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.


Prices for curbside recyclables continue to climb

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


P&G And Dow Working Together On Recycling Technology

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


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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