Anellotech BioPET China Trade 17-01-2022

Anellotech BioPET China Trade

-Anellotech: Bio-TCat technology is for commercialization

One hundred percent biobased, polymer-grade p-Xylene produced in Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant has been used by Suntory, a global consumer beverage company, to make 100 percent bio-PET resin and successfully produce prototype PET beverage bottles,  as announced by the company on Dec. 3, 2021.

Production of bio-PET, starting with bio p-Xylene from the Bio-TCat  technology of Anellotech through the subsequent downstream separation, purification, intermediate PTA (purified terephthalic acid) and final PET steps, was the last milestone to completely validate the Bio-TCat technology for the production of prototype 100 percent biobased bottles. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

This follows more than 5,000 hours of successful TCat-8 pilot plant operation using pine wood feedstock to produce metric tons of BTX aromatics. To date, enough of the produced bio paraxylene was separated to allow potential production of more than 5,000 100 percent biobased Plastic 500 ml bottles, while fully meeting polymer grade specifications.

This achievement by Anellotech and its joint process development alliance partners, IFPEN and Axens, affirms their commitment to innovative production of cost-competitive renewable chemicals. Anellotech also partnered with Johnson -Matthey for the Bio-TCat catalyst development.  Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant, built to develop the Bio-TCat technology, demonstrates the performance of this efficient thermal-catalytic process which converts non-food renewable biomass feedstocks into aromatics. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

The Bio-TCat process will enable aromatic chemical producers and brand owners to meet environmental, sustainability product goals, due to its low carbon footprint and its non-food renewable biomass feedstock.  Bio-TCat benzene can be used to make a range of bio-styrenics, nylon, and polycarbonate, while Bio-TCat toluene can be used for production of polyurethanes.

Discussions are underway by Anellotech and its exclusive licensing partner Axens to commercialize the Bio-TCat Process, by identifying potential partners (including off-take) and a plant location for a first 500 tonne/day feed rate commercial plant.  A “white paper” process design package has already been completed by Axens for adaptation to the actual plant site, once selected.

“The competitive advantage of Anellotech’s Bio-TCat generated paraxylene is its process efficiency (it uses a single-step thermal catalytic process by going directly from biomass to aromatics (benzene, toluene and xylene)), as well as the opportunity it creates for a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to its identical fossil-derived paraxylene in the manufacture of PET, especially as it generates required process energy from the biomass feedstock itself,” said  David Sudolsky, president and CEO of Anellotech

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-Collaborative solution for processing recycled material into thin-walled containers

The Thin Wall Integra collaborative project offers a fully automated solution for the high-volume processing of recycled material into thin-walled containers with a material saving of up to 35% and HolyGrail 2.0 compatible labels.

Arburg’s subsidiary in France has collaborated with Collomb, a mould maker specialising in thin-walled containers, Pagès Group, a robotics expert for packaging, Verstraete, an IML label manufacturer, Koch-Technik, a material flow specialist, and Borealis, a raw materials supplier on the Thin Wall Integra project.

According to the group, the collaboration offers a new one-stop shop concept for the production of thin-walled five-litre buckets. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

The jointly-developed concept is based on a fully automated injection moulding cell around a hybrid Allrounder 720 H in packaging version with a 1-cavity mould, with a complete cycle reportedly taking approximately five seconds.

The concept also features a handling system with a telescopic arm that engages from the rear side of the machine, where it first loads the mould with the IML labels. The sequentially operating robotic system then removes the labelled buckets and stacks them on a deposit mat, which are automatically picked up by a robot for palletising.

The group says that the combined robot technologies make the system particularly compact, while the recyclate is continuously fed into the machine via an automatic conveyor system.

In addition, the group claims that the product has a proportion of 55% recycled material, with its design enabling material savings of up to 35%. The buckets also offer simplified stackability for savings on space.

The group notes that the buckets also use HolyGrail 2.0 labels, which makes it easier recycle the materials used by type. The HolyGrail 2.0 digital watermarking project began semi-industrial trials in 2021, while its first prototype detection sorting unit was also successfully validated last year. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

Collaborative solution for processing recycled material into thin-walled containers

-Europe ACN buyers more regionalised in 2022, costs a concern

As Europe navigates the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the focus on regionalisation has become a trend for a segment of acrylonitrile (ACN) buyers, but increasing costs are a growing concern. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

Sources are trying to figure out what this will mean for their businesses and margins.

The soaring freight rates from Asia and supply chain disruptions have led many buyers over the past 18 months to challenge the status quo of business agreements.

While freights have come off their peak seen in December, they are still much higher than pre-pandemic levels.

The likelihood of this focus on regional business being a longer-term strategy is slim for some sources at least, but it could be the trend for a proportion of the market for the first half, and possibly all, of 2022.

Not just high freight rates have hampered movement of product from Asia to Europe, but some reduced output in Asia has too in Q4, some of which was a direct response to the ‘dual control’ policy in China.

The Lunar New Year celebrations in February, the ‘dual control’ policy and the winter Olympics due to be held in Beijing next month all continue to impact the flow of product. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

No real improvement is expected on logistic woes until at least H2 this year and some say 2023.

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) buyers continue to struggle to secure material in Europe and stocks in the region remain low. There is one example of a backlog of ABS orders and that player is not expecting to see balance before mid-2022.

Sources would still prefer to spread the exposure across the regions, but the lack of ABS imports and more recently acrylamide and acrylic fibre (AF) has seen stronger-than-usual order books of these ACN buyers.

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-BDI cautiously optimistic about German industry’s recovery

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is cautiously optimistic about the economic recovery in industry. “Order books are full, but production is not keeping pace with demand. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

Pandemic-related restrictions and supply bottlenecks are affecting large parts of the economy,” BDI president Siegfried Russwurm said recently. The economy could face another stop-and-go year.

With the right framework conditions, however, there is also a chance that 2022 will be the year with the strongest economic momentum since 2010.

The BDI expects Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the order of 3.5 per cent this year–after 2.5 percent last year. German exports would probably increase by four per cent this year compared to last year—and thus by just half as much as last year.

According to the BDI, the German industry is facing massive disruptions to its global supply chains. Many companies in the automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering industries are suffering from supply bottlenecks.

“These bottlenecks will slow down industrial value creation by more than 50 billion euros in each of 2021 and 2022,” Russwurm said in a press release. “Despite full order books, a lack of microchips, components and raw materials will continue to affect production for some time.” Anellotech BioPET China Trade

In view of the risks, he said, the economy is all the more dependent on reliability and predictability – also in the SME sector: “The top political priority this year must be to strengthen industry, exports and innovation. After all, industry will continue to be the engine that drives our country’s economy and prosperity in 2022,” emphasised the BDI president.

BDI cautiously optimistic about German industry's recovery

-China’s Omicron Outbreak Is Even Worse News for Global Supply Chains

  • China facing multiple outbreaks of delta and omicron variants
  • Two cities are now locked down, more are facing restrictions

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An omicron outbreak in China is sending jitters through supply chains as manufacturers and shippers brace for disruption inside the world’s-biggest trading nation if it can’t contain the fast-spreading variant.

In 2020 and 2021, China’s ‘covid-zero’ strategy meant factories could stay open throughout the pandemic to produce everything from health equipment to laptops that global consumers hoovered up at a record pace. But there’s been confirmed cases of local infection everyday since mid-October and it’s likely even tougher restrictions will be needed to curb omicron’s spread, with knock-on consequences for ports and factories as more cities lock down.

So far China’s not facing the problems seen elsewhere like shortages of some foods in Australia or Japan, or an estimated 5 million workers staying home sick in the U.S. last week. But with an end to ‘covid-zero’ unlikely as China prepares to host the Winter Olympics next month and a series of political events later in the year, policy makers have to decide how much to increase restrictions, and consider how that will hit an already slowing economy and global trade. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

“The reality is that China remains the center of global manufacturing,”said Thomas O’Connor, a supply chain expert at Gartner Inc. in Sydney. “If there was significant manufacturing or logistic shutdowns in China associated with covid-related challenges, that would have a massive impact on the global economic environment.”

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-China’s State Council announces guidelines to stabilise trade

China’s State Council recently called for efforts to ensure domestic supplies of commodities as part of guidelines to stabilise exports and imports as a counter-cyclical buffer against uncertainty clouding the trade landscape. The cabinet released measures to prop up micro, small and medium enterprises and revised the list of retail imports via e-commerce. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

The guidelines proposed an acceleration of export tax rebates and the improvement of export credit insurance services to better protect smaller trade firms against the cancellation of orders before shipments.

Presently, the country’s exports and imports are facing increased uncertainty, instability and imbalance, and the fundamentals of its trade operations remain unsound, the State Council said in an announcement.

Among the measures that are intended to secure orders, stabilise expectations and foster stable trade are efforts to coordinate and ensure stable commodity imports and broaden the import categories to better meet diversified consumption needs, state-controlled media outlets reported.

International consumption promotional activities are also being eyed to boost imports of consumer goods. In addition, overseas storage facilities got a mention in the guidelines, with financial institutions that offer cross-border financial services being encouraged to beef up financial support for traditional trade firms, cross-border e-commerce businesses and logistics firms so that they can build and utilise overseas warehouses. Anellotech BioPET China Trade

Anellotech BioPET China Trade

Anellotech BioPET China Trade

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-University of Michigan uses recycled Kevlar fiber to solve lithium-sulfur battery life cycle issues

The University of Michigan Chemical Sciences and Engineering team, led by Professor Nicholas Kotov, has developed a “new biologically inspired battery membrane” with recycled Kevlar fibers that could quintuple electric vehicle ranges and have a lifespan of 1,000 cycles. Petrochemicals Recycled Kevlar fiber

The Ann Arbor, Michigan research facility is one of the best in the world, and Kotov, whose research focuses on the development of biomimetic nanocomposites, the self-assembly of nanoparticles, and chiral nanostructures, has worked to change the narrative on lithium-sulfur cells. “There are a number of reports claiming several hundred cycles for lithium-sulfur batteries, but it is achieved at the expense of other parameters—capacity, charging rate, resilience, and safety,” Kotov said in a press release from the University.

“The challenge nowadays is to make a battery that increases the cycling rate from the former 10 cycles to hundreds of cycles and satisfies multiple other requirements including cost.” Petrochemicals Recycled Kevlar fiber

Lithium-sulfur batteries can enable five times the capacity of standard lithium-ion cells, which are used in electric vehicles. However, as Professor Kotov mentioned in his quote, the lifespan is significantly decreased due to chemical reactions between molecules. The most common reason for reduced life cycles in lithium-sulfur batteries is dendrites, which are appendages that are designed to receive communications from other cells. These can pierce the membrane of cells, reducing the life span and thus the life cycle of a battery cell.

Another problem is polysulfides, or small molecules of lithium and sulfur, can form and flow to the lithium. They bond and cause blockages, reducing the effectiveness of the membrane. “The membrane is needed to allow lithium ions to flow from the lithium to the sulfur and back—and to block the lithium and sulfur particles, known as lithium polysulfides.”

Petrochemicals Recycled Kevlar fiber

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-University of Michigan uses recycled Kevlar fiber to solve lithium-sulfur battery life cycle issues

Anellotech: Bio-TCat technology is for commercialization

-Collaborative solution for processing recycled material into thin-walled containers

Europe ACN buyers more regionalised in 2022, costs a concern

BDI cautiously optimistic about German industry’s recovery

China’s Omicron Outbreak Is Even Worse News for Global Supply Chains

China’s State Council announces guidelines to stabilise trade

Food contact PCR Recycling 15-01-2022

Petrochemicals Recycled Kevlar fiber

Paraxylene PTA Polyester Petrochemicals 17-01-2022

Paraxylene PTA Polyester Petrochemicals

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ITEM 10/01/2022 17/01/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton +150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,080 $/ton 1,090 $/ton- +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,625 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton +175
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton +250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Paraxylene PTA Polyester Petrochemicals

5,185 yuan/ton 5,290 yuan/ton +105
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 760 $/ton 775 $/ton +15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,100 yuan/ton 5,270 yuan/ton +170
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 675 $/ton 698 $/ton +23
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 943 $/ton 962 $/ton +19
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 923 $/ton 942 $/ton +19
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,043 $/ton 1,063 $/ton +20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,635 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,200 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,250 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,200 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton +300
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,380 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +220
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,350 yuan/ton 14,250 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,340 $/ton 2,340 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,800 yuan/ton 15,650 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 15,450 yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Paraxylene PTA Polyester Petrochemicals

36,500 yuan/ton 36,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,450 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,100 yuan/ton 20,350 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,600 yuan/ton 18,650 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 78,000 yuan/ton 75,000 yuan/ton -3,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 68,000 yuan/ton 66,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 58,000 yuan/ton 56,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,260 yuan/ton 7,670 yuan/ton +410
Benzene overseas  market 987 $/ton 1,011 $/ton +24
Ethylene South 965 $/ton860 965 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,445 $/ton 1,437 $/ton -8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,600 yuan/ton 11,400 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Paraxylene PTA Polyester Petrochemicals

2,050 $/ton 1,900 $/ton -150
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,200 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton- +300
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,850 yuan/ton 12,850 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
8,770 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton +380
Naphtha overseas market  744 $/ton 775 $/ton
Phenol domestic market 11,180 yuan/ton 11,180 yuan/ton

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