China Bottle-to-bottle recycling 18-01-2022

China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

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-China’s ‘perpetual motion’ housing machine has started to slow

Since 2009, “everyone has known” that China’s housing market would continue to grow forever. All one had to do was to invest, and wait for the profits to roll in.

It has been a fabulous few years, as long as you were prepared to suspend disbelief – or didn’t bother to investigate further:

In 2008, Beijing began the largest stimulus programme in history as the chart confirms  China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

It started with $1tn at the end of 2008, and $2tn in 2009; then it was $3tn by 2013

By 2017 it was up at $4tn, and $5tn by 2020; by 2021 it had reached a cumulative $41tn

The real excitement began in 2011 with the publication of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) flagship report,  The Rise of the Middle Class in the People’s Republic of China..

CEOs and investors didn’t need to read beyond the headline – they were ‘off to the races’ with their wallets bulging, ready to go all-in on the growth story of the century.

Pity the poor people who actually made the mistake of reading the Report. They discovered that the definition of “middle class” was “$2 – $20 per capita daily income”. Or in other words, just $7300/year at the top of the range. And even that was in ‘purchasing power parity‘– an artificial way of boosting actual incomes to make them seem higher. China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

-Bottle-to-bottle recycling can boost transition to circularity in plastics

Pollution caused by the irresponsible disposal of plastics is a significant issue, particularly in developing countries such as Sri Lanka.

According to Great Britain’s Royal Statistical Society, it is estimated that only 9% of all plastics ever produced globally has been recycled.

This is particularly concerning since according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), all nations collectively produce about 300 million metric tonnes of plastic every year – nearly equivalent in weight to that of the entire global human population. China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

However, not all plastics are equal in this equation. Polyethene terephthalate (PET) plastics, in particular, stand out, given that they are 100% recyclable.

PET is considered the most promising food-packaging plastic for recycling and is used extensively for this purpose, particularly for the production of bottles containing drinks, hand sanitisers, dishwashing liquid etc.

In addition, PET is more suitable for the recycling process, given its ability to minimise the possibility of contamination following consumption.

Hence, in sharp contrast with the overall recycling rate of plastics, PET bottle recycling rates in some countries exceed 80%. Sri Lanka also aspires to increase its PET bottle collection and recycling rate from 27% to 100% by 2025 to ‘ensure safe, high-quality and durable products,’ as per the National Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management in Sri Lanka (NAPPWM). China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

Bottle-to-bottle recycling can boost transition to circularity in plastics

China’s ‘perpetual motion’ housing machine has started to slow

Bottle-to-bottle recycling can boost transition to circularity in plastics

Sulzer’s bioplastics production technology selected by NatureWorks

Reliance acquires UK-based firm Faradion for GBP 100 mln

PFF Group invests £200,000 to reduce carbon footprint

-A look at how car companies are using environmentally friendly materials in their interiors to further shift the industry towards sustainability

-What is the first bottle made entirely of other bottles

Herrmann Ultrasonics Expands Nonwovens Laboratory

China Bottle-to-bottle recycling

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-Sulzer’s bioplastics production technology selected by NatureWorks

Sulzer is delivering customised production technology for NatureWorks’ latest biopolymer manufacturing facility which will be located in Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex, Thailand. Developed to support the increasing global demand for polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics, the fully integrated plant will utilise Sulzer Chemtech’s advanced lactide purification and polymer production technology to produce 75 000 tpy of Ingeo PLA, which is used in applications such as compostable food packaging.

Selected to design and supply lactide purification, polymerisation and devolatilisation units at NatureWorks’ newest facility, Sulzer Chemtech will provide technology, engineering services and key equipment to design and supply fully customised production solutions meeting NatureWorks’ specific requirements.

The use of the company’s crystallisation technology will deliver high-purity lactides suitable for Ingeo PLA grades, while the polymerisation and post-reaction train will convert lactide into the full portfolio of Ingeo grades. Extensive support during the project execution phases will also be provided to help NatureWorks begin its operations quickly and smoothly. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

As part of the company’s global manufacturing expansion plan, the new facility will increase NatureWorks’ overall production capacity of lactic acid, lactides and advanced Ingeo PLA biopolymers.

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-Reliance acquires UK-based firm Faradion for GBP 100 mln

Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd, a Reliance Industries subsidiary, has acquired 100% shareholding in UK-based firm Faradion Limited for GBP 100 million, reporte Business Standard.

Reliance will spend an additional GBP 25 million to accelerate its roll out, Reliance Industries said in a press release. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

Faradion Limited is a leading global battery technology firm that has patents of sodium-ion battery technology. The Sheffield and Oxford-based firm has a wide range of IP portfolios covering several aspects of the sodium-ion technology.

The technology provides next generation, high density, safe, sustainable and low cost energy storage technology solution, the company said.

Reliance will use Faradion’s state-of-the-art technology at its proposed fully integrated energy storage giga-factory as part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex project in Jamnagar, the Mukesh Ambani-led firm said.

On the acquisition, Ambani said, “We welcome Faradion and its experienced team to Reliance family. This will further strengthen and build upon our ambition to create one of the most advanced and integrated New Energy ecosystem and put India at the forefront of leading battery technologies.” Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

Ambani also said that Faradion’s technology will help secure India’s energy storage requirements for its fast-growing renewable energy and EV charging market.

Reliance acquires UK-based firm Faradion for GBP 100 mln

-PFF Group invests £200,000 to reduce carbon footprint

Food packaging specialist PFF Group is investing £200,000 in new transformer technology which will significantly reduce carbon emissions at its Keighley site.

Family owned PFF Group is one of the UK’s largest independent food packaging manufacturers, supplying supermarkets, multi-national food manufacturers, food service and fresh produce companies across the country.

In the first stage of the phased installation, the new voltage management technology will reduce PFF’s energy costs and increase efficiency at the site, resulting in a 5% reduction in the firm’s carbon footprint.

Supplied by Sheffield-based smart energy solutions manufacturer Powerstar, the transformer enables electricity to be transferred from one circuit to another at changing voltage levels, to improve the safety and efficiency of power systems and reduce carbon emissions. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

PFF General Manager Lee Brydon said: “As a producer of sustainable packaging, PFF places great importance on using resources efficiently and this latest investment demonstrates that we take our carbon reduction commitments very seriously.

“Transformers become less efficient as they age and upgrading our existing equipment will increase power resilience and enable greater energy efficiency, thereby lowering our carbon footprint.

“Plastics continue to have a vital role to play in food production and our objective is to produce packaging that delivers the most sustainable solution when accounting for whole life costs – from production to transportation emissions, food waste and recyclability. Carbon footprinting offers the most accurate assessment of the way our products impact on our planet. Therefore, reducing our carbon footprint is the biggest thing we can do to protect the environment.”

Sustainability is a core value for PFF, which is a member of two environmental global initiatives, NEXTLOOPP and Operation Clean Sweep. NEXTLOOPP aims to produce the first commercially available high quality food grade polypropylene (FGrPP), while Operation Clean Sweep seeks to ensure plastic does not end up in waterways.

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-A look at how car companies are using environmentally friendly materials in their interiors to further shift the industry towards sustainability

Giving up a gasoline-powered vehicle in favour of an electric car can be a big step toward reducing one’s personal carbon footprint. But for environmentally conscious drivers, a holistic approach to sustainability goes well beyond what’s happening under the hood.

As consumers increasingly prioritize their spending on greener products, one major purchase that’s getting a sustainable makeover is the car. In an industry-wide shift, automakers of all types are making big investments in sustainable innovations for their designs, including where drivers engage with their vehicles the most – the interior.

“When most people think about sustainability in the auto industry, they usually think about emissions,” says Debbie Mielewski, the head of the technical sustainable materials group at Ford Motor Co. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

And with the federal government aiming to have combustion-engine cars phased out in Canada by 2035, electric-vehicle technology is crucial for companies such as Ford. The automaker will continue to develop the category with a $30-billion investment through 2025, according to Ford chief futurist Sheryl Connelly, who is in charge of long-term thinking, planning and strategy at the company,

But in tandem with advancements in electric vehicles is work Mielewski’s team does researching, identifying and implementing recycled content and plant-based materials. The goal is to use such materials to produce parts that maintain or exceed the performance and quality of parts traditionally made primarily from virgin plastics. “We look at waste streams to turn literal trash into treasure for our products,” Mielewski says. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

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-What is the first bottle made entirely of other bottles

The Danone company, together with its Water business, presented the first Villavicencio bottle made from 100% recycled plastic, known by its acronym RPET. East It is a milestone for the history of the company in Argentina and reinforces its commitment to the triple impact, a novel business concept that is based on three pillars: the social perspective, environmental care and economic benefit.

In this way, the company consolidates the path it has been traveling through its inclusive recycling program, within the framework of which established the commitment for 2023 to recover 100% of the plastic (PET) equivalent to its entire portfolio. “Villavicencio is a brand whose purpose is to preserve and conserve the environment. For this reason, for more than 10 years we have promoted environmental and social initiatives that guarantee this purpose, and the circularity of our packaging is one of them,” said Diego Páramos, Marketing Director of Aguas Danone Argentina. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

The recovery of plastic containers, known by its acronym PET, which gave rise to this production of RPET containers is carried out by the company in alliance with an NGO. “We work hard on the development of sustainable packaging and, thanks to the recovery of PET plastic that we carry out together with the AVINA Foundation, today we have our bottle made of 100% recycled plastic. This launch is a milestone for the Aguas Danone business that marks our commitment to 2023″, says Páramos.

Danone developed in Argentina the first bottle produced only from recycled plastic

As a company of essential products for food, nutrition and hydration, Danone works on these actions to supply increasingly healthy products to communities while also taking care of the planet. In this way, together with the Water business, it assumes the objective of make its packaging 100% circular, eliminating those that are not necessary and innovating so that those that are needed can be safely reused, recycled or composted. Likewise, the material it produces remains in the economy and does not become waste. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

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-Herrmann Ultrasonics Expands Nonwovens Laboratory

Company upgrades ultrasonic lab calendar at its Bartlett, IL, headquarters

The Herrmann Ultrasonics Nonwovens business unit, a specialist and technology leader in the field of continuous welding of web materials including nonwovens, films, foils and tissue since 1994, has made significant investment into expanding the Nonwovens laboratory and upgrading the most modern and fastest ultrasonic lab calendar, the ULC 600+, located in the Bartlett, IL, headquarters.

The investment will allow the company to strengthen its global presence and give support to the growing markets and demands of North America with increased application testing, customer support, and Herrmann Engineering.

The laboratory investment consists of:

  • Ultrasonic bonding processing speed capabilities above 600 m/min (2,000 ft/min).
  • Upgrade to the ULC 600+, Ultrasonic Lab Calendar with state of the art Allen Bradley drives and controls, along with the latest web tensioning system.
  • Added elastic unwind and guiding systems to run Herrmann Ultrasonics patented Elastic Anchoring solution.
  • New windows based HMI MICROGAP G4 ultrasonic bonding solution platform.
  • Increased lab square footage.
  • Quick exchange systems for anvils to run efficiently different patterns for the same application.
  • New test and measurement area. Bioplastics Battery technology Nonwovens

Herrmann Ultrasonics Expands Nonwovens Laboratory

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