Plastics Recycling – Recycleye, Valorplast, and TotalEnergies use AI and computer vision to sort food-grade PP during mechanical recycling 24-11-2023

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Adient will participate in the Barclays Global Automotive and Mobility Tech Conference

Adient, a renowned global force in automotive seating, is slated to actively participate in the upcoming Barclays Global Automotive and Mobility Tech Conference scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2023. Jerome Dorlack, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Adient, will engage in a compelling fireside chat set to commence at 10:50 a.m. Eastern time. The event aims to provide valuable insights into Adient’s strategies, performance, and its perspective on the evolving automotive and mobility technology landscape. Plastics Recycling

The fireside chat, featuring Jerome Dorlack, will be accessible to a wider audience through a live webcast. This webcast can be conveniently accessed on the investor section of Adient’s official website at https://investors.adient.com/. Those interested in gaining firsthand knowledge and updates on Adient’s positioning, future initiatives, and market perspectives are encouraged to tune in to this engaging session.

Adient, with its extensive presence as a global leader in automotive seating, stands out with over 70,000 employees spread across 29 countries. The company boasts a network comprising more than 200 manufacturing and assembly plants worldwide. Operating at the forefront of automotive innovation, Adient is recognized for its ability to produce and deliver cutting-edge automotive seating solutions to all major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).  Plastics Recycling

From comprehensive seating systems to meticulously crafted individual components, Adient’s proficiency extends across every facet of the automotive seat manufacturing process. The company’s integrated, in-house capabilities empower it to shepherd products from the initial stages of research and design through to engineering and manufacturing. This seamless process culminates in the incorporation of Adient’s automotive seating solutions into millions of vehicles annually, a testament to the company’s commitment to excellence.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of Adient’s contributions to the automotive industry and its dedication to advancing seating technologies, additional information is available on the official Adient website at www.adient.com. The website serves as a comprehensive resource for exploring Adient’s corporate profile, innovations, and its enduring impact on the global automotive landscape.  Plastics Recycling

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Plastic has a greater value than we think

Plastic often receives negative attention, primarily due to the issue of plastic litter. However, it is important to acknowledge that plastic adds value to our lives, often in ways that we may not fully appreciate.

From the manufacturing of polymers used to produce preforms and eventually plastic products, plastic holds intrinsic value, and that value does not necessarily diminish once a plastic product has served its purpose.  Plastics Recycling

Safripol, a leading South African producer of polymer, recognises the importance of maximising the advantages of plastic through innovative solutions.

The company is dedicated to enhancing the recyclability of plastic products and promoting its use in durable applications, where it outperforms alternative materials.

The value of plastic to South Africa’s economy

The Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (DTIC) estimates that there are approximately 1,800 companies in the plastics industry across the country, employing over 60,000 individuals.

The industry’s contribution to South Africa’s total GDP and manufacturing GDP is 2.3 % and 20 % respectively.  Plastics Recycling

These figures do not take into account the significant number of individuals who earn income from plastic-related activities, such as workers involved in the transportation of plastic products, as well as those in industries that rely on plastic components for their operations or the manufacturing of finished goods. In fact, nearly every sector and industry utilises or depends on plastic in some capacity.

The value of plastic to our environment

It is undeniably challenging to recognise the environmental benefits of plastic, particularly when we encounter plastic litter in our streets and parks. However, it is crucial to use plastic responsibly, dispose of it correctly, and promote recycling.

By recycling, we can establish a circular plastics economy. Instead of using additional virgin plastic, various recycling methods can be employed to generate new products that incorporate recycled plastic. This approach enables us to decrease energy consumption and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.  Plastics Recycling


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First edition of Plastics Recycling Show Middle East and Africa

The inaugural edition of the Plastics Recycling Show Middle East and Africa (PRS MEA) unfolded from September 5th to 7th, 2023, at the Dubai World Trade Center, marking a significant milestone in advancing the plastics recycling landscape for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market. Hosted in Dubai, a hub for rapid growth in recycling, the event brought together 98 exhibitors who showcased cutting-edge technologies and solutions geared towards promoting a circular and sustainable economy.

Organized by Media Fusion’s Managing Director, Taher Patrawala, in collaboration with Crain Communications, the PRS MEA aimed to foster a green future by highlighting the latest developments in plastics recycling from global leaders. The event served as a platform for the MEA market to witness the forefront of innovations in recycling solutions. Patrawala expressed his excitement about the region’s interest and emphasized Dubai’s central role in the dynamic recycling landscape. Plastics Recycling

Throughout the three-day event, attendees engaged with exhibitors who presented the latest trends and technologies in the plastics recycling industry, including insights into the bedding- and mattress-related recycling sector. The conference delved into crucial topics such as the current state and opportunities in the plastics recycling market, the collection and sorting landscape in MEA, chemical recycling’s impact on recyclable materials, and innovative solutions for sustainable food packaging to enhance circular economy practices.

A notable highlight was the Panel Discussion on ‘Transitioning to Circularity,’ where industry leaders, including Mustafa Bater from Coca-Cola Eurasia Middle East Operating Unit, emphasized their commitment to sustainability. The event also featured speakers from prominent organizations such as Unilever, PepsiCo, Veolia, Tetra Pak, Nestlé, Dow Chemical IMEA, and others. Plastics Recycling

Material focus sessions, a pivotal component of PRS conferences, included a Material Recycling Focus Session in Dubai. Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe, commended the success of the first PRS MEA edition, expressing enthusiasm about the collaboration between European recyclers’ expertise and the emerging recycling industry in the Middle East and Africa.

As a testament to its triumph, the PRS MEA drew thousands of visitors and international exhibitors, setting the stage for a follow-up event scheduled for September 2024. Matt Barber, reflecting on the success, underlined the event’s role in bringing together diverse industry stakeholders, making PRS MEA a crucial platform for advancing the global agenda of circular plastics.  Plastics Recycling

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Recycleye, Valorplast, and TotalEnergies use AI and computer vision to sort food-grade PP during mechanical recycling

Project OMNI – a research project directed by RecycleyeValorplast, and TotalEnergies that utilizes AI and machine learning to identify and separate food-grade polypropylene from household post-consumer waste – has led to ‘ground-breaking results’, the companies report.

Project OMNI is one of seven successful projects selected in Citeo’s call for projects in October 2020. It is said to have proven the viability of sorting food-grade polypropylene waste with AI, computer vision, and an ‘efficient’ decontamination process.

Using waste collected from five French locations by Valorplast, Recycleye built and trained an AI model; the AI and robotic sorting has apparently achieved a successful pick rate of 50% of the food-grade material and >95% purity. This material was further decontaminated on a semi-industrial pilot based on off-the-shelf mechanical recycling technologies, at which point TotalEnergies used it to produce recycled polypropylene for high-end packaging applications. Plastics Recycling

It is hoped that Project OMNI, the result of eighteen months of research, will facilitate ‘system-wide packaging changes’ and take steps towards circularity for polypropylene packaging.

“This project not only demonstrates how cutting-edge technology can improve material circularity, but also paves the way for a wider range of accessible applications for recycled polymers to serve our customers,” explained Nathalie Brunelle, senior vice president of Polymers at TotalEnergies. “It provides a concrete response to the challenge of managing end-of-life plastics, and fully supports our ambition of reaching 1 million tons of circular polymers.”

Victor Dewulf, CEO of Recycleye, continued: “We are extremely excited to see this successful application of our robust AI-powered sorting technology at a semi-industrial scale. This application opens the possibility of creating new markets for recycled plastics materials; ultimately changing the economics of recycling.”  Plastics Recycling


Recycleye, Valorplast, and TotalEnergies use AI and computer vision to sort food-grade PP during mechanical recycling

Clariant’s catalyst chosen for Shenghong’s new world-scale biodegradable plastics project

Clariant, a sustainability-focused specialty chemical company, today announced that it has been awarded a major contract by Jiangsu Shenghong Petrochemical Co., Ltd, to use Clariant’s SynDane 3142 LA catalyst for its new maleic anhydride (MA) production plant in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, said HydrocarbonprocessingPlastics Recycling

With a production capacity of 200,000 tons per year, the new plant slated for start of production in 2025, will be one of the largest production plants for MA worldwide.

The plant in Lianyungang will produce maleic anhydride as an intermediate product for polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), which in turn will function as a base product for biodegradable plastic. Using the SynDane catalyst, Shenghong Petrochemical will be able to improve production efficiency and reduce power consumption, leading to annual energy savings of up to 24 million CNY.
Xaver Karsunke, Head of Clariant Specialty Catalysts, commented: “Sustainability is at the heart of our company strategy to drive change by partnering with our customers to develop sustainable, efficient solutions.

We are excited to support Shenghong in this ambitious and important project to address the plastic waste problem and maximize their energy savings during MA production with our innovative SynDane catalyst.”  Plastics Recycling


Clariant’s catalyst chosen for Shenghong’s new world-scale biodegradable plastics project

MAP tray on 100 percent rPET creating a fully closed-loop packaging system

Sustainable packaging solution for fresh protein market

MAP tray made from 100 percent rPET for a sustainable, high-performance packaging, Photo: Klöckner Pentaplast

Klöckner Pentaplast (KP) has taken a remarkable step towards sustainable packaging design for the European fresh protein market with “kp Elite”, the MAP modified atmosphere tray made from 100 percent recycled PET (rPET), creating a fully closed-loop packaging system for the industry. At the heart of the new packaging is the only fully recyclable, lightweight tray made from a modified atmosphere mono-material that has been certified as 100 percent recyclable by the cross-industry Recy-Class initiative. “kp Elite” can be seamlessly integrated into existing PET recycling systems, setting a new standard for the end-to-end recyclability of protein packaging.  Plastics Recycling

The combination of the MAP tray with the new “kp Zapora padless” tray and the certified recyclable “kp FlexiLid EH 145 R” barrier film opens up new possibilities for sustainability in the protein sector and creates a fully recyclable, ready-to-box MAP solution from a single source.

Cecilia Guardado, Marketing Director, Trays, at Klöckner Pentaplast, comments: “By communicating ‘kp Elite’s’ closed loop credentials, we’re aiming to drive the fresh protein market further than ever before. Packaging circularity is one of the biggest challenges in the protein market, but when combined with our KP Tray2Tray initiative, ‘kp Elite’ takes a vital step forward in reducing waste and promoting a more resource-efficient protein packaging ecosystem.”  Plastics Recycling


MAP tray on 100 percent rPET creating a fully closed-loop packaging system

XRG Technologies and BayoTech announce partnership

XRG Technologies, a leader in fired equipment engineering and design, and BayoTech, a leader in hydrogen production, transportation, and storage solutions, have announced a new partnership to design and build a proprietary high performance reforming furnace.

In this next generation reformer design, XRG will utilise their combustion expertise and CFD modelling capabilities to tailor heat flux profiles to BayoTech’s proprietary reactor design, enabling more hydrogen production with the same energy input.

BayoTech is accelerating the hydrogen revolution through greater accessibility, starting with its first production plant in Missouri, US.

This next generation reformer furnace will be incorporated into future facilities as BayoTech establishes a network of localised hydrogen production hubs in the US. Producing on a small scale with proprietary technology, BayoTech’s goal is to make reliable, cost-effective, low-carbon hydrogen accessible today.  Plastics Recycling

XRG Technologies is focused on combining diverse expertise with advanced simulation tools to develop innovative combustion and heat transfer solutions, enabling the industry to achieve energy efficiency and environmental stewardship goals.

Tom Korb, XRG’s VP of Technology and Commercial Development, elaborated: “XRG is pleased to partner with BayoTech in our shared vision of making the hydrogen economy a reality. This partnership is especially productive because both companies operate with an innovation and first-mover mindset.  Plastics Recycling


XRG Technologies and BayoTech announce partnership

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