Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy 20-04-2022

Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

-LyondellBasell sells Australia polymer business

LyondellBasell has agreed to sell its Australian polymer business, LyondellBasell Australia (LBA), to Viva Energy, said Chemengonline.

BA’s operations include polymer manufacturing and distribution at Viva’s Geelong refinery near Melbourne.

LBA’s Geelong plant is Australia’s only producer of polypropylene (PP). The refinery provides the propylene feedstock for PP.

“This acquisition is another step in the development of our Geelong Energy Hub and the further diversification of our commercial and industrial businesses,” Scott Wyatt, CEO of Viva Energy, said in announcing the deal this week.

The deal’s financial terms or the expected completion timeline were not disclosed.

As MRC wrote earlier, in July, 2021, Neste and LyondellBasell announced a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock from Neste that has been produced from 100% renewable feedstock from bio-based sources, such as waste and residue oils and fats. This feedstock will be processed through the cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name. Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

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-Technip Energies & Alterra Energy jointly developing sustainable plastics projects

Combination of advanced recycling and purification technologies enable more efficient processing and reuse of hard-to-recycle plastic.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Technip Energies and Alterra Energy (“Alterra”) today announced they have signed a global joint development and collaboration agreement to integrate Alterra’s commercially available liquefaction process technology with Technip Energies’ pyrolysis oil purification technology to maximize adoption of recycled feedstock and improve circular economy solutions for the global petrochemical industry.

Alterra provides an innovative, patented, thermochemical liquefaction, converting hard-to-recycle plastic into pyrolysis based oil (“PyOil”).

Technip Energies brings extensive knowledge of ethylene furnace and steam cracker design, preparation and purification of heavy feedstocks for refining and petrochemical facilities, all of which is combined in their Pure.rOil ™ purification technology ensuring safe, reliable and an optimized integration with individual crackers.

The combination of both companies’ solutions ensures Alterra’s recycled PyOil is drop-in ready feedstock to further accelerate the replacement of hydrocarbon-based oil with recycled feedstock in the production of new plastic-based materials.

Bhaskar Patel, SVP Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Circularity at Technip Energies said: “Technip Energies’ Pure.rOil ™, combined with Alterra’s experience and innovative advanced recycling solution, is helping create new pathways toward solving the plastic waste problem. This partnership with Alterra further strengthens our growing presence in the field of plastics recycling and circularity. ”

Frederic Schmuck, CEO of Alterra Energy, stated “Our partnership with Technip Energies allows us to offer a more holistic value proposition to our customers by ensuring that our recycled product can be utilized as a direct feed in the majority of existing chemical and petrochemical assets for the production of new plastics, thus closing the plastic recycling loop. To meet the growing demand for recycled content, Alterra will continue to forge partnerships and collaborations with innovative companies like Technip Energies to create a recycling ecosystem that’s as efficient and effective as possible.”Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Technip Energies & Alterra Energy jointly developing sustainable plastics projects

-Exports of PTA from China increased by almost a third in February

Export shipments of refined terephthalic acid (PTA) from China to other global markets rose 32.4 percent in February from the same month a year earlier, ICIS said.

Thus, the export of material from China amounted to 260.35 thousand tons during the reporting period against 196.59 thousand tons in February 2021.

In relation to January 2022 (412.44 thousand tons), february exports of PTA from the country, on the contrary, showed a decrease of 36.9%Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Earlier it was noted that by the end of 2021, the export of material from China amounted to 2,575.53 thousand tons, while the main export destinations for December were countries such as India, Turkey and Pakistan.

PTA is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Evrnu Is Driving The Apparel Sector To Embrace The Circular Economy

Among its many environmental impacts, it is estimated that the fashion industry uses about 10 percent of the water used by industry worldwide.

While some companies are tackling the negative impacts of the global fashion industry with the types of raw materials they use, and others are trying to overhaul one or more stages of the textile manufacturing process, Seattle-based Evrnu is creating systemic change. Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

The company recently launched what it says is the world’s first high-performance recycling lyocell Material made from 100 percent textile waste.

Evrnu’s mission dates back to when its co-founder, Stacy Flynn, spent a month in China, where she noticed the impact of toxic sewage from textile factories on local communities. Founded by Flynn and Christopher Stanev, both former employees of well-known textile companies, Evrnu aims to tackle textile waste and pollution at large. With its textile technology system nucyclethe company says it can only make its NuCycl r lyocell fabric with Cotton textile waste as starting material.

The company’s manufacturing process begins with the sorting of textile waste, which is then shredded and finally cleaned. The recycled textile pulp is then converted into a highly durable “R-Lyocell” fiber through a closed-loop process. The final fiber, says Evrnu, is one of superior durability and can replace and even outperform new cellulosic and synthetic fabrics, which make up 90 percent of all current textile fibers.

Evrnu recently introduced this material with a t-shirt designed by Karl fields; In the past, the company has worked with brands such as Levi Strauss which explored the use of waste materials to make clothing.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

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PP futures in China fell 1.5% amid weak demand and falling crude oil futures

China’s polypropylene (PP) futures fell 1.5% on April 11, ICIS reported, citing data from the Dalyan Mercantile Exchange (DCE).

Thus, the PP futures for May 2022, the most actively traded on DCE, were at the level of CNY8,594 (USD1,349) per ton on April 11, which is CNY133 per ton below the approval level of the previous trading day.

According to DCE, about 2.05 million tons of PP were put up for sale on Friday for deliveries in May this year.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

PP futures in the country declined amid falling crude oil futures and weak demand in the downstream market caused by a rise in covid-19 cases in many cities in the country.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, buying activity on spot last week was low. First, a serious increase in polypropylene prices has limited current purchases by some processors. Second, some sellers limit their PP sales on the spot, including due to preventive shutdowns and reduced load in some industries.

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-Dow plans to raise PE prices in the US and Canada in May

Dow plans to raise polyethylene (PE) prices by 7 cents per pound (USD154 per tonne) in the U.S. and Canada in May, the company said in a letter to its customers.

The letter added that the company will also implement the previously announced price increase of 7 cents per pound in April.

Domestic demand for PE is robust, although logistical difficulties affecting export sellers are leading to an increase in inventory levels.

According to MrC’s ScanPlast, by the end of 2021, the estimated consumption of POLYETHYLENE in Russia amounted to 2,487.45 thousand tons, which is 13% more than in the same period a year earlier. The supply of all types of ethylene polymers has increased.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Dow plans to raise PE prices in the US and Canada in May

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-ECONYL® Makes a Difference This Earth Day + Beyond

The following post is brought to you by ECONYL®. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

With Earth Day coming up this Friday, April 22, running a circular economy and taking the best possible care of our one and only planet is top of mind. That sentence brings along a lot of questions with it: What is the circular economy? Why is it important? How do we achieve it? What role do designers play in a circular economy?

A circular economy is a systemic approach to economic development that’s designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

It’s the opposite of a linear model that creates waste in a throwaway society. Instead, a circular economy is regenerative and aims to separate the ideas of growth and consumption from one another. It minimizes the use of virgin resources, doesn’t add to pollution, and protects our health. A circular economy is the keystone to creating a sustainable society. And one of the biggest keys to creating one lies in the products we choose to purchase and use in our daily lives.

Last year we introduced you to ECONYL®, a versatile, innovative nylon that can be recycled and regenerated infinitely without reducing quality. Resource extraction, and the waste created by the process itself, are big contributors to environmental damage and climate change. ECONYL® yarn uses 100% waste materials in its manufacturing process, saving 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoiding roughly 65,100 tons of CO2 eq. emissions for every 10,000 tons of raw material produced in comparison with standard nylon.

ECONYL® nylon is currently used by more than 2,000 brands worldwide, proving that beauty and quality are not exclusive of sustainability. And as renewable, carbon-free energy gains in popularity, a growing number of manufacturers are sourcing what were once seen as throwaway materials and using them to create new products. This not only reduces waste and energy, it makes the circular economy that much stronger. Aquafil, manufacturer of ECONYL® regenerated nylon, is a leader in this push forward. Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

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-Angelini Industries Takes Full Ownership of Fameccanica

P&G gives up ownership stake in hygiene machinery specialist

Angelini Industries, a multi-business Italian industrial group which operates in 26 countries with 5700 employees, has signed an agreement with Procter & Gamble to buy 50% of Fameccanica, which until now was a 50/50 joint venture between the two companies. The deal will give Angelini Industries 100% ownership of the international company which specializes in automation and robotics for the consumer goods industry. Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

The closing of the operation is subject to approval by the Antitrust Authority and is expected during June 2022.

The agreement aims to consolidate Angelini Industries’ pursuit of growth and diversification as it becomes increasingly active in the field of industrial technology, thanks to the skills and know-how of Fameccanica, which will keep its leadership unchanged under the guidance of Alessandro Bulfon.

“We are taking an important step,” says Sergio Marullo di Condojanni, CEO of Angelini Industries,”in the diversification and internationalisation of Angelini Industries. With the acquisition of Fameccanica we wish to further invest in a sector which has great growth potential and in which Italy has extraordinary resources. We are convinced that automation, innovation and robotics will be increasingly at the heart of profound change in industrial processes and will therefore represent a great growth opportunity for our Group.”

“The operation opens up a new stage in the history of Fameccanica,”  comments Alessandro Bulfon, general Mmanager at Fameccanica –which will see the strengthening of our strategy of growth and leadership in the sector of single-use hygiene products, our historic stronghold, at the same time providing further drive to our diversification plans. I wish to thank P&G, which has participated in the growth and development of Fameccanica and will remain one of our key clients on all the main markets.” Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

With over 1200 lines of machinery delivered worldwide, over 600 active patents and 700 employees in three production facilities in Italy (San Giovanni Teatino, in the province of Chieti), China (Shanghai) and the U.S. (West Chester, OH), Fameccanica designs and develops technologies, robotics and services for the industrial production of fast-moving consumer goods, sustainable packaging, handling and automated recognition for logistics and digital services dedicated to process optimisation, with constant attention to sustainability and continuous innovation.

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-Exports of PTA-from-China increased by almost a third in February

Evrnu Is Driving The Apparel-Sector To Embrace The Circular-Economy

PP futures in China fell 1.5% amid weak demand and falling crude-oil-futures

Dow plans to raise PE-prices in the US and Canada-in-May

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