Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic 01-06-2022

Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-Plastic packaging might be biodegradable after all

Leipzig researchers have found an enzyme that rapidly breaks down PET, the most widely produced plastic in the world. It might just eat your old tote bags.

While scavenging through a compost heap at a Leipzig cemetery, Christian Sonnendecker and his research team found seven enzymes they had never seen before.

They were hunting for proteins that would eat PET plastic — the most highly produced plastic in the world. It is commonly used for bottled water and groceries like grapes.

The scientists weren’t expecting much when they brought the samples back to the lab, said Sonnendecker when DW visited their Leipzig University laboratory.

It was only the second dump they had rummaged through and they thought PET-eating enzymes were rare.

But in one of the samples, they found an enzyme, or polyester hydrolase, called PHL7. And it shocked them. The PHL7 enzyme disintegrated an entire piece of plastic in less than a day.  Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

To test the rate at which the seven enzymes broke down PET, Sonnendecker and his team added a mixture of water, a phosphate buffer, which is often used to detect bacteria, for example, and the new enzyme to seven individual test tubes

Two enzymes ‘eat’ plastic: PHL7 vs. LCC

PHL7 appears to ‘eat’ PET plastic times faster than LCC, a standard enzyme used in PET plastic-eating experiments today.

To ensure their discovery wasn’t a fluke, Sonnendecker’s team compared PHL7 to LCC, with both enzymes degrading multiple plastic containers. And they found it was true: PHL7 was faster.

“I would have thought you’d need to sample from hundreds of different sites before you’d find one of these enzymes,” said Graham Howe, an enzymologist at Queens University in Ontario, Canada.

Howe, who also studies PET degradation but was not involved in the Leipzig research, appeared to be amazed by the study published in Chemistry Europe.

“Apparently, you go to nature and there are going to be enzymes that do this everywhere,” said Howe.

PET plastic is everyone

Although PET plastic can be recycled, it does not biodegrade. Like nuclear waste or a nasty comment to your partner, once PET plastic is created, it never really goes away.

Lanxess-Advent-DSM - Biodegradable-plastic

-LANXESS and Advent International establish a leading global joint venture for high-performance engineering polymers

  • LANXESS and Advent to acquire Engineering Materials business from DSM for a purchase price of around EUR 3.7 billion
  • LANXESS to transfer High Performance Materials business into joint venture
  • LANXESS to receive a payment of at least EUR 1.1 billion and a stake of up to 40 percent in the joint venture
  • LANXESS will use proceeds to reduce debt and plans to buy back shares
  • New joint venture with pioneering product portfolio and integrated value chain

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors with a well established track record in chemicals investings, are establishing a joint venture for high-performance engineering polymers. The two companies today signed an agreement to acquire the DSM Engineering Materials business (DEM) from Dutch group Royal DSM, which will become part of the new joint venture. The purchase price is around EUR 3.7 billion and will be financed by the joint venture via equity from Advent and external debt. Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

The business represents sales of around EUR 1.5 billion with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20 percent. DEM is one of the leading global suppliers in high-performance specialty materials that address key market needs in electronics, electrical and consumer goods.

In addition, LANXESS will contribute its High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit to the joint venture. HPM is one of the leading suppliers of high-performance polymers, which are used primarily in the automotive industry. The business represents annual sales of around EUR 1.5 billion with EBITDA pre exceptionals of around EUR 210 million. Advent will hold at least 60 percent in the joint venture. LANXESS will receive an initial payment of at least EUR 1.1 billion and a stake of up to 40 percent in the future joint venture. Following the transfer to the joint venture, the HPM business will no longer be fully consolidated at LANXESS, but will be included in the consolidated financial statements at equity.

This move further sharpens LANXESS’ business portfolio, which will consist of three specialty chemicals segments once the transaction is completed. LANXESS will use the proceeds of the transaction to reduce debt and to strengthen its balance sheet. In addition, the Group plans a share buy-back program with a volume of up to EUR 300 million.

LANXESS will have the possibility to divest its stake in the joint venture to Advent at the same valuation earliest after three years. EBITDA could then be significantly higher than today as Advent and LANXESS anticipate substantial synergies resulting from the combination of the two businesses.

The transaction is still subject to approval by the authorities. Closing is expected in the first half of 2023.

LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert: “LANXESS will once again become significantly less dependent on economic fluctuations. In addition, we as LANXESS will strengthen our balance sheet with the proceeds from the transaction and gain new scope for the further development of our Group. With the new joint venture, we are forging a strong global player in the field of high-performance polymers. The portfolios, value chains and global positioning of the two businesses complement each other perfectly. With its innovative products, the joint venture will be able to play a key role in shaping future developments – for example in the field of electromobility. In Advent, we have a strong and reliable partner with profound experience in the chemical industry and our customer industries.” Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

Ronald Ayles, Managing Partner at Advent International: “Joining forces with LANXESS in this industry transforming transaction is a highlight for Advent as we have built a trusted, long standing relationship and share the highest mutual respect. Together we plan to bring the experience, deep sector know-how, and financial resources to make the joint venture a global success story for everyone involved. The combination of LANXESS’ High Performance Materials (HPM) and DSM Engineering Materials (DEM) creates a strong platform and brings together extensive expertise, resulting in the best opportunities for employees and more value for customers.”

LANXESS and Advent International establish a leading global joint venture for high-performance engineering polymers

Plastic-packaging might be biodegradable after all

LANXESS and Advent-International establish a leading global joint venture for high-performance-engineering-polymers

NOVA-Chemicals will raise prices of polyethylene in June

Soft-drinks maker Suntory plastic-bottles plots switch to 100 per cent recycled

-Contract prices of paraxylene for deliveries in June in Asia increased

Leoni AG Sells Automotive-Cable-Solutions-Business To Thai-Firm-Stark-Corp.

-Analysis shows plastic-packaging recovery and recycling dip in 2021

-Report: EU-plastics-sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to ‘unsustainable‘ business model

Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

Indorama-PET – Battery-Waste 31-05-2022

Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector 01-06-2022

Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

-NOVA Chemicals will raise prices of polyethylene in June

NOVA Chemicals has revised a previously announced price increase of 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne) from May 1 for all grades of polyethylene (PE) by a price increase of 3 cents per pound, according to a letter from the company to customers.

The company confirmed that they had revised their announcement of the increase.

Global demand for polyethylene has recently shown signs of decline amid significant macroeconomic obstacles faced by Asia and Europe. Domestic demand is stable, but a slowdown in sales in foreign markets leads to an increase in inventory levels, as the US needs to export about 40-45% of its products to maintain the balance of the domestic market.

April contract prices for PE were estimated at 80-101 cents per pound for LDPE, 73-96 cents per pound for low-density butene linear polyethylene (LDL C4) and 76-95 cents per pound for blow molding of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), DEL USA.

Earlier it was reported that NOVA Chemicals on May 5 resumed production at the cracking plant in Joffre (Joffre, Alberta, Canada) after carrying out preventive measures. Maintenance at this enterprise with a capacity of 1.35 million tons of ethylene per year was started on March 1 this year.

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Soft drinks maker Suntory plastic bottles plots switch to 100 per cent recycled 

But Lucozade and Ribena manufacturer warns of shortages and soaring costs of rPET in Europe

The manufacturer of soft drinks including Lucozade and Ribena is planning to use 100 per cent recycled plastic in the production of its 500ml bottles by the end of the year, but it has also sent a warning to the industry that it faces ongoing shortages of recycled PET (rPET).

Suntory Beverage & Food said its decision announced on Friday to shift to use 100 per cent recycled plastic was a considerable investment, as growing demand for rPET was pushing up costs. The European price of rPET currently stands at 39 per cent more expensive compared to virgin PET, it said.

Recycled plastic has on average a 79 per cent lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic and the company estimates its switch to rPET across its on-the-go bottles will see a reduction in 36,058 tonnes of CO2 from its purchased goods Scope 3 emissions.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Suntory already uses 100 per cent rPET for its Lucozade Sport, Orangina and Ribena bottles, but requires further supply to achieve this for its Lucozade Energy brand. To address short-term industry shortages and ensure the firm meets the current requirement of 30 per cent rPET in its Lucozade Energy bottles, the company has invested in a 9,000 tonne PET resin which uses 30 per cent recycled material content processed by chemical recycling technology.

Chemical recycling – an alternative to mechanical methods – uses enzymes to break down any PET plastic to its core elements allowing it to be reformed into new food-grade rPET with the same properties as virgin material.

It is a process that Suntory has championed alongside the likes of L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters and PepsiCo as part of the Carbios consortium. The technology uses enzymes, which occur naturally in compost heaps, and adapts them to break down any type of PET plastic, regardless of colour or complexity. The enzyme leaves behind a raw material which can then be turned back into virgin-quality plastic, it explained.

“Our shift to 100 per cent rPET for our 500ml ready-to-drink bottles is a huge achievement, and an important step in our commitment to achieving 100 per cent sustainable packaging by 2030,” Liz Nieboer, head of sustainability at Suntory Beverage & Food. “It’s the result of years of hard-work and while reaching this milestone is a cause for celebration, much still needs to be done in terms of recycling infrastructure. There has been a historic under investment in the UK’s recycling and collection infrastructures, meaning less than a third of bottles are turned back into bottles.”  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Contract prices of paraxylene for deliveries in June in Asia increased

Contract prices for paraxylene shipments in June in Asia rose to USD1,400-1,430 per tonne, market sources told ICIS.

Idemitsu Kosan has put forward its offer at a price of USD1,430 per ton, CFR Asia.

ENEOS Corp, SKGC and S-Oil have put forward their offerings at USD1,420 per tonne, CFR Asia.

ExxonMobil has denominated its offering at USD1,400 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Meanwhile, RIL has put forward its contract offer at USD1,430 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Earlier it was reported that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the May contract prices of paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month. Approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers. This was the fifth consecutive month this year that the contract price of paraxylene remained uncoordinated.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

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

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Leoni AG Sells Automotive Cable Solutions Business To Thai Firm Stark Corp.

Leoni AG (LEOGN), a German supplier of cables and wiring systems, said on Monday that it has sold its Business Group Automotive Cable Solutions or BG AM, to Thai company- Stark Corporation Public Company Limited.

Financial terms of the deal are not known yet.

With an enterprise value of 560 million euros, BG AM had posted sales of around 1.3 billion euros in 2021. Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

The sold business with a production network in 7 countries and around 3,300 staff is expected to create a cash inflow of 400 million euros and will also have a correspondingly positive effect on the reported free cash flow, the company said.

Aldo Kamper, CEO of Leoni, said: “With this decision, we strengthen our balance sheet, support the ongoing talks regarding our refinancing and drive forward our well-known strategic focusing on the wiring systems business.”

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Analysis shows plastic packaging recovery and recycling dip in 2021

Analysis of the latest DEFRA statistics reveals that recovery and recycling rates of plastic packaging in the UK dipped in 2021 with waste ending up in the environment rising past 1.4 million tonnes.

The analysis from Nozama, the global sustainability technology company and creator of Plastiks, found that 2,514 thousand tonnes of plastic packaging waste was produced in the UK in 2021.

But with just 1,112 thousand tonnes recycled or recovered, the rate of recycling fell to 44.2%, a sharp drop from the previous two years which had shown signs of improvement with the rate rising from 46.2% in 2019 to 47.2% in 2020.

The figures therefore uncover that the total volume of packaging waste ending up in the environment rose to 1,402 thousand tonnes in 2021 – again higher than 2020 (1,317 thousand tonnes) and 2019 (1,331 thousand tonnes).

The statistics show a need for a renewed focus on eliminating single use plastic waste according to André Vanyi Robin, founder and CEO of Nozama, who said: “It is frustrating that after recent steady progress in the rates of recovery and recycling of plastic packaging waste, there has been a huge backward step in the past year.

“Plastic waste is one of the most commonly produced materials for packaging and it is disappointing that it accounts for nearly a third of waste that is not being recycled or recovered. It was World Recycling Day this month, but clearly we have a long journey ahead of us to improve the volume of packaging waste that we are keeping out of the environment. Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

“It is crucial that waste management players are given every encouragement possible to ensure they are doing their utmost to track, recover and recycle single use plastic. And that producers of waste are being held accountable by consumers and other stakeholders to improve the use of plastic as well as how committed they are to ensuring that plastic waste does not end up in the environment.”

Analysis shows plastic packaging recovery and recycling dip in 2021

-Report: EU plastics sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to ‘unsustainable’ business model

EU plastics industry ‘on the precipice’ due to unsustainable business model, tightening green regulations and competition from China, Planet Tracker warns

The European plastics industry is “on the precipice” of stranded asset risk due to an increasingly unsustainable business model that is putting €678bn investor capital under threat, unless it rapidly shifts gear towards a more circular plastics system based on reuse, recycling and waste reduction.

That is the conclusion of fresh research released today by Planet Tracker, which highlights the growing threats posed to EU plastics companies from tightening environmental and climate regulations, greener consumer preferences and the ascendency of China’s chemicals sector.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Based on its assessment of 87 publicly traded plastics companies across the EU’s 27 member states, which make up 75 per cent of plastic production across the trading bloc, the think tank said the industry’s economic turnover was already flatlining with zero growth recorded between 2010 and 2019.

The EU27 global chemical market share, and plastics as a percentage of EU27 chemical sales, both declined over the period, even despite an uptick in global plastics production over the period, according to Planet Tracker.

Meanwhile, China’s global chemical sales grew from €609.5bn to €1,488bn over the same period while expanding its global market share from over 25 per cent to more than 40 per cent, which means it is now the leading chemical producer globally by some margin, it said.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

But report argues that a more sustainable plastic business model based on circular principles such as more reuse, recycling and reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions offers the most viable route for EU plastics companies to better compete on the global stage, and to avoid stranding investor assets.

It warns that the sector is under increasing scrutiny and pressure due to its role as a major greenhouse gas emitter, as well as growing concern about the impact of vast plastic pollution worldwide on the environment and human health.

Report: EU plastics sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to 'unsustainable' business model

Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Indorama-PET – Battery-Waste 31-05-2022