Carbon capture EVcar – INEOS announces the acquisition of the Eastman Texas City Site for ~$500 million 30-09-2023

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INEOS announces the acquisition of the Eastman Texas City Site for ~$500 million

  • The deal includes the 600kt Acetic Acid plant and all associated third party activities on the site.
  • Eastman and INEOS have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to explore options for a long-term supply agreement for vinyl acetate monomer.
  • David Brooks, CEO INEOS Acetyls, comments “We are delighted to announce this strategic acquisition which will help drive our global ambitions for our Acetyls business.”INEOS has today announced it has reached an agreement with Eastman Chemical Company to purchase the Eastman Texas City site, including the 600kt Acetic Acid plant and all associated third party activities on the site, for circa $500 million.Eastman and INEOS have also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to explore options for a long-term supply agreement for vinyl acetate monomer.David Brooks, CEO INEOS Acetyls, comments “We are delighted to announce this strategic acquisition which will help drive our global ambition for our Acetyls business. The site is ideally placed to take advantage of competitively priced feedstocks which will help support the growth of our business and sustainable future of the site.”  Carbon capture EVcar

Currently INEOS licenses its leading Cativa® Acetic Acid Technology to Eastman Chemical Texas City for production of Acetic Acid at the site.

“We are happy to have reached this agreement with INEOS. They have been a strong partner with us at the Texas City site and have extensive experience and a complementary position in the acetyls space,” said Erwin Dijkman, Division President, Chemical Intermediates.

“Our Texas City Operations is an attractive site with an incredible team of people, and we are pleased that INEOS plans to further invest in and grow the site. We look forward to working closely with INEOS as we prepare for a seamless transition later this year, and longer-term as operators of our plasticizer assets at the site.”  Carbon capture EVcar


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UPM selects Brenntag as sole European distributor of its new bio-based MEG

UPM Biochemicals announced today that it has selected Brenntag SE, the global market leader in chemicals and ingredients distribution, as sole distributor of its sustainable bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG) UPM BioPura™ in Europe. The new distribution agreement will bring UPM BioPura™ to market, unlocking further commercial opportunities, while accelerating the introduction of sustainable forest-sourced materials into the chemical sector.

UPM Biochemicals is committed to the sustainable transformation of the chemical industry and is actively engaging with industry partners like Brenntag to enable its acceleration.

By reducing its dependency on fossil-based materials and transitioning to a more circular, low emission operating model, the chemical industry can become a key enabler in the transformation to a net zero circular economy.  Carbon capture EVcar

“As we evaluated potential partners, we were convinced by Brenntag’s strong distribution network across Europe, as well as its commitment to engage in evolving the chemical industry’s sustainability performance,” explained Michael Duetsch, Vice President Biochemicals at UPM. “Brenntag has demonstrated that they can market, deliver, and promote the advantages of more sustainable solutions.

This partnership confirms the attractiveness of our portfolio and is a strong push for the commercialization of our first-of-its-kind biorefinery in Leuna, Germany.“

UPM invests EUR 1,180 million to build the world’s first industrial scale biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, where sustainably sourced, certified hardwood will be converted into next generation biochemicals that will enable the vital shift away from fossil-based to renewable materials across a wide range of industries. The Leuna biorefinery is part of a broader growth area, UPM Biorefining, focused on scaling refineries producing a variety of renewable fuels and chemicals made from sustainable biomass.

UPM has already signed multiple distribution agreements in the past year to market UPM BioMotion™ Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF), another product within the innovative new category of bio-based products.  Carbon capture EVcar

UPM BioPura™ will be produced from certified hardwood obtained from regional forests around Leuna. The biomass does not compete with food resources and will provide manufacturers with a viable option to progress towards their net zero targets and significantly reduce their scope 3 emissions* by switching effortlessly from fossil-based ingredients to a renewable, drop-in solution.


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Michelin completes the acquisition of Flex Composite Group and creates a leader in high-tech engineered fabrics and films

Michelin completed today the acquisition of Flex Composite Group, under the terms announced on June 19, 2023 and after obtaining all of the necessary approvals for the transaction.

Michelin completed today the acquisition of Flex Composite Group, under the terms announced on June 19, 2023 and after obtaining all of the necessary approvals for the transaction.  Carbon capture EVcar

Michelin and FCG have thus created a leader in high-tech engineered fabrics and films. This acquisition is part of the Michelin in Motion 2030 strategy and marks a significant step forward in the development of the Group’s polymer composites activities. The new entity will leverage Michelin’s unrivalled innovation and R&D capabilities, and benefit from FCG’s advanced customers intimacy and industrial process expertise.

FCG is a European leader in engineered fabrics and films with applications in highly technical markets such as marine, supercars & electric vehicles, sports, or construction. FCG masters a wide range of polymer composite solutions, adjacent to those already developed by Michelin.

The company has 400 employees. It primarily operates in Europe, in fast-growing markets with strong demand dynamics catering to high-end customers. In 2022 FCG reported €202 million revenue. Over the 2015-2022 period, the company achieved average organic growth of 11%, with an EBITDA margin of 25 – 30%.  Carbon capture EVcar

Key highlights of the transaction:

  • Creating a leader in high-tech engineered fabrics and films, increasing by c. 20% the revenue of Michelin’s High-Tech Materials activities.
  • An important step in developing Michelin beyond mobility and positioning the Group as a key player in polymer composite solutions, in line with its Michelin in Motion2030
  • Leveraging both companies’ distinctive capabilities to unlock deep-innovation synergies in a broad range of products and applications.
  • Improved Michelin’s growth profile, margin accretive transaction for the Group and the Specialty segment, positive cash generation and EPS impact.
  • Acquisition financed with available cash, preserving Michelin’s strong financial position.  Carbon capture EVcar


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Spinning At ITMA 2023 – An Economic View

Recent innovations in the spinning sector focus on automation and process integration, higher efficiencies and better controls with remote access.

“Cautiously moving forward” appears to be the overarching motto of the spinning sector at ITMA 2023 held recently in Milan, Italy. Of course there were some technical advances on display, but economically speaking, no new innovations that completely shake up existing business models. Some of the incremental investments1 of the 1980s are coming back to mind. Incremental investments allow textile manufacturers to utilize new or improved technologies without having to completely replace existing equipment. This conserves financial resources, which is relevant in uncertain economic times, as well as during times when technological directions are not yet clear.

The theme of economic uncertainty was definitely visible and frequently mentioned in many conversations during ITMA.  Carbon capture EVcar

Many machine manufacturers as well as their clients still mentioned “surviving COVID” in the post-COVID times. Economic activity is still reduced, and survival is simply more important than innovation, or at least more imminent. For equipment producers, just like for their clients, raw material prices have been very volatile and considerably higher than five years ago2.

These kinds of cost increases impact machine prices, thus changing the cost/benefit analysis for new equipment and new technologies.

Similar price increases and volatilities have taken place in raw materials for yarn producers — in cotton and polyester2 prices, for example — making long-term decisions like the purchase of new spinning equipment extremely difficult.

Additionally, like for most other industries, a lot of technological innovation is happening in the integration, control and coordination of textile processes.

This upgrade requires computing equipment and semiconductors — items that are still in supply chain recovery mode since 2018. Shortages in some cases lead to “allocation” of equipment to existing or strategic customers only, most definitely not a desirable situation for the industry.  Carbon capture EVcar
Some themes do emerge in the technology directions despite this economic backdrop.

Process Integration

Most of the equipment manufacturers at ITMA showed very sophisticated programs that monitor, control, optimize, and integrate processes within and between plants. Cloud computing, remote access and control, and a plethora of data analyses was shown by most of the companies at ITMA. Software programs are key to efficient plant management, and exhibitors integrate maintenance and spare part businesses into their plant management toolboxes. While spare parts have always been an important business component, today these services are strongly promoted, showing how much more important they have become to the suppliers.  Carbon capture EVcar


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The Growing EV Battery Market: Trends, Drivers, and Challenges

The EV Battery Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of +16.5% and reach a value of USD 67.7 billion by 2026. As the world shifts towards cleaner energy and reduced carbon emissions, the EV battery market has become a pivotal player in reshaping the automotive industry. This article explores the latest trends and drivers in the EV battery market, as well as the challenges it faces and the regulatory and legal issues that shape its trajectory.

One of the key trends in the EV battery market is the dominance of lithium-ion batteries due to their high energy density and long cycle life.

Ongoing research aims to enhance their performance and reduce costs, making them even more appealing. Additionally, solid-state batteries represent the future of EVs, promising increased energy density, faster charging times, and improved safety.  Carbon capture EVcar

Sustainability is another important trend in the EV battery market, driven by eco-conscious consumers. Companies are investing in greener battery production methods and closed-loop recycling systems to meet the growing demand for sustainable battery materials and recycling solutions.

Advances in battery technology are extending the driving range of EVs, alleviating range anxiety and making them more attractive to a broader audience.

EV batteries are also being used for grid energy storage, contributing to a more stable and sustainable energy ecosystem.

There are several drivers of growth in the EV battery market. Government incentives, subsidies, and tax breaks offered worldwide are promoting EV adoption and spurring market growth.  Carbon capture EVcar

Growing environmental awareness and stringent emission regulations are pushing automakers to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles. The expansion of EV charging networks is eliminating barriers to EV adoption and boosting consumer confidence. Continuous innovation in battery technology is lowering costs, improving efficiency, and making EVs more accessible to the masses.

The EV battery market also presents opportunities and threats. Emerging markets offer immense growth potential as they invest in sustainable transportation solutions. Battery manufacturers can explore new markets beyond automotive, such as energy storage for renewables and consumer electronics.  Carbon capture EVcar


The Growing EV Battery Market: Trends, Drivers, and Challenges

Honeywell and SK E&S to collaborate on carbon capture projects

Honeywell International Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.) recently announced a collaboration with SK E&S, an affiliate of Korean conglomerate SK Group, to deploy Honeywell carbon capture technology to help enable SK to accelerate the energy transition in Korea and other parts of Southeast Asia.

SK and Honeywell are deploying Honeywell UOP’s Advanced Solvent Carbon Capture (ASCC) system at a SK E&S natural gas power plant to showcase carbon capture’s vital role in decarbonizing hard-to-abate industries such as power generation, steel, cement, and petrochemicals. Honeywell’s technology is a key element to SK E&S’s pursuit to build a portfolio of sustainable solutions to provide to its customers as it becomes an early mover in sustainability in Korea.    Carbon capture EVcar

Honeywell’s Advanced Solvent Carbon Capture technology is specifically designed for post-combustion flue gas applications, enabling greater than 95 percent carbon dioxide (CO2) capture.1

This technology can be retrofitted within existing plants or included as part of a new installation.

“Joining efforts in Korea to deploy Honeywell Advanced Solvent Carbon Capture technology will further complement SK E&S portfolio of end-to-end environmentally friendly solutions to decarbonize both SK E&S’ assets and in the future our customers’ assets, as we aim to be a leader in decarbonizing Korea and Southeast Asia,” said TB Cha, Head of Net Zero Technology Center at SK E&S. “We look forward to collaborating with Honeywell to demonstrate a competitive and reliable post-combustion capture system for broad deployment.”    Carbon capture EVcar

“Working with SK E&S will demonstrate Honeywell’s ready now ASCC technology to help decarbonize fossil-fuel power generation, which is an essential component of the overall energy transition,” said Barry Glickman, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “This collaboration is a key milestone in demonstrating post-combustion capture technology in natural gas power plant applications, allowing Honeywell to showcase its advanced technology and modular equipment supply capabilities.”


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Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Novamont by Versalis

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole  control of Novamont S.p.A. by Versalis S.p.A., both of Italy.

The transaction relates primarily to the market of bioproducts and biochemicals from renewable resources.

The Commission concluded that the notified transaction would not raise competition concerns, given the companies’ limited combined market position resulting from the proposed transaction. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure.  Carbon capture EVcar

More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.11150.


Plastic-eating bacteria – The case for chemical recycling and mass balance accounting 29-09-2023

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Plastic-eating bacteria – The case for chemical recycling and mass balance accounting 29-09-2023

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The case for chemical recycling and mass balance accounting

Industry Voice: Chemical recycling and mass balance are set to play a critical role in the transition to a low-carbon economy, writes Dow Packaging, Peter Sandkuehler

As countries around the world continue to witness extreme weather events and climate change, along with concerning levels of plastic pollution and dwindling resources, the need for action is becoming ever more urgent by the day. Our industry is at the forefront of the issue, with a responsibility to drive the change needed to address climate change and the plastic waste crisis, which pose an existential threat to our planet. Plastics are essential to our society; we rely on their performance, benefits and convenience and their use has revolutionised our lives, from hygienic food packaging to safer medical supplies, lighter cars and more durable construction materials. But the affordability of plastic products has resulted in significant plastic use which has not been matched by an equivalently efficient end of life management process. Plastic-eating bacteria

It is clear that something must be done to reduce fossil based raw materials and associated carbon emissions and implement an effective circular economy within our industry. However, the industry cannot face this challenge alone; we must work alongside government on the formation of a workable circular economy. Governments are already beginning to prioritise the issue in their net zero strategies. Tackling plastic pollution is a key element of the European Green Deal, a roadmap which outlines the EU’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050.

As part of the Green Deal, the plastic value chains face bolder regulations on circularity for several end-markets such as packaging and automotive e.g. the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) and End of Life Vehicle Directive (ELV).

Within packaging, under the latest European Commission proposal, EU member states must reduce packaging waste per capita by 15 per cent by 2040, in comparison with 2018 levels. Additionally, the following conditions are proposed with a 2030 deadline:

  • Mandatory recyclability for all packaging based on design for recycling criteria.
  • Mandatory recycled content targets for plastic packaging (differing targets with a 2030 and 2040 deadline). Plastic-eating bacteria
  • Mandatory eco-modulated packaging Extended Producer Responsibility fees based on recyclability for all packaging.

At Dow, we see these proposed changes as positive, reflecting a sensible way forward for the industry. Through our own “Transform the Waste” strategy, we have committed to deliver globally three million metric tons per year of circular and renewable solutions by 2030, and we are investing in new technologies to produce circular products from plastic waste to meet rising market demand.

However, in order to reach the recycled content targets outlined in the PPWR and the ELV Directive, the plastics industry and value chain need policymakers to introduce the right framework to truly enable the transition to a circular economy, where all plastics recycling technologies are recognised and scaled up significantly. This will be essential for an effective transition to a sustainable business model. Plastic-eating bacteria

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‘We are just getting started’: the plastic-eating bacteria that could change the world


When a microbe was found munching on a plastic bottle in a rubbish dump, it promised a recycling revolution. Now scientists are attempting to turbocharge those powers in a bid to solve our waste crisis. But will it work?

In 2001, a group of Japanese scientists made a startling discovery at a rubbish dump. In trenches packed with dirt and waste, they found a slimy film of bacteria that had been happily chewing through plastic bottles, toys and other bric-a-brac. As it broke down the trash, the bacteria harvested the carbon in the plastic for energy, which it used to grow, move and divide into even more plastic-hungry bacteria. Even if not in quite the hand-to-mouth-to-stomach way we normally understand it, the bacteria was eating the plastic.

The scientists were led by Kohei Oda, a professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. His team was looking for substances that could soften synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, which is made from the same kind of plastic used in most beverage bottles. Oda is a microbiologist, and he believes that whatever scientific problem one faces, microbes have probably already worked out a solution.  Plastic-eating bacteria

“I say to people, watch this part of nature very carefully. It often has very good ideas,” Oda told me recently.

What Oda and his colleagues found in that rubbish dump had never been seen before. They had hoped to discover some micro-organism that had evolved a simple way to attack the surface of plastic. But this bacteria was doing much more than that – it appeared to be breaking down plastic fully and processing it into basic nutrients. From our vantage point, hyperaware of the scale of plastic pollution, the potential of this discovery seems obvious. But back in 2001 – still three years before the term “microplastic” even came into use – it was “not considered a topic of great interest”, Oda said. The preliminary papers on the bacteria his team put together were never published.

In the years since the group’s discovery, plastic pollution has become impossible to ignore. Within that roughly 20-year span, we have generated 2.5bn tonnes of plastic waste and each year we produce about 380 million tonnes more, with that amount projected to triple again by 2060. A patch of plastic rubbish seven times the size of Great Britain sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and plastic waste chokes beaches and overspills landfills across the world.  Plastic-eating bacteria

At the miniature scale, microplastic and nanoplastic particles have been found in fruits and vegetables, having passed into them through the plants’ roots. And they have been found lodged in nearly every human organ – they can even pass from mother to child through breast milk.

Current methods of breaking down or recycling plastics are woefully inadequate. The vast majority of plastic recycling involvesa crushing and grinding stage, which frays and snaps the fibres that make up plastic, leaving them in a lower-quality state. While a glass or aluminium container can be melted down and reformed an unlimited number of times, the smooth plastic of a water bottle, say, degrades every time it is recycled. A recycled plastic bottle becomes a mottled bag, which becomes fibrous jacket insulation, which then becomes road filler, never to be recycled again. And that is the best case scenario. In reality, hardly any plastic – just 9% – ever enters a recycling plant.

The sole permanent way we’ve found to dispose of plastic is incineration, which is the fate of nearly 70 million tonnes of plastic every year – but incineration drives the climate crisis by releasing the carbon in the plastic into the air, as well as any noxious chemicals it might be mixed with.  Plastic-eating bacteria


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Only from KHS: freshness protection which is 100% bottle-to-bottle recyclable

The FreshSafe PET® coating system provides convincing freshness and quality protection for juices, carbonated beverages, wine or sauces and dressings in PET bottles, for instance. The system also facilitates full bottle-to-bottle recyclability.

In FreshSafe PET® KHS combines the advantages of PET and glass bottles in one, offering market-proven plant engineering for customers with particularly high requirements regarding quality and sustainability. A wafer-thin protective layer of silicon oxide (SiOx) or chemically pure glass finishes the inner wall of the PET container, thus forming an effective barrier: aroma and carbon dioxide are retained while at the same time oxygen is prevented from penetrating the bottle resulting in no loss of vitamins or taste.

The coating process not only provides long-term product protection and crystal-clear bottles; it also completely does away with the need for additives and therefore enables PET bottles to be fully recycled. With these features KHS is specifically supporting its customers’ efforts to use environmentally-friendly packaging and keep packaging materials in circulation for as long as possible.  Plastic-eating bacteria

Maximum freshness protection, long shelf lives and lower overall costs

FreshSafe PET® protects sensitive products such as fruit juices and nectars just as reliably as carbonated beverages. The freshness and taste are retained while the shelf life is considerably lengthened. It is therefore also worth using the barrier system, for example, when small bottles (holding less than 500 ml) have to travel long distances and are subjected to changing climatic conditions.

Investing in FreshSafe PET® technology pays off thanks to lower operating costs and a number of further economic benefits. With FreshSafe PET® bottlers can switch to less expensive standard PET preforms, for instance. In order that each customer can study the advantages for themselves, KHS provides a customized total cost of ownership calculation based on the use of barrier technology.

Fruit juice bottles in particular often contain multilayer, blended or scavenger additives. These protect sensitive beverages from external influences yet often prevent pure-grade recycling of the PET material. With FreshSafe PET® KHS provides the only fully recyclable barrier system currently available. In the recycling process the glass coating is simply washed off by the caustic in a standard procedure. This produces pure, separated PET which can be fully recycled. Using this method PET bottles made of recyclate can also be coated without restriction.  Plastic-eating bacteria

This unique recyclability is acknowledged by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) label, among others (more in our press release on the subject).  In its design guidelines the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) also describes KHS’ transparent SiOx coating technology as the only fully compatible barrier technology for PET bottles.


Alpek: Corpus Christi Polymers (CCP) pause construction of its integrated PTA-PET plant


Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. (“Alpek”) announced today that Corpus Christi Polymers (“CCP”) has decided to temporarily pause construction of its integrated PTA-PET plant in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Alpek, along with its joint venture partners in CCP, has been committed to the development of this facility. However, due to high inflationary rates, construction and labor costs have surpassed original expectations.

Consequently, the partners have decided to pause and further assess options to optimize the project’s costs and timeline. The site will be properly preserved to be able to resume construction in the future.  Plastic-eating bacteria

“Alpek remains committed to maximizing value from CCP,” stated Jorge Young, Alpek’s CEO. “We are confident that taking the time to evaluate the various options will allow us to improve CAPEX and determine the best path moving forward considering our stakeholders and customers.”


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GreenDot and Synextra Forge Alliance to Confront the Global Plastic Recycling Challenge

On September 27, 2023, GreenDot and Synextra made a significant announcement that reverberated throughout Italy and Europe. This momentous occasion marked the strategic consolidation of their efforts to enhance and synergize their expertise and capabilities within the plastics recycling sector. Their shared mission is to prepare feedstock for chemical recycling and produce high-quality mechanically recycled compounds, aligning perfectly with the newly proposed EU targets for circular polymers and industry transformation.  Plastic-eating bacteria

Amidst a surging demand for circular polymers and recycled content in response to the European Union’s latest proposed targets under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), GreenDot and Synextra have united forces. The focal point of their collaboration is to meet the escalating need for recyclates derived from chemical recycling processes and their corresponding feedstock. This collaboration represents a merger of their visions, competencies, and activities, driven by the growing clamor for sustainable solutions in packaging.

Under the strategic partnership, Pioneer Point Partners (“Pioneer”), Synextra’s shareholder, has become a part of the GreenDot Group. Laurent Auguste, CEO of GreenDot Group, expressed enthusiasm about this development, emphasizing their commitment to closing the loop on challenging-to-recycle plastics packaging. Auguste further added, “Jointly, we will accelerate the development of our activities in sorting and enhancing the quality of plastics recycling on a large scale. GreenDot is diligently following its development plan, which entails establishing recycling plants in the major economies of Europe and achieving vertical integration from feedstock preparation to recycling.”

Fabio Mosca, CEO of Synextra, highlighted the company’s expertise in plastic waste sorting, mechanical recycling, and feedstock supply to chemical recycling plants. Mosca conveyed his pride in joining forces with GreenDot and their shared vision for the growth of the circular plastics sector.  Plastic-eating bacteria

This collaboration aligns seamlessly with the industry’s ongoing transformation, necessitated by the EU Commission’s proposal for increased recycled content in packaging. GreenDot’s distinctive approach grants them direct access to recyclable streams on an international scale, establishing them as a leading global provider for the plastics circular economy. This union mirrors Synextra’s transformational journey over the past five years, driven by its shareholder, Pioneer.

GreenDot and Synextra’s collective objective is to offer a comprehensive solution for recycling a broad spectrum of plastic waste, with a specific focus on waste streams that are unsuitable for mechanical recycling. Currently, a significant portion of this plastic waste ends up incinerated or in landfills. The strategic amalgamation of GreenDot and Synextra paves the way for an array of industrial-scale mechanical and chemical recycling solutions, reintegrating plastic waste that was previously lost from the value chain. Consequently, the environmental impact of plastic packaging waste is minimized, as recycling prevents the release of fossil carbon compounds into the environment.

In conclusion, the collaboration between GreenDot and Synextra represents a pivotal step forward in addressing the global plastic recycling challenge. Their alignment with EU targets and commitment to sustainable solutions position them as trailblazers in the quest for a circular plastics economy.  Plastic-eating bacteria

Through their combined efforts, they aim to reshape the future of plastic recycling and contribute to a greener, more sustainable world.

GreenDot and Synextra Forge Alliance to Confront the Global Plastic Recycling Challenge

PolyQuest Strengthens Supply Chain Control with Acquisition of Baker Transportation

PolyQuest, a prominent player in the plastics industry engaged in the distribution and manufacturing of recycled thermoplastics, has unveiled its strategic move to acquire Baker Transportation, Inc. (BTI), a regional carrier and one of its crucial supply chain partners in the United States. The transaction is set to be finalized on October 1, 2023.

This unprecedented acquisition represents a notable departure from traditional industry practices, as PolyQuest diversifies its approach by bringing a transportation company in-house. This bold move empowers PolyQuest with increased command over potential disruptions in its supply chain while enhancing its overall distribution flexibility.

Headquartered in Wilmington, NC, PolyQuest is a privately held company that boasts operations in South Carolina, New York, and Austria.  Plastic-eating bacteria

The company stands at the forefront of distributing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins across the United States and Canada, in addition to handling polypropylene (PP), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), and polyethylene (PE). Furthermore, PolyQuest is recognized for its role in the production of recycled PET (rPET) flake and resins.

PolyQuest’s comprehensive range of resins finds applications in various sectors, including bottle manufacturing, sheet production, strapping solutions, film production, fiber manufacturing, compounding, and injection molding markets.

While PolyQuest intends to maintain its relationships with existing freight service providers, the acquisition of Baker Transportation underpins the company’s commitment to tailor freight and logistics solutions with unmatched flexibility for its own operations and those of Baker Transportation’s current partners. John Marinelli, CEO of PolyQuest, underscores this aspect of the acquisition.

Notably, the Baker family will continue to oversee the transportation division, extending its services not only to PolyQuest but also to the existing customer base of Baker Transportation. Situated in Lake City, SC, Baker Transportation operates an impressive fleet comprising 150 trailers and over 40 trucks, primarily serving the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States.

Baker Transportation strategically positions itself in proximity to the I-95, I-20, and I-26 corridors, granting it easy access to major US distribution routes and key ports in Wilmington, NC; Charleston, SC; and Savannah, GA.

Michael Baker, VP of Operations at Baker Transportation, comments on this significant development, emphasizing the enduring commitment to safety, reliability, and quality service that has characterized the company’s four-decade-long history. Furthermore, he highlights the enduring continuity of these core competencies in the wake of this transformative acquisition.    Plastic-eating bacteria

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DyeCoo and CleanDye CO2 Dyeing Technology Achieve a 58% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Conventional Dyeing

In an effort to assess new technology, Adidas commissioned an independent report, revealing that DyeCoo’s revolutionary waterless dyeing technology, operated by CleanDye’s facility in Vietnam, significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 58% when compared to traditional textile dyeing methods. The independent lifecycle assessment (LCA) conducted by Sphera as part of Adidas’ initiative to identify and endorse low-carbon textile coloration technologies showcases the transformative potential of DyeCoo’s supercritical CO2 dyeing.  Plastic-eating bacteria

As forward-thinking brands like Adidas take decisive steps to reshape the apparel industry with a focus on climate concerns, technologies like DyeCoo’s CO2 dyeing, which simultaneously curtail carbon emissions and combat water pollution, have emerged as essential elements of sustainable fashion. Encouraged by these results, Adidas intends to integrate CO2 dyeing into its supply chain, bolstering its commitment to environmental responsibility.

The rigorous LCA was carried out by Sphera, a reputable third-party consultant with a track record of producing reliable sustainability reports across various industries. The comparison between CleanDye and DyeCoo’s waterless dyeing process and three conventional fabric vendors used by Adidas revealed that CleanDye and DyeCoo’s approach generated a 58% smaller carbon footprint than conventional fabric dyeing technology.    Plastic-eating bacteria

This report aligns with the growing global interest in DyeCoo’s technology, with manufacturers in Turkey, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Central America, and major international brands and retailers all seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint in the years ahead. DyeCoo garnered enthusiastic feedback at ITMA, the world’s largest international textile and garment technology exhibition held in Italy in June. During the event, DyeCoo introduced a range of new CO2 dyeing solutions, including a compact, fully electric CO2 dyeing machine suitable for sampling and small-scale production, as well as an advanced lab system for research and development purposes.

Kasper Nossent, the Commercial Director at DyeCoo, expressed his excitement about the report’s findings and the increasing momentum of CO2 dyeing in textile manufacturing. He anticipates further collaboration with brand partners to expand their technology’s reach beyond current customers to factories worldwide.

In addition to its significant sustainability benefits, DyeCoo’s CO2 dyeing technology offers a full spectrum of colors and maintains a high level of consistency in bulk production without compromising quality or cost.

Simon Weston, CEO of CleanDye, emphasized the role of their Vietnam facility, where DyeCoo technology helps produce high-quality, sustainable fabric at competitive prices, as highlighted in the LCA.

CleanDye has already supplied fabrics to brands such as Decathlon, Tom Tailor, s.Oliver, Marco Polo, and Bonprix, with discussions underway with numerous global apparel and footwear brands interested in incorporating DyeCoo and CleanDye into their supply chains.

Weston added, “After analyzing the LCA, CleanDye has made further improvements to our process, and we are confident that our carbon emissions are even lower than the already impressive LCA figures.”    Plastic-eating bacteria

Kenneth Katz, Managing Director and Head of Asia at TAU Investment Management, a private equity firm with a controlling interest in CleanDye and a significant stake in DyeCoo, remarked, “We already knew that CO2 dyeing technology dramatically reduces water pollution from textile manufacturing. Innovation like this is critical, as 20% of industrial water waste comes from textile dyeing. However, this report is especially exciting since it demonstrates that DyeCoo’s patented technology and CleanDye’s purpose-built dyeing facility in Vietnam also dramatically reduce carbon emissions. We look forward to expanding the impact of DyeCoo and CleanDye’s innovation in the sustainable transformation of the fashion industry.”    Plastic-eating bacteria

DyeCoo and CleanDye CO2 Dyeing Technology Achieve a 58% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Conventional Dyeing

R-PET Sustainability – Europe R-PE and R-PP demand remains weak, but prices may have bottomed out 28-09-2023

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Bionaphtha Petrochemicals – Europe R-PE and R-PP demand remains weak, but prices may have bottomed out 28-09-2023

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Shinkong Achieves Milestone with US FDA Approval for R-PET

In a significant development, Thai Shinkong Industry Corporation (TSIC) has recently received the coveted approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the utilization of its recycled materials in food-contact packaging, a remarkable achievement for the company. This approval marks a pivotal moment for TSIC as it opens up doors to the lucrative US market, which currently stands as a major consumer of R-PET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) pellets originating from Shinkong’s cutting-edge facility based in Taiwan.

TSIC, a strategic joint venture formed between the renowned Mitsubishi Corporation and Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corporation of Taiwan, inaugurated its state-of-the-art R-PET facility in the thriving region of Rayong, Thailand, at the outset of September.

This state-of-the-art facility represents a significant step forward in TSIC’s mission to contribute to sustainability through recycling, aligning with global environmental objectives. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

The journey to securing the US FDA’s approval has been pivotal for TSIC, given the rigorous standards and regulations governing food-contact materials in the United States. This achievement underscores the company’s commitment to delivering safe and eco-friendly solutions for the packaging industry.

As TSIC celebrates this milestone, its focus is now on establishing partnerships and securing approvals from major brands, enabling the company to supply high-quality bottle-grade R-PET pellets to markets both locally and abroad. The FDA approval serves as a powerful testament to the quality and safety of TSIC’s R-PET materials, positioning them as a trusted choice for companies seeking sustainable packaging solutions.

It’s worth noting that TSIC’s journey towards sustainable practices began earlier in September when the company commenced operations at its newly established R-PET facility in Rayong, Thailand. This facility, a collaboration between Mitsubishi Corporation and Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp, represents a significant investment in chemically recycled R-PET pellets production in Southeast Asia. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

With sustainability at the core of its operations, TSIC’s R-PET facility in Rayong exemplifies the company’s commitment to reducing plastic waste and its environmental footprint. By utilizing cutting-edge recycling technologies, TSIC transforms post-consumer plastics into high-quality R-PET pellets, thus contributing to the circular economy and reducing the reliance on virgin plastic materials.

In conclusion, the US FDA’s approval for TSIC’s R-PET materials represents a major breakthrough for the company and marks a significant stride towards achieving global recognition for its commitment to sustainability. TSIC’s journey to becoming a trusted supplier of R-PET pellets for food-contact packaging highlights the company’s dedication to delivering innovative and eco-friendly solutions to the packaging industry while promoting a greener, more sustainable future. This achievement underscores the power of collaboration and innovation in addressing the pressing environmental challenges of our time. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

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“Empowering Sustainability: Bionaphtha’s Role in Shaping a Greener Future

Bionaphtha, an invaluable byproduct of biodiesel and sustainable aviation fuel production, is poised for significant growth in both European and Asian markets. This surge is being fueled by the increasing demand for bioplastics and the imposition of fuel blending mandates.

Much like biofuels, bionaphtha is sourced from renewable feedstocks rather than conventional crude oil. As the petrochemical industry strives to achieve long-term net-zero emissions targets, bio-derived polymers, featuring bionaphtha as a key feedstock, offer a promising pathway toward decarbonization across the entire value chain.

It’s important to note that bionaphtha isn’t manufactured as a standalone product at dedicated facilities, nor are there plans to construct such facilities. Instead, bionaphtha is a byproduct of second-generation hydrotreated vegetable oil biofuel plants.

These advanced technologies employ hydrogen to refine waste oil sources like used cooking oil or animal fats, primarily yielding biodiesel or sustainable aviation fuel as their main products. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

The global biorefinery capacity has experienced robust expansion in recent years and is projected to grow from approximately 19 million metric tons per year in 2023 to over 50 million metric tons per year by 2030. This output includes renewable diesel, jet fuels, bionaphtha, and bioLPG, based on confirmed projects, as reported by the Biofuels Research and Analytics team at S&P Global Commodity Insights.

Notably, bionaphtha currently finds applications in two major sectors: fuel blending and bioplastics production, with a particularly strong presence in European markets. While fuel blending commands a significant market share in Europe, industry experts anticipate that bioplastics demand will ultimately take the lead.

Bionaphtha can serve as a drop-in feedstock in naphtha crackers, facilitating the production of olefins and aromatics used in bioplastics manufacturing.

These bioplastics are often labeled as bio-attributed polymers, setting them apart from other bio-based polymers that rely on plant fibers, corn starch, or sugar as their feedstocks. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

A pivotal concept in sustainable supply chains is the “Chain of Custody,” which tracks and validates the origin, handling, and processes involved in producing sustainable products. The “mass balance” approach plays a key role in this concept, where renewable materials are blended with fossil materials within existing infrastructure to create chemicals with partial renewable content.

This strategy eliminates the need for extensive new infrastructure and reduces logistical complexities. Renewable content is meticulously tracked through bookkeeping and subject to third-party audits, such as those conducted by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, ensuring traceability throughout the supply chain.

In recent years, the global chemical industry has invested in both bioplastics and chemically recycled polymers through pyrolysis naphtha routes. These pathways offer solutions to complement mechanical recycling by converting hard-to-recycle plastic waste back into virgin-like feedstocks via pyrolysis. While the two approaches share similarities, they have distinct objectives. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

Chemical recycling aims to close the loop in plastic production and recycling, while bioplastics primarily focus on reducing CO2 emissions.

Bioplastics often command a premium over conventional plastics in European markets, appealing to consumer-oriented applications driven by sustainability concerns. For instance, the European toy sector prefers bioplastics over recycled plastics due to legislative safety considerations for young children. In Asia, interest from brand owners, especially in South Korea and Japan, such as cosmetic brands, has contributed to growing demand in this sector. Recycled polypropylene

Despite potential challenges, the bionaphtha market has experienced growth, thanks to a combination of demand and supply factors. Although some petrochemical producers may face negative margins in 2023, major players continue to invest in the bio-chemicals sector. Moreover, advocacy efforts are underway to improve carbon accounting in the petrochemical industry and enhance recognition of the sustainability contributions made by bio-based plastics.

In conclusion, bionaphtha represents a vital component in the journey toward a more sustainable future, offering a versatile and environmentally friendly resource that aligns with the evolving needs of the global market.” Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

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Introducing Herma’s Innovative Wash-Off Label Adhesive

Herma has unveiled its latest breakthrough in label adhesive technology, known as 72Gpw. This cutting-edge adhesive boasts nearly double the initial adhesion strength compared to traditional wash-off adhesives, while maintaining exceptional final adhesion and outstanding washability. The company showcased this remarkable innovation at the LabelExpo event.

The Cyclos-HTP Institute has granted certification to the adhesive 72Gpw for compatibility with a wide range of film and paper label materials. Hendrik Kehl, Herma’s product manager, highlights the significance of this achievement, stating, “Label users now have a compelling reason to switch to a wash-off solution without compromising on adhesion or washability, especially in demanding scenarios like high-speed labeling systems or when dealing with humid or cool environments.” Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

This groundbreaking label adhesive not only ensures secure labeling but also contributes to recycling efforts by facilitating residue-free separation of PET material from label material, including adhesives and printing inks. This results in a cleaner granulate production process.

Anticipating Stricter Recycling Guidelines

In line with the objectives of the European Packaging Directive, which were outlined in late 2022, there is a growing emphasis on closing material loops and enhancing the recyclability of packaging. This is expected to lead to more stringent packaging design standards. While wash-off label solutions have existed for some time, including Herma’s offerings, their adoption in the market has been relatively slow.

The industry association Finat has also provided insight into this trend, stating in July 2023, “Despite the availability of these options in the market, the majority of labels currently in use are manufactured with permanent adhesives rather than specially developed wash-off adhesives.” Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

To learn more about Herma’s innovative label adhesive solutions, visit their website.

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Europe R-PE and R-PP demand remains weak, but prices may have bottomed out

Demand across Europe in recycled polyolefins is expected to remain low for the remainder of 2023 as bearish macroeconomics continue to drag on the sector.

While some players in the recycled polypropylene (R-PP) and recycled high density polyethylene (R-HDPE) sectors have seen a rebound in demand in September, linked primarily to some limited restocking following summer convertor outages, this is from a low base. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

Underlying buying interest remains below that seen in September 2022, and there remain pellet producers in the R-PP sector that continue to operate at 50% of nameplate capacity – as they have done through the majority of 2023 due to narrow margins.

Although some costs, such as electricity, have fallen in 2023, they remain at elevated levels compared with historic norms, while flake and pellet prices have broadly fallen throughout 2023.

Coupled with this, most players’ inventory levels remain high throughout the chain, meaning any restocking effect is more limited than in previous years.

This is particularly true in Germany. For recycled low density polyethylene (R-LDPE) pellets, there have so far been no signs of a pick-up in demand in September compared with August. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

August is typically a low month for demand because many convertors shut operations for several weeks in July and August to do routine maintenance – a process that began earlier and lasted longer in 2023 due to narrow margins.

September typically sees a rebound in consumption as convertors restock following their outages.

Europe flexible post-commercial R-LDPE bale spot prices are meanwhile facing upward pressure in September, while flexible R-LDPE pellet spot prices are at parity with August monthly levels. Bionaphtha Petrochemicalsene

Rising flexible bale spot values were attributed to increasing export demand – particularly to Asia. Feedstock bale availability for natural transparent pellets is tight in northeast and Southeast Asia.

A decline in manufacturing activities across multiple sectors in Southeast and Northeast Asia – resulting from high inflation – has limited input waste entering the chain and tightened supply.

September monthly negotiations across recycled polyethylene (R-PE) and R-PP markets are ongoing. Monthly negotiations in both chains typically settle at the end of the month.


Europe R-PE and R-PP demand remains weak, but prices may have bottomed out

Oil headed for $150 without U.S. support for more drilling, shale executives say

Oil is headed as high as $150 a barrel unless the U.S. government does more to encourage exploration, according to Continental Resources Inc., the shale driller controlled by billionaire Harold Hamm. Recycled polypropylene

Crude output in the Permian basin will one day peak as it already has in rival shale fields such as the Bakken region of North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in Texas, Continental Chief Executive Officer Doug Lawler said during an interview with Bloomberg TV. Without new exploration, “you’re going to see $120 to $150” oil, he said.

“That’s going to send a shock through the system,” he said on the sidelines of Hamm’s first ever American Energy Security Summit in Oklahoma City. Without policies encouraging new drilling, “you’re going to see more pressure on price.” Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

Sprinkled among pro-oil presentations from Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s David Solomon, shale executives issued calls for the Biden administration to adopt consistent policies that will allow them to drill more. Failure to do so, they warned, will lead to tighter energy supplies and higher prices.

But the CEOs were quick to note that they have no intention of markedly boosting crude output in response to oil’s march toward the $100 mark for the first time in more than a year.

After touching an all-time high in July, oil production in U.S. shale fields is contracting and government analysts are forecasting a third straight monthly decline in October.

“I hear people say, ‘We’re back up to record levels of production,’” Chevron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mike Wirth told summit attendees. “With better policy we would be beyond that.”  Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

Haley said she would seek to boost domestic energy production by expanding drilling, speeding up permitting and building interstate pipelines. She also vowed to roll back some energy subsidies and regulations and revive the Keystone XL project.

“Nikki Haley was a great example of someone who cares about us, who appreciates what we do,” said Occidental Petroleum Corp. CEO Vicki Hollub. “Our politicians can’t lose sight of the fact that unless we’re energy independent, we do not control our own destiny.”

Even if oil breaches the $100 mark, Continental has no plans for a burst of output, Lawler said. Benchmark U.S. crude futures have risen 12% this year to more than $90.


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Corbion launches AlgaPrime™ DHA P3, addressing the demand for sustainable active nutrition in the pet food industry

Corbion launches AlgaPrime™ DHA P3, addressing the demand for sustainable active nutrition in the pet food industry Recycled polypropylene

AlgaPrime™ DHA P3 offers pet food manufacturers higher levels of DHA while reducing dependency on scarce traditional omega-3 sources.

Corbion, the global market leader in algae-based feed ingredients, announced today the launch of its new AlgaPrime™ DHA P3, a high-performance omega-3 ingredient enabling pet food manufacturers to enhance the nutritional profile of their products and boost DHA levels reducing dependency on marine-based resources and positively impacting their carbon footprint.

Produced via microalgae precision fermentation, AlgaPrime™ DHA P3 helps meet increasing consumer demand for more sustainable pet food ingredients, as nearly 70% of pet owners worldwide express concern about nutrition, climate change and a desire to make a positive impact on the environment through their everyday actions.

The ingredient supports manufacturers in their efforts to overcome the most common challenges of omega-3 DHA inclusion, as it provides the highest level of DHA on the market in biomass powder form (35% DHA), enabling flexibility for nutritionists and developers in working with higher DHA inclusions for added nutritional value, while advancing the sustainability of pet diets. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

In addition, it is stabilized with a natural antioxidant system. AlgaPrime™ DHA P3 is suitable for dry, wet, and injection-mold applications, allowing efficient access to, and use of, long-chain omega-3s.

“The launch of AlgaPrime™ DHA P3 furthers Corbion’s mission to preserve what matters by offering sustainable ingredients for healthier people, pets, and the planet,” said Tim Rutten, Vice President at Corbion Algae Ingredients.

“We believe this breakthrough ingredient will play an important role in meeting the growing need for better nutrition and more sustainable solutions, while delivering value across the pet industry.” Bionaphtha Petrochemicals


US recession likelihood spells trouble for emerging markets


  • The likelihood of a US recession within the next 12 months remains high, posing a significant risk to several emerging markets (EMs), particularly those in Latin America.
  • A strong US consumer base has supported Mexico, but demand is expected to soften due to high interest rates.
  • In Europe, Hungary and Poland are already seeing economic contractions.

The probability of a US recession within the next year remains elevated, which poses risks for several emerging markets (EMs), especially those in Latin America. US consumer strength has buoyed Mexico, but demand is likely to soften due to factors such as high interest rates. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

A weakening eurozone is also causing concerns. Hungary and Poland, in particular, saw their real gross domestic product (GDP) decline, marked by a contraction in exports and deteriorating manufacturing production, according to an S&P Global article titled ‘Emerging Markets Q4 2023: The Lagged Effects Of Monetary Policy Will Test Resilience’ by Valerijs Rezvijs and Vishrut Rana.

In Asia, China’s slowed growth—forecast at 4.8 per cent for 2023 and 4.4 per cent for 2024—will likely impact several economies, although the impact may be mitigated due to the slowdown focusing on domestic activity. Bionaphtha Petrochemicals

Inflation in most EMs is slowing but is expected to fluctuate in the coming months. Core inflation rates remain high in about half of the EMs, and further rate cuts are expected to be gradual, given the uncertain trajectory of global inflation.

Structurally high interest rates without corresponding growth will constrain investment. As of H1 2023, fixed investment as a share of GDP in the median EM has dropped by 1 percentage point compared to pre-pandemic levels.


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Bottles recycled – 2035 – Brussels Tightens Control on E-Fuels, Jeopardizing Exemptions 27-09-2023

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Post-consumer PET bottles – 2035 – Brussels Tightens Control on E-Fuels, Jeopardizing Exemptions 27-09-2023

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100 billion bottles recycled by Indorama


Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, a global sustainable chemical company, today announces that it has recycled 100 billion post-consumer PET bottles since February 2011 1. This has diverted 2.1 million tons of waste from the environment and saved 2.9 million tons of carbon footprint from the product lifecycles. Demonstrating its commitment to support the establishment of a circular economy for PET, in the last ten years Indorama Ventures has spent more than $1 billion towards waste collection of used PET bottles.

Mr. Aloke Lohia, Founder and Group CEO of Indorama Ventures said, “As we mark the recycling of 100 billion PET bottles, we want to thank consumers for recycling, and global brand owners for using recyclable and recycled packaging while also increasing collection rates. The scale of the waste challenge requires us all to do more, faster. In March 2020, we announced achieving the milestone of 50 billion PET bottles recycled in nine years. Today we hit the 100 billion mark in three and a half years.”

“By recycling post-consumer PET bottles into new bottles, we give waste an economic value. Post-consumer PET bottles

This drives improvements in waste collection systems, meaning less waste and a cleaner environment. In the last 10 years we have spent more than $1 billion towards waste collection systems for used PET bottles. We pledge to continue our long-term focus on circularity.”

The company has also committed a further $1.5 billion to expand its recycling business. To support increased recycling rates globally, Indorama Ventures has expanded its recycling facilities, infrastructure, and public education programs. The unique PET plastic used in soft drinks and water bottles is fully recyclable and is collected in practice and at scale. As a result, PET is the most recycled plastic in the world, and the company’s recycling achievements support that. Building on its position as the world’s largest producer of recycled resin used in plastic beverage bottles, Indorama Ventures is also seeking advanced technologies to deliver more recycling infrastructure globally and reduce lifecycle carbon emissions. Post-consumer PET bottles

The company now has 20 recycling sites in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Recent developments include doubling the capacity of a recycling site in Brazil; and the opening of PETValue, the largest bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the Philippines, in partnership with Coca-Cola. Both part of a $300 million ‘Blue Loan’ Indorama Ventures received in 2020 from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, and Asian Development Bank. The loan has the objective of increasing recycling capacity and diverting plastic waste from landfills and oceans in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, and Brazil – countries seeking support in managing environmental waste.

Indorama Ventures has also partnered with the Yunus Foundation, a leading non-profit organization promoting sustainable development with a global network, with the goal of educating one million consumers globally about recycling by 2030, with 200,000 reached so far. Post-consumer PET bottles

Mr. Lohia added, “Sustainability is at the core of our company. These achievements reflect our commitment to environmental sustainability and our determination to establish a truly circular economy for PET packaging. Reaching this milestone is a testament to our planet’s growing commitment to sustainability. Each of these bottles represents a reduction in waste, and a step towards a world where no packaging ends up as litter or waste. This milestone achievement shows the positive change that can occur when we work together to support PET recycling and strive for a more circular world.”

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BASF broadens its Monomers Portfolio and launches bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate 

  • First commercial scale production of bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate
  • 14C content of 73% according to ISO 16620
  • High performance and easy to use in a broad range of applications


Ludwigshafen, Germany – BASF is expanding its growing portfolio of 14C bio-based monomers with a proprietary process for production of 2-Octyl Acrylate (2-OA). The new product underlines BASF’s strong commitment to innovation for a sustainable future with 73% 14C-tracable bio-based content according to ISO 16620. Besides the regular 14C bio-based 2-Octyl Acrylate, BASF also launched the new product as 2-Octyl Acrylate BMB ISCC Plus. Here, the remaining carbon content is ISCC PLUS certified, and by applying BASF’s biomass balance (BMB1) approach, this variant offers a further reduced product carbon footprint (PCF2). Post-consumer PET bottles

With an industrial-scale production setup at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, BASF has a pioneering role when it comes to producing 2-Octyl Acrylate in large volumes. This allows BASF to make the bio-based monomer globally available as a raw material. “We have broadened our product portfolio to support customers on their sustainability journey. With 2-OA, we are proud to have launched a novel acrylic monomer that helps customers to meet their sustainability goals,” says Dr. Reiner Geier, Senior Vice President Industrial Petrochemicals Europe.

BASF’s 2-Octyl Acrylate uses 2-Octanol as the respective bio-based feedstock. This bio-alcohol is based on castor oil, a sustainable non-edible feedstock which is reliably available throughout the year.

With its balanced solvency, 2-Octyl Acrylate can easily be used as bio-based alternative to fossil-based monomers such as 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2-EHA) and n-Butyl Acrylate (BA) e.g. in adhesives formulations, or coatings applicationsPost-consumer PET bottles

The new product also offers performance benefits compared to fossil alternatives, showing improved scrub resistance in coatings, shear resistance in adhesives and excellent weatherability. Therefore, 2-Octyl Acrylate is one of the few 14C bio-based monomers which can be used in both standard and high-performance applications. The high purity of BASF’s 2-Octyl Acrylate provides a reliably high quality, with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and enables customers to use the monomer in a broad application range.

BASF’s 2-Octyl Acrylate is already registered in the EU, the US, Japan and many other countries. Further registrations are ongoing.  Post-consumer PET bottlesBottles recycled

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Trade between China and Russia continues to surge in 2023, maintaining the robust momentum that was established in the record-breaking year of 2022

The Russian Customs Service has reported substantial growth in both exports and imports between the two nations since the beginning of this year.

According to the Russian Customs Service’s Telegram channel, bilateral trade between Russia and China has witnessed a remarkable 25% increase from January to August compared to the previous year. Data from China’s customs agency supports this, indicating that trade turnover during this period reached an impressive $155.1 billion.

Furthermore, the Russian customs authority has expressed the intention of Moscow and Beijing to further facilitate customs procedures in order to enhance trade. They have a particular interest in ensuring the continuous, round-the-clock operation of key transport hubs, such as the Zabaikalsk-Manzhouli automobile border-crossing checkpoint and the Pogranichny-Suifenhe road crossing. Post-consumer PET bottles

Russia primarily supplies China with energy resources, including oil and gas, as well as refined products, agri-food items, and industrial goods. In contrast, China exports a wide array of products, encompassing foodstuffs, equipment, mobile phones, electronics, engineering goods, furniture, toys, textiles, clothing, and footwear.

Notably, trade between Russia and China reached an unprecedented pinnacle of $190.3 billion in the preceding year. The two nations are now on track to surpass their $200 billion target for this year, firmly believing that achieving an annual trade volume of $250 billion is entirely feasible.

The strengthening of economic ties between Russia and China is bolstered by their shared commitment to conducting a significant portion of transactions using their respective national currencies, reducing their reliance on the US dollar. Moscow and Beijing have redoubled their efforts to lessen their dependence on the dollar and euro in global trade, particularly in light of Western sanctions imposed on Russia and the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China. Post-consumer PET bottles

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2035 – Brussels Tightens Control on E-Fuels, Jeopardizing Exemptions

The European Commission is poised to unveil its inaugural proposal regarding exemptions for e-fuels as an addendum to the legislation prohibiting the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2035. However, the forthcoming document exhibits notably stringent restrictions: synthetic fuels must achieve complete carbon dioxide neutrality, necessitating the capture of an equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere as that emitted by engines during operation to qualify for exemption. This objective is perceived as nearly unattainable by the automotive industry, which is already engaged in a vigorous debate.

This Commission’s requirement exceeds the stringency of other community regulations. For instance, member states striving to fulfill renewable energy targets can utilize specific fuels with a 70% reduction in emissions rather than the 100% stipulated for e-fuels. Consequently, e-fuels may once again become a contentious issue, reminiscent of the February episode when Germany impeded the directive on phasing out internal combustion engines, staunchly advocating for a synthetic fuel exemption. Post-consumer PET bottles

Consequently, a tug of war is inevitable; the Commission’s proposal must undergo negotiation with other European institutions, including the Parliament and Council, which may result in significant changes in the months ahead. A consensus must be reached by year-end.

Amidst this, the eFuel Alliance accuses the Commission of reneging on its commitment to include the e-fuel exemption, asserting that the proposal’s restrictions render it practically unworkable. This has unveiled an internal conflict between the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG Clima) and the Directorate-General for Internal Market (DG Grow). The latter had sought alignment of the e-fuel definition with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), which mandates a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions for non-biological renewable fuels compared to traditional fuels. Ultimately, DG Clima prevailed, establishing the percentage at 100%. Post-consumer PET bottles

Ralf Diemer from the eFuel Alliance emphasizes, “E-fuels, when produced from renewable sources, achieve climate neutrality, emitting only the CO2 captured during production during combustion.” RED accounts for not only the vehicle’s usage phase but also factors like transport, storage, and fuel distribution, making a 100% reduction in emissions nearly unattainable. This concept applies to all technologies, including electric mobility. The Commission’s choice of 100% lacks a clear basis, and there is no impact assessment outlining how and when this objective can be realized. To assess a product’s actual CO2 emissions, a comprehensive life cycle analysis is crucial.

Diemer concludes, “We support the EU’s intention to consider the lifecycle more comprehensively, even though this approach has not been widely implemented in many other regulations. However, the industry needs intermediate steps to achieve climate neutrality goals. European legislators seem to be setting conditions that are more suitable for a world beyond 2040. Post-consumer PET bottles

The Commission’s current regulatory stance, already excessively stringent, impedes our objectives rather than fostering ambitious progress.”

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SKC to build bioplastics plant in Vietnam

South Korea’s advanced materials maker SKC said Monday that it had decided on a location in Vietnam’s northeastern city of Hai Phong to establish a manufacturing plant for biodegradable plastics, as it pushes to expand its eco-friendly business.

Amid mounting global calls to reduce plastic waste, the international market size for bioplastics is expected to grow at an annual rate of over 20 percent.

SKC and its joint venture Ecovance officials and top executives visited Vietnam on Friday to attend a ceremony marking the launch of the investment plan, during which they received an investment registration certificate from the Vietnamese government, the legal document needed for overseas companies to invest in the country.

The factory, set to be operational in 2025, aims to generate an annual output of 70,000 tons, the largest scale in the world, of polybutylene adipate terephthalate or PBAT, a biodegradable co-polymer. Post-consumer PET bottles

High-strength PBAT has been independently developed by Ecovance by using cellulose extracted from trees. It boasts enhanced durability compared to conventional PBAT, facilitating commercialization and its extensive use in general-purpose plastics, from industrial films and food containers to diapers and masks.

Additionally, SKC will be building a separate facility at the same site to produce an annual 36,000 tons of a biodegradable material named Limex .

Limex is made by mixing limestone with plastic resins, such as polyethylene and polypropylene, to reduce the use of plastics in the manufacturing process. SKC seeks to commercialize biodegradable Limex made of its high-strength biodegradable PBAT which decomposes more quickly in nature. Post-consumer PET bottles


SKC to build bioplastics plant in Vietnam

Europe Faces a Major Challenge in Exporting Electric Cars

As of January 1st, 2024, the cost of exporting electric cars from Europe to the United Kingdom will increase by 10%, prompting manufacturers to seek intervention from European authorities. Amid the ongoing issue of an influx of Chinese electric cars into the European market, Europe is now bracing itself for another challenge – the export of its electric vehicles to the UK.

In accordance with the provisions established during the lengthy and intricate post-Brexit negotiations, a new directive stipulates that, starting from January 1st, 2024, all electric vehicles traversing the English Channel in both directions must contain a minimum of 45% of their components sourced from either the EU or the United Kingdom, with batteries accounting for 50-60% of this requirement. Failure to meet these criteria will result in a 10% customs duty. Post-consumer PET bottles

Regrettably, as of now, no electric vehicle model complies with this directive, and time is rapidly dwindling.

Faced with the prospect of having to increase the prices of their electric cars, the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Acea) has issued an urgent plea to both the European Union and the United Kingdom to extend the deadline, aiming to avert further complications in an already challenging market.

Failure to act by the European Commission will result in a 10% tariff being imposed on EU electric vehicle exports to the UK, a critical trading partner. This could potentially cost EU vehicle manufacturers a staggering €4.3 billion over the next three years and may lead to a reduction in electric vehicle production by approximately 480,000 units, equivalent to the output of two medium-sized car factories, as indicated in the association’s press release.

The sole means of evading these tariffs would be to source all battery components and certain vital battery materials from the EU and the UK, a solution that is currently unfeasible.  Post-consumer PET bottles

Increasing consumer prices for European electric vehicles, particularly during a time when gaining market share is fiercely competitive on the global stage, is an unfavorable course of action from both commercial and environmental perspectives. This approach risks ceding market share to global manufacturers. Europe should support its automotive industry in the transition to zero emissions, akin to other regions, rather than impeding its progress,” emphasized de Meo. The solution is straightforward: extend the existing phase-in period for battery regulations by an additional three years. We urge the Commission to make the right choice.


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Galp and Mitsui to invest $638m in biofuels and green hydrogen

The partnership will invest approximately $691m in two industrial-scale projects for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels.

The project aims to replace around 20% of existing grey hydrogen consumption at the Sines refinery with low-carbon green hydrogen. Credit: odecam via Shutterstock.

Portuguese energy company Galp on Monday confirmed plans to enter into a joint venture (JV) with Japan-based trading company Mitsui to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) biofuels.   Post-consumer PET bottles

The partnership will invest approximately $691m in two industrial-scale projects; a 270 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) advanced biofuels unit and 100MW of electrolysers for the production of green hydrogen. Both units are expected to begin production during 2025. Galp will own 75% of the JV’s shares, with Mitsui owning the remaining 25%.

The advanced biofuels unit, which will receive approximately $425m in initial funds, will use waste residues feedstock from used cooking oil or animal fat to produce renewable diesel, also known as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). SAFs will also be produced in the same way as the companies look to invest in the decarbonisation of the global travel sector. Post-consumer PET bottles

HVO can be used as an alternative to fossil diesel fuel for vehicles with internal combustion engines, with SAF increasingly being used as a lower-carbon alternative to jet fuel in aircraft. Both are environmentally friendly fuels with lower greenhouse gas emissions. Demand for HVO and SAF is expected to grow, especially in Europe where policies to encourage the use of biofuels are introduced.


Galp and Mitsui to invest $638m in biofuels and green hydrogen

PET plastic – “The Hidden Risks of Sunlight on Plastic Water Bottles” 26-09-2023

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PET plastic – “The Hidden Risks of Sunlight on Plastic Water Bottles” 26-09-2023

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Denmark has opted to discontinue its support for hydrogen-powered vehicles, a decision that has generated both debate and contemplation about the future of eco-friendly transportation

Electric vehicles have unequivocally gained the upper hand over hydrogen in the realm of ecological transition, prompting Denmark to close down all hydrogen (H2) fuel distributors.

The absence of hydrogen distributors in Denmark has created an opportunity for electric counterparts to flourish. The dominance of electric cars over their hydrogen counterparts is not a mere inference but a fact substantiated by sales figures and production quantities across various automotive brands. As a result, Denmark is on the brink of shutting down all H2 distribution points. PET plastic

While it was conceivable for both eco-friendly fuels to coexist, much like the historical coexistence of Diesel, LPG, methane, and petrol, the commercial advantage overwhelmingly tilts towards lithium-ion-powered vehicles.

The closure of hydrogen infrastructure in Denmark is further expedited by the events of 2020 when the energy company Everfuel acquired control over all hydrogen distribution points in the country, with the optimistic aspiration of making a lucrative investment. Regrettably, this ambition did not materialize as expected, leading the company to reconsider its commercial strategies and explore alternative avenues within the realm of green energy. PET plastic

The trend away from hydrogen vehicles extends beyond Denmark and permeates the broader European landscape. In Italy, for instance, over 27,000 electric vehicle charging stations are operational or in the process of installation, while only two active hydrogen refueling stations exist. This demonstrates a lack of enthusiasm for hydrogen-powered cars among Italians. Furthermore, the European Union’s skepticism toward hydrogen is evident as it allocates 352 million euros for mobility, with a focus on creating 12,000 new high-speed charging points for battery electric vehicles (EVs) compared to just 18 hydrogen refueling stations throughout Europe. These numbers unequivocally endorse the preference for electric mobility in Brussels.

Even automobile manufacturers have aligned with this inclination, with only two brands venturing into the production of hydrogen cars: the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Nexo, the latter of which has only recently been introduced to the Australian market.

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“The Hidden Risks of Sunlight on Plastic Water Bottles”

Introduction: It may come as a surprise, but the water bottle you carry with you throughout the day to stay hydrated might be doing more harm than good. While plastic water bottles, commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), are generally considered safe for water storage, there’s a dark side to their use when exposed to sunlight and heat.

The Impact of Sunlight on PET Plastic: PET plastic, indicated by the number 1 within recycling arrows on the bottle, is believed to be safe for water storage. However, it’s essential to understand that these bottles were not designed to withstand prolonged exposure to sunlight or high temperatures. Sunlight contains UV radiation, which can break down chemical bonds in plastics like PET, causing them to decompose rapidly. This degradation process leads to the release of various chemicals into the water or beverage inside the bottle. PET plastic

Environmental Conditions Matter: Many people are unaware of the environmental conditions for which these plastic bottles were designed. PET bottles are not meant to be exposed to direct sunlight or stored in hot environments, such as inside a car or at the beach. Sunlight, elevated temperatures, high humidity, and oxygen levels—all present when PET bottles are exposed to the weather—contribute to the breakdown of plastic and the release of harmful chemicals.

Health Risks Associated with Chemical Leaching: The Endocrine Society warns that plastics, including PET, contain and leach hazardous chemicals, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These EDCs can disrupt the body’s hormone systems, potentially leading to serious health issues like cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders, and neurological impairments in fetuses and children. There is substantial evidence linking the toxic chemical additives in plastics to specific health impacts on the endocrine system.

Understanding Chemical Migration: Chemical migration from plastic into water or beverages depends on factors like the substance’s nature, contact temperature, and contact time. When PET bottles are used as intended, the amount of chemical migration is minimal and not considered a health risk. However, misuse, such as using plastic bottles for purposes beyond their design, can lead to increased chemical migration.

Temperature and Time Matter: Migration of chemicals from plastic bottles increases with higher temperatures and prolonged contact time. Although this may not necessarily pose an immediate health risk, it can alter the taste, color, and odor of the water, making it less appealing for consumption. PET plastic

Misuse and Health Risks: Using PET water bottles in direct sunlight or heat contradicts their intended use and can result in greater chemical migration than expected. Scientific studies on the safety and low-level chemical leaching of these bottles are only applicable when they are not exposed to heat and sunlight.

Common Misconceptions: Unfortunately, discussions about the safety of PET plastic bottles often overlook the impact of UV radiation and heat. Some sources, like Livestrong and the CDC, downplay the risks associated with sunlight and heat exposure, despite evidence suggesting that these conditions can change the organoleptic properties of water and may pose health risks.

Conclusion: While plastic water bottles are a convenient way to stay hydrated, it’s crucial to be aware of their limitations. Prolonged exposure to sunlight and heat can lead to chemical leaching, potentially affecting your health. To ensure the safety of your water, it’s best to use PET bottles as intended and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight and high temperatures. Your well-being should always be a top priority when it comes to staying hydrated on the go. PET plastic

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A recently unearthed enzyme from the depths of the ocean is capable of breaking down PET plastic, a crucial discovery in the battle against plastic pollution plaguing our coasts and oceans

This groundbreaking finding emerges from a collaborative study led by Professor Ruth Schmitz-Streit’s research team at Kiel University, with significant contributions from researchers at the University of Hamburg and the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

The study represents a pivotal advancement in our comprehension of PET-degrading enzymes, their underlying mechanisms, and their evolutionary significance within the global ocean ecosystem. These groundbreaking results have been published in the journal Communications Chemistry, where the research team not only explores potential biotechnological applications but also underscores the enzyme’s profound relevance in biogeochemical processes both in oceanic and terrestrial environments.

What sets this PET-degrading enzyme apart is its unique origin.

Professor Ruth Schmitz-Streit, the head of the Molecular Biology of Microorganisms working group at the Institute of General Microbiology (IfAM) and a member of the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) research priority area at Kiel University, explains, “In our study, we have unveiled a novel genetic resource derived from deep-sea archaea, previously unknown in this context.”  PET plastic

Until now, most PET-degrading enzymes, numbering around 80, were primarily associated with bacteria or fungi.

“Our findings significantly contribute to a better understanding of the ecological role played by deep-sea archaea and their potential impact on PET waste degradation in marine environments,” adds the microbiologist.

This newly discovered enzyme, named PET46, was identified and comprehensively characterized using a metagenomic approach. The research team isolated the gene from a deep-sea sample based on genetic similarities to known sequences, synthesized the corresponding coding gene, produced the enzyme in Escherichia coli bacteria, and meticulously studied its biochemical and structural properties.

PET46 exhibits a multitude of distinctive traits, expanding the repertoire of PET-active enzymes. Its structural divergence from previously documented enzymes is particularly noteworthy.  PET plastic

For instance, PET46 demonstrates the exceptional ability to break down both long-chain PET polymers and short-chain PET oligomers, enabling continuous degradation.

One of the enzyme’s standout features is its novel substrate-binding mechanism, distinguished by a unique “lid” consisting of 45 amino acids positioned above the enzyme’s active center. In contrast, other PET enzymes typically employ aromatic amino acids in proximity to their active sites for binding.

At the molecular level, PET46 shares remarkable similarities with another enzyme called ferulic acid esterase, which naturally degrades lignin in plant cell walls. Given the structural similarities between lignin and PET, these naturally occurring PET-degrading enzymes may play a vital role in the decomposition of wood, such as in forest soil composting.  PET plastic

The remarkable biochemical attributes of PET46 position it as a promising candidate for various applications, encompassing marine and terrestrial plastics, as well as biotechnology. Notably, PET46 exhibits superior efficiency at 70°C compared to reference enzymes from bacteria and composting plants, which function optimally at their respective temperatures.

This groundbreaking research was conducted under the auspices of the PLASTISEA project, led by Professor Ute Hentschel Humeida of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel. Dr. Jennifer Chow from the University of Hamburg and Dr. Pablo Pérez-Garcia, a research assistant in Schmitz-Streit’s group, jointly contributed as the first authors of the study.  PET plastic

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China’s high-tech materials firm to help renovate textile industry

BEIJING-A Chinese leading manufacturer, which specialises in textiles auxiliaries and organic silicone products, has joint hands with local partners to bring technological innovation support to the textile printing and dyeing industry in Pakistan.
“As the pillar industry of Pakistan, textile industry is currently facing two major constraints, namely energy and cotton yarn shortage. The fabric categories of some local printing and dyeing factories are gradually transitioning to a large proportion of polyester. Chinese chemical fiber suppliers can provide the most suitable chemical fiber raw materials for unique textile categories to match needs,” said Xing Pingping, Overseas Sales Manager of Ningbo Runhe High-tech Materials Co., Ltd.  PET plastic
According to Xing, recently, his company joined hands with Pakistani agent FairChem International to hold a textile seminar in Faisalabad, in which China and Pakistan partners jointly discussed the future direction of local textile printing and dyeing industry. More than 150 local practitioners participated to explore new opportunities. According to data released by Pakistan Customs, in fiscal year 2022, Pakistan’s total exports of textiles reached USD19.32 billion, a year-on-year increase of 25.3 percent from the previous fiscal year, and accounted for nearly 61 percent of Pakistan’s total merchandise exports. Pakistan, which has a relatively complete industry chain, owns more than 2,000 cotton binding, spinning, and textile factories, China Economic Net (CEN) reported.
However, “Pakistan’s textile category structure is obviously different from other countries in South Asia. Many major fabric categories use larger amounts of cotton, yet have lower profit margins,” Xing said, “Which has largely affected the competitiveness of Pakistani textiles in the international market.  PET plastic

“In response to the energy shortage I mentioned earlier, growth in the coming years will be driven largely by the digital textile printing market,” Xing emphasized, “the market for digital textile printing in Pakistan is increasing as it offers better and high-definition textile print design possibilities, lower water, effluent, emissions and energy use.
Besides, the technological level of Pakistani textile enterprises is increasing day by day, thus some small-scale factories also have advanced textile materials and technologies, such as polyurethane coating, aramid finishing, waterproof finishing, etc. There are also many printing and dyeing factories that have digital printing machinery. Regarding current shortage of cotton yarn, local companies have generally increased the proportion of polyester applications. For these chemical fiber materials, our cutting-edge chemical fiber silicone emulsion can come in handy. In addition, professional chemical fiber finishing solutions and polyester cotton-like and wool-like finishing solutions can also provide assistance to our local partners.”        PET plastic


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JPMorgan’s energy guru warns oil prices are headed to $100 per barrel. ‘Put your seatbelts on, it’s going to be a very volatile supercycle’

Oil production cuts by Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have helped push Brent crude prices up some 10% over the past month to roughly $93 per barrel. Christyan Malek, JPMorgan’s head of EMEA energy equity research, fears it’s just the beginning of an era of higher prices.

“Put your seatbelts on. It’s going to be a very volatile supercycle,” the energy guru told Bloomberg Friday when discussing what to expect next for the oil market.

Malek, like a growing number of his peers on Wall Street, believes that a lack of investment in new oil production, coupled with production cuts from OPEC and other top oil producers, will lead to higher crude prices for years to come.

“The flow of capital into new oil supply is just not what it was like in the last 30 years,” he said.  PET plastic

“So what that’s doing is driving the long-term price, the back end of the curve, up to $80, or north of $80. We think it probably normalizes around $100.”

Although a major psychological milestone, $100 oil isn’t what it used to be because of inflation. A barrel that today costs $100 is the equivalent, in real dollars, to a $71 barrel in 2010 and a $56 barrel in 2000.

Malek noted that for decades oil producers benefited from low borrowing costs, but with the Federal Reserve and many other central banks worldwide raising interest rates to fight inflation, it’s now far more costly to finance new oil production projects. “You need at least $80 [per barrel] to invest in marginal new oil [production],” he explained. “We call it the cash break-even.”

Despite U.S. and European recession fears, which would normally lead oil prices to fall as investors anticipate fading consumer demand, crude oil prices have surged in 2023 due to this lack of new oil production as well as production cuts from the world’s largest producers.  PET plastic

The 13 member nations of OPEC, which produce roughly 80% of all crude, are now producing less oil than at any time since August 2021. Saudi Arabia and Russia also both decided this summer to cut their oil production by 1 million and 300,000 barrels per day, respectively, through the end of the year. And on Thursday, Russian officials enacted a temporary ban on exports of gasoline and diesel to all countries outside of four ex-Soviet states in an attempt to stabilize their domestic fuel market.

The good news, according to Malek, is that although oil prices might rise to $100 per barrel, it’s unlikely they will soar much higher than that because OPEC isn’t willing to miss out on sales due to fading demand. When oil prices surge too far, too fast, consumers and businesses are eventually unable to keep up with the rising costs, leading to a reduction in demand for the product.  PET plastic

“They [OPEC] have a sort of fiduciary duty to make sure they’re stabilizing the price [of oil],” Malek explained. “I think what they’re trying to do is make sure it stays within a range. So by definition, if we see a very cold winter or hurricanes and prices spike very quickly, they’ll be managing the upside just the way they’re managing the downside.”


JPMorgan’s energy guru warns oil prices are headed to $100 per barrel. ‘Put your seatbelts on, it’s going to be a very volatile supercycle’

The Plastics Fair 2023, organized by Mikrocentrum, was a comprehensive event that provided valuable insights into the plastics and rubber industry

Attendees were treated to a wealth of information, tips, and sustainable highlights from the industry during the event held at Brabanthallen.

One noteworthy announcement came from Sandra Onwijn, Head of the Circular Economy Department at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. She highlighted the impending national regulations aimed at accelerating circular plastic chains and introduced a promising initiative known as the “circular plastic standard.” Under this standard, companies would receive financial support, which was hailed as a significant opportunity for the industry.  PET plastic

Ms. Onwijn emphasized the need to delve into the details of the scheme, especially given the heightened climate and environmental targets. The circular plastic standard would not only entail stricter rules and controls but also incentive policies, creating a favorable environment for the sector to thrive.

The Plastics Fair also showcased its broader relevance, with the presence of representatives from organizations like Urgenda, the Plastic Free Sea Foundation, and knowledge institutions from around the world. Sustainability and innovation were central themes throughout the event.

The fair featured an array of lectures and presentations, totaling fifty in number, catering to diverse interests within the industry. Topics ranged from renewable resources and waste prevention to reducing CO2 emissions and the importance of high-quality recycling, biobased materials, and effective product design.        PET plastic

The Machinery Square, a key attraction, displayed state-of-the-art technology for the plastics and rubber industry. Sustainability remained a focal point here, with a notable example being Ferromatik’s fully electric injection molding machine, which garnered significant interest due to its potential for energy savings.

Sandra Onwijn, in her interactions at the fair, expressed optimism about the Netherlands’ standing in the global circular plastic landscape. While she couldn’t provide exact rankings, she highlighted the country’s ambition to lead in this area. The Netherlands is actively working on setting standards for circular plastics in Europe, offering an opportunity for businesses to seize a frontrunner position and access substantial financial support for their circularity efforts.  PET plastic

In conclusion, the Plastics Fair 2023 was not just a showcase of industry innovations but also a platform for discussions on sustainability, innovation, and government initiatives. It emphasized the potential benefits of the upcoming circular plastic standard, positioning the Netherlands as a frontrunner in the circular plastics movement.The Plastics Fair 2023, organized by Mikrocentrum, was a comprehensive event that provided valuable insights into the plastics and rubber industry

INDA partners with the Waterloo Filtration Institute

CARY – INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has joined forces with the Waterloo Filtration Institute to present the FiltXPO technical program scheduled for October 10-11, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois.

The Waterloo Filtration Institute played a pivotal role in suggesting program topics and bringing world-class presenters on board. This collaboration aims to provide engineers, scientists, and industry professionals with the latest insights into filtration and separation topics that are currently shaping the industry and will continue to do so in the future. Detailed information about the conference, including the list of speakers, can be found on the FiltXPO website.  PET plastic

The program encompasses a wide range of presentations, including discussions on filter media technologies, advancements in filtration machinery and equipment, innovations in clean air solutions for both residential and urban environments, standards and testing procedures, emerging industry trends, new developments, as well as challenges and opportunities in the field of filtration.

This year’s keynote address, titled “IAQ Is the New Black,” will be delivered by Suzanne Shelton, President & CEO of Shelton Group. Shelton will share the latest consumer data on health, safety, the environment, and society, providing participants with valuable insights into the filtration sector’s opportunities and the communication challenges faced by manufacturers in showcasing the value of their products.

A sneak peek at some of the subject matter experts lined up for the event includes:

  • AAF Flanders – Discussing “Air Filter Standards Activity and Its Impact on Innovation”  PET plastic
  • Ahlstrom – Exploring “Enhancing Wetlaid Filtration Media Performance Through Innovation”
  • Air Techniques International – Examining the “Application of Automated Filter Tester in Quality Control Testing: The Significance of Consistent Aerosol Particle Size Distribution”
  • American Truetzschler, Inc. – Shedding light on “How to Produce Exceptional Filter Media”
  • CEREX Advanced Fabrics – Presenting “The Antimicrobial Advantages of Nylon”
  • Elsner Engineering Works, Inc. – Delving into “The Right Time for Automation”
  • Hollingsworth & Vose – Discussing “Accelerating Membrane Adoption with ROI in Mind”
  • INDA – Exploring “Beyond Porter’s Five Forces: The Impact of Regulation on Markets”  PET plastic
  • Mann+Hummel – Unveiling “Filtration for Cleaner Urban Mobility: Introducing Horizon Europe Innovation Action AerosolFD”
  • NatureWorks – Optimizing “Biopolymers to Enhance Filter Performance: A Range of Approaches and Opportunities”
  • Palas GmbH – Analyzing the “Influence of Temperature and Humidity on Filter Efficiency and Dust Holding Capacity”
  • Ptak Consulting – Evaluating “Residential Filtration: Performance in the Face of Infectious Aerosols”
  • The University of Georgia – Presenting “Recent Advances in Melt Blown Nonwovens and Filter Media Research”

New to FiltXPO this year are Lightning Talks, offering a platform for quick presentations on emerging trends, products, innovations, and ideas, with speakers changing every eight minutes. Participating companies include Ahlstrom, Elsner Engineering Works, Inc., Gottlieb Binder GmbH, TSI, and the Waterloo Filtration Institute.

The FiltXPO exhibition will run from October 10 to 12, coinciding with the technical program. To register or stay updated on program developments, please visit the FiltXPO website.  PET plastic

INDA partners with the Waterloo Filtration Institute

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The UN’s chief of environmental affairs has issued a stark warning regarding the escalating production and pollution caused by plastic

She asserts that simply relying on plastic recycling is insufficient to address this crisis, urging a comprehensive reevaluation of our plastic consumption patterns.

Inger Andersen, the director of the UN Environment Program, emphasized during an interview at the General Assembly in New York that with plastic production soaring globally and pollution worsening, the status quo cannot be maintained. She underscored the need for a collective reimagining of how we utilize plastic materials.

Two weeks following the release of the initial draft of an impending international treaty on plastic pollution, anticipated to be finalized by the end of 2024, Andersen shared insights into the diverse ambitions of the 175 participating nations.

These ambitions range from advocating for a reduction in raw polymer production to emphasizing reuse and recycling.  Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Andersen’s approach starts with eliminating as many single-use plastics as possible, especially those that serve no necessary purpose, such as items wrapped in plastic that are naturally encased, like oranges or bananas. She also suggested reevaluating the very nature of products, questioning whether they need to be in liquid form and exploring alternatives like powders, compressed forms, or concentrates. For instance, she mentioned her habit of checking the soap aisle in supermarkets for solid alternatives.

Furthermore, Andersen stressed the importance of reducing the overall supply of new raw polymer, an option outlined in the draft treaty text. She pointed out that while recycling efforts are essential, plastic usage continues to rise. Over the past two decades, annual plastic production has more than doubled, reaching 460 million tons, and this figure could triple by 2060 if no significant changes occur. Currently, only nine percent of plastic is recycled, leading to plastic waste contaminating oceans, wildlife, and even human biological systems through microplastic pollution. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Andersen emphasized that relying solely on recycling will not suffice in addressing this crisis. She expressed that if the inflow of new raw polymer into the economy remains unchecked, the problem of plastic pollution in oceans will persist. She underscored the critical importance of ocean health for humanity’s future.

The future treaty on plastic pollution is expected to complement global initiatives aimed at protecting oceans, including the recent historic treaty covering the high seas, which was signed by around 70 nations. Andersen hailed this development as a vital step in safeguarding a crucial portion of our shared heritage—the oceans.

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New Chemical Process Offers Hope for Mixed-Plastics Recycling

A molecular additive allows different kinds of plastic to be recycled together

Soda bottles, sour cream containers and disposable cutlery—these plastics (and many others) typically arrive at recycling plants mixed together in the same bin. But because they are made of different molecular building blocks, called monomers, they must be sorted into different streams before they can be melted to make new products.

“Until about a year ago, everybody thought the only thing you could do is take a plastic, break it back down to a monomer and then re-form it,” says Sanat Kumar, a chemical engineer at Columbia University. “Now we’ve come up with a different way of doing it.” His team has developed a process that allows different kinds of plastic to be recycled together. Their findings, reported recently in Nature, could give new life to many items that end up in landfills. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

A disturbingly small portion of our plastic waste is recycled, and production of new plastic—made from fossil fuels—continues to increase. The worsening situation has prompted scientists to seek new solutions to old recycling problems, including the difficulty of recycling mixed plastics. But they have faced a fundamental chemical hurdle: when different plastics are melted together, their various monomers tend to separate from one another like oil and water.


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Introducing the Innolith I-State: A Swiss Battery Revolutionizing Electric Vehicle Autonomy

Innolith, a Swiss pioneer in battery production, has unveiled a groundbreaking innovation in the world of electric vehicles—an extraordinary cell that not only reduces manufacturing costs but also extends the range of electric vehicles to well over 1,000 kilometers. Named the “I-State,” this battery employs a novel chemical composition, complemented by a non-flammable liquid electrolyte, which collectively enables it to operate at higher voltages, surpassing the conventional limit of 4.2 volts and reaching up to 5 volts.

Key Features:

  • Exceptional Energy Density: The Innolith I-State boasts an impressive volumetric density of 825 Wh/l.
  • Versatility in Temperature: This battery is engineered to function reliably in a broad temperature range, spanning from -40 degrees to +60 degrees Celsius.

Konstantin Solodovnikov, the CEO of Innolith, highlighted the pressing need for improved batteries to accelerate the transition to a greener economy. He pointed out that conventional lithium-ion batteries, though dependable for decades, have revealed limitations that must be addressed in the future. The I-State battery, with its enhanced performance, reduced costs, and environmental sustainability, emerges as a game-changer in this context. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Solodovnikov emphasized that this innovative technology will play a pivotal role in supporting electric vehicles during the global shift towards eco-friendliness and renewable energy. Furthermore, Innolith is actively researching advancements in energy density and performance for future iterations of this technology.

Collaborative Efforts: Innolith’s I-State batteries are poised to enter the market through partnerships with leading automotive manufacturers and industry stakeholders. Additional details about these partnerships will be disclosed in due course. Excitingly, discussions are underway to license production, with the potential to yield an impressive annual output of 100 MWh of I-State batteries. Five companies have already expressed interest, and Innolith has entered into a letter of intent with a prominent enterprise, though the identity of this partner remains confidential for now. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Introducing the Innolith I-State: A Swiss Battery Revolutionizing Electric Vehicle Autonomy

Elix Polymers Unveils E-Loop Sustainable Materials at Fakuma 2023

Elix Polymers, a leading global supplier of specialty ABS materials headquartered in Spain, is set to unveil its latest eco-friendly E-Loop product line at the upcoming Fakuma 2023 exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany, scheduled for October 17 to 21. The company has consolidated its efforts in the circular economy realm under the E-Loop brand, encompassing two key initiatives from Elix Sustainable Portfolio Solutions: Circular Plastics and Responsible Innovation. Elix will use the Fakuma platform to present its most impactful circular solutions and innovations, carrying the banner of “Let’s close the loop” at booth 5003 in hall B5. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Visitors to the Elix stand can expect to see an array of products featuring mechanically recycled content, including E-Loop H801 MR, E-Loop Ultra 4105 MR, and E-Loop PC/ABS 5120 MR. These offerings maintain properties akin to their conventional prime counterparts while achieving a remarkable 29% reduction in CO2 emissions. Notably, these materials have garnered approval from various premium automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and have received validation from key tiers, with applications spanning the demanding landscape of both interior and exterior automotive components.

Among the highlights of the E-Loop range are the E-Loop CR products, crafted from sustainable certified raw materials that encompass circular and bio-based feedstocks. These products hold certification under ISCC+ (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), with a meticulous mass balance model ensuring complete traceability and transparency across the supply chain. The flexibility of E-Loop CR products lies in the diverse sourcing options for the three primary monomers: fossil-fuel-based feedstocks, chemically recycled post-consumer waste, and bio-based feedstocks. Depending on the specific monomer blend employed, emissions reductions of up to 60% in comparison to prime-grade materials can be achieved. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

A testament to Elix Polymers’ commitment to sustainability, the company has received UL yellow cards for its E-Loop product lineup featuring certified raw materials, responding to the demands of customers within the electrical and electronics, as well as consumer goods sectors. Plastic pollution Petrochemicals

Salt Water-Degradable Plastics To Help Oceans

“Researchers at the University of Queensland are developing a groundbreaking solution to combat marine pollution: saltwater-degradable plastics. Dr. Ruirui Qiao, affiliated with UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, is spearheading the development of an affordable, biodegradable plastic that disintegrates in seawater, aiming to mitigate the proliferation of persistent plastic waste in our oceans.

According to Dr. Qiao, our oceans are increasingly contaminated by long-lasting plastic items such as containers, bags, and microplastics, posing a significant threat to marine ecosystems and the countless seabirds and mammals that rely on them. While awareness of this issue has grown in recent years, the scale of plastic waste entering the water necessitates innovative solutions. Dr. Qiao believes that plastic degradation technologies hold promise as part of the solution. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Collaborating with fellow researchers, including Professor Tom Davis and Professors Xuan Pang and Xuesi Chen from the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Dr. Qiao’s team is utilizing cutting-edge 3D-printing techniques developed by her research group at AIBN and polymeric materials from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to create a range of customizable, high-value seawater-degradable plastics.

This collaborative effort has received $125,000 in funding from the Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaborative Science Fund to expedite the project’s progress over the next two years. One of the techniques they are employing, known as ring-opening polymerization, enables precise control over the mechanical properties and form of the plastics while imbuing them with a low-toxic polyester “backbone.” As a result, these plastics can break down into a molecular state when exposed to marine environments.

The ultimate goal is to commercialize a new line of products in both Australia and China within five years, effectively replacing conventional plastics and capitalizing on a burgeoning biodegradable market projected to exceed $9.5 billion by that time. Dr. Qiao emphasizes that seawater-degradable polymer plastics will play a vital role in reducing plastic debris in the world’s oceans, enhancing the well-being of ecosystems and the quality of life for communities globally. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

In addition to their innovative work, the research team is fostering collaboration between research groups in Queensland and China to further advance their expertise in polymer science and additive manufacturing.”

Salt Water-Degradable Plastics To Help Oceans

UN Environment Chief Warns Recycling Alone Isn’t Sufficient

Over the past two decades, annual plastic production has surged, exceeding 460 million tons. With the global plastic production spiraling upward and causing escalating pollution, the UN’s environment chief has issued a stark warning that merely relying on recycling won’t extricate humanity from this crisis. Instead, she calls for a comprehensive reevaluation of our plastic consumption habits.

In an interview conducted on September 21st, during the General Assembly in New York, Inger Andersen, Director of the UN Environment Program, emphasized that the prevailing status quo is no longer a viable option. She pointed out that there are various approaches to find solutions to this predicament, but the urgency for change is evident to all.

Andersen’s remarks come on the heels of the publication of the initial draft of an impending international treaty on plastic pollution, set to be finalized by the conclusion of 2024. This treaty represents the diverse aspirations of 175 participating nations, notably highlighting the divergence between those advocating for reduced polymer production and those championing reuse and recycling. Mixed-Plastics Recycling

Initially, Andersen stressed the objective of eliminating as many single-use plastics as possible, targeting items that are evidently unnecessary, such as products wrapped in plastic that serve little purpose, or even those encased in natural packaging, like oranges or bananas. Subsequently, she highlighted the need to reconsider the very nature of products themselves. Questions about the necessity of products being in liquid form, and the potential for them to be reformulated as powders, compressed forms, or concentrates, must be seriously entertained. Andersen noted her personal habit of going straight to the soap aisle in supermarkets to check for solid alternatives.

UN Environment Chief Warns Recycling Alone Isn't Sufficient

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks : PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber Petrochemicals Polymers

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ITEM 18/09/2023 25/09/2023 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton -100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 915 $/ton 905 $/ton -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton -150
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,340 yuan/ton 7,240 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 6,340 yuan/ton 6,215 yuan/ton -125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 800 $/ton 810 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,275 yuan/ton 4,130 yuan/ton -145
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 494 $/ton 480 $/ton -14
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market

Petrochemicals r-PET

1,160 $/ton 1,133 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,137 $/ton 1,110 $/ton -27
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,200 $/ton 1,250 $/ton +50
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton -150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F

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9,350 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 7,770 yuan/ton -80
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,280 yuan/ton 13,375 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,790 $/ton 1,830 $/ton +40
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,000 yuan/ton 14,450 yuan/ton -550
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

Petrochemicals r-PET

15,350 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,500 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,450 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,600 yuan/ton 19,400 yuan/ton- -200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,350 yuan/ton 18,150 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 20D  domestic  market

Petrochemicals r-PET

36,500 yuan/ton 36,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 35,000 yuan/ton 35,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  32,200 yuan/ton 32,200 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,050 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market

Petrochemicals r-PET

8,540 yuan/ton 8,075 yuan/ton -465
Benzene overseas  market 1,023 $/ton 980 $/ton -43
Ethylene South East market 865 $/ton 870 $/ton +5
Ethylene NWE market 788 $/ton 783 $/ton -5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

Petrochemicals r-PET

9,500 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton +150
PP Powder domestic market

Petrochemicals r-PET

7,700 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton -150
Naphtha overseas market  713 $/ton 719 $/ton +6
Phenol domestic market 9,795 yuan/ton 9,407 yuan/ton -388


r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =7,800 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton   –

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Nafion, the Core Innovation in Rechargeable Solid Air Batteries

The development of Nafion-based air batteries by Japanese researchers stands as a groundbreaking achievement in the realm of renewable and sustainable energy. These batteries have successfully sidestepped the use of heavy metals and liquid electrolytes, resulting in a marked reduction in their environmental footprint. At the heart of this revolutionary transformation lies Nafion, a proton-conducting polymer that not only excels in performance but also extends the lifespan of these batteries. Despite their initial lower discharge capacities, diligent optimization efforts have yielded promising outcomes. This advancement represents a crucial milestone on the path towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

Transitioning towards a sustainable energy future necessitates the exploration of renewable energy sources beyond photovoltaics. Petrochemicals r-PET

While photovoltaics has undeniably demonstrated its worth as a clean energy source, its widespread adoption poses environmental challenges related to solar panel production and disposal.

The quest for novel renewable energy sources becomes imperative in meeting the ever-growing energy demands of contemporary conveniences without further harm to the environment. Batteries play a pivotal role in facilitating this transition towards a more sustainable energy landscape.

The surging demand for electronic devices and electric vehicles underscores the urgency for more efficient and environmentally friendly batteries. In Japan, a team of researchers has taken a revolutionary stride by introducing an entirely solid air battery founded on the remarkable properties of Nafion material.

This innovation has the potential not only to reshape the battery industry but also to revolutionize the entire energy sector. Petrochemicals r-PET

Solid Air Batteries: An Environmentally Friendly Solution

The urgency to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions has galvanized extensive research into eco-friendly energy solutions. Batteries, as a fundamental component of these solutions, have assumed a central role in extensive studies and groundbreaking innovations. The primary challenge lies in developing batteries that are not only more efficient and durable but also environmentally sustainable.

Air batteries emerge as a promising solution to this challenge. In stark contrast to traditional batteries reliant on heavy metals, air batteries eliminate these environmentally detrimental components, resulting in a substantial reduction in their environmental footprint. However, until recently, the majority of air batteries depended on liquid electrolytes, which posed issues related to electrical resistance and fire hazards.

Nafion: A Revolutionary Polymer

Researchers from Waseda and Yamanashi Universities in Japan have chosen Nafion as the proton-conducting polymer for their innovative solid air battery. Petrochemicals r-PET

The utilization of Nafion not only obviates the need for liquid electrolytes but also ushers in enhanced performance and prolonged durability. The battery boasts an anode crafted from a chemical compound known as 2,5-hydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone, complemented by a cathode composed of the polymer 2-hydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone-3,6-methylene. This amalgamation, alongside Nafion serving as the electrolyte, has yielded a solid air battery with extraordinary performance capabilities.

Promising Performance and the Road to Sustainability

While the initial discharge capacity of semiconductor air batteries fell short of other technologies, meticulous adjustments in composition have led to substantial enhancements. The accumulator’s coulombic efficiency reached 84% at 4°C, and through successive cycles and refinements, the discharge capacity surged to 78%. This progress signifies a noteworthy stride towards a sustainable energy future, where clean and sustainable energy emerges as a tangible and compelling alternative to more well-established renewable sources. Petrochemicals r-PET

Nafion, the Core Innovation in Rechargeable Solid Air Batteries

Sustainable polymers – BASF Secures Long-Term Access to Bio-Based 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) through QIRA 23-09-2023

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Pyrowave Introduces Nanopurification Technology: A revolutionary short-loop chemical recycling innovation to remove toxic additives and contaminants in plastics

Pyrowave Introduces Nanopurification Technology: A revolutionary short-loop chemical recycling innovation to remove toxic additives and contaminants in plastics
On the sideline of the Chemical Recycling Europe Forum 2023, Pyrowave is proud to introduce its revolutionary Nanopurification Technology. Applied to plastic waste, this technology operates at the molecular level to remove contaminants from polymers with perfect control on purified resins. It specifically addresses a challenge faced by most plastic waste recyclers including advanced recycling: the presence of contaminants in plastic waste and in pyrolysis oil.In a world grappling with the growing concern of plastic pollution, one of the limiting factors caping the scaling of plastic recycling is the inability to secure feedstock compatible with level of purity required in end applications. Notably, a recent United Nations report has highlighted the challenges of handling hazardous chemicals present in plastics – additives and contaminants that represent major concerns to human health and the environment. Sustainable polymers

Pyrowave’s solution offers a plastic waste pre-treatment to purify the resins that can be used in advanced recycling methods sensitive to contaminants, or directly into final applications. This breakthrough approach has the potential to expand the range of recyclable plastics, including plastics with various contaminants and additives such as heavy metals, inorganic pigments, halogens, and flame retardants.

“We cannot sit and do nothing as the plastic pollution crisis escalates and the recycling rates are barely improving”, says Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. ”As a pioneer of this industry, we are addressing the key challenge limiting the scaling of advanced recycling techniques by providing a groundbreaking nanopurification technology that will be driving real change for a cleaner, healthier planet.’’ says Jocelyn Doucet, Co-founder and CEO, Pyrowave. Sustainable polymers

Revolutionizing recycling: How Nanopurification Works
Pyrowave’s nanopurification methodology draws inspiration from pharmaceutical purification technologies, capitalizing on the significant size disparity between polymers and most additives found in the compounds. The technology tables on the large difference in size and solubility to separate additives from polymers using the most advanced nanofiltration membranes. Unlike conventional dissolution methods reliant solely on solubility, Pyrowave’s patent-pending technology enables simultaneous removal of various contaminants, all while maintaining meticulous control over the endpoint. It results in a process that is simpler, tailored to our clients’ specifications, more energy efficient and economical.

Pionneering a Greener Future

To debottleneck the access to plastic feedstock, Pyrowave standardizes the material upstream to be compliant with most advanced recycling process. In addition, the purified product can also be used directly in end-applications. Pyrowave has successfully demonstrated this technology by decontaminating polymers and supplying high-quality recycled plastics to industries requiring strict compliance, including food-contact applications. Sustainable polymers

The innovation can be used as a stand-alone to purify various plastic waste feedstocks or as a pre-treatment upstream of its microwave depolymerization process, for example.

Powered by electricity, Pyrowave’s new technology is low-carbon with approximatively 95% GHG emissions reduction compared to the virgin production of resins, and produces 100% traceable resins. Pyrowave’s solution enables higher recycling rates, less harmful substances in the environment and less GHG emissions than needed to produce virgin plastics. Pyrowave’s innovation holds the promise of reshaping the plastic recycling landscape by addressing head-on the pressing environmental issue of toxic contaminants in plastics.

Backed by over 10 years of experience, Pyrowave is eager to collaborate with like-minded partners to build a sustainable and circular economy that maximizes the value of plastic waste. Reach out today to learn more about Pyrowave’s nanopurification technology.
Mathieu Pagé
Public Relations Advisor
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BASF Secures Long-Term Access to Bio-Based 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) through QIRA

BASF has inked a significant agreement to secure enduring access to QIRA bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from Qore LLC, a joint venture between Cargill and HELM AG.

This collaboration solidifies BASF’s commitment to sustainability, with Qore set to manufacture bio-based BDO at Cargill’s cutting-edge biotechnology campus and corn refining facility in Eddyville, Iowa. QIRA, the brand under which Qore produces this bio-based BDO, is derived through the fermentation of plant-based sugars sourced from field corn. It will match the quality standards of fossil-based BDO, maintaining identical specifications.

QIRA is an ideal drop-in solution, facilitating a rapid and seamless transition for the industry towards more sustainable alternatives, as noted by Jon Veldhouse, CEO of Qore: “By switching to QIRA, the product carbon footprint (PCF) can potentially be reduced by up to 86% compared to fossil-based BDO.” Sustainable polymers

Through the adoption of QIRA, BASF gains the ability to manufacture BDO derivatives with a lower PCF than their fossil-based counterparts. Furthermore, BDO derivatives based on QIRA exhibit equivalent physical and technical properties compared to those originating from fossil-based BDO. Commercial quantities of these bio-based products are anticipated to be available in the first quarter of 2025.

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Teknor Apex relaunches Terraloy sustainable polymers

Responding to market demands for sustainable compounds, Teknor Apex is relaunching its Terraloy brand in a dedicated effort to build up a portfolio of products that will meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing industry.

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The portfolio will include polymers, additives and fillers covering a broad range of sustainable attributes such as recycled, bioderived, and biodegradable content. As the portfolio evolves, it will include credible products with verifiable carbon footprint and LCA data.  Sustainable polymers

Back in 2015, Teknor Apex received two awards for the Terraloy technology: the “Innovation in Bioplastics Award” from SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association; and the “Bioproduct Innovation of the Year Award” from Ohio State University’s OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center. It was this same year that the United Nations created a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet: The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals, supported by Teknor Apex initiatives, promote a global partnership to improve health and education, reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth – all while addressing climate change and working to preserve our environment.

“As a company that participates in many plastic recycling initiatives and sustainable activities, we are keenly focused on our mission of people and our planet being at the centre of our purpose. Sustainable polymers


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‘Mass balance is of utmost importance’

In its ‘Let’s talk about Chemical Recycling” series, the Plastics and Rubber Machinery division of the German VDMA association talks to experts and stakeholders active in the chemical recycling space. In response to skeptics about the technology, Markus Klatte, founder and Managing Director of Arcus Greencycling Technologies GmbH would like them to realise that ‘only with all the technologies at our disposal will we be able to complete the massive transformation to a circular economy’.
“Considerably more fossil oil would be consumed without mass balance,” he said.

Mr. Klatte, Arcus commissioned an industrial plant for chemical recycling at the beginning of the year. What are its unique qualities?
By utilising our technology, we can produce a pyrolysis oil from strongly mixed plastic waste that also contains polymers such as PVC, PET, ABS and many others.

We process the plastic waste the way it arrives from a waste sorting plant or from partners in industry. We are looking to recycle everything that would otherwise go into incineration. When the material is processed by our pyrolysis, unwanted contaminants such as chlorine or titanium dioxide are separated and put into a sink. Sustainable polymers

Condensable gases and non-condensable vapours are then produced in the gas phase. The condensable gases eventually become the pyrolysis oil. We operate our combined heat and power unit with the filtered, non-condensable gases, which renders our technology virtually energy self-sufficient. In the long run, there will also be a secondary market for residual materials; however, a lot of research still needs to be done in this respect.

With an annual capacity of 4,000 tonnes, it is quite a small plant.
Through our demonstration plant in the Frankfurt-Höchst Chemical Park, we can offer proof that industrial use works. We are still conducting a lot of tests. There are 650 measuring points at our plant that provide data, for example on energy requirements. In addition, the purpose of the plant is to test material flows that have not yet been researched, and to determine what can be recycled and what cannot.


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Danimer Scientific and Chevron Phillips Chemical Expand Collaboration for Rinnovo™ Polymer Applications

Danimer Scientific, Inc., a leading company specializing in next-generation bioplastics, with a focus on developing and producing biodegradable materials, has announced the expansion of its collaboration with Chevron Phillips Chemical (“CPChem”). This extended partnership aims to delve into the development and commercialization of various high-volume polymer applications, leveraging the cost-effectiveness and performance advantages offered by Rinnovo™ materials. Sustainable polymers

Rinnovo™ is a specific type of polyhydroxyalkanoate (“PHA”) derived from lactones, synthesized using Danimer’s proprietary Novo22™ catalyst technology. These PHAs can be utilized to produce eco-friendly alternatives to traditional plastics. The expanded collaboration builds upon Danimer and CPChem’s previous agreement, which involved Danimer evaluating CPChem’s loop slurry reactor design for the continuous manufacturing of Rinnovo™.

Stephen E. Croskrey, the CEO of Danimer, expressed enthusiasm about the ongoing partnership with CPChem, stating, “Our collaboration with CPChem has consistently delivered positive outcomes, and we are excited about the new opportunities on the horizon. Sustainable polymers

CPChem’s Research and Technology lab in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, boasts a world-class team and facility, which we believe will expedite the integration of Rinnovo™ materials into high-volume applications, ultimately reducing costs in key markets.”

CPChem’s Bartlesville facility, established in 1950 by Phillips 66, is equipped with state-of-the-art research equipment for rapid product testing under various processing conditions. Furthermore, the facility’s advanced testing and analytical capabilities facilitate quicker feedback loops, thereby expediting the development and optimization of resin formulations.

Venki Chandrashekar, CPChem’s Vice President of Research and Technology, expressed ongoing excitement about the potential of their MarTECH® process technology and related collaborations to advance Danimer’s Rinnovo™, emphasizing its role in accelerating sustainability efforts. Sustainable polymers

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Danimer Scientific and Chevron Phillips Chemical Expand Collaboration for Rinnovo™ Polymer Applications

Swedish Plastic Recycling has unveiled its plans for the grand opening of the Site Zero recycling plant, which is being hailed as the world’s largest and most advanced facility for recycling plastic

This momentous event is scheduled for November 15th and marks a significant milestone in the quest to revolutionize plastic recycling.

Spanning an impressive 60,000 square meters, Site Zero boasts an annual capacity to process 200,000 tons of mixed household plastic packaging while achieving a sorting speed of 1,000 pieces of packaging per second. This remarkable feat is made possible through the utilization of sixty Near-Infrared (NIR) sensors, cutting-edge laser technology, and advanced camera systems. Sustainable polymers

Swedish Plastic Recycling has invested one billion SEK between 2019 and 2023 to bring this vision to life, and the results have been nothing short of sensational. Site Zero has demonstrated the ability to separate and recycle up to twelve different types of plastics simultaneously, a stark contrast to other European plants, which typically handle just three or four types. As a result, it is anticipated that virtually all plastics in the Swedish packaging market can now undergo treatment and be reintegrated into a circular economy.

Mattias Philipsson, the CEO of Swedish Plastic Recycling, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Site Zero surpasses all expectations; we are ushering in a new era of plastic recycling. This plant will serve as the driving force behind the global transition needed to significantly reduce climate impact, diminish our dependence on fossil plastic raw materials, and fully integrate plastics into a circular economy.”

The grand opening is set to attract visitors from across Europe, and an on-site press conference will be held to share the remarkable recycling results and insights gained during the testing phase, among other key information. Notable attendees will include representatives from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, TOMRA, and various players from Sweden’s food trade industry. Sustainable polymers

From its inception in 2021, the Site Zero project has aimed for complete climate neutrality. The plant is powered entirely by renewable energy sources, and any plastic that cannot be recycled will be directed toward Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) or energy recovery methods that produce no climate-harming emissions.

Meanwhile, in Sweden, Tetra Pak and Axjo Group are jointly exploring the feasibility of constructing a new recycling plant designed specifically for the polyAl layers found in carton packages. This facility is expected to have an annual recycling capacity of 10,000 tonnes.

Additionally, a new recycling plant specializing in the challenging task of recycling soft plastics recently opened in Scotland earlier this year. This facility, co-owned by supermarket chain Morrisons and operated by Yes Recycling, aims to prevent the export of end-of-life plastics and, instead, repurpose an impressive 15,000 tonnes of post-consumer packaging annually. Sustainable polymers

Furthermore, Amcor and Mondelēz International have committed to investment agreements in support of Licella’s construction of one of Australia’s first advanced recycling facilities. This facility is set to process 12,000 tonnes of end-of-life plastics each year, contributing to the global effort to address plastic waste challenges.

Swedish Plastic Recycling has unveiled its plans for the grand opening of the Site Zero recycling plant, which is being hailed as the world's largest and most advanced facility for recycling plastic

Greenback Recycling Technologies has successfully completed the acquisition of Enval, a renowned specialist in the recycling of laminated plastics

The financial details of this transaction remain confidential. Following this merger, the united entity will be led by Philippe von Stauffenberg, the CEO of Greenback.

Both companies have amalgamated their efforts in the domain of plastics recycling. This move comes on the heels of the inauguration of a groundbreaking recycling facility in Cuautla, México, which utilizes Enval’s innovative microwave-induced pyrolysis technology, as depicted in the accompanying image. Sustainable polymers

Enval, initially established as a spin-off from Cambridge University in 2006, made significant strides in the recycling sector. In 2013, it launched its inaugural commercial-scale plant for recycling laminated plastics and aluminum in Luton.

The newly formed company under Greenback’s leadership will prioritize the recycling of challenging post-consumer plastic packaging waste. Additionally, it aims to supply raw materials for the production of new food-grade packaging containing recycled content.

Philippe von Stauffenberg stated, “Through the groundbreaking microwave-induced technology developed by Enval, we can convert flexible plastics into pyrolysis oil, known as π-Oil, which serves as a valuable resource for creating new food packaging with recycled materials. Furthermore, this process enables the recycling of another precious resource, aluminum, when found in multi-layered flexible packaging. This merger signifies a significant milestone for both Greenback and Enval, and we eagerly anticipate the opportunities it will present.” Sustainable polymers

Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO of Enval, expressed, “For a considerable period, we have closely collaborated with Greenback on the construction of the Mexican plant, and this merger solidifies that partnership.” He highlighted that the synergy between Enval’s proficiency in chemical recycling and Greenback’s operational and business development acumen would contribute significantly to mitigating plastic pollution, both on land and in marine environments.

Greenback, headquartered in the United Kingdom, was founded by Philippe von Stauffenberg in 2018. The Mexico facility was established in collaboration with Nestlé and garnered support from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

Greenback Recycling Technologies has successfully completed the acquisition of Enval, a renowned specialist in the recycling of laminated plastics

Tire pyrolysis – Circular Economy: TotalEnergies to Build a New Plastic Recycling Unit at the Grandpuits Zero-Crude Platform 22-09-2023

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Bio-based polymers – Circular Economy: TotalEnergies to Build a New Plastic Recycling Unit at the Grandpuits Zero-Crude Platform 22-09-2023

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Circular Economy: TotalEnergies to Build a New Plastic Recycling Unit at the Grandpuits Zero-Crude Platform

Paris, September 20, 2023 –TotalEnergies has announced the building of a new mechanical recycling unit for plastic waste at its Grandpuits site southeast of Paris. This new investment follows those announced in June 2023 — the doubling of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production and construction of a biomethane production unit — in line with the Company’s ambition to develop low-carbon energy and the circular economy.

The new unit should enter service in 2026 and produce 30,000 tons a year of high value-added compounds containing up to 50% recycled plastic material.
In addition to the mechanical recycling unit, a specific center will be established that provides technical assistance to customers and develops new products, in order to provide sufficient support for the commercialization of the new range of hybrid compounds.

One year after investing in a new production line that makes high-performance recycled polypropylene for the automotive sector in its plant at Carling, the Company is now expanding its recycled polymer offering with this new unit at Grandpuits.

It will target the high-performance packaging market, in particular for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Bio-based polymers

“This investment is great news for the local area and represents another milestone for the zero-crude platform at Grandpuits. The investment in this plastic recycling unit is entirely consistent with the Company’s ambition to grow the circular economy and will contribute to the objective of reaching 1 million tons of circular polymers by 2030. By developing all these projects at the Grandpuits zero-crude platform, the Company can confirm it will maintain 250 jobs at the site, honoring the commitments that it made in September 2020,” said Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals at TotalEnergies.

Grandpuits is an ambitious project for low-carbon energy and the circular economy:

In September 2020, in line with its aim to get to net zero by 2050, TotalEnergies launched a project to convert this industrial site. Bio-based polymers

The “zero-crude” project, which will cost an estimated total of over €500 million, is based on the development of several future-oriented activities in biomass, renewables and the circular economy:

  • SAF production: the biorefinery’s output capacity of 210,000 tons a year by 2025 and 285,000 tons a year by 2027 will allow the Company to keep pace with the gradual rise in EU blending mandates, set at 6% in 2030.
  • Biomethane production: the biomethane unit, which will receive feedstock in the form of organic waste from the biorefinery, will prevent the emission of almost 20,000 tons of CO₂ per year. Its annual capacity of 80 gigawatt-hours (GWh) represents the average annual demand of 16,000 people.
  • Advanced and mechanical recycling: with two recycling units, one for advanced recycling with capacity to treat 15,000 tons of waste a year, and another a mechanical recycling unit announced today, Grandpuits is establishing itself as a major French recycling site. Bio-based polymers
  • Green electricity generation: Grandpuits is home to the largest solar farm in the Île-de-France region, equipped with a battery energy storage system. Since coming onstream in July 2023, it has been generating 31 GWh of green electricity a year, enough to supply 19,000 people. This power generation required the installation of 46,000 solar panels and adds to the 28 GWh facility built at Gargenville, west of Paris, which was launched in 2022.


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“Why is the fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant gaining increasing popularity?”

The Preferred Choice: Fully Continuous Waste Tire Pyrolysis Plant

To cater to the diverse requirements of our customers, DOING has undertaken research and development efforts, resulting in the creation of three types of tire pyrolysis plants: batch-type, semi-continuous, and fully continuous. Among these options, the fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant has witnessed a surge in popularity in recent years due to its numerous advantages:

  1. Enhanced Processing Capacity, Greater Profitability: The fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant boasts a significantly higher processing capacity and production efficiency. Compared to batch-type designs, the daily processing capacity of the fully continuous system typically exceeds 20 tons, with common processing capacities of 30 tons per day and 50 tons per day. As you process more waste tires, your profits increase accordingly. Bio-based polymers
  2. Heightened Automation and Safety: The fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant offers a remarkable level of automation, ensuring safe operations and consistent production quality. In contrast to batch designs, continuous systems feature significantly greater automation, with optional PLC control systems enabling near-continuous operation for up to two months without interruption. Furthermore, the continuous feeding and carbon black discharge processes within DOING’s fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant are executed within a fully sealed environment, mitigating the risk of safety incidents.  Tire pyrolysis
  3. Enhanced Environmental Protection: The environmental benefits of the fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant are twofold. Firstly, it utilizes waste tires that have been pre-processed into rubber powder, reducing dust emissions caused by steel wire. The use of rubber powder as a raw material facilitates complete combustion, thus improving oil yield. Secondly, DOING’s fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant is equipped with advanced dedusting systems and desulfurization towers to purify exhaust gases, ensuring compliance with stringent emission standards. This elevated level of environmental protection sets the fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant apart. Bio-based polymers

Furthermore, many countries now impose stringent requirements on pyrolysis projects in terms of processing capacity and environmental friendliness. For instance, in countries like India, Australia, and China, newly established waste tire recycling projects are required to achieve annual outputs exceeding 20,000 tons, while renovations of existing facilities must meet a minimum output of 10,000 tons. These projects also need to adhere to strict environmental standards. The fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant effectively addresses these requirements, garnering significant support and encouragement from local governments.

If you are considering the establishment of a fully continuous tire pyrolysis plant, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated sales managers can provide comprehensive support, ranging from local policy assessments and pyrolysis plant selection to manufacturing and shipping. We also have successful pyrolysis plant projects that you can reference. Bio-based polymers

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Origin Materials Awarded BioMADE Funding to Advance Department of Defense Sustainability Goals

World’s leading carbon-negative materials company to develop samples of bio-based carbon black and polymers for Department of Defense fleet decarbonization

Origin Materials, Inc. , the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, announced today that it has been awarded funding from BioMADE, a Manufacturing Innovation Institute catalyzed by the U.S. Department of Defense.

BioMADE announced a suite of projects last week that aim to aid in the advancement of Department of Defense supply chain resiliency and sustainability goals, re-shore manufacturing jobs to the United States, and enhance the domestic bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem. Origin Materials is one of nine projects announced by BioMADE, totaling $18.7 million in funding. Bio-based polymers

As part of its project, Origin will leverage its technology platform to develop samples of bio-based polymers and bio-based carbon black, which can be used to make more sustainable tires and other products, which could support Department of Defense fleet decarbonization efforts.

“This grant reflects the strong momentum for Origin’s technology platform to help solve the greatest sustainability challenges of our time,” said Origin Materials Co-CEO Rich Riley. “We are excited that Origin has been selected to pursue this far-reaching initiative for American manufacturing.”

“These projects will help unlock the benefits of bioindustrial manufacturing for all Americans – from everyday consumers to farmers to warfighters,” said Dr. Douglas Friedman, Chief Executive Officer at BioMADE in a statement. “By creating new products and transforming how we domestically manufacture existing products, these projects – and the bioindustrial manufacturing industry at large – have the potential to positively impact nearly every aspect of our lives.” Bio-based polymers


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Asahi Kasei at Fakuma: Diversified Material Solutions for EV Batteries and the Circular Economy

Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei will showcase a slate of material solutions for EV batteries, improved connectivity, and lightweighting, as well as the circular economy, at the Fakuma show to be held Oct. 17 to 21 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Asahi Kasei will exhibit in hall B5 at booth 5319.

This year, Asahi Kasei will place a special focus on its broad range of materials for lightweight, compact, and safe electric vehicle batteries. The company is currently developing a new continuous glass-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic, Lencen, and will present it for the first time at Fakuma. This composite material is formed by stacking layers of continuous glass-fiber textiles with polyamide (PA) 66 films. Due to its tensile strength, heat resistance, and impact properties similar to metal, this material improves collision safety and reduces weight in EV batteries. Bio-based polymers

In addition, the company will showcase a carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic unidirectional tape (CFRTP-UD tape) that utilizes both recycled continuous carbon fiber and the company’s Leona PA resin. Boasting a higher strength than metal, this CFRTP-UD tape can be applied to automobile frames and bodies, further enabling the recycling of end-of-vehicle-life parts into different, new automobile parts.

Asahi Kasei will also showcase cooling pipes for EV battery packs made of the modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) Xyron, as well as 2170 cell trays based on SunForce m-PPE particle foam. 

Solutions for improved HMI, glass replacement

Also on show is AZP, a transparent polymer that overcomes the disadvantages of conventional optical plastic materials. Featuring a close-to-zero birefringence equivalent to glass as well as superior designability, this material reportedly allows high transmittance and low color distortion at all viewing angles. Clear images without luminance variations, color distortion, or blurring can be achieved in polarized optical equipment such as human-machine interfaces (HMIs), AR/VR headsets, and head-up-displays (HUDs). A premium quality appearance is also maintained when looking at the display through polarized sunglasses. Bio-based polymers

Bio-based feedstock and new recycling technology for PA 66

Asahi Kasei will also present a bio-based and biodegradable cellulose nano fiber (CNF). This material is made from cotton linter and features high heat resistance and a network-forming capability. CNF-reinforced PA exhibits thixotropic behavior, making it highly suitable for 3D-printing applications in terms of easy printing, dimensional accuracy, smooth appearance, and mechanical performance. Furthermore, CNF has superior material recyclability compared with glass fibers.


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The alliance with Coperion gives Herbold Meckesheim’s growth more impetus

Herbold Meckesheim is reporting a good order situation for PET and film washing lines towards the end of the current fiscal year. The company is referring to the end of the US financial year, because since last summer Herbold belongs to the US group Hillenbrand Inc. Last October, a separate Recycling Business Unit was set up under the umbrella of Hillenbrand with the machinery building company Coperion to cover the entire process chain of plastics processing.

The company says that this gives the Meckesheim-based plant manufacturer an even stronger basis and more impetus for its steady growth. Bio-based polymers

The Recycling Business Unit is claimed to offer comprehensive and innovative overall solutions based on the complementary and aligned technologies of Herbold and Coperion. From mechanical processing size reduction, washing, separating, drying and agglomeration of plastics to bulk material handling, feeding and extrusion, as well as compounding and pelletising, the Business Unit covers the entire process and thus value chain. A global network of engineering sites, project management and service centers ensures fast order fulfillment, whether in the USA or Asia, and, thanks to literally short distances, enables installation and commissioning as well as competent and fast on-site service. State-of-the-art test centers for product development and customer trials round off the Recycling Unit’s range of services.

In the course of the integration, the management of Herbold Meckesheim was also restructured: In addition to Massimo Serapioni, who is also General Manager of the Business Unit, Christian Raiser took over the management of the operating business as Managing Director in July of this year.

He is responsible for the success of the site and reports directly to Markus Parzer, President Polymer Division of Coperion. Bio-based polymers


Herbold Meckesheim

EPBP Unveils Design Guidelines for Recyclable ‘Food Grade’ Opaque White PET Bottles

The inclusion of opaque white PET beverage bottles in the European Commission’s targets underscores the industry’s dedication to a more sustainable future. The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) has introduced comprehensive “design guidelines” for ensuring the recyclability of food-grade opaque white PET bottles. It is anticipated that these guidelines will offer invaluable support to Europe’s mechanical recycling sector for plastics.

These guidelines serve to provide structure and promote dedicated PET bottle streams, thereby safeguarding the quality and safety of both opaque white and clear PET beverage bottle recycling processes. This initiative advances the circular economy by advocating for material recycling within the same application and enhancing the overall value of each recycling stream. Bio-based polymers

Through their active efforts to boost the utilization of recycled PET, the mechanical recycling industry for plastics plays a pivotal role in waste reduction and minimizing the environmental footprint of plastics. By aligning with the European Commission’s targets and fostering circularity within the industry, participants in the PET value chain are actively contributing to a more sustainable future.

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The automotive landscape is undergoing a transformative shift, offering a glimpse into the near future and the popularity of various vehicle types

The imminent era promises the definitive rise of electric vehicles, establishing them as the primary choice for drivers. This revelation stems from recent research that meticulously analyzed data and market dynamics, projecting that by the year 2030, electric cars will constitute two-thirds of global vehicle sales.

This significant advancement is poised to be catalyzed by the decreasing costs of batteries, a crucial and historically expensive component in electric vehicles. These cost reductions are expected to propel electric cars towards price parity with their internal combustion engine counterparts. Bio-based polymers

Specifically, this equilibrium, often referred to as the “breakeven point,” is anticipated to be achieved by 2024 in Europe and 2026 in the United States.

By the time 2030 arrives, an impressive statistic will dominate the automotive landscape: two out of every three cars on the road will be electric. These insights were revealed in a report published by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), which forecasts a substantial reduction in battery costs throughout this decade. Projections suggest that the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will drop by half, declining from $151 (approximately 140 euros) to a range between $60 and $90 (equivalent to 55-85 euros) per kWh. This critical factor, as emphasized by the research, will enable electric vehicles to achieve affordability on par with traditional gasoline-powered vehicles across all global markets by the year 2030.

The RMI’s analysis indicates that the rapid proliferation of electric models in Europe and China will lead to a remarkable surge in electric vehicle sales by 2030, potentially increasing by a factor of at least six. Bio-based polymers

Market penetration is expected to reach between 62% and 86% of total vehicle purchases by motorists. While this forecast may appear somewhat optimistic, it gains credence from the data at hand. For instance, in July, electric vehicle sales in the European Union surged by nearly 61% compared to the same month in 2022, constituting 13.6% of all vehicle sales. Notably, the adoption rate varies across different regions, with Northern European countries leading the charge while Italy recently crossed the pivotal 5% adoption threshold.

The automotive landscape is undergoing a transformative shift, offering a glimpse into the near future and the popularity of various vehicle types

Biomass-balanced plastic additives – Pyrum Innovations AG and Thermo Lysi SA have entered into an agreement to establish a recycling facility in Greece 21-09-2023

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Waste plastic recycling – Pyrum Innovations AG and Thermo Lysi SA have entered into an agreement to establish a recycling facility in Greece 21-09-2023

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BASF has made a groundbreaking announcement, introducing a pioneering range of biomass-balanced plastic additives to the market for the very first time

The inaugural offerings in this product line, Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert, have received certification from TÜV Nord under the ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) scheme. These innovative solutions champion the use of renewable resources and empower BASF’s customers to meet their sustainability objectives.

The BMBcert product series plays a crucial role in conserving fossil resources. At the inception of the supply chain, sustainably sourced bio-based raw materials, certified by ISCC, replace traditional fossil counterparts. The equivalent amount is attributed to the product through the mass balance method. This allocation results in a remarkable reduction of the BMBcert product’s carbon footprint (from cradle to gate), slashing it by up to 60% when compared to the average global carbon footprint of conventionally produced items. Waste plastic recycling

Consequently, these certified additive solutions play a pivotal role in sustainable development, contributing to fossil resource conservation, greenhouse gas emission reduction, and the promotion of renewable raw materials. This pioneering product solution empowers customers to distinguish themselves from competitors while simultaneously advancing their sustainability objectives, all without compromising performance and quality.

Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert are suitable for a direct swap with Irganox 1010 and Irganox 1076. The BMBcert products are indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts in terms of performance, quality, product responsibility, and regulatory compliance. Consequently, customers need not undergo requalification of these additive solutions or reformulation of their products.

Joerg Bentlage, Head of Global Product Management, Plastic Additives, BASF, commented, “By leveraging BASF’s highly integrated global production network, which consists of interconnected sites and facilities, we are able to produce these industry-first drop-in solutions with a reduced carbon footprint but equal performance characteristics. On our path to a circular economy, we want to drive a sustainable change towards renewable raw materials in the industries we supply through innovative and strategic customer partnerships.” Waste plastic recycling

Initially, Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert will be produced at BASF’s facility in Kaisten, Switzerland. Additionally, Irganox 1010 FF BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert will be available in McIntosh, USA, starting in the spring of 2024.

BASF, as the world’s leading partner in plastic additives innovation, is steadfast in aligning with its customers’ sustainability objectives. The BMBcert additives form an integral part of the VALERAS portfolio, aimed at creating new value for plastics. BASF’s commitment to advancing sustainable innovations in the plastic additives sector addresses critical issues like climate change.  Biomass-balanced plastic additives

ISCC PLUS serves as an international certification program ensuring supply chain traceability and accountability from raw materials to the final product.

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Pyrum Innovations AG and Thermo Lysi SA have entered into an agreement to establish a recycling facility in Greece

The contract for the planning and development of this new facility has been formally executed.

On September 14, 2023, Pyrum Innovations AG, known as “Pyrum,” initiated discussions with Thermo Lysi SA to collaborate on the creation of a cutting-edge tire recycling plant in Greece. Pyrum has undertaken the responsibility of conducting all essential planning activities required to secure the necessary building permits in compliance with Greek regulations. The facility is set to be constructed approximately 140 kilometers north of Athens and will possess a processing capacity of 20,000 tonnes of used tires annually. This capacity is substantial, allowing it to address nearly half of Greece’s annual waste tire production, which stands at around 45,000 tonnes.

The facility’s primary objective is to facilitate sustainable tire recycling and the recovery of valuable resources. Waste plastic recycling

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Innovations AG, expressed enthusiasm about this pioneering project in Greece, in partnership with Thermo Lysi SA. The commencement of the design work and the permitting process underscores the trust and commitment demonstrated by Thermo Lysi SA. Together, both companies intend to explore the prerequisites for constructing a state-of-the-art recycling plant that addresses the challenges associated with tire waste disposal in Greece. Their collective efforts aim to make a significant contribution to the circular economy.

As part of this collaboration, Pyrum has agreed to undertake the fundamental engineering tasks and prepare portions of the requisite approval documents for the new facility. Furthermore, the chosen location for the plant already hosts an existing tire recycling facility with a shredder plant, which allows for synergy and efficiency in the development and future operation of the new system. Additionally, the chosen land provides ample room for potential future expansion of capacity. Waste plastic recycling

This agreement with Thermo Lysi SA bolsters Pyrum’s extensive and promising pipeline for pyrolysis plant construction based on Pyrum’s innovative technology, marking the company’s first project outside of Germany. Pyrum has recently signed multiple letters of intent with various enterprises for collaborative ventures. Furthermore, the company has initiated the preparation of approval documents for another proprietary facility in Homburg, Germany, with construction slated to commence by year-end. Pyrum is confident, based on ongoing financial discussions, that the financing will be secured in time for the submission of approval applications for this project as well.

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Global waste plastic management needs more effective approach

New report sketches Global Rules Scenario that shows how much more effective

It’s often said that the key to success is collaboration, and if this latest report from the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment and Climate is anything to go by, that certainly seems to be the case in the case of waste plastic management.
The report, which was developed by Systemiq, signals the urgent need for concerted global action and the implementation of global policies to ward off further escalating plastic pollution.
Failing such measures, virgin plastic production could soar by 66%, from 430 million tonnes in 2019 to 712 million tonnes in 2040. This would nearly double annual mismanaged plastic volumes and increase greenhouse gas emissions by 63% by 2040 relative to 2019 levels, the authors write. Waste plastic recycling
Published under the title ‘Towards Ending Plastic Pollution by 2040: 15 Global Policy Interventions for Systems Change’, the report is emphatic that the upcoming international treaty on ending plastic pollution also incorporate a comprehensive set of globally binding rules. These are crucial to fully end all aspects of plastic pollution and align the plastic system with the Paris Climate Agreement.

The present report contains a package of 15 global policy interventions across the plastic lifecycle. However, their effective implementation can be achieved only by anchoring these in global rules set down in the international, legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution. “Without common global rules and harmonised action, coordination and collaboration, the plastics policy landscape would likely remain fragmented, the adoption of far-reaching policies limited and the system’s ability to deal with complex international plastic value chains insufficient,” the report states. Biomass-balanced plastic additives

Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Icelandic minister of the environment, energy and climate and current president of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Climate and the Environment, referred to the plastic treaty as a ‘unique opportunity to end plastic pollution by 2040’.


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This electric motor reaches 475 HP using half the magnets

DeepDrive, a Munich-based company backed by prominent supporters like BMW and Continental, has unveiled a groundbreaking powertrain for electric vehicles set to hit the market in 2027. This innovative motor, known as the CSD 450, marks a significant advancement in electric motor technology.

One of its standout features is its ability to achieve a remarkable 475 horsepower while utilizing only half the number of magnets typically required. DeepDrive’s ingenious design employs a radial flow unit with two rotors—an internal and an external one—separated by two air bearings, thus optimizing performance. Additionally, this motor incorporates an innovative winding system boasting an impressive gap-fill factor of over 80%.

DeepDrive’s engineers have made efficiency gains in less space, reducing the reliance on magnetic materials by a remarkable 50% and cutting iron usage by a staggering 80% compared to competitors. Waste plastic recycling

Furthermore, this cutting-edge device combines the motor with a two-stage spur gear and an integrated silicon carbide (SiC) inverter, featuring a coaxial output shaft that minimizes space requirements without significantly impacting costs.

DeepDrive has also shared key performance details for two upcoming versions, designated as the CSD 450 and CSD 700. The CSD 450 will deliver a robust drive torque of 430 Nm and a power output of approximately 312 horsepower. This makes it suitable for both front- and rear-wheel-drive electric vehicles in the C-segment, as well as premium prototypes with four-wheel drive capabilities. Variable gear ratios will enable torque outputs ranging from 2,700 to 3,800 Nm.

On the other hand, the CSD 700 is poised to become the primary drivetrain for premium D-segment vehicles and all-wheel-drive vehicles. It boasts an impressive torque output of up to 5,400 Nm and a power output of around 475 horsepower.

Furthermore, the CSD 450 offers flexibility with a variable gear ratio, ranging from 6.4:1 to 9:1, while the CSD 700 offers a gear ratio range between 6:1 and 8:1. DeepDrive emphasizes that the transmission unit can seamlessly integrate into the wheels or be installed as a conventional central transmission. With such groundbreaking technology, DeepDrive is poised to make a substantial impact on the future of electric vehicle powertrains. Waste plastic recycling


The electric motor arrived on a 475 CV using the magnets

Britvic Ireland Unveils €6 Million Investment in Ballygowan Facility 

Britvic Ireland has revealed its commitment to invest €6 million in the expansion of its Ballygowan facility, located in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. This strategic move aims to increase the site’s production capacity by more than 20% to cater to the growing consumer demand for Ballygowan mineral water. Furthermore, it will result in the creation of 28 new job opportunities.

In addition to the bolstering of its workforce, this investment will facilitate the production of an additional capacity equivalent to 50 million fully recycled and recyclable 500ml bottles of Ballygowan. This expansion will not only enhance production capabilities but also reinforce the site’s commitment to sustainability. Waste plastic recycling

Ballygowan proudly holds the title of Ireland’s leading bottled water brand, and recent years have witnessed a consistent upswing in consumer demand. Sales of Ballygowan products have seen robust double-digit volume growth compared to pre-Covid levels. Notably, Newcastle West has been the heart and source of Ballygowan mineral water production, maintaining this tradition since 1984.

Britvic Ireland has been a valued local employer in Newcastle West since 2007, with the facility currently employing 55 individuals, in addition to the newly announced positions. It’s worth noting that Ballygowan bottles are crafted from 100% rPET, thanks to a prior €2 million investment in the Newcastle West facility in 2021. Biomass-balanced plastic additives

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KBR to supply ammonia cracking unit for South Korean hydrogen power plant project

KBR, the US-based engineering firm renowned for its cutting-edge hydrogen technology, has secured a pivotal role in Hanwha Impact Corporation’s ambitious hydrogen power project in Daesan, South Korea. The company announced that it will provide its advanced H2ACT™ technology to compose a critical component of the ammonia cracking unit, a key element in the conversion of ammonia into hydrogen for utilization in an upcoming power plant.

In a significant development for the project, KBR has entered into a license and engineering design contract with Hanwha Impact Corporation, which will facilitate the supply of their groundbreaking H2ACT™ technology for integration into the ammonia cracking unit. Waste plastic recycling

This specialized unit holds the crucial responsibility of transforming ammonia back into hydrogen, rendering it suitable for the envisioned power plant’s operations. The expected output from this unit is an impressive 200 tonnes of clean hydrogen every day, a substantial leap forward in the quest for sustainable hydrogen utilization in South Korea.

This strategic partnership between KBR and Hanwha Impact Corporation reflects a broader trend in the global energy sector, where hydrogen is increasingly being viewed as a key player in achieving sustainable energy goals. South Korea, like many other nations, recognizes the immense potential of hydrogen in addressing environmental concerns and diversifying its energy portfolio.

This development follows another noteworthy achievement earlier this year, in 2023, when PSM, Thomassen Energy, and Hanwha Power Systems collaborated to successfully operate a gas turbine with a hydrogen blend comprising 60% hydrogen at a power plant located in Daesan. This power plant is jointly owned by Hanwha and TotalEnergies, two major players in the energy sector. This successful demonstration underscored the viability and potential of hydrogen as a clean energy source, further bolstering the case for large-scale adoption of hydrogen technologies in South Korea. Waste plastic recycling

The ammonia cracking unit, which KBR will play a pivotal role in, represents a critical link in the hydrogen value chain. It takes ammonia, a widely available and transportable hydrogen carrier, and efficiently converts it back into its elemental hydrogen form. This conversion process is a crucial step in ensuring a reliable and sustainable source of clean hydrogen for the power plant’s operations.

By committing to deliver over 200 tonnes of clean hydrogen daily, Hanwha Impact Corporation’s project aims to set new standards in hydrogen production, storage, and utilization. This milestone project aligns with South Korea’s broader vision of becoming a leader in the global hydrogen economy, reducing carbon emissions, and transitioning toward a more sustainable energy future.

In conclusion, KBR’s involvement in supplying the ammonia cracking unit for the South Korean hydrogen power plant project marks a significant stride towards achieving large-scale sustainable hydrogen utilization.

With the successful gas turbine operation earlier this year and the promise of over 200 tonnes of clean hydrogen daily, South Korea is poised to play a prominent role in the global hydrogen revolution, demonstrating its commitment to a greener and more sustainable energy landscape. Waste plastic recycling

KBR to supply ammonia cracking unit for South Korean hydrogen power plant project

Toray and Honda Commence Collaborative Validation of Chemical Nylon 6 Recycling for Automotive Use

In an official announcement, Toray Industries, Inc. has revealed its partnership with Honda Motor Co., Ltd., aimed at the joint development of an innovative chemical recycling technology geared towards repurposing glass-fiber reinforced nylon 6 components retrieved from end-of-life vehicles.

This collaborative endeavor has already initiated the validation process for the proposed technology, which revolves around the depolymerization of nylon 6 through the use of subcritical water, followed by the regeneration of the material into caprolactam, a fundamental raw monomer. Waste plastic recycling

The research and development teams from both companies focused their efforts on harnessing the unique properties of subcritical water, such as its exceptional permeability, solvent power, and hydrolysis capabilities within resin materials. This breakthrough technology effectively deconstructs nylon 6 with the assistance of subcritical water, which refers to water exposed to elevated temperatures and pressures. Importantly, subcritical water operates without the need for catalysts or additives, facilitating the swift depolymerization of nylon 6 in a matter of minutes, ultimately yielding high quantities of raw monomer. Subsequent separation, refinement, and repolymerization of this monomer enable the creation of nylon 6 with performance qualities akin to virgin material.

The Ministry of the Environment has embraced this cutting-edge technology as part of its fiscal 2023 initiative to establish a decarbonized circular economy system, including the validation of recycling systems for various plastics and resources. Toray and Honda plan to leverage this endorsement to establish a pilot facility with an annual processing capacity of 500 metric tons of raw resin. This facility will serve as a platform for rigorous validation testing.

The initial phase of this collaborative effort will involve the recycling of used automotive plastic components into equivalent materials for automotive applications. The two corporations will concentrate on developing technologies for depolymerization and monomer separation and refinement, using intake manifolds as the primary raw materials for engine intake system components. Waste plastic recycling

Their objective is to implement these technologies for chemical recycling of automotive resin parts by approximately 2027.

In the future, the partners aspire to expand the reach of their chemical recycling technology to encompass diverse sectors, including apparel, films, and other non-automotive domains. They also envision involving other enterprises in their mission, with the goal of establishing a comprehensive chemical recycling system for nylon 6 within Japan. This ambitious undertaking aligns with the broader objective of fostering a circular economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Toray and Honda Commence Collaborative Validation of Chemical Nylon 6 Recycling for Automotive Use

PET bottle chip – The roadmap of the advanced technology of the Toyota battery 20-09-2023

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PET bottle chip – The roadmap of the advanced technology of the Toyota battery 20-09-2023

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Chemelot Itero Technologies and Brightlands Campus have forged a partnership aimed at the construction of a pyrolysis plant

Under a commercial realization agreement, Itero Technologies plans to erect a chemical recycling facility, with an estimated capacity to recycle 27,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually. This innovative plant is scheduled to commence operations in the latter part of 2025 and will employ pyrolysis technology to transform discarded plastic into fresh plastics and products, fostering a circular approach. It marks a significant stride in scaling up Itero’s technology, which currently undergoes research and development using post-consumer plastic waste in a pilot facility located in West London.

Moreover, the establishment of this plant is poised to position Brightlands as a prominent example of scaling pioneering technologies, following the footsteps of ioniqa, Blue Plastics, and ReSolved Technologies. It underscores the importance of substantially expanding recycling technologies, alongside the development of novel ones, to make a positive global impact. PET bottle chip

Brightlands will also play a role in the preparatory civil work, design, and construction of Itero’s demonstration plant. Itero CEO Simon Hansford expressed his enthusiasm for this collaboration, stating, “We welcome taking this next, crucial step together with Brightlands. We see the Brightlands Chemelot Campus circular materials ecosystem, including the Brightlands Circular Space initiative, as a natural fit for the development of our recycling technology. It gives us access to incredible expertise with like-minded professionals and talents working towards shared goals here in the Limburg region.”

Astrid Boeijen, CEO of Brightlands Chemelot Campus, echoed this sentiment, saying, “Itero’s decision to build its demonstration plant at Brightlands Chemelot Campus supports our Brightlands Circular Space initiative as the place to be for circular collaboration and innovation on circularity of plastics. Brightlands Circular Space includes a fully circular demonstrator facility that is being developed at the north side of our campus in 2024-2026. PET bottle chip

Together, we will take advantage of this courageous step as we are both convinced that together we can achieve our goal of a circular world better and faster.”

In other developments, Amcor and Mondelēz International have entered into investment agreements to support Licella in the construction of one of Australia’s initial advanced recycling facilities, with an expected capacity to process 12,000 tonnes of end-of-life plastics annually. Indorama Ventures has also successfully expanded its recycling facility in Brazil, with plans to boost its annual production capacity from 9,000 tonnes to 25,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled PET. PET bottle chip

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The roadmap of the advanced technology of the Toyota battery

In light of the recent inauguration of its “BEV Factory,” Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has unveiled its ambitious plan for the upcoming generation of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) scheduled for production in 2026.

These cutting-edge batteries, which are not only designed and manufactured using state-of-the-art techniques but also boast an impressive extended range, are set to revolutionize the electric vehicle market. Takero Kato, President of Toyota’s BEV Factory, announced that the new generation of BEVs will make its market debut in 2026, with Toyota aiming to sell 1.7 million out of the 3.5 million BEVs projected for the 2030 model year. The highlight of this development lies in a suite of battery technologies that hold the key to making these BEVs adaptable to a wide range of customer needs and compatible with various fuel sources. PET bottle chip

Kato emphasized the importance of offering diverse battery options, much like the variety of motor choices available. He stated, “Providing battery solutions that cater to different vehicle models and customer preferences is essential.”

These qualities make the solid-state battery an ideal choice, enabling rapid charging and discharging while delivering greater power in a compact form factor.

Toyota’s next-generation solid-state battery brings significant improvements, including:

  • A 20% increase in range compared to the Performance battery (approximately 1000 kilometers).
  • Rapid charging in 10 minutes or less.

This breakthrough marks a significant step forward in Toyota’s advanced battery technology roadmap.

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Nexam Chemical: A Milestone Order for PET Recycling Leading to a Reduction of 1250 Tons of CO2 Emissions

In Spain, a pioneering recycling company has harnessed the power of Nexam’s groundbreaking Reactive Recycling technology to usher in a new era of closed-loop recycling for food trays. This innovative approach not only saves food trays from incineration or landfill, but it also represents a significant step forward in sustainable environmental practices. The collaboration between Nexam Chemical and this Spanish recycler was initiated earlier this year, swiftly progressing from initial discussions to successful trial runs. Now, a groundbreaking full-scale production endeavor is poised to convert a staggering 750 tons of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) into upgraded raw materials, specifically designed for the production of new food trays.

The impact of this achievement cannot be overstated, as it effectively rescues these food containers from their previous fate of incineration or other non-recyclable disposal methods. PET bottle chip

In doing so, it contributes to a remarkable reduction of approximately 1250 tons of CO2e emissions – a critical milestone in the fight against climate change. Traditionally, PET recycling has primarily focused on bottles, leaving food trays largely unaddressed within the recycling loop. This venture represents a paradigm shift, demonstrating the potential to recycle a wider range of PET-based products beyond just bottles.

Ronnie Törnqvist, the CEO of Nexam Chemical, expresses his enthusiasm for this new application area, recognizing its immense potential. He states, “This is a new exciting application area, where we see a large potential with more and more companies venturing into recycling of other sources of PET rather than just bottles.” Törnqvist’s words underscore the pivotal role Nexam’s technology plays in enabling companies to explore innovative recycling solutions beyond the conventional scope. PET bottle chip

Henrik Bernquist, the Business Manager for Recycling at Nexam Chemical, acknowledges the significance of this achievement, emphasizing that it marks the first order to a PET recycling company positioned further upstream in the rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) value chain than Nexam’s existing customer base. Despite the relatively modest order size of 0.5 MSEK, the environmental impact and the promising future business opportunities are substantial. This collaboration demonstrates Nexam Chemical’s commitment to advancing sustainable practices and forging partnerships that address the growing global concern of plastic waste and its associated environmental consequences.

In a world where the call for responsible environmental stewardship has never been louder, Nexam Chemical and its Spanish recycling partner have set a powerful example by successfully diverting food trays from incineration and landfill, significantly reducing carbon emissions in the process.  PET bottle chip

This achievement serves as a testament to the potential of innovative recycling technologies and their capacity to reshape the future of sustainability. With this milestone order, Nexam Chemical takes a significant step forward in its mission to catalyze positive change within the PET recycling industry, inspiring others to follow suit in the pursuit of a greener, more sustainable future.

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SK geocentric to build first comprehensive plastic recycling facility in Ulsan

SK geocentric Co., the chemical unit of South Korea’s SK Group, will build the world’s first comprehensive plastic recycling complex that incorporates three chemical recycling technologies in a single location.
Upon completion, the complex is expected to process and chemically recycle 320,000 tons of plastic waste each year, resulting in a sharp reduction in carbon emissions.
SK geocentric announced a plan on Sunday to build an Ulsan Advanced Recycling Cluster (ARC), a recycling facility for plastic waste, in a site of 215,000 square meters Ulsan, South Gyeongsang Province.
Construction will begin in October with a massive investment of 1.8 trillion won ($1.35 billion).
The site is adjacent to SK Ulsan Complex (CLX) where affiliates of SK innovation Co. are located. PET bottle chip
“The facility will encompass three distinct processes, along with a dedicated power and water supply infrastructure,” said Kim Gi-hyun, a project manager at SK geocentric.
They include pyrolysis, a method that converts contaminated waste plastic into a substance resembling crude oil, PET depolymerization, which dismantles the molecular connections in plastic to eliminate impurities and generate a product resembling the original material, and a so-called supercritical process for extracting high-purity polypropylene (PP).
The current plastic recycling takes place only by grinding plastic substances into pieces. Most of the plastic, even when separated, end up in landfills for incineration.


SK geocentric to build first comprehensive plastic recycling facility in Ulsan

Coca-Cola is making a significant eco-friendly move by teaming up with DS Smith and Coca-Cola HBC Austria to replace plastic handles on 1.5 litre PET soft drink multi-packs with outer packaging made from cardboard

This innovative solution, known as DS Smith Lift Up, is set to make its debut in Austrian supermarkets in September 2023. DS Smith, a sustainability-focused packaging company, proudly asserts that this corrugated handle is entirely recyclable, promising to cut down the usage of approximately 200 tonnes of plastic annually for Coca-Cola HBC Austria.

This eco-conscious packaging transformation will encompass 1.5 litre PET multi-packs of various Coca-Cola beverages, including Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, and Mezzo mix, within Austria. The creation of DS Smith Lift Up adheres to the Circular Design Metrics approach, which has led to a substantial reduction in the carbon footprint of both the packaging itself and the manufacturing process. This particular handle design caters to PET bottles primarily intended for home consumption. PET bottle chip

Furthermore, the versatility of this new design extends to accommodating various bottle sizes and is the result of a collaborative effort with packaging machine manufacturer Krones.

Stefano Rossi, CEO of the Packaging Solutions Division at DS Smith, emphasized the significance of sustainable design, stating, “The DS Smith Lift Up concept was designed using DS Smith’s Circular Design Metrics approach, so it uses the least amount of material possible, reduces impact on the environment, and looks fantastic in stores and supermarkets. Collaboration with our partners Coca-Cola HBC and Krones is key to reducing single-use plastics and delivering innovative change at scale. We hold sustainable design at the heart of what we do as a company, and this is a shining example of the opportunity for innovation in packaging to lead the way to a more sustainable future for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers.”

Coca-Cola is making a significant eco-friendly move by teaming up with DS Smith and Coca-Cola HBC Austria to replace plastic handles on 1.5 litre PET soft drink multi-packs with outer packaging made from cardboard

AIMPLAS’ MODALT project aims to accelerate development of ‘electric mobility’

The MODALT project, led by ZELEROS with the participation of AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, the CMT Thermal Engines Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), and ZIUR Composite Solutions, aims to tackle  this challenge and accelerates the development and validation of high-power electric mobility technologies.

This industrial research, funded by the Valencian Agency of Innovation (AVI), involves the design, prototyping, testing, and validation of a high-performance energy storage module and its integration into modular battery packs for high-power and energy electric mobility applications. PET bottle chip

of Daniel Fons, Program Technical Leader at Zeleros, “Through MODALT we will generate differential knowledge to develop and manufacture more sustainable, lighter, safer, and long-lasting batteries. The storage module we are developing will contribute to unlocking high-performance electrified vehicle applications, as its design meets the power, energy, performance, and operational requirements demanded by these vehicles”.

Guillermo Ulldemolins, a researcher in sustainable and future mobility at AIMPLAS, added: “from a materials perspective, the use of thermoplastic composites enables the structural components of batteries, when they reach the end of their service life, to have a higher recyclability percentage compared to conventional systems, contributing to the circularity of the sector and making it more sustainable and environmentally conscious.”

Additionally, it is claimed the treatment and processing with thermoplastic matrixes allow the incorporation of conductive and fire-resistant particles, thereby achieving important properties such as electromagnetic shielding and fire resistance. Reinforcement with long fibers enables the production of high-stiffness materials without compromising impact resistance. PET bottle chip

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PET bottle chip consumption recycling volumes of PET flakes

One customer recently asks a question, which is also the most prominent and deep experience recycled chemical fiber plants have had this year.

According to the data, the consumption of Chinese domestic PET bottle chip was about 7 million tons in 2022, and the production of recycled PSF was about 4.3 million tons and that of recycled PFY was 800,000 tons. Why is there still a shortage of PET flakes?

At first, our thoughts are the same as the customer’s. Even according to the consumption of PET bottle chip, theoretically there should be an oversupply of PET flakes. However, this year the situation is as follows:

  1. The supply of recycled raw materials is tight generally, both coastal and inland.
  2. Recycling chemical fiber factories generally have low raw material stocks, especially the recycled PSF factories, with local raw material inventory as low as one week or even two to three days.
  3. It is already the traditional peak season for the supply of PET flakes with the hot weather and high consumption season, but the market supply has not improved significantly.  PET bottle chip

We can only speculate that there are two reasons for this: 1) insufficient recycling, and 2) increased usage in other applications.

Let’s first look at the consumption trends of PET bottle chip over the past five year

It can be seen that over the past five years, the export and sheet + other categories have shown astonishing growth rates of 53% and 209% respectively. Especially, the volume of the sheet + other category has tripled compared to 2018, and although there have been reductions i, the overall base has significantly increased. The growth of soft drinks and edible oil has been relatively mild, with only a 13% increase. PET bottle chip

The recycling rates vary for different categories. Previously, beverages had a high proportion, accounting for about half, and the recycling rate in this area was extremely high. Now, there is a rapid increase in other applications, especially in the demand for sheets and other packaging materials. As a result, the proportion of beverages has dropped by 10%, but there is relatively less recycling of sheets. Therefore, the consumption of PET bottle chip does not equal the recycling volumes of PET flakes.

At the same time, the application of PET flakes is increasing. High-value-added utilization directions such as high-end 3A-grade white flakes, sheet, and bottle-to-bottle production are becoming more and more common, with increasing volumes. High-quality PET flakes are sorted out continually. Consequently, the supply of PET flakes for conventional recycled chemical fiber is becoming increasingly tight, while their influence is diminishing. During the pandemic and the period of low oil prices, recycled chemical fiber factories could still purchase PET fiber chip or PET bottle chip. PET bottle chip

However, in the era of high oil prices, there is no purchasing window for them, and due to higher PET bottle chip and PET fiber chip, quality PET flakes are even used for sheet. Since 2020, the production of recycled chemical fiber has gradually recovered to over one million tons, while the consumption of PET bottle chip for soft drink and edible oil increases by less than 500,000 tons. The shortage of raw materials and difficulty in selling products have become the biggest challenges for recycled chemical fiber factories this year.


PET bottle chip consumption≠recycling volumes of PET flakes

High-tech plastic recycling – NTU researchers develop new way to recycle plastic that leaves minimal carbon footprint 19-09-2023

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NTU researchers develop new way to recycle plastic that leaves minimal carbon footprint

Research Breakthrough: Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed an innovative method for recycling plastic with minimal carbon footprint

Process Overview: The process employs light and a readily available photocatalyst to efficiently break down plastic materials, including plastic bags, takeaway boxes, styrofoam, and PVC pipes. The resulting acids, like formic acid, acetic acid, and benzoic acid, can be used to produce green fuels, such as hydrogen.

Upcycling vs. Recycling: The researchers prefer the term “upcycling” for this process, as it differs from traditional mechanical recycling that tends to reduce plastic durability.

Commercial Potential: The technology is currently in the process of being patented, and the research team is seeking industry collaborators for commercialization. It offers potential benefits for the clean energy sector, particularly in the development of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs) for safer hydrogen transport.

Challenges: Currently, the derived chemicals from this method may be more expensive compared to those produced from fossil fuels. Crude Oil Prices

However, the technology shows potential for producing higher-value specialty chemicals for fragrances and paints.

Efficiency Enhancement: Ongoing research and development aim to improve the efficiency of this technology so that it can process large quantities of plastic waste within a shorter timeframe.

Carbon Footprint: While the exact carbon footprint reduction has not been quantified, the new method is expected to have significantly lower emissions compared to conventional pyrolysis and mechanical recycling processes. Crude Oil Prices

Carbon Storage in Plastics: Plastic waste is highlighted as a form of carbon storage, as it prevents the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Biodegradable plastics may not necessarily have a smaller carbon footprint due to their chemical makeup.

Environmental Impact: The accumulation of non-biodegradable plastic waste in landfills and the environment has potentially prevented the release of a substantial amount of carbon dioxide, contributing to efforts to limit global warming.

This innovative plastic recycling process has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, enhance the sustainability of plastic materials, and contribute to cleaner energy production. Crude Oil Prices

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‘Waste to resources’: SK gets ball rolling in high-tech plastic recycling

The process of recycling plastics is most widely known to be about breaking used plastics into little pieces, washing, sorting and drying them before turning what’s left of them into new plastics.

Chemical recycling, the more sophisticated method, involves extracting raw materials from used plastics or significantly changing the chemical structure of the waste; hence, there is no need to sort by color or condition of contamination.

Korea’s SK Group, the second-largest conglomerate in the country by assets, which has major oil refinery and petrochemical units under its wing, is at the vanguard of chemical recycling as it steps up the drive for a green energy transition toward decarbonization.

In its main refinery and chemical plant in Ulsan, an industrial city on the southeast coast, SK is building what will be the world’s first plastic recycling cluster with core chemical recycling facilities. Crude Oil Prices

The Advanced Recycling Cluster (ARC) will be built on 215,000 square meters of land ― a size equivalent to 22 football stadiums ― inside the 8.3-million-square-meter Ulsan CLX.

The 1.8 trillion-won ($1.35 billion) project is scheduled to break ground next month, aiming to begin operations in 2025.

“Some 320,000 tons of plastic waste ― which is 213 million 500-milliliter PET bottles of water ― will be recycled every year once the ARC is operational,” said Kim Ki-hyeon, an official at SK Geocentric, the chemical unit in charge of the ARC, during a press tour in Ulsan on Wednesday.

The recycling cluster will house three major chemical recycling facilities: high-purity polypropylene (PP) extraction, depolymerization of PET plastics or polyester, and pyrolysis.

Depolymerization chemically turns plastic and fiber waste into the original form of monomers and enables recycling without quality degradation. SK is working with Canada’s Loop Industries on the depolymerization technology.

For PP extraction, SK is collaborating with U.S. Purecycle Technologies, which specializes in extracting ultra-pure PP resin. Crude Oil Prices

SK has a license contract with British recycling company Plastic Energy for pyrolysis, a technology that converts plastic waste into crude oil through high-temperature heating with limited oxygen. Plastic items, such as baby bottles and interior materials for vehicles, are made using crude oil.

SK Innovation, SK’s energy unit, plans to use the pyrolysis oil as feedstock for its naphtha cracking by refining it using the post-pyrolysis processing it has developed.


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Covestro, Selena launch bio-attributed PU foams for thermal insulation applications

Covestro and Selena Group have joined forces to introduce a line of eco-friendly polyurethane (PU) foams designed for improved thermal insulation in construction applications, as reported by Sustainableplastics.

Selena has integrated Covestro’s bio-attributed methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) into an upgraded version of its Ultra Fast 70 one-component foam, commonly used for window and door installations. This material bears the ISSC Plus certification, indicating the incorporation of plant-based feedstocks through the mass balance method, resulting in an impressive 60% reduction in carbon emissions compared to foams derived from fossil fuels. Crude Oil Prices

The Ultra Fast 70 foam formulation drastically reduces installation time for doors and windows, enabling a greater number of projects to be completed within the same timeframe, according to Selena. It reportedly achieves full curing in just 90 minutes, a significant improvement over competing products that typically require around 24 hours for curing. Additionally, this foam yields 70 liters per container, reducing the overall quantity needed for window or door installations.

This innovative product boasts similar performance characteristics to its fossil fuel-based counterparts, allowing customers to seamlessly integrate it into their existing processes without sacrificing quality. In addition to the bio-attributed PU foam, Selena incorporates bio-based polyols and recycled PET materials into its range of foam products.

Covestro’s recent partnership announcement coincides with reports of ongoing discussions with Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) regarding a potential acquisition of the German company Crude Oil Prices

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Green hydrogen: the future of sustainable energy at your fingertips

Green hydrogen is a clean and abundant energy source that is rapidly transforming the way we meet our energy needs. With falling costs and optimistic forecasts, green hydrogen could soon become an everyday reality, helping to reduce carbon emissions and ensure a cleaner future for our planet. Crude Oil Prices

Key takeaways:

  • Green hydrogen produced from renewable sources is expected to become competitive with gray hydrogen derived from methane or industrial waste in existing plants by 2030 in at least five key markets.
  • New green hydrogen projects will become cheaper than keeping existing gray ones running in Brazil, China, Sweden, Spain, and India by 2030.
  • Brazil will get the lowest cost for green hydrogen by 2023, estimated at $1.47 per kilogram.
  • By 2050, the cost of newly built green hydrogen will be lower than the marginal cost of gray hydrogen from existing plants in all markets modeled.
  • Some significant challenges remain for the domestic adoption of green hydrogen, including the high energy requirements for production and the need for a specialized network of electrolyzers and distributors.
  • However, there is an interesting prospect for the use of green hydrogen in domestic off-grid. Two German companies have developed systems to produce and store hydrogen at home during the summer, capable of covering winter energy consumption, including heating.  Crude Oil Prices


Green hydrogen is a promising solution for the energy transition. While challenges remain in domestic adoption, the use of green hydrogen is gaining momentum, and it is poised to become a driving force in the energy industry by 2030.

In addition to the key takeaways above, I would like to add that green hydrogen has the potential to revolutionize many sectors of the economy, including transportation, industry, and power generation. It can be used to produce clean fuels, chemicals, and electricity. It can also be used to store energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power.

Green hydrogen is a versatile and sustainable energy source that has the potential to help us achieve our climate goals. With continued investment and research, green hydrogen could soon become a key part of our global energy mix. Crude Oil Prices

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Recycled products and development trend in Yarn Expo Autumn 2023

Yarn Expo Autumn 2023 is held in Shanghai during Aug 28 and Aug 30. The Yarn Expo has decent popularity, although it is slightly less popular than the Yarn Export held in spring in the first half of the year. The highest level of popularity is observed in 8.2 Hall.

  1. Market sentiment

Ningbo Dafa and Guangdong Tok Zin raised the HC re-PSF offers by 100yuan/mt on Monday, and then part of plants in Jiangsu raised the HC re-PSF offers by 100yuan/mt and solid re-PSF offers by 50yuan/mt on Tuesday. The price increase this year is mainly pushed by higher feedstock market and sales are divergent. Sales are ordinary in Zhejiang and Jiangsu, and producers show concerns over the feedstock supply and demand in buoyant season later. Crude Oil Prices

1) Market participants worry about the market in buoyant season. Recently, HC re-PSF sales are ordinary, and price increase is sporadic. Producers mainly stand on the sidelines. Part of HC virgin PSF plants lacks advantages, and is hard to compete. A few new production lines are delayed.

2) Boheng specializes in differentiated recycled PSF. Currently, there are 114 colors in their color card, and many of these colors are quite dreamy, especially appealing to niche differentiated customers. The necessity of OBP (Ocean bound Plastic) becomes more prominent with Japan’s release of nuclear wastewater, as the urgent need to save plastic in nearby seas becomes apparent. It is reported that there are only three domestic manufacturers of recycled fibers with OBP certification: Boheng, Zhongyuan, and Cyclone.

Ocean Bound Plastics, abbreviated as OBP, refers to improperly managed plastic waste that is abandoned in the environment, where it can be transported to the ocean through rain, wind, tides, rivers, and floods. Plastic waste in landfills or managed waste facilities is not considered OBP, but plastic waste in uncontrolled informal landfills within 50 kilometers of the coastline is considered OBP. The purpose of OBP is to protect the ocean from plastic pollution originating from land-based activities, rather than recovering plastic from the ocean through fishing or collection efforts. Crude Oil Prices

3) Zhejiang Jiaren continues to expand capacity on chemical recycling, and R-DMT is launched this year.

4) The production process under chemical recycling of Cyclone is below. According to Cyclone, the costs of chemical recycling are 3,000-5,000yuan/mt higher than that of physical recycling.


Recycled products and development trend in Yarn Expo Autumn 2023

TotalEnergies launches green hydrogen tender call

TotalEnergies has initiated a tender call for the annual production of 500,000 tons of “green” hydrogen, marking a significant step in the company’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from its European refineries. This move, aimed at decarbonizing its industrial activities, involves replacing “grey” hydrogen with green hydrogen, which is produced using renewable energy sources. TotalEnergies expects this transition to result in a reduction of approximately five million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year across its European refineries, including its three oil refineries and two biorefineries in France.

In addition to the large-scale tender call, TotalEnergies will complement its efforts with smaller local projects. Furthermore, the company has entered into an agreement with Air Liquide to supply the Gonfreville refining platform with up to 15,000 tons of green and low-carbon hydrogen annually, with the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 150,000 metric tons each year.  Crude Oil Prices

Jean-Marc Durand, the director of petrochemical refining in Europe at TotalEnergies, emphasized the need for a significant quantity of electrolyzers and highlighted that the purpose of the tender call is to stimulate growth in this sector. Durand stated, “We talk a lot about green hydrogen, but at some point, players like us need to commit to getting these sectors off the ground via massive calls for tender. There needs to be an effect of scale. That’s what this work is all about.”

TotalEnergies is also counting on various European regulations and incentives to achieve competitive pricing for green hydrogen. Typically, green hydrogen costs two to three times more than grey hydrogen, as explained by Sebastien Bruna, the director of hydrogen in the refining branch of TotalEnergies.

The European Union recently granted final approval for legally binding targets to accelerate the expansion of renewable energy sources during this decade. Notably, this decision allows France to consider nuclear power in the production of hydrogen as part of its renewable energy strategy. Crude Oil Prices

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How Spinnova and Renewcell want to scale circularity in fashion

Spinnova and Renewcell, two innovative companies, have joined forces to introduce a groundbreaking technology concept aimed at expanding the production of a novel textile fiber derived from textile waste.

This pioneering fiber production concept harnesses patented technologies from both organizations with the shared goal of amplifying circularity within the fashion and textile sectors. Crude Oil Prices

Renewcell is at the forefront of establishing a circular economy in the fashion industry by recycling cellulosic-rich textile waste, including cotton and viscose. They employ a patented process to transform textile waste into a pulp substance known as “Circulose.” This biodegradable raw material is crafted entirely from recycled textiles and can be utilized to craft new fibers. Up until now, Circulose has primarily been used in the creation of man-made cellulosic fibers like viscose. However, with the transformative technology offered by Spinnova, these partners can convert Circulose into an innovative, biobased textile fiber without the need for any harmful chemicals during the spinning process.

Spinnova has already conducted successful trials in spinning Circulose pulp into a novel textile fiber. The initial batches of Spinnova fiber, composed entirely of Circulose, have been generated for yarn and fabric development. The initial prototypes incorporate a blend of cotton and Spinnova fiber based on Circulose. Crude Oil Prices

Ben Selby, Deputy CEO of Spinnova, expressed, “The fashion and textile industry is in need of fresh solutions and enhanced collaboration across its supply chain, making this partnership incredibly exciting for us. Our objective is to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition toward a circular economy and explore opportunities for expanding textile-to-textile fiber production.”

Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell, added, “The textile industry is currently undergoing a significant transformation, transitioning from a linear business model to a circular economy. Exploring Spinnova’s technology has been a thrilling journey, and we are eagerly anticipating the launch of the first collection crafted from Circulose using Spinnova’s distinctive fiber spinning technology.” Crude Oil Prices

At present, the companies are in the process of evaluating options for initiating the scaling of textile-to-textile fiber production with potential partners. They anticipate commencing the development of the first consumer collection made from Circulose-based Spinnova fiber. The initial consumer products are projected to enter the market by the conclusion of 2024.

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Petrochemicals EV-Cars – Electric Vehicles: A Solution for Faster Charging and Longer-Lasting Batteries 18-09-2023

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Petrochemicals Polymers – M. Holland Unveils Mfinity Line of Sustainable Resins 


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The expansion of renewable energy sources brings the fossil fuel peak within reach

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that the era of constant growth in fossil fuels is approaching its end within this decade, marking a significant shift in the global energy landscape and the fight against climate change. In an article published in the Financial Times, IEA director Fatih Birol highlights the implications of this transition.

Despite previous discussions about peak oil and peak coal, both fossil fuels have recently reached record highs in production, making it challenging to predict their decline. However, the IEA’s upcoming World Energy Outlook report, set to be released next month, indicates that we stand at the brink of a pivotal moment in history.

Even without the implementation of new climate policies, the report suggests that each of the three major fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—is poised to reach its peak demand in the coming years. This development is a significant departure from previous expectations and is largely attributed to the remarkable growth of clean energy technologies like solar panels and electric vehicles, structural changes in China’s economy, and the consequences of the global energy crisis. Fossil fuel peak

Global coal demand, which has remained stubbornly high for the past decade, is projected to peak in the near future. Investments in coal outside of China have dwindled, with solar and wind power dominating the expansion of electricity systems. Even in China, the world’s largest coal consumer, renewable and nuclear energy growth, coupled with a slower economy, indicates a decline in coal usage.

There had been speculations that global oil demand might have already peaked during the pandemic. While the IEA was initially cautious about such claims, the latest projections suggest that the proliferation of electric vehicles worldwide, especially in China, is steering oil demand toward a peak before 2030.

The “Golden Age of Gas,” as it was termed in 2011, is also approaching its end. Demand in advanced economies is expected to diminish later in this decade as renewables increasingly outcompete gas for electricity production, heat pumps gain popularity, and Europe accelerates its transition away from gas due to geopolitical factors.

While the forthcoming peaks in demand for fossil fuels are promising, it’s essential to consider several key factors. Firstly, the projected declines in demand, based on current policy settings, are insufficient to align the world with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Achieving this target will necessitate more robust and rapid policy actions by governments.Fossil fuel peak

Additionally, the drop in fossil fuel consumption in advanced economies will be partially offset by continued growth in some emerging and developing economies, particularly for natural gas. The declines in demand won’t follow a linear trajectory, as temporary fluctuations, such as heatwaves and droughts affecting electricity generation, can lead to spikes in coal demand.

While the peaks in demand based on current policies don’t eliminate the need for investment in oil and gas supply, they underscore the economic and financial risks associated with major new projects in these sectors.

In conclusion, the IEA’s projections indicate a historic turning point in the energy sector, but they emphasize the urgent need for more substantial policy measures to combat climate change effectively.Fossil fuel peak

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Electric Vehicles: A Solution for Faster Charging and Longer-Lasting Batteries

A team of researchers from the University of Pisa has found a way to improve the charging speed and lifespan of electric vehicle batteries. Their findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, could revolutionize the electric vehicle industry.

The main problem with current lithium-ion batteries is that they can degrade over time, leading to shorter range and slower charging speeds. This is due to a phenomenon called lithium plating, which occurs when lithium ions build up on the surface of the battery’s negative electrode.

The researchers from the University of Pisa found that lithium plating can be prevented by inserting pauses during the charging process. These pauses allow the lithium ions to redistribute themselves within the battery, preventing them from building up on the surface. Fossil fuel peak

The researchers also found that the pauses can be made very short, without significantly impacting the overall charging time. This means that electric vehicles could be charged quickly and safely, without sacrificing battery life.

The findings of this study are a major breakthrough for the electric vehicle industry. They could lead to the development of new battery technologies that are faster, safer, and more durable. This could make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.

In addition to the benefits of faster charging and longer battery life, the new technology could also help to reduce the risk of fires and explosions. Lithium plating is a major cause of these incidents, so preventing it could make electric vehicles much safer.

The research from the University of Pisa is still in its early stages, but it has the potential to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry. If the technology can be successfully commercialized, it could make electric vehicles a more viable option for consumers and businesses. Fossil fuel peak

This is a major step forward for the electric vehicle industry, and it could have a significant impact on the future of transportation. With faster charging and longer battery life, electric vehicles will become more appealing to consumers and businesses, and they could help to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

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Repsol launches EVA range with 100% chemically recycled content

Repsol, the Spanish petrochemical company, has launched a range of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers made with 100% chemically recycled content. This is the first product on the market to incorporate this level of circular AV from chemical recycling.

The new EVA range is part of Repsol’s Reciclex portfolio, which encompasses both polyolefins and polyols obtained through chemical recycling, using plastic waste streams that cannot be mechanically recycled. The range is certified under the ISCC Plus mass balance approach.

Repsol says that the new EVA range is especially relevant for applications that cannot use mechanical recycling due to the properties required by the final product. For example, it can be used in food contact products, cosmetics, and healthcare products.

The company is also set to soon include polyol obtained through the chemical recycling of polyurethane waste in its Reciclex range.Fossil fuel peak

Repsol is building a new polyurethane foam recovery plant in Puertollano, Spain, which is expected to be operational in 2023.

Repsol’s investment in chemical recycling is in line with recent European and Spanish regulations, which are aimed at achieving a recycled content target of 30% for plastic packaging by 2030.

In simpler words:

Repsol has launched a new type of plastic made from recycled plastic waste. This is the first plastic of its kind to use 100% recycled content. The new plastic can be used to make a variety of products, including food packaging, cosmetics, and medical devices.

Repsol’s investment in chemical recycling is helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes to landfills. It is also helping to meet European and Spanish regulations on recycled content in plastic packaging.Fossil fuel peak

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Enviro and Siemens signs MOU regarding cooperation around the European expansion plan

Munich, Germany – Scandinavian Enviro Systems and Siemens has signed a MOU, memorandum of understanding, regarding a collaboration in support of the European expansion plan that Enviro announced earlier this year together with Antin Infrastructure Partners. Through the collaboration, Enviro gets access to Siemens’ extensive experience in automation and digitalization for efficient industrial production.

The MOU was signed in connection with Siemens’ now ongoing Siemens NordX Circle seminar, focusing on sustainability and digitalization, where Enviro’s CEO Thomas Sörensson is one of the speakers. A number of international business leaders participate in the seminar, including Siemens’ sustainability manager Judith Wiese, who is the seminar’s keynote speaker. Fossil fuel peak
Together with Antin Infrastructure Partners, and with the support of Michelin, Enviro has formed the world’s first large-scale tire recycling company and with the plan to establish recycling facilities in Europe by 2030 with a total annual recycling capacity of 1 million tons of end-of-life tires. Siemens is already today a supplier of both hardware and software to the tire industry and, with its focus on sustainability and digitalization, has a great interest in supporting Enviro during the upcoming phase of broad industrialization.

“With the formation of the tire recycling joint venture company, Enviro has acquired the right industrial structure and the right partner company to be able to seriously take part in the transformation of the tire industry towards increased sustainability.

As a supplier and partner, Siemens wants to support the new tire recycling company and thereby help accelerate the important journey towards increased sustainability,” says Maria Grahm, Business Unit Manager Process Automation at Siemens Digital Industries.

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Enviro and Siemens signs MOU regarding cooperation around the European expansion plan

Tesla’s Quiet Breakthrough in Carmaking

Tesla has made a technological breakthrough that could transform the way it makes electric vehicles (EVs). The company has developed a new way to cast the underbody of an EV in a single piece, rather than the hundreds of parts that are typically used in a conventional car. This could help Tesla to halve the production costs of its EVs and make them more affordable.

The new casting process uses huge presses with 6,000 to 9,000 tons of clamping pressure. This allows Tesla to create a single, strong and lightweight underbody for its EVs. The company is also using 3D printing technology to create the sand molds for the casting process, which is more cost-effective and allows for rapid design iterations.

Tesla is still in the early stages of developing this new casting process, but it is expected to be used in the company’s upcoming small EV, which is aiming to have a price tag of $25,000. Fossil fuel peak

If successful, this new process could revolutionize the way EVs are made and make them more accessible to a wider range of people.

Here are some of the key benefits of Tesla’s new casting process:

  • It can reduce production costs by up to 50%.
  • It can make EVs lighter and more efficient.
  • It can shorten the design and manufacturing process.
  • It can improve the crashworthiness of EVs.

Tesla is not the only automaker that is working on new casting processes for EVs. Other companies, such as Ford and BMW, are also developing similar technologies. However, Tesla is believed to be the furthest ahead in this area.

If Tesla is able to successfully commercialize its new casting process, it could have a major impact on the EV industry.

It could help to make EVs more affordable and accessible, and it could also lead to the development of new and more efficient EV designs. Fossil fuel peak

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Sidel Introduces EvoBLOW XL, a Cutting-Edge Blowing Machine for Large PET Containers

Introduction: Sidel, a leader in packaging and blowing solutions, proudly presents its latest innovation, the EvoBLOW XL machine. This state-of-the-art technology is designed to cater to the growing demand for large PET containers while maintaining performance and sustainability. EvoBLOW XL is set to revolutionize the packaging industry by offering versatility, efficiency, and sustainability.

Key Features and Benefits:

  1. 75% Shared Parts: EvoBLOW XL leverages Sidel’s existing EvoBLOW range by sharing 75% of its components. This demonstrates Sidel’s commitment to proven performance while expanding into new markets, including hotfill products.
  2. Versatility: EvoBLOW XL serves as both a standalone machine and an integrated combi solution, accommodating a wide range of bottle formats from 8L to 10L.
  3. It offers flexible oven configurations and various bottleneck dimensions, making it adaptable for diverse large bottle types. Fossil fuel peak
  4. Efficiency: With an impressive blowing output of 18,000 bottles per hour (bph) and an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of 98%, EvoBLOW XL sets a new standard for production efficiency. It boasts user-friendly features for efficient changeovers, including an ergonomic embedded mold handling tool and a mobile mold storage unit.
  5. Sustainability: EvoBLOW XL is designed to handle rPET grades, offering sustainability benefits from virgin PET to up to 100% rPET. It enables lightweighting, reduces CO2 emissions, and supports the transition from HDPE to PET large bottles. The machine’s design enhancements contribute to reduced energy consumption without compromising cost-effectiveness.
  6. Bottle Design: EvoBLOW XL enhances the blowing process, ensuring attractive and user-friendly bottle designs. It achieves perfect material distribution at speeds of 1,500 bph per mold while maintaining low blowing pressure and the highest bottle quality. Fossil fuel peak

Coverage by Packaging South Asia: Packaging South Asia, a prominent B2B publication and digital platform based in New Delhi, India, closely monitors the growth and impact of responsible packaging in the region. It highlights the packaging industry’s consistent outperformance compared to GDP growth, even amid challenges like supply chain disruptions and fluctuating raw material prices.

The publication covers the entire packaging supply chain, making it a valuable resource for brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers, converters, and recyclers. With significant growth opportunities in the packaging industry in India and Asia, now is the ideal time to engage with Packaging South Asia’s influential platform for targeted business communication. Fossil fuel peak

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The Nickel-Hydrogen Battery: A 30-Year Revolution in Energy Storage

Space exploration has long been a source of inspiration and innovation, leading to groundbreaking developments that have found their way into our everyday lives. One such remarkable advancement is the nickel-hydrogen battery, which not only defies the limitations of traditional batteries but also boasts an astonishing lifespan of 30 years and 30,000 charging cycles. This exceptional technology, originally designed by NASA to power space missions, is now poised to revolutionize energy storage on Earth, thanks to the pioneering efforts of American company EnerVenue.

EnerVenue, an innovative American company, is taking a giant leap forward in the battery industry by harnessing the engineering and chemistry expertise honed by NASA over four decades. The genesis of this technology traces back to its application in the power systems of the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. As EnerVenue prepares to scale up production, these nickel-hydrogen batteries are poised to replace conventional batteries, bringing with them numerous advantages that have the potential to reshape how we power our world. Fossil fuel peak

The nickel-hydrogen batteries developed by NASA for space missions have been meticulously engineered to endure the harshest conditions imaginable, from the vacuum of space to rapid temperature fluctuations. These batteries have proven their mettle as safe, durable, and recyclable energy storage solutions, while also eliminating the risks associated with fires and toxic waste. Their remarkable performance in space missions serves as a testament to their reliability and longevity.

EnerVenue’s commitment to harnessing this groundbreaking technology is evident in its recent announcement of the construction of a Gigafactory in the United States. This ambitious venture represents a pivotal moment in the energy storage industry, where space technology is set to transform the way we store and utilize power in our daily lives. Let’s delve deeper into the key attributes of nickel-hydrogen batteries and how EnerVenue’s vision could impact our future. Fossil fuel peak

The Resilience of Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries

Nickel-hydrogen batteries are engineered to thrive in the extreme conditions of outer space. Unlike traditional batteries that struggle with rapid temperature fluctuations, these batteries remain unfazed, providing a stable and reliable power source for critical space missions. The vacuum of space, with its extreme cold and intense radiation, poses significant challenges to energy storage, but nickel-hydrogen batteries have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to withstand such conditions.

Unmatched Longevity

One of the most remarkable features of nickel-hydrogen batteries is their longevity. These batteries are built to last for an astonishing 30 years, significantly outperforming conventional lithium-ion batteries, which typically have a much shorter lifespan. Moreover, they can endure a staggering 30,000 charging cycles without a significant degradation in performance. Fossil fuel peak

This exceptional durability reduces the frequency of replacements, leading to cost savings and a more sustainable approach to energy storage.

Safety and Sustainability

Safety and sustainability are paramount considerations in energy storage solutions, and nickel-hydrogen batteries excel in both areas. Unlike some conventional batteries that carry the risk of catching fire or generating toxic waste, nickel-hydrogen batteries pose minimal environmental and safety hazards. They are non-toxic, non-flammable, and fully recyclable, making them a responsible choice for a world increasingly concerned about environmental impact. Fossil fuel peak

EnerVenue’s Vision for a Battery Revolution

EnerVenue’s mission to bring the benefits of nickel-hydrogen batteries to Earth is a bold and visionary endeavor. By establishing a Gigafactory in the United States, the company is poised to accelerate the production and adoption of this transformative technology. This move signals a paradigm shift in how we approach energy storage, with space technology at the forefront of innovation.

The Gigafactory will not only boost production capacity but also create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources.

As the demand for sustainable energy solutions continues to rise, EnerVenue’s nickel-hydrogen batteries offer a compelling alternative that aligns with our commitment to a greener future.Fossil fuel peak

In conclusion, the nickel-hydrogen battery, born out of the rigors of space exploration, represents a remarkable leap forward in energy storage technology.

With its unrivaled resilience, longevity, safety, and sustainability, it has the potential to transform the way we power our world. EnerVenue’s ambitious plans to manufacture these batteries at scale in the United States mark a pivotal moment in our quest for cleaner, more reliable energy storage solutions.

As we look to the future, it is clear that space technology will continue to play a pivotal role in improving our daily lives and advancing our society towards a more sustainable and innovative future. Fossil fuel peak

The Nickel-Hydrogen Battery: A 30-Year Revolution in Energy Storage

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Petrochemicals Polymers – M. Holland Unveils Mfinity Line of Sustainable Resins 18-09-2023

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Petrochemicals Polymers

  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks : PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber Petrochemicals Polymers

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ITEM 11/09/2023 18/09/2023 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,075 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +225
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 915 $/ton +20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,060 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +240
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,090 yuan/ton 7,340 yuan/ton +250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 6,155 yuan/ton 6,340 yuan/ton +185
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 770 $/ton 800 $/ton +30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,165 yuan/ton 4,275 yuan/ton +110
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 482 $/ton 494 $/ton +12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market

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1,093 $/ton 1,160 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,070 $/ton 1,137 $/ton +67
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,190 $/ton 1,200 $/ton +10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,350 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F

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9,050 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,475 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton +275
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton +200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,350 yuan/ton 14,280 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,570 $/ton 1,600 $/ton +30
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,790 $/ton 1,790 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +900
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

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14,650 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton +700
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 18,100 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton +900
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,750 yuan/ton 17,450 yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 19,600 yuan/ton- +700
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,700 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton +650
Spandex 20D  domestic  market

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36,500 yuan/ton 36,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 35,000 yuan/ton 35,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  32,200 yuan/ton 32,200 yuan/ton +200
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,850 yuan/ton 10,050 yuan/ton +200
Benzene domestic market

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8,500 yuan/ton 8,540 yuan/ton +40
Benzene overseas  market 987 $/ton 1,023 $/ton +36
Ethylene South East market 865 $/ton 865 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market 774 $/ton 788 $/ton +14
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

Petrochemicals Polymers

9,500 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market

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7,550 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +150
Naphtha overseas market  685 $/ton 713 $/ton +28
Phenol domestic market 9,270 yuan/ton 9,795 yuan/ton +525


r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =7,800 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton   –

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M. Holland Unveils Mfinity Line of Sustainable Resins

M. Holland Co., a global distributor specializing in thermoplastic resins and related materials, has introduced a groundbreaking product line known as Mfinity. This innovative brand comprises compounds crafted with the incorporation of up to 100% recycled content, encompassing both commodity and engineering materials. Mfinity stands as a pragmatic solution, aimed at assisting clients, brand owners, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in achieving their sustainability objectives.

Beyond the integration of recycled materials, Mfinity incorporates proprietary additives, bio-compounds, and tailor-made formulations tailored for eco-friendly applications across diverse markets, including automotive, consumer goods, electrical and electronics, and packaging. A considerable number of Mfinity resins bear third-party certification, attesting to the proportion of recycled content, while select grades have obtained FDA’s Letter of No Objection (LNO) or other relevant agency certifications.

“Prominent brands and OEMs have made commitments to incorporate greater proportions of sustainable or recycled materials into their products by 2025, if not sooner,” noted Peter Prusak, Director of Business Development at M. Holland. “Beyond the evident environmental advantages, there is a growing market demand for practical sustainability solutions.”

M. Holland has established a dedicated sustainability team, comprising experts closely attuned to the latest research, trends, and innovations in environmentally friendly materials. These experts play a pivotal role in guiding the company’s customers, suppliers, and business partners, helping them pinpoint opportunities to advance their sustainability initiatives.

“As a trusted resin distributor, M. Holland already provides a range of high-quality recycled resins, including post-consumer and post-industrial varieties, to support various industries,” Prusak added. “Mfinity represents a significant expansion of our offerings, affording manufacturers a broader spectrum of material choices as they endeavor to innovate their products for a more sustainable world.”

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SGT to Build New rPET Production Unit in Rezé, France

Société Générale des Techniques (SGT), a French manufacturer of PET preforms, is building a new recycled PET (rPET) production unit in Rezé, in western France. The new unit will have an annual capacity of 26,000 tons, and is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2024.

The investment is part of SGT’s commitment to sustainability. The company is aiming to guarantee a continuous supply of rPET to its customers, the majority of whom are bottlers in the food sector. The new unit will also help SGT to meet the requirements of the European Directive 2019/90, which establishes a minimum recycled content requirement of 25% for PET bottles by 2025. Recycling technologies 

The new rPET production unit will be located in the heart of SGT’s historic preform manufacturing plant and head office in Rezé. This will help to reduce the company’s CO2 emissions by limiting the need for transportation. SGT is also planning to recruit production and maintenance operators and technicians to run the new unit.

The new rPET production unit will be equipped with the latest technologies, including the new LSP (Liquid State Polycondensation) process from Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen (NGR). The LSP process removes all PET impurities in the liquid phase, making it suitable for direct food contact. It also offers higher energy efficiency and decontamination levels than conventional SSP applications.

This investment is a significant step forward for SGT in its commitment to sustainability. The new rPET production unit will help the company to meet the growing demand for recycled plastics and to reduce its environmental impact. Recycling technologies 

Key takeaways:

  • SGT is building a new rPET production unit in Rezé, France.
  • The new unit will have an annual capacity of 26,000 tons.
  • The investment is part of SGT’s commitment to sustainability.
  • The new unit will help SGT to meet the requirements of the European Directive 2019/90.
  • The new unit will be equipped with the latest technologies, including the LSP process.

Recycling technologies 

Tesla is making waves in the automotive industry with its recent price reductions on a global scale

Elon Musk’s company is adopting an aggressive approach that’s driving up registrations and subsequently ramping up production. However, it appears that Tesla is not content with its current momentum and is exploring an innovative production method that could potentially cut production costs in half.

This groundbreaking production technique, initially reported by Reuters, builds upon Tesla’s existing casting method, which has already led to significant reductions in the number of components required to assemble a car. In essence, by employing even larger gigacasting machines with a closing power of 16,000 tons or more, Tesla aims to create entire cars from a single piece, streamlining the manufacturing process considerably. This approach not only simplifies production but also enhances the overall quality of the vehicles.  Recycling technologies 

Implementing this technique is not without its challenges, as these machines are exceptionally large and would necessitate the construction of new facilities and a reimagining of existing ones. The machines would be tasked with producing a single, expansive chassis that integrates the front and rear sections with a central underbody housing the battery. Tesla envisions the potential application of this method in its 25,000-euro electric car expected to launch by 2025. Rumor has it that Elon Musk’s company has yet to make a final decision on this game-changing technique, which has the potential to revolutionize production by reducing costs and accelerating the entire manufacturing process.  Recycling technologies 

Recycling technologies 

A circular economy needs different recycling technologies

In its ‘Let’s talk about Chemical Recycling” series, the Plastics and Rubber Machinery division of the German VDMA association talks to experts and stakeholders active in the chemical recycling space. Here, Beate Edl, project director circular economy OMV Downstream GmbH, explains the importance of chemical recycling for OMV: “Chemical recycling has the potential to close the existing gap in circular economy.”

Ms. Edl, what is the importance of chemical recycling for OMV?

Chemical recycling is complementary to mechanical recycling and therefore of high priority for OMV – it is an important cornerstone of our Strategy 2030. It helps us to meet the growing demand for recycled polyolefins. Back in 2009 we developed a laboratory-scale process that has since been patented. The ReOil 100 pilot plant is in operation since 2018 and fully integrated in the refinery Schwechat, and this year the next larger ReOil 2000 demo plant will go live.  Recycling technologies 

This plant has a processing capacity of 16,000 tons of plastic waste per year, which is 20 times the capacity of the pilot plant. The next step will be the scale-up to an industrial-scale, commercial plant with a capacity of up to 200,000 tons per year. Furthermore, last year OMV and the technology provider Wood signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the commercial licensing of our ReOil technology. Thereby, we enable global licensees to make use of future circular economy solutions.

Which used plastics is this recycling method particularly suitable for?

We focus on polyolefins; specifically polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene – those have the highest market share of plastics. We do not want to interfere with established mechanical recycling routes and therefore focus on hard-to-recycle plastics that are currently not covered by any recycling activities, for example due to high contamination levels.  Today, these waste streams are going to incineration. In comparison to mechanical recycling, which requests mono-streams, chemical recycling can process mixed plastic fractions as well – with our ReOil plants we focus on 2D mixed plastic waste fractions like foils.  Recycling technologies 


Recycling technologies 

Braskem and Vitol Partner to Increase Circularity of Plastic Products

Braskem, a global petrochemical company, and Vitol, an international energy trading and marketing company, have announced a new partnership to increase the circularity of plastic products. Under the agreement, Vitol will supply Braskem with pyrolysis oil, a feedstock produced from plastic waste, for use in the production of new plastic products.

Pyrolysis oil is a type of chemical recycling that converts plastic waste into a liquid fuel that can be used to produce new plastics, fuels, and other chemicals. It is a more sustainable alternative to traditional mechanical recycling, which can only be used for certain types of plastic waste. Recycling technologies 

The partnership between Braskem and Vitol is part of both companies’ commitments to reduce plastic waste and promote a circular economy. Braskem has set a goal of selling 1 million tons of products with recycled content by 2030, and Vitol has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

The partnership will help Braskem meet its sustainability goals by providing a more sustainable source of feedstock for its plastic products. It will also help Vitol reduce its environmental impact by diverting plastic waste from landfills and incinerators.

The agreement is a significant step forward in the development of a circular economy for plastic. It demonstrates the growing commitment of businesses to reduce plastic waste and promote more sustainable practices.

Here are some additional details from the article:

  • The agreement is for a 10-year term.
  • The pyrolysis oil will be produced at WPU’s facilities in Denmark.
  • Braskem plans to use the pyrolysis oil to produce new plastic products, such as bottles, packaging, and automotive parts.
  • The partnership is expected to help Braskem reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tons per year.  Recycling technologies 

Braskem and Vitol Partner to Increase Circularity of Plastic Products

Eni Sustainable Mobility and LG Chem are evaluating the feasibility of a biorefinery in South Korea

The plant would be located at LG Chem’s Daesan chemical complex, about 80 kilometers southwest of Seoul. The companies are jointly examining the technical and economic feasibility of the project, and a final investment decision is expected by 2024. If the project is approved, the plant could be completed by 2026.

The biorefinery would use Eni’s Ecofining technology to process about 400,000 tonnes of biogenic raw materials per year. This could produce a variety of sustainable fuels and plastics, including Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) biofuel, and bio-naphtha.  Recycling technologies 

LG Chem would bring its expertise in the production of sustainable chemicals to the project, while Eni would contribute its experience in biorefining and its proprietary Ecofining technology. The two companies believe that the biorefinery could help to meet the growing demand for sustainable fuels and plastics in South Korea and the region.

Here are some additional details about the project:

  • The biorefinery would be located within the existing integrated petrochemical complex in Daesan, which would allow it to take advantage of LG Chem’s infrastructure and resources.
  • The plant would use Eni’s Ecofining technology, which is a proven and efficient process for converting biogenic raw materials into sustainable fuels and plastics.
  • The biorefinery could produce a variety of sustainable products, including Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) biofuel, and bio-naphtha. These products are in high demand due to their environmental benefits.  Recycling technologies 
  • The project is expected to create jobs and boost the local economy.

Eni Sustainable Mobility and LG Chem are committed to the development of sustainable fuels and plastics. This biorefinery project is a significant step towards achieving their goals.

Eni Sustainable Mobility and LG Chem are evaluating the feasibility of a biorefinery in South Korea

Pyrowave’s Microwave Technology Converts Waste Plastic into Finished Products

Pyrowave, a Montreal-based company that develops microwave-based depolymerization technology, has announced that it has successfully produced the first finished products using 100% recycled styrene. The products, which were made in collaboration with Michelin and Knauf Industries, are elastomer and plastic products that have the same properties and performance as products made from virgin fossil-sourced materials.

The Pyrowave process uses microwaves to heat plastic waste to a high temperature, breaking it down into its constituent monomers. These monomers can then be used to create new plastic products, or they can be used to produce other chemicals and materials. Recycling technologies 

The Pyrowave process has several advantages over traditional thermal recycling methods. It is more efficient, producing a higher yield of recycled material. It is also more environmentally friendly, as it requires less energy and produces fewer emissions.

The successful production of finished products using Pyrowave technology is a major milestone for the company. It demonstrates the potential of the technology to help address the global plastic pollution problem.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the Pyrowave process also has the potential to create new economic opportunities. The company is currently working with partners to develop commercial applications for its technology.

Pyrowave’s success is a testament to the potential of microwave-based depolymerization technology to revolutionize the way we recycle plastic waste. The company is leading the way in the development of this new technology, and its work is helping to make a more sustainable future possible.

Here are some additional details about the Pyrowave process:

  • The process can be used to recycle a wide variety of plastic waste, including polystyrene, polypropylene, and polyethylene.
  • The process is relatively simple and can be easily scaled up to industrial levels.
  • The process is energy efficient, requiring less energy than traditional thermal recycling methods.
  • The process produces very few emissions, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Recycling technologies 

The Pyrowave process has the potential to make a significant contribution to the fight against plastic pollution. By recycling plastic waste into new products, the Pyrowave process can help to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and oceans. The process can also help to create new economic opportunities in the recycling and plastics industries.

Pyrowave's Microwave Technology Converts Waste Plastic into Finished Products

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Westlake Introduces High-Performance PIVOTAL™ Polyethylene Resin with Post-Consumer Content

“One-Pellet Solution” Targets Use of Post-Consumer Content in Flexible Packaging

Westlake Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today announced the launch of PIVOTAL™, a line of “one-pellet solutions” for the introduction of post-consumer resin (PCR) into flexible packaging. PIVOTAL™ offers customers a more sustainable material for use in the production of non-FDA applications.

Westlake developed PIVOTAL™ to enable customers to maintain the performance levels of their applications while incorporating up to 45% PCR. Rigorous quality control during sourcing and manufacturing ensures that the product provides customers with properties comparable to that of virgin resin.

This one-pellet solution is emerging as a more sustainable option for both monolayer and multilayer film applications. Recycling technologies 

In October 2022, PIVOTAL™ received GreenCircle certification. GreenCircle Certified, LLC conducted an independent, third-party evaluation to certify the PCR feedstock as being derived from post-consumer sources as well as to verify the PCR loading in each PIVOTAL™ offering. This certification was conducted in accordance with ISO14021 and FTC Green Guides while meeting the requirements of LEED v4 & v4.1 MR Credit: Sourcing of Raw Materials.

“Achieving GreenCircle certification assures our customers that their PCR supply chain is truly 100% post-consumer sourced. This highlights our ongoing commitment to sustainability and transparency with our customers,” said Amy Moore, Westlake vice president, polyethylene.

The introduction of the PIVOTAL™ product line continues Westlake’s ongoing sustainability journey. PIVOTAL™ joins Westlake’s portfolio of more environmentally-friendly products, including Westlake Vinnolit’s GreenVin® lower-carbon PVC and Westlake Pipe & Fittings’ molecular-oriented PVC (PVCO) pipe. Recycling technologies 

In February 2022, Westlake announced its 2030 target to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 equivalent emissions per ton of production by 20% by 2030 from a 2016 baseline. In May 2023, Westlake issued five additional sustainability goals on its website, centered around water, health and safety, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the circular economy.


Westlake Introduces High-Performance PIVOTAL™ Polyethylene Resin with Post-Consumer Content

Circular recycled PET – Greek recycling company Terna Energy working with STADLER to deliver new recycling plant  15-09-2023

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Plastic Sorting Recycling – Greek recycling company Terna Energy working with STADLER to deliver new recycling plant  15-09-2023

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Greek recycling company Terna Energy working with STADLER to deliver new recycling plant 

Greek renewable energy company Terna Energy, part of the Gek Terna Group, is a player in clean energy production and the largest investor in Renewable Energy Sources in Greece.

The company has chosen STADLER, a globally active German company specialising in the planning, production and assembly of turnkey recycling and sorting plants. STADLER has now completed the commissioning and start-up of the latest facility, an MRF and Compost Refinement Plant in Tripoli, the capital city of the Peloponnese region, and two further projects in Sparta and Kalamata are in progress.

The company claims that the new facility stands out for its high degree of automation and efficiency, and for its capacity to adapt to changing material composition. The company claims it produces  consistently high-quality output, achieving outstanding recovery rates – above 90% for the organic fraction, plastic containers, bottles and paper, and 80% for biofilms and PE film. It is also designed to facilitate maintenance, with easy access to all components and motors for service. Plastic Sorting Recycling

High efficiency and adaptability for consistently high-quality output

The sorting plant receives mixed Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) with an input capacity of 30 to 40tph in a single line. It is processed to produce a high-quality output of recyclates and organic material. The former – PET, HDPE, PP/PS, Foils, Paper, Cardboards, Ferrous and non-Ferrous cans and containers –are sorted into automatic bunkers then baled. The latter, in fractions below 60mm from Anaerobic Digestion and 65-85mm from vessel composting, are further processed in the compost refinement plant with a capacity of 10tph, producing two fractions of clean compost with different specifications and material size.

STADLER claims its design team developed a plant that delivers the high-quality output required by Terna Energy, effectively addressing the challenge presented by the peculiarities of the waste stream in the region: “The Peloponnese is a very touristic region, and this has an effect on the composition of the waste, with high variations in seasonal consumption and diversity of packaging,” explains Dimitris Blanas, Head of Sales Greece & Middle East at STADLER. Plastic Sorting Recycling

The process begins with two trommel screens then a STADLER STT5000 Ballistic Separator that separates the rolling, flat and screened fractions. At this stage of the process, Pellenc ST COMPACT optical sorters, seamlessly integrated with STADLER’s high-speed conveyors, come into play to sort waste by material and color on the two main lines: 2D for flat objects such as mixed paper, cardboard and film, and 3D for hollow objects such as bottles, containers and trays.

These sorters, which feature Pellenc ST’s latest advanced technology, are perfect for the task with their compact size, low energy consumption and high level of performance, as well as their capability to manage the volumes and variations in the feed: “The high capacity of this equipment will be able to absorb the increase of waste volumes, says Steve Halpin-Gosset, Regional Sales Director, South Europe at Pellenc ST. “Thanks to their high scalability, sorting settings can also be adapted according to input stream composition changes.” PET food containers


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Indorama Ventures to Invest $150 Million in Expanding PET Recycling Operations in India

Bangkok-based Indorama Ventures Public Co Ltd, a company predominantly owned by Indian stakeholders, is set to invest a substantial $150 million in the establishment of three PET recycling plants in India. The ambitious project is slated to commence commercial production by 2026.

CEO of Indorama Ventures Group, Aloke Lohia, announced the investment plans during the 21st Forbes Global CEO Conference. He revealed that the company has secured essential regulatory approvals, and land acquisition processes are currently underway in proximity to their existing PET production facilities located in Haldia, Nagpur, and Panipat.

This strategic move will significantly enhance Indorama Ventures’ PET production capacity, which currently stands at 800,000 tonnes per year, catering to both the Indian and global markets. Plastic Sorting Recycling

PET, known for its durability and recyclability, aligns with global sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing the reliance on fossil fuels for manufacturing.

Aloke Lohia emphasized the importance of increasing the utilization of recycled PET, aligning with worldwide efforts to minimize new product manufacturing from fossil fuels. He expressed optimism about the Indian economy’s robust growth, particularly in the manufacturing sector, buoyed by government-led export promotion initiatives.

Lohia’s focus is on scaling up production within India, driven by the country’s burgeoning demand and export potential. He specifically highlighted the potential in supplying advanced technology-based auto components to Indian original equipment manufacturers. The company’s technological prowess and access to materials like nylon and polyester position them as ideal partners for producing essential items like airbags, mandated in Western automotive markets. Plastic Sorting Recycling

Indorama Ventures is actively engaging with Indian auto component manufacturers to evaluate investment opportunities, which can be tailored to meet domestic and export market requirements. Their goal goes beyond mere import substitution, as they aim to enhance the production of critical components, such as airbags, for the Indian automotive sector.

Aloke Lohia anticipates a surge in demand for products incorporating advanced technologies as India continues its economic progress and accelerates industrialization efforts. He expressed confidence in the company’s prospects in the Indian market, highlighting numerous growth opportunities, especially in the automotive sector.

Indorama Ventures, a global chemical company with a presence in 35 countries, boasts a rich legacy spanning three decades.

As the world’s premier manufacturer of PET and recycled PET, the company is dedicated to sustainability and innovation. Plastic Sorting Recycling

Their mobility fiber business, producing a diverse range of fibers and yarns used in the automotive industry, is well-established in the United States, Europe, and other regions.

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UBQ closes $70 million funding round

Israel-based cleantech company UBQ Materials has raised $70 million in a financing round led by Eden Global Partners, the company announced today. The round was joined by return investors in the company, including TPG Rise Climate, the investment arm of American private equity firm TPG; Battery Ventures; and M&G’s Catalyst strategy, a UK-based investor specialising in long-term impact investments.

The funding will be used to support the company’s continued scale-up and global expansion. Next to the industrial-scale 80 kT/pa facility in Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands which is scheduled to open later this month,  the company operates a small-scale plant at Kibbutz Tze’elim in Israel, which can produce around 7,000 tons of material a year. The new funding will enable the company to expand and build additional facilities in Europe and North America. Plastic Sorting Recycling

“We believe the market opportunity for UBQ’s materials is enormous and look forward to supporting UBQ’s world-class management team as they continue to grow the business,” said David Dwek, Chief Executive Officer of Eden Global Partners.

UBQ Materials was founded in 2012 by Yehuda Pearl, a co-founder of Sabra; Jack Tato Bigio, and Eran Lev. The company has developed and patented a closed-loop process, which converts garbage waste – including food waste, mixed plastics, cardboard, paper, and dirty diapers – into a new, sustainable raw material for the manufacturing of everyday goods across a multitude of industries. The process works by breaking down the heterogeneous waste streams into their basic, natural components before reconstituting them to create a brand-new material.  The organic trash  – around 70-80% of UBQ’s feedstock is broken down to its particulate constructs—lignin, cellulose, fibres, and sugars—and then reassembled and bound together into a matrix. The remaining 20-30% are mixed plastics that melt and bond into the matrix, creating a climate-positive and highly recyclable thermoplastic material. Plastic Sorting Recycling

UBQ has partnered with leading industry brands, including Mercedes-Benz, PepsiCo, and McDonald’s, who have already integrated UBQ into durable and semi-durable products such as car parts, footwear, pallets, display stands, panels, and planters.

Over 3 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) are expected to be produced annually by 2050 while current approaches to waste management continue to contribute to climate change. Landfills are the third largest human source of methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over 20 years, while incineration emits 1.7 kg CO2eq for every kilogram of MSW incinerated. Every kilogram of Israeli-manufactured UBQ replaces 1 kg of oil-based plastic, diverts 1.3 kg of waste from landfills and incinerators, and prevents up to 11.7 kg of CO2eq emissions measured over a 20-year time horizon.

“UBQ has pioneered a fully sustainable resource, pivotal for existing manufacturing industries across endless applications,” said co-founder and co-CEO Bigio.

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This approach simplifies and enhances the recycling of lithium, making it both more accessible and safer

Chinese scientists have unveiled a technique for extracting lithium from depleted battery anodes and utilizing it to create fresh cathodes.

The recycling of lithium-ion batteries is a crucial but intricate endeavor. It is an essential step towards establishing a truly sustainable mobility system, demanding intricate and often costly industrial processes. However, a team of researchers from the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS and UCAS) has introduced an innovative method that effectively addresses many of the challenges associated with lithium recovery from end-of-life batteries. Plastic Sorting Recycling

In conventional processes, the focus is on extracting lithium from the cathode, the electrode containing the highest lithium content. Unfortunately, this approach comes with numerous complications linked to the presence of other materials that must be separated from lithium. On the other hand, extracting lithium from the anode, primarily composed of graphite, is comparatively more straightforward. This can even be accomplished without completely discharging the battery. Nonetheless, this procedure poses a significant fire hazard and the risk of explosions.

The breakthrough by Chinese scientists, published in the Angewandte Chemie journal, leverages aprotic organic solutions to efficiently recover lithium from the anode. Aprotic substances, which do not release hydrogen ions, prevent the formation of hydrogen gas during lithium recovery. This results in safer conditions without the threat of fires.

Moreover, the adopted solutions consist of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and an ether serving as a solvent. The PAH can selectively absorb positively charged lithium ions from the graphite anode in a controlled and highly efficient manner. This not only reduces waste but also allows the lithium-PAH solutions to be directly employed as reagents to replenish exhausted cathodes, effectively rejuvenating them.

Additionally, the versatility of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon materials allows for customization based on the intended application. Plastic Sorting Recycling

This groundbreaking discovery significantly streamlines  the process from recovering lithium from end-of-life batteries to the creation of new batteries. China, having already secured a leading position in battery production, now appears poised to assert its dominance in the field of recycling as well.

This approach simplifies and enhances the recycling of lithium, making it both more accessible and safer

Evonik Teams Up with REMONDIS to Advance Sustainable Polyurethane Recycling

Essen, Germany – Evonik, a global leader in specialty chemicals, has entered into a strategic partnership with the REMONDIS Group, a prominent recycling company, to bolster the circular economy in the flexible polyurethane foam industry. This collaboration marks a significant step toward Evonik’s goal of closing the material loop within the polyurethane sector by securing a consistent supply of end-of-life mattress foams. The partnership will actively support Evonik’s ongoing development of its chemical recycling process.

Evonik has pioneered an innovative hydrolysis technique that allows for the recovery of key components from polyurethane foam, subsequently repurposing them as high-quality building blocks for manufacturing new mattresses. This groundbreaking process is currently undergoing testing at a pilot plant in Hanau, and the next phase will involve trials at a larger demonstration facility. Plastic Sorting Recycling

In Europe, it is estimated that over 250 kilotons of polyurethane foam from discarded mattresses are either incinerated or sent to landfills each year. Evonik and REMONDIS are committed to reducing this environmental impact by ensuring that valuable materials are reintroduced into the raw material cycle, thereby decreasing the reliance on fossil resources within the polyurethane value chain. “The pursuit of circularity in the realm of flexible polyurethane foams is paramount for the environment and the long-term sustainability of our industry. It provides an opportunity for us to act in harmony with the interests of the environment, the industry, and consumers alike,” explained Thomas Wessel, a member of Evonik’s Executive Board responsible for sustainability.

The REMONDIS Group brings its expertise in sorting PU flexible foams from waste, ensuring consistent quality in the recycling process. This facilitates the transformation of these materials into chemical recyclates through Evonik’s hydrolysis method. Dr. Patrick Glöckner, Head of Evonik’s Global Circular Economy Program, emphasized the importance of such collaborations, stating, “Working with REMONDIS allows us to transition from linear value chains to robust circular systems. Authentic circularity thrives within networks, which is why we are actively expanding our collaborative efforts.”

The successful partnership with flexible foam producer The Vita Group, initiated in 2021, has already demonstrated that Evonik’s hydrolysis process yields raw materials of superior quality compared to conventional recycling methods. Increased adoption of recycled materials helps reduce dependence on fossil resources and lessens the ecological footprint of the polyurethane industry. Initial findings also indicate a significant reduction in the CO2 footprint when compared to mattress production using fossil resources. The demonstration plant aims to validate this on a larger scale. Plastic Sorting Recycling

Jürgen Ephan, Managing Director of REMONDIS Recycling GmbH & Co. KG, emphasized the societal responsibility of closing material life cycles, stating, “For us, closing material life cycles is not only a business objective but also an expression of our responsibility towards society as a whole. Conserving raw materials worldwide and processing them repeatedly is a fundamental requirement for sustainable environmental and climate protection.” Ephan further highlighted REMONDIS’ commitment to continually developing new processes to optimize material cycles and welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with Evonik to address the challenge of recovering raw materials from foam mattresses.

Initially, the project will focus on the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany, with the ultimate goal of developing a scalable technology and business model that can be expanded globally. Plastic Sorting Recycling

Evonik Teams Up with REMONDIS to Advance Sustainable Polyurethane Recycling

SK Chemicals and Ottogi have pioneered the use of 100% circular recycled PET in food containers, marking a groundbreaking first in Korea

SK Chemicals and Ottogi have made history in Korea by introducing 100% circular recycled PET (CR-PET) into food containers, marking a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions. According to Petnology, both companies are actively leading the charge in carbon reduction efforts.

On the 5th of this month, SK Chemicals proudly announced the incorporation of 100% circular recycled PET (CR-PET) into Ottogi’s revamped packaging for pork cutlet and steak sauce. Circular recycling, a technology pioneered by SK Chemicals, involves breaking down waste plastics at a molecular level and transforming them into raw materials, enabling infinite reuse. This method, in contrast to mechanical recycling, which involves cleaning or cutting waste plastics into smaller flakes for reuse, preserves the high-quality physical properties and safety of the materials. Plastic Sorting Recycling

Ottogi’s renewed meat sauce containers exclusively feature “SKYPET CR,” a product jointly developed by SK Chemicals and Poonglim P&P, Ottogi’s food packaging subsidiary, following an MOU signed last year. Implementing SKYPET CR in meat sauce containers results in significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to the previous petroleum-based PET containers. This development caters to the growing demand from eco-conscious consumers and offers an advantage for exporting to regions like Europe, where greenhouse gas regulations are becoming more stringent.

It’s worth noting that Coca-Cola India recently achieved a milestone by introducing 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles for water, marking the first instance of 100% recycled plastic being used for food or beverages in India. The food-grade rPET used in these bottles is produced by Srichakra Polyplast (India) Pvt Ltd on a Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line. Plastic Sorting Recycling

SK Chemicals and Ottogi have pioneered the use of 100% circular recycled PET in food containers, marking a groundbreaking first in Korea

Aquafil to Close Carpet Factory in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Causing 40 Job Losses

Aquafil UK, a carpet yarn processing plant in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, has announced that it will be closing its doors, resulting in the loss of 40 jobs. The closure is a blow to the local community, which has already been struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit.

Aquafil has cited “challenging trading conditions” as the reason for the closure. The company says that it has been making losses for five years and that further losses are unsustainable. Aquafil has also said that it is facing strong competition from overseas manufacturers. Plastic Sorting Recycling

The GMB union, which represents the workers at the Aquafil plant, has said that the closure is “devastating” for the local community. The union has called on Aquafil to reconsider its decision and to work with the workers to find a solution that will save the jobs.

The closure of the Aquafil plant is a reminder of the challenges facing manufacturing businesses in the UK. The UK economy is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses are facing rising costs and increased competition from overseas. The closure of the Aquafil plant is a setback for the Scottish economy, and it is likely to have a knock-on effect on other businesses in the area. Plastic Sorting Recycling

The Aquafil plant has been in operation for over 50 years. It is a major employer in Kilbirnie, and its closure will have a significant impact on the local economy. The plant is also a major supplier to the carpet industry, and its closure is likely to have a knock-on effect on other businesses in the sector.

The GMB union has said that it will be working with the workers at the Aquafil plant to find new jobs. The union has also said that it will be lobbying the government to provide support for the workers and their families.

The closure of the Aquafil plant is a blow to the local community and to the Scottish economy. It is a reminder of the challenges facing manufacturing businesses in the UK, and it is a call for action from the government to support businesses and workers.

  • The Aquafil plant is located in a rural area, and the closure will have a significant impact on the local economy.
  • Many of the workers at the Aquafil plant are skilled and experienced, and they will find it difficult to find new jobs in the area.
  • The closure of the Aquafil plant is a setback for the Scottish government’s efforts to promote economic growth in the region.
  • The government has said that it is committed to supporting businesses and workers in the affected area. Plastic Sorting Recycling

Aquafil to Close Carpet Factory in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Causing 40 Job Losses

Zinc-air batteries – Start-up establishes UK’s first pilot plant for recycling plastic lab waste 14-09-2023

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UV Absorbers – Start-up establishes UK’s first pilot plant for recycling plastic lab waste 14-09-2023

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Start-up establishes UK’s first pilot plant for recycling plastic lab waste

LabCycle has commissioned a pilot plant at the University of Bath that can recycle up to 60% of plastic lab waste back into new lab consumables.

LabCycle, a UK start-up co-founded by University of Bath alumna Dr Helen Liang, has successfully commissioned the UK’s first pilot plant for recycling plastic lab waste.

With support from the University of Bath, LabCycle has set up a pilot recycling plant in a converted greenhouse on campus where it is developing its recycling technology. The team has established collaborations with the private, public, and government sectors, including the local National Health System (NHS) Blood and Transplant unit to recycle waste from their laboratories.

LabCycle has not made its method of recycling plastics public, but Liang revealed in an interview with the University of Bath that it involves a combination of chemical and mechanical recycling processes that remove hazardous contaminants. “It’s been developed according to the standards of the NHS, and the health and safety protocols from different research institutes,” she added.  UV Absorbers

The patent-pending technology reportedly doesn’t require waste to be autoclaved before entering the recycling process, resulting in less heat energy use. Water can purportedly also be reused during the process, minimising its use. The method has received the stamp of approval from the University of Bath’s Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST), which has tested the properties of recycled polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and shown that the polymers are suitable to make new lab consumables.

Currently, less than 1% of lab plastic waste is recycled in the United Kingdom, with researchers using significant amount of single-use plastic in their daily research to avoid cross-contamination between experiments. LabCycle intends to recycle up to 60% of this waste, including pipette tips, test tubes, petri dishes, and multi-well plates, to produce high-grade plastic pellets.

The start-up collaborates with an undisclosed partner that manufactures the pellets into new lab equipment. Friendly fiber innovations  UV Absorbers


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LyondellBasell Announces Initial Investment in the Plastic Circularity Fund

LyondellBasell has proudly revealed its participation in the initial phase of the Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) Plastic Circularity Fund SCSPp, aptly named the “Plastic Circularity Fund.” This initiative places a sharp focus on investments aimed at combatting plastic waste pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the plastic industry’s value chain.

The fund is geared towards backing companies that offer groundbreaking plastic materials designed for reusability and recyclability, along with enhanced solutions for plastic collection, sorting, and recycling. Since 2021, LyondellBasell has committed a substantial $44 million to various venture capital funds. UV Absorbers

Yvonne van der Laan, the Executive Vice President of Circular and Low Carbon Solutions at LyondellBasell, emphasized the importance of collective engagement and collaboration across the value chain to bolster the supply of sustainable materials and meet the escalating demand for eco-friendly products. She expressed the company’s alignment with LOIM’s Plastic Circularity Fund, which is fully in sync with LyondellBasell’s ambition to combat plastic pollution and expedite the transition to a circular, low-carbon economy.

LyondellBasell’s venture capital endeavors extend to a portfolio that encompasses Closed Loop Partners, Infinity Recycling, HX Venture, Chrysalix, and LOIM. These investments harmonize with the company’s overarching objective: for each dollar LyondellBasell invests in venture funds targeting critical sustainability issues, it catalyzes an additional five dollars from co-investors. UV Absorbers

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Kelheim Fibres is proud to showcase its environmentally friendly fiber innovations at the upcoming Global Fibre Congress, commencing on September 13th in Dornbirn

Our primary focus is on championing sustainability and reinforcing the European supply chain.

During the event, Ingo Bernt, the project leader for fiber and application development at Kelheim Fibres, and Henning Röttger, the head of business development at PelzGROUP, will jointly present “Towards High-Performance Plant-Based AHP Products.” This collaborative effort between Pelz and Kelheim Fibres introduces a plastic-free, high-performance panty liner powered by our cutting-edge Olea specialty fiber, renowned for its water retention properties. The motivation behind this innovation stems from the urgent need for sustainable and hygienic personal products.

Furthermore, our commitment to sustainability extends to our second project, titled “Performance Fibres Meet Sustainable Design – An Example of a Reusable Baby Diaper.” Natalie Wunder, project leader from Kelheim Fibres’ new business development team, and Caspar Böhme, co-founder of Sumo, will unveil the washable and reusable SUMO diaper. In contrast to traditional disposable diapers, this product represents a double win for sustainability and eco-friendliness. RUV Absorbers

It’s worth noting that both of these groundbreaking products will be exclusively manufactured in Europe, resulting in reduced carbon emissions, shorter supply chains, and bolstering the European textile and non-wovens industry.

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Santoni Shanghai Acquires A German Knitting Machinery Maker Terrot In Move To Create A New Ecosystem

Santoni Shanghai Knitting Machinery Co., Ltd., founded and wholly owned by Italy’s Lonati family, today announced the strategic acquisition of Terrot GmbH, a leading manufacturer of circular knitting machines based in Chemnitz, Germany. The move comes as the latest development in Santoni Shanghai’s long-term vision to build an ecosystem that aims to reshape and consolidate the circular knitting industry. The transaction will be finalized pending approval from Chinese regulatory authorities.

The global circular knitting machine market is expected to see significant growth in the coming years, with a July 2023 report from Consegic Business Intelligence forecasting a 5.7% CAGR from 2023 to 2030, propelled by an increasing consumer preference for breathable and comfortable knitted fabrics as well as increasingly diversification of demand for knitted apparel. To seize this market opportunity, Santoni Shanghai has developed an ambitious strategic plan centered around innovation, sustainability and digitalization. The new partnership with Terrot aims to further this strategy by enhancing Santoni’s integrated and scaled-up ecosystem, while also driving the sustainable development of the global knitting machinery industry. UV Absorbers

“The integration of Terrot, which also includes the well-known Pilotelli brand, will bring an immediate and extraordinary boost to our products portfolio,” said Gianpietro Belotti, CEO of Santoni Shanghai. “Terrot’s incredible technical capabilities, extensive product range and vast experience in serving customers all over the world will enable us to better achieve our shared aspirations. We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to working with Terrot as we move towards establishing a pioneering industry ecosystem, realizing our mission to providing customers with an utterly new knitting experience.”

“We see our machines not simply as isolated units of production, but rather as parts of a holistic and integrated ecosystem,” Mr. Gianpietro Belotti added. “Each part of this ecosystem is interconnected with the entire industry chain, bolstered by our recent advances in digitalization and our century long expertise. The new synthesis will offer now the largest range of technical solutions available in the market, which we believe will enable us to satisfy the needs of all the investment levels. Through our partnership with Terrot, we are one step closer to fulling our vision of innovatively consolidating the entire industry.” UV Absorbers

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Indorama Ventures and SIPA unveil first clear PET sparkling wine bottle at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limitedone of the world’s leading sustainable chemical companies, and SIPA, a leading PET packaging technology specialist, today launch their transparent sustainable PET sparkling wine bottle exclusively at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. The award-winning PET packaging solution for sparkling wine provides brands with a fully recyclable option that maximizes logistics efficiencies, minimizes handling risks, runs on existing glass-filling lines, and has a lower carbon footprint1.

The latest launch is the development of a monolayer transparent bottle, including a barrier, to replicate the famous glass-like look of traditional sparkling wines – allowing consumers to see the color and effervescence of the liquid. UV Absorbers

Dr. Patrick Amrhein, Managing Director, Indorama Ventures Polymers Germany, said, “This new clear bottle innovation showcases how the partnership between Indorama Ventures and SIPA allowed us to face the challenge of creating a transparent thick-walled PET sparkling wine bottle, by developing a modified resin that combines a monolayer barrier functionality with excellent glass like appearance, in a record time of less than six months. This combines the touch and the appearance that results in an appealing PET sparkling wine bottle with a high shelf-life.”

Indorama Ventures’ advanced barrier resin delivers a monolayer PET sparkling wine bottle with a minimum shelf life of 24 months, and the packaging has glass-like clarity while being uniquely able to protect the sparkling wine’s taste and effervescence. The new bottle is fully recyclable in the standard clear PET stream.

The benefits of changing to PET for wine bottles are plentiful. A key example is the CO2 footprint of PET is significantly lower compared to that of a glass bottle, traditionally used for wine. Glass is processed at 1,400 °C and PET at 260 °C, and with glass bottles seven-times the weight of a PET bottle, the production process alone results in a sizable reduction of 36 percent 2. The new clear bottle follows the global launch of the traditional green PET wine bottle, in May 2023. UV Absorbers


Indorama Ventures and SIPA unveil first clear PET sparkling wine bottle at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 

UV Absorbers And Their Properties and Classifications

Ultraviolet absorber (UV absorber) is a light stabilizer that can absorb the ultraviolet part of sunlight and fluorescent light sources without changing itself. Ultraviolet absorber is mostly white crystalline powder, good thermal stability, good chemical stability, colorless, non-toxic, odorless, generally used in polymers (plastics, etc.), coatings and so on.

Most colorants, especially inorganic pigment colorants, can play a certain degree of light stabilization when used alone in plastic products. For colored plastic products for long-term outdoor use, the light stability of the product cannot be improved by the colorant alone. Only the use of light stabilizer can effectively inhibit or slow down the light aging rate of colored plastic products for a long time. Significantly improve the light stability of colored plastic products. Hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) is a class of organic amine compounds with steric hindrance effect. Due to its functions of decomposing hydroperoxide, quenching radical oxygen, trapping free radicals, and recycling of effective groups, HALS is the plastic light stabilizer with high anti-photoaging efficiency and the largest amount at home and abroad. UV Absorbers

The data show that the appropriate light stabilizer or the appropriate combination system of antioxidant and light stabilizer can improve the light and oxygen stability of outdoor colored plastic products several times. For plastic products colored by photoactive and photosensitive colorants (such as cadmium yellow, uncored rutile, etc.), considering the catalytic photoaging effect of the colorant, the amount of light stabilizer should be increased accordingly.

Uv absorbers can generally be classified according to chemical structure, action fraction and use, which are described below:

  1. Classification according to chemical structure: ultraviolet absorbers can be divided into organic ultraviolet absorbers and inorganic ultraviolet absorbers. Organic ultraviolet absorbers mainly include benzoates, benzotriazole, cyanoacrylate, etc., while inorganic ultraviolet absorbers mainly include zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide and so on.
  2. Classification according to the mode of action: ultraviolet absorber can be divided into shielding type and absorption type. Shielding UV absorbers are able to reflect UV light and thus prevent it from entering the body, while absorbing UV absorbers are able to absorb UV light and convert it into heat or visible light.
  3. Classification according to use: ultraviolet absorbent can be divided into cosmetic grade, food grade, pharmaceutical grade, etc. UV Absorbers
  4. Cosmetic grade UV absorbers are mainly used in sunscreen, skin care products and other cosmetics, food grade UV absorbers are mainly used in food packaging materials, and pharmaceutical grade UV absorbers are mainly used in drugs.



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Zinc-air batteries, an economical and safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries, are gaining attention in ongoing battery research

Addressing global challenges like climate change, enhancing energy efficiency, and fostering innovation necessitates the exploration of novel battery technologies, and zinc-air batteries offer a promising avenue towards sustainability and efficiency.

Researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia conducted a study, shedding light on the remarkable potential of zinc-air batteries due to their cost-effectiveness, environmental friendliness, high theoretical energy density, and inherent safety features. These batteries consist of a negative zinc electrode and a positive air electrode, historically limited by their low power output and short lifespan. However, ECU scholars, led by Professor Muhammad Rizwan Azhar, have successfully reduced the internal resistance of these batteries by incorporating materials like carbon, iron-based minerals, and cobalt. This breakthrough has resulted in sustained maximum power and high stability, bringing zinc-air batteries closer to their theoretical voltage threshold. UV Absorbers

Professor Azhar highlighted the affordability and commercial viability of these batteries, made possible by utilizing abundant resources like zinc and air. He emphasized their potential to outperform lithium-ion batteries, especially in the context of long-range vehicles and electric aircraft. This advancement not only revolutionizes energy storage but also contributes significantly to building a sustainable society, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and mitigating environmental impacts.

The innovative design of zinc-air batteries aligns with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and the objectives set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement, both of which advocate for sustainable energy resources to combat climate change.

Compared to lithium-ion batteries, zinc-air batteries have a unique positive electrode composed of oxygen from the air, making them lightweight and compact without the need for a solid positive electrode. While lithium-ion batteries have been widely used since the 1990s, known for their lack of memory effect, stability, and support for numerous charge-discharge cycles, zinc-air batteries offer an alternative with different characteristics. Lithium-ion batteries use a solid positive electrode containing lithium-based materials like lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) or lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4).

Zinc-air batteries exhibit good durability in terms of charge/discharge cycles but can be sensitive to environmental factors such as humidity and oxygen.

In the study by Professor Azhar and his team, the new zinc-air battery solution demonstrated a high open-circuit voltage of 1.48 V, a low potential difference of 0.77 V during charging and discharging at a current density of 5 mA cm−2, and stable performance for up to 950 hours or more. UV Absorbers

Zinc-air batteries, an economical and safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries, are gaining attention in ongoing battery research

Chemical Recycling Techtextil – MIT has unveiled a groundbreaking development: supercapacitor concrete infused with carbon black 13-09-2023

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Carbon dioxide upcycling – MIT has unveiled a groundbreaking development: supercapacitor concrete infused with carbon black 13-09-2023

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Stellantis’ E-fuel Initiative Preserves Internal Combustion Engines Until 2050

Stellantis has unveiled a game-changing strategy to ensure the longevity of endothermic vehicles until 2050, effectively sidestepping the European Union’s “Fit for 55” regulations. This remarkable effort by the automotive powerhouse, formed through the merger of FCA and PSA, hinges on the use of e-fuels.

In a significant development, Stellantis has charted a path to safeguard internal combustion engines. This global automotive conglomerate, boasting an impressive portfolio of brands including FIAT, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Jeep, Maserati, Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Opel, and Vauxhall, has devised a solution that ensures the continued operation of its vehicles until 2050, effectively bypassing the European Union’s “Fit for 55” plan slated for enforcement from 2035.

Stellantis has conducted extensive trials, revealing that e-fuels demonstrate compatibility with the group’s current Euro 6 vehicles. Carbon dioxide upcycling

These experiments, conducted in collaboration with Aramco, mark a significant stride toward achieving the ambitious goal of making e-fuels accessible at affordable prices to the mass market. Such a development would extend the lifespan of internal combustion engines on the roads for an additional 15 years beyond 2035.

It is worth noting that the “Fit for 55” provisions exclusively pertain to new vehicles. Consequently, combustion engine cars purchased between now and 2034 will retain the ability to operate even beyond the 2035 regulatory deadline. Carbon dioxide upcycling

Stellantis' E-fuel Initiative Preserves Internal Combustion Engines Until 2050

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Techtextil India 2023: Unveiling Cutting-Edge Innovations and Business Opportunities in the World of Technical Textiles

The grand inauguration of the 9th edition of Techtextil India has taken place at the prestigious Jio World Convention Centre (JWCC) in Mumbai. This momentous event has brought together over 160 prominent industry players, each showcasing more than 200 esteemed brands. Techtextil India 2023 is not just an exhibition; it’s a convergence of state-of-the-art products, groundbreaking technological solutions, a plethora of knowledge-sharing sessions, live product demonstrations, and extensive networking prospects. Carbon dioxide upcycling

India’s technical textiles sector is currently experiencing a rapid growth trajectory, driven by relentless research and development endeavors, bolstered by various government initiatives, and the expanding footprint of diverse industries. Inaugurating this illustrious event, Smt. Darshana Jardosh, Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, Government of India, underscored the nation’s imperative to attain self-reliance in research, development, and innovation, thereby diminishing reliance on high-performance fiber imports. She emphasized the pivotal role played by professional platforms like Techtextil India in nurturing industry growth by providing valuable insights into global and domestic trends, products, and innovations spanning the entire textile value chain.

The inauguration of Techtextil India 2023 witnessed the presence of distinguished figures, including Shri. Rajeev Saxena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, and other key luminaries in the industry.  Carbon dioxide upcycling

The event enjoys substantial support from the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and various industry associations, highlighting the sector’s paramount significance in the country’s economy.

The exhibition floor boasts an extensive array of exhibitors presenting a wide spectrum of offerings, ranging from machinery, equipment, accessories, fibers, yarns, non-wovens, filtration solutions, masterbatches, functional textiles, composites, coated textiles, and much more. Esteemed Indian companies such as Arvind Limited, Park Non-woven, Sarex Chemicals, Welspun, Reliance, and Aditya Birla Yarns are participating alongside international stalwarts hailing from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, and the USA.

Techtextil India 2023 provides a pivotal platform for global business networking and fostering connections. It has attracted the participation of renowned companies such as Indorama Hygiene Group, Autefa Solutions, Brückner Textile Technologies, Georg Sahm, Karl Mayer, and many others, reinforcing its stature on the global stage.

The event commenced on a highly positive note, with exhibitors from around the world showcasing their finest products. Mr. Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member of Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd, expressed optimism about the event’s potential to empower the textile industry. Carbon dioxide upcycling

He underscored the invaluable support from the Ministry of Textiles in promoting initiatives and projects aimed at propelling the growth of the textile sector.

Techtextil India 2023 also features the Techtextil Symposium, delving into critical industry topics, and the 3rd edition of MEDITEX TM, focusing on advancements in medical textiles.

Backed by numerous associations and centers of excellence, Techtextil India continues to serve as a comprehensive platform for professionals to forge trade relationships, gain insights into market trends, and share their expertise. Its ultimate aim is to position India as a global leader in the technical textile market, catalyzing growth and fostering innovation within the industry. Carbon dioxide upcycling

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Sabic collaborates on bio-sourced in-mould labelling solution

Together with three partners, Sabic is producing mono-PP thin-wall containers with in-mould labelling in an integrated single-step injection moulding process.

A new initiative from Sabic in collaboration with three other partners has demonstrated that certified renewable polymers are also suitable for use in in-mould labelling food packaging applications.

The four companies, Saudi chemical manufacturing company Sabic, Dubai-based Taghleef Industries and the two Greek partners Karydakis IML and Kotronis Packaging, announced they successfully produced the first mono-polypropylene (PP) thin-wall containers with in-mould labelling made from a mass balanced, certified renewable resin. According to the partners, this was achieved without compromising on quality, safety, processability, or convenience. Carbon dioxide upcycling

Both the cups and the label film used for the containers have been made with mass balance certified bio-based feedstock from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio. The label material for the IML containers is a biaxially oriented polyethylene (BOPP) film produced by film manufacturer Taghleef using a Sabic certified renewable resin tailored to the BOPP process. Taghleef ‘s transparent, white and metallised PP label films can be easily customised to fit the customer’s needs, and all can be produced using polymers with bio-based feedstock.

Sabic said the feedstock is derived from second-generation sources not competing with food or feed production. Besides using certified bio-based PP resins for both the moulded parts and the label film, the resulting packaging can be recycled in existing rigid PP recycling streams.

In-mould labelling technology, in which the label becomes an integral component of the packaging itself, eliminates the need for separately applied adhesive labels on the finished packaging product. Decoration of the product takes place inside the mould. The label is placed in the mould, after which plastic is injected over the label.

This forms a permanent, tamper proof bond between label and container right in the mould, said Augustinos Kotronis, General Manager at Kotronis Packaging. The end result is a decorated packaging part that is produced in a single step.

Demand for the technology is steadily increasing, with cost efficiency and sustainability playing a key factor. Carbon dioxide upcycling


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MIT has unveiled a groundbreaking development: supercapacitor concrete infused with carbon black

This remarkable advancement holds the promise of reshaping structures like buildings and roads into colossal electric energy reservoirs, offering a transformative solution to the storage of renewable energy. Dive into the world of this innovative technology and witness its profound impact on the realm of sustainable energy.

MIT has introduced a groundbreaking achievement in the form of supercapacitor concrete infused with carbon black. This monumental breakthrough has the potential to revolutionize the concept of buildings serving as colossal electric energy reservoirs, effectively tackling the critical issue of renewable energy storage.

At the heart of this pioneering discovery lies a surprisingly simple ingredient: carbon black.

Carbon black, derived from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons, boasts outstanding resistance and conductivity properties, making it a widely utilized material across various industries. Carbon dioxide upcycling

Its incorporation into the supercapacitor concrete development process highlights how a commonplace element can redefine our approach to energy storage.

The Future of Renewable Energy with Supercapacitor Concrete

Clean energy stands as the linchpin to a sustainable future, yet the conundrum of efficient storage persists. A collaborative research endeavor between MIT and the Wyss Institute is poised to tackle this challenge head-on, quite literally under our feet. By amalgamating cement and carbon black with water, these researchers have crafted concrete featuring intricate, thread-like structures that form a fractal network of highly conductive carbon. This network, when infused with a conductive salt solution, facilitates the adhesion of charged particles from the electrolyte, culminating in a concrete-based supercapacitor.

In their experiments, the researchers interconnected three cement-carbon supercapacitors, yielding the equivalent of a 3 V battery. However, their ambitions reach higher; they aspire to design 12 V supercapacitors, connecting them to unleash even greater charging power. It is estimated that a 3.5-meter concrete block could potentially store up to 10 kWh of electricity, paving the way for homes and buildings to become vast repositories of renewable energy. Carbon dioxide upcycling

Applications of Carbon Black Cement for Energy Production

This groundbreaking material, capable of simultaneously generating energy, has the potential to clad virtually every residence and edifice worldwide. The scope of this innovation, however, extends beyond these horizons. Researchers are exploring the concept of constructing concrete roads equipped with the ability to provide contactless charging for moving electric vehicles. This paradigm shift could accelerate the transition toward a more sustainable world in unprecedented ways.

Nevertheless, it is essential to temper our enthusiasm, as MIT’s work remains ongoing. Challenges, such as the need to maintain the cement’s moisture levels when in contact with the electrolyte solution, persist.

However, this discovery brings us significantly closer to a sustainable future, addressing a pivotal challenge in the realm of clean energy that goes beyond traditional photovoltaic systems: efficient and accessible energy storage.

The supercapacitor concrete innovation offers a vivid glimpse into a world where our streets and homes are integral components of a groundbreaking green energy infrastructure. Carbon dioxide upcycling

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has unveiled its second collaboration dedicated to exploring carbon dioxide (CO₂) upcycling technology

This innovative investment aims to pioneer sustainable packaging materials and will be conducted in partnership with researchers at Swansea University in the United Kingdom.

The primary objective of this research project is to revolutionize the manufacturing of ethylene, a fundamental component of plastics, including HDPE used for crafting plastic bottle caps. The initiative seeks to develop technology that can harness CO₂ extracted from the atmosphere, offering an eco-friendly alternative to the conventional use of fossil fuels in ethylene production. This advancement promises a more sustainable approach to plastic packaging creation.

This project marks the latest venture financed through CCEP’s innovation investment arm, known as CCEP Ventures (CCEPV). It is part of a series of investments geared towards fostering innovation and sustainability, aligning with CCEP’s ambitious goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2040.Carbon dioxide upcycling

Over a span of three years, the project will initially concentrate on refining an efficient and productive process for converting CO₂ into ethylene. Subsequently, it will assess options for scaling up production.

As a component of its sustainability agenda, known as “This Is Forward,” CCEP remains steadfast in its commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of its packaging and hastening the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. This investment builds on prior collaborations aimed at advancing cutting-edge climate technologies, including a recent partnership with the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) for scalable CO₂-to-sugar conversion methods and an investment in CuRe, a technology that breathes new life into hard-to-recycle plastic polyester waste.

These strategic investments are geared towards enhancing the long-term sustainability of critical raw materials and packaging, thereby accelerating efforts to reduce carbon emissions within supply chains, all while achieving cost savings in materials, transportation, and logistics. FCarbon dioxide upcycling

This announcement comes on the heels of the news that CCEP, in conjunction with The Coca-Cola Company and seven other global bottling partners, has launched a separate $137.7 million venture capital fund exclusively dedicated to sustainability investments. This fund will complement CCEP Ventures, which focuses on early-stage businesses, by investing in companies poised for commercialization in the sustainability sector.

For more information, please visit Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP).

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U.S. Researchers Revolutionize Chemical Recycling Process with Table Salt Catalyst

Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have unveiled a groundbreaking breakthrough in chemical recycling using an unlikely catalyst: table salt, or sodium chloride (NaCl). Their discovery, detailed in the publication “Revolutionizing Plastics Chemical Recycling with Table Salt” in Advanced Sustainable Systems, highlights the superior performance of salt in comparison to expensive chemicals in the pyrolysis of polyolefins.

The MSU team employed table salt to facilitate the low-temperature pyrolysis of polyolefins, including high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), and polypropylene (PP), in a ratio of 4:2:2:3, respectively. Their findings were compared with the results obtained using platinum on carbon or aluminum as a catalyst.

Notably, while platinum boasts remarkable catalytic properties, it comes at an exorbitant cost of approximately $29,000 per kilogram, whereas table salt is an economical alternative at just $0.04 per kilogram. Carbon dioxide upcycling

The pyrolysis process using table salt as a catalyst yielded 86% liquid and 14% gas by weight, with no undesirable solid wax byproduct, in stark contrast to the use of platinum on carbon or aluminum, which resulted in 54% and 62% solid wax production, respectively. The wax derived from plastic pyrolysis is typically considered low-value and requires further refining processes such as cracking to yield useful chemicals, diesel, petroleum, and gasoline.

Muhammad Rabnawaz, an associate professor at MSU’s School of Packaging, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “This is really exciting. We need simple, low-cost solutions to address a significant challenge like plastics recycling.”

While the use of table salt as a catalyst shows promise in closing the plastic waste loop, the resulting pyrolysis oil is unsuitable for creating new polymers. Rabnawaz and his team observed that the oil generated when employing table salt as a catalyst primarily consists of hydrocarbon molecules similar to those found in diesel fuel. They believe that the process can be further refined to produce liquid products with more valuable applications than mere fuel combustion, as noted in an MSU statement. Additionally, the researchers acknowledged the need for further investigation to comprehensively characterize the gas emissions produced during the process. Carbon dioxide upcycling

The study also demonstrated the successful pyrolysis of metallized plastic using table salt, achieving remarkable conversion efficiencies. While table salt did not surpass a platinum-alumina catalyst, it delivered comparable results at a fraction of the cost.

According to a preliminary economic analysis supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and MSU AgBioResearch, the adoption of this innovative method in a commercial pyrolysis reactor could result in a 3.5-fold increase in revenues compared to pyrolysis without the use of salt.

Notably, the research received partial support from Conagra Brands, a U.S.-based consumer packaged goods company, further underscoring its potential for real-world application and impact.

The Russian packaging industry is confronting a unique set of obstacles in the midst of Western sanctions, as reported by Packaging-gateway

Unlike previous crises marked by universal trends such as dwindling demand and reduced purchasing power, the current landscape in the Russian packaging sector presents distinctive challenges.

Amid these sanctions, the industry contends with shortages in various packaging materials, including PET packaging, aluminum caps, moisture-resistant paper labels, and critical additives necessary for production. Since the commencement of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, numerous companies have divested or offloaded their packaging operations in Russia, including Heineken, Mondi, and Smurfit Kappa.

These pressures are further compounded by regulatory scrutiny, which now extends to controlling prices not only for polymers but also for packaging and the products themselves. Carbon dioxide upcycling

On a global scale, approximately 3.9 billion tons of food are produced annually, with nearly one-third of it going to waste. Packaging plays an indispensable role in minimizing these losses. Despite ongoing efforts to protect the environment and enhance ecological sustainability, the global packaging industry is experiencing substantial growth. According to research by Horvath & Partner AG, a Swiss consulting firm, the sales of packaging products are projected to surge from $770 billion in 2021 to $1 trillion by 2025.

The majority of packaging materials used in the global food industry are derived from non-renewable resources, particularly polyolefin-class polymers like polyethylene and polypropylene. Polymer packaging, both flexible and rigid, constitutes a significant share of the market, both on the international stage and within Russia. Flexible packaging bio-sourced

More than 60% of flexible packaging worldwide finds application in the food industry, and experts predict that the global flexible packaging market will surpass $250 billion by 2024. According to a survey conducted by the Flexible Packaging Association in the United States, 83% of brands currently employ some form of flexible packaging. Moreover, 26% of these brands have increased their utilization of flexible packaging in the past five years, with an additional 31% planning to do so in the near future. Flexible packaging for food products is prevalent both in foreign countries and within Russia.

It’s worth noting that Russia is diversifying its list of crude oil buyers, as revealed by LSEG data and traders, by shipping its first crude oil cargo to Brazil.

This move comes in response to the severe limitations imposed by U.S. and EU sanctions, with Russia having heavily relied on India and China as its primary crude oil buyers following the imposition of European embargo and price cap policies in December of the previous year, subsequent to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a special military operation. Carbon dioxide upcycling

The Russian packaging industry is confronting a unique set of obstacles in the midst of Western sanctions, as reported by Packaging-gateway

The VDMA has projected a 2% decline in machinery production for both 2023 and 2024

This pessimistic outlook stems from the significant impact of a weakened global economy on the German machinery and plant engineering sector.

The most recent production forecast issued by the Association of German Engineering Industry (VDMA) paints a bleak picture for the latter half of 2023. The sector, heavily reliant on exports, faces challenges due to a stumbling global economy and a shortage of new orders.

Up to this point, companies have been enjoying the benefits of order backlogs, which resulted in a 1.7% real growth in production during the first seven months of the year. However, this buffer is gradually depleting, and the current year’s order intake, through July, is 14% lower than the previous year, exerting a negative impact on production. Dr. Ralph Wiechers, Chief Economist of VDMA, stated, “This decrease in orders will likely lead to a 2% decline in real production for the mechanical and plant engineering sector compared to the previous year.”Carbon dioxide upcycling

In the more stable three-month period from May to July 2023, orders experienced a substantial 12% year-on-year decrease in real terms. Domestic orders decreased by 6%, while foreign orders declined by 15%. Euro countries registered a 17% drop from the previous year, while non-euro countries saw a 14% decline.

Immediate improvement does not appear promising. The uncertainty prevails, as the duration and intensity of the current global economic weakness remain uncertain. According to Wiechers, global conditions might stabilize in 2024 and potentially witness growth from a new, albeit lower, level. However, he noted, “Currently, there is no momentum, either domestically or abroad, for a robust business resurgence. Stubborn inflation leading to stringent monetary policies by major central banks, the Ukraine conflict with its political and economic ramifications, ongoing geopolitical tensions between the USA and China, and the heated debate over competitive conditions all contribute to a lack of investor confidence and optimism.” He anticipates another real production decline of 2% in 2024 compared to the preceding year.

Despite these challenges, there are positive indicators. Capacity utilization remained nearly constant at a robust 88.8% in July, well above the long-term average, despite decreasing order numbers. Additionally, the core workforce saw a slight 1.5% increase in employment in June, totaling 1.02 million people (in companies with more than 50 employees). Exports exhibited notable growth, increasing by 11.5% in nominal terms and 3% in real terms year-on-year during the first half of 2023. Carbon dioxide upcycling

Wiechers concluded on a cautiously optimistic note, saying, “These factors demonstrate that the machinery and plant engineering sector is not in crisis mode; it remains exceptionally resilient. What would greatly benefit us now are a less tumultuous environment and politically astute decisions that address the numerous challenges and rekindle global customer confidence in investing in climate-neutral futures and transformative technologies.”

The VDMA has projected a 2% decline in machinery production for both 2023 and 2024

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Coca-Cola Phl Expands Recycled Packaging Program, Sustainability Initiatives

More Coca-Cola products in the Philippines will use 100 percent recycled PET bottles, the company announced during the launch of its “May Ikabobote Pa” initiative.

Coca-Cola Philippines has expanded its sustainable packaging program by strengthening its campaign to educate consumers and use more recycled material in the packaging of their products.

The company on Thursday, Sept. 7, launched a consumer engagement initiative called “May Ikabobote Pa,” which aims to educate consumers about waste reduction and recycling.

“Coca-Cola recognizes that the plastic waste problem in the Philippines is both urgent and complex. Therefore, it will take a collaborative effort to solve this issue,” Coca-Cola Philippines president Tony del Rosario said. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

“In line with our commitment to helping build a circular economy in the country, we are working to offer innovative packaging design, expand collection and recycling programs, and forge strategic alliances with stakeholders—including government agencies, industry partners and local organizations,” he added.

Del Rosario committed to use their “brand power” to engage consumers in collection and recycling initiatives, as well as build awareness about ways to recycle and reuse  plastic bottles.

Part of the campaign is a new webpage, which can be accessed through a QR code that will be printed in every product of Coca-Cola Philippines.

Users can view the company’s current sustainability efforts, along with an interactive graphic for their recycling process. A database of over 2,800 bottle collection sites nationwide is also available. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

“We believe it’s very important to approach this topic holistically, and sustain our actions and commitment for the long term,” del Rosario said during the launch event held at The Fifth at Rockwell in Makati.

Aside from the webpage, del Rosario said Coca-Cola Philippines would also use social media and out-of-home advertisements to further educate consumers.

“May Ikabobote Pa” is the latest addition to Coca-Cola’s “World Without Waste” program. Launched in 2018, it seeks to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can that the  company sells by 2030.

Under the program, Coca-Cola aims to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable by 2025 and use at least 50 percent recycled material in its packaging by 2030.

Recycled PET bottles

During the launch, del Rosario also revealed the expansion of their use of recycled packaging. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

Now, Coca-Cola Original in 190ml and 390ml and Wilkins Pure in 500ml will also use recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) or rPET plastic bottles, excluding caps and labels.

“We will also continue to use recycled plastic packaging for our Sprite 500 ml bottles as we’ve been doing since 2019,” Del Rosario added.

The said products now include a “I’m a 100% recycled plastic bottle” text at the bottom of the label, as well as a call to action meesage “Recycle Me Again.”

According to Coca-Cola, it has launched at least one brand in bottles made from 100 percent rPET in more than 40 countries around the world.

It said the rPET bottles maintain high-quality standards that consumers expect from the company and comply with local regulations as well as The Coca-Cola Company’s strict global standards for food-grade rPET packaging.

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Challenging Times Ahead for European Chemistry

The European chemical industry faces a daunting economic landscape, with a substantial decline in production and sales during the first half of the year. According to Cefic’s latest analysis, production plummeted by 12.3% compared to the same period in 2022, although it did stabilize in the second quarter. This situation is reminiscent of the challenges faced in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

The aftermath of the 2022 energy crisis continues to cast a shadow, particularly in Germany and the Netherlands. Notably, these two countries experienced a more severe production decline, exceeding 15%, compared to a 10.8% drop in Italy.

Across various sectors, basic chemicals saw a double-digit production decline, while petrochemicals and polymers also suffered significant losses. Specialties were the only segment that managed to maintain production at a moderate level.

Despite these difficulties, chemical product prices remained stable throughout the first half of the year, although they did exhibit a 10% decline in June compared to the same month in 2022. Sales followed a similar trend, falling by 12.7% in the first half of the year, while production capacity utilization in the second quarter of 2023 remained at 74%, mirroring levels observed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking ahead, the situation remains precarious. Cefic states that demand for chemicals continues to decrease, and any recovery is expected to be slow and sluggish.

The second half of the year may pose additional challenges for the chemical industry, as new orders are likely to be hampered by weak demand in the industrial sector, driven by high interest rates, stricter lending conditions, and persistent inflationary pressures.

In conclusion, considering the overall weak economic conditions, it is anticipated that chemical production will significantly decrease in 2023. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

Challenging Times Ahead for European Chemistry

The plastic pollution crisis

Plastics only began to be produced in large quantities following the second world war – but plastic pollution has since become one of the most serious threats humanity faces. By 2015, 60% of all plastic ever produced had become plastic waste, and in today’s world, plastic waste is ubiquitous – it’s in the air, in the soil, in freshwater, and in the sea.

Overall, 80% of marine plastic debris comes from land, and 20% is produced by ocean-based sources such as fishing, shipping and aquaculture. 3  Much of it is comprised of industrial and domestic waste from metropolitan and urban areas with poorly managed collection and disposal systems. Rubbish finds its way into rivers and other waterways, sometimes through storm drains and sewage outfalls, and these take it all the way to the sea. It’s estimated that 94% of the plastic pollution that enters the Mediterranean comes in the form of macroplastics, but microplastic pollution is significant too. Land-based sources of microplastics include agricultural polyethylene sheets that fragment from weathering, biosolids and sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants, and grey water from washing clothes made with synthetic fibres. 4 Sewage entering municipal treatment systems is high in microfibres from textiles, microplastics from personal care products, and degraded consumer products. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

Between 80 and 90 percent of microplastics entering treatment systems remain in residual sewage sludge. This sludge is often used as fertilizer in agriculture, resulting in plastic being deposited on agricultural fields where it can remain for long periods of time – or be washed into the rivers and out to sea. Based on a recent study, microplastics can persist in soils for more than 100 years, due to low light and oxygen conditions5. 

The plastics life cycle

Plastic pollution is a design, production, consumption and disposal challenge that must be tackled across plastic’s entire life cycle. Many factors contribute to the issue, most obviously unsustainable consumption patterns, non-existent or ineffective legislation, inefficient waste management systems, and a lack of coordination between different sectors.

The impacts of plastic pollution on biodiversity and human health

Plastic pollution has adverse impacts on ocean ecosystems, the integrity of food supplies, and people’s livelihoods.

Entanglement and ingestion are the most common hazards for marine species, almost all of which – from microscopic zooplankton to the largest marine mammals – will come into contact with plastic waste during their lives.

Entanglement in plastic ropes, lines and discarded fishing gear injures and kills all kinds of marine animals; while ingestion at every stage of the food chain can cause fatalities or have major impacts on physiological functions including nutrition, growth, behaviour and reproduction. Recycled Packaging Sustainability


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Needlepunch focus for Autefa at Techtextil India

Autefa Solutions will present its latest customizable needlepunch production lines at next week’s Techtextil India, which takes place from 12-14 September at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai.

Autefa says that its comprehensive range of nonwoven needlepunch lines, which are tailored to meet specific customer requirements, are designed to offer the highest possible levels of performance, reliability and quality.

Needle punching is renowned for its ease of operation, low energy consumption, consistent product quality and reduced operating costs. Amongst Autefa’s latest technological innovations aimed at meeting the evolving needs of the industry, is the 3-level closed-loop control system, which provides customers with real-time web quality monitoring and improvement capabilities. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

At the heart of the system is a state-of-the-art scanner that meticulously evaluates the weight distribution of the finished product. This critical data is used as the basis for real-time adjustments in the crosslapper and card infeed section, ensuring highly consistent distribution of the carded web.

The WebMax web profile control system is seamlessly integrated into the 3-level closed loop control system. This integration ensures uniform web profiling in both machine direction and cross direction, a distinctive edge treatment that helps reduce edge-related problems and extend felt life.

At the show, Autefa will also present its latest solutions for sustainable textile production.

“As the fashion industry increasingly prioritises sustainability, the demand for circularity solutions in textile is also soaring,” says Autefa. “Both consumers and companies are actively seeking ways to recycle “fast fashion” and reduce the environmental impact of their choices. In response to this pivotal trend, Autefa Solutions is proud to introduce a range of groundbreaking solutions designed to process and reuse various types of fibres, including reclaimed, natural, and man-made materials.

For example, illustrating a significant step forward in sustainable textile production, the Airlay V 12/R Aerodynamic Web Forming machine can be combined with the Stylus Needle Loom or HiPerTherm Oven to fulfill customer requirements for maximum productivity and consistent high quality. Recycled Packaging Sustainability

Elsewhere. a collaboration between Autefa Solutions and PAMA Paper Machinery brings together the best of two worlds—fibre-based web forming, consolidation, and drying technology from the nonwovens industry with wetlaid technology commonly used in the paper industry.

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Arburg to present its Allrounder 520 H at Fakuma 2023

Chemical PET recycling – Petrochemicals MEG rPET – Has Stellantis already lost the challenge with China in car batteries?   11-09-2023

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Petrochemicals MEG rPET – Has Stellantis already lost the challenge with China in car batteries? 11-09-2023

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks : PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber   Petrochemicals MEG rPET

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

ITEM 04/09/2023 11/09/2023 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7125 yuan/ton 7,075 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 895 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 7,060 yuan/ton +60
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,020 yuan/ton 7,090 yuan/ton +70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,155 yuan/ton +5
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 800 $/ton 770 $/ton -30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,100 yuan/ton 4,165 yuan/ton +65
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 475 $/ton 482 $/ton +7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

1,096 $/ton 1,093 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,073 $/ton 1,070 $/ton -3
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,180 $/ton 1,190 $/ton +10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,725 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,540 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +110
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,275 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +75
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

8,950 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,475 yuan/ton +125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 13,350 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,550 $/ton 1,570 $/ton +20
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,790 $/ton 1,790 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,650 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton +450
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

14,300 yuan/ton 14,650 yuan/ton +350
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 17,900 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,400 yuan/ton 16,750 yuan/ton +350
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,550 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton- +350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,400 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton +300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

36,500 yuan/ton 36,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 35,000 yuan/ton 35,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  32,000 yuan/ton 32,200 yuan/ton +200
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,550 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton +300
Benzene domestic market

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

7,950 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +550
Benzene overseas  market 903 $/ton 987 $/ton +84
Ethylene South East market 860 $/ton 865 $/ton +5
Ethylene NWE market 735 $/ton 774 $/ton +39
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

Petrochemicals PSF PET-Bottle

9,400 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 13,600 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton +500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,150 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market

Petrochemicals MEG rPET

7,530 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +20
Naphtha overseas market  666 $/ton 685 $/ton +19
Phenol domestic market 8,485 yuan/ton 9,270 yuan/ton +785


r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =7,800 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton   –

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Auto, ccinaugurates its first Battery Technology Center in Italy

Stellantis, one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, has inaugurated its first Battery Technology Center in Turin, in the Mirafiori industrial complex. With an investment of 40 million euros for its development, the center increases Stellantis’ ability to design, develop and test the battery packs, modules, high voltage cells and software that will power future Stellantis brand vehicles , we read in a note. Over 100 technicians will work in the Battery Technology Center in Mirafiori, most of whom are specialized workers from Stellantis. Petrochemicals MEG rPET

The group is also working on a Battery Technology Center for North America in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. With 8,000 square meters and 32 climatic cells, the Battery Technology Center is the largest in Italy and one of the most important in Europe. The heart of the center consists of 32 climatic chambers – 24 walk-in chambers for testing battery packs and 8 chambers for carrying out cell tests. Inside the 24 walk-in chambers it is possible to control the environmental conditions by regulating humidity and temperature in a range between -40 and 60 degrees Celsius with a maximum variation of 20 degrees per minute. The center is capable of testing up to 47 battery packs in parallel.

Designed for future expansion, the center’s power system can handle up to 1.2 kilovolts (kV) and 2.2 megawatts (MW) per test cell. In the eight chambers reserved for the cells it is possible to test up to 96 elements in parallel. Petrochemicals MEG rPET

This part of the Technology Center will be dedicated in particular to the study of new chemical compositions and behavioral characteristics of cells for future development.

As part of its Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis announced its goal of achieving 100% BEV sales mix in Europe and 50% BEV passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in the United States by 2030. To achieve these business goals, the company is securing approximately 400 GWh of battery capacity, to be supported with six battery manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Stellantis is working to become a carbon-neutral company across the board by 2038, with single-digit offsets for remaining emissions. Petrochemicals MEG rPET

“We find ourselves faced with a unique opportunity to redefine mobility by offering intelligent and sustainable solutions – declared Ned Curic, Chief Engineering and Technology Officer of Stellantis – The new Battery Technology Center in Mirafiori brings together the tools in one place and the talented people needed to develop, test, validate and produce high-quality products that meet the needs of our customers with shorter lead times for premium electric vehicles around the world.”

The new Stellantis Battery Technology Center “is a further step, which follows the many concrete steps that the Region and Municipality have taken with Stellantis. After the many words of the past, the approach and method have changed, we wanted to build an almost contractual agreement with Stellantis”. Petrochemicals MEG rPET

Alberto Cirio, president of the Piedmont Region, said this on the sidelines of the inauguration of the centre, built in the Mirafiori industrial complex, in Turin, to test and develop the battery packs for electric vehicles that will power future products in the Stellantis range. “We have put on the table the elements that we could put in place and Stellantis has defined very specific objectives, which are being achieved. Everyone is keeping their commitments”, said Cirio, explaining that “the Battery Technology Center also has a significance of perspective, because it means that the head remains in Piedmont and Turin”. Petrochemicals MEG rPET

The President of the Region explained that in the agreement that is being defined at a national level with Stellantis, and in which Cirio represents the regions as coordinator for the car at the table, “a contractual relationship is being defined to which also the Minister of Business and Urso is paying a lot of attention to Made in Italy. On the one hand it guarantees contributions and incentives for car replacements, but on the other hand it requires concrete commitments from Stellantis.” Cirio said he was “satisfied because, after the many words of the past, today factories are actually being inaugurated, people are being hired and lines are being opened”.  Petrochemicals MEG rPET

At the new Stellantis Battery Technology Center in Turin Mirafiori “over one hundred people will work when fully operational, for now we are aiming for the reskilling of the current staff”, or the transfer from other divisions of the group (these are highly specialized workers, who have received at least 200 hours of training). Ned Curic, chief engineering & technology officer of Stellantis, said this at the inauguration of the BTC. Looking ahead, however, it cannot be ruled out that there will be new hires, also because “many Stellantis employees will retire and we will have to replace them”, said Curic.

Overall, he said, “we are hiring and will continue to do so due to the demographics of the current workforce.” Petrochemicals MEG rPET

According to Curic, in the coming years we will see “a transformation of the workforce” and “we need to implement the talent of the new generations”, which is why Stellantis works with the Polytechnic of Turin “to ensure we have skills to develop”.


Auto, Stellantis inaugurates its first Battery Technology Center in Italy

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Chemical PET recycling plant under construction

To strengthen its efforts in the area of sustainability, Köksan PET ve Plastik Ambalaj San. ve Tic. A.Ş., headquartered in Gaziantep, Turkiye, aims to construct the world’s biggest rPET plant based on chemical recycling of post consumed PET waste. It is intended to commence the production of 100% food grade rPET by the end of 2024.

The capacity of this plant is expected to be 110.000,00 metric t/a. According to the company, the process of recycling PET flakes through depolymerisation to BHET and subsequent 3-micron microfiltration results in a resin that is comparable to virgin monomer, making it suitable for food-grade applications. Chemical PET recycling

Köksan’s patent process to make high viscosity and lower than 1ppm AA level in resin without any SSP process is claimed to be suitable for bottle grade application, states the company: “This will be the first plant of this kind for 100% rPET resin for all food grade applications”. The plant is also designed to produce various qualities textile grade resin with 100% rPET or virgin resin production.

The primary benefit of depolymerisation through the glycolysis process is its low operating temperature, typically around 200 °C. This avoids the side reactions and generations of BPA and phthalates which is generally due to high temperature thermal process like mechanical recycling. Chemical PET recycling

The chemical depolymerisation to BHET level ensures the process is similar to virgin polycondensation reaction and product rPET is similar to virgin PET resin.


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LC Packaging acquires a minority share of Bluepack

Danish company Bluepack is a manufacturer of packaging for agriculture and flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), also known as big bags.

Netherlands-based LC Packaging announced an agreement to acquire a minority share of Bluepack, a Danish company specialising in flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), also known as big bags.

Big bags allow for packing, handling, and transporting large quantities of goods. Bluepack manufactures the bags for the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, among others, in Denmark and Sweden. FIBCs are often a flexible and cost-efficient solution for materials and products, such as mortar, sand, gravel, granite chippings, feed, grass seeds, and potatoes. Bluepack did not disclose the exact constitution of its big bags, but the products are often made of polypropylene (PP). Chemical PET recycling

According to the agreement, the Dutch manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging holds the first option to acquire the remainder of the Bluepack shares at a later date. LC Packaging already has its own FIBCs production facilities, but the acquisition is expected to lead to shorter lead times for its big bag costumers in and around Scandinavia.

“This partnership makes great sense for LC Packaging, since it allows us to expand our activities in Scandinavia with regard to FIBCs and agri packaging,” said Lucas Lammers, CEO of LC Packaging. Chemical PET recycling


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Chinese textile industry’s profit falls by 20.3% YoY in Jan-Jul 2023


  • The total profits of industrial enterprises in China above the designated size reached 3,943.98 billion yuan between January and July this year—down by 15.5 per cent year on year (YoY).
  • The profit of the manufacturing industry was 2,769.42 billion yuan during the period—down by 18.4 per cent YoY.
  • The textile industry’s profit fell by 20.3 per cent YoY in the period.

The total profits of industrial enterprises in China above the designated size reached 3,943.98 billion yuan between January and July this year—down by 15.5 per cent year on year (YoY) and a fall of 1.3 percentage points narrower than that between January and June, according to official statistics. Chemical PET recycling

The profit of the manufacturing industry was 2,769.42 billion yuan during the seven-month period—down by 18.4 per cent YoY.

State-holding enterprises saw a profit of 1,380.59 billion yuan, a YoY decrease of 20.3 per cent.

The profit of share-holding enterprises was 2,883.56 billion yuan during the seven-month period—down by 16.6 per cent YoY. Enterprises funded by foreign investors and investors from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan saw a total profit of 935.57 billion yuan—down by 12.4 per cent YoY; private enterprises saw a profit of 1,022.66 billion yuan—down by 10.7 per cent YoY.

The Chinese textile industry’s profit decreased by 20.3 per cent YoY in the January-July period. Chemical PET recycling

From January to July, the revenue of industrial enterprises above the designated size was 73.22 trillion yuan—a decrease of 0.5 per cent YoY, an official press release said.

At the end of July, the assets of industrial enterprises above the designated size totaled 161.40 trillion yuan, a YoY increase of 6.5 per cent.


Chinese textile industry's profit falls by 20.3% YoY in Jan-Jul 2023

Drop in Polyethylene Sales in China Raises Concerns for Exporters

According to recent estimates, major exporters have lost around a billion dollars in polyethylene (PE) sales in China from January to July 2023, compared to the same period last year. This analysis is based on the records of imports from the big exporters provided by the China Customs department. The losses vary by grade of PE, with high density PE (HDPE) experiencing the greatest decline. Chemical PET recycling

Among the major losers in polyethylene sales to China were Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and South Korea, while the United States was one of the few winners. This trend was unchanged from the previous period. The Middle East, which saw a significant number of turnarounds in the first half of the year, may potentially regain ground later in 2023 as production recovers. However, some turnarounds were reported to have been brought forward due to poor market conditions.

The profitability of polyethylene sales is also at record lows, with no signs of improvement in the current market conditions. The average China CFR PE price spread over CFR Japan naphtha costs is at its lowest level since 1993.

Rising prices do not necessarily indicate a stronger market if petrochemical producers are unable to pass on feedstock costs. Chemical PET recycling

In terms of demand, HDPE is projected to decline by 2% in 2023, while LDPE is expected to remain flat and LLDPE to increase by 4%. If these estimates hold true, China’s total PE demand in 2023 would be lower than the ICIS Base Case Forecast.

It is evident that the decline in polyethylene sales in China has raised concerns for exporters. Many producers who based their strategies on assumptions such as the rise of China’s middle class may face challenges, while those who considered demographic and debt factors may fare better. Global PE capacity may need to be adjusted to bring the market back into balance. Chemical PET recycling


Drop in Polyethylene Sales in China Raises Concerns for Exporters

Italian PET recycler launches new food-grade rPET brand

With two Starlinger Recostar PET bottle-to-bottle recycling lines, Piedmont-based Dentis Recycling Italy expanded its product portfolio and now offers food-grade rPET pellets in addition to hot-washed PET bottle flakes.

The Starlinger Recostar PET 330 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling lines produce bottle-grade rPET and have a production capacity of up to 3.3 tons per hour each. Copyright: Dentis Chemical PET recycling

In 2021, Italy’s biggest recycler of post-consumer PET bottles initiated a new project to extend its rPET production capacity and purchased two Starlinger Recostar PET 330 HC iV+ recycling systems. The new lines were commissioned in summer 2022 and are recycling used PET bottles into high-quality rPET pellets that Dentis sells under the new brand name Repeter. With a combined production capacity of 6.6 tons per hour, the total yearly output of the lines amounts to 50,000 tons of finest bottle-grade rPET pellets.
Dentis reaches an important project milestone this year: The company will recycle a total of 80,000 tons of post-consumer PET bottles collected through the Italian collection systems operated by Corepla and Coripet. After completion of the capacity extension in 2024, the potential recycling capacity of the Piedmont site will amount to approximately 130,000 tons of post-consumer PET bottles per year.

“We want to support the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy” said Roberto Dentis, co-owner of Dentis Recycling Italy. “With technology from Starlinger we can be sure that the recycled PET we produce meets the elevated standards of our customers in the food and beverage packaging sector. By producing high-quality food-grade recycled PET pellets we are able to maintain a closed loop for PET bottles and contribute effectively to achieving the European recycling targets, making post-consumer plastic packaging no longer a waste to be disposed of but turning it into an important resource for top-quality packaging.” Chemical PET recycling

The food-grade rPET pellets produced on the Starlinger lines and marketed under the brand name Repeter are available in several colours. Besides approvals for use in food packaging from numerous big brand owners, the Starlinger PET recycling process has received positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority EFSA as well as LNOs from the US Food and Drug Administration FDA. Dentis supplies the food-grade rPET pellets to important brand owners in the food and beverage industry, as well as to local plastic packaging producers.

Source: Starlinger


Italian PET recycler launches new food-grade rPET brand

RCA Engineering develops modular composite recycling systems

Modular plant configurations gives companies the option of mechanical or thermal processing of carbon and glass fibers to ensure zero waste and emissions, no noise and reduced construction costs.

With the exponential growth in the consumption of composite materials, their end-of-life recyclabilty has become an important topic to address. In this area, RCA Engineering (Barcelona, Spain) has sought to develop a modular composite recycling method for carbon and glass fibers from any sector using mechanical and thermal recycling processes. Chemical processing have been ruled out to eliminate the creation of toxic substances, such as cadmium and mercury, among others, which can further affect the environment.  Chemical PET recycling

RCA has designed modular plants differentiated by their mechanical capacity (i.e., production capacity in tons/hour). All models are composed of two maritime containers and a baseplate frame which provides a horizontal platform. Container dimensions change depending on the models. The containers are assembled over a modular steel structure so that the bottom container, which stores the shredded material, can be easily replaced once full. RCA Engineering says it has begun implementing thermal cameras on all of its recycling systems.

Modular systems that are capable of mechanical or thermal recycling are offered to customers; three models are available for mechanical recycling and two models for thermal recycling. The mechanical system includes a shredder system inside the part of the process line, as well as a filter and particle separator depending on the type of laminates and pieces to be decommissioned (e.g., whether they are monolithic or sandwich laminates). Chemical PET recycling

A small conveyor is also included on the line.

Thermal systems include a pyrolysis oven inside the process line. Regenerative burners are used for better energy efficiency. Burners cycle continuously and heat-up ramps are programmed on the PLC. Oxygen (O2) analyzers are installed to control emissions, and same with the burners to control NOx emissions. Thermocouples control the system.

Configuration of the process line on the upper container can be adjusted as per the client. Each system is fed with an electrical battery system with a capacity that can go from 281 to 1,405 kilowatt-hours. There are no emissions to the atmosphere and no noise contamination. Each modular system is said to be zero waste, easy to transport and simplified for decommissioning uses; cost is reduced by about 30% compared to the construction of a traditional plant. In addition, these recycling systems are ideal for remote locations. Chemical PET recycling


RCA Engineering develops modular composite recycling systems

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Carbon Capture recycling – Sinochem International Expands Presence In Aramid Fiber Industry Chain 09-09-2023

Carbon Capture recycling – Sinochem International Expands Presence In Aramid Fiber Industry Chain 09-09-2023

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Amut Advances PET Recycling Initiatives in South America

In a significant stride toward bolstering plastic recycling efforts in South America, Amut, a prominent manufacturer based in Novara, has clinched a substantial order from the Peruvian conglomerate, San Miguel Industrias (SMI). SMI stands as a major player in the production of PET and rPET preforms as well as bottles across South and Central America. This collaboration signals a promising step towards a more sustainable future for the region.

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“ADNOC Announces Plans to Create One of the Most Extensive Carbon Capture Initiatives in the MENA Region”

ADNOC Commits to Developing One of MENA’s Largest Carbon Capture Initiatives ADNOC has officially greenlit a momentous initiative to establish one of the most substantial carbon capture projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as reported by Process-worldwide. Carbon Capture recycling

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Pacur chooses Eastman’s Eastar Renew as the material for its medical device packaging

Pacur, a custom sheet extruder based in Wisconsin, has announced its selection of Eastman’s Eastar Renew 6763 for the production of rigid, thermoformed, sterile barrier medical device packaging.

This decision aligns with Pacur’s commitment to sustainability and their dedication to a more circular future by diverting plastic waste away from landfills.

Carbon Capture recycling

Prashant Gamatex rejoices in the successful sale of 1,000 high-speed sectional warping machines

Prashant Gamatex is celebrating a remarkable milestone by marking the sale of 1000 high-speed sectional warping machines. As a prominent member of the Prashant Group, an alliance of India’s leading engineering companies specializing in weaving preparation and logistics, Prashant Gamatex stands as a testament to their enduring commitment to excellence. Carbon Capture recycling

Prashant Gamatex rejoices in the successful sale of 1,000 high-speed sectional warping machines

Sinochem International Expands Presence In Aramid Fiber Industry Chain

Sinochem International made its debut at the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE2023), showcasing its entire line of para-aramid products. These innovative solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the optical communication industry, serving as non-metallic reinforcement materials for optical-fiber cable applications. Carbon Capture recycling

Sinochem International Expands Presence In Aramid Fiber Industry Chain

Solvay Set to Showcase Full Spectrum of Advanced Polymers and Specialty Chemicals at Semicon Taiwan 2023

Solvay, a renowned global provider of specialty materials, has disclosed its participation in Semicon Taiwan 2023, where it intends to unveil its comprehensive range of materials tailored for the worldwide and local semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Solvay Set to Showcase Full Spectrum of Advanced Polymers and Specialty Chemicals at Semicon Taiwan 2023

This report presents a comprehensive overview of the Antibacterial Masterbatch market, including market share, size, growth, analysis, and forecast for the period 2023 – 2030 with 8% CAGR

The “Antibacterial Masterbatch Market” report draws on various inferences to analyze the challenges within the industry. The final draught highlights the industry’s typical problems as well as the businesses facing them. This report is of 127 pages. The Antibacterial Masterbatch market is expected to grow annually by 8% (CAGR 2023 – 2030). Carbon Capture recycling

This report presents a comprehensive overview of the Antibacterial Masterbatch market, including market share, size, growth, analysis, and forecast for the period 2023 - 2030 with 8% CAGR

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rPET Carbon Capture – “ADNOC Announces Plans to Create One of the Most Extensive Carbon Capture Initiatives in the MENA Region” 09-09-2023

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Amut Advances PET Recycling Initiatives in South America

In a significant stride toward bolstering plastic recycling efforts in South America, Amut, a prominent manufacturer based in Novara, has clinched a substantial order from the Peruvian conglomerate, San Miguel Industrias (SMI). SMI stands as a major player in the production of PET and rPET preforms as well as bottles across South and Central America. This collaboration signals a promising step towards a more sustainable future for the region.

Amut, renowned for its expertise in designing and fabricating extrusion and recycling plants for plastic materials, is set to embark on a groundbreaking venture. Under the patronage of SACE and UniCredit, who have orchestrated a non-recourse discount operation amounting to a staggering 16 million euros, Amut will erect three state-of-the-art bottle recycling facilities in Peru, Guatemala, and Colombia. This move represents a pivotal moment in the quest for environmental sustainability, with PET plastic recycling at its forefront.  rPET Carbon Capture

Mauro Drappo, the CEO of Amut, underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, particularly evident in their production of PET recycling plants tailored for food-grade applications. He elaborates on the intricate process that embodies a circular economy for PET bottles and more, commencing from the initial collection of containers, progressing through meticulous selection, and culminating in the recycling of plastic materials, thus granting them a second lease of life. This holistic approach epitomizes the spirit of circularity, where resources are efficiently utilized and waste is minimized.

Enrica Delgrosso, the Regional Director North West of SACE, affirms the vital role that their organization plays in facilitating such endeavors. In times marked by instability and uncertainty, companies can rely on SACE’s support, encompassing a plethora of insurance-financial products and accompanying services.rPET Carbon Capture

These resources are instrumental in nurturing Italian exports, which have consistently functioned as an economic driving force. The collaboration between SACE, UniCredit, and Amut, therefore, not only champions sustainability but also underscores the importance of fostering economic growth through responsible business practices.

Amut, with its roots dating back to 1958, boasts a rich history of providing cutting-edge extruders and complete production lines for a diverse range of products. These include sheets, stretch films, waterproofing membranes, pipes, and profiles. The company’s repertoire extends further into the realm of recycling, as they specialize in conceiving and constructing plants tailored to recycling plastic materials sourced from bottles and containers made of PET, HDPE, PP, and PE film. Their portfolio also encompasses waste recycling plants dedicated to reclaiming post-consumer and industrial materials. By offering comprehensive solutions in plastic recycling, Amut stands as a steadfast proponent of sustainability in an era where the need for responsible resource management has never been more pressing.rPET Carbon Capture

The collaboration between Amut and San Miguel Industrias (SMI) represents a paradigm shift in South America’s approach to plastic recycling. With three cutting-edge recycling plants on the horizon, Peru, Guatemala, and Colombia are poised to become beacons of sustainability in the region. These facilities will not only address the pressing issue of plastic waste but also contribute to job creation and economic development. As Amut’s CEO Mauro Drappo aptly puts it, these plants will breathe new life into discarded plastic materials, ushering in a circular economy that promotes responsible consumption and production.

In conclusion, Amut’s recent venture with San Miguel Industrias (SMI) is a testament to the power of collaboration in driving sustainability initiatives forward. With an unwavering commitment to recycling PET and promoting a circular economy, Amut, supported by SACE and UniCredit, is poised to make a lasting impact on South America’s environmental landscape.rPET Carbon Capture

Through the construction of three state-of-the-art recycling plants, the region is taking bold steps towards reducing plastic waste, fostering economic growth, and embracing responsible resource management. This alliance serves as a beacon of hope in an era where environmental consciousness is more critical than ever before.

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“ADNOC Announces Plans to Create One of the Most Extensive Carbon Capture Initiatives in the MENA Region”

ADNOC Commits to Developing One of MENA’s Largest Carbon Capture Initiatives ADNOC has officially greenlit a momentous initiative to establish one of the most substantial carbon capture projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as reported by Process-worldwide. This groundbreaking venture, known as the Habshan Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) project, is set to possess the capability to apprehend and securely store 1.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, deep within subterranean geological formations. The announcement stands as a vital component of ADNOC’s overarching carbon management strategy, designed to forge a distinctive framework that unites all emissions sources and sequestration locations. This united effort aims to accelerate the realization of ADNOC’s and the United Arab Emirates’ decarbonization objectives.rPET Carbon Capture

Harnessing state-of-the-art technology, this project will augment ADNOC’s carbon capture capacity to 2.3 million metric tonnes annually, which is equivalent to eliminating over half a million gasoline-powered vehicles from the streets each year. The development will be overseen, operated, and maintained by Adnoc Gas on behalf of ADNOC and encompasses carbon capture units situated at the Habshan gas processing facility, an extensive pipeline infrastructure, and an intricate network of wells designed for CO2 injection. In parallel news, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) has increased its acquisition offer for Covestro AG to approximately 11 billion euros (USD 12.3 billion). According to insider sources, ADNOC’s latest proposal values Covestro at roughly 57 euros per share, a notable increase from the initial mid-50 euro per share range. Covestro had previously declined ADNOC’s initial takeover bid last month, citing its perceived undervaluation. While a Covestro spokesperson chose not to comment on the matter, ADNOC has not yet responded to a Reuters request for comment. rPET Carbon Capture

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Pacur chooses Eastman’s Eastar Renew as the material for its medical device packaging

Pacur, a custom sheet extruder based in Wisconsin, has announced its selection of Eastman’s Eastar Renew 6763 for the production of rigid, thermoformed, sterile barrier medical device packaging. This decision aligns with Pacur’s commitment to sustainability and their dedication to a more circular future by diverting plastic waste away from landfills.

The materials within Eastman’s Renew polymer portfolio are manufactured using ISCC-certified circular content via mass balance allocation. This approach allows Pacur to use resins with certified circular content, supporting their innovation agenda focused on sustainable solutions. Jason Eckel, Pacur’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, emphasized the importance of investing in next-generation sustainability solutions as a key element of their innovation agenda.rPET Carbon Capture

Eastar Renew 6763 is created through Eastman’s molecular recycling technology, which is virtually indistinguishable from Eastar 6763 copolyester in terms of durability, safety, and performance. Molecular recycling plays a pivotal role in introducing circular polymers into the healthcare industry, promoting the collection and recycling of previously unrecyclable polymers and contributing to the reduction of plastic waste. By choosing Eastar Renew, Pacur can certify the diversion of plastic waste from landfills to produce new packaging. The percentage of recycled content is accurately tracked through an ISCC-certified mass balance accounting method, ensuring transparency and accountability.

Furthermore, Eastman is set to launch the world’s largest material-to-material molecular recycling facility in Kingsport, Tenn., later this year, further enhancing their efforts in this field. rPET Carbon Capture

Pacur’s use of Eastar Renew 6763 in sterile barrier packaging products is made possible by their ISCC PLUS-certified facility, which was achieved in 2022. ISCC PLUS is a globally recognized third-party certification system that tracks sustainable feedstocks throughout the supply chain, ensuring the sustainability of Pacur’s operations.

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Prashant Gamatex rejoices in the successful sale of 1,000 high-speed sectional warping machines

Prashant Gamatex is celebrating a remarkable milestone by marking the sale of 1000 high-speed sectional warping machines. As a prominent member of the Prashant Group, an alliance of India’s leading engineering companies specializing in weaving preparation and logistics, Prashant Gamatex stands as a testament to their enduring commitment to excellence. Since its inception in 1975, the Prashant Group has expanded its global presence substantially.

The Prashant Group’s reputation is firmly rooted in its core values of innovation, quality, automation, and exceptional service. These principles have been instrumental in propelling the group to numerous accomplishments, all driven by their unwavering dedication to exceeding customer expectations.rPET Carbon Capture

Headquartered in Ahmedabad, Prashant Group recently hosted a ‘Customers Meet’ in Surat to commemorate the sale of 1000 High-Speed Sectional Warping Machines in the Surat region. This prestigious event attracted over 700 prominent entrepreneurs from Surat’s textile industry, all of whom have relied on Prashant for their weaving preparation machinery for many years.

As the textile industry has diversified its production lines, Prashant Group has expanded its product range to meet the evolving needs of both natural and man-made fiber sectors, as well as the filament sector. During this business gathering, the company presented details about its latest machines, including products such as Techtronic for the Technical Textiles Sector, Robowarp as the ideal solution for sample to medium production in yarn-dyed shirting (Cotton, P/V, and P/W Suiting & Furnishing), Innovative Nitro technology offering ecological and green solutions in Indigo Dyeing, as well as High-Speed Polyester and Viscose Filament Sizing machines, and Warp printing technology with Loom Printer for the Filament industry.rPET Carbon Capture

Thanks to continuous advancements in technology and automation, Prashant Group has maintained its competitive edge in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness. Their market share has consistently grown, both in domestic and export markets.

The Chairman of the group, Mr. Prakash Shah, along with Directors Mr. Apurva Kapadia and Ms. Amoli Shah, joined their technical and marketing teams at the event to express their gratitude to all customers for their unwavering support and patronage. Customers reciprocated with expressions of complete satisfaction regarding the performance of their machines, further elevating the significance of this celebratory occasion.

Prashant Gamatex rejoices in the successful sale of 1,000 high-speed sectional warping machines

Sinochem International Expands Presence In Aramid Fiber Industry Chain

Sinochem International made its debut at the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE2023), showcasing its entire line of para-aramid products. These innovative solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the optical communication industry, serving as non-metallic reinforcement materials for optical-fiber cable applications. rPET Carbon Capture

Optical communication cables constitute a critical foundation for high-speed information networks. In the era of new-generation communication technology, optical transport networks demand higher speeds, increased capacity and longer reach. Therefore, optical communication cables need to have superior performance attributes, including elevated strength, enhanced modulus, extended lifespan, reduced weight, minimal creep, and heightened resistance to corrosion.

Sinochem International’s proprietary para-aramids are used as non-metallic reinforcing materials for optical-fiber cables, offering a compelling alternative to traditional materials like glass fibers or steel wires. They significantly augment the overall performance of optical-fiber cables while enhancing the reliability of communication signal transmission.

Aramid is recognized globally as one of the three high-performance fibers. It has an outward appearance resembling ordinary spun fibers. rPET Carbon Capture

But compared with steel wire, aramid exhibits a strength of 5-6 times and a toughness of 2 times, while weighing only one-fifth. These fibers excel in various aspects, including high strength, elevated modulus, resistance to high temperatures, tolerance to acidic and alkaline environments, insulation properties, anti-aging characteristics, and an extended lifecycle. In the realm of optical communication cables, they have rightfully earned their place as one of the industry’s specified non-metallic reinforcement materials.


Sinochem International Expands Presence In Aramid Fiber Industry Chain

Solvay Set to Showcase Full Spectrum of Advanced Polymers and Specialty Chemicals at Semicon Taiwan 2023

Solvay, a renowned global provider of specialty materials, has disclosed its participation in Semicon Taiwan 2023, where it intends to unveil its comprehensive range of materials tailored for the worldwide and local semiconductor manufacturing industry. The company will be showcasing its materials portfolio at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center from September 6 to 8, with a dedicated booth at Q5848. The spotlight will be on cost-effective and eco-friendly material solutions spanning advanced polymers, slurry abrasives, gases, and wet chemicals. These solutions are meticulously engineered to address the intricate demands of manufacturers in this dynamic market, elevating chip performance with exceptional purity, enduring chemical stability, and optimized resistance to elevated temperatures and plasma.rPET Carbon Capture

Andrew Lau, Senior Executive Vice President of Solvay’s Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit, expressed the company’s dedication to Taiwan’s market players, serving both local and global semiconductor industries. He emphasized Solvay’s commitment to sharing cutting-edge material innovations that enhance profitability and sustainability throughout all semiconductor manufacturing phases, aligning with the industry’s roadmap for next-generation processes.

Leveraging its extensive technical industry expertise, Solvay has established itself as a frontrunner in specialty polymers and chemicals for the semiconductor industry. These materials have proven their resilience in the challenging conditions of advanced semiconductor processes. Designed to meet the most stringent performance requirements, they foster efficiency and assist manufacturers in reducing their environmental footprint across each process stage, encompassing front-end-of-line (FEOL), back-end-of-line (BEOL), testing, and assembly.rPET Carbon Capture

Solvay’s booth will prominently feature structural and internal components molded from KetaSpire® PEEK, Torlon® PAI, Halar® ECTFE, and Solef® PVDF, illustrating the value of Solvay’s specialty polymers in FEOL processes such as dry and wet etching, cleaning, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), and lithography. Additionally, Tecnoflon® FFKM for O-rings and seals, Fomblin® PFPE as a lubricant in vacuum pumps, and Galden® PFPE for efficient heat transfer in chillers will receive special attention.

Solvay will also unveil a range of materials with enhanced sustainability credentials. Novel bio-based polymer chemistry addresses ambitious environmental objectives. Non-fluorosurfactant (NFS) Tecnoflon® FKM and sustainably produced Tecnoflon® FFKM elastomers exhibit excellent plasma resistance for dry etch seal fabrication and an expansive service temperature range while generating extremely low particles. Furthermore, Halar® ECTFE grades offer a more sustainable alternative to PFA and PTFE in wet process applications. rPET PET Recycling

Many of Solvay’s specialty polymers extend into wafer handling, duct coating, filters, piping, tubing, and BEOL processes, covering wafer level packaging (WLP), probing, and testing. The portfolio is complemented by dedicated specialty chemicals, including cleaning gas for etching, Interox® hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) for optimized wet etching, and Cypure® PH3 cylindered phosphine dopant gas. All these process chemicals, including low global warming potential fluids, uphold the highest standards of purity, quality, and consistency in the market.

In line with Solvay’s commitment to ensuring the long-term supply security of its specialty chemicals, the company has invested in a new joint venture plant for electronic-grade H2O2 production. This essential chemical agent for wafer cleaning will be manufactured at the Tainan Technology Industry Park, with commissioning planned for the fourth quarter of 2023, boasting an initial capacity of 30,000 tons per year. This venture builds upon Solvay’s experience with existing H2O2 plants in Asia, Europe, and the United States, adhering to rigorous international standards for quality, sustainability, and environmental safety.rPET Carbon Capture

It’s worth noting that Solvay, a pioneer in high-performance and sustainable polyamide 6.6 polymers, continues to drive innovation within its portfolio. The company recently introduced a specialized grade of Rhodianyl, composed of 100% pre-consumer recycled polyamide, produced at its Santo Andre plant in Brazil.

Solvay Set to Showcase Full Spectrum of Advanced Polymers and Specialty Chemicals at Semicon Taiwan 2023

This report presents a comprehensive overview of the Antibacterial Masterbatch market, including market share, size, growth, analysis, and forecast for the period 2023 – 2030 with 8% CAGR

The “Antibacterial Masterbatch Market” report draws on various inferences to analyze the challenges within the industry. The final draught highlights the industry’s typical problems as well as the businesses facing them. This report is of 127 pages. The Antibacterial Masterbatch market is expected to grow annually by 8% (CAGR 2023 – 2030).

The global Antibacterial Masterbatch market is experiencing significant growth, driven by a number of factors including increasing demand, technological advancements, and favorable government regulations. One of the key growth drivers of the market is the increasing demand for Antibacterial Masterbatch products from various end-user industries. Additionally, advancements in technology have led to the development of more efficient and cost-effective Antibacterial Masterbatch products, further fueling market growth.rPET Carbon Capture

However, there are also a number of challenges that the market faces. One of the major challenges is the high cost of Antibacterial Masterbatch products, which makes them unaffordable for some end-users. Additionally, the lack of standardization and technical expertise in the industry can also hinder market growth.

Overall, the global Antibacterial Masterbatch market is expected to continue its growth trajectory in the coming years, driven by increasing demand and advancements in technology. However, the market will need to overcome the challenges it faces in order to realize its full potential.

This report presents a comprehensive overview of the Antibacterial Masterbatch market, including market share, size, growth, analysis, and forecast for the period 2023 - 2030 with 8% CAGR

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Oil Prices Decline – Recent Research Uncovers the Potential for Sweat to Extract Flame-Retardant Chemicals from Microplastics 08-09-2023

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Oil Prices Decline Amidst Concerns Over China and Winter Demand

In Singapore, oil prices experienced a decline on Thursday, primarily driven by concerns surrounding winter demand and the uncertain economic outlook for China. These factors outweighed the expectations of tighter supplies resulting from extended production cuts by both Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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Recent Research Uncovers the Potential for Sweat to Extract Flame-Retardant Chemicals from Microplastics

A recent study conducted at the University of Birmingham has unveiled that sweat has the potential to release flame-retardant chemicals from microplastics, possibly facilitating their absorption through the skin, as reported by Specialchem. Oil Prices Decline

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People at Alpla: interview with Indira Habibovic

Indira Habibovic has been a central figure in the ALPLA Sales team for twenty years now. The Dutchwoman joined the company straight after finishing her studies – initially as an assistant to the Key Account team and CCO Nicolas Lehner.

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Embracing Recycled Polymers for Sustainable Manufacturing: Axion Polymers’ Call to Action

In an era where environmental concerns and sustainability have taken center stage, Manchester-based plastics recycler, Axion Polymers, is advocating for a fundamental shift towards the use of recycled polymers in various industries. Oil Prices Decline

Embracing Recycled Polymers for Sustainable Manufacturing: Axion Polymers' Call to Action

Lummus and RWDC take their partnership into the next phase

Following the MOU signed in April between Lummus and biotechnology company RWDC, in which the two companies agreed to cooperate on the development of technology to accelerate PHA production at scale, the partners have now announced a binding Joint Development and Commercial Cooperation Agreement (JDCCA) aimed at rapidly expanding the manufacturing and global licensing of polyhydroxyalkanoate, or PHA, materials.


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Organize a seminar on chemical recycling with BPF as the host

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is gearing up to host a half-day online seminar on the 19th of October, delving deep into the latest advancements in chemical recycling. This eagerly anticipated event, proudly sponsored by Plastics Europe and the Environment Exchange, promises a stimulating lineup of speakers poised to explore contemporary issues and novel concepts that are shaping the future of plastic recycling.

Organize a seminar on chemical recycling with BPF as the host

Jayplas Unveils Plans for Cutting-Edge Recycling Facility in Wales

Jayplas, a pioneering plastic reprocessing company, has unveiled ambitious plans to establish a state-of-the-art recycling facility in Wales. This advanced facility is slated to process a minimum of 100,000 tonnes of both flexible and rigid plastics annually, marking a significant stride towards enhancing Wales’ circular economy. Oil Prices Decline

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Flame-Retardant Chemicals – Oil Prices Decline Amidst Concerns Over China and Winter Demand 08-09-2023

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Oil Prices Decline Amidst Concerns Over China and Winter Demand

In Singapore, oil prices experienced a decline on Thursday, primarily driven by concerns surrounding winter demand and the uncertain economic outlook for China. These factors outweighed the expectations of tighter supplies resulting from extended production cuts by both Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Brent crude futures saw a 36-cent drop, settling at $90.24 per barrel by 9:45 a.m. Saudi time, following a nine-session winning streak. Similarly, US West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell by 37 cents, reaching $87.17 per barrel after seven consecutive sessions of gains.

Earlier in the week, both benchmark prices had surged after Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world’s top two oil exporters, announced voluntary supply cuts extended until the end of the year. These measures were implemented in addition to the cuts agreed upon by various members of the Organization of the Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC+) and its allies in April, extending until the end of 2024. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

CMC Markets’ Shanghai-based analyst, Leon Li, noted, “At present, it is really difficult for us to see any negative factors due to supply constraints. However, we need to consider possible demand risks, such as the market potentially slowing down in the fourth quarter as oil consumption enters the off-peak season after the summer demand subsides.”

Market participants were also analyzing mixed data from China. While overall exports declined by 8.8 percent year-on-year in August, and imports contracted by 7.3 percent, crude imports saw a significant surge of 30.9 percent. Li pointed out some encouraging signs for the Chinese economy, citing that the declines in trade data were less severe than expected. Additionally, the Chinese government had introduced various policy measures to stimulate financial and real estate markets. However, Li cautioned that it was still too early to gauge the pace of China’s demand recovery, even though it should have improved since July. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Concerns about potential increases in oil output from Iran and Venezuela, which could offset some of the cuts made by Saudi Arabia and Russia, also played a role in limiting market enthusiasm. BMI research analysts noted, “OPEC+ action is being partially undermined by the return of sanctioned barrels from Iran. Iranian crude production has ranged higher in the year-to-date, reaching 2.83 million barrels per day in July, up from 2.55 million bpd in January.” They added that there were also potential upside risks to Venezuelan production forecasts, as US officials were reportedly considering proposals to ease sanctions if Caracas proceeded with plans for new presidential elections.

Furthermore, supporting prices, US crude oil inventories were expected to have decreased by 5.5 million barrels in the week ending September 1, as reported by market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

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Recent Research Uncovers the Potential for Sweat to Extract Flame-Retardant Chemicals from Microplastics

A recent study conducted at the University of Birmingham has unveiled that sweat has the potential to release flame-retardant chemicals from microplastics, possibly facilitating their absorption through the skin, as reported by Specialchem.

In the study, researchers examined microplastics sourced from common plastic materials and subjected them to synthetic sweat within a laboratory setting. They assessed the extent to which brominated flame retardants, a group of chemicals employed to enhance plastic performance, could be accessed after microplastics had interacted with sweat.

The findings consistently demonstrated that the toxic chemicals leached out from the plastic particles. Consequently, there is a possibility that these chemicals can be absorbed through the layers of the skin. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

The research paper, published in Environmental Science and Technology, highlighted polyethylene microplastics as particularly concerning in terms of the accessibility of flame-retardant chemicals. Previous animal studies have associated these chemicals with adverse health effects such as neurotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, and cancer.

Dr. Ovokeroye Abafe, a Marie-Curie Research fellow at the University of Birmingham and the lead author of the paper, emphasized the significance of the study’s insights regarding the risks associated with daily exposure to microplastics. Dr. Abafe pointed out that microplastics can continually contact our skin, whether through clothing, cosmetics, indoor and outdoor dust particles, or even from the air.

Dr. Abafe concluded, “We have presented the first experimental evidence that toxic additive chemicals can leach from microplastics into our sweat and become available for absorption through the skin. This raises concerns about potential adverse effects of these chemicals, including endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, obesity, and cancer.”

Additionally, it’s worth noting that LANXESS has recently expanded its benzyl alcohol production capacity at its Kalama, WA, US facility to support its growing customer base in the Americas. This expansion resulted from various technical enhancements. LANXESS also manufactures benzyl alcohol at its facilities in Krefeld-Uerdingen (Germany), Botlek (Netherlands), and Nagda (India). Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Flame-Retardant ChemicalsPeople at Alpla: interview with Indira Habibovic

Indira Habibovic has been a central figure in the ALPLA Sales team for twenty years now. The Dutchwoman joined the company straight after finishing her studies – initially as an assistant to the Key Account team and CCO Nicolas Lehner. For almost ten years, she has been a Global Key Account Manager and looks after ALPLA’s top customers. In this People at ALPLA interview, Indira explains why they call her ‘Heart of Hard’ and throws light on what shapes her day-to-day work at ALPLA. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Indira Habibovic answering questions for the interview

Hi, Indira. It’s nice to chat with you. You have been at ALPLA for 20 years now. What have been your personal highlights?

The personal highlights in my career are closely linked to my customers. These include one of the world’s largest consumer goods manufacturers and a major producer of cleaning and household products. These two companies rank among ALPLA’s top customers, and we have established a very strong relationship with them over the years.

Take the consumer goods manufacturer, for example. Over the past few years, we’ve grown to become one of their leading global suppliers. In the Beauty Care division, we are practically their sole supplier in Europe – a remarkable testament to our outstanding collaboration. Typically, large companies like these engage with at least two packaging suppliers, making this exclusivity something truly special.

We’ve also achieved outstanding global results together, which naturally makes me very happy. Most recently, we successfully launched a completely new product in just 18 months. Not only do we have new ingredients, but we also quickly developed an extraordinary new packaging system. The system is very innovative. The packaging is super-light and reduces plastic usage in production by 45 per cent. Moreover, the bottle can be fully squeezed, ensuring every last drop of content is extracted and takes up less space in recycling banks. The bottles and caps are made from the same material, making recycling easier. The shape of the packaging has been redeveloped as well.

This customer’s high regard for me isn’t just evident through the awards we’ve received from them. During a recent meeting with our top management, one of their managers referred to me as the ‘Heart of Hard’, demonstrating the strong and appreciative relationship I’ve cultivated with this top customer. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Can you tell us more about your second key account customer?

Yes, gladly. The manufacturer of popular cleaning products and household goods is experiencing robust growth. This company is a particularly tough negotiating partner and I´m all the more pleased that we have become almost the exclusive partner in Europe. This achievement is far from guaranteed, considering that we had completely lost business in Spain, where we were once a key supplier for the customer over a decade ago. Today, we are once again their supplier there.


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Embracing Recycled Polymers for Sustainable Manufacturing: Axion Polymers’ Call to Action

In an era where environmental concerns and sustainability have taken center stage, Manchester-based plastics recycler, Axion Polymers, is advocating for a fundamental shift towards the use of recycled polymers in various industries. They assert that incorporating recycled raw materials into the manufacturing process can play a pivotal role in helping businesses reach their sustainability targets and align with ever-evolving industry regulations and mandates. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Axion Polymers proudly offers a diverse range of Axpoly recycled polymer grades, all meticulously crafted in the United Kingdom while adhering to ISO9001 quality standards, as well as being compliant with REACH and RoHS regulations. These engineering polymers are versatile and suitable for an array of injection molding applications, spanning from automotive components to consumer electronics and construction materials. Furthermore, the company is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for rigorous in-house testing of both their recycled polymer input materials and finished products, ensuring the highest quality standards. Most notably, Axpoly recycled polymer grades conform to permissible levels of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), safeguarding environmental health.

One of the standout benefits of adopting Axion Polymers’ recycled polymers is their substantial carbon footprint reduction. Utilizing Axpoly PP, for instance, results in an impressive 81% carbon savings, while opting for Axpoly ABS leads to an even more remarkable 90% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to using virgin polymer materials. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

These recycled polymers offer manufacturers a unique opportunity to meet evolving regulatory requirements. For instance, the European Union is introducing regulations aimed at enhancing material circularity within the automotive manufacturing sector. Under this mandate, 25% of the plastic employed in constructing new vehicles must be recycled plastic, with 25% of that recycled material sourced from end-of-life vehicles. Axion Polymers’ offerings align perfectly with these directives, facilitating compliance for businesses operating in the European market.

One critical factor that sets Axion Polymers apart is their secure supply of infeed materials from their parent company, S. Norton Group. Axion utilizes advanced process technology capable of converting non-metallic waste from end-of-life vehicles and discarded electronic products into a range of valuable products.

These include recycled plastics, construction aggregates, and alternative fuels that are supplied to energy-from-waste plants. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

This integrated approach not only reduces dependence on landfill but also helps in curbing greenhouse gas emissions, reinforcing their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Laura Smith, Commercial Manager – Polymers and Co-products at Axion Polymers, emphasized the significance of this innovative process, stating, “At S. Norton Group, we’re proud that our processes showcase how plastic waste can be harnessed to create valuable new products, thereby conserving precious resources, reducing dependence on landfill, and protecting the environment from greenhouse gas emissions.”

Tony Hayer, Managing Director of S. Norton Group, added further weight to the argument for embracing recycled polymers, saying, “At a time of great change in the plastics industry, when businesses are facing mounting pressure to adopt circular practices and reduce their environmental footprint, using recycled polymers has plenty of benefits, including reduced demand for oil-based virgin polymer and significant carbon savings.”

To engage with Axion Polymers and learn more about their sustainable solutions, visit their exhibition booth at Interplas, scheduled for September 26-28, 2023, at the NEC in Birmingham. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Located in Hall 4, Stand A8, their presence at this event underscores their commitment to promoting the use of recycled polymers as a driving force for positive change in the plastics industry. As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, Axion Polymers stands at the forefront, advocating for a fundamental shift towards recycled polymers, offering businesses the means to reduce their environmental impact and meet stringent regulations while forging a path towards a more sustainable and circular economy.

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Lummus and RWDC take their partnership into the next phase

Following the MOU signed in April between Lummus and biotechnology company RWDC, in which the two companies agreed to cooperate on the development of technology to accelerate PHA production at scale, the partners have now announced a binding Joint Development and Commercial Cooperation Agreement (JDCCA) aimed at rapidly expanding the manufacturing and global licensing of polyhydroxyalkanoate, or PHA, materials. Lummus is contributing its experience and expertise in the licensing of process technology to the partnership, complementing RWDC’s expertise in PHA production and application. RWDC offers an attractive package to licensors, with its demonstrable technology innovation and technical capabilities, combined with its commercial value proposition and unit economics. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

The partnership will broaden the global availability of PHA and promote its further adoption as a sustainable alternative to fossil-based plastics.

“This agreement highlights Lummus and RWDC’s strong commitment to addressing plastic waste and the carbon footprint associated with conventional plastics production…reflecting our ongoing dedication to developing technologies that accelerate the use and availability of eco-friendly plastics,” said Leon de Bruyn, Lummus Technology’s president and CEO.

RWDC, with global headquartersin Singapore and operational headquarters in Athens, Georgia, has developed a proprietary microbial fermentation process that produces its Solon PHA using plant-based oils, including post-consumer or waste cooking oils, as feedstock. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

The material is both home and industrially compostable, meaning that products or packaging made with PHA that find their way into the environment will fully biodegrade in soil, fresh water, and marine settings, the company claims: and it holds certifications from TÜV Austria in six categories to prove it.


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Organize a seminar on chemical recycling with BPF as the host

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is gearing up to host a half-day online seminar on the 19th of October, delving deep into the latest advancements in chemical recycling. This eagerly anticipated event, proudly sponsored by Plastics Europe and the Environment Exchange, promises a stimulating lineup of speakers poised to explore contemporary issues and novel concepts that are shaping the future of plastic recycling.

With a live program featuring seven dynamic speakers hailing from prestigious organizations such as Wrap, Plastics Europe, Warwick University, and ExxonMobil, attendees are in for a thought-provoking experience. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to access three pre-recorded sessions that delve into key innovations within the field. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Kicking off the live sessions, Adam Herriott, a senior specialist at Wrap, will set the stage with an insightful overview of chemical recycling, delving into the intricacies of the plastics recyclate market. Following this, Will Collins, global editor at Argus Media, will provide a comprehensive analysis of capacity and supply trends, shedding light on operational facilities and what the future holds for the industry.

David Carroll, director of external affairs at Plastics Europe, will then take the stage to discuss the latest breakthroughs in mass balance at a European level, offering valuable insights into the industry’s trajectory. Stuart Coles, a distinguished reader at Warwick University, will provide an expert perspective on Life Cycle Analysis for chemical recycling, a crucial aspect of sustainable plastic management.

A pivotal panel discussion will center around feedstock availability, a critical issue facing the chemical recycling sector. Following this discussion, Katerina Garyfalou, vice president of new ventures at Clean Planet Energy, will share a compelling case study on the company’s investments in chemical recycling within the UK and its innovative approach of establishing ecoplants as part of its business model. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Concluding the live sessions, Adrian Da Costa, global development director at ExxonMobil, will dissect the barriers hindering significant investments in chemical recycling, offering valuable insights into the drivers at play.

The three pre-recorded sessions promise to be equally enlightening. Jen Hill from B & M Longworth will present on Pressolysis, Steve Burns from Reventas will discuss the future of dissolution advance recycling, and Jacob Nathan from Epoch BioDesign will delve into the fascinating world of enzyme recycling. Furthermore, attendees will have the privilege of accessing recordings from the BPF’s 2020, 2021, and 2022 chemical recycling seminars, enriching their knowledge base.

Stephen Hunt, BPF’s Membership Services Director, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, noting the rapid growth of chemical recycling within the plastics recycling industry. He highlighted the increasing popularity of the event, citing last year’s record-breaking attendance from over 25 countries. He anticipates an even greater turnout this year and emphasizes the seminar’s relevance for all stakeholders across the plastics industry supply chain. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

The 2023 chemical recycling online seminar is scheduled to run from 13:30 to 17:20 on the 19th of October. To participate, the registration fee is £49 + VAT for BPF and Plastics Europe members and £99 + VAT for non-members. This event promises to be a pivotal moment for industry professionals, providing a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape and the groundbreaking technologies that will shape the industry’s future. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stay at the forefront of the chemical recycling revolution.

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Jayplas Unveils Plans for Cutting-Edge Recycling Facility in Wales

Jayplas, a pioneering plastic reprocessing company, has unveiled ambitious plans to establish a state-of-the-art recycling facility in Wales. This advanced facility is slated to process a minimum of 100,000 tonnes of both flexible and rigid plastics annually, marking a significant stride towards enhancing Wales’ circular economy.

Once fully operational, this groundbreaking initiative is expected to substantially reduce Wales’ carbon footprint by approximately 150,000 tonnes annually. T

o put this into perspective, it’s equivalent to removing 120,000 cars from the road, making a substantial contribution to the goal of achieving zero waste and net zero emissions by 2050. Flame-Retardant Chemicals

The development of this facility will take place in three distinct phases:

  1. Establishment of a Mixed Kerbside Rigid Plastics & Film Sorting Plant.
  2. Creation of a Bottle Wash & Extrusion Plant.
  3. Construction of a flexible Packaging Wash & Processing Plant.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for the Economy, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I’m thrilled to welcome Jayplas to Swansea for this significant undertaking, which serves as a vote of confidence in our workforce and our net-zero aspirations. Increasing plastic reprocessing and recycling capacity right here in Wales opens the door to an innovative and sustainable industry. This project will not only create a substantial number of skilled and environmentally friendly jobs but also support our journey towards decarbonization, bolster our reprocessing and recycling capabilities, and foster a more robust, equitable, and greener economy.” Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Julie James, Minister for Climate Change, also commended the development, saying, “I am very pleased to witness the establishment of this facility in Wales, aligning perfectly with our commitment to transition to a zero-waste, net-zero carbon Wales. Its timing coincides with the introduction of new Workplace Recycling Regulations in April next year, which will further enhance the supply of high-quality plastics for recycling.”

Kerry O’Neill, Commercial Manager at Jayplas, added, “Jayplas is delighted to announce the launch of our Plastics Processing and Manufacturing plant in Swansea. We have collaborated closely with the Welsh Government to expand our operations into Wales. We will harness cutting-edge technology to ensure that we possess industry-leading facilities capable of producing top-quality products while simultaneously bringing long-term investments and sustainable employment opportunities to the region.”

Shigenori Matsuo, Managing Director of Toyoda Gosei UK Ltd. (TGUK), expressed his satisfaction, stating, “I am delighted that TGUK has laid a strong foundation in Swansea, leaving a lasting legacy for Jayplas to develop a state-of-the-art facility, drive investment, growth, and employment in the area.” Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Jayplas Unveils Plans for Cutting-Edge Recycling Facility in Wales

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Automotive industry bioplastics – Neste has initiated strategic partnerships to advance collaborative efforts in the production of renewable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin 07-09-2023

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Toray increases its ownership share in its Thai subsidiary with the aim of enhancing the production of cellulosic sugar

Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has significantly bolstered its investment in Cellulosic Biomass Technology Co. Ltd. (CBT, Bangkok, Thailand), raising its ownership stake from 67% to 84.4%. This strategic move, backed by an infusion of ¥1.2 billion ($8.1 billion), represents Toray’s commitment to advancing the production of cellulosic sugar, a vital component in the creation of bio-based fibers, resins, and films.

CBT, established in collaboration with Mitsui DM Sugar Co. Ltd. (Japan) in January 2017, was originally founded to showcase cutting-edge membrane-based saccharification process technologies. In April 2023, Toray unveiled its partnership with Mitsui to produce sugars from non-edible biomass, further reinforcing its commitment to sustainable materials.

Toray’s expanded capital injection into CBT will be instrumental in expeditiously harnessing cellulosic sugar production technology to accelerate the commercialization of essential polymer materials derived from non-edible biomass. Toray’s ambitious target is to have recycled resources comprise 20% of the raw materials used in key polymer products by 2030. Automotive industry bioplastics

To achieve this, the company is actively developing various technologies, including recycling plastics, transitioning to biomass-based materials, and utilizing carbon dioxide as a raw material.

To date, Toray has developed an energy-efficient production method employing membrane separation technology to extract cellulosic sugar from bagasse, a non-edible biomass byproduct of sugarcane juice extraction. Furthermore, the company has introduced a technology capable of co-producing polyphenol, a high-value product derived from bagasse.

The additional capital injection will also support the expansion of existing facilities at CBT to produce cellulosic sugar from cassava pulp, thereby increasing daily sugar production to five metric tons. Toray plans to install biomass fuel-burning boilers and enhance wastewater treatment capacity, aimed at reducing utility costs associated with cellulosic sugar production. Automotive industry bioplastics

It’s worth noting that Toray has verified the suitability of cellulosic sugar produced through this technology for microbial fermentation in chemical manufacturing processes, ensuring stability during storage and transportation. The Toray Group intends to utilize CBT’s sugar, derived from non-edible raw materials, across its chemical operations and for in-house development of adipic acid. Additionally, CBT will offer cellulosic sugar to chemical companies currently using sugar from edible biomass, fostering business partnerships and collaborations with enterprises utilizing biomass as a feedstock. Furthermore, CBT plans to collaborate with both domestic and international companies to cultivate markets for high-value polyphenols.

Toray’s ambitious goal is to achieve an annual production capacity of approximately 100,000 metric tons of cellulosic sugar by 2030. This endeavor is aligned with its vision of contributing to a circular economy by establishing a robust supply chain for polymer materials derived from this sustainable sugar source. Automotive industry bioplastics

The development of this cellulosic sugar technology was made possible through support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization International Demonstration Project during fiscal year 2016. Jointly developed with Mitsui DM Sugar, CBT has acquired the demonstration facilities and is now focused on driving commercialization efforts forward.

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Today, the dynamics in the automotive industry are shifting dramatically

The emergence of the electric revolution is transforming traditional practices and altering established norms.

Notably, after decades during which Western automakers favored China for cost-effective production, the tables have turned, and it is now the Chinese who are establishing production facilities in collaboration with us.

For instance, Magna International is in the midst of negotiations with several Chinese manufacturers, looking to leverage their Magna Steyr plants in Graz, Austria. This move could involve not only car production but also the establishment of new facilities, including those dedicated to electric motor manufacturing in Hungary. Automotive industry bioplastics

Magna is already engaged in car production for a Chinese manufacturer, albeit in China itself, through a joint venture with BAIC. However, they are approaching this new wave of partnerships with caution, thoroughly assessing the financial viability of potential collaborations. It’s believed that not all Chinese companies entering the market will thrive; perhaps only one in ten will succeed.

Meanwhile, CATL, the world’s leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer, has commenced operations at its German Gigafactory in Thuringia. Simultaneously, they are constructing a second battery factory in Hungary, specifically in Debrecen, where numerous European automakers are located. This facility is set to become the largest in Europe, with a formidable production capacity of 100 GWh. Automotive industry bioplastics

In an exciting development, CATL has also announced its plans to initiate the production of its innovative LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery at both European sites. Dubbed Shenxing and introduced last month, this battery boasts impressive qualities, such as its ability to perform reliably in low-temperature conditions and rapid charging capabilities. According to CATL, it can add up to 400 km of range in just 10 minutes.

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ABB supports innovative bioplastics project as main electrical contractor for Avantium and Worley

Avantium, a pioneer in the emerging renewable and sustainable chemicals industry, is building a new plant that will support the transition to bio-based plastics to replace ones that rely on fossil-based raw materials. Located in Delfzijl, The Netherlands, the facility will use a novel technology that converts plant sugars into a next-generation plastic material called polyethylene furanoate  (PEF).

PEF is a new recyclable and plant-based plastic material that offers the potentially powerful combination of positive environmental and performance features that can be used in packaging, textiles, films and other sectors. The first piling works at Avantium’s new site started in April 2022, and construction should be complete in 2024, enabling commercial launch of PEF products from 2024 onwards. Automotive industry bioplastics

Broad scope of supply, for flexible bioplastics production

To support this project, ABB has been chosen as the main electrical contractor (MEC) by Worley and Avantium. The ABB scope of supply includes:

  • Electrical design, including system dimensioning and network analysis
  • eHouses, which offer advantages over fixed concrete substation buildings making them highly flexible to handle future scale-ups and configurations
  • Frequency converters, batteries, low and medium voltage switchgears
  • Distribution transformers, placed outside the eHouses
  • Commissioning of the delivered equipment

The eHouse solution allows assembly and most of the testing to be carried out directly in the production factory, thus substantially reducing the time for on-site installation and commissioning. In addition, ABB’s eHouses also reduce risks of cost overruns, execution problems and delays to the schedule. Automotive industry bioplastics


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Neste has initiated strategic partnerships to advance collaborative efforts in the production of renewable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin

The key players in this endeavor are Neste, an oil company with a strong focus on sustainable products, Suntory, ENEOS, and Mitsubishi Corporation, all working together to scale up the production of PET resin using Neste’s renewable feedstock, Neste RE.

Neste RE is a feedstock employed in plastics manufacturing, crafted entirely from renewable and recycled raw materials. Its renewable component is derived from 100% bio-based sources, primarily waste and residue oils and fats, including used cooking oil. Additionally, it can encompass liquid renewable hydrocarbons or gaseous renewable propane. Neste manufactures these renewable products utilizing its proprietary NEXBTL refining technology at its facilities in Porvoo, Finland, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Automotive industry bioplastics

The NEXBTL process, which stands for “next-generation biomass to liquid,” employs a catalytic process called hydrodeoxygenation to eliminate oxygen atoms by replacing them with hydrogen atoms, yielding a pure hydrocarbon with a high energy density. These hydrocarbons are subsequently isomerized to create various renewable end products, including diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, and renewable feedstock for polymer and chemical production. Renewable PET Preform

Neste RE also incorporates a recycled component comprising chemically recycled plastic waste, particularly types that cannot be mechanically recycle, such as colored, multilayered, or multi-material packaging and films. In this process, waste plastic undergoes a thermochemical liquefaction, transforming it into a substance akin to crude oil. The liquefied and pretreated waste plastic is then utilized to partially substitute crude oil as a raw material in refineries. Neste asserts that plastics and chemicals derived from chemical recycling are of superior quality and can serve as replacements for products reliant on virgin fossil resources in a wide array of applications.

As part of this new partnership, ENEOS intends to utilize bio-intermediates based on Neste RE for the production of bio-PX (bio-paraxylene) at its Mizushima refinery in Okayama, Japan. Subsequently, the bio-PX will undergo conversion into PTA (purified terephthalic acid) and further processing into PET resin, destined for use in PET bottles manufactured by the Japanese beverage company Suntory. Mitsubishi Corporation will play a coordinating role in facilitating collaboration among the various stakeholders in the value chain. Automotive industry bioplastics

Lilyana Budyanto, Head of Sustainable Partnerships APAC at Neste, emphasized the urgency of addressing the impending climate crisis, underscoring the need for companies to take proactive responsibility. Through strategic partnerships along the value chain, Neste aims to contribute to reducing the polymers and chemicals industry’s reliance on fossil resources while promoting the production of lower-carbon footprint products.

Circularity Challenges: PET is among the most widely used plastic packaging materials globally, and it is fully recyclable. Renewable PET Preform

However, a report by Zero Waste Europe revealed that recycled plastic from bottles in Europe does not primarily find its way back into new PET bottles. Instead, the majority of recycled PET is utilized in lower-grade applications like trays, film, strapping, or fibers. New bottles entering the market typically contain an average of just 17% recycled PET, even though PET bottles have a recycling rate of around 50%. Consequently, substantial enhancements in PET design, collection, and recycling processes are imperative to improve circularity within the industry, as emphasized in the report.  Automotive industry bioplastics

Neste has initiated strategic partnerships to advance collaborative efforts in the production of renewable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin

Xpeng, the prominent Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is gearing up for its grand entrance into the European automotive market

This exciting development was officially unveiled at the IAA Mobility 2023 show in Munich, Germany. Xpeng’s strategic move to conquer Germany, a pivotal hub in the European car industry, marks a significant step in the company’s global expansion journey. Prior to setting its sights on Germany, Xpeng had already made impressive strides by successfully establishing its presence in Denmark, Norway, Holland, and Sweden. The company’s expansion into Germany is slated to introduce two of its flagship models, the P7 sedan and the G9 SUV, to the discerning European consumers, with an expected launch date set for the following year. This move aligns perfectly with Xpeng’s broader vision of entering additional European markets, particularly France and the United Kingdom.

Xpeng’s decision to venture into Germany is not merely a strategic choice; it’s a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering high-quality EVs equipped with cutting-edge technology. Brian Gu, the co-president of Xpeng, emphasized their ambition to set a new standard for intelligent mobility. Automotive industry bioplastics

This mission extends beyond merely offering electric vehicles; it seeks to redefine the driving experience by incorporating groundbreaking technology and innovative features. As Xpeng readies itself to take on the competitive German market, they are fully aware that they must meet and exceed the demanding expectations of German consumers, known for their discerning taste and high standards in automotive excellence.

To support this ambitious European expansion, Xpeng has established a dedicated subsidiary known as “Xpeng Germany.” This localized approach ensures that the company can adapt to the unique characteristics and preferences of the German market while also addressing regulatory and logistical challenges effectively. By doing so, Xpeng aims to build strong brand recognition and trust among German consumers, a crucial factor for long-term success in the region. Automotive industry bioplastics

One of the most striking aspects of Xpeng’s European expansion is its collaboration with the Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s leading automotive giants. This collaboration signifies a remarkable partnership between a Chinese EV pioneer and a German automotive legend. As part of this agreement, Xpeng and Volkswagen will jointly develop two medium-sized electric models under the Volkswagen brand. These models will cater to the Chinese market and will be launched in 2026, further expanding the already extensive lineup of electric vehicles under Volkswagen’s MEB platform.

This partnership extends beyond individual models. Xpeng and Volkswagen are also working together to create an entirely new platform dedicated to future electric models intended specifically for the Chinese market. The creation of this platform showcases a commitment to innovation and adapting to the unique needs of the rapidly evolving Chinese EV market. Automotive industry bioplastics

In a significant financial commitment, Volkswagen has announced an investment of approximately $700 million in Xpeng, securing a 4.99% stake in the Chinese automaker. This investment not only reflects Volkswagen’s confidence in Xpeng’s capabilities but also highlights the increasing convergence between traditional automakers and emerging EV manufacturers.

The Xpeng-Volkswagen partnership exemplifies the growing trend of collaboration within the automotive industry as companies recognize the need to pool resources and expertise to accelerate the development and adoption of electric vehicles. By combining their strengths, Xpeng and Volkswagen are poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the global electric vehicle market.

In conclusion, Xpeng’s expansion into Europe, starting with Germany, is a bold move that underscores the company’s ambition to become a global leader in the electric vehicle industry. With a commitment to delivering sophisticated, technology-driven EVs and a strategic partnership with Volkswagen, Xpeng is well-positioned to make a significant impact in Europe and beyond. As the world moves toward a more sustainable automotive future, Xpeng’s innovative approach and strategic alliances are setting the stage for a new era of intelligent mobility. Automotive industry bioplastics

Xpeng, the prominent Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is gearing up for its grand entrance into the European automotive market

BYD: The Chinese Automaker Conquering the Globe with Cutting-Edge Battery Technology by Mr. Chuanfu

Welcome to Odeonsplatz, the Munich square renowned as the heart of BMW’s city, currently hosting its second “mobility exhibition,” the contemporary successor to traditional automotive events. You might be taken aback by the vehicle that dominates the square, a car you may be seeing for the first time: the Dolphin, a compact car with a price tag of 34,000 euros (excluding government incentives), manufactured in China by BYD. Interestingly, there’s a touch of Germany in it too; Wolfgang Egger designed the Dolphin, borrowing one of Audi’s historic names, as BYD aims to make a substantial mark in the European electric car market. Automotive industry bioplastics

BYD, short for “Build Your Dreams,” plays a significant role in this endeavor. The company was founded in 1995 in Shenzhen by Wang Chuanfu, an engineer who began his career producing lithium batteries for early Nokia and Motorola mobile phones before expanding into solar energy storage and eventually diversifying into electronic components for trains and buses. Chuanfu’s gradual and methodical approach to the automotive industry captured the attention of visionaries like Warren Buffett, who was among the first to invest in this unassuming entrepreneur. Chuanfu aspires to outpace Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, in the not-so-distant future, and the numbers suggest this is not an idle ambition: BYD now boasts 620,000 employees, with 60,000 stationed at its sprawling Shenzhen headquarters, complete with an internal elevated metro line. Many of its technicians, adhering to a mandatory dress code of white shirts and ties, reside in roughly thirty apartment blocks within this expanding campus. Automotive industry bioplastics

In 2003, the company embarked on a remarkable journey that propelled it into the global top ten automakers in just two decades. In the first seven months of 2023, BYD sold an impressive 1.4 million units, commanding a 37% share of the Chinese market (four times that of Tesla), primarily due to its dominant presence in the electric vehicle segment. Remarkably, seven of the top ten selling models belong to BYD, and, like Elon Musk’s company, it is fiercely competitive with an aggressive pricing strategy that keeps its rivals on their toes.

What accounts for this sensational success, especially during a period of relative weakness in the vast Chinese industrial complex? According to experts, the key lies in BYD’s origins as a battery company and its commitment to controlling the entire production process, with minimal reliance on external suppliers. Essentially, only brakes and tires are sourced externally. The linchpin is its leadership in battery technology, second only to Catl, another Chinese giant, affording BYD a nearly insurmountable advantage over competitors, including European automakers, Toyota, and even Tesla, who happen to be among the Shenzhen factory’s primary customers. Automotive industry bioplastics

To bolster its technological dominance in batteries, the lifeblood of electric cars, BYD adopted a new production system called LFP (lithium iron phosphate), in stark contrast to the NMC mixture (nickel, manganese, cobalt), which offers superior performance but at a higher cost and with a greater dependence on rare earth minerals.

BYD’s expansion into the European market is another milestone on its journey. By the end of the year, the company plans to select the country for its first European factory, with Germany and France being the top contenders. Berlin could very well be the first destination to establish a foothold, albeit with discretion, avoiding the flamboyant displays characteristic of Elon Musk.

The surge of Asian manufacturers at the German auto show paints a vivid picture of the industry’s evolution, with approximately 40% of exhibitors hailing from China, a nation rich in rare earth minerals and essential batteries that power more affordable e-cars, albeit less technologically advanced than their European counterparts. These vehicles are now within reach for the middle class, who were previously priced out of the market for more expensive models. Recent records underscore the competitiveness of “Made in China.” For the first time this year, domestically produced cars outsold imports in China, particularly from Germany. Even more astonishingly, Chinese auto exports surpassed both Germany and Japan in the first quarter. Automotive industry bioplastics

With these credentials, the Land of the Dragon is poised to continue its global automotive conquest.

BYD: The Chinese Automaker Conquering the Globe with Cutting-Edge Battery Technology by Mr. Chuanfu

“First PP Compound to Achieve UL Certification for Enhanced Thermal Runaway Protection in Electric Vehicle Battery Systems”

Sabic’s Stamax 30YH570 resin, designed for electric vehicle (EV) battery systems, has achieved UL Certification for Thermal Runaway Protection, making it the inaugural polymer to pass the thermal runaway box test outlined in UL 2596, the Test Method for Thermal and Mechanical Performance of Battery Enclosure Materials, as reported by Plasticstoday.

This 30% glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) copolymer resin, offered under Sabic’s Bluehero electrification initiative, marks a significant milestone as the first EV-grade polymer to obtain UL verification for thermal and mechanical performance claims. Sabic underscores the importance of UL verification, which involves an impartial, scientific evaluation by a reputable third party, in instilling high confidence in the flame delay capabilities of this product. Automotive industry bioplastics

While the vast majority of EV batteries exhibit reliable performance over their lifecycle, the safety-focused automotive industry remains deeply committed to enhancing the design and functionality of EV battery systems. This commitment aims to extend the window for occupants to safely exit a vehicle by retarding the spread of fires beyond the battery pack. A pivotal aspect of this endeavor involves the careful selection and utilization of fire-protection materials in various battery pack components, including enclosures, covers, trays, and thermal barriers that compartmentalize cells.

On a different note, data sourced from traders and LSEG indicates that Russia’s seaborne diesel and gasoil exports witnessed a 2% increase in August compared to the previous month, totaling approximately 3.85 million metric tons. This growth can be attributed to robust fuel production. Idle primary oil refining capacity for August was estimated at 3.1 million metric tons, an uptick from July’s 2.458 million metric tons, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and Reuters calculations. Automotive industry bioplastics

"First PP Compound to Achieve UL Certification for Enhanced Thermal Runaway Protection in Electric Vehicle Battery Systems"

H.E. Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, officially launched the inaugural Plastics Recycling Show Middle East and Africa (PRS MEA)

This pioneering event, PRS MEA, serves as a platform to showcase cutting-edge solutions and technologies in plastics recycling tailored for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market. Its core mission is to propel the vision of a sustainable, environmentally friendly future by uniting leading providers of plastics recycling solutions from around the world. These groundbreaking innovations are being unveiled to the MEA markets, as part of a broader initiative to foster a circular and sustainable economy.

Here are some of the key highlights from the first edition of PRS MEA spanning three days:

  1. A total of 98 esteemed exhibitors will feature the latest developments in the plastics recycling industry, as well as the bedding and mattress sector. Notable exhibitors include industry leaders such as Schneider Electric, Bariq, Astra Polymers, Fimic Srl, Rebound Plastic Exchange, Krones AG, among others.
  2. Running in parallel with the event is the inaugural Plastics Recycling Conference. Distinguished speakers hailing from organizations like Unilever Middle East & Turkey, Plastics Recyclers Europe, PepsiCo, Rebound Plastic Exchange, Veolia, Tetra Pak, Nestlé, IFFCO Group, Dow Chemical IMEA, and more, will participate in thought-provoking discussions. Automotive industry bioplastics
  3. Conference sessions will explore topics such as “Plastics recycling market: Current landscape and possibilities,” “The state of collection and sorting in MEA,” “Chemical recycling: Meeting the new demands for recyclable materials,” “A deep dive into ocean plastics: Exploring the ambitious commitments and targets to advance circularity,” Material Recycling Focus Sessions, “Innovative Food Packaging Solutions to Enhance Sustainability and Circular Economy,” and “Advancing the circular economy for plastic packaging.”

The PRS Middle East & Africa 2023 event presents an ideal opportunity for industry stakeholders in the Middle East and African regions to enhance their presence in the plastics recycling sector and contribute to the realization of a greener, circular, and more sustainable economy.

Caption: The inauguration of the inaugural PRS Middle East & Africa event took place today, with H.E. Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Matthew Barber, Sales & Events Director at Crain Communications, and Taher Patrawala, Managing Director at Media Fusion, jointly opening the event at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

For more information, visit PRS Middle East & Africa. Automotive industry bioplastics

H.E. Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, officially launched the inaugural Plastics Recycling Show Middle East and Africa (PRS MEA)

EV-motor free magnets – Kelheim Fibres and MagnoLab Unite for Textile Advancement and Eco-Friendliness 06-09-2023

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Polyethylene furanoate PEF – BYD: The Chinese Automaker Conquering the Globe with Cutting-Edge Battery Technology by Mr. Chuanfu 07-09-2023

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ABB supports innovative bioplastics project as main electrical contractor for Avantium and Worley

Avantium, a pioneer in the emerging renewable and sustainable chemicals industry, is building a new plant that will support the transition to bio-based plastics to replace ones that rely on fossil-based raw materials. Located in Delfzijl, The Netherlands, the facility will use a novel technology that converts plant sugars into a next-generation plastic material called polyethylene furanoate  (PEF).


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Toray increases its ownership share in its Thai subsidiary with the aim of enhancing the production of cellulosic sugar

Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has significantly bolstered its investment in Cellulosic Biomass Technology Co. Ltd. (CBT, Bangkok, Thailand), raising its ownership stake from 67% to 84.4%. This strategic move, backed by an infusion of ¥1.2 billion ($8.1 billion), represents Toray’s commitment to advancing the production of cellulosic sugar, a vital component in the creation of bio-based fibers, resins, and films. Polyethylene furanoate PEF

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Today, the dynamics in the automotive industry are shifting dramatically

The emergence of the electric revolution is transforming traditional practices and altering established norms.

Notably, after decades during which Western automakers favored China for cost-effective production, the tables have turned, and it is now the Chinese who are establishing production facilities in collaboration with us.

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Neste has initiated strategic partnerships to advance collaborative efforts in the production of renewable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin

The key players in this endeavor are Neste, an oil company with a strong focus on sustainable products, Suntory, ENEOS, and Mitsubishi Corporation, all working together to scale up the production of PET resin using Neste’s renewable feedstock, Neste RE.

Neste has initiated strategic partnerships to advance collaborative efforts in the production of renewable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin

Tredegar Corporation, a prominent industrial manufacturer, made a significant announcement today regarding the sale of Terphane, a subsidiary of the company

Tredegar has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Terphane to Oben Group, a major player in the global flexible packaging industry.

This strategic move marks a pivotal moment for both companies and the competitive landscape of the packaging market. Polyethylene furanoate PEF

Tredegar Corporation, a prominent industrial manufacturer, made a significant announcement today regarding the sale of Terphane, a subsidiary of the company

BYD: The Chinese Automaker Conquering the Globe with Cutting-Edge Battery Technology by Mr. Chuanfu

Welcome to Odeonsplatz, the Munich square renowned as the heart of BMW’s city, currently hosting its second “mobility exhibition,” the contemporary successor to traditional automotive events. Polyethylene furanoate PEF

You might be taken aback by the vehicle that dominates the square, a car you may be seeing for the first time: the Dolphin, a compact car with a price tag of 34,000 euros (excluding government incentives), manufactured in China by BYD.

BYD: The Chinese Automaker Conquering the Globe with Cutting-Edge Battery Technology by Mr. Chuanfu

“First PP Compound to Achieve UL Certification for Enhanced Thermal Runaway Protection in Electric Vehicle Battery Systems”

Sabic’s Stamax 30YH570 resin, designed for electric vehicle (EV) battery systems, has achieved UL Certification for Thermal Runaway Protection, making it the inaugural polymer to pass the thermal runaway box test outlined in UL 2596, the Test Method for Thermal and Mechanical Performance of Battery Enclosure Materials, as reported by Plasticstoday.

"First PP Compound to Achieve UL Certification for Enhanced Thermal Runaway Protection in Electric Vehicle Battery Systems"

H.E. Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, officially launched the inaugural Plastics Recycling Show Middle East and Africa (PRS MEA)

This pioneering event, PRS MEA, serves as a platform to showcase cutting-edge solutions and technologies in plastics recycling tailored for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market. Its core mission is to propel the vision of a sustainable, environmentally friendly future by uniting leading providers of plastics recycling solutions from around the world.

H.E. Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, officially launched the inaugural Plastics Recycling Show Middle East and Africa (PRS MEA)

EV-motor free magnets – Kelheim Fibres and MagnoLab Unite for Textile Advancement and Eco-Friendliness 06-09-2023

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Renewable PET Preform – Inflation in Turkey Surges to 59%: A Looming Economic Crisis 06-09-2023

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RadiciGroup showcased its cutting-edge, secure, and eco-friendly offerings at Plast

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers is making its presence felt at Plast 2023, a significant event running from September 5 to 8 at the Milano Rho fairgrounds. Positioned in Hall 9, Stand B21-C22, the Group is unveiling a range of innovative solutions tailored to numerous application sectors. These sectors span automotive and e-mobility, electrical/electronics, water management, and consumer and industrial goods.

Central to RadiciGroup’s research and development strategy is the ecological transition. With its vertically integrated polyamide production and over four decades of experience as an engineering polymers manufacturer, the Group is at the forefront of expanding its solutions portfolio. This expansion aims to meet the growing demand for sustainability and circularity while maintaining a strong focus on performance and safety.

Erico Spini, the global marketing director of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, emphasized the Group’s commitment to three key fronts. Renewable PET Preform

First, producing materials with superior technical characteristics for metal replacement and lightweighting of components. Second, engaging in mechanical recycling of materials sourced from pre- and post-consumer sources to support the circular economy. And third, incorporating biobased raw materials from renewable sources. These challenges are met head-on thanks to the expertise of RadiciGroup’s personnel and the vast experience accumulated across various sectors and geographic markets.

At the Plast fair, RadiciGroup is showcasing several case histories of finished products achieved through collaboration with customers. These examples illustrate how RadiciGroup’s materials have positively impacted technical and environmental performance. Some highlights include an innovative e-bike rear swing arm developed in partnership with Acerbis and Fantic, an office chair crafted by Bock using Renycle® recycled polyamide, and an electric car charging cable plug and socket created by Gewiss, also using Renycle®. Renewable PET Preform

Intriguingly, the development of an e-bike rear swing arm underscores RadiciGroup’s dedication to metal replacement. This shift towards lightweight, high-performance materials is essential for improving the efficiency and sustainability of transportation.

Furthermore, the use of Renycle® recycled polyamide in an office chair showcases RadiciGroup’s commitment to the circular economy. By recycling materials from pre- and post-consumer sources, the Group demonstrates its dedication to reducing waste and conserving resources while providing quality materials for various applications.

The electric car charging cable plug and socket, also made using Renycle®, exemplifies RadiciGroup’s focus on sustainability. The automotive industry’s shift towards electric vehicles necessitates environmentally friendly materials that maintain safety and performance standards. Renewable PET Preform

To delve deeper into RadiciGroup’s new products and proposals, a press conference titled “RadiciGroup, innovation and sustainability partner: tailor-made solutions for successful projects in every industry sector” is scheduled for September 6 at 2:30 pm at the RadiciGroup stand in Hall 9, Stand B21-C22. This conference promises to provide comprehensive insights into RadiciGroup’s ongoing commitment to innovation, sustainability, and meeting the unique needs of clients across diverse industries.

In conclusion, RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers’ presence at Plast 2023 highlights its dedication to innovation, sustainability, and customized solutions. As industries increasingly prioritize eco-friendly materials and circular practices, RadiciGroup’s expertise and product offerings position it as a valuable partner for businesses across various sectors seeking to thrive in an evolving, sustainable future. Renewable PET Preform

RadiciGroup showcased its cutting-edge, secure, and eco-friendly offerings at Plast

“Retal Expands Portfolio with Popular Monolayer Preform”

Retal, a multinational plastic packaging producer, has enriched its product portfolio with the addition of a highly sought-after monolayer preform, known as the 26/22 GME30.37. This versatile preform is now part of the offerings at Retal Czech, situated in Melnik, and is available in both transparent PET monolayer and PET with additives, catering to the specific needs of each customer. The preform comes in various weight options and is ideally suited for the European markets, particularly in countries like the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, France, and parts of Spain. It serves as a perfect fit for carbonated and non-carbonated beverages that utilize this neck finish.

Jiri Nydrle, Sales Manager at Retal Czech, sheds light on the significance of adding this popular preform to their product range, stating, “This recent addition marks an expansion of our product line to meet the demands of both local and neighboring European customers. Our skilled and experienced team is committed to collaborating with customers to develop tailored packaging solutions for various applications, whether it’s for food, beverages, cosmetics, household items, or industrial products. We offer a wide range of specialized and customizable neck finishes, including 34/29 and 28mm double-start and 17-63mm options. By introducing the production of the 26/22 GME30.37 preform, we’re offering our customers even more choices for a comprehensive packaging solution from a single partner.” Renewable PET Preform

As the demand for carbonated, non-carbonated, and functional beverages continues to rise, it’s imperative to have suitable packaging solutions that are consumer-friendly and environmentally responsible. To address the diverse requirements of each beverage type, Retal Czech can leverage the ongoing research and development efforts at the company’s Lithuanian design laboratory. Here, state-of-the-art CAD design software is utilized, and a highly skilled R&D team meticulously analyzes even the smallest changes and their impact.

Andzejus Buinovskis, a member of the creative team at Retal’s R&D lab in Lithuania, explains how the 26/22 neck finishes differ, with key distinctions in weight, neck height, and application. Buinovskis notes, “In all our work, we focus on making impactful improvements without compromising performance. Sustainability is always a priority, so the weight of the preform is critical, while ensuring it maintains its structural integrity and practicality. The 26/22 GME30.40 stands out with its ample tether parking space compared to other 26/22 neck finishes, ensuring a wide opening angle and excellent functionality for the tethered cap.” Renewable PET Preform

Retal’s ability to provide expert technical knowledge sets it apart in the packaging industry. By staying attuned to industry trends and the evolving legislative requirements in various markets, the company has already commenced production of 23.5g and 26.5g 26/22 GME30.37 preforms in 1.5-liter to 2-liter sizes for a well-regarded local beverage brand in Slovakia, Poland, and Germany, with ongoing testing for additional customers.

Jiri Nydrle concludes, “This is an exciting period for preform development, both for us and our customers. We must navigate the changing legislative landscape, and for that, we are fortunate to have the expertise of our R&D team. It’s also a significant advancement for our industry. Being able to offer sustainable options from our Melnik plant is a win for our local and neighboring customers. We have a diverse range of solutions available, with varying weights, neck finishes, and applications. Renewable PET Preform

Visit Retal to learn more about their offerings.

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Inflation in Turkey Surges to 59%: A Looming Economic Crisis

Turkey finds itself in the throes of a crippling economic challenge as its inflation rate surged to an alarming 58.9% year-on-year in August, marking the highest level since December 2022. Official data, released on a fateful Monday, revealed the disconcerting reality of the country’s economic landscape. This abrupt and relentless spike in prices has cast a shadow over the daily lives of Turkish citizens, posing a monumental threat to their livelihoods.

The magnitude of this crisis becomes even more evident when we consider the stark contrast with the previous year. Prices in August 2023 had soared nearly 60% compared to the same period in 2022. Furthermore, the month-on-month increase was a staggering 9.1%, primarily fueled by the rapid depreciation of the Turkish lira. The economic repercussions of this inflationary surge are profound, affecting the affordability of basic necessities and the overall well-being of the populace. Renewable PET Preform

The recent trajectory of inflation in Turkey paints a disheartening picture. For eight consecutive months, from November 2022 to June 2023, there was a glimmer of hope as inflation showed signs of abating. It had reached its lowest point in a year and a half, standing at 38.2% year-on-year in June. However, this respite was short-lived, as inflation embarked on a relentless upward spiral in July, reaching 47.8% year-on-year. The rollercoaster ride of inflation rates continued, with a sense of economic uncertainty engulfing the nation.

It is crucial to note that official figures may not fully encapsulate the gravity of the inflation crisis. Independent economists, belonging to the Inflation Research Group (Enag), have sounded an even graver alarm, suggesting that the year-on-year rise in consumer prices could be as high as an astonishing 128%. This disparity between official statistics and independent assessments underscores the pressing need for transparent and comprehensive data reporting. Renewable PET Preform

The Turkish Central Bank, entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding price stability, has taken drastic measures to combat the inflationary surge. Since June, the bank has aggressively increased its main key interest rate from 8.5% to a staggering 25%. These unprecedented rate hikes were implemented in a bid to curb the runaway inflation that threatened to cripple the Turkish economy.

As early as the end of July, when inflation began its resurgence, the central bank revised its inflation forecasts, projecting that it would reach an alarming 58% by the close of 2023. This projection represents more than double the previous estimates, underscoring the severity of the situation. The central bank anticipates a prolonged battle to restore economic stability, with the hope of achieving it only by 2025.

The repercussions of Turkey’s prolonged bout with double-digit inflation since late 2019 are felt across the country. Families are grappling with the daunting cost of living, and the sustainability of their basic needs is at risk. The relentless rise in prices has eroded the purchasing power of the Turkish lira, making it increasingly challenging for households to make ends meet. Renewable PET Preform

In conclusion, Turkey stands at a critical juncture in its economic history, grappling with an inflation crisis of unprecedented proportions. The surge in consumer prices has left the populace struggling to maintain their standard of living, with no immediate relief in sight. The Turkish government, in tandem with the Central Bank, faces the monumental task of stabilizing the economy and ensuring the well-being of its citizens in the face of this daunting economic challenge.

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ZF prepares next-gen electric motor free from magnets

ZF is in the process of developing an advanced electric motor devoid of magnets. Unlike existing magnet-free designs for externally excited motors, ZF’s innovative I2SM model generates the magnetic field’s energy through an inductive exciter housed within the rotor shaft.

According to ZF, this solution promises to deliver an exceptionally compact design while maximizing power and torque density. Similarly, an externally excited synchronous motor (FSM) also eliminates the need for permanent magnets or rare earth materials.

Through the development of the In-Rotor Inductive-Excited Synchronous Motor (I2SM), ZF aims to create motors that are not only highly sustainable in production but also incredibly powerful and efficient during operation. ZF claims that the performance of the I2SM is on par with permanent-magnet synchronous machines. Renewable PET Preform

Conventional FSM systems, although magnet-free, still require sliding or brush components to transmit current to the rotating rotor, which limits their installation possibilities. However, the compact I2SM eliminates this limitation, enabling what ZF refers to as “space-neutral integration” of the exciter into the rotor, thereby avoiding axial space constraints. Additionally, the I2SM boasts increased power density in the rotor and does away with the need for loops, brushes, or extra seals.

In comparison to traditional FSM systems, the inductive exciter of the I2SM is claimed to reduce energy transfer losses to the rotor by 15 percent. Furthermore, in production, it can potentially reduce the CO2 footprint by up to 50 percent when compared to permanent magnet synchronous motors, which require substantial energy for magnet production.

ZF intends to advance the I2SM technology to the point of production readiness, though a specific timeline remains undisclosed. Once ready, it will be offered as an option within ZF’s e-drive product lineup. Customers will have the choice between 400-volt and 800-volt architectures suitable for both passenger and commercial vehicles. The latter will employ silicon carbide chips in the power electronics. Renewable PET Preform

Dr. Holger Klein, CEO of ZF, emphasizes the company’s commitment to innovation that enhances the sustainability, efficiency, and resource conservation of electric drives, highlighting their magnet-free e-motor as a prime example. Development board member Stephan von Schuckmann lauds the drive as a demonstration of ZF’s strategy to enhance resource efficiency and sustainability in e-drives, primarily through efficiency improvements.

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Brazil’s focus has shifted towards sugar production at the expense of ethanol output

In the upcoming 2023/24 season (April-March), Brazil anticipates its highest-ever sugar production, with record-breaking export volumes of the sweetener, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Brazil’s overall sugar production, spanning all producing regions, is now estimated at 42.7 million metric tons. This exceeds Job Economia’s initial forecast by 2.3 million tons and surpasses the 37 million tons produced in the previous season (2022/23). Ideal weather conditions this season have greatly benefited crop growth and processing.

Julio Maria Borges, managing partner at Job Economia, expressed optimism, stating, “So far so good for the season, very good.” The consultancy has upgraded its predictions for sugarcane processing and sugar production in both the Centre-South and Northeast regions of Brazil. It foresees exports reaching an all-time high of 32.2 million tons in the season, an increase of 2.4 million tons compared to its earlier estimate and a significant rise from the 27.1 million tons exported in 2022/23. Renewable PET Preform

Borges noted, “That will account for around 50% of the global trade of sugar.” This surge in Brazil’s projected production and sugar exports aligns with adverse weather conditions affecting sugar-producing competitors such as India and Thailand, which are expected to have limited export quantities.

In Brazil, sugar mills are diverting a nearly record-breaking amount of sugarcane towards sugar production, while ethanol production is being curtailed due to higher prices for sugar. Job Economia’s projection for total ethanol output now stands at 32.9 billion liters, which is 600 million liters less than their initial estimate. In the previous season, Brazil produced 31.2 billion liters of ethanol.

However, the portion of ethanol derived from corn is expected to grow by 25% this season, reaching 5.5 billion liters. This corn-based ethanol already constitutes 20% of the country’s total ethanol production, a significant shift from the previous reliance on sugarcane alone.

Brazil's focus has shifted towards sugar production at the expense of ethanol output

Kelheim Fibres and MagnoLab Unite for Textile Advancement and Eco-Friendliness

Kelheim Fibres, a leading manufacturer of specialized viscose fibers, has forged a strategic partnership with MagnoLab, an international consortium of textile industry companies situated in the Biella region. This collaboration underscores the significance of inter-company cooperation in propelling innovation and sustainability within the textile sector. Kelheim Fibres, renowned for pioneering sustainable viscose fibers, positions itself not merely as a fiber supplier but as an innovation collaborator for the entire industry. Employing an Open Innovation approach, Kelheim Fibres actively encourages the exchange of ideas and knowledge to jointly conceive sustainable solutions for the future.

Kelheim Fibres operates a range of in-house pilot and technical facilities. This close-knit alliance with MagnoLab, distinguished by its cutting-edge textile machinery, enhances the efficiency of research and development efforts. Renewable PET Preform

Dr. Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Director of New Business Development, Marketing & Communications at Kelheim Fibres, underscores the benefits of this partnership: “By closely connecting with the companies under the MagnoLab umbrella, we can produce small-scale samples and prototypes employing diverse technologies. This empowers us to craft solutions grounded in our specialized fibers, which can seamlessly integrate into our partners’ textile value chain.”

Giovanni Marchi, President of MagnoLab, echoes his enthusiasm: “Kelheim Fibres represents our inaugural collaboration with a fiber manufacturer. Together, we now span the entire textile spectrum, elevating the value of our collective work. This collaboration facilitates practical testing, expediting the implementation of innovations. It also fosters tighter integration within the European (and thus regional) value chain. Reduced transport distances across Europe not only diminish environmental impacts but also streamline innovation realization on the continent.” Renewable PET Preform


Kelheim Fibres and MagnoLab Unite for Textile Advancement and Eco-Friendliness

China’s Economic Challenges: Services PMI Disappoints Markets, Country Garden’s Bond Payments

China’s economic landscape is facing turbulence as the services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) disappoints the markets, triggering a downward spiral in various sectors. On Tuesday, September 5, Asian markets experienced fluctuations, with the Nikkei slightly above parity, the Hang Seng losing 1.5%, and Shanghai down by 0.65%. Simultaneously, futures on Wall Street remained slightly down, anxiously awaiting afternoon data on factory orders.

The Chinese government’s recent measures to bolster the real estate sector and consumer spending, though significant, have not yet instilled confidence among investors, leading to a retreat from riskier assets. As China grapples with its economic challenges, the real estate giant, Country Garden, came under scrutiny after a 2% drop in its stock on Tuesday. This setback followed a rebound in the previous session, despite news that the company managed to make last-minute coupon payments on dollar-denominated bonds, which had expired a month ago. Remarkably, these payments came after investors had pardoned the company on seven yuan-denominated bonds whose redemption had been postponed. Renewable PET Preform

The disappointment in China’s economic performance can be largely attributed to the underwhelming data from the Caixin China General Service PMI. In August 2023, the PMI fell to 51.8 from July’s 51.9, missing market expectations of 53.6. This drop marked the weakest increase in services activity since the start of the year, reflecting mounting downward pressure on the economy. The slowing growth in new orders and a decline in overseas sales, the first since December of the previous year, contributed to this downturn. Furthermore, sentiment hit a nine-month low, underlining the concerns pervading the business community.

In this context, the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to maintain its interest rates at 4.1% during its September meeting is notable. This move represents the third consecutive month in which the bank has opted to keep rates steady, aligning with market consensus. The central bank stated that inflation had peaked but remained unacceptably high, with expectations that it would persist for some time. It reiterated that further monetary tightening might be necessary to bring inflation back within the 2-3% target range in a reasonable timeframe. The decision to adjust rates would hinge on the evolution of the economy and prices. The bank’s forecasts indicate an expected inflation rate of around 3.25% by the end of 2024, with a return to the expected corridor by the end of 2025. However, Australia’s economy is currently experiencing below-trend growth, with a gradual rise in unemployment expected to reach approximately 4.5% by the end of the following year. Renewable PET Preform

Meanwhile, the spotlight is on China’s largest private real estate developer, Country Garden, as it made interest payments on two dollar-denominated bonds within the grace period, which expires 30 days after the bond issue. The failure to pay $22.5 million in coupons due on August 6 had raised concerns about the extent of the Chinese government’s economic stimulus to stabilize the housing market—a sector that accounts for approximately 28% of the national GDP. The uncertainty surrounding the bond payments added to the unease in China’s financial landscape and sparked questions about the government’s ability to manage its economic challenges effectively.

In conclusion, China faces mounting economic challenges as its services PMI falls below expectations and investor confidence wavers. The government’s efforts to bolster the real estate sector and consumer spending have not yet yielded the desired results. The situation is further compounded by the concerns surrounding Country Garden’s bond payments. Renewable PET Preform

These developments underscore the complexity of China’s economic landscape and the need for strategic and comprehensive measures to navigate the challenges ahead.

China's Economic Challenges: Services PMI Disappoints Markets, Country Garden's Bond Payments

Closed-Loop PET Tray – A novel type of plastic that possesses the remarkable ability to biodegrade completely on its own 05-09-2023

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