Polyester Film Biobased Composite 07-10-2021

Polyester Film Biobased Composite

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-LANXESS : 100% biobased composite

  • LANXESS launches full biocomposite
  • Combination of polylactic acid and flax fabrics
  • Lightweight design with good strength and stiffness
  • Appealing natural carbon fiber look

Sustainability is an essential part of how LANXESS does business. It is centered primarily on climate protection, energy efficiency, and the circular economy. The company is forging ahead with efforts to use bio-based and renewable raw materials to conserve resources and ensure that its own production processes are no longer reliant on fossil sources. One good example of this is a new product in the Tepex range of continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites. “We have combined fabrics made from natural flax fibers with bio-based polylactic acid as a matrix material and thereby developed a composite manufactured entirely from natural resources. We are now able to produce it to a level of quality suitable for large-scale production,” explains Dr. Stefan Seidel, head of Tepex research and development at LANXESS.

Low-density flax fibers

Flax fibers have a significantly lower density than glass fibers. The composites made with these fibers are thus noticeably lighter in weight than their glass-fiber-reinforced counterparts. The flax fibers are used in the form of continuous-fiber reinforced fabrics.

LANXESS : 100% biobased composite

Demonstrator component with polylactic acid matrix and fabric reinforcement based on flax fibers. The component surface features a brownish bio-carbon appearance, which originates from the flax fibers. Photo: LANXESS

-MCC to Invest 110 Million Euros in Polyester Film Production

The capacity of Mitsubishi Chemical’s polyester film production in Wiesbaden, Germany, is to be expanded. The company invests approximately 110 million euros in a new production line.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced the expansion of polyester film production capacity at its affiliate, Mitsubishi Polyester Film in Wiesbaden, Germany. The group will invest approximately 110 million euros in a new production line, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2024. This is the third investment by MCC in the global polyester film business since 2018. It follows the opening of a new production line in South Carolina USA in 2018 and an investment in a new production line in Jakarta, Indonesia, with planned start up in 2022.

In recent years, the global market growth rate for polyester film has been about five percent, and MFE has responded to growing customer demand by procuring polyester film from other MCC Group companies while efficiently operating existing facilities.

In recent years, the global market growth rate for polyester film has been about five percent, and MFE has responded to growing customer demand by procuring polyester film from other MCC Group companies while efficiently operating existing facilities.

As demand is expected to grow steadily in the future, the company plans to install this new production line at MFE with a capacity of 27,000/tonnes per year, establishing it as one of the world’s largest production facilities for high performance polyester films.

MCC to Invest 110 Million Euros in Polyester Film Production

-Clariant will increase prices for Pigments & Pigment Preparations for Quinacridones

Global price increase effective October 6th, 2021

Powder Pigments

  • Prices will rise by 11,00 USD/Kg for all PR122 and PV19 grades with country of origin China
  • Prices will rise by 9,00 USD/Kg for PR122 – all other grades
  • Prices will rise by 13,25 USD/Kg for PV19 – all other grades

Preparations

Prices will increase based on the specific pigment content

Muttenz, October 5, 2021 – Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced global price increases across its Quinacridone product portfolio.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

The increases will become effective October 6, 2021. The price increases are necessary to recover significant on-going cost increases for one of the key raw materials to manufacture Quinacridones (PR122 and PV19).

The unprecedented price surge of yellow phosphorous and consequently polyphosphoric acid in recent weeks caused by energy quotas in China, forces us to announce price increases for our Quinacridone pigments with immediate effect.

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-New polymer material for the packaging industry

A team of Indian scientists has developed an environment-friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable polymer that could be used as a packaging material for products that may be exposed to harsh environmental conditions.

The polymer has been produced using guar gum and chitosan, a polysaccharide that is obtained from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish, including crab, lobster, and shrimp. Polyester Film Biobased Composite

It has been found to have high water stability and mechanical strength, and excellent resistance to harsh environmental conditions.

Polysaccharides are biopolymers with high potential for use in the synthesis of packaging material. However, they are not preferred as they have several drawbacks such as low mechanical properties, high water-solubility, and low barrier properties.

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-Indorama Ventures Public : partners with Kasetsart University’s Office of Computer Services to Continue the KU Green Office Initiative for the Second Year

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a world-class sustainable chemical company, collaborated with the Office of Computer Services at Kasetsart University to make progress on the “KU Green Office” project, an environmentally-friendly initiative that has been continuing for two consecutive years. The initiative aims to provide education on waste separation and recycling management by hosting online training for professors and personnel.

The partnership continues following the company’s support of sorting bins and KU Green Application development in the previous year to promote sustainable waste management.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

Yash Lohia, Chief Sustainability Officer at Indorama Ventures, said, “IVL aims to be a world-class sustainable chemical company. We are currently the world’s largest PET producer and recycler. We are aware of the importance of PET bottle recycling. Therefore, we would like to encourage all sectors to participate in building a circular economy. Since 2011 to present, we have recycled more than 67 billion PET bottles globally and processed them into recycled PET (rPET) resins, yarns and fibers. The rPET products help tackle the problem of plastic waste management effectively and practically promote the circular economy

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-A shift in China’s fiscal policy is affecting Asia’s oil product trade – Today in Energy

US Energy Information Administration Chart, Based on Global Trade Tracker Data

In June this year, China implemented a new excise tax policy that affects imports of two fuels: mixed aromatics, which were mixed with gasoline, and light cycle oil, which was mixed with diesel. These components were previously exempt from China’s excise tax. This new policy has reduced China’s imports of these products and its exports of petroleum products.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

China increased its imports of light cycle oil and mixed aromatics in 2020 and the first half of 2021, before these products were subject to excise tax. Once the tax took effect, Chinese light-cycle oil imports declined from an average of 390,000 barrels per day (b / d) in the first six months of 2021 to 20,000 b / d in July and 30,000 b / d. in August, the first two full months after the policy change. Similarly, Chinese mixed aromatics imports fell from an average of 170,000 b / d in the first six months of 2021 to 70,000 b / d in July and 30,000 b / d in August.

A shift in China’s fiscal policy is affecting Asia’s oil product trade – Today in Energy

-Ontario recycler EFS-plastics acquires custom blow moulding specialist Exi-Plast

Move prompted by provincial policy and industry commitments to Canadian circular economy for plastics

EFS-plastics Inc., a post-consumer plastic recycler based in Listowel, Ontario, has acquired Exi-Plast Custom Moulding, a plastic manufacturer with a focus on custom blow moulding services, located in Huron, Ontario. According to the companies, the acquisition increases the market strength and stability of both organizations, which provide over 110 jobs in Huron and Perth Counties, Ontario. Both will continue to operate under their organizational structures and will build on their existing base of valued suppliers and customers.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

“Having worked closely with EFS as a supplier since 2016, it felt natural for Exi-Plast to join the EFS Group of Companies,” said Exi-Plast President, Jeffrey Lang. “With EFS’s backing, we are looking forward to increasing our production capacity and upgrading equipment over the next several months.”

The acquisition of Exi-Plast fits into EFS’s mission to reduce plastic waste by replacing the use of virgin plastic with high-quality, low-carbon recycled plastic. By purchasing Exi-Plast, EFS can directly manufacture finished products with high levels of post-consumer recycled plastic for its customers. Given the commitments made by brands and the Canadian federal government to increase their use of post-consumer recycled plastic, this enhanced vertical integration will allow EFS to recycle higher volumes of plastic collected from Canadian households.

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-Covestro and Interseroh to jointly establish value-adding cycles

  • The goal is a resource-efficient circular economy

Materials manufacturer Covestro and the environmental service provider Interseroh, a company of ALBA Group, intend to cooperate in the field of innovative recycling of plastic waste. This includes resistant plastic products made from Covestro materials, such as polyurethanes and polycarbonates. Therefore, the two partners have recently signed a memorandum of understanding. Polyester Film Biobased Composite

For this reason, Interseroh intends to source and prepare the relevant materials derived from the end-of-life products and distribute them to Covestro for re-integration into the raw materials cycle; Covestro intends to use these end-of-life raw materials as feedstock leveraging their reycling expertise to turn plastic waste into high quality raw materials so as to close the loop.

“Our cooperation with Interseroh is an important milestone for the convergence of the chemical and recycling industries with the aim of building new value cycles for the circular economy,” says Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann.

Covestro and Interseroh to jointly establish value-adding cycles

-Magna terminates merger agreement with Swedish tech company Veoneer

The auto parts company says it waived a four-day matching period to make a counter-proposal after an offer by Qualcomm was ruled to be a superior proposal.

Magna International Inc. is terminating its merger agreement deal to buy Swedish tech company Veoneer Inc. after its offer was topped by chip maker Qualcomm Inc.

In an Oct. 4 news release, the Aurora, Ont.-based automotive parts company says it waived a four-day matching period to make a counter-proposal after the Qualcomm offer was ruled to be a superior proposal.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

Magna announced a deal to buy Veoneer in July for US$31.25 per share for a total value of US$3.8 billion. However, Qualcomm stepped in with an offer of US$37 per share for a total value of about US$4.5 billion.

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-Eastman completes acquisition of Matrix Films and Premiumshield

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.) has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Matrix Films, LLC and its UK affiliate, PremiumShield Limited, marketer of PremiumShield performance films, including its extended line of automotive film patterns.  Polyester Film Biobased Composite

“The completion of this acquisition is another step in Eastman’s commitment to being a leading innovator and service partner for paint protection and window film professional installers,” says Erin Bernhardt, general manager of Eastman’s Performance Films business. “We’re extremely excited to add the PremiumShield team, assets, and dealer base to our Eastman Performance Films team.”

Eastman completes acquisition of Matrix Films and Premiumshield

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