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Bio-polyester – Ambercycle and Hyosung TNC Join Forces to Scale Decarbonized, Circular Polyester 29-06-2024

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New study finds hydrolysis prevents formation of PLA microplastics

The polylactide biopolymer is used to make a wide range of products such as cups, cutlery, bin liners or flexible food packaging.

According to a new meta-study report commissioned by Holland Bioplastics on the hydrolysis process and polylactic acid (PLA), the biobased polymer does not produce persistent microplastics. Bio-polyester

PLA is a biopolymer made entirely from fermented plant sugars and widely used in packaging products.

Hydrolysis is an abiotic [not associated with or derived from living organisms] process that occurs in the presence of moisture or humidity. Bio-polyester

Unlike non-biodegradable polymers such as HDPE (high-density polyethylene), which persist and permanently accumulate as nano or microplastics in the environment, PLA was shown to hydrolyse into molecules of ever-smaller size, becoming soluble in water and eventually biodegrading fully.

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Impact of one unexpected incident in PSF market

Recently, there have been widespread rumors in the PSF market about one trader (who faced forced liquidation on futures market and could not conduct the business normally). Setting aside the reasons behind the incident itself, let’s examine the impact of this incident on the current PSF market. Bio-polyester

It is understood that currently, 60-70% of the PSF traders have direct or indirect business dealings with this trader. Those directly involved in trade relationships are more significantly affected, while the impact on indirect persons is relatively smaller.

Impact 1: Disappearance of low-priced sources, boosting market sentiment

Previously, this trader had been consistently selling PSF at extremely low prices in the market. After this incident, the low-priced sources in the market will disappear in the short term, contributing to boosting market sentiment. The competition pressure among traders will also decrease, leading to a healthier market environment. Bio-polyester

Impact 2: Physical inventory reduces, strengthening the basis

Due to recent concentrated liquidation by traders, some factories have experienced a rapid decline in physical inventory, leading to a tight market supply situation and strengthening the basis.

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Bericap opens new production facilities in Africa, South America and South East Asia

  • Kenya: Bericap has opened a new 3,500 m² facility in Nairobi, allowing localized production for the lubricant industry and food/beverage manufacturers. The Nairobi plant also exports closures to ten other African countries.
  • South Africa: Bericap acquired a closure business division from Nampak, establishing operations in Durban.  Bio-polyester
  • Bericap South Africa (PTY) LTD now markets the company’s entire closure portfolio in South Africa and neighboring countries.
  • Peru: Bericap’s fourth production site in Latin America, the Lima facility, serves around 60 million consumers and supports major companies in the region.
  • Vietnam: Bericap set up a production site in Ho Chi Minh City, focusing on tamper-evident closure solutions for beverages, dairy products, food, and chemicals. The plant has passed all mandatory external audits and aims to meet market demand in Vietnam.

This strategic expansion positions Bericap closer to its customers, enhancing project support, logistics, and services.

Bericap opens new production facilities in Africa, South America and South East Asia

Duy Tan innovates packaging for sustainable production

By reducing plastic and incorporating recycled plastics in packaging products forvarious customers, Duy Tan is actively contributing to the implementation of ESG objectives:producing green products, promoting sustainable consumption, and driving a circular economy.  Bio-polyester

Trend of sustainable production and consumption

Plastic and plastic products are currently useful and convenient items in daily life. However, the production and consumption of plastic globally are not sustainable or reasonable, leading to global pollution.

Currently, developing a circular economy model focused on the responsible use of natural resources and effective management of plastic waste is a matter of concern for many businesses pursuing long-term sustainable development strategies. Bio-polyester

In particular, sustainable production will promote the economical and efficient exploitation of resources, reducing waste released into the environment. On the other hand, consumer demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly products is increasing. Therefore, companies that adopt green practices can gain a competitive advantage. This also helps raise public and social awareness about sustainable plastic use and consumption, contributing to environmental and community protection. Bio-polyester

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Ambercycle and Hyosung TNC Join Forces to Scale Decarbonized, Circular Polyester

Hyosung TNC, one of the world’s leading sustainable textile solutions providers, has partnered with Ambercycle, a leading material science company, to become the first manufacturer in South Korea to introduce a textile-to-textile, circular polyester into supply chains.

The collaboration advances the partners’ shared vision of a circular textile ecosystem that repurposes end-of-life products into high-performing fibers for brands looking to curb their environmental impact. Bio-polyester

The partnership will tap Hyosung’s 58 years of advanced fiber manufacturing capabilities and nearly two decades of experience producing high-quality, sustainable textiles to support the integration of Ambercycle’s circular polyester material, cycora®, into brand supply chains.

“Our collaboration with Ambercycle is another important step we are taking to help our customers meet their sustainability goals and scale solutions that both present and future generations can enjoy,” said Chi Hyung Kim, CEO, Hyosung TNC. “We’re impressed with cycora® for its quality but also for its potential to divert tons of textile waste from landfills and incinerators and reduce the extraction of raw materials used in the production of virgin polyester.” Bio-polyester

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EO/EG spread narrows, rate adjustments show regional differences

At the beginning of June, ethylene oxide (EO) prices further declined to around 6,700yuan/mt. The downstream demand for water reducers continues to weaken as it enters the off-season. Meanwhile, MEG prices remain firm, narrowing the EO-MEG price spread to 1,000-1,100yuan/mt. Some producers are adjusting their product mix, though regional differences are evident. Bio-polyester

Since the end of May, Zhongke and FREP have resumed production and stabilized operations, leading to a significant increase in EO production in South China. However, downstream demand remains weak, with recent EO prices hovering around 6,650-6,700yuan/mt. The sluggish EO market has prompted adjustments at Gulei and Sinochem Quanzhou, increasing daily MEG output by approximately 250-300 tons. Overall, the MEG operating rate in South China (including Fujian) has risen to around 85%.

In this region, co-production units include Sinopec-SK Wuhan and PetroChina Sichuan Petrochemical, with a combined MEG capacity of 640kt/year. Both units previously operated at low rates, primarily producing EO. Bio-polyester

Currently, Sinopec-SK Wuhan is making minor adjustments to balance downstream EO demand, maintaining low overall rate levels. Sichuan Petrochemical has gradually increased its rate since mid-May, with MEG operating rates now around 70%, up from a previous low of 30%.

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Bio-Polymers – Avantium N.V., a prominent company specializing in renewable and circular polymer materials, has announced the official opening ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant on October 22, 2024, in Delfzijl 28-06-2024

Bio-Polymers – Avantium N.V., a prominent company specializing in renewable and circular polymer materials, has announced the official opening ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant on October 22, 2024, in Delfzijl 28-06-2024

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Fulgar Launches Q-GEO Biobased Polyamide Yarn

Fulgar, an innovative Italian company dedicated to environmental sustainability, has unveiled Q-GEO, a new biobased polyamide yarn poised to transform the textile industry. This yarn aligns with the rising demand for eco-friendly, advanced fabrics, making it ideal for large-scale ecological production.

The textiles and clothing industries are increasingly adopting next-generation materials—manmade polymers that are recyclable and derived from renewable sources. These materials aim to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, supporting the fashion industry’s shift towards sustainable practices with minimal environmental impact. Bio-Polymers

Q-GEO represents a significant advancement in Fulgar’s pursuit of combining natural fibre benefits with high-tech yarn performance. Unlike traditional polyamides, Q-GEO is 46% biobased, produced from non-edible corn deemed unfit for nutritional use. This corn is grown on land unsuitable for food crops, reducing environmental impact by minimizing water usage and greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional cotton and standard polyamide production.

This innovative yarn offers several technical advantages. It provides the comfort of traditional polyamides while featuring superior body humidity management with 50% greater absorbency and enhanced breathability. Bio-Polymers

Q-GEO maintains the durability and toughness expected of polyamides, with additional benefits like ultra-rapid drying and flame-retardant properties without additives.

Q-GEO is certified under Oeko-Tex Std 100 Class I appendix 6 and Din Certco, following the ASTM D 6866:2022 R.N 8C376 method. An LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study confirms Fulgar’s commitment to a transparent and sustainable supply chain, reinforcing its leadership in eco-friendly textile innovation. Bio-Polymers

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Avantium N.V., a prominent company specializing in renewable and circular polymer materials, has announced the official opening ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant on October 22, 2024, in Delfzijl

Invited guests will receive invitations for this significant event. Additionally, Avantium will host an Avantium Retail Investor Day on October 23, 2024, allowing interested shareholders to tour the FDCA Flagship Plant.

Avantium focuses on innovative technologies for producing materials from sustainable carbon feedstocks, including biomass and CO2. Bio-Polymers

Their YXY® Technology converts plant-based sugars into furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), a crucial component of the sustainable plastic PEF (polyethylene furanoate).

Avantium has successfully demonstrated this technology at its pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and is currently constructing the world’s first commercial FDCA plant in Delfzijl.

The company also provides R&D solutions in sustainable chemistry and offers advanced catalyst testing services.

Avantium collaborates with like-minded companies globally to advance renewable chemistry solutions. Bio-Polymers

Avantium’s shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels (symbol: AVTX), and the company is part of the Euronext Amsterdam SmallCap Index (AScX). Its headquarters are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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The Internet of Things Revolutionises Packaging

The Internet of Things (IoT) has and is transforming very different industries, and packaging is no exception. Connected packaging, empowered by IoT technology, is reshaping how brands interact with consumers and manage their supply chains. This innovative approach bridges the gap between physical products and the digital realm, offering unprecedented opportunities for engagement, traceability, and sustainability.

Enhanced Consumer Engagement

Connected packaging leverages IoT sensors and smart labels to create interactive experiences for consumers.  Bio-Polymers

By scanning a QR code or tapping an NFC tag, customers can access product information, authenticity verification, usage instructions, etc. This direct line of communication allows brands to forge stronger connections with their audience, providing value beyond the physical product.

For instance, a wine bottle scan might offer food pairing suggestions, exclusive discounts, or even a description of vineyard history. A pharmaceutical package could provide dosage reminders or side effect information. These interactions inform and engage consumers and generate valuable data for brands to refine their marketing strategies and product offerings.  Bio-Polymers

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ORNL nanofibers research strengthens bridge between fiber, matrix

A novel technique of depositing thermoplastic nanofibers enhancing their strength, toughness and ability to withstand stress, removing the need for traditional methods like coatings.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.) have developed a method that demonstrates how fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials used in the automotive, aerospace and renewable energy industries can be made stronger and tougher to better withstand mechanical or structural stresses over time.  Bio-Polymers

While composites already have many advantages, they are vulnerable to damage from strain because two diverse materials — rigid fibers and a soft matrix, or a binder substance — are combined to make them. According to ORNL, the interphase between the two materials needs to be improved because of its influence on the overall mechanical properties of composites.

ORNL’s Sumit Gupta says the research team deposited thermoplastic nanofibers like cobwebs to chemically create a supportive network that toughens the interphase. Their technique differs from conventional methods of coating the fiber surfaces with polymers, or providing a rigid scaffolding to improve bonding between the fiber and the matrix, which have been shown to be inefficient and expensive.  Bio-Polymers

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Germany’s ColorDigital launches DMIx SamplR for material digitisation

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  • DMIx by ColorDigital GmbH introduces the DMIx SamplR, a revolutionary hardware device for creating digital material twins with one-touch simplicity.
  • Utilising advanced Apple iPhone technology, it provides high-quality scans and instant 3D previews.
  • Integrated into the DMIx platform, it streamlines remote texture development and comprehensive texture mapping.

DMIx by ColorDigital GmbH announces the launch of DMIx SamplR, a cutting-edge hardware device designed to simplify and enhance the process of creating digital material twins.  Bio-Polymers

Designed to meet the needs of professionals in the fashion, footwear, automotive, and architecture industries, the DMIx SamplR promises to revolutionize the way materials are digitized, communicated and managed.

This innovative scanner represents a significant advancement in the field of digital product creation (DPC), offering unparalleled accuracy, functionality and interaction for professionals in product sourcing and development.  Bio-Polymers

“One Touch – Digital Twin Collaboration”

At the heart of the DMIx SamplR is its remarkable ease of use. With just one button, users can create precise digital replicas of flat physical materials. This device integrates advanced Apple iPhone technology and unique lighting, offering high-quality scans at 300 PPI. The result is an effortless, accurate color scan that seamlessly integrates into the DMIx platform.

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Solid Economy Provides Boost to Chemical Production

  • Recession risks have moderated; consumer spending and investment continue to propel the U.S. economy
  • Demand for chemicals is recovering; inventories in a more balanced position across the supply chain
  • S. production remains competitively advantaged due to shale and new investments in chemistry-containing clean technologies, but strong regulatory headwinds remain a threat.  Bio-Polymers

Looking ahead the U.S. economy will drive up demand across many key chemistry end-use industries, which should tee up a healthy increase in chemical output. This promising outlook is dampened by the rising regulatory impact on the chemical industry, which threatens to undermine America’s competitive advantages in energy and the potential growth generated by the rebound in U.S. manufacturing.

Economy Maintains Momentum

Moving into mid-year, the U.S. economy is on solid footing. While Q1 GDP came in weaker than expected, it was softer net exports and inventory investment that offset stronger activity in the domestic economy. Inflation unexpectedly accelerated in Q1 before resuming its downward trend and expectations for interest rate cuts have likely been pushed back toward the latter part of the year. We expect U.S. GDP to rise 2.4% in 2024, before slowing to a 1.7% gain in 2025.  Bio-Polymers

Consumer spending has remained relatively resilient thus far in 2024 on rising real wages and confidence in the labor market.

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Plastic Recycling – Japanese refiner Eneos is launching a chemical recycling demonstration project for waste household plastics 27-06-2024

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Plastic Recycling – Japanese refiner Eneos is launching a chemical recycling demonstration project for waste household plastics 27-06-2024

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Japanese refiner Eneos is launching a chemical recycling demonstration project for waste household plastics

The initiative begins with collecting 1.6 tons of waste plastics, primarily polypropylene, polyethylene, and polystyrene, in south Japan’s Oita prefecture. Eneos aims to recycle these materials into raw oil and assess whether it can be used to create new petroleum or plastic products. Plastic Recycling

The company has set up a recycling facility for the demonstration but hasn’t disclosed further details, including raw oil output capacity or post-March plans.

Additionally, fellow domestic refiner Idemitsu plans to start commercial operations at its chemical recycling plant in east Japan’s Chiba prefecture. The facility will process 20,000 tons of used plastics annually between April 2025 and March 2026. Idemitsu will collaborate with recycling companies Ichikawa Kankyo and Maeda Sangyo to collect plastic waste. Plastic Recycling

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INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has taken a significant step forward in sustainable materials management by inaugurating the world’s first advanced multilayer, blown film line equipped with Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) technology at their Research and Development Center in Brussels

This pioneering technology, developed in collaboration with Hosokawa Alpine, allows INEOS and its partners to create recyclable flexible films designed to replace the currently used multi-material films that are challenging to recycle.  Plastic Recycling

The introduction of this new pilot line represents a substantial investment and is poised to prevent approximately one million tonnes of waste from ending up in landfills annually. By enabling the development of single-material films that maintain the necessary performance attributes, these innovations support the goals outlined in the EU Packaging and Waste Regulation, promoting a transition towards a more circular economy.

Rob Ingram, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, emphasized the critical role of flexible packaging films in both the marketplace and environmental sustainability. He acknowledged the public’s concerns regarding plastic waste and stressed the ongoing commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to forge sustainable packaging solutions. Ingram expressed enthusiasm about the potential impacts of this investment, particularly the advancements in fully recyclable films. Plastic Recycling

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Teijin Carbon Europe has achieved ISCC PLUS certification for its Tenax carbon fibre produced at the Heinsberg-Oberbruch plant in Germany

Following a similar accreditation for its Mishima plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, announced in June last year, the production and sale of Tenax carbon fibre made with sustainable acrylonitrile began in December. This sustainable production is now being expanded to Europe. Plastic Recycling

The sustainable acrylonitrile used in Tenax carbon fibre is derived from waste and residues of biomass-based products or recycled raw materials, certified through the mass balance approach. The ISCC method ensures verifiable tracking of materials through complex value chains, mixing biomass-derived raw materials with petroleum-derived ones.

ISCC, an independent organization, leads in certification for this field. Materials from sustainable sources, whether recycled or bio-based, are labeled with a sustainability declaration. Plastic Recycling

The production process for sustainable carbon fibres is identical to conventional methods, ensuring the mechanical and chemical properties of the fibres remain unchanged. A clear mass balance is utilized to distinguish between sustainable and conventional products, based on the sustainability declaration.

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Barley-based plastic promises 100% biodegradability

A new material made from modified barley starch can fully biodegrade in nature within two months, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional plastics.

The material is made using natural plant material from crops and could be used for food packaging, among many other things.
Enormous islands of plastic float in our oceans and microscopic particles of it are in our bodies. The durability, malleability, and low cost of plastics have made them ubiquitous, from packaging to clothing to aircraft parts. Plastic Recycling
But plastics have a downside. Plastics contaminate nature, are tough to recycle, and their production emits more CO2 than all air traffic combined.
“We have an enormous problem with our plastic waste that recycling seems incapable of solving.

Therefore, we’ve developed a new type of bioplastic that is stronger and can better withstand water than current bioplastics,” says Andreas Blennow, Professor in the plant and environmental sciences department at the University of Copenhagen.
“At the same time, our material is one hundred percent biodegradable and can be converted into compost by microorganisms if it ends up somewhere other than a bin.”
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The delusion of advanced plastic recycling using pyrolysis

The world is drowning in plastic. But the plastics industry is peddling a “solution” that works like magic  Plastic Recycling

Last year, I became obsessed with a plastic cup.

It was a small container that held diced fruit, the type thrown into lunch boxes. And it was the first product I’d seen born of what’s being touted as a cure for a crisis.

Plastic doesn’t break down in nature. If you turned all of what’s been made into cling wrap, it would cover every inch of the globe. It’s piling up, leaching into our water and poisoning our bodies.

Scientists say the key to fixing this is to make less of it; the world churns out 430 million metric tons each year.  Plastic Recycling

But businesses that rely on plastic production, like fossil fuel and chemical companies, have worked since the 1980s to spin the pollution as a failure of waste management — one that can be solved with recycling.

Industry leaders knew then what we know now: Traditional recycling would barely put a dent in the trash heap.

It’s hard to transform flimsy candy wrappers into sandwich bags, or to make containers that once held motor oil clean enough for milk.  Plastic Recycling

Now, the industry is heralding nothing short of a miracle: an “advanced”type of recycling known as pyrolysis — “pyro” means fire and “lysis” means separation. It uses heat to break plastic all the way down to its molecular building blocks.

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Plastic recycling ‘the only way’ of introducing circularity to oil and gas industry

A new report cites plastics as “the most relevant to the circular economy” among products commonly found in the oil and gas industry.

Establishing a circular economy would have a transformative impact on the oil and gas industry – but the only way of doing so to any extent would be through ramping up plastic recycling, according to a new report. Plastic Recycling

GlobalData’s new Circular Economy in Oil and Gas report analyses the growth of plastic waste and the crucial role of oil and gas industry in enabling the circular plastic economy.

It states that “incorporating product circularity in the context of the oil and gas industry is extremely difficult” but cites plastics as “the most relevant to the circular economy” among the industry’s conventional products. Plastic Recycling

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Biobased – New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials 26-06-2024

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ExxonMobil has partnered with Air Liquide in a significant move to support the production and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia

This collaboration is central to a pioneering project at ExxonMobil’s facility in Baytown, Texas, which is poised to become the world’s largest producer of low-carbon hydrogen. The project’s ambitious scope includes the generation of 1 billion cubic feet of low-carbon hydrogen per day and the annual production of over 1 million tons of ammonia, capturing more than 98% of CO2 emissions in the process. Biobased

Air Liquide will play a critical role by integrating ExxonMobil’s production with its established pipeline network, facilitating efficient hydrogen distribution. Furthermore, Air Liquide is set to construct and operate four Large Modular Air separation units at the site. These units will deliver 9,000 metric tons of oxygen and up to 6,500 metric tons of nitrogen daily, using predominantly low-carbon electricity to minimize environmental impact.

Through this venture, ExxonMobil and Air Liquide aim to catalyze the development of the low-carbon hydrogen market in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, offering industrial clients viable solutions to reduce their carbon footprint. Biobased

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Automotive Temperature Sensors Provide Multichannel Thermal Control

Mouser now stocks Microchip Technology’s MCP998x automotive temperature sensors, a family of AEC-Q100 grade 1 qualified multichannel sensors. These sensors measure temperatures with 1°C accuracy up to 85°C and 2.5°C up to 125°C, ensuring precise heat control in automotive applications like infotainment systems, engine controls, diagnostics, and side-view mirrors. Biobased

The MCP998x sensors support accurate thermal monitoring across up to five channels, featuring integrated resistance error correction and beta compensation for reliable measurements without additional configuration. This product family can monitor multiple thermal elements, providing several alert and shutdown options for security. The integration of remote sensors with resistance error correction and beta compensation eliminates the need for extra configuration, enhancing accuracy. By monitoring temperatures at multiple locations with a single sensor, the design is simplified, reducing board complexity and size, and lowering the BOM.

These sensors are among the industry’s largest portfolios of automotive-grade multichannel temperature sensors, offering superior accuracy at high temperatures required in demanding automotive environments. Biobased

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Green Light for Biobased PE in Asia

The Thai Government has approved the new plant project of the joint venture between Braskem and SCG Chemicals. Through the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), the project for producing biobased polyethylene in Thailand has received the green light. This production will use ethylene derived from bioethanol, centering on Braskem Siam, the joint venture established last year by Braskem and SCG Chemicals. Biobased

The project entails an investment of approximately $520 million for constructing a plant in Map Ta Phut, Rayong province. This plant will have the capacity to produce up to 200,000 tonnes per year of biobased ethylene from bioethanol, which is obtained from agricultural products such as sugar cane, cassava, and corn. The bioethylene will be used for polyolefin production.

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‘You are the compass for a sustainable future’

Recyclers in Europe have been assured of a key role as the EU looks for greater circularity when it develops its industrial strategy over the next five years.

The commissioner responsible for the circular economy (CE), Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, stressed the importance of both a CE and recyclers when speaking at the International Automobile Recycling Convention in Antwerp on 20 June. He also suggested the Waste Directive could be re-framed as a ‘resource’ directive when it is next reviewed.

Ciobanu-Dordea’s wide-ranging address also floated the idea of lower taxes for recycled content in new products; embraced chemical recycling (CR) as a complement technology to mechanical recycling; and suggested more would be done to retain critical raw materials and other vital resources within the EU. Biobased

‘Tsunami’ of regulations

He began by apologising for the previous ‘hectic four-to-five years’ when the European Commission had prepared a ‘tsunami’ of regulations in the wake of the Green Deal, saying he had listened to calls for greater predictability in future.

‘We will act in a more integrated way. We will try to make new proposals as a package because this will improve the conception. Biobased

‘In practice, CE models are still reserved to the pioneers and on the fringes of the economy. We need to make the fringes the mainstream.

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New Developments in the Chemistry of Advanced Flame Retardant Materials

With the rapid advancement of flame retardant chemistry, an increasing number of both intrinsic and additive flame retardant materials (e.g., polymers, woods, composites) are being developed for various applications, ranging from the electrical and electronics (E&E) sector and transportation to energy materials and aerospace. Over the past decade, the environmental and health properties of specific flame retardants, coupled with the ensuing international and national laws and regulations, have created a demand for effective and safer alternatives. Biobased

The primary objective of contemporary research and development in flame retardant chemistry is to integrate fire retardancy into materials without causing significant alterations in their properties and processing parameters, while also considering environmental and health impacts. This challenging goal necessitates comprehensive studies and innovative approaches to create advanced flame retardant solutions that meet stringent safety and sustainability standards.

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Germany’s PLA Prices Maintain Stability Driven by Consistent Demand and Sustainable Initiatives

Germany’s Polylactic Acid (PLA) market experienced a period of stability. PLA prices were recorded at USD 2,430 per metric ton (MT) on a CFR (Cost and Freight) Hamburg basis, marking a marginal increase of USD 10/MT, or 0.4%, from the previous week. This stability was supported by a balance between supply and demand, driven by consistent requirements from key industries and steady domestic production. Biobased

Demand for PLA remained robust, fueled by continuous consumption in packaging, 3D printing, and textiles. Seasonal variations, such as increased demand for cold beverage packaging during summer, had minimal impact on overall demand stability. On the supply side, domestic production facilities in Germany operated regularly, ensuring a steady flow of PLA. This was complemented by stable import volumes from neighboring countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and the USA, preventing any oversupply issues.

Balanced inventory levels at manufacturers and distributors further contributed to price stability. Biobased

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Covestro Adnoc – Saudi Arabia cuts crude oil prices 25-06-2024

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Covestro AG has decided to enter into concrete negotiations with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) regarding a potential transaction

This decision follows open-ended talks between the two companies. The Board of Management of Covestro, after consulting with the Supervisory Board, has agreed to pursue detailed discussions with Adnoc, aiming for an investment agreement and an adequate exchange of company information to confirm assumptions (confirmatory due diligence).

The Board of Management believes that the discussions so far indicate a potential for Covestro and Adnoc to align on core aspects of a possible transaction, including support for Covestro’s growth strategy.  Covestro Adnoc

Negotiations will start from a possible offer price of €62 per Covestro share, proposed by Adnoc. This price is contingent upon the results of the confirmatory due diligence and the agreement on the investment terms.

“We have made significant progress in our discussions with Adnoc. Therefore, we have decided to proceed with concrete transaction negotiations,” said Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro.  Covestro Adnoc

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Saudi Arabia cuts crude oil prices

The oil market has renewed its focus on fundamentals
Oil prices declined in Asian trading as markets remained cautious on the outlook for global demand growth amid expectations of increased supply. This is reported by Arab News.
Meanwhile, global oil demand growth slowed to an annualised 890,000 barrels per day in the first quarter.
Output at China’s refineries in May fell 1.8 per cent year on year as refiners carried out routine maintenance.  Covestro Adnoc
Experts predict that oil production in Saudi Arabia in January–September of this year will amount to 8.98 million barrels per day and then gradually increase to 9.23 million barrels per day in December 2024 and 9.98 in October–December 2025.
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Austria’s first polyolefin processing plant

ARA patent heralds a new era in plastics recycling

Not all plastic packaging is recyclable – if it is too dirty, too small or consists of different chemical substances, packaging is sorted out and then thermally recycled. ARA has now developed a process to also recycle these sorting residues. Austria’s first polyolefin processing plant will be launched in Pöchlarn, Lower Austria, in summer 2024. ARA has already applied for an EU patent for this innovative process.  Covestro Adnoc

The state-of-the-art plastics sorting plant operated by ARA and its partners Bernegger and Der Grüne Punkt will go into operation in Upper Austria in 2024. High-tech processes will achieve a sorting depth of 80%, which is unique in Austria. The remaining 20% consists mainly of so-called mixed plastic fractions, which can no longer be sorted in an economically viable way. These residues consist of different types of plastics and differ in their chemical and physical properties. This means that valuable secondary raw materials are lost.  Covestro Adnoc

With Austria’s first polyolefin processing plant, UPCYCLE in Pöchlarn, Lower Austria, recovers up to 50% of the recyclable materials from these sorting residues that were previously thermally recycled.

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Dilo Temafa, a leading expert in fibre preparation and natural fibre processing machinery, is delighted to announce the successful sale of a line extension to Eco-Technilin in Bergisch Gladbach

This expansion will enhance an existing flax fibre preparation plant in France, aiming for superior fibre quality.

Eco-Technilin, a well-known producer of sustainable materials, has selected Dilo Temafa’s machines to boost production capacity and efficiency. The plant’s expansion focuses on efficiently cleaning flax scutcher tow to meet modern manufacturing demands while enhancing process stability and plant availability.  Covestro Adnoc

With over thirty years in natural fibre extraction, Dilo Temafa has supplied numerous systems for processing bast fibres such as flax and industrial hemp. These fibres serve various industries, including construction, automotive, nonwovens, and textiles, significantly contributing to reducing the ecological footprint.

Dilo Temafa’s expertise and advanced machinery will enable Eco-Technilin to meet the growing demands for sustainable and high-quality fibres.

This collaboration underscores Dilo Temafa’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in fibre processing technology. The successful implementation of this line extension marks a significant milestone for both companies, promising improved production capabilities and environmental benefits.  Covestro Adnoc

Dilo Temafa, a leading expert in fibre preparation and natural fibre processing machinery, is delighted to announce the successful sale of a line extension to Eco-Technilin in Bergisch Gladbach

Balanced Dynamics in the European Polyamide 66 Market Amid Sluggish Demand

The European Polyamide 66 market has exhibited a stable demand over the past week, supported by a sufficient supply of the product. This stability in demand reflects a balanced market dynamic, despite fluctuations in the prices of key feedstocks. Notably, Adipic Acid prices have experienced a decline, followed by a stabilization period, while cyclohexane prices have remained largely unchanged due to sluggish demand. These trends in feedstock pricing are indicative of the broader market conditions affecting the Polyamide 66 sector.  Covestro Adnoc

Polyamide 66, a crucial polymer used extensively in the automotive and textile industries, has maintained its demand levels despite ongoing challenges in its downstream sectors. The automotive industry, in particular, has faced a period of weakness, with manufacturers reporting a reduction in orders. This downturn can be attributed to a combination of factors, including economic uncertainties and a general slowdown in consumer spending. Similarly, the textile sector has not been immune to these pressures, experiencing subdued demand that has translated into fewer orders for polyamide-based products.

The sufficient supply of Polyamide 66 in the European market has been a key factor in maintaining price stability.  Covestro Adnoc

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Regulatory Barriers Hamper Investment in Indonesia’s Textile Industry

Indonesia’s textile and textile products industry struggles to attract investment, primarily due to unclear and inconsistent regulations, according to the Indonesian Fibre and Filament Yarn Producers Association (APSyFI).

Challenges and Stalled Investments The sector faces significant hurdles, especially in polyester production lines. APSyFI highlights that investments, including those from China’s Tongkun Group, remain stalled. APSyFI General Chair Redma G. Wirawasta expressed concern over the long-awaited investments in polyester raw materials that have yet to materialize.  Covestro Adnoc

Regulatory Certainty Needed Redma emphasized the need for long-term regulatory certainty to ensure the sustainability of businesses within the industry.

Industry Growth Potential Despite these challenges, Indonesia’s minister of industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, has a positive outlook for the domestic textile sector. He projects that the domestic fashion industry will grow at an average rate of 4.26 percent per year until 2029, reaching a market value of $9.6 billion. This sector employs over 1.6 million people, underscoring its significance to the economy. Covestro Adnoc

Regulatory Barriers Hamper Investment in Indonesia's Textile Industry

Circular economy – Borealis has introduced its Borcycle GD3600SY compound for use in car interiors, marking a significant step towards sustainable automotive manufacturing 24-06-2024

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Circular economy – Borealis has introduced its Borcycle GD3600SY compound for use in car interiors, marking a significant step towards sustainable automotive manufacturing 24-06-2024

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Borealis has introduced its Borcycle GD3600SY compound for use in car interiors, marking a significant step towards sustainable automotive manufacturing

This new compound is based on polypropylene reinforced with 30% glass fiber and includes 65% post-consumer recycled material. It addresses the increasing demand for circular materials with a reduced environmental footprint in the automotive sector.

First applied in the center console support of the new Peugeot 3008, this compound represents a collaboration between Borealis, the Stellantis group, and French printer Plastivaloire. Circular economy

Borealis claims this is the first use of a polyolefin with such a high content of regenerated material in car interiors, aligning with upcoming EU regulations. These regulations will require at least 25% recycled plastic in new vehicles.

Polypropylene makes up about one-third of the plastic used in cars. Thus, compounds like Borcycle GD3600SY are essential for meeting new circularity goals. The Borcycle GD3600SY compound is part of the Borcycle M family, which consists of polyolefins derived from the mechanical recycling of plastic waste. These compounds are designed for demanding applications, thanks to an upcycling process that includes selection, cleaning, extrusion, and additive phases. Circular economy

This process transforms domestic waste streams into high-quality regenerated polymers that meet automotive industry standards. Borealis’ initiative is a significant step in achieving the automotive industry’s sustainability objectives.

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Arkema innovates towards circularity with recycled content in powder coating resins

Arkema, a leader in specialty materials, has announced a significant innovation in manufacturing processes, integrating up to 40% post-consumer recycled content from end-of-life packaging products into its powder coating resins. This development will enable various markets to better meet growing societal demands to preserve resources and mitigate climate impact. Circular economy

Advancing a circular economy

Powder coating resins are known for being a solvent-free, low-waste technology. With Arkema’s latest innovation, these resins can now be made even more circular by incorporating recycled content. The new technology utilizes post-consumer PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) from end-of-life packaging as a substitute for traditional fossil-based raw materials. This allows the creation of products with up to 40% recycled PET, significantly reducing the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) by up to 20%.

Ensuring high performance and sustainability

Richard Jenkins, SVP and Member of the Executive Committee, stated, “In addition to our Bio-based and Mass Balance offerings, the increased incorporation of recycled feedstocks is a crucial step towards providing more circular, high-performance solutions and promoting a sustainable lifestyle. Circular economy

Arkema’s new recycled-based powder coating resins enhance the range of sustainable solutions for our partners, enabling end markets to boost the percentage of recycled content in their finished products.”

Arkema’s commitment to innovation and sustainability is driving the industry towards more eco-friendly practices, ensuring both high performance and a reduced environmental footprint. Circular economy

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Eni: Greenpeace and ReCommon Request Suspension of Climate Change Lawsuit

Eni acknowledges that Greenpeace and ReCommon, who filed an unfounded climate lawsuit against Eni last year, have requested a suspension of the legal proceedings. This request follows their filing of a jurisdictional review of the Italian contest, despite the jurisdiction already being excluded from the “Giudizio Universale” case brought by several associations against the Italian State concerning climate issues.

Eni disputes the rationale behind this request, seeing it as a tactic to delay a lawsuit initiated by Greenpeace and ReCommon. The presiding judge had already scheduled a hearing for the decision on September 13, 2024. Circular economy

Greenpeace and ReCommon’s request threatens to cause a prolonged suspension of the decision, which would otherwise be expected soon. This delay allows Greenpeace and ReCommon to continue their disinformation campaign, prioritizing media attention over rigorous research, analysis, and evaluation. The crucial fact-checking process, which should occur in court, is now postponed at the instigation of the parties who filed the lawsuit.

Eni emphasizes that despite the unfounded nature of the lawsuit, it has always provided the Court with all necessary evidence proving its proper conduct and its transformation and decarbonization strategy. Circular economy

Eni has also published all related documents on its website.

Eni: Greenpeace and ReCommon Request Suspension of Climate Change Lawsuit

Vynova announces R&D programme on PVC recycling technologies

Vynova today announced the launch of a research & development programme to further advance PVC recycling and help the PVC value chain accelerate towards circularity. Vynova’s innovation efforts focus on technologies to remove heavy metals from dissolved rigid post-consumer PVC waste such as used window profiles or pipes. Circular economy

PVC is widely used in numerous long-lasting and durable applications and can be repeatedly mechanically recycled without any significant loss of key properties

Over the past 20 years, the European Vinyls value chain has been successful in the large-scale implementation of mechanical recycling processes, with more than 700,000 tonnes of PVC recycled in Europe every year. However, due to the long lifespan of PVC applications such as windows or pipes, PVC waste often still contains additives that were used in production decades ago, but have since been proactively phased out by the European Vinyls industry. Circular economy

In order to ensure full compliance with existing and potential future restrictions related to such legacy additives, innovative solutions are required.

To help realize this goal, Vynova has launched an R&D programme comprising both internal research efforts and collaborations with academic institutions.

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Nylon semi-dull HS chip price surges on strong fundamentals

Recently, there has been a particularly tight supply of semi-dull HS (high-speed spinning) chips. Circular economy

High-end chip is still mainly traded by contract, and mainstream manufacturers have no spot supply available, and even in cases where there is some spot availability, the amount depends on their relationships with the supplier. Finding any quantity is considered good, with sellers setting the prices and buyers having minimal room for negotiation. The lower-end HS chip market primarily relies on spot trading, and due to the overall shortage in the semi-dull HS chip market, spot prices have been increasing continuously, leading to an independent market trend.

Historically, low-end HS chip spot prices have generally been around 300-500yuan/mt lower than high-end HS chip contract prices. During periods of relatively abundant supply, the difference can expand to 800-1000yuan/mt or more. Circular economy

In tighter supply situations, the price difference narrows or becomes nearly equivalent. It’s rare to see spot prices in the lower-end market surpassing those in the high-end market. However, in April 2024, there was a surge in lower-end HS chip spot prices, exceeding high-end contract chip prices by 400-600yuan/mt. Since May 13, lower-end spot prices have consistently risen, with price rising from 14500-14600yuan/mt to the current highest 15900-16000yuan/mt, 6 months payment delivered. Meanwhile, the high-end chip contract price in May is around 14665-14765yuan/mt, resulting in a nearly 1,200yuan/mt difference, clearly indicating an inversion in high and low-end prices. Circular economy

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Bottle-to-bottle – Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands 22-06-2024

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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 6,980 yuan/ton 7,030 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 895 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,920 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton +70
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 7,020 yuan/ton +70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

5,910 yuan/ton 5,930 yuan/ton
+20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 730 $/ton 720 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,450 yuan/ton 4,510 yuan/ton
+60
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 518 $/ton 527 $/ton +9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,040 $/ton 1,040 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,018 $/ton 1,018 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,120 $/7on 1,120 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,850  yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,325 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,025 yuan/ton 9,025 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

8,325 yuan/ton 8,325 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton +350
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,075 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
-75
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,200  yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 14,700 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-Grade PET

20,400 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 16,900 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,350 yuan/ton 19,200 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,150 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton -50
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

Bottle-Grade PET

9,850 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market9, 9,430 yuan/ton 9,415 yuan/ton -15
Benzene overseas  market 1,044 $/ton 998 $/ton -46
Ethylene South East market 945 $/ton 945 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 765 $/ton 765 $/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

Bottle-Grade PET

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,350 yuan/ton +150
PP Powder domestic market 7,420 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  676 $/ton 703 $/ton +27
Phenol domestic market 8,077 yuan/ton 8,320 yuan/ton +243

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

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Partnership for Advancing Plastic Recycling Solutions

Vecoplan, in collaboration with Plato Technology, is set to offer customers comprehensive processing solutions for plastics recycling through a new strategic partnership. This alliance aims to provide end-to-end solutions for plastic waste management, combining Vecoplan’s extensive experience with Plato Technology’s specialized cleaning processes.

Embracing Chemical Recycling

Chemical recycling plays a pivotal role in the circular economy by enabling the reuse of complex plastic waste that mechanical recycling cannot handle but is too valuable to discard. This method breaks down plastics into their chemical components, which can then be used as raw materials for new plastic production. Bottle-Grade PET

This process reduces fossil resource consumption and mitigates environmental pollution from plastic waste. Vecoplan showcased its long-term commitment to enhancing its expertise in chemical recycling at IFAT, where it also announced its strategic partnership with Plato Technology.

Vecoplan’s Commitment and Innovation

“Vecoplan has more than 50 years of experience in processing recyclable materials, forming the foundation for producing recyclates,” says Martina Schmidt, Head of the Recycling and Waste division at Vecoplan. Recognized as a pioneer in this field, Vecoplan has continually demonstrated innovation. Bottle-Grade PET

Two years ago, the company introduced a groundbreaking cleaning process and launched the “Cleanikum,” a demonstration and test facility near its headquarters in the Westerwald. Now, Vecoplan is advancing further by partnering with Plato Technology.

Partnership for Enhanced Customer Value

Plato Technology, based in Görlitz, brings 20 years of expertise in durable and wear-resistant cleaning processes for used plastic recycling. Bottle-Grade PET

This expertise aligns seamlessly with Vecoplan’s capabilities, forming the basis for their strategic partnership. Together, they will offer integrated processing solutions, delivering a single-source service to customers. Their collaboration over the past few years has involved extensive testing and perfect alignment of their proven technologies.

Shared Vision and Values

Since 2007, Vecoplan and Plato Technology have served joint customers, with their systems complementing each other to achieve high customer satisfaction. Heinz Schnettler, General Manager of Plato, emphasizes the companies’ shared values and mutual trust, which are crucial for flexible and creative responses to evolving customer needs. Bottle-Grade PET

Martina Schmidt concurs, highlighting the importance of an open and constructive working relationship in meeting the dynamic demands of their clients.

Partnership for Advancing Plastic Recycling Solutions

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Bottle-to-bottle – Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands 22-06-2024

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Nylon 66 chip market outlook for Q3 2024

In terms of mainstream factory quotations, in June, Invista’s HMDA contract price was released at 25,000yuan/mt, a decrease of 1,500yuan/mt from the previous month. The deep decline in HMDA prices during end-Apr to early May was mainly due to the eased supply tension, as Tianchen Qixiang has restarted its HMDA production and formed effective supply to the market, with mainstream transactions around 23,000yuan/mt, and some low-priced orders appeared. With weak downstream chip demand, HMDA prices lack sufficient support. Bottle-to-bottle

In terms of mainstream factory quotations, in June, Invista’s HMDA contract price was released at 25,000yuan/mt, a decrease of 1,500yuan/mt from the previous month. The deep decline in HMDA prices during end-Apr to early May was mainly due to the eased supply tension, as Tianchen Qixiang has restarted its HMDA production and formed effective supply to the market, with mainstream transactions around 23,000yuan/mt, and some low-priced orders appeared. With weak downstream chip demand, HMDA prices lack sufficient support. Bottle-to-bottle

Looking back to the beginning of the year, HMDA prices have been rising up significantly, with Invista’s contract price rising from 22,000yuan/mt to a highest at 26,500yuan/mt in end Apr, and spot prices rising from 22,000yuan/mt to as high as 26,000yuan/mt, up around 4,000-4,500yuan/mt. But its downstream nylon 66 chip only rose from 19,700yuan/mt to 22,600yuan/mt, up around 2,900yuan/mt.

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Encina and BASF Forge Long-Term Partnership for Circular Raw Materials Supply

Encina Development Group, LLC (Encina), a producer of ISCC PLUS certified circular chemicals, and BASF have announced a long-term supply agreement for chemically recycled circular benzene derived from post-consumer end-of-life plastics. This agreement marks a significant step in sustainable sourcing, reinforcing BASF’s commitment to the circular economy by integrating more chemically recycled, circular-based raw materials into its production processes. BASF plans to utilize the chemically recycled benzene within its extensive Ccycled® product portfolio. Bottle-to-bottle

Thomas Ohlinger, Vice President Traded Products at BASF, emphasized the importance of this partnership: “Using benzene derived from post-consumer plastics in BASF’s value chains highlights our ongoing commitment to transitioning towards non-fossil and circular alternatives. Our collaboration with Encina enhances BASF’s transformation by increasing recycling-based feedstocks, enabling us to offer more Ccycled products to our customers in industries such as packaging, textiles, and automotive.”

Encina’s proprietary catalytic technology produces high-yield circular feedstocks essential for manufacturing everyday and innovative plastics. Bottle-to-bottle

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Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim deliver bottle-to-bottle recycling plant to Magpet

For Indian preform and plastic packaging manufacturer Magpet Polymer Pvt Ltd, Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim are collaborating technologies in construction of an entire plant for bottle-to-bottle recycling from a single source.

In addition to mechanical processing of used PET bottles, the recycling system encompasses all process steps leading up to extrusion with a ZSK twin screw extruder including pelletizing and an SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactor.

This PET bottle recycling system is designed for a throughput of 5,500 kg/h.

It will deliver PET recyclate that is approved by the European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for direct contact with food. Moreover, the PET pellets manufactured on this bottle-to-bottle line are brand owner approved. Bottle-to-bottle

“Magpet has always pursued the goal to be a first mover when it comes to embracing new technology,” said Devendra Surana, Managing Director of Magpet, a part of Magnum Group.

“This PET recycling unit is a big step in that direction. And it goes hand in hand with our efforts to take over business responsibly for a bigger eco purpose.

We are excited to partner with Herbold and Coperion to set up this state-of-the-art PET bottle recycling line in India.” Bottle-to-bottle

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Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands

This collaboration has led to the development of a new, high-quality LDPE recycling method. Low-Density PolyEthylene (LDPE), commonly used in plastic bags and shrink wrap, is typically collected in mixed batches after use. The challenge lies in its non-homogeneous nature, requiring different processing techniques. Consequently, LDPE has traditionally been recycled into low-value products like garbage bags, which are incinerated after use. Bottle-to-bottle

To address this, Bollegraaf is building a sorting plant with a capacity of 13.5 tonnes per hour. This new facility will significantly increase the proportion of reusable LDPE from 10% to an impressive 70%-80%. The plant employs a novel sorting method based on chemical properties, a first for LDPE recycling, and unprecedented at this scale.

For those interested in learning more, Bollegraaf and Broeckx will officially launch this breakthrough at the PRSE event in RAI Amsterdam on June 19 and 20. Visitors can find them at booths A4 and B6.  Bottle-to-bottle

For those unable to attend, Sales Director Arjen Molenaar is available to provide further information. This advancement promises to revolutionize LDPE recycling, transforming it from low-value reuse to a high-quality, sustainable process.

Bollegraaf is constructing an innovative LDPE sorting plant for Broeckx Plastic Recycling in Esbeek, Netherlands

Transform Materials and Johnson Matthey collaborate on more sustainable routes for PVC manufacturing

Transform Materials has joined forces with Johnson Matthey plc in a new partnership that will see scientists and engineers at both companies apply their combined expertise with the aim of revolutionizing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production through a novel, lower-carbon-emission, mercury-free process. Bottle-to-bottle

The collaboration brings together Transform Materials’ advanced technology for producing acetylene from a range of short-chain hydrocarbons and Johnson Matthey’s unique, mercury-free technology and catalyst offering for converting acetylene to VCM. Acetylene is typically produced by hydrolysis of calcium carbide and is a critical building block in many chemical processes. Last year, Transform Materials announced a supply agreement for low-carbon acetylene with global manufacturing firm Denka.

Calcium carbide is produced via an energy-intensive process that uses coal and limestone as feedstocks, while VCM is converted to PVC via a polymerization reaction. Traditionally, mercury has been the catalyst of choice to hydrochlorinate acetylene to monomer VCM. However, with the ratification of the worldwide Minimata treaty, the use of mercury catalysts in new VCM plants is now banned. JM’s proprietary catalyst offers a solution for new and existing VCM plants. Bottle-to-bottle

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Dow Enhances Mechanical Recycling Capabilities with Circulus Acquisition

Dow has signed an agreement to acquire Circulus, a prominent North American recycler specializing in converting plastic waste into post-consumer resin (PCR). The acquisition includes Circulus’ facilities in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Arab, Alabama, which together provide an annual recycling capacity of 50,000 metric tons. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, pending customary regulatory approvals.

“This acquisition combines Dow’s leading materials science technology with Circulus’ expertise in film recycling, advancing our 2030 Transform the Waste goal,” stated Karen S. Carter, President, Packaging & Specialty Plastics. Bottle-to-bottle

“It enhances our ability to produce higher-performing circular products, meeting the growing demands of brands and consumers.”

Dow’s expertise in high-performance resins and materials science, paired with Circulus’ mechanical film recycling capabilities, will broaden Dow’s offerings. Bottle-to-bottle

This includes applications such as collation shrink packaging, stretch film, liners, and select food packaging, extending to industrial, consumer, and transportation markets.

This acquisition aligns with Dow’s commitment to transform plastic waste and alternative feedstocks into 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually by 2030.

Dow Enhances Mechanical Recycling Capabilities with Circulus Acquisition

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Chemical recycling – Advanced Composites Solutions (ACS), based in Abruzzo Italy, is set to invest 4 million euros in a new factory in Tortoreto (TE), aimed at quadrupling its carbon fiber component production capacity 21-06-2024

Chemical recycling – Advanced Composites Solutions (ACS), based in Abruzzo Italy, is set to invest 4 million euros in a new factory in Tortoreto (TE), aimed at quadrupling its carbon fiber component production capacity 21-06-2024

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Advanced Composites Solutions (ACS), based in Abruzzo Italy, is set to invest 4 million euros in a new factory in Tortoreto (TE), aimed at quadrupling its carbon fiber component production capacity

The new facility, opening in the coming months, will address the increasing demand from renowned international automotive brands and new aerospace projects, facilitated by ACS’s recent EN 9100 certification.

To accommodate this expansion, ACS has signed a lease with Pedicone Holding for a 14,000 square meter industrial property, located near its current headquarters. This facility will undergo renovations and will be equipped with a photovoltaic system to align with ACS’s sustainability goals. Chemical recycling

Over the next twelve months, ACS plans to hire 50 specialized operators, including laminators and finishers, who are currently being trained in preparation for the plant’s start-up between the end of this year and early 2025.

The existing Tortoreto plant, operational since 2015, will continue focusing on motorsport, racing sectors, and small series projects. It will also host the ACS Academy and see an enhancement in research and development activities. Chemical recycling

“This is a significant challenge, engaging all our energies towards serial production,” commented Roberto Catenaro, founder and CEO of ACS. “We believe strongly in this project and are confident in our skills and ability to offer our customers availability, experience, and technological versatility. We’re also proud to revitalize a historic factory, providing continuity and employment opportunities to a dynamic production sector.”

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Grace Licenses Additional UNIPOL® Polypropylene Process Technology to BPCL

BPCL has expanded its licensing agreements with Grace, incorporating the renowned non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts to boost production capacity by 950 kilotons at its Kochi and Bina refineries.

W. R. Grace & Co. (Grace), the world’s leading independent supplier of polypropylene (PP) process technology and polyolefin catalyst technology, announced that Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India’s second-largest oil marketing company, has extended its licenses for Grace’s UNIPOL® PP process technology.  Chemical recycling

BPCL plans to deploy this technology using CONSISTA® catalysts in a new 400 kilotons per annum (KTA) reactor unit in Kochi, Kerala, and a 550 KTA reactor unit in Bina, Madhya Pradesh.

Thomas Deman, President, Specialty Catalysts, Supply Chain and Procurement at Grace, commented: “The expansion of these licenses highlights the benefits BPCL gains from collaborating with Grace. Our process technology and catalysts will enable the production of a broad range of high-quality polypropylene resins. Additionally, our expertise will help optimize BPCL’s reactors to meet India’s increasing demand. Grace is honored to support BPCL in this endeavor.”  Chemical recycling

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De Nora has commenced construction on Italy’s largest electrolyzer production facility, set to become one of Europe’s largest with a capacity of up to 2GW by 2030

De Nora Italy Hydrogen Technologies S.r.l. (DNIHT), a subsidiary of Industrie De Nora S.p.A., is spearheading this initiative. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by top executives from De Nora and Snam, as well as various government officials, marked the start of this ambitious project in Cernusco sul Naviglio. Chemical recycling

The new Gigafactory, spanning 25,000 square meters, is part of De Nora Group’s multi-year expansion plan. It will serve as Italy’s primary hub for electrolyzers used in green hydrogen production, alongside systems for water electrolysis and fuel cells. This facility emphasizes sustainability and innovation, incorporating low environmental impact criteria into its design.

The project, recognized as a significant industrial asset for De Nora, aligns with the European Green Deal’s sustainability goals. DNIHT has secured approximately EUR 32 million through a concession decree to support this initiative, with potential additional funding up to EUR 63 million from the IPCEI Hydrogen1. Chemical recycling

This Gigafactory aims to reduce electrolyzer production costs, contributing significantly to Europe’s energy transition targets. Located near Milan, it will boost local economic and employment growth, expecting to create around 200 direct jobs and approximately 2,000 induced employment opportunities. The construction is anticipated to be completed between late 2025 and early 2026.

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Polymer prices: Downward price trend continues as monomer costs fall

The downward trend in polymer prices is influenced by falling monomer costs.

For instance, L/LDPE and HDPE prices have decreased by €10/tonne by mid-June, following a €30/tonne drop in ethylene prices.

Similarly, polypropylene prices have fallen in line with propylene costs over the last two months  Chemical recycling

Polymer prices: Downward price trend continues as monomer costs fall

‘Vast majority’ of states in favour of mass balance, says EU Commission member

Plastics Recycling Show Europe kicks off in Amsterdam

Werner Bosmans, Team Leader on Plastics, DG Environment, at the European Commission keynotes at PRSE 2024

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) has kicked off in Amsterdam. The world’s largest recycling show is taking place on 19-20 June, for the first time across four halls (Halls 9-12) at the RAI in Amsterdam. Chemical recycling

During the conference opening session, Werner Bosmans, Team Leader on Plastics, DG Environment, at the European Commission discussed the ‘burning issues’ around EU plastic policy.

The potential adoption of the mass balance fuel-exempt method for recycled content allocation in single-use plastic beverage bottles is one of them.

This February, the European Comission discussed a draft document that recognises mass balance accounting as a way to calculate the weight of recycled plastic. Chemical recycling

If approved, it could prove transformational for the chemical recycling industry.

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EU funds for chemical recycling in Italy

NextChem has secured €4 million from the European Innovation Fund to accelerate the industrial development of NXRe PMMA technology. This funding is intended for the Boost project, which aims to develop the NXRe PMMA technology of MyRemono, a subsidiary of NextChem (Maire), on an industrial scale. The technology is based on the catalytic depolymerization of PMMA-based plastic scraps. Chemical recycling
The funds will be used to start the first industrial plant based on NXRe PMMA technology, currently in the final design phase. This plant, scheduled for completion in 2026, will be able to process approximately 5,000 tons per year of sorted PMMA-based plastic waste, producing approximately 4,350 tons of r-MMA monomer per year.
The total value of the project is 6.6 million euros, with approximately 4 million covered by EU funding.
The Boost project was selected in the third call for small-scale projects of the European Innovation Fund, based on five criteria: reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, degree of innovation, project maturity, scalability and cost efficiency.
Developed together with Biorenova, the continuous depolymerization process combines thermal energy with a specific catalyst to break polymer bonds and return the polymethyl methacrylate to the starting monomer (MMA). The technology was successfully tested in a pilot plant in Montorio al Vomano (TE). Chemical recycling
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Mechanical Recycling – CARBIOS and TOMRA Textiles are collaborating to advance the circularity of polyester textiles by bridging the gap between textile waste collection and innovative recycling technologies 20-06-2024

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NOVA Chemicals Receives FDA LNO for Plastic Films Mechanical Recycling Process at Indiana Facility

NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) announced today it has received a Letter of Non Objection (LNO) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming the capability of its mechanical recycling process in Connersville, Ind., to produce post-consumer recycled linear, low-density polyethylene (rLLDPE) material that is suitable for broad food-contact applications.
The rLLDPE will be sold under the brand name SYNDIGO™ and will become NOVA’s second food-compliant recycled polyethylene (rPE).
rPE enables converters and brand owners to incorporate recycled materials into food and non-food packaging products. Mechanical Recycling“This is a significant milestone on our journey to circularity and lays the foundation for NOVA Circular Solutions to be the first to market with broad food-contact compliant rLLDPE made from consumer and retail plastic film in 2025,” said Greg DeKunder, vice president, NOVA Circular Solutions. “We are committed to building a state-of-the-art mechanical recycling business. We have the product development and engineering skills to produce recycled plastic resins for the most demanding and premium food contact applications.” Mechanical RecyclingMore…Mechanical Recycling

CARBIOS and TOMRA Textiles are collaborating to advance the circularity of polyester textiles by bridging the gap between textile waste collection and innovative recycling technologies

CARBIOS (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a leader in biological technologies for plastic and textile life cycle reinvention, and TOMRA Textiles, a tech venture from sorting technology leader TOMRA (Oslo Stock Exchange: TOM.OL), have signed an agreement to create an efficient system in Northern Europe. This system will encompass textile waste collection, sorting, and preparation for recycling using CARBIOS’ enzymatic depolymerization technology at its upcoming commercial plant in Longlaville, France.

The collaboration aims to produce recycled polyester (r-PET) fiber from the monomers obtained through CARBIOS’ technology, effectively closing the loop for polyester textile circularity. Mechanical Recycling

Innovations from both companies address critical gaps in the value chain, significantly boosting textile-to-textile recycling from the current rate of one percent.

Under the partnership, TOMRA Textiles will explore measures to prepare post-consumer polyester waste for biorecycling according to CARBIOS’ specifications. Mechanical Recycling

CARBIOS’ biorecycling technology uses enzymes to break down polyester fibers into basic components, which are then used to produce high-quality recycled PET materials.

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Control of the Circularity of Plastic

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has developed a new tool to monitor the level of plastic circularity in Europe, also useful for communicating progress to policy makers, stakeholders and the general public.
This tool, which can be consulted HERE, is part of the larger Circularity Metrics Lab (CML) and will be constantly updated, offering insights and technical information. The topics analyzed include import-export, consumption and uses, environmental dispersion (including microplastics), capacity and average prices. While the data is not always up to date, it still provides an overview of key industry metrics. Mechanical Recycling
The Circularity Metrics Lab uses a range of sources, including European datasets, national statistics and surveys, to provide information on progress towards developing a circular economy. This tool complements other monitoring methods by presenting additional information on circularity, including metrics related to the implementation of circular principles and practices.
In addition to the new monitoring tool, the updated report “The role of plastics in Europe’s circular economy” has also been published, providing a detailed analysis of the role of plastics in the European circular economy. Mechanical Recycling
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Balanced Supply Keeps Adipic Acid Prices Unchanged in Europe Despite Weak Demand

At the start of June 2024, the Adipic Acid market in Europe displayed a notable steadiness in prices despite a backdrop of weak demand and rising freight rates. The adequate supply of Adipic Acid ensured that market prices remained unchanged, providing some relief to manufacturers and buyers amidst a challenging economic environment.

One of the key factors influencing the Adipic Acid market has been the low prices of Benzene, a primary feedstock for Adipic Acid production. Mechanical Recycling

The depressed demand for Benzene has kept its prices at lower levels, which in turn has had a stabilizing effect on Adipic Acid prices. Despite the stability in raw material costs, the overall market conditions remain unfavorable due to subdued demand across various sectors.

The downstream automotive sector, a significant consumer of Adipic Acid, has faced considerable challenges. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), Germany registered a total of 236,425 cars in May, marking a 4.3% decrease compared to May 2023.

This decline in the automotive market has had a direct impact on the consumption of Adipic Acid, which is used in the production of various automotive components, including nylon fibers for tire reinforcements and other engineering plastics. Mechanical Recycling

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Coveris and Interzero Collaborate on Post-Consumer Plastic Recycling

Coveris is partnering with waste management expert Interzero to enhance its recycling technology with post-consumer plastic feedstock, advancing the circular plastics economy. Interzero specializes in waste management, closed-loop solutions, and plastic recycling. “We are excited about this partnership with Interzero as it aligns perfectly with our No Waste vision. By integrating well-sorted post-consumer waste into our recycling processes, we are taking a significant step toward completely closing the loop,” says Christian Kolarik, CEO at Coveris. Mechanical Recycling

Jan Kroker, CEO at Interzero, states: “Collaborating with Coveris allows us to leverage our expertise in waste collection and sorting to support the creation of high-quality recycled resins. Together, we can significantly reduce waste. The circular economy is a joint project that benefits everyone.”

Value Chain Advantages

Coveris has actively engaged in waste recycling through its ReCover business segment, focusing on material circularity. Interzero’s collected and sorted materials will now be processed by Coveris’ ReCover entities, producing high-quality recycled resins through mechanical recycling, unmatched in the market. These resins will be used in Coveris’ high-performance packaging products, such as Duralite R collation films. Mechanical Recycling

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A report by nova-Institute examines China’s bioplastics sector, emphasizing potential structural overcapacity in the future

Despite its nascent stage compared to the vast conventional plastics market, China’s bioplastics industry has experienced rapid growth, bolstered by strong government support.

Projections indicate that the Chinese market will expand from over 765,000 tonnes last year to 2.53 million tonnes annually by 2026, with an average annual growth rate of approximately 49%.

The study, titled “Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics Industries in China,” prepared by the German consultancy nova-Institute, reveals these trends. Mechanical Recycling

In 2023, the global production capacity for PLA and PBAT is estimated at 1.5 million tonnes, with actual production at 260,000 tonnes. By 2025, the combined capacity for these biopolymers is expected to rise to 3.6 million tonnes, growing annually by 65%. However, market size is projected to reach only 2.5 million tonnes, indicating a potential supply-demand imbalance and structural overcapacity.

The Chinese government is driving the biobased industry to meet Paris Agreement carbon reduction targets and reduce oil dependency for national security. Incentive policies have been introduced, supporting this sector’s growth. Additionally, China’s well-established chemical industry and robust financial system, particularly in private equity and venture capital, provide a conducive environment for bioplastics. Mechanical Recycling

The 71-page nova-Institute report, featuring 14 tables, covers key biobased and biodegradable plastics like PLA, PA, PHA, and PBAT.

A report by nova-Institute examines China's bioplastics sector, emphasizing potential structural overcapacity in the future

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Presented at the latest edition of NPE by Colines and ExxonMobil, a new stretch film combines technical performance and environmental sustainability

Colines, a Novara-based manufacturer of extrusion systems, together with the chemical group ExxonMobil, has unveiled a high-tenacity, low-thickness stretch film, containing 35% recycled material, extruded on ALLrollEX high-speed lines.
The High Tenacity Hand Wrap (HTHW) film, only 8 microns thick, is suitable for both manual use and automatic machines, with a pre-stretch ranging from 50% to 100%. These characteristics were achieved thanks to the formulation of the material, developed by ExxonMobil in collaboration with the Colines R&D department, using Enable 1617 polyethylene, also presented for the first time at the American fair. Stretch film
The ALLrollEX lines, dedicated to this application, are equipped with an in-line edge folding system, ideal for the production of films with a high recycled content for automatic machines. Additionally, they have AI technology implemented in the Virtual Production Assistant Mastermind, which automates complex operations without the need for human intervention.
To ensure continuous operation, they can be equipped with a continuous filter which eliminates the need to stop the line for component replacement. The ALLrollEX 3-up plant, used to produce this film, has 5 extruders for 7-layer films (ABCDCBE), reaching a maximum speed of 700 meters per minute for a production of up to 1,000 kg/h, with thicknesses varying from 6 to 50 microns. Stretch film
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The outlook for electric cars is becoming increasingly precarious. In many countries, including ours, the sector faces a slowdown

The anticipated swift transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is at risk, potentially forcing a reassessment of the push towards sustainability. Why this pessimism? Evidence suggests that many EV owners are nostalgic for traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

A recent study by McKinsey highlights ongoing challenges with battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Some industry giants, like Volkswagen, are reconsidering their focus on combustion engines, indicating that the issue extends beyond Italy. Europe as a whole is struggling, with only Norway having a majority of BEVs, a result of three decades of commitment. While hybrid vehicles have become mainstream, zero-emission cars are lagging behind. Stretch film

The research, conducted in 15 countries with 30,000 participants, revealed that 29% of BEV owners would switch back to ICE vehicles if given the chance. In the United States, the situation is more pronounced, with 46% of full-electric vehicle owners expressing a desire to return to combustion engines.

This sentiment could influence U.S. politics, where candidate Trump aims to make opposition to EVs a key issue. Trump has even proposed banning their sale, a move driven by political strategy and a reactionary voter base. Additionally, the global economic threat posed by China complicates matters, suggesting that abandoning EV technology might be the right-wing solution to competing on the global stage. Stretch film

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Solenis and PhaBuilder have entered a global agreement to advance PHA-based materials for sustainable paper packaging

This collaboration aims to address the growing demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, has partnered with Beijing PhaBuilder Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (PhaBuilder), an innovative synthetic biology enterprise.

Their joint effort will focus on developing and enhancing Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) technology for the paper packaging market. Stretch film

William (Bill) Kuecker, Senior Director of Global Strategic Marketing at Solenis, stated, “The global agreement with PhaBuilder will bring unique technology to the paper packaging market, addressing the increasing need for sustainable solutions.”

Ms. Sherry Xu, President of PhaBuilder, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, noting, “This strategic cooperation will enhance the application of PHA-based materials. The newly developed technology will ultimately reduce environmental impact, fostering a greener, more sustainable future.” Stretch film

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PET Resin Bottle Caps

Alpek Polyester’s CaPETall™ PET Resin is a patented technology that creates 100% PET Resin for cap closures for beverage containers, including water and CSD bottles.

Alpek Polyester, a global producer of PET Resins, has unveiled a new sustainable solution for 100% PET Resin bottle caps. CaPETall™ PET Cap Resin is a patented technology that allows PET to be used in caps and closures to achieve a 100% PET packaging Solution, which simplifies and improves post-consumer PET bottle recycling and the PET Circular Economy. 

Alpek Polyester’s CaPETall™ technology enhances and provides a fully recyclable PET polymer package while maintaining the advantages of mechanical and performance properties of PET’s crystallizable polymer. Stretch film

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Duties on PVC are coming from Egypt and the United States

. This decision follows an inquiry initiated in November of the previous year. The duties target imports of suspended polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that are not compounded with other substances.

The proposed surcharges, which accuse producers of selling at prices below the cost in the EU market, vary between 58% and 100%. The Egyptian Petrochemical Company, along with other Egyptian firms, faces the steepest duty, except for TCI Sanmar SAE, which is subject to a 74.2% tariff. Stretch film

Formosa Plastics Corporation will be affected by a 71.1% duty, and other American producers will see a 78.5% duty. However, Oxy Vinyls, Shintech Incorporated, and Westlake Chemicals will encounter somewhat lower surcharges of 63.7% and 58%, respectively, for their exports to the EU.

These measures are a direct consequence of a complaint lodged in October of the prior year by a group of European PVC manufacturers, united under the Polyvinyl Chloride Trade Committee. The period under investigation for dumping spans from October 2022 to September 2023. Stretch film

The imposition of these duties aims to level the playing field for EU producers by addressing the unfair pricing strategies of their international counterparts.

Duties on PVC are coming from Egypt and the United States

LyondellBasell has recently launched a new polypropylene (PP) compounding production line at its Dalian facility in China, marking a significant expansion of its Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) division

This addition is set to bolster the company’s capacity by 20,000 tonnes annually, effectively doubling the site’s output to cater to the burgeoning demand, particularly from the automotive sector.

Torkel Rhenman, the Executive Vice President of APS at LyondellBasell, highlighted the rapid evolution and growth of the global automotive industry, with China playing a pivotal role, especially in the new energy vehicle segment.

The company aims to leverage this growth by delivering high-quality, innovative products swiftly to the market. Stretch film

Rolf van Beeck, Vice President of APS for the Asia Pacific and Africa/Middle East/India regions, emphasized the new line as a testament to LyondellBasell’s ongoing dedication to the Chinese market. The firm anticipates accelerated business growth and continues to invest, promising top-tier products and services while fostering sustainability through its Circulen portfolio.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Dalian site’s potential production capacity stands at 80,000 tonnes with four lines, supplying various automotive applications. LyondellBasell’s APS division operates five sites across China, offering a diverse range of PP compounds, engineered plastics, and masterbatch products. Stretch film

LyondellBasell has recently launched a new polypropylene (PP) compounding production line at its Dalian facility in China, marking a significant expansion of its Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) division

Recycled PET – Reheating leftovers in a microwave using plastic containers may endanger your health 18-06-2024

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Heinlein Plastik-Technik joins Alpla Group

The ALPLA Group is enhancing its pharma division, ALPLApharma, by acquiring Heinlein Plastik-Technik GmbH. Heinlein, a renowned German packaging specialist, excels in developing and manufacturing closure systems, dosing systems, and application aids for the pharma and medical industries. The company employs around 175 people at its Ansbach, Bavaria site. Recycled PET

Heinlein’s extensive expertise will enable us to expand our product portfolio with high-quality primary packaging solutions for the pharma industry, benefiting our mutual customers who will now have access to comprehensive system solutions from one source.”

Walter Knes, Managing Director of ALPLApharma, added, “With Heinlein Plastik-Technik, we significantly boost our injection moulding capacities.

We also plan to transform the Ansbach site into a technology center for injection moulding and automation for the entire ALPLApharma group.”  Recycled PET

Saskia Wellhöfer-Meyer, owner and CEO of Heinlein Plastik-Technik, views the acquisition as a strategic opportunity for growth. “We are excited to leverage our expertise in precision closure and dosing systems development and production.

Operating as a ‘Member of ALPLApharma,’ we will better meet market demands for high-quality, competitively priced system solutions while maintaining our independence.”

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Eastman Combines Molecular Recycling with Clean Energy Innovation

Eastman is set to advance its leadership in the circular economy by constructing a second molecular recycling facility in Longview, Texas, using cutting-edge thermal battery technology. This move is part of a broader strategy supported by a potential $375 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED). Recycled PET

The Longview project will utilize thermal batteries for zero-carbon process heat, integrating them with high-yield molecular recycling technology. Sandeep Bangaru, vice president of Eastman’s circular platform, highlights the dual benefit of tackling both plastic waste and the climate crisis. The Longview facility will process approximately 110,000 metric tons of hard-to-recycle plastic waste annually, contributing to Eastman’s goal of recycling 250 million pounds of plastic by 2025 and doubling this by 2030.

Collaborating with Rondo Energy, Eastman will deploy Rondo Heat Batteries (RHBs) at the Longview site. These batteries, which can store heat at over 1,000°C for up to 24 hours with minimal loss, will enable the facility to recycle polyester waste and produce new materials with up to 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.  Recycled PET

The Longview project also promises significant community benefits, with Eastman committing $20 million to a comprehensive community plan. The initiative will create 1,000 temporary construction jobs and 200 full-time positions by the project’s completion in 2027.

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The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has approved investment promotion applications for eight large-scale projects, totaling 56.95 billion baht (USD 1.54 billion)

These projects include a bio-ethylene plant by the local joint venture of Brazil’s Braskem, data centers, power plants, and a significant new hospital. The meeting, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and BOI Chairman Mr. Pichai Chunhavajira, also introduced new investment promotion categories. Recycled PET

One new category supports service centers for the repair, repack, and reuse of used electric vehicle (EV) batteries and energy storage systems. This initiative aligns with the BOI’s comprehensive EV supply chain policy and incentives. Another category aims to bolster the data hosting business, addressing the increasing demand for such services and complementing existing incentives for digital industry development.

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Engineers have developed a groundbreaking method for recycling polystyrene, potentially making it both economically and energy efficient for the first time

This innovative technique, devised by chemical engineers at the University of Bath in the UK and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, USA, utilizes pyrolysis to break down polystyrene into reusable components.

In a study published in the Chemical Engineering Journal, the researchers describe how pyrolysis—heating polystyrene to high temperatures in an oxygen-free environment—converts it into monomers. These monomers can then be purified and reformed into new polystyrene.  Recycled PET

Dr. Bernardo Castro-Dominguez from the University of Bath highlights the urgent need for cost-effective and energy-efficient recycling methods, noting that currently, less than 5% of polystyrene is recycled. Their research suggests that up to 60% of today’s polystyrene could be replaced with chemically recycled styrene.

The process has the potential to significantly reduce emissions, similar to simple energy conservation measures. Recycled PET

The recycling process involves a pyrolysis reactor, heat exchanger, and distillation columns to separate the polystyrene into monomer-grade styrene and petroleum-like by-products. This method yields 60% pure styrene from used polystyrene, reducing fossil fuel usage and carbon emissions at a cost of about $1.5 per ton of CO2.

Engineers have developed a groundbreaking method for recycling polystyrene, potentially making it both economically and energy efficient for the first time

How about the reverse charge invoice scheme in recycled PET industry?

In Apr 2024, China’s State Taxation Administration issued the “Notice on Matters Related to Reverse Charge Invoice by Resource Recycling Companies to Individuals Selling Scrap Products”, specifying the specific measures and operational methods for resource recycling companies to issue reverse charge invoices to individuals selling scrap products. Starting from Apr 29th, resource recycling companies willing to reverse charge invoice can submit relevant materials to the tax authorities.

Upon meeting the conditions and completing the prescribed procedures, they can promptly and conveniently implement “reverse charge.”  Recycled PET

In accordance with the “People’s Republic of China Invoice Management Measures,” it is stipulated that units and individuals engaged in selling goods, providing services, and conducting other business activities, when receiving payments from external business transactions, the recipient should issue an invoice to the payer; in special cases, invoices can be issued by the payers to the recipients. This “invoices issued by the payers to the recipients” is referred to as “reverse charge invoice.”

Currently, resource recycling companies purchase scrap products from general taxpayers and small-scale taxpayers, and they are allowed to obtain invoices issued by the sellers according to regulations.  Recycled PET

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Reheating leftovers in a microwave using plastic containers may endanger your health

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered that microwaving certain plastic containers releases billions of nanoplastic particles.

This poses a risk of ingesting these particles, potentially leading to health concerns.

The study focused on plastic baby food containers made from polypropylene and polyethylene, both FDA-approved materials. When heated in a microwave for three minutes, these containers released over 2 billion nanoplastic and 4 million microplastic particles per square centimeter. Recycled PET

Furthermore, the extracted particles proved harmful in lab tests, killing about 75% of human embryonic kidney cells in vitro. This raises significant concerns about the safety of using plastic containers for microwaving food.

The National Institutes of Health have linked exposure to BPA, a chemical in many plastics, to cardiovascular disease, reproductive disorders, and breast cancer. The World Health Organization also advises limiting contact with plastic particles to minimize potential health risks. Recycled PET

These findings underscore the importance of reevaluating the use of plastic containers in microwaves. Opting for glass or ceramic alternatives might be a safer choice to avoid the release of harmful microplastics and nanoplastics into your food.

Reheating leftovers in a microwave using plastic containers may endanger your health

Turkey’s Bold Move: Aligning with BRICS Amidst Western Tensions

The recent BRICS session in Russia showcased the bloc’s rising influence as a multipolar alternative to Western power structures. Turkey, expressing interest in joining this expanded group, sent its Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, to the meeting. This session marked the first gathering of the expanded BRICS, which now includes Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  Recycled PET

Turkey’s potential move to join BRICS signals its growing frustration with Western allies, especially given its longstanding and stalled EU membership bid. President Erdogan, who attended the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in 2018, seems more inclined now than ever to explore this new alliance. The diverse BRICS group includes major global players like China, India, Russia, and now key Middle Eastern countries, offering Turkey a strategic pivot away from the West.

If Turkey joins, it would become the first NATO country in BRICS, challenging the post-World War II Western-dominated power structures. This shift highlights Turkey’s disillusionment with what it perceives as a racist and Islamophobic attitude from Europe, compounded by decades of stalled EU membership talks. Despite being recognized as an EU candidate in 1999, Turkey’s progress has been hindered by concerns over human rights and the rule of law.  Recycled PET

Turkey’s move towards BRICS, home to the world’s second and third-largest economies, offers a significant economic and strategic alternative. Over 40 countries, including Thailand, are also interested in joining BRICS, underscoring its growing appeal.

For the United States and its allies, Turkey’s pivot to BRICS raises critical questions. How will this affect NATO? Can BRICS truly challenge Western dominance? As BRICS continues to attract new members, the global power landscape is poised for significant changes.

BRICS, initially coined in 2001 by a Goldman Sachs report, officially formed in 2009 with Brazil, Russia, India, and China. South Africa joined in 2010, enhancing its geopolitical weight. Seen as an alternative to the G7, BRICS represents a shift in global power dynamics.  Recycled PET

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r-PET Bottles – The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province

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Slowing demand growth and increasing supply are setting the global oil markets on a path to a significant surplus this decade

The IEA’s new medium-term outlook forecasts well-supplied oil markets through 2030, although energy security will remain critical due to transformative sector forces. Oil demand growth is expected to decelerate as energy transitions progress, while global oil production will rise, reducing market pressures and increasing spare capacity to unprecedented levels, excluding the Covid crisis period. Recycling Sustainability

The IEA’s latest report, Oil 2024, explores these dynamics’ impacts on oil supply security, refining, trade, and investment. Despite robust demand from fast-growing Asian economies and sectors like aviation and petrochemicals, the report notes that rising electric car sales, improved fuel efficiency, reduced oil use for electricity in the Middle East, and structural economic changes will offset these gains. Consequently, global oil demand is projected to level off at around 106 million barrels per day by the decade’s end, from an average of just over 102 million barrels per day in 2023.

Simultaneously, global oil production, led by the United States and other Americas producers, is expected to outpace demand growth. Supply capacity could reach nearly 114 million barrels a day by 2030, surpassing demand by 8 million barrels per day. This would lead to unprecedented spare capacity levels, impacting oil markets and producer economies, including OPEC and the US shale industry. Recycling Sustainability

Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, highlighted the report’s projections, indicating a major supply surplus and the need for oil companies to adjust their strategies. Although growth is slowing, global oil demand in 2030 is still expected to be 3.2 million barrels per day higher than in 2023, driven by emerging Asian economies and increased jet fuel and petrochemical feedstock use. Meanwhile, demand in advanced economies is predicted to decline, falling below 43 million barrels per day by 2030.

Non-OPEC+ producers, especially the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and Guyana, are leading the expansion to meet anticipated demand. However, capacity growth may slow and stall if new projects are not approved. Recycling Sustainability

The report also predicts that global refining capacity will expand by 3.3 million barrels per day between 2023 and 2030, sufficient to meet refined product demand due to increased non-refined fuel supply. This could lead to refinery closures and a slowdown in Asian capacity growth post-2027.

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Eco-friendly Packaging and the Rise of Biodegradable Plastics

As the world grapples with the devastating consequences of plastic pollution, the search for sustainable alternatives has become a pressing concern. Biodegradable plastics, a type of plastic that break down naturally in the environment, are emerging as a promising solution to the plastic crisis. This article will delve into the world of bioplastics, exploring their benefits, challenges, and potential to revolutionize the way one thinks about plastic waste. Recycling Sustainability

The Plastic Pollution Crisis

It is estimated that approximately two million tons of plastic waste currently contaminates oceans across the globe. According to a recent study, if no measures are taken to address this issue, the amount of plastic pollution is projected to increase by a factor of three by 2040.

What are Biodegradable Plastics?

Biodegradable plastics, also known as bioplastics, are made from renewable resources such as corn starchsugarcane, or potato starch. These bioplastics are designed to break down naturally in the environment, unlike traditional plastics which takes hundreds of years to decompose. Recycling Sustainability

Biodegradable plastics are composted, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimizing the risk of plastic pollution.

Benefits of Biodegradable Plastics

Reduced Plastic Waste: Biodegradable plastics are significantly reducing the amount of plastic waste sent to landfills and oceans, helping to mitigate the plastic pollution crisis.
Compostable: Bioplastics are composted, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture.
Renewable Resources: Bioplastics are made from renewable resources, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Improved Public Perception: Biodegradable plastics help change public perception of plastics, promoting a culture of sustainability and waste reduct. Recycling Sustainability

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The packaging market is dominated by low-density polyethylene (LDPE), a petroleum-based plastic that is non-biodegradable and can only be mechanically recycled, often with significant loss of quality

In contrast, polylactide (PLA), a biopolyester, is bio-based, biodegradable, and can be chemically recycled into new products with minimal energy use. However, conventional PLA is too brittle for flexible disposable packaging, such as shopping and garbage bags, which contribute significantly to single-use plastic waste. Furthermore, PLA production has been limited to large-scale operations, excluding smaller companies from manufacturing.

Researchers André Gomoll, Dr. Benjamín Rodríguez, and Dr. Antje Lieske from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP have developed a flexible, recyclable PLA-based material suitable for film applications. Recycling Sustainability

This innovation allows medium-sized companies to enter the market, providing a sustainable alternative to traditional plastics. The research team’s achievement has been recognized for replicating the properties of polyethylene through the development of block copolymers. They have demonstrated the material’s feasibility in a pilot plant in collaboration with an industrial partner, indicating significant commercial potential.

The packaging market is dominated by low-density polyethylene (LDPE), a petroleum-based plastic that is non-biodegradable and can only be mechanically recycled, often with significant loss of quality

Clarios highlights recycling efforts in 2023 sustainability report

The low-voltage battery manufacturer says it recycles around 8,000 batteries per hour in its closed-loop system.  Recycling Sustainability

Clarios, a low-voltage battery developer based in Glendale, Wisconsin, has made circularity a focus in its 2023 sustainability report.

The company, which develops battery solutions or nearly every type of vehicle, says end-of-life batteries are a critical resource, and claims to operate one of the world’s “most successful examples of a circular economy,” recycling around 8,000 used batteries every hour of every day across its network. The company says it starts with raw materials selected during the battery design stage and ends the production cycle with the reuse of recyclable battery material to create a new battery.  Recycling Sustainability

Additionally, when new batteries are delivered to customers, Clarios says it takes back used batteries in return.

“We believe that our efforts to exceed industry-leading environmental and safety standards globally are a key driver of our success,” Clarios CEO Mark Wallace says. “Through our business practices, we aim to demonstrate a dedication to sustainability by seeking continued improvement to lower our greenhouse gas emissions.” Recycling Sustainability

In the report, Clarios highlights its selection as the winner of the 2023 Circular Economy award at the World Sustainability Awards, which were held in Amsterdam in October 2023.

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A public meeting took place on Wednesday in Petarch, near Sofia, at a facility dedicated to the reuse and recycling of used mattresses

This initiative, led by Bulgarian company Biocom, is part of the Rematrak demonstration project, funded by the EU’s Environment Operational Program 2014-2020, with support from the European Regional Development Fund and the EU Cohesion Fund.

Gena Sabeva, Biocom’s manager, explained the process of collecting and preparing used mattresses for recycling. The event showcased the materials extracted from old mattresses and the new products that can be created as part of the circular economy. The project emphasizes three key steps: changing consumer behavior, involving municipalities in the separate collection and disposal of mattresses, and engaging mattress retailers and accommodation facilities in the process. Recycling Sustainability

Through research and visits to several European sites, the company identified best practices for mattress recycling. For successful recycling, mattresses must be dry and free from heavy chemical contamination, stored and transported properly to maintain their condition.

In an interview with BTA, Sabeva noted that approximately 150,000 mattresses are discarded annually in Bulgaria, representing 15% of the mattresses produced. She highlighted the importance of replacing mattresses every seven to ten years for hygiene reasons, though some people replace them every five years, while others seek warranties of up to 40 years.  Recycling Sustainability

A public meeting took place on Wednesday in Petarch, near Sofia, at a facility dedicated to the reuse and recycling of used mattresses

Recycled Plastics – SELENIS PRODUCES HIGH-QUALITY RPET FROM CIRC’S RECOVERED TEREPHTHALIC ACID 15-06-2024

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r-PET Bottles – The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province 17-06-2024

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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 6,980 yuan/ton -20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 895 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,870 yuan/ton 6,920 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,920 yuan/ton 5,910 yuan/ton
-10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 730 $/ton 730 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,520 yuan/ton 4,450 yuan/ton
-70
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 518 $/ton -7
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 1,120 $/7on 1,120 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,800  yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton
+50
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,175 yuan/ton 9,325 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,925 yuan/ton 9,025 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

r-PET Bottles

8,225 yuan/ton 8,325 yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,430 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,075 yuan/ton
-175
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,400  yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton -550
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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20,400 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,400 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,350 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,400 yuan/ton 18,150 yuan/ton -250
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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9,850 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market9, 9,330 yuan/ton 9,430 yuan/ton +100
Benzene overseas  market 1,035 $/ton 1,044 $/ton +11
Ethylene South East market 950 $/ton 945 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE market CIF 770 $/ton 765 $/ton -5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton 9,500 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 13,100 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market 7,420 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  648 $/ton 676 $/ton +28
Phenol domestic market 7,875 yuan/ton 8,077 yuan/ton +202

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

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The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province

This project stands out as the largest single-investment textile enterprise in the region since the establishment of Longgan Lake, symbolizing a significant advancement for the local textile industry. Jiangsu Hualian Group, a veteran in the textile sector with 35 years of experience, is spearheading this monumental project. r-PET Bottles

General Manager Xu Shaoliang of Jiangsu Hualian Group provided insights into the project’s scope and ambitions. The total investment for the Huazhaolin Textile project amounts to 1.5 billion yuan, encompassing an expansive area of 256 mu. The project blueprint includes the construction of six state-of-the-art factory buildings and the acquisition and installation of 3,888 advanced water-jet looms. Additionally, the project will feature supporting equipment such as high-speed warping machines, automatic drawing-in machines, and post-dyeing finishing apparatus.

The anticipated annual production capacity is 600 million meters of textiles, with a projected output value of 1.2 billion yuan. r-PET Bottles

A central focus of the project is the integration of “green” and “technology” principles. Jiangsu Hualian Group aims to leverage its resources strategically to ensure the project’s success. The timeline for the project is ambitious: within three months, the construction of several factory buildings and the installation of key equipment are expected to be completed. Within five months, the full construction of the factory buildings and commencement of trial production should be achieved. The entire project is slated to be fully operational within eight months.

This project aligns with Longgan Management Zone’s broader strategy to cultivate a 10 billion yuan textile industry cluster. r-PET Bottles

In the first quarter of this year, the zone secured agreements for eight modern textile projects, spanning high-end woolen sweater weaving to differential fabric production, with a collective investment of 3.204 billion yuan. This strategic push has yielded tangible results; the zone saw the addition of four new industrial textile enterprises above the designated size and five provincial-level specialized and innovative textile enterprises. These developments collectively contributed to an impressive 704 million yuan in output value for industrial textile enterprises, marking a 30% increase from the previous year.

The significance of the Huazhaolin Textile integrated project extends beyond its sheer scale. It represents a milestone in Longgan Lake’s industrial evolution, fostering technological advancement and economic growth. r-PET Bottles

The introduction of cutting-edge machinery and equipment underscores the project’s commitment to innovation. The use of advanced water-jet looms, for instance, is expected to enhance production efficiency and product quality, setting new benchmarks for the industry.

Moreover, the project’s focus on green technology is poised to set a precedent in sustainable manufacturing practices within the textile industry. By integrating environmentally friendly processes and machinery, Jiangsu Hualian Group aims to minimize the environmental footprint of its operations.  r-PET Bottles

This commitment to sustainability is increasingly critical in an industry often scrutinized for its environmental impact.

The project also promises substantial economic benefits for the local community. The construction phase alone is expected to generate numerous job opportunities, providing a significant boost to local employment. Once operational, the project will not only create permanent jobs but also stimulate the local economy through ancillary industries and services.  r-PET Bottles

The successful completion and operation of the Huazhaolin Textile project will likely attract further investments and projects to the Longgan Management Zone, reinforcing its status as a burgeoning hub for the textile industry. The project’s scale and ambition exemplify the dynamic growth potential within the region’s industrial landscape.

In summary, the Huazhaolin Textile integrated project is a landmark initiative by Jiangsu Hualian Group, set to transform the textile industry in Hubei Province. r-PET Bottles

With its significant investment, advanced technological integration, and commitment to sustainability, the project is poised to achieve impressive production capabilities and economic contributions. It not only marks a major milestone for Longgan Lake but also sets the stage for future advancements and investments in the region’s textile sector.

The Huazhaolin Textile integrated project, an ambitious endeavor by Jiangsu Hualian Group, has officially begun construction at Longgan Lake in Huanggang, Hubei Province

Recycled Plastics – SELENIS PRODUCES HIGH-QUALITY RPET FROM CIRC’S RECOVERED TEREPHTHALIC ACID 15-06-2024

Selenis has successfully produced recycled PET chips from terephthalic acid provided by Circ®, a Virginia-based textile-to-textile recycler. The chip was produced via a multiple-batch campaign at Selenis’ pilot plant in San-Giorgio, Italy. Using inputs recovered from polycotton textile waste, the high-quality PET chip has been transformed into DTY yarn and will be used in product development as Circ builds additional capsule launches. Selenis is building on the success of this initial phase of collaboration by committing to work toward an offtake partnership in support of Circ’s first industrial facility. Recycled Plastics

“The monomer synthesis performed similarly to virgin terephthalic acid,” said Eduardo Santos, Head of Corporate Strategy at Selenis. “These results are a promising indication of the consistent quality of Circ’s monomer output and future commercial success. As this partnership with Circ aligns with our mission and sustainability goals in the textile world, we look forward to building upon this work and supporting Circ’s commercial production trials in the future.”

Selenis, a global supplier of high-quality, innovative, and sustainable specialty polyester solutions for diverse applications, is a subsidiary of the IMG Group, a multinational with sixty-five years of experience in the industry.  Recycled Plastics

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Dow announces the launch of two new REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastics Resins with up to 100% PCR for shrink films

Dow and RKW Group join forces to develop a shrink film containing household waste recycled plastics

Dow  announces the development and launch of its innovative family of REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastics Resins. This launch marks a milestone in Dow’s commitment to advancing circularity and Transforming the Waste.

By 2030, Dow aims to Transform the Waste and commercialize three million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually. To achieve this, Dow is expanding its efforts to advance circular and sustainable packaging. Aligned with these sustainability goals, the launch of REVOLOOP™ Plastics Resins comes with a new promise to unlock even more value in plastic waste for customers and partners. Recycled Plastics

Two new grades of REVOLOOP™ Plastics Resins are launched and are approved for non-food contact packaging applications. One contains 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) and the second one is a formulated grade which contains up to 85% PCR derived from household waste.

“With the launch of our new grades of REVOLOOP™ Recycled Plastics Resins, we continue to expand our sustainability portfolio, working with brands, converters and recyclers to design new ways to use less plastic in packaging and to help that what is used is fully recyclable,” said Fabrice Digonnet, Plastics Mechanical Recycling Strategy Leader EMEA, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. Recycled Plastics

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Ensinger Expands Production Capacity for Thermoplastic Composites

Ensinger is investing in expanding its Composites division by installing a high-performance double belt press at its Rottenburg-Ergenzingen site.

The new facility will mass-produce fiber-reinforced composites in a continuous process at temperatures up to 400°C, expanding Ensinger’s material range for high-temperature applications. The Composites product portfolio includes continuous fiber-reinforced semipregs and prepregs, as well as multi-layer organosheets. The double belt press can process unidirectional (UD) materials, UD cross ply materials, laminates, and sandwich components with core materials like foam or honeycomb. It supports combinations of textile and polymer matrix materials such as carbon, glass, aramid, and natural fibers, with powder coating and film impregnation options. Recycled Plastics

Ensinger’s engineering composite solutions, including flame-retardant materials, are ideal for automotive and aerospace industries, where lightweight, functional components are crucial. These sustainable polymer solutions are particularly suitable for passenger aircraft, drones, and UAVs, replacing traditional thermosetting or metal structural parts.

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At its plant in Castellón, Spain, UBE Corporation Europe (UCE) has begun producing and selling caprolactam derived from bio-circular raw materials

This production process is ISCC Plus certified and employs a mass balance approach to attribute these bio-circular raw materials, effectively replacing traditional fossil feedstocks.

Caprolactam serves as an essential intermediate in the production of polyamide 6, widely used in plastic manufacturing and synthetic fibers for both textile and industrial applications. The caprolactam produced with mass balance attribution utilizes biobased, chemically recycled, or biocircular raw materials. Recycled Plastics

This initiative is part of UBE Group’s U-BE-Infinity product line, designed to contribute to carbon neutrality. The U-BE-Infinity family encompasses a range of products, including biobased and mechanically recycled nylon, as well as bio-composites formulated by the Japanese conglomerate.

The move by UBE Corporation Europe to produce caprolactam from sustainable sources marks a significant step towards reducing the carbon footprint of its products and supporting the global shift towards more sustainable manufacturing practices. By integrating bio-circular raw materials into its production processes, UCE aims to meet the increasing demand for environmentally friendly materials while maintaining high-quality standards for its products. Recycled Plastics

At its plant in Castellón, Spain, UBE Corporation Europe (UCE) has begun producing and selling caprolactam derived from bio-circular raw materials

Sika has inaugurated a state-of-the-art plant in Liaoning, the largest province in northeastern China

This new facility will produce a comprehensive range of products, including mortars, tile adhesives, and waterproofing solutions, enhancing Sika’s ability to meet market demands while significantly reducing logistical distances.

The Liaoning plant will serve customers across three provinces in northeastern China, home to over 98 million people, as well as east-central Mongolia. Besides advanced production lines, the plant includes office spaces, laboratories, warehousing, and logistics facilities. With 34 manufacturing sites in China and over three decades of market presence, Sika continues to expand its footprint. Recycled Plastics

The new plant will manufacture mortar products incorporating up to 20% recycled raw materials, such as waste dust and mineral residues. Sika has also initiated a transition from natural to alternative sands. In 2023, Sika China achieved a 13% alternative sand ratio in its mortar production, with half of its plants contributing. By 2028, Sika China aims to replace 50% of its overall sand consumption with alternative options.

China’s construction market is projected to reach CHF 4.2 trillion in 2024, growing at a CAGR of 3.9% until 2028. As part of its current five-year plan, the Chinese government has allocated over half a trillion Swiss Francs for infrastructure bonds and CHF 12 trillion for green initiatives to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, driving demand for sustainable solutions. Recycled Plastics

Sika has inaugurated a state-of-the-art plant in Liaoning, the largest province in northeastern China

Iconic red crates in the Netherlands now made from 97% recycled plastic

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Netherlands has announced that that its iconic red crates will now be made with 97% recycled plastic. 1

This innovative move is a collaboration between CCEP, local recycler Healix, and crate producer Schoeller Allibert, using 85% old red crates and 15% recycled tulip nets, which are usually difficult to recycle. Recycled Plastics

Circular crates and refillable glass bottles

The red crates are specifically designed for the company’s returnable glass bottles, which in turn are designed to be reused at least 25 times. The glass bottles are cleaned and refilled in the Coca-Cola factory in Dongen, Brabant, before returning to the Dutch wholesale and hospitality. This goes for all the company’s brands in returnable glass, amongst which Fanta, Sprite and Fuze Tea.

Reducing virgin plastic

The introduction of these recycled crates is expected to have a significant impact on the Dutch market. This year alone, 150,000 recycled crates will be introduced, with the goal of gradually replacing the entire fleet of crates in the country as the current crates naturally reach the end of their useful lives. Recycled Plastics

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Bisphenol-A BPA – Röhm has significantly expanded its production capacity at the Wallingford plant in Connecticut, USA, to strengthen its market position in specialty moulding compounds globally 14-06-2024

Bisphenol-A BPA – Röhm has significantly expanded its production capacity at the Wallingford plant in Connecticut, USA, to strengthen its market position in specialty moulding compounds globally 14-06-2024

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National representatives have officially adopted a regulation to ban the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in food contact materials (FCMs), which is set to take effect from 2026

This decision follows extensive scientific evaluations and public consultations, highlighting the significant health risks associated with BPA exposure.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) played a crucial role in this decision by significantly lowering the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for BPA due to findings that even minimal exposure can pose serious health risks. The new TDI is set at 0.2 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, a drastic reduction from the previous level​ (PackagingLaw)​​ (PackagingLaw)​.  Bisphenol-A BPA

The ban covers a broad range of food contact materials including plastics, varnishes, coatings, printing inks, adhesives, ion-exchange resins, and rubber. Notably, the regulation includes specific transition periods: an 18-month period for most applications and a 36-month period for particular uses, such as certain single-use articles and professional food production equipment​ (PackagingLaw)​​ (CHEM Trust)​.

Moreover, the proposal extends beyond BPA to address other bisphenols that are often used as substitutes but may carry similar health risks. This holistic approach aims to prevent regrettable substitutions where harmful chemicals are replaced with equally harmful ones​ (CHEM Trust)​​ (Packaging Gateway)​. Bisphenol-A BPA

There are exemptions under strict conditions, such as the use of the disodium salt of BPA in polysulfone resins for filtration membranes, provided its migration to food is undetectable​ (PackagingLaw)​.

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Röhm has significantly expanded its production capacity at the Wallingford plant in Connecticut, USA, to strengthen its market position in specialty moulding compounds globally

This expansion, achieved by modifying and redeploying an existing production line, enables faster delivery and meets increasing global demand.

“Röhm is committed to providing the highest quality products and service offerings to the automotive, medical, and other specialty markets, both in America and globally,” said Thomas Spagnuolo, vice president of the Molding Compounds business unit at Röhm America. Röhm’s Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) products are sold under the trademark PLEXIGLAS in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and ACRYLITE in the Americas. The Wallingford facility employs over 50 workers and operates several production lines manufacturing specialty PMMA moulding compounds.  Bisphenol-A BPA

The Wallingford site is also a key production site for CYROLITE, a high-quality, transparent, acrylic-based plastic for medical applications.

PMMA from Röhm, established in the market for 90 years, is known for its durability, weather and UV resistance, color fastness, high luminosity, transparency, hardness, and scratch resistance. Bisphenol-A BPA

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Fiber prices continue to inch upward, plastics vary by grade

The early summer weather accompanied mostly sunny news for MRF operators in June, as curbside material values remained steady or saw slight increases this month. But a key exception was color HDPE, which plummeted 10% from its May value.

The national average price for corrugated containers, PS 11, is up marginally by $2 per ton compared to last month, now at an average $108 per ton. This marks the 18th straight month of either stable or increasing OCC prices. OCC was trading at $48 per ton this time last year.  Bisphenol-A BPA

Mixed paper, PS 54, is also up $2, now at $70 per ton. This compares to $14 per ton this time last year.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars moved up marginally again this month, now averaging 15.91 cents per pound, compared to 15.09 cents per pound this time last month. Regional contracts are still yielding 16-18 cents per pound. One year ago this grade was trading at 12.63 cents per pound.

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trinamiX expands handheld solution to identify multi- and monomaterial films for improved recycling – first presentation at PRSE 2024

 

  • Accessible, fast, and on-the spot identification of over 30 plastic and textile types based on Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy
  • Identification of multimaterial and monomaterial films for improved recycling
  • Convenient quality control along the production and recycling value chain

trinamiX GmbH, a leading provider of mobile spectroscopy and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, announces their presentation of Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solutions at the upcoming Plastics Recycling and Sustainability Conference Europe (PRSE) 2024 taking place from June 19-20 at RAI Amsterdam. Bisphenol-A BPA

At booth G3 in hall 12, trinamiX will be showcasing a new application specifically designed to identify multimaterial and monomaterial films. Furthermore, Adrian Vogel, Segment Lead Circular Economy at trinamiX will talk about “How Mobile NIR Spectroscopy enables an efficient recycling value chain” on June 19, at 14:45 in theatre 1 in hall 12. As part of the polyolefin films recycling focus session, he is sharing insights about the growing demand for mobile analytics and how accessible identification technology can help to ensure highest quality in production and recycling. Bisphenol-A BPA

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Investment firm details 10 years of plastics impact

Closed Loop Partners has provided funding to more than 80 companies and municipalities over its decade in existence, a period of significant turbulence in the U.S. recycling sector.

The investment organization this month published a report outlining its activity and impact over the past 10 years. Closed Loop Partners launched in 2014 with its inaugural investment vehicle, the Closed Loop Fund. Funded by some of the largest consumer goods and retail companies in the country, the fund vowed to invest an unprecedented $100 million into the recycling industry. Bisphenol-A BPA

The organization kicked off its first round of funding in 2015, providing capital to a joint-venture plastic recovery facility, or PRF, operated by QRS and Canusa Hershman in Boston, and to two municipalities switching from dual- to single-stream recycling systems.

Since then, the organization has grown dramatically to include a variety of types of financing activities, adding a venture capital arm in 2016 and private equity acquisitions in 2019. Bisphenol-A BPA

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Egypt urges BRICS to promote trade in local currenc

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for increased utilization of local currencies

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for increased utilization of local currencies among BRICS member countries during his address at the BRICS Development Bank Forum held in Cairo on June 11th. Bisphenol-A BPA

The call comes as part of Egypt’s broader engagement with the BRICS group, following its recent invitation, along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, and Ethiopia, to join the bloc.

This expansion, the first since South Africa joined in 2010, has bolstered BRICS into an economic bloc controlling a significant portion of the global economy.

Madbouly emphasized Egypt’s commitment to an inclusive approach towards global cooperation, emphasizing that its strategic alignment with BRICS and the New Development Bank (NDB) is not intended to antagonize any party but rather to foster collaboration and address systemic challenges. Bisphenol-A BPA

Previous data by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) showed that Egypt’s exports to BRICS nations surged by 5.3% in 2022, reaching $4.9 billion, while imports increased by 11.5% to $26.4 billion during the same period.

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Plastics recycling – From old tires to new car parts: Neste, Borealis and Covestro aim at closing the loop for automotive industry 13-06-2024

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Plastics recycling – From old tires to new car parts: Neste, Borealis and Covestro aim at closing the loop for automotive industry 13-06-2024

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The world’s largest event dedicated to plastics recycling, the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRS Europe), is set to take place at RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 19-20 June 2024

Attracting thousands of professionals from the entire plastics recycling value chain, PRS Europe will occupy four halls at the RAI and feature a record 480 exhibiting companies and organizations. The two-day conference boasts over 65 expert speakers who will delve into the latest political, legislative, market, and technological developments in plastics recycling. Werner Bosmans, Team Leader on Plastics at DG Environment, European Commission, will deliver the keynote address. Additionally, experts from leading brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel Consumer Brands, IKEA, Mars, P&G, and Reckitt will participate in discussions.  Plastics recycling

Matt Barber, Global Events Director at Crain Communications, highlighted the event’s significance: “A record number of visitors have already registered, and over 155 companies are exhibiting for the first time. The global importance of this event makes it the prime venue to discover the latest in plastics recycling and network with key industry players.”

Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe, emphasized PRS Europe’s role in the industry: “It’s the ideal platform to explore cutting-edge technical innovations, track commercial developments, and stay informed on the legislative landscape for plastics circularity.”  Plastics recycling

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Vecoplan has entered a strategic partnership with Pla.to Technology, emphasizing the significance of chemical recycling in the circular economy

Efficient shredding and cleaning of used plastics are crucial steps in this process. Chemical recycling allows for the reuse of complex plastic waste that cannot be processed through mechanical recycling, transforming it into raw materials for new plastics. This method helps reduce the consumption of fossil resources and minimizes environmental pollution from plastic waste. Plastics recycling

At IFAT, Vecoplan shared its long-term plans to enhance its expertise in chemical recycling. Pla.to Technology, based in Görlitz, is renowned for its durable and wear-resistant cleaning processes for economical plastic recycling and boasts 20 years of experience with established systems. This expertise forms the foundation of Vecoplan’s new strategic partnership in the cleaning sector.

Combining Vecoplan’s advanced knowledge in recyclable material processing with Pla.to’s extensive experience in cleaning processes, the partnership aims to provide customers with comprehensive processing solutions. Plastics recycling

The two companies have successfully coordinated their proven technologies through various tests over the past few years.

Vecoplan has entered a strategic partnership with Pla.to Technology, emphasizing the significance of chemical recycling in the circular economy

From old tires to new car parts: Neste, Borealis and Covestro aim at closing the loop for automotive industry

Automotive IndustryValue chainchemical recyclingdiscarded tires

Neste, Borealis and Covestro have signed a project agreement to enable the recycling of discarded tires into high-quality plastics for automotive applications. The collaboration aims at driving circularity in plastics value chains and the automotive industry. When no longer fit for use, tires are liquefied by means of chemical recycling and then processed into base chemicals and further into polycarbonates of high purity.

These can then be used in various automotive applications, from parts of headlamps to radiator grilles. Plastics recycling

“Circularity requires cooperation, and this cooperation with our partners Neste and Borealis is testament to the possibilities at our disposal,” says Guido Naberfeld, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Market Development Mobility at Covestro. “We are creating options to turn discarded materials from cars into new car parts again. With that, we are supporting our automotive customers and addressing an increasingly prominent question discussed across the value chain: How to match high-performance materials with recycled content? Projects like this can be the answer.” Plastics recycling

As part of the collaboration, Neste turns liquefied discarded tires into a high-quality raw material for polymers and chemicals manufacturing and supplies it to Borealis.

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Fraunhofer to investigate use of recycled plastics in demanding applications

The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability is looking for project partners to study the properties of recycled plastics under high-stress applications

The Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) wants to widen the applications of recycled plastic to technical, high-value applications. Such applications include plastic components for the automotive, commercial vehicle, or white goods industries, for example. Plastics recycling

Whilst the use of recycled plastic is already established in some applications, e.g. in the PET bottle sector, its use in demanding applications is still very limited. According to Plastics Europe, only 2% of recyclates currently end up in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

To change that, the Germany-based research institute is starting a new project called Design for Reliability and is looking for industrial partners to join its efforts from Aug. 1, 2024. Plastics recycling

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CIDER project highlights rCF automotive door using Elium resin

European consortium develops novel processes, sustainable designs through three demonstrators to increase recycled carbon fiber use in transportation applications.

Arkema (Colombes, France), along with project partners (see below), have revealed a 100% recyclable and recycled composite door panel made using Elium resin under the flagship project CIDER (“Circular product Design for automotive components made from Recycled and sustainable composite material”). Plastics recycling

CIDER is combining applied research from various European companies and research institutes (see more below). Begun in August 2022, partners aim to substitute heavy steel-designed automotive parts for recycled carbon fiber (rCF) alternatives. This involves novel approaches into the design of semi-structural parts, in addition to improving their recyclability and better understanding their life cycle assessment.

The overall objective is the development of sustainable, recyclable and recycled composite materials for the transport sector. This will be achieved in developing three demonstrators over multiple life cycles of the fiber and polymer material. Plastics recycling

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Gualapack’s ‘Less is More’ campaign, launched at Interpack 2023, has been honored with the 2024 Mediastars Award in the Press & Poster category, along with a Special Star for Graphic Design

The campaign emphasizes the lightness and essential features of flexible packaging, promoting reduced material use and lower environmental impact regarding waste and transportation.

The slogan “Less is More,” inspired by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, reflects the campaign’s core message. Plastics recycling

The visuals creatively exaggerate the packaging’s minimalism, portraying it as so lightweight it almost “disappears,” leaving the focus solely on the product itself. This highlights the importance of content over the container.

Designed by the communication agency Eclettica-Akura, the campaign debuted at the Interpack 2023 fair and has since been featured across various platforms, including the company’s website and in advertising pages. Plastics recycling

Olivia Erfurth, Global Marketing Manager of Gualapack, explains, “This campaign fully expresses our commitment to sustainable and lightweight packaging solutions. It was a bold choice to make our product ‘disappear’ in the visual, but it underscores the value of content over the container, aligning with the minimalist philosophy.”

Gualapack's 'Less is More' campaign, launched at Interpack 2023, has been honored with the 2024 Mediastars Award in the Press & Poster category, along with a Special Star for Graphic Design

Sinonus Unveils Energy-Storing Carbon Fiber

Swedish deep-tech startup Sinonus is launching an innovative energy-storing composite material to produce efficient structural batteries for IoT devices, drones, computers, larger vehicles, and airplanes.

Based in Borås, Sinonus has developed carbon fibers that serve as battery electrodes. CEO Markus Zetterström is spearheading the commercialization of this technology. Currently, Sinonus is replacing AAA batteries in low-power products within its lab, aiming to expand to larger applications. Plastics recycling

Carbon fiber can store energy electrochemically, enabling Sinonus to create carbon fiber-based structural batteries that not only store energy but also integrate into the product’s structure. This technology originated from Oxeon, another Chalmers Ventures portfolio company, whose carbon fiber was used in the propeller blades of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars due to its lightweight and thinness.

Weight reduction is also crucial for road vehicles, as most electric vehicles weigh nearly 50% more than regular cars due to lithium-ion batteries. Plastics recycling

Research at Chalmers University of Technology has shown that carbon fiber-based structural batteries could increase the driving range for lightweight EVs by 70%. Additionally, these batteries are safer than standard batteries, as they lack volatile substances.

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Battery technology – The Advanced Packaging Association (APA) is championing polyamide in flexible packaging as a recyclable and sustainable option 12-06-2024

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Sulzer is set to unveil MellapakEvo™, the latest addition to its structured packing family, at ACHEMA 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 10-14, 2024

This innovative design significantly enhances distillation column efficiency by up to 40%, promising both cost savings and environmental benefits due to its reduced pressure drop and lower energy consumption.

MellapakEvo has been engineered to maximize distillation column efficiency and capacity. Its cutting-edge design offers up to 40% greater efficiency or a 20% increase in capacity compared to standard structured packing. This performance boost is attributed to several structural innovations, including optimized packing geometry that enhances liquid spreading and improves liquid surface renewal. Battery technology

These enhancements are crucial for effective mass transfer, ensuring better interaction between liquid and gas phases.

The versatility of MellapakEvo makes it suitable for a wide range of distillation processes, particularly in the chemical processing industry where high efficiency and low pressure drop are essential.

As ACHEMA 2024’s official innovation partner, Sulzer will also showcase various interactive mass transfer components and a holographic display of its latest innovations.

Virtual environments at Sulzer’s stand will guide attendees through solutions for chemical processing, including falling-film crystallization, distillation, purification, and EPS and PLA production. Battery technology

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Unraveling the recycling challenge in fashion

Clothing has become increasingly disposable in today’s fast fashion culture. Only a small percentage is collected and made into reusable material, in part because so much new clothing combines synthetic and natural fibers, which is hard to recycle. That’s a big problem for the environment and wastes precious resources. GEA offers industrial scale solutions that support circularity in the textile value chain.

As living standards rise in many countries, so too has demand for “fast fashion” – inexpensive clothing that can be ordered with a click of a button and sent to your home in a matter of days.  Battery technology

According to the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, prior to the covid pandemic, the average consumer bought 60 percent more pieces of clothing than 15 years ago and kept each item for half as long. The fast-fashion phenomenon underscores and heightens – literally – a decades-long challenge: the need to reduce the environmental impact of textiles and textile production.

The industry, as reported in the UN Environment Programme 2023 report, “Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain”, uses trillions of liters of water, contributes around nine percent of annual microplastic losses to oceans and is responsible for up to eight percent of global carbon emissions. Battery technology

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Sumitomo Chemical to Participate in PIAE 2024, One of the World’s Largest Conferences on Plastics for Automotive Applications 

The Sumitomo Chemical Group is set to participate in the PIAE–International Professional Congress for Plastics in Cars, one of the largest global conferences for plastics experts in the automotive industry. The event will take place in Mannheim, Germany, from Wednesday, June 19 to Thursday, June 20, 2024. Sumitomo Chemical Europe, the company’s European subsidiary, will showcase advanced engineering plastics designed for the next-generation electric vehicle (EV) market, which is projected to experience significant growth. Their exhibit will highlight innovative automotive solutions, including lightweight materials specifically developed for EV applications. Battery technology

Additionally, Sumika Polymer Compounds (UK), another subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical, will be present at the event. They will exhibit and deliver a presentation on their latest technology focused on reducing carbon footprints using glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds for automotive applications.

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Altris, a Swedish innovator in sodium-ion battery technology, has joined forces with Stora Enso, a leader in renewable materials, to advance the use of Lignode®, a hard carbon anode material, in Altris’ battery cells

This collaboration aims to integrate Stora Enso’s Lignode® into Altris’ sodium-ion batteries, which are distinguished by their use of widely available materials and absence of conflict minerals, offering enhanced longevity, temperature flexibility, and safety.

The partnership is set to bolster the development of eco-friendly batteries that maintain high energy density, contributing to a sustainable European battery supply chain. Lignode®, derived from lignin—a renewable by-product of pulp production—offers a greener alternative to traditional anode materials, supported by a consistent supply of raw materials from regenerative tree sources. Battery technology

Björn Mårlid, CEO of Altris, expresses enthusiasm for the collaboration, which aligns with Altris’ goal to create a local supply chain using clean materials, aiming to commercialize the world’s most sustainable battery. Juuso Konttinen, Senior Vice President & Head of Biomaterials Growth at Stora Enso, highlights the importance of bio-based materials in enhancing battery sustainability, with Lignode® poised to become the most sustainable anode material globally.

This partnership marks a significant step in Altris’ ongoing product development, following the 2023 unveiling of a commercial-sized sodium-ion battery cell boasting an energy density of 160 Wh/kg.  Battery technology

Altris, a Swedish innovator in sodium-ion battery technology, has joined forces with Stora Enso, a leader in renewable materials, to advance the use of Lignode®, a hard carbon anode material, in Altris’ battery cells

China’s BOPP Film Market Faces Price Fluctuations Due to Rising Raw Material Costs

The Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP Film) market in China is currently facing a complex set of dynamics shaped by a mix of supply stability and fluctuating demand. As of now, manufacturers are maintaining a steady inventory, ensuring that supply remains consistent and uninterrupted. However, the market is experiencing a weak willingness to restock BOPP Film materials, which is a crucial factor affecting overall market performance.  Battery technology

At the beginning of the month, there was a noticeable increase in upstream propane prices. This rise in propane prices, a critical component in the production of propylene, has had a ripple effect across the supply chain. Consequently, propylene prices have also surged in various parts of Asia. Since propylene is a key feedstock for producing BOPP Film, these increased costs have led to higher BOPP Film values in the Chinese market. The price of raw material Polypropylene increased by approximately 1% over the past week.  Battery technology

Despite the rise in costs, the response from downstream demand enterprises has been markedly cautious. Enterprises involved in sectors that utilize BOPP Film are hesitant to procure large quantities of material. Their approach is primarily centered on restocking rather than aggressive purchasing, reflecting a conservative stance toward inventory management.

China's BOPP Film Market Faces Price Fluctuations Due to Rising Raw Material Costs

The Advanced Packaging Association (APA) is championing polyamide in flexible packaging as a recyclable and sustainable option

Established in Brussels, APA comprises leading polyamide producers like BASF, UBE, Envalior, DOMO Chemicals, and Grupa Azoty ATT Polymers. Their goal is to have polyamide-based packaging recognized for its recyclability and sustainability by 2027, backed by scientific evidence. Battery technology

This initiative aims to curb food waste and minimize raw material usage.

Polyamide is essential for high-performance packaging, adhering to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” principles. It ensures optimal performance with minimal raw material, helping to cut down on food waste and providing a cost-effective packaging solution.

APA is calling on all supply chain stakeholders, including film producers, converters, machinery manufacturers, recyclers, industry initiatives, brand owners, food manufacturers, retailers, and individuals, to support polyamide packaging. This support will promote sustainability and circularity in flexible packaging, as stated by APA President Nicola Bucchioni. Battery technology

Vice President Paul Neumann emphasizes that while single-material packaging designs may seem ideal for recyclability, they overlook the primary purpose of packaging: to protect contents effectively with the least raw material. Advanced packaging, according to Neumann, strikes a balance between functionality, material efficiency, and recyclability. APA invites everyone to partake in this significant endeavor to enhance packaging sustainability.

The Advanced Packaging Association (APA) is championing polyamide in flexible packaging as a recyclable and sustainable option

Asahi Kasei, a Japanese technology leader, will showcase innovative high-performance materials for the automotive sector at DKT 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany

Their cutting-edge hydrogenated solution styrene butadiene rubber (HSBR) retains SBR’s favorable traits while offering enhanced resistance to heat, aging, and chemicals through selective hydrogenation. Battery technology

This breakthrough HSBR also aims to reduce the use of 6PPD, an antioxidant linked to environmental toxicity, by breaking down into 6PPD-quinone. The hydrogenation process not only improves the material’s properties but also increases its hardness, potentially diminishing the reliance on fillers like silica or carbon black.

Asahi Kasei’s HSBR paves the way for diverse applications, from performance tires to non-tire products requiring superior durability. Battery technology

Additionally, the company will introduce a specially designed thermoplastic styrene block copolymer (SEBS) for automotive interiors, demanding excellent haptics and soft touch.

Their novel SEBS material can be used for both skin and foam layers, molded together using a core back injection molding process.

Asahi Kasei continues to expand its portfolio with various SEBS/SBBS materials, catering to a broad spectrum of industrial applications.  Battery technology

Asahi Kasei, a Japanese technology leader, will showcase innovative high-performance materials for the automotive sector at DKT 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany

Plastics Recycling – Kraft Heinz has made a significant stride in sustainability by transitioning its KRAFT® Real Mayo and MIRACLE WHIP® products to 100% recycled PET (rPET) containers 11-06-2024

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Plastics Recycling – Kraft Heinz has made a significant stride in sustainability by transitioning its KRAFT® Real Mayo and MIRACLE WHIP® products to 100% recycled PET (rPET) containers 11-06-2024

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BEWI Enhances EPS Recycling with New Facility in Sweden

BEWI, a leader in sustainable packaging and insulation solutions, has inaugurated a new circular hub in Norrköping, Sweden, marking a significant leap in its recycling capabilities. This strategic move is in response to the growing global demand for recycled content products and underscores BEWI’s dedication to the circular economy.

The Norrköping facility, equipped with cutting-edge recycling extrusion technology, is set to enhance the integration of recycled materials into BEWI’s product line.

This development is a pivotal step in BEWI’s journey to become a fully circular enterprise.

With the new factory, BEWI’s expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling capacity will surge by 40%, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability. Plastics Recycling

The hub’s strategic location optimizes logistics and contributes to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by utilizing recycled materials.

Aljosa Krizman, head of BEWI Circular, expressed confidence in meeting the escalating demand for recycled content, spurred by market trends and legislative requirements. BEWI is poised to elevate the collection and utilization of recycled EPS, catering to the call for circular solutions. Plastics Recycling

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Lux Research sees lack of plastic pyrolysis accomplishments

An analyst with the Boston-based research firm says tonnage outputs at installed plastic pyrolysis systems largely are disappointing.

Several high-profile plastic chemical recycling installations with pyrolysis technology are not yet producing at a high volume despite the middle of this decade having been pegged as a tipping point for the technique. Plastics Recycling

An early June blog post by Anthony Schiavo, senior director and principal analyst of Boston-based Lux Research, says data collected by his colleague Marcian Lee provides insight into the projected and actual scale up of chemical recycling this decade.

Schiavo says Lux identified a global total of more than 725,000 metric tons of pyrolysis capacity announced by the end of 2023. By the end of last year, about half of that was considered to be online and ready for production.

Going forward, “Between 2024 and 2025, pyrolysis capacity is expected to more than double to 2.1 million metric tons per year,” writes Schiavo.  Plastics Recycling

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Kraft Heinz has made a significant stride in sustainability by transitioning its KRAFT® Real Mayo and MIRACLE WHIP® products to 100% recycled PET (rPET) containers

This change, in partnership with Plastipak Packaging, Inc., is set to eliminate millions of pounds of virgin plastic usage. Plastipak, a leader in plastic container design, manufacture, and recycling, is aiding Kraft Heinz in its environmental goal to cut virgin plastic use by 20% by 2030.

In the U.S., the switch to 100% food-grade rPET for these condiment containers will remove approximately 14 million pounds of virgin plastic, aligning with consumer demands for more eco-friendly packaging. Rashida La Lande, Kraft Heinz’s General Counsel, highlights the company’s investment in technologies and partnerships to redesign packaging, reduce plastic waste, and promote recycling. Plastics Recycling

Jack Pacente of Plastipak underscores their long-standing environmental commitment, which has made them a recycling industry leader and innovator in sustainable packaging. In 2023, Plastipak’s Bottle-to-Bottle program recycled over 11 billion bottles, boosting their recycling capacity by 15% to 495 million lbs. The company’s dedication to expanding recycling capabilities is evident in their investments and operation of five global recycling centers located in the U.S., Spain, the UK, Luxembourg, and France. Plastics Recycling

This initiative represents a significant step towards a more sustainable future in packaging.

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Sociedade Ponto Verde, Tetra Pak and Valorsul invest in the first AI sorting robot in Portugal

Valorsul, the company responsible for the treatment and recovery of municipal waste in the Lisbon area and the Western Region, today announced an investment in an unprecedented robotic sorting technology in Portugal.  In collaboration with Sociedade Ponto Verde and Tetra Pak, the world leader in process solutions and food packaging, Recycleye’s automated digital sorting technology will be installed at Valorsul’s facilities in Lisbon, enabling greater sorting capacity and an increase in the volume of beverage cartons sorted and sent for recycling. Plastics Recycling

The Recycleye solution uses computer vision and robotics to automatically detect and separate waste and will be installed to improve the recovery of beverage cartons. Sociedade Ponto Verde, whose mission is intrinsically linked to the Environment, Sustainability and Circular Economy agenda, given its responsibility for organising, managing the take-back and recovery of packaging waste in Portugal, is co-financing and supporting the project through its open innovation programme re_source, together with Tetra Pak. This enables Valorsul to increase the number of beverage cartons separated for recycling, providing a greater volume of recyclables from the plant and ensuring that more packaging waste from the Lisbon area is recycled. Plastics Recycling

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Impact of Sanctions on Belarus: A Global Food Security Concern

Санкцыі супраць Беларусі прывялі да недахопу прадуктаў харчавання ў свеце, лічыць эксперт ЗША

Michael Cunningham, director of the “Geography of Genocide” project, highlighted at an international conference that sanctions against Belarus have led to significant global food shortages. As a major producer and exporter of potash fertilizers, Belarus plays a crucial role in agriculture. The sanctions have caused a drastic reduction in potash production and export, leading to decreased agricultural yields, increased food prices, and disrupted supply chains. This has exacerbated food insecurity, particularly in countries dependent on Belarusian potash. The economic repercussions extend to job losses in the potash industry, increasing poverty and hunger. Plastics Recycling

Cunningham warns that these issues are intensifying against a backdrop of a growing population and heightened food demand, urging consideration of the environmental impact as farmers resort to less effective yield-boosting methods.

This summary encapsulates the key points made by Cunningham regarding the unintended consequences of the sanctions on Belarus, emphasizing the broader implications for food security and sustainability. Plastics Recycling

Impact of Sanctions on Belarus: A Global Food Security Concern

Minister of Industry: Turkish Entrepreneurs Interested in Manufacturing Investment in Indonesia

A number of Turkish companies are interested in investing in Indonesia, ranging from textiles, electronics to green energy.

A number of companies Turkey are interested in investing in Indonesia, ranging from textiles, electronics, to new and renewable energy. The visit of the Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, to Turkey on June 4-5 carried a mission to attract Turkish investors in the manufacturing sector to Indonesia. Plastics Recycling

“In a meeting with industrial players in Istanbul, Turkey on June 4-5, 2024, we brought a mission to increase investment from that country in Indonesia, especially for the manufacturing sector,” said Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita in a press release received on Sunday (9/6/2024).

He explained that there are a number of Turkish businessmen from various sectors who are interested in investing in Indonesia. One of the companies that Menperin met was SANKO Holding, Turkey’s largest manufacturing conglomerate known globally as a producer of textiles and renewable energy. In the field of textiles, SANKO Textile is one of the global leaders in yarn and fabric production. Plastics Recycling

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Xinxiang Chemical Fiber becomes the only Chinese textile enterprise using recycled textile pulp

Recently, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber has reached a strategic cooperation agreement on the application of OnceMore®dissolving pulp with the largest forest owner association in Sweden and the international forest industry group Södra, which has become the only Chinese textile enterprise that uses recycled textile pulp. Previously, Xinxiang Chemical Fiber had nearly 5 years of cooperation with Södra. The new type of OnceMore®dissolving pulp supplied by Södra will be used in the production of BaiLu-ECO regenerated cellulose fiber products, achieving the world’s first industrial production of regenerated cellulose filament from recycled textile pulp by chemical methods.  Plastics Recycling

It will greatly promote the industry’s transformation towards green recycling of regenerated fibers.

The OnceMore®dissolving pulp technology is the world’s first industrial-scale process technology to achieve recycling of blended fabrics. The raw materials come from post-consumer waste textiles and industrial waste, extracting cellulose fibers from discarded fabrics to produce dissolving pulp. Through closed-loop production processes, the fibers are spun into regenerated cellulose fiber products, creating endless possibilities for the full life cycle of regenerated cellulose fiber products. Plastics Recycling

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Plastic recycling -An industry-first: BASF is expanding its Biopolymers portfolio by introducing biomass-balanced ecoflex® (PBAT) 10-06-2024

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An industry-first: BASF is expanding its Biopolymers portfolio by introducing biomass-balanced ecoflex® (PBAT)

 

  • New ecoflex® F Blend C1200 BMB has 60% lower Product Carbon Footprint than the standard ecoflex® grade
  • Fossil-based feedstocks are replaced with renewable alternatives from waste-based feedstocks and attributed to the product via certified biomass balance (BMB) approach
  • Drop-in solution: ecoflex® BMB has the same properties, performance, machine processability and biodegradation certificates as the standard ecoflex® grade
  • Biomass-balanced ecoflex® helps the packaging industry increase the use of renewable feedstock  Plastic recycling

BASF is now offering the packaging industry a way to increase the use of renewable feedstocks: It is expanding its portfolio of certified compostable biopolymers to include a biomass-balanced (BMB) ecoflex®, a polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) that is frequently used in the compounding of biopolymers. For the new ecoflex® F Blend C1200 BMB, the fossil raw materials that are usually used in the production process are replaced with renewable feedstock at the beginning of the value chain. The renewable feedstock comes from waste and residual biomass and is attributed to the ecoflex® grade via a mass balance approach which is certified according to REDcert2 and ISCC PLUS (1). The biomass-balanced ecoflex® not only contributes to reducing the use of fossil resources, but it also offers a 60% lower Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) (2) than the standard ecoflex® F Blend C1200.  Plastic recycling

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Canon Inc. is revolutionizing the recycling industry with the debut of its TR Series plastic sorting equipment, featuring the TR-S1510

This cutting-edge technology utilizes Raman spectroscopy to accurately identify various types of plastics, including the traditionally challenging black plastic waste. The TR Series is designed to enhance the circular economy by boosting the efficiency of material recycling processes. Plastic recycling

The innovative tracking Raman spectroscopic method allows for high-speed sorting of plastics at a conveyor speed of 1.5 meters per second, processing up to 1 ton of plastic per hour. This technology shines a laser on the plastic pieces, gathering molecular data to determine the material composition, even for black plastics that do not reflect visible light well.

Canon’s entry into the recycling system market aims to increase the current 20% material recycling rate of daily plastic waste. The TR-S1510 promises to maintain purity levels in recycled plastics, crucial for materials like ABS and polypropylene (PP). By overcoming the limitations of near-infrared spectroscopy, Canon’s system can sort all colors of plastic with unprecedented precision, propelling productivity in recycling plants. Plastic recycling

The TR Series is not only a technological breakthrough but also a customizable solution, adaptable to various customer needs regarding throughput and installation space. Canon’s commitment to building a sustainable future is evident in this initiative to maximize material recycling and foster a circular economy.

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Announces Asia Manufacturing and Availability of Cesa™ Non-PFAS Process Aid

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable materials solutions and services, is expanding the recent launch of its Cesa™ Non-PFAS Process Aid to Asia. This new solution is formulated without fluoropolymers, which may be classifiable as per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), for use in polyolefin extrusion and film applications without compromising performance or efficiency.  Plastic recycling

“Certain PFAS are widely used in various polymer formulations to deliver desirable properties such as durable resistance to heat, oil, stain, and water. However, environmental concerns about PFAS are growing as studies have indicated many PFAS break down very slowly over time and can persist in water and soil,” said Pal Shi, Asia Marketing Director, Color and Additives at Avient. “As a result, some countries are restricting PFAS, and there is growing pressure to ban all PFAS. This is causing processors to search for non-PFAS alternatives.

Our Cesa Non-PFAS Process Aid can help customers anticipate any regulatory changes, support sustainability goals, and maintain a competitive edge in important markets, such as flexible food and beverage packaging.” Plastic recycling

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Lenzing, Exponent Envirotech apply waterless dye to cellulose fibres

Wood-based specialty fibre company Lenzing Group has partnered with technology start-up Exponent Envirotech on “scientific breakthrough” of adding recyclable non-aqueous solvent to wood-based cellulosic fibres.

Lenzing explained its TENCEL branded lyocell and modal fibres, and Lenzing ECOVERO branded viscose fibres are the first wood-based cellulosic fibres to be dyed using Exponent Envirotech’s ECOHUES waterless dyeing technology. Plastic recycling

Lenzing and Exponent Envirotech chose knitwear as the application to bring the results of the collaboration to life. The duo have joined forces with Hong Kong-based innovative knitwear manufacturer Cobalt Fashion to provide the industry with alternative yarn options that claim to be as colourful and functional as conventionally dyed yarns.

The key difference to the technology being that it is said to reduce water usage and dye usage respectively by 95% and 40% to mitigate the textile industry’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.

For this reason Lenzing believes the trio are bringing a “scientific breakthrough to the mainstream textile market”.  Plastic recycling

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Why does Spain lead plastic recycling in the EU?

Spain is positioned as a benchmark in plastic waste management at the European level, holding the title of the country with the greatest plastic recycling capacity per capita. This achievement is the result of a convergence of factors that include sound public policies, a strong industrial sector and growing citizen awareness of the importance of sustainability.

A favorable regulatory framework:

The National Waste Plan (PNR) has been fundamental in promoting plastic recycling in Spain. By setting ambitious targets and creating a strong legal framework, the PNR has incentivized investment in recycling infrastructure and promoted the adoption of sustainable practices by businesses and consumers.  Plastic recycling

A robust industrial sector:

Spain has an extensive network of highly efficient and technologically advanced plastic recycling plants. These facilities process a large amount of plastic waste, turning it into valuable raw materials for the manufacture of new products.

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Tecnorama: Revolutionizing Textile Dyeing Automation in Bangladesh

Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of textile dyeing automation, Tecnorama, the esteemed Italian company, has stood as a steadfast ally to Bangladesh’s textile sector for numerous years. Our conversation with Mr. Alessandro Giugni, CEO of Tecnorama, provided valuable insights into the company’s trajectory, its innovative solutions, and its forward-looking aspirations. Plastic recycling

“Tecnorama has firmly established its presence and garnered appreciation from clients in Bangladesh for several years now,” shares Mr. Alessandro. The company boasts an impressive clientele, including industry giants like M.N. Dyeing (Mosharaf Group), A&E – American & Efird Bangladesh, Color City (DBL Group), Fakhruddin Textile Mills (Urmi Group), Masco Exports and Hamid Fabrics (Yarn Dyeing Unit) among others.

Tecnorama offers a comprehensive range of products tailored to meet the diverse needs of textile dyeing automation.

Among its flagship offerings is the DOS&DYE® system, a patented innovation combining automatic dispensing with robotized dyeing modules.  Plastic recycling

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Microplastics – Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA 08-06-2024

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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 03/06/2024 10/06/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 895 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,890 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton -20
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,920 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,940 yuan/ton 5,920 yuan/ton
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Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 735 $/ton 730 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,560 yuan/ton 4,520 yuan/ton
-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 535 $/ton 525 $/ton -10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,047 $/ton 1,026 $/ton
-21
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,025 $/ton 1,004 $/ton -21
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,125 $/7on 1,120 $/ton -5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,725  yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton
+75
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,075 yuan/ton 9,175 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 8,925 yuan/ton +25
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,200 yuan/ton 8,225 yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,430 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,600 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
-350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,650 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,920 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,600  yuan/ton
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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20,400 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,400 yuan/ton 17,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,850 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,350 yuan/ton 18,400 yuan/ton
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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10,000 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market9, 9,370 yuan/ton 9,330 yuan/ton -40
Benzene overseas  market 1,093 $/ton 1,035 $/ton -58
Ethylene South East market 950 $/ton 950 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 768 $/ton 770 $/ton +2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton -400
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 13,100 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton +70
Naphtha overseas market  677 $/ton 648 $/ton -29
Phenol domestic market 7,857 yuan/ton 7,875 yuan/ton +18

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

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Chemical and Physical Recycling: Pivotal for Achieving the Green Deal and a Circular Economy

The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) has released a position paper emphasizing the critical role of chemical and physical recycling in achieving the Green Deal’s goals and fostering a circular economy. These recycling methods are vital for the ecological transition, allowing for the retention of carbon within plastics and contributing to the circular economy’s scalability and volume requirements. They provide a solution for processing waste that cannot be mechanically recycled, diverting it from incineration or landfill and keeping it within the material cycle. PET Bottles

Synergy Among Recycling Methods

Mechanical, physical, and chemical recycling methods are complementary, each suited to different waste stream compositions, sorting requirements, and economic considerations. They vary in their input requirements, output quality, and quantity, but together they form the backbone of a robust carbon management strategy. This strategy is essential for creating sustainable carbon cycles and moving away from fossil-based resources in the chemical industry.

To harness the full potential of chemical and physical recycling, substantial investments and a supportive policy environment are necessary. PET Bottles

Requirements for Maximizing Recycling Potential

The RCI’s position paper outlines eleven key actions to stimulate demand, encourage investment, and enhance technology in the field of recycling. These actions range from widespread acceptance of recycling technologies to specific policy measures like mandatory recycled content quotas, clear recycling rate calculations, and the integration of mass balance approaches. The paper also calls for faster approvals for new recycling facilities, broader recycling infrastructure beyond packaging, and financial incentives such as CO2 pricing adjustments. PET Bottles

A Pragmatic and Flexible Approach

The RCI advocates for a pragmatic stance on recycling, recognizing that while closed-loop systems are ideal for sectors like packaging, textiles, and automotive, flexibility is crucial. This flexibility allows for the cross-sectoral use of waste streams, optimizing environmental and economic outcomes.

Towards Comprehensive Carbon Management

Chemical and physical recycling are not just recycling methods; they are integral to comprehensive carbon management. This approach extends beyond merely reducing CO2 emissions—it involves a shift from fossil-based raw materials to renewable sources like biomass and recycled CO2. PET Bottles

It aims to use renewable carbon as efficiently as possible, especially in areas where carbon usage is essential, such as in the production of chemicals and plastics.

Chemical and Physical Recycling: Pivotal for Achieving the Green Deal and a Circular Economy

Trillium Renewable Chemicals, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has partnered with INEOS Nitriles to launch a pioneering demonstration plant at the Green Lake facility in Texas

This collaboration, known as “Project Falcon,” aims to transform plant-derived glycerol into acrylonitrile, a crucial component for industries and carbon fiber production. INEOS, a leader in petrochemical manufacturing, will host the project at its Green Lake site, the largest acrylonitrile production location in the U.S. PET Bottles

Corey Tyree, CEO of Trillium, expressed excitement about the partnership, highlighting it as a significant advancement in commercializing their sustainable technology. Trillium’s innovative process promises a greener alternative to traditional acrylonitrile production, aligning with the increasing demand for eco-friendly materials.

The initiative follows Trillium’s successful $10.6 million Series A funding and a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. These financial boosts enabled the construction of a pilot plant that has already produced acrylonitrile from glycerol. The pilot operations not only supplied product samples to customers but also offered valuable insights for the design of Project Falcon. PET Bottles

Hans Casier, CEO of INEOS Nitriles, reaffirmed their commitment to sustainability and reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. The operation of Project Falcon, set to begin in early 2025 and run until early 2026, will focus on validating the economic viability and environmental benefits of large-scale sustainable acrylonitrile production. The project’s success will be measured by achieving key performance indicators, such as plant uptime and equipment functionality, ultimately aiming to become a qualified supplier of bio-based acrylonitrile

Trillium Renewable Chemicals, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has partnered with INEOS Nitriles to launch a pioneering demonstration plant at the Green Lake facility in Texas

Microplastics – Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA 08-06-2024

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China PET bottle chip export delivery volume declines MOM

Since May, the delivery speed of PET bottle chip in the domestic and international markets has significantly slowed down compared to the previous month. As of last weekend, the average inventory of domestic PET bottle chip factories has increased by approximately 4-5 days, nearly doubling compared to the same period last year. Normally, large downstream factories tend to reduce production after intensive production in March and April, leading to a slowdown in delivery speeds. Microplastics

Furthermore, since many small and medium-sized customers purchased downgraded products this year, traders are facing increased contractual inventory pressure, contributing to the rise in factory-side inventory. The short-term weakening of domestic demand may be related to seasonal factors, the unexpected inventory pressure has been brought to PET bottle chip manufacturers due to sudden export shipment disruptions (some inventory may need to be redirected for domestic consumption).

Recent observations suggest that PET bottle chip factories have been facing delivery obstacles for export orders since late April, with some factories reporting about 20% delays in April orders. Microplastics

Most factories anticipate a further reduction in shipments in May, estimated to reach around 30%. Currently, these factories are gradually considering increasing the proportion of bulk cargo shipments to minimize contract execution issues caused by delays in shipping schedules.

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Chemours Enhances EVOLVE 2030 for Sustainable Development

Chemours  introduces EVOLVE 2030 Version 2.0, advancing its sustainability assessment to include product and packaging circularity. This methodology aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), aiding Chemours in achieving its goal of deriving over 50% revenue from sustainable offerings by 2030.

The EVOLVE 2030 framework guides Chemours in evaluating its products and innovations, ensuring a balance between societal benefits and environmental footprint. The update reflects four years of application insights, emphasizing continuous improvement and data-driven decisions. Microplastics

Dr. Amber Wellman, Chief Sustainability Officer, highlights the methodology’s role in quantifying product impacts and shaping business strategies towards sustainability. EVOLVE 2030, established in 2019, is rooted in the WBCSD’s PSA guidelines and employs a Product—Application Combination (PAC) approach for life cycle assessment.

Chemours’ commitment to sustainability is further evidenced by its collaboration with Anthesis Group and validation by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The methodology’s evolution signifies Chemours’ dedication to a sustainable future, where products meet market demands while fostering planetary well-being. Microplastics

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SABIC Concludes Investment Decision for Fujian Petrochemical Complex in China

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), a global leader in diversified chemicals, announced on Sunday its final investment decision for the SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Complex Project (Saudi-Chinese Gulei Ethylene Complex Project) in Fujian Province, China.

SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited, formed through a 51% to 49% joint venture between SABIC Industrial Investments (wholly owned by SABIC) and Fujian Petrochemical Company Limited (FPCL), will establish this industrial complex in Fujian’s Gulei area, as reported by SPA. Microplastics

The project’s investment totals 44.8 billion Chinese yuan ($6.4 billion), marking the largest foreign investment in Fujian Province and significantly expanding SABIC’s core investments in China. The complex will annually produce 1.8 million tons of ethylene and will house advanced manufacturing facilities for ethylene glycol, polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonate, among other units. Microplastics

Construction of the project is slated for completion by 2026.

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Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA

This move accelerates the development of the world’s first commercial-scale PHA facility, promoting the global shift towards eco-friendly plastics. PHA, a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastics, addresses environmental and health concerns by reducing persistent plastics and microplastics pollution.

Since their agreement in September 2023, Lummus and RWDC have advanced their mission to foster PHA adoption and prepare for global licensing. The engineering phase of RWDC’s inaugural PHA facility is nearing completion, with detailed engineering and preconstruction efforts expected to conclude soon. Microplastics

Lummus’ investment in RWDC’s convertible bond round is pivotal for the project’s final stages, aiming for a groundbreaking ceremony in early 2025. This collaboration exemplifies a significant step towards a sustainable, circular economy.

Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has made a strategic investment in RWDC Industries, reinforcing its commitment to the commercialization of biopolymer PHA

Eastman’s Naia™ Renew is revolutionizing the denim industry with its sustainable and circular solution

This innovative fiber is designed to meet the high sustainability demands of fashion, particularly in denim, one of the most popular and versatile fabrics.

Naia™ Renew is crafted from 60% sustainably sourced wood pulp and 40% certified recycled content, creating a biodegradable and traceable fiber that reduces the carbon footprint and reliance on virgin materials. Its integration into denim signifies Eastman’s commitment to making sustainable style universally accessible.

The fiber’s hypoallergenic and skin-friendly properties ensure comfort in any season, while its compatibility with various fibers allows for authentic denim textures. Eastman’s collaboration with global brands showcases Naia™ Renew’s fashion-forward and eco-conscious appeal. Microplastics

With certifications like Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and OEKO-TEX class 1, Eastman’s transparent sustainability narrative empowers brands and consumers to make informed choices. The company’s patented molecular recycling technology transforms waste into valuable resources, furthering the circular fashion movement.

Eastman’s Naia™ Renew is revolutionizing the denim industry with its sustainable and circular solutionEastman’s Naia™ Renew is revolutionizing the denim industry with its sustainable and circular solution

New Research Has Found That Almost 90% Of Protein Sources Contain Microplastics, Including Vegan Alternatives

Anew study has raised health concerns after finding that almost 90% of protein sources contain microplastics, including plant-based options.

This discovery was part of research published in Environmental Pollution, in which researchers examined 16 different protein varieties– such as beef, chicken, pork, seafood, tofu, and three vegan alternatives– for microplastic content.

The proteins tested were bought from two supermarkets and one grocer in Portland, Oregon, in April 2022. The items were all produced in the United States, as indicated on their packaging. Microplastics

The research team was made up of scientists from the University of Toronto and Ocean Conservancy, and they discovered plastic particles in 88% of these samples. This suggests that regardless of dietary choices, people are still probably ingesting microplastics.

Dr. Britta Baechler, Ocean Conservancy’s associate director of plastics science, called this discovery a “startling reminder” of just how widespread plastic pollution is.

“Humans live on land, and yet seafood samples are just as likely to be contaminated with plastics as are terrestrial-derived proteins,” Dr. Baechler said. Microplastics

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EREMA Group produces 25 million tonnes of recycled pellets annually

Plastic Sustainability – Agilyx, a pioneer in chemical recycling, has made significant strides with its depolymerisation technology in Japan 07-06-2024

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Agilyx, a pioneer in chemical recycling, has made significant strides with its depolymerisation technology in Japan

Partnering with Toyo Styrene, Agilyx has installed this groundbreaking technology at a facility capable of processing ten tons of post-use polystyrene daily. This collaboration aims to transform polystyrene waste into styrene monomer, a move that promises to revolutionize the production of polystyrene products by significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

The Toyo Styrene plant, completed in March 2024, has already marked a milestone by producing on-specification product, showcasing the efficacy of Agilyx’s technology. Russ Main, Agilyx’s interim CEO, expressed confidence in the technology following its successful demonstration during the plant’s commissioning. Plastic Sustainability

As Agilyx continues to optimize the facility’s performance in collaboration with Toyo Styrene, it stands as a testament to the company’s commitment to addressing the complex challenge of recycling post-use plastics. With 20 patents to its name, Agilyx is not only leading the way in chemical recycling but also paving the path for sustainable plastic production through its first commercial-scale waste polystyrene recycling facility via pyrolysis.

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Borealis to establish recyclate-based polyolefins compounding line in Belgium

  • Borealis is set to install a semi-commercial demonstration recyclate-based polyolefins (rPO) compounding line in Beringen, Belgium
  • The state-of-the-art line will use Borcycle™ M technology to transform mechanically recycled post-consumer waste into high-quality rigid polypropylene and polyethylene materials  Plastic Sustainability
  • EverMinds™ in action: The investment will provide valuable operational experience and technological insight, supporting Borealis to further scale up its mechanical recycling capacity

Borealis is pleased to announce the installation of a semi-commercial demonstration recyclate-based polyolefins (rPO) compounding line in Beringen, Belgium.

Set for construction during 2024, it is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2025. Plastic Sustainability

The state-of-the-art line will use Borealis’ proprietary Borcycle™ M technology to transform mechanically recycled post-consumer waste into high-quality rigid polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) materials. Capable of processing a broad range of recyclate flakes from both PP and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) waste sources, the new line will offer exceptional versatility and flexibility.

As a semi-commercial demonstration line, it will showcase the power of Borcycle M technology to produce mechanically recycled solutions that meet the rigorous and varied demands of high-performance applications in industries including mobility, consumer products, appliances, and energy. In doing so, the line will support Borealis’ customers to integrate value-added recycled plastics into their product lines without compromising performance. Plastic Sustainability

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Crocco and Versalis Collaborate on Innovative Food Packaging from Recycled Plastics

Crocco , a leading flexible packaging company, has partnered with Versalis, Eni’s chemical subsidiary, to produce food packaging film using raw materials partially sourced from chemically recycled post-consumer plastics. This collaboration aims at large-scale production for the retail market.  Plastic Sustainability

The packaging, crafted from Balance® supplied by Versalis, enables the creation of recycled film suitable for food contact, maintaining necessary technical performance and health properties. This initiative supports more efficient resource management, significantly reducing reliance on virgin materials, and aligns with Versalis’ sustainability and circular economy objectives.

Chemical recycling regenerates plastics to a virgin state, meeting high purity and safety standards required for food contact materials. Plastic Sustainability

Adriano Alfani, CEO of Versalis, commented, “Circularity is a cornerstone of our strategy. We are dedicated to advancing both mechanical and chemical polymer recycling technologies. Diversifying raw materials allows us to offer the market low-carbon solutions, ensuring sustainable resource use through collaborations like our innovative partnership with Crocco.”

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EXPO PACK México 2024: Latin America’s Largest Packaging and Processing Trade Show Opens Today

Record market growth fuels optimism as show focuses on sustainability and industry collaboration.

The largest packaging and processing trade show in Latin America, EXPO PACK México (June 4–7, 2024; EXPO Santa Fe México) opens today with more than more than 700 world-class exhibitors displaying the latest materials and technologies over 20,000 net square meters of exhibit floor space. Plastic Sustainability

This year’s show opens as the packaging machinery market in Mexico is at a record high, based on the newly released Mexico’s Packaging Machinery Market – Trends and Opportunities report produced by show organizer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The research indicates the packaging machinery market value in 2023 reached US $1.13 billion, growing 25% in a single year and breaking the US$1 billion mark for the first time. Plastic Sustainability

With more than two-thirds of the market planning to invest in new processing equipment in 2024, the timing for this year’s EXPO PACK México could not be better.

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The Future of Fashion: Sustainability, Traceability, and Style with RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions

RadiciGroup showcased its innovations at the Phygital Sustainability Expo, a premier fashion event focused on ecological transition through technological innovation. Held in Rome on June 4-5, the Expo brought together leaders from various sectors to promote positive environmental change in fashion. Plastic Sustainability

For the third consecutive year, RadiciGroup highlighted its commitment to sustainable fashion, presenting a versatile and stylish outfit during a narrated fashion show at the Imperial Forum Museum. The outfit, a jumpsuit made of Radilon Chill-fit, demonstrates RadiciGroup’s dedication to merging style with sustainability. Radilon Chill-fit is an innovative nylon yarn produced with low environmental impact, offering excellent thermal regulation and comfort.

This jumpsuit exemplifies versatility, transforming from daywear to an elegant evening ensemble with the addition of a nylon kimono-dress, emphasizing complete recyclability. This creation results from RadiciGroup’s collaboration with Anita Bertini, a young designer at POLI.Design, part of the Politecnico di Milano. Their goal is to create a wardrobe of essential, durable, and recyclable garments that support personal style and environmental responsibility. Plastic Sustainability

Technical partners Calzificio Argopi and Erco Pizzi contributed to the creation of the jumpsuit and kimono-dress fabric, respectively. RadiciGroup’s participation in the Phygital Sustainability Expo underscores its ongoing efforts to lead the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future through innovative textile solutions.

The Future of Fashion: Sustainability, Traceability, and Style with RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions

BASF Sells Bioenergy Enzymes Business to Lallemand

BASF has sold its bioenergy enzymes business in San Diego to Lallemand’s subsidiaries, Danstar Ferment AG and Lallemand Specialties Inc. This sale includes the Spartec® product portfolio and related developmental technologies. Lallemand will integrate this business and its employees into the Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) business unit. Plastic Sustainability

All business activities were taken over by Lallemand as of June 1.

LBDS, a leading global supplier of fermentation ingredients and technical solutions, has shown its commitment to the fuel ethanol and alcohol industries through this acquisition. Since 2017, LBDS has partnered with BASF’s bioenergy business, co-developing gluco and alpha amylase enzymes in bioengineered yeast for the North American ethanol market.

Angus Ballard, President and General Manager of LBDS, stated, “The capabilities of BASF’s bioenergy team and its Spartec® products complement ours. By combining resources and R&D programs, we can better meet our global customers’ needs.” Plastic Sustainability

Daniel Wilms, Vice President Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability at BASF’s Nutrition & Health division, said, “Lallemand is the best owner for this business. Their dedication to the biofuel industry and complementary portfolio will create new growth opportunities.”

BASF will remain focused on enzyme activities in the animal feed and detergents markets and will continue providing solutions for low-carbon intensity crop production in the bioenergy industry. Plastic Sustainability

BASF Sells Bioenergy Enzymes Business to Lallemand

Smart Textiles: The Future of the Textile Industry

Smart textiles are revolutionizing the textile industry, according to Assoc. Prof. Desislava Grabčeva from the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM). In a recent interview, Grabčeva highlighted UCTM’s innovative work on smart textiles, including the development of healing bandages that precisely control drug release to wounds. These advancements were discussed during a business event at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

UCTM scientists have focused on medical textiles, aiming to market advanced wound dressings that monitor and treat wounds. Additionally, they have created environmentally friendly textiles that absorb pollutants like oil spills and petroleum products. Their work also addresses dye absorption in textile materials, reducing dye waste that typically pollutes wastewater. Plastic Sustainability

Smart textiles have applications beyond medicine, extending to sports, entertainment, interior design, and agriculture. Grabčeva emphasized that the global market for smart textiles is growing as health-conscious consumers increasingly seek these innovative products. Among the most popular innovations are healing bandages that not only release biologically active substances but also change color to indicate healing processes.

Smart Textiles: The Future of the Textile Industry

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Gerdau Graphene Launches Certification of Authenticity for Exclusive G2D Technology

First-of-its-Kind Certification Ensures Proper Incorporation Of Carbon Nanomaterials In The Production Of Industrial Additives

Gerdau Graphene, the nanotechnology company pioneering advanced graphene-enhanced materials for industrial applications, today announced its industry-first G2D technology authenticity certification. Developed exclusively by the company, G2D is a technology for incorporating carbon nanomaterials such as graphene into various matrices for the production of industrial additives. The certification will be a form of identification for all industrial and commercial products that contain chemical additives that utilize Gerdau Graphene’s proprietary G2D technology. G2D is currently being used in additives for the plastics, concrete, and paints and coatings industries. R-PET Bottles

Graphene, a carbon nanomaterial widely studied for its remarkable physical properties including high mechanical strength, lightness, malleability, and high thermal and electrical conductivity, has attracted global attention for its ability to enhance the material properties of common products like paint, cement and concrete, packaging, plastics, lubricants, and more.

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PE market in consolidation amid anemic supply and demand

Since April, China domestic PE market has been fluctuating upwards, with overall market sentiment remaining relatively positive. There has been some improvement in overall transactions. However, after entering May, the upward trend in the market has slowed down, indicating a potential return to a period of volatility. R-PET Bottles

In the early period, the main driving force of the market was the relatively tight supply of LDPE, which had a significant impact on the market. LDPE saw price increases that were notably higher compared to other varieties, with price spread also widening significantly. However, at present, the support for LDPE is insufficient. Additionally, the biggest issue currently lies in the overall imbalance between supply and demand, with both sides leaning towards scarcity. The market’s initial expectation is a return to a period of volatility.

Firstly, the supply is relatively tight. Currently, domestic PE plants are still undergoing intensively spring maintenance. In mid-May, the operating rate of domestic PE plants has dropped below 75%, reaching the lowest level in 2024. There are a significant number of planned maintenance shutdowns, while there are also several unplanned shutdowns, with the most notable being FREP. R-PET Bottles

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PLASTICS Launches Flexible Film Recycling Alliance

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has introduced the Flexible Film Recycling Alliance (FFRA) to enhance the sustainability and recyclability of flexible plastic film products in the U.S. The FFRA aims to improve recycling rates, accessibility, and education regarding flexible film products. R-PET Bottles

With many Americans unsure about how and where to recycle flexible films, the FFRA will bring together industry representatives from the flexible film supply chain to address these challenges. The alliance’s key initiatives include:

  • Operating a premier plastic film recycling directory for consumers and industry.
  • Providing consumer education on effective recycling methods for flexible plastic films.
  • Promoting responsible uses and recycling techniques for these products.
  • Expanding programs to inform consumers and policymakers about the sustainability benefits of flexible plastic films. R-PET Bottles

“FFRA includes collaborators from across the plastics supply chain and builds on PLASTICS’ successes, such as Recycling is Real and Operation Clean Sweep,” said PLASTICS president and CEO, Matt Seaholm. R-PET Bottles

TOMRA Achieves Industry First With Food-Grade Plastics Sorting Solution

Global sorting solutions provider, TOMRA Recycling, has introduced three groundbreaking applications to separate food-grade from non-food-grade plastics for PET, PP, and HDPE. This advancement results from the company’s intensive research and development in deep learning, a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). R-PET Bottles

TOMRA’s continued investment in GAIN – the company’s deep learning-based sorting add-on for its AUTOSORT™ units – has enabled the efficient and large-scale separation of food-grade from non-food-grade plastics. The rebranded GAINnext™ technology significantly enhances the sorting performance of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT™ units, enabling the identification of objects previously difficult or impossible to classify with traditional optical waste sensors.

By integrating traditional near-infrared, visual spectrometry, and other sensors with deep learning technology, TOMRA has developed the most accurate sorting solution available. This solution achieves purity levels exceeding 95 percent for packaging applications, opening new revenue opportunities for TOMRA’s customers. R-PET Bottles

TOMRA Achieves Industry First With Food-Grade Plastics Sorting Solution

Pyrolysis for high-quality recycled plastics

A step toward the circular economy: Pyrolysis enables chemical recycling

plastics made of polycarbonate are sought-after materials in industrial applications thanks to their versatility and high quality. However, recycling of plastic waste is still running up against limits these days, as mechanical recycling methods do not produce adequate qualities of recycled material for all applications. Together with chemical company Covestro Deutschland AG, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a method that makes it possible to reclaim the substances originally used to make the polycarbonates. In catalytic pyrolysis, a controlled process of heating in an oxygen-free environment, plastic waste breaks down into its components. Manufacturers can then use the raw materials to produce new plastics. R-PET Bottles

For anyone looking for a high-quality plastic, polycarbonate (PC) is an obvious choice. This material withstands temperature extremes, is flame retardant and resistant to scratching, abrasion, and even diluted acids. It is also highly transparent. All of these properties make plastics that contain PC a sought-after and versatile material in industrial applications. As a result, many manufacturers are looking for ways to reclaim the valuable material by recycling plastic waste. But conventional technologies such as mechanical recycling produce inadequate qualities of recycled material, which can no longer be used to manufacture high-quality products. R-PET Bottles

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L’OCCITANE en Provence and CARBIOS Present a PET Bottle Made From Enzymatic Recycling, the Result of a European Circular Economy

CARBIOS, a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastic and textiles, and L’OCCITANE en Provence, an international cosmetics brand using natural and organic ingredients, a long-term partner of CARBIOS, present a bottle in transparent PET made entirely from enzymatic recycling for a shower oil from the Amande range.  In collaboration with converter Pinard Beauty Pack, this bottle exemplifies a shared desire to build en efficient European recycling sector to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic, and meet brands’ commitments for more sustainable packaging solutions. R-PET Bottles

A Sustainable European Recycling Sector Set in Motion

The 100% recycled PET bottle from CARBIOS’ enzymatic depolymerization process was made with a European value chain committed to responsible consumption of sustainable materials. The bottle’s production began with the local supply of PET waste (already collected, sorted and prepared) to the CARBIOS industrial demonstrator in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  The waste used consisted of colored bottles, multilayer trays and mechanical recycling residues, none of which are currently recycled using conventional technologies. CARBIOS deconstructed the PET waste into its original monomers, PTA and MEG, using its biorecycling technology. The resulting monomers were then repolymerized into new, fully recycled PET resins within Europe. R-PET Bottles

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PFY producers hike prices to combat the losses

China PFY market sees some changes after keeping relatively stable for much of May.

In the beginning of May, two large PFY plants were shut due to environmental protection requirements. However, PFY inventory still remained high, despites that another two plants implemented production cuts in mid-May. Then, with feedstock pricing rebounding, PFY prices were at loss levels, and sales picked up. R-PET Bottles

Afterwards, the market expected that the suppliers could cut production to combat the loss and high inventory, but instead, large plants decided to hike prices.

It is reported that major plants would hike prices gradually beginning from May 23 to ensure positive processing spread. PFY plants could either hike prices or cut production to alleviate the losses. Large producers did not reach agreement on production cuts, but turned to increasing the prices jointly.

On May 23, the market is quite mixed. Some large plants have raised the prices but the extent of increase is different, while some other plants keep the prices stable or even lower prices.  R-PET Bottles

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Textile Recycling – From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant 05-06-2024

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Textile Recycling – From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant 05-06-2024

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Textile recycling plant acquired out of bankruptcy

The former Renewcell facility in Sweden is now operating as Circulose under new ownership.

Sweden-based investment firm Altor has acquired the assets of Renewcell, a Swedish cotton textiles recycling company that had declared bankruptcy last February.

“This acquisition marks a new chapter for Renewcell, now renamed Circulose,” states Renewcell on its website. “With Altor’s ownership, there is secure financing for the future of Circulose, ensuring that the company’s pioneering cotton recycling technology continues to thrive on a global scale.” Textile Recycling

“We extend our deepest gratitude to our customers, partners and stakeholders for their unwavering support and collaboration during this journey,” says Magnus Lundmark, CEO of Circulose.

“Together, we will continue to drive positive change, leveraging Altor’s expertise and resources to enhance our capabilities and secure a confident future for Circulose and the broader textile community,” adds Lundmark. Textile Recycling

A statement from Altor describes Renewcell as “a Swedish textile recycling company that was founded by innovators from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2012.”

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Freepoint Eco-Systems, a US-based recycler, is expanding its global footprint by establishing its first chemical recycling plant in Europe

The new facility, which will be located in Ghent, Belgium, is set to have an initial capacity of 80,000 tonnes/year for recycling plastic waste through pyrolysis. This venture is a collaboration with North Sea Port, where the plant will be constructed at the Kluizendok site. Textile Recycling

The project is not only a significant step for Freepoint but also a strategic move for the European waste management sector, offering a solution for recycling challenging plastic waste. The Ghent location was chosen for its strategic advantages, including superior logistics that align with Freepoint’s business model of creating large-scale circular economy infrastructure. In addition to the Ghent plant, Freepoint is actively developing other projects, including a 90,000 tonnes/year plant in Ohio, USA, set to commence operations this year, and a planned 180,000 tonnes/year facility in Eloy, Arizona.

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Trinseo Launches Recycled-Containing Resins

Trinseo , a global leader in material solutions and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders, today announced the introduction of innovative recycled-containing acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) resins. These new products, branded as MAGNUM™ ECO+MAGNUM™ CR, and TYRIL™ CR, are set to revolutionize the automotive, industrial, and consumer goods sectors.

The MAGNUM™ ECO+ ABS resins, designed for the mobility industry, will debut at the 2024 Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference in Mannheim, Germany. Utilizing post-consumer recycled (PCR) styrene from household waste, these resins support vibrant coloration through color concentrates and maintain the trusted performance of their fossil-based equivalents.  Textile Recycling

MAGNUM™ CR and TYRIL™ CR grades cater to industrial and consumer goods, enhancing products like edge bands, coffee machine water tanks, and toothbrushes. Trinseo’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their portfolio, which includes the PULSE™ GX ECO PC/ABS and MAGNUM™ BIO ABS, and now expands with MAGNUM™ ECO+ ABS.

These sustainably advantaged resins incorporate up to 60% chemically recycled styrene, aligning with the ISCC+ Mass Balance principle. The innovative process ensures the recycled styrene is chemically identical to virgin styrene, eliminating the need for segregation during manufacturing. Textile Recycling

They promise a significant reduction in carbon footprint—up to 18%—compared to standard ABS and SAN grades, based on preliminary estimates from a cradle-to-gate study.

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Reifenhäuser exhibits ‘fully recyclable’, 18-micrometre MDO-PE film

Reifenhäuser Blown Film is displaying the ‘world’s first’ 18-micrometre MDO-PE film at drupa 2024; it is said to reduce thickness by 25% compared to previous films and unlock the use of fully recyclable, low-carbon mono-material flexibles.

The solution is produced on Reifenhäuser’s EVO blown film lines using the patented EVO Ultra Stretch technology – this time combining it with suitable raw materials. The Ultra Stretch unit is positioned directly in the system’s haul-off, meaning the film is stretched from the first heat; this is believed to result in a stable, reliable process that can be reproduced over many hours. Textile Recycling

LG Chem and BOBST worked alongside Reifenhäuser to develop and test the film for practical suitability. Reportedly, it performs ‘excellently’ in the converting process.

It is said to adhere to the current market standard for stretched PE films, demonstrating a modulus of elasticity MD exceeding 1,400 MPa and a modulus of elasticity TD exceeding 1,100 MPa. Moreover, it claims to beat the market standard for optical properties, achieving a haze of less than 5% compared to a more widely-achieved 6-7%.

Reifenhäuser believes that, thanks to downgauging, manufacturers can now use the MDO-PE film to achieve fully recyclable packaging at a lower cost. Textile Recycling

Printed samples are being displayed at drupa, located in Hall 10 at Stand B30-1. MDO process and applications expert Mohamed Timol is acting as Reifenhäuser’s contact person at the stand

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Floreon secures GBP 250 million to scale up bioplastics technology

The Centre for Process Innovation has invested half a million British pounds into the University of Sheffield spin-off

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a UK-based tech and sustainable materials accelerator, has announced a GBP 250 million investment into the bioplastics developer Floreon, a spin-out technology from the University of Sheffield. Textile Recycling

Floreon makes proprietary compounds based on polylactic acid bioresin (PLA) containing 70% to 90% renewable, plant-based raw materials, including corn and sugar cane. The company says the materials are tougher than traditional PLA and can deliver significant energy savings in processing.

Floreon has also developed an alternative to flame retardant oil-based Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). Its halogen-free bioplastic, the world’s first bioplastic to achieve UL94V-0 flammability certification, offers a safe and sustainable option for electrical goods. Derived from plants, it is suitable for chemical and mechanical recycling and has an up to seven times lower carbon footprint than oil-based plastic. Textile Recycling

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From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant

This investment will fund the world’s first renewable chemicals plant utilizing BioBTX’s innovative ICCP Technology to produce sustainable aromatics — benzene, toluene and xylene — from plastic waste and biomass.

By converting plastic waste and biomass into renewable aromatics, BioBTX is spearheading the creation of a circular chemical industry, significantly reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. Aromatics, essential for producing every-day products like insulating foams, coatings, PET bottles, batteries, and pharmaceuticals, will now have a sustainable alternative to fossil-based sources, presenting a major opportunity for circular business models. Textile Recycling

The BioBTX backstory

The BioBTX project will be located at the PETRA Circular Chemicals Plant in Delfzijl. The PETRA plant will convert 20,000 tons of mixed plastic waste annually into renewable aromatics, replacing fossil resources and recycling low-value plastic waste into high-value chemicals.

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From the Netherlands comes exciting news: BioBTX, a pioneering developer of renewable aromatics technology, has secured over €80 million to launch its first commercial-scale plant

Nippon Shokubai Indonesia Achieves ISCC PLUS Certification

PT. NIPPON SHOKUBAI INDONESIA (NSI), a subsidiary of NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD., headquartered in Osaka, Japan, has acquired ISCC PLUS certification for Acrylic Acid, Acrylates, and Superabsorbent Polymers. This certification establishes a global supply system in Belgium, Japan, and Indonesia, using biomass-derived raw materials allocated by the mass balance method. Textile Recycling

Acrylic acid and acrylates are used in paints and adhesives, while superabsorbent polymers are used in disposable diapers. The ISCC PLUS-certified products aim to reduce environmental impact and promote a circular economy. These products are also certified by the Indonesian Halal certification authority.

Halal certification is also expanding in regions with large Muslim populations. Nippon Shokubai Group will meet these demands globally by manufacturing and selling Halal-certified and biomass-derived products at NSI. The group aims for carbon neutrality by 2050, implementing its long-term vision and mid-term management plan to enhance customer value and realize a sustainable society. Textile Recycling

ISCC PLUS and Halal Certified Products

  1. Acrylic Acid
  2. Acrylates: Ethyl Acrylate, Butyl Acrylate, 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate
  3. Superabsorbent Polymers: AQUALIC (TM) CA

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Plastic sorting – Mura Inks Feedstock Partnership with Elite Recycling for Hydro-PRT Site 04-06-2024

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Mura Inks Feedstock Partnership with Elite Recycling for Hydro-PRT Site

Mura Technology has signed a feedstock supply contract with Elite Recycling Solutions. Elite will provide post-use plastic packaging to Mura’s pioneering hydrothermal advanced recycling facility at Wilton International science park in Teesside, UK. This facility, in its final commissioning phase, is set to start operations in mid-2024. Mura’s unique Hydro-PRT process will transform the plastic waste into valuable hydrocarbon products for new plastic manufacturing.  Plastic sorting

This agreement builds on Mura’s existing deal with Geminor, the primary feedstock supplier for the Wilton site. Dr. Steve Mahon, CEO of Mura Technology, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with another leading company in the waste management sector. He highlighted the importance of cross-sector collaboration in converting post-use plastic waste into valuable commodities for new plastic products.

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ReSource plastic sorting facility opens in Denmark

The Nordic’s largest plastic sorting facility officially started operations on May 29.

The Nordic’s largest plastic sorting facility officially started operations on May 29. Located in the seaport city of Esbjerg, Resource Denmark has a capacity to process 160,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually, significantly boosting Denmark’s recycling capacity.

When announced in 2022, the construction project was heralded as a game-changer. In Denmark, some 85% of plastic waste is either incinerated or exported.

Meanwhile, the Danish government announced its ambition to recycle 55% of plastic by 2030. Plastic sorting

German manufacturer Eggersmann supplied the equipment used to sort the plastic at ReSource Denmark. The process involves removing impurities and sorting lightweight packaging waste from Denmark and other parts of Scandinavia into different types that meet the requirements for both chemical and mechanical recycling. Food and beverage cartons and metals are also sorted out and sent for recycling.

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PTA Market in China Registers Decline Despite Turnaround Season Optimism

The Chinese PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) market has been dealing with an oversupply situation which pushed the prices down during early May 2024. This has led to a bleak overall trend, with producers struggling to sell their products despite production slowdowns. This downtrend was attributed to the overabundance and high supply inventory storage of PTA during this timeframe. Plastic sorting

While scheduled maintenance turnarounds and reduced import bids from traditional suppliers like the US and the Middle East did contribute to some production drops, they weren’t enough to make a significant dent in the existing surplus. Despite production cuts, the existing inventory continues to outpace demand. This indicates that the market was likely oversupplied even before the recent slowdowns.

As per the recent assessment, the poor market performance for PTA has been witnessed in China since early April 2024 which continued till the first half of May 2024 to settle the PTA Ex-Qingdao prices dropped by 15% in just one month. Plastic sorting

The shift in downstream plastic and textile prioritization added another layer of negative sentiments. The downstream plastic makers seem to be prioritizing production of essential commodities resulting in buying less PTA for non-essential applications.

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GHC partners with A.Celli Nonwovens and Reicofil, recognizing the impressive performance of A.Celli’s solutions installed in the new Reicofil RF5 in Jinjiang, Quanzhou City

The RF5 line, designed to manage both spunbond nonwoven and high loft products, offers exceptional flexibility with A.Celli’s innovative technical solutions, enabling the processing of various products and basis weights.

A.Celli’s scope of supply for the 3.2 RF5 line included the E-WIND® WAVE master roll winder, the E-WIND® SUPER SONIC slitter rewinder with SLITTOMATIC automatic knives positioning system and COREMATIC automatic shaft handling and core cutting system, and the fully automated R-WAY® SLITTOPACK packaging system. These systems streamline operations, minimize operator intervention, and ensure seamless data tracking and integration with customer ERP. Plastic sorting

With the new production line, GHC has positioned itself as a leading supplier of hygienic spunlaid materials, underscoring its commitment to industry standards and high-quality product supply. Mr. Zemin Wu, Supply Chain Director of GHC, praised A.Celli’s work and acknowledged the excellent support from their Shanghai and Foshan offices in sales, project management, and on-site service. This partnership enhances GHC’s market presence and operational capabilities in the hygiene sector.

GHC partners with A.Celli Nonwovens and Reicofil, recognizing the impressive performance of A.Celli's solutions installed in the new Reicofil RF5 in Jinjiang, Quanzhou City

Industrial Partnership Announcement: RETAL and Orzuplast

Multinational plastic packaging producer RETAL is pleased to announce a new industrial partner in Central Asia. A Polymer Industries LLC, trading as Orzuplast, in Uzbekistan, joins RETAL’s network to enhance service to the global food and beverage packaging industries.  Plastic sorting

Orzuplast is a renowned provider of packaging solutions for local and neighboring markets, now officially partnering with RETAL. The company is committed to investment and development, showcasing a recently updated factory equipped with two capping machines and two preform machines. These enhancements complement Orzuplast’s longstanding shipment capabilities.

Sherzod Tursunov, General Manager of Orzuplast, states, “The Orzuplast site has a rich history, and we are proud to leverage the expertise of our long-serving employees. Their knowledge is crucial as we focus on preforms and closures, ensuring our local and global customers receive the highest standards of service. We see significant opportunities for growth in this dynamic market.”  Plastic sorting

With Uzbekistan’s young population and ancient culture, the region represents a promising growth market. Orzuplast is excited to serve customers across this rapidly developing Central Asia territory, contributing to RETAL’s global mission of delivering top-tier packaging solutions.

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Terrot Joins The Textile Revolution At ITM

ITM 2024 is the meeting place for leading companies and experts from the textile technology industry. The fair will take place at the Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center from 4 to 8 June 2024. At ITM we will present our la- test innovations and technologies in the field of circular knitting machines. With over 64,500 visitors from 102 countries and 1,280 exhibitors from 65 countries, ITM 2022 has already been a great success.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the next success story, discover our latest developments and connect with our sales team and management. You are cordially invited to visit the TERROT TEXTILMASCHINEN STAND 315A IN HALL 3. Plastic sorting

A highlight at our stand will be live demonstrations of our Interlock blockbuster I3P 196 open width frame (dia- meter 34“, gauge E32, number of feeders: 108) with Smartex system. Terrot and ERKO team will be available for your inquiries and consultations.

Martin Vorsatz, Managing Director of Terrot Textilmaschinen GmbH, emphasizes: “We are excited to announce Terrot’s participation at the ITM, which is expected to provide new impulses and insights. We are looking forward to meeting our valued customers and partners, industry experts and interested parties. Our extensive experience and technical know-how will help strengthen Terrot‘s position in the global market. We are confident that our circular knitting machines will continue to meet the highest stan- dards and exceed our customers‘ expectations.“ Plastic sorting

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Lotte Biologics and Merck Sign Strategic Manufacturing Agreement

Lotte Biologics, a contract manufacturing and development organization, has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Merck, the German chemical and technology giant, to enhance biomanufacturing capabilities. The agreement, formalized through a letter of intent (LOI), involves Lotte Biologics and Merck’s Process Solution division working together on biopharmaceutical manufacturing and process development.

The collaboration aims to streamline the procurement of raw materials and technologies, establish a stable supply chain, and develop a support system for Lotte’s upcoming Bio-Venture Initiative at their new production plant in Incheon. Plastic sorting

This initiative is designed to support biotech startups and will be integrated into the Incheon complex, where construction began in March, with operations expected to start in 2027.

This agreement follows Lotte Biologics’ previous memorandum of understanding with MilliporeSigma, Merck’s North American life science operation, in July 2022. That agreement focused on expanding Lotte’s Syracuse plant in the United States, with a subsequent LOI signed in April last year. Plastic sorting

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PET Resin – Bioplastics as toxic as regular plastics; both need regulation, say researchers 03-06-2024

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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 7,070 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton -20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 900 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,870 yuan/ton 6,890 yuan/ton +20
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,920 yuan/ton +20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

PET Resin

5,960 yuan/ton 5,940 yuan/ton
-20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 740 $/ton 735 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,515 yuan/ton 4,560 yuan/ton
+45
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 530 $/ton 535 $/ton +5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,040 $/ton 1,047 $/ton
+7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,018 $/ton 1,025 $/ton +7
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,125 $/7on 1,125 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,600  yuan/ton 7,725 yuan/ton
+125
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 9,075 yuan/ton +25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

PET Resin

8,175 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,550 yuan/ton 13,600 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,650 $/ton +30
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,890 $/ton 1,920 $/ton +30
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,700 yuan/ton 14,750  yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton +300
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET Resin

20,800 yuan/ton 20,400 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 17,400 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,550 yuan/ton 19,850 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,300 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton +50
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

PET Resin

9,650 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton +350
Benzene domestic market9, 9,090 yuan/ton 9,370 yuan/ton +280
Benzene overseas  market 1,057 $/ton 1,093 $/ton +36
Ethylene South East market 955 $/ton 950 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE market CIF 766 $/ton 768 $/ton +2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,400 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton -400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

PET Resin

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,950 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton +150
PP Powder domestic market 7,330 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton +20
Naphtha overseas market  666 $/ton 677 $/ton +11
Phenol domestic market 7,707 yuan/ton 7,857 yuan/ton +150

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

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Bioplastics as toxic as regular plastics; both need regulation, say researchers

  • Emerging research shows that plant-based plastics — just like petroleum-based plastics — contain many thousands of synthetic chemicals, with large numbers of them extremely toxic. However, the bioplastics industry strongly denies that bio-based plastics contain hazardous substances.
  • Scientists are finding that while plant sources for bioplastics, such as corn or cane sugar, may not themselves be toxic or have adverse health impacts, the chemical processes to manufacture bioplastics and the many performance additives needed to give them their attributes (hardness, flexibility, color, etc.) can be quite toxic. PET Resin
  • Those doing the research no longer see bioplastics as a solution to the global plastic pollution crisis and would like to see them regulated. However, a very large number of petroleum-based plastics and the chemicals they contain also lack tough government oversight.
  • This week, representatives from the world’s nations gather for a fourth session to hammer out an international treaty to curb the global plastic pollution crisis. The High Ambition Coalition (including 65 countries) hopes to achieve a binding global ban on the worst toxins in plastics. But the U.S., China and other nations are resisting. PET Resin

Almost 25 years after their hopeful debut, bioplastics contribute only about 1% of the global plastics market share, mainly for food packaging. But that may soon change.

The Biden administration announced an initiative in 2023 to “spur a circular economy” with the goal of replacing 90% of petrochemical-sourced plastics with bio-based materials over the next 20 years. With looming European mandates also aimed at addressing the plastic pollution crisis, analysts expect the bioplastics market to grow to 5 million metric tons by 2025.

At first glance this sounds like a good thing, but is it?

Motivated by the aggressive marketing of bioplastics as a solution to the plastic crisis, scientists are now peering inside these material innovations, and those doing the research don’t like what they see. PET Resin

“Most people don’t know about toxins in plastics, period. And even people that do work with plastics don’t know about toxins in bioplastics,” says Bethanie Almroth, a professor of ecotoxicology and environmental science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who has studied bioplastics.

These plant-based materials can be just as toxic as petroleum-based ones, she says. That’s not necessarily due to the plant world sourcing of base materials, but because of the chemical processes needed to make bioplastics and the additives required to achieve the many desirable qualities demanded of them (durability, flexibility, color, etc.).

In a 2020 study, researchers purchased bio-based plastic products such as food wrappers, food storage bags, reusable coffee cups, tea bags, disposable cutlery and coffee capsules. They also obtained raw materials (bio-based plastic pellets) at a plastics trade fair.

In the multipart study, the scientists first analyzed the pellet samples and found a complex mixture of thousands of chemicals, most of them unidentifiable. Next, the researchers exposed bacteria to extracts of the bioplastics; they found that the majority had multiple toxic effects. PET Resin

And it didn’t seem to matter what type of bioplastic material was sampled when it came to toxicity: Bio-PET, polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), polybutylene succinate (PBS), polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) all contained similar numbers of chemicals with similar toxic effects. The biggest difference was that the consumer products tended to be more toxic than the pellets.

For a 2023 study published in Environmental Pollution, Almroth and her team placed plastic and paper cups lined with the bioplastic PLA in sediment and freshwater for up to four weeks. Then they added the contaminated water to a tank with mosquito larvae. The larvae exposed to the leachate from PLA-lined cups saw just as much mortality, inhibited growth and deformities as those exposed to petrochemical-based polystyrene and polypropylene. PET Resin

These results don’t bode well for people drinking and eating out of bioplastic foodware, though toxicity effects on humans were not evaluated in the study, and more research needs to be done to back up the findings of these two early studies.

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Europeans throw away 7 million tonnes of clothes a year: Czechia is making recycling compulsory

EU countries generated an estimated 6.95 million tonnes of textile waste in 2020 or around 16kg annually per person.

We’ve all seen the mountains of old clothes that end up as giant landfill sites in low income countries. Now, Czechia is leading Europe in tackling rather than contributing to the problem. Chemical Recycling

Around 180,000 tonnes of textiles are discarded in Czechia each year with just 3 to 4 per cent making its way into mixed waste bins. 39,000 tonnes are sorted for recycling whereas non-recyclable contaminated in mixed bins amounts to 75,000 tonnes.

The country has a plan, however, to revamp its current waste management practices. In December last year the Ministry of the Environment announced plans to enforce compulsory textile waste collection from 2025. At the moment, separate textile waste collection isn’t mandatory meaning a lot of discarded clothes which could be reused or recycled end up in landfill. Chemical Recycling

It aims to align the country with the European directive on waste management, according to Minister Petr Hladík. He emphasised that the goal is to ensure more textiles are recycled and increase the efficiency of recycling efforts.

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French companies develop PET bottle made from enzymatic recycling

L’Occitane en Provence, Carbios and Pinard Beauty Pack partnered to create a 100 percent biorecycled transparent bottle.

Carbios, a France-based company that uses biological technologies to recycle plastic and textiles, and international cosmetics brand L’Occitane en Provence, also based in France, have partnered to develop a transparent polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made entirely from enzymatic recycling for a shower oil from the Amande range.

In collaboration with converter Pinard Beauty Pack, the companies say the bottle exemplifies a shared desire to build an efficient European recycling sector to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic and meet brands’ commitments for more sustainable packaging solutions. Chemical Recycling

The bottle will be on display at Carbios’ Stand D02 at “Edition Spéciale” by LuxePack, the trade show dedicated to sustainable premium packaging, taking place June 4-5 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris.

According to Carbios, the PET bottle was made via its enzymatic depolymerization process and with a European value chain committed to responsible consumption of sustainable materials. The bottle’s production began with the local supply of PET scrap that had already been collected, sorted and prepared and was sent to Carbios’ industrial demonstrator in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The material consisted of colored bottles, multilayer trays and mechanical recycling residues. Chemical Recycling

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SK Chemicals’ Breakthrough Circular Recycling Technology Gains Recognition in Europe

SK Chemicals’ groundbreaking circular recycling technology has gained significant recognition in Europe. The company, led by CEO Ahn Jae-hyun, presented at the Plastic Industry & Environment Congress 2024 in Douai, France, from May 22-23.

Organized by the French Society of Plastics Engineers (SFIP), this annual congress gathers plastic material producers, manufacturers, recycling companies, and brand owners to discuss circular economy solutions. Leading chemical companies like EASTMAN, SABIC, and SK Chemicals showcased their technologies.  Chemical Recycling

Although SK Chemicals established its European subsidiary in 2008, this was its first official presentation at a plastic association event, highlighting its recent focus on the recycling business amid growing EU regulatory interest.

On the first day, SK Chemicals, alongside European client Albis, showcased its superior circular recycling technology. Unlike physical recycling, which degrades quality, SK Chemicals’ chemical recycling breaks down plastic at the molecular level, allowing infinite reuse without quality loss. Chemical Recycling

In March, SK Chemicals acquired chemical recycling assets from Chinese green materials specialist Shuye for approximately 130 billion won, forming SK Shantou. This acquisition included the world’s first commercialized polyester chemical recycling facilities.

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New microreactors and flow loops improve asphaltene management

Asphaltenes are an ultra-complex fraction of crude petroleum that comprise a diverse population of molecules that vary in size, solubilities, aggregation states and hetero-atom contents. Asphaltene buildup and deposits create many operational and safety issues, and can occur anywhere in crude-oil production systems where favorable conditions exist. Despite their prevalence in the oil-and-gas industry, much is still misunderstood about asphaltene chemistry and control. Chemical Recycling

A new research initiative launched by ChampionX (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.championx.com) is designing new testing and evaluation methods to create more effective chemical formulations for asphaltene control that can be easily transferred from the laboratory to the field. “We are developing better methods that narrow the gap between asphaltene-control chemical performance in the laboratory and performance in field applications. By adopting better crude-oil storage and handling for asphaltene-control testing, the chemical development and qualification process can be improved substantially,” says Chris Russell, corporate scientist at ChampionX.

To tackle these concerns, the team developed a high-pressure, high-temperature flow loop where asphaltenic crude oil is subjected to field-relevant temperature and pressure conditions in the presence of heptane or propane. Chemical Recycling

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Sabic’s versatile Ultem™ resins, on display at aix 2024, support recycling and sustainability goals

•    At AIX 2024, SABIC is showcasing its diverse portfolio of ULTEM materials that can replace traditional thermosets and promote design freedom, processing ease and sustainability.
•    ULTEM resins are adaptable for use in many different formats, processing methods and applications.
•    These resins enhance sustainability by offering opportunities for mono-material designs and replacing fossil-based grades with equivalent certified renewable grades.

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is highlighting its broad and diverse portfolio of ULTEM™ materials at the 2024 Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX). ULTEM resin, a polyetherimide (PEI), is adaptable to a wide range of formats, including foam, sheet, fiber, powder, and composite and honeycomb structures. Chemical Recycling

Due to their versatility and desirable attributes, these resins offer the industry a smooth transition path from traditional thermosets to lighter, more environmentally cautious and more easily processed thermoplastics.

At its exhibit (Stand #6C51B), the company is displaying aircraft applications that benefit from a variety of ULTEM materials, including interior parts, seating, lighting, structural elements, electrical components and composites. Chemical Recycling

To address the industry’s sustainability goals, SABIC is showing how these different ULTEM material formats support mono-material designs that may simplify recycling.

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Plastics Recycling Faces Change And Innovation

From chemical processing of recycling plastics to eliminating single-use plastics to developing biodegradable polymers, the plastic recycling industry is facing continuous change and innovation. While progress is being made, the recycling rate of post-consumer plastic (or lack thereof) is startling. The Department of Energy released a study in 2022 that analyzed plastic recycling data and it found that only five percent of plastics are recycled, which matched a report by Beyond Plastics and the Last Beach Cleanup that indicated the recycling rate for post-consumer plastic was just five to six percent in 2021. While plastics recycling is on the decline, the per capita generation of plastic waste has increased by 263 percent since 1980. Chemical Recycling

The scale and impact of plastic pollution on the environment and human well-being has now been widely recognized. “‘Recycling’ as sub-category to the broader theme of ‘sustainable polymer engineering’ has become the topic of national academic center-scale research efforts and focus of industrial efforts,” said Michael Bockstaller professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering. “The vision of a circular polymer economy has become more realistic. Chemical Recycling

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Plastics Recycling Faces Change And Innovation

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LyondellBasell Expands Core PP Business with 35% Stake in NATPET

LyondellBasell (LYB) and Alujain Corporation (Alujain) announced the acquisition of a 35% interest in the National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) by LYB from Alujain. This venture utilizes LYB’s Spheripol polypropylene (PP) technology, enhancing LYB’s core PP business with access to advantaged feedstocks and increased product marketing volumes. Bio-degradable Plastics

LYB CEO Peter Vanacker stated, “This investment underscores our dedication to growing and upgrading our core businesses, fortifying our presence in Saudi Arabia with a long-term partnership. Together with Alujain, we will leverage LYB’s leading technology and global market positions, providing customers with enhanced supply reliability through a more extensive global operations and marketing network.”

Alujain’s Chairman, Mohammed Bin Saleh AlKhalil, expressed satisfaction with the strengthened partnership, noting its alignment with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and strategies of the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Industry. This collaboration aims to produce high-end materials to meet both local and global customer demands and boost the propylene downstream sector in the Kingdom. Bio-degradable Plastics

NATPET has an annual PP production capacity of approximately 400,000 tons. LYB will market the majority of this production through its global network. Additionally, LYB and Alujain are exploring the construction of a new propylene via propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and PP facility at the NATPET site, targeting high-end products and supporting Saudi Arabia’s 2060 Carbon reduction strategy.

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Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages Unveils Sustainable Packaging Technology

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, serving Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City, has partnered with WestRock to introduce recyclable paperboard carriers for multipack bottled beverages, replacing 200,000 pounds of plastic rings annually. Bio-degradable Plastics

The new packaging, featuring PETCollarTM Shield Plus, is now in use at Liberty’s Philadelphia production facility.

This innovative solution, designed by WestRock, makes Liberty Coca-Cola the first beverage distributor globally to adopt this paperboard technology. The durable, easy-to-hold carriers are utilized for Coca-Cola’s 12-ounce and 16.9-ounce multipacks.

Fran McGorry, co-owner of Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, emphasized the significant environmental impact, stating, “We expect to replace 200,000 pounds of plastic a year from our multi-state territory.” Sam Shoemaker, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock, praised Liberty Coca-Cola’s dedication to sustainability. Bio-degradable Plastics

Local officials and stakeholders celebrated the new technology’s unveiling. Councilmember Quetcy Lozada highlighted the positive community impact, noting, “This is an opportunity for Philadelphia to showcase Liberty’s efforts and demonstrate our city’s commitment to a better environment.”

Liberty Coca-Cola’s sustainability initiatives include producing bottles from 100% recycled plastic and installing a sustainable compactor for recycling plastic and aluminum containers.

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Anchor Packaging Joins Cyclyx Consortium for Plastic Recycling Innovation

Anchor Packaging, a leading North American manufacturer of thermoformers, has joined the Cyclyx consortium to enhance recycling pathways and transform food-grade plastic recycling. Bio-degradable Plastics

In 2021, Anchor launched the Drive for 5 initiative to develop new pathways for collecting polypropylene (PP). Joining Cyclyx, a post-use plastic innovation company, will support Anchor’s efforts to expand its audience across the value chain and increase volumes of PP material. Cyclyx will also support Anchor’s participation in the 10to90 landfill-diversion programs and new pilot projects.

Richard Daniels, Anchor Packaging’s EVP of Marketing and Custom Products, stated, “Partnering with Cyclyx was an easy decision because their mission and extensive experience enable us to accelerate our work in advancing foodservice sustainability. While packaging’s carbon footprint is just a small fraction of the meal itself, in many cases less than 1%, it is uniquely positioned to provide an outsized benefit by protecting food quality to prevent food waste.  Bio-degradable Plastics

Anchor Packaging aims to reduce waste by recapturing nearly all materials used in production, resulting in less than 0.5% waste. This collaboration marks a significant step in advancing the sustainability of food packaging and recycling.

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Mura Technology Confirms Elite for UK Advanced Recycling Facility

Mura Technology, a leader in advanced plastic recycling, has partnered with Elite Recycling Solutions through a new feedstock supply contract. Elite will provide post-use plastic packaging to Mura’s pioneering hydrothermal recycling facility at Wilton International science park in Teesside, UK. The facility, in its final commissioning phase, is set to begin operations in mid-2024. Mura’s Hydro-PRT process converts waste into hydrocarbons, which can be reused to manufacture new plastics. Bio-degradable Plastics

Mura’s Hydro-PRT uses supercritical water to efficiently recycle a wide range of plastics, offering high yields of recycled hydrocarbons. The process allows unlimited recycling cycles, significantly reducing the need for fossil resources in plastic production and increasing material circularity.

A 2023 LCA by Warwick Manufacturing Group showed Hydro-PRT saves 1.8t CO2 eq. per tonne of waste plastic processed, an 80% reduction compared to incineration.

A forthcoming 2024 study indicates a 42% carbon emissions saving by combining advanced and mechanical recycling, challenging incineration as a waste management method. Bio-degradable Plastics

Mura Technology Confirms Elite for UK Advanced Recycling Facility

Bio-based and Biodegradable Plastics Industries in China Policy framework, market trends, technologies and outlook for PLA, PA, PHA and PBAT Hürth, 28 May 2024: The new report by nova-Institute presents a timely market analysis of China’s bio[1]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.

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. Bio-degradable Plastics

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.

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.

Projected 49% CAGR growth of China’s bio-based plastics market until 2026 China’s bio-based plastics industry is experiencing rapid growth despite being in its early stages. This is largely driven by policy incentives. Bio-degradable Plastics

The industry is expected to expand significantly from 765,631 tonnes in 2023 to 2.53 million tonnes in 2026, representing a significant CAGR of approximately 49%.

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Spanish Packaging Scrap Stats Boosted by ‘Fake Data’

The company responsible for managing packaging waste from the Spanish beverage industry, Ecoembes, is accused of manipulating data. Ecoembes, funded by the industry, claims a 71% separate collection rate for small PET bottles in 2021. However, a new report reveals the actual rate was only 36%, far below the 70% target mandated by the Spanish government for 2023. Failure to meet this target legally necessitates the implementation of a deposit return system (DRS). Bio-degradable Plastics

Campaign groups Zero Waste Europe and Zero Waste Alliance, behind the study, argue that DRS, effective in over 50 regions globally, ensures the recovery of 90% of beverage containers.

A Zero Waste Alliance spokesperson highlights this “dismal 36%” as a wake-up call for the Spanish government to enforce DRS for beverage containers as required by Spanish waste law.

Joan Marc Simon, founder of Zero Waste Europe, expresses concern over the “alarming lack of data” on packaging recycling. He emphasizes the transformative potential of accurate recycling rates but condemns the industry’s ongoing data manipulation, which hinders zero waste policy adoption. Simon urges Eurostat to reject these fabricated figures and support progress. Bio-degradable Plastics

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Tecnimont to build low-carbon ammonia plant in UAE

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  • Tecnimont, part of MAIRE, will commence construction of a low-carbon ammonia plant for Fertiglobe in Abu Dhabi’s TA’ZIZ Derivatives Park.
  • The plant, set to operate in 2027, will produce 1 million tons of ammonia annually and support local industry supply chains.
  • It aims to decarbonise the maritime industry and reduce coal power station emissions. Bio-degradable Plastics

Further to the announcement made on 7 July 2022, MAIRE (MAIRE.MI) informs that Tecnimont (Integrated E&C Solutions) has received from Fertiglobe the notice to proceed with the construction activities related to the low-carbon ammonia plant under development in TA’ZIZ Derivatives Park, in the Ruwais region (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Fertiglobe, the largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in the MENA region, is developing the low carbon ammonia plant with its project partners TA’ZIZ (a JV between ADNOC and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund ADQ), Mitsui & Co. Ltd and GS Energy Corporation.

Once in operation in 2027, the ammonia facility, covering 10.8 hectares, will produce 3,000 tons per day (approximately 1 million tons per annum) of ammonia. The plant will be one of a series of global-scale chemical and industrial facilities that TA’ZIZ is developing in the area which will boost local industry supply chains and enhance the In-Country Value requirements. Bio-degradable Plastics

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