Bio-degradable Plastics – 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 01-06-2024

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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%.


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

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

Spanish Packaging Scrap Stats Boosted by 'Fake Data'

Tecnimont to build low-carbon ammonia plant in UAE


  • 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

Tecnimont to build low-carbon ammonia plant in UAE

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

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