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Fiber Recycling – Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts25-05-2024

Fiber Recycling

Even Faster and More Effective: KHS Enhances Innofill PET DRV Filler

KHS has made significant improvements to its modular Innofill PET DRV filler, enhancing its speed and efficiency for filling still and carbonated beverages into PET bottles.

The Innofill PET DRV, typically used with a stretch blow molder in a duo block or with an additional labeler in a TriBlock, now features three major upgrades. Firstly, it offers higher speeds for large containers without sacrificing flexibility, redefining high speed with an output of up to 90,000 PET bottles per hour. Fiber Recycling

High Capacity for Large Containers

The new Innofill PET DRV HC (high capacity) filler option boosts machine output by up to 15% for containers holding 1.5 liters or more. This is achieved by raising the product bowl for a higher filling speed and introducing a three-step pneumatic switching valve for full flexibility. Beverage producers can now choose between three different filling speeds, ensuring optimal quality for both small and large containers.

Speed Further Increased

To meet the demands of markets like Asia, KHS has increased the DRV filler’s speed to up to 90,000 containers per hour for carbonated soft drinks. Advanced simulation technology ensures gentle and safe conveyance of beverage containers, preventing damage and spillage. Fiber Recycling

Fiber Recycling

BASF bolsters investment in its Performance Materials capacity and competencies in India

  • Polyurethane Technical Development Center India to be inaugurated in May and will support market development of polyurethane applications 
  • BASF will increase the capacity of Ultramid® PA and Ultradur® PBT in Panoli and Thane to capitalize on growing market demand in India 

Mumbai, India – May 23, 2024 – BASF India Limited will increase the production capacity of its Ultramid® polyamide (PA) and Ultradur® polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounding plant in Panoli, Gujarat and Thane, Maharashtra. Fiber Recycling

Its Polyurethane Technical Development Center India, to be inaugurated on 28 May in Mumbai, will support market development of polyurethane applications in industries such as transportation, construction, footwear, appliances and furniture.

“The capacity expansion of Ultramid and Ultradur in Panoli and Thane, as well as the inauguration of the Center shows our commitment to enhancing local production and capabilities. With this Made-in-India-for-India strategy, we increase our speed-to-market and stay close to our customers, enabling us to shorten our delivery time in terms of products, solutions and technical service,” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. Fiber Recycling

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Double Acquisition for Maire Group

The Maire group, an Italian company, has signed an agreement to acquire APS Designing Energy and KTI Poland, enhancing its expertise in rubbers and bioplastics. This acquisition includes APS Evolution, the holding company controlling these entities.

APS Designing Energy and KTI Poland are engineering firms specializing in downstream projects in the petrochemical sector, focusing on tires and green chemistry, particularly biofuels and bioplastics. They offer comprehensive design services, ranging from feasibility studies to engineering, project management, procurement, plant construction, and training.  Fiber Recycling

The agreement stipulates a purchase price of approximately 7.7 million euros. An initial payment of 1.2 million euros is due upon completion, with the remaining 6.5 million euros paid in four installments over five years. The transaction is expected to close within three months, pending customary conditions.

Fiber Recycling

Loop Industries Collaborates With On and Unveils Launch of the Cloudeasy Cyclon, a Shoe Manufactured With the Infinite Loop(TM) Fiber-To-Fiber Recycling Technology

Loop Industries, Inc., a clean technology company whose mission is to accelerate a circular plastics economy by manufacturing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic and polyester fiber, today announced its collaboration with On, the Swiss sportswear brand, and unveiled the launch of the Cloudeasy Cyclon shoe.

This innovative shoe, part of On’s Circular Cyclon™ program, is a groundbreaking achievement in sustainable footwear, featuring an upper crafted from yarn made with Loop’s 100% recycled polyester fiber using the Infinite Loop™ fiber-to-fiber recycling technology. Fiber Recycling

This collaboration combines On’s commitment to performance and sustainability with Loop’s disruptive technology to manufacture a shoe that is not only manufactured with recycled polyester fiber but can also be recycled into new shoes endlessly. This closed-loop system minimizes waste and maximizes sustainability, setting a new standard for environmentally responsible footwear manufacturing.

Coloured, multi-material textile waste that was destined to be incinerated was diverted and upcycled into recycled polyester fiber and used in the upper of the Cloudeasy Cyclon shoe. Fiber Recycling

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Scientists have demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) pyrolysis, when combined with distillation, can achieve a 60% yield of 99% pure styrene

This process, however, comes with a significant cost of $2.09 ± $0.21 per kilogram. PS pyrolysis involves heating polystyrene in the absence of oxygen to break it down into smaller molecules.

When followed by distillation, this method can effectively produce high-purity styrene, a valuable chemical used in the manufacturing of various plastic products and synthetic rubbers.

Despite the promising yield and purity levels, the cost of the process remains a major challenge. Fiber Recycling

The high expense is attributed to the energy-intensive nature of pyrolysis and the subsequent distillation steps required to achieve the desired purity.

This cost factor could limit the commercial viability of PS pyrolysis for styrene production, especially when compared to traditional methods of producing styrene from petroleum-based feedstocks, which are generally more cost-effective.

Nevertheless, the ability to recycle polystyrene waste into high-purity styrene through pyrolysis offers a potential environmental benefit, reducing plastic waste and reliance on fossil fuels. Fiber Recycling

Further research and technological advancements are needed to optimize the process and reduce costs, making it a more competitive and sustainable alternative for styrene production.

Scientists have demonstrated that polystyrene (PS) pyrolysis, when combined with distillation, can achieve a 60% yield of 99% pure styrene

Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts

Recently, the global naphtha market saw a price drop. For the week ending May 17, 2024, U.S. naphtha prices fell by nearly 3%, from USD 590/MT to USD 573/MT. This decline was attributed to weaker oil demand and reduced geopolitical risk premiums. Oil futures markets turned bearish, with increased short selling. Despite demand concerns, major energy agencies made only minor adjustments to their estimates.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported slower growth in U.S. crude oil supply, contributing to the naphtha price decline. Lower demand and a price drop in the downstream naphtha market also played a role. Fiber Recycling

Decreased borrowing costs due to lower interest rates potentially increased oil demand and economic growth. Globally, weaker refinery demand and abundant supply weakened physical crude oil markets, further lowering naphtha prices.

In Brazil, naphtha prices also fell due to decreased domestic demand and reduced geopolitical risks in the Middle East. This easing of tensions removed uncertainties that typically inflated prices, creating a more favorable pricing environment.

In Asia, oil prices fell, leading to lower naphtha prices. Investors anticipated that high U.S. inflation and interest rates would reduce consumer and industrial demand. Additionally, shutdowns at various crackers in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan contributed to the price decline. Japan’s crude oil import strategy shift, reducing imports from Saudi Arabia and increasing U.S. shipments, also influenced prices. Fiber Recycling

Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts

INEOS Inovyn has launched two new PVC pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

This initiative is part of the strategic ‘Project Circle,’ aiming to commission an industrial unit with a 40KT recyclable capacity by 2030. These plants will accelerate technologies for recycling non-mechanically recyclable PVC, enhancing Europe’s PVC recycling capabilities.

INEOS Inovyn has joined two value chain consortiums, supported by Walloon and Flemish authorities, to strengthen technical and commercial development. Geir Tuft, CEO of INEOS Inovyn, highlighted the complexity of achieving full circularity for PVC and described Project Circle as a significant step towards developing advanced recycling solutions and supporting Europe’s green transition. Fiber Recycling

Currently, around 30% of PVC waste in Europe is mechanically recycled. Project Circle targets the remaining non-mechanically recyclable waste using new technologies such as dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification. The goal is to make all PVC waste recyclable, with the first industrial unit expected by 2030.

INEOS Inovyn has launched two new PVC pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

Tire Recycling – LyondellBasell, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches, designed to transform PET packaging with a matte frost effect 24-05-2024

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27-05-2024

PET Bottles – Group Partners with HYDS to Boost Green Hydrogen Use in Europe 

German R-PET Prices Continue Upward Trend Amid Supply Constraints

Germany’s Recycled Polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market has been experiencing a wave of rising prices in recent months. A perfect cluster of supply constraints, higher production costs, and robust demand across multiple sectors has been putting upward pressure on R-PET prices.

From April through early May 2024, R-PET prices climbed steadily higher, mirroring the broader market trends. By May 24th, the price of R-PET flakes on an FD Hamburg basis had reached approximately $1,275 per metric ton – a notable increase from just weeks prior.

The key factor behind the price surge was the shortage of post-consumer bales – the crucial raw material needed to produce R-PET. With supplies running tight, scarcity set in, leaving suppliers with little choice but to raise their rates to make up for the shortfall.

In addition, there were the fluctuating costs of upstream materials like crude oil and Ethylene. As the prices of these key feedstocks ebbed and flowed, R-PET manufacturers were forced to adjust their pricing accordingly to maintain profitability margins.

The situation was further exacerbated by new EU regulations on packaging and packaging waste. These stringent rules, which set rigorous recycled content requirements for imports into the EU, have significantly impacted R-PET exports from Asia to Europe. Asian exporters now face the challenge of meeting these strict standards to retain access to the European market, where customers must adhere to minimum recycled content criteria.

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Chemical and Physical Recycling are Essential for the Realisation of the Green Deal and the Circular Economy

The Renewable Carbon Initiative has published a position paper outlining the importance of chemical and physical recycling and what is needed to realise its huge potential

Chemical and physical recycling play essential roles in realising the objectives of the Green Deal and advancing the circular economy. These technologies are indispensable for the green transition. A wider range of different chemical and physical recycling processes are needed to keep as much of the carbon embedded in plastics as possible in the cycle. Through this, the required volumes and scalability of the circular economy can be achieved. Chemical and physical recycling enable the utilisation of waste streams that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently sent to incineration or landfill. They are the only ways to ensure these materials remain in a cycle, reducing reliance on disposal methods like incineration and landfill.

Mechanical, physical, and chemical recycling complement each other due to differences in available waste stream composition, sorting needs, target products and economics. Each technology has distinct strengths and weaknesses in terms of input, output quality and quantity. Chemical and physical recycling are fundamental for a comprehensive carbon management that creates sustainable carbon cycles and enables the defossilisation of the chemical industry. While they hold considerable high-volume potential, significant investment is needed to fully leverage these technologies.

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The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability

The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the most comprehensive resource outlining the plastics recycling industry’s recommendations in the marketplace today. The content is regularly updated to ensure APR’s Recyclability Categories represent today’s North American plastics recycling infrastructure. Although it is designed as an online resource, with links to all relevant information, a PDF of the complete document can be downloaded as well. The APR Design® Guide specifically addresses plastic packaging, but the principles can be applied to all potentially recycled plastic items. APR encourages package designers to utilize The APR Critical Guidance and Responsible Innovation programs, as well as the APR Design® Guide to create the most recyclable packaging. Assistance is available through APR or one of the APR member, independent laboratories found in the member directory. The intended audience for the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability is the package design engineer for use in designing packaging that complies with the capabilities of the recycling infrastructure. Before accessing the APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability the user should thoroughly understand the fundamentals of its concept as described in the scope, definition of recyclability and recyclability categories outlined below. SCOPE This guide covers plastic items entering the postconsumer collection and recycling systems most widely used in industry today. Collection methods include single stream and dual stream MRF’s, deposit container systems, mixed waste facilities, and grocery store rigid plastic and film collection systems.

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New polystyrene recycling process could be world’s first to be both economical and energy-efficient

Chemical method identified to tackle hard-to-recycle packaging material, cutting landfill waste

Engineers have modelled a new way to recycle polystyrene that could become the first viable way of making the material reusable.

Explained in a new research paper published in the Chemical Engineering Journal, the technique uses a chemical process called pyrolysis to break down polystyrene into parts which can be reformed into new pieces of the material.

Dr Bernardo Castro-Dominguez, a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath and a Co-Director of the Centre for Digital, Manufacturing & Design (dMaDe), says: “Chemical recycling techniques are a major focus within chemical engineering right now, and cost- and energy-efficient ways to breakdown plastics to their primary building blocks such as polystyrene are urgently needed.

“Less than 5% of polystyrene is recycled at present — our work shows that as much as 60% of all polystyrene used today could be replaced by chemically recycled styrene.”

Michael Timko, PhD, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, adds: “Our analysis finds polystyrene to be an ideal candidate for a chemical recycling process. Surprisingly, the process is energetically efficient and potentially economically competitive.

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New polystyrene recycling process could be world's first to be both economical and energy-efficient

Fiber Recycling – Global Naphtha Prices Plunge Amid Weaker Oil Demand and Geopolitical Shifts25-05-2024

Tire Recycling – LyondellBasell, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches, designed to transform PET packaging with a matte frost effect 24-05-2024

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Circtec Receives $160 Million for Tire Recycling Facility

Circtec, a UK-based company, has secured over $160 million from investors to build a pyrolysis-based tire recycling plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands. This facility aims to be Europe’s largest, capable of processing about 180,000 tons of end-of-life tires annually, approximately 5% of the 3.6 million tons generated in Europe each year.

The funding, led by Denmark’s Novo Holdings and A.P. Moller Holding, includes over $23.8 million in grants from the Dutch government.  Tire Recycling

Circtec’s pyrolysis process will produce sustainable marine fuel, circular naphtha for plastics and chemicals, and high-quality recovered carbon black for use in tire, rubber, and plastics manufacturing.

Circtec has pre-sold the plant’s entire output through agreements with BP for marine fuel and naphtha, and with Birla Carbon for recovered carbon black. CEO Allen Timpany stated, “The success of this investment round gives us the partners that will enable us to take Circtec to the next level in scaling sustainability.”  Tire Recycling

Anders Spohr of Novo Holdings highlighted the shared belief in circularity as crucial for planetary health, while Chetan Mehta of A.P. Moller Holding noted the significant investment needed for societal green transitions, expressing excitement in partnering with Circtec.

Hilde van der Meer of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency expressed satisfaction with the support from the Dutch government and Groningen province, emphasizing the plant’s role in producing circular chemical products from tire waste.  Tire Recycling

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Adipic Acid Prices in Europe decline Amid Weak Demand and Competitive Imports

The European Adipic Acid market has experienced a bearish pricing trend over the past week, driven by a confluence of factors affecting both supply and demand dynamics. Despite a sufficient supply of Adipic Acid in the region, prices have continued to decline due to weak demand from key downstream sectors, including textiles and automotive industries.

As a ripple effect, the cost of Adipic Acid depreciated by 6.5% in the European market on an FD Hamburg basis during the week ending 17th May 2024. Tire Recycling

Asian suppliers have been particularly aggressive in the European market, offering Adipic Acid at discounted rates. This competitive pricing strategy is largely a response to weak local demand in Asia, prompting suppliers to seek more favourable export opportunities in Europe. Despite the rise in freight rates, these suppliers have been able to offer significant discounts, undercutting local European manufacturers.

The heightened competition from these Adipic Acid imports has put additional pressure on local manufacturers to adjust their pricing strategies.

To retain market share, European producers have had to lower their prices, contributing to the overall bearish trend. Tire Recycling

On the supply side, the European market remains well-stocked with Adipic Acid. Local manufacturers have maintained steady production rates, ensuring that there is no shortage of chemicals. However, this sufficient supply has not been matched by an equivalent demand, leading to an oversupplied market.

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LyondellBasell, a global leader in the chemical industry, has introduced Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches, designed to transform PET packaging with a matte frost effect

Available in two styles, these masterbatches can be seamlessly integrated with various colors to achieve a high-end, sophisticated look.

Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches offer numerous benefits for PET packaging, including enhancing brand image with a high-end appearance and reducing the visibility of recycled PET (rPET) for a more uniform look.

They are compatible with Near-Infrared (NIR) sorting systems, ensuring recyclability and maintaining environmental sustainability. Tire Recycling

Compliant with FDA regulations, these masterbatches are suitable for use in food and cosmetic packaging. They can be integrated into existing injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) processes without requiring additional tool changes, providing a cost-effective solution. The ability to combine these masterbatches with various colors allows for a frosted, matte effect, offering design flexibility.

Beyond food and cosmetic packaging, Polybatch Effects Frost masterbatches are also suitable for personal and home care product packaging, providing a broad range of possibilities for enhancing product presentation and brand differentiation. With these features, LyondellBasell’s new masterbatches offer a versatile and sustainable solution for improving the aesthetics and functionality of PET packaging. Tire Recycling

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Reliance Industries Ltd has partnered with Norway’s Nel ASA to source technology for green hydrogen production, securing an exclusive license to manufacture Nel’s alkaline electrolysers in India

This strategic move aligns with Reliance’s ambitious plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 and supports India’s renewable energy targets.

The agreement, signed with Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, a subsidiary of Nel ASA, allows Reliance to manufacture these electrolysers globally for its own use. Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance, aims to invest $75 billion in renewable infrastructure, including generation plants, solar panels, and electrolyzers.

Green hydrogen, produced by splitting water with clean electricity in an electrolyser, is vital for reducing emissions. Tire Recycling

Reliance’s new green energy business will supply the necessary equipment for India’s green energy revolution, with a commitment to generating 100 gigawatts of renewable energy. This is a significant portion of India’s target of 500GW of installed renewable energy by 2030, with solar expected to contribute 280GW.

Håkon Volldal, President and CEO of Nel, expressed pride in the partnership, highlighting Reliance’s capacity for large-scale projects and innovation. The collaboration will enable both companies to enhance performance and reduce costs through research, development, and standardization. Tire Recycling

Reliance Industries Ltd has partnered with Norway's Nel ASA to source technology for green hydrogen production, securing an exclusive license to manufacture Nel's alkaline electrolysers in India

China PET bottle chip downstream roundup in Q1 2024

According to the CCFGroup statistics and subsequent data revisions, China domestic demand for PET bottle chip in the first quarter of 2024 is around 2.16 million tons, a 20% increase year-on-year.

This growth is attributed to a relatively low base in the same period of 2023 and a significant short-term demand increase due to intensive capacity expansion plans and favorable performance of most beverage companies in 2023. Some large enterprises were reportedly maintaining O/R during the Chinese New Year. Tire Recycling

Additionally, China’s overall price advantage in exports has led to strong replenishment demand in overseas markets, especially with a record high shipment volume in March. The total export volume of PET bottle chip in China in the first quarter of 2024 is estimated to be around 1.4 million tons (combine two HS code volume), showing a 10% year-on-year increase.

By the end of March, the total inventory of PET bottle chip in China was around 1.66 million tons, down 40kt compared to the end of the previous year.

In terms of specific sectors, the demand for PET in the bottled water and beverage industry reached around 1.5 million tons in the first quarter, with a 25% year-on-year increase, accounting for approximately 69.4% of domestic demand. Tire Recycling

China PET bottle chip downstream roundup in Q1 2024

Tire Technology Expo 2024 exhibitor interview: Kordsa

Can you describe your company?

After graduating from Istanbul Technical University with a degree from the department of mechanical engineering, I pursued my master’s degree in computational mechanics at the Technical University of Munich. In 2009 I began my career in the industry as a project leader at Kordsa’s global R&D center. Over the years I have held various positions within Kordsa; since 2022 I have been the deputy general manager, overseeing sales and marketing.

What have been the biggest changes and trends since you joined the company?

In the automotive industry, CASE – Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric – highlights the transformative trends toward smarter, more sustainable mobility. ‘Connected’ vehicles leverage in-tire sensors for enhanced safety and efficiency, enabling real-time data exchange about tire status. Tire Recycling

‘Autonomous’ driving technologies are advancing, requiring sophisticated AI and sensor integration for safer, driverless navigation. The ‘shared’ mobility model promotes vehicle sharing, reducing environmental impact and supporting sustainable transportation. Finally, ‘electric’ vehicles are at the forefront, driving demand for tires that accommodate the additional weight of batteries while optimizing energy efficiency.

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Lenzing knows no limits in sustainability 

Lenzing Group, producing environmentally friendly cellulosic fibres from renewable wood raw materials, plays an important role in the sustainable transformation of the sector with its products and activities supporting the circular textile economy. Tire Recycling

The Austrian-based company, whose roots go back 85 years, focuses on the UN Development Goals within the framework of criteria such as responsible use of water, decarbonisation and sustainable innovations in all business processes throughout the value chain. We talked to Head of Business Development, Lenzing Türkiye, İlkşen Dedeoğlu Demiray, about the recent works, projects and innovations of the company, which makes a significant contribution to reducing the environmental footprint of the sector day by day with the technologies it develops. Tire Recycling

The industry has left behind an economically challenging year. What kind of a year has 2023 been for Lenzing, both globally and specifically in the Turkish market? How many of your goals were you able to achieve?

As Lenzing, we produce globally in different regions of the world and work with a wide sales and marketing network.

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Circular economy – In beverage bottling plants, the closure process is crucial for product quality 23-05-2024

Circular economy – In beverage bottling plants, the closure process is crucial for product quality 23-05-2024

Circular economy

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Lummus and Sumitomo Chemical Announce Collaboration for Circular and Polyolefins Technologies

Agreements bolster circular economy efforts and enhance polyolefins offerings

Lummus Technology, a global leader in process technologies and energy solutions, and Sumitomo Chemical have signed two collaboration agreements to license and commercialize proprietary technologies:

  • Sumitomo Chemical’s low-density polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (LDPE/EVA) production technology
  • Sumitomo Chemical’s efficient poly methyl methacrylate recycling (rPMMA) technology  Circular economy

Lummus will serve as the exclusive worldwide licensor of these technologies, utilizing its global marketing reach and engineering expertise to deliver Sumitomo Chemical’s innovations to a global audience. The companies will further develop the rPMMA technology, building on progress from Sumitomo Chemical’s pilot plant in Japan, to achieve early commercialization and support a more carbon-neutral society.

“Lummus is honored to partner with Sumitomo Chemical, combining their polyolefin technology leadership with our global marketing and design expertise,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO of Lummus Technology.  Circular economy

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Polypropylene Gains Bearish Momentum in the USA, Stability Persist in Asia and Europe

In the third week of May 2024, concluding on May 17, the price of polypropylene (PP) in the U.S. market decreased by approximately 1%, driven by low demand from overseas markets and ample global supply. On the resin front, few fresh polyethylene and PP railcar offers were available in the spot market. However, there was a notable number of urgent truckloads needs that a short-staffed trading desk managed to fulfil, primarily from market-making inventory.

The average price for PP copolymer grade delivered to Houston was USD 1,011/MT over the week. This trend reflects the dynamic interplay of supply and demand, impacting the market prices and availability of PP in the U.S. market. Circular economy

Following two weeks of stability, the price of PP in the European market remained stable this week due to a balanced gap between demand and supply. The price of feedstock propylene also remained unchanged, contributing to the PP price stability. The market demonstrated resilience in demand, while industry load remained average during this period. Additionally, new overseas queries related to PP were muted, further contributing to the stable trend in the region.  Circular economy

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In beverage bottling plants, the closure process is crucial for product quality

Krones has developed a 360° closure inspection unit to meet high standards and accommodate innovations like tethered caps and lightweighting

This unit combines precise lighting with high-resolution cameras to measure the bottle’s closure and neck finish in 3D space, achieving ultra-precise measurements down to 20 micrometres. Its high accuracy ensures leakproof integrity, reducing the need for manual lab testing.  Circular economy

The unit performs a comprehensive inspection of closures, checking for presence, color, correct placement, damage, and defects. Unlike previous models, it handles water beads effectively, allowing the use of a modular, hygienic, and economical blower. Stefan Piana, Head of Inspection and Monitoring Technology at Krones, highlights its high selectivity, ensuring minimal false positives. Despite reduced dimensions, the inspector includes the TopCheck feature for inspecting closure logos.

The technology also inspects tethered caps, mandatory in the EU from July 2024, for correct placement and integrity of the twist-and-clip mechanism. It ensures the perforation at the breakaway band is intact, regardless of cap orientation.  Circular economy

The unit is suitable for inspecting plastic closures and crowns, detecting skewed crowns, drawn-in skirts, and measuring each crown’s diameter precisely. This eliminates the need for manual lab tests every shift.

Circular economy

M&S takes the lead in Polytag’s UV tag plastic recycling initiative

Polytag has named M&S as a founding member of its Polytag Ecotrace Programme, which seeks to trace and recycle single-use plastic packaging using Invisible UV Tag detection – and encourages other businesses to get involved.

In an effort to meet demand for recycled PET from FMCG brand owners, Polytag applies Invisible UV Tags to labels during the production process. These can be identified by Polytag UV Tag Readers once the packaging enters the recycling stream at a recycling centre. Circular economy

In turn, this process is expected to unlock accurate sorting and cleaner feedstock for recycled PET packaging materials, improve recycling rates, and give companies clearer insights into recycling rates for their plastic packaging.

Polytag’s Invisible UV Tag detection equipment will be installed in ‘strategically chosen’ recycling centres that process high volumes of waste. FMCG brands, retailers, and waste management businesses are encouraged to participate in the programme and, in doing so, receive granular data on over 50% of the UK’s household waste recycling stream.

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M&S takes the lead in Polytag’s UV tag plastic recycling initiative

Taiwan Polyamide 66 Prices Steady Despite Bearish Trends in Key Industries

The Polyamide 66 market is currently experiencing stability, with prices remaining steady due to sufficient supply and low demand. The downstream textile, automotive, and electrical sectors have remained bearish since April 2024, contributing to the overall subdued demand for Polyamide 66.  Circular economy

Despite the challenging market conditions, there have been no supply disruptions in the domestic market. Manufacturers have been able to meet demand without any significant issues, ensuring a consistent supply of Polyamide 66 to customers. However, export orders have declined in April compared to March 2024, indicating a slowdown in international demand for this versatile material. In April 2024, Taiwan’s exports fell to $37,480.04 million from $41,815.44 million in March 2024.

According to the Research Centre for Taiwan Economic Development (RCTED), Taiwan’s consumer confidence index fell sharply to 63.37 in April 2024 from a 14-month high of 73.51 in the previous period. Circular economy

The textile industry, which is one of the key consumers of Polyamide 66, has been facing challenges due to changing consumer preferences and economic uncertainties.

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Taiwan Polyamide 66 Prices Steady Despite Bearish Trends in Key Industries

thyssenkrupp Uhde and Johnson Matthey sign MOU to offer blue ammonia solution

thyssenkrupp Uhde and Johnson Matthey have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer a fully integrated low carbon (blue) ammonia solution, building on a nearly 25-year ammonia relationship between the companies. Circular economy

In the drive to reduce CO2 emissions, the role of ammonia has expanded from a vital ingredient used to produce fertilizer for the agricultural sector, to a decarbonised carrier and supplier of hydrogen energy that’s easier to store and transport than pure hydrogen. The movement of low carbon ammonia can utilise existing infrastructure making it a leading energy transition solution that is ready to capture, store, and ship vast quantities of hydrogen for use in the power and shipping sector, and industrial value chains globally.

By joining forces, thyssenkrupp Uhde and JM can access the blue ammonia market together offering technologies combining the uhde® ammonia process and JM’s hydrogen expertise through its LCHTM technology, which will enable the production of blue ammonia with up to 99% CO2 capture. Circular economy

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BASF, a global leader in chemicals, is committed to a sustainable future

The company aims to reduce its Scope 3.1 emissions by 15% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. A key strategy is sourcing raw materials with a lower Product Carbon Footprint (PCF).

In its Ultramid® A & B portfolio, BASF is now using glass fibers from 3B Fibreglass, produced with green electricity. 3B, a leading glass fiber supplier, has implemented renewable energy solutions, including solar panels and green energy agreements at its Battice site in Belgium, significantly cutting its carbon emissions.  Circular economy

Ludovic Piraux, CEO of 3B, highlights their commitment to carbon neutrality through technical innovations and increased renewable energy use. From January 1, 2024, 3B will produce glass fibers exclusively with green electricity, aligning with the glass fiber industry’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050. This sustainable production approach allows BASF to attribute the green electricity used to its glass fiber products, reducing the PCF of its reinforced products by about 10%, equating to savings of approximately 5000 metric tons of carbon annually. This reduction is comparable to the yearly emissions of 200 average German households.  Circular economy

BASF, a global leader in chemicals, is committed to a sustainable future. The company aims to reduce its Scope 3.1 emissions by 15% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. A key strategy is sourcing raw materials with a lower Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). In its Ultramid® A & B portfolio, BASF is now using glass fibers from 3B Fibreglass, produced with green electricity. 3B, a leading glass fiber supplier, has implemented renewable energy solutions, including solar panels and green energy agreements at its Battice site in Belgium, significantly cutting its carbon emissions. Ludovic Piraux, CEO of 3B, highlights their commitment to carbon neutrality through technical innovations and increased renewable energy use. From January 1, 2024, 3B will produce glass fibers exclusively with green electricity, aligning with the glass fiber industry's goal of climate neutrality by 2050. This sustainable production approach allows BASF to attribute the green electricity used to its glass fiber products, reducing the PCF of its reinforced products by about 10%, equating to savings of approximately 5000 metric tons of carbon annually. This reduction is comparable to the yearly emissions of 200 average German households. BASF's partnership with 3B strengthens the European industry's long-term sustainability. By incorporating these glass fibers, BASF is not only cutting its environmental impact but also enhancing the sustainability of its supply chain. Maximilian Lehenmeier, Sustainability Expert at BASF, notes that this initiative supports BASF's goal to mitigate climate change and marks a significant milestone in their sustainable plastics journey.

Microbes Eat Biodegradable – The North American car market is off to a rough start with significant declines in deliveries of key plastics and rubber processing technologies 22-05-2024

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Microbes Eat Biodegradable – The North American car market is off to a rough start with significant declines in deliveries of key plastics and rubber processing technologies 22-05-2024

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The North American car market is off to a rough start with significant declines in deliveries of key plastics and rubber processing technologies

According to the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of the Plastics Industry Association, deliveries of crucial plastics processing technologies stalled in the first quarter. Even considering seasonality, there was an overall decrease of 8.5%, with injection molding machines and extruders experiencing steeper declines. The combined value of these technologies totaled $261.9 million, marking a 24.2% drop compared to the same period last year.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

Specifically, single-screw extruders saw a 23.4% decrease in value, twin-screw extruders fell by 17%, and injection molding machines dropped by 24.9%, all compared to the first quarter of 2023. Additionally, U.S. exports of plastic machinery and systems decreased by 7.4% in the first three months, while imports rose by 7% from the previous quarter.

These trends mirror the broader slowdown in the U.S. economy, where GDP contracted by 1.6% in the first quarter, following robust growth of 3.4% and 4.9% in the third and fourth quarters of the previous year. Perc Pineda, head of economics at Plastics, noted that the manufacturing sector has substantial growth potential but is currently constrained by prolonged inventory adjustments and the rebalancing of consumption between goods and services.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Bosch Ventures Amplifies Commitment to Cleantech With Two Battery Recycling Investments

Revolutionizing Battery Recycling on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Aachen based cylib raised €55 million round, the largest investment round ever raised by a European battery recycling company.
  • US based Li Industries raised $36 million round, led by Bosch Ventures
  • Dr. Ingo Ramesohl, Managing Director of Bosch Ventures: “We are investing in Sustainability and pave the way in transformative battery recycling technologies.”

Bosch Ventures, the corporate venture capital unit of the Bosch Group, announces two significant investments in the battery recycling sector within a week, marking a significant step towards sustainable technology development.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

“In an electrified world, battery recycling makes a significant contribution to conserving natural resources,” explains Dr. Ingo Ramesohl, Managing Director of Bosch Ventures. “With our investments, we can help Cylib and Li Industries to scale their production.”

German cylib raised €55 million round less than 24 months after start of operations

Founded in 2022, the company offers market-leading proprietary technology for end-to-end recycling of lithium-ion batteries and has already delivered a successful pilot line and completed projects with major automotive OEMs as well as battery manufacturers. cylib’s process is characterized by an efficient, resource- and climate-friendly recovery of raw materials, including lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt and manganese from battery packs, black mass or production scraps.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Assobioplastiche, Consorzio Biorepack, and TÜV Austria have united to tackle illegal practices in the distribution of shopping bags and packaging

Despite ongoing checks and seizures, the sale of non-compostable plastic packaging and bioshoppers persists where compostable materials are required by law. To address this, the three organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to share data and information, enhancing control activities against “compostable fakes.” These fakes harm legitimate companies, complicate compostable bioplastics’ separate collection, and hinder organic recycling.

Under the agreement, TÜV Austria will provide lists of certified products and document misuse of trademarks. “Violations of regulations prohibiting traditional plastic bags for shopping and produce cause economic harm to honest operators and result in illegal dumping with higher environmental impacts,” explains Luca Bianconi, president of Assobioplastiche.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

“Non-compostable products mislead citizens into improper disposal with organic waste,” highlights Marco Versari, president of Biorepack Consortium. This contamination burdens anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, reducing the efficiency of organic waste treatment.

The partnership with Assobioplastiche and Biorepack will protect environmentally responsible companies and combat illegal practices, ensuring compliance with compostable standards.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Eckart’s pigment has been formulated and integrated into Lifocolor’s polyolefin masterbatches

These Lifocolor masterbatches are NIR (Near Infrared) detectable. It’s not only black packaging that poses challenges for NIR detectors in waste sorting plants. Containers with metallic pigments, though less common, are also difficult for sensors to recognize. Black pigments with carbon pack absorb the wavelengths emitted by detectors, while metallic effect colors can diffuse and reflect the NIR signal, making detection harder.

To address this, Eckart developed silver effect pigments with high NIR detectability. These pigments have been adopted by Lifocolor for their LifoCycle masterbatches, designed for coloring HDPE and PP articles.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

These pigments have undergone successful testing at a major recycler’s sorting plant, demonstrating their effectiveness in enhancing NIR detection of packaging.

The innovation ensures that packaging containing these silver pigments can be more easily identified and sorted by NIR detectors, improving the efficiency and accuracy of recycling processes.

By implementing these detectable pigments, Lifocolor’s masterbatches enhance the recyclability of products, supporting the industry’s move towards more sustainable practices. This solution addresses a key challenge in waste management, promoting the development of eco-friendly packaging options.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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ATA Industrial Group’s report evaluates the global carbon fiber market, focusing on 2023 demand in China and worldwide

Authored by Lin Gang, vice president of ATA CFT Guangzhou Co. Ltd., the “2023 Global Carbon Fiber Composites Market Report” provides comprehensive insights into the global and Chinese carbon fiber markets. The 70-page report covers:

  • The Chinese market by year, application, province, and origin, including theoretical capacities and new developments.
  • The global market by year, application, region, process, and matrix.
  • Trends and prospects in composite applications.
  • Insights into carbon fiber recycling, carbon peaking, carbon neutrality, and ESG.

Lin Gang highlights that global demand for carbon fiber in 2023 was 115,000 tons, marking a 14.8% decrease from 135,000 tons in 2022. Microbes Eat Biodegradable

This decline is the first since 1995, posing a unique challenge for Chinese enterprises. Lin questions the future direction of the global carbon fiber market.

“According to our statistics and comprehensive evaluation of multiple sources, the global demand for carbon fiber in 2023 was 115,000 tons, a decrease of 14.8% compared to 135,000 tons in 2022,” Lin prefaces with in the report. “This is the first time since 1995 that there has been negative demand growth globally.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

ATA Industrial Group's report evaluates the global carbon fiber market, focusing on 2023 demand in China and worldwide

Microbes Eat Biodegradable Polyurethane: Eco-Plastic Material Breakthrough

In our relentless pursuit of convenience and utility, plastic has become ubiquitous. From packaging to the interiors of our cars, versatile plastic material is deeply woven into the fabric of modern life. However, this widespread use comes at a significant environmental cost. Plastic waste accumulates at alarming rates in landfills and natural habitats, choking wildlife and leaching toxic chemicals into the environment.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

Traditional plastics are notoriously resistant to biodegradation, leading to severe pollution issues. Microplastics—the tiny fragments resulting from the breakdown of larger pieces—permeate our air, oceans, soil, and even our food and bloodstreams. The problem is compounded by the fact that most conventional plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, generating a persistent and growing ecological threat. As society grapples with these repercussions, the need for innovative and sustainable solutions has never been more urgent.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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PETValue Philippines recycles 1 billion PET bottles, seeks to forge more partnerships to build on sustainability milestone

PETValue, a 2.28-billion-peso multi-phased joint venture in General Trias, Cavite, utilizes the country’s most advanced bottle-to-bottle PET recycling technology. The facility recently celebrated a significant milestone-recycling 1 billion PET bottles.

PETValue Philippines, the country’s first bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling facility, celebrates a landmark achievement of 1 billion PET bottles recycled—underscoring the impact of strong collective action toward a fully circular economy.

A joint venture between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) and Indorama Ventures, a global sustainable chemical company, PETValue gives limitless life to clear PET plastic bottles.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

The facility turns used post-consumer clear PET bottles—fully recyclable packaging—into new food-grade recycled PET (rPET) bottles, thus closing the “make-use-recycle” loop for plastic packaging.

“We are immensely proud of PETValue’s journey in the country, because it plays a valuable part in a much bigger system that enables a ripple of collective action and sustainable solutions against plastic pollution.  Microbes Eat Biodegradable

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Plastics sustainable – The global Alpla Group is steering towards significant growth in injection moulding by launching the ALPLAinject division 21-05-2024

Plastics sustainable – The global Alpla Group is steering towards significant growth in injection moulding by launching the ALPLAinject division 21-05-2024

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The global Alpla Group is steering towards significant growth in injection moulding by launching the ALPLAinject division

ALPLAinject specializes in high-quality injection-moulded parts like closures, caps, jars, and multi-part packaging components such as pumps and deodorant sticks. It centralizes human and technical resources in a unified organizational structure, encompassing three core technologies: injection blow moulding, compression moulding, and injection moulding.  Plastics sustainable

“With ALPLAinject, we address the dynamic injection moulding market’s specific needs. By combining technological expertise with regional market knowledge, we promote innovative processes globally and help our customers bring products to market faster,” emphasizes Michael Feltes, the new ALPLAinject Managing Director, formerly the Business Development Director in the injection moulding sector since October 2022.

The global headquarters of the new division are located at Alpla’s headquarters in Hard, with global teams across all nine Alpla Group regions.

ALPLAinject produces approximately 60 billion injection-moulded parts annually at 43 plants worldwide, utilizing over 600 state-of-the-art machines and systems. “The injection moulding sector is a strategic growth driver with enormous potential. ALPLAinject, as a dedicated division, will continue to secure our competitiveness,” asserts Alpla CEO Philipp Lehner. The new division reports directly to the CEO.  Plastics sustainable

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LDPE Prices Experience a Downshift in first half of May, Globally

The global Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) market experienced a decline in the first half of May 2024. This downturn in LDPE prices was noted across major markets including the US, Europe, and Asia.

The primary causes for this decline were weakened demand and an oversupply of LDPE worldwide. Additionally, production costs were reduced due to lower prices of feedstock ethylene, naphtha, and crude oil.  Plastics sustainable

Geopolitical tensions causing disruptions in supply chains further compounded the pressure on the market.

Consequently, European prices for film-grade FD Hamburg (Germany) decreased by 2%, US LDPE film-grade FOB Texas dropped by 1%, and Chinese LDPE adhesive film-grade CFR Shanghai prices saw a slight decrease of 0.7% during this timeframe.

In May 2024, the European market saw a second consecutive month of declining LDPE prices, with initial offers showing significant reductions rather than minor adjustments in some cases.  Plastics sustainable

This bearish trend is mainly due to abundant supply, weak demand, and competitive offers from overseas traders, rather than a decrease in monomer contract prices. Market participants are now considering whether these recent price reductions will boost sales, especially given the shorter month due to holidays.

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Coca-Cola has achieved a significant milestone in Canada by shifting all its 500ml sparkling beverage bottles to 100% recycled plastic

This eco-friendly move, first announced in the previous year, is now in full swing, with the exclusion of caps and labels from the initiative. The bottles, which are now entirely made from recycled materials, are produced by Coke Canada Bottling at their facilities located in Brampton, Calgary, Lachine, and Richmond.  Plastics sustainable

This transition is not only a win for sustainability but also a substantial step towards reducing plastic waste. It is projected to save about 7.6 million pounds of virgin plastic for the year 2024. Moreover, it’s expected to significantly reduce the carbon footprint by cutting down nearly 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This effort aligns with global environmental goals and sets a precedent for the beverage industry in terms of responsible packaging and waste management. Coca-Cola’s commitment to using recycled plastic bottles in Canada reflects its dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. Plastics sustainable

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Sweden-based Nexam Chemical has achieved scientific validation for its Reactive Recycling additives, marking a breakthrough in polypropylene (PP) recycling

This patented technology repairs polymers degraded during recycling, enabling sustainable and efficient processes. The Reactive Recycling additives address the limitations of mechanical recycling, which often results in downcycling. Extensive research confirms these additives restore molecular weight and enhance the processability of recycled PP (rPP), benefiting high-demand engineering sectors.  Plastics sustainable

A recent study by the Department of Applied Science and Technology at Politecnico di Torino, published in Polymer Degradation and Stability, demonstrated the additive’s effectiveness. The study focused on the thermomechanical degradation of PP microstructure over multiple extrusion cycles, finding that Nexam Chemical’s additive not only maintained molecular weight but also improved melt structuring.This advancement supports the circular economy, promoting sustainable practices and resource efficiency.”

Marketed under the brand name Reactive Recycling, these additives are suitable for both post-industrial and post-consumer mechanical recycling.  Plastics sustainable

Sweden-based Nexam Chemical has achieved scientific validation for its Reactive Recycling additives, marking a breakthrough in polypropylene (PP) recycling

Alternative materials to plastics for packaging are not always more sustainable

The increasing sense of environmental responsibility of both consumers and companies has triggered a transition towards alternative materials which are perceived as more sustainable than plastics.

A new study conducted by the AWARE (Assessment on WAste and REsources) research group of Politecnico di Milano, recently published in Waste Management & Research: The Journal for a Sustainable Circular Economy, examines the real sustainability of these materials. The research analyzed 53 peer-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) studies published in 2019-2023. The aim was to gain in-depth understanding of the environmental impacts of packaging, focusing on the comparison between plastics and alternative materials.  Plastics sustainable

In the contemporary business landscape, plastic packaging continues to play a crucial role in several sectors, especially in the food industry, where it accounts for more than half of total sales.

Contrary to common perceptions, the study revealed that conventional plastics are not always the least environmentally friendly choice. Bioplastics, in particular, have emerged as a viable alternative in terms of climate change and depletion of fossil resources. However, other environmental impact categories show some disadvantages, indicating that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.  Plastics sustainable

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Aduro Clean Technologies Provides Results on Testing of Hard to Recycle Crosslinked Polymers

Aduro Clean Technologies Inc. , a Canadian technology company using the power of chemistry to transform lower value feedstocks, like waste plastics, heavy bitumen, and renewable oils, into resources for the 21st century, is pleased to share exciting results from preliminary tests achieved with deconstructing crosslinked polymers, using the Company’s Hydrochemolytic™ Technology.  Plastics sustainable

Crosslinked polymers are pivotal to numerous industries, thanks to their exceptional durability, chemical resistance, and mechanical strength. They are integral to many products ranging from automotive tires to household adhesives, protective coatings, and medical devices. Their critical applications span sectors such as aerospace, automotive, construction, and electronics, where their unique properties are indispensable. Roughly 2.5 million metric tons of XLPE is produced annually representing a $6.4 billion industry growing at 6.5% CAGR to $8.7 billion by 2028.

However, the same characteristics that make crosslinked polymers so valuable also create significant recycling challenges. Unlike thermoplastics, these materials do not melt under heat, making them difficult to recycle by traditional technologies. High-temperature technology processes typically result in char and fuel gas, which are unsuitable for repurposing into new materials. This challenge underscores the pressing need for innovation in chemical recycling technologies.  Plastics sustainable

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NEXTCHEM completes acquisition of GasConTec

MAIRE has announced that NEXTCHEM has finalised the acquisition of 100% of GasConTec GmbH (GCT), a company specialised in technology development and process engineering.

GCT has over 80 patents and extensive expertise in the synthesis of low-carbon products such as hydrogen, methanol, olefins, gasoline and integrated methanol-ammonia processes. The company’s portfolio includes the autothermal reforming, a well-established technology, that can generate low-carbon hydrogen with very high carbon capture rates. This process achieves high hydrogen yields while reducing external energy needs, ensuring efficiency and cost-effectiveness, especially for large-scale plants. Also known for its expertise in process engineering, the company has access to a German-based industrial-scale demonstration plant for high-pressure partial oxidation, which is a global standard for the industry.  Plastics sustainable

GCT’s distinctive technologies will complement and significantly strengthen NEXTCHEM’s commercial offering in the low-carbon, green and circular solutions.

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rPET Flakes – Scientists invent method to transform near-unbreakable plastic into biodegradable polyester 20-05-2024

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rPET Flakes – Scientists invent method to transform near-unbreakable plastic into biodegradable polyester 20-05-2024

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FixDye To Produce Recycled Dope-Dyed Filament Yarn With rPET Flakes On Systems Of Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering

The recycled polyester yarn manufacturer FixDye has opted for the polycondensation system manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering (OBHE) to increase its production capacities.

Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering’s polycondensation systems stand for the best downstream performance and a reduced environmental footprint. rPET Flakes

The company, based in Huai’an, China, is thus expanding its production capacities in melt preparation, the production stage upstream of the spinning mill. This will not only allow FixDye to better influence yarn quality, but also to keep an eye on the supply chain of its products, regardless of external influences. This is an unbeatable advantage when it comes to the ambitious goals of the circular economy.

The plant with a capacity of 3 x 180 tons per day of recycled bottle flakes for textile filament yarn is a clear commitment to the sustainable textile industry.

From mid-2025, it will mainly produce FDY and POY/DTY for the European and US markets. rPET Flakes

The yarns produced are spun-dyed for ecological reasons, zero water dyeing method.

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Rejlers has signed a 3-year framework agreement with Borealis in Stenungsund, covering a wide range of engineering, procurement, and project management services to support Borealis’ transformation projects

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in polyolefins and base chemicals, has ambitious sustainability goals and a long-standing collaboration with Rejlers. The agreement includes services such as maintenance, studies, basic engineering, and EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management) for Borealis’ facilities in Stenungsund, Sweden.  rPET Flakes

“We have been working with Borealis for several years and are now intensifying our partnership to create value for a sustainable transformation. With our comprehensive offering, we can meet Borealis’ needs, lead development forward, and assist the company in achieving its sustainability goals,” says Irvin Muskic, Head of Chemical Industry and Refineries at Rejlers Sweden.

“As our products play an increasingly important role in society’s transition, it is a priority for us to accelerate our own transition. This includes developing our production capacity for renewable materials and staying at the forefront of the move towards a more sustainable and circular economy.  rPET Flakes

We are also exploring new ways to increase efficiency and sustainability in our operations. Partnerships with organizations like Rejlers are crucial, as they contribute their expertise to promote this development,” says Louise Andersson, Technical Development & Engineering Manager at Borealis in Stenungsund.

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Asahi Kasei to Build Battery Component Plant in Ontario

Canada leads globally in the electric vehicle (EV) market. With increasing EV demand, the aim is to assemble more EVs within the country. Over the past four years, investments exceeding $46 billion have poured into Canada from auto, EV battery, and battery component manufacturers, with more expected. These global companies seek a reliable partner with top-tier talent, which Canada provides. rPET Flakes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Asahi Kasei Corporation’s $1.6 billion investment to construct an EV battery separator plant in Port Colborne, Ontario. With projected medium-to long-term growth in the North American EV market, Asahi Kasei anticipates additional multi-billion-dollar investments through multiple phases. Details on the direct jobs created by this investment will be disclosed later.

Asahi Kasei’s decision underscores the competitive business environment, skilled workforce, and reliable supply chains in Canada and Ontario. The project will benefit from federal support through the Clean Technology Manufacturing investment tax credit, with Ontario offering both direct and indirect incentives. rPET Flakes

Asahi Kasei to Build Battery Component Plant in Ontario

Trützschler Nonwovens will showcase its sustainable nonwoven solutions at the ANEX 2024 exhibition from May 22-24

Attendees can explore high-quality products tailored for flushable wipes with the pulp-based CP and WLS lines, along with the needle-punched line T-SUPREMA for technical nonwovens.

“We are excited to be part of ANEX 2024, the leading conference in Southeast Asia,” said Oliver Döring, Director Sales & Marketing of Trützschler Nonwovens. “This event allows us to engage with customers and industry experts from the region to understand their unique needs and deliver optimal solutions.”  rPET Flakes

Visitors are invited to discover Trützschler Nonwovens’ solutions for biodegradable nonwovens from renewable resources at booth J121.

Trützschler Nonwovens is a leading supplier of machinery and expertise for efficient fibre-based nonwoven production. Their product range includes complete production lines and machines for hydroentangled, mechanical, thermally, and chemically bonded nonwovens. The range covers the entire process chain, from fibre preparation, web formation, and bonding to drying and winding.  rPET Flakes

Trützschler Nonwovens will showcase its sustainable nonwoven solutions at the ANEX 2024 exhibition from May 22-24 

Scientists invent method to transform near-unbreakable plastic into biodegradable polyester

Polyethylene, PE, is a very important and widely used plastic and it is also incredibly difficult to break down in nature. A new project will enable the recycling and upcycling of PE by converting it into biodegradable polyester via a 3-stage process.

Plastic is hard to break down in nature. Polyethylene (PE) is particularly tough because its strong molecular structure is highly resistant to oxygen, sunlight and biodegradation. PE is also the most important and widely used plastic, accounting for approximately 34 per cent of all plastic produced. Today, only 12 per cent of PE is recycled and only one per cent is converted into high-value products.  rPET Flakes

But PE can actually be broken down, transformed and recycled. Though it requires a combination of chemical and biological technologies including highly specific catalysts, recombinant microbial systems and the right enzymes.

An international team of researchers, led by Aarhus University, has now been granted € 4.8 million (DKK 35.5 million) from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, to develop an industrially viable method to convert PE into biodegradable polyester and other high-value products. rPET Flakes

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AkzoNobel’s Como Site Achieves Top Automotive Industry Quality Certification

AkzoNobel’s commitment to maintaining high standards and satisfying customers has earned recognition for its powder coatings site in Como, Italy. The site, which recently underwent a major capacity expansion, has achieved the prestigious International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 certification. This certification, awarded after an extensive third-party audit, signifies the highest levels of product quality and customer satisfaction.

IATF 16949 is the global technical specification and quality management standard for the automotive industry, focusing on continuous improvement, defect prevention, and waste reduction within the supply chain.  rPET Flakes

“We’re very proud that our Como site has received this certification,” says Jeff Jirak, Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “With this achievement, we now have three certified powder sites in Europe, including Arnsberg in Germany and Izmir in Türkiye. This demonstrates our unwavering commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.”

“Our pursuit of improvement never stops,” continues Jirak. “Receiving IATF 16949 accreditation acknowledges our relentless efforts to continuously meet the stringent requirements of the automotive industry.”  rPET Flakes

AkzoNobel’s Como Site Achieves Top Automotive Industry Quality Certification

Flexible Film – Dow and SCG Chemicals have signed a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding  for a partnership aimed at transforming 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products by 2030, marking a first in the Asia Pacific market 18-05-2024

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Flexible Film – Dow and SCG Chemicals have signed a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding  for a partnership aimed at transforming 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products by 2030, marking a first in the Asia Pacific market 18-05-2024

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Dow and SCG Chemicals have signed a groundbreaking memorandum of understanding  for a partnership aimed at transforming 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products by 2030, marking a first in the Asia Pacific market

This initiative will process plastic waste through both mechanical recycling (MR) and advanced recycling (AR).

Building on a successful 37-year joint venture in Thailand, the partnership seeks to develop comprehensive solutions for circular plastic, starting with post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) and advancing technology in waste sorting, MR, and AR.

Future phases will explore sourcing plastic waste feedstocks throughout Southeast Asia, including potential expansions into China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.  Flexible Film

Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, Dow Thailand president, noted that this partnership marks a significant chapter in Dow’s 57-year journey in Thailand, enhancing customer value and contributing to regional sustainability. The partnership supports Dow’s goal of transforming plastic waste into 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually by 2030 and aligns with SCGC’s sustainability targets, including achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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The Global Market for Mono-material Packaging 2024-2035

In many food-packaging applications, including stand-up pouches and flow wrappers, films are typically made using mixed materials in the structure. When different types of plastics are combined in a single package, it can be challenging to separate and recycle them effectively, leading to contamination and reduced quality of recycled materials. The widely used multi-material packaging film cannot be practically delaminated and recycled at scale.  Flexible Film

Mono-material packaging involves using a single type of recyclable plastic to avoid the issues associated with mixed recycling. By designing packaging using only one type of recyclable plastic, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the recycling process becomes more streamlined and efficient. Mono-material packaging eliminates the need for complex sorting and separation processes, increasing the likelihood of the material being recycled and reducing the chances of contamination. The use of mono-materials packaging films increases recycling rates and creates higher quality recyclate, reducing waste and strengthening the post-consumer recycled (PCR) supply chain.  Flexible Film

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A Detroit-based startup, Heartland, has received an investment from Chemovator, a German business incubator associated with BASF, to advance its development of hemp-based materials for use in plastics

Heartland specializes in natural fiber additives that can replace some chemical components in plastic compounds, emphasizing sustainability in the chemical industry.

Heartland’s innovative materials are designed to function seamlessly within traditional recycling systems, depending largely on the type of polymer they are mixed with. The company primarily blends these hemp fibers with olefins, ensuring that the specific gravity remains under 1.0.  Flexible Film

This careful formulation allows the use of standard float tanks in the recycling process, maintaining the efficiency of conventional methods.

Moreover, the fibers are processed into a micronized form, small enough to be entirely encapsulated by the resin. This meticulous process ensures that the enhanced polymer maintains its original strength, impact resistance, and moisture absorption capabilities. Predominantly, these hemp fibers are utilized in the production of HDPE-based reusable items such as containers, pallets, and trays, showcasing their versatility and environmental benefits.  Flexible Film

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European BOPP Film Market Faces Challenges as Demand Remains Subdued

In recent weeks, the European market for Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) has encountered significant challenges, primarily driven by low demand from downstream packaging industries. The region has seen a surplus in BOPP Film supply, with market conditions characterized by sufficient stock levels. This surplus has been exacerbated by persistently weak demand, particularly from the packaging sector, a key consumer of BOPP Film. As a result, the cost of BOPP in Germany decreased by approximately 2% on a week-on-week basis, ending the last week.  Flexible Film

The price of BOPP Film in Europe has been influenced by the pricing trends of its feedstock, Polypropylene (PP). PP prices have remained bleak, reflecting the overall subdued market conditions. This trend persisted as the European PP market faced a 4% price decline, reflecting the prevailing weak demand sentiment.

The demand for BOPP Film from the packaging sector has been notably low, with reports indicating a lack of new orders.  Flexible Film

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INEOS Inovyn is enhancing Europe’s PVC recycling with two new pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

This initiative is part of the strategic ‘Project Circle,’ aiming to commission an industrial unit with a 40KT recycling capacity by 2030. INEOS Inovyn has also joined two consortiums supported by Walloon and Flemish authorities to strengthen technical and commercial development.

Currently, only 30% of PVC waste in Europe is mechanically recycled. Project Circle targets the remaining waste by developing new technologies such as dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification. INEOS Inovyn aims to make all PVC waste recyclable and plans to have its first industrial unit ready by 2030. Flexible Film

The two pilot plants at Jemeppe-sur-Sambre will advance PVC dissolution technology to recycle complex PVC waste, including legacy additives, drawing on Vinyloop’s technology experience from 2002 to 2018.

Collaboration is key to Project Circle’s success. INEOS Inovyn has joined two Belgian consortiums.  Flexible Film

The first, ‘CIRC-PVC,’ covers the entire chain from collecting PVC waste at construction-demolition sites to producing rejuvenated PVC without legacy additives.

INEOS Inovyn is enhancing Europe's PVC recycling with two new pilot plants at its Jemeppe-sur-Sambre site in Belgium

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market Riding the Wave to a Projected US$ 4.9 Billion by 2033

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market

The Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market (再生ポリエチレンテレフタレート市場) is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% during the forecast period, reaching a value of US $ 4.9 billion by 2033. R-PET is a transparent, robust, recyclable plastic that can be used to create new goods. In essence, this substance is a polymer made by mixing pure terephthalic acid with modified ethylene glycol.

Regularly melted and turned into fibres for carpets or fiberfill are PET bottles and container waste.  Flexible Film

Polyethylene terephthalate can also be recycled back into its original use if it is recovered in a suitably pure state. Polyethylene terephthalate can now be reassembled using a variety of methods for dissolving polymers into their chemical components.
Key Driving Forces Accelerating the Market Growth:
Growing concerns about plastic pollution and environmental sustainability have heightened the demand for recycled materials. Consumers, governments, and industries are actively seeking more sustainable packaging solutions, leading to a surge in the adoption of R-PET. Moreover, demand for R-PET in the United States is expected to witness a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period.  Flexible Film
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Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) Market Riding the Wave to a Projected US$ 4.9 Billion by 2033

UPM Raflatac launches RecyClass-certified New Wave paper label material

Primarily designed for home and personal care products like soap bottles and washing detergent containers, New Wave provides functional utility throughout the product lifecycle

Labelling solutions provider UPM Raflatac has introduced New Wave, a new paper label material for plastic packaging that has received RecyClass certification.

New Wave is said to be the first of its kind to be officially recognised for compatibility with recycling processes for rigid high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) containers.  Flexible Film

The RecyClass certification includes a Letter of Compatibility, confirming that New Wave can be used on natural and white material streams without compromising the purity required by recyclers.

The New Wave label material is specifically designed to support the recycling of rigid plastic packaging.

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Circular Recycling – Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley 17-05-2024

Circular Recycling – Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley 17-05-2024

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Alpek’s PET caps offer single-material solution for bottles

Global Commercial Vice President Alfredo Carrasco said the new material, marketed under the CaPETall brand name, “meets all the needs” of bottle cap production and now is being sampled by customers. The material is expected to be commercially available in 2025.

Officials added CaPETall is a 100 percent PET product that improves post-consumer PET bottle recycling and the PET circular economy. Circular Recycling

CaPETall also maintains the advantages of PET’s mechanical and performance properties and retains the desirable optical properties of PET. Additionally, it passes drop impact for both room-temperature and cold-temperature testing protocols.

“PET has a strong effect on sustainability,” Carrasco said. “We want to differentiate PET vs. other plastics.”

Alpek’s Octal sheet unit also has developed DPET, a process that allows PET sheet to be made directly from PET melt resin.

Officials said the process removes five energy-intensive stages from sheet production. DPET sheet also is available with recycled content. Circular Recycling

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NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA Manufacturing Expansion Attracts Record Financing from Krungthai Bank PCL of Thailand

NatureWorks, a leading manufacturer of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers made from renewable resources, today announced the historic financial support from Krungthai Bank PCL to optimize the capital structure for the new fully-integrated Ingeo™️ PLA manufacturing facility in Thailand. The financing from Krungthai Bank, Thailand’s third largest bank, amounting to $350M USD (12,600M Baht Equivalent), is one of the singular largest loans in the bank’s decades-long history and shows confidence in NatureWorks’ market leadership and global economic impact. Today, the companies participated in a signing ceremony to celebrate this milestone.  Circular Recycling

In alignment with its ESG values and sustainable finance solutions, Krungthai Bank funded NatureWorks’ newest manufacturing facility for Ingeo PLA biopolymer, a biobased material used in plastic and fiber applications. The funding will support the construction of the plant and its ongoing operations. NatureWorks was chosen because of its market leadership in defining bioplastic technologies and how those solutions will move Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economy forward.

BCG leverages technology and Thailand’s biological diversity to enable a more sustainable, innovation-driven, and values-based economy. Circular Recycling

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Mondi takes another slice of sustainable packaging by teaming up with Scan Sverige

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has collaborated with Scan Sverige to create a polypropylene (PP) based mono-material packaging, that is designed for recycling.

HKScan Sweden, having over a century experience in responsible Swedish food production, uses Mondi’s WalletPack for its Pärsons brand’s range of sliced ham, salami, and plant-based products, starting from March 2024. Circular Recycling

Mondi’s WalletPack is a PP based solution which is designed for recyclability.

This packaging is purposefully developed with recycling in mind, aligning with our customer’s goals, and NPA’s missions as an approved producer responsibility organisation dedicated to advancing circular and traceable material recycling. WalletPack can be effectively sorted by Site Zero, Europe’s largest and most advanced plastic recycling facility located in Sweden and is thereby contributing to a circular economy. It replaces the previous solution, which was an unrecyclable multi-material pack that consisted of PET-PE and PA-PE laminates. Circular Recycling

Featuring a top and bottom film, Mondi’s WalletPack has an easy peel mechanism ensuring consumer convenience. Created with a protective high oxygen barrier for a longer shelf-life in combination with inside print, it also offers good printability to communicate the brand and product messages.

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NPE ’24: INSIGHT: Big themes at NPE include sustainability, EVs, toxicity rules

The biggest plastics trade show in the Western Hemisphere returned last week after a six-year hiatus. Delegates returned to consider an industry that is increasingly being shaped by government policy which is favoring sustainability and electric vehicles (EVs) while restricting the use of some classes of chemicals that are used in processing aids.

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The regulatory outlook is influencing companies’ sustainability goals, and that is influencing which plastics they buy and which ones are made by producers.

Sustainability was the most prominent theme at the show. The title of the keynote address given by BASF Corp CEO Mike Heinz was “Our Plastics Journey: The Road to Shaping a Sustainable Future”. Circular Recycling

Other examples of sustainability at the show include the following:

  • Executives from SABIC and NOVA Chemicals talked at lengths about what their companies are doing to incorporate more recycled content into their materials.
  • Renewable plastics producers CJ CheilJedang and Danimer Scientific had booths showcasing their grades of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a renewable polyester.

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SK Chemicals Advances Circular Recycling in North America

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Following the prominent Chinaplas last month, SK Chemicals is poised to broaden its influence in the global market by pioneering circular recycling technologies in North America. Circular Recycling

The North American Plastics Exhibition (NPE), organized by the American Plastics Association, is a pivotal event that spans all industries, from automotive to construction and medical. Recognized as the largest plastics trade fair in the Americas, NPE is held triennially and is esteemed as one of the top three global plastic exhibitions, alongside Chinaplas and Germany’s K Trade Fair. This event is dedicated to fostering innovation and sustainability in the plastics sector.

Recent initiatives in North America mirror a worldwide movement towards more robust plastic recycling policies. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out the country’s inaugural National Recycling Strategy, aiming for a 50% recycling rate by 2030.  Circular Recycling

States like Illinois and California are also advancing significant legislation, such as the Plastic Recycling Modernization Act and the Producer Responsibility Plastic Recycling, to bolster recycling efforts.

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Global PET Market Enters May 2024 with Balanced Market Situation

In the early week of May 2024, Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices exhibited a similar trend across various regions, including the US, Germany, and the Asian Pacific nations.

In the US, PET prices remained stable at USD 1232/MT during this period. This stability can be attributed to the low cost of feedstock, despite the volatile nature of crude oil prices. Circular Recycling

Although PET feedstock PTA remained steady, MEG prices in the US market experienced a 2.2% decline. According to the EIA report, West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices were reported at USD 79.65 per barrel on May 3rd, 2024, showing a weekly decrease of USD 5.73/bbl but a yearly increase of USD 8.33/bbl. The recent uptick in US crude inventory ultimately influenced PET prices.

Similarly, PET prices in Germany remained stable, largely due to reduced demand from the downstream bottle and packaging industry and continued low-cost support from feedstock. While PET feedstock PTA remained consistent, MEG prices surged by approximately 4% due to higher feedstock costs. Circular Recycling

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Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley

    • Siemens Energy’s PEM electrolysis technology to make up 25% of the first 400 MW tranche of Cepsa’s large-scale green hydrogen project in Huelva, southern Spain
    • The PEM electrolysis will complement the use of alkaline water technology that Cepsa plans to implement for the remaining 300 MW of the first phase of the Huelva project, which it is developing in partnership with Fertiberia. The total 400 MW electrolyzer order is the largest in southern Europe  Circular Recycling
    • The combination of technologies is a decisive step for the Cepsa-led Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley, one of largest projects of its kind in Europe, aimed at creating a European green hydrogen value chain and delivering decarbonization solutions for industry and heavy transport

Cepsa has selected Siemens Energy, one of the world’s leading energy technology companies, for the supply of 100 megawatts (MW) of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology for green hydrogen production at its La Rábida Energy Park in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), southern Spain.  Circular Recycling

Cepsa selects Siemens Energy’s PEM technology for 100 MW of electrolysis capacity for the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley
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Recycled polybutylene terephthalate – Cabot Corporation today announced the launch of its innovative REPLASBLAK® universal circular black masterbatches containing certified sustainable materials 16-05-2024

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In the first quarter of 2024, the Veneto-based Piovan Group maintained stable margins despite a marginal decline in revenues, chiefly within the Technical Polymers sector

The company witnessed a notable increase in net profit, climbing from 9.6 to 15.1 million euros, coupled with a 34% rise in adjusted Ebitda to 16.3 million euros. However, sales dipped slightly to 136 million euros, a 3.6% decrease compared to the previous year, primarily due to an 8% revenue reduction in the Technical Polymers area. This sector, critical as it accounts for 78% of the total revenues, faced challenges from high interest rates and uncertainties in the recycling sector, influenced by changes in European regulations.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

Despite these hurdles, the Food & Industrial Applications and services sectors showed growth of 33.4% and 2.4%, respectively. The medical and pharmaceutical sectors also saw increasing applications, showcasing the group’s resilience in a tough market environment.

The company remains optimistic about future performance, bolstered by a stable order backlog as of March 31, 2024, and expectations of regulatory shifts favoring recycled plastics use in the EU.

In the first quarter of 2024, the Veneto-based Piovan Group maintained stable margins despite a marginal decline in revenues, chiefly within the Technical Polymers sector

Yazaki Corporation, in collaboration with Toray Industries, has developed a new grade of recycled polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin, designed for manufacturing connectors in automotive wire harnesses

This initiative utilizes scrap from manufacturing processes, aiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with connector production while maintaining the performance level of virgin materials. Toray has introduced Ecouse Toraycon, a PBT resin produced through chemical recycling, which involves depolymerizing and repolymerizing manufacturing scrap. This method addresses common recycling challenges such as contamination and material degradation, ensuring the recycled PBT resin matches the quality of virgin materials through strict quality control measures from depolymerization to compounding.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

A significant challenge for Yazaki has been ensuring the consistent quality of recycled materials for critical components like automotive wire harness connectors. To overcome this, Yazaki has optimized the properties and mouldability of the chemically recycled PBT resin. In partnership with Toray, Yazaki has successfully developed a recycled PBT resin grade that maintains the quality stability of conventional PBT resin grades, demonstrating that eco-friendly materials can be effectively integrated into high-performance automotive parts.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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Prices for curbside recyclables continue to climb

Natural and color HDPE prices rose higher this month, continuing an upward trend that began last fall. Paper grades increased marginally as well.

The national average price of post-consumer natural HDPE is up to an average 32.44 cents per pound. This compares to 30.63 cents for high-density polyethylene last month and 74.59 cents this time last year.

The national average price of color HDPE is up this month, now at an average 23.94 cents per pound. This compares to 20.50 cents last month and 16.09 cents one year ago.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars moved up again this month, now averaging 15.09 cents per pound compared to 14.22 cents per pound this time last month. Some regional contracts are yielding 16-18 cents per pound. One year ago the grade was trading at 14.20 cents per pound.

The national average price for corrugated containers, PS 11, is up marginally, now at an average $106 per ton compared with $105 last month. At this time last year, OCC was trading for $44 per ton.

Mixed paper, PS 54, is also up $5, now at $68 per ton. This compares to $8 per ton this time last year.

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Cabot Corporation today announced the launch of its innovative REPLASBLAK® universal circular black masterbatches containing certified sustainable materials

These masterbatches are the first in the industry to be recognized with the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for their sustainable content. Manufactured under the EVOLVE® Sustainable Solutions initiative, these products maintain the high standards of performance, quality, and reliability that the plastics industry demands, specifically catering to large-scale certified circular solutions.

In response to the global shift towards a lower carbon future, the demand for sustainable solutions that support a circular economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is increasing.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

Automotive plastic compounders and converters are now prioritizing third-party certified products that incorporate circular value chains and recycled feedstocks. Cabot’s new masterbatch products, made from mechanically recycled polymer, are designed to cater to this demand, offering ISCC PLUS certified solutions that can be used in a variety of automotive applications including the coloring of polyolefins and engineering plastics.

The product range includes REPLASBLAK® reUN5285 and REPLASBLAK® reUN5290, both enhanced by EVOLVE Sustainable Solutions. These masterbatches combine sustainability with versatility, allowing for low addition rates that improve material management efficiency. They also support high gloss and jetness, providing superior color quality and mechanical properties akin to standard masterbatches, suitable for diverse automotive uses.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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Bright plastic colourants speed up microplastic leakage, universities caution

Brightly coloured plastics break down into microplastics at a faster rate than those in plainer colours, according to researchers from the University of Leicester and the University of Cape Town.

Published in the journal Environmental Pollutionthe findings used two complementary studies to demonstrate that, depending on the colourant used to formulate them, plastics of the same composition could degrade at different rates.  Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

In one study, bottle lids of various colours were placed on the roof of a university building, where they were exposed to the sun and the elements for three years. A second utilized plastic items of different colours from a remote beach in South Africa.

In both cases, samples were only used if a date stamp was embossed into the plastic, revealing its date of manufacture. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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P&G And Dow Working Together On Recycling Technology

The Procter & Gamble and Dow, two top suppliers of diaper [https://www.newclears.com/products/] industry [https://www.newclears.com/products/], are working together on creating a new recycling technology that will transfer hard to recycle plastic packaging material into a recyclable PE (polyethylene) with near virgin quality and a low greenhouse gas emissions footprint. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

In order to create the new technology, the two companies will combine their patented technologies and professional knowledge in the dissolution process.

This development project will concentrate on recycling various plastic materials with a focus on polyethylene and targeting post-household plastic waste (especially rigidity, flexible and multi-layer packaging, which are harder to recycle) through the use of dissolving technology.
This technology aims to provide high quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer with a lower greenhouse gas emissions footprint comparing to traditional fossil -based polyethylene. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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ExxonMobil Sold on Sustainable Solutions at Chinaplas

Monomaterial packaging structures, chemical recycling, recyclate-incorporating grades, and lightweighting for automotive applications took center stage at the mega-show.

At a Glance

  • All-polyethylene solution an alternative to PET-based structures.
  • Capacity at ExxonMobil’s Exxtend unit in Baytown, TX, projected to be 500,000 tonnes/year by the end of 2026.
  • ExxonMobil building multi-billion-dollar chemical complex in China to meet continued demand for virgin polymers. Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

There was something for — almost — everyone from ExxonMobil at Chinaplas in Shanghai last month. One highlight was a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) solution for machine-direction-oriented (MDO) blown film. Grade 7165L is a core component of pouches designed for recyclability, imparting stiffness to the structure.

“7165L was designed specifically with MDO in mind, and we also bring our Exceed mLLDPE [linear-low-density PE with metallocene catalysts] material into the structure. They combine to deliver an all-PE solution that can replace PET-based structures,” noted Matt Loach, PE global marketing manager, at an offsite interview with PlasticsToday during the show. “Collaboration across the entire value chain was also important for successful project execution.” Recycled polybutylene terephthalate

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Biodegradable plastic – Orion S.A., a global leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a significant investment in Alpha Carbone, a French tire recycling company 15-05-2024

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Biodegradable plastic – Orion S.A., a global leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a significant investment in Alpha Carbone, a French tire recycling company 15-05-2024

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Orion S.A., a global leader in specialty chemicals, has announced a significant investment in Alpha Carbone, a French tire recycling company

This partnership will enhance Alpha Carbone’s capacity to produce commercial quantities of tire pyrolysis oil and recovered carbon black. A long-term supply agreement makes Orion the exclusive buyer of the tire pyrolysis oil, which it will use to manufacture sustainable carbon black for tire and rubber product manufacturers.

Each year, France sees approximately 500,000 metric tons of tires discarded. Orion has been collaborating with major tire companies to develop a circular version of carbon black, which is pivotal as tire pyrolysis remains the sole proven method to produce it for use in new tires.  Biodegradable plastic

The process at Alpha Carbone involves heating end-of-life tires to high temperatures to decompose them into synthetic gas, recovered carbon black, and tire pyrolysis oil. Orion is unique in using 100% tire pyrolysis oil to create circular carbon black, demonstrating its capability to substitute virgin carbon black in various applications.

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Aquafil, the economic results for the 1st quarter of 2024

In the first quarter of 2024, Aquafil, a STAR-listed nylon producer, reported revenues of €147.5 million, a 11.6% decrease from the previous year’s €166.82 million. This decline is largely due to lower sales prices influenced by raw material trends and a varied sales mix. The gross operating margin dropped by 29.3% to €15.24 million, leading to a reduced margin of 10.3%. Net profit for the quarter was €3.1 million, slightly less than the €3.29 million in early 2023. Biodegradable plastic

Net debt stood at €250.3 million at quarter’s end, a slight increase from €248.5 million at the year’s start. Operating activities generated €14.2 million in cash.

Despite these figures, Aquafil’s management reaffirms its commitment to the 2024-2025 goals, indicating stability and adherence to their strategic plans. The company’s focus remains on achieving these objectives, reflecting confidence in their business strategy and future performance. Biodegradable plastic

Aquafil, the economic results for the 1st quarter of 2024

SKC to build world’s top biodegradable plastic plant in Vietnam

SKC Ltd., a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, has initiated construction of a biodegradable plastic plant in Hai Phong, Vietnam, slated to be the largest single factory for polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT) globally. The plant, under SK Leaveo, the biodegradable material unit of SKC, involves an investment of $100 million. It aims to begin producing 70,000 tons of PBAT annually by the third quarter of 2025, marking it as the world’s largest production capacity from a single facility. Biodegradable plastic

Located in Hai Phong’s economic zone, the plant will cover 22,389 square meters. SKC plans future expansions at an additional secured site. PBAT, known for its flexible and durable properties, is primarily used in food packaging films and shopping bags. SK Leaveo intends to enhance PBAT’s strength using nanocellulose, broadening its applications to include textiles and nonwovens.

The facility will exclusively use renewable energy sources as part of Vietnam’s RE 100 clean energy initiative. SK Leaveo will collaborate with An Phat Holdings, a leading Vietnamese plastic manufacturer, which will acquire a stake in SK Leaveo’s Vietnamese affiliate and sign a long-term contract for PBAT purchase and export. Biodegradable plastic

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SRF Limited, a prominent player in India’s chemicals industry, anticipates ongoing challenges in the BOPET sector due to demand-supply imbalances and margin pressures for the near to medium future

Efforts to optimize inventory levels in the agrochemicals segment throughout FY24 have shown signs of increasing demand, with sustained interest from customers, especially in the development of Active Ingredients (AIs).

Ashish Bharat Ram, the Chairman and Managing Director, highlighted a noticeable recovery in the chemicals business in the fourth quarter of FY24 and expects further improvements in the latter half of FY25. Biodegradable plastic

According to a report by ManufacturingToday, the chemicals division experienced a 14% reduction in segment revenue and a 33% decrease in operating profit during the fourth quarter of FY24 compared to the same period last year.

These downturns were mainly due to the impact of inventory adjustments and pricing pressures.

These pressures were exacerbated by increased production capacities in China, which particularly affected the specialty chemicals market. Biodegradable plastic

This situation underscores the ongoing competitive and operational challenges faced by SRF Limited in maintaining its market position and profitability in a volatile global market environment.

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High Melt Strength PP Foam Reduces Vehicle Emissions, Increases Recyclability

Sabic is exhibiting two transportation applications at NPE that demonstrate the lightweighting, processing, and sustainability features of its PP-UMS foam resin.

Sabic is spotlighting two diverse transportation applications that demonstrate the potential benefits of Sabic PP-UMS (Polypropylene – Ultra Melt Strength) foam resin at NPE2024 (Booth S19005). The material features high melt strength for high levels of foamability and enables the extrusion of PP foams with very low density, good impact resistance, and compliance with VDA 278 emission regulations.  Biodegradable plastic

Sabic PP-UMS foam resin’s processing versatility allows PP foams, subject to user testing, to be used in structural cores for sandwich panels in delivery vans, trucks, and recreational vehicles (RVs), and to provide structural and insulative properties in blow-molded air ducts. Examples of these applications, on display at the Sabic booth, illustrate the suitability of this foam resin for broad use in transportation components that can benefit from significant weight reduction and potential cost optimization.  Biodegradable plastic

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European MEG Prices Stand in Contrast to US and Asian Markets in First Week of May

During the first week of May 2024, Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) prices exhibited varying trajectories across different regions, declining in the US and Asian Pacific markets while increasing in Europe.

The price trend for MEG prices in each region is influenced by both upstream and downstream factors.

In the first week, the European MEG market witnessed a bullish trend, like in Germany, domestic MEG prices surged by approximately 4% compared to the previous week, driven by increased feedstock costs.

Ethylene oxide, a key component of MEG production, saw a modest increase of around 0.7% during the same period.  Biodegradable plastic

Despite moderate demand from downstream sectors such as PET resin and Polyester Staple Fiber, the overall market remained buoyant.

However, oil prices experienced a sharp decline globally, attributed to geopolitical easing in the Middle East and overall weakness in fuel markets.

European Brent crude traded near USD 84 a barrel, marking a weekly loss of over 6%, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude hovered just above USD 79/barrel.

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PET Technologies at ProPack Asia: 25 years of blow moulding

Key Highlights:

  • PET Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and will be exhibiting its blow moulding equipment at ProPack Asia, June 12-15 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The company will showcase its 4th generation of machines, APF-Max series, with productivity of up to 14,000 bottles per hour.
  • The company’s high-quality blow moulds, crafted from durable duralumin alloys with a hardness level of up to 100HB, along with customisable bottle designs will be on display to visitors.  Biodegradable plastic

PET Technologies, a manufacturer of blow moulding equipment for PET bottle production, will be exhibiting at ProPack Asia, taking place June 12-15 in Bangkok, Thailand. This appearance marks another stop on its “PetTour2024,” a series of international exhibitions throughout the year, including Europe, Asia, North and South America.

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This year, PET Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary. Having been in the market since 1999, the company has developed alongside it, always incorporating the latest industry trends and innovations. Biodegradable plastic

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Altilium announces technological advancements in recycling of LFP and NMC batteries

Altilium, a UK-based clean technology group focused on supporting the transition to net zero, has today announced details of the latest advances in its innovative EcoCathode™ hydrometallurgical recycling technology, with breakthroughs in the recovery of lithium from new battery chemistries and the production of cathode active materials (CAM) from a mixed feed of lithium scrap. Biodegradable plastic

Altilium is the only company in the UK recycling and upcycling old EV batteries to high nickel P-CAM and CAM for direct reuse in new EV batteries. With the growing demand for lithium-ion batteries, the company is developing a domestic, sustainable source of battery raw materials for the UK, reducing reliance on imported materials from China and helping to decarbonise the UK transport sector.

Leveraging its proprietary EcoCathode™ process, Altilium has successfully processed LFP batteries, recovering over 97% of the lithium, marking a significant step towards for sustainable battery production and recycling.

Recovering lithium at high efficiency is a significant breakthrough, as it improves the economics of recycling LFP batteries, which are expected to make up over 40% of the global market by 2030. Biodegradable plastic

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Bionylon66 – Fulgar, an Italian company specializing in synthetic fibers, has obtained the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification from Textile Exchange for its Q-Cycle yarn 14-05-2024

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Bionylon66 -Chroma adds compostability to improve recycling of complex parts 14-05-2024

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Fulgar, an Italian company specializing in synthetic fibers, has obtained the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification from Textile Exchange for its Q-Cycle yarn

This certification, endorsed by a significant non-profit organization focused on sustainable practices in the textile industry, emphasizes recycling’s role in sustainable production and consumption. It aims to reduce the use of virgin raw materials, water, and energy.

Q-Cycle is crafted from polyamide 6.6, utilizing pyrolysis oil derived from end-of-life tires, aligning with mass balance principles. Despite being a recycled product, this yarn retains the desirable properties of virgin polyamide 6.6, such as lightness, strength, and durability. It is versatile across various textile applications, easily integrates with other yarns, and is sustainable. Bionylon66

Additionally, Q-Cycle has secured the ISCC PLUS certification, ensuring global sustainability, traceability, and mass balance across its production. It also adheres to the Oeko-Tex STD Class I STD 100 Appendix 6 standards and features an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) that evaluates its environmental impact within the supply chain.

The RCS certification includes a third-party verified environmental declaration that confirms the use of recycled materials and the traceability of these materials throughout the production process, from manufacturing to final product labeling. This standard corresponds to the ISO 14021, defining recycled content criteria. Bionylon66

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A recent study, “100 Years Lifetime of Plastic Pipes,” suggests that plastic pipes could last over a century

The research, led by Austria’s Polymer Competence Center and backed by the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA), reviewed existing studies to estimate these materials’ durability. TEPPFA’s Ludo Debever highlights that following EN and ISO standards in design, production, and installation is key to longevity. This finding offers assurance to those investing in plastic pipe systems for utilities, suggesting a lifespan of at least 100 years. Bionylon66

The study examined polyethylene, polypropylene, and unplasticized polyvinyl chloride pipes, commonly used for water, gas, and waste systems, considering both smooth and structured types. It accounted for typical operational conditions, such as temperatures below 20°C and adherence to current EN, ISO, and ASTM standards, while excluding pipes used for industrial, underfloor heating, or made from recycled materials.

Results, derived from pipe examinations up to 50 years old and scientific literature, showed few failures, mainly due to non-compliant manufacturing or installation. TEPPFA’s report underscores the pipes’ dependability, projecting a service life well beyond 100 years under normal conditions. Bionylon66

The full report is accessible via TEPPFA’s website.

A recent study, “100 Years Lifetime of Plastic Pipes,” suggests that plastic pipes could last over a century

Nextchem has partnered with Johnson Matthey (JM) for the global marketing of their Circular Methanol technology package, a sustainable technology initiative, as announced on May 13 in Rome by Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiary, Nextchem

Operating under its MyRechemical division, which specializes in waste-to-chemical technologies, Nextchem utilizes its unique waste-to-syngas technology to support this collaboration.

The partnership, built on a July 2021 cooperation agreement, integrates MyRechemical’s waste conversion technology with JM’s syngas-methanol production capabilities. This integration facilitates the joint marketing of the technology alongside the Circular Methanol brand owned by MyRechemical. Bionylon66

This new agreement grants JM the right to use the Circular Methanol brand, enhancing the market presence of this combined technological offering. Both companies aim to lead in the sustainable technology sector, leveraging their respective expertise in chemical processing and environmental sustainability to commercialize this innovative technology globally.

Nextchem has partnered with Johnson Matthey (JM) for the global marketing of their Circular Methanol technology package, a sustainable technology initiative, as announced on May 13 in Rome by Maire Tecnimont's subsidiary, Nextchem

Dairen joins The LYCRA Company & Qore to develop renewable LYCRA fibre

  • The LYCRA Company partners with Dairen Chemical Corporation to produce low-impact bio-PTMEG from QIRA, enabling the creation of renewable LYCRA fiber.
  • DCC’s innovative process reduces carbon footprint, earning them The LYCRA Company’s Green Partner Award.
  • This collaboration signifies a shift towards sustainable production in the apparel industry.

The LYCRA Company, a global leader in developing innovative, sustainable solutions for the apparel and personal care industries, has announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC) to convert QIRA—a brand of BDO (1,4-butanediol)—into low-impact PTMEG, the main ingredient in patented bio-derived LYCRA fiber. Dairen will be the first company in the world to mass produce this low-impact bio-PTMEG at scale. Bionylon66

In September 2022, The LYCRA Company and Qore announced they were joining forces to enable the production of bio-derived LYCRA fiber made with QIRA. Now, DCC joins this distinctive collaboration, converting QIRA into bio-PTMEG. This unique PTMEG will make up the renewable portion of LYCRA fiber, accounting for 70% of the fiber’s content. It is being made exclusively for The LYCRA Company to its stringent specifications. With its low-impact allyl alcohol process, DCC has pioneered a technology that creates the lowest-impact PTMEG available, which is cleaner and has a lower carbon footprint than product produced with natural gas or coal. Bionylon66

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Honeywell has introduced a new naphtha to ethane and propane (NEP) technology, which promises to revolutionize the production of light olefins like ethylene and propylene by enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions

This innovative process allows for the conversion of naphtha and/or LPG into ethane and propane, which are subsequently utilized as feedstocks in ethylene and propylene production. These chemicals are vital in the manufacture of various products including plastics, chemicals, and fibers.

The NEP technology not only supports the transition to cleaner energy but also aligns with Honeywell’s strategic focus on addressing global megatrends. Bionylon66

By optimizing the production process, the technology facilitates a significant reduction in the production of lower-value byproducts, traditionally associated with mixed-feed steam cracking units. This optimized method enables a net cash margin improvement ranging from 15% to 50%. Bionylon66

Moreover, adopting NEP technology in olefin production complexes can reduce CO2 intensity by 5% to 50% per metric ton of product, compared to traditional methods. This enhancement is part of Honeywell’s broader initiative within its Integrated Olefin Suite technology portfolio, marking a pioneering advancement in the industry.

Matt Spalding, vice president and general manager at Honeywell Energy and Sustainability Solutions in MENA, emphasized that this technology not only meets the high demand for ethylene and propylene but also helps in reducing carbon emissions, addressing both competitive pressures and raw material acquisition challenges in the global petrochemical industry.Bionylon66

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Is Recycling Plastic Even Worth It?

As a country, we’re decent about some of our recycling. We successfully process about two-thirds of our aluminum and paper and about one-third of our glass back into new products.

But when it comes to the more than 200 pounds of plastic waste each of us generates per year, we only put about 15 percent of it into recycle bins. And only about five percent actually gets recycled. Bionylon66

Recycling of paper, cardboard, metal and glass is definitely worth it,” says Judith Enck, president of Beyond Plastics and a former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “But the plastics waste stream is very complex and is not easy to recycle.”

So when presented with packaging choices, it’s best to veer away from plastic. (Spoiler alert: Aluminum is the best.) But ditching plastic altogether isn’t practical. So here’s how to make better choices with the plastic we do use to help get more of it recycled.

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Chroma adds compostability to improve recycling of complex parts

Chroma Color Corp. has launched its new biocompostable color master batch for difficult-to-recycle parts made up of combinations of different polymers or those used for in-mould labelling applications.Bionylon66

“Most consumers are not going to take the time to rip apart the paper and the plastic component,” James Walsh, vice president of technology at Chroma Color, told Plastics News at NPE2024.

“There are a lot of converters that have put a lot of technology and capital resources into their product,” Walsh said. “They just can’t completely change the whole technology they’ve invested in.”

Chroma Color worked with its suppliers to create a PHA polyester that complies with ASTM-6400 and DIN EN13432 biocomposting standards, which specify requirements for the biodegradation of solid materials through composting plastics intended for aerobic composting in municipal or industrial settings and procedures for determining the compostability and aerobic treatability of packaging, respectively.  Bionylon66

PHAs are a group of bio-based and biodegradable polyesters made by bacterial fermentation.

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Algae-based plastic – Study reveals nearly 60 companies to be responsible for half of world’s plastic pollution: ‘The industry likes to put the responsibility on the individual’13-05-2024

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R-PET Bottles Prices – Michael Heinz, CEO of BASF Corp, addressed the need for a more sustainable plastics industry during his keynote at NPE2024 

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A review by the Chinese Academy of Sciences has spotlighted advanced recycling techniques for Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, a material known for its durability and resistance to natural degradation

With oer 82 million metric tons produced annually for items like bottles and packaging, PET is a major environmental concern due to its contribution to global plastic waste.

The study highlights innovative biotic and abiotic methods to recycle and upcycle PET, turning waste into valuable materials. PET plastic, used extensively in packaging due to its clarity, strength, and barrier properties, is now at the center of environmental issues. It can persist for centuries if not properly disposed of, leading to pollution and potential health risks due to chemical leaching.  algae-based plastic

The groundbreaking review proposes a dual strategy for PET recycling, combining microbial and chemical catalysis to decompose PET into monomers such as terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. These can be repurposed to create new PET or converted into high-value products like muconic acid, vanillin, and adipic acid. Techniques like enzymatic breakdown with engineered microbes and advanced catalysis are not only enhancing recycling efficiency but also promoting the upcycling of PET into economically beneficial products, marking a significant step towards sustainable industrial practices.

This approach could lead to substantial reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  algae-based plastic

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Global PP Market Turns Bearish in April with Cheap Raw Materials and High Supply

In the month of April 2024, the United States Polypropylene (PP) market experienced a period of stability, maintaining consistent prices. However, the first week of May marked a shift in this trajectory as prices began to decline. This downward trend was primarily driven by sluggish demand from key downstream industries, notably the automobile and construction sectors. Reduced car sales and decreased activity levels in commercial and civil engineering projects contributed to weakening demand for PP. Over the course of April, the price of PP decreased by approximately 2.2%, influenced by factors such as lower production costs due to cheaper feedstock Propylene, subdued demand from downstream industries, destocking activities, and ample material availability within the country.  algae-based plastic

Furthermore, the decrease in freight rates between Asia to North America and other routes during the month further supported the declining price trend for PP in the US market.

Similarly, the Brazilian PP market also witnessed a downward trajectory in the first week of May, influenced by ample product availability within the country, largely attributed to the influx of cheaper imports from the USA.

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Nordson’s New Melt Filter and Automated Die Lip Adjustment Make U.S. Debut at NPE 2024

Nordson Corp.’s Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) division, a leading global supplier of polymer and fluid coating die systems, pelletizers, and melt delivery systems will showcase its latest innovations at the NPE 2024 exhibition May 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booths #W8189, W8289). Making their U.S. debut at NPE are the BKG® HiCon™ K-SWE-HD/RS melt filter which helps film and sheet producers use more recycled materials, and the EDI® Prodigi™ automated lip adjustment system for EDI® extrusion and fluid coating dies.  algae-based plastic

“These newest technology innovations are emblematic of our focus on delivering the most efficient, productive, and environmentally sustainable solutions to help OEMs and manufacturers meet today’s most demanding production requirements,” said Andreas Wenzel, Nordson’s PPS division vice president.

Nordson’s PPS division is optimistic about the U.S. economy and is well positioned for a solid 2024, leveraging its innovation and technology in key market segments.

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Innovative Bottles, a California-based company, has launched a new line of bioplastic medicine bottles branded as ECO Vials, made using Luminy PLA (polylactic acid) sourced from TotalEnergies Corbion

These bottles are FDA-approved and are designed to offer a sustainable alternative in pharmaceutical packaging with significant environmental advantages. The PLA-based bottles not only have a lower carbon footprint but also boast features such as reusability, industrial compostability, and mechanical recyclability, provided the necessary infrastructure is available.  algae-based plastic

The use of PLA in these bottles meets the stringent safety and durability standards required in the medical sector. This includes the ability to undergo sterilization by accelerated electrons (E-Beam), ensuring they are safe for medical use. The manufacturer also highlights that the physical and mechanical properties of Luminy PLA are on par with traditional plastics like polystyrene, polyolefins, and PET, which are commonly used in the industry.

This innovation comes at a critical time, as medical waste management is a significant concern. In the United States alone, over 5.9 million tons of medical waste are generated annually, with more than half deriving from single-use plastics. By introducing biodegradable alternatives like PLA, Innovative Bottles aims to reduce the environmental impact of medical waste significantly.  algae-based plastic

Innovative Bottles, a California-based company, has launched a new line of bioplastic medicine bottles branded as ECO Vials, made using Luminy PLA (polylactic acid) sourced from TotalEnergies Corbion

Study reveals nearly 60 companies to be responsible for half of world’s plastic pollution: ‘The industry likes to put the responsibility on the individual’

A new study has highlighted the considerable role that major brands are playing in a plastic-polluted world after researchers traced the bulk of the waste to nearly 60 companies.

What’s happening?

Analysis published in the journal Science Advances revealed that 56 companies caused more than 50% of global plastic waste in 84 countries over a five-year span from 2018 to 2022.

The rest of the plastic had no discernable branding, raising potential questions about company reporting practices.  algae-based plastic

“This shows very, very, very well the need for transparency and traceability,” Stockholm Resilience Centre plastic pollution researcher Patricia Villarrubia-Gómez, one of the study’s authors, told The Guardian.

The study notes that five brands accounted for 24% of branded waste, with 11% of that total being connected back to the Coca-Cola Company. PepsiCo, Nestlé, Danone, and Altria rounded out the top five.  algae-based plastic

Study reveals nearly 60 companies to be responsible for half of world's plastic pollution: 'The industry likes to put the responsibility on the individual'

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with Algenesis Materials, have developed a groundbreaking algae-based plastic

This new material, composed of a bio-based polyurethane polymer, is fully biodegradable and decomposes completely within seven months without forming harmful microplastics. Traditional plastics, derived from petroleum, can take centuries to degrade and often fragment into microplastics, which persist in the environment.

The research, published in Scientific Reports, illustrates that this innovative polymer can be broken down by microbes naturally present in compost.

This discovery confirms the potential of using single-strain bacteria to facilitate complete biodegradation.  algae-based plastic

Researchers conducted tests where they observed a significant reduction in material mass over time. After 90 days of aerobic composting, there was a 68% decrease, and by 200 days, the reduction reached 97%. Such findings underscore the feasibility of replacing conventional plastics with more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.

Despite these promising results, the adoption of algae-based plastics faces economic hurdles. The costs associated with establishing sufficient algae farming infrastructure are currently high compared to the extraction of petroleum.  algae-based plastic

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with Algenesis Materials, have developed a groundbreaking algae-based plastic

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Spandex capacity growth – Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026 11-05-2024

Spandex capacity growth – Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026 11-05-2024

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Spandex capacity growth peaks in 2024, competition continues

Spandex prices have been undergoing downward adjustments for nearly three years since the previous cycle of high prosperity. From the beginning of 2022 to April 2024, only a few companies in the industry have been profitable, with the majority facing losses. However, the overall industry losses have marginally improved over the past two years. How will the expansion speed of spandex production capacity be in 2024, and when will the growth rate of production capacity slow down in the future?  Spandex capacity growth

Cash flow: Marginal improvement in losses

In the past five years, the spandex industry experienced a significant increase in profits in 2020-2021 due to the mask outbreak during the pandemic. However, in 2022, the industry suffered deep losses as inventories depreciated significantly. Although there was a reduction in losses in 2023, widespread losses persisted. From the beginning of 2024 to date, the average cash flow of 40D spandex has somewhat recovered compared to the second half of 2023, but it is still lower than the first quarter of the previous year. Due to the evident oversupply in the industry in 2024, it may be challenging for industry profits to see significant improvement.

Most companies are expected to face significant operational pressures, and internal competition within the industry is likely to continue. Spandex capacity growth

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Resourcify’s “State of circularity for enterprises in Germany” report assesses the recycling and circularity efforts of 313 prominent German companies

The findings expose a notable trend: many companies count waste-to-energy processes, primarily incineration, as recycling. This classification inflates their recycling rates, even though 68% of them fall below a 50% recycling rate when these methods are excluded. This misclassification highlights an urgent need to redefine recycling to exclude waste-to-energy to encourage genuine circularity.

Nearly half of the companies (47%) invest in the circular economy by adopting waste-to-energy processes, yet this approach prevents recyclable materials from being reused, pushing companies towards using new, virgin resources. Despite its controversial nature, waste-to-energy remains a popular method, rivaled only by chemical recycling, which 41% of companies utilize. Spandex capacity growth

When excluding landfill and incineration data, the average recycling rate plummets to 44%, well below the 2025 target of 55%. Furthermore, without these practices, only 32% of companies meet a 50% recycling rate, and a mere 12% reach the 70% national average for production and commercial waste recycling.

The importance of circular economy practices varies across industries, with over 50% of companies in automotive, manufacturing, and retail/fashion rating it highly, compared to just 32.5% in the travel and tourism sector.  Spandex capacity growth

More insights can be found in RECYCLING magazine’s next international issue in May.

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Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials Develops Spunbond Nonwoven Suitable for Home Composting

Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials Co., Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials Co., Ltd. (Tokyo; President: YANASE Koichi) has developed a spunbond nonwoven using a biodegradable plastic suitable for composting in domestic settings. The move comes in response to increasing global demand for home composting.

Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials intends to establish the production setup for regular and thermoformable grades of this nonwoven before the end of 2024.

Applications being eyed cover a wide variety of industrial fields, including beverage filters and packaging materials that come into contact with food, along with agricultural materials. Spandex capacity growth

The newly developed biodegradable plastic’s key feature is its capacity to decompose in a home composting environment at a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius.

■ Biodegradable plastic

Biodegradable plastic has all the durability of ordinary plastic, but is broken down after use into water and carbon dioxide via the action of microorganisms found in nature. The material is attracting increasing attention due to the potential for its widespread use to reduce the environmental impact of plastic.

Different biodegradable plastics are able to break down in compost, soil, water and other such environments, so each biodegradable plastic is categorized according to the specific environment in which it decomposes. Spandex capacity growth

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Results of a preliminary disintegration test in a home composting environment (28 degrees Celsius)

At NPE2024: The Plastics Show in Orlando, Florida, SABIC unveiled its advancements in thermoplastics designed to enhance fire safety in electric vehicle (EV) batteries

The company displayed a thermoplastic battery module box, part of its BlueHero initiative, which supports the automotive industry’s shift towards electric power. This demonstration includes a variety of EV battery components, such as module enclosures and busbars, all made using SABIC materials.

SABIC’s tests at the sub-system level have shown that using a battery module box crafted from Stamax 30YH570—a long glass fiber polypropylene resin with an intercellular thickness of just 1mm—acts as an effective thermal barrier. Spandex capacity growth

This material provides essential thermal insulation and flame resistance, thereby reducing the risk of fire spreading from cell to cell during thermal runaway incidents.

These findings add to previous assessments, including a 2023 evaluation where Stamax 30YH570 received the UL Verified Mark for its flame-delaying capabilities. The recent tests at NPE involved lithium-ion battery cells in a steel chamber, showing that the Stamax resin blocks effectively prevented heat and flame propagation, securing the integrity of adjacent cells.

Additionally, SABIC showcased other uses of its thermoplastics in EV batteries, such as in the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6, which incorporates the H1030 polypropylene compound for battery module enclosures. Spandex capacity growth

At NPE2024: The Plastics Show in Orlando, Florida, SABIC unveiled its advancements in thermoplastics designed to enhance fire safety in electric vehicle (EV) batteries

Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026

The facility, costing approximately €20 million, will handle up to 20,000 tons of plastic waste annually, producing about 15,000 tons of pyrolysis oil. This initiative marks RES’s entry into the chemical recycling sector, enhancing its portfolio that includes waste collection, disposal, and mechanical recycling. The construction is aligned with the objectives of Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) and is set to begin shortly, employing around twenty people. Spandex capacity growth

Antonio Lucio Valerio, CEO of RES, highlighted the project’s significance in integrating various recycling processes and reducing reliance on fossil-based resources. The plant will be the first of its kind in Italy, converting non-mechanically recyclable polyolefin waste into high-quality raw materials for new plastics. BlueAlp brings to this partnership their experience from a similar large-scale facility in Ostend, Belgium, utilizing their low-temperature pyrolysis technology known for its economic and environmental benefits.

Valentijn de Neve, CEO of BlueAlp, expressed pride in collaborating with RES, emphasizing the importance of advancing recycling technologies to transform plastic waste management globally. This project reflects both companies’ commitment to sustainability and innovation in the recycling industry. Spandex capacity growth

Recupero Etico Sostenibile (RES) has partnered with Dutch company BlueAlp to establish a chemical recycling plant in Pettoranello del Molise, Italy, targeting operations by 2026

Farrel Pomini goes all in on continuous mixer technology for recycling

At NPE 2024, Ansonia, Conn.-based Farrel Pomini is betting on mechanical and chemical recycling applications for its continuous mixer technology

At NPE 2024, Ansonia, Conn.-based Farrel Pomini is betting on mechanical and chemical recycling applications for its continuous mixer technology.

The Farrel continuous mixer is a compounder that feeds to an extruder, based on the principle of two counter-rotating, non-intermeshing rotors, and a large free volume mixing chamber. First introduced in 1963, the machine is now adapting to market dynamics of increased demand for recycled plastics and biopolymers. Spandex capacity growth

“We have high expectations for this fair,” Farrel Corp. President Paul Lloyd told Sustainable Plastics. “It’s the first NPE in six years, the North American market is very busy, so we expect our business and the show to be very active.”

Lloyd sees the fair as an excellent opportunity for ‘people to come together and exchange their ideas and see the latest technology, which has moved forward a great deal over the last few years’ in the US, particularly for recycled materials. Spandex capacity growth

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Analyst lays out cyclic pattern of recycled resin markets

HDPE example shows recycled premium ceiling

Friedman gave a rundown of how recycled resin pricing has evolved over time, noting that recycled material historically was used as a cheaper alternative to virgin or wide-spec resin. “Wide-spec” refers to virgin material that does not meet specifications for prime plastic and is sold as a cheaper feedstock. Spandex capacity growth

Friedman said post-industrial or mixed-color recycled resin pricing still battles with wide-spec and virgin, but that the pricing dynamic for other grades is changing, in part because of brand owner demand. These materials, which Friedman called “sustainability-driven recycled resins,” are the post-consumer, typically clear, resins.

PET imports add new pressure

Friedman also touched on a major trend in the PET space: Plastics recycling companies are facing rising competition from imports of recycled plastic, which play into the prices domestic reclaimers can charge. Spandex capacity growth

“We are really feeling that here in the U.S. market, particularly in the PET space,” Friedman said. Recovered PET imports into the U.S. shot up 33% last year, highlighting how plastics recycling has become a global industry, Friedman added.

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Sustainable Preforms – CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida 10-05-2024

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Sustainable Preforms – CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida 10-05-2024

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With the acquisition of Netstal Maschinen AG earlier this year, Krones has enhanced its capabilities, now offering an integrated solution for every stage of the plastics cycle

This addition enables Krones to deliver a complete system spanning from injection molding, involving MHT tools for PET production, to stretch blow molding with the Krones Contiform series. The suite also encompasses preform and container design, the MetaPure plastics recycling systems, and extensive digitalization solutions.

The launch of Prefero by Krones marks a significant development in its comprehensive system for producing, filling, and packaging PET containers, making Krones the sole provider covering the entire PET beverage industry’s value chain with its products.

Jochen Hirdina, Head of Plastics Technology at Krones, emphasizes the importance of integrated line concepts over mere assembly of machines.  Sustainable Preforms

“Prefero aligns our line strategy with the plastics cycle, enhancing the synergy of our solutions,” he states, highlighting that this integration is crucial for leveraging digitalization opportunities.

Netstal will maintain its independence and continue offering its range of products for preforms, closures, packaging, and medical technology. While Krones focuses on complete PET systems through Prefero, Netstal specializes in production systems that combine injection molding machines with molds and peripherals. Hirdina notes that Netstal will also utilize the global Krones network to better serve its customers, aiming to maximize existing synergies.  Sustainable Preforms

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LyondellBasell has initiated a strategic review of its European operations, specifically focusing on its Olefins & Polyolefins and Intermediates & Derivatives divisions

The review will assess these sectors’ alignment with corporate strategies, which include growing and upgrading core operations, developing profitable circular and low carbon solutions, and enhancing performance and culture. This analysis aims to ensure that the European assets are optimized to support the company’s long-term goals.

Despite this reevaluation, LyondellBasell has confirmed the continuation of its recent investment projects. Notably, these include the construction of an industrial-scale chemical recycling plant using MoReTec technology in Wesseling, Germany, and the establishment of an integrated hub for plastic waste selection and recycling in Knapsack, Germany. These projects underline the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in its operations.  Sustainable Preforms

Moreover, LyondellBasell maintains significant operations in Italy, with major petrochemical hubs in Brindisi and Ferrara. While the Brindisi hub saw the closure of a polypropylene plant last September, the Ferrara hub is slated for further investment in catalysis systems, highlighting ongoing development and adaptation in response to both market and environmental demands. Peter Vanacker, CEO of LyondellBasell, affirms that the strategic criteria guiding these decisions remain consistent, aiming for robust growth and sustainability.  Sustainable Preforms

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Sustainable Preform Injection Molding System

Husky Technologies’ HyPET®6e optimizes rPET processing, minimizes energy use, and simplifies operation for lower costs and a greener footprint.

Husky Technologies, a technology provider enabling the delivery of essential needs to the global community, announced the launch of its next-generation HyPET®6e platform. Building upon the technology of the company’s flagship PET preform injection molding system, HyPET®6e is the ideal combination of proven technology and innovation engineered to work together to deliver new standards in sustainable molding.

“The plastics industry is at a pivotal moment, and as industry leaders we must deliver by proactively developing circular solutions to address plastic waste management,” said Robert Domodossola, Husky’s President of Systems and Tooling. Sustainable Preforms

“Our new HyPET®6e platform meets this need as it’s designed so that all system components are integrated to work together to deliver on the unique requirements of sustainable molding, including superior rPET capability, enhanced energy efficiency, and closed-loop quality control, while simplifying operation and still delivering the lowest total production cost.”

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NPE2024: Sabic showcasing progress in plastic innovation for a more sustainable future

  • Under the theme of “Collaborating to Create the Future,” SABIC’s presence at NPE2024 showcases plastic innovations and work across the value chain in multiple industries.
  • SABIC emphasizing value of its plastics as enablers for transformation – to a circular, electric and more sustainable future.
  • Booth reinforces company’s strong commitment to local supply and application development support to power innovation.

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is highlighting at NPE2024 (Booth #S19005; May 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida) a wide range of solutions that demonstrate the value of plastics for a more sustainable future. Under the theme “Collaborating to Create the Future,” the company is presenting innovative solutions that are available today and others that are on their way to broader adoption.  Sustainable Preforms

This includes examples of the company’s work with manufacturers and others across the value chain on circular plastic solutions available under its TRUCIRCLE™ program and new approaches with plastics under its BLUEHERO™ initiative that can help in the shift to electrification.

“Since the last NPE in 2018, SABIC has taken giant strides forward in creating pathways for plastics to make valued contributions toward resolving critical global challenges and driving circularity,” Sami Al-Osaimi, executive vice president, Polymers, SABIC, said.

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PURE LOOP, a member of the EREMA Group, is celebrating its success in the US market at NPE 2024

The company, which launched its ISEC repelletizing system at NPE 2015, is showcasing the ISEC evo 302 E at stand W4471 with live demonstrations of its recycling capabilities.

Manfred Dobersberger, Managing Director, highlights the importance of NPE and the ISEC system’s global success in repelletizing various polymers. Sustainable Preforms

The ISEC evo’s design benefits from years of experience in handling complex recycling requirements, including challenging materials like PVC and glass-fiber reinforced plastics.

The ISEC evo features a patented double feed ram system and a single drive shaft for the shredder and extruder, ensuring gentle material treatment and minimal contamination risk. The technology has led to significant sales growth in the US, with the ISEC evo 702 being a notable sale, boasting a throughput capacity of up to 3,300 pounds per hour.

PURE LOOP’s success in North America is attributed to strong partnerships with local sales networks and close collaboration with EREMA North America. The company’s service hub in Ipswich offers customer trials and support. Sustainable Preforms

Dobersberger also points out the potential in textile recycling, with PURE LOOP’s FibrePro:IV technology focusing on PET fiber-to-fiber recycling. At NPE, visitors can experience the ISEC evo 302 E’s performance firsthand, reflecting PURE LOOP’s commitment to showcasing efficient recycling solutions. Dobersberger expresses enthusiasm for demonstrating the technology’s broad application range alongside the Austrian and US teams.

PURE LOOP, a member of the EREMA Group, is celebrating its success in the US market at NPE 2024

CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida

This product is certified by TUV OK for home and industrial composting and by the US FDA for food contact, demonstrating its suitability for a broad range of environmentally sensitive applications. Sustainable Preforms

The PHACT S1000P represents an advancement in the PHA market, expanding the applications where CJ Biomaterials can provide solutions, especially where biodegradation is essential. It offers superior rigidity and high-heat stability, ideal for processes like injection molding, thermoforming, and other conversion technologies. The biopolymer is also certified as marine and soil biodegradable, enhancing its appeal in sustainable packaging and other eco-friendly products.

Max Senechal, Chief Commercial Officer at CJ Biomaterials, emphasized the product’s versatility and biodegradability across various environments, including anaerobic, aquatic, and compost settings. He noted that this launch follows the company’s introduction of its amorphous PHA (aPHA) in 2022, which differs by being softer and more rubbery. The addition of PHACT S1000P to their portfolio allows the company to meet diverse technical needs by blending their main PHA types. Sustainable Preforms

CJ Biomaterials is also scaling up its production capacity in Pasuruan, Indonesia, to meet growing market demand, reflecting its commitment to advancing sustainable biopolymer technology globally.

CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a division of South Korea's CJ CheilJedang and a leading producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers, unveiled a new semi-crystalline PHA (scPHA) biopolymer, the PHACT S1000P, at NPE 2024 in Orlando, Florida

KARL MAYER GROUP Presents Solutions At ITM 2024

— For KARL MAYER GROUP, Turkey is an extremely important market with numerous longstanding business connections and promising growth potentials. Accordingly prepared, the global player travels as an exhibitor to ITM at Tüyap Fair and Congress Center in Istanbul. Sustainable Preforms

“In response to the economic challenges in the Turkish textile industry, we are intensifying our commitment to our local customers. We have founded a subsidiary in Bursa to provide even better support for our services. Our proximity to the market also helps us to optimise our production solutions to meet the needs of our customers. Our focus remains on providing advanced, efficient, high-performance machines that use digital solutions to increase productivity and reduce operating costs. We are here at ITM to assist our customers through the current difficult times and help them emerge stronger. This is also a personal concern of mine. I have built up close relationships with many customers over the years. Their success is very near and dear to my heart,” says Arno Gärtner, CEO of the KARL MAYER GROUP. Sustainable Preforms

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PET bottle packaging – DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant 09-05-2024

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PET bottle packaging – DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant 09-05-2024

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U.S. R-PET Shows Mixed Price Trends for Different Grades Amid Changing Market Situation

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) market in the U.S. has recently shown a mixture of constant and varying prices across different product segments, according to market analyses by ChemAnalyst.

As of the first week of May 2024, prices for R-PET food grade pellets have remained stable, regularly priced at USD 1,600 per metric ton on FOB basis in Los Angeles. This steadiness indicates a balanced market, where the supply and demand for these pellets are well-matched, ensuring no significant disruptions in the pricing structure. PET bottle packaging

However, the broader R-PET market has experienced notable price shifts over the past month, highlighting the dynamic nature of supply and demand for different R-PET products. R-PET clear flakes, vital for certain recycling processes, have seen a 4% increase in price from the beginning of April to May, now exceeding $1,200 per ton. This rise signals a surge in demand coupled with a potential shortage, inducing buyers to obtain additional supplies and explore alternative sources.

Further, the prices for R-PET clear flakes for delivery in Los Angeles have seen a considerable increase, climbing by approximately 17% during the same period, with prices varying from about $1,200 to $1,400 per ton. This deviation between FOB and delivery prices, averaging around $200 per ton, underscores the additional costs associated with distribution within the market. PET bottle packaging

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Sacmi Group has announced the sale of its Beverage Business Unit to Omnia Technologies, a global automation technology provider with Italian roots specializing in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries

This strategic transaction is expected to conclude by the end of summer and is part of Omnia’s broader goal to become one of the world’s foremost operators in beverage packaging systems.

This sale marks a pivotal shift for Sacmi, allowing it to leverage over two decades of industry experience to explore new growth avenues under Omnia’s expansive strategy. The acquisition will incorporate Sacmi Beverage’s extensive expertise in key beverage processes such as stretch-blowing, filling, and labeling, which are essential for handling products like mineral water, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Sacmi Beverage’s proven track record of steady revenue growth and solid market reputation makes it a valuable addition to Omnia Technologies. PET bottle packaging

Sacmi has been a significant presence in the beverage industry since 2000, pioneering innovations and expanding its product range through strategic acquisitions and technological advancements. This divestiture is seen as a strategic move to simplify Sacmi’s business structure, enabling it to concentrate on expanding its other business sectors.

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The Future Of Stretch: Introducing Under Armour’s First Product Made With High-Performing Elastane Alternative NEOLAST™

In 1996, Under Armour proved a single shirt can change the game forever. The brand’s original performance stretch, compression technology wicked away sweat faster than anything else out there and kept athletes cool, dry and light.

Ever since, Under Armour has continued to change the game with innovative performance gear. PET bottle packaging

Now, it honors its innovation heritage as it looks to the future of stretch.

On May 13, Under Armour will premiere the first product to feature its latest material innovation, a high-performing elastane alternative called NEOLAST™, on UA.com Part of its Vanish training franchise, Vanish Pro tees made with NEOLAST™ fiber are built to withstand the demands of all types of athletic training and feature a classic design to help athletes stay focused during workouts.

NEOLAST™ fibers at work in the fabric translate to a high-powered garment with exceptional durability and fit. PET bottle packaging

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DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant

  • Opening of new Jiaxing plant bolsters commitment to stay close to customers
  • Potential capacity up to 50,000 tons to serve growing demand for automotive, electronics, energy, and industrial and consumer goods sectors
  • TECHNYL® polyamides provide intelligent solutions for China’s growth markets in the green energy and mobility sectors

DOMO Chemicals, a global leader in engineered technical materials, proudly inaugurates its newest plant in Haiyan, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. This significant milestone reinforces DOMO’s determination to meet rising demand in the Chinese market for its TECHNYL® polyamide-based intelligent solutions.  PET bottle packaging

The €14 million (RMB 100 million) investment represents a potential doubling of DOMO’s commitment to the Chinese market, with the new plant capable of increasing the current capacity of 25,000 tons of TECHNYL® polyamides to 35,000 tons and eventually 50,000 tons in the long term. Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, the state-of-the-art facility underscores DOMO’s unwavering commitment to providing high quality products and services to its customers in key sectors such as automotive, electronics, energy, industrial and consumer goods.  PET bottle packaging

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ALPLA, a plastic packaging specialist, has introduced a new recyclable PET wine bottle, which notably reduces carbon emissions by up to 50%

This innovative bottle is significantly lighter than traditional glass, weighing just an eighth of its counterpart and offering cost savings of up to 30%. Available in 0.75-litre and 1-litre sizes, the bottle can be produced entirely from recycled PET (rPET), enhancing its sustainability. It’s already in use in Austria by Wegenstein, a pilot customer and development partner.

This bottle is part of a broader movement towards sustainable packaging in the wine industry. It weighs only 50 grams for the 0.75-litre version, drastically lowering the carbon footprint by 38% compared to glass bottles—even without rPET. Now also available in a 1-litre size, ALPLA aims to produce millions of these bottles annually by 2025, moving towards solutions made entirely from rPET.  PET bottle packaging

The material’s benefits include being light, unbreakable, and recyclable, with low energy requirements for molding. This translates to a significantly reduced environmental and financial cost for winemakers. Additionally, the PET bottles are compatible with conventional metal screw caps and can be filled on standard bottling lines, ensuring ease of integration for producers like Wegenstein.

Herbert Toifl, managing director at Wegenstein, attests to the PET bottle’s performance, noting its aesthetic appeal, practicality, and compliance with quality standards, making it an attractive choice for environmentally conscious consumers.  PET bottle packaging

ALPLA, a plastic packaging specialist, has introduced a new recyclable PET wine bottle, which notably reduces carbon emissions by up to 50%

 

Tronox’s Strong Performance in Q1 2024, Strengthen Market Fundamentals of Titanium Dioxide

Texas, USA: The prices of Titanium Dioxide have been demonstrating a contrasting trend across regional markets. With the rise in new sales volumes coupled with an increase in manufacturing costs, the Titanium Dioxide price trend has been progressing northwards in Asian markets. PET bottle packaging

On the other hand, downstream demand from the construction sector has taken a toll on the demand dynamics of Titanium Dioxide in European markets.

According to market sources, one of the leading manufacturers of Titanium Dioxide, Tronox Holding, has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2024.

Tronox’s first-quarter performance exceeded expectations, driven by lower production costs, the completion of destocking in the supply chain, and higher Titanium Dioxide demand levels, especially in comparison to typical seasonal patterns.

Revenue rose by 13% from the previous quarter, with a 20% increase in revenue from Titanium Dioxide and zircon alone, excluding other product sales which declined due to non-repeating sales. PET bottle packaging

Titanium Dioxide volumes surged by 18% from the fourth quarter, surpassing typical seasonal growth rates. Demand growth was strong across all regions, particularly in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, which had seen significant volume declines over the past six quarters.

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5 questions for Thomas Gangl, CEO Borealis

In this new series, Sustainable Plastics asks 5 questions to notable figures in the plastics circularity industry. Thomas Gangl, CEO of Borealis, discusses the company’s transition to sustainable materials in its 30 year history

1. Borealis is turning 30 this year. In that time, it has become one of the world’s top ten polyolefins players. By 2030, Borealis wants to become a global leader in sustainable chemicals and material solutions. How do you reconcile those two aspects?  PET bottle packaging

Borealis’ journey over the past 30 years has been remarkable. From its Nordic roots, the company has grown into a global force in polyolefins. Balancing growth with environmental sustainability is a priority. Borealis achieves this by investing in innovative technologies such as Borstar and Borcycle. These enable resource-efficient production, circularity, and value creation. The Borealis Strategy 2030 confirms that sustainability is at the core of all current and future Borealis operations. By 2030, Borealis aims to be a global leader in advanced and sustainable chemicals and materials solutions, balancing growth with environmental responsibility.  PET bottle packaging

2. What is Borealis’ single greatest achievement in the past 30 years? And what will the company look like 30 years from now?

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Polyester caps NPE2024 – Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components 08-05-2024

Polyester caps NPE2024 – Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components 08-05-2024

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Origin Materials, a Californian biotech firm, unveiled the first polyester caps designed for carbonated drink bottles (CSD) at the NPE 2024 fair in Orlando, Florida

These new PET closures, named Origin CSD 1881, are compatible with the PCO 1881 neck finish, a common standard in the CSD industry. These caps can be manufactured from either virgin or recycled PET, aligning with the industry’s shift towards sustainable packaging solutions.

John Bissell, co-founder and co-CEO of Origin Materials, highlighted the significance of this innovation, noting that until now, PET had been widely used in packaging but not in caps and closures. He stated that this development opens the possibility of using any type of PET—virgin, recycled, or biobased—for producing closures. Polyester caps NPE2024

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This advancement allows for the creation of entirely single-material containers, enhancing recyclability by excluding different types of plastics except for the labels. Origin Materials asserts that these PET closures will be commercially available by the end of this year.

Additionally, Origin Materials has been active in producing chemical intermediates from biomass. Last summer, it launched its first commercial-scale facility to produce chloromethyl furfural (CMF) from second-generation cellulosic biomass, like wood processing residues. CMF is a precursor to paraxylene, used to make PET, and FDCA, which is necessary for producing PEF—a recyclable, biobased polyester alternative to PET. Plans for a new production unit in Geismar, Louisiana, are underway. Polyester caps NPE2024

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PETValue Philippines, the nation’s inaugural bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling hub located in General Trias City, Cavite, proudly announced the successful recycling of its inaugural 1 billion PET bottles

This significant achievement, as emphasized by PETValue Philippines, highlights the profound impact of unified efforts towards achieving a fully circular economy.

A collaboration between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) and Indorama Ventures, a globally renowned sustainable chemical company, PETValue epitomizes the transformation of post-consumer clear PET bottles into new food-grade recycled PET (rPET) bottles. This process effectively closes the loop of “make-use-recycle” for plastic packaging, contributing significantly to sustainability endeavors. Polyester caps NPE2024

With a multi-phased joint venture investment totaling P2.28 billion, PETValue’s state-of-the-art facility in General Trias stands as a beacon of innovation, creating approximately 200 direct job opportunities for Filipinos. Leveraging cutting-edge bottle-to-bottle PET recycling technology, this venture underscores Indorama Ventures’ position as a world leader in PET recycling, catering to the global demand for recycled resin utilized in plastic beverage bottles.

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Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components

These new thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds, designed primarily for automotive applications but versatile beyond, offer consistent adhesion to EPDM rubber even under heat aging conditions at 23°C and 90°C. Their smooth melt facilitates a wide processing range and design flexibility.  PETValue Philippines, the nation’s inaugural bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling hub located in General Trias City, Cavite, proudly announced the successful recycling of its inaugural 1 billion PET bottles  Polyester caps NPE2024

Manufactured with durability in mind, these compounds resist atmospheric agents, maintain color stability, and boast optimized abrasion and scratch resistance alongside low surface friction. Kraiburg TPE emphasizes their surface quality, ensuring both functionality and aesthetics meet the rigorous standards of automotive applications. Compared to pure EPDM seals, TPE-EPDM hybrid technology enhances process efficiency while reducing weight and carbon footprint.

The UV-resistant nature of these TPEs expands their utility, making them suitable for corner and end moldings of window tracks and various sealing profiles. Extensive testing conducted by a prominent automotive seal supplier validates their efficacy. Kraiburg TPE’s innovative compounds promise reliability and performance across diverse automotive sealing and exterior needs.  Polyester caps NPE2024

Kraiburg TPE has developed specialized compounds with superior adhesion to EPDM, tailored for automotive sealing and external components

Cyclohexane Prices Stabilize Entering May 2024 as Cost Support from Benzene Wanes

The beginning of May 2024 leads prices of Cyclohexane to stabilize across the European and Asian markets. Previously, prices of Cyclohexane were recorded to have witnessed an increment of approximately 4% across Europe and 10% across Asia during the month of April 2024.

The continued increments in the prices of Cyclohexane were attributed to the inflation in the prices of feedstock Benzene and upstream Naphtha observed during March 2024, which were recorded to have inflated by approximately 12% and 8% respectively during this timeframe, leading to heightened costs to manufacture Cyclohexane. Moreover, several plants across China were put on maintenance turnarounds during the early weeks of April 2024, for example, Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co Ltd. Polyester caps NPE2024

The most prominent being the plant owned by SINOPEC in Shanghai, Shandong, and Beijing which had reduced operations for 12, 7, and 9 days, respectively, and operating at an average rate of 60%. Which caused a situation of shortage for Benzene during this timeframe, consequently prompting the prices of Cyclohexane to rise.

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Clariant introduces new solutions to reduce the environmental impact of plastics at NPE 2024

  • Clariant is launching AddWorks®PPA, a perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS)-free polymer processing aid product line, and AddWorks PKG 158, a highly efficient antioxidant solution with outstanding color protection, especially designed for polyolefins containing recycled material
  • Licolub®PED 1316 – a wax for easier processing and better surface properties in building and construction
  • A range of next generation products to improve plastics recycling, reduce environmental impacts, and increase performance are being featured at the event  Polyester caps NPE2024

Clariant is excited to present the company’s latest solutions to support the plastics industry to improve safety and efficiency, increase circularity, and reduce waste at NPE2024, happening now in Orlando, Florida.

“Since K 2022 our experts have been developing industry-leading products that minimize the impact on human health and the environment while maintaining or exceeding performance expectations,” commented Miao Zhigang, Head of Clariant’s Polymer Solutions business.

“We are very pleased to be unveiling our new AddWorks PPA, our PFAS-free Additives line at NPE2024.”  Polyester caps NPE2024

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Closed-Loop Recycling In The EV Market

As consumers’ attention is turned toward the latest electric vehicle technology gracing the automotive industry, interest has been piqued about closed-loop recycling in the EV market – specifically as it relates to the materials used in manufacturing EV batteries being recycled and reintroduced into the production cycle, creating a sustainable loop.

Connie Prostko-Bell is the ESG and sustainability practice director at ALL4, a nationally recognized consulting company focused on helping shape environmental responsibility.

She said that significant incentives from sources such as the Department of Energy and the Inflation Reduction Act have driven capital investment in the establishment of domestic EV battery recycling infrastructure. OEMs have also invested in partnerships and in-house capacity.  Polyester caps NPE2024

“However, current projections assume recycling capacity will outpace availability of recyclable material supply, at least in the near term,” Prostko-Bell said.

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Benvic debuts ProVinyl Infinite, a PVC line derived from bioethylene

This innovation complements their existing recycled PVC range, aiming to slash carbon footprints while maintaining performance and aesthetics akin to virgin resins.

ProVinyl Infinite is attributed by mass balance, ensuring seamless integration into applications without the need for requalification, like window profiles or pressure fittings. Benvic recommends its use for surface coatings to address aesthetic concerns associated with recycled materials, suggesting their use as internal substrates. While ProVinyl Infinite may come at a higher cost compared to virgin PVC, the final benefits and added value outweigh this disparity.  Polyester caps NPE2024

Benvic debuts ProVinyl Infinite, a PVC line derived from bioethylene

Recyclable polymers cellulose – Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman’s methanolysis process 07-05-2024

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Recyclable polymers cellulose – Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman’s methanolysis process 07-05-2024

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Researchers have innovated a method to create recyclable polymers from plant cellulose, addressing the urgent need to mitigate plastic pollution

Published in ACS Macro Letters, this breakthrough utilizes cellulose, a plentiful plant biomass component, ensuring no interference with food production land. The Hokkaido team transformed two cellulose-derived molecules, levoglucosenone (LGO) and dihydrolevoglucosenone (Cyrene), into diverse polysaccharide polymers through novel chemical processes, paving the way for various applications.

The project’s main hurdles involved mastering the polymerization reaction and achieving material stability for practical use while maintaining recyclability. Recyclable polymers cellulose

The resultant polymer films exhibited unexpected high transparency, suggesting suitability for specialized uses in optics, electronics, and biomedicine, rather than flexible products like plastic bags.

This development adds to the growing field of ‘bioplastics,’ with some already on the market. However, the team’s contribution opens new avenues, particularly given the vast potential structural variations. Collaborations with experts in computational chemistry, AI, and automated synthesis are sought to further explore these possibilities.

The overarching goal is to foster a sustainable cycle of polymer production from biomass, complete with efficient recycling, contributing to a greener future. Recyclable polymers cellulose

This initiative represents a significant stride in creating alternative materials that align with environmental conservation efforts and the global shift towards renewable resources.

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At the upcoming NPE 2024 event, Sirmax North America is set to exhibit its extensive collection of flame-retardant polypropylene (PP) compounds

These halogen-free materials, which boast UL Yellow Card certification, are gaining traction as a greener substitute for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), especially in electrical and electronics applications. The showcase, scheduled for May 6-10 in Orlando, Florida, will feature the Dafnelen and Dafneglass families—unfilled and glass-reinforced FR PP compounds, respectively. These products offer robust mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties, meeting stringent industry standards.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

The demand for Sirmax’s FR PP compounds is on the rise in the U.S., as the market shifts away from halogenated alternatives. This trend is further fueled by the withdrawal of a key competitor from the FR PP compound market. Sirmax’s offerings include a variety of colors and grades, such as the Dafnelen line with a UL V0 flame retardant rating and the Dafneglass line, suitable for automotive and household appliances, with glass loadings ranging from 10% to 30%.

Sirmax’s U.S. country manager, Lorenzo Ferro, emphasizes the company’s readiness to cater to market demands with these versatile and high-performance FR PP options. Sirmax also collaborates with clients to tailor FR products for specific applications, including meter sockets, sensor housings, and power tools, among others. Recyclable polymers cellulose

This commitment to customization and environmental sustainability positions Sirmax as a leader in the industry, poised to meet the evolving needs of a market moving towards non-halogenated, eco-friendly materials.

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China Polyamide Prices remain Weak due to the Ease in Feedstocks Coupled with Low Demand

The pricing pressure from low-cost feedstocks, Caprolactam and Adipic Acid, has kept the prices of Polyamide 6 and 66 low in the Chinese market in recent weeks. The Polyamide market in China is encountering difficulties due to ample supply and declining demand from downstream industries, creating a challenging environment for producers and traders. There has been no noticeable increase in stocking activity before the holiday period. Traders are maintaining stable prices, with moderate demand supporting average levels for PA66. As a result, the cost of Polyamide 6 (Medium Viscosity) decreased by 1.3% on a FOB Dalian basis, and Polyamide 66 remained stable, reflecting the broader market conditions.

Supply of Polyamide in China remains abundant, with production levels exceeding current demand. This oversupply situation is partly a result of increased production capacities in the region, driven by early-stage maintenance companies that have progressively resumed operations, weekly production is on the upswing, leading to mounting supply pressure. Despite efforts to align production with demand, the market remains flooded with Polyamide, putting pressure on prices.

Demand for Polyamide from downstream industries such as textiles, electrical, and others has been weakening.

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Versalis, Technip Energies to integrate technologies for plastic waste recycling

Italian company Versalis has announced signing an agreement with Technip Energies, a France-based engineering and technology company for energy transition.

Through this collaboration, the companies intend to develop a “theoretically endless plastic recycling loop”.

The joint project will support the production of new virgin polymers that can be used for a wide range of applications.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Both the companies will integrate their technologies for developing a technological platform for advanced chemical recycling of plastic waste.

Versalis, a chemical company of Italy’s oil supermajor Eni, will provide its ‘Hoop’ technology.

The company describes its Hoop technology as a pyrolysis process that helps in recovering mixed plastic waste with high performance.

This Hoop technology will be integrated with Technip Energies’ ‘Pure.rOil’ and ‘Pure.rGas’ purification technologies.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

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Morocco has emerged as the European Union’s (EU) top automotive supplier, surpassing giants like China, Japan, and India

The nation’s success is attributed to its modern manufacturing facilities, skilled workforce, and competitive production costs. In the previous year, Morocco produced over 535,000 vehicles, primarily from its northern region, contributing $13.7 billion to its economy—a 30% increase from 2023.

Strategically located just 14 kilometers from Spain, Morocco serves as a gateway between Europe and Africa.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

This advantageous position, coupled with robust trade connections, has propelled Morocco to the forefront of the African automotive industry. The city of Tangier, in particular, has become a significant Mediterranean business hub, bolstered by the dynamic Tangier Med port and its trade agreements.

The Moroccan government’s regulatory measures, including the Investment Charter and the Industrial Acceleration Plan 2014-2020, have attracted numerous companies, fostering an environment ripe for investment. Major brands like Neo Motors, Snop, Renault, Dacia, and Stellantis account for 88% of the country’s vehicle production, underscoring Morocco’s integration into the global economy through free trade.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Committed to development and inclusivity, Morocco is addressing the gender gap, with the automotive sector achieving 63% integration, aiming for 80% by 2030. Additionally, aligning with environmental goals, Morocco is increasing its electric car production, targeting a 40% share of its total automotive output, as part of its strategy to reduce reliance on hydrocarbons.

Morocco has emerged as the European Union’s (EU) top automotive supplier, surpassing giants like China, Japan, and India

Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman’s methanolysis process

This breakthrough addresses the challenge posed by multicolored PET received at material recovery facilities (MRF), which often cannot be mechanically recycled due to color discrepancies. Eastman’s innovative methanolysis technology transforms this waste into high-quality copolyesters and PET, known as Eastman Renew materials, ideal for the beauty industry and comparable in quality to virgin materials.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Tara Cary, Eastman’s cosmetics packaging segment manager, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration: “Our partnership with Pact Collective represents a shared commitment to a sustainable future for the beauty industry. Through methanolysis, we’re not just overcoming challenges but transforming them into opportunities, paving the way for beauty packaging waste to become a valuable resource.”

As a nonprofit organization, Pact Collective leads beauty packaging take-back initiatives at retail and consumer levels, ensuring responsible waste management. Pact’s Executive Director, Carly Snider, highlighted the significance of Eastman’s technology: “Eastman’s methanolysis offers a promising alternative for our collected materials, diverting them from waste-to-energy routes and potentially increasing post-consumer recycled content for future beauty packaging.”  Recyclable polymers cellulose

Through this collaboration, Pact Collective and Eastman are driving positive change, transforming waste into valuable resources and advancing sustainability in the beauty industry.

Pact Collective and Eastman have achieved a significant milestone: the approval of colored PET waste from Pact members and consumers for use in Eastman's methanolysis process

CARBIOS secures feedstock for PET biorecycling plant with Hündgen

French biotech company CARBIOS has signed a key agreement with German waste management specialist Hündgen Entsorgungs to supply CARBIOS’ upcoming polyethylene terephthalate (PET) biorecycling plant.

This marks a significant step towards CARBIOS’ first commercial plant in Longlaville, France, which is currently under construction and expected to be operational by the end of 2026.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

The agreement outlines Hündgen’s commitment to supply 15,000 tonnes (t) per year of post-consumer PET flakes, sourced and processed from household light packaging waste in Germany.

This PET waste will be transformed into usable biorecycled materials through CARBIOS’ innovative enzymatic depolymerisation technology.

CARBIOS’ technology offers an advancement in PET recycling.

Unlike traditional methods, CARBIOS said it can process a wider range of PET waste, including coloured, opaque packaging, and even polyester textiles.

This translates to greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness for CARBIOS, as it is not limited to high-demand clear plastic bottles.  Recyclable polymers cellulose

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Sustainable textile – Chemovator, BASF’s business incubator, has invested in Heartland, a Detroit-based startup revolutionizing plastics with natural fiber reinforcements 06-05-2024

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Sustainable textile – Chemovator, BASF’s business incubator, has invested in Heartland, a Detroit-based startup revolutionizing plastics with natural fiber reinforcements 06-05-2024

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Polymer PET Resin – CARBIOS and Hündgen enter supply agreement for world’s first PET biorecycling plant 

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Will gasification play a role in advanced recycling of plastics?

Gasification is a sophisticated thermochemical process that offers an innovative route for the recycling of plastic waste into virgin plastic feedstock. This process involves the conversion of carbonaceous materials into syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2), through the reaction of these materials at high temperatures in a controlled oxygen and/or steam environment. Here, we will delve into the technical specifics of gasification, particularly focusing on its application in converting plastic waste into virgin feedstock for new plastics, facilitating a circular economy approach in plastic manufacturing.  Sustainable textile

Gasification processes involve several critical phases: drying, pyrolysis, combustion, and reduction. Initially, plastic waste is dried to eliminate moisture, which optimizes the efficiency of subsequent thermal reactions. During pyrolysis, plastics are thermally decomposed in a low-oxygen environment, leading to the generation of volatile compounds and a residual solid char. These volatiles are partially oxidized in the combustion step, which generates heat and converts the remaining material into CO2 and a small amount of ash, with the char undergoing further reduction to form syngas.

The configuration of the gasifier (e.g., fixed bed, fluidized bed, entrained flow) directly influences the operational dynamics and thus the efficiency of the gasification process. The syngas output—primarily composed of CO and H2—is subsequently processed to form monomers that serve as feedstocks for producing new plastics.  Sustainable textile

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Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), in collaboration with Krones and Tomra, has successfully demonstrated the mechanical recycling of XPS food trays, a process that ensures industrial efficiency and high-quality recyclate

This initiative, announced in Brussels on May 3, 2024, leverages a process akin to that used for yoghurt pots, emphasizing the sortability of polystyrene (PS) for recycling. Tomra’s ‘deep sorting’ technology yielded a pure XPS feedstock from mixed PS, which Krones then processed through shredding, hot washing, dewatering, and drying. The pilot confirmed the technical and industrial viability of the process, highlighting its competitive edge, energy, and water efficiency.  Sustainable textile

The recycling process enhances the circularity of XPS trays, known for their role in food safety and favorable life cycle assessment. To boost recycling yields and quality, SCS has introduced a design for recycling (DfR) guideline, aligning most XPS trays with these standards.

Dr. Michael Gotsche of Krones expressed satisfaction with the trials, confirming the adaptability of their washing technology for XPS trays. Dr. Volker Rehrmann of Tomra emphasized the importance of effective sorting for a circular economy, noting the impressive sortability of PS. Claudio Bilotti of Versalis (Eni) highlighted the value of XPS trays in food safety and their potential for multiple life cycles post-use. Jens Kathmann of SCS pointed out the significance of XPS trays in the circular economy, with potential applications in various general-purpose PS products.  Sustainable textile

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Eastman introduced Naia™ Renew ES, a sustainable textile innovation, at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics exhibition

This new fiber, containing 60% recycled content, marks a significant step in sustainable fashion. Carolina Sister Cohn, Eastman’s global marketing leader, expressed excitement about the potential for Naia™ Renew ES to transform the industry.

The exhibition showcased over 400 fabric and garment types made with Naia™ Renew, demonstrating its versatility. Students from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology also participated, creating garments with Naia™ fabrics, emphasizing the push towards sustainable fashion among the next generation. Sustainable textile

Claudia de Witte, Eastman’s sustainability leader, stressed the importance of trust in making sustainable textiles widely available. Eastman collaborates with industry leaders and the China National Textile and Apparel Council to promote molecular recycling and sustainable materials.

Naia™ Renew ES combines 60% recycled waste with 40% sustainably sourced wood pulp, certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). Eastman’s molecular recycling technology is pivotal, transforming mixed waste into high-quality materials. The GRS certification of Naia™ Renew in December 2023 highlights Eastman’s dedication to sustainability. Sustainable textile

Eastman introduced Naia™ Renew ES, a sustainable textile innovation, at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics exhibition

RadiciGroup is set to showcase its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and eco-design at the NPE fair in Orlando, Florida, from May 6-10, 2024

This event is a strategic platform for the Group to strengthen and expand collaborations in North America’s polymeric materials value chain, especially in the automotive sector, and increasingly in the electrical/electronic, appliances, and power-tools sectors.

With a strong industrial presence in the United States and Mexico, RadiciGroup is a key player in the North American automotive market, which contributes significantly to its turnover.  Sustainable textile

As one of the few integrated producers in the polyamide chain, RadiciGroup has bolstered its sales network, marketing team, and technical and quality assistance in recent years, aiming to enhance not just product offerings but also service efficiency.

Edi Degasperi, North America Country Manager for RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, highlights the positive start to 2024 in the USA and the initiation of significant projects that promise a satisfying year ahead. Despite a slower start in Mexico, upcoming projects are expected to lead to a substantial recovery in the second half of the year.

RadiciGroup’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in its decision to purchase renewable electricity for its Wadsworth site, starting in 2024, through Renewable Energy Certificates. This move aligns with the Group’s long-standing tradition of producing environmentally friendly products, including bio-based materials with superior technical performance and the Renycle® range of technopolymers made from pre and post-consumer polyamide recycling.  Sustainable textile

Degasperi emphasizes RadiciGroup’s integrated approach to sustainability, promoting eco-design among clients and supporting a circular economy model. The Group’s Engineering Service enables the prediction of product behaviors early in development, optimizing design and environmental performance.

RadiciGroup is also actively involved in North America’s electrification of vehicles, participating in projects to drive change and offer products developed for e-mobility applications. This includes a range of orange-colored products for high-voltage components, UL-certified flame retardant materials for battery systems, and metal replacement solutions for lighter vehicles and extended battery life.

Two meetings are scheduled at the RadiciGroup booth: “Sustainable and High Performance Solutions” on May 7 at 2 pm, and “Sustainable by design” on May 9 at 10 am. RadiciGroup’s presence at NPE 2024 underscores its dedication to leading the industry towards a sustainable future.  Sustainable textile

RadiciGroup is set to showcase its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and eco-design at the NPE fair in Orlando, Florida, from May 6-10, 2024

In 2023, Vecoplan AG, a leader in machinery for material and thermal recycling, celebrated its fourth consecutive record year, despite global market challenges

CEO Werner Berens announced a revenue peak, attributing success to the company’s resilience amidst geopolitical and market uncertainties that led many customers to defer investments. CFO Ina Hannen reported a slight increase in revenue and profit over 2022.

Looking ahead to 2024 with caution, Berens remains optimistic due to sustained product demand, prompting workforce expansion by nearly 100 in the past two years. Vecoplan invested significantly in development, with plans to allocate another €13 million, primarily to enhance production capacity at its Bad Marienberg site.  Sustainable textile

Vecoplan AG specializes in equipment for processing various raw materials and waste, supporting customers from single-machine purchases to large-scale projects. With 580 employees across international locations, the company anticipates continued success and growth.

In 2023, Vecoplan AG, a leader in machinery for material and thermal recycling, celebrated its fourth consecutive record year, despite global market challenges

Chemovator, BASF’s business incubator, has invested in Heartland, a Detroit-based startup revolutionizing plastics with natural fiber reinforcements

This move strengthens the partnership with BASF’s North America Open Research Alliance (NORA) and marks Heartland’s entry into Chemovator’s Elevate program, which propels early-stage chemical startups.

Heartland collaborates with local farmers to harness natural fibers, aiding manufacturers in crafting eco-friendlier products. The startup’s hemp-based materials serve as sustainable additives in plastics, enhancing properties like flammability and bonding while reducing the carbon footprint of plastic and rubber products.  Sustainable textile

Jesse Henry, Heartland’s CEO, notes the significant industrial impact on reducing plastics’ carbon footprint. Gati Kalim, Chemovator’s Head of Portfolio Management, echoes this sentiment, highlighting Heartland’s commitment to the chemical industry’s future.

The investment positions Heartland as Chemovator’s first North American portfolio company, benefiting from financial support, BASF’s expertise, and a network of seasoned entrepreneurs. Thomas Holcombe, Head of NORA at BASF Corporation, emphasizes the strengthened collaboration, contributing to sustainable solutions and reduced emissions.

Bacteria biodegradability – End April Exhibits Varying Price Trend for LDPE, Rises in Asia but not in Europe and US 04-05-2024

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Bacteria biodegradability – End April Exhibits Varying Price Trend for LDPE, Rises in Asia but not in Europe and US 04-05-2024

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End April Exhibits Varying Price Trend for LDPE, Rises in Asia but not in Europe and US

During the last week, there was a varied movement in Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) prices across different global markets. Prices declined in Europe and the USA, while the Asian LDPE market saw an increase. The main factors behind these price shifts in Western markets were subdued demand and abundant supplies, while the Asian LDPE market showed slight improvement by the end of April. Production costs were influenced by factors like the prices of feedstock Ethylene, upstream Naphtha, and Crude oil. Additionally, disruptions in supply routes due to geopolitical tensions also impacted the market. Bacteria biodegradability

As a result, European LDPE prices decreased by 1%, USA prices by 2%, whereas Chinese LDPE prices rose by 1% by the week ending on April 26th, 2024.

In Europe, a combination of reduced demand from downstream industries and the absence of competitive pressure with cheaper US import materials has led to a decline in LDPE prices. The shorter working month in Europe due to the Easter holidays and upcoming public holidays in May is expected to worsen the decrease in demand from converters. Even sectors like construction and beverages, typically active in spring, are not showing signs of recovery.  Bacteria biodegradability

Given the softness in order volumes, converters are procuring materials solely to fulfill their current production requirements. Additionally, the decreasing cost of feedstock Ethylene has further contributed to the downward price trend of LDPE. Moreover, the ongoing decrease in U.S. crude oil prices, along with an increase in U.S. inventory build, and uncertainty surrounding interest rate cuts and the future of oil demand growth have impacted the global market overall.

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In a groundbreaking collaboration, Alterra and Firstar Fiber, Inc. have revolutionized plastic recycling through the Hefty ReNew program

This initiative recovers tough-to-recycle plastics, transforming them back into raw materials for new plastic production and other uses. This process significantly cuts down on landfill waste, lessens dependence on new fossil-derived materials, and curbs greenhouse gas emissions.

The Hefty ReNew program offers a practical way for individuals and businesses to contribute to recycling efforts. Bacteria biodegradability

Special orange bags, sold at local stores, are used to collect non-recyclable plastics, which are then sorted and processed by Firstar Fiber into reusable feedstock cubes. These cubes are key to remanufacturing and overcoming recycling challenges.

Alterra’s Akron facility boasts advanced technology, processing 20,000 tons of plastics annually, turning waste into valuable feedstock. Patrick Leahy, CEO of Firstar Fiber, and Jeremy DeBenedictis, President of Alterra, both stress the importance of this initiative.

It not only prevents millions of tons of waste from polluting landfills but also replaces vast amounts of virgin materials, making a substantial environmental impact.

The Hefty ReNew program stands as a testament to the power of innovative recycling solutions.  Bacteria biodegradability

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Hyosung TNC Partners with Geno in Development of Certified regen Bio Spandex

$1B invested in creating world’s first integrated production of Bio Spandex from raw material to fiber

As part of its corporate ESG commitment to achieving net zero by 2050 and supporting the wider textile industry to meet evolving sustainability goals, Hyosung TNC, the world’s largest manufacturer of spandex, has partnered with sustainable materials leader, Geno, to start construction at its plant in Vietnam of facilities to produce Bio BDO derived from sugarcane, commencing Q2 2026.

BDO is the technical name for butanediol, a chemical traditionally made from fossil fuels and a major ingredient in the manufacture of spandex.  Bacteria biodegradability

Through proven plant-based Geno BDO technology, which ferments sugars derived from sugarcane to replace the fossil raw materials such as coal, Hyosung can build upon the successful launch of its extensive range of certified regen BIO Spandex products already adopted by leading global activewear brands.

Hyosung’s partnership with Geno establishes the world’s first fully integrated manufacturing site for bio-based spandex from renewable raw material to fiber.

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INEOS Nitriles confirms first sales of bio-based acrylonitrile for carbon fibre

Key Highlights:

  • INEOS Nitriles has confirmed the first sales of Invireo a new bio-based acrylonitrile, an essential raw material necessary in the production of carbon fibre.
  • Acrylonitrile is essential for the production of carbon fibre, which is used in the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and sporting sectors.
  • INVIREO Acrylonitrile is produced via a controlled and certified (ISCC+) mass balance route which allows INEOS Nitriles to offer customers products with a 90% reduction in their carbon footprint vs. conventional acrylonitrile-based products.

Acrylonitrile is essential for the production of carbon fibre, which is used in the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and sporting sectors.  Bacteria biodegradability

Acrylonitrile is also essential in water purification for millions of households serving billions of people worldwide.

INEOS Nitriles has confirmed the world first sales of Invireo a new bio-based Acrylonitrile, an essential raw material necessary in the production of carbon fibre, which delivers significant environmental benefits in the transport and water treatment sector.

INVIREO Acrylonitrile is produced via a controlled and certified (ISCC+) mass balance route which allows INEOS Nitriles to offer customers products with a 90% reduction in their carbon footprint vs. conventional acrylonitrile-based products. Bacteria biodegradability

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Bacteria added to plastic to enhance biodegradability

A form of bacteria used as a probiotic and food additive is being incorporated into plastic that biodegrades when exposed to compost.

Led by a team at the University of California San Diego, the research has developed a biodegradable form of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a melt-processable thermoplastic elastomer found in footwear, floor mats, cushions and memory foam.

The TPU is filled with bacterial spores that, when exposed to nutrients present in compost, germinate and break down the material at the end of its life cycle. The work is detailed in Nature CommunicationsBacteria biodegradability

The biodegradable TPU was made with bacterial spores from a strain of Bacillus subtilis that breaks down plastic polymer materials.

“It’s an inherent property of these bacteria,” said study co-senior author Jon Pokorski, a nanoengineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and co-lead of the university’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). “We took a few strains and evaluated their ability to use TPUs as a sole carbon source, then picked the one that grew the best.”  Bacteria biodegradability

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The researchers used bacterial spores, a dormant form of bacteria, due to their resistance to harsh environmental conditions.

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Why are adhesives vital to meeting rPET targets?

In the first of our two Wider View articles with H.B. Fuller this year, we ask what is behind the lack of high-quality rPET for bottles on the market, delve into the regulatory context and – most importantly – explain why choosing the right adhesives, such as the recently launched H.B. Fuller® Earthic™ 4001, is crucial to achieving circularity targets.

The current regulatory landscape for rPET and plastics circularity clearly shows why making the right choices in packaging design – especially when it comes to adhesives – can pay dividends down the road.  Bacteria biodegradability

The provisional deal on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) reached by The European Parliament and Council presidency in early March has reaffirmed the 2030 and 2040 targets for recycled content in plastic packaging. This is good news for the industry, as Elizabeth Staab, Global Packaging Sustainability Manager at H.B. Fuller, tells us.

“Mandatory quotas for Post Consumer Recycling (PCR) in packaging as outlined in the PPWR will provide more forecasting security for recyclers to invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure. Mandatory use of PCR will be a market requirement in the EU rather than a voluntary commitment.”  Bacteria biodegradability

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Resinex begins distribution of Selenis medical PETG range

Key Highlights:

  • Resinex plays a crucial role in bringing the new Selcare medical PETG range to the healthcare industry, specifically for medical devices.
  • Selcare HC 300 is an amorphous copolyester specifically developed for injection moulding parts for medical devices and diagnostic applications, such as fluid management components.
  • Selcare offers a comprehensive selection of three medical grade plastics for medical devices, with high chemical resistance, impact strength and durability.

As a partner of Selenis, Resinex plays a crucial role in bringing the new medical PETG range, Selcare, to the healthcare industry, specifically for medical devices.

Selcare offers a comprehensive selection of three medical grade plastics for medical devices, with excellent chemical resistance, impact strength and durability so that the medical value chain can exceed the high expectations from customers. This partnership aims to introduce these innovative medical grades to the industry. Bacteria biodegradability

Selcare HC 300 is an amorphous copolyester specifically developed for injection moulding parts for medical devices and diagnostic applications, such as fluid management components, dialysers and injectable devices.

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BOPET Film – DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant 03-05-2024

BOPET Film – DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant 03-05-2024

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BOPET Film Market in China Rebounded Amidst Upward Costs Pressure

In a surprising turn of events, the BOPET Film market in China experienced a decent rebound during the first half of April 2024 on the back of higher production costs that tightened supply and intensified buying pressure. This resulted in a significant cost increase for producers and downstream industries that rely on BOPET Film for their operations.

Following a drone attack on a major Russian oil refinery and simmering geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, Crude oil prices experienced a sharp rise during the middle of April 2024.  BOPET Film

This, in turn, triggered a domino effect that impacted the cost of downstream petrochemicals, including PET, a key raw material for BOPET Film production. Even before the oil price hike, the BOPET Film market in China was grappling with a supply crunch. The primary port inventories in East China decreased by 7.3% to approximately 778k tons before the national holiday on April 5th April 2025. Meanwhile, the rise in PET feedstock costs translated into higher production costs for BOPET Film manufacturers. Faced with this financial squeeze, manufacturers had a minimum choice but to raise their final product prices to maintain profitability.  BOPET Film

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BASF Venture Capital increased investment in Phomera Metamaterials Inc.

  • BASF Venture Capital (BVC) announced today that it has invested in Phomera Metamaterials Inc. during its Series A financing round
  • This investment will mainly be used for capacity expansion, downstream market development, and product upgrades at Phomera

BASF Venture Capital (BVC) announced today that it has invested in Phomera Metamaterials Inc. (Phomera) during its Series A financing round, to further promote the development of the photonic crystal metamaterial industry. This investment will be mainly used for capacity expansion, downstream market development, and product upgrades at Phomera.  BOPET Film

Established in 2015, Phomera Metamaterials Inc. is a leading research and manufacturing company in the field of photonic crystal metamaterials. Photonics crystal metamaterial is an artificially synthesized material formed by arranging polystyrene (PS), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), or silica microspheres into periodic structures. By constructing a pre-designed three-dimensional structure through multiple layers of microspheres, it can generate various functions such as material tuning, conductivity & magnetic control, and color change by modulating electromagnetic waves. With its outstanding performance, environmental friendliness, and cost-effectiveness, photonic crystal metamaterials can replace many traditional materials and be applied in various commercial scenarios, with broad development prospects.  BOPET Film

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Net-zero emissions by 2040: Krones has defined more stringent sustainability targets

Following a resolution taken by the Executive Board, Krones aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040 – along the entire value chain.

“In view of the latest forecasts issued by climate researchers, each and every one of us needs to know that our planet has reached a dangerous turning point,” explains Krones’ CEO Christoph Klenk. “As far as climate change is concerned, all of us – businesses, politicians, individuals – are in this together. Even now, it is still possible to protect the conditions necessary to ensure humankind’s continued existence, and we must therefore take the chance while we still can.”

Following the standard of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the Krones Group intends to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent along the entire value chain (Scopes 1 to 3) and neutralise the remaining ten per cent by 2040. 2019 is the base year for that and also for the near-term targets already validated by the SBTi. Krones submitted its net-zero target to the Science Based Targets initiative in early April, and the Krones sustainability team expects final validation to be issued by autumn this year.

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DOMO Chemicals responds to surging demand in China with new TECHNYL® polyamide production plant

  • Opening of new Jiaxing plant bolsters commitment to stay close to customers
  • Potential capacity up to 50,000 tons to serve growing demand for automotive, electronics, energy, and industrial and consumer goods sectors
  • TECHNYL® polyamides provide intelligent solutions for China’s growth markets in the green energy and mobility sectors

Jiaxing, [29.04.2024] – DOMO Chemicals, a global leader in engineered technical materials, proudly inaugurates its newest plant in Haiyan, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China. This significant milestone reinforces DOMO’s determination to meet rising demand in the Chinese market for its TECHNYL® polyamide-based intelligent solutions.

The €14 million (RMB 100 million) investment represents a potential doubling of DOMO’s commitment to the Chinese market, with the new plant capable of increasing the current capacity of 25,000 tons of TECHNYL® polyamides to 35,000 tons and eventually 50,000 tons in the long term.  BOPET Film

Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, the state-of-the-art facility underscores DOMO’s unwavering commitment to providing high quality products and services to its customers in key sectors such as automotive, electronics, energy, industrial and consumer goods.

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US Caprolactam Market Faces Challenges with Moderate Supply and Low Demand

The US Caprolactam market experienced a marginal increase in April, with raw material benzene prices remaining steady, providing limited support to the downstream Caprolactam sector. Despite this, the overall market conditions remain challenging, with supply levels categorized as moderate and demand staying relatively low. As a ripple effect, the cost of Caprolactam in the US market rose by approximately 1% in April compared to the preceding month’s data.  BOPET Film

One of the key factors contributing to the market’s stability has been the steady prices of benzene, a crucial raw material in Caprolactam production. The steady benzene prices have helped to keep production costs in check for Caprolactam manufacturers, preventing any significant upward pressure on prices.

However, despite the modest cost environment, new orders for Caprolactam have declined in the US market this month. Manufacturers have reported a drawdown of their stock of purchases in April, indicating a cautious approach to inventory management amidst uncertain market conditions.  BOPET Film

This decline in new orders reflects the subdued demand for Caprolactam in the US, which has been a persistent trend in recent months.

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LYB to build integrated plastic waste recycling hub in Knapsack

LyondellBasell (LYB) has secured a location for an integrated plastic waste recycling hub south of an existing industrial park in Knapsack, Germany, signing a land lease agreement with YNCORIS GmbH & Co. KG. The hub is planned to combine various advanced sorting and recycling operations, helping to address the plastic waste challenge and grow the circular economy. The project will be developed in phases; the initial phase will see the construction of an advanced sorting facility that will process mixed plastic waste to produce feedstock for mechanical and advanced recycling. BOPET Film

This mixed plastic waste is not recycled today and mostly sent to incineration for energy recovery.

In total, the integrated recycling hub will cover an area equivalent to 20 soccer fields. It is expected that the hub’s initial advanced sorting facility will start operations in the first quarter of 2026. These new investments support the company’s ambition to produce and market at least 2 million metric tons of recycled and renewable‑based polymers annually by 2030.  BOPET Film

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In total, the integrated recycling hub will cover an area equivalent to 20 soccer fields

Namibia recycling facility doubles capacity

Launch of cutting-edge recycling facility in Namibia

A N$24 million (over US$1.2million) investment through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) (www.CCBAgroup.com) in Namibia and Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flaking plant in Okahandja which will double the capacity of the only mechanical recycler of plastic waste in the country. The plant was officially […]  BOPET Film

A N$24 million (over US$1.2million) investment through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) (www.CCBAgroup.com) in Namibia and Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flaking plant in Okahandja which will double the capacity of the only mechanical recycler of plastic waste in the country.

The plant was officially inaugurated by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta.

“The Coca-Cola system aims to drive systemic change through a circular economy for packaging. We are leading the industry to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030.  BOPET Film

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Plastic pyrolysis – Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records 02-05-2024

Plastic pyrolysis – Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records 02-05-2024

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The Bulgarian company Plastchim-T has fully acquired the Italian firm Manucor

The acquisition from Milan-based financial company Pillarstone and minor stakeholders gives Plastchim-T ownership of Manucor’s facilities in Sessa Aurunca, Caserta. This site is noted for producing bi-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films used in flexible food packaging, tapes, and various labels, generating approximately €150 million in annual revenue. Plastic pyrolysis

Plastchim-T, a direct competitor in the BOPP film market, operates three production sites in Bulgaria—Aksakovo, Dvnya, and Tervel—employing around 1,000 people.

The company boasts production capabilities of 115,000 tonnes per annum (t/a) of BOPP films, 12,000 t/a of cast polypropylene (CPP), 2,500 t/a of polyethylene (PE) film, and 10,000 t/a of flexible packaging. It also includes a 26,000 t/a hybrid BOPE/BOPP line.

In 2018, Pillarstone took a majority stake in Manucor, which increased to 95% in 2023, after the Russian company Biaxplen exited the venture. The remaining 5% was held by Manucor’s management. Plastic pyrolysis

The union of these two entities in the flexible film and packaging sector significantly enhances their production capacity to over 200,000 tonnes annually, positioning the newly formed group as one of Europe’s top BOPP film producers.

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Investing in a plastic pyrolysis plant offers a multifaceted opportunity with numerous benefits

Let’s delve into the economic and environmental advantages of this innovative technology:

  1. Environmental Impact:
    • Plastic Pollution Mitigation: With millions of tons of plastic waste generated globally each year, traditional disposal methods like landfilling and incineration are no longer sustainable. Plastic pyrolysis provides an alternative by converting plastic waste into valuable resources, reducing the burden on landfills and minimizing environmental pollution.
    • Resource Conservation: Instead of relying solely on finite fossil fuels, pyrolysis allows for the production of fuel oil from plastic waste. This not only reduces the extraction pressure on natural resources but also contributes to energy diversification and security. Plastic pyrolysis
    • Cleaner Fuel: The fuel oil derived from plastic pyrolysis has low sulfur content, leading to reduced emissions of harmful pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. It is highly versatile and can be used in power generation, heating, and industrial processes.
  2. Economic Opportunities:
    • Job Creation: As governments worldwide implement stricter regulations on plastic waste management, there is a growing demand for sustainable solutions. Pyrolysis plants create employment opportunities in research, development, engineering, and manufacturing.
    • Market Demand: The market for recycled products generated by plastic pyrolysis plants, including fuel oils and carbon black, continues to grow. These products find applications in various industries, making the investment economically promising. Plastic pyrolysis
  3. Circular Economy Principles:
    • By converting plastic waste into valuable products, plastic pyrolysis enables closed-loop recycling, reducing the need for virgin resources and minimizing environmental degradation. This aligns with sustainable development goals.
  4. Technological Advancement:
    • Companies continually strive to optimize the pyrolysis process, enhance product quality, and innovate in areas like catalysis and reactor design. This drives efficiency improvements and effectiveness in pyrolysis plants.
  5. Social Benefits:
    • Investing in pyrolysis infrastructure in communities disproportionately affected by plastic pollution improves their quality of life and addresses environmental justice issues. Plastic pyrolysis

In summary, plastic pyrolysis technology offers a pathway to a more sustainable future, benefiting both the environment and the economy1234.

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PET bottle recycling factory kicks off ‘trial’ operations in Al-Muwaqqar area

Econest Recycling, an Amman-headquartered leading recycler of PET bottles in the Middle East and North Africa region, announced start of trial operations for its factory specialized in recycling used plastic water bottles, with an investment amounting to $15 million.

Established in 2022, the factory, which is located in Al-Muwaqqar area, works to convert used plastic water bottles into polyethylene terephthalate, after recycling it with “high quality to become suitable for food use.”

In remarks to “Petra,” the company’s chairman, Mohammad Abu Sufa, said the factory, which is the first in the Middle East region, was established according to the “highest” international standards and “modern” European technologies, which ensure efficiency and excellence in all steps of the production processes, which would make its products “green and clean.”  Plastic pyrolysis

Abu Sufa added that the factory’s mission aims to provide environmentally friendly solutions, revolutionize the recycling process, secure production inputs for multiple industries, achieve circular economy, protect the environment, and realize resource sustainability.

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In the first quarter of the year, Versalis, a chemical subsidiary of the ENI group, reported a 12% increase in sales volume, reaching 900,000 tonnes

Despite this growth, the company experienced an adjusted operating loss of 168 million euros, marking an improvement over the previous quarter’s loss of 237 million euros due to cost optimizations, yet a 54% increase from the same period last year (109 million euros). This loss reflects weaker demand across all business segments, heightened production costs in Europe, and a less competitive stance against North American and Asian counterparts amidst an oversupplied market, according to the ENI quarterly report.

During the period between January and March, the plant utilization rate improved slightly from 52% to 57%. Plastic pyrolysis

However, the cracker margin has deteriorated compared to the same period in 2023. Furthermore, Versalis noted a decrease in margins on polyethylene and styrenics from last year, attributed to lower commodity prices and aggressive competitive pressures.

In mid-April, following these challenges, Versalis expanded its operations by acquiring Tecnofilm, a Marche-based company specializing in the development and production of functionalized polyolefins and thermoplastic compounds with elastomer properties. This acquisition is part of Versalis’ strategic efforts to enhance its product portfolio and market presence amidst fluctuating market conditions.  Plastic pyrolysis

In the first quarter of the year, Versalis, a chemical subsidiary of the ENI group, reported a 12% increase in sales volume, reaching 900,000 tonnes

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Sinopec, Kazakh firm KazMunayGas to co-develop polyethylene project

China Petrochemical Corp, or Sinopec, together with KazMunayGas, a state-owned oil and gas company in Kazakhstan, will develop the biggest polyethylene project in Kazakhstan, the Chinese company said on Thursday.

Polyethylene is the most commonly produced plastic. A polymer, polyethylene is primarily used for packaging.

Sinopec signed an agreement with KazMunayGas in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, on Thursday for the joint implementation of the project in the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan, during the state visit to China of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

With a capacity of 1.25 million metric tons per year, the plant will be built on the territory of the special economic zone in Karabatan, close to the Tengiz field of the Atyrau region, Sinopec said.  Plastic pyrolysis

To confirm Sinopec’s future involvement in the project, the two sides will sign a share purchase agreement and other legally binding documents. The final investment decision, called the FID, of the project participants is expected in 2024, it said.

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Techtextil & Texprocess 2024 highlight future of textile processing

INSIGHTS

  • Techtextil and Texprocess 2024 saw record attendance, with 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and 1,700 exhibitors.
  • The fairs showcased innovative solutions driving cross-industry transformations in high-tech textiles.
  • Texprocess highlighted advancements in digitalisation, automation, and AI, offering solutions for industry challenges and future growth.

High-tech textiles in twelve application areas, the global innovative power of technical textiles and nonwovens as well as the digitalisation of the textile-processing industry: with 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and 1,700 exhibitors from 53 countries, Techtextil and Texprocess have grown in terms of exhibitor numbers and recorded a 29 percent increase in visitor numbers.  Plastic pyrolysis

At the leading trade fairs, the density of forward-looking textile solutions that are transforming entire industries was particularly noticeable.

Techtextil and Texprocess 2024 ended with 1,700 exhibitors from 53 countries, 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and a 29 percent increase in visitor numbers. The top visitor nations were Germany, Italy, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. The top exhibitor nations were Germany, Italy, China, France and Turkey. Countries such as Egypt, China, Indonesia, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Moldova and Thailand contributed to the expansion of exhibitors, among others.  Plastic pyrolysis

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Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records

From April 23 to 26, the event attracted an impressive 321,879 visitors, a 30% increase from last year’s edition in Shenzhen, which had 248,222 attendees. This surge in participation surpassed organizer expectations, who had anticipated 270,000 visitors based on the 180,000 from Shanghai’s last 2018 hosting.

Foreign attendance was notably strong, with 73,200 international visitors making up 23% of the total. The event’s peak came on its second day, seeing 118,687 entries. The fair’s venue, the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai, sprawled over 380,000 square meters across 15 pavilions—an expansion of 12% from 2018. This space accommodated 4,420 exhibitors, also up by 12%.  Plastic pyrolysis

Significantly, around forty Italian companies participated, grouped in a collective stand managed by Amaplast, the association representing Italian manufacturers of machinery and systems for processing plastics and rubber. This strong international presence underscores Chinaplas’s role as a crucial global platform for industry advancements and networking.

Chinaplas 2024, the premier international fair for the plastics and rubber industry, celebrated a remarkable return to Shanghai after a six-year hiatus, setting new attendance records

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Room temperature superconductors – Carbios and Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for PET Biorecycling Plant 30-04-2024

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Crude oil price – Crude Oil Price Forecast 2024: Navigating Through Geopolitical Tides and Market Dynamics 01-05-2024

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Crude Oil Price Forecast 2024: Navigating Through Geopolitical Tides and Market Dynamics

As we venture into the second quarter of 2024, the global economy continues to grapple with the ever-changing landscape of crude oil prices. The year has been marked by a series of geopolitical events and supply-demand fluctuations, which have significantly influenced the trajectory of oil prices. This article aims to provide an insightful forecast into the crude oil market for the remainder of 2024, drawing upon recent trends and expert analyses. Crude oil price

The Current State of Crude Oil Prices

The first quarter of 2024 saw a surge in oil prices, with both U.S. and European benchmark crude futures reaching five-month highs. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures contract rose by 16.1%, closing at $83.20, while Brent crude increased by 13%, closing the quarter at $87.501. This upward trend was propelled by a tightening supply-demand outlook and heightened geopolitical concerns.

Factors Influencing the Price Surge

Several factors have contributed to the rise in crude oil prices:

Market Predictions for the Second Quarter

Analysts predict that the buying pressure on crude oil is likely to outweigh selling pressure in the longer term3The markets are expected to remain noisy, with prices continuing to sort themselves out amid the larger consolidation area4.

Expert Forecasts for 2024

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that the Brent crude oil spot price will average $90 per barrel in the second quarter of 2024, with an annual average of $89 per barrel5. This reflects expectations of strong global oil inventory draws during this quarter and ongoing geopolitical risks.

Potential Price Shocks and Economic Impacts

While the World Bank and Fitch Ratings warn of a potential oil price shock of $120 per barrel due to supply restrictions and regional conflicts, this would have significant implications for global growth and inflation1. Crude oil price

Long-Term Outlook

Looking beyond 2024, some analysts expect that the demand for fossil fuels could fall, leading to a lower oil price in the next 5-10 years. The EIA projects average Brent crude prices at $61 per barrel in 2025 and $73 per barrel in 20301Crude oil price

Implications for Investors and Consumers

The fluctuating oil prices have had varied impacts on different sectors:

Conclusion

The crude oil market in 2024 is characterized by a complex interplay of geopolitical, economic, and market dynamics. While the short-term forecast indicates continued price rises, the long-term outlook remains uncertain. Stakeholders in the oil industry must remain vigilant and adaptable to navigate through these turbulent waters.


This article provides a snapshot of the current state and future predictions of crude oil prices, offering a blend of data-driven insights and expert opinions. The information presented is based on the latest available data and forecasts, which are subject to change as new information emerges. For the most up-to-date information, readers are encouraged to consult the latest market reports and analyses.

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Room temperature superconductors – Carbios and Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for PET Biorecycling Plant 30-04-2024

Room temperature superconductors – Carbios and Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for PET Biorecycling Plant 30-04-2024

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Carbios and Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for PET Biorecycling Plant

New plant will use enzymatic process to depolymerize PET

Carbios held a groundbreaking ceremony for its project to construct a PET recycling plant. The plant will use a unique process involving the depolymerization of PET using enzymes. Participants included local authorities, partner brands and industrial partners. Located in Longlaville, in the Grand-Est region of France, the site will be Carbios’ first commercial plant. The plant will have a processing capacity of 50,000 ton/yr of prepared waste when operating at full capacity. According to the company, work is progressing on schedule with significant quantities set to be delivered to customers in 2026. Room temperature superconductors

The technology opens up new recycling streams for multilayered, colored and opaque trays made from packaging waste and polyester textile waste, which until now have been little or not recycled at all, giving them value and providing an alternative to fossil-based monomers.

“Our revolutionary enzymatic depolymerization technology marks the beginning of a new era in plastic recycling, moving away from dependence on oil to a circular economy fueled by PET waste itself. Room temperature superconductors

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Amcor unveils 100% recycled PET bottle for soft drinks

The stock bottle empowers beverage brands to meet growing sustainability demands and regulations while accelerating their time to market.

Hyatt said each Mr & Mrs Smith property is known for its distinct character, with highlights including treehouse accommodations in Finland. Credit: Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Amcor, a world leader in packaging solutions, has announced the launch of a one-litre polyethylene terephthalate (PET) carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottle made entirely from post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. Room temperature superconductors

The company said this innovative stock bottle empowers beverage brands to meet growing sustainability demands and regulations while accelerating their time to market. It also claims the product is the first-of-its-kind stock option.

The new bottle represents a significant advancement in Amcor Rigid Packaging’s (ARP) commitment to responsible packaging.

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BIR publishes position paper on chemical recycling

The organization says mechanical recycling must take priority and be incentivized.

In its latest position paper, the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) says chemical recycling needs careful consideration and well-informed, market-based policies to ensure that it complements rather than competes with traditional recycling methods.

Additionally, BIR writes that mechanical recycling must remain the preferred method on a large scale, whereas chemical recycling should be used only for hard-to-recycle plastics at their end-of-life. Room temperature superconductors

This position paper on chemical recycling follows shortly after one on extended producer responsibility (EPR), which BIR published in November 2023. Describing chemical recycling as “a nascent technology,” BIR urges caution in its development and calls for the introduction of a harmonized definition of chemical recycling that excludes fuel production.

BIR says chemical recycling processes are extremely energy-intensive and some that are currently available produce more greenhouse gas emissions than primary production using fossil fuels during the production process. Room temperature superconductors

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Suzano Ventures, the investment branch of Brazilian pulp producer Suzano, has invested $5 million in Bioform Technologies

This Canadian startup, originating from research at the University of British Columbia, focuses on developing sustainable alternatives to conventional single-use plastics using bio-based materials.

This financial injection forms part of Bioform’s initial funding round, aimed at enhancing the production of these eco-friendly plastics. These materials can be produced using existing industrial methods from the pulp and paper industry, incorporating wood pulp fiber from Suzano as a primary component.  Room temperature superconductors

Bioform’s innovative hydrogels, reinforced with wood pulp, promise to be home compostable or recyclable through standard paper recycling routes without relying on fossil fuel-derived resources.

The applications for this technology are broad, including recyclable thermoformable films for packaging and compostable films for various uses such as agricultural and trash bags. Bioform’s products are designed to significantly reduce carbon emissions, offering an 80% lower footprint than traditional plastics while maintaining or improving on performance metrics like strength and barrier properties.  Room temperature superconductors

Suzano Ventures, the investment branch of Brazilian pulp producer Suzano, has invested $5 million in Bioform Technologies

Room temperature superconductors, once envisioned as transformative for energy production and transport, have faced scrutiny

Initially highlighted by physicist Ranga Dias in 2020, these superconductors promised a future of efficient energy systems, ultra-fast computing chips, and magnetic levitation transport. Despite periodic announcements signaling breakthroughs, persistent technical limitations and setbacks often followed.

Dias, a University of Rochester physicist, maintained his course despite growing criticism, publishing successive studies claiming room temperature superconductivity. His resilience against skepticism suggested potential in his research. However, a damning report detailed in Nature revealed significant data manipulation. This discovery, made during an internal investigation by the University of Rochester, not only undermines Dias’s credibility but also threatens his career, as dismissal looms.  Room temperature superconductors

Room temperature superconductivity, a Nobel-worthy achievement if validated, would revolutionize multiple technological domains. Traditional conductors lose energy as heat due to electrical resistance, a problem superconductors don’t have. Ideally, they could transport electricity without energy loss, impacting both technology and economy significantly. This phenomenon, explained by the BCS theory proposed in 1957 and Nobel-recognized in 1972, suggests that ambient temperature superconductors are possible but highly unlikely. Room temperature superconductors

The saga of Dias’s research, now tainted by allegations of falsification, serves as a cautionary tale for future claims in this high-stakes field of physics.

Room temperature superconductors, once envisioned as transformative for energy production and transport, have faced scrutiny

Kazakhstan’s Atyrau is set to open a terephthalic acid and polyethylene terephthalate (TPA/PET) production complex in 2029, according to Interfax citing Kazakh Deputy Energy Minister Askhat Khasenov

This announcement was made during a briefing in Astana, where Khasenov revealed ongoing pre-feasibility studies in collaboration with China’s Sinopec. Khasenov also highlighted the Atyrau Refinery’s plans to modernize by 2027 to ensure an uninterrupted supply of paraxylene, a key raw material for PET production, without compromising gasoline and diesel output.  Room temperature superconductors

Additionally, it was confirmed that there would be no limitations on paraxylene production upon the PET project’s initiation. This development was further underscored during a meeting between Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Sinopec Chairman Ma Yongsheng in China, where they discussed the construction of the TPA/PET facility. Furthermore, Magzum Mirzagaliev, Chairman of KazMunayGas (KMG), and Ma Yongsheng signed an agreement to jointly develop a preliminary feasibility study for the project. The Atyrau TPA/PET complex is expected to produce up to 735,000 tonnes of PET annually, using paraxylene sourced from the Atyrau Oil Refinery.  Room temperature superconductors

Kazakhstan's Atyrau is set to open a terephthalic acid and polyethylene terephthalate (TPA/PET) production complex in 2029, according to Interfax citing Kazakh Deputy Energy Minister Askhat Khasenov

ORNL researchers use thermoplastic nanofibers to toughen composites

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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.

Composites are strong and lightweight relative to their metallic counterparts. They are also corrosion and fatigue resistant and can be tailored to meet specific industrial performance requirements. However, 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.  Room temperature superconductors

The interphase between the two materials needs to be improved because of its influence on the overall mechanical properties of the composites.

The research team deposited thermoplastic nanofibers to create chemically 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.  Room temperature superconductors

ORNL researchers use thermoplastic nanofibers to toughen composites

PET Bottles Recycling – China’s Ministry of Commerce declared the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Taiwanese polycarbonate imports, effective from April 20 for five years 29-04-2024

 

r-PET Packaging – Polymer prices: Upward trend continues due to higher feedstock costs 29-04-2024

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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 22/04/2024 29/04/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,075 yuan/ton -75
Bottle grade PET chips export market 905 $/ton 900 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton -50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,905 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton -35
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,935 yuan/ton 5,925 yuan/ton
-10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 735 $/ton 735 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,445 yuan/ton 4,335 yuan/ton
-110
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 518 $/ton 508 $/ton -10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,057 $/ton 1,040 $/ton
-17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,035 $/ton 1,018 $/ton -17
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,160 $/7on 1,140 $/ton -20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,625  yuan/ton 7,525 yuan/ton
-100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,075 yuan/ton 9,025 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,200 yuan/ton 8,125 yuan/ton -75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 12,700 yuan/ton
-200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,910 $/ton 1,890 $/ton -20
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,375 yuan/ton 14,150  yuan/ton -225
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,700 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton -350
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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21,900 yuan/ton 21,800 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,850 yuan/ton 16,600 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,150 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton- -250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,900 yuan/ton 17,900 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,500 yuan/ton 33,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,000 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,000 yuan/ton 29,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,600 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 8,920 yuan/ton 8,760 yuan/ton -160
Benzene overseas  market 1,066 $/ton 1,062 $/ton -4
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 827 $/ton 841 $/ton +14
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,600 yuan/ton 10,600 yuan/ton
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 13,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 7,230 yuan/ton -20
Naphtha overseas market  698 $/ton 710 $/ton +12
Phenol domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 8,177 yuan/ton +377

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Russian polymer and rubber producer Sibur supports the extended producer responsibility (EPR) mechanism, which aims to enhance circular economy efforts, according to Chinadaily

This initiative will structure waste management better and increase the use of recycled materials in Sibur’s manufacturing processes.

Sibur’s PolyLab Research and Development Center has been instrumental in creating sustainable polymers, integrating up to 90% recycled materials. r-PET Packaging

Already, the center has introduced over 10 products and is developing an additional 50.

In collaboration with China’s Sinopec, Sibur is also constructing the Amur Gas Chemical Complex, which will focus on polypropylene and polyethylene production. r-PET Packaging

Both China and Russia, as part of the Global Coalition for Plastics Sustainability, are proactive in addressing plastic waste via recycling and proper disposal methods.

They are sending delegates to the upcoming session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) in Ottawa, which aims to formulate a globally binding treaty on plastic pollution.  r-PET Packaging

In Russia, a new law enacted in January enhances the EPR mechanism, mandating manufacturers to gradually increase their recycling rates, achieving 100% by 2027. Alternatively, companies may opt to pay an environmental levy. This legislation intends to decrease non-recyclable plastic usage, reduce landfill volumes, and fund new recycling facilities.

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Polymer prices: Upward trend continues due to higher feedstock costs

Over the past two months, thermoplastic prices in Western Europe have experienced a steady increase, largely influenced by rising feedstock costs.

Specifically, in March, the prices for L/LDPE (Linear Low-Density Polyethylene) saw an increase ranging from €70 to €80 per tonne. Concurrently, HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) prices also went up by €50 to €60 per tonne.

These increments in thermoplastic prices have more than compensated for the €30 per tonne increase in the ethylene reference price.

Polymer prices: Upward trend continues due to higher feedstock costs

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Axpo and electric utility Rhiienergie have inaugurated Switzerland’s largest green hydrogen production facility in Graubünden canton

Situated alongside the Reichenau hydropower plant in Domat/Ems, this 2.5-megawatt facility can generate up to 350 tonnes of green hydrogen annually. This venture marks a significant step in integrating hydrogen into the national energy landscape to enhance future supply security.

Constructed over approximately a year, this plant employs water electrolysis powered by adjacent hydroelectricity, thus producing hydrogen without CO2 emissions. The resulting hydrogen, which can offset up to 1.5 million liters of diesel each year, is compressed for easy transportation to refueling stations and industrial clients. PET Bottles Recycling

The project’s opening ceremony drew political and business leaders, including local council members, Graubünden Cantonal Councillor and Energy Minister Dr. Carmelia Maissen, and National Councillor Martin Candinas. Dr. Maissen praised the plant’s alignment with regional green hydrogen ambitions and broader climate objectives.

Both Axpo CEO Christoph Brand and Rhiienergie CEO Christian Capaul underscored the critical role of green hydrogen in sustainable energy transition. Capaul highlighted the facility’s status as a flagship project for the region. Brand acknowledged existing challenges but remained optimistic about the potential of this renewable energy resource, emphasizing its sustainability credentials. PET Bottles Recycling

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TOMRA has secured long-term agreements with OMV and Borealis to supply high-quality raw materials for their recycling operations, enhancing the circular economy for plastics

Under these agreements, TOMRA Feedstock will deliver consistent feedstock to OMV’s ReOil® plants in Austria and to Borealis’ mechanical recycling facilities across Europe. Volker Rehrmann, Executive Vice President and Head of TOMRA Recycling, highlighted the significance of this collaboration in leveraging technology to reclaim post-consumer plastics, preventing their incineration and promoting reuse.

The feedstock will originate from a new, pioneering sorting facility in Germany, set to open at the end of 2025 with an annual input capacity of 80,000 metric tonnes. This facility will specialize in transforming mixed post-consumer plastic waste into clean, specific polymer types for further processing.  PET Bottles Recycling

Daniela Vlad, OMV Executive Vice President Chemicals & Materials, emphasized that the agreement supports their ReOil® technology in producing sustainable materials, contributing significantly to a circular plastics economy. Meanwhile, Borealis will utilize the feedstock in its Borcycle™ M technology, creating high-performance polymers from polyolefin-based waste for diverse industries such as automotive and healthcare.

Craig Arnold, Borealis Executive Vice President, reaffirmed their commitment to increasing recycled content in products, enabling customers to enhance their use of recycled plastics. This partnership marks a substantial advancement in sustainable plastic production and recycling, signifying a major stride towards closing the loop in plastic utilization.

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China’s Ministry of Commerce declared the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Taiwanese polycarbonate imports, effective from April 20 for five years

The ministry’s final determination followed an investigation which confirmed that dumping by Taiwan was harming China’s polycarbonate industry. Taiwan’s exports of this material to China last year were valued at around US$830 million, constituting 78.5 percent of its total polycarbonate exports, as per Taiwan’s Customs Administration.

Polycarbonate, used in electronics, automotive, optics, packaging, medical devices, and safety equipment, was listed in the 2010 Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement between Taiwan and China. The decision to apply these duties is seen as part of China’s strategy amidst broader geopolitical tensions.  PET Bottles Recycling

The anti-dumping investigation began in November 2022, with preliminary results in August indicating significant harm to the Chinese industry. Initial duties were set at up to 22.4 percent. Specific duties announced include 9 percent for Taiwan Chemical Fiber Corp and Idemitsu Chemicals Taiwan Corp, 12.2 percent for Chimei Corp and Chi Lin Technology Co., Ltd, and 22.4 percent for other firms.

Yesterday, China's Ministry of Commerce declared the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Taiwanese polycarbonate imports, effective from April 20 for five years

Weichai, a Chinese manufacturer, has launched a diesel engine that boasts a groundbreaking energy efficiency, marking a world record

This engine achieves an intrinsic thermal efficiency of 53.09%, a significant leap from the usual 45-46%. Such efficiency has been validated by esteemed international testing organizations including TÜV SÜD and the China Automotive Research and Technology Center.  PET Bottles Recycling

The improvements in thermal efficiency could potentially lower diesel engine operational costs by 14% across China, equating to an annual fuel saving of approximately 31 million tonnes and a carbon emission reduction of around 97 million tonnes. Despite these advancements, the engine’s impact on the automotive sector might be limited. Various auto manufacturers have reduced or ceased the production of diesel vehicles in response to emission scandals and environmental concerns. Additionally, the shift towards electric vehicles is gaining momentum, driven by stricter governmental regulations on diesel emissions and the enhanced capabilities and cost-efficiency of electric technologies.

These developments indicate a decreasing demand for diesel options as the automotive industry moves towards more sustainable electric alternatives, which offer better performance, greater autonomy, and reduced operational costs. PET Bottles Recycling

Weichai, a Chinese manufacturer, has launched a diesel engine that boasts a groundbreaking energy efficiency, marking a world record

In early April, global prices for polyester staple fiber (PSF) experienced a significant increase, even though the costs of feedstock materials, which are essential for producing PSF, showed a decline

This price surge has been observed across major markets worldwide, challenging the usual expectations that fiber prices should align with raw material costs.

Various factors contribute to this anomaly. Firstly, disruptions in supply chains have played a crucial role. These disruptions are partly due to geopolitical tensions and logistical challenges, which have hindered the smooth flow of raw materials and finished products, leading to shortages in certain regions. Secondly, there has been a marked increase in demand for PSF, fueled by its growing use in diverse applications from clothing and upholstery to automotive interiors. This heightened demand tends to push prices up, independent of the raw material cost fluctuations. PET Bottles Recycling

Moreover, energy prices and currency exchange rates have also influenced PSF pricing. In some countries, the weakening of the local currency against the dollar has made imports more expensive, contributing to higher domestic prices for polyester fibers. Additionally, energy costs, which are critical for manufacturing, have been volatile and generally trending upwards, further complicating the cost structure for producers.

These factors combined have led to the current situation where PSF prices are rising despite a fall in feedstock costs, reflecting a complex interplay of global economic and market dynamics. PET Bottles Recycling

In early April, global prices for polyester staple fiber (PSF) experienced a significant increase, even though the costs of feedstock materials, which are essential for producing PSF, showed a decline

Alpla has recently completed a significant upgrade and expansion at its Vlotho-Exter plant in Germany, with an investment of approximately 30 million euros

This project introduced two new facilities: a warehouse and a production area, enhancing the plant’s capacity to manufacture preforms and PET bottles. These bottles are primarily used for packaging mineral water sourced locally.

The Vlotho-Exter site employs 185 workers and utilizes recycled PET from Alpla’s nearby Bad Salzuflen facility, underscoring the company’s commitment to sustainability. Additionally, the plant manufactures reusable containers for beverages and cosmetics, aligning with growing environmental consciousness in the industry.

During the opening ceremony, Alpla CEO Philipp Lehner emphasized the company’s dedication to sustainable practices.  PET Bottles Recycling

He stated, “Plastic packaging has a future, but it hinges on our serious commitment to addressing current issues. We are dedicated to setting higher standards in reducing, reusing, and recycling packaging materials.” This initiative reflects Alpla’s proactive approach to overcoming challenges in the packaging sector and its drive towards more sustainable production methodologies.

Automotive plastic recycling – TotalEnergies Corbion is set to showcase its Luminy PLA bioplastics at Chinaplas 2024 in Shanghai, highlighting the product’s environmental benefits during Asia’s leading plastics and rubber trade fair from April 23-26 27-04-2024

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Polyamide in Europe witness Sharp Increase Despite Average Demand

In the European region, the price of Polyamide has increased in the latter part of April following a period of stability in the preceding weeks. This price increase comes despite the demand for Polyamide being in the average range in the European market. As a ripple effect, the cost of Polyamide 6 and 6.6 rose by 2.5% during the week ending 19th April 2024 on a FOB Hamburg basis.

The Polyamide market in Europe is currently experiencing moderate supply levels, with overseas trade facing challenges due to disruptions in ocean routes. These disruptions have led to uncertainties in the supply chain, impacting the availability of Polyamide in the market.  Automotive plastic recycling

The demand for Polyamide in Europe is described as average, with purchases being carried out on a needy basis, particularly in the downstream textile and automotive sectors.

In addition to fewer shipping delays, the pressure on supply chains was alleviated by a significant reduction in the purchasing of inputs by eurozone manufacturers. This reduction in input purchases indicates a slowdown in production or a more cautious approach to inventory management by manufacturers in the eurozone. Automotive plastic recycling

Europe manufacturers of Polyamide grades 6 and 66 globally have seen a rise in activity in the second half of April after a period of stability over the past few weeks.

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Covestro collaborates with automotive partners on car-to-car plastic recycling

New joint program aiming for efficient, sustainable automotive plastic recycling

At the CHINAPLAS trade fair in Shanghai, Covestro and partners from the automotive value chain agree on a cooperation for the car-to-car recycling of plastics (from left to right). ): Lutz Frankholz (TÜV Rheinland Shanghai & Suzhou), Danilo Teobaldi (Principal Chief Engineer and Head of Advanced Technologies, NIO), Guido Naberfeld (Mobility Global Sales & Marketing Head, Engineering Plastics business entity, Covestro), Martin Hofmann (Head of the Cluster “Climate, Energy, Environment and Biodiversity” at GIZ), Simon Krämer (Head of Sustainability Product in R&D, Volkswagen China) and Qing Guo (Assistant to the President of GEM Green Industry, Wuhan, Innovation Research Institute). © Covestro Automotive plastic recycling

With increasing global environmental awareness and stricter regulatory requirements, the automotive industry is realizing the necessity of plastic recycling for sustainable development. In response, materials manufacturer Covestro, along with partners from the automotive value chain, is spearheading the concept of car-to-car closed-loop plastics recycling, which is emerging as a promising solution to tackle the challenges of plastic waste management in the sector.

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TotalEnergies Corbion is set to showcase its Luminy PLA bioplastics at Chinaplas 2024 in Shanghai, highlighting the product’s environmental benefits during Asia’s leading plastics and rubber trade fair from April 23-26

PLA bioplastics are increasingly favored in China, driven by the country’s commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives. These bioplastics are renewable, industrially compostable, and offer a substantial reduction in carbon emissions—up to 75% less compared to traditional plastics.  Automotive plastic recycling

The adoption of PLA bioplastics in China is supported by regulatory measures and a growing consumer awareness towards sustainable products. Industries such as packaging and automotive are actively incorporating PLA into their processes, attracted by its low environmental impact and alignment with China’s sustainability objectives. Hao Ding, the global marketing director at TotalEnergies Corbion, noted, “The growing relevance of PLA bioplastics in China reflects a broader shift towards sustainable consumption and production practices.”

Key drivers for PLA’s increasing market presence include governmental backing, consumer preference for eco-friendly products, and collaborative efforts among government bodies, research institutions, and commercial enterprises.  Automotive plastic recycling

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Global mLLDPE Market Faces excess supply, Price Decline, Industry faces Challenges in April 2024

In the initial half of April 2024, there was an oversupply of Metallocene Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (mLLDPE) in the market, leading to a global decline in prices. Despite the rise in mLLDPE contracts in Europe throughout April, the overall market sentiment remained stable as demand tapered off following three consecutive months of growth. Similarly, the Asian market saw stable prices due to ample supplies. Several Middle Eastern producers adjusted their prices in April to accommodate shorter working hours during Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, resulting in price reductions in both Asia and Europe.

In the initial part of April, mLLDPE prices in Europe declined mainly due to weak domestic demand and an oversupply situation.  Automotive plastic recycling

Manufacturers encountered challenges in matching prices with production expenses in a sluggish market, leading to cost pressures. Despite the rising costs of feedstock Ethylene, some suppliers opted to decrease prices due to better availability. Additionally, ExxonMobil and SABIC declare shutdown of European ethylene cracking plants due to climbing energy expenses and expansion of global capacities. ExxonMobil plans to close its 400,000 tons/year steam cracker together with downstream PP and PE units at the Gravenchon site in France within 2024.

Further, despite the increase in Crude oil prices prompted by supply worries, the global mLLDPE markets continue to face subdued demand from downstream sectors like construction, automotive, and packaging.  Automotive plastic recycling

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Chinese Spandex Market Sees Sharp Decline in April

In a significant development, the Chinese spandex market has experienced a dramatic downturn in April. The material has shed approximately 65% of its peak value since late 2021. This decline comes after a period of highs in early 2022.

Reasons for the Decline:

Global Demand Slowdown: The global demand for garments has weakened, impacting the spandex market. Economic uncertainties have also played a role in driving down prices.  Automotive plastic recycling

Optimism Fades: Despite previous robust demand and optimism about spandex’s use in stretchable garments, the persistent decline in costs has been challenging.

Implications:

Industry Impact: This sharp drop in spandex prices has implications for the textile and apparel industry. Manufacturers and retailers may need to reassess their supply chains and pricing strategies.

Supply Chain Resilience: Companies should focus on building resilient supply chains to navigate market fluctuations effectively.

While the situation remains challenging, industry players must adapt to the changing landscape.  Automotive plastic recycling

The decline in spandex prices serves as a reminder of the need for agility and strategic planning in the ever-evolving textile market.

Chinese Spandex Market Sees Sharp Decline in April

Asahi Kasei to Build EV Battery Component Plant in Canada to Supply Honda, Nikkei Reports

Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei is set to invest approximately 200 billion yen (equivalent to $1.3 billion) in constructing a battery component factory in Canada, according to a report by the Nikkei newspaper. The project aims to bolster the supply chain for electric vehicle (EV) production.

The new plant will play a crucial role in supporting Honda Motor’s electric vehicle manufacturing operations in Canada. By establishing local production capabilities, Asahi Kasei aims to enhance efficiency and reduce logistical complexities associated with importing battery components.  Automotive plastic recycling

The decision to build the factory in Canada underscores the growing importance of the Canadian market for EVs. As the automotive industry shifts toward electrification, securing a reliable supply of battery components becomes paramount. Asahi Kasei’s investment demonstrates its commitment to supporting sustainable mobility solutions and meeting the rising demand for electric vehicles.

Asahi Kasei to Build EV Battery Component Plant in Canada to Supply Honda, Nikkei Reports

Vecoplan shredder boosts plastic recycling at Ys Reclamation site

UK-based plastic reprocessor YS Reclamation has installed a new Vecoplan shredder (model VAZ1700 L6) at their plastic recycling operation in Warrington, UK.

Each day, YS Reclamation processes 27 tonnes of post-consumer LDPE plastic film, turning it into 25 tonnes of high-quality plastic pellets for use in the manufacture of a wide range of plastic products. Shredding is a key part of this process.  Automotive plastic recycling

The Vecoplan VAZ1700 plastic shredder installed at YS Reclamation. Photo credit: Vecoplan AG.

In 2022, YS Reclamation was experiencing issues with the primary shredder at its Warrington plant. The shredder was reportedly unreliable and failed to produce the required quality of shred. During the first 8,000 hours of operation, YS Reclamation had experienced over 1,400 hours of downtime due to mechanical failures and other issues.Vecoplan – a producer and supplier of recycling technology – assessed the installation and recommended replacing it with a new VAZ1700 shredder.

After YS Reclamation had viewed the VAZ1700 in action at the 2022 K Fair – a major trade fair for plastics and rubber, held in Düsseldorf, Germany – the shredder was shipped to the Warrington site.  Automotive plastic recycling

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Chinaplas 2024 – Scientists Have Found A Way To Turn Plastic Waste Into High-Quality Materials For New Plastic 26-04-2024

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Chinaplas 2024 – Scientists Have Found A Way To Turn Plastic Waste Into High-Quality Materials For New Plastic 26-04-2024

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Neste is set to introduce its Neste RE™ feedstock at Chinaplas 2024 in Shanghai, showcasing the potential of bio-based and chemically recycled materials in the plastics industry

Neste RE™ helps replace traditional fossil resources, enabling the production of plastics with a significantly reduced carbon footprint and promoting the utilization of hard-to-recycle plastic waste.

This innovative material will be featured at the exhibition booths of Neste’s partners from April 22 to 26. As the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable polymers and chemicals, Neste aims to drive the industry’s shift toward sustainability. “We are excited about our debut at Chinaplas, the world’s largest plastics market, to catalyze a shift towards more sustainable solutions,” stated Carrie Song, Senior Vice President Commercial, Renewable Products at Neste.

Neste RE™ is derived from waste and residue oils, fats, and chemically recycled plastic waste.  Chinaplas 2024

It boasts an over 85% lower lifecycle carbon footprint than conventional fossil feedstocks and supports a circular economy. Chemically akin to fossil raw materials, Neste RE™ seamlessly integrates into existing manufacturing setups without needing extra investments, covering a broad spectrum of polymer and chemical products used in packaging, automotive, electronics, medical, construction, and personal care industries. Products made from Neste RE™ include diapers, medical catheters, beverage cups, coffee capsules, various food packaging, pacifiers, and baby strollers.  Chinaplas 2024

Chinaplas 2024

CHINAPLAS 2024, a landmark event in the plastics and rubber industries, has launched at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Hongqiao, Shanghai, PR China, running from April 23-26

This edition showcases an unprecedented scale with 4,420 exhibitors from around the globe—an increase of 12% from its 2018 edition. The exhibition spans 380,000 sqm and features over 3,800 machinery displays, more than 1,500 raw material suppliers, and 200 projects making their debut on the world or Asian stage.

Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., remarked on the exhibition’s return to Shanghai after six years, highlighting a renewed vision and high expectations for the industry. This year’s theme, “A Brighter and Shared Future, Powered by Innovation,” aims to propel high-quality industry development and advance manufacturing transformations through innovative technologies.  Chinaplas 2024

The focus on new productivity trends is reflected in the wide international attendance, drawn by the latest in new energy vehicles, hydrogen energy, innovative materials and medicines, biomanufacturing, commercial aerospace, and other emerging sectors. These fields are experiencing explosive growth and innovation, significantly impacting global markets.

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TRUECYCLED is revolutionizing textile recycling with their state-of-the-art installations, tailored by Trützschler experts to meet specific client needs

This innovation was highlighted with the launch of the new TRUECYCLED line, developed in collaboration with Balkan Textile Machinery INC.CO., a top machinery maker in Türkiye, at ITMA 2023 in Milan. This move positions Trützschler as the first company to offer a comprehensive solution for textile waste processing, from mechanical recycling to spinning preparation of secondary fibers. Chinaplas 2024

The TRUECYCLED system efficiently handles the entire recycling process—cutting, tearing, carding, and drawing of textile waste. This holistic approach ensures optimal fiber length and quality, giving manufacturers a significant competitive edge by minimizing fiber damage.

Technological challenges persist in recycling, as torn fibers are typically shorter than virgin fibers, and unopened yarn and fabric particles complicate processing. Dr. Georg Stegschuster, a leading researcher at the Recycling atelier in Augsburg, Germany, emphasizes the importance of expertly coordinated tearing and spinning processes to maximize fiber quality and length. Chinaplas 2024

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European Adipic Acid Market Witness Stable Prices on Account of Sufficient Availability

The price of Adipic Acid in the German market has remained stable over the past week, attributed to the ample availability of the product in the market. In the previous month, manufacturers increased Adipic Acid prices due to rises in feedstock costs, which impacted the market. However, following this initial increase, prices have maintained a steady trend. This stability in prices can be attributed to the balanced demand-supply dynamics in the region, as well as efforts by Adipic Acid manufacturers to maintain competitive pricing amidst market uncertainties. Chinaplas 2024

Furthermore, upstream Benzene prices in the European market exhibited a continuous decline, falling by 4% on a week-on-week basis in the previous week. This decline has contributed to stabilizing the downstream sectors, including the Adipic Acid market. For the week ending April 19th, the price of Adipic Acid LAB grade was fixed at USD 3405 per metric ton on a FOB Hamburg basis.

On the supply side, the situation remains relatively stable, with moderate availability of Adipic Acid in Europe. However, recent supply disruptions in the Red Sea region have impacted trading activities, leading to some uncertainties in the market. The Red Sea region, a critical hub for the transportation of various commodities, including Adipic Acid, has faced disruptions due to geopolitical tensions, affecting the supply chain and trading dynamics in Europe. Chinaplas 2024

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Scientists Have Found A Way To Turn Plastic Waste Into High-Quality Materials For New Plastic

Plastic waste is definitely one of the biggest issues our planet is facing today.

According to Statista, humans currently produce more than 350 million metric tons of plastic waste per year and if no radical changes are made, global plastic waste generation is projected to triple by 2060. Yet advanced recycling might bring the long-awaited solution. Chinaplas 2024

Advanced recycling provides a solution for plastic waste to be recycled over and over again

Since the 1950s, humans have produced over 10 billion tons of plastics and more than 8 billion tons of that has ended up as waste. Sadly, only less than 10 percent of the plastic we use is recycled, and there’s currently an estimated 100 million tons of plastic in our oceans around the world that sometimes end up as huge floating plastic islands like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

“We all knew there was a rapid and extreme increase in plastic production from 1950 until now, but actually quantifying the cumulative number for all plastic ever made was quite shocking,” says Jenna Jambeck, environmental engineer from the University of Georgia, who’s studying plastic waste in the oceans. Chinaplas 2024

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South Korea’s LOTTE Chemical Corp. is considering shutting down a Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) production line at its Yeosu Plant 2 to streamline operations amidst an oversupply largely driven by Chinese competitors

This potential halt could significantly reduce LOTTE’s PET output, which currently stands at 260,000 tons annually, down from a previous capacity of 400,000 tons. Concurrently, LOTTE plans workforce reductions at its Ulsan plant, which surpasses Yeosu in PET production. The company’s restructuring strategy includes relocating some of the 486 employees from Ulsan to other positions within LOTTE Fine Chemical Co., LOTTE INEOS Chemicals Co., or at the Yeosu and Daesan plants, aiming to decrease the workforce to 400.  Chinaplas 2024

Amid aggressive competition from low-priced Chinese PET products, LOTTE has seen a sharp drop in its PET production operating rate, falling 22.7 percentage points from 92.4% in 2022 to 69.7% a year later. In response, LOTTE Chemical plans to reduce its focus on basic petrochemicals like PET. CEO Lee Hun-ki outlined a strategy at the 2024 shareholders’ meeting to aggressively refine the company’s business portfolio and decrease reliance on general-purpose petrochemicals. The cessation of the Yeosu PET line is part of these restructuring efforts, although decisions on the suspension and its timing remain pending. Chinaplas 2024

South Korea's LOTTE Chemical Corp. is considering shutting down a Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) production line at its Yeosu Plant 2 to streamline operations amidst an oversupply largely driven by Chinese competitors

BASF now offers RCS-certified polyamides for the textile industry, featuring their sustainable Ultramid® Ccycled® range, comprising PA6 and PA6.6

This certification from the Recycled Claim Standard allows the marketing of textiles made with recycled raw materials. Ultramid Ccycled is produced through the chemical recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic waste, such as used tires, integrated into BASF’s production via a mass balance approach. This range also holds certifications from ISCC PLUS and REDcert2, demonstrating BASF’s commitment to promoting chemical recycling in textiles.

Since 2020, BASF has collaborated with Textile Exchange, a leading organization in recycled materials certification, to facilitate the adoption of RCS standards.

“We are proud to expand our textile portfolio with RCS-certified Ultramid Ccycled,” commented Dr. Dominik Winter, Head of Business Management Polyamides Europe at BASF.  Chinaplas 2024

The company’s portfolio further includes the “choose to reduce” option, allowing customers to select products that reduce carbon footprints by utilizing recycled materials without compromising quality or performance.

BASF now offers RCS-certified polyamides for the textile industry, featuring their sustainable Ultramid® Ccycled® range, comprising PA6 and PA6.6

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Post-consumer Polymers – At CHINAPLAS 2024, BASF showcases its dedication to sustainability with a range of circular solutions and recycled materials 25-04-2024

Post-consumer Polymers – At CHINAPLAS 2024, BASF showcases its dedication to sustainability with a range of circular solutions and recycled materials 25-04-2024

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Paag, a subsidiary of Bell Holding A.Ş., has launched a new PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line at its Gebze facility in Kocaeli, near Istanbul

This advanced recycling line, developed by Starlinger, features a recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ system and began operations in March 2024. With a capacity to process up to 1,800 kg/h, Paag’s installation aims to bolster sustainability by reducing the reliance on virgin plastics, minimizing carbon emissions, and supporting circular economy principles.

The facility plans to recycle about 1,200 tons of PET bottles monthly, primarily supplying recycled PET to Senapa Stampa, a fellow Bell Holding company, and selling to external customers.  Post-consumer Polymers

This initiative is part of a broader strategy to integrate recycled materials into their products, thereby lessening their overall environmental impact.

Vice Chairman Bekir Öktenoğlu emphasized that this move reflects Paag’s commitment to environmental stewardship and high-quality, food-safe production, compliant with EFSA and FDA standards for food-grade recycled PET (rPET).

Additionally, Paag has introduced ‘To-Ka’, a door-to-door collection system to enhance PET bottle recycling. This initiative, which stands for ‘collect – win’, encourages participation through a rewards system accessible via an app, facilitating easy collection and recycling of PET bottles.  Post-consumer Polymers

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At CHINAPLAS 2024, BASF showcases its dedication to sustainability with a range of circular solutions and recycled materials

Featured products include the Ultramid® Ccycled® polyamide, which incorporates pyrolysis oil derived from post-consumer plastic waste collected in Asia. This initiative is part of BASF’s mass balance approach, aimed at transforming feedstock within its integrated value chains.

BASF also introduces its innovative ‘Design-for-Recycling’ polyurethane foam technology, which simplifies the recycling process, enhancing the scalability of recycled polyurethane foam. The company continues to advance in sustainable plastics by offering a comprehensive portfolio of recycled grades, aligning with its commitment to environmental stewardship.  Post-consumer Polymers

The event also highlights BASF’s latest plastic additives, which improve the sustainability of various applications. These innovations are crucial for the mechanical and chemical recycling processes that support the circular economy by enabling the reuse of plastic waste.

Additionally, BASF’s IrgaCycle® additive technology enhances recycled content in products, while maintaining quality and performance. New technologies like Irgastab® PUR 71 and Tinuvin® 2730 will also be displayed, demonstrating advancements in durability and stability for automotive and marine applications.  Post-consumer Polymers

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Heubach GmbH required to file for insolvency

Heubach GmbH applied to the Braunschweig insolvency court for the initiation of regular insolvency proceedings concerning its assets. This application included a request to designate the Braunschweig court as the overseeing court for the German subsidiaries within the Heubach Group.

The court is expected to soon appoint an insolvency administrator who will explore potential business continuity, restructuring, or sale options. Post-consumer Polymers

This move comes as a response to the imminent risk of excessive debt exacerbated by volatile financial markets over the past two years, coupled with unsuccessful efforts to achieve financial restructuring involving all shareholders and creditors.

Despite these challenges, Heubach is striving to fulfill its commitments to employees, customers, and suppliers, operating within the limits of its financial capabilities and under the constraints of legal regulations.  Post-consumer Polymers

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NEXTCHEM (MAIRE) is reinforcing its dedication to plastic upcycling through its subsidiary, NextChem Tech, by increasing its shares from 51% to 85% in MyReplast Industries S.r.l. and MyReplast S.r.l

These companies are known for their innovative NX Replast technology and a production facility in Bedizzole, Northern Italy, that specializes in high-purity recycled polymers. The transaction involves an overall payment of approximately €8.9 million, with €5.1 million payable at closing and the remainder to be paid in increments by the end of 2027.

MyReplast Industries, a key player in the NextChem portfolio since 2019, has a production capacity of 40,000 tons annually. It focuses on mechanical upcycling processes to produce polymers that can substitute for virgin materials in various industries, including automotive and construction. The NX Replast technology was recently chosen by Aliplast for a new project in Modena.  Post-consumer Polymers

This strategic expansion enhances NEXTCHEM’s position in the circular polymers market, driven by increased regulatory demands and the voluntary commitments of purchasers. The company’s efforts are part of a broader movement towards sustainable practices in response to the global rise in plastic use and the pressing need for circular economic solutions.

NEXTCHEM (MAIRE) is reinforcing its dedication to plastic upcycling through its subsidiary, NextChem Tech, by increasing its shares from 51% to 85% in MyReplast Industries S.r.l. and MyReplast S.r.l

Research Project on PHA for Packaging

Coordinated by the Spanish company Cetec, the ViSS project aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of PHBV as an alternative to fossil-based plastics in food packaging. Initiated in September of the previous year and funded by the EU through the Horizon program, ViSS is set to conclude in 2027.  Post-consumer Polymers

The project, led by the Spanish technology center Cetec, focuses on developing a biopolymer made from the copolymer poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate), commonly known as PHBV. This material is intended for use in food packaging applications. PHBV belongs to the polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) family, which are biobased and biodegradable materials. They can degrade in soil and water and are recyclable and compostable in both domestic and industrial settings. Its flexibility, workability, recyclability, and biodegradability make PHBV particularly suitable for packaging applications.

In the course of the research, PHBV will be produced through the fermentation of industrial food waste.  Post-consumer Polymers

Research Project on PHA for Packaging

At the Chinaplas 2024 trade fair in Shanghai, Covestro debuted its new range of polycarbonates, Makrolon® RP, derived from chemically recycled material sourced from post-consumer waste via mass balance

This initiative is part of Covestro’s commitment to the circular economy, involving collaborations with Neste and Borealis for raw material supplies. The introduction of Makrolon® RP, particularly targeted for high-purity applications in the automotive sector, is a significant step towards using sustainable materials that meet stringent purity standards.

Lily Wang, the Global Head of Engineering Plastics at Covestro, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion of their sustainable product line, emphasizing the role of partnerships in conserving fossil resources and enhancing waste management. Post-consumer Polymers

The company aims to support its customers’ sustainability objectives by offering high-quality materials that align with emerging regulatory demands and voluntary environmental standards, such as the European End-of-Life Vehicle Directive and the U.S. EPEAT for electronics.

Makrolon® RP, which matches the quality of traditional fossil-based polycarbonates, is part of Covestro’s CQ family, signifying a minimum of 25% alternative raw materials content. Production at certain facilities, like Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany, is powered exclusively by renewable energy. Neste and Borealis contribute by providing high-quality recycled feedstock, which Borealis converts into phenol and acetone for Covestro’s use.

Jeroen Verhoeven from Neste and Thomas Van De Velde from Borealis highlighted the importance of chemical recycling and collaboration across the value chain in achieving recycling targets and advancing sustainable practices. Post-consumer Polymers

At the Chinaplas 2024 trade fair in Shanghai, Covestro debuted its new range of polycarbonates, Makrolon® RP, derived from chemically recycled material sourced from post-consumer waste via mass balance

Far Eastern New Century Corp. (FENC) has initiated the expansion of its FE Green PET facility in Malacca, Malaysia, which focuses on producing green polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

The expansion will include a new production line that uses waste PET bottles from local sources to manufacture 50,000 tons per year of food-grade recycled PET. The operation of this new line is slated to start by mid-2025.

This expansion aligns with FENC’s commitment to addressing global climate change. The company plans to implement energy-efficient technology, utilize carbon capture solutions, and introduce other innovative practices to cut carbon emissions.

The targeted reductions are 20% by 2025, 40% by 2030, with a goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.  Post-consumer Polymers

Additionally, it was reported earlier that FENC, along with Alpek and Indorama Ventures, had put on hold the construction of another PET plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. This plant was intended to have a production capacity of 1.1 million tons of PET annually. The site was also expected to house a facility capable of producing 1.3 million tons of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) each year, further expanding FENC’s manufacturing capabilities.

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Far Eastern New Century Corp. (FENC) has initiated the expansion of its FE Green PET facility in Malacca, Malaysia, which focuses on producing green polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Antimicrobial textile technologies – French technology company Technip Energies has partnered with New York-based Anellotech to advance an innovative plastic recycling method 24-04-2024

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Antimicrobial textile technologies – French technology company Technip Energies has partnered with New York-based Anellotech to advance an innovative plastic recycling method 24-04-2024

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French technology company Technip Energies has partnered with New York-based Anellotech to advance an innovative plastic recycling method

Together, they will focus on the Plas-TCat system, which transforms mixed-polymer waste into chemicals usable in the production of new materials. The collaboration will feature extensive performance trials at Anellotech’s demonstration facility in Texas to refine the technology. Technip Energies will utilize its downstream processing units and will also become the global licensor for the Plas-TCat technology. Antimicrobial textile technologies

This technology has the potential to cut carbon emissions by half when compared to the production of virgin monomers using traditional naphtha crackers. Bhaskar Patel, Technip Energies’ Senior Vice President for Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals, and Circularity, expressed enthusiasm about the project, highlighting its role in addressing the plastic waste dilemma by converting mixed plastic wastes into valuable end products.

David Sudolsky, founder and CEO of Anellotech, emphasized that the partnership aims to deliver a scalable and cost-effective solution crucial for tackling issues related to plastic sustainability. Antimicrobial textile technologies

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Neste has successfully completed its inaugural processing trial using pyrolysis oil derived from discarded tires, marking a significant advance in chemical recycling at its Porvoo refinery in Finland

This raw material, supplied by Scandinavian Enviro Systems, a Swedish firm specializing in material recovery from end-of-life products, has proven suitable for producing high-quality inputs for chemicals and plastics manufacturing.

This trial underscores the versatility of chemical recycling in handling waste materials beyond just plastics. Tires, composed of various materials, typically end up in landfills or are incinerated due to difficulties in mechanical recycling. The utilization of chemical recycling can thus help maintain valuable materials within the economic cycle by converting them into useful raw materials. Antimicrobial textile technologies

Andreas Teir, leading Neste’s raw materials supply for chemical recycling, highlighted the dual potential of this technology to process both hard-to-recycle plastics and tire waste, aiming to transform their linear life cycles into circular ones.

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iFabric Corp. has announced that its subsidiary, Intelligent Fabric Technologies (North America) Inc. (IFTNA), has achieved United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for two innovative antimicrobial textile technologies

This achievement highlights iFabric’s dedication to leading-edge solutions that address the increasing demand for antimicrobial protection and adapt to the changing needs of the market.

The newly registered bioFRESH technology is a bio-based antimicrobial solution that supports environmental sustainability while delivering high performance. “With the evolving sustainability landscape, bioFRESH represents a significant step forward in combining ecological responsibility with robust antimicrobial properties,” explained Giancarlo Beevis, President and CEO of IFTNA.

“This technology is versatile, suitable for a wide array of applications from textiles to healthcare settings,” he added. Antimicrobial textile technologies

Furthermore, iFabric introduced PROTX2 S, a hydrothermal mineral-based antimicrobial technology. This addition broadens the company’s antimicrobial product line, allowing customers more options tailored to their specific requirements. “The registration of bioFRESH and PROTX2 S by the US EPA not only reinforces our commitment to innovation and excellence but also enhances our portfolio, providing our clients with additional resources to safeguard their environments,” Mr. Beevis remarked.

These advancements secure IFTNA’s position as a leader in antimicrobial technology, enabling the provision of products that effectively combat microbial threats across various industries. Antimicrobial textile technologies

iFabric Corp. has announced that its subsidiary, Intelligent Fabric Technologies (North America) Inc. (IFTNA), has achieved United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for two innovative antimicrobial textile technologies

Global Plastics Treaty negotiations – focus on the value of plastic waste as a circular feedstock

In the pursuit of concluding the Global Plastics Treaty negotiations successfully and on time, a collaborative call to action, by Virginia Janssens, Managing Director of Plastics Europe, is made to industry stakeholders and governments alike, urging a concerted effort towards identifying common solutions in Ottawa:

“To ensure the Global Plastics Treaty negotiations can be concluded successfully, and on time, we urge everyone, including our industry and Governments, to work more closely together and stay focussed on identifying common solutions in Ottawa.

We believe that transitioning from a linear to a circular plastic system, in which all plastic applications are reused, recycled, and responsibly managed, is key to tackling the problem of plastic waste. Antimicrobial textile technologies

And the most effective way to accelerate this transition while maintaining the utility that plastics offer society is for the Treaty to make plastic waste a commodity with real value.

The greater the economic value of plastic waste, the greater the incentive to not litter, landfill or incinerate, but to reuse and recycle instead. This will create a massive additional incentive to increase investment in waste management infrastructure and innovation, and drive growth and employment. Antimicrobial textile technologies

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Topsoe Announces Plans For New State-of-the-art US Electrolyzer Factory For Clean Hydrogen

Topsoe Announces Plans For New State-of-the-art US Electrolyzer Factory For Clean Hydrogen.

Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, announced plans to build a cutting-edge factory in Chesterfield, Virginia. The factory will manufacture advanced, energy efficient Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC) that are essential to the efficient production of clean hydrogen and derivatives like eAmmonia and eMethanol.

The decision by Topsoe to announce its plan for its largest investment in the US to date comes after the company received an allocation for nearly $136 million in federal Section 48C tax credits from the Inflation Reduction Act. Antimicrobial textile technologies

Subject to Final Investment Decision, this more than $400M investment is expected to create at least 150 direct jobs in Virginia and more than 1,000 indirect jobs through the value chain.

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EU committee votes against ‘mass balance’ for chemical recycling

European recyclers have backed an EU committee’s proposal to prevent the ‘mass balance’ method for chemical recycling, over concerns mechanical recyclers would face unfair competition.

The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted through German MEP Jutta Paulus’s proposal to prevent mass balance being used under the Single Use Plastics Directive.

The committee’s rationale was to promote mechanical recycling over technologies such as pyrolysis. Recycling trade bodies fear the mass balance approach would give plastics-to-oil firms an unfair advantage in accessing feedstock. Antimicrobial textile technologies

Mass balance allows the volume of certified material entering chemical recycling to be counted towards a product’s recycled content. After lobbying from Chemical Recycling Europe, the EU drafted legislation to allow the method.

The ENVI vote now threatens this legislation but a further round of voting will take place next week.

Paulus’s motion argued the “unstated rationale” for mass balance was to promote chemical recycling over energy recovery. It added that mechanical recycling “is indeed preferable to chemical recycling, in particular when compared to pyrolysis and gasification, as it requires less energy and therefore creates significantly less CO2”.  Antimicrobial textile technologies

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Ford patents airbags for autonomous vehicles

The US car giant appears to be developing safety systems to work with autonomous vehicles fitted with rotating seats.

Ford has filed a patent for overhead and knee airbags which appear to be specifically designed for autonomous vehicles with swivelling seats.

Spotted by Ford Authority, the patents published on 16 April 2024 show large airbags which appear to extend from overhead, and one side of a seat to protect the upper body and lower limbs of a passenger. Antimicrobial textile technologies

A new design for airbags in autonomous cars is needed because these vehicles are proposed to feature seats which can move freely within the car – including rotating 180 degrees to face backwards, or reclining to allow a passenger to sleep.

The effectiveness of current airbag designs relies on passengers being in a known position, and at the correct distance from the airbag.

In October 2023, Mercedes-Benz revealed it was working on airbags for reclining seats as another possibility of where an occupant is positioned in an autonomous car during a collision. Antimicrobial textile technologies

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Pyrolysis technology – The European textile recycling sector is nearing collapse, with urgent warnings emerging from industry leaders across the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK 23-04-2024

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Pyrolysis technology – The European textile recycling sector is nearing collapse, with urgent warnings emerging from industry leaders across the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK 23-04-2024

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Investment firm Taranis has invested €10 million in Pryme, a cleantech company that specializes in converting plastic waste into valuable products using advanced pyrolysis technology

Pryme has developed a cost-effective pyrolysis process that recycles plastic with a high conversion rate and reduced carbon emissions on an industrial scale. The company is in the early production phase of its first large-scale facility, Pryme One, in Rotterdam.

This funding from Taranis, provided through its Taranis Carbon Ventures fund, will help Pryme speed up the deployment of its technology. This is aimed at minimizing the volume of difficult-to-recycle plastic that is either incinerated or discarded in the environment. The investment reflects the fund’s goal to support innovative technologies that promote carbon circularity.  Pyrolysis technology

Emmanuel Colombel, CEO of Taranis Investment, highlighted that supporting emerging companies in plastic recycling aligns with their investment strategy. He noted Pryme’s progress in enhancing pyrolysis processes and its potential to significantly mitigate issues associated with recycling stubborn plastic waste.

Christopher Hervé, CEO of Pryme, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with Taranis and its parent company, Perenco Group.  Pyrolysis technology

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RadiciGroup, a pioneer in physical and digital nylon traceability

RadiciGroup, the global leader in advanced textile solutions, proudly unveiled the first integrated physical and digital nylon traceability project at Techtextil, a major European textile fair held in Frankfurt from April 23-26.

This groundbreaking initiative, exhibited at Hall 9.1, Stand D28, marks a significant advancement in transparency for the textile industry.

The project’s first application is a gilet crafted from nylon yarn produced at one of RadiciGroup’s European factories.  Pyrolysis technology

This garment features a QR code that reveals its origins and details about its production process, emphasizing the project’s focus on full traceability through every stage of the supply chain, from spinning to retail.

This traceability is enhanced by a partnership with FibreTrace, which allows the physical and digital tracking of nylon yarns.

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A unique tracer—an inorganic additive—does not compromise the yarn’s aesthetic or functional quality and is detectable in both fabric and finished garments. Digitally, scanners during production detect this tracer and upload the data to a dedicated platform, accessible to consumers via QR code to learn about the product’s provenance and journey.

Filippo Bona, R&D Manager at RadiciGroup, highlighted that this nearly two-year project is set to expand to other fibers produced by the company.  Pyrolysis technology

He emphasized the initiative’s role in promoting sustainable consumer choices and combating counterfeits, aligning with EU Digital Product Passport Regulations.

Additionally, RadiciGroup’s commitment to sustainability extends to education, partnering with POLI.Design at Politecnico di Milano to showcase garments designed by students at the fair, fostering the next generation of textile professionals.

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Linde announced today that its subsidiary White Martins is set to build, own, and operate a second green hydrogen electrolyzer in Brazil’s southeast, specifically next to their existing air separation unit in Jacareí, São Paulo

This new five-megawatt pressurized alkaline electrolyzer will utilize local solar and wind energy sources to produce green hydrogen that is independently certified. The plant, scheduled to start in 2025, aims to support the glass manufacturer Cebrace in reducing emissions from their glass melting furnaces in Jacareí. Additionally, it will cater to the growing demand for competitively priced green hydrogen across various industrial sectors such as metals, food, and chemicals.  Pyrolysis technology

White Martins previously pioneered the production of green hydrogen with international certification in South America at its Pernambuco plant in 2022. Gilney Bastos, President of South Latin America at Linde, emphasized that this project underscores Linde’s commitment to Brazil’s energy transition. He stated, “We are eager to assist Cebrace with their decarbonization efforts and support our other customers in transitioning to lower-carbon solutions.”

Linde continues to be a pivotal player in the clean energy shift, assisting clients in decarbonizing through advanced carbon capture and hydrogen technologies. Leveraging its extensive experience, infrastructure, and strategic partnerships, Linde is expanding its presence in clean energy projects across various applications and industries, enhancing its role in the global energy value chain. Pyrolysis technology

Linde announced today that its subsidiary White Martins is set to build, own, and operate a second green hydrogen electrolyzer in Brazil's southeast, specifically next to their existing air separation unit in Jacareí, São Paulo

3D printing is revolutionizing the electric car industry by speeding up development processes and producing lighter components, enhancing vehicle autonomy

According to IDTechEx, a market analysis firm, the electric car market could be valued at €3.3 trillion by 2044, attracting numerous companies to this burgeoning sector. Among them are 3D printing enterprises which are rapidly evolving and offering substantial benefits in manufacturing battery-powered vehicles and their parts.

Lorenzo Migliarini, a territory manager at Massivit, highlights that 3D printing is invaluable for prototyping and small-scale production, especially beneficial for limited-edition vehicles where creating industrial molds is less economical. Pyrolysis technology

It’s also increasingly adopted in motorsport, where rapid production and customization are crucial.

In the broader automotive market, 3D printing facilitates the creation of lighter, more complex components that streamline assembly processes, reducing the need for welding and fixing. This not only cuts down weight—critical for extending the range of electric vehicles—but also speeds up production, mirroring benefits seen in Tesla’s giga casting technique, albeit via different methodologies.

Despite these advantages, 3D printing faces challenges, particularly with materials like carbon fiber and certain metal alloys, where traditional manufacturing still prevails. Additionally, Migliarini notes that for mass production, conventional methods remain more cost-effective, making 3D printing less competitive for high-volume manufacturing—at least for now. Pyrolysis technology

3D printing is revolutionizing the electric car industry by speeding up development processes and producing lighter components, enhancing vehicle autonomy

Sustainably Developing The Circular Economy At ITMA 2023

industry move towards circularity as well as meet European Commission sustainability standards.

Excessive consumption and waste brought about by the overproduction of textile and apparel goods has produced the need for sustainability standards imposed by the European Union (EU) in order to facilitate the circular transition. The ITMA 2023 trade show in Milan showcased many of the steps businesses and organizations have taken towards circularity. This article highlights new developments in ecodesign, sustainability information requirements, verification of green claims, and how education and training drives circular innovation.  Pyrolysis technology

The Issue

The EU’s announcement of the Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles in the spring of 2022 highlighted a range of industry measures that will be enforced in the near future to greatly reduce textile overproduction, consumption and waste to protect environmental and human health. The impacts of the strategy were evident at the ITMA 2023 trade show in Milan, where businesses and organizations from across the industry showcased their contributions to developing the circular economy in Europe.  Pyrolysis technology

Sustainably Developing The Circular Economy At ITMA 2023

The European textile recycling sector is nearing collapse, with urgent warnings emerging from industry leaders across the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK

EuRIC, the overarching organization for secondary sectors, highlights that without swift action, the industry faces severe economic and environmental repercussions. The sector, vital for the circular economy, is suffering from increased costs, reduced sales due to high competition, and legislative shortcomings, which jeopardize the future of reusable textiles.

Moreover, an excess of unsold second-hand clothing combined with inefficient recycling business models threatens the reuse and recycling of discarded textiles.

Mariska Boer, president of EuRIC’s textiles branch, expresses deep concern over the potential reliance on incineration if textile sorting becomes economically unsustainable. The inability to supply second-hand clothing to reliant countries could significantly impact local and EU economies.  Pyrolysis technology

To avert this crisis, EuRIC is advocating for immediate EU-wide measures. It calls for the implementation of supportive Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes as part of the revised Waste Framework Directive. Additionally, the adoption of green public procurement, mandatory recycled content quotas in textile products, and improved design standards are critical to boost demand for recycled materials, promote sustainability, and secure the future of the textile recycling industry.  Pyrolysis technology

The European textile recycling sector is nearing collapse, with urgent warnings emerging from industry leaders across the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK

Volvo Cars and the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL have launched a recycling initiative in China to repurpose electric vehicle (EV) battery materials

The partnership involves dismantling end-of-life batteries from Volvo vehicles to reclaim over 90% of valuable metals like nickel, cobalt, and lithium. These metals will then be recycled by CATL to create new battery cells for Volvo’s electric vehicles.

A letter of intent formalizing this collaboration was signed recently, aiming to enhance battery material recycling and diminish the environmental impact of EVs throughout their lifecycle. This initiative is crucial given the increasing quantity of EV batteries reaching the end of their utility due to the booming EV market in China. Improper disposal of these batteries could severely harm the environment.  Pyrolysis technology

Tan Libin, Co-President of Marketing at CATL, described the agreement as a significant step toward establishing a sustainable battery recycling and closed-loop business model in China. This marks a new phase in managing battery cycles more sustainably.

Volvo has been producing combustion engine cars in China through a partnership with Geely and has introduced the EM90 van, exclusive to the Chinese market. The production of Volvo’s EX90 electric SUV will also commence in China, complementing the U.S. manufacturing in South Carolina.  Pyrolysis technology

Volvo Cars and the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL have launched a recycling initiative in China to repurpose electric vehicle (EV) battery materials

Food packaging – Does Compostable Packaging Actually Break Down? 22-04-2024

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Yesterday marked a pivotal moment for Faerch Group with the Grand Opening of its Cirrec plant in Duiven, a significant step towards transforming the rigid food packaging sector

“This event is not merely a celebration; it represents our pledge to evolve from linear to circular business models,” stated CEO Lars Gade Hansen. He emphasized the need for collaboration in redefining industry standards and invited stakeholders to join in shaping a sustainable future.

The establishment of the Cirrec plant follows a five-year developmental period where Faerch perfected its innovative technology aimed at reutilizing recyclable plastic packaging materials. These materials are intended to be used repeatedly, thus avoiding waste in landfills or incineration.  Food packaging

Hansen expressed his gratitude towards the Cirrec team, recycling partners, and national waste management bodies for their steadfast support.

The opening ceremony included speeches from several key figures, including sustainability advocate Paul Polman, who highlighted the importance of adopting a Net Positive approach. This strategy demands that companies contribute more to society and the environment than they extract, challenging traditional business practices and promoting leadership in sustainability. Food packaging

For Faerch, striving for Net Positive is a strategic goal as the company aims to make circular tray materials a standard commodity in the industry.

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Gaia Biomaterials’ Biodolomer now BPI certified compostable as well

Gaia Biomaterials’ product Biodolomer has recently earned BPI certification for compostability, indicating its adherence to ASTM standards as verified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). BPI, a leading authority in North America on compostable products and packaging for over twenty years, ensures that compostability claims are supported by scientific evidence as required by the FTC. Food packaging

Biodolomer, distinct from many bioplastics, does not rely on farmland-grown materials but is made from limestone, a widely available natural resource. This innovative material avoids microplastic production and can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional fossil plastics when incinerated. The certification currently applies to film applications, with additional certifications pending.

Developed over nine years ago by Gaia Biomaterials, headquartered in Helsingborg, Sweden, Biodolomer is versatile in its applications. It is used for producing items like grocery bags, aprons, and agricultural films, and its granules are suitable for processes including thermoforming and 3D printing. Food packaging

This adaptability allows Biodolomer to replace conventional plastics in many single-use products such as straws, cups, bottles, and food containers on existing production lines with minimal changes.

Compostable materials like Biodolomer represent a crucial strategy in addressing the global plastic waste crisis, particularly in food packaging.

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LyondellBasell  and Genox Recycling announced the inauguration of their joint venture (JV) plastics recycling facility in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, China

Named Guangdong Genox LyondellBasell New Material Co., Ltd., the plant utilizes mechanical recycling technology to transform plastic waste into new polymers, enhancing LyondellBasell’s CirculenRecover product line.

Yvonne van der Laan, LyondellBasell’s Executive Vice President of Circular and Low Carbon Solutions, highlighted the JV’s alignment with the company’s goals to advance a circular economy for plastics and broaden its circular polymer range in China. “This partnership allows us to provide localized recycling solutions to meet the ambitious sustainability goals of our customers and brand owners in the region,” she stated.  Food packaging

Allen Yu, LyondellBasell’s Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, expressed pride in the collaborative efforts marking the facility’s launch, which aims to bolster customer growth in Asia through sustainable initiatives. Limin Fu, Vice President of LyondellBasell China’s JV Management and Polyolefins, emphasized the strategic intent to strengthen their Circular and Low Carbon Solutions business in Asia, noting the JV’s role in enhancing local recycling infrastructure and contributing to a circular economy.

Jingfa Jiang, Chairman of Genox Recycling, also affirmed the joint endeavor’s potential to pioneer advances in the plastics recycling sector.  Food packaging

On the day of the JV’s opening, LyondellBasell made charitable contributions to local schools, donating cash and recycled plastic stationery, reinforcing its commitment to community engagement and leadership in sustainability.

LyondellBasell  and Genox Recycling announced the inauguration of their joint venture (JV) plastics recycling facility in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, China

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has indeed increased the prices of Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) in the domestic market of India

According to recent reports, RIL set the price of PTA at ₹87.20 per kg, which is an increase of ₹2.30This adjustment in pricing is attributed to the rise in PTA and MELT prices in the Chinese market, which has influenced the Indian market as wellAdditionally, RIL has decreased the price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to ₹53.20 per kg, a decrease of ₹3.30, while MELT prices have been raised to ₹93.08 per kg, an increase of ₹0.86.

The fluctuation in prices is a common occurrence in the industry and is often influenced by various factors including market demand, supply constraints, and changes in raw material costs.  Food packaging

It’s worth noting that RIL is a major player in India’s polyester value chain, and its pricing decisions can have a significant impact on the market.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has been active in expanding its production of Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA), which is a key raw material used in the production of polyester. Here are some key points from the latest updates:

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has indeed increased the prices of Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) in the domestic market of India

Does Compostable Packaging Actually Break Down?

The Composting Consortium, an industry collaboration led by the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, released a report that examines how well certified, food-contact compostable packaging breaks down in composting facilities.

The Composting Consortium, an industry collaboration led by the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, released a report that fills a data gap for the U.S. composting industry: how well does certified, food-contact compostable packaging actually break down in real-world composting facilities?  Food packaging

The report, Breaking It Down: The Realities of Compostable Packaging Disintegration in Composting Systems, shares findings from an 18-month study — the largest known field test of certified, food-contact compostable packaging conducted in North America — revealing the realities of compostable plastic and fiber disintegration in diverse in-field composting conditions.

In total, the study tested over 23,000 units of certified food-contact compostable packaging within large-scale industrial composting environments.

This encompassed 31 types of fiber packaging and products and compostable plastic packaging and products — such as PLA and PHA — across 10 diverse composting facilities across the U.S.  Food packaging

The data is released at a critical time, as compostable packaging grows as an alternative to conventional plastics amidst an urgent waste crisis. Roughly one-third of the world’s food is wasted each year — a loss estimated at $230 billion.

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Miassite Mineral Exhibits Unprecedented Superconducting Properties

Ames National Laboratory scientists have discovered the first unconventional superconductor, with a chemical makeup that is also present in nature

Miassite is one of the four naturally occurring minerals that exhibit superconductivity when cultured in a lab. The team’s study of miassite unveiled its status as an unconventional superconductor, exhibiting properties akin to those found in high-temperature superconductors. Food packaging

These findings deepen scientists’ comprehension of this form of superconductivity, holding potential for the development of more sustainable and cost-effective superconductor-based technologies in the future.

The ability of a material to conduct electricity without losing energy is known as superconductivity. Applications for superconductors include quantum computers, power cables, and medical MRI machines. Food packaging

Although their critical temperatures are low, conventional superconductors are well understood. The greatest temperature at which a substance exhibits superconductivity is known as the critical temperature.

Unconventional superconductors were discovered in the 1980s, many of which have critical temperatures much higher than others.

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PET Resin Bottle – Shropshire Council is initiating a partnership with an unnamed company to establish a pyrolysis facility near Welshpool for biochar production, aimed at offsetting carbon emissions 22-04-2024

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PET Resin Bottle – European BOPP Film Market Prices Witness Stability Amid Demand Shortfall 22-04-2024

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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 15/04/2024 22/04/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 905 $/ton 905 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,910 yuan/ton 6,905 yuan/ton -5
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,950 yuan/ton 5,935 yuan/ton
-15
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 740 $/ton 735 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,460 yuan/ton 4,445 yuan/ton
-15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 522 $/ton 518 $/ton -4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,048 $/ton 1,057 $/ton
+9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,026 $/ton 1,035 $/ton +9
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,140 $/7on 1,160 $/ton +20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,680  yuan/ton 7,625 yuan/ton
-55
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,075 yuan/ton -25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,250 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,420 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton +50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton
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Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,910 $/ton 1,910 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,375  yuan/ton -225
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 14,700 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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22,200 yuan/ton 21,900 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,800 yuan/ton 16,850 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,150 yuan/ton 19,150 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,850 yuan/ton 17,900 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,500 yuan/ton 33,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,000 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,000 yuan/ton 29,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,650 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market 8,770 yuan/ton 8,920 yuan/ton +150
Benzene overseas  market 1,063 $/ton 1,066 $/ton +3
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 848 $/ton 827 $/ton -21
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 10,600 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 13,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,220 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton +30
Naphtha overseas market  705 $/ton 698 $/ton -7
Phenol domestic market 7,512 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton +288

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Shropshire Council is initiating a partnership with an unnamed company to establish a pyrolysis facility near Welshpool for biochar production, aimed at offsetting carbon emissions

This venture, named Biodynamic Carbon, in which the council will own a 50% stake, seeks to generate approximately £133,333 in annual profits.

Ian Nellins, the council’s cabinet member for climate change, environment, and transport, highlighted the project’s innovative approach to reducing carbon emissions and transforming waste into valuable products.

Shropshire could become the UK’s first council to adopt this model, which is both scalable and replicable, drawing interest from other local councils and international firms.

The pyrolysis plant will utilize advanced technology to convert various feedstocks like wood waste, straw, and manure into biochar.  PET Resin Bottle

This product can improve soil quality, act as a carbon-negative component in materials such as asphalt and concrete, and serve as a filtration medium for air and water. Additionally, the operation will produce Carbon Offset Removal Certificates to verify the reduction of carbon dioxide levels, which will be traded on the global Puro.earth platform. This project not only aims at environmental sustainability but also at creating economic value through innovative waste management solutions.  PET Resin Bottle

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European BOPP Film Market Prices Witness Stability Amid Demand Shortfall

During the initial two weeks of April, BOPP Film prices in Europe sustained their stable trajectory, although they have remained at elevated levels since the beginning of the year. Similarly, the cost of the feedstock Polypropylene has also shown stability within this timeframe. However, in March 2024, Polypropylene prices experienced a sharp increase of approximately 9%, significantly affecting several downstream sectors, notably the BOPP Film market.  PET Resin Bottle

This notable increase in Polypropylene prices exerted considerable influence on the BOPP Film market, as higher input costs inevitably translated into elevated prices for BOPP Film products. Consequently, stakeholders within the BOPP Film industry faced heightened challenges in managing production costs and maintaining competitive pricing strategies.

The interconnected nature of the supply chain meant that fluctuations in the price of Polypropylene reverberated throughout downstream sectors, amplifying the impact on BOPP Film producers and consumers alike. As such, the sustained high-cost environment underscored the importance of effective cost-management strategies and the necessity for stakeholders to adapt swiftly to evolving market conditions to mitigate adverse effects on profitability and market competitiveness.  PET Resin Bottle

Throughout the first quarter of 2024, European Polypropylene (PP) prices exhibited a consistent upward trajectory, primarily fueled by the persistent scarcity in supply. Additionally, logistical challenges and material constraints have further strained the supply chain, ultimately amplifying the upward pressure on prices.

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Automotive components – Klean Industries Inc., a leader in tire pyrolysis equipment and project design, is pleased to expand its collaboration with Reoil Ltd. 20-04-2024

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Clash in Brussels over chemical recycling

Today, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) rejected a proposal by the European Commission to use the mass balance approach for calculating recycled content in PET bottles as per the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive’s targets. The committee voted on this resolution, which is set for a full parliamentary vote next week, with a narrow outcome of 25 in favor, 24 against, and 3 abstentions.

ENVI argued that chemical recycling technologies, which include methods like pyrolysis and gasification, do not effectively contribute to the SUP Directive’s 2025 targets and are only minimally relevant for the 2030 goals.  Automotive components

However, the relevance of these technologies is acknowledged in the ongoing legislative process concerning the regulation of packaging and packaging waste.

In its resolution, ENVI urged the Commission to abandon its current project and to avoid making a binding decision on the methods for calculating and verifying the recycled content in beverage bottles, particularly concerning pyrolysis and gasification. The committee did not extend this recommendation to depolymerization methods, provided they are not associated with the mass balance approach. Automotive components

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Luran S XA SPF60, developed for challenging outdoor applications, provides superior UV resistance and high gloss finishes, particularly suitable for automotive components like exterior trims and front grilles

Laura Nübling, Product Manager at Luran S, EMEA, expressed her enthusiasm about the material’s performance in automotive settings, anticipating seeing it in use on the road.

Luran S is an ASA polymer known for its excellent surface quality, impact strength, and color fastness.  Automotive components

It offers outstanding long-term durability against UV light and heat, alongside remarkable chemical resistance, making it ideal for various outdoor applications.

To maintain its status as the leading styrenic polymer for weather resistance, Luran S has introduced enhanced versions, SPF30 and SPF60, featuring advanced UV stabilization. This upgrade reinforces its benchmark position by significantly improving its resistance to harsh environmental conditions.

The Luran S product line caters to a wide array of industries such as automotive, construction, toys, sports and leisure, electronics, healthcare, household, and packaging. Among these, Luran S 778T stands out as a variant particularly tailored for high heat and chemical resistance, prevalent in numerous automotive applications. Automotive components

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Technonikol is set to enhance its production of recyclable materials by doubling the capacity in Tosnensky district, Leningrad region in the latter half of 2024, according to Vedomosti

The firm will invest 480 million rubles to add two more granulation lines and inaugurate a washing complex with a water treatment system, revealed Anna Dautova, Deputy Operating Director of the Polymer Insulation division.

Half of the produced recycled granules will be marketed to other Russian businesses, marking Technonikol’s entry into the secondary pellet market.  Automotive components

The facility, which started operating fully at the start of 2024, processes waste polystyrene, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polypropylene into secondary pellets. These are used to manufacture building materials such as film, bitumen, and thermal insulation products. With the new installations, the plant’s output will reach 12,000 tonnes of granules annually, contributing to a total recycling capacity of 13,400 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

Technonikol also upgraded the TechnoNIKOL-Ulyanovsk Plant recently, increasing labor productivity by 20% and product volume by 25%.

This upgrade enabled the production of thicker extruded polystyrene foam, with investments totaling 262 million rubles.  Automotive components

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NILIT Announces Strategic Expansions, Including a Joint Venture with Shenma in China

NILIT, the global leader in high-performance Nylon 6.6 fibers for the apparel industry and leader in sustainability, that owns the broadest line of sustainable Nylon 6.6 products, is announcing a new joint venture with Shenma Industry Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Shenma), a subsidiary of China Pingmei Shenma Group, a global leader in the industrial Nylon 6.6 market and a leading supplier to the automotive industry around the world. This new partnership represents a significant expansion of production capacity within China, also demonstrating NILIT’s ongoing commitment to support the growth of global customers and brands.  Automotive components

This expansion is highlighted by multiple investments and cooperation designed to enhance production capabilities and deliver more innovative solutions to the textile industry.

“We are pleased to unveil this new greenfield joint venture in China with Shenma to introduce differentiated state-of-the-art technologies to support the local market,” says Ilan Melamed, NILIT Global General Manager. “This collaboration is set to produce premium specialized products in Fully Drawn Yarns (FDY), known for their outstanding strength and smoothness, and Air Textured Yarns (ATY), known for providing unparalleled softness for the textile market, providing quality and performance, all within a highly competitive cost structure. This partnership will open new opportunities in end uses such as home textiles and the automotive industry where strength, smoothness, and durability are essential.” The joint venture will include a new production site in Pingdingshan, the China Nylon City.  Automotive components

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Klean Industries Inc., a leader in tire pyrolysis equipment and project design, is pleased to expand its collaboration with Reoil Ltd.

They are enhancing their long-term partnership by co-developing additional projects. Their latest endeavor involves implementing the Klean Loop™ technology, an AI-driven tracking and identification system, at a reference plant in Bukowno, Poland. This integration aims to enhance the transparency and efficiency of recycling end-of-life tires (ELT), simplifying ESG reporting and improving CO2 impact measurements throughout the recycling chain. This marks a significant advancement in achieving closed-loop circularity and adding value to recovered products.  Automotive components

Reoil is recognized for creating some of the most sustainable and cost-effective solutions for ELT through its robust R&D and commercial efforts. The company leverages patented pyrolysis technology, distinguishing itself in profitability within the market. Since 2005, Klean Industries has specialized in tire pyrolysis, supported by a team with decades of experience in thermal processing equipment.

Michal Mikuśkiewicz, founder of Reoil, highlighted the scalability and proven profitability of their processes, now poised for tripling production capacity with Klean Loop™. Anders Bergman, head of Klean Loop™ at Klean Industries, emphasized the platform’s role in enhancing product lifecycle circularity.  Automotive components

Jesse Klinkhamer, CEO of Klean Industries, underscored their commitment to leading the industry towards complete circularity in tire management, building on their pioneering efforts in producing high-quality recovered carbon blacks.

Klean Industries Inc., a leader in tire pyrolysis equipment and project design, is pleased to expand its collaboration with Reoil Ltd.

Coca-Cola makes bottles lighter

Coca-Cola is launching lighter bottles across North America, reducing the PET or rPET content by 2.5 grams each. Over the past decade, the weight of Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Fanta bottles in 12, 16.9, and 20-ounce sizes has dropped from 27 grams to just 18.5 grams. This change is part of the company’s effort to meet demands for reduced plastic in packaging.  Automotive components

Alejandro Santamaria, Sr. Director for Global Packaging Development and Innovation at Coca-Cola, explains that achieving lighter packaging without sacrificing functionality involves meticulous design of the preform and final bottle shape. This is crucial for carbonated beverages, which need to maintain specific carbonation levels to ensure taste quality upon opening. The redesign applies to both virgin PET and fully recycled rPET bottles, excluding caps and labels.

The new bottles will be phased into the U.S. and Canadian markets throughout the year. Coca-Cola anticipates this initiative will cut down the use of about 800 million units, or roughly 15,000 tonnes of plastic, from 2024 to 2025. Additionally, the company is experimenting with lighter designs for 2-liter and 24-ounce multi-serve bottles, extending its commitment to sustainability.  Automotive components

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Global LDPE Market Faces Downturn Amid Oversupply and Weak Demand in April 2024

In the first half of April 2024, oversupply conditions led to a downturn in the global Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) market. Despite higher April contracts for LDPE in Europe, sentiment remained steady as demand tapered off following a three-month uptrend. Similarly, the Asian market saw a moderate to declining trend due to ample supplies. To account for the shorter working days during Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, many Middle Eastern producers decreased their April offers, resulting in price reductions in both Asia and Europe. Automotive components

The European LDPE prices declined by about 1% during H1 of April, mainly due to weak domestic demand and surplus supply. Manufacturers encountered challenges in adjusting prices to match production costs amidst a slow market, leading to cost pressures. Despite feedstock Ethylene costs on the rise, many suppliers opted to lower prices due to better availability. The drop in LDPE prices in April was driven by increased availability and a shift in the supply-demand balance, which favored buyers. While some suppliers initially aimed to maintain stable prices, they ultimately had to decrease them due to consumer resistance and reduced shipping expenses. Automotive components

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Middle East tensions worsen business outlook amid Chinese oversupply

Lotte Chemical is considering redeploying some of its 500 workers from its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) factory in Ulsan to other plants, following a decline in the Ulsan factory’s output due to the oversupply of petrochemical products from China, according to industry officials, Wednesday.

This came after the petrochemical unit of Lotte Group began to restructure its operations here and overseas to cope with the industry downturn.  Goldene for Hydrogen

Although the chemical firm said nothing has been decided regarding the redeployment, Lotte Chemical CEO Lee Hun-ki has indicated the company’s intention to downsize investments in conventional petrochemical products.

“Considering the deteriorating competitiveness in our petrochemical business, we are considering various strategic options,” he told reporters after the annual general meeting of shareholders last month.

In December, Lotte Chemical decided to complete its 77 billion won ($56 million) investment in a PET recycling facility in Ulsan by the end of 2027, three years later than initially planned, citing growing economic uncertainties.  Goldene for Hydrogen

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Obtained goldene, the 2D gold useful for producing hydrogen

Scientists at Linköping University have achieved a breakthrough by creating the first-ever sheets of gold that are only a single atom in thickness.

Dubbed ‘goldene,’ this innovative material was synthesized using a technique inspired by a centuries-old method originally employed by Japanese smiths.

This historic technique, repurposed for modern scientific achievement, has allowed for the production of gold sheets that could revolutionize several industries due to their unique properties. Goldene for Hydrogen

These atomically thin sheets of gold could play a crucial role in various applications, including hydrogen production, the conversion of carbon dioxide, and the synthesis of high-value chemicals.

The significance of this development lies in overcoming previous challenges where gold atoms would typically clump together, thwarting efforts to create such thin materials.

The success of this venture was detailed in a study published on April 16 in the journal Nature Synthesis, which underscores the potential of ‘goldene’ in scientific and industrial applications moving forward.  Goldene for Hydrogen

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Global MEG Prices Fall Entering April 2024, High Inventories to Blame

In the first half of April 2024, Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) prices witnessed a diminishing trend on the global stage, influenced by several factors.

In the US market, MEG prices declined notably by 2.3% during the first week of April, primarily due to lacklustre demand from domestic downstream sectors. Despite stabilized MEG upstream, Ethylene Oxide prices, subdued demand in industries like PET and Antifreeze further exacerbated the situation. Similarly, the German market saw a 1.5% decrease in MEG prices, driven by lower production costs and feedstock prices. Despite this, MEG demand remained robust in the PET manufacturing sector, particularly during the Ester festival. Goldene for Hydrogen

In the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the Chinese market, the cost of mono ethylene glycol (MEG) experienced a slight decline of 0.9%. This decrease in MEG prices can be attributed to ample inventory levels resulting from swift production rates and reduced feedstock prices, leading to decreased overall production costs. Despite an increase in demand from downstream sectors like the PET industry and a rise in feedstock prices, MEG prices remained subdued due to heightened production rates.

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Growth Of Technical Textiles Industry Increased Interest In HIGHTEX 2024

HIGHTEX 2024 Exhibition, which will bring together the world’s leading technical textile and nonwoven manufacturers and technology leaders with global buyers, will open its doors to visitors on 4-8 June 2024. HIGHTEX 2024, which attracts great interest from domestic and foreign companies, will host thousands of industry representatives and visitors from all over the world.  Goldene for Hydrogen

International Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Exhibition-HIGHTEX 2024, the first and only exhibition of its field in Turkey, will be held at Tüyap Fair and Congress Centrebetween 4-8 June next year. Preparations are underway for the HIGHTEX 2024, where nonwoven products, raw materials used in production and the latest technologies will be exhibited. HIGHTEX 2024, which has become more important as technical textiles take up more space in all areas of our lives, attracts great interest from companies.

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LyondellBasell reduced pellet loss, invested in expansion

LyondellBasell worked to expand its line of recycled polymers and reduced the amount of plastic pellets lost into the environment slightly in 2023, its latest sustainability report noted. 

The Netherlands-based global company produced and marketed 123,000 metric tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers in 2023, its sustainability report noted. Its goal is to produce and market 2 million metric tons annually by 2023.  Goldene for Hydrogen

It also has a goal of zero plastic pellet loss to the environment from its 77 facilities that handle such material. In 2023, it lost about 10 kilograms in one incident, compared to four incidents in 2022 that lost 11 kilograms and four incidents in 2022 that lost 43 kilograms. 

CEO Peter Vanacker said in the report that the company understands “the critical role plastics play in society” and that “plastic pollution is a critical issue, and we recognize the need for our industry to move faster.” 

In response, LyondellBasell is strengthening its Circular and Low Carbon Solutions business by making investments to secure feedstock supply, expanding its recycling capacity and developing scalable technologies to grow its Circulen family of polymers: CirculenRecover, which uses mechanical recycling; CirculenRevive, which uses chemical recycling; and CirculenRenew, which uses renewable materials.  Goldene for Hydrogen

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CJ Biomaterials launches two PHA-based compounds for film packaging

CJ Biomaterials, Inc., a subsidiary of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang, has launched two innovative PHA-based compounds, PHACT™ CA1270P (clear) and PHACT™ CA1240PF (opaque), for various film packaging applications. These biopolymers are suitable for food packaging, shopping bags, agricultural mulch films, and other uses. Developed in partnership with NatureWorks, LLC., these compounds integrate Ingeo™ PLA with PHACT PHA, providing a competitive and high-performance sustainable packaging solution.

These 100% biobased compounds are a step forward in tackling plastic waste and reducing methane emissions from landfilled food waste, which the US Environmental Protection Agency identifies as a significant source of fugitive methane.

The environmental impact of CA1270P and CA1240PF is significantly lower than traditional plastic solutions, with a carbon footprint more than 50% less than LDPE, LLDPE, PP, and PET.  Goldene for Hydrogen

The new products have proven superior in terms of stiffness, strength, and puncture resistance, making them viable for both industrial and potentially home composting (tests ongoing). They represent a leap in sustainable packaging, meeting consumer demand for eco-friendly options and providing an alternative to conventional plastics.

CJ Biomaterials launches two PHA-based compounds for film packaging

Mura Technology and Ghent University to test challenging polymer recycling

Mura Technology has signed a five-year research partnership with Ghent University’s Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) to build a continuous flow, pilot scale testing facility for hard-to-recycle polymers – aspiring to gauge the potential of products from circular feedstocks and aid future technology expansions.  Goldene for Hydrogen

Hydro-PRT is an advanced plastics recycling process developed by Mura Technology. Unlike other recycling technologies (e.g. pyrolysis), it utilizes supercritical water, or water under elevated pressure and temperature, to convert plastic waste into hydrocarbons.

As such, it is described as an efficient and scalable process that enables a range of plastics, including post-consumer packaging, to be recycled. It is also said to produce high yields of recycled hydrocarbons, which can then be used to produce ‘virgin-quality’ recycled plastics.

Mura Technology adds that the process allows for the same material to be recycled indefinitely, unlocking the potential for reduced dependence on fossil resources and a step forward in circularity for plastics.  Goldene for Hydrogen

Mura Technology and Ghent University to test challenging polymer recycling

Bottle Tethered Cap – Sinopec recently inaugurated the world’s largest single-unit production capacity PTA project at its Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd., located in Jiangsu Province 18-04-2024

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Bottle Tethered Cap – Sinopec recently inaugurated the world’s largest single-unit production capacity PTA project at its Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd., located in Jiangsu Province 18-04-2024

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RadiciGroup is set to make a significant impact at Chinaplas 2024, held from April 23-26 at the National Exhibition and Conference Center in Shanghai, China

This event marks another year of RadiciGroup showcasing its innovations at this premier meeting platform for the Chinese plastic and rubber industries, a sector it has accompanied for over three decades. This year, RadiciGroup will occupy stand D38 in Hall 7.2, where it will highlight advancements across various industries including automotive, electrical/electronic, appliances, and consumer goods.

The automotive industry remains a crucial market for RadiciGroup in China, reflecting substantial volume and growth. Despite economic challenges, 2023 was a landmark year as Chinese automotive manufacturers surpassed global competitors. This achievement underscores the importance of RadiciGroup maintaining strong relationships with both local and international OEMs and TIERs, aiming to meet their evolving technical and environmental needs.

Alberto Sessolo, Country Manager China for RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, expressed the company’s commitment to enhancing partnerships within the automotive sector. He emphasized their focus on innovative, sustainable solutions that uphold product quality and reliability. The shift towards electric vehicles highlights the need to lighten vehicle components by substituting metal with advanced plastic materials, an area where RadiciGroup is actively innovating.

RadiciGroup also continues to pioneer with its digital tool, RadiciGroup AutoInsight. This application allows users to explore automobile components in 3D, easily accessing information about the sustainable materials used. Designed for accessibility on various devices, it facilitates in-depth analysis tailored to diverse user expertise.

In 2023, RadiciGroup inaugurated a new production facility in Suzhou, China, now fully operational. This expansion, particularly in R&D and Marketing, reflects the company’s commitment to capturing emerging market trends and transforming them into innovative offerings.

Another growing sector in China is the solar and photovoltaic panel industry, which mandates new constructions to incorporate these technologies. RadiciGroup meets these needs with materials like Radiflam® from its product line, which are designed to endure harsh conditions and are optimized for connectors.

Environmental sustainability continues to be a priority for RadiciGroup, evidenced by its promotion of Renycle®, a line of recycled polyamides. The environmental impact of these products is measured using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method, considering all stages from raw material sourcing to final production, all conducted locally to reduce CO2 emissions. This is part of RadiciGroup’s broader strategy to minimize ecological footprints, facilitated by their LEED Gold certified production plant equipped with a photovoltaic system.

Throughout Chinaplas 2024, RadiciGroup’s team will be available at their stand to discuss these innovations and explore new collaborative opportunities. A special event will also highlight the latest additions to their product portfolio, particularly focusing on Renycle® and sustainability initiatives, signaling RadiciGroup’s ongoing dedication to environmental responsibility and innovation in the industry.

RadiciGroup is set to make a significant impact at Chinaplas 2024, held from April 23-26 at the National Exhibition and Conference Center in Shanghai, China

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Sinopec recently inaugurated the world’s largest single-unit production capacity PTA project at its Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd., located in Jiangsu Province

PTA, an essential intermediate and key raw material for PET resin, is integral to manufacturing plastic bottles, fibers, films, and packaging materials, thus playing a vital role in everyday life.

The new PTA facility stands out as one of the most complex in the petrochemical sector. Embracing advanced technologies, Sinopec has implemented short-process, intelligent manufacturing, and eco-friendly production methods, positioning itself as a leader in the industry.  Bottle Tethered Cap

The plant has an impressive annual production capacity of 3 million tonnes.

This scale aims to meet the growing demands across various sectors, including apparel, food, housing, transportation, and environmental health, reflecting Sinopec’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. Bottle Tethered Cap

The conversion of Corvaglia Closures Eschlikon’s product line to 90% tethered caps is nearly complete, aligning with a 2019 EU directive mandating such designs for beverage bottles by July 3, 2024

Tethered closures, which remain attached to the bottle after opening, aim to reduce litter and environmental impact.

Based in Thurgau, Switzerland, Corvaglia has been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing these innovative caps, starting development before the directive was even announced.

As an early adopter in the European market, Corvaglia has established a strong presence in the tethered cap segment, attracting major brand owners with its effective solutions. The company’s Eschlikon facility has progressively shifted towards producing these caps, with over 80% of its output now complying with the EU requirements as of March 1, 2024. Approximately 10% of its production is destined for non-EU countries and remains untethered, while the balance is expected to transition by July. Bottle Tethered Cap

Corvaglia has a longstanding commitment to minimizing plastic waste, a principle embedded in its operations long before the tethered cap initiative.

The latest cap designs continue this tradition by cutting down on material use and energy consumption, thereby reducing CO2 emissions associated with beverage packaging.

This transition not only complies with regulatory demands but also underscores Corvaglia’s dedication to environmental sustainability.  Bottle Tethered Cap

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Avantium and TNO partner to manufacture electrolyser test stations for green hydrogen production

Avantium N.V., a leader in renewable and circular polymer materials, announced its partnership with The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) to manufacture Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser test stations, crucial for green hydrogen production.  Bottle Tethered Cap

This collaboration grants Avantium access to TNO’s advanced technical knowledge and software for single-cell and multi-cell lab-scale electrolysis test stations.

Avantium will leverage this expertise to manufacture, develop, and globally distribute these test stations, enhancing its green hydrogen technology offerings.

Avantium R&D Solutions is known for its innovative R&D products and services in sustainable chemistry, particularly electrolysis for green hydrogen.

TNO, recognized for its research in energy, sustainability, and technology, has significantly advanced the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of electrolysis processes through ongoing development of PEM electrolysis test stations. Bottle Tethered Cap

Both organizations aim to advance these test stations further, combining Avantium’s innovative manufacturing and commercial strategies with TNO’s technical prowess. Richard Braal from TNO highlighted the partnership as a step towards intensified collaboration in accelerating the chemical industry’s energy transition.

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KBR has entered into an exclusive alliance with GeoLith SAS to globally distribute GeoLith’s pioneering Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology, Li-Capt®

This innovative technology facilitates zero-emission lithium production from previously untapped sources such as geothermal and oil well brines. As the exclusive global licensor, KBR will integrate this technology with its battery material solutions, including the high purity lithium production technology, PureLiSM.

This collaboration will provide customers with comprehensive solutions to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate or lithium hydroxide monohydrate, crucial for advanced electric vehicle batteries.  Bottle Tethered Cap

Jay Ibrahim, KBR President of Sustainable Technology Solutions, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with GeoLith to enhance lithium availability for the booming lithium-ion battery market, supporting the shift towards electrification and a net-zero carbon future. He highlighted KBR’s expertise in evaporation and crystallization technologies as vital for developing sustainable mobility.

Jean-Philippe Gibaud, CEO of GeoLith SAS, also emphasized the importance of robust partnerships in promoting electrification. He praised the Li-Capt® technology for its zero-emission process and exceptional efficiency and selectivity in lithium extraction.

KBR’s technical proficiency in mineral recovery and purification is built on over seventy years of experience in developing technologies that adhere to strict environmental standards.  Bottle Tethered Cap

KBR has entered into an exclusive alliance with GeoLith SAS to globally distribute GeoLith’s pioneering Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology, Li-Capt®

Germany’s Recycled Polypropylene Industry: A Model of Resilience

In the dynamic world of recycling, Germany’s recycled polypropylene industry stands as a testament to resilience and adaptability. Despite market volatility and logistical challenges, the industry has maintained a steady course, showcasing its robustness.

March 2024 began with an unexpected rise in recycled polypropylene prices, despite a decrease in the cost of propylene, its raw material. This anomaly was attributed to farmers’ protests, which disrupted trade routes and logistics. However, the industry’s response was swift and measured, with only minor price adjustments reflecting the market’s ability to navigate disruptions.  Bottle Tethered Cap

As the month progressed, the market remained stable, thanks to a well-balanced supply and demand equation. The packaging sector, in particular, continued to receive ample supplies from full warehouses, underscoring the industry’s strong foundation.

Mid-March saw a surge in demand from the packaging and other industries, leading to a brisk trading pace and a slight uptick in prices.

This reflected the market’s sensitivity to the interplay between available supply and consumer needs. Bottle Tethered Cap

By the end of March, the market had achieved a stable stride, with demand from the packaging and textile sectors being met by increased production. This equilibrium ensured that companies dependent on recycled polypropylene could operate without interruptions.

Entering April, the market’s stability persisted, with prices remaining unchanged from March’s end. The price for recycled polypropylene natural pellets in Hamburg was USD 1760/MT as of April 12th, indicating a market that had weathered challenges and emerged stronger.

Germany’s recycled polypropylene market is a clear indicator of the industry’s capacity to withstand upheaval and swiftly adjust to its customers’ evolving demands.

The stable prices as April progresses underscore the resilience and efficiency of market participants1. Bottle Tethered Cap

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Versalis, Eni’s chemical division, has successfully completed the acquisition of Tecnofilm S.p.A., securing full ownership following regulatory approval

Tecnofilm, a family-operated entity based in the Le Marche region, specializes in manufacturing functionalized polyolefins and thermoplastic compounds, which are primarily used in the footwear and technical goods industries. Established in 1972, Tecnofilm has diversified its offerings over the years, providing a variety of compounds and functional polymers for multiple industrial uses. The company’s commitment to innovation is evident in its continuous investment in research and development, leading to several patents. In 2015, Tecnofilm was recognized as an “Innovative SME” by the Italian Business Register, and in 2016, it joined ELITE, a Borsa Italiana platform aimed at supporting outstanding companies’ growth.  Bottle Tethered Cap

Adriano Alfani, CEO of Versalis, stated that this acquisition enhances the company’s strategic focus on specialization within its business segments. By incorporating Tecnofilm, Versalis aims to broaden and refine its product portfolio by integrating additional processes in elastomer-based compounding, specifically targeting industrial applications and the footwear market. Alfani highlighted the synergy between Tecnofilm and Finproject, another company within Versalis’s portfolio, emphasizing the complementary nature of their operations in the compounding supply chain.

Versalis, Eni's chemical division, has successfully completed the acquisition of Tecnofilm S.p.A., securing full ownership following regulatory approval

Cyclohexane Market Sees Price Surge Amidst Unfavorable Demand

In the first half of April 2024, the chemical industry observed a surprising trend: the price of Cyclohexane, a key solvent and intermediate in the production of nylon, increased by approximately 3%.  Bottle Tethered Cap

This price hike comes at a time when production costs have escalated, yet demand from the downstream paints and coatings industry remains markedly low.

Industry experts attribute the rise in Cyclohexane prices to several factors. Primarily, the cost of benzene, a major feedstock for Cyclohexane, has seen an uptick due to tightened supply chains and increased crude oil prices. Additionally, operational costs have soared with energy prices reaching new heights, further compounding the financial pressure on Cyclohexane producers.

Contrastingly, the paints and coatings industry, which significantly relies on Cyclohexane, is experiencing a slump. Bottle Tethered Cap

The sector has been hit by a decrease in construction activities and a shift in consumer preferences towards eco-friendly alternatives. This has led to an inventory build-up, causing a mismatch between supply and demand dynamics.

The current situation poses a challenge for Cyclohexane manufacturers. They are caught in a bind between recovering increased production costs and maintaining competitive pricing to stimulate demand. Some producers are considering scaling back production to prevent further price inflation and balance the market. Bottle Tethered Cap

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Textile-to-textile – In the latest Chemical Trends Report from CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council highlights that the EU chemical sector is grappling with greater impacts from the energy crisis compared to other regions 17-04-2024

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Textile-to-textile – In the latest Chemical Trends Report from CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council highlights that the EU chemical sector is grappling with greater impacts from the energy crisis compared to other regions 17-04-2024

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Europe’s textiles sorting industry in crisis; urgent EU action needed

The industry responsible for sorting discarded textiles for reuse and recycling is on the brink of collapse across Eu­rope, with urgent alarms ringing from the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.

Without immediate intervention, this crisis will escalate, causing irreversible economic and environmental damage.

Rising costs, dropping sales due to intense competition and legislative gaps are putting valuable reusable textile resources and the circular economy at risk. The combination of unsold second-hand clothing due to a global drop in sales and lacking business models for recycling, discarded textiles threaten to end up directly in the incinerator without being reused or recycled. Textile-to-textile

Mariska Boer, the President of EuRIC’s Textiles Branch, stated:”The prospect of incineration becoming the only remaining option if sorting discarded textiles becomes financially unviable is deeply alarming. All industry efforts to create a sustainable textile value chain in a circular economy would be in vain when textiles can no longer be collected and sorted in Europe. When second-hand clothing can no longer be supplied to countries that depend on it, this will have a massive economic impact both locally and within the EU.”

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In the latest Chemical Trends Report from CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council highlights that the EU chemical sector is grappling with greater impacts from the energy crisis compared to other regions

According to Chemanager-online, structural challenges within the sector require immediate attention. Historically, the EU27 chemical industry has been losing ground in the global market, primarily due to its high energy costs. Textile-to-textile

This factor is particularly critical as it contrasts sharply with regions like the US and the Middle East, where energy is cheaper.

CEFIC points out that high energy prices are not the sole issue. Investment delays in Europe are also linked to regulatory ambiguities and unclear innovation support schemes, which together erode confidence in the EU’s industrial policies. This environment complicates conducting business in the EU. CEFIC emphasizes the need for a solid business framework as proposed in the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal to attract investments.  Textile-to-textile

Despite these challenges, there is a silver lining as confidence within the chemical sector is improving and the trade balance is stabilizing, possibly marking the end of destocking phases. Based on European Central Bank projections, inflation is anticipated to decrease from 5.4% in 2023 to 2.3% in 2024, signaling potential economic stabilization. However, CEFIC remains cautious, suggesting it might be premature to declare this a start of a recovery upcycle. Further insights are provided in graphs and the complete report on the CEFIC website.

Additionally, data from January 2024 shows a 5.9% drop in the output of the EU27 manufacturing sector compared to the previous year. Textile-to-textile

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From wheat to Bioplastics

In a pioneering move for Europe’s green chemistry sector, Belgian company Futerro and French cooperative Tereos have teamed up to establish a biomanufacturing platform in Normandy. Futerro, a leader in producing lactic acid, lactide, and PLA (polylactic acid), and Tereos, a key player in the sugar, ethanol, and starch markets, have entered a strategic partnership aimed at creating a localized, sustainable supply chain. This involves converting dextrose extracted from eco-friendly French wheat into recyclable and compostable bioplastics at a facility planned for Port-Jérôme-Sur-Seine by 2027.

The agreement will see Tereos supply 150,000 tonnes of dextrose annually from its Lillebonne plant to Futerro’s adjacent biorefinery. Textile-to-textile

There, Futerro will transform the dextrose into bio-based products such as lactic acid, lactide, and PLA. This collaboration emphasizes a reduction in energy usage, particularly from fossil fuels, and strengthens the economic and environmental aspects of local production and logistics. Notably, the venture will utilize river transport and a pipeline system between the plants, significantly reducing road transport needs.

The initiative is set to infuse over €500 million into the local economy, generate about 1,150 new jobs, and support a substantial number of existing jobs at Tereos. This partnership not only promises significant environmental benefits by promoting decarbonization and sustainable logistics but also bolsters the regional workforce and economy through innovative agricultural and industrial advancements.

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Early April 2024, Asian and European PET Prices contrast with US PET Prices

During the initial days of April, the global Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) resin market displayed a varied sentiment, with both the Asia-Pacific and European markets mirroring similar trends. Conversely, the US market maintained a stable stance. The trend of PET prices was influenced by downstream demand and the fluctuating crude oil prices amid geopolitical concerns. Textile-to-textile

In the United States, the PET market maintained its steady course, a trend that took root in late March. This stability followed a notable increase in the third week of March, which was subsequently balanced by a 2.3% decline in the feedstock Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) prices. With ample inventory in MEG feedstock, Ethylene Oxide, and moderate demand from downstream industries, particularly the PET bottle and packaging sector, prices found equilibrium. Despite a 4% rise in Crude Oil prices, the impact on MEG prices remained minimal, thanks to modest fluctuations in crude oil inventories. The overall scenario in the US, including refinery operations at more than 88% capacity and a slight decrease in daily crude oil imports, influenced the commercial crude oil storage dynamics. Moreover, a marginal rise in inflation signalled potential challenges ahead, primarily driven by higher oil and raw material prices and increased transportation rates observed in March. Textile-to-textile

Early April 2024, Asian and European PET Prices contrast with US PET Prices

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. has partnered with Ansan City in Gyeonggi Province to recycle waste vinyl into plastic raw materials, according to a report by Kedglobal

This collaboration was formalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting a circular economy and transforming Ansan’s waste vinyl into sustainable resources. The agreement, signed on Tuesday, underscores the mutual commitment to establishing a system for the circulation of plastic resources.

Annually, Ansan generates about 15,000 tons of waste vinyl, a number that continues to rise. Under this new agreement, Ansan City will supply waste vinyl to LG Chem’s upcoming pyrolysis oil factory in Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province, which is expected to commence operations this year. This facility will specialize in chemical recycling, a process that converts waste vinyl into plastic raw materials. Textile-to-textile

LG Chem’s initiative is set to not only reuse local waste materials but also to produce various eco-friendly products utilizing the recycled vinyl from Ansan.

This partnership reflects a strategic move towards sustainability and resource efficiency, leveraging technological innovations in chemical recycling to address environmental challenges.

South Korea's LG Chem Ltd. has partnered with Ansan City in Gyeonggi Province to recycle waste vinyl into plastic raw materials, according to a report by Kedglobal

Circular from the start

Recycling start-up to promote circularity in automotive components

Over the past year, the news from the plastics recycling industry has been, for the most part, sombre. Textile-to-textile

The low prices of virgin materials have attracted producers away from the use of recycled plastic, which has led to the shuttering of recycling plants across Europe.

Now, bucking this trend is a young, dynamic startup in Modena, Italy, called Circular Identity, which is convinced that now is the time to act. Textile-to-textile

“We envision a world where plastic waste is transformed into high-quality safety-critical components, reducing the negative impact of plastic waste on the environment and creating a more sustainable future for generations to come,” is how the company put it. Sustainable Plastics spoke with one of the co-founder owners of the company, Pierrick Cassin,  a plastics recycling veteran who is well aware of the challenges ahead.

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Exploring options for UK textile-to-textile recycling

Study will take lessons from first fully scaled automated textile sorting facility in Sweden.

Tomra Textiles and Circle-8 Textile Ecosystems have entered into a collaborative agreement to advance the first automated textiles sorting and pre-processing facility for non-reusable waste textiles in the UK. Textile-to-textile

The companies will conduct a feasibility study for an automated textile sorting and pre-processing facility, emphasising solution and process designs that can be scaled.

The explorative collaboration agreement is focused on the UK market where despite higher average re-use levels compared to the rest of Europe, an estimated 700,000 tons of non-reusable textile waste is still generated every year.

As a key member of ACT UK, a consortium set up to industrialise textile sorting in the country in 2023, London-based Circle-8 is working with stakeholders along the textile value chain to realise a circular textiles ecosystem. It will now draw on Tomra’s experience and know-how to develop solution designs for a future automated sorting and pre-processing facility for non-reusable textiles in the UK. Textile-to-textile

Tomra, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, was the main technology provider to the world’s first fully scaled automated textile sorting facility, SIPtex, in Malmö, Sweden and the Swedish research project has provided valuable lessons for optimising and reconfiguring Tomra’s technology for the industrial-scale sorting of post-consumer garments.

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PET bottle duty – EU ADD against Chinese PET bottle chip generally digested, pay attention to whether RPET can be removed 16-04-2024

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PET bottle duty – EU ADD against Chinese PET bottle chip generally digested, pay attention to whether RPET can be removed 16-04-2024

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Technopolymers with recycled carbon fibres

On April 11, 2024, UBE Corporation, under the leadership of President Masato Izumihara, announced the introduction of innovative composite products incorporating recycled carbon fiber, aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lessening environmental impact. These products integrate traceable recycled carbon fiber, capitalizing on UBE’s extensive experience in engineering plastics. In collaboration with Shinryo Corporation, led by President and CEO Masaaki Tsuchiyama, UBE has harnessed a method to reclaim high-quality carbon fiber from used components, addressing the growing accumulation of carbon fiber waste and the challenges it presents.  PET bottle duty

The newly developed composites blend recycled carbon fiber with various nylons, enhancing functionality for use in the automotive and sports industries. These advancements not only reduce component weight, thereby conserving energy, but also diminish GHG emissions produced during the original carbon fiber manufacturing process. The UBE Group is actively working towards a sustainable future by focusing on the reduction of GHG emissions and the promotion of eco-friendly products and technologies. Through these efforts, UBE aims to supply more customers with sustainable solutions, aligning with their 2030 vision to become a specialty chemicals leader that supports global environmental sustainability, human health, and a prosperous future society. PET bottle dutyPET bottle duty

Re-PET feedstock price trend analysis

Since recycled plants resume operation since the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, recycled PSF prices have experienced a round of slight rise before the Lantern Festival, and then prices maintained for about half a month. Later, as sales continued to be sluggish and inventory accumulated, market prices started to decline apparently around Mar 10. Close virgin PSF prices in Hebei market declined the most, and prices have lowered by 400yuan/mt compared to the level around Chinese Lunar New Year. For other products, prices of close virgin PSF in Zhejiang and Jiangsu and HC re-PSF decreased by around 200-300yuan/mt. As some plants continued to cut prices, market confidence lacked obviously, and downstream buyers were more cautious to purchase with weak demand, mainly buying for pressing demand. PET bottle duty

With the weak demand for recycled chemical fibers and low processing spread, many plants adjusted lower the procurement prices of feedstock. In Hebei, rough bottle bales prices kept downward after the holiday, down by 400yuan/mt. The price decline moved from North China to South China. Bottle bales and PET flakes trading prices went downward generally in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong, down by 200-300yuan/mt. During this round of decline, imported PET flakes prices in Zhejiang slipped obviously. Some traders were active to sell amid the panic mood and currently, some blue and white flakes prices declined below 6,000yuan/mt, down by nearly 500yuan/mt compared to some transactions of 6,400-6,450yuan/mt before. Part of orders is still on afloat and some losses may be seen for traders. PET bottle duty

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Renewed Efforts to Tackle Plastic Pollution Gain Momentum

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the urgent need to address plastic pollution, as mounting environmental concerns and public outcry prompt renewed efforts to tackle this global crisis. From bans on single-use plastics to innovative recycling technologies and community-led clean-up initiatives, momentum is building towards a more sustainable and plastic-free future.

Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to ecosystems, marine life, and human health, as plastic waste accumulates in landfills, waterways, and oceans, contaminating habitats and endangering wildlife.  PET bottle duty

Plastic debris, such as microplastics and macroplastics, can persist in the environment for hundreds of years, leaching harmful chemicals and disrupting ecosystems, with far-reaching consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem health.

In response to these environmental challenges, governments, businesses, and civil society organizations are taking decisive action to reduce plastic waste and promote alternatives to single-use plastics. This includes implementing policies and regulations to restrict the production, sale, and distribution of plastic bags, straws, and other disposable items, as well as incentivizing the use of eco-friendly alternatives, such as biodegradable packaging and reusable containers.  PET bottle duty

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Axpo has entered a partnership with French energy investor ENEGO to explore establishing a 100 MW green hydrogen plant in Sicily, focusing on the Priolo-Augusta industrial zone along the east coast

This collaboration aims to form part of a broader “hydrogen valley” spanning from Catania to Siracusa, aimed at supplying green hydrogen to local industries, thereby supporting regional decarbonization efforts.

The proposed facility would mark a significant stride in both Axpo’s and Europe’s green hydrogen initiatives, potentially expanding to 300 MW based on demand. This plant, which would integrate into the European Hydrogen Backbone, signifies a major step towards replacing grey hydrogen—currently produced using natural gas—with CO2-free hydrogen in local refineries and transportation.  PET bottle duty

Guy Bühler, Axpo’s Head of Hydrogen, emphasized the project’s importance for reducing carbon footprints in Sicily, particularly within the industrially crucial Priolo-Augusta district. Concurrently, ENEGO Holding’s CEO, Alfonso Morriello, highlighted the project’s inception through collaborations, including the University of Catania’s engineering expertise, aiming to leverage green hydrogen for Sicily’s economic benefit.

This initiative complements Axpo’s other hydrogen projects across Europe, including a significant venture in Italy’s Peligna Valley and a hydrogen-powered passenger vessel on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. Axpo’s engagement in the “Arve Hydrogène Mobilité” project in France further demonstrates its commitment to advancing hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier, underscored by its recent publication of a white paper on hydrogen’s potential in Switzerland.    PET bottle duty

Axpo has entered a partnership with French energy investor ENEGO to explore establishing a 100 MW green hydrogen plant in Sicily, focusing on the Priolo-Augusta industrial zone along the east coast

Recycling of plastic ‘a deception’

The global plastic industry’s long-standing narrative of recycling as the panacea for plastic pollution has been debunked in a new report by Planet Tracker (PT). 

In ‘The Plastic Recycling Deception’, PT sets out practices it claims are deceptive employed by the plastic industry. It urges stakeholders to re-evaluate their approach to plastic waste management.

For years, it insists, the plastic industry has promoted recycling as the solution to the world’s plastic pollution crisis. However, the report highlights that 91% of plastic is not recycled. The use of resin identification codes, often mistaken for recycling symbols, has further misled policymakers, regulators and consumers into believing in the circularity of plastic, it alleges.  PET bottle duty

‘Advanced recycling‘

PT is a non-profit think tank focused on sustainable finance. It quotes a report by the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) saying the plastics industry was initially focused on disposability (1950s and 1960s), then moved to incineration and landfilling as ‘solutions’ (late 1960s and 1970s), then followed with the promise of recycling (mid 1980s to mid-1990s).

‘With recycling failing to deliver meaningful results, by 2015, and public pressure to find a solution re-emerging, most lately the plastics industry has started to promote an old technology as a new “solution” to plastic waste – “advanced recycling”,’ according to CCI.

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IISc Scientists Develop Sustainable Hydrogel to Remove Microplastics from Water

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a sustainable hydrogel to remove microplastics from water, addressing the global issue of plastic pollution.

Microplastics, particles less than 5 millimetres in size, are pervasive in oceans, soil, and even the air we breathe, posing a threat to human health.  PET bottle duty

The hydrogel, made up of a unique polymer network, can bind and degrade microplastics using UV light irradiation.

Previous methods like filtering membranes have been unsuccessful due to clogging, making them unsustainable.

How it was Developed?

The IISc hydrogel, composed of three polymer layers and nanoclusters of a material called copper substitute polyoxometalate, has shown high efficiency in removing polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene microplastics from water.  PET bottle duty

As per IISc, the hydrogel consists of three different polymer layers – chitosan, polyvinyl alcohol and polyaniline – intertwined together, making an Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) architecture. The team infused this matrix with nanoclusters of a material called copper substitute polyoxometalate (Cu-POM). These nanoclusters are catalysts that can use UV light to degrade the microplastics.

IISc Scientists Develop Sustainable Hydrogel to Remove Microplastics from Water

EU ADD against Chinese PET bottle chip generally digested, pay attention to whether RPET can be removed

Early April 2024, the European Commission announced the final ruling on the anti-dumping investigation of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) originating from China, imposing anti-dumping duties ranging from 6.6% to 24.2% on the products involved, with specific rates detailed in the attached table. The products in question are Polyethylene Terephthalate with a viscosity equal to or greater than 78 milliliters/gram. The EU CN (Combined Nomenclature) code for the products is 3907 61 00 (TARIC code 3907 61 00 10). The announced rates were actually preliminarily indicated in the announcement on November 28, 2023, with rates set at 6.6% for Sanfame, 10.7% for Wankai, 17.2% for China Resources, and 11.1-24.2% for other companies (specific rates can be found in the final table).  PET bottle duty

Since the initiation of the  investigation on PET bottle chip from China by the EU early March in 2023, the export volume from mainland China to EU has significantly decreased.

Taking Italy as one of the main destination markets, Chinese customs data shows that Italy imports from China were at 10,267 tons in January 2023, while dropped to 1.1 tons by December. Similarly, imports from China to countries like France and Belgium have notably declined.

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Sustainability Recycling – Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April 15-04-2024

Sustainability Recycling – Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April 15-04-2024

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r-PET Bottles – Japanese researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking bioplastic that combines durability with rapid seawater degradation, offering hope for ocean cleanup efforts

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At Techtextil 2024 in Frankfurt, from April 23-26, Germany’s ITA will exhibit Biotexfuture projects emphasizing sustainability and recycling

The Biobase project, in collaboration with Krall+Roth, has yielded interior textiles from biopolymers. These polymers were transformed into yarns and fabrics, with processes tailored to their properties, resulting in four partially bio-based polyamides for interiors.

The Bioturf project aims to create bio-polyethylene turf identical to conventional turf in performance but better for recycling and free of microplastics. CO2TEX is developing an elastane-free compression stocking using TPU yarns with up to 600% elongation, made from polymers with 18% renewable content.  Sustainability Recycling

Degratex focuses on bio-based, degradable geotextiles for temporary earth stabilization or vegetation protection, designed to be replaced by natural elements eventually. ITA’s other innovations include a durable polishing disc from hemp and insulation textiles from cellulose aerogels.

These advancements will be featured at Elmatex’s stand D63 in Hall 12, alongside Recycling Atelier’s display, showcasing efforts to hasten textile recycling.

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Exel Composites, Fairmat sign carbon fiber scrap repurpose deal

Exel material waste will go through Fairmat’s reconstitution process to produce second-generation CFRP chips, enabling a closed-loop ecosystem.  Sustainability Recycling

Exel Composites (Vantaa, Finland) and Fairmat (Paris, France) have announced a partnership to close the loop of carbon fiber waste. Fairmat will recycle Exel Composites’ carbon fiber composite scrap at its Nantes, France, manufacturing facility to produce second-generation carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) chips, high-performance composite units. Beginning in Q2 2024, the carbon fiber composite scrap will be transferred to Bouguenais from Exel’s two plants in Finland.

Traditional waste management techniques involving pyrolysis or solvolysis use significant amounts of energy, mitigating the environmental benefits of recycling used carbon fiber (read “Recycling end-of-life composite parts: New methods, markets”). In contrast, Fairmat’s reconstitution process uses proprietary cutting technologies — aided by robotic tools equipped with machine learning — to dissemble carbon fiber components and convert the pieces into CFRP building blocks. Sustainability Recycling

“Fairmat’s innovative recycling methodology enables its products to retain the high strength and stiffness of the original embedded fibers,” explains Kim Sjödahl, senior VP of technology and sustainability at Exel Composites. “This is often compromised by other recycling methods that involve chopping and milling carbon fiber. Combined with its minimal energy input, Fairmat’s process is game-changing for sustainability in the composites industry. What’s more, the successful recycling of process waste also opens possibilities to recycle the end-of-life waste from our customers.”

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Bühler launches fully automatic bagging station with Premier Tech

Swiss technology group Bühler, in partnership with leading Canadian packaging equipment manufacturer Premier Tech, announce the launch of the CHRONOS OMP-2090 B, a fully automatic bagging station. The new bagging station was developed for a wide range of powdery and other non-free-flowing products. It delivers maximum productivity through reliable, fully automatic operation, outstanding bagging accuracy and high product and operational safety.  Sustainability Recycling

As the need for advanced and efficient packaging solutions grows, this new system for powdery products is designed to increase productivity, ensure safety, and accommodate a wide range of bags, representing a significant advancement over traditional solutions. With decades of combined experience in the industry, Bühler and Premier Tech have once again demonstrated their commitment to innovation by expanding their portfolio to meet the increasing demand for higher packaging capacities in mills.

“The performance and reliability of the fully automatic bagging station CHRONOS OMP-2090 B lifts open mouth bag packaging to the next level. Operational safety and precision increase overall mill efficiency, maximize raw material yield, and ensure safe distribution of the valuable products of our customers and partners,” says Marco Chialina, Head of Business Unit Digital Sense at Bühler.  Sustainability Recycling

Bühler launches fully automatic bagging station with Premier Tech

AIMPLAS to Host Fourth Edition of EcoFRam

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is proud to host the fourth edition of the EcoFRam conference, an initiative of the French Chemical Society (SCF). Scheduled for 22nd and 23rd May, the event is set to convene experts and stakeholders in the field of eco-friendly flame retardants and additives.

The conference aims to shed light on the current state of eco-friendly flame retardants, exploring the latest advancements and research. With environmental concerns at the forefront, the development of sustainable materials that meet safety standards without compromising ecological integrity is more crucial than ever.  Sustainability Recycling

EcoFRam serves as a platform for scientists, researchers, and industry professionals to exchange knowledge and foster collaborations. The two-day event will feature presentations on innovative solutions that align with global sustainability goals.

As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, the role of eco-friendly flame retardants becomes increasingly significant. These substances are essential in reducing the flammability of materials, thereby enhancing safety. However, traditional flame retardants have raised environmental and health concerns, prompting the search for greener alternatives.

The fourth edition of EcoFRam is expected to highlight breakthroughs in non-toxic, effective flame retardants that can be integrated into various products, from electronics to construction materials. The discussions will also delve into regulatory frameworks, market trends, and future directions for this vital industry.  Sustainability Recycling

AIMPLAS to Host Fourth Edition of EcoFRam

China’s textile industry profits top 18 bln yuan in first two months   

In the initial two months of the current year, China’s principal textile firms witnessed a substantial profit surge, reaching 18.2 billion yuan (approximately 2.56 billion U.S. dollars).

This marks a significant increase in the industry’s financial performance. The total operational revenue of these companies was reported at 675 billion yuan, indicating a 13.7 percent growth compared to the previous year. Sustainability Recycling

This data was released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Furthermore, the industrial output of these key textile enterprises showed a 7.7 percent year-on-year increase.

Additionally, the period saw China’s textile and garment exports climb to 45.1 billion U.S. dollars, registering a 14.3 percent rise from the same timeframe last year.

These figures underscore the robust expansion and economic health of China’s textile sector.  Sustainability Recycling

China's textile industry profits top 18 bln yuan in first two months  

Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April

The company announced a hike in the gross market price for general-purpose polystyrene (PS-GP) by €60 per tonne, as reported by Kunststoffweb.

Similarly, high-impact polystyrene (PS-HI) will see an equivalent price rise, maintaining its premium at €100 per tonne over PS-GP.

This follows significant price surges in February and March, where increases were in the triple-digit range.  Sustainability Recycling

Additionally, the reference price for styrene monomer—a key PS component—went up by €44 per tonne in April.

Concurrently, the cost for butadiene, an essential additive, escalated by €70 per tonne.

These adjustments reflect ongoing market trends and input cost fluctuations, impacting the overall pricing structure for PS products.

Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April

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r-PET Bottles – Japanese researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking bioplastic that combines durability with rapid seawater degradation, offering hope for ocean cleanup efforts 15-04-2024

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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 08/04/2024 15/04/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,130 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -30
Bottle grade PET chips export market 910 $/ton 905 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,970 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -70
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,990 yuan/ton 6,910 yuan/ton -80
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,985 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton
-35
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 740 $/ton 740 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,450 yuan/ton 4,460 yuan/ton
+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 517 $/ton 522 $/ton +5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,059 $/ton 1,048 $/ton
-11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,037 $/ton 1,026 $/ton -11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,150 $/7on 1,140 $/ton -10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,725  yuan/ton 7,680 yuan/ton
-45
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton -80
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,725 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton
+475
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,910 $/ton 1,910 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,600  yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton +550
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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22,200 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,400 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,750 yuan/ton 19,150 yuan/ton- +400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,600 yuan/ton 17,850 yuan/ton +250
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,700 yuan/ton 33,500 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,200 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,200 yuan/ton 29,000 yuan/ton -200
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,450 yuan/ton 9,650 yuan/ton +200
Benzene domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton 8,770 yuan/ton -30
Benzene overseas  market 1,068 $/ton 1,063 $/ton -5
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 873 $/ton 848 $/ton -25
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton +200
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 13,250 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton -250
PP Powder domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 7,220 yuan/ton -30
Naphtha overseas market  710 $/ton 705 $/ton -5
Phenol domestic market 7,425 yuan/ton 7,512 yuan/ton +87

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Japanese researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking bioplastic that combines durability with rapid seawater degradation, offering hope for ocean cleanup efforts

Made from polylactic acid derived from starches like sugarcane and corn, the material represents a significant step in combating the 30 million tons of plastic waste polluting oceans worldwide.

While traditional polylactic acid suffers from brittleness and production challenges, the team overcame these limitations by leveraging a bacteria’s plastic-producing capabilities. Through genetic modification, they achieved mass production of an enhanced degradable polylactide known as LAHB.

By blending LAHB with conventional polylactic acid, they achieved transparency, enhancing its versatility.

The Japanese government aims to boost bioplastic usage to 2 million tons by 2030, viewing this innovation as a pivotal step in their biomanufacturing initiative.

Seiichi Taguchi, a key figure in the project, believes this development will not only aid in mitigating global warming but also marks the industrialization of bioplastics.

With this advancement, the prospect of cleaner oceans and reduced reliance on petroleum-based plastics becomes increasingly attainable.

Japanese researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking bioplastic that combines durability with rapid seawater degradation, offering hope for ocean cleanup efforts

Microplastics are contaminating our water; IISc has now found a solution to the problem

Microplastics, a global water contamination crisis, faces a promising solution from researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Their innovative hydrogel, boasting a unique polymer network, effectively removes and degrades these minuscule plastic particles.

Microplastics, omnipresent in water bodies worldwide, threaten ecosystems and human health. Despite efforts using filtering membranes, these solutions often falter due to clogging. Led by Professor Suryasarathi Bose, the IISc team engineered a sustainable hydrogel with an Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) architecture. Infused with nanoclusters of a copper substitute polyoxometalate (Cu-POM), this hydrogel efficiently binds and degrades microplastics under UV light.

The hydrogel, comprising chitosan, polyvinyl alcohol, and polyaniline layers, exhibits remarkable adsorption and degradation capabilities. Mimicking real-world scenarios, the team crushed plastic products to generate common microplastics. Tracking their removal and degradation, they found the hydrogel excelled, especially at near-neutral pH levels.

Additionally, the hydrogel proves durable under varying temperatures, hinting at its potential for large-scale deployment. Once its lifespan concludes, it can transform into carbon nanomaterials for heavy metal removal.

Future endeavors involve collaborating to develop scalable devices for widespread microplastic cleanup. The IISc’s breakthrough heralds a sustainable remedy to combat waterborne microplastic pollution, safeguarding ecosystems and human well-being alike.

Microplastics are contaminating our water; IISc has now found a solution to the problem

Nylon fibers – The Challenge of PMMA Recycling: A Shift Towards Chemical Solutions 13-04-2024

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INVISTA, a key player in the nylon 6,6 and polypropylene sectors, has announced plans to explore strategic options for its nylon fibers division

This encompasses INVISTA’s fiber-centric portfolio, including airbag and industrial fibers, CORDURA® businesses, and five global manufacturing sites in Seaford, Delaware; Martinsville, Virginia; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Gloucester, UK; and Qingpu, China.

Francis Murphy, President and CEO of INVISTA, stated, “As part of our Principle Based Management™ approach, we regularly evaluate asset value to ensure optimal ownership for growth. While nylon fibers are valuable, we believe other companies may unlock greater potential. However, if not, we’ll maintain operations.”  Nylon fibers

Regardless of any potential divestment, INVISTA commits to serving its global nylon and propylene customers with intermediates, polymers, and specialty chemicals. Proceeding with the exploration would streamline operations, reinforcing focus on core upstream businesses.

The nylon fiber division forms a significant part of INVISTA’s operations, and specifics of any potential deal remain confidential. Barclays has been enlisted as Exclusive Financial Advisor for this process. Nylon fibers

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The Challenge of PMMA Recycling: A Shift Towards Chemical Solutions

In the realm of plastics recycling, Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), commonly known as acrylic or plexiglass, presents a unique challenge. PMMA is widely used for its clarity, strength, and resistance to UV light and weathering, making it a popular material in various industries, from construction to advertising. However, its recycling process is not as straightforward as other plastics.

Mechanical Recycling Limitations

Mechanical recycling, the process of grinding, melting, and remolding plastic waste, is limited when it comes to PMMA. Nylon fibers

This is due to PMMA’s properties, which can degrade when exposed to high temperatures during the recycling process. Additionally, PMMA waste streams often contain additives, colors, and other types of plastics, which can contaminate the recycled product. As a result, only PMMA waste that is clean, clear, and free from contaminants is suitable for mechanical recycling. This represents a small fraction of PMMA waste, leaving the majority either landfilled or incinerated.

Landfill and Incineration Issues

Landfilling PMMA waste is not a sustainable solution. It consumes valuable land resources and can lead to environmental contamination. Incineration, while recovering some energy, releases carbon dioxide and potentially harmful compounds into the atmosphere, contributing to air pollution and climate change.  Nylon fibers

Chemical Recycling: A Promising Alternative

Faced with these challenges, the plastic industry is increasingly turning to chemical recycling. This process involves breaking down PMMA waste into its molecular components using chemicals or heat. The resulting monomers can then be purified and repolymerized into new PMMA, effectively closing the loop on the plastic lifecycle.

Advantages of Chemical Recycling

Chemical recycling offers several advantages over mechanical methods. It can handle a broader range of PMMA waste, including contaminated or colored material. It also has the potential to produce PMMA with properties equivalent to virgin material, which is crucial for high-value applications.

Furthermore, chemical recycling reduces the reliance on fossil fuels for new PMMA production, aligning with the principles of a circular economy. Nylon fibers

Challenges and Future Outlook

Despite its benefits, chemical recycling is not without challenges. It requires significant energy input and the use of potentially hazardous chemicals. The infrastructure for chemical recycling is still in development, and the process must be optimized to be cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

As the industry progresses, advancements in catalysts and process design are making chemical recycling more viable. Companies are investing in research and pilot projects to scale up this technology.

With continued innovation and support from policies that encourage recycling and sustainability, chemical recycling could play a pivotal role in managing PMMA waste and reducing the environmental impact of plastics. Nylon fibers

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PE prices decreased at domestic trades in Uzbekistan

In the first quarter of 2024, Uzbekistan’s domestic polyethylene (PE) market saw a slight 1% decrease in sales volume year-on-year, with approximately 39,600 tonnes traded through the Uzbek Republican Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange (UZEX). The primary sellers were the Shurtan Gas-Chemical Complex and the UZ-KOR GAS CHEMICAL JV. Film and injection molded PE types dominated the market, holding 35% and 22% shares, respectively, followed by blown PE brands at 17% and pipe PE at 16%.

Price trends for all PE types on the stock exchange from January to March 2024 indicated a general decline. Nylon fibers

January prices started at 16.9 million soums per ton, which then fell to 16.5 million in February, and further dipped to 16 million soums per ton in March.

Geographically, Tashkent and its surrounding region accounted for nearly half of the PE purchases, with a 49% share. Notably, the Fergana region’s share rose from 11% to 18% compared to the previous year, while the Samarkand region also saw an increase from 12% to 15%. Additionally, the Namangan region contributed to 6% of the total sales. These figures reflect a shifting landscape in regional demand within the country’s PE market. Nylon fibers

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Toray Industries has indeed made a significant advancement by developing a biodegradable spherical polyamide 4 fine particle

This innovation is particularly important as it addresses the environmental concerns associated with microplastics in the oceans. The company’s efforts to replace conventional non-biodegradable particles used in cosmetics with these new biodegradable particles align with global regulatory moves to limit and eventually ban microplastics.

The development of these particles also showcases Toray’s commitment to overcoming technical challenges, such as finding suitable solvents for polyamide 4 and managing its high melting point and thermal properties. Nylon fibers

Their success in producing these particles using proprietary technology is a testament to their extensive R&D efforts.

With the safety verification process completed and cosmetic ingredient labeling obtained, Toray is now collaborating with cosmetics manufacturers to assess the particles and establish a mass production structure. This step is crucial for the commercialization of the product, which is targeted by the end of March 2025.

Furthermore, Toray’s ongoing R&D into biomass-based biodegradable polymer particles reflects its dedication to sustainability and its vision for 2050, aiming to contribute to a world where resources are sustainably managedNylon fibers

Toray Industries has indeed made a significant advancement by developing a biodegradable spherical polyamide 4 fine particle

Sabic is downsizing its operations in Europe, particularly at the Chemelot Industrial Park in Geleen, the Netherlands

As part of a scheduled maintenance shutdown, one of the cracking units, Olefins 3, will be halted for three months. This move is part of Sabic’s strategy to optimize its operations, improve efficiency, and invest in sustainability at the Geleen site.

Olefins 3, which started in 1973 and has a production capacity of 550,000 tonnes per year of ethylene and 260,000 tonnes per year of propylene, will not be restarted after the maintenance works. Instead, it will be dismantled. Meanwhile, Olefins 4, with a nominal capacity of 675,000 tonnes per year of ethylene and 485,000 tonnes per year of propylene, will continue operating as usual.  Nylon fibers

The company’s future plans for the Geleen site involve portfolio optimization and the ongoing construction of the Sabic and Plastic Energy chemical recycling plant, aligning with its sustainability goals.

Sabic’s financial performance in 2023 saw a significant decline, with sales dropping by 23% compared to the previous year, totaling 141.5 billion riyals (approximately $37.7 billion).  Nylon fibers

Sabic is downsizing its operations in Europe, particularly at the Chemelot Industrial Park in Geleen, the Netherlands

Swedish Tyre Recycling, or SDAB, has inked a deal to supply tyre raw materials for the forthcoming tyre pyrolysis plant in Uddevalla, Sweden

This plant, being constructed by a joint venture between Antin Infrastructure Partners and Scandinavian Enviro Systems, will employ Enviro’s pioneering technology. This technology facilitates the production of sought-after recovered Carbon Black (rCB) and Pyrolysis Oil from sorted and processed End-of-Life Tyres (ELTs), thus establishing a fully circular supply chain. Under the strategic agreement, SDAB will deliver a substantial volume of ELTs collected annually in Sweden, with shipments starting in 2025.

Fredrik Ardefors, CEO of Swedish Tyre Recycling, expressed satisfaction in being chosen to supply this innovative plant, emphasizing their commitment to quality and reliable delivery. Nylon fibers

Stefano Madeddu, General Manager of the joint venture’s Swedish operations, highlighted their significant investment in building this flagship ELT recycling plant. He sees it as a model for future endeavors across Europe, aiming to set the highest standards for a fully circular economy in tyre recycling.

Fredrik Ardefors emphasized their ongoing quest for better tyre recycling solutions and hailed Enviro’s pyrolysis technology as a milestone. He sees the agreement as validation of their sorting and customization efforts. Nylon fibers

Swedish Tyre Recycling, or SDAB, has inked a deal to supply tyre raw materials for the forthcoming tyre pyrolysis plant in Uddevalla, Sweden

Kobe University engineers bacteria to manufacture green plastic

Experts at Kobe University in Japan have pioneered an innovative method to produce green plastic.

The team of bioengineers are leveraging bacteria to create a plastic modifier that yields renewably sourced, more processable, green plastic.

The novel sustainable plastic process has industrial-scale production potential, a development that could make the industry more environmentally friendly.

A paradigm shift in plastic production

Plastic, an indispensable component of modern civilisation, has long been associated with environmental degradation due to its persistence and reliance on non-renewable resources like crude oil. Nylon fibers

Seeking a sustainable plastic alternative, researchers have turned to polylactic acid (PLA) derived from plants. However, PLA’s inherent brittleness and poor degradability have hindered its widespread adoption.

To surmount these challenges, Kobe University’s bioengineers and Kaneka Corporation ventured have collaborated.

Kobe University engineers bacteria to manufacture green plastic

Electric cars – Introducing Winter Proof: the solution to the cold weather dilemma faced by electric car batteries 12-04-2024

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Borealis invests €4.5M in Porvoo cracker to increase production of circular materials

Borealis is injecting a hefty €4.5 million into enhancing the cracker furnaces at its olefins unit in Porvoo, Finland, aiming to ramp up production of Base Chemicals (ethylene and propylene) using more renewable and recycled materials.

This move aligns with Borealis Strategy 2030, advancing towards a circular economy. The investment, set for completion by 2025, follows a similar upgrade last year at the Stenungsund facility in Sweden. Electric cars

Porvoo’s steam cracker, with an annual capacity of 430 kilotons of ethylene and 263 kilotons of propylene, is central to a petrochemical complex, cracking feedstock like naphtha and propane into smaller molecules. The investment focuses on modifying three out of ten cracker furnaces, increasing annual production by 120 kilotons from renewable and recycled sources, certified by ISCC Plus for sustainability.

Wolfram Krenn, Borealis Executive Vice President Operations and Base Chemicals, emphasizes the investment’s role in driving sustainability and circularity.

Borealis, a leader in polyolefin solutions, caters to various industries globally, boasting 6,000 employees and a €216 million net profit in 2023.

OMV, based in Vienna, owns 75% of Borealis, with the remaining 25% held by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Electric cars

Borealis invests €4.5M in Porvoo cracker to increase production of circular materials

Klöckner Pentaplast launches 100% recycled PET trays

Klöckner Pentaplast debuts 100% recycled PET trays, offering businesses a cost-effective solution amidst eco-tax and plastic legislation challenges.

Representing a milestone in food packaging, the Luxembourg-based company introduces trays crafted entirely from post-consumer tray-derived recycled PET (rPET).

While current trays integrate reclaimed PET, Klöckner Pentaplast’s Tray2Tray initiative elevates sustainability by exclusively using recycled tray material for new tray production. Thomas Kure Jakobsen, kp’s food packaging president, hails this innovation as a testament to their pioneering spirit and technological prowess. Electric cars

He emphasizes the significance of blending expertise with technology to achieve such milestones.

Presently, a mere 30% of recycled PET serves food tray production, with a considerable portion lost in the linear system, resulting in the wastage of valuable rPET material annually.

Klöckner Pentaplast’s 100% rPET trays signal a transformative shift in the packaging landscape, showcasing the potential unleashed through innovation and sustainable practices. Electric cars

Klöckner Pentaplast launches 100% recycled PET trays

Veolia has announced it has successfully commissioned a recycled PET plant in Tsuyama, Japan

This innovative facility, a joint venture between Veolia, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., represents a significant leap forward in the global movement towards a circular economy.

Commissioned by Veolia, a French multinational with a legacy in waste management, the plant is poised to transform the landscape of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling. With an annual production capacity of 25,000 tonnes of food-grade recycled PET resin, the Tsuyama plant is not just a marvel of modern recycling technology; it’s a testament to the collaborative spirit of international sustainability efforts. Electric car

The ‘Circular PET’ plant stands on the premise of recycling low-grade used PET bottles, which account for over half of Japan’s PET bottle waste volume. These are the bottles often discarded with caps, labels, or residual liquids still intact. The facility’s cutting-edge processes will convert these bottles into high-quality, food-grade resin, suitable for creating new PET bottles.

This initiative is not only a triumph for environmental stewardship but also for economic pragmatism. By recycling PET, the plant will reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 27,500 tons annually compared to virgin production. This is equivalent to taking thousands of cars off the road each year, a milestone in the fight against climate change.

The strategic location of Tsuyama, in Okayama Prefecture, was chosen for its proximity to sources of post-consumer PET bottles and its accessibility to major markets where the recycled resin will be sold. The plant’s operation aligns with Japan’s ambitious goals to reduce plastic waste and increase recycling rates, serving as a model for other nations to follow. Electric car

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Introducing Winter Proof: the solution to the cold weather dilemma faced by electric car batteries

SK On and Samsung are leading the charge in this field, aiming to revolutionize the market with advanced, cold-resistant models in the coming years.

Efficiency is key – these Korean companies are pushing boundaries to ensure batteries maintain peak performance even in freezing temperatures. Winter Proof batteries are designed to defy the challenges of cold weather, ensuring consistent efficiency during the toughest months.Electric cars

Renowned globally, SK On supplies batteries to industry giants like Volkswagen Ford Group and Hyundai, while Samsung is gearing up for solid-state battery production by 2027. The need for improved performance is evident; traditional lithium-iron-phosphate batteries can lose up to 70% of their range in sub-zero conditions.

The new Winter Proof models boast a 16% increase in charging capacity and a 19% energy boost, with rapid charging capabilities. Samsung’s solid-state battery, expected in 2027, promises even faster charging, greater energy retention, and compact size.

With plans to achieve 80% battery recharge in just 15 minutes by 2026 and a 20-year lifespan by 2029, the industry is driving towards a future dominated by electric vehicles. While challenges persist, investments in alternative battery technologies signal a promising shift away from traditional fuel reliance. Electric cars

The transition to electric vehicles is complex, but advancements like Winter Proof and solid-state batteries represent significant steps towards a sustainable automotive future.

Introducing Winter Proof: the solution to the cold weather dilemma faced by electric car batteries

In the early 2030s, Eni is set to pioneer the first industrial-scale fusion nuclear power plant

This announcement was made by Francesca Ferrazza, who leads Eni’s fusion group, during a Senate Environment Committee hearing.

Eni is a key player in the Commonwealth Fusion System (CFS) project, a United States initiative born from MIT’s spinoff, which utilizes magnetic confinement for fusion.

The Italian energy company is contributing to the construction of the inaugural Cfs-Sparc pilot plant, anticipated to be operational by the mid-2020s. Electric cars

Following this, the Cfs-Arc, Eni’s first industrial plant to be integrated into the power grid, is scheduled for the early 2030s.

The company also has plans to establish additional power plants later in the decade.

In the early 2030s, Eni is set to pioneer the first industrial-scale fusion nuclear power plant

BMW has struck a significant deal with Rimac Technology to advance battery technology for its future electric vehicles post-2025

This collaboration marks a substantial milestone for both companies, with Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Technology, describing it as their largest and most ambitious project to date.

While specific details of the partnership remain undisclosed, the focus will be on co-developing and co-producing innovative high-voltage battery solutions for BMW’s upcoming electric models. Mate Rimac has hinted at their prior involvement with BMW, noting that Rimac has been developing battery systems for the German company for the past two years.  Electric cars

The agreement signals Rimac’s evolution from a niche supplier to a key player in high-volume manufacturing for the automotive industry. Notably, a significant portion of Rimac’s Croatian campus is now dedicated to producing batteries exclusively for BMW.

However, the implications of this partnership on BMW’s existing battery supply framework remain uncertain. It’s unclear whether Rimac will refine the chemistry and production processes of BMW’s new cylindrical cell batteries or if BMW plans to incorporate additional battery types.  Electric cars

As Mate Rimac reflects on his journey from converting a 1984 BMW 3 Series into an electric car to collaborating with BMW today, he sees it as a perfect symmetry. This partnership signifies Rimac’s readiness to undertake large-scale projects for leading automotive brands, marking a pivotal moment in Rimac Technology’s growth.

BMW has struck a significant deal with Rimac Technology to advance battery technology for its future electric vehicles post-2025

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, speaking at the annual Freedom of Mobility Forum, emphasized hydrogen’s potential as a sustainable alternative to electric vehicles (EVs), citing advantages in economy, charging speed, and vehicle integration

However, he flagged a major hurdle: the steep cost of hydrogen technology, currently twice that of EVs.  Electric cars

Tavares expressed concerns over the affordability of hydrogen vehicles, suggesting they might be viable for corporate fleets but not yet for the average consumer. He stressed the urgency of addressing cost barriers to broaden access to hydrogen mobility.

Meanwhile, Stellantis Italia’s Davide Mele warned about the competitive landscape, particularly with the emergence of Chinese automotive firms enjoying a 30% cost advantage over European counterparts. This poses a threat to the sustainability of Italy’s automotive supply chain, impacting projects like the electric Fiat 500 and Italy’s global market competitiveness. Electric cars

Though hydrogen offers promise for a greener future, cost and competitiveness hurdles loom large. Overcoming these challenges is crucial to realizing the potential of hydrogen mobility.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, speaking at the annual Freedom of Mobility Forum, emphasized hydrogen's potential as a sustainable alternative to electric vehicles (EVs), citing advantages in economy, charging speed, and vehicle integration

Sustainable Chemicals – De Nora, a historic Italian company established in Milan in the 1920s, is forging ahead in the production of electrolysers, key components for zero-emission energy 11-04-2024

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Neste and Lotte Chemical Forge Alliance for Sustainable Chemicals and Plastics

Neste and Lotte Chemical are joining forces to revolutionize the chemicals and plastics industry. Their strategic partnership aims to supplant fossil resources with renewable materials in chemical and plastic production, promising greener solutions across various sectors.

Neste will supply Lotte Chemical with its renewable raw material, Neste RE™, derived entirely from renewable sources.

Lotte Chemical will utilize Neste RE at its Korean facilities to manufacture a variety of plastics and chemicals from its extensive product range. Sustainable Chemicals

These eco-friendly alternatives will find application in diverse sectors including packaging, construction, textiles, and electronics, maintaining the quality and performance of conventional products.

Recognizing the imperative to transition from fossil fuels, both companies are committed to driving sustainability in their operations.

Jeroen Verhoeven, Vice President of Value Chain Development for renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste, expresses anticipation for the collaboration: “We eagerly anticipate advancing renewable solutions with Lotte Chemical. Sustainable Chemicals

Together, we can pioneer sustainable supply chains, reducing emissions across multiple sectors and applications.”

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BioPowder replaces synthetic components with bio-composites

R-PET market – Revolutionizing Waste: The Plastic Recycling Machine  10-04-2024

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U.S. R-PET Market Exhibits Remarkable Stability Amid Global and Domestic Shifts

Throughout March 2024, the U.S. R-PET (Recycled – Polyethylene Terephthalate) market has proven to be a bastion of stability in the fluctuating global economy. With its cornerstone product, the Clear Flakes, steadfastly priced, the sector has navigated through varying degrees of demand with a calm that belies the undercurrents shaping its trajectory.

As the month commenced, industry players were bracing for potential shifts in consumption patterns. Downstream sectors, notably textiles and bottle manufacturing, were adjusting to a softer demand environment. R-PET market

Yet, the R-PET market held its ground, maintaining a steady price point that was reflective of a finely tuned balance between supply and the demands of the market. Manufacturers found themselves in a cautious stance with the spot market, where the pace of trade was subdued, and the pulse of transactions was measured.

The domestic stability in the R-PET market was juxtaposed with a global backdrop where external demand pressures and international market sentiments exerted their influence. The U.S. Manufacturing PMI indicated an uptick in activity, suggesting a recovery in the industrial sector that could potentially ripple into increased demand for R-PET. Export orders, too, showed signs of vigour, marking a reversal from previous trends, and injecting a dose of optimism into market outlooks. R-PET market

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Lombardy (Italy) offers substantial incentives for eco-friendly plastics

Lombardy Region is dedicating 5 million euros towards fostering sustainability in the plastics and textile industries. Eligible businesses can receive non-repayable contributions of up to 300,000 euros, covering half of their sustainable expenses.

Open to small and medium-sized enterprises in Lombardy, the application window for accessing these incentives runs from May 7 to June 18, 2024.

Giorgio Maione, the Councilor for Environment and Climate, applauds Lombard companies’ progress over the past decade in balancing environmental and economic sustainability through strategic investments. R-PET market

These funds will further enhance waste management in plastics and textile supply chains through circular economy initiatives.

Eligible expenses encompass various stages of the supply chain lifecycle, including procurement, design, production, distribution, use, collection, and end-of-life management:

  • Repurposing production residues for material use, promoting industrial symbiosis and by-product integration.
  • Implementing measures for packaging reuse, including the establishment of returnable systems.
  • Initiating product reuse or extending their lifespan.
  • Adapting production lines to minimize raw material usage.
  • Modifying production processes to reduce waste.
  • Incorporating “end of waste” materials into production lines.
  • Adjusting production lines for product redesign to enhance durability and recyclability.  R-PET market
  • Supporting innovative waste collection projects for efficient reuse or recycling preparation.
  • Backing innovative projects for plastic, compostable bioplastic, and textile waste reuse or recycling preparation, with scalability and transferability.

Lombardy’s incentives signal a commitment to sustainable development, fostering greener practices in key industries.

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Revolutionizing Waste: The Plastic Recycling Machine 

  1. Introduction

Plastic pollution has become an ever-growing threat to our planet’s ecosystems. With landfills overflowing and marine life suffering, the need for effective waste management solutions has never been more urgent. Recycling stands as a beacon of hope in this crisis, offering a way to reduce the environmental impact of plastic consumption. Among the innovations leading the charge is the Plastic Recycling Machine (PRM), a revolutionary technology designed to streamline the recycling process and maximize efficiency.

  1. Understanding the Plastic Recycling Machine

The Plastic Recycling Machine represents a paradigm shift in waste management. Unlike traditional recycling methods, which often rely on manual sorting and processing, the PRM automates much of the recycling process. R-PET market

At its core, the machine consists of several key components: a shredder, a washer, a dryer, and an extruder. These components work in tandem to transform discarded plastic waste into reusable material.

The process begins with the shredder, which breaks down plastic items into smaller pieces, facilitating the recycling process. These shredded pieces then pass through the washer, where they are cleaned to remove any contaminants or impurities. Once cleaned, the plastic undergoes drying to prepare it for the next stage.

Finally, the dried plastic is fed into the extruder, where it is melted down and formed into pellets or other reusable forms.  R-PET market

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China’s spunlace nonwovens export experiences robust growth amidst intense price rivalry

Customs data reveal a 15% year-on-year surge in Jan-Feb 2024, totaling 59.514kt—nearly rivaling 2021’s annual volume. However, the average price plummeted by 7% to $2,264/mt, indicative of stiff competition among fabric mills despite ample orders.

During the same period, exports to key destinations—Republic of Korea, United States, Japan, Vietnam, and Brazil—reached 33.851kt, marking a 10% uptick and constituting 57% of total exports. While shipments to the US and Brazil flourished, those to Republic of Korea and Japan saw marginal declines.  R-PET market

Originating mainly from Zhejiang, Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangdong, and Fujian, Jan-Feb exports hit 51.53kt, escalating by 15% year-on-year and accounting for 87% of total exports.

Although Jan-Feb exports slightly surpassed expectations, fierce pricing competition persists, with many mills hovering near break-even levels. The surge in export volume is chiefly propelled by the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Russia, while exports to Republic of Korea and Japan saw declines. Zhejiang remains China’s primary source of spunlace nonwovens.  R-PET market

China's spunlace nonwovens export experiences robust growth amidst intense price rivalry

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares aims to halve the weight of EV batteries within a decade, addressing environmental concerns and lithium scarcity

Current electric vehicles, with a 250-mile range, carry around 1,000 lbs more in raw materials than traditional ICE models. Tavares envisions slashing this weight by 50%, reducing environmental impact and raw material usage significantly.

Speaking at Stellantis’ Freedom of Mobility Forum, Tavares emphasized the need for lighter battery packs, hinting at breakthroughs to achieve this goal. Although specifics on how Stellantis plans to achieve this weren’t provided, the company is heavily investing in electrification. It targets 100% of European sales being electric by the decade’s end and aims for BEVs to constitute 50% of its U.S. sales.  R-PET market

Moreover, Stellantis plans to sell 5 million BEVs annually by 2030 and will introduce over 75 BEVs by then.

Stellantis’ electric lineup will rest on four platforms: STLA Small, Medium, Large, and Frame, the latter embracing a body-on-frame design. Additionally, the company is developing three electric drive modules, multiple battery chemistries, and various drivetrain configurations, offering ranges from 300 to 500 miles.

Despite the buzz around hydrogen, Tavares remains skeptical about its viability due to high costs, suggesting it may only be practical for large company fleets in the foreseeable future, not for average consumers.  R-PET market

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares aims to halve the weight of EV batteries within a decade, addressing environmental concerns and lithium scarcity

UPM Raflatac’s BOPP labels recognized for HDPE, PP recycling

UPM Raflatac’s BOPP Labels Acknowledged by APR for HDPE & PP Packaging Recyclability Supporting Circular Economy with Certified Sustainable Labeling Solutions UPM Raflatac, a global provider of eco-friendly self-adhesive paper and film products, has received formal recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for three variants of biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) labels suitable for recycling in HDPE and PP packaging. These variants encompass Undecorated BOPP with hotmelt adhesive, Undecorated BOPP with RW85C, and Metalized undecorated BOPP with general purpose acrylic adhesive.

Kyle Strenski, Business Director of UPM Raflatac Americas, expressed gratitude for the acknowledgment, highlighting their dedication to fostering a circular economy.

He stated, “This validation enables us to offer even more sustainable solutions to our clientele and brand proprietors.” R-PET market

APR Design® for Recyclability Recognition serves as third-party validation, confirming a package or its components’ compatibility with North American recycling systems.

UPM Raflatac’s BOPP products have successfully met the stringent recyclability criteria outlined in the APR Design® Guide, specifically tailored for HDPE and PP recycling.

Steve Alexander, President & CEO of APR, commended UPM Raflatac’s efforts, emphasizing the importance of recyclable packaging in minimizing waste and maximizing resource efficiency.  R-PET market

He remarked, “Recyclable packaging translates to reduced waste, optimized use of scarce resources, and a greater supply of high-quality post-consumer resin for manufacturing new goods.” UPM Raflatac's BOPP labels recognized for HDPE, PP recycling

 

Utilizing modular battery configurations, manufacturers such as Tesla, GM, and Porsche have capitalized on the efficiency of 800-volt electric vehicles

Unlike cell-to-pack structures, which directly integrate cells into the battery pack, modular designs divide the battery into separate units. Examples include the Tesla Cybertruck and GMC Hummer EV, both employing a “split” battery approach.

In the case of the Hummer EV, its dual modules, when connected in series, achieve an 800-volt capacity, enabling rapid charging of up to 350 kW. Similarly, the Cybertruck utilizes four 200-volt modules, enabling it to reach 800 volts during charging, offering similar rapid charging capabilities.  R-PET market

Notably, the Cybertruck, besides its 800-volt platform, supports vehicle-to-load functionality. When connected to a Supercharger V3, it seamlessly switches to 400 volts, optimizing performance. The absence of a DC-DC converter simplifies the architecture, reducing costs and space requirements.

This modular approach also facilitates future upgrades. Tesla has hinted at a potential 1,000-volt Cybertruck variant, achieved by adding another module. Other manufacturers, such as Porsche with the Macan EV and Audi with the Q6 e-tron, are adopting similar 800-volt architectures. R-PET market

Ford has even patented designs for 800-volt electric vehicles, further indicating the industry’s shift towards modular battery configurations.

Utilizing modular battery configurations, manufacturers such as Tesla, GM, and Porsche have capitalized on the efficiency of 800-volt electric vehicles

Circular Plastic – NILIT, a global leader in Nylon 6.6 production for apparel and the owner of the SENSIL® brand, introduces SENSIL® Flow, an innovative approach to Nylon 6.6 circularity 09-04-2024

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Circular Plastic – NILIT, a global leader in Nylon 6.6 production for apparel and the owner of the SENSIL® brand, introduces SENSIL® Flow, an innovative approach to Nylon 6.6 circularity 09-04-2024

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Indorama Ventures is reassessing the future of its Rotterdam PET and PTA plants amidst industry challenges

The move aligns with its strategic goals for sustainable solutions amid competitive pressures.

The evaluation involves discussions with site employees to determine the plants’ future activities.

Rising costs and industry shifts are driving the need for asset optimization to boost resilience.

Despite challenges, Indorama Ventures assures seamless operations globally, minimizing customer impact. Mr. DK Agarwal highlights the importance of prudent decision-making amidst economic uncertainties.  Circular Plastic

The company emphasizes its global reach as a strength to ensure continued customer service excellence.

Mitigation measures will be implemented to support affected individuals. This decision coincides with the launch of ‘IVL 2.0,’ emphasizing financial optimization and customer value.

Strategic actions include maximizing asset efficiency, operational excellence, and market leadership maintenance.  Circular Plastic

Indorama Ventures, a PET industry leader, operates across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Indorama Ventures is reassessing the future of its Rotterdam PET and PTA plants amidst industry challenges

EU imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET imports

The European Commission has enforced definitive anti-dumping duties on specific polyethylene terephthalate (PET) imports from China, safeguarding EU companies and over 1,500 jobs while protecting the €5.5 billion PET market. These duties, ranging from 6.6% to 24.2%, were finalized following a comprehensive investigation exposing dumping practices that undercut EU industry prices. Lasting five years, these measures aim to uphold market stability.

The imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties on certain PET imports from China by the European Commission aims to protect EU companies and preserve more than 1,500 jobs while securing the €5.5 billion PET market.  Circular Plastic

The duties, which range from 6.6% to 24.2%, were confirmed after an extensive investigation revealed dumping practices undermining EU industry prices. Set for a duration of five years, these measures seek to maintain market integrity.

The European Commission has instituted lasting anti-dumping duties on particular PET imports from China, aiming to shield EU companies and sustain over 1,500 jobs, thus safeguarding the €5.5 billion PET market.

Ranging from 6.6% to 24.2%, these duties were affirmed post a thorough investigation exposing dumping practices eroding EU industry prices. Implemented for five years, these actions are intended to ensure market stability. Circular Plastic

EU imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET imports

NILIT, a global leader in Nylon 6.6 production for apparel and the owner of the SENSIL® brand, introduces SENSIL® Flow, an innovative approach to Nylon 6.6 circularity

SENSIL® Flow facilitates yarn, fabric, and apparel recycling, aiming to eliminate waste and reduce environmental impact. It engages the entire supply chain, emphasizing product design and partnerships to achieve true circularity.

Ilan Melamed, NILIT General Manager, emphasizes the necessity of a sustainable textile industry mindset shift. SENSIL® Flow enables yarn and fabric recycling, setting the stage for apparel recycling. Collaboration is key to this transformation.

Michelle Lea, NILIT’s Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer, highlights the massive apparel waste issue. SENSIL® Flow reduces waste throughout production, enabling brands to design longer-lasting apparel that is easier to recycle. Circular Plastic

Current apparel recycling challenges include material sorting complexities, especially with blended fibers. SENSIL® Flow addresses these obstacles by providing mono-component fabrics, suitable for various end uses. These fabrics offer comfort stretch and are easily recyclable post-consumption, promoting circularity.

NILIT partners with recycling experts to efficiently recover and recycle fabric waste. High-quality recycled Nylon chips are reintroduced into the manufacturing process, promoting circularity. Certificates ensure transparency and accountability among partners committed to a circular textile economy. Circular Plastic

NILIT celebrates 50 years of excellence, offering premium Nylons like SENSIL® ByNature, BioCare, EcoCare, and WaterCare, all promoting sustainability. These responsible yarns provide designers with environmentally considerate performance fabrics to meet consumer demands.

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Is natural hydrogen the key to a green revolution?

Burning it for electricity produces only water, paving the way for eco-friendly cities. In Mali’s Bourakebougou village, a plant has been running successfully for twelve years, setting a precedent for hydrogen extraction and management. Surprisingly, there’s been no pressure drop in 11 years of operation, unlike traditional gas and oil plants. Shallow basins are proving most promising, with hydrogen replenishing as it’s used.

This success sparks a global race for hydrogen, with investments pouring in from the US, Brazil, Morocco, France, and Australia. Circular Plastic

Estimates suggest vast untapped reserves underground, offering a potential solution to climate change and geopolitical energy concerns.

At the recent CERAWeek conference, hydrogen demand was a hot topic. The Biden administration is planning subsidies to boost its use, especially in energy-intensive industries where electricity falls short.

Natural hydrogen eliminates costly production processes, offering a cheaper, carbon-free, and renewable alternative. Projects like Neom in Saudi Arabia and European investments in green hydrogen are already underway. France may harbor the world’s largest natural hydrogen deposit. Circular Plastic

Italy too is exploring natural hydrogen, reflecting a global rush towards this promising energy source. With demand expected to skyrocket, the race for hydrogen supremacy has officially begun.

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Talent New Energy, a Beijing-based company founded in 2018, has unveiled a breakthrough in solid-state batteries crucial for electric vehicles (EVs)

Solid-state batteries represent a significant advancement in energy density and charging capacity for EV batteries. Talent’s latest development boasts an impressive energy density of 720 Wh/kg, surpassing existing technologies.  Circular Plastic

Compared to WeLion’s cells for NIO’s semi-solid-state battery, which offer 360 Wh/kg, Talent’s innovation demonstrates a substantial leap. This breakthrough holds promise for enhancing EV performance, particularly in extending their range. Current EV batteries, including those utilized by WeLion, offer even lower energy densities.

The potential of Talent’s solid-state cells lies in their ability to significantly enhance EV autonomy while enabling the creation of lighter and smaller battery packs. This advancement could revolutionize EV efficiency and mileage.

However, it’s important to note that Talent’s announcement is still in the realm of laboratory results, with no immediate plans for mass production or collaboration with automakers. Nevertheless, it underscores the potential of solid-state battery technology, signaling a promising future for electric mobility.  Circular Plastic

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The inauguration of the new Iren “Circular Plastic” plant marks a significant step towards addressing the challenges posed by plastic waste

Recognizing the pivotal role of plastics in Italy’s industrial landscape, efforts to align its use with long-term climate goals are imperative. In response, the Iren Group has unveiled Circular Plastic, a cutting-edge facility dedicated to the sorting and storage of plastic waste.

Representing an investment of 45 million euros, Circular Plastic boasts state-of-the-art technology capable of processing up to 100 thousand tons of plastics annually. Situated in Borgaro Torinese, the plant covers 77 thousand square meters and handles loose waste from separate collection systems or pre-selected operations. Its construction involved a three-year effort with 150 workers.  Circular Plastic

Operational efficiency lies at the core of Circular Plastic’s design. With 130 conveyor belts and 22 optical readers, the plant meticulously sorts incoming materials. Following size-based selection, further separation occurs based on rigidity, flexibility, and color, with PET bottles receiving additional scrutiny. Recyclable plastics are stored for processing by authorized consortia, while non-recyclables are prepared for energy recovery.

Luca Dal Fabbro, President of the Iren Group, emphasizes the project’s contribution to waste management and energy production. Moreover, Circular Plastic‘s advanced capabilities extend to artificial intelligence, as it participates in the ReBioCycle project to enhance bioplastic selection using robotic systems and AI algorithms.

Circular Plastic represents a beacon of innovation, promoting significant circularity in material reuse and advancing Italy’s position in sustainable waste management practices. Circular Plastic

The inauguration of the new Iren "Circular Plastic" plant marks a significant step towards addressing the challenges posed by plastic waste

StoreDot’s latest testing reveals a significant breakthrough with its XFC battery, maintaining over 80% of its initial capacity after 2,000 charge and discharge cycles

This achievement guarantees a remarkable 600,000 km of travel, marking a historic milestone according to the Israeli company.

“We have demonstrated that drivers of electric vehicles can quickly recharge their cars, allowing for worry-free travel with just a few minutes of charging at the station,” stated StoreDot.  Circular Plastic

Let’s crunch the numbers. With an estimated total mileage surpassing 600,000 km, even factoring in battery degradation and partial recharges, this advancement is substantial. Laboratory evaluations indicate over 400 miles (approximately 650,000 km), surpassing typical market standards.

Furthermore, StoreDot’s XFC battery complies with the upcoming Euro 7 regulations, ensuring durability and maintaining at least 80% performance over 5 years or 100,000 km, meeting stringent industry requirements.

“The results obtained provide ample margins even against external aging factors encountered in real-world scenarios,” affirmed the company. Circular Plastic

Named 100×5 for its ability to gain 100 miles (160 km) in just 5 minutes of charging, this battery has undergone independent testing by 15 automakers and is slated for market release later this year. StoreDot’s roadmap outlines plans for even faster charging, with a battery set to gain 160 km in 4 minutes by 2026 and 160 km in just 3 minutes by 2028.

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StoreDot's latest testing reveals a significant breakthrough with its XFC battery, maintaining over 80% of its initial capacity after 2,000 charge and discharge cycles

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Bottle Environmental Impact – Origin Materials has achieved a significant milestone in the production of biobased intermediates at its Origin 1 commercial plant in Sarnia, Canada 08-04-2024

Bottle Environmental Impact

Bottle Environmental Impact

  • 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 Environmental Impact

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,130 yuan/ton -20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 910 $/ton 910 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,890 yuan/ton 6,970 yuan/ton +80
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,990 yuan/ton +90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle Environmental Impact

5,985 yuan/ton 5,985 yuan/ton

Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 750 $/ton 740 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,490 yuan/ton 4,450 yuan/ton
-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 517 $/ton -8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,052 $/ton 1,059 $/ton
+7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,030 $/ton 1,037 $/ton +7
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,175 $/7on 1,150 $/ton -25
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,625  yuan/ton 7,725 yuan/ton
+100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Bottle Environmental Impact

8,175 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,450 yuan/ton 12,725 yuan/ton
+275
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,620 $/ton -30
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,910 $/ton 1,910 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,950 yuan/ton 14,200  yuan/ton +250
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle Environmental Impact

22,200 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,450 yuan/ton 16,400 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,800 yuan/ton 18,750 yuan/ton- -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,600 yuan/ton 17,600 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,800 yuan/ton 33,700 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,300 yuan/ton 32,200 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,300 yuan/ton 29,200 yuan/ton -100
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,350 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +150
Benzene overseas  market 1,037 $/ton 1,068 $/ton +31
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 855 $/ton 873 $/ton +18
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,800 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton +200
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 13,250 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton +100
Naphtha overseas market  712 $/ton 710 $/ton -2
Phenol domestic market 7,320 yuan/ton 7,425 yuan/ton +105

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Recycled polymer prices have been steadily rising across various material types

Recycled polymer prices have seen a consistent uptick across various materials. Let’s explore further:

  1. R-PET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate): Demand for R-PET has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. Beverage bottle converters are restocking their inventory, driven by concerns over potential future price hikes. This surge in demand marks a significant rebound after a prolonged period of subdued activity.
  2. Standard Recycled Plastic Prices: In February, prices for standard recycled plastics witnessed an upward trend, with R-PET experiencing the most notable increase. Producers upped the price for clear food-grade pellets and clear flakes by €70-80 per tonne, while colored flakes saw a hike of €40-50 per tonne.

Despite these positive shifts, overall demand for most material types still lags behind pre-pandemic levels. Nonetheless, the recent improvements hint at a promising trajectory for the recycled polymer market.

Recycled polymer prices have been steadily rising across various material types

Origin Materials has achieved a significant milestone in the production of biobased intermediates at its Origin 1 commercial plant in Sarnia, Canada

By transitioning from corn starch-based feedstocks to wood processing residues, such as sawmill waste, the company has made strides in sustainability. Utilizing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verified wood waste, lumber by-products, and wood floors from local sawmills, Origin Materials has successfully generated sustainable intermediates. These intermediates, derived from wood chips and sawdust, serve as alternatives to petroleum-based counterparts, catering to a wide array of product applications. Bottle Environmental Impact

John Bissell, Origin Materials’ co-founder and co-CEO, highlights the versatility of these intermediates, emphasizing their potential to replace traditional petroleum-derived materials. Initial production batches are earmarked for process refinement, aiming to enhance efficiency and yield optimization.

Employing biomass feedstocks, Origin Materials commenced production of chloromethyl furfural (CMF) and hydrothermal carbon (HTC). CMF serves as a precursor for paraxylene, pivotal in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and FDCA, an intermediate for producing polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Bottle Environmental Impact

PEF, a biobased and recyclable polyester, presents a sustainable alternative to PET in various applications including films, bottles, and textile fibers. Meanwhile, HTC facilitates the production of sustainable carbon-black for tires.

Origin Materials has achieved a significant milestone in the production of biobased intermediates at its Origin 1 commercial plant in Sarnia, Canada

KazMunayGas cuts its share in Silleno, a company that develops a multi-billion polyethylene project

KazMunayGas (KMG, a subsidiary of Samruk Kazyna) has sold a 20% share in Silleno, a joint venture developing a $7.7 billion polyethylene project.

As KMG reported, the move happened on March 29. Now, the national oil company controls a 29.9$ stake in the company. No details of the deal were provided.

At the same time, according to eGov there are several shareholders in Silleno: KMG, KMG PetroChem, Russian Sibur Holding and Chinese Sinopec Overseas Investment Holding (Singapore) PTE LTD. Bottle Environmental Impact

In October 2023, while on an official visit to China, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Ma Yongsheng, chairman of the board of Sinopec Corp. The two sides agreed to launch the construction of a polyethylene production facility in the Atyrau region in the second half of 2024. The total cost of the projects was evaluated at $7.7 billion.

President Tokayev emphasized that Sinopec has significantly contributed to bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and China and described the Chinese company as a strategic partner for Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry. Bottle Environmental Impact

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Enzymatically recycled polyester – Plant-based plastic releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic 08-04-2024

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Samsara Eco and lululemon introduce first product made from enzymatically recycled polyester

Australian enviro-tech startup Samsara Eco and its partner, athletic apparel, accessories and footwear brand lululemon, have today launched the first product made from enzymatically recycled polyester. The lululemon limited edition Packable Anorak jacket is made from a variety of inputs, including mixed plastic waste, lululemon apparel at the end-of-life stage, and converted carbon emissions. The jacket is available for purchase online in Australia, the US and Canada beginning today.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

Polyester is the most widely used fibre worldwide, accounting for around 80% of the synthetic fibre market and equating to over 63 million tonnes made each year. It is lightweight, durable, versatile and resistant to fading, crinkling and stains making it a prime choice for apparel, yet the vast majority of discarded polyester items end up in landfills, incinerated or are leaked into the environment.

Samsara Eco’s patent pending recycling technology, EosEco™ uses a combination of biophysics, chemistry, biology and computer science (including AI) to create plastic-eating enzymes.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

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Nio, the Chinese automaker, has achieved a major milestone with the commencement of mass production for its revolutionary 1,000 km semi-solid state battery, developed in partnership with WeLion New Energy Technology

This cutting-edge battery technology promises outstanding performance and convenience for electric vehicle (EV) owners.

Key Highlights:

  • Battery Specifications: The Nio semi-solid state battery boasts a remarkable 150 kWh capacity with cells achieving an internal density of 360 Wh/kg and the entire battery pack reaching 260 Wh/kg density, all while weighing only 676 kg.
  • Record-Breaking Range: In a recent real-world road test, the Nio ET7 sedan equipped with the 150 kWh battery achieved an incredible 1,044 km (650 miles) on a single charge, with Founder and CEO William Li personally testing the battery under real conditions.  Enzymatically recycled polyester
  • Universal Compatibility: Nio’s semi-solid state battery is universally compatible, easily swapped at any of China’s battery swap stations, offering existing customers significant range extensions.
  • WeLion’s Technological Advancements: WeLion’s battery technology includes a highly efficient cooling system, ensuring stable performance even under demanding conditions.
  • Future Prospects: Nio plans to integrate this battery into its flagship model, the NIO ET9, by 2025.

In conclusion, Nio’s semi-solid state battery signifies a significant advancement in EV technology, offering extended range, universal compatibility, and impressive energy density, all contributing to a more sustainable future. Enzymatically recycled polyester

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Plant-based plastic releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic

A newly developed plant-based plastic material releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic when exposed to sunlight and seawater, a new study has found.

The research, led by the University of Portsmouth and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), in Belgium, looked at how two different types of plastic break down when tested in extreme conditions. Enzymatically recycled polyester

A bio-based plastic material made from natural feedstocks held up better when exposed to intense UV light and seawater for 76 days – the equivalent of 24 months of sun exposure in central Europe – than a conventional plastic made from petroleum derivatives.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Hom Dhakal, from the University’s School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, and member of Revolution Plastics said: “Bio-based plastics are gaining interest as alternatives to conventional plastics, but little is known about their potential source of microplastics pollution in the marine environment.

“It’s important to understand how these materials behave when they’re exposed to extreme environments, so we can predict how they’ll work when they’re used in marine applications, like building a boat hull, and what impact they might have on ocean life.

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It will be used i CATL presents the 1.5 million km battery (guaranteed for 15 years)

CATL unveils a groundbreaking 15-year, 1.5 million km battery, initially targeted for buses and commercial vehicles.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

Yutong Bus, known for unfortunate incidents in Italy, eagerly adopts it. CATL asserts 1,000 cycles without degradation.

Since 2012, CATL and Yutong have collaborated, developing batteries for urban transport. Now, leveraging the new battery, they aim to venture into untapped markets abroad, expanding their reach from 40 countries.

Next up: solid-state batteries, seen as ideal for certain commercial vehicles due to their high energy density and fast charging.

China spearheads collaboration among battery giants like CATL and car manufacturers to accelerate solid electrolyte battery development.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

This move aims to solidify China’s dominance in the battery sector, where CATL and BYD alone hold over 50%. In 2023, CATL doubled its sales in the USA and Europe, cementing China’s position as a global leader.

It will be used i CATL presents the 1.5 million km battery (guaranteed for 15 years)

Amandina Bumi Nusantara, an Indonesian plastics recycler, provides rPET for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, and Sprite Waterlymon bottles using two Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling systems

Operating on the outskirts of Jakarta, Amandina’s PET recycling plant processes 3,000 tons of PET bottles monthly, producing clear bottle-grade rPET pellets for carbonated beverages and spring water, along with hot-washed flakes in clear and light-blue colors.

Installed in autumn 2022 by local technicians from Starlinger’s Indonesian branch office, these recycling systems enable Amandina to support companies in meeting sustainability goals. Collaborating with the Mahija Parahita Nusantara Foundation for post-consumer PET bottle collection, Amandina champions waste pickers as essential contributors to recycling efforts.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

CCEP Indonesia aims for 100% recyclable packaging by 2025, with at least 50% of plastic bottles made from rPET. By 2030, they plan to collect all plastic bottles for recycling and eliminate virgin plastic from their products.

PT Amandina Bumi Nusantara is the first PET recycler in Indonesia to receive the SNI Marking Product Certificate, ensuring compliance with the Indonesian National Standard for recycled PET resin quality. This standard, established in 2017, emphasizes safety and sustainability, supported by certifications from BPOM, Halal, and FSSC 22000, allowing rPET use in food and beverage packaging. Enzymatically recycled polyester

Amandina Bumi Nusantara, an Indonesian plastics recycler, provides rPET for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, and Sprite Waterlymon bottles using two Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling systems

Formerra and Evonik have formed a strategic alliance, expanding Formerra’s reach with Evonik’s high-performance polyamides, including sustainable solutions

This partnership enables Formerra to distribute Evonik’s polyamides and sustainable materials in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. PA12 and polyamides from Evonik are now part of Formerra’s lineup for automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications.

Doug Zupan, Formerra’s VP of Operations, is excited about this new partnership, stating that it allows them to provide top-tier materials for critical applications.

Craig Schmidter, Evonik’s Americas Director of Granules and Compounds, sees Formerra as the ideal distributor for their polyamide products due to their vast network and technical support.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

Evonik’s products enable Formerra to enter new markets like aerospace and oil & gas, while Formerra will support customers with logistics, warehousing, and technical service. The collaboration aims to fuel customer innovation in multiple markets.

Formerra will showcase their offerings at NPE2024: The Plastics Show in booth S39025 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Formerra and Evonik have formed a strategic alliance, expanding Formerra's reach with Evonik's high-performance polyamides, including sustainable solutions

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Renewable plastic solutions – Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project 06-04-2024

Renewable plastic solutions – Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project 06-04-2024

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Bioplastics manufacturer Gaia Biomaterials secure $5 million rights issue

Gaia Biomaterials, a Swedish bioplastics manufacturer, recently concluded a successful $5 million rights issue, supported by the Swedish state-owned greentech venture capital fund Almi Invest Greentech and various private investors. The funds will facilitate the expansion of market reach into the United States, India, and other selected markets. Gaia’s flagship product, Biodolomer, crafted from limestone, offers a home-compostable alternative to fossil-based plastics, promising minimal carbon footprint and no micro-plastics post-composting.  Renewable plastic solutions

CEO Peter Stenström highlights their revolutionary technology and production capacity, emphasizing the need for market expansion. The investment will be directed towards bolstering the global network of commercial agents and providing them with necessary training and support.

Almi Invest Greentech, a significant investor, underscores Gaia’s potential for both commercial success and environmental impact.

Gaia’s materials have already found applications in various sectors, including Formula 1 events in Abu Dhabi and everyday disposable products such as health-care items, food containers, and planting pots. Renewable plastic solutions

Stenström notes the versatility of their material across different production techniques without requiring machinery alterations, enabling significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Gaia currently boasts a production capacity scalable up to 50,000 tons/year, aiming to meet the surging demand for sustainable alternatives globally. The company is actively expanding its network of commercial agents to cater to the growing market demand for plastic replacements. Stenström notes the versatility of their material across different production techniques without requiring machinery alterations, enabling significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Gaia currently boasts a production capacity scalable up to 50,000 tons/year, aiming to meet the surging demand for sustainable alternatives globally. The company is actively expanding its network of commercial agents to cater to the growing market demand for plastic replacements.

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Introducing the batteries of the future: highly durable and environmentally friendly

Cobalt, a significant cost and environmental concern in battery production, poses challenges for electric vehicles. Yet, MIT researchers have developed a solution: a lithium-ion battery with an organic cathode, sidestepping the need for cobalt or nickel.

Mircea Dincă, an energy professor at MIT, believes this innovation holds immense promise. Not only does it perform exceptionally well, but it also addresses cost, extraction difficulties, and environmental issues associated with current battery metals.

In a recent study, researchers demonstrated that this organic cathode material rivals cobalt-containing batteries in conductivity and storage capacity. Moreover, it boasts faster recharging capabilities, all at a significantly reduced cost. Renewable plastic solutions

This breakthrough heralds a new era for electric vehicles, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional batteries. With superior performance and reduced environmental impact, these batteries pave the way for a cleaner, greener future on the roads.

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UFlex, an Indian leader in flexible packaging, embarks on a journey of expansion and innovation

Commencing commercial production of poly-condensed polyester chips in Panipat, India, and CPP packaging film in Russia, marks significant milestones.

The company’s Panipat facility, with an annual capacity of 168,000 metric tons, focuses on poly-condensed polyester chips production, essential for BOPET packaging films. Besides meeting in-house demands, it serves third-party clients, fostering India’s packaging film industry. Renewable plastic solutions

This expansion supplements UFlex’s existing facilities in Noida, NCR, and Dharwad, Karnataka, enhancing its nationwide service capabilities.

Simultaneously, in Russia, UFlex’s subsidiary, Flex Films Rus, inaugurates a 6.5-meter-wide CPP film line with an 18,000 MTPA capacity. This addition complements the existing BOPET film and metallizer lines, strengthening UFlex’s global presence.

Ashok Chaturvedi, UFlex’s Chairman and Managing Director, expressed enthusiasm, emphasizing the company’s commitment to meeting industry demands for reliability, speed, and quality. Renewable plastic solutions

Leveraging vertical integration, advanced technology, and sustainable practices, UFlex aims to deliver innovative solutions, tailored to evolving market needs.

In conclusion, UFlex’s expansion signifies its dedication to serving customers worldwide with superior packaging solutions, reflecting its ethos of quality, innovation, and sustainability. Stenström notes the versatility of their material across different production techniques without requiring machinery alterations, enabling significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Gaia currently boasts a production capacity scalable up to 50,000 tons/year, aiming to meet the surging demand for sustainable alternatives globally. The company is actively expanding its network of commercial agents to cater to the growing market demand for plastic replacements.

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Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project

Jiangsu Weiming New Materials is investing 10.8 billion yuan into a nylon project.

The project, located in Rudong, Jiangsu, includes an annual production capacity of 200,000 tons of nylon 6, 60,000 tons of nylon 66, and 10,000 tons of nylon 666, along with supporting facilities. Renewable plastic solutions

Divided into two phases, the project aims to produce 340,000 tons/year of caprolactam, 360,000 tons/year of hydrogen peroxide, 320,000 tons/year of cyclohexanone, 25,000 Nm³/h of natural gas hydrogen, 30,000 tons/year of hexanediamine, and 0.4 million tons/year of para-tert-butylphenol.

Of these, 200,000 tons/year of nylon 6, 60,000 tons/year of nylon 66, 10,000 tons/year of nylon 666, and 0.4 million tons/year of para-tert-butylphenol are designated for external sales. Renewable plastic solutions

The company, founded in May 2013, is a subsidiary of Taiwan China Petrochemical Corporation and Hong Kong Union Chemicals Limited.

Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project

Haitian’s trajectory in 2023 shows signs of improvement, though it falls short of its peak performance in 2021

The Chinese press manufacturer witnessed a 6.2% rise in turnover to 13 billion RMB, approximately $1.84 billion, with exports totaling $726 million, up 17% from the previous year. Despite this rebound, it lags behind the record-breaking sales of 2021 when turnover reached 16 billion RMB, and deliveries amounted to 56 thousand units, compared to 38 thousand in 2023. Renewable plastic solutions

The previous year saw a 5.7% growth in press turnover to 12.4 billion RMB, accompanied by a 15.7% surge in spare parts and services sales, reaching 622.5 million. This performance is commendable amid a global economic landscape characterized by uncertainty and inflationary pressures.

In the domestic market, Haitian faced challenges such as slowed export growth and decreased investments, although conditions improved in the latter half of the year. Reduced raw material costs positively impacted margins, leading to a 10% increase in net profit to RMB 2.49 billion. Renewable plastic solutions

Looking ahead to 2024, Haitian aims to prioritize its fifth-generation machines introduced in August 2023 and enhance its service offerings. It has designated 2024 as the “Year of Quality and Service,” intending to elevate quality control, standardize procedures, and provide proactive pre-sales and post-sales services to enhance customer satisfaction.

Haitian's trajectory in 2023 shows signs of improvement, though it falls short of its peak performance in 2021

Monforts coaTTex debut at Techtextil 2024

End-use applications range from window blinds to abrasive cloths and from airbags to sails.
At the upcoming Techtextil show for technical textiles which will take place in Frankfurt from April 23-25, Monforts will launch its new coaTTex coating unit exclusively dedicated to air knife and knife-over-roller coating.For single-sided application with paste or foam, the versatile coaTTex is suitable for both incorporation into existing finishing ranges as well as installation with new Monforts lines, notably the industry-leading Montex stenter systems.A wide range of coatings can be applied to fabrics for providing functions such as waterproofing, liquid and gas protection and breathability, in addition to foam lamination and coating, including black-out coating. Renewable plastic solutionsThe considerable technical textile end-use applications envisaged for the coaTTex range from window blinds to abrasive cloths and from airbags to sails.More…Monforts coaTTex debut at Techtextil 2024

NPE 2024 – Otto Hofstetter AG: Discover Swiss excellence in PET preform production

Experience Swiss excellence in PET preform production at NPE 2024 with Otto Hofstetter AG! For the first time, our renowned Swiss craftsmanship will be on display at our booth, showcasing our wide array of high-performance injection molds. From 2 to 192 cavities, our molds cater to both top-entry and side-entry systems. Explore precision molds for medical applications, thin-wall packaging, cartridges, and in-mold labeling solutions.

As pioneers in the field, Otto Hofstetter AG has been setting industry standards for over four decades. Our expertise spans every stage of PET preform processes, from conception to final product quality assurance. Renewable plastic solutions

Our dedicated team of mold specialists ensures an efficient project workflow, delivering high-quality, cost-effective PET preforms. Join us in Orlando and discover why our Swiss-engineered molds are trusted by industry professionals worldwide.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Swiss innovation firsthand at NPE 2024. Visit Otto Hofstetter AG’s booth and unlock the potential for significant savings in high-volume production. Experience excellence, experience Otto Hofstetter AG.

NPE 2024 - Otto Hofstetter AG: Discover Swiss excellence in PET preform production

Price Volatility in European Polyamide 6 Market Linked to Raw Material Shortages and Automotive Sector Growth

The price of Polyamide 6 in the European market witnessed an initial rise during the first half of March, followed by stabilization in the latter half of the month. This price movement was primarily driven by a combination of factors, including a shortage of feedstock Caprolactam, which is a key raw material for Polyamide 6 production. Additionally, there were increases in raw material prices across the industry, further influencing the cost of Polyamide 6. Another contributing factor was the improvement observed in the downstream automotive market, which led to an uptick in demand for Polyamide 6. As a ripple effect, the price of Polyamide GF 6 settled at USD 3928/MT on a DDP Hamburg basis at the end of the first quarter.  Renewable plastic solutions

In Germany, the market for Benzene has experienced a notable upswing in prices, primarily attributed to heightened demand from industries reliant on styrene, phenol, and other solvent applications. Concurrently, rising domestic production costs have further contributed to the price surge. The effects of these developments have reverberated across the European market, notably influencing the Polyamide 6 sector.

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Price Volatility in European Polyamide 6 Market Linked to Raw Material Shortages and Automotive Sector Growth

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Recycling technologies – PET Flakes Manufacturing Plant Project Report 2024: Cost Analysis, Machinery Requirements and Profit Margin 05-04-2024

Sustainable Packaging – Recyclers Recovered Five Billion Pounds Of Post-Consumer Plastic For Recycling 04-04-2024

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Specialty and Sustainable Materials for Packaging to Be Showcased by Avient at Propak Vietnam 2024

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialty and sustainable materials solutions and services, will showcase its extensive range of sustainable and specialty colorants and additives for both rigid and flexible packaging at Propak Vietnam 2024, one of Vietnam’s premier trade fairs for the packaging industry. The exhibition runs from today through April 5th.

At the event, Avient will feature its latest polymer additive innovations for post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins, such as recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and polyolefins. These innovations include Avient’s PCR Color Prediction Service, ColorForward™ 2025, and new grades of polymer additives for flexible film. Avient is dedicated to helping customers enhance the quality and functionality of their packaging while simultaneously improving its sustainability.  Sustainable Packaging

“Manufactures and consumers are increasingly demanding better recyclability efforts from the packaging industry,” said Say-Eng Lee, Vice President and General Manager, Color & Additives Asia for Avient. “As a packaging materials specialist, we strive to improve production efficiency, provide sustainability support, and offer innovative materials and technologies that benefit our customers globally.”

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Iranian Nanotechnology Firm Produces Antibacterial Yarn with Constant Color Spectrum

Specialists at an Iranian knowledge-based company succeeded in producing antibacterial fibers and thread by using nanotechnology.

“The knowledge-based product of our company is fancy yarn which is often used in the fashion and clothes industry,” Haman Shahbakhti, the managing director of the knowledge-based company, told ANA.

“We managed to produce four different types of fibers with nanotechnology that are antibacterial,” he added. Sustainable Packaging

“We were able to equip various fibers, including cellulose and viscose yarns, with permanent color stability by using nanotechnology after obtaining the necessary licenses,” Shahbakhti said.

Noting that antibacterial fibers enjoy self-cleaning properties, he said, “When these fibers are exposed to sunlight, they are disinfected and self-cleaned.”

Iranian technologists in textile industry had also earlier succeeded in production of antibacterial nano polyester yarn. Sustainable Packaging

Polyester fibers enjoy high strength, low water absorption and minimal water loss compared to other industrial fibers and are widely used in the clothing industry.

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In the European market, ethylene prices have recently softened despite previous firm pricing

This trend is notable even in the face of high upstream and energy prices. Let’s delve into the details:

  • Market Situation:
    • Subdued Fundamentals: Persistent market fundamentals remain subdued due to geopolitical risks and dwindling end-sales.
    • Discounts Applied: Price hikes have been kept in check as discounts were applied to deals.  Sustainable Packaging
    • Weak Demand Outlook: Market participants anticipate softer ethylene prices in the upcoming weeks, citing a weak demand outlook.
    • Potential Supply Relief: There is hope for potential relief in supply.
  • German Market Insights:
    • Declining Ethylene Prices: In the German market, ethylene prices have significantly declined. Buyers are cautious, and muted derivative orders persist.
    • Polyethylene Industry Demand: Demand for ethylene from the downstream polyethylene industry has been average within the domestic market.
    • Consumption Slowdown: Consumption from end-user packaging and the plastic industry has slowed down toward the end of March 2024.
    • Import Cargo Expectations: Consumers are ready to wait for the arrival of import cargoes in April 2024.  Sustainable Packaging

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Plastics Recycling Conference 2024: The more things change …

Reclaimers discuss their successes and the ongoing challenges they face.

The plastics recycling industry has changed considerably in the last 40 years. Despite that, it remains a difficult industry that has claimed many companies over time, according to panelists at the Plastics Recycling Conference session Reality Check with Reclaimers.

Scott Saunders, general manager of high-density polytheleyene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) KW Plastics, Troy, Alabama, said when his company first began recycling plastics in 1981, equipment wasn’t commercially available. “You had to design it yourself or adapt equipment designed for another industry.” Sustainable Packaging

He added that customers had KW sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) because they didn’t want people to know they used recycled content. “Now, we sign NDAs because they don’t want people to know who they are getting their PCR [postconsumer resin] from.”

Brian King, executive vice president of marketing at HDPE and PP recycler Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), Hilliard, Ohio, said that company began recycling in the 1970s as a competitive advantage from a pricing perspective. He said ADS was quiet about its use of recycled content “because we didn’t think anyone would want a recycled product.”

Now the company is vocal about its use of recycled content and its recycling operations because it is a great story, he said. “It’s amazing the number of jobs we create and bottles we keep out of landfill.” Sustainable Packaging

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Recyclers Recovered Five Billion Pounds Of Post-Consumer Plastic For Recycling

Recyclers recovered just over five billion pounds of post-consumer plastic for recycling in the U.S. in 2022 with the vast majority staying in North America to be processed and remanufactured into new products, according to new data released by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), ISRI, and the U.S. Plastics Pact. Prepared by Stina Inc., and based on surveys conducted by Stina Inc. and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the 2022 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Dashboard details U.S. sourced post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling.

North American reclaimers acquired 93.7 percent of plastic recovered for recycling in the U.S. while export overseas fell to 6.3 percent. Sustainable Packaging

Although total volumes recovered were down by 1.4 percent (71.2 million pounds), U.S. reclaimers acquired 21.4 million pounds more U.S. sourced post-consumer plastic over 2021, for a total of 4,307.8 million pounds or 85.9 percent of the total.

The 2022 data shows that the five billion pounds of plastic recovered in 2022 include Bottles (2,784 million pounds, 55.5 percent of total); Non-Bottle Rigids (1,111.8 million pounds, 22.2 percent of total), Film (1,110.3 million pounds, 22.1 percent of total) and “Other Plastics” (11 million pounds, 0.2 percent of total).

While the volumes reported as recovered for recycling in Non-bottle Rigids and Film categories held steady or increased in 2022, as compared to 2021, the volumes in Bottle and Other Plastics categories decreased. Sustainable Packaging

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Recyclers Recovered Five Billion Pounds Of Post-Consumer Plastic For Recycling

Borealis has expanded its advanced mechanical recycling capacity with the acquisition of Integra Plastics AD, a Bulgarian player in the field

This acquisition adds over 20,000 tons per year to Borealis’ recycling capacity, meeting rising demand for sustainable solutions. It’s a testament to Borealis’ commitment to a circular economy.

The transaction, announced on November 29, 2023, has now successfully closed, with Borealis acquiring 100% of Integra Plastics AD. The Bulgarian company runs a modern recycling plant established in 2019, capable of producing high-quality polyolefin recyclates from post-consumer waste. Sustainable Packaging

This move enhances Borealis’ portfolio, enabling it to better cater to customers seeking sustainability. By combining Integra Plastics’ expertise with Borealis’ innovation, the company is advancing circularity in the industry, aligning with its EverMinds™ commitment.

Craig Arnold, Borealis Executive Vice President, expresses excitement about the progress in their circularity journey and the ability to meet sustainability targets. Julian Stefanov, CEO of Integra Plastics AD, sees this as a step towards growth and innovation, ensuring a broader range of advanced recyclates for customers. Sustainable Packaging

Borealis has expanded its advanced mechanical recycling capacity with the acquisition of Integra Plastics AD, a Bulgarian player in the field

Shell and Verdagy are set to collaborate on renewable hydrogen projects, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of sustainable energy solutions

Verdagy, a seasoned player in renewable hydrogen electrolysis, announced Shell’s endorsement of their eDynamic® electrolyzers after a thorough year-long evaluation process encompassing technology, design, and safety reviews.

Based in Moss Landing, Calif., Verdagy brings over a decade of expertise in technology and product development to the table. Shell’s technical endorsement positions Verdagy as a supplier for its forthcoming green hydrogen initiatives. This endorsement follows the successful completion of a meticulous safety review (HAZOP) and comprehensive Design and Technology Development Review conducted by Shell. Sustainable Packaging

Andrew Beard, Shell’s Vice President of Hydrogen, expressed excitement about the outcomes of the evaluations, underlining Verdagy’s prowess in developing dynamic and cost-competitive electrolyzers for large-scale projects. The collaboration entailed detailed assessments of Verdagy’s 20 MW eDynamic Electrolysis system, crucial for infrastructure-scale renewable hydrogen installations exceeding 100 MW.

Marty Neese, Verdagy’s CEO, highlighted the successful culmination of the year-long collaboration, anticipating widespread adoption of Verdagy’s advanced electrolyzers within the industry post-Shell’s technology endorsement. Verdagy’s electrolyzers boast the lowest levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH), achieved through high current densities, broad operating ranges, and rapid response capabilities, facilitating seamless integration with renewable power sources. Sustainable Packaging

Shell and Verdagy are set to collaborate on renewable hydrogen projects, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of sustainable energy solutions

Life Cycle Assessment – GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris 03-04-2024

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Life Cycle Assessment – GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris 03-04-2024

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ArabPlast 2023 – A Transformative Showcase of Innovation and Sustainability in the Plastics and Petrochemical Industry

ArabPlast, the premier trade fair for the plastics, recycling, petrochemical, packaging & rubber industry, unfolded its grandeur on the 13th of December 2023. The three-day spectacle not only celebrated the latest advancements, and innovations, but also delved into sustainable solutions, positioning itself as a pivotal player in shaping the future of the global plastics, petrochemical and allied industries. The inauguration ceremony on the 13th was graced by the esteemed presence of His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Member of the Ruling Family & Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, further emphasizing ArabPlast’s unparalleled significance.  Life Cycle Assessment

The promise of an exceptional experience for industry professionals, enthusiasts, and stakeholders was not a mere declaration; it became a tangible reality. As the curtains were drawn on the 15th of December 2023, the resounding success of ArabPlast firmly endorsed its unrivaled position in the Middle East’s industrial landscape and extended its influence beyond regional boundaries.

A defining feature of ArabPlast 2023 was the participation of more than 750 exhibitors, representing 35 countries across the globe.  Life Cycle Assessment

This impressive gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and visionaries created a dynamic environment under a single roof.

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PE market is in the extended downcycle of low operating rates and margins

The polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets are both in the midst of an extended downcycle of low operating rates and margins sparked by massive overbuilding and delayed rationalization, according to industry experts who spoke at the World Petrochemical Conference by S&P Global, as per Chemweek.

“By our estimation, [the polyethylene] industry went into a downcycle in the second half of 2022, and the conditions that drove us there persist,” said Jesse Tijerina, head of global polyolefins at S&P Global Commodity Insights. “It’s this oversupply that we’ve been talking about … and then also [the] somewhat weaker global economic demand that we experienced in ‘23 and expect it to go into ‘24 as well. Life Cycle Assessment

Much like in ethylene, there is additional excess capacity still planned in the next three years, which complicates the matter from a recovery perspective. Without action, these conditions will continue to put pressure on profitability, and we think this could go into 2027 or beyond.”

PE capacity additions outpaced demand growth by 13.5 million metric tons (MMt) over the last four years, Tijerina noted, pulling the global operating rate down from 87% in 2020 to 79% in 2023. Under current demand projections, this excess capacity will not be absorbed for another two or three years; meanwhile, more new capacity is slated for start-up, so the operating rate will remain mired near 80% through 2027. Life Cycle Assessment

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is increasingly adopted in various industries to gauge a product’s environmental impact

Essentially, LCAs evaluate the environmental footprint from raw material extraction to disposal. For manufacturers striving to reduce carbon emissions and environmental harm, LCAs are pivotal. These assessments inform decisions on sustainable materials and processes. Consequently, manufacturers are pressuring Tier suppliers to disclose carbon footprint and environmental data. But what exactly is an LCA?

An LCA analyzes a product’s environmental impact across various categories like resource depletion, water usage, and global warming potential. Typically, there are two types: cradle-to-gate, evaluating from raw materials to product readiness, and cradle-to-grave, covering a product’s entire lifecycle including its disposal. Both aim to quantify carbon emissions along the supply chain. Life Cycle Assessment

These emissions are categorized into scopes: Scope 1 refers to direct emissions like those from fuel-burning equipment, while Scope 2 pertains to indirect emissions like those from electricity usage.

In summary, LCAs are pivotal in understanding a product’s environmental impact. They guide decisions towards sustainability, driving ripple effects throughout the supply chain. Manufacturers, alongside Tier suppliers, must adapt to this shift towards environmental accountability by embracing LCAs and taking proactive measures to mitigate their carbon footprint. Life Cycle Assessment

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GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris

This system involves the use of interlocking blocks, similar to game pieces, designed to accommodate more efficient cooling channels. This concept was revealed through a recent patent filed by General Motors.
Current technology used to cool batteries, as in the case of the Hummer EV, often leads to inconsistent results and premature battery deterioration. However, GM offers an innovative solution by introducing “L” or “C” shaped cells that allow cooling channels to be integrated more efficiently.  Life Cycle Assessment
This new cell shape could increase the overall efficiency of the cooling system. However, producing thes alternative cells would require additional industrial effort. To overcome this, GM proposed an alternative: to use traditional prismatic cells, but combine them in a different way.
In the proposed alternative, two of the four cells would be shorter and thicker, while the other two would be longer and thinner. This would allow the same results to be achieved without having to revolutionize existing production lines. In both cases, the goal remains to improve the efficiency of battery cooling for electric cars.  Life Cycle Assessment
GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris

CARBIOS joins Paris Good Fashion to accelerate textile circularity and contribute to more sustainable fashion

CARBIOS (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastic and textiles, announces its membership to Paris Good Fashion, the association that unites over 100 French players in the sector – brands, designers and experts – around their commitment to sustainable fashion. CARBIOS is the first recycling technology supplier to join, demonstrating the importance given to recycling to achieve textile circularity. By contributing its revolutionary solution for the biorecycling of polyester, the world’s most widely used and fastest-growing textile fiber, CARBIOS aims to contribute Paris Good Fashion’s mission, which focuses on concrete actions, best practice sharing and collective intelligence to accelerate change in the fashion industry.  Life Cycle Assessment

Developing the “fiber-to-fiber” industry

CARBIOS will be particularly involved in the association’s project to set up a working group dedicated to the development of a “fiber-to-fiber” industry, one of Paris Good Fashion’s top priorities over the next five years. While only 1% of textiles are currently recycled fiber-to-fiber (circular), this working group will identify levers for significantly increasing the share of recycled fibers in the industry.

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Coke’s ‘First in Decades’ PET Lightweighting Project Sends Supply Chain Ripples

A new lightweighting project reduces the weight of 12-, 16.9-, and 20-oz PET bottles from 21 to 18.5 g. That’ll help reduce PET by 3 million metric tons by 2025, but how will the supply chain react? We asked Alejandro Santamaria, Coke’s senior director.

All small PET bottles in 12 oz, 16.9 oz and 20 oz will be lightweighted from 21 g to 18.5 g for all The Coca-Cola Company’s sparkling brands, Minute Maid Refreshments, and Minute Maid Aguas Frescas in the U.S. and Canada.  Life Cycle Assessment

The Coca-Cola Company has completely redesigned its range of small PET bottles with its latest lightweighting initiative, reducing the weight of these bottles and in many cases, changing the shape. Starting now and through 2024, all small PET bottles in 12 oz, 16.9 oz and 20 oz will be lightweighted from 21 g to 18.5 g for all The Coca-Cola Company’s sparkling brands, Minute Maid Refreshments, and Minute Maid Aguas Frescas in the U.S. and Canada.  Life Cycle Assessment

Coca-Cola Trademark’s 20-oz 100% recycled PET (rPET, excluding caps and labels) bottles will soon be available in the new lightweighted bottle, as well.

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TOMRA’s deep learning solutions sort and separate food- from non-food plastics

TOMRA seeks to separate food-grade PET, PP, and HDPE from their non-food-grade counterparts with a new sorting technology utilizing deep learning, as well as purify plastic and paper waste streams with deinking and cleaning machinery.

Deep learning is a subset of AI. TOMRA’s continued investment in GAIN, its deep learning-based sorting add-on for its AUTOSORT units, has allowed the company to develop a solution claiming to ‘quickly and efficiently’ separate food-grade and non-food-grade plastics on a large scale.  Life Cycle Assessment

Now rebranded as GAINnext, the technology is reportedly capable of identifying objects that are difficult or even impossible to classify with optical waste sensors. TOMRA explains that these traditional solutions can struggle to separate food- and non-food packaging by sight alone, as they often look similar and/or are made of the same materials.

By bringing deep learning technology to conventional near-infrared, visual spectrometry, and other sensors, TOMRA claims to exceed purity levels of 95% for packaging plants and open up new revenue streams for its customers. It also intends to overcome the challenges posed by hygiene concerns and stringent industry regulations in the recycling processes for food packaging.  Life Cycle Assessment

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Polyamide6,6 Automotive – Escalating trend of virgin PSF replacing recycled PSF 02-04-2024

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Pushing the Limits of Large PET Containers at NPE2024

Cypet Technologies, known for its cutting-edge one-stage injection stretch-blow molding (ISBM) machines, is unveiling its latest advancements in large PET products. Among these innovations are expanded sizes and designs of handled and stackable PET containers, including some groundbreaking offerings:

• In Mexico, a pioneering PET agricultural solution emerges in the form of a 434-mm-long, 40-mm wide tube with a pointed base for easy insertion into soil, manufactured in 16 cavities. With precise engineering, its base seamlessly interlocks with another identical part, allowing for the creation of sturdy structures reaching 2 meters in height.

• Introducing Cypet’s inaugural 60-L stackable industrial container featuring twin built-in handles, catering to a market dominated by 20-L counterparts. Polyamide6,6 Automotive

• Additionally, Cypet showcases three previously unseen containers: a PET jar with a lightweight blown neck achieved by molding a dome above and then trimming it with a spin trimmer; a 20-L container designed for edible oils and chemicals boasting a four-high stackability, an improvement from the previous three-high configuration; and a series of PET jars ranging from 1.3 L to 2.2 L with a distinctive deep groove grip.

Cypet continues to redefine possibilities in PET container manufacturing, expanding horizons and meeting diverse industry demands. Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Pushing the Limits of Large PET Containers at NPE2024

The 2024 Plastics Recycling Conference kicked off in Grapevine, Texas, sparking dynamic discussions on industry trends like policy, investment, and recyclability design

From March 25-27, this annual event drew 2,500 participants and featured a bustling exhibit hall with over 240 booths.

The inaugural session, titled “The State of Plastics Recycling,” moderated by Nina Bellucci Butler, CEO of Stina, engaged industry leaders including Steve Alexander, CEO of The Association of Plastic RecyclersJon Vander Ark, CEO of Republic Services, and Scott Saunders, GM of KW Plastics. Topics ranged from economic pressures to sustainability goals, the interface between recycling operators and consumer goods companies, and strategies to enhance recycling efforts.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Saunders emphasized consumer demand for increased recycling, stressing the urgency for cities to initiate recycling programs to supply materials for industry investments. Alexander underscored the importance of collaboration between industry and communities, advocating for consumer education and improved access to recycling facilities.

Flexibility in plastic packaging emerged as a central theme, with Vander Ark exploring chemical recycling solutions for composite materials arising from e-commerce. Despite challenges like contamination, industry leaders remain optimistic about recycling innovation and market potential.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Looking ahead, the conference promises further insights into resin markets, collaborative initiatives, and advancements in film and flexible recyclingAs the industry evolves, collective action is essential to address pressing environmental concerns and foster sustainable practices1.

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In January 2024, the U.S. witnessed an unprecedented surge in scrap PET imports, reaching a staggering 52.5 million pounds – more than double the amount imported in January 2023

This influx coincided with a year that already set records for post-consumer resin imports. The situation has created what one reclaimer aptly described as a “brutal” scenario.

Paul Bahou, president of Global Plastics Recycling in California, lamented how the influx has depressed sale prices for reclaimers in the state. Many are now selling at cost just to secure orders. The reasons behind this surge are multifaceted: a global economic slowdown in China, coupled with increased shipping availability, has fueled the imports. Meanwhile, California’s processors find themselves caught in a bind: while scrap PET bales are being snapped up by Mexican reclaimers, they struggle to find enough inbound material.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Sally Houghton, executive director of the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California, aptly called it a “perfect storm situation.” California reclaimers are paying more for bales and then selling their output of RPET (recycled PET) at lower prices due to fierce competition from imports. It’s a challenging market for them.

The surge in January 2024 follows a remarkable year in 2023, during which recovered PET imports surged by 33%, reaching a new high of 450 million pounds. The driving force behind this increase was a spike in RPET imports from southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, which jumped from 20 million pounds in 2022 to 51 million pounds in 2023. Canada also contributed, sending 21% more RPET than the previous year. Interestingly, the RPET entering the U.S. is primarily in flake form, processed abroad but in high demand by U.S. end users – a twist for a commodity that was once a major export1   Polyamide6,6 Automotive

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Escalating trend of virgin PSF replacing recycled PSF

Recently, the trend of virgin PSF replacing recycled PSF has been escalating.

The price difference between virgin PSF and recycled PSF is low, leading to more downstream spinners switching from recycled PSF to virgin PSF.

In some factories, as many as one-third to half of the downstream spinners are making this switch.

The trend of this substitution is particularly seen in Hebei, followed by North Jiangsu.

Additionally, some factories in Jiangyin, Wujiang, and Sichuan have also reported instances of such substitution, around 20%. Polyamide6,6 Automotive

While there is still some lack of precise data, but sales of recycled PSF have shown a declining trend this week.
Why is this happening?
For example, on Feb 29, 2024, CCFGroup virgin PSF price was 7,405yuan/mt, with processing fees of 4,350yuan/mt, making the total cost 11,755yuan/mt.

Jiangsu-origin polyester yarn 32S price was at 11,650yuan/mt, resulting in a loss of 105yuan/mt.

Meanwhile, a large recycled plant in Hebei (Hebei Jinyi) offered 1.4D HTLS close virgin PSF at 7,350yuan/mt after-tax ex-works, with processing fees of 3,500yuan/mt, making the total cost 10,850yuan/mt.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Hebei-origin polyester yarn 32S made of close virgin PSF was 10,200yuan/mt, resulting in a loss of 650yuan/mt.

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Nylon filament new orders weak, but processing fees improves

Entering the second half of March, nylon textile filament market, which was thriving at this time last year (many specifications in 1 month or even longer of pre-sales), is now lukewarm. Although it is now in the traditional peak season for nylon filament, the order taking has fallen short of expectations. New orders taken by filament plants are generally not as active, resulting in increasing equity inventory. Even sun-protection related products, which were popular in 2023, are showing signs of stagnation, with no significant increase in demand. However, despite the lackluster performance in new orders, processing fees for nylon filament have improved overall.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

The improvement in processing fees is reflected in several aspects:

1. Pre-holiday presales prices with minimal pressure for post-holiday deliveries

Before the Chinese New Year holiday, from late January to early February, downstream stocked up nylon filament until the end of March or partly until mid to late April, with nylon filament priced based on the basic cost of CPL at 14,000-14,200yuan/mt. The February contract settlement of CPL rose slightly by 105yuan/mt compared to the previous month’s price, but the settlement in March is expected to be significantly lower than the pre-holiday stocking price.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

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In 2023, the European Union marked a notable turnaround in its trade performance, boasting a trade surplus of €38 billion (about $40.9 billion), as per Eurostat data

This is a stark contrast to the previous year’s €436 billion deficit ($469.8 billion). The shift can be attributed to a 16% decrease in non-EU imports, particularly in energy products (down by 34%) and manufactured goods (down by 21%), driven by both lower prices and reduced volumes.

The EU’s transformation from deficit to surplus in just a year underscores significant economic shifts. Notably, Luxembourg exhibited robust intra-EU trade, with 90% of its imports originating from fellow member states, highlighting its deep integration into the EU market. Conversely, Czechia emerged as a major intra-EU exporter, with 82% of its total exports destined for other EU nations, emphasizing its pivotal role within the bloc’s export landscape.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Conversely, Ireland displayed the lowest intra-EU import share, at a mere 39% of its total imports, primarily due to its reliance on non-EU trading partners, notably the US and the UK. This underscores the diversity of trade patterns within the EU and the varying degrees of integration among its member states.

In 2023, the European Union marked a notable turnaround in its trade performance, boasting a trade surplus of €38 billion (about $40.9 billion), as per Eurostat data

Polyamide 6,6 in Automotive Applications: A Sustainable Shift

Introduction

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability. As concerns about environmental impact and resource scarcity grow, manufacturers are seeking alternatives to traditional petroleum-based polymers. One such promising material is polyamide 6,6 (PA 6,6), which offers a balance of performance, durability, and eco-friendliness.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Why Polyamide 6,6?

  1. Superior Mechanical Properties: PA 6,6 exhibits excellent tensile strength, impact resistance, and fatigue endurance. These properties make it ideal for critical components in automobiles.
  2. Heat Resistance: PA 6,6 can withstand high temperatures, making it suitable for engine parts, exhaust systems, and under-the-hood applications.
  3. Chemical Resistance: It resists oil, fuel, and other automotive fluids, ensuring longevity and reliability.
  4. Lightweight: PA 6,6 contributes to weight reduction, enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Recent Advances

1. Interior Components

  • Seatbacks: PA 6,6-based materials are used in seatbacks, providing comfort and structural integrity.
  • Door Panels and Dashboards: These components benefit from PA 6,6’s impact resistance and dimensional stability.
  • Trunk Liners and Headliners: PA 6,6 ensures durability and aesthetics in these areas.

2. Exterior Applications

  • Bumpers and Grilles: PA 6,6 withstands impacts and harsh weather conditions.
  • Wheel Covers: Lightweight PA 6,6 wheel covers enhance aerodynamics.
  • Electrical Components: PA 6,6 insulates wiring and connectors.

3. Environmental Impact  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

  • PA 6,6 reduces greenhouse gas emissions throughout its life cycle.
  • It is biodegradable, addressing end-of-life disposal concerns.

Challenges and Future Prospects

While PA 6,6 has made significant strides in automotive applications, challenges remain:

  1. Cost: PA 6,6 can be expensive compared to traditional plastics.
  2. Property Requirements: Meeting stringent aviation industry standards remains a hurdle.
  3. Supply Chain: Ensuring a reliable supply of biopolymers is crucial.

Conclusion

Polyamide 6,6 is poised to revolutionize the automotive sector. As automakers embrace sustainability, PA 6,6 will play a pivotal role in shaping the cars of the future. From steering wheels to engine components, this versatile material is driving positive change on our roads.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Remember, as we drive towards a greener future, polyamide 6,6 is steering us in the right direction!

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Solid-state battery – Lotte Chemical introduces a groundbreaking translucent polypropylene (PP) compound tailored for innovative automotive designs 01-04-2024

PET Bottle Polymers -EU beverage bottles: 24% recycled content, progress towards circularity, but more work for 2025 targets 01-04-2024

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PET Bottle Polymers

  • 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 

Nylon price trend

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ITEM 18/03/2024 25/03/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 910 $/ton +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,830 yuan/ton 6,890 yuan/ton +60
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,840 yuan/ton 5,985 yuan/ton
+145
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 725 $/ton 750 $/ton +25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,480 yuan/ton 4,490 yuan/ton
+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 525 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,028 $/ton 1,052 $/ton
+24
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,006 $/ton 1,030 $/ton +24
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,175 $/7on 1,175 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,500  yuan/ton 7,625 yuan/ton
+125
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

PET Bottle Polymers

8,100 yuan/ton 8,175 yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton +70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,600 yuan/ton 12,450 yuan/ton
-150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,700 $/ton 1,650 $/ton -50
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,975 $/ton 1,910 $/ton -65
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 13,950  yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,550 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET Bottle Polymers

22,200 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,550 yuan/ton 16,450 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton- -100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,900 yuan/ton 17,600 yuan/ton -300
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,800 yuan/ton 33,800 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,300 yuan/ton 32,300 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,300 yuan/ton 29,300 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

PET Bottle Polymers

9,300 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 8,555 yuan/ton 8,650 yuan/ton -95
Benzene overseas  market 1,030 $/ton 1,037 $/ton +7
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 832 $/ton 855 $/ton +23
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

PET Bottle Polymers

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton -50
PP Powder domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  714 $/ton 712 $/ton -2
Phenol domestic market 7,487 yuan/ton 7,320 yuan/ton -167

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Veolia calls on government to escalate Plastic Packaging Tax

Veolia urges the government to ramp up the Plastic Packaging Tax, aiming to boost the market for recycled materials, instill investor confidence, and spur eco-friendly economic development. With a £1.1 billion investment required for ten new plastic sorting and 30 reprocessing facilities, Veolia, in collaboration with WRAP, scrutinized the tax’s effects.

Despite the tax, set at £217.85 per tonne from April 1, 2024, for plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content, only 22% of plastic packaging materials originate from recycled sources, Veolia noted.

By increasing the tax, Veolia aims to stimulate demand for recycled content, aligning with consumer preferences for sustainability.PET Bottle Polymers

Based on YouGov’s February 2024 survey showing strong public support for more recycled packaging, Veolia’s “Resource the Future” report suggests elevating the tax to 35% recycled content and £275 per tonne initially, reaching 50% and £500 per tonne by 2030. This move necessitates a £1.1 billion investment, creating 2,500 jobs and reducing annual carbon emissions by 1.8 million tonnes.

Veolia emphasizes the importance of adapting the tax to maintain competitiveness with EU standards, where mandatory recycled content targets are set to hit 65% by 2040. Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s Senior Executive Vice President, Northern Europe Zone, underscores the need for recalibration to foster a sustainable market, advocating for swift action to unlock private investment, job creation, and carbon reduction. PET Bottle Polymers

Veolia calls on government to escalate Plastic Packaging Tax

EU beverage bottles: 24% recycled content, progress towards circularity, but more work for 2025 targets

The average recycled content in beverage bottles across the EU has reached 24 percent, marking progress towards circularity, but further efforts are necessary to meet the 2025 EU targets. In 2022, PET collection and recycling surged ahead of the new EU Single-Use Plastic Directive objectives.

Despite uncertainties, the latest PET Market in Europe report reveals significant advancements, yet discrepancies in PET collection, sorting, and recycling persist across Europe, posing challenges to EU recycling goals in the medium and long term.

PET collection rates soared to 60 percent in 2022, up from 45 percent in 2020, with a staggering 75 percent of PET beverage bottles sorted for recycling, compared to 61 percent in 2020. PET Bottle Polymers

This growth is expected to continue, driven by the expanded adoption of deposit-return systems throughout Europe. Additionally, nearly 2.7 million tonnes of PET waste were sorted for recycling, with a total installed recycling capacity of around 3 million tonnes, including 1.4 million tonnes earmarked for food contact applications.

In 2022, packaging, particularly bottle-to-bottle recycling, dominated rPET end-use, comprising 48 percent, while 25 percent was utilized in sheets (trays), and the re