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

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PET Bottles – 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 

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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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PET Bottles – 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 10-06-2024

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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
-20
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