According to the National Association of Plastics Recyclers and Regenerators (ASSORIMAP/CONFIMI Industria) sustainability is promoted by mechanical recycling of plastics and not by chemical recycling.
To support the development of the circular economy a strong focus on mechanical recycling of plastics is needed. We cannot agree with regulatory incentives for chemical recycling, which is a waste recovery activity that is certainly not good for the environment. In fact, these facilities would lead to unequal treatment and therefore competition between the two sectors. This is the warning issued by the National Association of Plastics Recyclers and Regenerators (ASSORIMAP/CONFIMI Industria). It is indeed necessary to pursue recycling objectives by facilitating the eco-sustainable production of goods and packaging. On the contrary, creating simplified routes for chemical recovery is anachronistic and, above all, out of step with the policies outlined by the European Union, which link sustainability to plastic recycling, identified as the true heart of the circular economy.
This week, ethylene prices marched higher in Asia. The price rise was supported by high upstream naphtha values and improved regional buying sentiments.
Limited product avails and stronger downstream PE pricing trends further pushed prices higher in Asia.
On Friday, CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 1000-1005/mt levels, a gain of USD (+20/mt) from last week.
CFR South East Asia prices were assessed at the USD 960-965/mt levels, a sharp week on week rise of USD (+30/mt).
In plant news, Yansab has undertaken an unplanned shutdown at its cracker, on July 11, 2021. The cracker is expected to remain shut for around 10-12 days. Located in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.38 million mt/year and a propylene capacity of 400,000 mt/year.
In other plant news, Lotte Chemical has shut its cracker partially on July 1, 2021 owing to a technical glitch. Further details on the duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained. Located at Yeosu, South Korea, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene capacity of 665,000 mt/year.
Together with a value chain team, on 15 July 2021 Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow announced the successful development of an innovative, polyethylene or PE-based, high-barrier food pouch, which is not only functional, but designed to enable recyclability in PE-streams. The pouches have been created together with Syntegon, Comexi, Ticinoplast and Plastchim-T.
The flexible pouches are made predominantly from a single material – PE. Mono-material pouches are easier to recycle than packaging structures available on the market today, which are made up of multiple materials, each performing a different function. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The solution that the team has been able to create enables customers to achieve the necessary functionality provided by those multiple materials – for example, oxygen and water vapor barrier, printability, toughness, stiffness, excellent gloss and clarity – without compromising recyclability.
The new PE-based material has the gloss, stiffness and machinability for printing by offset and EB curing on a Comexi press and for filling and sealing on a Syntegon VFFS machine. Image from short video Dow, Syntegon, Comexi et al
Pierre Hamelink, global account management and sustainability, vertical segment, at Syntegon, commented, “Syntegon is embracing the sustainability challenge towards a circular economy and therefore wants to collaborate with leading brands in the marketplace to offer the best solutions possible to its customers. It’s a big step forward: through this joint solution brands who need a recyclable packaging material with appropriate barrier performance for a range of dry goods, and who do not want to compromise on bag quality and machine speed, now have a tune-able option at hand.”
Petrochemical firm Borouge says that it has tied up with Suzhou Jinhui Technology Materials Co., Ltd (Suzhou Jinhui) in China, as well as with Plaspulp Union Pte Ltd (Plaspulp Union) in Singapore, to advance its ambitions to become an end-to-end solutions provider of both virgin and recycled polyolefins.
With Plaspulp it is Borouge’s first foray into the recycling marketplace in Southeast Asia, and Borouge is expected to establish more partnerships with other recycling companies in the coming months. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Borouge says that with the access to Plaspulp Union’s mechanical recycling capabilities and products as well as by leveraging Suzhou Jinhui’s mechanical recycling capabilities, will enable it to access recyclates and further develop and commercialise new packaging applications that incorporate recyclates, drive sustainability and meet the rising market demand for circular packaging.
Autoneum carpet systems already meet the highest standards of sustainable mobility due to their high content of recycled fibers. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Thanks to an alternative backcoating (ABC) process, Autoneum carpets are now becoming even more environmentally friendly: By replacing the latex commonly used in standard backcoatings with thermoplastic material, the recyclability of carpets at the end of product life is further improved. In addition, the innovative manufacturing process greatly reduces water and energy consumption and thus CO2 emissions in production.
Lightweight, textile-based carpet technologies such as Di-Light or Relive-1 significantly improve the environmental performance of carpets. For example, Di-Light-based carpets consist of up to 97% recycled PET; aside from that, they are around 20% lighter than conventional needlepunch carpets, thus contributing to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from vehicles. In addition, Autoneum needlepunch carpets are now even more sustainable thanks to the innovative ABC process, which uses a thermoplastic adhesive instead of latex in the backcoating: Unlike latex, thermoplastic adhesives can be heated and melted down together with the carpet components made of pure PET at the end of the product life cycle, which facilitates recycling considerably. Furthermore, since the fibers of the thermoplastic mono-material are easier to open, carpet cut-outs can be reclaimed more easily, thereby reducing the consumption of natural resources as well as waste volumes and thus CO2 emissions. The environmental performance of Autoneum’s needlepunch carpets, which already contain a high proportion of recycled PET, is thus further improved.
What do weavers need? In a word, it’s security – for both fabric quality and profit margins. And for this double security, there’s only one solution: the Uster Q-Bar 2 formation monitoring system. It’s like having an extra operator dedicated to a single weaving machine… Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Operators should be everywhere at the same time – checking, fixing, keeping the machines continuously running – no matter in which weaving mill, all around the globe. Operators should be as fast as world record sprinter Usain Bolt, see as good as an eagle and with the knowhow of an engineer and service technician for different kinds of weaving machines. As operators with this skill set are really rare it’s a matter of fact that most of them are stressed.
At Eastman, we are committed to using sustainable innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. The 3R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle — aren’t working the way they should for plastic. To create a resilient, sustainable future, it’s essential that we solve the plastic waste crisis. And the current recycling practices do not adequately address plastic, a ubiquitous material in our modern world.
The good news is that the problem can be solved. With innovation in technologies and policies, and collaborations between the value chain and policymakers, plastic can become circular. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The current recycling problem
Currently, only 12 percent of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is successfully recycled, according to a McKinsey study. Understanding that plastic waste is a big source of pollution, more than 500 brands, governments and other organizations have committed to significantly increase their use of recycled materials. But traditional recycling, also called mechanical, alone can’t meet that kind of demand.
Avient announced the launch of ColorMatrix™ Lactra™ Four, One, and Zero additives. This new product range offers low total inorganic and TiO2 content light-blocking solutions for PET dairy and dairy-alternative packaging.
Food and beverage brand owners are aware of current French tariffs and potential future tariffs that may limit TiO2 content in packaging. As a result, brand owners in the EU, Asia, and LATAM are proactively reducing TiO2 and total inorganic content in their packaging to less than 4 percent, with an eye toward an expected future reduction to less than 1 percent. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The new range of Lactra additives helps to streamline this process, as they process well at similar conditions to virgin PET. These next-generation light blocking solutions also include:
EU food contact approval
Full light blocking (>99.8% up to 700nm) performance even in thin wall sections
To help packaging customers further their recyclability and lightweighting goals, Avient developed this technology for mono-layer PET, one of the most widely recycled packaging materials. Lactra Four, One, and Zero offer light blocking up to 99.9 percent with total inorganic content of less than 4 percent and TiO2 content between 4 and zero percent. Additional benefits include improved performance in thin wall sections, superior whiteness, and better processability with virgin PET grades and rPET.
Our industry is facing an almost insoluble problem, pun intended: the complexity of the raw materials we’re handling. This holds especially true for plastic waste management
Even simple wrapping solutions to protect a product have developed into an elaborate melange of different laminations, coatings and additives in recent decades. And no other material on this planet is more difficult to differentiate – even for experts. Transparent wrapping can be polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or even general-purpose polystyrene (PS). But separating these plastics is key, because processing them together makes the recyclate contaminated beyond reusability. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
No wonder that, given this complexity, only 2 to 5% of flexible plastic (depending on the statistics you want to believe) is currently recycled – and even this is reverse engineered only once. While flexible plastic makes up only 35% of all plastic produced, it accounts for 50% of plastic waste, according to UN statistics. Things don’t look any better on the other side of the value chain: when you talk to professionals in the packaging industry, they will tell you that prices for food-grade, high-quality recycled plastics are significantly above those of virgin materials. “There is simply no business case for recycled materials in the packaging industry,” one CEO told me at an industry meeting a couple of weeks ago. “Yet,” he added with some optimism.
Meanwhile in other news, LyondellBasell, the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, says that Jiangsu Fenghai High-tech Materials Co., will use the LyondellBasell Spheripol and Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP) technology for its new facility. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The process technology will be used for a 400 kilotonnes/year Spheripol and 300 kilotonnes/year Hostalen ACP plant, to be built in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, P.R. China.
“We are delighted that Jiangsu Fenghai has awarded LyondellBasell these substantial licenses for their first polyolefin project,” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added: “Jiangsu Fenghai’s technology selection will enable them to produce benchmark polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products using LyondellBasell’s Spheripol and Hostalen ACP low pressure processes. These products continue to be in high demand in China today.”
Asahi Kasei Medical is to expand production capacity for its hydrophilic PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) hollow-fibre membranes for Planova BioEX filters at its spinning plant in Oita, Japan.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has increased the urgent demand for Planova filters which are indispensable in developing and mass-producing anti-coronavirus agents.
Asahi Kasei Medical will now double spinning production capacity at the Oita site with the capacity increase expected to commence at the beginning of 2022.
All six existing spinning plants for Planova N, including that completed in 2019 in Miyazaki, Japan, have been operating efficiently and without any disruption to meet the increasing demand worldwide. Additives Petrochemicals Hydrogen
With increasing demand for bottle-to-bottle and food packaging applications, Bühler has launched what it is calling a ‘game-changing’ 4-in-1 optical sorter for PET recyclers.
The Sortex A GlowVision is a one-machine solution that includes a custom-built inspection system, double-sided cameras, and a flexible chute configuration.
Lawrence Kuhn, Bühler’s new head of segment for Plastics
“The solution can be used for simultaneous colour, polymer, foreign material and loose-label sorting,” explained Lawrence Kuhn, Bühler’s new head of segment for Plastics. “It’s the first Bühler optical sorter to feature integrated digital solutions from day one.”
The system also offers a simultaneous re-sort function, which delivers up to 40 per cent reject concentration, and is available in three to five chute models on a five-module frame.
“The Sortex A GlowVision will be of great interest to PET processors looking to reduce contamination levels on key colour and polymer defects, providing one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market today,” added Kuhn. “It deals effectively with opaque, white, and transparent coloured flakes, as well as on polymer defects including PVC, PC, PS, and PA, not to mention a superior performance on metals and significant reduction of loose labels.”
EcoBlue Ltd., Thailand’s first bottle-to-bottle recycler, has invested 25 million US Dollars to set up a new recycling facility for PET and polyolefins. A new Starlinger PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line is going to be part of the expansion.
“Our aim is to turn post-consumer and post-industrial waste materials into a sustainable substitute of virgin resin”, explains Pranay Jain, founder and Managing Director of EcoBlue Ltd. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
“In anticipation of the increased commitment of organisations towards sustainability, EcoBlue has invested in setting up a new world-class recycling facility with the very best technologies for PET and polyolefins recycling. By having Starlinger as a technology partner, we will ensure that we are able to provide consistent and high-quality bottle-grade rPET to our customers.”
Partnership includes India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century
Biotechnology company LanzaTech today announced it has partnered with lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution. LanzaTech uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol from waste carbon sources and is working with partners India Glycols Limited (IGL) and Far Eastern New Century (FENC, TWSE: 1402) to convert ethanol to polyester. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
Recycling carbon is a fundamental element of the circular economy, which will keep fossil carbon in the ground, reducing pollution and fossil fuel usage when used to make polyester. With a lower carbon footprint, this innovation could transform lululemon’s products and the apparel industry.
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech said, “We must radically change how we source, utilize and dispose of carbon. Carbon recycling enables companies like lululemon to continue to move away from virgin fossil resources, bring circularity to their products, and achieve their climate change goals around carbon reduction. We call this being ‘CarbonSmart.’”
IEA analysis offers hope for climate action but says inflated oil price may slow global economic recovery from Covid-19
Rising oil prices could help speed climate action by accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, but would come at the expense of the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the global energy watchdog.
The world’s demand for crude surged by an average of 3.2m barrels a day (b/d) in June compared with the previous month but the return of oil production has failed to keep pace, triggering a steady rise in market prices. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that oil prices, which climbed by two-thirds this year to highs of $77 a barrel earlier this month, could climb higher and lead to market volatility unless big oil producers pump more barrels.
“While prices at these levels could increase the pace of electrification of the transport sector and help accelerate energy transitions, they could also put a drag on the economic recovery, particularly in emerging and developing countries,” the IEA said.
Feeds granulated film scrap into a stream of virgin material and delivers the mix to extruder.
Conair has redesigned its ScrapSaver fluff feeder to reportedly make high-volume film-scrap reclaim easier by feeding granulated film fluff into a stream of virgin material and delivering the mix to an extruder. Designed for use with in-line granulation systems, the feeder features an enlarged and strengthened main hopper and top plate for greater fluff surge capacity. The unit also has a beefed-up auger to deliver higher fluff-to-virgin ratios to the extruder, an integral control panel, and mounting adapters for varied extruder feed throats from 2 to 8 in. diam.
The special twin-chamber hopper of the redesigned ScrapSaver feeder holds granulated fluff in a large main chamber and virgin material in a smaller side chamber, keeping both separate until just before they are introduced into the screw flights. To prevent fluff from bridging and keep it flowing smoothly downward, the new unit employs a longer, stronger, one-piece auger, capable of driving higher fluff refeed ratios to the extruder throat. Virgin pellets feed in by gravity on one side at the base of the auger, maintaining a smoother infeed and a steady fluff-to-virgin ratio. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
LG Chem is investing won (W) 10 trillion ($8.7bn) through to 2025 in new business growth areas such as eco-friendly petrochemical products and battery materials, the South Korean producer said on ednesday.
The company will invest W3 trillion in “sustainability businesses” such as bio materials, recycling, and renewable energy materials, the company said in a statement.
LG Chem plans to start full-scale production of a “bio-balanced” superabsorbent polymer (SAP) this month with ISCC Plus certification and supply it to global customers such as those in the US and Europe, the company said.
Bio-balanced SAP is produced using a combination of bio-renewable raw materials, such as waste cooking oil, and fossil fuels.
ISCC Plus is an international certification for eco-friendly bio products.
LG Chem earlier in September 2019 said that it was reviewing the construction of a bio-SAP plant in North America after it agreed to work with US agribusiness firm Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to develop bio-based acrylic acid (AA).
AA is used in the manufacture of SAP. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
What are said to be color-stable and cost-effectively processed eOrange nylon masterbatches for molded and extruded nylon components uses in E-mobility, have been jointly developed by Germany’s additives supplier Brüggeman and compounder Grafe. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
The striking pastel orange RAL2003 is increasingly being used to identify plastic-sheathed, high-voltage, current-carrying components in E-mobility to warn of the dangers associated with this new technology. eOrange is a color masterbatch for nylons, which even after 1,000 hours’ service at 130 C/266 F, reportedly still retain their warning effect without darkening. In comparison with preformulated compounds, eOrange offers processors considerable flexibility in meeting specific requirements and at the same time optimizes material consumption.
Textile developer Livinguard has launched a new line of knitted garments, which integrate its patented antimicrobial treatment.
It comes after the company concluded third-party tests which demonstrated that the technology can kill bacteria at a >7 log10 rate (99.99999%).
“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of hygiene technology in protecting the health of people across the world, and we continue to adapt our Livinguard technology to new consumer products, including shirts with permanent antiviral and bacteria-fighting properties,” said Sanjeev Swamy, Livinguard’s founder and CEO. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
Livinguard’s patented non-leaching formula captures and kills odour-causing bacteria, and has proven its efficacy in face masks applications.
The principle underlying the Livinguard Technology is the deactivation of microbes including bacteria and viruses. The technology applies a positive charge at the molecular level to textile surfaces, making them more powerful than the negative charge of microbes. Therefore, microbes are deactivated when they encounter textiles treated with Livinguard technology.
97 percent of Canadians say it is important that the government take responsibility for reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean
During Plastic-Free July, Oceana Canada is calling on the federal government to put in place a strong ban on harmful single-use plastics that goes beyond the proposed six items. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
Ashley Wallis, plastics campaigner for Oceana Canada, says, “For more than half a century, the plastics industry has blamed individual consumers or “litter bugs” for plastic pollution, rather than investing in reuse systems or alternative plastic-free choices. Now is the time to demand that our government stand up to Big Plastic and cut this harmful pollutant off at the source. We need a strong ban on harmful single-use plastics in Canada that goes beyond the proposed six items, which represent only a fraction of one percent of the plastics we use.”
Recent Abacus Data polling commissioned by Oceana Canada reveals that 97 percent of Canadians believe that the government must take responsibility to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean.
Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today confirmed the introduction of the first seamless trail running shoe made with bio-based Dyneema® fiber by norda™, a Canadian shoe brand.
Designed for runners by runners, norda™ was founded under the mission to empower athletes to unlock their peak potential through innovation and cutting-edge technology. PlasticsRWaste Petrochemicals CO2Fabric
The brand’s flagship product, norda™001, utilizes bio-based Dyneema® fiber to enhance performance and sustainability in a lightweight construction.
The shoe upper is seamlessly constructed with Dyneema® fabric, which benefits from the intrinsic properties of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. Dyneema® fiber is engineered at the molecular level to provide high strength, low weight, waterproof and breathable properties – fusing the technical performance of ultra-light materials with aesthetic design that does not sacrifice strength or durability.
The company says it plans to open a plant in Channahon, Illinois, in the next three years but has encountered pandemic-related delays.
Ineos Styrolution America LLC, a polystyrene (PS) manufacturer based in Aurora, Illinois, has experienced some delays in the development of its PS recycling plant in Channahon, Illinois, says Cassie Bradley, the company’s sustainability manager. The facility is expected to open in about three years. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
Bradley says the plant is still in the development and engineering stages. This is because Ineos was not able to get people out for engineering surveys in light of the pandemic. Bradley says the company wanted to make sure it follows COVID-19 protocols and kept its workers safe last year.
The plant is part of a partnership between Ineos and Agilyx. The 100-ton-per-day facility will use Agilyx chemical recycling technology to convert discarded PS into virgin-equivalent styrene monomer through depolymerization, Bradley says.
Evonik has crossed a milestone with the near completion of a new and the world’s largest polyamide (PA) 12 complex at Marl Chemical Park in Germany. Operation at the €500-million ($594 million) facility will start in Q4 this year.
Seen as its largest investment in Germany to date, the new complex increases Evonik’s production capacity for the high-performance polymer by more than 50 per cent. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
Construction for the modern PA 12 complex buttressed by Evonik’s sites in Asia.
Commenting on the milestone, Armin Laschet, Minister President of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, said: “This complex stands for the future viability of our state. Investing in this state-of-the-art complex creates new, highly skilled jobs. Policymakers need to do everything they can in the future to ensure such investments are made here in Germany and not in other countries.”
Lotte Chemical Co., a major South Korean petrochemical company, said Tuesday it will invest 4.4 trillion won (US$3.8 billion) in the hydrogen business by 2030 to cut its carbon emissions and foster the new growth driver.
The petrochemical unit of Lotte Group said it aims to generate 3 trillion won in annual sales and achieve 10 percent of its operating profits from the hydrogen business over the next decade. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
Lotte Chemical said it will pump out about 600,000 tons of clean hydrogen using its eco-friendly production technology, setting a goal of taking up 30 percent of the domestic hydrogen market by 2030.
The company plans to supply hydrogen to Lotte’s logistics and retail affiliates, as well as fuel cell electric vehicles, to expand its presence in the domestic market.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) on Tuesday announced its comprehensive five-point plan to accelerate the growth of recycling to reduce plastic waste.
The plan includes what the ACC calls “bold steps” to bolster a regulatory system and enable the rapid scaling of chemical recycling in order to reach a target of 30% recycled plastic in packaging by 2030. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
“It’s time to accelerate the circular economy for plastic packaging,” said the ACC’s Joshua Baca, vice president, plastics. “We need Congress to act on a comprehensive national strategy that will capture the value of used plastic by engaging the entire plastics value chain, from plastic makers to brand companies to all Americans,”
The proposals for congressional action centre around a national strategy that aims to encourage a circular economy to divert plastic waste from landfills and help drive down greenhouse gas emissions.
Ziyu Zhang and Maryann Xue, South China Morning Post
Chinese researchers have designed a fabric they say can cool the body by nearly 5 degrees Celsius and could help people cope with rising temperatures.
The “metafabric” – designed by a team of scientists from across the country – looks like ordinary T-shirt material and uses technology that causes it to emit mid-infrared radiation (MIR) to reduce the temperature of the wearer, according to their paper published in the journal Science on Thursday.
“Tests showed that a person wearing our metafabric could be cooled down 4.8 degrees [40.6 degrees Fahrenheit] lower than when wearing commercial cotton,” the researchers said. “The cost-effectiveness and high-performance of our metafabrics present great advantages for intelligent garments, smart textiles, and passive radiative cooling applications.” PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
Human skin naturally emits MIR, which – like other infrared radiation – is invisible to the eye but can be felt as heat. While normal skin temperature is around 37 degrees, the scientists said wearing the metafabric could cool the skin to 31-32 degrees.
CFR Far East (FE) Asia, the price of high density polyethylene (HDPE), is reasonable in the coming months as countries immunize their citizens and deregulate the growing demand for products around the world. Is expected to rise. Crude oil prices are also rising as demand rises, helping to maintain prices for their derivatives.
HDPE prices could also rise by the end of this year as China managed a very high COVID case in April 2021. HDPE is a popular choice for non-woven fabrics.
HDPE, CFR (Cost and Freight) FE Asia prices were $ 931.43 per ton in January 2021 and rose 24.63% to $ 1,160.87 per ton in March 2021. However, it fell in the second quarter due to the sudden rise in COVID. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
Incident and blockade imposition in China. Prices fell to $ 1,020.45 per metric ton in June 2021, according to the report.
Aptar Food + Beverage’s Freyung site in Germany has achieved ISCC PLUS Certification, a chain of custody certifications based on the mass balance model. It enables the use of resin from recycled mixed plastics feedstock or bio-based renewable feedstock.
Consumer Product Goods companies are increasingly searching for recycled polypropylene (rPP) materials for food products, but currently, rPP is not approved for food-grade products in Europe by the European Food Safety Authority and Food Standards Agency in the UK. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
However, for companies in Europe that want access to recycled content polyolefins for food packaging, there is a solution that involves the ISCC PLUS ‘mass balance approach’. Aptar’s approach verifies, along the entire supply chain, the flow of materials.
ISCC is a certification system that ensures traceability, feedstock identity, and can help to validate sustainability claims around recycled content. Aptar’s Freyung site is the first Aptar Food + Beverage plant to achieve this distinction in Europe.
IMA Dairy & Food USA, whose equipment solutions comprise the brands Gasti, Hamba, Hassia, Fillshape, Corazza, Erca and Intecma, has introduced a set of tools aimed at food brands that are utilizing mono-material packages.
The company’s patented ZERO Technology tools are designed for manufacturers hoping to transition their packaging to materials such as PET, PP and PLA.
Working on form-fill-seal (FFS) machines, ZERO Technology utilizes a patented punch process that provides cutting and precutting of PET, PP and PLA. This reportedly facilitates the easy breaking of multipacks into individual units – a process that the company says has previously limited the use of mono-material packaging materials in many applications. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
ZERO Technology uses independent sleeves, which allows cup design changes without the need to manufacture an entirely new thermoforming mold. The solution can apparently be easily dismantled for hassle-free maintenance, which IMA says can significantly extend the mold’s lifespan while maintaining peak performance.
Brugnoli Giovanni S.p.A., introduces new swimwear and lingerie collection – Extrasize extrajacquard.
Leading Italian circular knitted fabrics manufacturer Brugnoli Giovanni S.p.A., is further developing its well-known ExtraJacquard technology dedicated to swimwear fabrics. ExtraJacquard is a Brugnoli technology engineered to create extra flat the fabric. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals PA12
It is said to be the best solution for unparalleled colour definition, flexibility in creativity, creating logos or any other design, as well as also being visible on the back of the fabric.
During this season Brugnoli says it is going even further with the creation of ‘extralarge’ design.
Company initially will produce carbon fiber materials for sports and outdoor activities
Teijin Limited announced today that Teijin Carbon Vietnam Co., Ltd. (TCV) in Ha Nam, Vietnam, has started operating commercially to manufacture carbon fiber products including prepreg, a fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin as an intermediate material for composites. TCV initially will produce carbon fiber materials for sports and outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, bicycle and ice hockey goods, for markets in Southeast and South Asia and Asia-Pacific. Sales will be handled by TCV as well as carbon fiber sales affiliates of Teijin operating in these markets.
TCV, Teijin’s carbon fiber business base in Vietnam, was established in May 2019 to manufacture carbon fiber products, aiming to capitalize on the expanding demand for carbon fiber while strengthening Teijin’s global business capabilities. Teijin’s sales affiliates in Singapore, Shanghai and Taipei work to identify demand opportunities as well as provide customer services in Asia. Internal collaborations between these companies and TCV will strengthen Teijin’s presence in the upstream and downstream sectors of Asia’s fast-growing markets.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2016 have been released by the European Commission.
The new EU climate law increases the emission reduction target from 40 percent to at least 55 percent by 2030 to meet the expectations of the November World Climate Summit in Glasgow. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
TOMRA aims to help achieve the goals and take waste management to another level. A new study commissioned by TOMRA and conducted by EUNOMIA demonstrates the potential for an optimized waste management system regarding climate change. Overall, a reduction of 2.76 billion tonnes of CO2 per year is possible.
This reduction can be achieved using Holistic Resource Systems – the optimized combination of key waste management practices for collection, sorting and recycling to facilitate the transition toward a circular economy, which prevents resource depletion, reduces littering and contributes to a carbon neutral world.
Innovate UK grant to help fund recycling education project in Kent.
RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics Ltd.,) Peterborough, U.K., has received a grant from Innovate UK to co-fund an industry-led communications and behavior change research project in Kent that brings together Kent Resource Partnership, Veolia, Viridor, Ocado, Ecosurety, British Plastics Federation, Plastics Europe and PPS Recovery Systems. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
RECOUP’s Pledge2Recycle Plastics will connect with the 673,00 households across Kent over a 12-month period to gain citizen insights, deliver plastics recycling messages and evaluate the resulting tonnage and contamination data, the organization says.
The project will deliver and measure over time the impact recycling communications campaigns have on behavior change.
The nonprofit says it expects the insights collected will provide evidence to support future plastics recycling engagement strategies.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a high-value material that is on course to take over a key function in the plastics industry’s path toward a circular economy. PET flakes can now be processed without pre-drying into pellets using Coperion ZSK twin screw extruders. Next they are condensed in the SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactor, and reprocessed back into bottles again with the quality of virgin material.
PET recyclate manufactured using this innovative process has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food-contact uses. Thanks to the highly efficient plastification within the ZSK extruder, Coperion systems for this bottle-to-bottle recycling process achieve throughput rates between 2 and 8 tons per hour, therefore recycling companies profit from very high product quality, reduced operating and logistic expenses as well as from energy cost savings up to 30% in comparison to conventional PET recycling methods. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
Bottle-to-Bottle Recycling Now Clearly More Efficient
PET plays an ever more important role in recycling, due to the large volume of packaging materials in use today. PET is a very high-value material, possessing extremely good properties for reprocessing. Its continuously expanding use in single- and reusable bottles, as well as its recovery via deposit systems, add to its value. Correspondingly, it can be lucrative for companies to focus on PET recycling.
R&P POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, has begun regular deliveries of Armamid PA6 SV 15-1E compound under the Export Fast and Furious progra, the company said.
The first batch of 10 tons was shipped in April, and in July the delivery volume was doubled and amounted to 20.5 tons. It is noted that the processing of the first batch of materials by SPE “POLYPLASTIC”, received in the spring, confirmed the high quality of the products, so the end client doubled the request. Parts of industrial equipment are produced from the Russian compound in Poland. Impact-resistant glass-filled Armamid PA6 SV 15-1E allows to manufacture products by injection molding. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
The material is distinguished by increased values of mechanical properties, resistant to the action of hydrocarbons – for example, kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel, etc., as well as mineral and synthetic oils, concentrated and weak alkalis, weak acids.
“Having established regular deliveries of Armamid PA6 SV 15-1E to Poland, we are not satisfied with what has already been achieved. Today the company is negotiating with partners to bring another material based on polyamide-6 to the Polish market, and they are moving forward quite successfully. that Russian compounds are quite competitive on the European market, “notes Pavel Kruglov, General Director of Trading House Polyplastic, an authorized commission agent of R&P POLYPLASTIC.
Valued at $25.2 million in 2020, the market for paper bottle packaging is forecast by a new report to expand at a CAGR of more than 6% over the next 10 years.
The standard grocery-store checkout question “plastic or paper?” is now spilling over into the bottle packaging market, according to a new report focused on an upstart format that’s gaining traction with brands: paper bottles. Brand owners’ commitment to improved sustainable practices through packaging choices is leading to increased adoption for this emerging option, according to the Paper Bottles Market, a just-published market study from Fact.MR. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
Valued at $25.2 million in 2020, the increasing use of paper bottles in food and supplements, wine and spirits, personal care products, home-care products, and other categories is forecast to expand at a steady CAGR of more than 6% over the next 10 years.
Market giants such as L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, PepsiCo, and others have collaborated with leading paper bottle manufacturers to provide them with innovative solutions in order to cut down on plastic consumption for bottle manufacturing. Such constructive collaborations have led to a surge in production and supply of paper bottles, driving global demand.
Nova Chemcial’s next-generation Surpass HPs267-AB HDPE is designed for blown-film applications. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
Nova Chemicals Corp. has introduced a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that it says offers significantly improved moisture barrier for multilayer flexible packaging and enables development of more recyclable polyethylene (PE) films.
Nova’s next-generation Surpass HPs267-AB resin offers stiffness and heat resistance that enable the acceleration of the plastics circular economy by allowing packaging engineers to design more recyclable PE film structures.
Designed for blown-film applications using Nova’s Advanced Sclairtech technology, HPs267-AB delivers up to a 20 per cent increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded film structures compared to the company’s best-in-class Surpass HPs167-AB resin, officials with Calgary-based Nova said.
PET bottle chip processing spread has been squeezed to near 600yuan/mt for a long while. Some plants begin to announce output cutback or shutdown plans.
According to CCFGroup statistics, so far, a total of 900kt/year PET resin capacity has been shut (excluding long-term shut plants previously and not fully run capacity). If future turnaround plans are implemented, like Sanfame to cut production by 30%, Wankai 250kt/year unit to turnaround mid-late Jul(though mainly producing PET fiber chip), Sinopec 150kt/year line to chop output in Jul-Aug, 900kt more output may be reduced in Q3. But since turnaround and output cut doesn’t concentrate in the same period of time, impact over industry operating rate is limited.
By then, PET bottle chip industry run may average down to slightly above 70% (80% based on designed capacity). In fact, compared with previous years, such a reduction in output is not too big. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
Judging from the raw material market this year, polyester raw material prices are still on the low side most of the time, and the duration of the recent sharp rise is not too long, during which there are downward adjustments, so the pressure from the cost side is not very large. Even if some bottle chip factories have the idea of reducing production, not many have actually put it into action.
Vinyl Films and Sheets Europe (VFSE) has expressed its concern at the continuation of force majeure declarations from European raw material suppliers.
VFSE: Continuous raw materials shortage affecting converters
The difficult situation in Europe is now also joined by similar problems in the US and other countries. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
A press statement read: ‘This situation has led to a serious shortage of raw materials that puts the production of VFSE members at risk. The difficult situation in Europe is now also joined by similar problems in the US and other countries that make import operations of raw materials very difficult.’
The plastics converting sector is yet to fully recover from the ongoing pandemic. Furthermore, since the beginning of the year, converters are also struggling with the challenge of raw material shortages and price increase.
Thanks to the Colortherm-brand iron oxide pigments from LANXESS, which are proven to be almost completely free from heavy metals, the limits for biodegradable plastics can be reliably maintained, even with a high pigment content
Iron oxide pigments from LANXESS are not affecting biodegradation and compostability of bioplastics
Pigment analysis makes it easier to ensure compliance with heavy metal limits in formulations PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals BioPET
LANXESS supports masterbatch producers in the process of formulating colored biodegradable plastics by offering pigment analyses. As a result, the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit offers a unique service by providing its customers with recommendations regarding the maximum pigment concentration of iron oxide pigments of the Colortherm brand in so-called bioplastic formulations with a low heavy-metal content.
“Our Colortherm iron oxide pigments are ideally suited to the task of coloring compostable plastics. The decomposition of the polymer is not affected,” says Stefano Bartolucci, Global Market Segment Manager for Plastics at IPG. “Based on the recommended pigment dosing, masterbatch producers can instantly develop individual formulations for colored biodegradable plastics – no expensive pigment screening is required,” says Bartolucci. Thanks to the Colortherm-brand iron oxide pigments from LANXESS, which, unlike alternative products on the market, are proven to be almost completely free from heavy metals, the limits for biodegradable plastics can be reliably maintained, even with a high pigment content.
India’s petrochemical demand should be able to return to pre-pandemic levels in the current fiscal year ending March 2022, an industry group executive said, citing moderate impact of the previous year’s sharp economic slowdown to the sector.
“Owing to end-market diversity and exposure to more resilient sectors, the impact of an economic recession on petrochemicals was moderate in the last one year as compared with other industries,” said Mahinder Singh, secretary general of India’s Chemicals and Petrochemicals Manufacturers’ Association (CPMA) told ICIS on Monday.
In the previous fiscal year ending March 2021, major commodity polymers – polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) – have performed well, he said.
“Demand (for PP and PE) remained at the same level as that in 2019-20,” Singh said.
“However, the demand for fibre intermediates got affected by around 20%, which has been rebounding to 2019 levels in the current financial year,” he said.
In late April and early May, at the height of the second wave of COVID-19 infections in India, run rates across most Indian polyester producers had dropped by nearly 30% to around 50%, according to media reports.
At the time, various forms of lockdowns had been in place across different states to stem the deadly contagion.
China outlines next steps of its circular economy model within the remits of a new national five year plan to that effect.
China released its newest five-year plan (2021-2025) outlining goals for the adoption of a circular economy system on July 7PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
The National Development and Reform Council (NDRC) intends to promote green design and clean production as well as establish a recycling system that extends to Chinese society as a whole. Major objectives are the gradual phasing out of fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy sources as well as the reduction of consumption and water use per unit GDP by 13,5 and 16 percent respectively by 2025.
In the agricultural sector, China is set to promote cleaner cultivation methods for livestock and aquatic products. Waste management is also a major concern, recycling being key here-China intends to improve the recycling proportion of electronic waste as well as that of energy saving lamps.
The new Bio-Gran technology by CMG Granulators was designed to handle small to large quantities of biodegradable polymer effectively and dependably, reportedly preserving all physical and mechanical characteristics of the polymer itself.
According to the company, conventional granulation equipment is not able handle biodegradable production rejects adequately.
As a result, those are not reintroduced in the production process and are given away for random recycling attempts. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
The Bio-Gran technology was designed to accomplish the objective of allowing recycling and reintroduction of biodegradable production rejects at the production site, by performing adequate size reduction and consequential storage/handling/processing so not to compromise the integrity of the polymer. The reject rate, predominantly deriving by post production finishing phases of the product, can be of a few percentage points up to tens of percentage points.
A glass-fiber-reinforced epoxy SMC for the battery housing contributes to an overall 10% weight reduction without adversely affecting mechanical performance or safety.
Carmakers continue to make strides in extending the range of electric vehicles, a key factor in enticing consumers to make the switch from their gas guzzlers. This can be achieved through improved battery storage capacity and energy recovery technologies. Another means to that end is by lightweighting components and, thus, reducing the amount of energy the car consumes. That is the mission of a German consortium formed in 2019 that has developed a housing and battery concept for electric vehicles that meets all requirements for mechanical performance, manufacturability, and safety while reducing unit weight by about 10%.
Consortium members Lorenz Kunstofftechnik, Forward Engineering, Evonik, Lion Smart, Vestaro, and recent recruit Minth, a Chinese carmaker that joined this year, have developed a series-suitable battery concept in three energy configurations that, they claim, equals or surpasses batteries currently on the market in terms of energy density, safety, and cost. Proper material selection, as is often the case, was crucial to the success of the project. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
American Pinnacle Polymers, one of the main producers of polypropylene (PP) in the US, announced an increase in August prices for all grades of polypropylene (PP) in the US market, the company said in a letter to its customers.
Thus, an increase in PP prices in the amount of 5 cents per pound or USD110 per ton will come into effect on August 1, 2021 or under the terms of current contracts.
PP demand remains strong on the back of strong US GDP growth, mainly driven by increased demand for manufactured goods. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
On the supply side, declining supply of raw materials and some ongoing manufacturing problems are limiting the availability of PP in the market.
Earlier it was reported that Pinnacle Polymers in June raisedprices for all grades of polypropylene (PP) in the American market. Thus, an increase in PP prices of 3 cents per pound or USD66 per tonne will come into effect on June 1, 2021 or under the terms of current contracts.
Fortum Recycling and Waste have been granted 6 million SEK from the Swedish Energy Agency to carry out a feasibility study on chemical recycling of plastics. The study would define the technical requirements for the pre-treatment of plastics, quality control, and the sourcing of suitable materials. The feasibility study will test and evaluate which plastic waste streams and sorting methods are suitable for cost-effectively producing a CO2-neutral recycled raw material for the plastics industry.
– Waste will increasingly become new raw materials in all sectors. Significant proportions of plastics are today difficult to recycle. With the help of chemical recycling, the goal is to increase that proportion sharply and the feasibility study we now have been granted support to from the Swedish Energy Agency aims to produce CO2-neutral raw material for Boreali’s plastics recycling refinery, says Johanna d´Annibale, Manager Strategy Portfolio & Projects Fortum Recycling & Waste.
The feasibility study’s total budget is 12 million SEK, which means that the Swedish Energy Agency finances fifty percent. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
Finding solutions to the plastic waste problem will require public-private partnerships, innovation in deconstruction and upcycling technologies, and the invention of new recyclable-by-design materials. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
Plastics have revolutionized modern life, but our reliance on these inherently nondegradable materials is causing a global pollution crisis (1). Plastics manufacturing is predicted to account for 20% of global petroleum consumption in 2050, contributing substantially to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon pollution (2). Of the nearly 5 billion m.t. of plastics that have been discarded across the globe in the past decades, only 600 million m.t. have been recycled. Research and development (R&D) into new technologies is required to mitigate this problem and protect the environment from further harm.
In the context of the ongoing debate about plastics packaging and sustainability, Elisabeth Skoda discusses recycling and recyclate goals and challenges, bioplastics, consumer behaviour and much more with Dr Isabell Schmidt, the managing director at IK, the German plastic packaging industry association.
ES: The European strategy for plastics has set a target to use 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics in the EU by 2025. This includes all plastic, not just packaging. In this context, IK has set the target to use 1 million tonnes of recyclate in plastic packaging by 2025. How far along is IK in this goal?
IS: Yes, 1 million tonnes of recyclates by 2025 is an ambitious target, starting from 400,000 tonnes in 2017. This is pretty much in line with the European Commission’s goal to use 10 million tonnes of recyclates in plastic products so it comes to approximately 22 per cent of the production volume. This year we have monitored our progress and the amount of recycled materials used has increased by 75,000 tonnes. At the same time, the use of virgin plastic material has decreased by about 2% so that’s a remarkable reversal of trends. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
CEFLEX argues that the EU’s Packaging Directive needs to define ‘recyclability’ with the flexible packaging industry in mind.
CEFLEX, the organisation dedicated towards establishing a circular economy model for flexible packaging, states that the EU Commission’s Packaging Directive has room for improvement. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
Officially known as the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), said piece of legislation sets the universal recycling target for packaging at 95%. This means that for material to be recycled into high quality packaging, one needs to demonstrate that 95% of the source material already derives from packaging.
But plastic, especially in the food packaging industry, is not ‘one-size-fits-all’.
Manufacturers typically approach packaging with different needs in mind, ranging from airtightness to light-proofing, properties which to achieve require an amalgamation of different plastics within one package-for a mental picture, just consider the outside and inside of a regular chocolate bar wrapper. With the PPWD as it stands, most flexible packaging, which is prone to be made of hybrid plastics, do not stand a chance of being recycled and would have to be removed from the market over a three to five year period.
Leading sustainable packaging manufacturer Coveris has unveiled a new Film Science Lab at its Winsford films facility in Cheshire, UK. Providing state-of-the-art technology and market leading expertise, the new scientific hub will support the accelerated R&D of innovative solutions across the manufacturer’s extensive product range and global customer base. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Supporting the Group’s vision of NO WASTE across its operations, packaging and the products it protects, the new Film Science Lab is a forward thinking initiative that sets out to minimise waste in all three areas, as well as offsetting this through inclusion in its own materials
Located at Europe’s largest co-extrusion facility, the lab supports the development, formulation and analysis of new and improved recyclable polyethylene (PE) films for food and non-food applications. Responsible for developing the sustainable films of the future, the lab targets material reduction through the delivery of best-in-class, downgauged films alongside the development of recyclable barrier and laminate replacement films with advanced functional performance up to 9-layers.
Meeting increased demand for recycled content, driven by the 2022 legislative UK Plastics Packaging Tax requirements, the lab supports food-safe recycled content application via mechanical sources, including its own reprocessing operations and closed-loop partnerships, as well as chemical recyclate options supported by its recent ISCC+ accreditation. PlasticsRecycling Petrochemicals EcoNy
The largest industrial investment made in Portugal in the last decade, the two plants each will have capacity to produce 300,000 tons of the polymers annually.
Portugal’s petrochemicals giant Repsol has announced that it will invest €657 million ($777 million) to build two new plants for the production of 100% recyclable polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) at the Sines Industrial Complex. The largest industrial investment in Portugal in the last decade, the plants are scheduled to be operational by 2025.
The facilities employ market-leading technologies for linear PE and PP production and are the first of their kind on the Iberian peninsula, said Repsol. Each plant will have the capacity to produce 300,000 tons per year for applications aligned with energy transition in the pharmaceutical, automotive, and food industries.
Energy efficiency underpins the project, which has been designed to contribute to Repsol’s objective of being a net zero emissions company by 2050 and is aligned with the Paris Agreement. The Portuguese government considers the investment to be of national scope and has granted tax incentives worth up to €63 million ($74.5 million). Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Repsol’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan calls for a total investment of €18.3 billion ($21.6 billion) between 2021 and 2025 and includes numerous projects to evolve its industrial area, which is already highly competitive and holds a leading position in Europe, said the company.
Samyang has discovered a way to produce plant-based plastics. It was reported that the South Korean company developed biodegradable plastic that is strong, durable, and environmentally friendly. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The plant-based plastic
As per The Korea Economic Daily, as environmental regulations today are being tightened by governments around the world, Samyang took the initiative to find a more sustainable way to make plastics that are important to most manufacturing companies.
The good news is that the company succeeded, and it was able to produce the material using plants. To be more specific, Samyang was able to make biodegradable plastics using corn.
China plans to undertake a number of steps for improving recycling, resource utilisation, enhancing efficiency and bringing clean production in key industries including petrochemicals, by 2025 to help establish circular economy in the country.
China’s top economic planner, The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), released the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for Circular Economy Development on 7 July, outlining a blueprint for circular economy development in the country.
By 2025, a mode of recycling production will be fully implemented, green design and clean production will be widely promoted, and a resource recycling industry system will be established and a resource recycling system covering the entire society will be completed. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
By then, resource utilisation efficiency will be substantially improved, and the replacement rate of primary resources by renewable resources will be further increased, said the plan.
Under the plan, by 2025, the productivity of major resource is set to increase by about 20% compared with 2020.
RecyClass commissioned an independent laboratory to test the compatibility of vinyl alcohol (EVOH) barrier in polypropylene (PP) rigid packaging with the state-of-art recycling process.
EVOH which is combined with a polypropylene-grafted maleic anhydride (PP-g-MAH, with MAH > 0.1%) tie layer does not jeopardize the recyclability of a package, the findings demonstrated.
Testing was performed on a PP bottle consisting of 6% of EVOH with 3% of PP-grafted-MAH tie layers (by weight), as well as on a PP sheet with the same levels of the EVOH and PP-g-MAH. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The German lab Institut für Kunststofftechnologie und -recycling (IKTR) was tasked with carrying out the analysis following the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PP containers.
The results show that concentration of up to 6% of EVOH (with respect to overall packaging weight) tied with PP grafted maleic anhydride will not have a negative impact on the PP rigids and, therefore, is fully compatible with the respective stream. Additionally, same structure with concentrations higher than 6% of EVOH were found to have limited recycling compatibility. Both conclusions are applicable to all types of PP rigid packaging, that includes not only bottles and sheets that were tested but also tubes, pots and trays.
The recycled material coming from this packaging can be used in high-end applications including bottles and sheets.
Starting next year, a new exhibition is set to showcase the potential of advanced technologies in helping firms ramp-up their polymer-based production.
Named Plastics Live, the now-annual B2B event will be dedicated to all those who manufacture polymeric products, and co-host an ‘AMPLAS’ exhibit devoted to exploring 3D printing’s latest trends. As well as featuring workshops, conferences and exhibitions, the new conference also aims to tackle thorny issues such as plastic sustainability, when it launches in Coventry, UK, from July 5-6 2022.
“We now feel that it’s time to move forward and to put the best of the plastics sector on show,” said Scott Colman, Director of Plastics Live. “We want to properly illustrate all of the positive things that the industry is capable of, and — above all — to communicate how plastics can be a unique and indispensable benefit both for our environment and for our global society.” Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
We know changes are coming to the U.S. plastics packaging market. That’s obvious to packaging sector experts. And that’s the biggest reason for the U.S. plastics industry to support the U.S. Plastics Pact.
On June 15, the U.S. Plastics Pact unveiled its “Roadmap to 2025,” a national strategy to ensure all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The plan aligns with pledges that have been made by big brands and retailers including Coca-Cola Co., Target and Walmart. The plan is supported by nearly 100 corporations, startups, research entities, NGOs, universities, and state and local governments across the plastics packaging value chain, although it can still use some key supporters. More on that in a minute.
But if we take brand owners and retailers at their word, that this time they’re really serious about making plastics packaging a sustainable part of their business, then the plastics industry has to get on board. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The U.S. Plastics Pact needs industry support because we can all see what’s coming. It’s a bit of an oversimplification to say that packaging trends start in Europe and move to North America a few months later. But just a bit.
In 2019, the European Parliament agreed to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers by 2021. Canada followed suit, and now it seems likely the United States is headed in the same direction.
Unilever to launch paper-based laundry detergent bottle: Unilever is set to launch what it says is the first-ever paper-based laundry detergent bottle. A prototype for the paper bottle has been developed for leading laundry brand OMO (also known as Persil, Skip & Breeze) and is set to debut in Brazil by early 2022, with an ambition for roll-out in Europe and other countries soon after.
Bottles made of ‘transformational’ recycling technology: A consortium of global brands, including L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, in cooperation with green biotech company Carbios have carried out the successful production of the world’s first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Price of PTA and MEG futures rapidly ascended since end-Jun stimulated by rising crude oil price. Stronger cost and in expectation of recovering demand was the logic behind it, while such fast increase hit expectation. Price of PFY was pushed up after feedstock cost advanced. Taking POY as an example, price of it surged by 800-1,000yuan/mt within 2 weeks. However, price of PTA futures hit daily limit down today and that of MEG futures also plunged. Under such circumstance, overall market became quiet. Polymer Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Price of polyester feedstock rapidly climbed up recently with increasing crude oil price and in anticipation of better demand. Actually, recent demand improvement mainly came from better speculative procurement as downstream orders only improved limitedly, mainly referring to the growth of knitted fabrics. Orders for some velvet fabrics for home textiles were placed in Nantong, and some orders for autumn and winter fabrics also appeared. Demand from warp knitting market in Changshu and Haining and circular knitting market in Xiaoshan and Shaoxing turned better. However, demand for woven fabrics remained plain during traditional off-season.
In view of the current tightening of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission ambitions in Europe, it is with great pride that DSM and Fibrant announce the accomplishment of a major reduction in the GHG emission of Caprolactam and thus subsequently also of PA6 as produced in Europe by July 2021. The GHG emission saved is estimated to be around 800 million kg CO2 on annual basis. This significant reduction has been achieved by implementing several technology improvements amongst which an advanced N2O abatement program in Fibrant’s Caprolactam production process.
From July onwards, Fibrant will market its Caprolactam with reduced carbon footprint under the tradename EcoLactam®.
Paul Habets, Marketing and Sales Director Fibrant: “I am proud to announce that Fibrant changes over to 100% EcoLactam®, a new generation Caprolactam with a very low carbon footprint (CFP). This has all been achieved by continuous process improvement and a clear focus on sustainability. With a new and extraordinary generation of products we will reduce our CFP by over 50% through significant N2O reduction and by applying our proprietary HPO® and Hydranone® technology, while keeping the excellent performance and quality at the same high level.”
Construction work on Evonik’s new polyamide (PA) 12 complex at Marl Chemical Park is virtually complete and it will be taken into operation this year, as per the company’s press release. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Construction of the new complex has been virtually completed in just under two years. The individual process units will now be taken into regular operation step-by-step. Full start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter.
The complex creates 120 new highly skilled jobs. At the same time, it increases Evonik’s production capacity for this high-performance polymer by more than 50% and gives it the world’s largest PA 12 production complex in Marl (Germany).
Evonik has invested around half a billion euros in this future-oriented project. That is the largest investment in the company’s history in Germany.
The high-performance polymer polyamide 12 is used in attractive growth markets such as 3D printing, medical technology, automotive engineering, and as substitute for steel. Evonik’s sites in Asia also offered attractive conditions for the construction of the world’s most modern PA 12 complex.
Resin producer Nova Chemicals boosts water-vapor transmission performance and improves food packaging recyclability.
A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that offers significantly improved moisture barrier for multilayer flexible packaging and enables development of more recyclable polyethylene (PE) films has been introduced.
From Nova Chemicals, the new resin — named Surpass HPs267-AB HDPE — is designed for blown-film applications. Nova reports that it delivers up to 20% an increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded films vs. Nova’s best-in-class Surpass HPs167-AB resin. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Thanks to the moisture barrier improvement, packaging made from the new resin offers increased shelf life for packaged foods.
“Because of its exceptional barrier performance, this product is ideal for meat and cheese, baking staples, cereals and crackers, pet food, and high fat-content products,” Eric Vignola, Food Packaging Market Manager, tells PlasticsToday.
The resin also provides a more recyclable option for converters that supply packaging to food companies. Converters can use HPs267-AB HDPE to replace nonrecyclable metallized or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) laminate layers without sacrificing a film’s stiffness and while assuring maximum he
Beauty giant will implement technology first for one of its brands in the Luxury Products division
L’Oréal, the world’s largest beauty brand, is paving the way for other cosmetics giants to up their environmental credentials with a new recycled cosmetics bottle made using enzymatic technology. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Developed by biotech solutions provider Carbios, the new bottles will first be adopted by the company’s Luxury Products brand Biotherm.
While still a few years away from entering production, with a launch date of 2025, the technology is compatible with all types of PET plastics including clear, coloured, opaque and multilayer materials, making them infinitely recyclable.
L’Oréal first joined forces with the fellow French firm in 2017 to co-found a consortium that brought Carbios’ biotech capabilities to the beauty market on an industrial scale.
Since then, the centenarian beauty business is said to have been working with the team to develop the PET-derived enzymatic recycling technology.
“This is a promising innovation for the years to come that demonstrates our commitment to bring to market more environmentally friendly packaging and which is part of a circularity initiative begun more than 15 years ago,” said Jacques Playe, L’Oréal’s Packaging and Development Director.
Eni, state-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signed a deal to asses the feasibility of producing hydrogen in Egypt, reported Reuters with reference to the Italian energy group’s statement on Thursday. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The move is part of Eni’s major overhaul launched last year to transition into renewables and taper off its oil and gas output.
This agreement builds on Eni’s target of eliminating Scopes 1, 2 and 3 net emissions by 2050, cancelling out relative emission intensity and referring to the entire life cycle of energy products sold. The projects also fits with Egypt’s national strategy for energy transition, diversifying energy mix and developing hydrogen projects in cooperation with major international companies.
The groups will conduct a study into joint projects to produce both green hydrogen, using electricity generated from renewables, and blue hydrogen, through the storage of carbon dioxide. The review will also analyse potential local consumption of hydrogen and opportunities for exports.
A pending European Union labelling legislation which intends to provide information on a product’s environmental credentials will significantly disadvantage all natural fibres, including wool, if released in its current state.
And according to newly elected Australian Wool Innovation chair Jock Laurie, the proposed labelling laws are a critical threat to Australia’s wool industry
“We need to make sure we are all on a level playing field, particularly at a time when you have everyone talking about environmental issues and sustainability,” Mr Laurie said. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
“A sustainable fibre like wool struggling because of labelling laws to compete with synthetics……that’s quite extraordinary.
“If it plays through in Europe, that model could be utilised by any of the other major wool destined markets around the world.”
In the past three week, caprolactam and nylon 6 chip market have been rising continuously, but CPL price increase was apparently faster than its downstream polymer. By July 5, CPL RMB spot stood up to the platform 15,000yuan/mt (6 months payment), a highest rate in the past 32 months (the last highest price in CPL RMB spot was seen on November 16, 2018, at 15,000yuan/mt). This rate was almost same high with nylon 6 conventional spinning (CS) chip spot (15,200yuan/mt, T/T cash). To consider the price spread between the different payment (around 250yuan/mt), CPL RMB spot and nylon 6 CS chip spot price spread was around 450yuan/mt, which was apparently lower than the mainstream break-even line from CPL to PA6 CS chip, 850yuan/mt.
The firmness in CPL market came mainly from the strong performance of benzene and tightening CPL supply. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
First, despite the seemingly high price, CPL makers were not in lucrative profit, as it was just chasing up benzene. CPL-benzene price spread had dropped to a lowest point in early June, when CPL plants were under deficits already, and the profit was only recovered by the end of June when the price hike in CPL surpassed its feedstock.
Second, intensive turnarounds had injected much force to CPL plants. Since mid-June, 2021, increasing number of CPL plants had cut or shut production for turnarounds, as CPL plants operating rate was falling from 92% on June 11 to 59% by July 5, down 33 percentage points in just 24 days. The supply was already tight since end-June, and situation became more extreme in July. It provided a solid base for CPL suppliers to raise offers.
A European project aimed at increasing the recycling rates of plastics waste containing hazardous substances promises to change the way waste from the automotive, construction, electrical and electronic industries is handled and disposed of at the end of life. Currently, this waste is landfilled or incinerated under controlled conditions, to contain the hazardous additives it contains.
The NONTOX project is exploring technologies that will make it possible to produce safe, high quality secondary plastic materials from this waste stream. These include both recycling processes and routes to optimise the overall process economics via integration. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
The project is being implemented within the context of Europe’s ambitions to transition to a circular economy for plastics, as set down in the EU Plastic Strategy adopted in 2018.
The project is being coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Other members of the multidisciplinary consortium including internationally renowned RTOs, universities, key industrial partners and recyclers as well as product design experts.are AIMPLAS, Fraunhofer, Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Treee, Fundación IMDEA Energía, Stena Recycling International AB, Galea Polymers, ECODOM – Consorzio Italiano per il Recupero e Riciclaggio Elettrodomestici, Norner Research AS, Aalto University and Coolrec.
The project partners are focussing on the recovery of plastic materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment, end-of-life vehicles, and construction and demolition waste, all of which contain hazardous additives and undesirable compounds such as flame retardants, stabilisers and filler materials. The project is yielding important additional knowledge about and experience with the pre-treatment and sorting of plastic waste containing hazardous substances.
Dutch converter Cedo is to more than double its recycling capacity for flexible films by 2024 as it seeks to advance its circular economy credentials.
“We hope that this move will stronghold our position as the biggest recycler of flexible plastics films in Europe,” said chief executive Rik De Vos. “The second stage of the expansion project has now been approved by our shareholder, Straco, with negotiations well under way with technology providers and architects.”
In Europe it is estimated that only one third of PE flexible film waste is sent for recycling. Increasing the recycling capacity, together with establishment of well-functioning extended producer responsibility schemes, would help reap the benefits and opportunities of this market, claims Cedo. Hydrogen Petrochemicals EcoPolyamide
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) has signed a licensing agreement with Japanese manufacturer of chemicals and fibres Kuraray for the related patent including MCC-owned basic patent on a biomass-based polyester. The products covered under the agreement include polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which uses renewable biomass resources.
PET has a variety of industrial applications including the manufacture of fibres. In contrast to conventional, petroleum-derived products, this biomass-based polyester can be expected to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, MCC and Kuraray said in a joint statement.
The patent owned by MCC is a substance patent for a biomass-based, high-quality polyester and is the basic patent required for business operations engaged in the manufacture or sale of this material. MCC has registered the patent in Japan, US, EU and China.
Plastic waste is considered one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. IASS researchers surveyed consumers in Germany about their use of plastic packaging. Their research reveals that fundamental changes in infrastructures and lifestyles, as well as cultural and economic transformation processes, are needed to make zero-waste shopping the norm.
96 percent of the German population consider it important to reduce packaging waste. Nevertheless, the private end consumption of packaging in Germany has increased continuously since 2009. At 3.2 million tons in 2018, the amount of plastic packaging waste generated by end consumers in Germany has more than doubled since 1997. At 228 kilograms per capita, packaging consumption in Germany was significantly higher than the European average of 174 kilos per capita.
“Recycling only treats the symptoms of the plastic crisis and does not address the root cause, waste generation itself. We wanted to learn more about the barriers that prevent individuals in Germany from reducing their everyday consumption of plastic packaging for food and beverages. For our research project, a total of 40 participants contributed to discussions in four focus groups,” explains Jasmin Wiefek, lead author of the study. In their analysis of the discussions, the researchers identified twelve barriers to reducing plastic packaging consumption:
Habits: The focus group participants mainly shop at supermarkets or discounters rather than markets or zero-waste shops. The discussion also revealed that most participants do not take their own bags or containers when they go grocery shopping. Processed and packaged foods are popular.
Lack of knowledge: The researchers observed that participants were often uncertain which types of packaging are more sustainable than others.
Leading PET value chain Trade Associations, namely Committee of PET Manufacturers Europe (CPME), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), PETCORE Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, recently addressed Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans expressing concerns for the slow procedure on the authorisation of recycling processes for PET in food contact applications.
Regulation 282/2008 requires these authorizations, provided a positive evaluation was first issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). To date, at least 150 recycling processes for food-grade PET have already received EFSA positive opinions but are long awaiting the European Commission’s approval.
Considering the upcoming mandatory targets for recycled content in PET beverage bottles, under the Single Use Plastics and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directives, the current delays in authorizations represent a serious bottleneck for the industry. This would impede the EU Green Deal ambitions, and thereby delay the shift from a policy proposal to a real Circular Economy for plastics.
Presently, more than 600,000 tonnes of installed capacity remain idle, which puts 35 European recycling plants in a perilous financial situation. Moreover, the Commission’s vision on the circularity of plastics and the pledged target of 10 Mt of recycled plastics to be used annually in final products in the EU is put in jeopardy with this delay. The food contact PET industry, a major contributor to the pledge, must be supported by a fully functional regulatory environment that provides legal certainty and fosters investments.
The Turkish textile company Elif Iplik was founded in 1999. In the beginning, the focus was on the yarn production and the trade of textile raw material, later they added their own knitting mill. The Elif Iplik Group has continued to grow and develop and is now one of the pioneers of the Turkish textile industry.
In 2017, the company expanded by building its own dyeing and finishing facility. With daily production of about 40 tons of fabric required investment in many new machines from the start up. The German textile machinery manufacturer BRÜCKNER was in strong competition with local manufacturers from the very beginning. Due to the considerable investment volume, Elif Iplik decided for only two stenters by BRÜCKNER and for two further stenters by a local manufacturer.
Record high prices for polyolefins in Europe year to date are likely to start decreasing, following the lead of Asia, but they will remain “very healthy” for producers’ margins, according to the CEO at Austrian polyolefins and fertilizers major Borealis.
Thomas Gangl added that the divestment of the fertilizers division, which make up 20% of Borealis’ sales, is ongoing, hinting that conversations with potential buyers are happening.
The new CEO was appointed in April after the Austrian energy and petrochemicals major OMV upped its stake in Borealis to 75%, with the remaining 25% still owned by Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investment fund Mubadala. Gangl’spredecessor, Alfred Stern, was appointed OMV’s CEO in June.
The interview took place on 1 July after Borealis announced it had acquired a 10% stake in Belgium recycler Renasci; financial details were not disclosed.
Gangl said, however, the further announcements in this sphere will be made in due course to show how Borealis plans to achieve its target of producing 350,000 tonnes/year of recycled polyolefins by 2025, more than tripling its current output.
PETCHEMS MARGINS PARTY OVER?
Not quite. Manufacturing PMI indices for June in both the eurozone and the UK showed again multi-year highs, and optimistic sentiment on the back of healthy order books is also propping up industrial employment.
The whole economic picture, however, would need to consider the dominant services sectors, which make up around 80-85% of the European economy. Many of these are consumer-facing and have been battered by restrictions to mobility to contain the pandemic.
BEWI, a leading provider of packaging, components, and insulation solutions, has invested in Polystyvert Inc., for development and commercialisation of dissolution technology for recycling of expanded polystyrene (EPS).
Polystyvert Inc. is an innovative company focusing on circular economy for styrenic plastics through a dissolution recycling process. The company is based in Montreal in Canada, where it has a demo-site at which proof of concept studies for the technology has been successfully completed. Now, the company is planning to set up a full-scale project, also in Montreal.
The dissolution technology allows for more contaminated feedstock to be used in the recycling process, compared to the more traditional mechanical recycling used by BEWI today. The technology could therefore be complementary to the current, resulting in increased volumes of recycled materials.
Sustainable and performance solutions provide inspiration for new opportunities.
With the future of our planet top of mind, consumers are increasingly more eco-conscious, and swim brands are taking notice, and action, by adding more sustainable options to their swimwear collections.
Two sustainable fibre solutions swimwear brands have recently adopted Hyosung’s 100% recycled Mipan regen nylon and regen polyester made from reclaimed waste. Both fibres are recognized and certified by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) of the Control Union in the Netherlands for their energy saving benefits, which include saving valuable resources from being removed from the earth.
We are experiencing tremendous interest in our 100% recycled, GRS-certified Mipan regen nylon and regen polyester
O’Neill swimwear recently developed a line of women’s swimwear made with Hyosung’s Mipan regen nylon as part of its new O’Neill Blue sustainable collection, honouring its founder, Jack O’Neill’s, commitment to protect our oceans.
The production of different grades of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) products at Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in Khuzestan Province exceeded 106,000 tons in the third month of the current Iranian year (May 22-June 21), bringing the cumulative production of the first three months of the year to 290,000 tons.
The raise in production is the result of the development programs at the company, which are aimed at diversifying the products and setting a new record in the company’s output, the Oil Ministry’s news agency Shana reported.
With the completion of several projects, the company set an annual record of 1.1 million tons of products in the last fiscal year (March 2020-21), which was unprecedented in the company’s history.
International, a consortium-based feedstock management company with a mission to help increase the recycling rates of post-use plastic from 10% to 90%, announced today that Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) has joined Cyclyx as a founding member.
CPChem is a leading chemical company and at the forefront of cultivating a circular economy for plastics. The company has announced plans for an annual production volume of 1 billion pounds of its ISCC PLUS certified Marlex® Anew™ Circular Polyethylene by 2030.
CPChem will actively contribute to Cyclyx’s ongoing efforts to build and enhance its programs by having Dr. Ron Abbott, CPChem’s sustainability technology manager, serve on the Cyclyx executive advisory board.
“I am impressed with the approach Cyclyx has initiated to increase recycling rates of plastic, and I look forward to collaborating with this expert executive advisory board,” said Abbott. “CPChem is working to create sustainable solutions, and we believe joining Cyclyx as a founding member will expand our capacity to produce and deliver certified circular products for years to come.”
As a founding member of the consortium, CPChem joins a growing list of of companies helping to foster a more sustainable future for plastics. Cyclyx provides third-party audited, circular, end-of-life pathways for post-use plastic throughout the value-chain and combines technical expertise with leading-edge technology and data analytics to help to increase plastic recycling rates. Members of Cyclyx enjoy access to innovative tools like chemical characterization of plastics and predictive modelling of feedstock sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes, and customized supply chains, which are designed to elevate a more circular economy for plastics.
The latest OPEC+ spat has shifted focus from yet another oil price wildcard: Iran official return to the oil markets.
After a three-year layoff, Iran could be poised to officially rejoin the ranks of oil exporters–maybe as early as 2021–if Tehran and Washington are able to strike a new nuclear deal and Iran returns to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
How much could a new nuclear deal boost Iran’s oil production? More importantly, will investors start flocking to a post-sanctions Iran?
After all, Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh is on record saying that his biggest dream has always been to increase Iran’s oil output to six million barrels per day; earn $2 trillion through oil exports over the next two decades and use the income to invest in the country’s development.
Aquafil, the synthetic fabric manufacturer behind regenerated nylon fabric Econyl, has launched a consumer-facing e-commerce shop on its website.
The online marketplace stocks womenswear, menswear, swimwear and accessories from 15 brands who make products using Econyl. More brands are expected to join the site in the coming months.
The Italian company said it has created the store to respond to market trends of sustainability and online sales. “2020 was a very peculiar year but, because of it, we had time to slow down and think about what Aquafil’s future looks like. After a lot of brainstorming, we came to the idea that we needed to step out of our comfort zone and move forward in our supply chain to reach the end consumer. Hence, we came up with the idea to transform our site into a digital market, to give consumers the opportunity to find products made in Econyl offered by brands that share our values and our commitment to a better world. It is a long-term project which we strongly believe in but we are also aware that we have a lot to learn when navigating the B2C world,” a spokesperson said.
Econyl is made from recycled waste, including fishing nets, carpet and industrial plastics, and is regenerable an infinite number of times. It has become a popular new fabric in recent years as brands switch to more environmentally-friendly fabrics. It has been used by Burberry, Prada, Adidas and Speedo, though these brands are not currently available on the new shop.
Indorama Ventures Ltd (IVL) is building a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle recycling plant at Karawang in west Java, Indonesia, the Thailand-listed producer said on Tuesday. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
The facility is expected to start up in 2023 and will recycle 1.92bn PET plastic bottles annually in support of the Indonesian government’s plan to reduce ocean debris, the company said in a statement.
Investment details in the new recycling plant were not disclosed.
The recycling plant will provide the washed and shredded post-consumer bottles as PET flake feedstock to produce recycled resin suitable for food applications, IVL said.
Indonesia is aiming to reduce 70% of its 2017 plastic debris by the end 2025.
PET plastic, commonly used in bottles, is 100% recyclable and the most collected and recycled plastic packaging in the world, IVL said.
“Giving waste an economic value as feedstock for new bottles, also drives improvements in waste collection systems,” said D K Agarwal, CEO of IVL’s combined PET, integrated oxides and derivatives (IOD) and fibres business.
As announced in 2019, IVL aims to recycle a minimum of 750,000 tonnes of PET globally by 2025, with a planned investment of up to $1.5bn.
VSF companies at the beginning of this year were complacent and ready to regain lost ground by pushing up prices significantly. VSF price in the first two months rose by around 4,000yuan/mt, with the higher hitting 16,000yuan/mt. However, further spread of the COVID-19 in the second quarter like a basin of cold water extinguished the small flame that was just ignited by VSF.
VSF started to keep falling subsequently by around 3,000yuan/mt from 15,300-15,800yuan/mt to 12,300-12,800yuan/mt and sales continued to increase, while inventory kept going up. The price tool did not seem to work properly. Even if VSF plants signed a considerable number of orders by slashing offers, the slow implementation can hardly reduce VSF inventory. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
The performance of other fibers is remarkable in the meantime. Cotton products driven by the new national trend are vibrant on the market, and the profit is relatively satisfactory. Polyester products whose price declined fast in Mar were favored by customers by virtue of low price and the market recently climbed up underpinned by crude oil. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
The embarrassment of VSF has become more prominent recently as the price gap with cotton has widened to almost 4,000yuan/mt and yarn mills gradually start to suffer losses. The lower price of vortex-spun R30S had touched 15,600yuan/mt, while processing cost is just above 3,000yuan/mt, leading to losses and fast reduction of pure spun rayon yarn machines. The supply of vortex-spun rayon yarn supply starts to decrease accordingly and yarn mills whose pressure has been alleviated began to raise offers last week.
A combination of bio parameters that have never before all been detected by textile sensors is enabled. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
ZTE and its Italian partners introduced the 5G-enabled YouCare smart shirt at the Mobile World Congress 2021 held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 28th to July 1st.
As a Chinese provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices and enterprise technology solutions, ZTE sells its products and services in more than 160 countries and is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.
According to a recent report, Challenges and Prospects for China’s Telecommunications Industry and Intellectual Property Market by investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), it is among the largest developers of global 5G standards with a patented technology value of around $7 billion.
As a new remote health monitoring technology, the YouCare smart shirt is said to enable the detection of a combination of bio parameters that have never before all been detected by textile sensors, such as a “real” electrocardiogram, a respiratory act analysis, the components of sweat, muscle effort and body temperature.
The vision that lies behind ECOSENSOR™ is bold and ambitious: to keep nature, body and mind in perfect harmony. This ideal concept turns real in a versatile collection of eco – high-tech fabrics that embody new generation values of design, innovation and responsibility. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
For its new S/S 2022 collection, ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei has concentrated all its key values into a nature-driven and high-tech fabric collection that has versatility is at the core. A diversified range of technologies from circular knits to woven fabrics in different textures and finishing created to meet the different needs of the contemporary consumer who is looking for performance, durability, wellbeing together with responsible values.
In this sense, ECOSENSOR™ gathers many dimensions: sustainability, active climate control, exquisite touch, lightness, comfort and extreme performance that together co-habit the textiles. The commitment in building a totally sustainable offer is tangible and solid, as ECOSENSOR™ has set out to use only certified high-quality recycled materials in order to optimize and value at best the use of NEW resources for all its collection.
Chemical recycling pioneer Agilyx has surpassed 16,000 hours of commercial operating hours at its operation in Oregon, USA, marking 4,400 tonnes of converted plastics waste. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
This has been achieved both using mixed waste plastics and with polystyrene, which is the current mode of operation in Tigard, Oregon with the unit now forming part of the Regenyx joint venture with AmSty. Both the mixed waste plastic and the polystyrene waste has been sourced directly by Agilyx utilising the feedstock management programme that has since been incorporated into the Cyclyx Joint Venture.
This significant operating milestone equates to the weight of around 20 Statues of Liberty being diverted from landfills and oceans, claims Agilyx.
Polyester has a generally negative impact on the environment. From its production to its use to its disposal, this fabric has unfortunate environmental impacts at every stage of its use cycle. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
To derive the basic materials used in the production of polyester, it’s necessary to obtain fossil fuels, which are limited resources that are also used for vital energy and plastics production applications. The process of refining crude oil into petroleum introduces various toxins into the environment, which can harm living things both in the water and on land.
Once refineries have produced petroleum, further refinement processes are required to produce the ethylene that is used to make polyester. These extraction processes are wasteful, and they introduce more toxins into the environment.
The process of transforming ethylene into polyethylene terephthalate fibers produces more harmful synthetic byproducts, and the dyes and treatment processes used by polyester fabric manufacturers may also make their way into the surrounding environment and poison the area’s ecosystems.
Furthermore, the manufacture of polyester often has significant social and cultural costs. The vast majority of polyester producers worldwide essentially engage in slave labor, and polyester workers are exposed to toxic chemicals that may cause neurological damage, cancer, or other potentially fatal conditions. Major polyester manufacturing companies are almost always owned by major international corporations, which enrich themselves while exploiting uneducated people in impoverished countries.
The environmentally harmful impacts of polyester continue as this fabric makes its way into the consumer market. According to a groundbreaking 2014 study, washing polyester fabrics by hand or in washing machines releases tiny synthetic microfibers into the water supply.
While acrylic fabric was found to be the worst offender in terms of microfiber pollution, polyester came in as a close second. Microfiber pollution in the water supply harms the health of marine life, and it also contaminates drinking water in locations all over the world.
Bacteria in the cow’s stomach produces enzymes that break apart the chemical bonds in this polyester and, scientists have discovered, can break apart the bonds in synthetic polyesters too.
Since the 1950s, more than 8bn tonnes of plastic have been produced – equivalent in weight to 1 billion elephants – driven predominantly by packaging, single-use containers, wrapping and bottles.
Given that cow diets contain these natural polyesters, scientists suspected the bovine stomach would contain a cornucopia of microbes to degrade all the plant material. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
Bacteria found in one of the compartments of a cow’s stomach can break down plastic, research suggests. Approximately 25.8 million tons of plastic waste has accumulated on the land and in the sea, about 15% of which is made of polyesters, a kind of plastic commonly used in soft drink bottles and synthetic fabrics.
The discovery of bacteria which are capable of breaking down natural polyesters offers hope for novel methods to tackle plastic pollution and enable plastics to be recycled. As part of their normal herbivore diet, cows eat something called cutin, a natural polyester produced by plants to protect the walls of the plant cells.
Although plastics have become an essential material, permeating almost all aspects of modern living, many of the inherent properties that make them useful in such a wide variety of applications also make them a serious environmental threat. In a special issue of Science, “Our Plastics Dilemma,” four Reviews, two Perspectives, a Policy Forum, an associated Report and two News features examine a wide range of topics related to plastics and the problems they present. “As for much new technology, their development and proliferation occurred with little consideration for their impacts, but now it’s impossible to deny their dark side as we confront a rapidly growing plastic pollution problem,” writes Science Senior Editor, Jesse Smith. “The time for preventing plastic pollution is long past – the time for changing the future of plastics in our world, however, is now. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
Estimates of the amount of plastic ”
floating at the ocean surface (measured in the hundreds to thousands of metric tons) only represent a small fraction of what is suspected to be annually discharged by rivers worldwide (several million metric tons). This has led some to speculate a large, yet-unidentified plastic sink that could help explain the rapid removal of river-sourced plastics from the ocean’s surface. In the associated Report in this special issue, Lisa Weiss and colleagues show that this missing sink may not even exist.
The center in Munich will enable Toray to formulate solutions for its customers in Europe and accelerate global expansion of its plastics business, particularly in automotive applications. Bacteria Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
Japan’s Toray is opening the doors of its Resins Technical Center at its Automotive Center Europe (AMCEU) near Munich. The new facility will support Toray Resins Europe GmbH, which markets and sells high-performance resin compounds.
The main mission is to support customer application development by swiftly providing technical data, assisting with part design optimization through CAE simulation and innovative material and defect analyses and evaluations. With this facility, Toray will address the fast-expanding adoption of digital design for resin products by bolstering long-term durability data and accurate mechanical property data that materials require. It will increase capabilities for advanced simulation of fiber-reinforced parts, notably to factor in their unique anisotropy, said the company.
The Resins Technical Center will offer materials with high tracking performance and heat cycle resistance and provide support analysis on crack prevention. This is to address such issues as cracking from heat cycling during cooling and heating of molded resin products for insulating high-voltage parts with metal inserts. That problem has increased in line with the emergence of electric vehicles.
The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe has been finalized for July deliveries at EUR1,341 per tonne, down EUR208 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported.
The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).
Thus, in the European market, agreement was reached on the July contract price for the material by three buyers and two sellers, which is a sufficient configuration for the approval of the contract price for the material.
The decrease in the contract price of styrene compared to June was caused by lower quotations of raw materials – benzene – over the last month and further stabilization of the supply of the material on the market, including due to imports, after prices reached a historical maximum in May.
Consumer interest has also declined in recent weeks ahead of the summer break in Europe.
Earlier it was noted that the June contract price of styrene on the European market fell by EUR401 per tonne or 21% compared to May – to EUR1,549 per tonne, FOB ARA.
Styrene is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).
-Shell has started operations at Europe’s largest green hydrogen electrolyser at its energy and chemicals park in Rheinland, Germany, the company announced on Friday. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
The Refhyne project polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser will use renewable electricity to produce up to 1,300 tonnes/year of green hydrogen.
Initially, the hydrogen will be used to produce fuels with lower carbon intensity, and will be used to help decarbonise other industries.
This is the first fully operational plant to use the technology at this scale in a refinery, as part of the Refhyne European consortium and with funding from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).
The European consortium backing the project includes Shell, British PEM electrolyser producer ITM Power, research organisation Norway-headquartered research group SINTEF and consultants Sphera and Element Energy.
The electrolyser was made by ITM Power in Sheffield, UK and includes parts made in Italy, Sweden, Spain and Germany.
PEM electrolysers are more compact than conventional alkaline electrolysers and are suited to working with renewable energy because they can use varying loads of electricity, allowing them to operate when wind and solar energy generation are cheapest.
Avient, formerly PolyOne, expands its sustainable solutions portfolio with the acquisition of Magna Colours, according to Seeking Alpha.
Founded in 1978 and based in Barnsley, U.K., Magna is a developer of next-gen water-based ink technology that provides innovative and high-performance solutions.
The MagnaColours materials will join Avient’s existing specialty inks portfolio, besides prominent brands such as Wilflex and Rutland. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
“Magna represents an important investment in sustainable solutions, as brand owners seek alternatives to legacy technologies,” said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and CEO, Avient Corporation.
Avient expects its inks portfolio to grow as the coronavirus crisis is becoming less of a threat to economic and social activities, it added.
Polyethylene (PE) prices have declined in Brazil and production has slowed due to improved supply and full procurement of materials, while demand remains strong in most regional markets, ICIS reported.
In Mexico, the market is more tense due to factory problems faced by manufacturers and limited availability for imports from the United States. High naphtha prices remain under pressure from high crude oil prices and affect raw material prices in Brazil. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
The July rise in PE prices in the US amounted to about 3-5 cents per pound (USD66-110 per ton). Insufficient supply of polymers in some markets and high demand may persist until 2022.
Earlier it was reported that Saudi Ethylene & Polyethylene Co (SEPC), a Saudi petrochemical company, resumed production on June 15-19 at two polyethylene (PE) plants in Jubail (Jubail, Saudi Arabia) after carrying out planned preventive measures. Maintenance at these enterprises, which can produce 450 thousand tons of high-density polyethylene (LDPE) and 400 thousand tons of low-density polyethylene (HDPE) per year, was started on May 23 of this year.
This week, ethylene prices leapt higher in Asia. The price rise was triggered by firmer upstream energy values and stronger regional demand trends.
Reports of tight product avails, owing to planned and unplanned cracker shutdowns further pushed prices higher.
On Friday, CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 970-975/mt levels, a surge of USD (+70/mt) from last week.
CFR South East Asia prices were assessed at the USD 915-920/mt levels, a steep week on week increase of USD (+50/mt). Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
In plant news, Lotte Chemical has shut its cracker partially on July 1, 2021 owing to technical glitch. Further details on the duration of the shutdown could not be ascertained. Located at Yeosu, South Korea, the cracker has an ethylene capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene capacity of 665,000 mt/year.
Former EPA Regional Administrator says advanced recycling ‘will not solve our plastic pollution crisis or slow climate change’ Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
Plastic pollution is a threat to our planet and our health. Every year, at least 15 million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans. Plastic is also polluting our air, soil, drinking water, and food. Recent studies found that adults are consuming roughly a credit card’s worth of plastic every week and documented microplastics in the human placenta. Few are aware that plastic is also hastening the climate crisis at every step of its life cycle from extraction to production to usage to disposal. In fact, if plastic was a country, it would be the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
Yet rather than reducing plastic production — the only true solution to our plastic waste crisis — the Chemistry Council of New Jersey is pushing “advanced recycling,” a deeply flawed approach that would allow the industry to continue to expand the overproduction of plastics while paying lip service to solving the problem. The U.S. is already littered with expensive, high-profile advanced recycling failures. We do not need another one of these polluting and ineffectual facilities sited in New Jersey.
Picture this: After tossing a single-use plastic bottle into your curbside recycling bin, it gets picked up and trucked to a material recovery facility, or MRF (pronounced “murf”). Once there, it’s separated from the paper, glass, and metal and sorted into groups of similar plastics. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
Your bottle – and countless others – are then packed into a rectangular bale, sold as a commodity, and sent to another facility to be sorted by color, shredded, sanitized, melted down, and molded into smaller, smoother bits of plastic called “nurdles.”
Finally, the rice-sized remains of your bottle are purchased again, melted again, and fashioned into another bottle, ready to be filled with a fruity or fizzy drink.
This example is the best-case scenario for plastic bottles, but unfortunately it is not the norm. Plastic recycling is cumbersome and expensive, and in many cases, new “virgin plastics” are cheaper than recycled plastics.
Less than 30% of plastic bottles are recycled in the U.S., but technically speaking, most are “downcycled.” Also known as cascaded recycling or open-loop recycling, downcycling occurs when a material is remade into an item of lower quality. These items typically can’t be recycled again, which cuts an item’s overall life cycle short.
While recycling closes the loop and keeps an item in circulation – just like the chasing arrows on the recycling symbol would suggest – downcycling turns that loop into a one-way arrow. From there, a material can only go downhill: After outliving its usefulness as a carpet or a bench, the next stop is the landfill or incinerator.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices jumped above $100 in 2008 and again in 2014. In May 2008, they briefly rose above $150. Circumstances are such that more and more analysts expect a spike in oil prices in the next several months. WTI crude currently trades at just above $75. In June of last year, that figure was only about $40. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
CNBC recently reported: “Analysts at Bank of America are even more bullish. They argue Brent prices could see $100 in the summer of next year.”
Both OPEC and the IEA expect a rise in demand this year which probably means higher prices by the end of 2021.
Part of the reason for the price increase is that demand has picked up as the shuttering of the global economy due to COVID-19 has ended in many large countries. OPEC has resisted an increase in production, led most recently by the United Arab Emirates. Oil fracking in America was hurt by the drop in oil prices late last year. Some frackers went out of business, which has constrained supply even further.
Kandui Industries has introduced a thermochromic masterbatch – an additive masterbatch that enables reversible colour changing properties.
These masterbatches have an activation temperature, which helps toggle the end product’s colour. This property is often utilised in the coding of fabrics, adding a security feature to the original branding. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
Ashwin Agarwal, managing director, Kandui Industries, explained, “When a top textile customer asked our R&D team for a counterfeiting solution, after substantial deliberation, we came with the idea of producing the selvedge of the fabric in such a manner that on the application of heat (ironing), its colour would change. The original colour would reappear at room temperature.”
The company took about a year to create the masterbatch. It faced a twofold challenge in the product’s creation – tackling the heat sensitivity of pigments and achieving a smaller pigment particle size.
“As the thermochromic pigments available in the market are extremely heat-sensitive, the molecules get destroyed in the extrusion process. Hence, we thought of applying a heat-resistant coating on the pigments. This enables the preservation of the pigment properties up to a temperature of 260-degree Celcius. The pigment supplier helped us tackle the second challenge, making the particle size small enough to run in low denier applications,” said Agarwal.
A new report published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has deplored the fact that Africa countries rely mainly on fossil fuels and biomes and haven’t diversified to renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
Currently, 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity and 900 million have no access to clean cooking fuel. Meanwhile, electricity access rates in 24 countries are below 50 per cent. Caprolactam Petrochemicals PlasticPollution
The report titled “Energy Prices in Africa: Transition Towards Clean Energy for Africa’s Industrialization,” deplores the fact that Africa relies mainly on fossil fuels and biomes instead of diversifying its primary energy supply, given its plethora of resources (renewable and non-renewable).
Speaking at the launch June 22, 2021, ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe said, “There’s no way Africa can build forward better if we do not make adequate investments in energy and ensure affordable access for all.”. She therefore, urged countries to ensure that there’s cost reflective pricing in the energy sector.
The report cites countries like Liberia, Malawi, Central African Republic, Burundi, and South Sudan as having stagnated or reversed in electricity access, while countries like Nigeria, DRC and Ethiopia reportedly have the biggest electricity access deficits.
Product sustainability: the the relaunch of the fashion textiles sector
The return of RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions to the trade fair circuit after months of lockdown starts with Milano Unica taking place on 6 and 7 July at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibitions district.
The Group has decided to focus on fashion textiles – one of the sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic – and to exhibit its portfolio of low environmental impact yarn. Without a doubt, the fashion textiles market has to place its stakes on sustainability to become a leading player in the revival and change under the banner of the circular economy.
The RadiciGroup stand is located in the Innovation Area of TexClubTec, the technical and performance textiles section of Sistema Moda Italia, and is showcasing all the Group’s most innovative and sustainable yarn solutions for the textiles world: from Renycle®, yarn made from recycled nylon 6, to Repetable®, polyester yarn originating from the recovery of PET bottles, and the Biofeel® range, including all the products from renewable sources (PET, PA and PLA).
Promateris has invested €2.5 million ($2.97m) in a new compostable packaging line as part of a plan to grow its turnover by more than 50 per cent between 2019 and 2021.
As a result of the investment, 39 new jobs have been created at the Romanian bioplastics producer’s factory in Buftea, Ilfov County.
It means Promateris has now invested more than €10m ($11.88m) in bio-based packaging since 2018.
The company intends to spend an additional €15m ($17.82m) over the next five years in projects that “respect the principles” of the European Commission’s (EC’s) Green Deal. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Its ultimate aim is to become the largest producer of bio-based and compostable bags in Europe, according to chief executive Tudor Georgescu.
Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced that the soon-to-be 5’760 color references of its Color Atlas library are made available within its ‘Datacolor TOOLS’ platform, an easy-to-use color quality control application for industries where color accuracy is a critical component of overall product quality. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Datacolor® provides color management solutions that empower customers to make objective, cost-effective and smart color decisions, in applications such as textile & apparel, paint & coatings, plastics, photography, design and many others. The perfect integration of its instruments and software help formulate, measure, control and communicate color, and its state-of-the-art algorithms reproduce color on materials and displays.
That is where the Color Atlas by Archroma® will considerably benefit to the users of Datacolor solutions.
The Color Atlas was launched in 2016 to provide fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf color inspiration that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.
The Color Atlas continues to evolve in line with Archroma’s commitment to sustainability through innovation. The company describes it as “The Archroma Way to a sustainable world: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. All color references available in the Color Atlas have been formulated with products that comply with leading international eco-standards, and can be selected based on the desired sustainability profile.
Among the lessons learned during the pandemic of the past year, there is one in particular that stands out. Moving forward, it is imperative that steps are taken towards the implementation of green measures to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world. It is a lesson the Spanish automotive component sector has taken to heart.
Yet even before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, this sector was actively seeking ways to make mobility cleaner, combat climate change, decrease its impact on the environment and support a low-carbon economy. These efforts led to the insight that what was needed was a new economic system; one that optimised raw material, energy and other resource use; a model built around waste reduction, recycling and re-use that would lead to enhanced profitability, lower prices and more sustainable products. A model, in short, today known as the circular economy – and seen for many years now by the Spanish automotive components industry as the road to a sustainable and future economy. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The Spanish automotive industry dates back to the early twentieth century with leading brands of the era such as Hispano Suiza. In the 1950s, the emergence of SEAT marked the beginning of a solid industry of equipment and component manufacturers as suppliers. The branch is represented worldwide by a digital platform called Autoparts from Spain, whose database contains information on each member company, including descriptions, images and videos of their products.
One of these member companies is Lizarte, who has been involved with the circular economy model from the very beginning in 1973.
The Global Additive Manufacturing and Materials Market was valued at USD 16.6 million in 2020 and expected to reach USD 70.92 million by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 27.5% over the forecast period (2021 – 2026).
Within the past few years, additive manufacturing has experienced the rapid rise of needed technologies. New advancement in used materials and machines, software solutions and other, made additive manufacturing accessible to a broader range of industries. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The prices of additive manufacturing machines had decreased and the overall availability of these technologies has risen.
The use of new materials over the recent years has enabled the adaption of this technology among various industries.
Materials are advancing every day, and costs per part are decreasing every day which opens new opportunities for different applications. Leading manufacturers are leveraging additive manufacturing to save money, shorten the lead times, solve complex problems, and improve processes from prototyping to production.
According to Essentium’s survey in March 2019, the number of manufacturers using additive manufacturing for full-scale production doubled in 2019, as compared to 2018. Wider adoption of this technology was observed across multiple sectors, as an increased number of industrial solutions were brought to market by manufacturers.
Multiple industries, including healthcare, automotive, and aerospace and defense, are experiencing impactful production and business transformations in the critical areas of their businesses, owing to the maturity of additive technologies and material supply chains. Moreover, additive manufacturing provides design freedom to experiment with more effective and efficient part shapes, with fewer potential points of failure.
Swedish company Sodra has decided to invest in new machinery at its pulp mill at Mörrum to increase the production capacity of OnceMore pulp by tenfold, bringing it to a full 6,000 tonnes. It will be commissioned in the first half of 2022. OnceMore initiative is a process for industrial-scale recycling of textile waste of blended fibres.
The new machinery will also help increase the proportion of recycled textile in the pulp, Sodra said in a media release. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The investment is a step towards the target of processing 25,000 tonnes of textile waste and offering OnceMore pulp based on Sodra’s forest raw material and 50 per cent recycled fabrics. This target has been set for 2025.
OnceMore makes it possible to convert large volumes of used cotton textiles and cotton-polyester blends into new clothing and textiles.
“The new investment in OnceMore is a major step towards our long-term ambition of creating a circular textile industry. The initiative has been highly successful since the start in 2019 and is a key element of Sodra’s innovation agenda. We think now is a good time to scale up production. Our investment will further improve textile recycling and maximise the value of the raw material from our members’ forests,” said Catrin Gustavsson, president of Sodra innovation business area.
Caprolactam (Figure 1) is a cyclic amide widely used as a chemical intermediate. The main forms of caprolactam are molten (liquid) and flakes. At ambient temperatures, it is a white, hygroscopic, crystalline solid. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Almost all caprolactam is used as monomer in the production of polycaprolactam, also known as nylon 6. Fibers, sheets, filaments and bristles made from nylon 6 can be used, in turn, in a broad range of products, including apparel and home furnishings; carpets; and industrial uses (tires, reinforced rubber products).
The uses and applications of caprolactam may vary according to the product grade. Commercial caprolactam is produced with high purity, where water is usually the main contaminant with concentrations around 0.1 wt.%. Caprolactam can be used in the manufacture of other products, including 6-aminocaproic acid; caprolactam disulfide; hexamethyleneimine; polyamide 6 terpolymers; poly(ether-amide) elastomers; n-vinyl caprolactam and lysine.
In its quest to drive greater sustainability in the personal care and hygiene industry, the VEOCEL™ brand has launched a new offering: VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers with Dry technology which are naturally smooth and gentle on skin, ensuring comfort for sensitive skin.
Absorbent hygiene products are an indispensable part of many consumers’ lives and are relied upon daily.
As these are essential items, it is important that they should offer maximum comfort and relief to the user. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
This is demonstrated by the new VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers which have the capacity to provide a high level of comfort, softness and dryness, when applied in these types of products.
Lux Research Inc. has assessed Ioniqa Technologies at its highest score: ‘Strong Positive’.
Charles Willard, Analyst at Lux Research, clarified: “Ioniqa’s differentiated technology has made it a leading contender and any clients interested in licensing a PET depolymerisation technology should engage.”
Ioniqa is the first of numerous new chemical recyclers to reach an industrial scale. Their production at a new facility in the Netherlands is being optimised and ramped up to the full 10,000 tpa capacity over the next year.
Brand owners including like Coca-Cola and Unilever have acknowledged that Ioniqa’s industrial plant is a step toward long-term sustainability goals. Willard added: “Ioniqa’s catalyst selectivity gives it an advantage in the race toward also valorizing polyester textile waste streams for foodsafe materials.” Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Ioniqa has developed a catalytically accelerated process to produce virgin quality raw materials for food-grade PET packaging. The key component of Ioniqa’s process is an in-house formulated catalyst which overcomes several common process issues. Ioniqa’s process allows for the upcycling of low-end feedstock currently not being recycled, like coloured bottles, multi-layer food and non-food materials.
Retrofitting RSFgenius melt filter enables the German PE film processor Oldenburg to reprocess—rather than resell—production waste.
A blown film processor looking to use more production scrap in its process has achieved that objective by switching to a new type of screen changer.
Operating out of three plants in Germany, Oldenburg Kunststoff-Technik GmbH makes a range of PE-based extrusions—air-pillow bubble, stretch and foamed films—on production lines built in-house. Scrap generated during start up, shut down, product changes, etc. is collected and repelletized on a central recycling extruder.
This central recycling extruder was equipped with a conventional screen changer. Over time, Oldenburg realized the screen changer was not filtering the material finely enough. Caprolactam Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
When deployed on its film-extrusion equipment, the repelletized scrap would block the discontinuous screen changer on the line and disrupt production, particularly when Oldenburg was running at thinner gauges. As a result, Oldenburg would typically sell its pelletized scrap rather than reuse it in production.
Unilever (London / UK; www.unilever.com) has signed up to Nextloopp, an ambitious scheme developed by environmental consultancy Nextek (London, UK; www.nextek.org) to create food-grade recycled polypropylene from post-consumer packaging waste.
Nextloopp said its vision is to use this circular rPP in consumer products and cosmetics. Around 210,000 t/y of PP used in the UK is food-grade packaging, according to Nextloopp, “and yet no food-grade recycled PP is currently available for re-use into new packaging. To date, one of the main barriers to unlocking PP’s huge potential has been a lack of technology and a reduced infrastructure to produce food-grade recycled PP”.
Sanjeev Das, global packaging director at Unilever’s foods and refreshment division, said his firm supported the advancement of mechanical recycling infrastructure to produce food-grade rPP to complement other technology routes. “Unlocking the mechanical recycling route to produce food-grade rPP will help boost our efforts to keep plastics in a loop and out of the environment.”
Coming to the end of June, The traditional off-season is about to pass halfway, but some sectors of the nylon filament market have never been like in off-season. The average operating rate of nylon 6 textile filament plants has been kept as high as 87%, close to 90%, and there are so far no any scaled-plants have turnaround plans. But of course, the off-season characteristics of some nylon filaments are quite obvious, as their inventory has been accumulated high still. In a word, nylon 6 filament plants have maintained a high inventory and high operating rate still. What is this situation compared to other fibers? Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The inventory of nylon filament was still growing in June, but slower than the previous month. Inventory accumulated was controlled mainly by two facts. First, some semi-dull nylon 6 high-speed-spinning chip plants had switched their production to dull chips, and thus expanded the supply of previously tight supply. Some filament plants had adjusted their production accordingly, to meet the robust demand for dull filament. Second, some filament plants altered product to fine-denier filament, and thus lubricated the general sales condition of NFY market. These methods helped NFY producers to roughly balance their high production and sales in the traditional off-season.
Coca-Cola Great Britain (GB), in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), has today (30 June) announced that it is set to reach a significant milestone by using 100% recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles across its entire range, as it continues its progress towards fully sustainable packaging.
The move means that all plastic bottles of 500ml or less in GB are to be made with 100% recycled plastic and will continue to be fully recyclable. The rollout commences in September, when the first 100% recycled 500ml bottles will start appearing on shelves.
It means Coca-Cola Great Britain will increase the amount of recycled plastic material in smaller bottles from 50% to 100%. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Coca-Cola’s use of recycled plastics in Great Britain now saves 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year – the equivalent of 2,292 double decker buses, the company says.
The move part of Coca-Cola’s target towards 100% recycled or renewable plastic in all its bottles, and the creation of a circular economy for its PET packaging.
ChemistryCan Driving the Circular Economy Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
From the ‘take, make, dispose’ model to ‘make, use, return’. A circular economy aims to maintain the value of products, materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible, and to minimise the generation of waste.
Chemistry is central to the ideal of the circular economy. Whether one’s talking about paper, battery or plastics recycling, the process is fundamentally chemical.
Biodegradable plastics are meant to be environmentally friendly. However, they cannot be recycled as they are specifically made to degrade rapidly.
In the journal Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, scientists from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have designed a technique to convert biodegradable plastic forks, spoons and knives into foam that can be utilized as insulation in flotation devices or walls. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The cutlery was positioned by the investigators, which was earlier believed to be a “nonfoamable” plastic, into a chamber loaded with carbon dioxide. With the increase in pressure, the gas dissolved into the plastic.
When the pressure in the chamber was suddenly discharged, the carbon dioxide expanded inside the plastic, thereby creating foaming. According to author Heon Park, this process is similar to opening a can of soda and discharging the carbonation.
VALERAS™ represents BASF’s plastic additives’ offerings with a high sustainability value;
It includes the new range of products that help close the loop in plastics’ circularity;
New website with emphasis on sustainable solutions.
VALERAS bundles the company’s longtime experience, innovative solutions, and regulatory support with the aim to increase the sustainability of plastics along the entire polymer value chain. Later this year, the portfolio will expand to include the company’s additive packages for mechanically recycled plastics and their applications.
“The trend towards sustainability has been accelerating, driven by consumer demand and more stringent legislation. Our customers are facing increasing pressure regarding sustainable innovations and challenges of plastics recyclability,” says Dr. Thomas Kloster, President, Performance Chemicals, BASF. “With VALERAS, we create new value for plastics by supporting our customers on their sustainability journey with novel solutions and services. VALERAS shows our broader ambition: to establish a platform that covers all our additive solutions that contribute to the sustainability goals of our customers.” Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
NIFA invests over $5.4 million in bioprocessing and bioengineering to fund projects aiming to stimulate new trade opportunities for the U.S. bioeconomy. Image courtesy of Getty Images.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today an investment of $5.4 million in bioprocessing, bioengineering, biofuels and biobased products research. NIFA recently awarded $4.8 million for 12 Bioprocessing and Bioengineering grants(link is external) under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and more than $600,000 for six Biofuels and Biobased Products grants(link is external) under NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research program. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
“NIFA’s Bioprocessing and Bioengineering awards fund projects that will stimulate new trade opportunities for the U.S. bioeconomy,” said NIFA director Dr. Carrie Castille. “Additionally, these Small Business Innovation Research projects focused on biofuels and biobased products strengthen America’s entrepreneurial spirit and support a robust economy by guiding research and development needs across agriculture.”
Spanish plastics technology centre Aimplas (Valencia; www.aimplas.net) has helped develop a mobile chemical recycling plant capable of producing viable plastics feedstock from currently non-recyclable waste from the automotive, electrical and electronic, and packaging sectors.
Aimplas said it worked with the European “Life Ecomethylal” project on the pilot plant, which is capable of extracting up to half a kilo of methylal from every kilo of non-recyclable waste. Methylal can be used as a solvent and as a raw material to produce new polymers.
DIC Corporation has closed on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business, known as BASF Colors & Effects (BCE).
The acquisition brings together the complementary portfolio of technologies, products, manufacturing assets, supply chain and customer service of the two companies to serve customers globally. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
“We’re excited to close our acquisition of BCE and expand our product offering as one of the leading pigment suppliers globally” said Kaoru Ino, President and Chief Executive Officer of DIC. “BASF’s pigments portfolio is an important strategic addition in expeditiously meeting the goals we’ve outlined, which provide a clear growth path for DIC with the target to increase our sales to 1 trillion yen (approximately €8 billion) by 2025.”
The purchase will broaden Sun Chemical’s portfolio as a global manufacturer of pigments, including those for electronic displays, cosmetics, coatings, inks, plastics and specialty applications, by creating a world-class pigments supplier that offers customers an even wider range of versatile solutions.
“We’re pleased to welcome the valued and trusted expertise and engagement of BASF’s employees in the pigments business,” said Myron Petruch, DIC Executive Officer and President and CEO of Sun Chemical, a subsidiary of DIC Corporation. “This deal allows us to compete in the global marketplace more effectively going forward, while strengthening our pigment footprint in Europe. It underscores our commitment to delivering solutions tailored to meet the needs of our customers.”
Chinese automation engineering firm Miracle is on track to build a production facility for battery grade lithium carbonate and lithium-ion battery ternary precursors in Ganzhou city in south China’s Jiangxi province. Pigments Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The 5bn yuan ($774mn) project will have designed capacity of 12,000 t/yr for battery grade lithium carbonate and 30,000 t/yr for ternary precursors. The firm’s subsidiary Jiangxi Miracle Jintaige Cobalt will be responsible for developing this project in the Longnan economic and technological development zone of the city.
The facility will be built in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2021 and launch production by the fourth quarter of 2023. The second phase is projected to begin construction in the fourth quarter of 2022 and start production by the fourth quarter of 2024.
Several major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for July shipments at USD1,010-1,030 per tonne, which is USD60-70 per tonne higher than the June contract price quotes, market sources told ICIS .
Prices were nominated on CFR Asia delivery terms.
Paraxylene contract prices for July were raised following the recent rise in spot prices for the material.
Thus, spot prices for paraxylene on June 28 were in Asia in the range of USD929-931 per tonne, CFR Taiwan / main ports of China (CMP) versus USD82-854 per tonne, CFR Taiwan / CMP, as of June 1, according to ICIS data.
The final result of the June agreement on paraxylene contract prices in Asia will be determined by the end of business day on June 30th.
Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the June contract prices for paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month. Bids were in June at USD950-960 per tonne CFR Asia.
Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid, an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Plastipak has teamed up with anaerobic digestion (AD) operator BioteCH4 to deliver a low carbon solution to power its Clean Tech PET recycling plant.
Based in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, BioteCH4 operates an anaerobic digestion plant, recycling over 90,000 tonnes of food waste per year. Anaerobic digestion is a complex biological process involving the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of air in large, sealed and insulated vessels with controlled heating and mixing.
Food waste enters a sealed building where it is processed into a liquid slurry and pumped into the anaerobic digestion plant. It is here that bacteria feed on the food waste and produce biogas. This biogas is captured and used as fuel in CHP (combined heat and power) engines to produce electricity or is sent through a gas filter and sent directly to the gas grid. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
OPEC’s forecasts point to an oil supply deficit in August and in the rest of 2021 as economies recover from the pandemic, suggesting the group and its allies have room to raise output at a meeting this week, reported Reuters.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, is returning 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd), about 2% of world output, to the market from May through July as part of a plan to ease last year’s record output curbs.Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
OPEC+ meets on Thursday to discuss supply for later months. With oil at its highest since 2018, sources say a further boost in August will be discussed, but some producers are wary about new demand setbacks and higher Iranian supply.
OPEC’s latest forecast of the demand for its crude suggests, if output levels stay the same, OPEC supply will fall short of expected demand by 1.5 million bpd in August. The shortfall widens to 2.2 million bpd in the fourth quarter.
Iran and world powers have been talking since April on reviving Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal, which would allow Iran to boost output, so far without agreement.
With Evolon® RE, Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) is now offering its customers an even more sustainable version of its high-performance microfilament textiles. Evolon® RE is manufactured from an average of 70% recycled polyester, which the company makes by recycling post-consumer PET bottles in-house. Evolon® RE is available for various applications, including high-tech wiping and technical packaging, in weights currently ranging from 80g/sqm to 300g/sqm. Evolon® RE offers the same high and constant quality as all other Evolon® textiles. This applies to mechanical and textile properties as well as to filtration, cleaning and protection properties. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The use of recycled materials in the demanding production of Evolon® textiles without sacrificing product performance underlines Freudenberg´s technological know-how, as Jean-Francois Kerhault, Business Segment Manager Evolon, explains: “We have more than 20 years of experience with Evolon® technology. Our technical teams are real experts in this demanding process, and it is thanks to their knowledge that we were able to overcome the challenge of integrating recycled PET from post-consumer bottles into our products.”
Covestro is working towards innovative and more sustainable material solutions and recycling technologies to meet these requirements and build a Circular Economy, and will be showcasing them at the VDI PIAE 2021 international trade congress on September 8 and 9, said the company. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
“Our aim is to introduce the world’s first climate-neutral polycarbonate plastics this year,” Jochen Hardt, Marketing Mobility Covestro, told media representatives. “This is an important step in achieving our vision of becoming fully circular. At the same time, we offer products and solutions that combine outstanding performance, cost efficiency and sustainability designed to help our customers in the mobility industry succeed in achieving their sustainability goals.”
The polycarbonates are climate neutral “from the cradle to the factory gate1” thanks to the introduction of raw materials sourced from mass-balanced biowaste and residues2, as well as renewable energy accumulated during the production process. Covestro is already offering ISCC Plus-certified polycarbonates, which are attributed to renewable raw materials using the mass balance approach and enable a considerable reduction in the carbon footprint.
ALPLA is developing and producing a new reusable PET bottle for Vöslauer, Austria’s leading company in the mineral water market. The bottle is not only sustainable, but also light, stable and visually appealing. The new bottle will enter the market in early 2022. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The two family-owned businesses Vöslauer and ALPLA have been jointly championing sustainable solutions for years. The aim is for Vöslauer’s natural mineral water to come in packaging which is resource-conserving, light and suitable for everyday use. What’s needed are bottles with a modern design that combines innovation with aesthetics. Following the introduction of the 100 per cent rPET bottle (rPET = recycled PET) in 2018, the next step into the future will follow in 2022 with the new reusable PET bottle. As an expert partner, ALPLA is heavily involved in the development and production of Austria’s first modern reusable PET bottle.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and influenza A viruses (IAVs) can spread via liquid droplets and aerosols. These viruses can be prevented from spreading by wearing face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE). However, IAV and SARS-CoV-2 are stable for hours on various materials. Thus, the frequent and correct disposal of these PPE becomes crucial and also requires decontamination processes for reuse.
Many studies report the use of silver nanoparticles, copper nanoparticles, cuprous oxide (Cu2O) or cupric oxide (CuO) spays, and copper or zinc surfaces or fibers to inactivate the virus; however, many confounding factors such as adsorption of viruses make it difficult to measure and optimize the inactivation characteristics.
In a recent study, interdisciplinary researchers demonstrated how they removed the IAV H1N1 and the SARS-CoV-2 from woven PA66 fabric to measure the number of remaining active viruses. Using this advancement, they found that a zinc-containing polyamide 6.6 (PA66)-based fabric decreased the IAV H1N1 and pandemic SARS-CoV-2 titer by approximately 2-logs (100-fold). Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The Polymer Group-Kaluga company will build a plant for the production of polyethylene agro-stretch films, covering films and bags at the Lyudinovo site of the Kaluga SEZ, the company said.
The investment in the project will amount to 180 million rubles. 111 new jobs will be created. The commissioning of the facility is scheduled for the end of 2022, the Agency for Regional Development of the Kaluga Region reported.
According to the company, the volume of the created production will cover up to 3% of the market for agricultural film produced in Russia. The project takes into account the requests of partner companies, and its implementation will fully cover their needs in this segment of products. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
The approval of the application for obtaining the status of residents of the special economic zone “Kaluga” was adopted on June 22 at a meeting of the expert council chaired by the Deputy Governor of the Kaluga Region Vladimir Popov. The total investment in the two projects will amount to more than 570 million rubles.
Earlier it was reported that BASF and the Fabbri group of companies have developedbiodegradable film for food packaging. Based on ecovio, a certified biodegradable material from BASF, the Fabbri Group produces Nature Fresh, a highly transparent stretch film. This product is the first certified biodegradable film for foodstuffs, combining optimal breathability, long shelf life, high transparency and excellent mechanical properties for automatic packaging.
Canadian recycling technology developer GreenMantra Technologies is expanding its relationship with art tools and toy supplier Crayola by now using Crayola’s discarded plastic feedstock for recycling into specialty polymers, said Canpastics.
“Mixed plastic marker streams present challenges for traditional mechanical recycling, but they are a natural fit for [our] advanced recycling technology,” officials with Brantford, Ont.-based GreenMantra said in a news release. “[We] will now recycle both pre- and post-consumer plastic markers from across all of North America, expanding our feedstock stream for producing our specialty polymer additives.”
The discarded plastic markers can be turned into high-value polymers that can then be used in the production of industrial products to enhance critical infrastructure applications (things like asphalt roads, roofing products, and plastic drainage pipes), while also enabling increased use of recycled content in those applications, the company said. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Easton, Pa.-based Crayola recently implemented 100 per cent renewable energy for its U.S. manufacturing operations, and has partnered with GreenMantra since 2014 through its ColorCycle Program, which enhances product circularity for Crayola’s line of markers.
Nexus founder and CEO Jeff Gold discusses the company’s chemical recycling technology and process.
Converting partners of Nexus includes Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Phillips among others. Biopolymers Petrochemicals WasteRecycling
Nexus, located in Atlanta, Ga., is an operational, commercially scaled converter of waste plastics to feedstocks, which in turn are converted back to virgin plastics.
The company recently announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with Wood, the global consulting and engineering company, to globally expand its advanced molecular plastics recycling business to meet significant market demand from global plastics producers. Wood will first assist Nexus with the expansion of its plant in Atlanta to better position the company for future phases of its global development.
In the 2020 fiscal year, a contained drop in turnover to -6.7% and growing margins for the Bergamo chemical group. 2021 started with growing results.
RadiciGroup, an important Bergamo-based company in chemistry, technopolymers, fibers and nonwovens, presented the financial results for the year 2020, considered satisfactory by the management considering the difficulties and challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
If the consolidated turnover showed a drop of -6.7% to 1,019 million euros, the gross operating margin (Ebitda) increased last year by + 4.4% to 173 million euros and the operating profit , net of amortization, depreciation and write-downs, it stood at 87 million euros, or + 8.1% compared to 2019. This is also due to the stability of volumes against an improvement in margins, thanks to higher prices starting from second half of the year.
Investments have also been confirmed, amounting to 50 million euros for the year, for technological upgrading and plant flexibility, as well as for the sustainability of processes and products.
In 2020 – reads a note from the Bergamo group – the financial trend followed the developments of the spread of the pandemic, recording a sharp drop in demand during the first part of the year, after the introduction of lockdown measures, followed by a moderate recovery between September and November, partially slowed down by the resumption of infections in December.
2021 began with positive results: in the first quarter turnover and EBITDA grew in almost all business sectors, despite the sharp increase in raw material costs recorded in the period.
“2020 was certainly a complex year from various points of view – comments Angelo Radici, President of RadiciGroup -, but we were able to limit the negative impact of the pandemic and achieve satisfactory results that confirm our competitiveness on the market. The new year opens with the challenge of being able to fully grasp the potential of the recovery of economic activities and, despite a still uncertain global scenario, we are confident that, by leveraging our solidity and efficiency and focusing on productions with greater added value, on better flexibility production and investments in research and development, we will be able to continue to offer our customers highly performing solutions, working together on increasingly innovative and sustainable projects “.
At Virtual Engineering Days, Plastics Industry Association President and CEO Tony Radoszewski urged industry to “push back” against those who want to “put us out of business.” Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO Tony Radoszewski didn’t mince words during a presentation at Virtual Engineering Days this week. The plastics industry has a “target on its back,” he told attendees. “Some people are trying to put us out of business,” and industry has to push back with a “united voice,” he stressed. Radoszewski showed how on day one of the three-day virtual event. He was joined by PLASTICS Chief Economist Perc Pineda, who delivered an upbeat economic assessment of the industry in a post-pandemic landscape.
Preaching to the choir to some extent, Radoszewski highlighted the many ways that plastics benefit society. The litany is familiar to those of us who cover the industry, but it bears repeating that polymers enable medical breakthroughs and improve patient safety, increase fuel efficiency in automobiles through lightweighting, reduce food waste and make food last longer thanks to innovations in packaging, and help build a more durable, sustainable infrastructure. None of that seems to drown out the clarion call of NGOs and parts of the media to abolish plastics. Radoszewski acknowledged the dissonance — “We are part of the problem because there is so much plastic” — but, importantly, “we’re also part of the solution.”
SIBUR, Russia’s largest integrated petrochemicals company and a leader in sustainable development, is introducing the Vivilen brand that will see recycled materials incorporated into its production process, said the company on its site.
The brand manufactures polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) utilising partners’ capacities. In the future, the product line will be expanded with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and other products. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
New polymer grades were developed by SIBUR’s R&D Polylab facility and tested by processing companies. SIBUR has already started to supply new solutions on an industrial scale and is going to ramp up its output going forward into 2H 2021.
Promoting circular economy and developing polymer recycling are essential focus areas of SIBUR’s Sustainable Development Strategy.
Secondary polymers have a great recycling potential and can be reused up to ten times or more. When used to manufacture end products, they help reduce the environmental footprint: by 2050, recycling of the world’s polymer waste will cut down GHG emissions by 1.6 bt.
Schur Flexibles Group has acquired film producer Termoplast in a move to accelerate its expansion in the Italian market.
Based in Tuscany, Italy, Termoplast is a manufacturer of films for industrial, food, medical and pharmaceutical applications, and specialises in recyclable products. The company’s portfolio includes sealable, barrier and high-barrier films, as well as peelable and reclosable offerings. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
With a manufacturing facility in Gambassi Terme, Florence, the family business reported annual revenue of approximately €50 million in 2020.
The company is said to pursue a holistic resource efficiency approach. All waste from Termoplast’s production operations is recycled, while plastic waste from the region is also prepared for further processing by Termoplast’s own recycling company.
Schur Flexibles CEO, Michael Schernthaner, said: “Termoplast is a perfect fit for Schur Flexibles Group. Its entire production process is geared towards sustainability. It is truly a best practice example of the circular economy, whether with respect to innovations, its product portfolio, the recycling of post-industrial waste.
Collectors and reprocessors of plastic scrap and end users of the material all see intense activity in the sector.
A panel gathered for the online International Recycling Week event represented several links in the plastic recycling supply chain, and each one of them is involved in and/or witnessing big-ticket investments in new plastic recycling activity.
Mass media headlines surrounding plastic packaging have been consistently negative for several years, as improperly discarded plastic has accumulated in the ocean and other ecosystems. The activism has spurred (belatedly, activists would likely contend) new regulations and substantial investments by brand owners, plastics producers, waste and recycling companies and entrepreneurs all seeking to raise the global packaging recycling rate. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
Syed Shahzad Alam, a procurement manager in the Middle East region for Unilever, pointed to that company’s aggressive plastic recycling targets when commenting, “We are not the only one doing this, but we are certainly the pioneer and we are helping to create an industrywide drive, [and] this is actually happening.”
France-based waste and recycling firm Veolia has “heavily investing in plastic recycling,” said Ronald Richa, who works for the firm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Richa says his work involves “structuring the plastics recycling business here with a new project we intend to build [focused on] polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling.”
We are to update the latest overseas trade barriers condition Chinese PET bottle chip plants face.
US and Japan anti-dumping duty on Chinese PET resin is to due in 2021-2022. US began to levy 126-162% extra tariff on Chinese PET resin since May 2016. Apr 2021, US International Trade Commission (ITC) launched the first anti-dumping and countervailing sunset review, and the preliminary results of this investigation may come out at the end of 2021. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
PET bottle chip exports to US reached its highest in 2014, which was around 150kt. However, in view of the current relationship between China and US, we believe that the chance of directly abolishing anti-dumping countervailing duties is small, but it may also be good if we can get the result of tariff reduction year by year.
Japan began to collect 39.8%—53% anti-dumping duties since Dec 28 2017, duration 5 years. So around the end of 2022, Japan’s anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET bottle chip will expire.
Japan’s imports of PET bottle chip from Chinese mainland peaked at 440kt in 2016.As a net importer, Japan has small capacity which cannot meet domestic consumption demand. Its annual import volume is basically around 900-1000kt. After levying ADD on Chinese materials, the local downstream factories in Japan directly bear the consequences of high pricing.
TAIF plans to increase its polypropylene production capacity, Realnoe Vremya reports.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim (part of TAIF Group) plans to build a new polypropylene plant with a design capacity of 400,000 tonnes of products per year in the near future. A tender has already been announced, and companies-applicants for the contract from Europe, Korea, Japan and China are competing in whose offer will be the best in terms of the combination of price and quality of performance. Business negotiations with the management of the Chinese corporation China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and its business partner China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC) took place the other day.
The management of TAIF PSC and Nizhnekamskneftekhim met with the top managers of CMEC Corporation and HQC Company, applying for a contract for the construction of PP-400. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
It is noted that Nizhnekamskneftekhim is already one of the leaders in the Russian Federation in this segment with a design capacity of the existing polypropylene production of 180,000 tonnes and a real production of 215,000 tonnes per year. Taking into account the existing plant and the one that is planned to be built – with a design capacity of 400,000 tonnes – Nizhnekamskneftekhim will almost triple the production of polypropylene and become one of the largest and most powerful producers of polypropylene in Europe.
Vietnam’s economic expansion accelerated in the second quarter on an annualized basis, backed by strong performance from the manufacturing sector.
June-quarter GDP growth at 6.61% represents a sharp improvement from the 0.39% pace recorded in the same period last year, and higher than the 4.65% rate registered in the first three months of 2021, official data showed on Tuesday.
Analysts were expecting a higher growth of 7.20% in the June quarter, Singapore-based UOB Global Economics and Markets Research said in a note on 29 June.
In the first half of 2021, GDP growth was 5.64% compared with a 1.82% growth recorded in the previous corresponding period, according to data from the Government Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
The Lifocolor group has announced that it has expanded its range of Lifocolor BIO masterbatches for biopolymers, with what the company calls bio-C colour concentrates. These concentrates are based on a selection of particularly environmentally compatible colourants and are suitable for colouring bio-based home compostable polymers. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
Under home composting conditions, they degrade to water, carbon dioxide and minerals.
Now, for the first time, Lifocolor has designed its trending colour series 2022 according to the standards of bio-C masterbatches, demonstrating that bio-based and biodegradable bioplastics can be both trendy and colorful as well as highly sustainable.
“Combined with suitable biopolymers, our Lifocolor Bio-C Masterbatches can decompose under home composting conditions. They decompose during the decomposition process to water, carbon dioxide and minerals. All the colourants used are therefore selected so that they do not pollute the environment during degradation,” said Dr. Martin Fabian, Managing Director of the Lifocolor corporate group.
This year, the Lifocolor group has gone a step further with its interpretation of the trending plastic colours for 2022.
Today, we will be talking about an industry that is currently resulting to be very beneficial for any economy. It generates foreign direct investments as well as absorbs a large share of the labor force in any country. Yes, the textile industry. The global textile market is very vast. Biopolymers Petrochemicals RecycledWaste
It sums up to nearly $1.4 trillion and its major share is in the developing countries, like China, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, and Turkey. The textile industry employs a large number of people, nearly over 300 million people, therefore, contributing to reducing unemployment in the country.
Being a huge industry, the production levels are very high. However, so are its implications on the environment. Often the people involved in the production process do not realize the harm they are causing to the environment. From non-environment-friendly methods of production to improper disposal of waste, the list is a long one. To meet the rising demand for textiles, these environmental and social values are often neglected and this continued negligence has been very dangerous for the world, harming the people and over-filling the landfills. The world has started to realize the damage it is doing to the environment through its non-eco-friendly measures. A point to keep in mind is that this not only creates environmental problems but also leads to losing many economic opportunities.
A pilot project in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology shows that chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising.
As part of Thinktank Industrial Resource Strategies, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been working with Audi for six months on a pilot project devoted to chemical recycling of plastics from automotive manufacturing. Now that the project has been completed, it is clear that chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising, they said.
The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models. The material cycles closed in this way save valuable resources and energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As such, chemical recycling represents a viable alternative to energy recovery and complements mechanical processing. Audi could use fossil resources for longer and scale back the procurement of additional fossil resources. Together with partners from the chemical industry and KIT, Audi now plans to take the next step and research industrialization.
From fuel tanks and airbag covers to radiator grilles, numerous components in cars are made of plastics. They need to meet stringent safety, heat resistance, and quality requirements. This is why plastic automotive components that are subject to particularly high levels of stress, to date, can only be manufactured from virgin-quality materials. Additionally, mixed plastic waste is often not available for mechanical recycling. For this reason, the KIT thinktank launched a pilot project for chemical recycling with Audi at the end of 2020. Within the scope of the project, tests were carried out to determine the extent to which mixed automotive plastic fractions can be fed back into a resource-friendly cycle via chemical recycling.
Avgol, a manufacturer of high performance non-woven fabric solutions, has announced it is investing in a new high-speed, high-capacity flexible multiple beam production line at its facility in Uzlovaya, Russia.
“The addition of this new line enables us to have greater production capacity for growing regional markets and support the release of new Avgol technologies,” said Tommi Bjornman, CEO of Avgol. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
“Serving the growing baby diaper, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene markets along with satisfying sustained demand for meltblown filtration and medical materials, this investment enables Avgol to deliver an improved degree of service across the entire area while consolidating and strengthening our existing position,” he said.
Avgol, an Indorama Ventures Limited company, leads the global hygiene market with the most comprehensive range of ultra-lightweight spun-melt nonwoven fabrics. This new line at the company’s Uzlovaya facility, in the Tula Oblast region of Russia, will see Avgol investing in new Reicofil 5 (RF5) technology. The third line for this location will include biocomponent and corresponding high-loft capabilities thus producing materials for applications that meet the needs of upper tier products for Hygiene customers.
Collectors and reprocessors of plastic scrap and end users of the material all see intense activity in the sector. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
A panel gathered for the online International Recycling Week event represented several links in the plastic recycling supply chain, and each one of them is involved in and/or witnessing big-ticket investments in new plastic recycling activity.
Mass media headlines surrounding plastic packaging have been consistently negative for several years, as improperly discarded plastic has accumulated in the ocean and other ecosystems. The activism has spurred (belatedly, activists would likely contend) new regulations and substantial investments by brand owners, plastics producers, waste and recycling companies and entrepreneurs all seeking to raise the global packaging recycling rate.
Syed Shahzad Alam, a procurement manager in the Middle East region for Unilever, pointed to that company’s aggressive plastic recycling targets when commenting, “We are not the only one doing this, but we are certainly the pioneer and we are helping to create an industrywide drive, [and] this is actually happening.”
Chinese producer Yisheng Petrochemical announced today that it has permanently shut its oldest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) line, the 650,000 t/yr No.1 unit, at its Ningbo site in east China’s Zhejiang province.
The main reason for the closure is weak production margins. A massive expansion of PTA capacity in China over the past two years has squeezed margins, and Yisheng — China’s largest PTA producer — does not expect significant improvements in the coming years. The typical breakeven cost for a PTA unit of this scale is around or above 700 yuan/t ($108/t), much higher than Yn400-500/t for larger and newer plants. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
A new round of shutdowns of older producers began in China in March. State-controlled Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical dismantled its 300,000 t/yr No.1 PTA unit in Nanjing in April, while producers Zhejiang Reignwood and Ningbo Liwan have kept their production lines idle since March.
Chemical recycling has gained increased attention as a promising recovery technology, especially for post-consumer plastic waste. It is seen as a complementary solution to mechanical recycling, being better suited for difficult to recycle plastics like multi-layer solutions or heavily contaminated plastics. Yet, its availability at commercial scale is currently still limited, and a legislative framework at European level still needs to be established. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The term chemical recycling, also known as feedstock or tertiary recycling, comprises different varying technologies that convert plastic waste into an upstream feedstock resulting in secondary raw materials that have the same quality as virgin materials. This recovery technologies provide an opportunity for plastic waste streams that generally are not mechanically (or otherwise) recycled. In this way, waste is directed away from landfill or energy recovery towards higher quality recycling. However, chemical recycling is still facing economic and technical challenges, which have an effect on their potential for commercial development in Europe.
Germany — Never before has the plastics industry been as driven by sustainability as it is today. The increasing pressure from society and legislation demanding more sustainable alternatives is also driving Guenther hot runner technology. Therefore, the 1st Virtual Technology Day on 16 June 2021 was dedicated to the processing of biopolymers in the hot runner. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Biopolymers are an attractive alternative to polymers and are increasingly becoming the focus of the plastics processing industry. However, their crystallisation behaviour makes processing these new materials difficult. This prompted Guenther Hotrunner to put together a programme of lectures on this topic for a virtual technology day. More than 160 registrations from a wide range of companies proved the interest in the possibilities in biopolymer processing.
Manuel Schmellenkamp from Sigmasoft opened the lecture programme of the online event with the topic “Processing biopolymers — How does simulation work?” Using the example of polylactide (PLA), which can be injection moulded as a blend and filled with natural fibres (for example, wood imitation), he demonstrated the benefits of simulation in all areas of the plastics processing value chain. PLA basically behaves like a thermoplastic during injection moulding, but the residual moisture has a greater effect on the mechanical and rheological behaviour.
A new plant-based material has been created – and it could put an end to single-use plastic.
A team at the University of Cambridge has created a polymer film by imitating the properties of spider silk, one of the strongest materials in nature. The product is as strong as many common plastics in use today and could replace the material completely in many common household products. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The ‘vegan spider silk’ was created using a method which assembles plant proteins into materials that mimic silk on a molecular level, resulting in a plastic-like free-standing film, which can be made at industrial scale.
From Alzheimer’s disease to dishwasher tablets
Professor Tuomas Knowles has spent years at Cambridge’s Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, researching the behaviour of proteins. Much of this has been focused on what happens when proteins ‘misbehave’, primarily in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.
“We normally investigate how functional protein interactions allow us to stay healthy and how irregular interactions are implicated in Alzheimer’s,” says Knowles, who led the research. “It was a surprise to find our research could also address a big problem in sustainability: that of plastic pollution.”
DEFRA is working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) on plans to build more plastic processing infrastructure in the UK to reduce exports, according to the government.
Last week Feryal Clark, Labour MP for Enfield put a question to the Secretary of State for DEFRA asking if he will hold discussions with the DIT on the findings of a Greenpeace report that plastic packaging and bags from seven of the top 10 UK supermarkets have been found at multiple sites across Turkey.
Minister for the environment Rebecca Pow has responded to the question, confirming that DEFRA is working with DIT on “supporting the development of more plastic processing infrastructure within the UK to reduce the need to export these materials to other countries, such as Turkey”. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
She continued saying the government is also committed to bringing forward a ban on plastic exports to non-OECD countries.
Regarding the Greenpeace report, Pow added: “The Environment Agency (EA) has liaised with Greenpeace […] in order to seek information which could assist them with their compliance monitoring and enforcement of waste exports to Turkey.
She also said that the EA has been proactively engaging with the authorities in Turkey on the issue of illegal plastic waste exports over the past year.
A new report from Break Free From Plastic claims that fast-moving consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, and Coca-Cola are investing in costly projects that do little to solve the plastic waste problem.
While top fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies are seeking ways to reduce plastic waste through a variety of programs that range from the probable to the impossible, Break Free From Plastic has issued a new report that categorizes 265 recent and current projects. Out of these projects, a total of 226 were designated “false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis,” as defined by experts from the Break Free From Plastic movement. Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
“Missing the Mark: Unveiling corporate false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis” analyzed the initiatives of Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Mars Inc., Mondelez International, Nestlé, Unilever, and the Coca-Cola Co., which are considered to be “top polluters” according to a global brand audit conducted by Break Free From Plastic. While these FMCG companies claim to be tackling the issues surrounding the use of plastic packaging for their products, the report says that they “are pursuing false solutions that range from potentially damaging at worst, and simple wishful thinking, at best.” The findings reveal that “only 15% of the projects are proven solutions like reuse, refill, and alternative delivery systems. Instead, these companies are investing in projects that do little to eliminate single-use plastics,” said Emma Priestland, Break Free From Plastic Corporate Campaigns Coordinator.
Wiser Tech is an innovation and technology company that has set out to change the current textile industry. Based in Turkey, the world-class R&D center has been working on advanced technologies that will revolutionize denim finishing processes. “WOX, the first product of these technologies, physically consists of an ozone drum and generator, but in spirit, it was designed as a network object that provides data to artificial intelligence algorithms,” said Fuat Gozacan, founder of Wiser Tech. “With this feature, it is a first in the industry.”
Here, Gozacan spoke with Sourcing Journal about its AI-based WOX system and what makes it unique in the denim finishing technologies industry.
You introduced a new ozone finishing technology last month. How did WOX’s journey begin? Biopolymers Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The starting point of WOX is based on Wiser Wash, a patented and award-winning ozone bleaching process introduced to the denim industry in 2017. It eliminates the standard pumice stone and toxic chemicals, and bleaches with only 200 ml of water and ozone. Yet the outcome is always gorgeous, with brighter contrasts. Wiser Tech, our innovation and technology company, has been working on advanced technologies that will take the potential of Wiser Wash one step further.
Huvis, a manufacturer of chemicals and fiber materials in South Korea, teamed up with SK Chemicals to produce a high-quality polyester yarn using chemical recycling technology. The new product called “Ecoever CR” will be produced within the third quarter of 2021.
Unlike physical recycling that uses post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials by grinding collected polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and other materials into little pieces, chemical recycling breaks down and returns plastic to its pure, raw material form. It is an attractive way to address the explosive growth of plastic waste and disposal problems.
Using SK Chemicals’ chemical cycle PET (CR PET), Huvis will make yarn products. Huvis has produced Ecoever, an eco-friendly fiber made from used PET bottles. In August 2020, the company opened a plant to produce a sheet-type PET foam material called “ECOPET,” which has excellent thermal insulation and heat-resisting properties. ECOPET can be used as food containers because it is free of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Manufacturers’ marketing reflects good intentions and the realities of challenged supply chains and tightening laws
The world has a shortage of plastics, and the ensuing challenges — rather than a desire to protect the planet — may well be the reason you’ve recently heard about recycled plastic working its way into laptops and other gadgetry.
The Reg’s interest in recycled materials was piqued by a series of announcements that emerged around April 2021’s Earth Day. Acer, for example, touted the first of a new range of greener products that featured post-consumer recycled plastic. Lenovo reminded us that it uses millions of kilograms of recycled plastic each year.
Dell has a 2030 goal of reusing or recycling an equivalent product for every product a customer buys, while using 100 per cent recycled or renewable packaging materials and having more than half of product content made from recycled or renewable materials.
That news got us wondering if recycled material makes a difference that readers might notice in a product. We also wondered if the burst of enthusiasm for recycled materials was mere virtue signaling, or a signal of real change.
Tosaf, Alon Tavor, Israel has developed new additive masterbatches that are specially tailored to the orientation process of PE films, said the company.
This portfolio currently includes slip, antiblock, antistatic and antifog additives. The option of using them individually or in combination gives manufacturers a high degree of flexibility in meeting specific product requirements.
In close cooperation with Bruckner Maschinenbau, a manufacturer of film stretching systems based in Siegsdorf, Tosaf has validated the good processing properties of the BOPE masterbatches. As these pilot tests have shown, films made with them meet high optical and functional requirements without compromising mechanical properties.
In addition, the masterbatch manufacturer has demonstrated the good processing properties that result from using the new additives on a production line. The results also show the suitability of the BOPE additives for the production of inline monoaxially stretched films (Machine Direction Orientated, MDO), which are emerging as a further production trend.
As per MRC, Biaxplen company (part of SIBUR Holding) developed a metallized film of the HBV.M brand, which has high barrier properties. There are only a few companies all over the world capable of producing films with such characteristics. The new brand will be produced at the Kursk plant Biaksplena. The production capacity will be 500 tons per year. The launch of the film is scheduled for the second half of 2021.
Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, and Saipem, an engineering and technological platform for sustainability, have signed an agreement to internationally promote PROESA, Versalis’ proprietary technology used to produce sustainable bioethanol and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass, said the company.
Versalis and Saipem will provide integrated and technologically advanced solutions for the sustainable production of bioethanol. The PROESA process does not use crops intended for human consumption as a raw material, but rather produces second generation bioethanol (referred to as advanced biofuel by EU) through a process of hydrolysis and subsequent fermentation of agricultural biomasses available in abundance, such as agricultural waste, wood chips and energy crops.
Versalis will manage the commercial aspects relating to the granting of licence rights of the PROESA technology and will provide engineering, assistance, and training services. Saipem will be responsible for all the stages of production plants development, from design to construction. Furthermore, the two companies will collaborate with a dedicated joint team to further developments in the industrial process. The Versalis plant in Crescentino (Vercelli), where the PROESA technology was developed, will be the reference plant for international marketing by the two companies.
According to Shana, Iran’s Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC) initiated the construction of a mega petrochemical complex in the Mahshahr district, southwestern Iran.
Senior petrochemical officials including the PGPIC Managing Director Jafar Rabiei, and the project’s managing director Mehdi Gharouni were present at the ceremony.
Rabiei further declared that this complex is the biggest petrochemical complex in Mahshahr Petrochemical Special Economic Zone and when it implemented it is going to create job opportunities for 5,000 people.
The project’s managing director stated that the mentioned petrochemical complex, is included of one olefin unit with a production capacity of 1.26 tons of ethylene and 420,000 tons of propylene, in addition to five polymer units including two units of high-density polyethylene (HDP), one unit of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), one unit of polypropylene, one monoethylene glycol (MEG) unit and a butadiene unit.
International technology Group Andritz will be presenting its latest nonwovens production and textile solutions at ANEX/SINCE 2021 in Shanghai, China, from July 22 to 24, 2021.
Located at booth 1L10, the broad Andritz product portfolio covers a wide range of nonwovens and textile production technologies such as air-through bonding, needlepunch, spunlace, spunbond, wetlaid/Wetlace, converting, textile finishing, airlay, recycling, and bast fibre processing.
The company’s presence in China is strengthened by its Andritz (China) Ltd.’s Wuxi Branch, which has an experienced platform for production and service specially geared to the Asian nonwovens industry. It designs and manufactures cutting-edge lines for the Andritz aXcess product range, which includes complete lines and individual machines for air-through bonding, needlepunch and spunlace processes. Through this expertise, nonwovens producers have access to a full range of technologies for the production of high-quality nonwoven roll goods.
Ocean freight rates on the Far East-Middle East sector will increase again by the end of the month in anticipation of a surge in year-end cargo volumes.
Ocean freight rates on the Far East-Middle East sector will increase again by the end of the month in anticipation of a surge in year-end cargo volumes.
Industry sources said the main shipping lines, which are members of the informal rate agreement (IRA) governing the Far East-Middle East trade, are expected to meet shortly to discuss the general rate increase.
The increase will follow the August peak season surcharge of $150 per 20-foot unit (TEU) and $300 per 40-foot container levied by the IRA and the increase in the fuel adjustment factor in July (from $82 per TEU to $117).
These rates are applied over and above the prevailing freight rates, which are $1,000 to $1,200 a TEU from Chinese ports.
The IRA also attempted to implement a general rate increase of up to $300 per TEU in July but implementation was less than 100 per cent due to lower than expected cargo volumes, said sources.
A distribution agreement with Germany-based Axia Plastics (Cologne; www.axiaplastics.com) seeks to increase sales in Austria, Germany and Switzerland for Turkish compounder Epsan (Bursa; www.epsan.com.tr).
Axia, a subsidiary of US chemical and plastics supplier Vinmar International (Houston, Texas; www.vinmar.com), was founded in 2019 to sell polymers by ExxonMobil Chemical (see Plasteurope.com of 28.05.2019) and plans to offer the entire Epsan portfolio of compounds, which are based on numerous engineering thermoplastics.
Teknor Apex Company has established a warehouse and distribution facility in Kyoto for its PVC automotive compounds and has appointed a sales agent responsible for serving auto-industry companies in Japan.
The new sales agent is Nishinihon Shoko Co., Ltd., an Osaka-based company specialising in supplying the automotive industry. Kozo Okamoto is President/CEO. The manager of automotive accounts will be Hirofumi Okamoto, and Kazuo Yamada will provide technical support.
“We already supply PVC compounds to Japanese OEMs in other regions of the world, and now we have strengthened our capability to serve OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in Japan directly,” said Steve McCormack, automotive industry manager for the Vinyl Division. “This is critical for meeting the just-in-time requirements of our customers in Japan.”
Hydrogen is the object of renewed and momentous interest around the world as a way to contribute to the decarbonisation of the global economy. Indeed, while hydrogen has multiple applications across (heavily polluting) industrial sectors and potential for new uses in transport, heating and power generation, it does not emit any CO2 and it leads to almost no air pollution when used. It enters in industrial processes as a feedstock, can be burned as a fuel, serve as an energy carrier, or for energy storage. However, today, its share in the global energy mix stays very limited, mainly because of cost considerations. While it is used in many public initiatives around the world, technological, financial and regulation risks (among others) will remain.
DIVERSE PRODUCTION SOURCES AND (FUTURE) USES
Hydrogen can be produced through multiple technologies classified by colour. There are three main types of hydrogen. ‘Grey’ hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, typically with natural gas reforming or coal gasification. ‘Blue’ (or low-carbon) hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, like the ‘grey’ one, but during the reforming process, carbon emissions are captured by a Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) plant, and stored in underground sites. ‘Green’ (or renewable or clean) hydrogen is produced from renewable power by electrolysis (i.e. the process of separating water molecules into their constituents, hydrogen and oxygen) or from biomass with limited emissions.
Standard Textile Co., Inc. and Küçükçalık today announce they have entered into a joint venture agreement. The joint venture agreement brings together the specialized expertise and knowledge of two leading textile manufacturing companies to expand their product portfolio and accelerate growth in the healthcare, hospitality, and consumer markets. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Küçükçalık is a premier global textile manufacturing company with key operations in Turkey and Egypt. From fiber production to weaving to finishing, the company produces apparel, bedding, drapery, and other decorative products for the consumer market. The company opened its first weaving mill in 1990 and added dyeing and printing factories in 1992. In 2019, Küçükçalık created a new sustainable yarn from discarded PET bottles using advanced spinning technology. The company is listed among the top 500 companies in the Turkish industrial sector.
The two companies plan to commercialize Loop’s PET, plastic fiber manufacturing technology in Asia. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Loop Industries, a company based in Montréal that is focused on finding solutions for a sustainable plastics economy, has announced that it is forming a strategic partnership with SK Global Chemical Co. Ltd. (SKGC), a subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Group, which is a large conglomerate, to accelerate the commercialization of Loop’s sustainable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic and polyester fiber manufacturing technology throughout Asia.
According to a news release from Loop, the company’s technology allows for PET plastic and polyester fiber to be upcycled into virgin-quality PET using low heat and no added pressure. The process allows Loop to eliminate contaminants, such as dyes, additives and other impurities, preventing unrecyclable materials like colored and contaminated plastics or textiles from ending up in landfills.
Sibur, the Moscow-based supplier of plastics to Europe, Russia and Asia, sees research in next-stage recycling techniques yielding results in the next three to five years. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Chemical recycling is “definitely an R&D priority for us, which should provide some real options, but only within three to five years” Peter O’Brien, Managing Director for Economics and Finance at Sibur said during an annual investment conference hosted by Renaissance Capital. “When we do have those options, they should be more efficient than mechanical recycling and they will help to reduce CO2 emissions.”
Governments, investors and corporates are seeking to manage waste and pollution stemming from rising plastics use worldwide, and Russia is no exception. Increasing amounts of plastics, which do not decompose within a human’s lifetime, are appearing in the world’s oceans and waterways as waste collection and management processes leak the material.
Plastics are omnipresent, and in some ways a victim of their own success as a cheap, strong and flexible material. Chemical properties in plastics make re-use and recycling possible as an answer to return value while stemming the rising tide of trash.
Mechanical recycling is a simpler and more common practice currently. It preserves the molecular structure of the plastic. It crushes (properly sorted) plastics and remelts them into granules. Meanwhile, the focus for the future is on chemical recycling. This technique is able to split the polymer chains and theoretically gain higher or complete yields of recyclable material.
Product design and life-cycle assessment are also needed
More plastic recycling and innovative approaches to it are a key part of, but not a complete solution to, solving plastic waste problems, experts told a US congressional panel June 24. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
A sole focus on recycling could increase the proliferation of plastic and waste problems, Gregory Keoleian, a professor of sustainable systems at the University of Michigan, told the House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology.
Better product design with careful selection of materials that can be recycled must be integrated into efforts to reduce plastic waste, Keoleian said.
As an example of a waste conundrum that stems from the lack of systematic consideration, Keoleian noted that the manufacturing of automobiles involves dozens of types of plastic. These plastics wind up mixed—and hard to clean, separate, and recycle—when old cars get shredded to reclaim their steel, he said.
Life-cycle assessments of products can help producers avoid or limit the use of materials that can’t be reused, remanufactured, or recycled, he said. Such assessments also consider the greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastics production and disposal, Keoleian said, adding: “Plastics are carbon-intensive.”
The current nylon 6 chip and filament market are in a very representative state: prices keep range-bound, downstream go bargain hunting when prices wave to a relatively low rate, and sales/production ratio is temporarily stimulated but in most of the time not ideal. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
And compared with polyester filament, the periodical sales boom in nylon market is less frequently, with shorter cycles and less regularity.
This has pointed out to the fact that caution is the current state of mind in the downstream, and it is closely related to the recent general environment. There are indeed some macro risks that need to be guarded against.
For example, when will the US Fed tightening signal, which is the most concerned, appear? And the U.S. employment data in the near term is better than expected, the inflation has risen significantly, so the exit from Quantity Easing seems to be just around the corner.
While last year saw the cancellation of events ranging from anniversary celebrations to major trade shows, it looks as if this year, as countries starting reopening and restrictions are relaxed, might be different. One of the first industry in-person events planned in Europe is the VDI PIAE 2021 international trade congress in Mannheim on September 8 and 9; although, as the organisers said, there will be a digital programme as well, to ensure that those unable to attend can also participate.
At a virtual media event 24 June held in advance of the congress, the main theme was the interior of the cars of the future and the tensions arising between the factors design, functionality and sustainability. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Key issues playing a role, according to the various speakers, are the need for better quality and a consistent supply of recycled materials, intelligent tools and technologies that make it possible to produce the smart surfaces that consumers will be looking for in the new cars of the future and a new ‘design language’ that is aligned with the new mobility developments. One of the speakers at the event, Jörg Friedrich, the managing director at Car Men GmbH emphasised the emerging design potential of the Chinese industry, which, he said, is having an increasingly stronger impact on car interior design worldwide – “ a trend that was clearly evident at the Shanghai / Beijing Auto Shows.”
One important need is for materials with a lower carbon footprint. The automotive industry, too, must do its share to meet the European Union’s stricter climate targets, preserve natural resources and increase the lifespan of vehicles. Jochen Hardt, Marketing Mobility Covestro, said that Covestro was working to fulfil these needs with new sustainable material solutions that the company will be showcasing in Mannheim in September.
Breakfast cereals packaged in the multilayer, co-extruded box-in-box liners are on store shelves now in the United Kingdom.
Coveris, a flexible-packaging developer based in Austria, has developed a recyclable, mono-material film liner for bag-in-box cereal packaging. The company’s new Cereal+ liner is made from 100% polyethylene co-extruded film that contains up to nine layers. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
“Cereal+ has launched w ith three cereal brands in the UK, with more launches anticipated in the next month,” Sujoy Bose, Sales Director, Coveris, told PlasticsToday.
The liner provides shelf life comparable to that of conventional cereal box liners, ensuring product protection and freshness for cereals and other dry foods. Cereal+ offers high mechanical strength and puncture resistance, excellent sealing properties, and easy-peel opening for consumers.
Multiple Cereal+ liner structures are available to meet the requirements of different applications. The Coveris Film Science Laboratory performs analytical testing, including moisture vapor transition rate (MVTR) tests, to help customers choose the liner best suited to their product.
“Our Cereal+ liners for bag-in-box and catering applications are five-layer co-extruded films. For products requiring barrier properties, Coveris has the capabilities to manufacture seven- and nine-layer Cereal+ films for performance and shelf life,” Bose explained.
During the production of PET preforms, the molecule acetaldehyde (AA) is formed as a by-product of PET. AA can also be found in nature, e.g. in citrus fruits. Because if its intense taste an excessively high AA content in PET preforms is undesirable. In addition to the recipe, the main influencing factors for the formation of AA when processing PET are the residence time and the processing temperature. Since the residence time in the laminar PET melt flow is uneven, local AA concentrations occur in individual cavities of the mould. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
This means that in one injection cycle, within a large number of high quality preforms, some with too high AA concentration may occur. This can be counteracted conservatively by using AA blockers. The problem is that AA blockers may also migrate and therefore, corresponding legal limits must be observed. Moreover, AA blockers represent an additional cost factor.
By using the Promix PET mixing nozzle specially developed for this application, local AA concentrations are evenly distributed in the melt flow. This prevents individual outliers. Since the peaks are reduced by an average of 20-30 %, all cavities are then below the permissible AA limit. If AA blockers are used, their effect is optimised thanks to the better distribution in the melt. This leads to significant savings in AA blockers. Not infrequently, it is even possible to eliminate AA blockers entirely, which permanently lowers production costs.
The CEO of Aquafil, world leader in the production of nylon components for furniture and fashion, is an entrepreneur from Vicenza who has been involved in sustainability and the circular economy for more than 20 years. In one sector, textiles, which has only recently begun to question the harmfulness of fast fashion
First of all, raise your hand if you think that the vanguard of recycling in textiles passes through the carpet sector: probably no one (except those directly involved).
And now raise your hand if you know that Roy C. Anderson, the putative father of the regenerative company, was a worldwide carpet manufacturer: lovers of the genre certainly did, as well as the Ted’s, of which Anderson was a great protagonist. Finally raise your hand who was in 1998 on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, in one of the most exclusive resorts in the world in the company of Bruce Willis and Michael Jordan (among others), in an atmosphere full of expectations and flavor of the “appointment with history”. BottletoBottle Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Here the hand can raise it very few, very few lucky ones. Giulio Bonazzi, entrepreneur from Vicenza, CEO of Aquafil, world leader in the production of nylon components for furniture and fashion, is one of these.
Anderson’s 20-20 mission
Aquafil, which is based in Trento, in 1998 was a small, very small supplier of Interface, Anderson’s company. Yet Bonazzi was also called upon to contribute to the great event. “The first day, Anderson gathered us in a small room, which looked like a high school classroom, and made a very clear speech: he said he would set up the ‘mission 20-20’ – Bonazzi tells EconomiaCircolare.com – and that is that by 2020 he would have been at the head of a company with zero impact on the planet: totally based on recycled raw materials, zero emissions, zero waste of water and rational use of this precious asset, energy only from renewable sources, etc. … T we all thought: he’s crazy. But from there, for each of us, the way of seeing our work changed and a journey began that continues today ”.
All recycling technologies are required to ensure material is retained in the economy to be used by end markets and applications says new position statement from CEFLEX.
The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) initiative is a collaboration of over 170 European companies, associations and organisations representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging. Together, we work to make all flexible packaging in Europe circular by 2025.
To support CEFLEX’s vision and help the entire value chain move forward as one, a facilitated alignment process tackles key issues. Captured in a position statement, the latest addresses Recycling Capabilities for Flexible Packaging in a Circular Economy – and the need for:
Fit for purpose recyclate in sufficient quantity, quality and value to be preferred over new virgin fossil-based materials by the market
An essential need for high quality mechanical and physical recycling; but also, chemical recycling technologies to realise the required capacity and expanded end markets
Coherent and complementary choices in packaging design using the CEFLEX Designing for a Circular Economy guidelines and improved sorting processes
EPR schemes designed to support full material circularity together with the principle of covering the full net costs associated with this
Mechanical recycling can only take us so far, so we must look at advanced recycling methods to meet environmental objectives. However, the road is rocky.
We want packaging to protect, keep consumers safe, and make good use of material resources. We want to use barriers that reduce permeation of gases (carbon dioxide and oxygen) and moisture for products that are sensitive. We want to use colors and UV inhibitors the protect against the loss of vitamins and flavor. We might even want to brighten our package a bit. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Then we want our packaging back. Recycling efforts cannot be considered successful until we get the containers, bottles, pouches, etc., returned — and that continues to be a challenge, particularly in the United States.
But what do we do with it once we get it back?
The existing mode of attack is mechanical recycling. The process separates materials based on type: glass, metal, paper, and plastics. Today, it is relatively easy to set up a mechanical recycling plant and reclaim many materials for next generation use.
However, with plastics, mechanical recycling can only take us so far. The feedstocks cannot deviate far from the original polymer. Those materials we add to enhance package performance — such as nylon, color, oxygen scavengers — can negatively impact processing and appearance of mechanically-recycled polymers.
SABIC is working with UK-based company Plastic Energy to build its first commercial unit in Geleen
Chemicals giant focuses on recycling plastics
RIYADH: SABIC and BASF, two of the world’s largest chemical producers, met in Riyadh to share insights into their respective programs to develop circular economy solutions for the plastics industry. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
SABIC shared progress it has made with TRUCIRCLE, a collection of processes that allow for the certification of polymers created through recycling of used and mixed plastic, certified bio-based renewable polymers, certified renewable polycarbonate (PC), and mechanically recycled polymers.
BASF discussed ChemCycling, a project to develop a pyrolysis technology that turns plastic waste into a secondary raw material called pyrolysis oil. The German multinational also explained how its plastic additives facilitate mechanical recycling of plastics.
SABIC is working with UK-based company Plastic Energy to build its first commercial unit in Geleen, The Netherlands, which will produce TRUCIRCLE certified circular polymers from recycled plastic.
Oerlikon Nonwoven will be showcasing its range of technology at next month’s ANEX-SINCE exhibition with a particular focus on solutions for the hygiene and medical, filtration and other industrial sectors.
Taking place in Shanghai between July 22 and 24, 2021, Oerlikon can be found at Stand 1H20.
Oerlikon Nonwoven offers a broad range of spunbond technology products and services. The process for manufacturing geotextiles from polyester or polypropylene in particular, has been optimized, and is now characterized by high production quality and the high production capacities and yields for manufacturing the latest, future-oriented nonwoven products. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
For the manufacture of hygiene and medical nonwovens, Oerlikon Nonwoven is offering its new QSR (Quality Sized Right) systems, which can be combined with a range of other features that enable differentiation within the market.
For the meltblown sector, Oerlikon supplies equipment for the manufacture of highly sophisticated filter media and numerous other high-end nonwoven applications.
A consortium of companies formed in April 2019 has produced food-grade PET bottles from enzymatically-recycled plastics.
Green chemistry company Carbios, and brand owners L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, have manufactured sample bottles for products including Pepsi Max, Orangina and Perrier.
The announcement is the culmination of nearly 10 years’ research and development by Carbios to create a new process and supercharge an enzyme naturally occurring in compost heaps that normally breaks down leaf membranes of dead plants. By adapting this enzyme, Carbios has fine-tuned the technology and optimised this enzyme to break down any kind of PET (regardless of colour or complexity) into its building blocks, which can then be turned back into like-new, virgin-quality plastics.
According to a peer-reviewed article in Nature, PET can be broken down enzymatically by 97 per cent in 16 hours, which is said to be 10,000 times more efficient than any biological plastics recycling trial to date.
The promise of endlessly recycled PET plastic is one step closer today, as an industry consortium announced the successful production of the world’s first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic.
Each consortium member – which includes Coleford-based Suntory Beverage and Food Europe, Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters and PepsiCo – has successfully manufactured sample bottles – based on Carbios’ enzymatic PET recycling technology.
Orangina is one of the iconic brands modelling the technology which could see brands like Ribena and Lucozade follow suite. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Suntory said this ground-breaking milestone is a key building block in its roadmap to full circularity for its drinks packaging, and its transition to removing fossil-fuel-based plastic from its packaging by 2030. The firm’s roadmap to 100 per cent sustainable plastic packing includes: investing in enzymatic recycling, creating bottles fit for circularity, using more recycled material and removing unnecessary plastic.
The news follows the Gloucestershire based company’s recent £7.8m investment to make its existing packaging more sustainable too. This includes new designs for its Ribena and Lucozade bottles that aid bottle-to-bottle recycling, the switch to 100 per cent recycled plastic for Lucozade Sport by the end of this year, and the switch to recyclable paper straws on its Ribena cartons.
Software and technology firm Emerson has signed a multi-year agreement with PureCycle Technologies to provide advanced digital technologies and automation for a network of global facilities enabling large-scale recycling of ‘a common – but rarely recycled – plastics’. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem was chosen for its breadth of digital solutions, including intelligent sensors and control valves, advanced operations software and systems, cloud data management and analytics.
“Unlike traditional manufacturing facilities coping with transforming legacy platforms to digital, PureCycle’s approach will enable all future facilities to be born digital,” said Dustin Olson, chief manufacturing officer of PureCycle Technologies. “With Emerson’s help, each PureCycle facility is expected to start up with the most advanced digital automation technologies available, allowing for faster project completion and fully integrated systems.
“PureCycle’s first-of-its-kind technology purifies waste plastics to remove colour, odour and other contaminants to create a near-virgin Ultra-Pure Recycled PP suitable for nearly any application. This provides a pathway to reverse low rates of global PP recycling and opens new opportunities for the plastics supply into all PP applications.”
At WasteExpo 2021, June 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, TOMRA Recycling will exhibit and highlight the latest sorting innovations from the company’s new generation AUTOSORT sensor-based sorting system. As a sponsoring partner of the Sustainability Talks event co-located with WasteExpo, TOMRA will also deliver a presentation on June 30, focusing on recycling’s role in offering ideas and solutions to advance the circular economy. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
On exhibit in TOMRA WasteExpo booth #2123, the ultracompact and highly versatile AUTOSORT excels across a vast range of material sorting applications, including municipal solid waste (MSW). AUTOSORT features multiple technologies, including SHARP EYE and FLYING BEAM, to deliver high-performance sorting accuracy across all target fractions, including the most complex to sort.
Team members, including TOMRA’s new Regional Director Americas, Ty Rhoad, will also have the latest details on the highly customizable AUTOSORT® SPEEDAIR. This additional component in the TOMRA AUTOSORT® range incorporates speed-controlled, fan-driven air inlets that generate a constant air stream over the conveyor belt to prevent light materials like paper and plastic film from moving, even at belt speeds reaching 19.7 ft/sec (6 m/sec).
There are still no signs indicating that resin prices have peaked. Indeed, producers are poised to raise prices in July on the heels of a June increase.
Most spot polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices held steady for a second consecutive week. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Although buyers were wishing and hoping to talk the market down, there was still no real sign that US commodity resin prices were headed for a reversal, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.
Some market participants pointed to the return to healthy reactor rates and corresponding build in some upstream resin inventories, but domestically produced prime resin was still very difficult to source in the spot market, as force majeure conditions and sales allocations remain in place for many producers. There was some resistance to market pricing early in the week of June 14, but buyers that truly needed material were unable to find a better deal and came back later in the week to pay suppliers’ asking prices. Producers showed their intent on maintaining the firm undertone that has been the prevailing theme throughout this year by announcing another round of PE price increases for July. The July nominations came as June contracts have yet to be finalized but lean heavily toward implementation.
The PolyStyreneLoop co-operative has opened its polystyrene recycling plant in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, which is designed to facilitate closed-loop recycling of expandable polystyrene (EPS) waste. Packaging Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The facility was officially opened and fully operational on 16 June, with a capacity to recycle 3,300 t/yr of EPS demolition waste from buildings. The project will use a physical recycling process based on the Creasolv Technology as a dissolution technique, allowing the removal of additives and impurities such as cement and other chemical residues to deliver high-quality polystyrene recyclates.
PolyStyreneLoop is a co-operative taskforce represented by more than 70 companies operating in the polystyrene foam value chain. Members include producer Synthos, the EUMEPS (European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene) and a number of foam manufacturers, additives suppliers, converters and recyclers.
Indorama Ventures Xylenes & PTA, LLC (IVXP), a subsidiary of global chemical producer Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), announces new PNDA (Purified 2,6-Naphthalene Dicarboxylic Acid) production unit, making IVXP the world’s largest PNDA producer. The unit is located at IVXP’s integrated manufacturing site in Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
The company used in-house technology to design and develop the new unit, which was built with equipment mostly made in the U.S. IVXP’s PNDA maintains the highest 99.8% purity level, with extremely low levels of metals and other organics. The unit can produce enough PNDA to fulfil current and forecast global demand for the next 10 years.
IVL is the only large-scale commercial producer of NDC (Dimethyl 2,6-Naphthalene Dicarboxylate) monomers. In addition to PNDA and NDC production, it offers a wide range of naphthalate polymers such as PEN (Polyethylene Naphthalate), PEN-Copolymers, PBN (Polybutylene Naphthalate), and other specialty naphthalates.
Repsol, Axens and the French research and training centre Ifpen, have joined forces to develop a pioneering process to enhance the chemical recycling of plastics waste and boost circular materials production.
The Rewind Mix process removes impurities such as silicon, chlorine, diolefins, and metals from the plastics pyrolysis oils produced, allowing the direct and undiluted feed to petrochemical units. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Pyrolysis is one of the most promising pathways for the chemical recycling of plastics waste, which otherwise would end up incinerated or in landfills, and the production of food-grade, low-carbon footprint, recycled plastics. This new pyrolysis oil upgrading process will expand its deployment and allow the massive introduction of recycled pyrolysis oil in existing steam cracking assets.
Polyolefins from petrochemistry represent about half of the 400 million tonnes a year of world plastics production and a major target in terms of plastic recycling. Today, mechanical recycling faces limitations due to feedstock quality (mix of polymers and impurities content) that directly impact product quality and potential applications, in particular for food-grade use.
The Rewind Mix process has been developed at the Repsol Technology Lab and Ifpen facilities, with extensive pilot plant testing of representative pyrolysis oils, reproducing the exact conditions of the future industrial plant. It can be integrated within existing petrochemical units.
Bright Green Plastics has invested a seven-figure sum into upgrading its facility with new innovative washing and extruding machinery, allowing for the increased recovery of post-consumer plastic waste. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The Yorkshire-based recycling firm recovers and repurposes discarded plastic, processing more than 40,000 tonnes of the UK’s plastic waste every year.
Recycled polymerThe firm’s new wash plant is designed to shred, wash, purify and granulate post-consumer waste into ready-to-recycle flake product.
Processing up-to five tonnes per hour, the machine recycles all its own water and will produce the firm’s purest ever polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) flake.
The upgraded extruder is designed to melt the disused plastic and transform it into recycled pellets, ready to be put back into the manufacturing cycle. It will process up to three tonnes of PP and PE plastic per hour, and allow the firm to work with material previously too difficult to handle, such as flexible plastics.
With a new process, ENGEL makes it possible to process plastic waste as flakes in injection moulding directly after grinding. Since a complete process step, pelletising, is eliminated, the innovation significantly improves cost efficiency in plastics recycling.
At its live e-symposium 2021 from 22 to 24 June, ENGEL is presenting the new two-stage process to a trade audience for the first time and demonstrating its great potential. The new process also offers benefits in the production of very large and thick-walled components with high shot weights. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The key to shortening the recycling process is breaking down plasticising and injection into two independent process steps that are very well tuned with each other. In the first stage, the raw material, for example plastic flakes originating from post-consumer collection, is melted in a conventional plasticising screw. In the second stage of the process the melt is transferred to a second screw for injection into the cavity. The two-stage process makes it possible to integrate a melt filter and a degassing unit on the injection unit side of the injection moulding machine, so that products with a consistently high quality are obtained even from contaminated plastic flakes.
This innovation sees ENGEL make a further contribution to the establishment of a circular economy for plastics. Pelletising the recycled material is an energy-intensive process which typically also involves logistics overhead. If this step can be eliminated, the CO2 footprint is improved and recycling costs are also significantly reduced.
A technology developed by Yield10 Bioscience that produces camelina seed containing high levels of PHA bioplastic marks a “significant step toward commercial production of PHA in plants,” said the compan InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Yield10 Bioscience, an agriculture bioscience company based in Woburn, MA, recently featured a presentation by Chief Science Officer Dr. Kristi Snell at the 2021 Synthetic Biology Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) conference on June 18. Snell described how Yield10 researchers programmed prototype plants with microbial genes based on a patent filed for new technology that produces camelina seed containing high levels of PHA bioplastic suitable for field production.
Yield10 Bioscience (formerly Metabolix) has a long history of developing PHA. Metabolix was founded in 1992, and a partnership with Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) held high hopes for success, when Metabolix promised 50,000 tons per year of PHA from its Iowa-based bioplastics facility in 2007. That collaboration fell through, and Metabolix changed its name to Yield10 and began work on developing PHA using camelina seed.
Proof-of-concept for field production of PHA in Camelina sativa.
In 2020, several camelina lines were grown in small plots at field test sites in the United States and Canada. Compared with control plants, the engineering PHA camelina lines emerged and matured later, but once established, they exhibited good vigor, branching, flowering, and seed set, explained Yield10. Levels of PHA produced in seed measured up to 6% PHA of mature seed weight depending on the plant line tested, demonstrating proof-of-concept for field production of PHA in Camelina sativa using the new technology.
Pacific Palisades – The Hologenix R&D team has found a way to embed its flagship product, Celliant, into fibres that allow for fabrics and nonwovens based on them to be pure white. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
This expands the potential applications of Celliant to crisp white bed sheets and towels, athletic uniforms and jerseys, baby clothes, medical scrubs and more, while maintaining the product’s well-known wellness benefits. Pure white possible Celliant also allows delicate pastel shades to be achieved
Pure white Celliant still captures and converts body heat into infrared energy, increasing local circulation, helping regulate body temperature and promote stronger performance, faster recovery, and better sleep. It is also still made from ethically sourced minerals from the earth and is available in nylon, polyester and recycled polyester fibres.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve and bring new possibilities to Celliant’s infrared wellness benefits,” said Seth Casden, co-founder and CEO of Hologenix, headquartered in Pacific Palisades, California. “Pure white Celliant delivers, and we are very satisfied.
Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and BASF, the world’s petrochemical major, have announced the intention to expand their businesses with the production of styrene monomer (SM) based on circular feedstock, according to GV.
Trinseo has procured first supplies of SM based on circular feedstock from BASF for use in its Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) and polystyrene (PS) products. Trinseo supplies S-SBR to major tyre manufacturers while its PS products are used in applications such as food packaging and appliances. The first few customers have already processed the material, said the company. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
“By creating synergy across the value chain, the Trinseo-BASF collaboration is an important move towards helping our customers reach their sustainability goals as well as the development of a truly circular economy,” said Nicolas Joly, Vice President, Plastics & Feedstocks of Trinseo. “The initiative is also in line with Trinseo’s 2030 Sustainability Goals announced earlier this year.”
“CO2 emission reduction and a circular economy are BASF’s paramount targets. Using circular feedstocks instead of virgin fossil resources contributes directly or indirectly to an improved CO2 footprint of subsequent products,” said Klaus Ries, Vice President for BASF’s Styrenics Business Europe. “While our customer Trinseo procures biomass balanced (BMB) styrene for their downstream business already, styrene Ccycled will be available in the near future”.
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Export freight skyrocketed recently, which has become a new norm. Some freight charges to the Americas and Europe have already exceeded $10,000 per 20-foot container. So what is happening in the European and American markets on the other side of the ocean? InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Firstly, contract price of PET bottle chip in North America has risen to more than $2000/mt, and the spot price is even higher. DAK’s bottle chip plants in Brazil and Argentina still have some problems, and will now and then shut down for short term, hence operating rate is not stable. Local market supply will remain tight for some time. In addition, neighboring countries have also changed the trade pattern that used to be dominated by domestic markets or imports. For example, affected by the epidemic this year, Brazil imported only a few thousand tons of PET in the past few months, while its exports reached tens of thousands of tons, basically going to the major local markets in South America.
Price of BDO curved a deep “∧-shape” tendency in the first half of 2021: BDO price surged after the Lunar Chinese New Year holiday with strong demand, supply crunch outside China due to unit issue and speculative mindset on the market, soared by 143% by early-Mar, touching periodical peak, but kept falling thereafter, especially rapidly in Apr with decrement at around 47%, which was close to the level at the beginning of 2021. InfraredFibres Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Supply is expected to decrease: after price plunged, the news that some large BDO plants are scheduled to have turnaround in Q3 inject confidence into the market. Blue Ridge Tunhe, Xinjiang Xinye, Xinjiang Markor, Sinopec Great Wall all intend to have yearly maintenance in Q3, which will cover 0.56 million tons/year of capacity and account for near 26% of total capacity nationally.
Demand grows: demand improved stably. Operating rate of PBT plants has increased to near 70% now, up by around 40 percentage points compared with Apr, and PTMEG plants almost ran at full capacity. That meant support from the major 2 sectors strengthened. In addition, demand from TPU and GBL market also grew.
Slightly less scrap plastic from the U.S. was recycled in 2019, even as brand owners have signaled a greater need for recycled resins.
Nearly 5.1 billion pounds of post-consumer bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics, film and other plastics were recovered for recycling in 2019, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, which is part of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). That number was down by 27 million pounds, or about 0.5%, from 2018.
In terms of specific categories of bottles, the weight of PET bottles recovered fell 2.2% from the prior year, and the weight of recovered HDPE bottles declined by 0.8%, the report showed.
“Flat or declining recycling rates are a sign that the system needs support,” Steve Alexander, APR’s president and CEO, stated in a press release. “Declines in mature recycling streams, such as PET and HDPE bottles, make brand company commitments to increased recycled content even more challenging. There are many opportunities to support continued growth in film and non-bottle rigid recycling as well as turn the course for bottles by focusing on what recyclers need to succeed as they are the engines of the circular economy.”
Global petrochemical firm Ineos’ polystyrene (PS) subsidiary, Ineos Styrolution, has announced plans to begin commercialising mechanically recycled PS in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The new product range, which will be marketed as “Styrolution PS ECO 440”, will be based on Norwegian technology firm Tomra’s near-infrared sorting process and will deliver a PS purity greater than 99.9pc. The final recycled polymer will have a post-consumer recycled content of 100pc and is also fully recyclable.
“We will start production in EMEA with up to 1,000t in 2021, working very hard to grow volumes in line with our pledges to use on average 30pc recycled content in products destined for polystyrene packaging in Europe by 2025,” said Ineos Styrolutions’ product director for PS EMEA Frank Eisentraeger.
New technology employs a thermal process to convert industrial, commercial, agricultural or domestic plastic waste into additives for other products
South Korea is backing the benefits of pyrolysis and is looking to achieve 10% of the nation’s plastic waste converted into oil by 2030. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The Ministry of Environment has established a task force with participants from research institutes, private companies and academics. According to reports, only about 0.1% of scrap plastic is currently processed using pyrolysis techniques to be used as fuel or raw material for new petrochemical products.
To boost the wider use of this chemical recycling, the government plans to revise regulations to offer certified emission reductions, also known as carbon credits, to companies that use oil made from waste plastic. Officials are also looking to use pyrolysis to create synthetic gas (syngas) to be used as the main ingredient for the production of methanol and ammonia.
Earlier this year a colleague predicted that “2021 will mark a significant turning point for advanced plastics recycling,” citing multiple announcements from some of the biggest names in plastics. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
LyondellBasell announced availability of polymers made from plastic waste using advanced recycling.
Amsty and Agylix announced plans to explore development of a jointly owned advanced recycling facility at AmSty’s styrene facility in St. James, LA, adding to the companies’ existing joint ventures.
ExxonMobil is partnering with Plastic Energy on an advanced recycling facility in France – expected to be one of Europe’s largest – to convert plastic waste into feedstocks for virgin-quality polymers.
Eastman Chemical Company announced plans to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic “molecular” advanced recycling facilities at its site in Kingsport, TN.
COMPANY INTRODUCES NEXT-GEN DATA APPLICATION TO TRACK FLOW OF RECYCLABLE MIXED PLASTICS, PAPER, METALS, AND OTHER SCRAP THROUGH THE RECYCLING VALUE CHAIN
AMP Robotics Corp. (“AMP”), a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has introduced an AI-powered material characterization software solution that enables the recognition and classification of recyclables that flow through different recovery stages of the recycling process. This latest industry innovation serves as a breakthrough in the effort toward providing measurable transparency on the recyclables captured and missed during different recycling processes, as well as confirming the composition of recovered material bales destined for resale to end markets in the supply chain.
“Data transparency in the recycling industry has been a longstanding challenge due to the complexity of mixed material streams, compounded by ongoing changes in consumer packaging. These obstacles often create impediments to accurate data collection and prevent a clear understanding of what goes into and comes out of the different infrastructure stages that support recycling,” said Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of AMP Robotics. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Mechanical recycling is an essential component of the circular economy. It can be applied to various material classes like plastics, lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, or metals. End-of-life materials can be processed via collecting, sorting, shredding, melting and transforming it into secondary raw materials for a new application. Manufactured from recycled material, the article enters its new use-phase before the next end-of-life management. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Mechanical recycling of plastic waste has priority over chemical recycling in the waste hierarchy if ecologically beneficial, technologically possible, and economically feasible.
BASF has developed tailor-made materials and processes for mechanical recycling solutions. Some examples:
Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) enable the design of one-material shoes which can be completely mechanically recycled.
Our plastic additives improve the quality and subsequent performance of mechanically recycled plastics.
Adhesives and cleaning solutions support mechanical recycling processes of used PET, improving both the process and the quality of the recyclate.
Solutions for sorting and tracing, such as BASF’s subsidiary trinamiX’ mobile Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy Solution to identify plastics for easier sorting
But there is more than plastics: BASF also engages in the recycling of precious metals and lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Find out more below.
From $35 per barrel to $130 per barrel—this is the range for oil prices in the next few years that we could see, according to a commodity trading group. And it will all depend on what peaks first: demand or investment in new production. “You could see spikes to even higher than $100 a barrel, even $130, and you could also see it go down to $35 a barrel for periods of time going forward,” William Reed II, chief executive of Castleton Commodities International, said at the FT Global Commodities Summit this week, as quoted by Reuters. “The question is what happens first. Peak demand or peak investment?” ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
This is a fascinating question that will likely remain open for quite some time; it seems as if forecasts are even more unreliable than usual in the post-pandemic world. For instance, last year, energy authorities and the industry itself predicted oil demand growth was over thanks to the pandemic that encouraged a doubling down on an energy shift away from fossil fuels. Now, these same forecasters, including the International Energy Agency and BP (0.78%), are talking about growing oil demand.
One thing that can hardly be disputed is that lower spending on exploration would inevitably lead to lower production. This is what we have seen: the pandemic forced virtually everyone in the oil industry to slash their spending plans. This is what normally happens during the trough phase of an industry cycle.
Help determine which approved food packaging chemicals remain in use by participating in a focused, anonymous survey to support packaging circularity.
“Any discussion on the circular economy needs to focus on additives we use in converting raw materials into packaging.” — Say many packaging professionals
Dear packaging manufacturers and suppliers,You can help determine which approved food packaging chemicals remain in use by participating in a focused, anonymous survey. Here’s a four-point guide before we inform you what you can do to help the packaging industry tighten and improve a circular economy in the US.
We need chemicals to convert all raw materials into packaging.
Chemicals assist in converting raw materials (these include bauxite, iron, fossil fuels, bio-mass, trees, sand, etc.) via blow molding, blown and cast extruding, laminating, and printing into consumer customer-ready food packaging materials.
Chemicals are approved for use based on their intended use.
More than 10,000 chemicals are approved for direct food contact worldwide. Some of these chemicals were approved for use in the US as far back as 63 years ago when the Food Additive Amendment of 1958 stated that packaging was considered an indirect additive! ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The approval of food contact chemicals by various governments and entities varies based on the intended use. For example:
PET water bottles are approved for use with water;
Metal soup can coatings are approved for heat processing in the soup can.
Budget FY22 that has been proclaimed a pro-growth budget is largely positive for the textile sector and textile exports. In an attempt to enhance export competitiveness of local players and reduce manufacturing cost especially in the value-added segment, the government announced reduction in RD, CD, and ACD on import of raw materials like synthetic filament yarn, man- made filament yarn, woven fabrics, and artificial staple fibres. It also announced removal of 5 percent custom duty and regulatory on import of polyester yarn, which is again a reduction in the raw material cost for textile players – though it could adversely impact the spinners’ cost.
However, a key demand by the textile sector continues to be the restoration of zero-rated sales tax regime for the sector, which holds little relevance today as the government has made attempts like bringing a faster refund system, paying off pending refunds to exporters and abolishing duty and taxes on industrial raw materials to address the issues of the sector. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Amid the hue and cry by the textile sector over the ‘insufficient’ relief measures in the latest budget, textile exports continue to post growth. At $13.75 billion, 11MFY21 textile exports increased by 19 percent, while May 2021 textile exports are up by 41 percent year-on-year. The key drivers for growth are the value-added segments particularly knitwear, bedwear, towels and readymade garments that contribute to around 70 percent of total textile exports.
– Raythink is the only company in the world that has successfully applied the OpticalCore technology to products and put it into vehicles for testing.
Chinese technology startup and the maker of augmented-reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs) Raythink received a lot of attention lately when it reduced the impact of the rising prices for raw materials in the upstream sector by providing a lineup of solutions that made use of its innovative technology OpticalCore. A large contributing factor was the ability to avoid many of the restrictions often imposed on the technology as a result of the chips that are used. In April 2021, the company signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Aptiv PLC, a globally renowned auto parts company, whereby both companies will work together to promote AR-HUD solutions for intelligent vehicle cockpits. ChemicalRecycling Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The Chinese auto parts industry has recently been through a period characterized by some notable successes amid challenges and setbacks. Most notably, during the first quarter of 2021, the sector experienced a boom driven by substantial year-on-year growth in the sales of automobiles while facing increasing pressure as a result of the rise in prices for raw materials. The strength of the sector overall bodes well for Raythink’s prospects, as it is the only company in the world that has successfully applied the OpticalCore technology to products and put it into vehicles for testing. In addition, the optical core component of its OpticalCore technology – the optical core engine imaging module – has been developed independently by the company, which greatly reduces the impact of chip shortage.
Plastic is practical, cheap and incredibly popular. Every year, more than 350 million tonnes are produced worldwide. These plastics contain a huge variety of chemicals that may be released during their lifecycles – including substances that pose a significant risk to people and the environment. However, only a small proportion of the chemicals contained in plastic are publicly known or have been extensively studied.
A team of researchers led by Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Professor of Ecological Systems Design, has for a first time compiled a comprehensive database of plastic monomers, additives and processing aids for use in the production and processing of plastics on the world market, and systematically categorized them on the basis of usage patterns and hazard potential. The study, just published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology, provides an enlightening but worrying insight into the world of chemicals that are intentionally added to plastics.
A high level of chemical diversity
The team identified around 10,500 chemicals in plastic. Many are used in packaging (2,489), textiles (2,429) and food-contact applications (2,109); some are for toys (522) and medical devices, including masks (247). Of the 10,500 substances identified, the researchers categorized 2,480 substances (24 percent) as substances of potential concern.
The Australian government has rejected plans for the world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia production facility amid grave concerns about the impact of the showcase project on protected wetlands and wildlife.
In a surprise move, Environment Minister Sussan Ley ruled that the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) “will have clearly unacceptable impacts” on precious flora and fauna in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Despite being awarded “Major Project Status” by the federal government in late 2020, the future of the multi-billion dollar scheme is now in doubt, with the various international companies involved in the proposals yet to respond.
The AREH includes 26GW of wind and solar generation, at least 3GW of generation capacity for Pilbara energy users and up to 23GW of generation for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia. PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
MegaMax series catalysts enable CO2-based methanol synthesis with high selectivity, activity, and longevity
The catalysts formulation can be readily applied to a wide range of plant types and technologies
CO2 to methanol reference tests showed high performance even under low pressures and temperatures PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Munich, June 21, 2021 – Clariant’s MegaMax catalyst series for CO2-based methanol production helps China reach its carbon neutrality target. Capturing and converting CO2 emissions is a cornerstone of the technology roadmap for addressing climate change. Synthesizing methanol from CO2 is a particularly valuable approach because methanol forms a building block for thousands of chemical products such as plastics, paints, cosmetics, and fuels — including providing an energy storage carrier for hydrogen.
Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Clariant Catalysts, commented, “At Clariant, we are firmly committed to continuously improving our own sustainability performance, as well as that of our customers. Our continuous innovations – like CO2-based methanol production enabled by our MegaMax catalyst – will play a key role in helping customers in China and around the world considerably reduce carbon emissions, and achieve critical climate targets.”
One PET reclaimer says high bale prices and Among difficulty hiring and retaining employees are among the challenges facing the industry.
Demand and pricing for a number of plastic scrap grades and recycled plastics have been increasing, fueled in part by reduced virgin supply arising from production issues. While a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reprocessor based in the Midwest says the current situation is challenging, “it’s better than where we were three to four years ago,” when demand was uneven. She adds, “I welcome the challenges we have now.” PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Among those challenges are rising bale prices and difficulty hiring and retaining employees.
The PET reprocessor says bottle bale prices have increased significantly in part because of insufficient supply of and growing demand for recycled PET (rPET) from brand owners. “I agree it needed to come up some,” she says of PET bottle bale pricing, “but not this quickly.”
Bill Keegan, president of material recovery facility (MRF) operator Dem-Con Cos., Shakopee, Minnesota, says PET bale pricing more than doubled in the first quarter of this year, as did pricing for polypropylene (PP) bales.
The new Ecolomondo Thermal Decomposition (TDP) in Hawkesbury will be the first of its kind in the world when it begins operations scheduled for later this summer.
The new plant, located just east of Tupper Street, is equipped with the latest technology and will be the first automotive tire recycling facility which will be able to completely recycle all materials from end of-life tires. The plant will produce marketable end-products: oil, steel, fiber, recycled carbon black and syngas, and will be equipped to secondary process them to improve their quality.
“(The plant) is the first of its kind that will be able to not only decompose the waste, but process it as well,” said Eliot Sorella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolomondo Corporation, in an interview with The Review. “It will be the first tire recycling plant in the world that decomposes, processes and resells all of the products from the waste for re-use by industry.” PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The term ‘turnkey’ comes from the fact the facility is delivered from conception to commissioning, with four departments – tire shredding, thermal decomposition, recycled carbon black and oil refining – that process and recycle tires down to their core raw materials. When in full operation – expected to be in late August or September – the plant will employ approximately 40 workers. All of the processes are contained within the facility, which is designed to be both green and operate in a safe environment for employees.
Nonwovens machinery manufacturer Dilo has received an order from Huafon Microfiber Co. for three complete, high capacity needling lines with for its new plant in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China.
All three lines consist of DiloTemafa high capacity blending systems, DiloSpinnbau special card feeding systems and high capacity carding machines. The order also includes DiloMachines’ high speed crosslappers with special air-guide system for the best layering performance, as well as numerous DiloMachines needlelooms with Hyperpunch technology. PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
According to Dilo, the Twinflow-system provides a homogeneous flock mat while the Webguide and 3-apron-layering system results in an excellent web quality with precise web edges. All lines are equipped with CV1 system for the best end product uniformity.
The lines will be shipped to Huafon in 2021.
Huafon Microfiber Co. Ltd was established in 2002 and is now one of the biggest producers of artificial leather made from sea-island fibre worldwide. The main applications of these high quality artificial leathers are shoe, automotive, glove, bags and sofas.
The BKG FlexDisc, an innovation that significantly enhances melt filtration in the recycling of post-consumer PET, has been selected to be a finalist in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe competition. The category in which it is shortlisted is “Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year.” PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Two to four FlexDiscs can be combined in a filter stack, providing filtration area far greater than is available with standard flat screens without increasing machine size or weight. It yields finer filtration, prolongs filter life, and reduces backflush volume.
Recommended for Bottle-2-Bottle recycling and rPET fibre production, the FlexDisc is designed for use with piston-driven backflush screen changers, such as Nordson’s HiCon V-Type 3G system.
The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2021 winners will be announced on November 5th during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.
Bayport Polymers LLC (Baystar) plans to start up its new polyethylene (PE) plant in Pasadena, Texas in the first quarter of 2020, reported S&P Global.
The new plant with a production capacity of 625,000 mt/year of high density polyethylene (HDPE) is now under construction, which began in 2019. The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new unit had been awarded to McDermott, said the company on its site
It will use Borstar technology and more than double the company’s site’s PE capacity to 1.1 mt/year after the start-up. PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The HDPE plant in Pasadena will receive feedstock from Baystar’s cracker in Port Arthur, a joint venture of France’s Total and Austria’s Borealis, with a capacity of 1 million mt/year, which is in the progress of start-up at the moment.
According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s overall HDPE production totalled 653,500 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, up by 9% year on year. At the same time, only one Russian producer increased its HDPE output.
ETTLINGER has unveiled a new generation of tried-and-tested ECO products for use in PET recycling. Their new features take into account the need for systems with a higher product throughput and are initially available in sizes suitable for medium-sized recycling lines.
The new ECO 350 replaces the former ECO 250, while the new ECO 500, capable of achieving capacities of up to 4,000 kg/h, replaces the former ECO 250 Twin. The ECO 200 completes this range.
Ettlinger’s melt filter technology is based on the principle of self-cleaning with a continuous flow of melt from the outside to the inside of a rotating, perforated drum. A scraper removes the contaminants that are held back on the surface and feeds them to the discharge system. PostConsumerPET Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Just like the ERF filters, which are designed for higher contamination, the new ECO filters also have a modular structure, thereby providing a wide range of options for adjusting the filter properties to the respective task.
Jabil Packaging Solutions unveiled a new sustainable hybrid bottle for the bottled water brand Vittel in an effort to massively reduce plastic and instead use elements like 100% recyclable components along with a snap-apart design that will help in recycling sorting.
U.S.-based manufacturing services company Jabil Packaging Solutions launched its latest packaging prototype—an Eco bottle product platform for Nestlé’s French mineral water brand Vittel.
Along with Jabil-acquired Ecologic Brands, which designs bottles from recycled cardboard and newspaper, the bottle’s design can be easily scalable and uses 80% recycled paper and 20% recycled plastic (cap included) collected from high-volume waste sources, thus reducing over 50% plastic compared to Vittel’s original 1-liter bottle.
Origin Materials launched its Net Zero Automotive Program with Ford Motor Company. The Net Zero Automotive Program is a sustainable automotive supply chain initiative focused on industrializing new materials to drive decarbonization in the automotive industry. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Origin Materials has developed technology which turns sustainable wood residues into cost-advantaged, carbon-negative materials that reduce the need for fossil resources.
The Origin platform converts C-6 cellulose into four isolated building-block chemicals in one chemo-catalytic step in liquid-phase reactors with almost zero carbon loss. The catalyst is 100% recovered; Origin does not rely on expensive sugars or fermentation. The majority of the output is the versatile furan CMF (chloromethyl furfural), plus HTC (hydrothermal carbon), an equally versatile resin. The process also creates levulinic acid and furfural—all carbon-negative.
April showers didn’t bring much relief for North American resin buyers in May, as prices increased for most commodity resins.
Suppliers of most commodity materials remain challenged by demand trying to catch up with supply disruptions that began early last year. Some materials also still remain on force majeure sales allocation.
Regional prices for all grades of PE rose by an average of 5 cents per pound for May, according to buyers and market watchers contacted by Plastics News. Prices for high density PE had been up 7 cents in April, with prices for low and linear low density PE up 9 cents. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Supplies of the material remain tight as producers look to recover from outages caused by Winter Storm Uri in February. LDPE and LLDPE prices now are up a total of 33 cents so far in 2021 and are up 53 cents since January 2020. HDPE prices are up 31 cents and 51 cents in the same comparisons. The May price hike marked the sixth consecutive month that prices in the region were up.
PE production in May was affected by operating issues at plants operated by Dow Inc., Braskem America and Nova Chemicals, according to industry sources. In a recent interview with Plastics News, market veteran Robert Bauman said that the PE market essentially lost 30-40 days of production after the ice storm and that buyers “are still scrambling for resin.”
The recycling of bottles, non-bottle rigid plastic and film declined by 27 million pounds in 2019 or 0.5% — and though North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered, declines in mature recycling streams make brand company commitments to increase recycled content more challenging, according to a new report. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
In order for brands to be able to procure quality feedstock at lower environmental and economic costs, collection of quality material is essential for recyclers, says Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR).
The report, based on the results of a 2019 survey sponsored by the APR, the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), found that recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8% since 2017, though recycling of bottles, non-bottle rigid plastic and film declined.
South Korean firms Hanwha Compound and SPC Pack plan to jointly develop eco-friendly biodegradable plastic materials based on poly lactic acid (PLA).
The end-product should easily decompose in soil and will be used as packaging material for SPC’s products, Hanwha Compound said on Friday.
Financial details of the project were not disclosed. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
SPC Pack is a packaging material manufacturing subsidiary of SPC Group – a Korean conglomerate engaged in food and confectionery business, owning some 40 brands, including Paris Baguette and Baskin Robbins Korea.
Since the start of the year, Hanwha Compound and SPC have been conducting research based on PLA, a biodgradable plastic made by fermenting starch extracted from corn and sugar cane, it said.
The chemical recycling firm is supplying its Braven PyChem to the large olefin and polyolefin producer. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
Braven Environmental, a Yonkers, New York-based company that derives fuel from plastic, has entered into a long-term agreement with Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) to supply its pyrolysis-derived feedstock, Braven PyChem. By deploying its patented pyrolysis-based technology, Braven converts mixed plastics into Braven PyChem, a feedstock and input for the production of new plastics and as a replacement to traditional fuel products.
According to a news release from Braven, the company’s proprietary pyrolysis process, which has undergone more than 10 years of testing and development, can break down mixed, difficult-to-recycle plastic scrap into a substance the company calls Braven PyChem. The output can be used to manufacture new plastics.
“We are excited to work with CPChem and play a role in their industry-leading sustainability efforts,” says Nicholas Canosa, president and CEO of Braven Environmental.
The concept TEXSTYLE Recycle provides good quality and a clear conscience.
We support GRS (Global Recycle Standard) Intending to increase the importance of recyclable materials in products. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
At Texstyle we believe that we have a responsibility for supporting sustainable processes and the development of the textile industry’s production into a more environmentally friendly and proper utilization of materials.
For that reason, now we roduce textiles that are composed of recycled plastic. Our concept is called Texstyle Recycle and is a guarantee for high quality and sustainable eco-friendly production.
There is a variety of products that is created with sustainability in mind because the technology gives the opportunity to produce anything from cotton, nylon and wool to PP from recycled plastic bottles (PET).
The Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) market is expected to register a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period 2020 – 2025. This report presents market Size, Share, COVID Impact Analysis and Forecast to 2025. It is comprehensive research with in-depth data and contemporary analysis of Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) Market at a global, regional and key country level, split by different sub-segments of the industry.
Major factors driving the market studied are increasing demand of polyethylene furanoate for bottles manufacturing and rising demand from fibers segment. On the flipside, presence of other bioplastics such as bio-PET, bio-PE, bio-PP, etc. and unfavourable conditions arising due to COVID-19 outbreak are the major restraints, which are expected to hinder the growth of market. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
– Growing demand for bio-based polymers in medical sector is expected to offer various lucrative opportunities for the growth of market.
– By application, bottles segment is expected to dominate the market owing to the increase in the usage in packaging and bottling applications in food & beverage industry.
– Asia-Pacific region dominated the polyethylene furanoate market across the globe with the largest consumption from countries such as China and India.
-The US will need to expand its recycling capacity at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 40% if it is to meet goals to produce plastic packaging containing 25% post-consumer resins (PCR) by 2025, an analyst with ICIS said.
The 25% content goal has been adopted voluntarily by several brand-owners as well as by the state of California, said Paula Leardini, senior analyst, plastics recycling, the Americas for ICIS. She made her comments during an ICIS webinar.
California was the first state to impose a mandate that required beverage containers to be composed of increasing amounts of recycled plastics. Since then, the number of proposed and adopted recycling regulations has been growing on a state and national level, Leardini said. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
The resulting pledges will increase demand for post-consumer resins, which will require more recycling capacity.
One way to meet expected demand is to make packaging easier to recycle, said Jon Stephens, president of Natura PCR, part of Avangard Innovative. He was another speaker at the ICIS webinar. His company runs a plastic recycling plant.
Experts from the German nova-Institute present a tool for elegantly pricing the true cause of global warming. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
In light of increased efforts towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European Union (EU) is working on the implementation of a so-called carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), which would put a carbon price on imports of certain goods from outside the EU. In our most recent publication, nova-Paper #15 „A Tax on Fossil Carbon is More Effective Than a Tax on CO2 Emissions“, the nova-Institute introduces and discusses the realisation of the CBAM as a tax on fossil carbon. The proposed fossil carbon tax is a simple, effective and elegant tool to achieve the goals of the carbon border adjustment mechanism. It is in line with the ambitious climate goals of the EU and supports both the decarbonisation of the energy sector as well as the transformation of the chemicals and derived materials sector from fossil to renewable carbon.
With the introduction of the European Green Deal in 2019, the European Union committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. As a step towards this goal, the first European Climate Law – agreed upon in April 2021 – strengthened the emission reduction targets. In 2030, emissions are to be at least 55 % lower than in 1990.
Kim Chang-hak (left), CEO of Hyundai Engineering, and POSCO vice president Yoo Byung-ok (right) pose for a commemorative photo after signing an MOU at the POSCO Center in Seoul on June 16. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
Hyundai Engineering announced on June 16 that it has signed an MOU on the development of green hydrogen production technologies with six partners, including POSCO, the North Gyeongsang Province government, the Uljin County Office, the Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST) in Pohang and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Green hydrogen refers to hydrogen produced using renewable and nuclear energy without generating carbon dioxide.
The MOU signing ceremony was held through a video conferencing system among the seven entities. They will work on seven sectors — the development of high temperature hydrogen production technology; the development of high temperature water electrolysis technology; the development of high temperature water electrolysis line design, analysis and production technology; the development of technology for heat exchangers for small reactors; the development and commercialization of nuclear power-based high temperature water electrolysis; verification of the production of hydrogen through the use of nuclear; and the promotion of the local hydrogen economy and the creation of jobs.
NanoXplore has announced that it has entered into a multiyear agreement to supply GrapheneBlack™ grade of products to Techmer PM, a large U.S-based plastic compounder specializing in modifying and fine-tuning the properties of technical polymers. Techmer PM will market its graphene-enhanced plastic compounds to a variety of industries in a number of diverse end uses and applications.
Techmer PM’s aim is to provide the highest performance properties possible across a wide spectrum of compounds and end products. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
Michael A. McHenry, Chief Executive Officer of Techmer PM, commented: “We are a materials design company using leading-edge technologies to design customer and market-focused solutions. The long-term agreement with NanoXplore complements our approach, which is to customize solutions to maximize performance through collaborations and the leveraging of leading-edge technology.”
Researchers at UL’s Bernal Institute have produced carbon fibre from waste bio-resources, paving the way in sustainable material production.
Carbon fibre, a common material in cars, aircraft and sports equipment, has been made from recycled forestry by principal investigator Dr Maurice N Collins and colleagues at the Bernal Institute in University of Limerick (UL).
“Our technology drastically reduces energy usage and carbon emissions during production, as well as the cost of carbon fibres. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Hydrogen
This is particularly significant as carbon fibres are known for their high performance and their high cost. In the future we can expect higher performance goods at lower cost to the consumer,” he said.
North American recyclers continue to recycle the majority of the post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling.Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
Recycling of plastics in North America has risen approximately 8 percent since 2017. However, the recycling industry faces ongoing challenges according to a 2019 survey sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).
Most of the material recovered for recycling in the United States in 2019 was purchased by reclaimers in the United States or Canada (87.9 percent combined) with just 12.1 percent exported overseas. Within the 12.1 percent of exports, bottle exports rose slightly by 26 million pounds; non-bottle rigid exports stayed flat; and post-consumer film exports dipped by 28.5 million pounds.
The 2019 U.S. Post-Consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report presents the findings of the major plastic categories recovered for recycling, by destination, with changes over time. In 2019, a total of 5,094 million pounds of post-consumer plastic sourced in the United States was recovered for recycling.
The Swedish Energy Agency announced it will grant funds to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Södra, Växjö Energi, SkyNRG, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and 2030-sekretariatet to continue research into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Växjö region in Småland, Sweden.
The funding will support the consortium to continue their study on an integrated Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility using forestry residues.
The envisioned facility has the potential to be an important step forward in making aviation more sustainable. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
The Swedish Energy Agency awarded the consortium a grant of 5.1 million SEK (€502,000) to fund the project.
This first-of-its-kind Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility integrated with existing bio-based energy production has the potential to produce high quality sustainable fuels and reduce GHG emissions in the aviation sector.
The realisation of the plant could serve as a proof of concept for many future plants.
By 2026, the plant could be operational with a production volume of 16 kilo tonnes SAF annually.
The consortium, which represents the whole value chain of the production, joins forces in order to increase the availability of SAF in Sweden and North Europe.
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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners takes Gold at the WorldStar Global Packaging Awards for its work in producing Australia’s first 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottle for carbonated beverages.
CCEP in Australia has been awarded Gold in the Beverage category, as well as receiving a Special Award in the Sustainability category at The WorldStar Global Packaging Awards. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
The awards are an international packaging design competition that continues to evolve and shape the packaging design community by highlighting the global trends and challenges within the packaging industry. Each year, WorldStar receives more than 300 entries from more than 34 countries around the world.
In 2019, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Australia was the first beverage manufacturer and Coca-Cola bottler in the world to have all single serve packs produced from 100% rPET. This includes plastic packaging for water, soft drinks, aseptic dairy and warm-fill sensitive beverages, and equates to 7 out of 10 bottles sold in Australia.
By converting all plastic single serve packs to 100% rPET packaging, CCEP in Australia reduced the amount of virgin fossil-based plastic used in our PET bottles by an estimated 10,000 tonnes per year.
Both parts and scraps deriving from LFAM of composite THERMOCOMP materials
With the desire to improve the circularity of large format additive manufacturing (LFAM), SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, and Local Motors, a next-generation vehicle manufacturer, completed a joint study on the feasibility of recycling scrap thermoplastics, both parts and shavings, from the LFAM 3D printing process. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
The study explored more sustainable alternatives to landfilling large, printed parts in anticipation of wider adoption of LFAM. It included analyzing the printability and mechanical properties of SABIC’s LNP THERMOCOMP AM reinforced compound, used by Local Motors, after being printed, reclaimed, ground and reprocessed into pellet form. The study determined that material from post-production parts and scrap can potentially be reused in LFAM or other processes, such as injection molding or extrusion, at amounts up to 100 percent. These insights can help identify a feasible path to circularity and an extended lifecycle for materials used by the LFAM industry.
Graphenea will be taking part in a flagship project called CIRCULAR BIOCARBON, which was kicked off this week and has been awarded over €23 Million, to develop a first-of-its kind flagship biorefinery designed to turn the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) and sewage sludge (SS) into added-value products, from mechanical moving parts, to night vision cameras and devices for 5G telecommunications. Carbonfibre Petrochemicals Graphene
The project, which received full marks from the European Commission, involves 11 partners from five European countries (including Spain, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany) and is a milestone for the whole Europe owing to its implementation scale (industrial level) as well as to its replicability potential.
The biorefinery is a unique and integrated model with the process lines for the OFSMW and SS to be implemented in two locations, namely Zaragoza (Spain) and Sesto San Giovanni (Italy).
Construction of the site in Spain will start in 2022 in the facilities of “Alfonso Maíllo” R&D+i center, and in the Center for Urban Waste Treatment of Zaragoza (CTRUZ), owned by the Municipality of Zaragoza and located in the Technological Park for Recycling (PTR). At the end of the project, a commercial scale biorefinery will be in full operation designed in order to treat all the biowaste produced by a medium-size city.
Solvay is globally launching Bio Amni, the first partially bio-based polyamide textile yarn developed by the company, said the company.
It is a polyamide 5.6, which is produced entirely at the company’s textile industrial unit in Brazil. The development of Bio Amni® follows the growing global trend in demand for more sustainable textile products, especially bio-based materials. Solvay’s research and innovation teams worked on the creation of the product for two years.
“Sustainability is one of the main drivers of the global textile market,” says Antonio Leite, global vice president of polyamides and fibers at Solvay. “Solutions and products must add value to the entire consumer chain – from its base to end consumers of textiles – and have less of an impact on the environment. Solvay’s Bio Amni® is part of a portfolio evolution to offer customers the most innovative products on the market.”
The textile sector currently faces three main challenges in relation to the environment and sustainability: resources, the production process, and disposal. Solvay already has developed sustainable alternatives in the production process, using cleaner energy sources, closed water circuits, and zero effluent emissions at its industrial unit in Brazil, as well as more biodegradable products to support more sustainable disposal.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) has entered into a license agreement with Mura Technology, Ltd. pertaining to a process (HydroPRS) for manufacturing raw materials (regenerated oils) for chemical products from plastic wastes.
MCC is continuing to consider the conversion of raw materials to non-fossil-based materials and the development of technologies for chemical recycling of plastic waste in order to realize a circular economy.
Based on this license agreement with Mura, MCC is planning to introduce HydroPRS to accelerate detailed studies toward the commercialization of chemical recycling of plastic wastes. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
HydroPRS is an innovative process for converting plastics into regenerated chemicals and oils utilizing high-temperature and high-pressure supercritical water. Compared with the conventional direct pyrolysis technology, it is possible to obtain regenerated oils with a high yield and of the same quality as petroleum-derived raw materials (which can be put into existing facilities without pretreatment). With this process, we believe that plastic wastes that were previously incinerated or landfilled can be chemically recycled and enable significant reduction of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel consumption throughout the plastic life cycle, which will greatly contribute to the realization of a circular economy.
At the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) 2021 #TOWARDS2030 today, VinylPlus officially launched VinylPlus 2030, the next 10-year Commitment of the European PVC industry to sustainable development.
Through VinylPlus, the entire PVC value chain worked together with its stakeholders to build bottom-up the next Commitment, that will expand on 20 years of experience as a frontrunner in the circular economy. The VSF2021 was held as a hybrid event, live from Brussels with an online audience, and brought together more than 530 participants from 44 countries. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
Along with the launch of the next Commitment, VSF2021 celebrated the completion of the second 10-year Voluntary Commitment of the Europe PVC industry and its main achievements of the last two decades in PVC recycling, product stewardship, research and innovation and improvement in the environmental footprint of PVC. The VinylPlus® Product Label Awards Ceremony celebrated four companies, Epwin, Finstral, Internorm and profine, all partners of VinylPlus, who were awarded the VinylPlus® Product Label in 2020. The Product Label is granted to companies who offer PVC products with the highest sustainability performance. The VinylPlus® Product Label is the very first certification scheme that has been recognised as Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme within BREEAM®, the world’s best-known green building standard, for plastic building and construction products.
Companies say they will scale up European production of recycled-content resin made from used cooking oils.
Finland-based Neste and Netherlands-based LyondellBasell have announced what they call a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will use Neste RE, a feedstock produced from 100 percent discarded materials such as used cooking oils and fats. The feedstock will be processed through the polymer cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
LyondellBasell’s CirculenRenew product line consist of polymers linked to renewable-based feedstocks, while polymers made from mechanically recycled materials are marketed under the brand name CirculenRecover and those linked to advanced (molecular) recycling are called CirculenRevive.
“We are delighted that our strategic relationship with LyondellBasell is further strengthened with this long-term commercial agreement,” says Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president of renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste.
A group of businesses and stakeholders that are drawn from across the packaging value chain are calling for the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for packaging. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
More than 100 businesses in the packaging value chain, together with more than 50 other organizations, support the move to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) packaging collection and recycling.
The statement, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has been signed by brands and retailers (including Beiersdorf, Danone, Diageo, Ferrero, FrieslandCampina, H&M, Henkel, Inditex, L’Oréal, Mars, Mondi, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pick n Pay, Reckitt, Schwarz Group, The Coca-Cola Co., Unilever and Walmart), manufacturers and recyclers (including Borealis, Berry Global, DS Smith, Mondi, Tetra Pak, Indorama Ventures and Veolia), investors such as European Investment Bank and Closed Loop Partners, and NGOs including WWF, The Recycling Partnership, The Pew Charitable Trusts and As You Sow.
Part of the statement reads:
“As a group of businesses and stakeholders that are drawn from across the packaging value chain, we are calling for the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for packaging.
Austrian chemical firm Borealis has announced a significant financial commitment to expand Project STOP, an initiative it co-founded with SYSTEMIQ in 2017 to prevent plastic waste from entering the world’s oceans. With this expansion, Project STOP will extend effective circular waste management to 2 million people in Indonesia, with the goal of properly managing 25,000 tonnes/year of plastic once at full scale by 2025.
The ultimate objective is to enhance the circular economy for plastics in the region.
Project STOP works hand-in-hand with city governments to create effective circular waste management systems in high-need areas of Southeast Asia.
The initiative supports cities with technical expertise to achieve zero-leakage of waste, increase recycling, build economically sustainable programs, creating new jobs and reducing the harmful impact of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
IRONICALLY, the sharp rise in resin prices has helped plastic packaging manufacturers defy expectations of a margin and profit hit from higher raw material prices, as cost increases have been successfully passed on to buyers.
Since late last year, resin prices have soared meteorically but instead of the usual margin squeeze, manufacturers in the sector have been able to pass on the raw material price increases by raising the average selling price (ASP) of their products.
Not only has global industry consolidation given plastic packaging players greater economies of scale, but robust demand for plastic packaging brought about by the pandemic and lockdowns across the world has placed negotiating power in their hands. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
“It is a combination of factors that include the global consolidation of the plastic industry as well as the high demand for plastic manufacturers’ products. The demand rose so quickly during the pandemic that clients relented to their price changes,” notes CGS-CIMB Research analyst Kamarul Anwar, who covers plastic packaging companies such as Thong Guan Industries Bhd, Daibochi Bhd and Tomypak Holdings Bhd.
A widely traded hydrogen market could come into place in the Netherlands by 2027, according to the conclusions of a hydrogen exchange definition study that were released earlier this week. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
The Hydrogen Exchange Initiative, or “HyXchange”, was funded by Dutch grid operator Gasunie and four Dutch port authorities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen and North Sea Port – with an aim to explore the practical aspects of how a hydrogen exchange could be founded.
“There will be a growing demand for climate-neutral hydrogen, generated by a multitude of sources, creating the necessity for a market to optimise supply and demand as well as transparent pricing,” according to the HyXchange study summary document.
Amcor announced its support for the launch of the U.S. Plastics Pact’s Roadmap to 2025, an aggressive national strategy for how the U.S. Pact, Amcor and other signatory organizations – known as Activators – will achieve four 2025 targets, said the company. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
Launched today, the plan delineates specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes necessary to realize a circular economy for plastics in the United States.
Launched in August 2020, the U.S. Plastics Pact is a consortium led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global network. The network creates a holistic ecosystem of industry stakeholders with a common strategy: to address plastic waste at its source.
“Amcor is committed to creating responsible packaging that is recycled and reused,” said Amcor VP of Sustainability David Clark. “Our innovation is designing more and more of our packaging to be recycled and using more recycled content, but we need progress on infrastructure and consumer participation too.
New AI-powered vision system provides understanding of material composition in real-time ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen
Machinex will officially present its new high-tech products: MACH Vision and Intell Platform, to the industry at Waste Expo 2021, in Las Vegas, June 29th and 30th.
MACH Vision and Intell use Machinex artificial intelligence, developed by its research and development team, and also compatible for integration with its SamurAI sorting robotic technology and other high-tech products for MRFs. According to Machinex, these products give the company complete autonomy and better control over the efficiency of its equipment to deliver high-performance turnkey recycling systems to its customers.
MACH Vision is a data acquisition station powered by AI, which can use a combination of field-proven technologies, such as infrared hyperspectral technology, visual recognition, and metal detectors to analyze material streams. This vision system provides a great understanding of material composition in real-time, allowing MRF operators to benefit from valuable data on system efficiency and the ever-changing composition of materials in the recovery stream. With this information, operators can quickly respond to changing trends to optimize plant performance.
There’s been a lot of talk about new PX and PTA plants in China. It is anticipated that Zhejiang Petrochemical Phase II’s first 2.5 million mt/yr PX line and Yisheng New material’s 3.5 million mt/yr PTA unit are about to start soon.
Though there’s no official confirmation, the market is reacting with PX paper goods softening and PTA spot to futures spread weakening slightly on Jun 15.
Some PX market participants said that as there will be a fresh 3.5 million mt/yr PTA plant, the increase in PX production due to Zhejiang Petrochemical’s new plant could be largely digested. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
The new PTA plant would require 2.3 million tons of feedstock PX when running full swing (to produce 1 ton of PTA requires 0.66 tons of PX), hence, with both plants put into operation, the increase in PX production caused by the new plants are expected at 200kt a year, equivalent to 10~20kt a month.
The impact on PX market would be limited, and with the plant starting as expected, the impact was cushioned. In addition, crude oil price remains firm, lending support to PX market.
The Fraunhofer Institute, SABIC and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have worked together to trial the chemical recycling of single-use face masks.
With huge volumes of single-use face masks created during the Covid pandemic, landfill or incineration has been the only treatment solution so far.
P&G director R&D Open Innovation Peter Dziezok said: “Recognising the challenge, we set out to explore how used face masks could potentially be returned to the value chain of new face mask production. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
“But creating a true circular solution from both a sustainable and economically feasible perspective takes partners. Therefore, we teamed up with Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence for the Circular Economy and Fraunhofer UMSICHT’s scientists and SABIC’s technology and innovation specialists to investigate potential solutions.
Packaging was responsible for 46% of plastic waste generated globally in 2018.
The demand for food will double by 2050, increasing the amount of waste from food and its plastic packaging. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
There’s a need for more sustainable materials that we can recycle or that biodegrade.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have found a way to make plastic from abundant and sustainable plant proteins, that looks like spider silk.
Plastics are very useful materials. They’ve contributed significant benefits to modern society. But the unprecedented amount of plastics produced over the past few decades has caused serious environmental pollution.
Packaging alone was responsible for 46% out of 340 million tonnes of plastic waste generated globally in 2018. Although plastic recycling has increased significantly in recent years, most plastics used today are single use, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable.
Price of chemical fibers bottomed out since 2020. The lowest price of polyester, spandex and nylon appeared in the second half of 2020 but overall price gradually increased when U.S. implemented eased monetary policy, demand recovered, commodity market like crude oil soared and some orders for textiles and apparels were transferred to Chinese mainland where better control of pandemic was seen. Price of spandex increased the biggest in this round of rise. Price of spandex 40D hiked by 143% to 67,500yuan/mt from the bottom level 27,800yuan/mt in 2020. High price of polyester 150/48F in 2021 surged by 72% compared with the bottom level in 2020, and the change of nylon 6 POY 93DTEX was at 53%. Spandex market outperformed. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
How about the capacity growth rate and operation status of spandex, polyester and nylon market?
Capacity: low growth rate
Capacity expansion of spandex market slowed down in recent 2 years, with net increase at 22kt/year in 2020 and estimated at 60kt/year in 2021. Capacity of spandex is expected to approach 932kt in Chinese mainland in 2021, up by 6.9% y-o-y. Comprehensive capacity growth of spandex is estimated at 4.8% in 2020-2021.
Authorities should use their full influence to establish a level playing field for the industry across the globe, EURATEX says.
On the occasion of the EU-US Summit in Brussels on June 15th, Euratex, representing the European textiles and clothing industries, issued a statement welcoming the event and expressing hopes that political leaders will launch a new era of closer cooperation across the Atlantic.
Both the Covid19 pandemic and recent geopolitical tensions call for global solutions, Euratex states, and the EU and the US should take a leadership role in developing that new global framework. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
EU-US trade in textiles and apparel dropped by nearly 20% in 2020 to just under €6 billion, while imports from other countries, in particular China, have increased spectacularly – by 45% into the EU.
At the same time, global supply chains came under pressure,and access to certain raw materials for the industry became difficult and costly.
In the context of the ITMA ASIA + CITME currently taking place in Shanghai, Oerlikon has now announced that it has concluded the largest staple fiber plant order in the history of Oerlikon Neumag with the major Chinese group Xinfengming in the run-up to the trade fair. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
This involves eight complete staple fiber lines with a total of 320 spinning positions for the production of synthetic staple fibers.
Oerlikon will not only supply the technology, but will also take over the engineering of the lines. Delivery is scheduled for 2022.
With a total capacity of 1,800 t/d, the project is Oerlikon Neumag’s largest staple fiber plant order to date.
Adhering to the Paris Agreement, Sidel has set out and committed to emissions reduction targets grounded in climate science through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Targets are 30 per cent carbon dioxide reduction across the company’s sites and facilities, and a 25 per cent carbon dioxide reduction in sourcing and usage of Sidel’s equipment by 2030. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and we want to ignite conscious changes in both our industry and the wider market,” said Monica Gimre, chief executive of Sidel. “Our commitments apply across all Sidel sites where we operate globally, and also across what we deliver to our customers and what we purchase from our suppliers.
Li-ion batteries are most dangerous when their life cycle is over, according to an International Solid Waste Association report.
If the batteries are destroyed in the process of collection, disposal or recycling or are unfavourably deformed in such a way that the positive and negative poles touch each other, a thermal runaway reaction can occur, resulting in an uncontrolled exchange of ions and the release of pure oxygen. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
This self-reinforcing process leads to a fire or explosion that is very difficult to control by conventional means such as water. The best solution is to cut the air supply and allow the fire to burn in a more or less controlled manner.
Today, the danger posed by Li-ion batteries is becoming ever greater, the report says. Until a few years ago, Li-ion batteries were rare in waste management facilities or landfills. But now, more and more of them are reaching the end of their life cycle and need to be disposed of.
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a comprehensive new document, Plastics Explained: Exploring the Key Topics, which examines why plastic needs to be thought of more like a valuable resource and how it has a vital role to play as society works towards lowering carbon emissions. It is designed to be a useful reference tool for those working both inside and outside the plastics industry.
Plastics Explained includes facts and figures about the UK plastics industry, details the key role of the industry in a sustainable future and highlights the necessary steps that need to be taken to improve recycling in the UK. The document also takes a thorough look at the complexities surrounding many key plastic-related topics including deposit return schemes, consistent kerbside collections, extended producer responsibility, marine litter and chemical recycling. ClosedLoop Paraxylene CrudeOil
The document suggests:
The UK’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 will not be possible without plastic, as the material is not only essential for things like insulation, lightweight vehicles and wind turbines but also because alternative materials are often heavier and require more resources to produce, which can lead to increased emissions.
All plastic packaging needs to be collected for recycling to develop a circular economy and simplify the current system.
Money raised by the plastic packaging tax should be reinvested to address the lack of suitable collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure for plastic in the UK.
Borealis and Renasci Oostende Recycling NV have signed a deal giving Borealis exclusive access to the chemically recycled output from Renasci’s advanced recycling plant at Oostened, in Belgium.
The plant has a projected output of 20kT/year, which Borealis will use to help fulfil market demand for chemically recycled polyolefins while at the same time transforming itself into one of the leading global suppliers of chemically recycled base chemicals and polyolefins.
The company is marketing its portfolio of materials based on chemically recycled feedstock under the name Borcycle C. “The cooperation with Renasci allows us to offer our customers and partners virgin-like polyolefins from chemically recycled post-consumer waste in material quantities effective this quarter,” said Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions.
Chemical recycling can serve as a complementary technology to mechanical recycling processes. Mixed and contaminated plastic waste streams that have traditionally been ‘unrecyclable’ can be transformed into a feedstock from which new materials with properties that are indistinguishable from virgin materials can be produced. High-end polyolefin-based applications become possible, including healthcare and food packaging materials subject to stringent quality and safety regulations that cannot always be met using mechanically recycled materials.
Polypropylene (PP) is without a doubt one of the most popular and versatile polymers created. Its high rigidity-to-weight ratio, strength, transparency, and toughness enables it to be used across multiple industries from packaging to textiles and cars. Even the surgical masks the world is now wearing are made from PP.
Ironically, the polymer’s extreme versatility results in its absence from recycling streams. The fact that PP is used in so many applications such as pots, tubs, and trays and not predominantly in bottles like PET and HDPE is the reason it is barely recycled, even in developed countries. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
To make matters worse, to date there is no food-grade recycled PP available for reuse into new packaging. Yet in the UK alone about 300,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) or 330,693 US tons yearly of PP is used in packaging, of which about 70% (210,000tpa/231,485 tons/year) is food-grade packaging.
European green hydrogen supply could be enough to meet the continent’s demand for the renewable gas by 2040, a new study from the European Hydrogen Backbone initiative said June 15. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
The EHB report, “Analyzing future demand, supply, and transport of hydrogen,” found that the potential domestic European renewable and low-carbon hydrogen supply was “vast and exceeds what would be needed to meet projected European hydrogen demand in all sectors” and for a lower cost than conventional fossil fuel derived hydrogen plus the CO2 price.
Oil prices in the $70-80/bl range for the rest of the year “is a reasonable place to set expectations”, trading firm Vitol’s chief executive Russell Hardy said today.
“There is probably a little bit more upside,” he told the FT Commodities Global Summit. “The next few months will be interesting. We have got Opec kind of holding their card close to their chest at the moment, waiting for the Iranian news to come. We could have something relatively soon.” ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
A breakthrough in Iran’s negotiations with the US to revive the 2015 nuclear deal will pave the way for sanctions on Tehran’s crude exports to be lifted and this will be a key consideration for the Opec+ group as it assesses output policy beyond next month.
Plastic waste, recycling, and export are topics which have long taken centre stage in the headlines, but is it really fair to blame this commodity for the pollution problems facing our planet? ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
Positive news about plastics is rare
When looking at the news, it is rare to see a positive news story about plastic – or one which is talking about the benefits of this material. Instead, more often than not, it is highlighting horrific pollution issue it is causing across our lands and oceans – but what about showing the real culprit of this environmental contamination?
In reality, emphasizing the pollution issue is not the problem – as consumers, people should have visibility over what is happening in the world. But equally, they should also be aware of their role within this, and how their choices, actions, and attitudes contribute to the end result.
Plastic, in the simplest sense, is manufactured for a purpose – whether that be to transport goods, keep food fresh, manufacture a wide range of products, including personal protective equipment – and it is then in the hands of humans as to the destination and indeed how long its lifespan is.
According to Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter, Octal, an Omani plastics packaging manufacturer, is considering a majority stake sale.
The people further stated that a sale could put Octal at about USD800 million. The company is working with JPMorgan Chase & Co.
They further declared that the Muscat-based company attracted strategic suitors in Asia and the US. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
Octal website declared that it was founded in 2006 and produces plastic used to package food and consumer products. The company is present in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the US and ships its products to over 75 countries.
UK-based packaging firm Duo has completed its second investment in less than a year to support sustainable innovation. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
The company has pumped £700,000 ($988,000) into its Manchester headquarters, which follows a £1.85 million ($2.6m) investment into new equipment and the expansion of facilities in 2020. The latest round of investment is going to new conversion equipment and improvements in the company’s print department to help customers boost the environmental performance of their packaging.
The company is working closely with customers to further improve packaging sustainability ahead of the introduction of next year’s UK plastics packaging tax. From April 2022, a new levy will be applied to companies using plastics packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled content.
So far this year, Duo claims to have already helped around two thirds of its customers to adapt packaging to include at least 30 per cent recycled plastics, and more than 50 per cent of the products it has produced contain more than 30 per cent recycled content.
Thermoformer Waddington Europe has teamed up with UK distributor Produce Packaging to develop 100 per cent recycled and recyclable soft fruit containers.
Made with Waddington’s Eco Blend 100 material, Produce Packaging’s new containers consist entirely of a combination of post-consumer (PCR) and post-industrial (PIR) rPET. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
The containers will be available to all Produce Packaging customers, including growers, packers and importers that supply major retail outlets. Waddington said the switch to Eco Blend 100 reflected the decision by Produce Packaging to focus increasingly on packaging that is environmentally sustainable.
Produce Packaging’s plastics fruit containers already had contained a minimum of 80 per cent recycled content. However, the company was keen to make the switch to 100 per cent rPET, as it believed it is the “most viable, future-proof option” for customers, said Produce Packaging managing director Mark Tierney.
Favorable life-cycle data and backing by Greiner Packaging UK, Unilever, and other companies support the next step in commercializing food-grade rPP.
Signing up our milestone 30th participant for NextLOOPP is an ideal opportunity to share the initial findings from the preliminary Life Cycle Assessment review of the process. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
In short, this technology results in recycling food-grade polypropylene (PP) into food-grade rPP.
Using Nextek’s two core technologies, and PPristine for decontamination, an assessment that focused on the greenhouse gas (GHG) savings was conducted by the Natural Resources Institute at London’s University of Greenwich. PolyPRISM is the development of invisible UV-fluorescent markers used on the labels that, once placed on food-grade packaging, can be used to sort food from non-food packaging. PPristine is a two-stage process to decontaminate PP in the melt and solid state to remove any residual chemicals. The current data relating to the manufacture of virgin PP indicates GHG emissions of 2,000 to 3,000kg per tonne of polymer produced.
By contrast, the mechanical recycling process of the Nextek technologies saves up to 80% of virgin PP production emissions; in fact, early estimations are 324kg CO2 per tonne of food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP). This is broken down as 35.0kg from transport, 81.5kg from the sorting and washing process, and 207.5kg from the extrusion and decontamination stage.
Underinvestment in oil supply could result in oil prices reaching $100/bl before demand peaks, trading firm Trafigura’s chief executive Jeremy Weir said today.
“The supply situation is getting quite concerning,” he told the FT Commodities Global Summit. “We have gone from 15 years of reserves down to 10 years of reserves. And we are seeing capital expenditure on oil go from north of $400bn/yr 5-6 years ago to just over $100bn/yr,” Weir said. These supply-side concerns will “probably drive prices higher”, he said. ClosedLoop Recycling CrudeOil
Despite the energy transition, Trafigura thinks “oil is going to be around for quite a long time”, Weir said, pointing out that global demand was still around 80mn b/d during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have created a polymer film made from 100% plant protein that requires no chemical additives – and they claim it has comparable functionality to conventional plastics.
Made entirely from plant protein which can be sourced as a by-product of the agriculture industry, the company that is set to commercialise the solution, Xampla, says that the resulting material can be disposed of in nature after use like any natural waste, leaving no pollutants behind.
Importantly, the company also claims that the material’s functionality is consistent with conventional plastic, but it requires no chemical cross-linking used in many bio-polymers to give them the strength and flexibility of plastic.
The Filtration Group has acquired Molecular Products, a global provider of pure air technologies that protect people, processes and environments.
From removing carbon dioxide during anesthesia to delivering supplemental oxygen backup in critical care situations, Molecular Products provides technology that delivers high-performance, consumable air purification media and technologies for customers in the healthcare, consumer and industrial technology, green energy and defense markets. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
The addition of Molecular will allow Filtration Group to further its mission of making the world safer, healthier and more productive and expand its pure air offerings in life and mission critical applications, said Filtration Group CEO Tim McCarty. “Filtration Group is the perfect home for Molecular, as our companies are aligned in mission and a people-focused, entrepreneurial culture,” he said. “We are excited to partner with Troy and his innovative team and continue to make a greater impact on the world.”
Based in Corsico in the Lombardy Region of Italy, MASOTINA S.p.A. operates one of Europe’s largest materials recovery facilities (MRFs) for the separation and recovery of plastic from municipal waste. The company uses 32 AUTOSORT® machines supplied by global sensor-based sorting specialist, TOMRA Recycling, to sort and recover high volumes of plastics primaily from single stream household waste collections, as well as some commercial waste. Thanks to the latest generation of TOMRA’s technology, MASOTINA is today reaping the benefits of ‘tailor-made’ plastic sorting solutions. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
MASOTINA’s MRF was designed to treat municipal waste containing high volumes of plastic as a valuable resource, preparing it for subsequent reuse and recycling in line with the requirements of three Italian packaging and recycling consortia.
The company’s Corsico MRF boasts 32 TOMRA Recycling AUTOSORT® across three lines, which together enable the plant to process 250,000 tons of post-consumer and commercial waste plastics annually.
As the automotive industry moves towards producing more efficient and sustainable electric vehicles, it needs to take important steps to reduce supply chain waste. Manufacturers and suppliers that use disposable cardboard boxes to transport parts cause the industry to generate more waste and increase carbon emissions due to inefficiencies in packaging management. CHEP’s business model based on sharing and reuse; It raises the sustainability of the sector by eliminating waste generation and empty distances. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
It is estimated that 75 percent of the carbon emissions produced by the automotive industry originate from the operation of a car during its lifetime, and 18 percent from the supply chain. In this direction, customers, investors and legislators increasingly demand that the automotive industry focus on the global climate change problem. Providing smart and efficient solutions for the supply chain with technology and innovation, CHEP, which operates in 60 countries, helps its customers to minimize their environmental impact with its business model based on sharing and reuse.
Rudolf, a German manufacturer of textile finishing products and construction chemistry, has launched the first three Cycle-Logic chemical auxiliaries for textiles based on post-consumer, recycled PET bottles. Recycled PET bottles, in the form of washed flakes, are used as raw material for making textile auxiliaries without attacking new, virgin resources. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
The new chemical auxiliaries are Feran Upcycle ICT: the first intelligent moisture management technology for PES textiles; Rucogen Upcycle RNB: most advanced dispersing agent for indigo washing; and Rucolin Upcycle SDS: first, all-in-one, multi-functional, high-affinity polymer dyeing auxiliary, Rudolf said in a press release.
One of the most advanced and progressive frontiers of textile chemistry is the transformation of waste into materials that can be further used for a greener and sustainable world. The majority of the research work in this area concerns organic waste which can be upcycled into bio-carbon based innovation. Cycle-Logic captures tremendous technical innovation and pioneers a new path: the upcycling of post-consumer, disposable and non-returnable plastics, such as beverage PET plastic bottles, into valuable textile chemistry.
Clariant to focus on high value chemicals business
Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty chemical company, announced that it has reached definitive agreements for the divestment of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group (“Heubach”) and SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”) at an Enterprise Value (EV) of CHF 805 million to CHF 855 million on a cash and debt free basis, depending on an earn-out payment of CHF 50 million contingent on the 2021 financial performance of Clariant’s Pigments business. This represents a multiple of 10.7 to 11.4 times the stand-alone adjusted 12-month EBITDA per April 2021 (LTM). Filtration Clariant will reinvest for 20% ownership stake in combined business
At the time of closing of the transaction, Clariant will reinvest to become a 20% shareholder alongside Heubach and SK Capital in the ultimate holding company. The combined business will be a global pigments player with approximately 3 000 employees generating more than EUR 900 million in annual sales and strong service and production capabilities across the globe. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
The reinvestment enables Clariant to further benefit from the improving profitability of the Pigments business resulting from the initiated efficiency program and to participate in the future growth opportunities and synergies of the combination with the Heubach Pigments business.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first half of 2022. The share of the participation in Infraserv Höchst, Germany, attributable to Clariant’s Pigments business is not part of this transaction.
Lindauer Dornier, a German textile machine and plant manufacturer, has announced that the company is presenting its latest developments in the production of high-quality filter fabrics and future-oriented fibre composite components at the ongoing ITMA Asia + Citme, in Shanghai, from June 12-16, 2021. The company is also presenting its composite systems division. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
“We have succeeded in launching the most flexible weaving machine in the world,” Wolfgang Schoffl, head of the weaving machine product line at Lindauer Dornier, said in a press release. “We are talking about the P2 rapier weaving machine. It is the successor to the P1, which for years defined the international industry standard in the production of high-performance fabrics. Dornier first presented the P2 in its standard version two years ago at the ITMA in Barcelona. Then came Corona. For a machine and plant manufacturer with an export quota of over 90 per cent, this was initially a bitter blow,” Schoffl added. “But the concern that Corona would slow down the success of the new P2 was unfounded.”
Scottish LED lighting technology developer designLED Products has been acquired by equipment supplier Faurecia for an undisclosed sum. The Livingston-based company has developed advanced, flexible technology which it says is suited to a growing range of automotive lighting and human machine interface (HMI) applications.
Finalizing the deal, designLED CEO Stuart Bain commented, “This is a hugely important and exciting milestone in the evolution of designLED. In recent years we have established the company as a leader in automotive lighting and HMI innovation, building a reputation based not only on an extensive technology and intellectual property portfolio, but also the highly skilled and energetic team, which is already delivering groundbreaking lighting solutions to international OEM and Tier 1 customers. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
“Looking to the future, the designLED team will be able to utilize Faurecia’s global reach, international customer base and world-class engineering and manufacturing skills to accelerate adoption of our differentiated display and back-lighting technology. The management team and employees are excited to move forward at pace under this new ownership.”
China is set to turn a major buyer of Vietnam’s textiles and garments, making up for the pandemic-induced lull in traditional markets like the European Union (EU) and Japan, according to the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex). In its 14th five-year plan, China has indicated that it will not focus on textile and garment production in the 2021-2025 period. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
As the EU is facing the risk of a pandemic resurgence, while Japan’s economy is yet to revive, the country’s textile and garment exports to these two markets are not expected to rise this year, Vinatex said.
Vietnam’s textile and garment exports to China in the first quarter (Q1) of this year was as high as that to the EU at $680 million and witnessed the highest growth among the five largest export markets—the United States, Japan, South Korea, the EU and China, Vinatex reported.
Stavrolen (Budennovsk, part of Lukoil), a major producer of polyolefins in the Russian Federation, plans to modernize equipment and technical equipment, including increasing the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), the newspaper reported . Expert South “with reference to the statement of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Communications of the region.
Prospects for the development of the plant were discussed during the working visit of the Governor of the Stavropol Territory Vladimir Vladimirov and the executive vice president of Lukoil Vadim Vorobyov to Budennovsk. Filtration Antimicrobial Petrochemicals
Stavrolen’s general director Anatoly Afonin said that the modernization of the plant’s production will go in accordance with four investment reconstruction projects worth 18.8 billion rubles. According to V. Vorobyov, it is planned to expand the production of PE up to 420-450 thousand tons and PP up to 120-130 thousand tons per year.
“Today the enterprise is one of the largest industrial taxpayers in the region: from 2018 to 2020 alone, the company’s activities brought almost 3 billion rubles in tax payments to the budget of the Stavropol Territory,” commented Vitaly Shulzhenko, Minister of Energy, Industry and Communications of the Stavropol Territory.
Lukoil intends to complete the implementation of an investment project in the Budennovsky District of the Stavropol Territory by 2027.
En route to the post-fossil age, conventional, petroleum-based synthetic fibres have long been counted out.
But what alternatives are there, which innovations are actually more sustainable and how will the consumption of synthetic fibres develop in the coming years? FashionUnited asked outdoor supplier and sustainability pioneer Vaude.
The current outdoor industry would be inconceivable without synthetic fibres. The vast majority of functional materials are based on synthetic man-made fibres such as polyester and polyamide.
How could this change? Outdoor supplier and sustainability pioneer Vaude has just launched a pair of trekking pants made from bio-based polyamide
The yarn used consists of 62 percent castor oil and was developed together with polymer specialist Evonik.
Does the future belong to bio-based plastics in the clothing industry? We talked about it with René Bethmann, innovation manager at Vaude.
Searious Business has been working with IUCN on the Plastic Waste Free Island (PWFI) project since 2019. Their goal is to rethink the plastic generated on islands and stopping it from leaking into the surrounding marine environment.
The project’s primary focus has been reducing, reusing and recycling waste. However, not all plastics are so easily replaced or mechanically recycled. There will always remain some plastic products that require a different kind of treatment. Finding advanced recycling technologies in remote areas is the challenge Searious Business has taken on. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
Plastic products such as polyolefin bags and films, LDPE items, HDPE and polystyrene cannot be handled easily. Alternative methods to convert them back to clean and valuable feedstock forms part of this challenge. Processes such as chemical recycling, pyrolysis, depolymerisation and gasification can work, and the plastic could also be used for waste-to-energy processes. Unfortunately, non-recyclable plastics are not currently dealt with by the waste management on the islands, and volumes are increasing, causing severe environmental issues. Alongside CE Delft, Searious Business will carefully analyse the waste generation, as well as evaluate and identify the most suitable technologies.
Without Coivd-19, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the past decade would have been about 3.6 per cent-just below the 3.7 per cent experienced in 2000-09. Not bad given all the challenges, and contrary to the mood of pre-pandemic times. Indeed, each decade has witnessed stronger economic growth than the 1980s and 1990s, each about 3.3 per cent. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
Hundreds of millions of people have been taken out of absolute poverty as a result, in part because of the growth miracle led by the so-called emerging markets, of which my beloved BRICs were front and centre.
The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of my coining the acronym “BRICs” to summarise the likely rising economic relevance of Brazil, Russia, India, and China and the implications of their rise for global governance. As the world looks to the remainder of 2021 and beyond, what can we expect from emerging markets?
BRICS REVISITED: My primary goal in my first paper, “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs,” was to make a case for changing the framework for global economic governance, not necessarily the inevitable future growth of these countries.
Producers of the polymer say they are getting traction in the marketplace, but others have doubts
n April, Daniel Carraway, founder of the polyhydroxyalkanoate start-up RWDC Industries, found himself in an unusual forum for someone trying to sell plastic. Carraway was being interviewed by the Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. on the FootPrint Coalition’s YouTube channel. The FootPrint Coalition is Downey’s venture capital firm and also an RWDC investor. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
The FootPrint Coalition’s other investments include a bamboo toilet paper company and an outfit developing mealworm protein.
Encouraged by Downey, Carraway pitched his biodegradable biopolymer as the solution to the plastic waste crisis. “We have to clean u
The plastic industry has been trying to establish a recycling infrastructure since the 1970s, he noted, but it “just doesn’t work.”
Carraway and other proponents are hyping polyhydroxyalkanoates, known collectively as PHA, as the next big thing, but they are hardly new.
Nature has used this class of polymers to store cellular energy for millions of years. Companies have been trying to commercialize them—via industrial fermentation—for several decades. But despite what should be a strong selling point—biodegradability in a wide range of environments—they haven’t taken off. The list of companies that have tried and failed to bring PHA to market keeps growing.
Clariant (CLN.S) has agreed to sell its pigments business to Heubach Group and SK Capital Partners in a deal which values the business at up to 855 million Swiss francs ($951.27 million), the Swiss chemicals maker said on Monday.
Clariant said it would reinvest to become a 20% shareholder in the new combined business, which employs 3,000 people and has annual sales of around 900 million euros ($1.09 billion).
The deal represented an enterprise value of 805 to 855 million francs, depending on an earn-out payment based on the 2021 financial performance of the business which makes pigments and dyes used in the automotive, plastics and other industries.
Clariant said the sale, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022, represented a multiple of 10.7 to 11.4 times the standalone EBITDA of the pigments business in the year to April 2021.
Kizad Polymers Park’s turnkey role in Harwal Group’s growth
Harwal Group is pleased to collaborate with Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) to build its manufacturing facilities at the Kizad Polymers Park. The facilities will be for its flagship companies: Interplast and Cosmoplast, to produce and supply a wide range of standard plastic products, and customised products for specific industries.
“Kizad Polymers Park is an important platform for enhancing our business in the UAE and Middle East region while enabling us to expand our reach into the African and European markets. The supply chain efficiencies, strategic location, competitive setup solutions and world-class facilities provided by Kizad will position Interplast and Cosmoplast to support Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 and industrial diversification across the UAE,” said Walid Najjar, General Manager, Interplast/Cosmoplast. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
Harsco Corporation, a provider of environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams, recently released its Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report, highlighting the company’s corporate sustainability accomplishments throughout fiscal year 2020. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
Highlights of the report show that the company now derives 82-percent of annual revenue from environmental solutions, up from 62-percent three years ago, and that over 75-percent of waste and byproduct material processed annually by Harsco is recycled or repurposed, including 94-percent in the company’s new Clean Earth division.
The company also launched 29 new environmental solutions in 2020, an increase of nearly 32-percent from 2019, and for the first time ever, the company has incorporated an ESG modifier in top 70 executives’ performance evaluations.
Exclusive with Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA
Please highlight some of the critical functions of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
GPCA was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, we voice the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 per cent of chemical output by volume in the GCC.
GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, effective networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.
Crude prices have increased due to supportive Opec+ policies and growing demand as economies reopen
Oil is expected to trade in the range of $68 to $75 per barrel in the second half of this year, Iraq’s oil minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said.
Crude prices will remain in this range if Opec and its allies continue to cut production to support the markets, Mr Jabbar told reporters in Baghdad on Saturday.
There were also “new projects in which there is a common interest” between the country and longstanding investor Exxon Mobil following reports last month that the government is planning to buy the US company’s stake in the West Qurna 1 field, Mr Jabbar said. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
“We expect that Exxon Mobil will remain in a certain part of Iraq in some investments, it came out only from West Qurna 1,” Mr Jabbar was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Iraq is the second-biggest producer within the Opec group with a total output of 3.96 million barrels per day, according to the latest data from Opec’s monthly oil markets report.
PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is the inexpensive, versatile plastic used to make bottles, food containers and other modern conveniences. Even though PET is a highly valuable and readily recyclable material, there is not enough waste collection and recycling capacity in many countries in South and Southeast Asia. PET and other plastics stay in the environment for hundreds of years, and when exposed to sunlight and seawater, they fragment into microplastics that are consumed by marine life and eventually make their way into the food chain with unknown health impacts.
More robust global recycling efforts would go a long way toward integrating the plastics value chain into a circular economy where waste is managed as a valuable resource and reclaimed, reprocessed and ultimately used as feedstock for new plastic products. That would help the environment in several ways. First, it would mean less fossil fuel feedstock would be used to make virgin plastic that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But more importantly, less discarded plastic would pile up. Important progress has already been made along those lines, but much more is needed if the world is going to reduce the up to 13 million tons of plastic every year that leak into the oceans. Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is designated #1 in the plastics recycling code. It is the most common plastic used for bottles, jars, food containers and packaging. PET is a clear, strong, and lightweight material used for bottled water, carbonated soda, teas, sports drinks and other beverages. PET is also the most recycled plastic in the U.S., so the market dynamics affecting it eventually are realized in the recycled PET market.
PET containers are lighter in weight than alternative materials, such as glass. This difference makes PET containers easier to stack and ship, more efficient to transport, and has resulted in some companies switching to PET containers from other materials, according to the most recent Plastics Market Watch report.
Despite the fundamental strengths of PET, COVID-19 introduced unforeseen volatility to consumer behaviour across the economy. Production of common consumer goods responded accordingly. By extension, this disruption impacted PET resin demand-supply dynamics, the adjustments of which are ongoing and are be expected to continue into the near future.
Guadalajara, Mexico facility to increase production capacity of PX35 carbon fiber to 13,000 metric tons annually, for a total of 28,000 metric tons globally.
It was announced on June 10 that Zoltek Companies Inc. (Zoltek, St., Louis, Miss., U.S.) a Toray Group that develops and manufactures low-cost industrial grade carbon fiber, is expanding its carbon fiber production capacity at the facility located in Guadalajara, Mexico.
By expanding operations, Zoltek says the facility’s carbon fiber production capacity will increase to 13,000 metric tons annually, and will increase Zoltek’s global production capacity of its PX35 carbon fiber to a total of 28,000 metric tons.
Zoltek says it is continuing its mission to commercialize carbon fiber, and increase its position as a global leader in industrial-grade carbon fiber. Zoltek’s PX35 50K carbon fiber, which is produced in Hungary and Mexico, is said to be the established standard for large-scale industrial applications such as wind energy and automotive.
Flor, a rug brand for homes, offices, and every space in between, is celebrating ten years of area rugs featuring Aquafil’s Econyl regenerated nylon that blend beautiful design, smart functionality, and environmental responsibility into all the spaces people live. The brand was the first flooring company that started using recycled nylon in its products.
Today, Econyl regenerated nylon, a sought-after responsible solution for well-known fashion and interiors brands, is featured in most Flor area rugs, rather than brand-new nylon that uses new resources. Econyl is made from 100 per cent waste, fishing nets, textile scraps, old carpet, that would otherwise pollute the Earth. The regenerated nylon performs the same as virgin nylon and can be recycled, recreated, and remoulded infinitely. Not only a waste solution, Econyl reduces the global impact of nylon by up to 90 per cent compared with the material produced from oil, Flor said in a media statement.
Flor’s use of regenerated nylon in its carpet tile is a key part of its efforts to lower the carbon footprint of its products. Recently, the company introduced its new backing, CQuest, which is made of post-consumer recycled content from carpet tiles, bio-based additives, and pre-consumer recycled materials, which are net carbon negative. With its combined new backing and yarn made from regenerated nylon, Flor offers area rugs that look beautiful while being good for the planet.
International technology Group Andritz has received a repeat order from Zhejiang Saintyear Textile Co., Ltd., based in China, to supply a second, complete neXline spunlace line for the production of premium-quality nonwoven roll goods. The line is scheduled for start-up during the third quarter of 2022.
The order comes just nine months after the company placed a first order for a complete high-speed spunlace line, with Zhejiang Saintyear Textile deciding to rely on Andritz once again by purchasing another complete line dedicated to the production of first-class wipes. The production capacity will be up to 2,800 kg/h for lightweight fabrics.
Andritz will provide a full line – from web forming to drying. The scope of supply includes the precise opening and blending machinery from Laroche – newly acquired by the Andritz Group, two inline TT cards, a proven JetlaceEssentiel unit for hydroentanglement, and the efficient neXdry through-air dryer.
Researchers at the Department of Chemistry are developing technologies to make recycling plastics easy, clean and affordable – promoting a truly ‘circular economy’ for the material.
Our modern world is addicted to plastics. Cheap, light, durable and very flexible they have largely replaced traditional materials such as metal and wood. Used for everything from food packaging and medical equipment to parts for consumer goods, plastics have made our lives easier and better in many ways.
But plastic waste is now one of the most urgent environmental issues of our time.
Disposal is difficult because of the huge volume of waste generated and its extreme durability. More than 30% is sent to landfill where it takes hundreds of years to decompose; even more is simply thrown away and accumulates around land, rivers, and oceans.
Although it is possible to recycle plastic waste, current methods are expensive and often polluting. Around 40% is incinerated to produce energy, while only 30% percent is recycled into new products. Astonishingly, less than 10% of the 8 billion tons ever produced worldwide has been recycled.
The export of plastic waste materials for recycling, particularly to developing countries, is sometimes seen as a questionable practice. However, the UK remains dependent upon export markets to achieve its plastic recycling targets because we do not currently have capacity to recycle all our plastic waste.
Why do we currently export some of our plastic waste for recycling?
The UK currently exports plastic because there is not enough capacity within the UK to recycle it. In 2019, the UK exported 61% of its plastic packaging for recycling.
When export takes place, this needs to be without a detrimental effect on the quality of material and making sure that the exported plastic waste is managed in an environmentally sound manner once it reaches its end destination. It is vital that waste exporters adhere to national and international legislation governing waste exports and robust checks are in place to prevent fraud.
On June 1, 2021, Jeremy Schwartz, Global Head of Research at WisdomTree and regular host of the Behind the Markets podcast, was joined by Mobeen Tahir, Associate Director of Research at WisdomTree, to host Erik Gilje, professor of finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The topic was oil, and the focus was on Erik’s bullish view on the commodity stemming from structural supply issues in the U.S. amid an improving demand outlook.
Professor Gilje outlined that over the last decade, almost all new supply of oil has come from North America—i.e., either Canada or the U.S.—while the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners (OPEC+) have lost market share. The group was forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce 9.7 million barrels of supply in what can be characterized as a dramatic and unprecedented policy coordination.
But OPEC+ may not necessarily be fixated on quickly bringing this supply back online. This is because the group is possibly less worried about losing further market share to U.S. shale producers now than in the past. This marks a major shift in the dynamic between the two and could be the key force that drives oil markets higher.
New nanofibres with excellent electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance and specific surface area.
Grupo Antolin – the manufacturer of one in every four car headliners made worldwide – is studying the potential of carbon nanofibres to improve the efficiency, durability and cost of critical components for next-generation hydrogen fuel cells.
The company, headquartered in Burgos, Spain, says it aims to make a solid contribution to the development of a key technology to make electric mobility more cost-effective efficient, and accessible,
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles cause no exhaust emissions, only high purity water, allow refuelling as quickly as petrol-fuelled cars and can achieve similar range levels, Grupo Antolin points out.
It has been working for a number of years on the development of processes for producing carbon nanofibres with optimised properties for different industrial applications in various sectors. The result has been new nanofibres with excellent electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance and specific surface area, making them ideal for application in the electrodes of the electrochemical cells that constitute the hydrogen fuel cell systems.
PET thermoform packaging—such as those used for fruits, vegetables, muffins, eggs and more—is technically recyclable with PET bottles. In fact, many PET reclaimers accept thermoforms in bottle bales, as long as auto-sort systems and best practices are in place.
However, only 9 percent of them ever make it to recycling bins.
In this week’s blog post, we will go over the obstacles reclaimers face in recycling PET thermoforms and what the plastics industry has planned to work past them.
A New Law
On September 24th, 2020, Governor of California Gavin Newsom signed a bill made by California Assembly member Phil Tang, requiring manufacturers to include recycled materials when making plastic bottles, and, by extension, plastic thermoform parts.
AB 793 is designed to bolster the market for recycled polyethylene terephthalate in the state. Manufacturers must meet a number of deadlines for recycled content, achieving 15 percent by 2022, 25 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030.
Amsterdam-based Fashion for Good is launching the Renewable Carbon Textiles Project, bringing together a powerful consortium to accelerate the development of polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHA polymer fibres – a promising biosynthetic alternative to fossil based fibres with the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the fashion supply chain.
With catalytic funding provided by Laudes Foundation, collaborating partners include Bestseller, Norrøna, PVH Corp. and the Fabrics Division of WL Gore providing industry expertise and financial support.
Participating innovators Bio Craft Innovation (formerly Biomize), Full Cycle Bioplastics and Newlight Technologies will contribute their solutions, providing insights to scale the industry in the long term.
“There is an urgent need to find replacements for the predominantly fossil-based fibres in the fashion industry through solutions such as biosynthetics from renewable sources,” said Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good. “PHA polymers represent an exciting, yet challenging solution for reducing carbon emissions in the fashion industry, and this project aims to drive further innovation in this space to bring them to scale.”
EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises), the Executive Agency that runs the LIFE programme, has approved LIFE4FILM project coordinated by FCC Medio Ambiente Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
The main objective of LIF4FILM Post-Consumption Film Plastic Recycling From Municipal Solid Waste) project is to prevent landfilling or waste to energy valorisation for film plastics (LDPE) separated from the municipal solid waste by means of the implementation of an innovating recycling process at semi-industrial scale 10,000 t/y pilot line in Granada (Spain) that will include equipment from ROLBATCH and STADLER. This plant will be operated by FCC with the aim of demonstrating its profitability and replicability at an European context.
The project develops a new low carbon recycling technology thus obtaining more sustainable process. This new technology will increase the resources efficiency, valorising the LDPE by the production of industrial accepted products (validated by the Tech Centre AIMPLAS and the University of Granada), thus fostering the implementation of the circular economy.
Scientists in the UK have genetically engineered Escherichia coli to transform plastic waste into vanillin. Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
‘Instead of simply recycling plastic waste into more plastic, what our system demonstrates for the first time is that you can use plastic as a feedstock for microbial cells and transform it into something with higher value and more industrial utility,’ says Stephen Wallace from the University of Edinburgh.
The biotransformation ‘isn’t just replacing a current chemical process, it’s actually achieving something that can’t be done using modern synthetic methods.’
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most widely used types of plastic.
Most existing recycling technologies degrade PET into its substituent monomers, ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid, then repurpose them in second-generation plastic materials.
Wallace and Joanna Sadler, also at the University of Edinburgh, want to upcycle these monomers into alternative products.
Borouge has partnered with Singapore-based recycling firm Plaspulp Union to further develop and commercialize new packaging applications using recycled materials, said the UAE-based company.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marks Borouge’s first foray into the recycling market in Southeast Asia, the company said in a statement. “Borouge is expected to develop more partnerships with other processing companies in the coming months,” it said. Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
Borouge has already successfully tested the use of Plaspulp Union recycled materials in flexible packaging such as laminate and shipping packaging.
The MOU with Plaspulp Union will add to the existing partnerships Borouge has established with two other recycling companies in China to increase the volume of recycled materials in its portfolio and jointly develop innovative new solutions for packaging applications.
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has reported 10 per cent year-over-year (YoY) revenue increase to $3.24 billion in its first quarter (Q1) for fiscal 2021 compared to revenue of $2.94 billion in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal. The company’s EBITDA rose to $369 million (Q1 FY20: $304 million). Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
“Last quarter I stated that 2020 brought no structural damage to the industries IVL plays in and the first quarter of 2021 has further solidified this thesis. Our advantaged portfolio and experienced management, supported by our transformation programs, will yield superior returns for shareholders in line with our 2023 targets,” Aloke Lohia, group CEO of Indorama Ventures, said in a press release.
The company’s total expenses for Q1 FY21 was $2.94 billion, while profit for the period jumped to $215 million ($17 million).
According to the company, the fibres segment made a positive start to 2021 with strong volumes and demand across all three verticals due to recovery in polyester fibre demand, increase in light vehicles sales driven by China and continued strong demand for hygiene fibres, achieving an increased overall average operating rate of 86 per cent. Combined PET segment achieved core EBITDA of $260 million, growing 35 per cent YoY, driven primarily by demand growth and higher integrated industry spreads on top of the sharp rise in crude oil prices.
China’s Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical, a joint venture between one of the world’s largest energy and chemical companies and the largest oil refinery in Asia – Sinopec – and South Korea’s SK Global Chemical, plans to begin test production at its new high denisty polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Wuhan, China in July, according to CommoPlast.
This new plant with the production capacity of 300,000 mt/year of HDPE is part of the second phase of the petrochemical complex in Wuhan.
The company already operates the first HDPE plant of a similar capacity at the same site. Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
As MRC reported earlier, the company conducted a scheduled turnaround at this HDPE plant from 16 October to 23 December 2020.
Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical also received commercial production at a new plant with the capacity of 300,000 mt/year of polypropylene (PP) in Wuhan on 21 May, 2021.
According to MRC’s ScanPlast, April estimated HDPE consumption in Russia slumped to 70,420 tonnes from 132,340 tonnes a month earlier. Domestic producers raised their exports, while some producers’ output decreased. Overall HDPE shipments into the Russian market totalled 422,370 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Production increased, whereas imports fell by 39%.
French collaborative research group to study status of chemical recycling of plastic waste in economic and environmental terms.
French collaborative research network, RECORD, launched a research project on the status of chemical recycling of plastics. Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
The project aims at understanding the different existing technologies for chemical and biochemical recycling of plastic waste. Mechanical plastic waste recycling does not produce high quality recycled materials. The study would therefore look into the status of the more promising chemical recycling of plastic waste. Currently, little information is available to compare the different processes and to evaluate their performance in economic or environmental terms. The uncertainties related to these new technologies are also high given their current stage of development.
Thus, this study aims to provide an overview of the different chemical and biochemical recycling technologies through a literature review and to shed light on the outstanding issues with the help of expert opinions.
Borealis has announced a significant financial commitment to expand Project STOP, an initiative it co-founded with SYSTEMIQ in 2017 to prevent plastic waste from entering the world’s oceans. The announcement came on 8 June, World Oceans Day.
The support will enable the project to continue to scale up efforts to create effective circular waste management systems in high-need areas of Southeast Asia.
“We at Borealis want to showcase together with our partners how to end the plastic waste issue,” said Borealis CEO Thomas Gangl. “Plastics are key for prosperity and a modern life. Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
We need to implement waste management solutions to avoid any negative impact to the environment from those valuable materials. As Project STOP continues to grow, we look forward to welcoming new strategic partners, whose skills and resources will be crucial to addressing this significant global challenge together.”
Project STOP works together with city governments, providing support with technical expertise to achieve zero-leakage of waste, increase recycling and to build economically sustainable programs, creating new jobs and reducing the harmful impact of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries. The first city partnership was established in 2018 in Muncar, located in the Regency of Banyuwangi, East Java. Project STOP also operates two additional city partnerships, in Pasuruan, also in Java, and Jembrana, on the northwest coast of Bali.
Xtep Group, a Chinese enterprise of shoes and clothing, has launched new environment-friendly polylactic acid (PLA) t-shirt. Clothes made of PLA fibre have a low environmental impact as when buried in a specific environment, they can degrade naturally within one year. PLA is extracted from crops that contain starch and is turned into fibre after spinning. Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
Xtep had launched its first PLA windbreaker on June 5, 2020. At that time, PLA accounted for 19 per cent of the trench coat fabric. One year later, the proportion of PLA t-shirts has risen sharply to 60 per cent.
The company also plans to increase the PLA content of knitted sweaters scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of 2022 by 67 per cent, and in the third quarter of the same year, 100 per cent pure PLA trench coats will be on the market. In the future, Xtep will gradually achieve layers of breakthroughs in the application of PLA products and strive to achieve more than one million pieces of PLA products in a single season before 2023, Xtep said in a press release.
Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announces the launch of its new Color Atlas by Archroma® Polyester Library, with 1’440 colors for sportswear, athleisure, swimwear, children’s clothing, shoes, fashion and home textiles.
A library of 1’440 off-the-shelf color standards, adding to the already available 4’320 colors of the ‘Color Atlas’ for cotton Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals
Online and physical library of colors allowing increased speed-to market for sportswear and fashion designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers.
In 2016, Archroma launched the Color Atlas by Archroma®, a unique tool dedicated to providing fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf color inspiration for cotton that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.
This original Color Atlas Cotton Library today contains 4’320 colors, almost double compared to similar tools available to textile and fashion specialists, with options for purer ingredients and lighter resource usage for brands exploring more sustainable collections.
In 2021, freight rate has soared, containers are in short supply, and shipping delays have become the norm in export trade.
The annual export proportion of Chinese PET bottle chip is about 30%, but it has gradually shrunk to 20-25% in the second quarter, which is not what it should be in a peak season at all. The average monthly export order from April to May is less than 200kt.
The processing fee for export goods once reduced to around US $130-140/mt, whose gap with domestic figure gradually narrows.
In fact, since the fourth quarter of last year, there has been a substantial overdraft in domestic demand for PET bottle chip, and PET inventory once surged to around 1.9 million tons, about twice the current peak monthly production.
However, due to the large pick-up volume and abundant orders in the short term, inventory pressure of PET bottle chip factory has been released obviously.
y the end of 2020, the total inventory is still around 1.8 million tons, while average inventory held by the factories is only 700kt plus.
By the eve of the Spring Festival in 2021, PET bottle chip stock of factories dropped further to around 300kt, driven by rising crude oil and polyester raw materials.
The tightness in shipments continued after the Spring Festival, which also brought the last wave of sharp increases in the first five months of this year.
Spain’s circular targets cannot be met without chemical recycling and it must be granted the same legal status than recycling in legislation currently being debated in Parliament, the country’s chemicals trade group Feique said on Wednesday.
Spain’s recycling rates could increase from the current 45% to 80-90% by 2050 if chemically recycled materials are granted status as recycled product, said Feique’s president. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
Carles Navarro, also the director general at BASF’s operations in Spain and Portugal, added the plastics sector will continue lobbying against the tax on plastics the Spanish cabinet is mulling; the tax has been delayed to at least 2022.
Navarro presented on Wednesday FEIQUE’s optimistic forecasts for Spanish chemicals in 2021, with sales and exports expected to boom as Spain and the wider eurozone recover from the pandemic-induced downturn.
Tatneft won the tender for the purchase of the largest polyethylene terephthalate production in the Russian Federation – Ecopet Group (Kaliningrad), which was sold by Trust Bank, the manufacturer said.
According to the bidding materials, Tatneft acquired Ecopet for 6.45 billion rubles at an initial price of 3.75 billion rubles. Four participants were admitted to the auction. Trust sold in a single lot the shares and shares of the companies included in Ecopet – 100% of Ecopet JSC (industrial complex), 100% of the shares of Ecopet Trade House LLC (trading house), 100% of the industrial park of BaltTechProm LLC, and also the claims against these companies. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
“The acquisition of Ecopet will allow the most efficient implementation of the company’s plans for the development of the petrochemical direction and will contribute to the achievement of the Tatneft group’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along the entire value chain. The signing of legally binding documents on the deal is expected in the coming weeks,” NK press release.
Earlier it was reported that the Ecopet plant (Kaliningrad) in 2020 increased the export volume of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) compared to 2019 to 21%, despite the situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the slowdown in economic growth. The plant produces 690 tons of PET per day, increasing productivity during the pandemic by 4.5%.
Cargill, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.) and chemical marketing company HELM (Hamburg, Germany) are entering into a joint venture, Qore, to help leading brands replace fossil-based chemistries with bio-based intermediates, enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the agreement, both companies are investing a combined $300 million to build the first commercial-scale, renewable 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) facility in the U.S. Bio-based intermediates give the apparel, automotive, electronics and packaging industries the ability to improve their environmental footprint without sacrificing product performance or altering their existing downstream manufacturing processes. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
“With consumers demanding more sustainable products, brands are not only looking for more innovative, environmentally-friendly solutions but also are needing supplier capabilities and resources that can consistently meet those expectations,” said Jill Zullo, Vice President, Biointermediates/Bioindustrial at Cargill. “This new venture combines Cargill’s end-to-end supply chain and long-standing, successful product commercialization in several bioindustrial markets with HELM’s expertise in effectively bringing unique chemical applications and other creative solutions to life and to the market.”
Kansas-based global bioplastics company Green Dot Bioplastics recently broke ground to commence the construction on its expansion project at its facility in Onaga, Kansas, US. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
Entering its second decade, Green Dot, known for creating the world’s first biodegradable elastomeric rubber, Terratek Flex, as well as a variety of other biocomposites and biodegradable resins to replace traditional plastics, is preparing to introduce two new product categories for use in compostable packaging applications, including film.
The Onaga facility is to add floor space to accommodate additional equipment and warehouse space in order to double production capacity. The project is expected to be completed in September 2021.
Polyester yarn shines this year with healthy profits. The cash flow of CVC-type polyester/cotton yarn has moved up to five-year high and TC-type one and pure polyester yarn also see years’ high. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
The improvement of demand.
The sound demand for cotton yarn spurs that of polyester/cotton yarn. Since last Oct, cotton yarn demand has soared, especially the products for home textiles, driving the sales of CVC-type polyester yarn. Some TC-type polyester/cotton yarn mills and pure polyester yarn mills have shifted to produce CVC-type one, leading to the reduction of TC-type polyester/cotton yarn and pure polyester yarn supplies.
The smooth sales of casual wears boosts blended yarn. The relapse of the pandemic outside China made more people work at home, which promotes the consumption of casual wears such as hoodie, thus blended yarn is buoyed.
Discounts of raw materials side.
Since free fall in Mar, direct-spun PSF market has not seen strong demand. The procurement is mostly driven by rigid demand. In addition, with the decline of PSF futures, the trades by basis show advantage, which makes direct-spun PSF plants fail to stabilize the market by resistance of lowering price.
The LYCRA Company’s campaign to help drive awareness and collaboration around circularity. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
-The LYCRA Company, a global leader in sustainable solutions for stretch and performance technologies in the apparel and personal care industries, announced the launch of a new campaign aimed at advancing discussions around circularity in textiles. The print and online advertising campaign, “Keep in the loop with LYCRA,” is an invitation for customers and industry experts to join The LYCRA Company in using resilient, sustainable materials that ultimately can be recycled at end of life, thus reducing textile waste and “closing the loop” in the value chain.
“Through our ‘Keep in the loop with LYCRA’ campaign, we want to explore a variety of topics related to circularity — from more sustainable raw materials to extending garment wear life to end-of-life solutions,” said Jean Hegedus, director of sustainable business development at The LYCRA Company. “Our recent introduction of COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade fibers, created from 100% textile waste, is one step in the right direction but there’s much more to do to address these important issues,” she added.
The creative campaign, developed by Grounded World agency, uses a loop as a design device to show the transformation of textile waste into new fiber/fabric. The campaign tagline of “Keep in the loop with LYCRA” invites the industry to keep abreast of the latest circularity advancements from The LYCRA Company while also looking to drive awareness and collaboration.
The pandemic continues to upend global supply chains, threatening growth-damaging inflation.
Semiconductor shortages are set to last for at least another year. Container freight rates have gone up again on the Far East to Europe and Far East to US East and West coast routes.
European polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) price premiums over China remain at record high levels, as the updated chart in today’s blog post details.
This tells us that despite tight polyolefins supply in Europe leading to strong arbitrage opportunities, getting PE and PP supply to the region remains very difficult because of container shortages. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
The price differentials also tell us China’s economy has lost momentum, partly because of the global inflationary impact of supply-chain disruptions that also include shortages of petrochemicals, wood, metal and other raw materials.
Labour is also in tight supply in China, the US and the UK for pandemic-related reasons.
For more than 70 years the German textile machinery manufacturer BRÜCKNER has been the world leader in the field of dry finishing of textiles, technical textiles, nonwovens, glass fabrics and floor coverings. In-house production in Germany ensures a high level of system diversity and enables fast and flexible adaptation to customer requirements. Worldwide, about 90 agencies work for BRÜCKNER, so that customers have a local contact person in almost every country of the world. China is one of the most important markets worldwide in the textile industry, therefore two agencies have been working here for BRÜCKNER for many years.
In order to be even better positioned in the future, BRÜCKNER founded its own branch office in Shanghai at the end of 2019. Besides the staff for sales, service and administration, BRÜCKNER’s own technicians are on the road all over the country to commission machines and to attend to customers personally. Depending on demand, the technicians are also on the road throughout Asia. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
The European Commission has confirmed that viscose and lyocell based fibre products have been determined to not be chemically-modified and therefore will not be included in the coming European Union Single-Use Plastics Directive.
However, in a blow to the biopolymers sector, the latest guidance has ratified that biodegradable/bio-based plastics are considered to be plastic under the SUP Directive. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals
In determining it’s guidelines, the Commission took the view that a polymer will only be natural if its polymerization process actually takes place in nature (i.e., it may not be the result of an industrial process even if it involves living organisms).
ccording to the Guidance, this means that cellulose extracted from wood are natural polymers, while polymers resulting from biosynthesis via artificial industrial fermentation are not.
A statement from the Commission also notes that there are no widely agreed technical standards available to certify that a specific plastic product is properly biodegradable in the marine environment in a short timeframe and without causing harm to the environment.
Kolon Industries Inc., a South Korean industrial materials company, said Wednesday that it had succeeded in developing and commercializing post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films, according to The Korea Bizwire.
Kolon Industries, in collaboration with major cosmetics and household goods maker LG Household & Health Care Ltd. and a packaging material firm Lotte Aluminum Co., has been engaged in the development of the nation’s first PCR PET films since the second half of last year.
Starting from this month, Kolon Industries will supply its newly-developed PCR PET films for some of the household items and food containers produced by LG Household & Health Care and Lotte Aluminum. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
According to Kolon Industries, the annual demand for PET films is estimated to have exceeded 6 million tons but the share of PCR PET films remains low at less than 1%. However, as eco-friendly materials are increasingly popular along with the trend of reducing the use of plastics, demand for PCR PET films is soaring, mainly in areas with low technical barriers.
Recycling may take more effort, but it makes a difference by saving the ecosystem and conserving resources. Keeping our core objective of saving the environment by reducing our carbon footprints. We have invested and established a post-consumer recycling facility in Morocco. Sumilon PCR PET films deliver a carbon footprint saving estimated by a third-party audit to be approximately 2.0 kilograms less CO2 emission for every kilogram of virgin material replaced by recycled content.
Retaining sustainability, Sumilon has also invested in Wind Turbines, where all BOPET films are produced through GREEN ENERGY. A carbon footprint of approximately 4.5 kilograms less CO2 is emitted compared to our competitors.
With close to 4 decades of experience and expertise in the polyester film sector, Sumilon has now stepped into the future of sustainable business operations with leading technology, customer orientation, and quality assurance systems are its building blocks. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
Sumilon PCR PET film range is available in all variants as the current PET films. Over and above Sumilon has introduced PCR PET Alox, PCR Pet PVDC, PCR Pet Sealable / Peelable, PCR Pet Silicone coated, PCR High Barrier Metallized films etc.
Nestlé has developed two packaging innovations for its Vittel mineral water bottles that are designed to function just like traditional plastic versions but with much less plastic. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
The first innovation is the Vittel GO system which consists of a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50cl refills of Vittel mineral water that are made with 40% less plastic than a traditional Vittel bottle.
Because the bottles are made with as little recycled plastic as possible, they are very flexible and light, which means they must be used with the reusable protective case to make it easy to drink the water.
The second packaging innovation is a 100% recyclable 1-litre Vittel Hybrid bottle that is made from two types of materials. The company claims it opens up new possibilities for the development of the next generation of water bottles.
New capacity brought online to meet growing demand
Ascend Performance Materials has expanded production capacity for HiDura long-chain polyamides in its Greenwood, S.C., plant. The multi-million dollar expansion will help the company meet growing demand for its new product line.
Launched in Nov. 2020, Ascend’s HiDura PA610 and 612 products are used in a variety of consumer goods, industrial, renewable energy, automotive and electric vehicle applications. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
“Exceptional ductility, UV weatherability and hydrolysis resistance give HiDura resins and engineered plastics reliable, long-term performance in some of the harshest conditions,” said Kaan Gunes, business manager for HiDura at Ascend.
Gunes cited applications in solar photovoltaic supports, battery seals and brush bristles to illustrate the versatility and durability of HiDura. “Each of these parts faces extreme conditions, whether the 25 years a solar PV installation will be exposed to the elements or the constant contact with corrosive chemicals inside a battery cell. The various grades we developed are designed to improve the reliability of our customers’ products.”
Brightmark’s facility in Indiana will open later this year. The company has not set a date to begin construction in Georgia.
Chemical recycling firm Brightmark LLC is building a $680 million facility in Georgia for processing waste plastics and says it will be the largest such plant in the world.
The June 7 announcement from the San Francisco-based company said the new plant in Macon, Ga., its second, will have the capacity to divert 400,000 tons of plastic waste. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
The statement did not say when the Georgia facility would start operating, and a spokesman said Brightmark would provide a date later.
“Our advanced recycling facility will be the world’s largest and will utilize our proven plastics renewal technology to advance our mission of reimagining waste, while supporting economic development in the region,” said Bob Powell, Brightmark founder and CEO.
The company said the Macon plant would convert plastics into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, which can be a feedstock for plastics, as well as 20 million gallons of wax.
It said it’s working with suppliers of waste plastic in the region to secure feedstock agreements for the facility and expects to close that process by the end of the year. It said it’s open to both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics.
The company said its process can take all types of mixed plastic waste, including materials that are hard to recycle with traditional technologies like plastic film, flexible packaging, expanded polystyrene, beverage cups, plastic toys and car seats.
Robert van de Kerkhof has been elected as the new president of Brussels-based CIRFS – the European Man-made Fibres Association – succeeding Necat Altin, general manager of Korteks and head of Zorlu Holding Textiles Group,
“I am very pleased that Robert van de Kerkhof has been unanimously elected to follow me as CIRFS president,” said Altin. “He has been actively involved in CIRFS work for many years, on the board and more recently as its vice-president. He has a long and very successful record in the man-made fibres industry and is currently chief commercial officer for the Lenzing Group. He has on many occasions highlighted the indispensable contribution of CIRFS to the man-made fibres industry’s development in Europe and how CIRFS can support the industry in meeting its current and future challenges in a global world.” Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
“Necat Altin has strongly supported the association in his period as president, showing how CIRFS can play a key role for the industry by adapting to a constantly changing and very competitive environment,” added van de Kerkhof. “I look forward to continuing this mission over the next three years.
Flexible Plastic Fund is incentivising the development of a circular model and infrastructure for flexible plastic packaging to be recycled back into plastic packaging.
The Flexible Plastic Fund was launched -in collaboration with the UK’s largest branded manufacturers, Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever- to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers. The £1 million fund is a UK industry first and is being led by producer compliance scheme, Ecosurety, with support from environmental charity, Hubbub.
In collaboration with manufacturers, retailers and recyclers, the Fund intends to improve flexible plastic recycling and reduce plastic pollution by giving the material a stable value. This will in turn increase the supply of recycled plastic enabling industry to become more ‘circular’ and meet the forthcoming UK plastic packaging tax obligations. This will motivate investment in much needed jobs and infrastructure to make flexible plastic recycling a financially sustainable system in the UK.
The long-term ambition of the Fund is to drive progress towards creating a circular, UK based flexible plastic recycling market that allows flexible plastic recycling via household collections. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE), the EU harmonised digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products, went back online on 1 June, following its annual closure for maintenance and updates.
As a data collector, the platform requires upgrading to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
MORE serves as a monitoring tool to track the use of recycled polymers for the European plastics converting industry. Developed by EuPC, the EU-level association for plastics converting companies in Europe, and its member organisations as a means to support the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy, the aim is to achieve a use of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers in products annually by 2025 – 2030, not including internal production scrap. The MORE platform is open to all converting companies that use recycled polymers in their products. The platform closed its second year in operation having registered the use of 1 million tonnes of recycled material over the past year.
The newly updated platform features additional modules compared to MORE 1.0. such as the integration of supplementary criteria related to EU regulatory requirements.
These include certification and audit requirements, said EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis.
“We are delighted to open the updated MORE 2.0 platform to our plastics converting community in Europe,” he said. “With MORE, our industry has the opportunity to continue showcasing its efforts towards a circular plastics economy and be more transparent on the volumes of recycled polymers they use in converting infrastructures. Having collected 1 million tonnes of recycled material used in products in its second year demonstrates that the converters community has widely accepted the MORE tool in Europe.”
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Ecology, respect for the environment and people, sustainability: a new (sports) project by Carvico. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
Carvico has decided to support the Maratona dles Dolomites again this year as a gold partner, dedicating to the Queen of the Granfondo, scheduled for next 4th July, 10,000 eco-sustainable vests made with the Carvico “special edition Maratona 2021” fabric in 100% polyester. recycled material from the recovery of PET bottles.
A PET bottle left in the environment takes over 700 years to begin to decompose. And currently, 20 million tons of bottles are produced worldwide. Recycling them means acting responsibly, giving new life to plastic and making a concrete and fundamental gesture for the protection of the planet.
To package the 10,000 vests for the participants of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, more than 102,000 bottles were recovered, avoiding the emission of 6,516 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere. Repetable was used to make the Carvico fabric with which the vests were made, a polyester yarn obtained through a post-consumer recycling process of plastic bottles and produced by RadiciGroup, an Italian company born in Bergamo, leader in the production of polyamides. technopolymers and textile solutions intended for applications in various fields, including the sports and fashion sectors.
South Korean polymers producer Hyosung plans to start operations at its second 300,000 t/yr polypropylene (PP) unit at Ba Ria-Vung Tau only after starting up its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the Vietnamese petrochemical complex. The PP unit is likely to begin operating in this year’s late third or early fourth quarter.
Hyosung is expected to start its new PDH unit with a nameplate capacity of 600,000 t/yr of propylene around July-August, according to market participants.
Hyosung signed an agreement with the Vietnamese government to build a $1.2bn complex in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in early 2017. It will comprise a 600,000 t/yr PDH unit, two 300,000 t/yr PP units and LPG storage facilities. Its first 300,000 t/yr PP unit started operations in March 2020 using imported propylene.
Vietnam relied on imports for around 90pc of its PP consumption in 2020. The country has always been a key target for China’s PP exports to southeast Asia because of its high PP consumption and import dependency, as well as its location bordering China.
South Korea’s third largest conglomerate SK Group is fielding SK Gas Co. to command hydrogen business to build it up as its green growth engine along with rechargeable battery. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
According to multiple industry sources on Monday, SK Gas is spending billions of dollars to establish a hydrogen value chain complex along the southern coast of Ulsan City by 2025.
The company will be in charge of creating a comprehensive hydrogen economy from import of raw materials and production to storage and distribution.
The mammoth project is expected to cost several billions of dollars and shift the company’s mainstay in LPG and LNG business to hydrogen.
South Korea is going all-out on hydrogen economy to make the clean fuel its primary energy source over nuclear and fossil fuel. The state-led push has engaged most of the key companies including SK, Hanwha, and GS.
PX price was under pressure, relatively weaker compared to the feedstock crude oil and naphtha. PX-naphtha spread narrowed fast to $221.6/mt on Jun 3 and further to $212.4/mt on Jun 4. The spread was squeezed heavily, with feedstock price rising, as PX supply was ample in China domestic market recently. Then, there did those supplies come from? Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
China PX imports staying high
In Jan-Apr, China PTA capacity expanded, however overall PTA output was scaled back as plants cut operating rates due to losses. Though China domestic PX output reduced over the same period, the imports kept increasing, leading to mounting PX inventory.
Delays of the startups of fresh plants
It was earlier planned that a new 3.5 million mt/yr PTA plant and a new 2.5 million mt/yr PX would start in the second quarter of 2021. The fresh PTA plant was scheduled to start one month ahead of the PX plant, so the PTA producer had already stocked PX in advance. However, both plants were postponed, and the interval between the startups was shortened and the PX plant may even start ahead of the PTA plant. As a result, PX inventory in that PTA producer were quite high.
Lenzing Group, the Austrian supplier of sustainably produced specialty fibres, has welcomed the issuance of the guidelines for the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive, which took effect on June 05, 2019. In these guidelines, the EU Commission specifies that wet wipes and feminine hygiene products fall within the scope of the directive. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
The Commission implementing the regulation applying to the Single-Use Plastics Directive stipulate uniform labelling requirements for some of the single-use plastic products on the packaging or the product itself starting on July 03, 2021. They encompass feminine hygiene products and wet wipes for personal and household care containing plastic.
Systems consists of nine extruders feeding 400-mm annual die, an automatic gauge-controlling air ring, and other features.
GAP, a film-extrusion machine builder based in Trecate, Italy, has recently installed a 27-layer microlayer blown film line in its R&D center. The new line is comprised of 9 extruders and a 400-mm, annular coextrusion die capable of producing film in layflat widths to 1600 mm. The line is also equipped with an automatic air-cooling ring control and all new software control systems. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
To date, GAP (gapitaly.com) has tested several structures on the microlayer line, both with blocks and alternating layers, and is said to have generated film with good mechanical properties at overall film thickness of around 20-25% thinner than the industry standard.
System integrates conveying and weighing for speed and accuracy.
The new Batch-Weigh System from process equipment manufacturer Automated Flexible Conveyor, Clifton, N.J., automatically transfers, weighs, and dispenses precise amounts of powders, pellets, flakes, and other bulk materials into mixers, hoppers, tanks, vessels and containers.
Achieving 99% or better batch weighing accuracy, the Batch-Weigh System replaces manual and semi-automated processes with a fully automated approach that eliminates the potential for operator error, increases throughput, and promotes batch-to-batch product consistency. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
Costly material waste and quality control concerns due to over- and/or under-weighments are eliminated.
Suntory Beverage and Food Great Britain & Ireland (SBF GB&I) is investing £6m to support the recycling of its bottles by renovating the packaging of its Lucozade brand.
Lucozade is produced at the company’s Coleford factory and millions are being invested to ensure that the Lucozade Sport bottle is only made from recycled plastic.
This alone will save 3,400 tonnes of virgin plastic being produced annually. Alongside this, the bottle will be redesigned with a smaller label – reducing the volume of plastic used previously and ensuring that every bottle can be recycled back into another bottle.
Although they’ve always been recyclable, the new labels which feature on-pack recycling prompts, ensure that the bottles can be sorted into the clear waste stream to be recycled back into bottles at UK recycling centres.Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
In total the changes represent a saving of 3,500 tonnes of virgin plastic and 9,000 tonnes of CO2, contributing towards the company’s net zero ambition.
Ecovia’s key vision is to tackle the irresponsible consumerism causing climate crisis, by bringing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics
Dekko ISHO Group, one of the leading Bangladeshi conglomerates, signed a monetary and strategic capital investment agreement with Ecovia, a bioplastic initiative with its innovation in compostable polymer, led by three young entrepreneurs from Dhaka.
The ceremony took place in Dekko ISHO’s corporate office, said a press release.
Prottoy Hossain, director of Dekko ISHO Group, and Rashik Hassan, Riasat Zaman, and Ashfaqul Azam, co-founders of Ecovia, attended the program.
Ecovia’s key vision is to tackle the irresponsible consumerism causing climate crisis, by bringing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics.Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
Berkeley Lab researchers in California say their new plastic resin is designed for optimal chemical recycling results.
Researchers affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, say momentum is growing for the wider adoption of a new plastic resin that “has all the convenient properties of traditional plastics [and] can be recycled indefinitely with no loss in quality.” Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
Two years ago, a Berkeley Lab research team led by Brett Helms announced the invention of poly diketoenamine (PDK), which it said could be “disassembled into its constituent parts at the molecular level, and then reassembled into a different shape, texture and color repeatedly without the loss of performance or quality.”
As investments in chemical recycling are being increasingly made in the United States and globally, Helms and a team of fellow researchers that includes Corinne Scown, Jay Keasling, and Kristin Persson have released a study they say shows “PDK-based plastic could quickly become commercially competitive with conventional plastics, and the products will get less expensive and more sustainable as time goes on.”
Plastic manufacturers under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) are concerned about the increase of oxo-degradable plastics, which falsely claim to be environmentally friendly. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals
Oxo-degradable plastics are designed to break down into small fragments, but this causes microplastic pollution that harms ecosystems, including oceans.
Usage of plastic is increasing as a result of measures to curb Covid-19 infections, including travel restrictions and work-from-home guidelines. This has caused more people to order food, beverages and products online, resulting in more plastic packaging waste.
Even worse, some plastic makers who mix oxo-degradable additives in their products have alleged their plastics can decompose in a natural and environmentally friendly way, said Apiphop Phungchaikul, vice-chairman of FTI’s Plastic Industry Club.
Technip Energies announced the initiation of an agreement with Agilyx Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS, and pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
This collaboration aims to accelerate the implementation of Agilyx’s technology for the advanced recycling of post-use polystyrene. Under this agreement, Technip Energies will market and license the integrated technologies of Agilyx depolymerization and Technip Energies purification technology, leveraging the expertise, resources, and global presence of respective companies. The technology is ready and available for licensing.
Both companies bring strong, specialized experience to this offering: Agilyx contributes its deep experience in chemical recycling of post-use plastics, while Technip Energies has extensive experience in scaling-up technology which will increase the plastic recovery.
Stan Knez, Chief Technology Officer of Technip Energies, stated “We are delighted to scale-up this sustainable process to market with Agilyx, providing a reliable circular economy technology for a major plastic used widely throughout the world.”
Oerlikon Nonwoven has commissioned a further high-performance meltblown system with ecuTEC+ electro-charging unit at NOWOtex GmbH & Co. KG in Eichenzell, Germany. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
The Hesse-based company specializes in needled nonwovens and – with the new system – now also has meltblown nonwovens manufacturing capacities, allowing NOWOtex to expand its product portfolio. As of now, the company is producing polypropylene filter nonwovens, which are particularly suitable for protective masks. The coronavirus pandemic has not only increased demand for protective masks, the domestic manufacture of these products is now also be promoted and supported by the German Government.
Using the new meltblown system, NOWOtex will in future be manufacturing first-class filter nonwovens that can be used to produce up to 600 million operating room filter masks or 300 million highly-effective FFP2 masks per year. The system has been optimally equipped with the ecuTEC+ electrocharging unit for the production of mask nonwovens.
In transportation, electric vehicles (EVs) are a key to countries around the world achieving climate goals. But the heavyweight EVs are turning to plastics and composites to reducing the weight and meeting sustainability goals, says Angelica Buan in this article. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
EV sales on a high
This is to continue as battery advances lower EV costs
Major industries are recovering from the cataclysmic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. But this is likely not the case with electric vehicles (EVs). Peddling to the concept of contributing to reductions in carbon emissions, sales have soared for EVs, even in the wake of the pandemic crisis.
The food packaging sector is stacking up to growing market demand for sustainable solutions and the global carbon neutral goals, adds Angelica Buan in this report.
Sustainable packaging answers three essential issues of our time: human health and safety, climate change and conservation of natural resources. Moreover, packaging innovation has shifted focus from mainly the product to both the product and the packaging. Packaging has to be safe, durable, visually appealing and environmental friendly. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
On the other hand, plastic packaging has been vilified due to its purported contribution to waste pollution and carbon emissions, as highlighted in a 2019 report by the Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL). It suggests that petroleum-based plastic lifecycle accounts for a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The methods of disposing common plastics, either by landfilling, incinerating, or recycling, also have carbon footprints. Carbon emissions from plastics in 2015 amounted to almost 1.8 billion tonnes of CO2. By 2050, it has projected the amount of GHG emissions from plastics to reach 56 gigatonnes.
In cooperation with ALPLA, the Slovenian mineral water company Donat replaced its PET and glass packaging entirely with 100 per cent green rPET bottles. This cuts its carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
Under the motto of ‘green to green’, ALPLA initiated the use of 100 per cent green rPET bottles to replace the 100 per cent virgin-material PET and glass bottles conventionally used by the Slovenian mineral water company Donat. Donat’s decision to discontinue the use of virgin PET bottles and reusable glass packaging is resulting in an annual saving of around one million litres of drinking water and some 98,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. 12,000 kilograms of cleaning product can be eliminated in this way too. This cuts its carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent.
”The “green to green” process for Donat is a prime example of how the circular economy can work if everyone all along the value chain pulls together.” – Christian Hude-Burian, Plant Manager PET Recycling Team.
Changing consumer preferences, sustainability requirements, as well as the growing need for customisation of added-value packs and new selling or shipping units, are forcing manufacturers to adapt their production models and supply chains.
To meet the need for extreme case counts while still dealing with the standard high-production formats, Sidel is launching Cermex EvoPack, an Industry 4.0-enabled case-packing platform for shaped containers in wrap-around blanks, trays, and Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP). Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
Nowadays, consumers are becoming more demanding in their individual shopping needs, wanting to shop conveniently. Not only does the continuing e-commerce boom reflect this, but it can also be seen in the renaissance of smaller urban stores, with major retailers returning to the city centres to grant easy access to everyday necessities.
Aptar Beauty + Home launches Future a recyclable PE mono-material pump designed for the beauty and personal care industry. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
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Christophe Marie, Product Sustainability Director, Aptar, explains, “The ideal situation for the complete value chain is to have mono-material packaging where the container, the closure or dispensing system is made from the same material family. This was the big challenge our innovation team overcame with the development of Future.”
A stand-out feature of the Future pump’s innovative design is an incorporated on/off locking system and a 360° degree actuator. Easy-to-use, this innovative locking system has a ring with an on/off actuation, which opens or locks the pump with an accompanying double-click sound. The 360° degree rotator allows to freely orient the actuator. Brands can choose from several different ring colors for customization. This modern take on closure design also renders Future compliant with the rigorous Amazon ISTA 6 protocol**. Designed for e-commerce, Future’s ISTA 6 compliance ensures that the pump withstands the risks associated with transport and distribution network pressures as well as necessitates less protective carton and paper packaging.
Greater demand for recycled plastics will not change the overall demand outlook for polymers, the CEO at US chemicals major Dow said.
“End use polyethylene (PE) demand would still continue to grow [at] 1.3-1.5 times [to GDP]. It may mean you need less new [virgin] capacity coming on, but you have to blend more recycled material with the virgin content,” said Jim Fitterling during an investor call hosted by Bernstein. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
“There are very few products where the end product is fully 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material to get the properties you need. You need to blend PCR with some virgin materials. And when you get into structural products like wood decking and other things, you have to blend in other fillers,” he added.
Dow aims to increase PCR content in its products and also design fully recyclable packaging.
In February, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India-based Lucro Plastecycle to develop and launch PE films using PCR plastics in India.
Dow is also advancing chemical recycling of plastics through partnerships with Fuenix and Mura Technology which would supply feedstocks for Dow’s crackers.
CG Roxane LLC, which owns the Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring bottled water brand, said June 2 it is opening a PET recycling facility in Benton, Tenn., as part of its plan to have 50 percent recycled content in its bottles in the U.S.
It’s the second such facility for the Novato, Calif.-based company, which opened a recycling plant in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2019.
The 60,000-square-foot Tennessee plant, which will be in its existing Benton factory, will open in 2022. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
CG Roxane said each facility will have the capacity to reprocess 35 million pounds of recycled PET annually, saving 285,000 gallons of crude oil and 210 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually compared with virgin resin.
SIBUR has signed a framework agreement with Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and state oil and gas company KazMunayGas that could allow the firm take a role in petrochemicals projects set to add nearly 2m tonnes/year of polymer capacity in the country. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals
SIBUR is considering taking a role in an ongoing project involving the construction of a gas chemical complex to produce 500,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP).
The company is also mulling a role in a future project to build a 1.25m tonne/year polyethylene (PE) facility in the country.
Raw materials for the projects would be sourced by the partners in the proposed joint venture. SIBUR’s decision on both projects is expected by the end of 2021.
“Our partners have extensive experience in constructing and operating large facilities in the oil and gas production, transportation and processing and will in turn be able to support the projects with the necessary raw materials and infrastructure within the special economic zone,” said SIBUR CEO Dmitry Konov.