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Demand for Safer, Eco-friendly Textiles Accelerates as the Industry Urges Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility Post-Covid
FRX Innovations , a leader in eco-friendly flame retardant solutions, is pleased to announce that Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the world’s largest producer of polyester staple fibers and filament yarns, will use FRX Innovations’ Nofia®, technology to enhance the sustainable edge of its well established Recron FS, fire-resistant polyester.
Nofia’s unique polymeric phosphorus-based chemistry helps make Recron FS more sustainable and technically superior for polyester textile applications. Nofia additives are certified by OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textile applications and other sustainability certifications such as ChemForward, Green Screen and TCO accrediting that the technology meets these global standards of safety and sustainability.
Mr. Hemant D. Sharma, Sector Head – Polyester Business, RIL said, “Recron FS is manufactured at state-of-the-art facilities, having one of the most environment-friendly conditions and is a part of the responsible care products offering from RIL. We are very proud in bolstering Recron FS on safety and technical parameters with FRX’s Nofia technology. We are committed to deliver exceptional fire safety without compromising health, environment, and aesthetics.” Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
Marc Lebel, CEO of FRX Innovations commented that, “We are very proud to have been selected by the world’s largest polyester fiber and filament yarn producer. For years now, consumer interest in sustainability has been steadily increasing. It is rewarding to see Nofia being deployed in such high visibility consumer products. With ever increasing pressure to deliver sustainable products to the market, we believe that FRX Innovations is well positioned to grow with sustainably minded customers around the world such as Reliance.”
As the world is coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic impact, sustainable textiles have seen a resurgence in demand as many leading textile companies are embedding their environmental and social responsibility goals as a part of their post Covid-19 growth strategy. To meet the goals of a circular economy (including the 3Rs of the waste hierarchy: reduce, recycle, and reuse), textile manufacturers are relying on innovative technologies, such as FRX’s Nofia that enable sustainable products. The global textile flame retardants market size was valued at USD 519.5 million in 2021 and is anticipated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% from 2022 to 2030.
RIL is seeing increasing interest from leading global textile companies for more sustainable, eco-friendly, fire-retardant technologies. Recron FS is a part of RIL’s extensive R&D achievements in attaining its commitment to launch new products that are completely sustainable throughout-out their lifecycle and responsibly using natural resources.
Furthermore, Reliance conducts sustainability due diligence and audits of its suppliers, which entails a rigorous screening and assessment process in both the pre-award and post-award stages to ensure adherence of standard processes across the value chain. Sustainability in the textile value chain has never been more urgent and RIL’s organization wide efforts to address environmental and social concerns are captured in the annual publication, the Business Responsibility Report 2021-22.
To achieve this mandate in their polyester yarns, which are well known for giving manufacturers unlimited creativity in design, color, texture and performance, Reliance developed a new fire-resistant polyester solution, Recron FS, with FRX Innovations’ Nofia®, technology at its core. FRX Innovations’ Nofia polymeric phosphorus additives deliver improved tenacity in RIL’s polyester textiles and is the only flame-retardant technology that allows for the use of recycled polyester as a feedstock to contents above 60%, with the capability of reaching above 90%. The ability to use it with recycled polyester makes it a sustainable technology which is proving to be of interest for multiple end-uses. The new technology also enables adjustable flame retardancy from levels of 7000 ppm to 25000 ppm of phosphorus, depending on end user needs making it an attractive solution in multiple markets. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
Recron FS is well established name in transportation, hospitality, and home décor industries’ customers. Recron FS based fabrics are used by Indian Railways in seats and curtains due to its unique blend of cost effectiveness, fire safety and durability.
Additionally, the Charles de Gaulle terminal 2 airport, recently unveiled its interior refurbishment featuring Recron FS polyester in its new airport furniture. Moreover, a Spain-based furniture designers, Happers has specified Recron FS yarns in their new collection of lounge chairs citing its beauty, safety, and sustainability attributes.
Thanks to their knowledge creating new elegant textures in yarns, Reliance Partner, Medesfil SA played an important role in both projects. Medesfil CEO, Jorge Pascual said, “Recron FS based textiles are highly regarded throughout the textile industry for their safety, elegance and sustainability features and the quality is unbeatable.”
The company has raised $20 million in initial funding and says its process is the first of its kind that is built to scale.
A company focused on the chemical industry’s transition to a lower-carbon, circular economy, New Haven, Connecticut-based Protein Evolution Inc. (PEI), has announced what it claims is groundbreaking technology that transforms textile and mixed-plastic scrap into an infinitely reusable resource. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
Leveraging recent breakthroughs in natural science and artificial intelligence (AI), the company says it designs enzymes to break down end-of-life textile and plastic materials into the building blocks that make up new textile and plastic products. PEI says its proprietary process is the first of its kind that is built to scale, creating a cost-effective solution with immediate applications for the petrochemical industry, global consumer goods companies, textile manufacturers and others that are looking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.
PEI says its initial funding totals more than $20 million, coming from entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The fundraising round was led by Collaborative Fund’s recently announced climate fund, Collab SOS, which has partnered with fashion designer Stella McCartney. According to PEI, additional funding came from New Climate Ventures, Eldridge, Nextrans and Good Friends, which is backed by the founders of Warby Parker, Allbirds and Harry’s.
“Despite significant and aggressive industry commitments toward sustainability, the current approach to plastic recycling is costly, ineffective and resource-intensive,” PEI co-founder and Chief Business Officer Connor Lynn says. “Right now, it’s far cheaper for petrochemical companies to produce new virgin plastics than it is to recycle existing materials, which is one of many reasons why used plastic is piling up in our oceans, landfills and incinerators. PEI has innovated a low-energy, cost-competitive process for upcycling finished plastics that’s poised to meet both industry concerns and deliver massive environmental benefits. We’re working hard to usher in a new era of plastics—one that’s truly sustainable and circular.”
PEI says its technology iteratively tests, evaluates and maps tens of millions of unique enzymes to identify the most effective way to recycle materials into reusable chemicals, an approach it says will help decarbonize the chemicals industry and will carry significant impact in the emerging bioeconomy as companies, communities and governments are required to meet global sustainability goals in the coming years.
The PEI team says it expects to launch its first commercial partnership by the end of this year, addressing the needs of global consumer brands seeking to recycle and transform textiles and mixed-plastic materials. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
“Nature has already produced a bacteria that can break down plastic for emission-free recycling, but it’s extremely slow. If we had a few million years to wait for evolution to run its course, we’d have something much more efficient,” PEI co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Scott Stankey says. “Our technology condenses a million-year evolutionary process into a single day, helping us create an affordable, scalable and effective solution to revolutionize the plastic waste industry.”
The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for October shipments rose by EUR15 per tonne from the previous month’s level amid rising commodity quotations,ICIS said.
The contract price of paraxylene was agreed on a free supply basis – FD NWE (North-West Europe) and amounted to EUR 1,270 per ton. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
As in September, fewer contracts were awarded than usual, as one major manufacturer had not reached an agreement for October with any of its regular customers.
A slight increase in prices occurs against the background of a very weak level of demand from European producers of purified terephthalic acid (TPA).
Earlier it was reported that Petro Rabigh, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical and one of the largest producers of petrochemical products in the Persian Gulf, plans in early December to close the production of paraxylene in the city of Rabih (Rabigh, Saudi Arabia) for scheduled repairs. Maintenance at this facility with a capacity of 1.32 million tons of paraxylene per year will last for 45 days.
Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid, an intermediate for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
-Low demand and high costs penalize Versalis
In the third quarter of 2022 the chemicals of the ENI group recorded an operating loss of 177 million euros, which brings the red in the first nine months to 167 million.
Despite the good performance at group level, ENI chemicals – concentrated in Versalis – closed the third quarter with an adjusted operating loss (Ebit adj) of 177 million euros, against a profit of 25 million in the same period of the year. last. In the second quarter the result was positive for 125 million euros, after the loss of 115 million recorded in the first three months of the year.
Versalis explains this result with the weakening of demand and the sharp increase in the costs of oil raw materials and industrial utilities indexed to the price of natural gas; this increase was only partially offset by optimization measures aimed at replacing the consumption of natural gas with cheaper fuels.
In the first nine months of the year, red thus stood at 167 million euros, against a positive operating result of 266 million in the same period of 2021, which had however benefited – explains the company – from the exceptional market conditions recorded in the nine months of 2021 following the pandemic. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
Between July and September, sales of petrochemical products amounted to 770 thousand tons, down by -24% compared to the third quarter of last year: the reason is to be found in the reduced availability of chemical products, aggravated by logistical difficulties, as well as by pressure. competitive due to high energy costs. Between January and September, sales amounted to 2.98 million tons, 11% less than in the first nine months of 2021.
Versalis reports that, in the third quarter, the cracker margin and the styrene spread recorded a recovery compared to last year, thanks to higher ethylene and propylene prices. The spread of polyethylene and elastomers instead showed a decline compared to the third quarter of 2021.
At the group level, ENI achieved an adjusted operating profit of € 5,772 million in the third quarter of the year, more than doubled compared to the third quarter of 2021, thanks to the strengthening of hydrocarbon prices, sustained better fundamentals and a short natural gas market, and very favorable refining margins. Result achieved “despite the drop in the price of Brent and the significant contraction in refining margins, unscheduled production stops and other negative phenomena”.
Innovia Films announces a new generation of polypropylene, high gloss films, which are printable by both HP Latex and UV Inkjet systems.
In the past years, Innovia has been successfully selling their dedicated Rayoart™ PVC free film range into the Graphic Arts media market. During this time, continual development has led to the outdoor durability of the films being extended to four years, and a white matte film has been added to the range. Rayoart™ offers a more sustainable solution to the Graphics market with 50% less environmental impact compared to monomeric PVC.
Innovia’s surface engineering team has continued to innovate and have successfully optimised the wide format printability of these films. Rayoart™ GCP (clear) and Rayoart™ GWP (white) are available in both 60 and 92 micron thicknesses and are formulated on the reverse side to give enhanced adhesive anchorage. Both films are ideal for flat and simple curved large graphics, advertising and point of sales applications for indoor and outdoor use. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
Alasdair McEwen, Product Manager, Labels emphasizes “These next generation products have produced outstanding print results in the market. Their high gloss finish enhances the images and text producing a premium result. The fact that they are also extremely easy to apply or remove and are cost effective, even versus monomeric vinyl, makes them a perfect choice for graphic applications.”
Sample reels are available for laminators who want to conduct adhesive and print tests, contact your local Innovia Films Sales Manager, or contact us email@example.com
TotalEnergies Corbion is stepping up its efforts to close the recycling loop for PLA. The company has now started to actively buy reprocessed PLA waste with the goal of stimulating its collection, sorting, and cleaning. The aim is to create a marketplace for PLA recycle streams, the company said.
TotalEnergies Corbion uses a chemical recycling process to process the waste into Luminy rPLA, which offers the exact same properties and certifications as virgin Luminy PLA.
That PLA is not only recyclable but suitable for creating a recycling stream has already been amply demonstrated by Austria’s NaKu: it markets its bottled water in a bottle made of 100% PLA that contains 20% certified recycled content. After use, the bottles are collected, sorted, and cleaned and the resulting PLA is mechanically recycled into different applications. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
In Asia, the Korean company Sansu offers another strong example of PLA recyclability. Sansu bottles its water in Luminy PLA. Again, after use, the bottles are collected, sorted, cleaned and chemically recycled into Luminy rPLA, which has the exact same mechanical properties, food contact and other certifications as virgin PLA. The recycled content is SCS certified.
PLA cups are the only kind used at various jazz and music festivals in Korea, said ChowPin Tan, Senior Business Development Director Asia Pacific at TotalEnergies Corbion.
“The cups are collected, sorted and sent for advanced recycling at our plant in Thailand.
Jordan is planning to build a pumped-storage hydropower station and make a roadmap for developing energy storage technologies to support grid stability, store surplus power and integrate more renewable energy into the grid.
Speaking at the 7th International Investment Forum on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the capital Amman, the secretary general of Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Amani Al-Azzam, said that Jordan is currently considering means to maximise the use of renewable energy. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
To better exploit its existing potential, Jordan needs to have the necessary technology to store excess electricity of any kind, Al-Azzam said and hinted that the hydroelectric energy storage station should be operational before 2030.
During the three-day forum, Al-Azzam pointed out that the kingdom had 2,500 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in 2021 which covered 26% of its power consumption last year. The goal is to reach 30% renewables by 2030. About 1,000 MW of the available capacity comes from net metering projects.
The state secretary added that the government is currently working to update the energy strategy.
In addition, Al-Azzam confirmed that Jordan is preparing a roadmap for policies and regulations that will aim to attract investments in green hydrogen production and turn Jordan into a regional centre for the export of green hydrogen and its derivatives such as green ammonia and green methanol.
The November contract price of benzene in Europe has been agreed at EUR863 per tonne, eur42 per tonne higher than in October,ACCORDING TO ICIS.
The agreement was confirmed by three sellers and two buyers on Monday. The rise in price follows a steady demand for raw materials for export. However, domestic consumption remains reduced.
The November contract price was agreed in US dollars at USD859 per tonne and converted to euro at the agreed exchange rate EUR1=USD 0.9951.
At the same time, the price increased by USD62 per ton compared to October in dollar terms. Recycling-technology – Green-hydrogen
The contract price was agreed on the basis of value, insurance and freight (CIF), Northwest Europe (NWE).
Earlierit was reported that the October contract price for benzene in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR821 per ton, which is EUR22 per ton higher than in September.
Benzene is the raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).
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