Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors 05-05-2022

Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

-May contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for May shipments has been agreed at EUR1,595 per tonne, DOWN EUR70 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS said.

The contract price was approved on the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This contract price has been expressly confirmed by two producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum sufficient configuration necessary to approve the contract price of ethylene.

Raw material prices decreased compared to the peak values observed in March, which increased the profitability of the production of cracking plants. Utility costs also fell slightly, but last week natural gas prices rose again after news that Russia had cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,665 per ton, which is EUR230 per ton higher than the level of the previous month.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

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-Flexible Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films. The lighter-weight material actually performs better structurally and improves the potential for recycling.

Flexible packaging is already lightweight, especially compared to rigid containers. But product manufacturers continue to look for ways to reduce their use of plastic in packaging.

The new VO+ masterbatch from VOID Technologies offers another option to minimize your plastic footprint. VOID Technologies’ CEO James Gibson explains how this is possible in this Packaging Digest exclusive.

Give us a short explanation of what VO+ technology is all about.

Gibson: VO+ is about accelerating the transition to more sustainable plastics and flexible packaging. It’s an extensively patented cavitation/voiding technology that engineers nano- and micro-scale voids — air pockets — in plastics to reduce density and material use, enhance performance, and improve recyclability. VO+ is effective in thermoplastics including polyolefins and polyesters and in a range of product forms including film, sheet, fiber, and filament.

And in case you were wondering, we named our company after the voided structure that VO+ creates in polymers. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Today, VO+ technology is most developed in Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) polyethylene (PE) film. By combining the benefits of MDO with VO+ technology, we address the conflict between material reduction, performance, and recyclability. In that sense, VO+ is a breakthrough that presents a unique proposition for packaging manufacturers and consumer goods companies. It reduces polymer density while improving mechanical properties like puncture and toughness, which in turn allows for films to be down gauged, which offers even more material reduction.

Additionally, when the VO+ voided structure is created, light is diffracted by the film creating high levels of opacity without the need for pigments like TiO2 (titanium dioxide). This is an important benefit because it means that VO+ films can be recycled with clear plastics waste streams without causing color contamination.

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May contract prices of paraxylene

Negotiators to agree on May’s contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have failed to reach an agreement for the current month, market sources told ICIS.

According to them, the approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers.

This is the fifth month in a row this year that the contract price of paraxylene remains uncoordinated.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Price offers in Asia for May are in the range of USD980-1,020 per ton, CFR Asia, against counter-bids at USD1,220 per ton, CFR Asia, and above.

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

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-Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

Faurecia will work with the French company Veolia to produce recycled plastics for automotive interiors.

Faurecia  and the French recycling company Veolia have signed a cooperation and research partnership with an aim to use on average 30 percent of recycled plastics in car interiors by 2025, the companies said.

The collaboration, under which recycled plastics will be used in instrument panels, door panels and center consoles in cars across Europe, will reduce Faurecia’s carbon footprint, helping it advance its CO2 neutrality plan, and expand Veolia’s product range to vehicle interiors. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“The use of recycled plastics is one of the key challenges for the ecological transformation of the automotive industry,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, automotive interiors are mostly made of virgin material.”

Automakers are seeking to increase the recycled and sustainable content of their vehicles to meet corporate sustainability goals, and to match the environmental promise of electric cars.

Volkswagen is touting recycled materials  used in the new ID Buzz electric van, including floor coverings, some seat covers and the headliner. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also among automakers seeking to use more recycled materials in cars such as the Mercedes EQ full-electric lineup and the  BMW iVision Circular concept vehicle.

Renault Group is in the process of converting its Flins assembly plant near Paris into a center for refurbishment and recycling.

Expanding plastics recycling

Veolia, which has recently closed the acquisition of its competitor Suez, will start the production of secondary raw materials at its existing recycling sites in France from 2023. The company has activities in waste, water and energy management, and had 2021 revenue of 28 billion euros ($29.4 billion). Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“Veolia is growing its plastic recycling capacities with continuous investment in the industrialization and expansion of our existing recycling sites in France and globally, with the objective to reach 1 billion euro turnover by 2025,” the company’s chief operating officer Estelle Brachlianoff said in the statement.

Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

-Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha olefins capabilities in Geismar

A few years after completing a USD717 MM expansion of its alpha olefins production facility in Geismar, Shell Chemical LP is eyeing another USD1.4 billion project at the site to continue ramping up production, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Shell Chemical on Wednesday won approval from the state Board of Commerce and Industry for an Industrial Tax Exemption Program break for the USD1.4-B project, which the company says will create a “world scale” linear alpha olefin plant at the Geismar facility. Linear alpha olefins are used to make detergents, waxes, plastics and premium lubricants. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

The Geismar expansion will be the sixth time Shell Chemical has deployed its “proprietary technology” at one of its sites to produce linear alpha olefins, according to the company’s application for the ITEP incentive.

Shell Chemical’s ITEP application says project work will include building reactors, heat exchangers and compressors, as well as boilers and turbines to generate steam and electricity. Shell will also build storage tanks, a 12,000-square-foot warehouse for equipment and materials, and a 14,000-square-foot building that will house a cafeteria and safety meeting space.

Shell Chemical will receive a roughly USD17 MM property tax break for the first year of the linear alpha olefins project while paying nearly USD4.3 MM in taxes.

As MRC wrote before, Shell faces writedowns on USD400 MM in Russian downstream assets, it said, having announced USD3 B worth of other projects previously. The oil major announced on Feb. 28 that it would quit its ventures in Russia with Gazprom and related entities including the flagship Sakhalin 2 LNG plant and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

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-Lanxess opened new engineering plastics plant in Germany

Lanxess officially opened a new EUR50m facility for engineering plastics at its site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, said the company.

The compounding plant will provide Durethan ployamide and Pocan polybutylene terephthalate, for use in the automotive and electronic industries, Lanxess said in a statement. Capacity details were not disclosed. The company added that it received support for the project from the North Rhine-Westphalia state government, but it did not provide details.

The state’s minister president, Hendrik Wust, who attended the opening, said the government has kept working to ensure continued energy supply for the state’s many chemical production sites amid uncertainty from the Ukraine war. “The effects of the Russian war on Ukraine on local companies must be cushioned, a production standstill due to a natural gas shortage or a permanent supply stop would have far-reaching consequences, especially for the energy-intensive chemical industry,” Wust said. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

He added that Germany needed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas as quickly as possible and needed to support companies in the “upcoming transformation processes”. Krefeld-Uerdingen, where LANXESS employs 1,900 people, is the company’s second-largest production site globally.

As per MRC, Lanxess said it was suspending its business activities in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Thus, the company had “suspended business activities with Russian customers as far as contractually possible until further notice” and had suspended all investments in Russia. Its sales in Russia and Ukraine made up less than 1% of its global sales, it said.

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Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

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-Recycled carbon fiber takes flight
Cannon Ergos is working with Boeing to produce more sustainable thermoplastic composite panels.
Cannon Ergos, a company of the Italian Cannon group dedicated to the supply of turnkey lines, is conducting molding tests with Boeing to evaluate the use of recycled carbon fiber (rCF) in the manufacture of internal side panels for airplane cabins.
“For several years, together with our subsidiaries Cannon Afros and Cannon Tipos, we have successfully undertaken numerous projects to give new life to recycled carbon fiber – explains Mattia Andolfatto, Cannon Ergos R&D Project Manager -. By combining different technologies and production processes tailored to each application, we were able to effectively process recycled carbon fiber, both impregnated with different resins, or already integrated into a thermoplastic matrix. The project with Boeing demonstrates the feasibility of manufacturing internal side panels with high-performance thermoplastics reinforced with recycled carbon fiber. ”
The last phase of the project – explains the Italian company – involves Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM), a supplier of high-performance reinforced polymers.  Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

For the Japanese group, Cannon Ergos has designed, built and installed a customized thermocompression unit, used to produce prototypes of side panels with Kyrontex, a thermoplastic composite based on high performance resins such as polyamide, polyetherimide (PEI), sulphide polyphenylene (PPS), polyetheretheretherketone (PEEK) and polyaryletherketone (PAEK).
Further insights will be provided on May 4 by Mattia Andolfatto in one of the round tables focused on sustainability: ‘Rethinking Composite Materials Manufacturing: The Path to Sustainable Production’ at JEC World 2022, currently taking place in Paris.

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-Advanced Recycling Is Not Waste Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular Economy for Plastics

Mischaracterization of Advanced Recycling Slows Progress

On Friday Members of Congress sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate advanced recycling technologies as municipal waste combustion units under the Clean Air Act. The following statement may be attributed to Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

“Advanced recycling refers to a set of game-changing technologies that enable a circular economy by transforming used plastics into high quality new plastics. Characterizing advanced recycling as ”waste combustion” or “burning plastics” is scientifically inaccurate and distracts from the real and significant progress being made. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

“The seven commercial-scale advanced recycling facilities, plus those leveraging existing chemical manufacturing infrastructure to make virgin-quality plastic from used plastics in the U.S., are just the beginning of a massive wave of new projects. Since 2017, $7.5 billion in investments have been announced across more than 70 projects capable of diverting 17.5 billion pounds of waste from landfills.

“A recent independent study found advanced recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions 43% relative to waste-to-energy incineration of plastic films made from virgin-resources. In other words, advanced recycling helps reduce plastic waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Another study found benchmarked air emissions from an average-sized advanced recycling facility were often on par with those from common well-regulated facilities such as hospitals and universities, and often too low to trigger key EPA permitting thresholds.

“Regulating advanced recycling as solid waste incineration would be inconsistent with Clean Air Act legal criteria and the 18 states that have passed laws appropriately regulating these facilities as manufacturing operations. Furthermore, it would undermine EPA’s National Recycling Goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50% by 2030. America’s plastic makers will rely on advanced recycling to help EPA meet its goal.

Advanced Recycling Is Not Waste Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular Economy for Plastics

Recycled-carbon-fiber takes flight

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May-contract-price of ethylene-in-Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

Flexible-Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May-contract-prices-of-paraxylene

Faurecia and recycling-firm-Veolia to collaborate on automotive-interiors

Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha-olefins capabilities in Geismar

Lanxess opened new engineering-plastics plant in Germany

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