Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News 18-07-2020
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Clariant, Celanese, and Orbia have been fined a total of EUR260 million (USD296 million) by the European Commission for breaching EU competition rules by participating in a cartel related to ethylene purchases in Europe, said Chemweek.
Westlake, which also participated in the cartel, received full immunity by revealing the breach, avoiding an aggregate fine of about EUR190 million, the Commission says.
The four companies “took part in a cartel concerning purchases on the ethylene merchant market. They colluded to buy ethylene for the lowest possible price. All four companies acknowledged their involvement in the cartel and agreed to settle the case,” the Commission says. The cartel’s activity covered the territories of Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, it says.
One of the global recycling pioneers Gama Recycle, has spent the last two decades spinning other people’s waste material into a new kind of gold regenerated yarns and fibres. As recycled fibres have huge market potential end-users are looking for environmentally friendly products. This is why Gama Recycle has prefered to use Oerlikon Neumag fibre line.Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
Gama Recycle have been in business since 1997 and gained a reputation for recycling textiles, as well as some plastics, so five years ago. Gama, recycles pre-consumer cutting or industrial waste as well as postconsumer garments, PET bottles, PET trays, and other PET-based packaging materials or consumer products. It also has several patents for recycling previously used garments into recycled cotton and polyester fibres.
Clerici Tessuto and Parley for the Oceans, the leading environmental organisation addressing major threats towards oceans, has announced that it has sealed an agreement to produce luxury fabrics using a GRS (Global Recycle Standard) polyester yarn, crafted using upcycled marine plastic debris intercepted from beaches, islands and coastal communities. Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
This agreement links high-end fabric production with Parley’s upcycled Ocean Plastic, aligning fashion and eco-innovation to help drive the Material Revolution needed to end marine plastic pollution. This approach follows and supports the Parley AIR Strategy to Avoid, Intercept, Redesign.
Vizoo, the leading technology provider for advanced scanning and digitising 3D materials headquartered in Germany, and Browzwear have announced the release of the U3M version 1.1 as well as the ability to extract the raw physics data from the Browzwear FAB physics measurement machine. Browzwear is a pioneer of digital solutions for the apparel industry.Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
U3M, the unified 3D material format, was established in 2018 to create a standard for digital materials. This digital twin furthers an alignment of visual appearance across different applications by utilising a single open-source format. The new capability of U3M version 1.1 takes this one step further and gives users the ability to add raw physics data to the format as well. Effectively, this turns U3M into the first and only open format that is able to carry both visual and physical material information, according to Vizoo.
Plastics recycling solution provider PLASTIX has formed Alliance Partnership with nano technology and bio composite experts Titan Bioplastics, USA.
The partnership plans to support sustainable circular economy initiatives for ‘Super Plastics,’ leveraging Titan Bioplastics’ Food Safe Nano Technology.
The plastic will be in line with the forthcoming plastic mandates throughout the EU.
PLASTIX CEO Hans Axel Kristensen said: “The goal here is to increase the content of recycled plastics in basically all products to meet the requirements of the New Circular Plastics Economy, not just by recycling plastic waste, but ensuring these materials are on par with virgin materials, making them applicable for a multitude of uses including food contact packaging.” Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
In the wake of abundant negative press around single-use plastics, which is warranted, many companies and businesses are switching over to bioplastics to show a commitment to the environment.
But are they really an ecofriendly alternative? Let’s take a look!
First, let’s settle some terminology on this topic, as it can be a bit confusing. There is some confusion over terms like biopolymers, bioplastics, biodegradable, and polymers vs. plastics. Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
Biopolymers are polymers produced by living organisms. This includes polymers like cellulose, lignin, starch, chitin, and others. Cellulose is the main component of plants.
Biodegradable polymers are polymers that will break down under certain conditions. Polymers break down by the action of water, air, UV (sunlight), and enzymes from organisms.
A polymer created from either partial or 100% natural renewable resources for the manufacture into synthetic fibers.
WHAT ARE BIOSYNTHETICS?
A biosynthetic fiber consists of polymers made from renewable resources, either wholly or partly. Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
Biopolymers, commercially available today, have come from renewable sugars, starches and lipids (1st generation feedstocks such as corn, sugar cane, beets, plant oils) and include polymers that are 100% biobased as well as partially biobased.
Various technologies are under development to produce biosynthetics from a broader range of raw materials including biomass (resources from agriculture and forestry known as 2nd generation), and algae, fungi and bacteria (3rd generation). While many of these have been piloted at concept level, they are not currently commercially available.
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A., a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced the introduction of a new packaging system with soluble and meltable Minibags for dust- free and sustainable handling
Orion has developed Minibags as a customized packaging solution for Carbon Black. Minibags are available for different material types, melting points and capacities. They have been designed to optimize the production process and serve small order quantities of between 100 g and 10 kg. Minibags are suitable for both powder and beaded Carbon Blacks. Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
The pandemic has disrupted the US recycling market with restrictions on recycling and municipal waste services. Officials and local governments turned their attention almost entirely to coronavirus issues, whereas new ambitious recycling programmes and regulations were constantly announced from local governments and even brand owners prior to the pandemic.
A recent bill introduced to Congress, however, indicates that recycling is back in the legislative eye. Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
The Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Act underlines roles the US federal government and agencies can take to unify the approach in supporting plastics recycling as one nation, while recycling programmes have been actively set and regulated at the state level.
Several local governments have resumed work toward recycling. Colorado just passed a bill to support recycling end markets, and Michigan is in motion to overhaul the states’ solid waste law to favour and improve recycling.
India’s plastics industry expects to see resurgence in demand after first quarter sales crashed over 50% due to coronavirus pandemic induced countrywide lockdown.
“First quarter sales of the three pillars of the polymer industry – polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – dropped 54%, 52% and 54% respectively year on year,” said Kamal Nanavaty strategy development president at Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). Petrochemicals Plastic CarbonFiber News
First quarter sales of PE dropped to 79,000 tonnes from 171,000 tonnes while PP fell to 89,000 tonnes from 185,000 tonnes and PVC showed sales fall to 56000 tonnes from 123,000 tonnes, according to data shared by Nanavaty at an industry webinar.
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