The group led by Angelo Radici launches new investments for the production of anti-covid devices but is already looking to the subsequent use of machinery for other industrial sectors
Angelo Radici, president of Radici Group, a multinational chemical company with a turnover of 1.1 billion, explains the mask paradigm. Three pillars: speed in understanding the customer’s needs, flexibility in production, short supply chain. “Last March, in full lockdown, the country had no surgical masks – he says -, we worked hard to contribute to their realization: we owed it to our territory, and we succeeded”.
The new investments
In the momentary conversion, however, Radici seizes an opportunity and that of medical protective devices becomes an integral part of the company’s production. So much so as to trigger the intuition of bringing the manufacture of meltblown back to Italy, the filtering fabric that is in the middle of the sandwich-mask.
Results of the ICIS study of the R-PET industry in 2019 show that progress to greater circularity of resources has been made but challenged in equal measures.
FAILINGS OF THE COLLECTION STRATEGY
Europe has a target of 77% collection of plastic bottles by 2025, under the Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive. The ICIS study shows collection volumes of post-consumer PET bottles reached 2.2m tonnes in 2019, an increase of 5% on 2018 which is the highest growth rate in several years. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
However, the overall collection rate across the region increased just 1 percentage point to 64% in 2019, so over a third of post-consumer bottles remain uncollected.
Feedstock supply may have increased in volume but so too did contamination levels.
The average yield across the region was 69.5% in 2019, down from 71% in 2018. Unsurprising given the reduction of PET waste exports to China, due to the waste import ban, and pushback from other Asian markets unable and, or, unwilling to accept shipments and become a dumping ground for the rest of the world.
The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.
In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.
The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.
In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.
That’s the idea behind this regularly updated newsfeed of Tweets that center on plastics’ recycling, bioplastics, and other closely related news, issues, and innovations that support circularity for plastic packaging. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
Saudi Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), one of the world’s largest petrochemical producers, intends to raise the prices of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC) in the United States from January 11, according to the company’s letter to customers … Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
In the letter, the company said that “the current price level and the overall dynamics of supply and demand in some of our key market segments are forcing us to raise prices.”
The company increases the prices of LEXAN PC by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), PC compound and CYCOLOY ABS by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), CYCOLAC ABS by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), PC GELOY ASA by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton).
For the twentieth anniversary of the company, the extraordinary weather of the previous year, the increasing plastic bashing and the progressive individualization of branded packaging clouded the balance sheet of Petcycle GmbH. The operator of the petcycle pool system for beverage packaging reports a drop in sales of 11.8 percent in 2019.
The circulation system for mineral water and soft drinks is used by over 65 beverage manufacturers in Germany for around 150 beverage brands. With reusable crates and one-time fillable PET bottles, Petcycle is one of the pioneers in the circular economy and sustainable PET recycling cycles. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
Star Plastics, North America-based custom compounder of engineering grade thermoplastics, and LATI, a European Manufacturer of engineering thermoplastics, announce a global alliance to expand material offerings in North America, Europe, and Asia. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
LATI, headquartered in Italy, has partnered with Star Plastics, headquartered in WV, USA, to service customers and broaden the sales network of LATI materials further into North America, enhancing both companies’ specialty product lines.
“The alliance with LATI will extend new opportunities for our customers and our companies, driving growth and increasing exposure with markets in which we already exist,” said Doug Ritchie, President and Founder of Star Plastics, Inc.
This partnership aligns strategically with Star Plastics’ current North American and Asian customer base within the electrical, electronics, and appliance markets, as well as other applications that require engineering grade plastics, and will enhance existing material offering for both Star Plastics and LATI customers.
SK Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of a 39.75% stake, roughly 42.4 million shares, in titanium dioxide maker Venator from Huntsman for roughly $100 million. The deal includes a 30-month option for the purchase of Huntsman’s remaining approximate 9.5 million shares by SK at $2.15/share. Huntsman spun off Venator in a 2017 initial public offering. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
“We are excited to engage with [SK founder] Barry Siadat and the SK Capital team, who have a strong reputation within the chemical industry for supporting long term growth and innovation,” said Simon Turner, president and CEO of Venator.
“Our business is poised for increased shareholder value creation as demand for our world class functional and specialty products continues to strengthen.” Venator said it remains “well positioned to deliver the full $55 million in EBITDA improvement from our 2020 business improvement program over the next two years. We look forward to implementing additional steps to strengthen our business and further unlock shareholder value.”
US spot ethylene prices are expected to give back some recent gains during the first quarter as a recent surge in export demand is poised to wane with Asia crackers returning to normal operations.
US spot ethylene surged by 90pc, or 16¢/lb, between 10 November and the end of December after LG Chem’s 1.16mn t/yr naphtha cracker in Yeosu, South Korea, shut down following a fire.Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
Six crackers totaling 5mn-5.5mn t/yr of ethylene production in Asia are slated to return to service between now and the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Ethylene prices in northeast Asia may give back much or all of their 27pc gain since the start of November.
The landed CFR price has been around $975/t following the LG outage and saw no decrease when an extended turnaround that began in March at Lotte Chemical’s 1.1mn t/yr cracker in Daesan, South Korea, ended on 8 December.
Dhunseri Ventures share price has risen 12.86% in the last 2 days. Dhunseri Ventures stock price is trading higher than 5, 20, 50, 100 and 200-day moving averages
Dhunseri Ventures share price jumped almost 10% in morning trade after the government imposed provisional anti-dumping duty on ”PET resin” chemical from China to guard domestic players from cheap imports. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
With only bids and no offers, Dhunseri Ventures stock opened higher at Rs 65 today, also its day’s low and later gained 9.96% to hit the day’s high of Rs 70.65 during the session, against the last close of Rs 64.25.
Dhunseri Ventures stock has gained 10% in a month and 2.39% in one year. However, the stock has declined 3% since the beginning of the year.
Steam crackers in the UK and rest of Europe, including Germany and Sweden, have been running at reduced rates in recent weeks because of unexpected production problems, reported Chemweek. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen
This tightened the supply of pyrolysis gasoline feedstock needed for benzene extraction, according to sources. Prolonged cutbacks in refinery operating rates due to weak margins from falling demand following the COVID-19 pandemic have also reduced availability of reformate feedstock, further pressuring benzene supplies.
Demand from downstream sectors, including styrene and cumene, has remained strong, even as supplies have gradually tightened, sources said. “Despite the squeezed benzene-styrene spread, we continue to see strong demand for styrene and some of the styrene derivatives such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene,” said one styrene supplier.
“We see robust offtake of cumene,” a market source said. “It’s been difficult for us to source benzene during December, not just because of the price but also because of availability for the requested date.”
The UK and EU chemicals sectors face “huge costs” over the coming years in implementing the Brexit trade deal which comes into force on 1 January, according to sector trade groups.
The deal was agreed on 24 December as a looming year-end deadline was approaching. The UK officially left the EU in January but remained as a member of the Single Market under a transition period.
The deal ended years of uncertainty for the UK and EU chemicals industries, whose supply chains are heavily intertwined after more than four decades of UK membership to the now 27-country bloc.
But the 1,246-page trade pact did not resolve all aspects for future trade within the chemicals and wider manufacturing sectors, and left practically untouched services sectors that make up 80% of the UK’s economy.
Europe’s economy is well placed to benefit from the fledgling global hydrogen economy and should decisively follow through with its hydrogen strategies, says Veronika Grimm, a member of Germany’s council of economic experts, one of the country’s most important advisory committees. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
“We are in a very strong position in Germany and Europe when it comes to hydrogen and synthetic fuels, and we should keep that advantage,” Grimm told Clean Energy Wire.
“It’s very important to create, on an ambitious timeline, the energy policy framework conditions that make hydrogen-related investments attractive for european companies,” said Grimm, who is also a member of Germany’s freshly launched hydrogen council dedicated to supervising the implementation of the country’s recent hydrogen strategy. In this interview, Grimm talks about her expectations for a global hydrogen economy, its implications for industries across the globe, and why she thinks the coronavirus crisis might speed up the transition rather than slowing it.
The acquired company, Tivaco, will become part of Quality Circular Polymers, the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture.
Chemical supplier LyondellBasell and French multinational environmental services provider Suez have jointly acquired Tivaco, a plastics recycling company located in Blandain, Belgium, for an undisclosed amount. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
The company will become part of Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture. With this transaction, QCP will increase its production capacity for recycled materials to approximately 55,000 tons per year.
The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics, due to the stricter guidelines for plastic packaging and higher recycling rates set by the EU.
One such company offering systems is Austrian recycling machine manufacturer Erema and its bottle-to-bottle Vacurema technology, which allows high recyclate content. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
Erema estimates the total capacity of all PET recycling machines sold to date for various applications at 2.6 million tonnes/year, with the recent trend pointing towards large-scale systems processing 2,000 kg/hour upwards.
A cautious welcome for the trade agreement reached today (24 December) over the UK’s exit from the European Union transition period on 1 January has emerged from the waste and recycling sector.
Formal approval of the post-Brexit trade deal from the European Parliament and the European Council as well as the UK Parliament is still awaited, but there are strong expectations that approval will happen. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
The Environmental Services Association said that a Brexit deal which enables the free flow of materials from 1 January “has to be a good thing”. The Recycling Association echoed the importance that it brings to the free flow of materials and also highlighted remaining challenges as well as costs issues around VAT.
The automotive industry will start 2021 on rough terrain as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be the dominant factor impacting businesses.
This demonstrates the scale of damage Covid-19 has caused to the sector; at the dawn of 2020 – before the novel coronavirus had been identified – the industry had anticipated stable growth to follow from relative weakness in 2019.
European vehicle manufacturers have suffered a more severe impact than most industries in 2020. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
The chemicals sector has unequivocally suffered in response to the weakness in a key downstream industry but has remained more resilient.
Depending on the material and the application, chemicals and plastics used in automotive production could continue to hold steady on the back of continued demand.
A look at the shareholders of Aquafil S.p.A. can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
With a market capitalization of €246m, Aquafil is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Aquafil.
China, South Korea and Japan—all dominant players in the textile and garment industry—are among the countries that have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The agreement will be the first to bring the three nations together under a single FTA platform. The year that was also saw South Korea and Vietnam stepping up trade cooperation.Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
The Chinese economy—the world’s second-largest—shrank by 6.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared with a year ago. The contraction was the first economic shrinkage acknowledged in official statistics since 1976. But China is the only country in the world whose industry witnessed the quickest revival after being the first to be hit by the novel coronavirus, writes assistant editor Dipesh Satapathy in the January 2021 edition of Fibre2Fashion as he looks back at the year that was.
Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years, the government said on Friday in a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050.
The “green growth strategy,” targeting the hydrogen and auto industries, is meant as an action plan to achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s October pledge to eliminate carbon emissions on a net basis by mid-century.Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
Suga has made green investment a top priority to help revive the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and to bring Japan into line with the European Union, China and other economies setting ambitious emissions targets.
“The government has set up ambitious targets to achieve a carbon neutral society in 2050,” said Yukari Takamura, professor at the University of Tokyo.
Asian petrochemicals, particularly in the polymers sector, will continue to be hit by high container freight rates as well as tight supplies in the week starting Dec. 28.
Meanwhile, demand for all petrochemicals has slowed down due to the year-end holiday lull. Market participants continued to eye startups of new petrochemical plants planned in 2021 in a bid to assess the market’s supply condition for the near-term.
**Asia’s low density polyethylene markers were stable to weak due to soft demand on the back of the year-end lull. Although prices had fallen in Southeast Asia, they remained at five-year highs, according to S&P Global Platts data.
**US supply was lower and no cargoes were headed to Asia due to high ocean container freight. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen
**The issue of container shortages and high freight rates, which has been impacting polymer markets, is expected to persist till early-February 2021, according to market players.
**Physical spot discussions are expected to be scarce with most Asian polypropylene sellers and buyers adopting a wait-and-see approach amid year-end holiday.
**Chinese PP demand slowed down as some downstream plants in Zhejiang province were shut for electricity control, while some in North China were shut for environmental pollution control, according to sources.
**Offers were likely to remain limited with high prices due to low stocks with many sellers.
Sales and orders of downstream plants hit expectation during this period. Local sales improved, mainly driven by the replenishment of traders for the production during Lunar New Year holiday.
Orders for fabrics for winter wear were moderate and those for summer wear and spring wear were placed successively.
Orders for fabrics for home textiles were relatively better than other varieties.
Some large plants in Changxing even did not plan to shut down for holiday. Domestic business of circular knitting plants improved in Shaoxing, especially large companies. Downstream plants may put their holiday schedule for the Spring Festival ahead this year due to the pandemic, which are one of the reasons for better downstream orders as some traders replenish in advance.
Some water-jet mills and circular knitting plants that saw poor business may put their holiday schedule for the Lunar Chinese New Year, and most twisting units and fabric mills are unlikely to start holiday in advance. Firstly, downstream market performed moderately now and feedstock price was low.
Denmark’s A.P. Moller Holding, a parent company of shipping major Maersk, has decided to invest in compatriot Green Hydrogen Systems, a supplier of modular electrolyzers producing green hydrogen from renewable energy.
As informed, A.P. Moller Holding will invest in Green Hydrogen Systems in the form of a convertible loan of EUR 20 million (around $24 million).
“We see hydrogen as an important part of the future green energy mix for industry, shipping and heavy transport,” Jan T. Nielsen, CIO, A. P. Moller Holding, commented.
“Green Hydrogen Systems has a compelling technology platform for electrolytic hydrogen production based on green energy and we are excited to support them in developing this platform further.” Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
In December, nylon 6 industrial chain has been driven by caprolactam market, and the specific reasons have been sorted out in the previous insight “Caprolactam still bullish in December despite changing logics”.
It is mainly based on the considerable sales/production of nylon 6 chip industry as a whole, fermented with tightening CPL supply and bullish benzene performance. The basic logic in the uptrend in December is a continuation of that in November, and no other factors are noticed in the month. Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
In the past half month, Haili, Juhua, and Lanhua have stopped production one after another, and the fundamentals of benzene remains healthy.
The external environment is relatively mild: oil prices fluctuate up slowly, and the economic data released in November continues to improve steadily. No alerting news to the market appear over the past month.
The world’s first plant for generating a new monomer to produce biomaterials from renewable sources will be completed in Terni.
Bottrighe (Rovigo) will be the most efficient facility in Europe for the production of chemical intermediates from renewable sources, thanks to the construction of a high-quality biogas plant.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
Catia Bastioli: ” The project we launched 30 years ago has become a genuine showcase for Italy, feeding several high- value supply chains throughout the country using a systemic, transformative and multidisciplinary approach to redesign. The two projects at our production sites in Terni and Bottrighe represent yet another step in this direction.” Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
Mauro Micillo: ” To support initiatives like these and the gradual transition towards the circular economy, in the 2018- 2021 Business Plan, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group made a 6- billion-euro Circular Economy Fund available to businesses. To date, a total of 1.5 billion euro have been used to finance many initiatives in Italy and abroad.”
The European Union has banned all non-recyclable plastic waste being shipped to developing nations from 1 January. Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
The large quantity of plastic sent to the Global South is often not being properly treated. A lot of this waste ends up either in landfill, the ocean, or being incinerated because these countries often don’t have the capacity to sustainably treat the waste.
Under the new rules, only ‘clean plastic waste’ which can be recycled is allowed to be exported to non-OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. In addition, stricter measures have been adopted on the export of plastic waste from the EU to OECD countries and intra-EU shipments of plastic waste.
EUROPE’S WAR ON PLASTIC
Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than a third (30 per cent) of it is being recycled. And across the world, plastics make up around 85 per cent of beach litter.
On 17 December, BASF opened its ASEAN Technical Development Center adjacent to its existing polyurethane (PU) System House at Bangpoo site in Thailand, as per the company’s press release. Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
The new facility houses a state-of-the-art pre-polymer reactor technology to produce a hardener (component B) – a key component to boost product development efficiency, thereby enabling faster time-to-market of PU materials and solutions.
The advanced reactor technology is further designed to deliver on a much larger capacity, meeting most demanding customer requirements across all grades. The new pre-polymer reactor technology is additionally capable of developing customized PU System products, which helps improve the commercialization of these specialized solutions.
The ASEAN Technical Development Center also boasts several new service upgrades, such as more advanced testing and software capabilities. With the new pre-polymer reactor technology, the ASEAN Technical Center strengthens and complements BASF’s technical support network in China, Korea, and Germany.
HSCC, also known as Highsun, is installing a polyamide 6 (PA6) film grade polymer line with a nameplate capacity of more than 70,000 tonnes/year at its site in Fuzhou, Fujian province, said Chemweek.
The line will include an integrated dry-blending system, enabling HSCC to produce a full range of differentiated PA6 polymers targeted at the film market, it said in a statement.
70,000-metric tons/year PA6 production line in Fuzhou will start operations in March 2021.
German chemical engineer Uhde Inventa-Fischer is the project’s technology partner. Financial details were not disclosed. Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
As it was written earlier, in accordance with the agreement initially announced on June 10, 2019, Air Liquide has closed the sale of its subsidiary Air Liquide Fuzhou to Highsun Holding Group, the parent company of Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co., Ltd.
December 28, 2020 | Material technology | Avient Corporation | Milan | Italy
Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, today announced that Avient ColorWorks™ has launched ColorForward™ 2022. This 16th edition of the annual color forecasting guide for the plastics industry marks its debut within Avient, which was formed this year from legacy businesses PolyOne and Clariant Masterbatch.Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
As in years past, ColorForward 2022 presents stories associated with four societal trends that are expected to influence consumers consciously or unconsciously over the next few years. Each trend theme also includes a palette of five associated colors that are predicted to elicit a response from consumers. Developed by a global team, many of whom work in the four Avient ColorWorks™ design and technology centers around the world, this unique tool has become invaluable to plastic product designers and marketing professionals seeking help in making more informed color choices for new products and packaging.
Research suggests the amount of plastic waste entering the world’s oceans could almost triple to 29 MMtpy by 2040. It is a bleak prediction that highlights the scale of the challenge, which must be addressed not only by governments and consumers, but also by plastics manufacturers themselves. The solution may lie in the next-generation of degradable plastics.Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
As we discovered through the coronavirus pandemic, the problem with trying to phase out plastics – even the single-use variety – is that there is often nothing else to replace them with (as of yet). That is why, rather than focusing on plastics consumption, we should instead be directing resources towards finding sustainable solutions that address the issue of plastic waste at source.
As the world shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate change, it is important to quantify future demands for key battery materials. In a new report, Chengjian Xu, Bernhard Steubing and a research team at the Leiden University, Netherlands and the Argonne National Laboratory in the U.S. showed how the demands of a lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese oxide dominated battery will increase by many factors between 2020 to 2050. As a result, supply chains for lithium, cobalt and nickel will require significant expansion and likely additional resource discovery.Petrochemical BOPEFilm CrudeOil
Nevertheless, uncertainties are large relative to the development of electrical vehicle fleets and battery capacities per vehicle.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
While closed-loop recycling plays a minor but increasingly important role to reduce the primary material demand until 2050, researchers must implement advanced recycling strategies to economically recover battery-grade materials from end-of-life batteries. This work is now published on Nature Communications Materials.Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
Has the time for the “fuel of the future,” green hydrogen, arrived?
Recently, some of the world’s biggest green hydrogen project developers and partners joined hands to launch the “Green Hydrogen Catapult” initiative that aims to drive down costs to below U.S. $2 per kg to help change energy across carbon intensive industries, including steel.
The seven founding partners include the Saudi-based ACWA Power, CWP Renewables, Envision, Iberdrola, Ørsted, Snam and Yara.
The Green Hydrogen Catapult initiative will try to scale green hydrogen 50-fold in the next six years. The initiative will leverage the support of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization.
The race to zero emissions is aiming for the deployment of 25 gigawatts through 2026 of renewables-based hydrogen production.
Several major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for January shipments at USD650-710 per tonne, market sources told ICIS .
Thus, South Korean SK Global Chemical (SKGC) announced its contract price for paraxylene for January 2021 at USD700 per tonne, CFR Asia, and American ExxonMobil announced its price for material supplies next month at USD650 per tonne, CFR Asia.
Meanwhile, Reliance has nominated the January material contract price at USD710 per tonne, CFR Asia. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
Spot prices for paraxylene in Asia on December 22 were in the range of USD608-610 per ton, CFR Taiwan / CMP (main ports of China), and on 23 November they were at USD553-555 per ton, CFR Taiwan / CMP, according to ICIS.
Earlier it was noted that Asia could not reach agreement on the December contract prices for paraxylene. This is the twelfth time this year that agreement on contract prices for paraxylene in Asia has not been reached.
Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Negotiations on the contract price of benzene in Europe for January deliveries will take place on December 28, ICIS reported .
At the same time, a five-day trading window formed on December 17-23.
Negotiations usually take place on the last business day of the month, but will be held earlier this year due to the New Year period.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
The January contract price of styrene in Europe is expected to be approved on January 4, 2021, which is also associated with the New Year holidays. The contract price for styrene is usually on the first business day of the month.
Earlier it was noted that the December contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreedat EUR918 per tonne, which is EUR139 per tonne higher than in the previous month. The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).
Recycling advocates say for Alberta to become a North American recycling hub, it needs to take plastics manufacturers to task on designing and directing where products go once they’ve been used.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
As part of its natural gas strategy announced in October, the government said it will continue to seek investment in petrochemicals, along with working with the Plastics Alliance of Alberta to make the province a leading jurisdiction for plastics recycling by 2030.
Alberta has its sights set on establishing a circular economy in which plastic waste is reused in new products, something it could be well-positioned to make happen because of its large petrochemical manufacturing industry.
Sumitomo Chemical is planning to study combining propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology with another technology that efficiently synthesises methanol using hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), the Japanese producer said on Thursday.
Hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) are byproducts from the PDH process.
This initiative is under consideration in Sumitomo Chemical’s petrochemical complex in Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) as it can increase economic activity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company said in a statement.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
“Because PDH technology is already well established, Sumitomo Chemical believes that a technology to efficiently synthesize methanol using CO2 and hydrogen will be a new breakthrough that can meet product demand and improve the economics of the petrochemical complex, while also reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating their impact on the environment,” it said.
Plastic is an essential part of modern life, but the way we use it causes major environmental damage. To fix this, we need circular economy and chemical recycling of plastics.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
Executive Vice President Jussi Manninen, Professor of Practise Holger Pöhler and Senior Scientist Anna Tenhunen from VTT and Professor Jukka Seppälä from Aalto University discussed these possibilities at VTT’s Sip of Science.
Currently, we produce globally around 400 million tons of plastics every year and this is expected to increase to 1000 million tons by 2050. Only 10% of plastics is recycled today. EU has set new, demanding targets for recycling. To reach them, we can no longer rely on mechanical recycling alone – we also need chemical recycling.
Six inventions including plastic-free absorbent hygiene products and Cellulose nanofibre assisted biomimetic aerogels for EMI shielding have been nominated for the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation Award”. Of these, three winners will be selected and awarded at the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (CCF), to be held during February 2–3, 2021 online.
For the first time ever, the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the innovative cellulose fibre industry for the development of new technologies and applications.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
Cellulose fibres are the fastest growing fibre group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy, and a solution for avoiding microplastics. Producers and inventors along the entire value chain from feedstock to the final product joined the competition.
Mondelez International committed to making all of its packaging recyclable by 2025.
By now most people are aware of that a lot of plastic is floating in our waterways.
As far as back 2015 a study estimated that 8 million tons of plastics are swept into waterways annually — equivalent to a garbage truckload every minute.
In the marine environment, plastics break down into indigestible particles that marine life mistake for food. If no actions are taken, oceans are expected to contain more plastic than fish by 2050.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
In an effort to reduce waste, many companies are reviewing their packaging plans. And they have been pushed to do this over the past several years by a shareholder activist group called As You Sow.
EXPLAINER-Why green hydrogen is finally getting its day in the sun
More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months
Hydrogen has taken off this year as the future green fuel of choice, with governments and businesses betting big that the universe’s most abundant element can help fight climate change. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months. In total, more than 70 gigawatts of such projects are in development, which could require $250 billion worth of investment by 2040, research firm Rystad Energy estimates.
Biodegradable Plastics There has been a lot of research over the years, despite some of the findings, but the price is quite high. But in the 5G era, we skipped bioplastics, focusing on plant-based plastic bottles, or PEF (Polyethylene Furanoate), which is a trend in the world, which is classified as one of the 10 Technologies to Watch that could have an impact on business and life after the Covid-19 era. In the next three to five years,
Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul Director, N.S.A. Thailand has about 2 million tons of plastic waste per year. This amount can be recycled by only 0.5 million tons. Another 1.5 million tons. 0.3 million tons of plastic bottle waste and another 1.2 million tons of plastic bags and disposable packaging envelopes.
However, a material called PEF (Polyethylene Furanoate) is made from 100% biobased or biobased materials, which can reduce carbon footprint by more than 50% compared to the production of PET bottles from petrochemicals, making it expected to replace PET plastic in the future.
The main feature of PET SUPERIOR PEF is that it is made from 100% bio-raw materials, lightweight but strong, with high thermal stability. 100% recyclable in the same system as conventional plastics, and has a water-resistant properties and gas escaping better than conventional plastics.
2020 is coming to an end. Let’s sort out some new PP plants in recent years.
Since 2014, the growth rate of domestic PP production has slowed down, while from 2019, domestic PP production capacity has grown rapidly. In 2019 and 2020, domestic PP production capacity increased by 8.91% and 15.54% respectively.
From 2018 to 2020, China’s new production capacity was mainly concentrated in Northeast China, South China, East China, Northwest China and North China, with a significant increase of 70.05% in Northeast China, it’s mainly because that there was a large amount of new production capacity and the original capacity base was small; and the new capacity in South China ranked second, with an increase of 41.21%.
From a regional point of view, the proportion of Northeast China, South China and East China has increased, while that of Northwest China, North China and Central China has decreased correspondingly. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
The very dense regulatory context induced by the ecological transition calls for a reasoned approach to conventional and bio-based plastics. Decoding in four points, while the Council of Environment Ministers of the European Union, meeting on December 17, calls for the definition of a clear framework. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
Just as plastics from fossil resources, known as conventional, are polymers as different as polyethylenes (PE), polypropylenes (PP), polystyrenes (PS), polyethylene terephthalates (PET) and other polyamides (PA), bioplastics look like a big blended family. Emballages Magazine offers a deciphering of the issues in four points: semantics, ethics, ecological and strategic. Polysemous, the prefix “ bio ” is actually a false friend. This is the first point, semantically, on which Emballages Magazine has been returning regularly to its columns for several years now. In the world of bioplastics, thus appear polymers resulting from fossil resources and / or biodegradable and / or compostable and / or water-soluble or even recyclable; others are produced from biomass – so-called biobased plastics from renewable plant or animal resources and others (minerals, algae, bacteria, etc.) – but are neither biodegradable, nor compostable nor water-soluble but recyclable where appropriate, while whereas others, apparently identical, are on the contrary and / or biodegradable and / or compostable and / or water-soluble or even recyclable. Some can even be ingested … As for the (bio) degradable oxo, they have caused enough inkling not to come back here. All crossings are therefore possible.Are bioplastics just like any other plastics? Playing with words is tempting.
December contract prices for European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) rose by EUR180-250 per tonne amid rising styrene feedstock, ICIS reported .
The contract price for styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed at EUR918 per tonne for December deliveries, up EUR139 per tonne from the previous month.
In addition, butadiene raw material prices increased by EUR160 per tonne in December. ABS prices rose sharply in November and December this year due to a significant reduction in supply. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
The continued very limited supply is of serious concern to ABS market participants. It is rumored that the material will not be available until the end of the first quarter, which will put pressure on buyers, most of whom have small inventories and are trying to buy additional volumes. Suppliers cannot meet the high demand.
Machinery manufacturer ULMA Packaging and compostable packaging supplier TIPA have partnered with the aim of improving efficiency for running compostable films on advanced packaging machinery. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
The collaboration will optimise ULMA box moPetrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefinstion and flow-wrapping machines to run with compostable films, and seeks to match the performance and machinability of conventional plastic.
The move comes as the companies gear up for what they predict will be an industry shift to the use of sustainable films in flexible packaging.
The growing market share of alternatives to conventional plastic, such as compostable films, is projected to be a key factor contributing towards the growth of the global flexibles market – which the companies expect to increase from 160.8 billion USD to 200.5 billion USD by 2025
Alkaline water brand shares plan to divest from traditional plastic bottles, moving to rPET and aluminum in 2021 – Perfect Hydration (pH) – the ultra-purified alkaline water with electrolytes – is converting its 1-liter, 1.5-liter and 1 gallon bottles to post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottles beginning in Q1 2021.
This is in addition to Perfect Hydration’s recently announced line extension featuring highly recyclable 16.9-ounce aluminum cans. The full sustainability plan is part of the brand’s commitment to serve the wellness of consumers and the health of the planet.
“Simply put, consumers can’t get ultra-purified 9.5+ pH alkaline water with electrolytes from their faucets,” said Louisa Lawless, Chief Strategy Officer of Stratus Group. “Perfect Hydration has to be packaged for consumption.
However, we have worked intently to optimize our supply chains and packaging to be more sustainable, keeping bottles out of oceans and landfills and reducing the need for new virgin plastic. We are proud to be launching our recycled plastic bottles and aluminum cans at the beginning of 2021. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
They are a win-win for our discerninPetrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefinsg consumers who want to achieve better hydration and make more environmentally-friendly purchasing decisions.”
A major petrochemical producer in Northeast Asia (NEA) has raised its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bids for next January shipments to the Chinese market by USD60 per tonne from December levels, market sources told ICIS …
Thus, the company’s January price proposals for China were announced at USD1,160 per ton, CFR China, without providing a discount for the supply of significant volumes of material, market sources said.
For the markets of Southeast and North-East Asia (NEA), as well as for other regions, the company named January PVC price offers at USD1,110 per ton, FOB NEA / Southeast Asia / other regions, which is USD50 per ton higher than the December level … The discount does not apply here either. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
The increase in PVC prices for this company in January was driven by a reduction in material production in South Korea and China, as well as increased transport costs caused by a shortage of ships and containers.
Affected by the pandemic, orders for spandex in pandemic prevention materials, fabrics for sportswear and home dress, and thermal fabrics improved in 2020. Price of spandex gradually touched bottom in Jan-Jul, 2020.
Demand for spandex surged after Aug and spandex market entered prosperity cycle.
By the end of 2020, price, profit, operating rate and stocks of spandex all apparently improved compared with the beginning of 2020.
The facility is expected to cover around 25% of the consumption of the Brilen / Novapet industrial complex, located in the Polígono Valle del Cinca de Barbastro, in the eastern Aragon province of Huesca. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
Spanish polyester yarn producer Brilen is set to begin work on what it claims will be the largest photovoltaic solar power plant for industrial self-consumption in Spain and one of the largest in Europe.
The facility is expected to cover around 25% of the consumption of the Brilen / Novapet industrial complex, located in the Polígono Valle del Cinca de Barbastro, in the eastern Aragon province of Huesca.
Messe Frankfurt will release details after February booking deadline
Frankfurt, Germany – Within a few weeks, Heimtextil organizer Messe Frankfurt expects to have a firm idea about the size of the rescheduled 2021 international home textiles expo.
Traditionally held each January, the event has been postponed to May 4-7 because of COVID-19 concerns. It will also take place concurrently with Techtextil and Texprocess.
“In February, we will have received binding registrations from our Heimtextil exhibitors. In the case of Techtextil and Texprocess, the deadline is the end of January. Only then – after these deadlines have passed – will we have a clearer view forward and our teams be able to plan the fairs in detail. As soon as possible afterwards, we will hold a press conference and provide details about the number of registrations received and the planning status of the individual events,” said Olaf Schmidt, Messe Frankfurt’s VP of textiles and textile technologies. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins
No 10 says ‘we have taken back control’, after years of tortuous talks end in historic settlement allowing tariff-free trade in goods
A historic deal on the UK’s future trading and security relationship with the European Union has been struck on Christmas Eve, a week before the end of the Brexit transition period, triggering a victory cry from Downing Street and sombre reflection in Brussels.
As the country leaves the single market and customs union on 31 December, new arrangements allowing for tariff-free trade in goods and close police and judicial cooperation will come into force.
The announcement followed a final call between Boris Johnson in Downing Street and the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, in her Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels – at least the fifth such call over the last 24 hours.
The trade agreement – running to 2,000 pages – is unprecedented in scope, containing provisions on subjects varying from civil nuclear cooperation and energy interconnections to fishing and aviation.
Europe is falling behind on its race to meet the European Union (EU) target of 90 per cent collection of plastic bottles by 2030 according to new research by ICIS. Results of the ICIS survey of the European RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) industry in 2019 show that progress has been made, but this progress is being threatened by inadequate collection strategies and high contamination levels when it comes PET bottles.
Overall, the region saw a recycling rate of 46 per cent a rise of two per cent on the rate in 2018. “This is a marginal improvement, but still less than half of the bottles put into the market are recycled,” Helen McGeough, Senior Analyst of Plastic Recycling at ICIS said. “Given that PET is one of the most recyclable polymers in the market and the recycling infrastructure is more mature than other polymers, the question remains as to why this is not advancing to higher recycling rates.”
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc must be prepared to continue negotiations with the UK next year.
Michel Barnier’s chances of presenting a Brexit deal under the Christmas tree look slimmer than ever. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator told EU ambassadors and members of the European Parliament’s U.K. Coordination Group in two separate briefings on Tuesday that he could not give any indication whether he will be able to deliver a deal on future EU-U.K. relations before Christmas, whether talks will continue into next week or whether they will even drag into next year.
Barnier offered a somber assessment, in which he said there are gaps remaining on fisheries but also concerning the so-called level playing field, which determines how closely aligned Britain stays to the bloc, and on enforcement of any possible deal. The briefings raised strong doubts among EU diplomats and MEPs that a deal before Thursday morning, the last possible date by which EU diplomats say it can still be implemented before years’ end, is still feasible.
BASF says it will increase prices for caprolactam and downstream polymer polyamide 6 (PA6, Nylon 6) in North America by 6 cents/lb, effective 1 January, said Chemweek.
Major North American producers of caprolactam are AdvanSix, in Hopewell, Virginia; BASF, in Freeport, Texas; and Univex, in Salamanca, Mexico. Caprolactam is produced from the benzene derivatives phenol or cyclohexane. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
North American producers of Nylon 6 include AdvanSix, BASF, Cast Nylons, Custom Resins, DuPont, EMS-Chemie, Mohawk Industries, Nylene Canada, Nylon Corporation of America, Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products USA, and Shaw Industries.
We remind that German chemicals maker BASF said in early November it had put a project to build a petrochemicals complex in India worth up to USD4 billion on hold due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. BASF signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Adani Group and Borealis AG in October 2019 to evaluate a collaboration to build the chemical site in Mundra, in India’s Gujarat state.
2020 is not ending as many expected in the European polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets, and sentiment has changed significantly in the last few weeks. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
2020 was expected to be a poor year, as imports of ethane-based PE, mainly from the USA, were expected to arrive in greater supply.
In fact, there was an increase in PE and PP packaging, caused by strong buying as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic sent buyers rushing to the shops.
Other industries were shut down, such as automotive, where 10-11% of PP is used.
By the second half of the year most applications were returning to normal. Automotive has fared better than expected, and packaging is back to normal levels. Those involved in health and hygiene have remained good throughout.
Henkel is reaching a milestone in its engagement for sustainable packaging: The company used almost 700 million bottles made of 100 percent recycled plastics for Laundry & Home Care products in Europe – more than 400 million alone in 2020. The recycled material stems from post-consumer waste, including Social Plastic® from Henkel’s partnership with the Plastic Bank. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
The bottle of Pril Pro Nature is one of many in Henkel’s portfolio which are already converted to 100 percent recycled plastic. (Photo credit: Henkel)
By increasing the number of packaging made of recycled material, Henkel does not only contribute to a circular economy but also to climate protection: Recycled PET has an almost 80 percent lower CO2 footprint compared to virgin plastic.
“At Henkel, we promote sustainable packaging solutions and foster a circular economy along the value chain – because we are committed to live up to our responsibility as a consumer goods manufacturer,” says Abdullah Khan, Head of Packaging Sustainability Laundry & Home Care at Henkel. “We are increasing the share of recycled material across our entire portfolio and many packaging includes recycled plastics already.
Researchers at Northwestern University and Clemson University in the U.S, along with researchers from Sejong University in Korea, have examined the origins of degradation in high energy density LIB cathode materials and developed graphene-based strategies for mitigating those degradation mechanisms and improving LIB performance.
Their research could be valuable for many emerging applications, particularly electric vehicles and grid-level energy storage for renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. Petrochemical GraphPetrochemical Graphene Polyolefins ene Polyolefins
“Most of the degradation mechanisms in LIBs occur at the electrode surfaces that are in contact with the electrolyte,” said author Mark Hersam. “We sought to understand the chemistry at these surfaces and then develop strategies for minimizing degradation.”
HMSHost International, global market leader in the food and hospitality industry for people on the move, puts sustainability firmly on the menu by introducing Vrumona’s 100% recycled plastic (rPET) Sourcy mineral water at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. From this month onwards, all locally sourced bottled water at HMSHost stores at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will switch over to the rPET bottles, boosting the company’s 2030 sustainability goals and nationally launching Sourcy’s move to 100% rPET bottles.
Sustainability is a strong feature of the long-term partnership between HMSHost International and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Together they are working to reach their goals around zero waste and a circular economy by 2030. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
With annual sales of around 30 million PET bottles, HMSHost International highlighted this as a high impact opportunity for sustainability savings across its 19 countries. Back in 2019, rPET made up around 14% of the raw materials for HMSHost’s bottled beverages. This initiative, amongst others, boosts the company’s rPET ratio to about 85% in 2021, and is estimated to save around 200,000kg of virgin plastic and 150,000kg of CO2. Perfectly in line with the company’s sustainability catchphrase ‘start somewhere’, and positively contributing to making the world a better place.
From source to sea, our waters are contaminated by a plastics scourge. A new study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) offers a number of technological solutions aimed at tackling one of the world’s most pressing issues. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
Approximately 8 million metric tonnes of plastic litter flow to the ocean annually, and only 9% of plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. A large percentage of the rest ends up in landfills, dumps and the environment, often findings its way to rivers, lakes and oceans through runoff, leakage, flushing of disposable wipes and hygiene products.
Another major issue relates to microplastics – those plastics that are smaller than 5 millimeters, and that pose increasing environmental, economic and health hazards. Sometimes these are intentionally added to products, for example in cosmetics, for seed coatings, paint, washing powders and other applications.
PET is among those plastics which are an important part of everyday life. PET is the short form of polyethylene terephthalate, the chemical name for polyester. PET was first synthesized in North America in the mid-1940s by DuPont chemists searching for new synthetic fibers. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
Polyethylene terephthalate is a food grade plastic, used the world over for food and pharma packaging and has the highest rate of recycling, with 95% of PET products being recycled.
PET is a great resource with many advantages: Clear, safe, lightweight, transparent, shapeable, and 100% recyclable, as PET bottles can be made from completely recycled resin, meeting all food safety parameters. PET also has a very low environmental footprint compared to alternative non-plastic materials.
Kenya has been a beacon for global efforts to reduce plastics. The country’s 2017 plastic bag ban reduced environmental degradation that comes from plastic waste and demonstrated decisive government action against plastic pollution. Now, Kenya finds itself again in the spotlight as the primary line of defense to protect Africans from an unprecedented explosion of toxic plastic waste across the continent. New research exposing that toxic chemicals from plastics are poisoning Africa’s food chain, covered in The East African, should strengthen governmental resolve to protect the collective health of Kenyans and all Africans. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins
When China closed its door to imports of the world’s plastic waste in 2017, the world’s biggest plastic waste producers began dumping plastic waste in countries with developing economies and weaker environmental infrastructures, predominantly in South East Asia. The recycling game had been disrupted , but the world pushed back .
“Dryflex HiF TPE” skin with PP carrier backfoamed with PU (Photo: Hexpol TPE)
Swedish compounder Hexpol TPE (Malmö; www.hexpoltpe.com) introduced “Dryflex HiF”, a family of high-melt flow scratch resistant thermoplastic elastomer-styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene (TPE-SEBS) materials developed for injection moulding of large-scale interior automotive parts such as instrument panels, door trims and skins. Dryflex HiF was developed in collaboration with US speciality polymers company Kraton (Houston, Texas; www.kraton.com) based on Kraton’s “IMSS” technology.
The surface performance of Dryflex HiF meets Erichsen scratch resistance and Crock abrasion testing values, making the materials viable for automotive applications with higher abrasion, scratch and heat-resistance requirements. Injection moulding TPE is a faster process than traditional polyurethane coating, PVC slush moulding or TPO foil processes used in these applications, and the TPE is recyclable.
Neste successfully processed 400 tons of liquefied plastic waste at its refinery in Finland this fall, an amount corresponding to the annual amount of plastic waste generated by 20,000 average European citizens*. This was the first time Neste processed liquefied waste plastic at an industrial scale. During the run, packaging and mixed waste plastics were upgraded into high-quality recycled feedstock for petrochemical industry uses, e.g. for the production of new plastics. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
The processing run marks a very important milestone with regards to Neste’s strategic aims of driving circular economy and replacing crude oil use at its own refineries. Neste’s target is to process over 1 million tons of waste plastic annually from 2030 onwards.
Preparations for the next processing runs ongoing
Neste aims to increase the volumes of liquefied waste plastic processing gradually to continue learning and developing the value chains and processing technologies. Next processing runs at Neste’s fossil oil refinery in Porvoo are already being prepared for 2021.
The events of this year may have been unpredictable but 2021 offers no improved certainty given the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic and onset of a global economic downturn. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
Sustainability may have slipped in the focus, if not agenda, of consumers to corporates alike due to other priorities, but it is set to return with fervour next year.
There had been an expectation that demand from the packaging sector would grow sharply in 2020 from recycled high density polyethylene (R-HDPE) and recycled polypropylene (R-PP) amid the growing focus on sustainability, but much of this growth was curtailed by the impact of coronavirus.
Backlogs at testing facilities, concerns about entering new supply chains amid the pandemic, and workforce and financial pressures led firms to concentrate on core products.
Chemical engineers at Arlanxeo in the Dutch city of Geleen have proven that the rubber production based on sugar cane has a much lower CO2 footprint than that of petroleum-based rubber. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
One of the most innovative gems on the Chemelot Campus in the Dutch town of Geleen is perhaps Arlanxeo, a subsidiary of the world’s largest oil company, Saudi Aramco. Which means it is a throwback of the old fossil fuel industry. But at the same time, it is one of the few producers of sustainable rubber that uses far fewer petroleum-based raw materials.
But what exactly is sustainable rubber? -That’s a question for Herman Dikland, a chemical engineer and head of innovation at Arlanxeo. “It’s not the case that this rubber is biodegradable,” says Dikland. “Try to imagine if a rubber car tire was biodegradable, then it would crumble under certain circumstances. Whereas the tire has to last a long time. When we talk about sustainable rubber, we are talking, for example, about synthetic rubber such as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber), whose main raw material, ethylene, is not extracted from naphtha (a product processed from crude oil) but rather from bioethanol.”
Advanced recycling is a collection of technologies that enable a new way of plastic recycling.
It is praised as a promising solution to drastically increase the recycling rate of plastic waste and solve the plastic packaging waste problem.
Investments in advanced recycling are increasing and new coalitions are being formed throughout the value chain
The development of advanced recycling is at a very early stage and will take several more years to mature. There are still questions around legislation, energy consumption, environmental impact and financial viability that constitute obstacles. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
Interest and investments in advanced, or chemical, recycling are increasing worldwide. This group of circular technologies should help solve the problems with plastic packaging waste. In a series of specials, we discuss the key aspects of advanced recycling.
As long-time customers and partners of Basf, Storopack has been chosen to exclusively test the innovative raw material Styropor Ccycled in the field of polystyrene packaging. Storopack offers products made with the new Styropor Ccycled material, originating for the first time from the chemical recycling of mixed waste from the yellow container and suitable for food contact. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
The innovative ChemCycling process makes it possible to recycle mixed or contaminated plastics, previously impossible to recycle. The resulting plastic, Styropor Ccycled, provides the same exceptional packaging and insulation properties as conventional EPS.
Repsol’s polyolefins, obtained through advanced recycling methods, will help Berry to procure food-grade polypropylene packaging.
Berry Global Group, Evansville, Indiana, has announced that Madrid-based Repsol, its longtime supplier, will supply it with circular resins.
The Spanish multienergy global company will supply Berry with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus-certified circular polyolefins from its Repsol Reciclex range. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
According to a news release from Berry Global, these polyolefins are obtained by advanced recycling, enabled by the adoption of new chemical recycling technologies, of postconsumer plastic scrap not suitable for traditional recycling.
Austrian equipment maker builds German facility to make its recoSTAR plastics recycling systems.
Austria-based Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft mbH. says it has opened a new facility in Germany that has allowed it to double its capacity to make plastics recycling systems.
Starlinger says it has been producing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics recycling systems in the recoSTAR series at its new site in Schwerin, Germany, since August, which has allowed it to quickly increase its capacity. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
“In the past two years, our division Starlinger Recycling Technology has seen strong demand for recycling systems,” says Angelika Huemer, CEO and managing partner of Starlinger.
“This field of activity with an annual turnover of 130 million euros ($159 million) constitutes an important mainstay for the future of Starlinger–a mainstay that we intend to build on.”
With leading textile machinery manufacturers affirming their support, preparations for the seventh edition of ITMA ASIA + CITME are underway as scheduled, according to the organisers. Following the completion of stand allocation exercise, some 1,650 exhibitors have started to receive their certificate of admission and stand details from December 14, 2020. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins
Despite the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, the combined show continues to receive the support of exhibitors from 25 countries, including the world’s most established textile machinery brand names.
Among the major exhibitors allocated space are: CHTC, Danis Makina, Electro-Jet, Eton Systems, Fong’s, Groz-Beckert, Itema, Jeanologia, Karl Mayer, MS Printing Solutions, Muratec, Oerlikon Barmag, Picanol, Reggiani Macchine, Rieter, SDC Enterprises, Santoni, Saurer, Savio, Shima Seiki, Staubli, Toyota, Tsudakoma, Vandewiele and Vanwyk.
UK logistics at border crossings into the EU are under intense pressure as companies try to build stockpiles ahead of the country’s 31 December exit from the EU single market and customs union.
Long delays for container traffic and queues of trucks are being reported at ferry terminals and Eurotunnel on both sides of the English Channel, with additional pressure caused by ferries running a reduced timetable because of a lack of passenger and car traffic caused by the pandemic.
On Sunday (20 December), queues at the UK’s port of Dover were growing as France halted during 48 hours all freight bound to Calais as it aims to stop a new coronavirus strain found in London and surrounding areas reaching its territory.
Several countries, including Germany and Italy, as well as France, announced over the weekend they were halting passenger flights from the UK.
The pandemic has also disrupted the global container shipping system, with reduced availability and long delays at container ports along the south coast.
Shipping companies – which took out 12% of global capacity in the first half of 2020 – were taken by surprise as Asian economies bounced back quickly in the second half of the year.
They have been unable to restore this quickly enough.
Brazilian chemical trading group Abiquim has criticized the Camex Chamber of Commerce’s decision to reduce the import duty on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from 14% to 4%, ICIS reported .
The new duty, which is in effect for three months and can be extended for another three months, is capped at a maximum quarterly quota of 160,000 tonnes of PVC, Camex reported. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
For Abiquim, the government’s assertion that the new tariff will address the supply gap in the domestic market is unfounded. “In the short term, there is no risk of PVC shortages,” Abiquim said in a statement. “There are two large PVC producers in Brazil with enough capacity to meet all domestic demand. These companies are doing well and reporting successful sales.”
“The Brazilian PVC market is already open to competition. The share of imports in the domestic market is much higher than the average for other countries, with 10 to 20 companies exporting PVC to Brazil,” Abiquim said.
Brazil imported USD282.3 million worth of PVC and exported USD24.9 million this year, according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade.
In 2020, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the U. energy sector could be 11% lower than in 2019, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data through August and EIA estimates for September through December. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
According to values published in EIA’s December Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA expects CO2 emissions in 2020 to fall by 19% for coal, by 13% for petroleum, and by 2% for natural gas. Many of this year’s changes in energy-related CO2 emissions are attributable to the economic and behavioral effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on energy consumption.
EIA calculates energy-related CO2 emissions by multiplying energy consumption, measured in British thermal units, by the carbon factor associated with each energy source. For this reason, changes in emissions reflect both changes in the overall amount of energy consumed and the mix of energy sources used.
High barrier protection against oxygen and moisture for use in automated fill lines
Ideal for use with oxygen and moisture absorbers
Standard bottle neck SP-400
Airnov Healthcare Packaging is introducing its new brand, OXYNOV™. Applicable for High Protective Barrier Bottles, OXYNOV offers protection for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and probiotic products. The OXYNOV Barrier Bottles utilize extrusion-blow-molding (EBM) technology creating a 6-layer bottle with ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) which offers the highest barrier to oxygen and moisture available on the market for this packaging category. The OXYNOV bottles are rigid containers to be used on automated filling lines for a fast, reliable output, and do not shrink when bottles are used in conjunction with oxygen absorbers. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
The OXYNOV bottle is the latest brand in Airnov’s oxygen protective solutions which, when combined with oxygen absorbers, offers the ideal product to avoid the degradation of oxygen sensitive products such as drugs, proteins or probiotics.
France’s Ipackchem ,an extrusion blow-moulder that makes industrial packaging, could soon have a new owner.
US private equity firm SK Capital Partners plans to take over the packaging producer, which recently achieved a turnover of EUR 123m, with 850 employees, from the previous owner, Sagard Holdings. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
The private equity firm bought Ipackchem from investment company Cerea Partenaire in 2017.
SK Capital said it expects the transaction to close before the end of first quarter of 2021; no financial details have been disclosed.
US polyester and vinyl ester resins producer AOC (European headquarters: Schaffhausen / Switzerland; www.aocresins.com) said it has completed the acquisition of a factory for unsaturated polyester resins in Usti nad Labem / Czech Republic.
The plant on the Elbe River, located 70 km southeast of Dresden, had previously been operated as a joint venture between the Czech companies Kaprain (Prague; www.kaprain.cz) and Spolchemie. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
The material supplier is equipping an existing facility in Singapore with a new production line to meet growing demand for the specialty polymers in that region.
U.S.-based specialty material supplier Avient Corp. is equipping an existing facility in Singapore with a new production line to meet the growing demand for specialty pre-coloured, medical grade Mevopur polymers in the region.
The new line will be installed at the EN-ISO13485-2016 certified site, and complements similar capabilities in North America and Europe. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
“When our newly added production line is validated and goes on-stream in Singapore next quarter, Avient will be able to increase its capacity to supply these materials, which address the particular needs of the healthcare industry in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Say-Eng Lee, vice president and general manager, colour and additives, Asia.
Transaction Increases Canadian Rigid Packaging Offering and Value-Added Services – Berlin Packaging, the world’s largest hybrid packaging supplier, announced today the acquisition of Consolidated Bottle Corporation, a leading packaging supplier in Canada. The transaction significantly expands Berlin Packaging’s footprint in Canada, enabling the combined businesses to offer even more packaging solutions and value-added services to their customers.Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
As one of Canada’s most established companies, Consolidated Bottle has 110+ years of experience supplying innovative plastic, glass and metal containers and closures across various industries, including personal care, pharmaceutical, cannabis, food, beverage and industrial.
Berlin Packaging is a global supplier of rigid packaging products and services designed to streamline packaging supply chains and help companies grow their profits. In 2016, Berlin Packaging established a Montreal location focused on supplying specialty glass packaging for food, spirits and wine.
World’s first rope manufacturer to take this step towards a more sustainable future
With immediate effect, Gleistein is switching its entire portfolio of products made with Dyneema® to be manufactured exclusively from bio-based Dyneema® fibres. These fibres possess exactly the same trusted strength and reliability of their conventionally sourced counterparts, yet contribute substantially to climate protection due to their renewable, bio-based raw material. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
This results in a significant reduction in carbon emissions and fossil fuel dependency. With this move, Gleistein is adopting the leading role worldwide among textile rope manufacturers aiming towards becoming carbon neutral in the future.
Over the past decades, Gleistein Ropes and DSM Protective Materials (formerly DSM Dyneema) have continuously worked together to deliver premium, industry-leading textile rope solutions for their customers. The outstanding quality, often featuring the world’s highest performance attributes, is the result of extensive ongoing R&D investments and a joint, resolute commitment to excellence.
U.S. blacklists Chinese, UAE-based companies over sale of Iranian petrochemicals
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on companies based in China and the United Arab Emirates, accusing them of supporting the sale of Iranian petrochemicals as Washington increases pressure on Tehran in the closing days of President Donald Trump’s term. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins
The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement it had blacklisted the four entities for facilitating the export of Iranian petrochemical products by Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd, which was hit with sanctions by Washington earlier this year.
Also targeted in the move was Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation over its connection with significant transactions for the transport of petroleum products from Iran, the Treasury said.
Vietnam said on Thursday it regretted the U.S. decision to sanction the company and hoped that the U.S. would remove the sanctions.
Ampacet’s new Whispers Collection that provides a textured, frosted matte finish for PET applications within all market segments.
A special effects masterbatch that provides a textural and frosted matte finish for PET applications within all market segments has been developed by Ampacet Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y.
An extension of the company’s popular Modern Mattes line of special effects masterbatches, the new Whispers Collection reportedly provides a tactile, textural feel in combination with a visual matte effect. This iced energy of the effect is provided without the added expense of a secondary process or mold change.
Colors currently available include Blue Breeze, Calmed Coral, Golden Glimmer, Lucid Lilac, Muted Mauve and Soft Celadon. This collection of colors can be customized for any color pathway to accurately reflect the targeted brand message.
Numerous trends are influencing the automotive industry: automated driving, electromobility, sustainability, lightweight construction, energy efficiency. In addition, the interior is getting into the focus by designers and developers. The transformation into a feel-good space on four wheels is increasing very fast. The haptics and visual appearance of components are becoming even more important. BASF is presenting innovative materials for premium and appealing surfaces to give the interior a distinctive look.
After the successful market launch in 2017 of Ultramid Deep Gloss, a special polyamide for durable high-gloss trim parts, a new generation of surface-improved structural materials is now following with Ultramid B3E2G6 SI BK23353 and Ultramid B3E2G10 SI BK23353. The glass fiber reinforced types based on polyamide 6 impress with very low emission values and good UV stability and are therefore ideally suited for the use in functional visible parts in the interior.
Recently, rigid demand for spandex turned muted after downstream plants witnessed diminishing orders and slightly cut run rate. Some dealers also reduced replenishing. Supply tightness of spandex has been eased slightly and stocks started mounting, while overall stocks on spandex market remained low. Price of some spandex 20D and 30D was high boosted by seasonal demand, while that of 40D/70D/140D inched down amid falling orders. Price of spandex hiked by around 40% compared with the bottom level and started shivering at high level in Dec, even moving down in some regions. Did the market fundamental change?
In view of supply, spandex market entered prosperous cycle after Q3 with soaring price and greatly improving profit. Most units kept running at high capacity, excluding some old units to be eliminated. Current operating rate of spandex market was at 93% and is supposed to remain high in Dec supported by low stocks and high cash flow. Monthly production of spandex may hit yearly high in Dec.
Panic mood on the external environment gradually eased after the uncertainty of American Presidential Election faded in Nov. Entering Dec, price of oil and futures kept rising and started passed on to polyester fiber market, resulting into changing mindset of players.
This wave of uptrend was apparently stimulated by cost. In view of the tempo, price of oil rebounded at first in early-Nov, closely followed by PTA. Price of MEG touched bottom in mid-Nov and that of PFY and PSF gradually climbed up until Dec. From the perspective of demand, demand turned weaker in Nov, deviating from oil price.
First-of-its-kind project supports recovers and repurposes plastic PET water bottles to create a market for long-term use of recyclable materials.
Streets are not paved with gold, but they are being paved in a “greener” way using recycled plastics.
The latest example happened December 17 when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Public Works officials announced the launch of a new sustainability pilot project in which a portion of 1st Street between Grand Avenue and Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles was resurfaced with recycled plastic asphalt. The launch helps accomplish the goals set in the LA’s Green New Deal that the mayor announced earlier this year, to combat climate change by implementing multiple environmental initiatives.
Led by StreetsLA and working with TechniSoil Industrial, this application of recycled plastic asphalt is the first of its kind on a major city street and further proof Los Angeles stays on the cutting edge of innovative, green technology.
Ten Turkish investors have shown interest to invest in Tanzania, country’s envoy to Turkey Elizabeth Kiondo told journalists yesterday.
Officials of five of the ten Turkish companies toured the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) to explore possible areas for investment.
Some of the firms that have shown interest are Pedo Corporation– a leading manufacturer of baby and adult diaper in Turkey; ERF Grup–Fan and Pomp manufacturer; and Yenler Textile–a manufacturer of curtains and home textile. Others are Compass (General trade), Compass (textile and furniture) and Compass (construction materials).
TIC’s investment promotion director John Mnali cited some of the areas which appeared to be of more interest to the investors as manufacturing and assembling of agricultural machineries. “We’re going on with discussions on other potential areas for investment,” said Mr Mnali.
The Cosmo Films stock has nearly doubled this year and now the company has developed a new transparent printable BOPP film called “Teplor” with higher heat resistance. Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films detailed the impact.
“Teplor – a heat resistant BOPP film from Cosmo Films – is a revolutionary product enabling mono-material structures which will help FMCG companies to make their packaging truly recyclable in an easy and cost-effective way,” he said in an interview with CNBC-TV18.
“The increase in raw material prices is pushing the BOPP film prices up. The other challenges are the logistic challenges globally because of the container availability but overall the margins are better,” he said.
On BOPP spreads and on margins, he said, “The spreads are fluctuating quite a bit. I would say that in general, they are at a good level. For the first 10-12 days, the margins were a little better but in general, the margins are stable, they are at a healthy level. So overall the H2 margins should be slightly better than H1 as of now.”
Keycycle, a subsidiary of recycling machinery manufacturer Erema Group, is intensifying its cooperation with Spanish company Cadel Deinking, and will take over worldwide sales and project implementation of the technology next month.
Keycycle will operate the pilot system in Sant Vicente del Raspeig, Spain together with Cadel Deinking, which has been working on the removal of printing inks from plastics surfaces since 2014.
“Together we are making ink removal technology a process step that can be integrated into the plastics recycling chain,” says Michal Prochazka, managing director of Keycycle.
In combination with Erema recycling technology, this ink removal process has already proven its suitability for real-life applications involving the recycling of printed in-house and post-industrial film waste. This represents a milestone in safely feeding recycled pellets made from originally printed film back into the production process.
In its drive to accelerate sustainability and stay apace of the EU’s plans for a Circular Economy and a Green New Deal, BASF has launched an ambitious plan to promote a circular economy in its own production cycles. Speaking at the group’s annual research press conference – held virtually for the first time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – CEO Martin Brudermüller stressed that innovations from the chemical industry are crucial to the transformation of the industrial economy from linear to circular value chains.
BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer and a major plastics producer focused on high-end engineering polymers and high-volume monomers, has committed to converting 250,000 t/y of recycled and waste-based raw materials into new products each year, starting in 2025.
To address allegations of fraud in an October report from Hindenburg Research, Loop Industries (Montreal, QC) announced that it engaged Kemitek to perform an independent verification of its patented Gen II depolymerization technology. Loop Industries claims that the process recycles waste PET and polyester fiber into virgin-quality PET resin. Kemitek is a not-for-profit College Center for Technology Transfer that specializes in green chemistry and chemical process scale-up. Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
According to Loop Industries, Kemitek established a “rigorous and independent methodology” for the verification. The Kemitek team was on site at Loop’s Terrebonne, Quebec, facilities for 16 days to verify each step of Loop’s technology at mini-pilot (25 L reactor) and pilot scales (6000 L reactor) from feedstock (post-consumer waste PET plastic) to final purified monomers (DMT and MEG).
The board of the Indian conglomerate SRF (Gurugram, Haryana / India; www.srf.com) has approved the construction of a second BOPP film plant and metallisation facility in Indore / India. The existing capacity of 45,000 t/y is to be more than doubled with an additional 60,000 t/y. Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
Construction is scheduled to take 20 months, so the new plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022, at the earliest. The investment is estimated at INR 4.24 bn (EUR 47.4m) and is to be provided from debt and internal accruals. SRF cites growth in the BOPP market both in India and overseas as the motivation for the investment, as well as the goal of being able to serve the entire spectrum of BOPP products. Based on the current product mix, the existing plant in Indore is running at 100% capacity.
Additional resources for the world’s biggest ABS market
Improved service offering for customers
Investment reflects commitment to the company’s Triple Shift growth strategy
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, today announced its ground-breaking ceremony for its new 600kt ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plant located in Ningbo, China. The development of the new site is part of INEOS Styrolution’s larger expansion plans into China, following an earlier acquisition of two polystyrene production sites in Ningbo and Foshan. Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
The location of the new site was selected because of its extensive access to feedstock supply options and excellent supply chain connection to customers. The new site is expected to be operational by 2023.
Sorting technology firms work together to equip Viridor’s Mason’s MRF near Ipswich, England. Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
The Stadler UK Ltd. business unit of Germany-based Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH has led a £15.4 million ($20.7 million) project to upgrade the Masons Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) near Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom, that is operated by Viridor. In 2019, when it sought bids for the project, U.K.-based Viridor specified sensor sorting devices made Germany-based Tomra Sorting Recycling’s in its tender documentation.
The modernization of the facility is part of a 10-year Viridor-Suffolk County Council contract renewal. Viridor runs the MRF on behalf of the Suffolk Waste Partnership.
Viridor says the upgrade allows it to increase capacity from 65,000 metric tons per year to 75,000 (equivalent to 17 metric tons per hour). The plant is now operating at full capacity and at what the equipment firms call optimum processing levels.
Mondi has developed a paper-based packaging solution for Drylock Technologies’ baby diapers Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
The EcoWicketBags are recyclable, replacing the traditional plastic packaging for diapers
CO2 footprint is significantly reduced with the innovative new products due to the use of renewable resources
Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has launched a new paper EcoWicketBag for Drylock Technologies’ baby diaper ranges, bringing sustainable paper-based packaging to the hygiene market globally.
The global hygiene products manufacturer approached Mondi to create a more sustainable alternative to its existing plastic diaper packaging that would travel well, have strong shelf-appeal, and protect the product – while also using renewable resources and significantly reducing its CO2 footprint.
Processors, many of whom were caught short of supply, flocked to the spot resin market last week seeking material, but demand continued to outstrip current resin availability.
Consequently, prices for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) continued to spiral higher, driven by ongoing production issues, rapidly rising feedstock costs, export demand, and domestic price increase pressures, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.
Few Prime railcars were spotted, although a steady trickle of off-grade cars passed through.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
Resellers doled out limited Prime offerings from warehoused stocks; as material sold, they raised prices on new offerings.
“Though we cringed to ask for the ever-rising offering prices,” writes the PlasticsExchange, “if the right resin was found, transactions came together with relative ease.”
UK-based recycling specialist Enval has selected SAIREM, the French leader in industrial microwave and radio frequency applications, to supply the microwave generators that will power its laminate recycling process.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
Enval uses a unique proprietary pyrolysis technology for treating low-density packaging waste. Its process transforms plastic waste into oil feedstock to produce new plastic. Enval’s process enables the recycling of each of the laminate’s components into materials that can be reprocessed and put back into circulation.
To power its pyrolysis process, Enval has engaged SAIREM, which has four decades of experience developing and delivering microwave and radio frequency applications, to supply its microwave generators. The units provided by SAIREM will provide clean and efficient heating that will be used to create the required conditions in Enval’s pyrolysis reactor. Enval plans to use SAIREM’s products in all of its future plants.
The Environment Committee of the Swiss National Council (ESPEC) seeks to create incentives to increase the proportion of recycled material in packaging for beverages and cleaning agents. A motion passed on 1 September 2020 calls for the country’s Federal Council to introduce by 2025 a tax on disposable plastic products with packaging containing less than 25% recycled material.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
The goal is to create incentives for the increased use of recycled materials and to make products in this type of packaging the preferred option. The lower-house committee argues that polyethylene and PET are already collected today and can be recycled without any loss of quality. However, the recyclates are currently not competitive with virgin material due to the higher prices.
XViroblock™ antimicrobial copper treated textiles effective at inactivating SARS-CoV-2 in as little as five minutes.
Australian-owned materials science and technology start-up, Xefco®, in collaboration with Swiss textile innovator, HeiQ, has developed XViroblock™, the world’s first thin-film antimicrobial copper surface treatment for textiles that is proven to exhibit significant viricidal activity against SARS-CoV-2.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
Studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) showed textiles coated with XViroblock™ inactivated SARS-CoV-2, with significant inactivation occurring within five minutes of direct contact.
By developing textile treatments that provide rapid viricidal and antibacterial functionality, Xefco hopes to reduce transmission of disease by reducing the persistence of pathogens on treated surfaces.
“While the antimicrobial properties of copper are well-known, we have developed a unique process and technology to apply an ultra-thin surface coating of the metal onto textiles,” said Tom Hussey, CEO and Co-Founder, Xefco.
At the beginning of the year, the German plastics and rubber machinery industry, like almost all sectors of the economy, was hit hard by the effects of the Corona pandemic. However, the downward trend in sales and incoming orders already flattened out in mid-2020, and incoming orders even rose again from September onwards. Cumulatively, from January to October 2020 they are only 3% below the incoming orders in the same period of 2019.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins
According to Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association within the VDMA, the September and October months contributed significantly to this encouraging trend. “In September 2020, we had 13% more incoming orders compared to the same month of the previous year, and in October 2020, there were even twice as many orders on the books as a year ago”, Reifenhäuser said.
Avantium N.V, a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO – Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) has awarded the company a €5.4 million grant as part of the Demonstration Energy and Climate Innovation (DEI+) scheme, to be paid out in 16 tranches over a period of 4 years.
This grant is solely designated for the expansion of Avantium’s FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) pilot plant in Geleen (The Netherlands) and will therefore not be used for the potential construction of the FDCA flagship plant in Delfzijl.
FDCA is the key building block for the high-quality, fully recyclable, plant-based polymer PEF (polyethylene furanoate) to be used in a wide range of applications such as bottles, packaging, film and textiles.
This week, LDPE prices bolstered higher in the South East and South Asian regions. The sharp price gain was triggered by bullish import offers from the overseas producers, stronger regional demand trends and persistent tight product availability.
In South-East Asia, LDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1430-1500/mt CFR levels, a week on week surge of USD 30-50/mt.
A trader based in Vietnam while in conversation with a Polymerupdate team member said, “LDPE prices in Vietnam continue to remain firm owing to persistent tight product availability and bullish import offers.”
When asked to comment on LDPE lamination grade current import offers, the trader added, “A South Korean producer has offered its LDPE lamination LDC801YY at the USD 1770/mt CFR levels in Vietnam. The producer also offered the same grade in Indonesia and Philippines at the USD 1720/mt and USD 1750/mt CFR levels respectively, for January 2021 shipment.”
In India, LDPE prices were at the USD 1350-1430/mt CFR levels, a spike of USD 40-90/mt from previous week.
In India, a Middle Eastern producer has offered its LDPE film grade at the USD 1430-1450/mt CFR levels, for January 2021 shipment. LDPE lamination grade prices are heard to have been offered by a major Thai producer at the USD 1690/mt CFR levels, for January 2021 shipment.
Domestic producers in India are expected to raise their LDPE prices on the back of persistent tight product availability, robust regional demand trends and bullish import offers from overseas suppliers.
In Pakistan, LDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1400-1470/mt levels, a week on week rise of USD 20/mt. In Bangladesh, prices were assessed at the USD 1400-1450/mt CFR levels, both up by USD 10-20/mt from last week.
The food and beverage industry has a plastic problem. According to new research from PreScouter, 35% of plastic waste stems from the industry.
While one solution is to make it easier for consumers to recycle, PreScouter’s report explores why reusable packaging could be a more promising solution.
Why choose to reuse?
Even when plastic packaging is fully recyclable, consumers are more likely to throw it away. Only 14% of plastic packaging makes it into recycling collections, and PreScouter estimates that 95% of packaging material value is lost to the economy because of this rapid disposable. On the other hand, packaging that can be reused several times would result in cost savings. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
And consumers have made it clear that they prefer sustainable packaging. More than half have specifically noted that they’d like to see more reusable materials.
Reusable packaging, however, has a few downsides that make it difficult for brands to get on board. Materials must be more durable than plastic, and thus they’re more expensive.
To make reusable packaging a cost-effective alternative, it would have to be strong enough to withstand five to 10 uses, depending on the comparable material. This should no longer be a problem, as companies are currently producing packaging that can last for up to 20 uses.
Braskem and Encina Development Group (Encina; The Woodlands, Texas) have agreed to develop a long-term relationship aimed at establishing a supply of circular propylene feedstock from Encina’s planned new post-consumer plastics recycling plant in the US, reported Chemweek. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
Encina plans to break ground on the facility in the second half of 2021, although the location has not yet been given. Once completed, the plant will process 175,000 metric tons/year of waste plastic into over 90,000 metric tons/year of recycled chemicals, the companies say in a joint statement. The facility will be designed to have its capacity expanded to 350,000 metric tons/year of waste plastic in future phases, they say. It will leverage Encina’s proprietary technology that converts mixed plastics to chemicals via catalytic pyrolysis.
Braskem will work with Encina to develop the necessary logistics, product quality, and certifications for the recycled propylene feedstock that Braskem will then use in the production of recycled polypropylene (PP) materials in applications such as food packaging, consumer, and hygiene products, according to the companies. Braskem and Encina intend to develop a formal supply agreement prior to the project’s financing approval in 2021, they say.
A new company that aims to recycle marine plastics has been launched by Aker Biomarine today.
Called AION (from the Greek for eternity), it will offer products and services to companies with a desire to recycle waste and re-use materials and stems from circular initiatives focused on plastic waste and production residues from within Aker BioMarine.
The new company will initially use Aker BioMarine’s own streams of plastic and biological production residues will be recycled into new products, allowing the company to reach its zero-waste vision. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
It will also work through Aker BioMarine’s network to receive other companies’ plastic and biowaste streams. In the long run, AION aims to manage production residues globally and will work to scale its business model with an ambition for listing.
SABIC has announced a strategic partnership with KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG, KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of high-performance injection moulding systems known under the NETSTAL brand.
Besides the exchange of mutual know-how in the fields of polymer technology and processing, the aim of the partnership is the joint use and further advancement of the existing application centre for thin-wall packaging at the NETSTAL plant in Näfels, Switzerland. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
The official launch of the cooperation, which will focus on application, material and processing innovations in the thin-wall packaging industry through collaboration across the segment’s entire value chain, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
“This is a major investment in synergy for us,” states Sergi Monros, SABIC Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions, Petrochemicals.
PP powder market moves lower last week, till last Friday (Dec 11), mainstream offers are at 8,520-8,550yuan/mt in Shandong province, and 8,650-8,700yuan/mt in East China.
First, profit has been narrowed by the high cost.
It can be seen that the propylene price moves higher, and its increase is obviously faster than that of PP powder. For powder enterprises who need merchant propylene, they are suffering around 200yuan/mt of deficit. From about 550yuan/mt in late November to about -200yuan/mt at present, the cash flow changes rapidly. As of last Thursday (Dec 10), only Dongming Dongfang Chemical, Shandong Luqing and Hengyuan lower their operating rate, and the operating rates of other plants maintains stable. Some enterprises said that they may shut their plants in the late market if the powder and propylene price spread has not narrowed, while enterprises in Jiangsu and Zhejiang are mostly equipped with upstream plants and the impact is limited. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
Second, market transaction of PP powder has been suppressed by the low price spread between homo PP raffia and powder.
Istanbul – Next year’s ITM exhibition is expected to act as a major springboard for further investment in the Turkey’s knitting sector.
Exhibition organisers have stressed that the Turkish knitting and wider textile industry, which has continued to increase its exports levels and its investments throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is once again showcasing its resilience – a factor that will continue in the build up and beyond ITM 2021. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
“The exhibition will provide a great advantage to companies that desire to expand their investments and introduce their brand new technologies,” organisers said, highlighting how despite the slowdowns in the textile industry in 2020, Turkey succeeded a big breakthrough with the removal of restrictions in June, thanks to both its textile production infrastructure and international exports capacity.
“The exports of the textile and raw materials sector increased and the companies turned to new investments,” organisers said. “While many local companies enlarged their facilities, some of them made new investment decisions.
An attempt to harmonise and accelerate the Europe-wide development of a circular economy for plastics is the goal of a new ‘European Plastics Pact Roadmap’.
The strategy has been published by the European Plastics Pact, which was launched in March by the Netherlands, France and Denmark. It comprises 15 national governments, 82 businesses, three regional governments and 43 other organisations, including business/trade associations and NGOs. The European Plastics Pact is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
The roadmap has four targets:
Design for reusability and recyclability – Design all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market to be reusable where possible and in any case recyclable by 2025.
In Brazil, researchers at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Ilha Solteira have developed a film that can replace plastic in food packaging. The film is made from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and bacterial cellulose scraps leftover from industrial processing. Both raw materials are sustainable. They are combined to produce a biodegradable film of bacterial cellulose nanocrystals and HPMC.
The product outperforms film made of HPMC alone. An article on the research project, which was supported by FAPESP, is published in the journal Applied Material & Interfaces.
“We set out to fill the HMPC matrix with bacterial cellulose nanocrystals in order to enhance its properties. We also wanted to create greener protocols for the development of novel composites, from the material itself to its origin, so we included the reuse of industrial waste in the project,” said Márcia Regina de Moura Aouada, a co-author of the article. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic
PET recycling technologies continue to grow for Erema
The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics, due to the stricter guidelines for plastic packaging and higher recycling rates set by the EU.
One such company offering systems is Austrian recycling machine manufacturer Erema and its bottle-to-bottle Vacurema technology, which allows high recyclate content. Erema estimates the total capacity of all PET recycling machines sold to date for various applications at 2.6 million tonnes/year, with the recent trend pointing towards large-scale systems processing 2,000 kg/hour upwards.
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has invested in Timeplast, a Florida-based startup that is researching solutions for one of the critical aspects of the global plastic waste challenge – plastic that isn’t properly recycled and ends up in landfills, oceans and waterways. Timeplast is exploring a new technology that may help to minimize the impact of plastic that leaks into the environment.
“I knew a strategic partnership would be critical to further develop a solution that both addresses plastic pollution while maintaining compatibility with the existing recycling system,” said Manuel Rendon, CEO at Timeplast. “With Nestlé Waters’ packaging and recycling expertise, we are excited to continue testing the capabilities of a technology that we will work together to bring to market. This is a steppingstone of our company’s big plan to a world where all plastics are transformed based on their expected use.”
As part of the investment in Timeplast, NWNA will provide financing and additional support to evaluate the technology, combining NWNA’s stringent safety, quality and performance standards for food-grade packaging with Timeplast’s technology. The investment has created a limited liability company, TPN Alliance Polymers, LLC, which is based in Coral Gables, Florida.
Kraiburg TPE, a global TPE manufacturer of a wide range of high quality and innovative thermoplastic elastomer products and custom-engineered TPE solutions, is showcasing its latest developments in TPE compounds and material solutions at Chinaplas 2021, to be held 13-16 April 2021 at Shenzhen World Exhibition and Conventional Centre, at Hall 17, Booth No A31.
Automotive Exterior: weather-resistance TPEs
Kraiburg TPE will be highlighting its Thermolast K TPE compounds for the automotive sector at the said event, Exposure to extreme temperatures and UV radiation resistance can cause damage to automotive exterior parts and components. Kraiburg TPE’s Thermolast K TPE compounds deliver enhanced UV radiation-resistance and weather-proofing advantages for automotive exterior parts.
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is raising its prices for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) by EUR 0.25 per kg, Durethan B (polyamide 6) by EUR 0.15 per kg and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate, blends) by EUR 0.20 per kg with immediate effect.
The adjustment is due to strongly increased raw material prices and applies to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Insofar as conditions permit, the price increase also affects existing contracts. For special materials, higher adjustments are possible.
MEGlobal has announced its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) to be shipped in January 2021, according to the company’s press release.
Thus, on 11 December, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD670/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in January 2021, up by USD10/MT from December.
The November 2020 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.
As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its December ACP for MEG at USD660/MT CFR Asian main ports, up by USD10/tonne from November.
MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to ICIS-MRC Price report, in Russia, December contract PET prices were in the range of Rb68,100-71,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT. Most producers raised their prices of material last week and expect further price increases by the end of this month.
MEGlobal is a fully integrated supplier of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), collectively known as ethylene glycol (EG).
INEOS Styrolution, an INEOS Group company has announced a collaboration with Indaver nv, a European waste management company with large-scale treatment facilities in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, driving forward chemical recycling for polystyrene in Europe. The collaboration between the two companies aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste into valuable resources.
INEOS Styrolution and Indaver have announced a collaboration that aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste into valuable resources.
Indaver – a European player with facilities and operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland – manages and treats industrial and household waste in specialist facilities for the industry, waste collectors, and public authorities.
Polypropylene (PP) futures in China fell further on Tuesday – by 3.2% – amid expectations of a decrease in demand for the material in the market before the end of this year, ICIS reported .
So, PP futures for January 2021, most actively traded on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), were at CNY8 319 (USD1 270) per tonne on December 15, which is CNY288 per tonne lower than the previous agreement.
About 1.37 million tonnes of PP were put up for sale on Tuesday, DCE said, for shipments in January next year.
Electricity restrictions in some cities in China could force some downstream businesses to cut capacity utilization by the end of December.
Earlier it was noted that on December 14, PP futures in the country fell by 1% for a similar reason.
The effort will focus on commercializing the P&G company’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology
Cargill, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Axens are joining forces to further develop and scale bio-based acrylic acid. The collaboration leverages Cargill’s experience with bio-based materials, IFPEN’s expertise in the field of catalyst and bioprocess development, and Axens’ catalyst manufacturing and industrial scale-up design process. The effort will focus on commercializing the Procter & Gamble (P&G) company’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology, which won the American Chemical Society 2020 Award for Affordable Green Chemistry. Cargill exclusively licensed the technology earlier this year.
“More than 6 million tons of petro-based acrylic acid will be produced this year,” said Dr. Jill Zullo, Vice President of Biointermediates in Cargill’s Bioindustrial business. “By leveraging Cargill’s processing technology and IFPEN/Axens’ know-how in catalysis and scale up, we’re aiming to produce acrylic acid from renewable resources, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent.”
Since Cargill’s award-winning lactic acid technology is already commercially proven, efforts will focus on the catalyst and process development needed to convert lactic acid into bio-based acrylic acid at scale – expertise for which IFPEN and Axens are world renowned.
Braskem announced on Monday a research partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop a way to make ethylene from carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the flue gas of industrial plants.
The resulting ethylene would be used to make polyethylene (PE), the world’s most widely used plastic and one that is made by Braskem.
To develop the system, the team at the university will rely on its experience with the electrochemical reduction of CO2, said Meenesh Singh, a professor responsible for the project at the university. This will be combined with technology that is being patented to capture CO2 from flue gas.
Axens selected by Sumitomo Chemical for a waste-to-polyolefins project
Sumitomo Chemical and Axens signed a license agreement of ethanol-to-ethylene technology Atol for Sumitomo Chemical’s waste-to-polyolefins project in Japan.
In the project, to promote circular economy, Axens’ Atol® technology will transform ethanol produced from waste into polymer-grade ethylene that will be polymerized in Sumitomo Chemical’s assets into polyolefin, a key product in the petrochemical industry.
At full roll-out, the project will enable the production of waste-based polyolefin at industrial scale, which will represent a leapfrog towards a sustainable economy based on renewable carbon.
-New state-of-the-art power station transforms non-recyclable waste from local households into electricity and steam
-Successful first deliveries of steam and electricity to Borealis Beringen operations
-Borealis moves one step closer to sourcing 50% of its total electricity consumption in operations from renewable sources Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
Borealis and Bionerga announce the joint commissioning of Biostoom, a new waste-to-energy plant constructed and operated by Bionerga in Beringen, Belgium. The long-term agreement between Borealis and Bionerga, a Belgium-based specialist in recovering energy from waste, has enabled Borealis to move closer to its goal of sourcing 50% of its total electricity consumption from renewable sources for operations in its major business areas by the year 2030. The new Biostoom Beringen facility is allowing Borealis to reduce the amount of natural gas used in operations by supplying steam and electricity recovered from processing of non-recyclable waste collected from nearby communities. The first electricity delivery took place in August, and the first steam was delivered in October 2020.
Europolymer-Trading (Rostov-on-Don) has launched a new line of polystyrene-based compounds in the Ramoy series, the company said. Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
The R80PS-2M chalk additive perfectly matches and has a high degree of distribution due to the identical polymer matrix with the main raw material.
R80PS-2M chalk compound has 60% CaCO3 content, 38% content – polymers, 2% – additives. Calcite whiteness – 99%, MFR – 13-14 g / 10 min and is suitable for the production of items such as disposable tableware (cups, plates, spoons, forks), containers for vending machines, reusable tableware, children’s toys.
According to the manufacturer, the use of the R80PS-2M chalk compound in injection molding and thermoforming allows eliminating shrinkage of the finished product, avoiding warping, obtaining a positive economic effect by reducing the consumption of white dye, and imparting additional physical and mechanical properties to the finished product. …
In November, “Evropolimer-trading” reported the beginning of deliveries to the Russian market a new series pelletizer company Polystar Machinery (Taiwan), intended for the processing of waste polypropylene bags and woven fabrics.
Eurozone chemicals output continued to grow significantly in October, month on month, statistical agency Eurostat said on Monday. Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
Only Spain’s output fell in October, month on month, among the eurozone 19 countries.
Chemicals output growth in the eurozone and the wider 27-country EU has continued in the latter half of the year after output crashed in the second quarter on the back of lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The trend in the chemicals sector mirrors growth in overall industrial production, increasing by 2.1% in the eurozone and by 1.9% in the EU.
Pakistan’s textile exports seem to have largely recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic shocks and are still growing. The recent monthly data published by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics for the first four months of the current financial year confirms that the textile and clothing export shipments are back on growth trajectory both in terms of their quantity and dollar value.
The data shows that the textile shipments have surged by 3.8 per cent to $4.8 billion between July and October from $4.6bn a year ago. The rise in the textile and clothing group has been a wee faster than the 0.6pc growth in the overall export. The export recovery is most prominent in the knitwear, home textiles and denim segments.
Rethink Plastic Alliance reviewing four commonly cited life cycle assessments (LCAs) on chemical recycling; report identifies undisclosed data, flawed assumptions, questionable accounting methods; suggests LCAs should not be used for public communication or as the basis for political decision making or investment decisions, should be improved to be “more independent,” “transparent,” “comprehensive”
Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), a member of the Rethink Plastic Alliance (RPA), released a new report investigating the quality of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies assessing the environmental impacts of chemical recycling. The report voices concern over the current misuse of those LCAs for political decision making and calls for substantial improvement of study quality. Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
The latest ZWE report finds that chemical recycling technologies have been promoted to the public and policymakers as “being environmentally friendly, with claims that they can contribute to reducing environmental and climate impacts from plastic” by referring to such chemical recycling LCA studies.
Clariant’s specialty adsorbent is designed for pre-treatment of the full range of bio- and renewable diesel feedstocks
Higher surface area and improved activation adsorb larger molecules in more complex scenarios Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
Increased adsorbent versatility reduces feedstock limitations and facilitates stable and reliable production processes
Munich, December 15, 2020 – Clariant’s recently launched Tonsil 9193 FF helps to improve the cost performance ratio for the pre-treatment of diverse oil feedstocks. This next-generation adsorbent answers the growing demand for bio- and renewable fuel production with an adaptive solution for the purification of a wide variety of feedstock sources including crop-based oils, animal fats or other waste streams.
Erik Wolski, Global Head of Marketing Purification at Clariant Functional Minerals, commented: “Our customers’ challenge is to remain flexible when sourcing feedstocks without compromising their production processes. Through innovation, Clariant adresses these challenges and constantly develops its purification portfolio to meet the increased requirements of multiple feedstock sourcing.”
Sealed Air has developed what it says is the world’s first food-grade soft plastic film containing Certified Circular Resins (CCR). The new CRYOVAC Brand rBDF S10 film is made using up to 30% food-grade CCR, which is certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), said Packagingnews.
Sealed Air has developed what it says is the world’s first food-grade soft plastic film containing Certified Circular Resins (CCR). The new CRYOVAC Brand rBDF S10 film is made using up to 30% food-grade CCR, which is certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC). Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
According to Seald Air the 21 microns ‘ultra-thin’ barrier is a third lighter than widely used HFFS packs and three times thinner than other thermoformable films. The high gloss finish and transparent clarity of CRYOVAC Brand rBDF S10 is designed to help enhance the appearance of food to drive sales and reduce waste.
Leak-proof closures, hermetic sealing and a protective barrier further minimise waste by safeguarding food integrity and extending shelf-life.
Those were the 2000’s, a few months before the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 take-off, AMUT was handling over to Coca Cola Amatil in New South Wales the first plant in the world for the recycling of PET post-consume bottles, aimed to produce RPET food grade: this is when the application of the so-called RPET “Bottle to Bottle” was developed.
In the last few years, countries like China, and later South-East Asia in general, were banning the “plastic waste” imports, so that nations like Australia had to face difficult tasks, linked to the management of in-house produced plastic wastes, starting from the principle based on Circular Economy. Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
At the beginning of 2019, three major Australian leaders, active in different markets such as rigid packaging, beverage, waste management, and recycling, started to cooperate putting in common their ideas with the final goal of giving a second life to PET post-consume bottles collected in the various Australian MRF.
Polypropylene (PP) shortages have forced many processors to move to lower grade resins at the cost of lower performance and processability. Milliken’s DeltaMax Performance Modifiers upgrade these materials to enhance impact resistance, melt flow rates, and sustainability through the use of more recycled material.
COVID-19 has disrupted virtually all businesses, but one of the larger impacts has been the roller coaster effect on material prices for plastics processors.
As demand fell initially, prices plunged, but increasing demand this summer for housewares and durable goods combined with supply chain disruptions due to weather events in the US drove prices well above norms for some resins.
In addition, the global demand for various PPE, including masks and hospital gowns, led to a shift in availability for traditional copolymer PP grades which created serious supply shortages. Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling
SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry, has announced that Beiersdorf will be using certified renewable polypropylene (PP) from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio of “second generation” bio-based materials in the skincare company’s cosmetics packaging.
The new packaging products will be introduced in the market in 2021 and replace fossil-based virgin PP.
SABIC’s certified renewable polymers, including various PP and polyethylene (PE) materials, are derived from animal-free and palm oil-free “‘second generation”’ renewable feedstock, such as tall oil waste from the wood pulping process in the paper industry, which is not in direct competition with human food and animal feed production sources.
Canadian machinery maker Husky Injection Molding Systems has launched its new NexPET system – a midvolume PET preform moulding solution purpose-built to help producers introduce multiple new applications into the market more quickly and cost-effectively.
The NexPET system is engineered to enable bot established and emerging producers be more competitive by better. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
For established producers, NexPET delivers a solution to accommodate niche brands or smaller run SKUs. For emerging producers, it enables fast, low-risk entry into markets.
Companies doing business in Europe may soon have to ensure their packaging contains a minimum amount of recycled plastic. But getting their hands on quality recycled materials in sufficient quantity is currently difficult.
When it comes to packaging, it seems like using secondary raw materials should be a no-brainer for companies. Rather than having to secure virgin raw materials, having access to the material you’ve already used in your packaging in order to make new packaging would be much easier. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
That may be how it should work in theory, but today that’s not how it works in practice. Europe is not recycling enough plastic packaging to meet the demand for secondary raw materials. And that which is being recycled is often prohibitively expensive.
“Recycled PET [Polyethylene terephthalate] is right now two times the cost of virgin PET,” says Gabriel Thoumi, head of the plastics programme at Planet Tracker, a think-tank that has been looking at plastic manufacturing.
The multilayer structures are usually used in food packaging as a protective and preservative solution which helps to avoid the food waste. Despite of these kind of structures are often considered non-recyclable, high quality recycled materials can be obtained from multilayer polyamide packages. In fact, this kind of materials have been validated in the main transformation processes as extrusion and injection.
RELEVANCE OF THE MULTILAYER PACKAGING RECYCABILITY
Today, the multilayer flexible packages are a market trend into the food industry due to their good environmental features and competitive price. Their low weight, due to the small quantity of material needed to manufacture these packages, allow an easy transport. However, a key aspect to consider their use in this application is the recyclability after the use. The recycling of multi-material structures, where several plastics can be found, is a challenge, but it is possible either by traditional or by innovative methods (mechanical recycling, chemical recycling, etc). Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
Thanks to its versatility, plastic has become an indispensable part of our everyday world, offering customized solutions to a wide variety of products, applications and sectors.
However, its popularity 38484and versatility has also created a major global crisis: plastic waste. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
According to Pew Charitable Trusts & SYSTEMIQ, mismanaged plastic waste will grow from 91 million metric tons in 2016 to 239 million metric tons by 2040. Plastic waste flows into the oceans are projected to nearly triple by 2040 to 29 million metric tons per year. Even worse, the cumulative amount of plastic stock in the oceans could grow by 450 million metric tons in the next 20 years — with severe impact on biodiversity and human health. At this rate, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the ocean by 2050, according to the United Nations.
I’m greenTM bio-based and recycled because I help to optimize the use of natural resources and post-consumer waste. Yes, I can be bio-based and recycled at the same time. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
Part bio-based, part recycled: the purest expression of the circular future.
I’m greenTM bio-based & recycled resins are developed within the Circular Economy concept because they are based on working together with clients, partners, and society. It is partially composed of bio-based plastic made from sugarcane, which captures CO2, one of the primary causes of greenhouse gas. It also contains post-consumer resin made from recycled plastic waste, which is transformed into raw material for new applications in the production chain.
The development of these solutions responds to market trends, while considering important processes, such as the preliminary selection of raw materials, the product’s design, and its return to the production cycle through recycling. The result is innovative: products made from combining raw materials derived from renewable resources with post-consumer resins (PCR) obtained from recycled plastics.
We believe in the shared industry mission to create ever-better vehicles for the world.
To contribute, our dedicated, global automotive team focuses on developing and providing the thermoplastic materials and expertise that enable our customers to keep pace with the ever-changing industry landscape and overcome their problems.
Our customers benefit from one of the most experienced, collaborative, and trusted group of automotive specialists of any supplier in the world.
They serve as dedicated advisors and provide the design expertise, advanced engineering analysis, and technical support that can help move our customers from initial concept to finished part, faster. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
The automotive industry uses a large number of materials to build vehicles. These materials have evolved greatly over the decades, becoming more sophisticated, better built, and safer. Their use has evolved in parallel with the new automotive manufacturing technologies that now are increasingly using innovative ways.
CLEPA is pleased to bring together worldwide experts to discuss these, and other topics during the Materials Regulation Event. This event is the largest conference on Materials Regulation in Europe and therefore, one of the most eagerly awaited meetings of the industry every year. The upcoming 13th edition will be held online. Organised by CLEPA, along with the support of iPoint, it will take place on 4 and 5 May 2021.
The event is the ideal platform to discuss technical issues related to materials and the most recent legislative developments at European and international level. Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on a global scale, it is incumbent upon us in these crucial times to reflect on the driving forces of Europe’s economy. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
Move comes as part of a series of expansion projects the company has undertaken over the past several years
What is up with packaging companies all of a sudden investing in expanding their production capacity? To date: in a notice sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange on December 2, film manufacturer Tri-Pack Films said that its board had approved investment in a new Biaxially Orientated Polypropylene (BOPP) film line. “The investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to ensure it caters to the increased demand of BOPP films in Pakistan,” the company said. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling
Agilyx and ExxonMobil have created a joint venture that will recover and sort waste plastic, the chemical recycling company said on Friday.
The joint venture, called Cyclyx International, will develop ways to aggregate and process waste plastics, preparing them for recycling.
Under an agreement signed by the two companies, ExxonMobil will invest $8m for a 25% stake in Cyclyx, Agilyx said.
In return, ExxonMobil will get priortised access to plastic waste for recycling projects that it is developing, Agilyx said. ExxonMobil will also get access to Agilyx’s artificial intelligence platform. The two companies will work together to develop more technologies and techniques.
Agilyx said it will benefit from a royalty on all the feedstock flowing through Cyclyx.
France’s October production of chemicals and chemical products rose 7.3% month on month, following a 6.1% increase in September, according to the latest data by French statistics agency Insee on Thursday.
Chemical output was nearly back to its pre-coronavirus pandemic level – down just 0.2% from February, the last month before the first wave of the pandemic struck Europe.
Chemicals output growth was well ahead of total average manufacturing output growth, which rose 0.5% and 2.3% in October and September, respectively.
Compared with pre-pandemic levels, manufacturing output is still down 5.0% from February, with transportation equipment down 14.0%, the Insee data showed.
France’s overall industrial production grew 1.6% in October, from September, driven by energy and utilities – but is still 3.6% below February.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomed the political decision of the European Council to extend the economic and sectoral sanctions against Russia for the next six months.
“We consider this decision as another strong signal of EU’s support for the efforts of the Ukrainian leadership within the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” reads the statement of the Foreign Ministry.
As Russia has clearly no intentions to follow the full implementation of all Minsk agreements, consolidated political pressure on Russia exerted by the EU in the form of restrictive measures (sanctions) is fundamentally important, the Ministry underscores.
The new facility will play a dual role as a test centre for customer demonstrations and training, and as an innovation centre housing STADLER’s research and development activities focused on the plastic sorting process. Ideally located within easy reach of two major airports – 60 km from Zagreb 125 km from Ljiubljana – and close to the A2 motorway, it is very accessible to visitors from across the world.
At the new Test and Innovation Centre, STADLER will offer demonstrations of the sorting process – feeding, label removal, ballistic separation, metal separation, non-ferrous metal separation, near-infrared separation with the latest generation NIR technology, and transport with conveyors and screw conveyors. This will help customers make an informed purchase decision, as they will be able to see first-hand the sorting process in the plant designed for them by STADLER. The centre will also provide training for customers, as well as its internal staff.
Recover is a family-owned company bringing more than 70 years of innovation in the production of sustainable, recycled cotton fiber; STORY3 Capital invests and fuels expansion
Recover™, a leading material sciences company and producer of sustainable, premium recycled cotton fiber and cotton fiber blends, through a strategic partnership with STORY3 Capital, is expanding to meet the surging demand from the global fashion industry. This strategic partnership will accelerate Recover’s efforts to transform the fashion industry by solving one of the world’s biggest environmental issues. STORY3 Capital brings significant investment, resources, and best-in-class operators to achieve Recover’s growth initiatives.
The European Commission’s Circular Plastics Alliance has released its new state of play on collecting and sorting. The report looks at the agricultural, automotive, construction, electronic & electric and packaging sectors – bringing together data from more detailed reports already being undertaken in each sector.
The summary serves to identify common challenges across the sectors: the issues of data availability, achieving high collection levels and the sorting of plastic waste are especially prevalent.
The report points to inconsistencies in reporting between member states due to the variation in the methods applied, which leads to not only difficulties in enforcing regulations, but also in carrying out quantitative assessments.
Another highlight of the report is the need to focus on research and development to improve collecting and sorting. This is true across all industries, each of which has its own unique set of challenges that will need to be addressed.
Here’s what you should know when choosing the best bottles for your cell culture experiment
Biological and chemical reagents must be properly stored to maintain their purity and integrity of composition. Any decrease in purity can result in contamination and subsequently lead to inaccurate experiments and unusable data. When it comes to storing media or sera for cell culture applications, both polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) come highly recommended. Whilst often grouped together and rather similar in name, PETG is advertised to improve upon the already vaunted break-resistance of PET. Does this claim stack up, and how can you make the best decision for your cell culture storage needs?
To meet the growing demand for aqueous solution storage, Corning offers a wide range of its newest PET media bottles. The PET resin used in its manufacturing makes the bottle lightweight, break-resistant, and as transparent as glass.
The automotive industry has an important relationship with the chemicals sector while remaining an instrumental force on the global economy as an employment-intensive sector.
In a fast-changing world, automotive manufacturing is susceptible to unique challenges. While vehicle manufacturers are impacted by material prices, trends impacting the market ripple upstream.
In October the global light vehicle market was marginally up, selling 91m units/year. However, recovery is still some way off, with global output not forecast to reach pre-pandemic global levels until Q4 2021 (Oxford Economics). Countries that have been most successful in containing the virus have had the sharpest rebound in sales. Many European countries re-imposed the national lockdown trigged by a renewed wave of coronavirus and surge in cases. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced that the ‘lockdown light’ will be extended until the 10th January 2021, although it may be subject to revision. As a result, demand could weaken as unemployment rises and working from home increases over the winter.
The Taiwanese government holds the “circular economy,” “purifying air,” “improving water quality,” and “caring for the earth” as core parts of its administration, integrating them through recycling and reusing, hoping to achieve the goal of sustainability and zero-waste. Under its governance, Taiwanese companies have also rapidly developed products that exceed the current global environmental standards.
Taiwan has a strong concern on how humans treat the environment, which explains why it continues to champion the design and development of eco-friendly products that will not harm the earth.
Currently, statistics show that the world uses around 370 billion disposable plastic straws each year. Disposable plastic waste is perhaps one of the most serious forms of global pollution, and that is why more and more consumers are concerned about whether the products they buy are environment friendly and whether they have also become complicit in destroying the environment when they buy certain products made out of plastic.
The outlook for isomer-grade mixed xylene in the first half of 2021 is beset with uncertainty as production margins for MX and downstream paraxylene as well as other aromatics have been unusually poor in 2020, and producers are carefully considering their overall refinery production going into the next year.
In Asia, more downstream PX capacity is set to start up, including phase two of the massive Zhejiang Petrochemical and Saudi Aramco’s Jazan, adding a total 5.85 million mt of PX output to the existing pool in 2021. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
However, MX demand is not expected to receive a boost from these new PX plants as they are mostly self-sufficient in upstream feedstock supply.
Instead, many market participants are concerned that Asian and Middle East PX plant capacity additions will further erode PX margins and lead to lower operating rates at PX plants outside China, thereby leading to an imbalance in MX demand and supply dynamics.
After two years of working on the project, scientists from the UK-based Brunel University London (www.brunel.ac.uk), along with Nextek (London; www.nextek.org) and scientists from the University of Greenwich (London; www.gre.ac.uk) have developed a degradable bioplastic film by recycling waste starch produced by India’s expansive cassava plant industry. The bioplastic film – which the scientists claim is significantly cheaper than current films – aims to help India manage its food waste by extending edibles’ shelf-life; 40% of the country’s fresh produce is currently disposed of because of packaging and delivery discrepancies. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
“The cassava plant has to be treated first with washing, and then beaten, before it can be used,” said Karnik Tarverdi, director of extrusion technology at Brunel University London’s chemical engineering department. “When the plant is treated, it releases tapioca starch that is washed down the waterways and causes pollution downstream. We wanted to harness this waste starch and use it as an additive to make film cheaper.”
Four MRFs in the eastern half of the U.S. will begin sorting polypropylene with financial assistance from major brands, retailers and other industry members brought together through The Recycling Partnership. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a project of The Recycling Partnership, on Dec. 8 announced nearly $2 million in grants to four MRF recipients. The money, which is the first grant funding issued by the coalition, is going to facilities that do not currently accept PP, allowing them to begin sorting and selling the plastic.
The Polypropylene Recycling Coalition launched this year with a focus on improving recovery of the resin across the country. It opened its first round of grant funding over the summer.
The recipient MRFs are Cougles Recycling in Hamburg, Pa.; Mazza Recycling in Tinton Falls, N.J.; Rumpke Recycling in Cincinnati; and Winters Brothers in Brookhaven, N.Y.
The UK chemicals industry on Wednesday warned again that a no-deal end to Brexit would damage chemicals trade and investment. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
Ahead of what is widely seen as the critical meeting in post-Brexit trade talks between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday evening, the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) urged the two leaders to finalise and sign a free trade agreement (FTA).
“Chemical businesses in the UK alongside those in EU member states, have consistently set out the case for free trade and regulatory consistency,” said Steve Elliott, CIA’s CEO.
“We do not seek such an outcome for the sake of it – UK firms need it to ensure that they can continue to export on a competitive basis to our biggest market, without the huge disruption and cost that tariffs, border delays and duplicate regulatory requirements would all bring through a failure to agree a deal.
Chemical recycling has a role to play in a circular economy but should be a last resort for plastics and other materials that cannot be recycled or reused conventionally, the European Commission has warned. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
The cautionary tone on the innovative technology came from two senior representatives of the commission during an online discussion of the role of chemicals as a catalyst for a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kerstin Jorna, director-general at DG Grow, said the commission’s ‘Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability’, published in October, recognised that chemicals were ‘an active ingredient’ for recovery and plastics had a part to play in a green economy – where appropriate.
Green chemistry company Avantium NV has secured a €7.5m funding from the National Programme Groningen to support the construction of a 5 kilotonnes FDCA plant.
The new grant is part of a €30m financing mix that Avantium and the Groningen consortium announced this January. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
FDCA is the key building block for PEF (polyethylene furanoate), a plant-based, fully recyclable plastic material that outperforms today’s standard PET with regards to environmental footprint and performance. The FDCA flagship plant to be built in Delfzijl is planned to start up in 2023. This will provide around 60 jobs in the region.
Today CHEM Trust publishes a detailed report on ‘Chemical Recycling’, a set of technologies that are often claimed to be on the cusp of revolutionising the recycling of plastics. This study finds that these technologies in reality have major problems, including substantial energy use, a need for pre-sorted, good quality plastic input and concerns over hazardous chemicals. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
The report, “Chemical Recycling: State of Play“, written by the environmental consultancy Eunomia, reviews available information on a large number of different chemical recycling technologies, and attempts to assess their performance and feasibility, including their energy use, climate impacts, to what extent they are able to address hazardous chemicals and how they might fit into waste management systems.
Eunomia identify a lack of adequate information as a pervasive problem when assessing these technologies. However, with the information available they assess that some chemical recycling technologies perform better than others. All technologies share key issues including energy use, need for almost clean and homogeneous inputs, and problems competing with mechanical recycling technologies.
The acquisition of the source was completed by the family active in the production of PET preforms through S.I.Con., An operation announced in the summer.
The Quagliuolo family, owner of S.I.Con, an important producer of PET preforms for mineral waters and soft drinks, has completed the acquisition of Acqua Vera from the Sanpellegrino Group through the newco AQua Vera. The preliminary agreement with the Nestlè group was signed last June (read article).
In addition to the brand, the change also concerns the two plants in Santo Stefano Quisquina, in the province of Agrigento, and in Castrocielo (Frosinone), while in the one of San Giorgio in Bosco (PD), which remains in the availability of Sanpellegrino, mineral water Vera will be bottled on the basis of a co-packing agreement. Acqua Vera thus returns to Italian hands and will be at the center of a development and relaunch project. Petrochemical Hydrogen TextileRecycling
Leading the company as CEO is Fabrizio Quagliuolo, founder of SICon., Flanked by a team of managers, some of whom are also present in the shareholder base: Marco Franzoso, former commercial director of Acqua Fiuggi and Sangemini will be responsible for the activities commercials, Luca Maggi (formerly San Benedetto) will preside over the GDO channel, while Alberto Ventriglia (from Ferrarelle) will follow the Ho.re.ca.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors is Pierluigi Tosato, former CEO of the San Benedetto Group.
Lanxess has raised its prices globally for 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) with immediate effect (from 4 December), due to a significant increase in raw material costs in recent months, reported Chemweek with reference to the company’s statement.
The product price has been hiked by EUR350/metric ton (USD425/metric ton). HDO is an important precursor for high performance coatings, fibers, adhesives, polyurethanes, polycarbonate diols, and as a reactive diluent for epoxy resins.
The company raised its prices worldwide on 1 December for adipic acid by EUR90/metric ton for the same stated reason. Adipic acid is used in the production of polyamide (PA) 66–based fibers and polymers, and for the synthesis of polyester polyols for polyurethane systems and thermoplastic polyurethanes.
As MRC informed earlier, since January 2020, Vinmar Polymers America has been distributing Lanxess Corp.’s high-performance plastics to customers in North America.
We remind that Russia’s output of chemical products rose in October 2020 by 7.2% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals grew in the first ten months of 2020 by 6.3% year on year, according to Rosstat’s data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-October output. October production of polymers in primary form grew to 857,000 tonnes from 852,000 tonnes in September. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 8,340,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 17% year on year.
Talks between the UK and the EU have failed to find an agreement. There are just three weeks to go until the Brexit transition phase is scheduled to end.
The European Commission on Thursday unveiled no deal Brexit plans in a bid to limit travel disruption after talks between British and EU leaders failed to break an impasse.
Officials said both sides should offer reciprocal access to their fishing waters for up to a year, potentially easing tension around one of the most emotive sticking points in the trade negotiations.
Britain told the EU earlier it should make significant concessions to break the deadlock by the end of the weekend for clarity about the finale to the five-year-old Brexit crisis.
Both sides gave themselves until Sunday to decide whether to continue talks or allow the UK to leave the current Brexit transition period without a free trade agreement.
“Negotiations are still ongoing but the end of the transition is near,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president. “There is no guarantee that if and when an agreement is found it can enter into force on time.”
The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) has adopted its opinion on a landmark restriction proposal, which would ban microplastics in products such as cosmetics, detergents, fertilisers and could lead to a ban of its use as soft infill on artificial turf sports pitches. It would prevent the release of 500 000 tonnes of microplastics into the environment over 20 years. Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
Helsinki, 9 December 2020 – The adoption of SEAC’s opinion follows an earlier opinion by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) in June 2020. Both committees concluded that an EU-wide restriction under the EU’s chemicals legislation REACH is the most appropriate means to address the risks of billions of small, solid plastic particles polluting our environment. SEAC also concluded on the expected benefits and costs to society of the proposal.
Bjorn Hansen, ECHA’s Executive Director says: “We need to protect our environment from microplastic pollution, and this restriction proposal is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. We have now concluded our scientific and technical assessment and given our recommendations on how to best address the risks. This will contribute to decision making in the European Commission and the aims of the EU’s Plastics Strategy.”
The Turkish polymer producer Petkim, whose controlling stake is Azerbaijani SOCAR, raised the selling prices of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) on December 3, market sources told ICIS . Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
This is the second time this month that a Turkish manufacturer has raised its LDPE prices.
Thus, the prices for the company’s material on the terms of delivery of FCA Aliaga (Aliaga, Turkey) increased by USD100 per ton.
The company lists actual prices on a gross basis, and Petkim may offer large discounts on shipments.
Earlier it was noted that over the past month Petkim raised its LDPE prices four times, and the total increase amounted to USD190 per ton.
In addition, the company increased the December prices for polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (HDPE) last week.
Contaminated recyclate used in manufacturing or processing plastics lowers product quality and can even damage machinery. The solution? Systems that reliably spot and correctly sort out contaminants from other materials.
Recyclate from used plastic is a valuable material that is used in manufacturing new products. Manufacturers and fabricators process it in flake, powder or granulate form, but only if the recyclate is of good quality. Different plastic types, incorrect colours or foreign objects can have a significant impact on recyclate quality. A distinction can be drawn between three main types of recyclate contamination: foreign plastics, discolouration and foreign objects. Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
These contaminants can enter the processing cycle at almost any time. Even the plastic waste from collection systems, which is pressed into balls, contains an array of materials that don’t belong there. Recycling companies are required to carefully sort their plastic waste to safeguard the quality of their recyclates. Random samples suggest that contaminants could account for up to 80% of plastic waste.
The findings of an independent laboratory testing of ‘M-ResinsTM’ technology show that it is suitable for recycling in a polyethylene (PE) film stream. The analysis was carried out by Proplast, as per the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE films. The technology is a multilayer resealable film lidding which is generally used in combination with a stiff film. Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
According to the laboratory results ‘M-ResinsTM’ technology conforms to the current European PE film recycling stream provided it is used under specific conditions. Since the technology is destined to be applied within a packaging structure, this approval does not apply automatically to the final packaging product. Hence the full lidding structure must be tested to receive a product approval. Another precondition is the presumption that ‘M-ResinsTM’ does not exceed 10% of the whole European LDPE flexible film market share. In case this threshold is exceeded, further testing will be required, and the current approval will be subject to a review.
Monoethylene glycol (MEG) prices in Asia rose to their highest level in nine months on December 7, surpassing USD500 per tonne amid rising prices in the futures market, ICIS reported. Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
Negotiations on spot quotations were conducted in the range of USD500-510 per tonne, CFR CMP (main ports of China), according to market sources.
Thus, a deal was made to ship a batch of material in early January next year at a price of USD502 per ton, CFR CMP.
According to ICIS, MEG spot prices were USD494-496 per tonne, CFR CMP on December 4.
On Monday morning, MEG futures in China rose nearly 3%, putting strong pressure on price negotiations in the spot market.
E-textiles have progressed to e-fibers. The next means of incorporating functional elements may be in process, give the research into a new polymer that’s activated by UV light. As reported on newatlas.com, a team at MIT started by developing a photosensitive thiol-epoxy/thiol-ene polymer. When the material is exposed to ultraviolet light, its molecules crosslink with one another to form a network that’s impermeable to common solvents.Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
The polymer was used to coat a conductive filament, which made an insulated fiber with a conductive core. Opaque masks were placed along the length of the fiber, after which it was exposed to UV light, so that some parts were exposed to the light and others were protected. When the fiber was subsequently treated with acetone solvent, the polymer only dissolved off the sections that had been shielded from the light.
Stimulated by firm international crude oil and polyester feedstock futures market, downstream buyers replenished under low price. Therefore, sales of polyester fibers improved apparently. Actual trading price of PFY rose by around 300-400yuan/mt. Price of polyester fibers is expected to slightly move up driven by upstream cost and falling stocks but the increment may be limited amid weakening seasonal demand.
Operating rate of twisting units and fabric mills descended but was still higher than past years. Downstream orders diminished but were still flat with past years supported by orders for home textiles. However, seasonal demand tends to reduce later. End-user orders are supposed to fall and polyester polymerization rate tends to decrease.
Sales of grey fabric weakened further. Sales of high density polyester taffeta for down sweater were moderate in Wujiang and Siyang and those of other fabrics for apparels apparently diminished. Many enterprises reflected that sales of grey fabric were only 30-40%, and stocks kept accumulating. Orders for fabrics for spring and summer wear were sluggish. Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
Companies expand their Quality Circular Polymers Joint Venture
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies and SUEZ (EPA: SEV), a world leader in environmental services, today jointly announced the acquisition of TIVACO, a plastics recycling company located in Blandain, Belgium. The company will become part of Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture. With this transaction, QCP will increase its production capacity for recycled materials to approximately 55,000 tonnes per year. Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
“This latest investment in QCP supports LyondellBasell’s ambition to produce and market 2 million tons per year of recycled and renewable source-based polymers by 2030. Extending the plastics lifecycle through recovery, recycling and reuse not only eliminates waste but also produces a product with a lower CO2 footprint,” said Richard Roudeix, Senior Vice President Olefins & Polyolefins, Europe, LyondellBasell. “This innovative approach is key to unlocking additional value from existing plastics while addressing brand owners’ needs for sustainable products.”
Recycling of textiles and garments is important to drive circular economy concept and technology is the only way to do this. But, does the industry know the significance of the concept and the understanding of the available technologies? Let’s find out some key available technologies… Petrochemical MEG CircularEconomy Textile
The fact is that all sorts of clothes can be given a second life after consumers discard them, and not to mention, a second life to all discarded clothes is MUST to drive ‘circular economy’ concept. But, the question is – do we even bother to go deep into the subject and concept of recycling and align our efforts with the industry’s goals?
The previous feature named – “Textile & Apparel Waste Management: Concept, Adoption and Challenges” talked about the concept of recycling and how it’s taking shape in today’s apparel industry, while we have now brought forth the technologies available for the industry to boost recyclers’ endeavours towards strengthening circular economy concept…
SIBUR Holding has launched the production of new raffia polypropylene (PP) grades – PP H043FF / 3 and PP H063FF / 3, increasing equipment productivity and processing stability, the company said.
It is noted that these brands are intended for high-speed production of flat film yarn, which is used in the manufacture of fabric and flexible packaging: bags, big bags, waterproofing under-roofing sheets, as well as twine.
Thanks to improved melt flow rates, new grades of polypropylene allow for faster processing rates – customers see productivity increases of up to 15% on heavy yarns and up to 23% on light yarns. By reducing the temperature in the extruder zones by 5%, reducing the pressure on the head and the extruder filter by 10 bar, improving the distribution of chalk concentrate, the processors’ energy costs are reduced.
A special package of additives, developed by the Recipe-Making Unit of the SIBUR PolyLab Research Center, reduces the share of possible rejects of film threads to 0 breaks per shift. The narrow range of controlled parameters of polypropylene batches guarantees the stability of the processing process, reducing the frequency of adjustments to the technological regime, increasing the stability of the quality of finished products. The effectiveness of new brands is also noted by equipment manufacturers.
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow announces the commercial availability of a wide range of tenter frame, biaxially-oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) for linear low, medium and high density packaging films, said the company.
This offering has been developed through a joint value chain effort, combining Dow’s INNATETM TF80 technology with the production know-how and experience of Plastchim-T and Ticinoplast, leading producers in PE and BOPP, and the processing knowledge of machine manufacturer Bruckner Maschinenbau. These solutions enable customers to use printable, tough, stiff and visually appealing BOPE films to produce resource-efficient, mono-material packaging that is designed for recyclability.
Dow’s TF-BOPE-based solutions for oriented films are already commercially available in Asia-Pacific and appreciated for their remarkable appearance, and puncture and impact resistance. Applications range from downgauged frozen food films, to triplex laminates without BOPA, and duplex PE-based laminates used for home and personal care pre-made pouches.
The base contract price of styrene monomer for consumers in the European market has been agreed at EUR918 per tonne for December shipments, up EUR139 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported.
The December base contract price for buyers was agreed upon on the FCA terms of delivery Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
As noted earlier, the contract price for styrene in Europe for the current month was also increased in early December by EUR139 per tonne to EUR918 per tonne. The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).
Styrene is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).
According to the China customs, in Oct 2020, China’s uncombed polyester staple fiber exports were 74,300 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 9.4%, and a month-on-month fall of 3.9 %, and imports were 13,500 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 25.9% and a fall of 7.2% from Sep.
Exports have increased in July, Aug and Sep for three consecutive months, and in Oct, the exports also maintained above 70kt. Currently, the delivery of foreign orders is drawing to a close. In Hangzhou, export offers of siliconized HC re-PSF are at $920-930/mt recently, FOB. However, affected by volatile exchange rate, some previous orders that are concluded see deficits, especially in Guangdong market. Product inventory in plants is relatively low, so some plants control the foreign orders.
In addition, the medium-grade re-PSF from Southeast Asia is offered at 5,000yuan/mt, after-tax ex-works, and its quality is close to that from Jiangyin and Wujiang district.
Neste RE makes it possible to use bio-based waste and residues and waste plastic in the manufacture of high-quality products
Neste is launching a new product, Neste RE, a 100% renewable and recycled raw material for plastics and chemicals production. It is a product for tackling climate change through reducing the need to use virgin fossil resources, while it also provides a new solution to the end-of-life related challenges the polymers and chemicals industries are facing today. Neste RE can be used in a wide range of plastics applications, from sports gear to toys, even in sensitive applications such as high-performing medical equipment. Neste RE makes it possible to use bio-based waste and residues and waste plastic in the manufacture of high-quality products.
World’s economy is only 8.6% circular today (source: Circular bioeconomy study, 2020, WBCSD & BCG).
DSM has revealed a new range of plant-based resins for the packaging market that can be used in the creation of adhesives, primers, inks and topcoats.
The first iteration of the range, Decovery SP-6400XP, is a low-NoAH alkali-soluble acrylic copolymer dispersion with high clarity and flexibility. DSM says that it is particularly suited to adhesive applications, such as removable paper labels for bottles and domestic adhesives.
The company also says that its new solution has a “significantly lower” carbon footprint than conventional, oil-based alternatives, while also being highly flexible, meaning it can be deployed to adhere to a wide range of substrates.
The former Mercedes-Benz site, which currently builds smart EQ fortwo electric vehicles, will also start manufacturing Ineos’ Grenadier 4×4.
Ineos Automotive, a subsidiary of UK-based chemical supplier Ineos, has acquired the manufacturing facility at Hambach, France from Mercedes-Benz and will start to build its Grenadier 4×4 there in late 2021.
The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
In a Dec. 8 news release, Ineos officials described the Hambach facility as being “ideal” for production of the Grenadier. “One of Europe’s most modern automotive manufacturing sites, it is home to a highly experienced and capable workforce, has an excellent track record amongst Mercedes plants for the quality of its output, and recently benefited from a major investment to enable the production of larger vehicles,” Ineos said. “Additionally, the site’s location on the French-German border, only 200 km from Stuttgart, gives excellent access to supply chains, automotive talent, and target markets.”
Japan will aim to make hydrogen a power source viable enough to produce the output of more than 30 nuclear reactors by 2030, the Nikkei newspaper reported. To achieve that goal in its bid to reduce carbon emissions Japan will have to make a technology now in its infancy commercially viable at scale, as the world accelerates an energy transition to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, reported Reuters.
The government will provide 2 trillion yen (USD19 billion) of funds to support efforts to make hydrogen viable as a fuel for electricity generators that burn without emissions, the Nikkei reported, without citing the source of its information.
Costs will have to be cut drastically to achieve a target of burning 10 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2030, with costs around 10 times higher for combustion of the fuel that only emits water vapour, the Nikkei said.
The industry ministry could not immediately comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.
The threshold has added urgency after Japan shifted its position recently and officially adopted a target of 2050 to achieve net-zero emissions.
Promising global market is predicted to grow by 36 percent over the next 5 years
The results of the European Bioplastics’ (EUBP) annual market data update, presented today at the 15th EUBP Conference, confirm the continued dynamic growth of the global bioplastics industry. “Our industry has successfully weathered the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. And the outlook for bioplastics is also promising as the global market is predicted to grow by 36 percent over the next 5 years”, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics.
The global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2020 to 2.8 million tonnes in 2025. Innovative biopolymers, such as bio-based PP (polypropylene) and especially PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) continue to drive this growth. Since PHAs entered the market, the share of this important polymer family continued to grow. Production capacities are set to increase successfully almost sevenfold in the next 5 years. The production of polylactic acid (PLA) will also continue to grow due to new investments in PLA production sites in China, the US, and in Europe. Currently, biodegradable plastics account for almost 60 percent of the global bioplastics production capacities. PHA and PLA are bio-based, biodegradable, and feature a wide array of physical and mechanical properties.
Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA announced a 10 cents / lb (USD220 / t) increase in December prices for polystyrene (PS) in the US, the company said in a letter to customers.
The increase in PS prices came into effect on December 1. PS prices are under upward pressure due to significant increases in spot prices for benzene and styrene in recent weeks. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Asia has been actively buying styrene spot shipments since the end of China’s national holidays, pushing U.S. spot prices for styrene to its highest level since October 2019.
Rising styrene prices and stronger performance at styrene factories have boosted demand for benzene and pushed benzene spot prices to their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.
On the demand side, PS consumption has steadily increased over the past few months as manufacturing activity in the US expanded, although demand has yet to reach 2019 levels.
Eurozone GDP rose 12.5% quarter on quarter in July-September as demand rebounded by the highest level on record after the lockdowns across much of Europe in the April-June quarter, statistics body Eurostat said on Tuesday.
The increase is the sharpest since Eurostat began recording GDP movements in 1995.
Demand across the 19-country currency union surged in the third quarter, and productivity increased after the near-total shutdown of swathes of European business in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
The wider, 27-country EU economy expanded by 11.5% over the same period.
The eurozone and EU economies had contracted by 11.7% and 11.3%, respectively, in the second quarter of the year.
Spot ethylene prices in the US in December, reached a 14-month high on the back of strong demand in the domestic and foreign markets in the monomer and its derivatives, reports of ICIS .
Ethylene spot prices were at 23.25-27.50 cents / lb (USD513-606 / t), DEL US Gulf of Mexico, up from 23.00 cents / lb in the previous week.
Demand for ethylene and its derivatives is expected to remain strong despite the pandemic, largely due to strong consumption of packaging materials.
US domestic demand for polyethylene may remain strong for much of 2021 amid changes in consumer behavior. According to Howard Ungerleider, president and chief financial officer of Dow, demand for packaging has grown steadily since the start of the pandemic, while demand from durable goods sectors such as automotive and construction has been growing since the third quarter.
Ethylene monomer exports to Asia also continue to grow, especially to China.
Making plastic materials out of biomass instead of crude oil and natural gas offers a number of environmental benefits, but these so-called bioplastics tend to underperform in a few key areas. Scientists at the University of Akron may have found a solution to one such shortcoming, engineering a new form of PLA plastic that can be used to contain boiling liquids. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Superior strength and flexibility are a couple of things conventional plastics offer over plastics made from biomass, as is stability when subjected to high temperatures. Recently, we looked at a breakthrough from a team of scientists in Japan, who used natural materials as the building blocks for a plastic with the highest heat resistance on record, and this latest study again pushes the envelope in terms of what these bioplastics can do.
The University of Akron team focused on a common form of bioplastic called polylactic acid (PLA), which is cheap to produce and a popular choice for things like food packaging and plastic bottles and utensils. Where it runs into trouble, however, is when it encounters high temperatures.
British prime minister said the talks are ‘tricky’ but his government is willing to ‘try anything’ to achieve a deal.
The British premier said he is prepared to keep negotiating a trade deal with the EU right up until the wire, and remains “optimistic” about his forthcoming face-to-face meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Speaking during a visit to a London hospital Tuesday, Boris Johnson stressed that talks are “tricky” and achieving a deal is “looking very, very difficult at the moment.”
Following a call with von der Leyen Monday, the leaders agreed that negotiations were stuck but that they would meet in person “in the coming days.”
“We will see where we get in the course of the next two days, but I think the U.K. government’s position is that we are willing to engage at any level, political or otherwise, we are willing to try anything,” Johnson said Tuesday. “But there are just limits beyond which no sensible, independent government or country could go and people have got to understand that.”
Nexus Fuels LLC (Nexus) and Shell today announce a supply agreement, for 60,000 tonnes over four years, of pyrolysis liquid made from plastic waste, which is then converted into chemical products. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Nexus, a leader in plastic waste molecular recycling, will supply fully circular, ISCC Plus-certified product from its plant in Atlanta.
This enhanced collaboration follows a year of continuous, high-quality supply to Shell’s chemical plant in Norco, Louisiana, USA, where it has been used in the liquid cracker to make chemicals that are the raw materials for everyday items.
The new agreement builds on that success and on a common desire to find solutions to plastic waste pollution and progressing a low-carbon future. It is a next step towards Shell’s ambitionto use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its global chemical plants by 2025.
Within the frame of a new investment project, Russia-based Polyplastic Ltd and KraussMaffei have concluded a contract for the delivery of two ZE 80 x 42D BluePower twin-screw extruders to extend the company’s production capacity.
Both parties conducted the entire contract negotiations remotely and signed the contract at the end of October. This contract further strengthens the longstanding, constructive and solution-oriented co-operation between Polyplastic and KraussMaffei.
Andrej Menschov, Managing Partner of Polyplastic, said: “In the growing Russian market for engineering plastics, Polyplastic LTD focuses primarily on equipment reliability and technical innovation. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Faced with a continuously increasing demand, we have to ensure energy-efficient and resource-conserving production while meeting the ever more exacting quality standards requested by our customers. The use of the innovative ZE BluePower twin-screw extruder technology will enable us to maintain the supreme quality of our products in the highly competitive market environment.”
French waste management and recycling major Paprec is planning to build a new mixed-plastic waste sorting facility in Chalon-Sur-Saone, said the company.
Construction will start in the next few months for completion at the end of 2021. The facility will sort mixed-coloured waste by material and colour and is expected to have a capacity of approximately 30,000 tonnes/year.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Paprec is also adding a new 10,000 tonne/year recycled polypropylene (R-PP) extrusion line at its facility in the Lyon region, which will come onstream in September.
As MRC informed earlier, 380,000-metric tons/year steam cracker at Porvoo, Finland, operated by Borealis, has reached 100% capacity utilisation after the company lifted force majeure. The company declared force majeure, following a technical failure on 11 November. The cracker was shut down to allow necessary repair works, according to Borealis. The company began restart operations on 23 November, 2020, and resumed normal operations in early December.
The Renault Group and Faurecia announced a partnership to grow and develop the latter’s existing aftersales repair services for vehicle electronics. The two companies’ partnership will allow Faurecia Clarion Electronics’ service to cover a wide range of electronic vehicle components, including monitors, infotainment, engine and body control units, and instrument panels. As the Renault Group and Faurecia begin working together, we dive into FCE’s European aftersales repair offer. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
While the development of circular economies has been accelerated by the covid-19 crisis and green economic recovery plans, this is nothing new for Faurecia Clarion Electronics (FCE). Since the early 2000s, FCE has provided vehicle owners across Europe an after-sales repair service for electronics through OEM dealerships and auto repair shops. At our site in Custines in eastern France, over 50 technicians handle repairs for vehicle electronics from across Europe. The after-sales repair service fulfils two needs: first, reducing waste, and second, offering a cheaper solution to consumers than replacing their vehicles’ electronics with new parts. Faurecia is as of yet the only Tier 1 supplier which offers after-sales services and repairs for over 20 companies’ products.
Live from the SACMI parent company, this webinar will showcase the latest ready-to-market developments for the industry, from technology to new cap design solutions. Key advantages include integrated design of cap-preform systems to optimise performance and cost. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Following an initial event in June 2020 on complete solutions for tethered capsules, SACMI is now preparing a new live worldwide event: on 15 December, the SACMI specialists will be illustrating all the latest on the lightweighting front, that is, weight reduction in cap and preform production.
Global production exceeds 400 million tons, 98% comes from fossil sources and a third ends up in landfills or, worse, in the environment: these figures refer to plastic, a material essential to our way of life that needs to be re-thought from the perspective of the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Will extend the annual production capacity of the plant in Brazil by 10,000 tons through the investment of KRW 40 billion following Turkey
The annual production capacity of the spandex plant in Brazil to be increased to 22,000 tons Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Chairman Cho embarks on expanding the company’s leadership in spandex market
Chairman Cho, “In times of change, we must turn crisis into opportunity by investing in the future.”
Hyosung Chairman Cho Hyun-joon. Hyosung solidifies its world’s No. 1 position in the spandex market by extending the production capacity of the spandex plant in Brazil following the one in Turkey. Hyosung TNC will extend the production scale of its spandex plant located in Santa Catarina in the southern part of Brazil by 10,000 tons by December next year through an investment of KRW 40 billion. Once the extension is completed, the production capacity of the plant in Santa Catarina will increase to 22,000 tons in total, which is around double the current production capacity. With the plant extension, Hyosung expects to not only meet the increasing demand in the American region but also preemptively respond to the post-COVID-19 era by expanding leadership from its competitors
On 7th December, Zero Waste Europe and Reloop, in partnership with the University of Utrecht, released a report showing that reusable packaging – such as bottles, crates, jars, and others – produce far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts.
The “Reusable vs Single-Use Packaging: A Review of Environmental Impact” study compares 32 Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of 11 different types of packaging, analysing their environmental impact at different stages of the product’s life. This includes parameters such as production, transport, number of reuse opportunities, and end-of-life treatment. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Among its key findings, the report shows that:
Reusable glass bottles produce 85% fewer carbon emissions than a single-use glass bottle, 75% fewer carbon emissions than plastic (PET), and 57% fewer carbon emissions than aluminium cans.
Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Petrochemical will start building a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and a polypropylene (PP) plant in Al Jubail in 2021.
Its 85%-owned subsidiary Advanced Polyolefins Company (APOC) has secured a Saudi riyal (SR) 3bn ($800m) eight-year loan from the Saudi International Development Fund (SIDF) to partly fund the project.
The planned PDH plant will be able to produce 843,000 tonnes/year of propylene, while the PP plant will have an 800,000 tonne/year capacity, Advanced Petrochemical said in a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange or Tadawul on 6 December
Linde announced today it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Snam to jointly develop clean hydrogen projects and related infrastructure in Europe. Snam, a world leading energy infrastructure company, owns and operates the largest natural gas transmission network in Europe, having approximately 42,000 kilometers of pipeline across the continent. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
Linde and Snam will work together to promote key technologies along the hydrogen value chain and develop opportunities for joint investments in commercial projects in the areas of production, distribution, compression and storage.
“Hydrogen is expected to play a significant role in achieving the European Green Deal goals,” said Steve Angel, Chief Executive Officer, Linde. “We are pleased to collaborate with Snam, a recognized leader at the forefront of the energy transition, in the development of the clean hydrogen economy in Europe.”
Panda facility is due to be running by end of 2021 and will process up to one billion plastic bottles a year
Portlaoise to get Ireland’s first ‘bottle-to-bottle’ plastic-recycling plant
Panda facility is due to be running by end of 2021 and will process up to one billion plastic bottles a year Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
It is in negotiations with major soft drinks manufacturers to collect, sort and process the material into new bottles, Ultimately, many of these bottles will be collected using zero emissions electric vehicles, facilitating a “closed loop” recycling process, it said.
SUEZ announced the official opening of the SUEZ Circular Polymer Plant in Bang Phli, Thailand – the Group’s first plastic recycling plant in Asia. The project highlights SUEZ’s commitment to preserving the natural capital and building a more sustainable future, while contributing to Thailand’s ambitious 2030 target to achieve 100% plastic recycling.
The world produces 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, and 50% of it is used as packaging . Globally, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean, of which Southeast Asia is a major contributor.
In Thailand, only about one quarter of its 2 million tonnes of plastic waste is recycled per year. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
To tackle plastic pollution and protect the oceans, the SUEZ Circular Polymer Plant recycles low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. It is one of Thailand’s largest LDPE recycling plants and operates in the highest level of compliance. It is strongly supported by the experience of specialists from PLAST lab®, SUEZ’s innovative plastic laboratory dedicated to plastic recycling located in France, that allows the plant to qualify, characterise, measure and formulate new recycled plastics to fit customer’s specific needs.
UBQ’s tech allows companies to turn all types of waste – including food scraps and plants, various plastics, cartons and even dirty diapers – into useful raw materials, called thermoplastics.
The cleantech startup UBQ Materials from Kibbutz Tze’elim has signed an agreement with the Motherson Group, under which the company will be provided with UBQ’s innovative raw material, which works as an alternative to plastic, and will be produced using waste from Israeli residents. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
Motherson, an Indian-Japanese partnership, is India’s largest manufacturer of spare parts and a world leader in sales with $8.8 billion of revenue per year. The company has factories in 41 countries that manufacture a variety of spare parts for vehicles, including mirrors, electric cables and more.
Evanesto, l’additif commercialisé par Carbiolice, permet aux plastiques à forte teneur en acide polylactique (PLA) de répondre à la certification « OK compost Home » de TÜV Austria Group. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
Pots de yaourt, capsules de café, barquettes, gobelets en plastique… Des plastiques à usage unique qui se compostent au milieu des épluchures et autres déchets organiques ? C’est désormais possible grâce à la solution commercialisée par Carbiolice.
Cette start-up française a en effet développé un additif naturel à base d’enzymes, Evanesto, facile à intégrer au moment de la fabrication du produit plastique d’origine végétal (PLA), et qui permet de le rendre 100 % compostable avec les déchets organiques de la maison. Evanesto s’utilise comme un colorant, ajouté au moment du process de fabrication. L’additif accélère alors la biodégradation intégrale sans particules résiduelles, et ce en maximum 180 jours, soit plus vite que la dégradation des feuilles d’arbre ramassées dans le jardin.
Vietnam’s textile and garment exports is set to fall 15 percent to $34 billion this year, the first drop in 25 years, over Covid-19 impacts. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
With the Covid-19 situation remains serious in the U.S. and some European countries, exports to these markets will continue to face difficulties due to a shortage of orders, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said in a recent report.
The 15-percent decrease, however, is still lower than the 20-25 percent plunge in global demand this year, it said, adding that domestic companies have been making efforts to pump up revenue by producing lower-added value products to ensure cash flow.
HCMC-based Dony Garment is focusing on small orders. Pham Quang Anh, CEO, said that in the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, his company took on orders of millions of masks from buyers in the U.S. and the E.U, but now the company is accepting orders as low as 36,000 units.
Centre’s decision to form a dedicated Export Promotion Council (EPC) for ‘Technical Textiles’ will boost exports and strengthen the domestic manufacturing capacity, industry players said. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
In terms of parlance, this category comprise of utility based textile products such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
In February 2020, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved the setting up of a National Technical Textiles Mission (NTM) with a total outlay of Rs 1,480 crore which will be implemented during 2020-21 to 2023-24.
Setting up of a dedicated Export Promotion Council is one of the four components of the NTM which is aimed mainly to achieve a 10 per cent growth rate every year until NTM ends.
Currently, India’s export is $93 mn whereas global market is estimated to be $11 bn for 12 apparel products under technical textiles.
Chemical Recycling transforms plastic into basic petrochemical inputs, such as monomers and hydrocarbons. There plastic component elements serve as raw material for making new products – which may ou may not be plastic. One of the advantages of chemical recycling is that we can use different plastic mixtures, which often complicates mechanical recycling. This technique also ensures plastic production with the same quality as original polymer. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
Since 2005, Braskem uses the life cycle assessment (LCA) to better understand the aspects related to the sustainability of its value chain. The information generated by the LCA substantiates the company’s business decisions. Also in the value chain, Braskem created the Rede Empresarial Brasileira de ACV (Brazilian LCA Business Network), a forum that gathers companies to discuss the notion of LCA and to disseminate best practices while applying the tool in the business environment.
Another Braskem initiative is the WeCycle platform, created to develop businesses and initiatives focusing on enriching plastic residues through partnerships. The goal is to bring reliability and quality to the development of products, solutions and processes involved in each link of the plastic recycling chain.
Coca-Cola European Partners plans to become a Net Zero business by 2040: reducing GHG emissions; turning to sustainable packaging; and investing €250m in decarbonisation initiatives. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling Hydrogen
An interim goal is for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 30% by 2030. The 2040 Net Zero target is aligned to the 1.5˚C reduction pathway set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
CCEP also wants to see all strategic suppliers – such as key ingredients, packaging, refrigeration and third party transportation suppliers – use 100% renewable electricity and put into place their own science based targets.
Encouraging change among suppliers
Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler: serving a consumer population of more than 300 million in Western Europe (Andorra, Belgium, continental France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden).
It will reduce GHG emissions across the five key areas of its value chain: ingredients, packaging, operations, transportation and refrigeration.
OPEC+ members’ decision to slowly ramp up production from next month will be balanced by increased demand as a result of the expected roll-out of coronavirus vaccines, Goldman Sachs said in a note dated Thursday.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia agreed on Thursday to ease oil output cuts by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 7.2 million, from 7.7 million now, starting January. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
“OPEC+ clearing the hurdle of exiting its current cuts in a coordinated way and its focus on both growing production and drawing inventories reinforces our conviction in a steady and sustainable rally in oil prices through 2021,” Goldman said.
The ad-hoc Network of Experts on Bioeconomy created to contribute to the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy has synthesised knowledge from different sources to inform policymaking on the future transitions for a Bioeconomy towards Sustainable Development and a Climate-Neutral Economy.
This is part of a forward-looking analysis promoted by the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy (KCB) to explore transitions towards a sustainable, clean and resource-efficient bioeconomy. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco has raised the January price for its Arab light crude to Asia to $0.30 a barrel over Oman/Dubai crude, up $0.80 from December, a company document showed.
It has also set the January OSP of its Arab light crude oil to the United States at plus $0.55 a barrel over ASCI (Argus Sour Crude Index), down $0.30 a barrel from December, according to the document.Aramco also set its OSP for Arab light crude oil to Northwestern Europe to minus $1.40 a barrel to ICE Brent.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s oil minister praised the latest OPEC deal, saying it would help to boost oil prices over $50 a barrel. He stated that his country’s 2021 budget will be based on a price of $42.
Microban International, a leader in antimicrobial technologies, and Manchester Mills, a leading textile producer committed to innovation with a customer first approach, announced today an exclusive partnership to provide antimicrobial treated textiles to healthcare facilities. The products will be sold directly and exclusively to the healthcare industry via Manchester Mills and their distributor network.
“At Manchester Mills, we are dedicated to developing smart, thoughtful textile solutions that ensure peace of mind,” said Elizabeth McNulty, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Manchester Mills. “The Protect360 products we are launching with Microban are truly innovative and provide added protection for specialized facilities. We look forward to adding Microban technology into more Manchester Mills products to service the healthcare industry.” Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
Key offerings of the Protect360 product line include mattress encasements and pillow protectors that are treated with Microban antimicrobial product protection and inhibit the growth of product damaging bacteria.
International technology Group Andritz has signed an agreement with Laroche, based in Cours, France, to acquire LM Industries, comprising Laroche SA and Miltec SA, France.
Andritz will take over all Laroche entities and their business worldwide. Closing of the transaction, which is subject to approval by the Andritz Supervisory Board, is expected at the beginning of 2021. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
Laroche is a leading supplier of fibre processing technologies such as opening, blending and dosing, airlay web forming, textile waste recycling and decortication of bast fibers. The product portfolio further complements the Andritz Nonwoven product range. Andritz is now able to offer the complete supply and value chain, from the raw material, to opening and blending, web forming, bonding, finishing, drying, and converting.
Laroche’s high-performance technologies for opening and blending enhance the Andritz scope of supply for spunlace, needlepunch and wetlaid production lines.
Amcor has developed a new hot-fill PET bottle for Colombia’s Nutrea/Frudelca’s breakthrough Frupro protein juice.
Protein-rich juice hits Colombian shelves in Amcor PET bottle
Amcor has developed a new hot-fill PET bottle for Colombia’s Nutrea/Frudelca’s breakthrough Frupro protein juice. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
Amcor is a pioneer in the development of PET heat-set technology, which allows beverages to be filled at temperatures up to 185°F (85°C) to ensure product quality and extended shelf life.
Frupro protein juice will be launched this month in Colombia. Nutrea/Frudelca is responding to a growing trend among consumers who are moving to healthy beverage options while also leveraging Amcor’s leadership in hot-fill beverage packaging. According to Euromonitor, the category is expected to grow by nearly double the pace of other segments.
Filtec, a family company founded in 1993 in Badia Polesine, Italy, designs, develops and sells solutions for the polymers pelletising process. Its mission is to design and customise high-performance and high-reliability cutting systems. Filtec produces every type of pelletiser (Underwater, Water Ring and Dry Cut). The wide range of quality products includes vertical and horizontal centrifuges, screen changers, vented vibrating screens and water filters. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
In order to move towards a circular economy, more plastic waste needs to be recovered and reused. Indeed, part of Filtec’s business is represented by the creation and production of machines involved in recycling processes. The high demand for Filtec centrifuges shows the increasing importance given to recycling. This product can be used both in washing and drying plants and enables the fast cleaning and quality drying of pellets, flakes or chips.
US firm Nordson Corporation is divesting its screws and barrels product line from its polymer processing systems (PPS) division to Altair Investments.
Nordson adds that this divestiture represents a portfolio realignment consistent with its strategy to drive profitable growth through highly differentiated products serving attractive end markets. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Hydrogen
Terms were not disclosed but Nordson expects the portfolio transaction to improve the company’s ongoing earnings and require a one-time, non-cash asset impairment charge of approximately US$87 million.
“This action underscores our commitment to align and focus our resources with the best strategic opportunities for long-term profitable growth,” the company added.
It’s considered a design classic in Germany and has won numerous awards since it was introduced in 1969. And it’s said that virtually every German citizen has held one in their hands at some point. We’re talking about what’s commonly known as the ‘pearl bottle’ for mineral water, which is made by Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen. This cooperative has been one of ALPLA’s customers in Germany since June 2020. The global expert in innovative plastic packaging produces the reusable PET bottle and the preforms needed for this at its site in Vlotho-Exter.
Pool system for water bottles
Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen e.G. (GDB) is a purchasing cooperative with approximately 180 members. It accounts for a good third of total sales in the market of German mineral water producers. GDB provides mineral water producers with everything they need for their operations and organises reusables pools that currently comprise more than a billion bottles and 100 million crates. Within these, there are approximately equal quantities of reusable PET and reusable glass bottles.
Since 2018, when PepsiCo Inc. announced its intention to achieve 50 percent recycled PET usage across the European Union by 2030, technical developments have occurred that are allowing the company to speed up this ambition by a considerable margin.
Having already reached 30 percent toward its goal, the company today said it would completely eliminate the use of all virgin plastic from its Pepsi brand beverage bottles sold in nine European Union markets by 2022. Already, the company’s Tropicana, Naked Smoothies and Lipton Iced Tea brands are marketed in 100 percent recycled PET bottles across a number of EU markets. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Packaging
innovations in the use of recycled PET in carbonated drink bottles, improvements in the appearance of recycled plastic, and greater availability of recycled materials on the market have all combined to make it possible for PepsiCo to accelerate its progress.
Milliken’s Millad® NX® 8000 family of additives increases product clarity, reduces molders’ energy use
SOCAR Polymer has expanded its portfolio of high-performance polypropylene resins with the addition of its first pair of random copolymers (RCPs). These resins are designed to yield rigid packaging via thin-wall injection molding (TWIM), along with a host of other benefits. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Packaging
SOCAR Polymer, based in Azerbaijan, currently is marketing these materials to customers in Russia and other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company suggests that these new RCP grades will qualitatively complement its portfolio of PP products intended for the segment of rigid packaging produced by thin-walled injection molding.
The two new grades are RB 4545 MO (with a melt flow index of 45) and RB 6545 MO (with a melt flow index of 65). Those viscosities account for the majority of TWIM items made from random copolymers, according to Milliken, whose Millad® NX® 8000 family of clarifiers imparts many of the key properties to the resins.
From October to November, China caprolactam market has been rising all the way for two months, but the logic of the push keeps changing. Initially, the market as driven by downstream demand, which gradually weakened into November, and then market was supported up by the cost, especially the price of benzene.
Bullish rise in upstream pushed the downstream up as a whole again. However, this logic was quickly over due to the retreat of styrene and benzene.
Instead, tightening CPL spot supply due to planned or accidental plant shutdown has gradually shouldered up the price. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Packaging
There is one thing elementary that downstream is still capable in following up, when upstream price driving forces keep changing in November. This is very important.
Entering December, more changes in CPL and nylon 6 chip plant issues may bring more uncertainty to both supply and demand.
China and 14 other countries, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the ten ASEAN countries, have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement on Nov 15, launching the world’s biggest free trade bloc, which is a major boost to Chinese textile and apparel export mills.
The RCEP is the largest free trade agreement in the world, which covers 30 percent of global GDP, and the number of final zero-tariff products in trade in goods will exceed 90% overall. Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Packaging
Zero tariff in Free Trade Zone benefits fair competition
For textile and apparel export mills, the biggest benefit after the signing of RCEP is the breakthrough in tariff and non-tariff measures. RCEP members promise to realize zero tariff on more than 90% of goods in trade in the region through immediate tax reduction and gradual tax reduction within 10 years, so that the RCEP is expected to fulfill the promise of free trade in all goods in short. RCEP members except for Japan have signed free trade agreements with China, with limited marginal improvement.
Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS) an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of 2 December.
Effective December 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:
– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR250 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR250 per metric ton;
– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR305 per metric ton.
As MRC informed before, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PS, ABS and and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) grades on 1 November 2020, as stated below:
– STYRON GPPS — by EUR110 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech HIPS – by EUR110 per metric ton; Petrochemical ChemicalRecycling Packaging
Eight years after its creation, Klopman Argo International (KAI), Klopman’s joint venture with Argo Manunggal Textile, which was conceived to serve the Asian market with dedicated production at a new Jakarta plant, has reached an important milestone. Replicating the success of the company’s Frosinone, Italy plant, the Indonesian production site has now obtained the highest level (Level 3) of STeP certification by Oeko-Tex, a system specifically dedicated to the textile supply chain to ensure the use of eco-friendly technologies and products, an efficient use of resources and the adoption of working conditions in line with the highest international standards.
The STeP certification, an acronym for Sustainable Textile & Leather Production, is further proof of Klopman’s ongoing commitment to sustainability that allows the company to offer its customers all over the world the same standards in terms of quality and social responsibility, communicated in a transparent and effective way, says Klopman.
Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air
The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, are published today in Nature Communications.
Normally, algal cells fix carbon dioxide and produce oxygen by photosynthesis. The study used sugary droplets packed with living algal cells to generate hydrogen, rather than oxygen, by photosynthesis.
Hydrogen is potentially a climate-neutral fuel, offering many possible uses as a future energy source. A major drawback is that making hydrogen involves using a lot of energy, so green alternatives are being sought and this discovery could provide an important step forward.
Just a few days ago, the second newly-delivered Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown system was commissioned at Innovatec’s state-of-the-art machine park.
With it, the nonwovens manufacturer – based in Troisdorf in North Rhine-Westphalia – immediately started producing polypropylene filter nonwovens: in particular for use in protective face masks, which have been increasingly in demand since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and whose domestic manufacture is being supported by the Ger-man Government.Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
Here, the highly-efficient Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology from Neumünster is supporting the production of these highly-effective filter media.
Global bioplastic production is projected to rise to 2.43 million tonnes by 2024, according to European Bioplastics
Global bioplastic production is projected to rise to 2.43 million tonnes by 2024, according to European Bioplastics. With its sustainability and vast array of applications, bioplastics are set to take the place of traditional plastics and even metals in all sectors of manufacturing. Let’s take a look at how important bioplastics are in the auto industry.
Origins Of Bioplastics In Auto Manufacturing
Pioneered in 1910, bioplastics use has had a storied history. The first car bioplastics were made from asbestos fibers and wheat gluten. Their use was experimental, however. Bioplastics were limited to minor uses such as being paint ingredients. That was until the 1920s when the technology matured enough. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
Glycerol could be derived from soybean oil to serve as shock absorber fluid. Soybean oil was also a critical ingredient in creating substitutes for rubber, which was in high demand at the time.
Global automotive Tier 1 manufacturer Motherson Group is collaborating with Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials to implement the carbon-negative UBQ thermoplastic into parts manufactured by Motherson Group for the automotive industry.
UBQ is a patented material converted from 100% unsorted household waste, containing food leftovers, mixed plastics, paper, cardboard, packaging materials and diapers. The unsorted waste stream is reduced to its most basic natural components and then reassembled and bound together into a matrix, creating a novel climate-positive material with applications across industries. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
By diverting landfill-destined waste, UBQ prevents the emission of methane, groundwater leakage and other environmental harm. Every tonne of UBQ produced prevents 11.7 tonnes of CO2-eq from polluting the environment, leading life cycle assessment auditors Quantis to designate UBQ as “The Most Climate Positive Thermoplastic Material on the Market.”
Could chemical recycling technologies help bring businesses closer to shaping a circular economy for plastics? A new Quantis report commissioned by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) attempts to answer this question — and more — by taking a critical look at the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of chemical recycling and its potential to close the plastic loop. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
Plastic recycling rates are strikingly low, with less than 30% of plastics collected for recycling today in Europe. Incremental interventions (a signature of business-as-usual) won’t make a dent in the plastic waste problem. Turning the tide on plastic pollution and avoiding GHG emissions associated with its disposal will require businesses to embrace systemic change, seek out innovative solutions and think outside the box to boost recycling rates. Added to this equation, chemical recycling technologies could help lay the groundwork for a new plastic economy.
Finnish oil refining giant Neste is developing polymers without the use of fossil fuels to create what it calls the “future of plastics.”
The material, branded “Neste RE,” is formulated with 100 percent renewable and recyclable materials such as used cooking oil and animal fats from industrial waste.
“As Neste RE is produced of bio-based waste and residues and chemically-recycled plastic waste, it contributes to circular economy,” says the company.
The material also contains recycled PET (rPET) produced through chemical recycling processes. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
Neste says the material is designed as a “drop-in” replacement for plastics and can be used on its own or in combination with traditional virgin plastic. The company also claims it is identical in quality.
“Upgrading plastic waste into high-quality polymers and new plastic products reduces the need to tap into virgin fossil raw materials,” says the company.
The U.S. PET bottle recycling rate declined by a percentage point to 27.9% in 2019, though the amount of RPET used to make new bottles increased.
The recycling rate last year was down from 28.9% in 2018, according to the annual recycling report from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). Last year, 1.77 billion pounds of PET bottles were collected and sold to reclaimers.
For the first time, NAPCOR calculated the combined PET bottle recycling rate for Canada, the U.S. and Mexico: 35% in 2019. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
The report also took a look at end markets in recent years. According to a press release, the research showed that from 2017 to 2019 the amount of RPET going into bottles was up 41%. The growth was offset by a 16% drop in RPET going into the thermoform and sheet market during that time, however.
From 2018 to 2019, the amount of RPET going into fiber increased by less than 1% and the amount going into strapping was down by less than 1%, according to the release.
A UK-based company, Toraphene, has developed a new material, also called Toraphene, that uses biopolymers that reportedly compost naturally and biodegrade without human intervention, even in the ocean. The biopolymers are combined with graphene – a Nobel prize-winning substance derived from carbon that is stronger than diamond at an atomic level. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
“Amidst a climate crisis, plastic waste is known to be a huge, global problem and many plastic alternatives now exist, so why don’t we see them everywhere?”, says Gaute Juliussen, CEO and Founder of Toraphene. “It’s because they need specific manmade conditions to biodegrade, and many degrade into microplastics, which contaminate our oceans and food chain for centuries.
“Such bioplastics have effectively been ‘greenwashed’ and mis-sold to environmentally responsible consumers and companies,” claims Juliussen. “They also tear easily, shorten the shelf-life of the contents they contain and cannot be produced economically at scale.”
LyondellBasell and Sasol (Johannesburg) have closed a previously announced USD2-billion transaction that sees the companies form their Louisiana Integrated Polyethylene joint venture (JV) at Lake Charles, reported Chemweek.
LyondellBasell now owns 50% of SasolпїЅs new 1.5-million metric tons/year steam cracker, and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plants – with combined capacity for 900,000 metric tons/year – as well as associated infrastructure at Lake Charles. The deal was closed on 1 December following regulatory and shareholder approvals, with the proceeds to be received within two days of closing, Sasol says. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
LyondellBasell will operate the three assets and market the polyethylene (PE) products on behalf of the JV shareholders. Approximately 400 of SasolпїЅs employees at Lake Charles who directly support the assets have now joined LyondellBasell, the companies say. Sasol achieved beneficial operation of the final plant at the Lake Charles Chemicals Project, the 420,000-metric tons/year LDPE unit, mid-November.
пїЅThe formation of this JV is part of our approach to growing our core businesses while positioning the company to benefit from improving economic conditions,пїЅ says LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel. пїЅWe believe our ability to operate efficiently and serve growing markets will create exceptional long-term value for our shareholders of both companies.пїЅ
Blow-out of a typical automotive radar sensor with all components faded, except the radar absorbing plate (second component from the left).
SABIC today introduced two new radar absorbing LNP™ STAT-KON™ compounds for automotive radar sensors, significantly expanding its portfolio of these specialty materials. The new grades, based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin, may be used for integration with radomes manufactured using PBT material, which can provide superior resistance to automotive chemicals. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Packaging
They complement and extend SABIC’s existing radar absorbing LNP STAT-KON compounds, which are based on polyetherimide (PEI) resin for withstanding higher processing temperatures or on polycarbonate (PC) resin for general applications that require high durability and a balance of physical properties. The high radio frequency (RF) absorption of these compounds can help increase detection range and improve signal resolution. Through materials innovation, SABIC is contributing to the growth of automotive radar and the design of next-generation sensors.
Renewable Polymers and Building Blocks: Technologies, Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2020-2025
Bio-based and CO2-based Solutions
The only way for chemicals and plastics to become sustainable, climate-friendly and part of the circular economy is the complete substitution of fossil carbon with renewable carbon from alternative sources: biomass, CO2 and recycling. Sold out PLA in 2019 has led to the installation of increased capacities in 2020, PE and PP made from bio-based naphtha are breaking ground and future expansion for bio-based polyamides will come into place, growth for bio-based polymers is expected to over 6 % until 2025. Additionally, the use of CO2 as chemical feedstock for polymers has been intensively diversified. Besides the long-established use of CO2 for the synthesis of polycarbonates, also polyurethanes can already be based on it. Optimised technology approaches in fermentation, electrochemistry and catalysts for conversion are emerging and broaden the CO2-based polymer portfolio.
Resilux recently signed a long-term contract with Dansk Retursystem to recycle PET and so deliver full circularity from used food grade bottles to new bottles in the Danish market. In addition, rigorous traceability and transparency gives fillers in Denmark and other countries confidence about the origin of the recycled PET that Resilux can return to them. The Danish deposit and return system which is operated by Dansk Retursystem is a leading example of how full, closed loop circularity in PET can be achieved. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
Closed loop PET recycling in Denmark
The non-profit company Dansk Retursystem ensures that disposable beverage packaging made of plastic, aluminium and glass is seen as a valuable resource and that it is recycled in Denmark. For PET bottles, reverse vending machines are used to give consumers an additional incentive to bring their bottles back. Used ones are then taken to centralised sorting units where they are baled-up and made available to participating recyclers such as Resilux to purchase – on the understanding that they are obliged to put them back into new bottles (through the supply of preforms). Resilux will try to put them back into the Danish market which will make a perfect closed loop.
Cost-effective solutions for a circular economy based on postindustrial waste from printed plastic films
High quality recyclates comparable to virgin material
Recyclate reuse up to 100% in divers packaging applications
Significant improvement of recycling by PU based ink system
PrintCYC is a value chain initiative for the recyling of printed films. Current members are the machine suppliers Brückner Maschinenbau, Kiefel and PackSys Global, the CPP film specialist Profol, the ink manufacturer hubergroup, the converter Constantia Flexibles as well as the recycling technology specialist Erema.
The initiative is coordinated by Annett Kaeding-Koppers as independent packaging and sustainability consultant. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
The project group has achieved remarkable results regarding the recycling of printed plastic films and processing of recyclate. The need for circular economy solutions for plastic packaging requires the packaging industry to take an active role in ensuring circularity starting from design, following the entire life cycle.
The automotive industry has an important relationship with the chemicals sector while remaining an instrumental force on the global economy as an employment-intensive sector. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
In a fast-changing world, automotive manufacturing is susceptible to unique challenges. While vehicle manufacturers are impacted by material prices, trends impacting the market ripple upstream.
September’s light vehicles sales were up 0.5% year on year and largely in line with the previous two months. This is well ahead of numbers seen in the first half of the year and represents decent demand. However, the results are very uneven across the globe. Countries which have been most successful in containing the virus (China and South Korea) have enjoyed the sharpest rebound in sales. Renewed outbreaks at plants in the US and Europe have disrupted supply, and demand could weaken as unemployment rises and working from home increases over the winter.
The contract price of benzene in Europe for deliveries in December this year was finally agreed at EUR521 per tonne, which is EUR103 per tonne higher than the November price, ICIS reported. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
The contract price was approved on terms of delivery CIF NWE (North West Europe).
The December material price has been confirmed by two sellers and three buyers, which is a sufficient minimum configuration to negotiate a contract price.
The December contract price for benzene was negotiated in dollar terms at USD621 per tonne and then converted to a price in euros at the agreed exchange rate of EUR1 = USD1.1922.
Thus, if we take the price of benzene in dollar terms, then the December contract price for the material increased by USD132 per tonne compared to November .
PKN Orlen (Plock, Poland) will invest an average of 4.4 billion zloty (USD1.2 billion) per year between 2021 and 2030 on a major expansion of its integrated petrochemicals business and the creation of a plastics recycling division as part of an enhanced strategic focus on petchems and renewables over the next 10 years, according to Chemweek.
By 2030 it will have an annual petchems output of approximately 15 million metric tons, and be “an active player” in plastics recycling with 300,000-400,000 metric tons/year of installed capacity, PKN Orlen says.
The strategic expansion is forecast to increase its petchems EBITDA from Zl 2.3 billion in 2019 to approximately Zl 7.0 billion by 2030, according to the company. “We are set to become one of Europe’s largest integrated petrochemical producers and expand our recycling business,” it says. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
The capital expenditure (capex) plans, outlined in its latest strategy update, are being implemented to achieve targets including expanding the share of specialty products in its petchems portfolio from 16% in 2019 to 25% by 2030, and ramping up its production capacities for olefins and other base chemicals in order to supply feedstock for the development of the specialty and other advanced petchems products. The increased focus on petchems will specifically include expanding its position in products such as phenol and other aromatic derivatives, it says.
The Polimech company (Polimech, Moscow) has launched a line for the processing of highly contaminated film materials with a capacity of 500-600 kg / h in the Moscow region, the company said.
The line includes a washing and drying complex of the latest generation with automatic removal of dirt and a highly efficient press-pressing for drying film materials, as well as a fully automatic granulation line with a thermal compactor, a non-stop melt filter with self-cleaning, and automatic filling into big bags.
The complex is equipped with a belt conveyor with a metal detector, a crusher model SLU-750 and a screw conveyor S-SHT-550. Waste plastics are cleaned through a flotation washer with dirt removal and an intensive screw cleaning, as well as a S-MFK-404 flotation bath and a water treatment bath. The line has a CP-30 centrifuge to separate the label.
Aquafil Group, based in Cartersville, GA, has announced that the Planet Recycling Inc. carpet collections network will join its journey to the circular economy in mid-December 2020. Phoenix-based Planet Recycling has been recycling residential and commercial carpet waste and carpet pad materials for more than 35 years.
Planet Recycling diverts more than 10,000 tons of post-consumer carpets and carpet pads from Phoenix Valley and San Diego County landfills each year. The company’s existing collection facilities will enhance the availability of used carpet material for the Aquafil carpet recycling facility in Phoenix.
It will also create a stable quantity of nylon waste for a regeneration plant in Solvenia, where carpet waste and other materials, such as fishing nets, are regenerated to make Econyl yarns and polymers.
Thanksgiving week was marked by mixed spot resin trading activity, with better-than-expected polyethylene (PE) demand more notable than the continued lack of polypropylene (PP), reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Export buyers raised their bids, which helped to clean up the lower side of the Houston pricing spectrum, but not enough to move the needle on benchmark prices, which held steady across the board. Completed volumes in November at the PlasticsExchange trading desk tallied among the lowest of 2020. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
Overall Prime resin availability remained low throughout the month. While PP buyers generally paid up to get materials in need, PE buyers were more reticent. They have been holding out for a significant price break that has yet to develop. PE contracts rolled flat in November, and producers will give their outstanding nickel hike a third shot in December. PP contracts will rise at least $0.02/lb along with PGP monomer, but will likely see another $0.03 to 0.04/lb stick, as producers have been rightfully pushing for margin expansion, writes the PlasticsExchange. Robust demand from Asia, which seems to be accelerating, could help keep the supply/demand dynamic very tight, as upstream inventories try to recover from storm-related production disruptions.
Kipas, a Monforts customer, is currently installing its third Monforts Montex stenter in Kahramanmaras. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling Textile
Kipas is also installing a third Monfortex compressive shrinkage system in a combined configuration dedicated to denim production at its Kahramanmaras site in Turkey. This follows the successful installation and commissioning of the second Montex and Monfortex lines at the Kahramanmaras plant in 2018, which Kipas vice chairman of the Board Ahmet Oksuz said had immediately exceeded expectations.
“We performed a very thorough technical investigation based on the latest Industry 4.0 analysis before the purchase, to determine what we needed, and the Monforts technology met all our requirements,” a Monforts press release quoted Oksuz from one of his interviews.
Total Corbion PLA has released its whitepaper outlining its position on the preferred end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics. The whitepaper also clarifies where PLA products and applications can significantly contribute towards the circular economy.
Total Corbion outlines most favourable end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics
Total Corbion PLA
François de Bie, Senior Marketing & Supply Chain Director at Total Corbion PLA, said: “While the benefits of bioplastics have been known for a while, there are still questions throughout the supply chain on how best to dispose of them after use. This position paper is intended for all interested parties throughout the value chain in order inform not only on the best disposal routes for PLA bioplastics, but also to guide how best to design new products for optimal end-of-life solutions.”
Indorama Ventures expands facilities Soft Drinks Industry driving value chain investment in recycling – 10 billion post-consumer PET plastic bottles from across Europe will be recycled per year by 2023 in Indorama Ventures’ new and expanded facilities in France and Poland. Thai-based Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) is investing USD1.5 billion globally to expand its recycling facilities. The new investment, that will see over 1.7 billion additional post-consumer PET plastic bottles recycled, was welcomed today by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, whose members have committed to use recycled PET (rPET) in their bottles. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
“Today we are announcing a new recycling facility in Verdun France and expansion of two recently acquired facilities in Bielsko-Biala and Leczyca Poland. Combined with our existing European facilities, IVL will recycle almost 10 billion post-consumer PET plastic bottles in Europe per year, by 2023. François LAGRUE, Head of Operations – Europe, Indorama Ventures Recycling Group said, This new expanded capacity will mean that, in our facilities alone, an extra 1.7 billion more bottles will be recycled in 2023, compared with 2020. This will lend significant support in realising the EU’s plastic collection and recycling targets.
Leading Japanese beverage player Sangaria has been counting on Sidel as a strong partner for more than nine years.
To increase its production flexibility, the company once again turned to its reliable supplier by acquiring the Versatile Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™ to handle aseptic carbonated and still drinks in PET bottles on the same line. This investment will also support Sangaria to widen its production portfolio in the future. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
In Japan, the local, fast-ageing consumer base is becoming increasingly health-conscious. For food and beverage producers, this puts an increasing focus on the introduction of new, added-value products and demands a careful tailoring of the existing ones to tackle specific needs and expectations around health and packaging functionalities. Alongside, premiumisation is also projected to show strong development in this market.
According to Global Data 2020, enhanced and flavoured water, as well as tea and energy drinks, are the best performing beverages in Japan with substantial forecasted growth in the upcoming years.
The contract price of ethylene in Europe for December supplies was agreed at EUR795 per tonne, which is EUR20 per tonne higher than the previous month, ICIS reported.
The contract price was approved on FD NWE terms (delivery to Northwest Europe).
This contract price has been directly confirmed by three producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum configuration required for the ethylene contract price to be approved. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
According to ICIS, the cost of the raw material – crude naphtha – remained slightly lower in November than in the previous month, but towards the end of last month it began to rise amid optimism associated with the release of vaccines against coronavirus.
Ethylene supply declined in November compared to October after a series of mostly short-term unplanned breakdowns of cracking units due to technical problems. Another factor that influenced the balance of supply and demand in Europe was the longer shutdowns of the cracking units against the background of higher than expected demand.
German nova-Institute recently published a comprehensive overview of the present status of chemical plastic recycling technologies
Plastic recycling has become a hot topic. The seriousness of plastic pollution has forced itself upon us. Industry, indeed the world, needs to close the plastic loop. But we don’t know how yet. Industry and policy makers will have to mount a concerted effort that includes taxation of fossil carbon in chemicals and materials. In order to ensure an income to the recycling industry, while simultaneously cleaning up the environment.
This is the second article in a series on plastic recycling. We published the first article on November 17. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
Plastic recycling and CO2 emission reduction should not be confused
It is important not to confuse plastic waste policy and climate policy. On this website, we have argued again and again that in comparison to fuel consumption, the amount of carbon stored in materials is small. Plastic recycling will therefore not save us from climate change. Conversely, plastic incineration will not add significantly to global carbon dioxide emissions. Whereas incineration may well be preferable to littering the environment. On the other hand, CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) from such plants will still be a good idea.
With the aim of meeting the demand for more sustainable multi-layer barrier casing solutions, DSM, SABIC, Cepsa, Fibrant, and Viscofan have together created a multi-barrier casing for meat products made via advanced recycling of post-consumer plastics.
Produced by Viscofan, the newly developed casing consists of several layers of different polymers. DSM Engineering Materials supplies the high-performance “certified circular” polyamide (PA) Akulon CRC-MB, and SABIC supplies the high-performance “certified circular” polyethylene (PE) from its TRUCIRCLE portfolio of circular solutions.
Both products are based on used and post-consumer plastics which would otherwise be discarded as landfill or lost to incineration. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
Using advanced recycling, the used plastic is converted into new feedstock, which then enters the production chain to deliver what the companies say are new “virgin-quality” materials.
Groupe Renault is creating the REFACTORY in Flins, the first European circular economy site dedicated to mobility. By 2030, it will employ more than 3,000 people in dedicated professions. The implementation of this industrial and commercial ecosystem will take place gradually between 2021 and 2024, replacing the production of new vehicles.
It will be based on a wide network of partners from all sectors and will revolve around 4 poles of activity, putting into practice the principles of the circular economy at each stage of the vehicle life cycle and mobility. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
The circular economy model implemented in Flins will be based on a set of complementary and convergent loops, aimed at encouraging the use of a vehicle instead of its ownership; extending its life through maintenance; and reusing it or reusing its components for other uses, when other solutions are no longer possible.
Clariter, an international clean-tech company, has announced that its unique plastic recycling solution has achieved a net negative carbon footprint according to the results of a new study, meaning it does not add to, but rather depletes carbon from the planet.
The results stem from an independent initial Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) carried out by CE Delft, the renowned research and consultancy firm. The LCA determined that Clariter’s carbon footprint is below zero indicating a net environmental benefit, with the solution actually reducing carbon emissions. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
The purpose of the study was to better understand Clariter’s sustainability offering to its customers and other stakeholders and to further inform them of its engineering design activities.
Despite of the impact of world COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, China’s caprolactam imports had created three historical record high in July, August and September 2020. Actually the volume had recovered gradually since May 2020, when China imported 16.97kt caprolactam, down 9.07% from last month but up 16% from the same period of last year. The volume soared up greatly in the following four months, and almost surpassed our pre-estimation each time. Petrochemical PETChip Recycling H2
However in October 2020, China imported 21.42kt caprolactam, down 40% month-on-month , but up 45% from the same period of last year. The significant fall in CPL imports in Oct is in line with our expectation, since the market hardly hears any firm conclusion over the past month. But why is such abrupt decrease in October?
Pyrowave, a pioneer in the electrification of chemical processes and plastics recycling, and Michelin agree to industrialize an innovative plastic waste recycling technology
Michelin Group and the Canadian firm Pyrowave join forces to accelerate time-to-market for an innovative plastic waste recycling technology.
They agree to fast‑track the process industrialization.
The purpose of the technology is to increase the rate of sustainable materials not only in Michelin tires, but also in other industries.
The Canadian firm Pyrowave proudly announces a joint development agreement with the Michelin Group. Through the Pyrowave‑developed technology, it is possible to generate recycled styrene from plastics found in packaging, insulation panels and/or household appliances. This recycled styrene is an important monomer*: it is used in the production of polystyrene and synthetic rubber for tires and a large number of consumer products.
BASF on Monday announced the technical completion of a newly constructed plant for its plastic additives business in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy.
The state-of-the-art facility will deliver a wider range of BASF’s NOR solutions to support BASF’s position in the growing agriculture industry, it said in a statement.
BASF NOR technology platform consists of a range of light and thermal stabilizers that are especially effective in plasticulture applications such as greenhouse covers, macro and small tunnels, nettings and substrate bags.Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
The BASF Pontecchio site has already been a major production unit for hindered amine light stabilizers.
Man-made fibres made from wood pulp and natural plant materials may hold the key to a truly circular fashion industry development, but the sustainable quality of the field can be further enhanced.
According to a report out last week from Forum for the Future and the Textile Exchange, man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) sector could revolutionize the wasteful textile and apparel sectors. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
MMCF includes materials such as lyocell, viscose, and modal that comprise roughly 7% of global fibre production which offers ‘unique prospects’ for achieving a circular fashion industry, the report said.
According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, without the quality loss, MCCF waste fibres can be turned into new fibres typically associated with recycling natural fibres. As a result, this fibre is apart from other materials coveted by the fashion industry, which wastes disposal is roughly $500bn in value every year due to the that is barely worn and rarely recycled.
What is the real cost of green hydrogen? Is there a reliable and straightforward way to obtain this cost? What information is needed? Is it valid to compare green hydrogen prices with grey or blue hydrogen prices? Mike Parr and Simon Minett attempt to answer these questions.Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
Mike Parr is director of PWR, a UK-based company providing market research and technical support in the field of renewables and energy efficiency. Simon Minett is founder of Challoch-Energy, a consulting firm.
Green hydrogen is much in the news. In October Cap Gemini published a report called “Net Zero 2020”. Page 36 had a section on green hydrogen with the declaration “At around €6 per kg, green hydrogen is not competitive today with fossil energies (parity at €1/kg equivalent to €25/MWh)”.
Last week another hydrogen organisation announced itself “the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition” accompanied by (yet another) report on green hydrogen which contained (yet another) price estimate for green hydrogen – €6/kg.
In 2018, the global plastic recycling market reached a value of $41,238.8 million and is expected to generate a value of $64,139.7 million in 2024, advancing at an 8.6% CAGR during the forecast period (2019–2024). The market is growing due to the rising focus on reducing the plastic waste volume and government policies and initiatives for increasing the adoption of recycled products. On the basis of type, the market is classified into polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and others.
In terms of source, the plastic recycling market is divided into sheets, wires & cables, packaging, pipes, molded products, and others (which include plastic waste generated from disposables, fabrics, and tarpaulins). The packaging division dominated the market during the historical period (2014–2018), holding a volume share of more than 78.0% in 2018. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
This year’s Society for Plastic Engineers‘ Plastics and the Circular Economy virtual conference saw Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director Vik Bansal outline his plan for creating the right environment to drive closed-loop plastic recycling in Australia.
“Set against the backdrop of the recent National Waste Policy Action Plan, defined timings for the Waste Export Ban and Container Deposit Schemes having opened or imminent in every Australian state, the time is now for companies to look at the waste value chain and take action,” Bansal said. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
Clean energy company Monolith Materials on Sunday said it has received an investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Americas to support its commercial-scale, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology.
Monolith Materials is the first US manufacturer to produce turquoise hydrogen on a commercial scale, with the announcement the latest in a series of recent investments by MHI in support of achieving a decarbonised world.
“Successfully scaling Monolith’s technology to serve a global marketplace will benefit from the kind of investment that we have from MHI,” stated Rob Hanson, co-founder and CEO of Monolith Materials. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
Tosaf Color Service’s colour, functional and combination masterbatches for POM are now based on particularly low-emission carrier materials.
In addition, the pigments have been optimally selected with regard to their effectiveness. As a result, the low emission data of the starting material – depending on the POM type – are almost fully retained, even after colouring and compounding. The new masterbatches thus help ensure compliance with the strict specifications of the automotive industry for moulded parts, and also with the requirements regarding personnel safety.
The emission-optimised masterbatches are suitable for all POM grades. At the customer’s request, ongoing applications can also be switched to the new technology.
Tests carried out at an independent institute show the efficiency of the adopted measures, based on the example of a conventional, low-emission POM grade, to which a combination masterbatch was added. Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
Mkango Resources, a specialist in rare earth material extraction, has announced that HyProMag and partners European Metal Recycling (EMR) and the University of Birmingham have been awarded a grant from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for a new project entitled Rare-Earth Extraction from Audio Products (REAP). Petrochemical PETBottle Recycling H2
REAP will investigate ways of recycling rare earth magnets from speakers used in automotive and consumer electronics applications, which account for approximately 20% of the current market for rare earth magnets.
Nick Mann, operations general manager of HyProMag, said, “With demand for rare earth magnets accelerating, it is imperative that we find viable economic solutions to reclaim end-of-life magnets that are currently lost. Current estimates suggest that the recycling rate of rare earth magnets from end-of-life products stands at below 5%.
The custom container for agribusiness and food producer Bunge is 22% lighter than competitive bottles while providing greater productivity and increased sustainability benefits. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
Lightweighting of packaging continues apace, as companies seek higher efficiencies in plastics processing and greater sustainability. Amcor in Ann Arbor, MI, a global developer and producer of packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, and other products, has developed the lightest 900-ml PET bottle for a customer in Brazil.
The custom-designed container for agribusiness and food producer Bunge, based in Sao Paulo, is 22% lighter than competitive bottles while providing greater productivity and increased sustainability benefits. The new bottle for Bunge’s oleo de soja Soya brand represents Amcor’s entry into the edible oil market in Brazil. The new PET container is resealable, reusable, and “infinitely recyclable” with existing technologies, including chemical recycling.
Packaging materials and solution company Uflex on Friday said raw material shortage led robustness in BoPET (biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate) prices.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Rajesh Bhatia, group president (Finance & Accounts) and chief financial officer, said, “October was better than September in terms of overall spread for us.” Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
BoPET spreads have seen a sequential correction starting in October. BoPET is basically a polyester film used for its high tensile strength among other features.
Chemicals trade group Cefic is downbeat on European chemical industry performance running into the year end, highlighting the seriousness of the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak and its expected impact.
Other agencies had been more upbeat through the autumn months with the regular data charting the upturn since May. And in their most recent quarterly financial reports, most chemical companies operating in the region were trying to be positive too, pointing to the fact that October had been better than September.
Forward visibility was limited, however, although there was a sense that, for petrochemicals at least, a typical fourth-quarter lull might not be seen this year because of reduced inventories and more ‘just in time’ buying. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
These reports, however, were made as second wave lockdowns began to bite.
German car maker Audi and the country’s Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) have teamed up on a pilot project for the chemical recycling of automotive plastics.
Under the project, the partners will take used auto plastic components – such as fuel tanks, wheel trim parts and radiator grills – from Audi models, and use chemical recycling to process them into pyrolysis oil. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
This oil can then be used to make new plastics materials.
“If plastic components can be produced from pyrolysis oil instead of petroleum, it would be possible to significantly increase the proportion of sustainably manufactured components in automobiles,” said Marco Philippi, senior director for procurement strategy at Audi.
“In the long run, this method can also play a role in end-of-life vehicle recycling.”
If the plastics value chain becomes more sustainable, the industry must focus on reducing the amount of mismanaged waste and recapturing as much of its value as possible
Approximately 220 million tonnes (MT) of plastic waste is generated globally each year. Of this, around 90MT is mismanaged and leaking into the natural environment, 70MT is landfilled, 30MT is incinerated and another 30MT is recycled.
If the plastics value chain is to become more sustainable, the industry must focus on reducing the amount of mismanaged waste and recapturing as much of its value as possible. To do this, more investment must be allocated to chemical recycling technologies, according to Wood Mackenzie. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
“Mechanical recycling has, to date, been the best way of capturing the value of plastic waste by turning it into other useful applications. However, the approach has its limitations.
One goal: A pure planet – The mission: Solving the massive environmental problem created by plastic waste in landfills and oceans, enabling partners to meet sustainability goals
A revolutionary and proprietary cost-effective method to recycle waste polypropylene to virgin-like resin built on patented technology invented by Procter & Gamble, to be globally commercialized by PureCycle Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
Supported by global commercial partners: Procter & Gamble, Milliken & Company, Total, L’Oréal, Aptar, Ravago and BMW I Ventures
Transaction includes $90 million in equit private placements and a $250 million fully-committed pipe anchored by Sylebra Capital and leading endowment & Pension funds and global family offices
Every material has its own unique set of physical attributes, and we must use the appropriate information and procedures to assure that our processes are sound and repeatable. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
As processors, we are required to mold parts using a large assortment of engineered resins. Each has its own unique characteristics—polypropylene does not perform the same as nylon; amorphous materials do not possess the same processing characteristics as crystalline resins. The material topic is broad, and experts such as Mike Sepe have made careers out of their understanding of this complex subject matter.
There are many common factors that if known and practiced will make a molder’s job easier. Although tensile strength and density are important elements of Safety Data Sheet (SDS) data to the engineer choosing a material for a specific application, the process engineer does not need this information to develop a process.
The American Chemistry Council and its members applaud EPA’s National Recycling Goal to increase the US recycling rate to 50% by 2030. Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
As part of its recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 17, America’s plastic makers called on Congress to work with industry to prioritize recycling legislation in 2021.
“The plastics industry has set an ambitious goal of reusing, recycling, or recovering 100% of plastic packaging in the US by 2025,” said Joshua Baca, Vice President, Plastics, for the American Chemistry Council (ACC). “All of us have an interest in ensuring that plastics are collected and recycled into new and valuable products instead of ending up in our environment, and success will require many forms of collaboration.
A staggering 50% of worldwide plastic production is used once and then disposed of, leading to pollution and depletion of natural resources.1 While recycling can help tackle this problem, accurate identification of plastic type is a crucial step to make it viable. Any mistake in identification can degrade the quality of the final product—with both commercial and scientific implications.2 Recently, we enlisted laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and machine learning to create an approach for rapidly sorting plastic waste—at very low cost.3 Petrochemical CarbonFiber Recycling H2
Various laser-based methods for sorting plastics have been reported, but the color and thickness of the plastic greatly affect their performance.4 LIBS can help overcome many of the difficulties faced by conventional spectroscopic techniques, requires minimal sample preparation, and is capable of use in standoff scenarios.
With plans for growth, CATACK-H claims its solvolysis-based recycling process can reclaim high-quality fibers and resins from materials and finished parts.
Founded in 2017 by CEO Jin-Ho Jeong, CATACK-H (HwaSeong, South Korea) is a chemical treatment-based, carbon fiber composite recycling start-up that currently serves the Korean region, but plans to expand as early as January 2021.
According to Hendrik Neuhaus, international operations manager, the company’s process involves the use of chemical solvents to break down epoxy-based resins in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts to recover fibers to reuse as a chopped or milled fiber product.
Several Asian paraxylene producers have announced their December contract price in Asia (ACP) at USD650-660 per tonne, market sources told ICIS .
ENEOS Corporation offered paraxylene at USD660 per tonne CFR for Asia.
SK Global Chemical (SKGC) and Idemitsu Kosan have put forward their bids at USD650 per tonne, CFR Asia.
Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for November deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR510 per tonne, which is EUR5 per tonne lower than the level of October this year.
Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , Russian market participants note a slight shortage of PET from some domestic manufacturers, but there is no need to talk about a shortage of material so far.
Spot prices of Russian producers last week were at the level of 74,000-77,000 rubles. per tonne CPT Moscow, VAT included. The contract prices of Russian plants in the current month are in the range of 68,300-71,100 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, VAT included.
Turkish polymer producer Petkim, whose controlling stake is Azerbaijani SOCAR, raised selling prices for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) on November 24, market sources told ICIS .
Thus, the prices of PP and high-density polyethylene (LDPE) of the company on the terms of delivery of FCA Aliaga (Aliaga, Turkey) increased by USD40 per ton, and the prices of low-density polyethylene (HDPE) – by USD30 per ton.
The company lists actual prices on a gross basis, and Petkim may offer large discounts on shipments.
Petkim has raised LDPE prices for the third time this month, while PP and HDPE prices were increased last week.
LDPE supply continues to be limited in Turkey. Earlier consignments of material from Europe provided support to the Turkish market, but their number decreased as LDPE prices rose in the European market.
According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , buying activity in the Russian market is low, but the demand for PE is still at a good level. A growing number of sellers report that they have sold all their November PE volumes. In the LDPE segment, this factor led to an increase in prices last week. The HDPE market also has a limited supply, but there is no excitement in this regard. In addition, many large converters closed all their deals at the beginning of the month.
Buying activity on the Russian PP market dropped significantly last week, and some small sellers reported that they had already sold all their November quotas of propylene homopolymer (PP-homo). At the end of the week, there were slight price changes on the spot.
Petkim Petrokimya Holding AS is a Turkish chemical company. The controlling stake in the company (51.39%) is owned by the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The rest of the shares are held by TURCAS. The company produces polymers (PE, PP, PVC, PA), detergents, packaging, etc.
At K-2019, plastics recyclers arrived at the Baerlocher booth to learn how to improve margins and gain market share by using additives in their processes. Baerlocher is eager to follow up on this success at the PRSE Virtual conference from 9-11 December 2020, sharing its experiences with its Baeropol T-Blend range.
A recycled HDPE compounded with Baerlocher’s chain extender shows a significant improvement in surface appearance (above), relative to a reference without the additive, when applied in profile extrusion (below).
Baerlocher is a long-established provider of additives for PP, PE and other thermoplastics. The portfolio includes the unique Baeropol RST stabiliser, which has formed the basis for a set of additive blends that have been found to be useful in polyolefin recycling applications.
Baerlocher offers fully formulated antioxidant packages under the Baeropol T-Blend range of products. The stabilisers from Baerlocher are available in a dust-free pastille form, much appreciated by recyclers.
Chemicals firm Perstorp says it has developed a production concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis. Calling it Project AIR, the firm will build a large-scale, commercial carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) unit in Stenungsund, Sweden, to produce sustainable methanol by 2025. It adds that the methanol plant will be unique at it is a combined CCU and gasification process where CO2, residue streams, renewable hydrogen and biomethane will be converted to methanol.
Perstorp plans to do this in cooperation with Fortum, Uniper and Nature Energy.
German materials firm Covestro has developed polyurethane elastomers based on so-called cardyon brand polyols, which contain CO2 and offer the same good performance as corresponding petrochemical-based elastomers.
A new technology from Covestro makes it possible to produce these precursors from carbon dioxide in a proportion of up to 20% by weight, thereby replacing some of the fossil raw materials used up to now.
The development contributes to recycling carbon and underlines Covestro’s intention to focus all its activities on the Circular Economy.
In the first half of November, prices of caprolactam and nylon 6 bright conventional-spinning chip had jumped up by 300-400yuan/mt, which was widely considered the stimulation of CPL intensive turnaround and tight supply. However, actual end user’s demand has cooled since October, and nylon prices are believed to reach the highest point in the second half of 2020 already. Based on nylon industry fundamentals, the price has been at its ceiling.
*Sinopec has raised the Nov contract by two times, and Shenyuan and Nanjing Fibrant have raised by four times. The contract price for Dec is still going up.
However, since Nov 10th, Sinopec had raised up benzene and caprolactam contract listing price continuously and significantly, which shouldered up CPL spot and nylon 6 CS chip price by 900-1200yuan/mt across the board, with some part of chip sources jumped over 2,000yuan/mt. CS chip buyers chased after the increase, and the transaction volume elevated.
Imports of all solid waste into China will be completely banned effective 1 January 2021, according to announcement released by Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Ministry of Commerce, National Development and Reform Commission and General Administration of Customs on Nov 24, 2020.
About the impact of this policy on the import of recycled PET, market concerns are mainly on two points:
First, the import of recycled PET chips. What we can be clear is that recycled PET chips are industrialized products processed from recycled PET solid waste. They are not solid waste and can be imported as long as they meet the relevant standards required by the Customs in terms of color, packaging, shape and other indicators. Due to price reasons, the import volumes of recycled PET chips have declined sharply since 2019. Most of the foreign factories that were put into production have been quit the market, and only a few are still in production. The import volumes are very small. Therefore, this policy has basically no impact on the import of recycled PET chips.
SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced the successful commercialization of LEXAN HP92AF Anti-Fog film, targeted especially at demanding COVID-19 protection equipment such as safety face shields and goggles in front-line work environments, as per the company’s press release.
The film product features a one-sided coating that extends the time-to-fog even at very high ambient humidity, ensuring long-lasting optical clarity.
LEXAN HP92AF has confirmed its superior anti-fog performance in extensive testing under harshest conditions (see video) and does not exhibit any hazing at saturation as could be observed with competitive materials.
Moreover, the anti-fog coating technology has no compromising effect on the abrasion resistance and impact strength of the polycarbonate (PC) film.
Alstom will supply six hydrogen fuel cell trains, with the option for eight more, to FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), the main transport and mobility group in the Italian region of Lombardy, for a total amount of approximately €160 million. The first train delivery is expected within 36 months of the date of the order.
The new hydrogen trains will be based on Alstom’s Coradia Stream regional train platform, which is dedicated to the European market and already being produced for Italy by Alstom’s main Italian sites.
The hydrogen powered Coradia Stream for FNM, will be equipped with the same fuel cell propulsion technology that was introduced to the world by the Coradia iLint. The hydrogen Coradia Stream will maintain the high standards of comfort already appreciated by passengers of its electric version. The hydrogen version will match the operational performance of diesel trains, including their range.
Singapore — Polypropylene prices hit a 13 to 18-month high across Asia on Nov. 25 amid bullish fundamentals, few offers for international trades, and limited container availability.
The PP raffia CFR Fareast Asia marker soared $70/mt on the week to $1,125/mt on Nov. 25, the highest since May. 14, 2019, when the marker was assessed at $1,150/mt.
Similarly, the PP raffia prices rose $55/mt be assessed at $1,115/mt CFR Southeast Asia, hitting an 18-month high as well since May 2019. Meanwhile, the PP raffia CFR South Asia marker was up $50/mt on the week to $1,120/mt on Nov. 25, the highest since October 2019.
In conjunction with European Hydrogen Week, global power leader Cummins Inc. shared new research revealing that more than half of the United Kingdom (UK) commuters would be willing to travel to work on a train or bus powered by hydrogen to lower their carbon footprint and reduce emissions and nearly half of commuters in Belgium and Germany expressed the same view, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
This new data was obtained through a survey of 6,000 respondents in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom in October 2020. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
“It is encouraging to see that citizens and governments across Europe are prioritizing the climate and understand that investment in hydrogen technologies is a path to improve the environment and fuel economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19,” said Amy Adams, vice president of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins. “With both the EU and the UK pledging to be carbon-neutral by 2050, there is, in short, real appetite from policymakers and citizens to make a collective difference. Hydrogen is a key part of Cummins’ portfolio of solutions to help our customers succeed and as a path toward zero emissions.”
The survey results demonstrate positive attitudes towards clean technology alternatives for public transport, with about 40% consumers in Belgium, Germany and the UK willing to pay GBP1 or EUR1 more for their daily commute in order to lower their carbon footprint.
Neste is launching a new product, Neste RE, a 100% renewable and recycled raw material for plastics and chemicals production. It is a product for tackling climate change through reducing the need to use virgin fossil resources, while it also provides a new solution to the end-of-life related challenges the polymers and chemicals industries are facing today. Neste RE can be used in a wide range of plastics applications, from sports gear to toys, even in sensitive applications such as high-performing medical equipment. Neste RE makes it possible to use bio-based waste and residues and waste plastic in the manufacture of high-quality products. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
World’s economy is only 8.6% circular today (source: Circular bioeconomy study, 2020, WBCSD & BCG). The urgency to move towards a truly circular economy is high (source: IPCC Global warming report) and will deserve a variety of different technologies.
A large number of components in automobiles are made from plastics; these have to meet exacting safety, heat-resistance and quality requirements.
That is why, so far, only petroleum-based materials have been suitable for manufacturing plastic components in automobiles that are subjected to particularly intensive wear.
Such materials are not recyclable in most cases.Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
Whereas plastics of the same type can often be mechanically recycled, recycling of mixed plastic waste poses a major challenge. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
Audi and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) are therefore launching a pilot project for chemical recycling as part of the “Industrial Resource Strategies” THINKTANK in order to feed such mixed plastic fractions back into a resource-conserving circular system.
Croda says it has completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of flavors and fragrances company Iberchem Group (Murcia, Spain) from investment company Eurazeo, said Chemweek. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
It follows an announcement by Croda last week. Croda says it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of flavors and fragrances company Iberchem Group (Murcia, Spain) from investment company Eurazeo for EUR820 million (USD975 million) on a debt-free, cash-free basis. The sum will be funded via a combination of Croda’s existing debt facilities and the proceeds of a ?600-million (USD798 million) equity placing representing 8% of Croda’s issued share capital, the company says. Acquiring Iberchem marks Croda’s entry into the flavors and fragrances market. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2020, Croda says.
The acquisition price represents a multiple of 20.5 times Iberchem’s estimated 2020 EBITDA, according to Croda. “We have known Iberchem’s team for many years and their business is highly compatible with Croda’s. Iberchem stands out with its significant exposure to emerging markets, extensive product portfolio well placed to adapt to sustainability trends, strong customer focus and R&D capability, and 10-year track record of consistent year-on-year growth. By bringing our businesses together, we are creating a new, full-service offering to our customers in consumer-care markets and a compelling platform from which to grow the combined business in the years ahead,” says Steve Foots, CEO of Croda.
Romanian company Green Tech, part of Green Group, is the first company in Europe validated by Gold Standard to issue CO2 certificates (VERs) resulting from PET waste recycling activity. Thus, Green Tech becomes the first company in Europe to issue 453.000 CO2 certificates, the equivalent of the tons of emissions saved by recycling PET waste over a period of 10 years. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
The validation of the project, named „Reducing CO emissions through PET recycling”, took 4 years, while rigurous measurements regarding emissions, energy and fuel consumptions were made throughout the entire PET recycling chain of operations performed by GreenTech.
„GreenTech collects and recycles PET bottles, resulting new products made of 100% recycled content such as: PET strap, foodgrade rPET and recycled polyesteric staple fibers. Gold Standard validation is a recognition that obtaining new products at GreenTech from PET waste rather than using virgin input (petroleum based), 48% CO2 emission savings are achieved. The estimated annual average GHG emissions reduction is 45,380 tons of emissions per year, given as carbon credits that can be used for offsetting a company’s carbon footprint”, said Alina Genes, CEO of GreenTech.
SIPA provides equipment for the production of a huge range of edible oil bottle sizes: from single serve up to 30 liters.
Some big names in the edible oil business around the world have turned to SIPA for complete filling lines for PET bottles. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
SIPA has strength in depth in plant engineering. Customers can consult with its experts to obtain optimum solutions that save them money and space while delivering the quality they need to be strong in the market. The evidence speaks for itself: SIPA has installed hundreds of lines for edible oil all around the world.
Fast and flexible choices in blow molding
On the blowowmolding process, SIPA can provide fast and super-flexible solutions. For fast production and sizes up to 3 liters the revolutionary rotary blowmolding system XTRA can do the job while for asymmetrical, handled, large and extra large size containers SFL Linear Blowmolding platform is the best.
Mexico is one of the world’s ten biggest producers of Municipal Solid Waste on account of its vast size and large population. The country generates around 120,000 tonnes of waste a day, which add up to 44 million tonnes a year. This situation has been further aggravated by an increase in waste (estimated at between 3.3 and 16.5% according to a study conducted by the Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático de México – the National Institute for Ecology and Climate Change) due to the country’s lockdown period, which has affected patterns in consumption and medical treatment. In this situation, the new sorting plants based on the automation of waste management, take on even greater importance for their potential to improve the environmental situation in Mexico and boost the circular economy. Petrochemical Bioplastic Recycling CrudeOil
“STADLER aims to be a driver in the change that Mexico needs to achieve a green economy standard shaped by technological innovations and business models . Both will undoubtedly bring environmental, social and economic benefits,” explains Natalya Duarte, Sales Manager for Mexico at STADLER.
The first-ever blue loan to a global plastic resin manufacturer will lead to the recycling of 50 billion PET bottles/year globally by 2025, including four countries in Asia and one in Latin America, says Thailand-headquartered integrated PET maker Indorama Ventures. The landmark US$300 million financing package has been arranged by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, for Indorama Ventures Global Services Limited (IVGS), a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global manufacturer and recycler of PET resin.
The funding will help IVL increase its recycling capacity in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, and Brazil—countries which are grappling with mismanaged waste and serious plastic waste in the environment—and invest in renewable energy and resource efficiency projects.
COEXPAN, one of the world’s leaders in Form Fill Seal (FFS) food packaging systems, has successfully tested mechanically recycled polystyrene in its FFS facilities at Innotech, (Innovation and Technology Centre of COEXPAN and EMSUR, the rigid and flexible packaging divisions of Grupo Lantero). Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
The company says this project is an integral part of one of the strategic aims of the value chain initiative SCS, of which Coexpan is a member.
SCS innovates together with various partners across the value chain to advance the circularity of styrenic polymers.
The ‘r-PS (r-PET alike’) project involves validating post-consumer PS mechanical recycling as well as using processes and technologies similar to those currently used on PET recycling lines: sorting, washing, flake sorting, super cleaning and melt-filtration.
-RadiciGroup relaunches on sustainable development ( Italian Language Only)
The Italian manufacturing company closes the 2019 sustainability report by scoring numerous goals in the direction of the green economy. Among recycled materials, renewable energy and territorial protection, the group focuses on the circular economy
2019 was a year of sustainability for RadiciGroup. The Italian company specialized in the production of polyamides, synthetic fibers and technopolymers for applications in various fields, from textiles to furniture, has factories in over 20 countries.
Consistent with its mission, the group confirms and relaunches its commitment to sustainable development, in an attempt to combine business objectives with the optimization and protection of environmental and human resources.
The 2019 sustainability report reflects this commitment, which has translated into concrete initiatives and actions such as the launch of new eco-friendly products, waste management, water and electricity consumption and the enhancement of communities and territories.
“The commitment to more sustainable development from an economic, environmental and social point of view is a topical issue even and above all in a delicate moment like the one we are experiencing. In fact, it plays a strategic role in the process of economic and social revitalization and is fundamental to guaranteeing a better future for the generations to come ”, commented Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup. «In a profoundly changed context, the sharing of objectives, efforts and experiences is central to continuing to grow. Also in 2019 we gave substance to our mission, creating lasting value through initiatives shared with all our stakeholders.
The European caprolactam (capro) markets continue to face upward pressure in November from the double-digit increase in the price of feedstock benzene, good demand and tighter supply due to an outage at a capro facility in Belgium.
Capro contract price negotiations for November are ongoing in the European market, with some settlements finalised with an upward movement already and others expected to close later this week. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
Following severe demand destruction during the first coronavirus lockdowns and a three-digit fall in the capro contract price in April, capro values have been gradually picking-up, albeit at a slower pace than the upstream benzene, as supply continued to outstrip demand. The market has become more balanced in September and October.
Toppan USA, Inc. has completed preparations for the production and supply of PE and BOPP based additions to its market-leading series of GL BARRIER transparent vapour-deposited barrier films. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
Full-scale sales of PE-based ‘GL-LE-G’ and BOPP-based ‘GL-LP-G’ will be launched in November, initially for the US and European markets. Toppan can now offer GL BARRIER films with PET, PE, and BOPP substrates to facilitate a full range of functional, mono-material packaging.
Numerous global companies are taking measures towards targets for better circulation of containers and packaging, and efforts to drive recycling by adopting mono-material structures are gaining pace around the world. Toppan has responded to these trends by driving the shift to mono-material functional packaging.
Samples of GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G have been made available to selected customers around the world since late 2019 under the provisional names GL-X-LE and GL-X-LP-G, and extensive assessments have been conducted to confirm their performance and market viability.
Turkey today reinstated Saudi Arabia in a key customs scheme designed to aid Turkish exporters who import raw materials, polymer market participants said.
The move will ease concerns that the exclusion, which was initiated in October, would increase the cost and reduce the flow of polymer imports into Turkey from Saudi Arabia, a key supplier. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
The so-called Inward Processing Regime allows customs-exempt imports and/or domestic purchases for export purposes, avoiding 6.5pc import duties for polymers.
Responding to calls from major brands in the consumer electronics business and electrics and electronics (E&E) industry as a whole for more sustainable materials, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced that its engineering thermoplastics business is expanding its portfolio of CYCOLOY and LEXAN resins containing high levels of post-consumer recycled material (PCR), as per the company’s press release.
Typical applications for the portfolio will include consumer electronics and accessories such as chargers and adapters, printers, copiers and laptop housing.
The new PCR material is blended with the virgin material to create compounds with PCR levels of initially up to 30%. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
According to an internal SABIC LCA Study, these compounds offer potentially significant reductions in carbon footprint of up to 25% and in energy consumption of up to 30% compared to virgin material.
Approximately 220 million tonnes (MT) of plastic waste is generated globally each year. Of this, around 90MT is mismanaged and leaking into the natural environment, 70MT is landfilled, 30MT is incinerated and another 30MT is recycled.
If the plastics value chain is to become more sustainable, the industry must focus on reducing the amount of mismanaged waste and recapturing as much of its value as possible. To do this, more investment must be allocated to chemical recycling technologies, according to Wood Mackenzie.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
“Mechanical recycling has, to date, been the best way of capturing the value of plastic waste by turning it into other useful applications. However, the approach has its limitations.
INEOS and Hyundai have signed a memorandum of understating (MoU) to explore potential joint hydrogen businesses, the European chemicals major said on 22 November, said the company.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
Hyundai and INEOS will jointly investigate opportunities for the production and supply of hydrogen as well as the worldwide deployment of hydrogen applications and technologies. Both companies will initially seek to facilitate public and private sector projects focused on the development of a hydrogen value chain in Europe.
The agreement also includes the evaluation of Hyundai’s proprietary fuel cell system for the recently announced INEOS Grenadier 4×4 vehicle. This cooperation represents an important step in INEOS’ efforts to diversify its powertrain options at an early stage.
Hyundai’s proprietary modular fuel cell system, which evaluation vehicles will use, has already proven reliable and effective in the Hyundai NEXO SUV. The world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV has the longest driving range among hydrogen-powered vehicles in the market. Hyundai is one of leading company in the field of fuel cell technology having started the world’s first mass production of fuel cell electric vehicles in 2013.
In Spain, Bioo, a biotech startup that generates electricity from nature, has developed Bioo Panel, which collects the electrons liberated in soil from the breakdown of organic substances by its natural microorganisms.Petrochemical Automotive Recycling CrudeOil
Installed underground, Bioo Panel visually fits into the landscape of any yard, garden or park and constantly produces electricity during day and night, regardless of weather conditions.
How it Works:
A) Rainwater and irrigation leach nutrients and microorganism from the soil to the biological battery.
B) The biological battery is formed by the anode and the cathode separated by the soil, which provides the organic matter and microorganisms needed to produce a current.
The research could result in garments that can power mobile phones and more
Scientists have found a way to produce nylon fibers that can produce electricity through simple body movements, giving rise to the idea of clothing that could power a phone or health-monitoring device.
The findings by researchers from the University of Bath, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany and the University of Coimbra in Portugal explores the use of solution-processed piezoelectric nylon.
“There’s a growing demand for smart, electronic textiles, but finding cheap and readily available fibers of electronic materials that are suitable for modern-day garments is a challenge for the textile industry,” said Kamal Asadi, professor from the University of Bath department of physics.
Founded in 1970 as a provider of thermoformed plastic freezer spacers, SFB Plastics company expanded into rigid packaging in 1976 and has specialized in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers for over 40 years. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
U.S.-based blow molder Altium Packaging LP has acquired the assets of SFB Plastics Inc., in Wichita, Kansas, a privately-held material handling and packaging manufacturer, specializing in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers.
Atlanta-based Altium is a unit of publicly traded Loews Corp.
The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Founded in 1970 as a provider of thermoformed plastic freezer spacers, SFB Plastics company expanded into rigid packaging in 1976 and has specialized in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers for over 40 years.
The first phase of the blockchain-enabled system is onboarding now in South Asia, followed by China and Turkey in early 2021 Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
Lenzing, Austria – Following several successful pilot programs, Lenzing has launched a blockchain-enabled traceability platform for its Tencel and Lenzing Ecovero branded fibers.
The platform is powered by Hong Kong-based start-up TextileGenesis and ensures the traceability of textiles from fiber to production to distribution. The global roll-out will be conducted in phases, with the first phase, expected to be completed within the fourth quarter, encompassing Lenzing’s supply chain partners in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. An estimated 300-plus supply chain partners from China and Turkey will join the program in the first quarter of 2021, with the expectation that most eligible Lenzing partners will be onboarded by the second quarter.
The findings of the time have also been featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry journals–Chemical Communications and Catalysis Science and Technology
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have formulated efficient “pincer” catalytic systems that transform industrial or biomass wastes into valuable chemicals. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
According to the team, tiny amounts of these “pincer catalysts” repeatedly convert large amounts of industrial waste such as glycerol into lactic acid and hydrogen. Such catalysts also efficiently convert bioethanol, a low-energy density fuel, into high-energy density butanol.
“Pincer catalysts are complex molecules in which, an organic moiety holds on tightly to a metal core, much like the claws of a crab. Such an arrangement not only confers stability to the catalyst, but also selectivity to bring about the intended transformations,” said IIT Guwahati professor Akshai Kumar Alape Seetharam.
The goal is to bring key players from industry and science together to develop a long-term strategy to shape the sustainable realignment of the European textile industry
The Bavarian viscose speciality fibres manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has partnered with the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in two strategic programs: “Bio-Based Fibres” and “Circular Economy”.
Against the backdrop of the increasingly important sustainability debate, fundamental changes inside the textile supply chain are taking place. The two three-year ETP programmes “Bio-Based Fibres” and “Circular Economy” are a clear response to this. The goal is to bring key players from industry and science together to develop a long-term strategy to actively shape the sustainable realignment of the European textile industry.
“We have been manufacturing bio-based fibres for almost 85 years – these fibres are made from the renewable material wood and they are fully biodegradable at the end of their product lifecycle. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
As an alternative to crude-oil based materials, these fibres are becoming increasingly popular in various applications.
India’s ministry of commerce and industry has halted its anti-dumping investigation into ethylene glycol (MEG) after receiving a withdrawal request from the applicants.
Indian private-sector refiner and petrochemical producer Reliance Industries (RIL), the key applicant, had requested on 18 November to withdraw the probe for unspecified reasons. But it still has the option to resubmit an application to relaunch the investigation.
The Indian government had started an anti-dumping investigation into imports of MEG under HS code 29053100 from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Singapore in December 2019. RIL then in late February made a request to the authorities to exclude Saudi Arabia from the investigation. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
During the Corona Lockdown in spring 2020 German PET recycler BTB PET-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG installed a new preheating unit and another SSP reactor supplied by Starlinger recycling technology. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
The PET bottle-to-bottle recycling company based in Bad Salzuflen, North Rhine- Westphalia, is now operating 9 SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactors from Starlinger recycling technology. BTB has been using the food-grade technology developed by the Austrian specialist for plastics recycling since 2007.
Each year, BTB processes approximately 20,000 tons of PET input material from the German bottle return system on a Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 iV+ recycling line installed prior to the SSP reactors. Andrzej Zajontz, one of BTB’s General Managers and in charge of all technical matters, explains why this is not as easy as it used to be: “Unfortunately, the beverage containers collected through the German container deposit system are not as well separated as before – in the reverse vending machines both clear and coloured bottles are collected together, and that is how they are delivered.
German manufacturing business conditions remained positive in November but expectations for the coming months “turned notably less optimistic”, according to the Ifo Institute on Tuesday.
The survey conducted by Ifo among German companies’ managers showed expectations for the coming months are equally pessimistic in other sectors like services or construction. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
Germany’s strong industrial base accounts for around 20% of the country’s economic output; its chemicals industry is the largest in Europe, with €193bn in sales in 2019 employing around 450,000 people.
“This month’s [November] bright spot is manufacturing. The business climate improved here, with companies assessing their current situation as markedly better. Incoming orders rose, albeit more slowly than last month,” said Ifo.
“However, expectations for the coming months turned notably less optimistic.”
Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas and a world leader in the production of biopolymers, and Denmark-based Haldor Topsoe, a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries, have announced that they achieved their first-ever demo-scale production of bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG), reported CISION.
As a result of the collaboration between the two companies, the MOSAIK technology development has been progressing according to schedule at the demonstration unit located in Lyngby, Denmark. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
The demonstration unit was started up in 2019 with the primary goal to demonstrate all key design features of the pioneering technology that transforms sugar into renewable MEG. Since then, the remaining process units of the plant have been built and put into operation, and the production process has been optimized.
Gerresheimer is expanding the production area for Small Batch Production of plastics in Wackersdorf – Gerresheimer Regensburg is increasing the capacity of its Small Batch Production in the Technical Competence Center (TCC) Wackersdorf. To this purpose, already existing production area has been converted into clean room space, and a new building with additional clean room and office space has been completed. The company is reacting with the expansion of production space in keeping with the growing number of projects that require smaller numbers of units or for which a smaller number of complete products are already required prior to large batch production for development, approval, and industrialization. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
Gerresheimer had already invested a double-digit sum in the millions in the expansion of Small Batch Production in Wackersdorf in 2018. In the context of the plastic and glass competence of the company, 900 square meters of additional area was at that time created for the development and industrialization of glass products like syringes and carpules.
The company published Upstream Innovation: A guide to packaging solutions, a practical guide to eliminating plastic pollution through circular economy solutions.
Packed with practical guidance and real-world examples, this handbook has been designed for anyone directly or indirectly influencing the packaging that is put around a product.
By focusing more of their efforts on upstream innovation – at the design stage of a product rather than just downstream efforts such as recycling – businesses can prevent waste from ever being created in the first place. Petrochemical Automotive Nylon CrudeOil
Covestro expands capacity for Vulkollan in Thailand
German polymer firm Covestro has started construction of a new production plant for Vulkollan raw materials in the Map Ta Phut industrial zone in Thailand. The investment is in the high mid double-digit million euro range. Production at the new plant is scheduled to start at the end of 2022. It will employ a staff of more than 25 people. The product is mainly used where highest mechanical strength and abrasion resistance is required. Examples are wheels for forklift trucks as well as couplings and seals for the engineering industry. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
“With this strategic investment, Covestro wants to further improve its infrastructure and customer proximity and strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Covestro. “After expanding our capacities for polycarbonate films, we are now broadening the production spectrum at our Map Ta Phut site with a new investment project.”
Polymer firm Invista has completed a 40,000-tonne/year nylon 6,6 polymer capacity expansion at its polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). This addition brings the plant’s capacity to 190,000-tonne/year.
This expansion is Invista’s fourth continuous polymerisation line at SCIP where the company now has 30,000-tonne/year autoclaves and 160,000-tonne/year continuous process nylon 6,6 polymer capacity. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
Pete Brown, Invista’s executive vice president, nylon polymer, added, “The additional polymer capacity is another key element of Invista’s integrated nylon 6,6 value chain at SCIP where we also have a 215,000-tonne/year hexamethylenediamine (HMD) plant and a 400,000-tonne/year adiponitrile (ADN) plant currently under construction.”
With Relive-1, Autoneum is launching an innovative tufted carpet that meets the highest requirements of sustainable mobility. The tufting technology for the compact to premium class, which has been awarded the “Autoneum Pure.” label for outstanding environmental friendliness, is also more durable than the carpet standards common in these vehicle segments and convinces with excellent cleanability.Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
Global demand for innovative cars of the future and sustainable forms of mobility is rising. Accordingly, automobile manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly focusing their vehicle development activities on resource-saving lightweight components and production processes. In addition, the look and feel of the passenger cabin is a decisive factor in the purchasing decision, as in the future the car will be used increasingly for work and recreation. Here, carpet systems play a key role in terms of quality perception because of their size. With Relive-1, Autoneum now offers a premium technology for automotive carpets that not only scores with its aesthetic appearance, but also has an exceptional environmental performance. Among other things, carpets made of Relive-1 feature a particularly sustainable use of raw materials: For example, only recycled PET bottles are used to manufacture the carpet yarns.
Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas said it is stepping up investments in hydrogen as part of a global push to produce carbon-free energy, even as the firm expands its portfolio in LNG and renewable energy. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
“The trajectory for moving towards hydrogen is really picking up space,” chief executive Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz said during the APEC CEO Dialogues.
Group plans to triple annual capacity to 750,000 tons in five years
Thailand’s Indorama Ventures, the world’s top producer of PET, will spend $1.5 billion to triple its plastics recycling operations, an ambitious goal backed by growing demand among green-minded beverage producers. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
Indorama has been aggressively acquiring companies that recycle polyethylene terephthalate, a material used in plastic bottles, in recent years. It aims to expand its recycling capacity to 750,000 tons a year by 2025 from the current roughly 250,000 tons.
The goal is to have “recycled materials account for about 20% of the 4 million tons of PET Indorama supplies to the beverage industry a year,” Chief Sustainability Officer Yashovardhan Lohia told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview.
One in five PET bottles in the world is said to be made of Indorama’s materials. The company’s rapid ascent to the world’s top PET manufacturer was achieved through a series of acquisitions.
The WEEE waste recycling market in the UK is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 8% until 2030, reaching a valuation of $200 million, said Transparency Market Research, a next-generation market intelligence provider, in a new report.
The WEEE waste recycling market in the UK is broadly affected by several factors. These include increase in consumption of electrical & electronics equipment, rise in concern about disposal of e-waste, and growth in the number of e-waste management laws.
Furthermore, ongoing investment in development of material recycling facility with the aim to reduce the generation of e-waste stream is a key factor expected to boost the WEEE waste recycling market in the UK in the near future. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
The European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market has firmed on the back of surging logistics costs, with higher import offers as the ongong shutdown season has reduced domestic production. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
Higher import prices would give European sellers an opportunity to firm prices; on the other hand, buyers remain cautious due to underlying demand patterns.
Turnarounds began earlier than expected, and is now expected to end later than planned due to coronavirus restrictions.
ALL ABOUT ASIA
“It [the European market] is short because all the Asian countries are producing and exporting, and not importing, because of Covid-19,” a trader said.
“Containers are not coming back empty. There are fewer than usual,” it added.
On November 15, 2020, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement has been signed among its 15 participating countries, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), launching the world’s biggest free trade bloc, after 31 rounds of negotiations over eight years.
Below three tables shows the changes in the tariff of major nylon relevant products between China and highly relevant regions or countries in the trade pact.
The Indian government has introduced anti-dumping duties (ADDs) on imported polystyrene (PS) shipments from six countries: Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, ICIS reported.
In late June, the Indian government released the results of a year-long anti-dumping investigation into imported polystyrene. The investigation concluded that the dumping was in progress and imposed duties ranging from USD35 to USD474 on aircraft shipments from six countries of origin – Iran, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
Once the tariffs take effect, most buyers expect PS imports to drop sharply, especially from Iranian producers who have offered goods at attractive prices, often in cash.
According to MRC ‘s ScanPlast , the estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics in Russia for the first nine months of this year amounted to 362.82 thousand tons. The decrease relative to the consumption indicator for the same period last year amounted to 1%. In September, the total estimated consumption in the country was 48.69 thousand tons, which is 13% more than in September 2019.
The eurozone private sector slid back into contraction in November with subdued growth in the manufacturing sector unable to stem the decline on the back of an accelerating decline in the service sector, according to analysts from IHS Markit on Monday.
Rising coronavirus infection rates and aggressive measures to prevent the spread of the virus weighed on purchasing manager index (PMI) levels.
Accounting for pandemic-driven crashes in quarters one and two this year, the average PMI reading of 47.6 in the fourth quarter so far is the lowest since the region’s debt crisis in the closing quarter of 2012. Petrochemical Automotive PEF CrudeOil
This could point to a steep decline in GDP for the year, which Markit anticipates will track a decline of 7.4% which could rise to a 3.7% expansion in 2021.
San Diego, CA, November 20, 2020-Genomatica signed a first-of-its-kind deal with Aquafil to build a demonstration scale facility to produce the largest quantity of 100% renewable nylon-6 ever available. Responding to surging consumer interest in sustainable products, the material will go to leading global brands eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers. The deal is a 50-fold expansion over previous production levels and represents significant acceleration toward commercializing renewably-sourced nylon-6, a material that is poised to reshape a $960 billion textile industry.
This multi-year agreement provides the foundation for a more sustainable nylon value chain by expanding a longstanding Genomatica partnership with major European nylon producer Aquafil. The two companies teamed up in January 2020 to produce the world’s first ton of bio-nylon-6 precursor at pilot scale. Relying on their expertise in scaling up renewably-sourced chemicals, Genomatica and Aquafil are moving directly to a larger-than-typical demonstration scale to support initial commercial applications by committed brand partners. The first production runs are slated to create 50 tons of bio-nylon for pre-commercial use by Genomatica’s brand partners, with the demonstration plant to continue supporting product needs until commercial scale plants are in operation.
Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as a provider of renewable and circular solutions for the petrochemical industry, and LG Chem, South Korea’s largest diversified petrochemicals company and a world’s leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for energy solutions, have today announced their aim to build a strategic long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally, and more specifically, in the LG Chem’s home market Korea.
Thanks to the partnership, LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months. This helps LG Chem to produce renewable polymers and chemicals to meet the increasing sustainability requirements and expectations of its customers – such as those producing polyolefin-based containers, packaging, hygiene products, and electronic materials – without compromising on quality, performance or recyclability of its products.
The development of new technologies for the automotive industry focuses on comfort and the safety of passengers. Chemistry has already made a decisive contribution to this and will also play an important role in future mobility challenges. In addition to electromobility, automated driving is a crucial building block for the mobility of tomorrow. Closely linked to this development is the increased use of sensors.
With Ultradur RX, BASF has now developed a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) specifically for radar sensor applications in vehicles. Due to its good resistance against media such as splash water, oils or salt, Ultradur offers an exceptional protection for sensor housings. In addition, the new material shields the sensitive electronics in the housings against disturbing electromagnetic waves from other vehicles
Dr Erik Gubbels, R&D Ultradur expert in the Performance Materials division at BASF, said: “The different grades of the new Ultradur RX series are products designed for absorption and reduction of interference radiation in the range of 76 to 81 GHz. They offer a high level of protection of the sensitive electronics. This dielectrically optimized material fulfills the high standards for sensor components and is suitable for the use as a rear housing cover or behind the printed circuit board of a radar sensor, for example.”
NPP POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, in 2021 will commission two high-performance compounding lines for plastics based on twin-screw extruders of the BluePower series, the company said in a press release.
NPP “POLYPLASTIC” in 2021 will commission two high-performance plastic compounding lines based on twin-screw extruders of the BluePower series. KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH (Germany) will supply under the contract. The planned capacity of the new lines, which have no analogues in Russia today, will be more than 20 thousand tons of finished products per year.
High-tech lines will be installed within the framework of the investment project of NPP “POLYPLASTIC” for the creation of the “Saratov plant of polymer materials” (SZMP) on the territory of the region of the same name and increasing the production capacity of the enterprise. Investments in equipment alone will amount to over EUR3.3 million.
“The dynamics of growth in demand for compounds has not dropped below 6% per year in recent years, markets for thermoplastic elastomers, heat and electrical conductive compounds, and the cable business are actively developing in our country. These are the very niches that Russian manufacturers can and should occupy, displacing imports.” , – believes the managing partner of NPP POLYPLASTIC Andrey Menshov.
Large Chinese manufacturer Sinopec significantly increased its PP price offer in southern China on November, a source close to the company told ICIS .
The South China branch of the petrochemical giant increased its offers by CNY100-350 per tonne to CNY8 650-9 100 per tonne for PP for filaments and fibers, by CNY200-350 per ton to CNY8 800-9,500 per ton for injection molded PP and CNY100 –250 per tonne to CNY9,000–9,600 per tonne for some PP copolymers.
Meanwhile, PP prices for filaments / fibers and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) are increased by CNY150 per tonne to CNY8,900 per tonne and CNY8,750 per tonne, respectively.
The sharp rise in polypropylene futures and limited supply were the main reasons for the rise in prices.
The January 2021 contract, the most actively traded polypropylene futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), was up 2.06% on Nov.16, compared to the previous settlement.
According to market sources, Sinopec and PetroChina’s combined stocks of polyolefins were 630 thousand tonnes as of November 17, down 50 thousand tonnes from November 16 and 12% year-on-year.
THE plastics industry is under pressure from import competition at a time of global surpluses for the segment, as well as reduced activity during the lockdown, the industry association said.
Philippine Plastics Industry Association, Inc. President Danny Ngo said lockdown measures have reduced production by constraining the movement of personnel and supplies, especially during the initial months of the public health emergency.
The plastics industry produces mostly pipes and packaging, supplying the food, agriculture, and electronics industries.
The pandemic has increased the global use of plastics as demand for medical goods and take-out containers surged, while the collapse of the oil market made virgin plastic manufacturing cheaper than recycling, alarming environmental advocates.
In the Philippines, importers have the upper hand.
Brussels, 18 November 2020 – In October 2020, the EU passenger car market slipped back into negative territory, after posting the first increase of the year in September. Registrations of new cars declined by 7.8% to 953,615 units last month, as several European governments reimposed restrictions to battle a second wave of the coronavirus.
In October 2020, the EU passenger car market slipped back into negative territory, after posting the first increase of the year in September. Registrations of new cars declined by 7.8% to 953,615 units last month, as several European governments reimposed restrictions to battle a second wave of the coronavirus. With the exception of Ireland and Romania, losses were posted in all EU markets, including the four major ones. Demand fell markedly in Spain (-21%) while more moderate decreases were observed in France (-9.5%) and Germany (-3.6%). In Italy, on the other hand, demand remained almost unchanged (-0.2%) compared to October 2019 levels.
Mini has released its Vision Urbanaut concept, which the company claims has been designed from the inside out.
The designers completed the interior concept before developing the exterior, using floor plans, pieces of furniture plus wooden scale models to provide an indication of size. Over the course of the project, augmented reality was employed to create a digital model, which was then systematically optimized.
At 4.46m in length, the concept provides an interior space that can be used in different ways and offers ease of movement inside the car, Mini says. For example, it can transform into a living room and occupants enter the cabin through a single, large sliding door in the side of the car; there are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.
Plastic pollution is one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. This investment by UKRI aims to reduce its impact on communities and the environment by supporting interdisciplinary research teams to investigate ways to combat or mitigate the effects of plastic waste in developing countries.
An investment of £20 million will support interdisciplinary research that aims to improve understanding of the impacts of plastic pollution in developing countries.
The research projects will draw upon arts and humanities, economic and social, engineering, physical, environmental and life sciences to explore ways to mitigate the impacts of plastic pollution, to enable cleaner and more resilient and productive environments and support economic growth and societal wellbeing.
CARBIOS has announced the successful production of the first bottles containing 100 per cent recycled Purified Terephthalic Acid (rPTA) from textile waste that contains a high PET content.
Carbios produces first clear plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled textile waste
This result confirms the capacity of Carbios’ technology to recycle textile waste and opens up access to an additional waste stream of up to 42 million tonnes per year.
CSO Professor Alain Marty said: “I am very proud that we successfully transformed polyester textile waste into clear bottles, which have identical properties as those made from virgin PET. This major innovation allows us to expand our sources of supply which, until now, consisted primarily of PET plastic waste.”
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced ten university-led research projects that will receive £8m (~€8.8m) in funding as part of its Enabling Research competition in the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge.
The research awarded funding as part of the SSPP programme aims to find solutions to existing issues with plastic packaging, reduce plastic pollution and unlock barriers to create fundamental changes in the industry. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
The winners have designed innovative research projects, including increasing the use of compostable plastic, utilising smart-technology to change the way food-to-go is packaged and creating new circular approaches to plastic waste management.
Winning projects are from universities across the UK and are working with industry partners to ensure solutions are responding directly to industry needs.
Recycle Ann Arbor was selected by the American Beverage Association to receive an $800,000 investment under its Every Bottle Back initiative to rebuild and reopen the city’s shuttered recycling facility. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
The closure of the city’s Materials Recovery Facility in 2016 subsequently diverted the processing of recyclable materials — including the industry’s 100% recyclable polyethylene terephthalate plastic bottles –across state lines.
“Our investment in Ann Arbor will help restore the region’s critical recycling infrastructure, create jobs and showcase effective strategies to build a more circular economy,” Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association said in a statement.
“This exciting new project is one in a series of investments the beverage industry is making alongside our environmental partners and community leaders under the Every Bottle Back initiative to boost the collection of our 100% recyclable bottles and cans so they can be remade, as intended.”
Pricing for natural and colored HDPE bottle bales increase, while S&P Global Platts expands its PET price assessments in Los Angeles.
Pricing for natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle bales has been on the upswing since August. Colored HDPE bottle bales also have ticked upward in price in recent months, more than doubling. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
A reprocessor based on the West Coast that produces nonfood-grade pellets says postconsumer generation of HDPE bottles still seems softer than normal. “We are having trouble getting natural [bales],” says Ajit Perera, vice president of postconsumer operations at Talco Plastics Inc., Corona, California. “There is high demand for color [bales] as well.”
He says colored HDPE bottle bales have doubled in price in the last 30 days, mirroring the increase in virgin HDPE pricing.
Pricing for natural bottle bales has increased substantially since September, though only modestly from October. At roughly 60 cents per pound, the price of natural HDPE bottles is rivaling that of aluminum used beverage cans, Perera adds.
He says he expects prices for natural and colored HDPE bottle bales to remain high through the end of the year. “The question is whether it will move further up.”
GrafGuard 280-50N has the highest on-set temperature on the market, according to NeoGraf Solutions.
NeoGraf Solutions LLC announces the addition of GrafGuard 280-50N to its lineup of expandable graphite flake, non-halogenated, non-flammable, fire-retardant additives. The Lakewood, OH–based company specializes in the development and manufacture of natural and synthetic graphite sheets and powders used in consumer electronics, building and construction materials, transportation equipment, and sealing and gasketing.
Designed for plastics, roofing, and other construction and building materials, GrafGuard 280-50N specifically targets the thermoplastics industry. The additive performs optimally in specialty polymers with high processing temperatures, including composites and multi-functional systems with high melting points for both injection molded and thermoformed applications.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
The development of new technologies for the automotive industry focuses on comfort and the safety of passengers. Chemistry has already made a decisive contribution to this and will also play an important role in future mobility challenges. In addition to electromobility, automated driving is a crucial building block for the mobility of tomorrow. Closely linked to this development is the increased use of sensors.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
With Ultradur RX, BASF has now developed a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) specifically for radar sensor applications in vehicles. Due to its good resistance against media such as splash water, oils or salt, Ultradur offers an exceptional protection for sensor housings. In addition, the new material shields the sensitive electronics in the housings against disturbing electromagnetic waves from other vehicles.
Finland’s Neste, a producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel and a forerunner as a provider of renewable and circular solutions for the petrochemical industry, and LG Chem, South Korea’s largest diversified petrochemicals company and a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for energy solutions, have tied up in a long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally, and more specifically, in LG Chem’s home market Korea.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
Thanks to the partnership, LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months. This helps LG Chem to produce renewable polymers and chemicals for polyolefin-based containers, packaging, hygiene products, and electronic materials.
On November 15, 2020, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement has been signed among its 15 participating countries, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), launching the world’s biggest free trade bloc, after 31 rounds of negotiations over eight years.
Below three tables shows the changes in the tariff of major nylon relevant products between China and highly relevant regions or countries in the trade pact.
There are several obvious points we could tell from the above figures.
China’s attitude towards importing products in the nylon industrial chain from South Korea, Japan, and ASEAN remains basically unchanged. In fact, the current ASEAN countries enjoy preferential tariff policies. For example, the actual import tariff for nylon 6 chips is 0, and the actual import tariff for caprolactam is 6% (lower than 9% MFN rate). Therefore, the RCEP trade pact will not exert great impact of this part of the commodity trade.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
Auctions of carbon permits in the European Union’s emissions trading system (ETS) next year will not start until late January or early February, reported Reuters with reference to the European Commission’s announcement.
For “technical reasons”, auctions of permits on behalf of most EU countries, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, will kick off later than usual, the Commission said. This year’s EU ETS auctions began on Jan. 7. Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
Poland auctions its permits separately.
The ETS is the EU’s flagship climate policy, forcing power plants, industry and airlines running intra-EU flights to buy permits when they emit planet-warming greenhouse gases.
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has announced its third quarter 2020 financial results, said the company.
Reported net profit is THB 380 million in 3Q20 and THB 1,104 million for 9M20. Our performance this year provided us significant insights into the growth of the future market, while the company remains on a path towards enhanced incremental performance progress, from 4% ROCE towards our target ROCE of 15% by 2023.
In 3Q20 we delivered record sales volume of 3.6 million tonnes, registering growth of 18% year-on-year (YoY). Sales volume grew to 3.2 million tonnes, or 4% YoY on a comparable basis. This continuous volume growth is a clear indication of the resilient nature of the company’s products and the global access we have to our customers.
IVL achieved an operating cash flow of USD 354 million in 3Q2020 while operating cash flow for 9M20 was USD994 million, thus providing us ample liquidity of USD 2.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents as well as unused credit lines.Petrochemical Automotive PET Biobased
Is Asia seeing the acceptance of recycled materials into food contact plastics (FCMs)?
With no previous country-specific regulation to explicitly allow or prohibit the use of recycled plastics in food applications in Asia (except Japan), recent updates by Korea, China and Thailand indicate that the region may soon see food packaging applications using recycled materials.
“The use of recycled materials in FCM is becoming a ‘very hot topic’ in China,” China’s National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) Deputy Director, Zhu Lei, said last month at a Chemical Watch Key Regulatory Updates conference, The agency is now conducting an industry survey and initiating a risk assessment method for recycled FCM.
Cabot’s new Plasblack XP6801D is a new generation SAN-based formulation for styrenics without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties.
What is said to be a unique black masterbatch based on styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) was developed by Boston-based Cabot Corp. to meet the needs of the styrenics market without the trade-off between color and mechanical properties. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
According to the company, customers using Plasblak XP6801D carbon black masterbatch can expect to achieve higher color without sacrificing impact properties and to lower masterbatch loading in the final compound offering formulation flexibility to meet stricter customer performance requirements. This colorant is also said to deliver the same performance with up to 50% less material, reducing handling, transport logistics and associated transportation-related GHG (green house gas) emissions.
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has announced today that BMW M has selected the aesthetic composite StyLight as the material of choice for a new generation of ergonomically optimised carbon shift paddles. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
The selected material for the shift paddle application is INEOS Styrolution’s carbon composite StyLight Aesthetic S C245-1-060, back-moulded with PC/SAN GF30. It was specifically developed for automotive interior and exterior applications and a range of applications in the electronics as well as the sports and leisure industries.
Selective PP reinforcements from Integrated Composite Products (ICP) offer significant improvements in strength, stiffness and impact properties.
Continuous fiber reinforced inserts for large flat PP parts that are said to offer mechanical engineers lightweight options with significant improvements in strength, stiffness and impact properties while only adding pennies to the overall part cost have been developed by Integrated Composite Products (ICP), Winona, Minn.
Founded in 2013, ICP is an innovative developer of low-cost, lightweight long and/or short fiber composite materials with several patents under its belt.
Among the newest developments are the company’s new thermoplastic Tension Members (TM), which are essentially continuous glass reinforced PP rods or inserts for PP application in injection molding and/or compression molding. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
Typical applications targeted include boards, scaffolding, bins, shelving, pallets, bumper beams, seatbacks, tailgates, and other similar large structures.
Continued successful large-scale chemicals production in the UK relies on further significant decarbonising of the sector.
In theory, the investments planned by energy and chemicals companies to help reduce carbon output from specific industrial clusters across the country should help secure production. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined on Wednesday ambitions to become a technology leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS), aiming to remove 10m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
Industry and government will have to work much more closely together than they have in the recent past, however, if the so-called ‘Green Industrial revolution’ is to be realised.
And that means not simply investing wisely but also creating an operating and cost environment in which a cleaner or greener industry can thrive.
Since 2014 the IKV has been organising the two-day conference Aachen Polymer Optics Days together with the Fraunhofer Institutes IPT and ILT. This year, the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of cancelling this year’s conference without replacement, the organisers are now focusing on an online series of events.
From December 2020 to November 2021, the online sessions will be held quarterly on various topics.The online session ‘Injection moulded optics’ is the first of the online series of events. The online sessions offer numerous specialist lectures aimed at an audience from science and industry. Following the presentation part, a networking and discussion session will be moderated by the photonics consortium EPIC, which offers participants the opportunity to address interdisciplinary questions and interests. The language of presentation and discussion will be English. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has unveiled a new initiative to upcycle textile waste and circular materials across the continent.
The group aims to establish five recycling hubs, known as ReHubs, serving the whole of Europe for upcycling waste and circular materials by collecting, sorting, processing, and recycling industrial, pre and post-consumer textile wastes.
It says the increase of collected textile waste from 2.8m tonnes to between 4.2m and 5.5m tonnes will become a major environmental and economic challenge unless a large-scale and coordinated system for collecting, sorting, and recycling all textile waste streams is developed by 2024. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
Implementing the ReHubs will pool together major efforts and investments for circular textiles from over 100 businesses from across the European Union, with guidance from technology/business-neutral organisations.
The pace of recovery in the global lithium market, which has been in the doldrums for two years, is set to accelerate as the electric vehicle (EV) sector transitions from one driven by government policy to one that is driven by consumer demand.
The main catalyst for the recovery is the mandatory vehicle emission regulations imposed in Europe and China. European new EV sales rose by 99pc year-on-year in September while Chinese sales increased by 113pc year-on-year in October, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
The UK government has joined others in tightening policies, announcing a ban on the sale of new petrol- and diesel-only cars from 2030 as part of its goal to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050. It had targeted 2040 and 2035 for the end of fuel-only new vehicle sales.
Research by environmental experts at the University of Southampton has determined that glass bottles are likely to be more environmentally impactful containers for pre-packaged drinks than plastic bottles. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
Also, Tetra Pak-style fruit juice cartons, current milk cartons and 100% aluminium cans are actually amongst the most environmentally-friendly.
The life-cycle assessment of drinks containers, conducted by Southampton postgraduate researcher Alice Brock, together with Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science, found many, more suitable alternatives to plastic bottles for pre-packaged drinks. The findings are published in Detritus, the Journal for Waste Resources and Residues.
Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, announces its commitment to expand its PET extrusion with in-line stretching capacity by 10,000 metric tonnes.
The expansion will take place at the company’s Rural Retreat location in Virginia, to address demand growth for heat shrink sleeve labels, enabling them to better serve their customers in North America. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biobased
“The North American heat shrink sleeve market is a high growth business for kp. Against the backdrop of growing demand, this multi-million dollar investment will also support our customers’ need to fulfil the market demand for more sustainable options.” said Tracey Peacock, kp’s President of the Pharma, Health and Specialties (PHS) Division. “For kp, the capacity expansion strengthens our local footprint in the US and reinforces our position as a long-term sustainable partner for our customers, offering them full-service, best in class product capabilities and technical support right at their front door.”
-SNAM – PURCHASES 33% OF DE NORA FROM BLACKSTONE TO STRENGTHEN IN HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGIES
The company led by Marco Alverà has signed an agreement with the funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (Blackstone) for the purchase of approximately 33% of Industrie De Nora, based on an enterprise value of 100% of approximately 1.2 billion .
The acquisition, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021 a downstream of the competent antitrust authorizations, it will take place with own funds.
The partnership with De Nora allows Snam to increase its exposure to the mega-trends of the energy transition, in particular technologies for the production of green hydrogen and for water treatment.
De Nora, in fact, is one of the major producers of electrodes, essential components for the production of alkaline electrolysers, and collaborates with fuel cell operators.
The company also holds a 34% stake in ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers (TKUCE), a joint venture with ThyssenKrupp among the world leaders in water electrolysis, involved in several large projects for the production of green hydrogen.
De Nora is also a global leader in water treatment technologies
(disinfection and filtration) and for cathodic protection, both business subject of potential synergies with Snam for the activities of the subsidiary Snam4Environment, active in biomethane and in environmental and water services, and for gas transport.
De Nora generates revenues of over 500 million a year (60% in electrodes, 40% in water treatment), with EBITDA expected to be around 90 million in 2020 and growing average (CAGR) of 8% over the past three years.
The acquisition anticipates the launch of a new possible investment platform in the energy transition, with a focus also on hydrogen, of which Snam would be an anchor investor to increase its exposure to projects and technologies for the energy transition in a balanced and disciplined way. De Nora potentially represents the first asset of this platform.
Eastman and Gruppo Maip, a leading international plastics formulator and compound producer based in Turin, Italy, have announced a partnership to formulate new sustainable polymer solutions for automotive interior applications.
This will enable an exclusive portfolio of formulations based on Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technology, offering a range of both biobased and molecular-recycled content solutions with Eastman Tritan Renew copolyester and Trēva Renew engineering bioplastic.al manager of specialty plastics.
Coca-Cola is partnering with Danish startup Paboco to develop a 100% paper bottle.
“Our vision is to create a paper bottle than can be recycled like any other type of paper, and this prototype is the first step on the way to achieving this,” says Stijn Franssen, R&D packaging innovation manager, Coca-Cola EMEA. “A paper bottle opens up a whole new world of packaging possibilities, and we are convinced that paper packaging has a role to play in the future.”
The first-generation prototype consists of a paper shell with a 100% recycled plastic closure and liner inside. The next step, Franssen, says, is to create a paper bottle without the plastic liner. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
Franssen’s team is conducting extensive lab testing at The Coca-Cola Company’s Brussels-based R&D center to assess how the paper bottle performs, holds up and protects its contents while refrigerated and in other scenarios.
“We also reflect on how our consumers will react to this paper bottle,” Franssen adds. “Topics like when and where it could be sold and how it can be recycled are all considered. This is all part of our journey to find the most sustainable packaging solutions for people to enjoy our drinks in a way that is right for them, and that is right for our planet.”
Company has invested in the development of I’m greenTM products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 percent
Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, today announces its latest sustainability ambitions to significantly expand its efforts to eliminate plastic waste in the environment by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
In 2009, Braskem launched the company’s long-term sustainability goals for 2020, which emphasized Braskem’s commitment to providing solutions that address climate change. Braskem has invested in the development of I’m green TM products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 percent. In 2018, Braskem further committed to 100% of plastic packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. As part of its evolving sustainable development strategy, Braskem today announces additional commitments to mitigate climate change, eliminate plastic waste and provide solutions for recycled products in its markets.
Croda International (Goole, UK) says it has entered a partnership with Sentient Science (Buffalo, New York), an asset management and software services company, for the recommended use of Croda’s Rewitec additives for wind turbine gearboxes and main bearings, said Chremweek. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
Croda says that Sentient will calculate and demonstrate durability improvements imparted through using Croda’s Rewitec technology, to extend the lifetime of wind-turbine assets instead of costly part replacements.
“The competitive energy market is forcing energy producers to optimize maintenance practices and reduce operational expenses,” says Scott Gardiner, business development specialist/energy technologies at Croda. “Major correctives are the largest cost drivers in the wind energy market, specifically gearbox or main shaft replacement. The cost of this replacement can completely change the asset’s profitability during its lifetime.”
As MRC informed earlier, Nexam Chemical has received an order from an existing customer in the area of PET additives for deliveries to the USA. The customer is a market-leading manufacturer of PET foam.
Maire Tecnimont S.P.A. and Hera Group signed of a strategic agreement between Aliplast, Hera Group’s subsidiary, for the collection, recycling and conversion of plastics, and NextChem, Maire Tecnimont Group’s company, for the development of projects and technologies for the energy transition, said the company.
NextChem will provide technology and engineering, procurement and construction services to build a plant which will use proprietary innovative technology MyReplastTM for upcycling of plastic waste into high value-added polymers. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
These partners are each leader in their respective sectors. Hera Group’s Herambiente unit – Italy’s pioneer in the treatment of all types of waste – has 90 plants with an important know-how in the management of the entire environmental chain, in which Aliplast contributes with a circular and integrated stronghold in plastic sector. Maire Tecnimont Group is a global leader in process engineering and strongly committed – through its subsidiary NextChem – to developing projects and technologies for the energy transition and circular economy.
Ascend Performance Materials has launched several new grades of its HiDura™ long-chain polyamides for engineered plastics, monofilaments and cable ties.
HiDura polyamide 610 and 612 are designed to provide exceptional dimensional stability and long life with enhanced resistance to chemicals, impact and abrasion.
Ascend, the largest fully integrated producer of PA66 resin, has developed multiple new grades of HiDura PA610 and 612 for use in automotive fuel system and brake line applications, cable ties for solar power systems, battery seals and monofilaments for brush bristles. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
Vietnam’s economy will grow by 2.4% in 2020 due to its swift fiscal and monetary actions to mitigate the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.
“A strong recovery is expected in 2021. Growth is projected to strengthen further to 6.5% as normalisation of domestic and foreign economic activity continues,” said Era Dabla-Norris, mission chief to Vietnam and division chief in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific department. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
“Fiscal and monetary policies are expected to remain supportive, although to a lesser extent than in 2020,” she said in a statement.
Vietnam’s fiscal response has largely been geared towards supporting vulnerable households and firms, Dabla-Norris said.
Japan and EU released textile and apparel retail sales data in September. Japan’s apparel retail sales have declined month-on-month since June, and the decline continued to expand in September, down 23.5% year-on-year. After a slight recovery in August, EU’s apparel retail sales moved down in September, down 12.6% compared with that in same period of last year. Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
EU’s apparel retail sales dropped by 12.6% year-on-year and 6.3% month-on-month in September.
According to Eurostat retail data, EU retail sales fell 1.7% month-on-month but up 2.1% year-on-year in September. Among them, the retail sales of textile, clothing and footwear decreased by 6.3% month-on-month and 12.6% year-on-year.
With only 18% of plastic packaging recycled in the U.S. and Canada, this tool guides investors, brands, entrepreneurs and policymakers to make data-driven decisions and collaborate toward a circular future Petrochemical SustainableSources Automotive
Today, Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy released their U.S. and Canada Recycling Infrastructure and Plastic Waste Map, as part of their broader Advancing Circular Systems for Plastics and Packaging Initiative. The comprehensive visual tool brings to light the diversity of plastic waste and the volumes and flows by country and state, highlighting critical opportunities to recapture valuable plastics and re-incorporate them into manufacturing supply chains.
The analysis shows that the U.S. and Canada are sending 11.5 million metric tons of plastic packaging to landfill every year, with the recycling system currently only capturing 18% of packaging.
Spandex market is during traditional peak season now. In addition, stimulated by the expectation of cold winter, sound domestic orders for the online shopping spree on Nov 11, the order transfer from Southeast Asian nations such as India and some foreign orders for the Christmas Day, fabric mills saw good orders. Hot sales of elastic fibers drove run rate of spandex downstream mills to historic high. Price of spandex surged, up by around 10,000yuan/mt or above 32% within 3 months. How will spandex market fare in later period?
In view of demand, demand for spandex has marginally weakened in mid-Nov after earlier orders gradually completed. Production of thermal fabrics such as thick fabrics and fabrics for dralon and sweater gradually came to an end. Some plants saw sampling orders for the light fabrics for clothes in spring and summer. Exporters, fabric plants and textile and apparel companies had price game. However, later market still deserves anticipation as the pandemic is relatively better controlled in China. Sequent orders should be concerned.
By digitising materials Circularise was able to create a digital thread through the whole supply chain, enabling material traceability and other sustainability metrics.
Getting information from supply chains has always been a challenge due their complexity and number of suppliers, amongst other issues. Blockchain is therefore a fitting solution to transparency challenges. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
Antoon Versteeg, Project Lead Innovation Research at Porsche, said: “We need to know more details on the parts and materials being used in our products, that means information on production processes deep down the supply chain,statements of recycled content and more.
Altium Packaging announced that it has acquired the assets of SFB Plastics, Inc., in Wichita, Kansas, a privately-held material handling and packaging manufacturer, specializing in HDPE blow molding of industrial containers. SFB Plastics has served its customers with quality products for nearly 50 years. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
Patrick Keese, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Altium’s Consumer-Industrial Group, stated, “We are excited to welcome the employees of SFB Plastics into the Altium family. The company has established an outstanding reputation for high-quality packaging solutions with exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing to build upon the foundation of excellence that they have created.”
In foreign market, the units in the table are currently undergoing maintenance or planned maintenance. The main cause to push up China’s ACN prices is the shutdown of South Korean Tongsuh Petrochemical. China Petrochemical Development Corporation’s ACN unit will restart in mid or late Nov, then the supply may increase slightly in short. But looking from the table, the most critical unit, Tunghsu has no confirmed restart date, and Taekwang Industrial is about to implement the maintenance plan in Dec, plus Petkim’s long-time shutdown, if the three units have not restarted in Dec, the loss is estimated to be about 48,000 tons. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
From a domestic point of view, as Sailboat’s MTO unit will be shut down for maintenance in Dec, its supply to downstream propylene will be affected. Nevertheless, viewed from the current price level of 6,850yuan/mt of propylene, the ACN profits are still seen. Shanghai Secco’s 260kta ACN unit will shut down for one month of maintenance from Nov 18.
US’s PureCycle Technologies, a polypropylene (PP) recycling company with technology from Procter & Gamble Company, has been bought by Roth CH Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by investment firms Roth Capital Partners and Craig-Hallum Capital Group. The merger deal values PureCycle’s post-transaction equity at about US$1.2 billion. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. Under the deal, a new holding company named PureCycle Technologies Inc. will be created and listed on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol ‘PCT.’
PureCycle has a proprietary method to recycle waste polypropylene to virgin-like resin. The company said it has the only patented, solvent-based purification recycling technology for this process.
OQ Chemicals (Monheim am Rhein, Germany) says it is raising its prices globally for neopentyl glycol due to strong demand and increasing raw material costs, effective 1 December 2020 or as contracts otherwise allow, according to Chemweek.
The price of the oxo intermediate product in North America and Mexico is being increased by 8 cents per pound, while in South America it will rise by USD180/metric ton.
In Europe the product price is being hiked to EUR150/metric ton (USD178), while in all other regions of the world the price will increase to USD180/metric ton, it says.
OQ Chemicals (formerly Oxea) last raised the price of neopentyl glycol, along with several other oxo intermediate products, in September when it increased prices in the Americas.
First announced in August 2020, the deal sees medical parts maker GW Plastics’ seven global manufacturing facilities joining Nolato’s 25-plus facilities around the world.
Swedish polymer product and component maker Nolato Group has completed its acquisition of U.S. medical technology company GW Plastics.
First announced in August 2020, the deal sees GW Plastics’ seven global manufacturing facilities joining Nolato’s 25-plus facilities around the world. Bethel, Vermont-based GW Plastics has also subsequently rebranded to Nolato GW Inc.
Just over four-fifths of GW Plastics’ business will be reported under the Medical Solutions business area, with the remainder reported under Industrial Solutions. The transaction is expected to have a marginal positive effect on Nolato’s earnings per share for the current year. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
Public trust in nanomaterials could increase if labelling was more detailed on products including food, drugs, and cosmetics, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Monday.
The Helsinki-based EU chemicals regulator concluded that nearly 90% of citizens in the 27-country bloc demand clearer labelling that details whether a product contained nanomaterials. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
The study – conducted by ECHA’s EU Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) – measured and analysed perceptions of the risks nanomaterials pose to human health and the environment in EU countries Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, and Poland.
The new recycling facility holds the capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes of food-grade quality recycled raw material known as rPET
Abu Dhabi-based Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS) has collaborated with resource management company Veolia to develop a plastic recycling plant in the UAE.
The new food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility being built in Abu Dhabi is claimed to be the most advanced facility of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
Veolia Middle East to construct the new PET recycling facility
Veolia Middle East, the local subsidiary of Veolia, will construct the new recycling facility that can produce 14,000 tonnes of food-grade quality recycled raw material called rPET.
One of the first VACUNITE® bottle-to-bottle systems recently started operation in Werne/Germany. Using this system, the RCS Group, who already produce PET flakes for the non-food sector, is expanding their plastics recycling division to include the production of food-grade PET recyclate for food and beverage packaging, films and blisters.
For the further processing of PET flakes, the waste disposal and recycling group has built a new location on a 10,000 square metre site, creating 20 additional jobs. Here, the EREMA VACUNITE® recycling system will process up to 15,000 tonnes per year of PET flakes from the German deposit bottle collection system and other European sources to make high-quality recyclate, vacuum-assisted and in a nitrogen atmosphere. Due to the strict travel restrictions during the Corona pandemic lockdown in spring, commissioning the plant became an unexpected challenge for everybody involved. The plant components had already been delivered, but since the installation team was not permitted to travel to Germany, RCS started to assemble the recycling plant themselves. An EREMA team was then able to be on site for commissioning. Petrochemical SustainableSources Biopolymer
Enhancing the sustainability of plastic products and applications throughout their life-cycle and further integrating the GCC plastic value chain to create and economically sustain a market for recycled material would be another key step forward in fulfilling the circular economy vision in the region.
The overarching vision of the circular economy for plastics is the reduction in leakage of these valuable materials into natural systems and retaining their value in the economy for as long as possible. The circular economy will be realized by a combination of product design and business model innovation, efficient resource management, collaboration and integration of the plastics value chain, as well as enhanced education and awareness among key stakeholders in the value network.
High yarn quality is becoming less and less dependent on the presence and experience of employees in a spinning mill. Nowadays, it is significantly influenced by futuristic plant solutions and intelligent machine systems. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
In the world of spinning, options for shortening processes, and thus reducing outlay in production, are becoming more and more relevant.
One example is the IDF integrated draw frame from Truetzschler which so far is superior to all competitor solutions.
It can be used to combine two important aspects which currently heavily occupy the minds of our customers.
For one, the shortening of processes means lower staff numbers are possible, whilst the IDF also provides a solution for tackling the increasing demand for spinning high-grade yarns from inferior raw material.
Expansion of energy-from-waste incineration could stop UK hitting its net zero carbon target, campaigners warn Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
Carbon emissions from waste disposal are increasing because of the expansion of energy-from-waste incineration plants, a coalition of campaigners has warned.
By 2030 the government’s push to increase incineration of waste will increase CO2 emissions by 10m tonnes a year, mostly from the burning of plastics, the groups said. They argue that the growth in energy-from-waste incineration means the UK will not be able to meet its commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
SINTX Technologies, Inc., an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of silicon nitride ceramic for medical and non-medical applications, and Iwatani Corporation of America (ICA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation, announced today that they have entered into a joint development agreement.
The goal of this agreement is to incorporate SINTX AP2 silicon nitride powder into polymer materials. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
These materials will become safe and effective surfaces for IT devices such as cases for cell phones and tablets that are touched frequently.
SINTX and Iwatani aim to create surfaces that resist bacteria and viruses.
The successful development of these products may help prevent and reduce the spread of respiratory diseases like SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A, and H1N1 by inactivating viruses and bacteria on the polymer surfaces.
Herbold Meckesheim has supplied a UK plant with an input capacity of approximately 10,000 tonnes per annum for film recycling.
It is designed for 100 percent post-industrial stretch film. A demanding application for wash lines, as it represents an extremely high surface area and low bulk density.
The plant is another step to cover the growing demands for high quality plastic recycling in the UK. According to the UK Government, an additional tax on plastic packaging is very likely to be introduced in 2022. The initial amount accounts to £200 (~€219) per tonne on packaging which does not include at least 30 per cent recycled material.
One of the highlights of the latest project is the HERBOLD EWS 45/200 shredder, which is used as a pre-shredder prior to the wet granulator. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
Jiae Kim, Global Market Manager, Performance Materials, Roquette, introduces Isosorbide, a plant starch-derived bicyclic diol with rich functionality for a range of applications in packaging, coating, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.
Though often labelled as ‘the problem’ plastic packaging has the potential to become the solution with estimates suggesting that switching plastic out for alternatives, such as aluminium and glass, could result in a 2.7 fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions.1 Establishing a circular economy, in which plastics are efficiently recycled and reused, is essential but so too is the development of new, sustainable feedstocks and high performance materials. Step forward isosorbide. Perfectly safe and produced from an annually renewable feedstock isosorbide has exciting potential for a range of packaging applications. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
LG Chem successfully developed a new biodegradable material that could realize mechanical properties equivalent to synthetic resins, according to GV.
Thus, LG Chem has recently developed a new material that significantly improved flexibility (elongation) and transparency compared to existing biodegradable materials through proprietary technologies and production processes.
The new material developed by LG Chem is said to be the only single biodegradable material with 100 % bio contents using corn-based glucose and crude glycerol and it is the only material in the world that manifested mechanical properties and transparency equivalent to synthetic resins such as PP (polypropylene).Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
Footprint, a sustainable technology firm specializing in materials science engineering, today announced the launch of its new, plant-based clam-shell food container available for order now.
As takeout orders and disposable food container use rises during the pandemic, this plastic and PFAS-free alternative meets the expectations of food providers and customers without sacrificing quality or convenience. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
Continuing its mission to create a healthier planet and healthier people, Footprint’s new, molded fiber, plant-based clamshell container will not only reduce unnecessary waste from entering the environment, but also reduce exposure to toxic chemicals found in plastic.
Demand and desire for more recycled content in useable goods continues to rise. An idealized circular economy of plastics implies that plastic molecules are recycled back into plastic goods directly: For example, mixed plastics are collected, processed in a recycling facility, fed to a cracker and polyethylene (PE) unit, turned into plastic pellets again, used to produce goods, then collected and the goods are recycled to start the process over. A similar cycle could be shown for polystyrene, PET or other recyclables.
The reality, including tracking molecules and accounting for recycled content, is actually more complex and difficult to manage. But with an ultimate goal of increased sustainability in the industry, molecular management is needed. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
Let’s utilize mixed plastics recycling as the basis of our discussion. Currently, the amount of pyrolysis oil being produced from recycled plastic chemical processing is relatively small in comparison to the amount of feedstock needed to supply a typical cracker and PE unit.
Overall, processors will have more leverage in 2021 contract negotiations.
Prices of the five large-volume commodity resins were generally on an upward trajectory through at least the end of the third quarter, owing to a combination of factors including planned and unplanned capacity interruptions that limited feedstock and/or resin inventories, spikes in feedstock costs and, in some cases, strong demand.
Approaching the end of the year, the trajectory appears to be flat with potential for downward movement for PP, PS, and PET that could result from improved supplier inventories, lower feedstock costs and slowed demand.
Overall, plastics processors were expected to have greater leverage in negotiating 2021 contracts. Petrochemical SustainableSources Textiles
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