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Circular economy unsustainable resource

Circular economy indicators: what do they measure? Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Gina Dohmen and Andre Confiado

The heat map analysis presented in this blog is part of a broader report on circular economy for Bruxelles Environnement, co-produced by UN Environment, Ecocity Builders and World Council for City Data.

In the context of climate change impacts, massive unsustainable resource extraction and global population growth, experts agree that our current economic model is no longer sustainable. Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Circular economy is an alternative economic model for exchange and production that seeks to decouple economic growth from material dependency.

The idea is to increase resource efficiency use and reduce environmental impact at all stages of the product (goods and services) life cycle, reducing resource waste, ensuring the reduction of environmental impacts, while allowing us to meet our needs within planetary boundaries and developing the well-being of individuals.

According to the European Commission, circular economy encourages maintaining the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible by returning them back to the product cycle at the end of their use, and minimizing the generation of waste.

Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to design waste out of product life cycles and service delivery while minimizing negative impacts.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Experts at McKinsey estimate that the transition to a circular economy in the mobility, food, and built environment sectors alone could lead to emissions reductions of 48 per cent by 2030, and 85 per cent by 2050, compared with 2012 levels.

In addition, the European Union estimates that its circular economy package would produce cost savings of around 600 billion euros through actions such as waste prevention, eco-design, re-use, and is expected to contribute to the creation of more jobs at the same time.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Measuring progress is an essential component of the circular economy transition.

One of the main challenges that UN Environment and its partners faced in the implementation of their pilot projects to help build circular economy in cities, is the number and variety of indicator frameworks monitoring topics related to circular economy and sustainable development.

Many of the cities had an aspiration or vision statement related to circular economy and it was important to see whether current indicator frameworks aligned with the city aspirations.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

To answer this question, UN Environment conducted a review of 31 global indicator frameworks comprising over 2,000 indicators on topics relevant to aspirations of the pilot cities.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

The review identified the predominant narratives of circular economy, as well as gaps between city aspirations and indicator frameworks.

First, the indicators were grouped into 22 categories and 140 subcategories covering the following sectors: economy, environment, society and governance.

Then, a heat-map analysis was conducted, which made the thematic focuses of each indicator framework evident.

Finally, the five indicator frameworks most related to circular economy were reviewed in more detail.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

As was expected, it became clear that the five frameworks have a dominant focus on materials, solid waste and economy, while categories like education, gender, health, urban planning, people and safety are often overlooked (see graphics below).

Circular economy unsustainable resource 

The results of the heat-map analysis show that the indicator frameworks that were studied do not capture the impact of the development of a circular economy on well-being or equality.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

The circular economy strategies of major global cities such as Paris, Amsterdam or London reference social indicators like quality of life, health and well-being, as part of their overall goals.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

However, there are few, if any, circular economy indicator frameworks to measure those categories.

Neither do existing circular economy monitoring frameworks capture the progress of policy implementation toward circular economy transitions nor identify possibilities to accelerate transitions.

As a result, these indicator frameworks with limited thematic variability only allow for an examination of the transition at a macro level.

Because circular economy is a cross-sectoral concept, it is necessary to cover a broader spectrum of subject categories.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

To enable this, a new set of indicators must be developed that covers the overall transition (macro level), the transition process with its actors and locations, and the implemented policies and their efficiency.

For future projects, these important conclusions about circular economy indicator frameworks will be used to develop indicator sets that take into consideration the impacts on people (quality of life, health, well-being, job distribution, to name a few), particularly on minorities and on vulnerable sections of the population, in addition to the above-mentioned categories, like economic growth, materials, and solid waste.

A balanced indicator set on circular economy would have to measure the possible impacts of development and growth on the urban poor, minorities and marginalized populations, to ensure a more equitable transition.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Examples for these kinds of impacts could be increased rental prices in buildings with efficiency improvements, which can lead to gentrification. Similarly, it is clear that the quality of newly created jobs must be considered alongside the quantity.

In summary, future circular economy projects would benefit from a broad but well considered set of monitoring indicators that capture economic, environmental, social and governance impacts.

Circular economy frameworks would benefit from having strategies and indicators measuring well-being and equity as much as they measure material flows.

As a consequence, the transition of a city into a circular economy could be monitored and would take into consideration all impacted sectors and identify disproportionally affected strata of the population.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

his would also enable the monitoring of the overall transition (macro level), the paths taken for this transition, and the transition policy implementation, as well as ensure a transition that is not only circular but also environmentally and socially sustainable.

The heat map analysis was conducted by Esteban Muñoz with André Confiado; Alice Loevenbruck; and Rebecca Wareham; under the leadership of Sharon Gil, UN Environment Programme Officer and Coordinator of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities.

UN Environment works with cities on practical ways to implement circular economy systems at city level, facilitating a bottom-up approach to decoupling.

The UN Environment-led Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) uses urban metabolism techniques as a systematic approach to demonstrate the benefits and importance of circular economies for sustainable urban development.

The initiative integrates this approach into city planning and management, helping cities to build circular economies.Circular economy unsustainable resource 

Pilot projects were launched in five cities around the world: Brussels, Belgium; Cape Town, South Africa; Dongguan, China; Recife, Brazil; and Sorsogon City, Philippines.

They address local concerns and support local governments in a transition towards low-carbon, resilient, resource-efficient, equitable, and circular cities.

More information on the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities can be found at: www.resourceefficientcities.org

Microbiology plastics circular economy

Using microbiology to bring single use plastics into a circular economy  Microbiology plastics circular economy

Microbiology plastics circular economy
Useful products could be generated from biodegrading plastics, researchers say. In a review published in the journal Microbiology, Tanja Narancic and Kevin O’Connor discuss the advances made in biodegradation of fossil-based plastics, the design of plastics for biodegradation and how microbes can transform plastic waste into useful products.

The Dublin-based researchers report on the use of microbes and their enzymes to degrade plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are commonly used to produce plastic bags and bottles.

The researchers also discuss various studies investigating biodegradable plastics and their design. Microbiology plastics circular economy

This includes their previous research, carried out at the BEACON Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Bioeconomy Research Centre and University College Dublin, that was published in Environmental Science & Technology, whereby a biodegradable plastic suitable for home composting was developed. Microbiology plastics circular economy

This new plastic was made by blending two plastics often used in plastic packaging; polycaprolactone (PCL), a fossil-based plastic, and polylactic acid (PLA), a bioplastic produced by the fermentation of sugars. Microbiology plastics circular economy

If managed correctly, biodegradable plastics are degraded into non-toxic end products (water and carbon dioxide), meaning no release of microplastics — which are of growing concern due to their unknown impact on marine life and terrestrial ecosystems — and toxic by-products into the environment. Biodegradable plastics can even be converted into useful end products such as fertiliser, biogas and chemical products by an industrial process called anaerobic digestion. Microbiology plastics circular economy

During anaerobic digestion, microbes produce enzymes which break down plastic in an enclosed, airtight system.Microbiology plastics circular economy

During this process a methane-rich biogas is produced, which could be used to make green electricity or used as a transport fuel.

A nutrient-rich ‘digestate’ remains at the end and can be collected and used as a fertiliser.

A number of conditions influence the ability of microbes to degrade plastics, including temperature, moisture and the properties of the plastic.

Often, the temperatures required to biodegrade plastic are higher than those that occur naturally in the environment.

Some biodegradable polymers can degrade in a home compost while others require higher temperatures, only seen in a commercial facility, to allow biodegradation. Commercial composting facilities are places where garden and food waste are currently managed.

This review is important, the researchers say, as it contributes to the idea of moving plastics towards a circular economy model, where plastic waste is managed, and retained and repurposed where possible; thus reducing waste.

Where biodegradation is possible, the carbon that makes up plastic is returned to the environment safely and sustainably. Microbiology plastics circular economy

Professor Kevin O’Connor, who has been researching the reuse of plastic waste since 1999, said, “Biodegradable plastics are seen as a solution for biodegradation in nature but in fact they are much better managed as part of a circular waste management system… Microbes and their enzymes are central to research developments for the management of waste biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste plastics in the next decade.”

The management of plastics would also reduce the accumulation of plastics in the ocean. In Europe, 50% of marine litter is from single use plastics.

Narancic, T & O’Connor, K. E. (2018). Plastic waste as a global challenge: Are biodegradable plastics the answer to the plastic waste problem? Microbiology DOI:10.1099/mic.0.000749

Notes to Editors:

The full scientific paper can be found on the Microbiology website here. (DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.000749)

Microbiology, published monthly since 1947, is a publication of the Microbiology Society. The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.

It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

In the five years between 2018 and 2022, the Microbiology Society’s principle goal is to develop, expand and strengthen the networks available to our members so that they can generate new knowledge about microbes and ensure that it is shared with other communities. Microbiology plastics circular economy

The impacts from this will drive us towards a world in which the science of microbiology provides maximum benefit to society. Find out more at microbiologysociety.org

To celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020, we are launching a wide-ranging programme of events and activities to showcase why microbiology matters and demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future in addressing global challenges.

Anniversary events and activities include Why Microbiology Matters, a call to the community to nominate a discovery, event or activity that best highlights how microbiology answers big questions by giving us knowledge of very small things, a project on microbiology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a showcase of our Fleming Prize winners. #MicrobioSoc75th

For more information, please contact: l.cox@microbiologysociety.org

Plastic petrochemicals containers recycling 05-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to go

upward.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 715/730 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,100/6,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,000/1,015 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,400/8,500  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,750/8,850  yuan/ton

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-Radici Group still has not removed force majeure for the delivery of the PA in Italy  

Radici Group, a large Italian corporation, a manufacturer of polyester yarns in Europe, has not yet removed force majeure for polyamide (PA 6.6) from its plant in Novara (Novara, in the Italian region of Piedmont), reports ICIS with reference to a source in the market.

The company was forced to announce force majeure for deliveries from this enterprise with a capacity of 90 thousand tons of PA per year in February 2018 due to a shortage of raw materials.

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Invista ADN Adiponitrile C6H8N2 or CN(CH2)4CN

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Carbon Fibre Composites Market will grow at $19 billion till 2024 from Aerospace Industry

Carbon Fibre Composites Market, one of the pronounced verticals of polymers and advanced materials domain, over the years, has witnessed a commendable surge with regard to its application arena.

The worldwide carbon fibre composites industry in 2016 held a revenue of USD 16 billion, driven by its efficiency oriented demand from myriad end-use sectors, profoundly the aerospace and automotive.

The rising trend of reducing overall vehicle weight and improving fuel efficiency, as per reports, has been one of the most crucial factors propelling carbon fibre composites market demand in these sectors.

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-Using microbiology to bring single use plastics into a circular economy

Useful products could be generated from biodegrading plastics, researchers say. In a review published in the journal Microbiology, Tanja Narancic and Kevin O’Connor discuss the advances made in biodegradation of fossil-based plastics, the design of plastics for biodegradation and how microbes can transform plastic waste into useful products.

The Dublin-based researchers report on the use of microbes and their enzymes to degrade plastics such as polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which are commonly used to produce plastic bags and bottles.

Plastic petrochemicals containers recycling

-Opec in Vienna: five things to watch as cartel eyes output cut

Dubai |The almost 30 per cent tumble in oil prices since early October makes this week’s gathering of Opec in Vienna the most keenly anticipated since 2016.

The 15 members of the production cartel including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and allies from outside the group, including Russia, will meet on Thursday and Friday to decide whether they can agree to cut output to help prop up the market.

The consensus is that the meeting in Vienna will deliver a deal to lower output that goes some way to arresting a further drop in prices.

Less clear is the size of the cut that can be agreed, with Opec kingpin Saudi Arabia facing pressure from US President Donald Trump — a key political ally — to keep output high and prices down.

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-U.S. Producers Of PET Resin File Appeal Of U.S. International Trade Commission Injury Determination

On November 30, 2018, three U.S. producers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin — DAK Americas LLC, Indorama Ventures USA Inc., and Nan Ya Plastics Corp., America — filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of International Trade.

The domestic producers have requested the court’s review of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) recent negative injury determination in the antidumping (AD) investigations on imports of PET resin from Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, and Taiwan.

The domestic producers’ appeal charges that several key findings are not supported by the record compiled by the Commission.

Further, the ITC erred by ignoring critical data and failing to address or explain a number of important issues in the case.

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-EREMA announces expansion for PET recycling solutions at PETnology

EREMA announced in a presentation at the PETnology conference in Paris, its newly developed VACUNITE technology.

The new bottle-to-bottle process for food-contact-grade rPET pellets demonstrates high efficient decontamination, compact design and low energy consumption.

In VACUNITE EREMA brings together its VACUREMA technology with the newly patented, vaccumm-supported nitrogen SSP from Polymetrix.

The process is based on the combination of VACUREMA technology which has been enhanced for this application and the newly patented, vacuum-supported nitrogen SSP from Polymetrix.

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-SA company makes biodegradable sugar cane bottles to replace plastic

A 100% biodegradable bottle made from sugar cane is being manufactured by the Air Water company. The company introduced machines that make water from the air to SA about 12 years ago, and it has embarked on a “Zero Plastic, Zero Harm” campaign.

Speaking to Kieno Kammies on the Breakfast Show on CapeTalk, Ray De Vries, founder and CEO of Airwater said the idea emerged during the Cape Town drought.

The process of making these bottles involves the sugar cane fiber and a polylactic acid being used to make the bottle. The beauty of it is that it is 100% compostable.

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-Germany ready to take a stand against negative plastics publicity

The German plastics packaging industry has set itself ambitious but realistic targets to strengthen closed loop recycling and take a stand against the sweeping condemnation of plastics packages in the negatively charged public debate.

Under the umbrella of the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen (German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films), the industry, which comprises mainly medium-sized businesses, has set a target of at least one million tonnes of recycling material or renewable raw materials to be used in the production of plastics packaging in Germany by 2025.

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-US Patent Granted to FlexFilms for Breakthrough BOPET Film Used for Alu Alu Blister Pack

Elizabethtown, Ky. – FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has been granted United States Patent covering entire categories of Formable Films that include one or more BOPET layers used in Alu Alu blister packaging.

The patent US 10131122 was issued to Flex Films (USA) Inc on November 20, 2018 for a period of 20 years, lending a competitive advantage to the Films Business of the company over its opponents in cold formed pharmaceutical packaging industry.

With the patent issuance, the company gets exclusive right of manufacturing & sale of this special BOPET film in US, Europe and India.

This patent has a uniqueness of forming characteristic of BOPET film in Z direction during packaging application.

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-A change of heart from the US, some movement from China provide trade dispute relief

There is a pause but the spectre of the US-China trade dispute still hangs over the global economy and chemicals trade.

Chemical markets in China reacted positively to the 90-day hiatus in tariff hikes agreed between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump over the weekend at the G20 summit in Argentina.

Polyethylene futures prices on the Dalian exchange were up on Monday as were PE daily prices.

The more widespread reaction saw stock prices up in the Asia and European markets and February Brent up around $3/bbl on the previous close.

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-Dow confirms November PE price decrease, pushes for 5-cent/lb hike in January

Dow Chemical has settled its November domestic polyethylene contract pricing at a discount, but is adding a proposed January hike to its previously announced December increase, the company said in a letter customers obtained Tuesday by S&P Global Platts.

Dow’s November discount for US contract PE buyers came to 3 cents/lb ($66/mt), the December 3-dated letter said, in line with decreases previously confirmed by market participants.

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-The problem with graphene is too much silicon: RMIT

Graphene has not become the next big thing because of silicon impurities holding it back, RMIT researchers have said.

Researchers from RMIT have fingered silicon as the reason why graphene has not become the next big thing in electronics.

The team led by Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh and Dr Rouhollah Ali Jalili looked at a number of commercial graphene samples with a scanning transition electron microscope and found high levels of silicon contamination, which the team said led to degraded performance of up to 50 percent

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Contract price ethylene Europe

The contract price of ethylene in Europe in December fell by EUR110 per ton  Contract price ethylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for December deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,025 per tonne, which is EUR110 per tonne lower than in November, ICIS reported. Contract price ethylene Europe

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

Two manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price. Direct confirmation from the other three manufacturers is pending.

Naphtha feedstock prices fell sharply in November, so market players expected a decrease in ethylene prices.

In addition, logistical and manufacturing problems as a result of the low water level of the Rhine River continue to affect the market.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for November deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,135 per tonne, which is EUR10 per tonne lower than the level of October.

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

According to a survey by Scanport Company Market Report, in October, the total volume of PE production in Russia decreased to 109.8 thousand tons, whereas a month earlier the figure was 130.8 thousand tons.

The main reason for reducing operating time is preventive downtime at Kazanorgsintez, Stavrolen and Ufaorgsintez.

In general, in January – October, the total volume of polyethylene output reached the level of 1,456.1 thousand tons against 1,407.8 thousand tons a year earlier.

The production of HDPE and LDL increased, while the production of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) decreased.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Toxic flame retardants car seats

Study finds toxic flame retardants in children’s car seats  Toxic flame retardants car seats

Indiana University
Toxic flame retardants car seats

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In a new study, Indiana University scientists found toxic flame retardants in newly manufactured children’s car seats, sparking concerns about children’s health. Of the 18 children’s car seats tested, 15 contained new or traditional hazardous flame retardant chemicals. Toxic flame retardants car seats

“New replacement flame retardants, often marketed as safer alternatives, are lurking in children’s products without rigorous safety testing and may pose risks for children’s health,” said Marta Venier, associate scientist at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and principal investigator on the study. Toxic flame retardants car seats

“The abundance of emerging flame retardant chemicals in children’s car seats and the key role these products play as potential sources of chemical exposure is a cause for concern.”

The research was conducted in conjunction with the Ecology Center, an independent nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The car seats tested in this study were purchased by the Ecology Center and shipped to Indiana University for analyses. Toxic flame retardants car seats

All of the car seats were newly manufactured between January 2017 and February 2018 and were made in China, Canada, or the United States.

In total, the researchers tested 36 different fabric and foam samples from 18 car seats.

For the first time, two cyclic phosphonate esters (PMMMPs) were measured at high levels in North America, suggesting their use as a replacement flame retardant for compounds that are known to be harmful. Toxic flame retardants car seats

PMMMPs were found in 34 of the 36 car seat sampled at levels much higher than those of traditional flame retardants. Little is known about their health effects.

Two other emerging flame retardants (tris(2,4-di-t-butylphenyl) phosphate (TDTBPP) and resorcinol bis(diphenyl phosphate) (RDP)) were also measured in baby products for the first time.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were observed in 75 percent of the samples tested, despite being phased out of use in the United States in 2013 over health concerns. However, PBDEs were detected at such low levels that it is unlikely they were added intentionally. Toxic flame retardants car seats

They may have been impurities or found in parts containing recycled materials. Conversely, decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE) was detected in four samples at high levels, suggesting that it was intentionally used.

DBDPE is a brominated flame retardant known to cause oxidative stress, hormone disruption and thyroid problems.

Unlike other baby products, children’s car seats are required to meet the flammability standards for car interiors outlined in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 302, which was created in 1971 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Flame retardants are routinely used as a cost-effective way to meet this standard.

However, flame retardants have been linked to a variety of negative health effects, including hormone disruption, impaired brain development, liver damage and cancer.

Children are more susceptible to these effects than adults because of their smaller size and their tendency to put their hands and objects in their mouths.

Children can be exposed to flame retardants in car seats by breathing in chemicals that leach into the air out of fabrics and foam.

This is especially problematic for children during the , when heat increases the rate at which flame retardants enter the poorly ventilated, semi-closed car environment. Toxic flame retardants car seats

Children can also be exposed to flame retardants by ingesting the dust which accumulates inside the vehicle, through skin contact or by chewing on their .

“We found that car seat manufacturers are intentionally moving away from certain toxic chemicals compounds that they know to be harmful, which is good news,” said Yan Wu, a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University and the lead author of the study.

“However, we know very little about the replacement chemicals they’re using. Car seats are vital for protecting children during a vehicle crash, but more research is needed to ensure that those seats are chemically safe as well.” Toxic flame retardants car seats

“Children’s Car Seats Contain Legacy and Novel Flame Retardants,” was published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

 Explore further: Debate on banning organohalogen flame retardants heats up

More information: Yan Wu et al, Children’s Car Seats Contain Legacy and Novel Flame Retardants, Environmental Science & Technology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00568

Quality plastic bottles recycling

‘Quality of plastic bottles falls after third recycling’ Quality plastic bottles recycling

Quality plastic bottles recycling

LUCKNOW : Shedding light on the side effects of repeated recycling of plastic drinking water bottles, experts at the ISHWMCON -2018 said that quality of plastic deteriorated after it was recycled for a third time. Quality plastic bottles recycling

“So, recycling plastic is not the answer for saving the environment,” said Alexander Von Hildebrand, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia Regional Office, while addressing the two-day 18th annual conference of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, which started at the King George’s Medical University on Saturday.

“In fact, avoiding the use of plastic is the right way forward if you care for the environment,” said Von Hildebrand. Quality plastic bottles recycling

Prof Mohd Parvez, co-organising secretary of the conference, said, “Studies show when a bottle is made of recycled plastic, its quality is poor and the side effects increase. One side effect can be traces of plastic getting mixed with water.” Quality plastic bottles recycling

He said a better option was to store water in proper containers and glass bottles. “This way, we can ensure that people will get clean drinking water,” said Prof Parvez, who also spoke on hospital waste management and plans being drafted to do so in an environment-friendly manner. Quality plastic bottles recycling

Dr D Himanshu stressed on the importance of segregating waste. “Often, there are harmful objects such as needles in the garbage pile. Such sharp objects need separate management,” he said. Quality plastic bottles recycling

Dr Kirti Srivastava said that with proper recycling, waste did not just provide materials that could be put to use, but also helped organisations generate funds.

Prof Anupam Wakhlu, organising secretary of the event, said that hospital waste management was a burning issue in the country.

“Such events pave way for better waste management, which ensures safety of both patients and the medical staff,” he said.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET 04-12-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain have begun to move

upward, in the footsteps of oil.

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,060 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,300/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,200/6,300 yuan/ton – MEG $ 710/725 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,100/6,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 980/990 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,300/8,400  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,050/10,150  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/ton

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET

-The contract price of ethylene in Europe in December fell by EUR110 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for December deliveries was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,025 per tonne, which is EUR110 per tonne lower than in November, ICIS reported

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

Two manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price. Direct confirmation from the other three manufacturers is pending

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-US PET producers appeal ITC’s no-injury decision in dumping case

Three producers of polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) resin have filed an appealto a recent finding that the US industry is notmaterially injured by imports from Brazil,Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan, therepresenting attorney firm announced on Monday.

DAK Americas, Indorama Ventures USA and Nan YaPlastics Corp, America, have requested a courtreview of the US International TradeCommission’s (ITC) October negativefinal determination in the antidumpinginvestigation on PET resin imports from thefive regions.

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-Teijin unveils new natural-like fabric in Deltapeak series

Teijin Frontier, Teijin Group’s fibre and products converting firm, has added a natural-like fabric, ideal for sportswear, fashionwear, and uniforms, to its Deltapeak series of high-function fabrics.

Teijin Frontier will launch the product in the 2020 spring/summer season, targeting annual sales of one million metres by the fiscal year ending in March 2022.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET

-‘Quality of plastic bottles falls after third recycling’ Quality plastic bottles recycling

LUCKNOW : Shedding light on the side effects of repeated recycling of plastic drinking water bottles, experts at the ISHWMCON -2018 said that quality of plastic deteriorated after it was recycled for a third time. Quality plastic bottles recycling

“So, recycling plastic is not the answer for saving the environment,” said Alexander Von Hildebrand, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia Regional Office, while addressing the two-day 18th annual conference of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management, which started at the King George’s Medical University on Saturday.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET

-Sweden joins efforts to fight the ocean plastic pollution in Southeast Asia

Coinciding with the Swedish Ambassador for the Ocean Helen Ågren’s visit to Thailand, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) and the Government of Sweden launched a four-year project in Southeast Asia, a region in which many countries are major plastic polluters. Significant quantities of plastic end up as marine litter in the world’s oceans.

UNEP’s regional director for Asia and the Pacific, Dechen Tsering, explained that “60 percent of all plastic that ends up in our oceans comes from only six countries in Asia.”

Inexpensive plastic packaging and a take-away food culture further contribute to widespread single-use plastic use in the region. An additional challenge is the region’s limited waste management capacity, which contributes to mismanagement of over 75 percent of the region’s plastic waste.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET

-Study finds toxic flame retardants in children’s car seats  

In a new study, Indiana University scientists found toxic flame retardants in newly manufactured children’s car seats, sparking concerns about children’s health. Of the 18 children’s car seats tested, 15 contained new or traditional hazardous flame retardant chemicals.

“New replacement flame retardants, often marketed as safer alternatives, are lurking in children’s products without rigorous safety testing and may pose risks for children’s health,” said Marta Venier, associate scientist at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and principal investigator on the study.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET

-Graphene unlocks new potential for ‘smart textiles’

The quest to create affordable, durable and mass-produced ‘smart textiles’ has been given fresh impetus through the use of the wonder material Graphene.

An international team of scientists, led by Professor Monica Craciun from the University of Exeter Engineering department, has pioneered a new technique to create fully electronic fibres that can be incorporated into the production of everyday clothing.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling rPET

Why Switzerland Does Not Enforce Plastics Recycling

In a recent paper Prof. Dr. Rainer Bunge argues that efforts to improve the recycling of plastics are not always the most environmentally beneficial. Often energy recovery is preferable.

n a recently published research paper, Prof. Dr. Rainer Bunge of the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, Switzerland, argues that efforts to improve the recycling of plastics are not always the most environmentally beneficial. Often energy recovery is preferable. Here, the professor gives WMW readers a brief introduction to his findings…

Plastics recycling solves no problem in countries with proper waste management. In countries with an advanced waste management system, practically the entire amount of plastic waste is handled in the waste disposal system and is mainly disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

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-Elkem offers LSR processors more molding options

Elkem Silicones USA Corp. in York, S.C., has revealed a new Elkem LSR Select range of liquid silicone rubber products in Shore hardnesses of 25A, 35A, 50A and 70A.

LSR Select is aimed at low temperature LSR molding, but is also capable of achieving faster cure at normal mold temperatures.

Ted Johnson, senior staff chemist at the silicone rubber materials producer, presented the materials Nov. 27 at the Smithers Rapra Silicone Elastomers World Summit in Malpensa.

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-Total and Corbion start up joint bioplastics plant in Thailand

Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total S.A. (Paris, France; www.total.com) and Corbion (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.corbion.com), announced the startup of its 75,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The plant has successfully produced Luminy PLA resins. This bioplastic provides a valuable contribution towards the circular economy, as it offers multiple environmentally-friendly waste solutions and produces renewable and biodegradable materials.

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-How Germany plans to fight against plastic waste

A huge amount of plastic waste in the oceans, seas and rivers poses a danger for humans and for animals. Germany intends to deal with it and proposed his plan.

The story of a dead sperm whale in Indonesia, in the stomach, which found 6 kg of plastic (115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags and broken 4 plastic bottles, two pairs of plastic flip-flops, etc.), shocked the Minister of environmental protection and nuclear safety of Germany Swanu Schulze (Svenja Schulze) to the core. What happened, unfortunately, not an isolated episode. Therefore, as the Minister said, “we need to radically change the situation with plastic garbage.”

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December paraxylene contract Asia

December paraxylene contract offers in Asia heard at USD900-920 per tonne December paraxylene contract Asia

December paraxylene contract Asia

MOSCOW – Several buyers put forward counter proposals for the December contract price of paraxylene in Asia at USD900-920 per ton, ICIS reports, citing market participants.December paraxylene contract Asia

Price proposals for December deliveries from manufacturers were at the level of USD1,100 – 1,150 per ton, CFR Asia.

It is expected that the contract price of paraxylene for December in Asia will be agreed by the end of the working day on November 30.

Earlier it was reported that the spot prices of paraxylene on November 23 were in the range of USD1 039-1 041 per ton, CFR China / Taiwan, while the day before the quotes were USD1 075-1 077 per ton, CFR China / Taiwan.

The decrease in prices both in the crude oil market and in the downstream market for the production of purified terephthalic acid (TPA) led to a downward forecast of the market situation.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , spot prices for PET in the Russian market are gradually going down due to the expected decline in contract prices for the next month and low demand for material.

Fundamental factors that influence the global PET market remain unchanged so far – the prices of petroleum and PET raw materials continue to decline.

The cost of PET in China is continuously falling.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Polymers PET Polyethylene Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM26/11/201803/12/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,250 yuan/ton+150
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,050 $/ton1,050 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,775 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton-25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,825 yuan/ton7,775 yuan/ton-50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,130 yuan/ton6,215 yuan/ton+85
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market845 $/ton845 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,660 yuan/ton5,900 yuan/ton+240
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market670 $/ton696 $/ton+26
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,036 $/ton1,003 $/ton-33
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,016 $/ton983 $/ton-33
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market8,390 yuan/ton 8,280 yuan/ton-110
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,200 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton-250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,250 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market  9,600 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton-200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market8,950 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton-150
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,950 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton-250
Caprolactam CPL domestic market15,000 yuan/ton13,200 yuan/ton-1,800
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market2,000 $/ton1,980 $/ton-20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,380 $/ton2,240 $/ton-140
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market16,000 yuan/to 14,700 yuan/ton-1,300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market17,000 yuan/ton 16,400 yuan/ton-600
Nylon66 chips domestic  market36,300 yuan/ton36,000 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market20,300 yuan/ton 19,300 yuan/ton-1,000
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market23,500 yuan/ton 22,600 yuan/ton-900
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market21,600 yuan/ton 20,600 yuan/ton-1,000
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,500  yuan/ton39,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,500  yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton-100
Benzene domestic market5,450 yuan/ton5,525 yuan/ton+75
Benzene overseas  market655 $/ton634 $/ton-21
Ethylene South East market950 $/ton860 $/ton-90
Ethylene NWE  market919 $/ton882 $/ton-27
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,200 yuan/ton11,200 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,600 $/ton1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market17,800 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton-1,800
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,850 yuan/ton13,900 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market8,850 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton+350
Naphtha overseas market     488 $/ton487 $/ton-1
Phenol domestic market 10,488 yuan/ton9,400 yuan/ton-1,088
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,290 $/ton1,270 $/ton-20
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,405 $/ton 1,380 $/ton-25
LDPE CFR Far East 1,032 $/ton992 $/ton-40
LLDPE CFR Far East1,032 $/ton982 $/ton-50
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,012 $/ton973 $/ton-39
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,008 $/ton959 $/ton-49
HDPE CFR Far East1,118 $/ton1,011 $/ton-107
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,130 $/ton1,029 $/ton-101
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,244 €/ton1,223 €/ton-21

 

CO2 plastics production Covestro

The next step for CO2-based plastics

Article by Amanda Jasi

 CO2 plastics production Covestro

Covestro – Left to right: Daniel Klomp (Sport Group), Daniel Koch (Covestro), and Robert Haake (Crefelder Hockey and Tennis Club) at the opening ceremony of the world-first hockey sports field made with carbon dioxide

COVESTRO’s carbon dioxide-based polyols have been used to produce synthetic sports flooring. The world-first subfloor of this kind has now opened in a renowned hockey facility in Krefeld, Germany, and marks the next step in the use of CO2 for plastics production.

The environmentally-friendly technology enabling the use of CO2 as a raw material for production was developed by polymer company Covestro and its partners. It allows up to 20% of the fossil fuels required for the production to be replaced with carbon dioxide, to act as an alternative carbon source. The CO2 is used to produce a material called cardyon, a polyol. So far cardyon has been used to produce soft polyurethane for mattresses and upholstered furniture and is already on the market.

Covestro has now developed a CO2-based binder which has been used in sports subflooring. Polytan, an active sports flooring producer owned by Sports Group, was the first customer of the new CO2-based binder. It uses the material to produce elastic underfloor together with rubber granulate.

The subfloor has been installed at the Crefelder Hockey and Tennis Club (CHTC). The club maintains one of the leading hockey facilities in Germany which is repeatedly used as a venue for international matches, and championships. The subfloor was laid on a 99 × 59 m playing field and serves to cushion the effect of new artificial turf..

Markus Steilemann, CEO at Covestro, said: “The use of carbon dioxide as a new raw material is a promising approach for making production in the chemical and plastics industries more sustainable.

“This way, we use CO2 in a closed-loop process and save oil. On this basis, we want to offer a comprehensive product portfolio for as many areas of application as possible.”

The new CO2 polyols were developed at Covestro’s site in Dormagen, Germany. The carbon dioxide is provided by a neighbouring chemicals company which produces CO2 as a by-product.

Covestro began producing plastics with captured CO2 in 2016. In 2017, it started work to expand the process with regards to the volume it produced, the proportion of CO2 it uses, and the range of chemicals it could produce.

Article by Amanda JasiStaff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

Plastic petrochemicals recycling crude oil 03-12-2018

-December paraxylene contract offers in Asia heard at USD900-920 per tonne 

Several buyers put forward counter proposals for the December contract price of paraxylene in Asia at USD900-920 per ton, ICIS reports, citing market participants.

Price proposals for December deliveries from manufacturers were at the level of USD1,100 – 1,150 per ton, CFR Asia.

It is expected that the contract price of paraxylene for December in Asia will be agreed by the end of the working day on November 30.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Polymers PET Polyethylene Petrochemicals Prices

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rPET Resin and recycled polyester staple fiber.

-Sam Gyimah: second Brexit referendum best option for both sides

Universities minister who quit over May’s Brexit plan says people’s vote could avert chaos

Sam Gyimah, the universities minister who resigned in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit plan and pledged to vote against it, has said a second referendum could be the most sensible path for both leave and remain supporters, and dismissed Theresa May’s agreement with Brussels as a “deal in name only”.

The Conservative MP, who on Friday became the seventh minister to quit Theresa May’s government over Brexit, called for a vote to gauge the public’s mood if May loses the meaningful vote in parliament on 11 December.

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Brexit Regret

-US November PE contracts settle lower on weaker oil, sufficient supply

US November contracts for polyethylene (PE) settled 3 cents/lb ($66/tonne) lower from October as weaker crude oil futures and sufficient supply weighed on pricing.

The sharp drop in crude oil prices undermined the case for price increase initiatives of 3 cents/lb.

NYMEX WTI futures have plunged nearly $25/bbl since hitting their 2018 peak in early October and are currently trading near 2018 low points. Crude oil inventories are building, and US production is at record highs, resulting in downward pressure on oil markets.

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-US September Crude Oil Production Hits 4th Month Running at Record Highs

US Crude Oil production hit a new all-time high of 11.5-M BPD in September, according to the data announced Friday, the latest indicator of a wave of onshore US production that has weighed on global markets.

US Crude Oil output rose 129,000 BPD in September to 11.475-M BPD, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a monthly report.

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-Indorama’s Rotterdam PET force majeure tweaks European sentiment

The mood in the European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market has been so downbeat, with consistent drops in production costs and crashing Asian prices, that a force majeure declaration at Indorama Ventures in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, has tweaked perspectives.

“We received enquiries from customers we don’t normally get. I wanted a cargo and [another producer] was sold out until the end of December … They have no availability even for small quantities and all customers are going to maximum contract offtake,” a reseller said.

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-Russia and Saudi Arabia to extend Opec+ accord, Putin says

The comments from the Russian president open the door for a deal at the Opec meeting this week

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires. The two leaders forged the Opec+ accord in 2016. AFP

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires. The two leaders forged the Opec+ accord in 2016. AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts as Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend their accord to manage the oil market, known as Opec+, into 2019, following a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit between Mr Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Russia, one of the world’s biggest crude-producing nations, has been negotiating with the kingdom, Opec’s leader, over the timing and volume of any output reduction.

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-Why Oil Prices Are Due for a Bounce

OPEC is grabbing at the proverbial straws in an attempt to regain control of the global oil markets.

The Thanksgiving holiday and crude oil prices have not been friendly to one another over the years. Some of the most challenging energy markets have occurred as the majority of Americans were sitting down at a table with family to enjoy a turkey dinner. The general public isn’t aware of the fact that commodity futures markets rarely close, not even for Thanksgiving.

The futures markets, including commodities such as crude oil, natural gas, gold, and others, generally trade in an overnight session on the Wednesday evening prior to the fourth Thursday in November. The futures continue to trade on Thanksgiving morning as they normally would and close a moderately abbreviated session at noon Central Time. In other words, for all intents and purposes, the commodity markets are open on Turkey Day.

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-BASF TDI plant output halt could stem GCC price decline

A production halt at BASF’s flagship toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, could halt the downtrend in prices in the Middle East, but a sharp recovery may still not materialize yet.

Khor Fakkport Dubai in the UAE (Photo by Deedee Degelia Brent Winebrenner Degelia/Mood Board/REX/Shutterstock)

The TDI market was roiled this week by news that German major BASF had stopped production at its Ludwigshafen plant after Rhine river levels reached an “all-time low” causing difficulties in transporting raw materials.

Water levels on the Rhine have reached an “all-time low”, the company said, after months of transportation difficulties along the key chemicals logistics artery.

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-Will Canadian Oil Producers Cut Output?

Record low Canadian oil prices risk deteriorating significantly cash flows and key credit metrics at Canada’s oil and gas producers, rating agency DBRS said on Wednesday in the latest warning that the ultra-cheap Western Canadian crude is taking its toll on Alberta’s oil industry and economy.

Severe takeaway capacity constraints have resulted in Western Canadian Select (WCS)—the benchmark price of oil from Canada’s oil sands—plunging to as low as $14 a barrel earlier this month, with its discount to the U.S. benchmark WTI at around $50 a barrel.

In the face of further delays in new pipeline approvals, most notably the blow to the Trans Mountain expansion project in late August, the Alberta province and its oil producers are looking for alternative medium-term solutions such as increased crude by rail shipments or, possibly, an industry-wide production cut to ease bottlenecks and drive heavy oil prices up.

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-Finite Fiber acquires controlling interest in Qualiform

Finite Fiber recently reached an agreement to purchase controlling interest of custom molder Qualiform Inc.

Andrew Antonino, president of Wadsworth, Ohio-based Qualiform will stay in his role.

“It just seemed like a great fit from the first five minutes of our discussion,” Antonino said.

Qualiform has served OEMs since 1976, manufacturing custom rubber molded products used in a variety of industries, including transportation, medical, electrical, plumbing, industrial, health care, appliance and aerospace. The company’s products typically are used for impact absorption, resistance, protection and vibration/noise control.

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-OPEC+, not Trump tweets, key to oil market in 2019

Oil prices were last week hovering around the psychological level of $60 per barrel of Brent crude, dropping to under $59, and at best, rising a little over $61. The massive rally in US stocks didn’t lift prices.

Futures prices are still suffering from a severe hangover caused by October’s high production, which was supposed to be in preparation for coping with US sanctions on Iran. Instead, the US issued waivers to Iran’s biggest customers and the tight oil market never happened.

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-The next step for CO2-based plastics

COVESTRO’s carbon dioxide-based polyols have been used to produce synthetic sports flooring.

The world-first subfloor of this kind has now opened in a renowned hockey facility in Krefeld, Germany, and marks the next step in the use of CO2 for plastics production.

The environmentally-friendly technology enabling the use of CO2 as a raw material for production was developed by polymer company Covestro and its partners.

It allows up to 20% of the fossil fuels required for the production to be replaced with carbon dioxide, to act as an alternative carbon source.

The CO2 is used to produce a material called cardyon, a polyol. So far cardyon has been used to produce soft polyurethane for mattresses and upholstered furniture and is already on the market.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling crude oil

-BRICS slam protectionism as China-U.S. spat overshadows G20 talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina on Friday overshadowed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate tariffs on China.

This year’s two-day gathering is a major test for the Group of 20 industrialized nations, whose leaders first met in 2008 to help rescue the global economy from the worst financial crisis in seven decades.

With a rise in nationalist sentiment in many countries, the G20 – which accounts for two-thirds of the world population – faces questions over its ability to deal with trade tensions, which have roiled global markets.

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-‘Have you just not executed?’: Investors smash Coca-Cola shares

Investors have pounded Coca-Cola Amatil after it revealed continuing struggles in its Indonesian business, rising costs and a plan to consider asset sales.

The beverage giant held an investor day on Friday where it outlined a number of challenges, including continued struggles in Indonesia, the rising costs of PET resin, a key ingredient in containers for liquids and foods, and a strategy to sell loss-making fruit business SPC.

Managing director Alison Watkins also called out the impact of the new container deposit schemes across Australia as part of “choppiness” the company had experienced recently.

Investors responded by wiping 14.46 per cent off the company’s share price, sending it to a six-month low of $8.64.

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-Can Saudi Arabia Stop the Slide in Crude Prices?

The meeting of the G20 developed economies that began in Buenos Aires Friday has plenty on its agenda, not least of which is what two of the world’s top three crude oil producers plan to do to stop the decline in oil prices that has lopped more than 20% off the price in just two months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the G20 meeting to discuss their next steps that are likely to be announced at next week’s meeting in Vienna of OPEC and its partners, including Russia.

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-Loop Industries enters into a multi-year supply agreement for 100% Sustainable PET Plastic Resin with the Coca-Cola CEPG

Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, has entered into a multi-year supply agreement with the Coca-Cola system’s Cross Enterprise Procurement Group (“CEPG”) to supply 100% recycled and sustainable Loop PET plastic (“Loop PET”).

Loop has a joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Limited, a world-class chemicals company in the United States and a global integrated leader in PET and fibers that serves major customers in diversified end-use markets.

Authorized Coca-Cola bottlers can enter into supply agreements with Loop.

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-Nova Chemicals Boosts Sustainability Efforts on Several Fronts and More

Advances in design of recyclable film structures and a major investment in a project reducing ocean plastics pollution discussed.

While attending the recent Global Plastics Summit (GPS2-18), now in its sixth year and hosted by IHS Markit and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), I had the opportunity to interview John Thayer, sr. v.p. of PE for Nova Chemicals.

Sustainability was a major theme running through this year’s event, and Thayer is among the industry representatives who are fervently seeking solutions to promote a plastics circular economy.

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-Single-use plastic major cause of cancer, says kidney priest

Lays emphasis on recycling and segregation of plastic at source

Davis Chiramel, Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic priest from Kerala, also known as the Kidney priest, was in the city today for his campaign “I challenge plastic bottle”.

Priest Chiramel said he was disheartened as he had to bury six people who died due to cancer. He found that one of the major reasons behind this was increase of single-use plastics and their improper disposal.

“Micro plastics are entering what we eat and drink. It is becoming one of the major causes of cancer and other diseases,” he said.

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Plastic petrochemicals rPET Recycling 01-12-2018

-Department of Trade and Industry  notice 727 of 2018

International Trade Administration Commission

Notice of initiation of an investigation into the alleged dumping of polyethylene terephthalate imported from the People’s Republic of China

The International Trade Administration Commission (the Commission) accepted an application alleging that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) imported from the People’s

Republic of China (PRC) is being dumped in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) market, causing material injury and threatening to cause material to the SACU industry concerned.

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-Graphene, jute fibers combine to create strong, sustainable building material

“I believe our graphene-based jute fibers could play a very important role in meeting the growing demand of more environmentally friendly products for various industries,” materials scientist Nazmul Karim said.

Jute is the second most abundant natural fiber after cotton. It is primarily cultivated in China, India, Bangladesh and Brazil. Photo by the University of Manchester

Scientists have combined graphene and jute to form a new composite material that is strong, durable and cheap to make. Researchers think the fiber-based composite material could be used to build cars, ships, wind turbine blades and even low-cost housing.

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-Is The Trade War Coming To An End?

Oil markets appear to be full of uncertainty, awaiting the outcome of the OPEC+ meeting for more direction. But some clues about the trajectory of oil prices in 2019 may come a few days earlier in Buenos Aires.

The G20 summit in Argentina is underway, where the heads of state from around the world are meeting face to face. Buenos Aires is hosting the three most important figures in the oil market – Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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-US-China Stand-off: Tesla China sales tumbled 70% in October

Tesla Inc.’s vehicle sales sunk 70% last month, as the country’s passenger car association mentioned in a report on Tuesday, indicating how the US-China trade war is hurting global business growth.

A China Passenger Car Association spokesman told that the Tesla had just sold 211 cars in China in October, as the Industry Body data showed.

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-Covestro raises stake in DIC Covestro Polymer JV in Japan

Covestro is accelerating the expansion of its Thermoplastic Polyurethanes business (TPU) by raising its stake in Joint Venture, DIC Covestro Polymer (DCP) from 50% to 80%.

DCP, established as a 50/50 joint venture in 2000, is a leading company in the Japanese TPU industry, while the investment is part of Covestro’s expansion of its global TPU business. Total investment is described as ‘low double-digit million euros.’

Both parties agreed to not disclose any further financial details of the transaction. Closing of the deal is planned for early second quarter of 2019, subject to the approval from the relevant authority.

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-Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. adopts How2Recycle Label

The label will be included on the company’s baby care products.

How2Recycle, a project of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Charlottesville, Virginia, has announced that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., Skillman, New Jersey, has adopted the How2Recycle label.

The company will start by using the on-package recycling label on many of its baby products, including lotion, shampoo and wash, according to a news release from How2Recycle.

The label is deigned to help make recycling easier by providing specific instructions on how each product can be recycled.

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-Why lower oil prices won’t necessarily boost the U.S. economy

Thanks to Saudi Arabia pushing oil production to an all-time high, prices have hit $50 per barrel — their lowest levels since 2017.

President Donald Trump has hailed the drop, a decrease of 32 percent from the most recent peak, as a win for Americans.

But despite lower prices at the gas pump — welcome news for the millions of travelers hitting the road during the holiday season — the drop is unlikely to be a net gain for the U.S. economy.

And where some stand to gain from lower prices, others may lose, experts say.

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-The bioplastics benchmark

The thirteenth European Bioplastics Conference takes place in Berlin on 4-5 December. Ahead of the annual, industry-defining summit, Tim Sykes caught up with Hasso von Pogrell (managing director of European Bioplastics) to discuss the latest advances in bio-based polymers and their growing impact on the packaging landscape.

Tim Sykes:

At last year’s European Bioplastics (EUBP) Conference there was much talk about investment in production capacity for categories of bioplastics that have strong packaging potential (such as PEF). How does this picture look a year on?

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-BPF and RECOUP collaborate on design for recyclability guide

In an initiative to address plastic waste, RECOUP and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have launched new guidance to help packaging designers create easy-to-recycle plastic packaging.

Launched by RECOUP’s CEO Stuart Foster at the BPF’s annual Packaging Seminar in London, the guide outlines which combination of closures, seals, labels and materials ensure recycling plants can easily separate and recycle the plastics.

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-Eurolaser to show new conveyor laser system in Heimtextil

Eurolaser, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of CO2 laser machines for cutting, engraving, and marking from Germany, is set to display the new L-1200 conveyor laser system at Heimtextil expo, in hall 3.0, stand K75. The international trade fair for home and contract textiles will be held from January 8-11, 2018, at Frankfurt am Main, in Germany.

By developing the conveyor solution, Eurolaser has revolutionised large-format textile processing. Clean cut edges are required especially for shading systems, individual decorative fabrics, room partitions and other home textiles in large formats. Eurolaser is one of the leading suppliers of cutting solutions, offering processing tables up to 3.20 meters in width and length as well as additional modules for multicolour direct printing, labelling and engraving for parallel use, the company said in a media statement.

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-Asia, Middle East polymers brace for US PE flows

Polyethylene (PE) markets in southeast and south Asia will be on the radar of US producers as they prepare to export greater volumes in 2019.

Speaking to ICIS at the sidelines of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Forum in Dubai, sources said that US producers would have to export to Asian markets outside of China, given that the latter was no longer viable owing to the 25% tariffs imposed on US-origin PE. “US producers have no choice but to target any and all markets, since it will be difficult to make up for the volumes that they would have otherwise exported to China,” a source said.

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PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical reduced November ACN prices in China for CNY1,000 per tonne  PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

MOSCOW – PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Chinese petrochemical giant PetroChina, reduced the price offers of acrylonitrile (ACN) in China for the fourth time this month, now by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD143.9 per a ton from the previous level, a source in the company told ICIS .PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Thus, the new November price proposals for the company’s material in the country from November 28 are at the level of CNY12,000 or USD1,727 per tonne, ex-warehouse (ex warehouse).PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Domestic spot ACN prices in China have been fluctuating at low levels since mid-November due to weak demand from the downstream market for the production of acrylic yarns.

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical operates four ACN plants in Jilin Province (Jilin province, China) with a total capacity of 452 thousand tons per year.

In particular, plants No. 1 and No. 2 have a capacity of 106 thousand tons per year, while the capacity of enterprises No. 3 and No. 4 is 120 thousand tons per year each.

Currently, these plants operate at full capacity, the source said.

Earlier, it was noted that on November 2, PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical reduced the price proposals of ACN for CNY1 800 (USD260) per ton compared to the previous level – to CNY15,000 or USD2,167 per ton, ex-warehouse, and on November 9 USD72) per ton – up to CNY14,500 or USD2,083 per ton. PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

Then, on November 22, PetroChina Jilin lowered the prices of ACN for CNY1,500 (USD216.5) per tonne to CNY13,000 (USD1,876) per tonne.

Acrylonitrile is one of the main raw materials for the production of ABS.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the first three quarters of 2018, the import of ABS to Russia increased by 15% to 3.16 thousand tons against 2.76 thousand tons for the same period last year. PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical ACN prices 

PetroChina is one of the largest companies in China and is one of the key players in the country’s oil and gas market.

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Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Indorama Ventures announced force majeure at the PET factory in Rotterdam  Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

MOSCOW – Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), on November 28 announced force majeure circumstances on deliveries of products from the PET plant in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) due to a halt in production with technical problems, ICIS reported.

So, on Thursday, November 15, one of the lines at this plant was closed with a total capacity of two lines of 426 thousand tons of PET per year due to leakage of hot oil, there were no casualties. Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Then, on Friday, November 23, technical failures led to a halt in production at the second line of the PET plant in Rotterdam.

In this regard, IVL had to declare force majeure on the supply of PET from this site, since both lines remain closed.

Currently, the company delivers material from other sites to its customers to minimize damage to consumers.

Earlier it was noted that Indorama Ventures in July 2017 completed a project to expand the capacity at the plant purified TPF in Rotterdam.

Prior to the completion of this project, the company in Rotterdam could produce 380 thousand tons of TPA per year. Indorama Ventures force majeure PET

Thus, the total capacity of the company for the production of TPA, including the site in Spain, increased after the completion of the project to increase the capacity in Rotterdam to more than 1 million tons per year.

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in September 2018, the export of Russian PET amounted to 4.63 thousand tons, and for the period January-September – 58.11 thousand tons.

Deliveries of imported material in the reporting period increased by 39% and amounted to 11.67 thousand tons of PET (in September 2017 – 8.40 thousand tons).

In total for the first nine months of 2018, 123.72 thousand tons were imported.

Indorama Ventures PLS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of PET, TPA, MEG (in the USA), as well as polyester yarns and fibers.

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Smarter plastic packaging food waste

How smarter plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste  Smarter plastic packaging food waste

Smarter plastic packaging food waste

Irene Colicchio & Harrold Goertz · DSM Engineering Plastics

The figures are mind-boggling: Food loss and waste is an enormous environmental problem. Smarter plastic packaging food waste

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ “Global Food Losses and Food Waste” report, roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Smarter plastic packaging food waste

That’s nearly 1.3 billion tonnes each year, representing a value of approximately US$680 billion in industrialized countries, and US$310 billion in developing countries.

By significantly extending shelf life and preventing damage during transportation, plastic food packaging plays a key role in reducing the loss and waste of food.

Food loss and waste represents 8.2% of all greenhouse gas emissions

Food loss and waste squanders precious resources, including water, land, energy, labour, and capital, as well as needlessly producing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Representing 8.2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, food waste is responsible for nearly as much emissions as road transport.

In fact, if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US. 1.

Reducing food waste

According to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, “packaging plays a critical role in protecting products and resources, and often helps reduce and prevent waste – especially when it comes to food.” 2.

Plastic food packaging reduces food waste by preventing damage during transport, and significantly extending shelf life.

The maximum shelf life of beef is extended from up to three days for beef sold in butcher paper to 21 days for beef sold in pre-sealed plastic packaging.

It’s important to note, however, that the plastic material used for the packaging has a tremendous effect on how well it preserves food.

While traditional polyethylene (PE) films help some, they lead to more wasted food than multi-layer films that combine PE with polyamide 6 (PA6), because the oxygen barrier and puncture resistance properties of PE films do not come close to the performance of multi-layer PE/PA6 films.

PA6 forms an effective barrier against oxygen in multi-layer packaging, for a significantly longer shelf life for products like meat and cheese.

Its high puncture resistance sharply reduces food damage during transport, which is particularly important for rice, bony meat, fish, chicken and frozen foods.

Its excellent oxygen barrier properties prolong food shelf life during the transportation, retail and consumer phases of the food value chain.

Impact of food waste high compared to plastic packaging

Now you’re thinking, “what about the impact of the plastic packaging?” The carbon footprint of food loss and waste is on average five times higher than the impact of producing or optimizing the plastic packaging involved, making the benefits of avoiding emissions by preventing food waste far outweigh the environmental impacts of producing or optimizing the packaging involved. 3.

Nevertheless, if not disposed of properly, plastic packaging waste feeds another critical environmental issue: the plastic garbage patches floating in our oceans.

At DSM, we find this threat to our ecosystem unacceptable, and work closely with APK to find outlets for high-quality re-granulates from solvent based recycling of complex multi-layer packaging.Smarter plastic packaging food waste

We are also actively exploring other recycling routes using pyrolysis and gasification technologies slated to launch in 2020 and beyond.Smarter plastic packaging food waste

These technologies will provide additional value to plastic packaging, making post-consumer plastics a resource for new solutions, and too valuable to be thrown away.

Multi-layer food packaging based on polyamide 6 is a sustainable and effective solution to significantly reduce food loss and waste, helping to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Smarter plastic packaging food waste

Contact us here to learn more about how smart plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste.

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices 30-11-2018

-PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical reduced November ACN prices in China for CNY1,000 per tonne  

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Chinese petrochemical giant PetroChina, reduced the price offers of acrylonitrile (ACN) in China for the fourth time this month, now by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD143.9 per a ton from the previous level.

Thus, the new November price proposals for the company’s material in the country from November 28 are at the level of CNY12,000 or USD1,727 per tonne, ex-warehouse

Plastic petrochemicals polymer prices

-Indorama Ventures announced force majeure at the PET factory in Rotterdam  

Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), on November 28 announced force majeure circumstances on deliveries of products from the PET plant in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) due to a halt in production with technical problems, ICIS reported.

So, on Thursday, November 15, one of the lines at this plant was closed with a total capacity of two lines of 426 thousand tons of PET per year due to leakage of hot oil, there were no casualties.

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-New lease of life for carbon fiber reinforced plastics

Overview of recycling of CFRP waste from aircrafts and reuse of recycled CF in automotive applications.

Lightweight but exceptionally strong carbon fiber reinforced plastics no longer have to be incinerated or sent to landfill once their useful life has come to an end. Pioneers of carbon fiber recycling believe that the time is coming for recycled carbon fiber reinforced plastics to take off.

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) bring mechanical robustness with reduced weight to aerospace and automotive components, wind turbine blades, and sporting goods like bikes and tennis rackets. Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is using CFRPs for wind turbine blades, where reduced weight allows for larger blades ideal for offshore sites and that are more efficient in lighter wind conditions. BMW’s i3 electric car is also employing CFRP components in the passenger compartment and McLaren has plans for a carbon fiber sports car. In the aerospace sector, Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft relies on CFRP components to reduce weight. Lighter components means greater efficiency and lower fuel consumption during the lifetime of systems, which adds up to lower carbon emissions.

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Overview of recycling of CFRP waste from aircrafts and reuse of recycled CF in automotive applications.

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Main components of fluidized bed CFRP recycling process.

-How smarter plastic packaging helps to reduce food waste  

The figures are mind-boggling: Food loss and waste is an enormous environmental problem.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ “Global Food Losses and Food Waste” report, roughly one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.

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-Plastics industry helps designers create easy-to-recycle packaging

RECOUP and the British Plastics Federation (BPF) have launched new guidance to help packaging designers create easy-to-recycle plastic packaging.

Launched by RECOUP’s chief executive Stuart Foster at the BPF’s annual Packaging Seminar in London on 28 November, the guide outlines which combination of closures, seals, labels and materials ensure recycling plants can easily separate and recycle the plastics.

Big brands are being encouraged to use the guidance to ensure their packaging products can be easily processed at the end of their lives to avoid going to landfill, and instead be recycled into new products in an important move towards developing a circular economy.

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-The surprising way plastics could actually help fight climate change

What do your car, phone, soda bottle and shoes have in common? They’re all largely made from petroleum. This nonrenewable resource gets processed into a versatile set of chemicals called polymers – or more commonly, plastics. Over 5 billion gallons of oil each year are converted into plastics alone.

Polymers are behind many important inventions of the past several decades, like 3D printing. So-called “engineering plastics,” used in applications ranging from automotive to construction to furniture, have superior properties and can even help solve environmental problems.

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-Oil Prices Rally As Russia May Be Joining The Cuts

Just a few hours after WTI Crude dipped below $50, oil prices wiped out losses and started climbing on Thursday after reports that Russia has conceded that it needs to reduce oil production and join a new Saudi-led OPEC cut to balance the market.

Earlier in the day WTI Crude had breached the $50 support level for the first time in more than a year, following yet another U.S. crude inventory build that the EIA reported on Wednesday.

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-GPCA ’18: SABIC plans demo plant to convert plastics waste into cracker feedstock

SABIC is planning to build a demonstration plant in Europe to transform waste plastic into feedstock for its crackers as part of the company’s strategy to further advance its circular economy model for the business, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.

SABIC Geleen siteThe new demonstration plant is intended to be built at its Geleen manufacturing site in The Netherlands, according to Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC’s executive vice president, petrochemicals.

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-Is the fashion industry about to have its ‘plastics moment’?

With MPs urging clothing brands to disclose impacts, consumers increasingly protesting “fast fashion” and documentaries on the true cost of cheap garments emerging at a pace, edie explores whether the fashion industry is set to have its “plastics moment”.

More than a year after Blue Planet 2 kick-started a wave of plastics actions from consumers, policymakers and corporates, the war on plastic is undeniably still high on the sustainability agenda.

But in parallel to this rise in plastics action, sustainable fashion has made its own journey from being a topic discussed only by niche bloggers to one which drew the biggest audience in UK history to a select committee hearing just a few weeks ago.

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-CARBIOS and KEM ONE sign a Letter of Intent to implement a PET biorecycling demonstration plant operated by CARBIOS in the French Chemical Valley

Evaluation of KEM ONE’s industrial site at Saint-Fons (France) for the implementation by CARBIOS of an industrial demonstration plant of its breakthrough technology

TechnipFMC in charge of the engineering study upstream the construction of a demonstration plant

CARBIOS announces today the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with KEM ONE for an implementation project, in the French Chemical Valley, of an industrial demonstration plant to secure the value of its breakthrough technology.

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-Crude oil prices continuing to drop

Oil prices are dropping rapidly, causing oil and gas companies to take a step back.

Over the last month, the price per barrel has dropped 20 dollars.

“Very quick downward trend in oil and gas over the last few weeks. Herd was saying the other day when oil goes up it takes the staircase but when it does down it takes an express elevator and that’s exactly what we’ve seen.”Kirk Edwards, President Of Latigo Petroleum.

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-Arburg’s new Freeformer does additive manufacturing of three-component parts

Arburg GmbH + Co. K.G. rolled out its Freeformer 300-3X at Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt. The machine does additive manufacturing of three-component parts in hard/soft combinations.

Formnext, a major trade fair for additive manufacturing, was held Nov. 24-27.

Arburg said it is the first time that additive manufacturing can make complex, functional hard/soft parts using support structures. The Lossburg, Germany-based company also rolled out a new rental model at Formnext.

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-Raepak Breaks the Mold for Recyclable Packaging

UK packaging supplier Raepak has created a series of product innovations, which is set to reduce plastic waste on a global scale. Three new products have been launched including the new dosing cap, 100% recyclable dispensing pumps and the 100% biopolymer plastic containers.

The introduction of the new dosing cap helps to reduce the packaging size and liquid contents. This is because a concentration of liquid can be used rather than larger product volumes mixed with water. The idea behind the dosing cap is a complete reduction in energy used to make the overall product. This helps to lower the carbon footprint and reduce material resources.

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-Loop Industries Establishes Multi-Year Supply Framework with the Coca-Cola Cross Enterprise Procurement Group

New Agreement Enables Authorized Coca-Cola Bottlers to Enter into Supply Agreements to Secure 100% Sustainable Loop™ Branded PET Plastic Resin

Loop Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOOP) (“Loop” or “Company”), a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic today announced that they have entered into a multi-year supply framework with the Coca-Cola system’s Cross Enterprise Procurement Group (“CEPG”) to supply 100% recycled and sustainable Loop™ PET plastic (“Loop™ PET”) from Loop’s joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Limited in the United States to authorized Coca-Cola bottlers who enter into supply agreements with Loop. Indorama Ventures is a world-class chemicals company and a global integrated leader in PET and fibers serving major customers in diversified end-use markets.

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-Davis-Standard buys thermoforming equipment maker 

Davis-Standard L.L.C. is entering the thermoforming equipment market with its latest acquisition.

The Pawcatuck-based maker of extrusion and converting equipment has bought Thermoforming Systems L.L.C. in Union Gap, Wash. TSL makes thermoforming equipment for the North American food packaging industry that can be used to produce a variety of plastic cups, hot or cold lids, food containers, and ventilated or tamper-evident products.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Evroplast production PET preforms

The Evroplast plant plans to expand the production of PET preforms in Primorsk Evroplast production PET preforms

Evroplast production PET preforms

MOSCOW – The Primorsky plant Evroplast, which specializes in the production of polymer products, plans to expand the production of PET preforms in the first half of 2019 and modernize the range, the plant director Yevgeny Belokurov told TASS .

The plant “Europlast” in the TOR “Nadezhdinskaya” in Primorye opened in October 2015. The company manufactures PET preforms and closures used in the production of plastic bottles and supplies them to the Far East market.Evroplast production PET preforms

More than 350 million rubles were invested in the construction of the plant in Primorye.

“For the next 2019, we have already laid out an investment program for modernizing the current range, introducing new weighting solutions for clients from all market segments, significantly increasing the production capacity of the polymer hood, as well as obtaining additional capacities in the direction of pad printing.

Europlast “plans to complete the first half of 2019,” – said the source.

He noted that since 2016 the volume of production increased by 8%, more than 40 million units of products.

Thus, in 2016, the volume of production amounted to 470 million units of products – and in 2018 this figure is forecast to be 510 million.

The growth in production volumes is due to the expansion of the product line and distribution channels, the source said.Evroplast production PET preforms

To enter international markets, the company actively participates in thematic exhibitions both as a guest and as an exhibitor, and receives foreign delegations at the production site.

The company “Evroplast” specializes in the production of polymer packaging.

The company’s production sites are located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnoyarsk.

In Solnechnogorsk, Evroplast operates the Senezh plant of new polymers.

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Polyethylene PE prices China

PE import prices in China fell amid falling oil prices and sluggish demand  Polyethylene PE prices China

Polyethylene PE prices China

MOSCOW – Import prices of polyethylene (PE) in China fell at the end of last week, following a decrease in crude oil quotations amid a reduction in material consumption at the end of the year, ICIS reported. Polyethylene PE prices China

Purchasing activity is currently low on the part of market players, and it is expected that the material supply will continue to grow, as foreign suppliers may begin to dispose of their stocks of PE as the end of 2018 approaches. Polyethylene PE prices China

According to ICIS, the spot prices of linear polyethylene (LDL) and low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) last week fell to levels that were recorded in July-August 2017, while prices of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) fell to the lowest level since March 2009

On November 23, deals on LDL film brands were in the range of USD980-1,050 per tonne, CFR China, while deals on the supply of HDPE film and LDPE were at the level of USD1,060-1,150 per tonne, CFR China, and USD990-1 030 per ton, CFR China, respectively.

According to ICIS, PE prices have fallen by USD20-50 per tonne compared to a week ago.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , last week prices continued to decline in several types of PEs in Russia.

Purchasing activity on the market is low, there is no shortage of polyethylene supply on the market. Polyethylene PE prices China

In some segments, on the contrary, due to the seasonal factor there is an excess of supply. Polyethylene PE prices China

Most consumers expect a further decline in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only.

Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Sinopec reduced November contracting MEG prices in East China for CNY1 290 per tonne Sinopec November MEG prices East ChinSinopec November MEG prices East China a

MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered the November contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 1,290 yuan (CNY) or USD186 per tonne compared with the previous month, a source at the company told ICIS .Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Thus, from November 23, contract prices of MEG companies in the region are set at CNY6 280 or USD906 per tonne, following the downward trend in the spot market, a source said.

Spot quotations for material in China are going down this month amid low consumer activity in the downstream market for polyester production. Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Thus, the price proposals of MEG on November 22 were in the range of CNY5 850-5 920 per ton against the level of CNY6 520-6 8 20 per ton on November 1.

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

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it.

Last week, the ruble appreciated against the dollar. This trend may ease downward pressure on the prices of Russian material in December, which has a continuing decline in Asia. Sinopec November MEG prices East China

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.

Business Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Sinopec November MEG prices East China

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp. ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.

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India demand polymers market

India’s demand for polymers in the spot market remains weak  India demand polymers market 

India demand polymers market

MOSCOW – The demand for polymers in India in the spot market remains weak against the background of limited domestic liquidations in the country and a downtrend in Asian markets, ICIS reported. India demand polymers market 

Domestic supplies of polymers are sufficient, and the players do not expect an improvement in the situation in December.India demand polymers market 

On November 23, prices for low-pressure polyethylene film (HDPE) were on average at USD1,110 per ton, CFR India, which is USD45 per ton lower a week earlier; while prices for raffia and injection molding polypropylene (PP) fell by USD60 in the same period to USD1,130 per ton, CFR India, according to ICIS data.

The seasonal lull in the polymer sector, including PE and PP, began in India in early November, but was interrupted by a short replenishment period after the Diwali holiday – November 6, which lasts at least a week in India.

However, the situation on the market this year is aggravated by a serious shortage of cash, as banks have tightened access to credit lines.India demand polymers market 

Since March 13, banks have canceled credit lines and banned the issuance of letters of commitment and letters of confirmation after a case of fraud in the amount of USD2 billion, in which the Punjab National Bank (PNB) participated.

Meanwhile, domestic supplies of PE and PP increased, as most of the enterprises are operating at almost full capacity, while exports to China and Southeast Asia declined due to weaker demand and more competition from new supplies to the US.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , prices for a number of types of polyethylene continued to decline in Russia last week.

Most consumers expect a further decline in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only. Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.India demand polymers market 

In the Russian market of PP, some sellers last week attempted to once again raise the prices of propylene homopolymer (PP-homo), but in some cases, buyers refused to accept further price increases.

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Plastic chemicals rpet recycling 29-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain continue to be  assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,000/1,040 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,050/6,150 yuan/ton – MEG $ 670/680 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,800/5,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 980/995 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,200/8,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,750/8,900  yuan/ton

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-The Evroplast plant plans to expand the production of PET preforms in Primorsk 

The Primorsky plant Evroplast, which specializes in the production of polymer products, plans to expand the production of PET preforms in the first half of 2019 and modernize the range, the plant director Yevgeny Belokurov told TASS .

The plant “Europlast” in the TOR “Nadezhdinskaya” in Primorye opened in October 2015. The company manufactures PET preforms and closures used in the production of plastic bottles and supplies them to the Far East market.

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-PE import prices in China fell amid falling oil prices and sluggish demand 

Import prices of polyethylene (PE) in China fell at the end of last week, following a decrease in crude oil quotations amid a reduction in material consumption at the end of the year, ICIS reported.

Purchasing activity is currently low on the part of market players, and it is expected that the material supply will continue to grow, as foreign suppliers may begin to dispose of their stocks of PE as the end of 2018 approaches

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-India’s demand for polymers in the spot market remains weak 

The demand for polymers in India in the spot market remains weak against the background of limited domestic liquidations in the country and a downtrend in Asian markets, ICIS reported. India demand polymers market

Domestic supplies of polymers are sufficient, and the players do not expect an improvement in the situation in December.

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-Graphene applications: what is graphene used for?

Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like pattern. Graphene is considered to be the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material – to both electricity and heat. All this properties are exciting researchers and businesses around the world – as graphene has the potential the revolutionize entire industries – in the fields of electricity, conductivity, energy generation, batteries, sensors and more.

Mechanical strength

Graphene is the world’s strongest material, and so can be used to enhance the strength of other materials. Dozens of researches have demonstrated that adding even a trade amount of graphene to plastics, metals or other materials can make these materials much stronger – or lighter (as you can use less amount of material to achieve the same strength).

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-Industrial competitiveness key to meeting EU emissions targets – chems trade groups

A competitive European industry and a strategy for energy-intensive sectors are needed to drive the transformations necessaryto fulfil EU 2050 emissions reductions targets,chemicals trade groups said on Wednesday.

Proposed EUemissions reductions targets to 2050 are likely to see chemicals producers in the region shift to new production processes, such as renewable hydrogen or sustainable biomass-based feedstocks, according to European Commission documents released on 28 November.

The Commission’s latest greenhouse gasemissions reduction road map includes a variety of scenarios for emissions-reduction in the region, with the most ambitious plans aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050.

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-Germany’s first mineral water bottle from 100% recycled plastics

Social enterprise brand share is the first manufacturer in Germany to offer its mineral water made from bottles made from 100% recycled plastics.

At the beginning of this year, the company launched the mineral water bottle on the shelves of retailers dm and REWE. According to studies, Germans produce 37 kilograms of plastic waste per person per year, a figure that is set to grow even further. Even in a country with a strong recycling culture as Germany, half of plastics waste is burnt rather than being transformed into a new raw material, which makes using recycled plastics even more crucial.

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-Sinopec reduced November contracting MEG prices in East China for CNY1 290 per tonne 

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered the November contract prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 1,290 yuan (CNY) or USD186 per tonne compared with the previous month, a source at the company told ICIS .

Thus, from November 23, contract prices of MEG companies in the region are set at CNY6 280 or USD906 per tonne, following the downward trend in the spot market, a source said.

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-GPCA ’18: Circular economy could shape future of chems industry – Dow CEO

The circular economy is a key part of the sustainability discussion, and has the potential to shape the future of the chemicals industry as much as any other trend,the CEO of US chemical major Dow Chemical said on Tuesday.

“The fourth industrial revolution, digitalisation,continued merger and acquisition activity, are all converging at the same time as one of the big trends – a trend that is so big and has a lot of potential in creating a lot of winners and possibly a few losers,” said Jim Fitterling.

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-Oil falls below $60/bbl after 10th straight U.S. crude build

Oil fell below $60 per barrel on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories rose for the 10th straight week amid concerns about excess global supply.

Prices, however, rose from the day’s lows in tandem with a rally in stocks after a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who said risks to the U.S. economy are relatively balanced, suggesting the pace of interest-rate hikes may slow in coming months.

In the last three days, oil investors have been more willing to buy on declines after a rout that took crude futures down by 30 percent since the beginning of October.

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-Odlo & HeiQ want everyone to smell fresh like Swiss mountain air

The two Swiss innovators for functional performance clothing, Odlo and HeiQ, are co-launching HeiQ Pure SPQR, a triple-action sustainable odor control technology, another breakthrough in the HeiQ Fresh Tech product family.

Smelling fresh allows us to do what we like without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel. That insight brought these two companies together already 13 years ago, as HeiQ developed for Odlo an odor control textile finish that would last 100 washes – known as Effect by Odlo.

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-GPCA ’18: SABIC plans demo plant to convert plastics waste into cracker feedstock

SABIC is planning to build a demonstration plant in Europe to transform waste plastic into feedstock for its crackers as part of the company’s strategy to further advance its circular economy model for the business, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.

The new demonstration plant is intended to be built at its Geleen manufacturing site in The Netherlands, according to AbdulrahmanAl-Fageeh, SABIC’s executive vice president,petrochemicals.

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-Era to open US manufacturing facility

Stanley, North Carolina – Era Polymers is to open a manufacturing facility in North Carolina to serve the US market.

The Australian-headquartered company already manufactures polyurethane systems in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The new facility will support it’s growing US sales. It will also make products for the Canadian, South American and European markets.

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-eurolaser to present laser system at Heimtextil

eurolaser, one of the leading suppliers of cutting solutions, offering processing tables up to 3.20 meters in width and length, as well as additional modules for multicolour direct printing, labelling and engraving for parallel use, will demonstrate its eurolaser L-1200 Conveyor laser system at this year’s Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt.

“By processing the textiles with the laser tool, the cutting edges are sealed and thus prevents fraying. Compared to knife processing, there is no tool wear and the material can be cut without distortion in all directions. The precise roll feed via the feeding unit and the tension-free transport via the conveyor table, which was specially developed for textile processing, ensure maximum result reliability,” the company explains.

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-Leading U.S. Herb Producer Transitions to good natured(R) Plant-based Packaging

Newsfile Corp) Leading U.S. Herb Producer Transitions to good natured(R) Plant-based Packaging

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – November 27, 2018) – good natured Products Inc. (“good natured “) is pleased to announce that one of the largest herb growers in the Midwest U.S., Mariposa Farms, has made the switch away from petroleum-based PET packaging to good natured plant-based materials.

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-An answer to pet recycling challenges

At the PETnology conference in Paris, EREMA presented its newly developed VACUNITE technology. The Austrian producer of plastics recycling machines brings together its VACUREMA® bottle-to-bottle process with newly patented, vacuum-supported solid state polycondensation (SSP) from Polymetrix in this innovation.

All thermal process steps take place in nitrogen atmosphere. The result is rPET pellets which offer high quality and far exceed all food-contact requirements.

With VACUNITE EREMA expands its portfolio for PET recycling solutions. This technology is the answer to the challenges which PET recycling will have to face in the future. Christoph Wöss, EREMA Business Development Manager for the bottle sector, sums up these challenges as follows: “The growing commitment in society to handling plastics in a responsible way means that both political requirements and voluntary pledges of major beverage brands call for a significant increase in the amount of recyclate in end products.

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MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MEG spot prices in Europe continue to decline  MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MOSCOW – The spot prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe continue to decline, following a downward trend in Asia, ICIS reported, citing market participants.

The MEG market in Europe is currently considered to be a shopper market, after prices have been on a downtrend for some time. MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

The downward trend is in line with the continued downtrend in the Asian market.

Last week, MEG spot prices in Europe fell by EUR25 per tonne to EUR720-735 per tonne to CIF,NWE (North-West Europe). MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

In addition, low water levels on the Rhine River continued to bring problems in the delivery of material in the region, depending on location. MEG monoethylene glycol prices Europe

MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it.

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MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

MEG prices in Asia fell amid falling oil prices  MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

MEG  Monoethylene glycol  prices Asia oil prices

MOSCOW  – Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) price offers in Asia continued to show a downward trend on Monday following the recent drop in crude oil prices, which resulted in weak trading activity in the market, ICIS reported. MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

In the second half of yesterday, November 26, negotiations on the sale of MEG in the region were in the range of USD670-675 per ton, CFR CMP (main port of China), with some lower price values ​​of approximately USD660 per ton, CFR CMP.

According to ICIS, on November 23 MEG prices were at the level of USD678-685 per tonne, CFR CMP.MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

Downward quotations of crude oil also influenced the drop in prices of polyester on the downstream market, which subsequently led to a decrease in MEG procurement.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the spot prices for PET in the Russian market are gradually going down due to the expected decline in contract prices for the next month and low demand for material.

The fundamental factors that influence the global PET market remain unchanged so far – the prices of petroleum and PET raw materials continue to decline. The cost of PET in China is constantly falling.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Sinopec November phenol prices

Sinopec lowered November phenol prices in East China for CNY1000 per tonne  Sinopec November phenol prices

Sinopec November phenol prices

 

MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, on November 24 lowered its domestic price proposals for phenol in eastern China by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD144 per ton following quotes in the spot market going down, a company source told ICIS . Sinopec November phenol prices

Thus, according to him, the November prices of phenol Sinopec are now at the level of CNY10,000 or USD1,439 per ton, ex-works (ex-works).

Quotations of phenol in the spot Chinese market are falling amid falling demand, a source said. Sinopec November phenol prices

So, on the spot market in China, the price offers of phenol on November 25 were about CNY10,000 per tonne, ex-tank (free tank), compared to the range in CNY10 100-10 300 per tonne, ex-tank, November 23.

The Sinopec enterprise in Caojing (Caojing, China), which can produce 135 thousand tons of phenol and 85 thousand tons of acetone per year, was closed for 40-day prevention on October 8, a source said.Sinopec November phenol prices

Phenol is the main raw material component for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in turn, is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , trends in global markets that were observed in the third quarter affected the state of the Russian PC market at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

At the end of October – beginning of November, the influence of foreign markets increased even more: the fall in the cost of PCs accelerated and the price competition between vendors of PCs from different manufacturers intensified to the maximum.

Sinopec is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.

Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Sinopec November phenol prices

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.

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Polymer production complex Orpic

New polymer production complex Orpic in Oman will be launched in 2020  Polymer production complex Orpic

Polymer production complex Orpic

MOSCOW – Oman Petrochemical Company Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic) plans to begin commissioning at the end of 2019 at the new petrochemical complex for the production of polymers in Liwa (Liwa, Sokhar, Oman), and in 2020 year – put it into operation, ICIS sources told the market.

According to them, at present the construction of a new complex has been completed by 95%. Polymer production complex Orpic

With the launch of the complex in Livevo, Orpic will produce 800 thousand tons of linear polyethylene (LDL) / low pressure polyethylene (HDPE) on this site using Univation technology and 300 thousand tons of polypropylene (PP) using Spheripol technology.

Orpic intends to produce both propylene block copolymers (PP block) and propylene stat copolymers (PP rand) at the new PP plant in Liva, sources added.

As Market Report reported earlier, in May 2014, Orpic announced the start of construction of a polymer production complex worth USD3.6 billion. Polymer production complex Orpic

Since then, investment in the project has grown to USD9 billion.

It is planned that the new complex, which will also include ethylene cracking – an installation with a capacity of 859 thousand tons per year, will be built in the northern part of the industrial city of Oman – Sohar, near the oil refinery and Orpic petrochemical plants.

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in the first nine months of 2018, PE output in Russia grew by 3% compared with the same indicator in 2017 and amounted to about 1 346.2 thousand tons.

Production volumes of low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL) increased. Polymer production complex Orpic

The total volume of production of PP in Russia increased in January-September of the current year by 2.2% compared with the same period last year and amounted to about 1,073 thousand tons.

At the same time, only three manufacturers of seven showed an increase in output.

Orpic is one of the leading petrochemical companies in Oman.

Orpic supplies PP to the markets of the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries in the Middle East.

And the company supplies only a small part of its products to the domestic market.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Formosa Plastics December prices PP

Formosa Plastics intends to increase December prices of PP in the US by USD66 per ton Formosa Plastics December prices PP

Formosa Plastics December prices PP

MOSCOW – Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp. (FPC), a major global manufacturer of petrochemical products, intends to increase December polypropylene (PP) prices in the US by 3 cents per pound (USD66 per ton), ICIS reports, citing a letter to the company to customers.Formosa Plastics December prices PP

Prices will be increased from December 1, or as terms of contracts allow.

Other producers also separately announced a price increase of 2-3 cents per pound (USD44-66 per ton) for deliveries in November and December.

The November contracts for injection molding PP homopolymer in the United States were agreed at 69-73 cents per pound (USD1,518–1,606 per ton), while contracts for block copolymers PP were at 70-74 cents per pound (USD1,540 – 1,628 per ton).

The largest manufacturers of US PP are Braskem, ExxonMobil, Formosa, INEOS, LyondellBasell, Phillips 66 and Total Petrochemicals.Formosa Plastics December prices PP

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , some sellers this week attempted to raise PP-Homo prices again, but in some cases, buyers refused to accept further price increases.

Formosa Plastics Corporation (FCP) is a major global chemical manufacturer headquartered in Taiwan.Formosa Plastics December prices PP

The company mainly produces polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and other petrochemical products.

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Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer 28-11-2018

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,050 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,050/6,200 yuan/ton – MEG $ 680/690 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,800/5,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 975/985 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,250/8,350  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,750/8,900  yuan/ton

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-MEG spot prices in Europe continue to decline  

The spot prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe continue to decline, following a downward trend in Asia.

The MEG market in Europe is currently considered to be a shopper market, after prices have been on a downtrend for some time.

The downward trend is in line with the continued downtrend in the Asian market.

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-MEG prices in Asia fell amid falling oil prices  MEG Monoethylene glycol prices Asia oil prices

Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) price offers in Asia continued to show a downward trend on Monday following the recent drop in crude oil prices, which resulted in weak trading activity in the market, ICIS reported.

In the second half of yesterday, November 26, negotiations on the sale of MEG in the region were in the range of USD670-675 per ton, CFR CMP (main port of China), with some lower price values ​​of approximately USD660 per ton, CFR CMP.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Sinopec lowered November phenol prices in East China for CNY1000 per tonne  

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, on November 24 lowered its domestic price proposals for phenol in eastern China by 1,000 yuan (CNY) or USD144 per ton following quotes in the spot market going down, a company source told ICIS .

Thus, according to him, the November prices of phenol Sinopec are now at the level of CNY10,000 or USD1,439 per ton, ex-works (ex-works)

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-New polymer production complex Orpic in Oman will be launched in 2020  

Oman Petrochemical Company Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic) plans to begin commissioning at the end of 2019 at the new petrochemical complex for the production of polymers in Liwa (Liwa, Sokhar, Oman), and in 2020 year – put it into operation, ICIS sources told the market.

Plastic chemicals automotive biopolymer

-GPCA ’18: Trade war to hit global demand for chemicals

Trade protectionist barriers recently built up will hit global demand for chemicals as they trigger changes in the flows of goods, industry executives said on Monday.

Amid the escalating US-China trade war, the chemical industry’s demand pattern will change in the near term, said Ahmad Al Saleh, business director for ethylene glycol at Kuwaiti producer EQUATE.

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-Formosa Plastics intends to increase December prices of PP in the US by USD66 per ton 

Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp. (FPC), a major global manufacturer of petrochemical products, intends to increase December polypropylene (PP) prices in the US by 3 cents per pound (USD66 per ton), ICIS reports, citing a letter to the company to customers

Prices will be increased from December 1, or as terms of contracts allow.

Other producers also separately announced a price increase of 2-3 cents per pound (USD44-66 per ton) for deliveries in November and December.

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-Saudi Arabia pumps record amount of oil as Trump piles on pressure

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia raised oil production to an all-time high in November, an industry source said on Monday, as U.S. President Donald Trump piled pressure on the kingdom to refrain from production cuts at an OPEC meeting next week.

The meeting, at which OPEC members will consider how to arrest a decline in oil prices, comes days after leaders of top global oil producers – Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Trump – travel to Argentina for a G20 summit this week.deliveries in November and December.

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-GPCA ’18: Mideast chemical industry transformation, consolidation a must

The Chairman of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) called upon the region’s chemical industry to transform and consolidate to compete with new players, namely North America due to shale gas development and China because of coal to chemicals.

“We are trying to energise the industry to transform, and also benefit from the growth that the industry is going to experience in the coming years. We are very clear that the industry is going through rapid transformation,” Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, Chairman of GPCA said on the sidelines of 13th Annual GPCA Forum.

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-INVISTA to Launch New LYCRA® FREEF!T® Technology Combining Soft Stretch with Lasting Shape Retention

INVISTA, owners of the LYCRA® brand and portfolio of products, will launch its new patented LYCRA® FREEF!T® Technology in North America at the Kingpins NYC show on November 28-29. LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology provides denim and woven fabrics with soft, easy stretch and excellent recovery.

The LYCRA® FREEF!T® technology was born out of consumer research* which showed that while more than 65% of female respondents across five countries desire jeans that are easy to move in, only 25% of respondents indicated the last pair of jeans they purchased allowed them to move comfortably. Further, only 22% of respondents said the last pair they purchased held their shape, despite 56% of respondents wanting jeans that would do so.

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-GPCA ’18: China’s environmental issues to weigh on polymer consumption – consultant

China’s booming urban clusters are driving wealth growth and demand, but this might lead to lower-than-expected per capita polymer consumption because of growing environmental concerns, an industry consultant said on Monday.

“The rich in China, apart from sustainability concerns, don’t want to waste time in traffic jams,” John Richardson, senior consultant for Asia at ICIS told delegates at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association’s (GPCA) annual forum.

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-ZF reinvents airbags for autonomous cars

Even self-driving cars can’t be completely safe while human error remains a factor on the road

Iconic transmission supplier ZF has revealed an airbag-based strategy for autonomous vehicles.

At ‘Airbag 2018’, a German symposium in Mannheim this week, ZF presented an ‘external pre-crash airbag’, ‘dual-contour airbags’ that protect the occupant no matter what the seat position, ‘far-side airbags’ and a new, lightweight knee airbag module.

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-Uzbekistan, Poland expand cooperation in textile industry

Uztextileprom is exploring the possibility of exporting textile products from Uzbekistan to EU countries, in particular to the Polish market.

The delegation of the Association “Uztextileprom” and representatives of the textile and garment-knitwear enterprises visit the Republic of Poland on November 19-25, 2018, press service of the Association “Uztextile” reports.

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-New technology cuts denim water needs

Consumption of water to wash denim fabric has reduced drastically over a last couple of years due to the adoption of modern technologies in the production process by denim producers, say denim-makers and machine suppliers.

At present, it is possible to wash a kilogramme of denim fabrics with only 180 litres of water. Earlier, it needed at least 270 litres or more of water for washing the same quantity, Sayeed Ahmad Chowdhury, general manager (operations) of Square Denims Limited, told The Independent.

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PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

PET prices in China fell less than the fall in commodity prices  PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

MOSCOW – Domestic price offers for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in China fell at the end of last week to USD1070-1,130 per ton, FOB China, ICIS reported.

According to market participants, the decline in prices recorded last week was not so large compared with the fall in commodity prices, as well as compared with an earlier decline in PET prices. PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

Thus, spot PET prices for FOB China delivery terms were in the range of USD1 070-1 110 per tonne in the week ending November 16, which reflects the price level of most transactions. PET polyethylene terephthalate prices China

Then the quotes fell by USD35-40 per ton, while price proposals were USD1 085-1 150 per ton, FOB China.

Some sellers could sell fairly large volumes of material amid lower prices, while other sellers faced limited interest from buyers in the market due to a sharp drop in international oil futures in the middle of last week.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the spot prices for PET in the Russian market are gradually going down due to the expected decline in contract prices for the next month and low demand for material.

The fundamental factors that influence the global PET market remain unchanged so far – the prices of petroleum and PET raw materials continue to decline.

The cost of PET in China is constantly falling.

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Plastic chemicals carbon fibre biodegradable 27-11-2018

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,050 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,100/6,250 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/675 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,700/5,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 985/1,000 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,250/8,350  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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-PET prices in China fell less than the fall in commodity prices  

Domestic price offers for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in China fell at the end of last week to USD1070-1,130 per ton, FOB China, ICIS reported.

According to market participants, the decline in prices recorded last week was not so large compared with the fall in commodity prices, as well as compared with an earlier decline in PET prices.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals carbon fibre biodegradable

-No-deal Brexit risks remain high despite EU Council backing – Germany’s VCI

The EU Council’s backing of the UK to exit the 28-country bloc is only the first step to reaching an accord, with the fate of the chemicals sector still hanging in the balance, according to Germany-based industry trade body VCI.

EU heads of state and government on Sunday endorsed the text of the proposed route for the UK to leave the bloc but significant obstacles remain, including a vote in the country’s House of Commons, expected before the Christmas break, and in the European Parliament at the beginning of 2019.

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-Fully recyclable: glass-coated PET bottles resolve juice production challenge

Priority for fully recyclable PET bottles: when the German Packaging Law comes into effect on January 1, 2019, the new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas.

  • Classic non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials currently difficult to recycle
  • FreshSafe PET® from KHS provides sustainable solution
  • With it beverage producers contribute to effective recycling process

Dortmund/Hamburg, November 13, 2018 – Priority for fully recyclable PET bottles: when the German Packaging Law comes into effect on January 1, 2019, the new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas.

The amendment will levy higher fees for packaging which is difficult to recycle. This includes non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials for juice and nectar, among other products.

Juice and nectar producers are thus currently looking for solutions which will help them to avoid the ensuing increase in costs.

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-India PE, PP demand struggles amid cash crunch, Asia markets slump

India’s demand for polymers spot cargoes stayed weak, blighted by a domestic liquidity crunch and amid slumping markets across Asia.

Domestic availability is ample while expectations are bleak of a demand improvement in December.

On 23 November, high density polyethylene (HDPE) film prices were assessed at an average of $1,110/tonne CFR (cost & freight) India, down $45/tonne week on week; while polypropylene (PP) raffia/injection prices fell $60/tonne over the same period to $1,130/tonne CFR India, ICIS data showed.

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-Kafrit Industries Acquires Polyfil

Acquisition expands Israeli company’s global reach into the U.S. market.

Additives Materials Packaging Polyolefins

Israel’s Kafrit Industries Ltd. (“Kafrit Group”), a global supplier of plastic additive masterbatches and compounds has further expanded into North America through the acquisition of Polyfil Corp., Rockaway, N.J., one of the largest independent producers of functional additive masterbatches for polyolefins for 35 years, with a specialty in film extrusion.

Kafrit is a custom additive masterbatch producer specializing in PC sheet, film and agricultural film and flame-retardant PC injection molding. (The company has operations in Canada, Europe and China.)

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-Lecture Today on Block Copolymer-based Porous Carbon Fibers and Plasmonic Nanoparticles

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences presents professor Guoliang “Greg” Liu from Virginia Tech.

His lecture on “Block Copolymer-based Porous Carbon Fibers and Plasmonic Nanoparticles” will be at 3:30 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 26, in the Chemistry Building, room 144.

Liu’s lecture will describe a new method for synthesizing nanoporous carbon fibers. Nanoporous carbon fibers possess high surface areas and rich surface functionalities for interacting with guest ions, molecules, and particulates.

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-GPCA ’18: Nobody wins from closed market policies – GPCA chief

Trade protectionism will have serious ramifications on downstream industries as it makes countries that adopt such measures less competitive in the international markets, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) secretary general Abdulwahab Al Sadoun said.

“We believe that nobody wins from closed market policies. On the contrary, more often than not, countries find themselves on the losing side,” he told ICIS ahead of the 13th annual forum in Dubai on 26-28 November with the theme “Executing Transformation and Investing in Growth”.

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-New report highlights successful circular business models in Taiwan

The Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) launched a report supported by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) to analyze the next wave of circular economy business models in Taiwan.

From recycling fishing nets to reclaiming banana waste, Taiwanese companies are innovating new ways to use waste as a resource.

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-Community Matters: Recycling’s benefits significant and widespread

Every year in November, our nation renews its commitment to reduce waste and preserve our limited resources on “America Recycles Day.”

The day of recognition serves as a timely reminder as we approach the holiday season — a period when used envelopes, wrapping paper, shipping material and gift boxes quickly pile up — that we all have a role to play in reducing our landfill input.

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-RPC BPI PROTEC launch new recyclable shrink film

Governments and consumers are now demanding packaging that minimises its impact on the environment by ensuring the use of recycled content and delivering full recyclability.

Manufacturers are therefore looking to maximise the sustainability of their chosen packaging solutions, whilst still providing effective protection and brand enhancement to their goods.

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-Indian textiles firm SV Pittie to train 1,000 Omanis for jobs at Sohar plant

Muscat: SV Pittie Sohar Textiles and National Training Fund signed a Capability Building Agreement (CBA) under which 1,000 Omanis will be trained at SV Pittie Training Centre in Sohar, to enable them with the right foundational and technical skill-set to be employed in the Company’s Textile project.

The agreement was signed on the occasion of Oman’s 49th National Day.

The Yarn Manufacturing Facility of The Textile Project is an entirely new enterprise in Oman and the initiative of training its workforce is as per Tanfeedh’s national development program.

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 26

Amid further weakness in the upstream crude oil prices, Asian petrochemical prices may continue to see downward pressure this week. Monday saw ICE Brent crude oil futures dipping below $60/b and in some petrochemical markets, the prices already started to fall Monday morning.

OLEFINS

Asian ethylene would likely remain bearish this week, pressured by further weakness in demand amid plunging western crude oil futures. January ethylene supplies are seen to be ample as the healthy ethylene-naphtha spread would likely keep the steam cracker operation rates in Asia high. The Asian ethylene-naphtha spread hit a 2-month high of $552/mt last Friday.

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-Deposit-Return Schemes for single-use packaging: an unnecessary evolution?

To prevent littering and foster more recycling, some member states are considering setting mandatory deposit-return schemes (DRS) on single-use beverage packaging. For plastic packaging, there are reasons to believe this could happen:

Availability of recyclates: gaps in current collection and recycling systems may drive the development of DRS to reach the proposed 90% collection target by 2025 for single-use plastic beverage containers put forward in the Single-Use Plastics Directive.

Food Contact Recycling: most plastic recycling processes for food contact are based on DRS-type collection schemes that separate single-use food contact plastics from other plastics packaging.

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-Four European academies honoured ahead of Heimtextil26

Four European design academies have won the ‘New & Next University Contest’ ahead of Heimtextil to be held during January 8-11, 2019.

The academies, from the UK, Switzerland, Slovakia and Hungary, will be given a trade fair stand at Heimtextil where they will present their design works to an international audience.

The contest is meant to promote newcomers.

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Circular economy sustainable development

How circular is the circular economy – resilience Circular economy sustainable development

Circular economy sustainable development

The circular economy – the newest magical word in the sustainable development vocabulary – promises economic growth without destruction or waste.

However, the concept only focuses on a small part of total resource use and does not take into account the laws of thermodynamics. Circular economy sustainable development

The circular economy has become, for many governments, institutions, companies, and environmental organisations, one of the main components of a plan to lower carbon emissions. Circular economy sustainable development

In the circular economy, resources would be continually re-used, meaning that there would be no more mining activity or waste production.

The stress is on recycling, made possible by designing products so that they can easily be taken apart.Circular economy sustainable development

Attention is also paid to developing an “alternative consumer culture”.

In the circular economy, we would no longer own products, but would loan them.

For example, a customer could pay not for lighting devices but for light, while the company remains the owner of the lighting devices and pays the electricity bill.

A product thus becomes a service, which is believed to encourage businesses to improve the lifespan and recyclability of their products.

The circular economy is presented as an alternative to the “linear economy” – a term that was coined by the proponents of circularity, and which refers to the fact that industrial societies turn valuable resources into waste.

However, while there’s no doubt that the current industrial model is unsustainable, the question is how different the so-called circular economy would be.

Several scientific studies (see references) describe the concept as an “idealised vision”, a “mix of various ideas from different domains”, or a “vague idea based on pseudo-scientific concepts”.

There’s three main points of criticism, which we discuss below. Too Complex to Recycle

The first dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the fact that the recycling process of modern products is far from 100% efficient.

A circular economy is nothing new. In the middle ages, old clothes were turned into paper, food waste was fed to chickens or pigs, and new buildings were made from the remains of old buildings.

The difference between then and now is the resources used.

Before industrialisation, almost everything was made from materials that were either decomposable – like wood, reeds, or hemp – or easy to recycle or re-use – like iron and bricks. Circular economy sustainable development

Modern products are composed of a much wider diversity of (new) materials, which are mostly not decomposable and are also not easily recycled.

For example, a recent study of the modular Fairphone 2 – a smartphone designed to be recyclable and have a longer lifespan – shows that the use of synthetic materials, microchips, and batteries makes closing the circle impossible.

Only 30% of the materials used in the Fairphone 2 can be recuperated. A study of LED lights had a similar result. Circular economy sustainable development

The more complex a product, the more steps and processes it takes to recycle. In each step of this process, resources and energy are lost.

Furthermore, in the case of electronic products, the production process itself is much more resource-intensive than the extraction of the raw materials, meaning that recycling the end product can only recuperate a fraction of the input.

And while some plastics are indeed being recycled, this process only produces inferior materials (“downcycling”) that enter the waste stream soon afterwards.

The low efficiency of the recycling process is, on its own, enough to take the ground from under the concept of the circular economy: the loss of resources during the recycling process always needs to be compensated with more over-extraction of the planet’s resources. Circular economy sustainable development

Recycling processes will improve, but recycling is always a trade-off between maximum material recovery and minimum energy use.

And that brings us to the next point. How to Recycle Energy Sources?

The second dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the fact that 20% of total resources used worldwide are fossil fuels. Circular economy sustainable development

More than 98% of that is burnt as a source of energy and can’t be re-used or recycled. At best, the excess heat from, for example, the generation of electricity, can be used to replace other heat sources. Circular economy sustainable development

As energy is transferred or transformed, its quality diminishes (second law of thermodynamics). For example, it’s impossible to operate one car or one power plant with the excess heat from another. Consequently, there will always be a need to mine new fossil fuels. Besides, recycling materials also requires energy, both through the recycling process and the transportation of recycled and to-be-recycled materials.

To this, the supporters of the circular economy have a response: we will shift to 100% renewable energy. Circular economy sustainable development

But this doesn’t make the circle round: to build and maintain renewable energy plants and accompanied infrastructures, we also need resources (both energy and materials).

What’s more, technology to harvest and store renewable energy relies on difficult-to-recycle materials. Circular economy sustainable development

That’s why solar panels, wind turbines and lithium-ion batteries are not recycled, but landfilled or incinerated. Input Exceeds Output

The third dent in the credibility of the circular economy is the biggest: the global resource use – both energetic and material – keeps increasing year by year.

The use of resources grew by 1400% in the last century: from 7 gigatonnes (Gt) in 1900 to 62 Gt in 2005 and 78 Gt in 2010. That’s an average growth of about 3% per year – more than double the rate of population growth.

Growth makes a circular economy impossible, even if all raw materials were recycled and all recycling was 100% efficient.

The amount of used material that can be recycled will always be smaller than the material needed for growth. To compensate for that, we have to continuously extract more resources. Circular economy sustainable development

The difference between demand and supply is bigger than you might think.

If we look at the whole life cycle of resources, then it becomes clear that proponents for a circular economy only focus on a very small part of the whole system, and thereby misunderstand the way it operates. Accumulation of Resources

A considerable segment of all resources – about a third of the total – are neither recycled, nor incinerated or dumped: they are accumulated in buildings, infrastructure, and consumer goods. In 2005, 62 Gt of resources were used globally.

After subtracting energy sources (fossil fuels and biomass) and waste from the mining sector, the remaining 30 Gt were used to make material goods.

Of these, 4 Gt was used to make products that last for less than one year (disposable products).

The other 26 Gt was accumulated in buildings, infrastructure, and consumer goods that last for more than a year. In the same year, 9 Gt of all surplus resources were disposed of, meaning that the “stocks” of material capital grew by 17 Gt in 2005.

In comparison: the total waste that could be recycled in 2005 was only 13 Gt (4 Gt disposable products and 9 Gt surplus resources), of which only a third (4 Gt) can be effectively recycled. Circular economy sustainable development

Only 9 Gt is then put in a landfill, incinerated, or dumped – and it is this 9 Gt that the circular economy focuses on.

But even if that was all recycled, and if the recycling processes were 100% efficient, the circle would still not be closed: 63 Gt in raw materials and 30 Gt in material products would still be needed. Circular economy sustainable development

As long as we keep accumulating raw materials, the closing of the material life cycle remains an illusion, even for materials that are, in principle, recyclable.

For example, recycled metals can only supply 36% of the yearly demand for new metal, even if metal has relatively high recycling capacity, at about 70%.

We still use more raw materials in the system than can be made available through recycling – and so there are simply not enough recyclable raw materials to put a stop to the continuously expanding extractive economy.

The True Face of the Circular Economy

A more responsible use of resources is of course an excellent idea.

But to achieve that, recycling and re-use alone aren’t enough. Since 71% of all resources cannot be recycled or re-used (44% of which are energy sources and 27% of which are added to existing stocks), you can only really get better numbers by reducing total use.

A circular economy would therefore demand that we use less fossil fuels (which isn’t the same as using more renewable energy), and that we accumulate less raw materials in commodities. Most importantly, we need to make less stuff: fewer cars, fewer microchips, fewer buildings. Circular economy sustainable development

This would result in a double profit: we would need less resources, while the supply of discarded materials available for re-use and recycling would keep growing for many years to come.

It seems unlikely that the proponents of the circular economy would accept these additional conditions.

The concept of the circular economy is intended to align sustainability with economic growth – in other words, more cars, more microchips, more buildings. For example, the European Union states that the circular economy will “foster sustainable economic growth”.

Even the limited goals of the circular economy – total recycling of a fraction of resources – demands an extra condition that proponents probably won’t agree with: that everything is once again made with wood and simple metals, without using synthetic materials, semi-conductors, lithium-ion batteries or composite materials.

Reuter, Markus A., Antoinette van Schaik, and Johannes Gediga. “ Simulation-based design for resource efficiency of metal production and recycling systems: Cases-copper production and recycling, e-waste (LED lamps) and nickel pig iron.” The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20.5 (2015): 671-693.

Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive  Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish.

Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.

It doesn’t disappear or decompose; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller shards, until it looks a lot like fish food. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

It’s also choking lakes. Plastic waste in the Great Lakes has been found in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as high as 6.7 million pieces per square kilometre. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

One of the worst culprits is the bugbear of environmentalists: singleuse plastic bottles. In Ontario, not even half make it to a blue box for taxpayer-subsidized collection and recycling. The rest — about a billion bottles a year — end up in landfills or littering the environment. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

Luckily, there’s a proven strategy to reduce plastic waste: Put a price on it.

Ontario is one of just two provinces without a plastic bottle deposit. It’s time for that to change, says Keith Brooks, programs director with Environmental Defence Canada, speaking from Toronto.

Deposit programs work extremely well, and not just at the Beer Store. Provinces and territories with deposit programs recover between 72 and 95 per cent of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Manitoba and Ontario, without deposit incentives, lag far behind at 51 and 50 per cent. Plastic bottle recycling deposit incentive

The market for post-consumer PET is surprisingly strong. Ice River Springs, which employs bottle-to-bottle recycling — making bottles of bottles — proudly states it collects 85 per cent of the PET available from Ontario blue boxes.

“It suggests that there’s a shortage, in fact,” Brooks notes.

Collections could be handled through a combination of retail returns and reverse vending machines, which exchange empty bottles for cash or vouchers for store credit. Vouchers are attractive to retailers, as people tend to spend their credit on site. In an elegant turn, the cost of recycling shifts from municipal taxpayers to producers.

A deposit system for single-use beverage containers also reduces contamination, Brooks notes. “Those bottles end up in their own stream … you get more bottles back and you can actually recycle them at a higher rate because you have a lower contamination rate.”

He explains Environmental Defence has focused on deposit programs rather than a ban on bottled water because “we didn’t think it was that realistic right now.”

Europe is moving in that direction. Last month, the EU voted for an ban on single-use plastics, including straws and cutlery, but the ban does not include plastic bottles, which it aims to collect separately, targeting a 90 per cent recycling rate by 2025.

Canada has made the goal of zero plastic waste a key theme of its G7 presidency. But our actions lag our rhetoric. We currently recycle less than 11 per cent of plastics overall.

“Canada has the worst recycling rate in developed countries in the G7,” Brooks states flatly. But he commends the government for using its platform to put a spotlight on plastics.

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment has produced a draft framework for zero plastic waste as a first step toward developing a national strategy.

“We’re waiting to see what this plastics commitment is going to look like, and whether it will be sufficient to actually deal with the problem,” Brooks notes. “When it comes to single-use plastic bottles, if we set the target high enough, it’s almost certain we’ll end up with plastic bottle deposits because this is a best practice internationally.”

Domestic Polyethylene prices China

Domestic PE prices in China dropped sharply amid excess supply and low demand Domestic Polyethylene prices China

Domestic Polyethylene prices China

MOSCOW  – Spot domestic prices of polyethylene (PE) in China this week fell from the level of October of this year and may continue the downward trend against the background of oversupply of material on the market and sluggish demand, ICIS reported.

Thus, on November 20, prices for high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) in East China dropped to their lowest level in more than the last two years – to the level of 9,250 yuan (CNY) or USD1,333 per ton, EXWH (ex-warehouse). Domestic Polyethylene prices China

These levels were last reported on May 31, 2016, according to ICIS.

Prices for blown low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) in East China were at the level of CNY9 900 per tonne, EXWH, reaching a minimum since July 31, 2017.

At the same time, spot quotes for linear polyethylene (LDL) dropped by 7.5% from October 10, and PND decreased by 13.2% from October 16.

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , prices for a number of types of polyethylene continued to decline in Russia this week.

Purchasing activity on the market is low, there is no shortage of PE offer on the market.  In some segments, on the contrary, due to the seasonal factor there is an excess of supply.a

Most consumers expect a further decline in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only.

Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM19/11/201826/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

8,550 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton-450
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,115 $/ton1,050 $/ton-65
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

8,050 yuan/ton7,775yuan/ton-275
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

8,050 yuan/ton7,825 yuan/ton-225
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

6,825 yuan/ton6,130 yuan/ton-695
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

895 $/ton845 $/ton-50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,120 yuan/ton5,660 yuan/ton-460
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

725 $/ton670 $/ton-55
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,094 $/ton1,016 $/ton-78
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

8,905 yuan/ton8,390 yuan/ton-615
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,500 yuan/ton8,200 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

10,700 yuan/ton10,250 yuan/ton-450
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 10,000 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton-400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

9,350 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton-400
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

9,100 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton-150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,350 yuan/ton15,000 yuan/ton-1,350
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,100 $/ton2,000 $/ton-100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,430 $/ton2,380 $/ton-50
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

16,900 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/to-600
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

17,700 yuan/ton17,000 yuan/ton-700
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,000 yuan/ton36,300 yuan/ton-700
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

20,900 yuan/ton20,300 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

23,800 yuan/ton23,500 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

22,300 yuan/ton21,600 yuan/ton-300
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

8,300 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton-200
Benzene domestic market

 

5,900 yuan/ton5,450 yuan/ton-450
Benzene overseas  market

 

678 $/ton655 $/ton-23
Ethylene South East market

 

940 $/ton950 $/ton+30
Ethylene NWE  market

 

977 $/ton919 $/ton-58
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

11,800 yuan/ton11,200 yuan/ton-600
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

1,700 $/ton1,600 $/ton-100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton17,800 yuan/ton-3,000
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

13,800 yuan/ton13,850 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market

 

9,900 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton-1,050
Naphtha overseas market         

 

545 $/ton488 $/ton-57
Phenol domestic market 11,463 yuan/ton

 

10,488 yuan/ton

 

-975
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,370 $/ton

 

1,290 $/ton

 

-80
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,470 $/ton

 

1,405 $/ton

 

-65
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,032 $/ton1,032 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,032 $/ton1,032 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,012 $/ton1,012 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,008 $/ton1,008 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,138 $/ton1,118 $/ton-20
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

1,150 $/ton1,130 $/ton-20
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,244 €/ton1,244 €/ton

PBDEs recycled plastics EU Parliament

No higher limit for PBDEs in recycled plastics  PBDEs recycled plastics EU Parliament

PBDEs recycled plastics EU Parliament

EU Parliament adopts POPs Regulation Recast but rejects amendment to increase maximum concentration limit for persistent organic pollutants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers in recycled plastics PBDEs recycled plastics EU Parliament

Ksenia Groh

In an article published on November 20, 2018, by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, correspondent Clelia Oziel informed about the results of the European Parliament’s (EP) vote on the Recast of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Regulation, that took place on November 15, 2018.PBDEs recycled plastics EU Parliament

The EP has adopted the Regulation Recast, but turned down several of the later-added amendments, including the one which proposed to increase the limit for several polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in recycled plastics to 1000 ppm.

The results of the vote have partially satisfied the requests voiced on November 12, 2018 by the 22 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Elise Vitali, chemicals project officer at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), commented that “the EU must oppose those trying to introduce derogations leading to toxic contamination of recycled streams by POPs.”

PBDEs, intentionally used as flame retardants, can contaminate recycled plastics due to insufficient separation of waste collection streams (FPF reported).

The presence of PBDEs has been demonstrated, for example, in some children products (FPF reported) as well as in black plastic food containers (FPF reported).

Another NGO report released on November 23, 2018, has also shown the presence of other POPs, such as dioxin-like compounds, in plastic toys.

In contrast to the PBDE-related amendment which was rejected, another controversial amendment was adopted by the EP.

This amendment “allows short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in high concentrations in the environment.”

The 10,000 ppm POPs content level supported by the EP is much higher than a 100 ppm limit that the NGOs had called for.

Read more

Clelia Oziel (November 20, 2018). “EU Parliament shuns high POPs limit proposal in recycled plastic.” Chemical Watch

EC (March 22, 2018). “Recast of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation.

EP (October 16, 2018). “REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on persistent organic pollutants (recast) (COM(2018)0144 – C8-0124/2018 – 2018/0070(COD)).” A8-0336/2018

Clelia Oziel (November 14, 2018). “Reject proposed POPs recast changes, NGOs tell MEPs.” Chemical Watch

Arnika and 21 other NGOs (November 12, 2018). “22 civil society organizations response to the EU Recast Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (recast of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004).” (pdf)

Cleila Oziel (October 18, 2018). “NGOs urge EU to end POPs exemptions for recycled plastics. Chemical Watch

Petrlik, J., et al. (November 23, 2018). “Toxic soup: Dioxins in plastic toys.” Arnika

 

Chinese Petrochina Sinopec PE PP

Chinese Petrochina and Sinopec lowered prices of PE and PP on the background of high stocks Chinese Petrochina Sinopec PE PP 

Chinese Petrochina  Sinopec PE PP

MOSCOW – The largest Chinese manufacturers, PetroChina and Sinopec, lowered their prices for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) to get rid of a large amount of material, ICIS reported. Chinese Petrochina Sinopec PE PP 

Thus, the total reserves of PE and PP PetroChina and Sinopec in the second half of November rose to 800 thousand tons, which is much higher than the usual level.

In particular, on November 20, PetroChina offered its volumes of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) in East China at a price of 9,300 yuan (CNY) per ton, EXWH (ex warehouse), which is CNY800 per ton lower than on October 15 of the current year.

At the same time, the company’s prices for blown low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) were reduced by CNY1 400 per ton from the level of October 23 to CNY10 100 per ton, EXWH.

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , prices for a number of types of polyethylene continued to decline in Russia this week. Chinese Petrochina Sinopec PE PP 

Most consumers expect a further decrease in PE prices in December and, against this background, limit their purchases to current needs only.

Producers of HDPE do not see reasons for price correction.  In the Russian market of PP, some sellers this week attempted to once again raise the prices of propylene homopolymer (PP-homo), but in some cases, buyers refused to accept further price increases.

Sinopec Corp.  is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.

Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products.

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.Chinese Petrochina Sinopec PE PP 

PetroChina was established in 1999 by allocating CNPC assets.

The company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas, as well as the processing, transportation and distribution of oil and oil products, petrochemical products and the sale of natural gas.

CNPC owns 86% of the company’s shares.  The headquarters is located in Beijing, the staff of more than 500 thousand people.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic 26-11-2018

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,050 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,100/6,250 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/675 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,700/5,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 985/1,000 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,250/8,350  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-How circular is the circular economy – resilience

The circular economy – the newest magical word in the sustainable development vocabulary – promises economic growth without destruction or waste.

However, the concept only focuses on a small part of total resource use and does not take into account the laws of thermodynamics

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-LLDPE faces unique challenge in plastic waste debate

The technical people, those with PhDs in polymer science who have also spent years in application development work, will tell you it is simply impossible to find other materials that perform as well as linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).

Multilayer LLDPE films are vital in applications such as wrapping food, they argue, thanks to excellent barrier properties.

We are told this makes replacing these films impossible, as the end-result would be more food going to waste.

It can be argued this makes getting rid of LLDPE morally indefensible in a world where hundreds of millions of people still lack adequate nutrition.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Quality meets design: Turkish Fashion Fabrics showcased to the world in textile capital Bursa

Turkey’s city of textile, Bursa, last week hosted prominent names from the fashion world as well as businessmen from around the globe in an event where talented designers showcased Turkish high-quality fabrics

World-renowned Turkish designers like Atıl Kutoğlu, Selma Çelik and the creators of the brand Dice Kayek, Ayşe and Ece Ege, joined their fashion forces to showcase Turkish textiles to the world with their unique designs in the first event of its kind in Turkey last week.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Domestic PE prices in China dropped sharply amid excess supply and low demand Domestic Polyethylene prices China

Spot domestic prices of polyethylene (PE) in China this week fell from the level of October of this year and may continue the downward trend against the background of oversupply of material on the market and sluggish demand, ICIS reported.

Thus, on November 20, prices for high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) in East China dropped to their lowest level in more than the last two years – to the level of 9,250 yuan (CNY) or USD1,333 per ton, EXWH (ex-warehouse)

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Policy planned to force bottle makers to join recycling scheme

Bottle manufacturing companies will not be allowed to operate if they are not part of the Extended Producer Responsibility scheme.

An EPR scheme offers initiatives and infrastructure to separate waste collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-German chancellor asks coal commission to postpone final report

Main points

According to media reports, the German government will likely extend the timeframe for the coal commission to deliver its final report until January 2019, compared to the previous deadline end of this year

During her speech in Parliament on 21 November, Merkel stated that “it is not about making decisions on phase-out dates first, but about […] preparing people for structural change”

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-NREL researchers produce carbon fibre from biomass

Corn stover is being used to make renewable acrylonitrile.

In plotting a course for the future, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers followed a road map from 1916.

Their guide – a journal article penned by two chemistry professors from Johns Hopkins University – illuminated a path toward a groundbreaking new method to make the compound acrylonitrile from renewable sources.

Ongoing research by chemical engineer Eric Karp and others at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could lead to a cleaner method of transforming acrylonitrile (ACN) into carbon fibre, replacing petrochemicals with biomass as the starting point.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive

Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish.

Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Europe TiO2 ample supply, slower demand weigh on sentiment

The European titanium dioxide (TiO2) market’s sentiment may continue weakening in the first quarter if current ample supply and lower demand persist.

Underlying demand is soft on the back of seasonal patterns, although some sources, more pessimistic, argued demand has fallen below expectations.

Downstream sectors slow down at this time of the year, while de-stocking activity on the back of year-end working capital considerations also come to the fore.

On top of this, there is some expectation that prices could come off further in the first quarter of 2019, which is also likely to be limiting buying activity this quarter.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Chinese Petrochina and Sinopec lowered prices of PE and PP on the background of high stocks 

MOSCOW – The largest Chinese manufacturers, PetroChina and Sinopec, lowered their prices for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) to get rid of a large amount of material, ICIS reported.

Thus, the total reserves of PE and PP PetroChina and Sinopec in the second half of November rose to 800 thousand tons, which is much higher than the usual level.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-No higher limit for PBDEs in recycled plastics 

EU Parliament adopts POPs Regulation Recast but rejects amendment to increase maximum concentration limit for persistent organic pollutants such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers in recycled plastics

In an article published on November 20, 2018, by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, correspondent Clelia Oziel informed about the results of the European Parliament’s (EP) vote on the Recast of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Regulation, that took place on November 15, 2018.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Eurozone manufacturing growth slumps to 30-month low

Growth in the eurozone’s manufacturing sectors hit a 30-month low in November, according to a flash purchasing managers’ index (PMI) from IHS Markit on Friday.

According to a flash reading, based on 85% of usual monthly replies, the eurozone manufacturing PMI fell to 51.5 points in November, the lowest level seen since May 2016 and down from 52.0 points in October.

A reading above 50.0 signifies growth, while anything below that level points at a contraction.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Oil dips as US crude stockpiles swell

A maze of crude oil pipe and equipment is seen at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, US.

Oil prices slipped on Thursday after US crude inventories swelled to their highest level since December 2017 amid concerns of an emerging global glut, although the potential for a supply cut by OPEC prevented further drops.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures, were at $54.47 per barrel at 0740 GMT, 16 cents, or 0.3 per cent below their last settlement.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Microplastics more likely to affect terrestrial, freshwater environments than oceans – ECHA

Microplastics added to products are more likely to be released to, and accumulate in, terrestrial and freshwater environments rather than oceans, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Thursday.

The European Commission – the EU’s executive body – has asked ECHA to investigate whether an EU-wide restriction for intentionally added microplastics is warranted.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-Total partners Voltic on recycling project« PrevNext »Comments (1)

Voltic Ghana Limited (Voltic) in collaboration with Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (Total) have launched a plastic collection project to help in the proper management of plastic waste from households in the streets of Accra and Tema Metropolis.

The initiative dubbed ‘Recycle’ is in line with Voltic’s waste segregation and disposal project which it has run since 2015.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-US shale will be hurt the most from low oil prices, say analysts

US President Donald Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the recent slide in oil prices

US shale will likely hit a rough patch if oil prices continue their slide even as Opec and its allies look to slash production to bring inventory levels down and shore up prices, analysts said.

“We are at the point where lower oil prices will start to hurt the US shale industry,” said Ellen R Wald, president of Transversal Consulting and author of Saudi Inc. “Even if some firms can break even at the well head with $30 per barrel, transportation and other costs have risen.”

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-US battery consortium pumps US$1.8 million into lithium-ion project

The US Advanced Battery Consortium has awarded US$1.8 million to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute to advance its research regarding lithium-ion battery recycling.

The AdvancedBattery Consortium, which is a collaborative organisation of Ford Motor Company, General Motors and FCA US LLC, is funding an innovative 24-month project battery recycling project conducted by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

This ‘phase 2 contract’ will enable researchers to demonstrate the ability of a new process to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries and produce new cathode materials to generate a premium nickel cathode powder.

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-OPEC Impotent, Thanks to Saudi-orchestrated Killing

Coming out of the emergency meeting by OPEC in Abu Dhabi over the November 10 weekend, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih (shown) claimed that when the cartel meets officially on December 6 in Vienna, it will “do whatever it takes to balance the oil market.”

That was before evidence of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in early October surfaced.

Now the Saudis are faced with trying to “balance” not only global oil market but also their now highly strained relationship with the United States.

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-DNA Exclusive: In Norway, buses run on solid waste

Norway  A total of 84 IVAR employees were responsible for a turnover of approximately NOK 280 million in 2003. IVAR works with other public and private organisations to ensure solid waste exploitation

India is not the only country facing the problem of solid waste management. However, countries like Norway have sought advanced technological insights to seek sustainable and long-lasting solutions.

Eleven municipalities in the Stavanger region of Norway have floated a company called ‘Ivar’ that converts solid waste into fuel.

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-Trawling for trash: the brands turning 

Stella McCartney, Gucci and Adidas among companies inspired by ‘Blue Planet effect’Fishing nets and discarded plastic are finding their way into wardrobes around the world thanks to a rise in the number of fashion designers using materials made from recycled ocean waste.

Brands including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Adidas are increasingly partnering with organisations such as Parley for the Oceans – which raises awareness of the destructive effect of ocean plastics – and sourcing materials regenerated from companies such as Aquafil, the textile manufacturer that transforms ocean waste into sustainable materials such as Econyl.

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-PlasticsEurope aims for Constante progress

Sustainable packaging objectives are pivotal to Javier Constante’s plans

Javier Constante will become new president of PlasticsEurope after being nominated as acting president of the association today He succeeds Daniele Ferrari, chief executive of Versalis (Eni), who was elected president of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) in October.

Constante, the commercial vice president for Packaging and Specialty Plastics Business EMEA of Dow Europe, said he is happy to take the role in challenging times for the plastics sector.

He said: “I am looking forward to boosting our strong engagement in ensuring the highest possible rates for re-use, recycling and/or recovery of all plastics packaging.

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-Australian Plastics Manufacturer to Build Its First U.S. Plant

Pictured: Extra low-free monomer TDI prepolymers for the cast elastomer industry.

Era Polymers Corporation, an Australian manufacturer specializing in polyurethane chemistry, will open its first industrial facility in the United States, creating 20 new jobs in Gaston County, North Carolina.

The company plans to create 20 new jobs in the town of Stanley, investing $9.2 million.

The company, with headquarters in Sydney, Australia, produces a diverse line of polyurethane products and has a worldwide distribution network.

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Plastic chemicals textile bioplastic 24-11-2018

-ENGEL duo machine paves the way for mass production of Thermoplastic Composites

Composite lightweight construction based on thermoplastics offers more efficient manufacturing processes and the recycling of obsolete components. The National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK, has set itself on developing the innovative materials and processes. An integrated manufacturing cell for over moulding fibre-reinforced semi-finished products from ENGEL is showing the way for mass production in both automotive and aerospace industries.

NCC, founded in 2012, is built on 17,500 square meters with state-of-the-art manufacturing cells for a large number of different composite technologies. NCC is one of the seven institutes forming the Catapult Network where each one has its own thematic focus.

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-China PE slumps on oversupply

China’s spot domestic polyethylene (PE) prices have slumped since October and the outlook is bearish amid ample supply and lukewarm demand.

On 20 November, low density polyethylene (LDPE) prices in east China fell to their lowest in more than two years at yuan (CNY) 9,250/tonne ($1,333/tonne) EXWH (ex-warehouse). These levels were last seen on 31 May 2016, according to ICIS data.

High density polyethylene blow moulding (HDPE BM) prices in east China were assessed at CNY9,900/tonne EXWH, hitting their lowest level since 31 July 2017.

Spot LDPE prices have shed 7.5% from 10 October, while HDPE has plunged 13.2% from 16 October, the data showed. The percentage changes were computed from the dates the prices started their latest descent.

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-Lanxess expands halogen-free flame-retardant PBT compounds range

Lanxess is expanding its range of halogen-free flame-retardant compounds based on PBT

Lanxess is expanding its range of halogen-free flame-retardant compounds based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) to include variants with outstanding fire resistance in glow wire tests.

The first in the product range is a compound reinforced with a glass fibre content of 25 percent. There are plans to introduce the trial product onto the market shortly.

“Due to their high glow wire resistance, such PBT materials have great potential in components used in unattended household appliances. In addition, we see very good opportunities for electrical and electronic components of electrified vehicles, for example in the area of battery charging,” explained Alexander Radeck, Application Developer in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit at Lanxess.

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-Asia petrochemical markets slump on faltering demand

Asia’s petrochemical markets are expected to remain soft through to the end of the year, in view of sharp declines in crude oil prices, as deteriorating global economic outlook amid the US-China trade war is depressing downstream demand.

Spot prices of key petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, methanol, benzene, toluene and styrene monomer (SM) have been on a general downtrend over the last month.

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Selling excess textiles for circular economy

New solution helps suppliers sell excess stock online, develop new business relationships, showcase their products and clear warehouses.Textile manufacturers around the world are often stuck with excess fabric, because logistics, time and lack of visibility complicate things. From a designer point of view, current sourcing realities limit sourcing, inhibit creativity and innovation, thus affecting what they can produce for consumer needs around the globe.

By developing a web platform that enables buyers to acquire left-over, in-stock textiles worldwide, Tengiva says it solves two major industry problems.

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-Nestlé Waters signs agreement with recycled PET supplier CarbonLITE

The ne Drink supplier Nestlé Waters North America has signed what it calls a “significant agreement” with recycled PET (rPET) supplier CarbonLITE that will allow Nestlé Waters to further expand the use of recycled materials in its packaging.

The agreement also calls for CarbonLITE to expand its U.S. operations by building a facility in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. This will be CarbonLITE’s third facility in the U.S.w contract builds upon Nestlé Waters’ existing relationship with CarbonLITE, and calls for CarbonLITE to build a new recycling facility in Pennsylvania.

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-Tyres and synthetic clothes ‘big cause of microplastic pollution’

Up to 32,000 tonnes of microplastics enter British waterways each year, says Friends of the Earth

Plastics and other detritus line the shore of the Thames Estuary, an important feeding ground for wading birds and other marine wildlife. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Vehicle tyres and synthetic clothing are the two leading contributors to microplastic pollution from UK households, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth.

The report estimates that between 9,000 and 32,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution enter British waterways each year from just four sources. The two leading sources are tyre abrasion, with between 7,000 and 19,000 tonnes entering surface waters each year, and clothing.

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-Recycling Rate of PET Bottles Up; Total Amount Recycled Down

Both the amount, by weight, of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles available for recycling and the amount of PET bottles recycled declined in 2017.

However, since fewer PET bottles were available for recycling overall, the recycling rate actually increased between 2016 and 2017.

These are among the finding in a report issued by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (ARP).

The report, Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017, was published on November 15, 2018.

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-Kenya mulls ban on plastic bottles to address environmental degradation

Kenya plans to ban manufacture of plastic bottles to help address environmental degradation, a government official said on Thursday.

Mohamed Elmi, chief administrative secretary of environment and forestry, said the plastic bottle industry will be deregistered like it happened to polythene bags, which were proscribed last year owing to environmental ruin.

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-UK chemicals face up to 6.5% EU tariff under ‘no deal’ Brexit

UK imports and exports ofpetrochemicals to the EU27 and most other majortrading partner countries will face up to 6.5%World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs in theevent of a “no deal” Brexit, according to analysisprovided by Europe’s trade group Cefic.

Euro stormIf thecountry left the EU without any deal in place itwould automatically fall back on tariffs agreedunder the WTO’s Chemical Tariff HarmonisationAgreement, which has been agreed by most importantchemical markets globally, according to Renevan Sloten, Cefic’s executive directorfor industrial policy.

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Polycarbonate PC prices Europe

PC prices in Europe continue to fall Polycarbonate PC prices Europe 

Polycarbonate PC prices Europe

MOSCOW – Polycarbonate (PC) prices in Europe continue to fall in November amid weak demand, according to ICIS .

Thus, the November contract price of extrusion PC was at the level of EUR2 340-2 540 per ton, FD NWE (North-West Europe), having decreased from the level of the previous month EUR2 640-2 940 per ton, FD NWE. Polycarbonate PC prices Europe 

The significant fall in prices is due to weak demand, wide availability and moods suggesting that prices were previously too high. Polycarbonate PC prices Europe 

Despite the sharp decline in prices, manufacturers do not report an increase in orders, because buyers believe that prices may fall even more.

According to market participants, prices are unlikely to rise early next year.  Growth should be expected in February rather than in January.

According to ScanPlast of Market Report, in January-September 2018 imports of PC granules to the Russian market (excluding supplies from Belarus) decreased to 7.5 thousand tons, which is 5% less than last year (7, 9 thousand tons).

Exports of PC granules from the country in the first nine months of the current year rose to 13.1 thousand tons, which is almost 2.5 times more compared to the same period last year (4.9 thousand tons).

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PetroChina Petchem ACN China

PetroChina Jilin Petchem lowers November prices of ACN in China for CNY1600 per ton PetroChina Petchem ACN China 

PetroChina Petchem ACN China

MOSCOW- PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Chinese petrochemical giant PetroChina, on November 22 lowered the price offers of acrylonitrile (ACN) by 1,500 yuan (CNY) or USD216.5 per ton from the previous level, reported ICIS source in the company.

Thus, the November price proposals for the company’s material in China are now at the level of CNY13,000 or USD1,876 per tonne, DEL province of Shandong.

The demand from the acrylic yarns market is consistently decreasing, which leads to a sharp drop in spot prices. PetroChina Petchem ACN China 

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical operates four AKN plants in Jilin Province (Jilin province, China) with a total capacity of 452 thousand tons per year.

In particular, plants No. 1 and No. 2 have a capacity of 106 thousand tons per year, while the capacity of enterprises No. 3 and No. 4 is 120 thousand tons per year each. All plants operate with 100% load, the source said. PetroChina Petchem ACN China 

Acrylonitrile is one of the main raw materials for the production of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , in September, the import of ABS in Russia amounted to 3.26 thousand tons against 2.65 thousand tons a month earlier and 2.9 thousand tons in September last year. PetroChina Petchem ACN China 

In the first nine months of 2018, deliveries of ABS from abroad to the Russian Federation increased by 9% to 25.02 thousand tons against 22.9 thousand tons for the same period last year. The share of LG Chem material for this period was 39% (9.7 thousand tons).

PetroChina is one of the largest companies in China and is one of the key players in the country’s oil and gas market. PetroChina Petchem ACN China 

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November price MEG Europe

November price of MEG in Europe agreed on EUR74 per tonne lower than October  November price MEG Europe

November price MEG Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for November in Europe was finally agreed at EUR925 per tonne, which is EUR74 per tonne lower than the previous month, ICIS reported on Wednesday referring to confirmation from the second buyer and the second seller . November price MEG Europe

The contract price of MEG for November shipments was agreed on the terms of delivery FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

It was approved after the initial price for the November delivery was agreed upon, which was achieved along with the approval of the October contract price on Tuesday, November 13. November price MEG Europe

Thus, the necessary configuration was reached for the approval of the contract price: confirmation was received from two producers / sellers and two consumers / buyers.

Market players in Europe were expecting a decrease in the MEG contract price in November, amid falling spot prices in Europe for some time, following the continued decline in prices in Asia, as well as lowering crude oil prices and a further decline in trading activity in the polyester market. November price MEG Europe

Earlier, it was noted that negotiations on contractual prices of MEG were all the time delayed since June of the current year, which created administrative difficulties for the wider market.

MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). November price MEG Europe

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT. November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it. November price MEG Europe

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,020/1,070 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,200/8,350 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 845/855 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 675/685 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,750/5,850 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,040/1,050 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,650/8,750  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton

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-PC prices in Europe continue to fall 

Polycarbonate (PC) prices in Europe continue to fall in November amid weak demand, according to ICIS .

Thus, the November contract price of extrusion PC was at the level of EUR2 340-2 540 per ton, FD NWE (North-West Europe), having decreased from the level of the previous month EUR2 640-2 940 per ton, FD NWE.

The significant fall in prices is due to weak demand, wide availability and moods suggesting that prices were previously too high

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-PetroChina Jilin Petchem lowers November prices of ACN in China for CNY1600 per ton 

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical, a subsidiary of the Chinese petrochemical giant PetroChina, on November 22 lowered the price offers of acrylonitrile (ACN) by 1,500 yuan (CNY) or USD216.5 per ton from the previous level, reported ICIS source in the company.

Thus, the November price proposals for the company’s material in China are now at the level of CNY13,000 or USD1,876 per tonne, DEL province of Shandong.

The demand from the acrylic yarns market is consistently decreasing, which leads to a sharp drop in spot prices.

PetroChina Jilin Petrochemical operates four AKN plants in Jilin Province (Jilin province, China) with a total capacity of 452 thousand tons per year.

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-Polypropylene (PP) prices witness a sharp drop in Asia

This week, polypropylene prices drifted sharply lower in Asia. The steep price drop was mainly on account of persistent bearish buying interest in the region, a plunge in upstream propylene values coupled with a plunge in PP futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange in China further supported the price drop.

CFR Far East Asia, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed lower at the USD 1135/mt levels, both tumble USD 40/mt from the previous week. PP film prices were at the USD 1160/mt levels, a sharp week on week drop of USD 40/mt. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1200/mt levels, a steep fall of USD 40/mt on the week. BOPP prices were at the USD 1160/mt levels, a drop of USD 40/mt from the previous week

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-November price of MEG in Europe agreed on EUR74 per tonne lower than October  

The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for November in Europe was finally agreed at EUR925 per tonne, which is EUR74 per tonne lower than the previous month, ICIS reported on Wednesday referring to confirmation from the second buyer and the second seller .

The contract price of MEG for November shipments was agreed on the terms of delivery FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

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-Graphene encounters bump in the road

A study in Advanced Materials applied a newly developed protocol to test the quality of graphene.

It was put to use to test worldwide graphene quality, which was found to be poor, possibly damping the success story that is graphene.

Graphene purchased from 60 producers around the world was studied by employing a systematic and reliable protocol that the authors developed.

The quality was investigated using five different analytical tools: optical microscopy to identify flake size; atomic force microscopy to measure the thickness of graphene stacks; Raman spectroscopy which provides information on the structural integrity of the sample as well as indication of presence of graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to measure carbon content (i.e. establish the graphene’s purity); and scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy to further characterize sample morphology.

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-Supporting the Circular Economy with Compostable Packaging Solutions

To align the industry’s drive for higher performance with the increasing customer demand for sustainable solutions, the market needs to consider different packaging concepts and materials for laminates and hot drinks products.

Plastics derived from renewable biomass (plant material), such as PBS, are rising to the challenge – write Fabien Resweber (PTTMCC Biochem) and Lawrence Theunissen (Reverdia)

The highest priority should be to reduce, re-use or recycle packaging materials. In specific cases where recycling is not technically or economically possible, solutions are being developed based on compostable materials, including paper, cardboard and also compostable plastics.

While PLA is probably the most widely known compostable plastic, other materials like PBS (poly-butylene-succinate) and PBS-copolyesters are being increasingly used.

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-JP Morgan Cuts Its Oil Price Outlook For 2019

JP Morgan has revising its outlook on Brent crude to US$73 per barrel on average, CNBC reports. The bank’s earlier forecast was for an average Brent crude price of US$83.50 a barrel.

The head of the bank’s Asia-Pacific oil and gas operations, Scott Darling, told CONB analysts had factored in the increase in supply in North America that will occur in the second half of 2019 and will eventually pressure prices even lower in 2020, to an average US$64 in that year.

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-Iran Not Exiting Nuclear Deal Despite Setback On EU Oil Trade Mechanism

Iran is not preparing to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday, dismissing interpretations of comments from an Iranian official earlier this week.

On Monday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying that “If Europeans give in [to US pressures] they will call into question their sovereignty, credibility, and security,” referring to the European Union (EU) efforts to create a payment mechanism to keep trade with Iran, including oil trade

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-Southeast Asia PP falls on steep propylene losses, ample supply

Southeast Asia’s polypropylene (PP) market is being dragged down by steep losses in feedstock propylene market since late October, amid ample supply and weak regional downstream demand.

Softening prices in the key China market further eroded market confidence in the region, with fresh volumes from South Korea inundating the Chinese import market.

On 16 November, spot PP flat yarn grade prices have fallen by 4.71% since late October to an average of $1,215/tonne CFR (cost & freight) SE Asia, according to ICIS data.

Market sentiment was battered as feedstock propylene prices plummeted.

Propylene prices have gone from the highest in the year to the lowest in the span of just five weeks, stunning downstream PP market players.

Some PP suppliers cut offers in a bid to offload more cargoes amid concerns that spot prices would come under pressure and take the cue from the propylene market.

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-All quiet on the resin front, except for PET

North American commodity resin prices were surprisingly quiet in October, with only PET bottle resin showing any movement.

Time will tell if this was the calm before a pricing storm.

Regional PET bottle resin prices declined by an average of 1 cent per pound for the month, ending a streak of two consecutive monthly price hikes. Prices had jumped 6 cents per pound in September after a 2-cent hike in August.

Market watchers cited improving supplies of purified terephthalic acid and other raw materials as reasons for the October decline.

Sources added that buyers may see more price declines for PET in November. Demand for bottle resin typically declines in the fall and winter months, the result of declining sales of bottled water and carbonated soft drinks.

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-Freudenberg readies materials for new mobility landscape

As the automotive industry moves into a new era of mobility, suppliers will face greater challenges in terms of material science innovation.

And those who convert those challenges into opportunities likely will thrive.

Freudenberg-NOK is getting ready for new hybrid and electric powered vehicles by preparing to address a number of new requirements for its parts in these new vehicle technologies.

The firm discussed some of these next-generation technologies during an SAE webinar held Nov. 7.

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-INVISTA’s Orange, Texas, site sets a 12-months production record for Adiponitrile

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

In today’s market, every pound is really important to our customers and the industry.

I’m proud the team has continued this production trend through the third quarter of 2018 with another 12-month record.”

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-NGR and KUHNE PET day attracts international audience

More than 117 representatives of the plastics industry from 24 countries met for an open day at the Upper Austrian mechanical engineering company Next Generation Recycling Machines (NGR) in Feldkirchen, Germany this month.

In cooperation with the German machine supplier and extrusion specialist KUHNE, an innovative recycling process for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was demonstrated.

Developed by NGR, the Liquid State Polycondensation (LSP) recycling method displays new possibilities for the plastics industry, as previous methods of recycling PET back to near-virgin quality has shown limitations.

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-Nigeria becomes Africa’s weakest PE, PP market on limited foreign currency

Multiple west African polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets are struggling with a lack of foreign currency, and Nigeria has turned out to be the most affected.

Polymers demand could be healthier in these markets, sources said, but buyers are not being able to provide payments, with many now owing back payments on previous orders.

Nigeria is suffering from high stock levels, as well as low buying appetite.

“Nigeria is a catastrophe,” said a trader.

“For many people, it is the worst for many years.”

The situation will improve for Ghana and Ivory Coast following the sale of their cocoa harvests in December, which bring in large quantities of foreign currency.

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-EU October commercial vehicles registrations up 7% after September’s dip – ACEA

EU commercial vehicle registrations rose month on month in October, up 6.9%, according to the latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) on Thursday.

The return to positive figures will be welcomed by players in the chemical-intensive automotive industry, following September’s decline of more than 5% in the wake of the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP), a new testing system for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

In September, registrations of light commercial vehicles had fallen 6%.

However, registrations for that type of vehicle rose by 6% in October, bringing registrations back to the levels posted before the introduction of the WLTP.

All other vehicle segments recorded positive performances, while four of the five major European economies posted growth, with Italy (-13.2%) the only market posting a decline.

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-What are edible water bottles?

An edible water bottle is a transparent sachet made from chloride and seaweed that contains one portion of water inside. It is biodegradable and can actually be eaten.

The prototype named Ooho! was created in 2014 in London by a group of design students. Soon after, Rodrigo Garcia González and Pierre-Yves Paslier co-founded Skipping Rocks Lab.

The startup company quickly raised funds and started improving the properties of the material at Imperial College London.

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-What are edible water bottles?

An edible water bottle is a transparent sachet made from chloride and seaweed that contains one portion of water inside. It is biodegradable and can actually be eaten.

The prototype named Ooho! was created in 2014 in London by a group of design students. Soon after, Rodrigo Garcia González and Pierre-Yves Paslier co-founded Skipping Rocks Lab.

The startup company quickly raised funds and started improving the properties of the material at Imperial College London.

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-Cost of oil falls below $65 a barrel

Holiday shoppers should enjoy more spending power thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, though cheaper energy could also weigh on the U.S. economy by dampening investment in shale oil production.

While the fall in oil prices doesn’t yet match the 2014-16 slump to $26 per barrel, the current decline should soon make itself felt through the global economy.

The international crude benchmark, Brent, has fallen under $65 per barrel from a four-year high in early October over $86, and U.S. crude has dropped below $55 a barrel.

Retailers in the U.S., who depend on heavy Christmas spending, should see a boost as lower gasoline prices give consumers more spare cash to spend on gifts.

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Plastic petrochemicals recycling waste 22-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain continue to be weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,095 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,150/8,300 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 860/870 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,350/6,450 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/675 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,850/5,950 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,055/1,065 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,750/8,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/ton

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-INEOS’ Grangemouth PP outage causes market jitters in UK

UK polypropylene (PP) buyers are being affected by a supply interruption at European chemical major INEOS’ Grangemouth facility, sources said on Wednesday.

INEOS has sent letters to customers informing them about the supply disruption at the 285,000 tonne/year PP plant.

The plant was on a planned shutdown, but start-up has been delayed by several weeks.

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-EU Plastics Strategy: Commission welcomes voluntary pledges from industry to boost the market for recycled plastics and encourages further action

A preliminary Commission assessment of the voluntary pledges received by the industry shows significant commitments, although more will be needed to achieve the objective of a well-functioning EU market of recycled plastics.Plastic petrochemicals recycling waste

Following an EU-wide pledging campaign as part of the European Plastics Strategy, today the European Commission has given a preliminary assessment which shows that EU industry is significantly committed to recycling plastics – at least 10 million tons of recycled plastics could be supplied by 2025 if the pledges are fully delivered.

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-Ceflex actively endorses the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Ceflex, the consortium of companies, associations and organisations collaborating to enhance the performance of flexible packaging in the circular economy in Europe, has issued its endorsement of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) Global Commitment for a New Plastics Economy. Plastic petrochemicals recycling waste

This support is based on the EMF vision of a circular economy for plastic packaging being fully aligned with the Ceflex vision.

The Global Commitment clearly envisages a future where plastic packaging, including flexible packaging, is designed, used and the materials then made available again in the circular economy.

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-Lanxess says polymer silicones can be used safely in leather sector

Specialty chemicals company Lanxess has said that polymer silicones can be used safely, if they are used as intended, in the leather industry.

“In our experience, they represent an economical, sustainable and safe chemical product class,” the company said.

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-Chemical recycling of plastic waste

From plastic waste to new chemical products

Plastics do have proven benefits during their use phase – for example preservation of food loss, lightweight construction of vehicles and building insulation.

Plastic waste, however, and in particular plastic waste in the context of marine littering, is perceived as a major global challenge.

There is also increasing regulatory pressure regarding recycling quota and recyclability on the one hand and strong commitments of our customers towards increasing the share of recycled material in their offerings on the other hand.

Solving these challenges requires innovation and joint efforts globally across the value chain.

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-LECTRA: Lectra boosts iSi Automotive’s airbag manufacturing capacity

Lectra boosts iSi Automotive’s airbag Manufacturing capacity

Austrian supplier equips Thailand plant with FocusQuantum® FT6K to meet global demand

Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, supports iSi Automotive’s steadily growing airbag business with the best-in-class performance of FocusQuantum® FT6K.

Committed to innovation, iSi Automotive develops pioneering vehicle safety products, including modular airbag systems and patented airbag inflator technology. Headquartered in Austria and serving international customers, iSi Automotive produces airbag cushions meeting the highest quality standards at two major facilities in Thailand and Mexico.

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-Waste not, want not: investing in the circular economy

From US carpet firm Mohawk to retail giant Tesco, companies are finding innovative solutions in the war on waste.

Everyone is aware that the world produces too much waste. 3.5 million tonnes of solid refuse every day to be precise.

This contributes annually to 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste, 1 billion items of clothing sent to landfill and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaking into the world’s oceans.

At the heart of the problem is an economic model that is linear in nature.

A linear economy is one where we use materials to make disposable products, thereby creating vast amounts of waste, which usually ends up in landfill.

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-Faurecia and Ford Win Two 2018 SPE Automotive Innovations Awards

Faurecia and Ford received two 2018 SPE Automotive Innovations Awards in the Body Interior and Safety categories. The two companies were honored for their work in developing the joint Faurecia Ford Modular Mold-in Pelvic Bolster for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator and Transit Connect. This helped both models to get 5-star safety ratings for side impact crashes on both vehicles.

The Modular Mold-in Pelvic Bolster reduces part complexity as it eliminates two crash foams and replaces them with a single injection molded piece. The new design is integrated into the side panel and ramps up safety while also delivering cost savings. The unique bolster is highly adaptable and can be easily integrated into the vehicle architecture.

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-Oil plunge could help consumers, dampen shale investment

Trump thanks Saudis after defying calls to punish prince

Holiday shoppers should enjoy more spending power thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, though cheaper energy could also weigh on the U.S. economy by dampening investment in shale oil production.

While the fall in oil prices doesn’t yet match the 2014-2016 slump to $26 per barrel, the current decline should soon make itself felt through the global economy.

The international crude benchmark, Brent, has fallen under $65 per barrel from a four-year high in early October over $86, and U.S. crude has dropped below $55 a barrel.

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-Tax ‘virgin packaging’ to tackle plastics crisis, says report

UK government called on to impose fee on new plastic packaging and offer rebate for recycled products

The government should introduce a new tax on virgin packaging to revolutionise the recycling system in the UK and tackle the plastics crisis, according to a new report.

The study, presented to MPs and industry figures at Westminster on Tuesday evening, calls on ministers to impose a fee on packaging materials and offer a rebate for those products that use more recycled material.

The WWF and the Resource Association, which commissioned environment consultancy Eunomia to produce the report, said the proposals would transform the UK’s broken recycling system – and drastically reduce the demand for raw materials, including fossil fuels.

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-World Biogas Summit to put biogas “at the heart of sustainable development”

A new World Biogas Summit will put anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas at the heart of sustainable development and high on the agenda of politicians and policymakers in the UK and around the globe, according to joint organisers the World Biogas Association (WBA) and the UK Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA).

Taking place in Birmingham, UK on the 3rd-4th July 2019, the summit will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and case studies involving leaders and expert speakers from the field of sustainable development.

Up to 500 delegates are expected to attend from governments, municipalities, industry, academia, and international organisations from the UK and around the world.

The summit will take place alongside UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2019, the largest international tradeshow dedicated to AD and biogas.

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-Freedonia Group’s Analysis of the Impact of Cargill and Royal DSM’s Joint Venture Avansya

Cargill and Royal DSM recently announced a new joint venture – Avansya – for the production of fermentation-derived sweeteners.

Both companies have established R&D programs for the commercialization of Reb D and Reb M steviol glycosides produced using fermentation, with Cargill’s product commercially available under the EverSweet brand name.

This joint venture will capitalize on the extensive experience with fermentation processes, as well as their leading positions within the global food and beverages ingredient market.

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-Toray develops World’s first suede texture Non-woven material using plant-based Polyurethane

Toray Industries, Inc., will be introducing in January 2019, “Ultrasuede BX”, a non-woven material with a suede texture which is about 30% made of plant-based raw materials.

The material consists of the highest proportion of plant-based raw materials –Polyester and Polyurethane in this case – in the world.

The world’s first non-woven material, “Ultrasuede BX”, has a suede texture using plant-based Polyurethane.

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-Faurecia and Hella enter into strategic partnership

Automotive suppliers to partner on interior lighting solutions for the Cockpit of the Future

The lighting and electronics specialist HELLA and Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, will cooperate in a strategic partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions.

Within this cooperation, both companies will jointly develop lighting with high-technology content in the domain of surface-lighting and dynamic-lighting for a more personalized cockpit environment.

Faurecia contributes its expertise as a complete system integrator for vehicle interiors and HELLA supplies innovative products in the field of interior lighting.

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-Raging US-China trade war scuttles APEC joint communique

No resolution to the US-China trade war seems imminent as US vice president Mike Pence and China President Xi Jinping sparred at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

For the first time in its 29 years, the 21-member APEC group was unable to issue a joint communique after the Leaders’ Summit held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 18 November.

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-Klöckner Pentaplast expands its food packaging production by purchasing third Kreyenborg Infrared Rotary Drum

KREYENBORG IRDKlöckner Pentaplast, the manufacturer of high-quality food packaging materials, has placed an order for his third Infrared Rotary Drum of Kreyenborg GmbH & Co. KG, located in Senden, Germany to expand its production capacities substantially for thermoformed PET packaging solutions at the company site in Beeskow.

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Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Time for industry to put a plastics circular economy into practice, piece by piece  Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

By Tom Eng, senior vice president and head of TOMRA Sorting Recycling
Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

When it comes to creating a plastics circular economy, collaboration is key.

But with a global political consensus on implementing a new plastics economy so far off, perhaps it is time for industry to lead on putting theory into practice, one piece at a time.

The fact is, technology exists to design and manufacture reusable plastic products in a profitable way, through recycling and reintroducing them into the value chain rather than disposing of them.Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Many manufacturers, recyclers and brand owners are already realising the financial, corporate and sustainable benefits of doing this. But more can be done.

Here, I set out what an industry-led plastics circular economy looks like and four approaches businesses can begin to implement today.

Today’s plastics challenge

Currently the majority of plastic production is linear, rather than circular, meaning that single-use products are manufactured and then incinerated, discarded or lost.

In fact, in 2016 only 10 percent of plastic packaging was recycled and just 2 percent of this was ‘closed loop’ recycled, with some 32 percent lost into oceans and the environment and 40 percent landfilled, according to Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Let’s not forget that the widespread use of plastics is a modern phenomenon, only dating back to the 1950s.

While plastic use has increased rapidly, systems for managing the material haven’t kept pace, resulting in an increase in plastics in municipal waste from 1 percent in 1960 to 10 percent in 2005. Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Shockingly, it’s estimated that only nine percent of all plastic waste ever created has been recycled, according to 2017 research published in Science Advances.

Counteracting these trends will be good for the environment, the world’s resources and for business. Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Manufacturing and recycling technology

The problem isn’t that these plastics can’t be effectively recycled.

Technology is perhaps the strongest link in the supply chain, with advanced processes and machinery available to produce, collect, sort and recycle multi-use plastic products including PET, PE, PVC, PS and even complex materials such as black polymers.

Importantly, this can be done in a profitable way with recycling businesses enjoying increasing returns and manufacturers adopting more sustainable practices.

This will only improve in the future, as brand owners and consumers create demand in the market for non-virgin goods, and as innovations through digitisation and automation enable more supply chain efficiency.

Collaboration is key, but a consensus is far away

If the technology exists, what is preventing the creation of a plastics circular economy? The main barrier is creating a global political consensus.

In many countries, there simply isn’t the political appetite to make the systemic changes needed to establish a working new plastics economy.

So, the implementation of a more circular system relies less on cost or technology, but more on the political desire to establish a model tailored to the circular economy.

The global political and trade climate is currently in disarray. As of July 2018, the USA and China had issued $100bn (€87.2bn) in trade tariffs on each other’s exports.

Similarly, many European nations are understandably distracted by uncertainty around Britain’s exit from the EU, resulting in political obstacles at every turn and subdued investment from businesses.

The same disharmony can be seen on sustainability and environmental questions, for example, as the USA notoriously backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June 2017. This all reduces the priority and visibility of plastics recycling for governments and domestic businesses alike.Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

So, another symptom and sign of the discord is that government policy towards plastic waste and plastic pollution varies wildly across the world.

There are still positive moves towards a joined up approach to plastics, such as the European Parliament’s plastics strategy introduced in January 2018 which aims to “protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries” by making all plastic packaging on the EU market recyclable by 2030.

An action plan from Brussels is certainly better than nothing, but it will only succeed by systemic changes and private-sector investment at a domestic level in EU member states.

Other policies have only added to the uncertainty.

The Chinese National Sword and Blue Sky campaigns have created real market disruption in 2018.

This is the country’s latest and strictest regulation on imports of solid wastes as raw materials, banning various types of plastic waste and setting tougher standards on the limit of contamination in scrap plastic from 90-95 percent purity to 99.5 percent.

Although China’s National Sword is meant to prevent the country becoming a dumping ground for illegal and contaminated waste, it is also intended to work towards a ‘blue sky’ plastics circular economy.Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

In some instances, it has reinvigorated domestic recycling capacity in markets around the world, such as New South Wales where the government introduced a AU$66.9m (€41.84m) support package to boost domestic sorting, processing and recycling of waste materials.Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

In others, it has resulted in growing piles of waste that can’t be exported.

To summarize, leading global organisations like the New Plastics Economy initiative and PlasticsEurope are right that we need collaboration – a holistic approach between governments, manufacturers, retailers, recyclers and consumers.

But the current political climate highlights how far away this consensus really is. In reality, we can’t wait for a consensus to be reached.

Instead, manufacturing, recycling and waste management businesses are best placed to drive progress towards the plastics circular economy. They can a take pragmatic approach today to help work towards the end goal, while also gaining commercial opportunity and maintaining profitability.

Without this greater ambition and more radical change from businesses, ‘circular economy’ risks becoming just another buzzword.

An industry-led plastics circular economy

To give a better idea of what an industry-led approach looks like, I suggest four key areas that industry can lead on today, if properly supported by government policies and consumer demand.

1. Investment and innovation in product design

A circular economy isn’t just about recycling existing plastic packaging and products. Around 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage, so manufacturers in particular should focus on transforming the way products are designed and produced

This includes introducing new design standards for products to be more durable, easier to repair and disassemble, thus improving the economy’s resource efficiency.

It also means using biodegradable and compostable plastics (for example by changing labels attached to bottles) as well as shrinking use of microplastics in beauty and industrial products Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

The main change here is a cultural one: how many businesses actually design products with a focus on longevity, reuse and recycling, when their core business questions are cost and speed to market?

While innovation requires investment, businesses will reap the rewards in the mid-term. Plus, as part of the EU’s circular economy package, European manufacturers can access €100m in finance from the commission to help minimize plastic waste at source and develop smarter and more recyclable plastics materials.

Having these standards is also in the interest of consumers, who would benefit from better quality and longer lasting products.

2. Identify new sectors and markets

A new generation of economic activity in recycling and waste management means opportunities for businesses to access new sectors and markets.

One fledgling sector is the ocean economy, which represents all companies that operate directly or indirectly in the marine environment, from shipping and fishing businesses to offshore renewable energy farms and plastics recycling operations.

The ocean economy’s economic value is predicted to double to $3 trillion (€2.63 trillion) by 2030, according to the UK government’s Future of the Sea report.

Innovations open to businesses include ocean waste management machinery, autonomous vessels and deep-sea mining. Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Government investment is here for businesses to access, such as tax relief and other incentives to reduce the administrative burden on shipping and port-based businesses which comply with new rules to ensure waste is returned to land for proper management.

3. Recognize profitability in recycling

The originator of the circular economy concept, Walter Stahel, recently said that if a businessperson suggests opening a manufacturing plant to make profit, Walter counters that they can make five times as much from opening a remanufacturing plant.

Businesses are increasingly seeing the profitability in recycling and reusing – whether through dedicated waste management companies setting up plants, or through manufacturers creating their own recycling depots.

For example, the US recycling industry is expected to more than double in size between 2016 and 2020, with revenue set to increase from $56bn (€48.9bn) to $139bn (€121.2bn). If this growth is replicated in other domestic marketplaces then the global green economy will continue to grow.

This will create opportunities for businesses to diversify into recycling and waste management, rather than simply exporting waste, creating new jobs and revenue streams.

With packaging in particular, there is still opportunity for businesses to profit from the previously uncompetitive market of plastics recycling. Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Consumers are increasingly making conscious purchasing decisions to select recyclable packaging rather than virgin plastic, and the EU’s strategy will make all EU plastic recyclable by 2030.

Packaging businesses that act on this now will be best placed in the market in 12 years’ time.

4. Explore new business models

In the current plastics economy, it is often cheaper to buy a new product than repair or reuse an old one.

The most ambitious manufacturers could begin to explore fundamental changes in their business models, promoting longevity and durability of goods instead of low cost.

Waste campaign group Feedback suggests that to build a sustainable society we need to change the “resource-extractive, consumption-based business model” of today’s global corporations. Tomra Sorting Recycling circular economy

Instead, grassroots initiatives which encourage mending and reusing at a local level, such as a shopping mall in Sweden which contains only second-hand, upcycled and repaired products, could help optimize resources.

Grassroots programmes are inspiring and show that there is a different way but, with the scale of change required in the plastics economy, they need to be combined with manufacturer initiatives and significant government intervention and rewards.

Currently, fiscal regimes across the world rarely incentivize using secondary materials or services, such as repairs, that can help save resources.

Better regulations, which don’t classify a material as waste unless there is no alternative use for it, and public procurement rules which favor resource efficient businesses, could play a key role in stimulating greater market demand.

Last thought: a model example

While achieving consensus on a plastics circular economy is far off, there are examples of industry successfully taking the lead on putting resource efficiency into practice.

For example, Montello S.p.A. in Italy successfully converted its business from a steel producer in 1996 into one of Europe’s most advanced waste processing facilities and Italy’s only waste processing facility capable of managing the complete cycle.

Today the facility recovers 150,000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic annually, 80 percent of which is transformed into secondary raw materials and 20 percent into secondary solid fuel, with a negligible amount sent to landfill.

I believe that the future of plastics will be a circular economy – driven by technology and collaboration, and backed up by consumer demand and government policy.

Rather than waiting for this resource revolution to come, businesses can and should start the change today with an industry-led new plastics economy.

For more information on TOMRA Sorting Recycling, the world leader in sensor-based recycling sorting solutions, visit www.tomra.com/sorting/recycling.

Bilayer Graphene superconductor current

Bilayer Graphene on the way to becoming a superconductor  Bilayer Graphene superconductor current

Bilayer Graphene superconductor current

Scientists at HZB have found evidence that double layers of graphene have a property that may let them conduct current completely without resistance. They probed the bandstructure at BESSY II with extremely high resolution ARPES and could identify a flat area at a surprising location. Bilayer Graphene superconductor current

Above – The data show that In the case of the two-layer graphene, a flat part of bandstructure only 200 milli-electron volts below the Fermi energy. Credit: HZB

A complicated option for superconductivity

In April 2018, a group at MIT, USA, showed that it is possible to generate a form of superconductivity in a system of two layers of graphene under very specific conditions: To do this, the two hexagonal nets must be twisted against each other by exactly the magic angle of 1.1°.

Under this condition a flat band forms in the electronic structure.

The preparation of samples from two layers of graphene with such an exactly adjusted twist is complex, and not suitable for mass production.

Nevertheless, the study has attracted a lot of attention among experts.

The simple way to flat bands

But there is one more, much simpler way of flat band formation. This was shown by a group at the HZB around Prof. Oliver Rader and Dr. Andrei Varykhalov with investigations at BESSY II.

The samples were provided by Prof. Thomas Seyller, TU Chemnitz.

There they are produced using a process that is also suitable for the production of larger areas and in large quantities: A silicon carbide crystal is heated until silicon atoms evaporate from the surface, leaving first a single-layer of graphene on the surface, and then a second layer of graphene.

The two graphene layers are not twisted against each other, but lie exactly on top of each other.

Scanning the band structure with ARPES

At BESSY II, the physicists are able to scan the so-called band structure of the sample.

This band structure provides information on how the charge carriers are distributed among the quantum-mechanically permitted states and which charge carriers are available for transport at all.

The angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) at BESSY II enables such measurements with extremely high resolution.

Superconductivity? Needs still a little help

This flat area is a prerequisite for superconductivity but only if it is situated exactly at the so-called Fermi energy.

In the case of the two-layer graphene, its energy level is only 200 milli-electron volts below the Fermi energy, but it is possible to raise the energy level of the flat area to the Fermi energy either by doping with foreign atoms or by applying an external voltage, the so-called gate voltage.

The physicists have found that the interactions between the two graphene layers and between graphene and the silicon carbide lattice are jointly responsible for the formation of the flat band area.

“We can predict this behavior with very few parameters and could use this mechanism to control the band structure,” adds Oliver Rader.

Science Advances – Extremely flat band in bilayer graphene

Abstract

We propose a novel mechanism of flat band formation based on the relative biasing of only one sublattice against other sublattices in a honeycomb lattice bilayer.

The mechanism allows modification of the band dispersion from parabolic to “Mexican hat”–like through the formation of a flattened band.

The mechanism is well applicable for bilayer graphene—both doped and undoped.

By angle-resolved photoemission from bilayer graphene on SiC, we demonstrate the possibility of realizing this extremely flattened band (< 2-meV dispersion), which extends two-dimensionally in a k-space area around the Embedded Image point and results in a disk-like constant energy cut.

We argue that our two-dimensional flat band model and the experimental results have the potential to contribute to achieving superconductivity of graphene- or graphite-based systems at elevated temperatures.

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Plastic tray market to surpass $7 billion in 2018  Plastic tray fiber based tray

Plastic tray fiber based tray

Introduction of eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic trays such as fiber-based trays, bagasse or sugarcane trays, paper trays, and plant-based plastics are emerging as a threat in the growth of the plastic tray market. Plastic tray fiber based tray

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By MMH Staff

The plastic tray market is projected to expand at a very slow phase with the global sales of plastic tray surpassing US$ 7 billion by the end of 2018, according to the latest research by Fact.MRPlastic tray fiber based tray

Introduction of eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic trays such as fiber-based trays, bagasse or sugarcane trays, paper trays, and plant-based plastics are emerging as a threat in the growth of the plastic tray market.

However, manufacturers in the plastic tray market are focusing on developing reusable and recyclable plastic trays. Plastic tray fiber based tray

Moreover, the rise in human health concerns due to use of plastic is also leading to the development of new products, for instance, companies have started offering BPA-free plastic products, including plastic trays, bottles, containers, and other products. Companies are also investing in the research and development of plastic trays that are safe to use across industries including food and beverages, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and consumer electronics.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is expected to be one of the largest used materials in the production of plastic trays. PET is projected to expand at a significant rate during the forecast period 2018-2027. Plastic tray fiber based tray

By the end of 2018, Polyethylene Terephthalate is expected to bring in more than US$ 2,000 million in terms of revenue, as per the study.

High-recyclability property of PET material is leading to the growing popularity in the plastic tray market. Plastic tray fiber based tray

Companies in the plastic tray market are using a recycled PET to produce plastic trays as it is lightweight, shatterproof, cost-effective, and saves energy.

The packaging industry across the world is using PET material on a large scale. For instance, Europe is witnessing the significant growth of PET trays in the packaging industry in the region.Plastic tray fiber based tray

Recycling of PET trays and bottles is also significantly growing with new technologies and equipment to ensure proper recycling of PET plastic trays. Also, according to Recoup, a plastic organization in the UK, nearly 70,000 tons of PET plastic trays are collected in the UK every year.Plastic tray fiber based tray

Plastic trays are largely used across the food and beverages industry. The demand for plastic tray in the food and beverages industry is expected to grow significantly throughout the forecast period 2018-2027.

Rising demand for ready-to-eat and the ready-to-cook food is driving the use of plastic trays.Plastic tray fiber based tray

However, health concerns regarding the consumption of food in plastic are also rising. Hence, the Food and Drug Association (FDA) has introduced regulations regarding the materials used to make plastic trays and other packaging used in the food and beverages industry.

Manufacturers in the plastic tray market are developing thermoformed plastic trays for food packaging.Plastic tray fiber based tray

These plastic trays are being designed with easy to open and close lids, especially for packaging foods such as baked goods, salads, wraps, and sandwiches.

Europe is likely to emerge as one of the most dominating regions in the plastic tray market. Europe has already introduced regulations and guidelines with the aim to boost the recycling of PET plastic trays.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has also introduced new rules to ban single-use plastic products from the market.

This is likely to hamper the market growth in the region. However, manufacturers in Europe are focusing on developing reusable and recyclable plastic tray products.

Flexible plastic trays in the plastic tray market are expected to witness the highest sales during the forecast period.

Reusability, lightweight, enhanced protection, shipping friendly, longer shelf life, are some of the benefits offered by flexible plastic trays.

Hence, the adoption of flexible plastic trays is increasing across various industries.

The overall outlook for the plastic tray market is likely to remain sluggish, with the plastic tray market expected to reach CAGR of 3.6% in terms of revenue during 2018-2027.

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,070/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,150/8,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 870/880 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,450/6,600 yuan/ton – MEG $ 670/680 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,750/5,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,080/1,095 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,750/8,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,650  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/ton

Plastic chemicals recycling carbon fibre

-Time for industry to put a plastics circular economy into practice, piece by piece  

When it comes to creating a plastics circular economy, collaboration is key.

But with a global political consensus on implementing a new plastics economy so far off, perhaps it is time for industry to lead on putting theory into practice, one piece at a time.

The fact is, technology exists to design and manufacture reusable plastic products in a profitable way, through recycling and reintroducing them into the value chain rather than disposing of them.

Plastic chemicals recycling carbon fibre

-Additives: Metallic-Look Colorants for a Broad Range of Molded Products

Ampacet’s FauxFoil molded-in color masterbatches offer a total lower-cost option to metallization and coating processes.

A new special-effects colorant technology designed for a range of polymers, including HDPE, PP, PET, PC, ABS and PS, is said to provide molded-in metallic effects for PET (injection stretch blow molded) bottles, extrusion blow-molded bottles, sheet and thermoforming processes and injection-molded components.  The FauxFoil masterbatch technology from Ampacet Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y., is said to offer a total lower-cost alternative to vacuum metallization and coating processes and mimics the gloss and shine of metal in a single step.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Plastic tray market to surpass $7 billion in 2018  Plastic tray fiber based tray

Introduction of eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic trays such as fiber-based trays, bagasse or sugarcane trays, paper trays, and plant-based plastics are emerging as a threat in the growth of the plastic tray market.

The plastic tray market is projected to expand at a very slow phase with the global sales of plastic tray surpassing US$ 7 billion by the end of 2018, according to the latest research by Fact.MR.

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-Middle East PE, PP demand stays weak as Asian markets tumble

Polyolefin demand across the Middle East continued to be weak,  tracking the sluggish Asian markets, as the year is drawing to a close.

Buying appetite for finished goods and resins typically wanes in November, while polyolefins end-users are bent on keeping stocks lean at the end of each financial year.

December offers are expected to emerge late this month but offtake is likely to remain limited as a result of curtailed year-end demand.

On 16 November, high density polyethylene (HDPE) film prices in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stood at $1,220-1,260/tonne DEL (delivered) GCC; while polypropylene (PP) raffia prices were at $1,240-1,300/tonne DEL GCC, both unchanged from the week before, according to ICIS data.

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-Bilayer Graphene on the way to becoming a superconductor  

Scientists at HZB have found evidence that double layers of graphene have a property that may let them conduct current completely without resistance. They probed the bandstructure at BESSY II with extremely high resolution ARPES and could identify a flat area at a surprising location.

Above – The data show that In the case of the two-layer graphene, a flat part of bandstructure only 200 milli-electron volts below the Fermi energy. Credit: HZB

A complicated option for superconductivity

Plastic chemicals recycling carbon fibre

-Pivoting to Technical Textiles

Companies are seeking to avoid the low-margin trap by moving into this technically demanding segment of the industry.

As the days are gone when fabric could be cut and sewn in Taiwan at competitive costs, its textile sector has been shifting toward technical textiles for which production relies on automation rather than human labor.

In this segment of the industry, in addition, the ability to deliver customized solutions trumps the ability to churn out huge volumes at cheap prices.

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-KraussMaffei anniversary machine for Wirthwein is a one-of-a-kind look

To celebrate 180 years of KraussMaffei and the 180th injection moulding machine for Wirthwein, the two companies took this opportunity to give the anniversary machine a one-of-a-kind look.

Ralf Spitzer, a well-known European graffiti artist lent a street art flair to the GX 900-4300 BluePower with his airbrush technique.

Illustrations on the machine include the faces of company founders Georg von Krauss and Joseph Anton von Maffei and Walter Wirthwein.

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-P2T process positioned for recycling

British company Prodrive Composites (Milton Keynes, UK) recently issued a press release about a process, called P2T (Primary to Tertiary), for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without any compromise in performance.

British company Prodrive Composites (Milton Keynes, UK) is known for design and manufacture of advanced lightweight structural and non-structural composites for a wide range of applications across the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, marine, defense and other sectors.

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-Kellogg Announces New Global Sustainable Packaging Goal

Company Aims for 100 Percent Reusable, Recyclable, or Compostable Packaging by the End of 2025

Kellogg Company announced today that it is expanding its Global Sustainability Commitments to include a goal of working towards 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025.

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-Why plunging oil prices now hurt—yes hurt—the U.S. economy

Drivers rejoice, but relief at the pump no longer offsets hit to capital spending: economist

Not everyone celebrates lower prices.

Falling oil prices are usually greeted with cheers, especially at the gas pump. But for the economy, the equation has changed thanks to the transformation of the U.S. back into a major oil producer courtesy of the shale revolution.

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-Europe’s packaging headache

The EU as a whole is showing promise when it comes to meeting recycling targets. But some member states still send a lot of waste to landfill instead. [Shutterstock]

European Union members will have to recycle at least 70% of packaging by 2030, under new rules brokered earlier this year. But there are complex mechanisms behind the recycling curtain and not all countries are ready yet to keep up with the pace.

EU lawmakers want the continent’s disparate recycling systems to be more effective and, as a result, more profitable, as there are still ambitious plans to set up an ‘internal market for recycling’.

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-EFI Introduces Next-generation Single-pass Reggiani BOLT Textile Digital Printer

The brand-new, next-generation, single-pass EFI™ Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) made its debut this week during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy.

The advanced, ultra-high-speed digital single-pass printer has the potential to revolutionize the textile printing market, providing users with high uptime and reliability, outstanding performance, superior printing uniformity and accuracy, long printhead life and minimal maintenance needs.

The EFI Reggiani open house has created huge interest in global textile market opportunities, with nearly 300 customers and journalists attending to see the new BOLT in action.

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Recycling Technologies to expand plastic recycling capacity with new facility  Recycling Technologies plastic recycling


Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

Some of the Recycling Technologies team

Plastic waste reprocessor Recycling Technologies has formally opened its new facility in Swindon, which it says will triple Europe’s waste plastic recycling capacity.The company’s RT7000 machine uses chemical recycling processes to turn various forms of plastic waste – including difficult-to-recycle black plastic, films, crisp packets and food pouches – into a crude oil equivalent called Plaxx, which can then be used to create new plastic products.Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

The new 25,000 square foot facility in Stirling Court, Swindon, will enable Recycling Technologies to upscale the manufacture of its RT7000 machines for use in recycling centres across the UK and internationally.Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

Adrian Griffiths, the company’s CEO, explained: “We have a goal to triple Europe’s current plastic recycling capability by 2027 through the provision of 10 million tonnes of urgently needed new waste plastic recycling capacity.Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

“[The facility] will be capable of manufacturing 200 RT7000 machines a year to meet the growing demand for plastic recycling capacity in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.”

He added: “This facility would not have been possible without the support we have received from our shareholders, staff, the great research and development facilities at the UK’s top universities and business grants from government and local business development agencies to commercialise this technology.

“A special thanks is owed to Swindon Borough Council, [which] had the vision to allow us to develop and build our pre-production machine at its recycling centre and help us achieve this milestone in tackling the global problem of waste plastic.”

Alongside the new factory facility, Recycling Technologies has expanded its headquarters and says it intends to recruit ‘in excess of’ 300 new staff.

At the opening of the facility last week (16 November), Justin Tomlinson, MP for Swindon North, commented: “I’m delighted Swindon is leading the world in the development of critically required jobs and expertise to recycle waste plastic, and that this Swindon-based company is emerging at the forefront of waste plastic recycling engineering and manufacturing to tackle this global problem.” Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

Recycling Technologies installed its first commercial RT7000 in June this year at the Project Beacon recycling facility in Scotland, where a range of innovative recycling businesses are located with funding from circular economy organisation Zero Waste Scotland.

In September, Recycling Technologies announced a new deal with compliance scheme Ecosurety, which ensures that producers in the UK meet their recycling obligations.

Ecosurety is providing funding to the tune of £3.2 million for Recycling Technologies to further accelerate the development of its chemical recycling capacity.

In return, Recycling Technologies will be providing Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) at a fixed price to Ecosurety customers, offering a stable recycling option for obligated plastic packaging producers.Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

Russian economy sanctions United States

The Russian economy fell by 6% due to sanctions – Bloomberg Russian economy sanctions United States  Russian economy sanctions United States

MOSCOW – Due to the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union since 2014, the Russian economy is now 6% less than it could have been without restrictive measures, Vedomosti reported, citing a Bloomberg study.

The slower growth rate confirms that the sanctions have a long-term negative effect on the Russian economy, economists emphasize.Russian economy sanctions United States 

In part, such a negative trend is associated with a fall in oil prices, however, according to Bloomberg Economics analyst Scott Johnson, this factor plays a much smaller role compared to sanctions. Russian economy sanctions United States 

Taking into account all the negative factors, according to Bloomberg experts, to date, Russia’s GDP was 10% less than could have been predicted at the end of 2013.

Economists explain the difference of 10% between the actual and potential GDP growth rates primarily by the structural constraints of the economy.

In addition to sanctions and falling oil prices, factors such as the Central Bank’s policy of targeting inflation and asset sales in emerging markets could contribute to slower growth, Bloomberg said. Russian economy sanctions United States 

Although the sanctions measures put pressure on Russia, they did not cause the shock that other countries could expect, since the Russian financial authorities are pursuing a policy of accumulating reserves to stabilize the economy, Bloomberg said.

However, the sanctions pressure is likely to prevent the authorities’ plans to accelerate growth rates of over 3% by 2021, experts doubt.

According to Johnson, such growth is possible, but it will not be sustainable without a sharp increase in labor productivity. Russian economy sanctions United States 

In 2014, economic growth in Russia slowed to 0.7%, and in 2015, the economy contracted by 2.5%, in 2016, the decline was 0.2%, and since 2017, the economy has resumed and amounted to 1.55%. Russian economy sanctions United States 

At the end of 2018, the government expects an economic growth of 1.8%, and by 2021 its acceleration to a rate of over 3.1%.  According to Rosstat, in current prices, Russia’s GDP in 2013 amounted to 73.1 trillion rubles, in 2017 – 92 trillion rubles.

Earlier, it was noted that in September the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade lowered the forecast for Russia’s GDP growth in 2018 to 1.8% from 1.9% in the July version of the forecast, in 2019 to 1.3% from 1.4%.

As reported by Market Report, Russia’s GDP in the first half of 2018 increased by 1.6% compared to the same period last year, according to the Rosstat.

Last year, Russia’s GDP growth was 1.5%, which coincided with analysts’ expectations, but turned out to be below the government’s forecast (2.1%) and the Central Bank’s expectations (1.7-2.2%). Russian economy sanctions United States 

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Tags:   Russia

Category:   General news

Unilever Bioon green care sector

Unilever enters strategic partnership with Bio-on to ‘green’ the personal care sector  Unilever Bioon green care sector

This collaboration is designed to meet the demands of consumers, who are increasingly concerned about sustainability  Unilever Bioon green care sector

Unilever Bioon green care sectorUnilever and Bio-on announce the start of a strategic partnership to develop, produce and sell personal hygiene and care products that guarantee a smaller or no environmental impact. Using patented bio-technologies for natural, biodegradable microplastics production, Unilever and Bio-on are taking an important step towards building a more sustainable economy and more responsible consumption in the personal care sector.Unilever Bioon green care sector

Unilever Bioon green care sectorThis collaboration is designed to meet the demands of consumers, who are increasingly concerned about sustainability and making purchasing choices that respect the environment, whilst making the most of the skills and excellence at both companies.

Unilever’s knowledge and large-scale presence on the personal care market with noted brands such as Mentadent, Dove, Zendium, Glysolid, and Sunsilk, teams up with the exclusive know-how of Bio-on, the Italian company listed on the AIM segment of Borsa Italiana and specialised in biotechnologies applied to widely used materials, to create completely natural products and solutions.Unilever Bioon green care sector

“For Unilever, developing a partnership with such an excellent Italian company as Bio-on is an important step towards the goals we have set ourselves with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, primarily to halve the environmental impact of our products by 2030,” claims Fulvio Guarneri, Chairman & CEO of Unilever Italia.

“This collaboration makes us very proud because it is one of the most important examples through which Unilever is making concrete moves towards sustainability in our business strategy.”Unilever Bioon green care sector

“Research into innovative products and cutting-edge formulations that respect the environment and people is now a priority in the personal care sector,” explains Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on.

“We are very pleased to work alongside such a major player as Unilever, with which we will have the great opportunity to introduce real sustainable innovation whilst reaching an increasingly broad consumer base.”Unilever Bioon green care sector

Bio-on will work with Unilever through two new companies, which will focus 100% on exploiting exclusive technologies to develop, produce and supply personal care products.

http://www.bio-on.it 

http://:www.unilever.com

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics 20-11-2018

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,070/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,000/8,100 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,000/8,100 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 880/890 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,700/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 675/685 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,950/6,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,090/1,105 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,850/9,000  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,650/10,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,050/9,150  yuan/ton

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-What is graphene?

Stronger than steel, thinner than paper, graphene could be the future of tech

It’s always risky to make broad assertions about history, but one of the few things that seems to hold true is that technological advances drive the course of civilization.

Bronze and iron were so crucial to the spread of ancient societies that they have entire epochs named after them.

With the rise of the American steel industry, railroad tracks spread from Atlantic to Pacific, metal veins that carried the blood of a nation.

Silicon semiconductors enabled the growth of computers and the greatest surge in information technology since the printing press.

These materials shaped the development of society, and helped determine which countries dominated international relations.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Split-A-Part Design Makes Plastics Shredders Easier, Safer to Maintain  

When a plastics shredder needs maintenance or cleaning, conventional machine designs require climbing into the feed hopper, which is time consuming and potentially dangerous. This Split-A-Part design literally splits apart, making it easier, safer, and hassle-free.

Sooner or later a shredder is going to need maintenance, and it may more frequently require cleanout, particularly if you need to separate different scrap materials from one another. With a conventional machine design, that literally means climbing into the feed hopper to accomplish these tasks, which is time consuming and potentially dangerous.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Recycling Technologies to expand plastic recycling capacity with new facility  Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

Plastic waste reprocessor Recycling Technologies has formally opened its new facility in Swindon, which it says will triple Europe’s waste plastic recycling capacity.

The company’s RT7000 machine uses chemical recycling processes to turn various forms of plastic waste – including difficult-to-recycle black plastic, films, crisp packets and food pouches – into a crude oil equivalent called Plaxx, which can then be used to create new plastic products.Recycling Technologies plastic recycling

The new 25,000 square foot facility in Stirling Court, Swindon, will enable Recycling Technologies to upscale the manufacture of its RT7000 machines for use in recycling centres across the UK and internationally.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-The Russian economy fell by 6% due to sanctions 

Due to the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union since 2014, the Russian economy is now 6% less than it could have been without restrictive measures, Vedomosti reported, citing a Bloomberg study.

The slower growth rate confirms that the sanctions have a long-term negative effect on the Russian economy, economists emphasize

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Unilever enters strategic partnership with Bio-on to ‘green’ the personal care sector  

This collaboration is designed to meet the demands of consumers, who are increasingly concerned about sustainability

Unilever and Bio-on announce the start of a strategic partnership to develop, produce and sell personal hygiene and care products that guarantee a smaller or no environmental impact. Using patented bio-technologies for natural, biodegradable microplastics production, Unilever and Bio-on are taking an important step towards building a more sustainable economy and more responsible consumption in the personal care sector.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-How to Stop Using So Much Disposable Plastic

We are drowning the world in plastic. It washes onto our beaches, it sits entombed for centuries in landfills, it floats around the ocean in a cloud of microscopic particles twice the size of Texas.

Most of it—75% in the U.S.—never gets recycled.

Recycling it still takes 10% of the energy of making new plastic—not nothing. It would be nice to use a little less in the first place.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Plastics – global enemy number one

Once our flexible friend, plastic is now global public enemy number one.

We are told we must cut back on its use in every area of our lives if we are to save the oceans, and that includes in the workplace.

Hartley Milner reports on how SMEs can strike a powerful blow in the fight against plastic pollution.

Who could forget those pitiful scenes flashed across our TV screens showing seals, turtles and seabirds entangled in rafts of deadly plastic waste?

The footage from the BBC’s Blue Planet II series caused a public outcry worldwide with governments pledging urgent action to clean up our oceans.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Scientex to make MGO for packaging firm Daibochi

PETALING JAYA: Scientex Bhd will launch a mandatory general offer (MGO) for Daibochi Bhd to expand the flexible packaging business after proposing to acquire a controlling 42.41% stake for RM222.50mil in a share swap.

Scientex said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia that the proposed purchase of the stake would be from several individual vendors who hold a controlling block of shares in Daibochi.

The RM222.50mil total purchase consideration, or RM1.60 per Daibochi share, would be via a share swap through the issuance of one new Scientex share for every 5.5 Daibochi shares held by the vendors.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 19

Singapore — Supply of propylene, benzene and styrene monomer was expected to remain ample in the Asian petrochemical market this week, while the US-China trade tensions continues to cast a pall over high density polyethylene as orders for toys, plastic bags and packaging material are canceled.

OLEFINS

The Asian butadiene market was expected to find direction this week as buyers hunted for suitable fixed prices. This follows mixed signals last week when buyers hung back from procuring amid a weaker acrylonitrile butadiene styrene market and upstream crude oil prices tumbling, which hindered some buyers from settling trades despite the demand seen for December laycan cargoes.

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-EMEA petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 19

The European ethylene market is expected to lengthen further this week as crackers restart after maintenance while demand from downstream polymer producers remains subdued.

POLYMERS

The polyethylene market has tightened, particularly for low density PE grades as low Rhine levels limit shipping. A return of PET plants in Europe following maintenance could help lengthen supply in Europe at a time of low seasonal demand.

The European paraxylene CP initially settled Eur77.50/mt lower month on month and has put pressure on both spot and FD contract PET prices in Europe. Participants have said they expect PET prices to fall further this week.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastics

-Opinion: Are expected changes to plastic packaging realistic?

Neil Shackleton, the founder of packaging consultancy Medoola, explores the headline-generating expectations of plastic packaging and if they are realistic changes that the food and beverage industry can implement for the benefit of everyone concerned.

At the start of 2018, packaging made the front page. Driven by stark images from the world of our own wastefulness, packaging was singled out, front and centre for all to see. What has followed ever since has been quite astounding.

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-MSYG wins Leadership in Innovation Award

MSYG is a leading specialty yarn manufacturer in the United States.Meridian Specialty Yarn Group (MSYG), a leading US based leading specialty yarn manufacturer, won a top award from The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) last week for Meridian’s commitment to building a new, world-class, state-of-the-art, textile plant in North Carolina at a time when other regional textile plants were closing or moving overseas.

At a ceremony and banquet held on 14 November, MSYG was honoured with NCMEP’s Leadership Award for Innovation.

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-Looking forward to business growth with Usterized

Uster Technologies, a leading manufacturer of products for quality measurement and certification for the textiles industry, aims to provide its customers with a positive experience and good advice for future business progress when it sends its experts to carry out periodic audits at Usterized certified mills – all conducted and delivered in a spirit of friendly and helpful cooperation.

An insight into the working life of an Usterized auditor is instructive, the company says. Muraliganesh K. is one of 11 auditors. Specialists like him from the company’s Textile Technology department execute around 60 audits each year to re-certify Usterized members or to carry out initial audits of spinning mills wishing to acquire the Usterized quality label.

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RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF

RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF

 

Radifloor® Solid: polyamide in 112 colour shades for carpet tiles and fitted carpet  RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF

A new colour chart of solution-dyed BCF yarns for contract and residential textile flooring

A range of colours meeting the market’s requirements for looks, performance and sustainability: the new Radifloor® Solid BCF PA 6 1300 F68 colour chart from RadiciGroup Performance Yarn makes its debut in the contract and residential flooring market with an array of high-quality yarns that reduce the environmental impact of the end product.

The colour chart encompasses 112 of the colours most widely used by interior designers, with a predominance of beige and grey shades, together with bright colours in many tones. RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF

RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF
The yarns belonging to this family have two traits in common: they are all solution-dyed – thus aimed at saving water – and all branded RadiciGroup, a name that stands for the top of its category. RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF

These sophisticated products boast still another new feature: an accurate sampling service for customers.
“With this new colour chart, we wanted to sum up all our experience acquired during the last few years,” said Arturo Andreoni, marketing and R&D director of RadiciGroup Performance Yarn, “and make high performance polyamide yarn available to the contract and residential sectors.

RadiciGroup Radifloor Solid polyamide BCF

Mr. Arturo Andreoni, marketing and R&D director of RadiciGroup Performance Yarn

Our yarns stand for sustainability, in that they are not only solution-dyed but also produced in plants certified to ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 50001:2011 and OHSAS 18001:2007 – Environmental, Quality, Energy and Health & Safety Management

Systems, respectively.

All this goes to say how sustainability is more than a business strategy promoted by management: it is a well-organized approach shared by all the people working at our plants.”

APR sustainability recycling plastic

APR: ‘There is no sustainability without recycling’ APR sustainability recycling plastic

by Colin Staub

APR sustainability recycling plastic

The head of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently voiced concerns that plastics recovery progress could get dampened by stakeholders’ transition to more holistic approaches to materials management.APR sustainability recycling plastic

During a recent webinar, Steve Alexander of APR and an official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussed the evolution of  sustainable materials management and what it means for the plastics recycling industry.

Under a sustainable materials management approach, managing a product at end of life becomes just one component of reducing that product’s environmental impact. It’s not necessarily about lessening the importance of recycling, but introducing new factors into the discussion. It’s a concept being embraced by the U.S. EPA as well as stateswaste companies and others.APR sustainability recycling plastic

But APR wants to make sure the work being done by the plastics recycling sector is not forgotten as the dialogue develops.APR sustainability recycling plastic

“Recycling is at the base of any sustainability movement,” said Steve Alexander, executive director of APR. “Frankly, there is no sustainability without recycling.”

What is the new approach?

During the Nov. 6 webinar, Ron Vance, chief of the resource conservation branch in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, gave an overview of the sustainable materials management concept. It was developed as part of the EPA’s evolving work on solid waste management and materials use.

“We’re trying to look at materials at large and really trying to understand where they come from, where they go and everything that’s embedded within them,” Vance said.

That means considering the impacts from raw material sourcing through manufacturing, delivery to market, use by the consumer and end of life. This way of thinking moves beyond the original EPA areas of interest, which focused on landfill and disposal regulations. It even moves beyond the concept of “integrated waste management,” which emerged in the 1990s, Vance said. APR sustainability recycling plastic

The EPA’s version of sustainable materials management considers end-of-life management but also includes five earlier areas of focus throughout a product’s life.

“It’s not always about end of life,” Vance said. “It’s really understanding what happens across the life cycle, where those impacts occur and where the opportunities throughout the life cycle are to mitigate some of those impacts.”

And during the end-of-life management phase, Vance said, “reuse, recycling and whatnot come in as key roles in keeping that material in cycle, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of minimizing all of those impacts.” APR sustainability recycling plastic

‘Don’t want to de-emphasize recycling’

The plastics recycling industry has a “fundamental belief” that recycling must be a key component of sustainable materials management, Alexander said.

He pointed to the trend of major brand owners making recycling-related commitments, whether they’re pledges to use more recycled content, to make more recyclable products or other similar goals. Amid this rising interest, “the last thing we want to do is discourage companies from recycling,” Alexander said.

“Not that EPA is doing that, but I think it’s important to highlight the role that recycling must continue to play within this sustainable materials management conundrum.”

One of the key concerns is that consumers and companies alike begin to place less focus on recycling, believing that the other pillars of sustainable materials management eclipse recycling in importance.APR sustainability recycling plastic

It was a concern Alexander expressed in 2017, as well, after attending a plastic sustainability meeting that drew consumer product brand owners.

“We want people to continue to be more cognizant. We want companies and consumer brands to continue their commitment to utilizing recycling,” Alexander said.

He identified several strengths of recycling within the life cycle discussion, including that recycling facilitates a consumer connection to sustainability efforts.

“If you look at the other components of sustainable materials management, it’s about someone else doing something,” Alexander said. Recycling, on the other hand, engages the consumer.

“One of the most critical actions that people take is the decision that they make with that container in their hand, and do they put that in their trash or do they put that in their recycling bin.”

Another reason recycling is essential is that it will likely always have a role to play, according to APR.

Manufacturers can work on source reduction, packaging innovation, life cycle analysis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but “at the end of the day, you’re still left with a product that has to be recycled,” Alexander said.

He indicated that the plastics recycling industry is not opposed to the factors a sustainable materials management approach promotes, such as examining greenhouse gas emissions for various materials.APR sustainability recycling plastic

This year, APR completed a life cycle inventory analysis for using recycled resin versus virgin resin.

The report, which is the first of its kind and will be released in the near future, highlights significant energy savings in transportation, resource consumption, emissions and other fields.

“I think that sometimes people miss how much contribution, from a life cycle and a greenhouse gas emission reduction [perspective], that using recycled resin contributes to sustainable materials management as well as sustainability in total,” Alexander said.

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Polymers PET Filament Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Filament Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM12/11/201819/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

8,450 yuan/ton8,550 yuan/ton+100
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,135 $/ton1,115 $/ton-15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

8,000 yuan/ton8,050 yuan/ton+50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

8,025 yuan/ton8,050 yuan/ton+25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

6,755 yuan/ton6,825 yuan/ton+70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

880 $/ton895 $/ton+15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,000 yuan/ton6,120 yuan/ton+120
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

705 $/ton725 $/ton+20
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,113 $/ton1,094 $/ton-19
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

8,850 yuan/ton8,905 yuan/ton+55
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,500 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

10,800 yuan/ton10,700 yuan/ton-100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 10,100 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton-100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

9,350 yuan/ton9,350 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

9,190 yuan/ton9,100 yuan/ton-90
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,300 yuan/ton16,350 yuan/ton+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

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

 

2,430 $/ton2,430 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,300 yuan/ton16,900 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,000 yuan/ton17,700 yuan/ton-300
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,500 yuan/ton37,000 yuan/ton-500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

21,300 yuan/ton19,900 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,000 yuan/ton23,800 yuan/ton-200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

22,800 yuan/ton22,100 yuan/ton-700
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

33,500  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

8,650 yuan/ton8,300 yuan/ton-350
Benzene domestic market

 

5,925 yuan/ton5,900 yuan/ton-25
Benzene overseas  market

 

689 $/ton678 $/ton-11
Ethylene South East market

 

860 $/ton940 $/ton+80
Ethylene NWE  market

 

956 $/ton977 $/ton+21
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

11,500 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton+300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

1,850 $/ton1,700 $/ton-150
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

14,400 yuan/ton13,800 yuan/ton-600
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,150 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton-250
Naphtha overseas market         

 

543 $/ton545 $/ton+2
Phenol domestic market 12,200 yuan/ton

 

11,463 yuan/ton

 

-737
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,405 $/ton

 

1,370 $/ton

 

-35
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,495 $/ton

 

1,470 $/ton

 

-25
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,042 $/ton1,032 $/ton-10
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,042 $/ton1,032 $/ton-10
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,022 $/ton1,012 $/ton-10
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,018 $/ton1,008 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,170 $/ton1,138 $/ton-32
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

1,202 $/ton1,150 $/ton-52
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,244 €/ton1,244 €/ton

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling 19-11-2018

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

Polymers PET Filament Petrochemicals Prices

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-RadiciGroup – Radifloor® Solid: polyamide in 112 colour shades for carpet tiles and fitted carpet  

A new colour chart of solution-dyed BCF yarns for contract and residential textile flooring

A range of colours meeting the market’s requirements for looks, performance and sustainability: the new Radifloor® Solid BCF PA 6 1300 F68 colour chart from RadiciGroup Performance Yarn makes its debut in the contract and residential flooring market with an array of high-quality yarns that reduce the environmental impact of the end product.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-APR: ‘There is no sustainability without recycling’ APR sustainability recycling plastic

The head of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) recently voiced concerns that plastics recovery progress could get dampened by stakeholders’ transition to more holistic approaches to materials management.

During a recent webinar, Steve Alexander of APR and an official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussed the evolution of  sustainable materials management and what it means for the plastics recycling industry.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-Nestlé Waters North America signs supply agreement with CarbonLite

Company operates two bottling facilities in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, which is where CarbonLite is adding its third processing facility.

Nestlé Waters North America, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, has announced that it has signed a “significant agreement” with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) supplier CarbonLite, headquartered in Los Angeles.

The recycler is expanding its U.S. operations by building a third facility in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-Pindler releases new fabrics and trims

Recognising the significant demand for trimmings and indoor/outdoor performance products in the design market, Pindler, an industry leader and international wholesaler of decorative fabrics, has announced the new addition of fabrics and trims to its exclusive Sunbelievable and Wanderlust collections.

“We’re pleased to introduce the new additions to these two exclusive collections,” said Sarah Williamson, Design Manager. “The Wanderlust trims and Sunbelievable fabrics reinvent some of the most popular patterns from our past collections and introduce new design elements we know interior designers and their clients will love.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-Turkey Eyes Iran Share in Iraqi Markets after US Sanctions Hit

With US re-imposed sanctions against Iran scaling back Iranian economic activity in the region, Turkey is looking to fill the void in commodity exports left behind by Iranian companies leaving Iraq.

Turkish exports are expected to increase, compensating for goods imported from Iran.

Iraq’s head of Turkey-Iraq Cooperation Council Amin Taha said that Iraqi markets generally prefer to import basic commodities from Iran because of their low rates.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-Monforts technology behind denim innovations in London

A significant number of Monforts denim manufacturing customers will be heading over to the UK next month, when Denim Première Vision is held in London for the very first time. The event takes place from 5-6 December, at the historic Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, in London’s completely regenerated and thriving East End.

The Première Vision team is looking to create a similar atmosphere to that achieved in Paris in November 2017, when the Denim Pop Up Street was held each evening after the Denim PV show in the Paris Marais neighbourhood.

This drew sizeable crowds to the boutiques of atelier brands and artists, along with workshops, galleries, shopping and bars.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-Manufacturers of electric cars will refuse the stove in the cabin

The project Maxitherm German scientists propose to use in electric cars a new way of heating. The initiative is funded by the European Union.

According to experts, the new technology will allow 30% to consume less energy than standard heating cars with electric propulsion.

In cars with a conventional engine has no problems with cabin heating in the winter. Electric vehicles there are certain difficulties.

Plastic chemicals polymers recycling

-Carbon fibers from greenhouse gas

How algae could sustainably reduce the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere

In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The latest World Climate Report (IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ° C) acknowledges the global relevance of the process.

There is an acute need for action if global warming is to be mitigated to a reasonable extent. In this context, the current World Climate Report winks at a technology developed by chemists at the Technical University of Munich.

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-We Just Got Closer Than Ever to Unlocking Graphene’s Superconducting Powers

Scientists are now closer than ever to being able to use graphene as a superconductor – to conduct electricity with zero resistance – making it useful for developing energy efficient gadgets, improving medical research, upgrading power grids, and much more besides.

The key to the new approach is heating a silicon carbide (SiC) crystal, itself a superconductor, until the silicon atoms have all evaporated.

This leaves two graphene layers on top of each other in a way that, in certain conditions, offers no resistance to electrical current.

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-Oil price drop provides opportunity to fix economy

Pakistan’s economy, which is underperforming mainly due to an unwanted growth in imports, has been blessed with a golden opportunity to fix some of the grave challenges following a notable drop of around 25% in global crude oil prices in the last five months.

The price of US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell to $56.3 per barrel on Thursday from around $74.5 in June 2018 on supply glut amid a notable drop in demand from across the world.

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-The Brexit endgame

A look at the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and the issues behind the UK’s divorce process from the European Union.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft agreement over Britain’s departure from the European Union has sparked an extensive amount of controversy.

The deal has been described in rather unglowing terms as a least bad Brexit, but May says the draft agreement she managed to stitch together is in the national interest.

Addressing the nation, she said it’s better than no deal and she wants to use it as the basis for negotiating the future economic relationship with the European Union.

But getting her divorce accord ratified by parliament may prove impossible, as she faces opposition outside and within her own party. Several of her ministers have resigned.

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-Unclear Brexit Deal Could Damage UK Oil Industry

The UK’s draft withdrawal agreement for leaving the European Union lacks clarity, which could be damaging to the UK oil and gas industry with increased costs for retaining skilled workers, analysts warn.

Earlier this week, the draft Brexit divorce deal from the EU was published, and according to analysts, it contains a lot of uncertainties in many areas.

“It’s bringing even less certainty than we had before. We don’t know if we will be leaving the customs union and it’s asking more questions than are being answered which I think will be disturbing for the oil and gas industry,” David Gibbons Wood, a business and economics lecturer at Robert Gordon University (RGU), told The Press and Journal.

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-The life cycle of a PET bottle

The Coca-Cola Company and Mpact Polymers see a world without waste.

The Coca-Cola Company recently conducted a tour of the Mpact Polymers recycling plant in Wadeville, followed by a tour of South Africa’s biggest bottling plant, owned by Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) in Olifantsfontein.

The tour was designed to take you on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle’s journey, demonstrating its life cycle, the recycling ecosystem it undergoes to become recycled PET (rPET) and its journey back into the manufacturing and packaging processes.

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-EU scientists will teach the clothes to monitor health

What we wear can say a lot about our character and taste.

Can we use clothes and accessories to learn something about your health? The programme “FutuRIS” invites to get acquainted with a clever fashion.

Diet with the shirt and glasses

This prototype smart shirts count how many you ate or drank during the day.

Soft textile sensors in the collar to track the movements of the muscles of the neck when swallowing, and this control remains invisible.

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-US PET Recycling Rate Increases in 2017

The rPET industry continues to demonstrate its strength in terms of consistent domestic material purchases, and investment in enhanced processing capacity.

A new report cites a 2017 United States recycling rate of 29.2 percent for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, reflecting a slight increase over the 2016 rate of 28.4%.

The rate increase reflected decreases in both total collection volumes and volume of PET bottles available for recycling in the U.S., according to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Florence, Ky., and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, D.C., Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017.

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-Oil markets jittery over lower demand forecasts

Oil prices continued to nosedive last week over demand concerns amid an outlook of a slowing global economy.

The strong US dollar weighed on both oil prices and the global demand outlook. Currencies weakened against the dollar, eroding their purchasing power.

Brent was down to $66.76 per barrel and WTI dropped to $56.46 per barrel by Friday.

The former came close to its one-year low as both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and OPEC released monthly reports that articulated a darkening demand outlook in the short term.

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-A sea of voices: Trends and perspectives in marine plastic pollution

A key theme in this year’s conversations on sustainable packaging has been what to do about the (mostly) plastic packaging that ends up as marine litter.

This year has seen a deluge of responses to the public outcry around this very visible and emotionally provocative issue.

Governments have responded with various regulations, and companies have responded with commitments to improve recycling rates and markets, as well as initiatives to invest in recycling technology and infrastructure.

As a society, we are just now starting on the path to figuring out which solutions are most appropriate in which contexts.

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Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1.  Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

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

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

In contrast to a steel body where bending helps the integrated crumple zones to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches the vehicle’s occupants, carbon fibre dissipates energy by cracking and shattering. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

Close attention was given to the way the carbon fibre body reacted to the extreme forces involved in the impact. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

The engineers also focused on how the underlying steel body structure, and carbon fibre ‘dragonfly’ which strengthens it, managed the forces. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

The Polestar 1 verification prototype, part of the first Polestar 1 build series, was propelled into a stationary barrier at 56 km/h, simulating a frontal collision.
Most of the energy was absorbed by the car’s crash structure, with the remaining energy mitigated by the carbon fibre body panels into the body structure which remained rigid and did not show signs of bending or misalignment after the crash.

Zef van der Putten, responsible for carbon fibre at Polestar, comments: “The outcome of this first crash test validates the decision to build the body of Polestar 1 in carbon fibre.

It also confirms that carbon fibre supports the highest safety standards.

This is an example of how Polestar spearheads the development of new technology in the Volvo Car Group.” Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

The crash test was conducted at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, where cars and other vehicles are crash-tested in many real-world simulations.
Check out the video here.

Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Develops Highly Modified Cross-section Crimped Yarn:
SOLOTEX OCTA  Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed SOLOTEX OCTA, a highly modified cross-section crimped yarn that is extra bulky, lightweight, stretchable and shape-recovering. Samples will be provided in the fiscal year 2018.Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Frontier expects annual sales of staple-fiber SOLOTEX OCTA to reach 400 tons and sales of filament SOLOTEX OCTA to reach one million meters as textiles by the fiscal year ending in March 2023. Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Synthetic staple fiber insulation that is extra shape-recovering after compression, bulky and lightweight is in demand as a substitute for natural feathers.

There also is demand for extra bulky, lightweight and stretchable synthetic filament, but until now, manufacturers have found it difficult to produce such fiber that is both bulky and stretchable.Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Frontier developed SOLOTEX OCTA by transforming the cross-sectional shape of SOLOTEX, a stretchable, shape-recovering and high-cushioning material, into a highly modified cross section comprising eight projections aligned in a radial pattern around a hollow fiber.Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

SOLOTEX OCTA offers the following features in addition to those of SOLOTEX:

  • Shape-recovering after compression, highly bulky, lightweight and stretchable owing to the clearance between fibers.
  • When used for staple fibers, maintains its coiled crimp structure with rigidity due to its cross-section shape, resulting in shape-recovering after compression, high stretchability and cushioning.
  • Textiles are absorbent, quick drying, anti-transparent, and provide thermal barriers and insulation due to SOLOTEX OCTA‘s large surface area.

Teijin Frontier envisions a wide range of promising applications for SOLOTEX OCTA, including fashionwear, industrial materials and more. The staple-fiber version will be used in place of feathers mainly for bedding. The filament version of SOLOTEX OCTA will be used in textiles for sportswear and fashionwear.

About the Teijin Group

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT.

The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY835 billion (USD 7.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 986.2 billion (USD 9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

Please visit www.teijin.com.

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China trade proposal trade war

China trade proposal unlikely to be game changer: US official  China trade proposal trade war

Proposal viewed skeptically with Beijing failing to follow through on prior pledges

China trade proposal trade war

 Containers pile up at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. The tariff rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods is set to increase to 25% from 10% on Jan. 1.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China’s written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday.

Beijing provided the Trump administration with its document earlier this week, responding to a months-long request from U.S. officials to jumpstart trade talks, Reuters reported on Wednesday.China trade proposal trade war

It was a good sign that Beijing had put something in writing after months of declining to do so, the official said, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

But the offer should be viewed with skepticism, the official said, in part because China has previously made promises on economic and trade reforms that it had not fulfilled.

China has previously offered to do more to loosen restrictions on the percentage of Chinese companies that U.S. firms are permitted to own, for example, but then had not followed up that pledge by providing licenses for U.S. companies.

U.S. officials were still studying the list, which the official said was received on Monday night.China trade proposal trade war

The Chinese document included 142 items divided into three categories: issues the Chinese are willing to negotiate for further action, issues they are already working on and issues they consider off limits, the official said.China trade proposal trade war

With much work to do to sort through the list and the G20 summit only two weeks away, the official played down expectations of a major breakthrough on substantiative issues on trade during talks between Trump and Xi at the gathering of world leaders in Argentina at the end of November.China trade proposal trade war

A best-case scenario could be that the two leaders agreed to keep talking and declare the issue is moving in a better direction, the official said.

It was too early to tell whether China’s offer would be sufficient to preclude an increase in U.S. tariffs at the start of 2019, he said.

Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to force concessions from Beijing on the list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the two countries. China has responded with import tariffs on U.S. goods.

The tariff rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods is set to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent on Jan. 1.China trade proposal trade war

Trump has also threatened to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports, about $267 billion worth, if Beijing fails to address U.S. demands.

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-Polestar Evaluates Strength of Carbon Fibre in Successful First Crash Test

Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1.

This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation.

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

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

Plastic chemicals bottles recycling circular economy

Teijin Develops Highly Modified Cross-section Crimped Yarn: SOLOTEX OCTA 

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed SOLOTEX OCTA, a highly modified cross-section crimped yarn that is extra bulky, lightweight, stretchable and shape-recovering. Samples will be provided in the fiscal year 2018.

Teijin Frontier expects annual sales of staple-fiber SOLOTEX OCTA to reach 400 tons and sales of filament SOLOTEX OCTA to reach one million meters as textiles by the fiscal year ending in March 2023.

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-Kosme expands portfolio to include two new stretch Blow-moulding Machines

Kosme’s stretch blow-moulding machines, so far, consisted of four, six, seven or eight cavities. For small output, Kosme is now expanding its portfolio with the inclusion of two new systems: the rotary machines KSB 3R Compact and 4R Compact. Later on 4R Compact will replace the KSB 4R from the standard series.

Beverage producers can save up to 35 % air and five % energy with the use of the new KSB 3R and reach with three cavities o machine the same performance as a linear machine with four cavities.

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-UB study describes presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors

A study led by researchers of the UB quantifies the presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors, from the Cantabrian Sea to the Black Sea.

The study has analysed the amount of these colored fibers, which vary between 3 to 8 mm but are extremely fine, with less than a 0.1 mm diameter, and which come mainly from home and industrial washing machines.

The results show the dominance of cellulosic fibers over synthetic polymers, and highlight that several oceanographic processes pile and transport microfibers to marine hollows.

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-Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces

ANN ARBOR–Inspired by the extraordinary characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could bring us coatings that are sticky, repellant, insulating or light emitting, among other possibilities.

“This is so removed from anything I’ve ever seen that I would have thought it was impossible,” said Joerg Lahann, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan and senior author of the study in the journal Science.

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-Eastern European buyers out in force at BrauBeviale

Sipa’s marketing manager Roberta Gualtieri pointed to a strong year for the Italian firm

Companies from Russia and Ukraine have shown considerable interest in Western European technology at this week’s BrauBeviale exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, according to Italian machinery manufacturers Sipa and SMI.

Speaking to Plastics in Packaging at the show, Sipa’s marketing manger Roberta Gualtieri also explained how the company has performed above expectations this year on an innovative and sales level: “This year has been great for us, with a 10 per cent increase on sales compared to the previous year.”

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-NE Asia ethylene surges on restocking activity in China

Northeast Asia’s ethyleneprices rose at an accelerated pace this week,despite broad-based declines in downstreamprices.

Container port inQingdao, Shandong Province, east China (Photo byYu Fangping/Pacific Press via ZUMAWire/REX/Shutterstock)

The market upswing, now in its second week, isdriven by restocking activity, the start-up ofa standalone downstream plant, as well asreduced domestic supply due to continued weakmethanol-based production and an extendedturnaround at a cracker in China.

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-Unravelling draft Brexit agreement horrifieschemical industry

The European Commission’s draftagreement on Brexit is the best deal in townfor the chemical industry but the likelihood ofit being ratified by the UK’s parliament areslim.

The sector is a spectator to a divisivepolitical battle which threatens free trade andthe robust regulatory environment within whichit operates with EU counterparts.

“We watch with horror,” Chemical IndustryAssociation president Tom Crotty said onThursday as UK government ministers resigned inthe face of the draft withdrawal agreement. Ona day of political turmoil, the UK trade groupstressed the importance of a continuing,positive relationship with the sector’s majortrading partner.

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-China trade proposal unlikely to be game changer: US official  China trade proposal trade war

Proposal viewed skeptically with Beijing failing to follow through on prior pledges

Containers pile up at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. The tariff rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods is set to increase to 25% from 10% on Jan. 1.   © Reuters

China’s written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday.

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MEGlobal December price MEG

MEGlobal lowered the December contract price of MEG in Asia by USD150 per ton MEGlobal December price MEG

MEGlobal December price MEG

MOSCOW – MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the December MEG contract price for Asia at USD950 per tonne, which is USD150 per tonne lower than in November, an ICIS source told the company. MEGlobal December price MEG

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

Low sales in the downstream polyester market and pessimism about the uncertainty in the development of China’s economy have recently put downward pressure on MEG prices, which has led to an increase in activity in the MEG futures market in China.

It was noted earlier that MEGlobal reduced the November contract price of MEG for Asia compared to the level of October by USD20 per ton – to USD1,100 per ton, CFR Asia.

And in October, MEGlobal raised the contract price of MEG for the supply of material to the Asian market by USD20 per ton – to USD1 120 per ton, CFR Asia, from the level of USD1 100 per ton, CFR Asia, in September. MEGlobal December price MEG

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TFA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). MEGlobal December price MEG

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it. MEGlobal December price MEG

Last week, the ruble appreciated against the dollar.  This trend may mitigate the downward pressure on the prices of Russian material in December, which has a continuing decline in Asia.

MEGlobal, headquartered in Dubai (UAE) is the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG).

Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tons of DG per year worldwide.

DG is used as a raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothing and other textiles), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreeze and other industrial products.  MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company.

In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed the sale of its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of a strategy to optimize its equity participation in Kuwaiti joint ventures. MEGlobal December price MEG

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Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast
Indorama Ventures acquires major shareholding in Egyptian concert Medco Plast   Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

By THE NATION

Indorama Ventures (IVL) has completed the acquisition of 74 per cent of the share capital of Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE (Medco Plast) from Middle East Glass Manufacturing Co (MEG) and the Samaha family.

MEG will retain a 16-per-cent shareholding in Medco Plast, and the Samaha family 10 per cent. Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Medco Plast is the largest manufacturer of recyclable PET preforms, injection moulded products, and closures for all the multinational soft drink and water manufacturers operating in Egypt, with a 25-per-cent market share.

Medco Plast currently has 11 state-of-the-art production lines with a combined annual production capacity of 70,000 metric tons of PET preforms.

Egypt is one of the most developed and diversified economies in the Middle East, with economic growth of about five per cent.Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

This acquisition will give Indorama Ventures exposure to the East African PET packaging market, complementing its existing footprint in West Africa, where the company has a presence in Nigeria and Ghana.Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Indorama Ventures will bring best-in-class know-how capabilities as well as supply chain economies to further enhance Medco Plast’s leadership position and grow it into the leading regional player, according to IVL press release.

Aloke Lohia, group chief executive of Indorama Ventures, commented: “The acquisition of Medco aligns with Indorama Ventures’ strategic focus, which includes capitalizing on growth opportunities in emerging markets.Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Medco’s strong presence in the domestic market and a longstanding customer relationship with all beverage majors operating in Egypt will enable the Company to support growing local customers’ demand and provide a platform for further growth in the Middle East and African regions.”

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

Focus on lightweighting at Composites Europe  Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

Glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics are in demand when lightweight and forward-looking solutions are called for.

This trend towards lightweight construction is currently one of the strongest drivers for the composites industry.Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

Just as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itself: the major technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain enables this sector of industry to increasingly automate and shorten manufacturing processes.

Both developments dominated this year’s edition of Composites Europe, held for the 13th time with 365 exhibitors from 30 nations.

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions registered 8,148 visitors from 71 countries. With these figures it underlined its importance as an international industry get-together, organisers believe.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

This is also reflected by the slightly higher share of international trade visitors – 46% over last year’s 42%.

Also, nearly the entire automotive industry – from Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Daimler through Ford, Honda and Mitsubishi to Opel, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen – was represented here.Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

It was a similar picture for the aerospace industry. One in four visitors represented an enterprise active on this market as an OEM or upstream supplier.

“This is a proof of quality underlining that the decision to hold the event annually in Stuttgart was driven by the market,” said Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

Growth goes on

At present, the market for glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) is growing by 2% against the previous year to a volume of 1.141 million tonnes.

This is the result found by the annual market report of the industry association AVK, which was presented at the beginning of Composites Europe in Stuttgart. This means the composites industry is following overall economic developments.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

“The outlook for the composites industry as a whole is good, the potential is enormous,” said Dr Elmar Witten, General Manager of AVK.Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

The automotive sector, which is the most important market for selling fibre reinforced plastics in Europe today, is currently undergoing a fundamental change.

In addition to higher requirements made on exhaust gas and emission values new drive concepts such as e-mobility are contributing to a restructuring of the sector and opening up new perspectives.

Big response to LTF

The lightweight construction theme plays a central role here, as Werner Lohscheider from the German Ministry of Economics and Energy stressed on the occasion of the opening of the Lightweight Technologies Forum (LFT): “To us lightweight construction is a key technology we use to modernise and strengthen Germany as an industrial location – in a sustainable manner. Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

After all, this is a broad and strong basis for adding value and creating jobs, also for today’s and tomorrow’s markets.”

Fibre reinforced composites bring their strengths to bear especially in multi-material lightweight construction. After all, the requirements of modern lightweight construction can be met less and less with a single material while hybrid lightweight construction is becoming increasingly important instead.

An approach that underlies the Lightweight Technologies Forum: “With this cross-material forum, we have created a format that brings together the composites industry and the application industries for integrative and hybrid lightweight construction,” said Olaf Freier, Event Director of Composites Europe.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

The forum celebrated its premiere in 2016 and has developed very successfully since then. A total of 26 companies presented materials, tools and exhibits this year – from fillers, bonding agents and presses for laminating different materials to hybrid semi-finished products.

One highlight was the feasibility study of a car seat that will weigh as little as eight kilograms.

Process live

The new Process live exhibition area showed that the industry is becoming increasingly successful in automating and shortening production processes with technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain.

Here, companies from mechanical and plant engineering industries presented coordinated processing and manufacturing processes.

An example of this was the live demonstration by cutting specialist Gunnar (Switzerland), composite automation expert Airborne (Netherlands) and gripping system supplier Schmalz (Germany), who jointly presented the entire production and processing chain with reliable processes from the roll material to the finished layer structure of a fibre composite component in a combined production cell.

The interlocking hardware components are completely interconnected on the software side.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

“Cooperation between processors is becoming ever closer. These cooperations within the process chain are accelerating the growth of the composites industry. We want to make this clear with our new ‘Process live’ format,” said Olaf Freier, Event Director of Composites Europe.

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Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Braskem again lowered November PE prices  Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Braskem  November Polyethylene prices 

MOSCOW – The only Brazilian producer of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) Braskem lowered domestic prices for all PE grades for the second time in November, a company source for ICIS said . Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Thus, PE prices were lowered by R150 (USD40) per ton, while last week they were lowered by R200 (USD54-68) per ton.  Polymer prices include 10% tax.

PE prices declined amid a recovery in the real against the US dollar.

Even after the price reduction, prices are still very high compared to world prices, which suggests that further price adjustments are expected in the short term.

According to ICIS, before this decline in prices for LDL in Brazil were in the range of USD1 794-1 912 per tonne, FOT. Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in Russia the demand for PE due to the seasonal factor in several segments has decreased significantly, while the supply is gradually increasing. Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Prices continue to gradually subside, LDL C4 has fallen the most seriously.  Last week, consumer activity in the market increased, but not in all segments.

Located in Sao Paulo, Braskem is the leading Brazilian petrochemical company and the main producer of polyethylene and polypropylene in the country.

The company owns the largest petrochemical facilities in Latin America and is the fifth largest petrochemical product in the world. Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Braskem operates 18 chemical plants with a production capacity of more than 11 million tons of chemical and petrochemical products per year.

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Author:   Anna Larionova

November price paraxylene Europe

November contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR77.5 per ton  November price paraxylene Europe

 November price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for November deliveries was agreed at EUR1,060 per tonne, which is EUR77.5 per tonne lower than the October contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Monday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market. November price paraxylene Europe

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

Prices in Europe were mainly pressured by falling quotes in a more liquid Asian market, which, as a rule, influences pricing in Europe.

The supply of material on the European market remains rather limited, since the two plants are currently standing. November price paraxylene Europe

The November contract price of para-xylene was approved quite early in the region compared to the past few months, when negotiations lasted longer.

Earlier it was noted that the October contract price of paraxylene in Europe decreased by EUR22.5 per ton compared with the level of September – to EUR1 137 per ton.

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

According to ICIS-MRC ‘s Price Review , the cost of contract and spot volumes of Russian PET dropped sharply in November. November price paraxylene Europe

Especially noticeably fell spot prices. In November, the cost of material for spot and contract buyers will be almost the same due to the low season.

The stable exchange rate of the ruble and the continuing fall in prices on foreign markets make it possible to count on the continuation of the downward trend in prices on the Russian market until the end of this year.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Production biobased plastic bottles

New method enables large-scale production of bio-based plastic bottles   Production biobased plastic bottles

Hokkaido University

Production biobased plastic bottles
Conventional methods produce by-products making large-scale FDCA production difficult, while this new method yields FDCA efficiently without by-products formation. Credit: Kim M., et al., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, May 14, 2018

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with biomaterials in plastic bottle applications. Production biobased plastic bottles

The chemical industry is under pressure to establish energy-efficient chemical procedures that do not generate by-products, and using renewable resources wherever possible.

Scientists believe that if resources from non-food plants can be used without putting a burden on the environment, it will help sustain existing social systems.

It has been reported that various useful polymers can be synthesized from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF), the biomaterial used in this study.

A high yield of FDCA can be obtained when HMF is oxidized in a diluted solution under 2 weight percentage (wt percent) with various supported metal catalysts.

However, a major stumbling block to industrial application lies with the use of a concentrated solution of 10-20 wt percent, which is essential for efficient and scalable production of FDCA in the chemical industry.

When HMF was simply oxidized in a concentrated solution (10 wt percent), the FDCA yield was only around 30 percent, and a large amount of solid by-products was formed simultaneously.

This is due to complex side reactions induced from HMF itself.

In the study published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a Japan-Netherlands research team led by Associate Professor Kiyotaka Nakajima at Hokkaido University and Professor Emiel J.M. Hensen at Eindhoven University of Technology succeeded in suppressing the side reactions and producing FDCA with high yields from concentrated HMF solutions (10~20 wt percent) without by-products formation.

Specifically, they first acetalized HMF with 1,3-propanediol to protect by-product-inducing formyl groups and then oxidized HMF-acetal with a supported Au catalyst.

About 80 percent of 1,3-propanediol used to protect formyl groups can be reused for the subsequent reactions.

In addition, drastic improvement in the substrate concentration reduces the amount of solvents used in the production process.

Kiyotaka Nakajima says “It is significant that our method can reduce the total energy consumption required for complex work-up processes to isolate the reaction product.”

“These results represent a significant advance over the current state of the art, overcoming an inherent limitation of the oxidation of HMF to an important monomer for biopolymer production.

Controlling the reactivity of formyl group could open the door for the production of commodity chemicals from sugar-based biomaterials,” says Kiyotaka Nakajima. This study was conducted jointly with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with biomaterials in plastic bottle applications.

The chemical industry is under pressure to establish energy-efficient procedures that do not generate by-products, and using renewable resources wherever possible.

Scientists believe that if resources from non-food plants can be used without putting a burden on the environment, it will help sustain existing social systems.

It has been reported that various useful polymers can be synthesized from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF), the biomaterial used in this study.

A high yield of FDCA can be obtained when HMF is oxidized in a diluted solution under 2 weight percentage (wt percent) with various supported metal catalysts.

However, a major stumbling block to industrial application lies with the use of a concentrated solution of 10-20 wt percent, which is essential for efficient and scalable production of FDCA in the .

When HMF was simply oxidized in a concentrated solution (10 wt percent), the FDCA yield was only around 30 percent, and a large amount of solid by-products was formed simultaneously.

This is due to complex side reactions induced from HMF itself.

In the study published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a Japan-Netherland research team led by Associate Professor Kiyotaka Nakajima at Hokkaido University and Professor Emiel J.M. Hensen at Eindhove University of Technology succeeded in suppressing the side reactions and producing FDCA with high yields from concentrated HMF solutions (10~20 wt percent) without by-products formation.

Specifically, they first acetalized HMF with 1,3-propanediol to protect by-product-inducing formyl groups and then oxidized HMF-acetal with a supported Au catalyst.

About 80 percent of 1,3-propanediol used to protect formyl groups can be reused for the subsequent reactions.

In addition, drastic improvement in the substrate concentration reduces the amount of solvents used in the production process.

Kiyotaka Nakajima says “It is significant that our method can reduce the total energy consumption required for complex work-up processes to isolate the reaction product.”

“These results represent a significant advance over the current state of the art, overcoming an inherent limitation of the oxidation of HMF to an important monomer for biopolymer production.

Controlling the reactivity of formyl group could open the door for the production of commodity chemicals from sugar-based biomaterials,” says Kiyotaka Nakajima.

This study was conducted jointly with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

Explore further: New catalyst with a dual function for hydrogen and plastic production

More information: Minjune Kim et al. Aerobic Oxidation of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural Cyclic Acetal Enables Selective Furan-2,5-dicarboxylic Acid Formation with CeO2 -Supported Gold Catalyst, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2018). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201805457

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic 13-11-2018

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

PET Bottle grade export 1,080/1,120 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,100 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 865/885 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,900 yuan/ton – MEG $ 680/690 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,800/5,950 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,110/1,125 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,700/10,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/ton

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-Europe chems enters new age of uncertainty, but alsoopportunity – Cefic DG

Europe’s chemical industry isbeing subject to new global political andeconomic forces which create uncertainty butalso offer exciting opportunities, according tothe director general at Europe’s trade groupCefic.

Whilst tradetensions, Brexit, and an economic slowdown arecreating nervousness about the future,longer-term issues such as the circular economyand digitisation mean it is also an excitingtime to be working in the chemicals industry,said Marco Mensink.

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-November contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR77.5 per ton  

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for November deliveries was agreed at EUR1,060 per tonne, which is EUR77.5 per tonne lower than the October contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Monday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market.

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

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-China gets $58bn deals from import expo; consumption stays strong

China has generated dealsworth $57.8bn from its first-ever import expo,while consumption in the world’s second-biggesteconomy still proved to be strong as asingle-day shopping spree in the countryregistered record sales.

The final tally forAlibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival alsoknown as Singles Day. A new record of more than$30bn in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ng HanGuan/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

The five-day China International Import Expo(CIIE) in Shanghai which closed on 10 Novemberhas attracted more than 3,600 companies from130 countries and regions keen on tapping theChinese market.

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-Feature: UK plastic packaging tax proposal receives mixed reception

PET best placed to take share of other polymers

Market participants have met the UK Government’s new plans to tax plastic packaging with a mix of concern and optimism, while questioning whether the planned tax will be effective.

The announcement in the government’s 2018 Autumn Budget last month of a tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content has promised to “reduce the problem of excessive and environmentally harmful plastic packaging.”

Some market participants believe the introduction of the tax in 2022 — which has yet to go through a consultation period — will give further impetus to a “plastic pact” that many in the plastic bottling industry have already signed up to.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-A Line in the Sand: Inside the Global Commitment to Circular Plastics

Following the announcement that over 250 major stakeholders have signed up to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s groundbreaking pledge, Tim Sykes spoke to Sander Defruyt (lead, New Plastics Economy initiative) about the vision and its practical implications.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) introduced the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in Bali on 29-30 October at the Our Oceans conference, establishing a new benchmark in the drive for a circularity in polymers.

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-NUS researchers offer solution in fight against fake graphene

A lack of quality control in the graphene market has led to inferior products being touted as high-grade, so now an NUS research team has developed a reliable way to test graphene quality

Ever since the isolation of graphene was first achieved in 2004, there has been an explosion in graphene-related research and development, with hundreds of business opportunists producing graphene to capitalise on this rapidly expanding industry.

However, a new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has uncovered a major problem – a lack of production standards has led to many cases of poor quality graphene from suppliers.

Such practices can impede the progress of research that depend fundamentally on the use of high-quality graphene.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-Solving Microplastic Pollution Means Reducing, Recycling—and Fundamental Rethinking

New practices, and new chemistries, are needed to end the scourge

Solving Microplastic Pollution Means Reducing, Recycling&mdash;and Fundamental Rethinking

Rubbish left stranded by the tide on the River Thames. Credit: Anthony John West Getty Images

This is the third of a three-part series that examines our growing understanding of the scope and impacts of microplastics pollution.

At several locations around London last winter and spring, researchers stalked the streets counting the number of discarded plastic water bottles they encountered, as if tallying species across a coral reef.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-Creating a Circular Economy for Plastics

This is the third in a six-part series that explores five focus areas for businesses to address in plastic strategies, accelerate change and pursue the necessary scale of innovation and collaboration to address the plastics challenge. You can read the second blog in this series here.

Our current system is failing to capture the economic benefits of plastics. According to Helen Jordan from the British Plastics Foundation, “we need to stop thinking of plastic as ‘waste,’ but as a renewable resource that needs to be disposed of correctly.”

Society needs to stop thinking of plastic as ‘waste,’ but as a renewable resource that needs to be disposed of correctly.

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-Bakken Oil Prices May Drop Further On Capacity Constraints

It’s not only the Permian that is suffering pipeline capacity constraints while oil production is soaring—production in the Bakken in North Dakota has been steadily rising to records while takeaway capacity dwindles, and crude-by-rail offers few options during the coming cold winter months.

Crude oil prices in the Bakken, which have already weakened over the past month with a lot of U.S. refineries out for maintenance, could further slip going forward because production continues to rise while the crude could freeze on the crude-by-rail in cold winters, executives and analysts tell Reuters.

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-EU mulls imposing tariffs on Cambodian garments

The European Union (EU) is mulling over imposing tariffs on Cambodian garments.

As Cambodia has failed to respect the democratic and humanitarian principles of the UN charter, the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on workers’ rights, European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom sent a warning to Cambodia last month.

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-A digital and sustainable future for warp knitting

Karl Mayer, the leading German warp knitting machinery manufacturer, welcomed 760 visitors at last month’s five-day-long ITMA Asia + CITME trade fair, with the company’s stand being particularly busy during the first three days of the fair.

Roughly 300 participants also visited the in-house show at Karl Mayer (China), which was held at the same time.

“ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 was a successful show, with many visitors from China and also from other countries in and around Asia.

Our stand was THE meeting-point for the sector, with its modern design, innovative machines and solutions designed to cater for current trends.

 

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-US crude falls for 11th straight session, its longest losing streak on record

Oil prices turned negative amid a sell-off in the U.S stock market and renewed dollar strength, which makes crude more expensive in emerging markets.

U.S. crude fell for an 11th straight day, posting its longest longest losing streak on record.

Crude futures fell despite growing signs that OPEC and its allies are moving towards a fresh round of production cuts aimed at preventing oversupply.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-New method enables large-scale production of bio-based plastic bottles   Production biobased plastic bottles

Conventional methods produce by-products making large-scale FDCA production difficult, while this new method yields FDCA efficiently without by-products formation. Credit: Kim M., et al., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, May 14, 2018

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with biomaterials in plastic bottle applications. Production biobased plastic bottles

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Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

              Polyestertime

ITEM05/11/201812/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,000 yuan/ton8,450 yuan/ton-550
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,180 $/ton1,130 $/ton-50
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

8,825 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton-825
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

8,800 yuan/ton8,025 yuan/ton-775
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

6,945 yuan/ton6,755 yuan/ton-190
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

920 $/ton880 $/ton-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,720 yuan/ton6,000 yuan/ton-720
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

793 $/ton705 $/ton-88
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,187 $/ton1,113 $/ton-74
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

9,800 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton-950
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,100 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton-600
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

11,700 yuan/ton10,800 yuan/ton-900
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 11,100 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton-1,000
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

10,050 yuan/ton9,350 yuan/ton-700
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

9,900 yuan/ton9,190 yuan/ton-710
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,500 yuan/ton16,300 yuan/ton-200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

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

 

2,450 $/ton2,430 $/ton-20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,400 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,500 yuan/ton18,000 yuan/ton-500
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

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

 

21,600 yuan/ton21,300 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,400 yuan/ton24,000 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,300 yuan/ton22,800 yuan/ton-500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,000  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton-500
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

9,500 yuan/ton8,650 yuan/ton-850
Benzene domestic market

 

6,150 yuan/ton5,925 yuan/ton-225
Benzene overseas  market

 

740 $/ton689 $/ton-51
Ethylene South East market

 

835 $/ton860 $/ton+25
Ethylene NWE  market

 

996 $/ton956 $/ton-40
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

14,000 yuan/ton11,500 yuan/ton-2500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,050 $/ton1,850 $/ton-200
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

14,800 yuan/ton14,400 yuan/ton-400
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,400 yuan/ton10,150 yuan/ton-250
Naphtha overseas market         

 

610 $/ton543 $/ton-67
Phenol domestic market 12,238 yuan/ton

 

12,200 yuan/ton

 

-38
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,440 $/ton

 

1,405 $/ton

 

-35
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,540 $/ton

 

1,495 $/ton

 

-45
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,092 $/ton1,042 $/ton-50
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,082 $/ton1,042 $/ton-40
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,071 $/ton1,022 $/ton-49
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,060 $/ton1,018 $/ton-42
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,211 $/ton1,170 $/ton-41
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

1,202 $/ton1,202 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,244 €/ton1,244 €/ton

Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

Now Plastics Introduces 60 to 90% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET Films

Groundbreaking New Product Offers Reduced Environmental Impact and Lower Costs

News provided by Now Plastics 

Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. /PRNewswire/ — Now Plastics, one of the largest suppliers of films and aluminum foil, is now offering post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET films made from 60 to 90% PCR PET resin, it was announced today.

This groundbreaking line of products uses an extremely high content of recycled PET materials which have been fully sanitized and reconfigured into film grade resin, making it environmentally sensitive and 100% compliant with sustainability requirements.

The resins used to produce PET films are manufactured from recycled post-consumer grade PET bottles using state of the art technology, and are fully approved by the FDA and EU for use in food contact and other product applications.Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

They exhibit the same performance specifications of other PET films, offering high impact strength and extremely effective barrier properties against water, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen. Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

According to Now Plastics CEO, Larry Silverstein, “As both regulators and consumers demand that industry reduce its carbon footprint, the advantages of converting post-consumer waste into reusable products are clear.Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

By using these very high PCR content films in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, businesses can deliver on corporate sustainability goals.

Moreover, as governments announce new tariffs on packaging made with solely virgin resins, these PCR films will allow our converter customers, and ultimately consumers, to avoid these new costs and achieve the lowest packaging cost possible.”

Now Plastics is a Global Supply Chain Solutions Organization, providing world class products, logistics, financing and product warranties, among other services to assure a seamless import experience.  Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

We serve the flexible packaging, label and industrial converting industries in North America, Central and South America, the UK, Europe and North Africa.

The company’s products are sourced from multiple manufacturers in diverse locations to mitigate currency fluctuations and political and other risks. www.nowplastics.com

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Crude oil producers price slide

Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide Crude oil producers price slide

Crude oil producers price slide
The meeting will be attended by key players in the oil industry. (File/AFP)
  • Oil prices shed a fifth of their value in just one month after surging to a four-year high in early October
  • Energy ministers of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will join other OPEC and non-OPEC officials for the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which oversees production levels

DUBAI: Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.

Oil prices shed a fifth of their value in just one month after surging to a four-year high in early October, driven by a combination of factors centered on higher supply and fears of sluggish demand.Crude oil producers price slide
Brent crude dropped below $70 a barrel on Friday for the first time since April while the New York’s West Texas Intermediate (WTI) sank below $60 a barrel, a nine-month low.

The United States has upped production of shale oil, while Saudi Arabia, Russia and others have raised supplies of crude amid signs of slowing demand.

The slide also comes during signs of a softer-than-expected impact from US sanctions on Iran oil exports.Crude oil producers price slide
“Prices have been falling amid a continued rise in crude supplies from big producers, such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and the US, more than compensating for lost Iranian barrels,” Forex.com analyst Fawad Razaqzada told AFP. Crude oil producers price slide

“With the Iranian sanctions not being as severe as initially feared, officials from the OPEC and non-OPEC producers may discuss at the weekend the need to bring compliance back down toward the 100-percent level or risk another 2014-style slide in prices,” he said.

Energy ministers of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will join other OPEC and non-OPEC officials for the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which oversees production levels. Crude oil producers price slide
The world’s second and third crude producers — after they were overtaken by the United States thanks to shale oil — Russia and Saudi Arabia are the core of an alliance of producer nations that succeeded in solidifying oil prices after the 2014 crash.

Through large production cuts starting at the beginning of 2017, they managed to push up oil prices from below $30 a barrel to over $85 a barrel in October, strongly improving their revenues. Crude oil producers price slide
But the producer nations eased the output cuts in June after signs of a tight market and higher prices, allowing hundreds of thousands of extra barrels into the market.

Saudi Arabia raised its production from around 9.9 million barrels per day in May to around 10.7 million bpd in October, according to Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
Kuwait, Iraq, Russia and the United Arab Emirates also boosted their output.

Cailin Birch, analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said a slowing oil demand is beginning to appear in China, the world’s largest importer of crude oil.

“The recent drop in oil prices reflects a combination of factors. For one, signs of slowing oil demand are beginning to appear; the rate of GDP growth in China is beginning to ease,” Birch told AFP. Crude oil producers price slide

The meeting, which will also be attended by the oil ministers of Kuwait, Venezuela and host nation the UAE, is not due to make decisions but will most likely send signals.

The JMMC, a technical committee, is expected to make important recommendations on production cuts to a key ministerial meeting in Vienna next month for the OPEC and non-OPEC producers. Crude oil producers price slide
Commerzbank, Germany’s second-largest lender, said Friday oil producers must act to prevent a free fall of prices. Crude oil producers price slide

“If they fail to signal any intention to reverse the latest increase in production, oil prices threaten to slide further,” the bank said in a note.

Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

Why are people afraid of waste-to-energy technology?  Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

By: Clare Goldsberry

Given that plastic has a much greater British thermal unit (BTU) value than coal pound-for-pound, it would seem that waste-to-energy (WTE) would be a viable method for ridding the world of plastic waste.Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

You would think that it’s ultimately more environmentally friendly than collecting, transporting, sorting, cleaning, baling, more transporting, grinding and reprocessing plastic waste.Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

However, when WTE is mentioned in any social setting, whether it’s among friends and family or folks from the plastics industry, it’s like suggesting that their first-born be sacrificed to the gods.

Several people I spoke with at the recent AIMCAL/SPE Flexible Packaging Conference commented to me that WTE would seem to be a very commonsense solution to an overwhelming problem, particularly in developing countries that have a recycling infrastructure and lack energy resources.

WTE could be the solution to two problems!

Yet, in many industry settings, particularly among those that promote recycling, WTE is looked upon as “wasting” a valuable resource.

WTE should be, in the minds of many, a last resort to the problem of plastic waste. I get it: If your business is recycling, everything is seen as recyclable and recycling is the best solution.

In a recent press release from Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the group noted that dealing with unwanted plastic waste has become a huge issue.

China’s ban on plastic waste imports has many countries “struggling to process mountains of plastic waste,” said PRE. Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

“Consequently, some municipalities are prompted to end the collection of plastics for recycling and collect them with mainstream waste, which is destined for waste-to-fuel and other recovery facilities.”

As a recycling group, the PRE is not happy about plastics waste going to any type of facility other than a recycling plant, claiming that it “violates the waste hierarchy, the overarching principle of the Waste Directive and the circular economy model itself.”

The group proposes overhauling the “unsustainable, inefficient practices that have negative environmental impacts and result in the loss of valuable resources.”

Speaking of “inefficient practices,” that term comes to my mind every time I see the big, green recycling truck drive down my street once a week to pick up the co-mingled paper, plastic, glass and metals in the blue bins in my neighborhood.

When I list the extensive number of processes and the energy and resources each process takes to get that milk jug from my hands back into some other HDPE product, I’m truly amazed! Is this really all that environmentally friendly?

The PRE wants to change the “old waste management model,” which was created by plastics not being properly collected and sorted. “Co-mingling results in poor quality of waste due to high contamination by other materials,” said the PRE.

“Additionally, properly collected plastics must be sorted per polymer type before being sold to plastics recyclers to ensure quality. Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

EU waste exports are driven by poor quality of waste, as appropriate schemes to treat this waste are lacking within Europe. Well-functioning collection and sorting systems would enable the industry to overcome this challenge.” Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

As I understand it, Europe has a number of WTE plants throughout the region that supply a good percentage of energy requirements locally.

Certainly, the glass and metal components of recyclables collected would have to be sorted out, but the paper (8,000 BTUs per pound) and plastics could go to the WTE plant. Plastics are extremely valuable as energy producers.

According to Penn State University’s Plastic Fuel Project, the mantra should be, “recycle when possible, but if recycling is not an option why not capture the high heat content of plastics?” Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

Its report noted that polyethylene contains 19,900 BTUs per pound; polypropylene has 19,850; cross-linked PE (PEX), 19,780; gasoline, 19,200; and polystyrene, 17,800. In comparison, fuel oil contains 20,900 BTUs per pound (the most of fossil fuels); Pennsylvania coal contains 13,900; and Wyoming coal has 9,600.

Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

This may look like a detail of an impressionist painting but it’s actually a picture of Plastofuel nuggets. Image courtesy Penn State.

Penn State extruded “logs” of waste plastics that melted the surface of the plastics as it moved through the extruder so that the logs would hold together to be used as a fuel called Plastofuel.

They also tested the air quality for three primary emissions—acid gases, particulates and furans/dioxin—and found negligible amounts in each category.

Plastofuel can be easily stored and burned with coal in a coal-fired boiler, or eventually combusted directly in the boiler system, said Penn State’s information.

“High-temperature combustion (2,000o F) ensures clean burns with minimal emissions,” said the group’s report.  Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

“The key to Plastofuel is that the production process is tolerant of dirt and debris, and because only the outer portions are melted during processing, it requires only about one-tenth the energy to form when compared to producing plastic pellets.”

Obviously, that means minimal sorting and no hot water/chemical baths to remove labels, adhesives and so forth prior to selling the material.

That would seem to me to be a very eco-friendly solution to plastic waste and it captures the valuable energy in the plastics waste rather than using valuable fossil fuel energy to create more plastic pellets. Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

While the PRE calls for “separate collection and high-quality sorting schemes in order to make valuable raw materials,” they might want to consider Penn State’s solution.

That would require the use of fewer resources and lower CO2 emissions to collect, transport, sort, wash, grind, transport, reprocess . . . you know the drill.

It would also mean capturing the high-heat value of plastics and provide much-needed energy to people in developing countries—to all of us, really—to help offset the need for other types of fuel sources.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers 12-11-2018

-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 12

The Asian petrochemicals market continues to be impacted by US-China trade tensions this week after paraxylene, purified terephthalic acid and polyethylene posted price declines last week while butadiene and ethylene posted modest gains ahead of seasonal spot buying in December.

Sentiment in the Asian ethylene market was expected to turn bearish this week after prices rebounded $20-$25/mt day on day Friday as additional spot cargoes were expected to be offered for December business. The operating rates of naphtha-fed steam crackers in Asia were expected to remain high, while the price spread between ethylene and naphtha has started to widen.

The ethylene-naphtha price spread rose $33.75/mt day on day to be calculated at $396.63/mt last Friday, remaining above the typical breakeven spread of $350/mt, S&P Global Platts data showed.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Now Plastics Introduces 60 to 90% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET Films

Groundbreaking New Product Offers Reduced Environmental Impact and Lower Costs

Now Plastics, one of the largest suppliers of films and aluminum foil, is now offering post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET films made from 60 to 90% PCR PET resin, it was announced today.

This groundbreaking line of products uses an extremely high content of recycled PET materials which have been fully sanitized and reconfigured into film grade resin, making it environmentally sensitive and 100% compliant with sustainability requirements.

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-Benzene 2019 onwards – growth in key derivatives to provide some outlet for additional supply

Investment and new capacity in paraxylene (PX) will result in more supply of by-product benzene, but that extra volume will have additional outlets in some key derivative sectors.

Speaking at the 17th World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference in Amsterdam this week,Rob Peacock, Consultant at ICIS,said growth downstream would help absorb some of the additional benzene and that indeed extra benzene was needed.

– Over 600,000 tonnes of surplus benzene could come onstream by 2022

– MDI and CX markets show fast growth levels

– Growing population contributing to ongoing strength in PX demand

Peacock said that from 2019 onwards there would be investments in aromatics and new supply in BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) from new refineries and refinery upgrades, as well as additional naphtha crackers.

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-Saudis Study Potential OPEC Collapse

Saudi Arabia is studying the theoretical dissolution of OPEC, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources from government think-tank King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, which is in charge of the study.

The cartel has gone through a turbulent couple of years after the 2014 price collapse, when its pump-to-the-max strategy failed to bring down U.S. shale producers and only caused a glut that hurt OPEC members themselves.

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-APLA ’18: Braskem Idesa ethane contract with Mexico’s Pemex ‘robust’ – Idesa CEO

Braskem Idesa’s supply contract with Mexico’s Pemex is solid and not likely to be changed, the CEO of Grupo Idesa said on Sunday.

“The government likes the investment we made[in Braskem Idesa]. The contract is very robust. There is no signal at all from the government or from Pemex questioning it. They realise this is a huge investment with all the benefits for Mexico,” said Jose Luis Uriegas,CEO of Grupo Idesa.

Uriegas spoke to ICIS on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA).

One major benefit to Mexico is that $1.2bn-$1.4 bn of annual polyethylene (PE)imports have been substituted by local product produced by Braskem Idesa in Coatzacoalcos,Mexico, he added.

In previous media reports, officials in the coming new administration in Mexico had indicated it would review the ethane supply contract with Braskem Idesa.

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-The UK’s largest packaging event unveils plans for 2019 event

James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, offers a first look at Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2019 and discusses why it is a must-attend for all packaging professionals when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019.

Why should Packaging Innovations be marked in all packaging professionals’ calendar?

The Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print shows have always served two main purposes. Firstly, we want to provide a place for suppliers and the procurement community to meet, network and do business.

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-LANXESS Increases Prices for Engineering Plastics

LANXESS is raising its prices due to the increasing raw material costs with immediate effect for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate PBT, blends).

LANXESS is raising its prices due to the increasing raw material costs with immediate effect for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate PBT, blends).

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-Global Geopolitical Series: U.S. initiates investigations on polyester yarns from China and India

In a continuation of the toughened stance against trade practices, even after the Mid-term outcome, the U.S.  Commerce Department has initiated investigations on imports certain Chinese and Indian goods.

Yesterday, the Commerce Department announced that it is looking into imports of polyester textured yarn from China &India, as a petition was filed by a group of companies; Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America.

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-PEF compliance for Radigreen® synthetic turf yarn study

Environmental impact study validated by Certiquality

Certiquality has recently issued a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Statement of Compliance to Tessiture Pietro Radici for its Radigreen® MFL PE, a yarn ideal for the manufacture of synthetic turf. In line with the RadiciGroup sustainability strategy (the first Group PEF certification dates back to 2013), Tessiture Pietro Radici, a Group company engaged in the production of artificial grass yarn, decided to pursue the approach of voluntary environmental impact measurement of its products.

The PEF Statement of Compliance refers to a study of the entire yarn production process – from the extraction of crude oil to the production of polyethylene polymer (used as raw material for the process), down to the manufacture of yarn ready for delivery to customers.

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-Cleantech startup programs bacteria to turn table waste into bioplastics

Genecis Bioindustries contributes to a greener economy by making PHAs a feasible alternative to conventional plastics

‘We program bacteria to convert low-value waste into high-value materials,’ says Luna Yu ,CEO and founder of Genecis Bioindustries Inc. in Toronto.

Soon your table scraps could turn from trash to plastic bottles, medical equipment or 3D-printing filament. One Canadian small business is using clean technology to turn carbon-packed food waste into biodegradable plastic.

Founded in 2016, Genecis Bioindustries Inc. is a biotechnology company that uses “recipes of bacteria” to turn food waste into polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a high-quality bioplastic.

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-PPRCE 2018: Asia’s uncertain future

Panelists examine the future of paper and plastics scrap trade with Asia.

The volume of China’s recovered fiber and plastic scrap imports have changed dramatically within the last year.

Speakers during the session An Uncertain Future in Asia at the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe shared the impact of these changes on their businesses as well as their forecasts for scrap trade with Asia going forward.

“I don’t need to tell you that it’s been a turbulent year and a year of change,” said Lydia Burchnall, purchasing manager for the Cycle Link UK subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Cycle Link International Holdings Ltd., the buying arm for Chinese paper manufacturer Shanying International Holdings Co. Ltd.

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-Kenya eyes law to promote recycling of plastics bottles

Kenya is developing a legal framework to promote recycling of PET bottles.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko said his ministry is in the process of finalizing the Waste Management Bill and Policy.

Speaking at an environmental forum in Nairobi, Tobiko said the plan is to encourage as many manufactures as possible to partner with the government to improve disposal and recycling of plastic bottles.

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-Hanoi strives to reduce plastic use

Hanoi – Hanoi aims to reduce the use of plastic bags in the traditional markets, supermarkets and trade centres to protect the environment as well as ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem.

This is the action plan of the Hanoi People’s Committee that aims to implement the sustainable production and consumption programme

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-Tekni-Plex acquires Belgian PE packaging manufacturer Beyers Plastics

Packaging materials manufacturer Tekni-Plex has completed the acquisition of Belgium-based extruder and converter of polyethylene (PE) film Beyers Plastics from investment company Famo.

Established in 1970, Beyers Plastics provides flexible packaging solutions to pharmaceutical companies and other blue-chip companies in various industries. by 2020.

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-Third quarter brings plastic exports strife

Containers stacked at the Kwai Tsing port in Hong Kong.Southeast Asian countries continue to place restrictions on scrap plastic imports, affecting movement from U.S. ports.

The U.S. Census Bureau released September trade figures last week. Here, Plastics Recycling Update presents some of the top importing countries of U.S. recyclables during the third quarter of the year.

Plastics Recycling Update previously reported on the top second-quarter export destinations for plastics.

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-Why are people afraid of waste-to-energy technology?  

Given that plastic has a much greater British thermal unit (BTU) value than coal pound-for-pound, it would seem that waste-to-energy (WTE) would be a viable method for ridding the world of plastic waste.

You would think that it’s ultimately more environmentally friendly than collecting, transporting, sorting, cleaning, baling, more transporting, grinding and reprocessing plastic waste

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-New LaserProFusion additive manufacturing technology claims to rival injection molding

Industrial 3D-printing systems maker EOS (Krailling, Germany) announced today that it will introduce a “revolutionary technology for polymer additive manufacturing” at formnext 2018.

The company claims that the process can replace injection molding in a number of applications. Formnext comes to Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 13 to 16.

EOS’ new LaserProFusion technology employs nearly one million diode lasers to melt the material and additively build parts instead of having a single CO2 laser move back and forth, as is customary in laser sintering.

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-National Graphene Assn. partners with Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

The purpose of the GEIC is to foster the commercialization of graphene by providing a cutting edge international research and technology facility.

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-Time to close the loop

The chemicals industry cannot simply carry on using toxic materials in its products, however safely it manages them

It is readily apparent, to people who take the time to think about it, that the way in which the global chemistry enterprise operates is completely unsustainable.

From the use of fossil carbon in the form of petroleum and natural gas, to the routine use of extremely rare elements for catalysis, electronics and other applications, the industry will be existing on borrowed time if it continues to carry on with a ‘business as usual’ mentality.

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-Scientists design fabrics that can store charge for smart clothes

The method uses a micro-supercapacitor and combines vapour-coated conductive threads with a polymer film

Scientists have developed a method that can allow fabrics to store charge, paving the way for self-powered smart garments that can monitor health in real time.

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-Arab producers pushing for unachievable targets – Lack of investments a drawback

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) last week announced its objective to increase its crude oil production to four million barrels by the end of 2020, and to five million barrels by 2030 at a cost of $130 billion.

With its current production level being close to three million barrels, it means ADNOC must produce an additional one million barrels in the coming two years.

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-Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide Crude oil producers price slide

Oil prices shed a fifth of their value in just one month after surging to a four-year high in early October

Energy ministers of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will join other OPEC and non-OPEC officials for the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which oversees production levels

DUBAI: Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.

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-Octal highlights importance of competitiveness in logistics

Octal, the world’s largest PET sheet producer and leading integrated packaging company, participated in the IRU World Congress 2018, a global event for road transport, mobility and logistics, held in Oman and the Middle East for the first time, to debate the challenges within the logistics industry.

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-Swiss-based Sika acquires Propex Holding’s Concrete Fibers business

Switzerland’s specialty chemical company, Sika Corp. has recently acquired Propex Holding’s Tennessee-based Concrete Fibers business, which includes a U.S. plant that manufactures synthetic fiber used in concrete reinforcement.

According to Sika spokesperson, the acquired business would be a perfect addition to the company’s concrete systems for value-added solutions required in the construction of multi-story buildings and challenging infrastructure projects.

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-US Trinseo expects Europe autos, China demand to improve in’19

Trinseo expects Europeanautomobile production and Chinese demand torecover in 2019, which should benefit thecompany’s polycarbonate (PC) and acrylonitrilebutadiene styrene (ABS) businesses, the CEOsaid on Friday.

Both had fallen at the end of the thirdquarter, causing Trinseo to lower run rates atits PC operations in Germany and for Asian ABSproducers to idle capacity by 20%, said ChrisPappas, CEO. He made his statement during anearnings conference call.

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-APLA ’18: US-China trade war spurs demand concerns for basicchemicals – Oxiquim

While direct impacts from the US-China trade battle have been minimal to Oxiquim, there is concern about the wider impact on basic chemicals demand, a company official said on Sunday.

Chile-based Oxiquim i