Polymers Petrochemicals Textile ITMA 22-06-2019

-Workers at a Faurecia parts plant here ended a strike after nine hours when the UAW and the company announced a tentative contract agreement. 

The factory, which employs 1,900 members of UAW Local 892, supplies interior parts to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor and Tesla, the union said.

Workers were told to report for the afternoon shift at 3 p.m. EDT. The UAW scheduled a town hall meeting with members in Saline, about 45 miles west of Detroit, Friday morning. Workers were told they will receive terms of the agreement on Monday and a ratification vote would take place later next week.  Polymers Petrochemicals Textile ITMA

Polymers Petrochemicals Textile ITMA

-RadiciGroup recognised for sustainability initiatives

The sustainability team of RadiciGroup has been honoured for their excellence in work by Confindustria Bergamo, the chief manufacturing and service industries association in Italy, at a recent function.

The awards were in recognition of the workers of member companies as models of excellence for their professionalism and dedication to work.

RadiciGroup recognised for sustainability initiatives

-TAITRA: “Taiwan ‘Smart’ Machinery Leads Textile Industry”

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

Taiwan’s textile industry is attracting international attention. Global brands such as Nike, Adidas or Uniqlo use Taiwanese functional, 70% of the international market. According to Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), the export value of textile machinery from January to December 2018 was 1.02 billion US dollars, which was up nearly 1% from last year.

Seven Taiwanese textile companies with TAITRA have showcased their intelligent/smart textile machinery and innovative solutions at ITMA 2019. Here are some of the Taiwanese innovations that were presented. Polymers Petrochemicals Textile ITMA

TAITRA Taiwan Smart Machinery Leads Textile Industry

-LyondellBasell and Neste produce bio-based plastic for food packaging

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LyondellBasell and Neste have produced bio-based polypropylene and low-density polyethylene at commercial scale.

The partnership produced several thousand tonnes of the bio-based products at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling facility using Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons, which are derived from sustainable raw materials such as waste and residue oils.

The materials are marketed under Circulen and Circulen Plus, respectively, and have received approval for use in food packaging.

LyondellBasell and Neste produce bio-based plastic for food packaging

-AIMPLAS, EuPC and PCE host extrusion workshop

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is organising a training course in collaboration with European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and Polymer Comply Europe (PCE) on the production of flexible semi-finished products using extrusion technologies.

The course will be held on 24 September 2019 in Brussels.

The workshop is aimed at company technical staff members interested in strengthening their knowledge of extrusion processes, control processes and technologies for the production of flexible semi-finished products.Polymers Petrochemicals Textile ITMA

AIMPLAS, EuPC and PCE host extrusion workshop

-Eurozone manufacturing output remains weak in June

Economic growth in the Eurozonehas remained subdued, reaching a seven-monthhigh despite the declining output frommanufacturers, analysts at IHS Markit said onFriday.

The flash eurozonecomposite purchasing managers’ index (PMI) roseto 52.1 in June, rising for the secondconsecutive month up from 51.8 in May and thehighest point since November.

Any growth was tempered by poor performance inthe manufacturing sector. The manufacturing PMIticked up month on month to 47.8 – stillindicating contraction – and the manufacturingPMI outlook index hit a two-month low droppingto 48.8.

Eurozone manufacturing

-Braskem’s US PP plant escapes effects of refinery fire inPhiladelphia

A refinery fire inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, US, has had noeffect on Braskem’s operations in the state,the Brazilian polyolefins producer said onFriday.

Braskem owns a polypropylene (PP) plant southof the refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania.It has two lines that each produce 207,000tonnes/year. A lotof the propylene for the PP lines comesfrom a splitter that Braskem bought in2012. That splitter is also in Marcus Hook.

Thefire started earlier in the day atPhiladelphia Energy Solutions. The complex hadthree separate explosions, affecting therefinery’s alkylation unit, the company said.

Alkylation units use propylene and isobutane toproduce alkylate, a high-octane blendstock.

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