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-Braskem America plans to raise PP prices in Swahili America in June

Braskem America plans to raise polypropylene (PP) prices in North America by 8 cents per lb (USD176 per tonne) in addition to any changes in propylene feedstock prices from June 1, the company said in a letter to customers.

PP demand continues to remain strong in the region due to increased manufacturing activity as well as increased demand for PP packaging and PP for filaments and fibers due to the pandemic.

Earlier it was reported that Braskem America in April raised the price of polypropylene (PP) by 12 cents per pound (USD265 per tonne).

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-Recycling of plastic waste from Gundam models gets under way

Toy maker Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. has recently launched a project to recycle throw-away plastic parts from its model kits based on the popular Japanese sci-fi television animation series “Mobile Suit Gundam” as part of its sustainability effort.

Under the project that started on April 1, the Tokyo-based entertainment firm has asked fans to deposit the plastic frame sections usually discarded after assembling the models at about 190 collection points across the nation in model shops and Bandai Namco-run amusement arcades. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

The company plans to reuse the plastic waste for making plastic products including the Gundam models as well as for thermal power generation.

Recycling of plastic waste from Gundam models gets under way

-April contract price of TPA in Europe dropped by EUR5 per tonne

The April contract price of purified terephthalic acid (TPA) in the European market has dropped by EUR5 per tonne from the previous month, following the negotiation of the contract price for paraxylene at a lower level, ICIS reported .

Thus, according to ICIS, the price of TPA for April supplies was approved at EUR636-670 per tonne, FD NWE (North-Western Europe).

Thus, the April contract price of TPA in the region reflected the downward trend in the contract price of raw materials – paraxylene – for the last month, which  decreased by EUR7.5 per tonne from the March level. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

The shortage of TPA continues to be felt in all global markets due to production and logistics problems, but the demand in the downstream market in Europe is sluggish.

pril contract price of TPA in Europe dropped by EUR5 per tonne

-Biopolymer Compounding on a Twin-Screw Extruder: Four Things You Need to Know

Global bioplastic production capacity is expected to increase to 4.8 billion lb by 2024, driven by OEMs and brand owners steadily converting applications to these “green” materials. If you’re looking to supply compounds to meet this demand, here are some key processing considerations you need to know.

Biopolymers such as PHA are expected to drive a growing demand for “green materials,” with some sources projecting that capacity will more than triple over the next five years. PHAs are biobased polyesters that are biodegradable and offer good physical and mechanical properties. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

Plantic Technologies Ltd. of Australia (now owned by Kuraray) is considered one of the pioneers in the industry, having worked with us on proprietary formulations. Today their patented biodegradable food-packaging materials are commercially successful and in use worldwide, produced on twin-screw compounding machinery.

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-Virgin polymer boycott has forced price drop: PAGEV

A boycott by manufacturers of virgin polymers has led to a 15 per cent price drop in the domestic market, said the president of Turkey’s plastics industry association PAGEV.

Having called on companies to “stop purchases” from petrochemical firms that drove their prices up by more than 150 per cent with plant shutdowns, Yavuz Eroğlu stated that there had been widespread participation in the boycott.

“We started the boycott in the second half of March and prices declined by about 15 per cent shortly afterwards,” confirmed Eroğlu. “Considering that Turkey uses some 600,000 tonnes of raw material per month, the 15 per cent average reduction means a saving of $180 million.”  PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

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-Lenzing marches towards group-wide climate neutrality with EUR 200 million investment in Asia

CO2emissions are reduced by 320,000 tons per year

First supplier of wood-based cellulose fibres in China with complete coal waiver

The proportion of environmentally friendly special fibres is significantly increased

Lenzing is strategically on track with these investments

Lenzing – The Lenzing Group, the world’s leading supplier of wood-based specialty fibres, will invest more than EUR 200 million in its production sites in Purwakarta (Indonesia) and Nanjing (China) to convert existing capacity for standard viscose into capacity for environmentally friendly specialty fibres.

In Nanjing (China), this investment will create the first production site for wood-based cellulose fibres in China, which completely dispenses with coal as an energy source. Innovative gas-based block heating power saves more than 200,000 tons ofCO2emissions. At the same time, by the end of 2022, by converting a line from standard viscose to 35,000 tons of tenCEL modal fibres™ the entire portfolio of the Chinese fiber plant will consist of sustainably produced specialty fibres by the end of 2022. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

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-UAZ will launch car production in Ethiopia

Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ) and Bazra Motors at the end of April signed an agreement to launch production, develop sales and ensure subsequent maintenance of UAZ products in Ethiopia, Avtostat reported with reference to the press service of UAZ.

The agreements reached provide for the organization of the assembly of cars by the SKD method at the production site of Bazra Motors in the city of Kombolcha (Amhara state). PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

In addition to all versions of UAZ “Patriot”, “Pickup” and “Profi”, off-road vehicles “Hunter” and models of the classic SGR line will roll off the assembly line. In the future, the model range will be supplemented by unique modifications developed in accordance with the specifics of the market of this East African country.

According to the report, the enterprise is expected to reach its design capacity of 3,000 vehicles per year by the end of 2023. The delivery of the first batch of 64 vehicle kits is scheduled for August this year.

UAZ will launch car production in Ethiopia

-How technology is weaning the world from plastics

Sustainable solutions of the future

Plastic is everywhere. It is convenient, versatile, and long-lasting. However, it also causes significant waste and pollution problems. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

In addition to waste building up in the environment, plastic also contributes to climate change, due to heavy dependence on fossil fuels and fossil-based feedstock.

Every year, more than 400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide, and packaging constitutes a third of this. COVID-19 has added to the problem, as disposable masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and single-use products have been necessary to protect key workers and maintain hygiene. At the current rate we’re going, there will be more plastics in the sea than fish by 2050.

How technology is weaning the world from plastics

-April contract prices of ethylene in the US rose by USD6 per ton

April contract prices for ethylene in the US have risen due to high demand and production repairs, ICIS reports .

Prices rose 0.25 cents per pound (USD6 per tonne) before the range rose to 47.25 cents per pound (USD1,039.5 per tonne), the highest level since October 2014. Ethylene contract prices in the US have increased in each of the past five months.

Although the supply disruptions caused by the mid-February winter storm have been resolved, scheduled maintenance at several cracking units limited ethylene supplies in April. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

Demand remained strong in April due to low inventories and high end-user consumption.

Earlier it was reported that the March contract prices of polyethylene (PE) in the United States rose due to strong demand and a lack of supply. Prices rose 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne) at the top of the price range, while the lower end of the range rose 7 cents per pound (USD154 per tonne).

April contract prices of ethylene in the US rose by USD6 per ton

-BHS-Sonthofen offers control solutions for complete recycling plants

BHS-Sonthofen now offers turnkey control systems for complete recycling plants due to the newly founded BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG, including recycling, control, and automation technology. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

Steffen Kämmerer, CTO at BHS-Sonthofen and Managing Director of BHS Control Systems, said: “A lot of companies currently use control systems and software that providers no longer support. That is why we are seeing an increasing demand for control solutions when it comes to expanding or modernising existing recycling plants.”

BHS-Sonthofen significantly expanded its service portfolio in the area of control and automation technology with the acquisition of Thoma Elektrosteuerungsanlagen GmbH from Babenhausen on 1 January 2020, and can now offer engineering, supply, and design services for turnkey plant control systems for major projects in the recycling industry.

Kämmerer added: “Win CC Open Architecture is an open and scalable system that enables a wide range of components to be integrated smoothly and it is suitable for both small and large plants.”

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-Nanofibre filtration for automotive applications

Mann+Hummel is now applying its well-established nanofibre media in cabin air filters for automotive applications.

In the last few years, international studies have shown the impact of fine dust on health; the smaller the particles are, the more dangerous they are. PM2.5 particles that are smaller than 2.5 µm can go deeper into human respiratory system and can cause severe health issues and even death.

For the separation of finest particles Mann+Hummel has been successfully using nanofibre technology for a number of years in a number of applications for the commercial vehicles sector.

Now this technology is also used in cabin air filters for automotive applications reducing the number of pollutants that vehicle occupants breathe, and therefore improving the air quality in the vehicle cabin.

Nanofibre filtration for automotive applications

-StackTeck introduces new technology for overmolding PET preforms

The system incorporates two preform molds used in concert with a Niigon rotary cube injection molding machine.

StackTeck Systems Ltd., a Brampton, Ont.-based manufacturer of multi-cavity, high-volume production molds, has unveiled what it says is a new approach to overmolding cube applications. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

The system incorporates two preform molds used in concert with a Niigon rotary cube injection molding machine, using its horizontal rotating table and dual injection units. The rotary cube rotates 180 degrees during every cycle, bringing the first shot parts to a second cavity for overmolding the second shot.

According to Rick Unterlander, StackTeck’s general manager of PET, the technology is distinct from traditional co-injection, because an inner layer is initially molded on one side of the cube, then rotated 180 degrees where the outer layer is over-molded.

StackTeck introduces new technology for overmolding PET preforms

-Alpek bids for CarbonLite’s Pennsylvania recycling plant

The Alpek subsidiary DAK Americas has submitted a $96m bid to acquire a recycling plant in Reading, Pennsylvania, from the bankrupt company CarbonLite, according to court document that CarbonLite filed on Monday.

DAK Americas’s bid will serve as a floor or stalking horse bid. If CarbonLIte does not receive a better offer, then DAK Americas could acquire the plant.

In a statement, Alpek confirmed the timing set forth by the bankruptcy documents. It declined to comment further because it is company policy not to discuss ongoing negotiations. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

CarbonLite is scheduled to conduct an auction for the plant on 17 May. The court is scheduled to hold a sales hearing on 26 May. The sale could close by 3 June.

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-Is nylon 6 CS chip industry facing a reshuffle?

CS chip margin shrinks significantly in 2021

Nylon 6 conventional spinning chip (hereinafter referred as “CS chip”) has been through a very difficult time in the past 5 months.

This is directly shown by the astonishing sharp fall in price spread between CS chip and CPL since late November 2020.

It is typically believed that he price spread between nylon 6 CS chip and its direct feedstock caprolactam should be more than 850yuan/mt to make chip production profitable. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

But the spread based on a hand-to-mouth mode of CPL replenishment indicates that CS chip plants are suffering heavy losses.

The spread in the above chart is only comparing prompt CPL spot prices and nylon 6 CS chip spot.

Yet in actual situations, most CS chip plants in East China purchase higher-end contracted CPL, and North China suppliers use cost-advantageous spot CPL. In the latter scenario, CS chip plants are taking the low cost edge of local CPL resources, and their actual margin is higher than the chart indicates.

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-Magna commits to carbon neutrality in global operations by 2030

The auto parts maker has also signed on as a founding sponsor of XPrize Abundant Energy Alliance. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

Automotive parts maker Magna International has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2025 in Europe and by 2030 globally.

“While sustainability has long been ingrained in Magna’s culture, this decade will be our most decisive yet as we accelerate our efforts to protect the planet for future generations,” said Swamy Kotagiri, CEO of the Aurora, Ont.-based company. “We believe achieving carbon neutrality is both a social responsibility and a business imperative in the fight against climate change. This ambitious – and achievable – goal is rooted in a science-based approach that aligns with the Paris Climate Accord and places us among industry leaders in Europe and North America.”

Magna commits to carbon neutrality in global operations by 2030

-Europe ACN demand strong through into H2

European acrylonitrile (ACN) demand is strong for most end-use applications but most customers are covering requirements on contracts only and reducing run rates to avoid paying record high spot numbers.

Spot prices in Asia, the US and Europe have come off the March peaks, but remain historically high. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

RELENTLESS STRONG DEMAND

Globally supply is still tight, though there is less pressure than in February and March.

Demand for virtually all applications is strong.

Those buyers that leave a proportion of volume to be covered in the spot market spoke of tweaking rates lower to avoid exposure to the high numbers.

“Our run rates are 80% – we have more demand but it does not make sense to buy spot [at the moment],” one buyer said.

Europe ACN demand strong through into H2

-Coca-Cola bottler will be up against green gauntlet

ENVIRONMENTALISTS will be keeping a keen eye on the plastic waste initiatives of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), which plans to soon list on the JSE and in Amsterdam.  PlasticRecycling Resinprices Petrochemicals

An initial public offering will pave the way for CCBA to operate as an independent Africa-focused, South African-head-quartered, managed and domiciled business.

Global bottling giant Coca-Cola Company, which in April announced plans to list its CCBA unit, said turning off the tap on plastic pollution was a priority as it aims to make all its consumer packaging 100 percent recyclable globally by 2025, and reduce its carbon footprint.

Coca-Cola, which emerged as the number one Top Global Polluter, according to the 2020 Break Free From Plastic survey, said it also aimed to use at least 50 percent recycled material in its packaging by 2030.

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-Arkema Completes Divestment of PMMA

Trinseo now owns the venerable Plexiglass PMMA business

Arkema  and Trinseo teams have carried our all the steps leading to the closing of the previously reported proposed transaction which involved Arkema’s divestment of the venerable Plexiglass PMMA business. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

For Arkema, the deal is a new step in the Group’s transformation, and is fully in line with Arkema’s ambition to become a pure specialty materials player by 2024, centered only around adhesive solutions, advanced materials, and coating solutions.

The divested business, which employs some 860 people and operates seven production sites (four in Europe and three in North America), will thus be joining Trinseo, a company specialized in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber and latex binders.

Arkema Completes Divestment of PMMA

-INEOS Styrolution delivers bio-based materials for nora by Interface rubber flooring

Styroflex® ECO is based on bio-attributed styrenics

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announces today that nora by Interface, the commercial rubber flooring brand of Interface, has selected Styroflex® ECO 2G66 B60 to support the company’s efforts to lower the carbon footprint of its products as it endeavors to become a carbon negative enterprise by 2040.

Marcela Villegas, Director Product Management Specialties EMEA at INEOS Styrolution, comments: “We are proud to work with nora systems. Our two companies share the same entrepreneurial spirit and the same passion for sustainable solutions.” PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

Styroflex ECO is the recently introduced[1] extension to the Styroflex product line with materials based on bio-attributed styrenics. Styroflex ECO 2G66 B60 is a RSB[2] compliant product leading to a 100% substitution of fossil-sourced styrene with an RSB-certified bio-attributed styrene, and 74% lower greenhouse gas footprint when compared to styrene produced from fossil feedstock.

INEOS Styrolution delivers bio-based materials for nora by Interface rubber flooring

-Biodegradation can provide meaningful end-of-life option

Alternatives from biodegradable plastics were also found for 24 of the 25 applications

With the support of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the nova-Institut has found plastic products in the project “BioSinn”, for which biodegradation is a good way to exploit them after use. The results will be presented at two online conferences on 28 and 30 April. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Automotive

Some plastic products cannot be recycled, but end up in nature, in water or in compost. These include mowing threads of lawn trimers, flower binding yarns, flocculant from sewage treatment plants, the clips for attaching tomato plants and many more.

Especially for such applications, the use of biodegradable plastics from renewable raw materials is predestined. The project “BioSinn: Plant-profiles of meaningfulbiodegradable products based on nawaRo” has investigated this: Applications were sought in which the collection of the products, their separation of organic waste and cleaning or material recycling is not feasible even from a sustainability point of view.

Biodegradation can provide meaningful end-of-life option

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-Expanded Line of Anti-Scratch Additive Masterbatches for PET

Ampacet’s two new additions to the ScratchShield line reportedly minimize the appearance of scuffs and scratches in preforms, bottles and a range of PET packaging.

Two new products targeted to PET preforms, bottles and other PET packaging have been added by Ampacet to its portfolio of ScratchShield additive masterbatches that help to protect plastic products against scratch and abrasion without impacting gloss or mechanical properties of the resin.

The new ScratchShield masterbatch additives are said to minimize the appearance of scuffs and scratches in preforms, bottles and a range of PET packaging without the need to apply a surface coating. These additives are also said to significantly improve the demolding of preforms, while offering protection from guiderails and conveyor systems in the manufacturing process. The two ScratchShield products are also said to help reduce scrap, the need to regrind scratched bottles and cleanup associated with lubricant sprays.

Expanded Line of Anti-Scratch Additive Masterbatches for PET

-Brückner Maschinenbau: Desire for hygiene and food safety increases worldwide demand for flexible packaging films

Brückner Maschinenbau, based in Siegsdorf, Germany, is the world market leader for large production lines for the manufacture of a wide variety of flexible plastic films, used as high-quality packaging materials and in technical applications. In terms of incoming orders, the past fiscal year was the second most successful in the company’s history. More than 45 lines sold by the end of 2020 (2019: more than 30) mean an order intake of almost 800 million euros, a significant increase compared to the previous year (approx. 500 million euros). As the new orders will only become relevant for sales in the following year, a significant increase in sales to over 550 million euros is expected for 2021 (2020: around 400 million).PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

One reason for the very pleasing business development is certainly that topics such as hygiene and food safety have become much more important in the packaging sector worldwide – and particularly in Asia. In addition, food retailing and mail-order trade have recorded international growth. This also increased the demand for Brückner film stretching lines, on which the highest quality packaging films are produced, and also for the corresponding services. The outlook for the next few years also gives cause for optimism. Stefan Neumann, Chief Financial Officer: “Our order backlog extends well into 2023. In addition, we are currently pleased about two major orders from China.”

-TECHNOLOGY PROFILE: PRODUCING POLYLACTIC ACID FROM CORN

Polylactic acid (PLA, polylactide; Figure 1) is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester that is derived from a number of renewable starting materials, such as starch and sugarcane, via bacterial fermentation.

PLA is semicrystalline or amorphous, rigid, resilient and an ultraviolet-light-resistant material, with similar characteristics to common petrochemical industry plastics, such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. PLA is used in plastic films, bottles and biodegradable medical devices. It figures among the most highly consumed bio-based plastics worldwide. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

PLA rapidly absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and is also temperature-sensitive (storage temperatures should be below 122ºF). In order to preserve PLA properties and characteristics, exposure to ambient (undried) air should be minimized. PLA is usually delivered in moisture-resistant containers, including foil-lined boxes, which can prevent moisture regain during shipping and storage. PLA is mainly used in packaging, textiles, nonwoven fabrics, electronics, automotive parts, medical devices and cutlery. Packaging is the largest application market for PLA, and will likely grow as new heat-resistant PLA blends are developed.

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-The “3R” decree finally published
Structuring, this text had been awaited for several months by professionals.
An essential part of the Agec law on the circular economy, the “3R” decree (Reduction, Reuse, Recycling) is finally published in the JO
These main quantified objectives, which will undoubtedly shape the contours of the plastic packaging industry in the years to come, are the same as in the version which was put out for consultation at the start of the year. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber
As of December 31, 2025, “all marketers of single-use plastic packaging” must have reduced their use of plastic by 20% compared to 2018, of which at least 50% obtained by recourse to reuse and reuse (Article 2).
With the reduction, reuse or even the use of recharging devices, the substitution of single-use plastic by other materials is part of the arsenal of actions that can be cited, but the text clearly emphasizes the need to carry out a rigorous Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for a real reduction of environmental impacts …

The “3R” decree finally published

-NEW DEMONSTRATION PLANT FOR CELLULOSIC TEXTILE FIBERS

A new demonstration plant will significantly scale up production of sustainable textile fibers made from cellulosic raw materials. TreeToTextile AB (Stockholm, Sweden; www.treetotextile.com), jointly owned by H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso and LSCS Invest, has piloted a production technology to efficiently regenerate cellulose from bio-based sources, creating staple fibers that can be used in apparel, bedding and other textile applications. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

The process dissolves wood pulp in a cold alkaline solution, resulting in a cellulosic solution that can be spun into long threads of fibers. After washing, fibers are cut into staple fibers and can be passed to downstream yarn-spinning processes. Notably, the system recycles all process chemicals and water. “When compared to conventional viscose production, according to our estimations the TreeToTextile process will consume at least 33% less energy, 70% less chemicals and 80% less water,” says Sigrid Barnekow, TreetoTextile CEO.

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-The Single-use Plastics Directive: what next, and when?

In the run up to OUTLOOK 2021 Gil Stevens, EDANA’s External Relations & Sustainability Director, spoke with Haydn Davis of Sustainable Nonwovens, providing a preview of the suite of new online facilities which will enable participants to truly capitalise on attendance. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

They also discussed the presentation Gil will give on the morning of April 22nd, on the Single-use Plastics directive, outlining the changes in store for producers and the wider implications for the industry.

A number of key questions remain for producers, including the very definition of a plastic, the timeline for labelling implementation, and language requirements in individual member states.

The Single-use Plastics Directive: what next, and when?

-Berry Global strikes polyolefins deal with Borealis

Berry Global has announced an agreement with Borealis for access to the latter’s first volumes of the in-demand circular polyolefins produced from its chemical recycling process. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

This deal adds to Berry’s previously announced access to the 600 million pounds of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content it will have access to by 2025.

The polyolefins from Borealis are obtained by advanced recycling, enabled by the adoption of new chemical recycling technologies, of post-consumer plastic waste not suitable for traditional recycling.

These processes make it possible for material that would otherwise be discarded as waste and destined for incineration or landfill to be used as feedstock for production of polyolefins that fulfill the most stringent quality requirements.

“Investments in chemical recycling with partners like Borealis are critical to Berry and our customers as we collaborate across the value chain to solve the global commitment achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Jean-Marc Galvez, President of Berry’s Consumer Packaging International Division.

Berry Global strikes polyolefins deal with Borealis

-Customer Trials Start on ‘World’s First’ Recyclable PE-based Blister Packaging

Amcor’s AmSky eliminates PVC in healthcare packaging, which can be problematic to recycle by conventional methods, with polyethylene (PE) thermoform blister and lidding film.  PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

Amcor has announced that it is beginning customer trials of what it is calling the world’s first recyclable polyethylene-based thermoform blister packaging. Designed to meet the regulatory requirements of pharmaceutical packaging, the product “creates a more sustainable alternative for the most in-demand healthcare packaging type,” said Amcor. This innovation also achieves up to a 70% reduction in the carbon footprint compared with packaging alternatives currently on the market.

AmSky replaces PVC in the packaging with polyethylene (PE) thermoform blister and lidding film. PVC can make packaging recycling more difficult or contaminate other materials if consumers attempt to recycle it, according to Amcor.

Noting that the company generates nearly $2 billion in annual sales in the healthcare market, “this new blister packaging solution will significantly enhance the ability of healthcare and pharmaceutical brands to put sustainability at the heart of their businesses,” said Peter Konieczny, Chief Commercial Officer.

Customer Trials Start on ‘World’s First’ Recyclable PE-based Blister Packaging

-McDermott wins contract for Michelin chemical recycling project

US engineering firm McDermott International has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Michelin Group for the construction of a plastic waste recycling plant.

The project will industrialise, for the first time, “an innovative plastic recycling process” which produces regenerated styrene from polystyrene, said McDermott in a 28 April statement.  PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

The company did not elaborate on the recycling technology or the whereabouts of the plant, but said the regenerated styrene produced by the unit will be used in the production of synthetic rubber for tires and polystyrene.

However, McDermott’s said its office in Brno, the Czech Republic, will execute the work, which is expected to be completed in third quarter 2021.

According to McDermott, the “groundbreaking process” will advance new generation of sustainable tires to be manufactured by Michelin.

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McDermott wins contract for Michelin chemical recycling project

-Black colorant, purging agent new at Techmer PM

Officials said the new purging agent reduces waste and enhances sustainability by saving energy and water and significantly reducing scrap and labor.

Techmer PM has come to market with a new black plastics colorant and a new purging agent.  PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

The black colorant was developed because black plastic “causes endless headaches for plastics recyclers,” officials said, because typical carbon black pigments absorb the near-infrared (NIR) light used by recyclers to sort material streams. Officials said this process leads to tons of mixed plastics not being properly sorted, which means they can’t be recycled and end up in landfills.

“Whether it’s a body wash bottle or a dinner tray, it has to be sortable,” Steve Loney, market development director, said in an interview with Plastics News.

Techmer’s new, improved grades of NIR-sortable black colorant allows NIR reflection to enable accurate sorting at recycling facilities while maintaining the product’s black color.PlasticRecycling Resinprices Cellulosicfiber

By enabling verifiable recycling of black plastic, officials said the colorant allows brand owners who use carbon black in their products to better meet sustainability goals while maintaining their desired brand identity.

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-Macron And RadiciGroup Collaborating For Sustainability

To be leaders of change and promoters of a sustainable business model thatprovides traceable, virtuous and competitive production and supply chains, with benefits for all stakeholders. This is the corporate strategy of both Macron, an international brand leader in the sportswear industrybased in Bologna, and RadiciGroup, an Italian multinational headquarteredin Bergamo and world leading manufacturer of a wide range of chemical intermediates, polymers, high-performance engineering polymers, and advanced textile solutions for a variety of applications, mainly in the fashion industry.

The two standard bearers of Italian entrepreneurship excellence have decided to pool their competencies to develop and produce technical sportswear combining high performance and sustainability. One notable result of this collaboration is a type of sports socks made of Renycle®, a yarn manufactured by the Bergamo-based group from recycled nylon 6, a high-value material with excellent resistance, dyeing characteristics, softness and versatility. At RadiciGroup, production scraps are recovered, recycled and reconverted into polymers, and eventually spun into yarn featuring technical characteristics comparable to the yarnmadeoffossil-source materials, but boasting decidedly better environmental performance. In fact, the above-mentioned new yarn range reduces CO2emissions by almost 90% and generates energy savings ofmore than 87%and water savings of 90%.

Macron and RadiciGroup collaborating for sustainability

-US yarn innovator Unifi reports Q3 FY21 sales of $179 mn

Unifi, a US-based leading innovator in recycled and synthetic yarns, has reported 4.6 per cent sales growth to $178.9 million in its third quarter (Q3) FY21 ended on March 28, 2021, compared to the sales of $170.9 million during the same period previous fiscal.  The company’s net income for the quarter was $4.7 million (Q3 FY20: loss $41.1 million).  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

“Third quarter fiscal 2021 results reflected our team’s ability to leverage effectively the strength of our global business model during the continued economic recovery. We have remained focused on positioning the business to take advantage of building economic momentum around the world as we return to a more normalized demand environment,” Eddie Ingle, chief executive officer of Unifi, said in a press release.

“Our Brazil segment outperformed expectations again, achieving exceptional profitability with a record 41.2 per cent gross margin driven by strong pricing levels. Our Asia segment also benefited from an improving business climate and recaptured pre-pandemic momentum, allowing the segment to return to top-line growth,” Ingle said.

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-New recycling technologies could keep more plastic out of landfills

A lot of plastic is impossible to recycle. Chemists are trying to change that

It feels good to recycle. When you sort soda bottles and plastic bags from the rest of your garbage, it seems like you’re helping the planet. The more plastic you put in the blue bin, the more you’re keeping out of landfills, right?

Wrong. No matter how much plastic you try to recycle, most ends up in the trash heap.  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

Take flexible food packages. Those films contain several layers, each made of a different type of plastic. Because each type must be recycled separately, those films are not recyclable. Even some items made from only one kind of plastic are not recyclable. Yogurt cups, for instance, contain a plastic called polypropylene (Pah-lee-PROH-puh-leen). When this gets recycled, it turns into a gross, dark, smelly material. So most recycling plants don’t bother with it.

Only two kinds of plastic are commonly recycled in the United States. One is the type used in soda bottles. That’s called PET, short for polyethylene terephthalate . The other is the plastic in milk jugs and detergent containers. That’s high-density polyethylene, or HDPE. Together, those plastics make up only a small fraction of plastic trash. In 2018 alone, the United States landfilled 27 million tons of plastic, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A mere 3 million tons was recycled.

New recycling technologies could keep more plastic out of landfills

-Caprolactam and nylon see a continued wrestle in May

Coming to the end of April 2021, nylon 6 upstream sectors, from caprolactam to nylon 6 polymer, are still under a complex of pressures, which hinder the market from a substantial break-through.

The above chart shows the price trends of CPL and nylon 6 conventional spinning (CS) chip in the past 8 months, and also the price spread between CPL and benzene. The former ones have seen continuous increase in January and February 2021, and reached a ceiling at March 8 (CPL) and February 26 (chip) respectively, and then entered near two months of consolidation. The latter one, CPL-benzene price spread, an indicator of CPL producers’ cash flow, has reduced at the same time with CPL price trend, while the decline was deeper as benzene cost hiked vigorously when CPL market was weak.  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

For the time being, caprolactam and nylon 6 chip market are still wrestling with high feedstock cost, mounting chip inventory and tepid buy mood.

– Caprolactam prices are forced up by hiked benzene cost.

– Inventory of nylon 6 polymer in all links mounts, transferring pressure to upstream CPL sector.

– Conservative market outlook makes it slow to move inventory downstream.

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-European consumer fears grow over chemicals– trade group

There is “significant” concern among consumers in Europe about exposure to chemicals, a health and safety representative with the European Bureau of Consumer Unions said on Wednesday.  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

Latest data show fears over hazards in consumer products rising dramatically in recent years. Around four in five respondents of a consumer survey carried out by the organisation before the onset of the pandemic reported concerns about chemicals in every day products, compared to 43% in the same survey in 2014, according to Pelle Moos, team leader for safety and health at BEUC

The years since 2014 have seen a substantial rise in media coverage of plastic waste in oceans, of microplastics in bottled water and re-usable baby bottles.

Public and government backlash over plastic pollution has been a key driver in the rise of the circular economy as the potential future of plastics production and consumption, with regulators in several countries threatening to ban certain uses for disposable plastics.

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-First Novolen PP unit to be build in Nigeria

Lummus Technology’s Novolen business has been awarded a polypropylene (PP) contract by BUA Refinery, a subsidiary of Nigeria’s BUA Group, at their grassroots refinery in Nigeria, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Lummus’ scope includes the technology license for a 285 KTA PP unit as well as basic design engineering, training and services, and catalyst supply.

“We are pleased to sign this polypropylene contract for our BUA Refinery and Petrochemicals Project with Lummus Technology, a world leader in delivering polypropylene solutions, which will solve the increasing demand for high-performance grade polypropylene in Nigeria, the Gulf of Guinea as well as the Sub-Saharan Africa Region,” said Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Group. “We are confident in the capacity and technical expertise of Lummus Technology to deliver a best-in-class, 285 KTA PP unit for our refinery project scheduled to come on stream in 2024.”

Lummus Novolen Technology GmbH licenses PP technology and provides related engineering and technical support/advisory services.

Novolen also supplies NHP catalysts for the production of high-performance polypropylene grades in the Novolen process and NOVOCENE metallocene catalyst for the production of special PP grades. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

First Novolen PP unit to be build in Nigeria

-TOMRA powers up 100th TOMRA R1 reverse vending machine, for recycling over 100 containers in one go

Just 18 months ago, global reverse vending leader, TOMRA, unveiled its highly-anticipated R1 solution, a “multi-feed” machine that enables recyclers to pour in over 100 empty beverage containers in one go – rather than inserting them one by one. Today, TOMRA marks a milestone with its 100th R1 installation, at supermarket Coop Obs Amanda in Haugesund, on the west coast of Norway. Internationally, a further 20 TOMRA R1 reverse vending machines have already been ordered.

Consumer research has found nearly half of all recyclers select the store where they recycle based on the quality of the recycling experience on offer, and volumes of redeemed bottles and cans at TOMRA R1 locations have risen as much as 403% in one store. Coop Obs Amanda will be hoping to replicate these results, along with the up to 272% increase in the number of consumer recycling sessions other stores have experienced.  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

Coop Obs Amanda store manager, Harald Fosen, explained, “We’re excited to offer our customers such a clean and convenient recycling experience. If it puts us on the map as the place to come for container returns in the region, that’s a big plus.”

TOMRA powers up 100th TOMRA R1 reverse vending machine, for recycling over 100 containers in one go

Aquafil, ok by shareholders to the 2020 financial statements

The ordinary shareholders’ meeting of Aquafil, which met under the chairmanship of Giulio Bonazzi, approved the company’s financial statements at 31 December 2020 and acknowledged the presentation of the consolidated financial statements at 31 December 2020. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

As already disclosed to the market, in 2020 consolidated revenues amounted to € 436.6 million, consolidated EBITDA was € 58.4 million and net profit was € 0.6 million.

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-SOCAR Polymer launches two new impact copolymer polypropylene grades

SOCAR Polymer has introduced two new grades of impact copolymer polypropylene (ICP) resins that are the first in its portfolio to incorporate Milliken Chemical’s Hyperform HPN performance additive for polypropylene.

Azerbaijan-based SOCAR is marketing these materials to customers in Russia, Turkey and other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The company says these new ICP grades are ideal for use in thin-wall injection moulded (TWIM) packaging applications, as well as in housewares, sporting goods and toys.  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

The two new grades are CB 4848 MO (with a melt flow rate of 48) and CB 6448 MO (with a melt flow rate of 64. Both offer a balance of end-use properties. These ICP grades deliver moulded parts that exhibit low shrinkage, improved thermal resistance (HDT), and an excellent balance between stiffness and impact resistance.

SOCAR Polymer launches two new impact copolymer polypropylene grades

-Demand Outpaces Supply of Recycled Content Plastic Packaging

It’s critical that the United States increases domestic supply of post-consumer recycled resins to meet current and future recycled-content goals of major brand owners. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer Petrochemicals

As interest in the circular economy grows, more companies have been setting goals to increase the recyclability and recycled content of their packaging. AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, a policy-based trade association for the US packaging industry, commissioned a study to better understand the relationship between company packaging goals for post-consumer recycled (PCR) content and current supply and demand.

Through evaluation of domestic supply and reprocessing capacity for plastic resin, researchers conclude that the United States currently lacks the available supply and, in some cases, domestic reclamation capacity to meet company goals.

Success with company goals for PCR content will require collaboration across the entire value chain to ensure a robust domestic market for plastics reuse.

Demand Outpaces Supply of Recycled Content Plastic Packaging

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,400 yuan/ton +100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 955 $/ton 950 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,050 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,545 yuan/ton 4,750 yuan/ton +205
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
650 $/ton 670 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,755 yuan/ton 4,710 yuan/ton -45
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 612 $/ton 610 $/ton-  

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Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 849 $/ton 876 $/ton +27
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 831 $/ton 858 $/ton +27
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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870 $/ton 872 $/ton +2
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,535 yuan/ton 7,475 yuan/ton
-60
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8.400 yuan/ton -150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,700 yuan/ton 7,575yuan/ton -125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,300 yuan/ton
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Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,970 $/ton +20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,180 $/ton +30
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,850 yuan/ton 13,900 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,500 yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 41,500 yuan/ton 41,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,800 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,600 yuan/ton 19,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,900 yuan/ton 17,950 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 83,000 yuan/ton 83,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 73,000 yuan/ton 73,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 63,000 yuan/ton 63,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,400 yuan/ton 10,400 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,230 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +170
Benzene overseas  market 953 $/ton 956 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market 1,050 $/ton 1,050 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,261 $/ton 1,214 $/ton -47
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,500 $/ton 2,500 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETPolymer R-PET
8,450 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton -50
Naphtha overseas market  563 $/ton 591 $/ton
+28
Phenol domestic market 8,920 yuan/ton 8,920 yuan/ton

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Using microbes to remove microplastics from the environment

At the Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference, Yang Liu, researcher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will discuss a new technique to trap and recover microplastics.

The method uses bacterial biofilms, a sticky substance created by micro-organisms, to trap microplastic particles. The biofilm is then processed and dispersed, releasing the microplastic particles for processing and recycling.

Liu and colleagues used the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to capture microplastics in a bioreactor. This species of bacteria is found in all environments and has previously been shown to colonise microplastics in the environment.

  1. aeruginosa biofilms cause the microplastics to aggregate together, eventually causing them to sink. In bioreactors, this makes the microplastics more convenient to collect, according to Liu. Once the microplastics were captured by the biofilms and had sunk to the bottom of the reactor, the researchers used a biofilm-dispersal gene, which caused the biofilm to release the microplastics.

Liu explained that this “allows convenient release of microplastics from the biofilm matrix, which is otherwise difficult and expensive to degrade, so that the microplastics can be later recovered for recycling.”

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-SABIC Partners with NUDEC to Launch Renewable PC

The SABIC-NUDEC collaboration targeted to building & construction applications.

A collaboration underway between SABIC and Spain’s NUDEC, S.A., a leading manufacturer of clear plastic sheets for numerous industries such as construction, personal and machinery protection, entails the latter’s use of Lexan PC based on certified renewable feedstock in several end applications for these industries.

As previously reported, SABIC’s certified renewable Lexan PC is part of the company’s Trucircle portfolio and services. Based on a cradle-to-gate peer-reviewed LCA study, use of SABIC’s renewable PC has the potential for carbon footprint reductions of up to 61% and fossil depletion reduction of up to 35%. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

SABIC Partners with NUDEC to Launch Renewable PC

-New Bio-Based, Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Compound Delivers Sustainability and Performance

A new flame-retardant, carbon-fiber-reinforced compound with a reduced carbon and energy footprint is suited for use in the electrical/electronics, healthcare, and other sectors. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Bio-based LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W delivers sustainability while exhibiting the same properties as the incumbent compound, said Sabic.

The entire value chain, from the raw materials to finished goods, are certified through ISCC and are compliant with regional and global regulations, according to Joshua Chiaw, Director, Business Management, LNP Compounds & NORYL Resins. “The success of our first bio-based compound is inspiring us to accelerate our innovation efforts to develop totally new ways to support customers and protect the planet,” added Chiaw.

New Bio-Based, Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Compound Delivers Sustainability and Performance

-Recycler builds European presence

A new location in Barcelona, Spain represents the latest stage in Vanden Recycling’s growth, as the company seeks to strengthen its presence in southern Europe.

With an agenda to achieve true circularity in Italy, France, Portugal and Spain, Alex Moreno March, who has long-term experience in the plastics recycling industry, has been named business development lead at the Spanish site.

In previous roles, Moreno March has been instrumental in expanding commercial activity in North America, Canada and across Europe, focusing on the sales of flexible PVC, PE, PP, rPE and rPP, said Vanden Recycling in a press statement. He has played a crucial role in the development of sustainability and circular economy initiatives and the evolution of environmental social governance.  PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Moreno March also spent time as chair of the Technology and Equipment Subcommittee of the North American Plastic Association’s Plastics Recycling Committee, and held an advisory position within Plastics Recyclers Europe.

Recycler builds European presence

-‘Covid-resistant’ food tray from fishing industry waste

Dutch biotech start-up Parx Materials has partnered with Norwegian-based hygiene specialist ZincIn to develop an antibacterial food tray made from recycled fishing industry waste.

Through a combination of Parx’s Saniconcentrate antimicrobial additive and ZincIn’s self-cleaning technology, the tray is said to offer an over 99.9 per cent reduction in bacteria when compared with a typical food tray. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Norwegian Plastic Recycling (NORPEC) granulate, created from the plastics tanks and other waste discarded by the fishing industry, is used to manufacture the tray.

Fishing is currently responsible for at least 10 per cent of all marine litter – the equivalent of 640,000 tonnes a year, according to Greenpeace Germany.

In partnering with Parx, ZincIn said it was able to develop its self-cleaning products on a mass scale – catering to the currently changing needs of the food and hospitality sectors.

Covid-resistant’ food tray from fishing industry waste

-LDPE film prices in China continue to be low

LDPE film prices in East China may remain low due to weak buying activity from wire and cable manufacturers, ICIS reported .

LDPE film prices in eastern China fell 10.4% to CNY10,750 / t on April 27 from CNY12,000 / t on February 22, when they peaked in 2021.

Market sources said that LDPE buying activity by wire and cable manufacturers was significantly reduced by the high price of copper and LDPE in February.

According to data from the Shanghai Futures Exchange, the target price of major copper contractual futures rose 21.4% in February and peaked at CNY71,960 / ton on April 27, 2021. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

The sharp rise in LDPE prices in February, which rose 14% due to limited foreign supplies, also increased costs for wire and cable manufacturers and led to lower margins.

According to some Chinese LDPE suppliers, the productivity of wire and cable manufacturers has declined and the purchase of raw materials has dropped significantly.

Market participants in China expect wire and cable makers to replenish LDPE stocks to recover ahead of the May holidays.

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-May paraxylene contract prices in Asia nominated at USD950 per tonne

Several major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for May shipments at USD950 per tonne, which is USD10-40 per tonne higher than the April contract price quotes, market sources told ICIS .

Prices were nominated on CFR Asia delivery terms. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

The final result of the May agreement on paraxylene contract prices in Asia will be determined by the end of the working day on April 28.

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the April contract prices for paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Avient focuses on paint elimination, recyclability with new materials

Improved materials based on ABS and thermoplastic elastomers have expanded the product mix at Avient Corp. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

An Artisan-brand pre-colored ABS has a metallic effect that can help electronics manufacturers eliminate secondary painting to reduce VOC emissions, time and cost, officials with Avient in Avon Lake, Ohio, said. The new material offers a high-gloss metallic look and enhanced scratch performance.

“Customers want the look and feel of paint without the extra steps,” Senior Marketing Manager Russ Danielson said in an interview with Plastics News. “Interest in that area continues to grow.”

A new, nonblooming Versaflex-brand TPE allows brands and OEMs in consumer electronics to achieve a “silky-soft” overmolded surface without surface blooms, officials said. The new material also offers UV and stain resistance to endure everyday wear and tear. Overmolding onto polycarbonate and PC/ABS with a smooth surface also eliminates the need for secondary coatings, officials added.

Avient also recently commercialized ColorMatrix Optica PET-brand blue toners and colorants, which enhance recyclability of PET packaging. The new materials work to correct and reduce yellowing or color variation that can occur during recycling. Optica PET also can provide improved bottle mechanical strength; reduced stoppages, blowouts and scrap rates; and reduced energy consumption during bottle blowing, officials said.

Other new product developments at Avient include:

  • Trilliant Healthcare compounds with longer device life. The materials guard against cracking from disinfectants.

Avient focuses on paint elimination, recyclability with new materials

-Sinopec raised the price of benzene in China by CNY300 per ton

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refinery, has raised domestic selling prices for benzene in China by 300 yuan (CNY) or USD46 per tonne, a company source told ICIS . PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Thus, from April 21, the selling prices of the company’s benzene for the delivery of the material to all regions of China are now CNY7,300 (USD1,123) per tonne, ex-works (ex-works).

The company’s benzene selling price at CNY7,300 per ton, ex-works, corresponds to the cost of imported material at USD983 per ton, CFR China, payable immediately on L / C, or USD996 per ton, CFR China, with a deferred payment on L / C 90 days.

Earlier it was noted that this month Sinopec alreadyraised its benzene prices on April 1, then the increase amounted to CNY150 per ton – to CNY6 500 (USD989.3) per ton, ex-works, and also increased them on April 6 by CNY200 per ton – to CNY6 700 (USD1,020) per ton, ex-works, and on 15 April – at CNY150 per tonne to CNY6 850 (USD1,049) per tonne, ex-works. In addition, for the fourth time, the company raised its quotes for material on April 19 by CNY150 per tonne – to CNY7,000 (USD1,077) per tonne, ex-work.

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

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-Andritz technology aids raw material consumption

International technology Group Andritz has developed a new system aimed at helping its customers optimize their raw material consumption.

As Andritz notes, the optimization of resource management, especially reducing the consumption of raw materials and other substances used and also keeping resources in use for as long as possible, are decisive factors in enabling nonwovens producers to offer competitive and sustainable products. PlasticRecycling PETPolymer CrudeWTI

A key factor here is the need to maximize the evenness of the product across the entire production line. With this in mind, the weight profiling product range from Andritz, which consists of ProDyn and ProWid, has now been extended with the addition of ProWin.

This new development, which is a combination of the two existing systems ProDyn and ProWid, allows nonwovens producers to achieve optimum weight profiling at the crosslapper delivery and increase their process speed by up to 15% at the same time.

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-Amp Robotics introduces material characterization software

The AI-powered technology enables the recognition and classification of recyclables in different stages of the recycling process.

Amp Robotics Corp., Denver, has introduced Amp Clarity, artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered material characterization software that enables the recognition and classification of recyclables as they flow through the different recovery stages of the recycling process. The company says the technology provides “measurable transparency on the recyclables captured and missed during different recycling processes, as well as confirming the composition of recovered material bales destined for resale to end markets in the supply chain.”

“Data transparency in the recycling industry has been a longstanding challenge due to the complexity of mixed material streams, compounded by ongoing changes in consumer packaging,” says Matanya Horowitz, founder and CEO of Amp. “These obstacles often create impediments to accurate data collection and prevent a clear understanding of what goes into and comes out of the different infrastructure stages that support recycling.”

He continues, “Our material characterization software digitizes the real-time flow of recyclables with precision and consistency, providing opportunities to identify gaps in material capture, transparency on what recyclables are and are not recycled and a basis for standardized measurement vital to improve our national recycling system.”

Amp Clarity captures data on plastics, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS); aluminum recyclables such as used beverage cans (UBCs); and fiber, such as corrugated cardboard (OCC) and sorted residential paper and newsprint (SRPN).

Amp Robotics introduces material characterization software

-Discover new interior materials, technologies, concepts, comforts, innovations and suppliers

Automotive Interiors Expo Europe exhibitors represent the A-Z of car interiors, with our exhibitors’ products being found in vehicles from just about every car manufacturer you can name, from Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren and Porsche through to GM, Volkswagen, Jaguar, BMW, Kia Toyota and Chery to name just a few!

The show is about quality, color, texture, touch, feel and innovation. Specialty finishes are a strong theme of the expo, with some companies offering plastic compounding and master batching, metalized plastics and chrome-look plastics, and others presenting hot foil stamping and film insert molding.

You’ll find a wide range of fabrics, acoustical materials, shape-forming materials and foams, fasteners and adhesive systems, lighting and more! The show is a must-visit for Tier 1 suppliers as well as for interior design teams from car manufacturers wanting to keep up with the rapidly changing world of materials, finishes and technologies that contribute to ‘touch and feel’.Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Discover new interior materials, technologies, concepts, comforts, innovations and suppliers

-Repsol to join Ecoplanta project to build waste to chemicals plant in Spain

Spain’s Repsol will join the Ecoplanta project, together with the technology leader Montreal-based firm Enerkem and Agbar, a global expert in water and waste management, to build a waste to chemicals plant in Tarragona, Spain, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Under the joint venture Ecoplanta Molecular Recycling Solutions, the plant will process around 400,000 tons of non-recyclable municipal solid waste from its surrounding regions and produce 220,000 tons of methanol.

This methanol will be used as raw material to produce circular materials or advanced biofuels, contributing to avoid 200,000 tons of CO2 and reducing the waste that ends up in the landfill. This alliance is a further step towards the multi-energy company’s ambition to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050.

The plant, the first of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula, will be co-managed by Repsol and Agbar, whilst Enerkem will be the key technological partner.

Repsol to join Ecoplanta project to build waste to chemicals plant in Spain

-The Curious Case of Advanced Recycling Company New Hope Energy

A recent announcement from New Hope Energy LLC said the advanced chemical recycling company signed a long-term agreement with Chevron Phillips Chemical to provide ISCC Plus–certified renewable chemical feedstock produced through pyrolysis. But the story isn’t so simple. It rarely is when you’re dealing with so-called advanced recycling companies.Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

After doing some digging, I tried contacting New Hope Energy. Attempts to reach its Phase I plant in Tyler, TX, where the company is headquartered, were unsuccessful. There is no phone listing for the facility, and e-mails were returned as being invalid. The plant, which opened in July 2019, experienced a fire in May 2020, according to news reports. No information on the state of the facility or its current operations could be found.

Pyrolosis without combustion

Johnny and Karen Combs own New Hope Energy, which began life in 2008 as Renewable Diesel Micro Refinery (RDMR), a company with the stated purpose of building modular micro-refineries that could be placed anywhere in the world to turn waste plastic into fuel. In 2013, the company became a DBA of RDMR, named New Hope Energy. New Hope’s “patented pyrolysis process thermally decomposes plastics into hydrocarbon products without combustion,” said the company.

The Curious Case of Advanced Recycling Company New Hope Energy

-Sabic and Plastic Energy Tap Worley to Build Advanced Recycling Plant in Netherlands

Worley, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, has been awarded the contract to build the advanced recycling plant for Sabic Plastic Energy Advanced Recycling BV. A joint venture between Sabic and Plastic Energy, the plant will be located in Geleen, Netherlands.

The facility will leverage Plastic Energy’s patented recycling technology to transform mixed and used plastic waste, otherwise destined for incineration or landfill, into recycled oil called Tacoil.Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

The Tacoil will then be used by Sabic as an alternative feedstock to manufacture certified circular polymers as part of its TruCircle portfolio.

“We are excited to build our relationship with Sabic and Plastic Energy as we move forward into a more productive world of recycled plastics,” said Bradley Andrews, President for UK, Norway, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe at Worley. “This project will help transform the global use of plastics, move us closer to achieving a circular economy, and support our strategic focus on delivering a more sustainable world.”

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-Sustainability, performance on the rise with new Sabic materials

Sabic has diverted more than 100 million single-use 16.9-ounce PET water bottles from landfills and incinerators since late 2019 by using them as feedstock for its Elcrin IQ-brand PBT materials.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. has improved sustainability and performance with new materials. Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

The firm — based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with U.S. headquarters in Houston — will soon be launching a new LNP Thermocomp-brand compound, its first bio-based product. The new material offers customers a more sustainable option vs. competitive materials for demanding applications in electrical/electronics, health care and other key industries, officials said.

“A lot of our customers are asking how they can make it to 100 percent sustainability,” Darpan Parikh, global product management leader, said in an interview with Plastics News. “They want to use everything existing and available in the waste stream.”

For every 100 kilograms of the new compound, 21 kilograms of fossil-based materials have been replaced with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil and hydrotreated vegetable oils, officials said. The new compound also incorporates more than 50 percent recycled content from post-consumer plastic and pre-consumer carbon fiber sources.

Sustainability, performance on the rise with new Sabic materials

-Fibertex to expand European operations

Fibertex Nonwovens has announced the second stage of its expansion plan with an investment of DKK 300 million in the company’s plants in the Czech Republic and Turkey.Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

The investment was prompted by increased global demand for the company’s high-tech and sustainable speciality products.

In March 2021, Fibertex Nonwovens, a subsidiary of the Danish industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co. in Aarhus, Denmark, announced an investment of just over DKK 300 million in a capacity expansion of one of the company’s two plants in the USA. Fibertex Nonwovens is now investing the same amount in Europe with a capacity expansion of the company’s existing plants in the Czech Republic and Turkey.

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-Carbios announces the signing of an Expression Of Intent agreement with a major PET producer

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With this second EOI agreement, Carbios confirms its plan to build a first-of-a-kind production unit after site selection to be completed in 2022

Carbios, a company pioneering new enzymatic solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, announced that a non-exclusive and non-binding Expression Of Intent agreement was signed with a significant PET producer on April 15th, 2021.

With this additional agreement, as announced on April 6th, 2021 (1), Carbios confirms its plan to build a first-of-a-kind 100% PET recycling production unit using its enzymatic technology (the “Unit”). The company will carry out ongoing studies to select the most suitable site, technically and economically, to build this first industrial and commercial Unit.

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-MAIRE TECNIMONT AWARDED EPCC CONTRACT FOR IOCL’S NEW PARA-XYLENE PLANT

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Rome, Italy) announced that a consortium composed of its subsidiaries Tecnimont S.p.A. and Mumbai-based Tecnimont Private Limited has been awarded an EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) Lump-Sum contract by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), for the implementation of a new Para-Xylene (PX) plant and the relevant offsites facilities. The plant will be located in Paradip, in the State of Odisha, in Eastern India.

The overall value of the contract is about $450 million. The scope of work entails EPCC activities up to the Performance Guarantees Test Run. Once completed, the new PX plant will have a capacity of 800,000 metric  tons per year (m.t./yr). The time schedule is 33 months for Mechanical Completion from the award date. The PX produced will be used to feed the adjacent PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) unit, thus ensuring availability of world-class feedstock that will provide a significant boost to the Country’s manufacturing industry. Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

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-Will VFY export of China hit new highs in 2021?

VFY price continued to rise in the first quarter of 2021. Driven by stronger textiles amid the control of the epidemic and the expected recovery of economy and demand, combined with the support of VFY sales and feedstock cost, VFY price was gradually moving closer to the level at the beginning of 2020. By late Apr, the offer of bright VFY 120D had increased to 38,000-41,000yuan/mt. Petrochemicals PETPolymer CrudeWTI

Pulp price kept rising amid continued tight supply and VFY price recovered somehow, but the pressure from cost still weighed on the profit of VFY companies.

Overseas demand continued to be strong in the first quarter, and the monthly export volume hit a record high. However, the demand in China local market was relatively stable, which had not recovered to pre-epidemic level. In Mar 2021, VFY export of China set a record high of 9,681kt, up 16.02% m-o-m and up 30.45% y-o-y.

Will VFY export of China hit new highs in 2021?

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-Israeli manufacturer Nilit launches sustainable premium nylon fibre

Nilit, an Israel-based manufacturer of nylon 6.6 (polyamide) fibres, has introduced Sensil BioCare, a sustainable nylon fibre that breaks down faster in seawater and landfills. The fibre is developed to help the textiles and apparel industry address specific environmental challenges such as water consumption and its impact on the ecosystem.

Responsibly manufactured according to Nilit’s Total Product Sustainability (TPS) criteria, Sensil BioCare enhanced with special technology will not wear or wash out nor will it interfere with other performance additives, finishes or dyes, said the company in a press release.

“We designed our new Sensil BioCare to help reduce the potential impact of synthetic fabrics on the Earth’s ecosystems,” says Ilan Melamed, general manager, Nilit. “We provide consumers the same performance, comfort, and durability they expect from Sensil premium nylon along with the peace of mind that they are making a positive choice for the planet.”

Israeli manufacturer Nilit launches sustainable premium nylon fibre

-SABIC debuts a novel bio-based LNP™ compound that can help reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel use

SABIC today launched new bio-based LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ DC0041PE-7M1D145W compound, offering customers a new sustainable option for demanding applications in electrical/electronics, healthcare and other key industries. This new flame-retardant, carbon fiber-reinforced compound has a reduced carbon/energy footprint compared to its incumbent product, LNP THERMOCOMP DC0041PE-7M1D145 compound, while delivering the same properties.

“SABIC continues to invest in cutting-edge research and development focused on improving the sustainability of our products without compromising on performance and processability,” noted Joshua Chiaw, Director, Business Management, LNP Compounds & NORYL Resins, SABIC. “All aspects of the value chain, from raw materials to finished goods, are certified through ISCC and compliant with regional and global regulations. The success of our first bio-based compound is inspiring us to accelerate our innovation efforts to develop totally new ways to support customers and protect the planet.”

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-Adding enzymes to bioplastics can make them disappear

New research shows there may be a way to make easily biodegradable single-use plastics.

With so many different plastics entering the waterways that take hundreds of years to decompose, plastic pollution and microplastics are almost everywhere on the planet, from the air to the sea, in vast quantities. Compostable plastics, like corn-based plastic cups and straws, are sometimes touted as a viable solution, but without the infrastructure to properly turn them into compost, they can end up in a landfill.

To keep our oceans from becoming even more plastic-filled, scientists are finding the keys to making plastics quickly decompose, and baking them into the plastic’s formula. Ting Xu, professor of materials science and engineering and chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, and her research group investigate biologically available solutions that will allow single-use plastic to biodegrade under easily attainable conditions. In a new study, they describe how they used an innovative polymer coating on enzymes that can be built-in to bioplastics to make them easier to compost at home.

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-Net Zero Plastic Applies Carbon-Offset Model to Plastic Waste Reduction

Yankee Scientific Inc. and CO2 Global claim to have developed a comprehensive market-based business platform for the environmentally responsible management of plastic waste. According to Eric Guyer, President of Yankee Scientific, the patented Net Zero Plastic technical and business method can be deployed commercially today and is responsive to rapidly changing public sentiment about the importance of environmental sustainability. “Importantly, it is not dependent on the development of new technology,” said Guyer. “Rather, our platform represents a new synthesis of business concepts and technical capability.”

The key features of the Net Zero Plastic platform are:

  • Elimination of unwanted plastic waste by processing it in ways that minimize or eliminate carbon emissions.
  • Application of the well-established concept of environmental offset together with eco-branding to guarantee environmental responsibility in the use of plastic products, including those conventionally produced from fossil hydrocarbons.
  • Economic mining of the environmental concern about plastic waste at the point of maximum plastic material value.
  • A measurement, verification, and accounting system.

Yankee Scientific Inc. and CO2 Global explain that for every pound of eco-branded Net Zero Plastic product that is bought, “the platform guarantees an equivalent pound of plastic waste is permanently eliminated from the earth in an environmentally responsible way.”

The missing link in recycling programs

Guyer explained to PlasticsToday that the idea of producer responsibility is the missing link in the scheme of recycling. “We’ve identified a strategy that would work across the industry without a lot of disruption and with minimal cost by getting people to label their plastic products as they make them,” Guyer said. “For every pound of plastics they label, we’ll collect and incinerate an equal amount of plastic waste in a waste-to-energy plant equipped with a carbon capture system.

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-Production lines for PC speciality films started at German site Dormagen

German plastics producer Covestro (Leverkusen; www.covestro.com) has started up additional production lines for polycarbonate speciality films at its Dormagen site in Germany, the construction for which had begun in May 2019 (see Plasteurope.com of 07.05.2019). The new coextrusion lines are part of the company’s global programme to expand film capacity, with an investment of over EUR 100m. Around 30 new jobs will be created to operate the new lines, which will mainly produce multilayer flat films that are used in medical technology, car interiors and ID cards.

“Our new production lines are equipped with state-of-the-art technology,” says Thorsten Dreier, global head of speciality films and thermoplastic polyurethanes business, and adds,

Production lines for PC speciality films started at German site Dormagen

-Former Coca-Cola and Eastman Chemical Employee Convicted of Stealing BPA-free Polymers Trade Secrets

The Chinese-born chemist planned to use the stolen IP to set up her own BPA-free coating company in China.

A chemist was found guilty on April 22, 2021, for her role in a scheme to steal trade secrets related to bisphenol-A-free (BPA-free) polymers from American companies that include Coca-Cola and Eastman Chemical Co. Chinese-born Xiaorong You, PhD, aka Shannon You, plotted to steal the IP worth an estimated $120 million and set up her own BPA-free coating company in China, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) news release.

Following the 12-day trial, You was convicted of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to steal trade secrets, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage, and wire fraud. According to the DOJ press release, court documents and evidence presented at the trial revealed You stole valuable trade secrets related to formulations for BPA-free coatings for the inside of beverage cans for the purpose of establishing a global can-coating manufacturer in China with Chinese chemical company Weihai Jinhong Group.

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-Chemical Recycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste for Sustainable Production of Ethyl Lactate

Though synthetic plastics are indispensable in our everyday life, the uncertainty surrounding the sustainability of fossil reserves has led to the development of a novel class of plastics, referred to as bio-based plastics. Poly(lactic) acid (PLA) is the most frequently used member of this family. However, due to the lack of a holistic recycling strategy, its large scale utilization can turn out to be an acute source of plastic pollution in the future. Unlike other attempts directed towards chemical recycling of PLA which violate the basic principles of green chemistry, the following research establishes an eco-friendly recycling concept aimed at the production of a valuable lactate ester through solvent assisted transesterification of PLA waste. The scope of this research is not only limited to the selection of an appropriate system (solvent, nucleophile and catalyst) but also extends to analysing the selectivity of the solvent towards the PLA fraction in a commingled stream and the effect of the concentration of nucleophile and different PLA substrates on the yield of the lactate ester.

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-VW teases revamped Multivan interior

VW teases revamped Multivan interior Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has presented concept drawings for its latest Multivan, which it says will have the most flexible interior system that a Bulli (Transporter) has ever had.

The design features the existing model’s signature touches, including a high seating position in the front with up to five moveable/removeable individual seats in the back. The second row of seats can be rotated 180°, enabling the rear seats to be arranged in the typical face-to-face arrangement of the Multivan. This is a concept that originates from the Multivan T3 (launched in the 1980s) and VW says it has been a winning formula for over 35 years.

Albert Kirzinger, head of design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, explained why flexible seats and a middle seat that is both moveable and removeable are so important for a Multivan: “It is wonderfully practical. And a car is practical, if it can be used flexibly. To that end, we’ve created a new seating system. You can easily take seats out to get your sports equipment, mountain bike and/or surfboard into this generously proportioned space. With these seats, everything is possible in the new Multivan.”

VW teases revamped Multivan interior Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has presented concept drawings for its latest Multivan, which it says will have the most flexible interior system that a Bulli (Transporter) has ever had.

VW teases revamped Multivan interior

-Upholstery In Automobiles

Textiles are no more limited for use as apparels clothing is just are but not the only purpose of textiles with the rapid changes in the social economic structure of our society.

Many efforts are made to some and protect human life.

Textiles are used in a number of little known forms and less transparent technical areas. Automotive textiles is one of them.

It is estimated that an average family car contains about 12-14kg of textiles. The biggest car producing region is Western Europe, which consumes 1, 50,000 tons per annum of textile for the automotive industry.

The second and third largest markets for automotive textiles are USA and Japan. Two-third of textile are used for interior trim, that is, seat covers, roof, door liners, and carpets.

Remainder goes to the other parts of the automotives.

The world biggest nonwovens manufacturer estimates 42% of its sales tied to the automotive sector.

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-Cordura with hemp – a winning combination

Invista is this year marking the tenth anniversary of the Cordura Denim brand with new fabrics featuring hemp.

“Cordura Denim is proven to be at least four times more durable than traditional 100% cotton equivalents and has found a firm fan-base as the comfortable, durable option for skateboarders, climbers, cycle commuters, workers and motorcyclists,” said business development director Cindy McNaull. “Our Cordura Lab to Life denim testing protocol supports sustainability, focusing on built-in resistance to abrasion and tear.”

This built-in strength, she added, is based on denims engineered from a blend of Invista’s military-grade T420 nylon-6.6 staple fibre and cotton.

“We design and engineer with a view to the future with the aim of creating denims that reflect innovation and heritage while encapsulating next generation durability, strength and added performance, while also being sustainable. This is where hemp comes in, offering enhanced abrasion resistance, tensile and tear strength as well as aesthetic advantages and eco-efficient properties.”

Cordura with hemp – a winning combination

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-Resilux set to double bottle-to-bottle recycling capacity using Erema technology

Resilux, a leading PET bottle and preform producer, has announced a major new technology investment which will result in them doubling their bottle-to-bottle PET recycling capacity.

Using state of the art equipment from Erema, it is Resilux’s latest step in their drive to create a truly circular economy in PET. The new VACUNITE® bottle-to-bottle system enables Resilux to significantly ramp up their production of food grade recycled PET. The new investment has been made in response to increased customer demand and the expectation that production will only increase in the future. Marcel van de Sande, Resilux Group Chief Operating Officer, says “the new technology puts us in the perfect position to ride the next green wave” by using the “Power of PET”.

Resilux set to double bottle-to-bottle recycling capacity using Erema technology

-Polyester downstream market: Attention to textile orders in late-May

The pandemic burst again in India since late-Mar. As of April 24, India has become a country with the largest new infection in the world for three consecutive days, and the number of newly added cases reached 346,000 on Apr 24, which was the maximum daily number of new cases worldwide since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some orders for textiles and apparels in India were rumored to flow into China last week as the pandemic was almost out of control there. After communicating with downstream players on polyester market, there was no such transfer temporarily. Some PFY makers reflected that exports of PFY have reduced obviously.

One company received 5,000-6,000 tons of PFY orders to India in Mar but they almost did not take orders in Apr. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

Falling PFY exports to India also indicated diminishing textiles orders in India indirectly. Whether this portion of orders were transferred to China or other Southeast Asian countries is hard to be verified.

Polyester downstream market: Attention to textile orders in late-May

-Thyssenkrupp Uhde to build a polyester textile plant for Yürek in Turkey

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer signed a contract to build a new world-scale polymer plant for Yürek Polimer A.S.in Bursa, Turkey. The plant is planned to produce 300 metric tons per day (108,000 tons per year) of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) for low viscosity applications. The PET melt produced by thyssenkrupp technology will then be converted into PET Chips, as well as pre-oriented yarn.Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

Werner Steinauer, CEO of Uhde Inventa-Fischer: “We are very proud that Yürek chose us to build another state-of-the art PET plant.

Our 2R process offers many advantages compared to conventional technologies, such as reduced footprint, less CAPEX, optimized energy consumption and lower production costs.”

Alim Yürek, Member of Board of Directors of Yürek Polimer A.Ş.: “We chose a well-proven technology which could be seamlessly integrated into the further production. With this PET investment, the Yürek group will become an integrated textile group.”

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-Polyef continues to implement the project for the production of “green” PET granules

Blagoveshchensk Polyef continues to implement a project to launch the production of “green” PET pellets containing secondary raw materials, the company said.

The enterprise loaded the first pile into the base of the production foundation. It is planned to launch the line in the first half of 2022.Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

It is noted that the production of PET containing recycled resources is an important part of SIBUR’s strategy for sustainable development until 2025. The technology that is planned to be used at Polief is environmentally friendly and belongs to the advanced methods of involving recycled PET in the production cycle.

The “green pellet” produced by Polyef will contain up to 25% recyclable materials and will meet the highest regulatory requirements, meeting the growing market demand for packaging using recycled materials, and will provide its manufacturers with a complete solution that combines both primary and secondary PET. SIBUR also continues research and development work in order to increase the proportion of secondary PET in pellets without losing quality in the future.

Polyef continues to implement the project for the production of "green" PET granules

-Polykemi Invests in its Own U.S. Compounding Plant

Gastonia, N.C. is the location for Polykemi’s plant which could start production of compounds as early as 2022.  Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

Sweden’s Polykemi Group AB is investing nearly $12 million to built its own compounding plant in the United States.Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

The investment in the plant in Gastonia, NC, is the largest single investment in the company’s history, and it lays the ground for Polykemi Inc.’s further growth in North America. The 50,000 sq.ft. plant, which is expandable up to 100,000 sq.ft., will initially be equipped with two production lines, and the expected launch of manufacturing is during second quarter 2022.

A family-owned compounder of a broad range of thermoplastic compounds with a strong presence in Europe and Asia, Polykemi began offering its products in North America in 2014 through a cooperative partnership with compounder Omni Plastics, Evansville, Indiana.

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-Propylene contract price in Taiwan declines by USD65 per ton in April

The contract price for propylene in Taiwan for April shipments has been negotiated at USD65 per tonne below the previous month, ICIS reported.

According to market sources, agreements between the key producer and its end users were concluded at USD1,015 per tonne, DEL compared to USD1,080 per tonne in March.Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of propylene in Taiwan for February shipments was negotiated at USD30 per tonne higher than the previous month.

It was also noted that the contract price of propylene in Europe for April deliveries was finally agreed at EUR1,015 per tonne, which is EUR45 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month, thus marking the fifth month of an upward price trend.

Propylene contract price in Taiwan declines by USD65 per ton in April

-AMP partners with Greenbridge to increase PET recovery using AI-guided robotic sorting systems

AMP Robotics has deployed six AI-guided robotic sorting systems with Evergreen, one of the nation’s largest recyclers of PET bottles, at its Ohio processing facility.

AMP’s technology identifies and sorts green and clear PET from post-consumer bales of plastic soft drink bottles, which Evergreen recycles into reusable flakes or pellets (rPET) and sells to end markets as feedstock for new containers and packaging.

Products made from rPET can be recycled again—important as states consider legislation around producer responsibility, which charges producers higher rates for hard-to-recycle packaging and could drive packaging design that uses more recycled content. If plastics are not properly separated during the sorting phase, and different materials get processed together, it produces a lower-quality resin, which may not meet manufacturers’ product standards and the stringent requirements for food-grade and beverage containers.Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

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-Using chemical recycling to manage end-of-life mattresses

H&S is building its new reactor plant for the recycling of end-of-life mattresses in cooperation with RetourMatras from the Netherlands

H&S Anlagentechnik GmbH has signed a contract with the Dutch recycling company RetourMatras to build a plant for the chemical recycling of discarded PU mattresses.

As of this year, 1.5 million old mattresses are to be dismantled annually by RetourMatras in the Netherlands and Belgium.

A part of these mattresses will be recycled using process technology and know-how provided by H&S, and the Dutch company will supply a fully automated production line for dismantling the old mattresses. The reactor plant is scheduled to be commissioned in the end of 2021. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

Chemical recycling can be defined as any process by which a polymer is chemically reduced to its original monomer form so that it can eventually be processed (re-polymerized) and remade into new plastic materials that go on to be used in new plastic products.

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-SIBUR and TAIF to merge their petrochemical businesses

Today, SIBUR and TAIF have initiated a number of steps to combine their petrochemical businesses. Existing TAIF shareholders will receive a 15% stake in PJSC SIBUR Holding in exchange for the transfer of a controlling interest in TAIF’s group of petrochemical and energy companies.

The remaining stake in JSC TAIF can be subsequently purchased by the combined company.Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

The deal will be closed subject to completion of the relevant corporate procedures and receipt of necessary regulatory approvals.

This combination will make the new company’s petrochemical operations more competitive in the global market, improve its resilience to market fluctuations, and also unlock further growth potential of Russia’s petrochemical industry through joint realization of capital intensive projects, and also boost chemical non-commodity exports. The transaction will also bring new jobs and opportunities for sustainable development and environmental management. Furthermore, the new combined company will benefit from improved resource base diversification, distribution and logistics optimisation, joint R&D development, and sharing operational best practices to maximize the efficiency of its assets. Upon realization of SIBUR’s and TAIF’s already approved investment projects, the combined company will be one of the world’s top 5 producers of polyolefin and rubber products.

SIBUR and TAIF to merge their petrochemical businesses

-Business groups vow to aggressively expand green economy programs

Philippine business groups will prioritize the expansion of “green” economy interventions to ensure environment-friendly operations and sustainable economic recovery from the raging health and economic crisis.

“The interconnected challenges in public health, the economy, and the environment cannot be ignored. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Packaging

These have greatly disrupted global economic growth and punctuates the urgency to rebuild a more sustainable and resilient future,” said Prof. Dindo Manhit, President of Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi) during their recently held virtual online forum on the theme “Moving Towards A Sustainable Future Through ESG” organized in partnership with environmental advocacy group Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST).

“We believe that the private sector, through ESG, plays a vital role in advancing the country’s sustainable development,” Manhit said.

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Chief Finance Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer Ms. June Cheryl Cabal-Revilla said, “We’ve put sustainability pillars across the businesses which include exceptional service, operational efficiency, environmental stewardship, human capital excellence, positive community impact, and governance and business ethics.  We’ve also put our focus on progress by enabling genuine progress and development.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton -150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 970 $/ton 955 $/ton- -15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,025 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton -75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,570 yuan/ton 4,545 yuan/ton -25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
655 $/ton 650 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,110 yuan/ton 4,755 yuan/ton -355
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 650 $/ton 612 $/ton-  

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Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 857 $/ton 849 $/ton -8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 839 $/ton 831 $/ton -8
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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884 $/ton 870 $/ton -14
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,615 yuan/ton 7,535 yuan/ton
-80
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8.550 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,750 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,850 yuan/ton 13,300 yuan/ton
+450
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,550 yuan/ton 13,850 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 42,000 yuan/ton 41,500 yuan/ton -500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,500 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,300 yuan/ton 19,600 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,650 yuan/ton 17,900 yuan/ton +250
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 82,000 yuan/ton 83,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 73,000 yuan/ton 73,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 63,000 yuan/ton 63,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,750 yuan/ton 10,400 yuan/ton -350
Benzene domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,230 yuan/ton +180
Benzene overseas  market 937 $/ton 953 $/ton
+16
Ethylene South East market 1,050 $/ton 1,050 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market 1,223 $/ton 1,261 $/ton +62
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,500 yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,500 $/ton 2,500 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton -300
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETBottle R-POYPolyester
8,500 yuan/ton 8,450 yuan/ton -50
Naphtha overseas market  589 $/ton 563 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 8,680 yuan/ton 8,920 yuan/ton +240

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-Arkema to Start Up New Bio-Based Polyamide 11 Plant in Singapore in the First Half of 2022

Arkema (Paris:AKE) confirms it is on track to begin production of Amino 11 and its flagship Rilsan® polyamide 11 high performance polymer at the new plant on Jurong Island, Singapore in the first half of next year. This plant, for which production will be 100%-derived from renewable castor beans, represents a 50% increase in Arkema’s global polyamide 11 capacity.

With this ambitious project announced in 2017, Arkema is delivering on its strong commitment to Specialty Materials and the bio-based polyamide 11 chain. When complete, this will represent the biggest integrated bio-factory in the world dedicated to high performance polymers. It represents a 50% increase in global polyamide 11 capacity for Arkema. The total investment in the region, which also includes downstream polymer capacities in China, is approximately €450 million. To finance this new plant in Singapore, Arkema successfully placed its first ever green bond in October 2020, for a total amount of €300 million.

After a first phase of in-depth studies and administrative procedures, our technical teams have started work on the infrastructure and construction of this large-scale industrial complex on the Jurong site (Singapore). After overcoming the difficulties linked to the Covid-19, this project is fully on track and the Group confirms its ambition to start up production in the first half of 2022.

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-How Russia Could Kickstart Another Oil Price War

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is starting to feel the heat of new U.S. sanctions, as Washington is putting some additional bite into its confrontation with Moscow.

At the same time, new sanctions or even a full-out (proxy) confrontation are looming on the horizon, looking at the tensions at the Russian-Ukrainian border. Putin’s reactions are straightforward, threatening asymmetric responses to any Western pressure or military interference in the coming months.

The still fledgling or outright weak reactions of Western governments, especially in Europe, are received in Russia as a sign of weakness. Even though current US-EU sanctions on Russian institutions and oligarchs are taking their toll, the larger picture hasn’t changed much.

Russia’s military buildup on the eastern Ukrainian border, the unilateral decision to block the Black Sea for international shipping and naval forces, in breach with the Montreux Convention, and the threat of increased US sanctions on the NordStream 2 involved parties, doesn’t seem to have changed Putin’s strategic considerations. The global critique about the Russian treatment of Navalny is seen by Moscow as external interference in an internal issue, not to be discussed even during Putin’s yearly “State of Union” address to the Russian people.

How Russia Could Kickstart Another Oil Price War

-Oerlikon Acquires INglass and HRSflow Hot-Runner Business

Oerlikon, a supplier of surface engineering, polymer processing, and additive manufacturing services, has signed an agreement to acquire Italy-based INglass SpA and its hot-runner technology operating under the HRSflow brand. The acquisition represents a significant step in expanding Oerlikon’s current manmade fibers business into the larger polymer processing market, said the company, which has its headquarters in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.

Completion of the transaction, subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected by the second quarter of 2021. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

Oerlikon said that its Manmade Fibers Division will be renamed Polymer Processing Solutions Division to reflect its expansion into this high-growth market. The division will comprise two business units: Flow Control Solutions and Manmade Fibers Solutions. The former will combine the expertise of Oerlikon Barmag’s existing gear metering pumps business line with INglass’s HRSflow operations. Manmade Fibers Solutions will continue to focus on growing the existing chemical fiber machinery and plant engineering business for the production of polyester, polypropylene, and polyamide.

Oerlikon Acquires INglass and HRSflow Hot-Runner Business

-Coca-Cola, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive join AB InBev’s sustainability accelerator

Today, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company and Unilever have joined the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) 100+ Accelerator, an initiative that aims to fund and pilot sustainable innovation in supply chains.

Launched in 2018, the 100+ Accelerator is a global incubator program that works to solve supply chain challenges across water stewardship, circular packaging, upcycling, sustainable agriculture and climate action. Over the last two years, the program has accelerated 36 companies in 16 countries.

Tony Milikin, chief procurement, sustainability and circular ventures officer at AB InBev, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever join us as founding partners in the 100+ Accelerator.”

“Together, we are striving to supercharge adoption of sustainable solutions by funding and accelerating fantastic innovations that will change the world by making all of our businesses more sustainable. Sustainable business is smart business, and we are working to solve huge problems that no one company can handle alone. With our combined global reach, we can accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future.” Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

-Evergreen to expand rPET production

Company to double food-grade rPET output to 80 million pounds by mid-2022.

Plastics recycling company Evergreen is undergoing an expansion at its plant in Clyde, Ohio, that will double its food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) processing capacity from roughly 40 million pounds annually to 80 million pounds annually, says Greg Johnson, Evergreen corporate vice president.

Late last year, the company added six robots on its sorting line that were supplied by Amp Robotics of Denver, Colorado. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

The robotic sorters are after the optical sorters on the whole bottle sorting line, and Johnson says they have helped to improve the consistency and quality of the material. He adds that the robots are negatively sorting the PET bottles, removing colored bottles or those with certain labels and non-PET bottles that may have gotten past the optical sorters.

He says the robots provide the “final polish” and “are not a replacement for optical sorters.”

Evergreen to expand rPET production

-First CAC biodegradable wipe substrates

Mondi’s new CAC (carded-airlaid-carded) line is now producing samples for qualification at the company’s plant in Germany, having started up in February.

“This is the first machine of its type producing nonwovens based on composites of staple fibre and airlaid pulp,” explained the company’s director of R&D Michael Trinkaus during the online EDANA Outlook conference (April 21-23). “The nonwoven layers are combined by hydroentanglement without the use of binders to produce materials that are 100% renewable, biodegradable and compostable.”

The resulting nonwovens for wipes are tough on mess, while being gentle to the touch, with a stable 3D texture, he added. The viscose and pulp combination also results in a high surface area. Other advantages include the pattern stability of the materials made by the CAC progress, with the short fibres strongly positioned by the hydro-moulding step. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

This also ensures the lotion in wipes stays where it should.

First CAC biodegradable wipe substrates

-Biotransformation technology for polyolefin fibres and nonwovens

Indorama Ventures’ fibre manufacturer FiberVisions and nonwovens manufacturer Avgol have partnered with the Polymateria to commercially harness the ‘biotransformation’ technology pioneered by the UK-based company. The patented technology alters the properties of polyolefins to make them biodegradable in a natural process. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

The Biotransformation Technology will enable the companies to bring disposable products a unique managed lifecycle and further expand an already extensive catalogue of fibre/spunlaid offerings. The focus of these efforts will be in the launch of non-oxo-degradative components for personal protection masks and face covering, hygiene, agricultural, industrial and homecare applications.

The use of Biotransformation Technology will support applications in non-virgin resin recycling while providing a solution for ‘fugitive’ used articles, including those items that have not been properly recycled or disposed of. This process involves the material decomposing into a wax, wherein the wax is further degraded by environmental bacterial action into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

-Berry Global to invest $70m to expand sustainable film capacity in North America

The investment will enable Berry Global to expand its portfolio of fully recyclable, biodegradable or compostable films  Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

Berry Global Group, a provider of packaging and engineered products, is set to invest over $70m to expand its capacity for consumer packaging films.

The latest investment is believed to help continued growth in consumer packaging films, specifically for e-commerce, food, and beverage applications.

Berry Global will use the funds to build new multi-layer blown film lines, as well as upgrade infrastructure and other equipment across multiple sites in the North American manufacturing system.

The expanded capacity is expected to be operational between this year and 2022.

The new film lines will support the anticipated increased customer demand for recycled content, apart from the traditional infrastructure upgrade.

Berry stated that line flexibility is a crucial investment strategy deployed by the company to make sure that ongoing material science developments applied to customer specifications ranging from recycled content in its films to PHA resins that facilitate bio-resin use.

Berry Global to invest $70m to expand sustainable film capacity in North America

-Indorama expands Deja sustainable brand platform

Deja Carbon Neutral PET pellet is the latest innovation under IVL’s Deja global brand offering a certified carbon neutral PET pellet solution.

Indorama Ventures (IVL) is expanding its portfolio of sustainable solutions under its Deja brand. The global sustainable ingredients brand is a key part the company’s commitment to meet growing demand for innovative, high performance products which will reduce its impact on the environment. Petrochemicals PETPolymer Nonwovenfabric

Deja Carbon Neutral PET pellet is the latest innovation under IVL’s Deja global brand offering as the world’s first certified carbon neutral PET pellet solution. It is a significant addition to the growing Deja portfolio, which includes sustainable PET, rPET, polymer and fibre range of products available across flake, pellet, fibre and filament ingredients. Deja Carbon Neutral PET pellet has been sustainably produced throughout its supply chain and helps environmentally conscious companies to achieve their sustainability targets by lowering their Scope 3 GHG emissions.

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Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric 24-04-2021

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-Carbios and Michelin collaborate to create 100% sustainable tires

CARBIOS and MICHELIN have taken a major step towards developing 100% sustainable tires, a news release.

Michelin has successfully tested and applied Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process for PET plastic waste, in order to create a high tenacity tire fibre that meets the tire-giant’s technical requirements.

Enzymatic recycling: a revolutionary process

Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process uses an enzyme capable of depolymerizing the PET contained in various plastics or textiles (bottles, trays, polyester clothing, etc.). This innovation allows infinite recycling of all types of PET waste. It also allows the production of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable PET products, with the same quality as if they were produced with virgin PET.

The application of PET enzymatic recycling in car tires: a world first

Conventional thermomechanical recycling processes for complex plastics do not achieve the PET high-performance grade required for pneumatic applications. However, the monomers resulting from Carbios’ process, which used colored and opaque plastic waste such as bottles, once repolymerized in PET, made it possible to obtain a high tenacity fibre meeting Michelin’s tire requirements.

Carbios and Michelin collaborate to create 100% sustainable tires

-American Kraton has developed a polymer against coronavirus

The American company Kraton has announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted an emergency exemption for the use of its new sulfonated polymer, which rapidly inactivates the coronavirus, said the company.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency permit for the use of the polymer in the states of the United States, Georgia, Utah and Minnesota for specific applications to protect against the COVID-19 virus. American Delta Airlines will be the first to use this material in these states. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

The material is solid but transparent and can provide long-term antimicrobial protection to surfaces with the ability to kill up to 99.99% of the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory setting. The company named this polymer line BiaXam. According to the specialty polymer manufacturer, BiaXam can provide continuous protection for up to 200 days, depending on use and cleaning methods.

American Kraton has developed a polymer against coronavirus

-Dow and Mura Technology partnered to help keep plastic waste out of the environment

Dow and Mura Technology partnered to help keep plastic waste out of the environment, said Hydrocarbonprocessing. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

The collaboration will support the rapid scaling of Mura’s new HydroPRS  (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) advanced recycling process aimed at preventing plastic and carbon from entering the natural environment while creating the feedstocks for a sustainable, circular plastics economy.

The deal marks an important step in Dow’s commitment to advance a circular economy for plastics and keep plastic waste from entering the environment. The partnership combines Dow’s materials science capabilities, global scale and financial resources with Mura’s leading technology, to produce the circular feedstocks which are then converted into the recycled plastics that consumers and global brands are increasingly seeking.

Mura’s proprietary solution, HydroPRS, is a revolutionary advanced recycling process that uses supercritical steam to convert plastics back into the chemicals and oils from which they were made, for use in new, virgin- equivalent plastic products. HydroPRS can recycle all forms of plastic – including multi-layer, flexible plastics used in packaging, which are currently harder to recycle and often incinerated or sent to landfill.

Importantly, the plastics produced using these recycled products are expected to be suitable for use in food- contact packaging, unlike most conventional recycling processes. With Mura’s process there is no anticipated limit to the number of times the same material can be recycled – meaning it has the potential to significantly reduce plastics being used once and make the raw ingredients for a circular plastics economy. In addition, advanced recycling processes are expected to save approximately 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of plastic recycled, compared to incineration of unrecycled plastics.

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-Global oil demand to peak in 2026

The rapid adoption of electric vehicles (EV) around the world will probably cause global oil demand to peak two years earlier than previously expected, Norway’s biggest independent energy consultancy Rystad said.

World demand is now seen peaking at 101.6 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in 2026, down from a forecast made in November of a peak in 2028 at 102.2 million bpd, Rystad Energy said. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

“The adoption of electrification in transport and other oil-dependent sectors is accelerating and is set to chip away at oil sooner and faster than in our previous forecast,” Rystad wrote.

Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Rystad had anticipated that peak oil demand would be reached in 2030 at 106 million bpd.

Global oil demand to peak in 2026

-Bullish and bearish factors analysis for ACN market

In late Apr, China acrylonitrile offers move up due to slightly tight spot availabilities and anticipation of not low settlement prices for Apr. Therefore, market players hold looking-on mood towards the May price direction, and with the bearish and bullish news, the price direction is hard to predict. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

For the bulls: 1. The settlement price for Apr is anticipated to be not low, and market prices climb up somewhat. 2 South Korean Tongsuh Petrochemical is planning to shut its 265kta No. 4 ACN plant at Ulsan on May 10 for 30 days of planned turnaround; Japan’s Asahi Kasei plans to shut its 200kta ACN unit in May-Jun at Mizushima. 3. PetroChina Jilin’s 452kta unit plans to shut in late May for maintenance, which may last till early Jul. 4. Acrylic fiber plant operating rate is cut largely in Apr, and players expect that the operating rate may recover somewhat in May.

For the bears: 1. There is still downward space for ACN on concern about its considerable profits. 2. Downstream acrylic fiber and AM sales are unfavorable, and acrylic fiber market lacks support after stepping into slack season. 3. It is heard that Zhejiang Petrochemical Phase II ACN unit will start up in Jun at the earliest, which will dampen the market sentiment in May. 4. Trading time shortens somewhat in May due to the five-day long May Day holiday.

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-99.84 % protection against SARS CoV-2 on textiles thanks to Sanitized® T 99-19

Burgdorf/CH, 22 April 2021: The antimicrobial protection of Sanitized® T 99-19 is valued by textile manufacturers worldwide. Now the product’s nearly 100 % efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been confirmed by independent labs in France (basis: ISO 18184:2019). Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

Textile and polymer products with Sanitized® antimicrobial treatment have been used in hygiene-sensitive areas for many years. For textiles, Sanitized® T 99-19 is a patented technology based on a silane-ammonia compound, a globally proven product. Its hygiene function is used in workwear and protective clothing for nursing staff, bed linen or mattresses in hotels, nursing care facilities and hospitals. Polyester goods for precisely these areas of application can now not only be antimicrobial, but also reliably protective against SARS CoV-2. The antiviral efficacy (99.84 %) of the Sanitized® T 99-19 product has been officially confirmed by tests conducted by external labs. “This excellent antiviral test result of our particle and metal-free Silane Quat technology, achieved on the basis of a standardized and reproducible test method, meets the expectation of our customers and the market.

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-Maire Tecnimont to develop a new bio-degradable polymer plant in Tatarstan

Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiaries NextChem and MET Development have signed an MoU with MC TAIF JSC (TAIF) to co-develop a new bio-degradable polymer plant in the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation), using NextChem’s know-how and MET Development’s project development capabilities, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

TAIF is the largest industrial investment company in Tatarstan, engaged in Oil and Gas, Chemistry, Petrochemistry and Energy. Under the agreement, TAIF and Maire Tecnimont Group’s subsidiaries will jointly assess and evaluate the biopolymer plant opportunity in order to establish the fundamentals of the joint development collaboration between the Parties.Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

NextChem will be selected to provide its expertise and know-how to carry out the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) and EPC activities for the realization of the biopolymer plant. Maire Tecnimont Group will bring technological solutions and the best know-how for project development and execution, relying on its portfolio of technologies as well as its strong capabilities as an end-to-end developer of large-scale complex projects.

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-Hyosung nurtures recycled fiber business, leadership program

Hyosung Group is pushing to rev up its eco-friendly fiber business, seen as its next growth engine, amid growing global awareness toward sustainable development.

The conglomerate is also bolstering leadership training programs while enhancing cooperation with its partners, many of them small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as part of efforts for co-prosperity in the pandemic era.

All these measures are in accordance with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), which has emerged as a keyword for Korean enterprises in their drive for sustainable growth. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

The eco-friendly fiber business is managed by the group’s affiliate Hyosung TNC. It manufactures nylon, polyester and spandex, all made out of recycled plastic bottles, under the brand Regen.

Last year, Hyosung TNC launched a joint project with Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, bottled water brand Jeju Samdasoo and global outdoor brand The North Face.

Under the project, Jeju Samdasoo supplies its used bottles to Hyosung TNC, which uses them to manufacture its Regen Jeju fiber, which is then supplied to The North Face.

Hyosung nurtures recycled fiber business, leadership program

-BPF: Chinaplas 2021 Post-show Report

The British Plastics Federation (bpf) provides you with a post-show report from Chinaplas 2021, which took place last week.

The Chinaplas 2021 exhibition took place on the 13-16 April, with 152,134 visitors, 2,363 of which were from overseas. The trade fair took place at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center and was the first time it had taken place in Shenzhen (instead of Guangzhou). Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

The event covered 350,000 square meters, featured over 3,600 exhibitors, nine country pavilions and had over 3,800 machines on display. The British Pavilion comprised four companies with stands manned by their local representatives. These were: Atlas Converting Equipment, Meech International, Nextool and Rapidflame.

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-Viscose and lycoell to avoid SUP rulings

The latest news emerging from the European Commission suggests that viscose and lyocell based fibre products have been determined to not be chemically-modified and therefore will not be included in the coming European Union Single-Use Plastics Directive. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle Nonwovenfabric

If confirmed, with the official pronouncement expected in May, the news will be well received by the nonwovens industry which is facing pressure to develop more sustainable products to help reduce plastic waste.

For single use products, the revised definition of ‘plastic’ in the European Commission’s new Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, is presenting a major challenge, and is already leading to product design changes. Only polymers made from natural polymers that have “not been chemically modified” fall outside the Commission’s definition.

Viscose and lycoell to avoid SUP rulings

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Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews 23-04-2021

Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews 23-04-2021

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Indorama companies prepare for biotransformation

Com Polypropylene producer FiberVisions and spunlaid nonwovens manufacturer Avgol – both members of Bangkok-headquartered  Indorama Ventures (IVL) – have worked closely with scientists at Polymateria to commercially harness the biotransformation technology pioneered by the UK-based company.

The patented technology alters the properties of polyolefins to make them biodegradable in a natural process. As such, it will allow the companies to introduce disposable products with uniquely managed lifecycles and further expand an already extensive catalogue of fibre and spunlaid offerings.

The focus will be on the launch of non-oxo-degradative components for personal protection masks and face coverings, as well as hygiene, agricultural, industrial and homecare applications.panies to introduce disposable fibres and nonwovens with uniquely managed lifecycles.

Indorama companies prepare for biotransformation

-BASF Issues Price Increases for Caprolactam, Nylon 6 & Copolymer

Increases reflect tight supply and increased demand.

BASF has announced increases for feedstock caprolactam, nylon 6 and nylon 6/66 copolymer in North America. Effective May 1, or as contracts allow, the increase of 30¢/lb applies to each of the three products. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

Although the company did not attribute the increases to any one thing, PT has previously reported that prices were on an upward trajectory since early this year. Nylon 6 prices moved up 15¢/lb in the January-February timeframe as suppliers implemented their late 2020 fourth quarter announced increases, based on higher prices of raw materials and increased demand from automotive and the fiber/textile sectors. Industry sources ventured the potential for further increases in the April-May timeframe owing to the Gulf Coast winter freeze in February which resulted  in the shutdown of feedstock and resin plants, and leading to demand outpacing supply.

BASF Issues Price Increases for Caprolactam, Nylon 6 & Copolymer

-Prime Resin Still Playing Hard to Get

While most resin reactors are now back up and running, some plants are still spitting out lots of rough off-grade resin, indicating that prime production rates are far from optimal.

Spot resin prices ended the week of April 12 modestly mixed, further consolidating but at a lofty level, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. A moderate stream of off-grade railcars rolled in, but fresh prime material generally remained elusive in the spot market. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

Most producers remain under force majeure with contract, still on allocation, absorbing prime production save for some inventory restocking and committed exports. Spot market liquidity has been aided by prime imported resins, with light volumes of most polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) commodity grades available in Houston for prompt shipment. Completed volumes at the PlasticsExchange were solid, just a tad off the previous week’s tally, and right in line with February’s elevated average, which was a record month . . . until March.

Prime Resin Still Playing Hard to Get

-Origin and PrimaLoft to develop carbon-negative fibres

Companies aim to develop carbon-negative insulating fibre for outdoor gear, bedding, and apparel.

Origin Materials, Inc. a leading carbon negative materials company, and PrimaLoft, a developer of high-performance insulations and fabrics, have announced a new program to develop carbon-negative, insulating, high-performance fibres. The fibres will be used across a diverse array of end products, including insulating fibre for leading outdoor, fashion, and lifestyle brands, as well as home goods applications such as hypoallergenic insulated bedding. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

The companies will work to rapidly develop and commercialize new products derived from Origin Materials’ platform. The collaboration will leverage the leadership position of PrimaLoft as a specialty producer of insulating fibres and filaments with over 900 global brand partners, including iconic brands like Patagonia, Stone Island, L.L. Bean, Lululemon, adidas and Nike , as well as a large global network of manufacturers that employ a wide array of textile processes to make its products, including extrusion, carding, spinning, finishing, weaving, knitting, dyeing, airlaid, meltblown, and other technologies.

Origin and PrimaLoft to develop carbon-negative fibres

-Leeds manufacturer to reduce plastic use with six-figure investment

A West Yorkshire manufacturer has invested more than half a million pounds in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

LVF Packaging has invested £550k on a new thermoforming machine to create hybrid packaging for its customers.

The Leeds-based company, which manufactures packaging for a host of blue-chip brands and supermarkets, has seen demand for its products soar over the last 12 months. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

Nigel Coates, managing director of LVF Packaging, said: “2020 was a busy year for us, especially in terms of the higher volume lines that we produce for many of the supermarkets, and it was apparent that production efficiency on our oldest Kiefel – a KMD 75 – was falling well behind our newer KMD 78s and that the time had come to replace it.

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-Kelheim Fibres joins the ZDHC “Roadmap to Zero” Program

The Bavarian viscose specialty fiber manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has joined the ZDHC program “Roadmap to Zero.”

The non-profit organization with more than 160 contributors worldwide has set itself the goal of completely eliminating harmful substances from the textile value chain. The ZDHC guidelines provide producers of Man-made Cellulosic Fibres (MMCF) with uniform criteria for measuring indicators such as wastewater, air emissions and other process-related parameters. The measured data is independently monitored and published. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

Kelheim Fibres, the world’s first EMAS-validated viscose fiber producer, sees its ZDHC contributorship as another building block on the road to even more sustainable fiber production. “We want to develop our industry with our know-how towards a greener future. Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate philosophy and strategy. We fully support ZDHC’s vision of a widespread implementation of sustainably chemistry, driving innovations and best practices in textile, apparel and footwear industries to protect consumers workers and the environment,” said Craig Barker, CEO at Kelheim Fibres.

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-California provides funding to boost thermoform recycling

PET reclaimers have been awarded millions of dollars from the state of California to help finance recycling projects.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) on April 19 approved a $3 million grant to Green Impact Manufacturing and a $1.6 million grant to Global Plastics Recycling. CalRecycle also approved $863,000 to Innovive, partially funding the company’s application for money to recycle single-use PET cages holding laboratory animals. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

Green Impact Plastics is opening a PET thermoform recycling facility in Vernon, Calif., in the Los Angeles area. Using advanced sorting and processing technologies, the $7 million facility takes in bales of post-consumer thermoforms and produces RPET for food-contact applications. The company opened an earlier location in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

According to CalRecycle, the $3 million grant will help Green Impact develop the facility, which will recycle over 30 million pounds of PET per year.

Located in Perris, Calif., which is outside of Los Angeles, Global Plastics Recycling takes in post-consumer PET bales and produces RPET flakes, pellets, sheets and thermoforms.

According to CalRecycle, the company’s grant will help boost optical sorting capabilities and upgrade grinding and washing lines so Global Plastics Recycling can better handle thermoforms. The end product will be a mix of thermoform-bottle flakes, which will be shipped to packaging manufacturer Sonoco.

California provides funding to boost thermoform recycling

-Asian benzene sees crazy jump, Sinopec raises price

Sinopec revised up benzene listed price by 300yuan/mt today April 21, 2021. After the adjustment, all marketing branches of Sinopec quoted at 7,300yuan/mt.

The price hike followed the jump in FOB Korea benzene. FOB Korea benzene price surged $75/mt day on day April 20 to $1,050/mt. The day-on-day jump was the biggest in 15 years. Many market participants said the rise was “crazy”. And the price level was the highest since Feb 2017. FOB Korea benzene-CFR Japan naphtha spread widened to $466/mt. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

US benzene price hiked on Apr 19 on low inventory and recovery demand from downstream. Most styrene plants in the US have resumed normal production back from the shutdown caused by the Texas cold snap in mid-Feb.

Korea-US arbitrage window remains open. However, in the US market, benzene price has stood around $6/mt higher than styrene. Some market participants thought the further increase for benzene might be limited.

Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

-Iran nuclear talks make progress in Vienna: Update

Updates with comments from the US, Iran

Diplomats negotiating the revival of the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna today gave the strongest indications to date that Washington and Tehran are ready to set aside maximalist demands and work toward the eventual lifting of US sanctions that have crippled Iran’s oil exports. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

The joint commission that oversees the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has “decided to create a third expert group to start looking into the possible sequencing of respective measures,” said the EU External Action Service’s Enrique Mora, who is coordinating the meeting.

The talks to this point have focused on technical discussions in two separate groups, one looking at what Iran needs to do to return to compliance with the agreement and another looking at the US steps. Publicly, Washington and Tehran each has insisted that the other party take the first step to return to full compliance.

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-Advanced Plastic Recycling from INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

  • International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) supports commercial-scale trial and lays the groundwork for INEOS’ commercial offering of next generation polymer products.
  • Chocolate Bayou, Battleground and Carson become the first INEOS sites in the US to receive ISCC PLUS certification.
  • Advanced recycling allows key raw materials ethylene and propylene to be manufactured from mixed plastic waste. Chemicalrecycling PETBottle GeneralNews

INEOS now marketing new High Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene products derived from recycled plastics.

INEOS has today announced that its manufacturing sites in Texas and California have been awarded ISCC PLUS certification from ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification).

This certification supports recent successful, commercial-scale trials of Advanced Recycling technology for the production of ethylene, propylene, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP).

Advanced Recycling converts waste plastic, which was destined for a landfill, back into a liquid raw material for use again in next generation plastic production.  Also known as Chemical Recycling, this technology can be used for many types of plastic including mixed plastic waste streams that are normally difficult or impossible to process with traditional recycling.

Advanced Plastic Recycling from INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

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Petrochemicals PETBottle GeneralNews 22-04-2021

Petrochemicals PETBottle GeneralNews 22-04-2021

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-Dow, Lucro and Marico join forces to advance circular packaging solutions in India

Dow and Lucro Plastecycle, a homegrown Indian recycling company, welcome Marico Limited, one of India’s leading consumer goods companies into a tripartite partnership to introduce Dow’s PCR-based coalition shrink films into its line of consumer products. This alliance enables Dow to work towards meeting its new sustainability target of stopping waste by collecting 1 MMT of plastics to be collected, reused or recycled by 2030.

Earlier this year, Dow and Lucro signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop and launch polyethylene (PE) film solutions. Under the MoU, Dow will utilize its industry leading team of packaging experts, material scientists, recycling equipment, blown film manufacturing and testing capabilities at Pack Studios Shanghai and Mumbai to help Lucro develop recycled film for various applications.

With the addition of Marico Limited, this tripartite partnership forms part of Dow’s comprehensive strategy to enable a circular economy for plastics by focusing on integrating recycled content into product offerings ensuring that product’s values are maximized and extended across its lifecycle from creation to use to disposal.

Dow, Lucro and Marico join forces to advance circular packaging solutions in India

-Ineos Styrolution, Recycling Technologies and Trinseo Reach Milestone in Plans to Build Commercial PS Recycling Plants

Pilot plant to be built next year in the U.K. using Recycling Technologies’ depolymerization solution.

Germany’s Ineos Styrolytion (U.S. office Aurora, Ill.), Trinseo, Berwyn, Penn. and Recycling Technologies of the U.K., have reached a significant milestone in their plans to built commercial recycling plants in Europe that will use Recycling Technologies’ depolymerization process.

These three companies all share the same vision of making PS a circular material through depolymerization. The unique properties of PS reportedly allow for full circularity where PS waste is returned to its chemical building blocks before being polymerized again. Properties of the resultant recycled PS will be identical to those of virgin PS. Life cycle assessment calculations show significant decreases in greenhouse gas emissions when compared with PS production from naphtha.

Ineos Styrolution, Recycling Technologies and Trinseo Reach Milestone in Plans to Build Commercial PS Recycling Plants

-Green tie-ups: AmSty/Agilyx on to 2nd jv PS facility in US

AmSty, the largest polystyrene (PS) producer in the Americas, and recycler Agilyx Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS, are to explore the development of a jointly owned advanced recycling facility. The initial scope of this project will be a 50 to 100 tonnes/day advanced recycling facility located at AmSty’s Styrene production facility in St. James, Louisiana. The facility will be a next generation expansion of Agilyx advanced recycling technology already in use at the parties’ Regenyx joint venture operating in Tigard, Oregon, where post-use PS products are converted back into virgin-equivalent styrene monomer. A feasibility study for the project is under way, with a timeline for construction and commissioning to be announced as progress continues.

Feedstock for this collaboration would be accessed via Cyclyx, Agilyx’s feedstock management company. AmSty is a founding member of the Cyclyx consortium. The Cyclyx platform encompasses an integrated set of innovations including chemical characterization of plastics, predictive modelling of feed sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes, and customized supply chains to deliver waste plastic feedstocks appropriate for recycling pathways.

Green tie-ups: AmSty/Agilyx on to 2nd jv PS facility in US

-ExxonMobil plans to raise PE prices in the US in May

ExxonMobil, the largest privately-owned US petrochemical company, raised its May polyethylene (PE) prices by 6 cents a pound (USD132 a tonne) in the US market, the company said in a letter to customers.

The letter added that the company will also implement the previously announced April increase in LDL and LDPE prices by 9 cents per pound (USD198 per tonne), and HDPE prices by 7 cents per pound (USD154 per tonne).

Polyethylene demand remains strong in the United States as a series of changes in consumer behavior caused by the pandemic, including an increase in home dining and an increase in online shopping, have boosted demand for polyethylene packaging products.

According to ScanPlastAccording to the results of the first two months of the current year, according to the results of the first two months of the current year, which is 9% less than in the same period a year earlier, according to Market report company, the estimated consumption of PE in Russia was 356.37 thousand tons. The supply of high-density polyethylene (LDPE) only increased.

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-Amcor invests in US-based flexible packaging firm

Switzerland-based consumer packaging company Amcor has invested around $10mn-15mn in US-based Epac Flexible Packaging, as part of efforts to achieve its 2025 sustainability goals.

The US firm produces food-safe pouches and films for items such as snacks, and frozen and microwaveable products. Its packaging films are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE) or biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP).

PE and polypropylene (PP) are widely used in the packaging of food items. But an increasing shift towards sustainable packaging among producers and downstream converters because of environmental pressure to limit single-use plastics has led to the development of recyclable PE and PP for food.

Amcor invests in US-based flexible packaging firm

-BASF, QUANTAFUEL AND REMONDIS TO COOPERATE ON CHEMICAL RECYCLING OF PLASTIC WASTE

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany), Quantafuel ASA (Oslo, Norway) and Remondis SE & Co. KG (Lünen, Germany) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly evaluate a cooperation in chemical recycling including a joint investment into a pyrolysis plant for plastic waste. It is intended that Remondis, one of the world’s leading waste and water management companies, supplies suitable plastic waste to the plant, and BASF uses the resulting pyrolysis oil as feedstock in its production Verbund as part of its ChemCycling project. Quantafuel intends to provide the technology and to operate the plant. The company is a specialist for the pyrolysis of mixed plastic waste and the purification of the resulting pyrolysis oil; the technology is jointly developed and being held with BASF. The location of the pyrolysis plant will be evaluated together.

Each year, almost 20 million metric tons (m.t.) of plastic waste in Europe go unrecycled. By establishing chemical recycling as a complementary solution to mechanical recycling it is possible to bring back more plastic waste into the materials cycle, which would otherwise be incinerated. The pyrolysis technology can be used to process plastic waste streams that are not recycled mechanically, e.g. for technological or economic reasons.

BASF, QUANTAFUEL AND REMONDIS TO COOPERATE ON CHEMICAL RECYCLING OF PLASTIC WASTE

-Sabic To Raise PC And ABS Prices In The US In May

Saudi Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), one of the world’s largest petrochemical producers, intends to raise the prices of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC) in the United States from May 17, according to the company’s letter to customers …

The proposed increase for PC and ABS is 34 cents per pound (USD750 per tonne). The company cited the current dynamics of supply and demand as the reason for the rise in prices.

Earlier it was reported that in January Saudi  increased the  prices of PC brand LEXAN by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), PC compound and ABS brand CYCOLOY by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), ABS brand CYCOLAC by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), PC brand GELOY ASA by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton).

According toScanPlastu by MRC, the total estimated consumption of PC granulate in the Russian market (excluding imports and exports to Belarus) increased by 27% in January-February 2021 and amounted to about 16.0 thousand tons against 12.6 thousand tons a year earlier.

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-Starlinger viscotec celebrates 2 Million tons of installed recycling capacity worldwide

In spring 2021 viscotec, a division of the Austrian machinery supplier Starlinger & Co GmbH, reached a milestone: an impressive 2 million tons of capacity are available for the production of PET recyclate on viscotec systems worldwide.

To take a look at the recycling quantities in Europe helps to put this number in relation. An estimated 4.3 million tons of PET packaging waste is generated annually in the European Union and around half is actually sorted for recycling.(1) With the capacity installed by Starlinger viscotec, almost the entire amount of collected and sorted PET packaging waste in the European Union could be processed to produce recycled PET (rPET).

Starlinger viscotec celebrates 2 Million tons of installed recycling capacity worldwide

-Durable, repairable and mainstream – How ecodesign can make our textiles circular

Executive summary

Textile products have a tremendous ecological footprint at all stages of their lives. As more clothes are produced, consumed, and thrown away than ever before, the current linear, take-make-dispose model followed by the textile

industry is putting an enormous pressure on our planet – its resources, environment and climate.

Durable, repairable and mainstream – how ecodesign can make our textiles circular

In spite of its shocking impact, the sector has been largely untouched by EU environmental policies to date. However, the tide seems to be turning: at the end of 2019, the European Commission finally noticed the potential of

circular models in the textile sector4.

An EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles under the Circular Economy Action Plan was identified as a priority of the Commission’s European Green Deal5, alongside a Sustainable Products Policy, and a

‘zero-pollution’ ambition for a toxic-free environment.

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-Amcor: More sustainable packaging delivers added, measurable benefits with PCR content

Bottled beverage producer seeks added sustainability benefits without compromising the run speeds and machinability necessary to their efficiency and profitability. Solution: AmPrima™ plus 30% PCR content.

With brands increasing their focus on 2025 sustainability pledges, exploring additional sustainability options is becoming increasingly central to meeting their goals. Many bottled beverage producers have smartly chosen Amcor’s AmPrima™ recycle ready polyethylene (PE) shrink film over corrugate and paperboard because it uses less energy and lowers greenhouse emissions in the distribution channel, without compromising run speeds and machinability. PE shrink is one of the most recycled types of plastic films in the U.S., collected through the 18,000 in-store drop-off locations in North America or curbside where available (1).

By expanding efforts to close the loop on a circular economy – with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content – additional sustainability benefits can be achieved while providing the same versatility and performance as standard PE shrink films.

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-Lenzing Taps Supply Chain Leaders to Launch Tencel Lyocell Hemp Denim

Debuting at Kingpins24, the Bast Recast collection demonstrates the power of collaboration, featuring a Tencel lyocell hemp blend and environmentally friendly solutions from leaders throughout the denim supply chain that underscore hemp’s sustainable properties.

“In order to pay homage to the history of hemp, we brought together a group of companies who we knew could deliver both the quality, innovation and environmental integrity that the sustainable denim wardrobe projects demand,” said Michael Kininmonth, project manager at Lenzing.

The range includes GOTS-certified conventional and cottonized hemp fibers and yarns supplied by Kingdom, one of the world’s largest linen yarn and hemp yarn manufacturers. All fabrics were developed exclusively in-house by Pakistan-based denim producer Naveena Denim Ltd., and U.K.-based Endrime designed, pattern cut and sewed the entire collection, using hemp’s centuries-long history as inspiration.

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-BASF announces force majeure for PA 6 shipments from Antwerp plant

BASF (Ludwigshafen), the world’s petrochemical major, will keep in place a force majeure (FM) declared on low-viscosity nylon-6 manufactured at its production  site in Antwerp, Belgium, until further notice, reported Kunststoffweb with reference to a spokesperson.

After a fire in the production plant for PA 6 in Antwerp/Belgium, BASF has declared force majeure. Deliveries of the polyamide 6 types “Ultramid B24”, “Ultramid B27” and qualities with low viscosity are affected, a spokeswoman said when asked.

The fire occurred in a reactor building in the early evening of March 26, 2021 and was quickly extinguished, the spokeswoman said.

There were no environmental impacts for the neighborhood and no injuries. The repair work was already underway. However, the duration of the FM cannot yet be estimated. The force majeure affects the already limited availability of PA 6.

Nylon-6 is used in the production of compounds for automotive parts, electrical and electronics components, and in the manufacturing process of industrial goods, appliances and consumer goods.

BASF announces force majeure for PA 6 shipments from Antwerp plant

-Solvay and Origin Materials to Develop Advanced Carbon-Negative Materials for Automotive Industry

Today Solvay and Origin Materials announced a collaboration leveraging Origin Materials’ patented technology platform to develop advanced materials for the automotive industry. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

In addition, Solvay has entered into a multi-year capacity reservation agreement for carbon-negative material from Origin Materials.

The advanced automotive materials include a drop-in ready specialty polyamide, a polymer which is extraordinarily stiff, tough, and resistant to heat, corrosion, and high voltage for use in automotive engine applications.

The companies believe these materials will be critical to reach the full potential of automotive decarbonization and achieve the zero-carbon car.1

In becoming an Origin Materials Platform Partner, Solvay will leverage its position as a global leader in chemicals and materials; Origin Materials will leverage its patented disruptive technology platform, which turns sustainable wood residues into cost-advantaged, carbon-negative materials that reduce the need for fossil resources.

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-LG Chem bumps up carbon nanotube output to 1,700 tons

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. has bumped up carbon nanotube (CNT) output to 1,700 tons after completing production expansion at its Yeosu plant one year after the plan was unveiled, readying to groom CNT business as a new growth engine amid electric vehicle boom after it let battery business go. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

With the expansion of the CNT 2 plant in Yeosu, southern city of Korea, LG Chem now is capable of producing total 1,700 tons of CNT per year, more than tripled from the previous capacity of 500 tons, it said Wednesday.

The Korean chemical company spent a total of 65 billion won ($58.3 million) in the ramp-up since it announced the project a year earlier in April 2020.

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-Sustainability : BRFL Textiles aims to increase the Water recycling level to 90%

To shortly increase efficiency of reverse osmosis unit from 50% to 90% resulting in recycling capability of 7.2 million litres of water per day

BRFL Textiles Private Limited (BTPL), home to India’s largest single-roof state-of-the-art fabric processing facility, has set a new benchmark in sustainability by introducing a new sulphur dyeing process by continous dyeing method that does not require water. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

BTPL is the first company in the textile sector to implement this new process of dyeing, making them the pioneers of this innovative sustainable process.

As a sustainable manufacturing unit, BTPL, since inception, has taken efforts to limit carbon emission and recycling of water through multiple ways. The current efficiency of the reverse osmosis unit at BTPL’s Tarapur plant facilitates the unit to reuse 50% of the effluent water, enabling the plant to recycle upto 4 million litres of water per day.

The company is looking to further strengthen this efficiency and aims to increase the recycling level to 90% in the next 3 months, enabling the plant to recycle upto 7.2 million litres of water per day.

Additionally, most of the reactive dyeing processed in the plant is undertaken with e-control process, thereby avoiding salt which in turn avoids increasing the TDS content of water.

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-Economic efficiency of plastic recycling plant construction

Solving the problem of plastic pollution is a priority for all of mankind. A significant part of all plastic waste is recyclable and reusable. However, not every method of recycling and reusing plastic is cost-effective. The aim of the study is to justify the economic efficiency of the construction and operation of a plastic recycling plant in the city of Kazan (RussianFederation). Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

When performing the calculations, the discounted method for efficiency assessment of investment projects was used. The method involves the calculation of severalefficiency criteria: NPV, IRR, PBP, PI.

The study justifies the economic efficiency of the plant construction project based on the calculated indexes: NPV (net present value of the project) is 182 million rubles, IRR is 41.6 %.

As a result of risk modeling, it was found out that the greatest impact on the net present value of the project is made by an increase in the discount rate. Moreover, the project is highly resistant to a possible reduction in the price and volume of sales, growth in current and investment expenses. Putting the results into practice opens up potential for solving the complex task of saving natural resources, expanding the local raw material base for the production of building materials, and disposing waste having a long decomposition period,more specifically plastic waste.

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-Brno Company Pioneers Upcycling of PET Bottles in the Czech Republic

PET bottles are the most- and best-recycled type of plastic in the Czech Republic, but are not made into end products for further use in the food industry due to quality concerns. Until now, there has been no initiative in the Czech Republic to turn used PET bottles into new ones, and drinks producers have had to import recycled PET bottles from abroad. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

A Brno company, rPET In Waste, currently building its operation on the outskirts of the city, is hoping to change this tradition. “Within two or three years, every PET bottle purchased in the Czech Republic will contain material from our company,” said the company’s founder Jiří Hudeček.

“The customer buys a bottle of mineral water, then throws the empty bottle into a yellow container.  This then gets taken from the waste-sorting line to the company, which turns it into small plastic flakes that will be transported to this new facility,” explained Hudeček. “We plan to buy these flakes from Czech producers. At rPET In Waste’s new facility, these flakes are processed using a technology that makes the resulting material safe for further use in the food industry, which no company in the Czech Republic can yet do. The beverage manufacturer will be able to buy it again and fill it with their products. The capacity of our line will be somewhere between 1,900 and 2,100 kilograms per hour. We expect to produce about 16,000 tons of regranulate (recycled plastic from production waste) per year.”

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-The Circular Plastics Alliance and pledges for plastic recycling

Versalis has joined Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) The Circular Plastics Alliance and pledges for plastic recycling to actively contribute to the ambitious European target of using 10 million tonnes of recycled plastic in new products by 2025. The Alliance, promoted by the European Commission, with numerous companies and associations across the value chain, aims to encourage plastics recycling in Europe and at the same time develop the market for secondary raw materials.

By joining CPA Versalis has submitted its voluntary pledges in line with its circular economy strategy that is defined by three main pillars: eco-design, recycling technologies and diversification of feedstock.

With regard to eco-design, Versalis has committed to using at least half of its packaging, for transporting products on pallets and in containers, with up to 50% of recycled material. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

In the recycling and diversification of feedstock areas, Versalis has committed to increasing the production capacity of Versalis Revive®, its new line of polyethylene and polystyrene products, containing up to 70% of mechanically recycled plastic. To boost the recovery and recycling of all types of plastics that cannot be mechanically treated, Versalis has pledged to develop a new chemical recycling technology to transform mixed plastic waste into raw material to manufacture new virgin polymers, identical to those originating from fossil sources and suitable for applications, including those that require high quality and performance, such as food packaging.

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-GRACE LICENSES UNIPOL POLYPROPYLENE TECHNOLOGY FOR NEW FACILITY IN UZBEKISTAN

W R. Grace & Co. (Columbia, Md.) has licensed its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to the new MTO Gas Chemical Complex located in the Bukhara region of Uzbekistan to Enter Engineering. The UNIPOL PP Technology facility is expected to be launched by-2025 and will include one reactor line with the capability to produce 257,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of polypropylene (PP). Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd., one of the largest construction companies in the region, will act as a licensee on behalf of the JV Jizzakh Petroleum LLC who will own and operate the Gas Chemical Complex.

GRACE LICENSES UNIPOL POLYPROPYLENE TECHNOLOGY FOR NEW FACILITY IN UZBEKISTAN

-Plastics Used as Biodegradable Surfactant: Good or Bad Sustainability Solution?

Scientists at Ames Laboratory’s Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP) have discovered a chemical method that turns recycled plastics into biodegradable, use chemicals that can be used as surfactants and detergents in a variety of applications. Plastics may have more sustainable and cost-effective lifecycles as a result of this process. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

The researchers focused their efforts on deconstructing polyolefins, which account for more than half of all recycled plastics and are used virtually every product imaginable, including toys, food packaging, piping systems, water bottles, clothes, shoes, vehicles, and furniture.

“You might call plastics, especially polyolefins, too successful,” said iCOUP Director Aaron Sadow. “They are good for all of the applications that we need them for – solid, lightweight, thermally stable, chemically resistant – but the issue arises when we no longer use them.”

-Plastics Used as Biodegradable Surfactant: Good or Bad Sustainability Solution?

-UK reviews biobased and biodegradable plastics

UK government releases report summarizing stakeholders comments regarding bio-based, biodegradable plastics contribution to circular economy; discusses knowledge gaps; finds lower carbon footprint, potential negative impacts on land-use, waste management; determines use of biodegradables should be limited to specific applications; degradation in the open environment unclear

In April 2021, the Government of the United Kingdom released a summary of their public consultation regarding the potential contribution of bio-based and biodegradable plastics to a more circular economy.

Bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics are seen and widely discussed as part of the solution to achieve a circular plastics economy.

However, many knowledge gaps remain, for example, regarding the overall environmental impacts of bio-based and biodegradable plastic products in comparison with those made from other materials and issues with existing and development of plastic degradation standards. Petrochemicals PETBottle USRussiaTension

From July 22 to October 24, 2019, the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Energy and Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs published a call for public consultation on these aspects.

UK reviews biobased and biodegradable plastics

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-Taghleef launches film effective against coronavirus

Laminating film specialist, Derprosa, part of Taghleef Industries, has confirmed that its Derprosa Antimicrobial film is effective against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

Derprosa Antimicrobial is the new designation of Derprosa Bacterstop film. Taghleef Industries set out to verify its effectiveness for viruses by testing with different types of coronavirus. The laminating film was first tested with the feline coronavirus due to the availability and capabilities of independent specialized laboratories. Finally, the film was tested with the human coronavirus SARS-CoV2.

According to the company, in both trials, the performance of Derprosa Antimicrobial films has been outstanding. Tests have shown that after 24 hours, there is a reduction of more than 84 percent of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on its surface area compared to a laminating film without our antimicrobial agent.

According to Taghleef, test results proved that Derprosa Antimicrobial inhibits proliferation and neutralizes bacteria and viruses’ survival on non-porous surfaces. It has been specifically tested by independent laboratories against the Methicillin-resistant bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia Coli (E-Coli), the feline coronavirus (FCoV), and human coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

Taghleef launches film effective against coronavirus

-Bionaphta And Recycled Oil For A New Sustainable Certified Product Range

We live in a consumer society, meaning we have an urge to consume or possess goods and materials. Plenty of these goods come wrapped in plastics which we then dispose of. In Europe, about 30 million tonnes of plastic waste is collected every year. But still 85% of that ends up in landfill or is incinerated.

To fulfil a complete transition to a more sustainable and circular model, the chemical industry and the plastics value chain have committed to giving new value to plastics and plastic waste. One way of making plastics circular, is by using alternative feedstocks like organic waste, biomass or mixed plastic waste to generate sustainable raw materials for plastics. Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

Versalis, the chemical company of Eni, has been using alternative feedstocks like bionaphta and those derived from chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste to produce a range of raw materials for plastics: monomers, intermediates, polymers and elastomers are just a few examples.

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-Extrusion PC Contract Prices in Europe Peak Since November 2018

Contract prices for European extrusion polycarbonate (PC) rose in April amid limited global supply and strong demand, ICIS reported .

This is the seventh consecutive hike in extrusion PC contract prices in Europe and the highest price since November 2018. A wide range of April contracts was discussed this month, but the final decision was made at EUR250-300 per tonne.

Contract quantities have been cut by some suppliers in recent months, forcing some buyers to look for additional PCs in the spot market. Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

Consumer demand for PCs in Europe remains strong, especially in the construction industry, which has traditionally been stable in the second quarter.

Extrusion PC Contract Prices in Europe Peak Since November 2018

-S-Oil to enter hydrogen business by investing in next-generation fuel cell company

South Korea’s S-Oil has made an equity investment in a next-generation fuel cell company in a move to enter the hydrogen business, according to BusinessKorea.

Thus, S-Oil has acquired a 20% stake in Fuel Cell Innovations (FCI), a company that provides clean energy solutions based on fuel cells.

With the investment, S-Oil became the largest Korean shareholder of FCI, a Korea-Saudi Arabia joint venture. S-OIL is planning to promote the hydrogen business by forging a strategic partnership with FCI. Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

FCI has about 40 patents on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). It has been cooperating with various companies and research institutes, including Solid Power, an Italian fuel cell company with which it cooperated to develop products suitable for the Korean and foreign markets.

S-Oil to enter hydrogen business by investing in next-generation fuel cell company

-PX margins improves on PTA capacity expansion and PX supply disruption

PX price hiked this week, driven by the rise in crude oil and downstream PTA.

As of Apr 15, PX price advanced 6.6% over the week, compared to gains of 5.8% in crude oil, 3.5% in naphtha and 4.2% in PTA spots. PX-naphtha spread widened to $279/mt while PTA spot to PX spread narrowed by 17.5% to below 280yuan/mt over the week. Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

PX and PTA margins diverge, as the capacity expansion does not coincide.

Since the fourth quarter of 2020, PTA capacity expansion has outpaced that of PX, which has also led to continuous PX inventory reduction from Nov 2020 to Mar 2021.

More specifically, PX market is supported by planned and unplanned plant shutdowns and operating rate cuts throughout the first quarter of 2021.

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-Clariant collaborates with Indonesia’s Pertamina in advanced biofuels assessment

Indonesian oil & gas company Pertamina and Clariant collaboratively evaluate the feasibility of sunliquid® technology to convert available regional feedstocks into advanced biofuels

Technology evaluation and conceptual engineering study also cornerstone to the work

Pertamina presented project collaboration details at Hannover Messe

Munich, April 19, 2021 – Clariant, a focused, sustainable, and innovative specialty chemical company, is working with Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas corporation, Pertamina, since 2018 to evaluate and test the feasibility of Clariant’s sunliquid® technology to process available regional feedstocks in Indonesia into the advanced biofuel, cellulosic ethanol. Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

Indonesia has a vast potential of untapped biomass, from empty fruit bunches to palm leaves, that could be converted into cellulosic ethanol. Their present-day utilization is negligible and, until now, both feedstocks are frequently burnt, causing air pollution.

Clariant collaborates with Indonesia's Pertamina in advanced biofuels assessment

-Chemical Recycling: Advanced Recycling Process Turning “Used Plastic” into “Feedstock” for Petrochemical Plants

Plastic is a valuable material invented as a substitute for natural resources, especially forest resources. With a broad range of benefits, plastic is generally used to serve several modern society functions and needs. Plastic is, without question, valuable material for people’s lives. However, post-use plastic management has remained a challenge that needed to be addressed as a matter of priority.

Two million tons is the amount of plastic waste Thailand generates each year, with only 25 percent is reused.  Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

Particularly during the school holidays and the spread of COVID-19 over the past year, plastic waste jumped 15 percent and 62 percent, respectively. If the situation is allowed to continue, the tendency of deterioration to the society and the environment inevitably follows. That is why all sectors have to join forces to reduce the impacts and bring about effective management solutions.

As a Thailand’s leading chemical manufacturer and Southeast Asia’s polymer specialist, Chemicals Business, SCG, is well aware of such an issue. Thus, it strives to create and develop technologies, innovations, and solutions to effectively and sustainably find the way out of such global challenges. Chemical Recycling is one of the company’s strategic plans to tackle the issue.

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-Turkish engineers develop fiber that kills coronavirus in minutes

Transmission of COVID-19 via surfaces remains low, at least according to the United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but you cannot be too careful when it comes to a mutating virus, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah. A company in western Turkey, which was already working on new sturdy material, has developed a fiber that it says “eliminates the viability of the coronavirus by 97.4% within a half an hour.” Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

A brainchild of engineers at Aksa Akrilik’s research and development department, the fiber-containing zinc has antimicrobial features and can be used in textile production. Atakan Koru, the company’s marketing manager, told reporters that their zinc-based fiber named “Everfresh” can effectively kill the virus in half an hour according to multiple tests. It will primarily be used in the production of protective masks, but Koru says it can also be used in home textiles and clothes.

“It can be particularly useful for materials used in common, shared spaces, like dormitories, hotels or mosques. We believe it will address hygiene expectations of users,” he said.

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-Recycling Plastic Waste Through Technology

Following the Path of Sustainability

Waste generation, disposal and recycling has been a major problem all over the world for the past many years. As the consumption of goods increase so does the production of waste, this waste has always been hard to deal with. As a result, this has been the root cause of many types of pollutions.

Air, water, soil and land pollution has been caused by discarded plastic. As it is a very difficult substance to deal with, it has been proven to be quite in corporative in nature while treating. Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

Poisonous fumes are being produced whenever plastic is burnt, which has an even worse effect on the environment and the surrounding ecology.

Recycling plastic can be a difficult task but not an impossible one. There are some dedicated companies which have been successful in tacking this issue. One of the technologies which is expected to provide solution on this issue is known as ‘Chemical Recycling’.

Let us understand first, what is chemical recycling. It consists of a process which utilizes chemicals in order to break down plastic waste post consumption into its valuable chemical components. There chemical components are very useful as they can be used as fuels or are capable of being converted into new plastic products once again.

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-Algeria ambassador to Ankara invites Turkey to invest

Algerian Ambassador to Ankara Murad Ajabi has called on Turkish businesspeople to invest in his country, promising that it could bring about distinctive commercial potential to both countries.

In statements to Anadolu Agency, Ajabi confirmed that Algeria hopes to increase Turkish investments in its lands.  Petrochemicals PETBottle PXmarket

He said that Algeria is Turkey’s second-largest trade partner in Africa, while Ankara ranks first among countries with the largest investments in Algeria.

The Algerian official added: “There are new opportunities, and I am very optimistic about the future, so we invite Turkish businessmen to invest in Algeria.”

Ajabi pointed out that Turkish-Algerian relations were established as early as the sixteenth century.

He highlighted that the Algerian state made great sacrifices until 1962 for freedom and independence, including 1.5 million martyrs, noting that Algeria renewed bilateral relations with Turkey after achieving independence.

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-PEF can become the ‘standard in the food and drink industry’, says plastics producer

The use of PEF plastic – which is made entirely from plants, is fully recyclable and which degrades in nature much faster than normal plastics — has the potential to become the standard in the food and drink industry, claims the company attempting to scale up the material. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

Dutch biochemical company Avantium says it is on track to open its first commercial production plant by the end of 2023. The facility – in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, will produce 5,000 metric tonnes of FDCA per annum. FDCA is the key building block for polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a 100% plant-based, fully recyclable biopolyester. According to Avantium, PEF has the potential to replace various packaging materials such as PET, glass or aluminium in typical applications like bottles for soft drinks, water, alcoholic beverages and fruit juices. It expects bottles made with PEF to appear in Europe’s supermarkets by the beginning of 2024.

The Euronext Amsterdam-listed company’s plans have been boosted after it raised around €28 million by issuing 5.2 million new shares and announced a deal with Belgium-based plastic packaging supplier Resilux for the supply of a fixed volume of PEF resin from the Avantium plant.

It has also signed collaboration agreements to develop sustainable bottles with an undisclosed ‘major global food and beverage brand owner’, the Japanese specialty chemical company Toyobo, the US specialty polyester film producer Terphane, and the Dutch beverage bottling company Refresco.

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-ADNOC seeks hydrogen ventures with India

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)  wants to explore hydrogen opportunities with India’s public and private sectors to cater to growing demand for energy and for cleaner fuels, the group’s managing director and CEO said on Thursday. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, who is also the UAE’s minister of industry and advanced technology, revealed ADNOC produces about 300,000 tonnes/year of hydrogen a year as part of its current industrial processes.

The company’s existing infrastructure and commercial-scale Carbon Capture Utilisation Storage (CCUS) capabilities should help it become a major player in the developing blue hydrogen market, the senior executive explained.

Adnoc is also exploring the potential of green hydrogen through the Abu Dhabi Hydrogen Alliance which was recently established by the company and other partners.

ADNOC seeks hydrogen ventures with India

-Coveris stretch films project nears completion

Coveris is close to completing a £6 million ($8.3m) machine and infrastructure upgrade at its stretch films facility in Winsford, UK.

In a year-long project, site capacity has been increased by over 25 per cent to meet growing market requirements for recyclable and recycled performance films, the flexible packaging converter said. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

Improvements include the construction of an 825 sq m film hall, and the installation of four new co-extrusion lines, acquired from the former Total Polyfilm business.

Among the products developed at Winsford are the company’s latest 11-micron stretch film, and a 5-micron pre-stretch and hybrid cast replacement Blast film.

The project completes when the site’s technical development capabilities are further enhanced with “next generation assets”, Coveris said.

According to the company, the plant was now a “centre of excellence” for industrial, agri and recycled stretch products, positioned alongside its Kufstein facility in Austria.

Coveris stretch films project nears completion

-Weak Demand, China PET Supply and Demand Deadlock, Up and Down Dilemma

According to the data monitored by SunSirs, as of April 14, the quotation of PET water bottle manufacturers was 7,050.00 RMB/ ton, and the market focus of PET bottle chips declined, which was 1.63% lower than that of the same period last month. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

The overall market transaction atmosphere was cold.

PET market price is stable but weak, some factories slightly reduce 50-100 RMB/ ton, downstream demand is insufficient, the number of new orders is limited, upstream price is up in a narrow range, pet cost support is general, compared with the same period last week, PET price decreased 1.63%, or 110 RMB/ ton, inventory consumption is slow, supply and demand is stalemate.

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-Packaging Matters and Origin Materials announce partnership

US-based carbon-negative materials company Origin Materials has partnered with packaging company Packaging Matters to develop advanced packaging materials. In the partnership’s initial stage, Origin Materials will produce sustainable furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), a chemical used to make the next-generation polymer polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

The PEF will support the development of novel polymers to fulfil both customer and consumer requirements, primarily being used to make products for fresh fruit, vegetables and salad.

Packaging Matters founder and CEO Chuck Buff said: “By partnering with Origin Materials and purchasing sustainable carbon-negative PET, we are one step closer to achieving our goal of delivering a carbon-neutral solution that drops in seamlessly to the existing recycling infrastructure. By replacing petroleum-based PET with Origin Materials’ sustainable carbon-negative PET and PEF, we aim to create new, better-performing products, with competitive and more stable pricing.

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-PVC Plasticizers Based on Renewable and Chemically Recycled Feedstock

BASF’s new biomass balance BMB and chemically recycled Ccycled  now part of the company’s portfolio of plasticizers. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

A portfolio of PVC plasticizers from BASF also contains versions based on renewable or chemically recycled feedstock, Said to have the same specifications and technical properties as those of conventional  fossil fuel plasticizers, the alternative feedstock for these plasticizers is allocated to the sales products according to a mass balance approach. The products include:

▪  BMB, biomass balanced plasticizers, including Hexamoll DINCH BMB, Palatinol N BMB, Palatinol 10-P BMB and Plastomol DOA BMB, are produced with bio-naphtha or biogas. These materials are derived from organic waste or vegetable oils. Biomass balanced plasticizers have a lower carbon footprint than the conventional ones and help save fossil resources. Both, BASF’s mass balance approach and BMB plasticizers are certified according to REDcert2 .

PVC Plasticizers Based on Renewable and Chemically Recycled Feedstock

-Armacell and METYX pursue joint business opportunities turkey

Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, pursues discussions with METYX, a Turkey-based manufacturer of high-performance technical textiles, to jointly serve the Turkish composite manufacturing market. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

Strengthening Armacell’s position in the Turkish composite industry

PET-based foam core kitting operations for wind turbine manufacturing

Armacell’s 7th global PET foaming line to be installed in Turkey

The collaboration will provide the local production of Armacell’s PET-based foam products supply to METYX’s core kitting operations and distribution. Armacell has a long expertise in developing and manufacturing innovative and environmentally friendly PET foam solutions, and METYX is excelling in the production of high-performance technical fabric products.

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-Palmolive Unveils 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Bottles in Drive toward Circular Economy

Palmolive is relaunching its Palmolive Ultra dish soap in bottles now made with 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The company says the move will divert more than 5,200 tons of plastic a year from landfills in the US and Canada and help the company in its drive to achieve a circular economy.

The company says it is the biggest dish soap brand in North America to transition to 100% PCR bottles. Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm

Palmolive is made at a Colgate-Palmolive facility in Cambridge, Ohio, that has achieved TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc. The new PCR Palmolive Ultra bottles feature labels that highlight the brand’s use of recycled plastic, 100% ingredient transparency, and a How2Recycle logo, which communicates recycling instructions so shoppers can properly recycle the bottles at home and help stimulate the circular economy.

The packaging transition will contribute to Colgate-Palmolive’s commitment to design and deliver zero plastic waste solutions for all products, including eliminating one third of its new plastics by 2025, the company says.

Palmolive Unveils 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Bottles in Drive toward Circular Economy

-Europe April R-PET prices firm on tight supply, strong demand

Senior editor for recycling, Matt Tudball, looks at the drivers behind this week’s recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) price increases, discussing:

  • price rises across all three products; Petrochemicals PETBottle BioFilm
  • major concern on post-consumer bottle availability; and
  • uncertain outlook for summer PET bottle demand.

Europe April R-PET prices firm on tight supply, strong demand

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 980 $/ton 970 $/ton- -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 6,025 yuan/ton -75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,150 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,320 yuan/ton 4,570 yuan/ton +250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
650 $/ton 655 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,085 yuan/ton 5,110 yuan/ton +25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 645 $/ton 650 $/ton-  

+5

 

Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 804 $/ton 857 $/ton +53
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 786 $/ton 839 $/ton +53
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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830 $/ton 884 $/ton +54
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,615 yuan/ton
+265
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8.550 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,525 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +225
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 12,850 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,600 yuan/ton 13,550 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 42,000 yuan/ton 42,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,500 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,400 yuan/ton 19,300 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,700 yuan/ton 17,650 yuan/ton -50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 80,500 yuan/ton 82,000 yuan/ton +1,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 73,500 yuan/ton 73,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 63,500 yuan/ton 63,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,650 yuan/ton 10,750 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 6,540 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton +510
Benzene overseas  market 862 $/ton 937 $/ton
+75
Ethylene South East market 1,015 $/ton 1,050 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market 1,229 $/ton 1,223 $/ton -6
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton +400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,600 $/ton 2,500 $/ton -100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,500 yuan/ton -300
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha R-POYPolyester
8,400 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +100
Naphtha overseas market  558 $/ton 589 $/ton
+31
Phenol domestic market 8,680 yuan/ton 8,680 yuan/ton

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-Selenis scales up PETG output

An important step in the acceleration of a circular economy, Selenis has scaled up its production of PETG resins with incorporated recycled content.

Now at full production volumes, the Eco Series was commercialised in October 2019, providing a sustainable version of Selenis’ product portfolio with up to 50 per cent post-consumer recycled content.

The Selenis process recovers monomers through chemical recycling. Glycolysis is used to break-up PET waste and reduce it to its polymer building blocks: monomers. Next, they are reintroduced to the value chain as recycled polyester raw materials.

Prior to polycondensation, the co-monomers are subjected to a fine filtration process to remove impurities. During polycondensation the final IV and properties are obtained.

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-PLA for Large-Format Additive Manufacturing

NatureWorks’ new Ingeo 3D700 shown to provide significant reduction in warping, minimizing print failures.

A PLA biopolymer specially designed for large format additive manufacturing that boasts a significant reduction in warping that minimizes print failures is newly available from NatureWorks, Minnetonka, Minn. Moreover,Ingeo 3D700 has been evaluated by multiple  global ‘industry partners’ for use in large-format fused filament fabrication (FFF) in the form of a monofilament,  and direct resin-to-print processes in the form of resin pellets with positive results. This has included a shrink rate less than 0.25% in printed parts and obtainable lower print temperatures due to optimized melt viscosity and microstructure.

In large-format printing, the higher rate and volume of polymer deposition can quickly result in excessive warpage with materials such as ABS, or significant shrinkage as with some polyolefins or even some general-purpose PLA grades. This can result in failed prints as warping pulls the part away from the print bed or causes layer separation. With the longer print times and higher-volume material use in industrial applications, failure during production is costly. By controlling the polymer-microstructure, the resulting amorphous PLA grade, Ingeo 3D700, has a low material shrink rate which is critical for reducing warpage, improving gap fill and adhesion, and ensuring successful prints.

PLA for Large-Format Additive Manufacturing

-Borealis explores Swedish plastic chemical recycling effort

Company is studying feasibility of securing scrap feedstock for plant in Stenungsund, Sweden.

Vienna-based Borealis says it has initiated a new project to secure an increased supply of chemically recycled feedstock to produce base chemicals and polyolefin-based products. A feasibility study is now underway for a chemical recycling unit to be established at the Borealis production site in Stenungsund, Sweden, says the firm.

The study is being funded in part by a grant awarded by the Swedish Energy Agency and is being carried out with project partner Stena Recycling, which is based in Sweden. “Provided a successful feasibility study and final investment decision, operations are expected to begin in 2024,” says Borealis.

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-Pure Loop commissions test machine in US facility

Pure Loop has commissioned an ISEC evo 302 machine at its Ipswich, USA facility for potential buyers to test their own material, a service already offered by its sister firm Erema in Ansfelden, Austria.

The shredder-extruder combination is built in modules so it can be configured to meet different requirements for degassing, filtration and other performance parameters.

“The USA and Canada are important markets for the in-house recycling segment that we serve with our local sales partners,” said Manfred Dobersberger, managing director of Pure Loop. “With this machine that our American customers can also use to carry out non-binding test runs with their material, we confirm the significance of this market.”

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-Start-Up Company to Accelerate Development of Renewable Feedstocks

Trillium Renewable Chemicals to advance technology for production of such feedstocks as acrylonitrile for use in ABS and other plastics.

A new start-up company, Trillium Renewable Chemicals, Birmingham, Ala., plans to make chemicals from renewable feedstocks, including acrylonitrile for ABS with a net-zero footprint according to CEO Corey Tyree. “This technology can improve supply chain security and GHG (greenhouse gas) footprint of ABS makers,” he said, as one example.

The new start-up was jointly created by Belgium-based venture capital and investment firm Capricorn Partners and Southern Research (SR), an independent nonprofit, scientific research organization with more than 400 scientists and engineers working across three divisions: life science, engineering, and energy & environment. Headquartered in Birmingham, with additional laboratories and offices in Frederick, Md., and Houston, SR supports related industries with independent research on behalf of commercial and government clients, objectively assessing new technologies and providing process development support. It also pursues entrepreneurial and collaborative initiatives to develop and maintain a pipeline of intellectual property and innovative technologies that positively impact real-world problems.

Start-Up Company to Accelerate Development of Renewable Feedstocks

-Green news: Steer’s compounding technology for rice resin in Japan

Steer’s compounding technology for rice resin in Japan

In a bid to push for environment-friendly alternatives to oil-based plastics India-based extruder firm Steer Engineering has announced that its patented technology is now being deployed for the development of biomass resin. It adds that it recently supplied three units of its Omega 60 class extruders to Biomass Resin Holdings in Japan.

The extruders help accelerate development and commercialisation of compound materials of inedible rice with polyolefin resins, called “Rice Resin”. Using these compound materials, products such as trash bags, shopping bags, cutlery (plastic utensils), and toys, can be manufactured for end customers. In the long term, these products significantly reduce plastic waste through environment-friendly polymer.

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-Avocado antioxidant additives add life to packaging

Spain’s Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI) has funded a project that aims to use renewable sources to develop a biodegradable packaging system that includes barrier labels and antioxidant additives from avocado waste. The Guacapack Project plans to extend food shelf life by 15 per cent.

When avocados are processed for use in food items, the amount of waste produced can account for more than 45 per cent of the total weight of the avocado. In order to make use of this waste and extend the shelf life of prepared products, Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Centre, is to develop the project alongside lead company ITC Packaging and the Universidad de Alicante’s research group on Polymer and Nanomaterial Analysis.

The label will feature an oxygen barrier function that prevents the oxidation of food and extends the shelf life by 15 per cent. The incorporation of natural antioxidants extracted from the avocado itself also helps reduce the use of synthetic preservatives.

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-Maag’s melt pump technology for bioplastic PLA in China

Swiss integrated machinery firm Maag Group says it has supplied its latest the art x6 class melt pump technology for the first fully integrated sugar-to-PLA (polylactic acid) plant in China. The plant is based on a Sulzer technology and key equipment for converting lactide into PLA. The lactic acid and lactide production is made from sugars (in this case won out of locally grown corn).

Maag says not only is the plant reducing the carbon footprint because of using plant-based resources instead of hydrocarbons, but by using its x6 class gear pump technology, the specific energy requirement is optimised furthermore.

MAAG Group’s pumps are used in the polymerisation reaction stage, making sure that the efficient Sulzer SMR reactors are working smoothly in all operating conditions. But they are also used in the devolatilisation stage, where, a minimum level is required when unreacted lactide is removed from the PLA melt to achieve a good product quality. In the last stage, Maag’s melt pumps are used to build up the necessary pressure to process the melt through the downstream equipment, up to the underwater pelletiser.

A key feature of the melt pump technology is the reduced back-flow to lower the energy consumption. The x6 class melt pump helps to save up to 50% energy and reduces material recirculation in the pump of about 50%.

While the reduction of 50% of energy is possible in exceptional cases and in extreme operating conditions only, the trend is true for all the applications when the x6 class technology is used.

Maag’s melt pump technology for bioplastic PLA in China

-Sustainable and limitless Nuclear energy through Oceans? Possible through Hydrogel

Human necessity and intellect can extract anything from the plentiful resources available for our use on Earth.

We are engulfed by the inexhaustible clean-energy sources around us- the Sun, the Earth, the wind, the ocean, plants, atoms. However, the problem lies in the fact that technology and financial assistance needed for tapping the green energy forms, have lagged behind than expected.

But the need to find Energy forms for a hungry population cannot be jeopardized by this inability to exploit more. Therefore, we continue to test and conduct researches in order to discover an energy resource that can equally sustain the world’s insatiable and destructive appetite for energy as well as maintain the Nature’s critical balance.

Nuclear power has the capacity to facilitate this transition for world’s energy supply toward carbon neutrality.

Sustainable and limitless Nuclear energy through Oceans? Possible through Hydrogel

-HTL Biotechnology and Echelon Biosciences Inc. form strategic partnership to further develop their biopolymer platform and use hyaluronic acid in research

HTL’s campus is located in Paris, France. HTL, the worldwide leader in biotechnology solutions using hyaluronic acid (HA) and other biopolymers, and Echelon Biosciences Inc., a U.S.-based global supplier of biochemical reagents, assays, and services to research and development laboratories, announced today their new distribution and product development partnership. The partnership will enable distribution of high-quality HA and glycosaminoglycan (GAG), and the co-development of novel GAG products. https://htlbiotech.com/

HTL, the world’s leading provider of biotechnology solutions using hyaluronic acid (HA) and other biopolymers, and Echelon Biosciences Inc.,a U.S.-based global provider of biochemical reagents, assays and services for research and development laboratories, today announced their new sales and product development partnership. The cooperation will enable the distribution of high-quality hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycans (GAG) as well as the joint development of novel GAG products.

HTL Biotechnology and Echelon Biosciences Inc. form strategic partnership to further develop their biopolymer platform and use hyaluronic acid in research

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-MEGlobal lowers May contract price of MEG in Asia by USD100 per tonne

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the May contract price of MEG for Asia at USD830 per tonne on April 12, which is USD100 per tonne below the April level, the press reported. – company service.

The price was quoted on terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The Asian MEG market is under pressure amid sluggish demand and an upcoming increase in material supply due to new production launches.

Thus, according to market sources, 2.6 million tons of new capacities are expected to be commissioned at the end of April, which may further affect market prices.

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal raisedthe April contract price of the MEG for Asia at USD140 per tonne compared to the level of the previous month – up to USD930 per tonne, CFR Asia.

MEGlobal lowers May contract price of MEG in Asia by USD100 per tonne

-Why BOPP film market weakens?

Since April, BOPP film market has continued to decline. As of April 12, in East China, mainstream offers for thick film were around 10,600-11,200yuan/mt, down nearly 11% from the high point in March.

The reason is, on the one hand, market price is high in the former stage; on the other hand, the raw materials continue to be poor after mid-March, and downstream demand turns weak after entering April.

As for the feedstock PP, although the market was supported by the plant maintenance, with the continuous decline of PP futures, feedstock PP price drops accordingly.

On Apr 14, in East China, mainstream traders offer for homo PP raffia at 8,630-8,700yuan/mt. The decline in raw material prices also means the weakening support to the BOPP market from the cost side.

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-Major Asian Manufacturer Raises May PVC Prices for China by USD30 / Ton

A major petrochemical producer in Northeast Asia (NEA) has raised its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bids for supply to the Chinese market in May by USD30 per tonne compared to April levels, market sources told ICIS .

Thus, the company’s May price proposals for China were announced at USD1,540 per ton, CFR China, without providing a discount for the supply of significant volumes of material, market sources said.

For the markets of Southeast and North-East Asia (NEA), as well as for other regions, the company named the May PVC price offers at USD1,490 per ton, FOB NEA / SEA / other regions, which is also USD30 per ton higher than the level April. In these cases, the discount does not apply either.

The recent spike in coronavirus cases in India and Bangladesh has resulted in a quarantine and a decrease in buying activity in the PVC market. However, market participants said that the supply of the material in global markets remains limited due to the small export of batches of PVC from the United States amid disruptions to production in the United States due to a winter storm in mid-February.

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-Minimum Energy, Maximum Savings. Dry Better with ULTRA

The ULTRA dryer, from Maguire Products, is an energy-efficient dryer for use in the plastics industry.

Based on unique vacuum drying technology, ULTRA is an energy-efficient dryer for use in the plastics industry.

Conventional desiccant dryers typically use 45 Watts/lb/h to dry material. ULTRA uses just 4 Watts/lb/hr to dry.

On a process running 220 lb/hr, an ULTRA dryer is said to save up to $6,494 annually doing the same job. This cost is based on 220 pounds (100 kilograms) per hour, 6000 hours per year, kW cost at a national average of $0.12 per kW.

ULTRA dryer also reduces your Global Warming Potential (GWP). On a process running 220 lb/hr ULTRA saves 54,120 kW a year—a saving of 38.6 tons CO2 each year. That’s the equivalent of planting 645 new trees, every year, for 10 years.

Minimum Energy, Maximum Savings. Dry Better with ULTRA

-Huge Price Gap between Contract and Spot Resin Markets Grows

The start of a new month and quarter brought slight relief to the spot resin markets. Last week saw a steady flow of spot demand, with a well-mixed supply of truckload and railcar volumes, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Buyers showed a bit of patience, taking some pressure off the top-side of the market and allowing resin prices to ease up.

Spot polyethylene (PE) averaged about $0.02/lb lower and varied by grade. Polypropylene (PP) prices, taking a cue from still sliding PGP monomer costs, backed off $0.04/lb this week and have now retreated $0.07/lb from at least the interim

The start of a new month and quarter brought slight relief to the spot resin markets. Last week saw a steady flow of spot demand, with a well-mixed supply of truckload and railcar volumes, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Buyers showed a bit of patience, taking some pressure off the top-side of the market and allowing resin prices to ease up.

Spot polyethylene (PE) averaged about $0.02/lb lower and varied by grade. Polypropylene (PP) prices, taking a cue from still sliding PGP monomer costs, backed off $0.04/lb this week and have now retreated $0.07/lb from at least the interim top. The rally might be tired, but a major down leg of the cycle does not yet seem imminent. The PlasticsExchange notes that it is trying to restock, but finding it difficult to find fresh domestic prime material.

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-US crackers will be fuelled by hydrogen to reduce carbon footprint

US crackers will eventually be fuelled by hydrogen rather than natural gas as the main energy source to significantly bring down their carbon footprint, the former CEO of Equate and MEGlobal said.

“What I think will happen in the US is a lot of the crackers will go to hydrogen as their fuel because crackers are huge consumers of energy. And once hydrogen becomes the driver, the plastic itself becomes a lot greener in terms of its carbon footprint,” said Ramesh Ramachandran in an interview with ICIS.

Ramachandran was CEO of Kuwait-based polyethylene (PE) producer EQUATE from 2017-2020 and CEO of UAE-based ethylene glycols (EG) producer MEGlobal from 2009-2017. He is now principal at consultancy MEGVIN Advisors.

Adding recycled content to plastics coming out of downstream units would further improve the environmental profile of the crackers, he noted.

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-Novatec Offers Industry’s Only Self-Generating Nitrogen Dryer

Novatec’s NitroDry is the self-generating nitrogen, non-oxidizing dryer, designed to displace oxygen in the insulated drying hopper with low dewpoint nitrogen to avoid resin breakdown and discoloring.

Many specialty resins are sensitive to the drying process and therefore subject to yellowing, oxidation, degradation and brittleness caused by drying in an oxygenated hopper. Designed to solve these issues, Novatec’s patented NitroDry is the industry’s first self-generating nitrogen, non-oxidizing dryer. It works by displacing oxygen in the insulated drying hopper with low dewpoint nitrogen to avoid resin breakdown and discoloring associated with prolonged exposure to heat and oxygen.

This small dryer is self-contained and available in throughputs from 7 to 50 lbs/hr, making it ideal for on-throat or press-side drying of oxygen-sensitive materials such as nylons, PBT, PLA and TPU’s.

Novatec Offers Industry’s Only Self-Generating Nitrogen Dryer

-Petrochemicals demand and the pandemic: we continue to stumble around in the dark

We remain completely in the dark on petrochemicals demand and we will remain in the dark if we continue to rely on the old ways of measuring consumption.

Take as examples polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene which have benefited from the pandemic-driven rise in demand for takeaway. How long will this last?

Critically, also, we must understand the extent to which government stimulus will continue to shape markets.

How much will further government handouts be spent as opposed to save? What will be the scale and impact of infrastructure spending?

We need entirely new demand-growth models if we are going to get anywhere as the slide below indicates.

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-Industry must act fast on plastics recycling as societal pressure mounts

The chemical industry must accelerate investment in plastics recycling to achieve scale as activist and government pressures mount, the former CEO of Equate and MEGlobal said on Tuesday.

“Both the activists and the industry are in full agreement on the clear and present danger posed by plastic waste. However, I think the pace of change is too slow – industry has to move a lot faster before society looks to the producers as the problem and who have to fix it,” said Ramesh Ramachandran.

“If the industry wants to double in capacity in 5-10 years without a clear solution in 2-3 years for plastic waste, this will not end well for industry. Policy, fines and taxes will beat them to the punch,” he added.

Ramachandran was CEO of Kuwait-based polyethylene (PE) producer EQUATE from 2017-2020 and CEO of UAE-based ethylene glycols (EG) producer MEGlobal from 2009-2017. He is now principal at the consultancy MEGVIN Advisors.

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-Italian garment tech exhibition ITMA 2023 opens space application

As the world emerges from the pandemic, the organisers of textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA have suggested that the highly anticipated ITMA 2023 is expected to enjoy the same success as it did in Milan in 2015. The organisers invite technology manufacturers to witness new trends, launch of innovative solutions and live machinery demonstrations.

“ITMA is the only place where the entire value chain is present. As we invite the world’s most reputable technology manufacturers to participate, expect the momentum to build up from now till ITMA opens its doors in 2023. In the meantime, join ITMAnetwork to get timely updates,” ITMA said in a press release.

“With Covid-19, many international events within the textile industry were postponed or cancelled. During this period, we have continued with our R&D efforts and will be leveraging the upcoming ITMA exhibition to launch our new machinery. We look forward to the face-to-face interactions with our customers and partners,” Beat Meienberger, CEO of Benninger AG said.

Italian garment tech exhibition ITMA 2023 opens space application

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-American biotechnology company Occidental will build a bioethylene production facility

Occidental Petroleum subsidiary Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) and biotechnology firm Cemvita Factory are planning to build a bioethylene production facility that will produce monomer from artificial carbon dioxide (CO2), the company said.

The pilot plant will have a capacity of 1 ton per month and will produce bioethylene using artificial carbon dioxide, water and light. Production is due to start in 2022. The companies did not say where the plant will be built. The technology is competitive with ethylene derived from hydrocarbons, although the company did not specify prices.

If successful, the project could provide Occidental with another source of ethylene, which it uses to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), said Robert Zeller, vice president of technology for OLCV.

The process being developed by Cemvita and OLCV is not the only one that can produce ethylene from artificial carbon dioxide.

For over a decade, the Brazilian polyolefin manufacturer Braskem has been producing ethylene by dehydrating ethanol at its Triunfo facility in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Braskem previously announced plans to expand the plant’s capacity.

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

American biotechnology company Occidental will build a bioethylene production facility

-In China for China: Clariant Additives steps up at Chinaplas 2021

New additives solutions make regional debut for packaging & greenhouse films

More support for sustainable innovation in China’s plastics industry & application sectors  ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

Building a footprint for collaboration and tailored solutions

At Chinaplas 2021, Clariant will debut new high-end sustainable additive solutions for plastics to support local manufacturers in adapting quickly to the requirements of highly-demanding new applications and environmental goals (Booth 15E39).

As China embraces new sustainability targets, its manufacturing segments are adopting a more environmentally-considerate approach to innovation and answering application trends. In response, Clariant is increasing local access to performance-boosting, resource-efficient additives encouraging reduction, re-use and recycling of plastics. As well as greater use of renewable feedstocks and biopolymers for more applications. All part of a wider stepping up of its local production footprint and collaborative, joint development focus to help the plastics value chain advance technology, performance and the shift to circularity in China’s growth markets.

In China for China: Clariant Additives steps up at Chinaplas 2021

-Viridor and Tomra collaborate on Scottish DRS project

Viridor and Tomra have formed a partnership in a bid for the design, build and operate the Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) counting and sorting centres.

Scotland is set to launch a DRS initiative in 2022, which it hopes will drive collection rates on drinks containers to levels in excess of 90 per cent, reducing littering and contributing to net zero climate goals. The counting and sorting centres represent a critical part of the infrastructure required to underpin the efficient and accurate function of the DRS.  ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

Viridor’s director of business development (Polymers), Luke Burgess, said: “Viridor, has a long history of investing in Scottish recycling infrastructure, and the DRS offers the opportunity to supplement that investment and contribute to green job creation and the development of a truly circular economy.

Viridor and Tomra collaborate on Scottish DRS project

-Visakhapatnam centre of CIFT develops edible seaweed film that can replace plastic in food packaging

Cooking up your dish of instant noodles or soup could soon get even faster: the all-important tastemaker, which now comes packaged in aluminum foil pouches, could soon be marketed in sachets that could be eaten.

Having developed the technology for the preparation of edible, biodegradable and functional seaweed film using red seaweed (Kappaphycus alvarezii) and green seaweed (Ulva lactuca), scientists at the Visakhapatnam Research Centre of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIGF) are in the final stages of offering this technology for commercial production. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

While the technology to use edible biopolymers and biodegradable films and sachets from macroalgae or seaweed in the food industry isn’t new — it was famously used for the first time in the 2019 London Marathon, when runners going past Mile 23 were handed out edible sachets containing a Lucozade energy drink which they could either swallow or discard — this is arguably the first time this revolutionary technology has been developed in India. The environmental advantages of using edible sachets can be gauged from the fact that while these sachets biodegrade in four to six weeks, a plastic water bottle takes approximately 450 years to biodegrade completely.

Visakhapatnam centre of CIFT develops edible seaweed film that can replace plastic in food packaging

-EU Plastics Converters Sound Alarm over Resin Shortages and Soaring Prices

The proverbial rising tide that lifts all boats doesn’t seem to be working out for Europe’s plastics converting industry. The sector is experiencing “severe shortages of raw materials and [unprecedented] price increases,” according to the European Plastics Converters (EUPC) association. The shortages are caused by an “improving global economy” combined with exports of material to Asia and North America, according to EUPC, which is driving up prices.

The predicament is having a significant impact on small to medium-size (SME) businesses, which are fighting for their economic survival, said EUPC in a press release distributed today. Manufacturers of plastic products across Europe have suffered from bottlenecks in the materials supply chain since the beginning of the year, affecting polypropylene, polyethylene, PVC, along with other plastics and additives. The disruption, added the EUPC, is a manifestation of Europe’s supply/demand imbalance. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

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-Honeywell technology selected for US carbon capture project set to produce clean hydrogen

Honeywell UOP technologies have been selected to capture and sequester up to 1.65 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually and produce clean hydrogen energy from a repurposed gasification plant in West Terre Haute, Indiana.

Wabash Valley Resources selected the technology for the project which is expected to be one of largest carbon sequestration initiatives in the US to date.

Under the contact, UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, and specialty equipment including a modular MOLSIV™ molecular sieve dehydration unit, modular Ortloff CO2 Fractionation unit, and Polybed™ pressure swing adsorption (PSA) unit to sequester CO2 and process synthesis gas from the gasification unit.

The Ortloff CO2 Fractionation technology will produce a high-purity liquid CO2 stream while separating a hydrogen-rich stream that will be purified by the PSA unit.

The CO2 stream will be sent for permanent geological storage, while the hydrogen stream can fuel a hydrogen turbine to generate electrical power. The hydrogen stream can also be used in chemical synthesis or marketed as a clean transportation fuel. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

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-Microplastics in our air ‘spiral the globe’ in a cycle of pollution, study finds

CNN — Tiny bits of plastic from your packaging and soda bottles could be traveling in the atmosphere across entire continents, carried by winds, a new study found.

Most of our plastic waste gets buried in landfills, incinerated or recycled — but up to 18% ends up in the environment. Since plastic isn’t easily decomposable it instead fragments into smaller and smaller pieces until the microplastics are small enough to be swept into the air. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

“Akin to global biogeochemical cycles, plastics now spiral around the globe,” said the study, led by researchers from Utah State University and Cornell University, and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That means much of the plastic that gets dumped in the sea and across the land is broken down and spat back out, posing potential risks for our ecosystems. And though there has been some progress with the creation of biodegradable polymers, the researchers warned microplastics “will continue to cycle through the earth’s systems.”

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-Blue Toners & Colorants for Enhanced Recyclability of PET Packaging

Avient’s new ColorMatrix Optica blue toners and colorants formulated for addition to virgin and recycled PET for injection and extrusion processes.

New blue toners and colorants that are said to enhance the recyclability of PET packaging has been introduced by Avient Corp.. Formulated for addition to virgin PET and recycled PET (rPET), heat-stable ColorMatrix Optica blue toners work to correct and reduce the yellowing or color variation that typically occurs during the recycling process. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

Variations in the aesthetic appearance of rPET, which can include yellowing and other color variations, as well as reduced processing efficiencies have been shown to be caused by multiple heat cycles, as the material is recovered and reused.

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-Next-Generation Antifog Additive for Packaging and More

Avient’s new Cesa Nofog Plus performs in both hot and cold food packaging as well as agricultural and protective films.

A next-generation of antifog additive for food packaging applications has been launched by Avient Corp., spurred by the rapid growth in ready-to-eat foods, ready-to-cook foods, and food-delivery services. The new Cesa Nofog Plus additive is designed for both hot and cold packaging. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

By reducing moisture accumulation, Cesa Nofog Plus reportedly helps prolong the shelf life of packaged foods. It can clear fogging immediately in hot conditions, and within minutes in cold conditions. Lids and protective films produced with this food contact-safe additive are also said to remain clear, so that consumers can observe the food quality.

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-Biodegradable plastic launched in Nepal

Company says it is the first step in weaning consumers away from throwaway items

ANepali company has tried to address the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal by manufacturing biodegradable plastic products.

The Nepal government has tried and failed several times to impose a ban on single-use plastic, and the throwaway items have clogged drains and rivers across the country. Many of these take more than 500 years to decompose in dumping sites.

Now, Kathmandu-based Jain Trading Concern is introducing plastic bags and other items that degrade within three months of disposal. Although this does not reduce the use of plastic, environmentalists say it is a first step in reducing the amount of garbage on landfill sites, dumping sites and rivers. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Polyesterfibers

Biodegradable plastic launched in Nepal

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-Supercritical Steam Process Can Convert All Plastic Waste to Virgin Materials

Mura Technology’s HydroPRS process creates raw ingredients for infinitely recyclable new virgin-grade products from all types of plastic.

U.K.’s Mura Technology is pioneering a globally scalable solution to recycle all forms of plastic waste into virgin-grade plastic, reduce CO2 emissions and feed a sustainable “circular” plastics economy in the next decade. ReNew Elp is currently constructing the world’s first commercial-scale plant in Teeside, U.K., backed by global partners and the U.K. government. The plant is expected to be operational by 2022.

Mura’s proprietaty HydroPRS utilizes the Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR), a technology developed and owned by Licella Holdings Ltd., which breaks down plastics using water in the form of supercritical steam (water at elevated pressure and temperature). The steam acts like molecular scissors, cutting longer-chain hydrocarbon bonds in plastics to produce the valuable chemicals and oils from which the plastic was originally made. This, in as little as 25 minutes. Using supercritical steam means the technology is also inherently scalable. Unlike other methods, which heat waste from the outside, the steam imparts energy from the inside, providing far more efficient conversion of plastic waste; a process which can be maintained regardless of scale.

Supercritical Steam Process Can Convert All Plastic Waste to Virgin Materials

-Masterbatch manufacturer expands Chinese site

Masterbatch maker Colloids Plastic (Suzhou) has secured an additional 4,000 sq m factory next to its current site in Changshu Economic and technological development zone, and will increase its annual capacity to 18,000 tonnes a year.

Headed up by general manager Dr Craig MacDougall, Colloids China has experienced strong growth in recent years, which has enabled this expansion.The new facility enables Colloids to expand its operation quickly and provides a platform for growth across the Asia Pacific region, said MacDougall. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

Masterbatch manufacturer expands Chinese site

-Chinaplas 2021, new RadiciGroup products on display

The first trade fair after months of pandemic. China, a market of great interest to the Group in its aim to grow in the automotive, home appliance and consumer goods sectors  ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers – the Group business area engaged in the manufacture and sale of high performance engineering polymers – will be participating in Chinaplas 2021 trade fair, to be held from 13 to 16 April at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.

Chinaplas marks RadiciGroup’s return to the world of trade fairs after months of pandemic, during which no business events could be organized. Together with High Performance Polymers, the Group’s Specialty Chemicals Business Area will also be present at the event (Hall 17, Booth G145), exhibiting its wide offering of polyamide 6, 6.6, 6.10, 6.12 polymers and recycled polymers.

“There is a lot of excitement surrounding this event,” Alberto Sessolo, country manager China of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, said. “as it is the first Chinaplas where Chinese nationals will make up nearly all the visitors. For us, it is an opportunity to meet with customers, strengthen existing partnerships and discuss future projects,” Sessolo continued. “Since April 2020, the Chinese market has experienced a strong recovery in both internal demand and export. As per tradition, we will be focusing mainly on automotive and its e‑mobility evolution, while also keeping a close eye on the home appliance and consumer goods sectors, where volumes have seen a steady increase.”

Chinaplas 2021, new RadiciGroup products on display

-Total Corbion PLA at Chinaplas: PLA Bioplastics for a Brighter Future

Gorinchem, the Netherlands – Total Corbion PLA will be exhibiting at the Chinaplas trade fair from 13th – 16th April in Shenzhen, China.

On display will be a number of partner applications based on Luminy® PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) resins from Total Corbion PLA.

The Luminy® PLA portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA grades and is used in a wide range of markets from packaging to durable consumer goods and electronics.  ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics.

Ryan Wang, General Manager China at Total Corbion PLA, will be present to meet and greet interested parties and together with his team looks forward to explaining the advantages of PLA: “The demand for Luminy® PLA in China is very strong.

Chinese consumers are motivated to contribute towards a more sustainable, circular society and Luminy® PLA, offering a reduced carbon footprint and compostability plays an important role in achieving these goals.”

Total Corbion PLA at Chinaplas: PLA Bioplastics for a Brighter Future Gorinchem, the Netherlands – Total Corbion PLA will be exhibiting at the Chinapl

-EU and US still replenishing China’ s textile and apparel

Since Q3 2020, China’s textile and apparel trade has shown a recovery growth and a steady recovery. In Q4, with severe pandemic outside China, many mills shut down. At the same time, due to the period of replenishment in overseas market, Wal-Mart replenished stocks largely, and many overseas orders flew back to China. The epidemic outside China spread, which has created a great bonus period for China local cotton textile industry to some extent.

Combined with many favorable factors such as the domestic e-commerce Festival, the cotton textile industry started bull market at the end of November, which lasted for several months. Both production and marketing of mills throve, and they were fully engaged. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

However, in mid-March 2021, the market gradually weakened, and fresh orders of mills greatly reduced. So, is the cycle of overseas consumption improvement and inventory replenishment over? Do overseas orders have continuity?

EU and US still replenishing China' s textile and apparel

-Covestro presents innovative polycarbonate solutions at CHINAPLAS 2021

At the CHINAPLAS 2021 trade fair to be held in Shenzhen, China from April 13–16, Covestro will showcase a range of cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions in various fields, as well as insights into design and aesthetics, all under the motto “Pioneering a circular future together”. This is another proof of Covestro’s commitment to building a Circular Economy and a sustainable future.

Meanwhile, the materials manufacturer unveiled plans to start offering the world’s first climate-neutral polycarbonates later this year, in a major step towards its vision to become fully circular while better supporting its customers to reach their sustainability goals. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

Covestro presents innovative polycarbonate solutions at CHINAPLAS 2021

“Pioneering a circular future together”

  • Launching the world’s first climate-neutral polycarbonate
  • Advanced solutions designed to boost the Circular Economy
  • Design aesthetic creating value for customers

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-Swiss Clariant opens new process and light stabilisers facility in China

Clariant has opened a new joint venture facility for process and light stabilisers at Cangzhou in Hebei, China, the Swiss specialty chemicals maker said on Monday.

The facility is jointly owned by Clariant and Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary Co (Tiangang), a privately owned producer and supplier of light stabilizers in China, it said in a statement. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

Process and light stabilizers are types of additives used to reduce degradation of plastics which is particularly caused by exposure to light, heat and air.

The new facility is located within the Cangzhou National Coastal-Port Economy & Technology Development Zone.

Details on plant capacity and investments were not disclosed

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-2021 to be critical for European textiles and clothing sector: Euratex

2021 will be a critical year for the European textile and clothing sector, according to the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex). On the occasion of releasing its quarterly economic update, Euratex is concerned that the COVID-19 crisis may be followed by disruptions in the global supply chains, affecting the competitiveness of the industry. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

Economic data up to December 2020 reflect a dramatic contraction in demand and production of textile and clothing items, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the full year 2020, the EU turnover fell by – 9.3 per cent in textiles and by -17.7 per cent in clothing, compared with 2019. The crisis was particularly felt in the middle of the year (with production losses over 50 per cent). Towards the last quarter of 2020, business activity recovered in the textile industry (+1.6 per cent as compared with the previous quarter), while it further deteriorated in the clothing sector (-6.8 per cent), as a result of the decline in consumption expenditure and the slowdown in non- essential activities, according to Euratex.

Looking at trade performance, T&C (Textile and Clothing) extra-EU exports slipped back by -13.6 per cent in 2020. The majority of EU top-10 customers experienced a steep decline in 2020. EU imports increased by +5.5 per cent in 2020.

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-Canada Supports Innovation For Compostable Bioplastic

The Government of Canada continues to encourage alternatives to plastic waste. We are dedicated to creating jobs and driving innovation by investing in climate solutions.

Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., today announced a $1-million investment to BOSK Bioproducts Inc. as part of the second phase of the Bioplastics Challenge. This challenge is aimed at helping small businesses reduce pollution by turning forest-based residue into sustainable plastic materials. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

With this funding, BOSK Bioproducts Inc. will focus on the installation of a small-scale production line for proto-typing the formulations of compostable bioplastics made from forest biomass, developed at National Research Council Canada. Additionally, it will allow for product formulation and better compatibility with existing industry manufacturing equipment.

As part of the first phase, BOSK Bioproducts Inc. developed a highly compostable and cost-effective new bioplastic made from paper mill sludge and wood fibre residue that could be used in areas like 3D printing, food packaging, plastic bottles and containers for cosmetics.

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-NOVA targets ’22 start-up of Canada cracker, PE project

NOVA Chemicals has surpassed 65% completion for its second Advanced SCLAIRTECH technology (AST) polyethylene (PE) unit and the third phase of its Corunna cracker expansion project, the company said on Monday.

The first of eight of electrical substations was safely energised in March, and the company estimates that both units will commence full start-up activities in late 2022 after the Corunna site turnaround, which is targeted for spring 2022, NOVA said.

The new AST PE unit, located at the new Rokeby site in St Clair township, Ontario, will have a capacity of 1bn lb/year ( 454,000 tonnes/year). The cracker expansion will provide ethylene feedstock to the new AST facility, expanding the existing unit’s current capacity by more than 50%. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Bioaromatics

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-Carbios and Equipolymers partners in PET recycling

The Clermont-based company Carbios, a pioneer in the enzymatic recycling of plastic and textile polymers, has signed an agreement with Equipolymers which should host, at its site in Schkopau (Germany), a unit that will produce 40,000 tonnes of recycled PET each year, said Axelera.

In March, Carbios and Equipolymers, a subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical, signed a “  non-exclusive and non-binding agreement in the form of a Letter of Intent  ”. If confirmed, Equipolymers, “  European leader in PET production  ”, will host a unit at its Schkopau (Germany) site that will produce 40,000 tonnes of recycled PET each year using the enzymatic process developed by Carbios.

This agreement also provides for ”  assistance in securing the sources of supply of PET waste for this unit  ” which will enable Carbios to ”  transform the plastics industry market and take full advantage of its global leadership in this industry  “. In addition, it will consolidate its model: the concession of operating licenses for its technologies and know-how and the sale of enzymes to its licensees who will build their own production units for recycled PET.

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-Commodity shortage, China PA66 rose again in March

According to SunSirs data, the national PA66 market continued to be active in March and spot prices for various brands continued to rise. As of April 1, the average offer price of pa66 medium viscosity injection molding sample companies was approximately RMB42,900/ton, an increase of 17.53% over the average start-of-month price and 96.34% compared to the same period last year The price position broke through the all-time high. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

The pattern of contraction in the supply of products upstream of PA66 continued and the loss of capacity of crude oil and chemical companies affected by the COLD DISASTER in the United States recovered slowly. The volume of domestic imports of adiponitrile and hexadeamine continued to be low and producers remained high. At present, the supply of goods on the market is low and there are no clear signs of an improvement in the model. The higher spot price is mainly high.

The upstream price position was high and the pa66’s domestic price continued to rise in March. The range of the spot offer is between about 44,000 RMB/ton and 44,500 RMB/ton and the listing has exceeded an all-time high. The shortage of raw materials meant that polymerization companies did not receive enough raw materials for production. At the moment, there is a general shortage of raw materials in national PA66 polymerization plants and the overall operating rate in the sector has fallen to about half. Pingdingshan Shenma, Huafeng Group and other domestic PA66 manufacturers continue the non-listing strategy to the outside world and have no pressure on inventory, mainly by providing contract customers. Inventory in the hands of retailers fell further and the deal was unbalanced towards a high ratio and reluctant to sell.

Commodity shortage, China PA66 rose again in March

-Huhtamaki Fiber Alabuga will build a production of biodegradable packaging in the UAE “Alabuga”

LLC “Huhtamaki Fiber Alabuga” intends to launch the production of environmentally friendly and biodegradable packaging for eggs from paper fiber and produce 130 million packages per year, the UAE “Alabuga” said.

The founders of the project are “Partner Polarkap Oi” from Finland and “Huhtamaki Finance BV” from the Netherlands. The production facilities should cover an area of ??6 hectares. The plant is slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. The volume of investments will amount to 1.4 billion rubles, 35 jobs are to be created.

In February this year, Finnish Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe received approval from the European industry group RecyClass (Belgium) for its three new laminated polyethylene tube technologies, developed in collaboration with Czech company Zalesi and toolmaker Plastuni Lisses, part of the Somater Group. Pipes made with this technology from HDPE with easy to apply direct printing have been tested in an independent laboratory. The first PBL 220/11 HD technology, developed in collaboration with Zalesi, enables the production of fully recyclable HDPE products. In fact, the resulting recycled plastic has been tested in the production of new HDPE bottles at concentrations up to 25%. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

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-Commodity price rises, support for PC costs is strong in China

According to data monitored by SunSirs, as of April 6, the total pc market price was RMB27,800.00/ton. The price of the PC market continued to move to a high level and the price continued to rise. Compared to the same period this month, the price increased by 5.84%, up to 1,600 RMB/ton. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

The internal pc market fluctuated and increased, the price continued to be high, the bisphenol raw material a market still went up, the cost of the PC was a certain support, the price continued to rise, the general atmosphere of market transactions was cautious, the industry kept a cautious wait-and-see attitude, seemed reluctant to sell psychology , the PC market is expected to still maintain the upward trend in the coming week, manufacturers passively support the price, difficult to have a downward trend.

The price of bisphenol upstream continued to rise and there was still an expectation of an upward trend. The reference price was 27,800-28,000 RMB/ton, stock remained low and the supply side was limited. bisphenol A was 265.69, up 5.52 points from the previous day, a record high in the cycle, up 268.55% from the lowest point of 72.09 on April 6, 2020 .

Commodity price rises, support for PC costs is strong in China

-Saudi Sabic, SIRC collaborates on chemical recycling

Sabic, a key Saudi-based petrochemical producer, has agreed with Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC) to establish a chemical recycling project in Saudi Arabia.

The agreement signed at Sabic’s headquarters in Riyadh also proposed a feasibility study on the construction of a chemical recycling plant in the country to convert plastic waste into pyrolysis oil. The initiative is in line with Sabic’s long-term vision of recycling plastics to achieve a circular economy.

The collaboration is set to help fulfil the country’s waste management objectives that are aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and reinforces Saudi G20 Presidency’s commitment to the Circular Carbon Economy, said Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice-chairman and CEO. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

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-EPA hears divergent opinions on chemical recycling

If a process breaks down scrap plastics into chemicals that are later used to make new plastic, should the federal government consider that “recycling?” What if the end product is a fuel that is combusted?

Those are just a couple of the plastics-related questions the U.S. EPA is grappling with as it seeks to define exactly what “recycling rate” will mean. Last fall, the agency released a national recycling rate goal of 50% by 2030. Using current methodologies, the EPA estimates the U.S. has a 32% recycling rate.

But the EPA is considering changing the calculation methodology. In particular, the agency is examining which sources of material, types of materials, management pathways and destinations to count. Not surprisingly, among the 108 comments from different recycling industry stakeholders, advice differed dramatically.

One of several points of contention is whether EPA should consider chemical recycling technologies as “recycling.” ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

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-Pakistani Engro plans construction of propane dehydrogenation unit and PP production

Pakistani company Engro Corp will spend USD31.4 million on design, engineering and technical studies for the proposed propane dehydrogenation unit and polypropylene (PP) production, the company said.

“This is in continuation to our letter to the PSX dated April 26, 2019, in relation to the company’s intent to explore investment opportunities in the petrochemical sector and the approval by the Board of Directors of the company (the “Board”) for commencement of a study in relation to a polypropylene facility based on propane dehydrogenation (“PDH-PP Project”),”  the company said in a statement to the bourse. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

Engro said that its Board in its meeting held on April 8th, 2021, has approved an amount of up to USD 31,400,000 towards conducting engineering, design and technical studies including a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study in relation to the PDH-PP Project.

“The results of these studies, when completed, are expected to inform the final investment decision in relation to this project, which decision will also be based on a conducive policy environment and arranging the right mix of debt and equity partners at such time,” the company added.

Pakistani Engro plans construction of propane dehydrogenation unit and PP production

-Food contact regulation for recycled plastics: Delay in authorizations risk undermining the objectives of the EU Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan and Farm-to-Fork.

Over the last years, the plastics value chain has been calling for the establishment of an appropriate European legislative framework on the use of recycled plastics in food contact applications. The joint

aim of our industries is to facilitate the circularity of plastics packaging while ensuring the health of EU citizens, by setting an appropriate testing and control systems. Promoting the use of recycled plastics  ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

in food contact applications is also in line with the Commission’s new Circular Economy Action Plan that aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Since 1993, the PET value chain has made substantial progress in closing the PET packaging loop and continues to promote recycling to not only meet, but also exceed, the Commission’s mandate of

achieving 25% recycled content in all beverage containers by 2025. Many of our members have recently announced their intention to go beyond existing EU targets and use much higher amounts of

recycled content in their beverage containers. Regrettably, regulatory inaction is threatening the food contact value chain and the ability to truly close the loop and shift to a circular economy.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been requested to provide Scientific Opinions on the safety evaluation of the mechanical recycling process to produce recycled PET intended to be used for

manufacture of materials and articles in contact with food (in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) N° 282/2008).

Food contact regulation for recycled plastics: Delay in authorizations risk undermining the objectives of the EU Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan and Farm-to-Fork.

-Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

Agromediterránea has launched a new container for the marketing of BIO radishes under its brand Sun & Vegs. It is a sustainable container made with recycled plastic that has been recovered from areas near the coasts and in the seas of Southeast Asia. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

It is doing so as one of the main partners of Prevented Ocean Plastic, which in 2020 alone prevented more than 830 million plastic bottles from polluting the sea.

The BIO radishes are marketed in a 100% R-PET container, designed with a minimum micron size, which can be recycled for reuse. In addition to innovating with the material used, Agromediterránea has picked a format that had so far never been used for radishes: a 200-gram cup with a lid – instead of the usual bag or flowpack – which keeps the product fresh for longer and facilitates its consumption.

“We continue to innovate to always find the best ways to bring our products directly from the field to our customers. We are constantly testing various alternatives and we are able to offer a wide range of more sustainable options adapted to current consumer demands,” says Jesús Gómez, general director of Agromediterránea.

Bio vegetable packaging made with plastic recovered from the sea

-Emporio Armani Inspired By Water For Its Sustainable Line

Finding its common ground between sustainability, Emporio Armani continues its commitment to conscious fashion practices for Spring/Summer 2021.

Channeling the spirit of noble sailors, the campaign visuals explore the relationship between body, nature, and water depicting its free-flowing aesthetic. With the combination of advanced textile research and practical design, the brand finds common ground between sustainability and functionality. Embracing the marine aesthetic with a blue and white color palette, contrasting stitching, and offset silhouettes collection, it features an array of lightweight garments, the menswear offering includes a selection of anoraks, blousons, and Bermuda shorts with the womenswear consisting of light dusters, cargo pants, and mini tops.

Constructed from GREENLON and NEWLIFE, these technical fabrics are made in Italy using nylon and post-consumer polyester derived from plastic bottles. Conveying a passion for the sea, the crinkled nylon repurposes recycled plastic waste including fishing nets and lint from synthetic carpets whilst the organic cotton employs no GMO and grown without pesticides. ChemicalRecycling PETBottle Biopolymers

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton -100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 990 $/ton 980 $/ton- -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,000 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton -50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,200 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,410 yuan/ton 4,320 yuan/ton -90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
650 $/ton 650 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,285 yuan/ton 5,085 yuan/ton -200
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 667 $/ton 645 $/ton- -22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 812 $/ton 804 $/ton -8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 794 $/ton 786 $/ton -8
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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836 $/ton 830 $/ton -6
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,580 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton
-230
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,505 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton +555
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8.350 yuan/ton -250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,750 yuan/ton 7,525 yuan/ton -225
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton -200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton
-100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,450 yuan/ton 13,600 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,400 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 43,300 yuan/ton 42,000 yuan/ton -1,300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,500 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,400 yuan/ton 19,400 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,800 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 80,500 yuan/ton 80,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 73,500 yuan/ton 73,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 63,500 yuan/ton 63,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,900 yuan/ton 10,650 yuan/ton -250
Benzene domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,540 yuan/ton -160
Benzene overseas  market 870 $/ton 862 $/ton
-8
Ethylene South East market 1,005 $/ton 1,015 $/ton +10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,227 $/ton 1,229 $/ton +2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton -1,000
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,600 $/ton 2,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,200 yuan/ton 14,800 yuan/ton -400
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PolyesterDTY
8,000 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton +400
Naphtha overseas market  571 $/ton 558 $/ton
-13
Phenol domestic market 8,540 yuan/ton 8,680 yuan/ton -40

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-Saudi wants OPEC+ to extend oil cuts into June, source says

After steady oil price gains earlier this year, OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, had hoped to ease output cuts

Saudi Arabia is prepared to support extending oil cuts by OPEC and its allies into June and is also ready to prolong its own voluntary cuts to boost prices amid a new wave of coronavirus lockdowns, a source briefed on the matter said on Monday.

After steady oil price gains earlier this year, OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, had hoped to ease output cuts. Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

But a fresh wave of lockdowns to prevent a new surge in the virus has pushed oil off this year’s highs, and four OPEC+ sources told Reuters this would most likely encourage the group to extend cuts into May when it meets on Thursday.

-Saudi wants OPEC+ to extend oil cuts into June, source says

-Groundbreaking inauguration of recycling plant in Indonesia

Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (Amatil Indonesia) and Dynapack Asia announced the construction of a 20,000 square meter Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling facility located in Bekasi, West Java. The newest investment valued at AUD 50.51 million (IDR 556.2 billion) will enable the collaboration of Amatil Indonesia and Dynapack Asia to create a closed loop plastic packaging supply chain by producing food and beverage safe plastic pellets made from post-consumer plastic bottles.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Amatil Indonesia dan Dynapack Asia introduced PT  Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

Amandina Bumi Nusantara and Mahija Parahita Nusantara with roles as:

  • PT Amandina Bumi Nusantara – the entity which will run that state-of-the-art rPET facility leading the transformation process of low-quality PET waste back to virgin-quality, food-grade PET using the latest renewable technology;
  • Mahija Parahita Nusantara – the non – profit foundation which will support collection centers management, ensuring the fulfillment of human rights and regulation in the waste collection supply chain, execute activities to improve the welfare of waste pickers and communities, as well as conducting research and development on recyclability improvement and other opportunities related to PET utilization and plastic collection.

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-Plants: Americhem opens US compounding facility

Americhem opens US compounding facility

US compounding firm Americhem recently opened its new plant expansion dedicated solely to clean compounding for medical device customers in Morrisville, PA.

This Americhem Engineered Compounds, or AEC, plant expansion includes the addition of an isolated 20,000 sq. ft. “Clean Compounding” room that will house six new compounding lines in the overall 60,000 sq ft expansion. The new clean environment and AEC Customer Design Center, coupled with Americhem’s existing ISO 13485 Certification, gives AEC unique capabilities to produce compounds that meet the most stringent medical device requirements. Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

“Our medical compounding process is performed in our GMP production area, which ensures that all of our medical grade polymers and compounds will be made to the highest quality standards. It is designed to minimize contamination due to airborne contaminant and other contamination, while producing compounds in a clean, well-lit environment,” states Jim Figaniak, VP & GM of Americhem Engineered Compounds.

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-Enviroo receives planning permission for first plant

Specialist PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycler, Enviroo has had its planning application approved for its first plastic recycling facility in the UK. The facility will be able to re-use 100% of the PET it takes in and help recycle some of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste created in the UK annually. Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

The successful application means the plastic recycling facility will be operational in Summer 2022 at Peel NRE’s 54-hectare strategic energy and resource hub, Protos, near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The facility will take PET – the main material used for food and drinks packaging such as plastic bottles and certain food packaging – and convert it into the raw material for new food-grade packaging. It will see an investment of around £20 million into the local economy and create 50 new, permanent jobs.

Enviroo will use proven technology to sort and wash the waste, before creating r-PET (recycled -PET) pellets that can be used by packaging manufacturers to create new packaging products. This technology is able to re-use 100% of the PET it takes in. This will become increasingly important from this time next year, when a new law will see any packaging that contains less than 30% recycled PET taxed. Some manufacturers have gone further, pledging to include up to 50% recycled material in their packaging under the UK Plastics Pact. The facility will therefore help to meet growing UK demand for recycled PET.

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-Food Containers Made Of Seaweed Aim To Replace Plastic And Reduce Pollution

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What’s unique about these takeout containers is that it’s completely biodegradable and compostable, unlike conventional takeout containers which not only have plastic lining to prevent it from getting drenched. Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

The use of seaweed enables Notpla’s implementation to be grease and water-resistant while also being naturally biodegradable.

To encourage the use of biodegradable takeout containers, UK’s takeout food app Just-Eat has run a campaign where it is testing these containers by Notpla across UK’s popular food chains

The takeout food delivery app is hoping this could prevent as many as 30,000 plastic coated containers from entering the waste this long weekend. Food Containers Made Of Seaweed Aim To Replace Plastic And Reduce Pollution

Takeout food trash amounts to nearly half of all municipal solid waste in the US, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In 2014 alone, out of the 258 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in the US, over 63 percent was of packaging materials out of which only 35 percent (amounting to around 89 million tons) was recycled or composted.

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-Bio-based polymers and active coatings support greener food packaging

Inexpensive, fossil fuel-based coated plastics keep foods fresher and safer for consumption, but their detrimental impact on the environment may outweigh their benefits. EU-funded research has advanced bio-based alternatives leveraging microorganisms and natural metabolites. Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

Multilayer polymer food packaging is the industry standard, enabling multiple, necessary functionalities not present in any one alone. However, the multiple bonded layers that act as a barrier to oxygen and moisture are difficult to recycle, and the synthetic plastics are not biodegradable, creating a growing end-of-life problem.

Environmental concerns are shared by governments, industries and consumers, but finding recyclable and/or biodegradable monolayer alternatives with the same performance as conventional packaging has been quite challenging. With funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and industry, the ambitious REFUCOAT project brought together 12 multidisciplinary partners all along the value chain from 5 EU countries to address the problem.

REFUCOAT advanced the potential of two promising biodegradable biopolymers and also pushed the boundaries of what might be possible, demonstrating the use of bacteria-‘eating’ organisms (bacteriophages) in active coatings.

Bio-based polymers and active coatings support greener food packaging

-Will U.S. Shale Trigger Another Oil Price Crash?

A year after the pandemic and the disagreement within OPEC+ over supply management crushed oil prices, the industry finds itself at an all-too-familiar crossroads: Will OPEC’s bet that U.S. shale’s “drill, baby, drill” is gone forever be right this time?  Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

Analysts seem to concur that this is a safe bet, at least for this year, as U.S. shale overall will keep the promised spending discipline.

In a sign that spending beyond cash flows is a thing of the past, major listed producers now say that growing production for growth’s sake would be a big mistake. Instead, they have vowed to return more cash to shareholders.

U.S. oil production may never return to the weekly peaks of 13 million barrels per day (bpd) just before last year’s market crash.

But it is already steadying at around 11 million bpd, which is 1 million bpd above the May 2020 lows when producers curtailed output in response to impossibly low—and negative for a day—oil prices.

Will U.S. Shale Trigger Another Oil Price Crash?

-How plastic pollution threatens our health, food systems, and civilization itself

Plastic pollution is so pervasive that plants are uptaking microplastics through their roots  Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

One of the most memorable quotes from the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” turned out to be prophetic, too.

McGuire, a would-be mentor advising a young man about his future, was correct about the growth of the plastics industry, although perhaps not in the way he intended. Indeed, we have overproduced plastic on Earth, to the extent that it is clogging our oceans and waterways, squirreling itself into our food and fisheries, and poisoning our bodies. Climate change is often billed as the greatest existential threat to humanity — yet plastic pollution is equally horrific in its capacity to disrupt civilization.

Plastics are a relatively recent invention. When we think of “plastics,” what we’re really think of are synthetic polymers. Polymers are substances made from long chains of molecules — they can be found in nature, such as the cellulose in plants — and synthetic polymers are generally designed to be durable and flexible; hence why they are known as “plastic.”

How plastic pollution threatens our health, food systems, and civilization itself

-Hufschmied virtual masterclass demonstrates machining of carbon fiber winglet

Masterclass details how to efficiently manufacture demanding components from high-performance materials with a PPS CFRP winglet as an example.

Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme GmbH’s (Bobingen, Germany) virtual masterclass, “Machining Thermoplastic Carbon Winglet,” held on Feb. 23, 2021, demonstrated the machining of a composite winglet carried out by CNC machine manufacturer Fehlmann AG Maschinenfabrik (Seon, Switzerland) and Ensinger Composites Schweiz GmbH (Otelfingen). Now, the demonstration video is available in English.

According to Hufschmied, in order to efficiently manufacture demanding components from high-performance materials, the machine, machining strategy and tool must be coordinated. Petrochemicals PETBottle Biopolymers

During the masterclass, Hufschmied, Ensinger and Fehlmann machined a carbon fiber-reinforced polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) TECATEC PPS CW50 PL winglet with complex free-form contours. The component was machined with Hufschmied’s Graftor tools, 065SMC drill milling cutter and FB162 drill on Fehlmann’s VERSA 645 linear five-axis high-performance milling center.

Hufschmied virtual masterclass demonstrates machining of carbon fiber winglet

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-BMW Treads Sustainable Path with Recycled Fishing Nets

Sustainability has become a strategic priority for the automotive industry, with automotive organizations increasingly using sustainable materials, and 62% of them claiming to have a comprehensive sustainability strategy, according to Capgemini.

Since 2016, the BMW Group has used Econyl yarn, based on recycled polyamide (PA), to make the floors and floor mats for the BMW i3, BMW iX, and other models. Committed to sustainability and the process, Daniela Bohlinger, Head of Sustainability for BMW Group Design, visited Aquafil CEO Giulio Bonazzi in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where Econyl yarn is produced out of recycled fishing nets and other polyamide waste. Compared to petroleum-based PAs, manufacturing Econyl yarn from recycled materials reportedly results in an up to 90% reduction in global warming potential.

“At the BMW Group, we want to lead the automotive industry in the direction of sustainability.

From the very start, we consider the entire product lifecycle and increasingly use materials that can be recycled and then used for other purposes,” said Bohlinger.

“Since Econyl yarn features a wonderful range of colors, it is easy for us to design with. Of course, any product that is made from recycled materials must look flawless and provide outstanding quality.”

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-Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant with commitments for >50% of its output

Avantium announces that it has signed a conditional offtake agreement with Resilux, an international rigid plastic packaging supplier, for the supply of PEF resin from the planned Avantium FDCA flagship plant. This brings the total of such offtake contracts to five.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The planned FDCA flagship plant is set to produce 5 kilotonnes of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) per annum, the key building block for the 100% fossil-free, recyclable polymer PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Including an additional commitment from one of the previously announced offtake partners, the five conditional offtake agreements represent a total offtake volume of over 50% of the FDCA production capacity from the flagship plant. This marks an important step towards a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) for the construction of the world’s first commercial FDCA plant, which Avantium would plan to open in 2023.

Avantium previously announced that offtake contracts were signed with specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (US), the beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), and an undisclosed major global food & beverage brand owner. Avantium is also collaborating with beer brewer Carlsberg in the development of PEF based packaging of beer, such as the Green Fibre Bottle. The offtake commitments are subject to a positive FID, financial closing, other customary approvals, and party-specific conditions.

Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant with commitments for >50% of its output

-Plastics recyclers, end-markets must align to make circular economy a reality

Mechanical and chemical recyclers of plastics need to align with end markets to enable the circular economy to become a reality, panellists said during the 16th annual Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, held virtually this year because of the pandemic.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

Major chemical companies have shown their commitments to reaching sustainability goals by investing in recycling operations and developing new and innovative products, and a panel comprised of plastic producers and recyclers shared their views on how the industry is working toward realising a circular economy.

Holli Alexander, strategic initiatives manager, global sustainability at Eastman Chemical, said that her company is working to improve the infrastructure in the recycling space.

“We recognise that in advanced recycling, or molecular recycling, there is an opportunity to be very compatible and complementary with mechanical recycling,” she said. “We all need more materials to recycle, so we are looking at what we can do collectively to work on infrastructure together to create the feed streams that work for all of us.”

-Plastics recyclers, end-markets must align to make circular economy a reality

-LyondellBasell to offer certified Circulen polymers

LyondellBasell is to offer mass balance certificates for its advanced (molecular) recycled and renewable-based Circulen polymers, after obtaining International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification for its Wesseling, Germany, cracker and European polymer sites.

“In 2020, LyondellBasell announced our goal to produce and market two million tonnes of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030,” said Richard Roudeix, LyondellBasell’s senior vice president of olefins and polyolefins for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “This ISCC PLUS certification is another milestone on our path to becoming an industry leader in the production and marketing of recycled and renewable-based polymers.”  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The ISCC PLUS certification is recognised for its global certification of recycled and renewable-based materials and provides traceability along the supply chain. With the mass balance method, the company tracks how much advanced (molecular) recycled and renewable-based source material goes into the production process of its Circulen products and can attribute it to the final polymer via a Sustainability Declaration.

LyondellBasell to offer certified Circulen polymers

-Mayzo’s Beta Technology Helps Thermoformers Overcome Polypropylene Cost and Supply Challenges

As polypropylene resin prices continue to fluctuate, thermoforming plastics processors are looking for new cost-effective and sustainable solutions. Mayzo Inc., a provider of specialty chemical additive solutions based in Suwanee, GA, offers thermoformers the advantages of its proprietary Beta Technology, a beta nucleating masterbatch that enables processors to use less resin while producing more product faster.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

“Thermoforming customers are achieving two substantial advantages through the use of Mayzo’s Beta Technology,” said Philip Jacoby, an expert in polypropylene and retired VP of Technology at Mayzo. “First, they are achieving down-weighting of at least 15%. That means less polypropylene resin is required to produce the same amount of end product.

Mayzo’s Beta Technology Helps Thermoformers Overcome Polypropylene Cost and Supply Challenges

-Russia sees pandemic impact on crude oil demand to last until 2023-2024

Russia expects the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on the global consumption of oil and oil products may last until 2023-2024, a draft government document, seen by Reuters, showed.

The global oil and liquid fuels production dropped in 2020 to 94.25 million barrels per day (bpd) from 100.61 million bpd in 2019, amid the pandemic, which led to lockdowns, halting 80% of air traffic and a quarter of road traffic at its peak and denting fuel consumption.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries expects oil demand to grow by 5.6 million barrels per day this year under its base case scenario. Russian Deputy Energy Minister Alexander Novak has also projected similar growth.

The draft document, outlining oil industry developments until 2035, also showed that Russia could lose global oil market share due to curbs on oil production and exports.

It says global oil prices are likely to trade in the range of USD50-USD75 per barrel by 2025, while in the second half of 2020s prices are seen at USD50-USD60 per barrel and they are unlikely to fall significantly below USD50.

Russia sees pandemic impact on crude oil demand to last until 2023-2024

-Amcor: Edible oil in custom designed lightweight plastic bottle

Converting its traditional extra virgin olive oil bottle from glass to plastic allows Morixe Hnos to export its oil across Brazil to meet growing demand. The lightweight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle, custom designed by Amcor, replicates the touch and feel of the incumbent glass container while reducing the overall costs associated with exports.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

In addition to being lightweight, the 500ml PET bottle delivers major manufacturing efficiencies, will not shatter, and offers greater sustainability advantages (1) than its glass predecessor, including:

  • a 78% reduction in CO2 emissions which equates to 217 cars operating for a year (per million bottles).
  • a 61% energy reduction during production which equates to 5190 household lights turned on annually (per million bottles).
  • 15% higher line speeds, less breakage, and savings in secondary packaging.
  • 60% more finished product per truck, thus substantially reducing transportation and logistics costs.
  • 90% lighter in weight

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-PureCycle Bullish on Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene

When it comes to recycling, popularity is everything. Consider the plight of polypropylene (PP), a neglected polymer when compared to more highly recycled polymer brethren polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). A scant 1% of the 170 billion pounds of PP consumed last year was recycled versus almost 20% for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), according to the American Chemistry Council.

It’s an untapped resource for a circular economy model poised for development by forward-thinking companies like, for example, Procter & Gamble. P&G developed and patented a one-of-a-kind recycling technology that restores recycled PP (rPP) to virgin-like quality and licensed the rPP technology to PureCycle Technologies. Key facts about PureCycle’s process:

  • It targets feedstock that traditionally ends up in a landfill.
  • It’s a physical separation — not depolymerization — and purification doesn’t change the polymer molecules.
  • It uses neither catalyst nor chemical reactions, and thus it saves energy versus depolymerization.
  • It removes odor, color, and other contaminants that cannot be removed by traditional recycling methods, permitting the resin to be used in highly sensitive consumer applications. Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

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 -Supply/Demand Equilibrium Remains Work in Progress

As the first quarter came to a close and many people started looking forward to a spring break — such as it is in pandemic times — spot plastics trading activity slowed a bit the week of March 29. Commodity resin prices were mixed, high-density polyethylene (PE) continued to climb while most of the other PE grades stayed steady, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Polypropylene (PP) relinquished its early gains and then slid a couple cents by Friday. Completed volumes at the resin clearinghouse ran above its historic average, but fell short of the heightened levels seen during the first quarter of 2021.

Still, numerous company records were smashed in March and during this quarter, said the PlasticsExchange. Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

The plastics industry has been recovering from a series of substantial production disruptions that began with the late August hurricanes and then continued to pile on in succession, culminating with the massive mid-February winter storm that hit the Houston/Louisiana region. The storm shut down the vast majority of US petrochemical and plastics production facilities, decimating PE supplies and driving PP resin inventories to record lows. After seeing virtually zero fresh railcar offers during the latter half of February, the recovery began and startup resin began to show up in the first half of March.

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-Nova Chemicals debuts three PCR grades for film applications

The three resins are the first in a portfolio of PCR grades that the company is bringing to market.

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, Alberta, has announced the availability of the first three grades of 100 percent postconsumer polyethylene resins that are suitable for a range of flexible film applications:

Natural recycled linear/low-density polyethylene (rLLDPE/LDPE) is collected from distribution centers and is suited for collation shrink, stretch wrap and e-commerce applications.  Polyesteryarn PETBottle Biopolymers

Natural rLLDPE/LDPE is a recycled agricultural film that is ideal for reuse in agricultural films, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink and for e-commerce applications.

White rLLDPE is manufactured from closed-loop agricultural and irrigation film recyclate and is suitable for use in agricultural film, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, trash bags and liners and e-commerce applications.

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-Starlinger Viscotec technology aids in PET thermoform recycling

The deCON iV+ decontamination dryer increases the IV of PET flakes produced from recycling thermoformed containers.

While demand is strong for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle flakes, that is not yet the case for PET flakes made from thermoformed containers. In the U.S., roughly 15 percent of PET thermoformed materials, such as clamshells, cups, trays and boxes, are recovered from the recycling stream, according to American Starlinger-Sahm Inc., Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

“In the North American market, postconsumer thermoforms are generally not captured in the PET recycling stream,” says Jeff Cornell, vice president of sales at American Starlinger-Sahm. “This is changing with new legislation and improved technologies to sort out this valuable material.”

Because PET thermoforms have a lower intrinsic viscosity (IV) than PET bottles and are amorphous, the material needs pretreatment, the company says.

Starlinger Viscotec technology aids in PET thermoform recycling

-Asia PE, benzene supply tight on firm demand, economic recovery

Asia’s supply of polyethylene (PE) and benzene is tight amid plant shutdowns among suppliers in the face of rising demand as the region’s pace of economic recovery strengthens.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) upgraded the 2021 growth forecast for emerging and developing Asian economies to 8.6%, reflecting a stronger recovery than initially expected after lockdowns were eased in some large countries.

For southeast Asia, PE import supply is likely to remain tight for a few more weeks due to plant maintenance scheduled in April and May, particularly in Thailand.

In India, a major producer is also due to shut its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant for maintenance in April. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Most other producers elsewhere in Asia, however, are not due for any shutdowns until mid-year.

“The import cargoes from the US might keep tight for [the] Asian market in April due to strong demand in the US, although more plants in the US resumed [production] from March,” said ICIS senior analyst Amy Yu.

Asia PE, benzene supply tight on firm demand, economic recovery

-Unlocking Sustainability: Avient to Showcase Solutions for a Circular Economy at Chinaplas 2021

Avient Corporation will feature its portfolio of sustainable materials and colorant technologies at Chinaplas 2021.

These new and existing materials, additives, and colorants help to reduce energy use, increase the use of recycled content, and improve recycled material performance for applications in the packaging, automotive, healthcare, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Say-Eng Lee, VP and GM, Color and Additives Asia, said: “From colour modelling to the latest advances in materials science, Avient is unlocking the potential of sustainability in Asia and globally. For example, our recently opened CycleWorks facility in Italy is providing cutting-edge support for the development of new and sustainable masterbatch formulations, many of which we will display at Chinaplas.”

Unlocking Sustainability: Avient to Showcase Solutions for a Circular Economy at Chinaplas 2021

-Commodity Resin Prices Rise, But PP Falls

Supply constraints continue to be a key factor in further resin price increases.

Continued strong demand and supply constraints in feedstocks and/or resins drove prices of PE, PS and PVC sharply up  again, with prices of PET also higher. That supply/demand scenario applies even more so to PP, but monomer dropped by nearly 20¢/lb and PP followed suit to a point, as suppliers continued to issue monthly non-monomer price hikes. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Some “price corrections” are likely this month or next as recovery of supplier inventories is expected for all the largest-volume commodity resins, except for PP. These are the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), senior editors at PetroChemWire (PCW), and CEO Michael Greenberg of The Plastics Exchange.

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-Ampacet adds additives to production in Russia

New York-based Ampacet has expanded its plant in Tver, Russia. Additive production started up earlier this year.

Materials maker Ampacet Corp. has added production of plastic additives at its plant in Tver, Russia.  Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Ampacet began production of those materials at the site early this year, officials said in a news release. They said the new line features the latest technology in additives production and was engineered with a focus on safety, ergonomics and environmental impact.

Energy and water systems have been designed to produce minimal environmental impact at the site, officials added.

“Our deep knowledge of the Russian market, together with Ampacet’s innovative products, allow us to meet regional customer needs,” Russia general manager Alexei Fomtsov said in the release.

Ampacet has operated in Russia since 2008, when it began production of color concentrates. Officials said that localizing the color business “has met with tremendous success,” helping Ampacet to become the leader in the Russian color concentrates market with more than 1,200 customers.

The Russian market “is growing rapidly and local presence is key to providing the proper service to our customers,” Europe managing director Marcello Bergamo added.

Ampacet’s expansion in Russia is the latest in a series of European moves for the firm. In 2017, Ampacet started a new color concentrates production line in Dudelange, Luxembourg. In 2018, the firm opened a new additive production line in Messancy, Belgium. Additional lines doubled the firm’s color concentrates capacity in Dudelange in 2019.

Ampacet adds additives to production in Russia

-SULZER CHEMTECH AND BOREALIS DEVELOP NEW EXTRUSION PROCESS FOR EXPANDED PP

Sulzer Chemtech Ltd. (Winterthur, Switzerland) and Borealis Group AG (Vienna, Austria) have completed the development of an innovative process for the cost-effective extrusion of expanded polypropylene (ePP) beads.

Polypropylene (PP) is a highly effective material, offering advanced mechanical properties and being well suited for reusing and recycling. To support the large-scale adoption of ePP, Sulzer Chemtech is now launching a new and innovative production line. Developed together with raw material supplier Borealis, the resulting solution supports the end market efforts towards more circular solutions and is expected to cut manufacturing costs by up to 60%.  Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

As opposed to conventional autoclave production methods, Sulzer Chemtech’s innovative system relies on extrusion with direct gas impregnation, offering an easy to implement alternative with a quick return on investment. Foam molders, such as packaging manufacturers, can implement the compounding line to considerably reduce the costs associated with material supply, warehousing and intermediate transportation. As a result, companies can offer ePP parts at more competitive prices while supporting the adoption of easy to recycle polyolefin applications.

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-Clearing up the bioplastic confusion

In clean and sterile environments there is a need for a lot of single-use consumables that contain plastic, but this poses an obvious environmental challenge. The categories of ‘green’ plastics can be confusing, and clarifying the terminology of these bioplastics is vital to their increased use in industry

It’s a bit of a cliché to say the world is changing but this has never been more true than in 2020. This year has put the spotlight on more things than a virus. The green agenda has at last been seen as a top priority for governments globally, and one of the biggest developments in industry in recent years that assists in “going green” is the uptake of biodegradables and related resources. This has been demonstrated by a steady rise in the use of bioplastics with its many applications. But the terminology within bioplastics can be confusing; so in this article we are going to demystify the language around plastics and related terminology that you are likely to see more often into 2021 and beyond.  Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Here are some of the most common terms used on the subject.

Bio-sourced

Bio-based

Biodegradable

Compostable

Recyclable

Plant Based

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-2021 Plastics Recycling Conference: Pandemic boosts resin demand

Demand increase has been met by supply constraints, improving margins.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for single-use packaging and personal protective equipment (PPE) made from plastics. At the same time, the supply of polyolefins, such as polypropylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) have been reduced as hurricanes and winter weather have affected virgin production along the Gulf Coast.

Joel Morales, the Houston-based executive director of Polyolefins Americas at IHS Markit, said the pandemic resulted in a great deal of demand for polyethylene in 2020. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Morales spoke during the Resin Market Update at the 2021 Plastics Recycling Conference, which is taking place online April 7-8.

While many industries braced for a “really bad year” in 2020 because of the pandemic, Morales said the opposite happened for a number of industries, including plastics, which contributed to pricing power and margin growth for virgin resin producers.

He added that he expects margin resiliency and pricing power in the virgin polyethylene (PE) sector to dissipate as new capacity begins to come online, with the impact expected to hit midyear.

Morales said sustainability “took a back seat in 2020” as protecting people from the coronavirus took priority, increasing consumption of single-use plastic packaging and demand for plastics used in hygiene and medical applications.

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-Eissmann Automotive Absorbs Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions

The successful takeover of plastics expert KTSN and additional expertise positions the group as a technology integrator and more effective partner for customers in the automotive industry, said the company.

Eissmann Automotive KTSN GmbH announced today that it is now wholly part of the Eissmann Group and that the operational merger of Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions GmbH & Co. KG has been completed. The Minda subsidiary in Poland will be renamed Eissmann Automotive Polska Sp.zo.o. Robert Kozielski will head management of the Eissmann plant in Pirna, Germany, southeast of Dresden, and Jacek Stefański will continue as manager in Poland.

Eissmann Group reports that it was able to reach all closing conditions as planned on March 31. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics

Minda KTSN was the German subsidiary of India’s auto parts maker Minda Corp. and had built a reputation for injection molding gloveboxes, seat-back panels, cup holders, and other plastic components for the automotive industry at plants in Pirna, Mexico, and Poland. It filed for bankruptcy protection in Germany in June 2020, after the parent company chose to stop investing capital, reported The Hindu newspaper at the time.

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-Celanese expands Asian compounding capacity; adding on UHMW-PE and acetyls capacities globally

Chemical firm Celanese Corporation has announced a number of initiatives to increase its capacity globally. The first of this is to initiate a three-year plan to expand engineered materials compounding capacities at the company’s Asia facilities, including the locations of Nanjing, China; Suzhou, China; and Silvassa, India.

To support the significant business growth expected, Celanese has begun planning for the following Asia expansion investments:

  1. i) Nanjing, China compounding and LFT expansion: the intended scope of this project adds approximately 52 kilotonnes of compounding and long-fibre thermoplastics (LFT) capacity at the company’s Nanjing integrated chemical complex by the second half of 2023. Recycling PETBottle BiodegradablePlastics
  2. ii) Suzhou, China nylon expansion: the intended scope of this project adds approximately 7 kilotonnes of nylon compounding capacity at the company’s Suzhou facility by the second quarter of 2022.

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-Ecopet lainched a new brand of polyethylene terephthalate

Ecopet plant (Kaliningrad) has developed a new brand of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the company said.

Thus, Ecopet notes that it is developing promising directions and has released a new brand of polyethylene terephthalate – Ekopet 64 FG, which is suitable for the manufacture of BOPET films and can be used in the production of polyester fibers, from which, in turn, nonwoven materials for technical purposes are obtained.

Also, in June 2020, the company passed the product certification procedure at the Russian Export Center and received the Made in Russia label. This increases the recognition of domestic products in foreign markets, and also confirms their quality, safety and environmental friendliness.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Report, tensions on the Russian PET market continue in early April. The deficit in the spot market for granules will remain in the current month. Producer Senezh reported no free material on the spot in April. Ecopet plant also noted the absence of spot volumes of granulate in the current month.

-Partners foam at the extruder

Sulzer Chemtech and Borealis have completed the development of a process for the extrusion of expanded polypropylene (ePP) beads, which claims to cut manufacturing costs by up to 60 per cent.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

As opposed to conventional autoclave production methods, Sulzer Chemtech’s system relies on extrusion with direct gas impregnation, offering an alternative that the company claims promises a quick return on investment.

Foam moulders, such as packaging manufacturers, can implement the compounding line to considerably reduce the costs associated with material supply, warehousing and intermediate transportation, claim the two companies.

Additional benefits include having full control over the properties of the ePP, such as bulk density, closed cell content and bead size distribution, as well as flexibility in fine-tuning the recipes. In addition, Sulzer Chemtech and Borealis are developing an alternative that can use carbon dioxide, supporting different customer needs and plant settings.

Partners foam at the extruder

-Greiner installs $5m line for food-safe recycled PET

Greiner Packaging UK & Ireland has invested more than £3.7 million ($5.1m) in a PET decontamination and extrusion line to enable the use of more recycled materials across its pot and tub range.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Recycled flake is cleaned and washed, before having impurities removed by the decontamination unit to create a food-safe material. This is integrated with a greater material feed system at the Dungannon, Northern Ireland plant, which is directly linked to an extrusion line. This equipment and process arrangement gives flexibility to utilise recycled input materials, virgin or a combination of both.

Greiner declined to name the supplier(s) of the new equipment.

Greiner installs $5m line for food-safe recycled PET

-Driscoll’s becomes first U.S.-based produce company to sign The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s, the world’s fresh berry leader, joins The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries while minimizing an environmental impact. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, and unites more than 500 signatories behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which plastics stay in the economy and out of the environment.

“Better berries deserve better packaging. We have the opportunity to collaborate with many of the world’s leading brands throughout the journey to sustainable packaging in order to achieve scalable and economically viable solutions,” said J. Miles Reiter, Driscoll’s Chairman and CEO. “Signing the Global Commitment elevates our existing work by holding us to a higher standard, and serves as a commitment to transparency as well as annual reporting to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic.”  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

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-WITTMANN G-Max granulators are always under tension

Plastic sprues are typically composed of clean production scrap and can therefore be reused. The G-Max series of compact beside-the-press granulators is specifically designed for closed-loop material recycling of sprues/runners that are discharged from injection moulding machines up to 500 tonnes clamping force. The compact WITTMANN G-Max series operates quietly and efficiently, grinding soft to medium-hard plastic sprues and defective parts.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

G-Max 13 beside-the-press granulator from WITTMANN: view of the belt drive with automatic tensioning system.

The granulators of the G-Max series are driven by a Poly-V belt transmission. Self-pre-tensioning belt drives ensure much more adaptability to all applications when grinding sprues and runners. The high torque of the rotor and a solid flywheel provide more cutting power for smooth, steady, and reliable operation when processing parts with cross-sectional thickness.

WITTMANN G-Max granulators are always under tension

-US Occidental, biotech firm to build CO2-to-bioethylene pilot plant

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV), and the biotechnology firm Cemvita Factory plan to build a bioethylene pilot plant that will produce the monomer from manmade carbon dioxide (CO2), the companies said on Tuesday.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

The pilot plant will have a capacity of 1 tonne/month and produce bioethylene using CO2, water and light. It should start up in 2022. The companies did not say where it will build the plant.

The technology is competitive with ethylene produced from hydrocarbons, although the companies did not specify any prices.

The process was developed by taking a gene from a banana and genetically engineering it into Cemvita’s microorganism, said Tara Karimi, chief technology officer of Cemvita.

If successful, the project could provide Occidental with another source of ethylene, which it uses to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), said Robert Zeller, vice president of technology for OLCV.

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-Crystallizing Dryer for Small Batches

Resin is crystallized and dried with the same desiccant dryer that is used to supply dry air to the hopper bank.

For processors who would like to crystallize small batches of PET and other amorphous resins, Dri-Air has integrated a closed loop dry-air recirculating system into the hopper bank, allowing for crystallizing and drying of multiple batches of materials.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Complete flexibility is designed into the system so that temperatures, hold times and recirculating times can be custom tailored for each hopper. This allows processors to crystallize different types of materials for multiple batch processing.

A reportedly unique feature of the Dri-Air crystallizing system is that the resin is crystallized and dried with the same desiccant dryer that is used to supply dry air to the hopper bank. Eliminating the need to dry the resin in a separate dryer after crystallizing has occurred saves time and effort. Simply switch the system to drying mode and the resin in the hopper will be dried to the correct moisture levels.

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-US Origin and SANS expand partnership to develop renewable PX from biomas

US Origin and AECI SANS Technical Fibres announced an expansion of a partnership to develop Origin’s process to convert biomass into paraxylene (PX).

The partnership includes an agreement to buy carbon-negative polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be used in a wide array of end products, including clothing, intimate apparel, footwear, and automotive sewing thread applications.

SANS is a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI, a strategic investor in Origin. The company makes thread for apparel and automotive applications.

The two companies will also work together to develop and commercialise new products based on Origin’s process to make renewable PX.

Origin’s process takes woody biomass and converts it into an intermediate that can be used to make renewable PX. The process is carbon negative. Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

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-LDPE and LLDPE Made of 100% PCR

Nova Chemicals has launched its first three 100% PE-PCR resins for flexible film applications.

The first of a broad portfolio of PE PCR resins that will be brought to market by Nova Chemicals to help brand owners and converters meet their packaging sustainability goals have made their commercial debut. The three new 100% PCR LDPE and LLDPE  grades, said to be ideal for a range of flexible film applications are:

▪  Natural rLLDPE/LDPE is collected from distribution centers and is suited for collation shrink, stretch wrap and e-commerce applications.

▪  Natural rLLDPE/LDPE, a recycled agricultural film that is ideal for re-use in agricultural films, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, and for e-commerce applications.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

▪  White rLLDPE PCR manufactured from closed-loop agricultural and irrigation film recyclate, this resin is for use in agricultural film, heavy-duty shipping sacks, collation shrink, trash bags and liners and e-commerce applications.

Greg DeKunder, Nova’s v.p. of marketing, said the company’s new product offerings are backed by industry-leading technical support, designed to help film producers, converters and brand owners incorporate more PCR into packaging applications without sacrificing performance. “We have a dedicated team with extensive applications and additive expertise helping customers accelerate their applications development work. Our goal is for Nova Chemicals to be a one-stop resource, providing the products and technical resources companies need to achieve their sustainability goals.”

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-Sheet Lines Feature ‘No Dry’ Capabilities

Vented extruder design degasses material to make pre-drying unnecessary.

Sheet extrusion lines from Germany’s Breyer GmbH can be equipped with vented single-screw extruders that when running hygroscopic resin allow the material to be processed without needing to dry it first. The melt will become optimally degassed, a precondition for processing sheet and films meeting highest quality demands of the worldwide market.  Recycling PET BiodegradablePlastics

Breyer’s lines can also be furnished with a  roll stand that adds flexibility to the line by allowing it to run sheet in a variety of finishes, including matte and polished on both sides.  The quick-exchange capabilities of the first and center calender roll allow the stack to be converted as needed. Depending on the total output, calenders can be furnished with three and four rolls with different roll diam.  What’s more, the third calender roll can be skewed during production to manipulate the residence time of the sheet around the center roll.

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-NPP “POLYPLASTIC” has been audited by three car manufacturers

NPP POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, has been audited by three leading car manufacturers, the company said.

In the first quarter of this year, the company received the results of audits based on the supplier assessment standards of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Magna International and Faurecia.

ASES completed with an increase in the ranking, audits by Magna International and Faurecia confirmed the existing rather high ranking of NPP “POLYPLASTIC”. “The audits have confirmed that the company is able to ensure the production of high-quality raw materials and nominate its materials for new projects, while the requirements of the automotive industry in terms of physical and mechanical properties, rheology and specific characteristics of materials are growing every year,” comments Ekaterina Smirnova, Deputy Sales Director of Torgovy at home “Polyplastic”, an authorized commission agent of NPP “POLYPLASTIC”.

-Xi’s Gambit: China plans for a world without US technology

Anticipating efforts by the Biden administration to continue to challenge China’s technological rise, the country’s leaders are accelerating plans to go it alone, seeking to address vulnerabilities in the country’s economy that could thwart its ambitions in a wide range of industries, from smartphones to jet engines.

China is freeing up tens of billions of dollars for its tech industry to borrow. It is cataloging the sectors where the United States or others could cut off access to crucial technologies. And when its leaders released their most important economic plans last week, they laid out their ambitions to become an innovation superpower beholden to none. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Anticipating efforts by the Biden administration to continue to challenge China’s technological rise, the country’s leaders are accelerating plans to go it alone, seeking to address vulnerabilities in the country’s economy that could thwart its ambitions in a wide range of industries, from smartphones to jet engines.

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-April contract prices of phenol in Europe rose by EUR305 per tonne

European April contract prices for phenol rose to record highs to EUR 1,829-1,859 per tonne, up EUR305 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS reported .

The market remains very tense amid high demand in the downstream segment, higher raw material prices, lack of imports and preparations for the second quarter.

ICIS Phenol Contract Valuation, like many commercial contracts, is based on changes in benzene production costs and a surcharge that changes quarterly.

The contract prices for benzene feedstock in April rose by EUR230 per tonne, and the increase was carried over to the phenol market. As a result, the phenol contract reached a record high for April. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Previouslyit was reported that the contract price of phenol in Europe in March rose by EUR163 per tonne after the increase in prices for benzene feedstock. Thus, the March prices of phenol were agreed at the level of EUR1 524-1 554 per tonne, FD NWE (North-Western Europe) after an increase by EUR163 per tonne of March contracts for benzene. Phenol contract price declined last month, the first drop in three months, reflecting a change in benzene feedstock contracts.

April contract prices of phenol in Europe rose by EUR305 per tonne

-PLASTIC POLLUTION: HOW CAN CHEMICAL RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY HELP FIX THIS GLOBAL ISSUE?

Plastics are here to stay and production expected to exceed one billion tonnes by 2050, chemical recycling is promising. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

It’s impossible to imagine everyday life without plastics. Lightweight, durable and cheap, these materials outperform many others in a diverse range of applications

Plastics have brought about positive change in ways we often overlook. For example, the development of plastic components in electronic devices, such as the one you’re using to read this article, means we’ve never been more connected to the world around us.

But our love of plastics has come at an environmental cost. It’s been estimated that of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic made between 1950 to 2015, over 75 percent is now waste, with 79 percent accumulating in either landfill or the natural environment.

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-AIMPLAS enters financial year with €13.3 million revenue and sustainability commitment

AIMPLAS closed 2019 with a 14% increase in revenue based on 226 R&D&I projects, became leading plastics technology center in Valencia, constructed new facility that promote research for circular economy. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Back in October 2020, AIMPLAS (Valencia, Spain) Plastics Technology Centre, closed the 2019 financial year with revenue of €13.3 million ($15.66 million), which represents a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Its commitment to social and environmental sustainability was also highlighted by a report verified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent organization that is a pioneer in report presentation and an international benchmark in sustainability reports. AIMPLAS also notes the construction that also began in 2019 on a new 1,500-square-meter building which plays a role in environmental sustainability.

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-Lummus Technology will provide technologies for the NKNKh olefin complex

Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH, part of TAIF Group) has signed contracts with Lummus Technology LLC for the provision of licenses and technologies for the production of ethylbenzene, styrene and propylene for the olefin complex, the company said. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

Facilities include a 250 ktpa ethylbenzene and styrene unit using EBOne and CLASSIC SM technologies, and a 150 ktpa olefin metathesis unit for polymer-grade propylene using Lummus’ ethylene dimerization and olefin conversion technology Technology. The units will operate as part of the olefin complex under construction (EP-600).

The contract was signed on March 31 by the general director of Nizhnekamskneftekhim (part of the TAIF group) Ayrat Safin and the vice president and managing director of the ethylene and petrochemical department of Lummus Technology, Stephen Stanley.

Earlier it was reported that the main stage of construction of the Ethylene-600 olefin complex should be completed in December 2022, which will allow the start of production in the second half of 2023.

The complex plans to annually produce 600 thousand tons of ethylene, as well as 272 thousand tons of propylene, 246 thousand tons of benzene, 88 thousand tons of butadiene.

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-The LYCRA Company and ITOCHU Corporation Introduce COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade Fibers Made from 100% Textile Waste

The LYCRA Company, a global leader in fiber and textile solutions for the apparel industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its first performance offerings made from 100% textile waste. COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade fibers made from textile waste are the result of a strategic collaboration between The LYCRA Company and ITOCHU Corporation, a general trading company with strength in consumer-related sectors, including the textile business.

The new offerings pair the brand equity and performance attributes of these leading cooling and warming brands with the sustainability benefits of textile waste, thus helping address a critical industry need. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

“We are pleased to announce our alliance with ITOCHU in helping to address textile waste, which represents a substantial sustainability challenge as the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is sent to landfills or incinerated every second1,” said Julien Born, chief commercial officer for The LYCRA Company.

“This collaboration exemplifies the synergistic approach we have to develop products and technologies that support a more sustainable future for our vast global customer base.” This is the first of several innovations that The LYCRA Company is working on in textile and garment recycling. Laying the groundwork for a more circular future is one of the key objectives of The LYCRA Company’s Planet Agenda Sustainability platform.

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-Eneos sets April contract price for benzene in Asia at USD835 per tonne

Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of Eneos Holding, a major petrochemical producer in Japan, set its April contract price for benzene in Asia at USD835 per tonne, down USD20 per tonne compared to the March contract price, a company source told ICIS . Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

The price was approved on CFR Asia delivery terms.

Meanwhile, the company nominated its April contract price for material at USD865 per tonne, which is USD10 per tonne higher than the contract price in March.

The March contract price of benzene in Asia was set at USD855 per ton, which isUSD195 per tonne is higher compared to the February contract price .

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

Eneos sets April contract price for benzene in Asia at USD835 per tonne

-Trinseo and BASF Jointly Announce Business Collaboration on Circular Feedstock

Trinseo and BASF announce today the intention to expand their businesses with the production of styrene based on circular feedstock

Trinseo and BASF Jointly Announce Business Collaboration on Circular Feedstock

Trinseo and BASF announce today the intention to expand their businesses with the production of styrene based on circular feedstock .  Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

  • Partnership based on shared values supporting circularity with styrenic plastics;
  • Biomass-balanced feedstock: Distinct greenhouse gas reduction with product properties unchanged;
  • Chemically recycled feedstock: Plastic waste redirected into production cycles.

The enhanced collaboration between Trinseo and BASF aims to increase efforts by both companies in the development and management of styrene featuring an improved environmental profile.

Trinseo has recently been procuring first supplies of the synthetical chemical styrene based on circular feedstock from BASF for use in its Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) and polystyrene (PS) products. Trinseo supplies S-SBR to major tires manufacturers while its PS products are used in applications such as food packaging and appliances. The first few customers have already processed the material.

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-Science: New bioplastic degrades entirely in three months

A new durable synthetic material offered by researchers from Yale University. The material called bioplastic can degrade entirely in three months, Springwise reports.

The simple manufacturing process generates biomass-based plastics from the wood powder typically found at lumber mills. Petrochemicals PET GreenHydrogen

While the world is continuing its fight against the novel pathogen, researchers are inventing brand new biodegradable material. Scientists offer more eco-friendly forms of plastic, using materials such as eggshells, plants, and even tequila waste.

To turn the wood powder into a slurry of organic polymers and cellulose, the chemists use a biodegradable solvent with another two steps, hydrogen bonding and entanglement at a nanoscale level.

Science: New bioplastic degrades entirely in three months

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,010 $/ton 990 $/ton- -20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 6,000 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,150 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,420 yuan/ton 4,410 yuan/ton -10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
650 $/ton 650 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,120 yuan/ton 5,285 yuan/ton +165
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 655 $/ton 667 $/ton- +12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 813 $/ton 812 $/ton -1
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 795 $/ton 794 $/ton -1
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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842 $/ton 836 $/ton -6
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,510 yuan/ton 7,580 yuan/ton
+70
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 9,505 yuan/ton +455
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8.600 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,700 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,350 yuan/ton 13,450 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 43,500 yuan/ton 43,300 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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16,950 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,400 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,100 yuan/ton 17,800 yuan/ton -300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 81,000 yuan/ton 80,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 73,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 63,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,600 yuan/ton 10,900 yuan/ton -700
Benzene domestic market 6,230 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton +470
Benzene overseas  market 804 $/ton 870 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market 995 $/ton 1,005 $/ton +10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,212 $/ton 1,227 $/ton +15
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 16,000 yuan/ton 14,800 yuan/ton -1,200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,600 $/ton 2,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling PA
8,500 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  578 $/ton 571 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 8,540 yuan/ton 8,540 yuan/ton

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-ADN supply tension easing, nylon 66 chip sees a turning point

Nylon 66 chip price hiked on ADN supply crunch after the CNY holiday

The last week of March 2022 snapped the around two-quarter crazy increase in nylon 66 polymer prices in China, with China domestic prices consolidating at around 41,000yuan/mt, by cash, ex-works, and imported prices hovering around $4,300/mt CIF China, L/C at sight.

The price hike after the 2021 Chinese Lunar New Year holiday was directly buoyed by the news that Invista’s adiponitrile plant in Texas U.S. had stopped in the cold snap. The suspension caused huge impact on market mentality, as China’s ADN (the dominant intermediate to produce nylon 66 polymer) was heavily replying on imports, of which Invista took a significant proportion. Except for the supply issues, the nylon 66 industry was also on the upward swing as well as the overall energy and chemical market when the macro economic situation was facilitating prices up. In this period, most chemical products and downstream chemical fiber market were rising to different heights on the back of spurred crude oil prices in a moose monetary environment.

With both ADN and nylon 66 polymer imports restricted, supply of nylon 66 polymer became extremely tight. Suppliers only offered to their long-term cooperative customers, and traders with available stocks were selling even higher in the physical market. And downstream modified plastic plants still chased up to purchase at high rates, as they had expected the supply issue to last until April-May 2021.

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-Plastic Mill recycles neglected small plastic waste

Korea is known for its high recycling rate, as most people in the country are familiar with basic waste-sorting practices separating general and recyclable waste. According to 2018 statistics compiled by the Ministry of Environment, Korea’s recycling rate is about 86 percent, which is one of the highest in the world.

However, experts say those numbers are illusory, because the ministry only counts the amount of recyclable waste collected. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

“After being collected, recyclable waste is sorted at a recycling plant or a materials recovery facility before actually being recycled. A sizable portion of the collected recyclable waste is classified as general waste at the facility as it falls short of the standard for recycling. The government’s statistics can’t tell how much of the recyclable materials are actually reused,” Hong Su-yeol of Resource Recycle Consulting said.

Plastic Mill recycles neglected small plastic waste

-Nonwovens Step Up

Companies throughout the nonwovens industry worked overtime to help save lives during the past 12 months  Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

During the past 12 months, the efforts of the nonwovens industry to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and protect front line workers have been all encompassing. From the development of new materials to product donations to rapid investment in new capacity to meet global supply shortages of personal protective equipment, makers and converters of nonwoven materials moved quickly.

At the start of the pandemic, industry associations around the globe reached out to government officials to declare nonwovens a essential business, and as efforts move forward these same associations are urging that these bodies continue to support domestic manufacture of nonwovens and PPE going forward.

Last month, INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, with a broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout Covid-19, sent a letter to U.S. President Joseph Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the U.S.

Nonwovens Step Up

-Fluon+ EM-20010 from AGC Chemicals Americas is formulated from melt-processable copolymers along with a specialty additive that inhibits growth of COVID-19 as well as other viruses and bacteria.

Compounds with an additive that blocks bacterial and viral growth have been developed for extruded film applications.

Fluon+ EM-20010 from AGC Chemicals Americas is formulated from melt-processable copolymers composed of ethylene and tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) along with a specialty additive that reportedly inhibits growth of the COVID-19 virus as well as other viruses and bacteria. The ready-to-use materials are suitable for coverings of high-touch surfaces such as walls, doors, and tables at hospitals, schools, office buildings, hotels, entertainment venues, and restaurants, said AGC. The compound is sold in pellet form and can be tailored to incorporate other resin systems or to meet a customer’s required antimicrobial properties. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

Plastic film laminates made with Fluon+ EM-20010 compounds are more cleanable and durable than other non-ETFE-based surface coverings, according to AGC.

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-EU Makes a New Bet on Green Hydrogen

Green hydrogen to balance out volatile electricity generation from new renewable energy sources, integrate them into the energy system.

The European Commission has awarded the H2FUTURE project to a consortium made up of voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, and Austrian Power Grid (APG). Joining forces with them are research-partners K1-MET and ECN. The contract is for the construction of one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

The project partners will work and research cooperatively to develop an innovative hydrogen demonstration plant at the voestalpine site in Linz, Austria.

The project is based on a key assumption: both the industry at large and energy providers are confronted with serious energy policy challenges in Europe. The European Union’s (EU) climate and energy goals stipulate a 40% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, which poses almost unsolvable problems for energy-intensive industries.

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-Capacity expansion indicating outlook of direct-spun PSF in Q2

Direct-spun PSF has fallen back along with the quick decrease of polyester feedstock since Mar.

From the figure above, it can be seen that solid virgin PSF experienced the largest decline among the three products. In terms of the cash flow, all of them were compressed. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

However, HC virgin PSF will bear the brunt at first from the perspective of supply and demand despite relatively healthy cash flow.

Hengyi Hi-tech’s 50kt/yr and Zhejiang Shidai’s 30kt/yr HC virgin PSF units were put into operation in Mar and they were on trial at present. They will be in normal production from Apr. Ningbo Zhuocheng and Jinzhai Xinlun plan to launch 30kt/yr HC virgin PSF units respectively in May. Besides, there are more capacity expansion plans in the second half year. HC virgin PSF market will enter traditional slack season before Aug, and hence it will face supply length at that time. As a result, it will continue to squeeze re-PSF market by compressing the cash flow. If the inventory keeps rising, some plants may cut production.

On solid virgin PSF front, there is no capacity expansion plan at present. Shandong Chenghuijin will continue to improve production line in Apr, while other plants mostly run at full capacity, so there is no large room for supply to increase. In terms of demand, downstream replenishment demand exists in Apr, which is expected higher than that in Mar, but less than Feb. Therefore, solid virgin PSF has potential to rebound in Apr, but limitedly.

Capacity expansion indicating outlook of direct-spun PSF in Q2

-Spot Resin Demand Sets Feverish Pace, Despite High Prices

Last week was, perhaps, the busiest in the spot resin market that the PlasticsExchange has ever experienced, reports the resin clearinghouse in its Market Update. High volumes of both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) changed hands for prompt shipment as well as forward sales for delivery through April and May. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

A new wave of larger processors came to tap the spot market to supplement insufficient supplies allocated by resin producers, while others, previously repelled by sticker shock, came back to buy resin, as needed, according to the PlasticsExchange.

PE prices pushed another cent higher, while PP off-grade prices softened a bit amid better availability. Prime PP prices, however, snapped back up $0.04/lb after easing a tad during the first half of March. They ended the week just a penny below the peak levels seen during this massive rally. The market seemed to pause for a moment and some participants almost panicked, but after a day or so, with little Prime resin to be found, spot demand consistently re-appeared.

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-Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its Supervisory Board nominates Tom van Aken for re-appointment as CEO and member of the Management Board for a four-year term (May 2021 – May 2025).

The proposed re-appointment of Tom van Aken is subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) that will be held on 19 May 2021.

Tom van Aken joined Avantium in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development. He later became Avantium’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales. In 2005, Tom was appointed as CEO. Prior to joining Avantium, he was Business Development Director at DSM Fine Chemicals, Inc. Tom has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

-US and Iran to initiate indirect treaty talks on April 6

  • Vienna talks to include EU, Russia, China
  • Iran will not directly participate, but talks could set roadmap
  • Iranian oil volumes have risen in recent months

The United States will take the first steps toward indirect treaty talks with Iran on April 6 in Vienna as formal discussions begin with other nations involved in the 2015 nuclear agreement on how Iran can return to compliance.

While Iran is rejecting any direct talks for now without US concessions on lifting crude oil and other economic sanctions, the scheduled Vienna talks could lay out the road map for an eventual deal. Petrochemicals Polyester Hydrogen

The Biden administration has called former President Donald Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign a failure and President Joe Biden supports a return to something similar to the 2015 deal, but he has been clear that Iran must first take steps toward returning to compliance with the nuclear agreement.

The first public move toward any peace deal will be the Vienna talks with other nations involved in the 2015 deal, including European leaders, Russia and China, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said April 2.

“These remain early days, and we don’t anticipate an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions ahead. But we believe this is a healthy step forward,” Price said in a statement.

US and Iran to initiate indirect treaty talks on April 6

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-Danimer Scientific to expand bioplastic plant in Georgia

Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, plans to invest USD700 million in expanding their Bainbridge manufacturing operations, nearly quadrupling their workforce in Decatur County, said Manufacturing Net.

Danimer Scientific (Bainbridge, Georgia) says it has doubled the scale of its greenfield bioplastics project to 250 million lbs (113,000 metric tons) per year of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and chosen a site in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The company plans to complete the first, 125 million lbs/year phase in mid-2023, with the second phase to go online in early 2024. Total project cost is estimated at USD700 million.

The project is currently in the pre-construction and engineering phase, says Danimer, which expects to break ground during the first quarter of 2022.

In December 2020, Danimer began the 45 million lb/year expansion of its Winchester, Kentucky, PHA facility, which currently has a capacity of 20 million lbs/year. The company expects to bring the new capacity online in the second quarter of 2022.

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-Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its Supervisory Board nominates Tom van Aken for re-appointment as CEO and member of the Management Board for a four-year term (May 2021 – May 2025).

The proposed re-appointment of Tom van Aken is subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) that will be held on 19 May 2021.

Tom van Aken joined Avantium in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development. He later became Avantium’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales. In 2005, Tom was appointed as CEO. Prior to joining Avantium, he was Business Development Director at DSM Fine Chemicals, Inc. Tom has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Avantium proposes to re-appoint Tom van Aken as CEO

-Compostable Corrosion-Inhibiting Stretch Film Comes to Market

EcoStretch film from Cortec combines commercially compostable resins with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor technology that imparts corrosion protection to metal molds and other equipment. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Cortec has introduced what it’s calling the “world’s first compostable corrosion-inhibiting stretch film.” EcoStretch is the next generation in a line of commercially compostable film technologies offered by Cortec, which specializes in the development of corrosion protection and packaging technologies that minimize environmental impact.

The machine-grade stretch wrap combines commercially compostable resins with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) technology that imparts corrosion protection to multiple metal types, including aluminum, galvanized steel, carbon steel, silicon steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, and cast iron.

EcoStretch meets the ASTM D6400 standard for commercial composting and may avoid tariffs, fines, and tip fees where polyethylene is prohibited or restricted. It is suited for stretch-wrapping metal equipment such as molds and components that need to be kept rust-free while minimizing the environmental impact of traditional plastic packaging.

Compostable Corrosion-Inhibiting Stretch Film Comes to Market

-DESPITE FREEING OF THE EVER GIVEN, SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE RESULTS IN PRICE SURGES AND FORCE MAJEURES IN EUROPE

Late last evening, a Polymerupdate editorial team member was in conversation with an industry source in Europe, who said, “ with the Suez Canal now re-opened, after a six day block by the giant vessel Ever Given, it is a welcome sight to see ships plying again along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes between the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Although the backlog of over 350 vessels will take days to clear, transporters are breathing a sigh of relief. But the blockage has resulted in a number of problems which will lead to steep price surges and supply disruptions.”

He said, “ we are hearing of force majeure announcements on account of the route blockage. PlastiVerd PET Riciclado in a letter to customers said that the closure of the Suez coupled with other logistical problems has resulted in a situation where it is unable to source raw materials.”

The source said, “ at least 25% of European PET capacity is reported to have been already impacted and the Suez blockage has further exacerbated the problem. Shipments of feedstock PTA from South Korea, for example have been hit on account of the Canal blockage.

DESPITE FREEING OF THE EVER GIVEN, SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE RESULTS IN PRICE SURGES AND FORCE MAJEURES IN EUROPE

-EMS to invest over CHF 300 mn at Domat/Ems production site

The EMS Group, a Swiss high-performance polymers and specialty chemicals company, has announced that in the next five years, the group will invest CHF 300 million (Swiss Francs) in the production site at Domat/Ems (Canton Grisons, Switzerland), and in doing so, it will create at least 50 additional workplaces. Important contracts will be awarded in the region.

According to the group, ground-breaking ceremony for a new high-rack warehouse, went ahead in the presence of member of the Grisons government, Marcus Caduff and mayor of Domat/Ems Erich Kohler. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

With new high-rack warehouse, EMS will achieve rapid expansion of its distribution and storage capacity before the end of this year and continue to supply markets worldwide quickly and flexibly. The project signals the start of considerable expansion investment over the next five years at the Domat/Ems production site.

EMS to invest over CHF 300 mn at Domat/Ems production site

-UK announces restrictions under new chemical regime for first time

The UK government on March 23 set out the first restrictions to be initiated under its new chemical regulation system, UK REACH, to tackle risks posed by chemicals. The launch of the programme includes plans to initiate the restriction process on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are used are used as stain repellents, coatings and fire-fighting foams. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

PFAS are a group of over 9,000 different chemicals, some of which are already banned or highly restricted. In industry, these substances are used as stain repellents, coatings and fire-fighting foams. The chemicals in PFAS are extremely persistent in the environment; the substances can accumulate in animals and can also be toxic this means PFAS are of growing concern for both human health and environmental reasons.

Certain harmful substances that can be found in tattoo inks and permanent make-up could also be restricted, the government said in a press release.

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-Teesside HydroPRS plant set to recycle all plastics

A first-of-its-kind facility currently under construction in Teesside will use Mura Technology’s HydroPRS process to recycle all types of plastic waste.

The HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) process, which utilises Cat-HTR  technology, aims to provide a global solution to the growing issue of plastic pollution. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Promising to tackle types of plastic that are currently considered ‘unrecyclable’— such as multi-layer and flexible films, pots and tubs used for packaging food — the process is designed to work alongside conventional recycling methods as well as efforts to reduce and reuse plastic, aiming to push toward a sustainable circular economy.

“The solution is based on supercritical water, and that’s very different to what almost everyone else is doing in the industry: most of it is pyrolysis and gasification,” said Dr Steve Mahon, CEO of Mura Technology. “The technology is fourteen years old, it’s been developed over multiple scale-ups in Australia and it was developed initially for brown coal.

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-Graphene derived from discarded tyres used to strengthen concrete

A process that turns waste from rubber tyres into graphene can be used to strengthen concrete, claim scientists at Rice University in Texas.

According to Rice chemist James Tour, there are clear environmental benefits of adding graphene to concrete.  Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“Concrete is the most-produced material in the world, and simply making it produces as much as nine per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions,” he said in a statement. “If we can use less concrete in our roads, buildings and bridges, we can eliminate some of the emissions at the very start.”

Flash graphene process turns ‘trash into treasure’

Recycled tyre waste is already used as a component of Portland cement, but graphene has been proven to strengthen cementitious materials, concrete among them, at the molecular level.

Most of the 800 million tyres discarded annually are burned for fuel or ground up for other applications, but 16 per cent still wind up in landfills.

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-LANXESS expands range of heat-resistant yellow pigments for high-performance polymers

LANXESS has expanded its Colortherm Yellow pigment range for heat-resistant high-performance plastics. Two new inorganic yellow pigments are now available, namely Colortherm Yellow 5 and Colortherm Yellow 26.

They are based on iron oxide and zinc oxide respectively and specially designed for cost-effective coloration in a temperature range of between 220°C and 260°C. With equally high colour strength at the same color space, they offer plastics manufacturers and processors an excellent compromise between the best-in-class Colortherm Yellow 20 and Colortherm Yellow 30 products, which are heat stable up to 300°C. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thermal stability as a quality factor

Plastics can now be used in applications that would have been considered impossible just a few years ago. High-performance polymers with special physical or chemical properties are increasingly replacing metal, glass and ceramics. They are used for special applications in vehicles, electronics and process engineering as well as medical applications. As the use of technical plastics in high-tech applications becomes more widespread, the requirement profile for the pigments used for colouring is also growing. In particular, the heat stability of the colorants is becoming a decisive quality factor. In the case of organic pigments, high processing temperatures often lead to accelerated decomposition; but inorganic alternatives can be subject to color variations at temperatures above 180°C.

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-Automotive, recycling and science sectors partner in European closed loop system for lithium-ion batteries

Automotive OEM Groupe Renault has formed a partnership with resource management firm Veolia and science-based company Solvay to develop a closed-loop recycling system in Europe.

The partners aims to leverage their expertise at each step of the value chain to establish a sustainable European source for battery metals such as cobalt, nickel and lithium.  Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The existing Veolia and Solvay consortium was created last September.

The partnership will see Renault pool its EV battery life-cycle experience with Solvay’s expertise in the chemical extraction of battery metals, and Veolia’s experience in dismantling and recycling batteries using a hydrometallurgical process.

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-Toyota began producing green hydrogen in Australia

Toyota has started up a solar-powered hydrogen production facility in Melbourne, Australia, said Reuters.

The facility will produce up to 80kg/day of hydrogen, for use in commercial and passenger fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The hydrogen is produced by a 200kW electrolyser that uses solar-based electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen components. Textiles PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The automaker is bringing in 20 of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell cars to Australia in April, placing them in fleets to gain feedback on how they run. The site west of Melbourne is also its biggest globally in terms of producing, storing and dispensing hydrogen.

It is the second such fuel station in Australia after ActewAGL last week began selling hydrogen produced by France’s Neoen in a trial for 20 Hyundai Nexo sport utility vehicles owned by the Australian Capital Territory government. Fuel cell vehicles remain a niche segment globally amid concerns about a lack of fuelling stations, resale values and the risk of hydrogen explosions.

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-New production units and increased production capacity for engineering polymers

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers strengthens its global presence with investments of over EUR 35 million: new plants in Mexico and China, expansion in Europe and North America

Investments of over EUR 35 million in business growth, sustainability and innovation.  The RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area is adding significantly to its global production capacity with new construction and installations in North America, Europe and China.

“The High Performance Polymers business is highly strategic to our Group,” said Maurizio Radici, vice president and COO of RadiciGroup. “The business area is a network of production and sales units located throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia that can meet the needs of both local and global customers with a complete, innovative and sustainable product offering. This is the reason we have decided to strengthen our presence even further by setting up new and more technologically advanced manufacturing facilities, so as to increase our overall production capacity and efficiency level worldwide.”

Production capacity has been increased by 20,000 tons/year in North America, namely, at Radici Plastics USA and Radici Plastics Mexico. In particular, a new site was inaugurated in Mexico, extending over an area of 20,000 square metres, which is needed to support current and future development.

In China, work has begun on the construction of a new 25,000-square metre plant that will boost production capacity by 30,000 tons/year. The total investment of almost EUR 20 million in Suxiang District Industrial Park, in the City of Suzhou, was made in light of expectations for strong growth in the High Performance Polymers business in the Asian region.

New production units and increased production capacity for engineering polymers

Maurizio Radici, Vice President and COO of RadiciGroup

-Bio2Bottle – The durable and biodegradable bio-plastic bottle

Fraunhofer Institute scientists conduct research with partners on reusable, biological plastics for storing cleaning agents and agricultural soil additives.

According to figures from the Federal Environment Agency, Germany alone produces around 6.28 million tons of plastic waste each year. Worldwide, the figure is around 400 million tons. If you then consider that a plastic bottle takes around 500 to 1,000 years to decompose, it quickly becomes clear how critical the situation has now become. Discussions in society and politics have therefore also led to the need to consider new goals in plastics development. The key word here is sustainability. More and more companies are making it a priority to avoid critical products and are increasingly aiming to produce recyclable, biodegradable products.

In the context of this increasing environmental awareness, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT is conducting research as part of the “Bio2Bottle” project together with four other partners. The researchers are working on bio-based plastics and bottles that meet high standards and are also biodegradable and recyclable. Currently available plastics made from renewable raw materials such as polylactic acid (PLA) are too permeable for storing cleaning agents or agricultural soil additives and do not meet all requirements. PLA is a lactic acid and bio-based polyester with superior mechanical strength – similar to polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Sipa Group, Plastic Technologies enter strategic partnership for PET packaging

The partnership is intended to help both companies to increase their visibility and create new business opportunities.

Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI), a Holland, Ohio-based PET packaging research and development firm, and Italy-based PET packaging machinery specialist Sipa SpA have entered into a new strategic partnership agreement.

In a news release, Sipa officials said the partnership will “help both companies to increase their visibility and create new business opportunities.”

“Joining forces with Sipa makes perfect sense for PTI. We bring extensive knowledge in package development and material expertise to their capabilities’ portfolio,” said Thierry Fabozzi, PTI CEO. “This strong collaboration will also give PTI access to Sipa’s latest equipment and enable us to provide even better turnkey solutions for our brand-owner customers.”

Sipa Group, Plastic Technologies enter strategic partnership for PET packaging

-Loparex expands sustainable portfolio

Loparex, a producer of release liners and engineered films, has expanded its sustainable portfolio with bio-based polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) pouch films made from from ISCC compliant sources based on a mass balance approach.

From the beginning of April, Loparex customers will be able to order pouch films made of PE and PP from ISCC compliant sources offering lower carbon footprint versus conventional PE and PP while still supporting the same converting options, including silicone coating, printing, and custom-colored materials.

The use of circular feedstocks reduces carbon footprints on two fronts: by avoiding the use of fossil fuel-based virgin materials and by re-using waste that would otherwise be incinerated. As with bio-films, recycled PE and PP from mass balance can be used to produce silicone coated and uncoated, printed, and colored films.

These new film options further expand Loparex’s portfolio of FSC-certified, compostable, bio-based, and biodegradable liner options.

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-Orsted plans to develop renewable hydrogen plant in NW Europe

Denmark’s Orsted on Wednesday unveiled plans to develop one of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen plants to be linked to industrial demand in the Netherlands and Belgium.

The “SeaH2Land” project aims to link gigawatt(GW)-scale electrolysis to the large industrial demand in the Dutch-Flemish North Sea Port cluster through an envisaged regional cross-border pipeline.

The green electricity required to produce the renewable hydrogen is proposed to come from the build-out of additional large-scale offshore wind.

The SeaH2Land vision includes a renewable hydrogen production facility of 1GW by 2030 to be developed by Orsted to enable sustainably-produced steel, ammonia, ethylene, and fuels in the future.

If realised, the electrolyser, which will produce the renewable hydrogen, will convert about 20% of the current hydrogen consumption in the region to renewable hydrogen.

Project partners include ArcelorMittal, Yara, Dow Benelux, and Zeeland Refinery, with talks now planned with regulatory authorities on the framework and policies needed to support the huge project.

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-ESKA announces the complete transition to 100% recycled plastic for its natural spring and sparkling water bottles

This Summer, ESKA will relaunch ESKA Sparkling using 100% recycled plastic bottles.  For ESKA, this marks the complete elimination of all first use plastic bottles across its entire product line – a commitment made with the transition of its natural spring water bottles to recycled plastic in 2020. In fact, ESKA will be the first leading Canadian brand to make carbonated water bottles with recycled plastic.  ESKA Sparkling is carbonated natural spring water available in Original and natural Lemon, Lime and Orange fruit flavors.

The recycled plastic in ESKA’s spring and sparkling water bottles are sourced from Quebec’s Blue Box and other recycling systems. The rPET bottles are themselves recyclable, which is part of the brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability and contributing to the circular economy.  In fact, these recycled PET bottles in turn become new bottles, that means continuous reuse – an idea that ESKA calls the “Recycle of Life”.

ESKA announces the complete transition to 100% recycled plastic for its natural spring and sparkling water bottles

POLYPROPYLENE (PP) PRICES DRIFT LOWER IN ASIA

This week, PP prices dropped in Asia. The price fall was prompted by persistent sluggish regional demand trends coupled with a drop in upstream propylene values.

Weaker PP futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange in China and lower import offers from overseas suppliers further pressured prices lower.

In Far East Asia PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1230-1290/mt CFR levels a fall of USD (-10/mt) from the previous week. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1320/mt CFR levels, while PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1270-1340/mt CFR levels, both down USD (-10/mt) from last week. BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1320/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-10/mt).

In Southeast Asia, PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1400-1450/mt CFR levels, a sharp drop of USD (-30/-40/mt) from the previous week. BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1410-1470/mt CFR levels, while PP film prices were at the USD 1410-1470/mt CFR levels, both down USD (-30/-40/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were at the USD 1450-1510/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-30/-40/mt).

In Vietnam, Chinese producers have offered their PP raffia and PP injection grades (oil based) at the USD 1440-1460/mt CFR levels, for a shipment in April 2021

POLYPROPYLENE (PP) PRICES DRIFT LOWER IN ASIA

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-Recycling plastic materials – an objective to be pursued

As a processer of plastic materials, Agriplast works with a material that boasts the best recyclability level, but which is nevertheless used and managed as if not recyclable at all. For this reason, the company has decided to change the management of the end of life of plastic products.

Using plastic materials is necessary to produce and preserve food. Over the next few years, the growth in global population will mean it will be increasingly difficult to guarantee food to everyone.

Plastic is therefore a solution to meet the increasing demand for food, as it helps improve intensive cultivation techniques. However, plastic materials are often demonized due to the environmental devastation caused by their mismanagement, which has nothing to do with their use. The true issue for sustainability is in fact the recycling of plastic materials, which can largely be recovered, if subjected to suitable processes.

Recycling plastic materials - an objective to be pursued

-Swiss accessories firm Riri uses recycled polyester for zip range

Riri has launched the use of recycled polyester as a production standard for its zip range. Riri is a leader in the production of zippers and buttons, with its two distinctive brand names; Riri, a point of reference for the production of zippers, pre-cut in metal and die-cast in plastic and zinc, and Cobrax, a leader in rivet and button manufacturing.

By employing recycled polyester as production standard for the zip range, the contribution to sustainability on a quantitative level will be significant. The company, in fact, will reduce emissions resulting from polyester purchase by 32 per cent; thus, carbon footprint will be cut down by 3 per cent, for zip production. As a result, 460,000 kg of CO2 per year is saved, the same as 169 return flights from Geneva to New York, Riri said in a media statement.

All the recycled polyester is GRS (Global Recycled Standard)-certified, highlighting Riri’s constant commitment to choosing suppliers that meet the industry’s international standards. The recycled polyester used in tapes for zips is made from recycled polyester fibres, both pre- (20 per cent) and post-consumer (80 per cent). An important contribution is made to the goal of increasing the global use of recycled polyester, as stated by Textile Exchange, from 14 per cent to 20 per cent by 2030, according to Riri.

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-Nongfu Spring in China trusts Sidel’s dry preform sterilisation to enhance its aseptic production flexibility

Nongfu Spring’s latest additions to its beverage portfolio required a hyper-flexible and safe aseptic solution, able to process high- and low-acid, still and carbonated products in PET, while enabling impactful bottle designs. With four decades of supporting sensitive beverage producers worldwide, Sidel recently engineered and installed a complete aseptic packaging line, integrating the Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis™. The line helped the leading Chinese beverage player launch a breakthrough in the domestic market: sparkling Ready-to-Drink (RTD) products, aseptically bottled in PET.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Founded in 1996 in Hangzhou, Nongfu Spring Co Ltd. (Nongfu Spring) is one of the key players in the soft drinks market in China, maintaining leadership in the packaged water market over the past eight years. The company bottles not only high-quality natural drinking water, but also vegetable and fruit juices, functional beverages, teas and other high-quality soft drinks, including plant protein yogurt, premium water for elderly people and vitamin water. Its strong focus on innovation and premium brand positioning are contributing to the steady customer base increase, even within beverage categories.

Nongfu Spring in China trusts Sidel’s dry preform sterilisation to enhance its aseptic production flexibility

-Turkish association urges buyers to stop purchasing virgin raw materials

“Speculative” current prices have been inflated via artificial supply restrictions by petrochemical companies, warns PAGEV

The Turkish plastics industry association PAGEV has called for the removal of import duties and protectionist measures on plastics raw material imports, after pointing to a suspicious wave of closures by the global petrochemical industry that has ruined the supply and demand balance. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

As of November 2020, petrochemical companies around the world have cut production and reduced the supply of raw materials under various pretexts, allowing prices to rise rapidly and giving the suspicion of an OPEC-like Cartel arrangement.

In a press statement, PAGEV said that the profitability of cartel-like conduct, coupled with supply chain disruptions, logistics issues, and most importantly the reluctance of governments to intervene due to the fragility of the global economy because of the pandemic, encourages some companies to continue these practices.

Turkish association urges buyers to stop purchasing virgin raw materials

-Recycled-Content TPEs for Overmolding Globally Expanded

Avient has expanded its reSound R recycled-content TPE range in North America and Asia that are compatible with PC, ABS, and PC/ABS and launched over 80% recycled content versions in Europe. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

A global expansion of the reSound R portfolio of post-industrial (PIR) and post-consumer recycled (PCR) content TPEs for overmolding from Avient, Avon Lake, Ohio, is underway. The portfolio includes grades for applications such as footwear, consumer electronics and personal care. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

▪  In North America, Avient is launching an additional reSound R recycled content TPE grade for PC, ABS, and PC/ABS overmolding. The grade contains 30% PIR content at 80 Shore A hardness and is compatible with consumer electronics applications such as phone cases.

-Eastman cooperates with Estée Lauder on their line of molecularly recycled polyesters produced via Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling

The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and specialty materials provider Eastman announce a global memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enable ELC to take significant strides towards its 2025 sustainable packaging goals.

Through the agreement, ELC and its portfolio of brands will begin incorporating packaging solutions enabled by Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies and portfolio of Renew resins with up to 100% certified recycled content.* This is the first sustainability-based agreement between Eastman and a major prestige beauty house and will help drive the increased use of recycled and/or recyclable plastics in luxury cosmetics packaging. Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“Our suppliers play a critical role in helping The Estée Lauder Companies continue to move the needle and think innovatively about sustainability,” said Roberto Magana, senior vice president and chief procurement officer for The Estée Lauder Companies. “Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies and portfolio of Renew products will help drive the achievement of the company’s sustainable packaging goals while maintaining the high-quality aesthetic, safety and performance of our prestige products. We look forward to collaborating with them.”

Eastman cooperates with Estée Lauder on their line of molecularly recycled polyesters produced via Eastman's Advanced Circular Recycling

-Paraxylene producers in Asia raise their April contract prices by USD40-70 per tonne

Major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for April shipments at USD910-940 per tonne, up USD40-70 per tonne from March levels, market sources told ICIS . Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Prices have been denominated on CFR Asia delivery terms.

Thus, the Japanese Eneos Corporation announced its contract price for paraxylene for April at USD910 per ton, CFR Asia, and South Korean SK Global Chemicals announced its price for material supplies next month at USD940 per ton, CFR Asia.

India’s Reliance Industries, meanwhile, has nominated its April paraxylene contract price at USD920 per tonne CFR Asia.

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on contract prices for paraxylene in Asia reached an agreement for March at USD870 per tonne, which is USD165 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month. The contract price for paraxylene has been approved on CFR Asia terms.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Clariant joins the EU Circular Plastics Alliance

  • Participation reinforces active support for more circular plastics economy
  • Partnerships and collaboration to advance plastics value chain
  • Specialty chemicals as key enabler for product circularity and waste minimization

Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced it has officially joined the EU Circular Plastics Alliance. The alliance aims to enhance plastics recycling in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal program. Clariant’s engagement is part of the company’s active support for the transition towards a more circular plastics economy.

“Shifting towards a global circular plastics economy is an immense challenge that can only be brought forward through ambitious commitments, collaborations and an active stakeholder dialog.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

As part of the Circular Plastics Alliance, Clariant is looking forward to working closely with other key players in advancing plastics circularity throughout Europe,” said Bernd Hoegemann, Clariant’s Chief Transformation Officer.

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-Formosa increases April PE prices in the US by USD88 per tonne

Formosa Plastics Corporation USA, a subsidiary of a major global petrochemical producer Formosa Petrochemical, announced an increase in the price of polyethylene (PE) of all Formolene grades for deliveries in April this year, the company said in a letter to its customers.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thus, the increase in April prices for the company’s PE will be 9 cents per pound (USD198 per ton) and will come into force on April 1, 2021.

The supply of PE to the United States was limited prior to the mid-February winter storm off the US Gulf Coast, which caused at least temporary disruptions to most of the PE manufacturing facilities in the country.

These factories have gradually returned to service over the past few weeks, but production losses have significantly reduced the supply of already small batches of material.

Formosa increases April PE prices in the US by USD88 per tonne

-Proposed plastic packaging tax ‘falls short’ says TIPA

Sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic should be exempt from the UK’s new plastic packaging tax, according to a flexible compostable packaging producer.

Writing to the UK Treasury, TIPA said: “Traditional recycling alone is failing to deal with the millions of tonnes of plastic detritus on our planet and there is no foreseeable change to this without systematic change in the materials we employ, including compostables.”  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The company’s call for action was backed by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), a UK trade body, and came as the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax consultation closes.

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-Biome Technologies plc wins new £273k grant to support compostable bioplastics scale-up

Biome Technologies has announced that its Bioplastics division has been awarded funding of £273,000 from the UK Government’s Innovate UK.

The funding it to support a new £350,000 collaborative project to scale-up its novel compostable bioplastic materials with the University of Nottingham’s Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

In line with expanding Biome Bioplastics materials portfolio using novel technology, this funding will accelerate the testing of the commercial viability of the three most exciting candidate materials in the division’s current research portfolio.

This project will use microwave technology in the development of an efficient, industrially scalable manufacturing process and will conduct further larger-scale testing at the Biorenewables Development Centre in York.

Since 2013, Biome’s Bioplastics division has directed more than six million pounds of research and development funding, supported by various grants and in association with a number of leading UK universities, towards a new portfolio of bio-based and biodegradable materials.

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-Repsol to build Spain’s first PU foam recycling plant

Materials firm Repsol will build at its Puertollano industrial complex, Spain’s first plant for chemical recycling of PU foam, the main component of mattresses, sofas, and vehicle seats, among other uses. At the end of its useful life, PU foam is one of the most difficult plastics to process.  Generalnews PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The new recycling facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and will entail an investment of approximately EUR12 million. Once operational, the plant will be capable of processing around 2,000 tonnes/year of PU foam, the equivalent of 380 linear km of mattresses placed side by side.

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-Biopolymers firm Avantium boosted by new offtake contracts

Avantium has secured two new offtake contracts in a boost to its planned building of a new plant in the Netherlands.

The Dutch firm has now secured conditional offtake agreements with four companies – speciality chemicals business Toyobo, polyester film producer Terphane, beverage bottling company Refresco, and an unnamed global brand owner.

The contracts are for the supply of polyethylene furanoate (PEF) resin for bottles and films.

With the addition of the two new contracts, Avantium said its Renewable Polymers (RNP) business has made progress towards a Final Investment Decision (FID) over the construction of the planned furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) plant in the town of Delfzijl.

The company has also signed a collaboration agreement with brewer Carlsberg to jointly develop several PEF applications, including its Green Fibre Bottle, which uses a PEF polymer film barrier.

Biopolymers firm Avantium boosted by new offtake contracts

-US plastics association not in favour of pollution act

US-based Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has voiced its strong opposition to the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, introduced in the US House of Representatives and US Senate. It says the act places the over US$7 billion capital expenditure spending in plastics material and resin manufacturing in “serious jeopardy”.

The plastics industry is one of America’s largest and is critical to the overall performance of America’s economy. Most plastics are used in manufacturing, although the use of plastics in services, such as healthcare, is becoming increasingly important. The “Break Free Act” would destroy manufacturing jobs and put America’s supply chains into chaos.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“This legislation would be absolutely devastating to manufacturing jobs and America’s overall economy just as we begin to rebound from the effects of Covid-19,” said PLASTICS President/CEO Tony Radoszewski. “This bill is a direct threat to the nearly one million men and women who work in the domestic plastics industry. Additionally, this misguided legislation could have the unintended consequence of leading to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.”

US plastics association not in favour of pollution act

-Faerch promises PCR transparency

In what it calls an industry-first, Faerch can now provide third party-approved certificates on the share of post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in its PET food packaging solutions. Customers can gain full transparency for their products on individual recipe level, while PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audits the statements.

“The amount of recycled post-consumer content in food packaging is a key indicator for sustainability,” said Spencer Johnston, chief executive of Faerch UK. “Consumers and legislators expect full transparency. With our audited certification we eliminate any uncertainty and doubt.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

“We apply the strictest calculation method and use post-consumer content based on an ISO definition as the basis for certification. We very much encourage decision makers in the industry to focus on maximising post-consumer content in contrast to post-industrial material, which is frequently referred to, but in fact comprises of industrial by-products or virgin regrind that has never been in the hands of a consumer.”

Faerch promises PCR transparency

-New Package Concept Offers Relief from PP Shortages & Soaring Prices

A new IML approach that uses a thick paper label as most of the structure of a plastic container can slash resin use drastically—especially handy when resin supplies are tight and prices are soaring. Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

With Gulf Coast chemicals and plastics production disrupted by winter storms, resulting in tight availability and galloping price increases for PP and other resins, this might be a perfect time to consider a new injection molded package concept that can reduce plastic usage by up to 76%. As reported in Feb. ’20 Starting Up, the concept was introduced publicly at the K 2019 fair in Düsseldorf by Swiss-based Muller Group, specialists in molds and automation for thin-wall packaging and in-mold labeling (IML). Working with Artaplast of Sweden, Muller developed mold and IML automation technology for replacing up to 76% of the PP in a dairy cup with a thin skeleton injection molded over a thick paper IML label coated on both sides with PP. Artaplast calls the concept Fiber Cup and has applied it to cottage cheese and yogurt containers in Europe.

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-BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

With its broad portfolio and strong capabilities in research and development, BASF offers high-value products and solutions for various applications and constantly works on increasing the sustainability of its products.

For example, our plastic materials are used in health, automotive, construction and consumer industries contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions through light-weighting (i.e., less fuel consumption) and insulation (i.e., less heating) or extended life of packed goods (i.e., less food waste).  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Examples include high-performance fossil, bio-based, biomass-balanced and certified compostable products helping to address diverse societal needs and sustainability goals.

Plastics is an important material class providing many benefits for our society and should be part of the future if we want to reduce our climate footprint.

For many applications, plastics help to increase efficiency by saving resources in production and use phases.

Over the life of a product, plastics used in buildings, vehicles, packaging or electrical appliances save far more resources than were needed to produce them in the first place.

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-Electrolux eyes increased recycled-content plastic

Appliance maker’s sustainability report points to 50 percent recycled content by 2030.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Sweden-based household appliance maker Electrolux AB, in its most recent sustainability report, says it has set as a goal that by 2030 its product ranges will contain at least 50 percent recycled materials.

The company does not mention to what extent recycled-content metals will play a role but writes in more depth about its incorporation of recycled-content plastics.

Electrolux says it used 6,800 metric tons of recycled plastic in its products in 2020 and indicates it is aiming much higher.

Electrolux eyes increased recycled-content plastic

-India levies anti-dumping duty on bottle-grade PET from China

India has imposed anti-dumping duty on Chinese bottle-grade PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin—used to make bottles and jars for mineral water, carbonated soft drinks and pharmaceutical products among other goods—to offset the damage to the domestic industry.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

After a year-long investigation, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in December 2020 recommended imposing anti-dumping duty on the PET resin imported from China, ranging from $60.92 to $200.66, depending on quality.

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-Business Is Booming in China . . . Again

China saw 2.1% growth in 2020, an amazing accomplishment given that the economy was shut down for nearly six months. And this year, the World Bank projects 7.9% growth for the “world’s factory.”  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Thanks to a successful COVID-19 containment policy, China has emerged from the pandemic largely unscathed. Consumer spending, infrastructure, factory production, and private investment all experienced major upswings in the second half of last year. As a result, China saw 2.1% growth in 2020, an almost unbelievable feat given an economy that was shut down for nearly six months.

Add President Biden’s willingness to at least restart talks with China, the recently signed EU-China trade agreement, and the lifting of COVID lockdown orders throughout the United States, and it certainly appears that China, the United States, and the world are heading in the right direction.

Business Is Booming in China . . . Again

-This New Recycling Plant Uses Steam to Recycle ‘Unrecyclable’ Plastic

A new recycling plant is designed to process hard-to-recycle plastic using what’s called supercritical steam—water heated to a high temperature and pressure—as molecular scissors, breaking down chemical bonds in plastic to create building blocks that can be used to make new plastic.  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

The process works on any type of plastic, including packaging with multiple layers that normally isn’t accepted in recycling bins.

“A new solution is needed to recycle those materials that mechanical recycling cannot,” says Steve Mahon, CEO at Mura Technology, the company that developed the technology and is building the new plant.

“It is also important to recognize the value of waste plastic as a ready resource for the manufacture of plastic, decouple production from fossil resource and entering plastic into a circular economy, avoiding wasting this useful and flexible material.”

The new factory is under construction in a part of Northern England where some of the first large-scale plastic manufacturing began in the 1930s.

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-Application of Textiles In Automobile

INTRODUCTION

Mankind knows textiles by generations. On a broad outlook it appears that textiles have no application other than apparel purposes. But as a matter of fact, there are non-apparel uses of textiles such as technical applications.

Wondering what automotive textiles mean?  Petrochemicals PA6Recycling Hydrogen

Automotive textile is that part of textile which is used in accordance with the vehicles i. e. it is widely used in automotive industry right from light weight vehicles to a heavy truck or duty vehicles.

Automotive textile is an integral aspect of technical textile. Since it cannot be classified in apparel textile, it is more of a techno mechanical application of textile. Industrial textiles are widely used in transportation vehicles and systems including cars, trains, buses, airplanes and marine vehicles. Approximately 50 square yards of textile material is used in an average car for interior trim (seating areas headliners, side panels, carpets and trunk, lining, tires, filters, belts hoses, airbags etc.)

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-“Oroblù Save the Oceans”: sustainable wearables

A collaboration between RadiciGroup and CSP International results in the first Oroblù-branded tights made in Italy from recycled plastic bottles.

Creating a high-quality, fashionable textile product that is also sustainable, owing to its limited impact on the environment.

That was the challenge taken on by the Bergamo-based Italian multinational RadiciGroup – a world leading manufacturer of polyamides, synthetic fibres and engineering polymers with applications in a variety of industries, mainly in the textile/fashion sector – and the high-end hosiery brand Oroblù owned by CSP International – a group engaged in the production and sale of hosiery, men’s and women’s intimatewear and swimwear, headquartered in the province of Mantua, Italy.

The aim was to be the first in Italy to produce tights using yarn made from recycled PET bottles.

The two companies, both of which are innovation- and sustainability-oriented and recognized as symbols of Italian excellence, decided to combine their know-how to create a high-performance, stylish and eco-friendly product.

It is with this idea in mind that “Oroblù Save the Oceans” was created: black, 50-denier tights made of Repetable, a new RadiciGroup polyester yarn derived from post-consumer recycled PET bottles.

This process reduces CO2 emissions, as well as the consumption of water and energy.

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Mr. Angelo Radici Chairman of RadiciGroup

-“Ground-breaking” technology to recycle all forms of plastic waste

Construction has started on Mura Technology’s “world’s first” commercial-scale plant to use its “ground-breaking” hydrothermal process, able to recycle all forms of plastic waste and provide the raw ingredients for a sustainable circular plastic economy.

HydroPRS™ (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) is a revolutionary advanced recycling process designed to tackle plastic that cannot currently be recycled and instead ends up polluting the natural environment.

The first plant to use the technology has begun construction in Teesside, UK, to be operational in 2022 and able to process 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

It will form the blueprint for a rapid global rollout that will see one million tonnes of capacity in development worldwide by 2025 – equivalent to nearly half the plastic packaging waste produced in the UK each year. Sites are planned in Germany, the US and Asia. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

Ground-breaking technology to recycle all forms of plastic waste

-New Bottle Lightweighting Technology Saves Resin and Cost

Graham Packaging has developed a method of selectively reinforcing a bottle wall perpendicular to conventional parison programming.

Graham’s patented AccuStrength technology adds vertical ribs of material at selected locations on the parison. The ribs can be continuous or intermittent. Handleware and other non-round containers—especially larger sizes—are the main targets.

Parison programming is a universal tool in extrusion blow molding for selectively thickening and thinning a container wall as the parison is extruded in order to optimize material distribution and achieve the lightest overall weight that satisfies structural requirements such as topload strength and drop tests. Parison programming allows profiling the parison in a sequence of horizontal bands of varying thickness. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

Conventional parison programming adds extra material where needed in horizontal bands around the bottle.

What if parison programming were turned on its side? That is approximately what global bottle maker Graham Packaging has achieved with its newly patented AccuStrength technology. Used together with conventional “horizontal” parison programming, AccuStrength adds extra material in vertical “stripes” at selected locations on the container.

New Bottle Lightweighting Technology Saves Resin and Cost

-How do bio-based plastics affect marine organisms?

The BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE team at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany, is studying what happens to marine organisms such as mussels and shrimps after they ingest microplastics. With this research, they want to understand more about the possible environmental impacts of bio-based plastics. This is the fourth post in our current project update series, bringing you very interesting images produced within our research activities. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

How did they do it? First, the AWI team made fine powder out of bio-based plastics, with fragments smaller than 200 µm (Figure 1). This material was then fed to the marine organisms.

Figure 2 demonstrates that the micro-particles have indeed been ingested by larvae of Artemia spec. (Figure 2A), a brine shrimp. It is possible to visually compare the empty gut of a larva (Figure 2B) to the gut of a larva that has ingested fluorescent plastic (polystyrene, PS), which is bright green (Figure 2C). The same happenes with bio-based poly-lactate (PLA) powder, which is not as easy to see as the green fluorescent PS but still visible as a dark mass (Figure 2D). These pictures are evidence that aquatic animals really do ingest the microplastics they encounter in their environment.

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-Circular economy for plastics hinges on demand for high-quality recyclates

According to Altshausen, Germany-based  STADLER, the recycling equipment and turnkey systems provider, while plastic is an exceptional product, with numerous benefits that have made it indispensable to modern life, its extreme durability creates a difficult end-of-life issue which needs to be addressed with urgency.

The solution lies in a shift towards a circular economy where plastic is re-used or recycled, never becoming waste.

STADLER says the recycling industry has a central role to play in this process, with the challenge of maximizing the amount of plastic it recovers from waste and producing an output of consistent, high-quality Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) that can compete with virgin resin. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

“We have to unscramble the omelet and take out again the individual ingredients,” explains Enrico Siewert, Director of Product and Market Development at STADLER. “Technology advances in the last 10 years have revolutionized the industry. Today, we are able to sort plastics very efficiently, at very high percentages.”

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-Over 100 million PET bottles are upcycled into SABIC’s LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ products contributing to net zero carbon goals

Since the introduction of LNP™ ELCRIN™ iQ materials in late 2019, SABIC has helped divert more than 100 million single-use 16.9 oz. (50 cl) PET water bottles from landfills and incinerators. This portfolio of globally available polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) materials is produced from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles through a unique chemical upcycling process.

SABIC also recently completed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing virgin PBT and LNP ELCRIN iQ resin, which underwent third-party critical review in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 standards. Results indicated that LNP ELCRIN iQ resin lowered global warming impact by 29 percent and cut cumulative energy demand by 43 percent compared to virgin PBT. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

LNP ELCRIN iQ resins also show favorable LCA results compared to data for other virgin base resins, such as polyamide (PA) 6,6 and PA6, extracted from Plastics Europe Eco-Profiles.

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-Innovia Films launches a new film in its Encore range of Sustainable Polypropylene packaging films

Innovia Films is launching a new film in its Encore range of Sustainable Polypropylene packaging films.  REF30cn has a high level of certified renewable content (via ISCC PLUS mass balance) specifically achieving carbon neutral on a cradle to gate basis from the Innovia UK site.  Technically the film performance matches that of the fossil-based equivalent so can be used in both high-speed horizontal flow-wrap and overwrap applications.  The film is also fully food contact compliant.

Paul Watters, Product Development Manager Packaging, Innovia Films explains “With a growing focus on carbon footprint and a desire to reduce the impact on our environment through global warming, we are introducing Encore REF30cn into the market.  This film addresses these issues by having a high certified renewable content which in turn reduces the films carbon footprint to the position of being carbon neutral.” Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

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-Plastic pollution: how chemical recycling technology could help fix it

It’s impossible to imagine everyday life without plastics. Lightweight, durable and cheap, these materials outperform many others in a diverse range of applications.

Plastics have brought about positive change in ways we often overlook. For example, the development of plastic components in electronic devices, such as the one you’re using to read this article, means we’ve never been more connected to the world around us. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

But our love of plastics has come at an environmental cost. It’s been estimated that of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic made between 1950 to 2015, over 75% is now waste, with 79% accumulating in either landfill or the natural environment.

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-A March toward higher prices for commodity resins

Strong demand and tight supplies of commodity resins have continued, sending prices for most materials up since March 1.

Resin makers in the region are working to recover from Winter Storm Uri, which knocked out production at many resin and feedstock plants in Texas in mid-February. Although many plants have restarted, most are operating at reduced rates.

Prices for all grades of polyethylene moved up 7 cents per pound in March, after increasing by that same amount in February. Prices had increased by 5 cents in both January and December, as the market was tight even before the storm hit. North American PE prices are up a net of 39 cents since January 2020.

Prices for polypropylene for March remained unsettled as of March 25. Although demand remains strong, prices for propylene monomer feedstock fell in March, since many PP resin plants were running at reduced rates.

PP prices had surged an astonishing 61 cents per pound since December but now are expected to decline along with propylene. Market sources said the drop could range from 6-16 cents. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling HydrogenPetrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

-Carbon Fibers and Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP)

Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) is a real high-tech material. With its properties that dwarf those of steel and aluminum, it is constantly opening up new areas of application and has already become indispensable in many areas. We take you on a voyage of discovery into the world of carbon fibers and see how microscopically thin fibers are ultimately turned into carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.

What are carbon fibers?

Carbon fibers are industrially produced fibers which are refined in such a way that they consist almost exclusively of carbon. They are microscopically small and about eight times thinner than a human hair. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling Hydrogen

In order to make them usable for various applications, 1000 to 60000 filaments are combined into a multifilament yarn (roving), which is wound onto a spool.

How are carbon fibers produced?

Carbon fibers are the product of a high-tech manufacturing process. It starts with a starting product such as polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Polyacrylonitrile is a solid in the form of a white powder. It is hard and stiff as well as resistant to chemicals and solvents. In a first process step, thin threads are produced from it, which are then wound onto a spool – the so-called PAN “precursor” has been created.

In the next step, these threads are placed in the oven. First, they are oxidized at 200 to 300 degrees Celsius and then carbonized at 1200 to 1800 degrees Celsius. What remains are threads with a very high carbon content and high strength. After surface treatment and application of a sizing, the carbon fiber is wound up and is ready for use.

Carbon Fibers and Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP)

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,015 $/ton 1,010 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,000 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton -50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,150 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,295 yuan/ton 4,420 yuan/ton +125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
655 $/ton 650 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,180 yuan/ton 5,120 yuan/ton +40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 670 $/ton 655 $/ton- -15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 796 $/ton 813 $/ton +17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 778 $/ton 795 $/ton +17
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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815 $/ton 842 $/ton +27
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,580 yuan/ton 7,510 yuan/ton
-70
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,780 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton -80
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton
-250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,750 yuan/ton 13,350 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 43,000 yuan/ton 43,500 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,150 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,950 yuan/ton 19,800 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,350 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton -250
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 81,000 yuan/ton 81,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton +500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,650 yuan/ton 11,600 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market 6,220 yuan/ton 6,230 yuan/ton +10
Benzene overseas  market 761 $/ton 804 $/ton
+43
Ethylene South East market 1,045 $/ton 995 $/ton -50
Ethylene NWE  market 1,219 $/ton 1,212 $/ton -7
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,000 yuan/ton -500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,600 $/ton 2,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton -400
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals Naphtha PETRecycling PET
8,520 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton -20
Naphtha overseas market  573 $/ton 578 $/ton
+5
Phenol domestic market 8,680 yuan/ton 8,540 yuan/ton -140

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-Turning wood into plastic

Efforts to shift from petrochemical plastics to renewable and biodegradable plastics have proven tricky — the production process can require toxic chemicals and is expensive, and the mechanical strength and water stability is often insufficient. But researchers have made a breakthrough, using wood byproducts, that shows promise for producing more durable and sustainable bioplastics.

A study published in Nature Sustainability, co-authored by Yuan Yao, assistant professor of industrial ecology and sustainable systems at Yale School of the Environment (YSE), outlines the process of deconstructing the porous matrix of natural wood into a slurry. The researchers say the resulting material shows a high mechanical strength, stability when holding liquids, and UV-light resistance. It can also be recycled or safely biodegraded in the natural environment, and has a lower life-cycle environmental impact when compared with petroleum-based plastics and other biodegradable plastics. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

“There are many people who have tried to develop these kinds of polymers in plastic, but the mechanical strands are not good enough to replace the plastics we currently use, which are made mostly from fossil fuels,” says Yao. “We’ve developed a straightforward and simple manufacturing process that generates biomass-based plastics from wood, but also plastic that delivers good mechanical properties as well.”

Turning wood into plastic

-Injection molder invests in Roctool technology, slashes CO2 emissions

Injection molder and contract manufacturer Rosti Group has installed the first Roctool heating and cooling system at its facility in China. This will allow the molder to reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 40%. Rosti said that it sits at the center of the supply chain and has a duty and an opportunity to make a positive environmental impact on the plastics industry. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Roctool’s patented technology consists of quickly heating the tool surface by induction and rapidly cooling the tool via water channels. With this technology, Rosti said that it can offer key advantages to its customers, such as aesthetic, design, and process improvements, while meeting commitments to reduce carbon emissions at the plant.

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-Chaotic rayon yarn market

As the macro environment continued to be turbulent, negative-feedback in commodity market has also been given out. For example, front-month contracts of PSF and cotton showed a large fall. Cotton price has fallen dropped below pre-holiday price, while PSF one was in range-bound at the level before CNY. Obviously, the bull market has faded.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

VSF plants maintained offers at 15,600-16,000yuan/mt, but traders’ sources were much cheaper than that of plants. Some yarn mills who intended to replenish feedstock despite large price spread started to balance the profit and loss—-whether to give up the cooperation with some VSF plants temporarily. Although the viscose market was chaotic, it was controllable. In recent years, the concentration of viscose has gradually increased, and the plants had the flow of goods control capability.

As to rayon yarn, as there were many spinners and traders, whose feedstock cost, pre-sales and inventory of each spinner were different, especially in the big fluctuation, rayon yarn got more chaotic. Vortex-spun rayon yarn was a typical representative. Vortex-spun R30S was offered at 20,000yuan/mt and the traded priced lower 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000yuan/mt were timely rumored which further hit the market trading enthusiasm.

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-EuPC says exemptions to the SUP Directive are not be the way forward

Albert Einstein famously said that ‘We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.’

That logic, while indisputable, tends nevertheless to be defeated when industry interests are at stake.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Which is precisely why, wrote the EU level trade association European Plastics Converters –  EuPC  – in a recent op-ed published on EurActiv, we need to be very careful in making exceptions to the Single-Use Plastic Directive.

The SUP Directive was adopted with the express purpose of tackling the problem of the waste plastic polluting the world’s oceans. It represents a key action for the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, which calls for the conservation and sustainable ‘use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development’.

The plastics industry, wrote EuPC, is committed to achieving the highest environmental standards set at EU level in order to allow a complete transition to a circular economy and to guarantee a high level of environmental protection.

In recent weeks, however, various voices have been heard to question the range of items that should be covered by the SUP Directive. The paper industry, in particular, has raised concerns regarding the inclusion of polymer-coated paper products, such as cups. The limited amount of plastics used in such items, said the paper industry, does not warrant their falling within the scope of the Directive.

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-Skepticism Mounts over Utility of Biodegradable Plastics

Yes, these materials will degrade over time. But how long will it take? And under what environmental conditions?

Over the past 20 years I’ve written much about the efforts of polymer scientists to create a plastic that will “disappear” in the environment. No matter how much money is spent on research, though, the dream of biodegradable polymers has proven elusive.

An article in the business section of the Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2021, by Saabira Chaudhuri (“Plastic Straws That Quickly Biodegrade in the Ocean? Not Quite, Scientists Say”) takes an in-depth look at why biodegradability might not offer the solutions promised. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Chaudhuri begins by examining Danimer Scientific’s Nodax, which the company claims degrades within a “few months” in ocean environments and is suitable for backyard composting.

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-A “barrier lake” for direct-spun PSF

Direct-spun PSF has fallen back since Mar with PSF futures down from 8,500yuan/mt to 7,000yuan/mt, a decrease of 1,500yuan/mt or 17.6%, and spot one down from 8,000yuan/mt to 7,000yuan/mt, a decrease of about 1,000yuan/mt or 12.5%. By now, both PSF futures and spot one have retreated to the level before Spring Festival. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

But it was not caused by higher inventory or worse downstream acceptance. On the contrary, direct-spun PSF plants were in short supply and downstream plants profited better compared with POY.

There are mainly two reasons behind this wave of quick decline.

After PSF futures declined, direct-spun PSF plants held firm prices due to short supply. Traditional traders partly lowered prices after gaining profits. For spot-futures traders, they were advantageous in price under trades by basis, driving spot PSF market to deteriorate quickly.

A "barrier lake" for direct-spun PSF

-BASF Issues Price Increases on Plastic Additives and Nylon 6

Price adjustments attributed to volatility in pricing and availability of raw materials and high freight rates.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Effective immediately, or as existing contracts permit, BASF is globally increasing the price of additives for plastic applications, including heat and UV stabilizers, antioxidants, processing aids, lubricants and pigments) by up to 20%.  The company attributed the price adjustment primarily to the significant volatility in pricing and availability for essential raw materials and the rapid escalation of of freight rates.

BASF is also increasing prices in North America for its nylons and intermediates. increase prices for polyamide polymer and intermediates. Prices of nylon 6 and caprolactam are being increased by 15¢/lb and copolymer by 18¢/lb.

BASF Issues Price Increases on Plastic Additives and Nylon 6

-PanzerGlass™ launches ClearCaseColor™

The case comes in six unique colors with antibacterial technology proven to kill up to 99.99% of most common surface bacteria.

Dubai, UAE: PanzerGlass™, one of the leading screen protection brands in the world launches ClearCaseColor™ , its latest range of antibacterial limited edition clear color smartphone cases in the region. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

Made from PanzerGlass and colored flexible TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) materials, the case back is made of four layers and an extra strong honeycomb pattern to enhance shock absorption providing 25% improved scratch resistance compared to first-generation of ClearCases. The case matches all buttons for easy and full access to all functionalities. It also features slightly swelling bumpers in all corners to enhance protection. ClearCaseColor™ is compatible with MagSafe wireless charging.

Combining cutting edge technology with contemporary aesthetics, PanzerGlass™ ClearCaseColor™ allows users to properly display the original look of their device, while expressing themselves via a selection of trendy hues.  The cases come in different colors of True Blue, Mandarin Red, Orange, Rose Gold, Satin Silver and Racing Green, and will appeal to consumers of all ages. Labelled as the strongest ClearCase™ from PanzerGlass™, it is compatible with Apple iPhone 12 devices and will protect the phone’s beautiful design.

PanzerGlass™ launches ClearCaseColor™

-Indorama Ventures wins best regional loan for the first-ever US$300 million Blue Loan

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical producer, has been awarded ‘Best Regional Loan’ in the manufacturing sector for its US$300 million Blue Loan – the first of its kind granted to a plastic resin manufacturer.Petrochemicals rPETRecycling CrudeOil

The award was announced at ‘Triple A Sustainable Capital Markets Regional Awards 2020’ virtual ceremony organized by The Asset, Asia’s leading financial magazine. This recognition reflects IVL’s commitment to being at the forefront of businesses striving for a sustainable future.

The Blue Loan, which exclusively focus on addressing marine plastic pollution, comprises US$150 million senior loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and parallel loans of $150 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG). IVL will utilize the fund to promote a circular economy by enhancing capacity of IVL’s PET recycling plants in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand following its sustainability goal of achieving 750,000 metric tons of PET recycling globally by 2025. The fund will also help the company invest in other climate-related initiatives.

The board of editors at The Asset, said, “The blue loan represents the latest environmental initiative by corporates such as Indorama Ventures, which will divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans, thus contributing to a better environment.”

-Indorama Ventures wins best regional loan for the first-ever US$300 million Blue Loan

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-Germany’s highest court blocks ratification of EU recovery fund

Law challenged by Eurosceptic group over fears of European fiscal union

Germany’s constitutional court said on Friday that the president may not sign off legislation ratifying the European Union’s Recovery Fund as long as it was looking into an emergency appeal against the debt-financed investment plan.

The statement of Germany’s highest court, which came after both chambers of parliament ratified legislation this week, did not give a time frame when a legal decision could be expected.

Opponents of the EU’s recovery plan, including the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and a group called Citizens’ Will Alliance, argue that the plan violates European treaties by opening the door to joint borrowing by member states.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, a key backer of the project, has said the European Recovery Fund marks the first step towards a “fiscal union” in which member states will transfer more powers to Brussels away from national capitals.

Five plaintiffs filed a complaint with Germany’s top court on Friday against the EU fund, a spokesman for the court said earlier. “An emergency appeal and constitutional complaint have been filed today,” the spokesman added.

There is no time limit for the court to decide on the complaint, but it could take up to three months for the court to decide on the emergency appeal.

Germany’s highest court blocks ratification of EU recovery fund

-Color & Additive Masterbatches for PCR PET Packaging

Chroma Color has developed additive concentrates that are said to allow for higher levels of PCR PET in packages.

A new color and additive masterbatch product line from Chroma Color Corp., McHenry, Ill., is specifically designed for use with recycled materials. The first two commercial products are targeted to post-consumer content PET packaging.

▪  ChromaPCRPET reportedly allows brand owners to further increase the levels of PCR within their package, supporting increased Sustainability Goals. It can be used in the production of sheet, bottles and other applications, and is FDA compliant with No Objection Letter (NOL). Chroma masterbatch offerings include correction colors, chain extenders, processing stabilizers and other additives for recycled PET streams.

▪  UltraPET , formulated with ChromaTransparent (a patented carrier technology and based on Chroma’s patented G3) is a highly loaded color concentrate that is said to deliver both lower costs and greater processing flexibility for brand owners and converters. The concentrate can be processed as much lower temperatures than conventional PET pellet concentrates.

Color & Additive Masterbatches for PCR PET Packaging

-Distinguishing HDPE from LDPE at the Blink of an Eye/Push of a Button

BASF’s trinamiX adds new PE application for plastic sorting to its mobile NIR spectroscopy solution. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The ability to distinguish between HDPE and LDPE at the push of a button is the latest application for plastic sorting added to the Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution from Germany-based trinamiX GmbH. Founded in 2015 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF, Germany-based trinamiX GmbH (trinamixsensing.com) develops and sells cutting-edge 3D vision and infrared sensing solutions for use in both consumer electronics devices and industrial designs.

BASF sources noted that in view of rising prices of polyethylene, the production of single-grade PE recyclates has become extremely attractive in recent months. By launching two applications for its mobile NIR spectroscopy solution, trinamiX is improving on-the-spot sorting of the sought-after plastic. In addition to quickly distinguishing between HDPE and LDPE, the ratio of PE to PP in mixed plastics reportedly can be precisely determined as easy as pushing a button. Thanks to the flexibility of a handy measuring device, the process for obtaining high-quality PE and PE/PP recyclates is now significantly enhanced.

Distinguishing HDPE from LDPE at the Blink of an Eye/Push of a Button

-DOMO partners with Bamberger Polymers to grow its distribution network in North America

Bamberger Polymers offers DOMO’s North American product portfolio

Domamid®, Econamid® and Domonyl™ Nylon 6 and 66 compounds available immediately  Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

DOMO’s products support industry’s megatrends like lightweighting, CO2 reduction, miniaturization, thermal management, mobility electrification and eco-design

part of its growth strategy for the North American market, DOMO Chemicals has named Bamberger Polymers an authorized distribution partner effective immediately. Bamberger will offer DOMO’s North American product portfolio including Domamid®, Econamid® and Domonyl® Nylon 6 and 66 compounds.

For more than 50 years Bamberger Polymers has serviced the plastics industry distributing high-quality, thermoplastic resins to customers worldwide. It offers products to injection molders, blow molders, compounders, extruders, and manufacturers of plastic products.

DOMO partners with Bamberger Polymers to grow its distribution network in North America

-Are Chemical Recycling Claims Sometimes Misleading? Yes and No . . . But Mostly, Yes

Plastics 1, 3, and 7 technically could be chemically recycled, as some claim, if everything is sorted up front or treated at the back end at exorbitant cost. In other words, it’s possible with an unlimited budget. But when has that ever happened?

On Sunday, March 22, John Oliver did an in-depth piece on HBO’s Last Week Tonight devoted to waste plastics recycling. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

He highlighted correctly the challenges of handling plastics labeled with resin identification codes 1 to 7, which is complicated for consumers. However, his point — illustrated by “chasing arrows” — that no scaled solution exists for most plastics is inaccurate. Molecular recycling can tackle plastics 2, 4, 5, and 6, but claims by some chemical recyclers are complicating this further.

When explaining the molecular recycling process at Nexus, with a focus on 2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE), 5 (PP), and 6 (PS) waste plastics, we’re often asked: “Well, so-and-so company announced that it takes plastics 1 through 7 or 3 through 7. Is your technology inferior, narrower, not as flexible…?”Are Chemical Recycling Claims Sometimes Misleading? Yes and No . . . But Mostly, Yes

 

-Pilot Plant to Produce Multipurpose Bioplastic from Soy Residue

Four Finnish companies in collaboration to develop the first process to produce compostable bioplastic from food and feed production side streams.

A bioplastic plant to be built in Uusikaupunki, Finland, will be piloted on an industrial scale to produce what is said to be the world’s first process to product compostable bioplastic from food and feed production side streams. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Four collaborating Finnish companies—Finnfoam Oy, Brightplus Oy, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Nordic Soya, have jointly explored the potential of soy molasses, i.e. soy processing side stream, as a raw material of the future. Partly funded by Business Finland, the research project took four years.

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-More Than 5 Billion Pounds of Resin Production Lost Because of Storm

The spot resin markets continued to transact at an elevated pace last week, though order flow became less consistent and there were little lulls in trading activity, which was something we had not seen in a while, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. During the quieter moments, participants questioned whether emerging developments — weaker PGP monomer prices, the restart of many resin plants, and appearance of fresh spot off-grade offers — were signals that the market was ready to come undone. Then, reality would set in, as resin remains grossly undersupplied. The mid-February winter storm, which shut down the vast majority of US resin plants, could ultimately lead to the loss of five billion pounds or more of resin production, digging a very deep hole in inventories throughout the supply chain, reports the PlasticsExchange. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Despite some demand destruction, very heavy imports, and the lack of incremental exports, the PlasticsExchange predicts that it will take considerable time for producers to back-fill orders, restock inventories, lift allocations, and unwind force majeure declarations. Spot prices remained well above rising contract levels the week of March 15, as processors competed for limited material, quickly rebuilding market momentum as if this raging bull market had not skipped a beat.

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-Nextek Ltd. project to address food-grade polypropylene recycling

Nextloopp separates food-grade PP packaging using marker technologies.

Nextek Ltd., a London-based firm that provides expertise in the design, optimization, processing and recycling of plastics, has launched Nextloopp, which it describes as a global multipartipant project designed to address polypropylene (PP) recycling.

According to Nextek, PP accounts for roughly 20 percent of the world’s plastic. It is used to make pots, tubs, trays and films for food packaging as well as in nonfood household and personal care products. The company says 700,000 metric tons are used annually in the U.K. alone. The lack of food-grade recycled PP (FGrPP) means that PP food packaging is made from virgin plastics.

Nextloopp will use commercially proven technologies that include markers to separate food-grade PP, according to Nextek. These technologies also include decontamination stages to ensure compliance with food-grade standards in the EU and the USA. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-Eurozone returns to growth as manufacturing hits record highs, service improves

The eurozone economy returned to growth in March as the rally in manufacturing activity continued, hitting record highs, while services improved after lockdowns hit consumer-facing sectors the hardest, analysts at IHS Markit said on Wednesday.

Manufacturing activity stood at 62.4 points in March, showing the boom that registered in the fourth quarter carried over into the first quarter as well.

Markit’s PMI index had never recorded such a high reading for manufacturing in the eurozone, which it has compiled since the now 19-country currency union was set up in 1997; the euro become a currency in circulation in 2002.Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-Robinson signs up to food-grade recycled PP project

Packaging converter Robinson has joined forces with NEXTLOOPP to deliver for the first time a supply chain model to close the loop on food-grade recycled polypropylene (rPP). Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

In Europe, PP consumption accounts for 10 million tonnes per year with 40 per cent used for consumer packaging. About 70 per cent of this consumer packaging is for food packaging, which typically gets recycled into non-food applications as currently there is no viable solution for the generation development of food-grade rPP material from mechanical recycling.

Robinson claims that its sustainability pledge and legislative targets for recycling and increasing recycled content in packaging will only be met if industry makes transformational changes and creates a clear pathway to a circular PP model, in which companies are producing PP food packaging that includes sustainability sourced rPP derived from mechanically recycled food packaging.

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-UK North Sea Transition Deal outlines £10bn for hydrogen

On 24 March the UK government announced the North Sea Transition Deal , an agreement with the oil and gas industry that aims to support decarbonisation of the fossil fuel sector, including the potential for £10bn to be invested in hydrogen.

The plan aims to harness existing capabilities, infrastructure and investment to promote new technologies such as hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and offshore wind, as well as decommissioning existing assets.

Oil and gas production in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is responsible for around 3.5% of the country’s emissions. Bioplastic rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

It commits to joint funding for emissions reduction from the state and sector of up to £16bn by 2030.

Of this £3bn will replace fossil-fuel power supply to UKCS platforms with renewable energy, another £3bn will be used for CCUS, with up to £10bn available to support hydrogen production

Current government funding plans include £1bn to establish CCUS at two industrial clusters by the mid-2020s including Project Acorn, which aims to establish CCUS at the St Fergus gas entry point by 2023

UK HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

On 23 March the UK Oil and Gas Authority released plans to make the Bacton entry point a key hydrogen hub , utilising UKCS assets to develop production for London and the southeast.

UK North Sea Transition Deal outlines £10bn for hydrogen

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-Scratch-Resistant PP for Complex Interior Automotive Applications

Compounder Polykemi and subsidiary Rondo Plast launch first of new PP-based compound and sustainable variants that boast both high scratch resistance and UV stability.

A new family of scratch resistant PP compounds focused on complex interior automotive applications has been developed by Sweden’s specialty compounder Polykemi AB (U.S. office in Evansville, Ind.) and its fully-owned subsidiary Rondo Plast AB, a provider of quality assured and recycled plastics based on PP, ABS, PBT, nylon 66, and PC/ABS.

The first newly developed PP-based material of the new Complus Concept family is virgin raw material based compound Polyfill PP EP317R UV, which boasts both high scratch resistance and UV stability, together with excellent mechanical properties and reportedly unlimited coloration possibilities. These features are said to make the material an optimum choice for interior automotive applications.

cratch-Resistant PP for Complex Interior Automotive Applications

-Are Biodegradable Additives for Food Packaging a Solution? No, They Make It Worse

We know that biodegradable additives in packaging are the wrong solution to the plastics problem, so why are they still on the table?

As we all know, packaging plays a major role in achieving a more sustainable food system. However, consumers hear of and sometimes encounter rivers clogged with packaging, islands in oceans made of garbage, and discarded packaging littering the roadside. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

We all would like this ill-disposed packaging to “just go away!” And, we do have the technology to make it disappear. Yes, this packaging in the oceans, rivers, lakes, and streets can easily be degraded, and we can have more space in our landfills if we add degradable technology to packaging. Right? Wrong!

Are Biodegradable Additives for Food Packaging a Solution? No, They Make It Worse

-Berry to expand nonwovens production in Europe

Berry Global, a leading global nonwovens manufacturer, announced its second investment for 2021 in the wipes segment to support the long-term consumer behavior shift towards infection prevention, amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, said Nonwovens-industry.  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The investment, located in Europe, will increase Berry’s production footprint in support of its global customers, with total investments reaching over USD110 million in nonwoven materials for products such as hard surface disinfectant wipes. Prior to the demand surge of 2020, the European impregnated wet wipes segment, for home cleaning and disinfecting, was growing at the rate of 5% in the 2014 to 2019 time frame. Covid-19 has increased heightened focus on sanitation and personal hygiene for infection prevention, suggesting permanent consumer trends away from the chore of cleaning to a health and safety priority.

“We strategically partner with many of the world’s leading brands with wipe materials, ensuring our investments align with demand for today and for the future. The reliability of our capacity and scale are paramount to our customer support and the trusted relationships we desire to maintain,” says Curt Begle, president of Berry’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division.

Berry to expand nonwovens production in Europe

-Renewable Styrenic Polymers Launched

Ineos Styrolution offers its first specialty thermoplastics based on renewable styrene.

The fist specialty thermoplastics based on renewable styrene monomer from leading global styrenics supplier Ineos Styrolution, Aurora, Ill., are said to offer 74% lower greenhouse gas emissions when compared to styrene made from fossil fuel.

Styrolux ECO and Styroflex ECO resins are a range of thermoplastic styrene-butadiene copolymers (SBC), said to offer identical product characteristics as the conventionally produced Styrolux/Styroflex copolymers. Styrolux/ -flex ECO is available in two grades in commercial quantities: Styrolux/-flex ECO B60 in which100% of the fossil-based styrene is replaced by renewable styrene; and, Styrolux/-flex ECO B30 in which 50% of the fossil-based styrene is replaced by renewable styrene. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Renewable Styrenic Polymers Launched

-Avantium secures new offtake contracts for planned FDCA flagship plant

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its subsidiary Avantium Renewable Polymers (“Avantium RNP”) has signed two additional conditional offtake agreements for the supply of PEF resin to manufacture bottles and films, bringing the total now to four such contracts. The partners involved include specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (USA), the beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), and a major global food & beverage brand owner. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Avantium RNP aims to commercialise its proprietary plants-to-plastics YXY® Technology, which is used to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) – the main building block of the high-performance, plant-based and fully recyclable polymer PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Avantium has demonstrated the technology in its pilot plant in Geleen and the company plans to open, dependent on a positive Final Investment Decision (FID), the world’s first commercial FDCA plant in 2023.

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-Gneuss Kunststofftechnik: Efficiency increase in PET-recycling by retrofitting existing melt filter

Spanish PET bottle-to-bottle recycler sees major efficiency improvements by replacing melt filter – against a background of government rules prescribing the proportion of recycled polymer, the plastics strategy of the EU and the commitment of many market leaders to responsible use of polymers, the conversion or modification of extrusion lines represents an important trend. The German manufacturer of Filtration Systems, Gneuss, has seen a surge of interest among customers looking to retrofit their extrusion lines, despite the Covid-19 Crisis.

The expectations that Nosoplas placed on the retrofit with a Gneuss Rotary Filter have been completely fulfilled. Immediately after commissioning the units, a drastic reduction in in material loss due to back flushing was observed and, at the same time, the quality of the rPET granulate produced was noticeably improved.

RSFgenius back flushing filters as optimum retrofit solution for PET bottle flake recycling  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The processing of PET Bottle Flakes presents particular challenges for Melt Filtration Systems. On the one hand, the post-consumer material source typically has a relatively high contamination level, on the other hand, the quality requirements (fine filtration) are very high – especially when the material is to be put back into transparent bottles for beverages.

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-Avantium N.V. (Euronext Avantium announces 2020 results: Focused on the commercialisation of its key technologies

Amsterdam and Brussels: AVTX), a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, reports its 2020 full-year results.

Key business progress during 2020  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Avantium Renewable Polymers made progress towards a Final Investment Decision (FID) concerning the construction of the planned FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) flagship plant, but not all conditions for a positive FID were met by the end of 2020: Avantium announced this morning that to date it has signed conditional offtake agreements with specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (USA), the beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), and a major global food & beverage brand owner, representing in total 30% of the FDCA flagship plant capacity;

Avantium Renewable Chemistries achieved the successful start-up and commissioning of the plantMEG™ (mono-ethylene glycol) demonstration plant;

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed on-site projects with customers and impacted new system orders for Avantium Catalysis; the Catalysis contract research services business did, however, grow during the period.

Avantium N.V. (Euronext Avantium announces 2020 results: Focused on the commercialisation of its key technologies

-Levissima Launches 100% Recycled Plastic Bottle In Italy

Levissima, part of Gruppo Sanpellegrino, has launched mineral water bottles made with 100% recycled PET plastic (rPET) in Italy.

The launch is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to a more sustainable world and achieving a circular economy.  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The first bottles of natural mineral water made from 100% recycled PET plastic include 0.75- and 1-litre non-carbonated formats.

Earlier, Levissima launched the bio-based PET in the non-alcoholic drinks segment in Italy.

New Legislation

The use of up to 100% recycled PET bottles and tubs for food use is now possible after a new Italian legislation came into force in January 2021, extending the existing limit set at 50%.

The term rPET refers to a polymer obtained through the recovery and recycling of used PET.

The material is identical in terms of quality, safety and resistance to traditional PET and can also be recycled almost infinitely.

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-Barrier film found to have limited recycling compatibility by RecyClass

An independent laboratory testing of an unprinted LDPE-based multilayer film manufactured by UBE has found limited compatibility with PE flexibles recycling streams. Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The AIMPLAS technology centre carried out the analysis on UBE’s Performance PA SC15 according to the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE films. Subsequent approval is limited to a certain type of polyamide (PA) copolymer and, therefore, cannot be extended to the whole family of polyamides.

UBE’s technology features barrier properties provided by a PA inner layer. The compatibility of the structure is ensured with LLDPE-based tie layers grafted with maleic anhydride (MAH).

The results obtained from the testing demonstrate that the technology has limited compatibility with the existing European industrial recycling processes for PE flexibles, given specific conditions. One of the key requirements is the melting temperature of the PA 6/6.6 copolymer barrier, which must not be higher than 192 deg C.  Additionally, the technology in question must have specific tensile modulus and elongation properties and the PA layer can represent a maximum of 15 per cent of the total weight of the film. Furthermore, a minimum of 10 per cent by weight of LLDPE-based tie layers grafted with at least 0.06 per cent MAH needs to be incorporated into the structure.

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-Agreement for the recycling of compostable materials
Novamont and Iren will develop new management models for compostable bioplastic packaging in organic treatment plants.
The bioplastics producer Novamont and the multi-utility Iren have signed a three-year collaboration agreement in the field of integrated waste collection systems, with the aim of reducing non-recyclable waste at source and fully implementing the objectives of the circular bioeconomy.  Barrierfilm rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The first step of the agreement is the development of a technical-economic model for the management of compostable bioplastic packaging and of the pre-treatment waste of the organic fraction within the integrated anaerobic digestion and composting plants, using optical selection technologies in order to maximize recovery.
The agreement also provides for the organization of dedicated flows (also of an experimental nature) of organic fraction with disposable compostable products from markets, catering establishments and large events.

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-DSM and industry partners launch coalition to close the loop on Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announces that it, along with leading industry partners, has launched a new coalition, known as CirculariTeam®. The coalition aims to drive the transition towards renewable bio- and recycled based resources within its respective industry. CirculariTeam® provides a common platform to share knowledge, resources, and technological solutions, with the goal of closing the loop on Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™.  CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The cross-industry coalition consists of parties from across the value chain that use DSM’s Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, in their products. CirculariTeam® aims to drive the transition towards renewable bio- and recycled based resources within its respective industry. This matches DSM’s vision and mission of enabling a circular economy and keeping materials at their highest value for the longest possible time.

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-INVISTA completes technology upgrade in Victoria, Texas

INVISTA has completed its project to bring the company’s most advanced adiponitrile (ADN) technology to its site in Victoria, Texas, on schedule, as part of the site’s regularly planned maintenance turnaround, said the company.

The site will manage a controlled start-up and ramp-up of ADN production.

ADN is a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 fibers and plastics used in industries like automotive production, electronics and electrical connectors. Applications also include automotive airbag fiber, specialty apparel fibers and high-performance coatings.

INVISTA’s latest ADN technology has also been deployed at its site in Orange, Texas; at Butachimie in France (owned 50 percent by INVISTA and 50 percent by BASF), and will be deployed at its ADN plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China, which is targeted to begin production in 2022. This technology brings improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

INVISTA completes technology upgrade in Victoria, Texas

-China ACN market direction in Apr

In March, China ACN market has been in consolidation after slight decline from high level, as market participants hold certain anticipation towards the settlement prices for Mar, and based on this anticipation, even there are low offers, the sellers are unwilling to sell at low rates. Prices may be hard to change much before the update of settlement prices. In Apr, several factors have been changed.

For the supply side, PetroChina Fushun is previously scheduled to shut in Apr for maintenance, but the shutdown is delayed. Shanghai Secco closes its ACN unit in advance in Mar, which is planned to shut in Apr. Based on the previous schedule, the supply may reduce by about 22kt in Apr, but according to current status, the supply in Apr may even increase compared with Mar. Shandong Haili has restarted its 130,000 t/yr unit on Mar 12 and runs at 80-90% currently.

For the foreign market, Cornerstone remains under force majeure, resulting into supply tightness, pepping up the ACN prices. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-March contract prices of PSV-S in Europe increased by EUR450-500 per ton

March contract prices of expandable polystyrene (PSV-S) in the European market increased by EUR450-500 per tonne amid rising prices for styrene raw materials, ICIS reports .

The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).  CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Thus, the contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed  on for March deliveries at the level of EUR1,551 per tonne, which is EUR501 per tonne or 48% higher than the level of the previous month.

Styrofoam suppliers sold off materials in early March and supply shortages are expected to remain until April. There are currently no production problems reported in the EPS market, but supply remains limited, in part as suppliers are cutting production and trying to build up inventories.

Supply is also limited due to the limited styrene supply from the previously announced force majeure by LyondellBasell and the lack of imports from the US due to severe winter weather conditions. Expanded polystyrene imports also remain low on the back of a continuing shortage of shipping containers and higher transport costs.

Construction demand remains stable due to supply problems and activity is expected to rise to a high level in the second quarter amid the high season and warmer weather conditions. However, it remains unclear whether the pandemic will have a financial impact on new construction projects in 2021.

March contract prices of PSV-S in Europe increased by EUR450-500 per ton

-Honeywell UOP to support Korean chemical company with aromatics derivatives

Honeywell announced that Lotte GS Chemical Corp. will use Honeywell UOP Q-Max™, Phenol 3G, and Evonik MSHP technologies to produce more than 565,000 metric tons per year of phenol and acetone at its petrochemicals facility in Yeosu, Korea.

UOP is providing a license for the technology, in addition to basic engineering design services, key equipment, catalysts and adsorbents and technical services.

As part of the project, UOP will provide a cumene unit and a phenol unit with alpha-methylstyrene (AMS) hydrogenation. The combined technologies will allow Lotte GS Chemical to produce phenol and acetone derivatives from benzene and polymer-grade propylene. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-Corbion Further Boosts Lactic Acid Capacity Through Concurrent Expansion Projects

Multiple productivity initiatives will increase supply of lactic acid, a nature-based ingredient, for the company’s customers in Europe and other regions

Corbion is launching a multi-faceted initiative to substantially increase its capacity for producing lactic acid and lactic-acid derivatives ahead of its previously announced major expansion in Thailand scheduled for 2023.

The global initiative, involving capital expenditures at four existing Corbion facilities to maximize efficiencies and leverage synergies, is expected to produce a combined additional output roughly equivalent to a new production site without actually having to build one. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Projects at Corbion’s production sites in Gorinchem (Netherlands), Rayong (Thailand), Campos (Brazil) and Montmeló (Spain), come on the heels of other recently announced capacity expansion efforts in Blair (Nebraska), but in advance of the construction of an entirely new lactic acid plant at the company’s existing site in Rayong (Thailand).

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-Sateri to Expand Lyocell Production in China

The Changzhou Lyocell facility is expected to commence production in the third quarter of 2022 and will create more than 800 jobs

Sateri, the world’s largest producer of viscose fibre, is planning to expand its Lyocell production in China, with total planned annual capacity of up to 500,000 tonnes by 2025. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

The first phase of this expansion kicked off recently with ground breaking works for a new 100,000 tonne facility in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. Another 100,000 tonne facility will be built in Nantong, Jiangsu province later this year. The Changzhou Lyocell facility is expected to commence production in the third quarter of 2022 and will create more than 800 jobs.

Sateri’s first foray into China’s Lyocell market was in May 2020 when its 20,000 tonne Lyocell production line in Rizhao, Shandong province commenced production. The same site houses a 5,000 tonne Lyocell pilot production line dedicated for the development of Lyocell application technology.

Sateri to Expand Lyocell Production in China

-Sinopec Raises March contract prices for MEG in East China by CNY350 per tonne

China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest refinery, raised its March contract prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 350 yuan (CNY) or USD64.02 a tonne from the previous month, a company source told ICIS .

Thus, the March prices of the company’s MEG in the region are set at CNY5,850 or USD902.77 per tonne. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

But recently, there has been a downward trend in MEG prices due to lower crude oil prices and the upcoming commissioning of new facilities

The cost of MEG spot volumes in eastern China on March 22 was CNY5,050-5,230 per tonne, compared to CNY6 400-6,750 per tonne on March 1.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.835 million tonnes per year

Earlier it was reported that MEGlobal nominated the March MEG contract price for Asia at USD790 per tonne, which is USD50 per tonne higher than the February level. The price was quoted on terms of delivery CFR Asia.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

According to MRC ‘s ScanPlast , the estimated PET consumption in Russia in January 2021 increased by 3% compared to the same indicator a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the first month of the year in Russia, the total estimated consumption of PET amounted to 57.42 thousand tons.

Sinopec Raises March contract prices for MEG in East China by CNY350 per tonne

-How green are your leggings? Recycled polyester is not a silver bullet (yet)

Demand for sustainable activewear is soaring but without technological improvement marketing appeal will outstrip environmental benefit

A colleague was standing in front of me holding a swatch of shiny black polyester made from upcycled marine litter.  CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

“It’s recycled but is it recyclable?” I asked.

“No,” she said, “it’ll end up in landfill.”

This was at the beginning of 2020 and we were at a sustainable fabric expo in London. It was just after the devastating Australian fire season that razed 18.6m hectares of bushland and just before Covid-19 relegated us to 12 months of working from home, working out at home and leaving home sparingly. A period in which office attire was abandoned and activewear was one of the only fashion categories to thrive.

How green are your leggings? Recycled polyester is not a silver bullet (yet)

-Resin switch sounds good

A two-year project has seen converter Greiner Packaging replace yoghurt multi-packs made from PS with PP, whilst recreating the ‘snap’ that consumers love when separating individual units. CrudeOil rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

There is currently no PS recycling stream in the UK and supermarkets have been focused on removing PS products where possible. As such, Greiner set about trying to find a sustainable alternative and started trials in its Dungannon, Northern Ireland factory in 2018.

One of the advantages of PS was its ability to deliver a really effective ‘break’, which was initially difficult to achieve with PP. UK retailer Tesco was one of the first customers to move from PS multi-packs to PP multi-packs, but consumers were disappointed that packs made from the new material did not ‘snap’ in the same way as the previous PS packs.

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-March contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR110 per tonne

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for March shipments has increased by EUR110 per tonne compared to the level of the previous month, ICIS reported .

The contract price was agreed on free delivery terms – FD NWE (North West Europe).

Contract prices were confirmed at EUR760 per tonne, FD NWE and EUR770 per tonne, FD NWE. Thus, the average contract price was approved in the middle of confirmed deals at EUR765 per tonne, FD NWE.

Limited supply, strong demand, as well as rising crude oil prices and higher material quotations in Asia put upward pressure on paraxylene prices in the European market.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for February supplies was agreed at the level of EUR655 per tonne, which is EUR55 per tonne higher than the level of January this year.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

March contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR110 per tonne

-US polyolefin prices soar after Texas deep-freeze

US domestic prices for PE have increased to almost seven-year highs while prices for PP are at record levels, as the US petrochemical industry continues to reel from last month’s winter storm in Texas.

Operations at US Gulf Coast petrochemical facilities have yet to fully recover one month after freezing temperatures triggered widespread power outages and plant shutdowns, leading to considerable supply constraints, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

As a result, prices will continue to be elevated over much of the first half of 2021, supported by pent-up demand related to coronavirus recovery, the insights company said.

More than 80 per cent of US olefins capacity was immediately offline following the peak of extreme weather conditions in mid-February. During that time, Wood Mackenzie noted it could take weeks to recover given that disruptions across the value chain would lead to a staggered and complex restart, setting the stage for volatility in supply and prices amid stronger demand.

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-Fulcrum unveils site selection for its first bio-refinery project in UK

Fulcrum BioEnergy, a pioneer in the production of low-carbon, transportation fuels from municipal solid waste, has recently announced the site selection and launch of development activities on its first United Kingdom residual waste to low-carbon, Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) plant, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The “Fulcrum NorthPoint” biorefinery will be located at the Essar Oil (UK) Limited refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port, in the North West of England.

“The UK has a rich history in aviation related innovation, and we are proud to be able to continue to support the industry with the introduction of our low-carbon, waste-to-jet fuel platform,” said Jim Macias, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fulcrum. “Launching our first UK project at Stanlow, in collaboration with Essar, brings tremendous benefits in terms of plant operability, efficiency of feedstock and fuel product logistics.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

On-site storage via Stanlow Terminals Limited and direct access to airport pipelines, make this an attractive site for our project.

Fulcrum’s innovative and patented waste-to-fuels process will help reduce the impacts from climate change, boost the economy by supplying low-carbon, drop in transportation fuel as well as bringing high-paying jobs and investment to the North West of England.”

Fulcrum unveils site selection for its first bio-refinery project in UK

-Evonik aims to generate sales through circular plastics

Evonik is pooling its activities for circular plastics as part of the transition to a circular economy. The company offers solutions for all stages in the polymer value chain.

Evonik will also increase the use of sustainable raw materials from circular sources in its own production processes. Overall, the company expects its global circular plastics programme to generate additional sales of more than €350m a year by 2030.

Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of Evonik’s executive board, said: “The careful use of resources and protection of the climate leads us down the path towards a circular economy. We have the innovative capability to create new materials cycles with fewer fossil-based feedstocks and more circular ones. We intend to utilise that potential.”  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Lauren Kjeldsen, responsible for Evonik’s global circular plastics programme, added: “We are working closely with partners along the entire polymer value chain to make this happen. Innovations are the key to success.”

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-Italy’s Seri in plastics recycling venture with Unilever

Seri Plastic will set up a jointly owned business with Unilever and will buy and convert the London-based group’s plant in the southern town of Pozzilli, which will recycle plastic waste based on EU circular economy models.

The deal is in line with Unilever’s “Clean Future” global project, which includes the aim of halving the use of plastics in its packaging by 2025, the statement said.

Seri Industrial Group has signed an industrial and commercial agreement with consumer goods group Unilever to develop its plastic business, the Italian company said on Monday.  wned business with Unilever and will buy and convert the London-based group’s plant in the southern town of Pozzilli, which will recycle plastic waste based on EU circular economy models.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

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-JEPLAN, Inc. and Sojitz Form Partnership for PET Bottle Chemical Recycling Business

JEPLAN, Inc. (Representative Director: Masaki Takao; Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Japan Environment Planning, “JEPLAN”) and Sojitz Corporation (Representative Director: Masayoshi Fujimoto; Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; “Sojitz”) have agreed to jointly promote a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) chemical recycling business in Japan and overseas utilizing JEPLAN’s chemical recycling technology, and JEPLAN has issued a third-party allotment of new shares underwritten by Sojitz. Additionally, Sojitz has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in PET Refine Technology, Co., Ltd. (Representative Director: Daigo Iga; Head Office: Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa; “PRT”), a subsidiary of JEPLAN, and to jointly operate the company.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

Using its proprietary chemical recycling technology BRING™, JEPLAN is able to selectively extract the intermediate BHET (Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl) terephthalate) from PET, the material used to make PET bottles and polyester fabric. The company is then able to recover high-purity monomers in order to manufacture recycled PET resin that meets strict bottle-grade quality standards at an industrial scale.

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-45% of US paraxylene and PTA capacity affected by winter storm

As the winter storms hit the US Gulf Coast, Wood Mackenzie estimated that 45% of US paraxylene (PX) capacity had been affected, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

However, it has since come to light that 73% of US capacity was impacted by the severe weather, with INEOS Texas City declaring force majeure the week of the storms. All PX assets affected by the storms are either fully integrated into refining systems or embedded within refinery complexes, many of which were shut down or reduced due to weather impacts.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

As of mid-March, all US refineries associated with PX production have started to ramp up operations across major processing units, according to Genscape. Despite this, reports circulate of paraxylene asset restarts running into delays even after other units within the refinery have moved towards normal output levels.

With major PX supply outages in the region, PX prices are expected to rise again in April. April’s forecast increase follows last month’s settlement, which was the largest increase for the US PX contract price in a single month since September 2018.

45% of US paraxylene and PTA capacity affected by winter storm

-Demand for crude oil will rise, despite emphasis on renewables

Oil demand is expected to increase over the next decade and the fossil fuel will remain to be a crucial part of the energy mix, even as renewables draw increasing attention, reported Reuters with reference to Hess Corp Chief Executive John Hess’ statement at CERAWeek.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

At the biggest gathering of top energy leaders, investors and politicians from around the globe, climate change and renewable fuels are taking center stage this year with oil companies trying to reorient their portfolios as the fossil fuel industry reels from the coronavirus pandemic, which destroyed fuel demand and caused the loss of thousands of jobs.

“We don’t think peak oil is around the corner – we see oil demand growing for the next 10 years,” Hess said. “We’re not investing enough to grow oil and gas in the future,” he said, explaining that prices would need to rise to support that investment.

While demand is likely to recover sharply after the pandemic, supply is going to be slower to resume, he said, as shale producers, in particular, operate conservatively to meet shareholder’s needs.

As MRC informed previously, oil producers face an unprecedented challenge to balance supply and demand as factors including the pace and response to COVID-19 vaccines cloud the outlook, according to an official with International Energy Agency’s (IEA) statement

Demand for crude oil will rise, despite emphasis on renewables

-Congested Ports And Supply Chain Woes Hit US Factories And Stores

The cold snap that gripped the United States in February not only caused chaos in Texas and the southwest, it also triggered a shortage in plastics that has disrupted a supply chain already under strain from a lack of microchips and growing congestion at ports as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

So factories have had to shut their doors and consumers are feeling the crunch.

At Toyota, a petrochemicals shortage affected production at plants in Kentucky, West Virginia and Mexico.

Honda cited supply chain issues “related to the impact of Covid-19, congestion at various ports, semiconductor shortages and severe winter weather” to justify the temporary closure of five of its factories in Canada and the United States.

Congested Ports And Supply Chain Woes Hit US Factories And Stores

-Launch of new recycled “green ropes” / Much lower carbon emissions than with virgin plastics

Danish recycler Plastix  has launched what it calls “green ropes” produced through clean-tech mechanical reclaim technology with recyclate from discarded maritime fibres, such as abandoned fishing nets and ropes.

The company said it converts its recycled “OceanIX” range with the help of value-chain partners into this new product, which it claims is the first-of-its-kind rope made with almost-100% reclaimed content. “The ‘almost’ in that is because of the 2% stabilisers we add to all OceanIX products,” a Plastix spokesperson told Plasteurope.com.  Chemicals rPETRecycling CircularEconomy

In July 2020, the Danish firm partnered with US nanotechnology and biocomposite specialist Titan Bioplastics to expand the use of recycled plastics waste in products

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-Firmer international demand to lift China’s TiO2 prices

Renewed demand from international consumers and higher concentrate feedstock costs may bolster Chinese titanium dioxide prices in the coming days, according to market participants.

Argus last assessed the range for 98pc anatase grade dioxide at 15,500-15,800 yuan/t ($2,382-2,428/t) ex-works and Yn18,500-19,500/t ex-works for 93pc rutile grade dioxide on 18 March, the highest level since 16 October 2018 when Argus launched this assessment.

Export prices rose to $2,900-3,000/t fob on 16 March, the highest level since 16 October 2018, from $2,850-2,950/t fob on 11 March driven by the rise in domestic prices and firmer demand from international buyers

China’s dioxide exports rose by 27,000t or 15.5pc from January-February 2020 to 201,100t in January-February 2021, according to customs data.

Firmer international demand to lift China's TiO2 prices

-Fresh Milk in Clear PET with 20% PCR

Use of clear PET bottles for fresh milk is a growing trend, and Amcor offers up to 100% PCR content, as well as a UV barrier additive that doesn’t affect clarity.

A first in the Argentine dairy market is a 1-liter clear PET bottle for fresh milk that contains 20% post-consumer recycle (PCR). Amcor makes the custom bottle for leading dairy firm Mastellone Knos of Benos Aires. Petrochemicals rPETRecycling News

According to Amcor, use of clear PET bottles is a growing trend among Latin American dairies to showcase freshness and premium quality.

These bottles are designed to drive consumers from aseptic packages to the chilled section of the grocery story. In October 2019, Mastellone launched shelf-stable, ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk in aseptic, white-colored bottles, also from Amcor.