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INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

INVISTA’s Orange, Texas, Site Sets Adiponitrile Production Record  INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

INVISTA ADN pilot plant in Orange, Texas (Photo: Business Wire)

INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

ORANGE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–INVISTA’s site in Orange, Texas, set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibers.

“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records”

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“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records,” said Bill Greenfield, president, INVISTA Intermediates.INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

“In today’s market, every pound is really important to our customers and the industry. I’m proud the team has continued this production trend through the third quarter of 2018 with another 12-month record.” INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

The performance increases can be attributed to the company’s latest ADN technology, which was developed at INVISTA’s global R&D facilities and piloted at the Orange site where it has been deployed for nearly five years.

The technology brings improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies. INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

Role of INVISTA’s advanced ADN technology in short-term support for the global nylon 6,6 value chain

INVISTA is deploying its latest ADN technology in existing facilities and working to optimize production to increase yield even further. INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

  • INVISTA Orange: Since deployment in 2014, improvements in performance have enabled the Orange facility to set numerous production volume records.
  • Butachimie (INVISTA joint venture with Solvay in France): Announced approval to deploy the latest technology in 2017. The project is scheduled to come online in 2019.
  • INVISTA Victoria: Announced $250 million project at Victoria site to upgrade its manufacturing technology and increase production of ADN. Targeted to come online in 2020.

INVISTA’s long-term support for the global nylon 6,6 value chain

INVISTA recently announced a new world-scale ADN plant that will be located in China. Engineering is underway for a minimum 300,000-ton plant at an estimated investment in excess of $1 billion. Construction is targeted for 2020 and production would begin in 2023.

About INVISTA

With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products. A wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries and headquartered in the United States, INVISTA has more than 50 locations around the world. For more information, visit INVISTA.com, Facebook.com/INVISTAglobal and Twitter.com/INVISTA.

Contacts

INVISTA Public Affairs
Kim Conlee, +1-316-828-1647
Kim.Conlee@invista.com

BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

BASF invests in Chinese 3D printing specialist Prismlab BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

  • Unique, patented 3D printing process enables production of large-scale components
  • First direct investment by BASF Venture Capital in a company in China

Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Shanghai, China – November 6, 2018 – BASF Venture Capital GmbH is investing in Prismlab, a leading provider of 3D printing processes and 3D printers, headquartered in Shanghai, China. BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

Prismlab has developed a patented printing process that is characterized by a very high printing speed, high level of precision and lower printing costs.

BASF’s venture investment will enable Prismlab to further accelerate its product development and innovation while strengthening its market reach to the global market.

“This is our first direct investment in a Chinese company,” said Markus Solibieda, Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital GmbH.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

“The trailblazing technology from Prismlab allows large and stable components, such as medical braces and anatomical models, to be 3D printed for the first time.

This investment supports BASF’s strategy of actively advancing our technologies and expanding our product offering in the 3D printing sector.”

“China is transforming from a manufacturing-driven to an innovation-driven economy.

This investment in Prismlab reflects our commitment to further expanding our innovation capabilities in China, and BASF Venture Capital plays an important role in helping us identifying potential partners that lead us to success,” said Dr. Zheng Daqing, BASF’s Senior Vice President, Business and Market Development Greater China.

“The 3D printing technology must continue to evolve before it is set to change the world. At Prismlab, we aim to spearhead and accelerate that change by providing solutions through specialized customization.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

The investment allows us to stay laser-focused on our R&D capability, a key factor to achieve that goal,” said Mr. Hou Feng, Founder and Chairman of Prismlab.

Prismlab has developed a patented 3D printing process, “Pixel Resolution Enhanced Technology”, based on stereolithography (SLA).

SLA allows comparatively large components to be produced using light-curing resins. Prismlab’s technology increases the printing resolution without compromising printing speed.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

In order to increase the amount of energy brought into a pixel, Prismlab’s technology divides each pixel in the resin into several small sections, which can be cured individually by exposure to LCD light.

This makes the energy input into each pixel significantly higher than similar processes that expose each pixel to light once.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

This allows comparatively large and stable components or numerous parts to be printed in the same production step. With the use of LCD light, it also reduces process costs.

This advantage opens opportunities in the footwear and furniture industry.

Along with this patented process, Prismlab also markets 3D printers and other related services.

The Prismlab technology can be used in various key customer applications, including invisible braces, and anatomical models for medical, and education and training purposes.

SLA uses a laser for layer-by-layer curing of a photopolymer solution to shape the required workpiece.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

SLA and LCD based printing processes determinate the size, stability, and usability of the components to be produced as they are limited by the size of the light spot and the intensity of the light.

About BASF Venture Capital
BASF Venture Capital GmbH (BVC) was founded in 2001 and has offices in Europe, the U.S., China and Israel.

The aim of BVC is to generate new growth potential for BASF by investing in new companies and funds.

The focus of investment is on chemical products and new materials, software and services as well as innovative and digital business models in the broader field of chemistry. Further information at   www.basf-vc.com.

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.

The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.

Our portfolio is organized into four segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions and Agricultural Solutions.

BASF generated sales of more than €60 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at  www.basf.com.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

About Prismlab
Prismlab is China’s leading provider of 3D printing products and solutions. In 2013, it successfully developed Sub-Pixel Micro Scanning (SMS) light-cured 3D printing technology.

The company’s vision is to be the leading industrial service provider for 3D Printing. Based on its patent technologies, Prismlab received funding from the National Key R&D Program of China. It is also the leading company of Additive Manufacturing Process and Equipment of Nanostructure project. Further information at  www.prismlab.com/.

 

Media contact at BASF:
Inga Franke
+49 173 3099242
 inga.a.franke@basf.com
Media contact at Prismlab:
Ouliyuan
+86 18721428108
 ouliyuan@prismlab.com

 

Spot Prices benzene Europe November

Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10%   Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

MOSCOW – Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10% compared to last week, reaching the lowest level in 23 months, according to ICIS , citing market participants.

This is also 17% below the price level in the last two weeks.  The last time such prices were observed in December 2016.Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

The range of spot prices for benzene for November deliveries in Europe amounted to USD710-730 per ton, where USD720 per ton is for supplies in the first half of November.

December benzene prices in the region were at USD730 per ton, while January prices were estimated at USD740-750 per ton.Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

Deliveries were made under the terms of CIF, Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam (ARA).

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, at the end of autumn the cost of polystyrene on the Russian market dropped sharply.

The prices of Russian material in November decreased by 4,000–5,000 rubles / ton on the background of the continuing trend of a fall in the cost of styrene monomer in foreign markets.

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Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic 08-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,110/1,150 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,650/8,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,400/8,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,450/8,600 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 890/900 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 735/750 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,200/6,350 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,130/1,140 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,100/11,200  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,450/9,600  yuan/ton

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

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-The Sustainability Report 2018 presented at Ecomondo. Eight out of ten packages do not go to landfill. Thanks to recycling, were saved last year 400,000 tons of plastics last year.
The Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi (Conai) presented yesterday at Ecomondo the 2018 edition of the Sustainability Report entitled “Packaging in the circular economy”, where the benefits deriving from the recycling of packaging waste on the Country System are presented and analyzed and on the environment.
EIGHT PACKAGING ON TEN DO NOT GO TO WASTE DUMP. Last year 67.5% of packaging waste sent for consumption was recycled, in the various material chains (steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic and glass), for a total of 8.8 million tons, with an increase of + 3.7% compared to 2016.
Of these, just over 4 million tons are managed directly by Conai and the Consortia di Filiera, while the rest comes from independent operators.
Considering also energy recovery, 10.2 million tons of packaging waste were valorised last year. In other words, eight out of the 10 packages were removed from the landfill and transformed into new raw materials and energy to be re-introduced in the production cycles.
Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

Mr. Giorgio Quagliolo President of CONAI

-INVISTA’s Orange, Texas, Site Sets Adiponitrile Production

INVISTA’s site in Orange, Texas, set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibers.

“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records”Tweet this

“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records,” said Bill Greenfield, president, INVISTA Intermediates

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-BASF invests in Chinese 3D printing specialist Prismlab BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

Unique, patented 3D printing process enables production of large-scale components

First direct investment by BASF Venture Capital in a company in China

BASF Venture Capital GmbH is investing in Prismlab, a leading provider of 3D printing processes and 3D printers, headquartered in Shanghai, China. BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

Prismlab has developed a patented printing process that is characterized by a very high printing speed, high level of precision and lower printing costs.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10%   

Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10% compared to last week, reaching the lowest level in 23 months, according to ICIS , citing market participants.

This is also 17% below the price level in the last two weeks.  The last time such prices were observed in December 2016.

The range of spot prices for benzene for November deliveries in Europe amounted to USD710-730 per ton, where USD720 per ton is for supplies in the first half of November.

December benzene prices in the region were at USD730 per ton, while January prices were estimated at USD740-750 per ton.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Bedding brand uses DNA technology to trace rPET

Leading manufacturer of home textiles GHCL has launched Cirkularity, a new brand of eight lines of bedding supporting the circular economy.

These lines centre on “reduce, reuse and recycle”. Rekoop, the inspiration behind Cirkularity, is a brand of bedding products made from recycled plastic (rPET) and is the first bedding product to use Applied DNA Sciences’ CertainT platform. Rekoop bedding products will be available for sale in the US beginning first quarter 2019.

Rekoop uses Applied DNA’s CertainT platform to trace and authenticate the post-consumer recycled polyester plastic in its bed sheets, pillowcases, and shams throughout the entire supply chain.

This technology provides forensic proof that guarantees brand authenticity, a growing concern for manufacturers as counterfeiting continues to escalate – rising from US$ 1.2 trillion in 2017 to an anticipated US$ 1.82 trillion by 2020.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Oil falls amid concern about Iran sanction exemptions

Brent slips as worry about how an economic slowdown may curb fuel demand growth weighs on sentiment

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday, weighed down by exemptions from Washington that will allow Iran’s biggest oil customers to keep buying from Tehran, as well as concerns that an economic slowdown may curb fuel demand growth.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $62.95 a barrel at 3.55am GMT, down 15c, or 0.2%, from their last settlement.

International Brent crude oil futures were down 28c, or 0.4%, at $72.89 a barrel.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Xinjiang farmers ‘plant’ nylon in cornfields

Ma Guoyi, a farmer in Wusu city in Northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, was blown away when he realized that his harvest nylon could be used for green textile materials as opposed to food and forage.

Wusu is a leading producer of corn and cotton in Xinjiang, and as a major stop of the China Railway Express, the city lies along the new Eurasian Continental Bridge. Farmers like Ma in Wusu are benefiting from such convenience and the new uses of their crops.

“Normally, nylon is made from petroleum, but we can use crops such as corn and wheat to make recyclable and environment-friendly nylons,” said Wang Hongbo, deputy manager of Cathay Industrial Biotech’s Wusu branch, a Shanghai-based producer of bio-based materials.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-INVISTA Introduces THERMOLITE® T-Down EcoMade Insulation at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

A sustainable alternative to down feathers, THERMOLITE® T-Down EcoMade Insulation is GRS Certified, engineered with 100% recycled fiber and offers key benefits over feather insulation

INVISTA, owner of the THERMOLITE® brand, announced today that synthetic insulation manufacturers Shinih Enterprise Co. Ltd. of Taiwan, and Mainland China based Ziran Non-Woven Co. Ltd. will be exhibiting the first commercially available THERMOLITE® T-Down EcoMade insulation at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Denver, Colorado. With its 500+ fill power, this insulation delivers lightweight warmth to cold weather outerwear, sleeping bags and accessories.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Lenzing reports solid business development

The Lenzing Group recorded a solid business development in the first three quarters of 2018. The decline in revenue and earnings compared with the same period of the previous year was essentially based on a mix of lower prices for standard viscose, more unfavourable exchange rates and price increases for key raw materials, the company reports. The Lenzing Group’s strategic orientation with a focus on specialty fibres had a positive impact in this environment.

Net profit for the period dropped by 39% from EUR 219.3 million in the previous year to EUR 133.8 million. Revenue decreased by 5.2% to EUR 1,636.2 million over the comparative period of the previous year.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Recent developments in non-biodegradable biopolymers: Precursors, production processes, and future perspectives

During the last decades, biopolymers experienced a renaissance.

The increasing limitation of fossil resources in combination with a public demand for environmental-friendly and sustainable processes has led to the formation of a market for biobased plastics.

Especially non-biodegradable bioplastics are very interesting materials, as they combine the benefits of reduced carbon footprint during production and increased resource efficiency with the persistence to microbial degradation.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Hyosung to Build a New Tire Cord Production Plant in Vietnam

Hyosung Advanced Materials will accelerate the expansion of its presence in the global market by establishing a new tire cord manufacturing subsidiary in Vietnam.

After the Hyosung Group’s conversion to a holding company structure, group chairman Cho Hyun-jun is stepping up his global business moves.

Hyosung Advanced Materials announced on Nov. 5 that the company will build a polyester and nylon tire cord production facility in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam by investing a total of US$152 million.

The company will invest US$30 million this year.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Weekly resin report: PE up a penny; PP drops in spot trading

Spot resin trading remained healthy as November rolled in, although it did not maintain the rapid pace of the previous few weeks, writes the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. Some buyers took advantage of special month-end deals; then, toward the end of the week, a drop in fresh railcar offers helped earn commodity polyethylene (PE) grades a penny gain on Friday, Nov. 2. Polypropylene (PP) offers continued to flow and spot values fell a hefty $0.03/lb. While the PP market is far from awash in resin, rapidly eroding PGP costs point to a sharply lower contract settlement for November monomer.

There are also price increases on the table for November resin contracts, with producers generally seeking to add $0.03/lb to PE contract levels.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Novelis puts fresh focus on automotive sector

Solihull aluminium manufacturingAluminium rolling company Novelis is setting up a network of bases to increase product development specifically for the automotive industry. Its customer solution centres (CSCs) will be located close to OEM plants in North America, China and Europe and will be used to encourage the use of aluminium in applications from car doors and electric battery enclosures to full body-in-white design.

“Novelis’ CSCs will provide an environment to demonstrate product concepts, simulate customer processes and performance in use, as well as leverage data to educate stakeholders throughout the supply chain about elements ranging from forming to costing,” the US company stated.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Audi to develop closed loop for battery recycling

Audi Brussels: Audi e-tron final inspectionGerman carmaker Audi has begun working with Belgian materials technology and recycling partner Umicore to investigate the potential for recycling the materials in electric car batteries.

The companies are looking to adopt a closed-loop approach in which valuable elements such as cobalt, nickel and copper from end-of-life batteries are recovered for use in new ones. Initial tests show that more than 95% of some elements can be recovered and reused.

Umicore is carrying out research with the aim of gaining insights into purity of the recovered materials, recycling rates and the economic feasibility of various ideas such as a raw materials bank.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-IVL takes major step towards Circular Economy

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), headquartered in Thailand, has committed to further increase its use of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester waste materials as feedstock for the future. By 2025, IVL is targeting to establish a substantial footprint in this direction across all the regions where it is present.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Call to put more effort into developing Belarusian chemical industry

The development of the chemical industry in Belarus should become a national project, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich on 6 November.

The head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament was made familiar with the implementation of the investment project designed to start making technical carbon in IOOO Omsk Carbon Mogilev.

Prospects of modernization of OAO Mogilevkhimvolokno were also reviewed.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

 

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling 07-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are always very weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,110/1,150 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,750/8,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 890/900 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 745/760 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,450/6,600 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,160/1,170 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,200/9,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,150/11,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,500/9,650  yuan/ton

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Braskem Joins Europe’s Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) 

Chemicals company Braskem announces it has joined European network Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) as a full member.

BIC represents the private sector in the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a public-private partnership (PPP) with the EU worth €3.7 billion.

By joining BIC, Braskem has become part of a wider network committed to bringing bio-based products to market.

Established as a pillar of the European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy, BBI JU operates under EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Formosa Plastics foresees holiday gloom as orders slow

Bellwether petrochemical group says trade war saps market confidence

Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan’s biggest industrial conglomerate and an international provider of petrochemical, plastics and electronic materials, signaled tepid holiday season demand on Monday, citing the escalating U.S.-China trade war and global economic slowdown.

The group’s four crown jewels and publicly traded companies — Formosa Plastics, Nanya Plastics, Formosa Petrochemical and Formosa Chemicals and Fibre — have long served as a gauge of demand for industrial and consumer products. Their products are used in industries covering construction, transportation, textiles, footwear, food, daily necessities and consumer electronics.

But executives from each of the four forecast a revenue decline for their company in the October-December quarter compared with the July-September period.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Sustainability – how to buy responsibly

With the announcement of the latest Circular Economy Package, an even greater onus has been placed on industry to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable business.

Lorcan Mekitarian, RPC bpi recycled products sales director, explains how, for cleaning firms looking to expand their environmental behaviour, procurement is the best place to start.

To the untrained eye, contract cleaning is all about keeping the client’s work environment free from litter, germs and visible dirt.

Throw in a paper recycling bin for good measure and many will think they are doing their best for the environment.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-China chemical markets to stay weak during Shanghai import expo

China’s domestic chemical markets may stay soft this week after a heavy slump despite restrictions in production and logistics during a major import expo in Shanghai.

The price downtrend since October might not be reversed given volatile global political and economic environment, the stronger US dollar and falling crude oil values.

Among actively traded petrochemicals, monoethylene glycol (MEG) and styrene monomer (SM) had plumbed to new lows last week and their prices are expected to continue falling.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-The Rapid Acceleration Towards Peak Oil Demand

The drumbeat towards peak oil demand is accelerating, but since much of the acceleration is happening outside of the United States, its cadence is muted.

To be clear, the developed world passed peak oil demand a decade ago and has for years been forecast to continue reducing its demand.

Increasing demand in industrializing countries, particularly China and India, each with a population tantamount to that of the OECD, slightly overpowers declines in the developed world, and as a result, global demand continues to increase.

In its 2015 World Energy Outlook, the IEA forecast 1.5% y/y increase outside the OECD, -1.2% y/y in the OECD, and an overall growth of 0.5%. Global peak demand will likely occur while developing world demand is still growing.

Increased decline in the first world could crest demand, but merely slowing the growth in the rest of the world is the more likely to tip the global balance to plateau then decline.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Indonesia to draw final conclusion on Vietnamese packaging

The Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI) has recently issued its essential facts in the sunset review of the anti-dumping taxes levied on Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film imports from Thailand and Vietnam.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the essential facts include important information which provides a basis for KADI to give its final conclusion of the case.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Taghleef Industries expands Latin American presence with acquisition of Biofilm

MergerTaghleef Industries (Ti; Dubai, UAE) is set to acquire Biofilm, one of Latin America’s leading producers of BOPP films for flexible packaging, labels and industrial applications. The transaction, first announced August 21, was approved by the Board of Directors of all parties and is subject to regulatory approval. It is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2018.

With this acquisition, Ti secures its position as a leading supplier of BOPP films in Latin America and throughout the world, increasing annual production capacity to more than 500,000 tons. The facilities in Cartagena, Colombia, and Altimira, Mexico, will join existing manufacturing sites in the United States, Canada, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Egypt, U.A.E., Oman and Australia.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Iran says U.S. “cruel” sanctions cannot stop crude oil exports

The United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil exports, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.

Iran will continue to sell its crude oil in the international market despite “cruel” U.S. new sanctions, Rouhani said.

Iran will break the sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran in the “appropriate” way, Rouhani said shortly after a fresh round of anti-Iran sanctions by the United States took effect on Monday.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Saudi Arabia to invest in Russian petrochemicals plant

Oil major Saudi Aramco and the kingdom’s petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) are ready to invest into building a processing plant in Russia, according to Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih.

The minister said that the Saudi partners are hoping to cooperate with Sibur, Russia’s largest petrochemicals firm.

“I hope our cooperation with Sibur will allow Saudi Aramco and SABIC to invest into building of a petrochemical plant in Russia,” al-Falih told Rossiya 24, Russia’s 24-hour news channel.

The minister also said that Saudi Arabia is currently discussing the opportunity of building a synthetic rubber plant in the Saudi city of Jubail with French energy major Total, China’s Sinopec, and Russia’s Sibur.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-US Tronox finds new potential buyer for Cristal TiO2 plant – CEO

Tronox has found a potential buyer for Cristal’s pigment site in Ashtabula, Ohio, a deal that could allow Tronox to placate US regulators and proceed with the acquisition of Cristal, the CEO of the US-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer said on Tuesday.

The potential buyer is a well-capitalised, global chemical company that is not currently in the TiO2 industry, said Jeffry Quinn, Tronox’s CEO.

Quinn did not identify the potential buyer.

He made his comments during an earnings conference call.

The three companies are in ongoing talks with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and these could conclude in the coming days, Quinn said.

“While the FTC must complete its work and internal processes, we are optimistic that the FTC will come to the conclusion that the proposed remedial transaction addresses their concerns about the Cristal transaction,” Quinn said.

Tronox expects that the FTC will find that the proposed buyer is well qualified and capable of being a strong competitor in the North American TiO2 market.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Oil tumbles, briefly enters bear market, after Trump grants Iran sanctions waivers

Oil prices tumbled more than 2 percent on Tuesday, briefly entering a bear market.

The Trump administration on Monday reinstated sanctions on Iran’s energy, banking and shipping industries.

However, Washington granted temporary waivers to eight countries, including China and India, the biggest purchasers of Iran’s oil.

Oil prices fell on Tuesday, briefly entering a bear market, after the United States took measures to allow some of Iran’s biggest customers to continue importing its oil without violating U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-EU policy changes favour R-PET market but some players want bolder steps

Recent legislative decisions in the EU are pushing recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) in the right direction, but not all European market participants consider them a bold-enough step.

– European Parliament moves towards higher recycling rate targets

– UK government announces plans to introduce plastics tax

– R-PET market says further action necessary

On 24 October, the European Parliament approved draft plans that would result in plastic bottles being collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

On 29 October, the UK government announced that it would introduce a tax on produced or imported plastic packaging that does not include at least 30% of recycled content.

The UK’s decision would lead to an increase in demand for R-PET, while the European Parliament’s approval could result in more upstream post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in the market.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium

Press Release: Braskem Joins Europe’s Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Chemicals company Braskem announces it has joined European network Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) as a full member. Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

BIC represents the private sector in the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a public-private partnership (PPP) with the EU worth €3.7 billion.

By joining BIC, Braskem has become part of a wider network committed to bringing bio-based products to market. Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Established as a pillar of the European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy, BBI JU operates under EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

It supports the development and production of bio-based products in Europe via biorefining research and demonstration projects, including large-scale commercialisation, through investment in innovative manufacturing facilities and processes.

Dirk Carrez, BIC’s Executive Director, said, “One of the objectives of BIC is structuring the European bio-based economy and developing a new industrial ecosystem by setting up innovative value chains, and mobilising private and public investments. We are convinced that Braskem can play a leading role.” Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Gustavo Sergi, Director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem, said, “By joining BIC, we are now members of a key bio-based network in Europe.

As producers of bio-based plastic I’m green™ and as a company strongly dedicated to developing and bringing new renewable products to the market, Braskem is looking forward to future discussions and collaborations with other BIC members from across the value chain.” Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

-Versalis, RadiciGroup and Safitex team up to recycle synthetic grass for sports fields according to Circular Economy principles  Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Rimini, 6 November 2018 – Versalis (Eni), RadiciGroup and Safitex have joined forces to make synthetic grass for sports fields recyclable in line with the principles of the circular economy. Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

The project was presented today at Ecomondo and is the result of collaboration between Versalis, which supplies the raw material (polyethylene), RadiciGroup, a manufacturer of fibres for sport applications, and Safitex, a manufacturer of synthetic grass turf.

The project involves an all-Italian supply chain and is aimed at reinforcing the circularity of this application in order to reduce its end-of-life impact. Currently, synthetic grass turf is disposed of through landfill or incineration, which produces greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Thanks to the collaboration between these three Italian industrial leaders pursuing the path of “Made Green in Italy”, at the end of its life, synthetic grass turf can now be recycled like other plastics: it is collected, shredded and processed for other applications in the sports sector (shin guards, elbow pads and bibs) or for furnishings (vases, accessories and garden equipment). Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy
In order to assess the project’s environmental performance, the three companies carried out a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), each for its own product, quantifying the environmental impact with scientific data and calculation rules valid in all European countries in a reliable and transparent manner.

The results of the studies carried out on the polymer (Versalis), fibres (Radigreen by RadiciGroup) and turf (EcoNext by Safitex) have been verified by an independent certification body (Certiquality), which issued each with a Product Environmental Footprint (*PEF) certificate, a method recognised Europe-wide that allows the environmental performance of products to be measured throughout their entire life cycle.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

*PEF
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a method based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), used to calculate the environmental performance of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle. Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

Information on the PEF is provided with the general aim of reducing the environmental impact of products and services, taking account of the activities of the supply chain (from the extraction of raw materials through to production, use and final management of waste).

The product environmental footprint project was launched in order to develop a harmonised method for studying the environmental footprint that could incorporate a broader series of relevant environmental performance criteria based on the life cycle concept. Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

This approach is vital in order to ensure effective management, due to the fact that certain significant environmental effects can occur “upstream” or “downstream” and so not be immediately evident.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Versalis (Eni)

Versalis, the leading Italian chemicals company in terms of turnover and number of employees, is a European producer of chemical intermediates, plastic and rubber materials, and has also developed chemical platforms from renewable sources in recent years.

The company markets its broader product portfolio (intermediates, polyethylenes, styrenes and elastomers) at the global level, leveraging proprietary technologies for licensing and business development activities and an extensive marketing network in Europe, Asia (China, India, South Korea, Singapore) and the United States (Houston).

It is engaged in Africa (Congo, Ghana) in developing the new business line of oilfield chemicals for the Oil & Gas industry.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Radicigroup – With more than 3,000 employees, turnover of 1,147 million euros in 2017 and a network of production units and commercial branches located in Europe, North and South America and Asia, RadiciGroup operates in three business areas: Speciality Chemicals, Performance Plastics and Synthetic Fibres & Nonwovens.

This latter business area includes Tessiture Pietro Radici, a specialist company in the production of Radigreen® brand fibres for synthetic grass in polyethylene or polypropylene, used in turf for sports (football and hockey pitches, tennis courts and golf courses etc.) or decorative applications (gardens, children’s play areas).

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy
Safitex – The company was founded in 1968 in the province of Bergamo, operating in the field of carded fibres of wool and mixed fabrics, dedicated to the production of covers and carpets.

Over time, Safitex has constantly engaged in experiments and research into new products and markets and, in 2002, welcomed a new product: synthetic grass. This led to the establishment of Safitex Turf, which specialises in processing synthetic grass through exclusive solutions.

The company oversees and coordinates all the phases: from the selection of the fibres to weaving, coating and packaging in rolls in sizes that can be customised by the client.
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BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR: Malaysia is said to have announced a permanent ban on plastic waste imports  BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR has received news that Malaysia has announced a permanent ban on the import of plastic waste as from Friday 26 October 2018. BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

Peter von Bechen, pixelio.de

According to an article by the Malaysian news service The Star, Ms. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Housing and Local Government Minister, announced the permanent ban of plastic waste import and also that Malaysia would be phasing out the import of other types of plastic within three years.BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

According to BIR the decision was made in a meeting last Friday between Malaysia’s Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Prior to this, the Malaysian government had imposed a three-month freeze on the issuance of approved permits (AP) for the import of plastic waste.

India rumoured to increase import duties on non-ferrous scrap

According to a recently published article on the website of The Business Standard, the Government of India might be considering raising import duties for non-ferrous metal scrap to 7.5-10 per cent from the existing 2.5 per cent.

Source: Bureau of International Recycling (BIR)

Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market Revenue & Growth Analysis 2024 By Top Players Arkema, DSM, BASF SE, Evonik, UBE INDUSTRIES, LTD., Asahi Kasei Corporation, DowDuPont Inc., Grupa Azoty  Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Press release from: Global Market Insights Inc.
Biobased and Synthetic Polyamides Market
Biobased and Synthetic Polyamides Market

GMI presents a most up-to-date research on “Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market”– Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, By Product (Polyamide 6, Polyamide 66, Polyamide 10, Polyamide 11, Polyamide 12, Aramids), By End-user (Transportation, Textiles, Electrical & Electronics, Construction, Consumer Goods, Energy, Healthcare), Growth Potential, Trends Statistics, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia)and Forecast 2018 – 2025”.

Major manufacturers have been: Arkema, BASF SE, DSM, UBE INDUSTRIES, Evonik, DowDuPont Inc., EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG, Asahi Kasei Corp., Lanxess, Grupa Azoty, RTP Company and others.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Companies have been engaged in strategic mergers & acquisitions for strengthening their geographical footprint in order to serve the growing demand for polyamides.

BASF’s acquisition of Solvay polyamide business in September 2017 was a notable move in the global polyamide industry.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market Size will surpass USD 42 billion by 2025.

Strong demand for 3D printing from various end-user industries including: transportation, healthcare and consumer products industries will propel global biobased & synthetic polyamides market size by 2025.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

The product will hold a substantial potential in a range of 3D printing applications in healthcare segment, such as: orthopedic devices, MRI machines casings, prosthetic body parts, etc., thus driving the overall demand for polyamides.

The most common applications of biobased & synthetic polyamides have been: fuel lines, corrugated tubes, hydraulic hoses, transmission oil cooler hoses, coolant & degassing pipes, pneumatic tubes, clutch tubes, servo brakes, filaments, gas transportation, sensors connectors & solenoids, sporting goods, hand held devices, industrial tubes and other hydraulic applications.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Polyamide is an ideal solution for vehicle weight reduction. They have been replacing metal parts in automotive with the ease of mass production and molding.

These trends depict strong growth aspects for the biobased & synthetic polyamide industry by 2025.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Global manufacturing sector has been marked with an overall change in consumer preferences, with rising awareness regarding the impacts of the consumption of non-renewable energy sources on the environment.

Demand for renewable source based high-performance materials has been expanding substantially across the globe which is projected to result in an increased consumption of biobased polyamides such as PA 11, PA 10, etc. during the forecast span. Higher production costs of polyamides might have a negative impact on the overall market growth.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

In 2017, PA 6 and PA 66 together held massive market share surpassing 80% in global biobased & synthetic polyamides market.

Biobased Polyamide 11 is expected to witness a faster growth in the next seven years.

The robust growth traits of global bioplastics industry present a brighter outlook for the overall biobased polyamides segment during the forecast span.

Textiles was a significant end-user segment in global biobased & synthetic polyamides market in 2017. The segment will rise with a CAGR above 4.5% by 2025.

Aramids will have strong growth aspects in this area, for their use in military and occupational protective apparels.

Stringent guidelines by the U.S. OSHA regarding the occupational safety is likely to boost the protective clothing consumption by 2025, which shall have a positive influence on the overall market size during the forecast span.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Asia Pacific led biobased & synthetic polyamides market in 2017 and contributed a market share exceeding 40%. The massive share was attributed to the vast growth indicated especially by the regional construction and automotive industries. According to a report by the UN, the number of cities with 500,000 inhabitants or more is projected to grow by about 30% in Asia by 2030.

The rising urbanization and the population feeding requirements in geographies including: India, Taiwan, South Korea and others will lead to significant escalations in the regional industries: construction, healthcare, energy, automotive, food, etc.

These traits will have a remarkable potential for biobased & synthetic polyamides market in various applications such as: 3D printing, packaging, industrial coatings, engineering plastics, chemical processing, optical fibers, etc.

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Our business intelligence and industry research reports offer clients with penetrative insights and actionable market data specially designed and presented to aid strategic decision making.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

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Swiss company plastic recycling

Swiss company’s approach to plastic recycling ‘like unmaking pasta’

Swiss company plastic recycling

You have probably heard the news by now: plastic is everywhere. It is polluting our water, oceans, soils, even our own intestines — and it is very difficult to recycle properly.

At least it was, until Gr3n, a Swiss company based in Lugano, invented a new chemical process to recycle PET, a plastic present in bottles and food containers.

PET is difficult to recycle because it is made of mixed materials.

Gr3n is one of 10 projects nominated for the 2018 Innovation Radar prize in the Tech for Society category.Swiss company plastic recycling

“Currently, almost 90% of the plastic in textile and food packaging is not really recyclable”, said Matteo Bertelè, one of Gr3n’s co-founders.

“That’s because recycling systems use the mechanical recycling process, in which various plastic items are melted together and turned into small flakes of mixed plastic. But this mix cannot produce the same items it came from,” he added.

Mr Bertelè, who is Italian, likes to compare this process to pasta: “If you make pasta and put tomato sauce or ragù in it, the pasta becomes ‘contaminated’ by the sauce, you can’t separate them again.” Swiss company plastic recycling

Unlike mechanical recycling, Gr3n’s process, called Dem3to, can separate the different types of plastics, he said. Swiss company plastic recycling

“Our process is putting the pasta into the reactor, and it comes out as water and flour, the original pasta ingredients. Then we can make pasta — well, plastic — again.”

The separation of the monomers, which together forms the plastic material (polymer) is nothing new, but depolymerisation consumed far more energy than mechanical recycling.

Gr3n’s reactor makes it more efficient and less energy-consuming thanks to Bertelè’s team’s discovery — when applied with microwave vibrations, polymer gets “excited” and its group of molecules can be broken down to monomers again.

Gr3n started its research in 2011 and has since then received €12 million in funds through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.Swiss company plastic recycling

Swiss company plastic recycling

The Gr3n team – nominated for the 2018 Innovation Radar prizeGr3n

Before the end of the year, Gr3n will start testing its recycling technique on items made by various partnering brands: first plastic bottles from Coca-Cola and Nestlé, then Ikea carpets and H&M textiles. Swiss company plastic recycling

Other “stakeholders” include Adidas, Suez and Unilever. Pepsi and L’Oreal have also expressed interest. Swiss company plastic recycling

In the long run, Bertelè hopes that Gr3n will sell the Dem3to machines directly to big plastic manufacturers, so that they will “source their plastic waste and produce virgin plastic.”

The European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize 2018 in the Tech for Society category recognises new technologies impacting society and citizens, developed in EU-funded research and innovation projects. Swiss company plastic recycling

Other nominees in this category are Friedrich-Schiller-University JENA, Ifinity, Health Leads, Electronic Record Services, University of Iceland, CNET Svenska, CERTH/ITI, Signum Bildtechnik, and Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS.

You can vote online for the project of your choice.

SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

Customers came from far and wide for premieres of XTREME SINCRO CUBE and XTRA rotary stretch-blow-molding system SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

SIPA’s latest Open House in Vittorio Veneto drew customers from all over the world for a first look at a unique line taking PET pellets to filled and capped bottles via ground-breaking XTREME preform injection-compression molding, latest generation bottle blowing, and Flextronic filling.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

They also saw a brand-new baby stretch-blow molding machine, which is already up and running – very quickly! The new XTREME SINCRO CUBE system and the XTRA 14 SBM unit were put through their paces every day from October 22 to 26.

Visitors came from all across Europe, from North, South and Central America, from Africa and the Middle East. SIPA gave them a full demonstration of the capabilities of the systems, and provided them with typical Italian hospitality.
The XTREME SINCRO CUBE is compact, flexible and easy to operate. It is also very clean, since there is no intermediate handling step between preform molding and blowing. For the same reason, preforms don’t suffer any scratching.

Energy consumption is minimized too, since the preforms only go through minimal reheating prior to blowing. XTREME compression molding also helps produce bottles with an extraordinary performance. It goes almost without saying that SIPA’s Flextronic bottle filling is state-of-the art.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

SIPA unveiled its XTRA family of SBM machines only a few months ago, but it is growing already.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

At the Open House was the latest model, which has 14 blowing cavities. All XTRA units offer the highest unit output in the sector: 2,550 bottles per hour per cavity. That’s down in large part to the extra-wide processing angle they have, which allows for stress-free blowing at high speed.

Once again, reduced energy consumption is a key feature too. All this adds up to the best TCO in the market.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

The October Open House is over, but fireworks have only just begun. In November (19 to 23), SIPA has a second Open House, where it will premiere the fourth generation (GEN4) of its XFORM preform injection molding system, as well as its smallest injection-stretch-blow molding machine, the 25-tonne ECS SP 25.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil 06-11-2018

-Versalis, RadiciGroup and Safitex team up to recycle synthetic grass for sports fields according to Circular Economy principles  

Versalis (Eni), RadiciGroup and Safitex have joined forces to make synthetic grass for sports fields recyclable in line with the principles of the circular economy.  Economy

The project was presented today at Ecomondo and is the result of collaboration between Versalis, which supplies the raw material (polyethylene), RadiciGroup, a manufacturer of fibres for sport applications, and Safitex, a manufacturer of synthetic grass turf.

The project involves an all-Italian supply chain and is aimed at reinforcing the circularity of this application in order to reduce its end-of-life impact. Currently, synthetic grass turf is disposed of through landfill or incineration, which produces greenhouse gas emissions.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

 

 

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain continue to lose ground.

PET Bottle grade export 1,130/1,165 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,850/8,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,600/8,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,600/8,750 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 900/920 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,900/7,000 yuan/ton – MEG $ 760/770 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,450/6,600 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,160/1,170 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,400/9,500  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,450/11,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,600/9,750  yuan/ton

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-BIR: Malaysia is said to have announced a permanent ban on plastic waste imports  BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR has received news that Malaysia has announced a permanent ban on the import of plastic waste as from Friday 26 October 2018. BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

According to an article by the Malaysian news service The Star, Ms. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Housing and Local Government Minister, announced the permanent ban of plastic waste import and also that Malaysia would be phasing out the import of other types of plastic within three years

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

Swiss company’s approach to plastic recycling ‘like unmaking pasta’ 

Swiss company’s approach to plastic recycling ‘like unmaking pasta’

You have probably heard the news by now: plastic is everywhere. It is polluting our water, oceans, soils, even our own intestines — and it is very difficult to recycle properly.

At least it was, until Gr3n, a Swiss company based in Lugano, invented a new chemical process to recycle PET, a plastic present in bottles and food containers.

PET is difficult to recycle because it is made of mixed materials.

Gr3n is one of 10 projects nominated for the 2018 Innovation Radar prize in the Tech for Society category.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Customers came from far and wide for premieres of XTREME SINCRO CUBE and XTRA rotary stretch-blow-molding system 

SIPA’s latest Open House in Vittorio Veneto drew customers from all over the world for a first look at a unique line taking PET pellets to filled and capped bottles via ground-breaking XTREME preform injection-compression molding, latest generation bottle blowing, and Flextronic filling.

They also saw a brand-new baby stretch-blow molding machine, which is already up and running – very quickly! The new XTREME SINCRO CUBE system and the XTRA 14 SBM unit were put through their paces every day from October 22 to 26.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

GMI presents a most up-to-date research on “Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market”– Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, By Product (Polyamide 6, Polyamide 66, Polyamide 10, Polyamide 11, Polyamide 12, Aramids), By End-user (Transportation, Textiles, Electrical & Electronics, Construction, Consumer Goods, Energy, Healthcare), Growth Potential, Trends Statistics, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia)and Forecast 2018 – 2025”.

Major manufacturers have been: Arkema, BASF SE, DSM, UBE INDUSTRIES, Evonik, DowDuPont Inc., EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG, Asahi Kasei Corp., Lanxess, Grupa Azoty, RTP Company and others.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Companies have been engaged in strategic mergers & acquisitions for strengthening their geographical footprint in order to serve the growing demand for polyamides.
Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-How could the proposed UK tax on non-recycled plastic strain the packaging industry?

Food and beverage companies could be taxed on plastic packaging that contains less than 30 percent recycled content from April 2022, the UK Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the 2018 Budget speech last week. Kenton Robbins, the Managing Director of PFF, the UK’s largest independent producer of thermoformed plastic for food packaging, notes that applying a degree of pressure to deal with plastic waste is the right thing to do, but that there are hurdles facing the UK recycling industry that will make 30 percent recycled plastic levels difficult for some companies to achieve.

Speaking to PackagingInsights, Robins expands on the difficulties of producing and obtaining good quality recyclate, rising polymer prices and the importance of consumer education on recycling.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Biome Bioplastics unveils new tool to help detangle the ‘complexities of plastics’.

Biome Bioplastics unveils new tool to help detangle the ‘complexities of plastics’ and promote bioplastics.”We decided to take the matter into our own hands and form a necessary back-to-basic approach that puts the emphasis on science and fact.”

UK-based Biome Bioplastics has launched a new a digital educational channel to help government, media and the public better understand the complexities of plastics and plastic pollution and learn more about available alternatives.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Plastic packaging: time to pack it in?

The fact that fossil oil-based plastics are harmful to the environment is nowadays regarded as common knowledge, strongly supported by research and science. The problem becomes even more evident through images in the media of garbage-strewn beaches and islands of plastic waste floating around in the oceans. Like climate change, the environmental impact of plastic waste on our planet is a condition that is no longer open to doubt. As an example, it takes more than 400 years for an ordinary water bottle made from PET to decompose biologically. We don’t have that much time.

Achieving significant — and for our planet, necessary — progress in mitigating the greenhouse effect requires measures that yield considerable and measurable results.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Indonesia’s Premiere Plastics & Rubber Exhibition to Drive Innovative Packaging for Sustainable Business

Plastics & Rubber Indonesia 2018, the Indonesia’s premiere exhibition of global traders in plastics, rubber machinery, processing, and materials, is set to kick off on November 14, 2018, at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta.

In conjunction with Drinktech Indonesia, Plaspak Indonesia, Mould & Die Indonesia featuring Printech Indonesia, the four-day expo will present key trends in plastic industry, beverage processing, packaging technologies and solutions.

It connects more than 470 exhibiting companies with over 13,000 potential buyers, professionals, and industry leaders through the most-comprehensive showcase of plastic and rubber technology, including knowledge-sharing seminars with leading minds in the industry.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Oil prices fall as U.S. grants Iran sanction waivers to major importers

Oil prices fell on Monday as the start to U.S. sanctions against Iran’s fuel exports was softened by waivers that will allow major buyers to still import Iranian crude, at least temporarily.

Front-month Brent crude futures were at $72.40 per barrel at 0332 GMT on Monday, down 43 cents, or 0.6 percent from their last close.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 46 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $62.68 a barrel.

Brent has lost more than 16 percent in value since early October, while WTI has declined by more than 18 percent since then, in part as hedge funds have cut their bullish wagers on crude to a one-year low by the end of October, data showed on Friday.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-WTO to take action on UAE grievance against Pakistan

Panel formed to probe anti-dumping duties levied on biaxially-oriented polypropylene.

The World Trade Organisation has agreed to form a committee on the request of the UAE to probe into anti-dumping duties levied by Pakistan on biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP).

“At a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body [DSB] on October 29, WTO members agreed to a request from the United Arab Emirates for the establishment of a panel to examine anti-dumping duties imposed by Pakistan on biaxially-oriented polypropylene [BOPP] from the UAE,” the global trade body said in a statement.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Saudi Arabia cuts December Arab Light crude oil price to Asia

Saudi Aramco has cut its December price for its Arab Light grade for Asian customers by 10 cents per barrel versus November to a premium of $1.60 a barrel to the Oman/Dubai average, the state oil company said on Monday.

It raised its Arab Light OSP to Northwest Europe by 50 cents for December from the previous month to a discount of $2.20 a barrel to the ICE Brent.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Iran Sanctions and Oil Prices: Who’ll Feel the Pain?

Markets have taken the Trump administration’s move in stride so far. But experts differ on whether a reduction in output could yet prove disruptive.

The world’s oil producers and their customers entered a new period of uncertainty on Monday as renewed American economic sanctions against Iran took effect.

Having withdrawn from the seven-nation deal negotiated under his predecessor to curb Iranian nuclear efforts, President Trump is aiming to pressure Iran to curb its political and military activities across the Middle East.

And the administration is betting that its policy will inflict pain on Tehran without causing a spike in oil prices or an aggressive reaction.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Europe cracker margins firmer again on weaker naphtha, LPG feed

European ethylene cracker margins have risen for the second consecutive week on the back of an ongoing decline in euro-denominated feedstock costs, according to ICIS margin analysis on Monday.

In the week to 2 November, both naphtha and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) values softened by 7% week on week.

Naphtha-based contract cracker margins  increased by 15%, co-product credits dropped by 3% week on week.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 5

US OLEFINS

US ethylene participants are expected to confirm a marketwide settlement for the October ethylene contract on Monday.

There was no confirmation of a marketwide contract settlement on Friday, but trade participants had reported some settlements at a 2.50 cent/lb decline from September.

A 2.50-cent decline would take October ethylene contracts to 31.25 cents/lb. Meanwhile, trade sources have said Chevron Phillips’s Port Arthur, Texas, facility, should be back online heading into this week, following a 60-day turnaround.

In the propylene market, with all three propane dehydrogenation units in the US, inventory is expected to continue growing.

Downstream, no other polypropylene producers have come out with price increases for November.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Report notes surge in recycled polyester use Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Source : apparelinsider

Victoria Gallagher

MILAN – Leading global apparel brands have notably ramped up the use of recycled polyester in their collections since signing a pledge in January.

US not-for-profit Textile Exchange has announced a collective 36 per cent increase by signatory companies following the launch of the rPet Challenge at the start of this year.

Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, Target and Timberland were among 45 brands to make the initial commitment, which was announced at last year’s Textile Exchange’s annual sustainability conference.Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

The commitment was tracked via participation in the Polyester Module of Textile Exchange’s annual Preferred Fibre and Materials Benchmark Survey, with the baseline usage published in the Textile Exchange Preferred Fibre and Materials Market Report, released last week.

The surge in usage, which sees signatories smash through their 2020 target of 25 per cent, suggests recycled polyester is increasingly becoming the preferable option for brands.

Indeed, the news follows a commitment made by Adidas earlier this year to transition to 100 per cent use of recycled polyester in all its products by 2024.

Talking to Apparel Insider about the results in Milan, Karla Magruder, Textile Exchange Board Member and sustainability consultant, suggested a strong belief system by brands to use more sustainable fibres.Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

“Companies look at their portfolio and if they are using a significant amount of a fibre they want to use a preferred version and, today, recycled polyester is the preferred version alternative to virgin,” she told us.Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

There have been indications in previous years that cost is a significant factor when it comes to recycled polyester and has prevented some brands making the transition.

Magruder acknowledges that cost will always be important for brands and is something Textile Exchange’s rPet working group considers, with the wish always being to see cost parity between any fibre and its preferred or sustainable alternative.

Asked about trends in recycled polyester, Magruder said mechanically recycled polyester remains the most commonly used and most commercially viable.

“There is some chemically recycled polyester but not at the same scale and currently it is more expensive and doesn’t have the same environmental profile as mechanically recycled. But that may change,” she said.

Exploring structure graphene polymers

Exploring the structure and properties of new graphene-like polymers  Exploring structure graphene polymers

(Nanowerk News) A team of scientists from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with foreign colleagues described the structural and physical properties of a group of two-dimensional materials based on polycyclic molecules called circulenes.

The possibility of flexible design and variable properties of these materials make them suitable for nanoelectronics. Exploring structure graphene polymers

Exploring structure graphene polymers

The results are published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (“Strong Topological States and High Charge Carrier Mobility in Tetraoxa[8]circulene Nanosheets”).

Among three types of nanosheets, only two demonstrate semiconducting properties exhibiting 1.37 and 1.84 eV direct band gaps, while another one is found to be a semimetal, which hosts strong topological states and enhances the band gap (∼87 meV) induced by spin–orbit coupling (SOC) that exceeds by several orders of magnitude that gap in graphene. (© ACS)

Circulenes are organic molecules that consist of several hydrocarbon cycles forming a flower-like structure. Their high stability, symmetricity, and optical properties make them of special interest for nanoelectronics especially for solar cells and organic LEDs.

The most stable and most studied tetraoxa[8]circulene molecule could be potentially polymerized into graphene-like nanoribbons and sheets. The authors have published the results of simulations proving this possibility. They also described properties and structure of the proposed materials.

“Having only one building block – a tetraoxa[8]circulene molecule – one can create a material with properties similar to those of silicon (a semiconductor traditionally used in electronics) or graphene (a semimetal) depending on the synthesis parameters.

However, the proposed materials have some advantages. The charge carrier mobility is about 10 times higher compared to silicon, therefore, one could expect higher conductivity,” says the main author of the study Artem Kuklin, research associate at the department of theoretical physics of Siberian Federal University.

Having the equilibrium geometries and tested their stability, the scientists discovered several stable tetraoxa[8]circulene-based polymers. The difference between them lied in the type of coupling between the molecules resulting in different properties. The polymers demonstrate high charge carrier mobility.

This property was analyzed by fitting of energy zones near bandgap – a parameter represented by separation of empty and occupied electronic states. The mechanical properties exhibit that the new materials 1.5-3 times more stretchable than graphene.

The authors also emphasized existence of topological states in one of the polymers caused by spin-orbit coupling, which is not typical for light elements-based materials. The materials possessed such kind of properties are insulators in the bulk but can conduct electricity on the surface (edges).

“The proposed nanostructures possess useful properties and may be used in various fields, from the production of ionic sieves to elements of nanoelectronic devices. Further we plan to develop this topic and modify our compounds with metal adatoms to study their magnetic and catalytic properties. We would also like to find a research group that could synthesize these materials,” concludes Artem Kuklin.

Source: Siberian Federal University

Polymers PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM29/10/201805/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,200 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton-250
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,200 $/ton1,170 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,050yuan/ton8,725 yuan/ton-325
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,000 yuan/ton8,700 yuan/ton-300
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,100 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton-150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 955 $/ton920 $/ton-35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,810 yuan/ton6,680 yuan/ton-130
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

802 $/ton795 $/ton-7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,214 $/ton1,167 $/ton-47
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

10,050 yuan/ton9,525 yuan/ton-525
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,200 yuan/ton9,050 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 11,900 yuan/ton11,500 yuan/ton-400
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

11.400 yuan/ton 10,600 yuan/ton-800
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

10,275 yuan/ton9,800 yuan/ton-475
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,050 yuan/ton9,750 yuan/ton-300
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,450 yuan/ton16,500 yuan/ton+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,200 $/ton2,100 $/ton-100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,450 $/ton2,450 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,300 yuan/ton17,500 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,600 yuan/ton18,500 yuan/ton-100
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,500 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

21,600 yuan/ton21,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,500 yuan/ton24,400 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,500 yuan/ton23,300 yuan/ton-200
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,000 yuan/ton34,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

9,800 yuan/ton9,450 yuan/ton-350
Benzene domestic market

 

6,475 yuan/ton6,100 yuan/ton-375
Benzene overseas  market

 

766 $/ton723 $/ton-43
Ethylene South East market

 

910 $/ton835 $/ton-75
Ethylene NWE  market

 

990 $/ton969 $/ton-21
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

16,000 yuan/ton14,000 yuan/ton-2,000
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,050 $/ton2,000 $/ton-50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,050 yuan/ton14,750 yuan/ton-300
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton-100
Naphtha overseas market         

 

637 $/ton594 $/ton-43
Phenol domestic market 12,175 yuan/ton

 

12,238 yuan/ton

 

+62
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,465 $/ton

 

1,440 $/ton

 

-25
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,555 $/ton

 

1,535 $/ton

 

-20
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,102 $/ton1,082 $/ton-20
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,092 $/ton1,073 $/ton-19
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,081 $/ton1,061 $/ton-20
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,070 $/ton1,048 $/ton-22
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,231 $/ton1,208 $/ton-23
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,222 $/ton1,202 $/ton-20
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,244 €/ton1,244 €/ton

 

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling graphene 05-11-2018

-Report notes surge in recycled polyester use Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Leading global apparel brands have notably ramped up the use of recycled polyester in their collections since signing a pledge in January.

US not-for-profit Textile Exchange has announced a collective 36 per cent increase by signatory companies following the launch of the rPet Challenge at the start of this year.

Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, Target and Timberland were among 45 brands to make the initial commitment, which was announced at last year’s Textile Exchange’s annual sustainability conference

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Polymers PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

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-Exploring the structure and properties of new graphene-like polymers  Exploring structure graphene polymers

A team of scientists from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with foreign colleagues described the structural and physical properties of a group of two-dimensional materials based on polycyclic molecules called circulenes.

The possibility of flexible design and variable properties of these materials make them suitable for nanoelectronics. Exploring structure graphene polymers

The results are published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (“Strong Topological States and High Charge Carrier Mobility in Tetraoxa[8]circulene Nanosheets”).

Among three types of nanosheets, only two demonstrate semiconducting properties exhibiting 1.37 and 1.84 eV direct band gaps, while another one is found to be a semimetal, which hosts strong topological states and enhances the band gap (∼87 meV) induced by spin–orbit coupling (SOC) that exceeds by several orders of magnitude that gap in graphene. (© ACS)

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-Carbon fiber strength evaluated in first successful Polestar 1 crash test

The first series of crash tests of the Polestar 1 have been carried out. This was the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation.

“We were really excited about this. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO at Polestar.

“This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we needed to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

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-How Circular is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy – the newest magical word in the sustainable development vocabulary – promises economic growth without destruction or waste. However, the concept only focuses on a small part of total resource use and does not take into account the laws of thermodynamics.

The circular economy has become, for many governments, institutions, companies, and environmental organisations, one of the main components of a plan to lower carbon emissions. In the circular economy, resources would be continually re-used, meaning that there would be no more mining activity or waste production. The stress is on recycling, made possible by designing products so that they can easily be taken apart.

Attention is also paid to developing an “alternative consumer culture”. In the circular economy, we would no longer own products, but would loan them. For example, a customer could pay not for lighting devices but for light, while the company remains the owner of the lighting devices and pays the electricity bill. A product thus becomes a service, which is believed to encourage businesses to improve the lifespan and recyclability of their products.

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-Trump re-imposes Iran sanctions: Now what?

Donald Trump has signed a document that reinstates sanctions against Iran

The re-imposition of the full panoply of sanctions against Iran that were waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement marks a high-point for President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

He had long objected to the agreement, which was seen by most analysts as one of the more significant foreign policy achievements of his predecessor Barack Obama.

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-US October ethylene contracts settle down 7.4% on feedstocks

US October ethylene contracts settled for the majority of the market at a 2.5 cent/lb decline as costs for feedstock ethane eased.

The settlement puts October contract prices at 31.25 cents/lb ($689/tonne), down from 33.75 cents/lb in September. US ethylene contract prices are typically settled at the beginning of the prior month and take direction from production costs and spot prices.

September contract prices rose sharply on a spike in ethane feedstocks, which drove production costs and spot prices higher. Ethane prices was driven higher as stronger demand from new crackers and exports was met with the limited logistical systems in getting the ethane to market.

However, ethane prices weakened during October from the low 50s cents/gal to the mid 30s cents/gal amid an easing of demand and a downturn in the energy complex.

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-China Focus: Recycled construction waste helps firms go from trash to cash

For many years, pieces of debris from building projects in China have been randomly disposed of. But now, many of them are being reborn.

In Shahe Town of Beijing’s Changping District, several trucks of construction waste are sent into waste recycling facilities and turned into new building materials for a new park nearby.

The waste was generated by the demolition and renovation work of the town. According to local official Song Yan, increasing demolition and renovation work has generated a large volume of construction waste, which is expected to reach 2.3 million tonnes by 2020.

“If all the construction waste is disposed of using traditional landfill methods, it will occupy 15 hectares of land with a depth of 10 meters, equivalent to 22 football fields,” Song said.

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-US has allowed India to continue to buy oil from Iran after it agreed to cut the amount of crude oil imports

The US has allowed India to continue to buy oil from Iran after it agreed to cut the amount of crude oil imports by a third of the 2017-18 level.

The country is the second biggest buyer of Iranian crude after China.

During talks with the US officials, oil ministry sources said the country agreed to cap the oil import by a third to 15 million tonnes (mt), down from 22.6mt in 2017-18.

Sources, however, did not clarify whether the country would have to continue to cut the imports over a period of time and if so, by what percentage. They also did not disclose the payment method to be adopted for Iran crude.

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-NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial

World’s first PET aerogels cut plastic waste, and are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption, as well as fire safety applications

Researchers from the the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a significant contribution towards resolving the global issue of plastic waste, by creating a way to convert plastic bottle waste into aerogels for many useful applications.

Plastic bottles are commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most recycled plastic in the world. The PET aerogels developed by the NUS-led research team using plastic bottle waste – a world’s first – are soft, flexible, durable, extremely light and easy to handle. They also demonstrate superior thermal insulation and strong absorption capacity. These properties make them attractive for a wide range of applications, such as for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and also as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks that could be used during fire rescue operations and fire escape.

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-Plastics recycling technology roundup

A project seeks to inspire improvements in PA and PU recycling, ocean plastics make their way into surfboards, and a depolymerization startup inks a deal with PepsiCo.

System demonstrations: Equipment supplier Erema reports 130 plastics recycling industry professionals attended its Discovery Day in Ipswich, Mass. in late September. Three Intarema brand recycling systems for different applications were demonstrated: the RegrindPro with ReFresher and Erema Laserfilter (for HDPE bottle recycling), the TVEplus with SW RTF (for EPS), and the TVEplus with Erema laserfilter (for heavily contaminated LLDPE films).

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-Brazil kills off the BRICS dream with election of strongman Jair Bolsonaro

The bright future that then-Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill envisioned 17 years ago has had a rough few months.

In July, nations comprising the BRIC acronym held their annual summit. Yet by the time leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China converged in Johannesburg, the investment world was already sensing the BRICs lacked economic mortar.

Growth was losing momentum, members were turning inward and the much-vaunted convergence O’Neill predicted in November 2001 was nowhere to be found. America’s trade war, meanwhile, pushed emerging markets back to the brink of contagion. Time, pundits agreed, to put to rest talk of developing economies trumping the majors.

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-Equipment spotlight: AI capabilities boost sortation system

The Heavy Picker from ZenRobotics making a pick on a sort line.In order to achieve the cleanest possible stream, the Heavy Picker from ZenRobotics maximizes separation of heavy plastics before shredding.

The equipment can perform up to 2,000 picks per hour, per robotic arm, and the system can include up to three arms. The Heavy Picker uses an artificial intelligence system ZenRobotics calls ZenbrAIn.

The equipment can separate large objects that weigh up to 30 kilograms, according to the manufacturer. It employs a sensor unit that includes near infrared spectrum sensors, a 3D sensor system, a high-resolution camera, an imaging metal detector and a visual light spectrum sensor.

Other components include the robot’s control system, robotic arms with grippers that open up to half a meter, and a safety cage.

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-PTI, Big 3 enter into business alliance to help brand owners achieve PET bottle quality, speed-to-market goals

PTI has entered into a business alliance with Big 3 Precision Products, Inc., Centralia, Illinois, to help brand owners achieve quality and speed-to-market goals for products sold in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

For the past three decades, PTI has been the confidential development engine behind many well-known PET bottle commercializations. Big 3’s Mold Services Group has been a leader in producing molds for single-stage PET blow molding machines, as well as injection blow molding equipment.

“With this alliance in place, we will now be able to seamlessly pair our PET bottle development services with the mold making capability necessary to run production quantities. Integrating the mold supplier into the early stages of the development process eliminates compatibility issues.

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-LANXESS offers new polyamides and polyesters for laser transmission welding

LANXESS is expanding its range of laser-transparent polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 as well as PBT compounds (polybutylene terephthalate) for Laser transmission welding.

Frank Krause, welding technology expert in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit at LANXESS, said: “With these new products, we are primarily targeting the growing demand for housings for sensors, control units, and display systems, for example, which are needed for electrification of vehicle drives and for applications in driver assistance systems through to autonomous driving.”

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India becomes one of 8 countries to get waiver on Trump’s Iran sanctions; here’s how

India has become one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration.

India is one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration.

India one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration. (Image: Reuters)

India has become one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions re-imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration. United States secretary of state Michael Pompeo on Friday said that eight governments that have taken “important moves” towards reducing Iranian oil imports to zero are going to receive temporary waivers.

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-When it comes to recycling, plastic bottles are mre eco-friendly than glass

What is the environmental impact of choosing between glass or plastic bottles? In terms of recycling, the answer is clear: plastic.

Plastic bottles are easily recyclable if they are made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is usually labeled with the number “1” in a triangle made of chasing arrows. Soda and water are typically packaged in PET plastic.

High-density polyethylene, or HDPE, bottles (labeled with #2) are also easily recyclable. HDPE is used to package milk, laundry detergent and other products less likely to have glass alternatives.

Facilities for recycling these two plastic types are available in California, mitigating some of the recent concerns with China rejecting imports of certain types of American recyclables.

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-China and Russia Join Forces

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will make an official visit to China, during which he will attend the opening of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE 2018) and hold his 23rd meeting with Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

On the one hand, the visit is designed to boost China’s reforms and openness amid the rise of international protectionism and trade tensions between the United States and China. On the other hand, Russia will have an opportunity, which it is ready to use, to take over the US niche on the Chinese market. Dmitry Medvedev said the talks will focus on trade, energy cooperation, the development of infrastructure and coordination of positions on global issues, including international trade and protectionism.

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-Crude oil caps worst week since February as Iran supply fears subside

Futures slumped 6.3 percent this week, the biggest drop since early February.

New Delhi: Oil extended its slide to six-month lows as the US softened its crackdown on Iranian exports and American supplies surged, easing concerns of an impending shortage.

Futures slumped 6.3 per cent this week, the biggest drop since early February. The US has agreed to let eight countries — including Japan, India and South Korea — keep buying Iranian oil after sanctions kick in this weekend to prevent a spike in prices, a senior administration official said.

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-Can Iran survive sanctions?

New tough sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector, imposed by the United States, come into force on Monday.

Iran is heavily dependent on its exports of oil, and renewed sanctions, if effective, would hit the economy hard.

The EU has proposed supporting companies trading with Iran despite these new sanctions.

But will these companies risk being hit by secondary sanctions which would limit their own ability to trade with the US?

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-Technology Profile: Bio-based Butanediol Production

Butanediol (BDO) refers to all butylene glycol isomers. The most common isomer — 1,4-butanediol — is a versatile intermediate chemical used in the manufacture of plastics, elastic fibers and polyurethanes. Commercial processes for producing bio-based BDO from sugars have emerged in recent years as alternatives to petroleum-derived BDO. This one-page process description outlines the production of BDO by the fermentation of glucose.

Medium preparation. The preparation of the culture media involves dilution tanks, pumps and sterilizers. The culture media used in the batch and fed-batch phases of pre-fermentation and fermentation are prepared by mixing process water, glucose and nutrients.

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-Sustainable solution hinges on collaboration

Libby White asks Clark Ensminger, Market Development Manager, Cosmetic Packaging, Eastman Chemical Company, how its ecodesign collaboration with Groupe Rocher has led to the creation of a more sustainable compact case.

Many packaging solutions claim to be sustainable, eco-friendly and recyclable. However, how important is it to focus on the entire product life cycle of a solution, and why have you taken this approach in collaboration with Groupe Rocher?

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-Danone-Aqua Reveals Indonesia’s First 100% Recycled Plastic Bottle

Jakarta. Danone-Aqua, Indonesia’s oldest and largest brand of bottled water, unveiled the country’s first 100 percent recycled plastic bottle during the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali last week, as part of its commitment to helping reduce plastic pollution in the archipelago.

“We want to show that it is possible and achievable. [This is] the first 100 percent rPET bottle in Indonesia, meaning that this bottle has been made without using any virgin plastic. So all the plastic we use for this bottle is [from] recycled bottles,” Tirta Investama president director Corine Tap said in a recent interview, referring to recycled polyethylene terephthalate.

Tirta Investama is the company behind the Danone-Aqua brand.

The company can currently only produce the 100 percent rPET bottles in 1.1-liter format, which will be slightly more expensive than the 1.5-liter bottles commonly found in stores across the country.

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-Renewable energy no longer a luxury for OPEC

When it comes to the operations of oil companies, transparency is a scarce commodity in OPEC. Very little information is known about the finances of national oil companies operating the world’s largest fields.

A glimpse into the books of some countries such as Kuwait where there is an advanced system of transparency and disclosure, however, shows it is possible.

This can give an idea about how things are for other OPEC members.

On Nov. 2, Kuwaiti newspaper Alqabas issued a report citing “Diwan Almohasabah”, the Auditing Bureau in Kuwait. The Diwan had an interesting report on the cost of production in Kuwait, where it questioned the increases in costs in recent years.

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-Wind, another option in the Saudi renewable energy strategy

In my first article about the Saudi renewable energy strategy, I highlighted that the Saudi government is planning to develop a total of 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of a $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption in line with Vision 2030.

Talking about wind power as another option, the Arabian Peninsula has been a white spot on the world’s wind maps. One reason for this is that until recently Saudi Arabia was rather shielded from the rest of the world. On the other hand, almost infinite oil reserves were considered to secure the energy supply far into the future.

Saudi Arabia is characterized by regions of high wind power-density potential, mostly located along the Red Sea coast and in the southeast. However, according to a recent study, high wind energy potential can be also found in other regions during specific seasons.

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-US Universities Reconsider Ties with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman observes a showing of Saudi Arabian technology, including an exhibit by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, during a visit to

US Universities Reconsider Ties with Saudi Arabia

Colleges and universities in the United States have received more than $350 million from the government of Saudi Arabia over the past 10 years.

Yet some of these schools are reconsidering their ties with the government following the killing of Saudi journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi. His death has led to international criticism of the oil-rich nation.

The Associated Press, or AP, examined U.S. federal records for information about the flow of Saudi money to American higher education. The news agency found that at least $354 million from the Saudi government or organizations it controls has gone to 37 American schools since 2011.

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-‘Adopt new technology for biodegradable plastics’

BHUBANESWAR:  Odisha Assembly of Small and Medium Enterprises (OASME) on Friday urged manufacturers of polythene and plastic products to adopt new-age technology to produce bio-degradable and eco-friendly items.  Speaking at a workshop on ‘Next 2 Plastics’ organised in collaboration with Hoopoo Overseas Pvt Ltd, secretary general of OASME Satwik Swain said now it is high time that the manufacturers should upgrade their set up with the new technology to keep pace with the changing world.

“More than 500 Medium and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the State have been affected after the ban on single use plastics. The units will be shut down if required technological upgradation is not made,” he said.

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-Colorful new PEEKs at Fakuma

Bieglo GmbH Bieglo GmbH offers a variety of PEEK products, including in tubes, rods and sheets.

Friedrichshafen, Germany — Hamburg-based distributor Bieglo GmbH  exhibited special grades of natural polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer as well as PEEK functional and color compounds during Fakuma 2018.

High-performance polymers, due to their mechanical properties and their resistance to high temperatures, are becoming increasingly popular in industries and double-digit growth is estimated for their demand in the coming years, according to Bieglo CEO John Biesterfeld.

“The demand for PEEK and other materials in the top of the polymer pyramid is increasing as industrial equipment is getting more efficient and therefore hotter. On the other hand improvement of plastic machineries allow for more people to convert PEEK,” Biesterfeld said.

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ieglo GmbH offers a variety of PEEK products, including in tubes, rods and sheets.

-Kordsa bags Industry 4.0 award in textile category

Kordsa has been named as one of the global 100 enterprises and granted the Industry 4.0 award in the textile category, according to a study conducted by Platin magazine in co-operation with the independent market research company IPSOS.

Kordsa is the global player of tire, construction reinforcement, and composites technologies market, based in Turkey.

Leading economics and business monthly magazine Platin’s Global 100 Awards recognises Turkey’s most successful 100 companies.

Organised to acknowledge the value created by Turkey’s export champions promoting Turkey abroad and to share best practices to set a role model for the Turkish business world, Platin Global 100 Awards is considered as a reflection of the Turkish economy’s strength, Kordsa said in a press release.

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-Coca Cola envisions ‘a world without waste’ with their new packaging vision to combat their massive ecological footprint!

THE tab of the soda can is pulled off, before it’s tilted toward a glass filled with ice. The fizz is always mesmerising, a thirst-quenching lullaby on a blistering hot day. Coca-Cola or Coke remains the perennial favourite and is recognised as the world’s most valuable brand, often associated with happiness. What else could constitute happiness than a tall glass of iced coke on a sunny day? A noteworthy fact – Coca-Cola means “Delicious Happiness” in Mandarin!

It was Andy Warhol who put it bluntly: “You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the president drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.”

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-Iran oil sanctions: Saudi ready to boost supplies

The kingdom could turn to its huge strategic reserves of around 300 billion barrels to meet global demand.

With Washington poised to curtail Iran’s oil exports, Opec heavyweight Saudi Arabia and its partners stand ready to ramp up supplies even as market conditions remain uncertain,

The renewal of sanctions on the Islamic republic comes at a time of major supply disruptions in several producer nations and as US President Donald Trump aims to prevent an oil price hike.

Analysts expect that Iran’s oil exports, which reach around 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in normal times, to plunge by one million to two million bpd when sanctions take effect on November 5.

That is expected to strain an already tight market.

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HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

HeiQ And Patagonia Expand Their Partnership With HeiQ Fresh Tech HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia expand their 2017 partnership to include HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control technology, with best-in-class performances. HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

Recent consumer research shows that 72% of shoppers are interested in odor control technology in activewear. As we are social animals, humans want to be close to others without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel from ourselves or our surroundings.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

To expand on the Patagonia/HeiQ partnership, and as part of the R&D partnership launched in 2017, Patagonia will begin using HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control in their Fall 2019 collection.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

“While we were happy with our previous odor control solution, we were able to develop a better solution as part of our R&D Partnership with HeiQ.

We are always looking to improve quality of our products, and HeiQ Fresh Tech will help us meet our consumers demands.” said Matt Dwyer, director of material innovation and development at Patagonia.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

“We are excited to continue to expand our partnership with HeiQ to develop sustainable textile finishes.”HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

HeiQ Fresh Tech is a family of highly versatile and effective odor-preventing and odor-absorbing textile technologies that continue to be effective even after prolonged use and frequent washings.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology
This product family is comprised of technologies that either prevent odor from emerging, absorb odor from the surroundings, or take both into action.

“We are confident our HeiQ Fresh Tech solution will be a great addition to the Patagonia product line, and will create the highest value possible for the consumer,” said Carlo Centonze, HeiQ CEO.

He added, “The Patagonia and HeiQ partnership is based on our shared vision that technology can perfect our every-day textile products.”

Source:  HeiQ Materials AG

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Filament winding, reinvented

Robots and digital technology deliver speed plus larger, more complex parts,

while generative 3D winding obviates mandrels and waste for automotive applications.

Filament winding, one of the oldest composite manufacturing processes, was used to produce solid rocket motor cases after World War II. By the early 1960s and ‘70s, commercial winding machines were also being used to fabricate fiber-reinforced pipes, pressure vessels and streetlight poles. Well-suited to automation, filament winding is fast, cost-effective and creates lightweight, high-performance structures.

Traditionally, filament winding impregnated fibers in a resin bath just prior to application on a rotating mandrel (tool) while keeping them in tension. Though wet winding is still popular, processes have also been developed to use prepreg tapes, towpreg or dry fibers, the latter serving as preforms for liquid molding processes.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Plastic tax ‘discriminatory’, likely to increase prices – PlasticsEurope

A tax on plastics proposed this week in the UK could increase final consumer prices and would be discriminatory against the industry, an executive at European trade group PlasticsEurope said on Thursday.

Kim Christiansen, north region director at the trade group, added, however, that plastics are “high on the political agenda” and argued that polymers producers are already taking steps to increase the circularity of their products.

This week, the UK announced that it aims to introduce a tax on plastics with less than 30% recycled material from 2022 onwards, a tax opposed by the industry’s trade group the British Plastics Federation (BPF), according to its director general in an interview with ICIS.

The CEO of Austria’s polymers major Borealis also told ICIS this week that a plastic tax would not be efficient to increase recycling rates, and said the EU should develop further schemes like the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

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-DowDuPont sees ‘short and shallow compression’ in PE cycle in 2019

DowDuPont expects a relatively mild and quick downturn in the polyethylene (PE) cycle in early 2019 amid stable inventories and high operating rates, a senior executive said on Thursday.

“There are some predictions out there that everything is going to collapse. I’m not sure I believe that,” said Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow Chemical (Materials Science division of DowDuPont), on the company’s Q3 earnings call.

“We’ve seen that inventories are relatively under control. They’re actually down at the end of the third quarter slightly. Inventories are at 42 days, and that’s basically what you need to run the supply chain,” he added.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-EU moves closer to ban on single-use plastics

After the European Commission and the European Parliament, representatives of EU Member States agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday on a common position with a view to banning or reducing consumption of single-use plastics that often litter oceans and beaches.

On 6 November, the European institutions will begin efforts to reach a common position.

The Commission had proposed in May to ban a dozen disposable products for which there are already alternative solutions. These include cotton swabs, plates, cutlery, balloon sticks, and stirrers.

The Parliament, which discussed a report by Euro-parliamentarian Frédérique Ries (Reformist Movement, MR) two weeks ago, added polystyrene food and drink containers, along with plastic wrapping and straws that are oxy-degradable, i.e. break down into small bits, but are not entirely biodegradable.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Asia naphtha drops below $600/tonne on sharp crude oil losses

Asia’s naphtha prices plummeted to their lowest level in seven months, dragged down by steep losses in crude oil futures overnight and amid a supply glut.

Oilfield workers prepare supplies for oil rigs in Liaodong Bay of the Bohai sea in Tianjin, China.(Photo by Lou Linwei/REX/Shutterstock)

On Friday morning, open-spec naphtha prices for second-half December delivery stood at $593.75/tonne CFR (cost & freight) Japan, down by 2% from the previous day’s close.

Current prices are at levels not seen since April, according to ICIS data.

January ICE Brent crude oil futures were trading lower at $72.56/bbl early on Friday, following news of record crude production by Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US.

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-Chemours’ TiO2 volumes falling faster than expected – CEO

Chemours’ titanium dioxide (TiO2) volumes are declining faster than expected in the second half of 2018, due to destocking throughout the whole TiO2 chain across global regions, the CEO of the US-based producer said in an update on Friday.

Full-year 2018 volumes for Chemours’ Ti-Pure brand pigment are expected to be down in the mid-single digits, compared with “a very robust 2017”, Mark Vergnano told analysts during the company’s Q3 earnings call.

As a result, Chemours now expects total full-year 2018 adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to come in at the lower end of its $1.70bn-$1.85bn guidance, the CEO said.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Textile Flame Retardant Chemicals

Avocet manufactures a range of high performance, textile flame retardant chemicals marketed under the name CETAFLAM®. They can be applied during the dyeing process, by backcoating or padding to a wide range of textile fibres and their blends. Some are also OEKO-TEX® accredited “active chemical products”.

Avocet manufactures a range of high performance, textile flame retardant chemicals marketed under the name CETAFLAM®. They can be applied during the dyeing process, by backcoating or padding to a wide range of textile fibres and their blends. Some are also OEKO-TEX® accredited “active chemical products”.

Our philosophy is to innovate and develop products which have high flame retardant performance, low environmental impact, low energy use and are reliable.

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-U.S. And OPEC Flood Oil Market Ahead Of Midterms

OPEC and the U.S. are together adding enormous volumes of new supply, which together have softened the oil market.

In October, OPEC hiked oil production to the highest level since 2016, back before the oil production cuts went into effect, according to a recent Reuters survey. The higher output, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, come just as Iranian oil is going offline. Also, Libya saw a sharp rebound in production, although the country is not part of the OPEC+ production cuts.

The 15 countries in OPEC produced an average 33.31 million barrels per day in October, the highest since December 2016. That was also up 390,000 bpd from September. “Oil producers appear to be successfully offsetting the supply outages from Iran and Venezuela,” said Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank.

Russia, which is not part of OPEC but part of the OPEC+ coalition, continues to produce at post-Soviet record highs.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Indorama Ventures Expands Presence In Brazil With Entry Into Fiber Market

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire M&G Fibras Brasil, in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil.

The Cabo plant manufactures and supplies Polyester Staple Fiber, with total polymerization capacity of 75,000 tonnes/annum.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

This acquisition fills an important gap in IVL’s global footprint in fibers by establishing capacity in South America’s largest economy, Brazil.

It also offers IVL an opportunity to participate in the domestic market along with strategic and logistic advantages from established free trade agreements with other Latin America countries.

The demand in Brazil is expected to grow in response to a recent recovery in consumption.

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-Plastic packaging waste upcycled into technical materials

Multilayer packaging – good for food, tricky for recycling

A new recycling process for low-grade packaging plastics promises to produce high quality technical materials. If commercialised, this could make plastic recycling more economically attractive and reduce plastic pollution.

Multilayer packaging is an excellent barrier to oxygen and moisture, making it an ideal material for food packaging. It can contain a range of polymers such as polyethylene, polyamide and ethylene vinyl alcohol, so is difficult to recycle into anything of value – much of the associated waste is incinerated or sent to landfill.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling biodegradable

-Paper packaging solution to plastics crisis

Timber and plant-based packaging from recycled, certified and responsibly managed forests can replace plastic packaging.

Ever since Blue Planet II hit our screens last winter, plastic – and plastic packaging – has been at the forefront of the national and international policy debate. Indeed, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) research suggests as many as 88 percent of people want to reduce their consumption of plastic packaging.

One of the great questions in the quest to reduce waste plastic is whether paper or card offers a solution to the plastic crisis. We know some products need to be packaged in plastic for food safety reasons, to increase shelf life or for ease of transportation. But for those items that don’t need plastic, do paper or card offer a credible alternative?

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-HeiQ And Patagonia Expand Their Partnership With HeiQ Fresh Tech 

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia expand their 2017 partnership to include HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control technology, with best-in-class performances.

Recent consumer research shows that 72% of shoppers are interested in odor control technology in activewear. As we are social animals, humans want to be close to others without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel from ourselves or our surroundings.

To expand on the Patagonia/HeiQ partnership, and as part of the R&D partnership launched in 2017, Patagonia will begin using HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control in their Fall 2019 collection.

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-Developing environmentally friendly materials

The materials engineers are developing environmentally friendly materials

A new research article introduces a nanofiber material produced by the electrospinning device at the Laboratory of Polymers and Textile Technology in Tallinn University of Technology, and a range of applications.

The article, titled “A method for producing conductive graphene biopolymer nanofibrous fabrics by exploitation of an ionic liquid dispersant in electrospinning,” was published in Carbon.

It is not possible to produce fibers with a diameter smaller than a micrometer by using conventional fiber spinning methods.

However, via electrospinning technology, researchers can fabricate nanofibers by applying high voltage to a polymer solution. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in electrospinning.

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-Idle BioAmber facility buyer exploring new products

BioAmber’s plant in Sarnia is shown in this file photo. Courts in Canada and the U.S. have approved the sale of the idle plant to LCY Biotechnology. PAUL

The plant manager with LCY Biosciences, the company that has taken over the idle former BioAmber manufacturing site in Sarnia, says it will be several months before production begins again.

The bio-succinic acid plant, which opened in 2015, was sold last month during a court-supervised liquidation process to LCY Biotechnology, a new company formed by Visolis and LCY Group.

“It’s going to be a little bit slow for a while,” said plant manager Trevor Macleod.

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-Dow CFO says global operations can mitigate US-China trade war risks

Chemical giant DowDuPont does not expect tariffs imposed amid simmering trade tensions between the US and China to have a notable effect on its businesses during the fourth quarter, CFO Howard Ungerleider said Thursday.

The US has imposed $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting China to retaliate with $110 billion in tariffs on US products.

The second and third rounds of those tariffs were petrochemical-heavy from both sides.

In the August round, China’s tariffs on US products included two grades of polyethylene that make up more than 90% of 10.8 million mt in new publicly announced US PE production starting up, under construction or planned from 2017 through 2027.

All or most of that new output is targeted for export, and Asia — led by China and India — has the most demand growth.

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Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Versalis: closing of acquisition of the bio-run activities of Mossi & Ghisolfi  Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

San Donato Milanese (Mi) – WEBWIRE –
Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Versalis  (Eni) has acquired the bio-run activities Mossi & Ghisolfi as of 1 November 2018, including human resources, assets relating to the development areas, industrialization, the licensing of biochemical and biomass technologies and processes. Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

The Eni-owned chemical company has successfully completed the consultation procedure with unions and signed the sale and purchase agreement, and is now defining an action plan aimed at launching plant operations for bio-ethanol production at Crescentino (Vercelli), and the connected biomass-run power plant and research centre at Rivalta Scrivia (Alessandria).Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

The plan also includes the relaunch of the proprietary Proesa® technology’s international licensing activities to produce second generation bio-ethanol to meet the growing demand and sustainability criteria for bio-fuels, as required by global legislation.

Through this important acquisition, Versalis furthers its commitment to reinforcing its competitive position with regards to chemistry from renewables, merging its new activities into a dedicated business unit and developing an integrated technological platform in line with the company’s business strategy. Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Extrol polymer chemical production

Extrol may become a polymer chemical production site Extrol polymer chemical production 

Extrol polymer chemical production

MOSCOW – The authorities of the Sverdlovsk region can support the creation of a chemical cluster for the production of polymers, the base site of which will be the Ekstrol plant (Revda), the Minister of Industry and Science of the Sverdlovsk region Sergei Perestoronin said in an interview with local media.Extrol polymer chemical production 

“We are ready to support the initiative of the enterprise – it is only necessary to determine the main characteristics and specifics of the cluster.

This will facilitate the production of new types of products and the creation of jobs. We are also ready to provide state support to the plant in the manner prescribed by law,” said Sergey Perestoronin.Extrol polymer chemical production 

Recently, the plant hosted the II Ural International Scientific and Practical Forum, which brought together more than 100 participants from Germany, Canada, Poland, Austria and Russia.

“On our site, we combined raw material suppliers, manufacturers of materials and processors. We decided to show that the Middle Urals are not only the metallurgists’ edge.

Our chemical industry can and should be developed,” said plant director Yuri Holkin.

Earlier it was reported that Rosneft plans to actively develop petrochemicals based on several sites, including in Ufa. Extrol polymer chemical production 

According to the company’s vice-president Igor Slagiev, Rosneft intends to create three petrochemical clusters and invest a total of about USD30 billion in them.

The Extrol plant has been manufacturing extruded polystyrene foam since 2005.

Four years ago, the company launched an automated German-made line, and this year it acquired two polymers for the transport of bulk materials, excluding the cost of packaging and its recycling.

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Bedimensional has received €18 million to promote their main goal – discover new applications of graphene and related materials in consumer products.

The investment was made by Italian ‘Pellan Group,’ specialized in groundbreaking technical materials.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Bedimensional is an Associated Member of the Graphene Flagship, and is part of a network of companies associated to the Graphene Flagship developing new solutions in the field of composites for energy harvest and storage, such as batteries, super capacitors and solar cells, as well as foster the development of new composite materials, some of which are already available on the market.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Pellan Group will become shareholders and sit on the Board of Directors, alongside the Camponovo Group, also investor in Bedimensional after its incubation phase at IIT. Francesco Bonaccorso, Deputy leader of the Graphene Flagship Innovation Work Package, is also a key partner of company.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

This investment will allow Bedimensional to build new headquarters.

“We identified and purchased space just 500 meters from IIT,” explains Bedimensional CEO Massimo Camponovo.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

The 4000m2 facilities, of which 3000m2 will be exclusively dedicated to the production of graphene and related materials and new composites, and over 500m2 will be devoted to a joint research lab with IIT.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

This investment will help IIT and Bedimensional develop new applications in the energy sector, a research area that is key for the future of the company.

“The entry of the Pellan Group will allow us to significantly accelerate our project” adds Camponovo. The investment will also stimulate job creation in the region.

“We expect to hire highly skilled and specialized figures,” concludes Camponovo.

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Aquafil Fishing networks clothes

Fishing networks to clothes: new initiatives to clean the seas. Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 

Aquafil Fishing networks clothes
Ilaria Bernardi
Some associations, including Healthy Seas and Aquafil, have studied a method to recover fishing nets dispersed in the sea and reuse them productively, so that the oceans return clean and reduce garbage.Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 
The waters we remember once changed.
The smells and the colors have changed because of the continuous waste that is thrown or lost in the oceans, polluting our environment and damaging the “health” of the sea and, together with it, our own and that of the animals.Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 
To prevent worsening and to buffer the current situation many associations were born with the aim of improving the environmental condition and cleaning up our planet.
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Dalle reti da pesca ai vestiti: nuove iniziative per ripulire i mari.

Alcune associazioni, tra cui la Healthy Seas e Aquafil, hanno studiato un metodo per recuperare le reti da pesca disperse in mare e riutilizzarle in maniera produttiva, affinché gli oceani ritornino puliti e si riduca l’immondizia.

Le acque che ricordiamo una volta sono cambiate. Gli odori ed i colori si sono trasformati a causa dei continui rifiuti che vengono gettati o smarriti negli oceani, inquinando il nostro ambiente e danneggiando la “salute” del mare e, insieme ad esso, anche la nostra e quella degli animali.
Per impedire un peggioramento e tamponare la situazione attuale son nate molte associazioni con lo scopo di migliorare la condizione ambientale e ripulire il nostro pianeta.

Una di queste è la non profit Healthy Seas, attiva da cinque anni. Nel suo ultimo progetto, attuato tra il 6 e l’8 ottobre scorsi, ha collaborato con diverse fondazioni (Aquafil, Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund, Blue Marine Foundation e Ghost Fishing Foundation) per ripulire le acque delle Isole Eolie, in Sicilia. L’idea è quella di recuperare il maggior numero di reti da pesca disperse nei fondali marini in quanto sono pericolose per gli animali, che rischiano di rimanerci incastrati, coprono il 10% dell’inquinamento marino e, inoltre, sono riutilizzabili.
Quest’ultimo è il passaggio chiave dell’iniziativa: rilavorare le reti affinché possano essere riutilizzate in maniera efficiente e produttiva. Alcuni studiosi, infatti, hanno scoperto che da questo materiale si può recuperare del nylon utile per la realizzazione di diversi tessuti.

Ad occuparsi di questa procedura sarà l’associazione Aquafilfondata nel 1965 è una delle principali produttrici di fibre sintetiche (sia in Italia sia nel mondo). Come afferma il direttore Giulio Bonazzi in una video-intervista pubblicata nel canale YouTube di Econyl, il lavoro si svolge in diversi passaggi tra cui separare e riunire più volte il materiale per dividerlo in diversi composti, tra cui del nylon (riconosciuto come “Econyl”). Bonazzi, inoltre, spiega che l’obiettivo principale è quello di non rilasciare ulteriori scarti nella discarica, per evitare di sporcare nuovamente le nostre acque (tutto l’elaborato è stato studiato e seguito per raggiungere tale scopo).
Alcune aziende di moda, come Gucci e Adidas, hanno già confermato la loro adesione nell’acquisto l’Econyl per la lavorazione dei propri tessuti e la creazione di nuovi prodotti.
L’importante è che da questi prodotti non si ottengano nuovi materiali dannosi per l’ambiente, altrimenti tutto il lavoro sarebbe privo di efficienza.

Negli ultimi mesi sono state recuperate decine di tonnellate di reti da pesca, ma non basta.
Gli studiosi vogliono mandare avanti il progetto e divulgarlo in tutto il mondo così da iniziare a ripulire il mare, evitare sprechi, poter alzare gli occhi e vedere acque limpide.

Recycling Technology Erema PET

New Recycling Technology Debuts At Erema Open House  Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Several new developments for PET recycling, as well as a new turnkey recycling systems program, made headlines at Erema’s recent customer demonstration day.

Nine speakers, two live demonstrations of PE film and flake recycling, and unveiling of several major new technical and business developments highlighted Discovery Day 2018 at the headquarters and technical center of Erema North America Inc. in Ipswich, Mass.

The September event was attended by around 130 guests, including recyclers, material suppliers, brand owners, and other users of recycled materials.

“Our goal is to take advantage of the growing awareness of the necessity of plastics recycling and drive forward networking within the industry,” says Martin Baumann, Erema’s v.p. of sales.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

The tech center houses four full Erema reclaim systems and a large shredder from Vecoplan LLC, Archdale, N.C. Live demonstrations included processing HDPE bottle flake to pellets using an Interema RegrindPro size-reduction unit and Intarema TVEplus extruder, ReFresher odor-removal system, and LaserFilter melt filter.

The system was switched over to run dirty PE film contaminated with large pieces of aluminum foil, which were removed continuously by the LaserFilter.

TURNKEY SYSTEMS LAUNCH

Perhaps the biggest news at the event was the first announcement in North America of a new global business unit for Erema, focused on supplying entire plastics recycling plants from a single source.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Michal Prochazka is head of the new Keycycle venture, which was launched a few months ago in Austria.

He said this new systems integration service leverages Erema’s plant-engineering expertise to plan all phases of the process from debaling to sorting, washing and pelletizing.

The service starts at the initial project phase with pre-investment support, feasibility studies, and cost analysis.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

This includes process definition, anticipated throughput volumes, quality targets, final product, and storage.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

This is followed by complete engineering and integration services. Keycycle provides overall management responsibility and interfacing between Erema and over a dozen supplier partners for shredding, sorting, washing and compounding.

The next step is plant layout and logistics, followed by detailed engineering, including all utilities like electric power, compressed air, and water treatment.

Then Keycycle integrates the actual building of the plant, including the civil engineering side.

NEW TECH FOR PET RECYCLING

Under the heading of “What’s new in PET recycling,” Christoph Wöss, business development manager for bottle applications of Erema Group GmbH in Austria, reviewed several recent and brand-new developments and previewed one major product announcement that will go public this month.

He noted that the first installation of a system for converting PET bottle flake to new food-grade preforms in a single step took place this past summer in Japan.

Suntory, the maker of a well-known whiskey, is the first commercial user of the Xtreme Renew system, which debuted in 2016.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

It uses Erema’s Vacurema system that decontaminates, degasses, dries and crystallizes PET flake before discharging it into a short-barreled extruder.

That extruder then feeds the Xtreme preform injection-compression system from Italy’s SIPA.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

According to Wöss, the system at Suntory can produce up to 60,000 preforms/hr while saving more than 30% in energy consumption compared with the normally separate systems for PET recycling and preform molding.

Another first is what Wöss described as “the first PET tray-to-tray recycling plant in the world,” which went into production in The Netherlands this past June.

The trays Wöss is referring to are thermoformed of 100% RPET by Sneltray BV, a unit of 4PET BV and sister company of 4PET Recycling BV. Wöss says the concept is also applicable to thermoformed PET clamshells widely used for packaging berries and other fresh fruit, as well as salads and sandwiches.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

The system involves washing the RPET flake, reprocessing through a Vacurema system, crystallizing and rebuilding the material’s I.V., and then thermoforming—which is not yet performed directly inline.

Wöss also discussed an Erema system called VOClear, which came out a year ago, for reducing VOCs in PET flake by up to 40%.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

This add-on to the Vacurema system removes VOCs coming from the PET itself, as well as from contaminants such as PVC or nylon.

In addition, he said Erema has a new extruder screw concept that can provide up to 6° C lower melt temperature and 25% lower acetaldehyde (AA) levels in recycled PET.

Also new is a new concept for inline crystallization of RPET immediately after pelletizing, which uses the latent heat in the pellet to save energy. The system is said to be compact and retrofittable.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Wöss concluded with a sneak preview of what he called a “brand-new, groundbreaking innovation” that will be announced this month at the PETnology 2018 conference in Paris.

It combines a modified version of the Vacurema technology with new, patented solid-state polymerization (SSP) technology that restores RPET I.V. while yielding the lowest color generation among existing technologies, and accelerating decontamination and removal of VOCs.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Making use of Erema’s new inline crystallization technology mentioned above, this new system is said to achieve food-contact approval while achieving higher purity levels “surpassing existing brand-owner standards,” Wöss said.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic 02-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,150/1,180 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,950/9,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,750/8,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,750/8,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 910/930 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,900/7,000 yuan/ton – MEG $ 785/800 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,650/6,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,180/1,195 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,750/9,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,650/11,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,850/9,950  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Versalis: closing of acquisition of the bio-run activities of Mossi & Ghisolfi  Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Versalis  (Eni) has acquired the bio-run activities Mossi & Ghisolfi as of 1 November 2018, including human resources, assets relating to the development areas, industrialization, the licensing of biochemical and biomass technologies and processes. Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

The Eni-owned chemical company has successfully completed the consultation procedure with unions and signed the sale and purchase agreement, and is now defining an action plan aimed at launching plant operations for bio-ethanol production at Crescentino (Vercelli), and the connected biomass-run power plant and research centre at Rivalta Scrivia (Alessandria)

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Extrol may become a polymer chemical production site Extrol polymer chemical production 

The authorities of the Sverdlovsk region can support the creation of a chemical cluster for the production of polymers, the base site of which will be the Ekstrol plant (Revda), the Minister of Industry and Science of the Sverdlovsk region Sergei Perestoronin said in an interview with local media.Extrol polymer chemical production

“We are ready to support the initiative of the enterprise – it is only necessary to determine the main characteristics and specifics of the cluster.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

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Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-European plastics group offers to ‘fine tune’ sustainability project

The European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) has welcomed a recent initiative by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aimed at making packaging more environmentally-friendly, but at the same time has also offered to help “fine tune” it.

Representing 50.000 small- and mid-sized companies, EuPC said in an Oct. 30 statement that it was ready to offer its expertise to improve the global commitment which, the association noted had been drafted “only by a few individuals without consulting the plastics converting industry.”

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-DowDuPont sees ‘short and shallow compression’ in PE cycle in 2019

DowDuPont expects a relatively mild and quick downturn in the polyethylene (PE) cycle in early 2019 amid stable inventories and high operating rates, a senior executive said on Thursday.

“There are some predictions out there that everything is going to collapse. I’m not sure I believe that,” said Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow Chemical (Materials Science division of DowDuPont), on the company’s Q3 earnings call.

“We’ve seen that inventories are relatively under control. They’re actually down at the end of the third quarter slightly. Inventories are at 42 days, and that’s basically what you need to run the supply chain,” he added.

In the third quarter, DowDuPont’s packaging and specialty plastics segment where the PE business resides saw sales up 11% year on year to $6.1bn and operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) up 4%.

The operating EBITDA margin fell to 19.5% versus 20.9% in the year-ago period.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Bedimensional receives €18 million private investment  

Bedimensional has received €18 million to promote their main goal – discover new applications of graphene and related materials in consumer products.

The investment was made by Italian ‘Pellan Group,’ specialized in groundbreaking technical materials.

Bedimensional is an Associated Member of the Graphene Flagship, and is part of a network of companies associated to the Graphene Flagship developing new solutions in the field of composites for energy harvest and storage, such as batteries, super capacitors and solar cells, as well as foster the development of new composite materials, some of which are already available on the market.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Fishing networks to clothes: new initiatives to clean the seas. Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 

(Italian Language Only)

Some associations, including Healthy Seas and Aquafil, have studied a method to recover fishing nets dispersed in the sea and reuse them productively, so that the oceans return clean and reduce garbage.Aquafil Fishing networks clothes

The waters we remember once changed.

The smells and the colors have changed because of the continuous waste that is thrown or lost in the oceans, polluting our environment and damaging the “health” of the sea and, together with it, our own and that of the animals.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Sleep smarter, live healthier: Heimtextil presents the “Future of Sleep”

This press release is submitted and shown here in its original form, unedited by Furniture Today.

A balanced diet and sufficient exercise are naturally part of a healthy lifestyle. However, one of the most important building blocks for permanent physical and psychological well-being is constantly neglected: restful sleep. At the upcoming Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019), it will therefore be a particular focus for the first time. And there’s more: the international trade fair for home and contract textiles in Frankfurt am Main will thus guarantee a comprehensive insight into the “Future of Sleep”.

According to a Forsa study carried out last year for the Techniker Krankenkasse, one in three adults in Germany experiences mediocre, bad or even very bad sleep. ‘That doesn’t surprise me’, says Dr Alfred Wiater, former president of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM).

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Recycling Breathes New Life into Textile Leader

Fiber producer Unifi reinvents itself as a plastics recycler that turns PET bottles into recycled fibers.

PET Bottles Recycled into Fiber

Recycling offers a new life to a used product. For Unifi, Greensboro, N.C, it also breathed new life into its business as a textile leader. Unifi is a global textile provider and one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. The company has 3000 employees with manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Through Repreve, one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. Building from that momentum, Unifi is targeting 20 billion bottles recycled by 2020 and 30 billion bottles by 2022.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Bottled water company takes ownership of C.R. Plastic Products

After two years as majority shareholder of C.R Plastic Products in Stratford, the Ice River Springs Water Company has taken full ownership of the Stratford-based recycled-plastic furniture manufacturer.

After two years as majority shareholder of C.R Plastic Products in Stratford, the Ice River Springs Water Company has taken full ownership of the Stratford-based recycled-plastic furniture manufacturer.

The bottled water company, which has its Canadian office in Shelburne, Ont., first purchased a minority share of the Stratford business back in 2014. A few years later, Ice River Springs co-owners Sandy and Jamie Gott decided to bump their ownership up to 51 per cent of the company, and over the coming days, the company is set to become the sole shareholder.

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-Apache Corp profit beats on higher oil prices, increased U.S. output

U.S. oil and gas producer Apache Corp (APA.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its U.S. production forecast for the year as it benefited from rising oil prices and increased output from the Permian basin.

Apache and its peers are reaping the benefit of a 44 percent surge in global crude oil prices from a year earlier. Oil prices are expected to rise further as U.S. sanctions on Iran remove a major supplier from the market.

Apache and its peers are reaping the benefit of a 44 percent surge in global crude oil prices from a year earlier. Oil prices are expected to rise further as U.S. sanctions on Iran remove a major supplier from the marke The Houston-based company said average realized oil prices jumped about 40 percent to $69.12 per barrel, while total production rose to 476,255 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) from 448,235 boe/d a year earlier.

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-New Recycling Technology Debuts At Erema Open House  

Several new developments for PET recycling, as well as a new turnkey recycling systems program, made headlines at Erema’s recent customer demonstration day.

Erema North America’s Discovery Day in September featured live demonstrations of recycling PE film (foreground) and bottle flake.

Nine speakers, two live demonstrations of PE film and flake recycling, and unveiling of several major new technical and business developments highlighted Discovery Day 2018 at the headquarters and technical center of Erema North America Inc. in Ipswich, Mass.

The September event was attended by around 130 guests, including recyclers, material suppliers, brand owners, and other users of recycled materials.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Full U.S. Energy Independence Is Impossible

Establishing American “energy dominance” has been a key policy objective of the Trump Administration.

Since coming to office, President Donald S. Trump has made increasing U.S. energy production and energy exports a priority. And for a time, it looked like he might pull it off.

Oil production has doubled since 2008. This year American oil output exceeded 10 million bpd for the first time in decades. Production from the shale revolution, particularly the Permian Basin of Texas, has been booming. Investment into new leases both onshore and off has increased, as the Trump Administration has opened up federal land and the entire coastal plain for drilling.

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-Higher Prices for Commodity Resins, Except PP

Higher feedstock prices and strong demand drive price hikes for PE, PS, PVC and PET.

A combination of higher feedstock prices, strong demand and the impact of tariffs drove prices of PE, PS, PVC and PET upward at the end of the third quarter, though PP prices dropped slightly. Overall projections for this month and next were for flat pricing with potential for a slight uptick in the case of PVC, PET, and PP.

These were the views last month of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire; and CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

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-Crude oil prices to average US$74 a barrel over 2019, says World Bank

Crude oil prices are forecast to average US$74 a barrel over 2019, only marginally up from a projected average of US$72 a barrel in 2018, while metals prices are expected to remain broadly stable in 2019, according to the World Bank.

In its October Commodity Markets Outlook released Oct 29, the World Bank said growing global trade tensions are weighing on non-energy commodity prices and are leading to downward revisions to 2019 price forecasts, the World Bank said.

The report said prices for energy commodities – which include oil, natural gas, and coal — are forecast to average 33.3% higher in 2018 than the previous year but to broadly stabilise in 2019.

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-Indorama Ventures concludes the takeover of Kordárna, the largest producer of tire cord fabrics in Europe

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe, and America has completed the takeover of Kordárna Plus a.s., the largest producer of tire cord fabrics in Europe.

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-Crude oil prices are down on Thursday

The crude oil prices are down on Thursday, expanding the loses from the previous sessions, against signs of growth in supply and signs of slowdown in global economic growth. The futures on US crude oil WTI with delivery in December fell by 0.40% to 65.05 USD per barrel. The Brent oil reported a price drop of 0.58% to 75.47 USD per barrel.

Both of the world’s most traded oil varieties registered their worst monthly results since July 2016, with Brent dropping by 8.8% and WTI by 10.9%.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Plastic tax ‘not efficient’ to increase recycling rates – Borealis’ CEO

A tax on plastics would only add costs to the supply chain and it is “not the most efficient” method to increase recycling rates, the CEO at Austrian polymers and fertilizers major Borealis said this week after the UK announced intentions to tax plastics production.

Alfred Stern said that packaging across the EU is already subject to “some kind of taxes” under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes through which a “significant amount of money” is already collected to organise the collection of packaging materials post-use.

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-China’s September Iran crude imports fall 34 percent, U.S. shipments doubled: customs

China’s crude oil imports from Iran in September fell sharply from the same month last year in a sign that China has curbed its purchases from the Islamic republic as Washington prepares to re-impose sanctions on Tehran’s oil sector.

Data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed China brought in 2.13 million tonnes of Iranian crude oil in September, or 518,300 barrels per day (bpd), down 34 percent from 3.22 million tonnes last September,

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Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price of ethylene in November in Europe decreased by EUR10 per ton Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for November deliveries was finally agreed at EUR1,135 per tonne, which is EUR10 per tonne lower than October, ICIS reported.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

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

Three manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price.

Naphta fell in Europe in October.  In addition, the low water level in the Rhine also affected the performance of cracking plants in the region.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price is considered fully agreed upon after confirmation from at least two manufacturers (suppliers) and from two consumers.

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

According to a survey of Scanport Company Market Report, for the first nine months of 2018, the production of polyethylene in Russia increased by 3% compared with the same indicator in 2017 and amounted to about 1 346.2 thousand tons.

Production volumes of low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL) increased.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

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Fungi research organisms break plastic

Fungi research lifts lid on shy organisms that break down plastic   Fungi research organisms break plastic

Fungi research organisms break plastic

Could fungi help us deal with our plastic addiction? Scientists at London’s Kew Botanical Gardens think so. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The first ever State of the World’s Fungi, produced by Kew Gardens and a team of around 100 scientists from 18 countries, reports that fungi successfully degrades polyurethane in a matter of weeks.

The plastic-busting potential was discovered last year by a team of scientists from China and Pakistan, who sought to isolate the fungi that were degrading polyurethane at a waste disposal site in Islamabad. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The fungi were identified as aspergillus tubingensis and the scientists observed how it broke down bonds between the different polymers in weeks, rather than the decades it can take plastic to naturally disintegrate.

The breakthrough comes as people across the world question the throwaway consumerist culture that has swamped the world in a toxic tide of plastic that is killing marine life and polluting seas.

Report authors argue that fungi deserve more specialist attention, saying further research into these oft-neglected organisms could provide answers to some of humanity’s greatest challenges. Fungi research organisms break plastic

There may be as many as 3.8 million fungal species but only 144,000 of them have been named.

“There is this hidden, mysterious kingdom that is underpinning the majority of life on earth,” says Dr. Ilia Leitch, senior scientist at Kew Gardens.

“We just don’t know enough about them… There are fungi inside plant cells and they can influence how resilient a plant is to climate change.

There are all these different links and impacts that we just take for granted but we ignore them at our peril,” she says.

Leitch says other fungi and microorganisms are also being explored for their potential to break down other types of plastic. Fungi research organisms break plastic

“By understanding how the fungi break down these bonds and what the optimal conditions are, you can then increase the speed at which they do it.”

Every year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans, sometimes breaking down into tiny microplastics that make their way into our food chain with, as yet, unknown effects. Fungi research organisms break plastic

Through its Clean Seas campaignUN Environment has mobilized governments, businesses and citizens to rethink how we produce, use and manage single-use plastics.

The Kew Gardens report showcases the kind of pioneering thought that will be at the heart of the fourth UN Environment Assembly to be held in March next year.

The theme for the meeting is innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The motto is to Think Beyond and Live Within: to think beyond prevailing patterns and live within sustainable limits to tackle environmental challenges and assure a prosperous future.

The Kew Gardens report certainly seeks to think beyond what is known about fungi, organisms that digest their food externally by secreting enzymes into the environment and absorbing the dissolved organic matter back into their cells.

“The first message we wanted to get across is that there is a huge diversity (of fungi)… What is clear is that fungi play a really important role (in the functioning of ecosystems) and it is perhaps not inconceivable to say that the world would not function without fungi,” says Leitch.

As well as recycling nutrients and helping plants and crop grow efficiently, fungi provide us with compounds that produce antibiotics, statins for treating cholesterol and immunosuppressants.

Some fungi – endophytes and mycorrhizas -can help plants respond to stresses such as increased temperature and drought.

Advances in their agricultural applications could translate into improved food security, environmental sustainability and increased production revenues.

Fungi themselves are also threatened by climate change, particularly temperature rises in high latitudes such as the Arctic. Fungi research organisms break plastic

These changes are already affecting fungi reproduction, geographic distributions and activity, with possible knock-on effects for our ecosystems.

There is mounting evidence that climate change is affecting the geographic ranges of species and biodiversity in ways we don’t yet understand.

“Species react differently to climate change, which disrupts the delicate interaction between them,” says Niklas Hagelberg, a UN Environment climate change and ecosystems expert.

“This further complicates conservation; we need to quickly add climate change to our ecosystem management effort.”

One obstacle to further fungi research is research funding, which has become more restricted and targeted, while expertise in taxonomy of fungi – classification – is declining, Leitch says.

“We don’t have the iconic giant panda image,” she says. “There are amazing fungi but in terms of our image, it’s tricky sometimes to sell them.

But maybe we can do it by making people realize the potential role of fungi in beating these environmental challenges.” Fungi research organisms break plastic

Ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly next March, UN Environment is urging people to Think Beyond and Live Within.

Join the debate on social media and use #SolveDifferent to share your stories and see what others are doing to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

October contract price paraxylene Europe

The October contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR22.5 per ton October contract price paraxylene Europe

October contract price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,137 per tonne, which is EUR22.5 per tonne lower than the September contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Wednesday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe).October contract price paraxylene Europe

Thus, the October contract price for the material was agreed on two levels: the first was EUR1,135 per ton, and the second was EUR1,140 per ton.

Thus, the contract price was approved at the average between the values ​​of these agreed levels.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,160 per tonne, which is EUR210 per tonne higher than the August contractual price of the material.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to ScanPlast Company Market Report, in August compared to July, imports of PET to Russia decreased to 12.48 thousand tons. October contract price paraxylene Europe

At the same time, for the period January-August 2018, the import of PET into the country showed an increase of 10%.  108.20 thousand tons of PET were imported to the Russian market, of which 80.12 thousand tons accounted for the import of material for casting preforms, and 21.47 thousand tons for the manufacture of fibers.

Exports of Russian PET in August amounted to 6.55 thousand tons.  In January-August, total exports increased by 86% compared to 2017 and amounted to 57.49 thousand tons.

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Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices

Sinopec reduced November MEG prices for CNY300 per ton Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

MOSCOW  – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, on October 30 lowered November prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in East China by 300 yuan (CNY) or USD43 per tonne due to weaker demand from the finished goods market, a source at the company told ICIS .

Thus, the November prices of MEG companies are now at the level of CNY7,200 per ton or USD1,035 per ton.Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Spot MEG prices in China declined in October.  So, on October 29, MEG spot prices were in the range of CNY6 790-6 850 per ton (USD976-984 per ton), whereas on October 8 they were CNY7 400-7 500 per ton (USD1 063-1 078 per ton).

MEG prices in the region have fallen as a result of the uncertain macroeconomic situation and weaker demand in the polyester yarn market.

Earlier it was reported that on October 24, Sinopec set October contract prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 310 yuan (CNY) or USD44.7 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month to CNY7 770 per ton or USD11 195 per ton.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.  In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year.

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

Sinopec Corp.  is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.  Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

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BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini

BIO-FED expands again its offer on the Italian market BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini

Ecomondo 2018

The Cologne-based company BIO-FED is exhibiting at Ecomondo 2018 in Rimini for the fourth time. The branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is specifically targeting its offer to the legislative framework on the European markets.

Italy is Europe’s leading country in the Green Economy Sector. They state an example regarding waste recycling, energy efficiency and productivity of resources.

After the Italian government banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in 2011, producers have been quite active in R&D.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

In general, BIO-FED offers a wide range of biodegradable materials for film applications and can so provide solutions to the market.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

Since 2014 BIO-FED produces and markets biodegradable and/or biobased compounds under the M∙VERA® brand.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

The BIO-FED product portfolio consists of a broad range of bioplastics compounds with different properties, such as biodegradability and/or high biobased content.

The M·VERA® products are already well-established in a number of applications and can be used with various processing methods. In addition, all M·VERA® compounds can be colored individually – for example with the AF-Eco® biopolymer based masterbatches which are certified by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium in accordance with EN 13432.

The AF-Eco® range consists of color and carbon black masterbatches as well as additive masterbatches.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini  

At Ecomondo 2018 BIO-FED will present its extended product portfolio that includes film extrusion materials with a variable biocontent.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

A large proportion of these compounds contain raw materials from renewable sources (biobased carbon content over 40 %) and meet the requirements for the relevant ‘end-of-life’ scenarios such as “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” and “OK compost HOME”.

All film materials are approved for food contact according to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011.The M∙VERA® portfolio offers biocompounds for traditional applications (shopping bags, garbage bags, etc.) as well as specialty products e. g. mulch film.

Furthermore, BIO-FED supplies a range of M∙VERA® injection moulding materials for applications such as coffee capsules.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

M·VERA® GP1012 has been awarded the “OK biodegradable SOIL” certificate as per ISO 17556 and EN 13432 by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium.

Engineering applications can be served by M∙VERA® ECS. Products for thermoforming applications are currently under development.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

With its updated portfolio, BIO-FED can offer solutions for sustainable packaging that meet the requirements of the Italian regulations. BIO-FED is also presenting its products compliant with the French regulation (Décret no. 2016-379 of March 30th, 2016) which are about to be commercialised.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

The Ecomondo fair takes place in Rimini on Nov 6-9, 2018. The BIO-FED stand no 72 can be found in Hall D3.

Plastic Petrochemicals textile PET recycling oil 01-11-2018

Plastic Petrochemicals textile PET recycling oil

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,160/1,195 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,100/9,200 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,850/9,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,850/9,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 940/950 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,050/7,150 yuan/ton – MEG $ 770/780 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,205/1,215 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,750/9,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,650/11,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,900/10,000  yuan/ton

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-The contract price of ethylene in November in Europe decreased by EUR10 per ton Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for November deliveries was finally agreed at EUR1,135 per tonne, which is EUR10 per tonne lower than October, ICIS reported.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

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

Three manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price.

Naphta fell in Europe in October.  In addition, the low water level in the Rhine also affected the performance of cracking plants in the region.Price

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-Asian paraxylene contract price fails to settle for second month in a row

Singapore — Discussions for the November paraxylene Asian contract price ended for a second straight month without a major settlement, market participants said Wednesday.

There was a partial settlement at $1,200/mt CFR Asia between ExxonMobil and China’s Yisheng Petrochemical, confirmed by counterparties.

The gap between the highest bid and the lowest remaining offers was $40/mt, at $1,200/mt CFR Asia against $1,240/mt CFR Asia.

“We were looking at how much upstream naphtha has fallen with respect to paraxylene, and considering the narrowing downstream purified terephthalic acid margins, we were not inclined to improve our bids beyond $1,200/mt,” a PX end-user said.

A producer said: “Given that Asian PX spot prices continue to remain firm and well above $1,200/mt, without any indications that there be more length in spot supply emerging before first quarter of 2019, we [producers] believe that the ACP value should reflect this. Also, given that the average of the October monthly price stands at around $1,290/mt CFR Taiwan/China, it is difficult for us to consider a value much lower than that.”

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-Sinopec reduced November MEG prices for CNY300 per ton 

China- China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, on October 30 lowered November prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in East China by 300 yuan (CNY) or USD43 per tonne due to weaker demand from the finished goods market, a source at the company told ICIS .

Thus, the November prices of MEG companies are now at the level of CNY7,200 per ton or USD1,035 per ton.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Spot MEG prices in China declined in October.  So, on October 29, MEG spot prices were in the range of CNY6 790-6 850 per ton (USD976-984 per ton), whereas on October 8 they were CNY7 400-7 500 per ton (USD1 063-1 078 per ton).

MEG prices in the region have fallen as a result of the uncertain macroeconomic situation and weaker demand in the polyester yarn market.

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-Italian chemistry already in line with the EU targets

(Italian Language Only)

The results of the Responsible Care report presented in Milan. In thirty years emissions in the atmosphere and in the waters reduced respectively by 95% and 78%.

In our country, the program was adopted by 1,651 companies associated with Federchimica, which with 30.3 billion euros represent 55% of the aggregate turnover of the chemical industry in Italy.

For safety, health and the environment, the companies participating in Responsible Care spend 2.6% of their turnover each year and make investments equal to about 20% of the total invested.

The results confirm that chemistry excels at an industrial level in the safety and health of employees, leaving behind now the image of a dirty and polluting sector.

As was noted yesterday, the Italian chemical industry is already in line with the EU objectives on climate change for 2020 and 2030, reduced greenhouse gases by 61% and improved energy efficiency by 55% compared to 1990.

Compared to 30 years ago, atmospheric emissions and effluents in water discharges drastically decreased, falling respectively by 95% and 78%.

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-KHS designs 100% rPET water bottle for German firm Share  

German start-up Share has collaborated with KHS to launch a new line of water, packaged in 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles.

Share’s still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser plant in Oberstaufen, Germany, using KHS technology. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow moulder.

Next year, Berlin-based Share plans to fill water into about 1 million bottles per month made of rPET, a move which will save “over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year”, according to the company.

Its water is now on sale in German retailer Rewe.

Iris Braun, head of product and social projects at Share, said: “It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented. Finalising the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.”

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-BIO-FED expands again its offer on the Italian market

Ecomondo 2018

The Cologne-based company BIO-FED is exhibiting at Ecomondo 2018 in Rimini for the fourth time. The branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is specifically targeting its offer to the legislative framework on the European markets.

Italy is Europe’s leading country in the Green Economy Sector. They state an example regarding waste recycling, energy efficiency and productivity of resources.

After the Italian government banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in 2011, producers have been quite active in R&D.

In general, BIO-FED offers a wide range of biodegradable materials for film applications and can so provide solutions to the market.

Plastic Petrochemicals textile PET recycling oil

-The October contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR22.5 per ton 

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,137 per tonne, which is EUR22.5 per tonne lower than the September contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Wednesday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe).

Thus, the October contract price for the material was agreed on two levels: the first was EUR1,135 per ton, and the second was EUR1,140 per ton.

Thus, the contract price was approved at the average between the values ​​of these agreed levels.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,160 per tonne, which is EUR210 per tonne higher than the August contractual price of the material.

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-UK government hard Brexit contingency plans for chemicals unworkable – CBA

The UK government’s current contingency plans for the chemicals industry regulation in the event of no deal being agreed with the EU on its exit from the 28-country club is unworkable and will cause huge damage to the sector, the Chemical Business Association (CBA) said.

The current plan to transpose EU Reach legislation into UK law in the event of a no-deal Brexit could force UK chemicals companies to go through the cost and expense of Reach registration for a second time, with significant implications for the sector and downstream industries, the trade group said.

Regulatory compliance is key to EU market access, CBA chief Peter Newport said in a letter to the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment Therese Coffey.

Converting EU Reach into UK law would necessitate the creation of a registered chemicals database equivalent to that held by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and most UK companies do not own or have access to the necessary data.

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-Europe chems enters new age of uncertainty, but also opportunity – Cefic DG

Europe’s chemical industry is being subject to new global political and economic forces which create uncertainty but also offer exciting opportunities, according to the director general at Europe’s trade group Cefic.

Whilst trade tensions, Brexit, and an economic slowdown are creating nervousness about the future, longer-term issues such as the circular economy and digitisation mean it is also an exciting time to be working in the chemicals industry, said Marco Mensink.

“The uncertainties towards the end of the year are increasing and we’re seeing some sort of slowdown,” he said.

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-Fungi research lifts lid on shy organisms that break down plastic   Fungi research organisms break plastic

State of the World’s Fungi

Could fungi help us deal with our plastic addiction? Scientists at London’s Kew Botanical Gardens think so. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The first ever State of the World’s Fungi, produced by Kew Gardens and a team of around 100 scientists from 18 countries, reports that fungi successfully degrades polyurethane in a matter of weeks.

The plastic-busting potential was discovered last year by a team of scientists from China and Pakistan, who sought to isolate the fungi that were degrading polyurethane at a waste disposal site in Islamabad. Fungi research organisms break plastic

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-Cosmo Films unveils metalised velvet lamination film

Cosmo Films has introduced a metalised velvet lamination film for clients in the luxury packaging segment.

The film is an intense silver colour and offers a rich velvety feel to the laminated paper / paperboard or package. It is glueable, stampable and printable.

Cosmo Films noted that users need to laminate the film to the unprinted paper before printing or adding post-lamination embellishments.

Available for both thermal and wet lamination in 32µ and 20µ respectively, the film is said to offer improved printability with offset, UV offset, screen, UV inkjet, and laser printing.

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-Moody’s: Proposed tax is credit negative for plastic packaging firms

The UK’s proposed plastic packaging tax could lead to an increase in recycled raw materials and alternative packaging being unavailable.

The government announced a consultation for a potential tax for plastic packaging products that contain less than 30% of recycled content.

Ratings agency Moody’s said the proposed tax is credit negative for plastic packaging manufacturers because it disincentivises the use of plastic packaging and as such has the potential to reduce industry growth rates.

Moreover, the required use of at least 30% recycled content to avoid the tax could drive up raw material prices for recycled materials and negatively affect the profitability of plastic packaging firms.

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-Indorama Ventures Takes Major Step Towards A Circular Economy

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), headquartered in Thailand has committed to further increase its use of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester waste materials as feedstock for the future.

Commenting on the recent global agreement to combat plastic waste, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Mr. Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures, said,

“We are proud to be part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy initiatives, and to work together with key players towards the vision of a circular economy for plastics. It is important for us to be able to offer added value to our customers with our product, while protecting the environment in the best possible way-

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-CPS completes Far Chemical acquisition

CPS Performance Materials completed its acquisition of Far Chemical, a developer and producer of specialty organic chemicals, from Edgewater Capital Partners.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, according to a CPS news release.

Arsenal Capital Partners created CPS, a specialty chemicals manufacturer, as a new platform focused on specialty polymers and chemicals through the acquisition of Cyalume Technologies.

Far’s chemistry capabilities in bromination, organometallics and cryogenic reactions are a complement to CPS, according to Jeremy Steinfink, CPS president and CEO. The combination will allow CPS to broaden its offerings to pharmaceutical, advanced composites, CASE and personal care customers.

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-Sidel acquires creative Italian packaging design company

Swiss Packaging machinery and equipment supplier Sidel Group has acquired PET Engineering srl, an Italian design firm, in a bid to expand its portfolio of packaging solutions.

Based in San Vendemiano, Italy, PET Engineering has solid blowing process knowledge and expertise and offers services in strategic analysis as well as container, label, cap and secondary packaging design.

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JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene

JXTG Nippon Oil lowered November contract price of benzene by USD45 per ton JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene

MOSCOW – JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy (part of Nippon Oil Corporation), a major producer of petrochemicals in Japan, announced the November contract price of benzene for USD45 per ton, compared with October deliveries to the Asian market to USD815 per ton, a source in the company told ICIS . JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

Prices were agreed on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The spot prices of benzene in the second half of October were on average at USD770 per tonne, FOB Asia as a result of falling oil prices and demand from styrene production.

Earlier it was reported that JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy set the October contract price of benzene in Asia at USD860 per ton, which is USD40 per ton lower compared to the contract price of September.JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the cost of Nizhnekamsk polystyrene is expected to decrease by 2,000–4,000 rubles in the Russian market next month.  per ton on the background of falling commodity prices in foreign markets.

The market for expandable polystyrene in October is characterized by a shortage of volumes.  Manufacturer Sibur-Khimprom many buyers reduced the purchase requisition.

There is a good demand for plastic material (Uzlovaya) and Angarsk polymer plant.  The main part of the November knot volumes is already reserved for customers.

Nippon Oil Corporation is the largest oil company in Japan.

Its activities include the exploration, import and processing of crude oil;  production and sale of petroleum products (ethylene, propylene, butadiene, styrene, para-xylene, ortho-xylene, etc.), including fuel and lubricants. JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

In recent years, the company has been expanding its production capacity in other countries.  Its products are marketed under the brand name ENEOS.

 

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

Jiangyin Chengxing plans to launch production of PET on a new line in Qianjin Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

MOSCOW  – Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of petrochemical products, plans to start production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a new line in Qianzhin (Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China) this week, ICIS reported.

The capacity of the new line will be 600 thousand tons of PET per year.

Earlier it was reported that the company planned to launch this line on June 1 of the current year. Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.

In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year. Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group Co.  Ltd.  is a petrochemical company in China.  The company manufactures and sells phosphate chemicals, petrochemical products released from coal, liquid chemicals, etc.Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

The Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group sells its products worldwide.

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Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Dispatches from Europe: A step to stem the plastic tide Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

by Clarissa Morawski and Samantha Millette

Single-use plastics are everywhere, with most of us regularly relying on the convenience of products such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and water bottles.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

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Clarissa Morawski

But it’s also becoming clear we have made, used and disposed of too many. According to one recent academic analysis, only 9 percent of all plastic ever created has been recycled, 12 percent has been incinerated and the rest – 79 percent – has been dumped in landfills or littered in the natural environment (intentionally or not).Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

In an attempt to stem the tide of throwaway plastic pollution, European Union lawmakers on Oct. 24 voted to back a policy proposal that would ban some items directly and require ambitious recycling rates for others.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Leaders must still work out final details of the plastic effort, but the action last week nonetheless represents a major moment in Europe’s push to address single-use plastics (and the recovery of those items) in a direct and meaningful manner.

The path of the policy

The EU policy has been in development for some time.

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Samantha Millette

On Jan. 16 of this year, the European Commission published its communication laying out a strategy for plastics in a circular economy.

The first-ever EU Plastics Strategy identified key challenges, including low reuse and recycling rates for plastic waste, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastics production and incineration, and the presence of plastic waste in oceans.

The strategy then proposed a comprehensive set of measures to address these problems.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Then, in May, the European Commission published a directive focused on single-use plastics. It proposed a new law to tackle the 10 most common plastic waste items found on Europe’s beaches, as well as fishing gear (which, together, make up 70 percent of marine litter, according to some sources).Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

On Oct. 11, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety adopted a number of amendments to strengthen certain provisions of the proposal.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

That set the stage for the Oct. 24 vote, in which the committee’s version of the directive (a compromise text) won the backing of 571 parliament members (with just 53 against). The vote represented the clearing of a major legislative hurdle toward the proposal becoming EU law.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Under the proposal, single-use plastic items that have reusable or readily available, non-plastic alternatives would be banned from the EU market by 2021.

Examples of covered products are cutlery, cotton buds, straws, stirrers, oxo-degradable plastics, and food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene.

Member states would also be obliged to separately collect and recycle 90 percent of plastic beverage containers (including caps and lids), and ensure those items contain 35 percent recycled content by 2025.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

In addition, member states would have an obligation to reduce the consumption of several other plastic items, such as single-use food containers, by at least 25 percent.

And the proposal includes provisions that would involve manufacturers of single-use plastic packaging to cover the costs of waste collection for these products, including transport, treatment and litter collection.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Similarly, member states would also have to ensure that at least 50 percent of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15 percent by 2025.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

And finally, the policy states reduction measures should cover post-consumption waste from tobacco products, namely cigarette filters containing plastic.

The proposal requires member states to ensure that tobacco companies reduce the amount of plastic in its filters by at least 50 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2030.

Reinforcing EU’s leadership role on environment

Later this month, representatives of the 28 member states will meet to agree on a joint position, and then the final negotiations to make the plan binding legislation will begin between the national governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

It is expected those government stakeholders will reach an agreement (“compromise amendments”) on the text just before the end of the year, which would conclude with the official publishing of the legislation in May 2019.

Member states would then have two years to transpose the text of the directive into their own national legislation.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

The EU is often regarded as a world leader when it comes to environmental policies, and this latest directive is no exception.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

While news headlines around the world continue to reveal a grim picture of discarded plastics choking albatrosses, killing fish and creating islands of garbage, in the EU real action is taking place.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Last week’s vote gives hope that the tide is starting to turn on plastic pollution. It is now up to member states to translate words into action and ensure that the ambition stays high.

Clarissa Morawski is based in Barcelona and serves as the managing director of the Reloop Platform, which brings together industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations in Europe to form a network for advances in policy that create enabling system conditions for circularity across the European economy.

She is also principal of Canada-based CM Consulting Inc. She can be contacted at clarissa@cmconsultinginc.com.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Samantha Millette is an environmental consultant specializing in the areas of waste management research, policy, and planning. She is the owner of SAMI Environmental and can be contacted at samantha.millette31@gmail.com.

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,160/1,195 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,150/9,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,900/9,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,900/9,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 945/955 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,150/7,250 yuan/ton – MEG $ 795/815 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,800/6,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,210/1,220 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,750/9,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,650/11,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,950/10,050  yuan/ton

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-JXTG Nippon Oil lowered November contract price of benzene by USD45 per ton 

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy (part of Nippon Oil Corporation), a major producer of petrochemicals in Japan, announced the November contract price of benzene for USD45 per ton, compared with October deliveries to the Asian market to USD815 per ton.

Prices were agreed on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The spot prices of benzene in the second half of October were on average at USD770 per tonne, FOB Asia as a result of falling oil prices and demand from styrene production.

Earlier it was reported that JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy set the October contract price of benzene in Asia at USD860 per ton, which is USD40 per ton lower compared to the contract price of September.

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-Jiangyin Chengxing plans to launch production of PET on a new line in Qianjin 

Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of petrochemical products, plans to start production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a new line in Qianzhin (Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China) this week.

The capacity of the new line will be 600 thousand tons of PET per year.

Earlier it was reported that the company planned to launch this line on June 1 of the current year.

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

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-Spain’s chems sales, output to slow down in 2019 on crude prices, trade war and Brexit

Spain’s chemicals are expected to suffer a slowdown in 2019 on the back of the threats related to higher crude oil prices, the US-China trade war and the UK’s departure from the EU, the country’s chemicals trade group FEIQUE said on Tuesday.

Sales are expected to rise 4.6% in 2018, year on year, totalling €66bn, up from €63bn in 2017.

However, sales growth will slow down in 2019, up by 2.6% to €67.7bn, according to FEIQUE’s estimates.

The slowdown – already noted in the second half of this year – will come after Spain’s chemicals enjoyed a stellar 2017 on the back of strong domestic demand and higher selling prices. Sales rose 7% during 2017, year on year.

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-Solvay to debut polyamides for personal protection, safety systems in vehicles

Solvay Performance Polyamides plans to introduce a range of six Technyl and Technyl Star polyamide (PA) grades offering high degrees purity based on dedicated formulations and clean compounding. Two of these grades use bio-based, eco-friendly Technyl eXten technology for applications needing high temperature combined with glycol resistance. The range will be commercially available early 2019.

“Halogens and phosphorus contained in PA have been identified as major contributors to galvanic corrosion, a potential source of system failure and short-circuits which could lead to fire,” says Dr. James Mitchell, Automotive Market Director for Solvay’s Performance Polyamide global business unit. “Safety is not an option! We have developed a range of materials with high levels of purity to help automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers ensure the protection of systems from corrosion and ionic migration.”

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Technyl offers OEMs a range of electro-friendly products to adapt purity needs to the diversity of application requirements. Graphic courtesy of Solvay Performance Polyamides.

-Bio-on gives license for production of bioplastic in Russia to TAIF Group for euro 17.6 million

Bio-On Russia Licence for BioplasticsBio-on gives license for production of bioplastic in Russia to TAIF Group. Russia for Euro 17.6 million.

Signed in the presence of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Moscow, the agreement will improve technological and commercial relations between Italy and Russia.

Under the agreement, Bio-on, the Italian company, will get Euro 5.6 million for licensing the technology to produce 100% natural and biodegradable PHAs bioplastic from sugar by-products, and Euro 12 million for supplying high-tech fermenters design plants according to the Bi-on proprietary technology to the TAIF JSC group.

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-Evonik: 3D Printing Machinery Needs to Catch Up with Materials

Evonik Industries is the largest specialty chemical company in the world, and it has not been afraid to involve itself with 3D printing, working with HP on the development of high performance 3D printing materials.

The company is also a long term supplier of polyamide powder for laser sintering. The PA 12 polyamide powders (PA2200) used by both EOS and 3D Systems both came from Evonik. Recently, the company developed a PEBA powder for laser sintering, high speed sintering and binder jetting.

The flexible material will allow manufacturers to create soft structures like damping elements, tubes, hoses and sealants, according to Sylvia Monsheimer, Evonik’s Head of New 3D Technologies.

Evonik is poised to deliver more high-performance materials, too – but first, Monsheimer said, 3D printing machinery needs to catch up in terms of production capability.

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-UK to tax plastic packaging with less than 30% of recycled content

The UK government said on Monday it plans to introduce a tax on produced or imported plastic packaging that does not include at least 30% of recycled content.

The country’s Chancellor Philip Hammond said during his Budget speech that the cabinet is aiming to introduce the tax by April 2022, following a consultation process.

“This is a brand-new tax and will be a world leading approach. Business will have until April 2022 to adapt their processes before the introduction of the tax,” said the UK cabinet on its website.

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-SC Johnson boosts plastic recycling efforts

The company wants to triple the amount of postconsumer recycled plastic in its packaging.

Pictured above: Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, and David Katz, CEO of Plastic Bank, open the first of eight recycling centers in Indonesia.

SC Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin, made several commitments to further reduce its plastic footprint by boosting its recycled plastic content in its packaging. According to an SC Johnson news release, the company plans to do this by supporting reuse of plastic bottles through concentrated refills and launching an effort to make Ziploc bags recyclable at curbside.

“At SC Johnson, being an environmental leader has been a principle we have worked hard at for generations,” says Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, in a company news release.

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-Nova rolls October, November PE hikes for US, Canada markets: letter

Nova Chemicals is delaying a previously announced 3-cent/lb price increase on all grades of polyethylene sold in US and Canada, according to a letter to customers obtained Tuesday by S&P Global Platts.

Nova will now seek hikes of 3 cents/lb ($66/mt) on PE in each of the last two months of 2018, after previously announcing increases in October and November, the October 29 letter said. The separate 3-cent/lb hikes will now take effect November 1 and December 1.

While no other producers have been heard officially delaying increases, some US buyers were settling October contracts at a rollover to September prices, sources said, adding that all US producers had given up on the current month.

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-Pack Expo 2018: 5 breakthrough plastic packaging innovations

Pack Expo Intl. 2018 held October 14-17 presented a wide-angle view of packaging boasting 2,500 exhibitors across 1.25 million net square feet of Chicago’s McCormick Place and drew nearly 45,000 attendees.

It was an extravaganza of all things packaging including an impressively high level of plastics packaging innovation and product introductions. We’ve distilled an impressive and diverse number of notable developments in retail, ecommerce, beverage, food packaging and other markets down to this listing of five exemplary new products and will be reporting on others just as remarkable in the days ahead.

The list starts with the industry’s first look at the ecommerce-optimized Dromo PET packaging system from PTI (Holland, OH) that launched at the show. Pack Expo 2018 Dromo Thierry F

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-Sealed Air pledges packaging products will be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025

A focus on product design, recovery processes, renewable and recycled materials to drive innovations that enhance performance and efficiency.

Sealed Air Corporation has announced a sustainability and plastics pledge to design its packaging solutions to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The company will accelerate its use of recycled materials, expand reuse models for packaging and lead the collaboration with partners worldwide to ensure execution.

“At Sealed Air, we strive to leave our world, environment and communities better than we found them by leading innovative efforts to create differentiated, sustainable solutions,” said Ted Doheny, Sealed Air president and CEO. “Our history of sustainability is strengthened through our new sustainability and plastics pledge and, as an industry leader, it’s our responsibility to build a waste-free future, keep our oceans clean and leave a lighter carbon footprint.”

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-Reliance Industries: Traceable, recycled bedding to go on sale in US next year

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Monday said a new brand of bedding products by home textiles maker GHCL Ltd, Cirkularity, using its ecofriendly high-quality fibre will be available for sale in the United States from the first quarter of 2019.

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Monday said a new brand of bedding products by home textiles maker GHCL Ltd, Cirkularity, using its ecofriendly high-quality fibre will be available for sale in the United States from the first quarter of 2019.

The brand platform is inspired by Rekoop, the first bedding solution to use Applied DNA`s CertainT platform and Reliance Industries` Recron GreenGold fiber for source verification and traceability of recycled polyester across the supply chain, RIL said in a release.

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-Nine out of ten seabirds now have plastic in their stomach, report warns

A shock new report showed 90 per cent of all sea birds had plastic traces

Global wildlife populations are said to have fallen 60 per cent since 1970

Plastic pollution is driving down the numbers of sea creatures and birds

The percentage of seabirds with plastic in their stomach has increased to 90 per cent from 5 per cent in 1960, a shocking report reveals.

Plastic pollution is one of the worst ways man is adversely affecting the environment.

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources, driving climate change and pollution.

Only a quarter of the world’s land area is free from the impacts of human activity and by 2050 that will have fallen to just a tenth, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.

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-Dispatches from Europe: A step to stem the plastic tide 

Single-use plastics are everywhere, with most of us regularly relying on the convenience of products such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and water bottles.

But it’s also becoming clear we have made, used and disposed of too many. According to one recent academic analysis, only 9 percent of all plastic ever created has been recycled, 12 percent has been incinerated and the rest – 79 percent – has been dumped in landfills or littered in the natural environment (intentionally or not)

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-Lycra unveils new technologies at annual event

Invista, owner of the Lycra, Thermolite and Coolmax brands, and an innovation leader in the legwear segment, has introduced three latest hosiery innovations at the fifth edition of Lycra Fiber Moves conference that took place in Lake Como, Italy, on 18 October, marking the brand’s 60th anniversary. Held every two years, this exclusive event attracts around 200 representatives from leading knitters, coverers, distributors, brands and retailers to learn about new market insights and trends, as well as Invista’s latest technologies for socks and hosiery.

“Legwear is a very important market for Lycra. But ten years ago, we sat down and realised there is no seminar for this segment,” said Alistair Williamson, Sales Director at Invista, during his opening address. “There are events happening around the world for people working in the sportswear industry, like ISPO, or denim, such as Kingpins, which takes place in Amsterdam next week, but there has been nothing for those involved in hosiery.”

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Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

Data from the 2018 Greenitaly Report of Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere  Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

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A quarter of Italian companies (345,000) over the past 5 years have focused on the Green Economy to overcome the crisis and face the future.

They are more competitive, they export and take on more energy and talent to be exploited also for the fight against climate change: a challenge for the economy and innovation, and an opportunity for made in Italy.Presentation of the 2018 Greenitaly report by Symbola and Unioncamere. Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere
In Italy 3 Millions of Green Jobs, 13% of the employed this year 474,000 new contracts activated Italy first among the big EU for wealth produced per materia unit: 4 € of GDP / Kg and first for recycled waste: 79% of the total.Realacci: “The Green Economy in Italy crosses innovation, quality, beauty and brings new competitiveness to companies and the country. Italy is a superpower in the Circular Economy “Rome, 30 October 2018.

An antidote to the crisis before, an incentive to engage and support the recovery then.

It is an undoubted factor of competitiveness: which finds its roots in the peculiar national economic model, in which efficiency, quality and beauty, social cohesion and territorial ties feed the turnovers of companies. It is also an additional weapon to combat climate change, in line with the recent IP

CC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

This proves to be the Italian green economy, thanks to those companies, a quarter of the total, which in the last five years have made green investments.

 

 I dati del Rapporto Greenitaly 2018 di Fondazione Symbola e Unioncamere

Un quarto delle imprese italiane (345.000) negli ultimi 5 anni ha puntato sulla Green Economy per Ssuperare la crisi e affrontare il futuro.

 Sono più competitive, esportano e assumono di più energie e talenti da valorizzare anche per la lotta ai mutamenti climatici:

 una sfida per l’economia e l’innovazione, e un’opportunità per il made in Italy

Presentazione Rapporto Greenitaly 2018 di Symbola ed Unioncamere

In Italia 3 Milioni di Green Jobs, Il 13% degli occupati  quest’anno 474.000 nuovi contratti attivati Italia prima tra i big Ue per ricchezza prodotta per Unita’ di Materia: 4€ di Pil/Kg

 e prima per rifiuti riciclati: Il 79% del totale

Realacci: “La Green Economy in Italia incrocia innovazione, qualita’, bellezza e porta nuova competitivita’ alle imprese e al paese. L’Italia è una superpotenza nell’Economia Circolare”

Roma, 30 ottobre 2018.

Un antidoto contro la crisi prima, uno stimolo per agganciare e sostenere la ripresa poi. E un indubbio fattore di competitività: che trova le sue radici nel peculiare modello economico nazionale, in cui efficienza, qualità e bellezza, coesione sociale e legami territoriali alimentano i fatturati delle imprese.

E anche un’arma in più per contrastare i mutamenti climatici, in linea con quanto indicato dal recente rapporto dell’IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Questo dimostra di essere la green economy italiana, grazie a quelle aziende, un quarto del totale, che negli ultimi cinque anni hanno fatto investimenti green.

Lo racconta GreenItaly 2018: il nono rapporto di Fondazione Symbola e Unioncamere – promosso in collaborazione con il Conai e Novamont, con il patrocinio del Ministero dell’ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare – che misura e pesa la forza della green economy nazionale (oltre 200 best practice raccontate, grazie anche alla collaborazione di circa trenta esperti).

Sono oltre 345.000 le imprese italiane dell’industria e dei servizi con dipendenti che hanno investito nel periodo 2014-2017, o prevedono di farlo entro la fine del 2018 (nell’arco, dunque, di un quinquennio) in prodotti e tecnologie green per ridurre l’impatto ambientale, risparmiare energia e contenere le emissioni di CO2.

In pratica un’azienda italiana su quattro, il 24,9% dell’intera imprenditoria extra-agricola. E nel manifatturiero sono quasi una su tre (30,7%). Solo quest’anno, anche sulla spinta dei primi segni tangibili di ripresa, circa 207 mila aziende hanno investito, o intendono farlo entro dicembre, sulla sostenibilità e l’efficienza.

Il rapporto è stato presentato stamattina a Roma presso la sede di Unioncamere da Ermete Realacci, presidente Fondazione Symbola e Carlo Sangalli, presidente Unioncamere, alla presenza di Catia Bastioli, amministratore delegato Novamont, Giorgio Quagliuolo, presidente Conai, Francesco Starace, amministratore delegato Enel, e del sottosegretario al Ministero dell’ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare Salvatore Micillo.

Green economy e competitività.

Non è difficile capire le ragioni di questi investimenti. Le aziende di questa GreenItaly hanno un dinamismo sui mercati esteri nettamente superiore al resto del sistema produttivo italiano: con specifico riferimento alle imprese manifatturiere (5-499 addetti), quelle che hanno visto un aumento dell’export nel 2017 sono il 34% fra chi ha investito nel green contro il 27% tra chi non ha investito.

Queste imprese innovano più delle altre, quasi il doppio: il 79% ha sviluppato attività di innovazione, contro il 43% delle non investitrici.

Innovazione che guarda anche a Impresa 4.0: mentre tra le imprese investitrici nel green il 26% adotta tecnologie 4.0, tra quelle non investitrici tale quota si ferma all’11%.

Sospinto da export e innovazione, anche il fatturato cresce: basti pensare che un aumento del fatturato nel 2017 ha coinvolto il 32% delle imprese che investono green (sempre con riferimento al manifatturiero tra 5 e 499 addetti) contro il 24% nel caso di quelle non investitrici.

Green Jobs: occupazione e innovazione.

Alla nostra green economy si devono già 2 milioni 998 mila green jobs, ossia occupati che applicano competenze ‘verdi’.

Il 13% dell’occupazione complessiva nazionale. Un valore destinato a salire ancora entro l’anno: sulla base delle indagini Unioncamere si prevede una domanda di green jobs pari a quasi 474.000 contratti attivati, il 10,4% del totale delle richieste per l’anno in corso, che si tratti di ingegneri energetici o agricoltori biologici, esperti di acquisti verdi, tecnici meccatronici o installatori di impianti termici a basso impatto; e nel manifatturiero si sfiora il 15%.

Focalizzando infine l’attenzione sui soli dipendenti e scendendo nel dettaglio delle aree aziendali, notiamo come in quella della progettazione e della ricerca e sviluppo il 63,5% dei nuovi contratti previsti per il 2018 siano green, a dimostrazione del legame sempre più stretto tra green economy e innovazione aziendale.Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

“In Italia – spiega Ermete Realacci, presidente di Symbola, Fondazione per le qualità italiane – questo cammino verso il futuro incrocia strade che arrivano dal passato e che ci parlano di una spinta alla qualità, all’efficienza, all’innovazione, alla bellezza.

Una sintonia tra identità e istanze del futuro che negli anni bui della crisi è diventata una reazione di sistema, una sorta di missione produttiva indicata dal basso, spesso senza incentivi pubblici, da una quota rilevante delle nostre imprese.

Una scelta coraggiosa e vincente. Per le imprese, che investendo diventano più sostenibili e soprattutto più competitive.

E per il Paese, che nella green economy e nell’economia circolare ha riscoperto antiche vocazioni (quella al riciclo e all’uso efficiente delle risorse) e ha trovato un modello produttivo che grazie all’innovazione, alla ricerca, alla tecnologia ne rafforza l’identità, le tradizioni, ne enfatizza i punti di forza.

Un modello produttivo e sociale che offre al Paese la possibilità di avere un rilevante ruolo internazionale: già oggi l’Italia è una superpotenza nell’economia circolare”.Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

“Fa piacere, anno dopo anno, constatare la forza ed i primati di questa Italia ‘verde’, svelarne il dinamismo imprenditoriale, scoprirne le capacità sui mercati e l’attitudine a creare lavoro di qualità”, sottolinea il presidente di Unioncamere, Carlo Sangalli.

“Oggi un quarto delle nostre imprese parla il linguaggio della green economy, che significa rispetto per l’ambiente, tutela del territorio e delle sue risorse.

Un linguaggio strettamente connesso con l’innovazione in tutte le sue forme, inclusa l’adozione delle tecnologie di Impresa 4.0.

E siamo contenti di poter dare il contributo del sistema camerale anche alla diffusione della cultura della sostenibilità, fondamentale per assicurare il benessere e il futuro dei nostri territori”. Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

Leadership europea nelle performance ambientali

Le imprese di GreenItaly, incluse le PMI, hanno spinto l’intero sistema produttivo nazionale e il Paese verso una leadership europea nelle performance ambientali. Leadership che fa il paio coi nostri primati internazionali nella competitività.

– Materie prime. Eurostat ci dice che l’Italia con 307 tonnellate di materia prima per ogni milione di euro prodotto dalle imprese è molto più efficiente della media Ue (455 tonnellate), collocandosi terza nella graduatoria a ventotto paesi, dietro solamente al Regno Unito (236 t) e al Lussemburgo (283 t), e davanti a Francia (326 t), Spagna (360 t) e Germania (408 t).

– Energia. Siamo secondi tra i big player europei, dietro al solo Regno Unito, per consumi energetici per unità di prodotto. Dalle 17,3 tonnellate di petrolio equivalente per milione di euro del 2008 siamo passati a 14,2; la Gran Bretagna (un’economia in cui finanza e servizi giocano un ruolo molto importante) ne consuma 10,6; la Francia 14,9; la Spagna 15,7; la Germania 17,0.Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

– Emissioni. Italia da primato anche nella riduzione delle emissioni in atmosfera: terzi tra le cinque grandi economie comunitarie (104,2 tonnellate CO2 per milione di euro prodotto): dietro alla Francia (85,5 t, in questo caso favorita dal nucleare) e al Regno Unito (93,4 t; pesa, come nel caso dell’energia, il ruolo della finanza) ma davanti a Spagna e Germania.

– Rifiuti. Con 43,2 tonnellate per ogni milione di euro prodotto (1,7 t in meno del 2008) siamo i più efficienti nella riduzione dei rifiuti tra le cinque grandi economie europee, di nuovo molto meglio della Germania (67,6 t per milione di euro prodotto) e della media comunitaria (89,3 t).

– Economia circolare. Per ogni chilogrammo di risorsa consumata il nostro Paese genera (a parità di potere d’acquisto) 4 € di Pil, contro una media europea di 2,2 e valori tra 2,3 e 3,6 di tutte le altri grandi economie continentali, come stima l’Istituto di ricerche Ambiente Italia.

Siamo il Paese europeo con la più alta percentuale di riciclo sulla totalità dei rifiuti (urbani, industriali etc., inclusi quelli minerari): con il 79% di rifiuti avviati a riciclo l’Italia presenta un’incidenza più che doppia rispetto alla media europea (38%) e ben superiore rispetto a tutti gli altri grandi Paesi europei: la Francia è al 55%, il Regno Unito al 49%, la Germania al 43%.

Siamo il primo Paese in Europa per fatturato pro-capite nel settore dello sviluppo dei prodotti basati su processi biologici (come le bioplastiche), grazie al fatto che siamo i più avanzati in innovazione e sviluppo di tecnologia.

Siamo, insieme alla Germania, il Paese leader europeo in termini di quantità di materie seconde riciclate nell’industria manifatturiera: e questa sostituzione di materia nell’economia italiana comporta un risparmio potenziale pari a 21 milioni di tonnellate equivalenti di petrolio e a 58 milioni di tonnellate di CO2.

Tutti gli obiettivi fissati dalle nuove direttive europee sui rifiuti urbani al 2025 o sono già stati raggiunti (come, caso esemplare in Europa grazie al sistema Conai, per il totale degli imballaggi e per tutti i singoli materiali, ad eccezione della plastica) o sono prossimi ad essere raggiunti (come l’obiettivo di raccolta differenziata). Sono in ogni caso necessarie semplificazioni normative, un’incentivazione degli acquisti verdi e un’impiantistica adeguata.

Geografia degli eco-investimenti

Molte le imprese green nelle Regioni del Nord, ma la loro presenza è diffusa in tutto il territorio nazionale. La Lombardia è la Regione con il più alto numero di imprese eco-investitrici: ne conta 61.650, seguono il Veneto con 34.797 unità, il Lazio con 32.545 imprese green, l’Emilia-Romagna a quota 28.270 e la Campania con 26.176.

Quindi troviamo il Piemonte con 25.272, la Toscana (23.163),, la Sicilia (21.954), la Puglia (20.355) e la Calabria (9.818). A livello provinciale, in termini assoluti, Roma (25.082) e Milano (21.547) guidano la graduatoria delle imprese che investono in tecnologie green, staccando nettamente le altre province italiane. In terza, quarta e quinta posizione, con oltre 9.000 imprese eco-investitrici si collocano Torino, Napoli e Bari.

Dove sono più richiesti i green jobs

La prima Regione per numerosità assoluta di contratti relativi a green jobs la cui attivazione è prevista per il 2018 è la Lombardia, dove se ne contano 123.380, pari a poco più di un quarto del totale nazionale (26,1%); seguita a distanza dall’Emilia Romagna con 45.562 richieste di green jobs (9,6%), dal Lazio, con 45.480 attivazioni (9,6% del totale nazionale), quindi da Veneto a quota 42.654 (9%) e Piemonte con 38.869 (8,2%). Troviamo poi la Campania (29.467, 6,2%), la Toscana (23.637, 5% del totale nazionale), la Puglia (20.912, 4,4%), la Sicilia (19.994, 4,2%) e il Friuli Venezia Giulia (11.546, 2,4%).

Avvicinandoci ancor di più ai territori, le prime province per numerosità assoluta di attivazioni programmate di contratti relativi a green jobs sono quelle costituite dalle grandi realtà di Milano, con 63.242 nuove posizioni, e Roma, con 37.570. In terza posizione c’è Torino, dove la domanda di green jobs è di 23.478 unità, quarta Napoli con 16.761 attivazioni, quinta Brescia con 14.977.

Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Three para-xylene producers in Asia announce para-xylene prices for November Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

MOSCOW – Three major paraxylene producers in the Asian region have announced their contract prices for November supplies of paraxylene to Asia at USD1,320-1,350 per tonne, sources in the market told ICIS .Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

In particular, South Korean SK Global Chemicals (SKGC) set paraxylene contract prices for November at USD1,350 per ton, while Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and

JX Nippon Oil & Energy called their contract prices at USD1,330 and USD1,320 per ton, respectively.Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Meanwhile, in October, the contract prices of para-xylene were not agreed.

Para-xylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid (TPA), an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.

In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year.Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

New system combines benefits of physical, chemical polymer foaming at industrial scale  Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) introduced its Somos Perfoamer physical plastics foaming system at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, last week.

The system comprises a conditioning and an impregnating unit, where the pellets are processed before being fed to the injection molding machine.

The Perfoamer lets plastics processors reap the benefits of the Plastinum Foam Injection Molding process, jointly developed by Linde and Kunstoff-Institut Lüdenscheid, at an industrial scale, said Hans Schnell, Senior Technical Expert, Projects and Processing.

Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Hans Schnell, Senior Technical Expert, Projects and Processing, at ProTec Polymer Processing showed the company’s new polymer foaming system at Fakuma 2018.

The polymer pellets are dried and maintained at the optimal processing temperature in the conditioning unit before being impregnated with CO2 in the adjoining autoclave.

An Industry 4.0–compatible PLC ensures consistent process quality. The CO2-doped pellets are stored in a 250-liter tank awaiting output to the injection molder.

The Perfoamer system is compatible with almost all injection molding machines.

The underlying Plastinum Foam Injection Molding technology was developed to combine the benefits of chemical and physical foaming.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Installation is simple, requiring few to no modifications of the injection molding equipment, and it costs up to 60% less than conventional physical foaming systems, according to Linde.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

PLASTEC Minneapolis is the hub to injection molding, materials and additives, product design, automation, and more.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Source new products explore breakthrough technology, and hear innovators reveal their latest discoveries and developments.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Most polymers, including bio-based and engineering-grade materials, sheer-sensitive thermoplastics and composites, can be processed by the Somos Perfoamer system. Foaming allows weight reductions of up to 60%, depending on the material, according to ProTec.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Also, the CO2 content reduces the polymer’s viscosity, thus improving melt flow and accelerating production, adds the company.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

ProTec Polymer Processing supplies material handling, treatment and recycling technologies as well as LFT pultrusion lines to plastics processing companies.

Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating is introducing a new generation of PET thermoforming sheet lines Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Source : Reifenhäuser

Press Releases

Following the big success of the 2013-release high-performance extrusion lines for PET thermoforming sheets with the patented mechatronic polishing stacks of the MIREX-MT-V design series, the next generation of this line type was presented this year.

As in the past, the heart of these lines is the tried-and-tested synchronous “REItruder” twin-screw extruders, which are now in their third generation.

In combination with dry-running high-performance vacuum pumps that work with an operating pressure of 5 mbar, and the degassing units on the REItruder that have continuously been optimized through the years, the systems meet the FDA requirements (N.O.L for Recycled Plastics #209) for films that are made of 100% recycled PET and are in direct contact with food.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

All required declarations confirming the line technology’s compliance with EFSA requirements are provided; the user is responsible for applying for the appropriate EFSA approval.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Depending on the customer’s requirements, various different coextrusion feedblocks are available from Reifenhäuser EDS, the youngest member of the Reifenhäuser Group. The customers have frequently expressed their desire for simple (quasi “plug and play”) production.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

To meet this need, feedblocks are now available both for fixed layer geometries and for the tried-and-tested and highly flexible REIcofeed 2.1 systems that can be configured during operation.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Additionally, completely modernized dies are available in the wide product portfolio of Reifenhäuser EDS.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

For example, the producer can choose between internal deckling for maximum flexibility in the film width, or a lip gap that can be configured during operation for fast thickness changes, as well as between manual or automatic operation with thermal expansion bolts.

After 5 years of successful worldwide use, the MIREX-MT-V high-performance polishing stack has also been fundamentally modernized.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Depending on the system capacity, it has 3 or 4 polishing rolls. Additionally, an axis crossing for the first roll is available optionally, for the production of thin films with large widths.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

The entire line has been prepared for the implementation of Industry 4.0 functions that are being developed group-wide by Reifenhäuser Digital.

Thanks to the modular concept, the customers can decide individually which functionalities benefit their business activities and which are not needed (for the time being).

The tailor-made solutions for individual needs are part of the portfolio of Reifenhäuser CSC, from “as simple as possible” to convenient fully automated solutions.

Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

 New generation of PET thermoforming sheet lines

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics 30-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate: Bottle Grade is steady while Filament Grade is always weak.The prices of upstream chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,170/1,200 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,150/9,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,900/9,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,900/9,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 945/955 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,100/7,200 yuan/ton – MEG $ 795/815 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,800/6,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,215/1,225 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,800/9,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,700/11,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,950/10,050  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Data from the 2018 Greenitaly Report of Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere  

Italian Language Only

A quarter of Italian companies (345,000) over the past 5 years have focused on the Green Economy to overcome the crisis and face the future.

They are more competitive, they export and take on more energy and talent to be exploited also for the fight against climate change: a challenge for the economy and innovation, and an opportunity for made in Italy.Presentation of the 2018 Greenitaly report by Symbola and Unioncamere.

In Italy 3 Millions of Green Jobs, 13% of the employed this year 474,000 new contracts activated Italy first among the big EU for wealth produced per materia unit: 4 € of GDP / Kg and first for recycled waste: 79% of the total.Realacci: “The Green Economy in Italy crosses innovation, quality, beauty and brings new competitiveness to companies and the country. Italy is a superpower in the Circular Economy ”

Rome, 30 October 2018.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Vietnam emerges as key beneficiary of trade war

US and Chinese companies weigh Southeast Asia as new supply base

Both American and Chinese companies say that the trade war is causing them to lose market share to Vietnamese competitors. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

Vietnamese companies are emerging as key winners of the trade war between the U.S. and China, according to a new survey of companies from the two nations.

Both American and Chinese companies participating in the survey, published on Monday by the Guangzhou-based American Chamber of Commerce in South China, said that as a result of the trade conflict, they have been losing market share, especially to companies from Vietnam.

Chinese companies reported also losing sales equally to companies from India, the U.S. and South Korea. For American companies by contrast, Germany and Japan were the next keenest rivals.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Three para-xylene producers in Asia announce para-xylene prices for November Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Three major paraxylene producers in the Asian region have announced their contract prices for November supplies of paraxylene to Asia at USD1,320-1,350 per tonne, sources in the market told ICIS .Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

In particular, South Korean SK Global Chemicals (SKGC) set paraxylene contract prices for November at USD1,350 per ton, while Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and

JX Nippon Oil & Energy called their contract prices at USD1,330 and USD1,320 per ton, respectively.Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-New system combines benefits of physical, chemical polymer foaming at industrial scale  Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) introduced its Somos Perfoamer physical plastics foaming system at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, last week.

The system comprises a conditioning and an impregnating unit, where the pellets are processed before being fed to the injection molding machine.

The Perfoamer lets plastics processors reap the benefits of the Plastinum Foam Injection Molding process, jointly developed by Linde and Kunstoff-Institut Lüdenscheid, at an industrial scale, said Hans Schnell, Senior Technical Expert, Projects and Processing.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Hammond opts for plastic packaging tax

Chancellor Philip Hammond is to impose a tax on plastic packaging with insufficient recycled content.

In his Budget speech he stopped short though of introducing a tax on disposable plastic drinks cups, but signalled the possibility of an incineration tax in future.

The chancellor (pictured) said: “There will be a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging which has less than 30% recycled plastic content.”

He is to consult on the scheme’s detail and timetable and said he had acted because the UK should: “Lead work to rid oceans and environment of plastic waste.”

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Pepsi parent company pledges to increase use of recycled plastic

The goal calls for 25 percent recycled plastic in packaging by 2025

PepsiCo has announced a new goal to reduce its use of plastic packaging and increase its use of recycled plastic.

The food and beverage manufacturer said it aims to use 25 percent recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025. The pledge comes at a time when businesses are under increasing pressure to curb the use of plastic, which often ends up in the world’s oceans.

The company said it will collaborate with suppliers and partners and try to increase consumer education about curbing plastic pollution. It also said improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform are needed to achieve its goal.

Specifically, PepsiCo has a goal of using 33 percent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) content in beverage bottles by 2025.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-SC Johnson and Plastic Bank to Open New Blockchain Rewards Recycling Centers in Indonesia

New-Blockchain-Rewards-Based-Recycling-Centers-Planned-for-Indonesia-Battling-Plastic-Pollution-Crisis

Plastic Bank has been slowly and steadily proving themselves as an eco-friendly platform, urging consumers to pick up plastic and recycle. In return, the participant is provided with digital asset rewards. They have already started their efforts in several areas, but their latest collaboration will involve SC Johnson, a United States manufacturer of household cleaning supplies.

SC Johnson owns many major brands in the grocery industry, like Glade, Ziploc, and Mr. Muscle. Every one of these brands tends to use a substantial amount of waste, and a recent study examined the effect that plastic pollution has on the ocean. The study revealed that over 55% of the waste that the ocean takes in come specifically from five Asian countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-How can holistic packaging design alleviate marine litter?

A new white paper distills scientific research on the effects of plastic on ocean ecosystems and recommends ways the packaging industry can help reduce the amount of marine litter.

A white paper released today by non-profit foundation Ocean Wise and PAC Packaging Consortium (PAC) addresses the issue of plastic pollution caused in marine environments by packaging litter.

The report, titled “Ocean Plastics: What the Packaging Industry Can Do,” notes that microplastics—bits of plastic smaller than 5 mm—pose a major hazard to aquatic life and recommends taking a more holistic approach to packaging design to help reduce the amount of plastic that makes its way into the ocean.

The white paper proposes that such elements as single-use and small-format packaging and lightweight 2D items like lids and caps be redesigned to discourage the separation of elements, so they’re recycled together.

Optimizing packaging would include re-evaluating the correct amount of packaging to avoid unnecessary waste.

Ensuring that packaging can be collected and reused is also key.

The paper is being released in conjunction with an on-site meeting today at Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, which is part of PAC’s Innovation Roadshow.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Borealis to ‘more than quadruple’ its plastics recycling by 2025

Borealis has committed to increasing its recycled plastics volumes by more than fourfold by 2025, as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which the Austrian polymers and fertilizers major signed on Monday.

Plastics recyclingThe commitment, titled ‘A Line In The Sand’, is an initiative driven by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with the aim of creating a new normal for plastic packaging.

So far, it has been signed by over 250 organisations, including companies that collectively represent 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally.

Targets of the initiative also include:

– Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models.

– Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating is introducing a new generation of PET thermoforming sheet lines 

Following the big success of the 2013-release high-performance extrusion lines for PET thermoforming sheets with the patented mechatronic polishing stacks of the MIREX-MT-V design series, the next generation of this line type was presented this year.

As in the past, the heart of these lines is the tried-and-tested synchronous “REItruder” twin-screw extruders, which are now in their third generation.

In combination with dry-running high-performance vacuum pumps that work with an operating pressure of 5 mbar, and the degassing units on the REItruder that have continuously been optimized through the years, the systems meet the FDA requirements (N.O.L for Recycled Plastics #209) for films that are made of 100% recycled PET and are in direct contact with food.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-EMEA petrochemical outlook, w/c Oct 29

The eagerly awaited European ethylene contract for November will settle this week.

OLEFINS

The ethylene market was expected to remain well supplied and pressure on prices was seen coming both from feedstock naphtha and downstream polyethylene. The November contract for propylene will also settle this week. Expectations in the market ranged from a rollover to a small fall. Propylene was expected to remain well supplied in the spot market as downstream demand has fallen on the back of downstream shutdowns. The butadiene market’s November contract price settled down Eur100/mt ($114/mt) to Eur1,075/mt last week, while the spot market also weakened on low demand from export markets and declining prices in Asia.

POLYMERS

The European PE market will keep its ears close to the ground for any US origin offers that may emerge. Imported cargoes, both from the US and the Middle East, were expected to keep the European PE prices under pressure. Competitively-prices PE from the US has already led to softening prices in African and Turkish markets, and some African market participants expected that trend to continue into November. Polypropylene prices have come under pressure and, with feedstock bearishness, that trend was expected to continue.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Faurecia bids to acquire all shares in Japan’s Clarion, intends to form alliance with Hitachi to develop autonomous driving products

Faurecia is bidding to acquire Clarion, in a move to strengthen its position as a major supplier of cockpit systems at a time when car interiors are being transformed.

The French automotive supplier said the acquisition of Clarion, which makes in-vehicle infotainment, HMI and connected driver-assistance systems, will give it a stronger position in the market for cockpit electronics.

“It would position us as a leading player for cockpit systems integration, able to offer unique user experiences,” Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller said in a statement.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Germany’s BASF scoops second China chemicals deal in four months

Chemical giant BASF said on Monday it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’sSinopec Corp to build a steam cracker in east China, the second major investment pledged by the German firm in four months.

China, the world’s top chemicals consumer, is allowing greater access by global majors and local independents to its massive chemicals market to feed plastics, coatings and adhesives to the fast-growing consumer electronics and automotive sectors, as well as polyesters for clothing.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-FENC Pushes Innovation and Furthers Collaboration with Global Brand Partners

Water Free Dyed Nylon and Innovative Recycling Process Launched

Far Eastern New Century (FENC) has announced that it will continue to build on its brand growth momentum with a 5-point strategic focus on integration, innovation, global leadership, capabilities/capacities and sustainability. For FENC, with approximately 27,000 employees, the global brand status it has in the textile industry generates annual revenues of more than US$ 7 billion (€6.1 billion). Being such a size brings responsibility, with FENC being right at the front in owning theirs.

FENC on Sustainability: “There’s No Other Way”

Sustainability is inherent to FENC, through its fully vertical processing, from fiber and fiber recycling through to garment manufacturing, and the R&D continue in force. “As a global corporate citizen, we must continue to develop with sustainability in mind. We believe there’s no other way,” said Eric Hu, President, Textile, FENC.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Faerch Plast UK introduces recycled PET material

British recycled plastic packaging firm Faerch Plast UK has introduced 100% recycled PET material under its Food to Go banner.

According to the company, the new material reduces the need for virgin materials and will be made available from 1 January.

Faerch Plast UK and Ireland sales director Mark Tollman said: “We see this as a great innovation for our customers and the environment, as we continue to develop sustainable packaging.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging

New plant goes from PET bale to rPET packaging Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging
New facility with an 80,000,000-lb annual capacity sorts, cleans, and purifies PET waste to produce rPET rollstock, thermoformed containers, and molded bottle preforms.

rPlanet Earth, a new company dedicated to closed-loop recycling of post-consumer plastics, has started up a large grassroots facility that is said to be the world’s first completely vertically integrated plant for converting PET packaging waste into finished rPET products with properties comparable to those made from virgin PET.

The 302,000-sq-ft facility in Vernon, CA, takes in bottles, clamshell containers, and other packaging waste from curbside collection; puts it through an extensive series of sorting and cleaning procedures; grinds it into flake and subjects it to rigorous wash and decontamination; raises the intrinsic viscosity (IV) of the material in accordance with end-use requirements; and processes it into food-grade sheet, thermoformed containers, and injection-molded preforms for bottles. The new rPlanet Earth plant has an annual capacity of 80,000,000 lb.  Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

The total investment at Vernon thus far is over $100,000,000. According to rPlanet Earth co-CEO Robert Daviduk, plans are in the works to add a second bales-to-end-product production line in the facility within the next two years.

“The utilities and other infrastructure are already in place to support a new line that can have a capacity 50-percent larger than that of our existing line,” Daviduk says. “Our company has plans to build three or more new plants at sites elsewhere in the U.S. and possibly in other countries.”Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Beyond recycling PET, rPlanet Earth also meets other sustainability goals, notes co-CEO Joseph Ross. “While our rPET packaging provides appearance, purity, and physical properties comparable to those of virgin PET, our carbon footprint is 60-percent less than that of packaging made from virgin resin and in fact is 20-percent less than that for rPET products from other companies,” he says.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Ross adds that the figures take into account curbside collection, baling, and transportation as well as the operation in the Vernon plant. “In addition, our recycling operation uses 90-percent less water per quantity of output than a PET resin plant.”

Among the reclaim and polymer processing systems in place at the Vernon plant are three Welex® sheet lines supplied by Graham Engineering Corp. and equipped with EDI® extrusion dies and BKG® melt delivery components from Nordson Corp.

Comprehensive process for reclamation and reuse

After bales entering the rPlanet Earth facility have been broken into a single stream of bottles and thermoforms, the material is subjected to multiple sorting procedures. Magnetized sorters remove foreign matter such as wire, near-infrared scanners identify PET and separate it from other polymers, and another sorting step separates PET materials by color.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Next comes a dry system for grinding the material into flake. Water is avoided because it is a carrier for inks and adhesives that can negatively affect the quality of the finished rPET. The first encounter with water is in the wash line, where the material is cleaned before it moves to a tank where PET, which is heavier than water, sinks, while labels, adhesives, and other matter are skimmed off.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Subsequently the flake enters a Krones MetaPure® reactor where ~200°C heat and vacuum are used in a final decontamination process. Solid state polymerization (SSP) raises the IV of the rPET to various levels, depending on the target application.

rPlanet Earth bypasses the pelletizing step in favor of adding value to flake by using it in its own in-house plastics processing lines.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

“By skipping the pelletizing of rPET, we potentially avoid degrading our products’ appearance, since a melting step that can negatively affect color is completely eliminated,” explains Daviduk. “Our customers are looking for products that come from a truly closed-loop recycling system.”Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

He notes that rPlanet Earth can supply sheet, thermoformed packaging, or preforms with an rPET content that can range up to 100%, depending on whether or not a customer requires some percentage of virgin PET.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

The company currently operates seven plastics processing lines: two Husky injection molding systems for production of preforms, and three Welex extrusion lines that produce sheet for sale as rollstock to the merchant market or for use in-house on two large Lyle thermoforming machines from Brown Machine Group.

The thermoformed products manufactured by rPlanet Earth may include drinking cups, produce packaging, clamshell containers, and virtually any other food-grade thermoformed packaging currently made from PET.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

The three Welex sheet lines supplied by Graham Engineering include extruders that yield widths up to 75 in. and can be configured for coextrusion; XSL Navigator™ controls capable of integrating with plant-wide automation systems; Nordson’s BKG HiCon screen changers, BlueFlow gear pumps, and static mixers; and Nordson’s EDI® Ultraflex™ sheet dies. Graham Engineering also supplied thickness scanners, edge trim systems, winders, and other equipment.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

“We spent an enormous amount of time researching plastics processing equipment suppliers and chose Graham Engineering because of their technical capabilities, their engineering and design support, and their Converge™ CTS [Conical Twin Screw] technology, which is more compact and streamlined in comparison with conventionaltwin-screw systems,” says Ross.

“It was a joint decision between us and Graham Engineering to include Nordson components.

The in-line backflush capability of the BKG screen changers was particularly attractive because this self-cleaning feature enables us to avoid shutdowns due to screen buildup. In addition, Nordson backed their EDI die with extensive experience in PET sheet processing, exceeding that of other die suppliers.”

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,550 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton-350
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,250 $/ton1,200 $/ton-50
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,500yuan/ton9,050 yuan/ton-450
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,500 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton-500
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,150 yuan/ton7,100 yuan/ton-50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 970 $/ton 955 $/ton-15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,230 yuan/ton6,810 yuan/ton-420
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

860 $/ton802 $/ton-58
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,238 $/ton 1,214 $/ton-24
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

10,750 yuan/ton10,050 yuan/ton-700
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,750 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton-550
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,400 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton-500
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

12,050 yuan/ton11.400 yuan/ton-650
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

10,950 yuan/ton10,275 yuan/ton-675
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,050 yuan/ton-450
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,500 yuan/ton16,450 yuan/ton-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,200 $/ton2,200 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,510 $/ton2,450 $/ton-60
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,400 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,800 yuan/ton18,600 yuan/ton-200
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,800 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton-300 
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,200 yuan/ton21,600 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,900 yuan/ton24,500 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,900 yuan/ton23,500 yuan/ton-400
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,000 yuan/ton-200 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,400 yuan/ton9,800 yuan/ton-600
Benzene domestic market

 

6,800 yuan/ton6,475 yuan/ton-325
Benzene overseas  market

 

805 $/ton766 $/ton-39
Ethylene South East market

 

1,000 $/ton910 $/ton-90
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,002 $/ton990 $/ton-12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

17,900 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton-1,900
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,100 $/ton2,050 $/ton-50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton –
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,180 yuan/ton15,050 yuan/ton-50
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,800 yuan/ton10,500 yuan/ton-300
Naphtha overseas market         

 

670 $/ton637 $/ton-33
Phenol domestic market 12,175 yuan/ton

 

12,175 yuan/ton

 

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PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,465 $/ton

 

1,465 $/ton

 

 
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,560 $/ton

 

 1,555 $/ton

 

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LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,120 $/ton1,102 $/ton-18
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,102 $/ton1,092 $/ton-10
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,100 $/ton1,081 $/ton-19
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,080 $/ton1,070 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,250 $/ton 1,231 $/ton-19
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,253 $/ton 1,222 $/ton-31
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,261 €/ton 1,244 €/ton-17

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-Iran starts oil sales to private exporters to beat U.S. sanctions

Iran began selling crude oil to private companies for export on Sunday, part of a strategy to counter U.S. sanctions which come into effect on Nov. 4 and aim to stop the country’s key crude exports, the oil ministry’s news website SHANA reported.

Crude oil trade is state-controlled in Iran. Earlier, private refining companies could only buy crude oil for exports of oil products, officials have said.

Out of 1 million barrels offered on the energy bourse, 280,000 barrels were sold at $74.85 per barrel, SHANA added.

Iran said in July it would start oil sales to private firms as part of its efforts to keep exporting oil and would take other measures to counter sanctions after the United States told allies to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November.

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-Is The Oil Supply Glut Set To Return?

Is the oil market tightening too much or is a glut on the verge of making a comeback?

There were a series of mixed messages from both OPEC and the IEA in recent days, offering a muddy outlook for the oil market. First was the TASS interview with Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih. His main message was that Saudi Arabia has enough spare capacity to cover for any shortfall related to Iran, although he noted that any further unexpected outages – from, say, Venezuela, Libya or Nigeria – would test the cartel’s abilities.

Libya appears to be doing its part for now. Mustafa Sanalla, the head of Libya’s National Oil Corp., said that Libya is aiming to increase production to 1.6 million barrels per day by the end of 2019, which would mark the highest level since the Arab Spring and civil war began in 2011.

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-Oil falls as investors wary of trade slowdown

Oil markets remain tense ahead of impending U.S. sanctions against Iran’s crude exports, which are set to start next week.

Oil prices dipped on Monday amid cautious sentiment as a plunge in financial markets last week and dollar strength early this week underscored concerns that growth may be slowing, especially in Asia’s emerging economies.

Front-month Brent crude oil futures were trading down 39 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $77.23 a barrel at 0616 GMT.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $67.31 a barrel, down 28 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last settlement.

Investors remained wary after hefty losses last week, while a stronger dollar on safe-haven buying puts pressure on the purchasing power of emerging markets.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Danone Outlines Sustainable Packaging Initiatives

Danone announces a series of new commitments and actions to ensure its packaging will become 100% circular, and to accelerate the global transition towards a circular economy of packaging.

This includes (1) initiatives to improve product design and develop alternative delivery and reuse models, (2) investments to develop effective, efficient and inclusive systems for increased collection and recycling, to boost recycling and (3) actions to preserve natural resources by reintegrating recycled materials into our packaging and developing use of renewable materials.

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-EuPC question single use plastics: a political or environmental decision?

European Plastics Converters (EuPC) is urging the Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Member States sitting in the Council to take the time to understand the EU single-use plastics directive proposal and its true implications.

The EuPc believe that the proposal is far from ensuring the desired environmental benefits but instead risks destroying jobs in the EU for many SMEs.

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-US Eastman sees destocking but no big slowdown – CEO

Eastman Chemical is seeing some “pockets of destocking” in the market, but no evidence of a broader slowdown – with the exception of automotive in China, Mark Costa, the CEO of the US-based producer, said in an update on Friday.

Destocking was occurring in areas such as coatings and tyres, the CEO told analysts during Eastman’s Q3 earnings call.

Eastman expects potential destocking could be driven by trade concerns in China.

The US-China trade dispute may affect Eastman customers’ ability to export back into the US, in areas such as specialty plastics or consumer durable goods, he said.

“I think it’s really important we don’t overreact to what’s going on in the fourth quarter right now,” Costa added.

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-UK government confident of a deal on Brexit – civil servant

The UK government remains confident that a deal will be reached on a future trading relationship with the EU, a senior civil servant said on Friday, despite current concern about the issue of the Irish border.

“We should be confident that a deal will be reached,” said Niall Mackenzie, director for infrastructure and materials at the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

“The ain issue is the border… I think common sense will prevail on that, but I think it’s incumbent on both parties [to compromise],” he added.

Even in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a trading relationship agreed, the country is signed up to a raft of UN conventions that the EU is also a signatory to, Mackenzie said, and is working on copying across UK equivalents to EU legislation on a range of other legislative frameworks.

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-Asia ADA downtrend may continue on sluggish demand

Asia’s adipic acid (ADA) spot prices have declined for three weeks in a row because of falling feedstock prices and sluggish downstream demand, with downward pressure likely to remain as the year-end market lull draws near.

Painted old tyres in Qingdao, China. Adipic acid’s (ADA) key end-use products include tyre cord fibres. (Source: Sipa Asia/REX/Shutterstock)

– Feedstock benzene price slump weighs on market

– Regional supply is long

– Demand to shink further amid US-China trade war

Most offers for China-origin cargoes fell to the low-$1,300/tonne CFR (cost & freight) NE (northeast) Asia levels this week, but buyers were still reluctant to place fresh orders citing slower-than-expected demand.

“Demand was supposed to be strong in September and October, which are usually peak season. But this year, we did not feel [that it is] so,” a downstream user said.

“And the demand may dwindle further in coming months with the peak season winding down,” the end-user said.

Spot ADA prices for China-origin cargoes have shed $110/tonne since the start of October to $1,315/tonne CFR NE Asia on 24 October; while those from other origins declined by $40/tonne over the same period to $1,535/tonne CFR NE Asia, according to ICIS.

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-Bio4Products biomass study published: Virtual Pyrolysis Plant Locations in Europe

Availability and quality at four potential sites

An extensive study into the availability and quality of biomass resources in Europe has shown the potential for new lignocellulosic biorefineries to be opened in France, Finland, Romania and the Netherlands.

The study was conducted within the Bio4Products Horizon 2020 project, which is testing the feasibility of a fast pyrolysis based biorefinery concept.

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-EuPC warns EU plastics ban could risk public health

The historic vote in favour of banning single-use plastics such as drinking straws and plastic cutlery at the European Parliament this week (October 24th) has been celebrated in the mainstream media, but the industry is not jumping to join the delighted chorus.

In a statement published the day after the vote, the EuPC has warned the sudden ban could pose possible negative effects to public health and hygiene. Moreover, the matter of the ban’s impact on SMEs and the consequences of these banned products being produced in alternative materials instead of plastic was raised by the organisation.

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-Saudi Arabia’s shift to petrochemicals underscored by Aramco-SABIC merger

Saudi Arabia has grasped upcoming trends in the petrochemicals industry and plans to merge its crude oil major Aramco and petrochemicals major SABIC to take advantage of them.

As crude oil demand for road freight and aviation, as well as shipping fuels, is expected to decrease in coming decades, Saudi Arabia now needs to secure markets for its oil before demand declines, and hence be present on segments that will remain viable in the future

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-Circular economy starting to reshape the future of polyethylene, finds report

The impact of the move towards a circular economy is presenting a new era for the polymer supply industry, finds a new report.

According to the latest findings from AMI Consulting’s review of the polyethylene markets in Europe, the change to a more sustainable and circular economy is reshaping the polymer supply industry, with resin suppliers engaging in downstream integration with recycling technologies.

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-Russian nonwovens growth leads to consolidation

The Russian nonwovens is on the verge of consolidation, mainly due the recent acquisition of Regent NM, one of Russia’s major nonwovens producers, by its rival Moscow-based Netkanika company. The deal, worth US$ 25 million, is one of the largest to be concluded in the industry in recent years.

To date, Regent NM was operated by Russian billionaires the Ananiev brothers, through their subsidiary Promsvyazbank. As a result of the deal, Netkanika aims to control up to 20% of the Russian market for nonwoven materials.

Ananiev brothers, Russian billionairies and former owners of Regent NM.

Under the terms of the agreement, in addition to the production assets, the Moscow company also became the owner of the buildings, land and equipment of Regent NM in the Novaya Moscow region, on the border with Kaluga.

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-The Uae Face the Challenge of Recycling

Every day, Kris Barber, dressed with t-shirts, shorts, and bags made from eco-friendly way by DGrade, a company created almost 10 years.

From plastic bottles collected locally, the teams of Kris Barber wash, stretch and melt the plastic to transform it into small fibers.

The material is then spun, recycled and woven.

The process consumes about 50% less energy than manufacturing classic polyester and produces 55% of carbon emissions in the least.

To meet the needs monthly in the plastic of the society, this man is working with partners such as the society of waste treatment Bee’ah, based in Sharjah, which treats each year more than 2 million tons of different types of waste.

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Aramco to partner on Zhejiang Petrochemical’s integrated complex

Saudi Aramco has signed a memorandum of understanding with Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. Ltd., also known as Zhejiang Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (ZPC), to acquire ownership interest in ZPC’s grassroots 40 million-tonne/year refining and chemical integrated complex currently under construction in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China (OGJ Online, Feb. 14, 2017).

The MOU, signed on Oct. 18, follows a crude oil supply agreement Aramco recently signed with ZPC, said Abdulaziz Al Judaimi, Aramco’s senior vice-president of downstream operations.

The proposed investment follows Aramco’s objective of seeking major joint-venture partnerships in a growing portfolio of refining and petrochemical assets in China as part of the company’s commitment to key global markets, Al Judaimi added.

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-November ethylene, propane contracts under pressure from feedstocks, downstream: sources

The November contract settlements of ethylene and propylene, the primary building blocks for the largest set of petrochemicals, have come under pressure as various factors that go into deciding them have turned bearish, trade sources said.

Register Now  Among market sources, expectations range from a rollover to a sharp decrease by as much as Eur50 for ethylene, while for propylene, it ranges from a rollover to a smaller decrease of Eur10-20. The contracts are expected to settle before October draws to an end.

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-US crude tumbles 12% from high as oil bulls retreat

Oil prices fell for a third consecutive week as stock markets sold off and the market focused on a weaker demand outlook for crude.

Hedge-fund and money managers are cutting their bets that oil prices will rise.

U.S. crude has fallen 12 percent from a nearly four-year high at the start of the month, while Brent is down about 10.5 percent.

Crude oil futures posted their third consecutive weekly loss on Friday as the bulls that pushed oil prices to nearly four-year highs head into retreat.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude ended this week down 2.2 percent and has now tumbled about 12 percent from its recent high of $86.74 on Oct. 3. Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil prices, fell 2.7 percent this week and is down 10.5 percent from its Oct. 3 high of $86.74.

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-Faurecia and Wuling Industry form JV for emissions control systems

French component and technology major Faurecia and Chinese component manufacturer Liuzhou Wuling Automotive Industry have announced a new joint venture christened Faurecia (Liuzhou) Emissions Control Technologies.

The partners say the JV will further extend the bilateral cooperation towards ‘Clean Mobility’ activity, with the new company targeting annual sales of 600 million RMB  (Rs 633 crore) by 2023.

The JV will cover all emissions control systems business of Wuling Industry, integrating four plants located in Liuzhou Liudong, Liuzhou Hexi, Chongqing and Qingdao.

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-India placed orders with Iran for crude oil supply during Nov.

India placed orders with Iran for crude oil supply during Nov.

Indian public sector companies have already placed orders with Iran for crude oil supply during November, a senior government official said here on Friday.

“Our public sector companies have already placed orders for the month of November with Iran,” said Sunjay Sudhir, joint secretary for international cooperation at the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Timesnownews reported.

“Iran, historically, has been a key supplier of crude for India,” he stressed after presenting investment opportunities in the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve programme Phase II (ISPR) to Singapore-based investors.

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-The Real Reason Europe Finally Attempts To Stabilize Libya

After years of reticence to reengage as the situation in Libya increasingly spiralled out of control, the European powers—and particularly France and Italy—are finally wading into the debate over how to put an end to the civil war which has wracked the country for the better part of a decade.

The ball is currently in Rome’s court, with the Italian government organizing a conference in Sicily on November 12-13 to “find a common solution, even though there will be different opinions around the table.”

Why the about face? Beyond the issue of migration, volatile oil prices, coupled with uncertainty over the ultimate fate of Iranian crude, are the international community added incentive to take the country seriously: analysts are increasingly looking to Libya and Nigeria as the only swing producers that could keep oil under the $100 mark.

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-All eyes on Saudi as US curbs on Iran set to take effect; gold continues to shine

Crude oil and gold continued to attract much of investor focus in the commodities market through the week.

With barely days to go before the US sanctions are enforced on Iranian crude, the oil market is watching how Saudi responds to the situation.

Meanwhile, the global equities selloff has kept gold in the limelight amid safe haven demand. But it remains to be seen how much upside can the yellow metal see in this round.

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-Euratex harps on regional cooperation for long-term growth27

The 7th Euratex Convention, organised in Ontinyent (Valencia, Spain) by the Consejo Intertextil Español (CIE), stressed on the pivotal role of regional cooperation for the long-term growth of the European textile and clothing sector. The event saw participation of over 200 persons from the textile and apparel sector, besides regional and national figures.

Hosted for the first time in Spain, the event was titled ‘2018 Euratex Convention on Regional Cooperation for Industrial Modernization in the European Textile and Clothing Sector’. It was an opportunity to exchange views and present approaches for regional collaboration, to encourage the development and modernisation of the fashion and textile industries.

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-Venezuela: oil producer’s slump reflects nation’s decline How troubled oil producer reflects Venezuela’s decline

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In the lobby of the building where Iván Freites works, a photograph of an oil rig covers one wall. Emblazoned across it is the Venezuelan flag and a quote from former president Hugo Chávez. “We want Venezuelan oil to bring peace and love,” it reads.

Mr Freites, a union leader at PDVSA, the state oil company, would like that too. But having seen the Chávez government and subsequent regime of Nicolás Maduro plunder the oil producer, strip it of investment, sack experienced managers and replace them with military officers, he no longer thinks that outcome is possible, at least not for now.

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-Algae foam, corn derivatives and bio-nylon — Vivobarefoot’s new line of performance shoes will be made out of sustainable materials

Galahad Clark’s idea for Vivobarefoot came through a childhood friend who bought a Nike Huarache, cut off the sole, and had a tennis racquet cover stitched on instead. “He said, this is how shoes should feel. I instinctively loved the idea, and we set off developing a line of shoes, researching the feet and its bio-mechanics. We realised the modern shoe industry had soled us a lie,” he quips, via e-mail.

As nature intended

Founded on the barefoot philosophy — that shoes negate the natural function of feet — their shoes are wider and come with thin soles that enhance the sensory feedback. Now, the brand is experimenting with performance shoes made from bio-based materials that are easy on the environment. “Our existing Bloom shoe was the first one we made completely out of algae-based foam. The Primus Bio that we are working on now is derived from field corn.

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-Bleak outlook for global crude demand

All of a sudden the oil markets are faced with a new twist. Until last week, the focus had been on lowering Iranian output and its impact on global oil market’s general equilibrium.

In the wake of changing global economic scenario, the attention has now shifted to demand destruction.

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) is on guard, as oil prices plunged about 5 per cent last week paralleled by a sell-off in global equity markets reinforcing worries about crude demand growth

Growing signs about slowing global economy are taking steam out of oil markets. In a sign of the changing times, hedge fund managers too accelerated their profit- taking in crude oil and refined fuels. As confidence in the previous price rally faltered, markets fell. Hedge funds cut their combined net long position in the important petroleum futures and options contracts by 133 million barrels in the week to Oct 16.
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-New plant goes from PET bale to rPET packaging

rPlanet Earth, a new company dedicated to closed-loop recycling of post-consumer plastics, has started up a large grassroots facility that is said to be the world’s first completely vertically integrated plant for converting PET packaging waste into finished rPET products with properties comparable to those made from virgin PET.

The 302,000-sq-ft facility in Vernon, CA, takes in bottles, clamshell containers, and other packaging waste from curbside collection; puts it through an extensive series of sorting and cleaning procedures; grinds it into flake and subjects it to rigorous wash and decontamination; raises the intrinsic viscosity (IV) of the material in accordance with end-use requirements; and processes it into food-grade sheet, thermoformed containers, and injection-molded preforms for bottles. The new rPlanet Earth plant has an annual capacity of 80,000,000 lb.

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-Turkey’s Eurotay to open a textile factory in Serbia

Turkish textile firm Eurotay, a member of the Tai Group, is building a manufacturing plant spanning 30,000 square metres in Serbia’s Kraljevo that will employ 2,500 people. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic visited the city recently along with his minister of trade Rasim Ljajic, Turkish ambassador to Serbia Tanju Bilgic and Tai Group chairman Mesut Toprak.

The factory is scheduled to be built by March and start operations by April 2019, according to Toprak. It will produce seven million pairs of jeans annually.

The Tai Group’s investment in the project was valued at €35 million, a Serbian newspaper reported quoted Vucic as saying.

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-New innovative process by MMAtwo for recycling end-of-life PMMA waste

The MMAtwo (pronounce it Matou – /mætu:/) project coordinated by the Dutch company Heathland has just been launched on October 1st 2018 for a 4 years duration. It is supported by a 6.6 M€’s funding from the European Union Horizon2020 Research and Innovation programme. MMAtwo collaborative consortium gathers 13 partners from 6 different countries and will develop a new and innovative process to recycle post-industrial and end-of-life PMMA waste into Second Generation MethylMethAcrylate (MMA) raw material.

PolyMethyl MethAcrylate (PMMA) is a well-established polymer known for its optical properties. About 300 000 tons of PMMA are produced in Europe every year, or close to 1 billion Euro of market value. Although PMMA can be turned back into its monomer by thermal depolymerization, thus saving precious resources and CO2 emission, it is estimated that currently only 30 000 tons of waste is recycled annually in Europe, or only around 10% of the yearly production.

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-UK may not like Swiss advice on post-Brexit future

Jeremy Hunt is in Bern for bilateral meetings with Swiss officials — the first such visit by a U.K. foreign secretary since 1996. U.K. officials say it’s highly likely that on the list of talking points will be a question that the Swiss are well placed to answer: How on earth do you get along with Brussels from outside of the single market?

That’s especially true for financial services. Switzerland ranks among the top European financial hubs, and so serves as a great litmus test for how Europeans allow them access to the single market. Based on the Swiss experience, it’s not looking good.

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-Sadiq Khan warns EU to brace for Brexit to be DELAYED as May puts off Cabinet showdown until AFTER Budget amid fears Irish border plan will be ‘Hell’ for the UK

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in Brussels for talks with EU’s Michel Barnier

Mr Khan urged the Eurocrat to be ready to delay Brexit to allow time for rethink

Intervention comes as Theresa May scrambles to put together a deal with the EU

Sadiq Khan warned the EU to brace for Brexit to be delayed today – as Theresa May put off a Cabinet showdown over her Irish border plan.

The London Mayor told Michel Barnier to be ready to postpone the March deadline as he held talks with the negotiator in Brussels.

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Sadiq Khan (left) told Michel Barnier (right)

-New SACMI CCMM multilayer wins the 2018 FBE Award  SACMI CCMM multilayer 2018 FBE Award

The prestigious award from Asia Food Journal goes to a solution that offers a new, innovative application of compression technology in the single-serve capsule manufacturing sector SACMI CCMM multilayer 2018 FBE Award

Once again, this year sees SACMI scoop up the renowned FBE Award, an initiative by the Asia Food Journal that acknowledges the most innovative solutions in the food&beverage packaging field

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-Hyosung expands to European textile markets

Hyosung has announced expansion to European clothing market with functional and trendy premium textile products. Earlier this year in July, Hyosung TNC, the textile and trading unit arm of Hyosung, participated in ‘Mode City & Interfiliere Paris’ in Paris, France and ‘Bluezone’ in September in Munich, Germany to showcase its new functional fabric.

It displayed an array of products that fused form and function for the athleisure look which reflects the latest crossover fashion. They are wearable as everyday clothes and comfortable as tracksuit. It also exhibited recycled nylon yarn, following the sustainable fashion which pursues social values such as eco-friendliness and resource conservation, Hyosung said in a press release.

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-B.C. Jindal Group Acquires Treofan Europe

On October 24th 2018 B.C. Jindal group has completed the acquisition of 100% share of Treofan Holdings GmbH, Germany (“Treofan Europe”).

Treofan Europe is a major manufacturer of biaxially oriented propylene films (BOPP films) for packaging, label, tobacco and technical applications in Europe.

The acquisition of Treofan Europe strengthens B.C. Jindal group’s position in the industry, offering a very broad and complementary product range and an appealing value proposition to support customer’s evolving needs.

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-Uflex’s Waterless Internet Flower Packaging Wins Top Honors at Sustainability Awards 2018

Waterless Internet Flower Packaging, a breakthrough in packaging of flowers by Uflex, was pronounced winner of the overall Sustainability Awards 2018.

It also emerged as a frontrunner in the ‘Resource Efficiency’ category that honors innovations in packaging that do more with less, such as down-gauging material or reducing the carbon footprint without increasing the environmental impact of the packaged products.

Plastic recycling Petrochemicals PET Resin

-Vertellus names former PolyOne exec John Van Hulle as CEO

Specialty chemical maker Vertellus Holdings LLC has named former PolyOne Corp. executive John Van Hulle as its new CEO.

In a statement, Indianapolis, Ind.-based Vertellus said Van Hulle brings more than three decades of leadership experience in the specialty chemical and plastics industries serving sectors ranging from polymers and additives to the agricultural, pharmaceutical and food markets.

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John Van Hulle

-Danone Makes Bold Moves Toward 100% Circular Packaging

Danone has announced a series of new commitments and actions to ensure its packaging will become 100% circular, and to accelerate the global transition towards a circular economy of packaging.

This includes (1) initiatives to improve product design and develop alternative delivery and reuse models, (2) investments to develop effective, efficient and inclusive systems for increased collection and recycling, to boost recycling and (3) actions to preserve natural resources by reintegrating recycled materials into packaging and developing use of renewable materials.

Danone will accelerate transition towards circular economy of packaging in three ways.

Plastic recycling Petrochemicals PET Resin

-rPlanet Earth’s Closed-Loop PET Recycling Facility

rPlanet Earth opened a new closed-loop polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in October 2018 in Vernon, California, US, which is claimed to be the world’s first vertically integrated recycled PET (rPET) plant.

The recycling facility was built with an investment of approximately $100m and created 140 new jobs in the region.

Plastic recycling Petrochemicals PET Resin

-Audi and Umicore developing closed-loop recycling for high-voltage batteries; 95%+ recovery of key elements

Audi and Umicore have successfully completed phase one of their strategic research cooperation for battery recycling. The two partners are developing a closed loop for components of high-voltage batteries that can be used again and again. Particularly valuable materials are set to become available in a raw materials bank.

Even before the start of the cooperation with Umicore in June 2018, Audi had analyzed the batteries in the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid car and defined ways of recycling. Together with Umicore, the car manufacturer then determined the possible recycling rates for battery components such as cobalt, nickel and copper—in laboratory tests, more than 95% of these elements can be recovered and reused.

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LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

LANXESS continues to expand the production of high-tech materials in Germany  LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

MOSCOW – Bond-Laminates GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of the German company LANXESS, has begun construction of a fourth production plant for the production of composite thermoplastic reinforced with continuous fiber at its Brilon site (Brilon, Germany), says LANXESS .LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

Two new production lines will be commissioned in mid-2019.

The area of ​​the new workshop will be 1500 thousand square meters. An investment of several million euros will significantly expand production capacity.

The company produces composite materials for the automotive industry, as well as for electrical and sports industries, in an enterprise with a total area of ​​about 5,000 sq.m.

In addition, LANXESS’s High Performance Materials business division also invests in the construction of another compound manufacturing plant at its plant in Krefeld-Jürdingen, totaling several tens of millions of euros.LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

Starting in the second half of 2019, LANXESS will produce here structural polymers under the Durethan and Pocan brands, which are mainly used in the automotive industry, for the manufacture of electrical goods and electronics.LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

In addition, a warehouse and storage bin will be built.

Construction work will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Earlier it was reported that in March of this year LANXESS put into operation a new compounding line at the plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen (Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany).

The company notes that it has invested EUR7 million in a new production line, which will produce technical plastics such as polyamide 6 (PA6), polyamide 66 (PA66) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

The capacity of the new line is 10 thousand tons per year.

LANXESS is the leading concern of specialty chemicals, having reached a turnover of EUR9.7 billion in 2017. The concern has a staff of around 19,200 people in 25 countries of the world.LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

Currently, the concern includes 74 manufacturing enterprises. LANXESS’s main areas of activity are the development, production and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics.LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

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European Parliament ban disposable plastic

The European Parliament approved the ban on disposable plastic products European Parliament ban disposable plastic

European Parliament ban disposable plastic

MOSCOW – The European Parliament voted to completely ban the use of disposable plastic goods in order to reduce the level of pollution of the seas and oceans, where plastic waste is sooner or later, Kommersant reports.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

As indicated in the directive adopted on October 24, by 2021, the production and use of items such as plastic tubes, disposable plates and cutlery, and all disposable plastic items that have an alternative will be completely banned.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

The use of plastic products in which there is no alternative should be reduced by at least 25% by 2025.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

In addition, it was decided that by 2025, 90% of plastic bottles should be recycled, and the waste of tobacco products (cigarette filters) should be reduced by 50% over the same period.

The approved directive will now be discussed at the level of EU member states before becoming law.

The introduction of such a ban was proposed by the European Commission in May in the wake of European public concern about the issue of environmental pollution with plastics. According to the European Commission, more than 80% of the garbage falling into the seas and oceans is plastic.

According to the EU, the amount of damage caused to nature by plastic debris will amount to EUR22 billion by 2030.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

Earlier it was reported that the French authorities by 2019 plan to introduce a penalty system, according to which the cost of consumer goods with packaging from unsuitable for processing plastics will increase significantly.

This measure is part of the commitment to use only recycled material throughout the country by 2025.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

In Chile, a law prohibiting plastic bags and packaging.

Israeli authorities intend to completely ban free distribution of plastic bags in all retail outlets in the territory of the Jewish state.

In addition, India plans to completely abandon disposable plastic by 2022.

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GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

GRS certification for RadiciGroup recycled polyester   GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

The Group’s measured sustainability is also certified to the Textile Exchange standard

GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester
RadiciGroup’s post-consumer recycled polyester yarns, r-Radyarn® and r-Starlight® – UNI 11505-certified since 2014 – have recently been certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) promoted by the Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization that operates internationally for the promotion and responsible development of sustainability in the textile industry. GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

From 22 to 24 October, the organization sponsored a three-day event in Milan where the key theme was “Accelerating Sustainability in Textile and Fashion”.

“GRS certification was yet another goal achieved by the Group – evidence of its customary transparency with the greatest clarity,” pointed out Filippo Servalli, marketing and sustainability director of RadiciGroup, emphasizing how measuring environmental impacts and continuously working to reduce them is always a top priority of the Group.

 GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

Mr. Filippo Servalli, marketing and sustainability director of RadiciGroup

“Indeed, these are the operative words guiding the RadiciGroup Comfort Fibres Business Area on a daily basis on its road to certifying its fibres obtained from recovered materials.”

The GRS certificates obtained by RadiciGroup cover two families of products: raw and yarn-dyed 95% r-PET and solution-dyed 85% r-PET. GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

GRS certification RadiciGroup recycled polyester

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic 26-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and the prices of its chain are always weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,190/1,210 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,100/9,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,100/9,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,050/9,150 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 940/950 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,850/7,000 yuan/ton – MEG $ 790/810 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,750/6,850 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,210/1,225 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,000/12,100  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,250/10,350  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-LANXESS continues to expand the production of high-tech materials in Germany  LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

Bond-Laminates GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of the German company LANXESS, has begun construction of a fourth production plant for the production of composite thermoplastic reinforced with continuous fiber at its Brilon site (Brilon, Germany), says LANXESS .LANXESS production hightech materials Germany

Two new production lines will be commissioned in mid-2019.

The area of ​​the new workshop will be 1500 thousand square meters. An investment of several million euros will significantly expand production capacity.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-The European Parliament approved the ban on disposable plastic products European Parliament ban disposable plastic

The European Parliament voted to completely ban the use of disposable plastic goods in order to reduce the level of pollution of the seas and oceans, where plastic waste is sooner or later, Kommersant reports.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

As indicated in the directive adopted on October 24, by 2021, the production and use of items such as plastic tubes, disposable plates and cutlery, and all disposable plastic items that have an alternative will be completely banned.European Parliament ban disposable plastic

The use of plastic products in which there is no alternative should be reduced by at least 25% by 2025

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Novamont invests in plant with eye on food packaging and bags

Novamont has announced a revamped Mater–Biopolymer plant south of Rome, significantly boosting production capacity from 120,000 to 150,000 tons per year.

The investment will help boost its efforts to enter the food packaging and food servicing market, as well as supplying compostable plastic carrier bags.

The new facility will increase production of Origo-Bi, Novamont’s biopolyesters featuring high levels of renewables, components of Mater-Bi compostable bioplastics, used to manufacture various applications as an alternative to traditional plastics, including coffee cups and pods, carrier bags, cutlery, straws and food packaging.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Eurozone business growth hits two-year low, optimism lowest since 2014

The eurozone economy grew at the slowest rate for more than two years in October on the back of an export-led slowdown that has now spread to the services sector, according to a flash composite purchasing managers’ index (PMI) from IHS Markit on Wednesday.

The flash eurozone composite PMI reading for October was 52.7, down from September’s reading of 54.1.

A reading above 50.0 indicates growth whereas a reading below that level signals a contraction.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-GRS certification for RadiciGroup recycled polyester   

The Group’s measured sustainability is also certified to the Textile Exchange standard

RadiciGroup’s post-consumer recycled polyester yarns, r-Radyarn® and r-Starlight® – UNI 11505-certified since 2014 – have recently been certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) promoted by the Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization that operates internationally for the promotion and responsible development of sustainability in the textile industry

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Shortages lead to panic buying as hard Brexit looms

UK petrochemicals and fuel buyers are trying to stockpile gasoline components, polymers and glycerine in preparation for a potential hard Brexit, the possibility the country may leave the EU in 2019 without having reached a trade agreement with the bloc.

However, some products are in shorter supply and that is making it difficult to secure additional materials, leading to what is described as “panic buying”. The UK is a net importer of polymers, with many products like engineering plastics feeding into the country’s strong automotive and housing industries.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Bio-on grants bioplastic technology license to Russian group TAIF for production in Russia. 17.6 million Euro agreement

A highly important agreement for technological and commercial relations between Italy and Russia was signed in Moscow in the presence of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

The agreement is worth 17.6 million Euro for Italian company Bio-on: 5.6 million for licensing the technology to produce 100% natural and biodegradable PHAs bioplastic, and 12 million for supplying high-tech fermentors design plants to the TAIF JSC group.

This agreement will see the Russian Federation’s first PHAs production plant (in Republic of Tatarstan) with Bio-on technology.

The TAIF JSC group will invest 90 million Euro in the production hub. The hub is expected to be operational by 2020.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Asia benzene under pressure on crude, lengthening supply

Asia’s benzene market slumped this week amid a sharp pull back in the crude oil sector and market fundamentals suggest the pressure on the molecule will remain strong in weeks ahead.

Spot prices in Asia declined below the $800/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea level this week, the first time for this year, according to ICIS data. On 19 October spot prices closed at  $803/tonne FOB Korea.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Essentra packaging division returns to growth

Essentra’s packaging division returned to growth in Q3, reporting an increase of more than 4%, excluding the impact from the closure of the Newport folding cartons site last year.

Essentra’s packaging division posted growth in Q3

The Milton Keynes-headquartered business attributed the growth to “a meaningful improvement in both Europe and Asia and North America”.

The full-year outlook for the division for 2018 is for an improved year-on-year trend in revenue and margin.

Elsewhere, Essentra said its components division delivered “a robust organic result”, with total revenue growth boosted by the ongoing successful integration of Micro Plastics and an early contribution from the acquisition of Nolato Hertila in July.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-PMMI sees bright future for beverage packaging in North America

Manufacturers are responding to demand for options at each distinct beverage opportunity throughout the day.  Pic: ©GettyImages/DuxX Manufacturers are responding to demand for options at each distinct beverage opportunity throughout the day. Pic: ©GettyImages/DuxX

Smaller can sizes, less packaging material and eco-friendly manufacturing practices are all trends to watch in the beverage industry.

BeverageDaily was at Pack Expo last week to find out what’s hot and what’s not in the industry this year.

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) hosted Pack Expo 2018 in Chicago this month and talked about the processing and packaging industries of the future.

This month’s show in Chicago was the largest Pack Expo to date with more than 50,000 attendees, according to VP of industry services at PMMI Tom Egan.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-New ultra-high melt flow PP for breathable nonwovens

At this week’s RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium, Sabic will unveil an innovative new polypropylene (PP) resin product engineered to deliver enhanced properties in melt-blown fibres for nonwoven fabrics.

The new product, designated Sabic PP 514M12, can serve a wide range of potential end-uses in personal hygiene applications and other market segments. It is the first grade of a new family of high-flow resin compounds which the company started to develop only two years ago and is expected to be commercially available by end of 2018.

Hygiene market challenges

The current hygiene market challenges and the high level of consumer needs have pushed the partners along the entire hygiene value chain to accelerate their development programs and deploy highly innovative solutions, the company reports. “We always take challenges as opportunities and seek to anticipate market trends and dynamics to introduce new products for smart applications.”

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Can Bioplastics Turn The Tide On Indonesia’s Waste Problem?

It’s early morning on Saba Beach, on Bali’s east coast. Around 50 people in yellow “I am a Trash Hero” T-shirts comb the coastline. Organizing them is Wayan Aksara, of Trash Hero Indonesia, a community group with 38 chapters across the island nation.

In one year alone, the volunteers have collected 15 metric tons of plastic trash. Aksara knows, though, that picking up trash will not solve the problem.

“The more important is that we educate the people. How they manage their trash. How to stop plastic,” he says.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

Radici motors strong automotive industry sales

Radici motors ahead to 2019 powered by strong automotive industry sales  Radici motors strong automotive industry sales

Radici motors strong automotive industry sales

RadiciGroup is looking ahead to a fourth consecutive year of growth in 2019 as it celebrates stable growth fuelled by the automotive industry.

The materials producer, which is experiencing over double-digit growth in 2018, said during Fakuma that it expects even higher sales in 2019, although it would not disclose figures.Radici motors strong automotive industry sales

The group’s rapid growth is being attributed in part to demand from the automotive industry, where at least 50 percent of Radici’s material applications are used.

The company says its focus on materials innovation for this sector will enable automotive manufacturers to realise efficiency gains through light weighting and metal replacement, helping to achieve all-important targets for carbon emissions.

New electric and hybrid vehicles are also providing Radici with challenges and opportunities in new product development. Radici motors strong automotive industry sale

Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Bacterial factories rival petrochemical route to nylon building block Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Significant step towards sustainable commercial route for producing glutaric acid

Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry

Downstream purification of bio-based glutaric acid and polymerisation into nylon-6,5

Researchers in Germany have metabolically engineered a bacterium to produce glutaric acid in significant quantities.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

It does so without secreting any byproducts – a common limitation of bio-based syntheses – and could be a sustainable replacement for the petrochemical routes currently used to synthesise the commodity chemical.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Every day you likely encounter numerous things made using the five-carbon organic compound glutaric acid.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

It’s a building block for commercial polyesters and polyamides, and is used to make the common plasticiser 1,5-pentanediol.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

It’s even present as a flavouring in food and alcoholic drinks, and has been tested in materials for making heart valve replacements and military body armour.

Current methods for making glutaric acid involve compounds with petrochemical origins, like cyclopentanone and cyclopentanol.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Now, a team led by Christoph Wittmann of Saarland University has used bacteria to produce glutaric acid.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry

Metabolic pathway design for the production of glutarate in Corynebacterium glutamicum

They engineered the microbes to overproduce the amino acid L-lysine. The bacteria then convert L-lysine to glutaric acid via a 5-aminovalerate intermediate.

Wittmann’s team also engineered the bacteria to overexpress an importer protein that re-uptakes 5-aminovalerate into the bacterial cell, enabling almost exclusive glutaric acid production.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

Accumulation of the 5-aminovalerate intermediate had hampered previous work, which generated a mixture of products rather than pure glutaric acid.

‘The researchers achieve really remarkable outputs,’ highlights David Nielsen, a sustainability and metabolic engineering expert at Arizona State University, US.

‘At the demonstrated output, their strains appear ready to take the next step towards commercialisation.’

The team also showed that their bacterially-produced glutaric acid, along with a six-carbon monomer, could be used to make nylon-6,5 and showed that it has the same structural and thermal properties as petrochemically produced nylon.

By substituting the six-carbon monomer with other biologically produced diamine monomers, glutaric acid can be used to synthesise other polyamides.

‘This would enable 100% biorenewable nylons with tunable properties for a diversity of applications,’ comments Nielsen.Bacterial petrochemical nylon building block

What’s more, the bacteria can also feed on renewable resources such as lignocellulosic biomass and mannitol extracted from seaweed.

China production biodegradable plastic

In China began production of biodegradable plastic   China production biodegradable plastic

  

China production biodegradable plastic

In China addressed the problem of plastic.

China has started mass production of biodegradable plastic created on the basis of carbon dioxide, i.e. carbon dioxide.China production biodegradable plastic

This was reported in the Changchun Institute of applied chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.China production biodegradable plastic

Carbon dioxide refers to the greenhouse gases but, however, cheap carbon resources. Bacteria biodegradable plastic based on carbon dioxide is not only environmental safety, but also efficiency.China production biodegradable plastic

Researchers of the Institute started the research of biological materials on the basis of carbon dioxide in 1997. Currently, the production of a new kind of biodegradable plastic is 50 thousand tons per year.China production biodegradable plastic

“To create biodegradable materials based on carbon dioxide theoretically not difficult, the difficulty is to develop a highly active catalyst for the synthesis of high molecular materials and optimization of their quality provided that cost reduction,” – said senior researcher of the Institute van Sangun.

Van Sangun with colleagues completed the technological process of production of new material in 2014. During development professionals have obtained patents both in China and in Japan and the United States.China production biodegradable plastic

New polymer was reported to be used for the manufacture of packages, packaging materials and agricultural films. In particular, the Chinese Academy of agricultural Sciences for four consecutive years, testing a biodegradable film.China production biodegradable plastic

“If the volume of production of a new type of plastic will reach 300 thousand tons per year, then its cost will further decline,” said Wang Sanchun.

China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

Sinopec lowered MEG’s contract prices for CNY310 per tonne in October China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, on October 24 set October contract prices for mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China at 310 yuan (CNY) or USD44.7 per ton lower compared to the previous month, a company source told ICIS .China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

Thus, Sinopec reduced the October contract price of MEG for the eastern regions of China to CNY7,770 per tonne or USD11,195 per tonne amid weak demand in the spot market.

MEG prices declined in the face of declining demand in the polyester market.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

The spot prices of MEG decreased this month, since on October 23 the prices of MEG were CNY7 100-7 240 per ton, whereas on October 8 they were at the level of CNY7 400 – 7 500 per ton.China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.

In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year. China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

Sinopec Corp.  is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.

Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

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MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

MEG import prices in China fell amid falling oil futures MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

MEG import prices China crude oil futures MOSCOW – US MEG prices in China fell on Wednesday, October 24, amid falling oil futures and uncertain macroeconomic forecasts, ICIS reported, citing market participants.

Thus, the spot prices of imported MEG fluctuated at around USD830-840 per ton, CFR CMP, while price proposals for the end of October and early November were at USD815-830 per ton, CFR CMP.MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

On October 23, the spot prices of MEG in China were USD840-852 per ton.

The decline in demand from the polyether market also exerts downward pressure on the MEG market.MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

Earlier, it was reported that the Chinese Sinopec on October 24 set October contract prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 310 yuan (CNY) or USD44.7 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month.

Sinopec lowered the October contract price of MEG for the eastern regions of China to CNY7,770 per tonne or USD11,195 per tonne amid weak demand in the spot market.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.  Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.

In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year. MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

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Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial

Will the Chinese Disrupt the Bioplastics Industry?  .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

Thyssenkrupp built the first commercial plant in China based on their patented PLA bioplastics process .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

The plant is located in Changchun, China and is operated by the Jilin COFCO Biomaterial Corporation, a subsidiary of COFCO, China’s largest food and beverage group.

The new plant produces PLA that can be used for the production of eco-friendly packaging, fibers, textiles and engineering plastics. PLA is made from renewable resources such as sugar, starch or cellulose.Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

Sami Pelkonen, CEO of the Electrolysis & Polymers Technologies business unit of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions:

“The bioplastics market will continue to grow in the coming years, not least due to the increasing environmental awareness of industry, governments and consumers. .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

 

With our PLAneo® technology we want to do our bit to make the plastics sector more sustainable and resource-friendly.

 

With it we enable our customers to produce high-quality bioplastics with a wide range of properties – at a price that is competitive with conventional plastics.” .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

PLAneo technology converts lactic acid into PLA in a particularly efficient and resource-friendly way. Another advantage is its transferability to large-scale plants with capacities of up to 100,000 tons per year. .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

CLOSING REMARKS

  • Thyssenkrupp is a bit like the Rolls Royce of factory building. It’s German quality.
  • So when the Chinese ask Thyssenkrupp to build a factory, is it to reverse engineer it?
  • Which word came to your mind: probably or obviously?
  • Is someone at Thyssenkrupp not paying attention, not getting the memos or not picking up the phone?
  • Total Corbion was supposed to become the next big thing on the PLA scene but will the Chinese steal the show?
  • Japan was becoming the bioplastics leader in Asia, but will the Chinese beat the Japanese?
  • Will bioplastics become mainstream if the Chinese produce bioplastic?

REFS

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling PEF FDCA 24-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and the prices of its chain decrease also today.

PET Bottle grade export 1,215/1,235 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,350/9,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,300/9,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,300/9,450 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 940/950 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,050/7,200 yuan/ton – MEG $ 815/830 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,900/7,000 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,230/1,240 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,650  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,200/12,300  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,400/10,500  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling PEF FDCA

-Sinopec lowered MEG’s contract prices for CNY310 per tonne in October China Sinopec MEG contract prices October 

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, on October 24 set October contract prices for mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China at 310 yuan (CNY) or USD44.7 per ton lower compared to the previous month, a company source told ICIS .China Sinopec MEG contract prices October

Thus, Sinopec reduced the October contract price of MEG for the eastern regions of China to CNY7,770 per tonne or USD11,195 per tonne amid weak demand in the spot market.

MEG prices declined in the face of declining demand in the polyester market.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling PEF FDCA

-MEG import prices in China fell amid falling oil futures MEG import prices China crude oil futures 

US MEG prices in China fell on Wednesday, October 24, amid falling oil futures and uncertain macroeconomic forecasts, ICIS reported, citing market participants.

Thus, the spot prices of imported MEG fluctuated at around USD830-840 per ton, CFR CMP, while price proposals for the end of October and early November were at USD815-830 per ton, CFR CMP.MEG import prices China crude oil futures

On October 23, the spot prices of MEG in China were USD840-852 per ton.

The decline in demand from the polyether market also exerts downward pressure on the MEG market.MEG import prices China crude oil futures

Earlier, it was reported that the Chinese Sinopec on October 24 set October contract prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 310 yuan (CNY) or USD44.7 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Chinese Create PCF from FDCA and May Disrupt PET and PEF

The bio-based polyester demonstrated great potential and could be used as engineering plastic. ……………………………………

PCF (poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethylene furandicarboxylate) was synthesized from FDCA and CHDM with different steric conformation.

The melting temperature of PCF could be up to 294 °C and its crystallization half-time could be only several seconds.

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-Will the Chinese Disrupt the Bioplastics Industry?  .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial 

Thyssenkrupp built the first commercial plant in China based on their patented PLA bioplastics process .Chinese Disrupt Bioplastics Industry COFCO Biomaterial

The plant is located in Changchun, China and is operated by the Jilin COFCO Biomaterial Corporation, a subsidiary of COFCO, China’s largest food and beverage group.

The new plant produces PLA that can be used for the production of eco-friendly packaging, fibers, textiles and engineering plastics. PLA is made from renewable resources such as sugar, starch or cellulose.

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-U.S. trade commission rejects anti-dumping duties on PET resin imports from five countries

Indorama Ventures Indorama Ventures USA Inc. was one of four PET makers asking for anti-dumping duties to be placed on PET resin imported to the U.S. from five foreign countries.

In a unanimous vote, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to place anti-dumping duties on PET resin imported into the U.S. from five foreign countries.

The 5-0 vote Oct. 18 covers PET imported from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan. The commission determined that the U.S. PET industry “is not materially injured or threatened with material injury” because of imports from those countries, according to a news release.

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-Novamont Launches New Bioplastics Plant to Boost Production

Italian bio-plastics company Novamont has opened its revamped Mater-Biopolymer plant to the south of Rome with a significantly boosted production capacity, going from from 120,000 to 150,000 tonnes per year.

The converted facility, which previously manufactured PET, will allow Novamont to increase its production of ORIGO–BI® renewable biopolyesters and MATER-BI® compostable bioplastics, which have been used to replace traditional plastics in products varying from coffee cups and carrier bags to cutlery and straws.

Novamont’s total investment in the facility, located in the town of Patrica, comes to €70 million (£61.9 million), which is set to rise to €100 million (£88.5 million) over the next three years. Some 90 people are employed at the 120,000m² site.

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-Circular economy

A multi-pronged approach is required to make business sustainable

Nepal, with its amazing but fragile biodiversity, has an opportunity to lead the global discourse if a few sustainable efforts can emerge towards building a circular economy

At the Responsible Business Summit in Singapore co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the discussion on one of the streams was Circular Economy. The phrase has been there for three decades, but as the climate change discourse is building, the discourse around circular economy has increased.

Circular Economy is much understood as something to deal with recycling only; the concept is broader that touches from rethinking, design and system to usage.

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-Arsenal acquires specialty polymers maker Polytek

Photo by Polytek Development Corp.Polytek’s proprietary specialty polymers, including polyurethane elastomers, casting resins, silicones and latex, are used by customers to create flexible molds to make highly-detailed objects for a variety of industrial and consumer applications.

Private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners has acquired specialty polymers maker Polytek Development Corp. for an undisclosed price.

It’s the 25th plastics-related deal for the New York City based firm since 2012. Arsenal is acquiring Easton, Pa.-based Polytek from private equity firm Morgenthaler Private Equity of Cleveland.

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-Beverage leaders call for industry-wide approach to sustainability

The bottled water industry is on a journey and trying to not only end plastics waste, but to completely disrupt the concept of single use consumption and production, explained Maurizio Patarnello, chief executive of Nestlé Waters.

“This is a journey because we don’t have the answers yet. This is about trying, testing, learning and trying again,” he said whilst speaking at the annual 15th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian, France.

“PET is the preferred packaging material in the bottled water industry because it combines beverage protection with lightness, resistance and transparency. And, of course, it’s also 100 per cent recyclable.

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-Danone aiming to triple plant-based business

Danone has put plans in place to triple the size of its plant-based business by 2025 through an increase in its non-dairy beverage and yoghurt portfolio.

The French company is aiming to grow its revenues in this area from €1.7 billion ($1.95bn) to €5bn ($5.7bn) in seven years, explained chief executive Emmanuel Faber: “We are pleased to share with the financial community our good progress towards building a company uniquely positioned to embrace the food revolution. We are developing our  portfolio of health-focused and purpose-led manifesto brands, acting as a catalyst for consumer reach.”

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-UK stocking up on polymers, fuels ahead of a potential ‘hard Brexit’

UK petrochemicals and fuel buyers are stocking up on gasoline components, polymers and glycerine in preparation for a potential hard Brexit, the possibility the country may leave the EU in 2019 without having reached a trade agreement with the bloc.

– Higher prices on weaker pound not deterring stock up

– Moves described as ‘panic buying’ by a UK port proprietor

– Warehouse space running low, some products in short supply

However, some products are in shorter supply and that is making difficult to secure additional materials.

The UK is a net importer of polymers, with many products like engineering plastics feeding into the country’s strong automotive and housing industries.

Reliance on imported petroleum products has also soared in the last decade, with the UK importing 9.5m tonnes more than it exported in petroleum products in 2015, according to government statistics.

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-First repeat order for spinitsystems technology

Leading German circular knitting machine manufacturer Mayer & Cie. has confirmed that it has received the first repeat orders for its revolutionary spinitsystems, combined spinning and knitting technology.

Speaking at last week’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition in Shanghai, a buoyant Michael Tuschak, head of marketing and sales for spinitsystems, told Knitting Industry: “We are thrilled to tell you that we have now received the first repeat order for our game changing spinitsystems technology.”

Mayer & Cie. at last week’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition in Shanghai. © Knitting Industry

Mr Tuschak declined to name the customer who had placed the repeat order, or even name the country where the new machinery would be installed, preferring to comment: “We cannot name names for reasons of confidentiality, but we can say that we are now active in Latin America, India and Taiwan, with Spinit – and of course, now China.”

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United States antidumping duties PET

The United States will not impose anti-dumping duties on imports of PET from five countries   United States antidumping duties PET

United States antidumping duties PETMOSCOW – The United States will not impose anti-dumping duties on imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from five countries, according to ICIS , citing the decision of the International Trade Commission (ITC).United States antidumping duties PET

According to the decision, import of PET from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan does not cause material damage to the United States.

The ITC regulation followed the decision of the US Department of Commerce in September that PET imports from the above countries were sold in the United States at a price lower than the fair value.United States antidumping duties PET

As a result of the ITC solution, the investigation has ceased, and anti-dumping duties will not be imposed on imports of tar from these countries.United States antidumping duties PET

According to ITC, imports of PET in 2017 from these countries amounted to Brazil (USD152.5 million), Indonesia (USD44.9 million), Korea (USD127.3 million), Pakistan (USD82.6 million) and Taiwan (USD154 million).

The anti-dumping investigation began in the fall of 2017, when American manufacturers DAK Americas, Indorama Ventures, M & G Polymers and Nan Ya Plastics applied to the US government. Indorama did not apply for PET shipments from Indonesia.

The major US PET manufacturers are Indorama, DAK, Nan Ya and Far Eastern New Century (FENC).

According to ScanPlast Company Market Report, in August compared to July, imports of PET to Russia decreased to 12.48 thousand tons.

At the same time, for the period January-August 2018, the import of PET into the country showed an increase of 10%. 108.20 thousand tons of PET were imported to the Russian market, of which 80.12 thousand tons accounted for the import of material for casting preforms, and 21.47 thousand tons for the manufacture of fibers.

Exports of Russian PET in August amounted to 6.55 thousand tons. In January-August, total exports increased by 86% compared with 2017 and amounted to 57.49 thousand tons.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride

Graphene twists again  Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride
Graphene moiré superlattice

Umklapp electron-electron scattering in so-called moiré superlattices made from aligned layers of 2D materials could degrade the high-temperature mobility of charge carriers.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by researchers in the UK, US and Japan, who say the effect would limit the potential applications of these technologically important materials in high-mobility devices operating a room temperature.

The problem could be overcome, however, by misaligning, or twisting, the 2D layers with respect to each other. Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Umklapp electron-electron (Uee) scattering is the process that gives pure metals an electrical resistance, explain the research team, which was led by Vladimir Fal’ko and Andre Geim of the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in the UK.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

It is the only intrinsic mechanism that allows electrons to transfer momentum to the crystal lattice, but it is difficult to measure in an experiment because it is often masked by other dissipation phenomena.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Fal’ko and colleagues have now shown that Uee scattering dominates the transport properties of superlattices that are made by placing layers of graphene on top of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN).Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Uee processes in these heterostructures lead to giant excess resistivity that rapidly grows as the period of the superlattice increases, causing their room-temperature mobility to plummet by more than an order of magnitude when compared to ordinary, non-superlattice graphene devices.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride

‘Twistronics’ tunes 2D material properties

The researchers engineered their superlattices by aligning graphene with an hBN substrate.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

This process produces a moiré pattern as a result of the small lattice mismatch (of 1.8%) between the two materials.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

The moiré lattice produces a potential with a period of around 15 nm when the two materials are perfectly aligned, and this periodic potential dramatically alters the material’s electronic properties – transforming it from a “zero-gap” semiconductor to one that does have a band gap.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

In a zero-gap semiconductor, the electron valence and conduction bands just touch each other at the so-called Dirac point, while conventional semiconductors have an energy gap between the bands.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

At the Dirac point, the relationship between the energy and momentum of the electrons can be described by the Dirac equation and resembles that of a photon, with the electrons moving at a very high, relativistic, speed.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

One of the most important things to happen in a moiré superlattice is the creation of a mini Brillouin zone around the Dirac point.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

The size of this zone depends on the misalignment angle between the graphene and hBN and the resulting moiré period.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Since the Brillouin zone is small compared to that in normal metals, Uee scattering is the dominant effect in graphene/hBN superlattices, say the researchers, who obtained their result by measuring the resistivity of different superlattice devices and a “reference” device in which the graphene and hBN were intentionally misaligned by more than 15°. This device had a moiré period of less than 3 nm.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

“Uee scattering in long-period moiré superlattices degrades the intrinsic high-temperature mobility of graphene’s charge carriers,” they report in Nature Physics 10.1038/s41567-018-0278-6.Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

“This limits the potential applications of epitaxially-grown graphene/hBN heterostructures, which are inherently aligned, for room-temperature high-mobility devices.”

The researchers advise that the 2D crystals that form the heterostructure should be misaligned, or twisted, to achieve high carrier mobility at room temperature.

 

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling crude oil 23-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate and the prices of its chain continue to be weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,250/1,260 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,450/9,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 9,400/9,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 9,400/9,550 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 960/970 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,100/7,250 yuan/ton – MEG $ 845/860 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,100/7,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,235/1,245 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,600/10,750  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,250/12,350  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,450/10,550  yuan/ton

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 22

US OLEFINS

US market participants will continue to monitor feedstock ethane and propane market this week, which have given direction to the downstream ethylene and propylene markets. US ethylene prices continued to move lower last week, staying below the 20 cent/gal level. Ethylene followed direction from ethane, which fell below 38 cent/gal level last week for the first time since August 8. There were a number of forward-month discussions heard with most sources believing the market was long in November and December. October contract price discussions should start shortly this week, sources said. Meanwhile, US propylene spot levels remain under downward pressure against weaker feedstock propane markets and an expected improvement in production.

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-The United States will not impose anti-dumping duties on imports of PET from five countries   United States antidumping duties PET

The United States will not impose anti-dumping duties on imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from five countries, according to ICIS , citing the decision of the International Trade Commission (ITC).United States antidumping duties PET

According to the decision, import of PET from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan does not cause material damage to the United States.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-New AI-powered system to automate quality control process

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed an intelligent fabric defect detection system, called WiseEye, which leverages advanced technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning in the process of quality control (QC) in textiles industry.

The system is designed to effectively minimise the chance of producing substandard fabric by 90%, thus substantially reducing loss and wastage in the production. It helps to save manpower as well as enhance the automation management in the textile manufacturing, according to the team of researchers.

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-Germany’s automotive sector declines sharply in Q3 – central bank

Germany’s “still intact” economic upswing may have come to a temporary halt in the third quarter as a result of a sharp decline in the chemical-intensive automotive sector, as well as a fall in construction output, according to the country’s central bank.

The bank added that rising crude oil prices had also had an impact in economic growth.

Industrial production fell 1.5% on average in July and August, compared to the second quarter, on the back of a 9% drop in automotive sector output due to the switch to new EU-mandated emissions standards.

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-Graphene twists again  Graphene moiré superlattice hexagonal boron nitride 

Umklapp electron-electron scattering in so-called moiré superlattices made from aligned layers of 2D materials could degrade the high-temperature mobility of charge carriers.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by researchers in the UK, US and Japan, who say the effect would limit the potential applications of these technologically important materials in high-mobility devices operating a room temperature.

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-FlexFilms: VYOM Film

Introduced at PACK EXPO International 2018, the BOPET films offer barrier, strength, and sustainability benefits.

FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of India’s multinational flexible packaging company Uflex Ltd., introduces VYOM, a futuristic technology concept BOPET film. it was presented for the first time at PACK EXPO Intl.

The company’s BOPET films range from high-barrier to sustainable, all manufactured via proprietary technology.

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-Sidel on gaining US FDA approval of its Aseptic Combi Predis, US hot-fill trends and liquid dairy conversions from HDPE to PET

Sidel has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Aseptic Combi Predis blow fill seal filler following a test run with a dairy customer in North America.

The validation means the technology can be used for low acid manufacturing and commercial distribution in the US.

Low acid products

According to Guillame Rolland, sensitive products director, Sidel, the FDA approval qualifies the aseptic filler with dry preform sterilization technology to produce and distribute shelf-stable low acid products in PET bottles for the US market.

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-Petainer Launches New Recyclable Keg

Following the announcement of the partnership between Petainer, KHS Japan and Mitsubishi Chemical to bring one-way PET kegs to the Japanese beer market, the unique new DLC keg, 10 and 20L, has now been launched in the market.  The keg will be on show at this year’s Brau Beviale in Germany – Hall 4 / 4-137.

The collaboration developed the new DLC keg to be the most environmentally-friendly yet, specifically designed to meet the strict recycling requirements in Japan, while delivering to the high quality and market standards.  Mitsubishi’s DLC barrier technology has been combined with Petainer’s patented keg technology to create the ‘DLC Keg’.  Mitsubishi have built on their existing DLC product ranges provided to the alcoholic drinks industry, including global brands such as Kirin.

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-USITC rules in favor of Taiwanese PET firms in anti-dumping probe

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled in favor of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin exporters from Taiwan and another four countries after an anti-dumping investigation.

In a ruling issued Thursday, the USITC said it determined that PET resin imports from Taiwan, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea and Pakistan did not cause material damage in or threaten material injury to the U.S. industry.

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-Belarusian petrochem firms sign contracts with Russia

Belarus recently signed contracts worth nearly RUB 12 billion for delivering petrochemical products to Russia during the fifth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in Mogilev. Several other contracts worth RUB 1.3 billion were signed with Russian firms in the run-up to the forum. Belarusian firm Belneftekhim-ROS signed contracts worth over RUB 6 billion.

Belneftekhim, the top distributor of Belarusian petrochemical products in Russia, signed contracts to deliver polyester textile yarns, high-pressure polyethylene, polyamide-6, phthalic anhydride, automobile tires for various purposes, alkyd resins and other products, according to a Belarusian news agency.

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-Günther invests in a successful future

Günther Hot Runner Technology has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Firstly, the company has been founded exactly 35 years ago. Secondly, the expansion and renovation of the company’s headquarters in Frankenberg, Germany, have been completed.

A year ago, a scaffold blocked the view of the façade of the main building of Günther’s headquarters. When visiting today, one can see a radiant, new front. Taking a closer look, the design of the building automatically makes sense. The white panels, which draw wide curves across the building, are based on the heating of the Blue Flow hot runner nozzles.

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-U.K. retailer debuts recyclable film for fresh veggies

New polyethylene film for fresh vegetables sold at U.K. retailer Co-op is recyclable while also providing the same functional features as a non-recyclable film.

Coveris-eecylcable-film-for-the-Co-op1.jpgU.K. retailer Co-op has made a pledge to deliver 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 through its Project Closed Loop Strategy. Helping the retailer meet this goal is new recyclable polyethylene film for flexible bags of fresh vegetables that delivers the same protective, functional, and shelf-life benefits as existing non-recyclable solutions.

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Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

Magna opens seating plant in Czech Republic to serve BMW in EuropeMagna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

With a production area measuring 6,000 square meters, the plant has the capacity to produce more than 360,000 seat sets per year. Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

by Canadian Plastics

Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

Magna officially opens its new seating facility in Chomutov, Czech Republic, to support new BMW Group business.

Magna International Inc. has opened its second seating business and facility with BMW Group, this one located in Chomutov, Czech Republic.Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

The new plant, which will employ about 300 workers by the end of next year, will be supplying seating systems in various configurations for several BMW models for the European market.Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

With a production area measuring 6,000 square meters, the plant has the capacity to produce more than 360,000 seat sets per year, Magna said in a statement.

Production is expected to start before the end of this year.

“This is a big win for our employees as well as our community, where we are making a positive economic impact,” Martin Polívka, general manager of the new Chomutov plant, said in the statement.Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

“Our facility is using the latest technology with special attention given to high flexibility so that we can react quickly to new developments and changing requirements of our customers,”Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

Magna’s seating group has 16 manufacturing locations in Europe, five of them in the Czech Republic, along with 50 manufacturing locations and six R&D centres around the rest of the world.Magna seating plant Czech Republic BMW Europe

Magna is headquartered in Aurora, Ont

Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

Open Letter on the Benefits of Plastics Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

P D Coates, H Benkreira, B R Whiteside, A L Kelly, Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre/ Faculty of Engineering & Informatics

S Rimmer, R Hamed, Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre/ Faculty of Life Sciences

A Sharif, U Sivarajah, Z Irani, J Mishra, Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences

All at the University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK

Contact author: p.d.coates@bradford.ac.uk

Web sites: www.polyeng.com   www.ceforplastics.uk

-We live in the plastic age and various excellent impacts on our life and planet continue to come from plastics.

‘Plastics’ covers a remarkable set of families of materials which we in the Polymer IRC research laboratories at the University of Bradford are helping to develop further.

Typically we use the manufacturing process to develop improved properties in plastics so achieving a ‘double whammy’ of making precision items and enhancing their properties at the same time. This has opened up new markets worldwide.

Some examples are products made by exploiting in a controlled way orientation of the molecules which make up solid plastics.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

Our special energy-efficient and environmentally friendly stretching processes, such as drawing plastics through specially shaped metal dies, can raise the stiffness of a humble, low cost polyethylene up to 80 fold to match the stiffness of aluminium, whilst staying much lighter.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

At the same time, other physical properties, such as thermal and barrier properties, are also enhanced.  Because of our detailed understanding of the orientation processes, we can tailor how much improvement in properties we need to make for different applications.

These include geogrids for land reinforcement e.g. Tensar products, wood replacement Materials – a spin out company Eotek in the USA has used our technology to develop building materials from talc filled polypropylenes, oriented to make superior property products to wood, which also exhibit hurricane resistance on impact; high precision oriented tubes of 100 µm wall thickness similar to hair thickness are made from a plastic, PLA, made from corn starch, which after laser cutting a pattern in are used to make bioresorbable, drug coated arterial stents (Arterius Ltd).

In some cases the orientation can be reversed by triggering for example at body temperature to cause shape change. We exploit this shape memory property for PLA Materials to be fixings for soft tissue to bone in orthopaedic repairs (initially with Smith and Nephew).Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

It has recently been shown that we can make shape memory PLA sutures which self tighten, with antimicrobial silver coating.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

In a collaboration with Sichuan University, part of our extensive UK China Advanced materials for healthcare research community, we have found a bonus of our oriented PLAs is excellent resistance to blood cells sticking to the material because of the surface roughness created by our processes.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

In other precision processing of plastics in our laboratory we are creating surface patterns which exhibit antimicrobial behaviour or we control surface features to make optical lens products and pain free micro-needles for drug delivery, plus precision dental root canal products.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

The range of valuable-in some cases life-saving, and in many cases life enhancing- applications of oriented plastics is expanding.

Surgeons are excited about our shape memory fixations as of these can simplify keyhole surgery and benefit to patients; safe implants, including bioresorbable ones offer significant advantages to patients over conventional metal implants, including lighter weight and matching of properties with bone.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

So many aspects of our lives are positively affected by plastics – we need them!  Accordingly we should also treat them with respect in the many other applications where their use is valuable such as food packaging to avoid food waste, but which get adverse press not through their usefulness but through poor, undefendable disposal practices.

Single use or multiuse, recycled or creatively employed, we can achieve superb properties and products with plastics – for good!

‘Waste Plastics – our treasure in the wrong place’

Meanwhile, whilst we should strongly promote the benefits of this remarkable family of materials, it is increasingly recognised that there is no ‘away’ so we can’t continue to be a “throw-away society”.

Polymers are too good to waste – they are chemically rich, made from the amazingly rich oil (over 90% of which sadly  we consume by effectively burning it, only a small fraction is turned into polymers – which contain the same calorific value as the oil they are derived from); it makes no sense to scrap polymers having invested in making these important and highly useful materials (that includes the ‘biodegradable polymer’ routes).

We therefore recognise the importance of communicating values – plastics waste is “our treasure in the wrong place” and our research at Bradford is part of the hope we must communicate, along with the encouragement of re-use and value-added ways of using waste polymer materials and hence in broader up-cycling, loop – and systems thinking within a circular economy context. Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

At Bradford we recognise the multi-disciplinary approach needed to address these issues, and bring together in our world-class Polymer IRC (polymer engineering, materials chemistry, life sciences) plus Management, where we link with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – we are a recognised leading, and the first, Pioneer University in Circular Economy research and have the first MBA-level teaching programme in CE, Innovation & Enterprise. Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

We have strong industry and professional body links, seeking to work together to mitigate plastics waste, and promote the best practices for the use and reuse of plastics.

Background:

Plastic waste is of growing environmental, social and political importance in the UK – and globally. Over 300 million tonnes of plastics are produced annually; this has risen dramatically from 15 million tonnes in 1964 and is expected to double over the next 20 years [1].Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

Plastics have become key materials in many strategic sectors but generation of plastics solid waste (PSW) is a major problem. Of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics produced cumulatively worldwide, 6.3 billion tonnes of waste has been created [2].

Of this amount, only around 9% has been recycled, 12% incinerated and 79% accumulated in landfills or leaked into the natural environment – a clear loss of investment, with high value products not being used / reused / repurposed.

The ‘linear’ economy model (Take, Make, Dispose) has led to increasing environmental and political concerns – the amount of PSW entering the oceans has been estimated at 8 million tonnes per year and growing, which has a huge impact on marine ecosystems [3]. The recent decision by the Chinese government banning imports of plastic waste in 2018 puts further pressure on the UK [4].Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

A Circular Economy delivery is crucial – and we aim to help achieve this in our research: “zero waste” vitally requires both technical and behavioural changes.

Technically, in addition to reuse/ repurposing, end of life plastics may be recycled or used for energy recovery as alternatives to disposal by landfill, but recent policy reports [1,5] argue that waste plastics are a resource whose value can only be recovered by a closed loop approach, utilising more effective waste management and promoting recycling, using energy recovery as a complementary option.

Plastics recycling levels are increasing – in Europe the amount of plastics waste recycled overtook the amount of plastics disposed of by landfill for the first time in 2016.

However, whereas recycling routes are well established for large volume, relatively clean waste streams such as PET and HDPE bottles, many polymeric products are more difficult to classify, separate and recycle using conventional techniques.

These include multi-layered plastics, fibre reinforced plastics and cross-linked polymers e.g. thermosets and rubbers.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

These materials constitute a number of high volume products such as packaging, waste tyres, and printed circuit boards.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

There is an urgent need to develop economically and technically feasible routes of recovering these difficult to recycle polymeric materials. In parallel, there is need to develop – and strong interest in – renewably sourced virgin feedstocks, i.e. novel polymers from biomass by modification of biopolymers or from bioderived monomers (c.f. synthetic biology) – these could be capable of multiple recycles, with eventual cycle closure by composting. Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

Behaviourally, much also needs to be addressed, with evidence-based routes for change in both behaviour and legislation.  It is increasingly recognised that there is no ‘away’ so we can’t continue to be a “throw-away society”.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

The burden of the disposal or use /reuse of end of life products (especially packaging and fast moving consumer goods) is only just beginning to be shifted to producers and manufacturers (“No Zero Burden” argument [6]).

Collection strategies are crucial for consumer waste, and design using Plastics CE principles is just beginning to be embraced. At Bradford, we aim to address many of these pressing issues.Benefits Plastics energy efficient environmentally friendly

www.polyeng.com and www.ceforplastics.uk

References:

1. The new plastics economy: rethinking the future of plastics and catalysing action, Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2017 2. R Geyer et al., Production, use and fate of all plastics ever made, Sci. Adv. 2017 3, 7 3. JR Jambeck, Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean, Science, 13, Feb 2015  4. Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise, S Laville, Guardian, 2017 5. Plastics–the Facts 2017; An analysis of European plastics production, demand and waste data, Plast Eur 2018  6. Ilic, D.D., Eriksson O, Odlund, L, Aberg, M, No Zero Burden assumption in a Circular Economy. J.Clean.Prod, 182:352–362, 2018

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Can Graphene Be Mass Manufactured? Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

Numerous questions surface about whether 2D materials are the best choice for extreme scaling, and so far there are few answers.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

Since the isolation of graphene in 2004, the high mobility and unique transport properties of 2-dimensional semiconductors have tantalized physicists and materials scientists. Their in-plane carrier transport and lack of dangling bonds potentially can minimize line/edge scattering and other effects of extreme scaling.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

While 2-D materials cannot compete with silicon at current device dimensions, their performance may degrade less quickly as feature sizes shrink. According to Iuliana Radu, distingished member of the technical staff at Imec, 2-D semiconductors may be the only alternative for sub-15 nm devices.

But 2-D semiconductors also offer a vivid demonstration of the large gap between simulations and laboratory experiments, and from there to devices that can be manufactured by the billions using existing fab infrastructure. There is no clear path to consistent fabrication of 2-D single crystals at this time, Radu noted. Nor are there clear integration paths to achieve stable, repeatable device performance, or processes of record for such fundamental operations as doping and contact formation.

Van der Waals forces build nano sheet stacks
The obstacles to 2-D device development begin with the fabrication of the materials. Graphene was first isolated through mechanical exfoliation, a fancy name for a fairly crude procedure in which single layers are pulled from a bulk sample using adhesive tape. The difficulties inherent in scaling that method to hundreds, much less billions of devices, should be obvious.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

One alternative, electrochemical intercalation, infiltrates an inert molecule into a chemical vapor deposition film, chemically isolating the top layer while continuing to use the substrate for mechanical support.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

Another depends on atomic layer deposition of individual layers, followed by a passivation layer. Layer-by-layer deposition methods can be used to construct van der Waals heterostructures, in which a stack is held together by van der Waals forces while each layer retains its 2-D character.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

The properties of van der Waals heterostructures depend on the number of layers, their composition, and the twist angle between them, giving designers wide latitude to achieve the behavior they want.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

The twist angle in particular can be used to impose long-range periodicity in the absence of three-dimensional crystalline structures.

Moreover, as demonstrated with stacked MoS2 monolayers, the number of layers can define the bandgap of the structure. The coefficients of thermal expansion of the substrate and of individual layers can be tuned to control strain, further adjusting the electrical properties.

When building such structures, though, it’s important to remember that 2-D semiconductors are not a single material, but an entire class of compounds. Conventional III-V and II-VI semiconductors share many structural and electrical characteristics with silicon, germanium, and each other.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

So materials scientists can vary semiconductor composition as needed to tune the band gap, lattice parameters, and other properties without dramatic changes to the overall integration scheme.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

Two-dimensional semiconductors, in contrast, come from different parts of the periodic table. They have different electrical properties, different lattice structures, and different chemical characteristics.

Toward 2-D devices
For example, black phosphorus offers high mobility, but it is unstable in both air and water. Researchers have attempted to turn its need for layer transfer-based fabrication techniques into a virtue, pointing out that low-temperature processes reduce the impact of thermal expansion and lattice mismatch between the semiconductor and the substrate.

Nicolò Oliva, a graduate student at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and his colleagues transferred exfoliated black phosphorus to a prepared substrate with embedded silver or gold electrodes, then passivated the structure with boron nitride followed by an Al2O3 dielectric.

In these devices, the contact work function determined the gate polarity, with gold contacts favoring holes and silver favoring electrons.

The gate and drain voltage can be used to modulate the Fermi level and band alignments. Performance was promising, with a 70 mV/decade sub-threshold swing. But making such a device in large quantities is sure to be challenging.

Boron nitride, used as a passivating layer for black phosphorus and as a dopant for graphene, has also attracted attention as a 2-D semiconductor in its own right. One group deposited hexagonal boron nitride directly onto cobalt and iron electrodes.

In such magnetic tunnel junctions, among the building blocks of spintronics, hBN serves as the tunneling barrier between cobalt and iron. Switching the polarities of magnetic domains changes the height of the tunneling barrier, causing the device to behave as a magnetometer.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

The last group of 2-D semiconductors, the dichalcogenides, are reasonably stable and can be fabricated by such relatively mature processes as chemical vapor deposition.

Unfortunately, Tarun Agarwal, a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, along with researchers at Imec, reported at last year’s IEDM that simulation results for these materials are relatively poor, with low mobility and low drive currents.

Competitive devices probably will need to be based on stacks of nanosheets rather than single layers.

As in other stacked nano sheet devices, the number of layers, the components of the stack, and the internal structure of the stack all contribute to device characteristics. As is the case in silicon, double-gate devices offer better electrostatics and better currents than single-gate devices.

Conclusion
Even this brief survey raises as many questions as it answers about the commercial prospects for 2-D semiconductor devices. Yet Imec’s Radu explained that the industry does not appear to have a choice. “Probably, the alternative to 2D semiconductors is changing the computing paradigm,” she said.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

The lower effective mass of III-V semiconductors means that direct source-drain tunneling becomes a problem at longer gate lengths than in silicon. Quantum dots provide very little current, limiting their viability for general-purpose logic.

Though 2-D materials pose challenges, as well, Radu noted, “there are lots of things we haven’t figured out how to do, but we don’t see any fundamental roadblock.”

She expects any commercial applications of the materials are probably at least 10 years away. For 5nm devices, the decision point is probably five or six years away. She expects it will take that much time for the industry to understand the scaling limitations of 2-D materials and find a realistic path to commercialization.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Plastic recycling industry’s problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Chinese ban on waste imports is significantly affecting UK councils’ ability to collect and recycle plastic

Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK’s waste.

A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) revealed nearly half of councils who responded (52) say China’s ban is having a significant impact on their ability to collect and recycle plastic, due to rising costs. Fourteen councils across the country say their recycling costs have increased by an average of half a million pounds a year, in part because of rising processing charges per tonne.

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-Magna opens seating plant in Czech Republic to serve BMW in Europe

With a production area measuring 6,000 square meters, the plant has the capacity to produce more than 360,000 seat sets per year.

Magna officially opens its new seating facility in Chomutov, Czech Republic, to support new BMW Group business.

Magna International Inc. has opened its second seating business and facility with BMW Group, this one located in Chomutov, Czech Republic.

The new plant, which will employ about 300 workers by the end of next year, will be supplying seating systems in various configurations for several BMW models for the European market. With a production area measuring 6,000 square meters, the plant has the capacity to produce more than 360,000 seat sets per year, Magna said in a statement.

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-Radici plans new nylon uses

Frierichshafen, Germany — Radici Group is focused on new applications for its nylon resins, and officials don’t seem concerned about a global shortage of feedstocks used to make nylon 6/6.

The Bergamo, Italy-based materials firm is enjoying double-digit sales growth so far in 2018, Davide Preti, the company’s Nordic and Eastern European regional sales manager, said at an Oct. 17 press event. Erico Spini, global marketing manager, addressed new growth opportunities for the firm, which derives around half of its plastics sales from the automotive market.

For electric vehicles, Spini said that the introduction of hybrid and fully sized electric vehicles is creating opportunities for Radici’s nylon 6/6, 6/10 and 6/12 materials to be used in recharger plugs, sockets and high-voltage system components.

Demand for electrical vehicles is expected to grow, especially in Europe, where new carbon dioxide emission standards will be in place by 2021.

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-Oerlikon’s texturing research at Suzhou site gets awarded20

The years of intensive research and development in the field of texturing, which Oerlikon Barmag is doing at the Suzhou site in China, has been recognised. On October 12, 2018, the new R&D centre was officially inaugurated. Around 80 guests took part in the ceremony. Government representatives and the top management level of the company attended the event.

The award is a tribute to the research and development work done so far in the field of texturing machines. For example, Oerlikon holds 34 patents granted, several more are currently in the grant stage. The award also reflects the reorientation in the area of texturing.

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-Asahi Kasei forges ahead toward record $1.8bn profit

Tight market for petrochemicals boosts margins

Asahi Kasei is on track to post a record operating profit for the fiscal year ending March 2019.

Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei is on track to reap a operating profit of more than 200 billion yen ($1.78 billion) for the first time ever this fiscal year, thanks in large part to the rising price of a key petrochemical used in plastics and fibers.

The profit would mark a 1% increase on the year, a turnaround from the 4% decline to 190 billion yen that the company had predicted. Sales for the year ending March 2019 are expected to rise 8% to just over 2.2 trillion yen, beating projections by about 45 billion yen.

The company is expected to upgrade its full-year guidance when it releases its first-half results on Nov. 2.

Acrylonitrile, used to make acrylic and carbon fibers, is the main driver behind its boost. Demand for the product is brisk, even as stricter environmental regulations in China has reduced supply.

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-U.S. Tariffs on Textile Imports From China Leads to Trade Opportunities Elsewhere

With new tariffs being placed on textiles coming from China, many U.S. fabric importers are scrambling to find new textile trading partners whose goods are not subject to the recently imposed 10 percent tariff that could rise to 25 percent at the beginning of the year.

“I would expect to see sourcing shifts away from China to other countries or an increase in prices for goods that either can’t be sourced elsewhere or for which the cost of shifting is greater than the increase in duties,” said Elise Shibles with the San Francisco–based international law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

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-Industry 4.0 specialist TIG opening U.S. office

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany—An Austrian company that specializes in manufacturing execution systems for injection molders plans to open an office in the U.S.

Technische Informationssysteme GmbH, more commonly known as TIG, initially is setting up shop in York, Pa., where its parent company Engel Holding GmbH has a facility. But TIG is looking for a permanent site for the local office, which it expects to be somewhere in the northeastern U.S.

“Most of our customers are already there, so our first priority is to be near them,” Patric Lampert, TIG’s head of strategic project management, said in an interview at Fakuma.

TIG currently has 10 U.S. customers, and the local office will service them while recruiting more. The office will have four employees in 2019, headed by Erol-Kurt Yurtluk, who is currently sales manager.

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-Plastribution to discuss a sustainable future for plastics

Polymer materials distributor, Plastribution, is set to advise customers on how to develop a sustainable future using plastics in an upcoming webinar.

To be held on October 23, the webinar will address the increasing levels of environmental awarenes that is leading to growing pressure on the plastics industry to respond positively on the long term importance of sustainable polymers development.

“In providing solutions for the future, evaluating the environmental credentials of a ‘sustainable’ material or product is often complicated and sometimes difficult to judge,” explained Mike Boswell, Managing Director of Plastribution.

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-Esg, Thai Acrylic Partner for Outdoor Yarn Range

European Spinning Group (ESG) has partnered with Thai Acrylic Fibre to develop a new generation of solution dyed acrylic yarns for outdoor applications. This yarn range is marketed under brand name ‘ESG RA Outdoor’ powered by Durashine fibre suitable for various outdoor applications including awnings, outdoor-furniture, carpets and marine exterior etc.

ESG is a leading specialty yarn producer for weaving and knitting fabrics in various markets and applications. Due to focus on innovation, sustainability and creativity and a partnership approach with all key stakeholders, ESG has established itself as a preferred yarn supplier across six continents.

Thai Acrylic is fifth largest producer of Acrylic Fiber globally and part of Aditya Birla Group, Fortune 500 Company.

“We are proud to be associated with ESG for this innovative product range with our Durashine Fibre, which I’m sure will create a strong market connect in coming days not only in Europe but across the globe,” Satyaki Ghosh, CEO Thai Acrylic Fibre, said.

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-Novamont boosts bioplastics capacity

Italy’s Novamont has increased production at its Mater-Biopolymer plant south of Rome by 25 per cent in order to manufacture more Origo-Bi biopolyesters and components of Mater-Bi compostable bioplastics.

The €70 million ($80m) investment, which could rise to €100m ($115m) within three years, will boost production capacity from 120,000 tonnes a year to 150,000t. The 140,000 sq m site employs 90 staff and applications for the materials include coffee cups and pods, carrier bags, straws and food packaging.

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-Lenzing launches Veocel Lyocell fibre for wipes20

Lenzing has announced the launch of the new Veocel Lyocell fibre with eco disperse technology which is designed for use in flushable wipes. This new fibre demonstrates enhanced biological disintegration performance. The inclusion of the fibre enables more diverse design opportunities while providing exemplary wet strength and disintegration performance.

Versatile and tailor-made for daily care routines, the new Veocel Lyocell fibre with Lenzing’s eco disperse technology offers optimised flushability and represents the most advanced fibre under the Veocel brand portfolio, Lenzing said in a press release.

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-The Effect of Temperature on 3D Printed PLA Clay Nanocomposites

In a paper entitled “3D Printing of PLA/clay Nanocomposites: Influence of Printing Temperature on Printed Samples Properties,” a group of researchers investigate the possibility of using a layered silicate-reinforced PLA in 3D printing applications. In particular, they examine the influence of printing temperature in 3D printing clay/PLA nanocomposites.

“For this reason, two PLA grades (4032D and 2003D, D-isomer content 1.5 and 4, respectively) were melt-compounded by a twin screw extruder with a layered silicate (Cloisite 30B) at 4 wt %,” the researchers explain. “Then, PLA and PLA/clay feedstock filaments (diameter 1.75 mm) were produced using a single screw extruder.”

The researchers 3D printed dog-bone-shaped and prismatic specimens using FDM 3D printing at three different temperatures, which were progressively increased from the melting temperature (185–200–215 °C for PLA 4032D and 165–180–195 °C for PLA 2003D). The PLA and PLA/clay specimens were characterized using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and tensile tests.

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-EDITORIAL: Time for Japan to lose its plastic dependency and save the oceans

Plastic bottles and other waste collected by a cleanup boat in Tokyo Bay (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The Environment Ministry has worked out a draft proposal to reduce plastic waste focused on recycling and cutting usage of single-use plastic products.

The strategy calls for a 25-percent reduction in the consumption of disposable plastic products, such as supermarket checkout bags and straws, by 2030 while ensuring that 60 percent of plastic packaging will be reused or recycled.

This is the first time the government has set such numerical targets to deal with the pollution scourge. The targets should be achieved through a well-planned, energetic policy drive.

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-US shale oil production could fall short of its most optimistic projections because of emerging problems in the industry, the chief executive of the world’s largest oilfield services group has warned.

Paal Kibsgaard, CEO of Schlumberger, said that in addition to a shortage of pipeline capacity that was slowing growth in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico, the heart of the US shale boom, there were other problems that could mean some forecasts of future output would have to be revised down.

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-Motan Innovation Awards winner announced

The Motan Colortronic Innovation Award was handed in great ceremony to this year’s winner at a glittering event at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen on the occasion of Fakuma 2018.

The shortlist for the Innovation Award included affiliates and employees of Motan Colortronic across the generations: Stefan Endres (Adaptive central vacuum control; Objective: More efficient plant utilisation and higher production security), Peter Haupt (Regulated transport of bulk goods; Objective: To measure speed and optimise promotion processes), Reinhard Herro (GAK system [gravimetric suction box]; Objective: Automation, control and monitoring of suction conveyor systems), Philipp Mählmeyer (system control on a mobile device; Objective: Query status information specifically via QR codes), Bernd Michael (System METRO-Lay; Objective: Efficient creation of routes for material and vacuum lines), and Karl Wolfgang (Repeater; Objective: Material-protection conveying in the vacuum area).

Digitalisation, industry 4.0, the Circular Economy and the skills gap were prevailing themes at Fakuma 2018 and the inspiration behind choosing this year’s winner had to be mindful of all of these trends affecting plastics now and for a long time yet to come.

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-Chemists develop method to obtain catalyst-, surfactant- and template-free polymeric nanoparticles

A chemist from RUDN proposes a simple technology for producing polymeric nanoparticles from only two organic substances. By changing the temperature of the reaction and the ratio of initial substances, the scientists can obtain particles of any given size. The new method was described in Macromolecules.

To create nanoparticles of identical size and shape, laboratories all over the world have been using the synthesis of benzonaxine group polymers from different monomers. Usually, polymerization and formation of homogeneous nanoparticles require special templates, catalysts and additions. Rafael Luque, a visiting scholar at RUDN, together with his colleagues from China and Pakistan, suggested a simple method for obtaining nanoparticles.

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-Open Letter on the Benefits of Plastics

We live in the plastic age and various excellent impacts on our life and planet continue to come from plastics.

‘Plastics’ covers a remarkable set of families of materials which we in the Polymer IRC research laboratories at the University of Bradford are helping to develop further.

Typically we use the manufacturing process to develop improved properties in plastics so achieving a ‘double whammy’ of making precision items and enhancing their properties at the same time. This has opened up new markets worldwide.

Some examples are products made by exploiting in a controlled way orientation of the molecules which make up solid plastics.

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-Can Graphene Be Mass Manufactured?

Since the isolation of graphene in 2004, the high mobility and unique transport properties of 2-dimensional semiconductors have tantalized physicists and materials scientists. Their in-plane carrier transport and lack of dangling bonds potentially can minimize line/edge scattering and other effects of extreme scaling.Graphene Mass Manufactured nano sheet stacks

While 2-D materials cannot compete with silicon at current device dimensions, their performance may degrade less quickly as feature sizes shrink. According to Iuliana Radu, distingished member of the technical staff at Imec, 2-D semiconductors may be the only alternative for sub-15 nm devices.

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-US Government Promotes Foam Made From Lignin

Carbon foam — a stiff, porous structure formed from a web of carbon atoms — is the stuff of manufacturers’ dreams. The breakthrough material is strong but lightweight, non-flammable and able to maintain its performance at high temperatures, and capable of absorbing sound and radiation. This unique combination of traits means carbon foam is brimming with potential applications across military, aerospace, and commercial industries. It is ideal for aircraft and ship insulation, wall panels, stealth technology (to avoid radar detection) and more.

However, developing this extraordinary technology is not without challenges. It can be difficult for manufacturers to produce a strong, lightweight, environmentally-friendly carbon foam while keeping costs low.

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-Huvis Indorama Advanced Materials Launching Operations In Spartanburg

Huvis Indorama Advanced Materials, a 50-50 joint venture between Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited and South Korea-based Huvis Corporation, is launching new manufacturing operations at Auriga Polymers, Inc.’s campus in Spartanburg County. The $48 million investment is projected to create 50 new jobs.

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-Showcases Portfolio of Silicone Masterbatches at Fakuma

Dow Performance Silicones, a global business unit of DowDuPont Specialties Products division, is exhibiting at Fakuma 2018 at Nexeo Solutions’ stand (#A3-3217), its broad portfolio of silicone-based masterbatches for polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyamide (PA) and polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resins and compounds.

These industry-leading solutions have been engineered to enhance processing, extend properties and reinforce materials to address the latest trends in a range of industry applications, including flexible food and non-food packaging, automotive interior and under-hood components, wire & cable insulation and jacketing, and appliance gears and other high-wear parts.

Dow Performance Silicones continues to expand its portfolio with new, differentiated solutions, such as its new DOW CORNING™ MB25-235 Masterbatch for form-fill-seal (FFS) packaging production, being launched today at Fakuma.

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-Solvay announces Kärcher is using Technyl 4earth premium recycled polyamide for its environmental solution

Solvay Performance Polyamides has announced that manufacturer of cleaning technology Kärcher is using Technyl 4earth high-quality environmental solution.

The recycled polyamide is now the material of choice for moulding spray lances of Kärcher’s high-pressure cleaners.

Technyl 4earth is a range of PA6.6 engineering plastics born out of the Move4earth project supported by the European Commission (LIFE+ program).

A patented process transforms stable sources of technical fabrics, such as automotive airbag cushions, into prime quality polyamide.

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-Dow Silvadur Finish Gets Certification

Dow Microbial Control, a global business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, has announced its patented anti-microbial technology for textiles and apparel called Dow Silvadur Antimicrobials has been certified by the Bluesign system.

The Collegeville, Pennsylvania-based company says this is an important indication to manufacturers of the technology’s safety.

Silvadur is a fabric finish that can be used on ticking. It is applied either through padding, exhaustion or spray methods.

Managed by St. Gallen, Switzerland-based Bluesign Technologies AG, the Bluesign system is a solution for a sustainable textile production.

According to its website, the system “eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.”

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-Milacron launches new advanced thinwall Packaging Hot Runner System at Fakuma 2018

At Fakuma 2018, Milacron’s Mold-Masters product brand has launched a new advanced thinwall packaging hot runner system – ThinPAK, and is exhibiting new hot runner technologies.

The Mold-Masters ThinPAK-Series hot runner has been specifically engineered for producing exceptionally high-quality thin wall packaging products. ThinPAK-Series has the strength and durability to mold with complete reliability even in high pressure applications up to 2,800 bar.

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-Can carbon fiber car panels double as energy storage materials?

Carbon fiber as we know it is one of the most impressive materials in our toolkit. Its incredible lightness and strength has seen it take hold in everything from competitive cycling, to supercar design to cutting edge aircraft.

But could it also play a role in energy storage? One team of scientists has been exploring the possibilities, and say that carefully engineered forms of the material do indeed boast the necessary electrochemical properties, raising some interesting possibilities for weight-saving vehicle design.

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ITEM15/10/201822/10/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,900 yuan/ton9,550 yuan/ton-350
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,280 $/ton1,250 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,825 yuan/ton9,500 yuan/ton-325
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,775 yuan/ton9,500 yuan/ton-275
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,790 yuan/ton7,150 yuan/ton-640
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,035 $/ton 970 $/ton-65
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,290 yuan/ton7,230 yuan/ton-60
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

875 $/ton860 $/ton-15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,295 $/ton 1,238 $/ton-57
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

11,225 yuan/ton10,750 yuan/ton-475
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market10,050 yuan/ton9,750 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,750 yuan/ton 12,400 yuan/ton-350
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

12,350 yuan/ton12,050 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,325 yuan/ton10,950 yuan/ton-375
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,630 yuan/ton10,500 yuan/ton-130
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

17,600 yuan/ton16,500 yuan/ton-1,100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,200 $/ton2,200 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,510 $/ton2,510 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

18,300 yuan/ton17,400 yuan/ton-900
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,300 yuan/ton18,800 yuan/ton-500
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

38,800 yuan/ton37,800 yuan/ton-1,000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,350 yuan/ton22,200 yuan/ton-150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,200 yuan/ton24,900 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,100 yuan/ton23,900 yuan/ton-200
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,600 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton-200
Benzene domestic market

 

6,950 yuan/ton6,800 yuan/ton-150
Benzene overseas  market

 

829 $/ton805 $/ton-24
Ethylene South East market

 

1,020 $/ton1,000 $/ton-20
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,106 $/ton1,002 $/ton-104
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

18,600 yuan/ton17,900 yuan/ton-700
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,100 $/ton-130
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton 
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,200 yuan/ton15,180 yuan/ton-20
PP Powder domestic market

 

11,000 yuan/ton10,800 yuan/ton-200
Naphtha overseas market         

 

688 $/ton670 $/ton-18
Phenol domestic market 12,025 yuan/ton

 

12,175 yuan/ton

 

+150
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,485 $/ton

 

1,465 $/ton

 

-20
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,580 $/ton

 

 1,560 $/ton

 

-20
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,120 $/ton1,120 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,114 $/ton1,102 $/ton-12
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,100 $/ton1,100 $/ton 
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,090 $/ton1,080 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,260 $/ton 1,250 $/ton-10
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,253 $/ton 1,253 $/ton 
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,261 €/ton 1,261 €/ton 

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Unveiling Exciting New Legwear Innovations at LYCRA® FIBER MOVES 5  Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA®, THERMOLITE® and COOLMAX® brands, and an industry leader and innovation driver in the legwear segment, has announced it is hosting the 5 th edition of LYCRA® FIBER MOVES conference today in Lake Como, Italy.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Held every two years, this exclusive, invitation-only event attracts around 200 representatives from leading knitters, coverers, distributors, brands, retailers and trade media excited to learn about new market insights and trends, as well as INVISTA’s latest innovations for socks and hosiery.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

LYCRA® FIBER MOVES is a not-to-be-missed seminar where global legwear industry insiders gather for networking, inspiration and ideas.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

INVISTA representatives are introducing three new hosiery innovations designed to meet consumer needs, add value to any collection, and create new opportunities for business growth:

LYCRA® FUSION® TRUE TO YOU technology is a patent-pending innovation allowing the creation of transparent 3D hosiery that delivers a natural-looking luster or shine to the legs.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

The innovation is a combination of a new LYCRA® FUSION® yarn with new knitting construction, therefore combining the ‘no ladder / no run’ benefits to the premium fit and uniformity of a 3D construction, all in a natural shine sheer hose.
THERMOLITE® FIR technology is a spun dyed black fiber embedded with special ceramic pigments that absorbs the wearer’s infrared radiation and reflects it back to them as heat energy.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES
This improves the body’s heat retention and keeps legs warmer, longer. Knitted with LYCRA® BLACK technology, it fulfills consumers’ expectation for true black leggings that won’t fade or wash out after wearing or washing.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES
LYCRA® MADE TO FIT YOU technology, originally created for knee-highs, is being expanded to offer the same benefits to stay-ups (thigh-highs).
The key to delivering enhanced comfort and fit is the top band’s construction, which is engineered to fit a variety of thigh shapes.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES
The hosiery stays in place all day without roll over and dig in, so the wearer experiences a “second skin” effect that will appeal to new consumers and revitalize the category.The LYCRA® FIBER MOVES conference opens with an exploration of Financial Macro Trends by author and columnist Alan Friedman, followed by a look at Consumer Mega Trends for Millennials by Euromonitor’s Alison Angus.

Professor Ada Ferri discusses Garments for Cold Climates, Anna Borkowicz of WTiN examines Digitalization in Apparel, and Euromonitor’s Miles Agbanrin explores The Millennial Consumer and How They Shape Retail.

Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam presents 2019/2020 Fashion Trends for hosiery and socks that are powered by LYCRA® fiber and THERMOLITE® technology innovations.

Following cocktails and dinner Thursday evening, a highly anticipated fashion show brings forecasted 2019/2020 legwear trends to life and showcases the latest INVISTA innovations for hosiery and socks.

The event ends with a networking breakfast Friday morning.

During the evening’s festivities, key LYCRA® fiber customers will be honored for their contributions to the legwear industry and their loyalty to the LYCRA® brand.

This year’s award winners are Patrizia Giangrossi, owner of PIERRE MANTOUX, and Cathleen Moxham and Dr. Tina Fehling of HanesBrands Inc.

“The LYCRA® brand name has been associated with game-changing, market-driven innovations that have redefined what’s possible for 60 years,” said Sybille Bald, global segment leader – legwear.

“Whether we’re introducing new fibers, developing new construction techniques, or improving on leading technologies in our portfolio, LYCRA® FIBER MOVES demonstrates how innovation is still at the heart of everything we do today.”

For a complete list of speakers, topics and more, visit LYCRAfibermoves.com.

LYCRA® is a trademark of INVISTA.

About INVISTA

INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers.

The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products.

Headquartered in the U.S., INVISTA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. For more information, visit .

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Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive 20-10-2018

-Unveiling Exciting New Legwear Innovations at LYCRA® FIBER MOVES 5  Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA®, THERMOLITE® and COOLMAX® brands, and an industry leader and innovation driver in the legwear segment, has announced it is hosting the 5 th edition of LYCRA® FIBER MOVES conference today in Lake Como, Italy.Legwear Innovations LYCRA FIBER MOVES

Held every two years, this exclusive, invitation-only event attracts around 200 representatives from leading knitters, coverers, distributors, brands, retailers and trade media excited to learn about new market insights and trends, as well as INVISTA’s latest innovations for socks and hosiery

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-EPCA 2018: Sources say European paraxylene supply to be short, reliant on imports

Indorama Artlant PTA plant main demand center

Middle East well placed to benefit

The European paraxylene market is likely to become structurally short of product as Indorama’s recently restarted Artlant purified terephthalic acid plant in Sines, Portugal, theoretically could absorb all available European production and still require imports, according to market sources.

Register Now  “The Artlant plant will be short,” a source said. Indorama will have to “import from the Middle East or the US because [available] production in Europe is not enough,” the source added.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-Arburg drops in at Fakuma on ‘road to digitalisation’

Fakuma is an incredibly important show for Arburg, especially as a company that is investing so much in its Black Forest home of Lossburg, as it continues on the ‘road to digitisation’ from the birthplace of Industry 4.0

The future of injection moulding is the key theme for Arburg at the Fakuma 2018 – illustrated in practice with the “Road to Digitalisation”.

Managing Partner Michael Hehl told the assembled media on the opening day of Fakuma 2018 that the Friedrichshafen meeting place for the industry is a crucial one as it continues to evolve to reflect the fast-changing marketplace, and to emphasise the importance of the digitalisation of not just machines, but production in general.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

The future of injection moulding is the key theme for Arburg at the Fakuma 2018 – illustrated in practice with the “Road to Digitalisation”.

-Wittmann Battenfeld premieres new vertical injection moulding machine

Wittmann Battenfeld has unveiled its new vertical moulding machine to the public for the first time at a trade show during this year’s Fakuma.

The company is using its presence at the show to demonstrate the ‘Vpower’ to visitors, following the first showing of a prototype at an invitation-only anniversary event in June 2018.

With this model, General Manager, Georg Tinschert, said the company is “taking the first step” in redesigning its vertical machines to fit with its ‘PowerSeries’ portfolio.

It has been converting all of its machines to the specifications of the PowerSeries since it acquired Battenfeld 10 years ago.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-RPT-Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy’s dirty diapers

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing.

More than 20 million tonnes of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfills globally every year – a major environmental problem since their use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Polyester Textured Yarn from China and India

Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America (petitioners), filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions on imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India.

The U.S. AD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States at less than “normal value.”

The U.S. CVD law imposes special tariffs to counteract imports that are sold in the United States with the benefit of foreign government subsidies.

For AD/CVD duties to be imposed, the U.S. government must determine not only that dumping and/or subsidies are occurring, but also that there is “material injury” (or threat thereof) by reason of the dumped and/or subsidized imports.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-Mastercard partners with card manufacturers to develop eco-friendly cards

Mastercard has collaborated with card manufacturers Gemalto, Giesecke+Devrient and IDEMIA, to develop environmentally friendly cards.

The partners together launched Greener Payments Partnership to establish environmental best practices and reduce first-use PVC plastic in card manufacturing.

The alliance partners will also come up with best practices around how materials are evaluated. This includes environmental impact benefits and the ability to meet increasing consumer concerns around the impact of plastic globally.

Mastercard president, cyber and intelligence solutions Ajay Bhal said: “Consumers are increasingly moving from cash to card as they look for greater security and sustainability.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-‘60m barrels of crude oil stolen from Nigeria’

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday said about 60.2 million barrels of crude oil were stolen from the country between 2011 and 2014.

Speaking at the 40th anniversary of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Falana noted that the stolen product passed through the Philadelphia Port in the United States of America (U.S.A.).

Also, National President of PENGASSAN, Olabode Jonshon, said the union would engage the Federal Government and legislature on how to evolve a new beginning for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

-US trade commission rules against antidumping duties for PET imports from Taiwan USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

Taiwan joins Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan in the list cleared from antidumping allegations

The United States International Trade Commission (USITS) has determined that the U.S. industry was not “materially injured” by imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Taiwan, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan, the organization said in a statement Oct. 18.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling automotive

USA trade commission antidumping duties PET

US trade commission rules against antidumping duties for PET imports from Taiwan USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

Taiwan joins Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan in the list cleared from antidumping allegations

USA trade commission antidumping duties PET

PET bottles (Photo/Pixabay)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The United States International Trade Commission (USITS) has determined that the U.S. industry was not “materially injured” by imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Taiwan, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, and Pakistan, the organization said in a statement Oct. 18.USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

As a result, no anti-dumping duty orders will be imposed on the countries in question for selling PET products in the U.S. market at less than fair value, a claim asserted by the U.S. Department of Commerce in its final investigation report released Sept. 18.

In 2017, imports of PET resin from Taiwan, Brazil, Korea, Pakistan, and Indonesia were valued at $154 million, $152.5 million, $127.3 million, $82.6 million, and $44.9 million, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Trump administration has exerted every effort to counteract what it called unfair trade practices, by waging a trade war with China, imposing tariffs on a host of goods from its trade partners, renegotiating the free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and initiating anti-dumping probes, among other actions.USA trade commission antidumping duties PET 

Since the start of Trump’s administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce has opened 122 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, the department said.

Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

 

Victrex at Fakuma: Pioneering Polymer Solutions and Successes  Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

At the Fakuma show in Germany, Victrex, a world leading PAEK expert, is providing further proof points that the company is more than “just” a high- performance polymer (HPP) producer.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

A new broad food grade portfolio, a novel solution for e-motors and gears in automotiv

e, impellers in electronic home appliances, investments in building a supply chain for the use of thermoplastic composite parts for aerospace as well as partnerships in Additive Manufacturing (AM), with new AM PAEK products in development, are all representative indicators that the global company is progressing solutions based on VICTREX™ PAEK polymers.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

In selected areas this also includes forms and parts, such as composite brackets for aerospace.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

The invention and development of PEEK 40 years ago and Victrex’s dedication to focusing on PAEK/PEEK thermoplastics are the foundation of this impressive catalogue of success.

Today, thermoplastics of this family, and in particular VICTREX™ PEEK, are used in countless applications, spanning aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, manufacturing & engineering and medical.“Innovator” and “solutions provider” may seem overused these days. However, they exactly describe Victrex’s portfolio and services based on the high-performing Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers on which the company has focused ever since it was established.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

Food & Beverage: Advancing applications based on new VICTREX FG food grade portfolio
To help OEMS to meet the stringent regulatory and quality demands affecting the food equipment industry, Victrex is introducing a dedicated PEEK food grade portfolio at the Fakuma show.

Compared to metals, the new “VICTREX FG™” family of high-performing thermoplastics offers additional benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness, productivity and performance for OEMs – and the neutral taste expected by consumers.

Applications range from cookware and beverage dispensers for commercial and domestic use to industrial applications involving food-contact components in conveyor systems, aseptic processing, sensors, gears and nozzles.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

A “Forum” presentation during Fakuma on “3 Things to Consider for Reliable, Regulatory-Compliant Food Applications” will provide further insights.

Electronic appliances: lighter vacuum cleaner components with enhanced durability enabling lower noise and increased energy efficiency

In home appliances, the high-performance polymer has allowed designers to explore new approaches to the design of smaller, yet powerful, vacuum cleaner components.

The ability to injection mould VICTREX PEEK to produce high engineering tolerance parts that are able to cope with high speeds, in some cases faster than 100,000 rpm (noting that jet engines only rotate at 15,000 rpm), while noise can be reduced by up to 50%, is impressive.

The material’s high stiffness-to-weight ratio also allows the impeller to maintain its shape at these high speeds, potentially resulting in stronger suction compared to more ductile materials.

In addition, when replacing machined metal parts it can enable reductions in the weight of parts, thus reducing the size of motors and the components needed, and is resistant to a wide range of household chemicals, and heat and moisture.

Injection molding contributes to potential cost savings for manufacturers compared to the machining parts from metals, and it also enables the rapid scaling up of new designs, shortening time to product launch and allowing faster, less capitally intensive, scaling up of manufacture.

Automotive E-motors: Will APTIV™ film end the quest for the ideal slot liner material?
With the automotive industry transitioning to electric vehicles, the quest for more efficient high-density e-motors and lower cost is still on.

Most motor manufacturers have opted to use the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (PMSM) since this type of motor has a higher efficiency and occupies less volume compared to other types of e-motors.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

As the PMSM is designed to cut off at temperatures that threaten to damage its internal insulation, thermal management is a crucial performance factor for e-motors for electric vehicles – the design of the insulating system is, clearly, instrumental.

In search of the “dream” slot liner insulator, Victrex engineers undertook a simulation of replacing a 250-micron meta-aramid-PET-laminate slot liner material with 150-micron PEEK polymer based APTIV™ film.

This simulation used a 40% thinner and more thermally conductive thermoplastic slot liner film which was shown to enable improved heat flow from the wire windings to the stator iron and outer-water-jacket cooling system.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

Additional simulations have shown the excellent thermal conductivity of APTIV™ film which enables improved thermal management and reduction of peak winding temperatures by 2-3°C compared to traditional laminates and helps the e-motor stay cool.

With improved thermal management and thinner slot liners the simulations observed a potential increase in copper density (i.e. the slot-fill factor) of 2%.

Last but not least, the simulations found a 5% increase in continuous torque output – this could translate into higher power output for a same-size machine.

Gearing up with PEEK polymers in powertrain applications
In automotive, VICTREX PEEK is already frequently used in powertrain components such as seal rings, thrust washers, bushings and bearings, whereas gears in demanding powertrain applications sound a rather unlikely candidate for metal-replacement by the polymer.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

However, with smaller and downsized engines, NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is, today, one of the biggest challenges for OEMs and Tier1s, and Victrex’s polymer gear solutions have shown a reduction in rattle and noise issues in engine applications by up to 50% (3dB).

Compared to powdered metal gears, the weight and moment of inertia is also considerably lower with VICTREX HPG™ gears, contributing to higher system efficiency.

Game-changing composite solutions for aerospace
At the Fakuma show Victrex will also display a variety of VICTREX™ PAEK-based composite and hybrid overmolded composite parts for use in Aerospace.

The company is currently partnering with customers to meet their engineering challenges through the use of innovative solutions that offer continuous manufacturing processes and cycle times measured in minutes versus hours for thermoset alternatives.

Compared to their thermoset counterparts, which are in frequent use today, thermoplastic composites are vital to drive Aerospace build rates.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

To build the necessary supply chain, Victrex is also investing in a joint venture, TxV Aero Composites, with long-standing development partner Tri-Mack Manufacturing.

PEEK turns 40: reasons behind the success of a relatively young HPP
The inert properties of the versatile PAEK polymers are one of the main reasons for its success.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

This family of polymers is ideally suited to extreme and demanding environments. While alternative materials can meet specific needs, PAEKs/PEEKs are located at the top of the polymer pyramid and can support multiple requirements.

Their properties include light weight, high strength, and high resistance to wear, temperature, fatigue and aggressive fluids/chemicals.

Together, they can contribute to enhanced fuel efficiency, extended part life, greater comfort (smooth operation, less noise), more design freedom and greater cost efficiency.

The second important reason is that Victrex decided to strategically focus on this particular family of PAEK HPPs.Victrex Fakuma Pioneering Polymer Solutions

As a result, over the last four decades, pioneering material developments, strategic decisions and close cooperation with customers set a course that arrived at, and then moved beyond, many milestones.

Having achieved that progress, today Victrex continues “to shape future performance” with its PAEK/PEEK solutions, and that unwavering commitment to innovation and success is the focus and overarching motif at the company’s Fakuma booth.

It will also cast a first glow on PEEK’s 40th anniversary in November.

ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma

ASCEND – New PA 6.6 for automotive applications / BTP compounding business highlighted at “Fakuma” / Force majeure in Florida continues  ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
 ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
Polyamide 6.6 producer Ascend Performance Materials (Houston, Texas / USA; www.ascendmaterials.com) has developed a material called “Vydyne R433H” for reinforcing down-gauged steel and aluminium used in used in vehicle body in white (BIW) structures.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
The BIW accounts for nearly half the weight of a vehicle, noted Vikram Gopal, Ascend’s senior VP of technology, and the new PA 6.6 grade helps reduce weight without compromising safety or comfort.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma

Vydyne R433H offers improved energy absorption than conventional glass-reinforced PA 6.6, which dampens noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) as well as absorbs impact energy from crashes. According to Ascend, the new material helps carmakers save weight and increase efficiency.

Lightweighting and NVH reduction are important in e-cars, and Vydyne R433H is also suitable for battery frame and housing applications.

The new PA material will be presented for the first time at the “Fakuma” trade fair taking place in Friedrichshafen / Germany from 16-20 October 2018 (www.fakuma-messe.de) – see Plasteurope.com of 16.10.2018ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
Integration of Britannia Techno Polymer’s compounding activities
Ascend will also highlight its recently acquired manufacturing facility in Tilburg / The Netherlands.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
With the takeover of compounder Britannia Techno Polymer (BTP, Tilburg; www.btpolymer.com) completed on 31 July 2018, the Texas-based manufacturer has gained its first European production base – see Plasteurope.com of 06.08.2018.
“By establishing dedicated manufacturing capabilities in Europe, we ensure greater reliability of supply to our customers in the region,” said Scott Rook, Ascend’s senior VP of nylon.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
FM on PA 6.6 products from Pensacola continues
In a statement before Fakuma, Ascend CEO Phil McDivitt said because of “conflicting reports on long-term PA 6.6 availability,” the company reaffirms its commitment to meeting rising demand, supporting customers and maintaining reliable operations.
As announced, Ascend’s planned 40,000 t/y capacity expansion for PA 6.6 precursor adiponitrile (ADN) in Decatur, Alabama / USA for the end of 2018 is nearly complete – see Plasteurope.com of 07.06.2018.ASCEND PA 66 automotive Fakuma
The additional 180,000 t/y ADN expansion by 2022 is “underway to begin.” The company plans to keep adding capacity to relieve the “bulk of constraints” in the market.

The supply shortage on the global PA 6.6 market continues in the meantime. No easing is in sight from Pensacola, Florida, where Ascend declared force majeure on all PA 6.6 base polymers, compounds and fibres after a fire there on 10 July 2018 – see Plasteurope.com of 13.07.2018.

The FM remains in effect, although McDivitt noted that production is running at around 90% of capacity. The duration of the FM is still not known.

Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

Regulatory approval process for the intended acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business moves forward Solvay engineering plastics polyamide EU Commission

  • BASF offered commitments to meet concerns of the EU Commission
  • Transaction to complement BASF’s engineering plastics portfolio and ensure backward integration into key raw materials

In September 2017, BASF and Solvay agreed that BASF would acquire Solvay’s polyamide business subject to approval of the relevant merger control authorities.

The approval process of the EU Commission is ongoing.

To meet the concerns of the EU Commission, BASF has offered to refrain from acquiring cer