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

Nippon Shokubai Indonesia Achieves ISCC PLUS Certification

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

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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

Lotte Biologics and Merck Sign Strategic Manufacturing Agreement

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

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