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SK Group’s chemical unit SKC, food company Daesang and trading company LX International have forged a joint venture to develop and distribute a petroleum-based biodegradable plastic called PBAT, the companies said Tuesday.
SKC will contribute 104 billion won ($87.5 million), while Daesang and LX will provide 40 billion won and 36 billion won, respectively, for the joint venture.
Once commercialization starts, the joint venture will become the second-largest manufacturer of the material in the world, it said.
The PBAT set to be produced by the joint venture uses a material extracted from trees to make it higher in density than normal PBAT, they explained.
Daesang will provide the ingredients, SKC will provide the technology and LX International will manage sales and distribution.
A manufacturing plant capable of producing 70,000 tons of the material a year is expected to break ground around October 2023, Daesang said.Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
Conversion technology company says it has the backing of several packaging and polymers producers.
Sydney-based technology provider Licella has produced a report it says highlights the potential for establishing a chemical recycling facility in Australia to focus on difficult to mechanically recycle plastic scrap such as food packaging. Licella says it has backing for the project from global packaging and polymers producers such as Amcor, Coles, iQ Renew, LyondellBasell and Nestlé. Biodegradable Plastic Recycling Textile
“Advanced recycling allows soft plastic waste, like confectionery wrappers and bread bags, to be turned back into oil, then made into new food-grade packaging in Australia,” says Licella. The company says its study found that putting the oil created from discarded plastic back into the local plastic packaging supply chain “delivers a 64 percent CO2 reduction compared to crude oil.”
The study identified Altona in the Australian state of Victoria as the location best placed for an advanced recycling facility, “given the area’s existing infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities,” according to Licella.
“It is an opportunity to establish Victoria, and Australia, as a leader in this emerging new industry,” states Licella, which has developed a catalytic hydrothermal reactor (Cat-HTR) it calls “the world’s most commercially advanced hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) technology,” with HTL being “the ‘next generation’ of advanced recycling equipment,” according to Licella. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
Licella says creating a circular economy for plastic is essential for Australia to meet its National Waste Policy commitments. Australia’s National Packaging Targets require industry to use an average of 50 percent recycled content in packaging by 2025, meaning “demand for recycled content, especially food-grade plastic, is expected to grow significantly,” says the technology provider.
The advanced recycling facility presents the opportunity to divert up to 120,000 metric tons (or nearly 25 percent) of the plastics sent to landfill every year in Victoria alone, says the firm. If the proposed facility processed 20,000 metric tons per annually, it would produce 17,000 metric tons of oil per year “that could be used in the local plastic supply chain. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles
Lanxess’ Macrolex Orange HT ideal for high-voltage components in electric vehicles. New dye from LANXESS increases safety under the hood
A new heat-stable soluble organic dye that can be used to permanently color nylons and other high-processing temperature engineering plastics like PC or PPS with the RAL 2003 shade of orange used in high-voltage applications, has been developed by Lanxess. Halogen-free Macrolex Orange HT, which also boasts light fastness, weather resistance and outstanding color strength and brilliance, has been shown to offer consistently high quality and high-precision coloration (dE ≤ 0.7), which is particularly important for orange shades. A color difference of dE<1 cannot usually be perceived by the human eye.
Vehicles with electric drives are naturally exposed to higher voltages and currents than combustion engines. Voltages of up to 400 V DC in the battery circuit and up to 1000 V AC in the engine circuit are possible, with AC voltages exceeding 42 V and DC voltages exceeding 60 V already considered potentially life-threatening.
This is why the live components of an electric drive are colored bright orange so that they can be quickly and easily identified. As a result, Macrolex Orange HT product helps to reduce the risk of accidents during the handling of electric motors. In addition, this colorant can also be used for other high-quality plastic products such as housings for tools and other electronic devices as well as technical plastics for vehicle parts and structural applications. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
Today the European Commission tabled its long anticipated proposal of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation, with an aim “to ensure that the EU does not export its waste challenges to third countries”. However despite some interesting provisions, current suggestions fail to adequately address the scale and impact of waste trade.
The proposal follows a call for a plastic waste export ban from 36 MEPs and 89 organisations signatory to the BFFP EU Plastic Waste Trade Manifesto, and Commissioner Sinkevicius’ citing the EU’s desire to enact ambitious rules on waste during a Rethink Plastic alliance waste trade event held in September.
Long criticised for its practice regarding waste shipments, notably plastic, the EU has been urged many times to take ambitious action to end this crisis causing significant health, environmental and social harm for receiving countries.
The current proposal is a step above current measures in place. However, the safest, most effective and circular solution, expert NGOs stress, is to mirror the growing movement of receiving countries in prohibiting plastic waste trade, and for the EU to take responsibility for the high levels of waste it generates by banning all extra-EU plastic waste exports.
The choice to only currently restrict certain plastic exports to non-OECD as well as the lack of clarity over certain measures proposed, including the potential for exemptions on plastic waste exports, independent audit requirements and the current resistance of the EU in fully transposing the Basel Convention only further weakens the proposed rules.
“The Basel Convention calls for all countries to be self-sufficient in waste management,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network. “Certainly, the EU, which is very well resourced compared to the rest of the world, should be among the first group of nations to achieve full waste self-sufficiency and stop playing the global waste trade shell game. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes SortingOil PET Bottles Oil
They must adopt a no-exceptions ban on waste trade period.”
Global provider of packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry Sidel is the first to install a production line for PET bottles in Baghdad as part of a government greenfield project. This initiative by the Iraqi National for Food is a response to the growing demand for bottled water in the country. The line is able to produce 48,000 bottles per hour at 96% line efficiency. It also complies with sustainability standards and showcases right-weight expertise.Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
This particular equipment has the EvoBLOW blower fitted that lowers the required volume of compressed air by 35% with its AirEco2 double air recovery option. In order for the tool to use fewer chemicals and water during external cleaning, the Sidel Matrix Filler is utilised. It enables a smaller filling environment with its SF100 reduced filler enclosure.
“We are very happy that we chose Sidel for our complete water line project, in particular during the pandemic. The Sidel team provided great consultancy and conducted efficient execution so that our product could be launched in a short period of time,” said Mohammed Jasim, Executive Manager at Iraqi National for Food.
Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company study finds
Bangladesh has the potential to produce $1.2 billion worth of recycled textile and garment items as the country has a big production base for cotton fibre clothing items, according to a recent study by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and McKinsey & Company.
In total, six major manufacturing countries — Vietnam, Turkey, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh — could tap into a $4.5 billion market in the form of this post-industrial recycling opportunity, as per the analysis.
These are all markets with high viability for such a model, given the economic significance of the textile industry and commitment of local policymakers to supporting the sector.
“There is huge economic potential to scale up this model beyond Bangladesh,” the study said. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
Less than 1 per cent of materials used to produce clothes is recycled, representing a loss of more than $100 billion in materials each year, it added.
The study — Circular Fashion Partnership (CFP) Scaling Circularity Report — was launched virtually yesterday.
The CFP is a cross-sectoral project to support the development of textile recycling in Bangladesh.
In 2020, the overall uptake of recycled fibres compared to the total fibre production was only around 8.1 per cent, with 7.6 per cent coming from recycled polyester from plastic bottles, not textiles.
Cotton accounted for 24 per cent, or 26.5 million tonnes, of the global fibre market in 2020, while recycled cotton made up less than 1 per cent.
Ellesmere Port recycling innovator, BIG ATOM, is celebrating a major breakthrough in its attempt to revolutionise the tyre recycling process, after receiving a £350,000 grant from Innovate UK.
The Oil Sites Road based clean-tech recycling company, which already boasts the North West’s second largest tyre recycling plant, has been given the cash injection to develop its patented chemical reactor technology, which will convert old waste tyres into new materials.Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
Company founder, Alexander Guslisty, said that the grant would enable the business to develop the concept of a novel pyrolysis reactor with improved temperature control and efficiencies to create an even more sustainable regeneration process for polymers.
Alex said: “We already recycle tyres and have just processed our one millionth, but this Innovate UK grant will accelerate our tech development and bring us closer to create circular economy for polymers – thus ending the concept of polymer waste.”
“It is a huge breakthrough and will open up new opportunities that will accelerate our IP and pathway to commercialisation. What’s more, the process will be good for the environment and support our ultimate goal of bringing an end to waste materials.”
BIG ATOM will continue to shred and granulate tyres providing the feedstock to the pyrolysis reactor to convert them into oil, gas, and recovered carbon black that can be used again and again.
Alex added: “We will be able to generate higher yields of valuable products compared to existing reactors and ultimately, we’ll be able to produce a more stable and desirable product for refineries to use as their feed.”
Material analysis system now in use in North Carolina is capable of efficiently and accurately analyzing plastic flakes and regrind to determine their material composition and quality Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting
Sesotec GmbH, a global provider of technologies and services for foreign object detection, material sorting and analysis, has provided The Polymers Center of Excellence, a not-for-profit organization established by the State of North Carolina to assist companies in the plastics industry, with a FLAKE SCAN material analyzer.
This system is capable of efficiently and accurately analyzing plastic flakes and regrind to determine their material composition and quality. Within minutes, FLAKE SCAN evaluates the types of plastics present (e.g. PET, PP, HDPE, or mixed plastic flakes), their colours, and whether they are contaminated with metals. The FLAKE SCAN analysis system delivers data that can be immediately leveraged to make decisions about whether plastic flakes and regrind are pure enough for profitable use. Furthermore, the results provide valuable insights into the recycling process and the functionality of the various components in use.
For Sesotec, this collaboration with the Polymers Center of Excellence helps to establish contact with customers who use the facilities to test the latest technologies in search of the best solutions for their processes.
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