PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles 25-06-2022

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-A Revolutionary Solid-State Battery Is Nearly Here, Scientists Say

Faster-charging, safer, longer-lasting solid-state batteries are on their way. The only question now is: How soon until we can plug in?

QuantumScape’s San Jose campus in the heart of Silicon Valley is abuzz with confidence. The battery-technology company’s “QS Campus,” which includes QS-0, QuantumScape’s pre-pilot production line, and three adjacent buildings, is largely dedicated to manufacturing space. The scale of the campus itself and the company’s investment—each building is under a confirmed 10-year lease as of November 2021—signals QuantumScape’s assurance that it will be the first company to market with a solid-state battery for electric vehicles.

QuantumScape claims that you will be able to buy an Audi or Volkswagen with its batteries as soon as 2024, a vehicle that can go nearly 400 miles on a single charge, then recharge in 15 minutes. That capability would grant solid-state EVs a huge advantage over their competitors, which rely on the ubiquitous—but weaker—lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries. All-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) promise prolonged life, faster charge times, and safer chemistry compared to Li-on options, but producing them on the scale needed to power millions of vehicles won’t be easy, despite the billions of dollars already invested in the tech. Companies like QuantumScape are racing to reach the market ahead of other battery-focused outfits like Solid Power in Colorado and ProLogium Technology in Taiwan, as well as giant auto makers like Nissan. The competition begets, maybe even necessitates, bold claims, and QuantumScape isn’t short on those.

The all-solid-state battery at QuantumScape has reportedly weathered what chief marketing officer Asim Hussain calls, by the company’s own measure, “gold standard” testing. The ASSBs have fast-charged their cells (going from 10 to 80 percent in 15 minutes) 400 times consecutively, and some have gone through a total discharge and charge cycle almost 1,000 times.

A Revolutionary Solid-State Battery Is Nearly Here, Scientists Say

-LANXESS Introduces New Halogen-free, Flame-retardant PBT Compound for High-voltage Connectors

  • Flame-retardant and hydrolysis stabilized;
  • Electrical properties hardly dependent on temperature and moisture;
  • High level of volume resistance, dielectric strength and tracking resistance;
  • Enormous potential for use in electromobility.

Plastic connectors, for example, must remain electrically insulating under these conditions and must not allow tracking to occur. For these high-voltage connectors, LANXESS has tailored a new PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) compound that is halogen-free flame-retardant and hydrolysis-stabilized. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

“One strength of the structural material is that its outstanding electrical properties are hardly dependent on temperature and moisture in the typical operating conditions of high-voltage connectors. It can be used at temperatures of up to 150 °C,” explains Dr. Bernhard Helbich, Technical Marketing Manager Key Accounts at LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit.

Highest insulation class CTI A 600

The compound is a first representative of the new Pocan BFN HR product range and is characterized by a high level of volume resistance and dielectric strength. For example, the latter is well over 30 kilovolts per millimeter at temperatures of up to 140 °C (IEC 62431-1). In the CTI test (Comparative Tracking Index, IEC 60112), the material achieves CTI A 600, the highest class possible according to the standard. This makes it highly tracking-resistant, which reduces the risk of short circuits and defects caused by creepage currents and caters to the growing need for miniaturized connectors. “But it can also be used at voltages higher than 600 V. The connector design for direct current systems can be optimized for up to 1,500 V in accordance with the design guidelines of the standard IEC 60664 / VDE 0110-1,” says Helbich. The tracking resistance of the compound also hardly diminishes after long-term thermal aging at 120 °C or after climate testing.

Hydrolysis-resistant and flame-retardant

The material, which is reinforced with 25 percent by weight of glass fibers, is very stable to hydrolysis. In specimen tests based on the stringent SAE/USCAR-2 Rev. 6 long-term hydrolysis tests of the US Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), it achieved Class 3 a good rating. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

Its good flame-retardant properties are demonstrated by the fact that it passed the UL 94 flammability test of the US testing institute Underwriters Laboratories Inc. with the excellent classification V-0 with a test specimen thickness of 0.75 millimeters. With its mechanical properties, the structural material meets the common requirements that are set for high-voltage connectors.

Bright colors and permanently color-stable

The compound can also be colored in bright colors, such as orange. This color is increasingly being used in electric vehicles to identify live, plastic-encased components. “Our material and the colorants used remain permanently color-stable in high operating temperatures so that the identification is not lost,” explains Helbich. LANXESS wants to have the thermoplastic listed under “All Colors” on the Yellow Card by UL. “In doing so, we will save the processor from the time-consuming UL certification process if they were to color the plastic themselves,” explains Helbich. “They can simply use the compound that we have colored and thus reduce costs,” he adds. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

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-Polyester market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

Polyester market was in difficulty in May: macro market was volatile, demand remained meager and players held mildly recovering mindset, waiting for the dawn amid hardship.

In terms of macro, price of crude oil rose strongly again, supporting polyester industrial chain. On the other hand, the RMB exchange rate fluctuated greatly. Under such circumstance, players’ mindset was unsteady.

As for the market fundamentals, the spread of pandemic has been eased, while demand sustained mild. Downstream plants failed to follow the uptrend on feedstock market. Coupled with huge losses, the operating rate of downstream plants started falling from the second half of May. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

Actually, polyester market witnessed improving performance compared with Apr. Polyester companies actively traced the uptrend on feedstock market after slashing production in Apr. Prices climbed up on the whole. Price of PSF dropped after supply recovered but overall trading price still moved up on the month.

However, the improvement was very limited. The polyester polymerization rate hit periodical low in mid-Apr at 78% while started ascending later but the increase was slow, which was above 83% in end-May.

The inventory of PFY was still as high as one month around and that of PSF was relatively low but may rise after supply recovered. In fact, downstream market of PFY and PSF was very weak now.

Polyester market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

-Carlsberg pilots bio-based bottles in its largest ever trial

In its largest pilot to date, Carlsberg Group has revealed the trial of its new Fibre Bottle with a plant-based PEF (polyethylene furanoate) polymer lining.

The pilot, which Carlsberg says is “vital” to its ambition of making the beer bottle a commercial reality, will see 8,000 Fibre Bottles being sampled in eight Western European markets: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and France. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

The bottles will be trialled by local consumers, customers and other stakeholders through select festivals and flagship events, as well as targeted product samplings.

Testing at this scale will give Carlsberg the opportunity to gather feedback on people’s experiences of the product, which will inform the next generation of design, it says.

A significant milestone for the Fibre Bottle is its plant-based PEF polymer lining, which has been developed by Carlsberg’s partner Avantium, a leading expert in renewable chemistry. PEF is made entirely from natural raw materials, is compatible with plastic recycling systems, and can degrade into nature should it end up outside national recycling systems, Carlsberg says.

Beyond its sustainable packaging benefits, Carlsberg says PEF functions as a “highly effective barrier between the beer and the fibre outer shell, protecting the taste and fizziness of the beer better than conventional fossil-fuel-based PET plastic”.

“Identifying and producing PEF, as a competent functional barrier for beer, has been one of our greatest challenges – so getting good test results, collaborating with suppliers and seeing the bottles being filled on the line is a great achievement”

The outer shell of the bottle, produced by the packaging company Paboco, consists of sustainably-sourced wood fibre and is also bio-based. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

“This shell has the added benefit of insulative properties which can help keep beer colder for longer, compared to cans or glass bottles,” it says.

The bottle is 100% bio-based apart from the cap, which is currently needed to ensure the quality of the product, Carlsberg says, and together the bottle and cap are fully recyclable. Going forward, Paboco, Carlsberg and partners in the wider Paper Bottle Community are exploring alternative fibre-based bottle caps, with a generic solution expected in 2023. Carlsberg will continue development, together with Avantium and Paboco, to arrive at a tailored 3.0 solution that is equally suitable for primary beer packaging, using this year’s consumer feedback and Paboco’s developments. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

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-Spray-on coating could replace plastic wrap

“We have come up with is a scalable technology, which enables us to turn biopolymers, which can be derived as part of a circular economy from food waste, into smart fibers that can wrap food directly,” says Philip Demokritou. “This is part of new generation, ‘smart’ and ‘green’ food packaging.”  PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

A new biodegradable, plant-based, spray-on coating may offer an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic food wrap and containers, researchers say.

The coating can guard food against pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms and transportation damage.

The scalable process could potentially reduce the adverse environmental impact of plastic food packaging as well as protect human health.

“OVER THE PAST 50 TO 60 YEARS… WE’VE PLACED 6 BILLION METRIC TONS OF PLASTIC WASTE INTO OUR ENVIRONMENT.”

“We knew we needed to get rid of the petroleum-based food packaging that is out there and replace it with something more sustainable, biodegradable, and nontoxic,” says Philip Demokritou, chair in nanoscience and environmental bioengineering at the Rutgers University School of Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, as well as director of the Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Research Center.

“And we asked ourselves at the same time, ‘Can we design food packaging with a functionality to extend shelf life and reduce food waste while enhancing food safety?’ And what we have come up with is a scalable technology, which enables us to turn biopolymers, which can be derived as part of a circular economy from food waste, into smart fibers that can wrap food directly. This is part of new generation, ‘smart’ and ‘green’ food packaging.”

The study in the journal Nature Food describes the new kind of packaging technology, which use the polysaccharide/biopolymer-based fibers.

Like the webs cast by the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man, the stringy material can be spun from a heating device that resembles a hair dryer and “shrink-wrapped” over foods of various shapes and sizes, such as an avocado or a sirloin steak.

The resulting material that encases food products is sturdy enough to protect bruising and contains antimicrobial agents to fight spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms such as E. coli and listeria. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

The research paper includes a description of the technology called focused rotary jet spinning, a process by which the biopolymer is produced. Quantitative assessments show the coating extended the shelf life of avocados by 50%. The coating can be rinsed off with water and degrades in soil within three days, according to the study.

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-Why sales of polyester filament yarn continue improving?

Sales of polyester filament yarn (PFY) continued improving since last Friday, with sales ratio at 370%, 130% and 160% on last Friday, this Monday and Tuesday by P.M.3:00 respectively. Why can sales of PFY keep rising amid sluggish downstream market?

Prices of PFY rapidly climbed up in May, with increment at above 1,000yuan/mt by end-May. However, price of grey fabric was hard to advance. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

There was no orders after offers increased in some plants. In addition, sales were mainly under previous price when orders were placed. DTY market witnessed similar performance. Price of POY rose much more than that of DTY. Fabric mills and DTY producers saw apparently increasing losses in May. Under such circumstance, downstream buyers showed bigger resistance to rising raw material prices from the second half of May and presented stronger intention to cut production. The operating rate of downstream plants dropped again, with the run rate of fabric mills down by 12 percentage points from early-May to 52% last week and that of DTY plants falling by 15 percentage points to 63% compared with early-May. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

With strong resentment and slipping operating rate, why can sales of PFY continue increasing? Downstream plants did not see obviously better orders and were under losses based spot raw material price, while sales of PFY were good, really hitting expectation. The root may be changing attitude toward feedstock price trend. Some downstream companies gradually accepted high-priced PFY.

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-LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Levima Green Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) announced today that Levima Green (Shandong) Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. will use LyondellBasell’s Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology at a new site. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

The Lupotech T process technology will be used for a 200 kiloton per year (KTA) vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) line. The new line will be located in the Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, P.R. of China.

“Being able to offer advanced process technology, combined with decades of resin experience, are key enablers which allow LyondellBasell to serve a rapidly growing market fueled by the green energy transition,” said Neil Nadalin, Director Global Licensing and Services at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added, “For significant scale production of both EVA and LDPE resins the Lupotech T process remains the benchmark for a cost effective investment for our customers around the world.”

Mr. Lao Daodan, Vice General Manager of Levima Green (Shandong) Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. stated, “Producing superior grades by using referenced, safe and reliable Lupotech T high pressure process technology is a tremendous benefit when competing in a rapid growing market. Despite global challenges, the teams concluded an accelerated technology implementation schedule designed for achieving the best possible time to market for such a complex project implementation.”

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech T process the preferred technology for LDPE/EVA plant operators. High conversion rates, demonstrated high plant availability and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech T process, designed to ensure this technology’s energy efficiency. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

More than 14 million KTA of the Lupotech T process for LDPE/EVA production capacity has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 70 lines around the world.

LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Levima Green Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.

-Sinopec raised MEG prices in China

Chinese petrochemical company Sinopec raised prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China in June by CNY75 per tonne to CNY5,115 per tonne, a company source told ICIS.

MEG prices rose and then fell in line with crude oil prices. Weak demand also weakened the sentiment of market participants. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

Spot meg prices in East China on June 23 were at CNY4,540-4,610 per tonne, ex-tank compared to CNY4,900-4,955 per tonne, ex-tank on June 1.

The total capacity of the four Sinopec plants is 2.64 million tons of MEG per year.

According to MRC ScanPlast, in Russia, the estimated consumption of PET in January 2022 increased by 4% compared to the same indicator a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the first month of the year, 59.66 thousand tons of PET granulate were processed in the country (these data do not take into account the shipment of Russian material to the countries of the Customs Union).

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies. The business of Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products.

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Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens 24-06-2022

Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens 24-06-2022

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-Coca-Cola Beverages Collaborates with Namibia Polymer Recyclers to Set up PET Flaking Plant

The two businesses committed to working together by signing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), promising to increase the number of women and young people who are gainfully employed in the recycling of plastic waste in addition to accelerating PET collection and recycling nationwide.

In order to establish a plastic recycling facility in Namibia, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and Namibia Polymer Recyclers (NPR) have signed an investment agreement. The recycling facility will turn used PET flakes, which are valuable on the global market, into plastic beverage bottles.

Post-consumer bottles must be sorted, cleaned, and crushed into PET flakes before being shipped back to South Africa for further processing into recycled PET goods or R-PET material. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

In line with The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste initiative, this investment will broaden CCBA’s partnerships in Namibia that are centered on the collection of plastic waste. The Coca-Cola Company and all of its bottling partners are setting the standard for the industry by encouraging people to recycle and save one bottle or can for each one they sell by 2030.

“We are working on ways to develop a circular economy that is good for society and profitable for our company. According to Pottie de Bruyn, General Manager of CCBA Namibia, “We’ve set ambitious goals for our business, to take responsibility for our packaging across its lifecycle and reduce plastic waste pollution.

Coca-Cola Beverages Collaborates with Namibia Polymer Recyclers to Set up PET Flaking Plant

-Genuine multipolar order advocated by BRICS allows greater levels of dialogue to address challenges: former S.African envoy  

The 14th BRICS Summit will kick off on Thursday. The Summit will be held in virtual format under the theme of “Foster High-quality BRICS Partnership, Usher in a New Era for Global Development.” When the world is plagued by a pandemic, hunger, war, and division among many others, the BRICS members and a big number of emerging markets and developing countries will jointly demonstrate to the world the BRICS spirit of “openness, inclusiveness, and win-win cooperation.” Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

On the occasion of the Summit, the Global Times interviewed Argentina’s Ambassador to China Sabino Vaca Narvaja and Gert Grobler, a former senior South African diplomat, on the importance they attach to the multilateral mechanism.

BRICS states are bringing economic and political clout to international relations during a period when the old Western-centric world system is under pressure to transform, and China is believed to be a linchpin in a much-needed economic dynamism and a key driver for inclusive global governance, Gert Grobler, a former senior South African diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Spain, Japan, and Madagascar, told the Global Times in a recent exclusive interview.

The BRICS summit is taking place against the background of increasing challenges such as weak global leadership, dismal economic growth, unilateralism, and the fueling of geopolitical tensions which affect world peace and stability, he said. “BRICS, however, has never had the intention to create an exclusive elite group but to jointly harness a common vision and its resources to benefit all its people through concrete mutual cooperation and to actually strengthen international cooperation toward a people-centered, better world.”

Grobler has high expectations over the bloc, reiterating that “the role of BRICS in the global governance system is destined to steadily increase as the countries have transformed a purely economic concept – BRICS – into a new and global governance institution.” Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

“BRICS states bring economic and political clout to international relations during a period when the old Western-centric world system is under pressure to transform,” Grobler said.

At the virtual meeting of BRICS ministers on May 19, member states reiterated their commitment to enhancing and improving global governance by promoting a more agile, effective, efficient, representative, and accountable system; exercising inclusive consultation and collaboration for the benefit of all on the basis of respecting sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, equality, and the legitimate interests and concerns of different countries.

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-Freudenberg Gives Eco-Check Label to Five More Products

Labeling program adds visibility to sustainability efforts

Freudenberg Performance Materials is endorsing further particularly sustainable products with its ECO-CHECK label introduced last year. These products comply with various environmental criteria. With immediate effect, five more of Freudenberg’s prodcuts bear the label making the company’s commitment to sustainability visible.

“Sustainability is firmly anchored in our corporate strategy. The ECO-CHECK label is a quick and easy way for our customers to identify particularly sustainable solutions,” John McNabb, CTO Freudenberg Performance Materials, explains. The company’s own sustainability label is only used to endorse products that either save resources during production, improve the manufacturing footprint of customers, can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner after use, or contain certain features that contribute to a long service life. “The label indicates to our customers that a product offers significant direct advantages in terms of environmental protection, thus leading to more sustainable solutions.”  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Newly-endorsed products for leather goods …

The newly-endorsed ECO-CHECK products include one Evolon® microfilament textile application. This is a reinforcement material for leather goods that is manufactured with no solvent and no binder. It contains up to 80% recycled PET and is suitable for a broad range of applications. The material is produced at Freudenberg’s facility in Colmar, France, where the manufacturing process is highly sustainable: it is certified to STeP by OEKO-TEX® and fully complies with the DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® criteria.

… Healthcare applications

In the field of healthcare, the bio-based M 1714 wound pad with superior absorption for more challenging wounds has now been endorsed with the ECO-CHECK label. The dressing consists of a mix of bio-based fibers derived from natural sources and exhibits a smooth wound contact layer. The product has been evaluated for industrial compostability and conforms to ISO 13432.  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

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-Continental tires made from recycled PET bottles available across Europe

German automotive part manufacturer Continental has announced that its tires containing polyester made from recycled PET bottles are now available to all dealers in Europe.

Continental tires use the company’s so-called ContiRe.Tex technology, which can completely replace the conventional polyester in the tire carcass. Unveiled in September 2021 for the first time, the technology uses high-performance polyester yarn, which is obtained from used PET bottles without any intermediate chemical steps and is not recycled in any other way. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

This makes the technology both eco-friendly and much more efficient than other standard methods for processing PET bottles into high-performance polyester yarns.

The plastic bottles used for the technology come exclusively from regions without a closed recycling loop. As part of a special recycling process, these bottles are sorted and mechanically cleaned after the caps are removed. After mechanical shredding, the PET is further processed into granulate and finally spun polyester yarn.

Continental says a set of standard passenger car tires uses the material from around 40 recycled PET bottles. The Continental tires are reliable and remain dimensionally stable at high temperatures and under high loads.

Recently, the company has been awarded the “Tire Manufacturer of the Year” prize by the international trade magazine Tire Technology International (TTI). Its ContiRe.Tex technology has been in series production since April 2022. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

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-Huntsman Textile Effects Introduces New PFC-free Durable Water Repellent in Performance Breakthrough

PHOBOTEX® R-ACE Raises the Bar for DWR Performance and Trouble-free Production

Huntsman Textile Effects has released PHOBOTEX® R-ACE, a breakthrough PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) that makes it possible for mills and brands to deliver high-performance outdoor and extreme sports apparel and everyday wear while meeting stringent environmental standards and optimizing production flow.

PHOBOTEX® R-ACE delivers excellent water repellence on all types of fibers. In addition to its outstanding performance on synthetic fibers and blends, PHOBOTEX® R-ACE offers excellent compatibility with resin finishing to ensure even application with unmatchable performance on cellulosic fibers. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

It offers outstanding rain and splash protection for garments that are water repellent and windproof, even under the toughest conditions. Additionally, it repels everyday stains, such as mud, coffee, ketchup and juice, so that garments stay cleaner for longer. Textiles treated with PHOBOTEX® R-ACE are breathable, retain their soft handle and continue to look good and perform well through repeated laundering and drying.

“There is growing worldwide demand for garments that deliver high-performance weather protection and stain-resistance with improved sustainability. Achieving these attributes in concert has been challenging, as traditional non-fluorinated DWR technologies can have undesired side effects that impact fabric quality. Drawing on Huntsman Textile Effects’ research expertise and global operational experience, PHOBOTEX® R-ACE is a true breakthrough that helps mills and brands deliver excellent water repellence with minimal impact on fabric performance,” said Lutfu Okman, Vice President of Global Revenue, Huntsman Textile Effects.

The robust chemistry of PHOBOTEX® R-ACE achieves high repellency with significantly less chemicals added on to the fabric as compared to the typical PFC-free DWRs in the market. This helps mills minimize unwanted consequences like chalk marks, seam slippage issues and harsh handle. The breakthrough DWR also offers best-in-class runability, for faster trouble-free production and good reproducibility. Its excellent compatibility with resin finishing ensures even application with unmatchable performance on cellulosic fibers.

Critically, PHOBOTEX® R-ACE meets current and upcoming industry standards. The new DWR is PFC-free and formaldehyde-free PHOBOTEX® R-ACE meets the bluesign® criteria (imminent approval pending) and will be published on the ZDHC Gateway with Conformance Level 3, and suitable for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified textile products. It also meets new bluesign® restrictions on 2-Butanone oxime in chemical products, which will come into effect in June 2022.  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Textiles treated with PHOBOTEX® R-ACE qualify for the High IQ® Repel Performance Assurance scheme.

With PHOBOTEX® R-ACE, Huntsman Textile Effects is affirmed as the leader of the industry’s DWR transition. The innovation continues more than a decade of DWR breakthroughs from the Huntsman research labs team and partners, including PHOBOTEX® R, a pioneering PFC-free C0 technology introduced in 2010; ZELANTM R3, Chemours’ renewably sourced PFC-free DWR, launched in 2015; and the market-leading PFC-free PHOBOTEX® RSY range, introduced in 2017 for extreme DWR performance.

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-Toyota to collaborate with Redwood Materials on a sustainable, closed-loop electrified vehicle battery ecosystem

Areas include end-of-life battery solutions for its battery ecosystem, including battery collection, testing & evaluation, remanufacturing, recycling and battery materials production Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Toyota Motor North America (Toyota), as part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint year after year and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, has embarked on a mission to create a sustainable, closed-loop battery ecosystem for its electrified powertrains. This mission focuses not only on the collection, testing and recycling of batteries into raw materials to create a sustainable supply chain, but also aims to develop second-life opportunities for remanufactured and repurposed Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries by leveraging battery health screening tools and empowering data from its vehicles.

In connection with these goals, Toyota and Redwood Materials (Redwood) will explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery ecosystem. Initially, this collaboration will focus on the collection, testing and recycling of Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries. The companies will then look to expand into other areas such as battery health screening and data management, remanufacturing and battery material supply throughout North America.

“We are excited to be working with Redwood Materials to identify solutions for our electrified powertrains at the end-of-life that contributes to our vision of creating a sustainable, circular battery ecosystem,” said Christopher Yang, group vice president of Business Development at Toyota. “We are committed to developing sustainable solutions that allow our batteries to provide value beyond the initial lifecycle in an electrified vehicle. This also contributes to our carbon neutrality goals and our mission to build a more sustainable world for all.”  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Redwood Materials is driving down the environmental footprint and cost of lithium-ion batteries by offering large-scale sources of domestic anode and cathode materials produced from recycled batteries. Redwood receives more than ~6 GWh of end-of-life batteries annually for recycling, which are then refined and remanufactured into critical battery materials.

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-Amcor, Minderoo Foundation partner to build plastic recycling plants

The partnership, called Sea The Future, will provide investment to build sorting and recycling plants. The first three hubs will be based in Indonesia, the Netherland and Brazil.

Switzerland-based packaging producer Amcor has partnered with the Minderoo Foundation Pty Ltd., a philanthropic initiative based in Australia, to launch Sea The Future, a project that will provide investment to build a global network of plastic recycling plants.

According to a news release from Amcor, the first three recycling hubs will be built in Indonesia, the Netherlands and Brazil. Minderoo (STF) plans to begin construction on the first sorting and recycling plants within two years.  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

The first three recycling hubs aim to unlock about $300 million worth of investment in new plastic recycling plants worldwide, produce about 150,000 metric tons of recycled plastic per year and prevent 200,000 metric tons of plastic waste from being landfilled.

The project has received support from the government of Indonesia and the Port of Rotterdam. Amcor says this project is “designed to close the gap between ambitions for using recycled plastics and the actual supply of high-quality recycled plastics in large volumes.”

Amcor, Minderoo Foundation partner to build plastic recycling plants

-Coca-Cola Italy launches first bottles with caps that stay attached

Coke Every minute produces about 200 thousand plastic bottles and has repeatedly topped the ranking of the main polluters on the planet over the years, due to the dispersion of this material in the environment.Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

This should come as no surprise, given the more than 500 brands of soft drinks and bottled water it distributes in over 200 countries. Also in 2021 was indicated by Coca-Cola green Peace Among the multinational companies responsible for encouraging the expansion of plastics production. With such a course, the Atlanta-based company certainly cannot be at the bottom of the ranking of companies that are able to align with European objectives. EU Directive 2019/904 (Super, single use plastic). Its leading role among manufacturers of plastic packaging commits it to be one of the most active industrial realities in putting into practice the points envisaged by the single-use plastic reduction/elimination process.

after the announcement Last February, with which the company announced that it wanted to use 25% refillable bottles Globally by 2030, it is time for new announcements. In this case, these are less ambitious goals, which provide for the early fulfillment of one of the points envisaged by one of the Italian and United Kingdom branches. to swell, The point of consideration is that, starting from July 2024, plastic bottles with caps that remain attached to the neck of the bottle even when opened, in this way relate to the obligation to avoid their spill into the environment (cups and glasses). The same obligation shall apply to the lids of the These items have actually been identified among the products found on the beaches of the Union. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Coca-Cola Italy launches first bottles with caps that stay attached

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-Eni enters the world’s largest LNG project in Qatar

Eni has been selected by QatarEnergy as a new international partner in the North Field East (NFE) expansion project.

The Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President and CEO of QatarEnergy, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, and Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, signed the partnership agreement for the creation of the new Joint Venture company during an official ceremony today. QatarEnergy will hold a 75% interest while Eni the remaining 25% interest. The JV will hold 12,5% interest in the entire NFE project, including the 4 mega LNG trains with a combined capacity of 32 MTPA.

The NFE project will expand Qatar’s LNG export capacity from the current 77 million tons per annum (MTPA) to 110 MTPA. A $28.75 billion investment, NFE is expected to start production before the end of 2025 and will deploy state of the art technologies to minimize overall carbon footprint, including carbon capture and sequestration.

The agreement marks the completion of a competitive process started in 2019 and has a duration of 27 years. It is a strategic move for Eni, which expands Eni’s presence in the Middle East and gains access to a world leading LNG producer, detaining among the largest natural gas reserves in the world. It is also a significant milestone in the Company’s diversification strategy, adding a cleaner and reliable energy source to its portfolio.

In his remarks during the ceremony, Eni CEO Descalzi said: “We are honored and delighted for having been selected as partner in the North Field East expansion project. As a newcomer joining this world leading LNG project, we feel the privilege and the responsibility of being a strategic partner of choice for the State of Qatar. This agreement is a significant milestone for Eni and fits our objective to diversify into cleaner and more reliable energy sources in line with our decarbonization strategy.

Eni looks forward to working with QatarEnergy on this project to positively contribute to increasing worldwide gas security of supply.”

Eni enters the world’s largest LNG project in Qatar

-Plastics Recycling Show Europe opens on June 22

The two-day Plastics Recycling Show Europe exhibition and conference taking place at the RAI Amsterdam opens to visitors at 9.30 am on June 22.

This year’s event is set to be the biggest ever with over 200 exhibitors and more than 40 expert speakers. Winners of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 will also be announced on June 23rd.  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The two-day event draws together contributions from EU political leaders and every part of the plastics industry from major brands to material suppliers, plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastics recyclers and waste management specialists.

Companies and organisations from across Europe will be showing new technologies and applications for recycled plastics. Thousands of industry professionals are expected to attend the event, which has grown rapidly since it was first held in 2017.

Among the exhibitors will be Powerfil, a business unit of recycling machine manufacturer EREMA GmbH, launching a new high performance melt filter; REPI is expanding its portfolio of additives for PET recycling with the brand new Stabiplus line, its latest solution to boost a circular economy in polymer recycling; FIMIC is profiling its range of five different melt filter models suitable for highly contaminated plastic materials including post-industrial and post-consumer plastics; Sesotec presents its new Varisort+ Flex sorting module, developed to separate mixed material streams into separate fractions using up to three sensors for C (colour), M (metal) and N (plastics);

CHT Group will present intelligent auxiliaries for quality improvement and process optimisation in the aqueous plastics cleaning process; Gneuss will present three extrusion technologies for closed loop recycling: the Gneuss Process Unit (GPU), the MRSjump Extruder and the JUMP polyreactor; Nordsonis highlighting a new feature for its BKG continuous melt filters: melt pressure controlled venting start, which provides increased pressure consistency for all kinds of polymers and contamination levels; Barcelona-based Altero will show its latest pelletizing lines for recycling of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

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-Indaver and INEOS Styrolution sign offtake agreement for recycled styrene monomer

Indaver’s depolymerisation plant to be the first of its kind in Europe

From yoghurt pot to yoghurt pot – agreement closes the loop for polystyrene

Indaver, a leading player in the European waste industry, and INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, have signed an offtake agreement today giving INEOS Styrolution access to styrene monomer (“SM”) produced from post-consumer waste at Indaver’s planned depolymerisation plant. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

This agreement closes the loop towards a circular economy for polystyrene. It will enable INEOS Styrolution to produce polystyrene from recycled feedstock replacing styrene monomer produced from fossil feedstock.

“The benefits are tremendous”, explains Dr. Alexander Glück., President EMEA at INEOS Styrolution. “We recognise plastics waste as a valuable resource that must not end up in landfill or be incinerated. Together with Indaver we reduce waste, we produce polystyrene with identical properties as the virgin material with a lower CO2 footprint and we reduce the use of fossil feedstock.”

With the recycled polystyrene meeting stringent food grade specifications, an old dream has finally come true: The material that has been used to preserve food can be recycled and used for the same purpose again.

“We are very pleased with this agreement”, says Paul de Bruycker, CEO at Indaver. “Our companies share the same vision of a true circular economy for polystyrene. The material is eminently suitable to allow for depolymerisation, an advanced recycling method that we deploy in our new recycling plant.” Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The depolymerisation technology allows to recycle polystyrene by converting it back into its building block, styrene monomer. Thanks to this process, the recycled material can meet the strict food contact standards.

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-The Recycling Partnership releases 2022 Impact Report

The report covers the Partnership’s commitment to communities, MRFs, materials manufacturers, brands and retailers and people. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The Recycling Partnership has released their 2022 Impact Report, detailing their work with communities, Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), materials manufacturers, brands and retailers and people. The report presents a system with goals related to their stakeholders. The system goes as follows:

  • all households can recycle,
  • people know what and how to recycle,
  • materials recovery facilities are fully modernized,
  • stakeholders work together to overcome material-specific obstacles to recycling,
  • packaging that enters the system is designed for, or on a path to, recyclability, and
  • recycling has a sustainable public-private funding stream based on smart policy.

With regards to economic impact, $95 million has been invested in The Recycling Partnership to date. The organization accumulated a total of $241 million in total value creation, including:  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

 

  • $163 million in capital and state investments in recycling
  • $24 million in new recyclables collected
  • $19 million in technical assistance to cities and states
  • $16 million in carbon savings
  • $13 million in avoided landfill costs
  • $6 million in member consulting

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-Canada’s Nova introduces all-PE recyclable packaging

Canadian petrochemical producer Nova Chemicals has introduced a specialized high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that can be used to produce recyclable all-polyethylene packaging. The resin technology, which can produce recyclable PE packaging, aims to help customers and brand owners to meet their sustainability goals.  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The special HDPE resin will be used to make 100pc high-density machine direction oriented film, which can then substitute for biaxially-oriented polypropylene and biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate to manufacture fully recyclable all-PE laminates. The PE laminates produced will have high stiffness, good heat resistance and clarity.

Oriented film structures can be used in replacement of traditional mixed material packaging that cannot be recycled.

These are suitable for applications in areas such as food packaging, heavy duty shipping sacks and e-commerce.  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Nova has been increasing its efforts to produce recyclable plastics as part of its sustainability efforts and ambition to create a circular economy for plastics.

Canada's Nova introduces all-PE recyclable packaging

-Oil Updates — Crude slumps; Russia says cutting oil production would have risks; Sinopec fire kills one

Oil prices went down to a four-week low on Friday on worries that interest rate hikes by major central banks could slow the economy and cut global energy demands.

On Friday, Brent futures fell 5.6 percent to settle at $113.12 a barrel, while the West Texas Intermediate crude fell 6.8 percent to settle at $109.56.

Russia says cutting oil production would have risks  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The idea of cutting oil production in Russia to further increase prices has risks and would require calculation, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Sazanov told Reuters on Friday.

While Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told RBC business channel on Thursday that Russia had no need to cut its oil output in response to the EU’s embargo.

Novak earlier said he expected Russia’s annual oil production for 2022 would be about 500 million tons, down from 524 million tons last year.

Sovcomflot fleet fully covered by Russian insurers: CEO

Russia’s state-run Sovcomflot has insured all its cargo ships with Russian insurers and the cover meets international rules, its CEO said, after Western insurers withdrew cover.

Western insurers halted insurance cover for Russia’s biggest shipping group when Sovcomflot was hit by sanctions after Moscow sent troops across the border into Ukraine.

Sources told Reuters this month that state-controlled Russian National Reinsurance Company had become the main reinsurer of Russian ships, including Sovcomflot’s fleet.

“Technically, we meet all international trade requirements,” CEO Igor Tonkovidov told reporters. “Currently, the company’s fleet is almost fully busy in shipping hydrocarbons, cargoes are delivered to different parts of the world.” Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Sovcomflot is a key shipper of Russian oil and liquefied natural gas cargoes globally.

Oil Updates — Crude slumps; Russia says cutting oil production would have risks; Sinopec fire kills one

-Idemitsu and JERA Agree to Jointly Consider Establishing a Hydrogen Supply Chain Based in the Ise Bay Area

Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. (“Idemitsu”) and JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) have today concluded a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) stipulating that they will jointly consider establishing a hydrogen supply chain based in the Ise Bay area.

On the back of demand for decarbonization, hydrogen—which emits no CO2 when burned—is expected to be used in large quantities at power plants and in industrial areas as a next-generation replacement for fossil fuels.

It is essential, therefore, to develop large-scale receiving and supply bases near areas where hydrogen will be in demand. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The Ise Bay area, where many industries are concentrated, has the future potential to become a large-scale receiving and supply base. Idemitsu is engaged in the business of receiving and refining crude oil and supplying petroleum products in the area. JERA, meanwhile, owns thermal power plants and LNG receiving terminals in the area and strives to ensure a stable supply of electricity in the Chubu region.

The MOU stipulates that the two companies will jointly consider the following as they look to establish a hydrogen supply chain based in the Ise Bay area where each operates businesses:

  • Establishment of hydrogen receiving, storage, processing, and supply bases
  • Technological and economic analysis of transportation methods for hydrogen in the Ise Bay area
  • Development of a hydrogen supply network

Idemitsu and JERA will utilize their accumulated technology, knowledge, and assets to contribute to the establishment of a stable, economical supply chain for hydrogen as part of their efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The two companies will also cooperate with “Hydrogen Utilization Study Group in Chubu”, which is working to establish cross-industrial hydrogen supply chain throughout the Chubu region.

Idemitsu has adopted the “CNX* Center” concept of transforming existing manufacturing bases such as refineries and complexes into new low carbon and resource-recycling energy hubs. Idemitsu aims to establish a supply chain that supplies CO2-free energy by taking advantage of the unique characteristics of each of the group’s sites while fulfilling responsibility for the stable supply of energy. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Under its “JERA Zero CO2 Emissions 2050” objective, JERA has been working to reduce CO2 emissions from its domestic and overseas businesses to zero by 2050, to promote the adoption of greener fuels, and to pursue thermal power that does not emit CO2 during power generation.

Idemitsu and JERA Agree to Jointly Consider Establishing a Hydrogen Supply Chain Based in the Ise Bay Area

-PyroTex® Classic Eases Aramid Shortage

Producers of for example asphalt and cement are forced to seek out alternative high-heat fabrics for particulate dust filtration amidst the global Aramid shortage.

“The merger of Dow and Dupont […] has significantly contributed to the shortage of fibers we’re seeing today. Supply chain is a huge problem with Meta-aramid […]; there doesn’t seem to be any changes in that issue until the end of 2022,” said Chris Plotz, director of education and technical affairs at the International Nonwovens and Disposables Associations (INDA). Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The ongoing shortage is creating problems not only for the asphalt and cement industry, which relies heavily on Meta-Aramid filter bags to meet their environmental compliance mandates but equally for producers of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and aircraft supplies.

However, there is an available solution to take the strain out of the market and ease the current bottleneck: PyroTex® classic, the flame and heat resistant fiber produced by PyroTex Industries in Europe.

PyroTex® Classic Eases Aramid Shortage

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Nylon66-chips – PET-Bottle – Petrochemicals 13/06/2022

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton +100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,245 $/ton 1,305 $/ton +60
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 8,125 yuan/ton 8,450 yuan/ton +325
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton +300
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Nylon66-chips – PET-Bottle – Petrochemicals

7,180 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +320
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,115 $/ton 1,110 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,025 yuan/ton 5,035 yuan/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 642 $/ton 638 $/ton -4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,353 $/ton 1,413 $/ton +60
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,333 $/ton 1,393 $/ton +600
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,611 $/ton 1,783 $/ton +172
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,770 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton
+430
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton +450
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,100 yuan/ton 10,500 yuan/ton +400
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,750 yuan/ton 10,150 yuan/ton +400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 9,250 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +450
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,850 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton +200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,450 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton
-100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,180 $/ton 2,180 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,050 yuan/ton 16,000 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,700 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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26,000 yuan/ton 24,800 yuan/ton -1,200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,650 yuan/ton 18,850 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,000 yuan/ton 21,150 yuan/ton- +150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,000 yuan/ton 19,200 yuan/ton +200
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 58,500 yuan/ton 55,500 yuan/ton -3,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 50,000 yuan/ton 49,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 44,000 yuan/ton 42,000 yuan/ton -2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 12,200 yuan/ton 12,300 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton 9,980 yuan/ton +80
Benzene overseas  market 1,411 $/ton 1,452 $/ton +41
Ethylene South East market 1,150 $/ton 1,150 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,427 $/ton 1,368 $/ton -59
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,100 yuan/ton 10,900 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Nylon66-chips – PET-Bottle – Petrochemicals

1,800 $/ton 1,800 $/tn
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,250 yuan/ton 15,520 yuan/ton +270
PP Powder domestic market
9,830 yuan/ton 9,730 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market  855 $/ton867 811 $/ton
-44
Phenol domestic market 10,120 yuan/ton 11,120 yuan/ton

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-Heraeus invests for a majority share in leading PET recycler Perpetual Technologies – company to be re-named Revalyu Resources for global expansion

Heraeus Holding GmbH, a global Fortune 500 company, announced it has invested substantial equity to take a majority stake in Perpetual Technologies, a leading PET recycling company. To drive global expansion under one brand, Heraeus decided to rename the company Revalyu Resources GmbH.

Revalyu has developed a depolymerisation technology to recycle post consumer PET bottles into esters (monomers), which is the base chemical building block for anything polyester based. Revalyu’s Polymer can be used to manufacture high quality PET products. Today, the company produces filament yarns for the textile industry in its manufacturing facility in Nashik, India. It currently employs around 300 people.

Jan Rinnert, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors and CEO of Heraeus Holding GmbH says the global strength of Heraeus will provide the investment, infrastructure and strategic support needed to accelerate Revalyu’s growth. “We aim to develop the business into one of the world’s largest and technologically advanced PET recycling companies”, Rinnert added.  Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

“We are a pioneer in recycling PET bottles. After several years of hard work by the team and support from our shareholders and customers, we have built the world’s most innovative, technology leading and environmentally sustainable PET recycling plant in the world based in Nashik, India” said Dr Vivek Tandon, Founder of perPETual Technologies to be renamed Revalyu Resources.

Heraeus invests for a majority share in leading PET recycler Perpetual Technologies – company to be re-named Revalyu Resources for global expansion

-Chevron and KMG to explore lower carbon opportunities

Chevron Corporation and KazMunayGas (KMG) have announced a MoU to explore potential lower carbon business opportunities in Kazakhstan.

Through its subsidiary Chevron Munaigas, Chevron and KMG plan to evaluate the potential for lower carbon projects in areas such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); hydrogen; energy efficiency and methane management; and carbon financial disclosure methodology. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

The MoU was signed by Derek Magness, managing director for Chevron’s Eurasian Business Unit, and Magzum Mirzagaliyev, chairman of the Management Board of KMG.

“Low carbon is a new area for us, and we believe that Chevron’s wide experience in implementing lower carbon technologies and practices in the oil and gas industry will contribute to our capabilities and lead to joint lower carbon projects. We highly appreciate the partnership that has developed over the years of Chevron’s presence in our country,” Mirzagaliyev said.

“Chevron has been investing in Kazakhstan for close to three decades. We are proud of our history of partnership and are committed to investing in the country’s energy future. This MoU with KazMunayGas marks a new chapter in our company’s efforts to support the development of Kazakhstan’s energy sector,” Magness said. “We firmly believe that we can play an important role in the country’s energy transition and achievement of its carbon-reduction targets.

Through our collaboration with KMG, we hope to contribute to providing affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy, and help the industries and customers who use our products to advance their lower carbon goals.” Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

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-Thermally Conductive Nylon 6 for Electric Sports Car Component

Cooling element for the charge controller of an electric sports car. made from Lanxess’ Durethan BTC965FM30 nylon 6

Thermally conductive plastics are showing significant potential for use in thermal management of charging systems for electric vehicles. One recent example is the charge controller in the fully electric vehicle of a sports car manufacturer based in southern Germany.

This controller contains a cooling element made of the thermally conductive and electrically insulating nylon 6 Durethan BTC965FM30 from Lanxess which dissipates the heat generated in the plug contacts of the controller when charging the batteries. Aside from preventing the charge controller from overheating, this structural material meets the strict requirements for flame-retardant properties, tracking resistance and design, according to technical key account manager Bernhard Helbich

The manufacturer of the entire charging system for the sports car is Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG of Luedenscheid, a global system supplier of automotive, industrial and solar electrics as well as electrical contact systems.

Charge controllers convert the three-phase or alternating current fed in from the charging station to direct current and control the charging process. During the process, they limit the charging voltage and current to prevent overcharging of the battery, for example. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

A current with an amperage of up to 48 amps flows through the plug contacts in the charge controller of the sports car, causing significant generation of heat during charging.

“Our nylon is filled with special mineral heat-conducting particles that conduct this heat efficiently away from the source,” says Helbich.

These particles give the compound a high thermal conductivity of 2.5 W/m∙K in the direction of melt flow (in plane) and 1.3 W/m∙K perpendicular to it (through plane).

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-New Recycling Coalition to Improve Recovery of Plastic Packaging and Enhance the Circularity of PET Packaging

The Recycling Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of its PET Recycling Coalition, an initiative informed by industry knowledge and expertise to improve PET (plastic #1) circularity. Its work will focus on addressing four key opportunities to increase recycling of this valuable material:

  • Increasing the capture of PET bottles
  • Broadening the acceptance of PET trays, cups, and clamshells in community recycling collection programs
  • Unlocking new supplies of recycled PET (rPET) for packaging manufacturers
  • Strengthening recycling systems for pigmented and opaque PET

PET plastic is in high demand for use in textiles such as clothing and carpet (where it is known as polyester) and it’s the most common type of plastic utilized in liquid bottles and food packaging today. While eliminating unnecessary usage is an important component of circularity, increased PET recycling is another critical step in advancing circularity. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

This along with company commitments and recycled content mandates in proposed U.S. legislation is leading to skyrocketing demand for recycled PET but supply is currently limited. Most Americans with recycling access are able to recycle PET bottles; however, just 54% can recycle other types of PET packaging like plastic egg cartons and fruit containers. Furthermore, the recycling rate for PET bottles was only 26.6% in 20201. While most PET never makes it into the recycling bin due to insufficient access and participation, as much as 17% of bottles that are recovered are lost at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) due to sortation challenges. By supporting solutions identified by the PET Recycling Coalition, there is a great opportunity to increase recovery and reduce plastic waste and help make progress toward packaging circularity goals.

The PET Recycling Coalition will make grants to recycling facilities for sorting equipment and related capital needs. These upgrades will improve PET bottle capture, deliver more rPET for use back into bottles and thermoforms, increase the acceptance of non-bottle rigid items in community recycling programs, and strengthen recycling opportunities for pigmented and opaque PET. Through grants, technical assistance, and knowledge sharing, the Coalition envisions a thriving PET recycling system that captures significantly more material, enabling more circular PET packaging with increased amounts of recycled content.

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-Circular Plastic Taskforce and Digimarc to pilot flexible packaging sortation project

The Circular Plastic Taskforce (CPT) has partnered with Digimarc Corporation to test Digimarc Recycle for optimizing the sortation of flexible plastic packaging in Canada, what the CPT says is a first in North America. This project marks the start of Phase II of the CPT, which aims to carry out or support projects to improve the recycling of all plastic packaging within the evolving Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) landscape in Quebec and Canada. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

With Digimarc Recycle, digital watermarks are applied within the package artwork, no special inks or print process required, and are visible to specialized sorting equipment but imperceptible to consumers. When scanned by machine cameras, the watermarks connect to a cloud-based database containing characteristics of the package, such as the manufacturer and specific product, prior use (food versus non-food), additives or the presence of components that are problematic for recycling. As such, it can help facilitate flexible packaging sortation.

“We are thrilled to launch such a forward-looking project and get our Phase II underway,” says the Circular Plastics Taskforce Steering Committee. “The results from our Phase I study show that even if flexible plastic packaging represents a significant portion of plastic packaging used in Quebec and Canada, their recovery rates remain low. One of the reasons is that today’s sortation equipment cannot distinguish between mono-material recyclable packaging and multi-material structures, therefore lowering bale quality. We believe Digimarc Recycle can help solve this challenge.”

“We are excited to bring Digimarc Recycle to North America and to help the Circular Plastic Taskforce achieve their circularity-driven objectives,” adds Emily Stolarcyk, sustainability program director for business development at Digimarc Corporation. “Digimarc’s digital watermarks, a key component of Digimarc Recycle, have proven to be a truly innovative way to correctly identify each unique package. Connecting watermarks to an extensible database of product and packaging attributes ensures we can help enable a more circular economy now and in the future. This will benefit facilities and brands in meeting their recycling goals, in both the increase of volume and the purity of recycled material.” Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

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-Volkswagen to lead battery recycling research group

The group will develop processes to reuse battery components in a closed loop.

The HVBatCycle research consortium, led by Volkswagen, has been established with the goal of keeping cathode metals, electrolyte and graphite permanently in a closed material cycle (closed loop). The Volkswagen Group, Taniobis GmbH, J. Schmalz GmbH and Viscom AG are working together with researchers from RWTH Aachen University, TU Braunschweig and the Fraunhofer Institute for surface engineering and thin films (IST) for three years to research and develop the necessary processes. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

Michael Kellner, a parliamentary state secretary in Germany, says, “European battery production can only be successful if it focuses on sustainability in as many areas as possible. Sustainable batteries are crucial for an energy and transport transition that is guided by high environmental and social standards.”

Sebastian Wolf, chief operating officer battery cell at Volkswagen AG, says, “The recycling of batteries and production rejects makes a decisive contribution to securing the supply of raw materials for our planned factories. Though the HVBatCycle project, a holistic view of the recycling processes and thereby the implementation of the closed loop of battery materials is being prepared.”

In order to have to use fewer materials from primary sources such as mines or salt flats, Volkswagen says essential raw materials can be recovered not just once, but several times. Battery cells made from recycled material are recycled again, proving that multiple recycling runs have no influence on the material quality. Closing the loop requires complex interdisciplinary processes, the company says. For efficient and ecologically and economically sensible recycling, all processes must be coordinated with requirements. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

The consortium project focuses on the mechanical-hydrometallurgical recycling route, which Volkswagen says is characterized by low energy requirements and the possibility of a comparatively simple decentralized distribution of certain recycling processes in Europe. This favors a local circular economy and secures strategically important raw materials, which significantly reduces Europe’s dependence on other regions of the world. The HVBatCycle project aims to identify efficient processes and innovative solutions that ensure the establishment of an end-to-end value chain with high economic efficiency while also maximizing recycling and energy efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.

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-Plastic pollution: harmful chemicals in our plastics

Global cumulative plastic production is predicted to reach 34,000 million tonnes between 1950 and 2050.

The harmful chemicals released from plastic products throughout their entire life cycle can pose a serious risk to humans and the environment, particularly when waste is not properly managed, finding its way to air, water and soils.

While the preparations for the legally binding agreement on plastic pollution are ongoing, the plastic waste and chemicals in plastics are being discussed at the 2021/2022 meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, including the Plastic Forum from 8 and 10 June 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

-Biden administration, EPA announces $375M in funding for recycling and waste prevention initiatives

The funding will develop several new initiatives, including a solid waste Infrastructure for recycling grant programs and recycling education and outreach grant programs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $375 million in funding through President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for recycling, reuse and waste prevention programs. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

The EPA published three requests for information (ROI) seeking input on the design of these new materials management initiatives, the first step in the process to implement the largest EPA investment in recycling in 30 years.

“Too many communities are burdened by pollution and the negative environmental and health impacts that result from poorly managed waste,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan says. “This unprecedented investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will transform recycling and solid waste management across the nation, create good-paying jobs and advance our bold environmental agenda as we work to build a better America.”

The $375 million in funding will develop several new initiatives, including a solid waste infrastructure for recycling grant program, a recycling education and outreach grant program and a model recycling program toolkit. It also will provide funding to compile best practices for battery collection, recycling and labeling guidelines.

Through education and outreach grants, the EPA can fund projects like public service announcements, advertising campaigns and the development and dissemination of recycling program toolkits. These activities enable the agency to improve consumer education and outreach on how to correctly recycle, reduce contamination in the recycling stream, produce higher quality recycled materials and advance a circular economy. A circular economy reduces material use, redesigns materials to be less resource-intensive and recaptures “waste” as a resource to manufacture new materials and products. Battery-recycling – Harmful-chemicals-plastics

Biden administration, EPA announces $375M in funding for recycling and waste prevention initiatives

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Plastics-recycling – Circular-economy 10-06-2022

Recycling-processes – Flexible-packaging 08-06-2022

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-CHEMICAL RECYCLING

Not nearly enough hype: Why all recycling processes are important for a circular economy / A reply from Ingemar Bühler, managing director of Plastics Europe Deutschland

Recently, the Plasteurope.com editorial team wrote in their Plastic Fantastic commentary that the “hype surrounding chemical recycling” was getting on their nerves.

“Ex officio”, as it were, but also from a deep inner conviction, I would like to disagree here: our industry’s communication on chemical recycling is certainly not a hype – an exaggeration, according to the origin of the word.

The issue is in fact incredibly important, for two reasons. The first is because all recycling processes with their respective performance ranges are the keys to the transformation towards a circular economy and climate neutrality.

Defossilisation will only succeed if we use all the technologies at our disposal to close the loop. Recycling-processes – Flexible-packaging

The second is because chemical recycling is assessed and discussed by many with a level of knowledge that has long since become obsolete. A lot has happened: processes have become more sophisticated, the questions of energy expenditure, efficiency, and scaling have been addressed on a fundamental level.

It is true that, currently, only about half of all plastics waste is recycled. In terms of technology, we are quite capable of recycling almost any plastics, and with smart networking of the different processes, we can even recycle complex compounds and heavily contaminated fractions. If we want to achieve a situation where less and less plastics are burnt and more and more plastics are consistently recycled, we need to look at the entire toolbox of technologies with an open mind and without bias. There is no material, no industry that is in a better position than the plastics industry to put the idea of a circular economy into practice. Meeting this challenge is worth any accusation of hype to me.

For the chemical recycling process to be economically and ecologically worthwhile, we need large-scale plants that work around the clock. In order to invest billions of euros in the construction of such plants, companies need both regulatory clarity and reliable conditions. For me, this also includes equal treatment of the different recycling technologies, for example in the question of a recognition to recycling quotas. We can only expect entrepreneurs to invest in high-tech industrial facilities of both mechanical and chemical recycling if the commercialisation of recyclates meets a functioning and free market. Recycling-processes – Flexible-packaging

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-Linde Engineering to extend Slovnaft’s polypropylene capacity in Slovakia

Linde Engineering announced it has been selected by Slovnaft, a member of the MOL Group, a leading integrated Central Eastern European oil and gas corporation, to conduct a complex large-scale revamp of a polypropylene (PP3) plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. Recycling-processes – Flexible-packaging

The revamp will extend the plant’s capacity by 18 per cent to 300 kilotons of polypropylene per year, and the storage facility will be expanded from the current 45 to 61 silos in total. The revamped plant has been designed to offer a higher degree of operational flexibility by producing multiple product grades and utilising intermediate storage to ensure just-in-time production. Furthermore, the project will incorporate environmental measures to capture waste gas streams in compliance with local regulations.

“The revamp will enable Slovnaft to meet rising demands from the polyolefin processing industry,” said Juergen Nowicki, CEO Linde Engineering. “The project is challenging given its complexity: Interdependency with other process facilities allows only a narrow time frame for a shutdown. With our proven expertise and best-in-class services, we will be able to complete all installation works, including construction, commissioning and testing,” underlined the CEO of Linde Engineering.

Several studies performed by Linde Engineering between 2016 and 2020 laid the foundation for Slovnaft’s investment decision.

“One of the goals of our updated 2030+ strategy is to reduce the production of fossil fuels and strengthen the production of basic plastics. Linde Engineering is our reliable partner. Recycling-processes – Flexible-packaging

Linde Engineering to extend Slovnaft’s polypropylene capacity in Slovakia

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Nylon6-chips – PET-Resin – Petrochemicals 06/06/2022

Nylon6-chips – PET-Resin – Petrochemicals

Nylon6-chips - PET-Resin - Petrochemicals

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,925 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton +475
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,245 $/ton 1,245 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 8,125 yuan/ton +275
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,925 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton +175
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Nylon6-chips – PET-Resin – Petrochemicals

6,870 yuan/ton 7,180 yuan/ton +310
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,070 $/ton 1,115 $/ton +45
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,880 yuan/ton 5,025 yuan/ton +145
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 615 $/ton 642 $/ton +27
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,282 $/ton 1,353 $/ton +71
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,262 $/ton 1,333 $/ton +71
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,443 $/ton 1,611 $/ton +168
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,430 yuan/ton 8,770 yuan/ton
+340
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,850 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,500 yuan/ton 9,750 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,250 yuan/ton +250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton +350
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,450 yuan/ton
+150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,200 $/ton 2,180 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,420 $/ton 2,400 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,800 yuan/ton 16,050 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,250 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton +250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Nylon6-chips – PET-Resin – Petrochemicals

26,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,300 yuan/ton 18,650 yuan/ton +350
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 21,000 yuan/ton- +350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,850 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton +150
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 61,000 yuan/ton 58,500 yuan/ton -2,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 52,000 yuan/ton 50,000 yuan/ton -2,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 44,000 yuan/ton 44,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,900 yuan/ton 12,200 yuan/ton +300
Benzene domestic market 9,450 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton +450
Benzene overseas  market 1,296 $/ton 1,411 $/ton +115
Ethylene South East market 1,150 $/ton 1,150 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,398 $/ton 1,427 $/ton +29
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,300 yuan/ton 11,100 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Nylon6-chips – PET-Resin – Petrochemicals

1,850 $/ton 1,800 $/tn -50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,030 yuan/ton 15,250 yuan/ton +220
PP Powder domestic market
9,680 yuan/ton 9,830 yuan/ton +150
Naphtha overseas market  882 $/ton867 855 $/ton
-27
Phenol domestic market 10,580 yuan/ton 10,920 yuan/ton +340

Nylon6-chips – PET-Resin – Petrochemicals

Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling 03-06-2022

Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

-Polyester market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

Polyester market was in difficulty in May: macro market was volatile, demand remained meager and players held mildly recovering mindset, waiting for the dawn amid hardship.

In terms of macro, price of crude oil rose strongly again, supporting polyester industrial chain. On the other hand, the RMB exchange rate fluctuated greatly. Under such circumstance, players’ mindset was unsteady.

As for the market fundamentals, the spread of pandemic has been eased, while demand sustained mild. Downstream plants failed to follow the uptrend on feedstock market. Coupled with huge losses, the operating rate of downstream plants started falling from the second half of May. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Actually, polyester market witnessed improving performance compared with Apr. Polyester companies actively traced the uptrend on feedstock market after slashing production in Apr. Prices climbed up on the whole. Price of PSF dropped after supply recovered but overall trading price still moved up on the month.

However, the improvement was very limited. The polyester polymerization rate hit periodical low in mid-Apr at 78% while started ascending later but the increase was slow, which was above 83% in end-May.

The inventory of PFY was still as high as one month around and that of PSF was relatively low but may rise after supply recovered. In fact, downstream market of PFY and PSF was very weak now. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

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-US, Japanese Firms Partner to Provide Carbon-Negative PP Compounds

Newlight Technologies’ AirCarbon resins, based on polyhydroxybutyrate produced from methane by microorganisms, will be incorporated into the PP compounds by Sumitomo Chemical. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical and California-based Newlight Technologies have begun joint development of polypropylene (PP) compounds for use in automobiles and textile applications using a carbon-negative biomaterial produced by microorganisms from methane called AirCarbon, which is based on polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB).

In this joint project, Newlight Technologies will develop new grades of AirCarbon suitable for use in automotive and textile applications, sourcing methane emissions captured and recovered from coal mining, agricultural, and industrial operations as the starting point for its production process.

Sumitomo Chemical will develop new compounds by blending resins from Newlight Technologies with PP. The materials will be used to manufacture automotive bumpers and interiors matching the quality of conventional PP compounds while lowering the environmental impact. The compounds also will be used in textiles that can be dyed.

Newlight Technologies has developed the world’s first commercialized biomaterial made from methane as a carbon source utilizing methanotrophs, microorganisms that exist in nature that metabolize methane. Third-party organizations have certified that the carbon footprint of AirCarbon is significantly negative when produced using renewable sources of energy for electric power. Newlight Technologies started operation of the world’s first commercial-scale manufacturing plant for AirCarbon in 2020, and has been supplying the biomaterial to a variety of customers.

Noriaki Takeshita, Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Chemical, said: “Our PP compounding business is actively promoting the use of recycled PP to contribute to building a circular economy. By leveraging AirCarbon from Newlight Technologies, we will provide carbon-negative PP compounds to our customers.” Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

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-Why sales of polyester filament yarn continue improving?

Sales of polyester filament yarn (PFY) continued improving since last Friday, with sales ratio at 370%, 130% and 160% on last Friday, this Monday and Tuesday by P.M.3:00 respectively. Why can sales of PFY keep rising amid sluggish downstream market?  Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Prices of PFY rapidly climbed up in May, with increment at above 1,000yuan/mt by end-May. However, price of grey fabric was hard to advance. There was no orders after offers increased in some plants. In addition, sales were mainly under previous price when orders were placed. DTY market witnessed similar performance. Price of POY rose much more than that of DTY. Fabric mills and DTY producers saw apparently increasing losses in May. Under such circumstance, downstream buyers showed bigger resistance to rising raw material prices from the second half of May and presented stronger intention to cut production. The operating rate of downstream plants dropped again, with the run rate of fabric mills down by 12 percentage points from early-May to 52% last week and that of DTY plants falling by 15 percentage points to 63% compared with early-May.

With strong resentment and slipping operating rate, why can sales of PFY continue increasing? Downstream plants did not see obviously better orders and were under losses based spot raw material price, while sales of PFY were good, really hitting expectation. The root may be changing attitude toward feedstock price trend. Some downstream companies gradually accepted high-priced PFY.

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-Axens and Toray Films Europe are announcing their collaboration on a PET chemical recycling facility in France

Axens, worldwide provider of technologies, products and services, and Toray Films Europe, a leading company in engineering plastics films, are announcing their collaboration to study a PET chemical recycling facility at Toray Films Europe production site in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost (Ain, France).

New units based on Axens’ Rewind PET technology will be coupled with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerisation plant in order to recycle annually 80,000 tons of difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste. Joined efforts of both parties in their domain of expertise will allow the emergence of competencies for chemical recycling circularity.

Post consumers PET plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently down-cycled, incinerated or landfilled, are intended to be converted into high-quality Circular PET chips, closing the loop for this material with potentially infinite recycling. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Rewind PET process, developed by IFP Energies nouvelles, Axens and Jeplan, involves an optimised – glycolysis based – PET depolymerisation combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste PET, including colourants and pigments. The product is a purified BHET (BHET: Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer. BHET monomer will then be processed in Toray Films Europe existing continuous polymerisation plant to produce up to 100% recycled transparent food contact PET for films, fibre and bottles applications.

Polyester-yarn - PET-chemical-recycling

-Tomra calls on PET supply chain to close the loop

“We have an obligation to work with all stakeholders to reduce the mountains of waste and transform them into the valuable resources they are,” said Tomra CEO and President Tove Andersen speaking at that company’s press conference at the IFAT exhibition taking place this week in Munich, Germany.

Tomra, a company specialised in sophisticated sensor-based sorting systems for recycling, has long worked to promote and develop increasingly more accurate PET sorting processes with the help of advanced technology.

Tomra currently invests approximately 10% of its revenues in future-oriented activities to increase resource efficiency, advancing the market for circular solutions.

What’s needed, however, are a clear political framework, bold decisions and smart investments to improve circularity across all material streams and to overcome today’s supply chain bottlenecks. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

As Andersen pointed out, first the pandemic and now the Ukraine war have thrown the need and urgency to decrease dependency on primary materials into sharp relief.

“We have the technology capable of maximising collection and recovery rates. We can act now, optimise waste management practices and fill existing gaps,” she concluded.

The European Green Deal, together with binding regulations and guidelines for producers and manufacturers, are propelling the transition to a circular economy forward. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Tomra urges all participants in the value chain to see these specifications as an opportunity and to support their implementation.

Tomra calls on PET supply chain to close the loop

-Ukraine’s GDP fell by 35%

Ukraine’s direct losses from the war with Russia exceed USD600 billion, Ukrinform reported, citing a statement by the head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak.

Speaking at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the Irish Parliament, he said: “It is very difficult for us now. Because of the fighting, 5 million people left the country. As many more internally displaced people, tens of thousands of civilians have died as a result of the Russian invasion. The war took 35% of Ukraine’s GDP. We lost more than 200 factories. Our direct losses already exceed USD600 billion.”  Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

At the same time, he stressed that, despite everything, Ukraine continues to defend itself, fierce fighting continues in the east and south.

“We have to win. Otherwise, Ukraine will simply disappear as a nation and as a state. Our victory is closer the more assistance the international community provides. Any – military-technical, political, financial or humanitarian,” the head of the OP said.

Yermak added that an extremely great support for Ukraine in deterring aggression is the tightening of sanctions pressure on Russia.

The leaders of the European Union countries agreed on the sixth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation, providing for a partial embargo on the import of Russian oil and the disconnection of Sberbank from the SWIFT system.

The international rating agency Moody’s predicts that by the end of 2022, Ukraine’s gross domestic product will decrease by 35%. Moody’s estimates that regions where there is fighting or occupied by Russian troops accounted for about 20% of Ukraine’s GDP before the invasion, given the concentration of agricultural activities and industry.  Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Ukraine's GDP fell by 35%

Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling 02-06-2022

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling 02-06-2022

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

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-Alpek concludes acquisition of Octal

Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that it has received all necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities and has finalised its acquisition of Octal Holding SAOC.

Pursuant to the purchase agreement, Alpek acquired 100% of the shares of Octal for U.S. $620 million on a debt-free basis. Financing was secured through a mix of free cash flow generated from existing businesses and dedicated bank loans.

Alpek will assume control of Octal’s operations starting on June 1, 2022. The company expects an accretive EBITDA effect of approximately U.S. $120 million from these assets throughout the remainder of 2022, largely based on the better-than-expected polyester market conditions prevalent in recent months.

This would increase the company’s comparable EBITDA Guidance to U.S. $1,370 million and Reported EBITDA Guidance to U.S. $1,485 million

“We are pleased to have concluded this acquisition ahead of the expected timeline,” stated José de Jesús Valdez, Alpek’s CEO. Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

“We are excited to welcome Octal’s management team and employees into our family, leveraging their long-standing relationships with customers, their diverse backgrounds, and technical proficiency to drive the company’s long-term growth.” Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

Microplastics-and-PET - Textile-recycling

-Petcore Europe’s statement on microplastics and PET

Petcore Europe has published a statement on microplastics and PET. It states that microplastics are not a component of PET and do not leach from PET packaging. Please find the full statement below:  Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

PET packaging protects the quality of food and drink products and ensures that they are safe for consumption. The PET industry is highly regulated at both EU and global level and the sector adheres to strict EU standards at each stage of production – including Reach and the EU’s stringent legislation on food contact materials. The health and safety of its entire value chain is the industry’s top priority.

If PET bottles and trays are collected and disposed of correctly, the potential to degrade and fragment into microplastic particles which can find their way into the environment via soil, air and water will be removed. The PET industry has consistently called for improved collection and recovery of PET packaging.

The diverse sources of microplastic pollution are specifically addressed in the European Plastics Strategy. However, accelerating legislation to promote a wider roll-out of well-functioning collection and recovery schemes for PET represents an important step in removing plastic from the environment and thus minimising microplastics formation. Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

The recent finding of microplastics in human blood was predictable and warrants further scientific investigation into the development of analytical methods. The PET industry supports the establishment of an accepted methodology to quantify and qualify microplastics, currently no such protocol exists, and analyses cannot be reproduced or repeated with confidence.

The PET industry is fully committed to playing its part in minimising the amount of microplastics in the environment. We continue to reassure our customers and stakeholders that PET plastic is safe and non-toxic.

About micro particulates, microplastics and human interaction

Micro and nano particulates and interaction with humans and animals has been studied for many years and are well understood. Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

-Alpek concludes acquisition of Octal

LanzaTech demonstrates MEG-production from carbon-emissions

University-research-programme develops process to convert-difficult-to-recycle-packaging-waste into feedstock

-Why is plastic so resistant-to-decomposition when it comes from nature?

China cellulose-fiber companies report strong revenue growth in 2021

Textile-recycling and processes for the future

BENEO-Acquires-Meatless-B.V. to Further Expand its Portfolio of Plant-based-Solutions

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

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Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

-LanzaTech demonstrates MEG production from carbon emissions

A new route to the production of monoethylene glycol, a key monomer in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has been discovered, Illinois-based biotech company LanzaTech has announced, as per Sustainableplastics.

The method builds on the carbon capture technology previously developed by the company. That technology is based on a microbial gas fermentation process that initially could convert carbon monoxide into ethanol, but today provides a sustainable pathway to produce a range of platform chemicals. Gas streams from multiple sources are used, including industrial off-gases from steel and alloy mills; petroleum refineries, petrochemical complexes and gas processing facilities; syngas generated from municipal solid waste, organic industrial waste, agricultural waste; and reformed biogas.

To produce MEG, LanzaTech uses carbon emissions from steel mills or gasified waste biomass and a proprietary engineered bacterium to convert carbon emissions directly into MEG through fermentation. This bypasses the need for an ethanol intermediate, and simplifies the MEG supply chain as it eliminates the multiple processing steps required to convert ethanol into ethylene, then ethylene oxide and then to MEG.

The direct production of MEG was proven at laboratory scale and the presence of MEG was confirmed by two external laboratories.

The discovery is a breakthrough in the production of sustainable PET that has vast potential to reduce the overall environmental impact of the process, said Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Recycle-packaging-waste - Cellulose-fiber

-University research programme develops process to convert difficult-to-recycle packaging waste into feedstock

The Consortium for Waste Circularity and the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) have announced a collaboration with the Packaging Engineering programme at the University of Florida, with the aim of developing the Regenerative Robust Gasification process that converts difficult-to-recycle packaging materials into methanol for use as feedstock in further plastics production via mass balance.

According to the involved organisations, packaging industry stakeholders have been running trials through the University of Florida for several months. The testing programme is apparently now being expanded to all packaging industry stakeholders, targeting difficult-to-recycle but functionally valuable packaging materials.

The organisations claim that, to date, multi-layer materials, metallized films, barrier films containing PVDC, and cross-linked photopolymer flexographic plates have been successfully converted into synthesis gas, also known as syngas.

The Consortium for Waste Circularity says it is promoting a system where mixed complex waste is converted to syngas, and then syngas is converted into so-called “waste-derived” Eco-Methanol.  Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

According to the consortium, Eco-Methanol is key to achieving circularity for carbon-based packaging waste. This is because methanol is a primary feedstock chemical for the manufacture of many products and plastics.

University research programme develops process to convert difficult-to-recycle packaging waste into feedstock

-Why is plastic so resistant to decomposition when it comes from nature?

Neste and Netherlands-based startup Circularise have announced a partnership to bring Circularise’s traceability software into circular polymers and chemicals supply chains. The companies are collaborating in establishing digital solutions to trace renewable and recycled material flows, providing increased transparency along the value chain.

The companies will use Circularise’s blockchain-based supply chain traceability software, which creates a digital twin for the physical material. The twin stores information on the used materials throughout the value chain, enabling all value chain parties to keep track of the material. This allows them to verify where materials come from and how and where they were processed. The digital twin can also provide information on sustainability data such as the carbon footprint of the materials or products made from them. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Data-based supply chain visibility can strengthen trust in sustainable solutions

Solutions to increase visibility into supply chains become particularly valuable in the polymers and chemicals industry as materials undergo several processing steps and often get blended and co-processed with other materials. Especially in the ramp-up phase of more sustainable and circular value chains, renewable or recycled materials may be processed together with fossil materials – making it difficult to verifiably link end products with a much lower carbon footprint and the renewable or recycled materials they were produced with. As long as there is a mix of raw materials, a large share of renewable or recycled products will rely on a mass balancing allocation method as a way to link the end products to their raw materials.

With a digital supply chain tracking system, Neste and Circularise intend to enable value chain players to still make verifiable claims about such products. At the same time, it will allow parties along the value chain to better understand their supply chains, leading to improved transparency when it comes to life cycle emissions of products or other sustainability factors such as biodiversity and human rights.

“It’s usually very easy to claim sustainability, but very often, it’s not easy at all to back these claims,” says Isabella Tonaco, Vice President Strategy Execution & Marketing at Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals. “Yet, trust and credibility are crucial factors when it comes to sustainability. Being able to track and trace all the materials going into a product provides a solid basis for gaining that trust and credibility. We are looking forward to working with Circularise to provide the polymers and chemicals industry with a traceability solution to bring the necessary transparency into the value chains.”

While the purpose of the collaboration is increasing visibility and trust, Circularise also puts priority on confidentiality. Using a public blockchain-based infrastructure and Circularise’s proprietary Smart Questioning technology allows combining these two targets into one solution, enabling the sharing of trustworthy data and information between parties along the value chain without compromising on intellectual property or privacy. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Recycle-packaging-waste - Cellulose-fiber

-China cellulose fiber companies report strong revenue growth in 2021

In 2021, market participants generally had high expectation for economic recovery with the alleviation of panic over the COVID-19 pandemic. China as the country with the fastest recovery of supply chain in the world benefited a lot. Compared with 2020, the operating conditions of most cellulose fiber enterprises have improved significantly, according to the annual reports disclosed by Chinese listed companies.

Aoyang Health Industry: Funing Aoyang Technology Co., Ltd, a subsidiary that operates the chemical fiber sector, has a revenue of 1.048 billion yuan and a net profit of -1.068 billion yuan (-420 million in 2020). The huge losses are mainly caused by asset impairment losses, asset disposal losses and disposal costs of related employees. In terms of operating data, the annual output is 85,386 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 36.26%. The sales volume is 89,965 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 36.84%. The inventory is 500 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 90.67%. The significant year-on-year decrease in production, sales and inventory is mainly due to the company’s divestiture of viscose business. On Apr 9, 2021, the company announced that it planned to sell viscose business, and the counterparty is Sateri China Investment Co., Ltd. The proposal was approved by the general meeting of shareholders on Jul 23. After that, Aoyang Health Industry will focus on the big health business. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Jilin Chemical Fiber: the disclosure of the annual report was previously delayed by the impact of COVID-19. The company’s main business is viscose filament yarn and viscose staple fiber. During the reporting period, the company transformed to carbon fiber. According to the operating data, the revenue of viscose filament yarn is 2.206 billion yuan, an increase of 29.7% year-on-year, and the revenue of viscose staple fiber is 1.197 billion yuan, an increase of 72.52% year-on-year. The production and sales of viscose filament yarn is 67,259 tons and 70,723 tons respectively, and the production and sales of viscose staple fiber is 106,052 tons and 103,797 tons respectively.

China cellulose fiber companies report strong revenue growth in 2021

-Textile recycling and processes for the future

From 2025, used clothing and other textiles will be collected separately throughout Europe to facilitate reuse and recycling.

What industrial recycling solutions for textiles are already available?

Lukasz Debicki (LD): Nowadays, used clothing textiles are either reused as second-hand goods or in the form of, for example, cleaning rags. In addition, there are various recycling processes. Clothing or home textiles are often mechanically recycled and processed into insulation or filling materials. The textiles are torn, which dissolves the fabrics down to the individual fiber. These can then be further processed into said nonwovens or – if the fibers are of sufficient length – into staple fiber yarns. Mixed materials can also be recycled this way. Furthermore, a lot of textile waste is also incinerated or landfilled. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Amrei Becker (AB): Mono-material industrial waste, such as fibers made of polyester or polyamide, which are produced during the ramp-up of the melt spinning plant, can be regranulated and a small percentage of it can be returned to the process. Recycling of waste is also possible in yarn production from natural fibers. Furthermore, there is a Chinese company that already carries out the chemical recycling of worn polyester uniforms. The textiles are made of 100% PET and are specifically collected for recycling.

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-BENEO Acquires Meatless B.V. to Further Expand its Portfolio of Plant-based Solutions

BENEO, one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients, has today announced the acquisition of Dutch company, Meatless B.V., ensuring it becomes a major player in the field of plant-based texturising solutions for meat and fish alternatives.

The move comes amid a huge rise in demand for plant-based products, with figures showing that the market for fish and meat alternatives is expected to grow by more than 10% CAGR over the next five years. The acquisition of Meatless B.V. allows BENEO to broaden its portfolio and offer customers a versatile selection of plant-based solutions that serve as texturisers for meat and fish alternatives. BENEO sees great prospects for the new range of solutions in Europe as a focus market in the first instance, with plans to further expand globally.

Commenting on the announcement, Andreas Herber, Member of the Executive Board at BENEO states: “Following the recently announced investment into our new faba bean processing plant, the acquisition of Meatless B.V. is the next logical step to reaffirm BENEO’s commitment to strengthening its business with solutions for plant-based alternatives.”  Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Meatless B.V, founded in 2005 and located in Goes, The Netherlands, is a supplier of textured plant-based ingredients with a unique portfolio of solutions derived from different raw materials (i.e., rice, faba beans, wheat, pea, lupin and quinoa). This range fully complements BENEO’s ingredients portfolio and allows for exciting new combinations. As a result, BENEO’s customers will benefit from a much broader variety and greater flexibility that supports the development of meat and fish alternatives.

Recycle-packaging-waste - Cellulose-fiber

Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic 01-06-2022

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips 30-05-2022

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips

Recycled-Polyester - Nylon6-chips

Polyestertime
ITEM 23/05/2022 30/05/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,925 yuan/ton 8,925 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,250 $/ton 1,245 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,925 yuan/ton 7,925 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips

6,745 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton +125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,060 $/ton 1,070 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,900 yuan/ton 4,880 yuan/ton -20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 620 $/ton 615 $/ton -5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,301 $/ton 1,282 $/ton -19
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,281 $/ton 1,262 $/ton -19
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,447 $/ton 1,482 $/ton +35
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,430 yuan/ton
+80
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,750 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,550 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,480 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton
+400
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,170 $/ton 2,200 $/ton +30
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,420 $/ton 2,420 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,550 yuan/ton 15,800 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,800 yuan/ton 16,250 yuan/ton +450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips

26,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,100 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,850 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 65,500 yuan/ton 61,000 yuan/ton -4,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 56,500 yuan/ton 52,000 yuan/ton -4,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 47,500 yuan/ton 44,000 yuan/ton -3,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,850 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 9,260 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +190
Benzene overseas  market 1,238 $/ton 1,296 $/ton +58
Ethylene South East market 1,150 $/ton 1,150 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,409 $/ton 1,398 $/ton -11
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,300 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips

1,850 $/ton 1,850 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 15,030 yuan/ton +230
PP Powder domestic market
9,780 yuan/ton 9,680 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market  903 $/ton867 882 $/ton
-21
Phenol domestic market 10,460 yuan/ton 10,580 yuan/ton +120

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips

Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene 25-05-2022

Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

-Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions Division

Interview with Andre Wissenberg

Q – What is the size of global market for textile machinery? What percentage share does Oerlikon have?

A. – When we as Oerlikon talk about the textile machinery market, we focus on the market we can reach with our product, engineering and service portfolio. Here we currently see an achievable market size of around €3.5 billion. This covers our market solution approach ‘From Melt to Yarn, Fibers & Nonwovens’. Our share of this market is above 35 per cent. In individual product lines, such as BCF (Bulked Continuous Filament) carpet yarn systems, we also have market shares of more than 80 per cent worldwide. In the volume-driven spinning sector, we cover greater than 40 per cent.

Q – Within the textiles and technical textile segment, which machinery is sold most? Why?

A.Since the market launch of our Oerlikon Barmag WINGS Technology for POY in 2007 and FDY in 2012, we have been one of the leading suppliers to all major international polyester spinning mills. Combined with our manual and automatic DTY machines of the eFK and eAFK series, we offer a comprehensive package as a plant solution provider including continuous polycondensation and extrusion. Our range is rounded off by automation and digital solutions. In the segments of industrial yarns and nonwovens, we are concentrating on plant solutions for airbags, seat belts, tire cord, geotextiles, filter nonwovens and their diverse applications. The reason why we are so successful in all our technology solutions is rooted in our company history of over 100 years. As a pioneer of the man-made fibre industry founded in 1922, Oerlikon Barmag was always oriented on the guiding stars of innovation and technology leadership within a global market environment. Our strong entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity have shaped us. We are proud of our entire global workforce. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

The creative utilisation of its experience and knowledge potential in close collaboration with high-performance partners, suppliers and services providers is the key to our sustained success. We focus on close cooperation with our customers, offering them market-oriented innovations and services. These are based on interdisciplinary, team-oriented development work and high-quality production procedures. In the future, we will continue to constantly question established processes and break down conventional procedures and ways of thinking, because innovation starts with creativity. Currently too, we actively promote these with our multicultural and open corporate culture.

Polymer-Processing - Recycling-polypropylene

-PP futures in China fell by 1.4% amid a sharp decline in commodity prices

China’s polypropylene (PP) futures fell 1.4% on May 19, ICIS reported, citing data from the Dalyan Mercantile Exchange (DCE).

Thus, pp futures for September 2022, the most actively traded on DCE, on May 19 were at the level of CNY 8,493 (USD1,312) per ton, which is CNY122 per ton below the level of approval of the previous day.

According to DCE, about 2.5 million tons of polypropylene were sold on Thursday with delivery in September 2022. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

Polypropylene futures prices fell due to a drop in coal futures (a decrease of 1.3%), while more spot transactions were concluded than a day earlier.

Earlier it was reported that the Chinese company Ningbo Kingfa Advanced Materials on May 12 resumed production at the propane dehydrogenation plant in Ningbo (Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China) after carrying out planned preventive measures. Repair work at this installation with a capacity of 600 thousand tons of propylene per year was started on April 21 of this year.

Polymer-Processing - Recycling-polypropylene

-Kuraray to increase June prices of polyester staple fiber

Kuraray announces its decision to increase the prices of polyester staple fiber, for shipments commencing June 1, 2022, said the company.

In addition to the significant increase in the cost of key raw materials and utilities resulting from a rise in crude oil prices, Kuraray’s earnings continue to experience pressure from soaring logistics and manufacturing costs, the rapid depreciation of the yen, associated with increased costs for facility maintenance and renewal, which are beyond the scope of cost absorption through the Company’s internal efforts.

Under these circumstances, Kuraray has decided to implement the price revisions set out below to improve profitability and to maintain a steady supply.

As per MRC, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced its decision to divest operations related to UV-based water treatment and ballast water treatment run by Calgon Carbon Corporation, a Group subsidiary based in the United States.

The divested operations will be transferred to De Nora Water Technologies LLC in Italy. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

As MRC informed before, Kuraray America, a subsidiary of the Kuraray Group and one of the leading international companies in the production of specialty chemicals, fibers, resins and elastomers, has resumed operations at its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in La Porte, Texas, USA. This plant with the capacity of 335,000 mt/year was shut in mid-February because of the unprecedently low temperatures in the region and restarted on 2 April, 2021.

Polymer-Processing - Recycling-polypropylene

-The Use of Plastic Gears in Industries

In an article recently published in the open-access journal Polymers, researchers discussed the service and wear life of 3D printed polymeric gears.

Background

In recent years, additive manufacturing has surpassed traditional manufacturing methods in popularity. The most significant downside of additive manufacturing is that it takes longer to produce than traditional manufacturing methods and is not ideal for large production. With a little investment, it is feasible to make goods that have been modeled with a three-dimensional (3D) printer.

Because of their lightness, low cost, corrosion resistance, and silent operation, plastic gears are commonly employed in the electrical, culinary, and textile sectors. The strength of plastic gears printed in three-dimensional printers was investigated by researchers. The mechanical properties of gears created using the 3D printing approach have been investigated both theoretically and empirically under various working situations. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

About the Study

In this study, the authors calculated the wear resistance of plastic spur gears made using the fused deposition modeling (FDM) method theoretically. Wear tests were performed in the Forschungsstelle für Zahnrader und Getriebebau (FZG) type test equipment at the same load and rotational speeds to assess the service life of gears. Gears were made from thermoplastic polymer materials such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), and polyethylene terephthalate (PETG).

The team determined the wear of plastic gears generated by the FDM process in 3D printers theoretically based on the number of rotations. MATLAB® was used to calculate the equation that was used to describe wear along the line of action.

The researchers evaluated the gears’ service life by repeating the tests with the same load and rotating speeds. PLA, ABS, and PETG polymeric thermoplastic materials were used, which are often utilized in the FDM process. Plastic gears were printed using a BCN 3D Sigma R19 three-dimensional printer. Wear testing was performed with the FZG closed-circuit wear test instrument to observe the wear on the gears.

Polymer-Processing - Recycling-polypropylene

-Sustainable technologies from Andritz at Techtextil 2022

International technology group Andritz will be presenting its latest nonwovens production and textile solutions at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21 to 24 (hall 12, booth B99).

The broad Andritz product portfolio covers state-of-the-art nonwovens and textile production technologies, such as air-through bonding, airlay, needlepunch, spunlace, spunbond, wetlaid/Wetlace, converting, textile finishing, recycling, and natural fiber processing. For Techtextil, special focus lies on technologies for textile recycling, needlepunch, airlay, wetlaid glass fibres and textile calendering.

With the acquisition of Andritz Laroche SAS, the company has expanded its product portfolio to include airlay and recycling technology as well as bast fibre processing technologies.  Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

Complete recycling lines for post-consumer and industrial textile waste to produce fibres for re-spinning and/or nonwoven end-uses are one focus of this product range. Customer awareness and regulations are forcing clothing brands to recycle their textile waste in their own products. Recycled fibers can also be used in the nonwovens industry for various applications, for example in the automotive industry, for insulation, mattresses, and furniture felts.

Andritz Laroche offers a complete process range of tearing lines from 50 up to 3,000 kg/h, which can be used for almost all types of pre/post-consumer textile waste. The aim is to preserve the character of the original fibers, for example cotton, by maximizing fiber length, strength and feel.

Sustainable technologies from Andritz at Techtextil 2022

-LCA data on PureCycle PP released

PureCycle Technologies has released its first Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report including third party preliminary Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data that shows the company’s purification process for recycling polypropylene (PP) waste uses less energy and has lower carbon emissions than new plastic production.

The report also details PureCycle’s efforts to scale and optimise its recycling, harness the latest manufacturing technology systems, and leverage top tier talent to fulfil the company’s mission of transforming plastic waste into a continuously renewable resource.

Based on the design of PureCycle’s Ironton, Ohio facility, carbon emissions are expected to be 35% lower compared to new PP production and to use 79% less energy.  Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

The plant is using the latest generation of automation technology, employing virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence to allow the company to complete projects faster, and operate with world-class performance and enhanced safety.

“As a plastic recycling technology company aiming to reduce plastic waste, partnering with leading brands to help them create sustainable consumer products and transforming the industry, it’s essential we also do our part to minimise our environmental impact and conserve resources,” said Mike Otworth, the company’s chairman and CEO. “As we continue to refine our approach, we will look for impactful, innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions and utilise less energy. This is just the beginning.”

PureCycle’s product is designed to provide an alternative to high-cost carbon credit purchasing programmes while helping brands achieve their highest sustainability goals.

LCA data on PureCycle PP released

Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres 24-05-2022

Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels 25-05-2022

Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-EssilorLuxottica : takes a step further with nylon circularity

Each year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste make their way into the world’s oceans. As part of ‘Eyes on the Planet’, the Group’s sustainability program, EssilorLuxottica is taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint and put an end to waste following the 4Rs: “Research-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.” With a dedicated pillar called “Eyes on Circularity,” the goal is to create a circular process that makes it possible to recycle waste materials into the Group’s production cycle – in order to limit and reduce plastic waste. One example is through the use of recycled nylon.

Nylon – a brief background

Nylon is a type of plastic derived from crude oil. It is a polyamide, made from reacting carbon-based chemicals found in coal and petroleum in a high-pressure, heated environment. It is transparent, resistant to heat and chemicals, and has a low absorbency rate. Due to these properties, nylon is used widely in many industries including agriculture, construction, clothing, and food processing. A particular variation of nylon is also used in the eyewear sector for the production of plastic frames. For instance, a process called injection molding is used, where nylon is melted and injected into a mold to obtain the shape of the glasses. This is a fast process which generates a low amount of scrap (‘sprues’).

Turning waste into endless possibilities

Waste management is a crucial part of EssilorLuxottica’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. The Group uses approximately 800-900 tons of nylon a year with only a few tons of waste. Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Nonetheless, three years ago, its R&D teams in Italy began looking for solutions and into how the ‘sprues’ could be recycled. After two years of testing, they found that nylon could indeed be recycled and be reused up to seven times safely, with no compromise on quality, and an in-house process in Agordo, Italy, was launched to recycle and compound nylon plastic scraps derived from manufacturing of frames. Injection manufacturing is essentially where nylon is melted and injected into a mold to obtain the shape of the glasses and is a fast process which generates a low amount of scrap (‘sprues’).. The sprues are put into a granulator that grinds them into small pieces; then the material is transformed by a process called extrusion. During this process, the material is melted and extruded into “spaghetti ” shaped pieces, before they are finally cut into granules. The black granules which are derived can be reused and recycled several times, while maintaining their original properties. Today, at EssilorLuxottica,. In the first quarter of this year, the Company was able to recycle around six tons of nylon only in Agordo plant.

Nylon-circularity - Russian-fossil-fuels

-Poland calls for extra EU duty on Russian fossil fuels

Poland is appealing to the EU to impose additional import tariffs on Russian oil and gas, the government spokesperson has said, said Thefirstnews.

The European Union wants to mobilise around EUR 300 billion by 2030, including around EUR 72 billion in subsidies and EUR 225 billion in loans, to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

Piotr Mueller, the Polish government spokesperson, on Wednesday praised the plan but said that it was a shame it was introduced so late because Poland had for years warned against becoming dependent on Russian gas and oil.

At the same time he said that Poland is appealing “here and now” to the European Commission to introduce an additional tariff on Russian oil and gas “so that Russia does not take advantage of this armed conflict, this turmoil on the international arena in terms of fuel prices, does not divide the member states into better and worse… and does not dictate various types of discounts or higher prices.”

He added that Poland was proposing either a quick timely embargo on Russian oil, gas and coal, or “a punitive duty that would make EU entrepreneurs want to abandon Russian supplies. Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Poland calls for extra EU duty on Russian fossil fuels

EssilorLuxottica : takes a step further with nylon-circularity

Poland calls for extra EU-duty on Russian-fossil-fuels

Oerlikon-PolymerProcessing Solutions Division

PP futures in China fell by 1.4% amid a sharp decline in commodity-prices

Kuraray to increase June-prices of polyester-staple-fiber

-The Use of Plastic-Gears in Industries

Sustainable-technologies from Andritz at Techtextil-2022

LCA data on PureCycle-PP released

Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres 24-05-2022

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres 24-05-2022

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-US’ Standard Fiber signs agreement with Weaveright Technology

Standard Fiber, US’ leading supplier to the home textile and hospitality markets, has signed an agreement with Weaveright Technology enabling the company exclusive rights to develop and distribute bath products made with the technology to the home retail and hospitality markets. Weaveright technology combines cotton loops with performance fibres.

Developed by home textile veteran, Matthew Dalton, who was challenged by QVC to reinvent the towel in 2018, Weaveright Technology is a patented weaving process that unites 100 per cent cotton loops with performance fibres in the ground of the towel.  This innovative technique enhances absorbency, accelerates drying time, and provides an additional level of durability. The fast-drying time inhibits the growth of bacteria, therefore towels made with this proprietary weaving technology are inherently anti-microbial and eco-friendly, Standard Fiber said in a media statement

“With our new weaving technology, we really do feel we met the challenge of reinventing the towel. We are excited about our partnership with Standard Fiber who lead in delivering quality and innovation in the bedding and bath category,” Dalton said. Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

“We are delighted that Weaveright has granted us the exclusive license of its truly ground-breaking technology.

Plastic-Packaging - Performance-fibres

-How to Solve the Problem of Plastic Packaging

Single-use bottles, wrappers, and containers are often simply discarded—but reforms that could make them infinitely recyclable are on the horizon.

Walking down the street, or visiting the park or beach, there’s one thing you’ll almost inevitably see: pieces of plastic packaging—washed up on the sand, tangled in a hedgerow, lying in the gutter. Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

Plastics are polluting all corners of the planet, from the Arctic to the ocean depths, with as yet unknown consequences for human health. Already 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year. Without radical change, the amount of plastic waste generated worldwide could double by 2040 and, if waste infrastructure can’t keep up, the amount of plastic entering the ocean will nearly triple, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In the battle to stem the tide of plastic waste, companies and academics are developing new ways to reduce plastic packaging—the single largest source of this waste. Clever designs for alternative materials abound, including edible water containers made from algae, compostable packaging made from fungi, and water bottles constructed out of paper. “There is a lot of space for shifting plastic packaging to other materials,” says Jim Palardy, project director of Conservation Science at Pew, and a coauthor of a report that assesses ways to end plastic pollution.

But inroads made by such substitutes are not yet enough to end our enormous reliance on plastic. Plastics production has almost doubled since 2000, and is expected to grow significantly in the next 20 years, according to the International Energy Agency. And the track record of where these materials tend to end up isn’t great. Up to 2018, about 80 percent of all virgin plastics ever produced had wound up either in landfill or in the natural environment.

How to Solve the Problem of Plastic Packaging

US-Standard-Fiber signs agreement with Weaveright-Technology

-How to Solve the Problem of Plastic-Packaging

PSF-supply tightness eased: better or tougher in Jun?

-New technology enables easier recycling-of-polyester by deploying carbon-dioxide and separating-dyes-from-fibreRevolutionary-dyeing-process wins Circular-Future-Fund-prize

China’s nylon66-chipprice drops to 1.5-year lowest

-SIMA hails removal of anti-dumping duty on spandex-yarn

Modern-Syntex coming to feed into major demand for synthetic-yarns

Textile-recycling-tech startup triumphs in Circularity 22’s Accelerate competition

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals 23-05-2022

Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip 24-05-2022

Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

-PSF supply tightness eased: better or tougher in Jun?

Direct-spun PSF supply tightened suddenly in early May due to the outbreak of the pandemic in Jiangyin, followed by quick rise of price, widened spread and fast reduction of inventory.

Later on, some PSF plants restarted successively, and by mid-May, the operating rate of direct-spun PSF improved by about 9% points from the lowest, despite still year’s low level.

Besides, the restriction on logistics in Jiangyin was also eased, and direct-spun PSF supply increased gradually. Then PSF spread got compressed and the basis also started to weaken.

Recently, direct-spun PSF mainly moved along with polyester feedstock. Polyester yarn market has not seen much improvement yet. Since the beginning of 2022, cotton yarn production has been partly shifted into polyester/cotton yarn, and polyester/cotton yarn partly into polyester yarn, but the soft end-user demand could not make the excessive polyester yarn and polyester/cotton yarn digested. As a result, the profits of polyester yarn and polyester/cotton yarn were contracted to breakeven line or even to negative side.

At present, direct-spun PSF price stays at high level and downstream spinners mostly purchased for rigid demand. In Jun, direct-spun PSF supply is expected to increase further as PSF plants in Jiangyin restart after the lockdown and Xinfengming will start up 300kt/yr direct-spun PSF unit in end-May.

However, the recovery of the demand is largely uncertain. Thus, direct-spun PSF supply is likely to recover more quickly than the demand and PSF plants are suggested to continue the proper control of run rates.

Revolutionary-dyeing-process - Nylon66-chip

-New technology enables easier recycling of polyester by deploying carbon dioxide and separating dyes from fibre – Revolutionary dyeing process wins Circular Future Fund prize

A ground-breaking project to develop a new polyester dyeing technology has beaten more than 240 projects in a competition to win a share of the Circular Future Fund.

The prize will allow Leeds researchers to further explore the creation of a circular economy for polyester and the ability to recycle it, as well as assessing the economic and environmental benefits of what has been dubbed the “polyester-infinity loop”.

The Circular Future Fund is an initiative run by John Lewis Partnership in partnership with environmental charity Hubbub. Each year the fund awards £1 million to pioneering projects that are working to create a circular economy – one which eliminates waste and pollution, circulates products and materials, and regenerates nature.  Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

Polyester, which is usually derived from petroleum, is the world’s most consumed textile fibre, yet recycled polyester only contributes to 15% of total production, almost all of which is made from plastic bottles.

A major barrier to recycling polyester fabric is the presence of dyes, which makes fibre-to-fibre recycling almost impossible.

Researchers at  Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), in collaboration with the Wolfson CO2 Laboratory in the School of Chemistry, are developing a solution that uses new technology to deploy carbon dioxide and separate dyes from fibre, enabling easier recycling of the polyester

Currently, recycled polyester (rPET) is not based on end-of-life-clothing, but on mechanically recycled polyester from plastic bottles. This new CO2 technology will enable fibre-to-fibre recycling, creating a truly circular process.

Richard Blackburn, Professor of Sustainable Materials in the School of Design, said: “This award from the Circular Future Fund will allow us to take a significant next step in tackling the global environmental and economic issue of polyester recycling.

“Polyester is the global clothing industry’s most consumed fibre, yet fibre-to-fibre recycling for the material is unfeasible because of the chemicals involved in the dyeing process. In order to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of recycling 90% of PET plastic by 2030, chemical recycling – and specifically fibre-to-fibre recycling – is essential.”

Revolutionary-dyeing-process - Nylon66-chip

-China’s nylon 66 chip price drops to 1.5-year lowest

Nylon 66 chip price has extended almost non-stop decline after 2022 Chinese Spring Festival, and the drop in April has broken previously forecasted technical resistance line 30,000yuan/mt. On April 27, 2022, the prevailing spot price index of general-plastic-grade nylon 66 polymer has fallen to 26,500yuan/mt by Apr 11, with a year-to-date decline of 10,000yuan/mt, or a downward ratio of 27.4%.

The first round of sharp decline was during late February to early March, under a mixed pressure from both demand and supply side. This time, the sudden supply glut from a trading company was the most important reason.

During Mar 10 to Apr 11, the decline in nylon 66 market slowed down, but at the same time, its peer product nylon 6 chip market was almost steady with narrow rebounds even. Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

The most recent sharp decline appeared this week (starting Apr 22 2022), as price fell by 2,000yuan/mt in just 4 trading days.

Sharp decline, nylon 66 polymer profit comparison and future trend

On demand side, downstream modified plastic plants only saw mediocre order taking; demand from high-viscosity cord fabric plants was weakening evidently in the first quarter, and burdened nylon 66 market evidently. To tell from end users’ market, under the impact of the pandemic, automobile and electronics market performance was weak, and this gave a negative feedback toward nylon 66 industrial chain as a whole.

On supply side, firstly there was a sudden supply glut as a Chinese trader imported a large number of adiponitrile and assigned Chinese nylon 66 manufacturers and sold polymer at much lower rate to the spot; worse influence was rooted in suppliers worry of an outbreak in feedstock ADN and HMDA supply, which would lead to significant increase in nylon 66 polymer. As the supply of ADN and HMDA had been almost dominated by limited import sources for all the years since the beginning of this industry in China, nylon 66 polymer production was under this restrict. Once feedstock bottleneck is lifted out, it is not difficult to see a significant rise this industry, and its price gap with nylon 6 and other chemical materials will be narrowed down substantially. Tianchen Qixiang’s startup of its HMDA plant in end-March was a solid proof to insiders’ concern.

Revolutionary-dyeing-process - Nylon66-chip

-SIMA hails removal of anti-dumping duty on spandex yarn

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal for removing the anti-dumping duty on elastomeric filament yarn.

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal for removing the anti-dumping duty on elastomeric filament yarn. The usage of elastomeric filament yarn in dress materials, including denim, enhances the value addition considerably and opens up opportunities to increase exports, SIMA Chairman Ravi Sam said in a statement here. Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

The removal of duties would create a level-playing field for the Indian textile industry in the international market and also enable it to import high quality elastomeric filament yarns that are not manufactured in India at a competitive rate, Ravi Sam added. The central government led by PM Modi has brought in several historic reforms apart from taking various bold and pro-active policy initiatives to make ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ a reality and turn India into a highly competitive manufacturer on a global scale, he further said.

The government had already removed the anti-dumping duty on most man-made fibres and their raw materials, including acrylic fibres, and now the elastomeric filament yarn is also exempt, the SIMA chairman pointed out. Ravi Sam also welcomed the timely decision of reducing excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre that would greatly help the textiles and clothing industry to reduce the transport cost as different manufacturing segments in the value chain are scattered across the nation.

Stating that the textile industry has already been facing a crisis owing to the skyrocketing cotton prices, the SIMA chairman thanked the government for removing the 11 per cent import duty on cotton.

Revolutionary-dyeing-process - Nylon66-chip

-Modern Syntex coming to feed into major demand for synthetic yarns

Modern Syntex has stepped up with a big investment in manufacturing polyester and synthetic yarns to fit the bill for global consumers switching from cotton to manmade fabrics.

The factory, being developed on 20 acres of land in Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagar, has so far made 90% progress in its work.

It has invested $131 million to produce four types of products, such as polyester draw textured yarn (DTY), polyester fully drawn yarn (FDY), polyester staple fibre (PSF), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chips, to provide backward support to readymade garment, footwear and vehicle-making industries.

Currently, Bangladesh depends on imports of such raw materials from China, Indonesia, Korea and India etc.  Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

Company officials claimed that once the factory goes into operation in March-April 2023, it will have capacity to meet a major portion of local demand for synthetic and polyester fibres and yarns.

“We will meet 60-70% of demand with our products manufactured,” Abu Sufian Chowdhury, managing director of Modern Syntex, told The Business Standard.

Apparel entrepreneurs say Bangladesh has opportunities to enhance its stake in non-cotton apparel items in the global market.  So, they are now investing to increase their capacity of manufacturing such products.

If synthetic yarns and fabrics can be sourced locally, it will be instrumental in saving foreign exchange and extra time needed to import from foreign countries.

Modern Syntex coming to feed into major demand for synthetic yarns

-Textile recycling tech startup triumphs in Circularity 22’s Accelerate competition

On GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 22 main stage this week in Atlanta, GA, four startups from across the circular economy landscape competed for the sold-out crowd’s votes to win Accelerate, the annual fast-pitch competition. Two industry experts, Francesca Whitehead, investor at G2VP, and April Crow, vice president at Circulate Capital, also provided insights and commentary on the startups’ pitches onstage.

Ultimately, textile waste management technology company Sortile captivated the audience of investors,  circular economy professionals, government officials and thought leaders, and emerged victorious in the tight race.

Sortile: enabling a new paradigm for textile recycling

Sortile is working to build a more circular fashion industry. Roughly 92 million tons of global textile waste are created every year. And despite brand commitments on sustainability, including textile recycling promises, less than 0.5 percent of the global fiber market in 2020 was made from pre- and post-consumer recycled textiles, according to Textile Exchange.

Sortile removes some of these key barriers for textile recycling, like the difficult sorting process and lack of data. Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

“I started my professional career doing research on Latin American retailers,” Sortile’s CEO Constanza Gomez, who grew up in Chile, told GreenBiz. “I was able to have a clear view of the amount of waste that was created in the industry. It quickly became a sort of obsession to understand why textiles were not recycled.”

Textile recycling tech startup triumphs in Circularity 22's Accelerate competition

Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals 23-05-2022

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins 23-05-2022

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins

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ITEM 16/05/2022 23/05/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,900 yuan/ton 8,925 yuan/ton +25
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,255 $/ton 1,250 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,775 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton +25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,925 yuan/ton 7,925 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins

6,780 yuan/ton 6,745 yuan/ton -35
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,050 $/ton 1,060 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,010 yuan/ton 4,900 yuan/ton -110
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 622 $/ton 620 $/ton -2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,289 $/ton 1,301 $/ton +12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,269 $/ton 1,281 $/ton +12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,449 $/ton 1,447 $/ton -2
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,320 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton
+30
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,750 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,450 yuan/ton 9,550 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,480 yuan/ton -120
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton
+300
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,170 $/ton +20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,420 $/ton 2,420 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,350 yuan/ton 15,550 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,800 yuan/ton 16,000 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins

26,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,100 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 65,500 yuan/ton 65,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 56,500 yuan/ton 56,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 48,000 yuan/ton 47,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,750 yuan/ton 11,850 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,260 yuan/ton +160
Benzene overseas  market 1,231 $/ton 1,238 $/ton +7
Ethylene South East market 1,220 $/ton 1,150 $/ton -70
Ethylene NWE  market 1,398 $/ton 1,409 $/ton +11
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,600 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins

1,900 $/ton 1,850 $/ton -50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,740 yuan/ton 14,800 yuan/ton +60
PP Powder domestic market
9,900 yuan/ton 9,780 yuan/ton -120
Naphtha overseas market  923 $/ton 903 $/ton
-20
Phenol domestic market 10,460 yuan/ton 10,460 yuan/ton

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins

Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling 18-05-2022

Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

-Europe’s Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders Sound Alarm

War in Ukraine, rising costs, and logistics are having an unprecedented economic impact on industry, according to the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders association.

Europe’s polycarbonate sheet extruders are experiencing an unprecedented economic impact from the war in Ukraine compounded by logistics issues, writes the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders (EPSE) association in a press release issued today.

“Prices are not only drastically increasing on the raw material side, but EPSE members are also confronted with additional consequences such as radically increased packaging and energy costs,” said the association.

EPSE also points to supply-chain issues, such as a shortage of truck drivers, as aggravating factors that are having a cumulative economic impact  that is “difficult to absorb” for EPSE members.

Founded in 2003, EPSE has 10 member companies, including Sabic, Arla, and 3A Composites, and three associate members, including Covestro and Trinseo.

In the press release EPSE calls for an acceleration in the transition to clean energy and a decoupling from “unreliable suppliers.” The EU imports 90% of its gas, with Russia providing around 45% of those imports, in varying levels across member states, writes EPSE. “Russia also accounts for around 25% of oil imports and 45% of coal imports.”

This echoes a March 8 proposal from the European Commission, which seeks to reduce “EU demand for Russian gas by two-thirds before the end of the year.” Longer term, its REPowerEU plan wants to increase gas supplies from countries outside of Russia and reduce reliance on fossil fuels in “homes, buildings, industry, and power systems by boosting energy efficiency, increasing [the use of] renewables and electrification, and addressing infrastructure bottlenecks.” The European Commission claims that implementation of REPowerEU would remove the equivalent of all of the fossil fuel imported from Russia in 2021. Two-thirds of that reduction could be achieved within a year, it added. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Polycarbonate Sheet - Chemical Recycling

-Advanced Future-Proof Films for a Circular Economy

Reifenhäuser Blown Film presents 100% recyclable PE film, digital passport technology, and recycling of low-quality materials this month.

Reifenhäuser Blown Film showcased a trio of advanced technical solutions for the economical and sustainable production of blown film during the GreenPlast 2022 trade fair in Milan May 3 to 6.

These were the patented EVO Ultra Stretch production process for fully recyclable All-Polyethylene (PE) PE Blown Film; use of digital product passports for a modernized and functional circular economy; and the economical processing of post-consumer and post- industrial recyclate.

EVO Ultra Stretch, Reifenhäuser’s patented stretching unit, enables the production of PE monomaterial composites for fully recyclable flexible packaging in which the typical PET layer of the packaging is replaced by stretched PE. This is made possible by the maximum 10-fold stretch rate, which produces PE films with completely new mechanical properties. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

There is no need to adapt further processing steps such as printing, laminating and converting due to the patented positioning of the stretching unit directly in the haul-off of the blown film line. The film is stretched at the ideal time and from first heat, which simultaneously creates a user-friendly, stable, and efficient process.

“We supply our customers with production lines that enable them to now use the sustainability shift as an opportunity to become a preferred supplier for new, recycling-friendly products that serve the environment and business success,” says Sascha Skora, senior sales manager at Reifenhäuser Blown Film.

Polycarbonate Sheet - Chemical Recycling

-H.I.G. Capital Enters Into Agreement to Sell Valtris Specialty Chemicals

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global alternative investment firm with over $49 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to sell its portfolio company Valtris Specialty Chemicals (the “Company” or “Valtris”) to an affiliate of funds managed by SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”).

Valtris is a leading manufacturer of specialty polymer additives and specialty chemicals for a diverse set of end markets. The Company’s products impart critical performance characteristics, including flexibility, stability processability, and flame retardance, to plastics and other materials. Valtris is recognized worldwide for its reliability as a critical global supplier to a diverse customer base with longstanding relationships based on its reliability, quality and product innovation over its 80+ year history. Headquartered in Independence, OH, the Company operates nine manufacturing facilities globally. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

After a successful carve-out transaction from Ferro Corporation in late 2014, H.I.G. collaborated with management to expand the Company’s geographic reach, customer breadth and product portfolio through the acquisition of Akcros Chemicals in the US and UK in 2016 and multiple INEOS Enterprises business units in France, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2018. Additionally, the Company made significant investments in management, sales & marketing and new product development which resulted in EBITDA tripling during H.I.G.’s ownership.

Polycarbonate Sheet - Chemical Recycling

-Axens, Toray Films Europe to Develop New Pet Chemical Recycling Plant in France

Axens and Toray Films Europe have plans to establish a new Pet chemical recycling facility in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost, France. The new units will make use of Axens’ Rewind Pet technology along with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerization plant to recycle 80,000 tons of Pet plastic waste every year.

Axens and Toray Films Europe have recently announced their collaboration to study a Pet chemical recycling facility at Toray Films Europe production site in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost (Ain, France). New units based on Axens’ Rewind Pet technology will be coupled with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerization plant in order to recycle annually 80,000 tons of difficult-to-recycle Pet plastic waste. Joined efforts of both parties in their domain of expertise will allow the emergence of competencies for chemical recycling circularity. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Post consumers Pet plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently down-cycled, incinerated or landfilled, will be converted into high-quality circular Pet chips, closing the loop for this material with potentially infinite recycling. Rewind Pet process, developed by IFP Energies nouvelles, Axens and Jeplan, involves an optimized – glycolysis based – Pet depolymerization combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste Pet, including colorants and pigments. The product is a purified BHET (BHET: Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer.

Polycarbonate Sheet - Chemical Recycling

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

A new enzyme variant can break down PET polyester in just 24 hours.

The enzyme, created by engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, was able to complete a circular process of breaking down the PET into smaller parts (depolymerization) and then chemically putting it back together (repolymerization). It has the potential to supercharge recycling on a large scale that would allow major industries to reduce their environmental impact by recovering and reusing plastics at the molecular level.

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences used a machine learning model to generate novel mutations to a natural enzyme called PETase that allows bacteria to degrade PET plastics. The model predicts which mutations in these enzymes would accomplish the goal of quickly depolymerizing post-consumer waste plastic at low temperatures.

Through this process, which included studying 51 different post-consumer plastic containers, five different polyester fibres and fabrics and water bottles all made from PET, the researchers proved the effectiveness of the enzyme, which they are calling FAST-PETase (functional, active, stable and tolerant PETase).

Mechanical recycling is the most obvious way to cut down on plastic waste. but globally, less than 10% of all plastic has been recycled. Alternative industrial recycling processes include very energy-intensive processes of glycolysis, pyrolysis, and/or methanolysis. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Biological solutions take much less energy. Research on enzymes for plastic recycling has advanced during the past 15 years but until now, no one had been able to figure out how to make enzymes that could operate efficiently at low temperatures to make them both portable and affordable at large industrial scale. FAST-PETase can perform the process at less than 50°C.

“The possibilities to leverage this leading-edge recycling process are endless across industries,” said Professor Hal Alper of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. “Beyond the obvious waste management industry, it also provides corporations from every sector with the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products. Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy. When considering environmental cleanup applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature. This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage for the future.”

Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

-Big divergence between Europe PE and PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

As you can see from the high-density polyethylene (HDPE), linear-low density PE (LLDPE) and polypropylene (PP) trend lines, China price spreads per tonne over tonnes of naphtha feedstocks saw steep declines in March this year.

Spreads had started to weaken in August 2021 on China’s Common Prosperity economic reforms, but in March they, quite literally, fell off a cliff.

Spreads are a crude measure of how much money producers are making.

During March, spreads fell to their lowest levels since our price assessments began in November 2002, on the acceleration of China’s zero-COVID policies and the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Low-density (LDPE) spreads performed much better. But data is nothing without ICIS market intelligence. LDPE spreads have remained relatively strong because of very tight supply as LDPE/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) swing plants swung to more EVA production. The swing to more EVA production began last year because of strong demand, especially in the solar-panel end-use market.

High prices for LDPE relative to the more widely available LLDPE (LLDPE competes in many of the same end-use markets as LDPE), has led to LDPE demand destruction. In Q1 this year, China’s LDPE demand was down by 4% versus the same period in 2021.

There was a slight recovery in HDPE, LLDPE and PP spreads in April, but they remained close to record lows. Spreads declined again during the first two weeks of May.

The spread story, when linked, as I said, with the right market intelligence, tells us what’s happened to the China’s economy.

Until the zero-COVID restrictions are relaxed, and this doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon, it is hard to see how spreads will substantially increase. But we will only know what’s actually happening by analysing spread patterns, using historic ICIS price data.

More major production cuts might, I suppose, strengthen spreads. But China idled some 25% of its PP capacity in March and yet the PP March spread still fell to a record low.

And with the Chinese yuan down this year against the US dollar, some of China’s producers might resort to raising exports as opposed to making further rate cuts – provided container space can found

Big divergence between Europe PE and PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing 17-05-2022

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP 18-05-2022

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

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-SGR obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA

SGR, the recycling unit of the SGT Group, obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA for its PET bottles recycling process.

This food-grade recycled plastic, named CIRPET for “circular” and “rPET”, has been officially approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Thanks to its state-of-the-art recycling line combining technical and energy performance, the SGT Group can offer its customer base a secure supply of food grade rPET.

With this modern and scalable recycling unit, the SGT Group confirms its commitment to sustainable development by recycling used PET bottles and increasing the percentage of recycled products in the production of new preforms.

“The wheel has thus come full circle, stresses SGT-SGR plant manager Jean-Marc Wiencek. EFSA’s endorsement is veritable recognition of the Group’s efforts and investment to bring to fruition its transition to a circular model.”

With an annual capacity of 12,000 tonnes, SGR produces premium quality rPET equivalent to virgin PET, as evidenced by its manufacturing process, now recognized compliant with Europe’s strictest health requirements.

When SGR takes delivery of PET flakes, it performs 4 additional grading processes: optical, metal, colour and material. Everything is meticulously inspected.

“Our recycling line is at the cutting edge of the latest technologies currently available on the market, enabling us to produce rPET of the highest quality”, explains Mr Wiencek.

The site uses a vacuum-assisted Solid State Polycondensation (SSP) technology that guarantees industrial security at all stages of the thermal process and eliminates all remaining impurities on a molecular scale. SGR also has an extruding machine with underwater cutting and an ultra-efficient decontamination system that produces rPET pellets whose visible qualities (transparency and colour), mechanical qualities (viscosity) and organoleptic qualities match those of virgin PET. The whole process requires little consumption of energy.  PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

PET-bottles-recycling - Europe-PE-and-PP

-Trioworld launching PCR film in Sweden

In partnership with supermarket chain Lidl, Trioworld is launching a post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic film in Sweden.

Approved for frozen food packaging, Trioworld has developed a new multi-layer Loop packaging. The project was initiated together with RISE and Lidl Future Initiatives (LFI) with the aim to develop a recyclable food contact material containing PCR.

Trioworld’s solution is powered by a five-layer concept that has met all the required tests and simulations as required by the European Regulations for Food Contact Material.  PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

The packaging is made of 30 per cent recycled PCR and is fully recyclable after use. It will see its first commercial use as a packaging solution for Lidl Sweden’s cinnamon buns and cardamom buns, hitting the shelves this week.

“Evert Paardekooper, Division President Consumer Packaging at Trioworld, said: “With this innovation we can confidently say we’re a leading manufacturer within sustainable flexible packaging. Trioworld’s multi-layer Loop offers Lidl a packaging solution that is not only fully recyclable but made from 30 per cent post-consumer recycled material and reduces their carbon footprint.”

SGR obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA

Trioworld launching PCR-film in Sweden

Europe’s Polycarbonate-Sheet-Extruders Sound Alarm

-Advanced Future-Proof Films for a Circular-Economy

H.I.G.Capital Enters Into Agreement to Sell Valtris-Specialty-Chemicals

Axens, Toray-Films-Europe to Develop New Pet-Chemical-Recycling Plant in France

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET-recycling

-Big divergence between Europe-PE-and-PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing 17-05-2022

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals 16-05-2022

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

Nylon66-chips - Petrochemicals

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ITEM 09/05/2022 16/05/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +300
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,235 $/ton 1,255 $/ton +20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,520 yuan/ton 7,775 yuan/ton +255
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,925 yuan/ton +225
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

6,460 yuan/ton 6,780 yuan/ton +320
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,045 $/ton 1,050 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,850 yuan/ton 5,010 yuan/ton +160
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 618 $/ton 622 $/ton +4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,198 $/ton 1,289 $/ton +91
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,178 $/ton 1,269 $/ton +91
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,290 $/ton 1,449 $/ton +159
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,015 yuan/ton 8,320 yuan/ton
+305
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,150 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +300
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,430 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,350 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
+250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,420 $/ton 2,420 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,800 yuan/ton +500
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

26,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,650 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton +450
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,200 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton- +450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,350 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton +450
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 66,000 yuan/ton 65,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 59,000 yuan/ton 56,500 yuan/ton -2,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 49,500 yuan/ton 48,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,900 yuan/ton 11,750 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market 8,980 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +120
Benzene overseas  market 1,176 $/ton 1,231 $/ton +55
Ethylene South East market 1,240 $/ton 1,220 $/ton -20
Ethylene NWE  market 1,436 $/ton 1,398 $/ton -38
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,700 yuan/ton 11,600 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,420 yuan/ton 14,740 yuan/ton +320
PP Powder domestic market
9,900 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  910 $/ton 923 $/ton
+13
Phenol domestic market 10,580 yuan/ton 10,460 yuan/ton -120

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging 13-05-2022

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

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-Solvay launches new growth platform focused on renewable materials and biotechnology

The fourth growth platform will increase the share of renewable carbon in Solvay’s product offering and open up new business opportunities for multiple markets

Solvay is launching a new Renewable Materials and Biotechnology platform, dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for a range of markets, using renewable feedstocks and biotechnology. The company is already a market leader in some bio-based products, including guar, bio-sourced solvents and natural vanillin, the latter of which is enabled by biotechnology.

The new platform will bring together several Solvay businesses to help meet growing demand for sustainable solutions by increasing the share of renewable carbon1\ in Solvay’s product offering and developing new business opportunities enabled by biotechnology.  It complements Solvay’s three existing growth platforms, Battery Materials, Green Hydrogen and Thermoplastic Composites.

The platform will accelerate the integration of sustainable renewable feedstocks into Solvay products. It will also enable the development of new approaches to manage the end-of-life of these products, which includes biodegradability by design.

This presents enormous innovation potential, which Solvay is well positioned to leverage, both through internal expertise and strong links with customers and external innovation partners.  Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

Through open innovation and strategic alliances, Solvay intends to build new growth businesses that will benefit multiple markets, while also helping to address key societal and environmental needs. This includes providing formulations for agro and personal care, solutions for food and flavors, and advanced materials for transportation and aerospace

Through enabling the development of sustainable solutions based on renewable carbon, the platform will also play a fundamental role in the achievement of Solvay’s 2030 sustainability goals, set out in the  Solvay One Planet sustainability roadmap. These goals include increasing the share of sustainable solutions in Group sales to 65% and more than doubling the share of Solvay products based on circular raw materials or energy in Group sales compared to 2018, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

1 Renewable carbon encompasses carbon sources that prevent or replace the use of fossil carbon. This definition includes carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling.

Bioplastic-degradation - Food-packaging

-Assobioplastica criticizes CNR study on bioplastic degradation

The association of the compostable plastics industry emphasizes the instrumental significance of the operation and highlights three unique aspects of the research. CNR bioplastics study Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

The premise can be found at the end of the statement released today by Assobioplastica regarding the announcement made yesterday by the CNR on the results of a study on the (slow) degradation of bioplastics in the sea and in the sand (read article): “Sorry to have to talk to means of press releases, where it would be preferable to remain in the context of the scientific discussion, which Assobioplastica considers vital and stimulating and hopes to be able to continue in the appropriate forums with researchers interested in the topic of biodegradation of bioplastics “. Reserving a broader and more in-depth examination from the technical point of view of the study, Assobioplastica not so much criticizes the results, but “the instrumental significance of the operation”; according to the association representing the Italian compostable bioplastics industry: “With this press release some categories of bioplastics are attacked, but in reality a shadow is cast on the entire sector”. Pending a critical review, three “glaring singularities” are reported.

The first is that the “results of the study are disseminated hastily and prematurely, ie on the basis of the first sampling, carried out after only six months in an experiment lasting three years.

In essence, these are preliminary results “. Then there is a methodological aspect, that is, the degradation times have not been measured, although this is the topic of the research: “The article – reports Assobioplastica – does not answer the question ‘What degradation times do bioplastics have compared to conventional? “.

According to the association, in fact, “in the experimental scheme of the test a fundamental element is missing to contextualize the results and make sense of the term ‘significant’ referring to degradation, ‘long’ referring to time and so on: this is the pellet of material lignocellulosic, i.e. a natural polymer composite that is necessary, like the metronome with music, to give meaning to the duration, to calibrate the experiment and understand what ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ means in nature, beyond the subjective expectations of experimenters “.

Assobioplastica criticizes CNR study on bioplastic degradation

Solvay launches new growth platform focused on renewable-materials and biotechnology

Assobioplastica criticizes CNR-study-on-bioplastic-degradation

Stora-Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French-wood-processing

Russia’s-GDP this year will fall by 12% – Bloomberg learned the forecast of the Ministry-of-Finance

CJ-Bio launches PHA-production in Pasuruan, Indonesia

Stora-Enso – Your questions answered: designing food-packaging beyond-plastics

New-York-recyclinglegislation aims to increase collection rates, PCR-supply

Europe’s-plastic-recycling volume growing, says group

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology 12-05-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6 09-05-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

Bottle-grade-PET - Nylon6

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ITEM 02/05/2022 09/05/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,300 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +300
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,220 $/ton 1,235 $/ton +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,520 yuan/ton +170
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

6,410 yuan/ton 6,460 yuan/ton +50 
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,035 $/ton 1,045 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,835 yuan/ton 4,850 yuan/ton +15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 620 $/ton 618 $/ton -2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,169 $/ton 1,198 $/ton +29
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,148 $/ton 1,178 $/ton +30
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,266 $/ton 1,290 $/ton +24
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 8,015 yuan/ton
+315
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,380 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +320
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,430 yuan/ton +330
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,750 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton
+600
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,150 $/ton -100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,500 $/ton 2,420 $/ton -80
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

25,500 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,500 yuan/ton 17,650 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,050 yuan/ton 20,200 yuan/ton- +150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,300 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 67,000 yuan/ton 66,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 60,000 yuan/ton 59,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 50,000 yuan/ton 49,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 8,980 yuan/ton +230
Benzene overseas  market 1,151 $/ton 1,176 $/ton +25
Ethylene South East market 1,290 $/ton 1,240 $/ton -50
Ethylene NWE  market 1,457 $/ton 1,436 $/ton -21
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,250 yuan/ton 14,420 yuan/ton +170
PP Powder domestic market
9,850 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  890 $/ton 910 $/ton
+20
Phenol domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 10,580 yuan/ton +380

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6rket

Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system 09-05-2022

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-Versalis to launch new food pack made with 75% post-consumer polystyrene

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, is expanding its Revive portfolio to include a new product for food packaging made with 75% domestic post-consumer polystyrene, said Packagingeurope. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

The product, referred to as Versalis Revive PS Air F – Series Forever, is the result of the company’s existing collaboration with Forever Plast S.p.A., and has been developed as part of a collaborative project with various players in the polystyrene industry value chain, including Corepla, ProFood and Unionplast.

This collaboration has given rise to a tray that is suitable for food and is composed of recycled polystyrene developed by the companies that are members of Pro Food. According to the company, the solution is also recyclable. The tray consists of an inner layer containing Versalis Revive PS Air F – Series Forever and two outer layers made from virgin polystyrene. This structure, known as the A-B-A functional barrier, ensures food contact compliance.

The functional barrier design and stringent testing were developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), a Germany-based applied research institute that works with industry to develop viable technologies for bringing innovative products to the market.

This new solution is scheduled to be marketed over the next few weeks and is mainly aimed at the meat and fish packaging market.

The Versalis Revive range comprises products made exclusively from mechanical recycling of post-consumer plastics and plastics from the industry supply chain. In addition to Versalis Revive PS, other polymer-based products are available on the market, including expandable polystyrene (Versalis Revive EPS) and polyethylene (Versalis Revive PE).

As per MRC, Versalis confirms the transformation of its activities at Porto Marghera and the implementation of new industrial initiatives in the area. These initiatives complement Eni’s plans in the petrochemical and biorefinery field for a total of more than EUR500 million in investments, and aim to accelerate the energy transition and the development of chemistry from the circular economy. This implementation will see more than 600,000 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions being cut.

As per MRC, Versalis S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese), the chemical company of Italian energy major Eni, has licensed to Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. a Low-Density Polyethylene/Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (LDPE/EVA) swing unit to be built as part of a new Gas-to-Chemical Complex based on MTO-Methanol to Olefins technology to be located in the Karakul area in the Bukhara region of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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-Assessing odour-reduction technology in textiles

Researchers at Microban International have developed a novel strategy for evaluating the success of odour control technologies.

The growth of the global sportswear market is fuelling interest in odour control technologies for textiles.  Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

Among the emerging methodologies that assess odour reduction functionality is a novel procedure that uses a synthetic formulation closely mimicking human sweat and incorporates human perception for assessment. Kate Hawley, Senior Microbiologist, and Dr Glenner Richards, Director of Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry, both from Microban International, explain their newly developed system for testing the efficacy of odour-reduction treatments in sports clothing.

Textile malodour is a major concern in the sports and athleisure wear markets. While wearing any textile article – especially during any physical exertion – body sweat is transferred to clothing.

Being organic in nature, sweat is readily metabolized as a food source by skin microflora, generating chemical substances that are associated with body odour. Chemical components within sweat are hydrophobic and effortlessly bind to the synthetic fibres typically used in sports apparel, so they are not easily dislodged during washing. This adherence leads to long-term malodour retention within the fabric, causing consumers to excessively wash their clothes, so the textile articles wear out faster and end up being prematurely discarded.

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-Amcor’s PowerPost Technology Lightweights PET Bottles, Improves Consumer Experience

The technology produces bottles nearly one-third lighter with a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20-oz bottles.

Just ahead of National Packaging Design Day on May 7, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) has announced the launch of PowerPost, a technology that produces bottles nearly one-third lighter with a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20-oz bottles available today. It also allows for the use of up to 100% recycled materials and reportedly provides a superior consumer experience by eliminating spills from overflow when the bottle is first opened. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

ARP claims that PowerPost is the most advanced lightweighting technology for hot fill beverages on the market today. It is described as an extension of Amcor’s patented, vacuum-absorbing technology, PowerStrap. The PowerPost base incorporates two key technologies — an invertible, central post that actively displaces vacuum and PowerStrap, the flexible ring surrounding the post. After filling, the post is inverted to actively displace vacuum inside the container. As the product cools down, the surrounding ring flexes to passively absorb any remaining vacuum.

By eliminating vacuum panels, PowerPost offers increased design freedom, a premium appearance, and consumer appeal, while addressing sustainability goals, said ARP in the announcement. Eliminating the panels in the body also drives operational improvements at the fillers. Bottle labels are applied more efficiently, said the company.

“Our engineers developed technology that pushes the boundaries of lightweighting in the hot-fill arena to help our customers meet their cost and sustainability needs,” said Terry Patcheak, Vice President of R&D, Sustainability and Project Management at ARP. “This next-generation innovation will improve the consumer experience while addressing widespread commitments to reduce material use and lower greenhouse-gas emissions.”

Amcor has pledged to make all of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025.

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-Enzyme Breaks Down Waste Plastic in Days, or Even Hours

The plastics-eating enzyme can almost completely degrade untreated, postconsumer-PET from 51 different thermoformed products in a week, say researchers.

Why bury plastic in a landfill and wait years for it to degrade when it can break down in days — or even hours?

That’s what researchers at the University of Texas at Austin propose in their study of a plastics-eating enzyme. The paper was published on April 27 in the journal Nature

Their variant of an enzyme called PETase can degrade PET even at low temperatures, making the process even greener by reducing energy usage. By creating a machine learning algorithm, the team was able to engineer its mutated version of PETase, called FAST, which stands for functional, active, stable, and tolerant.

According to the paper, PET accounts for 12% of global solid waste. FAST-PETase has the potential to take a big bite out of that volume. The study found that the plastics-eating enzyme could:

  • Almost completely degrade untreated, postconsumer-PET from 51 different thermoformed products in a week.
  • Depolymerize all of a thermally pretreated water bottle at 50°C, or untreated amorphous portions of a water bottle.

Furthermore, the team demonstrated that PET could be resynthesized from monomers recovered after using FAST-PETase. In some cases, those monomers were generated within 24 hours.

“The possibilities are endless across industries to leverage this leading-edge recycling process,” said Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin, in a press release from the university. “Beyond the obvious waste management industry, this also provides corporations from every sector the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products. Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy.”  Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

With less than 10% of plastic waste around the world being recycled, biological solutions that function at low temperatures offer a portable and less energy-intensive alternative either to burning plastic at high temperatures or employing conversion processes like glycolysis, pyrolysis, or methanolysis. FAST-PETase could be used for environmental remediation of plastics-polluted sites.

“When considering environmental cleanup applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature,” Alper said. “This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage in the future.”

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-Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

Waste company IVAR, chemical recycling company Quantafuel and Geminor have for several months been collaborating in the chemical recycling of waste plastic from the Stavanger region in Norway. The first oil developed from waste plastic in the project is now ready for use in new plastic products.

In the Stavanger region, plastics and metal packaging are sorted at IVAR’s modern sorting plant, where valuable resources are extracted from household waste. In a collaborative project with Quantafuel, waste plastic with the right properties has been sent to the company’s chemical recycling plant in Skive in Denmark, where Quantafuel is upgrading plastic waste to new raw materials. This raw material, or oil, can be used to produce new products that have high-quality requirements in both Norway and the EU, such as food packaging. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

So far in 2022, Quantafuel has received as much as 150 tonnes of plastic for chemical recycling from IVAR.

– We have been processing plastic from the IVAR plant for a few months now, and we find that the quality of the oil that is produced satisfies the requirements of our customer BASF. The oil holds a quality that can be used in products such as transport boxes for fish, food packaging, and thermo boxes for temperature-sensitive medicines, says Quantafuel’s Chief Operating Officer, Terje Eiken.

– This production is an important step toward more efficient material recycling. We look forward to taking greater responsibility in reaching the ambitious recycling goals of the EU, Eiken says.

Increases recycling rate

IVAR’s sorting plant saves the environment 33,000 tonnes of emissions per year through increased recycling of plastic, metal, and paper.

Project leader at IVAR, Rudolf Meissner, sees great opportunities in the collaboration with Quantafuel.

– We have for some time been searching for recycling solutions that provide an even higher recycling rate for our sorted plastic. Quantafuel is able to utilize plastics that cannot be recycled in other ways, says Meissner.

Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

-Freepoint Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting system for Ohio plant

Van Dyk will supply the front-end sorting system for the company’s advanced recycling facility.

Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC, Stamford, Connecticut, is partnering with Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Norwalk, Connecticut, to build a front-end sorting system for the advanced recycling facility the company is building in Hebron, Ohio, roughly 30 miles from the state capital of Columbus in Licking County.

The facility will recycle 90,000 tons per year of end-of-life plastic. The project will employ approximately 200 people during the construction phase and 50 people when fully operational. Commercial operations are expected to begin in 2023.

Brian Schellati, director of business development for Van Dyk, says, “Joining our experience in system design with Freepoint Eco-Systems’ dedication to finding renewable avenues for plastics led to a project that we believe is going to be very successful. The facility will accept postsorted plastics from material recovery facilities. Those materials will pass through an advanced sortation system and then ultimately become pelletized.”

Freepoint Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting system for Ohio plant

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Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants 07-05-2022

Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors 05-05-2022

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-May contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for May shipments has been agreed at EUR1,595 per tonne, DOWN EUR70 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS said.

The contract price was approved on the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This contract price has been expressly confirmed by two producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum sufficient configuration necessary to approve the contract price of ethylene.

Raw material prices decreased compared to the peak values observed in March, which increased the profitability of the production of cracking plants. Utility costs also fell slightly, but last week natural gas prices rose again after news that Russia had cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,665 per ton, which is EUR230 per ton higher than the level of the previous month.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

Ethylene-contract-price - Automotive-interiors

-Flexible Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films. The lighter-weight material actually performs better structurally and improves the potential for recycling.

Flexible packaging is already lightweight, especially compared to rigid containers. But product manufacturers continue to look for ways to reduce their use of plastic in packaging.

The new VO+ masterbatch from VOID Technologies offers another option to minimize your plastic footprint. VOID Technologies’ CEO James Gibson explains how this is possible in this Packaging Digest exclusive.

Give us a short explanation of what VO+ technology is all about.

Gibson: VO+ is about accelerating the transition to more sustainable plastics and flexible packaging. It’s an extensively patented cavitation/voiding technology that engineers nano- and micro-scale voids — air pockets — in plastics to reduce density and material use, enhance performance, and improve recyclability. VO+ is effective in thermoplastics including polyolefins and polyesters and in a range of product forms including film, sheet, fiber, and filament.

And in case you were wondering, we named our company after the voided structure that VO+ creates in polymers. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Today, VO+ technology is most developed in Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) polyethylene (PE) film. By combining the benefits of MDO with VO+ technology, we address the conflict between material reduction, performance, and recyclability. In that sense, VO+ is a breakthrough that presents a unique proposition for packaging manufacturers and consumer goods companies. It reduces polymer density while improving mechanical properties like puncture and toughness, which in turn allows for films to be down gauged, which offers even more material reduction.

Additionally, when the VO+ voided structure is created, light is diffracted by the film creating high levels of opacity without the need for pigments like TiO2 (titanium dioxide). This is an important benefit because it means that VO+ films can be recycled with clear plastics waste streams without causing color contamination.

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May contract prices of paraxylene

Negotiators to agree on May’s contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have failed to reach an agreement for the current month, market sources told ICIS.

According to them, the approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers.

This is the fifth month in a row this year that the contract price of paraxylene remains uncoordinated.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Price offers in Asia for May are in the range of USD980-1,020 per ton, CFR Asia, against counter-bids at USD1,220 per ton, CFR Asia, and above.

Paraxylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

Faurecia will work with the French company Veolia to produce recycled plastics for automotive interiors.

Faurecia  and the French recycling company Veolia have signed a cooperation and research partnership with an aim to use on average 30 percent of recycled plastics in car interiors by 2025, the companies said.

The collaboration, under which recycled plastics will be used in instrument panels, door panels and center consoles in cars across Europe, will reduce Faurecia’s carbon footprint, helping it advance its CO2 neutrality plan, and expand Veolia’s product range to vehicle interiors. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“The use of recycled plastics is one of the key challenges for the ecological transformation of the automotive industry,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, automotive interiors are mostly made of virgin material.”

Automakers are seeking to increase the recycled and sustainable content of their vehicles to meet corporate sustainability goals, and to match the environmental promise of electric cars.

Volkswagen is touting recycled materials  used in the new ID Buzz electric van, including floor coverings, some seat covers and the headliner. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also among automakers seeking to use more recycled materials in cars such as the Mercedes EQ full-electric lineup and the  BMW iVision Circular concept vehicle.

Renault Group is in the process of converting its Flins assembly plant near Paris into a center for refurbishment and recycling.

Expanding plastics recycling

Veolia, which has recently closed the acquisition of its competitor Suez, will start the production of secondary raw materials at its existing recycling sites in France from 2023. The company has activities in waste, water and energy management, and had 2021 revenue of 28 billion euros ($29.4 billion). Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“Veolia is growing its plastic recycling capacities with continuous investment in the industrialization and expansion of our existing recycling sites in France and globally, with the objective to reach 1 billion euro turnover by 2025,” the company’s chief operating officer Estelle Brachlianoff said in the statement.

Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

-Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha olefins capabilities in Geismar

A few years after completing a USD717 MM expansion of its alpha olefins production facility in Geismar, Shell Chemical LP is eyeing another USD1.4 billion project at the site to continue ramping up production, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Shell Chemical on Wednesday won approval from the state Board of Commerce and Industry for an Industrial Tax Exemption Program break for the USD1.4-B project, which the company says will create a “world scale” linear alpha olefin plant at the Geismar facility. Linear alpha olefins are used to make detergents, waxes, plastics and premium lubricants. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

The Geismar expansion will be the sixth time Shell Chemical has deployed its “proprietary technology” at one of its sites to produce linear alpha olefins, according to the company’s application for the ITEP incentive.

Shell Chemical’s ITEP application says project work will include building reactors, heat exchangers and compressors, as well as boilers and turbines to generate steam and electricity. Shell will also build storage tanks, a 12,000-square-foot warehouse for equipment and materials, and a 14,000-square-foot building that will house a cafeteria and safety meeting space.

Shell Chemical will receive a roughly USD17 MM property tax break for the first year of the linear alpha olefins project while paying nearly USD4.3 MM in taxes.

As MRC wrote before, Shell faces writedowns on USD400 MM in Russian downstream assets, it said, having announced USD3 B worth of other projects previously. The oil major announced on Feb. 28 that it would quit its ventures in Russia with Gazprom and related entities including the flagship Sakhalin 2 LNG plant and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

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-Lanxess opened new engineering plastics plant in Germany

Lanxess officially opened a new EUR50m facility for engineering plastics at its site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, said the company.

The compounding plant will provide Durethan ployamide and Pocan polybutylene terephthalate, for use in the automotive and electronic industries, Lanxess said in a statement. Capacity details were not disclosed. The company added that it received support for the project from the North Rhine-Westphalia state government, but it did not provide details.

The state’s minister president, Hendrik Wust, who attended the opening, said the government has kept working to ensure continued energy supply for the state’s many chemical production sites amid uncertainty from the Ukraine war. “The effects of the Russian war on Ukraine on local companies must be cushioned, a production standstill due to a natural gas shortage or a permanent supply stop would have far-reaching consequences, especially for the energy-intensive chemical industry,” Wust said. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

He added that Germany needed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas as quickly as possible and needed to support companies in the “upcoming transformation processes”. Krefeld-Uerdingen, where LANXESS employs 1,900 people, is the company’s second-largest production site globally.

As per MRC, Lanxess said it was suspending its business activities in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Thus, the company had “suspended business activities with Russian customers as far as contractually possible until further notice” and had suspended all investments in Russia. Its sales in Russia and Ukraine made up less than 1% of its global sales, it said.

Ethylene-contract-price - Automotive-interiors

Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass 04-05-2022

Food-grade-rPP- US-domestic-PE 27-04-2022

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-Nextloopp project to trial food-grade compliant rPP

Nextek’s Nextloopp project has arrived at a decisive point in its progress towards closing the loop on post-consumer food-grade recycled polypropylene, or FgrPP said Sustainableplastics.

Following the successful trials at Tomra in September 2021, the 43-strong multi-participant global project is now moving forward with production trials of food-grade compliant rPP. During the September trials, 99.9% sorting purity using Nextek’s invisible PolyPrism fluorescent markers was achieved. This, said Professor Edward Kosior, the driving force behind Nextloopp, was the real breakthrough: demonstrating that sorting into food packaging – as the current regulations require – is indeed possible, combined with the ability to clean and decontaminate recycled polypropylene packaging to food safety standards. For consumer safety, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) requires that recycled food-grade materials can only be made from (>95%) food packaging and that the recycled plastic must meet the same high standards required for virgin food-grade plastics.

Nextloopp is now dispatching its PPristine recycled PP prototype resins from post-consumer food packaging to its 43 participants for further trials, during which over 60 different products will be produced from Nextloopp’s four grades of PPristine food compliant and “INRT grade” resins. Food-grade-rPP- US-domestic-PE

This milestone confirms the project is poised to address the key challenges to recycling this valuable polymer, according to Luke Burgess, director of Business Development at Viridor, the UK’s largest recycling operator. It also opens up important commercial opportunities for the circular economy, he added.

Colleague participants concurred. Robinson Packaging’s Managing Director UK, Steve Haley, pointed to the rising demand for post-consumer recycled material and the need for a high-quality food-grade solution, while in Malaysia, Heng Hiap’s CEO, Kian Seah, foresaw demand for food-grade rPP soaring, driven by public and regulatory pressure as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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-US domestic PE logistics challenges may create bigger opportunity for other producers in Europe

SO MUCH, PERHAPS, for the theory that if the US suffers no outages on the scale of 2021, we will this year see a surge in polyethylene (PE) exports as further new capacity came onstream.

Nobody should really be surprised about the reason why US PE producers may soon have to cut production because of a limited ability to export, despite no further major losses in output during 2022: Logistics.

The pandemic has completely upended domestic and international supply chains. In the case of the US’s struggle to export, Chemical Data & Intelligence (CDI), an ICIS service, reports local supply chain issues are the cause of the problem.

There is a shortage of railcars and trucks to move resins around the US and to the container ports. An advert was apparently broadcast on a Texas radio station, seeking truck drivers with their own vehicles. The wage? A staggering $20,000 a week! Food-grade-rPP- US-domestic-PE

Another local supply chain problem reported by CDI is insufficient warehouse space to house the big increases in PE production, which might not be fixed until the end of this year.

Unlike the still very much disrupted and very expensive China container-freight routes to the West, there are apparently far fewer problems with US container routes to Europe and the rest of the world.

The problem is instead, for the reasons detailed above, getting resins to the ports to load onto container ships.

“Exports for all grades moved up to 37.5% of total sales in March but need to be closer to 45% to balance and allow producers to run at or above 90% of operating rates,” according to CDI in its April low-density PE (LDPE) and linear low-density PE (LLDPE) report on the US market.

Focusing just on LLDPE in today’s post, consider the chart below.

US domestic PE logistics challenges may create bigger opportunity for other producers in Europe

Nextloopp project to trial food-grade-compliantr-PP

Oil just dropped below $98 a barrel and analysts are now backing away from their $200 predictions, saying war and COVID may ‘calm high prices’

US-domestic-PE-logistics challenges may create bigger opportunity for other producers in Europe

Sulzer’s advanced solutions for chemical recycling on show at Go-Circular-2022

Worley-Bags Contract for Trinseo’s Chemical Recycling Plant

STADLER and KRONES close the circular-economy-loop at the Kunststoff-Recycling-Grünstadt-plant in Germany

-Finding value in a world of waste

Nat-Flex Chemical-Recycling-Diagram

-New Flame-Retardant-Plastic Significantly Delays Thermal-Runaway in EV-Batteries

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PET-packaging – Ukraine-war 26-04-2022

Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled 21-04-2022

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-Cellulose Nanofiber–Reinforced PP Homes in on Auto Exteriors, Interiors

Japanese auto parts maker Toyoda Gosei has developed a cellulose nanofiber (CNF)–reinforced polypropylene (PP) compound with the aim of reducing CO2 over the lifecycle of automotive components, from raw material procurement and production to recycling and disposal. The work is part of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Nano Cellulose Promotion project, which promotes efforts for the early social implementation of CNF-reinforced plastics, which are the basis of various products, with the aim of reducing CO2.

The newly developed CNF-reinforced plastic combines 20% CNF in a general purpose plastic used in automobile interior and exterior components. For practical applications, reduced impact resistance from the inclusion of CNF was initially an issue. Toyoda Gosei overcame this with its material mix design and kneading expertise to raise impact resistance to a level suitable for automotive components. The company will continue to lower costs in cooperation with CNF material manufacturers.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

In moving toward decarbonization and a circular economy, Toyoda Gosei is developing materials that raise the environmental performance of its products by leveraging the following features of CNF:

CNF has one-fifth the weight and five times the strength of steel. When used as a reinforcing material in plastic or rubber, the product can be made thinner and foam molding becomes easier. This reduces weight and contributes to lower CO2 emissions when the vehicle is being driven.

When the material is reused after vehicles are scrapped, little strength is lost from heating and melting, making recycling of automotive components possible.

The material does not increase the total amount of CO2. Even when CNF is incinerated, the only CO2 emitted is that which was absorbed by the plant during its growth.

Japan is somewhat of a hotbed for development of cellulose-reinforced composites as well as the fibers themselves.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

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-SK ecoplant works with domestic firms to produce GFRP rebars using recycled PET bottles

SK ecoplant, affiliated with South Korea’s conglomerate SK Group, joined hands with two domestic companies to produce glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP) rebars using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Their joint plant will secure price competitiveness through the automation of all processes.

GFRP was used as an alternative material to the reinforcement bar (rebar), a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used as a tension device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures. GFRP has characteristics of lightweight, no-corrosion, superior tensile strength, and high mechanical performance.

SK ecoplant said it would jointly invest in establishing a production line for  GFRP rebars brand-named “KEco-bar” with KCMT and Carbon Fiber & Young. The joint plant is to secure 40,000 tons of production capacity per year by 2024 and 200,000 tons by 2027. The size of investments was not disclosed. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

About 300 million PET bottles can be recycled to produce 200,000 tons of GFRP rebars annually, SK ecoplant said. PET is the most common thermoplastic polymer resin used in the creation of fabrics and plastic bottles. Recycled PET bottles have been used to manufacture clothes, bags and shoes.

“KEco-bar is a breakthrough technology that can increase the resource circulation rate of PET bottles because it is not limited to colors due to the nature of construction materials,” Jo Jung-shik, head of SK ecolplant’s eco-solution business unit, said in a statement on April 20. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The production of high-quality GFRP rebars has not been easy in South Korea due to high prices, with imported products used in special processes. SK ecolplant and its partners have completed a joint patent application for a technology that uses recycled PET bottles and produces a key raw material for the production of GFRP rebars.

SK ecoplant works with domestic firms to produce GFRP rebars using recycled PET bottles

-BOPA Films Market to Reach $1.6 Billion by 2030

Food and pharmaceutical packaging applications, among others, will drive growth in the global market for biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) films between 2022 and 2030, according to recent research from Future Market Insights (FMI). Polyamide is better known as nylon.

FMI’s new “BOPA Films Market” report estimates the market for these nylon films will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% to become a $1.6 billion market by the end of the decade. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The food industry is predicted to be the largest end user of these films, controlling two-thirds the global market by 2030. BOPA films can be used to package products such as frozen and cooked food, meat and poultry, cheese, ready-to-eat foods, liquid and viscous food, liquid bag-in-box products, and produce.

Technologically advanced pharmaceutical packaging made from BOPA films — including next-generation blister packaging and blood and parenteral nutrition bags that can be serialized — is also expected to play an important role in the market’s growth.

Increased production of products requiring packaging formats such as stand-up pouches and single-dose packs (creams and soaps, for example) will also drive revenue gains in the BOPA films market.

“The demand for BOPA films in packaging is expected to increase in the years to come, as the companies opt for flexible [and] functional solutions at affordable pricing,” said an FMI research analyst in a prepared statement. The “beauty and cosmetic industry and rising demand for improved packaging in the pharmaceutical industry are also projected to give the BOPA market a shot in the arm.”

Demand for transparent packaging, particularly for food, will also aid in market growth. Multilayer BOPA films offer superior transparency, for showcasing food products. As an added benefit for food processors, transparent packaging reduces printing/labeling costs by reducing the area of the package that needs to be decorated.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to influence the BOPA films market both positively and negatively. Consumer preference for packaged food products, for hygienic reasons, has had a short-term positive affect on the market. But at the same time, the pandemic has disrupted BOPA films production, raw material procurement, and supply to end users.

In terms of technical specifications, the preferred thickness in manufacturing BOPA films is 11 to 20 microns, and these thicknesses are expected to represent 60% of the global market by the end of 2030. Additionally, nylon 6 represents a substantial slice of market share among BOPA films; end users prefer this grade for its high-impact strength and easy orientation from both axes.

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-PepsiCo Germany launches sustainable shrink film pilot

  • Packaging films for beverage cans and bottles made from 50% rLDPE for the first time
  • Shrink film made with one-tenth recycled Yellow Bag packaging waste
  • PepsiCo starts pilot project with the green dot

In its consistent efforts to create a world in which plastics never become waste, the company PepsiCo has succeeded in taking a forward-looking step: For the first time, the packaging film for Pepsi bottles was tested in a test project with the Green Dot and cans made from 10% recycled plastic from the Yellow Bag, 40% recycled plastic from other sources, and only half virgin plastic. 0

If further quality tests are just as successful, the next goal is to convert regular production to film from film. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

As early as October 2021, a full 100 days ahead of schedule, PepsiCo switched to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) for all carbonated beverage bottles and the Lipton Icetea range. Bottles and beverage cans are usually sold in so-called shrink film in packs of six, which in turn are on pallets. For safe transport, the six-packs are wrapped with meter-long pallet film. All new plastic. The high quality of the packaging film, which is customary in the industry, results from the need for stability and the desire to print on it. “It’s a charming way of attracting the attention of consumers and differentiating oneself, as well as an expression of our quality standards in design and therefore an important marketing tool,” saysKai Klicker-Brunner, Head of Corporate Affairs and part of the management of PepsiCo Germany . “But they end up in the garbage very quickly. That’s why we commissioned our film suppliers to develop a recycled version for us.”

The supplier turned to the Green Dot, which, among other things, has set up the separate collection of used sales packaging in Germany and is now one of the leading plastics recyclers. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

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-Has the polyester polymerization rate touched bottom?

The production curtailment has been a hot topic on the market for long and polyester enterprises really started scaling down production in Apr.

Many downstream plants shut down for the Tomb-sweeping Festival (Apr 3-5) and did not resume operation after holiday due to more strict COVID restriction. The operating rate of fabric mills and DTY pants even decreased further. The logistics were blocked amid the pandemic restriction and exerted more effect on the market. As a result, polyester units also greatly slashed production.

Players wondered whether the polymerization rate would be lower than 90% in early-Apr, while it has reduced to 78.4% by Apr 18, lower than that during the Spring Festival holiday.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

Some players had questions in mind: Have the polyester polymerization rate touched bottom?  Will the polyester polymerization rate start increasing later?

The inventory and profit issue are one of the reasons for production curtailment.

PFY plants have faced inventory burden for several months. Inventory does show signals to reduce in Apr and even keep refreshing new high. As for profit, PFY producers have seen heavy losses in Apr.

Factories showed patience in waiting before but their mindset was apparently dragged down in Apr, which was supposed to be a peak season in textile industry, with ongoing weaker market atmosphere.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

Has the polyester polymerization rate touched bottom?

-IMF slashes global growth outlook amid Ukraine war

The negative economic effects from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will significantly hurt global growth, the IMF has said. Increasing food and fuel prices have raised the prospect of unrest in poorer countries.

The economic damage caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will lead to a significant slowdown in global growth in 2022, the International Monetary Fund said in its latest update of the World Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday.

The global economy is now expected to grow 3.6%, down 0.8% from the fund’s January forecast, due to the war and its impact.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The Washington-based IMF expects both Russia and Ukraine to experience steep contractions this year, with spillover effects such as surging commodity prices affecting countries across the world. The report shows Ukraine suffering a 35% collapse of its economy, while Russia’s GDP will shrink 8.5%.

“The effects of the war will propagate far and wide, adding to price pressures and exacerbating significant policy challenges,” IMF chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas wrote in a blog post on April 19.

The European Union, which has been rocked by the Ukraine crisis, is projected to take a big economic hit, with the bloc’s growth outlook for this year revised downward by 1.1 percentage points.

“The main channel through which the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia affect the euro area economy is rising global energy prices and energy security,” the fund said. “Because they are net energy importers, higher global prices represent a negative terms-of-trade shock for most European countries, translating to lower output and higher inflation.”  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

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Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business 20-04-2022

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester 18-04-2022

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ITEM 11/04/2022 18/04/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton +250
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,215 $/ton 1,235 $/ton +20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,130 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +170
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

6,025 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton +225
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 990 $/ton 1,030 $/ton +40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,820 yuan/ton 4,840 yuan/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 643 $/ton 645 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,161 $/ton 1,201 $/ton +40
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,141 $/ton 1,181 $/ton +40
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,268 $/ton 1,311 $/ton +43
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton
+250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +350
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,720 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton +280
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,750 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,250 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,500 $/ton 2,500 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,750 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,950 yuan/ton +150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,150 yuan/ton 17,350 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,700 yuan/ton 19,850 yuan/ton- +150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,200 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 70,500 yuan/ton 70,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 61,000 yuan/ton 60,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 51,500 yuan/ton 51,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 12,350 yuan/ton 12,100 yuan/ton -250
Benzene domestic market 8,440 yuan/ton 8,390 yuan/ton -50
Benzene overseas  market 1,151 $/ton 1,150 $/ton -1
Ethylene South East market 1,400 $/ton 1,360 $/ton -40
Ethylene NWE  market 1,530 $/ton 1,535 $/ton +5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,900 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton -400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market
9,680 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton +220
Naphtha overseas market  888 $/ton 943 $/ton
+55
Phenol domestic market 10,580 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton -380

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Bottle-grade-PET-chips – Petrochemicals 28-03-2022

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ITEM 21/03/2022 28/03/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,230 $/ton 1,235 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,130 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +170
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle-grade-PET-chips – Petrochemicals

6,085 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton +115
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 975 $/ton 1,010 $/ton +35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,150 yuan/ton 5,205 yuan/ton +55
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 690 $/ton 695 $/ton +5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,173 $/ton 1,221 $/ton +48
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,153 $/ton 1,201 $/ton +48
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,287 $/ton 1,336 $/ton +49
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,150 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton
+100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,800 yuan/ton 9,750 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,950 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8,525 yuan/ton -25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,700 yuan/ton 13,900 yuan/ton
+200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,100 $/ton 2,100 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 15,050 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton -400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-grade-PET-chips – Petrochemicals

31,300 yuan/ton 30,500 yuan/ton -800
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,950 yuan/ton 17,600 yuan/ton -350
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,400 yuan/ton 20,250 yuan/ton- -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,100 yuan/ton 18,600 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 73,000 yuan/ton 73,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 54,000 yuan/ton 54,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton -500
Benzene domestic market 8,340 yuan/ton 8,560 yuan/ton +220
Benzene overseas  market 1,141 $/ton 1,164 $/ton +23
Ethylene South 1,350 $/ton 1,370 $/ton +20
Ethylene NWE  market 1,551 $/ton 1,544 $/ton -7
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,700 yuan/ton 11,600 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

PET-Granules – Polyamide66- Petrochemicals

1,900 $/ton 1,950 $/ton +50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market
9,730 yuan/ton 9,780 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  949 $/ton 966 $/ton
+17
Phenol domestic market 10,840 yuan/ton 10,840 yuan/ton

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Bottle-grade-PET-chips – UV-stabilizers 28-03-2022

Bottle-grade-PET-chips – UV-stabilizers

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-March contract price of TPA in Europe increased by EUR47 per ton

The March contract price of refined terephthalic acid (TFC) in the European market rose by EUR47 per tonne from the previous month’s level in line with the agreement on the contract price of paraxylene amid rising energy prices, ICIS said.

Thus, according to ICIS, the price of TPA for March deliveries was approved at the level of EUR999-1,033 per ton, FD NWE (North-West Europe).

The approval of the March contract price of TPA occurred after the approval of the contract price of raw materials – paraxylene – for the current month.

Thus, the March contract price of paraxylene showed an increase of EUR160 per ton against the background of rising commodity quotations and energy prices due to the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and amounted to EUR1,135 per ton, FD NWE. Bottle-grade-PET-chips – UV-stabilizers

TPA is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, in Russia it is expected that the shortage of free PET volumes in April will continue, while the price increase will continue. The cost of PET for contract customers will also increase next month.

March contract price of TPA in Europe increased by EUR47 per ton

-Saudi Arabia Announces construction of Neom’s $5 Billion Green Hydrogen Plant

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will start the construction of a $5 billion hydrogen plant in Neom this month to produce carbon-free hydrogen anticipated to be export-ready in the next four years to help transition to clean energy. The facility contracted by US-based firm Air Products and Chemicals Inc. will be located at Northwestern Saudi Arabia. Bottle-grade-PET-chips – UV-stabilizers

The facility will be built According to the directives given by the head of energy and water for the new region, Peter Terium, ramping up the country’s efforts to sell carbon-free hydrogen from a $5 billion project in Neom by 2026. So far, engineers have flattened the site, and construction will begin as soon as this month.

Hydrogen is seen as a key resource for shifting to greener energy sources. The project is geared towards making Saudi Arabia the biggest exporter of hydrogen, with potential market competition expected between South Korea, Japan, Europe and some regions in the US.

Terium believes that there will probably be demand from US and Asian companies for the exports, but the shipments will be sold to companies that bid the highest price. Hydrogen is believed to be greener and less polluting than other energy sources, including coal, natural gas and oil, because it only emits water vapor during combustion.

BloombergNEF said that the technology for producing carbon-free hydrogen on a large scale is still uncertain. But, if manufacturers could cut down the cost, we could have the market hitting over $700 billion annually by 2050.

State-owned oil firm, Saudi Aramco, is at the forefront of pushing for blue hydrogen manufacture. The project will be led by US-based firm Air Products and Saudi utility ACWA Power International. Blue hydrogen is obtained by converting gas and capturing carbon dioxide emissions. Bottle-grade-PET-chips – UV-stabilizers

Air Products and ACWA Power will use 120 Thyssenkrupp AG electrolyzers to split hydrogen from the water. Each of the electrolyzers is about 40 meters long. Once the project is completed, the hydrogen will be transported from Saudi Arabia in ammonia which is easier to transport than hydrogen in its gaseous form.

According to Terium, this plan is enormous and poses challenges from time to time. Wind and solar power of about four gigawatts will be used to power the facility, and it is among the largest under construction globally. The facility site is ideal as it has enough space for the placement of solar panels and wind turbines, besides being open enough for abundant sunlight and wind strength.

Saudi Arabia Announces construction of Neom’s $5 Billion Green Hydrogen Plant

Bottle-grade-PET-chips – Petrochemicals

-March contract price of TPA-in-Europe increased by EUR47 per ton

Saudi-Arabia Announces construction of Neom’s $5 Billion Green-Hydrogen-Plant

Tiny-particles-of-plastic have been detected in humanblood for the very first time. They can’t be filtered out

-Exchangeable Vehicle-Battery-System Housed in PP-Enclosure

IIT-Researchers Find Effective Way to Degrade-Plastic-To-Harmless-Non-Polluting-Hydrogen-Gas and Several Useful Products

Archroma launches safer colours-for-sportswear

Ampacet presents UV-stabilizers for polyolefin-based-plastics

Recycled-Plastic-Bottles Are Good for the Planet, Terrible for Human Health, Study Finds

Bottle-grade-PET-chips – UV-stabilizers

Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China 26-03-2022

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling 26-03-2022

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

-Plastics waste – no problem; scientists develop enzymes to break down PET in weeks

With an admissible lifespan of around 450 years, plastics, the wonder material of the sixties and seventies, have become a cause of major concern for the entire world due to irresponsible dumping of its waste, which has started posing a very real environmental threat to our planet.

According to reports, around 275 million tonnes of plastics waste is generated each year around the world of which a quantity between 4.8-12.7 million tonnes finds its way into the sea, thus causing air, water, and soil pollution. Policymakers across the world have been drafting rules for several years with a ban on single-use plastics in many countries and extended producers’ responsibility (EPR) among others, to reduce irresponsibly dumping of plastics waste into the environment. Unfortunately, no visible progress has been achieved yet. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

But now, scientists have developed enzymes that can break plastics waste in a matter of weeks. Reports said that researchers at the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, succeeded in engineering a better-performing version of enzymes called ‘MHETase’ to form a super enzyme that digests hard plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at six times the speed.

In 2016, scientists in Japan had discovered a bacterium with a natural appetite for PET plastics, using enzymes to break it down in a matter of few weeks. Later a better performing version of this enzyme was discovered in 2020 which was called ‘PETase’. Now, when PETase is combined with a super enzyme called ‘MHETase’, PET plastics can be digested at six times the speed of the previous version of enzymes.

“Over the past five years, scientists have succeeded in getting some breakthroughs, demonstrating how enzymes can be used to break down common plastics such as the PET which finds application in a water bottle to shampoo containers. In pursuit of a circular economy for plastic waste, scientists have now discovered a new enzyme that further breaks down one of the key plastic building blocks left behind by this process, leaving thereby simple molecules that can be repurposed for use in new products,” said the report.

In this process, two chemical building blocks of PET have left ethylene glycol (EG) and terephthalic acid (TPA), and one is more problematic than the other. While EG is a chemical with many applications – it’s a part of the antifreeze used in cars, TPA does not have many uses outside of PET. Most importantly, TPA has nothing that most bacteria can even digest. But, an enzyme from PET-consuming bacteria recognizes TPA like a hand in a glove. The study then demonstrated that this enzyme, called TPADO, breaks down TPA with amazing efficiency,” said Professor Jen DuBois, the study editor. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET - Plastic-recycling

-Surge into plastic recycling by chemicals and oil groups meets pushback

Industry tests the definition of sustainability as it uses energy-intensive processes to break down waste Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

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The surge by the world’s largest petrochemical and oil companies into plastic recycling as an industry “plan B” is in question, after a historic UN agreement to negotiate a legally binding treaty to tackle plastic pollution.

Despite extensive lobbying efforts to narrow the proposal to deal with plastic waste management, the treaty signed by 175 countries could place equal onus on plastic makers to limit their production

By 2050, petrochemical production will account for nearly half of growth in global oil demand, according to estimates by the International Energy Agency.

The industry needs solutions to plastic pollution that do not require it to scale back this production, as the world grapples with it’s reliance on oil and gas.

A growth area it had alighted on was chemical or “advanced” recycling, technology that turns plastic waste back into raw materials, or oils and gases, that are then fed back into petrochemical production. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

Less than 10 per cent of the near 370mn tonnes of plastic produced annually is recyclable. Yet the demand for recycled plastic is surging as consumer goods companies come under pressure to reduce their environmental impact.

The world’s largest petrochemical companies, including Dow, Sabic and Chevron Phillips Chemical, have all formed partnerships with recycling start-ups.

In China, Zhejiang Petrochemical is putting almost $29bn into an integrated facility to produce both fuels and plastics from the same complex, with backing from oil major Saudi Aramco. Shell and ExxonMobil are also building their own units to upgrade plastic waste.

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET - Plastic-recycling

-Teknor Apex Launches TPE Series with Up to 35% PCR

Monprene RX CP-15100 is available in standard grades from 55 to 80 Shore A, and also can be tailored to specific customer requirements.

Teknor Apex has introduced a line of thermoplastic elastomers containing 25 to 35% recycled content to help brands achieve their sustainability goals.

The Monprene RX CP-15100 series, formulated with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, is manufactured around the world with locally sourced raw materials procured to exacting specifications, turning local waste into a resource. Unlike competitive TPEs with recycled content, available in black only, these materials are delivered in a consistent light, natural color, similar to their prime offsets, said Teknor Apex. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

Monprene RX CP-15100 is available in standard grades from 55 to 80 Shore A, and also can be tailored to specific customer requirements. The grades are designed for injection molding applications, including overmolding onto polypropylene. The materials perform and process like prime TPEs and are suited for personal care products, lawn and garden tools, writing instruments, appliances, sporting goods, and dunnage.

Teknor Apex has introduced a line of thermoplastic elastomers containing 25 to 35% recycled content to help brands achieve their sustainability goals.

The Monprene RX CP-15100 series, formulated with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, is manufactured around the world with locally sourced raw materials procured to exacting specifications, turning local waste into a resource. Unlike competitive TPEs with recycled content, available in black only, these materials are delivered in a consistent light, natural color, similar to their prime offsets, said Teknor Apex.

Monprene RX CP-15100 is available in standard grades from 55 to 80 Shore A, and also can be tailored to specific customer requirements. The grades are designed for injection molding applications, including overmolding onto polypropylene. The materials perform and process like prime TPEs and are suited for personal care products, lawn and garden tools, writing instruments, appliances, sporting goods, and dunnage. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET - Plastic-recycling

-Polymer prices in China face pressure from high input costs and Covid-induced lockdowns

A sustained rise in new coronavirus (Covid) cases and resultant lockdowns in industrial towns have started posing a threat thereby giving rise to possible production disruptions at major petrochemical plants in China.

As evident from the price movement of major polymers currently being traded at the benchmark Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), consumers in the downstream industry in China have started booking for delivery in the future to ensure raw material supply for operating their factories smoothly. Since the number of new Covid-19 cases accelerated so far this month and worsened in the last one week, the prices of most polymers have risen by over 3 percent.

On the DCE, linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) opening price contract for near month delivery jumped by 1.71 percent or Yuan 150 from March 17, 2022, to Yuan 8,916 a tonne on Wednesday. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

Similarly, the price quote of polypropylene (PP) jumped by 2.36 percent or Yuan 203 since March 17 to trade on Wednesday at Yuan 8,820 a tonne. The opening quote of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rose by 3.66 percent or Yuan 320 to trade on Wednesday at Yuan 9050 a tonne. Along with polymers, prices of raw materials like mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) have also risen by 1.95 percent or Yuan 99 for the near month delivery to trade on Wednesday at Yuan 5,168 a tonne.

In addition to futures, prices of key polymers have begun to firm up in spot markets as well. Between March 17 and 22, prices of all major polymers have jumped by 2-3 percent due primarily to disruption in supply from the production units to consumption centers on account of lockdowns.

“China has adopted a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ which means the local administration cordons off and declares the area under lockdown, even with one Covid case. With the increase in new Covid cases which fears the fourth wave, the Chinese authorities have declared lockdowns in a number of industrial hubs which has started affecting production on petrochemical refineries, albeit on a low scale. The impact on petrochemical refineries on the production of polymers and feedstock will be assessed depending upon the intensity of increase in Covid cases. The impact on industrial production, however, will be visible in near future,” said a senior official of a large polymer producing company in India. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

After nearly two years of stability, the number of new Covid cases started rising early this month but surpassed the magical four-digit mark of 1000 on March 14, for the first time since March 13, 2020. On March 22, the total number of new Covid cases stood at 4,770, as China’s ‘zero-tolerance Covid policy’ was confronted by an Omicron wave. A sharp increase in Covid cases has been reported in the northeast province of Jilin, and the city of Shenyang in neighbouring Liaoning province. Lockdown in this city with a population of around 9 million was announced late Monday.

According to reports, the Chinese government has imposed travel restrictions and lockdown across 20 major cities in the country including Hubei, Guangdong province, Shanghai, Shaanxi, and Henan, which have reported a sudden increase in the new Covid cases. In Shanghai alone, the new Covid cases are rapidly approaching 1000. Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need to minimize the impact of the Covid pandemic on China’s economy but stressed the need to follow a ‘zero-tolerance’ strategy.

Polymer prices in China face pressure from high input costs and Covid-induced lockdowns

-Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Aquafil S.p.A.

How far off is Aquafil S.p.A. from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, we’ll take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model on this occasion. Believe it or not, it’s not too difficult to follow, as you’ll see from our example! Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

We generally believe that a company’s value is the present value of all of the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one valuation metric among many, and it is not without flaws. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model.

Check out our latest analysis for Aquafil

The model

We are going to use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name states, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period which levels off heading towards the terminal value, captured in the second ‘steady growth’ period. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next ten years. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren’t available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or reported value. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Aquafil S.p.A.

-New investment by Dow aimed at developing more energy efficient advanced recycling

Dow and Plastogaz SA, a technology start-up, have announced a strategic investment to develop the latter’s catalytic hydrocracking technology for advanced recycling, which the companies claim is less energy-intensive than other forms of advanced recycling.

According to the companies, Plastogaz’s proprietary catalytic hydrocracking technology solution can simplify the process of converting plastic waste into high-quality hydrocarbons. The aim of the technology is to increase the efficiency of advanced recycling and minimise the energy required during the process, offering a lower CO2 footprint overall. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

The collaboration between Plastogaz and Dow will seek to accelerate the commercialisation of the technology.

Dow says it is bringing its global reach and material science expertise to further develop technologies with smaller innovative companies like Plastogaz, as part of its commitment to providing circular feedstock for plastics. The investment was therefore structured and led by Dow Venture Capital, which is focused on pursuing strategic investments in start-up companies that accelerate Dow’s business growth and value.

Keith Cleason, business vice president of olefins, aromatics and alternatives at Dow, comments: “This is an important strategic step for Dow and advances our commitment to create circular plastics with General Business the lowest possible CO2 footprint. Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET - Plastic-recycling

Enzymes-breaks-down-PET – Plastic-recycling

CPL-fixes-its-bottom – Russia-crude-oil 25-03-2022

 

Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China 26-03-2022

Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China

-Italian fabric maker bringing 34 jobs, $18 million investment to Midlands

A new manufacturing facility is in the works for Orangeburg County. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s office announced Tuesday that Pratrivero USA, a division of Pratrivero Nonwovens, plans to set up operations in Orangeburg at 3777 Industrial Blvd. Operations are expected to start in September.

Pratrivero Nonwovens is headquartered in Italy and has been family owned and operated for 14 generations, according to a news release. It makes fabrics used for a number of functions, including furnishings, advertising banners, footwear, packaging and the automotive industry. Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China

The Pratrivero facility in Orangeburg will produce stitchbond, a nonwoven fabric produced by mechanical bonding of fiber layers with continuous filaments.

“Pratrivero USA is looking forward to being part of the Orangeburg County industrial family,” Pratrivero USA President Paolo Barberis Canonico said in a news release.

“We are very excited about this new investment and feel by choosing such a great location and working with the wonderful people in this community, we will succeed.

“The approach that Orangeburg County has taken to include a training program with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College to help us find and train people specifically for our industry is a wonderful benefit for Pratrivero USA and the people we will be hiring.”  Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China

McMaster welcomed the fabric company to the Palmetto State.

Plastics-tax - Polymer-prices-in-China

-Plastics tax funds not ringfenced to enable ‘flexibility’

The Treasury says the £235 million per year it expects to raise from the plastics packaging tax will not be ringfenced for recycling because the government needs “flexibility to manage public finances”.

Instead, a spokesperson from the Treasury pointed to the £31 billion of public investment committed by the government to the “green industrial revolution” since March 2021. Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China

In a briefing note given to letsrecycle.com, the Treasury also said that while bioplastics are included in-scope of the tax at the moment, their treatment will be “kept under review” while research is carried out.

And, it said the tax is not intended as a plastic reduction initiative, but instead a way to replace virgin plastics with recycled content.

Ringfenced

Due to come in from 1 April 2022, the Treasury has faced some calls from the recycling sector to ensure the £200 a tonne levy on plastic packaging featuring less than 30% content to be ringfenced for investment in plastic recycling infrastructure.

However, a spokesperson said: “Widespread hypothecation of tax revenues can undermine the government’s ability to flexibly manage the public finances.

“The 2021 Autumn Budget and Spending Review confirmed that the government will have committed a total of £30 billion of public investment for the green industrial revolution in the UK, since March 2021.”

Plastic use

In recent times, some companies have moved away from plastic in response to consumer pressure. This has seen criticism from the plastics recycling industry for being “short-sighted” as some say some alternative materials have a worse long-term environmental impact. Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China

Plastics tax funds not ringfenced to enable ‘flexibility’

Italian-fabric-maker bringing 34 jobs, $18 million investment to Midlands

Plastics-tax funds not ringfenced to enable ‘flexibility’

Plastics-waste – no problem; scientists develop enzymes-to-break-down-PET-in-weeks

-Surge into plastic-recycling by chemicals and oil-groups meets pushback

Teknor-Apex Launches TPE-Series with Up to 35% PCR

Polymer-prices-in-China face pressure from high input costs and Covid-induced-lockdowns

-Calculating The Intrinsic-Value-Of-Aquafil-S.p.A.

-New investment by Dow aimed at developing more energy efficient advanced recycling

Plastics-tax – Polymer-prices-in-China

CPL-fixes-its-bottom – Russia-crude-oil 25-03-2022

Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries 23-03-2022

Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

-Amut successfully contributes to Viridor’s green ambitions

In 2020 Amut was selected by UK-based Viridor, one of the global leading actors embodying the circular economy philosophy, for its world class polymer recycling facility. Viridor is actively committed to increasing recycling and achieving net zero emissions to build a world where nothing goes to waste. The new UK’s largest multi-polymer plastic recycling plant in Avonmouth, reflects the company’s continuous drive to build a domestic circular plastics economy. Recycling plastic also emits less than 20% of the carbon of new plastics. This landmark facility is powered by the energy produced at Viridor’s state of the art Energy recovery facility – integrated with the plant in the same building. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

Amut involvement contributed to add value to Viridor’s “green” ambitions playing a prominent role designing and providing an environmentally sound solution featuring two process sections. The ECOTECH division designed and developed a custom engineered high technological content Plastic Recovery Facility integrated into a great efficiency Washing Plant. This turn-key plant will process 90,000 tons/year of waste composed of PET, HDPE and PP bottles to produce prime quality and purity flakes and granules to be sold on the market for food grade and commercial end use.

Piergianni Milani, Amut Group’s President states:

“We are extremely proud to contribute with our technology, to this environmentally-friendly waste management project, aimed at giving plastic a new life, and thus helping to respect the planet. As a leading innovator we keep on delivering our clients advanced solutions matching with the prevailing circular economy model. Thanks to our R&D department, actively engaged in finding new solutions, we have developed recycling plants allowing to minimise water and energy consumption and chemicals usage. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

Plastic-Recovery - Nonwovenindustries

-LANXESS expands Tepex flowcore composite range

Fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites manufacturer LANXESS has expanded and optimised its composite range of Tepex flowcore materials for numerous variations of the compression moulding process.

LANXESS expands Tepex flowcore composite range

No additional injection moulded material was used to produce the ribbing on the demonstrator model. It is made entirely from compression-molded Tepex flowcore.

The new composites are designed as alternatives to thermoset sheet moulding compounds (SMCs). With mechanical performance, these materials are now more ductile and recyclable. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

They are also easier to process, according to Sabrina Anders, Project Manager for Tepex flowcore at LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit, because they are moulded and shaped using only thermal means: “We are targeting Tepex flowcore primarily at large underbody panelling components and load compartment wells for cars, but also at components such as large casings and battery covers,” Anders said.

Tepex flowcore has already been used in series production in automotive applications by a Japanese car manufacturer. The production of a bumper support was made from Tepex flowcore and Tepex dynalite, overmolded and functionalised with a polyamide 6 compound from the Durethan brand.

Discussing this added versatility, Anders said: “This opens up the opportunity to use Tepex dynalite to reinforce specific component areas under particularly heavy stress.”

The new plate-shaped composites are offered with a matrix based on polypropylene, polyamide 6, polyamide 12, thermoplastic polyurethane or flame-retardant polycarbonate.

The matrix is reinforced with long fibres rather than the continuous fibres found in other LANXESS materials. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

A press statement confirms that components made from the new lightweight materials can exhibit almost the same flexural stiffness as their equivalents in the Tepex dynalite range, and they have much higher strengths than injection moulded materials reinforced with short fibres. “The components can be designed such that they exhibit mechanical properties quasi-isotropically; in other words, almost identically in all directions,” Anders added.

Plastic-Recovery - Nonwovenindustries

-Avgol to underline commitment to sustainability at IDEA

Nonwovens manufacturer Avgol Industries will use this month’s IDEA22 to underline its commitment to helping customers meet their long-term sustainability objectives.

The company will highlight the latest work in biodegradation technology for polyolefin nonwoven fabrics at the Miami Beach event, showcasing its own range of component nonwoven fabric solutions. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

Together with its sister companies from Indorama Ventures Limited (IVL) – who will be presenting biodegradation capable polyolefin and polyester fibers – Avgol will discuss with visitors how specific products can help businesses achieve their 2030 sustainability goals.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to talk to regional customers, vendors and other industry leaders at the world’s preeminent event for nonwovens and engineered fabrics,” said Nick Carter, vice president of the Nonwoven Business Unit. “It is vitally important that we can engage with customers and gain additional insight into their own desired approaches to meeting sustainability objectives and show the synergy with our own technologies, logistics and production achievements.

“This is a fast-changing market right now, and with the impact of new legislation, raw material availability, evolving customer requirements and consumer interest, IDEA22 gives us the ideal opportunity to discuss these challenges in person,” he said. “We will present a holistic approach to sustainability with everything from our biodegradation technology and the use of more natural components, to introducing new materials with improved carbon footprint and recyclability.”

Plastic-Recovery - Nonwovenindustries

-PET bottle chip pickup quite difficult recently due to the epidemic

Recently, affected by the spread of the epidemic, roads and ports in some parts of the country have been blocked. Many logistics drivers to pick up PET bottle chip are stuck in highways or ports, and the average waiting time is more than 24 hours. At present, it is the intensive pickup time for downstream, so the slow speed of pick-up caused by the epidemic has made many customers uncomfortable.

So far as we know, at present, the national highways in Changzhou and Zhangjiagang are blocked, and the highway exit requires all drivers and passengers to hold a 48-hour nucleic acid test negative certificate, and can pass normally after verification of travel code and health code. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

A nucleic acid test was carried out immediately after arrival. Sanfame and China Resources plants can pick up goods in accordance with the requirements of the normal epidemic prevention policy, but drivers are not allowed to get off.

In the early stage, due to the non-cooperation of some drivers that were marked with a star, which means he was advised to return, and the highway intersection was once in a state of extreme congestion. Since then, the policy has changed to allow drivers of green-code though with a star to pass, but the waiting time is expected to be more than one day. It is reported that it will take a day to move three kilometers forward in some sections of the road in the first half of the week. In particular, when the road was closed on the first day in Wuxi, some market participants said that some drivers of Suqian drove for three days and three nights to pick up goods in Suzhou and were advised to return due to the star, while after the policy was changed, he drove back again, which is quite exhausting. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

Plastic-Recovery - Nonwovenindustries

-How will direct-spun PSF perform in short run?

Direct-spun PSF tends mild recently after a period of sharp rise and fall.

Last week, direct-spun PSF rallied from the bottom supported by the rise of crude oil and polyester feedstock, which attracted downstream spinners and traders to replenish intensively and thereby improved the sales and the prices of direct-spun PSF further. Currently, PSF spread stayed in low territory under high feedstock costs. It once dropped below 1,000yuan/mt. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

The production of direct-spun PSF was contracted more with the operating rate lowered within 80%. However, affected by Covid-19 pandemic, the demand remained sluggish and the inventory of polyester yarn and polyester/cotton yarn was in continuous accumulation which accelerated especially in Mar.

Though direct-spun PSF plants make efforts to reduce production in order to keep balanced supply and demand, the market is still dragged by bearish demand. In addition, some spinners have decrease their run rates due to the pandemic.

In short run, direct-spun PSF will keep volatile in narrow range amid cost support and soft demand. In mid-run, PTA side will continue to lend support to direct-spun PSF market due to low PX-PTA spread and operating rate. It is suggested to focus on the trend of crude oil. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

How will direct-spun PSF perform in short run?

-NEXTLOOPP interview: Polymer innovation and circularity

Victoria Hattersley caught up with Ed Kosior, CEO of Nextek whose NETLOOPP project was the overall winner of our 2021 Sustainability Awards, to discuss ongoing polymer innovation and the opportunities this presents for packaging design and circularity.

VH: Can you explain the challenges faced in creating circular food-grade PP and the various aspects that NEXTLOOPP must address to tackle these?

EK: Polypropylene accounts for around 20% of the world’s plastic. Widely used in pots, tubs, trays and films for food packaging, it is also prevalent in non-food household and personal care products, which complicates recycling the 700,000 tonnes/ annum used in the UK alone. Approximately 300,000 tonnes per year is used as packaging. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

Currently PP packaging is either going to waste-to-energy, landfill or being down-cycled into low-performance applications, wasting precious resources. Furthermore, the absence of food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP) means that all PP food packaging is currently made from virgin plastics.

Looming plastic packaging taxes have sharpened a focus on including at least 30% recycled content in packaging and transforming the way we manage our short-lived materials to minimize and reduce current waste levels.

NEXTLOOPP uses commercially-proven marker technologies to separate FGrPP and cutting-edge decontamination to ensure compliance with food-grade standards in the EU and the USA. Both of these challenges required eight years of extensive research and development to validate the ability to achieve the high standards required to convert post-consumer packaging into food-grade resins.

Major organizations including brand-owners, suppliers, universities and industry associations, through to end-users in the PP supply chain, have joined NEXTLOOPP to produce a world-first, high-quality FGrPP that will be available in the UK in 2022.

VH: What packaging design criteria should the value chain bear in mind to truly utilize the circularity potential of PP (and indeed any polymers)?

EK: Addressing packaging design for recycling is an entire topic on its own – particularly as most packaging we see these days is still being designed with the primary purpose to engage with the consumer, protect the contents within and tell a strong brand story. Unfortunately, what recyclable features it may include are not always by design and they are certainly not clearly thought through. Having said this we don’t actually need to wait for innovative designs to improve the circularity potential of PP or any other polymers. Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

NEXTLOOPP interview: Polymer innovation and circularity

Plastic-Recovery – Nonwovenindustries

Plastic-bottles-recycling – Electric-vehicle 22-03-2022

PS-from-plastic-eating – Petrochemicals 21-03-2022

PS-from-plastic-eating – Petrochemicals

PET-Granules – Polyamide66- Petrochemicals PS-from-plastic-eating - Petrochemicals

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-Doppelgänger creates polystyrene substitute from plastic-eating mealworms

Charlotte Böhning and Mary Lempres of Doppelgänger have developed a bioplastic version of polystyrene foam that is made from the exoskeleton of mealworms and breaks down in soil in a couple of weeks.

The material, called Chitofoam, is shock-absorbent, water-resistant and can be formed into cups, foam peanuts and other packaging,, much like its fossil-based counterpart. PS-from-plastic-eating – Petrochemicals

Design duo Doppelgänger created the bioplastic to offer a backyard-compostable alternative to traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS).

Regular EPS, of which Styrofoam is the most well-known brand, is difficult and uneconomical to recycle, meaning it ends up occupying around 30 per cent of the space in our landfills.

“At the end of its short life, polystyrene is not accepted by recycling centres and is undesired by landfills,” Lempres told Dezeen. “It is a problematic plastic with no second life that affects future generations, our environment and our future earth.”

While polystyrene is made from petroleum-based styrene, which the World Health Organisation has deemed a “probable carcinogen,” Chitofoam is derived from a biopolymer called chitin, which mealworms use to build their strong yet pliable exoskeleton.

Doppelgänger says the bioplastic foam could be made from any mealworm – the larval form of the mealworm beetle – or other insect or crustacean with a chitin-rich shell,  such as lobsters and beetles.

Böhning and Lempres made their version from the mealworms living in their own homemade biodigester, which the industrial design students developed to dispose of the polystyrene modelling foam and packaging used in their studio.

This harnesses mealworms’ natural ability to digest and break down polystyrene using their gut bacteria, which was documented by researchers from Stanford University  in 2015. PS-from-plastic-eating – Petrochemicals -Doppelgänger creates polystyrene substitute from plastic-eating mealworms

PET-Granules – Polyamide66- Petrochemicals

Doppelgänger creates polystyrene-substitute-from-plastic-eating-mealworms

Recycled-plastic-bottles pass more harmful-chemicals into contents than new ones, warn researchers

-Rising prices of plastic-materials put a burden on businesses

Koch-Modular to supply PureCycle-Augusta, Georgia, facility with modular-recycling-system

AMB-TrayRevive: tray-to-tray-solution to promote the circularity-of-the-trays

Eastman accelerates the circular-economy by revolutionizing-recycling

Germany-Gerhard-Schröder meets with Vladimir-Putin over Ukraine

PS-from-plastic-eating – Petrochemicals

Russia-oil-production – Russia-Ukraine-conflict 19-03-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals 07-03-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

Bottle-grade-PET - Petrochemicals

Polyestertime
ITEM 28/02/2022 07/03/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +750
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,165 $/ton 1,290 $/ton- +125
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,875 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +625
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +550
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

5,635 yuan/ton 6,400 yuan/ton +765
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 850 $/ton 1,020 $/ton +170
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4.825 yuan/ton 5,610 yuan/ton +785
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 655 $/ton  752 $/ton +97
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,113 $/ton 1,221 $/ton +108
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,093 $/ton 1,201 $/ton +108
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,216 $/ton 1,263 $/ton +47
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 8,550 yuan/ton
+550
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton +500
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton +400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,425 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton +425
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton +750
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,370 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton
+480
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,070 $/ton 2,130 $/ton +60
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,360 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton +450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

32,500 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,300 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,950 yuan/ton 20,300 yuan/ton- +350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,400 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton +300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 73,000 yuan/ton 72,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 63,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 53,000 yuan/ton 54,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,935 yuan/ton 8,810 yuan/ton +875
Benzene overseas  market 1,089 $/ton 1,195 $/ton +106
Ethylene South 1,216 $/ton860 1,260 $/ton +44
Ethylene NWE  market 1,200 $/ton 1,289 $/ton +89
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,300 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

1,750 $/ton 1,750 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,150 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market
9,420 yuan/ton 10,250 yuan/ton +830
Naphtha overseas market  911 $/ton 1,023 $/ton
+112
Phenol domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 10,800 yuan/ton

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling 03-03-2022

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

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-Alliance for PHA in France
Five companies in the supply chain join forces to industrialize a fermentation process based on marine microorganisms for the production of bioplastics.
The new Nautilium consortium made up in France of five companies in the sector recalls the sea, underlining both the origin and the biodegradability of the material: Elixance, Europlastiques, Polymaris Biotechnology, Séché environnement and Triballat Noyal. The goal is to promote the development, production and sale of bioplastics based on poly-hydroxy-alkanoate (PHA), a biobased and biodegradable plastic material (in soil and water), still not widespread on the market, but with great potential. PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling
The result of 15 years of research, begun in the laboratories of the Université de Bretagne Sud, the Ecole de Chimie in Rennes and the Gepea of ​​Saint-Nazaire, the fermentation process at the base of Nautilium uses marine microorganisms fed with by-products of the industry food.
The five actors of the consortium operate at every stage of the supply chain, from the production of the biopolymer (Polymaris Biotechnology) to the formulation of the compound (Elixance), to arrive at the injection molding of the products (Europlastiques), in this case mainly packaging and items for agriculture and horticulture, closing the circle with the recovery and enhancement at the end of life (Séché environnement).
The goal is to achieve the industrialization of the process in order to start production on a commercial scale. PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

Alliance for PHA in France

-Aqua Metals produces lithium hydroxide from lithium-ion battery black mass

Aqua Metals  has produced its first lithium hydroxide from lithium-ion battery black mass. Currently, the only commercially proven recycling technology being utilized for lithium-ion batteries is smelting which does not recover the lithium. Lithium is a critical component of the lithium-ion batteries that battery manufacturers need to produce to meet the demand of the fast-growing electric vehicle (EV) and overall energy storage markets. In addition to producing lithium through a patent-pending proprietary process, the company’s research and development program is working to recycle the other key elements of lithium-ion batteries such as cobalt (already plated), nickel, copper, and manganese. PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

“This is an important step in demonstrating our proprietary Li AquaRefining process, which we think is environmentally and economically superior to other metals recycling methods,” said Ben Taecker, Chief Operations and Engineering Officer of Aqua Metals. “Our goal is to produce battery precursor grade lithium hydroxide, and these early results indicate we are on track for meeting this goal. This also confirms that we remain on schedule to start running our pilot-scale unit in the coming months.” PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

As governments and vehicle manufacturers take steps to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles to meet carbon emissions reduction targets, demand for lithium is soaring to the point where lithium shortages are already being forecasted for the near term. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has predicted that there will be deficits of lithium as early as this year. The price of lithium has also been dramatically affected, increasing by more than 300 percent in 2021. It currently stands at approximately $58,000 a metric tonne. Increased mining activity alone cannot mitigate the shortages. Mining is environmentally costly and takes five to seven years to get operational; recycling is critical to meet future demand.

PHA-bioplastics - Battery recycling

-Alliance for PHA-in-France

Aqua-Metals produces lithium-hydroxide from lithium-ion-battery-black-mass

Braskem Grows Circular-Polymer Portfolio with Food-Grade-PCR-PP

Paccor to include RHDPEcontent in UK dairy caps with a minimum 30%

INEOS-Aromatics reduces CO2-emissions and increases capacity with $70 million modernization of PTA-facility in Merak, Indonesia

Biesterfeld-Plastic: distribution of new DuPont™ Delrin® Renewable Attributed grades

Polymers : Producers Slow-Walk Sales in Anticipation of More Price Hikes Ahead

Evonik to Raise Prices of High-Performance-Plastics

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles 02-03-2022

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals 28-02-2022

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid - Petrochemicals

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ITEM 21/02/2022 28/02/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton +150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,135 $/ton 1,165 $/ton- +30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,875 yuan/ton +175
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

5,345 yuan/ton 5,635 yuan/ton +290
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 830 $/ton 850 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4.920 yuan/ton 4,825 yuan/ton -95
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 660 $/ton 655 $/ton -5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,059 $/ton 1,113 $/ton +54
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,039 $/ton 1,093 $/ton +54
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,106 $/ton 1,216 $/ton +110
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
+250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,450 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,700 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,425 yuan/ton +175
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,370 yuan/ton
+70
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,070 $/ton 2,070 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,380 $/ton 2,360 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,100 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,550 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

34,000 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,000 yuan/ton 17,300 yuan/ton -700
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 19,950 yuan/ton- -700
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,400 yuan/ton -400
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 74,500 yuan/ton 73,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 64,500 yuan/ton 63,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 54,500 yuan/ton 53,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 14,000 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton -200
Benzene domestic market 7,790 yuan/ton 7,935 yuan/ton +145
Benzene overseas  market 1,039 $/ton 1,089 $/ton +50
Ethylene South 1,190 $/ton860 1,216 $/ton +26
Ethylene NWE  market 1,259 $/ton 1,200 $/ton -59
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,300 yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

1,800 $/ton 1,750 $/ton -50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,100 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market
9,140 yuan/ton 9,420 yuan/ton +280
Naphtha overseas market  829 $/ton 911 $/ton
+82
Phenol domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton

 

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production 23-02-2022

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

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-Solvay to license technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production

Solvay has entered into an agreement to license its leading-edge hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. for its 500 kilotons per year caprolactam facility with a planned launch by end of 2023, as per the company’s press release.

“This is the first licensing agreement Solvay has allocated for its proprietary hydrogen peroxide mega scale high productivity process technology in China,” said Peter Browning, president of Solvay Peroxides global business unit. “The licensing model provides a process design package for the construction of the H2O2 mega plant by Hubei Sanning Chemical alongside its new caprolactam facility, with access to Solvay’s operating experience and range of services to ensure optimized and reliable H2O2 plant operation.” Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Solvay is the leading global producer and supplier of hydrogen peroxide solutions and a technology leader in the hydrogen peroxide production process operating several H2O2 mega plants. Hubei Sanning Chemical will install a single H2O2 production line providing a capacity of 200 kilotons per year to be utilized entirely as a raw material in the production of caprolactam, the monomer used to manufacture nylon 6 (PA6) products such as yarns and filaments.

Solvay will also provide Hubei Sanning Chemical with its proprietary chemicals for the anthraquinone process, which ensure a reliable and consistent high productivity H2O2 process. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

“We are honored to be awarded Solvay’s first license for its world-renowned hydrogen peroxide production technology in China,” said Wanqing Li, chairman of Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry. “The new H2O2 mega plant in China and Solvay’s collaboration will be key for us to build the new project for caprolactam, PA6 and downstream products.”

Nylon 6 is a versatile polymer used in a variety of industries such as automotive, electrical and electronics, and when extruded as fibers is extensively used in the textile industry for clothing and home furnishings and for nets in the fishing industry.

As MRC reported earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF  enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

We remind that BASF shut down an unspecified unit at its 420,000-metric ton/year steam cracker site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to a technical defect. Unscheduled flaring started on 13 January, 2021, at the northern part of the Ludwigshafen site and was expected to last until 17 January, 2021. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

Solvay to license technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production

-Chevron Phillips Chemical invests in Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is investing in Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund. The fund, registered in Luxembourg, will invest in advanced recycling businesses, which convert plastic waste back into virgin grade feedstock for the manufacturing of new products, focusing first in Europe with the ambition to expand globally. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Recycling plastic waste enables valuable materials to be reused instead of ending up in a landfill or unintended places in the environment. Recycling is an important part of the solution to create a circular economy for plastics, together with design for circularity, collecting and sorting infrastructures, consumer engagement and guiding policies. Collaboration across the entire value chain is needed to solve the plastic waste challenge.

Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund aims to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular plastic economy by investing in advanced recycling technologies. Complementary to mechanical recycling, advanced recycling technologies are expected to play a key role in increasing recycling rates needed for the development of a sustainable, circular economy for plastics. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Benny Mermans, vice president of sustainability at CPChem said: “Our company is committed to ensuring plastics continue to deliver much needed societal benefits while also producing our life-enriching products sustainably, leaving behind the lightest footprint and enabling others to do so as well. Plastic waste is a valuable resource and keeping it in the loop as long as possible will contribute to the creation of a circular economy for plastics.

Plastic-recycling - Caprolactam-production

Solvay to license technology to Hubei-Sanning-Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam-production

Chevron-Phillips-Chemical invests in Infinity-Recycling’s-circular-plastics-fund

thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer-plants for SASA-in-Turkey

PX-supply and demand little changed despite PXN-spread-queeze

Dominican-Repblic has great potential for biodegradable-plastics

Agilyx-Virgin Group-REG-Louisiana-Green-Fuels-Circular-SynTech, and others advance on waste-to-fuels

Coal-based-MEG operating rate stays high temporarily

India plans to produce 5 mln tonnes of green-hydrogen by 2030

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers 22-02-2022

Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam 21-02-2022

Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam

Petrochemicals – Caprolactam – Naphtha 

Recycled-PET - Petrochemicals - Caprolactam

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-New Indorama Ventures partnership will recycle over 1.6 billion PET beverage bottles in the Czech Republic by 2025 Indorama Ventures acquires 85% equity stake in UCY Polymers CZ s.r.o. (UCY)

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), the world’s largest producer of recycled PET for beverage bottles, completed a deal for an 85% equity stake in Czech Republic-based PET plastic recycler, UCY Polymers CZ s.r.o. (UCY), boosting the country and Europe’s plastic collection and recycling ambitions.

As a result of the investment, IVL will recycle about 1.12 billion additional post-consumer PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles in the Czech Republic every year by 2025, increasing the total bottles recycled by UCY across the Czech Republic, Germany and Central Europe to 1.6 billion bottles per year. IVL, a global sustainable chemicals company, is investing USD1.5 billion globally to expand recycling facilities and sustainable production, including boosting its recycling capacity to 750,000 tons per year by 2025. Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam

UCY is a strategic fit for IVL as a backward integration into the company’s expanding recycled PET (rPET) footprint in Europe and across the world to secure feedstock for rPET products. UCY can produce 40,000 tonnes of recycled PET flake per year. IVL will develop UCY to serve the increasing demand for recycled PET in Europe.

UCY will work with IVL’s existing PET flake production facilities in the region. These provide the washed and shredded post-consumer bottles as PET flake feedstock to produce recycled PET resin that is suitable for food contact use. PET is fully recyclable and the most collected and recycled plastic packaging in Europe.

D K Agarwal, CEO and CFO at Indorama Ventures, said: “IVL will use our know-how to grow capacity and recycle more and more bottles. As part of our commitment to sustainability and the circular economy, we are building the recycling infrastructure needed to divert PET waste from the environment. By recycling post-consumer PET bottles into new bottles, we give waste an economic value.

This drives improvements in waste collection systems, meaning less waste and a cleaner environment.” Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam

New Indorama Ventures partnership will recycle over 1.6 billion PET beverage bottles in the Czech Republic by 2025 Indorama Ventures acquires 85% equity stake in UCY Polymers CZ s.r.o. (UCY)

-Is chemical-recycling making progress?

-Flying start to the year for Andritz

SwitzerlandNanoplastics travel long distances to the Alps

-Unexpected weakening CPL after the Spring-Festival

Coca-Cola in Europe will test a paper-bottle prototype with consumers this summer in Hungary for AdeZ, a plant-based-drink.

LyondellBasell invests in Infinity-Recycling venture fund

Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam

EV-battery-recycling – Scrap-recycling 18-02-2022

Petrochemicals – Nylon6-Nylon66 – PET-Bottle 14-02-2022

Petrochemicals – Nylon6-Nylon66 – PET-Bottle

Petrochemicals - Nylon6-Nylon66 - PET-Bottle

Polyestertime
ITEM07 07/02/2022 14/02/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton -200
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,165 $/ton 1,160 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Petrochemicals – Nylon6-Nylon66 – PET-Bottle

5,780 yuan/ton 5,715 yuan/ton -65
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 840 $/ton 850 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,460 yuan/ton 5,160 yuan/ton -300
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 715 $/ton 682 $/ton -33
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,068 $/ton 1,065 $/ton -3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,048 $/ton 1,045 $/ton -3
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,110 $/ton 1,110 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton
+350
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,750 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,550 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton +400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,150 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +350
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,050 yuan/ton 7,880 yuan/ton -170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,080 $/ton 2,080 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,380 $/ton 2,380 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,500 yuan/ton 15,900 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Petrochemicals – Nylon6-Nylon66 – PET-Bottle

36,500 yuan/ton 36,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,700 yuan/ton 17,950 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,250 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,700 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 75,000 yuan/ton 75,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 66,000 yuan/ton 65,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 56,000 yuan/ton 55,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 14,250 yuan/ton 14,500 yuan/ton +250
Benzene domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton -200
Benzene overseas  market 1,016 $/ton 1,047 $/ton +31
Ethylene South 1,015 $/ton860 1,190 $/ton +75
Ethylene NWE  market 1,337 $/ton 1,275 $/ton -62
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Petrochemicals – Nylon6-Nylon66 – PET-Bottle

1,800 $/ton 1,800 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton -150
PP Powder domestic market
9,570 yuan/ton 9,270 yuan/ton -300
Naphtha overseas market  838 $/ton 835 $/ton
-3
Phenol domestic market 11,180 yuan/ton 11,480 yuan/ton +300

 

Petrochemicals – Nylon6-Nylon66 – PET-Bottle