Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 10-09-2020

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-Toray launches new, environmentally-friendly nylon

New bio-based textile technologies such as Ecodear nylon, allow the company to reduce the amount of petroleum used in the fabric production supply chain

Toray Industries, Inc. has developed a new, more sustainable nylon that represents a major step forward in the company’s sustainability vision.

The nylon is the latest addition to the company’s integrated Ecodear brand for biomass-based polymer materials and products. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

Toray’s new Ecodear nylon is 60% bio-based, based on sebacic acid derived from castor beans. The resulting fibre, initially available in 10, 20 and 50 denier versions, can be spun using the same process as conventional nylon.

In setting up the integrated brand, Toray aimed to advance Toray’s ambition to provide solutions to environmental issues by expanding its business of biomass-based polymer materials and products using the ecodear brand in wide-ranging fields of fiber, resin and film.

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-Close the Glass Loop – An inside look

How will Close the Glass Loop, the new pan-European action platform, achieve its aim of increasing European glass recycling rates to 90%, and why is this so important now? Victoria Hattersley spoke to Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE – one of the founding partners of the initiative – to learn more.

As we reported at the time of its official launch in June, Close the Glass Loop is an industry platform that aims to unite the glass collection and recycling value chain to achieve more bottle-to-bottle recycling. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

The goal is to achieve a 90% collection rate of used glass packaging in the EU by 2030. The rate currently stands at an average of 76%, although this does vary considerably from country to country: Belgium and Sweden have achieved particularly impressive levels, at 98% and 97% respectively, while the UK is at a less inspiring 68%.

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-AIMPLAS’ ELIOT project set to improve sustainability in aeronautics

Co-ordinated by AIMPLAS, the European ELIOT project, with the participation of the Dutch research centre TNO, is developing promising recycling methods for biocomposites, which are now being used in the aeronautics industry. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

Due to an end-of-life solution for these materials based on circular economy principles, environmental sustainability in the sector will be substantially improved.

In view of anticipated growth, the aeronautics industry is working to develop promising technologies that reduce its impact on the environment. High-performance composites have become one of the keys to reducing weight, and thus fuel consumption and emissions. The sector has also explored the development of biocomposites that use natural fibres as reinforcement and resins from renewable sources.

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-Wood pellet producers face a difficult challenge in balancing fiber supply and wood pellet demand.

While sawmills have become more efficient and innovative over time, a vast amount of residue is still generated. Wood pellet producers must find the delicate balance of buying the volume required to meet production needs, and buying what a supplier

In 2019, wood pellet producers in the U.S. consumed over 18 million tons of wood fiber, nearly 80% of which was the byproduct of upstream sawmilling and wood product manufacturing. Since 2012, wood fiber demand from pellet producers has steadily risen along with global demand for wood pellets.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

In 2019 alone, wood pellet producers spent nearly $500 million on residual wood fiber, greatly expanding the overall value of harvested wood while providing an offtake option for wood product manufacturers that, 20 years ago, simply was not there. Since 2016, the first year the U.S. Energy Information Administration began tracking wood pellet production and fiber procurement, wood pellet manufacturers have spent $1.6 billion purchasing over 50 million tons of residuals.

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-Brexit: GB government presents law revising agreements. EU convenes extraordinary session

The President of the EU Commission Von der Leyen: “Pacta sunt servanda”. EU Council President Michel: “Unacceptable law violation”

09 September 2020The vice-president of the European commission, Maros Sefcovic, in a phone call with the British minister Michael Gove expressed “strong concerns” on the state of negotiations on Brexit, and called an extraordinary session of the EU-GB commission on the implementation of the agreement of divorce, for London to “answer and process”.

This was announced by Sefcovic himself, explaining that speaking with Gove he sought “reassurance on full compliance with the withdrawal agreement” by London.

Brexit: GB government presents law revising agreements. EU convenes extraordinary session

-INEOS expands Recyl-IN range of products

INEOS Olefins & Polymers have partnered with waste management company Saica Natur in a supply agreement for recycled LDPE and LLDPE. The long-term agreement will help INEOS to serve the growing demand for increased levels of recycled product in sustainable, virgin quality flexible packaging.

Through this partnership, INEOS Olefins & Polymers has been able to develop high-performance polyethylene Recycl-IN resins to meet the needs of converters, brand owners and retailers, to use more than 60% recycled plastics in very demanding applications such as stretch and lamination films typically used in flexible pouches for detergent and personal care products.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

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-A review on degradation mechanisms of polylactic acid: Hydrolytic, photodegradative, microbial, and enzymatic degradation

Recently, thoughtful disagreements between scientists concerning environmental issues including the use of renewable materials have enhanced universal awareness of the use of biodegradable materials. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the most promising biodegradable materials for commercially replacing nondegradable materials such as polyethylene terephthalate and polystyrene.

The main advantages of PLA production over the conventional plastic materials is PLA can be produced from renewable resources such as corn or other carbohydrate sources.

Besides, PLA provides adequate energy saving by consuming CO2 during production.

Thus, we aim to highlight recent research involving the investigation of properties of PLA, its applications and the four types of potential PLA degradation mechanisms.

In the first part of the article, a brief discussion of the problems surrounding use of conventional plastic is provided and examples of biodegradable polymers currently used are provided.

Next, properties of PLA, and (Poly[L‐lactide]), (Poly[D‐lactide]) (PDLA) and (Poly[DL‐lactide]) and application of PLA in various industries such as in packaging, transportation, agriculture and the biomedical, textile and electronic industry are described.

Behaviors of PLA subjected to hydrolytic, photodegradative, microbial and enzymatic degradation mechanisms are discussed in detail in the latter portion of the article.

A review on degradation mechanisms of polylactic acid: Hydrolytic, photodegradative, microbial, and enzymatic degradation

-Aliplast launches turnkey closed-loop for plastics

European PE film and PET sheet producer Aliplast has developed a circular system that allows for the introduction of plastics materials in the recycling cycle, reducing costs and impact on the environment. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

Called closed-loop, the system can be leveraged by companies in industries such as packaging (for food and beverage) and ceramics.

Designed for the treatment of special waste – waste produced by companies – the system is a vertical process for the recovery and recycling of plastics. The waste is collected in the customer’s production centre before being transported to one of Aliplast’s processing centres across Italy, France, Spain and Poland.

Closed-Loop: the Aliplast “recipe” for reusing plastic packaging

 

-Axens, IFPEN and JEPLAN join forces

Axens, IFPEN and JEPLAN have recently signed a joint development and commercialisation agreement in order to develop, demonstrate and commercialise an innovative PET monomer recycling process for all types of waste PET-based materials, including bottles, films, trays or textile (polyester).Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

This new process, called ‘RewindTM PET’ is involving an optimised – glycolysis based – PET depolymerisation combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste PET. The product is a purified BHET (Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer, ready to be used in a PET plant and produce again any type of PET, from fibres to food grade resins.

The partners can demonstrate a strong track-record in the field: JEPLAN has operated the first ever industrial PET bottles chemical recycling plant, called Pet Refine Technology (PRT: 22 kTA), in Japan. In 2018 JEPLAN also started-up a demonstration plant, called Kitakyushu Hibikinada Plant (KHP) in Japan, aiming at textile to textile recycling. While in the past 6 years, IFPEN and Axens have developed a process able to recycle and upgrade coloured and opaque PET bottles into clear food grade PET.

Axens, IFPEN and JEPLAN join forces

-NE Asia polyester yarn gains on rising feedstock cost, better demand

Polyester yarn prices in northeast Asia are rising on the back of higher feedstock cost and better offtake amid seasonally strong demand.

Spot discussions for polyester partially oriented yarn (POY) 150 denier (D) were at $0.83-0.88/kg FOB (free on board) NE (northeast) Asia, up from $0.80-0.86/kg FOB NE Asia in the week ended 1 September.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin 

Prices have been gradually rising since late July, according to ICIS data.

“We raised the offers to cover our margins as you know feedstock MEG [monoethylene glycol] is rising sharply recently,” a major polyester producer said.

Feedstock MEG have risen to their highest in nearly six months on the back of tight supply due to output cuts  and firmer crude futures.

NE Asia polyester yarn gains on rising feedstock cost, better demand

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