Polymers PET Petrochemicals sustainability 07-01-2019
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The Texas-based consortium that bought the former INEOS and Ocean Spray processing site almost a year ago is ready to move forward with developing it into an industrial “eco district.” The first step, however, is getting rid of unneeded land and equipment.
David Frankens, president of Texas-based Frankens Energy, bought the plant in December 2017, promising to return jobs to the complex and create an “eco district” that integrates environmentally friendly businesses such as recycling, solar energy and mulch production.
Frankens said he planned to invest about $200 million into the plant on 74th Avenue Southwest near the Indian River County landfill.
Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. has announced that Corpus Christi Polymers LLC (CC Polymers), a joint venture (JV) among certain subsidiaries of Alpek, Indorama Ventures Holding, and Far Eastern Investment (Holding) Ltd, has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of the Corpus Christi Project from M&G USA Corp. and its affiliated debtors for an aggregate amount of US$1.199 billion in cash and other capital contributions.
The Corpus Christi Project assets include the integrated PTA-PET plant under construction in Corpus Christi, Texas, US, certain M&G intellectual property, and a desalination/boiler plant providing water and steam to the site.
Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have recorded, for the first time, the “temporal coherence” of a graphene qubit—meaning how long it can maintain a special state that allows it to represent two logical states simultaneously. The demonstration, which used a new kind of graphene-based qubit, represents a critical step forward for practical quantum computing, the researchers say.
Superconducting quantum bits (simply, qubits) are artificial atoms that use various methods to produce bits of quantum information, the fundamental component of quantum computers. Similar to traditional binary circuits in computers, qubits can maintain one of two states corresponding to the classic binary bits, a 0 or 1. But these qubits can also be a superposition of both states simultaneously, which could allow quantum computers to solve complex problems that are practically impossible for traditional computers.
Starbucks’ move away from plastic drinking straws is just one example of how companies moved slightly closer to circular models in 2018.
In their book released in the summer of 2018, corporate responsibility veterans David Grayson, Chris Coulter and Mark Lee predicted a “Regenerative Era” of business. “We believe that as we get closer to 2025, there will be a critical mass of companies committing to a circular economy or closed-loop approach to business,” they wrote in “All In: The Future of Business Leadership.”
The financial incentive is great: The worldwide circular economy has the potential to generate $4.5 trillion in additional economic output by 2030, the global accountancy Accenture estimates. Even reaching a 75 percent waste diversion rate could create 1.1 million new jobs by 2030 in the U.S. alone, according to 2018 research.
Commission, member states should ‘fully explore’ options to boost circular economy funding
Hazardous substances should be “completely removed” from plastic products by 2025, the EU Committee of Regions (CoR) has said in an opinion on the European Commission’s plastics strategy.
According to the Committee, this would be necessary in order to make all plastic products and packaging recyclable by that date.
The Committee of Regions is an advisory body made up of representatives of local or regional authorities in the EU. It issues opinions on proposed legislation and agrees on resolutions for further action by the European Union.
According to the EU plastics strategy, published in January last year, by 2025 some 10m tonnes of plastics should be recycled.
However, the presence of hazardous chemicals in recycled materials poses a challenge for a ‘clean’ circular economy.
Reuse of materials is a significant global goal that contributes to sustainable development. Polymer-specific plastic identification from the waste stream is examined in this study to achieve environmentally optimistic reuse of plastic material in secondary applications. Two diverse waste streams, 86.11 kg of construction and demolition waste (CDW) plastic and 57.74 kg of mechanically sorted plastic, were analyzed by using a handheld tool whose identification technology was based on the near-infrared spectrum. The study indicates a significant effect of human and single fraction on manual separation. The polymer composition in the plastic waste stream varied depending on the source, but the most common plastic grades, polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), were represented in every waste stream.
A $1.1 billion joint venture between three polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET) manufacturers, which the federal government charged would violate antitrust laws, has been restructured as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
According to the FTC, Alpek S.A.B de C.V. (DAK), Indorama Ventures Plc and Far Eastern New Century (FENC) formed Corpus Christi Polymers LLC (CCP) as a joint venture company in order to bid on a PET production facility owned by M&G, which was up for bankruptcy.
Plastics Recycling Inc. applies for a permit for a facility in Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has announced that Indianapolis-based Plastics Recycling Inc. has submitted an application for a new source construction and a Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (FESOP). If approved by IDEM’s Office of Air Quality (OAQ), the proposed permit would allow the company to construct and operate a stationary plastics recycling plant in the state.
On its website, Plastics Recycling Inc. describe itself as a recycler of polystyrene and other materials that acts as a source for virgin material alternatives for manufacturers. The company says it can “shred, grind, and refine parts, purges, dunnage and other items through [its] recycling systems.”
Two Iranian knowledge-based firms have managed to produce and export Nano-Antibacterial towels to Iraq and Canada.
Being built on the technical know-how of Nanoparticles, the towels are capable of removing bacterium and fungus without triggering any type of skin allergy.
“To produce the towels, the Iranian scientists have used Silver Nanoparticles,” Hasan Eslahi, one of the members of the Iranian scientific team which has produced the towels was quoted as saying in a report by ISNA.
People living on the Dutch islands of Vlieland and Terschelling got some bonus Christmas presents when a Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) container ship lost 270 containers in the North Sea. According to a news report in the Wall Street Journal, “everything from flat-screen televisions and car parts to Ikea furniture, shoes and toys” washed up on the islands’ beaches, resulting in a mad scramble by residents to collect the free goods.
The MSC Zoe, one of the world’s biggest cargo ships, spilled the containers just off the German Island of Borkum. Geneva-based MSC said it hired a salvage company to handle the “substantial spill.”
Biodiesel derived from oil crops and animal fats has been developed as a promising carbon-neutral alternative to petroleum fuels in the transport sector, but the compatibility between biodiesel/petroleum diesel and polymer components in the automotive fuel system has not been free from controversy.
In this present study, the degradation of polyamide 12 (PA12), one of the most common polymers used in vehicle fuel systems, has been investigated after exposure to petroleum diesel, biodiesel and a mixture of these (20 vol.% of biodiesel/80 vol.% petroleum diesel).
Tells industry to discard outdated technology and modernize its machinery to be globally competitive..
The Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu today asked the textile industry to develop a culture of innovation and tap newer markets so that India’s exports share in the global market could increase.
Addressing the outreach event on ‘Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textile Sector’, Vice President said that India’s export performance has been not up to expectations for a variety of reasons. “It cannot be business as usual and the industry has to rise to the occasion and ensure that the share of India’s exports reach double digits from approximately 5 per cent at present. You need to diversify your products and tap newer markets”, he advised the industry.
Borouge, a leading petrochemicals company that provides innovative, value creating plastics solutions, will disclose its current and future expansion projects and re-emphasize its partnerships that contribute to supporting the local industry while participating as a Strategic Partner at ArabPlast 2019, the largest plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry trade show in the MENA region being held in Dubai on January 5-8, 2019.
Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, inaugurated ArabPlast 2019 and visited Borouge’s stand where he met with the company’s leadership and teams and was introduced to Borouge’s solutions on display and how they add value to business as well as to society.
As new research on the production, life cycle, and impacts of plastic debris become available, Surfrider Foundation continues to assemble this list of credible plastic pollution statistics and figures, sourced mainly from peer-reviewed, published studies. Though many of the figures are estimates, their approved calculation methodologies are provided in the cited literature.
The more we learn, the more it becomes clear that the issue of marine and coastal plastic pollution is severe and widespread. Fortunately, the education and engagement of passionate coastal defenders, citizens, and community members can help stop the flow of plastic at the source, by switching to reusables and supporting legislation that bans the production and use of single-use plastic.
Devan Chemicals, developer of finishing technologies for textiles, will show its latest health and wellness solutions at the Heimtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany. Heimtextil, the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, will be held from January 8-11, 2019, at the Messe Frankfurt, where Devan will be seen in booth B28, hall 11.0.
Millions of people suffer from insomnia, insufficient sleep or other sleep disorders. Revitalising the body through sleep is vital for all. To help, Devan has now added cannabidiol, or CBD, to its R-Vital sleep-promoting range of microencapsulated active ingredients that enhance textiles with anti-oxidative effects. This rich CBD tincture or extract has a balancing effect that helps facilitate a good night’s sleep, Devan said.