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Enhanced portfolio with spunbond from recyclate and meltblown: sustainability and performance, the keywords at the fair
RadiciGroup’s nonwoven innovations are on display at the INDEX trade fair (stand 2629), to be held from 19 to 22 October 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Active in the spunbond production business for more than 30 years with the dylar® product line, the Group is introducing Respunsible®, a reduced environmental impact spunbond made from recycled polypropylene, and radimelt™, the brand name for the Group’s line of meltblown nonwovens and composite materials (e.g., SMS).
“Compared to the last edition of the fair,” said Enrico Buriani, CEO of the RadiciGroup Nonwovens Business Line, “we are introducing new products that, on the one hand, satisfy the ever-increasing demand for sustainability coming from our target markets, and, on the other hand, meet the need for local European industries to manufacture meltblown nonwoven, a material with extremely high filtering properties, until recently mostly imported from Asia.”
Mr. Buriani continued: “Additionally, during the pandemic, we set out to use our dylar® as the main component of protective gowns for medical use. Starting from scratch and in record time, we set up a local supply chain for the production of personal protective equipment that is still going strong today and has led to the creation of a new business. In short, today we are at INDEX with a much more varied offering, which, I am proud to say, once again demonstrates the resilience of our Group.”
Arburg presented the Recyclate package at Fakuma with hardware and software changes that can also be implemented in retrofit.
ARBURG recyclate package As part of the arburgGREENworld program, Arburg presented the new “Recyclate” package at Fakuma. recycled material is used.
The interventions concern modifications to the plasticizing unit (screw and cylinder) and an intelligent regulation of the process, with specific functions, such as the parameters for multistage start-up.
As far as plasticization is concerned, the “Recyclate” configuration includes a modified cylinder with filtering nozzle to ensure continuous feeding, without interruptions, even in the case of poorly flowing materials. The screw, with CrN coating to reduce the accumulation of deposits and counteract wear, has a geometry designed to facilitate the homogenization of the melt. Furthermore, the increase of the maximum temperature in the plasticizing cylinder up to 450 ° C makes the processing more flexible, expanding the types of printable materials. The intervention can be performed at any time, even after the machine has been installed in the department (retrofit).
By distributing injection control inside the hot runner, the Ultrashot system allowed a molder to eliminate variability in a medical diagnostic part even as it doubled tool cavitation. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
Incremental improvements can only get you so far — sometimes you have to start over to rebuild better. Husky took that approach in advancing hot runner and injection molding technology, and it resulted in the Ultrashot system, which the company displayed for the first time at a trade show at Fakuma last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. James Plumpton, Advanced Solutioning Team Leader for the Bolton, ON–based company, explained the thought process and the outcome to PlasticsToday from the Husky booth.
“As you make more parts in the same press, performance declines. Everybody in the hot-runner world, including us, has spent efforts fine tuning, trying to accommodate the variability,” said Plumpton. Rather than make incremental adjustments to improve performance, Plumpton’s team chose to eliminate the variation. It achieved that goal by distributing the injection control inside the hot runner.
“Normally, the injection unit controls all the filling, pressure, and impulse for all of the cavities inside the mold,” he explained. “There’s a large volume of melt between where you control pressure and where you actually need it, which is at the gate. The melt is compressible, especially when you have high pressure. So one of the things we tried to do is eliminate the variability that comes from compressibility and the volume of melt you have between where it is pressurized and where you need the pressure.” It’s a simple idea, he added, but the gains are huge. “Now we have pressure control very close to the gate.”
Mechanical recycling moves the circular economy
Mechanical recycling is an essential component of the circular economy. It can be applied to various material classes like plastics, lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, or metals. End-of-life materials can be processed via collecting, sorting, shredding, melting and transforming it into secondary raw materials for a new application. Manufactured from recycled material, the article enters its new use-phase before the next end-of-life management. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
For plastic waste, mechanical recycling is the preferred recycling solution if ecologically most beneficial, technologically possible, and economically attractive. Chemical recycling will complement mechanical recycling.
But there is more than plastics: BASF also engages in the recycling of precious metals and lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
Sep 10-30: NFY plant O/R dropped more than downstream, but inventory remained high
Since the middle of September 2021, required by the dual controls on energy consumption, nylon textile filament (short as NFY) plants and downstream weaving & knitting mills in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong, etc. had curtailed production evidently. The production restriction enlarged at the end of Sep. In around 20 days between Sep 10 and Sep 30, NFY plants had cut the operating rate by 26%, and its major downstream sectors had cut by different degrees.
Except for Wujiang water-jet loom, the cut in operating rate of other downstream sectors was less than NFY plants. But Wujiang water-jet loom has been a major consumer of NFY, and NFY demand was largely curtailed in Sep.
In addition, downstream buyers were not confident about late market trend, and they only restocked at need-to basis. Thus NFY inventory remained high as around 35.6 days by the end of Sep. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
From a global perspective, Europe and the US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics technologies, a new study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows. Europe and the US each accounted for 30% of patenting activity worldwide in these sectors between 2010 and 2019, or 60% combined. Within Europe, Germany posted the highest share of patent activity in both plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies (8% of global total), while France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium stand out for their higher specialisation in these fields.
itled Patents for tomorrow’s plastics: Global innovation trends in recycling, circular design and alternative sources, the study presents a comprehensive analysis of the innovation trends for the period 2010 to 2019 that are driving the transition to a circular economy for plastics. The report looks at the number of international patent families (IPFs), each of which represents an invention for which patent applications have been filed at two or more patent offices worldwide (so-called high-value inventions). It aims to provide a guide for business leaders and policymakers to direct resources towards promising technologies, to assess their comparative advantage at different stages of the value chain, and to highlight innovative companies and institutions that could contribute to long-term sustainable growth. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
FCC Medio Ambiente has completed the renovation of the CITR (Centro Integral de Tratamiento) waste management facility located in Las Marinas, El Campello, Spain. FCC Medio Ambiente is part of the FCC Group, which serves 66 million people in more than 5,000 municipalities around the world and manages more than 23.5 million tons of waste annually through a network of more than 200 environmental recovery and recycling complexes. FCC Medio Ambiente partnered with STADLER for the CITR renovation, based on a long-standing relationship between the two companies.
“The size of the facility, the short time in which to complete the work, and the added complexity of having to carry out the refurbishment while the plant was in operation, were factors that drove our decision to choose STADLER,” commented Javier Cerezo, technical manager of FCC Medio Ambiente. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
“The waste treatment sector in Spain has been in constant evolution for many years now, and it will continue to do so in order to address the challenge of the European objectives. With new technologies such as STADLER’s it is possible to extract mores materials, with better quality, from the processed waste, as well as producing compost or alternative fuels.”
With this modernization, he said the CTIR has raised its performance to the level of newly built plants and will be able to provide service to municipalities for the next 15 years. Over 3 months, STADLER has replaced technology that had become obsolete with the latest generation equipment in the waste treatment sector.
Purchase of Faser Veredlung Tönisvorst enables BFT to immediately increase capacity for sustainable bast fibers
Bast Fibre Technologies (BFT), a manufacturer of specialty natural fibers for the global nonwoven industry, announces the acquisition of Faser Veredlung Tönisvorst (FVT), an ISO 9001 certified textile processing facility located in Tönisvorst, Germany. This purchase enables BFT to immediately increase capacity to meet customer demand for its sustainable bast fibers and provides a firm platform for expansion and continued growth.
With over 20 years of fiber processing experience, FVT is located within close proximity to major European centers for bast crop cultivation and nonwoven fabric construction. This transaction follows BFT’s strategy of establishing low carbon, regional supply chains by sourcing, producing, and selling within specific regions. The facility is currently being expanded with the installation of specialty refining equipment specifically designed to optimize natural bast fibers for use in a variety of nonwoven applications.
“We are excited to have FVT as a part of our company,” says BFT president Jim Posa. “FVT has a long history of working with natural fibers and this acquisition has accelerated our transition towards becoming a fully integrated manufacturing company. FVT has consistently produced the highest quality bast fibres for BFT, so it was a logical step to bring this capability in house. Europe is leading the way on single-use plastic reduction strategies and the ability to produce these fibers in Europe will become increasingly important for the production of truly sustainable nonwovens in wipes, hygiene products and more.” Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
Technip Energies and Shell Catalysts & Technologies announce that their jointly developed improvements on the Cansolv CO2 Capture technology are being tested in a pilot plant campaign at Fortum Oslo Varme’s Waste to Energy plant, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
In response to the increased global interest in Carbon Capture & Storage, the technologists and engineers of Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Technip Energies are working closely to bring continuous improvements to the Cansolv CO2 capture system’s process design, efficiency and costs. These efforts are to ensure improved affordability and aid wide scale deployment of carbon capture solutions by their Clients.
The 3-month test campaign has been kicked off in August 2021 and will entail different test phases that will support the extension of the related improvements.
This is the second test campaign conducted by this collaboration. In the first campaign, the low volatility and amine emissions of the DC-103 solvent used in the process was demonstrated as well as its low absorption energy and solvent degradation.
Nick Flinn, General Manager Decarbonisation of Shell Catalysts & Technologies, commented:” Although we have been designing and operating capture facilities for many years, we continue to strive to lower the cost through continuous improvement and development. Mechanical Recycling Nonwoven CO2
This can only be achieved through close partnerships with the owner, the engineering company and the technology provider. This collaboration with Fortum Oslo Varme and Technip Energies is a nice example of 3 companies working in lockstep to achieve a common goal: decarbonising in a cost-effective manner.”
SITTARD, THE NETHERLANDS, October 18, 2021 – SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced that the newly formed Hygiene & Healthcare segment of its Petrochemicals business will showcase its extensive portfolio of SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers for high-purity nonwovens and hygiene films at the upcoming INDEX™ Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 19 through 22, 2021. The company’s exhibit at Booth #2441 will also feature enabling solutions developed with partners to address the issue of plastic waste and support the transformation of the industry towards a circular economy with closed-loop initiatives and certified circular polymers under its TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services.
“Our new Hygiene & Healthcare market solution organization will align our efforts to support our customers’ needs in this industry more effectively,” says Abdullah Al-Otaibi, General Manager ETP & Market Solutions, SABIC Petrochemicals. “The new setup will drive tailored technology platforms and advanced product developments for customers who require this advanced, differentiated performance. At the same time, it will help us maintain and strengthen our competitive lead by accelerating the pace of innovation to respond to market trends more quickly.”
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