Biopolymer – Recycled content 01-04-2023
Biopolymer – Recycled content
-Chinaplas 2023: first-time use of all 18 exhibition halls of the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center
Chinaplas 2023, to be held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, PR China (SWECC), on April 17-20, 2023, will be the first world-class plastics and rubber industry event held in China after the relaxation of pandemic controls, providing a stage for the entire industry to exchange high-tech technologies and explore business cooperation.
“Over the past year, the uncertain and unpredictable environment has increased the difficulty of organising the exhibition. However, this year the exhibition can still set a new record in terms of scale, with a total area of 380,000m2, an increase of 8.6% from the 2021 exhibition. It is the first time for us to use all 18 exhibition halls of SWECC. It is encouraging and reflects the high confidence and expectations of the industry. Together with more than 3,900 prominent renowned exhibitors from all over the world, the show shall follow the themes of high-quality development and vigorous development of advanced manufacturing, join hands together with the industry towards high-end manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and green manufacturing,” said Ms. Ada Leung, General Manager of organiser Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. at a press conference held in Shenzhen on March 29. Biopolymer – Recycled content
Over 3,900 exhibitors from China and abroad are showcasing a full array of solutions, including over 200 world / Asian debut technologies. It is expected that more than 1,400 materials suppliers and 3,000 sets of machinery exhibits will be on the same stage, supporting smart, efficient, cost-effective, and low-carbon manufacturing.
-Neste is ‘walking the talk on chemical recycling’
Finland-based oil refining company Neste has announced that it has now concluded its second series of industrial-scale processing runs with liquefied waste plastic at its refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The process produces Nest Re, a feedstock that can be used on its own or in a blend. As a drop-in alternative, Neste Re is subsequently turned into new plastics by Neste’s partners.
To date, aiming to establish how different types of waste plastics behave during chemical recycling in the refinery processes, the company has processed close to 3,000 tons of liquefied waste plastic in six different runs. The runs have been conducted on existing refinery equipment built for crude oil refining, as Neste is still in the process of creating facilities specifically for processing liquefied waste plastic. Biopolymer – Recycled content
The liquefied waste plastic for the runs has been sourced from multiple suppliers that are part of a supply network Neste has continuously expanded. These include US-based Alterra Energy, in which Neste holds a minority stake, as well as Finland-based Wastewise, with which Neste recently cooperated to chemically recycle cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) waste from pipe production into new PEX pipes. The ccompany targets “hard-to-recycle” waste plastic which would otherwise have ended up in incineration or landfill.
Neste is ‘walking the talk on chemical recycling, said Heikki Färkkilä, vice president of Chemical Recycling at Neste. “Our processing runs provide us not only with valuable knowledge on the technologies, but also serve as a proof of concept: chemical recycling can be done on an industrial scale. Our focus continues to be getting from individual processing runs to continuous operation.” Biopolymer – Recycled content
-Ecohelix to construct biopolymer production project in Sweden
Swedish biotechnology company Ecohelix intends to construct a biopolymer production facility using only wood. The facility, built in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, is anticipated to produce 15,000t of renewable wood-based polymeric products annually. The firm collaborated with Sweco, Eurocon, and AFRY to build the new plant.
It is suggested that the biopolymer plant be incorporated into the pulp mill run by Domsjö Fabriker in Örnsköldsvik. Biopolymers are sustainable components in paper chemicals, cosmetics, and packaging products.
Oskar Schmidt, chief technology officer at Ecohelix, stated: “We are using the same natural material in the construction as we use as a raw material in our production. Thus, the Ecohelix production unit in Domsjö will be entirely made of wood.”
“We tie Ecohelix production to the Domsjö pulp mill’s “heart.” Thus, the first rule is that we cannot compromise Domsjö’s core operations. They have incredibly high standards for the design of the production facility.” Biopolymer – Recycled content
The Ecohelix biopolymer production project to help achieve a sustainable future
The director of Sweco Industrial Structural Engineers, Merve Olsson Sarr, stated: “Ecohelix is a company that works with sustainable materials. Thus, when we were assigned to the planning work of Ecohelix production site, we wanted to think creatively and innovatively with climate-smart materials. We decided to construct the entire frame and supporting structures of an industrial building out of wood, in addition to the walls and roof.
The Ecohelix biopolymer production project shows how wood can promote circularity and sustainability in industrial production. Thus, it is anticipated to help the pulp and paper industry achieve a more sustainable future. Biopolymer – Recycled content
-AvtoVAZ importplaced compounds for its cars
AvtoVAZ has been able to pick up imported polymer replacements for its car parts in Russia during 2022, Rupec reports.
The materials were developed and implemented by Russian manufacturers at the request of AvtoVAZ. This was told by Anna Shamparova, Head of Strategic Development of Polymer Suppliers of AvtoVAZ during the webinar “Import Substitution: Opportunities, Problems, Prospects”, held by NPP Polyplastic.
As examples of import substitution, Shamparova cited polyolefin compounds (previously supplied by Lyondellbasell, ExxonMobil, Borealis), PC / ABS of different colors and for painting, high-density polyethylene (PVP) for fuel tanks, polycarbonate (PC) for headlight diffusers, specific materials for interior parts. Biopolymer – Recycled content
The PVP brand for tanks was developed by SIBUR. Shamparova did not disclose other manufacturers of polymers for AvtoVAZ.
Those materials that the company could not quickly replace imports with the participation of Russian manufacturers, AvtoVAZ purchased from suppliers from the Asia-Pacific region, in particular from China. The company could follow this path when purchasing paint and varnish materials.
Anna Shamparova also said that international sanctions were extremely sensitive for AvtoVAZ. Prior to their introduction, the company adhered to the general strategy of the Renault Group for polymers. At various production facilities of the group around the world, common specifications for materials were used, a single system of accredited laboratories operated, European materials were purchased in large volumes under contracts with the group. After February 2022, AvtoVAZ lost not only European polymers, but also access to accredited laboratories. After the departure of the Renault Group from the Russian Federation, the price of polymeric materials for AvtoVAZ increased due to a decrease in the volume of purchases to the scale of one manufacturer. Biopolymer – Recycled content
-Solvay completes sale of 50% stake in joint venture with SIBUR
Solvay Group has completed the sale of its 50% stake in Rusvinyl to SIBUR for EUR 433 million, the Belgian company said in a statement.
“Solvay announces the completion of the sale of its 50% stake in the Rusvinyl joint venture to its joint venture partner SIBUR. At the time of closing, Solvay received cash receipts in the amount of EUR 433 million in Belgium,” it was informed.
In the report on the results of 2022, Solvay estimated the fair value of its stake in Rusvinyl at EUR 431 million – almost at this amount in the end, the transaction was carried out.
Rusvinyl is an enterprise for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in the Kstovsky district of the Nizhny Novgorod region. The share of Rusvinyl in the volume of both production and sales of PVC in Russia is about 35%. The design capacity of the enterprise is 300 thousand tons of suspension PVC, 30 thousand tons of emulsion PVC and 225 thousand tons of caustic soda. The company is the largest producer of PVC in the Russian Federation, and in the segment of emulsion PVC Rusvinyl in principle is the only domestic manufacturer. Biopolymer – Recycled content
In early February, SIBUR was allowed to buy out a 50% stake in the Belgian group Solvay in the Rusvinil joint venture in the Kstovsky district of the Nizhny Novgorod region. Solvay owns a stake in Rusvinyl through Solvin Holding Nederland B.V.Solvay
has consistently abandoned its PVC business in Europe, Asia and Latin America in recent years, having sold several of its assets in this direction since 2014. Discussions between the companies about SIBUR’s buyout of this stake lasted for three years.
-Plastics supply chain in Europe continues to push for greater legal certainty for recycled content
Earlier this week, organisations from across the value chain called on the EU to adopt mass balance as a means of developing EU-harmonised calculating rules for recycled content in plastics applications in order to meet revised environmental targets.
In this article, Nigel Davis, Insight Editor at ICIS, discusses why tracking of recycled content is a major issue, especially with the industry pressing for the legal acknowledgement of a mass balance approach that excludes fuel use.
There is obvious urgency behind the recent meeting of 31 trade associations for the EU to be clear on how it legally views chemical recycling and how recycled content is tracked in plastic products. Biopolymer – Recycled content
It is the tracking of recycled content that is a major issue with industry pressing for the legal acknowledgement of a mass balance approach that excludes fuel use.
“Mass balance is a transparent and auditable method to trace a defined material characteristic along the value-chain from material suppliers to consumers,” the trade associations, which represent chemical producers, plastics converters, recyclers and end-use industries, claim.
“A mass balance chain of custody is already used and accepted in other domains such as sustainable forestry products and fair-trade cocoa and chocolate,” they said.
Essentially, this is push for policy support from the European Commission and EU member states for chemical recycling that could help speed investment and add more overall plastic recycling capability. Biopolymer – Recycled content
-Husky returns to Plástico Brasil
Husky Technologies announced its return to exhibit at Plástico Brasil 2023 (March 27-31, São Paulo, Brazil). At the show, Husky is featuring how its versatile range of technologies, solutions and services enable Brazil’s food, beverage, consumer goods packaging, automotive and medical device producers to effectively meet regional market and consumer trends.
Local support, global expertise
Husky first established a presence in Brazil in 1993, having opened its regional Technical Center in Jundiai and selling the first local system into the market that same year. Now having served the region for 30 years, the company has established a strong local presence that is complemented by years of global expertise.
The Technical Center focuses on up-time and keeping customers running with advanced support and parts capabilities, including optimised hot runner and controller refurbishment services. Biopolymer – Recycled content
This is supported by Advantage+Elite, which remotely monitors systems within customers’ production facilities 24-hours a day in real-time, while proactively engaging to recognize and rectify potential issues before productivity or part quality is impacted.
“Husky works closely with our customers in Brazil and neighboring regions to gain a true understanding of the unique challenges they encounter,” said Sean Hoy, Husky’s Vice President of Sales and Service, Hot Runners and Controllers for the Americas.