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-Alpla Launches PET Recycling Center in Romania’s City of Targu Mures
Alpla Group, an Austrian packaging and recycling firm, has opened their first Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling plant in Targu Mures, Romania. This advanced facility can produce up to 18,000 tonnes of rPET from household waste per year – a move intended to promote the circular economy in South-East Europe and create a reliable source of food-grade recycled PET.
Alpla, Ecohelp and United Polymer Trading recently completed construction on a new €7.5m ($8.2m) plant. This was a collaborative effort between the three partners as they worked together to bring the plant to life after nine months of hard work.
Georg Lasser, the director of recycling for Alpha’s business development, procurement, and sales, stated “The growing importance of local recycling processes calls for increased commitment in the region. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
“Together with our partners, we combine strengths, increase the processing quality of the recycled PET material and ensure the long-term supply of the southeast European market.”
Alpla and its partner celebrated the official opening of a new plant that produces high-quality rPET granulate from PET flakes. With one extrusion line already operating, the facility has enough space to add another, which could double its capacity. The occasion marked more than just a production milestone as the plant also created around 20 jobs. On 4 May, Alpla will host a ceremony at the site to commemorate the occasion.
Mihail Moloiu, general manager of PET Recycling Team Targu Mures, stated “The collaboration is a great example of how to improve local recycling and ensure sustainable economic development.
“We are filling a gap in the market for high-quality recycled material in Romania and neighbouring countries.” Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
Alpla Group announced a joint venture between Alpla, UPT and Ecohelp this autumn. This venture combines the company’s recycling expertise, distribution networks and materials supply networks to produce food-grade rPET granulate that is then used as the starting material for new preforms and bottles. The production site of the venture was opened last October in Lanseria, South Africa – located in the industrial area north of Johannesburg, the site features 35,000m² of covered production, administration, and storage space.
-Toray Develops High-Speed Thermal Welding Technology for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics that Contributes to High-Rate Production and Weight Savings of Aircraft
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has developed a technology that thermally welds carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) at high speed. This technology will enable high-rate production and weight savings of CFRP airframes. The company will push ahead with demonstrations with a view to commercializing airframes after 2030 while further expanding CFRP applications. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
Global aircraft demand should recover through 2025 after stagnating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand for next-generation aircraft with 120 to 240 seats should be heavy from 2030. Thermosetting CFRP is the primary structural material for aircraft main frames because of its long use and high reliability. The downside is that complicated adhesive bonding and bolt fastening processes of CFRP have become assembly bottlenecks. CFRP production times greatly lag those for aluminum alloy airframes. High-rate production and weight savings that help enhance fuel efficiency to will be important to capture prospectively large demand.
-DSM Engineering Materials launches Lucidiris™, a color and mechanical properties prediction tool powered by (AI)
DSM Engineering Materials announces the launch of Lucidiris™.
Lucidiris™ helps customers reduce time to market when developing colors of high-performance materials for a variety of applications. Besides predicting color and mechanical properties, it can predict the envelope of potential color space within critical mechanical properties and prescribe recipes for targeted color properties.
Lucidiris™ has been developed for several high-performance material grades and will be extended, including recycled-based and repurposed materials. It is a next step in DSM Engineering Materials’ journey to make product development for their customers quicker and easier via advanced digital solutions. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
This state-of-the-art patent protected Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology facilitates the development of material recipes with targeted optical properties while assuring mechanical properties.
With Lucidiris™ customers will be supported by its ability to:
- Predict color and mechanical properties of polymer compounds upon addition of color ingredients.
- Predict envelope of potential color space that can be produced within critical mechanical properties.
- Prescribe color ingredients to add to a polymer compound to meet targeted properties.
“Lucidiris™ changes our design-build-test-learn development cycle for the customer applications of our materials fundamentally,” said Erwin Houben, R&T Manager Digitization DSM Engineering Materials. “This state-of-the-art AI based digital tool reinforces our strengths in colored materials development and enables to take on some tough challenges for reusing circular materials.” Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
“And there is more to come,” said Angelika Schmidt, Global R&T Manager of Performance Polymers, DSM Engineering Materials. “Lucidiris™ is our next step into digitization of product development. What we can do for color development already today, will be possible for product development in the future.
Combining human intelligence with machine learning will enable us to get to the successful recipes with much less iterations and therefore much shorter development times for our customers.” Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
-JV TAIF and Bio-on to create bioplastic production went bankrupt
The Tatarstan Arbitration Court declared bankrupt the joint venture of TAIF Group and the Italian Bio-on – 2Bio JSC, founded in 2018 to create a bioplastic production facility in Tatarstan under the license of an Italian company, Interfax reports.
“Recognize the debtor as bankrupt and open bankruptcy proceedings,” reads the operative part of the court’s decision, issued on January 27. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
2Bio filed an application for self-bankruptcy with the Arbitration Court of Tatarstan in June 2022, indicating the amount of debt of 133.8 million rubles.
In November 2022, an application for the inclusion in the register of creditors of 2Bio of claims for the same amount was filed by Kazanorgsintez PJSC, which acts as a creditor of the joint venture.
In the explanations to the financial statements of 2Bio for 2022, it is stated that in 2021 the joint venture learned about the bankruptcy procedure conducted by the Italian court in respect of Bio-On, but the interim managers of Bio-On assured 2Bio of continuing to operate. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
-PET Recycling Coalition awards its first three grants
Resin company DAK Americas, recycled-content thermoforms producer Direct Pack and MRF operator Recycle Source have become the first three recipients of grants from the PET Recycling Coalition.
The Recycling Partnership’s PET Recycling Coalition launched a year ago to provide funding to boost PET recycling in the U.S. Modeled off the group’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, the PET counterpart is also funded by a mix of plastic producers and brand owners. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
According to a press release from The Recycling Partnership (TRP), the first round of three grants will boost PET packaging capture and processing capacity, and they will unlock access to PET thermoform recycling for the Pittsburgh area.
-Origin Packaging spotlights its robust capabilities and new Eco-Friendly initiatives
Origin Packaging, a leading, family-owned, full-service packaging manufacturer, attributes its success and competitive advantage to its storied 100-year history affording it unparalleled industry knowledge, creative insight, technical expertise, professional networks, and access to world-class resources with a focus on a solutions-oriented, customer-focused approach to packaging. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
Origins’ 100-year history in the industry began with the immigration of a successful textile businessman to the United States who made a living selling glass bottles, jars, paper cartons, and later flexible food containers.
Four generations later, Origin now finds itself at the forefront of the packaging industry, manufacturing packaging with a wide variety of materials for a myriad of industries with a distribution of more than 5K SKUs! As times change and life evolves, so does the need for innovative packaging solutions. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
With a focus on preserving our planet, Origin is proud to offer a complete collection of cutting-edge, eco-friendly, and compostable packaging solutions in an endless array of sizes, shapes, and materials, ensuring our planet remains green and healthy for generations to come. https://originpac.com/about/
-Resin Price Report: Week Marked by Sluggish Trading, Force Majeures
Spot resin activity has been uncharacteristically slow for a January; meanwhile, Ineos and Chevron Phillips wrangle with weather-related disruptions.
Resin buyers stayed stuck in the doldrums last week. Spot resin market activity was slower than a typical January, with completed volumes again below average.
There was some rejuvenated demand, at least for polyethylene (PE), following severe weather and tornados in the greater Houston area. That affected some petrochemical complexes and led one producer to declare another force majeure on PE and polypropylene (PP). Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
Resin prices were flat to slightly higher at the PlasticsExchange, holding on to gains established earlier in the month, but not advancing further. Fresh resin offers were again thin last week: Very few prime PE and PP railcars have been made available to the domestic spot market this month, although several more groups of lower quality and transitional PE and PP railcars squeezed through, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Most producers had already sold out of their spot export availability in early January. Chinese demand then waned ahead of the Lunar New Year, while stronger demand from Latin America picked up some of the slack.
Robust export demand from China is expected to return in early February following the holiday. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
Nickel increase for PE contracts could be a stretch
January resin contracts should settle soon. PE producers seem to be relaxing their stance with the softest splitting the increase to $0.05/lb in January and February. Despite a much more balanced supply/demand dynamic after at least four months of significantly reduced resin production, a nickel could still be a big stretch. However, adds the PlasticsExchange, there is a solid chance for implementation of a $0.03/lb increase.
PP contracts will see a large cost-push price increase as it follows polymer-grade propylene (PGP) contracts a dime or so higher.
Producers are also seeking a $0.03/lb margin increase this month, with another $0.06/lb now nominated for February. Carbon Fiber – PET Recycling
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