Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins 13-02-2021

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-Prices surge amid tightness and pandemic-driven buying

Western European standard thermoplastic prices have risen at a much faster rate than feedstock costs during the last two months. Price hikes are being driven by tight material availability, higher freight rates due to shipping container shortages and pandemic-driven stockpiling. The upward price trend is set to continue at least during the first quarter of the year.

Polyethylene prices have risen €190-195/tonne through December and January compared to an €85/tonne rise in ethylene costs. Polypropylene prices have increased €180-190/tonne during the same period against an €80/tonne rise in propylene. PVC prices also registered gains higher than the proportionate impact of higher ethylene costs. In December, polystyrene prices surged well ahead of styrene monomer costs then tracked the feedstock cost rise in January.

PET prices nudged higher in both December and January because of rising costs, low material availability and rising import costs due to limited vessel availability and surging freight rates.

Polymer producers justified the margin increases on tight availability and higher prices in other world regions.

Prices surge amid tightness and pandemic-driven buying


Drawing attention to the 100 percent increase in prices, PAGEV President Mr. Yavuz Eroğlu: “First of all, the domestic petrochemical company should sell the raw material that is already scarce to the domestic market instead of exporting it and the extra taxes on imported raw materials should be temporarily suspended”

The rise in raw material prices continues to be the primary agenda item of industrialists. Worldwide, after the reduction of production for various reasons, there have been more than a hundred percent astronomical price increases in plastic raw materials in the last 6 months. The increase in the prices of plastic raw materials used in the bottle of water we drink, the toothbrush we use, the water pipe, the refrigerator, the car, the food packaging, the mobile phone, the yarn that our clothes touch, in short, in every product from head to toe, is on the way to becoming the main actor that will trigger inflation. Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The industrialist, who must buy the raw material he uses in production at high prices, is experiencing difficult processes with his customers and is rapidly melting his capital due to increasing prices. PAGEV continues to offer solutions to both the public and the economy management regarding the astronomical price increases in raw material prices. In this context, we present our suggestion and press reflections below to your attention.


-Rigid polyolefins: increased quality collection & sorting a must to reach the EU recycling targets

New study[1] identifies key measures to advance recycling

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) account for almost a third of European converters’ demand and are predominantly used in packaging applications. Out of the 16.7Mt[2] placed on the market, an estimated 6.6Mt is rigid polyolefin packaging.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

With the current EU recycling capacity for HDPE and PP at 1.2Mt for post-consumer and additional 0.5Mt for pre-consumer waste, the recycling facilities can treat roughly 18% of rigid polyolefin waste. The scaling up of the EU plastics recycling capacity hinges on ensuring that the maximum of plastic waste is captured for recycling. Advancing collection and sorting were identified as key to unlock the much-needed investments in the recycling of rigid polyolefins.

‘Capturing additional tonnages and sorting out pots tubs and trays, is just one of the examples of making the change,’ said Werner Kruschitz, PRE PP/PO Working Group Chairman.

Rigid polyolefins: increased quality collection & sorting a must to reach the EU recycling targets

-Platilon® XM – extra matte TPU medical-grade film with low reflection and low friction properties

Very few medical films provide an extra matte surface. Since we created a production solution for blown thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film with a low-friction, low-reflection and skin-friendly surface, healthcare providers have put Platilon® XM films to use in a range of medical applications.

Many medical applications require a comfortable, low-friction extra matte surface

There is a high demand for medical films that combine design, comfort and extended wear in one cost-effective product.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

Covestro produces a blown film made of TPU with an extra matte surface; a second-skin-type material thanks to its soft haptics. The market response to this production process was swift and strong, as customers from many fields preferred our cost-effective Platilon® XM blown film to solvent-cast films.

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-Comprehensive, antimicrobial protection for thermoplastic processed polymers:

Innovative Sanitized® BroadTect product durably protects polymers against a wide range of microorganisms

Polymers can be protected against all relevant microorganisms with just a single antimicrobial product: Protection against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mold and mildew, yeasts, and even algae. This newly developed product by SANITIZED AG has high temperature resistance and is suitable for thermoplastic processing methods such as extrusion processes or injection molding. The new Sanitized® product from the BroadTect portfolio features durable antimicrobial protection that is effective even after weathering. In addition, good antiviral efficacy on surfaces has been demonstrated.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

Normally, each antimicrobial active ingredient has a specific and limited spectrum of efficacy. In a comprehensive series of tests, the developers of SANITIZED have managed to combine specially selected active substances in a way that synergically complements their spectra of efficacy. The result is a product that delivers comprehensive, durable antimicrobial protection from bacteria, mildew and mold, yeast, and algae.

Temperature-resistant and versatile

This temperature-resistant, antimicrobial product is suitable for most thermoplastic polymers such as PE, PP, TPU, EVA, PVC, rubber (EPDM, NBR, SBR) that are used in the extrusion process or in injection molding. It is compatible with commonly used additives, making it usable for an abundance of applications.

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-Hengyi plans polymer, petchem units in Brunei expansion

China’s private-sector Hengyi Petrochemical is planning to add a 1.65mn t/yr naphtha cracker, 1.05mn t/yr polyethylene (PE) plant and 1mn t/yr polypropylene (PP) plant as part of a second phase at its refinery and integrated petrochemicals project in Brunei, with completion targeted for 2023.

Zhejiang province-based Hengyi has a 70pc stake in the project at Pulau Muara Besar, with the Brunei state owning the remaining 30pc.

The expansion will give Brunei its first polymers plant. Hengyi will use Univation’s Unipol technology for the PE plant, which will be able to produce a broad range of high-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene grades. It will use Lummus’ Novolen technology for the new PP plant.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

Hengyi is also planning to expand upstream refining capacity by 280,000 b/d and add more downstream petrochemicals units at Pulau Muara Besar. It plans to construct a 1.65mn t/yr ethylene cracker as well as 1.2mn t/yr mono-ethylene glycol, 800,000 t/yr benzene, 2mn t/yr paraxylene (PX), 2.5mn t/yr purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and 1mn t/yr polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plants in the second phase.

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-Toppan develops fire extinguishing film for lithium-ion batteries

Toppan Printing has developed a fire extinguishing film that responds to heat by emitting aerosol particles. This new film is an addition to Toppan’s ‘SMART LIFE-VALUE Packaging’ line-up, which is part of the recently launched ‘TOPPAN S-VALUE Packaging’ range.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The fire extinguishing film is on sale from February and targeted at manufacturers of batteries and electrical appliances.

With applications for rechargeable batteries expanding to such fields as mobile devices and mobility, lithium-ion batteries are becoming more widely used and offering higher power levels. However, this increases the risk of fire-related accidents, not only during use but also after disposal. Toppan has combined its advanced coating technologies and transparent vapor-deposited GL BARRIER film with a highly effective fire extinguishing agent from Yamato Protec Corporation to produce an adhesive film with outstanding long-term durability and workability.

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-How the EU wants to achieve a circular economy by 2050

Find out about the EU’s circular economy action plan and what additional measures MEPs want to reduce waste and make products more sustainable

f we keep on exploiting resources as we do now, by 2050 we would need the resources of three Earths. Finite resources and climate issues require moving from a ‘take-make-dispose’ society to a carbon-neutral, environmentally sustainable, toxic-free and fully circular economy by 2050.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The current crisis highlighted weaknesses in resource and value chains, hitting SMEs and industry. A circular economy will cut CO2-emissions, whilst stimulating economic growth and creating job opportunities.

Read more about the definition and benefits of the circular economy

The EU circular economy action plan

In line with EU’s 2050 climate neutrality goal under the Green Deal, the European Commission proposed a new Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020, focusing on waste prevention and management and aimed at boosting growth, competitiveness and EU global leadership in the field.

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-Carbon levy on EU imports needed to raise global climate ambition

  • The mechanism must not be misused to further protectionism
  • All imported products under the EU Emissions Trading System should be covered
  • It should constitute an alternative to existing measures on carbon leakage

To raise global climate ambition and prevent ‘carbon leakage’, the EU must place a carbon price on imports from less climate-ambitious countries, say Environment MEPs.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

On Friday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted a resolution on a WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) with 58 votes for, 8 against and 10 abstentions.

The resolution underlines that the EU’s increased ambition on climate change must not lead to ‘carbon leakage’ as global climate efforts will not benefit if EU production is just moved to non-EU countries that have less ambitious emissions rules.

MEPs therefore support the introduction of a WTO-compatible CBAM to place a carbon price on imports of certain goods from outside the EU, if these countries are not ambitious enough about climate change. This would create an incentive for EU and non-EU trade industries to decarbonize in line with the Paris Agreement objectives

Carbon levy on EU imports needed to raise global climate ambition

-New recycling plant will recycle 1 billion PET bottles a year

Construction has begun on the new recycling facility that will see the equivalent of around 1 billion PET plastic bottles recycled each year.

The $45 million plant, located in Albury–Wodonga region near the border of Victoria and New South Wales, is set to be fully operational by October — two months earlier than expected.  Plastic PETRecycling Oil Polyolefins

The facility, developed by a joint venture between Asahi Beverages, Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway Waste Management, will trade as Circular Plastics Australia PET.

Excavation of the site has already started, sheds to house more than a dozen diggers have been erected and dozens of jobs will be created as construction ramps up in coming weeks.

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