Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production 23-02-2022

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

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-Solvay to license technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production

Solvay has entered into an agreement to license its leading-edge hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. for its 500 kilotons per year caprolactam facility with a planned launch by end of 2023, as per the company’s press release.

“This is the first licensing agreement Solvay has allocated for its proprietary hydrogen peroxide mega scale high productivity process technology in China,” said Peter Browning, president of Solvay Peroxides global business unit. “The licensing model provides a process design package for the construction of the H2O2 mega plant by Hubei Sanning Chemical alongside its new caprolactam facility, with access to Solvay’s operating experience and range of services to ensure optimized and reliable H2O2 plant operation.” Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Solvay is the leading global producer and supplier of hydrogen peroxide solutions and a technology leader in the hydrogen peroxide production process operating several H2O2 mega plants. Hubei Sanning Chemical will install a single H2O2 production line providing a capacity of 200 kilotons per year to be utilized entirely as a raw material in the production of caprolactam, the monomer used to manufacture nylon 6 (PA6) products such as yarns and filaments.

Solvay will also provide Hubei Sanning Chemical with its proprietary chemicals for the anthraquinone process, which ensure a reliable and consistent high productivity H2O2 process. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

“We are honored to be awarded Solvay’s first license for its world-renowned hydrogen peroxide production technology in China,” said Wanqing Li, chairman of Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry. “The new H2O2 mega plant in China and Solvay’s collaboration will be key for us to build the new project for caprolactam, PA6 and downstream products.”

Nylon 6 is a versatile polymer used in a variety of industries such as automotive, electrical and electronics, and when extruded as fibers is extensively used in the textile industry for clothing and home furnishings and for nets in the fishing industry.

As MRC reported earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF  enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

We remind that BASF shut down an unspecified unit at its 420,000-metric ton/year steam cracker site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to a technical defect. Unscheduled flaring started on 13 January, 2021, at the northern part of the Ludwigshafen site and was expected to last until 17 January, 2021. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

Solvay to license technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production

-Chevron Phillips Chemical invests in Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is investing in Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund. The fund, registered in Luxembourg, will invest in advanced recycling businesses, which convert plastic waste back into virgin grade feedstock for the manufacturing of new products, focusing first in Europe with the ambition to expand globally. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Recycling plastic waste enables valuable materials to be reused instead of ending up in a landfill or unintended places in the environment. Recycling is an important part of the solution to create a circular economy for plastics, together with design for circularity, collecting and sorting infrastructures, consumer engagement and guiding policies. Collaboration across the entire value chain is needed to solve the plastic waste challenge.

Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund aims to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular plastic economy by investing in advanced recycling technologies. Complementary to mechanical recycling, advanced recycling technologies are expected to play a key role in increasing recycling rates needed for the development of a sustainable, circular economy for plastics. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Benny Mermans, vice president of sustainability at CPChem said: “Our company is committed to ensuring plastics continue to deliver much needed societal benefits while also producing our life-enriching products sustainably, leaving behind the lightest footprint and enabling others to do so as well. Plastic waste is a valuable resource and keeping it in the loop as long as possible will contribute to the creation of a circular economy for plastics.

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