Automotive PET Bottles Recycling 14-10-2021
Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
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Audi customers say they’re ready to switch away from leather upholstery in favor of recycled materials like the reused PET water bottles in the A3’s seat fabric.
As a synthetic fiber, polyester is proving particularly suitable for reuse in applications where the recycled material is indistinguishable from material made using virgin petroleum products. The seat fabric in the Audi A3 is an example where material recovered from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles is used to make the car’s upholstery.
PET is is a general-purpose thermoplastic polymer that belongs to the polyester family of polymers. These are good recycling candidates because polyester resins are known for their mechanical, thermal, chemical resistance as well as dimensional stability.
TWD Fibres GmbH, one of Audi’s partners in the process of creating automotive seats from recycled water bottles, lists five reasons to recycle PET:
- Virgin polyester is a limited commodity
- Recycled polyester saves CO2
- TWD Fibres researches new applications
- Recycled polyester equals virgin in quality
- Recycling avoids waste and pollution
Lightweight design and alternative drives go hand in hand
Lightweight structural engineering based on fiber-reinforced plastics is replacing heavy metal solutions in body-in-white and battery applications. In addition, the technology offers significantly better design and integration options. These lightweight designs particularly support the strengths of alternative drive systems. Röchling Automotive is intensifying research and development in this area. Several product segments benefit from this – for example, load-bearing tubs and troughs, battery covers and underride guards, as well as a variety of structural components.
Engineering plastics serve as the basis for lightweight solutions. Röchling’s high-performance plastics are combined with other materials as required. Multi-material design produces components that are superior to classic solutions. Peter Dill, Director Product Portfolio Global, summarizes the advantages: “In lightweight structural design, plastics are the basis for tailor-made modification of material properties. This opens up numerous possible applications. The lower weight and the possibility of integration offer a welcome opportunity to reduce costs.” Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
Dill explains this using the example of Röchling Automotive’s front-end carrier: “Through functional integrations, we reduce the quantity of individual parts. We can directly integrate and install lamps, sensors and active grille shutters at factory. This makes handling easier and minimizes production costs.” The lower weight of the components extends the range of electrically powered vehicles and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Dill added.
Astellas’ use of biomass-based plastics represents the world’s first use of biomass plastic for drug blister packaging.
Astellas has begun using biomass-based plastics made from plant-derived materials in blister packages as the primary packaging for pharmaceutical products. This is the world’s first use of biomass plastic for drug blister packages.
The blister package is made of biomass-based plastic, polyethylene derived from sugarcane, as 50 percent of its raw material. It is an environmentally friendly packaging that aligns with the concept of carbon neutrality to balance greenhouse gas emissions and absorption. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
Blister packages as tablet packaging containers are required to have high tablet protection and usability. For example, strength that can withstand impact and sealability that will keep outside air from entering, while maintaining enough softness so that the tablets can be easily taken out. The visibility of the packaged tablets and the ease in which it can be separated are also key considerations. Astellas, by using its packaging technology cultivated over many years, has actualised the production of the biomass-based plastic sheets that can be mass-produced while achieving tablet protection function and usability.
SK Inc., the holding company of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, said Wednesday it has signed an initial deal with a US hydrogen maker to set up a joint venture as part of efforts to bolster its clean energy business. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed with Monolith Materials Inc., aims to create a joint venture to produce green hydrogen and carbon black products in South Korea, the company said in a release. Monolith will provide the technology and training, and SK will oversee the production, sales and distribution of those products.
Monolith, a Nebraska-based company, is the first American manufacturer to produce a unique type of green hydrogen by converting natural gas into hydrogen and a solid carbon byproduct, known as carbon black, a key component for tires and industrial rubber goods.
In June, SK said it signed a deal to acquire an unspecified stake in Monolith, as it has been bolstering its portfolio in eco-friendly and sustainable energy sources and expanding investment in the hydrogen business.
SK also said it plans to launch a joint research and development project to commercialize Monolith’s solid carbon, a main material used in electric vehicle batteries.
The site will be based near Ellesmere Port and if approved could prevent more than 190,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year
Peel NRE has lodged a planning application for the UK’s first £165 million ‘Plastic Park’ which will be based near Ellesmere Port. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
The site would be setup to tackle Britain’s 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste and is projected to create 150 jobs.
Its application follows a public consultation in which most respondents stated the UK needed more plastic recycling facilities.
The country’s first plastic to hydrogen facility and a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant for items such as plastic bottles have both already been approved at the ‘Plastic Park’ and Peel NRE are now looking to expand the site to recycle an extra 367,000 tonnes of plastic
The ‘Plastic Park’ would save more than 190,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared with landfill.
Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of October 4.
Effective October 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose, as follows:
– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR55 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR55 per metric ton;
– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR60 per metric ton;
– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR45 per metric ton.
As MRC reported earlier, Trinseo reduced its prices for its PS grades on September 1, 2021, as stated below:
– STYRON GPPS — by EUR65 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech HIPS – by EUR55 per metric ton. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
Leading European thermoforming packaging specialist Waddington® Europe, a division of Novolex®, has launched a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet thanks to the company’s revolutionary MONOAIR™ cushion technology.
Traditionally, punnet bases have required an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to protect soft fruit from bruising and spoiling in transit. However, the padding must be removed from the container to be properly recycled.
Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex, has introduced a new 100% mono-material protective soft-fruit punnet featuring the company’s groundbreaking MONOAIR cushion technology. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
Punnet bases have traditionally required an additional layer of bubble padding attached with a glue adhesive to protect soft fruit from bruising or spoiling. However, the padding must be removed from the container to be properly recycled. Thanks to the MONOAIR cushion, a separate bubble pad is no longer needed.
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) has announced its plan to establish a new research group: “Proximity-induced correlation effects in low-dimensional structures”, under the leadership of Chemnitz University of Technology. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
The research group will be funded with approximately 3.2 million euros plus a 22 percent program allowance for indirect costs during the first four-year funding period.
The research work of the interdisciplinary DFG research group will focus on atomically thin carbon films such as graphene.
“These two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures are currently being intensively researched worldwide, as they exhibit unusual and novel electronic properties.
The goal of the scientists in our DFG research group is to investigate the correlation effects occurring in a prototypical 2D heterosystem and to manipulate them in a targeted manner”, said Prof. Dr. Christoph Tegenkamp from Chemnitz U, spokesperson for the new group. This involves specially fabricated epitaxial graphene layers on the semiconductor material silicon carbide.
“These research should provide further foundations for novel quantum materials with tailored properties and their application, for example in spintronics or electronics”.
Arkema announced the construction of a polyamide 11 powders plant on its Changshu platform in China, scheduled to come on stream in the first quarter of 2023, said the company.
This investment will further support the growing demand for advanced bio-circular materials in Asia. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
Rilsan polyamide 11 powders, currently produced in France entirely from renewable castor beans, are recognized worldwide for their superior properties and performance in terms of toughness, durability, lightweight and processing versatility. They are used in very demanding applications and provide innovative solutions for fast-growing markets driven by megatrends such as durable home appliances, energy-efficient transport, and advanced additive manufacturing (3D printing) primarily for consumer, industrial, and aerospace markets.
Beyond the bio-based nature of the powder, this project will also contribute to Arkema’s ambitious sustainability commitments by using highly efficient manufacturing processes and by being physically closer to the new amino 11 plant in Singapore.
France will ban plastic packaging for nearly all fruit and vegetables from January 2022 in a bid to reduce plastic waste, the environment ministry said on Monday.
Implementing a February 2020 law, the government published a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that will have to be sold without plastic packaging from Jan. 1. The list includes leeks, aubergines and round tomatoes as well as apples, bananas and oranges.
“We use an outrageous amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives.
The circular economy law aims at cutting back the use of throwaway plastic and boost its substitution by other materials or reusable and recyclable packaging,” the ministry said in a statement. Automotive PET Bottles Recycling
It estimated that 37% of fruit and vegetables are sold with packaging and expects that the measure will prevent more than one billion useless plastic packaging items per year.
Automotive PET Bottles Recycling