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-What are bio-based fibers and what can they do?

En route to the post-fossil age, conventional, petroleum-based synthetic fibres have long been counted out.

But what alternatives are there, which innovations are actually more sustainable and how will the consumption of synthetic fibres develop in the coming years? FashionUnited asked outdoor supplier and sustainability pioneer Vaude.

The current outdoor industry would be inconceivable without synthetic fibres. The vast majority of functional materials are based on synthetic man-made fibres such as polyester and polyamide.

How could this change? Outdoor supplier and sustainability pioneer Vaude has just launched a pair of trekking pants made from bio-based polyamide

The yarn used consists of 62 percent castor oil and was developed together with polymer specialist Evonik.

Does the future belong to bio-based plastics in the clothing industry? We talked about it with René Bethmann, innovation manager at Vaude.

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-Searious Business investigates advanced recycling solutions

Searious Business has been working with IUCN on the Plastic Waste Free Island (PWFI) project since 2019. Their goal is to rethink the plastic generated on islands and stopping it from leaking into the surrounding marine environment.

The project’s primary focus has been reducing, reusing and recycling waste. However, not all plastics are so easily replaced or mechanically recycled. There will always remain some plastic products that require a different kind of treatment. Finding advanced recycling technologies in remote areas is the challenge Searious Business has taken on.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

Plastic products such as polyolefin bags and films, LDPE items, HDPE and polystyrene cannot be handled easily. Alternative methods to convert them back to clean and valuable feedstock forms part of this challenge. Processes such as chemical recycling, pyrolysis, depolymerisation and gasification can work, and the plastic could also be used for waste-to-energy processes. Unfortunately, non-recyclable plastics are not currently dealt with by the waste management on the islands, and volumes are increasing, causing severe environmental issues. Alongside CE Delft, Searious Business will carefully analyse the waste generation, as well as evaluate and identify the most suitable technologies.

Searious Business investigates advanced recycling solutions

-Is the emerging world still emerging?

Without Coivd-19, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the past decade would have been about 3.6 per cent-just below the 3.7 per cent experienced in 2000-09. Not bad given all the challenges, and contrary to the mood of pre-pandemic times. Indeed, each decade has witnessed stronger economic growth than the 1980s and 1990s, each about 3.3 per cent.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

Hundreds of millions of people have been taken out of absolute poverty as a result, in part because of the growth miracle led by the so-called emerging markets, of which my beloved BRICs were front and centre.

The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of my coining the acronym “BRICs” to summarise the likely rising economic relevance of Brazil, Russia, India, and China and the implications of their rise for global governance. As the world looks to the remainder of 2021 and beyond, what can we expect from emerging markets?

BRICS REVISITED: My primary goal in my first paper, “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs,” was to make a case for changing the framework for global economic governance, not necessarily the inevitable future growth of these countries.

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-Will the biodegradable plastic PHA finally deliver?

Producers of the polymer say they are getting traction in the marketplace, but others have doubts

n April, Daniel Carraway, founder of the polyhydroxyalkanoate start-up RWDC Industries, found himself in an unusual forum for someone trying to sell plastic. Carraway was being interviewed by the Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. on the FootPrint Coalition’s YouTube channel. The FootPrint Coalition is Downey’s venture capital firm and also an RWDC investor.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

The FootPrint Coalition’s other investments include a bamboo toilet paper company and an outfit developing mealworm protein.

Encouraged by Downey, Carraway pitched his biodegradable biopolymer as the solution to the plastic waste crisis. “We have to clean u

The plastic industry has been trying to establish a recycling infrastructure since the 1970s, he noted, but it “just doesn’t work.”

Carraway and other proponents are hyping polyhydroxyalkanoates, known collectively as PHA, as the next big thing, but they are hardly new.

Nature has used this class of polymers to store cellular energy for millions of years. Companies have been trying to commercialize them—via industrial fermentation—for several decades. But despite what should be a strong selling point—biodegradability in a wide range of environments—they haven’t taken off. The list of companies that have tried and failed to bring PHA to market keeps growing.

Will the biodegradable plastic PHA finally deliver?

-Clariant agrees to sell pigments business in $950 mln deal

Clariant (CLN.S) has agreed to sell its pigments business to Heubach Group and SK Capital Partners in a deal which values the business at up to 855 million Swiss francs ($951.27 million), the Swiss chemicals maker said on Monday.

Clariant said it would reinvest to become a 20% shareholder in the new combined business, which employs 3,000 people and has annual sales of around 900 million euros ($1.09 billion).

The deal represented an enterprise value of 805 to 855 million francs, depending on an earn-out payment based on the 2021 financial performance of the business which makes pigments and dyes used in the automotive, plastics and other industries.

Clariant said the sale, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022, represented a multiple of 10.7 to 11.4 times the standalone EBITDA of the pigments business in the year to April 2021.

Clariant agrees to sell pigments business in $950 mln dea

-Harwal Group builds new polymer facilities in Kizad

Kizad Polymers Park’s turnkey role in Harwal Group’s growth

Harwal Group is pleased to collaborate with Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) to build its manufacturing facilities at the Kizad Polymers Park. The facilities will be for its flagship companies: Interplast and Cosmoplast, to produce and supply a wide range of standard plastic products, and customised products for specific industries.

“Kizad Polymers Park is an important platform for enhancing our business in the UAE and Middle East region while enabling us to expand our reach into the African and European markets. The supply chain efficiencies, strategic location, competitive setup solutions and world-class facilities provided by Kizad will position Interplast and Cosmoplast to support Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 and industrial diversification across the UAE,” said Walid Najjar, General Manager, Interplast/Cosmoplast.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

Harwal Group builds new polymer facilities in Kizad

-Harsco focus on sustainability results in up to 94 percent recycling rate

Harsco Corporation, a provider of environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams, recently released its Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report, highlighting the company’s corporate sustainability accomplishments throughout fiscal year 2020.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

Highlights of the report show that the company now derives 82-percent of annual revenue from environmental solutions, up from 62-percent three years ago, and that over 75-percent of waste and byproduct material processed annually by Harsco is recycled or repurposed, including 94-percent in the company’s new Clean Earth division.

The company also launched 29 new environmental solutions in 2020, an increase of nearly 32-percent from 2019, and for the first time ever, the company has incorporated an ESG modifier in top 70 executives’ performance evaluations.

Harsco focus on sustainability results in up to 94 percent recycling rate

-GPCA: Catalyst for the regional petrochemicals industry

 

Exclusive with Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA

Please highlight some of the critical functions of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

GPCA was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, we voice the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 per cent of chemical output by volume in the GCC.

GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, effective networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.

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-Oil to trade between $68 and $75 in second half of 2021 amid rising demand, Iraq minister says

Crude prices have increased due to supportive Opec+ policies and growing demand as economies reopen

Oil is expected to trade in the range of $68 to $75 per barrel in the second half of this year, Iraq’s oil minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said.

Crude prices will remain in this range if Opec and its allies continue to cut production to support the markets, Mr Jabbar told reporters in Baghdad on Saturday.

There were also “new projects in which there is a common interest” between the country and longstanding investor Exxon Mobil following reports last month that the government is planning to buy the US company’s stake in the West Qurna 1 field, Mr Jabbar said.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

“We expect that Exxon Mobil will remain in a certain part of Iraq in some investments, it came out only from West Qurna 1,” Mr Jabbar was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Iraq is the second-biggest producer within the Opec group with a total output of 3.96 million barrels per day, according to the latest data from Opec’s monthly oil markets report.

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-Innovative financing mechanisms to drive a circular economy

PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is the inexpensive, versatile plastic used to make bottles, food containers and other modern conveniences. Even though PET is a highly valuable and readily recyclable material, there is not enough waste collection and recycling capacity in many countries in South and Southeast Asia. PET and other plastics stay in the environment for hundreds of years, and when exposed to sunlight and seawater, they fragment into microplastics that are consumed by marine life and eventually make their way into the food chain with unknown health impacts.

More robust global recycling efforts would go a long way toward integrating the plastics value chain into a circular economy where waste is managed as a valuable resource and reclaimed, reprocessed and ultimately used as feedstock for new plastic products. That would help the environment in several ways. First, it would mean less fossil fuel feedstock would be used to make virgin plastic that would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But more importantly, less discarded plastic would pile up. Important progress has already been made along those lines, but much more is needed if the world is going to reduce the up to 13 million tons of plastic every year that leak into the oceans.  Recycling Polyamide12 Petrochemicals 

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Recycling PET Bottles Petrochemicals 14-06-2021

Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene Trend

Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene

Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 930 $/ton 920 $/ton- -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,025 yuan/ton 5.950 yuan/ton -75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,125 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton -75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,640 yuan/ton 4,605 yuan/ton -35
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene
680 $/ton 680 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,940 yuan/ton 4,865yuan/ton -75
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 648 $/ton 635 $/ton- -13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 848 $/ton 859 $/ton +11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 830 $/ton 841 $/ton +11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene

860 $/ton 869 $/ton +9
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,230 yuan/ton 7,175yuan/ton
-55
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,550yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,500yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 8.200yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene
7,500 yuan/ton 7,500yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,820 yuan/ton 6,800yuan/ton -20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,150 yuan/ton 13,350yuan/ton
+200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,150 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,750yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 38,500 yuan/ton 38,500yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene

17,050 yuan/ton 17,000yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,800 yuan/ton 19,800yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,250 yuan/ton 18,250yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 78,000 yuan/ton 79,000yuan/ton +1,000
+1,000Spandex 40D  domestic  market 67,500 yuan/ton 67,500yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,700yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton -150
Benzene overseas  market 974 $/ton 946 $/ton -28
Ethylene South East market 965 $/ton 915 $/ton -50
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene

1,327 $/ton 1,227 $/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,900yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,000 yuan/ton 18,300yuan/ton +300
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,500 yuan/ton 12,500yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene
8,150 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market  636 $/ton 637 $/ton
+1
Phenol domestic market 9,420 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton -220

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-Strong PET demand will eventually find its supply

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is designated #1 in the plastics recycling code. It is the most common plastic used for bottles, jars, food containers and packaging. PET is a clear, strong, and lightweight material used for bottled water, carbonated soda, teas, sports drinks and other beverages. PET is also the most recycled plastic in the U.S., so the market dynamics affecting it eventually are realized in the recycled PET market.

PET containers are lighter in weight than alternative materials, such as glass. This difference makes PET containers easier to stack and ship, more efficient to transport, and has resulted in some companies switching to PET containers from other materials, according to the most recent Plastics Market Watch report.

Despite the fundamental strengths of PET, COVID-19 introduced unforeseen volatility to consumer behaviour across the economy. Production of common consumer goods responded accordingly. By extension, this disruption impacted PET resin demand-supply dynamics, the adjustments of which are ongoing and are be expected to continue into the near future.

Strong PET demand will eventually find its supply

-ZoltekPetrochemicals PETBottles Ethylene Trend Mexico expands carbon fiber production

Guadalajara, Mexico facility to increase production capacity of PX35 carbon fiber to 13,000 metric tons annually, for a total of 28,000 metric tons globally.

It was announced on June 10 that Zoltek Companies Inc. (Zoltek, St., Louis, Miss., U.S.) a Toray Group that develops and manufactures low-cost industrial grade carbon fiber, is expanding its carbon fiber production capacity at the facility located in Guadalajara, Mexico.

By expanding operations, Zoltek says the facility’s carbon fiber production capacity will increase to 13,000 metric tons annually, and will increase Zoltek’s global production capacity of its PX35 carbon fiber to a total of 28,000 metric tons.

Zoltek says it is continuing its mission to commercialize carbon fiber, and increase its position as a global leader in industrial-grade carbon fiber. Zoltek’s PX35 50K carbon fiber, which is produced in Hungary and Mexico, is said to be the established standard for large-scale industrial applications such as wind energy and automotive.

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-America’s Flor completes ten years of area rugs with Aquafil’s Econyl

Flor, a rug brand for homes, offices, and every space in between, is celebrating ten years of area rugs featuring Aquafil’s Econyl regenerated nylon that blend beautiful design, smart functionality, and environmental responsibility into all the spaces people live. The brand was the first flooring company that started using recycled nylon in its products.

Today, Econyl regenerated nylon, a sought-after responsible solution for well-known fashion and interiors brands, is featured in most Flor area rugs, rather than brand-new nylon that uses new resources. Econyl is made from 100 per cent waste, fishing nets, textile scraps, old carpet, that would otherwise pollute the Earth. The regenerated nylon performs the same as virgin nylon and can be recycled, recreated, and remoulded infinitely. Not only a waste solution, Econyl reduces the global impact of nylon by up to 90 per cent compared with the material produced from oil, Flor said in a media statement.

Flor’s use of regenerated nylon in its carpet tile is a key part of its efforts to lower the carbon footprint of its products. Recently, the company introduced its new backing, CQuest, which is made of post-consumer recycled content from carpet tiles, bio-based additives, and pre-consumer recycled materials, which are net carbon negative. With its combined new backing and yarn made from regenerated nylon, Flor offers area rugs that look beautiful while being good for the planet.

 

-Zhejiang Saintyear opts for second Andritz spunlace line

International technology Group Andritz has received a repeat order from Zhejiang Saintyear Textile Co., Ltd., based in China, to supply a second, complete neXline spunlace line for the production of premium-quality nonwoven roll goods. The line is scheduled for start-up during the third quarter of 2022.

The order comes just nine months after the company placed a first order for a complete high-speed spunlace line, with Zhejiang Saintyear Textile deciding to rely on Andritz once again by purchasing another complete line dedicated to the production of first-class wipes. The production capacity will be up to 2,800 kg/h for lightweight fabrics.

Andritz will provide a full line – from web forming to drying. The scope of supply includes the precise opening and blending machinery from Laroche – newly acquired by the Andritz Group, two inline TT cards, a proven JetlaceEssentiel unit for hydroentanglement, and the efficient neXdry through-air dryer.

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-Towards the circularity of plastics

Researchers at the Department of Chemistry are developing technologies to make recycling plastics easy, clean and affordable – promoting a truly ‘circular economy’ for the material.

Our modern world is addicted to plastics. Cheap, light, durable and very flexible they have largely replaced traditional materials such as metal and wood. Used for everything from food packaging and medical equipment to parts for consumer goods, plastics have made our lives easier and better in many ways.

But plastic waste is now one of the most urgent environmental issues of our time.

Disposal is difficult because of the huge volume of waste generated and its extreme durability. More than 30% is sent to landfill where it takes hundreds of years to decompose; even more is simply thrown away and accumulates around land, rivers, and oceans.

Although it is possible to recycle plastic waste, current methods are expensive and often polluting. Around 40% is incinerated to produce energy, while only 30% percent is recycled into new products. Astonishingly, less than 10% of the 8 billion tons ever produced worldwide has been recycled.

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-Exporting Plastic Waste for Recycling

The export of plastic waste materials for recycling, particularly to developing countries, is sometimes seen as a questionable practice. However, the UK remains dependent upon export markets to achieve its plastic recycling targets because we do not currently have capacity to recycle all our plastic waste.

Why do we currently export some of our plastic waste for recycling?

The UK currently exports plastic because there is not enough capacity within the UK to recycle it. In 2019, the UK exported 61% of its plastic packaging for recycling.

When export takes place, this needs to be without a detrimental effect on the quality of material and making sure that the exported plastic waste is managed in an environmentally sound manner once it reaches its end destination. It is vital that waste exporters adhere to national and international legislation governing waste exports and robust checks are in place to prevent fraud.

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-Are Oil Prices Headed toward $100 a Barrel?

On June 1, 2021, Jeremy Schwartz, Global Head of Research at WisdomTree and regular host of the Behind the Markets podcast, was joined by Mobeen Tahir, Associate Director of Research at WisdomTree, to host Erik Gilje, professor of finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The topic was oil, and the focus was on Erik’s bullish view on the commodity stemming from structural supply issues in the U.S. amid an improving demand outlook.

Professor Gilje outlined that over the last decade, almost all new supply of oil has come from North America—i.e., either Canada or the U.S.—while the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners (OPEC+) have lost market share. The group was forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce 9.7 million barrels of supply in what can be characterized as a dramatic and unprecedented policy coordination.

But OPEC+ may not necessarily be fixated on quickly bringing this supply back online. This is because the group is possibly less worried about losing further market share to U.S. shale producers now than in the past. This marks a major shift in the dynamic between the two and could be the key force that drives oil markets higher.

Are Oil Prices Headed toward $100 a Barrel?

-Fuel cell vehicle progress at Grupo Antolin

New nanofibres with excellent electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance and specific surface area.

Grupo Antolin – the manufacturer of one in every four car headliners made worldwide – is studying the potential of carbon nanofibres to improve the efficiency, durability and cost of critical components for next-generation hydrogen fuel cells.

The company, headquartered in Burgos, Spain, says it aims to make a solid contribution to the development of a key technology to make electric mobility more cost-effective efficient, and accessible,

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles cause no exhaust emissions, only high purity water, allow refuelling as quickly as petrol-fuelled cars and can achieve similar range levels, Grupo Antolin points out.

It has been working for a number of years on the development of processes for producing carbon nanofibres with optimised properties for different industrial applications in various sectors. The result has been new nanofibres with excellent electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance and specific surface area, making them ideal for application in the electrodes of the electrochemical cells that constitute the hydrogen fuel cell systems.

Fuel cell vehicle progress at Grupo Antolin

-The Problem with PET Thermoforms

PET thermoform packaging—such as those used for fruits, vegetables, muffins, eggs and more—is technically recyclable with PET bottles. In fact, many PET reclaimers accept thermoforms in bottle bales, as long as auto-sort systems and best practices are in place.

However, only 9 percent of them ever make it to recycling bins.

In this week’s blog post, we will go over the obstacles reclaimers face in recycling PET thermoforms and what the plastics industry has planned to work past them.

A New Law

On September 24th, 2020, Governor of California Gavin Newsom signed a bill made by California Assembly member Phil Tang, requiring manufacturers to include recycled materials when making plastic bottles, and, by extension, plastic thermoform parts.

AB 793 is designed to bolster the market for recycled polyethylene terephthalate in the state. Manufacturers must meet a number of deadlines for recycled content, achieving 15 percent by 2022, 25 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030.

The Problem with PET Thermoforms

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-Consortium plans PHA fibres for fashion

Amsterdam-based Fashion for Good is launching the Renewable Carbon Textiles Project, bringing together a powerful consortium to accelerate the development of polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHA polymer fibres – a promising biosynthetic alternative to fossil based fibres with the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the fashion supply chain.

With catalytic funding provided by Laudes Foundation, collaborating partners include Bestseller, Norrøna, PVH Corp. and the Fabrics Division of WL Gore providing industry expertise and financial support.

Participating innovators Bio Craft Innovation (formerly Biomize), Full Cycle Bioplastics and Newlight Technologies will contribute their solutions, providing insights to scale the industry in the long term.

“There is an urgent need to find replacements for the predominantly fossil-based fibres in the fashion industry through solutions such as biosynthetics from renewable sources,” said Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good. “PHA polymers represent an exciting, yet challenging solution for reducing carbon emissions in the fashion industry, and this project aims to drive further innovation in this space to bring them to scale.”

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-FCC Medio Ambiente coordinates the LIFE4FILM Project

EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises), the Executive Agency that runs the LIFE programme, has approved LIFE4FILM project coordinated by FCC Medio Ambiente  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

The main objective of LIF4FILM Post-Consumption Film Plastic Recycling From Municipal Solid Waste) project is to prevent landfilling or waste to energy valorisation for film plastics (LDPE) separated from the municipal solid waste by means of the implementation of an innovating recycling process at semi-industrial scale 10,000 t/y pilot line in Granada (Spain) that will include equipment from ROLBATCH and STADLER. This plant will be operated by FCC with the aim of demonstrating its profitability and replicability at an European context.

The project develops a new low carbon recycling technology thus obtaining more sustainable process. This new technology will increase the resources efficiency, valorising the LDPE by the production of industrial accepted products (validated by the Tech Centre AIMPLAS and the University of Granada), thus fostering the implementation of the circular economy.

FCC Medio Ambiente coordinates the LIFE4FILM Project

-Genetically engineered microbes convert waste plastic into vanillin

Scientists in the UK have genetically engineered Escherichia coli to transform plastic waste into vanillin.  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

‘Instead of simply recycling plastic waste    into more plastic, what our system demonstrates for the first time is that you can use plastic as a feedstock for microbial cells and transform it into something with higher value and more industrial utility,’ says Stephen Wallace from the University of Edinburgh.

The biotransformation ‘isn’t just replacing a current chemical process, it’s actually achieving something that can’t be done using modern synthetic methods.’

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most widely used types of plastic.

Most existing recycling technologies degrade PET into its substituent monomers, ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid, then repurpose them in second-generation plastic materials.

Wallace and Joanna Sadler, also at the University of Edinburgh, want to upcycle these monomers into alternative products.

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-Borouge partnered recycling firm Plaspulp Union

Borouge has partnered with Singapore-based recycling firm Plaspulp Union to further develop and commercialize new packaging applications using recycled materials, said the UAE-based company.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marks Borouge’s first foray into the recycling market in Southeast Asia, the company said in a statement. “Borouge is expected to develop more partnerships with other processing companies in the coming months,” it said.  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

Borouge has already successfully tested the use of Plaspulp Union recycled materials in flexible packaging such as laminate and shipping packaging.

The MOU with Plaspulp Union will add to the existing partnerships Borouge has established with two other recycling companies in China to increase the volume of recycled materials in its portfolio and jointly develop innovative new solutions for packaging applications.

Borouge partnered recycling firm Plaspulp Union

-Thailand chemical firm IVL reports Q1 FY21 revenue of $3.24 bn

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has reported 10 per cent year-over-year (YoY) revenue increase to $3.24 billion in its first quarter (Q1) for fiscal 2021 compared to revenue of $2.94 billion in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal. The company’s EBITDA rose to $369 million (Q1 FY20: $304 million).  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

“Last quarter I stated that 2020 brought no structural damage to the industries IVL plays in and the first quarter of 2021 has further solidified this thesis. Our advantaged portfolio and experienced management, supported by our transformation programs, will yield superior returns for shareholders in line with our 2023 targets,” Aloke Lohia, group CEO of Indorama Ventures, said in a press release.

The company’s total expenses for Q1 FY21 was $2.94 billion, while profit for the period jumped to $215 million ($17 million).

According to the company, the fibres segment made a positive start to 2021 with strong volumes and demand across all three verticals due to recovery in polyester fibre demand, increase in light vehicles sales driven by China and continued strong demand for hygiene fibres, achieving an increased overall average operating rate of 86 per cent. Combined PET segment achieved core EBITDA of $260 million,  growing  35 per cent YoY, driven primarily by demand growth and higher integrated industry spreads on top of the sharp rise in crude oil prices.

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-Sinopec-SK Wuhan to start up new HDPE plant in China

China’s Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical, a joint venture between one of the world’s largest energy and chemical companies and the largest oil refinery in Asia – Sinopec – and South Korea’s SK Global Chemical, plans to begin test production at its new high denisty polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Wuhan, China in July, according to CommoPlast.

This new plant with the production capacity of 300,000 mt/year of HDPE is part of the second phase of the petrochemical complex in Wuhan.

The company already operates the first HDPE plant of a similar capacity at the same site.  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

As MRC reported earlier, the company conducted a scheduled turnaround at this HDPE plant from 16 October to 23 December 2020.

Sinopec-SK Wuhan Petrochemical also received commercial production at a new plant with the capacity of 300,000 mt/year of polypropylene (PP) in Wuhan on 21 May, 2021.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast, April estimated HDPE consumption in Russia slumped to 70,420 tonnes from 132,340 tonnes a month earlier. Domestic producers raised their exports, while some producers’ output decreased. Overall HDPE shipments into the Russian market totalled 422,370 tonnes in the first four months of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Production increased, whereas imports fell by 39%.

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-Plastic Waste Chemical Recycling Study

French collaborative research group to study status of chemical recycling of plastic waste in economic and environmental terms.

French collaborative research network, RECORD, launched a research project on the status of chemical recycling of plastics.  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

The project aims at understanding the different existing technologies for chemical and biochemical recycling of plastic waste. Mechanical plastic waste recycling does not produce high quality recycled materials. The study would therefore look into the status of the more promising chemical recycling of plastic waste. Currently, little information is  available to compare the different processes and to evaluate their performance in economic or environmental terms. The uncertainties related to these new technologies are also high given their current stage of development.

Thus, this study aims to provide an overview of the different chemical and biochemical recycling technologies through a literature review and to shed light on the outstanding issues with the help of expert opinions.

Plastic Waste Chemical Recycling Study

-Borealis commits to scale-up of Project STOP in Indonesia

Borealis has announced a significant financial commitment to expand Project STOP, an initiative it co-founded with SYSTEMIQ in 2017 to prevent plastic waste from entering the world’s oceans. The announcement came on 8 June, World Oceans Day.

The support will enable the project to continue to scale up efforts to create effective circular waste management systems in high-need areas of Southeast Asia.

“We at Borealis want to showcase together with our partners how to end the plastic waste issue,” said Borealis CEO Thomas Gangl. “Plastics are key for prosperity and a modern life.  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

We need to implement waste management solutions to avoid any negative impact to the environment from those valuable materials. As Project STOP continues to grow, we look forward to welcoming new strategic partners, whose skills and resources will be crucial to addressing this significant global challenge together.”

Project STOP works together with city governments, providing support with technical expertise to achieve zero-leakage of waste, increase recycling and to build economically sustainable programs, creating new jobs and reducing the harmful impact of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries. The first city partnership was established in 2018 in Muncar, located in the Regency of Banyuwangi, East Java. Project STOP also operates two additional city partnerships, in Pasuruan, also in Java, and Jembrana, on the northwest coast of Bali.

Borealis commits to scale-up of Project STOP in Indonesia

-China-based Xtep launches environment-friendly polylactic acid t-shirt

Xtep Group, a Chinese enterprise of shoes and clothing, has launched new environment-friendly polylactic acid (PLA) t-shirt. Clothes made of PLA fibre have a low environmental impact as when buried in a specific environment, they can degrade naturally within one year. PLA is extracted from crops that contain starch and is turned into fibre after spinning.  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

Xtep had launched its first PLA windbreaker on June 5, 2020. At that time, PLA accounted for 19 per cent of the trench coat fabric. One year later, the proportion of PLA t-shirts has risen sharply to 60 per cent.

The company also plans to increase the PLA content of knitted sweaters scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of 2022 by 67 per cent, and in the third quarter of the same year, 100 per cent pure PLA trench coats will be on the market. In the future, Xtep will gradually achieve layers of breakthroughs in the application of PLA products and strive to achieve more than one million pieces of PLA products in a single season before 2023, Xtep said in a press release.

China-based Xtep launches environment-friendly polylactic acid t-shirt

-Archroma launches its new ‘Color Atlas’ for polyester to turn inspiration into a collection in just a few clicks

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announces the launch of its new Color Atlas by Archroma® Polyester Library, with 1’440 colors for sportswear, athleisure, swimwear, children’s clothing, shoes, fashion and home textiles.

A library of 1’440 off-the-shelf color standards, adding to the already available 4’320 colors of the ‘Color Atlas’ for cotton  Recycling Polyester Yarn Petrochemicals

Online and physical library of colors allowing increased speed-to market for sportswear and fashion designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers.

In 2016, Archroma launched the Color Atlas by Archroma®, a unique tool dedicated to providing fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf color inspiration for cotton that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks.

This original Color Atlas Cotton Library today contains 4’320 colors, almost double compared to similar tools available to textile and fashion specialists, with options for purer ingredients and lighter resource usage for brands exploring more sustainable collections.

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-China PET bottle chip market roundup in the past half year

In 2021, freight rate has soared, containers are in short supply, and shipping delays have become the norm in export trade.

The annual export proportion of Chinese PET bottle chip is about 30%, but it has gradually shrunk to 20-25% in the second quarter, which is not what it should be in a peak season at all. The average monthly export order from April to May is less than 200kt.

The processing fee for export goods once reduced to around US $130-140/mt, whose gap with domestic figure gradually narrows.

In fact, since the fourth quarter of last year, there has been a substantial overdraft in domestic demand for PET bottle chip, and PET inventory once surged to around 1.9 million tons, about twice the current peak monthly production.

However, due to the large pick-up volume and abundant orders in the short term, inventory pressure of PET bottle chip factory has been released obviously.

y the end of 2020, the total inventory is still around 1.8 million tons, while average inventory held by the factories is only 700kt plus.

By the eve of the Spring Festival in 2021, PET bottle chip stock of factories dropped further to around 300kt, driven by rising crude oil and polyester raw materials.

The tightness in shipments continued after the Spring Festival, which also brought the last wave of sharp increases in the first five months of this year.

China PET bottle chip market roundup in the past half year

-Spain circular targets only possible with chemical recycling – Feique

Spain’s circular targets cannot be met without chemical recycling and it must be granted the same legal status than recycling in legislation currently being debated in Parliament, the country’s chemicals trade group Feique said on Wednesday.

Spain’s recycling rates could increase from the current 45% to 80-90% by 2050 if chemically recycled materials are granted status as recycled product, said Feique’s president.  Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

Carles Navarro, also the director general at BASF’s operations in Spain and Portugal, added the plastics sector will continue lobbying against the tax on plastics the Spanish cabinet is mulling; the tax has been delayed to at least 2022.

Navarro presented on Wednesday FEIQUE’s optimistic forecasts for Spanish chemicals in 2021, with sales and exports expected to boom as Spain and the wider eurozone recover from the pandemic-induced downturn.

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-Tatneft bought Russian PET producer Ecopet

Tatneft won the tender for the purchase of the largest polyethylene terephthalate production in the Russian Federation – Ecopet Group (Kaliningrad), which was sold by Trust Bank, the manufacturer said.

According to the bidding materials, Tatneft acquired Ecopet for 6.45 billion rubles at an initial price of 3.75 billion rubles. Four participants were admitted to the auction. Trust sold in a single lot the shares and shares of the companies included in Ecopet – 100% of Ecopet JSC (industrial complex), 100% of the shares of Ecopet Trade House LLC (trading house), 100% of the industrial park of BaltTechProm LLC, and also the claims against these companies. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

“The acquisition of Ecopet will allow the most efficient implementation of the company’s plans for the development of the petrochemical direction and will contribute to the achievement of the Tatneft group’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along the entire value chain. The signing of legally binding documents on the deal is expected in the coming weeks,” NK press release.

Earlier it was reported that the Ecopet plant (Kaliningrad) in 2020 increased the export volume of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) compared to 2019 to 21%, despite the situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the slowdown in economic growth. The plant produces 690 tons of PET per day, increasing productivity during the pandemic by 4.5%.

Tatneft bought Russian PET producer Ecopet

-CARGILL AND HELM JOIN FORCES TO BUILD COMMERCIAL-SCALE PLANT FOR RENEWABLE BDO

Cargill, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.)  and chemical marketing company HELM (Hamburg, Germany) are entering into a joint venture, Qore, to help leading brands replace fossil-based chemistries with bio-based intermediates, enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the agreement, both companies are investing a combined $300 million to build the first commercial-scale, renewable 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) facility in the U.S. Bio-based intermediates give the apparel, automotive, electronics and packaging industries the ability to improve their environmental footprint without sacrificing product performance or altering their existing downstream manufacturing processes. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

“With consumers demanding more sustainable products, brands are not only looking for more innovative, environmentally-friendly solutions but also are needing supplier capabilities and resources that can consistently meet those expectations,” said Jill Zullo, Vice President, Biointermediates/Bioindustrial at Cargill. “This new venture combines Cargill’s end-to-end supply chain and long-standing, successful product commercialization in several bioindustrial markets with HELM’s expertise in effectively bringing unique chemical applications and other creative solutions to life and to the market.”

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-Green Dot Bioplastics expands US plant, aims to double production capacity

Kansas-based global bioplastics company Green Dot Bioplastics recently broke ground to commence the construction on its expansion project at its facility in Onaga, Kansas, US. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

Entering its second decade, Green Dot, known for creating the world’s first biodegradable elastomeric rubber, Terratek Flex, as well as a variety of other biocomposites and biodegradable resins to replace traditional plastics, is preparing to introduce two new product categories for use in compostable packaging applications, including film.

The Onaga facility is to add floor space to accommodate additional equipment and warehouse space in order to double production capacity. The project is expected to be completed in September 2021.

Green Dot Bioplastics expands US plant, aims to double production capacity

-Who empowers polyester yarn to achieve such attractive profits?

Polyester yarn shines this year with healthy profits. The cash flow of CVC-type polyester/cotton yarn has moved up to five-year high and TC-type one and pure polyester yarn also see years’ high. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

  1. The improvement of demand.
  2. The sound demand for cotton yarn spurs that of polyester/cotton yarn. Since last Oct, cotton yarn demand has soared, especially the products for home textiles, driving the sales of CVC-type polyester yarn. Some TC-type polyester/cotton yarn mills and pure polyester yarn mills have shifted to produce CVC-type one, leading to the reduction of TC-type polyester/cotton yarn and pure polyester yarn supplies.
  3. The smooth sales of casual wears boosts blended yarn. The relapse of the pandemic outside China made more people work at home, which promotes the consumption of casual wears such as hoodie, thus blended yarn is buoyed.
  4. Discounts of raw materials side.

Since free fall in Mar, direct-spun PSF market has not seen strong demand. The procurement is mostly driven by rigid demand. In addition, with the decline of PSF futures, the trades by basis show advantage, which makes direct-spun PSF plants fail to stabilize the market by resistance of lowering price.

Who empowers polyester yarn to achieve such attractive profits?

-The LYCRA Company Launches New Campaign on Circularity Initiatives

The LYCRA Company’s campaign to help drive awareness and collaboration around circularity. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

-The LYCRA Company, a global leader in sustainable solutions for stretch and performance technologies in the apparel and personal care industries, announced the launch of a new campaign aimed at advancing discussions around circularity in textiles. The print and online advertising campaign, “Keep in the loop with LYCRA,” is an invitation for customers and industry experts to join The LYCRA Company in using resilient, sustainable materials that ultimately can be recycled at end of life, thus reducing textile waste and “closing the loop” in the value chain.

“Through our ‘Keep in the loop with LYCRA’ campaign, we want to explore a variety of topics related to circularity — from more sustainable raw materials to extending garment wear life to end-of-life solutions,” said Jean Hegedus, director of sustainable business development at The LYCRA Company. “Our recent introduction of COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade fibers, created from 100% textile waste, is one step in the right direction but there’s much more to do to address these important issues,” she added.

The creative campaign, developed by Grounded World agency, uses a loop as a design device to show the transformation of textile waste into new fiber/fabric. The campaign tagline of “Keep in the loop with LYCRA” invites the industry to keep abreast of the latest circularity advancements from The LYCRA Company while also looking to drive awareness and collaboration.

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-Inflation pressures build on prolonged supply chain disruptions

The pandemic continues to upend global supply chains, threatening growth-damaging inflation.

Semiconductor shortages are set to last for at least another year. Container freight rates have gone up again on the Far East to Europe and Far East to US East and West coast routes.

European polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) price premiums over China remain at record high levels, as the updated chart in today’s blog post details.

This tells us that despite tight polyolefins supply in Europe leading to strong arbitrage opportunities, getting PE and PP supply to the region remains very difficult because of container shortages. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

The price differentials also tell us China’s economy has lost momentum, partly because of the global inflationary impact of supply-chain disruptions that also include shortages of petrochemicals, wood, metal and other raw materials.

Labour is also in tight supply in China, the US and the UK for pandemic-related reasons.

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-ITMA ASIA + CITME 2020 Exhibitor Preview: BRÜCKNER

For more than 70 years the German textile machinery manufacturer BRÜCKNER has been the world leader in the field of dry finishing of textiles, technical textiles, nonwovens, glass fabrics and floor coverings. In-house production in Germany ensures a high level of system diversity and enables fast and flexible adaptation to customer requirements. Worldwide, about 90 agencies work for BRÜCKNER, so that customers have a local contact person in almost every country of the world. China is one of the most important markets worldwide in the textile industry, therefore two agencies have been working here for BRÜCKNER for many years.

In order to be even better positioned in the future, BRÜCKNER founded its own branch office in Shanghai at the end of 2019. Besides the staff for sales, service and administration, BRÜCKNER’s own technicians are on the road all over the country to commission machines and to attend to customers personally. Depending on demand, the technicians are also on the road throughout Asia. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

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-Cellulosics avoid SUP rulings but bioplastics included

The European Commission has confirmed 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.

However, in a blow to the biopolymers sector, the latest guidance has ratified that biodegradable/bio-based plastics are considered to be plastic under the SUP Directive. Recycling Sustainability Petrochemicals

In determining it’s guidelines, the Commission took the view that a polymer will only be natural if its polymerization process actually takes place in nature (i.e., it may not be the result of an industrial process even if it involves living organisms).

ccording to the Guidance, this means that cellulose extracted from wood are natural polymers, while polymers resulting from biosynthesis via artificial industrial fermentation are not.

A statement from the Commission also notes that there are no widely agreed technical standards available to certify that a specific plastic product is properly biodegradable in the marine environment in a short timeframe and without causing harm to the environment.

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-Korean Kolon Industries introduces post-consumer recycled PET Films

Kolon Industries Inc., a South Korean industrial materials company, said Wednesday that it had succeeded in developing and commercializing post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films, according to The Korea Bizwire.

Kolon Industries, in collaboration with major cosmetics and household goods maker LG Household & Health Care Ltd. and a packaging material firm Lotte Aluminum Co., has been engaged in the development of the nation’s first PCR PET films since the second half of last year.

Starting from this month, Kolon Industries will supply its newly-developed PCR PET films for some of the household items and food containers produced by LG Household & Health Care and Lotte Aluminum. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

According to Kolon Industries, the annual demand for PET films is estimated to have exceeded 6 million tons but the share of PCR PET films remains low at less than 1%. However, as eco-friendly materials are increasingly popular along with the trend of reducing the use of plastics, demand for PCR PET films is soaring, mainly in areas with low technical barriers.

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-SUMILON POLYESTER FILMS introduces Polyester Films Range With 85% Post – Consumer Recycled RPET Content

Recycling may take more effort, but it makes a difference by saving the ecosystem and conserving resources. Keeping our core objective of saving the environment by reducing our carbon footprints. We have invested and established a post-consumer recycling facility in Morocco. Sumilon PCR PET films deliver a carbon footprint saving estimated by a third-party audit to be approximately 2.0 kilograms less CO2 emission for every kilogram of virgin material replaced by recycled content.

Retaining sustainability, Sumilon has also invested in Wind Turbines, where all BOPET films are produced through GREEN ENERGY. A carbon footprint of approximately 4.5 kilograms less CO2 is emitted compared to our competitors.

With close to 4 decades of experience and expertise in the polyester film sector, Sumilon has now stepped into the future of sustainable business operations with leading technology, customer orientation, and quality assurance systems are its building blocks. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

Sumilon PCR PET film range is available in all variants as the current PET films. Over and above Sumilon has introduced PCR PET Alox, PCR Pet PVDC, PCR Pet Sealable / Peelable, PCR Pet Silicone coated, PCR High Barrier Metallized films etc.

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-Nestlé Develops New Packaging Innovations For Water Bottles

Nestlé has developed two packaging innovations for its Vittel mineral water bottles that are designed to function just like traditional plastic versions but with much less plastic. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

The first innovation is the Vittel GO system which consists of a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50cl refills of Vittel mineral water that are made with 40% less plastic than a traditional Vittel bottle.

Because the bottles are made with as little recycled plastic as possible, they are very flexible and light, which means they must be used with the reusable protective case to make it easy to drink the water.

The second packaging innovation is a 100% recyclable 1-litre Vittel Hybrid bottle that is made from two types of materials. The company claims it opens up new possibilities for the development of the next generation of water bottles.

Nestlé Develops New Packaging Innovations For Water Bottles

-Ascend expands HiDura™ LCPA production capacity

New capacity brought online to meet growing demand

Ascend Performance Materials has expanded production capacity for HiDura long-chain polyamides in its Greenwood, S.C., plant. The multi-million dollar expansion will help the company meet growing demand for its new product line.

Launched in Nov. 2020, Ascend’s HiDura PA610 and 612 products are used in a variety of consumer goods, industrial, renewable energy, automotive and electric vehicle applications. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

“Exceptional ductility, UV weatherability and hydrolysis resistance give HiDura resins and engineered plastics reliable, long-term performance in some of the harshest conditions,” said Kaan Gunes, business manager for HiDura at Ascend.

Gunes cited applications in solar photovoltaic supports, battery seals and brush bristles to illustrate the versatility and durability of HiDura. “Each of these parts faces extreme conditions, whether the 25 years a solar PV installation will be exposed to the elements or the constant contact with corrosive chemicals inside a battery cell. The various grades we developed are designed to improve the reliability of our customers’ products.”

Ascend expands HiDura™ LCPA production capacity

-Brightmark plans $680M Georgia waste plastics plant

Brightmark’s facility in Indiana will open later this year. The company has not set a date to begin construction in Georgia.

Chemical recycling firm Brightmark LLC is building a $680 million facility in Georgia for processing waste plastics and says it will be the largest such plant in the world.

The June 7 announcement from the San Francisco-based company said the new plant in Macon, Ga., its second, will have the capacity to divert 400,000 tons of plastic waste. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

The statement did not say when the Georgia facility would start operating, and a spokesman said Brightmark would provide a date later.

“Our advanced recycling facility will be the world’s largest and will utilize our proven plastics renewal technology to advance our mission of reimagining waste, while supporting economic development in the region,” said Bob Powell, Brightmark founder and CEO.

The company said the Macon plant would convert plastics into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, which can be a feedstock for plastics, as well as 20 million gallons of wax.

It said it’s working with suppliers of waste plastic in the region to secure feedstock agreements for the facility and expects to close that process by the end of the year. It said it’s open to both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics.

The company said its process can take all types of mixed plastic waste, including materials that are hard to recycle with traditional technologies like plastic film, flexible packaging, expanded polystyrene, beverage cups, plastic toys and car seats.

Brightmark plans $680M Georgia waste plastics plant

-Van de Kerkhof to head CIRFS

Robert van de Kerkhof has been elected as the new president of Brussels-based CIRFS – the European Man-made Fibres Association – succeeding Necat Altin, general manager of Korteks and head of Zorlu Holding Textiles Group,

“I am very pleased that Robert van de Kerkhof has been unanimously elected to follow me as CIRFS president,” said Altin. “He has been actively involved in CIRFS work for many years, on the board and more recently as its vice-president. He has a long and very successful record in the man-made fibres industry and is currently chief commercial officer for the Lenzing Group. He has on many occasions highlighted the indispensable contribution of CIRFS to the man-made fibres industry’s development in Europe and how CIRFS can support the industry in meeting its current and future challenges in a global world.” Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

“Necat Altin has strongly supported the association in his period as president, showing how CIRFS can play a key role for the industry by adapting to a constantly changing and very competitive environment,” added van de Kerkhof. “I look forward to continuing this mission over the next three years.

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-Flexible Plastic Economically Viable Recycling Scheme

Flexible Plastic Fund is incentivising the development of a circular model and infrastructure for flexible plastic packaging to be recycled back into plastic packaging.

The Flexible Plastic Fund was launched -in collaboration with the UK’s largest branded manufacturers, Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever- to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers. The £1 million fund is a UK industry first and is being led by producer compliance scheme, Ecosurety, with support from environmental charity, Hubbub.

In collaboration with manufacturers, retailers and recyclers, the Fund intends to improve flexible plastic recycling and reduce plastic pollution by giving the material a stable value. This will in turn increase the supply of recycled plastic enabling industry to become more ‘circular’ and meet the forthcoming UK plastic packaging tax obligations. This will motivate investment in much needed jobs and infrastructure to make flexible plastic recycling a financially sustainable system in the UK.

The long-term ambition of the Fund is to drive progress towards creating a circular, UK based flexible plastic recycling market that allows flexible plastic recycling via household collections. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

Flexible Plastic Economically Viable Recycling Scheme

-Updated digital recycled polymers monitoring platform MORE 2.0 now live

Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE), the EU harmonised digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products, went back online on 1 June, following its annual closure for maintenance and updates.

As a data collector, the platform requires upgrading to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

MORE serves as a monitoring tool to track the use of recycled polymers for the European plastics converting industry. Developed by EuPC, the EU-level association for plastics converting companies in Europe, and its member organisations as a means to support the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy, the aim is to achieve a use of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers in products annually by 2025 – 2030, not including internal production scrap. The MORE platform is open to all converting companies that use recycled polymers in their products. The platform closed its second year in operation having registered the use of 1 million tonnes of recycled material over the past year.

The newly updated platform features additional modules compared to MORE 1.0. such as the integration of supplementary criteria related to EU regulatory requirements.

These include certification and audit requirements, said EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis.

“We are delighted to open the updated MORE 2.0 platform to our plastics converting community in Europe,” he said.  “With MORE, our industry has the opportunity to continue showcasing its efforts towards a circular plastics economy and be more transparent on the volumes of recycled polymers they use in converting infrastructures. Having collected 1 million tonnes of recycled material used in products in its second year demonstrates that the converters community has widely accepted the MORE tool in Europe.”

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-Global Eco Friendly Tires and Green Tires Market 2020 Top-Vendor Landscape by 2025- Bridgestone, ApolloTyres, Michelin, LinglongGroup, Pirelli

Global Eco Friendly Tires and Green Tires Market Growth 2020-2025 introduced by a leading market research firm MarketandResearch.biz comes out as a highly reliable source of information and data on the global market. The report is a versatile and future-ready analytical survey that contains trend assessment, an in-depth assessment of market valuation, and revenue-generating trends. The report covers sharp insights into the present and forthcoming trends & developments in the global Eco Friendly Tires and Green Tires market. It thoroughly reviews several factors of the market such as vital segments, regional market condition, market dynamics, investment suitability, and key players operating in the market.

The report then presents a detailed analysis based on the thorough research of the overall market, particularly on questions that cover the market size, growth scenario, potential opportunities, operation landscape, trend analysis, and competitive analysis. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

The report provides a clear understanding of the current and future situations of the global Eco Friendly Tires and Green Tires market based on revenue, volume, production, trends, technology, innovation, and other critical factors. The research spotlights on the latest market insights, current situation analysis with upcoming trends, and breakdown of the products and services.

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-With Carvico the most sustainable sport: 10 thousand vests recovering the PET from the bottles

Ecology, respect for the environment and people, sustainability: a new (sports) project by Carvico. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals

Carvico has decided to support the Maratona dles Dolomites again this year as a gold partner, dedicating to the Queen of the Granfondo, scheduled for next 4th July, 10,000 eco-sustainable vests made with the Carvico “special edition Maratona 2021” fabric in 100% polyester. recycled material from the recovery of PET bottles.

A PET bottle left in the environment takes over 700 years to begin to decompose. And currently, 20 million tons of bottles are produced worldwide. Recycling them means acting responsibly, giving new life to plastic and making a concrete and fundamental gesture for the protection of the planet.

To package the 10,000 vests for the participants of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, more than 102,000 bottles were recovered, avoiding the emission of 6,516 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere. Repetable was used to make the Carvico fabric with which the vests were made, a polyester yarn obtained through a post-consumer recycling process of plastic bottles and produced by RadiciGroup, an Italian company born in Bergamo, leader in the production of polyamides. technopolymers and textile solutions intended for applications in various fields, including the sports and fashion sectors.

With Carvico the most sustainable sport: 10 thousand vests recovering the PET from the bottles

Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals 09-06-2021

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-Hyosung plans Vietnamese PP start-up after PDH unit

South Korean polymers producer Hyosung plans to start operations at its second 300,000 t/yr polypropylene (PP) unit at Ba Ria-Vung Tau only after starting up its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the Vietnamese petrochemical complex. The PP unit is likely to begin operating in this year’s late third or early fourth quarter.

Hyosung is expected to start its new PDH unit with a nameplate capacity of 600,000 t/yr of propylene around July-August, according to market participants.

Hyosung signed an agreement with the Vietnamese government to build a $1.2bn complex in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in early 2017. It will comprise a 600,000 t/yr PDH unit, two 300,000 t/yr PP units and LPG storage facilities. Its first 300,000 t/yr PP unit started operations in March 2020 using imported propylene.

Vietnam relied on imports for around 90pc of its PP consumption in 2020. The country has always been a key target for China’s PP exports to southeast Asia because of its high PP consumption and import dependency, as well as its location bordering China.

Hyosung plans Vietnamese PP start-up after PDH unit

-SK Gas creating multibillion-dollar hydrogen produce infrastructure across Ulsan

South Korea’s third largest conglomerate SK Group is fielding SK Gas Co. to command hydrogen business to build it up as its green growth engine along with rechargeable battery. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

According to multiple industry sources on Monday, SK Gas is spending billions of dollars to establish a hydrogen value chain complex along the southern coast of Ulsan City by 2025.

The company will be in charge of creating a comprehensive hydrogen economy from import of raw materials and production to storage and distribution.

The mammoth project is expected to cost several billions of dollars and shift the company’s mainstay in LPG and LNG business to hydrogen.

South Korea is going all-out on hydrogen economy to make the clean fuel its primary energy source over nuclear and fossil fuel. The state-led push has engaged most of the key companies including SK, Hanwha, and GS.

SK Gas creating multibillion-dollar hydrogen produce infrastructure across Ulsan

-PX under strains from unexpected supply increase

PX price was under pressure, relatively weaker compared to the feedstock crude oil and naphtha. PX-naphtha spread narrowed fast to $221.6/mt on Jun 3 and further to $212.4/mt on Jun 4. The spread was squeezed heavily, with feedstock price rising, as PX supply was ample in China domestic market recently. Then, there did those supplies come from? Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

  1. China PX imports staying high

In Jan-Apr, China PTA capacity expanded, however overall PTA output was scaled back as plants cut operating rates due to losses. Though China domestic PX output reduced over the same period, the imports kept increasing, leading to mounting PX inventory.

  1. Delays of the startups of fresh plants

It was earlier planned that a new 3.5 million mt/yr PTA plant and a new 2.5 million mt/yr PX would start in the second quarter of 2021. The fresh PTA plant was scheduled to start one month ahead of the PX plant, so the PTA producer had already stocked PX in advance. However, both plants were postponed, and the interval between the startups was shortened and the PX plant may even start ahead of the PTA plant. As a result, PX inventory in that PTA producer were quite high.

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-Lenzing welcomes EU’s positioning in fight against plastic waste

Lenzing Group, the Austrian supplier of sustainably produced specialty fibres, has welcomed the issuance of the guidelines for the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive, which took effect on June 05, 2019. In these guidelines, the EU Commission specifies that wet wipes and feminine hygiene products fall within the scope of the directive. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

The Commission implementing the regulation applying to the Single-Use Plastics Directive stipulate uniform labelling requirements for some of the single-use plastic products on the packaging or the product itself starting on July 03, 2021. They encompass feminine hygiene products and wet wipes for personal and household care containing plastic.

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-Italian Machine Builder GAP Installs 27-Layer Blown Film Line

Systems consists of nine extruders feeding 400-mm annual die, an automatic gauge-controlling air ring, and other features.

GAP, a film-extrusion machine builder based in Trecate, Italy, has recently installed a 27-layer microlayer blown film line in its R&D center. The new line is comprised of 9 extruders and a 400-mm, annular coextrusion die capable of producing film in layflat widths to 1600 mm. The line is also equipped with an automatic air-cooling ring control and all new software control systems. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

To date, GAP (gapitaly.com) has tested several structures on the microlayer line, both with blocks and alternating layers, and is said to have generated film with good mechanical properties at overall film thickness of around 20-25% thinner than the industry standard.

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-Dust-Tight Batch-Weigh System

System integrates conveying and weighing for speed and accuracy.

The new Batch-Weigh System from process equipment manufacturer Automated Flexible Conveyor, Clifton, N.J.,  automatically transfers, weighs, and dispenses precise amounts of powders, pellets, flakes, and other bulk materials into mixers, hoppers, tanks, vessels and containers.

Achieving 99% or better batch weighing accuracy, the Batch-Weigh System replaces manual and semi-automated processes with a fully automated approach that eliminates the potential for operator error, increases throughput, and promotes batch-to-batch product consistency. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

Costly material waste and quality control concerns due to over- and/or under-weighments are eliminated.

Dust-Tight Batch-Weigh System

-Lucozade producer invests £6m to support recycling its bottles

Suntory Beverage and Food Great Britain & Ireland (SBF GB&I) is investing £6m to support the recycling of its bottles by renovating the packaging of its Lucozade brand.

Lucozade is produced at the company’s Coleford factory and millions are being invested to ensure that the Lucozade Sport bottle is only made from recycled plastic.

This alone will save 3,400 tonnes of virgin plastic being produced annually. Alongside this, the bottle will be redesigned with a smaller label – reducing the volume of plastic used previously and ensuring that every bottle can be recycled back into another bottle.

Although they’ve always been recyclable, the new labels which feature on-pack recycling prompts, ensure that the bottles can be sorted into the clear waste stream to be recycled back into bottles at UK recycling centres.Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

In total the changes represent a saving of 3,500 tonnes of virgin plastic and 9,000 tonnes of CO2, contributing towards the company’s net zero ambition.

Lucozade producer invests £6m to support recycling its bottles

-Dekko ISHO Group invests in Ecovia

Ecovia’s key vision is to tackle the irresponsible consumerism causing climate crisis, by bringing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics

Dekko ISHO Group, one of the leading Bangladeshi conglomerates, signed a monetary and strategic capital investment agreement with Ecovia, a bioplastic initiative with its innovation in compostable polymer, led by three young entrepreneurs from Dhaka.

The ceremony took place in Dekko ISHO’s corporate office, said a press release.

Prottoy Hossain, director of Dekko ISHO Group, and Rashik Hassan, Riasat Zaman, and Ashfaqul Azam, co-founders of Ecovia, attended the program.

Ecovia’s key vision is to tackle the irresponsible consumerism causing climate crisis, by bringing eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics.Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

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-Is PDK a resin of the future?

Berkeley Lab researchers in California say their new plastic resin is designed for optimal chemical recycling results.

Researchers affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, say momentum is growing for the wider adoption of a new plastic resin that “has all the convenient properties of traditional plastics [and] can be recycled indefinitely with no loss in quality.” Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

Two years ago, a Berkeley Lab research team led by Brett Helms announced the invention of poly diketoenamine (PDK), which it said could be “disassembled into its constituent parts at the molecular level, and then reassembled into a different shape, texture and color repeatedly without the loss of performance or quality.”

As investments in chemical recycling are being increasingly made in the United States and globally, Helms and a team of fellow researchers that includes Corinne Scown, Jay Keasling, and Kristin Persson have released a study they say shows “PDK-based plastic could quickly become commercially competitive with conventional plastics, and the products will get less expensive and more sustainable as time goes on.”

Is PDK a resin of the future?

-Oxo-degradable plastics worry firms

Plastic manufacturers under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) are concerned about the increase of oxo-degradable plastics, which falsely claim to be environmentally friendly. Blown Film Bioplastic Petrochemicals

Oxo-degradable plastics are designed to break down into small fragments, but this causes microplastic pollution that harms ecosystems, including oceans.

Usage of plastic is increasing as a result of measures to curb Covid-19 infections, including travel restrictions and work-from-home guidelines. This has caused more people to order food, beverages and products online, resulting in more plastic packaging waste.

Even worse, some plastic makers who mix oxo-degradable additives in their products have alleged their plastics can decompose in a natural and environmentally friendly way, said Apiphop Phungchaikul, vice-chairman of FTI’s Plastic Industry Club.

Oxo-degradable plastics worry firms

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-Technip Energies with Agilyx to accelerate implementation of PS recycling technology

Technip Energies announced the initiation of an agreement with Agilyx Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS, and pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This collaboration aims to accelerate the implementation of Agilyx’s technology for the advanced recycling of post-use polystyrene. Under this agreement, Technip Energies will market and license the integrated technologies of Agilyx depolymerization and Technip Energies purification technology, leveraging the expertise, resources, and global presence of respective companies. The technology is ready and available for licensing.

Both companies bring strong, specialized experience to this offering: Agilyx contributes its deep experience in chemical recycling of post-use plastics, while Technip Energies has extensive experience in scaling-up technology which will increase the plastic recovery.

Stan Knez, Chief Technology Officer of Technip Energies, stated “We are delighted to scale-up this sustainable process to market with Agilyx, providing a reliable circular economy technology for a major plastic used widely throughout the world.”

Technip Energies with Agilyx to accelerate implementation of PS recycling technology

-NOWOtex GmbH opts for Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology

Oerlikon Nonwoven has commissioned a further high-performance meltblown system with ecuTEC+ electro-charging unit at NOWOtex GmbH & Co. KG in Eichenzell, Germany. Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

The Hesse-based company specializes in needled nonwovens and – with the new system – now also has meltblown nonwovens manufacturing capacities, allowing NOWOtex to expand its product portfolio. As of now, the company is producing polypropylene filter nonwovens, which are particularly suitable for protective masks. The coronavirus pandemic has not only increased demand for protective masks, the domestic manufacture of these products is now also be promoted and supported by the German Government.

Using the new meltblown system, NOWOtex will in future be manufacturing first-class filter nonwovens that can be used to produce up to 600 million operating room filter masks or 300 million highly-effective FFP2 masks per year. The system has been optimally equipped with the ecuTEC+ electrocharging unit for the production of mask nonwovens.

NOWOtex GmbH opts for Oerlikon Nonwoven meltblown technology

-Automotive Industry: Plastics hit the ground running in the EV evolution

In transportation, electric vehicles (EVs) are a key to countries around the world achieving climate goals. But the heavyweight EVs are turning to plastics and composites to reducing the weight and meeting sustainability goals, says Angelica Buan in this article.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

EV sales on a high

This is to continue as battery advances lower EV costs

Major industries are recovering from the cataclysmic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. But this is likely not the case with electric vehicles (EVs). Peddling to the concept of contributing to reductions in carbon emissions, sales have soared for EVs, even in the wake of the pandemic crisis.

Automotive Industry: Plastics hit the ground running in the EV evolution

-Packaging Sector: A zero-waste future with sustainable packaging

The food packaging sector is stacking up to growing market demand for sustainable solutions and the global carbon neutral goals, adds Angelica Buan in this report.

Sustainable packaging answers three essential issues of our time: human health and safety, climate change and conservation of natural resources. Moreover, packaging innovation has shifted focus from mainly the product to both the product and the packaging. Packaging has to be safe, durable, visually appealing and environmental friendly.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

On the other hand, plastic packaging has been vilified due to its purported contribution to waste pollution and carbon emissions, as highlighted in a 2019 report by the Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL). It suggests that petroleum-based plastic lifecycle accounts for a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The methods of disposing common plastics, either by landfilling, incinerating, or recycling, also have carbon footprints. Carbon emissions from plastics in 2015 amounted to almost 1.8 billion tonnes of CO2. By 2050, it has projected the amount of GHG emissions from plastics to reach 56 gigatonnes.

Packaging Sector: A zero-waste future with sustainable packaging

-Donat chooses ALPLA’s rPET bottles

In cooperation with ALPLA, the Slovenian mineral water company Donat replaced its PET and glass packaging entirely with 100 per cent green rPET bottles. This cuts its carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

Under the motto of ‘green to green’, ALPLA initiated the use of 100 per cent green rPET bottles to replace the 100 per cent virgin-material PET and glass bottles conventionally used by the Slovenian mineral water company Donat. Donat’s decision to discontinue the use of virgin PET bottles and reusable glass packaging is resulting in an annual saving of around one million litres of drinking water and some 98,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. 12,000 kilograms of cleaning product can be eliminated in this way too. This cuts its carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent.

”The “green to green” process for Donat is a prime example of how the circular economy can work if everyone all along the value chain pulls together.” – Christian Hude-Burian, Plant Manager PET Recycling Team.

Donat chooses ALPLA's rPET bottles

-Sidel introduces Cermex EvoPack to anticipate customised retailing needs during production time

Changing consumer preferences, sustainability requirements, as well as the growing need for customisation of added-value packs and new selling or shipping units, are forcing manufacturers to adapt their production models and supply chains.

To meet the need for extreme case counts while still dealing with the standard high-production formats, Sidel is launching Cermex EvoPack, an Industry 4.0-enabled case-packing platform for shaped containers in wrap-around blanks, trays, and Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP).  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

Nowadays, consumers are becoming more demanding in their individual shopping needs, wanting to shop conveniently. Not only does the continuing e-commerce boom reflect this, but it can also be seen in the renaissance of smaller urban stores, with major retailers returning to the city centres to grant easy access to everyday necessities.

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-Recyclable PE Mono-material Pump

Aptar Beauty + Home launches Future a recyclable PE mono-material pump designed for the beauty and personal care industry.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

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Christophe Marie, Product Sustainability Director, Aptar, explains, “The ideal situation for the complete value chain is to have mono-material packaging where the container, the closure or dispensing system is made from the same material family. This was the big challenge our innovation team overcame with the development of Future.”

A stand-out feature of the Future pump’s innovative design is an incorporated on/off locking system and a 360° degree actuator. Easy-to-use, this innovative locking system has a ring with an on/off actuation, which opens or locks the pump with an accompanying double-click sound. The 360° degree rotator allows to freely orient the actuator. Brands can choose from several different ring colors for customization. This modern take on closure design also renders Future compliant with the rigorous Amazon ISTA 6 protocol**. Designed for e-commerce, Future’s ISTA 6 compliance ensures that the pump withstands the risks associated with transport and distribution network pressures as well as necessitates less protective carton and paper packaging.

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-More recycled plastics will not change polymers demand outlook – Dow CEO

Greater demand for recycled plastics will not change the overall demand outlook for polymers, the CEO at US chemicals major Dow said.

“End use polyethylene (PE) demand would still continue to grow [at] 1.3-1.5 times [to GDP]. It may mean you need less new [virgin] capacity coming on, but you have to blend more recycled material with the virgin content,” said Jim Fitterling during an investor call hosted by Bernstein.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

“There are very few products where the end product is fully 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material to get the properties you need. You need to blend PCR with some virgin materials. And when you get into structural products like wood decking and other things, you have to blend in other fillers,” he added.

Dow aims to increase PCR content in its products and also design fully recyclable packaging.

In February, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India-based Lucro Plastecycle to develop and launch PE films using PCR plastics in India.

Dow is also advancing chemical recycling of plastics through partnerships with Fuenix and Mura Technology which would supply feedstocks for Dow’s crackers.

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-Bottled water maker CG Roxane opens second PET recycling plant

CG Roxane LLC, which owns the Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring bottled water brand, said June 2 it is opening a PET recycling facility in Benton, Tenn., as part of its plan to have 50 percent recycled content in its bottles in the U.S.

It’s the second such facility for the Novato, Calif.-based company, which opened a recycling plant in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2019.

The 60,000-square-foot Tennessee plant, which will be in its existing Benton factory, will open in 2022.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

CG Roxane said each facility will have the capacity to reprocess 35 million pounds of recycled PET annually, saving 285,000 gallons of crude oil and 210 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually compared with virgin resin.

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-SIBUR to explore role in Kazakhstan PP, PE projects

SIBUR has signed a framework agreement with Kazakhstan sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and state oil and gas company KazMunayGas that could allow the firm take a role in petrochemicals projects set to add nearly 2m tonnes/year of polymer capacity in the country.  Ecofriendly r-PETResin Petrochemicals

SIBUR is considering taking a role in an ongoing project involving the construction of a gas chemical complex to produce 500,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene (PP).

The company is also mulling a role in a future project to build a 1.25m tonne/year polyethylene (PE) facility in the country.

Raw materials for the projects would be sourced by the partners in the proposed joint venture. SIBUR’s decision on both projects is expected by the end of 2021.

“Our partners have extensive experience in constructing and operating large facilities in the oil and gas production, transportation and processing and will in turn be able to support the projects with the necessary raw materials and infrastructure within the special economic zone,” said SIBUR CEO Dmitry Konov.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 935 $/ton 930 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 6,025 yuan/ton +75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,075 yuan/ton 6,125 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,685 yuan/ton 4,640 yuan/ton -45
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PETBottles Naphtha
670 $/ton 680 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,035 yuan/ton 4,940yuan/ton -95
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 660 $/ton 648 $/ton- -12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 845 $/ton 848 $/ton +3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 827 $/ton 830 $/ton +3
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Naphtha

855 $/ton 860 $/ton +5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,225 yuan/ton 7,230yuan/ton
+5
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,450yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton 8,600yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8.200yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PETBottles Naphtha
7,325 yuan/ton 7,500yuan/ton +175
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,780 yuan/ton 6,820yuan/ton +40
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,150yuan/ton
-150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,150 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 14,800yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 38,500yuan/ton -1,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,050 yuan/ton 17,050yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,000 yuan/ton 19,800yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,400 yuan/ton 18,250yuan/ton -150
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 88,000 yuan/ton 89,000yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 76,000 yuan/ton 78,000yuan/ton +2,000
+1,000Spandex 40D  domestic  market 66,000 yuan/ton 67,500yuan/ton +1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,100 yuan/ton 9,700yuan/ton -400
Benzene domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton +100
Benzene overseas  market 925 $/ton 974 $/ton
+49
Ethylene South East market 970 $/ton 965 $/ton -5
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Naphtha

1,323 $/ton 1,327 $/ton +4
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,900yuan/ton +700
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,000 yuan/ton 18,000yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,500 yuan/ton 12,500yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETBottles Naphtha
8,100 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  615 $/ton 636 $/ton
+21
Phenol domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,420 yuan/ton +20

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-Husky & Chem-Trend create a simple and effective color change feature for Altanium® hot runner temperature controllers

Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd., a leading industrial technology provider to the plastics processing community announced its collaboration with Chem-Trend on a system solution that creates repeatability during the critical color change process to offer a faster, more accurate, and optimized approach for operators. The team devised a new guided procedure made easily accessible to operators within the Husky Altanium® Mold Controller operator interface. The instructions outline a simple, yet highly effective approach to setting up and performing the color change process explicitly for molds with hot runner systems. Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

The joint approach is based on the process for using Chem-Trend’s Ultra Purge™ brand of purge compounds, which is designed specifically to reduce color-change time and carbon formation in hot runner systems.

“Fast and effective color change processes are essential for our customers, and we are continuing to see an upward trend in color change applications,” said Mike Ellis, global business manager for Husky® Hot Runners and Controllers division. “Our collaboration with Chem-Trend and the integration with our Altanium® Mold Controllers addresses this critical market requirement and enables our customers to achieve more efficient and effective color change performance.”

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-Oil prices on the rise as supply improves slowly

THE oil picture today is one of the best, with the best maestro managing every move and fine tuning along with the well experience players. They together moved the oil price to close to $71 per barrel, without making much noise about knowing what they are doing today and tomorrow, and making sure everybody is happy with the supply that is available whenever required. Will the current oil level be the cause for inflation until the world becomes free of COVID-19? Or will it be faced with another wave of a new form of slow world economy again?  Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

Meanwhile, the USA, China and Europe are emerging with a spending spree. This is good news for all, particularly the oil exporting countries in OPEC and its partner Plus. Having an oil price above the level of $70 will greatly help in reducing the deficits by about 30-40 % as well as reducing their borrowing from outside international banks. We hope we learn necessary lessons to continue drifting away from being dependent on oil and sincerely look for another alternative to replace oil. This is because oil will not always remain at the current level of $70 and above. The party will not last long… we have to search for another source of income for all Arabian Gulf states.

Oil prices on the rise as supply improves slowly

-Carbios strengthens its position in polymer biodegradation technologies with the acquisition of the SPI fund’s entire stake of carbiolice capital

Under the terms of the shareholders pact (1), Carbios acquisition of the SPI Fund’s stake in Carbiolice took place on June 3rd, 2021, for €17.9 million, closing five years of collaboration with the SPI Fund operated by Bpifrance Investissement

By holding 100% of Carbiolice’s capital, Carbios is strengthening its capacity to develop its activities on polymers biodegradation beyond PLA (2)

The transaction values Carbiolice at approximately €48 million

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a company pioneering new enzymatic solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, announced today the acquisition of the SPI Fund’s entire stake in Carbiolice capital (37.29%).

Since the creation of Carbiolice in 2016, the close collaboration between Carbios and the SPI Fund enabled the industrial development of a unique innovative solution: The creation of a new generation of PLA-based plastics that are 100% compostable under universal conditions (industrial and domestic composting or methanization). This breakthrough allows Carbios to address one of the key issues generated by the end-of-life of plastics: The pollution of our environment. Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

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-Alchemie Technology, HeiQ create sustainable antimicrobial finishing partnership

New high-performance finishing touts lower cost and less use of chemistry

Cambridge, U.K. – Alchemie Technology has partnered with HeiQ as the latter prepares the third-quarter production rollout of its “Novara” digital multifunction finishing solution. Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

“With the huge demand for high-performance antibacterial, antiviral finishing for face masks, medical apparel, gym wear, home furnishing, mattresses, and textiles for high-risk, high traffic areas such as train, plane seats, and more, our combined technology is critical for increasing protection and reducing environmental impact of these products,” said Dr. Simon Kew, managing director of Alchemie Technology.

Novara also enables lifestyle product innovations at lower production cost for fashion, sportswear, technical clothing and upholstery – such as combining sustainable odor control, skin care additives and fragrance finishing – without impacting breathability, hand feel or wicking. It is suitable for finishing all fabric types from 50 to 1,000 gsm, including polyester, cotton, nylon and polycotton.

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-RECYCLING OF POLYCARBONATE COMPOSITES

  • Production waste is a valuable raw material
  • Reprocessing on an industrial scale possible
  • Contribution to more sustainability and resource conservation

The Maezio® brand of continuous fiber-reinforced polycarbonate composites (CFRTPs) developed by Covestro are characterized by their extremely light weight, very high strength and exceptional flexibility of design. This means that waste generated during the production of composites also becomes a valuable raw material. However, because they consist of different materials that cannot be easily separated from one another, the recycling of composites is a challenge. Covestro is cooperating with recycling specialist carboNXT® on this. It has developed a process that allows the waste to be processed on an industrial scale. Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

“We are very excited about this joint solution, as we cannot process the materials ourselves for technical reasons,” explains Lisa Ketelsen, Head of Thermoplastic Composites at Covestro. “By recycling according to type at our partner’s plant, the raw materials can be converted back into valuable products with similarly good properties as those characteristic of virgin materials. The recycling of materials makes it possible to use them again in other products. In this way, we save raw material resources and contribute to the focus on the circular economy.”

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-Will direct-spun PSF usher the dawn?

PSF futures experienced a sharp decline in the end of May, making market players more hesitant. The cash flow of spot direct-spun PSF was also compressed to zero line, even once breaking through the zero line.

In May, direct-spun PSF market was supported only by rigid demand, leading to bleak sales. How about that in Jun? Direct-spun PSF price shows upward momentum recently. Will it sustain in Jun?  Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

In terms of polyester feedstock, crude oil stays at high level and the inventory of polyester feedstock does not accumulate obviously. In addition, the spread of PTA-naphtha ranges in 400-500yuan/mt, and has limited room to decline. Therefore, the cost support for direct-spun PSF is moderate.

From the perspective of the supply, Huhong will cut production by 150kt/yr in Jun, and Yizheng Chemical Fiber and Jinlun will restarted their 100kt/yr and 250kt/yr units respectively. Thus, the rise of operating rate may weigh on direct-spun PSF market.

In demand terms, the raw materials in downstream spinners mostly can be used to mid- to late Jun, so intensive replenishment may be seen around mid-Jun. Besides, traditional traders and spot-futures traders hold a small amount of cargos at hand. If the basis or the price of direct-spun PSF moves to a proper level in Jun, this part of demand will be stimulated.

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-Italian fabric maker Maglificio Ripa launches antiviral fabrics

Maglificio Ripa, and Italian company that specialises in knitted fabrics, has developed a new generation of antiviral fabrics, following extensive research and scrupulous laboratory testing. The fabrics are made with the new Amni Virus-Bac Off yarn that guarantees permanent anti-viral action and therefore protection from risks of contamination.  Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

In the near future, the issue of individual protection from viruses and bacteria will also be central to the end of the pandemic in any environment, from the workplace to the gym, the company said in a media release.

The technology of the new yarn ensures that the antiviral and antibacterial agent does not migrate onto the skin or into the environment. Unlike garments treated with dyeing finishes that have limited functionality and lose their function with washing, the antiviral and antibacterial properties of the Amni Virus-Bac Off polyamide are permanent, which means the benefits for garments remain unchanged over time, confirming the sustainability of the process.

The Amni polyamide fibre is soft and easy to wash, and guarantees freshness and

comfort, contributing to the thermal well-being of the wearer, the release said.

Italian fabric maker Maglificio Ripa launches antiviral fabrics

-Magna sells three German auto parts plants to Mutares

The plants in Obertshausen, Sulzbach, and Idar-Oberstein make exterior components and employ about 1,700 workers. Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

Germany-based holding company Mutares SE & Co has signed an agreement to acquire three exteriors plants in Germany from Canadian automotive parts maker Magna International Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

The plants – in the towns of Obertshausen, Sulzbach, and Idar-Oberstein – produce plastic components such as bumper and exterior trim, radiator grilles and other trim components for leading OEMs in the premium segment. The Obertshausen operation has two additional satellite sites at Neckarsulm and Klein-Krotzenburg that are also part of the transaction.

The closing of the transaction and the rebranding of the company are expected in the third quarter of 2021.

Magna sells three German auto parts plants to Mutares

Preparation of autoxidative water-reducible alkyd resins from waste polyethylene terephthalate

In this paper, the waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was glycolysed by trimethylolpropane with zinc acetate ascatalyst.

The effects of different content glycolysis product of waste PET on the appearance, viscosity, particle size and molecular weight of autoxidative water-reducible alkyd
resins and the corresponding film adhesion, flexibility, impact resistance, gloss, hardness and chemical resistance were studied.
Meanwhile, experimental results were compared with commercial water-reducible alkyd and water-reducible alkyd without the glycolysis product of waste PET.

The results show that the maximum concentration of PET in autoxidative waterreducible alkyd resins can reach 8.5 wt%, and the molecular weight, particle size and viscosity of water-reducible alkyd resin do not change much with the increase of PET concentration.
The introduction of PET resulted in the viscosity of waterreducible alkyd resins being greater than that of water-reducible alkyd resin without PET; this is mainly because PET contains harder terephthalic acid monomer units. However, the particle
size of water-reducible alkyd resins with waste PET is significantly lower than that of the water-reducible alkyd resin without PET; this is due to PET-free water-reducible alkyd resin containing more pentaerythritol with greater steric hindrance.
In addition, the hardness of the water-reducible alkyd resin paint film (PET content is 8.5%) reaches 1H, which is higher than the hardness (HB) of the water-reducible alkyd resin paint film without PET and the commercial alkyd resin paint film, while the physical properties and chemical resistance of the former are comparable to those of the latter two kinds of paint films. Crude Oil r-PETResin Petrochemicals

Therefore, the use of waste PET in water-borne coatings systems not only reduces the cost of coatings, but also opens up a new market for recycled PET, which may contribute a promising method for management of waste PET.

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-Ethylene Contract Prices in USA in May Decrease by USD209 / Ton

Contract prices for ethylene in the United States in May decreased by 9.5 cents per pound (USD209 per tonne) compared to April, ICIS reported .

The decline in prices is the largest since December 2008. According to the agreement, the price of the contracts is 37.75 cents per pound, which is the lowest level this year.

Ethylene spot prices fell sharply in May due to higher cracking unit productivity and continued abundant supply of liquid natural gas (NGL).

Earlier it was reported that April contract prices of ethylene in the United States rosedue to high demand and production repairs. Prices rose 0.25 cents per pound (USD6 per tonne) to range up to 47.25 cents per pound (USD1,039.5 per tonne), the highest level since October 2014.

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

According to the ScanPlast review by MRC, the estimated consumption of PE in Russia amounted to 576.27 thousand tons in the first quarter of 2021, which is 4% more than in the same period a year earlier. The supply of high-density polyethylene (LDPE) and low-density polyethylene (HDPE) increased.

Ethylene Contract Prices in USA in May Decrease by USD209 / Ton

-Venator: New Liquid Hombitan® products simplify whitening of recycled PET fibres for textile industry

Venator has developed a new liquid pigment masterbatch technology that can be used to whiten recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibres quickly, cleanly, and efficiently. Based on the company’s established titanium dioxide (TiO2) platform for the fibre industry, the new HOMBITAN® LQ range is optimized for delustering PET fibres from plastic bottles that will be re-spun into polyester – ready for creating new consumer products including footwear and apparel.

Venator is launching: HOMBITAN® LQ White 100, optimized for semi-dull recycled PET fibres; and HOMBITAN® LQ White 130 for the manufacture of full-dull fibres. Designed for small scale recycled PET projects, conducted on a single extrusion line, both products are simple to use and offer several advantages over solid (pelletized) masterbatch pigment solutions. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

Dosed via a precision pump, HOMBITAN® LQ products can be easily incorporated into an extrusion line. Seamlessly homogenized into a recycled polymer melt, HOMBITAN® LQ products have a higher solid pigment load than pelletized solutions – meaning fibre producers use a very small quantity to achieve comparable whiteness and opacity results.

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-Korean fiber maker Huvis announces mass-production of graphene fibers

A leading Korean fiber producer called Huvis has reportedly begun to mass-produce graphene fibers. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

The Company said that since graphene has such poor dispersibility, synthesis with PET (polyester) polymer is not considered easy. As a result, according to Huvis, most of the graphene fibers developed so far have either substandard graphene content, or the fiber is coated with a graphene material – which Huvis says makes them inferior (and is the reason that the graphene fibers available in the market are black or gray).

Seoul National University Smart Nano Venture developed a process that allows separating graphene as ‘superparticles’. The Smart Nano research team reportedly developed a process for single-layer, high-purity graphene in 2018, and further developed liquid graphene, not powder-type, in 2019.

Afterwards, NeoEnpla from Hwaseong/Korea, an environment-friendly plastics developer, received the graphene from Smart Nano, and from there developed the graphene masterbatch for fiber production. NeoEnpla used its proprietary technology for combining a heterogeneous material, called MEPPS (Mechanical Engineering & Polymer Processing System) that it had developed independently, to succeed with a stable combination of graphene with PET polymer.

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-PolyStyreneLoop to open EPS foam recycling plant in Europe

The PolyStyreneLoop recycling plant in Terneuzen, Netherlands, is scheduled to open on the 16th of June. The plant was built to prove the technical and economic feasibility of a large-scale, closed-loop solution for the recycling of EPS waste, said the company. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

A new plant built to prove the technical and economic feasibility of a large-scale, closed-loop solution for recycling expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam demolition waste from building and construction insulation will open in Terneuzen, the Netherlands on 16 June, it has been announced.

The PolyStyreneLoop facility will recycle EPS insulation using a physical recycling process based on the CreaSolv® Technology. This technology will turn EPS foam demolition waste from building and construction insulation (B&C) from the Netherlands, Germany and other countries into new high quality raw material. All kinds of impurities, such as cement or other construction residues, as well as the legacy additive HBCD, will be safely removed and valuable bromine recovered.

“This plant showcases how the EPS industry is always looking for ways to boost its recycling capabilities,” said Lein Tange, Co-Director of PolyStyreneLoop. “The purpose of this plant is to pave the way for the construction of similar EPS recycling plants in the rest of Europe.”

PolyStyreneLoop to open EPS foam recycling plant in Europe

-BIR Convention: Can recyclers “catch ‘em all?”

Demand for recycled-content resins is putting pressure on recyclers to boost the collection of plastic scrap. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

The traders and processors who collect, bale and reprocess plastic scrap may feel as if they are a player in the Pokémon universe. While their mission may not be to “catch ‘em all,” they are under increasing pressure to find enough plastic scrap to meet growing global demand for sustainable materials.

At the Plastics Committee meeting of the Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) 2021 World Recycling Convention, panelists in a June 2 online roundtable said they are happy to see higher prices for plastic scrap, but added that prices will have to maintain their lofty status to allow supply to meet what appears to be a new level of global demand.

Committee chair Henk Alssema of Netherlands-based Vita Plastics described a 2021 landscape of high prices coupled with it being “very difficult to fulfill supply obligations” because of shortages of material.

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-Collaboration in Japan / Production of renewable chemicals and plastics using “RE” bio-based feedstock

Finnish oil refining company Neste (Espoo; www.neste.com) is working with Japanese firms Mitsui Chemicals (Tokyo; www.mitsuichemicals.com) and Toyota Tsusho (Nagoya; www.toyota-tsusho.com) on the industrial-scale production of plastics and chemicals made from 100% bio-based feedstock. During 2021, Mitsui Chemicals will use Neste’s “RE” renewable raw materials, made entirely from bio-based waste and residue oils, at its Osaka Works site, becoming the first company in Japan to use bio-based feedstock in its crackers. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

Mitsui Chemicals will produce a range of renewable chemicals, including ethylene, propylene, C4 fraction, benzene and phenol, among others, and process them into plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene, all with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than their fossil-based counterparts.

Collaboration in Japan / Production of renewable chemicals and plastics using “RE” bio-based feedstock

-Chinese company develops clothes made of unique graphene fibers

A Chinese company called Shanghai Kyorene New Material Technology has reportedly developed a graphene fiber, that has been used to produce clothes, sports wear and underwear products. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

One company that states it uses these fibers in actual commercial products is Armor Guys, a U.S-based glove maker.

The technology is said to make graphene completely integrated with high polymer materials under room temperature, and adds special function to ordinary textile products like antibacterial, ultraviolet-proof, anti-static and heat preservation effects.

Chinese company develops clothes made of unique graphene fibers

-Competek, a strategic partner providing packaging solutions for production lines in all market sectors

Competek-Sustainable Packaging Solutions is the new player in the international packaging industry. Born from the synergy between PET Engineering and Comep, aiming to provide food, beverage and homecare packaging manufacturers with sustainable and efficient product line. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

Competek is a new company whose services fully reflect the experience and know-how developed in over 20 years by two established global companies: PET Engineering and Comep. PET Engineering has always specialised in the engineering and industrialisation of new packaging solutions, with a special view to their implementation on customer lines. The core business of the French based company Comep consists instead in the development and production of moulds for PET containers – well appreciated both for their superior quality and high technology content.

The two companies joining forces to create an innovative reality whose focus and purpose is to help packaging manufacturers in the fast-evolving consumer good sector to face the challenges and changes the market requires.

One comprehensive partner

Competek, based in France but with an international vision, makes all the difference in the packaging industry by providing a full range of packaging services no matter what the customer’s platform; from packaging engineering and optimisation, to high quality moulds and change-over spare parts. An innovative service approach to fully support each customer in the evolution of their production lines.

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-Caprolactam, polyamide 6: Domo explains Force Majeure for production in Leuna

Due to a technical problem at Leuna’s caprolactam plant, Domo Chemicals has declared Force Majeure for caprolactam and the follow-on product polyamide 6.

The repairs are already underway, a spokeswoman told AI. It expects the work to be completed by the end of June. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

According to the AI database Polyglobe, Domo operates plants for 170,000 jato caprolactam and 110,000 jato PA 6 at the Leuna site, among other things.

Caprolactam, polyamide 6: Domo explains Force Majeure for production in Leuna

-Enzymes successfully embedded in plastics

In general, plastics are processed at way over a hundred degrees Celsius. Enzymes, by contrast, cannot usually withstand these high temperatures. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP have managed to reconcile these contradictions: They are able to embed enzymes in plastics without the enzymes losing their activity in the process. The potentials this creates are enormous. Enzymes Graphene Petrochemicals

Production of a biofunctionalized film in the  processing pilot plant.

Determination of the enzymatic activity of a biofunc-tionalized plastic.

Materials that clean themselves, have anti-mold surfaces or are even self-degrading are just a few examples of what will be possible if we manage to embed active enzymes into plastics. But for the enzyme-specific properties to be transferred to the materials, the enzymes must not suffer damage as they are embedded in the plastic. Scientists at Fraunhofer IAP have developed a solution to the problem as part of the “Biofunctionalization/Biologization of Polymer Materials BioPol” project. Since summer 2018, the project has been running in cooperation with BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. The Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg is funding the project.

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-FLOR Celebrates Ten Years of Blending Sustainability and Beautiful Design with Aquafil’s ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon

FLOR®, a high-end area rug brand for homes, offices, and every space in between, today commemorates ten years of area rugs featuring Aquafil’s ECONYL® regenerated nylon that blend beautiful design, smart functionality, and environmental responsibility into all the spaces people live. The premium design brand began using ECONYL® nylon in 2011 and was the first flooring company to begin using recycled nylon in its products. Today, ECONYL® regenerated nylon, a sought-after responsible solution for well-known fashion and interiors brands, is featured in most FLOR area rugs, rather than brand-new nylon that uses new resources.

FLOR Celebrates Ten Years of Blending Sustainability and Beautiful Design with Aquafil’s ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon

FLOR Celebrates Ten Years of Blending Sustainability and Beautiful Design with Aquafil’s ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon

ECONYL® is made from 100% waste – fishing nets, textile scraps, old carpet, etc. – that would otherwise pollute the Earth. The regenerated nylon performs the same as virgin nylon and can be recycled, recreated, and remolded infinitely. Not only a waste solution, ECONYL® reduces the global impact of nylon by up to 90% compared with the material produced from oil.

FLOR Celebrates Ten Years of Blending Sustainability and Beautiful Design with Aquafil's ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon

-Chinese automotive fabric firm orders new Dilo line

DiloGroup has received a repeat order from Zhejiang Huajiang Science and Technology Co., Ltd. for a complete web-forming and needling line to process blends of glass and polypropylene fibre through a fibre preparation system, web-forming, carding and crosslapping and needling units.

The order comes as the automotive sector begins to show signs of a recovery, with investments in nonwoven production lines for the manufacture of glass fibre-reinforced thermobonded structural parts for automotive interiors now being considered by manufacturers. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

The order for a fibre preparation system from DiloTemafa is adapted to the special requirements for processing glass fibre in the most efficient way and to provide homogeneous blends with PP. The component-dependent “Baltromix” blending system using highly precise weighing pans provides accurately dosed fibre material on the collecting apron, which is further opened and blended in a carding willow. This carding willow is used in most of DiloGroup complete line installations as a successful tool for further opening and blending tasks, in many cases together with a smaller chamber for final blending.

-Chinese automotive fabric firm orders new Dilo line

-PE market maintains the downward trend in the short-term

After May Day holiday, China domestic polyethylene market is sluggish, and market price of each products shows a huge decline. LLDPE futures moves lower continuously, and the overall price level basically returns to the level at the beginning of 2021, which greatly suppresses the spot market mindset. Traders have to offer lower, and downstream buying interest weakens. Most of them purchase to cover their rigid demand. Although LLDPE futures rebounds slightly recently, it is still in a volatile trend. Market mindset is bearish, waiting for the market to recover and rebound. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

From the perspective of supply, plants shut for maintenance during the spring turnaround season have restarted gradually. Also, new plants have been put into production successfully, and there are still plants planned to be put into production in June, and the short-term supply is in an incremental trend.

From the perspective of demand, although the current spot price is relatively low in the short-term, downstream buying intention is weak, and the end-users mainly purchase at need-to-basis. The weather is getting hotter, and market players are worried about whether the government will continue to introduce power restriction policies. Some downstream plants are in a state of shutdown, and the operating rate is relatively low. The agricultural mulching film is in the off-season of production and marketing, so demand continues to be weak.

PE market maintains the downward trend in the short-term

-The future of plastic packaging

Plastic packaging is in a kind of dichotomy: On the one hand, it is impossible to imagine our everyday life without it. Think how many times you handle plastics on a daily basis:it’s in our homes and cars, sustaining our cities and protecting our food. For good reason: Scarcely any other type of material is as flexible and usable as plastic, especially for perishable foods and liquids. On the other hand, its reputation is steadily declining. Particularly packaging – many consumers complain about it and associate it with mountains of waste. It has come to represent a society that feels it can simply throw away its problems. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

In many respects, the key advantage of plastic, its ubiquity, has become its undoing.

To overcome this dichotomy the industry must respond. I’m heartened by the way we have woken up and are investing in solving the key issues that we are facing. In my 30-plus years of experience in the plastics industry, I have yet to see such momentum, such a drive for innovation. Plastic packaging is reinventing itself right now.

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-China moves to curb yuan’s rapid appreciation amid rising inflation

China’s central bank will raise the amount of cash that financial institutions must hold as reserves for their foreign exchange deposits, in a move to curb the rapid appreciation in the yuan (CNY), which makes exports including those of some petrochemicals less attractive.

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) on 31 May said that it will increase the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for foreign exchange deposits by 2 percentage points (pp) to 7% from 5%, effective 15 June. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

This was the first time in more than a decade that the PBoC has hiked the RRR.

The yuan between April and May 2021 appreciated by 3.1% against the US dollar, reaching 6.36 on 31 May – a three-year high.

The yuan was at 6.38 against the US dollar on Wednesday 2 June, versus 7.13 exactly a year ago and 6.47 on 2 May.

A stronger yuan makes Chinese exporter’s products less competitive when they are sold in overseas markets.

The stronger yuan has weighed on China’s polypropylene (PP) exports, amid high freight costs and a shortage of containers.

The hike is seen as the PBoC’s first real move to arrest the appreciation of RMB, said Japan’s Nomura Global Markets Research.

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-LUMMUS ANNOUNCES COOPERATION WITH SYNTHOS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BIOBUTADIENE TECHNOLOGY

Lummus Technology (Houston) announced that its Green Circle business and Synthos S.A. (Oswiecim, Poland) have started collaborating to commercialize Synthos’ biobutadiene technology. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

The first step of the commercialization program includes the development of a feasibility study for a biobutadiene plant with a production capacity of 20,000 tons per year, which will form the basis for an investment decision.

“Lummus is the leading licensor of butadiene production and extraction technologies, and we are building on our excellent track record in commercializing technologies to make a difference in the energy transition through Green Circle,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology.

“We are grateful to support Synthos to meet their goals for their investment in more sustainable bio-rubbers, and will ready this promising technology for commercialization, aligned with our relentless ambitions to decarbonize and circularize our industry through our Green Circle portfolio.”

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-Spandex price extends higher with strong demand

Spandex market shifted into low capacity expansion cycle in recent 2 years, while demand recovered substantially. In post-pandemic era, hot personal protective equipment like protective clothes and mask used spandex as one of the raw materials. Sales of fabrics for sportswear, yoga clothes and stretch fabric performed well. Exports of textiles and apparels extended strong and demand for spandex was tolerable outside China. Supply of conventional spandex (20D-30D-40D) was short. Price of spandex has surged by around 70% year to date, far higher than other major raw material on textiles market. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

Spandex capacity amounted to 0.85 million tons/year in Chinese mainland by the end of 2019 and increased by 2.6% to 0.872 million tons in 2020, which may rise by 6.9% or 60kt by the end of 2021. The annual growth rate of spandex capacity was only near 4.7% in recent 2 years, not high.

Spandex price extends higher with strong demand

-HOBI International, Retriev partner to recycle EV batteries

The two recyclers recognize the expansion and projected growth of the electric vehicle market.

HOBI International Inc., Batavia, Illinois, and Retriev Technologies Inc., a lithium battery recycling facility based in Lancaster, Ohio, have entered into a collaborative partnership to collect and recycle large-format electric vehicle (EV) batteries throughout North America. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

According to a news release from Retriev, the companies recognized the rapid expansion and projected growth of the EV market.

“The rapid electrification of the U.S. consumer, commercial and industrial business sectors requires rapid response and structuring from experienced members of the recycling industry. HOBI, with nearly 30 years of ongoing related experience, is dedicated to be part of the solution managing these devices and products at the end of their first or second life,” says Craig Boswell, president of HOBI.

The goal of the relationship will be to ensure that the lithium batteries used in EVs are collected and responsibly recycled in a manner that creates value within the battery industry’s circular economy.

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-PolyQuest expands SC recycling plant

PET recycler PolyQuest Inc. is expanding its Darlington, S.C., facility, driven by stronger demand for recycled content plastic and supply shortages requiring the company to keep more materials on hand.

The new expansion will add two rail spurs, new recycling and material handling equipment and 225,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, giving it total of 525,000 square feet in Darlington, the Wilmington, N.C.-based company said in a June 1 news release. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

President Tod Durst said the company is seeing “exponential” growth from its virgin and recycled PET product lines as well as for polyethylene and polypropylene.

In addition to its recycling operations, the company said it’s the largest distributor of PET resin in the U.S. and Canada.

“With demand for our products at the highest level we have experienced in our company’s history and limited available supply, our customers are facing extended lead times which predicates that we hold higher levels of safety stock to service their needs,” Durst said. “That factor, coupled with the continued push for recycled plastic content from brand owners and converters alike, made our expansion in Darlington a logical one.”

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-OPEC to boost oil output as economies recover, prices rise

The OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries plan to restore 2.1 million barrels per day of crude production, balancing fears that COVID-19 outbreaks in some countries will sap demand against surging energy needs in recovering economies.

Energy ministers made the decision during an online meeting Tuesday.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said recent market developments proved the agreement to gradually increase production, made in April and reconfirmed Tuesday, was “the right decision.” There are still “clouds on the horizon” regarding the recovery and demand for energy, he said.

The cartel decided to stay the course decided at earlier meetings to raise production by 2.1 million barrels per day from May to July. The group plans to add back 350,000 barrels per day in June and 440,000 barrels per day in July. Saudi Arabia is also gradually adding back 1 million barrels in voluntary cuts it made above and beyond its group commitment. Ecofriendly Polymers Petrochemicals LDPE

OPEC to boost oil output as economies recover, prices rise

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-Senege launched a new PET production technology

The plant of new polymers Senege (part of the OP “Europlast”) has launched the FTR (Flakes-to-Resine) technology, which has no analogues in Russia, which allows adding up to 35% of secondary raw materials to the primary to create food granules, said Europlast.

It is noted that upon reaching the design capacity, the plant will produce 130,000 tonnes of granules per year, involving about 35,000 tonnes of recycled PET bottles in the production cycle.

“After the launch of FTR, Senege became the second (after the Plarusa plastics processing plant, part of the Europlast holding) Russian plant producing food granules from recovered raw materials,” the statement says.

General Director of the plant Maxim Tyurin noted that thanks to the FTR recycling technology, the company will significantly increase the production of granules containing recovered raw materials. “FTR will help meet the growing market demand for packaging using recycled materials. Packaging manufacturers will have an additional opportunity to meet environmental trends,” he said.

As per ICIS-MRC Price Report, Senege will not have free spot volumes of material in the first half of next month, according to a representative of the producer. The contract prices of Russian plants for most buyers this month were in the range of Rb103,000-117,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT.

Senege launched a new PET production technology

-Nexeo Plastics Acquires Italian Thermoplastics Compounder

Nexeo’s acquisition of Nevicolor expands its global offerings of value-added thermoplastics compounds and application development services.

Global resin distributor Nexeo Plastics, an affiliate of GPD Companies, Inc., has acquired Nevicolor S.p.A. a leading Italian distributor and compounder of thermoplastics.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

A family-founded business with broad geographic reach throughout the country, Nevicolor has provided value-added thermoplastic resins, compounds and application development services for over 57 years.

The company’s products serve a variety of customers and suppliers in the industrial components, healthcare, automotive, advanced packaging, agriculture and electrical sectors. Nevicolor serves more than 800 customers with a portfolio of over 3,000 grades of high-quality polymers, including recycled materials.

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-Nanocompound in the bodywork

Formulated by R&P Polyplastic was adopted to mass-print the mudguards of a new line of commercial vehicles.

R&P polyplastic GAZ mudguard Russian compounder R&P Polyplastic has developed a nanofill modified polyamide-based material for vehicle manufacturer GAZ, which was adopted to mold the fenders of the new Gazelle NN line of commercial vehicles produced at the Nizhniy Novgorod plant.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

The addition of electroconductive carbon nanofillers to the plastic material (polyamide 6) allows the fender to be decorated using electrophoretic paint lines for metals.

Nanotechnologies have made it possible to modify the properties of the polyamide in terms of electroconductivity (resistivity of 106-108 Ω cm) without negative effects on the physical-mechanical characteristics.

Nanocompound in the bodywork

-May contract prices of PE in the USA rose by USD110 per ton

May contract prices for polyethylene (PE) in the United States rose 5 cents per pound (USD110 per tonne) amid strong demand and limited supply, ICIS reported .

PE contract prices in the US have been rising for the past six months in a row Supply remains limited due to the impact of a winter storm in mid-February, which resulted in significant losses in the production of ethylene, polyethylene and various catalysts and additives used in polyethylene production.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

Demand remains strong, supported by the growing US economy, as well as increased demand for plastic packaging, fueled by the increase in shopping and dining from home due to the coronavirus.

Previously reportedthat April contract prices for polyethylene (PE) in the US rose by 7-9 cents per pound (USD154-198 per tonne) amid consistently strong demand and continued supply constraints. Linear low density polyethylene (LDL) and high density polyethylene (LDPE) contracts rose 9 cents / lb at the top of the range and 7 cents / lb at the bottom. Low-density polyethylene (HDPE) prices rose 7 cents a pound at both ends of the range.

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-Evergreen to acquire CarbonLite’s PET recycling facility in Riverside, California

Evergreen, the PET recycling division of Greenbridge, has announced its intent to acquire CarbonLite’s PET recycling facility in Riverside, California, in a deal that will significantly enhance the company’s position as a leading PET recycler and manufacturer of food-grade RPET. The acquisition will give Evergreen a larger presence in North America with locations in the Midwest and West Coast. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

The announcement comes just weeks after Evergreen unveiled a major expansion at its Clyde, Ohio facility that will double manufacturing capacity of food grade RPET from 40 million pounds to more than 80 million pounds annually by mid 2022. The expansion includes construction of a 54,000-square-feet addition, bringing the Ohio plant to just under 300,000 square feet. Existing RPET pelletizing lines will be retrofitted with solid-state polycondensation reactors to meet rigorous specifications required by the FDA and food and beverage customers.

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-Versalis’ Strategic Guidelines for Circular Economy Development

Versalis considers circularity to be a strategic driver that is applied to processes and products throughout their life cycle.

The three pillars of circular economy development are based on innovation:

  • eco-design to maximise resource efficiency at all stages of the life cycle and product recyclability
  • polymer recycling through the development of innovative technologies from in-house research and innovation (R&I) and external partnerships
  • diversification of raw materials including, among others, those derived from renewable sources.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

Eco-design

Bag to Bag: Recycled industrial packaging for Versalis products

The project was developed to help recover and recycle industrial polyethylene packaging, such as bags and liners, used for shipping Versalis products on pallets and in trucks/containers.

Bags and liners are collected and recycled to produce a secondary raw material that is suitable for making new packaging. It is a circular and efficient scheme called “Bag to Bag” and “Liner to Liner”, and is carried out in collaboration with supply chain operators. Adopting the scheme leads to resource savings, less plastic waste and improved supply chain sustainability.

Versalis has developed and launched an innovative grade of expandable polystyrene (EPS) under the registered trademark Extir® FL 3000.

Versalis’ Strategic Guidelines for Circular Economy Development

-New enzyme technology for environmentally friendly plastic recycling

An enzyme called tyrosinase, which is responsible for triggering a protective mechanism in plants and turning apples brown, even possesses further, previously unknown properties: For the first time, acib researchers have used the proteolytic abilities of tyrosinases to improve another enzyme – so that it can degrade plastic.

The paradigm “one enzyme – one function” valid for many decades, has changed dramatically in the past years. Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

Technical achievements like genome sequencing revealed that actually only a limited number of enzymes catalyses hundred thousands of reactions in a cell. One approach how nature deals with the disproportion between enzymes and biochemical reactions is the usage of so called “multifunctional enzymes”. Multifunctional enzymes are proteins that perform at least two distinct enzymatic activities whereby the different substrates might be bound in one or more active sites. In vivo, the multifunctionality allows enzymes to play multiple physiological roles whereas in vitro, multifunctional enzymes became interesting biocatalysts for industrial biotransformations.

New enzyme technology for environmentally friendly plastic recycling

-VFSE project develops circular application for automotive rPVC

VFSE has announced the successful finalisation of its EATS recycling project together with the project partner CIFRA and additional stakeholders from the automotive industry. Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

VFSE project develops circular application for automotive rPVC

The project was co-funded by VinylPlus and successfully developed a product for the automotive industry, made of recycled PVC from the automotive industry.

The EATS recycling project was set up in 2019 by the EATS subgroup of Vinyl Films and Sheets Europe that comprises three companies active in the automotive trim market: the Cotting Group, TMG Automotive, and Vulcaflex.

Roberto Bozzi, President of VFSE and CEO of Vulcaflex, said: “The entire plastics industry is fully committed to the transition towards a more circular and sustainable economy. We as an association wanted to contribute to this transition by demonstrating the potential for the use of recycled PVC as a raw material for the creation of new products for the automotive industry.”

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-SK Global Chemical plans to recycle 100% of plastic products

SK Global Chemical’s objective is to re-circulate plastic waste, which will lead to an eco-friendly plastic ecosystem. Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

The P4G, a global group investing in market based partnerships for sustainable and resilient economies, held its Seoul Summit May 30-31, 2021. The theme of the summit was Inclusive Green Recovery Towards Carbon Neutrality.

SK Global Chemical CEO Na Kyung-soo participated at the P4G Seoul Summit in the panel discussion on Circular Economy  where he shared the company’s Green Business practices including its key strategy “3R” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), which is designed to establish a circular plastic waste system, and put forward solutions to the global plastic waste problem as well as measures toward an eco-friendly plastic ecosystem, per Jung Jun-ho of Korea IT Times.

“SK Global Chemical’s objective is to re-circulate plastic waste, which will lead to an eco-friendly plastic ecosystem. With a focus on developing core technologies, the company is strongly pushing ahead with Green Business,” said CEO Na Kyung-soo. “In addition, the company will do its part in establishing an eco-friendly plastic ecosystem by making 100% of its future plastic products directly and indirectly recyclable.”

SK Global Chemical plans to recycle 100% of plastic products

-SK, Lotte agree to set up hydrogen JV this year

The JV will be established by the groups’ subsidiaries SK Gas and Lotte Chemical.

The SK Group and Lotte Group agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) within 2021 to strengthen their existing hydrogen infrastructure and create new revenue streams using hydrogen.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals LDPEFilm

The JV will be established by the groups’ subsidiaries SK Gas and Lotte Chemical.

The JV will supply byproduct hydrogen produced at SK Advanced’s Ulsan plant and at Lotte Chemical’s Yeosu, Daesan, and Ulsan plants to hydrogen charging stations across South Korea and other industries that require hydrogen.

The JV is set to build 100 hydrogen charging stations in South Korea mainly using SK Gas’s LPG charging station sites and Lotte Group’s distribution centers.

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-Gov’t Relaxes Restrictions on Recycled PET Use

New regulations aimed at promoting resource circulation and plastic recycling should see the approval of recycled transparent PET bottle use in food product packaging from next year at the earliest.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and the Ministry of Environment jointly announced plans to amend regulations towards enabling transparent plastic bottles to be used as a packaging material for food products.

Accordingly, among the plastics gathered through the Ministry of Environment’s initiative to separate and collect transparent PET bottles for food, recycling materials that can meet the safety standards of the MFDS would be allowed to be used in the production of food containers.

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-Trinseo and ETB to explore construction of bio-based 1,3-butadiene pilot plant in Europe

Trinseo, with ETB’s support, will conduct a feasibility study to explore the construction of a bio-based 1,3-butadiene pilot plant in Europe, as per Trinseo’s press release.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

Thus, Trinseo and ETB have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of purified bio-based 1,3-butadiene. This will see the two companies combine their respective technology and process expertise to accelerate the development of viable, renewably sourced material solutions.

Under the partnership, the companies will jointly explore opportunities to scale up ETB’s unique single-stage process to produce bio-based 1,3-butadiene from ethanol using polyfunctional catalyst technology.

The collaboration will initially focus on demonstrating the viability of sustainable ethanol-based synthetic rubber in support of green tire production. To underline this mutual commitment, the partners will conduct a feasibility study to explore the construction of a dedicated bio-based 1,3-butadiene pilot plant in Europe. Once operational, it is intended that the pilot plant will include a purification unit to achieve a purity target of 99.7%.

Trinseo and ETB to explore construction of bio-based 1,3-butadiene pilot plant in Europe

-Bio-based and biodegradable plastics and their role in plastics circularity

Multiple fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) producers and global brands have made clear their commitment to reduce the usage of conventional fossil-based plastics, with alternatives such as bio-based and biodegradable plastics have been gaining the industry’s interest.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

However, are those materials the solution to plastics circularity? Confusion among terms like bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics makes it hard to discern — and make — the optimum environmentally beneficial choice.

The decision of which material to use is not that simple, with several trade-offs to consider.

DO THEY FACILITATE CIRCULARITY?

The term ‘bio-based’ refers to a material made from feedstocks that have come from renewable sources– referring to the beginning of the product’s life cycle. Examples include, but are not limited to, sugarcane, corn, or cellulose.

The term ’biodegradable’ refers to a material’s ability to decompose via microbial activity – referring to the product’s end-of-life. The process of biodegradation depends on the surrounding environmental conditions on the material, and on the application.

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-Technology-powered Circular Economy to Propel Waste Management in the Gulf Cooperation Council

Total waste generation in the GCC is estimated to reach 163.9 million metric tons by 2025, finds Frost & Sullivan  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Circular Economy Redefining the GCC Waste Management Market, 2021, finds that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations’ aspirations for sustainability are driving the replacement of linear waste management models with circular models, creating a new wave of opportunities.

Population growth and accelerated economic development are increasing total waste generation in the region (including construction and demolition (C&D) waste, municipal solid waste (MSW), plastic waste, and lead-acid battery waste).

If unchecked, this could result in an increase from 130.6 million metric tons in 2021 to 163.9 million metric tons by 2025.

A transition toward circular models is already underway, as with the UAE’s Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031 and the KSA’s Circular Carbon Economy. The policies reflect the region’s commitment to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) while enhancing the quality of life for residents.

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-Japan’s Prime Polymer to build new PP plant at Ichihara

Prime Polymer Co is building a new 200,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) production facility at its production site in Ichihara, the Japanese producer said on Monday.    Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

Construction of the facility will start in August 2021, with operations slated to commence in November 2024, the company said in a statement.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

The new PP facility will use licensed technology from Japanese producer Mitsui Chemicals.

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-SE Asia braces for heavy 3Q petchem turnaround season

Olefin production losses in southeast Asia will likely peak in the third quarter of this year, Argus data indicate, with planned cracker turnarounds at major producers potentially leading to tight supplies in the region.

Aside from intra-regional consumption, olefins produced in southeast Asia are often exported to northeast Asian destinations like China and Taiwan. Total southeast Asian exports of ethylene and propylene to China reached 77,580t and 80,000t respectively in 2020. These made up 4pc and 3.2pc respectively of China’s total ethylene and propylene imports last year.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

Argus expects ethylene and propylene production losses in southeast Asia to reach 551,000t and 411,000t respectively between July and September this year. The estimated production losses make up 4pc of southeast Asia’s total nameplate ethylene and propylene capacity.

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-Tomra and Indorama support PET recycling in Mexico

In 2014, Indorama Ventures acquired the PET recycling Plant in Zapopan, Jal. (Mexico).  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

Supported by Tomra Recycling’s sorting machines, the expansion of line 2 in Indorama Ventures EcoMex was concluded this year.

Indorama Ventures EcoMex has a total production capacity of 42,000 tonnes per year of flake to be used in recycling process inside Indorama or with external customers.

As part of its commitments adopted from the 2030 agenda for sustainable development issued from the United Nations in 2015, Indorama started installing a second PET bottle post-consumer recycling production line in 2019. The line, equipped with Tomra’s sorting machines, will process 30,000 tons of PET flakes per year.

In a first step, two Autosort units presort incoming PET bottles obtained from landfills and collection centres primarily from central and western Mexico. The presort includes one positive and one negative sort plus a recirculation process for the false rejects from the first two machines.

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-LEED certification for Freudenberg in Taiwan

Site has prioritised waste reduction and recycling for decades.

Freudenberg has received LEED certification for its resource-efficient, sustainable construction measures at the Tayuan Tao-Yuan site of Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunbond in Taiwan.  Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and certification recognises the environmentally-responsible construction of buildings. The company took the opportunity offered by the installation of a new production line to redesign the construction of the production hall and adjoining warehouse.

Modern lighting systems, air conditioning units and restroom facilities ensure that power and water from renewable resources are used efficiently. The energy consumption of compressed air and cooling equipment was also scrutinised and optimised. In future, measuring equipment will constantly monitor and control energy and water consumption – an advantage not only in daily operations, but also for detecting leaks and other technical problems quickly.

LEED certification for Freudenberg in Taiwan

-Clear PETG Filament: The Basics & Best Brands

Clear PETG is perfect for printing translucent objects like lampshades or vases. Read on for the best options for clear PETG filament!

3D printing filaments come in many different colors and finishes, and one of the most interesting options is the color (or lack thereof) clear. Clear filament is unique because it enables you to print transparent objects, which can be used for objects that benefit from light or color passing through, like lampshades and flower vases.

It’s important to mention that, although commonly advertised as yielding transparent objects, clear filaments produce parts that are really more translucent than transparent.    Ecofriendly Plastics Petrochemicals PET

That’s because 3D printers print parts layer-by-layer, and those layer lines obscure the part’s transparency. So, even if a filament is completely see-through, objects printed in that filament still won’t be completely clear.

Depending on the brand and base material, certain clear filaments are more transparent than others. For example, a clear PETG filament is typically much more see-through than a clear PLA filament. Transparent PETG filaments yield some of the clearest prints compared to other 3D printing materials, so if you’re after true transparency, you’re in the right place!

Clear PETG Filament: The Basics & Best Brands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Repsol advances in the construction of its UHMWPE plant

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

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

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

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

Repsol advances in the construction of its UHMWPE plant

-Sector focuses on PP technology to boost plastic recycling

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

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

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

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

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

Sector focuses on PP technology to boost plastic recycling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Krones: Wastewater treatment in plastics recycling

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

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

Sustainable product, sustainable process

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

Krones: Wastewater treatment in plastics recycling

-A surprised sharp decline in caprolactam

– Benzene prices dropped with bulk commodity market

– CPL saw heavy decline, downstream nylon prices followed down

– CPL-benzene margin squeezed significantly

– Reasons behind larger-than-expected CPL price drop

Benzene prices dropped with bulk commodity market

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

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

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

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

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

 

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Indonesia

Producer/Exporter         Preliminary

Dumping Rate (%)

 

  1. Asia Pacific Fibers Tbk 9.20

PT Polyfin Canggih           26.07 (AFA)

Mutu Gading     7.45

All Others           8.71

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Malaysia

Producer/Exporter         Preliminary

Dumping Rate (%)

 

Recron (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.       17.35

All Others           17.35

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Thailand

Producer/Exporter         Preliminary

Dumping Rate (%)

 

Jong Stit Co., Ltd.             56.08

Sunflag Thailand Ltd.      14.80

All Others           14.80

Polyester Textured Yarn Imports from Vietnam

 

Dumping Rate (%)

Century Synthetic Fiber Corporation       2.67

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

Vietnam-wide/All Others Rate   22.82

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Indorama Ventures invests $82 million to upgrade India facility

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

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

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

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

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

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Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals 31-05-2021

Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex Trend

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ITEM 24/05/2021 31/05/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 935 $/ton 935 $/ton-
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,850 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,050 yuan/ton 6,075 yuan/ton +25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,575 yuan/ton 4,685 yuan/ton +110
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex
670 $/ton 670 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,940 yuan/ton 5,035 yuan/ton +95
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 638 $/ton 660 $/ton- +22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 833 $/ton 845 $/ton +12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 815 $/ton 827 $/ton +12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex

843 $/ton 855 $/ton +12
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,225 yuan/ton
-125
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8.100 yuan/ton -150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex
7,450 yuan/ton 7,325 yuan/ton -125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,780 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,500 yuan/ton 13,300 yuan/ton
-200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,450 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton -350
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,100 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex

17,300 yuan/ton 17,050 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,100 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,650 yuan/ton 18,400 yuan/ton -250
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 86,000 yuan/ton 88,000 yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 76,000 yuan/ton +2,000
+1,000Spandex 40D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 66,000 yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,100 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,680 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +20
Benzene overseas  market 951 $/ton 925 $/ton
-26
Ethylene South East market 1,020 $/ton 970 $/ton -50
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex

1,284 $/ton 1,323 $/ton +39
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,500 yuan/ton 18,000 yuan/ton +500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,500 yuan/ton 12,500 yuan/ton -1,000
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex
8,260 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  575 $/ton 615 $/ton
+40
Phenol domestic market 9,740 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton -340

Petrochemicals PETBottles Spandex

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-Cosmo Films will launch a product that can kill virus & bacteria on cloths in the next 8-10 days: Pankaj Poddar, CEO

Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films Ltd., talks about the March quarter performance, impact of COVID on business, expansion plans, order book and new product launch plan among others during a candid chat with Swati Khandelwal, Zee Business.

Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films Ltd., talks about the March quarter performance, impact of COVID on business, expansion plans, order book and new product launch plan among others during a candid chat with Swati Khandelwal, Zee Business. Edited Excerpts:

A: The biggest highlight of our performance was the 20% plus growth was recorded in our specialty sales. Going forward, we are projecting good growth in the specialty sales. We have told our investors in the past that by March 2023, we will convert 70% of our volume to the specialty. But the current progress suggests that we will be able to meet the target in advance, in fact, it seems that we will meet the target in the next 12 months. So, the performance will remain strong in the future as well.

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-The truth about biodegradable plastics

Despite being touted as solution to plastic waste problem, biodegradable plastics are not given chance to decompose  Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

For average customers, one of the easiest ways to pursue a green lifestyle is to purchase eco-friendly products.

To target these customers and raise their brand images, companies in South Korea are rolling out eco-friendly products one after another, including some made of biodegradable plastic.

Typically made from natural materials such as corn starch, biodegradable plastic is designed to break down naturally when it goes to landfills.

However, these efforts – and extra expenses — might be in vain, as most of these products are incinerated after they are thrown away. Even if they end up in landfills, it is likely that they don’t break down as promised, since none of the landfills in South Korea provides conditions suitable for them to biodegrade.

“Most of the waste is either incinerated or recycled, so whether the product is biodegradable isn’t really important.

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-Eastman increases filament production in Spain

Eastman is increasing capacity for its Naia-brand cellulosic filament yarn at its plant in Barcelona, Spain, said the company.  Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

Eastman is increasing its capacity to produce Naia cellulosic filament yarns at its plant Barcelona, by 30% by mid-2021, and by more than 50% by the end of 2022.

Naia is responsibly sourced from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests and plantations. Eastman holds FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certification, and all suppliers also hold internationally recognised forestry certifications. The yarns are produced in a safe, closed-loop process in which solvents are recycled back into the system for reuse. It is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Product Class I certified and made with no hazardous chemicals listed on the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List.

Key benefits of fabrics based made with Naia are dimensional stability, odour management, easy stain removal and pill resistance, along with natural breathability and quick drying properties.

пїЅThe growing importance of sustainability and circularity are accelerating the adoption of sustainable fibres,пїЅ said Burt A. Capel, Eastman vice president and general manager of fibres. пїЅAs a result, Naia cellulosic filament yarn is gaining a lot of traction among our customers,”. “Our vision is to make sustainable fashion accessible to all, and we have a very committed team at our Barcelona site actively working to bring this expansion onstream as soon as possible to serve our customers across the globe.”

Eastman increases filament production in Spain

-Dow, LyondellBasell, Nova launch circular PE, PP fund

Major petrochemical producers Dow, LyondellBasell and Nova Chemicals have launched a closed loop circular plastics fund to advance the circular economy and accelerate recycling of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in the US and Canada.    Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

The fund, managed by US-based circular plastic investment firm Closed Loop Partners, started with an initial investment of $25mn. The aim is to grow the fund to $100mn through further investments by the founders and adding more stakeholders, as well as recycle around 230,000t of plastics over the fund’s lifespan.

Plastic sustainability has become increasingly important for petrochemical producers worldwide because of environmental pressure to reduce plastic waste. The fund complements initiatives that Dow, LyondellBasell and Nova have put in place in their value chains. Dow has formed a partnership with UK-based Mura Technology to advance plastic recycling efforts, while LyondellBasell is targeting to produce 2mn t/yr of recycled polymers by 2030. Nova last month launched 100pc post-consumer resins for flexible film applications.

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-China’s Sinopec plans first green hydrogen project

Chinese state-controlled oil firm Sinopec plans to build its first green hydrogen project in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, by 2022, which will help meet its goal of becoming China’s top hydrogen firm by 2025.

The project, which will use renewables to produce 10,000 t/yr of green hydrogen, has been included in Inner Mongolia’s key projects for 2021. Hydrogen produced from the project, which will use wind and solar energy, will be consumed by Sinopec’s Zhongtian Hechuang coal-to-chemicals project in Ordos.

The project will help Sinopec achieve its target to become the number one hydrogen company in China by 2025 and reduce Zhongtian Hechuang’s carbon emissions, Sinopec said. Sinopec has also announced a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, 10 years ahead of the national target.  Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

Sinopec previously announced plans to build 1,000 hydrogen refuelling stations — 100 by the end of this year — as well as 5,000 charging stations and 7,000 distributed photovoltaic power stations by 2025. But senior management said in March that just 10 out of 27 refuelling stations it piloted last year were fully operational. And only two stations — in Guangdong and Shanghai — have broken even.

China’s Sinopec plans first green hydrogen project

-Japan’s Pertex launches new fabric lab online platform

Pertex has launched the Pertex Fabric Lab, a brand-new online platform, designed to build even closer relationships and deeper collaboration with its trusted brand partners. The Pertex brand, based in Japan, has established itself as the leader in lightweight technical fabrics and is today partnered with the most prestigious brands in the outdoor industry.  Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

The Fabric Lab’s extensive functionality includes a fully searchable fabric library, high-definition photography, complete fabric data, and material sustainability insights. Users are able to curate their own fabric selections, order swatches, and samples at the click of a button; and to submit R&D requests. Further functionality including 3D visualisation and fabric data will be added in forthcoming updates, the company said in a press release.

Complete Pertex branding and marketing tools, including hangtags and labelling, will be accessible through the Fabric Lab, and will serve as a hub for the latest news about the Pertex Brand. The Fabric Lab is the next evolution in the way designers and materials teams connect and interact with Pertex.

Japan's Pertex launches new fabric lab online platform

-EU sentiment up sharply in May as lockdown easing fuels optimism

EU economic sentiment rose in May to highs last seen in 2017 as the easing of lockdown measures across Europe fuelled optimism, the European Commission said on Friday.  Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

The EU executive body’s indices for sentiment and employment expectations rose both in the EU and the 19-country eurozone, with both indicators well above the long-term average.

The EU’s indices mirror the PMI indices compiled by IHS Markit measuring activity in manufacturing and services; the flash PMI estimate for May showed the economy expanding at its fastest rate in 15 years.

The EU’s vaccination campaign has finally gained momentum after initial issues in distribution in the first quarter; according to analysts at Oxford Economics the economy is currently “rebounding strongly”.

However, a potential boom in consumption would fail to be equally distributed around the bloc if the tourism summer season fails to properly take off in the EU southern countries, they added.

“It is urgent the EU ‘pass health’ is put in place to ensure every country benefit from this consumption windfall,” said the analysts, referring to a potential vaccination passport allowing those who have been jabbed to move freely around the 27-country bloc.

EU sentiment up sharply in May as lockdown easing fuels optimism

-Novelis creates closed-loop recycling system with Nissan in Europe

Nissan Qashqai will use Novelis aluminum in the hood and doors to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency.

Aluminum rolling and recycling company Novelis, headquartered in Atlanta, says it will supply Nissan aluminum body sheet for the all-new Qashqai SUV and create a closed-loop recycling system in Europe.  Sustainability R-PET Petrochemicals

The Nissan Qashqai will incorporate Novelis aluminum in the hood and doors to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency. By using aluminum, the Qashqai has achieved 21 kilograms (46 pounds) of the total 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of body-in-white weight savings compared with the previous model.

“We are delighted to provide Nissan with sustainable aluminum body sheet solutions as they continue to design lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles with reduced life-cycle emissions,” says Michael Hahne, vice president of automotive, Novelis Europe, which is based in Zurich. “Novelis is uniquely positioned to meet the increasing demand for automotive aluminum given its unmatched global footprint and ability to develop innovative, sustainable solutions. We look forward to working with Nissan as they continue to adopt more aluminum and increase their recycling capabilities.”

Novelis and Nissan also have established a closed-loop recycling system. Novelis will deliver aluminum from its plant in Nachterstedt, Germany, to Nissan’s car plant in Sunderland U.K., where it will then collect the manufacturing scrap and return it to Novelis recycling centers in Europe to be cast and rolled again for production by Nissan. This process creates a circular supply chain that helps both companies achieve their sustainability goals, Novelis says.

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Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2 29-05-2021

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-Science Should Be the Bottom Line for the Plastics Industry

When science is secondary to attracting investors, grabbing headlines, and promoting hype, companies can get into trouble. That has been happening to many new companies seeking to replace traditional plastics.

Plastics are always, first and foremost, a scientific endeavor and should reflect the principles of science as the bottom line. If the principles of science are sound, provable, and repeatable — as all scientific developments should be — then profits, the other bottom line, will follow. That holds true for new advanced technologies that include various recycling methods beyond mechanical recycling, as well as the development of new types of plastics, specifically bio-based plastics made from plants, biodegradable polymers, and polymers made from enzymes, sugars and various plant oils.

Companies get into trouble when they allow the science of what is possible overshadow what is actually achievable and scalable from a business standpoint and focus instead on attracting investors. That has been happening to many new companies seeking to replace traditional plastics and, in the process, harvesting headlines they likely wish they hadn’t.

Science Should Be the Bottom Line for the Plastics Industry

-CarbonLite to sell recycling facilities to Sterling, Indorama, DAK

CarbonLite has called itself the world’s largest recycler of PET bottles, filed for Chapter 11 protection in March, blaming the pandemic and economic challenges in recycling markets. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

CarbonLite Holdings LLC is selling all three of its PET recycling plants in the company’s bankruptcy.

The buyers are private equity firm Sterling Group, Indorama Ventures and DAK Americas LLC. Each company is buying one CarbonLite plant.

The Los Angeles-based company, which has called itself the world’s largest recycler of PET bottles, filed for Chapter 11 protection in March, blaming the pandemic and economic challenges in recycling markets.

The company had hoped to emerge from the financial reorganization, but that ultimately proved too difficult, forcing the plants to be sold off in auctions in federal bankruptcy court in recent days.

CEO Leon Farahnik said each of the buyers has business in plastics recycling and the facilities will remain in operation. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware must still formally approve the sales.

Court documents and Farahnik said the facility in Riverside, Calif., will be sold to Houston-based private equity firm Sterling Group LP for $57.5 million.

Riverside was CarbonLite’s first plant, opening in 2012. Sterling has owned a variety of plastics assets, and in 2019, bought Ohio-based PET recycler and strapping maker Polychem Corp.

The company’s Dallas plant is being sold to global resin maker Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd., for $63 million, Farahnik said in a May 26 interview.

The Bangkok, Thailand-based virgin PET maker has been investing in recycling operations globally. In 2019 it bought Custom Polymers PET LLC in Athens, Ala.

CarbonLite’s newest plant, in Reading, Pa., is being sold to PET resin maker DAK Americas LLC, which has is part of Alfa SAB de CV of Monterrey, Mexico. The Reading plant started operating in late 2020.

DAK and Alfa have PET recycling plants in Richmond, Ind., and Argentina. It’s paying $96 million for the Pennsylvania facility.

Farahnik said he was glad the plants will remain with companies in the recycling business.

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-Baofeng New Material selects LyondellBasell Spheripol technology for its new PP plant

LyondellBasell (LBI), the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, has announced Inner Mongolia Baofeng New Material Co., Ltd. a fully owned Chinese subsidiary of Ningxia Baofeng, will use the LyondellBasell Spheripol technology for its new mega facility, as per LBI’s press release. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

The process technology will be used for four polypropylene (PP) lines, each producing 500 KTA, to be built in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, P.R. China.

Spheripol technology is the leading PP process technology with more than 30 million tons of licensed capacity. The latest fifth generation Spheripol technology includes process improvements that further maximize operational efficiency. The plant will commence operations using Avant ZN catalyst.

New licensees can take advantage of LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, sustainable product development and catalyst knowhow by optionally joining LyondellBasell’s Technical Service program.

Baofeng New Material selects LyondellBasell Spheripol technology for its new PP plant

-BoI gives Natureworks tax privileges for PLA project

The Board of Investment (BoI) has granted tax privileges to polylactic acid (PLA) manufacturer Natureworks Asia Pacific Co for its 15-billion-baht investment in a biodegradable polymer production project in line with the state bio-economy scheme.

The facility, designed to have a production capacity of 75,000 tonnes per year, will be located in Nakornsawan Bio Complex.

PLA refers to polymers made from renewable resources such as corn starch, tapioca roots and sugarcane. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

“PLA is biodegradable and eco-friendly. This material is also extremely affordable,” said BoI secretary-general Duangjai Asawachintachit.

BoI gives Natureworks tax privileges for PLA project

-Producer giants back £1m fund for flexible plastic recycling

Five major consumer goods firms have founded a £1m fund led by Ecosurety to promote household collection of flexible plastic for recycling.

Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever said the fund would seek to make such recycling more economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers.

The fund will guarantee a minimum value of £100 per tonne of recycled product to incentivise recyclers to process flexible plastic, which represented 22% of all UK consumer plastic packaging in 2019 but only 6% was recycled..

It will be led by producer compliance scheme Ecosurety, with support from environmental charity Hubbub. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

The fund is based on the idea that increased flexible plastic recycling will give the material a stable value.

This will in turn boost supply so becoming more ‘circular’ and attract investment in jobs and infrastructure to make flexible plastic recycling financially sustainable.

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-MEG up after explosion at Asaluyeh, Iran’s MEG supply unaffected

MEG spot prices increased Wednesday tracking the sharp rise in futures, as market sentiment was boosted by concerns of Iran’s supply. MEG futures moved up apparently in line with the hike in methanol futures due to the massive shutdown after the explosion at Asaluyeh industry park, Iran. The explosion occurred along an oxygen transmission line. However, MEG unit operations (Farsa and Morvarid) at the industry park were not affected.

Higher traded prices were around 5,020yuan/mt. Spot-EG09 spread was 25-30yuan/mt. CFR prices were around $645-650/mt in late session.

Iran’s Farsa Chemical’s 400kt/year MEG plant and Morvarid Petrochemical’s MEG plant at Assaluyeh industry park remain operating and June supply will not be affected. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

Iran’s Marun Petrochemical is expected to restart its 445kt/year MEG plant at Bandar Iman at the end of May. The plant was shut in end March for maintenance.

Iran’s June MEG supply will remains normal. However, the oxygen supply disruption may affect operations of crackers. Focus could be on the resumption of oxygen transmission line and public facilities. Operating rate of crackers might be reduced if the repairs at facilities are slow. Then Iran’s July MEG supply might be affected.

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-Branded Glasses Made from 40% Biobased Nylon Compounds

Evonik’s Trogamid myCX eCo sustainable transparent nylon to be used by global eyewear design and manufacturing firm Safilo.

Italian global eyewear design, manufacturing and distribution company Safilo will be the first eyewear manufacturer to introduce Trogamid  myCX eCO, a sustainable partially biobased transparent nylon compound optimized specifically for the optical industry by Evonik Industries and introduced in the licensed market for premium lenses for sunglasses. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

This high-purity microcrystalline high-performance nylon has the eCO name which stands for “eliminate CO2”. On the one hand, this is achieved by replacing a petrochemical-based raw material with a biomass-based one. In the mass balance, this results in a proportion of 40% biobased raw material in the polymer. Secondly, only renewable energy is used in the production of the granules. This and the resulting halving of the carbon balance compared with the fossil-based product are confirmed by a certification from TÜV Rheinland. The analysis was prepared in accordance with ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 and includes the Cradle to Gate stage.

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-Direct-spun PSF lacks luster in May

Direct-spun PSF stepped into narrow range-bound gradually after experiencing the prosperity before and after May Day holiday. In the week before May Day, bolstered by the rise of polyester feedstock and PSF futures, direct-spun PSF price rallied gradually from low where the downstream spinners procured PSF intensively.

After May Day holiday, with the sales improving, the price of direct-spun PSF moved up further. However, downstream buyers became reluctant then and the sales ratio started to decline.

In early to mid-May, PSF futures slumped, and the transactions by the way of basis showed obvious advantages, pressuring the sales of direct-spun PSF plants.

Later on, direct-spun PSF price moved into volatile downtrend within narrow range alongside the ups and downs of polyester feedstock and PSF futures during the period, but the downstream spinners showed modest buying interest with previous stocks at hand. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

As a result, the inventory of direct-spun PSF plants started to accumulate. It kept negative in most of the time before May Day holiday, but then rushed up from minus 0.8 day to current 4.3 days.

In fact, the actual product inventory in the warehouses of direct-spun PSF plants has risen to high level at 21.3 days. To deal with that, many plants started to cut production. For example, Yizheng Chemical fiber, Jinlun and Huvis (Sichuan) all arranged maintenance or production cut during May. By the end of May, the operating rate of direct-spun PSF plants has moved down to about 93% from the high of about 97%.

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-Sabic and Netstal open thinwall packaging application centre in Switzerland

Chemical firm Sabic has launched its collaboration with German machinery firm KraussMaffei HighPerformance at the partner’s Thin-Wall Packaging Application Center in Näfels, Switzerland. The latter is also the site of KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of injection moulding machines under the Netstal brand.

The application centre is expected to enable innovative application, material and processing solutions in the thin-wall packaging industry through closer collaboration across the segment’s entire value chain. Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

“This significant milestone underscores our continuous investment in innovation, collaboration and sustainability to help our customers achieve their goals and drive the industry forward,” said Abdullah Al-Otaibi, General Manager Engineering Thermoplastics Business & Market Solutions, Petrochemicals.

Sabic and Netstal open thinwall packaging application centre in Switzerland

-Metaspectral receives grant funding

Canadian firm says its AI recyclables sorting technology will be introduced by the end of this year.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Metaspectral says it has been awarded more than $300,000 in grant funding from the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund, which is funded by the British Columbia government and administered by the province’s Alacrity Cleantech program.

Metaspectral says it is developing technology that derives real-time insights from artificial intelligence (AI) using “ultra-high-resolution, visible-to-infrared (hyperspectral) imagery.”  Sustainability Plasticswaste CO2

The company says it will use the new funding to go toward the development of computer vision, AI and robotics designed to sort discarded consumer materials, increase efficiency in processing materials and improve the quality of post-consumer recycled plastic. The project is slated for completion by Dec. 31, 2021.

“By using ultra-high-resolution hyperspectral imaging, our AI is able to efficiently distinguish among types of plastics for accurate and easy sorting,” says Francis Doumet, CEO of Metaspectral. “It is impossible for humans to differentiate between different types of clear plastic bottles with the naked eye, so until now, various types of recycled clear plastics were sold together in bulk, decreasing the quality and value of the finished recycled material. Our technology will make it possible to differentiate between otherwise indistinguishable materials in real-time, automatically, meaning that large quantities of plastic can be sorted and recycled more efficiently and accurately.”

Metaspectral receives grant funding

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-How Many Times Can Plastic Be Recycled?

The seven types of plastic vary in their recycling potential.

Plastic can be recycled one to 10 times, depending on the type, although most can be recycled only once. Postconsumer plastic is often turned into synthetic fibers, plastic lumber, insulation, and containers—whatever it becomes, though, will inevitably be a lower-quality item than the original product, hence why it’s called “downcycling.”

Because the heating process shortens polymer chains, thus degrading plastic quality, a water bottle can’t simply reincarnate as another water bottle—or anything food-grade, per stringent packaging requirements. However, some plastics have more recycling potential than others.

According to the ASTM International D7611 Standard, plastics can be classified into seven types, identifiable by a resin code in the center of the familiar embossed triangle. Here’s a rundown of the recyclability of each.

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-AMUT completes new PET sheet line for Hickman’s

AMUT completed the start-up of a new sheet line at Hickman’s Family Farms in Arizona. The plant was designed for PET food packaging and will produce sustainable rPET egg trays. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

2021 progresses with a new ‘green’ achievement for AMUT. The company cares of the planet, by preventing post-consume PET bottles from being sent to landfill or dispersed into the environment, enabling their reuse and recycling, through various solutions ranging from sorting and washing to extrusion and thermoforming.

During the height of COVID–19 in March 2021, the recycling technology player successfully completed the training and start-up of a complete sheet line at Hickman’s Family Farms in Arizona. This custom-engineered plant has been designed for PET Food Packaging with the sustainable “Bottle to Packaging” direct process. The complete line has a capacity of 3,500 lbs/h and is equipped with a MPR to guarantee the FDA L-NO direct food contact grade of material starting from 100% Post-Consumer r-PET Flakes.

AMUT completes new PET sheet line for Hickman's

-Hyperwear Announces SandBell® Pro Exercise Weights Featuring SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial Freshness Protection Technology From IFF

Hyperwear®, a world leader in fitness innovation, is proud to be an innovative exercise equipment maker featuring SILVADUR™ antimicrobial freshness protection technology on its SandBell® PRO sandbag training free weights.

SILVADUR™ protects the fabric on these innovative sandbag weights from odor-causing bacteria, so they stay cleaner and fresher longer. Plus, the durable SILVADUR™ technology saves time by eliminating the need to use other recommended odor control treatments after use. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

These benefits are especially important for consumers who enjoy working out at home and operators of commercial health clubs and fitness studios.

“SILVADUR™ antimicrobial technology protects the fabric of our SandBell® PRO workout sandbags from odor and makes the workout experience more effective,” states Hyperwear CEO Dirk Buikema, “Our customers can experience the versatility of one free weight to do dumbbell, kettlebell, and medicine ball exercises with the significant value of durable, advanced odor control that minimizes unpleasant distractions. For home gyms or commercial gyms, having cleaner, fresher free weight equipment with built-in odor protection just makes everything easier and more convenient.”

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-Grass replaces plastic in take-away food packaging

Soon, packaging for take-away foods might be completely based on local, sustainable materials instead of fossil-based products. In a new research project, a packaging solution based on upcycled grass fibres is being developed.

Grass fibres can replace plastic as a 100% biodegradable and disposable material for packaging for take-away food. This is the goal of the new innovative project SinProPack, which aims to develop a sustainable alternative to the disposable plastics currently used for packaging. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

The project is bringing together industry, consumers and knowledge institutions to develop, demonstrate, test and evaluate fibre-based packaging for to-go food via proof-of-concept, pilot-scale trials and industrial upscaling.

“Disposable packaging made of grass brings a lot of environmental benefits. The packaging will be 100% biodegradable, so if someone accidentally drops their packaging in nature, it will decompose naturally,” says Anne Christine Steenkjær Hastrup, centre director at Danish Technological Institute, who is coordinating the project.

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-Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method

A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

Converting carbon dioxide into usable liquid fuels and value-added chemicals like plastics offers not only a possible solution to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but also the potential to alleviate dependence on fossil fuels. However, carbon dioxide conversion through catalysis—an acceleration of a chemical reaction—normally requires multiple steps and high temperature (roughly 400–750 degrees Fahrenheit) and high pressure (150 to 600 pounds per square inch), conditions that require a great deal of energy to create. Finding a better way to convert waste carbon dioxide under mild conditions remains a major challenge in catalysis.

Researchers from Penn State, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Sichuan University may have found a solution. The team has developed a one-step, plasma-enabled catalytic process to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons. Unlike traditional processes, this method of hydrogenation is operated at low temperature (75 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure (15 pounds per square inch) using a dielectric barrier discharge packed-bed plasma reactor.

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-Chemical recycling of plastic waste: working towards complete recycling

Because of their versatility, plastics make up the most widely used group of materials. They are also the most regulated in terms of safety and are used in an endless range of applications. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

While versatility is one of plastic’s most attractive qualities, this can limit its ability to be recycled using traditional mechanical recycling methods for several reasons, including: 1) the many different kinds of plastic, 2) the presence of more than one kind of plastic in the same product and 3) some plastics are designed not to melt in order to increase their mechanical and thermal resistance.

Against this backdrop, Europe increasingly calls for greater circularity in industry and society in order to maintain resources in the production system and reduce dependence on third countries, thus fostering a growing need to develop new technologies and further develop existing ones to complement mechanical recycling with the aim of achieving resource efficiency and zero waste.

Chemical recycling involves material recycling and is therefore on the same level as mechanical recycling in the waste hierarchy.

Chemical recycling of plastic waste: working towards complete recycling

-Carpets Inter’s EcoSoft, One-Of-Its-Kind Eco-Friendly Carpets, Forays Into India

The brand’s eco-friendly carpets, tried-and-tested for more than 17 years, have been manufactured by recycling over 787 million PET Bottles

Carpets Inter, one of the leading carpet brands, is making waves in the Indian retail market with its latest alternative backing offer, EcoSoft. With this eco-friendly product, the brand brings it’s top-of-the-line high-performance and environment-friendly carpet tile cushion backing to the Indian consumer.

This next generation of carpet tile backing has been manufactured keeping in mind the need to reduce the plastic stress on the environment and has put to use millions of discarded water bottles. The brand is driven by the mission to recycle 1 billion bottles by the year 2025. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

EcoSoft is the next wave of carpet tile backing, made up of 80% post-consumer recycled PET and 5% post-industrial recycled PET re-engineered from millions of reused drinking water bottles.

This eco-friendly product not only meets the rigorous performance requirements expected from a carpet tile, but even outperforms the traditional PVC and bitumen hardbacks, as well as urethane cushion backs. In terms of longevity, walking comfort, acoustic inclination, and indoor air quality, Carpets Inter comes as a blessing in disguise with the specialised carpet tile backing.

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-Indorama Ventures increases capacity in Nagpur plant

In other news, Indorama Ventures’s subsidiary Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited (IRSL) will spend up to US$82 million upgrading equipment and adding capacity at its manufacturing site in Nagpur, India. The capital expenditure plan includes a new PET resin manufacturing facility, additional balancing equipment, and a large range of specialty yarns, further strengthening IRSL’s ability to serve clients across the country. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

India is a strategic market for Thailand-headquartered Indorama, where the company operates all three of its global integrated business segments – Combine PET, Fibres, and Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD). It adds that it has continually developed its PET resin business in India since 2016 through IVL Dhunseri Petrochem Industries Private Limited (IDPIPL), a joint venture with Dhunseri Ventures Limited.

The new PET resin facility at Nagpur will add 700 tonnes/day of capacity and is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2022. Together with plants at Haldia and Karnal, the Nagpur facility further strengthens Indorama’s position as India’s largest resin producer, with a total capacity of over 1 million tonnes/year. With three manufacturing locations across the country, Indorama serves customers throughout India.

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-German exports fall in May, Q1 trade with UK erodes on Brexit

International trade continues to evolve in the fallout of the pandemic, affecting the chemicals industry and related downstream markets.

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This weighed on German producers sentiment, according to the latest data from the Ifo Institute on Wednesday, as Ifo Export Expectations for manufacturing fell to 23.0 points in May, from 23.9 a month prior. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

Despite this Germany’s export industry remained a key driver for industrial activity.

Expectations in the chemicals industry remain optimistic about export demand in the coming months.

The furniture industry is experiencing an uptick in export orders after several months of struggling with low demand.

Healthy demand was echoed in electrical and electronics industries, as well machinery and equipment manufacturing.

In contrast, sentiment in the automotive industry has fallen significantly with paltry new orders expected from overseas expected in the near term.

German exports fall in May, Q1 trade with UK erodes on Brexit

-Study reveals link between climate change and microplastic pollution

Marine researchers at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology have conducted a groundbreaking study which highlights for the first time a direct link between plastic pollution and climate change. CircularEconomy Plasticswaste CO2

The team, headed by Dr João Frias, of the GMIT Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, tested the plastic polymers known as Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – found in plastic milk bottles and shopping bags – and found they released the highest concentrations of greenhouse gases – including methane and ethylene – to the environment when exposed to solar radiation.

The study, entitled ‘Microplastics in the marine environment: sources, impacts and recommendations,’ is published today ahead of European Green Week 2021 next week.

It revealed the bulk of microplastic waste clogging up our oceans consists of microfibres from clothes.

It notes that the agriculture sector is responsible for the lion’s share of plastics and microplastics in the marine environment from the use of plastic seed coatings and plastic mulching and the spreading of sludge from wastewater treatment plants.

Study reveals link between climate change and microplastic pollution

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-RadiciGroup and Versalis commit to sustainable logistics

Lower CO2 emissions, energy saving and greater safety are among the key objectives of the new railway siding constructed on the Versalis plant site in Mantua, Italy, and put into service to transport KA oil to Radici Chimica SpA.

KA oil is one of the main chemical intermediates used in the production of adipic acid for PA 66 production, the core business of Radici Chimica and the basis of subsequent  RadiciGroup manufacturing processes for its plastics engineering business.

Massimo De Petro, CPO for Strategic Materials and Logistics of RadiciGroup, said: “Before the railway siding was built, the intermediate went by truck from the Versalis site in Mantua to the nearby railway freight yard of Mantova Valdaro, and then travelled by rail to Radici Chimica in Novara, where there has been a goods station on the premises for some time. On account of this new investment, we can now manage KA oil logistics solely by tank car, thus ensuring greater safety in the handling and transportation of the material.”

Marco Chiappani, Head of the Intermediates Business Unit at Versalis, added: “Mantua plays a central role in the Versalis production system, the sustainability strategy of industrial processes, and also in all the support services, up to the products destined for the market. They are focused on the search for innovative and sustainable solutions, and when projects aimed at reducing the environmental impacts are developed together with other companies, a double result is achieved. Investing in more sustainable and safer logistics was an obvious choice, especially in collaboration with an established partner such as Radici Chimica.”

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-Lithuanian scientists develop transparent cellulose-based bioplastic

A team of researchers at the KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology has created a fully-compostable packaging for food products from bioplastic, which disintegrates with the help of microorganisms CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

“We are used to getting sandwiches, snacks, pastries, sweets and many other products in a paper bag with a plastic window. With a clear window on the front face, the products in the bag can be viewed easily. Although paper is biologically degradable, it is complicated to separate paper from plastic, and the package is considered non-recyclable and non-compostable. However, if we made the window from biodegradable plastic, it could be composted. Moreover, we could even use the bag for collecting biodegradable waste and put all into the compost bin together”, says Dr Paulius Pavelas Danilovas, the lead researcher of the team.

Compostability is a characteristic of a product that allows it to biodegrade under specific conditions under the influence of microorganisms.

Lithuanian scientists develop transparent cellulose-based bioplastic

-US COMPANY DOMTAR TO EXPAND EAM FACILITY FOR AIRLAID NONWOVENS

Domtar is set to expand its Jesup, Georgia-based Engineered Absorbent Materials (EAM) facility. The project will play an integral role in helping the company grow its position as a leading global absorbent materials and technology business offering fluff pulp and airlaid nonwoven materials. Domtar is a provider of a wide variety of fibre-based products.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

Domtar’s EAM facility has been developing and manufacturing innovative, high-quality absorbent core solutions since 1998. This expansion project will add a large scale Dan-Web airlaid production line to the facility. The machine will be fully operational in 2022, enhancing Domtar’s ability to supply both domestic and global customers with unique absorbent materials solutions, the company said in a press release.

US COMPANY DOMTAR TO EXPAND EAM FACILITY FOR AIRLAID NONWOVENS

-INSPECTA BE, FINALIST AT THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS 2021

InspectaBe has been selected as one of the finalists in the Machinery category of the prestigious award that aims to promote the spread of sustainable packaging. Specifically, InspectaBe ensures strict control over the presence of Benzene throughout the entire production chain with recycled PET.

The Sustainability Awards is the international award organised by the trade magazine Packaging Europe, which aims to spread the culture of innovation in packaging with a view to sustainability in response to such emergencies as environmental pollution and climate change. Now in its eighth year, this award in 2021 attracted 309 nominations in 8 categories with 32 finalists who will be judged by a panel of independent experts.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

The result of the Piovan Group’s constant commitment to innovation, InspectaBe is a analyzer designed to detect benzene in finished products – sheets and bottles – or semi-finished products – granules or preforms – with various percentages of rPET.

Benzene could be present in the finished product when residual traces of PVC remain in the PET after the post-consumer sorting process. InspectaBe allows measurements to be taken in just 60 minutes at the production site itself and, together with the Winfactory 4.0 management software, is a valuable ally to the Quality System, allowing a history of the measurements associated with production lots to be archived as proof of the safety of processes.

INSPECTA BE, FINALIST AT THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS 2021

-Herma: New label adhesive for more assured PET recycling

New wash-off label adhesive 52W satisfies strict Scandinavian requirements for closed-loop PET recycling.

Even with standard PP films, it washes off PET bottles without leaving any residue at just 65 degrees Celsius.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

Special formulation ensures reliable separation of labels and PET bottles throughout the recycling process.

The Norwegian PET collection scheme has already approved the new HERMA adhesive, and the Swedish scheme recommends it.

As the drive to promote the recycling of separated plastics gathers pace, wash-off label adhesives are highly sought-after. HERMA has now developed a new adhesive specifically for PET bottles that satisfies even the very strict requirements imposed by two Scandinavian countries or their collection schemes. The new HERMA adhesive 52W has now been approved by the Norwegian collection scheme Infinitum and added to the list of recommended adhesives by the Swedish equivalent Returpack. Both the approval and the recommendation concern the adhesive in combination with the label materials HERMA PP white super tc (grade 881) and HERMA PP 50 transparent super tc (grade 886). The new adhesive ensures not only that the labels are reliably washed off the bottles without leaving any residue, but also that any tackiness which would allow the labels to stick after washing is removed. Its properties facilitate both the complete removal of the labels and the reliable separation of the PET bottles and labels. “52W enables us to ensure that label particles cannot regain their stickiness during drying and then become attached again to the washed PET flakes. In the context of separation for recycling, this is a key requirement of the Norwegian and Swedish recycling regulations.

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-Carbon-Fiber Composite Achieves Metal-like Thermal Conductivity

Japan’s Toray Industries Inc. has developed a thermal conductivity technology that raises the heat-dissipating properties of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) to that of metals. Applying this technology to CFRP dissipates heat effectively from its sources through thermal conduction paths inside the material. This helps suppress battery degradation in mobility applications while boosting performance in electronic devices.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

Common applications for this light, strong, and rigid plastic include aircraft, automobiles, infrastructure components, sporting goods, and electronic devices. Boosting the heat dissipation of CFRP when it is used as a structural material in advanced mobility is important in preventing batteries from deteriorating because of heat buildup during charging. However, CFRP is less thermally conductive than aluminum alloys and other metals, prompting efforts to enhance heat dissipation by employing external or internal graphite sheets. These sheets are easy to fracture, scatter, and damage, however, and compromise the performance of CFRP.

Over the years, Toray has used proprietary technology to develop and apply rigid, porous CFRP forming three-dimensional networks with short carbon fibers. On this occasion, Toray created a heat-conductive layer employing a porous CFRP support that safeguards the graphite sheets. Laminating CFRP prepreg on this thermally conductive layer enables Toray to attain a thermal conductivity above that of metals. That would be impossible with regular CFRP without compromising the mechanical properties and quality of the material.

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-Weekly Resin Report: Fasten Your Seatbelts, Hurricane Season Is Coming

Spot pricing had a mixed week with a firm undertone, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Polypropylene (PP) finished the week of May 17 up a cent and polyethylene (PE) levels were mostly higher, with some steady. Just one grade lost ground.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

Though resin reactors generally have been running smoothly, most producers remain under force majeure with contract allocations still in place. The supply of fresh PE and PP railcars was again predominately off grade. Very little domestic prime was available for the spot market, though some prime liquidity was provided through forecasted orders and imported resin. Incremental PE exports were challenged by price, but Latin America and Europe emerged as notable outlets. PP exports were limited to off-grade resins, as prime is needed for contracts.

Spot pricing had a mixed week with a firm undertone, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Polypropylene (PP) finished the week of May 17 up a cent and polyethylene (PE) levels were mostly higher, with some steady. Just one grade lost ground.

Though resin reactors generally have been running smoothly, most producers remain under force majeure with contract allocations still in place. The supply of fresh PE and PP railcars was again predominately off grade. Very little domestic prime was available for the spot market, though some prime liquidity was provided through forecasted orders and imported resin. Incremental PE exports were challenged by price, but Latin America and Europe emerged as notable outlets. PP exports were limited to off-grade resins, as prime is needed for contracts.

PE sales hampered by limited availability

While PE demand remained fairly robust last week, spot sales were limited by the lack of availability. Hefty production figures suggest that upstream inventories are improving, yet railcars of most Prime grades remained absent in the secondary market. These grades include linear-low-density (LLD) PE Hexene, high-density (HD) PE Pail Grade and 20 melt, LLDPE high flow for injection, and low-density (LD) PE high clarity for film.

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-Sinopec and PetroChina cut LDPE prices in southern China

Major manufacturers in the south of China have lowered their prices for high-density polyethylene (LDPE), ICIS reports .

On May 21, Sinopec and PetroChina in southern China offered LDPE at CNY9,700 per tonne, down CNY400 per tonne from the previous day. Bids were down CNY900 per tonne compared to the previous one.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

As Sinopec Maoming Petrochemical is expected to restart  LDPE production in the near future , there will be more supply on the market, while demand remains low.

According to ICIS-MRC Price Survey, Kazanorgsintez (KOS, part of the TAIF group) stopped part of its high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) production facilities for scheduled preventive maintenance. On April 16, KOS completely stopped LDPE production at the third stage for annual scheduled preventive maintenance. The annual capacity of LDPE production at the third stage is 140 thousand tons.

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-More than half of the plastic packaging that twenty companies spend

Analysis of plastic production shows that only twenty companies produce more than half of all discarded plastic packaging rejected in the world. She informed me about it BBC stations.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

A study led by a consortium of researchers led by the Australian Mindrow Foundation examined the raw materials needed to make disposable packaging, such as a thousand factories processing polymers, plastic bottles, foil and bags.

This created the first complete overview of the petrochemical companies, which form the basis of the supply chain of these products. Twenty of them make up 55 percent of the materials used to make disposable packaging, which often ends up at sea, for example.

The study also assessed which countries produce the most waste plastic waste per capita. Australia came in first, with the average population throwing 59 kilograms of plastic a year. It was followed by the United States at 53 kg and South Korea at 44 kg.

The largest manufacturer of disposable plastic packaging is the US mining company ExxonMobil. Dow, Synobeck, Indorama Ventures, Saudi Aramco, Petrosina, Lionel Basel, Reliance Industries, Broschem, Albec SADCV, Borealis, Lotte Chemical, Inios, Total, Jiangsu Hyulon Petrochemical, Pharma Group, PDT and China Resources.

More than half of the plastic packaging that twenty companies spend

-Recycled plastic prices ‘at historic highs’

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) says prices of recycled plastics have increased to “historically high” levels globally.

The international recycling federation, based in Brussels, attributes the rising prices to improvements in economies across Europe with the relaxation of strict lockdowns.

Henk Alssema, chair of BIR’s plastics recycling committee (picture: BIR)

Henk Alssema, chairman of the BIR plastics committee, said: “This has produced a run on raw materials, creating an imbalance between supply and demand. Experts are already talking in terms of a commodity ‘super-cycle’, which means a long period of rising prices for raw materials. The previous super-cycle started nearly 20 years ago and lasted around 10 years.  CircularEconomy Plasticswaste PETBottle

“The upward trend in prices began this year and has continued to historically high levels.”

Whereas recyclers were facing poor sales and high stocks a year ago, most are now completely sold out, said Mr Alssema, – who is with Dutch recycling business VITA Plastics. He said the “extremely high demand” for recycled materials was fuelled by shortages of new prime material and that the sector was facing a shortage of input material.

Recycled plastic prices ‘at historic highs’

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-Circular economy: Arkema acquires Agiplast

With the planned acquisition of Agiplast, a leader in the regeneration of high performance polymers, in particular specialty polyamides and fluoropolymers, Arkema will be able to offer a full service to customers in terms of materials circularity, addressing growing market expectations in this field. This project, which contributes to the sustainable development of the polymer industry, is perfectly in line with Arkema’s sustainable growth strategy.

Arkema plans to acquire Agiplast, a company specialized in the regeneration of high performance polymers and its historical partner in recycling operations. The company, with annual sales of around €15 million, operates a plant in Italy and has 32 employees. Agiplast’s strong know-how in mechanical recycling technologies will enable Arkema to offer high quality recycled polymers to its customers.

In October 2019, Arkema, the world leader in bio-based high performance polymers, had already launched Virtucycle®, an ambitious program with Agiplast aimed at developing loops for the collection and regeneration of high performance polymers while minimizing CO2 emissions.

Circular economy: Arkema acquires Agiplast

-The introduction of anti-dumping duties on MEG in Europe may affect PET pricing

Temporary anti-dumping duties (ADDs) on monoethylene glycol (MEG) imports to the EU from the US and Saudi Arabia may affect polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices in the region, ICIS reported .

The preliminary anti-dumping duties on the MEG are expected to take effect on June 14, and the final measures will be taken on November 12, 2021.

The duty increase could allow other MEG producers to raise their prices where they can compete.CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

Shipping costs have been a big concern for buyers, resellers and manufacturers since the second half of 2020 due to the pandemic.

The blockage of the Suez Canal exacerbated the problem as ships were late in loading and returning to their destination. The problem, as expected, should have been resolved by early summer. However, reports of delays beyond this period continue to be received.

The introduction of anti-dumping duties on MEG in Europe may affect PET pricing

-Italy delays plastic packaging tax to January 2022

The Italian government officially confirmed that Italy’s €450/tonne plastic packaging tax will be delayed until January 2022.

Market sources based in Italy had previously reported the delay on 13 May, but there had been no initial confirmation from an official government source.

The tax has been postponed several times already.

The tax will be payable by packaging producers, with recycled plastics and compostable biodegradable plastics set to be exempt.

Full details of how the tax would be implemented had been expected in April, ahead of an expected July implementation, but have not yet been published.

The postponement of the tax follows the election of a new Italian government in February 2021. CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

Coupled with this, Spain’s €450/tonne plastics tax faces further delays as a new draft of the government’s bill on waste and contaminated soil is sent through parliament for debate.

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-Study reveals Borealis’ Bornewables range of PP substantially reduces GHG emissions

Borealis’ Bornewables product range of polypropylene (PP) provides significantly smaller greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to polyolefins made from fossil-based feedstock, according to a new life-cycle assessment (LCA) study.

The study was carried out by ifeu, an independent ecological institutes, based in Heidelberg, Germany. They analysed the life cycle emissions of Borealis’ PP produced at its production sites in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium, when Neste’s renewable feedstock was used in the production to replace conventional feedstock.

The study showed that from cradle-to-gate (all steps from the sourcing of raw materials to products leaving Borealis’ production site), GHG emissions are reduced by at least 120% (2.7kg of CO2 equivalent per kg of PP) compared with PP manufactured with fossil-based feedstock at the same location.

Furthermore, the Bornewables are a lower-emissions alternative to virgin PP, no matter which end-of-life option is chosen. Even in case of energy recovery, when the carbon stored in the product is released, the carbon footprint reduction still amounts to 52% compared to PP from fossil-based feedstock. CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

Helping customers meet their sustainability targets

Now proven to provide significant carbon emissions reductions when compared with virgin PP, the Bornewables are an example of what can be achieved through Borealis’ EverMinds platform, which promotes innovation and collaboration to accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy. The Bornewables circular portfolio is produced according to the mass balance model, by replacing conventional feedstock with an identical volume made from ISCC PLUS certified sustainable feedstock.

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-Viridor commits to fight against climate crisis by becoming first UK net negative emissions waste company

The waste sector can become a key tool in decarbonising the rest of the economy under new plans announced by Viridor, one of the UK’s leading resources and waste management companies.CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

Ahead of COP26 in November, commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Government’s legal target of 2050

New target will see the removal of at least 1.6MT of CO2 per year by 2040, equivalent to removing 783,846 cars from UK roads

Ambition to be the first net negative emissions waste and recycling company in the UK by 2045, allowing Viridor to support the rest of the economy to reach net zero by 2050

Five-step action plan to support the country to recycle 70% of our waste by 2030 and unlock billions of pounds of investment in new green technologies like carbon capture

Landmark partnership agreed to develop carbon capture technology at Viridor’s largest site as part of the ground-breaking HyNet North West industrial cluster

Viridor has set out plans to become a net zero emissions company by 2040, a target that is in line with the Paris Agreement and the Science-Based Targets initiative. Ahead of COP26 in November, Viridor is also announcing the far-reaching aim to become the first UK net negative emissions waste and recycling company by 2045, allowing it to support the country’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

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-The Guardian view on recycling plastics: keep it in the UK

Editorial

Turkey is the latest country to reject the role of world’s dustbin. With their environment bill, ministers have a chance to end this vandalism

The international plastics recycling market is broken. It is doubtful whether it ever worked.  CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

For most of the last decade, China was the world’s largest importer of recyclable materials, some of which were used in manufacturing. But it banned these imports as part of a “beautiful China” policy aimed at improving the environment.

Malaysia was the next country to fight back against being treated as the “dumping ground of the world” – as its environment minister, Yeo Bee Yin, put it in 2019. More than 200 facilities were closed, and thousands of tonnes of waste returned, amid growing evidence of the involvement of organised crime in the global waste business. Now Turkey has rejected the role of international rubbish bin: after a Greenpeace investigation found plastics dumped in rivers, on beaches and in illegal waste mountains, it announced that most plastic waste imports (which included 209,642 tonnes from the UK in 2020) will be banned in six weeks’ time.

The Guardian view on recycling plastics: keep it in the UK

-NPP “POLYPLASTIC” has launched the production of compounds for the production of a new commercial vehicle GAZelle

NPP POLYPLASTIC, the largest Russian manufacturer of thermoplastic composite materials, has launched the production of compounds for the production of a new commercial vehicle GAZelle, the company said.

Thus, the GAZ plant (Nizhny Novgorod) has begun mass production of a new commercial vehicle GAZelle NN with a total weight of 3.5 tons. The model of the new generation has undergone more than 50 design and technological changes, in particular, a polymer compound developed by NPP POLYPLASTIC (Moscow) with the addition of carbon nanomaterials was used for the manufacture of car wings.

It is noted that this is the first Russian polymer nanocompound for injection molding of a car wing created on the basis of domestic polyamide-6, which fully meets the industry requirements of the automotive industry in terms of both electrical conductive and physical and mechanical properties in the manufacture of external body parts. The high-tech material has all the necessary physical and mechanical properties, and the exterior parts made from it can be painted on cataphoresis lines.

“We are very pleased and proud that we have contributed to the development of technological progress in the domestic auto industry. Before GAZ, none of the Russian automakers used polymer compounds for the manufacture of exterior parts, although their molding from polymer is often simpler and cheaper than stamping from a metal sheet. CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

The problem was that, possessing the necessary strength properties, they did not correspond to the indices for the specific volumetric electrical resistance, which are required for painting body parts in line. A separate line was required, and this was already economically unprofitable. carbon nanomaterials, from which the wings of Gazelles NN are made, makes it possible to paint the entire body of the car in line “, – said Mikhail Katsevman,Director for Science and Development, Research and Production Enterprise “POLYPLASTIC”.

NPP "POLYPLASTIC" has launched the production of compounds for the production of a new commercial vehicle GAZelle

-We can no longer afford to ignore plastic film

Plastic film has long been a bête noir for local authority recycling. Whether it’s plastic bags and film wrapping getting tangled in sorting machinery, or finding a market for the low-value material, Dr Sarah Kemp, Consultant at Eunomia Research & Consulting, says plastic film poses ‘headaches’ that local authorities could seemingly do without.CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

With local authorities struggling to work out how, collectively, they’re going to achieve a 65% recycling rate by 2035, plastic film is a material stream that councils can no longer afford to ignore.

UK-wide waste composition data undertaken by Eunomia for WRAP shows that plastic film makes up 6.4% of kerbside residual waste, with just 7% of all 311,000 tonnes of plastic film put on the market in 2019 collected for recycling by 55 local authorities, according to RECOUP.

As the figures show, that’s an awful lot of material not being collected for recycling – let alone actually being recycled – and ending up in residual waste streams destined for landfill or energy recovery.

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-May ABS contract prices in Europe increased by EUR70-100 per tonne

May contract prices on the European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) market increased by EUR70-100 per tonne amid rising prices for styrene raw materials, ICIS reported CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was agreed for May deliveries at EUR1,950 per tonne, up EUR87 per tonne from the previous month.

The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).

Prices have risen for the eighth straight month due to rising styrene prices amid limited supply and stable demand from the finished goods sector.

Supply remains limited and suppliers have low inventories, in part due to ongoing production problems in the supply chain, including force majeure by INEOS for ABS and AKN supplies. That being said, Elix ended its scheduled short service at the ABS plant last week.

Earlier it was reported that the April contract prices on the European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) market increased by EUR250-300 per tonne amid rising prices for styrene raw materials by EUR312 per tonne.

May ABS contract prices in Europe increased by EUR70-100 per tonne

-H2 2021 PETROCHEMICALS: Asian PTA faces supply glut amid Chinese expansion, uncertain demand

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Chinese startups to weigh on Asian PTA
  • Market eyes Indian demand amid pandemic
  • NEA producers continue exploring exports

Market sentiment is generally bearish for the Asian purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, market due to new capacity expansions in China lined up towards the second half of 2021 — which is putting pressure on both domestic and international prices — and an uncertain demand outlook.

The demand outlook for H2 remains unclear amid new waves of the coronavirus infection in Asia, especially in India, with bottlenecks created by global logistics challenges arising from container shortages.

Despite the bearish PTA outlook, some market players are pinning their hopes on potential run-rate adjustments and capacity normalizations in China, while the effective vaccine rollout may control the pandemic and create some price support in H2. CircularEconomy Netswaste Petrochemicals

China’s mega expansion weight on profits

A total of 6.6 million mt/year new PTA capacity is expected to come online in China in H2. China’s Yisheng Petrochemical will operate the two new PTA lines which have a capacity of 3.3 million mt/year each, with one unit expected to start in July, while the other may come online around end-2021, sources close to the company said.

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Mineral water evolution: evian on meeting changing consumer demands and hitting sustainability milestones in Asia

Premium mineral water giant evian has launched new product formats in response to changing consumer demands in Asia, whilst also launching its first label-free, 100% recyclable bottle in the region to hit sustainability milestones.

According to evian Global Brand Vice President Shweta Harit, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it several major changes to the F&B sector in Asia, hitting even the premium mineral water space which mostly deals with the one product, natural mineral water.

“[COVID-19 has led to a situation where, in the last few months with more or less encirclement, [it has] changed the way consumers consume,” she told FoodNavigator-Asia.

“[Consumers in Asia] are now at home more, increasing e-commerce and online shopping, and also not having to carry things around [such as bottled water].

“So, taking into account these trends in behavioural changes, evian launched a new format on e-commerce in 2021: The evian 1.5L (with a bottle made from 30% RPET) – this is the largest format available today [and more suited for consumers staying home and not requiring small bottles to bring around].”

In addition to this, evian is also stepping up its work on sustainability in Asia due to a ‘renewed impetus’ brought on by COVID-19 to tackle environmental issues – and one of its latest initiatives has been the launch of a label-free, 100% recyclable water bottle in the region.

Mineral water evolution: evian on meeting changing consumer demands and hitting sustainability milestones in Asia

-Is recycling a waste? Here’s the answer from a plastics expert before you ditch the effort

  • Terracycle and Loop founder and CEO Tom Szaky says the economics of the recycling business are broken in key ways, but consumer and corporate interest in building a circular economy continues to grow.
  • Low oil prices, bans on imported recyclables in countries like China, and the latest trends in packaging design make it harder to recycle.
  • Still, the recycling CEO says getting to a low-waste or even zero-waste economy is the way the world once was and can be again.

Recycling may make you feel better in a very small way about your role in helping to avert a global apocalypse, but even in “friendly” places, from John Oliver to NPR podcasts, recycling, especially of plastics, is being given a hard look. More people are wondering: Does it work?  CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

The debate is not new. For years the economics of plastic recycling have been questioned. But the problem is not going away. The globe is already producing two trillion tons of solid waste a year and is on pace to add more than a trillion more on an annual basis in the coming decades, according to World Bank data. A recent study found that the 20 top petrochemical companies in the world, among the group Exxon Mobil and Dow, are responsible for 55% of the world’s single-use generating about 50 kilograms of throwaway plastic about 50 kilograms of throwaway plastic a year, per person.

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-Total and Plastic Energy to Build First Chemical Recycling Plant in France

French energy giant Total and chemical recycling company Plastic Energy have entered into a strategic partnership and will develop the first chemical recycling project in France. With a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year, the plant will be located on the new Total platform zero crude in Grandpuits, France. The project is expected to become operational in early 2023.

The project in France represents the start of a collaboration between Total and Plastic Energy, which is headquartered in London, to chemically process difficult-to-recycle plastic waste that otherwise would have been incinerated.

French energy giant Total and chemical recycling company Plastic Energy have entered into a strategic partnership and will develop the first chemical recycling project in France. With a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year, the plant will be located on the new Total platform zero crude in Grandpuits, France. The project is expected to become operational in early 2023.CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

The project in France represents the start of a collaboration between Total and Plastic Energy, which is headquartered in London, to chemically process difficult-to-recycle plastic waste that otherwise would have been incinerated.

Valerie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers, in Total’s Refining and Chemicals business segment, said, “This strategic partnership combined with the construction of the first chemical recycling plant in France is an important step in the development of the chemical recycling of plastic waste. It will contribute to achieve our goal of producing 30% of polymers from recycled materials by 2030.”

Total and Plastic Energy to Build First Chemical Recycling Plant in France

-What makes “Hai’an” so outstanding in nylon filament market?

Nylon 6 textile filament market had declined since mid-March 2021, and just ceased the downtrend in end-April. In the one-and-a half-month adjustment, nylon 6 filament producers who focused on producing semi-dull products were under comparatively higher pressure, as their inventory accumulated due to unbalanced sales/production conditions.  CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

However, as a major production base of semi-dull nylon 6 textile filament, Hai’an Zhejiang market had performed well out of the bearish look. Most local POY producers were running at their full capacity, and the supply was still tight. Local DTY plants also kept operating at high rates, and their inventory was under control. Added to this phenomenon, Hai’an market was concentrated on low-end conventional filament varieties.

What makes Hai’an the exception?

  1. Cost advantage

The cost advantage of Hai’an’s textile filament is mainly in two aspects: production cost and raw material cost. The production cost advantage mainly lies in electricity fee, management, packaging, etc., but the cost saving in terms of air-conditioning electricity and paper tube recycling is limited, not enough to drive a significant shift in demand to the Hai’an market. In comparison, raw material cost advantage of has played a greater role in the past two months.

What makes “Hai’an” so outstanding in nylon filament market?

-Cupra deploys recycled marine plastic for sports seats

Seat’s Cupra brand says it is working with specialist firm Seaqual Initiative on the manufacture of the sports seats for its Born model, using upcycled plastic materials found in the Mediterranean Sea. CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

The seats will be created from a recycled polymer fiber fabric called Seaqaul Yarn, which is produced from marine litter found on beaches and the ocean floor and surface, as well as rivers and estuaries. The material is collected by a clean-up program and sorted into different material types, with the plastics being cleaned, treated and recycled into yarn that is claimed to have almost identical physical properties to virgin polyester.

Cupra director of strategy, business development and operations Antonino Labate commented, “With the Cupra Born, our first 100% electric vehicle, we’re entering a new electric era. The partnership with Seaqual Initiative to create the seats for this new model demonstrates that sustainability, innovation and contemporary design are a perfect combination. Cupra is a brand that inspires the world from Barcelona, which is why we are committed to circular-economy projects and helping preserve a natural resource which is very close to us, the Mediterranean.”

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-US Trinseo to sell synthetic rubber business to Synthos for $491m

Trinseo has agreed to sell its synthetic rubber business to the Polish company Synthos for $491m, the US-based styrenics producer said on Friday.

Out of the total, $449.4m is made up of cash and $41.6m represents pension liabilities, Trinseo said. It expects net cash proceeds will be $400m after factoring the costs and taxes associated with the sale.

The deal should close in 2022. It will include Trinseo’s plant in Schkopau, Germany, as well as the related research-and-development facilities.

The segment makes solution styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) and emulsion styrene butadiene rubber (ESBR). It also makes nickel polybutadiene rubber (Ni-PBR) and neodynium PBR (Nd-PBR). CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

Synthos did not immediately respond to a request for comment after hours in Poland.

Trinseo’s CEO, Frank Bozich, said the sale will strengthen the company’s balance sheet.

Earlier this year, Trinseo closed on the €1.14bn acquisition of Arkema’s polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) business.

Trinseo is funding the acquisition with up to $250m of existing cash. The rest will come from new debt financing.

US Trinseo to sell synthetic rubber business to Synthos for $491m

-European Parliament stops talks with China on investment agreement

European Parliament has passed a resolution stating that ratification talks for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) are “justifiably frozen”. The resolution adopted Thursday condemns the sanctions recently imposed by Chinese authorities on several European individuals and entities, including five MEPs (Members of European Parliament).

The text was approved by 599 votes in favour, 30 against with 58 abstentions.

The resolution emphasises that any consideration by the European Parliament of the EU-China CAI, agreed in principle between the EU and China in December 2020, as well as any discussion on its mandatory ratification by MEPs, have “justifiably been frozen” because of the Chinese sanctions. CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

MEPs have demanded that China lift the sanctions before they consider the agreement, “without prejudice to the final outcome of the CAI ratification process”.  They also reminded the European Commission that MEPs will take the human rights situation in China, including in Hong Kong, into account when deciding whether to endorse the agreement or not, according to a statement on the website of the European Parliament.

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-EU 6GW electrolyser hydrogen target possible by 2024

The EU is on track to meet the European Commission’s target of 6GW of installed hydrogen electrolyser capacity by 2024, Constantine Levoyannis, head of policy at the Hydrogen Europe association, indicated at Reuters Events: Hydrogen 2021 on 20 May.

He was joined by panellists from the industry to outline the key regulatory steps needed ahead of 2024.

Levoyannis said that based on projects submitted to the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, a body created to help reach the 6GW target, that Europe should be on track to achieve the 2024 target.

However, Levoyannis also noted several areas of policy and regulatory support that could aid the development of green hydrogen production capacity.

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“Bring hydrogen onto a level playing field with other technologies,” Levoyannis said when asked how to achieve the 6GW target.

He outlined that legislation currently pre-dates the commission’s hydrogen strategy, which was launched on 8 July 2020, and that to support increasing electrolyser capacity could require policy changes.

EU 6GW electrolyser hydrogen target possible by 2024

-We need a global agreement that sets targets for reducing plastic waste

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We need a global agreement that sets targets for reducing plastic rubbish in the oceans.

Whatever the developed world does on recycling will barely move the needle towards solving the plastic waste crisis. The reason is that some two billion people, most of whom live in the developing world, lack any access to rubbish collection systems. More than 90% of plastic waste in the oceans comes from just ten rivers, eight in Asia and two in Africa. CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

The huge volume of future demand in the developing world for single-use plastics means we must address the problem at source.

As the developing world gets richer, the content of plastic in the oceans can only increase unless we take urgent action. Many of the goods made from single-use plastics are lifesaving and so essential.

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-50 New Plastic-Eating Mushrooms Have Been Discovered in Past Two Years

Scientists around the world have continued to discover different types of fungus that can degrade specific types of plastic.

We now have 150 million tons of plastic in our oceans, according to estimates; by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish. And every new batch of trash compounds the issue: Plastic is notorious for its longevity and resistance to natural degradation.

The Lowdown

Enter the humble mushroom. In 2011, Yale students made headlines with the discovery of a fungus in Ecuador, Pestalotiopsis microspora, that has the ability to digest and break down polyurethane plastic, even in an air-free (anaerobic) environment—which might even make it effective at the bottom of landfills. Although the professor who led the research trip cautioned for moderate expectations, there’s an undeniable appeal to the idea of a speedier, cleaner, side effect-free, and natural method of disposing of plastic. CircularEconomy PETwaste Petrochemicals

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-PlasticsEurope condemns the illegal trade of plastic waste

PlasticsEurope has condemned the illegal dumping of plastic waste and called for stricter enforcement of the controls on its shipment.

The European plastics manufacturers trade organisation described the act as ‘distressing’, particularly for countries that lack appropriate waste enforcement capacities and suitable infrastructure to prevent the trade of illegal waste. PlasticsEurope continues to work collaboratively with enforcement authorities to tackle this issue.  Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

A recent press statement read: ‘The Interpol report on illegal plastic waste exports issued in August 2020 flagged a significant increase in plastic waste crime. We welcomed the Report’s conclusions and have expressed since then the urgency to increase enforcement of existing global and national legislation on waste trade which PlasticsEurope fully backs.’

Virginia Janssens, PlasticsEurope Managing Director, said: “More radical measures are needed to stop this issue. This is why we also urged the international community to step up the development of efficient monitoring systems to tackle the lack of waste traceability and to improve collection of reliable data.”

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-INEOS and LACTEL partner to produce the world’s first HDPE Milk Bottles from advanced recycling

– INEOS and LACTEL announce a partnership on advanced recycling packaging for dairy products.

– Advanced recycling enables conversion of waste plastic back to new, high-quality polymers, used to produce the Lactel bottles.Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

INEOS O&P EUROPE is making a significant investment to develop a comprehensive portfolio of circular solutions for the packaging industry. The collaboration with LACTEL is yet another major milestone in this direction.

Advanced recycling technology converts waste plastic back to its basic molecules which are then used in INEOS production sites to include recycled contents and replace traditional fossil-based raw materials.

LACTEL is the first dairy brand, in collaboration with INEOS, to explore a solution for UHT milk bottles produced with circular polyethylene, derived from post-consumer recycled material.INEOS and LACTEL partner to produce the world’s first HDPE Milk Bottles from advanced recycling

-Avantium in sweet deal for plant-based glycol

Avantium is to work with a Dutch sugar beet processor on commercialising plant-based glycol production from sugars, after successfully demonstrating the process at its pilot plant.

The biopolymers firm has teamed up with Cosun Beet Company (CBC), part of Royal Cosun, with the aim of jointly constructing and operating the first commercial plant using Avantium’s Ray Technology.

Ray converts sugars into plantMEG, which is used in packaging and textiles. It also produces plantMPG, which offers benefits in industrial applications such as heat transfer fluid for solar panels.Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Avantium currently produces plantMEG and plantMPG at its pilot plant in the town of Delfzijl, with beet sugar supplied by CBC. Validation of the functional performance of the plant-based glycols was only confirmed in April.

The company said its current collaboration with CBC served as a “strong foundation” for the envisioned joint venture business.

The joint venture is to be formalised this year, and an investment decision for the commercial plant is anticipated to be made in the first half of 2023. It is hoped commercial operations can commence in 2025.

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-Polymer Points: Resin price volatility continues in April

The rise of the resins continued in April as tight supplies of materials continued to be a challenge for processors across North America.

Regional selling prices for polyethylene, PVC, polystyrene and PET bottle resin all were up for the month. Average polypropylene resin prices were down because of operating conditions, while demand for that resin remained high.

Regional prices for low and linear low density PE surged an average of 9 cents per pound since April 1, with high density PE prices up 7 cents. Supplies of the material remain tight as producers look to recover from outages caused by Winter Storm Uri in February.Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

The April HDPE price increase at first was believed to be 9 cents, but the market eventually settled up to 7. This change is being shown as a 2-cent downward correction on this week’s Plastics News resin pricing chart.

PE prices now are up a total of 28 cents so far in 2021 and are up 48 cents since January 2020. PE makers are seeking increases of 5-6 cents per pound for May.

Many producers still are operating under force majeure sales limits or other types of sales allocations. On average, North American PE processors are receiving 70 percent of their requested purchases, according to sources contacted by Plastics News.

Mike Burns, a PE market analyst with Resin Technology Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, said that allocations are moving higher than 70 percent but that demand is still exceeding supply. c

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-How the Circular Economy Can Transform Manufacturing

Four essential changes need to occur before your company can reap the rewards of this economic shift.

In a resource-constrained world, there is a noticeable trend of companies opting into the circular economy model. For manufacturers, this shift involves a move away from the “take-make-dispose” linear economy and a step towards increased responsibility over the total lifecycle of a product and its environmental impact. But to close the loop, manufacturers need to embrace change and learn to adapt their processes and products.Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Circular economy, set to be the biggest revolution in the global economy in 250 years according to Accenture, is part of the ongoing narrative on industrial sustainability. Recent economic factors such as input cost rises and resource volatility have heavily influenced this shift towards a circular approach, but not all the reasons are reactive.

With a circular business model, manufacturing companies can achieve stronger value chain relationships and yield long tail revenues. But to reap the rewards, this shift requires change. As more companies opt into the circular economy and product lifecycles increase, manufacturers will not only need to re-examine and re-configure their operations, but also explore how they adapt their ERP solutions to meet the new demands required by these sustainable models.

In particular, there are four key areas where the impact of the circular economy in manufacturing is clear to see.

How the Circular Economy Can Transform Manufacturing

-Biotechnological circular solutions

The BIORECOVER project is developing biotechnological circular solutions to tackle the supply of some critical raw materials in the EU Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicalsls

According to the European Union (EU), Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) assemble a list of 30 metals, minerals and natural materials which are crucially impacted in economic terms by a high supply risk. CRMs are essential to produce a broad range of goods and applications for several industrial ecosystems.

Rare Earth Elements (REE) and pure magnesium almost entirely rely on imports from China, 98% and 93%, respectively. Moreover, the demand of both CRM comprises strategic and growing sectors, such as renewable energy, high-tech application, automotive, etc. Additionally, the production of REE and Mg from secondary raw materials makes only a marginal contribution to the EU’s demand, being a huge loss of value to its economy. It is capital to unlock unexploited sources of these raw materials to reduce dependency and strengthen diversity and security of supply in the EU.

The main producers of Platinum group metals (PGM) are South Africa (84%) and Russia (40% for palladium), with an absolute reliance of 100%. Although 50% of platinum is recycled, covering more than 25% of the EU’s consumption, the growing demand in applications such as fuel cells and electronic devices makes necessary process development to increase its recyclability. Achieving strategic partnerships with resource-rich countries and working together to ensure maximum yield of these resources is capital, always making use of external policy instruments and respecting its international obligations.

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-Plastic scrap prices rise amid tight supply

Reprocessors say obtaining enough scrap to meet demand for postconsumer resin has been difficult.

Whether you’re talking polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP) scrap, supply has tightened, while pricing has increased to new highs. Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

One PET reprocessor based in the Northeast says bale supply is “very tight,” and   pricing is increasing as a result. High-grade PET bales have reached 30 cents per pound in California, while pricing is in the 20-cents-per-pound range in the Midwest and Southeast as of the third week of May, he says.

His company has offered to raise its pricing to draw in more material, but the supply is not available. “The collection rate is poor but starting to improve.” He says that is in part because cooler weather has lingered in the Northeast, affecting generation of water and soft drink bottles.

“We are fighting over every bottle out there,” the reprocessor says. “There is not enough material now to go around.”

Demand for his company’s rPET flake also has increased, which he says is a very different situation from late 2020. “There was almost no demand for this stuff,” he says, adding that his company was inventorying a great deal of material as a result.

But demand started to grow in March, he says. “People are falling over themselves to try to buy this stuff. It’s gotten a little nuts.”

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-Graphene’s anti-microbial properties are far more effective than conventional surface disinfectants: Vikas Bardiya, Nanomatrix Materials

Graphene and related materials demonstrated a broad range antimicrobial activity. This is attributed mainly to the direct physicochemical interaction between germs and microbes, which makes it more effective than conventional surface disinfectants.

Shahid Akhter, spoke to Vikas Bardiya, Founder, Nanomatrix Materials, Bardiya Group, to know more about graphene and its application in healthcare by way of antimicrobial activity toward bacteria, fungi and viruses.

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Graphene is 1 atom thick sheet of carbon in a honeycomb crystal hexagon. It is one of the most exciting subjects for researches as it possesses tremendous properties and can be used in almost every application in the world. It is the strongest material in the world which is 200 times stronger than steel and 20 times lighter than a feather. This is the best conductor of electricity and best thermal insulator.

There are a number of applications where graphene has gained its most attention, be it Rechargeable batteries, polymers, textile, construction and most recently in healthcare.

Graphene’s anti-microbial properties are far more effective than conventional surface disinfectants: Vikas Bardiya, Nanomatrix Materials

-Does sustainability mean anything anymore?

Packaging brand owners risk slowing the momentum of sustainability gains as a result of greenwashing, argues David Harding-Brown, CEO at Ecoveritas, in our latest comment feature.

‘Sustainability’, ‘eco-friendly’, ‘green’, ‘ethical’, and ‘ecological’ are all terms we use daily without questioning why. They have become so easy to associate with environmental messaging that their original meaning has now become lost in the ‘white noise’ of consumer marketing. This ongoing experience of semantic satiation across the packaging supply chain needs to stop, otherwise brand owners risk slowing the momentum of sustainability gains. Biotechnology Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Fortunately, there are many brands out there making their mark on sustainability with meaningful action. It is true that they are driving pertinent and powerful messaging, but they are, in turn, quantifying this with measurable data and innovating in their design for environment (DFE) business strategies. However, not all brand owners are doing their part. There are some that are squandering these values and undermining the work of those brands that are driving positive change in the industry.

Does sustainability mean anything anymore?

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 955 $/ton 935 $/ton- -20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 5,850 yuan/ton -100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton -50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,585 yuan/ton 4,575 yuan/ton -10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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670 $/ton 670 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,910 yuan/ton 4,940 yuan/ton +30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 636 $/ton 638 $/ton- +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 846 $/ton 833 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 828 $/ton 815 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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855 $/ton 843 $/ton -12
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,530 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton
-180
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8.250 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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7,550 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,350 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton
-850
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,450 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton -300
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 41,000 yuan/ton 40,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,550 yuan/ton 17,300 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,300 yuan/ton 20,100 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,750 yuan/ton 18,650 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 85,500 yuan/ton 86,000 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 74,000 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 64,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,100 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 8,050 yuan/ton 7,680 yuan/ton -370
Benzene overseas  market 1,044 $/ton 951 $/ton
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Ethylene South East market 1,085 $/ton 1,020 $/ton -65
Ethylene NWE  market

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1,292 $/ton 1,284 $/ton -8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,500 yuan/ton 17,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,000 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton -500
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETResin Spandex
8,530 yuan/ton 8,260 yuan/ton -270
Naphtha overseas market  593 $/ton 575 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 9,840 yuan/ton 9,740 yuan/ton -100

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-Man-Made Fiber Technology Solutions

Trützschler Man-Made Fibers’ MO40-C BCF filament yarn extrusion system

Technology companies innovate to solve problems for the man-made fiber industry.

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The origins of the man-made fiber industry go back as far as the 1800s. But famously, it was the discovery of nylon by DuPont chemist W.H. Carothers almost 90 years ago that truly launched the industry. Polyester soon followed nylon; and in the years since those early discoveries, many more man-made polymers have been developed. There are lots of processes for turning these polymers into a useable fiber form, as well as downstream processes for imparting desired fiber properties. Man-made fiber technology companies continuously work to innovate for the sector, reacting to industry trends and needs.

Read on to learn about some of the latest technologies developed for the man-made fiber market.

Spinning Plants, Lines

Italy-based 4M Plants S.r.l. offers multifilament spinning plants designed for maximum flexibility and ergonomics. Its compact spinning lines are suitable for polyester and polypropylene (PP) continuous multifilament partially-oriented, fully-drawn and high-tenacity yarns. The OMNIA series offers fast installation and parameter setup to maximize return on investment and reduce production costs even on small lots. 4M reports its “plug, run and earn” claim is its standard and not merely marketing. The smallest standard Omnia may be installed and entered into production within one day.

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-Bio-based Polyamide Solves Sustainability Challenge for EVA

Solvay has extended its diversified portfolio of high-performance polyphthalamide (PPA) compounds with Amodel Bios, a new family of partially bio-based long-chain PPA products particularly indicated for demanding electrical and electronic applications in e-mobility. Besides its renewable feedstock content from non-food-competing sources, it is produced with 100% renewable electricity, minimizing its global warming potential (GWP) well below the level of other bio-based PPA.

Solvay’s Amodel Bios PPA combines sustainability with the requisite performance properties for components in e-motors, power electronics, and other high-end electrical systems. Most notably, it offers the highest glass transition temperature — Tg 135°C — of all bio-based PPA on the market and a melting point (Tm) of 315°C. Designed for injection molding, it is an ideal candidate for non-blistering reflow soldered surface mount devices (SMD) and parts in the cooling circuit of power electronics, including fluid connectors.  CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Bio-based Polyamide Solves Sustainability Challenge for EVA

-Bast Fibre Technologies completes CAD$8.5 million series A equity financing to begin manufacturing and commercial phase of growth

Bast Fibre Technologies (BFT), a cleantech natural fibre engineering company, announces the closing of a CAD$8.5 million (US$7 million) series A equity financing. The Company will now enter its next phase of growth focused on the full-scale manufacturing and commercialization of natural bast fibres for nonwoven products.

US-based private equity firm Merida Capital Holdings is a key new shareholder in this series A financing which also includes significant participation from existing investors.

“With this financing under our belt we can complete the final build out of our EU manufacturing site, continue the investment in our feedstock supply chain and enter full-scale commercialization,” said CEO Noel Hall. “Since our last financing 12 months ago, we now have a large number of customers using our natural bast fibres on commercial production lines, so it is critical that we invest in manufacturing capacity to feed the strong market demand.”  CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

“The Bast Fibre Technologies management team has an unrivalled level of experience in both the natural fibre and nonwoven fabric markets,” said Senior Partner Mina Mishrikey of Merida Capital Holdings. “The Company’s nonwoven pipeline has the potential for immediate consumer adoption and this ESG investment complements the strategic moves we are making in the broader hemp fibre space.”

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-Plastics and the Environment

The world is facing a plastic crisis, the status quo is not an option. Plastic pollution is a serious issue of global concern which requires an urgent and international response involving all relevant actors at different levels. This page aims at listing relevant information, research, data and/or press releases issued by our partners in Geneva and other institutions around the world.  CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Facing the Plastic Pollution Crisis

In this section: A glimpse on the global plastic crisis | Plastics production and the plastic industry | Plastic pollution around the world

Of all the plastic that ever existed: more than half was produced in the last 15 years and 91% has never been recycled. The Story of Plastics

A Glimpse on the Global Plastic Crisis

The world is facing a plastic crisis. Plastic pollution has become a global concern, as our planet is drowning in plastic litter and microplastics. While plastic has many valuable uses, societies have become highly dependent on single-use or disposable plastic — with severe environmental consequences. Plastic waste is now so ubiquitous in the natural environment that scientists have even suggested it could serve as a geological indicator of the Anthropocene era. How did we get here and what does this mean for us, other species and the planet? This section offers broad picture of the challenges that plastics represent to the environment.

Plastics and the Environment

-Chemical Recycling is a Viable Alternative to Conventional Recycling

For decades, chemical recycling has been explored as a viable alternative to conventional recycling. This type of recycling breaks plastic down into its chemical building blocks, which can then be used for fuels or as new plastics.

But, it requires a large amount of energy and with the volatile price of crude oil sometimes makes it  cheaper to produce new plastic products than to recycle existing plasticCircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Chemical recycling techniques are being trialed across the world. For example, UK-based Recycling Technologies has developed a pyrolysis machine that turns hard-to-recycle plastic such as films, bags and laminated plastics into Plaxx, a liquid hydrocarbon feedstock that can be used to make new virgin quality plastic.

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-Eindhoven-based Ioniqa Technologies raises €10M to make PET plastic a sustainable material; here’s how

Eindhoven-based high-tech chemical scale-up Ioniqa Technologies announced that it has raised €10M in a fresh round of funding from a new investor and several existing shareholders.

Named ‘National icon’ by the Netherlands’ government in 2019, Ioniqa claims to be leading the pack in the field of enhanced recycling for PET plastics.

Creating value out of PET waste through technology

In the current scenario, governments, international brands, and plastic producers are setting themselves steep targets for 100 per cent recycled PET plastics, led by a major shift in consumer demands. This creates a massive pull for the circular solution Ioniqa is delivering. CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Ioniqa Technologies is a clean-tech spinoff from the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL), specialised in creating value out of PET waste by using its proprietary circular technology. With a cost-effective process, Ioniqa claims to close the loop for plastics, starting with PET plastics.

The company’s innovation transforms all types and colours of PET plastic waste into valuable “virgin-quality” materials for food-approved PET plastic. Besides, up-cycling processes for other types of plastic are also being researched and are expected to be launched in the near future by the company.

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-Launch of first “E-Loop” products with recycled content

The company’s headquarters facility in Tarragona received ISCC certification in 2020

Spanish ABS manufacturer Elix Polymers (Tarragona; www.elix-polymers.com) announced the commercial availability of products with recycled content under its new “E-Loop” brand that encompasses and centralises all of the company’s circular economy activities (see Plasteurope.com of 25.02.2021).

The first quantities of its “E-Loop H801 MR black” mechanically recycled ABS/PC and its “M220 CR25” chemically recycled ABS have been produced. Validation has also come from customers in the automotive and toy industries interested in these products as part of their own circular economy strategy.

Elix Polymers plans to launch an extensive sustainable product portfolio including grades with varying content. CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

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-Twenty Companies Produce More than Half of the World’s Plastic Waste, Claims Report

ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, and Sinopec are the worst polluters, according to the report spearheaded by the Minderoo Foundation of Australia.

Apparently, just 20 companies produce 55% of the world’s plastic waste, and ExxonMobil is the greatest offender. That’s one of the claims made by a study, “The Plastic Waste Makers,” produced by the Minderoo Foundation of Australia in conjunction with partners Wood Mackenzie, the London School of Economics, and Stockholm Environment Institute, among others. CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

ExxonMobil, the study declared, is the greatest single-use plastic waste polluter in the world, contributing 5.9 tonnes to the global waste mountain. I always thought that companies such as ExxonMobil produced oil and gas products, such as fuel for vehicles, as well as a variety of chemicals used in automotive coolants, packaging, agricultural film, building and construction materials, and clothing. Dow Chemical reportedly creates 5.5 million tonnes of plastic waste, while China’s Sinopec produces 5.3 million tonnes. I had absolutely no idea these companies produced plastic waste!

Twenty Companies Produce More than Half of the World’s Plastic Waste, Claims Report

CHEMICALS AND SUSTAINABILITY

-High-Level Roundtable for EU chemicals strategy holds its first meeting / Cefic and industry players make proposals for priorities

The EU’s chemicals strategy for sustainability drafted last year, a step toward a European “Green Deal”, is taking on sharper contours. In early May 2021, the European Commission published the long-awaited update of its industrial strategy, and the constitutional session of the High-Level Roundtable, to which the trade association European Chemical Industry Council and member companies belong, took place. CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

On the EU’s roadmap to sustainability, lauded by environmental NGOs as containing some of the world’s most ambitious policy recommendations, main talking points for the commission in dialogue with industry will include strengthening the chemicals legislation REACH.

The database of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA, Helsinki / Finland; www.echa.europa.eu) has records for about 120,000 substances sold on the EU market. However, as only an estimated 22,000 of these have been registered, gaps need to be filled.

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-Here Is Who’s Behind the Global Surge in Single-Use Plastic

A new report shows that a surprisingly small number of big companies and banks are behind the manufacturing and financing of much of the world’s single-use plastic.

The throwaway plastic that holds our takeout food and wraps our dry cleaning is widely seen as one of the world’s biggest environmental hazards. It pollutes as it is produced, through the extraction of fossil fuels, and, no sooner than it is used, it pollutes again. It is thrown away and can end up clogging waterways and choking animals or sometimes is burned, sending hazardous fumes into the air.

A detailed report published Tuesday sheds new light on who makes all this single-use plastic, 130 million tons a year at last count, and who makes money from it. A surprisingly small group of giant manufacturers and investors are at the heart of the global industry. CircularEconomy Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

The report comes from researchers led by Minderoo, a nonprofit organization based in Australia that advocates for cleaner oceans, along with academics at the University of Oxford and the Stockholm Environment Institute. It was reviewed by KPMG, the accounting firm.

Here Is Who’s Behind the Global Surge in Single-Use Plastic

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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.

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.

For scale, that’s more than all living things on Earth, and our oceans are drowning in plastic. Because of this, recent research efforts have focused on addressing these mounting environmental concerns. One of these is chemical recycling.

Plastic pollution: how chemical recycling technology could help fix it

-Commission’s SAM report confirms role of biodegradable plastics within a circular economy

This week the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) published a report, entitled “Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment”. The report identifies applications of biodegradable polymers which contribute towards achieving a circular economy and tackle the challenge of managing the EU’s waste.

“We are pleased to see that this report clearly identifies several beneficial application areas for biodegradable plastics even though this was not its original focus”, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP). “We also welcome the call for economic incentives to promote appropriate disposal behaviour as well as the need for further research that it highlights”, he adds.

Von Pogrell further comments: “The SAM report emphasises the advantages of applications from biodegradable plastics ‘where it is challenging to remove or collect a particular plastic product or its fragments from the environment after use’. Mulch films made from conventional plastics, for example, are widely used in European agriculture. Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

The challenge of plastic accumulation in soil can be tackled with the soil-biodegradable alternative.”

EUBP was pleased to note that the report also highlights the benefits of biodegradable plastic products “where it is difficult to separate plastic from organic material that is destined for a composting waste stream or wastewater treatment”. Packaging highly contaminated with food scraps, cannot be mechanically recycled and will be incinerated or, even worse, landfilled.

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-Graphene Quality : A Key Factor

Currently graphene has neither global standard nor reference material. So, how can the quality of graphene be assessed?

Technical data delivered by graphene manufacturers does not easily allow a comparison of the different forms of graphene.

Firstly, the type of analysis methods differ a lot and secondly it can be questionable if the analysis is systematic. Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Research conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) proposes a protocol to analyse and to compare the quality of graphene.

The quality of graphene from 60 manufacturers was analysed with the conclusion that the graphene is generally low quality and non-optimal for many applications.

It tends to show that most graphene manufacturers produce graphite micro-platelets.

Nowadays several local initiatives are taking shape, in order to develop programs for the verification of graphene quality.

In Europe, this work is setted up in cooperation with the LNE and INERIS.

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-Plastics waste report “misleading”  clami US associations

A report that identifies 20 companies as the source of half of all single-use plastics thrown away globally, has been rubbished by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

The Minderoo Foundation’s Plastic Waste Makers Index claims that a small group of petrochemical companies that manufacture polymers are the source of the problem, headed by ExxonMobil, which the report says contributed 5.9 million tonnes to global plastics waste. Other names on the list included Dow and Sinopec. The report claims that 100 companies are behind 90 per cent of global single-use plastics production, while 60 per cent of the commercial finance funding single-use production comes from 20 global banks. Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Responding to the report, PLASTICS said: “This biased study – funded by the iron ore industry – simply does not pass the smell test. Objective study after objective study has made clear that plastics has lower greenhouse gas emissions when compared to alternative materials across a wide variety of applications.

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-Oil price could hit a different kind of peak oil in the years ahead

The oil price took a hit from rumors that a deal was close with Iran on curtailing its nuclear program, the quid pro quo of which would be easing of the oil export restrictions the US has tried to enforce since former President Donald Trump walked away from the deal in 2018.

The oil price had been making a recovery since late March. Global demand picked up and OPEC+ has seemingly taken a cautious stance toward increasing output.

Oil price and Iran talks  Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

But the prospect of somewhere in excess of 700,000 barrels a day of additional Iranian supply hitting the market — not to mention the millions of barrels Iran has sitting in storage waiting to hit the market — signaled profit taking for investors, who headed for the door. In turn, that prompted a sharp price fall.

Almost as quickly, a clarification from the Russians that talks have had seen any progress saw an about turn. As a result, prices largely recovered.

But the sensitivity to the prospect of an Iranian resumption of sales shows just how fragile the market is. Furthermore, it shows how effectively OPEC+ has managed expectations to date.

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-Partially Biobased High-Performance PPA Compounds

Solvay’s Amodel Bios family of partially biobased long-chain PPA products geared to E&E applications in e-mobility.  Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

A diversified portfolio of high-performance PPA compounds from Solvay Specialty Polymers has been now extended with a new family of partially biobased long-chain PPA products particularly indicated for demanding electrical and electronic (E&E) applications in e-mobility. Besides its renewable feedstock content from non-food competing sources, the new Amodel Bios PPA family of  compounds is produced with 100% renewable electricity, minimizing its global warming potential (GWP) well below the level of other biobased PPA, according to the company. Globally launched, it is initially available in four grades differentiated by custom-tailored property profiles for structural, electrification and flame-retardant applications.

Solvay’s Amodel Bios is said to combine exceptional sustainability with outstanding performance properties for components in e-motors, power electronics and other high-end electrical systems.

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-Solid Growth Forecast for the Plastics Industry

Frost & Sullivan predicts that global revenue for the plastics sector will expand almost 5% this year. In a new report, the business consultancy highlights the trends driving this growth.  Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

The plastics industry is forecast to reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 5% this year as markets and consumption rebound from the business impact of COVID-19. Key trends shaping the global plastics and composites industry in the years ahead include, perhaps paradoxically, sustainability driving new product development and continued high demand for single-use plastics. Those are among the takeaways from new analysis published by Frost & Sullivan.

In its report, “Industry Convergence to Transform the Global Plastics and Composites Market, Outlook 2021,” Frost & Sullivan predicts that global revenue will rise to an estimated $558.71 billion this year, up from $533.04 billion in 2020, a CAGR of 4.8%. The business consultancy credits progressive containment of the pandemic and resumption of activity in major end markets for the growth.

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-BP and Eni to form energy company in Angola

BP and Eni have entered into talks to merge their oil and gas operations in Angola to form one of Africa’s largest energy companies, said Reuters.

The two companies have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding and are in discussions on a joint venture that will include their LNG facilities, they said in a statement. A business plan will be agreed to allow the companies “to capture future opportunities in exploration, development and possibly portfolio growth, both in Angola and regionally.”  Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Spinning off oil and gas assets is seen as a way for BP and Eni to squeeze more out of their oil and gas assets as the two companies prepare to shift towards renewable energy. The two companies have successful joint ventures in Norway, which serve as a model for the Angolan model.

BP and Eni to form energy company in Angola

-Sweden’s Polygiene & Brazil’s KVRA launch odour-free jiu-jitsu uniform

Sweden-based Polygiene, the leader in branded stays fresh technologies, has partnered with Brazilian brand KVRA, to become the first company in the world to offer jiu-jitsu gis treated with Polygiene Stays Fresh technology. Polygiene treats clothes, accessories, home products, and textiles to help stay fresh and let clothes and products live longer.  Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

The gi, also known as a kimono, is the traditional uniform for jiu-jitsu, a popular martial art in many countries, including Brazil. It is made from a thick fabric, and the wearer tends to sweat heavily when performing. A typical gi can take as long as two days to dry after being in the laundry, leading many users to purchase two or three so they can be wearing one while the other is being washed and dried. Thanks to Polygiene technology, all this can change, and athletes will be able to use the same gi multiple times, meaning they only need to invest in one and can therefore upgrade to a more premium garment, according to a press release by Polygiene.

Polygiene Stays Fresh technology provides odour control by inhibiting the growth of odour-causing bacteria and stops the odour at the source, for the life of the garment. It, therefore, reduces the number of times a product needs to be washed, saving energy, time, and money, according to Polygiene.

Sweden's Polygiene & Brazil's KVRA launch odour-free jiu-jitsu uniform

-Braskem and Vartega Launch New Carbon Fiber Recycling Program for 3D Filament

Carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament recycling provides for a circular pathway for material re-use and supports sustainability goals around eliminating plastic waste  Graphene Plasticwaste Petrochemicals

Braskem , the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announces today its expanded partnership with Vartega Inc. (“Vartega”), a leading recycler of advanced materials including carbon fiber reinforced plastics, for a new 3D Printing Filament Recycling Program.

Recently, Braskem expanded its 3D printing product portfolio to include new, innovative carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament for 3D printing (“CF-PP”) (“FL900PP-CF”). This product is made from 100% recycled carbon fiber supplied by Vartega and optimized for use with Braskem’s polypropylene.

Every box of Braskem’s carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament sold will include information about how to recycle the used carbon fiber filament through this program. Each year 24,000 tons of carbon fiber waste is sent to landfill every year.

Braskem and Vartega Launch New Carbon Fiber Recycling Program for 3D Filament

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Additives Automotive Nonwoven 20-05-2021

Additives Automotive Nonwoven 20-05-2021

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-Avantium and Carbios Capitalize on Growing Bioplastics Demand

As the EU phases out a wide range of single-use plastics this year, investor interest is steadily increasing for adopting easily recyclable or bio-based plastics. In recent weeks, European biotechs Carbios and Avantium have taken big steps towards meeting rising demand.

With millions of tons of plastic waste littering the ocean floors, truly solving our massive plastics pollution problem appears to be a long way off. However, the appetite for a more sustainable plastics economy is growing. By 2028, we could see a doubling of the market for bioplastics — plastics designed to be biodegradable, derived from renewable biological sources, or both.

In the last few weeks, Carbios in France and Avantium in the Netherlands have been actively staking their claim in Europe’s nascent ‘circular’ plastics economy, where plastics come from recycled plastic waste or crops rather than fossil fuel sources.

Carbios is developing an enzyme to break down and recycle PET plastics more times than current recycling methods allow. The company completed a €114M capital increase earlier this month. The majority of the proceeds will bankroll the setup of a recycled PET manufacturing unit, which is planned to generate revenues by 2025.

Avantium and Carbios Capitalize on Growing Bioplastics Demand

-Occidental Petroleum plans to construct bio-ethylene plant

Occidental Petroleum’s low-carbon unit said on Tuesday it plans to construct and operate a pilot plant that would use human-made carbon dioxide, instead of hydrocarbon-sourced feedstocks, to produce bio-ethylene, said Hydrocarbonprocessing. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

The pilot plant will be jointly developed by Occidental’s venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, and bio-engineering startup, Cemvita Factory. It is expected to start functioning in 2022. Bio-ethylene is currently made from bio-ethanol, which is made from sugarcane.

The new technology produces bio-ethylene from carbon dioxide, water and light, which helps lower costs and carbon emissions, Cemvita’s Chief Executive Officer Moji Karimi said. Ethylene, widely used in the chemical industry, is a component of products ranging from plastic films to PVC piping and coolants.

Interest in low-carbon initiatives has grown in recent years, ranging from companies seeking to offset their climate impact to public officials worried about the slow pace of international agreements to cut emissions. Oxy Low Carbon Ventures in 2019 had invested in Cemvita to look at bio-manufacturing for Occidental’s chemical unit.

-Occidental Petroleum plans to construct bio-ethylene plant

-Omya introduces OmyaPET, a new and cost-effective opacifier for white opaque PET packaging

Omya International AG is pleased to announce the launch of OmyaPET, a new product family of functionalized Calcium Carbonates for PET applications.

The market introduction will begin in Europe and will be step-wise enlarged to other Regions. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

OmyaPET is a new and cost-effective opacifier for the production of white opaque PET bottles or white opaque BOPET film and ensures a lower environmental footprint in e.g. UHT milk bottles. OmyaPET improves the production costs for bottles without compromising on mechanical and optical properties.

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-Dyeing of polyester fibers with sulfur- and nitrogen-containing anthraquinone derivatives

Deniz Nahide Gulsah (Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Organic Chemistry, Avcilar, Istanbul, Turkey)

Sayil Cigdem (Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Organic Chemistry, Avcilar, Istanbul, Turkey), sayil@istanbul.edu.tr Additives Automotive Nonwoven

Oner Erhan (Marmara University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Textile Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)

Atak Onur (Marmara University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Textile Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)

Stasevych Maryna (Lviv Polytechnic National University, Department of Technology of Biologically Active Substances, Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Lviv, Ukraine)

A series of disperse dyes, 9,10-anthraquinone containing dithiocarbamate, thiourea and triazole fragments, were prepared via consecutive refunctionalization of aminoanthraquinones in our previous studies and their structures were confirmed by the 1H, 13C NMR, IR spectra, LC-MS and elemental analysis data. The obtained compounds were applied on polyester fabrics by the exhaustion method at 130°C at pH 4.0-5.0, and their dyeing properties were evaluated by color measurements, the washing fastness test and the light fastness test.

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-First Plastics Pact in the Pacific region galvanises organisations across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations for a circular economy for plastic

First Plastics Pact in the Pacific region galvanises organisations across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations for a circular economy for plastic

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network is pleased to welcome the ANZPAC Plastics Pact, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

Led by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the ANZPAC Plastics Pact brings together 60 businesses, governments and NGOs from across the plastics value chain and throughout the region, towards a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution. APCO has worked closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WRAP UK, who brought expertise to the development process and support when consulting with local stakeholders.

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact joins 10 other Plastics Pacts in Africa, Europe, and North and South America, as the second regional Plastics Pact of the Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, a unique platform to exchange learnings and best practices across countries and regions, to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic.

First Plastics Pact in the Pacific region galvanises organisations across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations for a circular economy for plastic

-UK plastics sent for recycling in Turkey dumped and burned, Greenpeace finds

Investigation reveals that ‘plastic waste coming from the UK to Turkey is an environmental threat, not an economic opportunity’

Turkey has become the latest destination for British plastic waste, which ends up dumped, burned or left to pollute the ocean, a Greenpeace investigation has found.

More than half of the plastic the British government says is being recycled are sent overseas, often to countries without the necessary infrastructure to do so. The UK exported 688,000 tonnes of discarded plastic packaging in 2020, a daily average of 1.8m kilos. Just 486,000 tonnes were recycled in the UK.

China was a key destination, but since it banned the import of many types of plastic in 2017, Turkey has emerged as the main receiver of British plastic waste. UK exports to the country increased from 12,000 tonnes in 2016 to 209,642 tonnes in 2020, about 30% of the UK’s plastic waste exports. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

Instead of being recycled, however, Greenpeace investigators in Turkey found plastic waste from leading supermarkets dumped, burned, piled into mountains and left to spill into rivers and the sea.

UK plastics sent for recycling in Turkey dumped and burned, Greenpeace finds

-Researchers Convert Waste Plastic to Jet Fuel at Low Temperatures within an Hour

By adjusting processing conditions — the temperature, time, or amount of catalyst used — the researchers were able to fine-tune the technology to create jet fuel and high-value lubricants. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

A catalytic process developed by Washington State University (WSU) researchers reportedly can efficiently convert waste polyethylene-based products into jet fuel and high-value lubricants. The technology is able to convert 90% of the plastic within an hour at moderate temperatures, and it can be fine-tuned to create specific products. Results of the study, led by graduate student Chuhua Jia and Hongfei Lin, associate professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, were published in the Chem Catalysis journal.

“In the recycling industry, the cost of recycling is key. This work is a milestone for us to advance this new technology to commercialization,” Lin told Tina Hilding, writing in the WSU Insider.

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-Welcome to a world first: Clariant’s virtual Car Color Configurator launched with Automotive Styling Shades 2025 Trendbook

  • Clariant unveils latest color trend forecast for the automotive industry
  • Back to the future – looking forward to brilliant shades, metallic effects and new formulations for autonomous vehicle detection
  • Experience 28 trend colors like never before in Clariant’s new Virtual Showroom

Clariant, one of the world’s best known pigment producers, has released its new Automotive Styling Shades 2025 Trendbook, including an interactive digital version for the first time. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

The much-anticipated Trendbook, published every two years, highlights how globalization has made color preference more uniform worldwide than it was 20 years ago, with white still the most preferred shade in 2020 rounding off ten years of uninterrupted dominance. Yet, as people around the globe look for joy, beauty and cultural sharing after the impacts of the pandemic color is back in the air.

-Welcome to a world first: Clariant’s virtual Car Color Configurator launched with Automotive Styling Shades 2025 Trendbook

-Plastics-Eating Enzymes Gain Renewed Interest as Solution to Waste Problem

Plastics embedded with enzymes can completely biodegrade into organic materials in a simple compost bin, claim researchers. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

The challenge of reducing the presence of plastic waste in the environment is spawning new solutions as well as reviving some older ideas, such as the use of enzymes. These proteins act as biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions. While there have been attempts at creating plastics that enzymes and microbes will “eat,” they have never been produced successfully on a large scale.

Breaking down plastics in the environment in a suitable time frame without leaving behind microplastics has proven to be a problem. Even biodegradable plastic, where there has been some progress, is not a magic bullet because it still takes months for it to break down in the environment. Perhaps its biggest handicap is that it cannot be processed in recycling facilities designed for materials such as PET, HDPE, PS, or other high-use polymers.

Recently, a team of researchers led by Ting Xu at UC Berkeley, a PhD graduate of UMass Polymer Science and Engineering, has discovered a way to engineer plastics that can completely biodegrade into organic materials right in a compost bin.

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-Japan’s Q1 GDP shrinks by 5.1% as consumption slows

Japan’s economy shrank by an annualised 5.1% in the first quarter, weighed by poor consumption, Cabinet Office data showed on Tuesday. Additives Automotive Nonwoven

The first-quarter decline was mainly due to a 1.4% drop in private consumption, which has been weighed by extended state of emergency COVID-19 curbs.

Exports rose by 2.3% year on year in the first quarter, slowing down markedly from the 11.7% expansion in the last three months of last year.

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Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste 19-05-2021

Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste 19-05-2021

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-South Korea’s Hyosung to make nylon textile by recycling fishing nets

South Korean fibre manufacturer, Hyosung, has teamed up with a municipal government to release a new nylon textile made of abandoned fishing nets.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Busan metropolitan government and a social venture, Netspa, to produce eco-friendly textile by recycling abandoned fishing nets.

The partnership was formed to reduce the pollution of marine ecosystems caused by abandoned fishing nets as well as to improve awareness about the protection of the marine environment.

The city government will establish a system for separate disposal of abandoned fishing nets, while Netspa will be in charge of washing and processing the collected fishing nets, Hyosung said in a press release.

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-Could a natural material replace plastic? – Overcoming obstacles for the bioplastics industry

Teysha Technologies, manufacturers of sustainable bioplastic AggiePol®, has created an infographic to show how its next generation of bioplastic can replace existing petroleum-based plastics. With CO2 emissions to grow by more than 2.75 billion tonnes by 2050, the burden that manufacturing plastics has on our environment is starting to be of concern.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

The Centre for International Environmental Law estimates that only one per cent of the 359 million tonnes of plastic produced each year are biodegradable. This is despite the media’s efforts to portray the ugly truth of beaches strewn with bags and bottles, and ocean life trapped by plastic rings from an eight-pack of lager. Less considered, however, is the impact of petroleum-based plastic production on the environment.

Oil and gas industries use fossil fuels such as ethylene and propylene, which release toxic gas and do not degrade. To tackle this, fuel industries created poly(butylene succinate), a biodegradable ‘eco alternative’. However, its status as being eco-friendly is debatable because of its petrochemical precursors.

Could a natural material replace plastic? - Overcoming obstacles for the bioplastics industry

-pekutherm rPC confirmed climate-neutral

Germany-based recycler of acrylic sheet and PC scrap pekutherm GmbH has collaborated with ClimatePartner to offset more than 33,000kg of CO2 from its PC production line by supporting a recognised climate protection project in India.

Although many climate protection measures have been put into practice, factors such as raw materials, packaging, logistics and disposal continue to generate emissions which it has not so far been possible to avoid.

The collaboration has concluded that the PC line’s carbon footprint adds up to 33,640kg of CO2 over the course of a year. Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

The aim of the climate protection project supported by pekutherm, Clean drinking water Odisha, India, is to eliminate the need for open fires used throughout rural areas to boil and sterilise contaminated water. The smoke causes respiratory disease while the consumption of large volumes of firewood leads to the increasing deforestation of entire regions and the release of large amounts of greenhouse gases. The project organises water treatment, by both mechanical filtration and chemical purification using a chloride solution produced on site. The treated water is available at low cost in small village shops or is delivered to homes.

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-Lanxess announced force majeure in the USA for the supply of polyamide and PBT

Lanxess has announced force majeure in the United States regarding the supply of PA 6, PA 6.6 and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), according to the company’s letter to customers.

The company said the declining supply of raw materials and current product supply chain problems are affecting its ability to supply its Durethan A PA 6.6, Durethan B PA 6 and Pocan grade PBT.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

PA supplies to the US were very limited after a winter storm in mid-February due to production constraints and good demand.

Earlier it was reported that Lanxess  announcedforce majeure on the supply of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) to Uentrop (Uentrop, Germany) due to a lack of raw materials. According to a company spokesman, Lanxess closed the production of PBT with a capacity of 80 thousand tons per year on April 15 at its plant in Germany. The plant is a joint venture with DuPont known as DuBay Polymer. Production is expected to resume at the end of May.

Lanxess announced force majeure in the USA for the supply of polyamide and PBT

-Pratrivero to install Andritz stitchbonding technology

International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Pratrivero s.p.a. to supply a new eXcelle batt forming line for their production facilities in Valdilana, Italy.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

The line will be dedicated to the production of Maliwatt products, used in furnishing, automotive, naval, medical, geotextiles, advertising, clothing, and packaging applications. Installation and start-up are scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

The Andritz batt forming line includes an eXcelle card and eXcelle crosslapper, a ProDyn web profiling correction system as well as a scanning gauge with a closed loop. The ProDyn system combines actions from the card doffers with dynamic speed variation at the crosslapper. This, says Andritz, will result in substantial fibre savings and reduction in CV%, providing improved weight evenness in the final product.

The ProDyn closed loop is also designed to ensure the best possible self-regulation for the equipment ensuring the production of high quality fabrics. Pratrivero will be the world’s first company to use the ProDyn technology in the Maliwatt stitchbonding process.

Pratrivero to install Andritz stitchbonding technology

-Better Plastic™: Converting Plastic Waste into High-Quality Granules

The climate crisis has forced mankind to reassess its collective priorities and rethink everything from power generation and storage, to farming methods and transportation. The relationship with plastic has also been examined; the ubiquitous and once revolutionary material is used for everything from food and drinks containers, cosmetics bottles, and toys, to car parts and consumer electronics.

Plastic is useful, but the raw materials for many of them are fossil fuels, a finite resource. Once it has served its useful purpose, the plastic is often simply discarded. This plastic waste can persist in the environment for thousands of years, breaking down into smaller components over time, which find their way into the water cycle and the food chain.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

Plastic waste is increasingly being recycled into plastic flakes or pellets that can be remolded into new products. Global brands are increasingly using these recycled plastics over virgin plastics in their products and packaging. Better Plastic™ is one such product, created by Indian company Banyan, using proprietary plastic recycling technology.

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-‘Green Methanol’ Is the Packaging Industry’s Future

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies have pledged to boost use of recycled content and fallen short to meet their pledges promised time after time as recycled materials are unavailable. The recycling pledges made for 2025 are proving to be, once again, unrealistic and unachievable declarations.

According to Closed Loop Partners, the current supply of recycled plastics would meet just 6% of companies pledged goals. Continuing failed approaches doesn’t lead to a path for success. It is time for disruptive transformation to allow these inspirational goals to be met.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

Transform All Waste, Not Just Plastics.

Today the packaging industry is finding itself needing to manage fake news and scientifically unwarranted social media hype that plastic is harmful. This situation is causing CPGs and packaging Suppliers to scramble and many industry players are darting in different and short-term directions in the hope of avoiding being a target of negative publicity. Short-term thinking is exacerbating problems with waste and recycling while avoiding the facts that CPGs need to grow and that they will continue to need a variety of packaging materials including plastics. The problem will not be solved through bans and taxes. We need robust and agile solutions that can handle existing and ongoing innovation that leads to growing diversity of packaging materials.

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-SK Chemicals buys 10% stake in Chinese recycled plastic firm

SK Chemicals said Monday that it acquired a 10 percent stake in Shuye, a Chinese firm that specializes in recycling plastic waste, to commercialize eco-friendly plastic called glycolmodified polyethylene terephthalate, or PETG.

PETG is a plastic free of environmental hormone bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used to manufacture typical plastic. PETG offers the same transparency as glass but offers greater durability. PETG made by SK Chemicals is currently supplied to global cosmetics brands including Johnson & Johnson, Estée Lauder and L‘Oréal.

The 23-billion-won ($20.2 million) deal will give SK Chemicals the exclusive rights on Shuye’s recycled PETG raw materials and products in South Korean market. Also, Shuye will be obligated to supply 20,000 metric tons of recycled PETG raw materials to SK Chemicals first.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

“In the third quarter, SK Chemicals will roll out recycled PETG product Ecotria and expand the ratio of recycled product to 50 percent by 2025,” a company official said. SK Chemicals currently has a PETG production facility in Ulsan.

SK Chemicals buys 10% stake in Chinese recycled plastic firm

-Project begins in Denmark to make textiles circular

Key players in clothing design, recycling technologies and consumer behaviour have come together in a new project in Denmark to make textiles circular. The project involves breaking down worn, damaged or new clothes that are discarded into raw materials to create new textiles or other products. It could have a major impact on future design of textiles.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

The focal point is sustainability in the textile industry – and recycling of all textile waste in Denmark. The project is called ReSuit (Recycling Technologies and Sustainable Textile Product Design), and is supported by the Innovation Fund with DKK 13 million (€ 1.8 million). The project has a total budget of DKK 22.8 million.

The consortium includes partners within clothing and textiles (Bestseller, Elis and Designskolen Kolding), raw material production (A/S Dansk Shell), consumer behaviour (Naboskab) and new recycling technologies (Fraunhofer, Danish Technological Institute and Aarhus University).

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-Spandex market keeps hot

Price of spandex has increased for 3 quarters. Price of spandex 20D hiked by as high as 152% to current 84,000yuan/mt from 33,300yuan/mt in early-Aug, 2020, and that of spandex 40D surged by 134% to current 65,000yuan/mt from 27,800yuan/mt in early-Aug, 2020. Soaring spandex price was mainly due to low capacity expansion, mismatch of supply and demand, growing demand from ear band of mask, hot foreign orders in the second half of 2020 and sound demand for stretch fabrics for sportswear and yoga clothes.  Biodegradability Automotive Plasticwaste

Price of spandex 20D rose by 5,000yuan/mt or 6.3% in Q2 2021 and the increment of 30D was at 2% amid tightness, mainly stimulated by high-density circular knitting market and fine covered yarn market. Price of spandex 40D was in fluctuation. Price of medium-denier spandex for lace knitting and so on reduced by 2,000yuan/mt or 3.1%. Spandex market remained sellers’ market with low stocks. Sales ratio was high and price of conventional varieties was raised further although downstream buyers retreated to sideline. Price of medium-to-coarse denier spandex inched down with slower sales.

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Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste 18-05-2021

Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste 18-05-2021

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-Dutch PPE Solutions starts meltblown production

Dutch PPE Solutions, the joint venture of Royal DSM and VDL Groep, has begun the sustainable production of virus filtering material for FFP2 and IIR facemasks in a newly built factory in Geleen, the Netherlands.

Dutch PPE Solutions is the first to deliver professional facemasks with the critical filter layer made entirely on Dutch soil with the company hoping that the joint venture will make Europe less dependent on supplies from overseas.

The high-quality meltblown polypropylene fabric is made from bio-based feedstock – used cooking oil – and the manufacturing line runs on renewable electricity. Dutch PPE Solutions’ ambition is to produce the most sustainable filter material for FFP2 and IIR facemasks.

The facility in Geleen was built in record-time. From idea, planning, construction, building and testing to large-scale production took only months, three times faster than regular lead times. The first facemasks from Dutch PPE Solutions were delivered in January 2021, containing filter material from a non-Dutch supplier. Now, meltblown polypropylene filter material from Dutch PPE Solutions is also available to other customers in Europe.

Dutch PPE Solutions starts meltblown production

-ALPLA: Recyclable cap with an innovative dosing mechanism

ALPLA has developed a cap for viscous liquids such as ketchup and mayonnaise which is made entirely of polypropylene (PP), making it optimally recyclable. Its innovative mechanism allows for controlled dosing and prevents unwanted dripping. The cap is compatible with standard bottles and can be produced cost-effectively.

Caps for viscous filling media like ketchup, mayonnaise and honey present manufacturers with certain challenges if they wish to meet the consumers’ requirements. Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

Many of us are familiar with the experience of a ketchup bottle dispensing its contents onto our food too quickly and in too great a quantity, and then dripping too. Manufacturers have therefore been paying particular attention to the cap dosing system for years. Various materials are used here, but they are problematic in terms of sustainability. With its new controlled dosing cap (CDC), ALPLA presents a cap that makes an impression in terms of its handling, dosability and recyclability.

ALPLA Recyclable cap with an innovative dosing mechanism

-The “bottle to bottle” during the pandemic: Previero turns a difficulty into an opportunity

Some turnkey plants with an output range between 2,000 kg/h and 9,000 kg/h of washed and regranulated PET flakes from post-consumer bottles collection were recently sold by Previero-Sorema in Latin America. Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

These PET bottle recycling plants include automatic feeding, prewashing, delabeling, wet grinding, hot washing, rinsing with flotation and drying sections. Bottles and flakes detectors for material and for colours are also incorporated in the lines, with a single SCADA supervisor system by Sorema for efficient local and remote quality control.  The company also offers the possibility of integrating an in-line wastewater treatment plant with the following features: filtering, chemical treatment, biological treatment, sludge dewatering, and super filtration modules (quartzite filters, activated carbon filters, ozone and reverse osmosis treatments etc.)  so that the customers are sure of reaching maximum quality and efficiency with minimum management problems.

The "bottle to bottle" during the pandemic: Previero turns a difficulty into an opportunity

-A growing solution to the plastics problem

Plastics are all around us. Cookware and eating utensils, toys and games, car and truck fenders, syringes, fence posts, single-use water bottles, signs, and even human anatomical parts made on 3-D printers. They’re all made of plastic.

We have Leo Baekeland, a brilliant, but eccentric, Belgian-born chemist, to thank for setting us on the course to our world of plastic.

Experimenting with formaldehyde and phenol formulations, he invented, in 1907, the first type of plastic, which he named Bakelite. A solid heat-resistant product that could be molded into different shapes, it was used primarily for electrical equipment like telephones.  Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

For his history-making invention, Baekeland landed on the cover of Time magazine. And for founding the first plastics company, the Bakelite Corporation, he became known as the Father of the Plastics Industry. The tagline for his company’s star product: “The Material of a Thousand Uses.”

A growing solution to the plastics problem

-LyondellBasell to take plastics recycling global with new investments

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Rotterdam the Netherlands) announced another step towards its ambition to advance the circular economy by making virgin quality polymers from raw materials derived from plastic waste at its Wesseling, Germany, site, said Chemengonline. Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

Produced by the thermal conversion of plastic waste, this raw material is converted into ethylene and propylene in the LyondellBasell production facilities, and then processed into polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) in the downstream units for plastics production. The first use of raw material derived from plastic waste follows the company’s successful production of plastic materials made from renewable-based raw materials such as used cooking oil, which helps to reduce CO2 over the product life cycle and reduce the use of fossil-based raw materials.

“Advancing the circular economy requires definitive action and by consistently using these new raw materials in the production of polymers on a commercial scale, we are doing our part to help eliminate plastic waste and address climate change,” says Richard Roudeix, SVP Olefins & Polyolefins for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “We are expanding our range of sustainable solutions through our Circulen brand and the use of recycled content, offering our customers a way to use recycled polymers in a wide variety of applications.”

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-ORLEN Unipetrol is testing chemical recycling of waste plastics

ORLEN Unipetrol has commissioned a pyrolytic testing unit for waste-plastics processing at its chemical plant in Litvínov. It will explore the possibilities of chemical plastic recycling and its potential implementation in standard production in the next three years. Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

The largest petrochemical group in the Czech Republic wants to expand the conventional fuel and plastic production from fossil fuels with new sources that will lead to the decarbonisation of the Czech Republic and compliance with EU policies.

As a traditional petrochemical manufacturer, ORLEN Unipetrol supplies fuels and plastic products for everyday needs to the Czech and Central European markets. They are made of crude oil imported from all over the world. Recently, the company has been trying to include other input resources into production, mainly such that have been considered waste materials up to now.

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-What is Proportionate Relationship of Polyester Filament and Crude Oil Prices?

The recently published market study by Fact.MR highlights the current trends that are expected to influence the dynamics of the Polyester Filament Market in the upcoming years.Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

The report introspects the supply chain, cost structure, and recent developments pertaining to the Polyester Filament Market in the report and the impact of the COVID-19 on these facets of the market. Further, the micro and macro-economic factors that are likely to impact the growth of the Polyester Filament Market are thoroughly studied in the presented market study.

The polyester filament market is likely to witness a revenue generation surpassing US$ 87,000 million by 2018 end. A significant growth in the use of polyester in textile industry including apparel and home furnishing and growing demand for polyester filament in manufacturing of automotive textile are some of the prominent factors driving the polyester filament market revenues.

Fact.MR study opines that the fully drawn polyester filament sales are likely to outsell other types of polyester filaments. Continued preference for fully drawn yarn used in production of textiles and fabrics for high-end sportswear, undergarments, and home textiles are driving the significant growth of fully drawn yarn in polyester filament market.

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-Indorama Ventures reports year-over-year growth in Q1

The company also projects strong volume, demand and margins for the first half of the year. Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

Positive global sentiment, underscored by rebounding global oil prices and vaccine rollouts, has resulted in strong volume and demand as well as strong margins for Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd.’s (IVL) key products, the Bangkok-based company states in its first-quarter earnings report. The company says the quarter’s strong volume, demand and margins have been driven by economic recovery in China. The company says it expects strong volume, demand and margins to continue into the second quarter.

According to the company’s first-quarter earnings report, global inventory levels are tight, combined with supply chain shocks, which is leading to margin increase in all commodity products, supporting the increase in crude oil prices. The company says the rise in crude pirces has brought an improvement in the shale gas advantage, benefiting IVL’s integrated oxides and derivatives (IOD) business segment in North America. ILV says it expects to see stronger than anticipated earnings for the first half of 2021 because of all of these combined factors.

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-US brand MeUndies launches new swimwear made with recycled materials

MeUndies, US-based men’s and women’s underwear, sleepwear, and loungewear brand, has launched MeUndies Swim, a collection of swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled nylon material. MeUndies’ new collection features eco-friendly, super-soft, and stretchy fabric, which not only feels good in the ocean, but is also good for the ocean Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

The new swim collection follows MeUndies recent launch of its movement-inspired Breathe collection, which marked the first time the company introduced a new fabric to its assortment. MeUndies members and fans are sure to make a splash this summer in the swim collection’s new colours and fun limited-edition prints, which can be mixed and matched across different styles, according to a press release by MeUndies.

For women, the MeUndies swim collection features one-piece bathing suits along with two different bikini styles, including a scoop or plunge bikini top and high-waist cheeky or swim bikini bottoms. The sustainable yet soft pieces are made from recycled nylon and discarded fishing nets. For men, the line includes both regular and long swim trunks, with each comfy and stretchy pair made from around eight recycled plastic bottles, MeUndies said.

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-Lenzing to invest more than Euro 200 million in its production sites in Indonesia and Nanjing, China

The Lenzing Group will invest more than Euro 200 million in its production sites in Purwakarta, Indonesia, and Nanjing, China, to convert existing standard viscose capacity into environmentally responsible specialty fibers.

In Nanjing, China, Lenzing will establish the first wood-based fiber complex in China that is independent from coal as an energy source. By using natural gas based cogeneration, Lenzing will reduce CO2 emissions at the site by more than 200,000 tons. Sustainability Automotive Plasticwaste

At the same time a line of standard viscose will be converted to 35,000 tons TENCEL branded modal fibers line making Lenzing (Nanjing) Fibers Co., Ltd a 100% wood-based specialty fiber site by the end of 2022.

In Purwakarta, Indonesia, Lenzing will reduce its CO2 emissions by increasingly using biogenic fuels. Additional investments to reduce emissions to air and water will make this facility fully compliant with the EU Ecolabel by the end of 2022. That will allow converting standard viscose capacity into LENZING ECOVERO branded fibers for textile applications as well as LENZING Viscose Eco fibers for personal care and hygiene applications. As a result, the site in Indonesia will also become a pure specialty viscose supplier as of 2023.

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-Coca-Cola and Gevo to Develop and Commercialize 100%lastic Bottles

Coca-Cola identified Gevo as a leader in the race to commercialize renewable PET Renewable P following an exhaustive search and evaluation of technologies from around the world.

Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, announced a groundbreaking agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) to create renewable para-xylene from plant based isobutanol, which will accelerate the development of Coca-Cola’s second-generation PlantBottle packaging made from 100% plant-based materials. Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

Gevo will work with Coca-Cola to enable and deliver an integrated system to produce renewable para-xylene, a key building block towards reaching Coca-Cola’s goal of creating all of their packaging from renewable materials. The work will take the technology from lab-scale to commercial scale and support Coca-Cola’s efforts to lead the beverage industry away from fossil-fuel based packaging by offering an alternative made completely from renewable resources.

“While the technology to make biobased materials in a lab has been available for many years, we believe Gevo possess technologies that have high potential to create it on a global commercial level within the next few years,” said Rick Frazier, Vice President Commercial Product Supply, The Coca-Cola Company. “This is a significant R&D investment in packaging innovation and is the next step toward our vision of creating all of our PET plastic packaging from responsibly sourced plant materials.”

Coca-Cola identified Gevo as a leader in the race to commercialize renewable PET following an exhaustive search and evaluation of technologies from around the world. The global market for PET is 54 million metric tons and has a value of $100 billion, with approximately 30% used for plastic bottles. In this next generation of PlantBottle packaging, Coca-Cola plans to produce bottles entirely from renewable raw materials.

“We are extremely gratified to have won the confidence of The Coca-Cola Company and are excited to support Coca-Cola’s sustainable packaging goals with this agreement to develop and commercialize technology to produce para-xylene from biobased isobutanol,” said Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo. “New technologies need champions. The Coca-Cola Company is in a unique position to drive and influence change in the global packaging supply chain with this development. You cannot ask for a better champion than one of the world’s most respected and admired consumer brands.”

Coca-Cola and Gevo to Develop and Commercialize 100% Renewable Plastic Bottles

-Plastipak plans PET recycling plant in Spain to meet need from green laws, taxes

Packaging maker Plastipak Holdings Inc. is expanding its recycling operations in Europe with a new food-grade PET recycling facility in Spain.

The Plymouth, Mich.-based firm said May 13 it’s building a recycling plant with capacity for 20,000 metric tons (44.1 million pounds) of recycled PET pellets at its existing container and preform manufacturing site in Toledo, Spain.

The plant, which will create 14 jobs, will start production in summer 2022. It will be the company’s fourth recycling facility in Europe and its fifth globally.

A company executive linked the investment to plans by the Spanish government to tax nonrecyclable plastic packaging and also to recycled content requirements in the European Union’s plastics directive. Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

“The project comes in advance of minimum levels of recycled content mandated by the single-use plastics directive, and will support brand owners to reduce their financial obligations under the planned Spanish plastics tax,” said Pedro Martins, the company’s executive managing director for Europe.

Plastipak plans PET recycling plant in Spain to meet need from green laws, taxes

-EU to emerge as a leader in pyrolysis as the rest of the world catches up on mechanical recycling

A combination of negative consumer sentiment, regulation, and a global focus on sustainability has combined to push the issue of plastics sustainability to the fore. Future projections of a circular economy emphasize that a combination of recycled and bio-based resources will serve as a feedstock for our plastic needs. A new analysis from Lux Research, a leading provider of tech-enabled research and innovation advisory services, highlights the state of these emerging technologies today and how these technologies must grow to fulfill a circular economy.

A combination of negative consumer sentiment, regulation, and a global focus on sustainability has combined to push the issue of plastics sustainability to the fore. Future projections of a circular economy emphasize that a combination of recycled and bio-based resources will serve as a feedstock for our plastic needs. A new analysis from Lux Research, a leading provider of tech-enabled research and innovation advisory services, highlights the state of these emerging technologies today and how these technologies must grow to fulfill a circular economy.

“Our likely case presents a mixed outlook for the future of plastics,” explains Anthony Schiavo, Research Director at Lux Research and lead author of the report. “Certainly, major strides are made in both plastic waste reduction and the substitution of fossil-based resources with more sustainable alternatives; both approaches will triple in volume in the next decade.  Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

Still, the plastics industry has a long way to go: Around 285 million tons of plastic waste will not be recycled in 2030, and there will still be major pain points like polypropylene lacking a sustainable solution.”

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Versalis : Chemical Recycling

-Japan startup to give new life to one-of-a-kind recycling plant

Facility for plastic bottles allows reuse of same materials over and over

A Japanese startup will soon bring online a refurbished plant that it claims is the world’s sole facility for chemical recycling of plastic bottles.

JEPLAN’s plant in Kawasaki uses chemical recycling, in which used plastic bottles are chemically reduced into monomers — or molecules that can be bonded other identical molecules to form a polymer. This contrasts with traditional recycling, where plastic bottles are washed and melted. Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

“The same material can be recycled over and over again,” says JEPLAN CEO Masaki Takao.

PET Refine Technology, a subsidiary of container manufacturer Toyo Seikan, had operated the Kawasaki complex since 2009 but it stopped running in 2017. JEPLAN acquired PET Refine Technology in 2018 and began preparations to restart the facility, which includes steel towers, warehouses and silos on roughly 50,000 sq. meters of land.

After starting trial operations this month, the plant is slated to go fully online this summer. It is expected to churn out 20,000 tons of plastic bottle materials a year. JEPLAN will team up with Asahi Soft Drinks and trading house Sojitz on mass production and hopes to eventually market the system abroad.

Plastic bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate, commonly abbreviated PET. JEPLAN’s plant will break this down into monomers. Impurities such as leftover beverage and paint will be removed in a roughly 10-step process, which includes absorbing them with activated carbon and distillation.

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-Sanctions relief for Iran would pressure rival heavy crude, condensate producers

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Iranian oil exports would rise significantly with a deal
  • Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman among Iranian crude competitors
  • Nuclear deal talks continue, but political obstacles remain

Four rounds of indirect talks between the US and Iran have so far failed to achieve a breakthrough in negotiations to revive the nuclear deal, but rival producers and traders have been eyeing how the competitive landscape may shift if sanctions are lifted on Iranian oil sales. Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

Most experts expect an agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to be reached within months, if not weeks, which could eventually bring some 2 million b/d of Iranian oil back to the market.

Much of Iran’s production is of heavier grades and condensate, and a relaxation of the sanctions will put pressure on the likes of neighboring Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Oman, and even Texas frackers.

Refineries worldwide, meanwhile, will likely cheer the extra availability of Iranian crude.

The refining hubs of Asia — China, India, South Korea, Japan and Singapore — have regularly processed Iranian grades, as the high sulfur content and heavy or medium density fit the diet of these complex plants.

European refineries, especially those in Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and Greece, are also likely to return to purchasing Iranian oil once the sanctions are removed, as the additional volumes figure to be price-advantaged to Brent-linked crudes from the Mediterranean.

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-Canadian government officially adds plastic products to its list of “toxic” substances

The designation is already drawing sharp criticism from industry associations.

The Canadian government has officially added “plastic manufactured items” to its list of “toxic” substances on Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

The move, announced on May 12, was first proposed by the federal government last October.

While drawing praise from some environmental groups, industry associations, including the Ottawa-based Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), expressed disappointment with the announcement. “We remain concerned that today’s decision sends the wrong message to global chemistry investors, namely that Canada is ambivalent about the enormous investment prospects for the circular economy for plastics,” CIAC said in a May 12 statement. “[We’re] disappointed that safe inert plastic materials that play such important roles in Canadians lives are being labelled as toxic substances.”

CIAC also said it would keep working toward extended producer responsibility systems in all provinces and advocate for better recycling access and stronger technology around mechanical and chemical, or advanced, recycling. “By making plastics completely recyclable and transforming waste into new plastic items and other products, we can help Canada realize its goal of zero plastic waste,” said Elena Mantagaris, vice president of CIAC’s plastics division.

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-Material innovation company Cove announces water bottles made of biodegradable material

Cove & RWDC Industries sign exclusive agreement for over 350 million pounds of PHA – The partnership with RWDC will supply Cove with PHA materials used to produce the first water bottles made of biodegradable material.

Cove, the California-based material innovation company that plans to introduce the first water bottle made entirely of biodegradable material later this year, announced it has entered into an exclusive partnership deal with RWDC Industries. RWDC will supply its proprietary PHA – a sustainably sourced, naturally occurring biopolymer – to produce Cove’s water bottles.  Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

Cove’s mission is to end the world’s reliance on plastic. The company’s investors include Valor Equity, Marc Benioff, James Murdoch, Tony Robbins and Peter Rahal. RWDC Industries, based in Athens, Georgia and Singapore uses plant-based oils, including post-consumer or used cooking oils, to produce PHA, which it has branded Solon™. Founded by Daniel Carraway and Roland Wee, the biotech company combines deep expertise in PHA properties and applications with the engineering know-how to reach cost-effective industrial scale.

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-German AZuR commissioned feasibility study on end-of-life tire recycling

The innovation forum “Scrap Tire Recycling” (AZuR) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany recently published a large-scale study for its partners. The study is focused on the market positions and requirements of end-of-life tire recyclers and manufacturers of products from recycled tire rubber.

Below, we are citing the original article published on the website of AZuR in May 2021. To read the original text in German, please proceed to AZuR’s website.

Upon the completion of the study AZuR reports that in close cooperation with the Technical University of Chemnitz, the feasibility study has created a solid basis for the further development of a sensible, ecological and economical tire cycle.

In the foreground, the study by Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hoyer, who works at the Institute for Lightweight Structures at Chemnitz University of Technology, analyzes the current state of the disposal of end-of-life tires and new feasible use cases for the recycled tire-derived materials. Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

A comprehensive compilation of relevant data and interrelationships now creates more transparency in the rather obscure market of end-of-life tire recycling products. With this study, the network partners of the “Scrap Tire Recycling” innovation forum (AZuR) will benefit in particular from a wide range of information and the latest research results on the market, technical and regulatory challenges and new recycling materials, and will also receive objective recommendations for action. With this knowledge, the doors for new business models should now be open.

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Microwave tire recycling process by EWI. | Photo by EWI.

-Global PET demand rises as virus threat recedes

Global demand for PET and other rigid plastics packaging formats will accelerate through the second half of 2021, according to a report by Smithers.

Consuming 58.83 million tonnes in 2020, there was only a marginal increase in demand in a year severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Total value in this market will reach $193.2 billion in 2021, up from the $181.9bn seen in 2020 – a 6.2 per cent increase – as the virus threat recedes and normal economic and retail activity resumes. Petrochemicals Automotive Plasticwaste

Beyond 2021 a compound annual growth rate of 4.2 per cent will push the global market to $237.1bn in 2026 with Asia leading the rise in consumption. Total volume consumption worldwide will rise by 3.5 per cent across 2021-2026 to reach 73.1 million tonnes.

As this happens converters and material suppliers have to respond to regulatory, brand owner and consumer demands for more sustainable packaging. In the short term this is seeing a focus on securing and using higher percentages of rPET in consumer packs, with a particular emphasis on optimising grade purity to allow their use in food contact applications.

There are also moves to adapt better mechanical recycling of other common rigid plastics grades, such as PP, as well as developing new chemical recycling platforms and biopolymer materials. There is also renewed R&D spending for developing superior barrier coating technologies to improve shelf life and widen the applications open to rigid plastics. This will be an important potential differentiator, as plastics packaging faces competition from a new generation of fibre-based designs, developed and marketed on their green credentials

Global PET demand rises as virus threat recedes

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,350 yuan/ton -100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 960 $/ton 955 $/ton- -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,050 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton -100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,175 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton -75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,830 yuan/ton 4,585 yuan/ton +55
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PETResin Polyesteryarn
690 $/ton 670 $/ton -20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,960 yuan/ton 4,910 yuan/ton -50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 645 $/ton 636 $/ton- -9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 879 $/ton 846 $/ton -33
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 861 $/ton 828 $/ton -33
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals PETResin Polyesteryarn

886 $/ton 855 $/ton -31
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,530 yuan/ton
-20
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,900 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,400 yuan/ton 8.350 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PETResin Polyesteryarn
7,600 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton -50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton -300
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,700 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton
+650
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,020 $/ton 2,020 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,320 $/ton 2,320 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,600 yuan/ton 14,750 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 41,500 yuan/ton 41,000 yuan/ton -500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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17,000 yuan/ton 17,550 yuan/ton +550
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,850 yuan/ton 20,300 yuan/ton +450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 18,300 yuan/ton 18,750 yuan/ton +450
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 85,000 yuan/ton 85,500 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 73,000 yuan/ton 74,000 yuan/ton +1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 63,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton +500
Adipic Acid domestic market 10,300 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton -200
Benzene domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 8,050 yuan/ton +200
Benzene overseas  market 1,060 $/ton 1,044 $/ton
-16
Ethylene South East market 1,050 $/ton 1,085 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals PETResin Polyesteryarn

1,277 $/ton 1,292 $/ton +15
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,400 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,500 yuan/ton 17,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,000 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETResin Polyesteryarn
8,580 yuan/ton 8,530 yuan/ton -50
Naphtha overseas market  601 $/ton 593 $/ton
-8
Phenol domestic market 9,380 yuan/ton 9,840 yuan/ton +460

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-Key questions will offer new perspectives on filtration

With environmental, health and technology challenges putting filtration topics front and center, industry leaders are energized to tackle the big topics and seize opportunities in this vital segment at the second edition of FiltXPO International Filtration/Separation Exhibition & Technical Conference.

Coming live to Miami Beach on March 29-31, 2022, FiltXPO will bring together leading experts to discuss and debate the best ways filtration can address today’s societal challenges related to the pandemic, environmental sustainability, climate change, and other issues.

With COVID-19, “filtration has become mainstream,” says Mike Clark, divisional president, Filtration Solutions, Hollingsworth & Vose Company. “This new public awareness will likely have a profound and lasting impact on the industry.”

Unlike any other filtration technical conference, this unique event will feature five panel discussions that will tackle key questions, providing participants with new ideas and perspectives from industry thought leaders during these fast-changing times. The audience will have opportunities to engage panelists with their own questions.

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-Gneuss Kunststofftechnik: PET recycling with MRSjump – Decontamination and IV control in one step

Currently, the recycling of post-consumer PET Bottle Flake is well established and it has become a sought after secondary meantime. Increasingly, the focus is shifting toward using other sources of PET waste for recycling, such as post-industrial fibre waste and to other post-consumer sources of PET, such as thermoformed pots, tubs and trays. Additives Automotive Chemicals

The important difference in recycling these materials is that whereas with PET bottle flake, a certain IV drop extrusion is acceptable, the IV of fibre waste or thermoformed pots, tubs and trays is at a level that any further IV drop would result in unacceptable mechanical properties. Typically, the only answer is to install a complicated and/or energy intensive liquid phase or solid state IV boosting processes downstream of the extruder.

The Gneuss MRS extruder for PET offers unparalleled decontamination performance (and has food contact approval for post-consumer waste without the need for any additional thermal treatment of the material). In addition to this, the new MRSjump version of this extruder provides a drastically increased surface exchange rate under vacuum so that partial polycondensation takes place within the extruder and it is possible to retain the input IV.

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-Italy plastics tax: latest developments

Italy’s €450/tonne tax on virgin plastics due to come into effect on 1 July 2021 has been postponed to January 2022, several sources in the country have said.

Sources in the polystyrene (PS) and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) markets told ICIS new draft legislation that was being passed through the Ministry of Economy and Finance last week proposing the new implementation date had now been approved, and the tax will commence at the beginning of next year.

The tax has been postponed several times already.

The tax will apply to all virgin plastics, but not to recycled plastics or compostable bioplastics. Additives Automotive Chemicals

A similar tax in the Spanish market that was proposed to start in July 2021 is now also thought to have been pushed back to later this year or early next, according to R-PET sources in Spain

The UK will introduce a £200/tonne plastics packaging tax on 1 April 2022.

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-BioPlas founder seeks capital to expand production of degradable bio-plastics

BioPlas is one of the most interesting and inspiring projects of the Shark Tank TV Show series, where startups meet “sharks” to seek investors.

Nguyen Chau Long, CEO and founder of BioPlas, took part in the show with his ambitious project on creating plastic made of biological materials which can replace disposable plastic. Additives Automotive Chemicals

The bioplastic has the ability to decompose, thereby avoiding the problem of microplastics now plaguing the world.

A survey found that Vietnam consumes 938 million plastic bags weekly, while a report released two years ago showed that Vietnam ranked the 17th out of 109 countries in the amount of plastic waste discharged every year.

Bioplas products have received an OK Compost certificate from Europe and the US.

BioPlas has created bioplastics used for producing soft packaging, including T-shirt bags, food bags and gloves, and for trays, cups, glasses and spoons.

BioPlas founder seeks capital to expand production of degradable bio-plastics

-Monforts At VDMA’s Webtalk: Microwave Control For Magnetic Coating

Monforts Head of Technical Textiles Jürgen Hanel will take part in the next international webtalk to be held by the VDMA’s textile machinery division on May 20th.

He will be joined by Johannes Lutz, Research and Development Engineer at Pleva, to provide full details of how the latest Monforts coating technology is supported by special microwave measuring systems

The Montex®Coat magnetic roller coating option allows a wide range of coatings and finishes to be carried out, while being easy to handle for operators and much easier to clean at the end of the process. Additives Automotive Chemicals

“This roller provides textile finishers with an expanded range of options due to the fully-adjustable positioning of the magnet within the roller and with four different magnet positions possible, can be set to operate both as a direct coating system and as an indirect coater,” Hanel said.

Monforts At VDMA’s Webtalk: Microwave Control For Magnetic Coating

-Reopening demand, low inventories to flatten PE, PP cycle – LyondellBasell CEO

The story below was our most read article in the last 12 hours.

A surge in demand from economies reopening along with lack of major new capacity in the US and Europe in the coming years should result in a flattening of the cycle for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), the CEO of LyondellBasell said.

“Longer term, as we go into 2022 and 2023, US prices could moderate as the supply situation improves, but I still think that’s Q4 onwards. Q2 and Q3 will remain very tight,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell, in an interview with ICIS.

The debate today is on whether prices and operating rates will moderate or reset lower, he noted. Additives Automotive Chemicals

“I’m in the moderation camp… because demand is growing at a very good rate. We’re in the early stages of a recovery and there are so many end products that are in backlog today, including cars and furniture. The entire value chain has less inventory today,” said Patel.

The reopening of economies around the world is still to come with Europe and India largely still locked down, along with parts of Asia and Latin America.

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-SACMI technology for the profitable use of recycled-PET

To fill the wait until the next edition of the NPE fair in Orlando, USA (cancelled due to COVID), SACMI will hold (20 May 2021) an international webinar in collaboration with Beverage Industry magazine. Additives Automotive Chemicals

A great opportunity to strengthen partnerships with US customers by focusing on solutions that ensure high quality preforms where high percentages of rPET are used, a major challenge for manufacturers in this sector.

Unfortunately, the international disruption caused by the SARS-COV-2 pandemic has stopped the NPE fair in Orlando in its tracks.

But not SACMI, which on 20 May 2021 at 11 am EDT will host “How to turn PET/rPET Preform Quality Control into a Profitable Advantage”, an event co-organized with the international magazine Beverage Industry.

SACMI technology for the profitable use of recycled-PET

-Exclusive-Tesla in talks with China’s EVE for low-cost battery supply deal – sources

Tesla Inc is in talks with Chinese battery maker EVE Energy Co to add the firm to its Shanghai factory supply chain, four people familiar with the matter said, as it seeks to boost procurement of lower cost batteries.

EVE makes lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are cheaper to produce because they use iron instead of more expensive nickel and cobalt.

But LFP batteries generally offer a shorter range on a single charge than the more popular nickel/cobalt alternative. Additives Automotive Chemicals

EVE would become the second supplier of LFP batteries to Tesla after China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co (CATL).

The talks are advanced and the Palo Alto, California-based company is seeking to finalise the partnership in the third quarter, said two of the people.

Shenzhen-listed EVE is running some final-stage tests of its products for Tesla, said one person.

Shares of the Chinese battery firm jumped more than 10% in afternoon trade on Friday following the Reuters report about the talks.

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-Aimplas develops microplastics analysis methodology

Aimplas is now implementing the MICROPLASTICS_2020 Project, funded by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE). The aim of which is to develop a standardised methodology to detect, identify and quantify microplastics to monitor their presence in the different stages of industrial processes.

The level of analytical technology and knowledge required is so high that companies must seek the help of experts at highly specialised centres. This project reinforces businesses with a greater capacity to take action on their materials and processes to reduce the possible presence and production of microplastics, and they will be better prepared to anticipate future legislation. Additives Automotive Chemicals

Restrictions on the presence, use and production of microplastics in industrial processes should involve defining protocols for analysing microplastics and standardising these protocols.

For Aimplas, this project is the starting point of a new line of research in which companies in the Autonomous Community of Valencia will be able to participate by contributing case studies and information on their production processes. The following companies are collaborating on the project: Agua Mineral San Benedetto, Global Omnium and Acteco Productos y Servicios.

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-Organic benefits of algae

Spunmelt nonwovens producer Avgol is collaborating with Algaeing, the Berlin-based developer of patented algae bio-based formulations for colorants and fibres.

The focus is on modifying the aesthetic qualities of sustainable polyolefin based spunbond and meltblown fabrics. Additives Automotive Chemicals

Algaeing’s technologies utilise various algae species to produce a wide range of appealing colours, many of which replicate those used in nonwoven fabrics today. The benefits of using an algae bio-source go far beyond the removal of chemically synthesized colorants, and include vastly reduced water consumption, chemical/fertilizer use, and carbon dioxide emissions.

“We’re very excited to bring our technology into the realm of spunlaid nonwovens,” said Renana Krebs, CEO of Algaeing. “The opportunities to utilise our technology in Avgol’s sustainable component materials and bring colour, as well as the skin wellness attributes of algae-derived products into personal care items is an opportunity to reduce human impact around the world on a large scale.”

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-MEGlobal keeps June contract price of MEG in Asia at USD830 per tonne

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), on May 10 nominated the June contract price of MEG for Asia at USD830 per ton, which is in line with the May level, the company’s press service said.

The price was quoted on terms of delivery CFR Asia.

According to market sources, the near-term outlook for the MEG market in the region leaves much to be desired, as forthcoming shipments of material from China may continue to weigh on market sentiment.

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal lowered the May contract price of MEG for Asia by USD100 per tonne compared to the level of the previous month – to USD830 per tonne, CFR Asia.

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Survey , in Russia the vast majority of prices for contract clients in the current month are in the range of 103,000-117,000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, VAT included.

MEGlobal keeps June contract price of MEG in Asia at USD830 per tonne

-Revolution renamed NanoLayr after expansion

Following a large-scale expansion carried out over the past year, nanofibre manufacturer Revolution Fibres has now renamed itself NanoLayr.

The New Zealand company, founded in 2009, has moved into a new 5,50-square-metre facility in Auckland equipped with five of its customised sonic electrospinning machines. Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

“An increasing number of industries are embracing what nanofibres can do to make products better and stronger, to maximise performance, and establish competitive advantage,” said CEO Ray Connor. “We have been a pioneer of advanced nanofibre technology using our proprietary sonic electrospinning process to manufacture nanofibre products, including filter media for N95 and N99 face masks and the collagen skincare product ActivLayr. Our focus is to maximise the potential of our platform technology.”

Revolution renamed NanoLayr after expansion

U.S. crude oil production will decline more significantly in 2021 than forecast

U.S. crude oil production is expected to fall by 290,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2021 to 11.02 million bpd, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said, a steeper decline than its previous forecast for a drop of 270,000 bpd, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.  Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

U.S. oil producers have been gradually increasing drilling activity as oil prices have rebounded but output growth has been muted as investors pressure companies to rein in spending and focus on returns. In 2022, output is expected to rise by 820,000 bpd to 11.84 million bpd, unchanged from the EIA’s estimate last month.

“Because the average price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil remains above USD55 per barrel in our forecast, we expect producers will drill and complete enough wells in the coming months to offset declines at existing wells,” the agency said in a monthly forecast.

The EIA said it expects U.S. petroleum and other liquid fuel consumption to rise 1.39 million bpd to 19.51 million bpd in 2021, compared with a previous forecast for a rise of 1.32 million bpd. The agency expects that gasoline consumption in the United States will average almost 9 million bpd this summer, between April and September, which is 1.2 million bpd more than last summer but almost 600,000 bpd less than summer of 2019.

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-Resin Market : Demand Rises to Start the Month, and So Does Pricing

A renewed surge in demand in the spot resin markets the first week of May sparked a rise in prices for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). This was a reversal from the latter part of April, when buyers mostly procured minimal volumes expecting the relatively mild easing in prices to pick up steam with additional discounting, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.

Price levels did slide a bit the previous few weeks, even amid tight supplies, as some air was let out of the top end of the market in response to waning buyer enthusiasm. However, few month-end PE or PP deals materialized as April drew to a close. Market sentiment shifted back into bullish territory, as supplies remained very tight, a new PE force majeure was issued, PGP monomer prices jumped, additional production disruptions were triggered in Mexico, and North American resin producers reiterated their intent to raise PE and PP contract prices further in May. They also nominated new increases for June. Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

Resin Market : Demand Rises to Start the Month, and So Does Pricing

-Clariant’s “70 grade pigment series supports China’s transition to lead-free paint

The United Nations Environment Programme is committed to strengthening the safe management of school products and waste from 2020

China’s new rules restrict toxic substances in industrial coatings

Clariant helps small and medium-sized enterprises to cross the lead-free paint market  Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

Clariant has launched its lead-free “70” product line as the United Nations Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) significantly strengthens the safe management of chemicals and wastes from 2020.

Clariant is an advocate for the SAICM project, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which aims to phase out lead paint through regulatory and legal measures. At the same time, China’s new rules, which come into effect in December 2020, also impose strict limits on toxic substances found in industrial coatings.

Clariant's "70 grade pigment series supports China's transition to lead-free paint

-True-Form Plastics launches weather-proof cradle solution made from 100% rPET

Tru-Form Plastics, a supplier of thermoformed plastics, announced the availability of the Roll Stop™ roll cradle for the safe transport of circular and cylindrical products.

Designed for a standard 48” x 48” pallet, the Roll Stop uses a unique interlocking system to keep layers from sliding during packaging and stacking. The Roll Stop is made from 100% recycled polyester (rPET) and unlike pulp-based cradles, is weather-proof, durable, and can be reliably used to transport rolled products throughout a distribution network from manufacturers to national and regional distributors to end customers.  Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

“Safety is our first priority,” said Jim Goode, president, and CEO at Tru-Form Plastics. “We are pleased to offer our customers a superior roll cradle product that keeps packages from moving or falling during transport, keeping your employees and your products safe from load shifting.”

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-Four certification schemes join PolyCert Europe

Four independent certification schemes have joined the PolyCert Europe umbrella technical platform with the objective of harmonising their methodologies for the verification of the uptake of secondary raw material in converted polymeric products as recycled content.

QA-CER, Belgium; AENOR, Spain; Plastica Seconda Vita, Italy; and Wertstoff PET (RAL), Germany all met the PolyCert Europe standard and are convinced that working together will increase transparency in claims made by companies about the secondary material, as well as l support the transition to circular economy for plastics and other industries.  Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

PolyCert Europe certification schemes are working together to design a harmonised independent audit methodology across the EU Member States. An important aspect to be approved by PolyCert Europe is that certification schemes work with third party accredited certification bodies such that impartiality and independency in auditing and issuing the certificate is guaranteed.

Plastics converters and compounders using secondary raw material in their products can demonstrate compliance of their practices by auditing their production processes. The harmonisation contributes to a level playing field among the certification schemes across the EU Member States to ensure their mutual recognition.

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-Coca-Cola progresses on 100% recycled or renewable journey in Germany

Coca-Cola in Western Europe today takes another step forward in removing virgin fossil-based plastic as Coca-Cola in Germany announces it will achieve a share of recycled material of around 70 per cent for PET non-refillable bottles in 2021 as part of its journey towards 100% rPET for its entire locally produced portfolio.

A central principle of Coca-Cola’s sustainability strategy is bottle-to-bottle recycling of beverage bottles as part of a low carbon, circular economy. That is why it is taking another big step in Germany towards 100% recycled or renewable content for its PET non-refillable bottles: the PET bottles of the ViO, Fuze Tea and Powerade brands will be completely converted to 100% rPET. For all other brands, all bottles up to a size of 0.5 litres as well as the 1.5-litre and the 2.0-litre bottles will transition to be made entirely of 100% rPET.  Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

In its efforts to make PET non-refillable bottles more sustainable, Coca-Cola is also investing continuously in returnable packaging in Germany including investment in new refillable production lines, returnable containers, the expansion of the refillable bottle pool and new returnable crates in Germany. Most recently, two new refillable bottles were introduced to the German market in 2019 with the 1-litre glass bottles for Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and the mineral water ViO. These investments are to be continued this year, including a new 0.4-litre refillable glass bottle.

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-NIRI installs new meltblown technology

The UK-based Nonwoven Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) has recently completed an upgrade to its existing meltblown system, installing new equipment and expanding their extensive facilities to further help clients across a whole host of applications.  Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

The latest meltblown system will be of particular relevance for research and development, pilot projects, sampling and prototyping, proof of concept testing, as well as designing cost-effective products.

The availability of meltblown technology has been high on the nonwoven agenda over the last year given its critical usage in medical grade textiles throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including Type II and Type IIR face masks, FFP2, FFP3 and N95 respirators, and PPE more generally.

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-Groz Beckert to offer in-person and virtual experience at ITMA Asia

Nonwovens systems supplier Groz Beckert will offer both an in-person and a virtual service to visitors at next month’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition.

The 7th edition of the show takes place from 12–16 June 2021 in Shanghai, China with Groz-Beckert presenting the new products from all six of its key product areas.

The products will be presented both physically as exhibits and in extended form via augmented reality in Hall 4, Booth C31.

However, with travel restrictions still in place in some parts of the world, the company is also inviting all visitors who cannot travel to the trade fair the opportunity to visit its virtual booth. Masterbatches Automotive Chemicals

The three-dimensional virtual space has been designed to match the original booth with the Albstadt, Germany, based firm developing a digital service specifically for the trade fair. Visitors can move through the virtual space alone or together with a Groz-Beckert employee and view all exhibits in 3D. Free registration is required to attend the digital trade fair, which is possible approximately two weeks before the start of the show. Further information can be found on the Groz-Beckert website.

Groz Beckert to offer in-person and virtual experience at ITMA Asia

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-Closure of staple fiber operations at DAK Americas’ Cooper River Site

DAK Americas LLC (DAK) announced its plan to close the Polyester Staple Fiber(PSF) manufacturing operations at its Cooper River Site, near Charleston, SC. The site will continue to produce PET Resins to serve the bottle and packaging markets on its newer capacity installed in 2003.

The 150 Ktons per year PSF operations, which serve the Nonwovens and Textile markets, and were built more than 40 years ago, will close on December 31, 2021. The shutdown will impact approximately 200 full-service employee and 40 contract workers. Employees will be provided timely notice and a comprehensive separation package as part of the closure.

Jorge Young, DAK’s Co-President stated: “This is a very difficult decision for us. The closure of the fibers operations comes after an extensive analysis of our ability to be cost competitive in an extremely challenging market that has faced prolonged and continuing pressure from low priced imports. Current economics do not support the extensive investment needed to revitalize the site and meet future market needs.” He further added,” We thank our employees for their many years of commitment and service.”

Closure of staple fiber operations at DAK Americas' Cooper River Site

-Polisan Holding plans to increase the loading of PET production in Greece in July

Turkish petrochemical group Polisan Holding plans to increase the capacity of PET production in Volos (Volos, Greece) to 100% in July, ICIS reported .

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Earlier it was reported that the petrochemical group Polisan Holding at the end of 2013  relaunched the  plant for the production of polyethylene terephthalate, previously owned by the Spanish group La Seda de Barcelona, ​​in the city of Volos, Greece. The Artenius Hellas plant with a capacity of 80 thousand tons per year, the Spanish company because of its bankruptcy was bought in September 2013 by Polisan from Ankara for EUR8.6 million. The Greek plant was renamed Polisan Hellas.

Polisan Holding plans to increase the loading of PET production in Greece in July

-HYDROGEN INDUSTRY

A hydrogen economy is a concept of an energy industry that uses mainly or exclusively hydrogen as an energy carrier. So far, a hydrogen economy has not been realized in any country on earth.

Like electricity, hydrogen is not a source of primary energy, but must first be obtained artificially and with energy losses from other energy sources (fossil, nuclear or renewable energies). Thus, a hydrogen economy is not automatically sustainable, but only as sustainable as the primary energy from which the hydrogen is produced. At present, this is largely done with hydrogen for use in the chemical industry on the basis of fossil fuels, Concepts for future hydrogen economies, on the other hand, mostly envisage the generation of hydrogen from renewable energies, which could make such a hydrogen economy emission-free.

While no classic state-of-the- art hydrogen economy is currently being pursued in many countries, there are plans to integrate hydrogen or hydrogen-derived fuels such as methane or methanol into the existing energy infrastructure as part of the energy transition and the expansion of renewable energies. An important role is played by the power-to-gas technology, which is assigned an important role as long-term storage.

-Enzyme system for hydrogen industry

An enzyme could make a dream come true for the energy industry: It can efficiently produce hydrogen using electricity and can also generate electricity from hydrogen. The enzyme is protected by embedding it in a polymer. An international research team with significant participation of scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) has presented the system in the renowned science journal Nature Catalysis.

Fuel cells turn hydrogen into electricity, while electrolysers use electricity to split water to produce hydrogen. Both need the rare and thus expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. Nature has created a different solution: Enzymes, referred to as hydrogenases. They catalyze the conversion of hydrogen very quickly and almost without energy loss.

However, in the past these biocatalysts were not considered suitable for industrial use because of their high sensitivity to oxygen. Now a research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Marseille and the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion has succeeded in embedding the sensitive enzymes in a protective polymer in a way that makes them viable for use in technical hydrogen conversion.

Enzyme system for hydrogen industry

-Independent role for Itemalab

New Industrial division will help other companies to digitalize their products and processes.

Itema’s Itemalab – which has been tasked with developing the weaving looms of the future at its base in Bergamo, Italy – is to become an independent company and broaden its field of activities to provide customers and partners with systems engineering and business process re-engineering skills.

The textile machinery sector is one of the most complex in the industrial world

With a team made up of 70 engineers and specialised professionals, the Textile division of Itemalab will continue to respond to the innovation needs of Itema Group and the textile industry. The new Industrial division meanwhile will assist a broad range of companies looking to develop advanced solutions for digitalizing and reshaping products and processes.

“The textile machinery sector is one of the most complex in the industrial world, due to its combination of high precision mechanical, electronic and mechatronic technologies which face very severe challenges in terms of their conditions of use, applications and productivity,” said Lorenzo Minelli, general manager of Itemalab. “Multi-disciplined know-how is one of the strong points of Itemalab, making it possible for us to offer transversal solutions and provide significant added value in terms of innovation, sustainability, digitalization and systems engineering, by transferring the know-how gained in the textile machinery world to other sectors.”

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Mr. Angelo Radici Chairman of RadiciGroup -Itema’s Itemalab

-Stora Enso commits to molded pulp application

European papermaker strikes alliance with Pulpex, a molded pulp bottle technology provider.

Finland-based papermaker Stora Enso Oyj says it has joined forces with United Kingdom-based molded pulp packaging technology company Pulpex “to industrialize the production of eco-friendly paper bottles and containers made from wood fiber pulp.” Molded pulp products also can be made with recycled-content pulp.

The products to be produced “will offer an alternative to PET [polyethylene terephthalate] plastics and glass,” say the two firms. They add that their partnership “leverages Stora Enso’s formed fiber technologies and ability to convert end products at an industrial scale.”

Pulpex was established by spirits producer Diageo and and Pilot Lite, a venture management company. The partnership aims for large-scale industrial production of what it calls recyclable paper bottles and containers.

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-TECHNIP ENERGIES WINS EPCC CONTRACT FOR IOCL PTA PLANT

Technip Energies (Paris) has been awarded a large Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) contract by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for its Para Xylene (PX) and Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) complex project at Paradip, Orissa, on the East Coast of India.

This EPCC contract covers the delivery of a new PTA plant and associated facilities. PTA is a major raw material used to manufacture polyester fibers, PET bottles and polyester film used in packaging applications. The new PTA plant’s capacity will be 1.2 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr).

Marco Villa, Chief Operating Officer of Technip Energies commented: “We are pleased to be awarded another prestigious contract by Indian Oil Corporation Limited. We look forward to starting this significant project which illustrates our commitment to India – a core market for us. It also significantly consolidates our leading position for executing complex petrochemical projects.”

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-Devan launches bio-based softener and quick-dry finish to support Circularity programmes

Textile innovator Devan Chemicals recently added two more products to its range of bio-based textile finishes. One being a softener, the other one a quick-dry finish. Both are derived from vegetable oils and are in line with the company’s latest innovations on bio-based chemistry.

The Covid-pandemic is serving as an accelerator for a worldwide green economy, thanks to both changing consumer behaviour and government action. 84% of EU consumers find sustainability important, reports Insites Consulting in its latest Conscious Consumptions Study. This figure is a clear increase compared with pre-pandemic results.

As a result, the world in general and the textile industry in particular are increasingly seeking more sustainable and products fit-for-circular programs.

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-UK textile firm C&C expects 40% productivity boost with Made Smarter

Cookson & Clegg (C&C), a UK textile manufacturer, is expecting a 40 per cent productivity increase, greater efficiency, less waste, and more profit, after investing in technology support by the Made Smarter North West Adoption programme. Made Smarter is an industrial digitalisation movement to drive productivity and growth of manufacturing industries.

Over its 160 year history, Cookson & Clegg (C&C), based in Blackburn, has gone from producing leather products and manufacturing military apparel to premium brand clothing and protective wear such as medical scrubs, gowns, and reusable face coverings.

C&C is now embarking on a major data and systems integration project which will capture real-time data from every part of the production process and enable the leadership team to make informed decisions to identify efficiencies, generate more accurate pricing, and increase profitability, according to a press release by Made Smarter.

UK textile firm C&C expects 40% productivity boost with Made Smarter

-Danimer Scientific Receives Innovation Research Grant to Support Biodegradable Plastic Solutions

Danimer Scientific and the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative will research pennycress oil as a potential feedstock material for producing polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a biodegradable, eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic.

Danimer Scientific , a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, today announced it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to research pennycress oil as a potential feedstock material for producing polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a biodegradable, eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic. Danimer Scientific will partner with the University of Minnesota’s Forever Green Initiative starting in July 2021 to research the potential for using pennycress oil in producing the company’s Nodax® biodegradable solution.

The project will help determine whether pennycress oil can serve as a viable alternative to supplement the company’s current use of canola oil as a feedstock. Researchers will also compare pennycress oil sourced from wildtype seeds with plants domesticated as winter cover crops.

Results will guide the development of commercial models for using pennycress oil to produce PHA, a material manufacturers need to make biodegradable drinking straws, cutlery, packaging and other single-use products.

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– What’s next for automotive nonwovens?

At the forthcoming EDANA International Nonwovens Symposium (INS) to be held online from June 9-10th, Sustainable Nonwovens consulting editor Adrian Wilson will outline the current threats and opportunities for automotive nonwovens.

Nonwovens have expanded rapidly in the automotive sector over the past two decades as automakers and their component suppliers have looked to decrease costs by reducing the weight of vehicles

The aim has largely been to lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and comply with new legislation.

The use of nonwoven fabrics in the European automotive industry alone grew by 11.3% per year between 2010 and 2015, despite the fact that the production of cars and light vehicles in Europe grew by only an average 1.3% annually in the same years.

This growth has now slowed, but it underlines just how much nonwovens have been included in the light-weighting designs of vehicle manufacturers and reveals that a good deal of material substitution has already taken place.

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-Evergreen to double manufacturing capacity of food grade rPET

With demand for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) surging, Evergeen will be doubling the manufacturing capacity of rPET pellets at the company’s recycling and manufacturing facility in Clyde, Ohio.

When the expansion is complete, capacity will expand from 40 million pounds of rPET annually to 80 million pounds, making Evergreen among the largest producers of rPET resin in the Midwest.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

The exciting plans include constructing a new, 54,000-square-foot building adjacent to the current 238,000-square foot facility.

The addition will house a new high-volume, food-grade rPET  manufacturing line. Once installed and running, Evergreen will have three rPET manufacturing lines to produce the in-demand recycled material that food and beverage, health and beauty, and other consumer products companies are clamoring to include in their plastic packaging.

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-Hyundai Oilbank Expediting Penetration of Hydrogen Market

Hyundai Oilbank announced on May 10 that it has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea South East Power for cooperation in the renewable energy business. The two companies will consider jointly promoting renewable energy generation projects using hydrogen fuel cells.

The two sides also agreed to establish a joint venture to combine Hyundai Oilbank’s expertise in hydrogen production and supply and Korea South East Power’s rich know-how in operating fuel cell power plants. According to a government plan, domestic hydrogen fuel cell power generation capacity will increase to 8 GW by 2040, about 12 times the current 650MW, with the annual market size expected to reach about 7 trillion won.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

Hyundai Oilbank is preparing to build a sustainable blue hydrogen ecosystem where the company produces 100,000 tons of hydrogen annually from crude oil refining by-products and natural gas and supply it as transportation and power generation fuels and converts carbon generated in the process into building materials, dry ice, and fertilizers.

Earlier, Hyundai Oilbank signed a memorandum of understanding with Air Products, the world’s largest hydrogen producer, to upgrade its hydrogen technology.

In March, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, the parent company of Hyundai Oilbank, announced Hydrogen Dream 2030, the group’s hydrogen business vision, to build a hydrogen value chain ranging from hydrogen production to transportation, storage and utilization on land and sea. Hyundai Oilbank has selected blue hydrogen as one of its top three eco-friendly future projects along with white bio and eco-friendly chemical materials. Blue hydrogen is currently considered the most economical eco-friendly hydrogen production method thanks to its low manufacturing cost and high production efficiency compared to green hydrogen.

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-Trinseo raises May PC prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe have announced a price increase for all polycarbonate (PC) grades in Europe, as per the company’s press release as of May 4.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

Effective Mayl 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot PC prices for the products listed below increased as follows:

– CALIBRE PC resins – by EUR510 per metric ton.

As MRC informed earlier, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PC grades in Europe on April 1, 2021 by EUR400 per metric ton.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, overall estimated consumption of PC granules in the Russian market totalled 25,000 tonnes in the first quarter of 2021 (excluding imports and exports to/from Belarus), compared to 22,700 tonnes a year earlier. Demand increased by 10%.

Trinseo raises May PC prices in Europe

-Acrylic fiber price direction in May, 2021

There is a topic on the market currently that acrylic fiber prices will climb up in May. Some market players have doubt about this, as it may be proper to stabilize prices for a while after a sharp fall of 2,500yuan/mt. We consider that this shall be concerned from the actual situation.

Eyes shall be put on the profits first By end Apr, acrylic fiber profits have turned from positive to negative after large price fall, and the deficits reach about 1,000yuan/mt. Considering the production cut and lower operating rate, the actual losses may be larger. Producers are unwilling to sell mostly with losses, and the most direct method to improve the cash flow is to raise the prices. Therefore, it is rational to raise prices in May.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

Another way is to lower feedstock costs. As ACN plant inventory sees no obvious pressure, it is risky to lower the acrylic fiber costs by lower ACN prices. In Apr, ACN prices saw rapid decline first, but prices rebounded later with the impending settlement prices, and finally, the settlement prices have not reached the expectations of market players.

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-Suspension of China-Australian Economic Dialogue may impact much on Australian cotton exports

China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, issued a rare statement on the first day returning from May Day holiday, announcing the suspension of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, a key intergovernmental dialogue between the two major Pacific economies. This move may result into long-term heavy block of Australian cotton exports, while its influence on China is supposed to be limited.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

  1. Australian cotton exports rely heavily on the Chinese market

According to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, after the Australian cotton production in 2019/20 hit a record low of 134,000 tons in recent years, its 2020/21 cotton production may recover to 562,000 tons due to improved rainfall and normal weather, and the cotton production in the next five years may remain at 350,000-760,000 tons. The export volumes of cotton may also rise from a low level to 350,000-620,000 tons. Its export dependency may rise from 46.3% in 2020/21 season to be above 100%. Later, with the recovery of cotton production, the export dependence of cotton will also increase obviously.

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-Precision Proco switches to UFabrik from CMYUK

Newly established print group is introducing sustainable practice across all areas of business – Precision Proco has switched to UFabrik Eco materials from CMYUK. This range is made from yarn that has been manufactured from the waste of single-use PET plastics and is 100 percent recyclable. The UFabrik Eco range offers solutions for frontlit/backlit, blockout, wallcoverings including single piece, and staple wrap-around frames.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

“For starters, the quality of the print is really good, and matches the material that we were using,” says Carl Jackson, Large-format Manager,  “It’s a no-brainer to switch to it, and the costs are the same. It gives us an advantage with clients because when we tell them UFabrik is made from recycled bottles, they are really impressed. As price isn’t an issue they swop instantly.”

One of the company’s main clients is a global sportswear retailer that has been pushing its supply chain towards a greater sustainable agenda. Here, Precision Proco is using green materials for promotional applications including eco-friendly paper display board, and when using acrylics for signage, uses 5mm thicknesses rather than 10mm. “Minimising where we can,” he says.

Precision Proco switches to UFabrik from CMYUK

-Shell forms alliance with Arbios Biotech in pursuit of a low-carbon intensity, circular-economy focused biorefinery

Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Arbios Biotech, a joint venture between Licella and Canfor, have formed a new global alliance aimed at utilizing SC&T’s upgrading technology capability in the pursuit of a low-carbon intensity, circular-economy focused biorefinery, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Arbios Biotech was formed to commercialise Licella’s Cat-HTR platform, a globally leading hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) technology, for various forms of wood and post-consumer biomass around the world, particularly in North America, South America and Europe. The Cat-HTR uses near or at supercritical water to create high-quality biocrude, a renewable and sustainable bio oil for the circular economy.

This alliance between Arbios Biotech and SC&T anticipates that Shell upgrader units will work in concert with commercial Cat-HTR plants, strategically located near aggregated post-consumer biomass feedstock sources.

By linking SC&T upgrader units with Cat-HTR plants, Arbios Biotech would have the capability to upgrade biocrude to finished products in one continuous, efficient process.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

Shell forms alliance with Arbios Biotech in pursuit of a low-carbon intensity, circular-economy focused biorefinery

-PET Base Tooling for Oval Bottles Boosts Stability, Trims Weight

Sidel’s new StarLITE HPC base design boosts bottle stability by up to 25%, cuts weight, and enables faster blowing and lower blowing pressure.

A new base design for oval PET bottles is said to offer multiple processing and performance benefits. Foremost among them is up to 25% improved container stability, both empty and filled.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

The StarLITE HPC base from Sidel employs an “anti-rock” design based on 360° continuous contact surface that is said to improve tilt angle and may be combined with structural ribs and oval push-up.

The asymmetric, structured base design reportedly improves material distribution, prevents unexpected base roll-out, and contributes to lightweighting opportunities, such as a 0.5 g reduction for a 500-ml container.

The doubled sitting surface and balanced stretching ratios between short and long sides enable better material distribution while avoiding base sagging, explains Sidel packaging expert Laurent Naveau.

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-Dilo to exhibit at ITMA Asia + CITME

Nonwovens machinery manufacturer Dilo is gearing up for next month’s ITMA Asia + CITME exhibition where it will showcase a range of its latest nonwovens technology.

As a major supplier to the industry, DiloSystems provides production lines for a wide range of nonwovens manufacturing processes using numerous staple fibre products.

DiloGroup, with DiloSpinnbau, DiloTemafa, DiloMachines and DiloSystems as the general contractor, offers a complete range of the machinery required to produce needled nonwovens and, together with partners, thermobonded and hydroentangled nonwovens for a range of applications including geotextiles, housing and roofing, automotive products, filtration, acoustics, artificial leather and medical or hygiene products.  PETBottlesRecycling Automotive Chemicals

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-Malaysia removes anti-dumping tariffs on Korean PET

The Malaysian government has decided to reverse its preliminary decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on Korean polyethylene terephthalate products, according to industry officials on Sunday.

After an investigation, Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry recently concluded that PET products imported from Korea will not damage the country’s oil and chemical industries, and decided to lift the temporary anti-dumping tariffs, according to industry sources here.

According to a preliminary decision made in December, the Malaysian government sought to slap anti-dumping tariffs of 15.5 percent on PET products exported by several Korean companies, including SK Chemicals and TK Chemical, after a Malaysian company Recron filed a petition to the government in June.

The two Korean companies reportedly export about 10,000 metric tons of PET to Malaysia, annually.

Recron had claimed that the imports of the PET products from six countries, including South Korea, China, Japan and the US, were being dumped into Malaysia at a price much lower than the selling price in the countries’ domestic markets, causing material injury to Malaysian market.

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-Commodities of the future: Blue, green hydrogen key to the energy transition – report

While fossil fuel-based hydrogen (grey hydrogen) as a fuel is not new, blue hydrogen (natural gas-based) and green hydrogen (renewables-based) are entering commercialisation and are only just becoming established in energy commodity markets, market analyst Fitch Solutions notes in its latest industry report on the commodities of the future.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

In fact, the ‘hydrogen as a commodity’ story has just started to unfold, with a notable rise in interest seen since 2020, and the sector will evolve at a fast pace in the coming years amid an ever-expanding project pipeline, Fitch says.

Low carbon hydrogen has numerous potential industrial applications to decarbonise multiple sectors including power, or as fuel for manufacturing, transportation, and more.

Fitch forecasts green hydrogen production will rapidly accelerate and gain increasing market share at the expense of traditional grey hydrogen, rising from less than 1% of current global market supply to a forecast 10% by 2030. This rapid acceleration has been brought forward by declining renewable costs, wide geographical scope, short development times and its zero-carbon footprint, Fitch says.

Commodities of the future: Blue, green hydrogen key to the energy transition – report

-Romanian recycler turning 2bn PET bottles into polyester fibre

Green Fiber, part of the Green Group family, has announced that the business is transforming over 2 billion polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles each year into sustainable polyester staple fibre products for various industries. Green Fiber’s 100 per cent recycled polyester fibres produce 50 per cent less C02 emissions than virgin fibre alternatives.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

Romania-based recycler and producer Green Fiber works in tandem with its sister company Green Tech, a prominent recycler in Europe, to recycle PET bottles, it said in a press release.

With an increased focus worldwide by businesses on reducing their carbon footprint and promoting a more sustainable image, Green Fiber’s 100 per cent recycled products offer a diverse range of industries such as hygiene, home textiles and more, the opportunity to confidently state that they are seriously committed to reducing their carbon footprints.

“As part of our regenerative role of both producer and recycler, we are proud to recycle over 2 billion PET bottles a year which are then transformed into sustainable fibres for an array of crucial industries. Furthermore, as we are the largest producer of 100 per cent PET recycled fibres in Europe with a range of products emitting 50 per cent less in C02 emissions compared to virgin fibre alternatives, we believe it’s now essential for sustainable

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-Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Selects Lyondell Basell Technology

Lyondell Basell’s Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology will be used in two separate production lines at Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co.’s new facility in China. The production lines include a 200 KTA low density polyethylene line as well as a 300 KTA LDPE and ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer line which will be used to produce LDPE with vinyl acetate comonomer.

Lyondell Basell has announced that Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co. will use the Lyondell Basell Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology in two separate production lines at a new facility.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

The process technology will be used for a 200 KTA low density polyethylene (LDPE) line and a 300 KTA LDPE and ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) line to produce LDPE with vinyl acetate comonomer. The facility will be located in Longkou, Yantai, Shandong Province, P.R. of China.

Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Selects Lyondell Basell Technology

-PolystyreneLoop inaugurates a new plant in June

The installation of the equipment is nearing completion and we placed 400 m2 of flooring for our EPS and XPS storage. All three outdoor silo’s for Loop-PS are installed and give an exciting new look to the plant. The solvent is ordered and we cannot wait to fill up our “big Berta” – the biggest vessel in the entire plant.

We are happy to announce that we now also have a third HUB in the Netherlands! Kingspan Unidek in Gemert. Kingspan Unidek is traditionally an EPS converter, but they took upon themselves to also offer a solution for PS-foam waste coming from demolition and renovation projects.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

We hope that this will serve as inspiration for others. We translated the Position Paper on the collection of HBCD-containing PS-foam waste in Dutch and discussed it with national ministries. In parallel we are collaborating with VERAS – the Dutch demolition association – on a project to collect the waste appropriately and have it pre-treated by our HUBs

PolystyreneLoop inaugurates a new plant in June

-Plastics and masterbatches in automotive wire industry

Market tendencies for automotive wires

The automotive market is changing.  Since 1885, with the first internal-combustion car, this kind of engine is the dominant.

Market is evolving each day, specially accelerated for Covid-19 crisis, revolutionised with more sophisticated electronic systems and pushing for electric cars in parallel with self-driving cars.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

In 2019, 4.8M of electric vehicles were in use, more than 50% in China. Targets of reduction of the air pollution emissions and the stronger environmental sensibility by the users also help to increase this electrical car registration trend.

This tendency translates into the automotive parts manufacturers to provide more lighter and higher performing components, also in wire automotive industry. That means that new materials and formulations will satisfy these demands.

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-Unimodal HDPE for Blow Molded Bottles Boasts a ‘Step Change’ in ESCR

ExxonMobil’s new unimodal HDPE is said to represent a big leap in ESCR performance without compromising other properties.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

A new unimodal HDPE for blow molded bottles and containers developed by ExxonMobil Chemical is touted as a step-change in ESCR (Environmental Stress-Crack Resistance) without compromising stiffness, impact, top-load or processability.

ExxonMobil says its Paxon HDPE SP5504 represents a paradigm shift in properties normally associated with currently available unimodal HDPEs, suiting it to household and industrial chemical (HIC) bottles and containers for products like bleach, wipes, and agricultural chemicals, according to Dr. James Stern, business-development manager for North America & EMEAF.

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-New project from Fraunhofer hopes to pave the way for new plastics recycling methods

Seven Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their expertise in the lighthouse project “Waste4Future”, which aims to increase energy and resource efficiency in the use of plastics and thus pave the way for a chemical industry that requires fewer fossil raw materials and produces fewer emissions.

A key part of the project will be to create new opportunities for recycling plastics in order to make the carbon they contain available as a “green” resource for the chemical industry.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

“We are paving the way for a carbon circular economy in which valuable new base molecules are obtained from plastic waste and emissions are largely avoided: Today’s waste becomes tomorrow’s resource,” says Dr.Ing. Sylvia Schattauer, deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, which is heading the project.

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-HHI to Build Pilot Green Hydrogen Production Plant in East Sea

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on May 6 that it has signed an MOU with nine organizations to set up 100 MW green hydrogen production facilities in a floating wind farm in the East Sea.

The nine organizations included the Ulsan City Government, Ulsan Techno Park, the Ulsan Chamber of Commerce, SK Gas, Korea East-West Power, Sejin Heavy Industries, and the UNIST.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

Under the MOU, the first phase of the project is to build a 100 MW green hydrogen pilot plant in a floating wind farm in the East Sea by 2025. Their second-phase project is to build a 1.2 GW large-scale green hydrogen production plant by 2030.

HHI is planning to develop a large-scale hydroelectric green hydrogen plant that produces hydrogen from seawater using electricity supplied by the floating wind farm.

HHI to Build Pilot Green Hydrogen Production Plant in East Sea

-Mechanical Recycling vs Chemical Recycling

Recycling plastics for use in new packaging makes a positive impact on the environment. There are two main types of recycling: mechanical and chemical. Let’s take a look at how these processes differ.  PETBottlesRecycling Hydrogen Chemicals

In mechanical recycling, varying plastic types enter into the recycling process. The plastics go through grinding, resulting in flakes of plastic which are then washed and separated (e.g., the plastic used for lids is separated from the PET plastic used to make bottles because they are different type of plastics). The flakes are then melted into small pellets, which will be used to make new products.

Chemical recycling, defined by This is Plastics (www.thisisplastics.com), is 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 new plastic product. When an item cannot be recycled mechanically due to colorants, barriers, or multilayers, chemical recycling may be an option.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 6,400 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 950 $/ton 960 $/ton- +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,950 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton +100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 6,175 yuan/ton +75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,750 yuan/ton 4,830 yuan/ton +80
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Petrochemicals PETResin R-PET
670 $/ton 690 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,710 yuan/ton 4,960 yuan/ton +250
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 610 $/ton 645 $/ton- +35
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 876 $/ton 878 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 858 $/ton 860 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemicals PETResin R-PETT

872 $/ton 885 $/ton +13
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,475 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
+75
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,900 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,400 yuan/ton 8.400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemicals PETResin R-PET
7,575 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton +100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,700 yuan/ton
+400
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,970 $/ton 2,020 $/ton +50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,180 $/ton 2,320 $/ton +140
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,900 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton +700
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,500 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +500
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 17,000 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,600 yuan/ton 19,850 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 17,950 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +350
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 83,000 yuan/ton 85,000 yuan/ton +2,000
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 10,300 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton +450
Benzene overseas  market 956 $/ton 1,060 $/ton
+104
Ethylene South East market 1,050 $/ton 1,050 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market

Petrochemicals PETResin R-PET

1,214 $/ton 1,277 $/ton +63
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 14,400 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton -600
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,500 $/ton 2,400 $/ton -100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,000 yuan/ton 17,500 yuan/ton -2,500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton -200
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PETResin R-PET
8,400 yuan/ton 8,580 yuan/ton +180
Naphtha overseas market  591 $/ton  601 $/ton
+10
Phenol domestic market 8,920 yuan/ton 9,380 yuan/ton +460

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-Hydrogen-Powered Cars Could Be More Competitive in the Future

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are gaining some traction as automakers and governments plot the demise of the internal combustion engine, but the technology still has many speed bumps to overcome.

The power plants in vehicles that use hydrogen fuel for power can operate in two ways — by converting the chemical energy of hydrogen to mechanical energy either by burning hydrogen in an internal combustion engine or by means of electrochemical reactions.

In the latter case, a fuel — typically hydrogen — is combined with the oxygen in the air to produce energy to power an electric motor.

The only emissions are “harmless water vapor as a byproduct,” said Popular Mechanics in a recent article. While water vapor may seem harmless compared with other types of emissions, it is worth noting that water vapor is the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) in the atmosphere, representing about 72% of GHG.

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-LyondellBasell starts commercial production of polymers using raw material derived from plastic waste

LyondellBasell today announced another step towards its ambition to advance the circular economy by making virgin quality polymers from raw materials derived from plastic waste at its Wesseling, Germany, site.

Produced by the thermal conversion of plastic waste, this raw material is converted into ethylene and propylene in the LyondellBasell production facilities, and then processed into polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) in the downstream units for plastics production. Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

The first use of raw material derived from plastic waste follows the company’s successful production of plastic materials made from renewable-based raw materials such as used cooking oil, which helps to reduce CO2 over the product life cycle and reduce the use of fossil-based raw materials.

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-Textile Exchange and Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launch the 2025 Recycled Polyester Challenge, a joint industry initiative

Textile and apparel brands are invited to take climate action by joining the 85 brands and suppliers committed to replace their use of virgin polyester with recycled polyester to ultimately shift global volume from an average of 14% to 45% by 2025.

Textile Exchange and the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, convened by UN Climate Change, have launched a joint initiative to spur further a shift in the market towards the uptake of recycled polyester (rPET) and the associated reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs). Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

With 85 brands and suppliers already committed, the 2025 Recycled Polyester Challenge serves as an essential catalyst for change in the apparel and textile industry. The rPET Challenge petitions the apparel industry to commit to increasing the global percentage of recycled polyester from 14% to 45% at 17.1 million metric tons by 2025. The Challenge continues the successful acceleration that began with Textile Exchange’s 2017 Recycled Polyester Commitment.

The 2025 Recycled Polyester Challenge asks brands to commit to the most ambitious uptake target possible. High percentage rPET commitments from brands are essential to reaching the 2025 45% recycled volume target and for building critical mass to reach an absolute 90% recycled volume share by 2030.

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-DSM expands Dyneema® fabric offerings through Premium Manufacturing Partnerships with global fabric mills

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced an exclusive partnership with seven Premium Manufacturing Partners (PMPs) to help expand its Dyneema® fabric offerings.

DSM has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with all of the newly appointed PMPs; including, Hwa Sung International in South Korea, IBQ Fabrics in Spain, Naveena Denim in Pakistan, Feinjersey Group in Austria, VDS Weaving in Belgium, Fuchshuber Techno-Tex in Germany and Gayon in China.

Each of the fabric mills selected met specific criteria related to quality, manufacturing, innovation and processing know-how of both Dyneema® fiber and fabric. Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

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-Trinseo to build commercial PS recycling plant in Belgium

The story below was our most read article in the last 12 hours.

Trinseo will build a full commercial scale polystyrene (PS) recycling plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium that is expected to be operation in 2023.

The company will use depolymerisation which breaks down polymers into their precursors to chemically recycle the material. The recycled PS will have identical properties with virgin PS. Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

Trinseo is currently working in partnership with Germany’s INEOS Styrolution, and UK-based Recycling Technologies to build a pilot PS plant in the UK in 2022.

INEOS Styrolution also plans to build its own full commercial scale recycling facility in Wingles, France.

Each plant would aim to convert 15,000 tonnes/year of PS waste into recycled styrene.

Trinseo to build commercial PS recycling plant in Belgium

-Polypropylene: Is chemical recycling a silver bullet?

The prices for polypropylene and polyethylene feedstocks for nonwovens have been at record highs in the first months of 2021, following unprecedented volatility in 2020. Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

In his keynote speech at the recent EDANA Outlook virtual conference, Kaushik Mitra, executive director of Düsseldorf-headquartered consultancy IHS Markit, explained that while the Covid-19 pandemic led to unprecedented demand for health, hygiene and medical products, demand from the automotive industry, construction and other durable markets for polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) was deeply impacted.

“Oil prices collapsed last year in the USA and Middle East and polymer prices followed,” Mitra said. “There was a sharp reduction in imports and recycling became uncompetitive, leading to many manufacturers switching to virgin resin. In the USA, many resin and fibre producers cut back production due to the pandemic and several plant start-ups were delayed for three-to-six months. In Europe the refineries cut back on oil production due to the low demand for fuel, leading to a tight supply for propylene.”

Polypropylene: Is chemical recycling a silver bullet?

-Vietnam to need 80,000 tonnes of biodegradable plastics annually by 2025

The demand for biodegradable plastics in Vietnam is projected to reach 80,000 tonnes annually by 2025, according to Associate Prof. Dr. Le Hung Anh, Director of the Institute of Environmental Science, Engineering and Management.

At a recent workshop on biodegradable plastic production and consumption held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Ho Chi Minh City, Anh said the growth orientation of Vietnam’s plastics sector now focuses on effectiveness and sustainability.

Companies like An Phat Bioplastics, Biostarch, and the Phu My Plastic Production JSC have successfully developed technologies for making biodegradable plastic bags, gloves, knives, forks, and straws, among others, for consumption domestically and internationally. Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

Vietnam to need 80,000 tonnes of biodegradable plastics annually by 2025

-Good Natured Products acquires Illinois-based sheet maker Ex-Tech Plastics

The deal is the Vancouver-based bioplastics maker’s third acquisition in just over a year.

Vancouver-based bioplastics maker Good Natured Products Inc. is acquiring Ex-Tech Plastics Inc., an extruder of rigid plastic sheets headquartered in Richmond, Ill., for US$14.1 million.

The deal includes all of Ex-Tech’s operating assets along with real estate owned by a related company, ETP Inc.  Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

Founded in 1982, Ex-Tech operates seven different extrusion lines in a dedicated 75,000-square-foot facility, and serves the retail, food, and medical packaging sectors. Its customers are primarily located in the midwestern and southwestern U.S.

Good Natured Products acquires Illinois-based sheet maker Ex-Tech Plastics

-Breakthrough in Degradable Plastic

Curbing ​plastic ​pollution is ​one of the ​crucial ​environmental ​challenges that ​humanity is ​facing. Over ​the last ​several years, ​more focus has ​been given ​to ​compostable ​and biodegradable ​plastics but ​these require ​specific ​processes to ​break down. ​Researchers ​have now ​announced a new ​approach to ​plastic that ​can almost ​completely ​biodegrade ​under ​conditions that ​can be much ​more easily ​achieved. ​

Reporting in Nature, scientists ​have embedded ​special ​molecules in ​plastic made of ​polylactic acid,​ or PLA, and ​polycaprolactone,​ or PCL. These ​are already ​commonly used ​in compostable ​plastic. Polypropylene Resinprices Petrochemicals

The ​special ​molecules used ​are enzymes ​that have the ​ability to ​degrade the ​plastic and ​turn it into ​lactic acid (​which can feed ​microbes in the ​soil) when the ​right ​conditions are ​met.

Breakthrough in Degradable Plastic

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-Transparent wood is sustainable and suitable for structural use

Researchers from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a transparent and sustainable wood. The material allows through natural light, can store thermal energy and – unlike other transparent woods – is intended for structural use.

Transparent wood was first introduced in 2016 as a potential structural material for buildings which – in addition to the other useful properties of wood – allows natural light to pass through.

Key to making wood into a transparent composite material is to strip out its lignin, the major-light absorbing component in wood which is essential for forming rigid cell walls. The empty pores left by the removal of lignin, however, need to be filled with a substance which restores the strength of wood and allows light to be transmitted through the material.

In previous iterations of their composite, the KTH researchers had used conventional petroleum-based polymers. Now, they have successfully developed and tested a sustainable alternative which uses limonene acrylate: a monomer made from limonene.

“The new limonene acrylate it is made from renewable citrus, such as peel waste that can be recycled from the orange juice industry,” said Céline Montanari, a PhD candidate and lead author of the study.

Transparent wood is sustainable and suitable for structural use

-Oxygen Permeation Analyzer for Bottles, Pods, and Other Whole Package Forms

Ametek Mocon’s  Ox-Tran 2/48 measures the oxygen transmission rate of whole packages at ambient conditions.  A new analytical instrument to measure the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of whole packages at ambient environmental conditions has been launched by Ametek Mocon. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

Ox-Tran 2/48 analyzer targets package permeation testing in the food, beverage, and healthcare packaging application space, where knowing the precise rate of oxygen transmitting through a package at room temperature and room humidity conditions is critical to a product’s shelf life.

The Ox-Tran 2/48 offers high-capacity testing with eight cells. Four of the cells are for testing OTR and the other four are used for conditioning packages so that they spend less time in test. Applications include permeation testing of formed trays, bottles, flexible pouches, corks, caps, and pods.

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-Total has increased the May prices of PS in the USA

Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA has raised polystyrene (PS) prices by 15 cents per pound (USD331 per tonne), the company said in a letter to customers.

The price increase came into effect on May 1 or in accordance with the terms of the contract. Polystyrene prices are under upward pressure due to rising raw material prices. May contract prices for US benzene rose USD1.59 a gallon in April, the highest since September 2014. PS contracts rose sharply in response to significant increases in spot prices in the previous month.

Polystyrene supplies remain limited as several US styrene producers only recently resumed production after prolonged shutdowns caused by a mid-February winter storm in the US Gulf of Mexico. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

Demand remains robust as the US economy continues to demonstrate strong economic growth, primarily driven by increased demand for manufactured goods.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed for May deliveries at the level of EUR1,950 per tonne, which is EUR87 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month.

Total has increased the May prices of PS in the USA

-SABIC and KraussMaffei Collaborate on Development of Innovative Thin-Wall Packaging

The partners launched their collaboration at the newly expanded Thin-Wall Packaging Applications Centers at KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of Netstal injection molding machines

SABIC has announced the launch of its collaboration with KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG at the partner’s recently expanded Thin-Wall Packaging Application Center in Näfels, Switzerland, the site of KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of high-performance injection molding systems known under the Netsal brand. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

Opened in a virtual ceremony hosted by officials from both companies on May 6, 2021, the expanded Application Center will enable innovative application, material and processing solutions in the thin-wall packaging industry through closer collaboration across the segment’s entire value chain.

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-Maire Tecnimont gets USD450 mln contract by Indian Oil for new PX plant

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced that its subsidiaries Tecnimont S.p.A. and Mumbai-based Tecnimont Private Limited have been awarded an EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) Lump Sum contract by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), for the implementation of a new paraxylene (PX) plant and the relevant offsites facilities, according to Kemicalinfo.

The plant will be located in Paradip, in the State of Odisha, in Eastern India. The overall value of the contract is about USD450 million. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

The scope of work entails Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning activities up to the Performance Guarantees Test Run. Once completed, the new PX plant will have a capacity of 800,000 tons per year.

The time schedule is 33 months for Mechanical Completion from the award date, the company said.

Maire Tecnimont gets USD450 mln contract by Indian Oil for new PX plant

-Parx Materials Develops Antimicrobial Polypropylene Nonwoven

Applications include medical masks, protective gowns, diapers and other sanitary

Antimicrobial additive start-up Parx Materials has successfully developed a new polypropylene (PP) nonwoven material that resists bacteria. The latest test results show that the material is effective against strains of E.coli, Staphylococcus and Candida Albicans, achieving a Class AAA rating for use in medical masks, protective gowns, diapers or other sanitary products. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

The antimicrobial nonwoven material is made with polypropylene via the spunbond production method in which woven materials are manufactured in one continuous process. Using Parx Materials’ Saniconcentrate technology, the material prevents bacteria and viruses from surviving without toxic biocides or leaching.

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-Recycled plastic bags make sustainable fabrics

Polyethylene is one of the most common plastics in the world, but it is seldom found in clothing because it cannot absorb or carry away water. (Imagine wearing a plastic bag – you would feel very uncomfortable very quickly.) Now, however, researchers in the US have developed a new material spun from polyethylene that not only “breathes” better than cotton, nylon or polyester, but also has a smaller ecological footprint due to the ease with which it can be manufactured, dyed, cleaned and used.

The textile industry produces about 62 million tons of fabric each year. In the process, it consumes huge quantities of water, generates millions of tonnes of waste and accounts for 5–10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the world’s most polluting industries.PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

Later stages of the textile use cycle also contribute to the industry’s environmental impact. Textiles made from natural fibres such as wool, cotton, silk or linen require considerable amounts of energy and water to recycle, while textiles that are coloured or made of composite materials are hard to recycle at all.

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-BASF increases prices for ecovio® in Europe

With immediate effect or as contracts permit, BASF is increasing the prices for its certified biodegradable compound ecovio® in Europe. Affected grades are:

ecovio® F: + 500 €/ton (MT)

ecovio® M: + 500 €/ton (MT)

ecovio® T: + 500 €/ton (MT)

ecovio® is a certified compostable and soil-biodegradable bioplastic. Its main application areas are bags for organic waste or fruit and vegetables, cling films and agricultural mulch films. Compostable packaging solutions such as paper coating, shrink films as well as thermoformed and injection-molded applications can also be manufactured with ecovio®. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

BASF increases prices for ecovio® in Europe

-MIT launches online Industry 4.0 certificate program for manufacturers

The multilingual program is taught exclusively online over 12 months by MIT faculty.

Research & Development

MIT, in Cambridge, Mass., has developed a new professional certificate in Industry 4.0 for manufacturing professionals. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

The program is taught exclusively online over 12 months by MIT faculty, and is designed to equip technology and engineering professionals in the manufacturing space with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to excel in the digital age.

“From the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, to smart manufacturing and product platforms, technological innovations are powering widespread transformation across the industrial sector,” said Clara Piloto, director of Digital Plus and Global Programs for MIT Professional Education. “Our multilingual Professional Certificate Program in Industry 4.0 will enable professionals to acquire the digital strategies and tools they need to redesign product operations, business models and customer support in an environment that is technologically and competitively evolving more rapidly than ever before.”

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-Boosting the recycling of PET bottles – which labels and sleeves should I use?

If you think the label is only a small part of a pack, then it might be time to think again. Choosing the right label or sleeve for PET bottles can make a huge difference in recycling, argues Marika Knorr, head of sustainability and communication at CCL Label, in our latest Innovation Spotlight. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Biopolyamide

Achieving a higher yield in quantity and quality of PET material is one of the challenges in PET recycling. How can you help?

Marika Knorr: Looking into how labels and sleeves can support the recycling of PET bottles and thus a circular economy has been a focus area for CCL Label for a while. We have two specially engineered products that perform ideally in PET recycling: Our Pressure Sensitive Label EcoStream and our new polyolefin Sleeve material EcoFloat.

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-Prices of nylon chips, filament yarn expected to rise: TexPro

The prices of nylon chips (CFR SE Asia) and nylon filament yarn (FDY 70D/24F, FOB NE Asia) may increase in the coming months due to rising prices of benzene and caprolactam and a high demand from the downstream industry. The filament price dropped in April 2021 due to an unclear price trend of raw materials and restrained downstream procurement.

The market of nylon chips and nylon filament yarn was supported by higher prices of benzene and caprolactam along with increasing prices of crude oil in the first quarter of 2021. The USD caprolactam contracts also sustained the price rise. The players stocked up on chips and yarn before the Chinese New Year, expecting a rise in the demand after the Chinese holiday.

The price of nylon chips, CFR SE Asia, remained low at $1,769.52 per metric ton in January 2021, but increased by 20.22 per cent to $2,127.39 per metric ton in the first quarter over the price of January 2021. It is expected to rise at 33.03 per cent to reach $2,830 per metric ton in June 2021 over the price of March 2021.

Prices of nylon chips, filament yarn expected to rise: TexPro

-DAK Americas files stalking horse bid for CarbonLite plant

DAK Americas, a subsidiary of Alpek, has posted a stalking horse bid to acquire the Reading, Pennsylvania recycling plant from US firm CarbonLite, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.

The $96 million bid was reported in court documents earlier this week, with the deadline for a stalking horse bidder set at 1 May, 2021, according to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

A stalking horse bid is an initial bid on the assets of a bankrupt company, which serves as the minimum bidding bar for a final purchase price. If CarbonLite fails to receive a better offer, DAK Americas could acquire the plant. Details of the bid are available online and show the signature of Jorge Young, chief executive of DAK Americas.PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

DAK Americas files stalking horse bid for CarbonLite plant

-What exactly is the circular economy?

The circular economy is being increasingly mentioned but what exactly is it and what does it mean? What is its relevance to those operating in the water industry and how can it help them cut costs and be greener at the same time? This is the first of a series of articles from the BPF Pipes Group taking a closer look at understanding the circular economy and using as an example the role of plastic pipes within it. The series explains why we as an industry should take notice of its growing importance.

Previously, what was known as the ‘linear’ economy worked very much on a ‘make, use, dispose’ basis, so the circular economy is a newer way of operating, incorporating the processes of extraction, design, manufacture, transport, use and reuse. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

There are many definitions. The European Parliament describes it as ‘a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.’

What exactly is the circular economy?

-Additive Masterbatches for BOPE Films

Tosaf working with Brückner Maschinenbau has validated the good processing properties of its new BOPE masterbatches. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

New additive masterbatches specifically tailored for biaxially oriented polyethylene (BOPE) films have been developed by Israel’s Tosaf (U.S. office in Bessemer, N.C.) The portfolio currently  includes slip, antiblock, antistatic and antifog additives. The ability to use them individually or in combination is said to give manufacturers high flexibility in meeting specific product requirements.

Tosaf developed these additive masterbatches specifically tailored to the PE film orientation process in response to the current trend in the production of films for disposable packaging which has been moving from multilayer to mono-material concepts that are easier to recycle and have better mechanical and optical properties. BOPE films have been shown to enable high-performance solutions that can be superior to conventional BOPP packaging films in terms of processing and cost efficiency.

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-Sidel StarLITE™ HPC: A new base solution to increase the stability of flat PET and rPET containers by up to 25%

Sidel is introducing the StarLITETM HPC base. The new, oval bottle base alternative for flat PET containers helps achieve optimum performance and can also comply with recycled PET (rPET) up to 100%. The new bottle base not only increases container stability by up to 25%, but also optimises bottle weight and energy consumption, reducing production costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with a quick payback. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

Improved stability by up to 25%

The new geometry of the completely flat StarLITE HPC base is cleverly structured. Its new anti-rocking design is based on a 360-degree continuous contact surface which improves tilt angle and may be combined with structural ribs and oval push-up. “The doubled sitting surface and the balanced stretching ratios between small and large sides enable better material distribution, while avoiding base sagging,” explains Laurent Naveau, Packaging expert at Sidel. This oval shape achieves an optimum performance level, drastically improving empty or filled container stability by up to 25%. This helps increase production uptime, with better container stability on conveyors in comparison with existing major flat PET container bases, and also improves consumer experience.

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-DOMO Chemicals unveils ambition to lead in sustainable development within the decade

Launch of DOMO Beyond sustainability management system

Econamid and Technyl4Earth already leading sustainable solutions for polyamide

Leuna, May 4, 2021 – DOMO Chemicals has unveiled its ambition to be a benchmark and leader in sustainable development and social responsibility by 2030, with clear targets and criteria to drive a decade of progress.

By 2030, DOMO has committed to neutral CO2 emissions growth versus 2019, a 15% reduction in the carbon content of the company’s energy mix and a 7% reduction of industrial waste. DOMO has set a longer-term target to become climate neutral by 2050. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

It has also pledged to help its customers by enhancing its offering of sustainable solutions, including: a 20% increase in sustainable applications; a 20% reduction in the carbon footprint of DOMO’s products and an increase of circular solutions by 50%.

DOMO Chemicals unveils ambition to lead in sustainable development within the decade

-Brand owner launches bottle recovery initiative

PepsiCo recently rolled out a collection system providing bins, regular collection and data analysis for bottle recycling at businesses and other non-residential spaces.

PepsiCo Recycling on April 29 announced the BottleLoop program, billed as a “technology-powered program to streamline recycling for customers.”

The program is being offered to schools, universities, stores, restaurants and other away-from-home settings. BottleLoop provides customers with bins, provides pickup services for those bins, and offers various data points tracking material generation and collection. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

The service starts at $9.25 per pickup for customers, with pricing varying based on distance to nearby recycling centers, quantity of material and other factors. PepsiCo is providing the service in partnership with Replenysh, a California-based software firm serving the waste and recycling sectors.

BottleLoop bins accept all beverage containers, whether plastic, glass or aluminum. However, PepsiCo placed special emphasis on plastic bottle collection through the program, framing BottleLoop as a way to increase recycled plastic supply.

Brand owner launches bottle recovery initiative

-Pelletized Concentrates for Additive Manufacturing

Chroma Color can provide small lots to large production orders in a wide range of standard and custom colors.

Pelletized color concentrates in a wide range of standard and custom colors are newly available to filament and material suppliers for additive manufacturing from Chroma Color. The company is responding to an increased demand from manufacturers using additive manufacturing for expanding applications to enhance their capabilities with functional, colorful, and performance characteristics for the variety of resins being used. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

Chroma Color supplies concentrates for most 3D printing resins, including PLA, PETG, PET, ABS, HIPS, nylon, and TPU. The company can provide required small lots to large production orders to 3D customers in a wide range of standard and custom colors. For material suppliers looking for unique custom colors, Chroma Color will access its extensive color library and state-of-the-art labs to develop pelletized concentrates to meet exact specifications.

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-Oxygen Scavenger for up to 100% rPET

Avient’s non-nylon based Amosorb 4020R said to provide rPET packaging with full, consistent oxygen scavenging performance and enhanced aesthetics.

A new non-nylon containing oxygen scavenger from Avient has been specifically formulated to enable the use of up to 100% recycled PET (rPET) content. ColorMatrix Amosorb 4020R is the latest addition to the robust portfolio of ColorMatrix additives that have been formulated to enable improved recycling for plastic packaging.

Amosorb 4020R has been shown to deliver full, consistent oxygen scavenging performance with 25%, 50%, and even 100% rPET content. Moreover, it reportedly improves the aesthetics of recycled packaging in terms of haze and color, including a reduction in the yellowing effect that may occur during recycling. Also, this additive is compatible with many different rPET grades to help brand owners achieve their sustainability targets. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

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-Plastic IQ Targets Plastic Packaging Waste Reduction

Brands adopting the no-cost Plastic IQ digital planning tool from The Recycling Partnership and SystemIQ include Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Mondelēz, Nestlé USA, Unilever, and Walmart.

There’s power in numbers as well as in data, which is part of the reason the launch of the Plastic IQ digital tool promises to help US companies develop effective plastic packaging waste reduction strategies. PlasticRecycling Resinprices Bioplastics

Launched May 5 by The Recycling Partnership and SystemIQ and created with  support from Walmart, Plastic IQ is a forward-looking, data-based planning tool aligned with industry best practices. The tool allows companies to prioritize actions to address plastic packaging waste, meet their sustainability goals, and ultimately accelerate progress toward a circular economy.

Plastic IQ is available at no cost so that companies of all sizes and resources can analyze their plastic packaging data and calculate how their company’s strategy impacts their costs as well as plastic and carbon emissions impact.

Plastic IQ Targets Plastic Packaging Waste Reduction

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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,