Polymers Petrochemicals Circular Economy 23-03-2019 - Arhive

INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT) and Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou) Co.Ltd -INVISTA’s technology and licensing group, have agreed for the licensing of INVISTA’s latest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process technology. Polymers Petrochemicals Renewable Packaging

Pan-Asia will avail of INVISTA’s P8 PTA technology at a scale of 1.25 million metric tonnes per year.

The plant is to be built in Jizan Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

This project paved the way for INVISTA’s first technology license in the Middle East.

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Cosmo Films will showcase its range of speciality printing substrates at the upcoming International Printing Technology Exhibition of China, popularly known as Print China, scheduled to take place from 9-13 April in Dongguan city, Guangdong Province, China.

The products on display would include new versions of synthetic paper, namely high tear-resistance paper and both sides coated paper along with premium lamination films, pressure-sensitive label films and speciality packaging films.

The synthetic paper is a co-extruded, white opaque, polypropylene-based film which resembles paper in appearance. It is printable with most available printing technologies. It can be used as replacement of paper in applications where durability and longevity is desired. It is non-tearable, has moisture and chemical resistance and excellent lay flatness.

The perception of it being a largely vegetarian country notwithstanding, meat production in India is estimated to be around 6.3 million tonnes, which makes it the fifth largest producer of meat in the world. As of 2016, India exported US$ 5 billion of meat per year. By 2022, the Indian meat market is estimated to touch US$ 65 billion as compared to US$ 31 billion in 2018 which indicates a CAGR of 20%.

According to Central Pollution Study board, India produces 26,000 tonnes of plastic every day. Data provided by FICCI confirms that the plastic packaging industry in India is worth US$ 32 billion.

At Texprocess, international exhibitors will present the latest machines, plants, processes and services for the manufacture of garments and textile and flexible materials from 14 to 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, takes place at the same time as Texprocess.

In Frankfurt, international manufacturers of technologies, accessories and services for garment manufacture and textile processing meet with processors of textile materials from all over the world. At Texprocess 2017, 13,718 visitors from 109 countries came to find out about the new developments in the processing of textile and flexible materials offered by 312 exhibitors from 35 countries.

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) – Budget needs are forcing Saudi Arabia to push for oil prices of at least $70 per barrel this year, industry sources say, even though U.S. shale oil producers could benefit and Riyadh’s share of global crude markets might be further eroded.

Riyadh, OPEC’s de facto leader, said it was steeply cutting exports to its main customers in March and April despite refiners asking for more of its oil.

Biogreen, India’s first biotechnology company, is tackling plastic pollution by producing 100% compostable and biodegradable products.

Founded by Mohammed Sadiq and a group of environmental entrepreneurs, the company launched in India in March 2018.

The idea came about as a result of the plastic pollution overriding Sadiq’s home city, Bengaluru, and the need for a solution.

All of the products Biogreen creates are made from natural starch, vegetable waste and other organic matter   Polymers Petrochemicals Renewable Packaging

On the eve of World Water Day, which falls on March 22, the Czech branch of the environmental organisation Greenpeace published an alarming report on the presence of micro-plastics in Czech rivers. According to the study, plastic fibres were found in all ten samples taken from the Vltava and Elbe Rivers.

“In September 2018 we took 10 samples of surface water from different locations on the Labe-Vltava water system. We took six samples in Prague and in Ústí nad Labem and one sample in Hřensko where the Labe crosses the Czech border to Germany.

“All the samples were sent to the Greenpeace research laboratories at the University of Exeter for analysis for the presence of micro-plastics and fibres.”

Photo: © Will Rose / Greenpeace

North American commodity resins squeezed some action into the short month of February, with prices for PVC and PET bottle resin both going up, while polypropylene prices declined.

Regional PVC prices moved up an average of 2 cents per pound for the month, while PET ticked up 1 cent and PP slid 1.5 cents. Prices for all grades of polyethylene and solid polystyrene in the region were flat for the month.

The 2-cent PVC hike was the result of higher prices in the export market, one market source told Plastics News. Higher demand from the construction market and low resin inventories also played a role in the increase.

Photo by Engel Austria Machine assembly at the Engel factory in Schwertberg

While visiting the Schwertberg headquarters of injection moulding machinery producer Engel Austria on 7 March, Plastics News Europe discussed company results and the market situation for injection moulding machinery with Engel chief sales officer (CSO) Dr Christoph Steger.

According to Steger, Engel will exceed 2017 results by several percent in 2018, adding “It will be positive, but we see a significant degree of global weakening, although it varies from one industry to another”.

The fourth edition of MeetingPack, a significant technology event on innovation in plastic materials and food and beverage barrier packaging, will take place on 29 and 30 May under the theme ‘Sustainability trends in barrier packaging: towards Objective H2030’.

Organised by AIMPLAS and AINIA, MeetingPack2019 will discuss sustainable solutions for food and beverage plastic packaging with more than 300 value chain experts expected. From material, packaging and machinery manufacturers to certification bodies, recyclers, food manufacturers and supply companies will attend the event.

Starlinger recycling technology, a division of Austria-based Starlinger, has established a partnership to install recoSTAR PET recycling lines at food-grade rPET producer CarbonLITE Recycling’s new facility in Pennsylvania at the end of this year.

Starlinger recoSTAR PET recycling lines will have a combined production capacity of 5.4t/h as well as process-washed and sorted flakes into food-grade rPET.

What YOU can do to help save the aquatic environment

Imagine this, you are a sea turtle who is swimming frantically in the ocean because the home you have established for yourself is taken over by floating bottles, trash, and other plastic items. Where are you and your family supposed to live now? How can you suffice in an environment of immense toxicity? Most importantly, how do humans – the ones who caused this, fix this appalling issue?

If you’re reading this article while drinking out of a plastic bottle, sipping from a straw, or using a plastic fork to eat your meal, you may want to consider something. About 100,000 marine creatures die from plastic entanglement or interaction yearly. If that statistic doesn’t give you chills, I’m not sure what will.

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