In view of the current tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ambitions in Europe, it is with great pride that DSM and Fibrant announce the accomplishment of a major reduction in the GHG emission of Caprolactam and thus subsequently also of PA6 as produced in Europe by July 2021. The GHG emission saved is estimated to be around 800 million kg CO2 on annual basis. This significant reduction has been achieved by implementing several technology improvements amongst which an advanced N2O abatement program in Fibrant’s Caprolactam production process.
From July onwards, Fibrant will market its Caprolactam with reduced carbon footprint under the tradename EcoLactam®.
Paul Habets, Marketing and Sales Director Fibrant: “I am proud to announce that Fibrant changes over to 100% EcoLactam®, a new generation Caprolactam with a very low carbon footprint (CFP). This has all been achieved by continuous process improvement and a clear focus on sustainability. With a new and extraordinary generation of products we will reduce our CFP by over 50% through significant N2O reduction and by applying our proprietary HPO® and Hydranone® technology, while keeping the excellent performance and quality at the same high level.”
Construction work on Evonik’s new polyamide (PA) 12 complex at Marl Chemical Park is virtually complete and it will be taken into operation this year, as per the company’s press release. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Construction of the new complex has been virtually completed in just under two years. The individual process units will now be taken into regular operation step-by-step. Full start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter.
The complex creates 120 new highly skilled jobs. At the same time, it increases Evonik’s production capacity for this high-performance polymer by more than 50% and gives it the world’s largest PA 12 production complex in Marl (Germany).
Evonik has invested around half a billion euros in this future-oriented project. That is the largest investment in the company’s history in Germany.
The high-performance polymer polyamide 12 is used in attractive growth markets such as 3D printing, medical technology, automotive engineering, and as substitute for steel. Evonik’s sites in Asia also offered attractive conditions for the construction of the world’s most modern PA 12 complex.
Resin producer Nova Chemicals boosts water-vapor transmission performance and improves food packaging recyclability.
A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that offers significantly improved moisture barrier for multilayer flexible packaging and enables development of more recyclable polyethylene (PE) films has been introduced.
From Nova Chemicals, the new resin — named Surpass HPs267-AB HDPE — is designed for blown-film applications. Nova reports that it delivers up to 20% an increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded films vs. Nova’s best-in-class Surpass HPs167-AB resin. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Thanks to the moisture barrier improvement, packaging made from the new resin offers increased shelf life for packaged foods.
“Because of its exceptional barrier performance, this product is ideal for meat and cheese, baking staples, cereals and crackers, pet food, and high fat-content products,” Eric Vignola, Food Packaging Market Manager, tells PlasticsToday.
The resin also provides a more recyclable option for converters that supply packaging to food companies. Converters can use HPs267-AB HDPE to replace nonrecyclable metallized or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) laminate layers without sacrificing a film’s stiffness and while assuring maximum he
Beauty giant will implement technology first for one of its brands in the Luxury Products division
L’Oréal, the world’s largest beauty brand, is paving the way for other cosmetics giants to up their environmental credentials with a new recycled cosmetics bottle made using enzymatic technology. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Developed by biotech solutions provider Carbios, the new bottles will first be adopted by the company’s Luxury Products brand Biotherm.
While still a few years away from entering production, with a launch date of 2025, the technology is compatible with all types of PET plastics including clear, coloured, opaque and multilayer materials, making them infinitely recyclable.
L’Oréal first joined forces with the fellow French firm in 2017 to co-found a consortium that brought Carbios’ biotech capabilities to the beauty market on an industrial scale.
Since then, the centenarian beauty business is said to have been working with the team to develop the PET-derived enzymatic recycling technology.
“This is a promising innovation for the years to come that demonstrates our commitment to bring to market more environmentally friendly packaging and which is part of a circularity initiative begun more than 15 years ago,” said Jacques Playe, L’Oréal’s Packaging and Development Director.
Eni, state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a deal to asses the feasibility of producing hydrogen in Egypt, reported Reuters with reference to the Italian energy group’s statement on Thursday. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The move is part of Eni’s major overhaul launched last year to transition into renewables and taper off its oil and gas output.
This agreement builds on Eni’s target of eliminating Scopes 1, 2 and 3 net emissions by 2050, cancelling out relative emission intensity and referring to the entire life cycle of energy products sold. The projects also fits with Egypt’s national strategy for energy transition, diversifying energy mix and developing hydrogen projects in cooperation with major international companies.
The groups will conduct a study into joint projects to produce both green hydrogen, using electricity generated from renewables, and blue hydrogen, through the storage of carbon dioxide. The review will also analyse potential local consumption of hydrogen and opportunities for exports.
A pending European Union labelling legislation which intends to provide information on a product’s environmental credentials will significantly disadvantage all natural fibres, including wool, if released in its current state.
And according to newly elected Australian Wool Innovation chair Jock Laurie, the proposed labelling laws are a critical threat to Australia’s wool industry
“We need to make sure we are all on a level playing field, particularly at a time when you have everyone talking about environmental issues and sustainability,” Mr Laurie said. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
“A sustainable fibre like wool struggling because of labelling laws to compete with synthetics……that’s quite extraordinary.
“If it plays through in Europe, that model could be utilised by any of the other major wool destined markets around the world.”
In the past three week, caprolactam and nylon 6 chip market have been rising continuously, but CPL price increase was apparently faster than its downstream polymer. By July 5, CPL RMB spot stood up to the platform 15,000yuan/mt (6 months payment), a highest rate in the past 32 months (the last highest price in CPL RMB spot was seen on November 16, 2018, at 15,000yuan/mt). This rate was almost same high with nylon 6 conventional spinning (CS) chip spot (15,200yuan/mt, T/T cash). To consider the price spread between the different payment (around 250yuan/mt), CPL RMB spot and nylon 6 CS chip spot price spread was around 450yuan/mt, which was apparently lower than the mainstream break-even line from CPL to PA6 CS chip, 850yuan/mt.
The firmness in CPL market came mainly from the strong performance of benzene and tightening CPL supply. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
First, despite the seemingly high price, CPL makers were not in lucrative profit, as it was just chasing up benzene. CPL-benzene price spread had dropped to a lowest point in early June, when CPL plants were under deficits already, and the profit was only recovered by the end of June when the price hike in CPL surpassed its feedstock.
Second, intensive turnarounds had injected much force to CPL plants. Since mid-June, 2021, increasing number of CPL plants had cut or shut production for turnarounds, as CPL plants operating rate was falling from 92% on June 11 to 59% by July 5, down 33 percentage points in just 24 days. The supply was already tight since end-June, and situation became more extreme in July. It provided a solid base for CPL suppliers to raise offers.
A European project aimed at increasing the recycling rates of plastics waste containing hazardous substances promises to change the way waste from the automotive, construction, electrical and electronic industries is handled and disposed of at the end of life. Currently, this waste is landfilled or incinerated under controlled conditions, to contain the hazardous additives it contains.
The NONTOX project is exploring technologies that will make it possible to produce safe, high quality secondary plastic materials from this waste stream. These include both recycling processes and routes to optimise the overall process economics via integration. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The project is being implemented within the context of Europe’s ambitions to transition to a circular economy for plastics, as set down in the EU Plastic Strategy adopted in 2018.
The project is being coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Other members of the multidisciplinary consortium including internationally renowned RTOs, universities, key industrial partners and recyclers as well as product design experts.are AIMPLAS, Fraunhofer, Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Treee, Fundación IMDEA Energía, Stena Recycling International AB, Galea Polymers, ECODOM – Consorzio Italiano per il Recupero e Riciclaggio Elettrodomestici, Norner Research AS, Aalto University and Coolrec.
The project partners are focussing on the recovery of plastic materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment, end-of-life vehicles, and construction and demolition waste, all of which contain hazardous additives and undesirable compounds such as flame retardants, stabilisers and filler materials. The project is yielding important additional knowledge about and experience with the pre-treatment and sorting of plastic waste containing hazardous substances.
Dutch converter Cedo is to more than double its recycling capacity for flexible films by 2024 as it seeks to advance its circular economy credentials.
“We hope that this move will stronghold our position as the biggest recycler of flexible plastics films in Europe,” said chief executive Rik De Vos. “The second stage of the expansion project has now been approved by our shareholder, Straco, with negotiations well under way with technology providers and architects.”
In Europe it is estimated that only one third of PE flexible film waste is sent for recycling. Increasing the recycling capacity, together with establishment of well-functioning extended producer responsibility schemes, would help reap the benefits and opportunities of this market, claims Cedo. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide