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Plastic waste – Polyester filament losses widen, raising concerns about further production cuts 31-05-2024

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More plastic means more waste – but also attractive business prospects in recycling

Used in all walks of life, plastic is inexpensive and possesses superior functional properties that make it difficult to substitute. A growing global population and ever wider use of plastics will drive demand for plastic even higher in the years ahead. The downside, however, is that the existing mountains of plastic waste will grow with this demand – from 372 Megatons in 2023 to 510 Megatons by mid-century. To tackle the issue of rising demand and corresponding plastic waste, chemical recycling will need to play a pivotal role.

One of the few effective levers to mitigate the serious sustainability issue of plastic waste is to recycle.  Plastic waste

1. Drivers of plastic waste recycling and outlook

One of the few effective levers to mitigate this serious sustainability issue is to recycle plastic. Recycling diminishes the burden on the environment, but also gradually reduces the need for new virgin materials. Yet although recycling has been around for a long time, it is still the case that only about 12 % of global plastic waste actually gets recycled.

To combat the alarming pace of global warming and accommodate growing consumer awareness, governments are tightening up their regulation, even as players in some key industries (such as FCMG) voluntarily self-regulate. As a result of these measures, the global recycling share is expected to almost double to 20 % by 2030 and rise as high as 45 % by 2050.  Plastic waste

Since more plastic will be in circulation going forward, plastic waste fed into the recycling chain is projected to increase from 44 MT in 2023 to 85 MT in 2030 and 230 MT in 2050 – a compound annual growth rate of almost 6% between 2023 and 2050. Volume growth will be faster in APAC and North America than in Europe, though developing economies will also see dynamic growth, with African countries leading the way.  Plastic waste

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Bioplastics Production Capacity in China

The new report by nova-Institute presents a timely market analysis of China’s bio-based and biodegradable plastics industries and markets in 2024. On 71 pages, 14 tables, and illustrated by 13 graphics, the report provides an in-depth overview of the key products that dominate the Chinese market. It examines key market trends, policy dynamics, technological advances, key market players and growth opportunities. Plastic waste

The aim is to provide chemical companies with actionable insights to navigate the Chinese market effectively and make informed decisions about market expansion or potential partnerships in China. In particular, the report highlights all relevant critical policies in the bio-based and biodegradable plastics markets since 2021 and in the future. It also provides first-hand market insights from Chinese entrepreneurs through in-depth face-to-face interviews with eight Chinese companies. Plastic waste

China: The world’s biggest plastics producer

In 2022, global plastics production reached 400.3 million tonnes, with a market value of 712 billion US$, an increase of about 1.6% since 2021. Asia is the world’s largest region for plastics production with a share of around 55%, of which China accounts for 32% with 128 million tonnes plastics in 2022.

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REDWAVE Launches Innovative REDWAVE TEX for the Future of Textile Recycling

As the EU implements new regulations for the separate collection of textile waste, the Austrian company REDWAVE proudly introduces a revolutionary advancement in textile recycling at IFAT 2024 in Munich: REDWAVE TEX. This state-of-the-art sorting machine is designed to meet the increasing demands of textile recycling, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Plastic waste

With the EU mandating separate textile collection starting in 2025, there is a clear need for efficient, precise, and scalable recycling solutions. Textile recycling is still in its early stages, making REDWAVE’s support crucial for the industry.

The company collaborates closely with clients to develop innovative solutions that promote sustainability. Plastic waste

REDWAVE TEX represents a significant achievement, offering a fully automated, sensor-based solution that uses advanced technologies to sort textiles with precision. It can accurately sort a wide range of textile products, from delicate silk blouses to sturdy jeans, based on material composition, color, shape, and the detection of foreign objects. The machine efficiently sorts either whole garments or shredded textiles, including used clothing, production waste, returns, hospital garments, and unsold stock.

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Polyester filament losses widen, raising concerns about further production cuts

Over the weekend, some large polyester filament factories intensified their promotional discounts, with discounts reaching up to 800yuan/mt. For example, the transaction price of POY150D/48F dropped to 7250yuan/mt, close to last year’s lowest price level of 7200yuan/mt. Based on last Friday’s prices, the POY150D on average was already losing nearly 200yuan/mt, and with the increased weekend discounts, the loss expanded to nearly 300yuan/mt, reaching the lowest point in profitability this year. Plastic waste

Meanwhile, since May, downstream mainly purchased on essential demand, leading to a decrease in overall raw material stocking. As of last Thursday, downstream stocking were mostly towards late-month, indicating a new round of procurement. Stimulated by the sales promotions, weekend polyester filament sales in Jiangsu and Zhejiang partially increased, estimated to be around 130-140% on average over two days.

Since March, polyester filament enterprises have continuously promoted sales, leading to multiple refreshes of the year’s lowest prices and declining profitability. Currently, filament prices have fallen to the lowest point of the year, particularly POY. Plastic waste

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Caprolactam Supply in Germany Remains Stable, Demand Lags Behind

The Caprolactam market in Germany is navigating through a phase of sufficient supply but significantly subdued demand, posing challenges for the industry. Caprolactam, a key raw material in the production of Nylon 6, is crucial for various sectors including textiles, automotive, and plastics.

Germany currently maintains a steady supply of Caprolactam, supported by its strong production capacities and highly efficient manufacturing processes. Plastic waste

Germany’s supply of Caprolactam is reported to be sufficient to meet domestic demand. The production capacities within the country, supported by efficient manufacturing processes, ensure that there is no shortage of this essential chemical. Major producers have maintained steady output levels, and there have been no significant disruptions in the production chain. This stable supply is a positive aspect of the market, as it indicates reliability and consistency in meeting the needs of downstream industries.

Buying sentiments in the market have been only within the average range. There is no significant surge in purchasing activity, and buyers are cautious with their procurement strategies. Plastic waste

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Caprolactam Supply in Germany Remains Stable, Demand Lags Behind

The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has made a significant advancement by signing its first non-sovereign loan agreement in China

This milestone event took place in east China’s Zhejiang Province, where the NDB committed to providing around 358 million yuan (approximately 50 million U.S. dollars) to the Bank of Huzhou. This funding is earmarked for a series of sustainable infrastructure projects throughout the province. The key focus of these initiatives includes the enhancement of clean energy, energy efficiency, transportation, logistics, water, and sanitation infrastructure. Plastic waste

This strategic loan enables the on-lending of funds to private sector entities, facilitating their involvement in critical infrastructure projects. It represents a shift in the NDB’s approach, emphasizing support for the private sector’s role in infrastructure development, which aligns with the broader developmental goals of BRICS member countries.

The NDB, established by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, aims to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development in emerging economies and developing countries, thus complementing the efforts of other global multilateral and regional financial institutions. Plastic waste

The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has made a significant advancement by signing its first non-sovereign loan agreement in China

Innovation Award finalists announced

Showcasing progress in nonwoven substrates, cleaning solutions and raw materials

Showcasing progress in nonwoven substrates, cleaning solutions and raw materials
INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabrics industry, has announced the three finalists for its World of Wipes Innovation Award to be announced at the annual World of Wipes (WOW) international conference taking place from June 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The three products competing for the award are multi-purpose cleaning wipes from Kimberly-Clark Professional, a bio-binder technology from OrganoClick, and facial care wipes from Rockline Industries. Plastic waste
The winner will be announced on Thursday June 20th.Kimberly-Clark Professional’s Scott Xtreme multi-purpose cleaning wipes are engineered for removing difficult stains such as oil, grease, paint and adhesives, but are said to be gentle enough to clean hands. The dual-action cleaning fabrics incorporate a patented citrus cleaning solution and have a textured side to increase scrubbing action and a smooth side for wiping surfaces clean.
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Bottles Recycling – The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving 30-05-2024

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Bottles Recycling – The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving 30-05-2024

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The recycling industry is urging a ban on coloured plastic bottles, like those from L&P, due to recycling challenges

Despite the New Zealand government’s new recycling rules, many councils are forced to send these PET bottles to landfills or stockpile them. No local facilities can recycle coloured PET, and while larger councils like Auckland can export them, smaller councils struggle.

At a Richmond facility, 80 tonnes of coloured bottles await overseas buyers. Councils like Queenstown Lakes and Waikato face similar issues, with bottles often ending up in landfills due to limited market demand and high handling costs. Clear PET is easier to recycle locally, unlike coloured PET, which is less versatile and turns brown or grey when reprocessed.  Bottles Recycling

Ministry for the Environment waste manager Shaun Lewis defended the inclusion of coloured PET in recycling rules, citing uniformity and low volumes of these bottles. However, internal concerns about the lack of onshore processing facilities were raised. The Ministry admits local recycling solutions are years away.

Industry experts, like Barney Irvine, argue for producer responsibility, suggesting a government ban if companies do not voluntarily switch to clear plastics. Some companies are already transitioning to more recyclable materials.  Bottles Recycling

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Gerresheimer, through its subsidiary Gerresheimer Glas, has signed an agreement with Triton to acquire Blitz LuxCo, the holding company of Bormioli Pharma, for 800 million euros

Bormioli Pharma, part of Triton’s portfolio since 2017, specializes in plastic and glass packaging for the pharmaceutical sector. It operates nine factories in Italy, France, and Germany, employing around 1,500 people, and has a turnover of approximately 370 million euros. In 2023, the company sold over 8 billion pieces.  Bottles Recycling

Andrea Lodetti, CEO of Bormioli Pharma, remarked on Triton’s support in strengthening their position in pharmaceutical packaging and expressed optimism for future development with Gerresheimer. This acquisition will enhance Gerresheimer’s production capacity in Europe, especially southern Europe, and bolster its role as a supplier for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals, with finalization expected in the fourth quarter of the year. Gerresheimer provides containment and delivery systems for drugs and medical devices for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and cosmetics industries. It operates 35 production sites across 16 countries in Europe, America, and Asia, and employs around 12,000 people. In 2023, Gerresheimer generated nearly 2 billion euros in sales. Bottles Recycling

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The research on discriminating plastic waste pyrolysis oil feedstocks using supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC)

Plastic waste is a significant environmental challenge, with most plastic bottles ending up in landfills despite recycling efforts. Traditional recycling methods are limited to specific plastic types, such as type-1 and type-2 plastics (soda bottles, water bottles, and milk jugs). However, global plastic production continues to rise, resulting in substantial waste.

To address this issue, Kevin Schug and his team at The University of Texas at Arlington explored chemical recycling through pyrolysis.  Bottles Recycling

In pyrolysis, plastics are heated in an oxygen-free environment, breaking down into pyrolysis oils. These oils share characteristics with crude oil and can be further refined into fuels or chemical feedstocks for new plastics.

Unlike traditional recycling, pyrolysis can handle all plastic types. However, it generates complex mixtures that require careful examination. Contaminants like sulfur and nitrogen can impact downstream processing. To address this, Schug’s team developed a new supercritical fluid chromatography method. This technique allows clear differentiation between oils produced from polyethylene and polypropylene feedstocks.

The goal is to enhance plastic recycling, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and contribute to climate change mitigation.  Bottles Recycling

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Green Hydrogen: TE H2 and VERBUND’s Major Project in Tunisia

TE H2, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and EREN Groupe, alongside Austria’s leading electricity company VERBUND, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Tunisia to explore a substantial green hydrogen project, “H2 Notos.” This initiative aims to export green hydrogen to Central Europe via pipelines.

H2 Notos plans to produce green hydrogen using electrolysers powered by large onshore wind and solar projects, utilizing desalinated seawater. Bottles Recycling

Initially, the project targets an annual production of 200,000 tons of green hydrogen, with potential to scale up to one million tons per year in South Tunisia.

The hydrogen will be transported to Europe through the “SoutH2 Corridor,” a pipeline network connecting North Africa to Italy, Austria, and Germany, expected to be operational around 2030.

TE H2 and VERBUND will lead the development, financing, construction, and operation of the project, from green electricity production to hydrogen generation. VERBUND will also coordinate hydrogen transport to Central Europe. Bottles Recycling

Michael Strugl, CEO of VERBUND AG, emphasized Tunisia’s strategic importance for scalable and competitive hydrogen production, crucial for supplying the European industry. He looks forward to collaborating with Tunisian authorities and the local population to develop this GW-scale project.

Green Hydrogen: TE H2 and VERBUND's Major Project in Tunisia

Why does China PET bottle chip industry run decline continuosly in the peak season ?

Recently, PET bottle chip prices have shown a tendency towards weakness. On one hand, the support from upstream raw material costs is not strong enough. On the other hand, sea freight rates continue to rise, coupled with a shortage of shipping containers. Post the May Day holiday, some PET bottle chip factories have experienced partial hindrances in export shipments, and the pickup speed by some downstream customers has slightly decreased. Bottles Recycling

However, after prices fell below the 7000yuan/mt mark, downstream major factories have started replenishing stocks one after another. It is reported that many downstream major factories have already made purchases until August. Though current processing spread of PET bottle chip is still around 550yuan/mt, in terms of bulk deals since May, the actual processing spread is around 450yuan/mt. Will the O/R of PET bottle chip factories continue to decrease in the future?

According to CCFGroup statistics, Chongqing Wankai, Sichuan Hanjiang, and CRC Jiangyin have taken actions to reduce or halt production, involving a total capacity of 1.5 million tons. Combined with previous long term shutdown and capacity conversions of about 1 million tons, the current idle capacity totals around 2.5 million tons, affecting the operating rate by approximately 13.8%. Bottles Recycling

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The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving

Industry Minister Pimphattra Wichaikul announced these updates on Tuesday, highlighting the TISI board’s decision on May 21 to enhance consumer safety by replacing old standards.

Minister Pimphattra emphasized the urgency of issuing an official announcement to classify these plastic bags as controlled goods to ensure consumer protection. She noted that Thai consumers frequently use plastic bags for hot foods, cold foods, and drinks, which can lead to contamination with toxic heavy metals when used improperly. Bottles Recycling

To further safeguard consumers, the minister instructed TISI to expedite the regulation of other food-contact containers, such as plastic and stainless steel lunch boxes.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Banchong Sukrita, chairing the TISI board, mentioned the approval of 97 additional standards, including those for student chairs, plastic chairs, and rubberwood products.

TISI Secretary General Wanchai Phanomchai detailed the new standards, which set contamination limits for toxic heavy metals like lead, aluminium, and mercury. Bags for hot foods must withstand up to 100°C, those for frozen foods must endure -18°C, and microwaveable bags must tolerate at least 80°C. Bottles Recycling

The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), under the Industry Ministry, has established new standards for food-grade plastic bags used for hot storage, cold storage, and microwaving

Turkish company scales up PET bottle recycling line

The company, PAAG, installed a Starlinger RecoStar bottle-to-bottle recycling line in March.

Istanbul-based PCR Ambalaj Atıkları Geri Kazanım A.Ş. (PAAG), a member of Bell Holding A.Ş., has installed a Starlinger Recycling Technology RecoStar PET (polyethylene terephthalate) 165 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line with a production capacity of up to 1,800 kilograms per hour in its Gebze facility in Kocaeli, near Istanbul. The line began operating in mid-March.  Bottles Recycling

By investing in bottle-to-bottle recycling, PAAG aims to reduce the demand for virgin plastic, minimize its carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable approach to packaging.

“We entered the bottle-to-bottle recycling market with a firm commitment to advancing sustainability and making a positive impact on the environment,” PAAG Vice Chairman Bekir Öktenoğlu says. “Recognizing the urgent global issue of climate change, we saw an opportunity to contribute to a circular economy by transforming used plastic bottles into new, high-quality bottles.”  Bottles Recycling

Turkish company scales up PET bottle recycling line

PCR Plastics – Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste 29-05-2024

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PCR Plastics – Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste 29-05-2024

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FORVIA’S innovative and eco-responsible technologies to equip the future Renault 5 E-Tech

Sustainable products for eco-friendly mobility

With Sustainability becoming ever more crucial to consumers, Renault has made the choice to respond to this demand by packing its new all-electric car with low-CO2 materials supplied by FORVIA, such as NAFILean-R and Ecorium, which include recycled content and bio composites. MATERI’ACT, FORVIA’s sustainable materials division, supplies the Renault 5 E-Tech with NAFILean-R, a multi-awarded bio composite incorporating 20% natural hemp fibers with a matrix of fully recycled polypropylene coming from post-consumer waste.  PCR Plastics

It is used for the first time on board a vehicle, for the complete structural part of the instrument panel. Developed and supplied by MATERI’ACT, together with Veolia and APM, this material offers 73% CO2 emissions reduction together with 20% weight saving without compromising on stringent specifications for resistance, crash safety and cabin air quality.

Ecorium, a premium trimming material for seats representing an alternative to animal leather, will also be available in certain models of the new E-Tech. This material, also made from recycled plastic and hemp, offers a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional leather.  PCR Plastics

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Zeolyst International, a joint venture between Ecovyst and Shell Catalyst & Technologies, has launched a new laboratory reactor in Pennsylvania to enhance catalytic pyrolysis for chemical recycling of plastic waste

This project, based at Ecovyst’s technology center in Conshohocken, involves 45 scientists and technicians working on advanced zeolitic catalysts and materials.

The key to this initiative is Ecovyst’s Opal Infinity zeolitic catalysts, introduced last year. These catalysts increase the thermal efficiency of pyrolysis, a process that breaks down polymer chains in the absence of oxygen to produce pyrolysis oil and syngas. These products can replace fossil feedstocks in new plastic production, promoting a circular economy.  PCR Plastics

The technology center already had facilities for polymerization tests on AlphaPol polyethylene catalysts, and the new reactor further enhances its capabilities. The center’s existing laboratories and pilot units are now complemented by this advanced reactor, facilitating the development of efficient chemical recycling processes.

Lucy Innes, General Manager of Zeolyst International, emphasizes the importance of collaboration with customers to develop advanced zeolite-based materials and catalysts. “Our goal is to transition from laboratory scale to pilot and large-scale production, ensuring quality, value, and speed. The Opal Infinity zeolites enhance the efficiency of thermal processes and optimize product distribution, crucial for improving the cost-effectiveness of chemical plastic recycling.”  PCR Plastics

This initiative represents a significant step towards sustainable plastic waste management and the creation of valuable products from recycled materials.

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PepsiCo has announced financial support for the expansion of GreenDot’s plastic recycling capacities. GreenDot, a German waste management and recycling group, is constructing a sorting plant in Ennshafen, Austria, with a capacity to sort 100,000 tonnes of lightweight packaging annually

Last year, GreenDot acquired Synextra, an Italian material recovery facility, to prepare feedstock for chemical recycling.

This new collaboration aims to expand GreenDot’s network of mechanical and chemical recycling facilities in Europe. PepsiCo will gain access to more recycled plastics for its snack packaging, aiming to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in all its European crisp and chip bags by 2030.  PCR Plastics

While the investment amount remains undisclosed, the companies stated that the long-term collaboration establishes a new business model, closing the loop between waste plastic and recycled content in packaging. Laurent Auguste, CEO of GreenDot, highlighted that this agreement is a significant milestone for the industry, promoting a circular economy for plastic packaging. GreenDot plans to invest in developing packaging recycling capacities, including chemical recycling of polyolefins, offering scalable solutions for the food industry.

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Dow recently celebrated its commitment to sustainable automotive progress with the “New Era, New Mobility” forum in Shanghai

Coinciding with the Shanghai E-Prix of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the event showcased Dow’s partnership with Jaguar TCS Racing and highlighted its dedication to innovation in electric vehicles (EVs).

The forum featured discussions on the future of sustainable mobility, focusing on the consumer experience in EVs, emphasizing comfort and safety, and exploring the electrification landscape.  PCR Plastics

Industry experts gathered to share insights and strategies for advancing sustainable transportation in China, a key market for Dow.

Marking Dow China’s 45th anniversary, the forum also celebrated Dow’s significant expansion in Greater China, including state-of-the-art facilities in Shanghai and Zhangjiagang. These developments reflect Dow’s role in supporting China’s shift towards sustainable mobility solutions.

Dow MobilityScience™, leveraging over 100 years of transportation expertise, continues to innovate with materials like resins, adhesives, elastomers, and foams aimed at decarbonization and boosting EV performance. Jon Penrice and Cherry Zhu, presidents of Dow MobilityScience™ and Dow Greater China respectively, stressed the importance of global collaboration for a sustainable automotive future.  PCR Plastics

Dow recently celebrated its commitment to sustainable automotive progress with the “New Era, New Mobility” forum in Shanghai

Marubeni Corporation, Neste, and Resonac Corporation have joined forces to advance the production of renewable chemicals in Japan

This partnership centers around Neste RE™, a renewable raw material supplied by Neste, which will be utilized at Resonac’s Oita Complex to produce renewable olefins and derivatives. Marubeni will handle the logistics and supply chain from Neste to Resonac.

Neste RE™ is a bio-based feedstock derived entirely from renewable materials like waste and residue oils and fats. Used in steam crackers, Neste RE™ replaces conventional fossil-based feedstocks such as naphtha, aiding in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Carrie Song, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Renewable Products at Neste, highlighted the significance of this collaboration: “Replacing fossil resources in plastics production is a major industry challenge. Partnering with Marubeni and Resonac exemplifies our commitment to sustainability.”  PCR Plastics

Yoshiaki Yokota, Chief Executive Officer, Energy & Infrastructure Solution Group at Marubeni, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative: “We aim to contribute to the petrochemical industry’s carbon neutrality by establishing a trade flow of renewable feedstocks alongside conventional materials.”

Marubeni Corporation, Neste, and Resonac Corporation have joined forces to advance the production of renewable chemicals in Japan

Alpla and Re-Purpose Partner to Enhance Plastics Recycling in South Africa

Plastic packaging manufacturer ALPLA Group and waste repurposing company Re-Purpose have formed a strategic partnership to boost sustainable packaging and fortify the feedstock value chain for ALPLA’s first PET recycling facility in Africa. ALPLA is investing €60 million to construct a recycling plant in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, with completion expected by early 2025. This facility will produce over 35,000 tons of recycled PET annually.  PCR Plastics

Re-Purpose, based in Durban, specializes in reverse logistics for post-consumer plastic waste through source-oriented collection programs. With four material recovery facilities in KwaZulu-Natal, Re-Purpose aims to empower local communities and buy-back centers to collect and divert substantial plastic waste, creating jobs and income for previously disadvantaged individuals.

This partnership is projected to generate numerous jobs in KwaZulu-Natal and potentially across South Africa. Re-Purpose will optimize its existing baling centers and establish new ones to enhance PET bottle collection. Additionally, Re-Purpose will support ALPLA in building a strategic supplier base for PET bottle bales and work with key stakeholders to expand community outreach and source-separation programs.  PCR Plastics

The goal is to collect 5,000 tons of PET monthly, a volume necessary for ALPLA’s plant to operate at full capacity by 2026.

ALPLA and Re-Purpose Partner to Enhance Plastics Recycling in South Africa

Mocom Launches Carbon Fiber Compounding Department in Germany

The Otto Krahn group has inaugurated a new thermoplastic composites production department in Germany. Mocom, a German company, opened this new facility at its Gardelegen factory, dedicated to compounding technopolymers reinforced with carbon fibers, with an annual capacity of 3,000 tonnes. This project, announced last October, is part of a nearly 10 million euro investment in the German site.

The new department initially launched an extrusion line and equipment for carbon fiber processing, but the building is designed to accommodate additional production lines in the future.  PCR Plastics

To enhance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact, the facility features a photovoltaic system on the roof and utilizes heat generated by machinery for heating purposes.

Mocom, part of the Otto Krahn group, employs 900 people across five factories: three in Germany (Hamburg, Zuelpich, and Gardelegen) and two abroad (Changshu, China, and Duncan, USA). Its main target sectors include automotive, electrical and electronics, home and garden, and sports and leisure.  PCR Plastics

Mocom Launches Carbon Fiber Compounding Department in Germany

Post-consumer plastic – Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers 28-05-2024

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Post-consumer plastic – Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers 28-05-2024

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In the first five months of the year, PlasticFinder, an e-commerce platform for the plastics industry, saw a 30% growth in recycled products, with over 100 new users registered

This trend, explained by PlasticFinder’s president Stefano Chiaramondia, is driven by new European regulations, consumer demand, and brand owners’ interest in quality recycled plastic.

Chiaramondia highlights the need for qualified partners to guide companies and the supply chain through the complex transition to a circular economy. The challenge is compounded by the insufficient quantity of recycled plastic in Europe, necessitating imports from outside the EU, which must meet strict conformity standards. Post-consumer plastic

European converters, accustomed to importing virgin materials, may also turn to imported recycled plastics. However, market dynamics differ due to European regulations ensuring material quality and traceability. To meet growing demand, Europe must import compliant non-EU recycled products, adhering to current regulations.

Non-compliant materials are deemed waste under these regulations, posing significant risks to processing companies, including criminal liabilities. PlasticFinder offers tools to ensure the conformity of recycled plastics, such as the end-of-waste certification and REACH compliance for major polymers like PET, HDPE, and LDPE. Post-consumer plastic

To support companies, PlasticFinder will launch a new recycled plastic assessment service, debuting on June 19-20 in Amsterdam at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2024. This free service for registered companies will help verify if their products can be marketed in Europe and provide solutions if needed.

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At IFAT in Munich, the Erema Group and Lindner Washtech unveiled how intelligent energy management and efficient data communication enhance recycled pellet quality in plastics recycling

This collaboration marked the first results of their joint venture.

The key to innovative plastics recycling lies in optimizing every step of the value chain. From material collection to final recycling, fine-tuning each process is crucial. Lindner and Erema’s cooperation, formalized under the BLUEONE Solutions holding, leverages their combined expertise. Erema, a leader in extruders and filtration for plastics recycling, and Lindner Washtech, known for shredding, sorting, and washing solutions, are driving this initiative.  Post-consumer plastic

Data transfer between the extruder and washing system is central to their strategy. “We developed a platform for data exchange,” said Manfred Hackl, CEO of the Erema Group. This enables precise data analysis, facilitating process improvements. For instance, the throughput data from Erema’s Pre Conditioning Unit can optimize the washing process, compensating for capacity fluctuations and boosting output. This step forwards digitalization significantly enhances recycling efficiency.

Efficient energy management is also vital. “We use heat from the extrusion process to power washing and drying,” explained Michael Lackner, Managing Director of Lindner.

Using synergies along the value chain is essential to meet quality standards for end applications. Collaboration between industry leaders like Lindner and Erema improves recycling processes, moving away from downcycling.  Post-consumer plastic

They have already demonstrated success with the HDPE recycling loop, producing high-quality, food-safe rHDPE pellets.

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How to Reduce Textile Waste in the Fashion Industry

The myopic approach of the fast fashion industry has become a major cause for concern. “Cheap clothing” which attracts millions of buyers in all parts of the world, is not so “cheap” after all. The earth pays the cost when 92 million tonnes of textile waste are dumped annually into landfills, and 42 million tonnes of plastic waste are created each year. These shocking textile waste statistics should be enough to jolt us into action.

“Shop less, think more.” – Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer said it best.

Change needs to come from within.  Post-consumer plastic

There is so much that can be done. Many businesses are adopting sustainable methods to help counter the crisis.

Let us take a look at the steps that can and are being taken to help reduce textile waste in the fashion industry.

Choosing Eco-friendly Innovative Fabrics 

Our landfill sites are brimming to the top. This is not only because excessive amounts of waste are generated during the various stages of a fabric’s life cycle, but also because this waste does not biodegrade. Replacing synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon with sustainable ones will be a step in the right direction.  Post-consumer plastic

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Sustainable Textiles for Innovative Interiors

The increasing demand for sustainable textile is driven by the urgent need to reduce environmental impact and introduce innovative solutions across various industries, including marine, automotive, hospitality, healthcare, and cruise lines. Our comprehensive range of eco-friendly materials, such as eco-friendly sustainable faux leathervegan faux leatherlightweight marine-grade faux leather, and recyclable fiber, is designed to meet these demands while promoting sustainability.

Innovative Sustainable Materials

The portfolio of sustainable textiles includes pioneering materials such as:

Seaweed Bioplastics: This innovative bioplastic, derived from abundant marine seaweed, captures carbon from the atmosphere and supports continuous recycling. Post-consumer plastic

Cork: Biodegradable and recyclable, cork is harvested sustainably from the outer bark of trees, allowing the trees to continue sequestering carbon.

Bacterial Nanocellulose: Made from renewable marine seaweed, this material captures atmospheric carbon, contributing to the eco-friendly credentials of sustainable textiles.

Soy Extract: Enhances carbon-14 bio-content through plant-based solvents extracted from soybeans.  Post-consumer plastic

Food Waste: Innovative alternatives to traditional leather, such as those made from potato peels and coffee grounds, reduce waste and promote sustainability.

Mycelium Leather: This fungal leather emits fewer greenhouse gases and consumes fewer resources than traditional plastic leather or livestock production, highlighting its role in the realm of sustainable textile.

Biobased Materials: These materials are derived from renewable sources, such as plants and agricultural waste, and are designed to be biodegradable and sustainable, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering carbon footprints.  Post-consumer plastic

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Recyclable Fibers in Sustainable Textiles

In addition to eco-friendly materials, recyclable fibers play a crucial role in sustainable textiles.

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Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers

Fiber-to-fiber recycling is an innovative process that converts textile waste into new fibers, which are then used to create new clothing and other textile products. This sustainable method addresses the growing concern of textile waste by repurposing discarded fabrics into valuable resources.

The process begins with sorting the fabric by color and type, including synthetic materials like polyester and rayon. This initial step ensures that the fibers are compatible for recycling and helps maintain the quality of the final product. Once sorted, the fabric is stripped down to its raw fiber form. These raw fibers are thoroughly cleaned to remove any impurities that could affect the quality of the new textiles.  Post-consumer plastic

After cleaning, the fibers can be dyed to achieve the desired color and then spun into yarn. This yarn is used to create new textiles, ranging from garments to insulation materials. The re-spinning process is crucial as it gives the fibers a new life, transforming them into versatile and high-quality products.

Fiber-to-fiber recycling not only helps reduce the environmental impact of textile waste but also promotes a circular economy. By reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, this process supports sustainable fashion and reduces the need for virgin materials. Post-consumer plastic

Fiber-to-Fiber Recycling: Transforming Textile Waste into New Fibers

Has recycling failed as a solution to the plastic pollution crisis?

For many years, criticisms of plastic recycling – as a concept and as a solution to our plastic pollution crisis – have been offered. With the possibility of a global plastics treaty arriving by the end of this year, these arguments warrant consideration, especially with Greenpeace among their proponents. For its critics, plastic recycling remains, despite decades of effort, an unproven intervention because the toxicity and variety of contemporary plastics makes them inherently unsuitable for recycling.

In this year’s Big Plastic Count, Greenpeace claim that of the 1.7bn plastics binned each week (90bn annually), 58% was incinerated, 11% landfilled, 14% exported and just 17% recycled. So, will plastic recycling always be a dead-end – or does it have some part to play in a circular future?  Post-consumer plastic

Recycling plastics preserves, creates and releases toxins

Funded by the Norwegian Research Council and run by a group of Norwegian and Swiss research organisations, the PlastChem project created a database of over 16,000 chemicals and polymers used in the production of plastics around the world, concluding that more than 4,200 were ‘of concern because they are persistent, bioaccumulative, mobile and/or toxic.’ Post-consumer plastic

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The Two Types of Molecular Recycling at Eastman

At Eastman, we utilize two pioneering molecular recycling technologies: Polyester Renewal Technology (PRT) and Carbon Renewal Technology (CRT). These innovative methods play a crucial role in addressing the growing issue of plastic waste and advancing the circular economy.

Polyester Renewal Technology (PRT) focuses on recycling polyester plastics. Items such as soft drink bottles, carpets, and polyester-based clothing are prime candidates for this process. PRT works by breaking down these polyester products into their fundamental monomers through a process often referred to as “unzipping.”  Post-consumer plastic

This method not only ensures the effective recycling of polyester but also maintains the quality of the original material, enabling it to be reused in the production of new polyester items.

Carbon Renewal Technology (CRT), on the other hand, offers a broader approach to recycling various types of waste plastics. This technology converts complex plastic waste, which is often hard to recycle through traditional means, into basic molecular building blocks. These molecules can then be used to produce a wide range of materials and products. CRT is particularly valuable for its ability to handle mixed and contaminated plastics, which are typically challenging to recycle. Post-consumer plastic

The Two Types of Molecular Recycling at Eastman

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Plastics recycling – Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, has developed a new multifunctional polyester material with high breathability and UV protection 27-05-2024

PET Bottles – Group Partners with HYDS to Boost Green Hydrogen Use in Europe 27-05-2024

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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 

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ITEM 20/05/2024 27/05/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,070 yuan/ton +20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 900 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,840 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton +30
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,860 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton +40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,910 yuan/ton 5,960 yuan/ton
+50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 725 $/ton 740 $/ton +15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,520 yuan/ton 4,515 yuan/ton
-5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 528 $/ton 530 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,026 $/ton 1,040 $/ton
+14
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,004 $/ton 1,018 $/ton +14
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,130 $/7on 1,125 $/ton -5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,425  yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton
+175
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,750 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,050 yuan/ton 8,175 yuan/ton +125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,350 yuan/ton 13,550 yuan/ton
+200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,890 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,700  yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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21,200 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,300 yuan/ton 19,550 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,200 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 32,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,600 yuan/ton 9,650 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 8,970 yuan/ton 9,090 yuan/ton +120
Benzene overseas  market 1,042 $/ton 1,057 $/ton +15
Ethylene South East market 965 $/ton 955 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE market CIF 771 $/ton 766 $/ton -5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,500 yuan/ton 10,400 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,950 yuan/ton 12,950 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,280 yuan/ton 7,330 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  677 $/ton 666 $/ton -11
Phenol domestic market 7,820 yuan/ton 7,707 yuan/ton -113

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   –

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Group Partners with HYDS to Boost Green Hydrogen Use in Europe

px Group has announced a strategic partnership with H2 Solutions (HYDS), a Norwegian firm specializing in green hydrogen production plants. This collaboration aims to accelerate the energy transition towards a low-carbon future.

Geoff Holmes, CEO of px Group, highlighted the need for an integrated engineering and operating provider in the Nordic region, emphasizing their commitment to this role alongside HYDS. The partnership will initially focus on the Nordic region, with plans for future expansion across Europe. PET Bottles

Thor-Henrik W. Hagen, CEO of HYDS, noted the successful year-long cooperation between the companies, which revealed shared values, particularly a joint focus on safety. He emphasized the importance of securing capacity for balancing plant operations and the potential to develop, build, and operate hydrogen plants both domestically and internationally. PET Bottles

Raymond Smebye, Business Development Director Scandinavia at px Group, praised the partnership’s shared commitment to safety, talent, and decarbonization.

px Group, already managing multiple strategic energy assets in the UK, Norway, and other parts of Europe, sees this partnership as a significant step in their expansion.

HYDS operates Stord H2 and Kaupanes H2 in Norway and is developing several new projects. The partnership will leverage both companies’ strengths to optimize plant designs and prepare for larger hydrogen production operations.

HYDS’s projects are in the feasibility stage, with the first final investment decisions expected by mid-2025. PET Bottles

This announcement follows px Group’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in Lifte H2, a German hydrogen engineering firm. px Group is supported by Ara Partners, while HYDS is backed by Dalane Energi AS, Sunnhordland Kraftlag AS, and private investors.

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Consortium Develops Innovative Recycling for Polyurethane Mattress Foams

The Foam Recycling Ecosystem Evolution (FREE) project has launched, coordinated by Covestro, to revolutionize the recycling of end-of-life polyurethane (PU) mattress foams. This initiative combines chemical and mechanical processes to maximize material efficiency in creating a new cycle for flexible PU foam. Efficient sorting at dismantling plants is crucial for this process.

French company Ecomaison, dedicated to furniture recycling, collaborates with Covestro to employ advanced chemical recycling technologies. This process recovers both polyol and the precursor to isocyanate TDI from used foams. PET Bottles

Partners aim to recycle sorted polyurethane foams effectively by blending mechanical and chemical methods, enhancing efficiency. Besides Ecomaison and Covestro, French dismantling firm Secondly and Belgian mechanical recycling specialist Federal Eco Foam join the project, which is slated for a 24-month duration. Covestro coordinates the project, with partial funding from Ecomaison.

The FREE consortium is driven by the added value of recovered materials and the move towards a sustainable circular economy. They believe chemical and mechanical recycling can complement each other, with Secondly focusing on refining sorting processes to supply high-quality foam to recyclers. PET Bottles

This project will provide insights into the future of foam recycling, showing how market dynamics may evolve. Covestro’s innovative chemical recycling process, unique in recovering high-purity raw materials, supports this vision. Operating a pilot plant in Leverkusen, Covestro is committed to advancing these technologies for industrial application.

Covestro’s initiative, Evocycle® CQ, aims to achieve a fully circular economy. The chemolysis of PU mattress foam under the Evocycle® CQ Mattress program represents a pioneering step in this direction. PET Bottles

Consortium Develops Innovative Recycling for Polyurethane Mattress Foams

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Fiber Recycling – Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts25-05-2024

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Even Faster and More Effective: KHS Enhances Innofill PET DRV Filler

KHS has made significant improvements to its modular Innofill PET DRV filler, enhancing its speed and efficiency for filling still and carbonated beverages into PET bottles.

The Innofill PET DRV, typically used with a stretch blow molder in a duo block or with an additional labeler in a TriBlock, now features three major upgrades. Firstly, it offers higher speeds for large containers without sacrificing flexibility, redefining high speed with an output of up to 90,000 PET bottles per hour. Fiber Recycling

High Capacity for Large Containers

The new Innofill PET DRV HC (high capacity) filler option boosts machine output by up to 15% for containers holding 1.5 liters or more. This is achieved by raising the product bowl for a higher filling speed and introducing a three-step pneumatic switching valve for full flexibility. Beverage producers can now choose between three different filling speeds, ensuring optimal quality for both small and large containers.

Speed Further Increased

To meet the demands of markets like Asia, KHS has increased the DRV filler’s speed to up to 90,000 containers per hour for carbonated soft drinks. Advanced simulation technology ensures gentle and safe conveyance of beverage containers, preventing damage and spillage. Fiber Recycling

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BASF bolsters investment in its Performance Materials capacity and competencies in India

  • Polyurethane Technical Development Center India to be inaugurated in May and will support market development of polyurethane applications 
  • BASF will increase the capacity of Ultramid® PA and Ultradur® PBT in Panoli and Thane to capitalize on growing market demand in India 

Mumbai, India – May 23, 2024 – BASF India Limited will increase the production capacity of its Ultramid® polyamide (PA) and Ultradur® polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounding plant in Panoli, Gujarat and Thane, Maharashtra. Fiber Recycling

Its Polyurethane Technical Development Center India, to be inaugurated on 28 May in Mumbai, will support market development of polyurethane applications in industries such as transportation, construction, footwear, appliances and furniture.

“The capacity expansion of Ultramid and Ultradur in Panoli and Thane, as well as the inauguration of the Center shows our commitment to enhancing local production and capabilities. With this Made-in-India-for-India strategy, we increase our speed-to-market and stay close to our customers, enabling us to shorten our delivery time in terms of products, solutions and technical service,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. Fiber Recycling

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Double Acquisition for Maire Group

The Maire group, an Italian company, has signed an agreement to acquire APS Designing Energy and KTI Poland, enhancing its expertise in rubbers and bioplastics. This acquisition includes APS Evolution, the holding company controlling these entities.

APS Designing Energy and KTI Poland are engineering firms specializing in downstream projects in the petrochemical sector, focusing on tires and green chemistry, particularly biofuels and bioplastics. They offer comprehensive design services, ranging from feasibility studies to engineering, project management, procurement, plant construction, and training.  Fiber Recycling

The agreement stipulates a purchase price of approximately 7.7 million euros. An initial payment of 1.2 million euros is due upon completion, with the remaining 6.5 million euros paid in four installments over five years. The transaction is expected to close within three months, pending customary conditions.

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Loop Industries Collaborates With On and Unveils Launch of the Cloudeasy Cyclon, a Shoe Manufactured With the Infinite Loop(TM) Fiber-To-Fiber Recycling Technology

Loop Industries, Inc., a clean technology company whose mission is to accelerate a circular plastics economy by manufacturing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber, today announced its collaboration with On, the Swiss sportswear brand, and unveiled the launch of the Cloudeasy Cyclon shoe.

This innovative shoe, part of On’s Circular Cyclon™ program, is a groundbreaking achievement in sustainable footwear, featuring an upper crafted from yarn made with Loop’s 100% recycled polyester fiber using the Infinite Loop™ fiber-to-fiber recycling technology. Fiber Recycling

This collaboration combines On’s commitment to performance and sustainability with Loop’s disruptive technology to manufacture a shoe that is not only manufactured with recycled polyester fiber but can also be recycled into new shoes endlessly. This closed-loop system minimizes waste and maximizes sustainability, setting a new standard for environmentally responsible footwear manufacturing.

Coloured, multi-material textile waste that was destined to be incinerated was diverted and upcycled into recycled polyester fiber and used in the upper of the Cloudeasy Cyclon shoe. Fiber Recycling

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Scientists have demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) pyrolysis, when combined with distillation, can achieve a 60% yield of 99% pure styrene

This process, however, comes with a significant cost of $2.09 ± $0.21 per kilogram. PS pyrolysis involves heating polystyrene in the absence of oxygen to break it down into smaller molecules.

When followed by distillation, this method can effectively produce high-purity styrene, a valuable chemical used in the manufacturing of various plastic products and synthetic rubbers.

Despite the promising yield and purity levels, the cost of the process remains a major challenge. Fiber Recycling

The high expense is attributed to the energy-intensive nature of pyrolysis and the subsequent distillation steps required to achieve the desired purity.

This cost factor could limit the commercial viability of PS pyrolysis for styrene production, especially when compared to traditional methods of producing styrene from petroleum-based feedstocks, which are generally more cost-effective.

Nevertheless, the ability to recycle polystyrene waste into high-purity styrene through pyrolysis offers a potential environmental benefit, reducing plastic waste and reliance on fossil fuels. Fiber Recycling

Further research and technological advancements are needed to optimize the process and reduce costs, making it a more competitive and sustainable alternative for styrene production.

Scientists have demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) pyrolysis, when combined with distillation, can achieve a 60% yield of 99% pure styrene

Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts

Recently, the global naphtha market saw a price drop. For the week ending May 17, 2024, U.S. naphtha prices fell by nearly 3%, from USD 590/MT to USD 573/MT. This decline was attributed to weaker oil demand and reduced geopolitical risk premiums. Oil futures markets turned bearish, with increased short selling. Despite demand concerns, major energy agencies made only minor adjustments to their estimates.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported slower growth in U.S. crude oil supply, contributing to the naphtha price decline. Lower demand and a price drop in the downstream naphtha market also played a role. Fiber Recycling

Decreased borrowing costs due to lower interest rates potentially increased oil demand and economic growth. Globally, weaker refinery demand and abundant supply weakened physical crude oil markets, further lowering naphtha prices.

In Brazil, naphtha prices also fell due to decreased domestic demand and reduced geopolitical risks in the Middle East. This easing of tensions removed uncertainties that typically inflated prices, creating a more favorable pricing environment.

In Asia, oil prices fell, leading to lower naphtha prices. Investors anticipated that high U.S. inflation and interest rates would reduce consumer and industrial demand. Additionally, shutdowns at various crackers in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan contributed to the price decline. Japan’s crude oil import strategy shift, reducing imports from Saudi Arabia and increasing U.S. shipments, also influenced prices. Fiber Recycling

Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts

INEOS Inovyn has launched two new PVC pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

This initiative is part of the strategic ‘Project Circle,’ aiming to commission an industrial unit with a 40KT recyclable capacity by 2030. These plants will accelerate technologies for recycling non-mechanically recyclable PVC, enhancing Europe’s PVC recycling capabilities.

INEOS Inovyn has joined two value chain consortiums, supported by Walloon and Flemish authorities, to strengthen technical and commercial development. Geir Tuft, CEO of INEOS Inovyn, highlighted the complexity of achieving full circularity for PVC and described Project Circle as a significant step towards developing advanced recycling solutions and supporting Europe’s green transition. Fiber Recycling

Currently, around 30% of PVC waste in Europe is mechanically recycled. Project Circle targets the remaining non-mechanically recyclable waste using new technologies such as dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification. The goal is to make all PVC waste recyclable, with the first industrial unit expected by 2030.

INEOS Inovyn has launched two new PVC pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

Tire Recycling – LyondellBasell, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches, designed to transform PET packaging with a matte frost effect 24-05-2024

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Plastics recycling – Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, has developed a new multifunctional polyester material with high breathability and UV protection 27-05-2024

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PET Bottles – Group Partners with HYDS to Boost Green Hydrogen Use in Europe 

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German R-PET Prices Continue Upward Trend Amid Supply Constraints

Germany’s Recycled Polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market has been experiencing a wave of rising prices in recent months. A perfect cluster of supply constraints, higher production costs, and robust demand across multiple sectors has been putting upward pressure on R-PET prices.

From April through early May 2024, R-PET prices climbed steadily higher, mirroring the broader market trends. By May 24th, the price of R-PET flakes on an FD Hamburg basis had reached approximately $1,275 per metric ton – a notable increase from just weeks prior.  Plastics recycling

The key factor behind the price surge was the shortage of post-consumer bales – the crucial raw material needed to produce R-PET. With supplies running tight, scarcity set in, leaving suppliers with little choice but to raise their rates to make up for the shortfall.

In addition, there were the fluctuating costs of upstream materials like crude oil and Ethylene. As the prices of these key feedstocks ebbed and flowed, R-PET manufacturers were forced to adjust their pricing accordingly to maintain profitability margins.

The situation was further exacerbated by new EU regulations on packaging and packaging waste. Plastics recycling

These stringent rules, which set rigorous recycled content requirements for imports into the EU, have significantly impacted R-PET exports from Asia to Europe.

Asian exporters now face the challenge of meeting these strict standards to retain access to the European market, where customers must adhere to minimum recycled content criteria.

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Chemical and Physical Recycling are Essential for the Realisation of the Green Deal and the Circular Economy

The Renewable Carbon Initiative has published a position paper outlining the importance of chemical and physical recycling and what is needed to realise its huge potential  Plastics recycling

Chemical and physical recycling play essential roles in realising the objectives of the Green Deal and advancing the circular economy. These technologies are indispensable for the green transition. A wider range of different chemical and physical recycling processes are needed to keep as much of the carbon embedded in plastics as possible in the cycle. Through this, the required volumes and scalability of the circular economy can be achieved. Chemical and physical recycling enable the utilisation of waste streams that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently sent to incineration or landfill. They are the only ways to ensure these materials remain in a cycle, reducing reliance on disposal methods like incineration and landfill.  Plastics recycling

Mechanical, physical, and chemical recycling complement each other due to differences in available waste stream composition, sorting needs, target products and economics. Each technology has distinct strengths and weaknesses in terms of input, output quality and quantity. Chemical and physical recycling are fundamental for a comprehensive carbon management that creates sustainable carbon cycles and enables the defossilisation of the chemical industry. While they hold considerable high-volume potential, significant investment is needed to fully leverage these technologies.

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The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability

The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the most comprehensive resource outlining the plastics recycling industry’s recommendations in the marketplace today. The content is regularly updated to ensure APR’s Recyclability Categories represent today’s North American plastics recycling infrastructure. Although it is designed as an online resource, with links to all relevant information, a PDF of the complete document can be downloaded as well.  Plastics recycling

The APR Design® Guide specifically addresses plastic packaging, but the principles can be applied to all potentially recycled plastic items. APR encourages package designers to utilize The APR Critical Guidance and Responsible Innovation programs, as well as the APR Design® Guide to create the most recyclable packaging. Assistance is available through APR or one of the APR member, independent laboratories found in the member directory. The intended audience for the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the package design engineer for use in designing packaging that complies with the capabilities of the recycling infrastructure.  Plastics recycling

Before accessing the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability the user should thoroughly understand the fundamentals of its concept as described in the scope, definition of recyclability and recyclability categories outlined below.

SCOPE This guide covers plastic items entering the postconsumer collection and recycling systems most widely used in industry today. Collection methods include single stream and dual stream MRF’s, deposit container systems, mixed waste facilities, and grocery store rigid plastic and film collection systems.  Plastics recycling

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New polystyrene recycling process could be world’s first to be both economical and energy-efficient

Chemical method identified to tackle hard-to-recycle packaging material, cutting landfill waste

Engineers have modelled a new way to recycle polystyrene that could become the first viable way of making the material reusable.

Explained in a new research paper published in the Chemical Engineering Journal, the technique uses a chemical process called pyrolysis to break down polystyrene into parts which can be reformed into new pieces of the material.  Plastics recycling

Dr Bernardo Castro-Dominguez, a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath and a Co-Director of the Centre for Digital, Manufacturing & Design (dMaDe), says: “Chemical recycling techniques are a major focus within chemical engineering right now, and cost- and energy-efficient ways to breakdown plastics to their primary building blocks such as polystyrene are urgently needed.

“Less than 5% of polystyrene is recycled at present — our work shows that as much as 60% of all polystyrene used today could be replaced by chemically recycled styrene.”

Michael Timko, PhD, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, adds: “Our analysis finds polystyrene to be an ideal candidate for a chemical recycling process. Surprisingly, the process is energetically efficient and potentially economically competitive.  Plastics recycling

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Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, has developed a new multifunctional polyester material with high breathability and UV protection

This innovative fabric replicates the structure of traditional Japanese “Sudare” blinds, which allow air to pass through while blocking sunlight.

In response to rising summer temperatures, Teijin Frontier designed this polyester to offer enhanced heat protection, combining breathability, UV resistance, and anti-stickiness. Traditionally, breathability and UV protection were seen as mutually exclusive due to the need for gaps between fibers. Plastics recycling

The fabric is also sustainable, incorporating recycled polyester. Its structure and elastic fibers offer stretch, while an uneven surface due to thread shrinkage prevents stickiness. Special high-shrinkage technology and dyeing techniques ensure the combination of these functions.

Teijin Frontier plans to promote this material for the 2025 spring and summer fashion collections in Japan. They aim to achieve sales of 250,000 meters in fiscal 2024 and 750,000 meters in fiscal 2027.

The material’s potential applications span both fashion and casual clothing, making it a versatile addition to their product lineup.  Plastics recycling

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, has developed a new multifunctional polyester material with high breathability and UV protection

Cooperation between Lindner Washtech and EREMA delivers consistent quality in post consumer recycling

How to achieve consistent recycled pellet quality in plastics recycling by exchanging data between the extruder and washing system, and how intelligent energy management reduces costs, was revealed at IFAT in Munich by the EREMA Group and Lindner. This presentation saw the two Austrian companies show the first results of their joint venture.

Breaking new ground in plastics recycling means assessing the value chain from end to end. The big opportunities for the future are in finetuning the individual process steps; from the collection of recyclable materials to the recycling process and the end product. This is exactly where the cooperation of Lindner and the EREMA Group comes in, officially launched following the 50/50 founding of the holding BLUEONE Solutions in August last year to which shares of Lindner Washtech were contributed. Plastics recycling

The expertise and experience of EREMA, a manufacturer of extruders and filtration solutions for plastics recycling and the largest company within the EREMA Group, has now been combined with the expert know-how from Lindner Washtech, a leading provider of all-in-one solutions for shredding, sorting and washing plastic feed materials.

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Fiber Recycling – Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts25-05-2024

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Tire Recycling – LyondellBasell, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches, designed to transform PET packaging with a matte frost effect 24-05-2024

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Circtec Receives $160 Million for Tire Recycling Facility

Circtec, a UK-based company, has secured over $160 million from investors to build a pyrolysis-based tire recycling plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands. This facility aims to be Europe’s largest, capable of processing about 180,000 tons of end-of-life tires annually, approximately 5% of the 3.6 million tons generated in Europe each year.

The funding, led by Denmark’s Novo Holdings and A.P. Moller Holding, includes over $23.8 million in grants from the Dutch government.  Tire Recycling

Circtec’s pyrolysis process will produce sustainable marine fuel, circular naphtha for plastics and chemicals, and high-quality recovered carbon black for use in tire, rubber, and plastics manufacturing.

Circtec has pre-sold the plant’s entire output through agreements with BP for marine fuel and naphtha, and with Birla Carbon for recovered carbon black. CEO Allen Timpany stated, “The success of this investment round gives us the partners that will enable us to take Circtec to the next level in scaling sustainability.”  Tire Recycling

Anders Spohr of Novo Holdings highlighted the shared belief in circularity as crucial for planetary health, while Chetan Mehta of A.P. Moller Holding noted the significant investment needed for societal green transitions, expressing excitement in partnering with Circtec.

Hilde van der Meer of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency expressed satisfaction with the support from the Dutch government and Groningen province, emphasizing the plant’s role in producing circular chemical products from tire waste.  Tire Recycling

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Adipic Acid Prices in Europe decline Amid Weak Demand and Competitive Imports

The European Adipic Acid market has experienced a bearish pricing trend over the past week, driven by a confluence of factors affecting both supply and demand dynamics. Despite a sufficient supply of Adipic Acid in the region, prices have continued to decline due to weak demand from key downstream sectors, including textiles and automotive industries.

As a ripple effect, the cost of Adipic Acid depreciated by 6.5% in the European market on an FD Hamburg basis during the week ending 17th May 2024. Tire Recycling

Asian suppliers have been particularly aggressive in the European market, offering Adipic Acid at discounted rates. This competitive pricing strategy is largely a response to weak local demand in Asia, prompting suppliers to seek more favourable export opportunities in Europe. Despite the rise in freight rates, these suppliers have been able to offer significant discounts, undercutting local European manufacturers.

The heightened competition from these Adipic Acid imports has put additional pressure on local manufacturers to adjust their pricing strategies.

To retain market share, European producers have had to lower their prices, contributing to the overall bearish trend. Tire Recycling

On the supply side, the European market remains well-stocked with Adipic Acid. Local manufacturers have maintained steady production rates, ensuring that there is no shortage of chemicals. However, this sufficient supply has not been matched by an equivalent demand, leading to an oversupplied market.

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LyondellBasell, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches, designed to transform PET packaging with a matte frost effect

Available in two styles, these masterbatches can be seamlessly integrated with various colors to achieve a high-end, sophisticated look.

Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches offer numerous benefits for PET packaging, including enhancing brand image with a high-end appearance and reducing the visibility of recycled PET (rPET) for a more uniform look.

They are compatible with Near-Infrared (NIR) sorting systems, ensuring recyclability and maintaining environmental sustainability. Tire Recycling

Compliant with FDA regulations, these masterbatches are suitable for use in food and cosmetic packaging. They can be integrated into existing injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) processes without requiring additional tool changes, providing a cost-effective solution. The ability to combine these masterbatches with various colors allows for a frosted, matte effect, offering design flexibility.

Beyond food and cosmetic packaging, Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches are also suitable for personal and home care product packaging, providing a broad range of possibilities for enhancing product presentation and brand differentiation. With these features, LyondellBasell’s new masterbatches offer a versatile and sustainable solution for improving the aesthetics and functionality of PET packaging. Tire Recycling

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Reliance Industries Ltd has partnered with Norway’s Nel ASA to source technology for green hydrogen production, securing an exclusive license to manufacture Nel’s alkaline electrolysers in India

This strategic move aligns with Reliance’s ambitious plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 and supports India’s renewable energy targets.

The agreement, signed with Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, a subsidiary of Nel ASA, allows Reliance to manufacture these electrolysers globally for its own use. Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance, aims to invest $75 billion in renewable infrastructure, including generation plants, solar panels, and electrolyzers.

Green hydrogen, produced by splitting water with clean electricity in an electrolyser, is vital for reducing emissions. Tire Recycling

Reliance’s new green energy business will supply the necessary equipment for India’s green energy revolution, with a commitment to generating 100 gigawatts of renewable energy. This is a significant portion of India’s target of 500GW of installed renewable energy by 2030, with solar expected to contribute 280GW.

Håkon Volldal, President and CEO of Nel, expressed pride in the partnership, highlighting Reliance’s capacity for large-scale projects and innovation. The collaboration will enable both companies to enhance performance and reduce costs through research, development, and standardization. Tire Recycling

Reliance Industries Ltd has partnered with Norway's Nel ASA to source technology for green hydrogen production, securing an exclusive license to manufacture Nel's alkaline electrolysers in India

China PET bottle chip downstream roundup in Q1 2024

According to the CCFGroup statistics and subsequent data revisions, China domestic demand for PET bottle chip in the first quarter of 2024 is around 2.16 million tons, a 20% increase year-on-year.

This growth is attributed to a relatively low base in the same period of 2023 and a significant short-term demand increase due to intensive capacity expansion plans and favorable performance of most beverage companies in 2023. Some large enterprises were reportedly maintaining O/R during the Chinese New Year. Tire Recycling

Additionally, China’s overall price advantage in exports has led to strong replenishment demand in overseas markets, especially with a record high shipment volume in March. The total export volume of PET bottle chip in China in the first quarter of 2024 is estimated to be around 1.4 million tons (combine two HS code volume), showing a 10% year-on-year increase.

By the end of March, the total inventory of PET bottle chip in China was around 1.66 million tons, down 40kt compared to the end of the previous year.

In terms of specific sectors, the demand for PET in the bottled water and beverage industry reached around 1.5 million tons in the first quarter, with a 25% year-on-year increase, accounting for approximately 69.4% of domestic demand. Tire Recycling

China PET bottle chip downstream roundup in Q1 2024

Tire Technology Expo 2024 exhibitor interview: Kordsa

Can you describe your company?

After graduating from Istanbul Technical University with a degree from the department of mechanical engineering, I pursued my master’s degree in computational mechanics at the Technical University of Munich. In 2009 I began my career in the industry as a project leader at Kordsa’s global R&D center. Over the years I have held various positions within Kordsa; since 2022 I have been the deputy general manager, overseeing sales and marketing.

What have been the biggest changes and trends since you joined the company?

In the automotive industry, CASE – Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric – highlights the transformative trends toward smarter, more sustainable mobility. ‘Connected’ vehicles leverage in-tire sensors for enhanced safety and efficiency, enabling real-time data exchange about tire status. Tire Recycling

‘Autonomous’ driving technologies are advancing, requiring sophisticated AI and sensor integration for safer, driverless navigation. The ‘shared’ mobility model promotes vehicle sharing, reducing environmental impact and supporting sustainable transportation. Finally, ‘electric’ vehicles are at the forefront, driving demand for tires that accommodate the additional weight of batteries while optimizing energy efficiency.

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Lenzing knows no limits in sustainability 

Lenzing Group, producing environmentally friendly cellulosic fibres from renewable wood raw materials, plays an important role in the sustainable transformation of the sector with its products and activities supporting the circular textile economy. Tire Recycling

The Austrian-based company, whose roots go back 85 years, focuses on the UN Development Goals within the framework of criteria such as responsible use of water, decarbonisation and sustainable innovations in all business processes throughout the value chain. We talked to Head of Business Development, Lenzing Türkiye, İlkşen Dedeoğlu Demiray, about the recent works, projects and innovations of the company, which makes a significant contribution to reducing the environmental footprint of the sector day by day with the technologies it develops. Tire Recycling

The industry has left behind an economically challenging year. What kind of a year has 2023 been for Lenzing, both globally and specifically in the Turkish market? How many of your goals were you able to achieve?

As Lenzing, we produce globally in different regions of the world and work with a wide sales and marketing network.

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Circular economy – In beverage bottling plants, the closure process is crucial for product quality 23-05-2024

Circular economy – In beverage bottling plants, the closure process is crucial for product quality 23-05-2024

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Lummus and Sumitomo Chemical Announce Collaboration for Circular and Polyolefins Technologies

Agreements bolster circular economy efforts and enhance polyolefins offerings

Lummus Technology, a global leader in process technologies and energy solutions, and Sumitomo Chemical have signed two collaboration agreements to license and commercialize proprietary technologies:

  • Sumitomo Chemical’s low-density polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (LDPE/EVA) production technology
  • Sumitomo Chemical’s efficient poly methyl methacrylate recycling (rPMMA) technology  Circular economy

Lummus will serve as the exclusive worldwide licensor of these technologies, utilizing its global marketing reach and engineering expertise to deliver Sumitomo Chemical’s innovations to a global audience. The companies will further develop the rPMMA technology, building on progress from Sumitomo Chemical’s pilot plant in Japan, to achieve early commercialization and support a more carbon-neutral society.

“Lummus is honored to partner with Sumitomo Chemical, combining their polyolefin technology leadership with our global marketing and design expertise,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO of Lummus Technology.  Circular economy

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Polypropylene Gains Bearish Momentum in the USA, Stability Persist in Asia and Europe

In the third week of May 2024, concluding on May 17, the price of polypropylene (PP) in the U.S. market decreased by approximately 1%, driven by low demand from overseas markets and ample global supply. On the resin front, few fresh polyethylene and PP railcar offers were available in the spot market. However, there was a notable number of urgent truckloads needs that a short-staffed trading desk managed to fulfil, primarily from market-making inventory.

The average price for PP copolymer grade delivered to Houston was USD 1,011/MT over the week. This trend reflects the dynamic interplay of supply and demand, impacting the market prices and availability of PP in the U.S. market. Circular economy

Following two weeks of stability, the price of PP in the European market remained stable this week due to a balanced gap between demand and supply. The price of feedstock propylene also remained unchanged, contributing to the PP price stability. The market demonstrated resilience in demand, while industry load remained average during this period. Additionally, new overseas queries related to PP were muted, further contributing to the stable trend in the region.  Circular economy

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In beverage bottling plants, the closure process is crucial for product quality

Krones has developed a 360° closure inspection unit to meet high standards and accommodate innovations like tethered caps and lightweighting

This unit combines precise lighting with high-resolution cameras to measure the bottle’s closure and neck finish in 3D space, achieving ultra-precise measurements down to 20 micrometres. Its high accuracy ensures leakproof integrity, reducing the need for manual lab testing.  Circular economy

The unit performs a comprehensive inspection of closures, checking for presence, color, correct placement, damage, and defects. Unlike previous models, it handles water beads effectively, allowing the use of a modular, hygienic, and economical blower. Stefan Piana, Head of Inspection and Monitoring Technology at Krones, highlights its high selectivity, ensuring minimal false positives. Despite reduced dimensions, the inspector includes the TopCheck feature for inspecting closure logos.

The technology also inspects tethered caps, mandatory in the EU from July 2024, for correct placement and integrity of the twist-and-clip mechanism. It ensures the perforation at the breakaway band is intact, regardless of cap orientation.  Circular economy

The unit is suitable for inspecting plastic closures and crowns, detecting skewed crowns, drawn-in skirts, and measuring each crown’s diameter precisely. This eliminates the need for manual lab tests every shift.

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M&S takes the lead in Polytag’s UV tag plastic recycling initiative

Polytag has named M&S as a founding member of its Polytag Ecotrace Programme, which seeks to trace and recycle single-use plastic packaging using Invisible UV Tag detection – and encourages other businesses to get involved.

In an effort to meet demand for recycled PET from FMCG brand owners, Polytag applies Invisible UV Tags to labels during the production process. These can be identified by Polytag UV Tag Readers once the packaging enters the recycling stream at a recycling centre. Circular economy

In turn, this process is expected to unlock accurate sorting and cleaner feedstock for recycled PET packaging materials, improve recycling rates, and give companies clearer insights into recycling rates for their plastic packaging.

Polytag’s Invisible UV Tag detection equipment will be installed in ‘strategically chosen’ recycling centres that process high volumes of waste. FMCG brands, retailers, and waste management businesses are encouraged to participate in the programme and, in doing so, receive granular data on over 50% of the UK’s household waste recycling stream.

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Taiwan Polyamide 66 Prices Steady Despite Bearish Trends in Key Industries

The Polyamide 66 market is currently experiencing stability, with prices remaining steady due to sufficient supply and low demand. The downstream textile, automotive, and electrical sectors have remained bearish since April 2024, contributing to the overall subdued demand for Polyamide 66.  Circular economy

Despite the challenging market conditions, there have been no supply disruptions in the domestic market. Manufacturers have been able to meet demand without any significant issues, ensuring a consistent supply of Polyamide 66 to customers. However, export orders have declined in April compared to March 2024, indicating a slowdown in international demand for this versatile material. In April 2024, Taiwan’s exports fell to $37,480.04 million from $41,815.44 million in March 2024.

According to the Research Centre for Taiwan Economic Development (RCTED), Taiwan’s consumer confidence index fell sharply to 63.37 in April 2024 from a 14-month high of 73.51 in the previous period. Circular economy

The textile industry, which is one of the key consumers of Polyamide 66, has been facing challenges due to changing consumer preferences and economic uncertainties.

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thyssenkrupp Uhde and Johnson Matthey sign MOU to offer blue ammonia solution

thyssenkrupp Uhde and Johnson Matthey have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer a fully integrated low carbon (blue) ammonia solution, building on a nearly 25-year ammonia relationship between the companies. Circular economy

In the drive to reduce CO2 emissions, the role of ammonia has expanded from a vital ingredient used to produce fertilizer for the agricultural sector, to a decarbonised carrier and supplier of hydrogen energy that’s easier to store and transport than pure hydrogen. The movement of low carbon ammonia can utilise existing infrastructure making it a leading energy transition solution that is ready to capture, store, and ship vast quantities of hydrogen for use in the power and shipping sector, and industrial value chains globally.

By joining forces, thyssenkrupp Uhde and JM can access the blue ammonia market together offering technologies combining the uhde® ammonia process and JM’s hydrogen expertise through its LCHTM technology, which will enable the production of blue ammonia with up to 99% CO2 capture. Circular economy

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BASF, a global leader in chemicals, is committed to a sustainable future

The company aims to reduce its Scope 3.1 emissions by 15% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. A key strategy is sourcing raw materials with a lower Product Carbon Footprint (PCF).

In its Ultramid® A & B portfolio, BASF is now using glass fibers from 3B Fibreglass, produced with green electricity. 3B, a leading glass fiber supplier, has implemented renewable energy solutions, including solar panels and green energy agreements at its Battice site in Belgium, significantly cutting its carbon emissions.  Circular economy

Ludovic Piraux, CEO of 3B, highlights their commitment to carbon neutrality through technical innovations and increased renewable energy use. From January 1, 2024, 3B will produce glass fibers exclusively with green electricity, aligning with the glass fiber industry’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050. This sustainable production approach allows BASF to attribute the green electricity used to its glass fiber products, reducing the PCF of its reinforced products by about 10%, equating to savings of approximately 5000 metric tons of carbon annually. This reduction is comparable to the yearly emissions of 200 average German households.  Circular economy

BASF, a global leader in chemicals, is committed to a sustainable future. The company aims to reduce its Scope 3.1 emissions by 15% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. A key strategy is sourcing raw materials with a lower Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). In its Ultramid® A & B portfolio, BASF is now using glass fibers from 3B Fibreglass, produced with green electricity. 3B, a leading glass fiber supplier, has implemented renewable energy solutions, including solar panels and green energy agreements at its Battice site in Belgium, significantly cutting its carbon emissions. Ludovic Piraux, CEO of 3B, highlights their commitment to carbon neutrality through technical innovations and increased renewable energy use. From January 1, 2024, 3B will produce glass fibers exclusively with green electricity, aligning with the glass fiber industry's goal of climate neutrality by 2050. This sustainable production approach allows BASF to attribute the green electricity used to its glass fiber products, reducing the PCF of its reinforced products by about 10%, equating to savings of approximately 5000 metric tons of carbon annually. This reduction is comparable to the yearly emissions of 200 average German households. BASF's partnership with 3B strengthens the European industry's long-term sustainability. By incorporating these glass fibers, BASF is not only cutting its environmental impact but also enhancing the sustainability of its supply chain. Maximilian Lehenmeier, Sustainability Expert at BASF, notes that this initiative supports BASF's goal to mitigate climate change and marks a significant milestone in their sustainable plastics journey.

Microbes Eat Biodegradable – The North American car market is off to a rough start with significant declines in deliveries of key plastics and rubber processing technologies 22-05-2024

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Microbes Eat Biodegradable – The North American car market is off to a rough start with significant declines in deliveries of key plastics and rubber processing technologies 22-05-2024

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The North American car market is off to a rough start with significant declines in deliveries of key plastics and rubber processing technologies

According to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of the Plastics Industry Association, deliveries of crucial plastics processing technologies stalled in the first quarter. Even considering seasonality, there was an overall decrease of 8.5%, with injection molding machines and extruders experiencing steeper declines. The combined value of these technologies totaled $261.9 million, marking a 24.2% drop compared to the same period last year.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

Specifically, single-screw extruders saw a 23.4% decrease in value, twin-screw extruders fell by 17%, and injection molding machines dropped by 24.9%, all compared to the first quarter of 2023. Additionally, U.S. exports of plastic machinery and systems decreased by 7.4% in the first three months, while imports rose by 7% from the previous quarter.

These trends mirror the broader slowdown in the U.S. economy, where GDP contracted by 1.6% in the first quarter, following robust growth of 3.4% and 4.9% in the third and fourth quarters of the previous year. Perc Pineda, head of economics at Plastics, noted that the manufacturing sector has substantial growth potential but is currently constrained by prolonged inventory adjustments and the rebalancing of consumption between goods and services.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Bosch Ventures Amplifies Commitment to Cleantech With Two Battery Recycling Investments

Revolutionizing Battery Recycling on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Aachen based cylib raised €55 million round, the largest investment round ever raised by a European battery recycling company.
  • US based Li Industries raised $36 million round, led by Bosch Ventures
  • Dr. Ingo Ramesohl, Managing Director of Bosch Ventures: “We are investing in Sustainability and pave the way in transformative battery recycling technologies.”

Bosch Ventures, the corporate venture capital unit of the Bosch Group, announces two significant investments in the battery recycling sector within a week, marking a significant step towards sustainable technology development.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

“In an electrified world, battery recycling makes a significant contribution to conserving natural resources,” explains Dr. Ingo Ramesohl, Managing Director of Bosch Ventures. “With our investments, we can help Cylib and Li Industries to scale their production.”

German cylib raised €55 million round less than 24 months after start of operations

Founded in 2022, the company offers market-leading proprietary technology for end-to-end recycling of lithium-ion batteries and has already delivered a successful pilot line and completed projects with major automotive OEMs as well as battery manufacturers. cylib’s process is characterized by an efficient, resource- and climate-friendly recovery of raw materials, including lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt and manganese from battery packs, black mass or production scraps.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Assobioplastiche, Consorzio Biorepack, and TÜV Austria have united to tackle illegal practices in the distribution of shopping bags and packaging

Despite ongoing checks and seizures, the sale of non-compostable plastic packaging and bioshoppers persists where compostable materials are required by law. To address this, the three organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to share data and information, enhancing control activities against “compostable fakes.” These fakes harm legitimate companies, complicate compostable bioplastics’ separate collection, and hinder organic recycling.

Under the agreement, TÜV Austria will provide lists of certified products and document misuse of trademarks. “Violations of regulations prohibiting traditional plastic bags for shopping and produce cause economic harm to honest operators and result in illegal dumping with higher environmental impacts,” explains Luca Bianconi, president of Assobioplastiche.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

“Non-compostable products mislead citizens into improper disposal with organic waste,” highlights Marco Versari, president of Biorepack Consortium. This contamination burdens anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, reducing the efficiency of organic waste treatment.

The partnership with Assobioplastiche and Biorepack will protect environmentally responsible companies and combat illegal practices, ensuring compliance with compostable standards.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Eckart’s pigment has been formulated and integrated into Lifocolor’s polyolefin masterbatches

These Lifocolor masterbatches are NIR (Near Infrared) detectable. It’s not only black packaging that poses challenges for NIR detectors in waste sorting plants. Containers with metallic pigments, though less common, are also difficult for sensors to recognize. Black pigments with carbon pack absorb the wavelengths emitted by detectors, while metallic effect colors can diffuse and reflect the NIR signal, making detection harder.

To address this, Eckart developed silver effect pigments with high NIR detectability. These pigments have been adopted by Lifocolor for their LifoCycle masterbatches, designed for coloring HDPE and PP articles.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

These pigments have undergone successful testing at a major recycler’s sorting plant, demonstrating their effectiveness in enhancing NIR detection of packaging.

The innovation ensures that packaging containing these silver pigments can be more easily identified and sorted by NIR detectors, improving the efficiency and accuracy of recycling processes.

By implementing these detectable pigments, Lifocolor’s masterbatches enhance the recyclability of products, supporting the industry’s move towards more sustainable practices. This solution addresses a key challenge in waste management, promoting the development of eco-friendly packaging options.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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ATA Industrial Group’s report evaluates the global carbon fiber market, focusing on 2023 demand in China and worldwide

Authored by Lin Gang, vice president of ATA CFT Guangzhou Co. Ltd., the “2023 Global Carbon Fiber Composites Market Report” provides comprehensive insights into the global and Chinese carbon fiber markets. The 70-page report covers:

  • The Chinese market by year, application, province, and origin, including theoretical capacities and new developments.
  • The global market by year, application, region, process, and matrix.
  • Trends and prospects in composite applications.
  • Insights into carbon fiber recycling, carbon peaking, carbon neutrality, and ESG.

Lin Gang highlights that global demand for carbon fiber in 2023 was 115,000 tons, marking a 14.8% decrease from 135,000 tons in 2022. Microbes Eat Biodegradable

This decline is the first since 1995, posing a unique challenge for Chinese enterprises. Lin questions the future direction of the global carbon fiber market.

“According to our statistics and comprehensive evaluation of multiple sources, the global demand for carbon fiber in 2023 was 115,000 tons, a decrease of 14.8% compared to 135,000 tons in 2022,” Lin prefaces with in the report. “This is the first time since 1995 that there has been negative demand growth globally.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

ATA Industrial Group's report evaluates the global carbon fiber market, focusing on 2023 demand in China and worldwide

Microbes Eat Biodegradable Polyurethane: Eco-Plastic Material Breakthrough

In our relentless pursuit of convenience and utility, plastic has become ubiquitous. From packaging to the interiors of our cars, versatile plastic material is deeply woven into the fabric of modern life. However, this widespread use comes at a significant environmental cost. Plastic waste accumulates at alarming rates in landfills and natural habitats, choking wildlife and leaching toxic chemicals into the environment.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

Traditional plastics are notoriously resistant to biodegradation, leading to severe pollution issues. Microplastics—the tiny fragments resulting from the breakdown of larger pieces—permeate our air, oceans, soil, and even our food and bloodstreams. The problem is compounded by the fact that most conventional plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, generating a persistent and growing ecological threat. As society grapples with these repercussions, the need for innovative and sustainable solutions has never been more urgent.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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PETValue Philippines recycles 1 billion PET bottles, seeks to forge more partnerships to build on sustainability milestone

PETValue, a 2.28-billion-peso multi-phased joint venture in General Trias, Cavite, utilizes the country’s most advanced bottle-to-bottle PET recycling technology. The facility recently celebrated a significant milestone-recycling 1 billion PET bottles.

PETValue Philippines, the country’s first bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling facility, celebrates a landmark achievement of 1 billion PET bottles recycled—underscoring the impact of strong collective action toward a fully circular economy.

A joint venture between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) and Indorama Ventures, a global sustainable chemical company, PETValue gives limitless life to clear PET plastic bottles.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

The facility turns used post-consumer clear PET bottles—fully recyclable packaging—into new food-grade recycled PET (rPET) bottles, thus closing the “make-use-recycle” loop for plastic packaging.

“We are immensely proud of PETValue’s journey in the country, because it plays a valuable part in a much bigger system that enables a ripple of collective action and sustainable solutions against plastic pollution.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Plastics sustainable – The global Alpla Group is steering towards significant growth in injection moulding by launching the ALPLAinject division 21-05-2024

Plastics sustainable – The global Alpla Group is steering towards significant growth in injection moulding by launching the ALPLAinject division 21-05-2024

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The global Alpla Group is steering towards significant growth in injection moulding by launching the ALPLAinject division

ALPLAinject specializes in high-quality injection-moulded parts like closures, caps, jars, and multi-part packaging components such as pumps and deodorant sticks. It centralizes human and technical resources in a unified organizational structure, encompassing three core technologies: injection blow moulding, compression moulding, and injection moulding.  Plastics sustainable

“With ALPLAinject, we address the dynamic injection moulding market’s specific needs. By combining technological expertise with regional market knowledge, we promote innovative processes globally and help our customers bring products to market faster,” emphasizes Michael Feltes, the new ALPLAinject Managing Director, formerly the Business Development Director in the injection moulding sector since October 2022.

The global headquarters of the new division are located at Alpla’s headquarters in Hard, with global teams across all nine Alpla Group regions.

ALPLAinject produces approximately 60 billion injection-moulded parts annually at 43 plants worldwide, utilizing over 600 state-of-the-art machines and systems. “The injection moulding sector is a strategic growth driver with enormous potential. ALPLAinject, as a dedicated division, will continue to secure our competitiveness,” asserts Alpla CEO Philipp Lehner. The new division reports directly to the CEO.  Plastics sustainable

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LDPE Prices Experience a Downshift in first half of May, Globally

The global Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) market experienced a decline in the first half of May 2024. This downturn in LDPE prices was noted across major markets including the US, Europe, and Asia.

The primary causes for this decline were weakened demand and an oversupply of LDPE worldwide. Additionally, production costs were reduced due to lower prices of feedstock ethylene, naphtha, and crude oil.  Plastics sustainable

Geopolitical tensions causing disruptions in supply chains further compounded the pressure on the market.

Consequently, European prices for film-grade FD Hamburg (Germany) decreased by 2%, US LDPE film-grade FOB Texas dropped by 1%, and Chinese LDPE adhesive film-grade CFR Shanghai prices saw a slight decrease of 0.7% during this timeframe.

In May 2024, the European market saw a second consecutive month of declining LDPE prices, with initial offers showing significant reductions rather than minor adjustments in some cases.  Plastics sustainable

This bearish trend is mainly due to abundant supply, weak demand, and competitive offers from overseas traders, rather than a decrease in monomer contract prices. Market participants are now considering whether these recent price reductions will boost sales, especially given the shorter month due to holidays.

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Coca-Cola has achieved a significant milestone in Canada by shifting all its 500ml sparkling beverage bottles to 100% recycled plastic

This eco-friendly move, first announced in the previous year, is now in full swing, with the exclusion of caps and labels from the initiative. The bottles, which are now entirely made from recycled materials, are produced by Coke Canada Bottling at their facilities located in Brampton, Calgary, Lachine, and Richmond.  Plastics sustainable

This transition is not only a win for sustainability but also a substantial step towards reducing plastic waste. It is projected to save about 7.6 million pounds of virgin plastic for the year 2024. Moreover, it’s expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint by cutting down nearly 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This effort aligns with global environmental goals and sets a precedent for the beverage industry in terms of responsible packaging and waste management. Coca-Cola’s commitment to using recycled plastic bottles in Canada reflects its dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. Plastics sustainable

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Sweden-based Nexam Chemical has achieved scientific validation for its Reactive Recycling additives, marking a breakthrough in polypropylene (PP) recycling

This patented technology repairs polymers degraded during recycling, enabling sustainable and efficient processes. The Reactive Recycling additives address the limitations of mechanical recycling, which often results in downcycling. Extensive research confirms these additives restore molecular weight and enhance the processability of recycled PP (rPP), benefiting high-demand engineering sectors.  Plastics sustainable

A recent study by the Department of Applied Science and Technology at Politecnico di Torino, published in Polymer Degradation and Stability, demonstrated the additive’s effectiveness. The study focused on the thermomechanical degradation of PP microstructure over multiple extrusion cycles, finding that Nexam Chemical’s additive not only maintained molecular weight but also improved melt structuring.This advancement supports the circular economy, promoting sustainable practices and resource efficiency.”

Marketed under the brand name Reactive Recycling, these additives are suitable for both post-industrial and post-consumer mechanical recycling.  Plastics sustainable

Sweden-based Nexam Chemical has achieved scientific validation for its Reactive Recycling additives, marking a breakthrough in polypropylene (PP) recycling

Alternative materials to plastics for packaging are not always more sustainable

The increasing sense of environmental responsibility of both consumers and companies has triggered a transition towards alternative materials which are perceived as more sustainable than plastics.

A new study conducted by the AWARE (Assessment on WAste and REsources) research group of Politecnico di Milano, recently published in Waste Management & Research: The Journal for a Sustainable Circular Economy, examines the real sustainability of these materials. The research analyzed 53 peer-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) studies published in 2019-2023. The aim was to gain in-depth understanding of the environmental impacts of packaging, focusing on the comparison between plastics and alternative materials.  Plastics sustainable

In the contemporary business landscape, plastic packaging continues to play a crucial role in several sectors, especially in the food industry, where it accounts for more than half of total sales.

Contrary to common perceptions, the study revealed that conventional plastics are not always the least environmentally friendly choice. Bioplastics, in particular, have emerged as a viable alternative in terms of climate change and depletion of fossil resources. However, other environmental impact categories show some disadvantages, indicating that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.  Plastics sustainable

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Aduro Clean Technologies Provides Results on Testing of Hard to Recycle Crosslinked Polymers

Aduro Clean Technologies Inc. , a Canadian technology company using the power of chemistry to transform lower value feedstocks, like waste plastics, heavy bitumen, and renewable oils, into resources for the 21st century, is pleased to share exciting results from preliminary tests achieved with deconstructing crosslinked polymers, using the Company’s Hydrochemolytic™ Technology.  Plastics sustainable

Crosslinked polymers are pivotal to numerous industries, thanks to their exceptional durability, chemical resistance, and mechanical strength. They are integral to many products ranging from automotive tires to household adhesives, protective coatings, and medical devices. Their critical applications span sectors such as aerospace, automotive, construction, and electronics, where their unique properties are indispensable. Roughly 2.5 million metric tons of XLPE is produced annually representing a $6.4 billion industry growing at 6.5% CAGR to $8.7 billion by 2028.

However, the same characteristics that make crosslinked polymers so valuable also create significant recycling challenges. Unlike thermoplastics, these materials do not melt under heat, making them difficult to recycle by traditional technologies. High-temperature technology processes typically result in char and fuel gas, which are unsuitable for repurposing into new materials. This challenge underscores the pressing need for innovation in chemical recycling technologies.  Plastics sustainable

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NEXTCHEM completes acquisition of GasConTec

MAIRE has announced that NEXTCHEM has finalised the acquisition of 100% of GasConTec GmbH (GCT), a company specialised in technology development and process engineering.

GCT has over 80 patents and extensive expertise in the synthesis of low-carbon products such as hydrogen, methanol, olefins, gasoline and integrated methanol-ammonia processes. The company’s portfolio includes the autothermal reforming, a well-established technology, that can generate low-carbon hydrogen with very high carbon capture rates. This process achieves high hydrogen yields while reducing external energy needs, ensuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness, especially for large-scale plants. Also known for its expertise in process engineering, the company has access to a German-based industrial-scale demonstration plant for high-pressure partial oxidation, which is a global standard for the industry.  Plastics sustainable

GCT’s distinctive technologies will complement and significantly strengthen NEXTCHEM’s commercial offering in the low-carbon, green and circular solutions.

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rPET Flakes – Scientists invent method to transform near-unbreakable plastic into biodegradable polyester 20-05-2024

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FixDye To Produce Recycled Dope-Dyed Filament Yarn With rPET Flakes On Systems Of Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering

The recycled polyester yarn manufacturer FixDye has opted for the polycondensation system manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering (OBHE) to increase its production capacities.

Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering’s polycondensation systems stand for the best downstream performance and a reduced environmental footprint. rPET Flakes

The company, based in Huai’an, China, is thus expanding its production capacities in melt preparation, the production stage upstream of the spinning mill. This will not only allow FixDye to better influence yarn quality, but also to keep an eye on the supply chain of its products, regardless of external influences. This is an unbeatable advantage when it comes to the ambitious goals of the circular economy.

The plant with a capacity of 3 x 180 tons per day of recycled bottle flakes for textile filament yarn is a clear commitment to the sustainable textile industry.

From mid-2025, it will mainly produce FDY and POY/DTY for the European and US markets. rPET Flakes

The yarns produced are spun-dyed for ecological reasons, zero water dyeing method.

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Rejlers has signed a 3-year framework agreement with Borealis in Stenungsund, covering a wide range of engineering, procurement, and project management services to support Borealis’ transformation projects

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in polyolefins and base chemicals, has ambitious sustainability goals and a long-standing collaboration with Rejlers. The agreement includes services such as maintenance, studies, basic engineering, and EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management) for Borealis’ facilities in Stenungsund, Sweden.  rPET Flakes

“We have been working with Borealis for several years and are now intensifying our partnership to create value for a sustainable transformation. With our comprehensive offering, we can meet Borealis’ needs, lead development forward, and assist the company in achieving its sustainability goals,” says Irvin Muskic, Head of Chemical Industry and Refineries at Rejlers Sweden.

“As our products play an increasingly important role in society’s transition, it is a priority for us to accelerate our own transition. This includes developing our production capacity for renewable materials and staying at the forefront of the move towards a more sustainable and circular economy.  rPET Flakes

We are also exploring new ways to increase efficiency and sustainability in our operations. Partnerships with organizations like Rejlers are crucial, as they contribute their expertise to promote this development,” says Louise Andersson, Technical Development & Engineering Manager at Borealis in Stenungsund.

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Asahi Kasei to Build Battery Component Plant in Ontario

Canada leads globally in the electric vehicle (EV) market. With increasing EV demand, the aim is to assemble more EVs within the country. Over the past four years, investments exceeding $46 billion have poured into Canada from auto, EV battery, and battery component manufacturers, with more expected. These global companies seek a reliable partner with top-tier talent, which Canada provides. rPET Flakes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Asahi Kasei Corporation’s $1.6 billion investment to construct an EV battery separator plant in Port Colborne, Ontario. With projected medium-to long-term growth in the North American EV market, Asahi Kasei anticipates additional multi-billion-dollar investments through multiple phases. Details on the direct jobs created by this investment will be disclosed later.

Asahi Kasei’s decision underscores the competitive business environment, skilled workforce, and reliable supply chains in Canada and Ontario. The project will benefit from federal support through the Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credit, with Ontario offering both direct and indirect incentives. rPET Flakes

Asahi Kasei to Build Battery Component Plant in Ontario

Trützschler Nonwovens will showcase its sustainable nonwoven solutions at the ANEX 2024 exhibition from May 22-24

Attendees can explore high-quality products tailored for flushable wipes with the pulp-based CP and WLS lines, along with the needle-punched line T-SUPREMA for technical nonwovens.

“We are excited to be part of ANEX 2024, the leading conference in Southeast Asia,” said Oliver Döring, Director Sales & Marketing of Trützschler Nonwovens. “This event allows us to engage with customers and industry experts from the region to understand their unique needs and deliver optimal solutions.”  rPET Flakes

Visitors are invited to discover Trützschler Nonwovens’ solutions for biodegradable nonwovens from renewable resources at booth J121.

Trützschler Nonwovens is a leading supplier of machinery and expertise for efficient fibre-based nonwoven production. Their product range includes complete production lines and machines for hydroentangled, mechanical, thermally, and chemically bonded nonwovens. The range covers the entire process chain, from fibre preparation, web formation, and bonding to drying and winding.  rPET Flakes

Trützschler Nonwovens will showcase its sustainable nonwoven solutions at the ANEX 2024 exhibition from May 22-24 

Scientists invent method to transform near-unbreakable plastic into biodegradable polyester

Polyethylene, PE, is a very important and widely used plastic and it is also incredibly difficult to break down in nature. A new project will enable the recycling and upcycling of PE by converting it into biodegradable polyester via a 3-stage process.

Plastic is hard to break down in nature. Polyethylene (PE) is particularly tough because its strong molecular structure is highly resistant to oxygen, sunlight and biodegradation. PE is also the most important and widely used plastic, accounting for approximately 34 per cent of all plastic produced. Today, only 12 per cent of PE is recycled and only one per cent is converted into high-value products.  rPET Flakes

But PE can actually be broken down, transformed and recycled. Though it requires a combination of chemical and biological technologies including highly specific catalysts, recombinant microbial systems and the right enzymes.

An international team of researchers, led by Aarhus University, has now been granted € 4.8 million (DKK 35.5 million) from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, to develop an industrially viable method to convert PE into biodegradable polyester and other high-value products. rPET Flakes

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AkzoNobel’s Como Site Achieves Top Automotive Industry Quality Certification

AkzoNobel’s commitment to maintaining high standards and satisfying customers has earned recognition for its powder coatings site in Como, Italy. The site, which recently underwent a major capacity expansion, has achieved the prestigious International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 certification. This certification, awarded after an extensive third-party audit, signifies the highest levels of product quality and customer satisfaction.

IATF 16949 is the global technical specification and quality management standard for the automotive industry, focusing on continuous improvement, defect prevention, and waste reduction within the supply chain.  rPET Flakes

“We’re very proud that our Como site has received this certification,” says Jeff Jirak, Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “With this achievement, we now have three certified powder sites in Europe, including Arnsberg in Germany and Izmir in Türkiye. This demonstrates our unwavering commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.”

“Our pursuit of improvement never stops,” continues Jirak. “Receiving IATF 16949 accreditation acknowledges our relentless efforts to continuously meet the stringent requirements of the automotive industry.”  rPET Flakes

AkzoNobel’s Como Site Achieves Top Automotive Industry Quality Certification

Flexible Film – Dow and SCG Chemicals have signed a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding  for a partnership aimed at transforming 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products by 2030, marking a first in the Asia Pacific market 18-05-2024

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PET Chips market

  • 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 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton +100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 885 $/ton 895 $/ton +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,840 yuan/ton 6,840 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,860 yuan/ton 6,860 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

PET Chips market

5,770 yuan/ton 5,910 yuan/ton
+140
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 705 $/ton 725 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,330 yuan/ton 4,520 yuan/ton
+190
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 508 $/ton 528 $/ton +20
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,012 $/ton 1,026 $/ton
+14
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 990 $/ton 1,004 $/ton +14
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,130 $/7on 1,130 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,450  yuan/ton 7,425 yuan/ton
-25
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,975 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton -25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

PET Chips market

8,050 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton +70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,050 yuan/ton 13,350 yuan/ton
+300
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,890 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,500  yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,650 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton +250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET Chips market

21,600 yuan/ton 21,200 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,800 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,100 yuan/ton 19,300 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,100 yuan/ton 18,200 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,000 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,500 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,500 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market

PET Chips market

9,700 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton 8,970 yuan/ton +170
Benzene overseas  market 1,043 $/ton 1,042 $/ton -1
Ethylene South East market 980 $/ton 965 $/ton -15
Ethylene NWE market CIF 777 $/ton 771 $/ton -6
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,500 yuan/ton 10,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

PET Chips market

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,950 yuan/ton 12,950 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,200 yuan/ton 7,280 yuan/ton +80
Naphtha overseas market  681 $/ton 677 $/ton -4
Phenol domestic market 7,860 yuan/ton 7,820 yuan/ton -40

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   –

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Dow and Freepoint Eco-Systems announce supply agreement to transform plastic waste into new circular products

Dow and Freepoint Eco-Systems have announced a supply agreement to recycle 65,000 metric tons of plastic waste into circular feedstock, advancing their shared goal of supporting a circular economy for plastics in North America. Freepoint Eco-Systems will build an ISCC Plus-Certified advanced recycling facility in Arizona to process end-of-life plastic waste into pyrolysis oil, diverting it from landfills or incineration. Dow, as the sole offtaker from the first phase of this facility, will convert the pyrolysis oil into virgin-grade equivalent plastics, meeting customer demand for recycled content. PET Chips market

This agreement aligns with Dow’s “Transform the Waste” initiative and its efforts to accelerate the circular ecosystem. The Arizona facility, owned by Freepoint Eco-Systems Eloy Recycling LLC, will process approximately 70% of plastic waste into pyrolysis oil, exclusively sold to Dow starting in 2026. Dow will use this circular supply to produce new products suitable for food-grade and medical packaging, reducing reliance on fossil feedstocks. PET Chips market

Jeff McMahon, managing director at Freepoint Eco-Systems, highlighted the agreement’s role in advancing the circular economy and expanding global capabilities for recycling plastic waste. Victor Zapata, Dow’s North America commercial vice president, emphasized the partnership’s importance in sourcing circular supply and transforming plastic waste into recycled products. PET Chips market

Issam Lazraq, Dow’s global sustainable feedstocks director, noted the collaboration’s impact on sourcing raw materials sustainably and tackling plastic pollution. The new facility in Eloy, Arizona, will eventually recycle 180,000 tons of plastic waste annually, with phase one processing 90,000 tons and producing 65,000 metric tons of pyrolysis oil. Eloy Mayor Micah Powell praised the project for its sustainable economic growth and job creation.

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Unifi announces Repreve Champions of Sustainability Award winners

Now in their seventh year, the annual awards are meant to celebrate global brand, textile and retail partners for their sustainability efforts.

Unifi Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina, has announced its seventh annual Repreve Champions of Sustainability Award recipients. The annual awards are meant to celebrate the company’s global brand, textile and retail partners who have recycled over 40 billion plastic bottles into new products through its Repreve brand of recycled performance fiber.

Since 1971, Unifi says it has spearheaded textile industry innovation, and since launching Repreve in 2007 has recycled over 40 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. PET Chips market

The company says by giving discarded resources fresh purpose as recycled high-performance materials, it empowers brands to be better and encourages people to want better.

This year’s Champions of Sustainability awards will be presented to 37 brand and retail partners that have transformed 10 million or more recycled plastic bottles and 64 textile partners that have transformed 50 million or more recycled plastic bottles through the use of Repreve.

Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle tells Recycling Today the awards prove that when brands make a sustainability commitment, they are translating it into action. And when brand partners are making their supply chain more sustainable by using Repreve, Unifi wants to celebrate that. PET Chips market

“Everybody loves an award,” Ingle says. “But everybody, when they accept an award, what we find is they’re accepting it on behalf of their company because they know, like we know, that it’s not easy to [move from a virgin product and supply chain to a recycled one]. I think it’s a feel-good thing for us because it gets us closer to our brands but, more importantly, it’s saying thank you to somebody and giving gratitude for somebody’s efforts.”

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Flexible Film – Dow and SCG Chemicals have signed a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding  for a partnership aimed at transforming 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products by 2030, marking a first in the Asia Pacific market 18-05-2024

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Dow and SCG Chemicals have signed a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding  for a partnership aimed at transforming 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products by 2030, marking a first in the Asia Pacific market

This initiative will process plastic waste through both mechanical recycling (MR) and advanced recycling (AR).

Building on a successful 37-year joint venture in Thailand, the partnership seeks to develop comprehensive solutions for circular plastic, starting with post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) and advancing technology in waste sorting, MR, and AR.

Future phases will explore sourcing plastic waste feedstocks throughout Southeast Asia, including potential expansions into China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.  Flexible Film

Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, Dow Thailand president, noted that this partnership marks a significant chapter in Dow’s 57-year journey in Thailand, enhancing customer value and contributing to regional sustainability. The partnership supports Dow’s goal of transforming plastic waste into 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually by 2030 and aligns with SCGC’s sustainability targets, including achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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The Global Market for Mono-material Packaging 2024-2035

In many food-packaging applications, including stand-up pouches and flow wrappers, films are typically made using mixed materials in the structure. When different types of plastics are combined in a single package, it can be challenging to separate and recycle them effectively, leading to contamination and reduced quality of recycled materials. The widely used multi-material packaging film cannot be practically delaminated and recycled at scale.  Flexible Film

Mono-material packaging involves using a single type of recyclable plastic to avoid the issues associated with mixed recycling. By designing packaging using only one type of recyclable plastic, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the recycling process becomes more streamlined and efficient. Mono-material packaging eliminates the need for complex sorting and separation processes, increasing the likelihood of the material being recycled and reducing the chances of contamination. The use of mono-materials packaging films increases recycling rates and creates higher quality recyclate, reducing waste and strengthening the post-consumer recycled (PCR) supply chain.  Flexible Film

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A Detroit-based startup, Heartland, has received an investment from Chemovator, a German business incubator associated with BASF, to advance its development of hemp-based materials for use in plastics

Heartland specializes in natural fiber additives that can replace some chemical components in plastic compounds, emphasizing sustainability in the chemical industry.

Heartland’s innovative materials are designed to function seamlessly within traditional recycling systems, depending largely on the type of polymer they are mixed with. The company primarily blends these hemp fibers with olefins, ensuring that the specific gravity remains under 1.0.  Flexible Film

This careful formulation allows the use of standard float tanks in the recycling process, maintaining the efficiency of conventional methods.

Moreover, the fibers are processed into a micronized form, small enough to be entirely encapsulated by the resin. This meticulous process ensures that the enhanced polymer maintains its original strength, impact resistance, and moisture absorption capabilities. Predominantly, these hemp fibers are utilized in the production of HDPE-based reusable items such as containers, pallets, and trays, showcasing their versatility and environmental benefits.  Flexible Film

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European BOPP Film Market Faces Challenges as Demand Remains Subdued

In recent weeks, the European market for Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) has encountered significant challenges, primarily driven by low demand from downstream packaging industries. The region has seen a surplus in BOPP Film supply, with market conditions characterized by sufficient stock levels. This surplus has been exacerbated by persistently weak demand, particularly from the packaging sector, a key consumer of BOPP Film. As a result, the cost of BOPP in Germany decreased by approximately 2% on a week-on-week basis, ending the last week.  Flexible Film

The price of BOPP Film in Europe has been influenced by the pricing trends of its feedstock, Polypropylene (PP). PP prices have remained bleak, reflecting the overall subdued market conditions. This trend persisted as the European PP market faced a 4% price decline, reflecting the prevailing weak demand sentiment.

The demand for BOPP Film from the packaging sector has been notably low, with reports indicating a lack of new orders.  Flexible Film

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INEOS Inovyn is enhancing Europe’s PVC recycling with two new pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

This initiative is part of the strategic ‘Project Circle,’ aiming to commission an industrial unit with a 40KT recycling capacity by 2030. INEOS Inovyn has also joined two consortiums supported by Walloon and Flemish authorities to strengthen technical and commercial development.

Currently, only 30% of PVC waste in Europe is mechanically recycled. Project Circle targets the remaining waste by developing new technologies such as dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification. INEOS Inovyn aims to make all PVC waste recyclable and plans to have its first industrial unit ready by 2030. Flexible Film

The two pilot plants at Jemeppe-sur-Sambre will advance PVC dissolution technology to recycle complex PVC waste, including legacy additives, drawing on Vinyloop’s technology experience from 2002 to 2018.

Collaboration is key to Project Circle’s success. INEOS Inovyn has joined two Belgian consortiums.  Flexible Film

The first, ‘CIRC-PVC,’ covers the entire chain from collecting PVC waste at construction-demolition sites to producing rejuvenated PVC without legacy additives.

INEOS Inovyn is enhancing Europe's PVC recycling with two new pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market Riding the Wave to a Projected US$ 4.9 Billion by 2033

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market

The Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market (再生ポリエチレンテレフタレート市場) is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% during the forecast period, reaching a value of US $ 4.9 billion by 2033. R-PET is a transparent, robust, recyclable plastic that can be used to create new goods. In essence, this substance is a polymer made by mixing pure terephthalic acid with modified ethylene glycol.

Regularly melted and turned into fibres for carpets or fiberfill are PET bottles and container waste.  Flexible Film

Polyethylene terephthalate can also be recycled back into its original use if it is recovered in a suitably pure state. Polyethylene terephthalate can now be reassembled using a variety of methods for dissolving polymers into their chemical components.
Key Driving Forces Accelerating the Market Growth:
Growing concerns about plastic pollution and environmental sustainability have heightened the demand for recycled materials. Consumers, governments, and industries are actively seeking more sustainable packaging solutions, leading to a surge in the adoption of R-PET. Moreover, demand for R-PET in the United States is expected to witness a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period.  Flexible Film
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Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market Riding the Wave to a Projected US$ 4.9 Billion by 2033

UPM Raflatac launches RecyClass-certified New Wave paper label material

Primarily designed for home and personal care products like soap bottles and washing detergent containers, New Wave provides functional utility throughout the product lifecycle

Labelling solutions provider UPM Raflatac has introduced New Wave, a new paper label material for plastic packaging that has received RecyClass certification.

New Wave is said to be the first of its kind to be officially recognised for compatibility with recycling processes for rigid high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) containers.  Flexible Film

The RecyClass certification includes a Letter of Compatibility, confirming that New Wave can be used on natural and white material streams without compromising the purity required by recyclers.

The New Wave label material is specifically designed to support the recycling of rigid plastic packaging.

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Circular Recycling – Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley 17-05-2024

Circular Recycling – Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley 17-05-2024

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Alpek’s PET caps offer single-material solution for bottles

Global Commercial Vice President Alfredo Carrasco said the new material, marketed under the CaPETall brand name, “meets all the needs” of bottle cap production and now is being sampled by customers. The material is expected to be commercially available in 2025.

Officials added CaPETall is a 100 percent PET product that improves post-consumer PET bottle recycling and the PET circular economy. Circular Recycling

CaPETall also maintains the advantages of PET’s mechanical and performance properties and retains the desirable optical properties of PET. Additionally, it passes drop impact for both room-temperature and cold-temperature testing protocols.

“PET has a strong effect on sustainability,” Carrasco said. “We want to differentiate PET vs. other plastics.”

Alpek’s Octal sheet unit also has developed DPET, a process that allows PET sheet to be made directly from PET melt resin.

Officials said the process removes five energy-intensive stages from sheet production. DPET sheet also is available with recycled content. Circular Recycling

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NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA Manufacturing Expansion Attracts Record Financing from Krungthai Bank PCL of Thailand

NatureWorks, a leading manufacturer of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers made from renewable resources, today announced the historic financial support from Krungthai Bank PCL to optimize the capital structure for the new fully-integrated Ingeo™️ PLA manufacturing facility in Thailand. The financing from Krungthai Bank, Thailand’s third largest bank, amounting to $350M USD (12,600M Baht Equivalent), is one of the singular largest loans in the bank’s decades-long history and shows confidence in NatureWorks’ market leadership and global economic impact. Today, the companies participated in a signing ceremony to celebrate this milestone.  Circular Recycling

In alignment with its ESG values and sustainable finance solutions, Krungthai Bank funded NatureWorks’ newest manufacturing facility for Ingeo PLA biopolymer, a biobased material used in plastic and fiber applications. The funding will support the construction of the plant and its ongoing operations. NatureWorks was chosen because of its market leadership in defining bioplastic technologies and how those solutions will move Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economy forward.

BCG leverages technology and Thailand’s biological diversity to enable a more sustainable, innovation-driven, and values-based economy. Circular Recycling

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Mondi takes another slice of sustainable packaging by teaming up with Scan Sverige

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has collaborated with Scan Sverige to create a polypropylene (PP) based mono-material packaging, that is designed for recycling.

HKScan Sweden, having over a century experience in responsible Swedish food production, uses Mondi’s WalletPack for its Pärsons brand’s range of sliced ham, salami, and plant-based products, starting from March 2024. Circular Recycling

Mondi’s WalletPack is a PP based solution which is designed for recyclability.

This packaging is purposefully developed with recycling in mind, aligning with our customer’s goals, and NPA’s missions as an approved producer responsibility organisation dedicated to advancing circular and traceable material recycling. WalletPack can be effectively sorted by Site Zero, Europe’s largest and most advanced plastic recycling facility located in Sweden and is thereby contributing to a circular economy. It replaces the previous solution, which was an unrecyclable multi-material pack that consisted of PET-PE and PA-PE laminates. Circular Recycling

Featuring a top and bottom film, Mondi’s WalletPack has an easy peel mechanism ensuring consumer convenience. Created with a protective high oxygen barrier for a longer shelf-life in combination with inside print, it also offers good printability to communicate the brand and product messages.

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NPE ’24: INSIGHT: Big themes at NPE include sustainability, EVs, toxicity rules

The biggest plastics trade show in the Western Hemisphere returned last week after a six-year hiatus. Delegates returned to consider an industry that is increasingly being shaped by government policy which is favoring sustainability and electric vehicles (EVs) while restricting the use of some classes of chemicals that are used in processing aids.

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The regulatory outlook is influencing companies’ sustainability goals, and that is influencing which plastics they buy and which ones are made by producers.

Sustainability was the most prominent theme at the show. The title of the keynote address given by BASF Corp CEO Mike Heinz was “Our Plastics Journey: The Road to Shaping a Sustainable Future”. Circular Recycling

Other examples of sustainability at the show include the following:

  • Executives from SABIC and NOVA Chemicals talked at lengths about what their companies are doing to incorporate more recycled content into their materials.
  • Renewable plastics producers CJ CheilJedang and Danimer Scientific had booths showcasing their grades of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a renewable polyester.

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SK Chemicals Advances Circular Recycling in North America

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Following the prominent Chinaplas last month, SK Chemicals is poised to broaden its influence in the global market by pioneering circular recycling technologies in North America. Circular Recycling

The North American Plastics Exhibition (NPE), organized by the American Plastics Association, is a pivotal event that spans all industries, from automotive to construction and medical. Recognized as the largest plastics trade fair in the Americas, NPE is held triennially and is esteemed as one of the top three global plastic exhibitions, alongside Chinaplas and Germany’s K Trade Fair. This event is dedicated to fostering innovation and sustainability in the plastics sector.

Recent initiatives in North America mirror a worldwide movement towards more robust plastic recycling policies. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out the country’s inaugural National Recycling Strategy, aiming for a 50% recycling rate by 2030.  Circular Recycling

States like Illinois and California are also advancing significant legislation, such as the Plastic Recycling Modernization Act and the Producer Responsibility Plastic Recycling, to bolster recycling efforts.

SK Chemicals’ Innovations in Recycled Materials

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Global PET Market Enters May 2024 with Balanced Market Situation

In the early week of May 2024, Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices exhibited a similar trend across various regions, including the US, Germany, and the Asian Pacific nations.

In the US, PET prices remained stable at USD 1232/MT during this period. This stability can be attributed to the low cost of feedstock, despite the volatile nature of crude oil prices. Circular Recycling

Although PET feedstock PTA remained steady, MEG prices in the US market experienced a 2.2% decline. According to the EIA report, West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices were reported at USD 79.65 per barrel on May 3rd, 2024, showing a weekly decrease of USD 5.73/bbl but a yearly increase of USD 8.33/bbl. The recent uptick in US crude inventory ultimately influenced PET prices.

Similarly, PET prices in Germany remained stable, largely due to reduced demand from the downstream bottle and packaging industry and continued low-cost support from feedstock. While PET feedstock PTA remained consistent, MEG prices surged by approximately 4% due to higher feedstock costs. Circular Recycling

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Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley

    • Siemens Energy’s PEM electrolysis technology to make up 25% of the first 400 MW tranche of Cepsa’s large-scale green hydrogen project in Huelva, southern Spain
    • The PEM electrolysis will complement the use of alkaline water technology that Cepsa plans to implement for the remaining 300 MW of the first phase of the Huelva project, which it is developing in partnership with Fertiberia. The total 400 MW electrolyzer order is the largest in southern Europe  Circular Recycling
    • The combination of technologies is a decisive step for the Cepsa-led Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley, one of largest projects of its kind in Europe, aimed at creating a European green hydrogen value chain and delivering decarbonization solutions for industry and heavy transport

Cepsa has selected Siemens Energy, one of the world’s leading energy technology companies, for the supply of 100 megawatts (MW) of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology for green hydrogen production at its La Rábida Energy Park in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), southern Spain.  Circular Recycling

Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley
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Recycled polybutylene terephthalate – Cabot Corporation today announced the launch of its innovative REPLASBLAK® universal circular black masterbatches containing certified sustainable materials 16-05-2024

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In the first quarter of 2024, the Veneto-based Piovan Group maintained stable margins despite a marginal decline in revenues, chiefly within the Technical Polymers sector

The company witnessed a notable increase in net profit, climbing from 9.6 to 15.1 million euros, coupled with a 34% rise in adjusted Ebitda to 16.3 million euros. However, sales dipped slightly to 136 million euros, a 3.6% decrease compared to the previous year, primarily due to an 8% revenue reduction in the Technical Polymers area. This sector, critical as it accounts for 78% of the total revenues, faced challenges from high interest rates and uncertainties in the recycling sector, influenced by changes in European regulations.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

Despite these hurdles, the Food & Industrial Applications and services sectors showed growth of 33.4% and 2.4%, respectively. The medical and pharmaceutical sectors also saw increasing applications, showcasing the group’s resilience in a tough market environment.

The company remains optimistic about future performance, bolstered by a stable order backlog as of March 31, 2024, and expectations of regulatory shifts favoring recycled plastics use in the EU.

In the first quarter of 2024, the Veneto-based Piovan Group maintained stable margins despite a marginal decline in revenues, chiefly within the Technical Polymers sector

Yazaki Corporation, in collaboration with Toray Industries, has developed a new grade of recycled polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin, designed for manufacturing connectors in automotive wire harnesses

This initiative utilizes scrap from manufacturing processes, aiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with connector production while maintaining the performance level of virgin materials. Toray has introduced Ecouse Toraycon, a PBT resin produced through chemical recycling, which involves depolymerizing and repolymerizing manufacturing scrap. This method addresses common recycling challenges such as contamination and material degradation, ensuring the recycled PBT resin matches the quality of virgin materials through strict quality control measures from depolymerization to compounding.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

A significant challenge for Yazaki has been ensuring the consistent quality of recycled materials for critical components like automotive wire harness connectors. To overcome this, Yazaki has optimized the properties and mouldability of the chemically recycled PBT resin. In partnership with Toray, Yazaki has successfully developed a recycled PBT resin grade that maintains the quality stability of conventional PBT resin grades, demonstrating that eco-friendly materials can be effectively integrated into high-performance automotive parts.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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Prices for curbside recyclables continue to climb

Natural and color HDPE prices rose higher this month, continuing an upward trend that began last fall. Paper grades increased marginally as well.

The national average price of post-consumer natural HDPE is up to an average 32.44 cents per pound. This compares to 30.63 cents for high-density polyethylene last month and 74.59 cents this time last year.

The national average price of color HDPE is up this month, now at an average 23.94 cents per pound. This compares to 20.50 cents last month and 16.09 cents one year ago.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars moved up again this month, now averaging 15.09 cents per pound compared to 14.22 cents per pound this time last month. Some regional contracts are yielding 16-18 cents per pound. One year ago the grade was trading at 14.20 cents per pound.

The national average price for corrugated containers, PS 11, is up marginally, now at an average $106 per ton compared with $105 last month. At this time last year, OCC was trading for $44 per ton.

Mixed paper, PS 54, is also up $5, now at $68 per ton. This compares to $8 per ton this time last year.

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Cabot Corporation today announced the launch of its innovative REPLASBLAK® universal circular black masterbatches containing certified sustainable materials

These masterbatches are the first in the industry to be recognized with the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for their sustainable content. Manufactured under the EVOLVE® Sustainable Solutions initiative, these products maintain the high standards of performance, quality, and reliability that the plastics industry demands, specifically catering to large-scale certified circular solutions.

In response to the global shift towards a lower carbon future, the demand for sustainable solutions that support a circular economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is increasing.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

Automotive plastic compounders and converters are now prioritizing third-party certified products that incorporate circular value chains and recycled feedstocks. Cabot’s new masterbatch products, made from mechanically recycled polymer, are designed to cater to this demand, offering ISCC PLUS certified solutions that can be used in a variety of automotive applications including the coloring of polyolefins and engineering plastics.

The product range includes REPLASBLAK® reUN5285 and REPLASBLAK® reUN5290, both enhanced by EVOLVE Sustainable Solutions. These masterbatches combine sustainability with versatility, allowing for low addition rates that improve material management efficiency. They also support high gloss and jetness, providing superior color quality and mechanical properties akin to standard masterbatches, suitable for diverse automotive uses.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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Bright plastic colourants speed up microplastic leakage, universities caution

Brightly coloured plastics break down into microplastics at a faster rate than those in plainer colours, according to researchers from the University of Leicester and the University of Cape Town.

Published in the journal Environmental Pollutionthe findings used two complementary studies to demonstrate that, depending on the colourant used to formulate them, plastics of the same composition could degrade at different rates.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

In one study, bottle lids of various colours were placed on the roof of a university building, where they were exposed to the sun and the elements for three years. A second utilized plastic items of different colours from a remote beach in South Africa.

In both cases, samples were only used if a date stamp was embossed into the plastic, revealing its date of manufacture. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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P&G And Dow Working Together On Recycling Technology

The Procter & Gamble and Dow, two top suppliers of diaper [https://www.newclears.com/products/] industry [https://www.newclears.com/products/], are working together on creating a new recycling technology that will transfer hard to recycle plastic packaging material into a recyclable PE (polyethylene) with near virgin quality and a low greenhouse gas emissions footprint. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

In order to create the new technology, the two companies will combine their patented technologies and professional knowledge in the dissolution process.

This development project will concentrate on recycling various plastic materials with a focus on polyethylene and targeting post-household plastic waste (especially rigidity, flexible and multi-layer packaging, which are harder to recycle) through the use of dissolving technology.
This technology aims to provide high quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer with a lower greenhouse gas emissions footprint comparing to traditional fossil -based polyethylene. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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ExxonMobil Sold on Sustainable Solutions at Chinaplas

Monomaterial packaging structures, chemical recycling, recyclate-incorporating grades, and lightweighting for automotive applications took center stage at the mega-show.

At a Glance

  • All-polyethylene solution an alternative to PET-based structures.
  • Capacity at ExxonMobil’s Exxtend unit in Baytown, TX, projected to be 500,000 tonnes/year by the end of 2026.
  • ExxonMobil building multi-billion-dollar chemical complex in China to meet continued demand for virgin polymers. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

There was something for — almost — everyone from ExxonMobil at Chinaplas in Shanghai last month. One highlight was a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) solution for machine-direction-oriented (MDO) blown film. Grade 7165L is a core component of pouches designed for recyclability, imparting stiffness to the structure.

“7165L was designed specifically with MDO in mind, and we also bring our Exceed mLLDPE [linear-low-density PE with metallocene catalysts] material into the structure. They combine to deliver an all-PE solution that can replace PET-based structures,” noted Matt Loach, PE global marketing manager, at an offsite interview with PlasticsToday during the show. “Collaboration across the entire value chain was also important for successful project execution.” Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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Biodegradable plastic – Orion S.A., a global leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a significant investment in Alpha Carbone, a French tire recycling company 15-05-2024

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Biodegradable plastic – Orion S.A., a global leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a significant investment in Alpha Carbone, a French tire recycling company 15-05-2024

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Orion S.A., a global leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a significant investment in Alpha Carbone, a French tire recycling company

This partnership will enhance Alpha Carbone’s capacity to produce commercial quantities of tire pyrolysis oil and recovered carbon black. A long-term supply agreement makes Orion the exclusive buyer of the tire pyrolysis oil, which it will use to manufacture sustainable carbon black for tire and rubber product manufacturers.

Each year, France sees approximately 500,000 metric tons of tires discarded. Orion has been collaborating with major tire companies to develop a circular version of carbon black, which is pivotal as tire pyrolysis remains the sole proven method to produce it for use in new tires.  Biodegradable plastic

The process at Alpha Carbone involves heating end-of-life tires to high temperatures to decompose them into synthetic gas, recovered carbon black, and tire pyrolysis oil. Orion is unique in using 100% tire pyrolysis oil to create circular carbon black, demonstrating its capability to substitute virgin carbon black in various applications.

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Aquafil, the economic results for the 1st quarter of 2024

In the first quarter of 2024, Aquafil, a STAR-listed nylon producer, reported revenues of €147.5 million, a 11.6% decrease from the previous year’s €166.82 million. This decline is largely due to lower sales prices influenced by raw material trends and a varied sales mix. The gross operating margin dropped by 29.3% to €15.24 million, leading to a reduced margin of 10.3%. Net profit for the quarter was €3.1 million, slightly less than the €3.29 million in early 2023. Biodegradable plastic

Net debt stood at €250.3 million at quarter’s end, a slight increase from €248.5 million at the year’s start. Operating activities generated €14.2 million in cash.

Despite these figures, Aquafil’s management reaffirms its commitment to the 2024-2025 goals, indicating stability and adherence to their strategic plans. The company’s focus remains on achieving these objectives, reflecting confidence in their business strategy and future performance. Biodegradable plastic

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SKC to build world’s top biodegradable plastic plant in Vietnam

SKC Ltd., a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, has initiated construction of a biodegradable plastic plant in Hai Phong, Vietnam, slated to be the largest single factory for polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) globally. The plant, under SK Leaveo, the biodegradable material unit of SKC, involves an investment of $100 million. It aims to begin producing 70,000 tons of PBAT annually by the third quarter of 2025, marking it as the world’s largest production capacity from a single facility. Biodegradable plastic

Located in Hai Phong’s economic zone, the plant will cover 22,389 square meters. SKC plans future expansions at an additional secured site. PBAT, known for its flexible and durable properties, is primarily used in food packaging films and shopping bags. SK Leaveo intends to enhance PBAT’s strength using nanocellulose, broadening its applications to include textiles and nonwovens.

The facility will exclusively use renewable energy sources as part of Vietnam’s RE 100 clean energy initiative. SK Leaveo will collaborate with An Phat Holdings, a leading Vietnamese plastic manufacturer, which will acquire a stake in SK Leaveo’s Vietnamese affiliate and sign a long-term contract for PBAT purchase and export. Biodegradable plastic

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SRF Limited, a prominent player in India’s chemicals industry, anticipates ongoing challenges in the BOPET sector due to demand-supply imbalances and margin pressures for the near to medium future

Efforts to optimize inventory levels in the agrochemicals segment throughout FY24 have shown signs of increasing demand, with sustained interest from customers, especially in the development of Active Ingredients (AIs).

Ashish Bharat Ram, the Chairman and Managing Director, highlighted a noticeable recovery in the chemicals business in the fourth quarter of FY24 and expects further improvements in the latter half of FY25. Biodegradable plastic

According to a report by ManufacturingToday, the chemicals division experienced a 14% reduction in segment revenue and a 33% decrease in operating profit during the fourth quarter of FY24 compared to the same period last year.

These downturns were mainly due to the impact of inventory adjustments and pricing pressures.

These pressures were exacerbated by increased production capacities in China, which particularly affected the specialty chemicals market. Biodegradable plastic

This situation underscores the ongoing competitive and operational challenges faced by SRF Limited in maintaining its market position and profitability in a volatile global market environment.

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High Melt Strength PP Foam Reduces Vehicle Emissions, Increases Recyclability

Sabic is exhibiting two transportation applications at NPE that demonstrate the lightweighting, processing, and sustainability features of its PP-UMS foam resin.

Sabic is spotlighting two diverse transportation applications that demonstrate the potential benefits of Sabic PP-UMS (Polypropylene – Ultra Melt Strength) foam resin at NPE2024 (Booth S19005). The material features high melt strength for high levels of foamability and enables the extrusion of PP foams with very low density, good impact resistance, and compliance with VDA 278 emission regulations.  Biodegradable plastic

Sabic PP-UMS foam resin’s processing versatility allows PP foams, subject to user testing, to be used in structural cores for sandwich panels in delivery vans, trucks, and recreational vehicles (RVs), and to provide structural and insulative properties in blow-molded air ducts. Examples of these applications, on display at the Sabic booth, illustrate the suitability of this foam resin for broad use in transportation components that can benefit from significant weight reduction and potential cost optimization.  Biodegradable plastic

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European MEG Prices Stand in Contrast to US and Asian Markets in First Week of May

During the first week of May 2024, Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) prices exhibited varying trajectories across different regions, declining in the US and Asian Pacific markets while increasing in Europe.

The price trend for MEG prices in each region is influenced by both upstream and downstream factors.

In the first week, the European MEG market witnessed a bullish trend, like in Germany, domestic MEG prices surged by approximately 4% compared to the previous week, driven by increased feedstock costs.

Ethylene oxide, a key component of MEG production, saw a modest increase of around 0.7% during the same period.  Biodegradable plastic

Despite moderate demand from downstream sectors such as PET resin and Polyester Staple Fiber, the overall market remained buoyant.

However, oil prices experienced a sharp decline globally, attributed to geopolitical easing in the Middle East and overall weakness in fuel markets.

European Brent crude traded near USD 84 a barrel, marking a weekly loss of over 6%, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude hovered just above USD 79/barrel.

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PET Technologies at ProPack Asia: 25 years of blow moulding

Key Highlights:

  • PET Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and will be exhibiting its blow moulding equipment at ProPack Asia, June 12-15 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The company will showcase its 4th generation of machines, APF-Max series, with productivity of up to 14,000 bottles per hour.
  • The company’s high-quality blow moulds, crafted from durable duralumin alloys with a hardness level of up to 100HB, along with customisable bottle designs will be on display to visitors.  Biodegradable plastic

PET Technologies, a manufacturer of blow moulding equipment for PET bottle production, will be exhibiting at ProPack Asia, taking place June 12-15 in Bangkok, Thailand. This appearance marks another stop on its “PetTour2024,” a series of international exhibitions throughout the year, including Europe, Asia, North and South America.

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This year, PET Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary. Having been in the market since 1999, the company has developed alongside it, always incorporating the latest industry trends and innovations. Biodegradable plastic

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Altilium announces technological advancements in recycling of LFP and NMC batteries

Altilium, a UK-based clean technology group focused on supporting the transition to net zero, has today announced details of the latest advances in its innovative EcoCathode™ hydrometallurgical recycling technology, with breakthroughs in the recovery of lithium from new battery chemistries and the production of cathode active materials (CAM) from a mixed feed of lithium scrap. Biodegradable plastic

Altilium is the only company in the UK recycling and upcycling old EV batteries to high nickel P-CAM and CAM for direct reuse in new EV batteries. With the growing demand for lithium-ion batteries, the company is developing a domestic, sustainable source of battery raw materials for the UK, reducing reliance on imported materials from China and helping to decarbonise the UK transport sector.

Leveraging its proprietary EcoCathode™ process, Altilium has successfully processed LFP batteries, recovering over 97% of the lithium, marking a significant step towards for sustainable battery production and recycling.

Recovering lithium at high efficiency is a significant breakthrough, as it improves the economics of recycling LFP batteries, which are expected to make up over 40% of the global market by 2030. Biodegradable plastic

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Bionylon66 – Fulgar, an Italian company specializing in synthetic fibers, has obtained the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification from Textile Exchange for its Q-Cycle yarn 14-05-2024

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Fulgar, an Italian company specializing in synthetic fibers, has obtained the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification from Textile Exchange for its Q-Cycle yarn

This certification, endorsed by a significant non-profit organization focused on sustainable practices in the textile industry, emphasizes recycling’s role in sustainable production and consumption. It aims to reduce the use of virgin raw materials, water, and energy.

Q-Cycle is crafted from polyamide 6.6, utilizing pyrolysis oil derived from end-of-life tires, aligning with mass balance principles. Despite being a recycled product, this yarn retains the desirable properties of virgin polyamide 6.6, such as lightness, strength, and durability. It is versatile across various textile applications, easily integrates with other yarns, and is sustainable. Bionylon66

Additionally, Q-Cycle has secured the ISCC PLUS certification, ensuring global sustainability, traceability, and mass balance across its production. It also adheres to the Oeko-Tex STD Class I STD 100 Appendix 6 standards and features an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) that evaluates its environmental impact within the supply chain.

The RCS certification includes a third-party verified environmental declaration that confirms the use of recycled materials and the traceability of these materials throughout the production process, from manufacturing to final product labeling. This standard corresponds to the ISO 14021, defining recycled content criteria. Bionylon66

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A recent study, “100 Years Lifetime of Plastic Pipes,” suggests that plastic pipes could last over a century

The research, led by Austria’s Polymer Competence Center and backed by the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), reviewed existing studies to estimate these materials’ durability. TEPPFA’s Ludo Debever highlights that following EN and ISO standards in design, production, and installation is key to longevity. This finding offers assurance to those investing in plastic pipe systems for utilities, suggesting a lifespan of at least 100 years. Bionylon66

The study examined polyethylene, polypropylene, and unplasticized polyvinyl chloride pipes, commonly used for water, gas, and waste systems, considering both smooth and structured types. It accounted for typical operational conditions, such as temperatures below 20°C and adherence to current EN, ISO, and ASTM standards, while excluding pipes used for industrial, underfloor heating, or made from recycled materials.

Results, derived from pipe examinations up to 50 years old and scientific literature, showed few failures, mainly due to non-compliant manufacturing or installation. TEPPFA’s report underscores the pipes’ dependability, projecting a service life well beyond 100 years under normal conditions. Bionylon66

The full report is accessible via TEPPFA’s website.

A recent study, “100 Years Lifetime of Plastic Pipes,” suggests that plastic pipes could last over a century

Nextchem has partnered with Johnson Matthey (JM) for the global marketing of their Circular Methanol technology package, a sustainable technology initiative, as announced on May 13 in Rome by Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiary, Nextchem

Operating under its MyRechemical division, which specializes in waste-to-chemical technologies, Nextchem utilizes its unique waste-to-syngas technology to support this collaboration.

The partnership, built on a July 2021 cooperation agreement, integrates MyRechemical’s waste conversion technology with JM’s syngas-methanol production capabilities. This integration facilitates the joint marketing of the technology alongside the Circular Methanol brand owned by MyRechemical. Bionylon66

This new agreement grants JM the right to use the Circular Methanol brand, enhancing the market presence of this combined technological offering. Both companies aim to lead in the sustainable technology sector, leveraging their respective expertise in chemical processing and environmental sustainability to commercialize this innovative technology globally.

Nextchem has partnered with Johnson Matthey (JM) for the global marketing of their Circular Methanol technology package, a sustainable technology initiative, as announced on May 13 in Rome by Maire Tecnimont's subsidiary, Nextchem

Dairen joins The LYCRA Company & Qore to develop renewable LYCRA fibre

  • The LYCRA Company partners with Dairen Chemical Corporation to produce low-impact bio-PTMEG from QIRA, enabling the creation of renewable LYCRA fiber.
  • DCC’s innovative process reduces carbon footprint, earning them The LYCRA Company’s Green Partner Award.
  • This collaboration signifies a shift towards sustainable production in the apparel industry.

The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative, sustainable solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, has announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC) to convert QIRA—a brand of BDO (1,4-butanediol)—into low-impact PTMEG, the main ingredient in patented bio-derived LYCRA fiber. Dairen will be the first company in the world to mass produce this low-impact bio-PTMEG at scale. Bionylon66

In September 2022, The LYCRA Company and Qore announced they were joining forces to enable the production of bio-derived LYCRA fiber made with QIRA. Now, DCC joins this distinctive collaboration, converting QIRA into bio-PTMEG. This unique PTMEG will make up the renewable portion of LYCRA fiber, accounting for 70% of the fiber’s content. It is being made exclusively for The LYCRA Company to its stringent specifications. With its low-impact allyl alcohol process, DCC has pioneered a technology that creates the lowest-impact PTMEG available, which is cleaner and has a lower carbon footprint than product produced with natural gas or coal. Bionylon66

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Honeywell has introduced a new naphtha to ethane and propane (NEP) technology, which promises to revolutionize the production of light olefins like ethylene and propylene by enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions

This innovative process allows for the conversion of naphtha and/or LPG into ethane and propane, which are subsequently utilized as feedstocks in ethylene and propylene production. These chemicals are vital in the manufacture of various products including plastics, chemicals, and fibers.

The NEP technology not only supports the transition to cleaner energy but also aligns with Honeywell’s strategic focus on addressing global megatrends. Bionylon66

By optimizing the production process, the technology facilitates a significant reduction in the production of lower-value byproducts, traditionally associated with mixed-feed steam cracking units. This optimized method enables a net cash margin improvement ranging from 15% to 50%. Bionylon66

Moreover, adopting NEP technology in olefin production complexes can reduce CO2 intensity by 5% to 50% per metric ton of product, compared to traditional methods. This enhancement is part of Honeywell’s broader initiative within its Integrated Olefin Suite technology portfolio, marking a pioneering advancement in the industry.

Matt Spalding, vice president and general manager at Honeywell Energy and Sustainability Solutions in MENA, emphasized that this technology not only meets the high demand for ethylene and propylene but also helps in reducing carbon emissions, addressing both competitive pressures and raw material acquisition challenges in the global petrochemical industry.Bionylon66

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Is Recycling Plastic Even Worth It?

As a country, we’re decent about some of our recycling. We successfully process about two-thirds of our aluminum and paper and about one-third of our glass back into new products.

But when it comes to the more than 200 pounds of plastic waste each of us generates per year, we only put about 15 percent of it into recycle bins. And only about five percent actually gets recycled. Bionylon66

Recycling of paper, cardboard, metal and glass is definitely worth it,” says Judith Enck, president of Beyond Plastics and a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “But the plastics waste stream is very complex and is not easy to recycle.”

So when presented with packaging choices, it’s best to veer away from plastic. (Spoiler alert: Aluminum is the best.) But ditching plastic altogether isn’t practical. So here’s how to make better choices with the plastic we do use to help get more of it recycled.

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Chroma adds compostability to improve recycling of complex parts

Chroma Color Corp. has launched its new biocompostable color master batch for difficult-to-recycle parts made up of combinations of different polymers or those used for in-mould labelling applications.Bionylon66

“Most consumers are not going to take the time to rip apart the paper and the plastic component,” James Walsh, vice president of technology at Chroma Color, told Plastics News at NPE2024.

“There are a lot of converters that have put a lot of technology and capital resources into their product,” Walsh said. “They just can’t completely change the whole technology they’ve invested in.”

Chroma Color worked with its suppliers to create a PHA polyester that complies with ASTM-6400 and DIN EN13432 biocomposting standards, which specify requirements for the biodegradation of solid materials through composting plastics intended for aerobic composting in municipal or industrial settings and procedures for determining the compostability and aerobic treatability of packaging, respectively.  Bionylon66

PHAs are a group of bio-based and biodegradable polyesters made by bacterial fermentation.

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Algae-based plastic – Study reveals nearly 60 companies to be responsible for half of world’s plastic pollution: ‘The industry likes to put the responsibility on the individual’13-05-2024

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A review by the Chinese Academy of Sciences has spotlighted advanced recycling techniques for Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, a material known for its durability and resistance to natural degradation

With oer 82 million metric tons produced annually for items like bottles and packaging, PET is a major environmental concern due to its contribution to global plastic waste.

The study highlights innovative biotic and abiotic methods to recycle and upcycle PET, turning waste into valuable materials. PET plastic, used extensively in packaging due to its clarity, strength, and barrier properties, is now at the center of environmental issues. It can persist for centuries if not properly disposed of, leading to pollution and potential health risks due to chemical leaching.  algae-based plastic

The groundbreaking review proposes a dual strategy for PET recycling, combining microbial and chemical catalysis to decompose PET into monomers such as terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. These can be repurposed to create new PET or converted into high-value products like muconic acid, vanillin, and adipic acid. Techniques like enzymatic breakdown with engineered microbes and advanced catalysis are not only enhancing recycling efficiency but also promoting the upcycling of PET into economically beneficial products, marking a significant step towards sustainable industrial practices.

This approach could lead to substantial reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  algae-based plastic

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Global PP Market Turns Bearish in April with Cheap Raw Materials and High Supply

In the month of April 2024, the United States Polypropylene (PP) market experienced a period of stability, maintaining consistent prices. However, the first week of May marked a shift in this trajectory as prices began to decline. This downward trend was primarily driven by sluggish demand from key downstream industries, notably the automobile and construction sectors. Reduced car sales and decreased activity levels in commercial and civil engineering projects contributed to weakening demand for PP. Over the course of April, the price of PP decreased by approximately 2.2%, influenced by factors such as lower production costs due to cheaper feedstock Propylene, subdued demand from downstream industries, destocking activities, and ample material availability within the country.  algae-based plastic

Furthermore, the decrease in freight rates between Asia to North America and other routes during the month further supported the declining price trend for PP in the US market.

Similarly, the Brazilian PP market also witnessed a downward trajectory in the first week of May, influenced by ample product availability within the country, largely attributed to the influx of cheaper imports from the USA.

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Nordson’s New Melt Filter and Automated Die Lip Adjustment Make U.S. Debut at NPE 2024

Nordson Corp.’s Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) division, a leading global supplier of polymer and fluid coating die systems, pelletizers, and melt delivery systems will showcase its latest innovations at the NPE 2024 exhibition May 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booths #W8189, W8289). Making their U.S. debut at NPE are the BKG® HiCon™ K-SWE-HD/RS melt filter which helps film and sheet producers use more recycled materials, and the EDI® Prodigi™ automated lip adjustment system for EDI® extrusion and fluid coating dies.  algae-based plastic

“These newest technology innovations are emblematic of our focus on delivering the most efficient, productive, and environmentally sustainable solutions to help OEMs and manufacturers meet today’s most demanding production requirements,” said Andreas Wenzel, Nordson’s PPS division vice president.

Nordson’s PPS division is optimistic about the U.S. economy and is well positioned for a solid 2024, leveraging its innovation and technology in key market segments.

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Innovative Bottles, a California-based company, has launched a new line of bioplastic medicine bottles branded as ECO Vials, made using Luminy PLA (polylactic acid) sourced from TotalEnergies Corbion

These bottles are FDA-approved and are designed to offer a sustainable alternative in pharmaceutical packaging with significant environmental advantages. The PLA-based bottles not only have a lower carbon footprint but also boast features such as reusability, industrial compostability, and mechanical recyclability, provided the necessary infrastructure is available.  algae-based plastic

The use of PLA in these bottles meets the stringent safety and durability standards required in the medical sector. This includes the ability to undergo sterilization by accelerated electrons (E-Beam), ensuring they are safe for medical use. The manufacturer also highlights that the physical and mechanical properties of Luminy PLA are on par with traditional plastics like polystyrene, polyolefins, and PET, which are commonly used in the industry.

This innovation comes at a critical time, as medical waste management is a significant concern. In the United States alone, over 5.9 million tons of medical waste are generated annually, with more than half deriving from single-use plastics. By introducing biodegradable alternatives like PLA, Innovative Bottles aims to reduce the environmental impact of medical waste significantly.  algae-based plastic

Innovative Bottles, a California-based company, has launched a new line of bioplastic medicine bottles branded as ECO Vials, made using Luminy PLA (polylactic acid) sourced from TotalEnergies Corbion

Study reveals nearly 60 companies to be responsible for half of world’s plastic pollution: ‘The industry likes to put the responsibility on the individual’

A new study has highlighted the considerable role that major brands are playing in a plastic-polluted world after researchers traced the bulk of the waste to nearly 60 companies.

What’s happening?

Analysis published in the journal Science Advances revealed that 56 companies caused more than 50% of global plastic waste in 84 countries over a five-year span from 2018 to 2022.

The rest of the plastic had no discernable branding, raising potential questions about company reporting practices.  algae-based plastic

“This shows very, very, very well the need for transparency and traceability,” Stockholm Resilience Centre plastic pollution researcher Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez, one of the study’s authors, told The Guardian.

The study notes that five brands accounted for 24% of branded waste, with 11% of that total being connected back to the Coca-Cola Company. PepsiCo, Nestlé, Danone, and Altria rounded out the top five.  algae-based plastic

Study reveals nearly 60 companies to be responsible for half of world's plastic pollution: 'The industry likes to put the responsibility on the individual'

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with Algenesis Materials, have developed a groundbreaking algae-based plastic

This new material, composed of a bio-based polyurethane polymer, is fully biodegradable and decomposes completely within seven months without forming harmful microplastics. Traditional plastics, derived from petroleum, can take centuries to degrade and often fragment into microplastics, which persist in the environment.

The research, published in Scientific Reports, illustrates that this innovative polymer can be broken down by microbes naturally present in compost.

This discovery confirms the potential of using single-strain bacteria to facilitate complete biodegradation.  algae-based plastic

Researchers conducted tests where they observed a significant reduction in material mass over time. After 90 days of aerobic composting, there was a 68% decrease, and by 200 days, the reduction reached 97%. Such findings underscore the feasibility of replacing conventional plastics with more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.

Despite these promising results, the adoption of algae-based plastics faces economic hurdles. The costs associated with establishing sufficient algae farming infrastructure are currently high compared to the extraction of petroleum.  algae-based plastic

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with Algenesis Materials, have developed a groundbreaking algae-based plastic

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Spandex capacity growth – Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026 11-05-2024

R-PET Bottles Prices – Michael Heinz, CEO of BASF Corp, addressed the need for a more sustainable plastics industry during his keynote at NPE2024 13-05-2024

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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 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 890 $/ton 885 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,820 yuan/ton 6,840 yuan/ton +20
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,840 yuan/ton 6,860 yuan/ton +20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,835 yuan/ton 5,770 yuan/ton
-65
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 720 $/ton 705 $/ton -15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,370 yuan/ton 4,330 yuan/ton
-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 513 $/ton 508 $/ton -5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,024 $/ton 1,012 $/ton
-12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,002 $/ton 990 $/ton -12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,140 $/7on 1,130 $/ton -10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,500  yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton
-50
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 8,975 yuan/ton -25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,100 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,420 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,700 yuan/ton 13,050 yuan/ton
+350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,890 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,150 yuan/ton 14,300  yuan/ton +150
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,350 yuan/ton 14,650 yuan/ton +300
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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21,800 yuan/ton 21,600 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,600 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 19,100 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,900 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton +200
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,000 yuan/ton 33,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 31,500 yuan/ton 31,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  28,500 yuan/ton 28,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,600 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 8,730 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +70
Benzene overseas  market 1,042 $/ton 1,043 $/ton +1
Ethylene South East market 1,000 $/ton 980 $/ton -20
Ethylene NWE market CIF 808 $/ton 777 $/ton -31
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,700 yuan/ton 10,500 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 12,950 yuan/ton -50
PP Powder domestic market 7,200 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  681 $/ton 681 $/ton
Phenol domestic market 8,137 yuan/ton 7,860 yuan/ton -277

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton   -50

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Michael Heinz, CEO of BASF Corp, addressed the need for a more sustainable plastics industry during his keynote at NPE2024

He highlighted the dual aspects of plastics, acknowledging their role in advancing technology like electric vehicles and wind turbines, but also pointed out the low recycling rates, with only 9% of plastics being recycled. Heinz emphasized the need for industry-wide cooperation with NGOs and governments to enhance sustainability.

Heinz has led BASF’s North American operations since 2021, overseeing 16,000 employees. He has been part of BASF for over four decades and has been a board member since 2011. R-PET Bottles Prices

During his speech, he underscored the financial challenges of sustainability, noting that achieving it requires significant capital investments. He pointed out that although there is growing consumer support for sustainable products, only about 20% are willing to pay the higher prices these products necessitate.

The CEO also discussed ongoing global negotiations aimed at reducing plastic pollution, expressing optimism about reaching a meaningful agreement. BASF is actively participating in these discussions, aiming to shape the outcomes toward more sustainable practices. R-PET Bottles Prices

At the trade show, BASF showcased several innovations, including using chemically recycled monomers for creating new plastics. This process involves pyrolysis, which breaks down plastic waste into monomers that can be reused. Heinz stressed the need to educate stakeholders about this technology to overcome misconceptions and facilitate its acceptance.

Additionally, BASF has been working on recycling nylon fibers, collaborating with Zara to produce jackets made entirely from recycled nylon, which quickly sold out. This initiative is part of BASF’s broader efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of products, such as Adidas shoes, through materials that lower carbon dioxide emissions. R-PET Bottles Prices

Heinz also touched on BASF’s commitments to renewable energy, noting that the company produces about 50% of its own power, often more efficiently than national grids. He announced further investments in wind energy, aligning with BASF’s goal to generate 60% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Concluding his address, Heinz reiterated that sustainability is imperative for the industry, encouraging attendees to collaborate and innovate towards greener manufacturing and products. He described sustainability as essential for continued relevance and success in the industry.  R-PET Bottles Prices

Michael Heinz, CEO of BASF Corp, addressed the need for a more sustainable plastics industry during his keynote at NPE2024

The Plastics Recycling Show (PRS) Europe, slated for June 19-20 in Amsterdam, has unveiled its comprehensive conference agenda

This event will explore a spectrum of the most recent political, legislative, market, and technological innovations in plastics recycling.

The lineup of newly confirmed speakers features:

  • Kris Renwick from Reckitt in Slough, England, discussing corporate sustainability in packaging;
  • Balthazar Verlet-Banide from Decathlon in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, on circularity projects;  R-PET Bottles Prices
  • Mark Roberts from Berry Global in Evansville, Indiana, on circular value chains;
  • Freek Bakker from PreZero in Arnhem, Netherlands, on plastics value chains;
  • Bart Dautzenberg from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on sustainability projects;
  • Yvonne van Veen from Ineos Styrolution in Frankfurt, Germany, on advocacy; and
  • Dominik Spancken from the Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, discussing resource-efficient composites.  R-PET Bottles Prices

The conference will delve into crucial topics such as the implications of the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), strategies to meet recycled content goals, and the latest on chemical recycling. Panel discussions are set to cover methods for improving collection and sorting, design for recycling, and global updates on plastic circularity. Special focus sessions will address the recycling challenges and opportunities for various plastic streams including PET, PO films, PVC, HDPE, PP, as well as waste from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).  R-PET Bottles Prices

The Plastics Recycling Show (PRS) Europe, slated for June 19-20 in Amsterdam, has unveiled its comprehensive conference agenda

Spandex capacity growth – Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026 11-05-2024

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Spandex capacity growth peaks in 2024, competition continues

Spandex prices have been undergoing downward adjustments for nearly three years since the previous cycle of high prosperity. From the beginning of 2022 to April 2024, only a few companies in the industry have been profitable, with the majority facing losses. However, the overall industry losses have marginally improved over the past two years. How will the expansion speed of spandex production capacity be in 2024, and when will the growth rate of production capacity slow down in the future?  Spandex capacity growth

Cash flow: Marginal improvement in losses

In the past five years, the spandex industry experienced a significant increase in profits in 2020-2021 due to the mask outbreak during the pandemic. However, in 2022, the industry suffered deep losses as inventories depreciated significantly. Although there was a reduction in losses in 2023, widespread losses persisted. From the beginning of 2024 to date, the average cash flow of 40D spandex has somewhat recovered compared to the second half of 2023, but it is still lower than the first quarter of the previous year. Due to the evident oversupply in the industry in 2024, it may be challenging for industry profits to see significant improvement.

Most companies are expected to face significant operational pressures, and internal competition within the industry is likely to continue. Spandex capacity growth

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Resourcify’s “State of circularity for enterprises in Germany” report assesses the recycling and circularity efforts of 313 prominent German companies

The findings expose a notable trend: many companies count waste-to-energy processes, primarily incineration, as recycling. This classification inflates their recycling rates, even though 68% of them fall below a 50% recycling rate when these methods are excluded. This misclassification highlights an urgent need to redefine recycling to exclude waste-to-energy to encourage genuine circularity.

Nearly half of the companies (47%) invest in the circular economy by adopting waste-to-energy processes, yet this approach prevents recyclable materials from being reused, pushing companies towards using new, virgin resources. Despite its controversial nature, waste-to-energy remains a popular method, rivaled only by chemical recycling, which 41% of companies utilize. Spandex capacity growth

When excluding landfill and incineration data, the average recycling rate plummets to 44%, well below the 2025 target of 55%. Furthermore, without these practices, only 32% of companies meet a 50% recycling rate, and a mere 12% reach the 70% national average for production and commercial waste recycling.

The importance of circular economy practices varies across industries, with over 50% of companies in automotive, manufacturing, and retail/fashion rating it highly, compared to just 32.5% in the travel and tourism sector.  Spandex capacity growth

More insights can be found in RECYCLING magazine’s next international issue in May.

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Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials Develops Spunbond Nonwoven Suitable for Home Composting

Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials Co., Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; President: YANASE Koichi) has developed a spunbond nonwoven using a biodegradable plastic suitable for composting in domestic settings. The move comes in response to increasing global demand for home composting.

Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials intends to establish the production setup for regular and thermoformable grades of this nonwoven before the end of 2024.

Applications being eyed cover a wide variety of industrial fields, including beverage filters and packaging materials that come into contact with food, along with agricultural materials. Spandex capacity growth

The newly developed biodegradable plastic’s key feature is its capacity to decompose in a home composting environment at a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius.

■ Biodegradable plastic

Biodegradable plastic has all the durability of ordinary plastic, but is broken down after use into water and carbon dioxide via the action of microorganisms found in nature. The material is attracting increasing attention due to the potential for its widespread use to reduce the environmental impact of plastic.

Different biodegradable plastics are able to break down in compost, soil, water and other such environments, so each biodegradable plastic is categorized according to the specific environment in which it decomposes. Spandex capacity growth

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Results of a preliminary disintegration test in a home composting environment (28 degrees Celsius)

At NPE2024: The Plastics Show in Orlando, Florida, SABIC unveiled its advancements in thermoplastics designed to enhance fire safety in electric vehicle (EV) batteries

The company displayed a thermoplastic battery module box, part of its BlueHero initiative, which supports the automotive industry’s shift towards electric power. This demonstration includes a variety of EV battery components, such as module enclosures and busbars, all made using SABIC materials.

SABIC’s tests at the sub-system level have shown that using a battery module box crafted from Stamax 30YH570—a long glass fiber polypropylene resin with an intercellular thickness of just 1mm—acts as an effective thermal barrier. Spandex capacity growth

This material provides essential thermal insulation and flame resistance, thereby reducing the risk of fire spreading from cell to cell during thermal runaway incidents.

These findings add to previous assessments, including a 2023 evaluation where Stamax 30YH570 received the UL Verified Mark for its flame-delaying capabilities. The recent tests at NPE involved lithium-ion battery cells in a steel chamber, showing that the Stamax resin blocks effectively prevented heat and flame propagation, securing the integrity of adjacent cells.

Additionally, SABIC showcased other uses of its thermoplastics in EV batteries, such as in the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6, which incorporates the H1030 polypropylene compound for battery module enclosures. Spandex capacity growth

At NPE2024: The Plastics Show in Orlando, Florida, SABIC unveiled its advancements in thermoplastics designed to enhance fire safety in electric vehicle (EV) batteries

Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026

The facility, costing approximately €20 million, will handle up to 20,000 tons of plastic waste annually, producing about 15,000 tons of pyrolysis oil. This initiative marks RES’s entry into the chemical recycling sector, enhancing its portfolio that includes waste collection, disposal, and mechanical recycling. The construction is aligned with the objectives of Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) and is set to begin shortly, employing around twenty people. Spandex capacity growth

Antonio Lucio Valerio, CEO of RES, highlighted the project’s significance in integrating various recycling processes and reducing reliance on fossil-based resources. The plant will be the first of its kind in Italy, converting non-mechanically recyclable polyolefin waste into high-quality raw materials for new plastics. BlueAlp brings to this partnership their experience from a similar large-scale facility in Ostend, Belgium, utilizing their low-temperature pyrolysis technology known for its economic and environmental benefits.

Valentijn de Neve, CEO of BlueAlp, expressed pride in collaborating with RES, emphasizing the importance of advancing recycling technologies to transform plastic waste management globally. This project reflects both companies’ commitment to sustainability and innovation in the recycling industry. Spandex capacity growth

Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026

Farrel Pomini goes all in on continuous mixer technology for recycling

At NPE 2024, Ansonia, Conn.-based Farrel Pomini is betting on mechanical and chemical recycling applications for its continuous mixer technology

At NPE 2024, Ansonia, Conn.-based Farrel Pomini is betting on mechanical and chemical recycling applications for its continuous mixer technology.

The Farrel continuous mixer is a compounder that feeds to an extruder, based on the principle of two counter-rotating, non-intermeshing rotors, and a large free volume mixing chamber. First introduced in 1963, the machine is now adapting to market dynamics of increased demand for recycled plastics and biopolymers. Spandex capacity growth

“We have high expectations for this fair,” Farrel Corp. President Paul Lloyd told Sustainable Plastics. “It’s the first NPE in six years, the North American market is very busy, so we expect our business and the show to be very active.”

Lloyd sees the fair as an excellent opportunity for ‘people to come together and exchange their ideas and see the latest technology, which has moved forward a great deal over the last few years’ in the US, particularly for recycled materials. Spandex capacity growth

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Analyst lays out cyclic pattern of recycled resin markets

HDPE example shows recycled premium ceiling

Friedman gave a rundown of how recycled resin pricing has evolved over time, noting that recycled material historically was used as a cheaper alternative to virgin or wide-spec resin. “Wide-spec” refers to virgin material that does not meet specifications for prime plastic and is sold as a cheaper feedstock. Spandex capacity growth

Friedman said post-industrial or mixed-color recycled resin pricing still battles with wide-spec and virgin, but that the pricing dynamic for other grades is changing, in part because of brand owner demand. These materials, which Friedman called “sustainability-driven recycled resins,” are the post-consumer, typically clear, resins.

PET imports add new pressure

Friedman also touched on a major trend in the PET space: Plastics recycling companies are facing rising competition from imports of recycled plastic, which play into the prices domestic reclaimers can charge. Spandex capacity growth

“We are really feeling that here in the U.S. market, particularly in the PET space,” Friedman said. Recovered PET imports into the U.S. shot up 33% last year, highlighting how plastics recycling has become a global industry, Friedman added.

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Sustainable Preforms – CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida 10-05-2024

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Sustainable Preforms – CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida 10-05-2024

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With the acquisition of Netstal Maschinen AG earlier this year, Krones has enhanced its capabilities, now offering an integrated solution for every stage of the plastics cycle

This addition enables Krones to deliver a complete system spanning from injection molding, involving MHT tools for PET production, to stretch blow molding with the Krones Contiform series. The suite also encompasses preform and container design, the MetaPure plastics recycling systems, and extensive digitalization solutions.

The launch of Prefero by Krones marks a significant development in its comprehensive system for producing, filling, and packaging PET containers, making Krones the sole provider covering the entire PET beverage industry’s value chain with its products.

Jochen Hirdina, Head of Plastics Technology at Krones, emphasizes the importance of integrated line concepts over mere assembly of machines.  Sustainable Preforms

“Prefero aligns our line strategy with the plastics cycle, enhancing the synergy of our solutions,” he states, highlighting that this integration is crucial for leveraging digitalization opportunities.

Netstal will maintain its independence and continue offering its range of products for preforms, closures, packaging, and medical technology. While Krones focuses on complete PET systems through Prefero, Netstal specializes in production systems that combine injection molding machines with molds and peripherals. Hirdina notes that Netstal will also utilize the global Krones network to better serve its customers, aiming to maximize existing synergies.  Sustainable Preforms

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LyondellBasell has initiated a strategic review of its European operations, specifically focusing on its Olefins & Polyolefins and Intermediates & Derivatives divisions

The review will assess these sectors’ alignment with corporate strategies, which include growing and upgrading core operations, developing profitable circular and low carbon solutions, and enhancing performance and culture. This analysis aims to ensure that the European assets are optimized to support the company’s long-term goals.

Despite this reevaluation, LyondellBasell has confirmed the continuation of its recent investment projects. Notably, these include the construction of an industrial-scale chemical recycling plant using MoReTec technology in Wesseling, Germany, and the establishment of an integrated hub for plastic waste selection and recycling in Knapsack, Germany. These projects underline the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in its operations.  Sustainable Preforms

Moreover, LyondellBasell maintains significant operations in Italy, with major petrochemical hubs in Brindisi and Ferrara. While the Brindisi hub saw the closure of a polypropylene plant last September, the Ferrara hub is slated for further investment in catalysis systems, highlighting ongoing development and adaptation in response to both market and environmental demands. Peter Vanacker, CEO of LyondellBasell, affirms that the strategic criteria guiding these decisions remain consistent, aiming for robust growth and sustainability.  Sustainable Preforms

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Sustainable Preform Injection Molding System

Husky Technologies’ HyPET®6e optimizes rPET processing, minimizes energy use, and simplifies operation for lower costs and a greener footprint.

Husky Technologies, a technology provider enabling the delivery of essential needs to the global community, announced the launch of its next-generation HyPET®6e platform. Building upon the technology of the company’s flagship PET preform injection molding system, HyPET®6e is the ideal combination of proven technology and innovation engineered to work together to deliver new standards in sustainable molding.

“The plastics industry is at a pivotal moment, and as industry leaders we must deliver by proactively developing circular solutions to address plastic waste management,” said Robert Domodossola, Husky’s President of Systems and Tooling. Sustainable Preforms

“Our new HyPET®6e platform meets this need as it’s designed so that all system components are integrated to work together to deliver on the unique requirements of sustainable molding, including superior rPET capability, enhanced energy efficiency, and closed-loop quality control, while simplifying operation and still delivering the lowest total production cost.”

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NPE2024: Sabic showcasing progress in plastic innovation for a more sustainable future

  • Under the theme of “Collaborating to Create the Future,” SABIC’s presence at NPE2024 showcases plastic innovations and work across the value chain in multiple industries.
  • SABIC emphasizing value of its plastics as enablers for transformation – to a circular, electric and more sustainable future.
  • Booth reinforces company’s strong commitment to local supply and application development support to power innovation.

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is highlighting at NPE2024 (Booth #S19005; May 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida) a wide range of solutions that demonstrate the value of plastics for a more sustainable future. Under the theme “Collaborating to Create the Future,” the company is presenting innovative solutions that are available today and others that are on their way to broader adoption.  Sustainable Preforms

This includes examples of the company’s work with manufacturers and others across the value chain on circular plastic solutions available under its TRUCIRCLE™ program and new approaches with plastics under its BLUEHERO™ initiative that can help in the shift to electrification.

“Since the last NPE in 2018, SABIC has taken giant strides forward in creating pathways for plastics to make valued contributions toward resolving critical global challenges and driving circularity,” Sami Al-Osaimi, executive vice president, Polymers, SABIC, said.

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PURE LOOP, a member of the EREMA Group, is celebrating its success in the US market at NPE 2024

The company, which launched its ISEC repelletizing system at NPE 2015, is showcasing the ISEC evo 302 E at stand W4471 with live demonstrations of its recycling capabilities.

Manfred Dobersberger, Managing Director, highlights the importance of NPE and the ISEC system’s global success in repelletizing various polymers. Sustainable Preforms

The ISEC evo’s design benefits from years of experience in handling complex recycling requirements, including challenging materials like PVC and glass-fiber reinforced plastics.

The ISEC evo features a patented double feed ram system and a single drive shaft for the shredder and extruder, ensuring gentle material treatment and minimal contamination risk. The technology has led to significant sales growth in the US, with the ISEC evo 702 being a notable sale, boasting a throughput capacity of up to 3,300 pounds per hour.

PURE LOOP’s success in North America is attributed to strong partnerships with local sales networks and close collaboration with EREMA North America. The company’s service hub in Ipswich offers customer trials and support. Sustainable Preforms

Dobersberger also points out the potential in textile recycling, with PURE LOOP’s FibrePro:IV technology focusing on PET fiber-to-fiber recycling. At NPE, visitors can experience the ISEC evo 302 E’s performance firsthand, reflecting PURE LOOP’s commitment to showcasing efficient recycling solutions. Dobersberger expresses enthusiasm for demonstrating the technology’s broad application range alongside the Austrian and US teams.

PURE LOOP, a member of the EREMA Group, is celebrating its success in the US market at NPE 2024

CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida

This product is certified by TUV OK for home and industrial composting and by the US FDA for food contact, demonstrating its suitability for a broad range of environmentally sensitive applications. Sustainable Preforms

The PHACT S1000P represents an advancement in the PHA market, expanding the applications where CJ Biomaterials can provide solutions, especially where biodegradation is essential. It offers superior rigidity and high-heat stability, ideal for processes like injection molding, thermoforming, and other conversion technologies. The biopolymer is also certified as marine and soil biodegradable, enhancing its appeal in sustainable packaging and other eco-friendly products.

Max Senechal, Chief Commercial Officer at CJ Biomaterials, emphasized the product’s versatility and biodegradability across various environments, including anaerobic, aquatic, and compost settings. He noted that this launch follows the company’s introduction of its amorphous PHA (aPHA) in 2022, which differs by being softer and more rubbery. The addition of PHACT S1000P to their portfolio allows the company to meet diverse technical needs by blending their main PHA types. Sustainable Preforms

CJ Biomaterials is also scaling up its production capacity in Pasuruan, Indonesia, to meet growing market demand, reflecting its commitment to advancing sustainable biopolymer technology globally.

CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea's CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida

KARL MAYER GROUP Presents Solutions At ITM 2024

— For KARL MAYER GROUP, Turkey is an extremely important market with numerous longstanding business connections and promising growth potentials. Accordingly prepared, the global player travels as an exhibitor to ITM at Tüyap Fair and Congress Center in Istanbul. Sustainable Preforms

“In response to the economic challenges in the Turkish textile industry, we are intensifying our commitment to our local customers. We have founded a subsidiary in Bursa to provide even better support for our services. Our proximity to the market also helps us to optimise our production solutions to meet the needs of our customers. Our focus remains on providing advanced, efficient, high-performance machines that use digital solutions to increase productivity and reduce operating costs. We are here at ITM to assist our customers through the current difficult times and help them emerge stronger. This is also a personal concern of mine. I have built up close relationships with many customers over the years. Their success is very near and dear to my heart,” says Arno Gärtner, CEO of the KARL MAYER GROUP. Sustainable Preforms

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U.S. R-PET Shows Mixed Price Trends for Different Grades Amid Changing Market Situation

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) market in the U.S. has recently shown a mixture of constant and varying prices across different product segments, according to market analyses by ChemAnalyst.

As of the first week of May 2024, prices for R-PET food grade pellets have remained stable, regularly priced at USD 1,600 per metric ton on FOB basis in Los Angeles. This steadiness indicates a balanced market, where the supply and demand for these pellets are well-matched, ensuring no significant disruptions in the pricing structure. PET bottle packaging

However, the broader R-PET market has experienced notable price shifts over the past month, highlighting the dynamic nature of supply and demand for different R-PET products. R-PET clear flakes, vital for certain recycling processes, have seen a 4% increase in price from the beginning of April to May, now exceeding $1,200 per ton. This rise signals a surge in demand coupled with a potential shortage, inducing buyers to obtain additional supplies and explore alternative sources.

Further, the prices for R-PET clear flakes for delivery in Los Angeles have seen a considerable increase, climbing by approximately 17% during the same period, with prices varying from about $1,200 to $1,400 per ton. This deviation between FOB and delivery prices, averaging around $200 per ton, underscores the additional costs associated with distribution within the market. PET bottle packaging

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Sacmi Group has announced the sale of its Beverage Business Unit to Omnia Technologies, a global automation technology provider with Italian roots specializing in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries

This strategic transaction is expected to conclude by the end of summer and is part of Omnia’s broader goal to become one of the world’s foremost operators in beverage packaging systems.

This sale marks a pivotal shift for Sacmi, allowing it to leverage over two decades of industry experience to explore new growth avenues under Omnia’s expansive strategy. The acquisition will incorporate Sacmi Beverage’s extensive expertise in key beverage processes such as stretch-blowing, filling, and labeling, which are essential for handling products like mineral water, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Sacmi Beverage’s proven track record of steady revenue growth and solid market reputation makes it a valuable addition to Omnia Technologies. PET bottle packaging

Sacmi has been a significant presence in the beverage industry since 2000, pioneering innovations and expanding its product range through strategic acquisitions and technological advancements. This divestiture is seen as a strategic move to simplify Sacmi’s business structure, enabling it to concentrate on expanding its other business sectors.

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The Future Of Stretch: Introducing Under Armour’s First Product Made With High-Performing Elastane Alternative NEOLAST™

In 1996, Under Armour proved a single shirt can change the game forever. The brand’s original performance stretch, compression technology wicked away sweat faster than anything else out there and kept athletes cool, dry and light.

Ever since, Under Armour has continued to change the game with innovative performance gear. PET bottle packaging

Now, it honors its innovation heritage as it looks to the future of stretch.

On May 13, Under Armour will premiere the first product to feature its latest material innovation, a high-performing elastane alternative called NEOLAST™, on UA.com Part of its Vanish training franchise, Vanish Pro tees made with NEOLAST™ fiber are built to withstand the demands of all types of athletic training and feature a classic design to help athletes stay focused during workouts.

NEOLAST™ fibers at work in the fabric translate to a high-powered garment with exceptional durability and fit. PET bottle packaging

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DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant

  • Opening of new Jiaxing plant bolsters commitment to stay close to customers
  • Potential capacity up to 50,000 tons to serve growing demand for automotive, electronics, energy, and industrial and consumer goods sectors
  • TECHNYL® polyamides provide intelligent solutions for China’s growth markets in the green energy and mobility sectors

DOMO Chemicals, a global leader in engineered technical materials, proudly inaugurates its newest plant in Haiyan, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. This significant milestone reinforces DOMO’s determination to meet rising demand in the Chinese market for its TECHNYL® polyamide-based intelligent solutions.  PET bottle packaging

The €14 million (RMB 100 million) investment represents a potential doubling of DOMO’s commitment to the Chinese market, with the new plant capable of increasing the current capacity of 25,000 tons of TECHNYL® polyamides to 35,000 tons and eventually 50,000 tons in the long term. Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, the state-of-the-art facility underscores DOMO’s unwavering commitment to providing high quality products and services to its customers in key sectors such as automotive, electronics, energy, industrial and consumer goods.  PET bottle packaging

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ALPLA, a plastic packaging specialist, has introduced a new recyclable PET wine bottle, which notably reduces carbon emissions by up to 50%

This innovative bottle is significantly lighter than traditional glass, weighing just an eighth of its counterpart and offering cost savings of up to 30%. Available in 0.75-litre and 1-litre sizes, the bottle can be produced entirely from recycled PET (rPET), enhancing its sustainability. It’s already in use in Austria by Wegenstein, a pilot customer and development partner.

This bottle is part of a broader movement towards sustainable packaging in the wine industry. It weighs only 50 grams for the 0.75-litre version, drastically lowering the carbon footprint by 38% compared to glass bottles—even without rPET. Now also available in a 1-litre size, ALPLA aims to produce millions of these bottles annually by 2025, moving towards solutions made entirely from rPET.  PET bottle packaging

The material’s benefits include being light, unbreakable, and recyclable, with low energy requirements for molding. This translates to a significantly reduced environmental and financial cost for winemakers. Additionally, the PET bottles are compatible with conventional metal screw caps and can be filled on standard bottling lines, ensuring ease of integration for producers like Wegenstein.

Herbert Toifl, managing director at Wegenstein, attests to the PET bottle’s performance, noting its aesthetic appeal, practicality, and compliance with quality standards, making it an attractive choice for environmentally conscious consumers.  PET bottle packaging

ALPLA, a plastic packaging specialist, has introduced a new recyclable PET wine bottle, which notably reduces carbon emissions by up to 50%

 

Tronox’s Strong Performance in Q1 2024, Strengthen Market Fundamentals of Titanium Dioxide

Texas, USA: The prices of Titanium Dioxide have been demonstrating a contrasting trend across regional markets. With the rise in new sales volumes coupled with an increase in manufacturing costs, the Titanium Dioxide price trend has been progressing northwards in Asian markets. PET bottle packaging

On the other hand, downstream demand from the construction sector has taken a toll on the demand dynamics of Titanium Dioxide in European markets.

According to market sources, one of the leading manufacturers of Titanium Dioxide, Tronox Holding, has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2024.

Tronox’s first-quarter performance exceeded expectations, driven by lower production costs, the completion of destocking in the supply chain, and higher Titanium Dioxide demand levels, especially in comparison to typical seasonal patterns.

Revenue rose by 13% from the previous quarter, with a 20% increase in revenue from Titanium Dioxide and zircon alone, excluding other product sales which declined due to non-repeating sales. PET bottle packaging

Titanium Dioxide volumes surged by 18% from the fourth quarter, surpassing typical seasonal growth rates. Demand growth was strong across all regions, particularly in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, which had seen significant volume declines over the past six quarters.

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5 questions for Thomas Gangl, CEO Borealis

In this new series, Sustainable Plastics asks 5 questions to notable figures in the plastics circularity industry. Thomas Gangl, CEO of Borealis, discusses the company’s transition to sustainable materials in its 30 year history

1. Borealis is turning 30 this year. In that time, it has become one of the world’s top ten polyolefins players. By 2030, Borealis wants to become a global leader in sustainable chemicals and material solutions. How do you reconcile those two aspects?  PET bottle packaging

Borealis’ journey over the past 30 years has been remarkable. From its Nordic roots, the company has grown into a global force in polyolefins. Balancing growth with environmental sustainability is a priority. Borealis achieves this by investing in innovative technologies such as Borstar and Borcycle. These enable resource-efficient production, circularity, and value creation. The Borealis Strategy 2030 confirms that sustainability is at the core of all current and future Borealis operations. By 2030, Borealis aims to be a global leader in advanced and sustainable chemicals and materials solutions, balancing growth with environmental responsibility.  PET bottle packaging

2. What is Borealis’ single greatest achievement in the past 30 years? And what will the company look like 30 years from now?

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Polyester caps NPE2024 – Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components 08-05-2024

Polyester caps NPE2024 – Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components 08-05-2024

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Origin Materials, a Californian biotech firm, unveiled the first polyester caps designed for carbonated drink bottles (CSD) at the NPE 2024 fair in Orlando, Florida

These new PET closures, named Origin CSD 1881, are compatible with the PCO 1881 neck finish, a common standard in the CSD industry. These caps can be manufactured from either virgin or recycled PET, aligning with the industry’s shift towards sustainable packaging solutions.

John Bissell, co-founder and co-CEO of Origin Materials, highlighted the significance of this innovation, noting that until now, PET had been widely used in packaging but not in caps and closures. He stated that this development opens the possibility of using any type of PET—virgin, recycled, or biobased—for producing closures. Polyester caps NPE2024

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This advancement allows for the creation of entirely single-material containers, enhancing recyclability by excluding different types of plastics except for the labels. Origin Materials asserts that these PET closures will be commercially available by the end of this year.

Additionally, Origin Materials has been active in producing chemical intermediates from biomass. Last summer, it launched its first commercial-scale facility to produce chloromethyl furfural (CMF) from second-generation cellulosic biomass, like wood processing residues. CMF is a precursor to paraxylene, used to make PET, and FDCA, which is necessary for producing PEF—a recyclable, biobased polyester alternative to PET. Plans for a new production unit in Geismar, Louisiana, are underway. Polyester caps NPE2024

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PETValue Philippines, the nation’s inaugural bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling hub located in General Trias City, Cavite, proudly announced the successful recycling of its inaugural 1 billion PET bottles

This significant achievement, as emphasized by PETValue Philippines, highlights the profound impact of unified efforts towards achieving a fully circular economy.

A collaboration between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) and Indorama Ventures, a globally renowned sustainable chemical company, PETValue epitomizes the transformation of post-consumer clear PET bottles into new food-grade recycled PET (rPET) bottles. This process effectively closes the loop of “make-use-recycle” for plastic packaging, contributing significantly to sustainability endeavors. Polyester caps NPE2024

With a multi-phased joint venture investment totaling P2.28 billion, PETValue’s state-of-the-art facility in General Trias stands as a beacon of innovation, creating approximately 200 direct job opportunities for Filipinos. Leveraging cutting-edge bottle-to-bottle PET recycling technology, this venture underscores Indorama Ventures’ position as a world leader in PET recycling, catering to the global demand for recycled resin utilized in plastic beverage bottles.

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Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components

These new thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds, designed primarily for automotive applications but versatile beyond, offer consistent adhesion to EPDM rubber even under heat aging conditions at 23°C and 90°C. Their smooth melt facilitates a wide processing range and design flexibility.  PETValue Philippines, the nation’s inaugural bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling hub located in General Trias City, Cavite, proudly announced the successful recycling of its inaugural 1 billion PET bottles  Polyester caps NPE2024

Manufactured with durability in mind, these compounds resist atmospheric agents, maintain color stability, and boast optimized abrasion and scratch resistance alongside low surface friction. Kraiburg TPE emphasizes their surface quality, ensuring both functionality and aesthetics meet the rigorous standards of automotive applications. Compared to pure EPDM seals, TPE-EPDM hybrid technology enhances process efficiency while reducing weight and carbon footprint.

The UV-resistant nature of these TPEs expands their utility, making them suitable for corner and end moldings of window tracks and various sealing profiles. Extensive testing conducted by a prominent automotive seal supplier validates their efficacy. Kraiburg TPE’s innovative compounds promise reliability and performance across diverse automotive sealing and exterior needs.  Polyester caps NPE2024

Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components

Cyclohexane Prices Stabilize Entering May 2024 as Cost Support from Benzene Wanes

The beginning of May 2024 leads prices of Cyclohexane to stabilize across the European and Asian markets. Previously, prices of Cyclohexane were recorded to have witnessed an increment of approximately 4% across Europe and 10% across Asia during the month of April 2024.

The continued increments in the prices of Cyclohexane were attributed to the inflation in the prices of feedstock Benzene and upstream Naphtha observed during March 2024, which were recorded to have inflated by approximately 12% and 8% respectively during this timeframe, leading to heightened costs to manufacture Cyclohexane. Moreover, several plants across China were put on maintenance turnarounds during the early weeks of April 2024, for example, Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co Ltd. Polyester caps NPE2024

The most prominent being the plant owned by SINOPEC in Shanghai, Shandong, and Beijing which had reduced operations for 12, 7, and 9 days, respectively, and operating at an average rate of 60%. Which caused a situation of shortage for Benzene during this timeframe, consequently prompting the prices of Cyclohexane to rise.

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Clariant introduces new solutions to reduce the environmental impact of plastics at NPE 2024

  • Clariant is launching AddWorks®PPA, a perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS)-free polymer processing aid product line, and AddWorks PKG 158, a highly efficient antioxidant solution with outstanding color protection, especially designed for polyolefins containing recycled material
  • Licolub®PED 1316 – a wax for easier processing and better surface properties in building and construction
  • A range of next generation products to improve plastics recycling, reduce environmental impacts, and increase performance are being featured at the event  Polyester caps NPE2024

Clariant is excited to present the company’s latest solutions to support the plastics industry to improve safety and efficiency, increase circularity, and reduce waste at NPE2024, happening now in Orlando, Florida.

“Since K 2022 our experts have been developing industry-leading products that minimize the impact on human health and the environment while maintaining or exceeding performance expectations,” commented Miao Zhigang, Head of Clariant’s Polymer Solutions business.

“We are very pleased to be unveiling our new AddWorks PPA, our PFAS-free Additives line at NPE2024.”  Polyester caps NPE2024

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Closed-Loop Recycling In The EV Market

As consumers’ attention is turned toward the latest electric vehicle technology gracing the automotive industry, interest has been piqued about closed-loop recycling in the EV market – specifically as it relates to the materials used in manufacturing EV batteries being recycled and reintroduced into the production cycle, creating a sustainable loop.

Connie Prostko-Bell is the ESG and sustainability practice director at ALL4, a nationally recognized consulting company focused on helping shape environmental responsibility.

She said that significant incentives from sources such as the Department of Energy and the Inflation Reduction Act have driven capital investment in the establishment of domestic EV battery recycling infrastructure. OEMs have also invested in partnerships and in-house capacity.  Polyester caps NPE2024

“However, current projections assume recycling capacity will outpace availability of recyclable material supply, at least in the near term,” Prostko-Bell said.

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Benvic debuts ProVinyl Infinite, a PVC line derived from bioethylene

This innovation complements their existing recycled PVC range, aiming to slash carbon footprints while maintaining performance and aesthetics akin to virgin resins.

ProVinyl Infinite is attributed by mass balance, ensuring seamless integration into applications without the need for requalification, like window profiles or pressure fittings. Benvic recommends its use for surface coatings to address aesthetic concerns associated with recycled materials, suggesting their use as internal substrates. While ProVinyl Infinite may come at a higher cost compared to virgin PVC, the final benefits and added value outweigh this disparity.  Polyester caps NPE2024

Benvic debuts ProVinyl Infinite, a PVC line derived from bioethylene

Recyclable polymers cellulose – Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman’s methanolysis process 07-05-2024

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Recyclable polymers cellulose – Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman’s methanolysis process 07-05-2024

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Researchers have innovated a method to create recyclable polymers from plant cellulose, addressing the urgent need to mitigate plastic pollution

Published in ACS Macro Letters, this breakthrough utilizes cellulose, a plentiful plant biomass component, ensuring no interference with food production land. The Hokkaido team transformed two cellulose-derived molecules, levoglucosenone (LGO) and dihydrolevoglucosenone (Cyrene), into diverse polysaccharide polymers through novel chemical processes, paving the way for various applications.

The project’s main hurdles involved mastering the polymerization reaction and achieving material stability for practical use while maintaining recyclability. Recyclable polymers cellulose

The resultant polymer films exhibited unexpected high transparency, suggesting suitability for specialized uses in optics, electronics, and biomedicine, rather than flexible products like plastic bags.

This development adds to the growing field of ‘bioplastics,’ with some already on the market. However, the team’s contribution opens new avenues, particularly given the vast potential structural variations. Collaborations with experts in computational chemistry, AI, and automated synthesis are sought to further explore these possibilities.

The overarching goal is to foster a sustainable cycle of polymer production from biomass, complete with efficient recycling, contributing to a greener future. Recyclable polymers cellulose

This initiative represents a significant stride in creating alternative materials that align with environmental conservation efforts and the global shift towards renewable resources.

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At the upcoming NPE 2024 event, Sirmax North America is set to exhibit its extensive collection of flame-retardant polypropylene (PP) compounds

These halogen-free materials, which boast UL Yellow Card certification, are gaining traction as a greener substitute for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), especially in electrical and electronics applications. The showcase, scheduled for May 6-10 in Orlando, Florida, will feature the Dafnelen and Dafneglass families—unfilled and glass-reinforced FR PP compounds, respectively. These products offer robust mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties, meeting stringent industry standards.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

The demand for Sirmax’s FR PP compounds is on the rise in the U.S., as the market shifts away from halogenated alternatives. This trend is further fueled by the withdrawal of a key competitor from the FR PP compound market. Sirmax’s offerings include a variety of colors and grades, such as the Dafnelen line with a UL V0 flame retardant rating and the Dafneglass line, suitable for automotive and household appliances, with glass loadings ranging from 10% to 30%.

Sirmax’s U.S. country manager, Lorenzo Ferro, emphasizes the company’s readiness to cater to market demands with these versatile and high-performance FR PP options. Sirmax also collaborates with clients to tailor FR products for specific applications, including meter sockets, sensor housings, and power tools, among others. Recyclable polymers cellulose

This commitment to customization and environmental sustainability positions Sirmax as a leader in the industry, poised to meet the evolving needs of a market moving towards non-halogenated, eco-friendly materials.

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China Polyamide Prices remain Weak due to the Ease in Feedstocks Coupled with Low Demand

The pricing pressure from low-cost feedstocks, Caprolactam and Adipic Acid, has kept the prices of Polyamide 6 and 66 low in the Chinese market in recent weeks. The Polyamide market in China is encountering difficulties due to ample supply and declining demand from downstream industries, creating a challenging environment for producers and traders. There has been no noticeable increase in stocking activity before the holiday period. Traders are maintaining stable prices, with moderate demand supporting average levels for PA66. As a result, the cost of Polyamide 6 (Medium Viscosity) decreased by 1.3% on a FOB Dalian basis, and Polyamide 66 remained stable, reflecting the broader market conditions.

Supply of Polyamide in China remains abundant, with production levels exceeding current demand. This oversupply situation is partly a result of increased production capacities in the region, driven by early-stage maintenance companies that have progressively resumed operations, weekly production is on the upswing, leading to mounting supply pressure. Despite efforts to align production with demand, the market remains flooded with Polyamide, putting pressure on prices.

Demand for Polyamide from downstream industries such as textiles, electrical, and others has been weakening.

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Versalis, Technip Energies to integrate technologies for plastic waste recycling

Italian company Versalis has announced signing an agreement with Technip Energies, a France-based engineering and technology company for energy transition.

Through this collaboration, the companies intend to develop a “theoretically endless plastic recycling loop”.

The joint project will support the production of new virgin polymers that can be used for a wide range of applications.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Both the companies will integrate their technologies for developing a technological platform for advanced chemical recycling of plastic waste.

Versalis, a chemical company of Italy’s oil supermajor Eni, will provide its ‘Hoop’ technology.

The company describes its Hoop technology as a pyrolysis process that helps in recovering mixed plastic waste with high performance.

This Hoop technology will be integrated with Technip Energies’ ‘Pure.rOil’ and ‘Pure.rGas’ purification technologies.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

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Morocco has emerged as the European Union’s (EU) top automotive supplier, surpassing giants like China, Japan, and India

The nation’s success is attributed to its modern manufacturing facilities, skilled workforce, and competitive production costs. In the previous year, Morocco produced over 535,000 vehicles, primarily from its northern region, contributing $13.7 billion to its economy—a 30% increase from 2023.

Strategically located just 14 kilometers from Spain, Morocco serves as a gateway between Europe and Africa.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

This advantageous position, coupled with robust trade connections, has propelled Morocco to the forefront of the African automotive industry. The city of Tangier, in particular, has become a significant Mediterranean business hub, bolstered by the dynamic Tangier Med port and its trade agreements.

The Moroccan government’s regulatory measures, including the Investment Charter and the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014-2020, have attracted numerous companies, fostering an environment ripe for investment. Major brands like Neo Motors, Snop, Renault, Dacia, and Stellantis account for 88% of the country’s vehicle production, underscoring Morocco’s integration into the global economy through free trade.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Committed to development and inclusivity, Morocco is addressing the gender gap, with the automotive sector achieving 63% integration, aiming for 80% by 2030. Additionally, aligning with environmental goals, Morocco is increasing its electric car production, targeting a 40% share of its total automotive output, as part of its strategy to reduce reliance on hydrocarbons.

Morocco has emerged as the European Union’s (EU) top automotive supplier, surpassing giants like China, Japan, and India

Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman’s methanolysis process

This breakthrough addresses the challenge posed by multicolored PET received at material recovery facilities (MRF), which often cannot be mechanically recycled due to color discrepancies. Eastman’s innovative methanolysis technology transforms this waste into high-quality copolyesters and PET, known as Eastman Renew materials, ideal for the beauty industry and comparable in quality to virgin materials.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Tara Cary, Eastman’s cosmetics packaging segment manager, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration: “Our partnership with Pact Collective represents a shared commitment to a sustainable future for the beauty industry. Through methanolysis, we’re not just overcoming challenges but transforming them into opportunities, paving the way for beauty packaging waste to become a valuable resource.”

As a nonprofit organization, Pact Collective leads beauty packaging take-back initiatives at retail and consumer levels, ensuring responsible waste management. Pact’s Executive Director, Carly Snider, highlighted the significance of Eastman’s technology: “Eastman’s methanolysis offers a promising alternative for our collected materials, diverting them from waste-to-energy routes and potentially increasing post-consumer recycled content for future beauty packaging.”  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Through this collaboration, Pact Collective and Eastman are driving positive change, transforming waste into valuable resources and advancing sustainability in the beauty industry.

Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman's methanolysis process

CARBIOS secures feedstock for PET biorecycling plant with Hündgen

French biotech company CARBIOS has signed a key agreement with German waste management specialist Hündgen Entsorgungs to supply CARBIOS’ upcoming polyethylene terephthalate (PET) biorecycling plant.

This marks a significant step towards CARBIOS’ first commercial plant in Longlaville, France, which is currently under construction and expected to be operational by the end of 2026.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

The agreement outlines Hündgen’s commitment to supply 15,000 tonnes (t) per year of post-consumer PET flakes, sourced and processed from household light packaging waste in Germany.

This PET waste will be transformed into usable biorecycled materials through CARBIOS’ innovative enzymatic depolymerisation technology.

CARBIOS’ technology offers an advancement in PET recycling.

Unlike traditional methods, CARBIOS said it can process a wider range of PET waste, including coloured, opaque packaging, and even polyester textiles.

This translates to greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness for CARBIOS, as it is not limited to high-demand clear plastic bottles.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

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Polymer PET Resin – CARBIOS and Hündgen enter supply agreement for world’s first PET biorecycling plant 06-05-2024

Polymer PET Resin

Polymer PET Resin

  • 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 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,075 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton -75
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 890 $/ton -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,820 yuan/ton -30
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,870 yuan/ton 6,840 yuan/ton -30
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Polymer PET Resin

5,925 yuan/ton 5,835 yuan/ton
-90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 735 $/ton 720 $/ton -15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,335 yuan/ton 4,370 yuan/ton
+35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 508 $/ton 513 $/ton +5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,040 $/ton 1,024 $/ton
-16
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,018 $/ton 1,002 $/ton -16
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,140 $/7on 1,140 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,525  yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton
-25
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,025 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton -25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Polymer PET Resin

8,125 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton -25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,700 yuan/ton 12,700 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,890 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,150 yuan/ton 14,150  yuan/ton
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,350 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Polymer PET Resin

21,800 yuan/ton 21,800 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,600 yuan/ton 16,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,900 yuan/ton 17,900 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,500 yuan/ton 33,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,000 yuan/ton 31,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,000 yuan/ton 28,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market

Polymer PET Resin

9,600 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 8,760 yuan/ton 8,730 yuan/ton -30
Benzene overseas  market 1,062 $/ton 1,042 $/ton -20
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,000 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE market CIF 841 $/ton 808 $/ton -33
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,600 yuan/ton 10,700 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

Polymer PET Resin

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,230 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton -30
Naphtha overseas market  710 $/ton 681 $/ton -19
Phenol domestic market 8,177 yuan/ton 8,137 yuan/ton -40

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton   -100

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CARBIOS and Hündgen enter supply agreement for world’s first PET biorecycling plant

CARBIOS has partnered with Hündgen Entsorgungs GmbH & Co. KG to supply 15kt/year of post-consumer PET waste for the world’s first PET biorecycling plant in Longlaville, France, operational from late 2026. Polymer PET Resin

Hündgen will utilize its expertise in waste management to source and prepare this waste, transforming it into food-grade materials using CARBIOS’ enzymatic technology.

This collaboration ensures a significant portion of the feedstock needed for CARBIOS’ plant, which will have a 50kt/year capacity at full operation. The plant’s strategic location near Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg facilitates access to waste supplies.

CARBIOS’ technology can recycle all PET waste types, including those unsuitable for traditional recycling methods.

This innovation offers a circular solution for multilayered, colored, opaque packaging, and polyester textiles. Polymer PET Resin

Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of CARBIOS, highlights the secured feedstock and the benefits of their biorecycling technology, including flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and the strategic advantage of proximity to waste sources.

Christian Hündgen, CEO of Hündgen, emphasizes the importance of innovative technologies and international cooperation in advancing plastic packaging recycling standards.

This partnership marks a significant step in PET non-bottle recycling in Europe.

CARBIOS and Hündgen enter supply agreement for world’s first PET biorecycling plant

Sustainable textile – Chemovator, BASF’s business incubator, has invested in Heartland, a Detroit-based startup revolutionizing plastics with natural fiber reinforcements 06-05-2024

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Will gasification play a role in advanced recycling of plastics?

Gasification is a sophisticated thermochemical process that offers an innovative route for the recycling of plastic waste into virgin plastic feedstock. This process involves the conversion of carbonaceous materials into syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2), through the reaction of these materials at high temperatures in a controlled oxygen and/or steam environment. Here, we will delve into the technical specifics of gasification, particularly focusing on its application in converting plastic waste into virgin feedstock for new plastics, facilitating a circular economy approach in plastic manufacturing.  Sustainable textile

Gasification processes involve several critical phases: drying, pyrolysis, combustion, and reduction. Initially, plastic waste is dried to eliminate moisture, which optimizes the efficiency of subsequent thermal reactions. During pyrolysis, plastics are thermally decomposed in a low-oxygen environment, leading to the generation of volatile compounds and a residual solid char. These volatiles are partially oxidized in the combustion step, which generates heat and converts the remaining material into CO2 and a small amount of ash, with the char undergoing further reduction to form syngas.

The configuration of the gasifier (e.g., fixed bed, fluidized bed, entrained flow) directly influences the operational dynamics and thus the efficiency of the gasification process. The syngas output—primarily composed of CO and H2—is subsequently processed to form monomers that serve as feedstocks for producing new plastics.  Sustainable textile

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Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), in collaboration with Krones and Tomra, has successfully demonstrated the mechanical recycling of XPS food trays, a process that ensures industrial efficiency and high-quality recyclate

This initiative, announced in Brussels on May 3, 2024, leverages a process akin to that used for yoghurt pots, emphasizing the sortability of polystyrene (PS) for recycling. Tomra’s ‘deep sorting’ technology yielded a pure XPS feedstock from mixed PS, which Krones then processed through shredding, hot washing, dewatering, and drying. The pilot confirmed the technical and industrial viability of the process, highlighting its competitive edge, energy, and water efficiency.  Sustainable textile

The recycling process enhances the circularity of XPS trays, known for their role in food safety and favorable life cycle assessment. To boost recycling yields and quality, SCS has introduced a design for recycling (DfR) guideline, aligning most XPS trays with these standards.

Dr. Michael Gotsche of Krones expressed satisfaction with the trials, confirming the adaptability of their washing technology for XPS trays. Dr. Volker Rehrmann of Tomra emphasized the importance of effective sorting for a circular economy, noting the impressive sortability of PS. Claudio Bilotti of Versalis (Eni) highlighted the value of XPS trays in food safety and their potential for multiple life cycles post-use. Jens Kathmann of SCS pointed out the significance of XPS trays in the circular economy, with potential applications in various general-purpose PS products.  Sustainable textile

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Eastman introduced Naia™ Renew ES, a sustainable textile innovation, at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics exhibition

This new fiber, containing 60% recycled content, marks a significant step in sustainable fashion. Carolina Sister Cohn, Eastman’s global marketing leader, expressed excitement about the potential for Naia™ Renew ES to transform the industry.

The exhibition showcased over 400 fabric and garment types made with Naia™ Renew, demonstrating its versatility. Students from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology also participated, creating garments with Naia™ fabrics, emphasizing the push towards sustainable fashion among the next generation. Sustainable textile

Claudia de Witte, Eastman’s sustainability leader, stressed the importance of trust in making sustainable textiles widely available. Eastman collaborates with industry leaders and the China National Textile and Apparel Council to promote molecular recycling and sustainable materials.

Naia™ Renew ES combines 60% recycled waste with 40% sustainably sourced wood pulp, certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). Eastman’s molecular recycling technology is pivotal, transforming mixed waste into high-quality materials. The GRS certification of Naia™ Renew in December 2023 highlights Eastman’s dedication to sustainability. Sustainable textile

Eastman introduced Naia™ Renew ES, a sustainable textile innovation, at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics exhibition

RadiciGroup is set to showcase its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and eco-design at the NPE fair in Orlando, Florida, from May 6-10, 2024

This event is a strategic platform for the Group to strengthen and expand collaborations in North America’s polymeric materials value chain, especially in the automotive sector, and increasingly in the electrical/electronic, appliances, and power-tools sectors.

With a strong industrial presence in the United States and Mexico, RadiciGroup is a key player in the North American automotive market, which contributes significantly to its turnover.  Sustainable textile

As one of the few integrated producers in the polyamide chain, RadiciGroup has bolstered its sales network, marketing team, and technical and quality assistance in recent years, aiming to enhance not just product offerings but also service efficiency.

Edi Degasperi, North America Country Manager for RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, highlights the positive start to 2024 in the USA and the initiation of significant projects that promise a satisfying year ahead. Despite a slower start in Mexico, upcoming projects are expected to lead to a substantial recovery in the second half of the year.

RadiciGroup’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in its decision to purchase renewable electricity for its Wadsworth site, starting in 2024, through Renewable Energy Certificates. This move aligns with the Group’s long-standing tradition of producing environmentally friendly products, including bio-based materials with superior technical performance and the Renycle® range of technopolymers made from pre and post-consumer polyamide recycling.  Sustainable textile

Degasperi emphasizes RadiciGroup’s integrated approach to sustainability, promoting eco-design among clients and supporting a circular economy model. The Group’s Engineering Service enables the prediction of product behaviors early in development, optimizing design and environmental performance.

RadiciGroup is also actively involved in North America’s electrification of vehicles, participating in projects to drive change and offer products developed for e-mobility applications. This includes a range of orange-colored products for high-voltage components, UL-certified flame retardant materials for battery systems, and metal replacement solutions for lighter vehicles and extended battery life.

Two meetings are scheduled at the RadiciGroup booth: “Sustainable and High Performance Solutions” on May 7 at 2 pm, and “Sustainable by design” on May 9 at 10 am. RadiciGroup’s presence at NPE 2024 underscores its dedication to leading the industry towards a sustainable future.  Sustainable textile

RadiciGroup is set to showcase its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and eco-design at the NPE fair in Orlando, Florida, from May 6-10, 2024

In 2023, Vecoplan AG, a leader in machinery for material and thermal recycling, celebrated its fourth consecutive record year, despite global market challenges

CEO Werner Berens announced a revenue peak, attributing success to the company’s resilience amidst geopolitical and market uncertainties that led many customers to defer investments. CFO Ina Hannen reported a slight increase in revenue and profit over 2022.

Looking ahead to 2024 with caution, Berens remains optimistic due to sustained product demand, prompting workforce expansion by nearly 100 in the past two years. Vecoplan invested significantly in development, with plans to allocate another €13 million, primarily to enhance production capacity at its Bad Marienberg site.  Sustainable textile

Vecoplan AG specializes in equipment for processing various raw materials and waste, supporting customers from single-machine purchases to large-scale projects. With 580 employees across international locations, the company anticipates continued success and growth.

In 2023, Vecoplan AG, a leader in machinery for material and thermal recycling, celebrated its fourth consecutive record year, despite global market challenges

Chemovator, BASF’s business incubator, has invested in Heartland, a Detroit-based startup revolutionizing plastics with natural fiber reinforcements

This move strengthens the partnership with BASF’s North America Open Research Alliance (NORA) and marks Heartland’s entry into Chemovator’s Elevate program, which propels early-stage chemical startups.

Heartland collaborates with local farmers to harness natural fibers, aiding manufacturers in crafting eco-friendlier products. The startup’s hemp-based materials serve as sustainable additives in plastics, enhancing properties like flammability and bonding while reducing the carbon footprint of plastic and rubber products.  Sustainable textile

Jesse Henry, Heartland’s CEO, notes the significant industrial impact on reducing plastics’ carbon footprint. Gati Kalim, Chemovator’s Head of Portfolio Management, echoes this sentiment, highlighting Heartland’s commitment to the chemical industry’s future.

The investment positions Heartland as Chemovator’s first North American portfolio company, benefiting from financial support, BASF’s expertise, and a network of seasoned entrepreneurs. Thomas Holcombe, Head of NORA at BASF Corporation, emphasizes the strengthened collaboration, contributing to sustainable solutions and reduced emissions.

Bacteria biodegradability – End April Exhibits Varying Price Trend for LDPE, Rises in Asia but not in Europe and US 04-05-2024

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Bacteria biodegradability – End April Exhibits Varying Price Trend for LDPE, Rises in Asia but not in Europe and US 04-05-2024

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End April Exhibits Varying Price Trend for LDPE, Rises in Asia but not in Europe and US

During the last week, there was a varied movement in Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) prices across different global markets. Prices declined in Europe and the USA, while the Asian LDPE market saw an increase. The main factors behind these price shifts in Western markets were subdued demand and abundant supplies, while the Asian LDPE market showed slight improvement by the end of April. Production costs were influenced by factors like the prices of feedstock Ethylene, upstream Naphtha, and Crude oil. Additionally, disruptions in supply routes due to geopolitical tensions also impacted the market. Bacteria biodegradability

As a result, European LDPE prices decreased by 1%, USA prices by 2%, whereas Chinese LDPE prices rose by 1% by the week ending on April 26th, 2024.

In Europe, a combination of reduced demand from downstream industries and the absence of competitive pressure with cheaper US import materials has led to a decline in LDPE prices. The shorter working month in Europe due to the Easter holidays and upcoming public holidays in May is expected to worsen the decrease in demand from converters. Even sectors like construction and beverages, typically active in spring, are not showing signs of recovery.  Bacteria biodegradability

Given the softness in order volumes, converters are procuring materials solely to fulfill their current production requirements. Additionally, the decreasing cost of feedstock Ethylene has further contributed to the downward price trend of LDPE. Moreover, the ongoing decrease in U.S. crude oil prices, along with an increase in U.S. inventory build, and uncertainty surrounding interest rate cuts and the future of oil demand growth have impacted the global market overall.

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In a groundbreaking collaboration, Alterra and Firstar Fiber, Inc. have revolutionized plastic recycling through the Hefty ReNew program

This initiative recovers tough-to-recycle plastics, transforming them back into raw materials for new plastic production and other uses. This process significantly cuts down on landfill waste, lessens dependence on new fossil-derived materials, and curbs greenhouse gas emissions.

The Hefty ReNew program offers a practical way for individuals and businesses to contribute to recycling efforts. Bacteria biodegradability

Special orange bags, sold at local stores, are used to collect non-recyclable plastics, which are then sorted and processed by Firstar Fiber into reusable feedstock cubes. These cubes are key to remanufacturing and overcoming recycling challenges.

Alterra’s Akron facility boasts advanced technology, processing 20,000 tons of plastics annually, turning waste into valuable feedstock. Patrick Leahy, CEO of Firstar Fiber, and Jeremy DeBenedictis, President of Alterra, both stress the importance of this initiative.

It not only prevents millions of tons of waste from polluting landfills but also replaces vast amounts of virgin materials, making a substantial environmental impact.

The Hefty ReNew program stands as a testament to the power of innovative recycling solutions.  Bacteria biodegradability

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Hyosung TNC Partners with Geno in Development of Certified regen Bio Spandex

$1B invested in creating world’s first integrated production of Bio Spandex from raw material to fiber

As part of its corporate ESG commitment to achieving net zero by 2050 and supporting the wider textile industry to meet evolving sustainability goals, Hyosung TNC, the world’s largest manufacturer of spandex, has partnered with sustainable materials leader, Geno, to start construction at its plant in Vietnam of facilities to produce Bio BDO derived from sugarcane, commencing Q2 2026.

BDO is the technical name for butanediol, a chemical traditionally made from fossil fuels and a major ingredient in the manufacture of spandex.  Bacteria biodegradability

Through proven plant-based Geno BDO technology, which ferments sugars derived from sugarcane to replace the fossil raw materials such as coal, Hyosung can build upon the successful launch of its extensive range of certified regen BIO Spandex products already adopted by leading global activewear brands.

Hyosung’s partnership with Geno establishes the world’s first fully integrated manufacturing site for bio-based spandex from renewable raw material to fiber.

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INEOS Nitriles confirms first sales of bio-based acrylonitrile for carbon fibre

Key Highlights:

  • INEOS Nitriles has confirmed the first sales of Invireo a new bio-based acrylonitrile, an essential raw material necessary in the production of carbon fibre.
  • Acrylonitrile is essential for the production of carbon fibre, which is used in the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and sporting sectors.
  • INVIREO Acrylonitrile is produced via a controlled and certified (ISCC+) mass balance route which allows INEOS Nitriles to offer customers products with a 90% reduction in their carbon footprint vs. conventional acrylonitrile-based products.

Acrylonitrile is essential for the production of carbon fibre, which is used in the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and sporting sectors.  Bacteria biodegradability

Acrylonitrile is also essential in water purification for millions of households serving billions of people worldwide.

INEOS Nitriles has confirmed the world first sales of Invireo a new bio-based Acrylonitrile, an essential raw material necessary in the production of carbon fibre, which delivers significant environmental benefits in the transport and water treatment sector.

INVIREO Acrylonitrile is produced via a controlled and certified (ISCC+) mass balance route which allows INEOS Nitriles to offer customers products with a 90% reduction in their carbon footprint vs. conventional acrylonitrile-based products. Bacteria biodegradability

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Bacteria added to plastic to enhance biodegradability

A form of bacteria used as a probiotic and food additive is being incorporated into plastic that biodegrades when exposed to compost.

Led by a team at the University of California San Diego, the research has developed a biodegradable form of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a melt-processable thermoplastic elastomer found in footwear, floor mats, cushions and memory foam.

The TPU is filled with bacterial spores that, when exposed to nutrients present in compost, germinate and break down the material at the end of its life cycle. The work is detailed in Nature CommunicationsBacteria biodegradability

The biodegradable TPU was made with bacterial spores from a strain of Bacillus subtilis that breaks down plastic polymer materials.

“It’s an inherent property of these bacteria,” said study co-senior author Jon Pokorski, a nanoengineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and co-lead of the university’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). “We took a few strains and evaluated their ability to use TPUs as a sole carbon source, then picked the one that grew the best.”  Bacteria biodegradability

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The researchers used bacterial spores, a dormant form of bacteria, due to their resistance to harsh environmental conditions.

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Why are adhesives vital to meeting rPET targets?

In the first of our two Wider View articles with H.B. Fuller this year, we ask what is behind the lack of high-quality rPET for bottles on the market, delve into the regulatory context and – most importantly – explain why choosing the right adhesives, such as the recently launched H.B. Fuller® Earthic™ 4001, is crucial to achieving circularity targets.

The current regulatory landscape for rPET and plastics circularity clearly shows why making the right choices in packaging design – especially when it comes to adhesives – can pay dividends down the road.  Bacteria biodegradability

The provisional deal on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) reached by The European Parliament and Council presidency in early March has reaffirmed the 2030 and 2040 targets for recycled content in plastic packaging. This is good news for the industry, as Elizabeth Staab, Global Packaging Sustainability Manager at H.B. Fuller, tells us.

“Mandatory quotas for Post Consumer Recycling (PCR) in packaging as outlined in the PPWR will provide more forecasting security for recyclers to invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure. Mandatory use of PCR will be a market requirement in the EU rather than a voluntary commitment.”  Bacteria biodegradability

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Resinex begins distribution of Selenis medical PETG range

Key Highlights:

  • Resinex plays a crucial role in bringing the new Selcare medical PETG range to the healthcare industry, specifically for medical devices.
  • Selcare HC 300 is an amorphous copolyester specifically developed for injection moulding parts for medical devices and diagnostic applications, such as fluid management components.
  • Selcare offers a comprehensive selection of three medical grade plastics for medical devices, with high chemical resistance, impact strength and durability.

As a partner of Selenis, Resinex plays a crucial role in bringing the new medical PETG range, Selcare, to the healthcare industry, specifically for medical devices.

Selcare offers a comprehensive selection of three medical grade plastics for medical devices, with excellent chemical resistance, impact strength and durability so that the medical value chain can exceed the high expectations from customers. This partnership aims to introduce these innovative medical grades to the industry. Bacteria biodegradability

Selcare HC 300 is an amorphous copolyester specifically developed for injection moulding parts for medical devices and diagnostic applications, such as fluid management components, dialysers and injectable devices.

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BOPET Film – DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant 03-05-2024

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BOPET Film Market in China Rebounded Amidst Upward Costs Pressure

In a surprising turn of events, the BOPET Film market in China experienced a decent rebound during the first half of April 2024 on the back of higher production costs that tightened supply and intensified buying pressure. This resulted in a significant cost increase for producers and downstream industries that rely on BOPET Film for their operations.

Following a drone attack on a major Russian oil refinery and simmering geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, Crude oil prices experienced a sharp rise during the middle of April 2024.  BOPET Film

This, in turn, triggered a domino effect that impacted the cost of downstream petrochemicals, including PET, a key raw material for BOPET Film production. Even before the oil price hike, the BOPET Film market in China was grappling with a supply crunch. The primary port inventories in East China decreased by 7.3% to approximately 778k tons before the national holiday on April 5th April 2025. Meanwhile, the rise in PET feedstock costs translated into higher production costs for BOPET Film manufacturers. Faced with this financial squeeze, manufacturers had a minimum choice but to raise their final product prices to maintain profitability.  BOPET Film

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BASF Venture Capital increased investment in Phomera Metamaterials Inc.

  • BASF Venture Capital (BVC) announced today that it has invested in Phomera Metamaterials Inc. during its Series A financing round
  • This investment will mainly be used for capacity expansion, downstream market development, and product upgrades at Phomera

BASF Venture Capital (BVC) announced today that it has invested in Phomera Metamaterials Inc. (Phomera) during its Series A financing round, to further promote the development of the photonic crystal metamaterial industry. This investment will be mainly used for capacity expansion, downstream market development, and product upgrades at Phomera.  BOPET Film

Established in 2015, Phomera Metamaterials Inc. is a leading research and manufacturing company in the field of photonic crystal metamaterials. Photonics crystal metamaterial is an artificially synthesized material formed by arranging polystyrene (PS), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), or silica microspheres into periodic structures. By constructing a pre-designed three-dimensional structure through multiple layers of microspheres, it can generate various functions such as material tuning, conductivity & magnetic control, and color change by modulating electromagnetic waves. With its outstanding performance, environmental friendliness, and cost-effectiveness, photonic crystal metamaterials can replace many traditional materials and be applied in various commercial scenarios, with broad development prospects.  BOPET Film

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Net-zero emissions by 2040: Krones has defined more stringent sustainability targets

Following a resolution taken by the Executive Board, Krones aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040 – along the entire value chain.

“In view of the latest forecasts issued by climate researchers, each and every one of us needs to know that our planet has reached a dangerous turning point,” explains Krones’ CEO Christoph Klenk. “As far as climate change is concerned, all of us – businesses, politicians, individuals – are in this together. Even now, it is still possible to protect the conditions necessary to ensure humankind’s continued existence, and we must therefore take the chance while we still can.”

Following the standard of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the Krones Group intends to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent along the entire value chain (Scopes 1 to 3) and neutralise the remaining ten per cent by 2040. 2019 is the base year for that and also for the near-term targets already validated by the SBTi. Krones submitted its net-zero target to the Science Based Targets initiative in early April, and the Krones sustainability team expects final validation to be issued by autumn this year.

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DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant

  • Opening of new Jiaxing plant bolsters commitment to stay close to customers
  • Potential capacity up to 50,000 tons to serve growing demand for automotive, electronics, energy, and industrial and consumer goods sectors
  • TECHNYL® polyamides provide intelligent solutions for China’s growth markets in the green energy and mobility sectors

Jiaxing, [29.04.2024] – DOMO Chemicals, a global leader in engineered technical materials, proudly inaugurates its newest plant in Haiyan, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. This significant milestone reinforces DOMO’s determination to meet rising demand in the Chinese market for its TECHNYL® polyamide-based intelligent solutions.

The €14 million (RMB 100 million) investment represents a potential doubling of DOMO’s commitment to the Chinese market, with the new plant capable of increasing the current capacity of 25,000 tons of TECHNYL® polyamides to 35,000 tons and eventually 50,000 tons in the long term.  BOPET Film

Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, the state-of-the-art facility underscores DOMO’s unwavering commitment to providing high quality products and services to its customers in key sectors such as automotive, electronics, energy, industrial and consumer goods.

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US Caprolactam Market Faces Challenges with Moderate Supply and Low Demand

The US Caprolactam market experienced a marginal increase in April, with raw material benzene prices remaining steady, providing limited support to the downstream Caprolactam sector. Despite this, the overall market conditions remain challenging, with supply levels categorized as moderate and demand staying relatively low. As a ripple effect, the cost of Caprolactam in the US market rose by approximately 1% in April compared to the preceding month’s data.  BOPET Film

One of the key factors contributing to the market’s stability has been the steady prices of benzene, a crucial raw material in Caprolactam production. The steady benzene prices have helped to keep production costs in check for Caprolactam manufacturers, preventing any significant upward pressure on prices.

However, despite the modest cost environment, new orders for Caprolactam have declined in the US market this month. Manufacturers have reported a drawdown of their stock of purchases in April, indicating a cautious approach to inventory management amidst uncertain market conditions.  BOPET Film

This decline in new orders reflects the subdued demand for Caprolactam in the US, which has been a persistent trend in recent months.

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LYB to build integrated plastic waste recycling hub in Knapsack

LyondellBasell (LYB) has secured a location for an integrated plastic waste recycling hub south of an existing industrial park in Knapsack, Germany, signing a land lease agreement with YNCORIS GmbH & Co. KG. The hub is planned to combine various advanced sorting and recycling operations, helping to address the plastic waste challenge and grow the circular economy. The project will be developed in phases; the initial phase will see the construction of an advanced sorting facility that will process mixed plastic waste to produce feedstock for mechanical and advanced recycling. BOPET Film

This mixed plastic waste is not recycled today and mostly sent to incineration for energy recovery.

In total, the integrated recycling hub will cover an area equivalent to 20 soccer fields. It is expected that the hub’s initial advanced sorting facility will start operations in the first quarter of 2026. These new investments support the company’s ambition to produce and market at least 2 million metric tons of recycled and renewable‑based polymers annually by 2030.  BOPET Film

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In total, the integrated recycling hub will cover an area equivalent to 20 soccer fields

Namibia recycling facility doubles capacity

Launch of cutting-edge recycling facility in Namibia

A N$24 million (over US$1.2million) investment through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) (www.CCBAgroup.com) in Namibia and Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flaking plant in Okahandja which will double the capacity of the only mechanical recycler of plastic waste in the country. The plant was officially […]  BOPET Film

A N$24 million (over US$1.2million) investment through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) (www.CCBAgroup.com) in Namibia and Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flaking plant in Okahandja which will double the capacity of the only mechanical recycler of plastic waste in the country.

The plant was officially inaugurated by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta.

“The Coca-Cola system aims to drive systemic change through a circular economy for packaging. We are leading the industry to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030.  BOPET Film

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Plastic pyrolysis – Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records 02-05-2024

Plastic pyrolysis – Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records 02-05-2024

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The Bulgarian company Plastchim-T has fully acquired the Italian firm Manucor

The acquisition from Milan-based financial company Pillarstone and minor stakeholders gives Plastchim-T ownership of Manucor’s facilities in Sessa Aurunca, Caserta. This site is noted for producing bi-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films used in flexible food packaging, tapes, and various labels, generating approximately €150 million in annual revenue. Plastic pyrolysis

Plastchim-T, a direct competitor in the BOPP film market, operates three production sites in Bulgaria—Aksakovo, Dvnya, and Tervel—employing around 1,000 people.

The company boasts production capabilities of 115,000 tonnes per annum (t/a) of BOPP films, 12,000 t/a of cast polypropylene (CPP), 2,500 t/a of polyethylene (PE) film, and 10,000 t/a of flexible packaging. It also includes a 26,000 t/a hybrid BOPE/BOPP line.

In 2018, Pillarstone took a majority stake in Manucor, which increased to 95% in 2023, after the Russian company Biaxplen exited the venture. The remaining 5% was held by Manucor’s management. Plastic pyrolysis

The union of these two entities in the flexible film and packaging sector significantly enhances their production capacity to over 200,000 tonnes annually, positioning the newly formed group as one of Europe’s top BOPP film producers.

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Investing in a plastic pyrolysis plant offers a multifaceted opportunity with numerous benefits

Let’s delve into the economic and environmental advantages of this innovative technology:

  1. Environmental Impact:
    • Plastic Pollution Mitigation: With millions of tons of plastic waste generated globally each year, traditional disposal methods like landfilling and incineration are no longer sustainable. Plastic pyrolysis provides an alternative by converting plastic waste into valuable resources, reducing the burden on landfills and minimizing environmental pollution.
    • Resource Conservation: Instead of relying solely on finite fossil fuels, pyrolysis allows for the production of fuel oil from plastic waste. This not only reduces the extraction pressure on natural resources but also contributes to energy diversification and security. Plastic pyrolysis
    • Cleaner Fuel: The fuel oil derived from plastic pyrolysis has low sulfur content, leading to reduced emissions of harmful pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. It is highly versatile and can be used in power generation, heating, and industrial processes.
  2. Economic Opportunities:
    • Job Creation: As governments worldwide implement stricter regulations on plastic waste management, there is a growing demand for sustainable solutions. Pyrolysis plants create employment opportunities in research, development, engineering, and manufacturing.
    • Market Demand: The market for recycled products generated by plastic pyrolysis plants, including fuel oils and carbon black, continues to grow. These products find applications in various industries, making the investment economically promising. Plastic pyrolysis
  3. Circular Economy Principles:
    • By converting plastic waste into valuable products, plastic pyrolysis enables closed-loop recycling, reducing the need for virgin resources and minimizing environmental degradation. This aligns with sustainable development goals.
  4. Technological Advancement:
    • Companies continually strive to optimize the pyrolysis process, enhance product quality, and innovate in areas like catalysis and reactor design. This drives efficiency improvements and effectiveness in pyrolysis plants.
  5. Social Benefits:
    • Investing in pyrolysis infrastructure in communities disproportionately affected by plastic pollution improves their quality of life and addresses environmental justice issues. Plastic pyrolysis

In summary, plastic pyrolysis technology offers a pathway to a more sustainable future, benefiting both the environment and the economy1234.

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PET bottle recycling factory kicks off ‘trial’ operations in Al-Muwaqqar area

Econest Recycling, an Amman-headquartered leading recycler of PET bottles in the Middle East and North Africa region, announced start of trial operations for its factory specialized in recycling used plastic water bottles, with an investment amounting to $15 million.

Established in 2022, the factory, which is located in Al-Muwaqqar area, works to convert used plastic water bottles into polyethylene terephthalate, after recycling it with “high quality to become suitable for food use.”

In remarks to “Petra,” the company’s chairman, Mohammad Abu Sufa, said the factory, which is the first in the Middle East region, was established according to the “highest” international standards and “modern” European technologies, which ensure efficiency and excellence in all steps of the production processes, which would make its products “green and clean.”  Plastic pyrolysis

Abu Sufa added that the factory’s mission aims to provide environmentally friendly solutions, revolutionize the recycling process, secure production inputs for multiple industries, achieve circular economy, protect the environment, and realize resource sustainability.

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In the first quarter of the year, Versalis, a chemical subsidiary of the ENI group, reported a 12% increase in sales volume, reaching 900,000 tonnes

Despite this growth, the company experienced an adjusted operating loss of 168 million euros, marking an improvement over the previous quarter’s loss of 237 million euros due to cost optimizations, yet a 54% increase from the same period last year (109 million euros). This loss reflects weaker demand across all business segments, heightened production costs in Europe, and a less competitive stance against North American and Asian counterparts amidst an oversupplied market, according to the ENI quarterly report.

During the period between January and March, the plant utilization rate improved slightly from 52% to 57%. Plastic pyrolysis

However, the cracker margin has deteriorated compared to the same period in 2023. Furthermore, Versalis noted a decrease in margins on polyethylene and styrenics from last year, attributed to lower commodity prices and aggressive competitive pressures.

In mid-April, following these challenges, Versalis expanded its operations by acquiring Tecnofilm, a Marche-based company specializing in the development and production of functionalized polyolefins and thermoplastic compounds with elastomer properties. This acquisition is part of Versalis’ strategic efforts to enhance its product portfolio and market presence amidst fluctuating market conditions.  Plastic pyrolysis

In the first quarter of the year, Versalis, a chemical subsidiary of the ENI group, reported a 12% increase in sales volume, reaching 900,000 tonnes

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Sinopec, Kazakh firm KazMunayGas to co-develop polyethylene project

China Petrochemical Corp, or Sinopec, together with KazMunayGas, a state-owned oil and gas company in Kazakhstan, will develop the biggest polyethylene project in Kazakhstan, the Chinese company said on Thursday.

Polyethylene is the most commonly produced plastic. A polymer, polyethylene is primarily used for packaging.

Sinopec signed an agreement with KazMunayGas in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, on Thursday for the joint implementation of the project in the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan, during the state visit to China of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

With a capacity of 1.25 million metric tons per year, the plant will be built on the territory of the special economic zone in Karabatan, close to the Tengiz field of the Atyrau region, Sinopec said.  Plastic pyrolysis

To confirm Sinopec’s future involvement in the project, the two sides will sign a share purchase agreement and other legally binding documents. The final investment decision, called the FID, of the project participants is expected in 2024, it said.

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Techtextil & Texprocess 2024 highlight future of textile processing

INSIGHTS

  • Techtextil and Texprocess 2024 saw record attendance, with 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and 1,700 exhibitors.
  • The fairs showcased innovative solutions driving cross-industry transformations in high-tech textiles.
  • Texprocess highlighted advancements in digitalisation, automation, and AI, offering solutions for industry challenges and future growth.

High-tech textiles in twelve application areas, the global innovative power of technical textiles and nonwovens as well as the digitalisation of the textile-processing industry: with 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and 1,700 exhibitors from 53 countries, Techtextil and Texprocess have grown in terms of exhibitor numbers and recorded a 29 percent increase in visitor numbers.  Plastic pyrolysis

At the leading trade fairs, the density of forward-looking textile solutions that are transforming entire industries was particularly noticeable.

Techtextil and Texprocess 2024 ended with 1,700 exhibitors from 53 countries, 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and a 29 percent increase in visitor numbers. The top visitor nations were Germany, Italy, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. The top exhibitor nations were Germany, Italy, China, France and Turkey. Countries such as Egypt, China, Indonesia, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Moldova and Thailand contributed to the expansion of exhibitors, among others.  Plastic pyrolysis

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Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records

From April 23 to 26, the event attracted an impressive 321,879 visitors, a 30% increase from last year’s edition in Shenzhen, which had 248,222 attendees. This surge in participation surpassed organizer expectations, who had anticipated 270,000 visitors based on the 180,000 from Shanghai’s last 2018 hosting.

Foreign attendance was notably strong, with 73,200 international visitors making up 23% of the total. The event’s peak came on its second day, seeing 118,687 entries. The fair’s venue, the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai, sprawled over 380,000 square meters across 15 pavilions—an expansion of 12% from 2018. This space accommodated 4,420 exhibitors, also up by 12%.  Plastic pyrolysis

Significantly, around forty Italian companies participated, grouped in a collective stand managed by Amaplast, the association representing Italian manufacturers of machinery and systems for processing plastics and rubber. This strong international presence underscores Chinaplas’s role as a crucial global platform for industry advancements and networking.

Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records

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Crude Oil Price Forecast 2024: Navigating Through Geopolitical Tides and Market Dynamics

As we venture into the second quarter of 2024, the global economy continues to grapple with the ever-changing landscape of crude oil prices. The year has been marked by a series of geopolitical events and supply-demand fluctuations, which have significantly influenced the trajectory of oil prices. This article aims to provide an insightful forecast into the crude oil market for the remainder of 2024, drawing upon recent trends and expert analyses. Crude oil price

The Current State of Crude Oil Prices

The first quarter of 2024 saw a surge in oil prices, with both U.S. and European benchmark crude futures reaching five-month highs. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures contract rose by 16.1%, closing at $83.20, while Brent crude increased by 13%, closing the quarter at $87.501. This upward trend was propelled by a tightening supply-demand outlook and heightened geopolitical concerns.

Factors Influencing the Price Surge

Several factors have contributed to the rise in crude oil prices:

Market Predictions for the Second Quarter

Analysts predict that the buying pressure on crude oil is likely to outweigh selling pressure in the longer term3The markets are expected to remain noisy, with prices continuing to sort themselves out amid the larger consolidation area4.

Expert Forecasts for 2024

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that the Brent crude oil spot price will average $90 per barrel in the second quarter of 2024, with an annual average of $89 per barrel5. This reflects expectations of strong global oil inventory draws during this quarter and ongoing geopolitical risks.

Potential Price Shocks and Economic Impacts

While the World Bank and Fitch Ratings warn of a potential oil price shock of $120 per barrel due to supply restrictions and regional conflicts, this would have significant implications for global growth and inflation1. Crude oil price

Long-Term Outlook

Looking beyond 2024, some analysts expect that the demand for fossil fuels could fall, leading to a lower oil price in the next 5-10 years. The EIA projects average Brent crude prices at $61 per barrel in 2025 and $73 per barrel in 20301Crude oil price

Implications for Investors and Consumers

The fluctuating oil prices have had varied impacts on different sectors:

Conclusion

The crude oil market in 2024 is characterized by a complex interplay of geopolitical, economic, and market dynamics. While the short-term forecast indicates continued price rises, the long-term outlook remains uncertain. Stakeholders in the oil industry must remain vigilant and adaptable to navigate through these turbulent waters.


This article provides a snapshot of the current state and future predictions of crude oil prices, offering a blend of data-driven insights and expert opinions. The information presented is based on the latest available data and forecasts, which are subject to change as new information emerges. For the most up-to-date information, readers are encouraged to consult the latest market reports and analyses.

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2024: Navigating Through Geopolitical Tides and Market Dynamics

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