Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war 10-03-2022

Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

-ALPLA Group significantly expands its PET recycling capacity in Germany

The ALPLA Group has become one of the largest PET recycling companies in Germany. With the acquisition of the recycling company Texplast from the FROMM Group and all of its shares in the joint venture PET Recycling Team Wolfen, the international company will increase its annual processing volume in Germany to 75,000 tonnes of PET bottles.

ALPLA is strengthening its efforts in the German recycling industry. With the complete acquisition of Texplast, a company based in Bitterfeld-Wolfen and previously part of the FROMM Group, as well as the joint venture PET Recycling Team Wolfen, the international packaging solutions and recycling specialist is significantly expanding its capacities. With this, ALPLA is investing in the quality and availability of PET recyclate for the German ‘bottle-to-bottle’ cycle. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

Following the acquisition of BTB Recycling in October 2021, ALPLA increased its processing volumes in Germany to a total of around 75,000 tonnes of PET input. This includes 55,000 tonnes by Texplast and PET Recycling Team Wolfen and 20,000 tonnes by BTB. ‘Our goal is the cycle from bottle to bottle. We are stepping up our activities worldwide to meet growing demand for post-consumer recyclate. This investment will strengthen our position in the German market and guarantee high quality and availability of the material for our customers,’ ALPLA CEO Philipp Lehner explains.

Continuation of a successful collaboration

Texplast, founded in 1992, produces PET pellets and flakes from used PET bottles. The pellets are primarily used for preforms for new PET bottles. The colourful PET flakes produced during the process are used by the packaging manufacturer FROMM to produce packing strap. However, the focus has increasingly shifted towards the bottle cycle in recent years. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

“The long-term, and successful, collaboration with the FROMM Group was the perfect basis for this development. The acquisition enabled us to increase our capacity quickly and efficiently. And this will also help us to secure production for both sides in the future,’ says Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA.

ALPLA Group significantly expands its PET recycling capacity in Germany

-PC yarn prices decline, but PSF may rise in north India

Polyester-cotton (PC) yarn prices decline in north India’s knitwear hub of Ludhiana on Saturday due to slower demand and cheaper cotton. However, prices of polyester spun fibre (PSF), a raw material for polyester yarn, are expected to increase this week. Prices of acrylic yarn remained stable on Saturday after seeing a rise in the previous two days. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

PC yarn prices decreased by ₹5-15 per kg on Saturday in north India, according to market sources. It was due to fabric and garment manufacturers not being active for fresh buying as they are facing uncertain demand scenario. In addition, summer demand from local market is also not yet visible. Otherwise also, demand of PC fabric and garments remains subdued in summer season as buyers prefer cotton garments.

Cheaper cotton was also a reason for lower PC yarn prices, as production cost came down, a trader told Fibre2Fashion.

Meanwhile, PSF prices remained unchanged despite high crude oil prices. However, PSF prices are expected to go up by ₹3 per kg this week, as the price of raw material – melt – increased by ₹5 per kg due to higher crude oil prices. Traders feel that volatility in crude oil prices has dented confidence in textile market.

In Ludhiana, the country’s most prominent man-made yarn market, 30 count PC combed yarn (48/52) was sold at of ₹ 275-295 per kg, 30 count PC carded yarn (65/35) was priced at ₹245-250 per kg, and 20 count PC (recycled) yarn O/E (40/60) was traded at ₹223-225 per kg. Acrylic NM (2/48) was priced at ₹350-355 per kg, while Acrylic NM (2/32) at ₹290-295 per kg.  Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

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The Tex-Style project coordinated by the Fiat Research Center promises repercussions in the automotive, clothing and furnishing accessories sectors.
The Fiat Research Center (CRF) coordinates the Tex-Style project with the aim of producing fabrics with integrated electronics for the interior upholstery of cars, using for this purpose carbon fiber recycled from industrial scraps.
ENEA participates in the project, which has developed a process for the production of electrically conductive yarn based on carbon fiber waste, whose properties can be exploited in the production of fabrics and electronic circuits.
Using the hi-tech yarn developed in the laboratories of the ENEA Research Center in Brindisi in collaboration with the University of Bergamo, it will be possible to create, for example, a heating system integrated in the internal upholstery of seats and armrests or cabling integrated with the external electronics to perform certain functions, such as turning on the lights inside the vehicle.
To achieve this, the researchers adapted one of the traditional spinning processes to be able to process waste carbon fiber, mainly from the industrial and aerospace sectors.Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war
In the ENEA laboratories, yarns with different percentages of carbon and polyester fibers were tested to optimize electrical conductivity and workability. “A high presence of carbon fiber in the yarn guarantees superior electrical properties, but makes processing more difficult – explains Flavio Caretto, researcher at the ENEA laboratory of functional materials and technologies for sustainable applications and project manager for the Agency -.
We had to find a compromise between the percentage of the fiber mix and the quality of the semi-finished products. The tests we conducted in the laboratory suggested that the mixing percentage that guarantees the yarn the best properties are 40% carbon fiber and 60% polyester. The next step will be to transfer our innovation from the laboratory to the industry “. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

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-Swiss Clariant suspends business with Russia, equivalent to 2% of total sales

Clariant has suspended all business with Russia with immediate effect after the country’s “intolerable acts of violence” in Ukraine, the Switzerland-headquartered chemicals producer said at the weekend. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

Clariant operates a sales office and a laboratory in Russia which contributes “approximately” 2% of total sales, said the company.

Clariant’s total sales in 2020 amounted to Swiss francs (Swfr) 3.86bn or around $4.2bn, which means its sales to Russia translate to around Swfr77m.

The company delayed the publication of its 2021 financial results after disclosing that it had opened an internal investigation into its accounting.

“We strongly oppose Russia’s war against the Ukraine and support the vote of the UN General Assembly that the Russian government must immediately stop the aggression, withdraw its troops, and abide by the rules of the UN Charter,” said Clariant’s CEO, Conrad Keijzer.

“Our thoughts are with our 146 employees and their families in Ukraine and we are doing everything in our power to support them. We join them in hoping that this brutal violence will end soon.” Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

-Beaulieu Fibres International offering efficiency solutions for the filtration industry at Filtech 2022

  • Visit Stand R12 Hall 7 for innovative polypropylene mono-component and bi-component fibres
  • Spotlight on co-development to increase efficiency at affordable cost
  • Discover our pilot line in Terni, Italy, reducing development cycles and accelerating new product commercialisation

Beaulieu Fibres International is heading to Filtech set on fostering collaborative product development to address the industry’s increasing clean air and energy management priorities. The leading European polyolefin and BICO fibre supplier is exhibiting at Europe’s largest filtration event for the first time (Hall 7 Stand R12).

“The market is constantly looking for new solutions that help to improve air quality and increase the quality of food and industrial liquids, in an energy efficient way. Improving filter efficiency with a low pressure drop is a key challenge in this constant process of setting new standards, and we are very excited about the capabilities of our polypropylene fibres to bring innovation to this area. It’s a big focus for our R&D teams,” comments Jefrem Jennard, Sales Director Industrial Fibres, Beaulieu Fibres International. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

“Close collaboration and co-development are so important for quickly and effectively targeting emerging needs. Filtech will provide an excellent platform for kick-starting conversations with visitors and exploring possibilities to benefit a whole host of applications.”

Beaulieu Fibres International offers an extensive range of mono-component and bi-component polypropylene (PP) fibres for air and liquid filtration. The company continues to develop and grow the market for food contact filtration and is committed to extending its fibres’ potential to improve filtration efficiency in air filtration markets. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

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-Mattress Recycling Council achieves 10 million mattresses recycled since 2015

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has achieved 10 million recycled mattresses through its statewide programs in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. As a result of this work, more than 380 million pounds of steel, foam, fibre, and wood have been diverted from landfills and recycled into new products. To be even more effective in recycling its next 10 million mattresses, MRC has undertaken research to promote product circularity in the mattress industry and improve mattress collection and recycling processes. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

“Since our first program launched in 2015, MRC has provided residents with highly accessible recycling services, diverted many thousands of tons of recyclable materials from the waste stream and created hundreds of green jobs. In addition, our Bye Bye Mattress consumer education effort has informed residents why mattress recycling is important and how to do it correctly,” said Mike O’Donnell, MRC’s managing director. “We share this achievement with the mattress manufacturers, retailers, recyclers, state, and local officials, research partners and countless others who have collaborated with MRC to make this milestone possible.”

The MRC’s mattress recycling infrastructure

To create its statewide collection networks in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, MRC leverages existing solid waste infrastructure to obtain mattresses from waste haulers, landfills, transfer stations, and public works yards, as well as mattress retailers, businesses, and institutions that dispose of mattresses, such as hotels, colleges, and nursing homes. Recycled-carbon-fibers – Ukraine-war

MRC also collaborates with local leaders, nonprofit organizations, and community-based groups through local collection events.

Mattress Recycling Council achieves 10 million mattresses recycled since 2015

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