Petrochemical PET CircularEconomy Textile 10-12-2020
Petrochemical PET CircularEconomy Textile
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SIBUR Holding has launched the production of new raffia polypropylene (PP) grades – PP H043FF / 3 and PP H063FF / 3, increasing equipment productivity and processing stability, the company said.
It is noted that these brands are intended for high-speed production of flat film yarn, which is used in the manufacture of fabric and flexible packaging: bags, big bags, waterproofing under-roofing sheets, as well as twine.
Thanks to improved melt flow rates, new grades of polypropylene allow for faster processing rates – customers see productivity increases of up to 15% on heavy yarns and up to 23% on light yarns. By reducing the temperature in the extruder zones by 5%, reducing the pressure on the head and the extruder filter by 10 bar, improving the distribution of chalk concentrate, the processors’ energy costs are reduced.
A special package of additives, developed by the Recipe-Making Unit of the SIBUR PolyLab Research Center, reduces the share of possible rejects of film threads to 0 breaks per shift. The narrow range of controlled parameters of polypropylene batches guarantees the stability of the processing process, reducing the frequency of adjustments to the technological regime, increasing the stability of the quality of finished products. The effectiveness of new brands is also noted by equipment manufacturers.
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow announces the commercial availability of a wide range of tenter frame, biaxially-oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) for linear low, medium and high density packaging films, said the company.
This offering has been developed through a joint value chain effort, combining Dow’s INNATETM TF80 technology with the production know-how and experience of Plastchim-T and Ticinoplast, leading producers in PE and BOPP, and the processing knowledge of machine manufacturer Bruckner Maschinenbau. These solutions enable customers to use printable, tough, stiff and visually appealing BOPE films to produce resource-efficient, mono-material packaging that is designed for recyclability.
Dow’s TF-BOPE-based solutions for oriented films are already commercially available in Asia-Pacific and appreciated for their remarkable appearance, and puncture and impact resistance. Applications range from downgauged frozen food films, to triplex laminates without BOPA, and duplex PE-based laminates used for home and personal care pre-made pouches.
The base contract price of styrene monomer for consumers in the European market has been agreed at EUR918 per tonne for December shipments, up EUR139 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported.
The December base contract price for buyers was agreed upon on the FCA terms of delivery Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
As noted earlier, the contract price for styrene in Europe for the current month was also increased in early December by EUR139 per tonne to EUR918 per tonne. The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).
Styrene is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).
According to the China customs, in Oct 2020, China’s uncombed polyester staple fiber exports were 74,300 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 9.4%, and a month-on-month fall of 3.9 %, and imports were 13,500 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 25.9% and a fall of 7.2% from Sep.
Exports have increased in July, Aug and Sep for three consecutive months, and in Oct, the exports also maintained above 70kt. Currently, the delivery of foreign orders is drawing to a close. In Hangzhou, export offers of siliconized HC re-PSF are at $920-930/mt recently, FOB. However, affected by volatile exchange rate, some previous orders that are concluded see deficits, especially in Guangdong market. Product inventory in plants is relatively low, so some plants control the foreign orders.
In addition, the medium-grade re-PSF from Southeast Asia is offered at 5,000yuan/mt, after-tax ex-works, and its quality is close to that from Jiangyin and Wujiang district.
Neste RE makes it possible to use bio-based waste and residues and waste plastic in the manufacture of high-quality products
Neste is launching a new product, Neste RE, a 100% renewable and recycled raw material for plastics and chemicals production. It is a product for tackling climate change through reducing the need to use virgin fossil resources, while it also provides a new solution to the end-of-life related challenges the polymers and chemicals industries are facing today. Neste RE can be used in a wide range of plastics applications, from sports gear to toys, even in sensitive applications such as high-performing medical equipment. Neste RE makes it possible to use bio-based waste and residues and waste plastic in the manufacture of high-quality products.
World’s economy is only 8.6% circular today (source: Circular bioeconomy study, 2020, WBCSD & BCG).
DSM has revealed a new range of plant-based resins for the packaging market that can be used in the creation of adhesives, primers, inks and topcoats.
The first iteration of the range, Decovery SP-6400XP, is a low-NoAH alkali-soluble acrylic copolymer dispersion with high clarity and flexibility. DSM says that it is particularly suited to adhesive applications, such as removable paper labels for bottles and domestic adhesives.
The company also says that its new solution has a “significantly lower” carbon footprint than conventional, oil-based alternatives, while also being highly flexible, meaning it can be deployed to adhere to a wide range of substrates.
The former Mercedes-Benz site, which currently builds smart EQ fortwo electric vehicles, will also start manufacturing Ineos’ Grenadier 4×4.
Ineos Automotive, a subsidiary of UK-based chemical supplier Ineos, has acquired the manufacturing facility at Hambach, France from Mercedes-Benz and will start to build its Grenadier 4×4 there in late 2021.
The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
In a Dec. 8 news release, Ineos officials described the Hambach facility as being “ideal” for production of the Grenadier. “One of Europe’s most modern automotive manufacturing sites, it is home to a highly experienced and capable workforce, has an excellent track record amongst Mercedes plants for the quality of its output, and recently benefited from a major investment to enable the production of larger vehicles,” Ineos said. “Additionally, the site’s location on the French-German border, only 200 km from Stuttgart, gives excellent access to supply chains, automotive talent, and target markets.”
Japan will aim to make hydrogen a power source viable enough to produce the output of more than 30 nuclear reactors by 2030, the Nikkei newspaper reported. To achieve that goal in its bid to reduce carbon emissions Japan will have to make a technology now in its infancy commercially viable at scale, as the world accelerates an energy transition to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, reported Reuters.
The government will provide 2 trillion yen (USD19 billion) of funds to support efforts to make hydrogen viable as a fuel for electricity generators that burn without emissions, the Nikkei reported, without citing the source of its information.
Costs will have to be cut drastically to achieve a target of burning 10 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2030, with costs around 10 times higher for combustion of the fuel that only emits water vapour, the Nikkei said.
The industry ministry could not immediately comment on the report when contacted by Reuters.
The threshold has added urgency after Japan shifted its position recently and officially adopted a target of 2050 to achieve net-zero emissions.
Promising global market is predicted to grow by 36 percent over the next 5 years
The results of the European Bioplastics’ (EUBP) annual market data update, presented today at the 15th EUBP Conference, confirm the continued dynamic growth of the global bioplastics industry. “Our industry has successfully weathered the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. And the outlook for bioplastics is also promising as the global market is predicted to grow by 36 percent over the next 5 years”, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics.
The global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2020 to 2.8 million tonnes in 2025. Innovative biopolymers, such as bio-based PP (polypropylene) and especially PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) continue to drive this growth. Since PHAs entered the market, the share of this important polymer family continued to grow. Production capacities are set to increase successfully almost sevenfold in the next 5 years. The production of polylactic acid (PLA) will also continue to grow due to new investments in PLA production sites in China, the US, and in Europe. Currently, biodegradable plastics account for almost 60 percent of the global bioplastics production capacities. PHA and PLA are bio-based, biodegradable, and feature a wide array of physical and mechanical properties.
Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA announced a 10 cents / lb (USD220 / t) increase in December prices for polystyrene (PS) in the US, the company said in a letter to customers.
The increase in PS prices came into effect on December 1. PS prices are under upward pressure due to significant increases in spot prices for benzene and styrene in recent weeks. Petrochemical Automotive Recycling textile
Asia has been actively buying styrene spot shipments since the end of China’s national holidays, pushing U.S. spot prices for styrene to its highest level since October 2019.
Rising styrene prices and stronger performance at styrene factories have boosted demand for benzene and pushed benzene spot prices to their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.
On the demand side, PS consumption has steadily increased over the past few months as manufacturing activity in the US expanded, although demand has yet to reach 2019 levels.
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