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-Pressco and Somex announce strategic partnership
Pressco Technology Inc. and Somex Ltd. are pleased to announce their strategic and exclusive partnership effective March 2022.
Pressco Technology, with headquarters in the USA since 1966, is well known for developing high-speed vision and sensory inspection solutions to improve process control and maximise profitability for manufacturers in the food, beverage, and packaging industries.
Somex is an Irish company founded in 2000 with an established market share as a supplier of high quality off-line testing instruments for manufacturers and fillers of PET containers. Somex instruments are complimentary with Pressco’s range of quality and process management products. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
The combination of each company’s innovative solutions will provide customers access to a comprehensive portfolio of in-line inspection solutions and off-line testing instruments, allowing to add increased value to their businesses.
-PVC prices slip in Asia
This week, PVC prices dropped in Asia. The price fall was on the back of lower import offers from overseas suppliers coupled with continued lacklustre buying trends in the region.
Weaker upstream ethylene values further supported the price drop.
In China, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1340-1370/mt CFR levels, a fall of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.
In China, a Taiwanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1340/mt levels for shipment in May 2022.
In South East Asia, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1380-1440/mt CFR levels, a week on week decrease of USD (-20/mt).
In Vietnam, a South Asian producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade in the range of USD 1380-1440/mt levels for shipment in May 2022
In India, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1500-1570/mt CFR levels, a sharp fall of USD (-40/mt) from the previous week. Buying trends were reported to be soft in the open markets of India.
In India, domestic producers have reduced their PVC resin suspension grade prices by Rs.6/kg basic, with effect from April 19, 2022.
A Japanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade in India at the USD 1720/mt levels for shipment in May 2022. This offer does not attract any customs import duty in India. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
A producer from China has offered its PVC resin suspension grade in India at the USD 1500/mt levels for shipment in May 2022. A Taiwanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1570/mt levels for shipment in May 2022. A South Korean producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1560-1590/mt levels for shipment in May 2022.
In Sri Lanka, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1620-1680/mt CFR levels, down USD (-20/mt) from last week.
In Bangladesh, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1620-1670/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-30/mt).
In Bangladesh, a Taiwanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1620/mt levels for shipment in May 2022.
In Pakistan, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1580-1670/mt CFR levels, a fall of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.
-VIBA presents bacteriostatic masterbatch for PE medical disposable gloves
VIBA offers its VIBATAN PE BACTERIOSTATIC 51A0150 to prevent contamination of plastic products, according to SpecialChem.
The addition of this masterbatch prevents and stops the growth and propagation of microorganisms and keeps its efficacy even after numerous washes of the end-product, due to the release of small dosages of active substance on each washing cycle. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
VIBATAN PE BACTERIOSTATIC A0150 has been expressly developed for the extrusion of mono and multilayer films, even having thin thickness, and above all to produce medical disposable gloves in PE (in places like hospitals the presence of organic bacteriostatic additives is not always well accepted). The product is suitable also for polyolefin injection moulding.
The product also works as antiviral agent and confers to end products a reasonable protection against the proliferation of some types of Corona viruses.
Antibacterial protection also makes a product considerably cleaner, which implies that the product is less likely to facilitate the transfer of harmful microbes to another surface or person.
VIBATAN PE BACTERIOSTATIC A0150 is food approved according to the American FDA and to the European regulation and is suitable if used in contact with foodstuff.
As MRC reported earlier, in March 2021, Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, started up new production lines for melt-blown nonwoven fabric and medical face masks at its site in Gronau, Germany to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Mondi Gronau has over 50 years of experience in the production and processing of films, nonwovens and elastic components for hygiene products. Last year Mondi announced it would start up production lines to produce both the important base material, melt-blown nonwoven fabric, as well as the medical face mask themselves. With the new lines, Mondi is building up a local value chain in Germany to address the needs of the pandemic. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
We remind that in May 2020, Borealis started production of meltblown fabrics for face mask applications on its unique pilot line in Linz, Austria. Borealis managed quickly to convert the way of working from pure development to smaller scale pilot production to regularly produce rolls of fine fibre fabrics for face masks. Recently developed by Borealis, a new proprietary polypropylene (PP) meltblown resin has boosted filtration properties due to its capability for finer fibres. By exploiting a robust network of co-operation partners in the country, Borealis is helping bolster the supply of filtration media to increase face masks production.
-ESMA launches new conference Textile Printing and Sustainability
The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) follows its new focus on textile market with a new event to inspire and accelerate change within the industry: The Textile Printing and Sustainability (TPS) conference will take place from 8th to 9th September 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany, and welcomes all involved in automatisation, new business models and best environmental practices for various textile applications. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
Textiles have fourth largest climate impact
“According to the European Environmental Agency, textile has the region’s fourth largest climate impact, following only food, housing and transport industries. The average European throws away 11 kilograms of textiles every year”, explains ESMA CEO Peter Buttiens in a press release.
“Different international bodies throw their weight behind changing this. For example, the EU is introducing a digital product passport to boost circular economy. This forms an incentive for every step of textile production and workflow, to stimulate creative reuse, recycling and repurposing of materials and end products,” adds Buttiens.
The new conference for textile printing and sustainability looks at all critical factors and global trends that influence textile market conditions today and in the nearest future: customer-made fashion, responsible businesses, quality concerns, customisation and personalisation.
The event brings together industry experts from two main printing processes – screen and inkjet – to promote best practices, discuss new application fields and explain benefits and challenges of individual technology choices.
Presentations and networking
So far, 40 presentations and 50 networking stands have been confirmed. The conference targets anyone who wants to make textile production more sustainable, including designers, printers, dyers, brand owners, E-commerce, distributors, retailers, engineers, chemists, production developers and sustainability officers as well as NGOs, associations and regulators.
One of the keynote speakers will be Karin Ekberg, talking about leadership and sustainability, an area Ekberg has much experience with as head of environmental services at the Adidas Group and chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Heiner Rupperath from Brother will look at the environmental challenges in hardware manufacturer operations and Inga Barende from Covestro will introduce the raw materials perspective. The Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen will share the latest know-how behind smart textiles. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
-Yizheng Chemical Fiber starting the construction of an intelligent PSF project
On Apr 12, Yizheng Chemical Fiber started the construction of the main unit of an intellegent direct-spun PSF project. Besides the main unit-230kt/yr polyester production line, the project includes four lines of 25kt/yr PSF for spunlace nonwoven and four lines of 33kt/yr low-melting PSF which will start up later.
The delivery of initial construciton and installation is predicted in Sep 2022, and interim delivery is predicted in May 2023. Then in Aug 2023, the trial production will be launched. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
-China : PE plant operating rate plunges to 9-year low
Over the past month, China domestic PE plant operating rate has plummeted, with the operating rate of 68.87% on April 12, falling directly below the 70% level, the lowest at least since Dec 2013. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
The operating rate has dropped sharply, on the one hand, it is because that the PE producers cut production since March due to high oil prices, which have been basically implemented up to now; on the other hand, it is currently close to the spring turnaround season of some petrochemical plants.
At present, the shutdown plants in China are as follows, involving a total production capacity of 7.11 million tons.
So, in the case of such a low operating rate, does it mean that the opportunity for PE to rebound has come?
Although supply is tight, demand is being suppressed at the same time. On the one hand, affected by the pandemic, logistics and transportation in some regions had been restricted, both the cross-regional allocation of raw materials and the delivery of finished products have been affected. Moreover, some reservoir areas in Jiangsu and Zhejiang are in closed or controlled areas, resulting in certain restrictions on downstream delivery. On the other hand, spring ploughing in the north basically ends in mid-April, the peak demand season for agricultural plastic film is coming to an end, and the demand is gradually weakening in the later period.
Currently, PE plant operating rate is on the low side, China domestic supply decreases significantly and demand weakens gradually. Moreover, international crude oil price fluctuate widely in the current turbulent international situation, the market still has to balance the relationship between the cost side and the supply and demand side, and PE market may keep range-bound. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch
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