Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging 29-01-2021

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-Ingevity polymer aids bioplastics breakdown

Speciality chemical maker Ingevity has developed  a  thermoplastics caprolactone polymer that enables the “complete degradation” of bioplastics when formulated with polylactic acid (PLA).

The US firm said  its Capa polycaprolactone (PCL) thermoplastics technology helps bioplastics  break down into carbon dioxide and water within 40 days, with no toxic chemicals produced.

Capa thermoplastics can be formulated as a base resin or as an additive for compounded bioplastics. Ingevity said it offers at least 500 per cent more stretch before breaking and 300 per cent increased impact resistance in biopolymers, such as PLA.

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-Holland Colours’ TasteGuard to made available worldwide

During PET preform production, the molecule acetaldehyde (AA) is formed as a byproduct of PET. Although AA is a naturally occurring substance, it has a sweet taste and can cause an ‘off’ flavour in applications such as bottled water. To prevent this from happening, an AA scavenger like Holland Colours’ TasteGuard can be used to prevent migration of AA into the bottle content. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

For 20 years, there were strict patents in place around the globe concerning this type of packaging additive and who could supply and produce it. In February 2021, these restrictions will no longer be valid per legal reviews of rules provided by the European Patent Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Therefore, Holland Colours’ TasteGuard will be available freely across all regions.TasteGuard is currently available in a solid 50 per cent loaded format while a liquid format prototype is nearing launch.

Holland Colours’ TasteGuard to made available worldwide

-€2.9 billion to the European battery ecosystem

The European Commission has approved up to EUR 2.9 billion of public investments in an important project for batteries.

12 member states – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden – will join forces to support research and innovation in this strategic value chain. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

The project, called the “European Battery Innovation” project, will cover the whole batteries ecosystem from extraction of raw materials, design and manufacturing of battery cells and packs, and finally the recycling and disposal in a circular economy, a press release from the EU Commission reads.

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-19th Edition of ITMA to Highlight Industry Transformation Through Innovation

The world’s largest textile and garment technology showcase, ITMA will continue to present and share innovative manufacturing technology and materials with the industry at its 19th edition in Milan. ITMA 2023 will feature the theme, ‘Transforming the World of Textiles’. It is supported by four sub-themes: advanced materials, automation and digital future, innovative technologies, and sustainability and circularity. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

Mr. Ernesto Maurer, president of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, which owns the ITMA exhibition, elaborated: “ITMA 2023 will highlight innovations and new approaches that serve as catalysts to inspire and help textile and garment manufacturers grow their business, scale and sustain their transformation journey.”

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-New high viscosity PEEK ( Italian Language Only)

Evonik expands the Vestakeep polyetheretherketones series with the 4500 G grade with fast crystallization and high flowability.

Evonik PEEK Vestakeep 4500 G Evonik has expanded the range of polyetheretherketones (PEEK) by introducing the new high viscosity Vestakeep 4500 G grade for injection molding and extrusion. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

This technopolymer is characterized by rapid crystallization, high strength and stability of the melt (with benefits in extrusion), improved elongation breaking. Features that allow to shorten the cycle times in molding, inducing a higher dimensional stability in the finished products.

Evonik produces and sells a wide range of PEEK technopolymers, with low or high viscosity, in the form of granules and powders, as they are or reinforced with glass or carbon fibers.

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-PCPPI opens new Batangas line to augment production of carbonated drinks

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) – the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country – recently opened its newest line in Santo Tomas, Batangas. The line will boost PCPPI’s production of carbonated soft drinks in highly-recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

“After six months of preparation, the newest Southern Tagalog Regional Office (STRO) line is proudly PCPPI’s most advanced bottle production facility yet. This addition will address the growing needs for refreshing drinks of the public who are already recovering from the effects of the pandemic,” PCPPI President and CEO Frederick D. Ong said. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

According to the company, the new line increases its overall PET production by 30%.

“PCPPI’s investment in this new line is a testament to our commitment to helping stimulate the economy by generating more jobs, especially in Sto. Tomas area. We believe that our country is on its way to recovery and, by investing and expanding our business, we can support the economic upswing,” Ong mentioned.

PCPPI opens new Batangas line to augment production of carbonated drinks

-Microorganism breaks down phenol under extreme conditions

New pathways found for biotechnological degradation of industrial waste

Scientists led by Dr Meina Neumann-Schaal of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, have characterised the breakdown of phenol by Saccharolobus solfataricus. Using methods from the fields of metabolomics and transcriptomics, the researchers demonstrated that the microorganism is capable of using phenol as sole carbon source for its growth. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

The group was also the first to identify the complete degradation pathway of this toxic compound. Their findings were recently published in the internationally renowned journal ‘Frontiers in Microbiology’ (doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.587032).

Phenol degradation by Saccharolobus solfataricus

S.solfataricus is classified as archaea, a group of microorganisms that together with the better known group of bacteria constitute the so-called prokaryotes. Saccharolobus solfataricus prefers extreme environmental conditions with temperatures of 80°C and acidic surroundings with a pH of 3.5. The researchers’ experiments showed that S. solfataricus is able to survive on phenol as sole carbon source. To this end, the microorganism breaks down the toxic organic compound and uses the now available carbon to build up biomass.

Microorganism breaks down phenol under extreme conditions

-Kickstart: Recycling is complicated, even when you want to do it

Recycling is complicated, even when you want to do it

This week’s print issue of Plastics News has a story from Steve Toloken about how groups are pushing for more use of secondary material recovery facilities (MRFs) to capture more plastics for recycling. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

Expanded polystyrene, ubiquitous in packaging, shipping and food service, is one of those items that most MRFs won’t accept. Since I had a few boxes of EPS in my basement that needed to be cleared out, I volunteered to take them to my local city MRF and get some photos to go with Steve’s story.

I live in a very environmentally friendly community with a strong curbside recycling program, but EPS isn’t accepted in the blue bins. To recycle EPS, you have to take it yourself to the city drop-off center, pay $3 per carload and unload it yourself.

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-Johns Manville launches €10 million waste glass fiber recycling line

Johns Manville (JM) has launched a thermal recycling unit for waste glass fibers in its Engineered Products plant in Trnava, Slovakia.

The Trnava unit has a projected recycling capacity of more than 3 tons per hour and consists of a warehousing area, feeding and transportation equipment, shredder, burning chamber and milling. Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

After processing, the recycled glass powder is free of organic particles and re-fed as raw material into the glass production process on-site, thus achieving a closed production loop.

The project will keep more than ten thousand tons of waste out of landfill each year, the equivalent of one large truck every day.

“We have invested nearly €10 million into the technology and made sure the recycling capacity will allow further glass fiber production capacity growth in Trnava,” said Martin Nywlt, Director of Global Operations for JM’s Engineered Products business.

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-Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills

Too much of today’s plastic is impossible to recycle

It feels good to recycle. There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from dutifully sorting soda bottles, plastic bags and yogurt cups from the rest of the garbage. The more plastic you put in that blue bin, the more you’re keeping out of landfills and the oceans, right?  Petrochemical BioPolymers LDPEPackaging

Wrong. No matter how meticulous you are in cleaning and separating your plastics, most end up in the trash heap anyway.

Take flexible food packages. Those films contain several layers of different plastics. Because each plastic has to be recycled separately, those films are not recyclable. Grocery bags and shrink wrap are too flimsy, prone to getting tangled up with other materials on a conveyor belt. The polypropylene in yogurt cups and other items doesn’t usually get recycled either; recycling a hodgepodge of polypropylene produces a dark, smelly plastic that few manufacturers will use.

Only two kinds of plastic are commonly recycled in the United States: the kind in plastic soda bottles, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET; and the plastic found in milk jugs and detergent containers — high-density polyethylene, or HDPE.

Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills

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