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Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem develops new additives for fibre applications Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom colour masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies, has developed new additives for the fibres industry.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem will exhibit the three key innovations at the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 trade show in Shanghai, China, next week.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

“Americhem has always been on the cutting edge of technologies in the plastics industry, but as the company’s years of experience in the fibres/textiles segments grew, so did Americhem’s niche in this market,” said Stanley Teoh, Vice President/ Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Sales & Marketing.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

“Now, Americhem’s R&D team is constantly testing and developing new innovations in the fibres industry on a global scale.”

The first technology exhibited will be Americhem’s masterbatch of Deep Dyeing for PET synthetic fibres, which uses dispersed dyes.

According to the manufacturer, this additive has significant advantages specifically for fine denier yarn such as PET/PA6 bicomponent fibre.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

These advantages include dyeing time reduced by 40%, enabling darker dyeing, dosing flexibility, and reduction in effluent treatment costs.

Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

The second product is a masterbatch of Catonic dye for PET synthetic fibres, which replaces ECDP. This product is said to provide significant benefits to RPET applications. It can be blended in bright, semi-dull, and full-dull PET, it enables deeper and darker dyeing, it is environmentally friendly with complete dye bath exhaustion, and is supplied in crystalline form.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

The third development is a masterbatch of Stain Resistance for PA6 synthetic fibres that has been developed to provide superior stain fighting performance, which is widely used in carpeting and apparel.Americhem additives masterbatch fibre applications

Americhem will also be featuring its technologies for antimicrobials and UV stabilisation, which are pillar additives in synthetic turf, automotive seating fabric, carpet, and textile industries.

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Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Hanwha Total will open a new PE plant in South Korea at the end of 2019  Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

MOSCOW ( MRC ) – Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a joint venture of Hanwha Chemical and Total Petrochemical for the production of petrochemical products in South Korea, plans to commission a new polyethylene (PE) plant in Daesan (Daesan, Sosan, South) by the end of 2019 Korea), ICIS reported.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

The capacity of the new enterprise will be 400 thousand tons of PE per year.  After its launch, the total capacity of the company producing PE will be 1.12 million tons per year.

The new plant will be able to produce both low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL).Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Earlier it was noted that in April 2018, the South Korean plant Hanwha Total Petrochemicals and Ecoplastics expanded the range of ethylene-vinyl acetate film (EVA) supplied to Russia.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in Russia in the first eight months of this year, PE output grew by 3% compared with the same period in 2017 and amounted to 1,215.5 thousand tons.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Production volumes of HDPE and LDL have increased.

Hanwha Total Petrochemical Co., Ltd., a South Korean company, established in 2003 with headquarters in Seoul (Seoul, South Korea), is a joint venture of Hanwha Corporation and Total SA, each of which owns a 50% stake in the JV.

Hanwha Total manufactures petrochemical products such as polyethylene, polypropylene (PP), PP compounds, ethylene, propylene, benzene, butadiene, etc.

The company was previously called Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., Ltd.  and changed its name in April 2015.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Plastic chemicals recycling bioplastic 10-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate inches up 

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,950/10,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,850/9,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,035/1,045 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – MEG $ 905/915 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,400/7,500 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,320/1,330 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-EFIB 2018 The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy

EFIB 2018 Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

Tom van Aken CEO Avantium

-Americhem develops new additives for fibre applications 

Americhem, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom colour masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies, has developed new additives for the fibres industry.

Americhem will exhibit the three key innovations at the upcoming ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 trade show in Shanghai, China, next week.

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-Hanwha Total will open a new PE plant in South Korea at the end of 2019  Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a joint venture of Hanwha Chemical and Total Petrochemical for the production of petrochemical products in South Korea, plans to commission a new polyethylene (PE) plant in Daesan (Daesan, Sosan, South) by the end of 2019 Korea), ICIS reported.Hanwha Total PE plant South Korea

The capacity of the new enterprise will be 400 thousand tons of PE per year.  After its launch, the total capacity of the company producing PE will be 1.12 million tons per year.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Heimtextil to grow its offerings for January show

Major fabric trends to be on display

With more than 400 vendors of decorative fabrics and upholstery slated to show their wares, the January Heimtextil trade fair is expected to present the show’s widest offering of new products yet, according to Messe Frankfurt, the show’s organizer.

 Heimtextil 

“In 2019, all the relevant European suppliers of upholstery and decorative fabrics, upholstery and artificial leather will be presenting themselves across the three levels of hall 4 for the first time,” said Olaf Schmidt, VP of textiles and textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt. Manufacturers of upholstery fabrics from Asia will exhibit in halls 1 and 5.

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-India’s Reliance to start negotiating Asian paraxylene contract price in January

India’s Reliance Industries, will officially start negotiating and reporting the Asian Contract Price for paraxylene from January 2019, the company said Saturday.

Register Now  Reliance has entered into PX contracts with most ACP negotiators in Asia since launching trial ACP negotiations in early 2017, Reliance said in an official statement to S&P Global Platts dated October 6.

New participants to the ACP negotiations typically undergo a year of trial negotiations before officially moving to become a full negotiator, market sources said.

Reliance is currently the second largest PX producer globally with a total nameplate capacity of 4.2 million mt/year. Its largest PX unit at Jamnagar, with a capacity of 2.2 million mt/year, started commercial production in January 2017.

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-PET sheet producers want support for circularity

The PET value chain is urging European policymakers to support the industry’s circularity rather than focus on the reduction of PET tray consumption.

In a press statement, PET Sheet Europe argued that the EU Single Use Plastics Directive Proposal – currently under assessment by the European Parliament – contradicts the work that industry has done in recent years to increase levels of recycled content in PET trays.

Today, PET sheet is highly recyclable and there is a growing trend in collection across Europe. In addition, PET sheet manufacturers use an average of 45 per cent of recycled material, says PET Sheet Europe, which is part of the EuPC sector group.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Oct 8

With US September ethylene contracts settled last week at a 5-cent increase, market participants are already looking ahead to October.

Ethylene spot prices had dropped below the 20 cents/lb level in the first week of October, alongside weaker feedstock ethane prices.

Should ethane continue to fall this week, it would put additional downward pressure on the market. Meanwhile, participants are also monitoring production activity.

Sources said they expect both crackers to be operating at Chevron Phillips’ Cedar Bayou facility in Texas this week.

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-New Monforts Eco Applicator for Schoeller

Swiss fabric innovator Schoeller Textil, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has taken the finishing of two-layer laminates for protective clothing and outdoor and active sportswear to a new level of production efficiency with the installation of a Monforts Eco Applicator unit.

The installation is part of an on-going programme that has seen over 25 million Swiss francs invested in new technology at the Schoeller plant over the past decade and has led to further new product developments, such as the introduction of upcycled Econyl yarns by Aquafil and the PFC-free ecorepel Bio technology, based on renewable raw materials, as new components for the company’s industry-leading membranes.

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-Brand owners, consumers surveyed on sustainable packaging

A new study uncovers how brand owners and consumers approach sustainable packaging and looks at the opportunities for brand owners to position flexible packaging as sustainable.

When it comes to sustainability, brand owners using flexible packaging face both challenges and opportunities in communicating to consumers the sustainability benefits of flexible packaging throughout its life cycle. That was one of the key takeaways from a presentation given by Brian Hall, Managing Director, Client Services for G&S Business Communications, at the 2018 Flexible Packaging Association Fall Executive Conference, Oct. 4, 2018, in Chicago.

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-Textile recycling for sustainable fashion in HK — now on a bigger scale

H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel have just opened two first-of-its-kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong, in the name of clothing the world in a sustainable fashion.

We are all culpable of the same shopping crime several times a year. Come sale season, stores turn into carnivals of disarray — elbows jostling, handbags slinging and dresses slipping from their hangers and onto the floor. The pursuit of scoring a bargain is absorbing because it provides a neurological pleasure that bolsters our mood and sagging self-confidence. Now, imagine the same scenario being played out in stores around the world. How many of these garments will end up in the landfill?

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-EPCA ’18: Weighing the impact of increased recycling and circularity on petrochemicals

This graphic (below) helps put the plastics recycling debate into context. Most ethylene, globally, is used to make polyethylene, most polyethylene goes into packaging of some sort, most the reusable type.

As the pace of recycling increases, driven by legislation and probably by stronger anti-plastics public opinion, greater efforts will be made to recycle more. There will be a material impact on virgin polymer demand.

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-Mondi Styria introduces two films for multilayer BIB products

Mondi Styria, a division of Austrian packaging firm Mondi Group, has unveiled two films developed for multilayer BIB products used to package liquid food products.

The new films – Styria Form Bar 50 and Styria Form Bar 90 DW – are ideal for both hot-fill and cold-fill applications.

Mondi Styria managing director Günter Leitner noted that the Styria Form Bar 50 is undergoing trials by an existing customer, while adding that no equipment changes were needed to run the film.

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-In South Korea, a lesson to be learned from a plastic waste crisis

With trash piling up on the streets and recycling businesses losing money, the country was left scrambling for better solutions after China stopped buying its plastic waste, as Coming Clean About Green investigates.

SOUTH KOREA: When China – for years the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials – banned the import of plastic waste from this year, South Korea was left in a bind.

The latter had one of the world’s highest rates of recycling municipal waste – at more than 50 per cent – but following the loss of its biggest buyer of plastic scrap, the country found itself with excess amounts of plastics.

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-Biome Grow to begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “BIO”

Biome Grow (“Biome” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) at market open today under the trading symbol “BIO”.

Listing on the CSE represents a significant milestone in the growth and expansion of Biome as we continue to build a Canadian cannabis conglomerate.

We believe public listing will provide Biome increased visibility with prospective global investors, improved liquidity, and a more diversified shareholder base as we continue to grow through agreements, partnerships, and acquisitions across Canada and globally.

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-“There are many new monomers that have novel structural elements”

If the coatings industry wants to become more sustainable, it must reduce its dependence on oil. But that is easier said than done. We spoke to Dr Tobias Robert from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research about challenges and chances of bio-based raw materials.

Which bio-based raw materials do you believe are currently important for the paints and coatings industry?

Dr. Tobias Robert: The coatings industry has traditionally used a large number of bio-based raw materials. These include cellulose, starch and vegetable oils. But the goal, of course, is to extend the variety of the bio-based raw materials in use. This is why many new (partially) bio-based raw materials, such as polyols and isocyanates, have recently been launched onto the market. These are mainly fatty acids serving as starting materials, as well as new monomers that can now be produced biotechnologically from renewable raw materials.

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-EPCA ’18: US MDI project follows Covestro’s strategy of producing close to main markets – CEO

Covestro’s decision to locate its new methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) plant in the US follows its long-term strategy of having production within its main regional markets, the company’s CEO said on Tuesday.

Markus Steilemann said MDI capacity has been increased in Europe and China over the last few years, making the decision to locate the new facility in the US the logical choice.

Covestro announced today that it will invest around €1.5bn to build a new world-scale MDI plant in Baytown, Texas, with start-up scheduled for 2024.

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Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

 

“Titan-Polymer” has signed a contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Titan Polymer equipment BOPET filmsMOSCOW -Titan-Polymer signed a new contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films, the press service of the Titan Group of Companies reported.

The supplier of machines for cutting rolls of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) films will be the German company Kampf Schneid-und Wickeltechnik GmbH.

The contract involves the supply of 5 pieces of equipment intended for the slitting of coils of BOPET film for a given width and diameter, as well as cutting the masking edges of the rolls obtained in the metallization process. Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Kampf equipment will be an addition to two production lines for the production of BOPET films.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

The main supplier of equipment is the company Dornier (Germany).

The line will include 10 main sectional components, including storage and transportation of raw materials, dosing, extrusion, forming and cooling of the casting, longitudinal and transverse orientation, production and processing of BOPET films, automatic winding and others.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

The technological waste of the films which are formed when winding and cutting are subject to secondary processing in regranuliyat.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

In the future, it will be used both in our own production according to the recycling scheme for the production of BOPET films, and for the production of technical products, building materials, packaging tape, in the production of compounds, etc.

Dornier has implemented over 160 similar integrated projects for the manufacture, supply, installation and launch of lines for the production of biaxially oriented films.

Currently, work is also underway to conclude contracts with manufacturers of systems for automated transportation, sorting and packaging of rolls.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

In August, a meeting of the Expert Council of the Moglino industrial-economic zone was held, the members of which approved the Pskov Plant Titan-Polymer project.

At the same time, Mikhail Vedernikov, the Head of the Pskov Region, handed over to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Titan Group of Companies Mikhail Sutyaginsky territory of a special economic zone.

Pskov Plant Titan-Polymer was registered on February 14, 2018 to implement a project for import-substituting production of polymers.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Technological installations for the production of polyesters (PET granules, polyester) and products from them (BOPET films) will form the basis of the production capacity.

CJSC “GC” Titan “is a Russian corporation, one of the largest companies in the CIS engaged in the production and marketing of synthetic rubber, phenol, as well as developments in the field of biotechnology.Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

The petrochemical cluster of GC” Titan “includes OJSC” Omsk Rubber “, one of leading Russian producers of synthetic rubber, and Omsk polypropylene plant LLC “Polyom”.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic 09-10-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is assessed mixed

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,850/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,800/9,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,035/1,045 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – MEG $ 905/915 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,450/7,550 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,300/1,310 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,100/11,200  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,600/12,700  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,600/10,700  yuan/ton

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-“Titan-Polymer” has signed a contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films Titan Polymer equipment BOPET films

Titan-Polymer signed a new contract for the supply of equipment for the production of BOPET films, the press service of the Titan Group of Companies reported.

The supplier of machines for cutting rolls of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) films will be the German company Kampf Schneid-und Wickeltechnik GmbH.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals circular economy bioplastic

-VietnamPlas: More US polyethylene to hit Vietnam’s shores in Q4 as US-China trade war intensifies

Ho Chi Minh City —  More US polyethylene is expected to land in Vietnam during the fourth quarter, as the intensifying US-China trade war will see traders divert cargoes to avoid China’s retaliatory import tariffs on US PE, industry sources said on the sidelines of VietnamPlas 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Over the last two months, we’ve seen about 20,000 mt per month of US PE fixed, and will begin arriving from October onwards,” a trader from Mitsubishi Corporation Vietnam said Friday, adding that the exact figures will be seen only after Vietnam’s customs data is released.

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-OMNOVA Acquires Leading Supplier in European Coating Resins

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. announced today that it has acquired Resiquímica, S.A., a Portugal-based producer of resins and binders for the coatings and building and construction industries. Resiquímica’s aqueous polymer emulsions and solvent-borne alkyd and acrylic resins are key elements used in a wide variety of residential and industrial coatings.  Additionally, unsaturated polyester resins from Resiquímica are targeted at demanding applications in marine, food storage tanks, and more.  Geographic markets served by Resiquímica include Portugal, Spain, France, and North Africa.

“This is another important milestone in OMNOVA’s path to becoming a premier global specialty solutions company. The acquisition of Resiquímica expands our technology and product offerings in the coatings and construction industries, strengthens our position in the EMEA region and enhances production flexibility and capabilities for our specialty business,” said Anne P. Noonan, President and CEO of OMNOVA Solutions. “We welcome the Resiquímica team to the OMNOVA family. The combined businesses are synergistic and will help accelerate growth.”

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-Plasma To Enhance Nano and Microfibers through Electrospinning

In recent years, the chemical processes induced in liquids by non‐thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas have been extensively investigated due to the high potential of plasma in a wide variety of applications including synthetic chemistry. A very novel application of this promising research field is the use of non‐thermal plasma technology for the treatment of pre‐electrospinning polymer solutions. Electrospinning is well known as a cost‐effective and versatile technique for the fabrication of polymer‐based nano/micro fibers. Such synthetic and natural polymeric nanofibrous mats are of great interest for biomedicine, biotechnology, and industry: the nanofibers can be used for biological and/or chemical sensors, wound healing, drug delivery, and tissue engineering.

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Saudi crude shows record low carbon intensity

Among the countries producing more than 0.1 per cent of global oil production, Saudi Arabia ranks the lowest in carbon intensity (CI) of any major producer to extract, process, and transport its crude oil to the refinery gate, a study said.

In one of the most comprehensive oil field CI) studies ever published, a global team led by Stanford University has calculated the CI of the world’s active oil fields — with significant results for Saudi Arabia.

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-Kaufland Romania Implements Reduced-Plastic Strategy

Kaufland has implemented a reduced-plastic strategy at a store in Bucharest, as part of the group’s willingness to tackle plastic waste.

The project, implemented in the Barbu Văcărescu store in the Romanian capital, sees more than 90% of disposable plastic materials removed and replaced with 100% biodegradable or compostable, environmentally friendly materials.

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-BPA safety confirmed, once again, by final report from National Toxicology Program

BPAIf I told you that the final report on bisphenol A (BPA) has been issued, would you believe me?  After nearly two decades of studies from various groups attempting to prove that BPA either causes—or does not cause—problems in humans, the results released last week once again confirm that BPA is safe in the minute levels found in plastic consumer products.

The results of the landmark CLARITY Core Study from the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is the final part of a multi-year, in-depth research program strongly supporting “recent statements from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that BPA is safe at the very low levels to which people are typically exposed,” commented Steven G. Hentges, PhD, Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, DC).

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-ASA/PC specialty compounds make their mark in weatherable automotive applications

The constantly growing demands in the automotive market with regard to design, economic and increasingly more important ecological aspects are challenging compounders to continuously optimize specific properties and develop new materials. Application-ready and affordable polymer blends play a significant role here.

ASA/PC compounds can be used in  vehicle exteriors without the need for painting.

One requirement of automobile manufacturers, for example, is to create particular effects on a part after injection molding without complex and expensive subsequent operations. This is possible with polymer blends that satisfy a multitude of requirements due to their wide range of properties.

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-EPCA ’18: Pessimism descends upon Europe petchems as challenges mount – EPCA president

European petrochemicals face several challenges amid an increasingly uncertain geopolitical outlook but the real, long-term test for the industry will be sustainability and how to become participants of a true circular economy, the president of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) said on Monday.

Marc Schuller, who is also a board member at French chemical major Arkema, added that the paramount feeling among petrochemical players in Europe is how a number of problems which could greatly impact the industry remain unresolved.

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-EPCA ’18: Economic uncertainty, upward pressure on oil colour Europe petchems outlook

Nervousness about Europe’s manufacturing economy and the rising crude oil price colour the petrochemicals outlook at the start of the fourth quarter.

Petrochemical prices have struggled to keep pace with rising oil-based feedstock costs and margins are under pressure.

Economic sentiment has ratcheted down on the US-China trade war and the collapse of the Turkish lira.

And, while the eurozone appears to be performing relatively strongly, there are concerns about the outlook in Germany which relies so heavily on its export-driven manufacturing sector.

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-Frost & Sullivan gives award for best innovation in the cosmetics sector to Bio-on

Minerv Bio Cosmetics, the 100% natural bioplastic microspheres biodegradable in soil and water, are named the year’s most innovative biobased product in the cosmetics sector.

Frost & Sullivan finds that “Bio-On is properly positioned to serve as a leader in the bio-polymeric ingredient revolution for the cosmetics industry”.

For Frost & Sullivan, the bioplastic microspheres patented by Bio-on are “incredibly versatile” and are “a sustainable alternative to synthetic polymers for use in not only cosmetics, but also in the food, healthcare, packaging, and FMCG industries. Looking ahead, the PHAs could provide a potential solution for cancer treatment within the next few years”.

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-EPCA 2018: Asia Pacific Fibres considers restarting Indonesia PTA plant

Asia Pacific Fibres is considering restarting its purified terephthalic acid production plant in Indonesia, which has laid dormant since late 2015, a source close to the company said Monday on the sidelines of the 52nd annual EPCA conference in Vienna.

Since late 2015, Asia Pacific Fibres’ integrated PTA production plant has been closed and the company has been purchasing PTA in the open market to service its downstream polyester fiber production.

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-Producers’ responsibility and plastic pollution crisis

The threat of plastic wastes is becoming alarming in Nigeria

Although, the federal and state authorities, even manufacturing firms are increasingly aware of the scale of plastic pollution, actions to curb the menace are taking a snail pace, write Chinedum Uwaegbulam, Bertram Nwannekanma and Victor Gbonegun.

With the production outpacing almost every other material population, plastic waste is now one of the biggest environmental scourges of the time. The scale of the challenge is daunting.

According to the State of Plastics report, only nine per cent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic in the world ever produced has been recycled. Most ends up in landfills, dumps or in the environment.

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-Nasa Tests New Antibacterial 3d Printing Filament

NASA is testing the suitability of an antibacterial 3D printer filament for use in future space missions. The filament is made by Copper3D, a Chilean company with a base in the USA. The study, conducted in association with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, aims to overcome the health challenges faced by NASA astronauts in space.

3D printed antibacterial prostheses

A new research paper ‘3D printed antibacterial prostheses’ published in Applied Sciences journal investigates, “the development of 3D printed prostheses using antibacterial filaments” and the resulting “antibacterial properties of the 3D printed prostheses.” It is hoped that the research will lead to applications including postoperative prostheses, wound dressings, and surgical equipment.

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-Sorting the Plastic Recycling Problem

As Smurfit Kappa’s Arco Berkenbosch has observed, a key to the success of paper recycling is the fact that everything from corrugated board to newspapers can go into the same stream. Simplicity for the consumer is crucial to a high collection rate. Given the multiplicity of polymers used in packaging, raising recycling rates based on a single collection stream depends on solving the challenge of efficiently identifying and sorting different plastics. Having explored a number of approaches to this challenge, a number of value chain stakeholders are now investing in research around two technologies that could make an important contribution: tracers and digital watermarking. Tim Sykes reports.

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Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

In Europe, anti-subsidy rates for PET of Indian companies Reliance and Dhunser are reduced Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

MOSCOW – Anti-subsidy duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from Indian manufacturers Reliance and Dhunser are reduced in Europe, ICIS reports, citing sources in the market. Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

Thus, the duties on PET from Dhunseri were reduced to EUR18.73 euros per ton, compared with EUR35.69 euros per ton earlier, while duties levied on PET from Reliance Industries decreased to EUR29.21 against EUR69.39 per a ton.

Earlier it was reported that India has stopped an anti-dumping investigation in relation to Naftan OJSC. Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

Several Indian fiber manufacturing companies initiated an anti-dumping trial in 2017, the goal of which was to eliminate the Belarusian competitor.

The list of marketable products “Naftan” includes acrylic fiber, which is produced at the plant “Polymir”. Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

The company exports about 80% of nitron for export to 25 countries of the world.  In 2017, deliveries continued to the Asian markets: to India, Bangladesh, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan.Europe antisubsidy PET Reliance Dhunser

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in September, the import of PET granulate from Russia to non -CIS countries remained at the level of August and will be about 10 thousand tons. PET accounted for 65%.

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

 

Source : IL BIOECONOMISTA

Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

Marcel Lubben

“We expect full support for the bioeconomy in close connection with the circular economy. Together they can tackle two very pressing societal issues i.e. climate change (through lowering carbon footprint) and the plastic waste problem (through collection, reuse and recycling)”. Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia, the JV between Royal DSM and Roquette which is producing bio-based succinic acid, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview he talks about Reverdia and his expectations related to the new EU bioeconomy strategy that will be presented next October 22 in Brussels.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

What is the state of the art of your plant for the production of bio-based succinic acid in Piedmont, Italy?

Reverdia operates a 10 kt commercial plant in Cassano Spinola, Italy, since 2012. Our plant in Cassano features a fully integrated biorefinery and specialised workforce. Thanks to our world-class yeast technology, our production process is simple and extremely energy-efficient. Through it, we generate less waste and impurities than bacteria-based alternatives. Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

With DSM and Roquette, leaders in fermentation and biomass processing, we can produce a best-in-class succinic acid. Our plant is based on their knowledge of large-scale fermentation and purification experience. Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

What kind of raw material do you use?

The biorefinery in which our plant is integrated processes European industrial corn into starch but also into some high-value products such as proteins and oils. Biosuccinium® uses a small fraction of the starch coming from that biorefinery. Thanks to privileged access to our parent company Roquette’s renewable raw materials, our Biosuccinium® is based on high-quality feedstock. Our patented technology is also flexible on feedstock. For example, sucrose or cellulosic sugars can be an alternative in the future.

Reverdia is the result of a joint venture between two big companies, DSM and Roquette. How important is collaboration to develop the bioeconomy?

It is necessary to work together as we are typically replacing complete value chains instead of merely introducing new products. In most occasions, biomass suppliers, bio-based chemical producers, polymer producers, and even compounders and brand owners need to collaborate to introduce bio-based products.

Building a bioeconomy delivering on performance and competitiveness is a significant challenge, it requires a range of expertise to come together. In our case, DSM and Roquette have combined their expertise in biotechnology, feedstock processing and large-scale production. These combined skills formed the basis for our success.

The bioeconomy is a long-term commitment. Some investors can be impatient, but Roquette and DSM have been ideal investors. Like Reverdia, they are in there for the long run. It is a pleasure to collaborate with companies that are committed to this industry and are ready to do what it takes to bring biomaterials to the front of our economy.

Your Biosuccinum® is 99% bio-based certified according to the US Biopreferred program. How important is a program like the Biopreferred to promote the marketing of bioproducts?

We think it is very important to have certifications in place that are clear to market players and consumers. We can see that consumers ask more and more questions about how their products are made, what they are made of and how to dispose of them, etc. This type of trusted certifications will make consumers’ lives easier. We hope that more trust will lead to more demand in the future. We truly support and appreciate the US Biopreferred program. Having said that, we feel that the best time for the program is yet to come.

By the end of October the European Union will present the new bioeconomy strategy. What are your expectations?

We expect full support for the bioeconomy in close connection with the circular economy. Together they can tackle two very pressing societal issues i.e. climate change (through lowering carbon footprint) and the plastic waste problem (through collection, reuse and recycling).Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

We were already very happy to see the Plastics Strategy being put into place to take action on plastic waste. Littering should never be an option when it comes to plastics.

But let’s not forget that plastics have an important role to play in our economy’s decarbonisation. For example, plastics can extend food’s shelf life and make vehicles lighter. We hope that the new bioeconomy strategy will address this important side of plastics and its role into the bio-based economy.Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

What are your next steps in the bioeconomy?

Grow, grow, grow. We have established our manufacturing capability and developed our technology to meet targets of economic production. Now we need to further boost our commercial pipeline.Marcel Lubben Reverdia bioeconomy circular economy

We are positive, we believe that consumers’ mindsets are changing and that this will translate into demand for the biomaterials industries in the years to come. Today at Reverdia, we are looking at concrete examples where bio-based offerings meet the circular economy.

 

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Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Impending crisis – PA 6.6: the GPA fears the chain break  Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

by Fabian Tubiana

Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain breakThe Automotive Plastics Group is sounding the alarm about the PA 6.6 shortages and is calling on chemists and manufacturers to jointly search for solutions.

The situation was so far worrying, as reported by the Federation of Plastics and Composites in July. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

She becomes serious. In any case in the eyes of the Automobile Plastics Group (GPA) which, in the middle of the Motor Show, fears the crash and consequently draws the alarm: the shortages of PA 6.6 material today put in great difficulty its 19 members.

Involved: the structurally insufficient production of adipronitrile (or DNA), essential component to the synthesis of PA 6.6, increasingly used in the automobile (under-bonnet, door handles …) for its high resistance to high temperatures. Only five plants in the world produce this DNA: one in France, one in Japan and three in the United States.

Zero visibility

“In 2018, 300,000 tonnes of DNA are missing to meet the needs of the sector. And we have no visibility on 2019. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Some of our Tier 2 adherent companies have already received letters from major chemistry groups informing them of the shutdown of supplies next year. Some orders have also not been honored, “moves Armelle Dumont, general delegate of the GPA.

The production of DNA is so fragile today, that the smallest grain of sand affects the whole chain (major forces, fire, low level of the Rhine …). In addition, producers seem to favor the textile and packaging markets. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Open the dialogue

The GPA therefore asks them to open new production lines in the short term and to secure their supply chain. Especially since maintenance operations are planned in some sites in 2019 and prices are up: + 40% since 2017, or an additional 1500 euros per tonne in 18 months. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

With a raw material share in the final product of between 30 and 50%, the economic impact is considerable. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

The GPA therefore wishes to open the dialogue.

Both with chemists to gain short-term visibility, and with automakers to help them find alternative solutions, including lightening the validation process, and carrying some of the financial effort. Polyamide66 Automotive Plastics Group chain break

Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Borealis to build new, world-scale 750,000 tonne/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Belgium  Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Photo: Borealis Kallo, Belgium

Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, has taken the final investment decision for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, after successfully concluding the FEED study in June 2018. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

The facility will be located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo (Antwerp), Belgium. The plant is scheduled to start up in the first half of 2022.

The PDH plant will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 tonne per year, making it one of the largest and most efficient facilities in the world.

The Borealis Kallo location was selected due to its excellent logistical position, its experience in propylene production and handling and the synergies with the existing PDH unit. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Borealis will use Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex™ technology for the new plant, which is a widely used, reliable and sustainable choice for on-purpose propylene production.

Propylene is one of the most important building blocks for the entire chemical industry, in which the plastic polypropylene has strong growth figures worldwide.

Oiltanking Antwerp Gas Terminal will be the long-term logistics partner for the handling of propylene and the raw material propane and will construct a new 135,000 m³ propane storage tank. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

The hydrogen that is a by-product of the dehydrogenation process will be sold to Air Liquide under a long-term agreement.

The approved investment also provides for the possibility to include efficient cogeneration as part of the project. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

Such energy efficiency technology could contribute substantially to the Flemish climate and energy objectives, as well as to the energy efficiency plan of the Flemish Region.

The support of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) will also be decisive in the final technical concept. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

“The continuing close cooperation during last years with our customers, suppliers, business partners and the various Flemish and Belgian authorities, including the Port of Antwerp, has been a crucial contributor to our positive investment decision,” says Thomas Van De Velde, Borealis Vice President of Hydrocarbons & Energy business.

“This important investment in our European assets fully supports our strategy to be a leading supplier of innovative polypropylene solutions and propylene to our customers in Europe. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

We are showing our commitment to support the growth of our customers in Europe and strengthen our position as the leading supplier whilst increasing our integration economics and supply reliability. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

In addition, we are currently studying the feasibility of various capacity increases for polypropylene based on this additional propylene capability,” says Alfred Stern, Borealis Chief Executive. Borealis propane dehydrogenation PDH Belgium

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Patrick Laureys
Senior External Communications Manager
tel.: +43 1 22 400 726 (Vienna, Austria)
e-mail: patrick.laureys@borealisgroup.com

Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers.

With its head office in Vienna, Austria, the company currently has around 6,600 employees and operates in over 120 countries. Borealis generated EUR 7.5 billion in sales revenue and a net profit of EUR 1,095 million in 2017.

Mubadala, through its holding company, owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% belonging to Austria-based OMV, an integrated, international oil and gas company.

Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). http://www.borealisgroup.com/

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9,900 yuan/ton9,950 yuan/ton+50 
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,280 $/ton1,280 $/ton 
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,725 yuan/ton9,800 yuan/ton+75 
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

9,675 yuan/ton9,750 yuan/ton+75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,890 yuan/ton7,845 yuan/ton-45 
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,040 $/ton 1,035 $/ton-5 
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,420 yuan/ton7,445 yuan/ton+25 
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

902 $/ton895 $/ton-7 
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,309 $/ton 1,303 $/ton-6
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

 10,970 yuan/ton 11,050 yuan/ton+80
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,650 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton+250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,500 yuan/ton 12,600 yuan/ton+100
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12,300 yuan/ton12,300 yuan/ton 
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,175 yuan/ton11,225 yuan/ton+50 
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,620 yuan/ton10,620 yuan/ton 
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

18,200 yuan/ton18,200 yuan/ton 
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,190 $/ton2,190 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,490 $/ton2,490 $/ton 
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19,900 yuan/ton19,800 yuan/ton-100
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19,600 yuan/ton19,600 yuan/ton 
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39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton 
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22,350 yuan/ton22,350 yuan/ton 
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25,200 yuan/ton25,200 yuan/ton 
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24,100 yuan/ton24,100 yuan/ton 
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,600 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton 
Benzene domestic market

 

6,950 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton 
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862 $/ton857 $/ton-5 
Ethylene South East market

 

1,130 $/ton1,080 $/ton-50
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1,107 $/ton1,096 $/ton-11
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19,100 yuan/ton18,800 yuan/ton-300
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2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
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20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton 
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15,120 yuan/ton15,120 yuan/ton+10
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10,650 yuan/ton10,900 yuan/ton+150 
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715 $/ton729 $/ton+14
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11,575 yuan/ton

 

 
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1,495 $/ton

 

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 1,575 $/ton

 

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1,117 $/ton1,120 $/ton+3
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1,114 $/ton1,114 $/ton 
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,102 $/ton1,100 $/ton-2
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1,092 $/ton1,090 $/ton-2
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 1,262 $/ton 1,260 $/ton-2
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Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

Ergomec joined the group Plastic Systems  Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

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Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

Technical reality productive in Verona, Italy specializes in the design of industrial plants, Ergomec crown revenue growth in recent years with the entrance in the group Plastic Systems.  Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

Founded as long ago as 1994, Plastic Systems, which now has 400 employees, specializes in products that relate to automation of various processes of transformation of plastic materials, with the distinction of being able to range from processing bulk materials up to the integration of its solutions in the production departments of customers where there are to work is both injection molding machines that extrusion lines.

In 2015 is then founded the company Blauwer. “Now operationally integrated in our production site in Borgoricco, Blauwer provides refrigeration systems, heat pumps for industrial applications and temperature control units; all mainly for large systems, “explains promptly Mr.Cattapan.Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems
In the wake of the increase of competitive advantage connected to complementarity of the offer already well experienced with the launch of Blauwer, is these days the completion of the first acquisition of group: that of company Ergomec, based in San Bonifacio ( Verona), so not too far from Borgoricco (Padova, Italy).Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

“Ergomec mainly realized the installations for the storage, the pneumatic transport and the dosage of granules and powders (compound, PVC, mineral fillers, rubber etc.).

In addition to the plastics industry, the company has a lot of experience both in the chemicals sector that food: intended as treatment plants for sugar, flour, cocoa, starch and cereal.Ergomec automation plastic group Plastic Systems

In all these contexts-and for over 15 years-Ergomec is equipped with a high-profile engineering able to realize turnkey systems with high level of customization.

Not bad as a further paper played in matters of complementarity of offer!”, concludes Cattapan, then adding that the first international showcase choice to formally communicate to the market this acquisition will be the fair Fakuma, scheduled in Friedrischshafen, Germany from 16 to 20 October next, where Plastic Systems will be present together with the trademarks Blauwer and Ergomec.

SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

SOCAR Polymer starts exporting first batch of polypropylene SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

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The volume of the first batch is 170 tons.

Azerbaijan’s SOCAR Polymer LLC began exporting the first batch of polypropylene to Turkey on Oct.5, the Director General of the company Farid Jafarov told reporters on Oct. 5. SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

The volume of the first batch is 170 tons.

Presently, the plant has already produced 6,000 tons of polypropylene, Jafarov said.

“I would like to note that the successful implementation of this project, in the first place, was made possible thanks to the state support.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

It is not only about infrastructure, but also tax benefits and other forms of support for residents of industrial parks. In general, the project managed to save about 200 million manats,” Jafarov said.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

“SOCAR Trading, which is a part of the Azerbaijan state oil company, since its inception, has increased the price difference between Azerbaijani oil and Brent oil and drew approximately $1.5 billion to the state budget. Today we can see what it is like to be part of a large, centralized trading system. New producers, in particular of polymers, are forced to sell products at a discount of 10-15 percent during the first stages in order to gain a foothold in the market. We sell the very first batch at average market prices,” he added.

The SOCAR Polymer project is being implemented at the Sumgayit Chemical Industrial Park. The production capacity of SOCAR Polymer factory at the first stage will amount to 120,000 tons of polyethylene and 180,000 tons of polypropylene. The total capacity of the factory can reach 570,000 tons of products by 2021.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

The factory will produce 19 types of products made of polypropylene and 12 types of products made of high-density polyethylene. The products will be used, in particular, in the food and medical industry, as well as in agriculture and automobile production.

The total investment costs of the project are estimated at $816 million. The credit in the amount of $489 million has been allocated to SOCAR Polymer by Russian Gazprombank for a period of 10 years.SOCAR Polymer batch polypropylene PP

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Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Eastman’s Naia™ Cellulosic Yarn, a Choice for Sustainability in the Womenswear Market  Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

KINGSPORT, Tenn., USA —At the Première Vision show in France, Eastman will launch Naia™, a versatile, cellulosic yarn, into the womenswear market. A filament yarn that transforms into luxurious, soft, and easy-to-care-for fabrics, Naia™ is also a sustainable option for fabric manufacturers. Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

To make Naia™, the process starts with renewable pine and eucalyptus wood, sourced exclusively from sustainably managed and certified plantations in North America, Western Europe and Brazil.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

In April, Eastman received chain of custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) for its sustainable sourcing of wood-pulp. FSC® and PEFC™ chain of custody certifications verify the traceability of Eastman’s wood-based raw materials through the entire supply chain and required Eastman to meet rigorous standards and undergo an on-site audit completed by SCS Global Services.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

All suppliers of raw materials for Naia™ hold either FSC® or PEFC™ chain of custody certification.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Naia™ is produced in a safe, closed-loop process where non-hazardous chemical solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse. This optimized, low-impact manufacturing process with a low cradle-to-yarn carbon and water footprint has a third party verified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certification compliant with ISO14044. Naia™ is also listed on the HIGG Materials Sustainability Index and has lower impact than other fibers such as generic modal, viscose, and triacetate.Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

Naia™ is OEKO-TEX 100 Product Class I certified and is made with no hazardous solvents listed on the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List. Naia™ has an optimized, low-impact manufacturing process with a low tree-to-yarn carbon and water footprint. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and impact on the ecosystem compared to natural fibers like cotton and silk, Naia™ has significantly lower environmental impact.

“At Eastman, we are committed to improving sustainability in the textiles industry and providing choices to designers seeking out sustainable yarns,” says Ruth Farrell, Eastman global marketing director of Textiles. “With Naia™, sustainability does not mean compromising on design.”Eastman Naia Cellulosic Yarn Sustainability

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.

With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.

Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders.

As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion.

The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

 Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

Beyond Plastics: the Novamont case study at the UK Embassy in Rome   Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

On October 2, at the Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rome the event “Beyond Plastics” was held. The initiative aimed at stimulating dialogue between representatives of the Italian and British governments, engaged in the elimination of single-use plastics, together with business and civil society.Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

In April the United Kingdom, announced its intention to ban microbeads from cosmetics and to ban the sale of single-use plastics, starting from 2019,  underlining the significant role that biodegradable and compostable plastics can play in addressing the challenges of plastic pollution on land and climate change. Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

In the first part of the day, the Italian Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture, Education and Research, and the United Kingdom Departments for Enterprises, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), International Trade (DIT) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA),  discussed the current policies and the future perspectives for plastics.

Alberto Castellanza, Novamont’s International Sales Manager, opened the second section dedicated to the industrial case studies and to civil society campaigns aimed at the reduction of plastic pollution. Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador

Castellanza illustrated how the Novamont bioplastics are able to regenerate territories, in environmental, economic and social terms, as they are the result of a virtuous process, based on the regeneration of deindustrialised sites, on the integrated agricultural value chain and on products intended to solve specific problems.

Indeed biodegradable and compostable bioplastics are not designed to replace all plastic applications, but only where there are serious risks for soil pollution, as in the agricultural sector, and in the management of organic waste and in cosmetics.

On 3 October, the delegation of the British government visiting Rome, had the opportunity to learn about Mater-Biopolymer, Novamont’s new plant based in Patrica (FR), which is the result of the conversion of an old plant dedicated to the production of PET.

Today, the plant produces the ORIGO-BI. ORIGO-BI is a family of biopoliester obtained from raw materials of renewable origin, aimed at improving the technical and environmental performance of our compostable bioplastics called MATER-BI.

Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Organic Basics with Fulgar for sustainable fashion Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

The Danish brand Organic Basics will present three everyday garment collections, made using organic and recycled materials.

Two of these collections, SilverTech and Invisible, are both made with Q-Nova by Fulgar, Italy’s leading man-made fibre manufacturer.Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Q-Nova is the innovative Made in Italy fibre in Nylon 6.6, produced with 99% recycled raw materials and developed entirely by Fulgar using a mechanical rather than chemical process. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“Organic Basics has chosen to emphasise quality and innovation for its collections – from eco-friendly materials to exceptionally high production standards, creating a model for sustainable business,” says Fulgar. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

The Danish company promotes sustainable fashion for simple, eco-friendly clothing. This October it begins shipment of its latest SilverTech 2.0 range of underwear that is durable, comfortable, odour-killing and made from 100% sustainable materials, according to the company. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“We started off as an underwear subscription service that launched on Kickstarter. But things really took off when we came out with our first line of SilverTech odorless underwear. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Now we’re back with an improved line of SilverTech underwear. We enhanced our design for more comfort, heat regulation, durability, and breathability.

We partnered up with Polygiene, one of the most advanced and sustainable silver fabric treatments in the world, to give you an even better anti-microbial, odourless experience,” it explains. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“All our underwear and tees are made with 100% recycled nylon, making them more comfortable, more breathable, and more durable, while reducing our environmental footprint.” Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

“Italian manufactured nylon is the best in the industry. They are well known for making super light, super soft, extremely breathable nylon with 100% recycled raw materials and zero chemical processing. Nylon is more durable and stronger than typical fabrics. It also wicks away moisture – keeping you as dry as possible.” Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

During the crowdfunding campaign for the new men’s collection that consists of boxer briefs, socks, a classic tee, a long-sleeve tee, and a towel the brand managed to raise US$ 155,589 of the original US$ 30,000 goal. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion

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Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

Celanese raises October LDPE prices in the US and Canada Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada  MOSCOW – American Celanese, the world leader in the production of products based on vinyl acetate and technical polymers, announced an increase in the October prices of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) for the United States and Canada, the press service of the company reported. Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

So, the price increase came into force on October 1, 2018 and is consistent with the terms of current contracts.

Thus, LDPE prices for these regions were raised by 3 cents per pound or USD66 per ton.

According to the report, the present price increase is added to the previously announced increase in LDPE quotes.  However, the company does not specify the reason for the price increase.Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

As Market Report Company reported, for the last time, Celanese was raising LDPE prices for the USA and Canada from March 1, 2018 by 4 cents per pound or USD88 per ton.

The main manufacturers of LDPE in the United States are such companies as DowDuPont, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil and Westlake.Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in Russia last week, some manufacturers agreed to contract LDP prices for deliveries in October.

Contrary to consumer expectations, prices rose by 1,000–2,000 rubles.  per ton in comparison with the level of September.Celanese October LDPE prices USA Canada 

Celanese Corporation is an international chemical company, a world leader in the production of acetate-based products, technical polymers, high-performance products and other chemical products.

Headquartered in Dallas (Texas, USA), Celanese has about 7 thousand employees worldwide.

The company’s sales in 2015 amounted to USD5.7 billion.

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September contract price paraxylene Europe

The September contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR210 per ton  September contract price paraxylene Europe

September contract price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at EUR1,160 per ton, which is EUR210 per ton higher than the August contract price for material, ICIS reported on Wednesday, citing confirmation from both buyers and and by the sellers in the market.

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

Thus, the September contract price for material in the region increased by such a large amount after market participants reached its agreement at different levels: the first was EUR1,170 per ton, and the second was EUR1,150 per ton.

Thus, the contract price was approved at an average mark between the values ​​of these agreed levels.September contract price paraxylene Europe

Quite a lot of time passed between the two above transactions, since the second transaction was confirmed only in early October.

The supply of para-xylene remains limited in all world markets against the background of production problems at enterprises and the growth in demand in downstream markets, which led to an increase in contract prices in September in Europe compared with the previous month.September contract price paraxylene Europe

Earlier it was noted that the August contract price of paraxylene in Europe rose by EUR60 per tonne compared with July to EUR950 per tonne.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in October, the downward trend in demand in the Russian PET market is expected to continue. September contract price paraxylene Europe

The cost of material for contract customers will increase this month by about 3 thousand rubles.  per ton. September contract price paraxylene Europe

A rise in spot prices is not expected.  According to one of the manufacturers, the market is gradually moving into a phase of excess of supply over demand for material.

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Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

Fulgar & Tiziano Guardini show green fibres at MFW 2018 Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

 

 Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018
Fulgar, a producer of man-made fibres, along with eco-designer, Tiziano Guardini, presented its green EVO and Q-NOVA products, at the Milan Fashion Week (MFW) 2018. Guardini’s new ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection, a refined, totally green offer where fashion and nature forge a new harmony and balance, was seen at the expo from September 18-24, 2018, in Italy. Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

The ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection presented a range of garments made using Fulgar’s innovative green fibres like unisex polo made with EVO, dress polo made with Q-NOVA, women’s swimwear made with Q-NOVA, men’s swimwear made with EVO, lace beach robe in Iluna fabric with Q-NOVA, and shoes with futuristic appeal and seamless uppers made entirely with EVO, Fulgar said. Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

The collaboration between Fulgar and Guardini goes from strength to strength. After the inclusion of key accessories made using bio-based EVO fibre by Fulgar in the collections displayed at MFW 2018 and Pitti Uomo 94, the collaboration has now widened its scope to include entire outfits created using Fulgar’s cutting-edge green fibres.

“We’re pleased that Guardini has once again chosen to work with us by choosing our Q-NOVA and EVO fibres for some of the items in his collection. We hope this partnership endures and continues to work towards our shared objective of increasingly sustainable fashion,” Fulgar’s marketing manager Alan Garosi said. Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

“Succeeding in creating an entire collection of totally sustainable designs is an extremely important objective for the fashion industry. I’m very grateful to companies like Fulgar for their constant investment this initiative. It’s crucial that we all, individuals and companies alike, play our part,” Guardini said. (GK) Fulgar Tiziano Guardini green fibres MFW 2018

Source : Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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Westlake French Compounder Nakan

 

Westlake Bids for French Compounder Nakan  Westlake French Compounder Nakan

Westlake French Compounder Nakan

Westlake Bids for French Compounder Nakan

US petrochemicals and plastics producer Westlake has made an exclusive binding offer of about $265 million in cash to buy Nakan, a French compounding business that is owned by private equity group OpenGate Capital.

The offer, which is subject to adjustment, was made so that Nakan can start consulting with French works councils prior to entering into a negotiated, mutually binding purchase agreement. Westlake French Compounder Nakan

“The combination of Nakan with Westlake’s existing compounding business will present an excellent strategic fit. It will allow us to expand our compounding business globally and add important specialty products and technology to our existing portfolio,” said Albert Chao, Westlake’s president and CEO. Westlake French Compounder Nakan

Headquartered in Reims, Nakan has eight production plants in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, China, Japan and Vietnam, along with a research facility in France and an application laboratory in the US. The company had sales of around $300 million in the most recent twelve-month period.

The transaction is expected to close by early 2019, subject to regulatory approvals, completion of required employee consultation procedures and other customary closing conditions.

 

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Elaine Burridge, freelance journalist

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-The September contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR210 per ton  

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at EUR1,160 per ton, which is EUR210 per ton higher than the August contract price for material, ICIS reported on Wednesday, citing confirmation from both buyers and and by the sellers in the market.

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

Thus, the September contract price for material in the region increased by such a large amount after market participants reached its agreement at different levels: the first was EUR1,170 per ton, and the second was EUR1,150 per ton.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Fulgar & Tiziano Guardini show green fibres at MFW 2018 

Fulgar, a producer of man-made fibres, along with eco-designer, Tiziano Guardini, presented its green EVO and Q-NOVA products, at the Milan Fashion Week (MFW) 2018. Guardini’s new ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection, a refined, totally green offer where fashion and nature forge a new harmony and balance, was seen at the expo from September 18-24, 2018, in Italy.

The ‘Sustainable Kit’ collection presented a range of garments made using Fulgar’s innovative green fibres like unisex polo made with EVO, dress polo made with Q-NOVA, women’s swimwear made with Q-NOVA, men’s swimwear made with EVO, lace beach robe in Iluna fabric with Q-NOVA, and shoes with futuristic appeal and seamless uppers made entirely with EVO, Fulgar said

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-Krones Inc. Acquires W.M. Sprinkman, Broadening Process Technology and Manufacturing Footprint in the US

Krones Inc., a technology and service provider for the beverage and liquid-food industry, has completed the acquisition of W.M. Sprinkman Corporation of Waukesha, Wis. Founded in 1929, Sprinkman provides exceptionally engineered food and beverage processing equipment, specializing in the dairy and brewing industries. Employing over 125 employees at its Waukesha and Elroy, Wis. locations, the company serves customers ranging from start-up microbreweries to large multi-national food and beverage producers.

‘We are proud to join forces with a global leader like Krones,’ said Brian Sprinkman, president of W.M. Sprinkman. ‘This partnership will allow us to exponentially widen our product and service offerings to our customers.’

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-Invista planning investments for increased demand

Invista has been monitoring and forecasting increased demand for the nylon 6,6 value chain and has been planning its capacity investments accordingly. The company is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to bring new, highly advanced capacity online. It is deploying new ADN technology in its existing facilities and setting up an ADN plant in China.

“But in my opinion, the current tightness in the nylon 6,6 value chain isn’t one dimensional. This dynamic is resulting from the combination of increased demand and a few unforeseeable disruptions, such as Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast of the United States,” Bill Greenfield, president, Invista Intermediates, said.

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-Export potential of recycled poly-chips

Amid the fast increase in the use of environment-hostile polythene and plastic products in the country’s urban areas, their economic potential largely remains untapped. Their recycling carries great prospects. That the tonnes of waste produced by these items, bottles in particular, can open new frontiers in the export sector has begun dawning on the entrepreneurs only lately. The episode began with the moderate-scale recycling of the discarded plastic items.

In popular context, the recycling of plastic remains confined to manufacture of mainly household items. Local manufacturers have, thus, been making fruitful use of the plastic wastes. Produced on a limited scale, these recycled products did not show much prospect for export.  With the start of the export of relatively large volumes of recycled PET (polythene terephthalate) chips from discarded plastic products, a new generation of exporters has emerged in the country. Not long ago, the large-scale production of recycled plastic granules and their export was literally an alien idea. Given the rapid expansion of the sector, it can now deserve to be defined as a fledgling industry, and rightfully at that.

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-Increased plastic waste collection is the cornerstone for higher recycling rates

Today far too much plastic waste still escapes the European collection system. Of the 60m tonnes of plastics produced annually in the EU, only around 25.5m tonnes are collected and a mere 6.6m tonnes makes its way to recycling. This has a myriad of environmental and economic consequences.

Increasing the circularity of plastics in light of the EU Plastics Strategy hinges on ramping up plastics waste collection. A strong secondary materials market can only be secured through increased collection along with other fundamental measures.

Failing to collect plastic waste leads to a loss of valuable resources, leaving European recyclers of certain product streams in a vulnerable position, unable to meet demand without sufficient flows of input materials.

This is the case for recyclers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) drinking bottles in Europe, whose recycling capacity exceeds the amount of waste processed. Around 200,000 tonnes of PET recycling capacity in Europe remains unexploited.

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-Scrap plastic sampling and sorting guidelines released

Mixed plastics baled for recycling.Public and private entities regularly sample waste streams to glean data on the plastics that could be captured for recycling. Now, guidelines have been developed to standardize the process so results can be compared.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) this week unveiled the best management practices for sorting plastics during waste characterization studies. A Sept. 26 webinar introduced the standards to the industry.

Plastic waste characterization studies involve scooping samples of garbage or recyclables, sorting out the plastics and weighing them. The data helps reclaimers, materials recovery facility (MRF) operators, public recycling programs, state governments and others understand what’s in the plastic stream and how it’s changing over time.

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-Sumitomo (SHI) Demag gets a dose of TSM in Ireland

Injection moulding machinery maker Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has teamed up with handling and dosing specialist TSM Control Systems, with the latter becoming its Northern and Southern Ireland agent.

In addition to benefiting from TSM’s large installation base and experience in plastics blending, the partnership will provide customers with the assurance of working with a single supplier rather than numerous stakeholders. TSM’s sales manager John Ross MacMahon will oversee all future turnkey plastics moulding and system integrations, providing on-the-ground customer support.

Nigel Flowers, managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag UK, describes this as a real opportunity for the company to further strengthen its presence throughout Ireland.

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-Pti Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Dromo Pet Bottle System

Dromo™, a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle system designed specifically for liquid or semi-viscous products sold through e-commerce channels is being launched by PTI at Pack Expo, October 14-17, McCormick Place, Chicago, Booth E-7256.

The first-of-its-kind system is ideal for personal care, household chemicals and a wide range of other products.

The objective was to create a bottle/dispensing system that would support growing e-commerce product demands, survive the distribution channel with limited secondary packaging and reduce dependence on raw materials. PTI’s Dromo™ system does exactly that.

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-Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate Market Expected To Witness Double Digit Growth During The Forecast Period – Credence Research

According to the latest report published by Credence Research, Inc. “Global Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2018-2026,” the global bio-based polyethylene terephthalate market expected to grow at the CAGR of 20.8% from 2018 to 2026.

Due to eco-friendly nature and superior properties than PET, bio-PET is witnessing huge demand from various end-use industries such as food & beverages, cosmetics & pharmaceuticals, automotive, textile and so on. Traditionally, bio-PET comprises 30% bio-based MEG and 70% petroleum-based resins however, many companies are investing to increase the production of bio-based MEG to eradicate the problem of inconsistent supply of raw material for the development of 100% bio-based PET. For instance, Avantium invested in the construction of bio-MEG demonstration plant in the Netherlands, to ramp up the bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) production made directly from renewable sugars.

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-Registration open for Techtextil North America 2019

Raleigh – Registration for Techtextil North America 2019, scheduled for February 26-28, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina has officially opened.

The three-day event is expected to draw decision makers from all of the major industries across the technical textiles and nonwovens sector keen to discover the latest product developments and industry trends.

Events at the show will include the Premier Symposium which provides attendees the opportunity to listen and learn from industry leaders and subject matter experts as they discuss some of the most pivotal advancements in research and technology and shed light on the current global economic state and its effects across industries.

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-4 times Theresa May whacked Brexiteers

In conference speech, UK prime minister attacks fellow Tories who have opposed her Brexit plan.

Theresa May did not pull her punches as the curtain fell on the U.K. Conservative Party’s annual conference Wednesday, an event at which high-profile Brexiteers were frequently the main draw on the fringes.

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-Mogilevkhimvolokno to sign $100m worth of contracts at Belarus-Russia forum

Mogilevkhimvolokno is expected to sign three contracts worth $100 million during a session of the Business Cooperation Council that will take place on the sidelines of the 5th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia on 12 October, Chairman of the Standing Committee for Economy, Budget and Finances of Belarus’ Council of the Republic Vladimir Pantyukhov told reporters on 3 October, BelTA has learned.

All in all, contracts worth at least $500 million are to be signed this year. Contracts will be concluded by Mogilevliftmash, Mogotex and other enterprises. “Mutual search for partners is underway. The contracts to be signed suggest that we can be confident about the future,” Vladimir Pantyukhov said.

Alexander Popkov, the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Council of the Republic, recalled that Belarus is facing an ambitious task to increase its GDP twofold up to $100 billion by 2025. Russia wants to do the same. According to the senator, the countries need to join efforts to achieve these goals. Contracts and cooperation agreements to be signed at the forum are to play their part in these efforts.

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-Risk of hard Brexit has these Asian companies on edge

[TOKYO] With only six months left before the UK pulls out of the European Union (EU), the chance of a chaotic exit is spooking Asian companies invested in Britain as they face higher tariffs and costs.

The virtual stalemate in the negotiations since March has left many firms on edge. The talks have stalled on the question of how to avoid police and customs checks on the border between the UK and Ireland.

“If there’s a no deal Brexit, there will be very serious impact on Japanese corporations and we’d like them to avoid that situation,” said Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the country’s largest business lobby, Keidanren. “It’s natural to assume that Japanese companies may start leaving the UK.”

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-Asia benzene up on firm crude; ample supply to cap further gains

Asia’s spot benzene prices were firmer despite the week-long holidays in the key Chinese market, riding on strong crude ahead of the US sanctions on Iran.

But ample supply across the region could cap further gains in the near term.

– Benzene breaches $880/tonne on crude gains

– China inventories may rise post-holiday

– China domestic benzene at parity with import prices

Spot benzene prices breached $880/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea this week as Brent crude futures rose to around the mid-$80/bbl levels, their highest in nearly four years.

On 28 September, spot benzene prices closed at $862.5/tonne FOB Korea, ICIS data showed.

China is currently on a week-long National Day holiday on 1-7 October.

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-Westlake Bids for French Compounder Nakan  Westlake French Compounder Nakan

US petrochemicals and plastics producer Westlake has made an exclusive binding offer of about $265 million in cash to buy Nakan, a French compounding business that is owned by private equity group OpenGate Capital.

The offer, which is subject to adjustment, was made so that Nakan can start consulting with French works councils prior to entering into a negotiated, mutually binding purchase agreement

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-Asia petrochemical markets gain as crude at near four-year high

Spot prices of some petrochemicals in Asia spiked on Tuesday with crude prices trading at near four-year highs ahead of the re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran next month.

Market reaction, however, was partly muted by the absence of buyers in the key China market amid a week-long holiday in the country.

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-Synthetic solutions grow alongside project demands

Rigging gear that utilizes synthetic materials will play a huge role in the future of rigging gear, according to Samson Market Strategy Manager Justin Smoak.

“As today’s construction payloads continue to push the limits of engineered lifting, traditional rigging has become heavier – and therefore more difficult to handle – and potentially more dangerous,” he said. “As lifting complexity increases, so does the possibility of costly delays, safety risks and increased operating expenses for construction contractors and lift planners.”

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Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

Shell raised October MEG prices in the US Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

 

Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USAMOSCOW  – Shell Chemicals, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, announced an increase in the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for supplies to the US market at 1 cent per pound or USD22 per tonne in October, ICIS reported, citing a letter to their customers. Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

Thus, the price increase came into force on October 1 and is consistent with the terms of current contracts.

Meanwhile, the company did not mention in its letter about the reason for the rise in MEG prices.Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

Earlier, it was noted that Shell had last raised MEG prices in the region since May 1 of the current year by 4 cents per pound (USD88 per ton).

The main manufacturers of MEG in the USA are Eastman Chemical, Huntsman, Indorama Ventures, LyondellBasell, Nan Ya Plastics, Shell Chemical and MEGlobal.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in October, the downward trend in demand in the Russian PET market is expected to continue.

The cost of material for contract customers will increase this month by about 3 thousand rubles. per ton. A rise in spot prices is not expected.

According to one of the manufacturers, the market is gradually moving into a phase of excess of supply over demand for material.

Royal Dutch Shell is an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague (Netherlands). Shell conducts geological exploration and production of oil and gas in more than 80 countries around the world.Shell October monoethylene glycol MEG prices USA

The company fully or partially owns more than 30 refineries. In addition, Shell owns a significant number of chemical enterprises, as well as the production of solar panels and other alternative energy sources.

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October contract price styrene Europe

The October contract price of styrene fell in Europe by EUR70 per ton  October contract price styrene Europe 

October contract price styrene Europe MOSCOW – The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR1 310 per ton for October deliveries, which is EUR70 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month, ICIS reported on Monday citing confirmation from two sellers and two buyers in the market. October contract price styrene Europe 

 The contract price was negotiated on delivery terms free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA). October contract price styrene Europe 

Earlier it was reported that the September contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR1 380 per ton, which is EUR65 per ton higher than the level of August. October contract price styrene Europe 

Styrene is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the Nizhnekamskneftekhim plant on the Russian market last week informed buyers about an increase in PS sales prices this month.

It is expected that general purpose polystyrene (PSS / M) will cost 3 thousand rubles.  per ton, and impact-resistant material (UPS / M) – 4 thousand rubles.  per ton.

The decision to increase the cost of the Nizhnekamsk material in October was unexpected for most market participants.

The cost of the PS produced by Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat (STS) did not change last week.  Salavat PSS / M was offered for 109,000-112,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT, and UPS / M – at 113 000-115 000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

The producer Penoplex in October raises the selling prices of PSS / M to the level of 116,000-119,000 rubles.  per tonne, FCA plant, excluding VAT.

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-Shell raised October MEG prices in the US 

Shell Chemicals, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, announced an increase in the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for supplies to the US market at 1 cent per pound or USD22 per tonne in October, ICIS reported, citing a letter to their customers

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-BMW would up Dutch production in hard Brexit scenario – CEO

German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) sees a 50:50 chance of Britain leaving the European Union without a trade agreement, which would force it to shift more production of Mini vehicles to the Netherlands, Chief Executive Harald Krueger said on Tuesday.

Members of the board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krueger, Pieter Nota and Andreas Wendt pose for a photograph during the first press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“I told (UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union that if there is a hard Brexit, both sides are losers. We will no longer fulfil trade agreements and then we are forced to build the car in the Netherlands,” Krueger told journalists at the Paris Motor Show.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Process ‘Upcycles’ Waste Plastics To Virgin-Quality PET

Depolymerization technology developed by Loop Industries aims to repurpose scrap PET of all types.

Like so many technology start-ups, it began with a vision and in a garage. Three years later, Loop Industries’ vision of turning post-consumer PET into virgin-quality material as a result of technology developed in that garage has become reality. The firm’s proprietary “upcycling” process breaks waste PET down to its chemical building blocks, separating out any impurities such as dyes, additives, and foodstuffs. These building blocks are then combined to create virgin-quality PET that can be used in food-grade plastic packaging.

Daniel Solomita, founder and CEO of Loop, was working on a landfill reclamation project in South Carolina, recovering tens of thousands of tons of waste plastic that had been abandoned years before. While taking steps to market the recovered material for recycling, he met a chemist in Quebec who was in the early stages of developing a chemical technology to upcycle waste plastic into virgin-quality PET.

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-APR releases Plastics Sorting Best Management Practices Guide

Goals include facilitating consistent data collection across multiple programs

In an effort to facilitate greater consistency in plastic sorting, the Association of Plastic Recyclers recently  announced the development of The APR Plastic Sorting Best Management Practices Guide to standardize how data is collected in studies that seek to identify the composition of plastics in the waste and recycling stream. The goal of the guide is part of an overall effort by APR, the leading international trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry, to optimize plastics recycling across North America and beyond.

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Developed in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council and More Recycling, the tool was unveiled during an APR Web Seminar last week.

-Fakuma firsts: We look at Milacron’s injection moulding debuts in detail

Milacron, one of the world’s most recognisable plastics processing giants, has announced a number of injection moulding firsts to be on show at its historically gargantuan stand at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen.

In addition to its M-Powered suite of connected services, aftermarket service and support, and DME technologies, the company will be presenting its injection moulding machines, Mold-Masters hot runner technology and control systems, and TIRAD high-precision mould bases.

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-October ethylene contract price in Europe increased by EUR10 per tonne  

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,145 per ton, which is EUR10 per ton higher than the level of September, participants in the contract market told ICIS on Friday.

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

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-Johns Manville Introduces Formaldehyde-free™ Cavity-SHIELD™ Insulation

New product for passive fire protection between floors in multifamily projects

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company and leading building products manufacturer, announced today the launch of JM Formaldehyde-free™ Cavity-SHIELD™, a NFPA 13 compliant1, fiberglass batt insulation for use in the concealed spaces of multifamily buildings. Cavity-SHIELD provides an alternative solution to sprinklers in the interstitial space and further increases the breadth of JM’s full line of insulation products. Cavity-SHIELD fiberglass batts are a noncombustible insulation product made up of long, resilient glass fibers bonded with thermosetting resin. The batts are designed for use in concealed spaces between floors, serving as a passive fire solution for limiting potential flame spread between and through floors.

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-STC Spinnzwirn: a new company of the Starlinger Group

Already in May 2018, the Austrian Starlinger Group announced the successful acquisition of the Chemnitz-based business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn from Oerlikon. With the closing (final transfer of ownership) effected on October 1, Oerlikon Barmag Spinnzwirn now turns into the independent company STC Spinnzwirn GmbH (Starlinger Textile machinery Chemnitz).

“With STC Spinnzwirn, we welcome a new member to our group of companies that ideally complements our portfolio. This means that we can offer our worldwide customers even more individual solutions from a single source,” says Starlinger Managing Partner Angelika Huemer. “With this strategic step, we strengthen our position as world market leader in plastic fabrics and expand it with related product areas.”

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-ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Exhibitor Preview: Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment

SHANGHAI, China -“From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens – Bring it to Life” – is the motto under which the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment will transform itself into a digital machinery and plant manufacturing company showcasing its power as one of the innovation leaders for the production of chemical fibers. ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018, taking place in Shanghai from October 15th to 19th, is the world’s biggest textile machinery exhibition this year and with over 750 square meter exhibition space will be a virtual show for trendsetting digital products and services “From Melt to Yarn, Fibers and Nonwovens”. En route to the digital yarn factory, technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning or innovative HMI (Human Machine Interface) solutions promise the bridging between material and data flow – for customer value. These topics are also the central point of the “Oerlikon Innovation Forum” at which presentations in English and Chinese will be held several times a day for visitors of the exhibition booth.

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-Meet the New Force in Color Concentrate Production

The new Chroma Color Corp. unites the production and technical expertise of four different firms to better serve the needs of a consolidating processor market.

A lot has changed since Plastics Technology toured the Salisbury, N.C., plant of Carolina Color in mid-August. Since our visit, Carolina Color and three sister color companies—all owned by New York-based private-equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners—combined into one business entity called Chroma Color Corp., based in McHenry, Ill. The new Chroma Color is a $150 million+ color-concentrate force comprised of Chroma, Carolina, Breen Color and Hudson Color.

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-Eastman showcases a green alternative to ABS at Luxe Pack Monaco

Eastman is launching at Luxe Pack Monaco (October 01-03, 2018), a new cellulose-based plastic designed as an eco-friendly alternative to ABS. This new polymer served as a basis for the development of an eco-designed powder compact in partnership with Groupe Rocher.

Trēva is a new BPA-free plastic containing 45% of cellulose-based plastic sourced from sustainably managed North American forests. Furthermore, because of its aesthetic, mechanical and chemical qualities it is an alternative that performs as well as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

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-Almost quarter of plastic bottles washed up on Hong Kong beaches come from Coca-Cola Company

Study finds 23.4 per cent of containers picked up in clean-up operations this summer belonged to Coca-Cola brands, followed closely by Vita at 21 per cent

The Green Earth organised 14 beach cleaning campaigns across the city this summer and found 328 of the 1,404 bottles it collected belonged to Coca-Cola brands.

At 23.4 per cent, the share was the highest of all producers.

“We do beach cleaning every year and the amount of ocean waste keeps growing,” said Hahn Chu Hon-keung, the group’s director of environmental advocacy. “People dropping the bottles are of course lacking in civic virtue, but do producers have a responsibility?”

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-Brazil: A Giant in Crisis Rocked by Corruption

Brazil is Latin America’s biggest country, spanning 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) to cover nearly half the continent.

Brazil  Michel Temer  Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva  Brazil court

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil, which holds presidential elections on 7 October, is a giant in size and economy, but has been struck by a string of corruption scandals that have rocked its political core.

Brazil is Latin America’s biggest country, spanning 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) to cover nearly half the continent.

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-Compostable plastics part of UK Parliament’s sustainability initiative

Berlin, 27 September 2018. As part of its 2018 initiative to cut down on the use of single-use items where feasible, or to substitute them with more sustainable alternatives, the Parliament of the United Kingdom has rolled out a new range of bio-based, certified compostable catering items, such as coffee cups, soup containers and salad boxes in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

New waste bins will be installed to capture used compostable items. The waste will be sent to an organic recycling facility, which will create high quality compost from it.

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-Flat to Lower Pricing for Volume Resins— Except Nylons

Improved supply/demand balance in key feedstocks and resins is steering prices flat to lower, but not for nylons.

Heading into the fourth quarter, a combination of lower prices for some key feedstocks and improvements in both feedstock and resin availability heralded a flat-to-lower pricing trend for PE, PP, PS, PVC, PET, ABS and PC. In contrast, tight feedstock and resin availability has been pushing prices upward for nylons 6 and 66.

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

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-The October contract price of styrene fell in Europe by EUR70 per ton  

The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed at the level of EUR1 310 per ton for October deliveries, which is EUR70 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month, ICIS reported on Monday citing confirmation from two sellers and two buyers in the market.

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October contract ethylene price Europe

October ethylene contract price in Europe increased by EUR10 per tonne  October contract ethylene price Europe

October contract ethylene price Europe MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,145 per ton, which is EUR10 per ton higher than the level of September, participants in the contract market told ICIS on Friday. October contract ethylene price Europe

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

This contract price was directly confirmed by two manufacturers and two buyers of the material, which is the minimum necessary configuration for the approval of the contract price of propylene.  Confirmation from another manufacturer is pending.

Higher prices for naphtha in September were offset by lower than expected demand, which led to discounts on spot volumes, despite the increase in contract prices.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1 135 per ton, remaining unchanged at the level of August.October contract ethylene price Europe

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

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in Russia for the first eight months of the year, the estimated consumption of PE was 1,305.45 thousand tons, which is 8% more than a year earlier.  Deliveries on all types of polyethylene increased.

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Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

Sinopec reduced October MEG prices in East China for CNY600 per tonne Sinopec October MEG prices EastChinahina  

Sinopec October MEG prices East China MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered October selling prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 600 yuan (CNY) or USD87 per ton, a company source told ICIS on Friday.

 Thus, from September 28, MEG company prices in the region are set at CNY7,500 or USD1,088.5 per tonne, the source said.Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

Spot quotes on material in China declined last month.  So, on September 27, they were in the range of CNY7 190-7 280 per ton against the level of CNY8 140-8 220 per ton on September 3.Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina

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 October MEG prices EastChina

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in October, the downward trend in demand in the Russian PET market is expected to continue.

The cost of material for contract customers will increase this month by about 3 thousand rubles.  per ton.  A rise in spot prices is not expected.

According to one of the manufacturers, the market in Russia is gradually moving into a phase of excess of supply over demand for material. Sinopec October MEG prices EastChina 

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.

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RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

Transparent sustainability.

RadiciGroup presents its 2017 Sustainability Report. Energy consumption and emissions down, training and added value up: the hallmarks of a Group that looks ahead by operating transparently and inclusively.

RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

The RadiciGroup 2017 Sustainability Report has been released.

Prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, the Report synthesizes numbers into graphics and tables that clearly and transparently show how the Group is committed to social and environmental sustainability “in the field” on a daily basis. RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

The reference to “the field” is not by chance. As a matter of fact, the site of the Sustainability Report presentation was the Bortolotti Sports Centre in Zingonia, Bergamo, training headquarters of Atalanta B.C. RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

Last year, the RadiciGroup logo appeared on the team jersey to confirm the ties of both organizations to their territory of origin and to demonstrate that great objectives can be reached through team play, in both sport and the work world.

“Following our excellent environmental performance in recent years – also thanks to sizeable investments at all our sites,” Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup, pointed out, “our trends in emissions, energy and the use of resources stayed positive.

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Mr. Angelo Radici : RadiciGroup’s Chairman

Even on the social front, the figures on Group workers were very good. RadiciGroup is growing in terms of human resources, not only from a numerical point of view but also – and more importantly – from a professional perspective.” RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

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-Sinopec reduced October MEG prices in East China for CNY600 per tonne

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, lowered October selling prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 600 yuan (CNY) or USD87 per ton, a company source told ICIS on Friday.

Thus, from September 28, MEG company prices in the region are set at CNY7,500 or USD1,088.5 per tonne, the source said

Spot quotes on material in China declined last month.  So, on September 27, they were in the range of CNY7 190-7 280 per ton against the level of CNY8 140-8 220 per ton on September 3.

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)

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-RadiciGroup : Transparent sustainability.

RadiciGroup presents its 2017 Sustainability Report. Energy consumption and emissions down, training and added value up: the hallmarks of a Group that looks ahead by operating transparently and inclusively.

Prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, the Report synthesizes numbers into graphics and tables that clearly and transparently show how the Group is committed to social and environmental sustainability “in the field” on a daily basis. RadiciGroup sustainability Global Reporting Initiative

The reference to “the field” is not by chance. As a matter of fact, the site of the Sustainability Report presentation was the Bortolotti Sports Centre in Zingonia, Bergamo, training headquarters of Atalanta B.C.

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Mr. Angelo Radici : RadiciGroup’s Chairman

-Furandicarboxylic Acid Market Top Players Present In The Industry Space With Growth Rate & Forecast To 2022

Furandicarboxylic Acid Market is analyzed by product types, applications and key market players for market size, share, sales (consumption), gross margin and revenue. The Furandicarboxylic Acid Market data from year 2013 to 2017 is primary basis of this research & the forecast period being 2018-2022. Market experts in the industry are the prime contributors of the accurate and reliable data present in this Furandicarboxylic Acid Market market report. The report gives review of Furandicarboxylic Acid Market Industry, including characterization, application, fabricating innovation, industry chain investigation and most recent market progression.

About Furandicarboxylic Acid Market

Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is a furan derivative. It is a renewable organic compound that can be used as a substitute for many organic chemicals such as terephthalic acid, adipic acid, phthalic anhydride, and bisphenol A.

Industry analysts forecast the Global Furandicarboxylic Acid Market to grow at a CAGR of 28.05% during the period 2017-2022.

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-US October benzene contracts settle lower, tracking weaker spot prices

US October benzene contracts settled 13 cents/gal ($39/tonne) lower month on month at $2.85/gal free on board (FOB) US Gulf.

The market had anticipated a lower settlement as spot prices traded below the September settlement for most of the past month.

US benzene contract prices typically settle on the last working day of the prior month and are heavily influenced by movements in spot pricing.

Benzene spot prices were weighed down over the past several weeks by sufficient supply and slower demand.

Refinery operating rates remained high throughout September. Margins for selective toluene disproportionation (STDP) units, which convert toluene into benzene and a paraxylene (PX)-rich stream of xylenes, have been healthy. Both trends suggest higher benzene production.

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-Chinese autos gain ground in Argentina

Chinese-made automobiles are more frequently seen running on the streets of Argentina now, as more car makers come to the South American market.

This week, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd., better known as JAC Motors, became the latest Chinese manufacturer to present its line of passenger and commercial vehicles for Argentine consumers.

Argentine importer Sideco showcased JAC-brand SUVs and pickups at Arenas Studios, the expansive movie-making venue in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires, capital of the country.

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-Asia Faces a Devil’s Bargain over Us Sanctions on Iran’s Oil

Donald Trump’s re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran leaves oil importers with a stark choice: pay punishing prices on the open market, or buy cheaply from Iran and face the wrath of the United States

In just over a month, on November 5, the US government is due to re-impose sanctions on Iran’s exports of oil. As Iran’s biggest customer – buying roughly a third of its 2 million barrels a day of exports last year – China will be heavily affected by the US action. How Chinese oil buyers respond will have deep implications, not just for China itself, but for other economies across Asia and around the world.

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-GPCA: Sustainable Economy in Chemicals and Petrochemicals In this feature, GPCA will elaborate the organization’s vision to make Petroleum’s Move Towards Sustainability and Circular Economy

In this feature, GPCA will elaborate the organization’s vision to make Petroleum’s Move Towards Sustainability and Circular Economy

Isn’t it amazing how an incubator can give a chance to a premature baby to become part of the family his parents have been dreaming of? Isn’t it encouraging to see how a dialysis machine can grant a grandfather with kidney failure the opportunity to meet his grandson?

If not for the people who exerted efforts to produce valuable materials out of mere petrochemicals, those miracles would have never materialized. Many discoveries have triumphed particularly in the field of medicine because of the world’s dependent on products that are consisted mainly of plastics. Without this, engineers and scientists could not possibly think of any alternative that would match the caliber of these products in the manufacturing industry.

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-Wrangler adopts water-eliminating dyeing process

Wrangler has reached an agreement to manufacture a line of jeans launching in 2019 that will be dyed using new water-eliminating technology.

The VF Corp.-owned brand said it is the first brand to adopt the foam-dyeing process, which eliminates 99 percent of the water used in indigo dyeing.

“While we have been able to reduce 3 billion liters of water in product finishing during the past 10 years, we know that more needs to be done across the entire supply chain,” said Tom Waldron, Wrangler president. “Foam technology reduces water consumption and pollution further upstream, helping our fabric suppliers to dramatically minimize the impacts of making denim fabric blue.”

The foam-dyeing process was developed at Texas Tech University. Wrangler and the Walmart Foundation contributed seed money to the university to develop the technology.

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-Eurozone manufacturing hits two-year low as confidence plummets on trade war

Manufacturing sector growth in the eurozone was at its slowest rate in two years in September as global trade concerns push confidence down to a near three-year low, according to IHS Markit on Monday.

The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rate for the eurozone dipped to 53.2 points during the month, the weakest since September 2016 and below August’s 54.6 points.

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-DSM strengthens its market-leading position in the development and commercialization of sustainable, innovative resins and circular economy solutions

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has announced the strengthening of its leadership in sustainable, innovative resins & circular economy solutions with the successful expansion of its production capacity of its sustainable liquid polyester technology and other specialty resins, through the operational launch of a new state-of-the-art polyester production facility in Meppen, Germany.

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-New NAFTA draws cautious early praise from manufacturers

Washington — Manufacturing and business groups welcomed the Sept. 30 announcement that Canada will join Mexico and the United States in a revised North American Free Trade Agreement, although they cautioned they wanted to assess the full details.

Manufacturing groups, including plastics and chemicals trade associations, had been pushing for Canada to be included, after the U.S. and Mexico reached a tentative deal Aug. 27 but it had been unclear if Canada would join.

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-India PE, PP markets on a seasonal lull ahead of Diwali

India’s polyolefin demand has been largely weak, with upside limited amid a seasonal market lull ahead of Diwali in November.

On 28 September, spot linear low density PE (LLDPE) film prices were assessed at $,1,060-1,070/tonne CFR (cost & freight) India, down $10-20/tonne from the previous week; while PP raffia were unchanged at $1,225-1,240/tonne CFR India, ICIS data showed.

Businesses are expected to slow down in parts of India from 9 October due to  Navratri – a nine-night Hindu post-monsoon autumn festival; while on 6 November, India will celebrate Diwali or Festival of Lights, a major Hindu holiday.

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-Brent crude oil hits four-year high ahead of US sanctions against Iran

With oil prices soaring, there are concerns over their inflationary effect on demand growth, especially in Asia’s emerging markets where weakening currencies are further adding to high fuel import costs.

Brent crude oil prices hit their highest level since November 2014 on Monday ahead of U.S. sanctions against Iran that kick in next month. Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $83.24 per barrel at 0228 GMT, up 51 cents, or 0.3 percent, their highest level since November 2014. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were up 37 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $73.62 a barrel.

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-Soaking Flowback With Surfactant Improves Oil Recovery in Unconventional Reservoirs

This paper evaluates the ability of different groups of surfactants to improve oil recovery in unconventional liquid reservoirs (ULRs) by experimentally simulating the fracture treatment to represent surfactant imbibition in a ULR core fracture during a soaking flowback. The effect of wettability and interfacial tension (IFT) alteration on the process also is analyzed.

The results show that the addition of surfactants to completion fluids and the use of a soaking-flowback production scheme could improve oil recovery by wettability alteration and IFT reduction, maximizing well performance after stimulation.

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-Faurecia Completes Purchase of Parrot Faurecia

Faurecia today announced that it had completed the acquisition of 100% of Parrot Faurecia Automotive.

The deal follows the announcement of an agreement between Parrot and Faurecia on July 5 this year regarding Faurecia’s proposal to acquire 100% of Parrot Faurecia Automotive.

The transaction is based on an enterprise value of € 100 million, identical to that used when Faurecia entered into the capital of Parrot Automotive in 2017.

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-The Difficult Truth About Sustainability and Bio-Plastics

As more cities and countries enact bans on single-use plastics such as straws and bags, the world is rushing to embrace bio-plastics.

Seattle is a standout example. The city’s ban on petroleum-based plastics came into force in July, prompting local firms to seek “bio-degradable” plastics, usually created out of polylactic acid (PLA), as an alternative.

But while these seemingly natural plastics do have benefits over conventional ones, they can create complex long-term problems if improperly utilized and cause more damage than their petrochemical counterparts.

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Polymers Polyester Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers Polyester Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM25/09/201801/10/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

10,000 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton-100
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,310 $/ton1,280 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,875 yuan/ton9,725 yuan/ton-150
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

9,850 yuan/ton9,675 yuan/ton-175
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,850 yuan/ton7,890 yuan/ton+40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,040 $/ton 1,040 $/ton 
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7.140 yuan/ton7,420 yuan/ton+280
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

 870 $/ton902 $/ton+32
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,268 $/ton 1,309 $/ton+41
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

 11,200 yuan/ton 10,970 yuan/ton-230
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton9,650 yuan/ton+250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,650 yuan/ton 12,500 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 12,600 yuan/ton12,300 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,400 yuan/ton11,175 yuan/ton-225
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,820 yuan/ton10,620 yuan/ton-200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

18,250 yuan/ton18,200 yuan/ton-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,170 $/ton2,190 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,470 $/ton2,490 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

19,150 yuan/ton19,800 yuan/ton+650
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,600 yuan/ton19,600 yuan/ton 
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

40,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton-1000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,200 yuan/ton22,350 yuan/ton+150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,100 yuan/ton25,200 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,100 yuan/ton24,100 yuan/ton 
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton+100
Benzene domestic market

 

6,950 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton 
Benzene overseas  market

 

843 $/ton862 $/ton+19
Ethylene South East market

 

1,160 $/ton1,130 $/ton-30
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,160 $/ton1,107 $/ton-53
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

19,100 yuan/ton19,100 yuan/ton 
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

15,100 yuan/ton15,120 yuan/ton+20
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,450 yuan/ton10,650 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market         

 

699 $/ton715 $/ton+16
Phenol domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton

 

11,575 yuan/ton

 

+175
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,495 $/ton

 

1,490 $/ton

 

-5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,560 $/ton

 

 1,565 $/ton

 

+5
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,117 $/ton1,117 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,114 $/ton1,114 $/ton 
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,102 $/ton1,102 $/ton 
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,092 $/ton1,092 $/ton 
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,262 $/ton 1,262 $/ton 
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,232 $/ton 1,242 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,259 €/ton 1,259 €/ton 

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Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

All about bioplastics Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

The issue with plastics is their disposal.

By Pavitra Sriprakash

Bioplastics renewable sustainable sourcesCHENNAI : The ongoing innovations and developments in the space of bioplastics seems glacial in comparison to the frenzy with which plastics are being banned across cities and countries around the world. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

By 2019 Chennai will join the list of cities that have banned single use plastic products. Meanwhile there is much to be said about finding alternatives to the material — and quickly so.Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

The issue with plastics is their disposal. Bioplastics are derived from renewable and sustainable sources and said to ‘Biodegrade’ easily. Arguments have been made that only 9% of all plastic manufactured are recycled, and their wastes are only increasing with continued use.Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

Since bioplastics are made from natural sources such as vegetable fats, oils, corn starch, straw, wood chips, and food waste, the hope is that it will be absorbed more easily back into earth and not rot in a landfill over the next 1,000 years.

There is apprehension that bioplastics may not be the silver bullet and there will be limitations. There are arguments that biodegradation may not happen with any more ease and safety, and problems with their disposal may not be any different from those faced with conventional fossil-fuel derived plastics. Still it is important to understand some technological aspects of biodegradability to build on the positives. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

The word to watch out for is ‘Oxo-fragmentable’. Products that are oxo-fragmentable are made from conventional plastics and only supplemented partly with additives that help fragment the materials. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

These do not break the polymers fully to a biodegradable level. In fact, they increase the problems by disintegrating into microplastics, which more often than not wind up in our water sources and enter our food chain. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

Biodegradability is an inherent characteristic and in contrast to oxo-fragmentation, biodegradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms.

The process produces water, carbon dioxide, and biomass as end products. TED talks and videos of plastic bags being dissolved in water are trending on social media.

The most popular is the one where these bags made primarily from vegetable starch, have been allowed to completely biodegrade in 3-4 months.

“It is non toxic to humans and other animals,” declares the TED speaker as he ends the lecture dramatically drinking the glass of murky fluid!

These starch-based bioplastics are strikingly similar to common plastics used daily and promise to replace regular single use plastic carry bags once and for all.

Apart from the obvious facts of being from a natural source and not containing petroleum based raw materials, biodegradable bioplastics could be totally compostable. They dissolve in high temperature water; and are endowed with the look, feel and durability of conventional plastics. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

Most importantly biodegradable plastics even when laminated are recyclable. It’s a really good feeling to know that soon shopping bags, laundry bags, garbage lining bags and other places that have films and sheets of plastic will start using this material over conventional plastic. Bioplastics renewable sustainable sources

But until then carry your canvas ‘catch-all’ bag always, and remember to check if the plastic is OXOfragmentable or BIOdegradable. Your awareness will make a huge difference!

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Chinese holidays October 1st to 7th, 2018: National Day / Golden Week

中国节日2018年10月1日至7日:国庆/黄金周

-Polymers Polyester Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Axion Polymers invests in product development laboratory facilities

Axion Polymers has invested in more laboratory test equipment at its Salford-based plastics recycling facility, including a new injection moulder, that will enable a greater range of polymer testing and further development of recycled polymer grades.

Axion’s in-house test capability now includes a Fourier Transform mid -infrared spectrometer for analysing the composition of black and dark-coloured polymer chips, a near-infrared multi-chip spectrometer for rapid analysis of large quantities of polymer chips and an X-Ray fluorescence analyser for heavy metals and bromine.

According to Axion the laboratory also has a notched Izod impact tester, a tensile tester and a lab-scale injection moulder to produce test pieces and evaluate moulding performance.

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-New green polymer technologies will benefit the environment, manufacturers and consumers

LETHBRIDGE -Our government is supporting research that will result in innovative technologies and processes that improve biodegradable plastics and their production.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $1,000,000 for the University of Lethbridge. Funding is being provided through the Western Diversification Program.

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-Asia petrochemical trades slow down ahead of China’s Golden Week

Asia’s petrochemical trades have slowed down as China – a key market in the region – will go on a week-long holiday in October.

Trading activity is expected to pick up in mid-October when Chinese players are back in the market.

China is a major importer of petrochemicals in Asia, and also a key supplier of some of those products in the region.

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-Going Green: The dark side of biodegradable packaging

Efforts to cut down on items which contribute to pollution have been at the forefront of many government agendas worldwide.

In Trinidad and Tobago, government recently announced a ban on Styrofoam products from January 2019, and many have called for a ban on single-use plastic bags and straws.

However, Barry Fakoory, Sales Manager at VF Packaging, a local company which produces plastic containers, says there are other factors involved in the move from disposable plastic to compostable packaging.

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-$100 Crude Oil? Trump And OPEC On A Collision Course

WTI $75.00 May Be The New Benchmark For WTI Crude For The Fall And Winter Months.

It appears that U.S. President Donald Trump and OPEC are headed for a showdown over growing energy prices. On Friday, November WTI crude oil futures closed at $73.25, the highest level since the boom years of 2010-13. The late-week rally followed a positive EIA Crude oil stocks report on Wednesday and strong verbiage from Trump at the U.N.

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-PepsiCo to set up PET bottles recycling plant in DelhiBusiness

PepsiCo is working on Performance with Purpose 2025 goal to design recoverable or recyclable packaging, and support increased recycling of plastic waste.

New Delhi: PepsiCo India on Saturday said it plans to establish a facility in Delhi to recycle used PET plastic bottles to reduce its impact on environment. “The company has partnered with Gem Enviro Management to set up infrastructure for collection and recycling of used PET plastic bottles in Delhi, in line with the plastic waste management rules,” PepsiCo said in a statement

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-Oil Price Increase: Blessing or Curse for Nigeria?

Chineme Okafor weighs the implications of rising oil prices on Nigeria, which relies on imported petroleum products to run its economy

Oil prices have continued to rise to new levels and underpinning the higher oil prices is the spectre of far-reaching sanctions the United States has placed on the Iranian regime and which is intended to isolate it from economic interactions.

As at Tuesday, reports indicated crude oil prices jumped more than two per cent to a four-year high after Saudi Arabia and Russia ruled out any immediate increase in production despite calls by United States President, Donald Trump for action to raise global supply.

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-Saudi Arabia quietly plans to increase oil output by 500,000 barrels per day

Saudi Arabia is poised to steadily increase production to compensate for the Iranian oil that will be subject to U.S. sanctions starting Nov. 5.

Saudi Arabia hasn’t said anything publicly, and seemed to tow the OPEC line following Sunday’s meeting with other major oil producers. But Commerzbank said Friday that Saudi Arabia could pump another 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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-Hengli to use Invista’s P8 technology for fifth PTA line29

Invista’s technology and licensing group, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), and Hengli Petrochemical (Hengli) have reached agreement for the licensing of Invista’s latest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process technology for Hengli’s fifth PTA line. Invista’s latest industry-leading PTA technology is available as a licence package from IPT.

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-Fakuma 2018: Japan’s Polyplastics to highlight latest material and technology innovations

Japan’s Polyplastics will showcase its material solutions, technology innovations, and the latest applications at the upcoming Fakuma 2018 exhibition Oct. 16–20 in Friedrichshafen, Germany (Hall B1, Booth B1-1213). The trade show is expected to attract more than 1,800 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors.

Polyplastics homes in on automotive and electrical/electronics applications with its range of engineering plastics. Pictured here is a hybrid electric vehicle motor insulator.

Polyplastics will also focus on e-mobility, along with its efforts in research and development. The company’s newly established technical center in Frankfurt offers expanded customer support, delivering design and product development expertise for a range of applications.

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-Oil price could remain high for some time

The market is anxious over a supply shortage as sanctions on Iran could potentially see 1.5 million barrels a day removed

Oil prices rose last week to more than $80 per barrel for the first time since November 2014. Rather than rising on the back of strong demand growth and a positive outlook for the global economy, the recent move in prices has been catalysed by growing market anxiety over supply.

In a reversal of the glut the market endured from 2015 to 2017, there is a real risk we could enter 2019 with not enough oil to go around, setting the stage for oil prices to remain high for some time.

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-What oil at $100 a barrel would mean for SA and the world economy

Oil could rise to $100 by 2019 as global markets tighten

Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent to a four-year high on Monday after OPEC declined to announce an immediate increase in production despite calls by U.S. President Donald Trump for action to raise global supply. Sonia Legg reports

Rising oil prices are prompting forecasts of a return to $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014, creating both winners and losers in the world economy.

Exporters of the fuel would enjoy bumper returns, giving a fillip to companies and government coffers. By contrast, consuming nations would bear the cost at the pump, potentially fanning inflation and hurting demand.

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-Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb For Oil Markets

Iraq’s ministry of oil has published a very optimistic report on the country’s capability to ramp up production, but internal political issues could lead to a new crisis after this weekend.

At the same time that a new Iraqi government is forming, a government that is increasing Iranian influence within Iraq, another election is threatening the country’s stability.

On Sunday, Kurdistan is voting for a new KRG parliament, a vote that may result in new power brokers in Erbil.

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-China to Sell U.S. Oil Assets as Trade Wars Mount

Although this will be challenging in the short term, it may be an opportunity for large American companies to acquire assets.

China’s largest oil and gas publicly-traded company, CNOOC (CEO) , is considering selling parts of its U.S.-based oil assets in the Gulf of Mexico amid escalating trade wars with the U.S. Although, according to a Reuters article, it does not intend to fully exit the U.S. market, where it holds significant stakes in two deepwater projects. To us, this is a signal that even U.S. energy assets have become less of a priority for China as they seek to reallocate capital elsewhere, like recent discoveries in Guyana.

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-From seaweed to sugarcane, companies race to find the next great plastic replacement

Craig Graffius began selling his handmade glass straws at farmers markets. Now, Eco-Glass Straws, founded in the small town of Hood River, Oregon, has upgraded to a high-tech machine that pumps out 2,000 straws an hour, 16 times faster than the handmade process.

Even with the advanced technology, he still has to turn away international orders for millions of straws.

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-Novamont’s Biodegradable Answer to Plastic Pollution from Microbeads

To tackle the problems created by microplastics, both in the waste stream and the environment, Italian bioplastic firm has developed a range of readily biodegradable ingredients.

The company explained that its new materials are suitable for cosmetic applications, use renewable raw materials, and offer performance comparable to traditional microplastics

The new line of bio-based and readily biodegradable ingredients for cosmetic applications, Dubbed CELUS-BI®, the company said that the new line of bio-based and readily biodegradable ingredients is fighting marine plastic pollution and preserving natural resources through research.

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-All about bioplastics 

The issue with plastics is their disposal.

CHENNAI : The ongoing innovations and developments in the space of bioplastics seems glacial in comparison to the frenzy with which plastics are being banned across cities and countries around the world.

By 2019 Chennai will join the list of cities that have banned single use plastic products. Meanwhile there is much to be said about finding alternatives to the material — and quickly so.

The issue with plastics is their disposal. Bioplastics are derived from renewable and sustainable sources and said to ‘Biodegrade’ easily. Arguments have been made that only 9% of all plastic manufactured are recycled, and their wastes are only increasing with continued use.

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-Oil rises as U.S. sanctions on Iran tighten supply

Oil prices rose on Friday as U.S. sanctions on Tehran squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening supply even as other key exporters increased production.

Global crude oil benchmark Brent LCOc1 was up 60 cents at $82.32 a barrel by 1340 GMT. The contract hit a four-year high of $82.55 this week but has been fairly stable during the third quarter, gaining around 3 percent since the end of June.

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-Weak US demand pushes Mexican naphtha to Northwest Europe

London —  Weak demand for naphtha in the US in recent weeks has drawn rare flows of naphtha from Mexico to Northwest Europe, according to market sources and data from cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade flow software.

The 51,246-dwt Hellas Explorer left Coatzacoalcos on the east coast of Mexico on September 16, expected to arrive in Amsterdam around October 2, according to market sources and cFlow. The 51,510-dwt Aegean Wave is still docked in Coatzacoalcos as of Friday, but is also expected to be bound for Europe, according to two market sources.

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Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Sustainable, inline recycling of carbon fiber  Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Shocker Composites and R&M International are developing a supply chain for recycled CF with zero knockdown vs. virgin fiber, lower cost and, eventually, lengths delivering structural properties close to continuous fiber. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Currently, the most common recycling process used to recover carbon fiber from composite waste is pyrolysis, where high heat basically burns off the resin. Solvolysis, which uses a solvent to dissolve the resin, has long been claimed to offer superior properties. So far, commercialization of both pyrolysis and solvolysis has been through batch processes. But inline processing is finally in the works.  Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Shocker Composites (Wichita, KS, US) is a start-up out of Wichita State University (Wichita, KS, US) founded by Ph.D. student Vamsidhar Patlolla. He developed a method to recycle and reuse carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) test coupons during a research project on self-healing composites. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

“He came to us about 18 months ago, looking for sales channels for his recycled Aerospace grade fibers,” explains Stephen Rawson, a partner at R&M International (Fort Washington, PA, US), which specializes in the international import, export and trade of textiles, plastics and recycling materials. “The process uses solvolysis to dissolve the resin and then to completely remove it from the fiber. We were very interested because the recycled carbon fibers are not only very high quality, with the same properties as virgin aerospace grade fibers, but the process is profitable cost-wise.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Scanning electron micrographs of virgin carbon fiber (left) and carbon fiber recycled using Shocker Composites’ solvolysis process (right). SOURCE: R&M International

Rawson explains that R&M had already seen opportunity in recycling carbon fiber. “We were looking for a sustainable, competitive advantage vs. what is already out there. Shocker Composites’ process offers this advantage because it is an inline process, not a batch process.” He notes that batch processes are expensive and difficult to scale. “You must copy process modules over and over to add capacity.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Shocker Composites had already demonstrated taking uncured prepreg waste, removing the resin and producing recycled fiber that shows no damage when compared with virgin carbon fiber (vCF). “They performed microscopic analysis on the recycled fiber and found it to be almost identical to virgin fiber, except there is no sizing,” says Rawson. The fiber structure was seen to be essentially the same as vCF. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

However, it now had to be demonstrated that the fiber could be reused with high performance. “We had difficulty because the recycled fiber was so fluffy, that it was hard to get it into a resin for reuse,” says Rawson. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

He concedes that it could be readily converted into a nonwoven material, “but that product is already out there via pyrolysis and we are seeing that the market is still being developed to take up these materials. We did see an opportunity, however, if we could process the fiber into pellets for thermoplastic composite molding and overmolding.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Shocker Composites and R&M International have developed means for densifying the recycled carbon fiber (left) and compounding into pellets (right) for thermoplastic injection molding or overmolding. SOURCE: R&M International.

So, Shocker then had to solve the problem of densifying the material so that it could be compounded with thermoplastic into pellets for injection molding and extrusion/3D printing.  “This is what has been accomplished over the last few months,” Rawson explains. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

“We have worked with a customer to compound the recycled carbon fiber with ABS into pellets and then extrude for large-scale 3D printing. The results were the same as for virgin fiber and the cost is less than current market price for pellets made with virgin fiber.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Recycling process flow for Shocker Composites and R&M International rCF via inline solvolysis. SOURCE: R&M International

3D printing with rCF

“We are now performing trials, using the recycled carbon fiber to make 3D printing filament — both 1.75mm and 2.85mm diameter — using ABS and nylon,” says Rawson. “We’ve done a test part on the Cincinnati Inc. BAAM equipment (see the blog “Additive manufacturing: Can you print a car?”) using  ABS reinforced with the recycled carbon fiber, from 20% up to 40% reinforcement. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

It prints beautifully.” He notes that the 3D printing market for BAAM and Thermwood’s LAAM process is growing (see my report from CAMX 2017, scroll down to the 4thitem, in fact the whole last part is about rCF and 3D printing).

Shocker Composites and R&M International have compounded the recycled carbon fiber into 20-40% reinforced ABS filament and demonstrated its successful use in the BAAM 3D printing process. SOURCE: R&M International.

Shocker Composites and R&M International have also sent the ABS compound to a 3D printing filament manufacturer, who converted it into 1.75mm filament and then trialed it into a commercial 3D printer to make a cube, a vase and other objects. “The hexagon-patterned vase shows how well that filament prints,” says Rawson. “The filament producer said it was excellent, that it flowed well and printed well.”

Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Trials of 20% rCF ABS compound converted into 1.75mm 3D printing filament show very high quality and process capability. SOURCE: R&M International.

3D printing to injection molding to unidirectional tape

“The unique thing about Shocker is that the recycled carbon fiber produced with this inline solvolysis process is very high quality with no apparent damage to the fibers,” says Rawson.

“Unlike other recycling methods such as pyrolysis, there is no 10-20% knockdown vs. virgin fiber, and we can produce it at a lower cost than virgin fiber. We’ve looked for where there is a good market that is sustainable long-term, and we think thermoplastic composites is the best market niche for our fiber, with 3D printing as an accelerator.”

What about injection molding and overmolding? “That market tends to be very allied with virgin carbon fiber producers and not very amenable to switching to rCF,” says Rawson. “Of course, that is for the big compounders. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

There is opportunity in small, niche molders of high-value components.” Rawson shows a biomedical device from MTD Micro Molding. R&M International has successfully trialed the Shocker Composites rCF in a variety of injection molded components.

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R&M International does see opportunity for injection molding with rCF in high-value, niche applications like this biomedical device.  SOURCE: MTD Micro Molding

Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

R&M International has trialed the Shocker Composites rCF in a variety of compression molded parts with good results. SOURCE: R&M International.

It is also working on new densification and pelletization technologies that enable longer fiber compounds. “If you can get up to 1.0 inch in length for aligned discontinuous carbon fiber, you get almost the same structural properties as for continuous fiber,” Rawson explains. “If that’s the case, you can see recycled carbon fiber as becoming much more valuable.

The idea of using aligned discontinuous fibers to achieve greater moldability and high mechanical properties was demonstrated a decade ago with stretch-broken carbon fiber. Read “Aligned discontinuous fibers come of age”. Another interesting article on this is “Aligned Discontinuous Fibre Composites: A Short History” published in 2014 by Matthew Such, Carwyn Ward and Kevin Potter.

 Sustainable recycling carbon fiber
Shocker Composites and R&M International are working with the University of South Dakota’s CNAM center to convert longer recycled carbon fiber into reinforced thermoplastic sheet though the DiFTs process. Rolls of reinforced PP tape are shown here.
SOURCE: R&M International.

R&M International is pursuing this further, working with the Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE) Laboratory and Composite and Nanocomposite Advanced Manufacturing Center (CNAM) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines, Rapid City, SD, US). CNAM has developed a Discontinuous Fiber-reinforced Thermoplastic sheet (DiFTs) process that produces sheets containing discontinuous fibers with significant retention of fiber length and fiber alignment. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

The patent-pending process is compatible with a variety of fibers, including rCF. Material supplied to Steelcase (Caledonia, MI, US) and PolyOne for molding trials have shown that CF/PP sheets made with DiFTs can be thermoformed and compression molded with good results. An automotive differential cover made from 30% rCF/PP was molded by the University of Maine’s Alfond Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory for Structural Thermoplastics and presented by David Erb at the 2017 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE): “Development of a Thermoformed Rear Differential Cover Made From Recycled Carbon Fiber”. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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This curved prototype part for a military application, roughly the size of safety goggles (center photo), has been compression molded from 30% CF/PP sheet made using the CNAM DiFTs process. SOURCE: R&M International and CNAM.

He notes that the industry-university consortium advancing this technology is also refining the tape making progress, achieving 5-10% improvement in alignment and strength properties without even pushing the fiber to longer length. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

“CNAM has produced these using nylon, ABS, and PP, but it could be any Thermoplastic,” says Rawson. The DiFTs pilot line currently produces 8-inch wide tapes up to a 2.0 mil thickness from extruded pellets, and it creates approximately 80% alignment in the fibers. This now allows you to design structural parts. Through a simple laminator, we can splice these tapes together to make sheets over 1 m in width, only limited by the size of the laminator.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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These graphs show mechanical properties of the pellets manufactured using Shocker Composites rCF. The pellets were extruded into coupons and tested for tensile and flexural properties. The different colors show properties from different vendors SOURCE: Shocker Composites.Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

Path forward

The short-term path forward for Shocker Composites and R&M International is to produce and sell high-quality recycled carbon fiber to 3D printer filament manufacturers, molding material compounders and higher-value, niche market injection molders.

The companies will continue development toward longer-term goals, including use of their rCF products in discontinuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic tapes and extension of the rCF length to 1 inch and perhaps even beyond. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

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Shocker Composites and R&M International inline solvolysis process chain for recycling composite prepreg waste into new composite parts. SOURCE: R&M International

“Right now, we are recycling prepreg waste using the inline solvolysis process, and there is no degradation of the fiber,” says Rawson. “This is going to make carbon fiber more and more accessible as you recycle in a way that it can be reused many times. The customer that buys our thermoplastic composite pellets will use that material and include that cost as part of their parts production. Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

They’re not expecting to recover anything from it, but that part at the end of its life can now be recycled multiple times and therefore can once again be monetized. As more and more fiber gets into this closed loop, more increasingly cheaper fiber will become available. This is so tremendous for our industry because we’re reusing the material over and over.” Sustainable recycling carbon fiber

For more information, visit R&M International in booth T59 at CAMX 2018 (Oct. 16-18, Dallas, TX, US).

Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers 29-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is stable on the eve of the “National Day Golden Week holiday”, PTA and MEG prices are slightly rising

PET Bottle grade export 1,250/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,800/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 885/900 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,300/7,400 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,300/1,310 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,900/11,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,450/12,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/ton

-First trade war casualties in chemicals and beyond   

With $250bn in US trade tariffs now in place and $110bn from China, we are starting to see some early casualties in this trade war. Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers 

Owners of US chemical projects which are export oriented, and were planned with the colossal China market in mind, are now reconsidering these plans. And on 27 September one – Austria’s Lenzing – went public with the news that it has shelved plans for construction of a specialty fibre plant at Mobile, Alabama.

Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers

-Sustainable, inline recycling of carbon fiber  

Shocker Composites and R&M International are developing a supply chain for recycled CF with zero knockdown vs. virgin fiber, lower cost and, eventually, lengths delivering structural properties close to continuous fiber. Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers 

Currently, the most common recycling process used to recover carbon fiber from composite waste is pyrolysis, where high heat basically burns off the resin. Solvolysis, which uses a solvent to dissolve the resin, has long been claimed to offer superior properties. So far, commercialization of both pyrolysis and solvolysis has been through batch processes. But inline processing is finally in the works.

Plastic chemicals biobased carbon fibers

-Asia PVC tumbles amid US-China trade war

Spot polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices in northeast Asia fell to their lowest in more than nine months, weighed down by competitively priced US cargoes and uncertainty amid the ongoing US-China trade war.

On 21 September 2018, spot prices fell $92.50/tonne or 9% week on week to an average of $835/tonne FOB (free on board) NE (northeast) Asia, according to ICIS data. The last time FOB NE Asia spot prices were lower was on 08 December 2017, the data showed. Spot prices were stable in late July to end-August, with limited upside due to depreciating Asian currencies against the US dollar.

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-Danimer Scientific to takeover Fermentation Facility in Winchester, KY to produce PHA

Altech Fermentation FacilityDanimer Scientific, a pioneer in creating more sustainable, more natural ways to make plastic products, plans to take over fermentation plant built on the 88,000-square-foot and housed in former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester to produce its proprietary Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material.

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-Mitsubishi Chemical to start the sales of Paper Cups made from biodegradable plastic

Mitsubishi Chemical Biodegradable Paper CupsMitsubishi Chemical Corporation, headquartered at Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; under the leadership of Masayuki Waga, the president, stated that Japan Paper and Pulp Co., Ltd. will start selling paper cups made with MCC’s BioPBS in October. Japan Paper and Pulp Co. headquartered at Chuo-ku, Tokyo is head by President: Akihiko Watanabe. BioPBS, developed and patented by MCC, is plant-derived and biodegradable plastic.

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-Myant announces textile computing collaboration with Mayo Clinic

Myant CEO Tony Chahine. © MyantMyant, a leader in the design, development, and production of ‘textile computing’ products, has announced the launch of a strategic collaboration with Mayo Clinic to bring Mayo’s patented algorithms for heart monitoring and arrhythmia detection to Myant’s SKIIN Textile Computing platform.

The agreement gives Myant an exclusive licence to Mayo Clinic’s proprietary heart monitoring and arrhythmia detection technology for use in smart clothing projects. Myant’s SKIIN smart underwear will be released in early 2019 pending FDA clearance and Health Canada approval.

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-Eco friendly: Packaging for fries made from potato skins

Italian designers Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli have created an ecological packaging for fries made from recycled potato skins, as a sustainable alternative to paper. Called Peel Saver, the packaging is made of starch and fibre components that, after maceration and natural dying, bond with each other and harden.

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-Oil prices inched up on Friday, with investors trying to gauge the potential impact on supply from looming US sanctions on Iran’s crude exports. 

The most-active Brent crude futures contract, for December, had risen 18 cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $81.56 per barrel by 0126 GMT. That was close to a four-year high of $82.55 struck on Tuesday.
With the expiration of the Brent November futures contract later on Friday, the front-month contract will become the December contract.
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-Bioprocessing lab will change the ag economy

Urbana, Ill (WAND) – A game changing bioprocessing lab at the University of Illinois could change the face of agriculture for decades to come.

The Integrated Bioprocessing Laboratory is located on the Urbana campus.  State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, helped steer nearly $27 million in state funds to the project.

“For the I-72 corridor between Decatur and Champaign you now have something that nowhere else in the world has,” Rose told WANDs Doug Wolfe.

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-Pyratex fabrics use responsibly-sourced natural fibres

Spain-based Pyrates Smart Fabrics, set up with the goal to find a fashion solution to health and environmental challenges, provide the same benefits as synthetic smart fabrics, but using responsibly-sourced natural fibres, which are much more respectful to nature as well as to our skin. The company offers a combination of functional and natural.

CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

Coca-Cola Machine in China Uses Facial Recognition and More to Dispense Drinks, Reward Recycling CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

The next time you smile as you grab your favorite drink, the vending machine might just respond in kind – especially if you recycle the package after.

Using cutting-edge facial recognition technologies and a voice interactive system, the VenCycling machine makes purchasing and recycling a variety of Coca-Cola beverages more efficient and intelligent. Sporting emotive AI LEDs and two “eyes” – one that dispenses beverages and another that collects used packaging – the machine offers a smart incentive for consumers to recycle. In exchange for returning used cans or plastic bottles into the machine, consumers receive credits, primarily via mobile devices, for beverages or products made from recycled plastics.CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

“We envision a system that allows vending machines to also collect used packaging,” explains Dr. Shell Huang, vice president, R&D, Coca-Cola Asia Pacific, which unveiled the innovation at Summer Davos in Tianjin, China. “It will help enhance recycling awareness among consumers and nurture recycling habits.”CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

Innovations like the VenCycling machine support The Coca-Cola Company’s “World Without Waste” vision to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030.

CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

More than 200 Global Shapers from all over the world discussed “Shaping a World Without Waste through Innovation” at the Global Shapers Event during Summer Davos.

“VenCycling is an innovation for the company to achieve our global vision for sustainable packaging,” said Jiantao Zhang vice president, Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea. “We will use our business efficiency to contribute to sustainable development in China.”

Dr. Peiyuan Guo, co-founder and general manager of SynTao – a consultancy group specializing in green finance – says one way to encourage sustainable development is to reframe plastics as a manufacturing resource with a life, post-bottle, as recycled plastics can transform into other consumer goods.CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

“With VenCycling,” he concludes, “Coca-Cola China has taken a great step by introducing packaging into the value chain of circular economy.”CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

A Davos visitor learns about the ways in which PET bottles can be recycled at Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste booth.CocaCola Machine China Drinks Recycling

Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

Belarusian Mogilevkhimvolokno to launch cutting-edge polyester fiber line in December  Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

Mogilevkhimvolokno  polyester fiber December

MOGILEV, (BelTA) – The Mogilev-based synthetic yarn manufacturer Mogilevkhimvolokno intends to start manufacturing polyester fiber using the direct molding method in December. Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

The news was released by Mogilevkhimvolokno Director General Piotr Rudnik as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Mikhail Babich visited the company on 26 September. Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

Mogilevkhimvolokno  polyester fiber December

According to Piotr Rudnik, it will be the first stage in implementing a major investment project to build a facility to make polyester products. Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

The new equipment with the output capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum will allow making new varieties of synthetic yarn, which sell well in CIS and non-CIS states.

The Russian Federation remains the main strategic partner for Mogilevkhimvolokno, with the company selling about half of its output to Russia. Among other things the new facility will allow increasing the output and export to Russia.

Piotr Rudnik said: “We are discussing the implementation of the second stage of the investment project to develop the enterprise. Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

The stage provides for building a continuous PET polycondensation plant connected to polyester fiber manufacturing lines, a plant for solid state polycondensation and technical yarn production. Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

The project is estimated to cost roughly €120 million. The facilities are supposed to be commissioned in 2023-2024.

Raising Russian investments is one of the options we are considering.”

Mogilevkhimvolokno  polyester fiber December

The investment project will allow Mogilevkhimvolokno to renew the plant and equipment and switch completely to modern technologies for making PET granulate, polyester yarn, and polyester technical yarn. Mogilevkhimvolokno polyester fiber December

The transition will allow considerably reducing production costs in addition to allowing the company to expand the choice of polyester technical yarns.

According to the company CEO, the comprehensive retooling will allow Mogilevkhimvolokno to make competitive products, which will sell well not only in Belarus but in CIS and non-CIS states.

In the end it will allow the company to work steadily and more effectively, thus greatly improving economic indicators.

Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi

The future of Porto Marghera. Versalis acquires the M & G patents for biofuels  Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi

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Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi

The Eni company wins the auction with an offer of 80 million that could bring the “green chemistry” to the Petrochemicals Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi
MARGHERA – Now we are more likely to be able to transform the dream of reconverting what remains of the Porto Marghera Petrochemical, and in particular the old ethylene cracking plant of Versalis spa, of the Eni group, into an advanced and innovative green chemistry and biofuels “. Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi

Last Tuesday, at the auction launched by the Turin bankruptcy court, Versalis spa offered € 80 million to acquire the so-called “bio perimeter”, composed of the four companies Biochemtex, Beta Renewable, Ibp and Ibp Energia of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group (M & G ), the most important in a preventive arrangement.
After the opening of the envelope with the only offer, namely that of Versalis-Eni, received at the auction in Turin, must now be completed with the deed of the deed before a notary and with the negotiations with the unions of the chemists both on the future of the 200 employees of the four companies of the M & G group, based in Crescentino in the province of Vercelli, that the effects of this acquisition within the existing Versalis plants in Italy, starting from that of Porto Marghera, also nominated by the current number 1 by Eni, Claudio Descalzi, to become the headquarters of Eni’s nascent “green and organic chemistry” industry.Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi
The unions of the Venetian chemists are already ready to ask the top management of Versalis the use of patents, unique in the world, of the M & G group concerning the innovative “first generation biofuels”.
The ethylene cracking plant of Porto Marghera (which employs about 400 direct employees), in fact, had already been programmed for final closure (by 2021), but the fall in oil and its derivatives prices led Versalis to keep it active for a few years, on behalf of big companies like Esso.Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi
The fact is that the old cracking of Versalis is, however, intended for closure, as long as you do not think and realize a different use of the plants and the area they occupy within the Petrochemical of Porto Marghera.Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi
And it is precisely the “bio” patents of M & G, as the unions of the Venetian chemists of Cgil, Cisl, Uil, wish to find in Porto Marghera their industrial development.
In particular, Versalis could involve the “Proesa®” technology for the conversion of biomass into sugars, the Biochemtex of the M & G Group, which owns the so-called “Moghi” technology which allows the valorisation of lignin-based biomass for the production of chemical products. high added value.Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi
Lignin is obtained as a by-product of bioethanol production and can be transformed, through this process, into a fundamental molecule for the production of chemical products.
Source : LA NUOVA VENEZIA

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability 28-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is always weak, PTA and MEG prices are in slight recovery

PET Bottle grade export 1,240/1,280 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,800/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 885/895 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,200/7,350 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,290/1,300 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,800/10,950  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,400/12,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/ton

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-Coca-Cola Machine in China Uses Facial Recognition and More to Dispense Drinks, Reward Recycling 

The next time you smile as you grab your favorite drink, the vending machine might just respond in kind – especially if you recycle the package after.

Using cutting-edge facial recognition technologies and a voice interactive system, the VenCycling machine makes purchasing and recycling a variety of Coca-Cola beverages more efficient and intelligent. Sporting emotive AI LEDs and two “eyes” – one that dispenses beverages and another that collects used packaging – the machine offers a smart incentive for consumers to recycle. In exchange for returning used cans or plastic bottles into the machine, consumers receive credits, primarily via mobile devices, for beverages or products made from recycled plastics

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-Crude Oil Price Trend

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-Belarusian Mogilevkhimvolokno to launch cutting-edge polyester fiber line in December  

The Mogilev-based synthetic yarn manufacturer Mogilevkhimvolokno intends to start manufacturing polyester fiber using the direct molding method in December.

The news was released by Mogilevkhimvolokno Director General Piotr Rudnik as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Mikhail Babich visited the company on 26 September

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-Closing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recycling

Closing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recyclingClosing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recyclingClosing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recyclingClosing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recyclingClosing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recyclingClosing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recycling

Closing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recyclingClosing the loop with bottle-to-bottle recycling

Mpact Polymers is a R350-million state-of-the-art bottle-to-bottle recycling facility.  A first of its kind in Africa, the plant is out to prove that plastic bottles are not trash. Infrastructure News visited the plant for an inside look at the life cycle of a plastic bottle to better understand the recycling ecosystem.

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-Is Oil Heading for $100/Barrel?

Oil prices have been quietly rising for the last six weeks.

The Brent crude benchmark has now breached the U.S. $80/barrel level to $81.20 this week, a level not seen since late 2014, the Financial Times reports.

In the U.S., ample shale oil supply and constrained infrastructure remains a drag on the West Texas Intermediate price, the U.S. marker, but it still increased $1.30 a barrel in New York to close at $72.08 this week — its highest level since July, according to the Financial Times.

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-Environmental Concerns Boosting Bio-Renewable Chemical Market Growth with Improved Yields

The bio-renewable chemical market is largely driven by increasing environmental concerns and technological advancements. The government is also taking initiatives to support eco-friendly processes as well as sources. The dynamics of the chemical market can be changed with the help of opportunities like new generation feed stock, and improved yields. Apart from that collaborations with various universities may also help to boost growth of the bio-renewable chemical market.

Plastic chemicals bioeconomy sustainability

-The quest for the most sustainable beverage packaging

Drinks should only be put on the market in the most sustainable option available – packaging that can be recycled and reused, but also has the lowest environmental impact overall, according to a vision set out by a University of Cambridge report. But what ideas could we see emerge as the optimum choice?

The report, published by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and created on behalf of a group of bottled water brands including Danone, Nestle and Suntory, sets out a vision where all bottled water and soft drink packaging is made from 100% recyclable or reusable material; resulting in non-recyclable and hard-to-recycle plastics being phased out

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-Breaking down PS and PET announcements

PET bottles collected for recycling.Two Canadian depolymerization startups recently signed significant deals to advance commercialization of their technologies.

The first to be announced was a partnership between plastics reclaimer ReVital Polymers, startup Pyrowave and global plastics producer INEOS Styrolution. The PS recycling announcement was made in conjunction with the meeting of Group of 7 (G7) environment, energy and oceans ministers in Halifax, Nova Scotia earlier this month. G7 is a group of countries with some of the largest economies in the world.

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-Pact’s Recycled PET bottles are headed to store shelves

Pact Group Holdings Ltd. Pact Group is making bottles for Essano shampoo and conditioner using 100 percent recycled PET.

Australian plastic packaging giant Pact Group Holdings Ltd. has signed deals with two Auckland, New Zealand-based manufacturers to provide packaging made from 100 percent recycled PET.

Hair care products and milk will soon be distributed in recycled PET.

The shampoo and conditioner bottles have been designed for Mix Ltd.’s Essano brand, and the milk bottles are for Lewis Road Creamery.

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-The future of Porto Marghera. Versalis acquires the M & G patents for biofuels  Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi

The Eni company wins the auction with an offer of 80 million that could bring the “green chemistry” to the Petrochemicals Porto Marghera Versalis Mossi Ghisolfi

MARGHERA – Now we are more likely to be able to transform the dream of reconverting what remains of the Porto Marghera Petrochemical, and in particular the old ethylene cracking plant of Versalis spa, of the Eni group, into an advanced and innovative green chemistry and biofuels ”

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-STS 2018 focusses on recycling model in textile chain26

The second edition of the Sustainable Textile School (STS) focussed on the viable recycling model in the textile chain. Around 150 participants from over 30 countries gathered in Chemnitz, Germany, from September 10-12, 2018, for the event. Guests from textile companies came from India, Vietnam, Turkey, China, and Ethiopia: one of Africa’s textile hotspots.

The international conference founded by Technische Universität Chemnitz and Gherzi was developed in collaboration with academic/research institutes – including London College of Fashion, Swedish School of Textiles, and Schweizerische Textilfachschule STF – as a global textile education platform to exchange knowledge and experience on sustainable practices.

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-Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology has been selected for 52 out of 64 propane projects

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) Honeywell will provide the process design package, proprietary, and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for start-up and continuing operation, and catalysts and adsorbents for the project.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with Jim Moshi, Honeywell UOP, Middle East regional general manager, whereby her shared how Honeywell UOP is operating in Egypt for more than 40 years, supporting the growing ambitions of the country’s economy and delivering technology to help its process industries extract maximum value from its oil and gas reserves. The transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What does the agreement between Honeywell and SIDPEC entail?

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-Trevira Presents High-End Contract Textiles For Healthcare Environments At Building Healthcare In Dubai

BOBINGEN, Germany— Trevira GmbH, Germany, is again participating as an exhibitor at this year’s Building Healthcare show in Dubai, from 2-4 October. The manufacturer of high-value polyester fibres will present a large variety of fabrics made by 12 partners from inherently flame retardant Trevira fibres and yarns.

Modern furnishing concepts for healthcare environments are making increasing demands in terms of quality, functionality, colouring and hygiene. Perfectly matched materials and colour concepts in the interior not only help to provide good orientation for the residents, but also create more attractive spaces

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Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

Study finds plastics packaging helps reduce solid waste   Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

Plastics packaging reduce solid wasteAuthors say plastic packaging is linked to declining waste rates.

new study by the Earth Engineering Center at City College of New York (EEC|CCNY) finds that plastics play a role in creating an environment where municipal solid waste (MSW) generation rates decline, even when income and consumption rises.

Historically, the amount of MSW produced by a country or region rises with the economy or personal consumption expenditures (PCE). Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

In the mid-1990s, the rate of MSW generation stopped tracking along with PCE in the United States and began to slow. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

This phenomenon is known as decoupling, EEC says. In 2010, the amount of waste produced in the U.S. declined despite a rise in consumer spending. The study’s authors attribute the decoupling to the increased use of plastic in packaging.

“We knew that the overall amount of plastics in the waste stream increased substantially over time due to increased consumer use. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

We extensively studied the potential for energy recovery and have quantified the impact there,” says Marco Castaldi, director of the EEC|CCNY. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

“We were surprised to learn in this study just how much of an impact plastics had on solid waste weight and volume reduction over the years.” Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

EEC|CCNY also looked at scenarios where other types of packaging was used in place of plastic packaging to understand plastics’ potential impact on the total MSW generation in the U.S. On average, products made with alternatives require 3.2 times more material than plastics. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

For packaging specifically, the combined weight of alternative materials is about 4.5 times more than the weight of plastic packaging. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

“Plastics have an important role to play in delivering sustainable outcomes,” says Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Washington. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

“By using less material, plastics help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation, as well as save energy. Plastics packaging reduce solid waste

And our industry is working to further realize plastics’ sustainability benefits through our commitment to recycle or recover all plastic packaging by 2040.”

To accompany the study’s release, ACC has developed a new interactive packaging substitution calculator for packaging professionals to estimate the weight and volume savings, as well as the potential to reduce municipal solid waste.

 

Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

Johnson Matthey and Eastman License new Ethylene Glycol Technology for new Plant in inner Mongolia Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia
By Mary Page Bailey

Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG MongoliaJohnson Matthey plc (London, U.K.; www.matthey.com) and Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) announce that their proprietary technology for the production of ethylene glycol from coal has been selected by Inner Mongolia Jiutai New Material (Jiutai) for its planned 1,000,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) ethylene glycol facility. Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

Ethylene glycol, commonly referred to as mono ethylene glycol (MEG), is a key industrial chemical and is also a building block in the production of polyesters for fiber and packaging applications.Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

Today, the majority of the world’s MEG is produced from ethylene but this new process enables the production of MEG from a variety of raw materials, including coal, natural gas, or biomass, thereby enabling companies to produce MEG without the need to access ethylene. Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

“Jiutai is pleased to select Johnson Matthey and Eastman’s novel technology for the production of MEG. Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

Jiutai’s aim is to utilize local coal and other precious resources, such as water, in a clean and sustainable manner to produce high value MEG at its new Coal to Chemicals Complex at Togtoh Industrial Park, Togtoh, Inner Mongolia.

With the combined efforts of all parties involved in this important project, we are focused on implementing the project in a timely manner and bring great value to the Company in a world class facility,” commented Mr Cui Lianguo, Chairman of Jiutai Group at the contract signing ceremony held on 9th September.Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

Jiutai’s Coal-to-Chemicals complex will produce synthesis gas by gasification of coal. The synthesis gas will be converted to methanol which will then be converted to formaldehyde from which MEG will be produced.

Johnson Matthey has also licensed to Jiutai its technologies and catalysts for the production of methanol and formaldehyde in an integrated MEG facility, which will maximize feedstock conversion and reduce utility consumption across the multi-step route from syngas to MEG.Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

This, combined with the advanced technology for MEG production and the large capacity, provides significant value addition whilst using abundantly available coal.

The methanol plant will be a world scale facility and any excess methanol above that required for MEG production will be used in other Jiutai facilities.

The formaldehyde plant will have an annual capacity of 1,500,000 m.t./yr and will be among the largest single site facility for formaldehyde production in the world.

“We are delighted that Jiutai has selected the MEG technology developed under a collaboration between Johnson Matthey and Eastman.

Our focus is to provide highly efficient, sustainable technology and catalysts which enables our customers to maximize their feedstock conversion.

Over the past fifty years, JM has applied its world class science and technology to bring many new process technologies and catalysts to the market which have created significant value for our customers.Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

This new MEG technology is the latest addition to our portfolio and we are excited  to  bring this to market for our customers.”, said Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive, Efficient Natural Resources, Johnson Matthey.

Eastman and Johnson Matthey began development of the MEG technology from synthesis gas over a decade ago.

Extensive testing was conducted at the research facilities of Eastman and Johnson Matthey, and the MEG process was developed by combining the complementary capabilites of scientists and engineers of both companies.

MEG produced in the process meets all international and Chinese specifications and independent tests have confirmed the quality is maintained over prolonged period of storage.Johnson Matthey Eastman MEG Mongolia

“The MEG technology was developed through many years of sustained research and development, and by combining the expertise of Eastman and Johnson Matthey in synthesis gas chemistry we are pleased to license this advanced process to Jiutai”, said Dr Peter Miller, Vice President of Stream Development and Operations Technology for Eastman.

Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

Statistics from the charity RECOUP show 351,907 tonnes were collected from households in 2017, up 2.5% on the previous 12 months.  Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

Image: A recycling plant employee in London sweeps up from inside a stack of plastic bottles

A record number of plastic bottles are being recycled in Britain after the biggest increase in three years, according to new figures.  Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

Statistics released by RECOUP, a plastic recycling charity, show 351,907 tonnes were collected from households for processing in 2017 – up 2.5% on the previous 12 months.

Sky Ocean Rescue has set the agenda on plastic reduction and recycling since January 2017, calling specifically for a deposit scheme on plastic bottles to stop so many being littered, landfilled or incinerated.  Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

The need for a deposit scheme is underlined by further statistics in the RECOUP report.

Of 13 billion plastic bottles used each year in the UK, only 7.7 billion (59%) are collected for recycling.

In Norway, where bottles are sold with a small deposit that’s returned to consumers when they bring back their empties, more than 96% of bottles are recycled.

According to the report, the bottles thrown away in general rubbish bins in the UK cost £22m to dispose of. Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

Image: Sky Ocean Rescue has been raising awareness of the plastic plight of the world’s oceans

The plastic would have been worth £27m if it had been recycled.

The report shows a total of 2,260,000 tonnes of plastic packaging was used in 2017, with just 46%, or 1,044,363 tonnes, recycled. Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

Steve Morgan, RECOUP technical manager, said: “There are still nearly 600,000 tonnes of rigid plastics packaging that could be collected for recycling.

“But the consumer is often unaware how they can make a difference by their individual actions, both by what plastics packaging they can recycle in their local area and how to present it for recycling. Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

“There is still work to be done to develop reliable markets for some fractions of plastics, and to remove some of the discrepancies within the detail of how pot and tray recycling messages are given to the public.”  Plastic bottles recycled Britain Recoup

A significant issue is the lack of recycling in public areas.

Just 49% of local authorities providing recycling bins on streets and in open spaces.

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate continues to be weak, PTA and MEG prices are assessed mixed

PET Bottle grade export 1,250/1,290 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,800/9,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 865/875 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,150/7,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,280/1,290 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,850/11,000  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,400/12,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,650/10,750  yuan/ton

-Study finds plastics packaging helps reduce solid waste   

A new study by the Earth Engineering Center at City College of New York (EEC|CCNY) finds that plastics play a role in creating an environment where municipal solid waste (MSW) generation rates decline, even when income and consumption rises.

Historically, the amount of MSW produced by a country or region rises with the economy or personal consumption expenditures (PCE).  In the mid-1990s, the rate of MSW generation stopped tracking along with PCE in the United States and began to slow.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Record number of plastic bottles being recycled in Britain

Statistics from the charity RECOUP show 351,907 tonnes were collected from households in 2017, up 2.5% on the previous 12 months.

A record number of plastic bottles are being recycled in Britain after the biggest increase in three years, according to new figures.

Statistics released by RECOUP, a plastic recycling charity, show 351,907 tonnes were collected from households for processing in 2017 – up 2.5% on the previous 12 months.

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-Johnson Matthey and Eastman License new Ethylene Glycol Technology for new Plant in inner Mongolia 

Johnson Matthey plc (London, U.K.; www.matthey.com) and Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) announce that their proprietary technology for the production of ethylene glycol from coal has been selected by Inner Mongolia Jiutai New Material (Jiutai) for its planned 1,000,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) ethylene glycol facility.

Ethylene glycol, commonly referred to as mono ethylene glycol (MEG), is a key industrial chemical and is also a building block in the production of polyesters for fiber and packaging applications

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-Jindal Introduces Bicor™ Ultraseal Opp Film Technology

Jindal Films is demonstrating a breakthrough OPP film technology, ULTRASEAL, this week at FachPack. Its unique heat seal performance capabilities are designed to replace blown polyethylene (PE) or cast polypropylene (PP) films used in flexible packaging laminates.

BICOR™ 40 & 50 MB344US films are the first products to benefit from Jindal Films’ new ULTRA SEAL technology which consists of a new high clarity, oriented polypropylene (OPP) film range featuring high seal strength, low seal initiation temperature and exceptional hot tack performance. The technology provides robust seal performance in numerous packaging formats, especially pouch and stand-up pouch applications.

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-Polypropylene September 2018 Price Review

The European PP market saw little movement. While the propylene reference contract increased slightly, producers’ plans to lift prices fizzled as buyers remained in a holiday mood. Lower output met with lower demand as the summer lull made a comeback.

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-Axiom is moulding a new manufacturing future

In his 12 years working with Axiom Precision Manufacturing, Shannon Wride has seen a transformation in the way the business operates.

“We’ve strived to take on that high end work, and as a company we’ve always tried to do the jobs other people say they can’t do,” says the company’s operations supervisor and Brand South Australia’s latest I Choose SA ambassador.

“We’ve had people come to us saying no one else is willing to touch this and we’re always willing to give it a crack.”

When Shannon started out with Axiom as an apprentice in 2006 the company was then called Diemould Tooling and was based in Edwardstown, the work focused around the state’s automotive industry in producing plastic injection moulds.

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-From Small Batch Size Labelling to Industry 4.0 and Beyond

At FachPack 2018, Logopak is demonstrating a new type of Multiformat Labelling System LSC 100 at stand number No. 244 in Hall 1; the product promises decisive advantages to companies in the Point-of-Sale labelling.

Up to 150 products per minute and flexibly customizable

Manufacturing companies in the segment of food, cosmetics and medicines, including beverage and chemical industries, are often faced with the problem of labelling cylindrical products that require some effort of configuration in the labelling system; this, however, stands in no relation to the total effort especially for small and average-sized product volumes.

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-Trusted quality knits from Catalonia

Spain’s circular knits finishing specialist Tinfer has recently taken delivery of a new Montex stenter at its Barcelona plant.

In opting to partner with Monforts for the supply of its third fabric stenter, commission dyer and finisher Tinfer put service – along with the proven reliability of advanced Montex stenters – at the top of its list of priorities.

Founded in 1973, originally as Tintes Fernández, in Arenys de Munt, the company shortened its name, expanded and relocated to its present plant in Pineda de Mar just down the coast from Barcelona at the beginning of the 1980s.

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-EU’s War On Biotechnology: Science Strikes Back

Europe is not a particularly friendly place to be a biologist. Sure, Europeans believe in evolution, but that’s about it. Vaccines and GMOs? Not so much.

Currently, Europe is experiencing an outbreak of measles that has infected more than 41,000 people and killed 37. In 2017, Italy alone had 200 times more measles cases than the United States on a per capita basis. Despite all this, vaccine skepticism appears to be on the rise: 40% of French people believe vaccines are unsafe.

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-$100 Oil Is A Distinct Possibility

An oil price spike is starting to look increasingly possible, with a rerun of 2008 not entirely out of the question, according to a new report.

The outages from Iran are worse than most analysts expected, and bottlenecks in the U.S. shale patch could prevent non-OPEC supply from plugging the gap. To top it off, new regulations from the International Maritime Organization set to take effect in 2020 could significantly tighten supplies.

Put it all together, and “the likelihood of an oil spike and crash scenario akin to the one observed in 2008 has increased,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch wrote in a note. BofAML has a price target for Brent at $95 per barrel by the end of the second quarter 2019. In 2008, Brent spiked to nearly $150 per barrel.

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-“Taking the Packaging Film Procurement Process out of the Eighties”

While there has been tremendous innovation in flexibles technology over recent years, accompanied by huge changes in end use markets, Anantshree Chaturvedi (FlexFilms’ international vice chairman & CEO) remarks that across the industry little has changed in film buying since the 1980s.

FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of India’s largest multinational flexible packaging solutions company, Uflex, has launched first of its kind e-commerce website, FLEX-BuzzR, that will make the complete range of film offerings from its Poland plant available to customers in Europe at a click of a button.

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-French plastics law violates European legislation, claims Petcore Europe

A modification to French agricultural law that prohibits the availability of plastics containers and disposables for catering in school, university and nurseries is in conflict with European law, says Petcore Europe.

Despite current discussions in Europe affecting the end-of-life disposal of some of the same items targeted in France, as of today, the European Union has not yet adopted any restrictive measures against single-use plastics packaging and food

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-United States: Bayport Polymers to Double Polyethylene Capacity

Bayport Polymers, LLC (“Bayport Polymers”) – a 50/50 joint venture owned by Total S.A. (“Total”) and Novealis Holdings LLC, itself a joint venture of Borealis AG (“Borealis”) and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (“NOVA Chemicals”) – announces the final investment decision to build a 625,000-ton-per-year polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas.

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Packaging 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic

This Brand Will Create Packaging Using 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic  Packaging 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic

Packaging 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic

Ocean Plastic

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is always weak, PTA and MEG prices are assessed mixed

PET Bottle grade export 1,260/1,300 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,850/10,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,650/9,800 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,010/1,030 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 860/870 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,100/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,270/1,280 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,000/11,150  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,450/12,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,650/10,800  yuan/ton

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-This Brand Will Create Packaging Using 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic  Packaging 100% Recycled Ocean Plastic

It’s no secret that plastic is both overused and abused. According to Plastic Oceans, the world is now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. Even more startling, more than eight million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

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-Crude Oil Price Trend

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-Don’t Underestimate The Trade War Impact On Oil Demand

A squeeze on oil demand is looming as a result of the U.S.-China trade war, a senior BP executive told Reuters. Acknowledging the bullish effect of U.S. sanctions on Iran in the short term, Janet Kong, BP’s chief executive of oil trading operations in Asia, said this effect will be short-lived as the market absorbs the shock and moves on to other concerns.

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-Asia naphtha jumps to four-month high on crude gains, market unfazed

Asia’s naphtha prices touched a four-month high at above $700/tonne in response to high crude oil futures, but a supply overhang will keep the market slightly bearish.

Open-spec naphtha prices for first-half November delivery stood at $705.50/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Japan at early hours session, climbing from $695.25/tonne CFR in the previous day.

Spot prices were last seen at such levels above $700/tonne CFR Japan in mid-September, the data showed.

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-Production Plant for Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene  Mitsui Plant Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI; Tokyo; www.mitsuichem.com) has decided to set up a new production facility for long glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at the Ohio plant of its U.S. subsidiary Advanced Composites, Inc. (President: Keiji Shite).

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-A synflow-equipped hot runner system. A 6-drop hot runner system will be demonstrated at Fakuma.

Synventive, a business unit of the U.S.-based Barnes Group, focuses its activities on process-oriented, stable plastics processing.

Among Synventive’s exhibits at Fakuma are its Plug ‘n’ Play hot runner systems and its latest Active Gate technologies for actively controlled melt flow.

The company says it focuses on the result of the injection moulder, namely, high-quality parts with demanding surface quality and optimum dimensional accuracy as well as high reproducibility.

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-Oil pares gains as Trump repeats calls on OPEC to pump more

Oil prices rose on Tuesday but eased off a four-year high after U.S. President Donald Trump called on OPEC to increase crude output, even he as called for heavier sanctions on major oil producer Iran.

Trump reiterated calls on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pump more oil and stop raising prices in a speech before the United Nations.

The so-called “OPEC+” group, which includes the likes of Russia, Oman and Kazakhstan, had met at the weekend to discuss a possible increase in crude output, but the upshot of the gathering was that the group was in no rush to do so.

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-Sumitomo Chemical PES Additive Boosts Toughness of Epoxy Composites

Sumitomo Chemical reports that its polyethersulfone (PES) micro-powder additive SumikaExcel 5003P boosts fracture toughness and resistance to micro-cracking for fibre reinforced epoxy composites over a broad temperature range without negatively impacting dimensional stability, flame/smoke/toxicity (FST), creep resistance, modulus, impact, or yield strength.

The company says that functional additive is widely used by the aerospace industry for prepreg and resin transfer moulded carbon fibre reinforced epoxy, is gaining ground in automotive, and could also be used for high-performance sporting goods. The material is produced by Sumitomo Chemical, Tokyo, Japan, and sold in North America by Sumitomo Chemical Advanced Technologies, Phoenix, Arizona, US, which will exhibit for the first time at CAMX 2018, 16-18 October in Dallas.

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-Crude oil imports may be cut as price forecast put at $100 a barrel

Benchmark Brent crude oil futures surged 2% on Monday to over $80 a barrel

With oil traders forecasting crude oil to rise to $100 a barrel by the end of the year, Indian refiners are considering cutting back their imports and relying more on cheaper crude already stored in inventories, according to industry executives.

Benchmark Brent crude oil futures surged 2 per cent on Monday to over $80 a barrel as markets have tightened ahead of the start of sanctions by the United States on Iran, with commodity merchants Trafigura and Mercuria predicting $100 oil by the end of 2018.

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-Teijin to build advanced fiber-reinforced wood building

New building to incorporate structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber and high-performance fibers bonded with structural adhesives.

Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) announced Sept. 25 that it will construct the world’s first building made of advanced fiber-reinforced wood (AFRW), a structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber and high-performance fibers bonded together with structural adhesives. Teijin first developed the materials in 2015, which involved incorporating high-toughness aramid fibers and highly stiff carbon fiber, and hybrid materials incorporating these fibers.

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-Dornbirn- GFC 57 focusses on new advances in fibre sector25

The 57th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn GFC), the European-led innovation platform for the fibre industry, which was held from September 12-14, 2018, in Austria, focussed on latest innovations in the fibre industry and its downstream stages. More than 700 participants from over 35 nations took part in the major platform for textile industry.

More than a 100 high qualitative international lectures from academy and industry highlighted the congress. Beside the presentations, the audience had the possibility to ask specific questions and, therefore, the topics were discussed in a practical way. Also this year, the share of lectures from the industry was about 50 per cent. Next to Europe, a lot of interesting lectures were presented from Japan, China, Taiwan, India, USA, Canada, and Turkey, according to a press release by Dornbirn.

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– Novozymes Joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research is pleased to announce that Novozymes has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner.

Launched in 2016, the Phytobiomes Alliance is an international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, private companies, and government agencies. The Alliance facilitates and coordinates international efforts toward expanding phytobiomes research in order to accelerate the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber for food security.

The term “Phytobiome” refers to a plant growing within a specific environment, or biome; it includes the plant itself, all micro- and macro-organisms living in, on, or around the plant—such as microbes, animals, insects, and other plants—as well as the environment, which includes soil, air, water, weather, and climate.

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-Bioplastics sourced from wood

The shift from fossil-based industries to a bioeconomy is creating a growing demand for biobased chemicals, materials and fuels as sustainable and renewable alternatives. One possible source is fructose from wood for use in the production of bioplastics.

Lignocellulosic biomass is typically nonedible plant material, including dedicated crops of wood and grass, as well as waste material from agroforestry. It is also the single most abundant renewable resource on earth and available all year round. Furthermore, lignocellulosic biomass does not need valuable space in fields as it has no agricultural or nutritional use. It’s noteworthy, that wood can be harvested sustainably from certified forests. In the Nordic countries, more forest is grown than gets harvested each year.

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-Borealis and Bockatech collaborate to develop foam injection moulding solutions for reusable and recyclable packaging

Borealis has announced a new strategic alliance with Bockatech, a UK early stage Greentech and provider of EcoCore technology for sustainable packaging.

Borealis and Bockatech have partnered to combine Bockatech EcoCore technology with Borealis material grades to produce lightweight foam injection moulding solutions.

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-US Bayport Polymers to more than double PE capacity at Texas facility

Bayport Polymers, the 50/50 joint venture between Total and Novealis Holdings, is to more than double polyethylene (PE) capacity at its facility in Bayport, Texas, it said on Tuesday.

The company said it had made a final investment decision to build a 625,000 tonne/year PE unit, with production scheduled to begin in 2021.

“The power of this partnership between Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals will enable us to become one of the largest players in the North American polyethylene market,” said Bayport Polymers president Diane Chamberlain.

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-Iran nuclear deal partners seek to bypass US sanctions

Signatories to the Iran nuclear deal are seeking to circumvent the resumption of US sanctions through the establishment of a channel to allow payments for exports from the country, including crude oil.

Ministers from China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the EU met in New York on Monday to discuss options to maintain the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran in the face of the US walking away from the deal.

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Mitsui Plant Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

Production Plant for Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene  Mitsui Plant Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

By Mary Page Bailey

Mitsui Plant Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

Long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP)

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (MCI; Tokyo; www.mitsuichem.com) has decided to set up a new production facility for long glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at the Ohio plant of its U.S. subsidiary Advanced Composites, Inc. (President: Keiji Shite).

The new plant is expected to have a capacity of 3,500 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of LGFPP. Completion of the new site is slated for September 2019, with commercial operations commencing in October 2019. Mitsui Plant Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene

LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene (PP) resin with long glass fibers. The lightweight material offers an attractive appearance, with long glass fibers providing a good balance between hardness and impact resistance. The material is already being adopted in areas such as the unpainted insides of rear car doors.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

10,750 yuan/ton10,000 yuan/ton-750
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,340 $/ton1,310 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

10,700 yuan/ton9,875 yuan/ton-825
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

10,650 yuan/ton9,850 yuan/ton-800
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

8,660 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton-810
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,050 $/ton 1,040 $/ton-10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,300 yuan/ton7.140 yuan/ton-160
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

 887 $/ton 870 $/ton-17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,344 $/ton 1,268 $/ton-76
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

 11,850 yuan/ton 11,200 yuan/ton-650
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

13,100 yuan/ton 12,650 yuan/ton-450
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

13,100 yuan/ton 12,600 yuan/ton-500
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,850 yuan/ton11,400 yuan/ton-450
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

11,270 yuan/ton10,820 yuan/ton-450
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

18,100 yuan/ton18,250 yuan/ton+150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,150 $/ton2,170 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,470 $/ton2,470 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

19,450 yuan/ton19,150 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,600 yuan/ton19,600 yuan/ton 
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

40,000 yuan/ton40,000 yuan/ton 
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,050 yuan/ton22,200 yuan/ton+150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,000 yuan/ton25,100 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,000 yuan/ton24,100 yuan/ton+100
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

 34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,550 yuan/ton10,500 yuan/ton-50
Benzene domestic market

 

6,870 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton+80
Benzene overseas  market

 

847 $/ton843 $/ton-4
Ethylene South East market

 

1,195 $/ton1,160 $/ton-35
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,172 $/ton1,160 $/ton-12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

19,100 yuan/ton19,100 yuan/ton 
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

15,100 yuan/ton15,100 yuan/ton 
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,150 yuan/ton10,450 yuan/ton+300
Naphtha overseas market         

 

683 $/ton699 $/ton+16
Phenol domestic market 11,300  yuan/ton11,400 yuan/ton

 

+100
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,495 $/ton1,495 $/ton

 

 
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,550 $/ton 1,560 $/ton

 

+10
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,117 $/ton1,117 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,090 $/ton 1,114 $/ton+24
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,094 $/ton1,102 $/ton+8
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,067 $/ton1,092 $/ton+25
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,247 $/ton 1,262 $/ton+15
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,232 $/ton 1,232 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,262 €/ton 1,259 €/ton-3

Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices 

Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Indorama Ventures and Loop Industries JV to Introduce New Era in Pet and Polyester Recycling Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Mr. Aloke Lohia

By GlobeNewswire,  

BANGKOK, Thailand, and MONTREAL(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

 

 

Indorama Ventures’ world-class manufacturing and Loop’s state-of-the-art recycling technology combined to invest in multi-billion dollar sustainable PET resin and polyester market opportunity  Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

  • Demand for supply of sustainable PET sees explosive growth from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies adopting significant circular and sustainable packaging targets
  • Indorama Ventures/Loop Industries partnership plan to begin production in Q1 2020

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies, and Loop Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOOP), a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic resin and polyester today announced a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize sustainable polyester resin to meet the growing global demand from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies.

This partnership brings together Indorama Venture’s world-class manufacturing footprint and Loop’s proprietary science and technology to become a reliable world leader in the ‘circular’ economy for 100% sustainable and recycled PET resin and polyester fiber.

The Indorama Ventures/Loop Industries partnership launches a commercial solution for consumer packaged goods companies in response to the rapid growth in global plastic consumption for which there is a great need to responsibly collect and reuse these materials. Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Through this joint venture, Indorama Ventures and Loop Industries will be able to perpetually recycle the ever increasing amounts of PET plastic and polyester fiber proving the promise of and encouraging the shift to a circular economy.

The 50/50 joint venture will have an exclusive world-wide license to use Loop’s technology to produce 100% sustainably produced PET resin and polyester fiber with plans to begin commercial production in Q1 2020.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

The production from the facility will be fully subscribed by leading global consumer brands.

Commenting on this new venture, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures, Aloke Lohia, said, “At Indorama Ventures, we continue to pursue the right opportunities to fill gaps that are intrinsic to our sustainable and profitable business by deploying resources in order to support the circular economy.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

This joint venture with Loop Industries emphasizes our belief in recycling and is aimed at investing in new technologies that can steer further our aspiration of being a world-class chemical company making great products for society.”

“We are excited to launch this partnership with Indorama Ventures, who provide a global leadership platform in petrochemical manufacturing and a shared commitment to sustainability.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

This joint venture combines each of our companies’ area of expertise so that we may both play a leading role in the global shift by business and consumers to the circular economy,” said Daniel Solomita, Founder and CEO of Loop Industries.

“This is a first strategic step in our global commercialization plan and mission to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable plastic and away from the traditional, take, make and dispose economy.”Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

About Indorama Ventures

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The company’s portfolio comprises Necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of Polymers, Fibers and Packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured Ethylene Oxide/Glycols and PTA where economical.

Indorama Ventures products serve major FMCG and Automotive sectors, i.e. Beverages, Hygiene, Personal Care, Tire and Safety segments. Indorama Ventures has approx. 16,000 employees worldwide and consolidated revenue of US$ 8.4 billion in 2017.

The Company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).  Indorama Ventures is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand with operating sites in:

  • EMEA – The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, France, UK, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, Nigeria, Ghana, Portugal
  • The Americas – USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil
  • Asia – Thailand, Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, Myanmar

About Loop Industries, Inc.

Loop’s mission is to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable plastic and away from our dependence on fossil fuels.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Loop has created a revolutionary technology poised to transform the plastics industry.

This ground-breaking technology decouples plastic from fossil fuels by depolymerizing waste polyester plastic to its base building blocks (monomers).

The monomers are then repolymerized to create virgin-quality polyester plastic that meets FDA requirements for use in food-grade packaging.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

For more information, please visit www.loopindustries.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @loopindustries and Instagram: loopindustries Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

For More Information:

Richard Jones

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

Tel: +662.661.6661 ext. 680

richard.j@indorama.net

Nelson Switzer

Loop Industries

+1 (450) 951-8555 ext. 230

nswitzer@loopindustries.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements.” Such statements may be preceded by the words “intends,” “may,” “will,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “predicts,” “estimates,” “aims,” “believes,” “hopes,” “potential” or similar words.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Loop’s control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) commercialization of our technology, (ii) development and protection of our intellectual property, (iii) unexpected industry competition, (iv) the need to raise capital to meet business requirements, (v) our manufacturing facility, and (vi) and our ability to sell our products in order to generate revenues.  More detailed information about Loop and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward looking statements is set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. Loop assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Source: Loop Industries, Inc.

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Referenced Stocks: LOOP

Freudenberg Sealing Tech Plastic Piston

Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

New Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre launched Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

Invista’s Cordura brand has announced its latest innovation in solution-dyed nylon (SDN) 6,6 fibre technology with mill partner MMI Textiles, a premier supplier and one-stop shop supplying fabric, webbing and elastics. MMI Textiles is the exclusive North American provider of fabrics and webbing made with the new Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre, now through December 2018. Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

Cordura TrueLock fibre is created from Invista nylon 6,6 multi-filament fibre that is solution dyed, locking the colour in at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable colour throughout the entire fibre structure. Colour consistency is crucial when pairing fabric with other materials, such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear, the company explains. Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre

“Gray is one of the most commonly used colours in military/tactical applications but was previously one of the most difficult to match, with several varying proprietary versions of Wolf Gray on the market,” said Nick Rivera, director of operations at MMI Textiles. “One of our customers – TyrTactical – was having challenges matching webbings and fabric and came to us for a solution. We then turned to Cordura brand.”

Innovative fibre offering

“After examining six different shades of grey together, we worked hand-in-hand to create our latest innovative Cordura TrueLock fibre offering,” said Allen Mortimer, North American regional manager and product manager at Cordura brand. “The Wolf Gray shade of Cordura Truelock fibre offers colour that is uniform across the components of gear and apparel, and durable enough to stay true after exposure to the elements and intense military missions.” Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

The colour achieved with Cordura TrueLock fibre is said to have inherent Near-Infrared (NIR) capabilities, is abrasion and UV-fade resistant and does not bleed or crock. With colour-fastness locked in at the fibre level, shade consistency lot-to-lot and across multiple textile components (such as fabric and webbing), UV strength stability, and long-lasting vibrancy are made possible.

Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre

The process of colour encapsulation used in Cordura TrueLock fibre also offers several environmental benefits such as reduced water and energy consumption, and reduced dye and chemical usage in textile processing, according to the manufacturer.

Major milestone

The announcement is a major milestone for Invista’s Camden, SC facility, which expanded last year to increase US capacity of high-tenacity, specialty fibres for Cordura fabrics. The Camden investment has accelerated progress in the development of new SDN capabilities – which complement the facility’s existing high tenacity nylon 6,6 filament fibre manufacturing processes.Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

In addition to Wolf Gray, solution-dyed Cordura TrueLock fibre is available in Desert Sand, Tan, Coyote, Ranger Green, Camo Green and Black. Plans currently being put into action at Camden include expansion of the Cordura TrueLock filament product line to introduce additional standard colours and deniers, as well as the flexibility to work to smaller minimum order quantities and custom colourways. Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

“Throughout our 50-year journey, we’ve worked to establish a foundation built on durable and long-lasting fibre technologies, including our legacy of solution dyed, high-performance nylon 6,6 offerings,” said Cindy McNaull, global Cordura brand and marketing director. “The launch of our latest Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre is a testament to the strength of supply chain collaboration – a joint effort between an end-user, gear manufacturer, fabric supplier and fibre business.”

Tyr-Tactical gear in Wolf Gray is currently being put to the test by the Phoenix, AZ, SWAT Team.

www.cordura.com

CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

Coca-Cola’s Simply Orange more sustainable, still structurally sound  CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

New 89-oz juice bottle with integral handle switches from PETG to new PET formulation, goes from resin code PETE 7 to code PETE 1.
     

The Coca-Cola Co. finished a three-year project with plastic producer Indorama Ventures and converter CKS Packaging to create a new recyclable bottle for its Simply brand juices. The 89-oz bottle with integral handle, named Diamond Award Finalist, uses Indorama’s Polyclear EBM PET 5507 resin. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

It’s molded using extrusion blow-molding equipment from Bekum. The resin’s high melt-strength and slow crystallization allow it to be processed on existing extrusion blow-molding equipment. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

“In support of our World Without Waste initiative, we are working to build better packaging that is 100 percent recyclable and includes more renewable and recyclable material,” says Jordan Mattison, Senior Engineer, Packaging Innovation, Coca-Cola North America.

“The commercialization of this material innovation allows for the recycling of the 89-oz Simply package with the Resin code#1 PET stream and aligns with our sustainability goals.

The conversion of the 89oz Simply package to a recyclable material was only possible through close collaboration and a shared commitment to sustainability with our resin supplier Indorama Ventures, our converter CKS Packaging and our equipment OEM Bekum.” CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

This new PET replaces the previous PETG bottles known to melt more easily than their PET counterparts, wreaking havoc on the PET recycling process.

In fact, recyclers traditionally have had to remove handled PETG bottles from the stream because of the material’s proclivity to stick to other materials and shut down the process. Because of this, PETG bottles were forced to carry the PETE 7 resin identification code.

Polyclear EBM PET is recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and was granted official Critical Guidance recognition for protecting the integrity of the PET recycling stream. The resin is a semi-crystalline polyester that, importantly, can carry the PETE 1 resin identification code. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

The 89-oz Simply juice bottle is the first commercial application for the plastic, but it may have the legs to make inroads in other arenas. One such area may be handled liquid laundry detergent or other household products with formats currently dominated by opaque PP or HDPE. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

The Germany-based specialty chemical producer LANXESS is reportedly planning to launch a new plastics compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. As per trusted sources, besides the plant, the company will also be constructing a new warehouse and silo facility at the site. LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

The expansion is aimed at bolstering its position in the global plastics market, the firm said at a press release. The company also expects to create 20 new job opportunities as a result of the expansion, cited sources.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

Hubert Fink, a member of the LANXESS board of management, stated that the high-performing plastics business is a substantial part of the company’s growth strategy. Through the expansion, the company will be further strengthening its position as a manufacturer of innovative product solutions that meet the requirements of modern mobility. Simultaneously, the company is making better use of its integrated value chain for these products, Fink added.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

According to sources familiar with the development, LANXESS’s investments for the project fall in the range of mid double-digit million euros and is scheduled to commence manufacturing after mid-2019. Reportedly, the new plant will be producing Durethan and Pocan plastics, which are commonly used in electrical, automotive, and electronics compounds.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

Michael Zobel, Leader of High-performance Materials Unit at LANXESS, was quoted saying that the site at Krefeld-Uerdingen is the central production platform of the company to manufacture plastics of premium-quality, particularly for the European markets. He further elaborated that the expansion will enable deployment of better services to meet the high demands expected from the European market in the future.

According to Plastic News, over the last few years, LANXESS has been scaling up its investments to develop compounding capacities in a bid to grow its value chain. In November last year, the company had announced investments worth 20 million euros in Changzhou, China to produce Durethan and Pocan plastics with a yearly capacity of 25 kilotonnes, reported sources.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

Super Carbon Graphene nanocarbons nanotubes 

Is This New Super Carbon Better Than Graphene?   

Scientists have been searching for schwarzites for decades, here’s how their discovery could change our world.  Super Carbon Graphene nanocarbons nanotubes 

Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage 

Sidel Group to champion market-tailored innovations at China Brew China Beverage – CBB 2018 Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage 
Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage

At China Brew China Beverage 2018, taking place in Shanghai from the 23rd to 26th of October, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will present solutions that help Greater China producers, co-packers and brand owners achieve long term superior performance throughout the lifecycle of their packaging lines.

With an expected 2.1% growth of all packaging materials in Greater China between 2018 and 2021[1], the soft drinks, beer, food, home & personal care producers in the region need to be ready to address trends like packaging mass customisation in a fast-changing market environment

Superior reliability and flexibility without compromising product and brand quality

At Booth 1B31 in Hall W1Sidel and Gebo Cermex will be showcasing the Group’s commitment to future-proof solutions with the Agility 4.0™ programme – bringing smart factories to life and creating a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience – and performance-based services, which focus on maximum equipment availability and a shorter time-to-market. Key to achieve those benefits is effective maintenance. Both Sidel and Gebo Cermex are showcasing their new modular maintenance agreements at CBB 2018: the ‘Time & Material’ for tailored preventive maintenance and the ‘Fixed Price’ agreement for condition-based maintenance at a fixed cost. These new additions are specifically designed to strengthen the Group’s Services portfolio through a holistic approach to preventive maintenance, which helps customers maintain performance at optimum level throughout their production. Additionally, another highlight at the show will be the Sidel Services Online platform, a user-friendly web interface for fast and easy ordering of original spare parts, options and upgradesSidel Group China Brew China Beverage 

At CBB 2018, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will highlight their market-tailored innovations, designed to increase reliability, flexibility, and agility in the production process. To name but a few:

  • The Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™, an integrated blow-fill-seal-filler solution  with dry preform sterilisation, ensures an aseptic production that is flexible, cost-effective and safe. The company recently received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for this solution.
  • Talking packaging innovations, Sidel will put a strong focus on the Base OverStroke System (BOSS), a new, patented base mould system adding versatility to production whilst securing maximum uptime.
  • The Sidel Super Combi, which integrates five process steps into one single system: preforms feeder, blowing, labelling, filling/capping and caps feeder. By encompassing equipment intelligence, it helps water and CSD producers gain continuous production optimisation and enhanced performance.
  • The new EvoFILL Can from Sidel, offering a high degree of flexibility and improved hygienic conditions for the filling of top quality, aluminium cans. Having undergone a complete redesign, the new solution is able to manage a wider range of cans, filling various temperatures and beverage types, thus bringing great filling performance to high quality beverages, like low-carbonated drinks or flash pasteurised beer.
  • Gebo Cermex’s AQFlex®, an all-in-one product handling technology, able to accommodate any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers and ensuring total care of product integrity. Thanks to its radically new approach of conveying and accumulation, AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance. It offers this, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space. Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage 

Talking competitiveness, Laurent Bousselet, Zone VP Greater China, Gebo Cermex, comments on the Group’s EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool). This market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system, currently installed in more than 70 countries, is another company highlight at the show: “The system automatically records 24/7 raw production data, calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyses production issues, detects efficiency loss sources and performs root cause analyses. Designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, it reduces waste and costs, and increases the plant’s output, as it gives employees at all levels real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues.”

Performance through Understanding

Scarlet Chen, VP Sales, Sidel Greater China, concludes, “Sidel has been supporting beverage producers in Greater China for over 20 years: China Brew China Beverage 2018 will provide an excellent live platform to explain the promise that we – as a Group – make to our clients every day: ‘Performance through Understanding’ and the strategy behind it. Our customers can really benefit from Sidel and Gebo Cermex working together, as the respective strengths and expertise of the two business units are perfectly combined to answer specific requirements of manufacturers based in this region.”

 

Circular economy urban industrial China

The circular economy opportunity for urban and industrial innovation in China  Circular economy urban industrial China

Circular economy urban industrial China

Applying circular economy principles at scale in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens, while at the same time making cities more liveable, reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by 50%, emissions of greenhouse gases by 23%, and traffic congestion by 47%, by 2040. Circular economy urban industrial China

The analysis, which identifies opportunities across five focus areas, built environment, mobility, nutrition, textiles and electronics, shows that applying circular economy principles at scale could save businesses and households approximately CNY 70 trillion by 2040 (16% of China’s projected GDP). Circular economy urban industrial China

The report was launched in September 2018 at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China. It was produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with Arup and McKinsey & Company, supported by UNCTAD and funded by the MAVA Foundation, with feedback from public institutions, academics and business circles in China. Circular economy urban industrial China

Supported by the country’s leadership on circular economy policies, continuing urbanisation, rapid development of digital technologies, and a boom in asset-sharing platforms, China’s cities are well placed to become internationally-recognised beacons of successful circular economy transitions, the report finds.

This report is available in English and Chinese.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil 24-09-2018

-Freudenberg Sealing Tech Develops New Plastic Piston Freudenberg Sealing Tech Plastic Piston

When automotive manufacturers use smaller hydraulic systems to actuate transmission gears, it helps to optimize energy efficiency.Freudenberg Sealing Tech Plastic Piston

When a steel piston is used in the accumulator, it needs an elaborate sealing package and limits the compactness of hydraulic systems.

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has now come up with a new plastic piston that uses single-part sealing technology thus making installation of smaller hydraulic systems feasible in order to save energy

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-New Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre launched 

Invista’s Cordura brand has announced its latest innovation in solution-dyed nylon (SDN) 6,6 fibre technology with mill partner MMI Textiles, a premier supplier and one-stop shop supplying fabric, webbing and elastics. MMI Textiles is the exclusive North American provider of fabrics and webbing made with the new Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre, now through December 2018.

Cordura TrueLock fibre is created from Invista nylon 6,6 multi-filament fibre that is solution dyed, locking the colour in at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable colour throughout the entire fibre structure. Colour consistency is crucial when pairing fabric with other materials, such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear, the company explains.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Crude Oil Price Trend

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-$100 Oil Isn’t as Outlandish as You Might Think

If you came here to find out when oil will reach $100 a barrel, I’m sorry to disappoint. The thousands of factors that go into the price of oil at any given time make it hard to put a timestamp on prices. Demand can wax and wane with global economic growth, and supplies can’t always react fast enough to keep prices consistent. Plus, since the word of OPEC carries such gravity with the global market, those without a Being John Malkovich – style door into the minds of OPEC ministers have no chance of knowing what prices will do over the next few weeks or months.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-US September PS prices settle at increase

US September polystyrene (PS) contracts have settled at an average increase of 2 cents/lb ($44/tonne) following higher feedstock prices in August.

The price increase comes amid mixed pressure in the market between the higher August feedstock prices and some falling feedstock prices this month.

ICIS benzene, ethylene and styrene spot prices increased in August, but only ethylene prices have notched further gains in September.

Typically, September is a lower demand month for PS, but it is still better than it will be later in the year.

Lower benzene and styrene spot prices this month are in contrast to higher ethylene spot prices. That scenario will add mixed pricing pressure heading into October.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Is This New Super Carbon Better Than Graphene?   

Scientists have been searching for schwarzites for decades, here’s how their discovery could change our world.  Graphene is heralded as a wonder-material that could completely change our world. Its incredibly flexible, strong and conductive carbon structure promises to revolutionize energy storage, computing, and technology as we know it.

However, graphene isn’t the only nanocarbon out there with promising applications.

There’s one in particular that’s been capturing scientists’ attention for decades, and it has the potential to be even more game-changing than our fan favorite graphene.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-The circular economy opportunity for urban and industrial innovation in China  

Applying circular economy principles at scale in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens, while at the same time making cities more liveable, reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by 50%, emissions of greenhouse gases by 23%, and traffic congestion by 47%, by 2040.

The analysis, which identifies opportunities across five focus areas, built environment, mobility, nutrition, textiles and electronics, shows that applying circular economy principles at scale could save businesses and households approximately CNY 70 trillion by 2040 (16% of China’s projected GDP).

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Sidel Group to champion market-tailored innovations at China Brew China Beverage – CBB 2018 

At China Brew China Beverage 2018, taking place in Shanghai from the 23rd to 26th of October, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will present solutions that help Greater China producers, co-packers and brand owners achieve long term superior performance throughout the lifecycle of their packaging lines.

With an expected 2.1% growth of all packaging materials in Greater China between 2018 and 2021[1], the soft drinks, beer, food, home & personal care producers in the region need to be ready to address trends like packaging mass customisation in a fast-changing market environment.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-OPEC and non-OPEC allies have reportedly agreed to review current oil production as a countermeasure to the lack of Iranian oil caused by the US sanctions.

On Friday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reported that in August, the organization’s countries supplied less oil to world markets than they did in July, which eventually led to a rise in the price of oil in September to $80 a barrel, three OPEC and non-OPEC sources told Reuters.

“There are discussions to increase production by another 500,000 barrels per day (bpd). They [OPEC and non-OPEC producers] can increase output when they meet in December,” the sources said, referring to the next scheduled OPEC meeting on December 3. But if the organization wished to address the shortage before then, it would have to convene an “extraordinary meeting.”

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Recycled PET use held back by collection rates

Beverage multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Bottling South Africa (CCBSA) uses 10% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and has completed technical and production validation of 25% rPET content, but is constrained by the availability of rPET, Coca-Cola Bottling Gauteng and inland regional supply chain manager Henry Peek said on Friday.

CCBSA energy and sustainability manager JP Blumenthal detailed the company’s engineering work to make their PET beverage bottles lighter, called lightweighting, which has seen the weight decrease from 54 g for a 2 litre bottle about 11 years ago to 45.7 g currently, with a wall thickness of about 0.3 mm. The company has validated further lightweighting and can reduce the weight of a 2 litre bottle to 41.8 g, which it would phase in over the next six months.

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-Balaji Multiflex’s greenfield gets India’s first W&H Heliostar

Rajkot-based Balaji Multiflex opened its doors for the industry to come and see its latest W&H and Nordmeccanica equipment. Director Pranav Bhalara ushered 200+ visitors to the demonstration of W&H Heliostar, India’s first and Varex blown film line along with Nordmeccanica laminators.

Director Pranav Balhara ushered the over 200 flexible packaging technocrats to the machine demonstrations across the greenfield factory situated in the outskirts of Rajkot.

The new Heliostar II at Multiflex is a nine-colour gravure press with a width of 1400mm and maximum printing speeds of 500 metres per minute. During the demonstration, the machine printed a seven-colour print job on a 15-micron BOPP film. Running at 82 metres per minute in the beginning, the machine speed was ramped up to 500 metres per minute within a few seconds without losing the registration. Noteworthy is that the machine is extremely quiet even when operating at a high speed.

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-Coca-Cola’s Simply Orange more sustainable, still structurally sound  

New 89-oz juice bottle with integral handle switches from PETG to new PET formulation, goes from resin code PETE 7 to code PETE 1.

The Coca-Cola Co. finished a three-year project with plastic producer Indorama Ventures and converter CKS Packaging to create a new recyclable bottle for its Simply brand juices. The 89-oz bottle with integral handle, named Diamond Award Finalist, uses Indorama’s Polyclear EBM PET 5507 resin

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-UK premier vows to stick to Brexit plan despite EU council setback

The UK’s sterling pound fell sharply on Friday after the country’s Prime Minister vowed to stick to her own Brexit strategy, despite the cold reception other EU leaders gave to the plan this week.

Theresa May had hoped positive comments by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier earlier in September would lead to progress on her Chequers plan to leave the EU in March 2019.

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-Hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes: Bad for you?

Your friend may be onto something. The so-called “Hygiene Hypothesis”—first put forth by British epidemiologist David Strachan in a 1989 paper in the medical journal Thorax—suggests that a lower incidence of infection during early childhood (thanks to more sterile, less crowded environments as compared to earlier times) could explain the rapid rise in allergic diseases in the late 20th century. As the theory goes, in the modern world our immune systems no longer have to deal with the vast numbers of potential real pathogens we experienced during the previous stages of our evolution. With so much more time on their hands, our antibodies rise up against other perceived dangers—gluten, peanuts, milk—which in fact are not really threatening. Our immune systems’ over-reaction manifests itself in the form of pesky and occasionally life-threatening allergies.

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-Asia-Pacific trends to Intertextile Shanghai Apparel

Trends from the Asia-Pacific region will mark Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics during September 27–29 with pavilions from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India, Pakistan and Taiwan all set to become major attraction among visitors. It has been observed that apparel brands and consumers are increasingly turning to Asian trends.

With the Asia-Pacific region’s apparel industry booming, economic growth can extend throughout the supply chain, creating unlimited opportunities for textile innovation. Highlighted exhibitors will show the latest fabrics and fabric technologies on the market, designed with global trends and catwalks in mind.

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-Danimer Scientific, PepsiCo win Innovation in Bioplastics award

Washington — Danimer Scientific and PepsiCo Inc. are joint winners of the 2018 Innovation in Bioplastics award.

The two companies developed the next generation of bio-based and compostable flexible packaging using Danimer 24365B and Danimer 01112 resins.

Pepsi uses the resins in a new compostable snack bag that has the right balance of sustainability, performance and cost, according to the award sponsor, the Bioplastics division of the Washington-based Plastics Industry Association.

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-South Africa’s Ramaphosa unveils stimulus plan             

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday unveiled his stimulus and recovery plan to boost economic growth after the economy entered a technical recession in the first half of this year.

“Fellow South Africans, it is generally agreed that in order for our economy to grow at a rate that will lead to job creation on a meaningful scale we need to significantly increase the level of investment,” said Ramaphosa in Pretoria.

In recent months, structural weaknesses such as a low skilled workforce, inefficient state-owned enterprises and a lack of trust between government and the private sector due to “state capture” have been compounded by a higher oil price, weaker sentiment towards emerging markets, and global trade tensions.

The plan focuses on youth, women and small businesses, but was short on detail and seemed to lack urgency as the timelines were given in terms of months, not days.

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-Multicomponent injection moulding solutions from i-mold

The focus of i-mold’s presentation at Fakuma will be on a varied range of space-saving tunnel gate inserts, fast high-precision servo motor drives for turntables and indexing plates as used in multicomponent injection moulding, and particularly rugged hot runner nozzles.

Moreover, the company offers further intelligent system solutions for the manufacture and automation of injection moulds, including hot runner nozzles for tight cavity pitches, easy-to-install “Fast Half” systems, and low-height linear actuators for rack and plate movements, sliders and core-pulling operations.

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-DSM’s carbon fibre filament for 3D printing

Royal DSM, a leading science-based company, has announced its new carbon fibre filled grade PA6/66 filament Novamid ID1030 CF10 for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fibre loading of 10% – much lower than other carbon filled materials – it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection moulding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics, according to the manufacturer.

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-Trump’s trade war with China is about to get a whole lot bigger

The trade fight between the United States and China is set to intensify Monday when the two economic superpowers hit each other with their biggest round of tariffs yet.

The Trump administration will impose new 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods just after midnight ET (noon in Beijing), spanning thousands of products, including food seasonings, baseball gloves, network routers and industrial machinery parts. China has said it will retaliate immediately with new taxes of 5% to 10% on $60 billion of US goods such as meat, chemicals, clothes and auto parts.

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-Vacuums, tires, and computer parts: These are the goods that will be hit the hardest by Trump’s new China tariffs

President Donald Trump announced a new tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on Monday.

The tariff, which goes into effect September 24, will hit a wide range of goods, from furniture to industrial chemicals.

These are the biggest imports that are going to get hit, ranked by the monetary value of total imports to the US from China in 2017.

President Donald Trump’s latest broadside against China could drive up the cost of some very important imports.

The  latest round of tariffs, which  hit goods ranging from from agricultural products like fruit, to consumer goods like furniture to industrial items like chemicals, are set to go into effect on Monday. Economists expect that the items hit by the 10% tariff will increase in price, making those goods more expensive for US consumers and businesses.

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-LANXESS to expand German site with a new plastics compounding plant 

The Germany-based specialty chemical producer LANXESS is reportedly planning to launch a new plastics compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. As per trusted sources, besides the plant, the company will also be constructing a new warehouse and silo facility at the site.

The expansion is aimed at bolstering its position in the global plastics market, the firm said at a press release. The company also expects to create 20 new job opportunities as a result of the expansion, cited sources

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-Saudi Arabia Rejects Claims of Its Comfort With Rising Oil Prices

Oil prices rose this week on continuing market tightness. With the price rise, some Saudi-bashing has begun. (Shutterstock)Oil prices rose this week on continuing market tightness. With the price rise, some Saudi-bashing has begun. (Shutterstock)

Oil prices rose this week on continuing market tightness. With the price rise, some Saudi-bashing has begun. Bloomberg reported that increasing prices were due to Saudi Arabia’s comfort with Brent crude above $80 per barrel. Such “analysis” is hogwash.

Due to market tightness, Brent rose to nearly $80 per barrel but deteriorated to $78.80 on Friday. WTI rose above $70 per barrel for the first time in three months and settled at $70.78 per barrel by the week closing.

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-Iran confirms S. Korea’s halt of oil imports

“It it for three successive months that South Korea has not imported oil from Iran,” public relations of the ministry announced.

“South Korea was the first country to halt Iran’s oil imports following the U.S. sanction threats against the country,” Kasra Nouri, the public relation manager of the ministry, was quoted as saying by SHANA news agency.

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-Maduro Looks To China For A Bailout

Venezuelan President cum dictator Nicolas Maduro has announced that his nation is set to increase its oil exports to China to a staggering one million barrels per day (bpd) over the next months. Returning from a trip to China, Venezuela’s greatest foreign financier, Maduro also said that each nation plans to invest “around five billion dollars” into this initiative by August of next year.

Additionally, Maduro announced that he sold nearly 10 percent of shares in Sinovensa, a joint venture partly owned by state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), to an undisclosed Chinese oil company. This will bring China’s stake in the company to a total of 49 percent. Maduro said that the sale will play a role in his plan to invest $5 billion into Chinese projects in the effort to double oil production and bump exports to China to a million bpd.

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-Spain’s circular knits finisher installs new Montex stenter

Spain’s circular knits finishing specialist Tinfer has commissioned a new six-chamber Montex stenter by Monforts at the Pineda de Mar plant. Founded in 1973, originally as Tintes Fernández, in Arenys de Munt, the company shortened its name, expanded and relocated to its present plant in Pineda de Mar just down the coast from Barcelona at the beginning of the 1980s.

Over the years, Tinfer has established a reputation as Spain’s specialist in swimwear and sportswear – and especially in the dyeing and finishing of circular knits with a high degree of stretch, based on elastanes with polyesters, polyamides, cottons and their blends.

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-Vietnam to work with Japan in marine plastic waste reduction

Vietnam will cooperate with Japan in reducing marine plastic waste, according to head of the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) Ta Dinh Thi.

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The official highlighted the effective cooperation between Vietnam and Japan in sea and island-related issues, saying his administration has drafted possible contents for cooperation with Japan such as sharing experience in management of maritime environment and resources, sea-based economic development and marine science.

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Consumers Recycled Content Bottles Veolia

“Consumers Want at Least 50% Recycled Content in Their Bottles”  Consumers Recycled Content Bottles Veolia 

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-Commentary: US launches 3rd round of tariffs on China imports but blunts impact on chemicals

With the third round of US tariffs on $200bn in Chinese imports, the US is launching another phase in the US-China trade war. However, it is mitigating some of the impact by excluding a number of chemicals in the final list and setting a lower initial tariff rate.

The revised final list will initially have a tariff rate of 10% versus the 25% previously considered. In it, 142 chemicals and finished plastics (just two finished plastics) were removed compared with the preliminary list, according to an analysis by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The two finished plastics categories removed are plastic gloves – seamless and otherwise. Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

This third round will be implemented on 24 September, and the duties are set to rise to 25% by 1 January 2019 if there is no agreement on trade with China.

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-Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Theft

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is the former general manager of Al-Arabiya television. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly magazine Al-Majalla. He is also a senior columnist in the daily newspapers Al-Madina and Al-Bilad.

Iran has accused Russia and Saudi Arabia of stealing its share of oil, signaling the beginning of a long crisis! Iran knows very well that no one has stolen a barrel from it or from its share. The market has its rules that have not changed since ages ago; the oil market is for those who can sell oil and not those who sit on it.

Iran has a massive reserve underground but it produces a little and it will sell even less. Due to the American sanctions against it, it has lost half of its exports so far, although the US embargo on its oil purchases doesn’t go into effect before November.

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-EU, Mercosur to re-initiate free-trade talks next week

EU and Mercosur negotiators will hold another round of negotiations next week in Uruguay with the aim of reaching a free trade agreement (FTA), a Commission spokesman has told ICIS.  Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

“The EU is committed to a successful conclusion of an ambitious, balanced and mutually beneficial agreement with Mercosur, as soon as all the necessary elements will be present,” they said late on Friday.

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-OPEC unlikely to agree official output increase in Algeria, but pressure mounts

DUBAI (Reuters) – OPEC and its allies are unlikely to agree an official increase in crude output when they meet in Algeria this weekend, although pressure is mounting on top producers to prevent a spike in oil prices ahead of new U.S. sanctions on Iran, OPEC sources said.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is worried that any sanctions-related spike in oil prices will trigger fresh criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump but is concerned about a lack of spare oil capacity to offset shortages, the sources said.

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-China PP prices rising on tight supply ahead of holidays

Spot polypropylene (PP) prices in China have been rising continually on the back of tight supply ahead of upcoming public holidays, a trend likely to continue in the near term.

– Domestic prices keep climbing amid tight domestic supply

– Chinese markets to close for Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day celebration

– Import market inches up on the back of soaring domestic prices

In the week ended 14 September, domestic PP flat yarn prices in east China were assessed at Chinese Yuan (CNY) 9,870-10,080/tonne, up by CNY170/tonne from the previous week, according to ICIS data.

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-“Consumers Want at Least 50% Recycled Content in Their Bottles”  Consumers Recycled Content Bottles Veolia 

New research by Veolia reveals that the vast majority of people – 93%, think plastic bottles should contain recycled content and most are also willing to pay an average of 2.5p more for it.

Survey results published in Plan For Plastics, a new report launched by Veolia and plastics experts, RECOUP, describe an indisputable gap between what recycled content the public expect to be in plastic products and the reality

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-Lidl pledges scrap black plastic packaging

Lidl has become the first UK supermarket to announce the removal of black plastic from its entire fruit and vegetable range, as the anti-plastic movement in the sector continues to gather pace.

As part of a plan to make 100 per cent of its own-brand plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or refillable, the discounter has revealed plans to scrap the black plastic altogether saving an estimated 50 tonnes of plastic waste a year.

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-Now near 100 million bpd, when will oil demand peak?

Sometime in the next few weeks, global oil consumption will reach 100 million barrels per day (bpd) – more than twice what it was 50 years ago – and it shows no immediate sign of falling.

Despite overwhelming evidence of carbon-fuelled climate change and billions in subsidies for alternative technologies such as wind and solar power, oil is so entrenched in the modern world that demand is still rising by up to 1.5 percent a year.

There is no consensus on when world oil demand will peak but it is clear much depends on how governments respond to global warming. That’s the view of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises Western economies on energy policy.

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-TWD Fibres launch Diolen Thermo reference project21

TWD Fibres have launched their first successful Diolen Thermo reference project. The project is about the usage of polyester hollow fibre filament yarn in mattress covers. Diolen Thermo is a polyester hollow fibre by TWD Fibres. The company is a leading developer of fully integrated filament yarns, customised and tailored to specific customer applications.

Hollow fibres made of polyester have a long history as an animal-friendly alternative to classic down and feather core fillings for bedding such as blankets and pillows. Hollow fibres as filament yarns, on the other hand, have barely made a splash in the bedding sector up to now.

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-BLACK PLASTICS MADE RECYCLABLE

Next month, gourmet dairy brand The Collective will introduce a novel near-infrared (NIR) colourant technology developed by masterbatch and additive specialist Colour Tone, to ensure its iconic black plastic yogurt pot lids can be effectively recycled.

Like most black plastics the original Collective lid featured carbon black and other pigments which absorb the infrared signal used to sort plastics packaging, which made it ‘invisible’ to the sensors used by recycling operations.

This meant The Collective’s black yogurt pot lids would end up as residual waste destined for landfill or incineration, while its clear polypropylene tubs are recycled. The brand responded to this challenge by tasking its sustainability team to find a more eco-conscious design solution for its distinctive packaging.

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-Master batches protect the environment from plastics pollution

Ampacet supplies manufacturers with high volume general purpose and specialty masterbatches.

At Fakuma, U:S.-based Ampacet, with establishments also in Argentina, Luxembourg and Thailand, will focus on its products that have been formulated to enhance post-consumer resins.

Ampacet places a lot of importance on its sustainable development programme, saying that it constantly works on new innovative and “green” solutions. Among its exhibits at the plastics processing trade fair in Freidrichshafen , Germany, will be the company’s master batches; Odor Scavenger 1000258-E; additive Blue Edge 78 (7600078-E); Rec-O-Black 216 and Ampacet Biorange, which have all been formulated to enhance post-consumer resin.

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-RISE accelerates new opportunities in nonwovens

Technology scouts and product developers attending INDA’s eighth edition Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference gave high praise to new technologies, new ideas and valuable connections discovered at the event held this month in Raleigh, NC.

The programme included presentations on bio-innovation in nonwovens, market dynamics and trends, e-textiles and standards, medical nonwoven developments, web formation and technologies, material science developments and microfibers in the marine environment. “RISE is a valuable eye-opener for new applications and market segments. It makes the neurons make new connections,” said Paul Latten, Director, R&D, SENW Southwest Nonwovens.

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USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

USA antidumping tariffs PET resin TaiwanThe US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The punitive tariffs on PET resin firms from Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan were imposed after the department on Tuesday issued an affirmative final ruling on its investigation into the alleged unfair trade practices.

For Taiwan, anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 45 percent have been imposed, the department said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Far Eastern New Century Corp (遠東新世紀), Far Eastern Textile Ltd (遠東紡織) and Worldwide Polychem (HK) Ltd (環世聚酯香港) face a 5.16 percent anti-dumping rate, while a tariff of 45 percent was imposed on Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp (新光合成纖維), it said.

Far Eastern Textile is the largest PET resin maker in Taiwan.

Tariffs ranging from 29.68 percent to 275.89 percent were imposed on PET resin exporters from Brazil; 8.23 percent to 101.41 percent on South Korean firms; 30.61 percent to 53.50 percent on firms from Indonesia; and 43.81 percent to 59.92 percent on exporters from Pakistan, the department said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

PET resin is the raw material used for the production of soda, juice and edible oil containers, as well as a wide range of other products, such as audio/video disks.

“The strict enforcement of US trade law is a primary focus of [US President Donald Trump’s] administration,” the department said in a statement.

“Since the beginning of the current administration, the [department] has initiated 122 new anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations — this is a 221 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration,” it said.

The US International Trade Commission is to issue its final determinations about Nov. 1, the department said, adding that if it makes an affirmative final injury decision, the department would issue anti-dumping orders on PET resin imports from the five nations.

The US is the second-largest buyer of PET resin from Taiwanese firms, Bureau of Foreign Trade data showed.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

PET resin exports to the US market last year totaled about US$140 million, 15.2 percent of total outbound PET resin sales by Taiwanese firms, the data showed.

As the tariff rates faced by Taiwanese exporters are relatively low compared with other major exporters to the US, Taiwan has a better chance of maintaining its presence in the US market, the bureau said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Some Taiwanese PET resin makers have begun relocating their production overseas to reduce the effects of the US tariffs, it added.

Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Impossible recycling in the real world   Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

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One of the many bales of household waste that can be fed into the recycling machines. [CeDo]  

In the Netherlands, one recycling plant is doing what many in the industry have labelled “impossible”, by recycling household packaging and making a financial success of it. EURACTIV went north of the Belgian-Dutch border to see the operation in action.

At a recycling facility in the town of Geleen, north of Liège and Maastricht, sorting machines, washers and industrial melters run around the clock every day of the year to convert problematic plastic waste into something useful.

Other recycling centres have carved out their own niches, buying up polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles or other readily available waste materials to convert into products like carpet, clothing or even back into bottles.

But the CeDo plant in Geleen, the first in Europe to start dealing in PET back in 1985, got out of the bottle game in 2012 when its management realised it could not compete due to low interest in the finished product.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Now CeDo pursues a new type of business model, where the recycling arm of the operation is directly linked to the manufacturing end. Essentially, the company has created a closed loop of sorts, where recycled material is guaranteed to be used within its own value chain.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Europeans will have to recycle half of their waste by 2025

European households and businesses will have to recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste by 2025, according to stricter new rules passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday (18 April).  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“We needed someone to use our recyclates,” explained managing director Ton Emans, who described to EURACTIV the virtues of abandoning the idea of independent recycling.

That is why the Geleen plant, the largest of its type in Europe, only recycles polyethylene film (PE), a material that lines the aisles of our supermarkets as many producers use it as food packaging.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

As of 2018, half the material processed by the plant comes from household waste, out of a total 80,000 tonnes recycled every year. That waste would otherwise likely have been landfilled or incinerated.

Once processed into plastic pellets, the recycled PE is shipped to CeDo’s manufacturing plants, which then use the pellets to make garbage and recycling bags. Retailers are keen to offer consumers a ‘made from recycled waste’ option and CeDo fills that market gap.

Some recyclers won’t touch PE film though, because they do not have an outlet for it once it’s been processed, leading many in the trade to label the idea of dealing in it as “impossible”. Recycling it is simple enough but making it profitable is the real challenge.

But Emans explained that his setup is part of an existing trend of producers taking over the recycling part of the chain: “They have to do it because recyclers are making plastic cheaper and damaging their account books”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Indeed, there are expectations that the plastic industry, whose output is expected to expand to 80 million tonnes a year in Europe, will not invest in new virgin plastic capacity, due to high start-up and maintenance costs.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Plastic bans among ‘most effective’ ways to beat pollution, says UN

A landmark report by UN environment experts on plastic pollution, published to coincide with World Environment Day (5 June), shows that governments across the world are starting to take action and that bans and levies are starting to take off.

Not impossible but imperfect

But Ton Emans has a problem and it’s located right at the beginning of the recycling line: the sorting stage.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

When plastic arrives at the Geleen plant in bales, collected from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the UK, it is only sorted to some extent.

In the bales, one can expect to find only 75% usable PE, 10% polypropylene (PP) and 15% unrecyclable multi-layered plastics, like crisp packets and chocolate bars.

PP is a recyclable material but not the target plastic, so it does not fit in with Emans’ “focus on one stream and you can be king” business motto.

So before anything can be washed and melted down and eventually turned into garbage bags, the PE has to be sifted out by complex sorting machines that use infra-red scanners to collect what can actually be used. [For a more in-depth description of the recycling process, see Background]

Is recycled plastic safe for food packaging? EU seems to think so

The European Commission is preparing to fast-track approval of 140 recycling processes for use in food and drinks packaging, despite warnings that second-hand plastics risk containing toxic chemicals that are dangerous for human health.

“For higher quality recycling, we want pure streams. That 75% PE mix should be over 90%. If it is over 90%, then I can run my machines beyond the current four tonnes limit to eight tonnes,” Emans said, adding that large-scale collection and sorting centres have a lot to gain from cleaning up streams.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Most bankruptcies in the sector are based on uncontrolled streams, where recyclers are unable to guarantee a quality end-product, which pushes down their prices.

According to Emans, more recyclers would take the leap and open up shop if that guarantee was in place, meaning more material would be bought and processed.

“If shit goes in, then shit comes out,” the Dutchman quipped, adding “that’s no good if we’re going to compete with virgin plastic”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Europe’s new focus on recycling and setting up a true and profitable internal market for waste was really kicked off by China’s recent decision to ban the import of waste, and Emans calls that move “a blessing in disguise”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“It was totally wrong the way the rest of the world, Europe included, used it as a dumping ground for waste and unrecyclable material,” he said, urging the European Commission to follow through on its work on EU waste rules through monitoring and ensuring that member states implement the law.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Reiterating what EU leaders have said recently about plastic waste and January’s Plastic Strategy, Emans warned that “plastic is not bad, plastic waste is the problem”.

The Geleen plant runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is crewed by a multi-cultural team that are kitted out to work the machines during every public holiday. If Europe’s internal market for recycling kicks into overdrive, expect more operations like CeDo to spring up.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“I encourage you, or anyone else to copy this business model. I relish the competition,” Emans shouted during a tour of the noisy shop floor in Geleen.

“And let me share my dream with you: toilet roll bags. People will always need them, rolls will always have to be packed in plastic like this, we just need the outlet,” the Dutchman concluded with a wink and a smile.

BACKGROUND

How PE recycling works in Geleen

Bales of collected waste are dropped off at the Geleen plant, after processing at a large-scale collection and sorting centre. One of the largest in the Benelux area is located in Rotterdam.

Those bales are then fed into large sorting machines, which filter out everything that is not polyethylene film, using infra-red scanners to monitor which materials are rigid. High-power fans blow the material onto separate conveyor belts.

Anything that is not PE but which is still recyclable is bundled up and sent on to plants that actually process the material.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Next, the mostly PE stream is shredded into tiny pieces or flakes. Another stage of sorting takes place here, as heavier and lighter flakes are separated.

The flakes are then washed with environmentally friendly detergent in order to remove contamination and pollutants, like sand and dirt. In fact, the Geleen plant removes so much sand from the waste that it is able to supplement its revenue by selling it on to construction companies.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Once dried, the flakes can then be melted down and made into the pellets that are needed for the manufacturing process. During this process, one of the few unusable by-products is created: ink. Mostly toxic, the ink used in wrappers and labels is removed and disposed of accordingly.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Finally, the pellets or ‘nurdles’ are made by compressing the melted plastic pieces. They are then bagged up, given a final quality check and then transported to the manufacturing plant that needs them.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

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What it’s all about: the final product, plastic pellets, ready for use in manufacturing processes. [CeDo]

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain is always in downward

PET Bottle grade export 1,260/1,310 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,950/10,100 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,750/9,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 850/865 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,950/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,235/1,245 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,850  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,700/10,900  yuan/ton

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-US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.US

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Japan begins to use bioplastics to replace petroleum-based plastics, ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole-owned petrochemical project settles in Guangdong | Global Chemical Industry News  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

As a material industry supporting the industry, chemical industry should also match the overall industrial output value to more than 50%.  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical

In the future, with China’s efforts to promote the localization of chips, the matching photoresist, electronic specialty gases, packaging materials, high-purity reagents and other industries will undoubtedly usher in great development.

The development of China’s automobile lightweight and large aircraft also provides a huge market space for high-end engineering plastics such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

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-Poland, Lithuania, Romania urge close EU-UK ties after Brexit

The foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Romania have urged close EU-UK ties after Brexit.

Britain’s impending withdrawal from the European Union poses a number of challenges on both sides of the Channel, but the EU and the UK need each other on post-Brexit security, the three foreign ministers said in an article published by the Politico news service.

Poland’s Jacek Czaputowicz, Lithuania’s Linas Linkevičius, and Romania’s Teodor Meleșcanu said in the article that Brexit would leave a gaping hole in Europe’s foreign policy and that, without Britain, the EU’s position on the global stage might weaken, making it more vulnerable to external threats.

They argued that Britain, “in its capacity as a UN Security Council member, a nuclear power and a guarantor of approximately one-fourth of European defense capabilities — is one of the key pillars of the EU’s external action.”

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-New Method Uses Sunlight to Convert Plastic waste into Usable Hydrogen

UK-based researchers have invented a simple sunlight-driven method for transforming plastic waste into usable hydrogen and some chemicals. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have discovered a method that employs quantum dots made of cadmium sulfide for the photocatalysis and degradation of plastics.

In the process of transforming plastic waste into usable hydrogen, referred to as photoreforming, the photocatalyst is dropped onto the plastic, which is then immersed in an alkaline solution. With the help of irradiation using sunlight, the water from solution is reduced to hydrogen and the plastic is simultaneously oxidized to tiny organic molecules.

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-China announces 10% tariff on US paraxylene in retaliation, but impact likely limited

China’s Ministry of Commerce Tuesday evening announced in a statement that Beijing would be imposing retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of US imports, including a 10% tariff on US-origin paraxylene.

Initial feedback from market participants suggests that the impact of the tariffs on the Chinese polyester industry will likely be limited. The US accounted for around 8% of the world’s total PX production in 2017, and is not a major exporter of PX to China, industry sources said.

“The current import [volume] from the US to China is small, with South Korea, Japan, and the Middle East accounting for most of the PX imported last year. US exports to Asia can go to other countries, such as Taiwan, which in turn will displace some Asian-origin cargoes to China,” a Chinese end-user said Tuesday.

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-Just How Low Can Iran’s Oil Exports Go?

Iran’s oil exports started to fall noticeably in August as key customers in Asia began to curtail oil purchases to either comply with the U.S. efforts to bring Iranian exports to zero, or to win waivers with the U.S. Administration.

Iran’s crude oil and condensate sales fell in August to below 2 million bpd—the lowest level in more than a year, according to tanker tracking data compiled by Bloomberg.

In September, the trend of reduced Iranian oil exports has continued, and analysts expect further cuts from some of Iran’s oil customers.

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-To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%

According to Repak, Ireland’s plastic recycling must increase to 175,000 tonnes by 2030 to reach new EU targets.

IRELAND NEEDS TO increase its plastic recycling by 80% to reach EU targets set for 2030, according to Repak.

The not-for-profit recycling company has published its Plastic Packaging Recycling Strategy 2018-2030, calling on the government to establish a plastics working group to help encourage recycling.

According to the company, for Ireland to meet the EU’s targets, the government needs to play a critical leadership role in the coordination of the new strategy in order to achieve a major attitudinal change in society.

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-Netstal to showcase Smart Operation at Fakuma

Netstal will be introducing its Smart Operation control option at Fakuma 2018.

The new option for the aXos machine controller offers a sensible separation of the development of applications and the subsequent operation of the machine in the production environment.

Smart Operation is optionally available now for all Netstal machines of the ELIOS and ELION series and existing plants that use an aXos controller can be retrofitted.

Based on the application, all processes can be flexibly defined by in-house experts and the Smart Operation provides users with an innovative operating concept to be used in a production environment.

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-Danimer PHA verified as a viable biodegradable alternative to traditional packaging.

Untitled design (28)Danimer Scientific,  a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastics announced this week that its PHA based product has been verified as an eco-friendly alternative to petrochemical plastics by the University of Georgia (UGA). The polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material is a naturally occurring polyester, which can be incorporated into a flexible packaging structure and one that is certified for marine degradation. UGA’s New Materials Institute found that PHA degrades in both aerobic and anaerobic environments.

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-Opec’s problems aren’t over yet! Here’s a new one that the cartel is facing

Exporters’ group has navigated both supply and demand crises

A global recession, both $140 and $30 oil, the US shale revolution, a market-share war, and output cuts. Opec’s 60-year history has rarely confronted a more challenging period than the past decade.

Now, instead of enjoying the higher prices resulting from 18 months of joint production cuts with a coalition of other major producers, the cartel faces new problems. A tweet-happy American president is ramping up geopolitical risk, renewed sanctions are hammering Iran’s exports, Venezuelan production is tanking as its economy collapses, and a political attack from Washington in the form of the NOpec bill.

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-OPEC seeks new way forward after decade of turmoil

A global recession, both $US140 and $US30 oil, the US shale revolution, a market-share war, and output cuts. OPEC’s 60-year history has rarely confronted a more challenging period than the past decade.

Now, instead of enjoying the higher prices resulting from 18 months of joint production cuts with a coalition of other major producers, the cartel faces new problems. A tweet-happy American president is ramping up geopolitical risk, renewed sanctions are hammering Iran’s exports, Venezuelan production is tanking as its economy collapses, and a political attack from Washington in the form of the NOPEC bill.

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-Swiss consumption of bottled water rises significantly

Before the 1970s, few in Switzerland drank water from anywhere other than kitchen taps or fountains. By 1998, 680 million litres of bottled water a year were consumed. Now the figure is an eye watering 977 million litres, 115 litres per person every year. That is equivalent to nearly 350 small single-use plastic bottles per person per year.

In addition, Switzerland has some of the best drinking water in the world. Some communes get their water from mountain springs, making it better than bottled water – it’s from a similar source but fresher.

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-Impossible recycling in the real world   Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

In the Netherlands, one recycling plant is doing what many in the industry have labelled “impossible”, by recycling household packaging and making a financial success of it. EURACTIV went north of the Belgian-Dutch border to see the operation in action.

At a recycling facility in the town of Geleen, north of Liège and Maastricht, sorting machines, washers and industrial melters run around the clock every day of the year to convert problematic plastic waste into something useful.

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-Small traders’ revenue drops as shoppers avoid plastic packaging

As scrutiny increases on plastics use across all industries, new research* from Paymentsense reveals over half (54%) of small retailers have seen sales of plastic packaged goods fall over the last six months.

The research shows that sales of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic are most commonly highlighted as down, closely followed by fruit juice and water in plastic bottles. It also underlines how shoppers purchasing habits are evolving, in light of months of mainstream media attention on the subject.

Almost half (49%) of the small retailers surveyed said the number of customers requesting products without packaging has increased over the last six months. Over a third (36%) reported that consumers are now buying more unwrapped goods and using their own bags or containers to transport them. Nearly a quarter (23%) said they had seen a growth in customers requesting products with plastic-free packaging.

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-Smart clothing start-up selected for acceleration programme

As part of its recently launched New Business and Innovation Division, ASICS has announced five innovative businesses to benefit from TENKAN-TEN, a unique growth catalyst programme for start-ups disrupting the sports and wellbeing sector.

The five ambitious start-ups – varying from smart fabrics to artificial intelligence and motion capturing apps – were selected from around the world based on their innovative products and services and commitment to inspiring movement in line with ASICS’ founding philosophy of Anima Sana In Corpore Sano – A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.

One of the businesses selected to benefit from the TENKAN-TEN programme, a Japanese expression for Tipping Point, is Pyrates. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, by Spanish entrepreneur, Regina Polanco, the sustainable clothing company offers high-end performance streetwear with a difference. Through its Pyratex smart fabric technology, the clothing combines protein from organic agricultural vegetation with 17 kinds of amino acids to create an innovative yarn.

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-US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The punitive tariffs on PET resin firms from Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan were imposed after the department on Tuesday issued an affirmative final ruling on its investigation into the alleged unfair trade practices.

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-FlexFilms launches two new advanced BOPET films

FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has launched two new state-of-the-art BOPET Films, at its manufacturing centre in Kentucky, U.S.A.

FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HBP-M is a metallized biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film with a superior gas barrier that offers high moisture and oxygen barrier for virtually all applications including Aluminium foil replacement. High barrier comes from patented BOPET film technology, with high optical density specifically suitable for most flex pack product offerings. This film is 100% web inspected; using our advanced web metallized surface inspection system.

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Japan begins to use bioplastics to replace petroleum-based plastics, ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole-owned petrochemical project settles in Guangdong | Global Chemical Industry News  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

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 As a material industry supporting the industry, chemical industry should also match the overall industrial output value to more than 50%.  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

In the future, with China’s efforts to promote the localization of chips, the matching photoresist, electronic specialty gases, packaging materials, high-purity reagents and other industries will undoubtedly usher in great development.

 The development of China’s automobile lightweight and large aircraft also provides a huge market space for high-end engineering plastics such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

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Highlights Highlights

 🔸SABIC introduces special resin for cross-linking foaming

 Wan Wanhua Chemical makes exterior wall paint more resistant to tearing

 🔸 Exxon Mobil’s $10 billion sole proprietorship project settled in Guangdong

 🔸 National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center passed on-site acceptance

🔸Japan will begin to replace petroleum-based plastics with bioplastics

 🔸 US trade war opened the first batch of import and export resin was imposed tariffs

 Yan Yingwei will build a large nylon 6/6 raw material plant in China

🔸Fraunhofer research on the production of bio-based polyamides

🔸 China’s chemical industry digital transformation market is huge

 The specific content of the news is as follows:

01 01

 SABIC introduces special resin for cross-linking foam to further expand the foam material line Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

SABIC® LDPE HP0722NDF和SABIC® LDPE HP2022NDF。 Recently, SABIC has introduced two new special LDPE (low density polyethylene) resins – SABIC® LDPE HP0722NDF and SABIC® LDPE HP2022NDF for cross-linked foaming processes , which are supplied globally.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ” Douwe van der Meer, SABIC market development and technical support engineer, said: “SABIC’s new resin has been developed specifically for cross-linked foaming processes and has significant results.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

Due to the increased cross-linking reaction rate, these new resins improve surface quality and shrink. Cell size increases the likelihood of improving mechanical properties. “

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 Content Source: SABIC SABIC Innovative Plastics China Co., Ltd. official website

02 02

BASF helps South Korea melt-blown non-woven materials to make new disposable scrubbing rags Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

South Korea’s polypropylene (PP) meltblown nonwovens manufacturer – Korea Nonwovens Technology Co., Ltd. introduced a new disposable scrubbing rag made with BASF rheology modifier Irgatec® .This rag offers a healthier alternative to traditional materials and has better barrier and mechanical properties than traditional meltblown grades.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The monofilaments achieved with Irgatec additives are thinner and stronger than the prior art, making the fabrics tougher and more efficient than existing materials such as paper, spunbond nonwovens and traditional meltblown grade nonwovens. .

。” Mr. Kwang-il Kwon, CEO of Korea Nonwovens Technology Co., Ltd. said: “With the BASF rheology modifier, we have introduced a meltblown grade high quality disposable scrubbing rag with better strength, elasticity and thickness, which has become The leader of the Korean market.”

 Irgatec is able to modify the controlled rheology of polypropylene for nonwoven applications.  It is very effective at extrusion temperatures in excess of 250 ° C and is therefore particularly suitable for polypropylene meltblowing applications.  

This fabric does not irritate the skin and is therefore suitable for use in a variety of hygiene products such as diapers, cleaning wipes, filtration products, and medical applications.

 Source: BASF Greater China Official Website

03 03

 Wanhua Chemical makes the exterior paint more “tear-resistant”, Nice!

Wanhua Chemical, a Chinese company that is the latest in the 2018 global chemical producers announced by ICIS, has launched a new research and launched the newly developed exterior wall coating osmotic reinforced primer emulsion Archsol® 8223 , which is a perfect solution to the previous market. Tear the problem.

 Among the many exterior wall decoration materials, real stone paints and colorful paints with imitation stone textures are increasingly occupying a high proportion.

 In the final step of the construction step of such a coating, the primer is easily torn off together during the process of removing the textured paper, which not only increases the cost of repairing, but also may contaminate the already coated topcoat when repairing.

 Archsol® 8223 Emulsion penetrates strongly into the base layer to compensate for the voids in the base layer, creating a strong mechanical bite that reinforces the loose putty and prevents the tearing of the textured paper from damage to the substrate.  Easy to tear from now!Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Don’t worry!

 In addition, with its excellent penetrating power, Archsol® 8223 Emulsion also acts as a barrier and barrier, eliminating the problems of efflorescence and hair growth caused by moisture migration in the substrate. Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

At the same time, the adhesion between the layers is also enhanced, and the phenomenon of peeling and loosening is avoided.

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Source: Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd.

04 04

 ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole proprietorship petrochemical project will be located in Guangdong

 Despite the constant trade friction between China and the United States, with deepening reforms, expanding openness, and improving the business environment, China’s huge domestic market has attracted foreign investment and even US capital to go.  

During the recent visit to China, Woodr, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, discussed with the Chinese side that the $10 billion wholly-owned petrochemical project was settled in Guangdong.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ExxonMobil is the largest oil company in the United States and is among the best in the world.  The $10 billion wholly-owned petrochemical project settled in Guangdong, which is a big investment.

 ” “It is the responsibility of the Chinese government to provide a non-discriminatory and fair competitive business environment for Chinese and foreign companies. ”

Li Keqiang said, ” China will unswervingly deepen reform and expand opening up. We will provide more convenience for foreign companies to invest in China and continue. Become a hot spot for foreign investment. “Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Content Source: Voice of the Economy “World Finance”

05 05

Toray Torayfan products launch white metallized BOPP film

 Toray Plastics (USA) Co., Ltd., located in Rhode Island, North Kingstown, USA, has expanded its line of white film products to provide five new Torayfan white metallized biaxially oriented polypropylenes (BOPP) for consumer goods companies and intermediaries. )film.

 Available in both sealable and non-sealable versions, this film has a variety of heat seal strengths. End users can also choose anti-oxidation and moisture resistance levels.

Tammy Williamson, deputy product manager at Torayfan, said: “Consumer products want an aesthetically pleasing, high-barrier alternative to traditional metallized and bubble white metallized films.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

These new pigmented films are available after blow molding. Rugged barrier durability, extended shelf life and a clean, bright white appearance all enhance brand integrity.”

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 Content Source: Zhongsu Online

06 06

104 chemical, petrochemical, metallurgy, nonferrous, light industry, textile, packaging industry standards for public noticeJapan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Today, the relevant standardization technology organizations and other units have completed 7 chemical industry standards such as “Synthetic Hydrochloric Acid Safety Technical Specifications”, 1 “Petrochemical Engineering High-level Operation Technical Specifications”, 1 petrochemical industry standard, “Iron Mine Safety Production Technical Specifications”, etc.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

There are 13 textile industry standards such as 3 metallurgical industry standards, 1 non-ferrous industry standard for “Silver Smelting Safety Production Standards”, “Frozen Baking Food”, and 18 textile industry standards such as “Quantitative Analysis of Textile Fiber Near Infrared Spectroscopy”.

The formulation and revision of three packaging industry standards, such as Aerosol Paint.  It will be publicized in the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology before October 10, 2018.

 Source: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China

07 07

 National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center passed on-site acceptance

 The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Basic Division in Shanxi Changzhi organized experts to pass the on-site inspection and acceptance of the National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center.

 The Engineering Technology Center completed 2×500,000 tons/year of iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, 50,000 tons/year of cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, 30MW of spent wind power generation, 10,000 standard/hour carbon dioxide and methane reforming synthesis gas.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The research tasks of engineering technology have formed a number of key core technologies in the field of coal-based synthesis.

 The establishment of the National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center will accelerate the development of modern coal chemical industry based on coal-based synthesis technology, and form economies of scale.

It will also drive large-scale coal gasification, catalyst preparation and new catalytic reactions in the coal chemical industry. Advances in technologies, large reactors and equipment have improved the overall level of China’s modern coal chemical industry.

Content Source: Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic

08 08

 Japan will begin to replace petroleum-based plastics with bioplastics

 In accordance with global trends, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan strives to promote the use of bioplastic products in the country and to stop using disposable articles made of petroleum-derived plastics that cause environmental pollution.

 The campaign to stop using disposable plastics has spread beyond Japan and beyond.  US coffee giant Starbucks has decided to stop using plastic straws from its global stores by 2020, and a family chain restaurant has announced that it will stop using plastic straws this year.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 For example, Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp is using bioplastics in its products, including polycarbonate made from castor oil and polycarbonate made from starch.

According to the company, PCs made from starch not only have a high hardness on the surface, but also have superior optical properties and water stability compared to conventional materials.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Denso said at a press conference that PCs made from biomaterials have a lower refractive index and are easier to color, which means no additional color.

 Toyota Motor Corporation also uses Denso’s materials in the beveled surface of its navigation system.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The heat-resistant polyurethane resin made of castor oil can be used as a protection device for connectors in automotive waste sensors.

 These sensors must have high heat resistance to measure the concentration of a particular gas.  Generally made of silicone resin.

 The company claims that the new polyurethane resin is cheaper and can withstand temperatures up to 150°, significantly reducing the amount of volume produced during melting or forming.

 Also said that this is the world’s first resin of this type.  The company established the Eco 2025 Action Plan.

 It indicates that it will continue to develop plastics for plant substrates and increase the number of these products.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The aim is to reduce the amount of oil used and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the use of the product. to 1.97 million tons by fiscal year 2030.

 In order to achieve the temporary goal of producing 790,000 tons of bioplastics in fiscal year 2020, the government is considering a substantial increase in the production of bioplastics.

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Source: Sohu Finance

09 09

PVC is good

 Recently, the PVC market, which has just emerged from a round of gains, has fallen slightly.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Since August, the demand for plastic products terminals has slowly picked up, and the operating rates of downstream enterprises in North China and South China have increased.

 Among them, the operating rate of plastic products enterprises in South China was 82%, a significant increase of 15 percentage points year-on-year; the operating rate of plastic products enterprises in North China was 73%, an increase of 5 percentage points.

 After entering September, with the arrival of the peak season, downstream demand has continued to rise expectations, forming support for the PVC market.

 On the other hand, PVC is mainly used to produce building materials such as pipes, profiles and profiles, accounting for 60% to 70% of the total demand.

 The rebound in the real estate industry will also drive demand for PVC.

 As of the end of last week, the domestic PVC industry operating rate was 82.67%, down 0.9% on a week-on-week basis.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Moreover, at present, Tianjin Daxie, Shanxi Ruiheng, Formosa Plastics Ningbo, Ningxia Yinglite and other PVC devices have maintenance plans or are in the state of overhaul. It is expected that the industry operating rate will further decline.

 This will lead to a reduction in market supply and aggravation of the PVC market.

Source: China Petroleum and Chemical Network

10 10

US trade war opened the first batch of import and export resin was imposed tariffs

 WASHINGTON–The US-China trade war has officially burned into the plastics material industry in recent days. The two countries formally imposed tariffs on chemical and plastic products worth $ 4.2 billion .

 This amount is likely to rise rapidly, as Washington considers the next round of $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including $ 25 billion in chemicals and plastics.

The US Chemical Industry Council released an analysis report on August 22. It is expected that if the United States begins to impose tariffs on Chinese imports in the next round, China will use retaliatory actions, and US chemicals and plastic products worth US$8.8 billion will be hit.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The next round of $200 billion worth of tariff-levied goods included $16.4 billion in chemical and plastic products imported from China.

 The next round of tariff increases may be implemented in late September or early October, and the impact on the industry will be much greater than this round starting on August 23.

 The first round of tariffs only involved US$2 billion worth of US exports of chemical and plastic products to China and US$2.2 billion worth of Chinese exports to the United States.

 The addition of tariffs will lead to an increase in the price of raw materials, making US companies less competitive in countries and regions that have not imposed tariffs on Chinese goods.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The American Chemistry Council said: “The supply chain is not broken and cannot be easily reconfigured to meet US trade policy adjustments. Forcing companies to reconfigure their supply chains may threaten the survival of their business activities.”

 The US resin industry has a large trade surplus with China, which is different from other sectors in the plastics industry, and the resin industry is worried about losing the Chinese market.

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 Source: China Chemical Network

11 11

 INVISTA will build a large nylon 6/6 raw material plant in China

In response to the global shortage of nylon 6/6 resin, the materials company INVISTA will invest US$1 billion in China to build an adiponitrile (ADN) production plant, which is the key raw material for the supply of nylon 6/6.

The plant will begin construction in 2020 and is scheduled to go into production in 2023. Invista is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, and the company says the project “is designed to meet the strong local demand for nylon 6/6 intermediate chemicals.”

The preliminary work of the construction of the plant is underway.  The plant has a total investment of 1 billion US dollars, and at least 660 million pounds of ADN per year after completion.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ADN is used to produce nylon resins, fibers and other specialty materials such as HDI for coatings.

 INVISTA is one of the world’s largest producers of fiber and related specialty chemicals and resins.

 Nylon 6/6 is widely used in automotive parts and the like.

 Nylon 6/6 demand is higher than expected and the new ADN’s capacity investment is insufficient, resulting in tight global supply.

All of this has led to higher prices for related materials, extended delivery times, and, in some cases, plastic processing companies considering alternative materials.

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Content Source: Zhongsu Online

12 12

The Fraunhofer Institute is dedicated to the production of bio-based polyamides

 Fraunhofer’s 72 institutes, as Europe’s leading applied research organization, are investigating sustainable alternatives to new terpene high performance plastics found in resins.

 Fraunhofer researchers are using a new catalytic process to convert lenene into 100% pure bio-based plastics that are transparent and have high thermal stability.

 Endene is a natural substance and is a component of turpentine. Turpentine is a waste of cellulose produced from wood.

 Conifers such as pine, larch or spruce provide natural substances.

 The preparation of the pulp includes decomposition of the wood to separate the cellulose fibers and a large amount of separation of the terpenes as a by-product.

The Raunhofer Association is Germany and Europe’s largest applied scientific research institution. It was founded on March 26, 1949 and named after German scientist, inventor and entrepreneur Joseph Fraunhofer.

 In particular, focus on shaping technology, designing new products, improving hygiene, communication, safety, energy saving, environmental protection and other production methods and technologies.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

According to market data compiled by the European Bioplastics Association and research institutes, the global bio-based plastics capacity will increase from about 2.05 million tons in 2017 to about 2.44 million tons in 2022.

From the actual production of bio-based plastics and regional production capacity, Asia is becoming the largest production center for bio-plastics and will further expand its global leadership.

 As an important category in bio-based plastics, the development of bio-based plastics is advancing by leaps and bounds, and continues to advance in new material development and performance improvements.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 At present, a variety of bio-based plastics have entered the stage of commercial application, and the development prospects are very optimistic.

 Source: China Chemical Network

13 13

 Ke Shiwen, CEO of Covestro: China’s chemical industry has a huge market for digital transformation

“Digitalization has become the biggest opportunity for the chemical industry and the investment in the chemical industry,” said Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, who is attending the 2018 China International Petrochemical Congress.

“Specifically, digitalization can not only help Chemical companies like Covestro circumvent unplanned production to further expand production capacity and serve customers more accurately.”

 Not only Covestro, BASF, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and the relevant person in charge of China’s Sinochem Group Co., Ltd. expressed their optimism about the digital transformation of the chemical industry.

 According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2030, digital technology will transform and create 10%-45% of industry revenue in China.

 With the popularity of data and computing power, communication between internal production and operation communication and industry value chain partners is becoming increasingly close. Digitalization is bringing many new opportunities for the entire chemical and plastics industry.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 According to recent research by the World Economic Forum, digital revenues for the global chemical materials industry are expected to reach $310 billion to $500 billion during 2016-2025.

 However, compared with the optimistic expectations of companies such as Covestro and BASF, the concepts, usage habits and production models in reality still take a long time to change.

 Content Source: First Finance

 Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

Chinese paraxylene buyers do not want to receive goods from the US  Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

 Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade warMOSCOW – Chinese buyers of paraxylene do not want to receive materials from the US because of the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China, ICIS reports citing market participants. Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

This may lead to some problems with logistics, since in September – early October, China is expected to supply several batches of paraxylene from the US, which were purchased in the second half of August Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

Some buyers in China do not want to accept material from the US, unless sellers are willing to pay the tariffs. At the same time, sellers do not have many options, as China is a key importer of paraxylene. Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

China usually imports an average of 1.3 -1.4 million tons of paraxylene per month, with the US material usually accounting for about 1-2% of the total import of paraxylene.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – a semi-product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, in Russia the estimated PET consumption in July of this year increased by 2% compared to the previous year.

In total, in the first seven months of this year 387.29 thousand tons of PET were processed in Russia. Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

During the reporting month, Russian plants produced 52.90 tons of material. The volume of production of PET granulate in July compared to last year increased by 2%.

For the period January-July, the production of Russian PET practically did not change – 334.74 thousand tons in 2018 against 331.39 thousand tons in 2017.

mrcplast.ru

Author:                Anna Larionova

USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

U.S. finalizes anti-dumping duties on S. Korean PET resin USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

SEOUL (Yonhap) — The United States Department of Commerce has set anti-dumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from South Korea and four other nations, its website showed Wednesday.USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

The commerce department said PET resin products imported from South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan and Taiwan were sold at “less than fair value rates” in the U.S. market, finalizing anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 275.89 percent.

Under the decision, South Korean exporters will be assessed duties of 8.23-101.41 percent on PET resin sold in the U.S. market.USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

The U.S. imported $24 million worth of PET resin from South Korea in 2016 and the amount jumped to $127.3 million in 2017, according to the commerce department.

PET resin is mainly used to make bottles, jars, containers and various other packaging applications.

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Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

A New Industrial Revolution for Plastics  Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Posted by Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program in Biotechnology
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Bioplastics are all around us. Learn more about bioplastics at biopreferred.gov.

Remember “plastics make it possible!” – the advertisement campaign from the 1980s? There’s a new kind of plastic in town 30 years later – bioplastics.

Biobased bioplastics are plastics made from renewable resources – agricultural feedstocks such as corn, soybeans, or sugarcane. The starches, oils, and sugars from these feedstocks are extracted, modified, and used as the chemical building blocks for these new bioplastic products.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

This is valuable because these feedstocks are sources of “new” carbon because of their renewability.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Petroleum/oil-based products contain “old” carbon. The amount of new carbon in a product can be an important measurement for the product’s sustainability.

Bioplastics can also be made from used cooking oil, straw, food waste, and natural gas. These second-generation feedstocks used for bioplastic products are gaining in popularity.

Bioplastics may also be defined and identified by their end-of-life attributes or benefits. One of these is compostable bioplastic, designed to biodegrade during industrial composting into biomass, water, and carbon dioxide.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Diversion of organic wastes to composting is expanding across the country – there are currently 4,700 industrial composting facilities in the U.S. that compost yard trimmings, food scraps, biosolids, and bioplastics, etc.

These composting facilities manufacture valuable soil amendments for use in agriculture and other applications.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

It’s important to note that bioplastic products may be biobased and/or biodegradable, as these attributes do not mean the same thing.

Traditional oil-based plastics – a part of nearly everything we touch and use each day from machine parts, computers, toys, to product packaging – are made from nonrenewable petroleum. 300 million metric tons of these plastics are produced globally per year.

More and more companies are processing renewable feedstocks into chemical components and biobased resins, and more companies are making bioplastic products and packaging.

While bioplastics currently make up less than 1 percent of the traditional plastics market, the opportunity for future global growth is large.

Growth in bioplastics from 2013-2017 is 29 percent; global growth in bioplastics is expected to grow at a pace of 18 percent between 2017 – 2022.

As agricultural crop yields continue to increase, this kind of bioplastic product and market development is a promising avenue for the use of these commodities.

USDA offers a range of support and programs to increase the research, development and buyer/consumer awareness of bioplastics.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists developed a way for crop residue enzymes (from cornstalks, straw, and sugarcane bagasse) to work more effectively to convert sugars into compounds.

Those compounds are the building blocks in the sustainable manufacture of nylon plastics. Heat-resistant and nonconductive, nylon plastics are used for screws, nuts, bolts, and other products in the manufacture of electronics.

Much of the food we eat is wrapped in oil-based plastic packaging, which while reducing spoilage, and food waste, is not traditionally biobased or compostable.

ARS scientists developed a biobased, compostable, and edible film from casein, a milk protein made from expired milk.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

The new film protects food from damaging oxygen 500 times more effectively than petroleum-based plastic, making it significantly better at keeping foods fresher for even longer periods of time.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

The milk-based film is versatile and can be made into pouches that dissolve in hot water. This cost-effective, biobased, and compostable milk-protein film is currently being tested by a major U.S. soup company.

The global bioplastic packaging market is expected to grow at a pace of 18 percent between 2017-2025.

USDA’s BioPreferred Program works to increase the purchase and use of biobased products through federal procurement and a certification and labeling initiative.

The program helps federal agencies meet statutory mandates to increase the specification and purchase of biobased products, including bioplastics where applicable.

The program’s USDA Certified Biobased Product label is a market development initiative to increase consumer and buyer recognition, and the purchase of bioproducts.

Intermediate chemical manufacturers, bioplastic resin manufacturers, and global consumer product companies launching new bioplastic products may third-party test and certify the new carbon content of their bioplastics.

After doing so, these products are identified as USDA Certified Biobased Products and feature a label for easy identification and purchase by buyers and consumers.

Since 2011, the first year of USDA’s certification initiative, more than 100 bioplastic resins are identified as USDA Certified Biobased Products.

Bioplastic resin is the upstream ingredient that is manufactured into the 200 USDA Certified Biobased packaging and bioplastic products currently on the market.

There are numerous benefits of bioplastics. Bioplastics help reduce fossil fuel use, lessen the carbon footprint of the conventional products they replace, and, in aggregate use, may mitigate the effects of climate change.

Compostable bioplastics reduce municipal landfill waste by facilitating the diversion of food scraps and nonrecyclable food-soiled packaging. Bioplastics can provide the same, if not better, performance than traditional oil-based plastics. Now, bioplastics are making it possible.

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-Alibaba’s Jack Ma says it can’t create 1 million jobs in U.S. due to Trump’s China tariffs

Last year, Chinese online sales giant Alibaba said it could create 1 million jobs in the United States over the next five years by building a marketplace where American small businesses could sell to China’s burgeoning middle class.

Now Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma says with U.S.-China trade becoming increasingly contentious, the promise cannot be fulfilled.

In an interview Wednesday with Xinhua, the official state-run press agency of the People’s Republic of China, Ma said the idea was premised on a friendly U.S.-China partnership and rational trade relations.

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Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma

-How Asian companies are navigating the trade war

More production shifts from China to Southeast Asia as tariffs mount

Every time American lawmakers tried to crack down on cheap Chinese aluminum over the last decade, the leaders of China Zhongwang Holdings seemed to find a way to keep their products flowing into the U.S.

When Washington imposed “anti-dumping” rules on the aluminum it produced for window and door frames in 2009, the company began exporting another product that wasn’t covered by the regulations. After the U.S. clamped down on Chinese metal producers again in 2016, the company bought Germany’s Aluminiumwerk Unna and began shipping products to America from there.

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is always in downward,only PTA and MEG seem to stabilize

PET Bottle grade export 1,270/1,315 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 10,000/10,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,800/10,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 860/875 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,050/7,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,240/1,250 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,300/11,400  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,750/12,900  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,800/10,950  yuan/ton

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-Chinese paraxylene buyers do not want to receive goods from the US 

Chinese buyers of paraxylene do not want to receive materials from the US because of the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China, ICIS reports citing market participants.

This may lead to some problems with logistics, since in September – early October, China is expected to supply several batches of paraxylene from the US, which were purchased in the second half of August

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-U.S. finalizes anti-dumping duties on S. Korean PET resin 

The United States Department of Commerce has set anti-dumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from South Korea and four other nations, its website showed Wednesday.

The commerce department said PET resin products imported from South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan and Taiwan were sold at “less than fair value rates” in the U.S. market, finalizing anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 275.89 percent.

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-US-China trade war creating side effects for global oleochemicals market

The trade war between the US and China is already having side effects on the global oleochemicals market, industry sources said on Wednesday.

This side effect comes despite most oleochemicals not being directly impacted by the two countries’ trade tariffs imposed on each other.

While the export taxes being implemented by the US and China would only directly impact fatty acids being sent from China to the US, other oleochemicals are feeling the pinch from the escalating conflict, according to the president for North America at IP Specialities, an oleochemicals producer based in Ohio, US.

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-Europe PBT Q4 prices under upward pressure on feedstocks, rising Asian values

European polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) fourth-quarter  (Q4) contract prices are under upwards pressure on the back of increases in feedstock and Asian values.

Both upstream paraxylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices have increased in Europe, which could result in PBT values rising in the final quarter of the year, one producer said.

PBT spot prices have also been rising in Asia on the back of pressure from PX and PTA higher costs, which could also put upward pressure on Europe’s values.

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-ExxonMobil latest US producer to announce additional October PE price hike: letter

ExxonMobil Chemical on Tuesday became the latest producer to announce additional North American polyethylene price increases for October, according to a letter to customers obtained by S&P Global Platts.

Register Now  ExxonMobil plans to raise its October prices by 3 cents/lb for all grades of polyethylene, in addition to a 3-cent increase being sought for September, the letter said.

The move is similar to an increase announced Monday by Equistar Chemicals. Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA last week told customers it would raise its October prices for high density polyethylene by 2 cents/lb in October, on top of a previously announced 3-cent increase for September.

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-New technology planned for Alpha oil shale project

Greenvale Energy Ltd., Sydney, has appointed consulting firm SRK Consulting (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. to progress development of the Alpha oil shale project in central Queensland inland from Rockhampton using a radio frequency (RF) microwave extraction technique.

The Alpha torbanite deposit is in mineral development lease 330 and contained within the late Permian-age Colinlea sandstone in the Galilee basin.

Key features of the development plan are focused on lowering the initial project capital costs and achieving the lowest possible oil-recovery costs.

The RF process entails low-pressure microwave heating, which Greenvale declares is environmentally benign. The technique combines RF heating and critical liquid driving where critical fluid technology uses the solvent properties of gases compressed at their critical point.

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-Maryland plastics sortation plant will not reopen

QRS Recycling Baltimore facilityAn idled plastics recovery facility is being dismantled and its components sold, after efforts to reopen it for the past year have not panned out.

The former joint-venture QRS Recycling plant in Dundalk, Md. suspended operations in August 2017. Operators of the facility, which accepted mixed-plastic bales and separated them into individual resin and color streams, have since been working to bring the plant back on-line with a new investment partner.

But more a year after the plant was idled, those efforts have been scrapped.

“After a multitude of discussions with a multitude of various parties to try to keep the operation running in place, we were unable to structure a transaction with anybody,” said Jonathan Sloan, president of Canusa Hershman Recycling, in an interview with Resource Recycling.

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-How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste

Research papers explain the transfer of radium during hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas

Radioactivity in fracking wastewater comes from the interaction between a chemical slurry and ancient shale during the hydraulic fracturing process, according to Dartmouth College research.

The study, detailed in twin papers appearing in Chemical Geology, is the first research that characterizes the phenomenon of radium transfer in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas. The findings add to what is already generally known about the mechanisms of radium release and could help the search for solutions to challenges in the fracking industry.

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Radium from within rock leaches from clay minerals that transfer highly radioactive radium-228 and an organic phase that serves as the source of radium-226. Credit: Joshua D. Landis

-US shale oil production to rise to 7.6 million bpd

Oil output from seven major shale formations in the United States is expected to rise by 79,000 barrels per day to 7.6 million bpd in October, the US Energy Information Administration said Monday.

Surging oil output from shale formations boosted total US crude production to a record high of nearly 10.7 million barrels a day in June, the latest month for which data is available.

Production is expected to rise 31,000 bpd in the Permian formation of Texas and New Mexico, the agency said in a monthly report.

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-Clariant and SABIC announce speciality chemicals JV

Clariant and its major shareholder, SABIC, have announced they are to collaborate on the creation of a new speciality chemicals joint venture in high performance materials.

The move would combine Clariant’s existing additives and high value masterbatch division with parts of SABIC’s specialities business – comprising its ULTEM and NORYL resins, and its families of LNP compounds and copolymers -to form the new ‘High Performance Materials’ platform.

Clariant will have the majority stake in the intended business combination. Once it is established, Clariant’s remaining Plastics and Coatings business (for pigments, standard masterbatches and medical specialities) will be divested.

The companies hope the new division will generate annual sales of CHF 9 billion (approx.. GBP £7.1 billion).

-U.S. Shale Oil Production Beats Estimates Again

Crude oil production in the U.S. shale patch will hit 7.59 million bpd next month, the Energy Information Administration said in its latest Drilling Productivity Report. This is 79,000 bpd more than this month’s estimated production.

The biggest increase, once again, will come from the Permian, where producers will add 31,000 bpd to overall daily production from the current 3.427 million bpd to 3.458 million bpd.

The second-largest contributor to the monthly increase will be the Eagle Ford, where the EIA estimates production will rise by 16,000 bpd to 1.449 million bpd in October.

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-Outlook Plus Latin America 2019 returns to Brazil

Hosted by INDA and EDANA, Outlook Plus Latin America (OPLA) will return to Brazil for the third edition from 7-9 May 2019. The conference will examine the economic outlook, market statistics and the latest products and trends for the hygiene, personal care, and medical market sectors.

The event, to be held at the Sheraton Sao Paulo WTC Hotel, and will also feature a tabletop exhibition with local and international companies showcasing products and services. For the first time, this edition of OPLA will also cover developments in nonwoven filter media, an important and growing sector in Latin America.

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-Behold, the eco-friendly flat wine bottle

A flat wine bottle designed to fit through mail slots and letterboxes for deliveries in the UK has been given a nod at a packaging and design awards.

Made with 100 per cent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the bottle design by Garcon Wines in the UK is touted as a shatterproof, eco-friendly alternative to heavy glass bottles that reduces shipping, weight and delivery costs.

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-THE BUSINESS CASE FOR GREEN PACKAGING: 6 POINTS ON SUSTAINABILITY, THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY & PLASTIC WASTE

Dr Thomas Reiner, chair of the Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut, CEO of design agency Berndt+ Partner and a member of the judging panel for the 2018 Sustainability Awards, speaks to Elisabeth Skoda about the environmental challenges facing packaging today.

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-Investors get comfortable with Brent crude at $80 a barrel

Traders and investors have loaded up on bullish Brent oil bets this week, after signals that Saudi Arabia is in no rush to increase production, even with the price near $80 and as buyers grow uneasy over the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iranian supply.

Data from the InterContinental Exchange shows that open interest in buy, or call, options at $80 and $85 a barrel that expire on Sept. 25 has jumped nearly 45 percent in two days.

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-Kraig speeds up recombinant spider silk fibres production

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of spider silk based fibres, has announced that it has implemented two major advancements in the development of next generation recombinant spider silk fibres. These advancements are the result of new equipment and recently employed protocols, at the company’s R&D headquarters, based in Michigan.

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-A New Industrial Revolution for Plastics  Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Remember “plastics make it possible!” – the advertisement campaign from the 1980s? There’s a new kind of plastic in town 30 years later – bioplastics.

Biobased bioplastics are plastics made from renewable resources – agricultural feedstocks such as corn, soybeans, or sugarcane. The starches, oils, and sugars from these feedstocks are extracted, modified, and used as the chemical building blocks for these new bioplastic products.

Plastic chemicals biobased plastic additives

China USA Duty Hike American Goods

China Gets Back At Donald Trump With Duty Hike On $60 Billion US Imports China USA Duty Hike American Goods

Tariffs of between five and 10 percent will take effect on some 5,200 US products on Monday, on the same day as the new US duties, the finance ministry said.

China USA Duty Hike American Goods

China Tuesday announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation

Beijing, China: China Tuesday announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week.

Tariffs of between five and 10 percent will take effect on some 5,200 US products on Monday, on the same day as the new US duties, the finance ministry said.

The two side already traded tariff salvos on $50 billion in goods from each country in the summer. China USA Duty Hike American Goods

“If the United States insists on raising tariffs even more, China will respond accordingly,” the finance ministry said in a statement.

China also announced that it was lodging a new complaint at the World Trade Organization in its tariffs battle with the United States.

Beijing had previously warned that it would target $60 billion in US goods if Trump made good on his threat to impose the new tariffs.

The lower Chinese figure highlights Beijing’s inability to match the US dollar-for-dollar in a tariffs war.

The US imported around $500 billion worth of products from China last year, compared to $130 billion in US goods imported by the Asian country.

Trump threatened to hit another $267 billion in Chinese goods if Beijing took retaliatory action.

The Chinese finance ministry did not provide a detailed list of products to be hit by the new tariffs on Monday.

A preliminary list in August said products ranging from pig hides to cocoa butter and condoms would be targeted with tariffs of five to 25 percent. It was unclear if the tariffs announced on Tuesday were lower to match the US plan.

The US said the Chinese imports will face 10 percent tariffs through the end of the year, and then the rate will jump to 25 percent.

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Plastic chemicals biobased plastic shale 19-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain fall in price

PET Bottle grade export 1,280/1,320 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 10,300/10,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 10,000/10,200 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,015/1,035 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,500/7,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 850/865 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,950/7,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,280/1,290 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,450/11,550  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,850/13,000  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,950/11,100  yuan/ton

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-China denies currency devaluation in response to U.S. tariffs

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday said Beijing would not devalue its currency to “stimulate exports” amid the escalating trade war with the U.S., insisting that the country would stick to market-oriented reforms to improve its economy.

“The recent fluctuations in the exchange rate have been seen by some as an international measure on the part of China,” Li said in a speech at the World Economic Forum’s summer meeting in Tianjin, dubbed the “Summer Davos.”

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-Weekly resin report: Spot pricing for commodity PE grades under pressure

Last week, the spot resin markets maintained the heightened level of activity that developed late in the previous week. Polyethylene (PE) prices were mostly lower, polypropylene (PP) was largely steady and transacted volumes moving across the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) trading desk were relatively high.

The flow of offers was healthy, if not strong, as resellers apparently desired to move resin quickly, even on a quick flip, rather than taking on added inventory positions. PP contracts were up about $0.02/lb in August and are expected to see little change in September, perhaps down a cent, which is a slightly stronger stance than three to four weeks ago.

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-Evolve’s additive manufacturing system could augment injection molding

Evolve Additive Solutions Inc. Evolve Additive Solutions Inc.’s Minnesota headquarters.

A proprietary additive manufacturing technology backed by big-name brands could complement injection molding on factory floors in the near future.

Evolve Additive Solutions Inc.’s selective thermoplastics electrophotographic process (Step) technology allows manufacturers to use thermoplastics and composites for volume production across industries such as automotive, consumer products, industrial and medical, and has steadily garnered attention since its development in 2009.

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-China Gets Back At Donald Trump With Duty Hike On $60 Billion US Imports 

Tariffs of between five and 10 percent will take effect on some 5,200 US products on Monday, on the same day as the new US duties, the finance ministry said.

Beijing, China: China Tuesday announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-US paraxylene prices face downward pressure from Asian PET chain

Houston — US paraxylene prices could be subject to downward pressure in the near future amid expectations of declines along the PET chain in Asia.

US paraxylene prices have surged on the back of stronger Asian paraxylene pricing and associated strong demand from PTA. PTA margins in Asia have strongly prompted producers to run at high rates, resulting in stronger demand for feedstock paraxylene.

However, sources have said that PET producers in the region were expected to cut rates, curbing PTA demand. This is expected to spill into paraxylene, impacting both demand as well as pricing as US paraxylene is frequently talked at a netback to Asia.

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-Toly inaugurates its brand-new factory in Korea

The Toly Group – a global manufacturer of packaging solutions for make-up, skincare products and fragrances headquartered in Malta – has officially inaugurated its latest manufacturing plant in Korea, located in Bucheon City, Seoul.

The ribbon and cake cutting ceremony was attended by Andy Gatesy – Chairman & CEO of the Toly Group, Mike Yeo – President of Toly Korea, James Lim – President of Toly Airless Packaging Korea and Hitoshi Miyamoto – President of Miyamoto Corporation Japan.

The first Toly Korea Manufacturing (TKM) plant was opened in April 2015, but was quickly outgrown, necessitating the investment in a plant double the size. The new plant has a built-up space of 7,850 sqm and today has 120 employees, with 23 injection moulding machines.

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-Rewe Group Launches 100% Recycled Plastic Mineral Water Bottle

Germany’s Rewe Group has introduced mineral water bottles made of 100% recycled plastic, in collaboration with social food brand, ‘share’.

CEO of Rewe Group, Lionel Souque, said, “We are very proud of our cooperation with share.

“From our point of view, 100% recyclable bottles are one of the most important innovations in the German mineral water market, and represent a real opportunity in the fight against the plastic flood.”

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-Scientists engineer mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – the material used in the plastic bottles that are clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.

Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have accidentally engineered an enzyme that eats plastic.

The enzyme, which is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate), was discovered by chance. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were examining the structure of a natural bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis which was found in 2016 at a Japanese waste recycling centre.

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-IVL reaffirms ongoing commitment to sustainability

Indorama Ventures Public Company (IVL), a leading chemical producer, has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Emerging Markets). The inclusion reaffirms IVL’s commitment to leadership in sustainability and its rating among global chemical companies. “Sustainability is at the very core of our business and a key element in us delivering on our vision of being a world-class chemical company

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-Is The Shale Slowdown Overblown?

The shale industry has hit a bit of a rough patch, with pipeline bottlenecks, cost inflation and a crowded field contributing to a drilling and production slowdown. But many in the industry are confident that the lull will be temporary.

There are several strategies that shale companies are starting to pursue, such as pivoting to other shale plays, curtailing drilling activity, or drilling wells but deferring completions. According to Halliburton’s CEO Jeff Miller, as reported by Argus Media, these strategies are actually relieving a bit of pressure on the Permian basin and the cost inflation that has come with the concentration of drilling and the associated bottlenecks.

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-Plastic film lidding for food trays meets changing market needs

KM Packaging (Peterborough, United Kingdom), a global supplier of flexible packaging and lidding films, has leveraged the KPeel range of advanced lidding film solutions to develop new, resource efficient and reduced-plastic packaging trays for produce, ready-meals and other food packs.

The KPeel range offers a high-performance “seal and peel” solution for renewable pulp and pressed board trays, to allow manufacturers to respond to widespread consumer demand for new sustainable packaging solutions. Combining a renewable resource tray with KPeel high-performance lidding presents manufacturers with an economical first-step in plastic reduction.

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-The list of US tariffs against China in the latest $200bn round excludes 297 products from the original list, including some chemicals.

The Office of the US Trade Representative said late on Monday that the latest round of tariffs in its trade war with China would go live at 10% on 24 September.

The tariff rate is scheduled to increase to 25% from 1 January 2019.

Following a period of public consultation which ended on 6 September, the US has partially or fully removed 297 products from the original Part 3 list.

-China imposes countermeasures to new round of US tariffs

China will “synchronize its countermoves” to the US’ latest round of tariffs, further escalating the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

“We deeply regret this. In order to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China will have to synchronize its countermoves,” the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Beijing had previously announced a 5%-25% tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods as its countermeasure to a further tariff action by the US.

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-Industry 4.0: How plastics and packaging can benefit

The advent of Industry 4.0 in the packaging sector signals that the latest digital technology tools are being deployed, creating a rapidly evolving landscape. While technological innovations have been prevalent in most aspects of our daily life, packaging industry enterprise activities—including molders, fillers and packers—have been less data driven.

Tightening of quality standards and a drive towards sustainability is making data more critical for decision making. Automation is being increasing used to process large amounts of data, provide trends and mark out the outliers.

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IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability

IVL reaffirms ongoing commitment to sustainability IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability

Indorama Ventures Public Company (IVL), a leading chemical producer, has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Emerging Markets). The inclusion reaffirms IVL’s commitment to leadership in sustainability and its rating among global chemical companies.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

“Sustainability is at the very core of our business and a key element in us delivering on our vision of being a world-class chemical company.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

The inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is yet another testimony to our ongoing endeavours towards fulfilling our role as a global leader in manufacturing 100% recyclable PET and other sustainable materials,” said Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

In addition to the DJSI, Indorama Ventures has also been included in the FTSE4Good Index for the second consecutive year, following FTSE Russell 2018 index review in June 2018.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

Indorama Ventures Public Company, listed in Thailand, is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

The company’s portfolio comprises necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of polymers, fibres, and packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured ethylene oxide/glycols and PTA where economical. IVL products serve major FMCG and automotive sectors, i.e. beverages, hygiene, personal care, tire and safety segments.

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Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

Sabic increased MEG prices by USD10 per tonne    Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

 Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September  MOSCOW – Sabic, the largest Saudi petrochemical company, has raised the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to supply material to the Asian market in October at USD10 per tonne compared to the September price level, ICIS source in the company said.

Thus, the company’s contract prices for September deliveries to Asia will be at USD1,120 per tonne, CFR Asia.Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

MEG prices are under pressure of slowing sales of polyester.  Nevertheless, demand is expected to remain at a high level in September and October, as no major changes are expected in the loading of polyester production capacity.

MEG, along with TPA, is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, in Russia the estimated PET consumption in July of this year increased by 2% compared to the previous year.

In total, in the first seven months of this year 387.29 thousand tons of PET were processed in Russia.  During the reporting month, Russian plants produced 52.90 tons of material.

The volume of production of PET granulate in July compared to last year increased by 2%.  For the period January-July, the production of Russian PET practically did not change – 334.74 thousand tons in 2018 against 331.39 thousand tons in 2017.

Sabic is a diversified company producing chemical products, industrial polymers, fertilizers and metals.  It is the largest state company in Saudi Arabia.

Sabic is currently the world’s second largest producer of ethylene glycol, the third largest producer of polyethylene, the fourth largest producer of polypropylene.

Sabic reduced its net profit last year by 7% to SR23.43 billion (Saudi reais), which is equivalent to USD6.24 billion, as the average price of sold products and the increased sales volumes decrease.Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

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Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

Hengli Sets Out Plans to Become World’s Largest PTA Producer  Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

Xu We

Hengli World Largest PTA Producer
Hengli Sets Out Plans to Become World’s Largest PTA Producer

(Yicai Global) Sept. 17 — Hengli Petrochemical aims to become the biggest maker of purified terephthalic acid globally as the Chinese chemical giant looks to benefit from sharp increases in the price of the high-performance plastic raw material seen in recent months.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

Hengli has put forward a CNY3 billion (USD436 million) plan to boost annual output by 2.5 million tons, Xinhua News Agency-backed Securities Daily reported today. The Dalian-based firm previously proposed a 2.5 million tons increase in output in April as part of a separate expansion plan.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

The combined additions would nearly double total capacity to 11.6 million tons making the company the biggest PTA producer globally. Hengli did not confirm a timeframe for the expansions.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

PTA is in high demand among chemical firms as a key organic raw material for downstream products of p-xylene and crude oil and the upstream products of polyester, polyester staple fibers, polyester filaments and PET bottle flakes. Prices have increased by half since July reaching CNY9,300 (USD1,350) per ton, up from CNY6,000.

Hengli will tap US chemical intermediates giant Invista for technologies to be used in the expansions, the firm’s Security Relations Contact Gao Ming said, adding that the company’s latest solutions provide low energy consumption and low cost in investment compared to currently used facilities.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

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Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing

Demand for plastics and plastics processing remains high   Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

 Author / Editor: / Rosemarie Stahl

Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing
Plastic processing in all forms: Fakuma expects visitors from all over the world to come to Friedrichshafen in October to witness the latest trends and technology innovations from the plastics industry. (Source: P. E. Schall)

From 16 to 20 October, people from all over the world will come to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to see the latest trends in plastics processing. More than 1,800 exhibitors will present their international offerings at Fakuma, a leading technical event for the plastics industry.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

What comes first to mind when thinking of Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing? Plastics, of course. And on second thought? Probably the difficulties to get a hotel room in proximity to the trade show grounds. Although it sounds easy to get a hotel room at the border triangle at Lake Constance, the rooms are often booked up months in advance. Consequently, many visitors to the fair have to switch to private rooms and long travel times.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Other thoughts on Fakuma might include memories of traffic jams and long journeys because the access roads are congested.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Probably everyone who has ever been to the fair has a story to tell about the hotel and traffic situation, of which the organisers are also aware. Nevertheless, they do not want to change anything about the event location.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Without Friedrichshafen, Fakuma would not be the fair it is, it was said last year at the fair’s press conference.

And the organisers are probably right about that. Fakuma is and will remain a trade show with a family atmosphere.

Ultimately, the hotel and traffic situation is always a very good conversation starter, because really every visitor and exhibitor has an opinion on it.

And despite all these difficult circumstances, the trade show remains successful. Expert visitors, specialists and decision-makers journeyed to the last event in 2017 from more than 120 countries, P.E. Schall, organiser of the trade show, announced.

Some 48,375 expert visitors accepted the invitation of the roughly 1,900 exhibitors to attend the event in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance where Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet – and the numbers continue to rise.

In addition to countless participants from Germany and elsewhere in Europe, above all the number of visitors from Asia is increasing. The propensity to invest in new machines and systems remains high, which is making itself apparent in the unbroken interest in manufacturing components and peripherals in the plastics sector.

Arburg, manufacturer of injection moulding machines for plastic processing, is not only among the biggest exhibitors of the trade show, the company is also a co-founder of Fakuma.

Commenting on last year’s edition of the trade show, Dr. Christoph Schumacher, Head of Marketing und Corporate Communication at Arburg, said: “It’s distinguished by its highly practical approach, technical expertise and a friendly atmosphere.

Personal contact plays an important role: The visitors appreciate being able to scrutinise the exhibits live and discuss them with us.

Thanks to the fact that all of our contact persons are on site at the event, international projects can also be discussed with minimal legwork.”

Innovations in materials

Continuous fibre-reinforced, functional plastic components with high load-carrying capacities offer tremendous lightweight-design potential for the automotive and aviation industries, as well as numerous other sectors.

Whether FRP, FFRP or CFRP is involved – solutions for the production of rugged, lightweight components will be presented at the Fakuma trade show.

There’s good reason for increasing demand for plastic components with continuous fibre reinforcement: They offer high mechanical strength with up to 25% less weight than metal components.

As a result, economic production of such parts is the focus of a diverse range of research projects.

Whereas FFRP components with a thermoplastic matrix are already being industrially manufactured and utilised, developers are currently involved with injection moulding processes for continuous fibre-reinforced, lightweight components with a thermosetting matrix.

Due to their greater resistance to cold, as well as their greater mechanical and thermal load capacities, thermosetting plastics are superior to thermoplastics in some applications.

Fakuma is also witnessing another trend of the plastics industry: In particular where plastics processing is involved, recycling is in great demand. Even high-tech materials like CFRP are being recycled more and more frequently and reused for new purposes.

The prevention of so-called “downcycling” by means of modern processes and recycling of materials sorted according to type is important in this respect.

“The plastics industry has been becoming more and more sustainable for a number of years already,” says Fakuma project manager Annemarie Schur.

This not only applies to the recycling of materials, but also to energy-saving and thus more economical manufacturing processes, energy-efficient machines and biodegradable plastics as well.

Moreover, the sustainable alternatives are in no way inferior to their conventional predecessors with regard to durability, processability and weight.

Injection moulding permits extensive component complexity

Fakuma sees itself as the number-one technical event for injection moulding. Numerous technology leaders from this sector will be on the scene at the trade show.

The injection moulders with their flexible options and ever more efficient processes are clearly in the majority as compared to 3D printing, foaming, extruding and thermoforming. “There’s no getting around injection moulding if you want to combine lightweight design and highly complex components,” states Annemarie Schur

For years, she’s been observing an upward trend in the number of innovation drivers, users and experts from this field of technology who are showing up in Friedrichshafen.

The show with continuously growing international recognition is taken advantage of by numerous exhibitors, who come here to unveil their new products to a broad-based audience for the first time. rs Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Material Russian military helmets invisible

New material makes Russian military helmets invisible  Material Russian military helmets invisible

Material Russian military helmets invisibleA new textile material has been recently designed by the Russian military and industrial corporation Rostec to mask soldiers and military equipment, according to Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov.

According to Chemezov, the new material has chameleon like properties and can adapt to the colour of the environment. The company expects that at the initial stage the new development will be used for the needs of the Russian military, with a range of other applications being significantly expanded at a later date.Material Russian military helmets invisible

The level of investment in the design of the new textile material has not been disclosed, however, sources close to Rostec, say it could be in the range of US$100-150 million.

RosElectronics, a leading Russian producer of electronics, and TsNIITOCHMASH, a major designer and producer of weapons for the Russian military and MVD Internal Troops, took part in the design of the new material. The project also involved some leading Russian producers of technical textiles and nonwovens.Material Russian military helmets invisible

“In recent years the demand for innovative textile materials from the Russian military and defence complex has significantly increased. This is very important for us, as from our side, we constantly improve the equipment of Russian soldiers, making it more secure and safe,” commented Sergei Chemezov. He also added that the industrial production of the new product has already began.Material Russian military helmets invisible

In particular, the new material will be used in the production of a special invisible military helmet, designed by experts representing Russian military design bureaus, affiliated with Rostec.Material Russian military helmets invisible

In addition to soldiers, the new development will be used for the masking of tanks and other military equipment. Meanwhile, scientists at Rostec plan to continue their activities for the improvement of technical properties of the material, with the objective to expand its use to various industries. Among the new features that the scientists are working on at the moment, are the ability to display dynamic changes in colour intensity, and simulating complex graphic images, such as foliage vibrations (amid wind gusts).

Material Russian military helmets invisible

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Viktor Yevtukhov said the new textile material provides opportunities for the design and production of the so-called smart clothing. “In this case, we are talking about an interesting and unique development, which is capable of radically changing the concept of design and production of clothing. Such unique textile materials will be especially in demand during the production of clothing, particularly those, which can withstand extreme temperature conditions or radiation,” he commented.Material Russian military helmets invisible

According the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, currently, the Russian innovative and smart textiles market is estimated at US$ 1,3 billion, however, its annual growth rates are significantly higher, than those in the EU and the US, at 7%-9% per year. Still, the consumption of innovative and smart textiles in Russia is two times lower than in developed countries.

In addition to Rostec, several other Russian industrial groups have unveiled plans to expand in this promising market in recent years. One of them is the Russian holding AFK Systema, which announced its intention to start the development of innovative textile materials several months ago.Material Russian military helmets invisible

In the meantime, the Russian government supports the launch of new investment projects in the industry, considering them to be very promising. According to the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, who oversees the development of innovative textile materials, in the medium term, the demand for technical textiles in Russia will grow fourfold.Material Russian military helmets invisible

“If we talk about traditional textiles, Russia has practically no chances to maintain its production on the same volume as in the past. The transfer of labour-intensive industries to countries with cheaper labour has resulted in the influx of cheap, low-quality products, which made local producers non-competitive. In this regard, a particular focus of the government is currently on the expansion of the domestic technical textiles production,” commented Denis Manturov.Material Russian military helmets invisible

“As experience shows, for example, in Germany, technical textiles provide up to 70% of the light industry’s growth, which means it is one of the top five high-tech industries in Germany,” said Andrei Razbrodin, president of the Russian Association of Textile and Technical Producers (Soyuzlegprom), a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil 18-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain continues to fall in price

PET Bottle grade export 1,290/1,330 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 10,500/10,650 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 10,350/10,500 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton – MEG $ 875/885 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,150/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,305/1,315 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,600/11,700  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,850/13,000  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 11,050/11,150  yuan/ton

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-Sabic increased MEG prices by USD10 per tonne    Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

Sabic, the largest Saudi petrochemical company, has raised the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to supply material to the Asian market in October at USD10 per tonne compared to the September price level, ICIS source in the company said.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Novel Absorbent Polymer to Soak Up Oil Spill in Real-Time

Absorbent polymer developed from waste products is found to efficiently soak up crude oil and diesel from water

Previous studies by various research institutes have showed promising results for cleaning up oil spills using carbon nanotubes, sawdust, cellulose, and fern-inspired nano-hair. New study reported that converted waste products from industry is responsible for polluting oceans and sea water. Scientists from Flinders University used by-products of the petroleum and refining industries to create an absorbent polymer, which can clear crude oil from sea water.

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-Krones acquires Chinese process technology business

German machinery provider Krones has acquired the business operations and assets of Shanghai Xiantong Equipment Installation as part of a strategy to expand its global footprint.

The Chinese company has been a partner and supplier to Krones in the field of process technology for several decades, with Krones Taicang partnering with Xiantong on the first MicroCube compact brewhouse.

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-Hengli Sets Out Plans to Become World’s Largest PTA Producer

Hengli Petrochemical aims to become the biggest maker of purified terephthalic acid globally as the Chinese chemical giant looks to benefit from sharp increases in the price of the high-performance plastic raw material seen in recent months.

Hengli has put forward a CNY3 billion (USD436 million) plan to boost annual output by 2.5 million tons, Xinhua News Agency-backed Securities Daily reported today. The Dalian-based firm previously proposed a 2.5 million tons increase in output in April as part of a separate expansion plan.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-HONEYCOMB TECHNOLOGY BASED PACKAGING SETS NEW PERFORMANCE STANDARD

Sleeve packs made using EconCore’s honeycomb technology have set a new performance standard for the packaging industry, results from a recent compression test show.

The test, carried out by an independent packaging institute in accordance with ISO 844 guidelines, analysed the maximum compressive loading capacity of reusable sleeve packs made using honeycomb core materials and various other core structures generally referred to as cup-shaped core structures. All packaging products tested had panel weight of 3000 g/m², same dimensions in height, width and depth and were preconditioned for 24 hours.

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-MONDI TO SHOWCASE BARRIERPACK RECYCLABLE & INNOVATIONS AT FACHPACK

Mondi, the global packaging and paper group, will highlight BarrierPack Recyclable, its fully recyclable plastic laminate for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock, along with other innovative products targeting the ice cream, pet food, and food and beverages categories at the upcoming FachPack trade fair in Germany.

At the show –– to be held 25-27 September in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg –– Mondi will be at Booth 7-254 in Hall 7 to display a variety of products that enhance consumer convenience.

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-FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY AS PACKAGING CONSIDERATIONS EVOLVE OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS

An independent industry survey has revealed that advances in manufacturing has had the biggest influence on packaging over the last 30 years, but sustainability will be key to future trends.

The survey was commissioned by brand empowerment specialist API Group and focused on gaining insight from brand owners and packaging designers. It revealed that 54% of industry professionals believe manufacturing techniques have had the biggest impact on packaging trends in the last three decades.  A further 48% believe material developments, such as advances in foils, have also contributed heavily to trend directions.

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-Oil dips as Sino-U.S. trade tensions deepen, new tariffs due

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices edged lower on Monday as investors focused on deepening trade tension between the U.S. and China that is expected to dent global crude demand, but losses were limited as the market weighed potential supply tightening due to Iran sanctions.

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-New material makes Russian military helmets invisible  

A new textile material has been recently designed by the Russian military and industrial corporation Rostec to mask soldiers and military equipment, according to Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov.

According to Chemezov, the new material has chameleon like properties and can adapt to the colour of the environment. The company expects that at the initial stage the new development will be used for the needs of the Russian military, with a range of other applications being significantly expanded at a later date.

The level of investment in the design of the new textile material has not been disclosed, however, sources close to Rostec, say it could be in the range of US$100-150 million.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Asahi Kasei to launch Bemberg campaign at Premiere Vision

Japan’s Asahi Kasei is set to launch the global brand Bemberg campaign at Premiere Vision Paris, which will be held from September 19-21, 2018, in booth 6G62 – 6H63.

The presentation of the Bemberg new campaign represents a high benchmark in value for smart textile fibre innovations, and one that is built on a long heritage of innovations since 1931.

Bemberg is the ONE new material definition for responsible luxury. The ONE for cool exquisite comfort, and the ONE whose smart heritage is born in a circular economy.

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-Will it end in tears? Enron author examines fracking boom

Halfway through her new book, Bethany McLean offers an epitaph for the late Aubrey McClendon, one of the pioneers of the fracking boom.

McClendon’s company, Chesapeake Energy Corp., had become the second-largest U.S. gas producer after Exxon Mobil Corp., but he was forced out as CEO after complaints about his lavish perks and the company’s debt load. He died in a car accident in 2016, a day after being indicted on bid-rigging charges, which were later dropped (Energywire, March 3, 2016).

“Is Chesapeake the model for this business? It changes the world but it ends in tears?” McLean quotes a hedge fund manager as asking.

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-Demand for plastics and plastics processing remains high   

From 16 to 20 October, people from all over the world will come to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to see the latest trends in plastics processing. More than 1,800 exhibitors will present their international offerings at Fakuma, a leading technical event for the plastics industry.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-Mubadala to list 25% of Cepsa on Spanish stock exchange

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, which fully controls Cepsa, announced on Monday its intention to float 25% of the Spanish energy and petrochemicals major on the country’s stock exchange before the end of the year.

Together with fully-listed Repsol, Cepsa is one of the largest Spanish oil players, operating two refineries in the country.

Within petrochemicals, Cepsa has operations in Spain, Germany, China, Indonesia, Canada, Nigeria and Brazil.

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-New US tariffs on China would include many petrochemicals

Houston —  The Trump administration’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods includes a long string of petrochemicals, both raw materials and items made from plastic resins.

The list of $200 billion in Chinese goods disclosed this week would be subject to a 10% tariff if implemented amid growing trade tensions between the US and China. Last Friday, the US implemented $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, and China retaliated with the same value of taxes on US imports, largely agricultural crops and automobiles.

The US is slated to impose another $16 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods late next week, and China has said it will retaliate in kind — a second list of the same value that includes crude oil and gasoline as well as two plastic resins, polyvinyl chloride and low-density polyethylene, used to make items like vinyl flooring and plastic tubs, respectively.

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Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual to show sustainable creativity at Première Vision Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision
Seaqual will bring together creativity and eco-responsibility at Premiere Vision Paris beginning September 19. Recognized by its peers for its innovative environmental approach, 5 fabrics made from the fibres of Seaqual will be exhibited at the new ”Smart Materials” zone during the three-day exhibition, an area dedicated to responsible creation.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual creates and manages collaborations between industry, NGOs, communities and local and national authorities to up-cycle plastic marine waste. Launched in 2016, Seaqual became the first ingredient brand to use fishing vessels and other ocean cleaning programmes to collect and up-cycle plastic waste before returning it to industry under the name Seaqual Polymer. Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual Fibre is a starting point for a cleaner ocean, a fiber for an environmentally conscious textile market. Seaqual Fibre has physical properties almost identical to virgin polyester and is available in a wide variety of sizes and finishes (continuous filaments and staple fibers). Seaqual Fibre can be used for a multitude of applications including textiles for fashion, sports, denim, lingerie, swimwear and footwear but also for home furnishings, automotive upholstery or non-woven fabrics. Brands can unleash their creativity while allowing consumers to help clean up the oceans.

The organisers have chosen to incorporate Seaqual Fabrics in their selection at the fair. Five new fabrics will be highlighted at ”Smart Materials” which will illustrate some of the creativity offered by Seaqual Fibre, Seaqual said in a press release.

Textil Santanderina will present a wonderful woven fabric in 100 per cent Seaqual Fibre, ideal for technical sports jackets and bags.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Lemar will offer a wonderfully versatile fabric in a light weight woven. It’s beautiful, subtle structure makes it a favourite for men”s swim shorts where designers are looking for more texture. Made with 35 per cent Seaqual Fibre, this fabric perfectly meets the rapidly growing necessity for sustainable fibers in this segment.

Textil Santanderina”s lightweight denim for women”s shirts, kimonos and dresses eliminatescotton completely, preferring instead to combine the sustainability credentials of Lyocell (70%) and Seaqual Fibre (30%).

The Sampaio”s collection will include organic merino (73%) and Seaqual Fibre (27%), a luxuriously soft and sustainable mid-weight fabric.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Sofileta will display a superb fine gauge single jersey knit of Seaqual Fibre (74%) and eco-friendly elastomer (26%). This beautifully versatile 40 gauge knit with great power and opacity is equally ideal for swimwear and intimates as it is for shape-wear and leggings.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

 EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

EIPET has loaded one PET line at the plant in Egypt at full capacity   EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

 EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt  MOSCOW – EIPET, a major Egyptian producer of polyester products and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), last week brought capacity utilization on one of the two lines in Ain Sokhna (Ain Sokhna, Egypt) to 100%, ICIS reported in source company.

According to him, raw materials for PET production on this line of the enterprise, which can produce 540 thousand tons of material per year on two lines, was filed August 18-19, August 22-24 commercial products were received . EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

The company’s plant has been idle since 2015.  Initially, the PET plant in Egypt was planned to be launched in the first quarter of 2016.

Currently, EIPET is working on launching a second line at the PET plant in Ain Sokhne, which will take place in a few months, the source said. EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

It is planned that the company will supply part of the production to Europe, and the rest of the PET will supplant the import supplies of the material from India and Indonesia.  In addition, EIPET can start delivering PET from a new plant to the US market.

The raw materials for this plant in Ain Sokhna will supply Indorama with the recently acquired plant of terephthalic acid (TPA) in Portugal.

As reported by Market Report company, Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), in late July this year announced the acquisition of a 74% stake in the Egyptian PET processor – Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE Medco).   EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

Medco operates a factory for the production of PET preform capacity of 70 thousand tons in Egypt with a market share of 25%.  The transaction, subject to regulatory approval, should be closed in the third quarter of 2018.

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, in Russia the estimated PET consumption in July of this year increased by 2% compared to the previous year.

In total, in the first seven months of this year 387.29 thousand tons of PET were processed in Russia.  During the reporting month, Russian plants produced 52.90 tons of material.  The volume of production of PET granulate in July compared to last year increased by 2%. EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

For the period January-July, the production of Russian PET practically did not change – 334.74 thousand tons in 2018 against 331.39 thousand tons in 2017.

EIPET is a joint venture (50:50) of the Indian Dhunseri Petrochem and Tea and Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL).  EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

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