled-Content TPEs for Overmolding Globally Expanded

Avient has expanded its reSound R recycled-content TPE range in North America and Asia that are compatible with PC, ABS, and PC/ABS and launched over 80% recycled content versions in Europe. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

A global expansion of the reSound R portfolio of post-industrial (PIR) and post-consumer recycled (PCR) content TPEs for overmolding from Avient, Avon Lake, Ohio, is underway. The portfolio includes grades for applications such as footwear, consumer electronics and personal care. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

▪  In North America, Avient is launching an additional reSound R recycled content TPE grade for PC, ABS, and PC/ABS overmolding. The grade contains 30% PIR content at 80 Shore A hardness and is compatible with consumer electronics applications such as phone cases.

-Eastman cooperates with Estée Lauder on their line of molecularly recycled polyesters produced via Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling

The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and specialty materials provider Eastman announce a global memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enable ELC to take significant strides towards its 2025 sustainable packaging goals.

Through the agreement, ELC and its portfolio of brands will begin incorporating packaging solutions enabled by Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies and portfolio of Renew resins with up to 100% certified recycled content.* This is the first sustainability-based agreement between Eastman and a major prestige beauty house and will help drive the increased use of recycled and/or recyclable plastics in luxury cosmetics packaging. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“Our suppliers play a critical role in helping The Estée Lauder Companies continue to move the needle and think innovatively about sustainability,” said Roberto Magana, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for The Estée Lauder Companies. “Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies and portfolio of Renew products will help drive the achievement of the company’s sustainable packaging goals while maintaining the high-quality aesthetic, safety and performance of our prestige products. We look forward to collaborating with them.”

Eastman cooperates with Estée Lauder on their line of molecularly recycled polyesters produced via Eastman's Advanced Circular Recycling

-Paraxylene producers in Asia raise their April contract prices by USD40-70 per tonne

Major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for April shipments at USD910-940 per tonne, up USD40-70 per tonne from March levels, market sources told ICIS . Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Prices have been denominated on CFR Asia delivery terms.

Thus, the Japanese Eneos Corporation announced its contract price for paraxylene for April at USD910 per ton, CFR Asia, and South Korean SK Global Chemicals announced its price for material supplies next month at USD940 per ton, CFR Asia.

India’s Reliance Industries, meanwhile, has nominated its April paraxylene contract price at USD920 per tonne CFR Asia.

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on contract prices for paraxylene in Asia reached an agreement for March at USD870 per tonne, which is USD165 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month. The contract price for paraxylene has been approved on CFR Asia terms.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Clariant joins the EU Circular Plastics Alliance

  • Participation reinforces active support for more circular plastics economy
  • Partnerships and collaboration to advance plastics value chain
  • Specialty chemicals as key enabler for product circularity and waste minimization

Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced it has officially joined the EU Circular Plastics Alliance. The alliance aims to enhance plastics recycling in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal program. Clariant’s engagement is part of the company’s active support for the transition towards a more circular plastics economy.

“Shifting towards a global circular plastics economy is an immense challenge that can only be brought forward through ambitious commitments, collaborations and an active stakeholder dialog.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

As part of the Circular Plastics Alliance, Clariant is looking forward to working closely with other key players in advancing plastics circularity throughout Europe,” said Bernd Hoegemann, Clariant’s Chief Transformation Officer.

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-Formosa increases April PE prices in the US by USD88 per tonne

Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, a subsidiary of a major global petrochemical producer Formosa Petrochemical, announced an increase in the price of polyethylene (PE) of all Formolene grades for deliveries in April this year, the company said in a letter to its customers.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thus, the increase in April prices for the company’s PE will be 9 cents per pound (USD198 per ton) and will come into force on April 1, 2021.

The supply of PE to the United States was limited prior to the mid-February winter storm off the US Gulf Coast, which caused at least temporary disruptions to most of the PE manufacturing facilities in the country.

These factories have gradually returned to service over the past few weeks, but production losses have significantly reduced the supply of already small batches of material.

Formosa increases April PE prices in the US by USD88 per tonne

-Proposed plastic packaging tax ‘falls short’ says TIPA

Sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic should be exempt from the UK’s new plastic packaging tax, according to a flexible compostable packaging producer.

Writing to the UK Treasury, TIPA said: “Traditional recycling alone is failing to deal with the millions of tonnes of plastic detritus on our planet and there is no foreseeable change to this without systematic change in the materials we employ, including compostables.”  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The company’s call for action was backed by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), a UK trade body, and came as the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax consultation closes.

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-Biome Technologies plc wins new £273k grant to support compostable bioplastics scale-up

Biome Technologies has announced that its Bioplastics division has been awarded funding of £273,000 from the UK Government’s Innovate UK.

The funding it to support a new £350,000 collaborative project to scale-up its novel compostable bioplastic materials with the University of Nottingham’s Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

In line with expanding Biome Bioplastics materials portfolio using novel technology, this funding will accelerate the testing of the commercial viability of the three most exciting candidate materials in the division’s current research portfolio.

This project will use microwave technology in the development of an efficient, industrially scalable manufacturing process and will conduct further larger-scale testing at the Biorenewables Development Centre in York.

Since 2013, Biome’s Bioplastics division has directed more than six million pounds of research and development funding, supported by various grants and in association with a number of leading UK universities, towards a new portfolio of bio-based and biodegradable materials.

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-Repsol to build Spain’s first PU foam recycling plant

Materials firm Repsol will build at its Puertollano industrial complex, Spain’s first plant for chemical recycling of PU foam, the main component of mattresses, sofas, and vehicle seats, among other uses. At the end of its useful life, PU foam is one of the most difficult plastics to process.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The new recycling facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and will entail an investment of approximately EUR12 million. Once operational, the plant will be capable of processing around 2,000 tonnes/year of PU foam, the equivalent of 380 linear km of mattresses placed side by side.

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