Petrochemical PETPackaging PlasticRecycling 17-12-2020
Petrochemical PETPackaging PlasticRecycling
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PET recycling technologies continue to grow for Erema
The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics, due to the stricter guidelines for plastic packaging and higher recycling rates set by the EU.
One such company offering systems is Austrian recycling machine manufacturer Erema and its bottle-to-bottle Vacurema technology, which allows high recyclate content. Erema estimates the total capacity of all PET recycling machines sold to date for various applications at 2.6 million tonnes/year, with the recent trend pointing towards large-scale systems processing 2,000 kg/hour upwards.
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has invested in Timeplast, a Florida-based startup that is researching solutions for one of the critical aspects of the global plastic waste challenge – plastic that isn’t properly recycled and ends up in landfills, oceans and waterways. Timeplast is exploring a new technology that may help to minimize the impact of plastic that leaks into the environment.
“I knew a strategic partnership would be critical to further develop a solution that both addresses plastic pollution while maintaining compatibility with the existing recycling system,” said Manuel Rendon, CEO at Timeplast. “With Nestlé Waters’ packaging and recycling expertise, we are excited to continue testing the capabilities of a technology that we will work together to bring to market. This is a steppingstone of our company’s big plan to a world where all plastics are transformed based on their expected use.”
As part of the investment in Timeplast, NWNA will provide financing and additional support to evaluate the technology, combining NWNA’s stringent safety, quality and performance standards for food-grade packaging with Timeplast’s technology. The investment has created a limited liability company, TPN Alliance Polymers, LLC, which is based in Coral Gables, Florida.
Kraiburg TPE, a global TPE manufacturer of a wide range of high quality and innovative thermoplastic elastomer products and custom-engineered TPE solutions, is showcasing its latest developments in TPE compounds and material solutions at Chinaplas 2021, to be held 13-16 April 2021 at Shenzhen World Exhibition and Conventional Centre, at Hall 17, Booth No A31.
Automotive Exterior: weather-resistance TPEs
Kraiburg TPE will be highlighting its Thermolast K TPE compounds for the automotive sector at the said event, Exposure to extreme temperatures and UV radiation resistance can cause damage to automotive exterior parts and components. Kraiburg TPE’s Thermolast K TPE compounds deliver enhanced UV radiation-resistance and weather-proofing advantages for automotive exterior parts.
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is raising its prices for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) by EUR 0.25 per kg, Durethan B (polyamide 6) by EUR 0.15 per kg and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate, blends) by EUR 0.20 per kg with immediate effect.
The adjustment is due to strongly increased raw material prices and applies to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Insofar as conditions permit, the price increase also affects existing contracts. For special materials, higher adjustments are possible.
MEGlobal has announced its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) to be shipped in January 2021, according to the company’s press release.
Thus, on 11 December, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD670/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in January 2021, up by USD10/MT from December.
The November 2020 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.
As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its December ACP for MEG at USD660/MT CFR Asian main ports, up by USD10/tonne from November.
MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
According to ICIS-MRC Price report, in Russia, December contract PET prices were in the range of Rb68,100-71,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT. Most producers raised their prices of material last week and expect further price increases by the end of this month.
MEGlobal is a fully integrated supplier of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), collectively known as ethylene glycol (EG).
INEOS Styrolution, an INEOS Group company has announced a collaboration with Indaver nv, a European waste management company with large-scale treatment facilities in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, driving forward chemical recycling for polystyrene in Europe. The collaboration between the two companies aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste into valuable resources.
INEOS Styrolution and Indaver have announced a collaboration that aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste into valuable resources.
Indaver – a European player with facilities and operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland – manages and treats industrial and household waste in specialist facilities for the industry, waste collectors, and public authorities.
Polypropylene (PP) futures in China fell further on Tuesday – by 3.2% – amid expectations of a decrease in demand for the material in the market before the end of this year, ICIS reported .
So, PP futures for January 2021, most actively traded on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), were at CNY8 319 (USD1 270) per tonne on December 15, which is CNY288 per tonne lower than the previous agreement.
About 1.37 million tonnes of PP were put up for sale on Tuesday, DCE said, for shipments in January next year.
Electricity restrictions in some cities in China could force some downstream businesses to cut capacity utilization by the end of December.
Earlier it was noted that on December 14, PP futures in the country fell by 1% for a similar reason.
The effort will focus on commercializing the P&G company’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology
Cargill, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Axens are joining forces to further develop and scale bio-based acrylic acid. The collaboration leverages Cargill’s experience with bio-based materials, IFPEN’s expertise in the field of catalyst and bioprocess development, and Axens’ catalyst manufacturing and industrial scale-up design process. The effort will focus on commercializing the Procter & Gamble (P&G) company’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology, which won the American Chemical Society 2020 Award for Affordable Green Chemistry. Cargill exclusively licensed the technology earlier this year.
“More than 6 million tons of petro-based acrylic acid will be produced this year,” said Dr. Jill Zullo, Vice President of Biointermediates in Cargill’s Bioindustrial business. “By leveraging Cargill’s processing technology and IFPEN/Axens’ know-how in catalysis and scale up, we’re aiming to produce acrylic acid from renewable resources, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent.”
Since Cargill’s award-winning lactic acid technology is already commercially proven, efforts will focus on the catalyst and process development needed to convert lactic acid into bio-based acrylic acid at scale – expertise for which IFPEN and Axens are world renowned.
Braskem announced on Monday a research partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop a way to make ethylene from carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the flue gas of industrial plants.
The resulting ethylene would be used to make polyethylene (PE), the world’s most widely used plastic and one that is made by Braskem.
To develop the system, the team at the university will rely on its experience with the electrochemical reduction of CO2, said Meenesh Singh, a professor responsible for the project at the university. This will be combined with technology that is being patented to capture CO2 from flue gas.
China’s industry output in November expanded by 7.0% year on year, up from October’s growth of 6.9%, official data showed on Tuesday.
In the first 11 months of 2020, industry output was up 2.3% year on year, up from 1.8% posted in January-October, data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Tuesday.
Manufacturing output in November posted a faster growth of 7.7% from the 7.5% pace in the previous month.
Of the 41 sectors covered in the monthly data, 34 reported expansion – led by electric machinery and manufacturing (18%), metal manufacturing (13.8%) and medicine producing (13.6%).
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