Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals 01-06-2021

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-Repsol advances in the construction of its UHMWPE plant

Repsol reports that it has completed the conceptual engineering and approved the Front End Loading (FEL) phase for its project to build a plant to produce the “superpolymer”, UHMWPE.

Repsol has completed the conceptual engineering phase of the new ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) plant that the company plans to build in Puertollano (Ciudad Real).

After the completion of the aforementioned phase, the FEL phase will now begin, which will determine the investment required to build the plant. The final decision on the commissioning of the future facility will be known before the end of this year 2021.

Recall that last October 2020, Repsol signed a technology license agreement with dsm to build the first plant in the Iberian Peninsula capable of manufacturing UHMWPE in its industrial complex in Puertollano (Spain). The future ciudadrealeñas facilities will have an annual production capacity of 15 kilotonnes.

Repsol advances in the construction of its UHMWPE plant

-Sector focuses on PP technology to boost plastic recycling

A global multi-participant project has been launched to address polypropylene (PP) in the plastics recycling stream.

Data suggests that PP accounts for around 20% of the world’s plastic, mostly used in pots, tubs, trays and films for food packaging. Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

It is also prevalent in non-food household and personal care products, which complicates recycling the 700,000 tonnes per annum used in the UK alone.

PP packaging usually goes to waste-to-energy, landfill or is down-cycled into low-performance applications. Additionally, the absence of food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP) means that all PP food packaging is currently made from virgin plastics.

With the Plastic Packaging Tax due to come into effect next year, Nextek’s NEXTLOOPP project uses ‘commercially-proven’ technologies to separate food-grade PP using marker technologies.

Sector focuses on PP technology to boost plastic recycling

-How a B.C. company is diverting automotive plastic waste from landfill

But 80 million pounds of car plastic still end up in B.C. landfills each year

The B.C. government has given funding to a Burnaby recycling brand whose work diverts automotive plastic waste from landfills and turns it into new products.

Reclaim Plastics is a plastics processing company that works with large entities like businesses and municipalities to remove plastics from the waste system. Within the automotive realm, most of the plastic that ends up on Reclaim’s site is from the collision industry, which feeds materials from the ~850 car accidents that happen in the province each day. Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

As part of the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund, Reclaim Plastics has received $667,000 to help “scale up operations and allow it to recycle other automotive plastics that have not been abstracted to date.”

How a B.C. company is diverting automotive plastic waste from landfill

Recycling textile waste: ‘A solution exists, we can’t go backwards’

A world-first commercial plant designed to turn fabric into raw materials will also address the vast amounts of fast fashion heading for landfill

An Australian startup working on a process to recycle textiles by turning worn-out fabric into raw materials says it has funding to build a world-first commercial-scale plant in Queensland. Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

The federal government held a first national roundtable on textile waste on Wednesday – recognition of a piling-up problem that results in Australians discarding an estimated 780,000 tonnes of textile waste each year, according to a 2020 national waste report.

The problem is exacerbated by the lack of an effective recycling process. Studies show many large-scale garment recycling systems provide negligible benefits and can be as environmentally harmful as producing raw fabrics.

BlockTexx, an Australian company that has developed its process with researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, hopes it can help “close the loop” by diverting textiles from landfill, and at the same time replacing virgin material.

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-Krones: Wastewater treatment in plastics recycling

Recycling lines for plastics are the circular economy’s lynchpins – and as such make a vital contribution towards protecting our natural environment and economising on valuable resources. On the other hand, they also consume resources, chief among them water.  Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

Which goes to show: A recycling technology’s sustainability must not be assessed by the quality of its end-product alone. The processes used to make this product play an equally important role. As a manufacturer of recycling lines, Krones sees itself as bearing a particular responsibility for meeting both these sustainability criteria.

Sustainable product, sustainable process

The Group’s MetaPure technology recovers materials like PET bottles and polyolefin packages – in a quality enabling the recyclate obtained to be used in equivalent applications. In their work aimed at continuous system optimisation, the development people at Krones have now also been proactively examining the washing module’s water consumption.

Krones: Wastewater treatment in plastics recycling

-A surprised sharp decline in caprolactam

– Benzene prices dropped with bulk commodity market

– CPL saw heavy decline, downstream nylon prices followed down

– CPL-benzene margin squeezed significantly

– Reasons behind larger-than-expected CPL price drop

Benzene prices dropped with bulk commodity market

In the third week in May 2021, China’s rapidly rising commodity market started an overall downward adjustment, and prices in the energy and chemical industry also dropped quickly. Benzene and styrene prices declined heavily on May 13, and the decline continued this week. The drop came after that China’s regulators determined to control recent fast price rise in commodity market.

“On May 23, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, together with other four central departments, held a meeting on the rapid commodity price gains in 2021, warning key enterprises in the bulk commodity sector to maintain normal market order.  Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

The talks came after Premier Li Keqiang chaired the State Council’s Executive Meeting on Wednesday (May 19), calling for careful analysis of reasons for the recent spate of rapid commodity prices increases and adopting measures in a targeted and holistic approach to ensure the supply of commodities and keep their prices stable.”

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-U.S. Polyester Textured Yarn Producers Applaud U.S. Department Of Commerce’s Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations On Imports Of Polyester Textured Yarn From Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, And Vietnam

On May 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce Department”) announced that imports of polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are being unfairly sold below their fair value in the United States at the following margins.  Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals


Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Indonesia

Producer/Exporter         Preliminary

Dumping Rate (%)


  1. Asia Pacific Fibers Tbk 9.20

PT Polyfin Canggih           26.07 (AFA)

Mutu Gading     7.45

All Others           8.71

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Malaysia

Producer/Exporter         Preliminary

Dumping Rate (%)


Recron (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.       17.35

All Others           17.35

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Thailand

Producer/Exporter         Preliminary

Dumping Rate (%)


Jong Stit Co., Ltd.             56.08

Sunflag Thailand Ltd.      14.80

All Others           14.80

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Vietnam


Dumping Rate (%)

Century Synthetic Fiber Corporation       2.67

Nam Viet Produce Polyester Co., Ltd.     22.82 (AFA)

Vietnam-wide/All Others Rate   22.82

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will now begin collecting antidumping duties (AD) in the amount equal to the dumping cash deposits rates for imports from each country.  Importers will be required to post duty deposits at these AD rates on the date the preliminary determinations are published in the Federal Register (in approximately one week).  Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

These deposits will be collected until the Commerce Department and U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) conclude their investigations later this year. At that time, the duties could change.

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-Thai SCG’s Vietnam petrochemical complex 76% complete as of Q1

Siam Cement Group’s (SCG) Long Son Petrochemical (LSP) complex in Vietnam is 76% complete as of the first quarter of 2021, the Thai conglomerate said on Friday.

Installation of modular 2km-long pipe rack at hydrocarbon jetty and high-density polyethylene/polypropylene (HDPE/PP) plants was completed, it said in a presentation to investors.

SCG also cited “completion of navigation channel and installation of polyolefins reactors” at the site. Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

Construction of the $5.4bn complex in Vietnam’s Ba Ria-Vung Tao province started in the fourth quarter of 2018, with start-up expected in the first half of 2023.

The complex will have flexible-feed cracker with a 1.6m tonne/year olefins capacity, which will be able to take as much as 80% propane as feedstock for production.

Downstream polyolefins capacity will be 1.35m tonnes/year, according to SCG.

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-Indorama Ventures invests $82 million to upgrade India facility

The investment at the manufacturing site in Nagpur, India will also add a new PET resin manufacturing facility.

In a move that taps into one of its big strategic markets, global petrochemical producer Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) is investing US$82 million to upgrade equipment and add capacity at its manufacturing site in Nagpur, India

In a May 25 news release, officials with Indorama said the capital expenditure plan includes a new PET resin manufacturing facility, additional balancing equipment, and a large range of specialty yarns.

“India is a strategic market for IVL, where the company operates all three of its global integrated business segments – Combine PET, Fibers, and Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD),” the news release said. Sustainability Automotive Petrochemicals

IVL has developed its PET resin business in India since 2016 through IVL Dhunseri Petrochem Industries Private Ltd., a joint venture with Dhunseri Ventures Ltd.

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