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-Lotte Chemical to Suspend Additional Production Lines at Ulsan Plant

Lotte Chemical announced on April 21 that it will stop operating two metaxylene (MeX) production lines and one paraxylene (PX) production line at its Ulsan plant.

MeX is a raw material for purified isophthalic acid (PIA) and PX is used for production of terephthalic acid, a raw material for PET bottles among others. PIA is a high value added product used to make paint or PET.

Lotte Chemical recently expanded its MeX production lines to increase PIA production, but was hit hard by the novel coronavirus crisis. As downstream industries such as construction and automobiles contracted, demand for PIA fell sharply, triggering a sharp drop in MeX production.

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Carrington Textiles, a UK-based largest workwear fabric manufacturer, has announced that the company has increased capacity at its main processing facility in the UK to supply the domestic and international healthcare sector with the fabrics urgently needed for Personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company reported that working around the clock with some of the biggest garment providers to the NHS and the healthcare sector in France, Germany, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, Carrington Textiles has supplied over 3.5 million metres of fabric in the last 5 weeks, a demand two times greater than usual, with 2.5 million metres alone serving the NHS, care homes, pharmacies and other front line healthcare professionals in the UK. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

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-How much recycled plastic do California bottlers use?

Beverage container producers have reported their recycled plastic use in California for 2019. Out of 64 manufacturers, 13 companies said they used recycled plastic.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on April 6 released the 2019 Plastic Beverage Container Virgin and Post-Consumer Resin Reports, which are required by law.

The requirement applies to producers of bottles subject to the California Redemption Value (CRV), a fee of 5 cents or 10 cents (depending on bottle size) paid by consumers but returned to them when they redeem containers. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

More companies reported selling plastic bottles in California in 2019 compared to the prior year, but so far, slightly fewer said they used recycled plastic.

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Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany; has won a second order from the Turkish packaging producer KÖKSAN for a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production plant. The plant will be built in Gaziantep, Turkey, next to an existing production line erected by thyssenkrupp in 2013. Its construction will double the site’s production capacity to 432,000 ton/yr of PET resin. Completion and commissioning are planned for 2022.Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

The plant will use the Melt-To-Resin (MTR) process patented by thyssenkrupp’s subsidiary Uhde Inventa Fischer to produce various grades of resin.

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-New sorting technology can help overcome recycling business disruptions

The rapidly evolving effects from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, global pandemic has governments and companies enacting unprecedented measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of the populace.

Emergency social distancing and quarantine orders to flatten the curve of transmission rates have been enacted globally.Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

Students are remotely learning as schools close to stem the spread of the virus. The “non-essential” workforce is recommended, ordered in some cases, to stay from home, using technology to work remotely.

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-A.Monforts : Industrial-Scale Testing For New PPE Finishes

In the current fight against Covid-19, a number of formulators of textile finishing chemicals have rushed out new antiviral and antimicrobial treatments intended for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and medical gowns and drapes.

These finishing chemicals have naturally already been thoroughly tested in laboratories and their effectiveness verified at laboratory or pilot scale.

However, they are new to many manufacturers of textiles and nonwovens now preparing to use them on an industrial level. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

-A.Monforts : Industrial-Scale Testing For New PPE Finishes

-Packaging converter turns hand to antimicrobial aprons

Flexible film packaging converter Skymark has developed protective aprons containing antimicrobial technology and is now manufacturing 100,000 of them in the next ten days.

The company produced a trial batch of 25-micron blue embossed antimicrobial aprons for evaluation and having received positive feedback, it is now entering full production mode to help with the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare and key workers through out the UK. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

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-Mideast Gulf PE production to slow during Ramadan

Polyethylene (PE) production in the Middle East is expected to fall as the region marks the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on 24 April while battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Employees working at Mideast Gulf petrochemical plants are likely to reduce their hours during Ramadan, when practicing Muslims do not drink or eat from dawn to dusk. Plant employees typically refrain from overly strenuous physical activities as a result.

This year’s fasting month also coincides with the start of the hot summer period, when temperatures can peak at up to 50⁰C. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

Mideast Gulf PE production to slow during Ramadan

-RECOUP publishes plastic film recyclability guidance

Recycling charity, RECOUP has released its updated Recyclability by Design publication to include guidelines for recyclability of plastic film.

The publication includes RecyClass’ recyclability tables in order to help address the challenge of designing plastic film packaging to give it the greatest chance of being recycled. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

Guidance includes the importance of separation of materials, avoidance of laminates and the greater recyclability credentials of PE and PP film when compared to other materials. The publication also includes contributions from RECOUP members: Coca-Cola, Faerch, Garçon Wines, KP Films, Krehalon, Borealis and TOMRA Sorting Solutions.

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India initiates sunset review of Chinese & Thai poly yarn

The Indian government has initiated Sunset Review investigation on imports of all fully drawn or fully oriented yarn/ spin drawn yarn/ flat yarn of polyester from China and Thailand. The review is being undertaken based on an application filed by the Association of Synthetic Fibre Industry on behalf of Reliance Industries Ltd and Wellknown Polyesters Ltd. Petrochemicals Circular Economy rPlastic

“The product under consideration, as in the original investigation and the first Sunset Review, is fully drawn/ fully oriented yarn/ spin drawn yarn/ flat yam of polyester (nontextured and non-POY) and other yams conforming to the tariff description of Customs Heading 5402.47. The product in market parlance is generally known as ‘Fully Drawn Yam’ or FDY. Technical specifications of the subject goods are defined in terms of their deniers, tenacities, lustres, colours (like semi dull, bright, super bright, full dull, Dope dyed), cross section and shrinkage,” directorate general of trade remedies, department of commerce, said in a recent notification.

-India initiates sunset review of Chinese & Thai poly yarn

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