Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam 04-06-2022

Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

-Sustainable Nylons from PCR and PIR Recovery

RadiciGroup’s new Renycle line of nylon 6 and 66 now part of Matmatch online platform.

Global chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibers manufacturer RadiciGroup (U.S. office in Wadsworth, Ohio) is now offering a new line of sustainable nylons. The Renycle line includes nylon 6 resins obtained from post-consumer recycled (PCR) nylons and nylon 66 materials obtained from post-industrial recycled (PIR) nylons. These materials are the result of RadiciGroup’s long experience in PIR material technology along with its more recent experience in PCR recovery. The company’s sustainable family of Renycle nylons is also now on Matmatch, an online platform that helps designers and engineers search for the most suitable materials for their design needs.

The Renycle materials are the result of a careful selection of incoming raw materials and an advanced mechanical characterization both from the point of view of mechanical, chemical, physical and electrical performance and in reference to the reduction of the environmental impact in comparison with products with 100% virgin polymer (LCA comparison). Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

In addition to the materials, Radici offers customer CAE services which aim to virtually reproduce both the material molding process and the mechanical, thermal or other kind of solicitations that the part will be subjected to under use conditions. Everything possible is done to predict the behavior of the materials from the very early stages of product development.

Sustainable Nylons from PCR and PIR Recovery

-Oerlikon Barmag – Focus On Eccentric Screw Pumps And Pumps For Shear-Sensitive Materials

Improved productivity and increased lifespan and tailored solutions also for the most demanding applications within the chemicals and plastics industries and in PUR applications – these are the convincing arguments with which Oerlikon Barmag is showcasing its precision metering pumps at this year’s ACHEMA between August 22 and 26, 2022 in Frankfurt (Hall 8.0, Stand E4). The focus is on the new pump for shear-sensitive conveying media and the new eccentric screw pump.

Eccentric screw pumps – robust all-rounders convey any medium

The requirements for pumps are considerable, as the demand for customized solutions for increasingly complex processes is rising. This is particularly true for Oerlikon Barmag’s new eccentric screw pump range. High wear-resistance, increased durability and robust operation – the new pump is tailormade for conveying highly-filled, high-viscosity and abrasive media, such as filled adhesives, filled silicones and filled casting compounds, for example. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

The is the multi-stage seal system, which considerably increases the pump’s lifespan. The upstream shaft sealing ring protects the slide ring seal against excessively-fast wear caused by challenging media. In turn, the optimum alignment of the drive shaft – ball bearing-supported and centrally-guided through the shaft sealing ring – prevents any metal debris caused by friction and hence ensures considerably greater durability. Producers benefit from considerably greater productivity, as the pumps’ maintenance intervals and hence machine downtimes are significantly reduced.

New pump for shear-sensitive materials

For increasingly complex customer-specific process solutions, Oerlikon Barmag is now expanding its GA series, developed especially for the challenging conveying of high-viscosity media, to include the GAB51F for shear-sensitive conveying media.

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-Overcoming today’s supply chain bottlenecks

Tomra calls for closing the loop on PET beverage containers, recognising that there is more to be done. Now political framework, bold decisions and smart investments in collecting, sorting and recycling should be used to improve circularity across all material streams and to overcome today’s supply chain bottlenecks, states the recycling technologies provider.

“We have an obligation to work with all stakeholders to reduce the mountains of waste and transform them into the valuable resources they are”, Tomra’s CEO and President Tove Andersen stated at the company’s press conference held at Ifat. “Although there has been considerable progress in recycling, the pandemic and the ongoing war in Europe have shown us that there is an urgency to decrease dependency on primary materials. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

Today, we invest approximately 10% of our revenues in future-oriented activities to increase resource efficiency, advancing the market for circular solutions, which we are well-positioned to do. We have the technology capable of maximising collection and recovery rates. We can act now, optimise waste management practices and fill existing gaps”, concludes Andersen.

Having established benchmarks for climate policy worldwide, the European Green Deal, coupled with binding regulations and guidelines for producers and manufacturers, drive the acceleration to a circular economy. Tomra urges all participants in the value chain to see these specifications as an opportunity and to support their implementation. “We have learned that mandatory legislation is necessary in order to achieve goals and create markets,” Dr. Volker Rehrmann, EVP and Head of Tomra Recycling/Mining and Circular Economy, explains. “However, before we can recycle larger volumes we need to collect as much as possible. There are well-functioning collection systems in place, but it is still not enough. Every day we lose valuable resources to landfill and incineration where they are buried and burned. This is low-hanging fruit and the material must be collected, recovered and recycled.”

Maximising material circularity is not restricted to plastics. There are more material streams to close the loop on, such as metals and wood. “We must pay equal attention to these recyclables to support reaching the EU’s climate neutrality goals set for 2050”, said Tom Eng, SVP and Head of Tomra Recycling. For example, the demand for aluminium is expected to grow by 40% by 2050, a challenge for aluminium producers with limited production capacities in Europe. The good news is that recycled aluminium plays a critical role on the way to a decarbonised world and supports producers’ quest to increase recycled content and their environmental commitments. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR - Sabic-foam

-Phillips 66 taps FreeWire Technologies to support its first EV charging program in U.S.

Phillips 66 signed a letter of intent with FreeWire Technologies in support of its first electric-vehicle charging program in the United States, the two companies announced.

The announcement highlights Phillips 66’s commitment to pursue lower-carbon solutions and comes as an endorsement of FreeWire’s ultrafast, battery-integrated charging technology. The two companies will explore opportunities to deploy FreeWire’s technology within Phillips 66’s U.S. fueling stations and other strategic locations. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

“With EV adoption growing, Phillips 66 is working with FreeWire to bring consumers electric fueling stations that meet their expectations for high-speed, on-the-go charging,” said Pam McGinnis, Vice President, Global Marketing at Phillips 66.

FreeWire joined Phillips 66 at its branded marketer conference in Las Vegas this week to showcase the agreement. Phillips 66 plans to expand its base of electric fueling stations by leveraging its retail network of approximately 7,000 U.S. sites using the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands.

“We are thrilled to play a leading role in Phillips 66’s electrification plans that unlock new customer relationships with EV drivers,” said Arcady Sosinov, FreeWire Founder and CEO. “As charging demand continues to surge, our battery-integrated chargers offer the streamlined, shovel-ready solution that many entering the EV charging space are looking for.”

FreeWire’s Boost Charger offers an attractive alternative to costly and time-intensive upgrades to electrical grid and power infrastructure of an individual site. It connects to existing infrastructure without burdensome construction costs and permitting restraints.

As per MRC, Chevron and ExxonMobil have signed separate agreements with state energy company PT Pertamina to explore lower carbon business opportunities in Indonesia. Chevron signed an MoU through its subsidiary, Chevron New Ventures Pte. Ltd, and is looking at potential businesses in new geothermal technology, carbon offsets through nature-based solutions, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), Pertamina said. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

Phillips 66 taps FreeWire Technologies to support its first EV charging program in U.S.

-Sabic to Showcase Innovative Foam and Lightweight Products at Foam Expo

The company offers more than 20 foam products based on PP, EVA, PE, PS, and PU resins, as well as elastomers.

Sabic will be exhibiting its portfolio of innovative foam and lightweight solutions for the first time at Foam Expo North America from June 28 to 30 in Novi, MI. Sabic offers more than 20 foam products based on PP, EVA, PE, PS, and PU resins, as well as elastomers. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

At booth 2702, Sabic will be showcasing a variety of end applications made using its foam and lightweight materials for the mobility, packaging, and construction markets. These include trunk liners, PP planks, and water shields made of Sabic’s PP-UMS resin, a new generation of ultra-melt strength and foamable polypropylene.

Sabic PP-UMS is unique in the market, with a melt strength of more than 65 cN leading to outstanding foamability, said the company. It is a building block to develop new foaming solutions that can enable lightweighting and potential cost optimization. Other applications to be showcased at the booth will highlight the value of Sabic resins applied in particle foams, foam injection molding, foam blow molding, and foam extrusion.

“Our knowledge and expertise in foam technologies and markets, and in-depth understanding of the value chain and its needs, has been translated into one of the broadest resin portfolios in the industry,” said Abdullah Al-Otaibi, ETP & Market Solution General Manager at Sabic.

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-Anaergia biomethane facility to produce 2,190,000 cubic metres of renewable natural gas yearly

Anaergia Inc. has commissioned a new biomethane facility in Italy, the Calimera Bio plant in the Province of Lecce. The facility is the second of seven facilities Anaergia is building which together will form one of the largest food waste to biomethane platforms in Europe.

The Calimera Bio facility has the capacity to anaerobically digest 24,000 metric tons of landfill-diverted food scraps and other organic waste each year and to convert this waste into 2,190,000 cubic meters of renewable natural gas (“RNG” or “biomethane”) that will be injected into the region’s natural gas pipelines. The new plant will also treat the digestate that remains after the anaerobic digestion process to create 9,000 tons of high-quality natural fertilizer per year. Anaergia was the technology provider for the project and owns 60 percent of the facility. Anaergia’s partner in this plant is a regional waste management company. Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

“With six biomethane plants opening in Italy, Anaergia is well-positioned to help meet the growing demand in Europe for biomethane, the European term for renewable natural gas,” said Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO at Anaergia. “We are proud of these facilities because they will help Europe meet its ambitious climate change goals as well as its energy security objectives. Given these drivers, we hope to build many more such plants.”

The commissioning of the new Calimera plant comes on the heels of the European Commission’s pledge of €37 billion to increase biomethane production in the EU, as part of its €300 billion RePowerEU plan to stop Russian energy imports and move to green energy by the end of the decade. The commission is proposing an action plan to achieve 35 billion cubic meters of annual biomethane production by 2030.

In addition, last week the G7 Ministers of Climate, Energy and the Environment highlighted the importance of cutting methane emissions, citing “opportunities to mitigate methane emissions from the waste sector, primarily by diversion of organic waste from landfills . . . and waste-to-fuel technologies to produce renewable methane from organic waste, agricultural residues, and biomass . . .”

Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR - Sabic-foam

Sustainable-Nylons-PCR-PIR – Sabic-foam

DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain 03-06-2022

European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling 04-06-2022

European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling

-K 2022 – Trend Report: European plastics industry braces for increased instability, higher prices, and lower growth

The European plastics industry is tackling challenges on multiple fronts. In packaging, by far its biggest market, it has become a victim of its own success, particularly as the ideal material for single-use applications and people on the move. In building and construction, some infrastructure projects may go on hold as governments divert some funds away from infrastructure projects to defence, although business is being boosted as consumers get help to improve energy efficiency in their houses. In automotive, component suppliers are suffering because car makers have been cutting production – not as a reaction to reduced demand, but because they cannot obtain the chips they need for their electronics.

Since early 2019, COVID-19 has had major effects on production, occasionally positive but mostly negative. And now, just as Europe and the rest of the world was recovering from the devastating two years of the pandemic, we have the tragedy of the Ukraine conflict. European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling

Discussing the situation in late March, Martin Wiesweg, Executive Director Polymers EMEA at consultant IHS Markit, said that, quite apart from causing a humanitarian disaster, the crisis is weighing heavy on the plastics business, in terms of cost inflation, the worsening of supply chain bottlenecks, including energy supply, while also raising the spectre of demand shock amid the fear of global stagflation.

Inflation across the EU hit an all-time high of 7.5% in March. S&P Global Economics said on March 30 that it expects eurozone growth to be 3.3% this year, compared to 4.4% in a previous forecast, and inflation to reach 5% this year and stay above 2% in 2023.

European machinery makers in good shape

The picture is bright with European plastics equipment suppliers. Thorsten Kühmann, Secretary General of EUROMAP, Europe’s Association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers, said in March that member companies’ order books were “filled to the brim. The current year will therefore be another very good year. We expect sales to increase by 5 to 10%.” However, here too, rising prices and now the war in Ukraine are increasing uncertainty.

Dario Previero is president of Amaplast, the association of Italian producers of plastics and rubber machinery and moulds. At the end of last year, he said: “According to our estimates, at the close of 2021 production should be a hair’s breadth from pre-pandemic levels, up 11.5% with respect to 2020. The clear recovery recorded in 2021 gives us good reason to expect performance beyond pre-crisis levels in 2022.”  European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling

Ulrich Reifenhäuser, CSO of Reifenhäuser Group and also chair of the K exhibitor advisory board, says the company has “an extraordinarily positive” order backlog for the current year.

K 2022 – Trend Report: European plastics industry braces for increased instability, higher prices, and lower growth

-KBR announces investment in Mura Technology to advance the plastics circular economy

KBR, Inc.is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to invest an additional USD100 million in Mura Technology (“Mura”) bringing KBR’s aggregate investment in Mura to 18.5%, said the company.

This investment provides Mura incremental capital to accelerate development of its plastics recycling projects and enables KBR to participate more fully in this sustainability-focused, high growth sector.

Funding is expected in two tranches with the first payment in the quarter ended June 30, 2022 and the remainder in 2023. European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling

“Building on our strong partnership of collaboration and innovation, we are very excited to announce our expanded investment in Mura,” said Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO. “With a strategic approach to commercializing and scaling its proprietary, differentiated plastics recycling solution, Mura is very well positioned for profitable growth and value creation as the plastics circular economy develops and matures.”

Mura’s mission is to commercialize its differentiated plastics recycling solution to enable a plastic-neutral, sustainable future by providing an end-to-end process to convert mixed waste plastic back to high quality chemical feedstocks. Targeting 1,000,000 tonnes of annual recycling capacity in operation or development by 2025, Mura licenses its technology through KBR to a global client base and is also developing its own portfolio of global sites.

In early 2021, KBR entered into an alliance to become Mura’s exclusive licensing partner, broadening the addressable market and customer access for this highly differentiated plastics recycling technology. Together, KBR and Mura have won numerous license awards and feasibility studies. This alliance has also produced advances in process technology innovation such as closed loop power, water recycling, modularization and digital operating solutions. Through this partnership, KBR may also expand its engagement on Mura’s own projects to provide advanced engineering, program management and integration expertise.

A circular economy, in which plastics are reused, remade, and recycled, could slash CO2 emissions by almost 40% across the globe.

Mura’s plastics recycling solution will play a central role in a global circular economy by providing an innovative new way to recycle all forms of end-of-life plastic, many of which would otherwise be incinerated, sent to landfill, or leak into the environment as plastic pollution, helping to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic and cut carbon emissions. European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling

European-plastics-industry - MURA-recycling

K2022 – Trend Report: European-plastics -ndustry braces for increased instability, higher prices, and lower growth

KBR announces investment in Mura-Technology to advance the plastics-circular-economy

Sustainable-Nylons from PCR and PIR-Recovery

Oerlikon-Barmag – Focus On Eccentric-Screw-Pumps And Pumps For Shear-Sensitive Materials

-Overcoming today’s supply chain bottlenecks

Phillips-66 taps FreeWire-Technologies to support its first EV-charging program in U.S.

Sabic to Showcase Innovative-Foam and Lightweight-Products at Foam-Expo

Anaergia biomethane facility to produce 2,190,000 cubic metres of renewable-natural-gas yearly

European-plastics-industry – MURA-recycling

DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain 03-06-2022

DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain 03-06-2022

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-Linde Engineering to extend Slovnaf polypropylene capacity in Slovakia

Linde Engineering announced it has been selected by Slovnaft, a member of the MOL Group, a leading integrated Central Eastern European oil and gas corporation, to conduct a complex large-scale revamp of a polypropylene (PP3) plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The revamp will extend the plant’s capacity by 18 percent to 300 kilotons of polypropylene per year, and the storage facility will be expanded from the current 45 to 61 silos in total. The revamped plant has been designed to offer a higher degree of operational flexibility by producing multiple product grades and utilizing intermediate storage to ensure just-in-time production.

Furthermore, the project will incorporate environmental measures to capture waste gas streams in compliance with local regulations. “The revamp will enable Slovnaft to meet rising demands from the polyolefin processing industry. The project is challenging given its complexity: Interdependency with other process facilities allows only a narrow time frame for a shutdown. With our proven expertise and best-in-class services, we will be able to complete all installation works, including construction, commissioning and testing,” said Juergen Nowicki, CEO Linde Engineering.DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain

Several studies performed by Linde Engineering between 2016 and 2020 laid the foundation for Slovnaft’s investment decision. “One of the goals of our updated 2030+ strategy is to reduce the production of fossil fuels and strengthen the production of basic plastics. Linde Engineering is our reliable partner. Less than 20 years ago, the company built the PP3 polypropylene production unit in Slovnaft and now it will renovate and modernize it,” said Gabriel Szabo, Executive Vice President of Downstream at MOL Group.

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-DuPont completes divestiture of Biomaterials business

DuPont announced completion of the previously-announced sale of its Biomaterials business unit, effective May 31, 2022, to the Huafon Group for a purchase price of approximately USD240 mln, said the company.

The results of operations of the Biomaterials business unit were previously reported in Corporate & Other. For full year 2021, the Biomaterials business unit recorded net sales of approximately USD200 million. DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain

DuPont is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, healthcare and worker safety.

As MRC reported earlier, DuPont is to invest around USD5 m at facilities in Germany and Switzerland to increase capacity for automotive adhesives. The investment will expand capacity to support growing demand for advanced mobility solutions for vehicle electrification. New equipment has been delivered and installed that will increase manufacturing capacity as well as accelerate delivery of product samples to customers.

We remind that DuPont is also investing USD400 million in the production capacity of Tyvek nonwoven fabric made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) at its site in Luxembourg. A new building and a third work line at the production site will be constructed. The launch of new facilities was scheduled for 2021.

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Ruian, China, the Huafon Group has been innovating to provide new material solutions globally in multiple industries by promoting sustainability, safety, technology and quality. Huafon Group is one of the largest manufacturers of polyurethane (PU) materials in the world with broad product portfolio in adipic acid, polyester polyols, spandex filament, microfiber material,TPU, polyamide etc DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain

DuPont completes divestiture of Biomaterials business

Linde-Engineering to extend Slovnaf-polypropylene capacity in Slovakia

DuPont completes divestiture of Biomaterials-business

-Polyester-market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

US, Japanese Firms Partner to Provide Carbon-Negative-PP-Compounds

-Why sales of polyester-filament-yarn continue improving?

Axens and Toray-Films-Europe are announcing their collaboration on a PET-chemical-recycling facility in France

Tomra calls on PET-supply-chain to close-the-loop

-Ukraine’s GDP fell by 35%

DuPont-Biomaterials – PET-supply-chain

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling 02-06-2022

Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling 03-06-2022

Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

-Polyester market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

Polyester market was in difficulty in May: macro market was volatile, demand remained meager and players held mildly recovering mindset, waiting for the dawn amid hardship.

In terms of macro, price of crude oil rose strongly again, supporting polyester industrial chain. On the other hand, the RMB exchange rate fluctuated greatly. Under such circumstance, players’ mindset was unsteady.

As for the market fundamentals, the spread of pandemic has been eased, while demand sustained mild. Downstream plants failed to follow the uptrend on feedstock market. Coupled with huge losses, the operating rate of downstream plants started falling from the second half of May. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Actually, polyester market witnessed improving performance compared with Apr. Polyester companies actively traced the uptrend on feedstock market after slashing production in Apr. Prices climbed up on the whole. Price of PSF dropped after supply recovered but overall trading price still moved up on the month.

However, the improvement was very limited. The polyester polymerization rate hit periodical low in mid-Apr at 78% while started ascending later but the increase was slow, which was above 83% in end-May.

The inventory of PFY was still as high as one month around and that of PSF was relatively low but may rise after supply recovered. In fact, downstream market of PFY and PSF was very weak now. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Polyester-yarn - PET-chemical-recycling

-US, Japanese Firms Partner to Provide Carbon-Negative PP Compounds

Newlight Technologies’ AirCarbon resins, based on polyhydroxybutyrate produced from methane by microorganisms, will be incorporated into the PP compounds by Sumitomo Chemical. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical and California-based Newlight Technologies have begun joint development of polypropylene (PP) compounds for use in automobiles and textile applications using a carbon-negative biomaterial produced by microorganisms from methane called AirCarbon, which is based on polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB).

In this joint project, Newlight Technologies will develop new grades of AirCarbon suitable for use in automotive and textile applications, sourcing methane emissions captured and recovered from coal mining, agricultural, and industrial operations as the starting point for its production process.

Sumitomo Chemical will develop new compounds by blending resins from Newlight Technologies with PP. The materials will be used to manufacture automotive bumpers and interiors matching the quality of conventional PP compounds while lowering the environmental impact. The compounds also will be used in textiles that can be dyed.

Newlight Technologies has developed the world’s first commercialized biomaterial made from methane as a carbon source utilizing methanotrophs, microorganisms that exist in nature that metabolize methane. Third-party organizations have certified that the carbon footprint of AirCarbon is significantly negative when produced using renewable sources of energy for electric power. Newlight Technologies started operation of the world’s first commercial-scale manufacturing plant for AirCarbon in 2020, and has been supplying the biomaterial to a variety of customers.

Noriaki Takeshita, Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Chemical, said: “Our PP compounding business is actively promoting the use of recycled PP to contribute to building a circular economy. By leveraging AirCarbon from Newlight Technologies, we will provide carbon-negative PP compounds to our customers.” Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Polyester-yarn - PET-chemical-recycling

-Why sales of polyester filament yarn continue improving?

Sales of polyester filament yarn (PFY) continued improving since last Friday, with sales ratio at 370%, 130% and 160% on last Friday, this Monday and Tuesday by P.M.3:00 respectively. Why can sales of PFY keep rising amid sluggish downstream market?  Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Prices of PFY rapidly climbed up in May, with increment at above 1,000yuan/mt by end-May. However, price of grey fabric was hard to advance. There was no orders after offers increased in some plants. In addition, sales were mainly under previous price when orders were placed. DTY market witnessed similar performance. Price of POY rose much more than that of DTY. Fabric mills and DTY producers saw apparently increasing losses in May. Under such circumstance, downstream buyers showed bigger resistance to rising raw material prices from the second half of May and presented stronger intention to cut production. The operating rate of downstream plants dropped again, with the run rate of fabric mills down by 12 percentage points from early-May to 52% last week and that of DTY plants falling by 15 percentage points to 63% compared with early-May.

With strong resentment and slipping operating rate, why can sales of PFY continue increasing? Downstream plants did not see obviously better orders and were under losses based spot raw material price, while sales of PFY were good, really hitting expectation. The root may be changing attitude toward feedstock price trend. Some downstream companies gradually accepted high-priced PFY.

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-Axens and Toray Films Europe are announcing their collaboration on a PET chemical recycling facility in France

Axens, worldwide provider of technologies, products and services, and Toray Films Europe, a leading company in engineering plastics films, are announcing their collaboration to study a PET chemical recycling facility at Toray Films Europe production site in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost (Ain, France).

New units based on Axens’ Rewind PET technology will be coupled with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerisation plant in order to recycle annually 80,000 tons of difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste. Joined efforts of both parties in their domain of expertise will allow the emergence of competencies for chemical recycling circularity.

Post consumers PET plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently down-cycled, incinerated or landfilled, are intended to be converted into high-quality Circular PET chips, closing the loop for this material with potentially infinite recycling. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Rewind PET process, developed by IFP Energies nouvelles, Axens and Jeplan, involves an optimised – glycolysis based – PET depolymerisation combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste PET, including colourants and pigments. The product is a purified BHET (BHET: Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer. BHET monomer will then be processed in Toray Films Europe existing continuous polymerisation plant to produce up to 100% recycled transparent food contact PET for films, fibre and bottles applications.

Polyester-yarn - PET-chemical-recycling

-Tomra calls on PET supply chain to close the loop

“We have an obligation to work with all stakeholders to reduce the mountains of waste and transform them into the valuable resources they are,” said Tomra CEO and President Tove Andersen speaking at that company’s press conference at the IFAT exhibition taking place this week in Munich, Germany.

Tomra, a company specialised in sophisticated sensor-based sorting systems for recycling, has long worked to promote and develop increasingly more accurate PET sorting processes with the help of advanced technology.

Tomra currently invests approximately 10% of its revenues in future-oriented activities to increase resource efficiency, advancing the market for circular solutions.

What’s needed, however, are a clear political framework, bold decisions and smart investments to improve circularity across all material streams and to overcome today’s supply chain bottlenecks. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

As Andersen pointed out, first the pandemic and now the Ukraine war have thrown the need and urgency to decrease dependency on primary materials into sharp relief.

“We have the technology capable of maximising collection and recovery rates. We can act now, optimise waste management practices and fill existing gaps,” she concluded.

The European Green Deal, together with binding regulations and guidelines for producers and manufacturers, are propelling the transition to a circular economy forward. Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Tomra urges all participants in the value chain to see these specifications as an opportunity and to support their implementation.

Tomra calls on PET supply chain to close the loop

-Ukraine’s GDP fell by 35%

Ukraine’s direct losses from the war with Russia exceed USD600 billion, Ukrinform reported, citing a statement by the head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak.

Speaking at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the Irish Parliament, he said: “It is very difficult for us now. Because of the fighting, 5 million people left the country. As many more internally displaced people, tens of thousands of civilians have died as a result of the Russian invasion. The war took 35% of Ukraine’s GDP. We lost more than 200 factories. Our direct losses already exceed USD600 billion.”  Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

At the same time, he stressed that, despite everything, Ukraine continues to defend itself, fierce fighting continues in the east and south.

“We have to win. Otherwise, Ukraine will simply disappear as a nation and as a state. Our victory is closer the more assistance the international community provides. Any – military-technical, political, financial or humanitarian,” the head of the OP said.

Yermak added that an extremely great support for Ukraine in deterring aggression is the tightening of sanctions pressure on Russia.

The leaders of the European Union countries agreed on the sixth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation, providing for a partial embargo on the import of Russian oil and the disconnection of Sberbank from the SWIFT system.

The international rating agency Moody’s predicts that by the end of 2022, Ukraine’s gross domestic product will decrease by 35%. Moody’s estimates that regions where there is fighting or occupied by Russian troops accounted for about 20% of Ukraine’s GDP before the invasion, given the concentration of agricultural activities and industry.  Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Ukraine's GDP fell by 35%

Polyester-yarn – PET-chemical-recycling

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling 02-06-2022

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling 02-06-2022

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

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-Alpek concludes acquisition of Octal

Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that it has received all necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities and has finalised its acquisition of Octal Holding SAOC.

Pursuant to the purchase agreement, Alpek acquired 100% of the shares of Octal for U.S. $620 million on a debt-free basis. Financing was secured through a mix of free cash flow generated from existing businesses and dedicated bank loans.

Alpek will assume control of Octal’s operations starting on June 1, 2022. The company expects an accretive EBITDA effect of approximately U.S. $120 million from these assets throughout the remainder of 2022, largely based on the better-than-expected polyester market conditions prevalent in recent months.

This would increase the company’s comparable EBITDA Guidance to U.S. $1,370 million and Reported EBITDA Guidance to U.S. $1,485 million

“We are pleased to have concluded this acquisition ahead of the expected timeline,” stated José de Jesús Valdez, Alpek’s CEO. Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

“We are excited to welcome Octal’s management team and employees into our family, leveraging their long-standing relationships with customers, their diverse backgrounds, and technical proficiency to drive the company’s long-term growth.” Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

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-Petcore Europe’s statement on microplastics and PET

Petcore Europe has published a statement on microplastics and PET. It states that microplastics are not a component of PET and do not leach from PET packaging. Please find the full statement below:  Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

PET packaging protects the quality of food and drink products and ensures that they are safe for consumption. The PET industry is highly regulated at both EU and global level and the sector adheres to strict EU standards at each stage of production – including Reach and the EU’s stringent legislation on food contact materials. The health and safety of its entire value chain is the industry’s top priority.

If PET bottles and trays are collected and disposed of correctly, the potential to degrade and fragment into microplastic particles which can find their way into the environment via soil, air and water will be removed. The PET industry has consistently called for improved collection and recovery of PET packaging.

The diverse sources of microplastic pollution are specifically addressed in the European Plastics Strategy. However, accelerating legislation to promote a wider roll-out of well-functioning collection and recovery schemes for PET represents an important step in removing plastic from the environment and thus minimising microplastics formation. Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

The recent finding of microplastics in human blood was predictable and warrants further scientific investigation into the development of analytical methods. The PET industry supports the establishment of an accepted methodology to quantify and qualify microplastics, currently no such protocol exists, and analyses cannot be reproduced or repeated with confidence.

The PET industry is fully committed to playing its part in minimising the amount of microplastics in the environment. We continue to reassure our customers and stakeholders that PET plastic is safe and non-toxic.

About micro particulates, microplastics and human interaction

Micro and nano particulates and interaction with humans and animals has been studied for many years and are well understood. Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

-Alpek concludes acquisition of Octal

LanzaTech demonstrates MEG-production from carbon-emissions

University-research-programme develops process to convert-difficult-to-recycle-packaging-waste into feedstock

-Why is plastic so resistant-to-decomposition when it comes from nature?

China cellulose-fiber companies report strong revenue growth in 2021

Textile-recycling and processes for the future

BENEO-Acquires-Meatless-B.V. to Further Expand its Portfolio of Plant-based-Solutions

Microplastics-and-PET – Textile-recycling

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Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber 02-06-2022

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-LanzaTech demonstrates MEG production from carbon emissions

A new route to the production of monoethylene glycol, a key monomer in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has been discovered, Illinois-based biotech company LanzaTech has announced, as per Sustainableplastics.

The method builds on the carbon capture technology previously developed by the company. That technology is based on a microbial gas fermentation process that initially could convert carbon monoxide into ethanol, but today provides a sustainable pathway to produce a range of platform chemicals. Gas streams from multiple sources are used, including industrial off-gases from steel and alloy mills; petroleum refineries, petrochemical complexes and gas processing facilities; syngas generated from municipal solid waste, organic industrial waste, agricultural waste; and reformed biogas.

To produce MEG, LanzaTech uses carbon emissions from steel mills or gasified waste biomass and a proprietary engineered bacterium to convert carbon emissions directly into MEG through fermentation. This bypasses the need for an ethanol intermediate, and simplifies the MEG supply chain as it eliminates the multiple processing steps required to convert ethanol into ethylene, then ethylene oxide and then to MEG.

The direct production of MEG was proven at laboratory scale and the presence of MEG was confirmed by two external laboratories.

The discovery is a breakthrough in the production of sustainable PET that has vast potential to reduce the overall environmental impact of the process, said Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

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-University research programme develops process to convert difficult-to-recycle packaging waste into feedstock

The Consortium for Waste Circularity and the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) have announced a collaboration with the Packaging Engineering programme at the University of Florida, with the aim of developing the Regenerative Robust Gasification process that converts difficult-to-recycle packaging materials into methanol for use as feedstock in further plastics production via mass balance.

According to the involved organisations, packaging industry stakeholders have been running trials through the University of Florida for several months. The testing programme is apparently now being expanded to all packaging industry stakeholders, targeting difficult-to-recycle but functionally valuable packaging materials.

The organisations claim that, to date, multi-layer materials, metallized films, barrier films containing PVDC, and cross-linked photopolymer flexographic plates have been successfully converted into synthesis gas, also known as syngas.

The Consortium for Waste Circularity says it is promoting a system where mixed complex waste is converted to syngas, and then syngas is converted into so-called “waste-derived” Eco-Methanol.  Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

According to the consortium, Eco-Methanol is key to achieving circularity for carbon-based packaging waste. This is because methanol is a primary feedstock chemical for the manufacture of many products and plastics.

University research programme develops process to convert difficult-to-recycle packaging waste into feedstock

-Why is plastic so resistant to decomposition when it comes from nature?

Neste and Netherlands-based startup Circularise have announced a partnership to bring Circularise’s traceability software into circular polymers and chemicals supply chains. The companies are collaborating in establishing digital solutions to trace renewable and recycled material flows, providing increased transparency along the value chain.

The companies will use Circularise’s blockchain-based supply chain traceability software, which creates a digital twin for the physical material. The twin stores information on the used materials throughout the value chain, enabling all value chain parties to keep track of the material. This allows them to verify where materials come from and how and where they were processed. The digital twin can also provide information on sustainability data such as the carbon footprint of the materials or products made from them. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Data-based supply chain visibility can strengthen trust in sustainable solutions

Solutions to increase visibility into supply chains become particularly valuable in the polymers and chemicals industry as materials undergo several processing steps and often get blended and co-processed with other materials. Especially in the ramp-up phase of more sustainable and circular value chains, renewable or recycled materials may be processed together with fossil materials – making it difficult to verifiably link end products with a much lower carbon footprint and the renewable or recycled materials they were produced with. As long as there is a mix of raw materials, a large share of renewable or recycled products will rely on a mass balancing allocation method as a way to link the end products to their raw materials.

With a digital supply chain tracking system, Neste and Circularise intend to enable value chain players to still make verifiable claims about such products. At the same time, it will allow parties along the value chain to better understand their supply chains, leading to improved transparency when it comes to life cycle emissions of products or other sustainability factors such as biodiversity and human rights.

“It’s usually very easy to claim sustainability, but very often, it’s not easy at all to back these claims,” says Isabella Tonaco, Vice President Strategy Execution & Marketing at Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals. “Yet, trust and credibility are crucial factors when it comes to sustainability. Being able to track and trace all the materials going into a product provides a solid basis for gaining that trust and credibility. We are looking forward to working with Circularise to provide the polymers and chemicals industry with a traceability solution to bring the necessary transparency into the value chains.”

While the purpose of the collaboration is increasing visibility and trust, Circularise also puts priority on confidentiality. Using a public blockchain-based infrastructure and Circularise’s proprietary Smart Questioning technology allows combining these two targets into one solution, enabling the sharing of trustworthy data and information between parties along the value chain without compromising on intellectual property or privacy. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

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-China cellulose fiber companies report strong revenue growth in 2021

In 2021, market participants generally had high expectation for economic recovery with the alleviation of panic over the COVID-19 pandemic. China as the country with the fastest recovery of supply chain in the world benefited a lot. Compared with 2020, the operating conditions of most cellulose fiber enterprises have improved significantly, according to the annual reports disclosed by Chinese listed companies.

Aoyang Health Industry: Funing Aoyang Technology Co., Ltd, a subsidiary that operates the chemical fiber sector, has a revenue of 1.048 billion yuan and a net profit of -1.068 billion yuan (-420 million in 2020). The huge losses are mainly caused by asset impairment losses, asset disposal losses and disposal costs of related employees. In terms of operating data, the annual output is 85,386 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 36.26%. The sales volume is 89,965 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 36.84%. The inventory is 500 tons, a year-on-year decrease of 90.67%. The significant year-on-year decrease in production, sales and inventory is mainly due to the company’s divestiture of viscose business. On Apr 9, 2021, the company announced that it planned to sell viscose business, and the counterparty is Sateri China Investment Co., Ltd. The proposal was approved by the general meeting of shareholders on Jul 23. After that, Aoyang Health Industry will focus on the big health business. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Jilin Chemical Fiber: the disclosure of the annual report was previously delayed by the impact of COVID-19. The company’s main business is viscose filament yarn and viscose staple fiber. During the reporting period, the company transformed to carbon fiber. According to the operating data, the revenue of viscose filament yarn is 2.206 billion yuan, an increase of 29.7% year-on-year, and the revenue of viscose staple fiber is 1.197 billion yuan, an increase of 72.52% year-on-year. The production and sales of viscose filament yarn is 67,259 tons and 70,723 tons respectively, and the production and sales of viscose staple fiber is 106,052 tons and 103,797 tons respectively.

China cellulose fiber companies report strong revenue growth in 2021

-Textile recycling and processes for the future

From 2025, used clothing and other textiles will be collected separately throughout Europe to facilitate reuse and recycling.

What industrial recycling solutions for textiles are already available?

Lukasz Debicki (LD): Nowadays, used clothing textiles are either reused as second-hand goods or in the form of, for example, cleaning rags. In addition, there are various recycling processes. Clothing or home textiles are often mechanically recycled and processed into insulation or filling materials. The textiles are torn, which dissolves the fabrics down to the individual fiber. These can then be further processed into said nonwovens or – if the fibers are of sufficient length – into staple fiber yarns. Mixed materials can also be recycled this way. Furthermore, a lot of textile waste is also incinerated or landfilled. Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Amrei Becker (AB): Mono-material industrial waste, such as fibers made of polyester or polyamide, which are produced during the ramp-up of the melt spinning plant, can be regranulated and a small percentage of it can be returned to the process. Recycling of waste is also possible in yarn production from natural fibers. Furthermore, there is a Chinese company that already carries out the chemical recycling of worn polyester uniforms. The textiles are made of 100% PET and are specifically collected for recycling.

Recycle-packaging-waste - Cellulose-fiber

-BENEO Acquires Meatless B.V. to Further Expand its Portfolio of Plant-based Solutions

BENEO, one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients, has today announced the acquisition of Dutch company, Meatless B.V., ensuring it becomes a major player in the field of plant-based texturising solutions for meat and fish alternatives.

The move comes amid a huge rise in demand for plant-based products, with figures showing that the market for fish and meat alternatives is expected to grow by more than 10% CAGR over the next five years. The acquisition of Meatless B.V. allows BENEO to broaden its portfolio and offer customers a versatile selection of plant-based solutions that serve as texturisers for meat and fish alternatives. BENEO sees great prospects for the new range of solutions in Europe as a focus market in the first instance, with plans to further expand globally.

Commenting on the announcement, Andreas Herber, Member of the Executive Board at BENEO states: “Following the recently announced investment into our new faba bean processing plant, the acquisition of Meatless B.V. is the next logical step to reaffirm BENEO’s commitment to strengthening its business with solutions for plant-based alternatives.”  Recycle-packaging-waste – Cellulose-fiber

Meatless B.V, founded in 2005 and located in Goes, The Netherlands, is a supplier of textured plant-based ingredients with a unique portfolio of solutions derived from different raw materials (i.e., rice, faba beans, wheat, pea, lupin and quinoa). This range fully complements BENEO’s ingredients portfolio and allows for exciting new combinations. As a result, BENEO’s customers will benefit from a much broader variety and greater flexibility that supports the development of meat and fish alternatives.

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Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic 01-06-2022

Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic 01-06-2022

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-Plastic packaging might be biodegradable after all

Leipzig researchers have found an enzyme that rapidly breaks down PET, the most widely produced plastic in the world. It might just eat your old tote bags.

While scavenging through a compost heap at a Leipzig cemetery, Christian Sonnendecker and his research team found seven enzymes they had never seen before.

They were hunting for proteins that would eat PET plastic — the most highly produced plastic in the world. It is commonly used for bottled water and groceries like grapes.

The scientists weren’t expecting much when they brought the samples back to the lab, said Sonnendecker when DW visited their Leipzig University laboratory.

It was only the second dump they had rummaged through and they thought PET-eating enzymes were rare.

But in one of the samples, they found an enzyme, or polyester hydrolase, called PHL7. And it shocked them. The PHL7 enzyme disintegrated an entire piece of plastic in less than a day.  Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

To test the rate at which the seven enzymes broke down PET, Sonnendecker and his team added a mixture of water, a phosphate buffer, which is often used to detect bacteria, for example, and the new enzyme to seven individual test tubes

Two enzymes ‘eat’ plastic: PHL7 vs. LCC

PHL7 appears to ‘eat’ PET plastic times faster than LCC, a standard enzyme used in PET plastic-eating experiments today.

To ensure their discovery wasn’t a fluke, Sonnendecker’s team compared PHL7 to LCC, with both enzymes degrading multiple plastic containers. And they found it was true: PHL7 was faster.

“I would have thought you’d need to sample from hundreds of different sites before you’d find one of these enzymes,” said Graham Howe, an enzymologist at Queens University in Ontario, Canada.

Howe, who also studies PET degradation but was not involved in the Leipzig research, appeared to be amazed by the study published in Chemistry Europe.

“Apparently, you go to nature and there are going to be enzymes that do this everywhere,” said Howe.

PET plastic is everyone

Although PET plastic can be recycled, it does not biodegrade. Like nuclear waste or a nasty comment to your partner, once PET plastic is created, it never really goes away.

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-LANXESS and Advent International establish a leading global joint venture for high-performance engineering polymers

  • LANXESS and Advent to acquire Engineering Materials business from DSM for a purchase price of around EUR 3.7 billion
  • LANXESS to transfer High Performance Materials business into joint venture
  • LANXESS to receive a payment of at least EUR 1.1 billion and a stake of up to 40 percent in the joint venture
  • LANXESS will use proceeds to reduce debt and plans to buy back shares
  • New joint venture with pioneering product portfolio and integrated value chain

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors with a well established track record in chemicals investings, are establishing a joint venture for high-performance engineering polymers. The two companies today signed an agreement to acquire the DSM Engineering Materials business (DEM) from Dutch group Royal DSM, which will become part of the new joint venture. The purchase price is around EUR 3.7 billion and will be financed by the joint venture via equity from Advent and external debt. Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

The business represents sales of around EUR 1.5 billion with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20 percent. DEM is one of the leading global suppliers in high-performance specialty materials that address key market needs in electronics, electrical and consumer goods.

In addition, LANXESS will contribute its High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit to the joint venture. HPM is one of the leading suppliers of high-performance polymers, which are used primarily in the automotive industry. The business represents annual sales of around EUR 1.5 billion with EBITDA pre exceptionals of around EUR 210 million. Advent will hold at least 60 percent in the joint venture. LANXESS will receive an initial payment of at least EUR 1.1 billion and a stake of up to 40 percent in the future joint venture. Following the transfer to the joint venture, the HPM business will no longer be fully consolidated at LANXESS, but will be included in the consolidated financial statements at equity.

This move further sharpens LANXESS’ business portfolio, which will consist of three specialty chemicals segments once the transaction is completed. LANXESS will use the proceeds of the transaction to reduce debt and to strengthen its balance sheet. In addition, the Group plans a share buy-back program with a volume of up to EUR 300 million.

LANXESS will have the possibility to divest its stake in the joint venture to Advent at the same valuation earliest after three years. EBITDA could then be significantly higher than today as Advent and LANXESS anticipate substantial synergies resulting from the combination of the two businesses.

The transaction is still subject to approval by the authorities. Closing is expected in the first half of 2023.

LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert: “LANXESS will once again become significantly less dependent on economic fluctuations. In addition, we as LANXESS will strengthen our balance sheet with the proceeds from the transaction and gain new scope for the further development of our Group. With the new joint venture, we are forging a strong global player in the field of high-performance polymers. The portfolios, value chains and global positioning of the two businesses complement each other perfectly. With its innovative products, the joint venture will be able to play a key role in shaping future developments – for example in the field of electromobility. In Advent, we have a strong and reliable partner with profound experience in the chemical industry and our customer industries.” Lanxess-Advent-DSM – Biodegradable-plastic

Ronald Ayles, Managing Partner at Advent International: “Joining forces with LANXESS in this industry transforming transaction is a highlight for Advent as we have built a trusted, long standing relationship and share the highest mutual respect. Together we plan to bring the experience, deep sector know-how, and financial resources to make the joint venture a global success story for everyone involved. The combination of LANXESS’ High Performance Materials (HPM) and DSM Engineering Materials (DEM) creates a strong platform and brings together extensive expertise, resulting in the best opportunities for employees and more value for customers.”

LANXESS and Advent International establish a leading global joint venture for high-performance engineering polymers

Plastic-packaging might be biodegradable after all

LANXESS and Advent-International establish a leading global joint venture for high-performance-engineering-polymers

NOVA-Chemicals will raise prices of polyethylene in June

Soft-drinks maker Suntory plastic-bottles plots switch to 100 per cent recycled

-Contract prices of paraxylene for deliveries in June in Asia increased

Leoni AG Sells Automotive-Cable-Solutions-Business To Thai-Firm-Stark-Corp.

-Analysis shows plastic-packaging recovery and recycling dip in 2021

-Report: EU-plastics-sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to ‘unsustainable‘ business model

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Indorama-PET – Battery-Waste 31-05-2022

Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector 01-06-2022

Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

-NOVA Chemicals will raise prices of polyethylene in June

NOVA Chemicals has revised a previously announced price increase of 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne) from May 1 for all grades of polyethylene (PE) by a price increase of 3 cents per pound, according to a letter from the company to customers.

The company confirmed that they had revised their announcement of the increase.

Global demand for polyethylene has recently shown signs of decline amid significant macroeconomic obstacles faced by Asia and Europe. Domestic demand is stable, but a slowdown in sales in foreign markets leads to an increase in inventory levels, as the US needs to export about 40-45% of its products to maintain the balance of the domestic market.

April contract prices for PE were estimated at 80-101 cents per pound for LDPE, 73-96 cents per pound for low-density butene linear polyethylene (LDL C4) and 76-95 cents per pound for blow molding of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), DEL USA.

Earlier it was reported that NOVA Chemicals on May 5 resumed production at the cracking plant in Joffre (Joffre, Alberta, Canada) after carrying out preventive measures. Maintenance at this enterprise with a capacity of 1.35 million tons of ethylene per year was started on March 1 this year.

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-Soft drinks maker Suntory plastic bottles plots switch to 100 per cent recycled 

But Lucozade and Ribena manufacturer warns of shortages and soaring costs of rPET in Europe

The manufacturer of soft drinks including Lucozade and Ribena is planning to use 100 per cent recycled plastic in the production of its 500ml bottles by the end of the year, but it has also sent a warning to the industry that it faces ongoing shortages of recycled PET (rPET).

Suntory Beverage & Food said its decision announced on Friday to shift to use 100 per cent recycled plastic was a considerable investment, as growing demand for rPET was pushing up costs. The European price of rPET currently stands at 39 per cent more expensive compared to virgin PET, it said.

Recycled plastic has on average a 79 per cent lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic and the company estimates its switch to rPET across its on-the-go bottles will see a reduction in 36,058 tonnes of CO2 from its purchased goods Scope 3 emissions.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Suntory already uses 100 per cent rPET for its Lucozade Sport, Orangina and Ribena bottles, but requires further supply to achieve this for its Lucozade Energy brand. To address short-term industry shortages and ensure the firm meets the current requirement of 30 per cent rPET in its Lucozade Energy bottles, the company has invested in a 9,000 tonne PET resin which uses 30 per cent recycled material content processed by chemical recycling technology.

Chemical recycling – an alternative to mechanical methods – uses enzymes to break down any PET plastic to its core elements allowing it to be reformed into new food-grade rPET with the same properties as virgin material.

It is a process that Suntory has championed alongside the likes of L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters and PepsiCo as part of the Carbios consortium. The technology uses enzymes, which occur naturally in compost heaps, and adapts them to break down any type of PET plastic, regardless of colour or complexity. The enzyme leaves behind a raw material which can then be turned back into virgin-quality plastic, it explained.

“Our shift to 100 per cent rPET for our 500ml ready-to-drink bottles is a huge achievement, and an important step in our commitment to achieving 100 per cent sustainable packaging by 2030,” Liz Nieboer, head of sustainability at Suntory Beverage & Food. “It’s the result of years of hard-work and while reaching this milestone is a cause for celebration, much still needs to be done in terms of recycling infrastructure. There has been a historic under investment in the UK’s recycling and collection infrastructures, meaning less than a third of bottles are turned back into bottles.”  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Contract prices of paraxylene for deliveries in June in Asia increased

Contract prices for paraxylene shipments in June in Asia rose to USD1,400-1,430 per tonne, market sources told ICIS.

Idemitsu Kosan has put forward its offer at a price of USD1,430 per ton, CFR Asia.

ENEOS Corp, SKGC and S-Oil have put forward their offerings at USD1,420 per tonne, CFR Asia.

ExxonMobil has denominated its offering at USD1,400 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Meanwhile, RIL has put forward its contract offer at USD1,430 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Earlier it was reported that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the May contract prices of paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month. Approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers. This was the fifth consecutive month this year that the contract price of paraxylene remained uncoordinated.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Paraxylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Leoni AG Sells Automotive Cable Solutions Business To Thai Firm Stark Corp.

Leoni AG (LEOGN), a German supplier of cables and wiring systems, said on Monday that it has sold its Business Group Automotive Cable Solutions or BG AM, to Thai company- Stark Corporation Public Company Limited.

Financial terms of the deal are not known yet.

With an enterprise value of 560 million euros, BG AM had posted sales of around 1.3 billion euros in 2021. Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

The sold business with a production network in 7 countries and around 3,300 staff is expected to create a cash inflow of 400 million euros and will also have a correspondingly positive effect on the reported free cash flow, the company said.

Aldo Kamper, CEO of Leoni, said: “With this decision, we strengthen our balance sheet, support the ongoing talks regarding our refinancing and drive forward our well-known strategic focusing on the wiring systems business.”

Recycled-PET-resin - EU-plastics-sector

-Analysis shows plastic packaging recovery and recycling dip in 2021

Analysis of the latest DEFRA statistics reveals that recovery and recycling rates of plastic packaging in the UK dipped in 2021 with waste ending up in the environment rising past 1.4 million tonnes.

The analysis from Nozama, the global sustainability technology company and creator of Plastiks, found that 2,514 thousand tonnes of plastic packaging waste was produced in the UK in 2021.

But with just 1,112 thousand tonnes recycled or recovered, the rate of recycling fell to 44.2%, a sharp drop from the previous two years which had shown signs of improvement with the rate rising from 46.2% in 2019 to 47.2% in 2020.

The figures therefore uncover that the total volume of packaging waste ending up in the environment rose to 1,402 thousand tonnes in 2021 – again higher than 2020 (1,317 thousand tonnes) and 2019 (1,331 thousand tonnes).

The statistics show a need for a renewed focus on eliminating single use plastic waste according to André Vanyi Robin, founder and CEO of Nozama, who said: “It is frustrating that after recent steady progress in the rates of recovery and recycling of plastic packaging waste, there has been a huge backward step in the past year.

“Plastic waste is one of the most commonly produced materials for packaging and it is disappointing that it accounts for nearly a third of waste that is not being recycled or recovered. It was World Recycling Day this month, but clearly we have a long journey ahead of us to improve the volume of packaging waste that we are keeping out of the environment. Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

“It is crucial that waste management players are given every encouragement possible to ensure they are doing their utmost to track, recover and recycle single use plastic. And that producers of waste are being held accountable by consumers and other stakeholders to improve the use of plastic as well as how committed they are to ensuring that plastic waste does not end up in the environment.”

Analysis shows plastic packaging recovery and recycling dip in 2021

-Report: EU plastics sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to ‘unsustainable’ business model

EU plastics industry ‘on the precipice’ due to unsustainable business model, tightening green regulations and competition from China, Planet Tracker warns

The European plastics industry is “on the precipice” of stranded asset risk due to an increasingly unsustainable business model that is putting €678bn investor capital under threat, unless it rapidly shifts gear towards a more circular plastics system based on reuse, recycling and waste reduction.

That is the conclusion of fresh research released today by Planet Tracker, which highlights the growing threats posed to EU plastics companies from tightening environmental and climate regulations, greener consumer preferences and the ascendency of China’s chemicals sector.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

Based on its assessment of 87 publicly traded plastics companies across the EU’s 27 member states, which make up 75 per cent of plastic production across the trading bloc, the think tank said the industry’s economic turnover was already flatlining with zero growth recorded between 2010 and 2019.

The EU27 global chemical market share, and plastics as a percentage of EU27 chemical sales, both declined over the period, even despite an uptick in global plastics production over the period, according to Planet Tracker.

Meanwhile, China’s global chemical sales grew from €609.5bn to €1,488bn over the same period while expanding its global market share from over 25 per cent to more than 40 per cent, which means it is now the leading chemical producer globally by some margin, it said.  Recycled-PET-resin – EU-plastics-sector

But report argues that a more sustainable plastic business model based on circular principles such as more reuse, recycling and reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions offers the most viable route for EU plastics companies to better compete on the global stage, and to avoid stranding investor assets.

It warns that the sector is under increasing scrutiny and pressure due to its role as a major greenhouse gas emitter, as well as growing concern about the impact of vast plastic pollution worldwide on the environment and human health.

Report: EU plastics sector facing €678bn stranded asset risk due to 'unsustainable' business model

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Indorama-PET – Battery-Waste 31-05-2022

BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling 31-05-2022

BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling

-Iran says oil, gas, petchem export revenues up 60pc

Iran’s foreign exchange earnings from oil, gas and petrochemical exports were 60pc higher in the first two months of the Iranian year than they were in the corresponding period last year, according to the foreign ministry.

“With the efforts of the oil ministry, and contradictory to the rumors and statements in the public sphere, revenues from the export of oil, gas condensate, natural gas, petroleum products and petrochemicals in the first two months of this year increased dramatically,” director general of public relations at the oil ministry Ali Forouzandeh said Sunday.

The first two months of the Iranian calendar year, Farvardin and Ordibehesht, correspond to the period from 21 March to 21 May.

Forouzandeh did not disclose an overall revenue figure but said Iran’s income from petrochemical exports was $2.45bn in the first two months of the Iranian year, up by 63pc from $1.5bn a year earlier. This is the amount deposited in the Nima foreign exchange platform, the Iranian central bank’s currency trading system for importers and exporters.

The rise in export revenues coincides with higher global energy prices, notably since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, with front-month Ice Brent crude futures closing just below $119/bl on 27 May, almost double year earlier levels and up by 28pc since the start of the year. In addition, Iran’s government, which took office in August last year, says it has boosted oil exports significantly relative to the previous administration and has managed to repatriate most of the revenue from those sales despite US sanctions. BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling

BRICS-Group - Plastic-recycling

-Why haven’t plastic-eating bacteria fixed the plastic problem yet?

A new enzyme that eats plastic has been discovered, again. Here’s the catch.

Scientists from the University of Texas announced they’ve created a plastic-eating enzyme that could keep billions of pounds of plastic out of landfills.

Now, if that sentence gives you deja vu, you’re not alone.

Followers of science news may have seen similar exciting headlines over the years, from 2008’s Science Fair Project Isolates Plastic-Eating Microbes–about a 17-year-old science fair winner who got bacteria to degrade plastic bags by 43%–to last month’s New Enzyme Discovery is a New Step Towards Beating Plastic Waste, wherein British scientists developed an enzyme that could break down PTA, an ingredient in plastic bottles. BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling

You’ve seen lots of similar titles in between: “New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster,” “Plastic-eating bacteria could help aid global recycling efforts,” etc., which give the impression of a silver bullet (itself undoubtedly recyclable) that will slay our monstrous plastic problem.

It turns out there are a few reasons things aren’t so simple:

Plastic isn’t all the same. Many enzymes or bacteria only work for one specific kind of plastic, and much of our trash combines several kinds of plastic.

Most plastic-recycling efforts focus on PET, the plastic used in plastic bottles. PET represents about 20% of global plastic waste. It’s chemically easier to break down than polyethylene or polypropylene, types used in plastic film and food packaging.

That’s an important caveat: most of these solutions would only put a dent in our plastic problem, rather than solve it entirely.

Many solutions only work under special conditions. Often, the reactions or bacteria only work at certain temperatures, in special environments, or after extended periods of time. The harder it is to create the conditions, the less practical it is to do it at scale. This also means that it’s unlikely bacteria will solve the issue of plastic pollution already in nature — more on that soon.

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-BRICS Group Expected To Expand Soon: China

BRICS is a multilateral forum consisting of five major emerging economies of the world, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. BRICS Plus is a new phase in the expansion of BRICS

For the first time, the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping is expected to begin an expansion process to include new developing country members, according to the Chinese government.

Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday that Beijing will actively promote the expansion of BRICS and welcome more global partners to join the group.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks yesterday in a statement in response to media questions over Beijing’s view on expanding BRICS.

“China will work on BRICS parties to continue to have in-depth discussions on BRICS expansion and determine the standards and procedures for that on the basis of consensus. We look forward to more like-minded partners joining the big family of BRICS,” he said in a statement.

BRICS is a multilateral forum consisting of five major emergin BRICS-Group – Plastic-recyclingg economies of the world, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Mr Wang stressed that the recently held BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting backed the expansion of the initiative while the “BRICS Plus” consultation was also held as part of the ministers’ meeting.

On May 23, A BRICS Plus virtual conference was held as part of the main meeting with ministers from countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Argentina, Nigeria, Senegal, and Thailand, according to reports.

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-Edible kelp packaging and plastic-free insulation: 9 innovations designed to help end plastic pollution

It’s likely that only 9% of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics to have been made since 1950 made have been recycled. As part of edie’s Circular Economy Week, edie and Springwise highlight nine innovations aiming to help the world produce less plastic and recycle what we already have.

Plastic is an issue that is easy for the public to understand. Consumers hold plastic products in their own hands every day, and footage of marine animals ensnared by plastic waste provokes a strong, emotive reaction.

But weaning our society off plastic is much easier said than done. Plastic materials have useful properties that are difficult to replicate. And plastic is even more embedded in society than many realise. The public often equates plastic with packaging, and it is true that single-use packaging accounts for 40% of annual plastic production. But plastics are also used in a host of other applications such as textiles, construction, and agriculture. BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling

It is clear that an enormous amount of innovation is needed to reduce the impact of plastic. Alternative materials—from popcorn to seaweed—are one promising avenue of development. But from construction blocks made out of waste plastic to re-usable takeaway packaging, we are also seeing innovators create new processes and behaviours for instances where we do continue to rely on plastic.

Here are nine of the most exciting innovations that are helping to reduce our global plastic footprint.

Edible, kelp-based packaging

Using low-emission manufacturing processes and renewably sourced biomaterials, Norwegian material science company B’ZEOS is working with global corporations to replace single-use plastic packaging with seaweed-based alternatives.

The company’s first product was an edible drinking straw, but its line of alternative packaging has since expanded thanks to partnerships with Nestle and Spanish plastic manufacturer Aitiip. Seaweed does not require any fertilisation, pesticides, or freshwater – which is what makes it such an attractive alternative to other, land-grown, crop-based biomaterials. B’ZEOS’s production processes do not use any toxic chemicals, and the formula for each packaging product is tailored to its final use.

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-Vopak JV Xycle to build Rotterdam plastic recycling plant

Xycle, a joint venture between Vopak, NoWit and Patpert Teknow Systems, is to start construction of its first plastic recycling plant in the Port of Rotterdam in Q4 2022.

The Port authorities have leased the JV a site at Rijndwarsweg in Europoort for the plant, which is expected to convert 20,000 tpa of plastic waste into approximately 20 million L of liquid hydrocarbons (pyrolysis oil), for use as a feedstock to produce new plastics. Xycle expects to receive the environmental and building permits in Q3 2022. The facility is expected to be operational in Q4 2023.

Xycle has been working on its recycling process for 14 years. Non-mechanically recyclable plastic waste is heated in the absence of oxygen, which causes it to break down and depolymerise rather than burning. Currently, less than a quarter of plastic waste can be recycled mechanically, with the rest landfilled, dumped, or burned. The Xycle plant is self-supporting, running on the fuel produced by the machine itself. The CO2 emissions are significantly lower than if the plastic waste is burned.

‘We’re very pleased with this milestone for Xycle and proud that Vopak is contributing to this. Developing new infrastructure solutions and setting up new supply chains in partnership is essential in the energy transition,’ says Marcel van de Kar, global director new energies Vopak. BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling

Vopak JV Xycle to build Rotterdam plastic recycling plant

-Rice flash Joule heating process recycles plastic from end-of-life F-150 trucks into high-value graphene for new vehicles

Rice University chemists working with researchers at the Ford Motor Company are turning plastic parts from end-of-life vehicles into graphene via the university’s flash Joule heating process (earlier post). The Rice lab of chemist James Tour introduced flash Joule heating in 2020 to convert coal, petroleum coke and trash into graphene. The lab has since adapted the process to convert plastic waste into graphene and to extract precious metals from electronic waste.

The average SUV contains up to 350 kilograms (771 pounds) of plastic that could sit in a landfill for centuries but for the recycling process reported in an open-access paper in the debut issue of a new Nature journal, Communications Engineering.

The goal of the project led by Tour and graduate student and lead author Kevin Wyss was to reuse that graphene to make enhanced polyurethane foam for new vehicles. Tests showed the graphene-infused foam had a 34% increase in tensile strength and a 25% increase in low-frequency noise absorption. That’s with only 0.1% by weight or less of graphene. BRICS-Group – Plastic-recycling

When that new car is old, the foam can be flashed into graphene again.

Rice flash Joule heating process recycles plastic from end-of-life F-150 trucks into high-value graphene for new vehicles

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Indorama plans to raise June PET prices in the US again

Indorama plans to raise June prices for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the United States by 9 cents / pound (USD198 per ton) amid rising costs of raw materials, the company said in a letter to customers.

The main reason for the increase in prices Indorama called a significant increase in the cost of raw materials, in particular paraxylene.

As Market Report reported earlier, Indorama twice in March prices PET in the US at 4 cents / pound (USD88 per ton) and 5 cents per pound (USD110 per ton), respectively. The main reason for the increase in prices Indorama called a significant increase in raw material costs caused by high crude oil prices.

Earlier it was reported that Indorama Ventures on March 1 closed for repairs the production of PET in the city of Decatur (Decatur, shat Alabama, USA). This enterprise with a capacity of 450 thousand tons of PET per year was closed until April 8.

According to ScanPlast of market Report, in May of this year, the estimated consumption of PET in Russia amounted to 70.17 thousand tons, which corresponds to the level of consumption last year (70.45 thousand tons). In total, for the period January – May of this year, the estimated consumption of PET in the Russian Federation amounted to 304.31 thousand tons of material. This is 3% lower than the same indicator in 2019.  Indorama-PET – Battery-Waste

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-Segregation is Important for Effective Battery Waste Management

The lack of separation, collecting, and transportation of unsegregated mixed garbage to landfills has an influence on the environment.

Waste segregation at the source is crucial for the effective recycling and disposal of battery waste. The lack of separation, collecting, and transportation of unsegregated mixed garbage to landfills has an influence on the environment. The amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills is reduced when waste is segregated. When batteries are separated and processed separately, pollution of the land and water can be significantly reduced. Battery waste must be separated so that it could be properly disposed of. Indorama-PET – Battery-Waste

Going further, waste generation has escalated dramatically in recent decades around the world, with no indications of decreasing. According to Statista, The global Li-ion battery recycling market size was valued approximately 1.3 billion US dollars in 2019 and is predicted to grow to approximately 11 billion US dollars by 2027. This sector’s market size was expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of roughly 32% between 2020 and 2027. This is attributable to a variety of variables like population increase, urbanization, economic growth, and consumer buying preferences.

Segregation is Important for Effective Battery Waste Management

Indorama plans to raise June PET-prices in the US again

-Segregation is Important for Effective Battery-Waste Management

Iran says oil, gas, petchem export revenues up 60pc

-Why haven’t plastic-eating-bacteria fixed the plastic-problem yet?

BRICS Group Expected To Expand Soon: China

Edible-kelp-packaging and plastic-free-insulation: 9 innovations designed to help end plastic-pollution

Vopak-JV-Xycle to build Rotterdam plastic-recycling-plant

Rice-flash-Joule heating process recycles-plastic from end-of-life F-150 trucks into high-value graphene for new vehicles

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,925 yuan/ton 8,925 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,250 $/ton 1,245 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,925 yuan/ton 7,925 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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6,745 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton +125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,060 $/ton 1,070 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,900 yuan/ton 4,880 yuan/ton -20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 620 $/ton 615 $/ton -5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,301 $/ton 1,282 $/ton -19
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,281 $/ton 1,262 $/ton -19
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,447 $/ton 1,482 $/ton +35
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,430 yuan/ton
+80
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,750 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,550 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,480 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton +20
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton
+400
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,170 $/ton 2,200 $/ton +30
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,420 $/ton 2,420 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,550 yuan/ton 15,800 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,800 yuan/ton 16,250 yuan/ton +450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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26,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,100 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,850 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 65,500 yuan/ton 61,000 yuan/ton -4,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 56,500 yuan/ton 52,000 yuan/ton -4,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 47,500 yuan/ton 44,000 yuan/ton -3,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,850 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 9,260 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +190
Benzene overseas  market 1,238 $/ton 1,296 $/ton +58
Ethylene South East market 1,150 $/ton 1,150 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,409 $/ton 1,398 $/ton -11
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,300 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Recycled-Polyester – Nylon6-chips

1,850 $/ton 1,850 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,800 yuan/ton 15,030 yuan/ton +230
PP Powder domestic market
9,780 yuan/ton 9,680 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market  903 $/ton867 882 $/ton
-21
Phenol domestic market 10,460 yuan/ton 10,580 yuan/ton +120

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-VinylPlus exceeds 810,000 tonnes of PVC recycling in 2021

VinylPlus exceeds 810,000 tonnes of PVC recycling in 2021, said Sustainableplastics.

At the 10th VinylPlus Sustainability Forum, livestreamed from Brussels today, participants could look back at a successful first year of the new VinylPlus 2030 Commitment, the voluntary 10-year commitment adopted last year by the European PVC industry aimed at minimising the environmental impact of PVC production and manufacturing. VinylPlus 2030, building on the efforts of the previous two voluntary 10-year commitments, aims to proactively contribute to addressing priorities at the European and global levels. PVC-recycling – Petrochemicals – PET-Resin

“We aim to contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on sustainable consumption and production, climate change and partnerships,” said Brigitte Dero, Managing Director of VinylPlus. “This, in full alignment with relevant EU policies under the European Green Deal, such as the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.”

Despite the fraught conditions of the past year, 810,775 tonnes of PVC waste were recycled and used in new products by European PVC industry through the voluntary commitment, which represents around 26.9% of the total PVC waste generated in 2021 in the EU-27, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. VinylPlus’ recycling rate is above the 23.1% recycling rate estimated by AMI Consulting for the overall plastics recycling in Europe in 2021. In total, some 7.3 million tonnes of PVC having been recycled into new products since 2000, preventing the release of more than 14.5 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

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-Thailand’s SCG Chemicals to expand Sirplaste capacity by 25%

Thailand’s SCG Chemicals plans to expand the capacity of its Portugal-based subsidiary Sirplaste by 25%, in response to strong demand for recycled plastics in Europe.

The recycling firm has an existing 36,000 tone/year capacity post-consumer recycled resins (PCR), of which 9,000 tonnes/year is recycled high-density polyethylene (R-HDPE).  PVC-recycling – Petrochemicals – PET-Resin

SCG Chemicals recently completed acquisition of a 70% stake in Sirplaste, which sells its recycled plastics output in Europe.

The planned expansion will go hand in hand with upgrading to high-quality recycled production capacity to cater to a growing market in line with SCG Chemicals’ environmental goals, according to its parent firm – Thai conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG) – in a presentation to investors on Friday.

SCG Chemicals is looking at growing its environment-friendly or green polymer portfolio to 1m tonnes by 2030 and decarbonize current operations by 20% by 2030 from 2021 levels, with the goal of going carbon neutral by 2050.

The company has built Thailand’s first advanced recycling demonstration plant, and is “targeting creation of green feedstock and food-grade resins with virgin-like characteristics”, SCG said in the presentation.

The advanced recycling demo plant in Rayong province with about 4,000 tonnes/year capacity was launched in late January 2021.

Thailand’s SCG Chemicals to expand Sirplaste capacity by 25%

VinylPlus exceeds 810,000 tonnes of PVC-recycling in 2021

Thailand’s SCG-Chemicals to expand Sirplaste capacity by 25%

Herbold can customize wash plant capabilities to produce food-grade-recyclates

Husky develops HyPET-HPP5e-Recycled-Melt-to-Preform (RMTP) system

PPS-Polyamide Tubing Offers High-Temp Option for Cooling Lines

-The Plastic-Packaging-Tax – a signpost to the circular-economy

Toray Develops Antiviral-Particles that Deactivate Viruses around 100 Times Faster than Conventional Counterparts

LOG makes major multimillion dollar cleanroom investment

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-Herbold can customize wash plant capabilities to produce food grade recyclates

Drawing from its assortment of plastics recycling equipment, Herbold can custom configure wash plants for polyolefins capable of producing food grade recyclates.

While each wash plant is designed around the user’s specific requirements and facility characteristics, all feature a multi-stage process usually consisting of pre-shredding, pre-washing and initial separation, granulation, high-density separation, and drying.

Pre-shredding is typically done in a single-shaft shredder such as the Herbold 60/120. With a 23.5-inch diameter rotor and 60 individual knives, these machines can accept bales of contaminated waste and process up to 13,000-pounds per hour.

Washing takes place in a VWE-60 pre-washing unit which employs a three-step process of sink and swims to remove heavy materials, intensive spray wash to loosen and remove embedded sediment and an additional sink and swim to further eliminate remaining sediment. Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

Further size reduction takes place in a wet granulator such as the Herbold 80/120. The wet operation provides additional separation of particles and contaminants from materials.

Additional high-density separation of contaminants and recyclate occurs in a Hydrocyclone. The centrifugal force of the Hydrocylcone provides separation that exceeds conventional methods by a factor of 15, ensuring the level of purity necessary for food grade recyclate.

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-Husky develops HyPET HPP5e Recycled Melt to Preform (RMTP) system

Husky Technologies, a technology provider enabling the delivery of essential needs to the global community, announced the introduction of its HyPET HPP5e Recycled Melt to Preform (RMTP) system. With one system already running in the field and the second soon to be delivered, this development marks the integration of a preform injection moulding system with melt decontamination unit – enabling the direct conversion of washed flake to preform.

“With today’s circular economy driving new package design and more efficient production, we are dedicated to working closely with our customers to ensure their products meet specific regional requirements, particularly around recycling and enabling recycled content in packaging,” said Robert Domodossola, Husky’s President of Rigid Packaging. Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

Next step in sustainable, closed-loop packaging

Husky’s RMTP technology is offered as a module of the company’s proven HyPET HPP5e high performance system designed to support the closed-loop conversion of washed flake to preform by accepting food approved grade melt from an upstream provider. By eliminating the drying and melting steps associated with traditional rPET preform manufacturing, this solution facilitates the effective production of packaging made from 100 per cent rPET material, further supporting the circularity of PET.

By streamlining the process to bypass inhouse rPET pellet production and go directly from washed flake to preform, the new system is claimed to enable producers to achieve 30 per cent energy savings, helping to further lower production costs. In addition, the system is equipped with Husky’s Advantage+Elite real-time proactive, predictive, transparent monitoring solution as a standard feature.

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-PPS-Polyamide Tubing Offers High-Temp Option for Cooling Lines

Electric and fuel-cell vehicles may benefit from latest innovation out of Japan.

Japanese firms Polyplastics-Evonik and Toray Industries have jointly developed a three-layer extruded tube in which the outer polyamide 12 (PA 12) layer and inner polyphenylene sulfide resin (PPS) layer are bonded together with a special adhesive. Able to withstand temperatures of 130°C, the tubing also boasts low levels of ion elution into cooling water. Target applications include coolant lines for electric vehicles (EVs) and industrial machinery.  Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

PA 12 often has been used in combination with polypropylene (PP) as the inner layer in lightweight tubing for automotive coolant lines, but continuous usage was restricted, and hydrolysis was also an issue. With its heat and hydrolysis resistance, PPS resin addresses these concerns, but it does not bond directly with long-chain polyamides such as PA 12. Polyplastics-Evonik and Toray solved this challenge with an all-new material that can be co-extruded to bond the two resins.

The elevated heat resistance of the new tubing structure could enable replacement of metal tubing, while corrugated tubing is also an option. Further, the low level of ion elution makes the tubing particularly suitable for EV and fuel-cell vehicle applications.

Toray is the world’s leading supplier of PPS resin, being integrated from monomer through to compounds.

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-The Plastic Packaging Tax – a signpost to the circular economy

Chartered Marketer Louise Aplin considers how the recently implemented Plastic Packaging Tax  impacts packaging manufacturers and shares the perspectives of two of her industry specialist clients on reformulating packaging to include recycled content.

Back in late 2018, then Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced the introduction of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT).  At that stage 2022 seemed quite a way off.  Fast forward three years and despite a global pandemic and subsequent trade and supply chain uncertainties, many packaging manufacturers have adapted their products to incorporate at least 30% recycled content to avoid incurring the tax.

Reformulating packaging products to incorporate recycled content has been a new experience for many and for some it was a steep learning curve. Prior to the PPT, using recycled content was an ambition for many businesses working towards more sustainable manufacturing but this was often considered technically challenging.  This challenge has become more difficult to achieve as it has now been clarified by HMRC that companies are not able to include industrial waste. Recently updated HMRC guidance states that pre-consumer plastic ‘does not include scrap or regrind which can be reused in the process from which it was generated after only minimal reprocessing’.  The Guidance goes on to say ‘where waste material is recovered and requires reprocessing involving melting and extrusion into pellets at a reprocessing facility before it can be reused, it can be treated by manufacturers as recycled plastic for any process.’  Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

As of April 2022 however, including 30% recycled content is key to remaining competitive through avoiding the £200 per tonne tax.

Two organisations operating within the sphere of manufacturing sustainable plastic packaging are Chase Plastics and Greenacre Consulting.

“Although initially perceived as just another tax, the PPT has accelerated many companies’ desire to embrace the Circular Economy.” comments David Harris, Chief Executive at Chase Plastics, a UK manufacturer of post use recycled polythene pellets. “Prior to the tax, those considering the use of recycled polythene pellets would often start the conversation with  ‘What have you got?’ or ‘What’s your price?’. Now, the conversation has moved towards ‘I want to achieve X – what is the best way to achieve it?” He continues: “Customers are now more aware that choosing the wrong recycled content can have a hidden cost in terms of manufacturing efficiency and productivity. They understand that choosing an unsuitable raw material can cost a lot more to process and negatively affect the quality and performance of their products. They are also more aware of the importance to the Circular Economy of buying locally from a recycler with EUCertPlast accreditation.”

EUCertPlast accreditation recognises the highest standards of material traceability, quality and process control in plastics recycling. The scheme focuses on traceability of plastic materials (both throughout the entire recycling process and the supply chain) and on the quality of recycled content in the end-product.

Being aware of the types of recycled content available and understanding how they impact both product and processes are aspects of sustainable manufacturing that were not always top of mind prior to the PPT. Efforts to manufacture packaging more sustainably generally focused on minimising production waste, reducing energy consumption or making the product go further through initiatives such as downgauging (weight reduction) – and rightly so.

However, the advent of the PPT means that the sustainable manufacture of plastic packaging has stepped up a gear through the modification of the product itself to incorporate at least 30% recycled content. Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

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-Toray Develops Antiviral Particles that Deactivate Viruses around 100 Times Faster than Conventional Counterparts

Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has developed fast-acting antiviral particles (see note 1).

Conventional disinfection with antiseptic solutions and other chemicals is effective and fast-acting on viral infections. The downside, however, is short volatilization, necessitating regular disinfections. While non-volatile metal-based antivirals offer generally lasting protection, the issue is that many of them take at least an hour to deactivate 99.9% of viruses. Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

Toray responded to that situation by developing antiviral particles that deactivate 99.9% or more of SARS-CoV-2 virus (the cause of COVID-19) strains in just 15 seconds and 99.99% or more of the strains within 5 minutes. The company achieved this by adding virus adsorption and oxidative degradation capabilities to cerium oxide particles through proprietary synthesis and surface treatment techniques. Toray drew on functional particle design, synthesis, and surface control technologies that it has developed over the years. The new particles deactivate viruses around 100 times faster than conventional metal-based antiviral agents. They are thus among the world’s quickest deactivation delivery vehicles.

Another benefit is that the particles do not volatilize and are lasting protection. That is because they do not use the virus deactivation principle of slow releases with drugs, metal ions, or other active ingredients. The particles also offer excellent safety (see note 2) and resist discoloration and corrosion.

Prospective media for the particles include building materials, paints, and packaging materials. They could thus be deployed in diverse products, including in public spaces in which numerous people might gather, necessitating measures to safeguard from virus infection. Other targets could be public transportation facilities, restaurants, medical and eldercare facilities, interior walls and railings at schools, and regular appliances and food packaging.

Antiviral particles could coat or be kneaded into diverse items. These could include non-woven fabrics for Toray’s masks and medical gowns, air filters, car seats, and other products that could benefit from these particles to prevent droplet and contact infections. Recycled-Melt-to-Preform – Circular-economy

Toray will gradually roll out test samples of the particles to customers.

Toray Develops Antiviral Particles that Deactivate Viruses around 100 Times Faster than Conventional Counterparts

-LOG makes major multimillion dollar cleanroom investment

The pharma primary packaging specialist specialising in oxygen and moisture barrier solutions has invested in an ISO Class 8 cleanroom

To meet growing demand for its global services LOG, a pharma primary packaging specialist specialising in oxygen and moisture barrier solutions, is significantly expanding its manufacturing floor to increase capacity.

The expansion includes the construction of a new multi-million-dollar ISO Class 8 cleanroom that will bring significant productivity benefits to its blue-chip customers across the world, including Unilever, Teva, Chemo and Gedeon Richter.

This major investment in new facilities provides corporate cutting-edge automated online inspection and Artificial Intelligence (AI) surveillance.

The expansion also ensures immediate and reliable detection of defects to provide the highest level of product quality control and consistency for customers which, in the UK, are served by a European Sales Office based in Switzerland.

LOG makes major multimillion dollar cleanroom investment

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Plastic-Packaging – Carpet-recycling  28-05-2022

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– Interface Polymers and Flexipol win UKRI Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging grant

Interface Polymers and Flexipol have jointly won funding through a competition run by UKRI’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge.

The £850,000 grant is to finance the 24-month collaborative project, titled  ‘Recycle Ready’ multi-layer barrier plastic packaging films, to provide fully recyclable LDPE multi-layer packaging, suitable for upcycling into high value applications.

This project brings together Interface Polymers’ internationally patented and proven surface functionality Polarfin additive technology that overcomes inherent molecular level non-compatibility between polyolefins to enable them to be recycled, and Flexipol’s film technology expertise and flexible packaging manufacturing capabilities.

The project team is also looking to provide multi-layer barrier packaging options with a minimum of 30 per cent recycled material that will not incur the £200 per tonne plastic packaging tax being introduced in the UK from April 2022.

In addition to legislative pressure, the project is looking to address a major packaging industry dilemma due to growing socioeconomic pressure for more sustainable product alternatives, such as mono-layer plastic packaging; while recyclable (ASTM D7611 RIC “4” & “5” classified), mono-layer flexible packaging cannot deliver the same level of functionality performance and product benefits provided by multi-layer barrier plastic packaging. The new Recycle Ready range will enable packaging manufacturers to offer retailers and consumers technically superior multi-layer barrier packaging products that will meet RIC “4” and “5” classifications, so will be 100 per cent recyclable. Plastic-Packaging – Carpet-recycling

The project’s key aim is to offer the packaging industry fully scalable alternative LDPE multi-layer barrier films for the commercial production of food approved multi-layer flexible packaging that can be repeatedly recycled using existing pure plastic waste streams sorting and separation processing plants.

Dr Tim Clayfield, Application Development Leader for Interface Polymers, said: “We are confident that together with Flexipol’s packaging expertise and processing capabilities, the project team can develop a range of RIC “4” labelled, fully recyclable food approved multi-layer barrier flexible plastic packaging products with no anisotropy issues, which can be reprocessed multiple times into high value recycled product applications.”

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-Producing PHA from sludge and organic waste

CAP Group is testing the process as part of the Circular Biocarbon project.

The biopolymer produced in an innovative BioPlatform would be used by Novamont. Producing bioplastics and biofertilizers starting from sewage sludge and the wet fraction of waste (Forsu): this is the goal of the Circular Biocarbon project, launched last year with the financing of the public-private consortium BBI-JU, which involves the Sesto San Giovanni, in the province of Milan (still in the design phase, rendering in the photo), and the sister plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

The biopolymers (polyhydroxyalcanonate, PHA) and the minerals (struvite) obtained from the process could be subsequently used for the synthesis of bioplastics, fertilizers with biostimulating properties and graphene for industrial use.

The research project provides for investments of 23 million euros, of which 2.5 assigned to the CAP Group, manager of the integrated water service of the metropolitan city of Milan and promoter of the new Italian BioPlatform.

The Lombard utility has undertaken in its laboratories the validation of an already existing technology for the treatment of sewage sludge and Forsu conferred by 6 Lombard municipalities, equal to about 30 thousand tons per year.

After an initial phase of study – says the CAP Group -, the processes could be operational in 2023: when fully operational, starting from 2024, it is expected to recover over 500 tons of PHA per year to be conferred to Novamont as part of a partnership multi-year started in 2018. Plastic-Packaging – Carpet-recycling

Struvite instead will be used as part of a partnership with the French company Agro Innovation International for the production of fertilizers with biostimulating properties.

Once the technology has been fine-tuned, the BioPlatform Model can be replicated in other areas of the country, with a view to accompanying modern smart cities towards a sustainable bioeconomy.

“These technologies and processes blend perfectly with the idea that led the CAP Group to create the BioPlatform, the first example of zero-emission industrial synergy – explains Alessandro Russo, president and CEO of the CAP Group

Producing PHA from sludge and organic waste

Interface-Polymers and Flexipol win UKRI-Smart-Sustainable-Plastic-Packaging grant

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USUnifi announces Repreve Champions of Sustainability award winners

Aquafil closing its new California carpet-recycling-plant

Heimtextil Summer Special in Germany to focus on sustainability

-Corporate giants face internal pressure on plastic

Indorama set to commercialize PET-tray-recycling-process

-New chemical-recycling-technology

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-US’ Unifi announces Repreve Champions of Sustainability award winners

Unifi, the maker of Repreve and one of the leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns which is headquartered in the US, has announced the recipients of its fifth annual Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards. The awards recognise brand, textile and retail partners that have demonstrated a true commitment to supporting a more sustainable world.

Nike and Target both reached a major milestone this year, each having transformed more than two billion recycled plastic bottles through the use of Repreve fibre. Polartec, Walmart and Texhong have each transformed more than one billion bottles. This year’s recipients have helped turn a combined total of nearly 14 billion recycled plastic bottles into more sustainable products, Unifi said in a media statement.

Unifi’s Repreve Champions of Sustainability awards will be presented to 39 brand and retail partners that have transformed ten million or more recycled plastic bottles and 53 textile partners that have transformed 50 million or more recycled plastic bottles through the use of Repreve performance fibres. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

Unifi is also recognising some special category award winners. Mavi, a Turkey-based international apparel brand with a strong reputation as a leader in the denim market and a focus on sustainability, got the special recognition award.

Jiaxing Xinran Textile, a China-based company that has incorporated Repreve in spandex-covered yarns, got the newcomer award. Lucky Textile Mills, a China-based textile mill that has created sustainable fabrics that perform in both hot and cold weather using Repreve TruTemp365, got the partner in innovation award.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2022 Repreve Champions of Sustainability. We applaud the demonstrated commitment to sustainability, which has allowed us to recycle more than 30 billion bottles to date,” Eddie Ingle, chief executive officer of Unifi, said in a statement.

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-Aquafil closing its new California carpet recycling plant

Shortly after opening its Northern California carpet recycling plant, Aquafil is working to close the facility and consolidate processing equipment elsewhere.

The Italy-headquartered fiber producer recycles nylon from carpet and other sources into fiber used in apparel and other textiles. It operates a plant in Phoenix that breaks carpet apart into its different materials and recycles the nylon and PP, while also recovering calcium carbonate. The nylon 6 pellets are shipped to Aquafil’s ECONYL plant in Slovenia, where a depolymerization process is used to recycle them.

Aquafil announced in 2019 it would open a similar plant in Woodland, Calif., near Sacramento, that year. The project experienced significant delays, meaning it is being closed shortly after fully opening. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

California has the country’s only mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for carpet, although New York lawmakers recently passed a carpet EPR bill. Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the stewardship group that runs California’s program, recently booted Aquafil off the CARE board for supporting the New York bill.

A spokeswoman for the company confirmed with Plastics Recycling Update that Aquafil is decommissioning the Woodland recycling facility and sending carpet scrap to Phoenix to be recycled. The Phoenix site is closer to Aquafil’s three carpet collection sites in Southern California, she said.

The spokesperson acknowledged “the decision was made due to insufficient carpet supply to feed two recycling facilities (Woodland and Phoenix) each with two lines of carpet recycling. We needed 70 million pounds of used carpet and we could not source enough.”

Additionally, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) delayed power installation at the Woodland plant for over two years, “which did not help as Aquafil was trying to start up that facility and bring it up to the same speed as Phoenix.”

According to CARE’s report for 2020, the Woodland facility wasn’t expected to be fully operational until the third quarter of 2021. CARE had provided a $500,000 capital improvement grant to help Aquafil get the $12 million facility up and running.

Aquafil expects to decommission the Woodland facility by the end of this spring, the spokesperson said. All of the equipment will be reused by Aquafil either in Phoenix or at the Slovenia plant.

The company runs a number of other collection and processing facilities around the U.S.

Updated California program goals approved

Meanwhile, as Aquafil shuts down its Woodland plant, California regulators have approved aggressive new carpet recycling goals for the state program.

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-Heimtextil Summer Special in Germany to focus on sustainability

This year, Heimtextil Summer Special, to be held from June 21-24 in Germany, will offer know-how transfer, networking and inspiration on the topic of sustainability in textiles. Due to the current challenges, sustainability is a theme that runs through all sectors of the textile value chain, triggering processes and releasing enormous innovative power.

Environmental pollution, microplastics and high water consumption as well as increasing consumption are buzzwords that hit the textile industry on the topic of sustainability. The production of textiles consumes large amounts of resources, which poses challenges for the textile industry, especially in times of rising prices and supply bottlenecks. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

For this reason, the home textiles industry has been dealing with the topic of circular economy for more than 10 years in order to save resources and make production and products more sustainable. Materials are not disposed of at the end of a product’s life, but are kept in circulation within the framework of sensible recycling and are reused in new products. At the same time, a functioning circular economy reduces the amount of waste and CO2 emissions. Manufacturers of home textiles are consistently pursuing the approach of a genuine circular economy and are focusing on reduction, energy efficiency, reuse and recycling.

Exhibitors present sustainable concepts and innovations at the international fair. For example, the Spanish manufacturer Francisco Jover S.A. (Hall 4.1, C14) will generate 99 per cent of the energy it needs from the photovoltaic system on its roof and will recycle 100 per cent of its plastic, paper and cardboard waste, the organiser said in a press release.

In addition, exhibitors such as Lech Fabrics (Hall 4.1, C91) will introduce high-quality PET fibres to their portfolio. Most fabrics used in the production of furniture are made of polyester. Therefore, according to Lech Fabrics, it is ideal to use plastics from other industries that would end up in the dustbin, or worse, in the forests and oceans. Lech Fabrics is therefore investing in innovation and expanding its portfolio of such products. In the process, the company says it saves 94 per cent water, 60 per cent energy and 32 per cent CO2 emissions in the production of its fibres from PET compared to new production.

The Austrian Lenzing Group will follow the path of a holistic approach that encompasses the circular economy and renewable materials. As a producer of wood-based pulps and fibres, Lenzing is at the beginning of the value chain for the production of textiles and nonwoven products. Here, the intensive cooperation of the entire value chain and the traceability of raw materials within the value chain are elementary. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

-Corporate giants face internal pressure on plastic

A slight majority of shareholders at Chevron Phillips’ parent company recently voted to approve a resolution on shifting toward more recycled plastic use, while 37.4% of ExxonMobil shareholders voted in favor of a similar resolution. Amazon shareholders vote on a similar resolution this week.

Activist shareholder group As You Sow announced in a press release that 50.4% of Phillips 66 shareholders voted to support a resolution asking the energy company to detail its market risks of continuing to invest in virgin plastics. Shareholder resolutions are not binding. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

The vote came at the company’s annual meeting on May 11. Phillips 66 is the joint owner of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem), along with owner Chevron Corporation. According the company, the vote tally was 161,725,428 in favor of the resolution and 159,340,137 against, with 3,393,604 shareholders absent.

The resolution asks Phillips 66 to publish a report describing how it could shift from virgin to recycled polymers, assessing the resilience of its petrochemical assets under virgin-to-recycled transition scenarios. It also requires the company to study the financial risks associated with such scenarios, according to As You Sow.

The company recommended voting against the resolution in a shareholder document, saying it was not “in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.”

Phillips 66 said it and CPChem “are committed to keeping plastic out of the environment and progressing toward a more circular economy where plastic packaging is reused, recycled or recovered.”

It pointed to its target goal of producing 1 billion pounds of circular polymers by 2030 via mechanical and chemical recycling, “which makes this proposal unnecessary.”

Phillips 66 also noted that it invests in chemical recycling companies Nexus Circular and Mura Technology, Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund and the Circulate Capital Ocean Fund, and it pointed out that it is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

However, As You Sow said the company’s planned expansions of virgin plastic production are three times higher than its recycled plastics target, and the activist group noted the Phillips 66 recycled plastics target is estimated to displace less than 8% of its virgin plastic production volumes by 2030.

According to CPChem’s February 2022 investor update, its global plastic projects, some which await final investment decisions this year, would add 3.8 million metric tons to its worldwide olefins and polyolefins capacity.

“Petrochemical companies that are serious about their commitments to end or combat plastic pollution cannot justify continuous and rapid expansion of virgin plastic production,” said Joshua Romo, energy and plastics associate at As You Sow. “We hope this majority vote will motivate the company to thoroughly assess its exposure to the single-use plastic supply chain and provide investors with information on how it will decrease transition risk as the world moves away from virgin and single-use plastics.” Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

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-Indorama set to commercialize PET tray recycling process

Indorama Ventures is moving into the commercial stage of a project in which post-consumer PET trays are recycled into flake used in food packaging.

According to a press release, Thailand-based Indorama Ventures has been testing the technology at its Wellman France Recycling facility in Verdun for the past six years. The project is in collaboration with French environmental service companies Valorplast and Citeo.

Indorama noted it has recently developed a commercially feasible recycling solution for monolayer PET trays, with the collaboration of plastic packaging producer Klöckner Pentaplast. The technology will recycle over 50 million post-consumer PET trays per year, the press release said.

“Development of tray recycling has been a goal for some time. We are proud that – together with our partners – we have been able to develop a commercially and technically feasible process that allows us to produce a dedicated RPET flake product for the food packaging market,” Indorama Ventures Recycling Group said in the press release. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

The facility is now processing 500 metric tons of PET trays monthly, recycling the trays into flake for use in new trays. The press release noted that the purity of the flakes is comparable with high-quality bottle flake.

The company is planning to scale up the technology and process 10,000 metric tons of tray flake in 2022, the press release said.

Indorama set to commercialize PET tray recycling process

-New chemical recycling technology

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, announced that it has developed a recycling technology using a new depolymerization catalyst to recycle colored polyester fibers without losing the quality of polyester fibers made from petroleum-derived raw materials. The new technology also lowers environmental load compared to conventional recycling.

The technology produces recycled materials equivalent to petroleum-derived polyester raw materials. Using a new depolymerization catalyst for the conventional bis (2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalate (BHET) method, spent polyester is chemically decomposed and purified back into BHET intermediate raw material before being repolymerized into polyester. Carpet-recycling – PET-tray-recycling

The production process is simpler than using dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and ethylene glycol in a transesterification reaction, so recycling is achieved with less energy consumption. Also, the new technology reuses resources such as wastewater, waste liquid and depolymerization catalysts.

Teijin Frontier will launch a pilot facility at its Matsuyama Plant this month and proceed with verification tests. It also will continue developing recycling technologies to improve the quality of recycled raw materials and reduce environmental load. Aiming to realize a sustainable value chain for a circular economy, Teijin Frontier is working to establish a mechanism for sustainable fiber-to-fiber recycling of polyester in cooperation with partner companies and consortiums both in Japan and globally.

Compared to material recycling, which melts and molds used products including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, DMT-based chemical recycling results in less deterioration of quality due to recycling, but its energy consumption is high.

New chemical recycling technology

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PA66-fibers – UK-rPET-industry 27-05-2022

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-DOMO Chemicals Launches NYLEO®, The New Brand For Its Innovative Performance Fibers Product Line

NYLEO® is the new brand for DOMO’s Performance Fibers product line, bringing together a compelling combination of well-established performance fibers and groundbreaking new solutions. Based on nylon 6,6, NYLEO is used in numerous applications in the textile, flooring, flock and abrasive markets. Thanks to its unique properties, it offers a wide range of actions to enhance product performance.

“In a fast-changing world, markets and consumers demand innovative solutions to meet the daily requisites for health, safety and sustainability,” said Nicolas Forien, sales director PA66 & Fibers at DOMO. “At DOMO, because we are a key polyamide player equipped with the world’s most recent polymerization line for staple fiber, we are committed to achieving cutting-edge breakthroughs in PA 66 fibers. This is demonstrated in our innovative NYLEO line of nylon 66 value-added solutions. These include new products for flame retardancy, enhanced biodegradability, and inhibiting bacteria.”  PA66-fibers – UK-rPET-industry

NYLEO merges a rich heritage in the nylon 6,6-based fiber market with a new focus on innovation with three pioneering products: NYLEO PROTECT with improved flame retardancy, NYLEO 4EARTH® with enhanced biodegradability, and NYLEO SAFE with bacteriostatic properties.

DOMO’s legacy of innovation in nylon 6,6 fibers

Based at its Valence site in France, DOMO’s Performance Fibers teams work passionately to create unique fibers designed to meet key market needs. DOMO has been producing world-class PA66 fibers since 1955 for such industries as nonwovens for abrasives and aeronautics, flooring for carpets, high performance textiles, flock for upholstery, automotive interiors and flooring, and many other consumer products. The NYLEO brand will now be applied to the full portfolio of polyamide 6.6 (PA 66) fiber products, including staple fibers, crimped tow and tow for flock. These are well known for their superior resilience, outstanding wear and abrasion resistance, higher tenacity, excellent dyeability and color fastness, consistent quality, and soft feel.

DOMO Chemicals Launches NYLEO®, The New Brand For Its Innovative Performance Fibers Product Line

-CJ BIO and NatureWorks Working Towards a Master Collaboration Agreement to Commercialize Novel Biopolymers

The two companies have agreed to collaborate on creating advanced products based on industry-leading Ingeo PLA and Phact PHA technologies to meet growing demand for sustainable materials across a broad  array of markets

CJ BIO (U.S. office in Woburn, Mass.), a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang and leading producer of amorphous polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), and leading producer of PLA NatureWorks, have signed a letter of intent establishing a strategic alignment between the two organizations and have announced that the two companies are working toward a Master Collaboration Agreement (MCA). The companies will work together to develop sustainable material based on CJ BIO’s Phact marine biodegradable PHA bioplastic and NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA bioplastic. Their goal is to develop high-performance biopolymers that will replace fossil fuel-based plastics in applications ranging from compostable food packaging and food serviceware to personal care, and beyond. PA66-fibers – UK-rPET-industry

A pioneer in the development of biobased materials NatureWorks has developed many of the leading high-volume applications for PLA. In recent years, PLA has experienced significant growth as a biobased material in a broad range of finished products. Due to its unique functionality, it has been used to replace petrochemical-based plastics, with 100% biobased content, and enable end-of-use recovery options, including compostability and chemical or coated paper recycling. Both companies realize the potential to further enhance performance and end-of-use solutions for biopolymers and increase the level of adoption across many new applications. By combining their expertise and technology platforms, NatureWorks and CJ aim to deliver next-generation solutions together. Initial development and collaboration are showing very promising results when using CJ BIO’s unique amorphous PHA in combination with Ingeo biopolymer.

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DOMO-Chemicals Launches NYLEO®, The New Brand For Its Innovative Performance-Fibers Product Line

CJ-BIO and NatureWorks Working Towards a Master Collaboration Agreement to Commercialize Novel Biopolymers

-Scientists make #plastic-moredegradable under #UV-light

UK-rPET-industry must grow to meet brand demand

Environmental-Impact-Assessment: Reducing Taiwan’s virgin-plastics

Plastics-fund reveals investment in artificial-intelligence-for -RF-sorting

Energy-savings for packaging leader: WEG-permanent-magnet-motor saves for Orleplast

China committed to Asia-Pacific free-trade -rea: Minister Wang

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-Scientists make plastic more degradable under UV light

Many plastics that are labelled as biodegradable are only compostable under industrial conditions, but scientists at the University of Bath have now found a way to make plastics break down using only UV light.

As a result of increasing public concern over plastic waste, PLA (Poly(lactic acid)), created using lactic acid from the fermentation of sugars, is now widely used as a renewable, sustainable alternative to plastics derived from crude oil products — used in everything from disposable cups and teabags to 3D printing and packaging.

It is often labelled as biodegradable, however it has limited degradability in natural environments, for example in soil or in seawater, and it only degrades under industrial composting conditions of high temperatures and humidity — not achievable in domestic compost heaps.  rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

Now scientists at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath have developed a way that could make these plastics more degradable in the natural environment.

The team found that they can tweak the degradability of the plastic by incorporating different amounts of sugar molecules into the polymer.

They found that incorporating as little as three per cent sugar polymer units into PLA led to 40% degradation within six hours of exposure to UV light.

Most promisingly, the technology is compatible with existing plastic manufacturing processes, meaning it could potentially be tested and adopted quickly by the plastics industry.

Publishing in Chemical Communications, the researchers hope their findings will be used in the future by the plastics industry to help make plastic waste more degradable at the end of the life of the product.

Dr Antoine Buchard, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader in Polymer Chemistry from the CSCT, led the research, which was supported by the Royal Society.

He said: “Lots of plastics are labelled as biodegradable, but unfortunately this is only true if you dispose of it in an industrial waste composter — if put into domestic compost heaps, it can last for years.

“Most PLA plastics are made up of long polymer chains which can be difficult for water and enzymes to break down. Our research adds sugars into the polymer chains, linking everything together by bonds that can be broken using UV light.

“This weakens the plastic, breaking it down into smaller polymer chains that are then more sensitive to hydrolysis.  rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

“This could make the plastic much more biodegradable in the natural environment, for example in in the ocean or in a garden compost heap.

“Previously scientists have looked at enhancing the degradability of PLA to water — hydrolysis — but this is the first time anyone has looked at using light.

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-UK rPET industry must grow to meet brand demand

Consumer giant Nestle’s recent announcement that it had reached 100pc recycled PET (rPET) content in all of Buxton water brand UK bottles is another sign of rampant competition for recycled content in packaging, and raises a question over whether supply can keep up with the growing demand.

Many companies and brands in the UK fast-moving consumer goods (FMGC) sector are aiming to increase recycled content in plastic packaging. Some, such as Buxton and Japanese firm Suntory’s blackcurrant drink Ribena, as well as all Coca-Cola Great Britain’s smaller bottles, have scaled up quite quickly to 100pc recycled content. But trade association the British Plastics Federation (BPF) estimates the current average level of recycled content in the UK PET bottle market is just 15-20pc, and space for others to scale up their use of recyclates is ever more limited.

The BPF’s Recycling Roadmap finds around 350,000t PET bottles were placed on the UK market, and environmental non-profit Recoup estimates around 75pc of these were collected for recycling. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

This is consistent with Argus estimates of an around 87.5pc operating rate of at the UK’s 300,000 t/yr of PET recycling capacity. The average ‘process loss’ during PET recycling in Europe is around 30pc, according to Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), meaning rPET output capacity is a little over 180,000 t/yr, or enough for a little over 50pc of bottles put onto the market.

The need for special certification for food-contact applications is a major bottleneck to supply, with just 30,000-35,000 t/yr of production capacity for food-grade rPET pellets in 2020 according to the BPF Recycling Roadmap, although this is likely to have risen.

The UK’s implementation of a £200/t ($250/t) tax on all plastic packaging with less than 30pc recycled content may add complications, because this applies to PET applications outside of the bottle industry, particularly trays. The UK PET tray market was nearly half the size of the bottle market in 2019, according to BPF data, but tray-to-tray recycling, which would create an rPET stream specifically aimed at non-bottle applications, has still to develop.

Scope for rPET imports is limited, given tightness in the European market and with the EU Directive on Single-Use Plastics (SUP) setting out an obligation for PET bottles to include 25pc recycled content by 2025. Meeting this probably means including more than 25pc rPET given the comparative difficulty of sourcing food-grade recycled polyolefins for caps and closures.

The more than 3mn t of PET bottles placed on the European market in 2020 suggests Europe-wide demand for food grade rPET would easily exceed 1mn t by that 2025 deadline. Latest data from PRE show just 632,000 t of rPET pellets manufactured in 2020. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

Nestle Waters UK head of corporate affairs and sustainability Hayley Lloyd House told Argus “there is higher demand than ever across many industries for recycled PET plastic, and the volume PET plastic collected for bottle recycling is not keeping up with that demand.” She said a Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) “is the best solution to increase bottle collection rates, whilst helping to improve the quality of recycled PET.”

rPET-industry - Plastics-sorting

-Environmental Impact Assessment: Reducing Taiwan’s virgin plastics

Post-consumer recycled plastic is finally gaining the value it should have gotten long ago, due to its environmental friendliness compared to virgin material

Household appliances contain plastic components. Medical devices made of sterile plastic, such as disposable syringes and plasma bags, are indispensable to 21st-century healthcare. By preventing bruising and contamination, plastic packaging reduces food waste. Plastic cups and dishes are less fragile than ceramic tableware. PVC pipes and window frames have made house-building cheaper.

But not everyone who benefits from this wonder material knows that plastics production requires huge amounts of energy, most of which is generated by burning fossil fuels. Plastics plants are also a source of harmful pollutants including benzene.

Nor do all consumers appreciate the extent to which plastic waste is polluting the natural environment. Microplastics (fragments no larger than a fifth of an inch, 5.08mm) have been found in soil, in snow high above sea level and even in bottled drinking water. These pieces often break down even further, into particles known as nanoplastics, which are so small they can penetrate human organs and tissues.

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is trying to wean the public off single-use plastics such as drinking straws and disposable cups. They’ve had some success, yet no one expects the daily torrent of discarded plastic to slow to a trickle anytime soon. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

POST-CONSUMER PLASTICS

Fortunately, other trends are converging to make humankind’s addiction to plastics less environmentally damaging.

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-Plastics fund reveals investment in artificial intelligence for MRF sorting

The Future of Plastics Fund has made its first investment to support Greyparrot, the developer of an artificial intelligence waste recognition system and analytics platform intended to enable better sorting of plastics and other waste streams.

Greyparrot’s system is designed to automate waste composition analysis and the monitoring, auditing and sorting of waste flows at scale.

The investment, of undisclosed value, is intended to enable Greyparrot to expand into new waste streams. It has already analysed more than 10 billion packaging items in sorting plants.

Claire Shrewsbury, director of insights and innovation at WRAP, a sponsor of the fund, said: “There is an urgent need for investment which can support new infrastructure to increase plastic recycling. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

“Currently many of the technologies capable of addressing barriers in the plastic supply chains are still at a relatively early stage of development and need financial support to develop and come on stream.

“If we are to see an increase in recycling rates globally, and a reduction in plastic waste in the environment, then we need to support these innovative new technologies.”

Lucy Mortimer, a partner at the Future of Plastics Fund, said: “Much of the plastic that enters our economy never gets recycled. Problematic packaging formats and ineffective sorting means much can end up in landfill rather than finding value in the circular economy.

“Investment in Greyparrot will enable more material recovery facilities…to achieve a higher degree of sorting and a greater proportion of plastic being recycled.”

Greyparrot said it had also raised funds from a number of other sources totalling  $11m in all (£8.8m) to enable it to later expand to new waste types.

It said there had until now been limited data on the 2.1 billion tonnes of waste produced each year and no systematic transparency on its composition or accountability for how it is managed.

“Despite consumers’ best efforts to recycle, poor packaging design and ineffective sorting means that much of what goes into recycling bins still ends up in landfill,” the company said.

rPET-industry - Plastics-sorting

-Energy savings for packaging leader: WEG permanent magnet motor saves for Orleplast 

Global motor manufacturer, WEG has successfully completed an energy saving project for Orleplast, a leading packaging manufacturer based in Brazil. With the initial goal of achieving greater productivity, Orleplast took the opportunity to invest in more efficient equipment for its site, turning to the experts at WEG’s Energy Efficiency Business Centre for support. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

Orleplast is one of the largest packaging and disposable plastic manufacturers and ias based in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Having established in 1992 specialising in manufacturing plastic hoses, Orleplast  soon expanded and began to concentrate its production on a wider breadth of packaging supplies, such as bags, sacks and rolls. Today, the company produces about 600 tons of packaging products every single month.

When considering an upgrade to its equipment, Orleplast chose to prioritise efficiency to ensure better green credentials for its manufacturing site. Upon approaching WEG, Oreplast was specified a unique WEG technology, the modern line of W22 Magnet electric motors.

The W22 Magnet is a line of motors from WEG with permanent magnets in their construction. The inclusion of a magnet works to lower the temperature of the motor, enabling a reduction of its frame size in comparison to traditional induction motors. Another important feature is that the torque remains constant even at low speeds, so users won’t experience any decrease in productivity.

“One of the key benefits of the W22 magnet motors is that they operate at lower temperatures than traditional alternatives,” explained Marek Lukaszczyk, marketing manager for Europe and Middle East at WEG. “ As a result, maintenance costs tend to be lower because the bearings last longer in these lower operating temperatures.”

In addition to the use of W22 Magnet motors at 300 and 350 horsepower, the motor’s drive was replaced with the WEG CFW11 variable speed drive (VSD). Like all of WEG’s range of drives and inverters, the CFW11 can significantly improve the energy efficiency of a motor, thus improving the plant’s overall energy consumption.

According to an energy performance report, the savings from the new installation amounted to 286,416 kWh/year — that’s enough to supply 85 homes for one year. Orleplast also benefitted from a return on investment of just 2.7 years.

Such savings resulted in 36.2 tons of CO2 that are no longer emitted into the atmosphere annually. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

Energy savings for packaging leader: WEG permanent magnet motor saves for Orleplast 

-China committed to Asia-Pacific free trade area: Minister Wang

Commerce minister Wang Wentao recently expressed China’s commitment to achieving a comprehensive Asia-Pacific free trade area. He was speaking virtually at the 28th trade ministers’ meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He said all APEC members should take building an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future as the main line. rPET-industry – Plastics-sorting

The members should comprehensively promote practical cooperation in various fields of trade and investment, he said.

Free-trade arrangements should be explored as the main channel for promoting regional economic integration, and efforts should be made to advance regional inclusive development, he was quoted as saying by official Chinese media.

The minister reiterated that China will open its door wider and is continuously providing a driving force for the stable growth of global and regional economies.

The minister stressed that China firmly supports the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as its core, maintains the security and stability of the global industrial and supply chains, and delivers more benefits to all parties.

APEC can play its role as a booster, stabiliser and incubator, and can provide strong support to the work of the WTO, he said.

China committed to Asia-Pacific free trade area: Minister Wang

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-H&M develops a fabric that can absorb CO2 from the surroundings; here is everything you need to know

H&M and HKRITA have developed a fabric that can absorb CO2 and release it as food for plants.

The clothing brand H&M is a part of the Science news today, if you are wondering why?. The Swedish clothing brand Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have come up with an interesting discovery – a clothing that can absorb carbon-di-oxide (CO2).

Under the Planet First initiative of the Stockholm-based clothing brand and HKRITA, the project carbon-looper was constituted. A particular type of amine-containing solution was developed and cotton – fiber, yarn, and fabric were treated. The treatment made the cotton absorb carbon-di-oxide from the surrounding air, on the surface of the cloth. Fabric-absorb-CO2 -PS-recycled

The absorbed CO2 can then be released by heating the cloth to 30-40°C, in a greenhouse where the plants can then naturally use the CO2 for photosynthesis while releasing oxygen. The amount of CO2 recycled by the cellulosic fabric per day is said to be similar to a third of the amount a tree absorbs per day in nature. The brand claims after three ‘loop cycles’ the fabric will effectively climate neutralize itself, and have a climate positive effect post that. This is important because the textile industry is said to have a large carbon footprint.

-INEOS Styrolution presented new PS grade containing mechanically recycled post-consumer waste

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has announced the introduction of its new Styrolution® PS ECO 260 MR85 grade containing mechanically recycled post-consumer waste, said he company.

This grade is available across markets in Asia at commercial scale with immediate effect. The new Styrolution PS ECO 260 MR85 contains 85 percent recycled post-consumer content from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It offers identical mechanical properties as virgin HIPS equivalent, including very good mechanical performance, consistency and high fluidity, making it an excellent drop-in solution for application developers in the household and electronics industries.

Produced at INEOS Styrolution’s Foshan site in China, this new grade is currently available in standard black and grey, and in commercial quantities to customers across Asia. HyoungJoon Kim, Polystyrene Business Director APAC, comments: “We are very pleased to be able to offer our high-quality recycled PS grade to our customers in Asia, helping them reduce their carbon footprint and achieving their sustainability goals.” Fabric-absorb-CO2 -PS-recycled

Johnson Lin, Research Development Centre & Technical Service Director APAC, adds: “We are very excited to introduce our first recycled PS grade produced here in Asia. This new grade can be used without any change in our customers’ processes or equipment, making it a convenient drop-in solution for our customers.”

As per MRC, INEOS is to develop a dedicated acetonitrile unit at its Cologne, Germany site to capitalise on anticipated pharmaceuticals sector demand for the material. The company is to develop a 15,000 tonne/year production facility at the site to enhance supplies for its European customer base, on the back of anticipated demand from the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and bioscience sectors.

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France setting the pace for PET-chemical-recycling in Europe

Pla.to-Technology: First industrial solution for bottle-to-bottle-recycling of body detergent-bottles made of high-density-polyethylene (HDPE)

-New method to convert plastic-trash-into-clean-hydrogen-fuel

BottleOne partners with SIPA: getting an integral handle-on-PET-packaging

-Has Honeywell produced a fully recyclable-blister-pack?

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-France setting the pace for PET chemical recycling in Europe

France is continuing to lead the way in the development of the polyethylene terephthalate chemical recycling industry in Europe, with a spate of new facility announcements set to build out capacity in the country.

France will have three polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chemical recycling facilities opening by 2025, aiming to become the leader in new recycling technologies in Europe. Announcements from Eastman, Loop Industries and Carbios highlight not only the opportunities but also the challenges still facing the recycling industry. Namely, feedstocks.

The announcements point to positive progression within the chemical recycling sector for PET, but also raises questions around Europe’s – and the world’s – ability to provide these new facilities with the material they need.

Any new venture that requires plastic waste as a feedstock makes the established but supply constrained mechanical recycling sector nervous – especially if they view the new capacities as competition for raw materials.

At present the operating capacities of chemical recycling plants remains low in comparison to mechanical recycling, and Europe has a lower capacity in comparison to some regions such as Asia Pacific and North America at less than 100,000 tonnes/year.

Capacities are projected to rise rapidly, given the announced projects and assuming adequate volumes and qualities of feedstocks can be sourced to feed those plants.

New facility investments

Loop Industries announced that it has selected Port-Jerome-sur-Seine, in Normandy, as the site for a 70,000 tonne PET chemical recycling facility as part of the company’s partnership with Suez, with a projected investment of €250m.

The plant will take in waste plastic feedstock, transported down the Seine River from the Paris region, and will use Loop’s proprietary depolymerisation technology, Infinite Loop, to break down the PET and polyester waste into its base monomers. This will be used to produce 100% R-PET resin and polyester fibre.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023, with commissioning taking place 18 months later, though it remains unclear if the plant will reach commercial scale by 2025 to meet the EU’s target for 25% recycled content in all PET beverage bottles by 2025.

US chemicals major Eastman also announced plans to invest up to $1bn in a hard-to-recycle PET waste methanolysis-based chemical recycling facility in France. These feedstocks include all types of PET packaging, carpets, and apparel.

The facility would use Eastman’s polyester renewal technology via a methanolysis depolymerisation unit to chemically recycle up to 160,000 tonnes/year of PET waste that is currently incinerated. The total output capacity of the facility was not stated, as it is dependent on yields from the waste PET inputted. The plant it slated to be operational by 2025.

Carbios and Indorama Ventures (IVL) have announced a joint venture to build an enzymatic-based PET chemical recycling plant at IVL’s PET production site in Longlaville, Meurthe-et-Moselle.

The plant is expected to be operational in 2025 and will have a slated post-consumer PET waste input capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year. The investment is estimated at €150m for Carbios’ core technology, which includes the integration of an additional purification stage. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

A further €50m is reserved for the infrastructure preparation of the site. A feasibility study will be conducted for the industrialisation of Carbios’ technology on the IVL production site.

The plant will use Carbios’ C-ZYME enzymatic recycling technology, referred to by Carbios as ‘bio-recycling’. Enzymatic recycling is also known as enzymatic hydrolysis and is a form of chemical recycling.

Carbios’ recycling technology uses an enzyme capable of depolymerising PET, which is then purified before being repolymerised back into PET. The joint venture follows the set-up of a demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand that was established to essentially prove the process, which would support not only the build of a plant, but also others that are running under licensing agreements.

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Pla.to Technology: First industrial solution for bottle-to-bottle recycling of body detergent bottles made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE)

Pla.to Technology has just presented the first industrial technology solution for the bottle-to-bottle recycling of detergent bottles made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The clients for this project were Beiersdorf AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

Used shampoo and shower gel bottles have been almost entirely reprocessed without any loss of quality in a water-saving process at the Pla.to technical facility in Görlitz. The rHDPE granulate obtained from bimodal high-density polyethylene was completely reintroduced into the production cycle, producing new detergent bottles solely from recycled granulate, that meet the quality standards of new products.

With this, Pla.to offers the technology for a closed HDPE cycle – without the addition of virgin granulate necessary in other processes. “Our solution is a sustainable and water-saving method to fully recycle HDPE in large quantities”, explains Pla.to Managing Director Heinz R. Schnettler.

Plastic for the Cosmetic Industry with High Stability

HDPE is very suitable for numerous applications due to its high stability and tensile strength. In the detergent industry, bottles are typically manufactured by extrusion blow molding and have a label attached. The cap is usually made of polypropylene (PP).

Efficient Recycling with Minimal Wastewater

In its in-house demonstration center, Pla.to has reprocessed the used bottles using its own equipment. Before recycling, they are first sorted by color with the caps and crushed using a granulator. A dry cleaner then removes residual ingredients inside the bottles without any wastewater. Stubborn contaminants are first soaked and then removed from the plastic using friction and hot water. The label adhesive is then removed and the material is mechanically and thermally dried. Finally, the air stream of the zig-zag separator separates the bottles and caps from labels particles according to their bulk density. In order to separate the HDPE from the other components for reuse at the end, the polypropylene is separated using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR). After compounding, it is regranulated into rHDPE and can be directly reused to produce new bottles. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

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-New method to convert plastic trash into clean hydrogen fuel

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have developed a new method for plastic waste to be converted into hydrogen based on pyrolysis, a high temperature chemical processUnlike PET plastic bottles which can be recycled easily, plastic litter containing contaminated food packaging, styrofoam and plastic bags, is challenging to recycle. They are currently incinerated or buried in landfills, leading to both water and ground pollution. Using pyrolysis, plastic litter can then be converted into two main products, hydrogen and a form of solid carbon, called carbon nanotubes. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

Hydrogen is useful for generating electricity and powering fuel cells like those found in electric vehicles, with clean water as its only by-product.

To further refine the new conversion method and to assess its commercial feasibility, the research team is test-bedding it on the NTU Smart Campus to treat local plastic waste, in partnership with Bluefield Renewable Energy, a local environmental firm that specialises in mobile waste to resources technologies.

The multimillion-dollar research joint project, supported by the Industry Alignment Fund-Industry Collaboration Projects (IAF-ICP) administered by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), aims to develop feasible solutions to economically scale up the conversion of waste plastics to hydrogen over the next three years. The project will also explore the potential of other emerging technologies for decentralised waste management. The conversion of challenging waste streams into energy and valuable resources, such as syngas, biochar, activated carbon and carbon nanotubes will be investigated. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

With 832 million kilogrammes of unrecycled plastic waste generated in Singapore annually, the converted energy could potentially power up to 1,000 five-room apartments for a year. Led by Associate Professor Grzegorz Lisak from NTU’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), the research project used marine litter collected from local waters in collaboration with the Ocean Purpose Project, a non-governmental organisation and social enterprise based in Singapore.

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-BottleOne partners with SIPA: getting an integral handle on PET packaging

This could be the beginning of another new chapter in the story of PET packaging. BottleOne in Atlanta, GA, thinks technology that it has developed could lead to large HDPE bottles being replaced by higher performance versions in PET with fully integral handles. SIPA is helping it, with equipment to make the special preforms and to blow the beautiful bottles. SIPA is currently developing several new unit cavity preforms.

The development of the PET bottle with an integral PET handle – which is also called BottleOne – took nearly a decade. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

It is protected by multiple patents. The initial patent has been approved in eight countries and is now pending in over 20 countries.

For decades, designers and packaging makers have been trying to figure out how to create a cost-effective, one-piece, PET bottle with a handle for mass production. After 55 years of HDPE gallon and half-gallon jugs, it’s here.

BottleOne PET bottles are made by first injection molding the special preforms which can be provided on the SIPA XFORM system, and then stretch-blowing the preforms on a SIPA SFL linear unit. Since the handles are an integral part of the preforms, no ancillary equipment is required to apply or attach the handle, although the technology incorporated into the preform heating ovens and the bottle molds is particularly sophisticated. The handle itself has a unique two-point attachment, which provides for extra strength and durability.

For bottle producers, fillers, and consumers, PET provides numerous advantages in terms of sustainability over HDPE. For example, machine output is far higher, at up to 5000 bottles per hour per cavity, so less equipment is needed. This helps bring down energy consumption by as much as 40%.

Size-for-size, a handled PET bottle is lighter than an HDPE one, even though HDPE is less dense, because PET is inherently mechanically superior and so wall thicknesses are much lower. Full PET bottles are much less likely to fracture when dropped, too. Obviously, PET bottles are much more attractive, since the material can be made crystal clear.

Independent top load strength tests have shown that BottleOne was far superior to HDPE bottles in a side-by-side evaluation of one gallon bottles. Virginia Tech has validated BottleOne to have a higher retention of riboflavin (flavor), vitamins, and dissolved oxygen (potential for longer primary shelf life).

“The extraordinary strength and durability of BottleOne containers can be leveraged to stack more, and higher,” says BottleOne. “One user went from four layers on a pallet to five layers on a pallet, and stacks of two pallets in the same space formerly used for one pallet of HDPE bottles.”  Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

Extrusion blow molding with HDPE does make it easier to incorporate handles into larger bottles, but for many years now, SIPA has been providing numerous options to incorporate grips and handles into medium-sized and large PET containers. Now, with the technology developed by BottleOne, the options have increased, and the advantages of PET are even more striking.

BottleOne bottles are 100% PET, and so making them extra-easy to recycle without contaminating the waste stream. With the SIPA equipment and the use of latest recycling technologies, it is even possible to make the bottles out of 100% post-consumer recycled PET, rPET.

BottleOne provides a royalty free license for the technology to make PET bottles with integral handles. Preforms are supplied through the BottleOne system which utilizes SIPA technology: preform tooling (the company has the second-largest tool shop in the world) and highly energy-efficient XFORM Gen 4 preform production systems.

SIPA can supply licensees (as well as producers of other types of handled containers, obviously) with packaging design and development, and best-in-class SFL EVO linear stretch-blow molding systems that can produce bottles up to 5L in volume.

BottleOne production technology holds numerous cost-saving benefits for bottle makers. The overall process is simplified, for example, since there are no separate steps for producing and inserting separate handles. Using SIPA equipment for making preforms and bottles, processors gain all the advantages derived from a one-stop shop – not just the machines and molds, but also design, development and prototyping services.

PET bottles with integral PET handles present brand owners with new ergonomics and new opportunities. BottleOne bottles have been designed so that they are very easy to pour, for example. They look great, improving the marketability of the product. And they can be used for many types of liquid: milk is probably the most obvious one, especially in the USA, where until now HDPE has been virtually the only game in town. Then there are edible oils, all sorts of juices, and then in the non-food sector the long list of possibilities includes fabric softeners, detergents, all sorts of home care products, and many more.  Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

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-Has Honeywell produced a fully recyclable blister pack?

Pharmaceutical packaging has achieved what performance materials and technologies producer Honeywell has described as ‘a new milestone’ due to technical recyclability recognition form US-based recycler TerraCycle.

TerraCycle has recognised Honeywell’s Aclar range of barrier film blisters as technically recyclable for PVC and PETG-based blisters.

Technical recyclability is the first step of a journey toward practical recyclability which may enable a second, downstream life for products that have traditionally been seen as difficult to recycle. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

Aclar film forms part of Honeywell’s Life Sciences portfolio alongside the Aclar Edge bottles, which help protect medicines by providing the moisture barrier protection needed for drug stability and preserving the efficacy of medicines.TerraCycle works alongside brands, retailers and other stakeholders to help develop recycling solutions for waste streams that are not typically curbside recyclable. This recognition provides a methodology for multi-layer materials like pharmaceutical blister packaging to be recycled.

A common challenge faced by pharmaceutical manufacturers and consumers is that traditional recycling processes can only handle less complex, monolayer structures and materials. This leads to waste from multi-layer primary pharmaceutical barrier packaging materials being often sent to landfills or incinerated, unable to be recycled within existing municipal recycle streams.

As a result, pharmaceutical manufacturers have started an aggressive journey to improve their environmental footprint at the request of their customers. They are making strong commitments to carbon neutrality, PVC-free packaging and packaging material reduction.

The process developed to reclaim material from used multi-layer Aclar film blisters could reduce the environmental footprint of manufcturers with an opportunity to reduce waste and divert materials from landfill.

It is anticipated that the reclaimed material will be used downstream for non-pharmaceutical products as current regulations do not allow for recycled material to be used for primary drug packaging. Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

Has Honeywell produced a fully recyclable blister pack?

-US nonwovens output increases in 2021

The capacity of nonwovens in North America reached 5.540 million tonnes in 2021, an increase of 1.8% over the previous year, according to the latest INDA report.

The findings are part of INDA’s ninth edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report, which, containing a range of key metrics to assist in strategic planning and investments, also shows that North American imports, in tonnage, increased 1.6% in 2021 as exports decreased 6.0%.

Based on extensive research, producer surveys and interviews with industry leaders, the report provides an overall view of North American supply, including the key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates, in addition to regional trade, through the year 2021.  Chemical-recycling – High-density-polyethylene

The 75-page report contains 36 figures and 11 tables.

“One of INDA’s key services is to provide valuable data and actionable industry information to enhance decision making in our capital-intensive industry. This report is the most complete and accurate portrayal for both rolled goods for sale and also material produced for internal consumption in North America. It also presents the industry operating rates in key areas. This is the essential metric on supply/demand balance essential for strategic planning and business investment decisions,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.

The report—and the quarterly INDA Market Pulse and monthly Price Trends Summary—are provided to the nearly 400 INDA member companies and associates as part of their membership. The data gathered for this annual report serves as the foundation for the both the biannual Global Nonwoven Market Report published in September of 2021 and the biannual North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, which will be updated and published this fall.

US nonwovens output increases in 2021

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-Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions Division

Interview with Andre Wissenberg

Q – What is the size of global market for textile machinery? What percentage share does Oerlikon have?

A. – When we as Oerlikon talk about the textile machinery market, we focus on the market we can reach with our product, engineering and service portfolio. Here we currently see an achievable market size of around €3.5 billion. This covers our market solution approach ‘From Melt to Yarn, Fibers & Nonwovens’. Our share of this market is above 35 per cent. In individual product lines, such as BCF (Bulked Continuous Filament) carpet yarn systems, we also have market shares of more than 80 per cent worldwide. In the volume-driven spinning sector, we cover greater than 40 per cent.

Q – Within the textiles and technical textile segment, which machinery is sold most? Why?

A.Since the market launch of our Oerlikon Barmag WINGS Technology for POY in 2007 and FDY in 2012, we have been one of the leading suppliers to all major international polyester spinning mills. Combined with our manual and automatic DTY machines of the eFK and eAFK series, we offer a comprehensive package as a plant solution provider including continuous polycondensation and extrusion. Our range is rounded off by automation and digital solutions. In the segments of industrial yarns and nonwovens, we are concentrating on plant solutions for airbags, seat belts, tire cord, geotextiles, filter nonwovens and their diverse applications. The reason why we are so successful in all our technology solutions is rooted in our company history of over 100 years. As a pioneer of the man-made fibre industry founded in 1922, Oerlikon Barmag was always oriented on the guiding stars of innovation and technology leadership within a global market environment. Our strong entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity have shaped us. We are proud of our entire global workforce. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

The creative utilisation of its experience and knowledge potential in close collaboration with high-performance partners, suppliers and services providers is the key to our sustained success. We focus on close cooperation with our customers, offering them market-oriented innovations and services. These are based on interdisciplinary, team-oriented development work and high-quality production procedures. In the future, we will continue to constantly question established processes and break down conventional procedures and ways of thinking, because innovation starts with creativity. Currently too, we actively promote these with our multicultural and open corporate culture.

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-PP futures in China fell by 1.4% amid a sharp decline in commodity prices

China’s polypropylene (PP) futures fell 1.4% on May 19, ICIS reported, citing data from the Dalyan Mercantile Exchange (DCE).

Thus, pp futures for September 2022, the most actively traded on DCE, on May 19 were at the level of CNY 8,493 (USD1,312) per ton, which is CNY122 per ton below the level of approval of the previous day.

According to DCE, about 2.5 million tons of polypropylene were sold on Thursday with delivery in September 2022. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

Polypropylene futures prices fell due to a drop in coal futures (a decrease of 1.3%), while more spot transactions were concluded than a day earlier.

Earlier it was reported that the Chinese company Ningbo Kingfa Advanced Materials on May 12 resumed production at the propane dehydrogenation plant in Ningbo (Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China) after carrying out planned preventive measures. Repair work at this installation with a capacity of 600 thousand tons of propylene per year was started on April 21 of this year.

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-Kuraray to increase June prices of polyester staple fiber

Kuraray announces its decision to increase the prices of polyester staple fiber, for shipments commencing June 1, 2022, said the company.

In addition to the significant increase in the cost of key raw materials and utilities resulting from a rise in crude oil prices, Kuraray’s earnings continue to experience pressure from soaring logistics and manufacturing costs, the rapid depreciation of the yen, associated with increased costs for facility maintenance and renewal, which are beyond the scope of cost absorption through the Company’s internal efforts.

Under these circumstances, Kuraray has decided to implement the price revisions set out below to improve profitability and to maintain a steady supply.

As per MRC, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced its decision to divest operations related to UV-based water treatment and ballast water treatment run by Calgon Carbon Corporation, a Group subsidiary based in the United States.

The divested operations will be transferred to De Nora Water Technologies LLC in Italy. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

As MRC informed before, Kuraray America, a subsidiary of the Kuraray Group and one of the leading international companies in the production of specialty chemicals, fibers, resins and elastomers, has resumed operations at its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in La Porte, Texas, USA. This plant with the capacity of 335,000 mt/year was shut in mid-February because of the unprecedently low temperatures in the region and restarted on 2 April, 2021.

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-The Use of Plastic Gears in Industries

In an article recently published in the open-access journal Polymers, researchers discussed the service and wear life of 3D printed polymeric gears.

Background

In recent years, additive manufacturing has surpassed traditional manufacturing methods in popularity. The most significant downside of additive manufacturing is that it takes longer to produce than traditional manufacturing methods and is not ideal for large production. With a little investment, it is feasible to make goods that have been modeled with a three-dimensional (3D) printer.

Because of their lightness, low cost, corrosion resistance, and silent operation, plastic gears are commonly employed in the electrical, culinary, and textile sectors. The strength of plastic gears printed in three-dimensional printers was investigated by researchers. The mechanical properties of gears created using the 3D printing approach have been investigated both theoretically and empirically under various working situations. Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

About the Study

In this study, the authors calculated the wear resistance of plastic spur gears made using the fused deposition modeling (FDM) method theoretically. Wear tests were performed in the Forschungsstelle für Zahnrader und Getriebebau (FZG) type test equipment at the same load and rotational speeds to assess the service life of gears. Gears were made from thermoplastic polymer materials such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), and polyethylene terephthalate (PETG).

The team determined the wear of plastic gears generated by the FDM process in 3D printers theoretically based on the number of rotations. MATLAB® was used to calculate the equation that was used to describe wear along the line of action.

The researchers evaluated the gears’ service life by repeating the tests with the same load and rotating speeds. PLA, ABS, and PETG polymeric thermoplastic materials were used, which are often utilized in the FDM process. Plastic gears were printed using a BCN 3D Sigma R19 three-dimensional printer. Wear testing was performed with the FZG closed-circuit wear test instrument to observe the wear on the gears.

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-Sustainable technologies from Andritz at Techtextil 2022

International technology group Andritz will be presenting its latest nonwovens production and textile solutions at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, from June 21 to 24 (hall 12, booth B99).

The broad Andritz product portfolio covers state-of-the-art nonwovens and textile production technologies, such as air-through bonding, airlay, needlepunch, spunlace, spunbond, wetlaid/Wetlace, converting, textile finishing, recycling, and natural fiber processing. For Techtextil, special focus lies on technologies for textile recycling, needlepunch, airlay, wetlaid glass fibres and textile calendering.

With the acquisition of Andritz Laroche SAS, the company has expanded its product portfolio to include airlay and recycling technology as well as bast fibre processing technologies.  Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

Complete recycling lines for post-consumer and industrial textile waste to produce fibres for re-spinning and/or nonwoven end-uses are one focus of this product range. Customer awareness and regulations are forcing clothing brands to recycle their textile waste in their own products. Recycled fibers can also be used in the nonwovens industry for various applications, for example in the automotive industry, for insulation, mattresses, and furniture felts.

Andritz Laroche offers a complete process range of tearing lines from 50 up to 3,000 kg/h, which can be used for almost all types of pre/post-consumer textile waste. The aim is to preserve the character of the original fibers, for example cotton, by maximizing fiber length, strength and feel.

Sustainable technologies from Andritz at Techtextil 2022

-LCA data on PureCycle PP released

PureCycle Technologies has released its first Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report including third party preliminary Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data that shows the company’s purification process for recycling polypropylene (PP) waste uses less energy and has lower carbon emissions than new plastic production.

The report also details PureCycle’s efforts to scale and optimise its recycling, harness the latest manufacturing technology systems, and leverage top tier talent to fulfil the company’s mission of transforming plastic waste into a continuously renewable resource.

Based on the design of PureCycle’s Ironton, Ohio facility, carbon emissions are expected to be 35% lower compared to new PP production and to use 79% less energy.  Polymer-Processing – Recycling-polypropylene

The plant is using the latest generation of automation technology, employing virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence to allow the company to complete projects faster, and operate with world-class performance and enhanced safety.

“As a plastic recycling technology company aiming to reduce plastic waste, partnering with leading brands to help them create sustainable consumer products and transforming the industry, it’s essential we also do our part to minimise our environmental impact and conserve resources,” said Mike Otworth, the company’s chairman and CEO. “As we continue to refine our approach, we will look for impactful, innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions and utilise less energy. This is just the beginning.”

PureCycle’s product is designed to provide an alternative to high-cost carbon credit purchasing programmes while helping brands achieve their highest sustainability goals.

LCA data on PureCycle PP released

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-EssilorLuxottica : takes a step further with nylon circularity

Each year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste make their way into the world’s oceans. As part of ‘Eyes on the Planet’, the Group’s sustainability program, EssilorLuxottica is taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint and put an end to waste following the 4Rs: “Research-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.” With a dedicated pillar called “Eyes on Circularity,” the goal is to create a circular process that makes it possible to recycle waste materials into the Group’s production cycle – in order to limit and reduce plastic waste. One example is through the use of recycled nylon.

Nylon – a brief background

Nylon is a type of plastic derived from crude oil. It is a polyamide, made from reacting carbon-based chemicals found in coal and petroleum in a high-pressure, heated environment. It is transparent, resistant to heat and chemicals, and has a low absorbency rate. Due to these properties, nylon is used widely in many industries including agriculture, construction, clothing, and food processing. A particular variation of nylon is also used in the eyewear sector for the production of plastic frames. For instance, a process called injection molding is used, where nylon is melted and injected into a mold to obtain the shape of the glasses. This is a fast process which generates a low amount of scrap (‘sprues’).

Turning waste into endless possibilities

Waste management is a crucial part of EssilorLuxottica’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. The Group uses approximately 800-900 tons of nylon a year with only a few tons of waste. Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Nonetheless, three years ago, its R&D teams in Italy began looking for solutions and into how the ‘sprues’ could be recycled. After two years of testing, they found that nylon could indeed be recycled and be reused up to seven times safely, with no compromise on quality, and an in-house process in Agordo, Italy, was launched to recycle and compound nylon plastic scraps derived from manufacturing of frames. Injection manufacturing is essentially where nylon is melted and injected into a mold to obtain the shape of the glasses and is a fast process which generates a low amount of scrap (‘sprues’).. The sprues are put into a granulator that grinds them into small pieces; then the material is transformed by a process called extrusion. During this process, the material is melted and extruded into “spaghetti ” shaped pieces, before they are finally cut into granules. The black granules which are derived can be reused and recycled several times, while maintaining their original properties. Today, at EssilorLuxottica,. In the first quarter of this year, the Company was able to recycle around six tons of nylon only in Agordo plant.

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-Poland calls for extra EU duty on Russian fossil fuels

Poland is appealing to the EU to impose additional import tariffs on Russian oil and gas, the government spokesperson has said, said Thefirstnews.

The European Union wants to mobilise around EUR 300 billion by 2030, including around EUR 72 billion in subsidies and EUR 225 billion in loans, to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

Piotr Mueller, the Polish government spokesperson, on Wednesday praised the plan but said that it was a shame it was introduced so late because Poland had for years warned against becoming dependent on Russian gas and oil.

At the same time he said that Poland is appealing “here and now” to the European Commission to introduce an additional tariff on Russian oil and gas “so that Russia does not take advantage of this armed conflict, this turmoil on the international arena in terms of fuel prices, does not divide the member states into better and worse… and does not dictate various types of discounts or higher prices.”

He added that Poland was proposing either a quick timely embargo on Russian oil, gas and coal, or “a punitive duty that would make EU entrepreneurs want to abandon Russian supplies. Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Poland calls for extra EU duty on Russian fossil fuels

EssilorLuxottica : takes a step further with nylon-circularity

Poland calls for extra EU-duty on Russian-fossil-fuels

Oerlikon-PolymerProcessing Solutions Division

PP futures in China fell by 1.4% amid a sharp decline in commodity-prices

Kuraray to increase June-prices of polyester-staple-fiber

-The Use of Plastic-Gears in Industries

Sustainable-technologies from Andritz at Techtextil-2022

LCA data on PureCycle-PP released

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Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres 24-05-2022

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres 24-05-2022

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-US’ Standard Fiber signs agreement with Weaveright Technology

Standard Fiber, US’ leading supplier to the home textile and hospitality markets, has signed an agreement with Weaveright Technology enabling the company exclusive rights to develop and distribute bath products made with the technology to the home retail and hospitality markets. Weaveright technology combines cotton loops with performance fibres.

Developed by home textile veteran, Matthew Dalton, who was challenged by QVC to reinvent the towel in 2018, Weaveright Technology is a patented weaving process that unites 100 per cent cotton loops with performance fibres in the ground of the towel.  This innovative technique enhances absorbency, accelerates drying time, and provides an additional level of durability. The fast-drying time inhibits the growth of bacteria, therefore towels made with this proprietary weaving technology are inherently anti-microbial and eco-friendly, Standard Fiber said in a media statement

“With our new weaving technology, we really do feel we met the challenge of reinventing the towel. We are excited about our partnership with Standard Fiber who lead in delivering quality and innovation in the bedding and bath category,” Dalton said. Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

“We are delighted that Weaveright has granted us the exclusive license of its truly ground-breaking technology.

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-How to Solve the Problem of Plastic Packaging

Single-use bottles, wrappers, and containers are often simply discarded—but reforms that could make them infinitely recyclable are on the horizon.

Walking down the street, or visiting the park or beach, there’s one thing you’ll almost inevitably see: pieces of plastic packaging—washed up on the sand, tangled in a hedgerow, lying in the gutter. Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

Plastics are polluting all corners of the planet, from the Arctic to the ocean depths, with as yet unknown consequences for human health. Already 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year. Without radical change, the amount of plastic waste generated worldwide could double by 2040 and, if waste infrastructure can’t keep up, the amount of plastic entering the ocean will nearly triple, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In the battle to stem the tide of plastic waste, companies and academics are developing new ways to reduce plastic packaging—the single largest source of this waste. Clever designs for alternative materials abound, including edible water containers made from algae, compostable packaging made from fungi, and water bottles constructed out of paper. “There is a lot of space for shifting plastic packaging to other materials,” says Jim Palardy, project director of Conservation Science at Pew, and a coauthor of a report that assesses ways to end plastic pollution.

But inroads made by such substitutes are not yet enough to end our enormous reliance on plastic. Plastics production has almost doubled since 2000, and is expected to grow significantly in the next 20 years, according to the International Energy Agency. And the track record of where these materials tend to end up isn’t great. Up to 2018, about 80 percent of all virgin plastics ever produced had wound up either in landfill or in the natural environment.

How to Solve the Problem of Plastic Packaging

US-Standard-Fiber signs agreement with Weaveright-Technology

-How to Solve the Problem of Plastic-Packaging

PSF-supply tightness eased: better or tougher in Jun?

-New technology enables easier recycling-of-polyester by deploying carbon-dioxide and separating-dyes-from-fibreRevolutionary-dyeing-process wins Circular-Future-Fund-prize

China’s nylon66-chipprice drops to 1.5-year lowest

-SIMA hails removal of anti-dumping duty on spandex-yarn

Modern-Syntex coming to feed into major demand for synthetic-yarns

Textile-recycling-tech startup triumphs in Circularity 22’s Accelerate competition

Plastic-Packaging – Performance-fibres

PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals 23-05-2022

Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip 24-05-2022

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-PSF supply tightness eased: better or tougher in Jun?

Direct-spun PSF supply tightened suddenly in early May due to the outbreak of the pandemic in Jiangyin, followed by quick rise of price, widened spread and fast reduction of inventory.

Later on, some PSF plants restarted successively, and by mid-May, the operating rate of direct-spun PSF improved by about 9% points from the lowest, despite still year’s low level.

Besides, the restriction on logistics in Jiangyin was also eased, and direct-spun PSF supply increased gradually. Then PSF spread got compressed and the basis also started to weaken.

Recently, direct-spun PSF mainly moved along with polyester feedstock. Polyester yarn market has not seen much improvement yet. Since the beginning of 2022, cotton yarn production has been partly shifted into polyester/cotton yarn, and polyester/cotton yarn partly into polyester yarn, but the soft end-user demand could not make the excessive polyester yarn and polyester/cotton yarn digested. As a result, the profits of polyester yarn and polyester/cotton yarn were contracted to breakeven line or even to negative side.

At present, direct-spun PSF price stays at high level and downstream spinners mostly purchased for rigid demand. In Jun, direct-spun PSF supply is expected to increase further as PSF plants in Jiangyin restart after the lockdown and Xinfengming will start up 300kt/yr direct-spun PSF unit in end-May.

However, the recovery of the demand is largely uncertain. Thus, direct-spun PSF supply is likely to recover more quickly than the demand and PSF plants are suggested to continue the proper control of run rates.

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-New technology enables easier recycling of polyester by deploying carbon dioxide and separating dyes from fibre – Revolutionary dyeing process wins Circular Future Fund prize

A ground-breaking project to develop a new polyester dyeing technology has beaten more than 240 projects in a competition to win a share of the Circular Future Fund.

The prize will allow Leeds researchers to further explore the creation of a circular economy for polyester and the ability to recycle it, as well as assessing the economic and environmental benefits of what has been dubbed the “polyester-infinity loop”.

The Circular Future Fund is an initiative run by John Lewis Partnership in partnership with environmental charity Hubbub. Each year the fund awards £1 million to pioneering projects that are working to create a circular economy – one which eliminates waste and pollution, circulates products and materials, and regenerates nature.  Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

Polyester, which is usually derived from petroleum, is the world’s most consumed textile fibre, yet recycled polyester only contributes to 15% of total production, almost all of which is made from plastic bottles.

A major barrier to recycling polyester fabric is the presence of dyes, which makes fibre-to-fibre recycling almost impossible.

Researchers at  Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), in collaboration with the Wolfson CO2 Laboratory in the School of Chemistry, are developing a solution that uses new technology to deploy carbon dioxide and separate dyes from fibre, enabling easier recycling of the polyester

Currently, recycled polyester (rPET) is not based on end-of-life-clothing, but on mechanically recycled polyester from plastic bottles. This new CO2 technology will enable fibre-to-fibre recycling, creating a truly circular process.

Richard Blackburn, Professor of Sustainable Materials in the School of Design, said: “This award from the Circular Future Fund will allow us to take a significant next step in tackling the global environmental and economic issue of polyester recycling.

“Polyester is the global clothing industry’s most consumed fibre, yet fibre-to-fibre recycling for the material is unfeasible because of the chemicals involved in the dyeing process. In order to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of recycling 90% of PET plastic by 2030, chemical recycling – and specifically fibre-to-fibre recycling – is essential.”

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-China’s nylon 66 chip price drops to 1.5-year lowest

Nylon 66 chip price has extended almost non-stop decline after 2022 Chinese Spring Festival, and the drop in April has broken previously forecasted technical resistance line 30,000yuan/mt. On April 27, 2022, the prevailing spot price index of general-plastic-grade nylon 66 polymer has fallen to 26,500yuan/mt by Apr 11, with a year-to-date decline of 10,000yuan/mt, or a downward ratio of 27.4%.

The first round of sharp decline was during late February to early March, under a mixed pressure from both demand and supply side. This time, the sudden supply glut from a trading company was the most important reason.

During Mar 10 to Apr 11, the decline in nylon 66 market slowed down, but at the same time, its peer product nylon 6 chip market was almost steady with narrow rebounds even. Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

The most recent sharp decline appeared this week (starting Apr 22 2022), as price fell by 2,000yuan/mt in just 4 trading days.

Sharp decline, nylon 66 polymer profit comparison and future trend

On demand side, downstream modified plastic plants only saw mediocre order taking; demand from high-viscosity cord fabric plants was weakening evidently in the first quarter, and burdened nylon 66 market evidently. To tell from end users’ market, under the impact of the pandemic, automobile and electronics market performance was weak, and this gave a negative feedback toward nylon 66 industrial chain as a whole.

On supply side, firstly there was a sudden supply glut as a Chinese trader imported a large number of adiponitrile and assigned Chinese nylon 66 manufacturers and sold polymer at much lower rate to the spot; worse influence was rooted in suppliers worry of an outbreak in feedstock ADN and HMDA supply, which would lead to significant increase in nylon 66 polymer. As the supply of ADN and HMDA had been almost dominated by limited import sources for all the years since the beginning of this industry in China, nylon 66 polymer production was under this restrict. Once feedstock bottleneck is lifted out, it is not difficult to see a significant rise this industry, and its price gap with nylon 6 and other chemical materials will be narrowed down substantially. Tianchen Qixiang’s startup of its HMDA plant in end-March was a solid proof to insiders’ concern.

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-SIMA hails removal of anti-dumping duty on spandex yarn

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal for removing the anti-dumping duty on elastomeric filament yarn.

The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) on Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal for removing the anti-dumping duty on elastomeric filament yarn. The usage of elastomeric filament yarn in dress materials, including denim, enhances the value addition considerably and opens up opportunities to increase exports, SIMA Chairman Ravi Sam said in a statement here. Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

The removal of duties would create a level-playing field for the Indian textile industry in the international market and also enable it to import high quality elastomeric filament yarns that are not manufactured in India at a competitive rate, Ravi Sam added. The central government led by PM Modi has brought in several historic reforms apart from taking various bold and pro-active policy initiatives to make ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ a reality and turn India into a highly competitive manufacturer on a global scale, he further said.

The government had already removed the anti-dumping duty on most man-made fibres and their raw materials, including acrylic fibres, and now the elastomeric filament yarn is also exempt, the SIMA chairman pointed out. Ravi Sam also welcomed the timely decision of reducing excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre that would greatly help the textiles and clothing industry to reduce the transport cost as different manufacturing segments in the value chain are scattered across the nation.

Stating that the textile industry has already been facing a crisis owing to the skyrocketing cotton prices, the SIMA chairman thanked the government for removing the 11 per cent import duty on cotton.

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-Modern Syntex coming to feed into major demand for synthetic yarns

Modern Syntex has stepped up with a big investment in manufacturing polyester and synthetic yarns to fit the bill for global consumers switching from cotton to manmade fabrics.

The factory, being developed on 20 acres of land in Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagar, has so far made 90% progress in its work.

It has invested $131 million to produce four types of products, such as polyester draw textured yarn (DTY), polyester fully drawn yarn (FDY), polyester staple fibre (PSF), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chips, to provide backward support to readymade garment, footwear and vehicle-making industries.

Currently, Bangladesh depends on imports of such raw materials from China, Indonesia, Korea and India etc.  Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

Company officials claimed that once the factory goes into operation in March-April 2023, it will have capacity to meet a major portion of local demand for synthetic and polyester fibres and yarns.

“We will meet 60-70% of demand with our products manufactured,” Abu Sufian Chowdhury, managing director of Modern Syntex, told The Business Standard.

Apparel entrepreneurs say Bangladesh has opportunities to enhance its stake in non-cotton apparel items in the global market.  So, they are now investing to increase their capacity of manufacturing such products.

If synthetic yarns and fabrics can be sourced locally, it will be instrumental in saving foreign exchange and extra time needed to import from foreign countries.

Modern Syntex coming to feed into major demand for synthetic yarns

-Textile recycling tech startup triumphs in Circularity 22’s Accelerate competition

On GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 22 main stage this week in Atlanta, GA, four startups from across the circular economy landscape competed for the sold-out crowd’s votes to win Accelerate, the annual fast-pitch competition. Two industry experts, Francesca Whitehead, investor at G2VP, and April Crow, vice president at Circulate Capital, also provided insights and commentary on the startups’ pitches onstage.

Ultimately, textile waste management technology company Sortile captivated the audience of investors,  circular economy professionals, government officials and thought leaders, and emerged victorious in the tight race.

Sortile: enabling a new paradigm for textile recycling

Sortile is working to build a more circular fashion industry. Roughly 92 million tons of global textile waste are created every year. And despite brand commitments on sustainability, including textile recycling promises, less than 0.5 percent of the global fiber market in 2020 was made from pre- and post-consumer recycled textiles, according to Textile Exchange.

Sortile removes some of these key barriers for textile recycling, like the difficult sorting process and lack of data. Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

“I started my professional career doing research on Latin American retailers,” Sortile’s CEO Constanza Gomez, who grew up in Chile, told GreenBiz. “I was able to have a clear view of the amount of waste that was created in the industry. It quickly became a sort of obsession to understand why textiles were not recycled.”

Textile recycling tech startup triumphs in Circularity 22's Accelerate competition

Revolutionary-dyeing-process – Nylon66-chip

PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals 23-05-2022

PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals 23-05-2022

PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins 

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-PET supply tight, prices rising

Despite record-high PET bale prices, one reprocessor says bale quality has not improved.

A bottle-to-bottle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reprocessor based in the Midwest says scrap supply remains tight, with bale prices at record highs as of the start of May. The rise in demand and pricing is partly related to recycled-content mandates in the European Union, she says.

“Currently, the European market is very tight, which is impacting any imports into the U.S. as product gets diverted to Europe, where pricing is higher than the U.S.,” the PET reclaimer says.  PET-supply-tight – Petrochemicals

Despite the record-high bale prices, she says her company has seen minimal improvements in bale yield.

Demand for recycled PET has pushed its pricing higher than that of virgin PET, the recycler says, which also is at record highs.

“PET has skyrocketed, while PE/PP (polyethylene/polypropylene) has held its own nicely,” a thermoplastic recycler based on the West Coast says.

PET supply tight, prices rising

-Bottle Grade PET resin price hits 4-year high

Recently, bolstered by hiking crude oil and tight spot supply, bulk discussion for PET spot and near-term goods has breached above intra-year high to 9000-9050yuan/mt, the first time that hiked above 9000yuan/mt since Jan 1 2018.

So far, China PET bottle chip industry run averages at 84.7% (94.3% if based on designed capacity of 11.71 million tons), which is a flat figure compared with past few years. Factory stock level averages at 10.5 days, way lower from 2020’s 19-20 days and 2021’s 14-15 days. Besides, the epidemic control and plants glitch have caused contract supply reduction, hence market players are a bit worried about the supply in Jun-Aug, which make downstream stock build even more intensive. According to CCFGroup incomplete statistics, large end-user plants restocking volume has reached 150kt in May. Some plants have already restocked part of the contract previously, but to guarantee normal delivery, they still choose to increase purchasing volume to scatter the risk.

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-PET-bottle -Petrochemicals – Polyolefins 

PET-supply tight, prices rising

Bottle-Grade-PET-resin price hits 4-year high

Ineos, Barnes-Partner to Optimize Molding of Recycled-ABS

-The contract-price-of-paraxylene-in-May increased by EUR75 per ton in Europe

Milliken prepares to launch major clarifier-plant

-Contract prices of extrusion PC-in -Europe increased by EUR60 per ton

Bio-Polyolefin-Market Set to Grow as Fast as Sugar-Cane

Canada AmmPower announces that demonstration unit produces first green-ammonia

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Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

Recycled-ABS – Bio-Polyolefin 23-05-2022

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-Ineos, Barnes Partner to Optimize Molding of Recycled ABS

Ineos collaborates with the Molding Solutions business of Barnes Group to develop optimal molding parameters for its new grades of mechanically recycled ABS.

Two new grades of mechanically recycled ABS, featuring either 50% or 70% recycled content, promise to match the properties of prime materials and are the focus of a partnership intent on optimal molding of the materials.

The grades — Terluran ECO GP-22 MR50 and MR70 — from Germany’s Ineos Styrolution are based on post-consumer waste electrical and electronic equipment and will be available in black. The materials are aligned with the company’s pledge to incorporate at least 325 kilotons a year of recycled materials into its products.

“We are convinced that our Terluran ECO is the best mechanically recycled ABS in the world,” said Yohann Bach, Product Director ABS Standard EMEA for Ineos Styrolution. “It offers identical properties to the respective native material.”

Terluran ECO materials are expected to match the mechanical properties of their respective prime Terluran grades, the company said, with no need for downcycling. They are intended to be used in the same applications as prime Terluran GP-22, including household applications and housings for electronic devices. ECO materials compare favorably in performance with prime GP-22, per the company’s data sheets. For instance, the tensile modulus of GP-22 is 2300 MPa vs. 2100 for both ECO variants.

Ineos will collaborate with Molding Solutions, a business unit within the Barnes Group, to explore how best to mold these sustainable materials.

Ineos, Barnes Partner to Optimize Molding of Recycled ABS

-The contract price of paraxylene in May increased by EUR75 per ton in Europe

MOSCOW (MRC) — The contract price of paraxylene rose by EUR75 per tonne in Europe in May compared to April, reaching a new all-time high since February 2013, ICIS reported.

Thus, the May contract price of paraxylene was agreed at EUR1,240 per tonne, FD NWE.  Recycled-ABS – Bio-Polyolefin

Demand for paraxylene in Europe should continue to grow in the near future as markets for purified terephthalic acid (TPA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) enter the peak season.

Rana was informed that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the May contract prices of paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month. Approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers. This is the fifth month in a row this year that the contract price of paraxylene remains uncoordinated.

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

Recycled-ABS - Bio-Polyolefin

-Milliken prepares to launch major clarifier plant

New S.C. plant set to boost Millad® NX® 8000 capacity by more than 50 percent

Milliken & Company will begin production at its new clarifier plant soon in Blacksburg, S.C. This significant additional capacity will address strong worldwide demand for clarified plastic products. The company, a global manufacturer with plastic additives and colorants expertise, says this new, world-class facility will increase production capacity of its market-leading Millad® NX® 8000 polypropylene clarifier by more than 50 percent.  Recycled-ABS – Bio-Polyolefin

“This represents the largest clarifier plant investment in Milliken history,” said Cindy Boiter, president of Milliken’s Chemicals Business. “Engineering is complete, and we are in the process of commissioning the plant. When we launch production in the fall, it will allow us to address both current market needs and increasing demand for these products well into the future.”

“Global demand for Millad NX 8000 clarifier has grown at an 11 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for each of the past nine years,” added Boiter. “Global clarifier demand grew by 16 percent in just the past two years,” outstripping the growth rates for global polypropylene (PP) resin. “All regions have contributed to the growth of clarified PP, with Asia leading the way.”

A number of factors are driving this demand. Milliken’s own customer research underscores the importance of being able to clearly see the products they are buying. Millad NX 8000 provides close to glass-like clarity in PP packaging, which improves customer confidence during their buying process, especially for food products. This clarity enables brand owners to replace PET, polystyrene, polycarbonate, and more with PP — shown by studies to be a more sustainable option.

The current soaring energy prices, meanwhile, have also spiked interest in any resins or additives like this one, which can help converters to save energy during processing. As a result of these certified savings, brand owners using PP clarified with Millad NX 8000 ECO can display a UL Environmental Claim Validation label on their injection molded parts.

Polypropylene is not only lightweight and durable; it also is one of the least energy-intensive polymers to make and recycle compared to other clear polymers.

Recycled-ABS - Bio-Polyolefin

-Contract prices of extrusion PC in Europe increased by EUR60 per ton

Contract prices for extrusion polycarbonate (PC) in Europe rose by EUR60 per tonne in May amid high production costs and despite demand showing signs of decline, ICIS said. Recycled-ABS – Bio-Polyolefin

Manufacturers have demanded further price increases as they argue that production costs remain high, production margins are shrinking, and the cost of raw benzene is rising.

The increase in prices occurs despite a decrease in demand due to difficulties in supply in sales markets and the reluctance of buyers to accept the current high prices of PCs.

Buyers are reducing their orders as a sharp decline in demand allows them to live off their inventory and wait one or two months to buy at a potentially lower price.

This decline is due to macroeconomic problems that hinder the European economy and reduce the costs of end consumers.

Earlier it was reported that the May contract price of benzene in Europe rose to the level of EUR1,175 per ton, which is EUR45 per ton more than in April. The price of the May contract was agreed in US dollars at USD1,232 per tonne and converted to euro at the agreed exchange rate EUR1= USD1,049.

Recycled-ABS - Bio-Polyolefin

-Bio-Polyolefin Market Set to Grow as Fast as Sugar Cane

Market leader Braskem is being joined by a multitude of new sources, as suppliers, brand owners, and nations pursue sustainability targets.

Sugar cane can grow to a height of 10 feet in 12 months. Independent research by plastic market and technology expert MLT Analytics (MLTA) indicates that usage of polyethylene and polypropylene derived from renewable resources such as sugar cane, non-edible plants, and biogenic fats and oils has the potential to grow equally fast. Recycled-ABS – Bio-Polyolefin

Bio-polyethylene market leader Braskem exported almost 150,000 tonnes of bio-PE in 2021, headed by bio-HDPE and bio-LDPDE grades, according to MLTA analysis. Further, with mass balance–based production picking up in Europe and Japan, the global bio-PE market will soon surpass 200,000 tonnes annually.

“Bio-based polyolefins are emerging as key enablers for plastics suppliers and brand owners alike to reach their sustainability goals,” notes MLTA CEO Stephen Moore. Regulatory pressure is also evident. Case in point: Japan’s Green Growth Strategy Through Achieving Carbon Neutrality in 2050 targets two million tonnes of biomass plastics in 2030. “Leading Japanese polyolefin suppliers are already gearing up to meet these targets,” says Moore. For example, “Prime Polymer shipped its first bio-PP shipment in March this year using bio-based hydrocarbons from Neste, while parent company Mitsui Chemicals is also developing its own process technology to polymerize PP from bio-isopropanol.”

While low-density PE, particularly for coating of paperboard containers, and high-density PE, mainly for packaging and bags, currently dominate the marketplace, bio-linear-low-density PE and bio-EVA are also emerging sustainable options, as is bio-PP. “A key differentiator in the market going forward will be whether these offerings are indeed 100% bio-based resins or marketed using a mass balance approach,” says Moore.

Recycled-ABS - Bio-Polyolefin

-Canada AmmPower announces that demonstration unit produces first green ammonia

Canadian firm AmmPower announced that their independent ammonia making machine (IAMM) demonstration unit, which is capable of 50 kg/day of green ammonia production, is now operational and made its first ammonia on 16 May.

The company said the technology used in this demonstration unit will be scaled up for use in their 4 tonne/day IAMM unit, which is also being designed in-house.

The target market for the full-scale units will be the independent distributors and retailers of anhydrous ammonia used for fertilizer with Q1 of 2023 the target date for first deliveries. Recycled-ABS – Bio-Polyolefin

Previously the company said while pricing has not been finalised it is expected to cost between $3m-3.5m per unit.

AmmPower said their production team have begun patent submissions around the IAMM process of green ammonia production as they designed the novel ammonia synthesis reactor and performed months of catalyst research.

The goal was to develop the techniques used to create scalable, safe, and economically viable green ammonia solutions, which the company said is applicable for farming, fuel, and the cracking of hydrogen for a variety of purposes.

“The IAMM unit is something that has been missing in the agricultural world. Allowing for ammonia production, on location, providing fertilizer for dealers and growers, is something that has rarely been seen before in modern farming history,” said Eric Kelley, AmmPower Head of Agriculture.

Canada AmmPower announces that demonstration unit produces first green ammonia

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PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality 21-05-2022

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-Major North-East Asian manufacturer reduces PVC prices for shipments to China

A major North-East Asian producer has reduced its offerings for June shipments of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to China by USD130 per tonne, ICIS reported.

Price offers for June cargo are USD1,210 per ton, CFR China.

On a franco-to-board (FOB) basis in Northeast Asia, offers range from USD1,170 to USD1,190 per tonne depending on destinations.

There is no discount for June shipments.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, in China, after the May holidays, there is a further subsidence in the prices of acetylene PVC. Against this background, producers proportionally adjust their export prices. The situation with shipments has improved in the last couple of months, some manufacturers promise shipments within 15 days from the date of payment. The number of sellers ready to ship resin to Russia has also increased. PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality

According to the ScanPlast review of MRC, in February the final production rate of unmixed PVC exceeded 82.6 thousand tons against 87.1 thousand tons a month earlier, all Russian producers maintained a high level of capacity utilization.

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-Reliance Industries plans to build an EDX and PVC production facility in the UAE

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd (TA’ZIZ) have signed an official shareholder agreement to build the production of ethylenedichloride (EDX) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the company said in a statement.

The TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC joint venture will build and operate a caustic, chlorine, EDX and PVC production facility with a total investment of more than USD2 billion (AED 7.34 billion). PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality

These chemicals will be produced in the UAE for the first time.

Reliance is a strategic partner of abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, at TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC in the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais.

Reliance Industries plans to build an EDX and PVC production facility in the UAE

-Major North-East-Asian-manufacturer reduces PVC-prices for shipments to China

Reliance-Industries plans to build an EDX and PVC production facility in the UAE

PureCycle says its process geared to save-energy

-What does the European-Commission Circular-Economy Action Plan mean for the packaging-sector?

-A New Enzyme-Found in Compost Just Set a Speed-Record For Breaking-Down-Plastic

FRX-PolymersNofia Named ‘SAFER Flame-Retardant by ChemForward

-Strategic partnership between Worley and Avantium progresses

Trützschler sets ambitious targets for climate-neutrality

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Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

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-PureCycle says its process geared to save energy

Plastic chemical recycling firm issues ESG report saying its polypropylene production also produces low carbon emissions.

PureCycle Technologies Inc., Orlando, Florida, has released an environment, social and governance (ESG) report that includes life cycle assessment (LCA) data it says shows the company’s purification process for recycling polypropylene (No. 5 plastic) scrap “uses less energy and has lower carbon emissions than new plastic production.”

PureCycle says its 2021 ESG report “spotlights PureCycle’s effort to scale and optimize its unique No. 5 plastic recycling [process], harness the latest manufacturing technology systems and leverage top-tier talent to fulfill the company’s mission of transforming plastic [scrap] into a continuously renewable resource.”

The company says highlights of its report include that, based on the design of PureCycle’s Ironton, Ohio, facility, carbon emissions from creating recycled-content polypropylene (PP) are expected to be 35 percent lower compared with producing new PP.  Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

As well, the company says, the PureCycle process is expected to use 79 percent less energy than new PP production. PureCycle also says it “is positioning itself to connect brands with high-quality, sustainable plastic to deliver on their promises to reduce new plastic production and to answer consumer demands for real sustainability.”

Mike Otworth, chair and CEO of PureCycle, says, “As a plastic recycling technology company aiming to reduce plastic waste, partnering with leading brands to help them create sustainable consumer products, and transforming the industry, it’s essential we also do our part to minimize our environmental impact and conserve resources.

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-What does the European Commission Circular Economy Action Plan mean for the packaging sector?

In a stark warning to the packaging industry, experts are predicting that the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan could lead to unprecedented disruption in the sector. Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of Circuthon Consulting, tells us more – and discusses how businesses can get ahead of the curve.

Published on 30th March 2022, when many of us in Europe had bigger issues on our minds, The Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 2.0 is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

It is “designed to strengthen the economy, protect the environment and eliminate waste. It recognizes the importance of permanent materials, as well as the need to increase high-quality recycling and move away from landfilling waste. Above all else, The Green Deal aims to enhance circularity in all industrial value chains.

Whilst the specifics for the plastics and packaging sector are no doubt the main points of industry discussion and will affect brand and pack suppliers directly, the overarching philosophy and success metrics regarding manufacture overall are vitally important for us all to understand.

Circular-Economy - FRX Polymers

-A New Enzyme Found in Compost Just Set a Speed Record For Breaking Down Plastic

A plastic container thrown into landfill can take hundreds of years to break down naturally, but a newly discovered enzyme could eat up the waste in less than a day.

The highly efficient polyester hydrolase, known as PHL7, was recently found in a German cemetery munching through compost.

In the lab, researchers found it was able to decompose polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by 90 percent within 16 hours. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

PHL7 isn’t the first natural ‘plastic eater’ discovered by scientists, but it is the fastest.

In 2016, a PET-guzzling enzyme, called LLC, was found at a recycling plant in Japan. In the years since, it’s been heralded as a gold-standard plastic chomper. But the newly found PHL7 is two times faster at the job.

Since 2016, the LLC enzyme has been tweaked by scientists to create an even more voracious mutant than is natural, yet even this synthetic creation has a thing or two to learn from PHL7.

“The enzyme discovered in Leipzig can make an important contribution to establishing alternative energy-saving plastic recycling processes,” says microbiologist Wolfgang Zimmermann from Leipzig University in Germany.

“The biocatalyst now developed in Leipzig has been shown to be highly effective in the rapid decomposition of used PET food packaging and is suitable for use in an environmentally friendly recycling process in which new plastic can be produced from the decomposition products.”

Unfortunately, neither PHL7 nor LCC can fully degrade PET plastics with higher crystallinity (more organized molecular structure), such as the ones used in some bottles. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

Circular-Economy - FRX Polymers

-FRX Polymers’ Nofia Named ‘SAFER’ Flame Retardant by ChemForward

FRX Polymers successfully completed a rigorous third-party assessment and verification process that takes into account human and environmental safety.

ChemForward, a Washington, DC–based nonprofit that provides broad access and transparency to chemical hazard data, has named FRX Polymers’ Nofia a Verified SAFER Flame Retardant Solution. FRX Polymers earned ChemForward’s SAFER designation for its Nofia-branded flame-retardant product by successfully completing a rigorous third-party assessment and verification process that considers both human and environmental safety, said FRX in the announcement.

The designation further strengthens FRX Polymers’ position as the globally recognized leader in environmentally sustainable polymeric, non-halogenated flame retardants for a range of consumer and industrial products and applications, including electronics, said Marc Lebel, President and CEO of FRX Polymers. “It also answers the question, ‘What will be the alternative if I instruct suppliers not to use a certain flame retardant, or a class of flame retardants?’  Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

“The SAFER designation provides a simple, transparent answer to this question, based on hazard information produced by methodologies recognized by regulatory bodies around the world,” explained Lebel. “This is the surest way to avoid the risk of regrettable substitution.”

Toxicology experts working with the SAFER program assess a supplier’s trade name ingredient against human and environmental impacts. To be designated as SAFER, all chemicals present at or above 100 ppm have been disclosed and assessed by a qualified toxicology firm against ChemForward’s hazard methodology. All chemicals subject to disclosure are well characterized and do not present high hazards, said FRX.

ChemForward is an independent project of the Healthy Building Network, a 501c3 based in Washington, DC. The project began as an internal initiative of the C2C Products Innovation Institute to lower cost and bolster quality assurance for material health assessments in the certification program, writes the nonprofit on its website. In 2017, it initiated a user-centered design process to solve this business requirement for the institute.

Circular-Economy - FRX Polymers

-Strategic partnership between Worley and Avantium progresses

Worley has announced that its strategic partnership with Avantium Renewable Polymers is now progressing to the next phase. Worley previously announced the partnership on 29 January 2021, said Hydrocarbonengineering.

Following the recent positive final investment decision (FID), Worley and Avantium have signed a technology cooperation agreement and Worley will now deliver engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to develop the Avantium flagship facility in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

The facility will be a world-first commercial scale renewable plastics facility producing up to 5000 kilo tpy plant-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). FDCA is a key building block for many chemicals and plastics, such as polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a fully recyclable plastic. This facility will be the commercial proof for future larger scale projects.

Worley’s EPC services will be executed by the company’s offices in the Netherlands and Belgium, with support from Worley’s Global Integrated Delivery (GID) team in India.

“We are excited to strengthen our strategic partnership with Avantium, a leader in advancing the circular economy. This partnership supports Worley’s Ambition focusing on sustainability and delivering a more sustainable world,” said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley.

Strategic partnership between Worley and Avantium progresses

-Trützschler sets ambitious targets for climate neutrality

Nonwovens technology manufacturer Trützschler has outlined a range of ambitious targets for improving its overall environmental performance and achieving climate neutrality.

Based in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Trützschler has been operating for more than 130 years and is divided into four business units: Spinning, Nonwovens, Man-Made Fibers, and Card Clothing. The company’s machines, installations and accessories are produced and developed in ten locations worldwide, which includes four factories in Germany (Dülmen, Egelsbach, Mönchengladbach, Neubulach), as well as sites in China (Jiaxing and Shanghai), India (Ahmedabad), the USA (Charlotte), Brazil (Curitiba) and Switzerland (Winterthur). Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

Supplying resource-efficient technologies for customers worldwide, Trützschler says that as a family-owned company, it has always placed a strong focus on ensuring sustainability for future generations. “Today, that focus is sharper than ever – because our planet’s precious climate is changing,” the company says, adding that it is taking decisive action to further minimize its environmental impact and maximize its contribution to sustainability with a focus on three specific targets for cutting emissions.

The three specific targets are: a reduction of CO2 emissions by 50% at its headquarters in Mönchengladbach, Germany, by 2025; Climate-neutrality at all Trützschler locations in Germany by 2030; and Climate-neutrality at all Trützschler locations worldwide by 2035. Climate neutrality refers to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while also offsetting any remaining emissions by supporting activities that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Trützschler is targeting Scope 1 emissions (e.g. direct emissions from burning fossil fuels) and Scope 2 emissions (e.g. indirect emissions from purchased electricity), as well as selected Scope 3 emissions (e.g. from business-related travel).

By pursuing these ambitious targets, the company says it will transform its business. With the plan already in action, global teams are now stepping up efforts to accelerate innovative energy management approaches including a shift to renewable power and more sustainable logistics processes.

Trützschler

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Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop 20-05-2022

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-Stronger U.S. dollar contributes to higher crude oil prices in international markets

The price of Brent crude oil, the world benchmark, has increased in 2022, partly as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In addition, a strong U.S. dollar means that countries that use currencies other than the U.S. dollar pay more as crude oil prices increase, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Since June 1, 2021, the Brent crude oil price has increased by 59% in U.S. dollars and by 86% in euros. The U.S. dollar index measures the value of the U.S. dollar against six currencies: the euro, yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swiss franc, and Swedish krona. When the U.S. dollar index increases, it means the U.S. dollar is gaining value against those currencies. Conversely, it also means those other currencies are losing value against the U.S. dollar.

Crude oil is generally priced in U.S. dollars, so purchases in other currencies are not only affected by the dollar price of crude oil but also by the exchange rate to the dollar. The price of crude oil and the value of the dollar generally move in opposite directions so these factors offset each other. Recently, however, the price of Brent crude oil and the value of the U.S. dollar have both increased.

Recent increases in short-term U.S. treasury yields may be contributing to higher demand for U.S. government bonds, which increases demand for U.S. dollars and, therefore, the value of the U.S. dollar against other currencies.

The value of the U.S. dollar also increases when it is considered a safer investment compared with other currencies. Recent global events, including Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and concerns caused by COVID-19 mobility restrictions in China, may also be increasing demand for the U.S. dollar. Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

As per MRC, Oil prices were mixed on Monday as investor fears of a global recession spurred by lockdowns in China and weak economic data vied with signs the European Union was stepping closer to an import ban on Russian crude.

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-TotalEnergies Commits to Buying Recycled Feedstock from New Hope Energy

The two companies have signed a commercial agreement. Terms include New Hope Energy building an advanced recycling plant in Texas and TotalEnergies converting part of the recycled feedstock into virgin-quality resin.

TotalEnergies announced today that it has signed a commercial agreement with New Hope Energy by which New Hope Energy will build an advanced recycling plant in Texas and TotalEnergies will purchase part of the recycled feedstock and convert it into virgin-quality polymers. The material made from end-of-life plastic waste can be used to manufacture food-grade packaging.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

The plant is expected to start production in 2025. New Hope Energy will use a patented pyrolysis technology that was developed in partnership with Lummus Technology to process and convert more than 310,000 tons per year of mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. TotalEnergies said it will use 100,000 tons of the Recycled Polymer Feedstock (RPF) in its Texas-based production units to manufacture high-quality polymers suitable for food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging.

New Hope Energy said its first plant has been successfully operating in Tyler, TX, since 2018. An expansion currently underway will make it the largest pyrolysis facility in the world, according to the chemical recycling company.

“We are pleased to partner with New Hope Energy, which offers a promising technology and the ability to scale. This new project is another concrete and significant step TotalEnergies is taking to address the challenge of plastic recycling and meet our goal of producing 30% circular polymers by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers, at TotalEnergies.

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-Can PP rise in the near future?

Recently, the international crude oil price breaks through the high level of $110/ barrel again, as if returning to March. On May 17, the Jun futures contract of WTI has closed at $112.40/ barrel, and the Jul futures contract of Brent has closed at $111.93/ barrel; on the other hand, PP, However, the glory of March has long been lost. In East China, mainstream traders offer for homo PP raffia at 8,600-8,680yuan/mt, a decline of nearly 200-250yuan/mt compared with late March.

It is not difficult to find that in this round of market, the impact of crude oil prices on the PP market is not as effective as it was in Mar. Obviously, when high costs become the norm, market participator’s attention to costs has also weakened, but the impact of demand has gradually increased.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

At present, PP spot market is in a stalemate, which is also because the downstream demand is lower than expected.

At present, the cost of each production process of PP is higher than the spot price of homo PP raffia, and the real-time cash flow reproduces a comprehensive loss phenomenon, among which the loss of oil-based PP is the most obvious. It has to be said that since 2021, the support from cost-side of PP is always strong, which is good for the spot price, and at least it is unlikely to have a significant plunge.

In May, there are still many PP plants shut for maintenance in China. According to statistics from CCFGroup, as of May 17, the output lost by PP due to plant turnaround in May is about 418,000 tons. In addition, the output lost due to the reduction of some plants, the total loss is expected to reach about 560,000 tons. On the other hand, the current price spread between RMB market and PP CFR China market is large, and the export arbitrage window is open, which can also alleviate a certain supply pressure in China. Moreover, there is no news that new plants will be put into operation in May, so the supply situation in May is also bullish for the market.

Spandex-price - rPET-packaging-loop

-Spandex price slumps and may extend lower

Price of spandex kept falling after the May Day holiday with ongoing soft demand and collapsing PTMEG price, with mainstream price of 40D down to below 50,000yuan/mt and even lower at 45,000yuan/mt. By May 13, price of spandex 40D was at 48,000yuan/mt, hitting the lowest level since late-Feb, 2021.

Price: moved down and the price gap shrank

Supply of spandex remained high but has decreased. The operating rate of spandex plants fell to 80-90% and may reduce further in later period. New units are still active in starting production, while some slightly delay launching with selling pressure. Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

However, most downstream fabric mills purchased spandex on a need-to-basis. Traders purchased under large orders and bargained for lower price. Suppliers of spandex were active sellers under burden. Stocks of spandex accumulated to 41 days. With fierce competition, price of spandex headed south.

According to the data from CCFGroup, supply of spandex was in glut in 2018-2019, with yearly disparity of 20D and 40D at 5,640yuan/mt and 5,820yuan/mt respectively. The price gap between 20D and 40D has dropped by 9,000yuan/mt to current 16,000yuan/mt from the highest 25,000yuan/mt in Aug 2021, while sustained high. The price gulf between 10D-30D and 40D is estimated to shrink further later.

Spandex-price - rPET-packaging-loop

-Polyester filament yarn pressed by upstream and downstream markets again

By mid-May, the logistics in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian and Guangdong has been basically recovered to the level in late-Mar. Among production bases of PFY and downstream products, only factories in Jiangyin, Jiangsu was under strict regulation amid the pandemic.

Transportation has improved while PFY market was pressed by upstream and downstream market.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

The comprehensive polymer raw material cost ascended with consolidating oil price, firmly upward naphtha-PX-PTA chain and rising MEG price due to restoring fundamentals. The root was global energy supply issue resulted from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Therefore, the support from cost side was obvious.

Prices of PFY sped up to rise in May stimulated by increasing raw material market and to reduce losses. Taking conventional flat POY150/288 as an example, discounted price was at 7,500yuan/mt in end-Apr and it moved up to 8,600yuan/mt by May 16, with increment at 1,100yuan/mt. Prices of other POY also increased by around 1,000yuan/mt, while those of FDY was less at 500-600yuan/mt and those of DTY were the lowest as it was more close to the terminal market. Price of conventional grey fabrics was hard to climb up and some plants even cut price for promotion.

With quickly rallying price, the profit of PFY apparently improved. As a result, the stocks obviously appreciated and the cash flow losses dropped. The losses of conventional POY narrowed to current 300yuan/mt from 700yuan/mt in end-Apr and those of FDY reduced to 500yuan/mt from 700yuan/mt in end-Apr.

Polyester filament yarn pressed by upstream and downstream markets again

-Starlinger visotec: Gold sustainability award for rPET packaging loop

Starlinger & Co Gesellschaft m.b.H. Vienna, Austria

The WorldStar Packaging Awards ceremony took place in Milan at the beginning of May. Out of 440 entries from 37 countries, the “rPET School Milk Cup Project” from Upper Austria won the Sustainability Award in GOLD as the world’s most sustainable packaging solution – beating out packaging made of cardboard, glass, aluminium and paper.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

What many define as a goal for the future is already a reality in Upper Austria: environmentally friendly packaging made from recycled material that is recycled back into high-quality packaging for food. The flagship project proves that a circular economy is possible in the plastics and packaging industry and has already received many national and international awards. “The fact that the World Packaging Organization has awarded the golden sustainability award to our recyclable and recycled plastic packaging, among all products, makes us very proud,” says Markus Fellinger, General Manager of Starlinger viscotec. “We have to achieve high recycling rates, such as those already established for beverage bottles, also for other food packaging such as yogurt pots and trays. Packaging made from recycled PET is sustainable because this material can be recycled virtually infinitely and to a high quality.” Ideal recyclability of the packaging is therefore the first prerequisite for a closed packaging recycling loop.

-Starlinger visotec: Gold sustainability award for rPET packaging loop

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Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

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-Amcor launches PowerPost technology

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing the creation and launch of PowerPost. By actively displacing the vacuum in the container after filling, PowerPost technology delivers a bottle nearly one-third lighter, with 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20 oz (600 ml) bottles available today. It also allows for up to 100% recycled material use and is claimed to provide a good consumer experience – no more spills from overflow when consumers first open their beverage.

PowerPost is an advanced lightweighting technology for hot-fill beverages on the market today. PowerPost builds on Amcor’s patented, vacuum-absorbing technology PowerStrap. The PowerPost base has two key technologies: an invertible, central post that actively displaces vacuum, and PowerStrap, the flexible ring surrounding the post. After filling, the post is inverted to actively displace vacuum inside the container and, as the product cools down, the surrounding ring flexes to passively absorb any remaining vacuum.

By eliminating the vacuum panels, PowerPost offers increased design freedom, premium appearance and consumer appeal, while addressing sustainability goals. Eliminating the panels in the body also drives operational improvements at the fillers. Bottle labels are applied more efficiently.

“Our engineers have developed technology that pushes the boundaries of lightweighting in the hot-fill arena to help our customers meet their cost and sustainability needs,” said Terry Patcheak, vice president of R&D, sustainability and project management at ARP. “This next-generation innovation will improve the consumer experience while addressing widespread commitments to reduce material use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.” Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

Recycled-material - Polyester-filament-yarn

-Industry reacts to passage of Colorado packaging EPR bill

While many industry leaders praised the recent passage of a Colorado bill establishing extended producer responsibility for printed paper and packaging, others are calling for Gov. Jared Polis to veto it.

Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of American Beverage (formerly called the American Beverage Association), said in a press release the legislation “is a model for creating a circular economy for recyclables, and we encourage Gov. Polis to sign this legislation into law.”

“Our 100% recyclable bottles and cans are made to be remade, and one of our industry’s highest priorities is getting them back,” she said, adding that the bill will help reach that goal.  Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

However, in a statement issued immediately after passage, the American Forest & Paper Association urged Polis to veto the legislation.

“An EPR scheme is not the right policy approach for sustainable paper products,” said Terry Webber, AF&PA’s vice president of industry affairs. “Colorado should instead focus on addressing underfunded and underdeveloped recycling programs.”

The state Senate on May 11 voted 21-14 to approve House Bill 22-1355, which passed the state House of Representatives on May 2. Polis has 30 days to sign the bill into law. The bill became a flashpoint in a wider industry conversation about the pros and cons of the funding concept.

HB22-1355 mandates that companies that sell consumer-facing packaging and some printed paper join a producer responsibility organization (PRO) or submit an individual plan, with exceptions for smaller business and highly regulated packaging, such as medicines. The PRO would then, through dues, fund and manage a statewide recycling system.

The PRO may then use up to 5% of the dues it collects for administration, but cannot use any dues for employee bonuses. Every three years, starting in 2028, the state will also conduct a review of consumer-cost impacts resulting from the program.

Before the plan goes into effect, the PRO must hire an independent third party to do a needs assessment of the state’s current recycling services and what is needed to expand access and improve rates. That must be finished by 2024, according to the bill.

Industry reacts to passage of Colorado packaging EPR bill

Amcor launches PowerPost-technology

-Industry reacts to passage of Colorado-packaging EPR-bill

-Stronger U.S-dollar contributes to higher crude-oil-prices in international markets

TotalEnergies Commits to Buying Recycled-Feedstock from New-Hope-Energy

-Can PP-rise in the near future?

Spandex-price slumps and may extend lower

Polyester-filament-yarn pressed by upstream and downstream markets again

Starlinger-visotec: Gold sustainability award for rPET-packaging-loop

Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price 19-05-2022

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price 19-05-2022

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-bp and Linde to develop large-scale CCS

bp and Linde announced plans to advance a major carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Texas that will enable low carbon hydrogen production at Linde’s existing facilities, said the company.

The development will also support the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from other industrial facilities – paving the way for large-scale decarbonization of the Texas Gulf Coast industrial corridor.

Upon completion, the project will capture and store CO2 from Linde’s hydrogen production facilities in the greater Houston area – and potentially from its other Texas facilities – to produce low carbon hydrogen for the region. The low carbon hydrogen will be sold to customers along Linde’s hydrogen pipeline network under long-term contracts to enable production of low carbon chemicals and fuels.

As part of the project, bp will appraise, develop and permit the geological storage sites for permanent sequestration of the CO2. bp’s trading & shipping business aims to bring custom low carbon solutions to the project, including renewable power and certified natural gas, along with commodity trading and price risk management expertise.

Linde will use its proprietary technology and operational expertise to capture and compress the CO2 from its hydrogen production facilities for the project. Together with its extensive infrastructure of hydrogen production facilities and its storage cavern connected through its pipeline network across the Texas Gulf Coast, this project will enable Linde to supply cost-effective, reliable low carbon hydrogen and, together with bp, provide carbon capture and storage solutions.

The overall development, expected to be operational as early as 2026, will also enable capture and storage of CO2 from other large industrial facilities in the region and could ultimately store up to 15 million metric tons per year across multiple onshore geologic storage sites – the equivalent of taking approximately 3 million cars off the road each year. Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

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-Spot Price for PE Resin Drops Slightly

The penny decline does not necessarily mean price relief is on the way, since producers continue to push for contract price increases for May and June.

Spot resin trading picked up substantially last week following a lackluster start to the month. The market lull initially continued through May 10, and the loss of upward pricing momentum coupled with softer monomer costs dragged down polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices a cent at the PlasticsExchange trading desk. It was the first weekly decline the Chicago-based resin clearinghouse has seen in its marketplace since December 2021. Delayed railcars then spurred aggressive buying from both resellers and processors, who scooped up some 60 truckloads of packaged resin to cover immediate needs. Undeterred by their inability to secure the $0.06 to 0.07/lb increase in April, PE producers remained steadfast in their intent to implement the increase in May while also pushing back their next $0.06 to 0.07/lb increase until June, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.

Considering the flat April settlement, PE contracts are up $0.04/lb so far in 2022. PP producers also are poised to give their $0.06/lb margin-enhancing increase another shot in May. A nomination to increase June contracts has emerged, as well. April PP contracts followed PGP monomer down a cent in April, leaving PP contracts up a net $0.12/lb so far in 2022.

No price relief in sight for energy and transportation

PE activity and completed volumes ramped back up as the week wore on, though pricing did not recoup the penny lost on May 9. The small spot price drop in PE does not necessarily mean price relief is on the way, since producers continue to push for contract price increases for May and June, as high energy and transportation costs persist. While off-grade railcars still flowed, prime domestic railcar offerings were again limited and producers were generally asking for the full $0.06/lb increase. Linear-low-density (LLD) PE and low-density (LD) PE Film grades dominated as the biggest movers, with solid demand seen from both US and Mexican buyers, reports the PlasticsExchange. Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

Several large groups of high-density (HD) PE for Injection also sold into export with some Blow Mold sales sprinkled in. Initial April estimates indicate that PE production was trimmed to about 87% of capacity, but the 230 million fewer pounds made were mostly offset by lower sales. While exports in April still generated about 35% of total PE sales and ran about 9% more than the trailing 12-month average, they were well off the near-record shipments seen in March.

Spot Price for PE Resin Drops Slightly

bp and Linde to develop large-scale CCS

-Spot Price-for-PE-Resin Drops Slightly

Chemours Leads Remove2Reclaim Project to Advance Plastic-Circularity

-The Coca-Cola Co. is counting on consumers to boost limited supply of recycled-food-grade-plastics, reduce single-use-packaging – but, will they come through?

Sabic Launches Upcycled-PBT Made with Ocean-Bound-Plastic-Waste

Coca-Cola will attach-caps-to-bottles to boost recycling

Perstorp to be acquired by Malaysian-market player

Thailand Q1 GDP growth accelerates to 2.2% as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP 18-05-2022

Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity 19-05-2022

Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

-Chemours Leads Remove2Reclaim Project to Advance Plastic Circularity

The Chemours Company (“Chemours”), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, announced its participation leading a three-year recycling research project in collaboration with industry, academic, and government experts to develop an efficient, cost-effective, and more sustainable process for recovering titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) and polymers from plastic end-use products. The initiative, dubbed Remove2Reclaim, has the potential to drive significant environmental benefits, eliminating waste and reducing the amount of energy used in manufacturing, by enabling circularity across a much wider range of applications.

Current commercial scale recycling technologies do not allow polymers and additives to be effectively removed and separated, limiting the potential applications and overall quality of products made with recycled plastic. Remove2Reclaim is designed to change that. The project goal is to develop commercial-scale detection and extraction technologies that enable the removal and recovery of TiO 2 and polymers for reuse. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

“Through the Remove2Reclaim initiative, we hope to help crack the code on effective plastic recycling, achieving a new level of circularity for the industry,” said Steven De Backer, EMEA Technical Marketing Manager at Chemours. “This initiative has the potential to reclaim thousands of tons of TiO 2 from different end-of-life streams, reducing raw material demands, and creating a new TiO 2 supply stream for our customers. We’re honored to lead this project in collaboration with a team of experts from across the value chain to pursue a common goal that benefits our shared planet.”

In the project’s first year, research partners have developed a sorting mechanism to effectively identify plastic wastes that contain TiO 2 and determined innovative solvent-based extraction routes to remove TiO 2 from different polymer matrices. Other project milestones include developing methods and equipment to detect TiO 2 in specific polymer matrices, recovering TiO 2 from the polymer by dissolution route, and eventually reusing the TiO 2 and polymer in new products.

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-The Coca-Cola Co. is counting on consumers to boost limited supply of recycled food-grade plastics, reduce single-use packaging – but, will they come through?

Even though 59% of Americans have access to curbside recycling, only 27% of plastic bottles are currently recycled – a grim statistic that is not only bad for the environment but also bad for CPG businesses, like The Coca-Cola Co., that are striving to incorporate more recycled material in their packaging.

With an ambitious goal to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030, The Coca-Cola Co. is confronting the limited availability of food-grade recycled plastics, which the Independent Commodity Intelligence Services’ Mechanical Recycling Supply Tracker estimated late last year at about only 10% of the global annual capacity of recycled polymers of more than 45 million metric tons. Of this, the vast majority (82%) was recycled polyethlene terephthalate which is used, among other ways, to create clear bottles, 12% was recycled polyethylene and 6% recycled polypropylene. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Competing for tight supplies with other major CPG food and beverage companies that have made similar high-profile commitments to use more recycled plastics in their packaging, The Coca-Cola Company is pacing its roll out of packages made from recycled resins while simultaneously working to increase limited supplies.

“We have a few really laser focused goals on driving the circular economy, including a goal to put up to 50% recycled material in our packaging and a goal to collect a bottle or can for every one that we sell,” creating a virtuous circle of demand and supply for food-grade recycled plastics, said Christine Yeager, director, sustainability at The Coca-Cola Co. North America, told FoodNavigator-USA.

In pursuing these goals, which are included in The Coca-Cola Co.’s World Without Waste initiative, she explained, the company has launched several packages in the US made from 100% recycled PET, including as of last year 13.2 ounce bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, and Coca-Cola flavors in California, Florida and select states in the Northeast. Also in the New York and California markets it has launched 20-ounce bottles for select brands, including Coke, Diet Coke and Dasani, with another brand launching nationwide this summer.

“So, we’re continuing to build more and more recycled material into our portfolio, but some of the challenges are the availability of food grade quality material,” which requires more material to be collected and recycled, Yeager said.

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-Sabic Launches Upcycled PBT Made with Ocean-Bound Plastic Waste

Automotive seating, fan housings, and electrical connectors and enclosures are among the applications.

Sabic has debuted a polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) engineering plastic that uses ocean-bound polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles as a feed stream for chemical upcycling into resin. Ocean-bound plastic is mismanaged waste that originates within 30 miles (50 km) off the coast and is likely to end up in the ocean.

The new grade — LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ — is the latest addition to Sabic’s portfolio of chemically upcycled LNP Elcrin iQ materials, which help support circularity while serving as potential drop-in replacements for virgin PBT resins. LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ resin is a candidate for consumer electronics applications such as fan housings in computers and automotive seating, as well as electrical connectors and enclosures. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Materials portfolio helps customers achieve sustainability goals

“We’re continually expanding our LNP Elcrin iQ portfolio – and the PET waste streams used to produce these materials – to help divert more plastic from the oceans while helping our customers incorporate recycled materials in their products, achieve their carbon neutrality goals, and meet consumer demand for greater sustainability,” said Sanjay Mishra, GM Technology & Footprint, Specialties, Sabic. “Within the next decade, we anticipate upcycling 10 billion plastic bottles into higher-performing, durable materials that deliver enhanced value to customers. Sabic is committed to working with the plastics supply chain to find new solutions to address urgent environmental issues, such as reducing ocean-bound plastic waste and achieving net zero carbon emissions.”

The new LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ grade, a glass-fiber-reinforced PBT material, features non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame retardancy meeting the UL94 V0 standard at 0.8 mm and F1 rating. It also delivers heat resistance, toughness, and stiffness, and high flow well-suited for molding thin-wall applications for outdoor environments such as electrical equipment enclosures.

Drop-in replacement for virgin PBT

All LNP Elcrin iQ materials can serve as possible drop-in replacements for conventional PBT to help manufacturers increase the sustainability of end products. Sabic’s proprietary upcycling technology, which involves the repolymerization of ocean-bound PET into PBT, delivers virgin-like performance properties.

This process surpasses mechanical recycling in quality and consistency, according to the company. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

“According to an internal life cycle analysis conducted in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 protocols, LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ compound can offer potential reductions of up to 14% in the carbon footprint and up to 25% in cumulative energy demand, when compared to the virgin PBT compound reinforced with glass fiber,” said Darpan Parikh, Americas Customer Fulfillment Leader, Specialties, Sabic. “By replacing virgin material with our resins, customers can help reduce environmental impacts by reusing plastic waste and eliminating halogenated additives.”

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-Coca-Cola will attach caps to bottles to boost recycling

Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced it is introducing attached caps to its plastic bottles to make the recycling of them easier.

The company said that production of bottles with attached caps will begin today (17 May) at its site in East Kilbride, Scotland. This will be followed by its facility in Edmonton, North London, and the rest of its of its UK sites over the next 18 months.

The move is set to cover the entire portfolio of brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite and others. It is planned to begin in Scotland this month and roll out across Great Britain, with new caps attached to 1.5l bottles of Fanta, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

The switch is set to be completed for all plastic bottles across Coca-Cola GB’s range of brands by early 2024.

Recycling

Last year the company announced that it had reached its target of using 100% recycled plastic – excluding caps and labels – in all its 500ml or smaller bottles sold in Great Britain ahead of the plastics packaging tax taking effect.

The company joined a string of others in doing so, which has played a part in demand and prices for recycled plastic soaring in recent months.

Stephen Moorhouse, general manager at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Great Britain said: “This is a small change that we hope will have a big impact, ensuring that when consumers recycle our bottles, no cap gets left behind.”

Coca-Cola explained that bottle caps are often discarded and littered. The new design means that the cap stays connected to the bottle after opening, so the whole plastic bottle and attached cap can be recycled together reducing the potential for it to be littered.

This move was welcomed by Jo Churchill, resources and waste minister, who commented: “More businesses are finding innovative ways to tackle harmful plastic pollution and Coca-Cola’s new design will make it easier for people to recycle and help reduce litter.”

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-Perstorp to be acquired by Malaysian market player

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp Group is to be acquired by Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), a Malaysian company which has edged further into the polymers market in recent years via acquisitions, as well as its own resin portfolio.

PCG announced today that it has signed a Securities Purchase Agreement on 14 May 2022 to acquire the entire equity interest in Perstorp Holding AB. The agreement was signed with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a company under PAI Partners, a European private equity firm. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Jan Secher, President and CEO of Perstorp said, “We are excited to become part of the Petronas family. I see a strong commonality in values and priorities for how to take our respective businesses forward, meeting the challenges and opportunities of the future. By tapping into PCG’s strength and market leading position in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that Perstorp can continue to develop into its next phase of growth. Being part of PCG means Perstorp gets the scale to increase the pace of innovation and accelerate our sustainable transformation, which is at the forefront of the chemical industry. PCG’s and Perstorp’s businesses complement each other very well.”

“Perstorp is an outstanding strategic fit for PCG and enables us to participate in attractive end-markets such as paints and coatings, construction, plastic additives, personal care and food, feed & nutrition, paints and coatings that share a robust growth outlook. This acquisition will also provide us critical talent, know-how, technological platforms and proven customer channels to address the pressing needs of the market for more eco-friendly and sustainable solutions,” said PCG Managing Director and CEO, Ir. Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof.

Perstorp is a niche provider of resins and coatings, as well as products for numerous other markets. The company has seven manufacturing sites in Europe, US and China (the 8th plant will be ready in India in 2023) and three research and development (R&D) centres worldwide.

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-Thailand Q1 GDP growth accelerates to 2.2% as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Thailand’s economy posted a first-quarter annualized growth of 2.2%, faster than the 1.8% pace set in the previous quarter, on the back of stronger private consumption and exports as COVID-19 restrictions have eased.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-on-quarter basis, the economy expanded by 1.1% in the period January to March 2022, data from the Office of National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) show on Tuesday.

On a year-on-year basis, private consumption in the first quarter accelerated to 3.9% from 0.4% in the previous quarter.

Exports during the period grew 14.6% to $73.3bn, with chemicals and petrochemical products posting an 18.7% increase year on year.

Manufacturing posted a slower growth of 1.9% in the first quarter from 3.8% in the previous quarter. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Tourism receipts grew for the first time in 11 quarters, rising 63.8% year on year to $4.2bn in January-March 2022 as COVID-19 measures were relaxed. The sector is a major component of the Thai economy.

For the whole of 2022, the Thai economy is projected to grow by 2.5-3.5%, supported by improvement in domestic demand, recovery of domestic tourism, and continued export growth, NESDC stated.

Thailand Q1 GDP growth accelerates to 2.2% as COVID-19 restrictions ease

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-Europe’s Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders Sound Alarm

War in Ukraine, rising costs, and logistics are having an unprecedented economic impact on industry, according to the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders association.

Europe’s polycarbonate sheet extruders are experiencing an unprecedented economic impact from the war in Ukraine compounded by logistics issues, writes the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders (EPSE) association in a press release issued today.

“Prices are not only drastically increasing on the raw material side, but EPSE members are also confronted with additional consequences such as radically increased packaging and energy costs,” said the association.

EPSE also points to supply-chain issues, such as a shortage of truck drivers, as aggravating factors that are having a cumulative economic impact  that is “difficult to absorb” for EPSE members.

Founded in 2003, EPSE has 10 member companies, including Sabic, Arla, and 3A Composites, and three associate members, including Covestro and Trinseo.

In the press release EPSE calls for an acceleration in the transition to clean energy and a decoupling from “unreliable suppliers.” The EU imports 90% of its gas, with Russia providing around 45% of those imports, in varying levels across member states, writes EPSE. “Russia also accounts for around 25% of oil imports and 45% of coal imports.”

This echoes a March 8 proposal from the European Commission, which seeks to reduce “EU demand for Russian gas by two-thirds before the end of the year.” Longer term, its REPowerEU plan wants to increase gas supplies from countries outside of Russia and reduce reliance on fossil fuels in “homes, buildings, industry, and power systems by boosting energy efficiency, increasing [the use of] renewables and electrification, and addressing infrastructure bottlenecks.” The European Commission claims that implementation of REPowerEU would remove the equivalent of all of the fossil fuel imported from Russia in 2021. Two-thirds of that reduction could be achieved within a year, it added. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

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-Advanced Future-Proof Films for a Circular Economy

Reifenhäuser Blown Film presents 100% recyclable PE film, digital passport technology, and recycling of low-quality materials this month.

Reifenhäuser Blown Film showcased a trio of advanced technical solutions for the economical and sustainable production of blown film during the GreenPlast 2022 trade fair in Milan May 3 to 6.

These were the patented EVO Ultra Stretch production process for fully recyclable All-Polyethylene (PE) PE Blown Film; use of digital product passports for a modernized and functional circular economy; and the economical processing of post-consumer and post- industrial recyclate.

EVO Ultra Stretch, Reifenhäuser’s patented stretching unit, enables the production of PE monomaterial composites for fully recyclable flexible packaging in which the typical PET layer of the packaging is replaced by stretched PE. This is made possible by the maximum 10-fold stretch rate, which produces PE films with completely new mechanical properties. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

There is no need to adapt further processing steps such as printing, laminating and converting due to the patented positioning of the stretching unit directly in the haul-off of the blown film line. The film is stretched at the ideal time and from first heat, which simultaneously creates a user-friendly, stable, and efficient process.

“We supply our customers with production lines that enable them to now use the sustainability shift as an opportunity to become a preferred supplier for new, recycling-friendly products that serve the environment and business success,” says Sascha Skora, senior sales manager at Reifenhäuser Blown Film.

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-H.I.G. Capital Enters Into Agreement to Sell Valtris Specialty Chemicals

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global alternative investment firm with over $49 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to sell its portfolio company Valtris Specialty Chemicals (the “Company” or “Valtris”) to an affiliate of funds managed by SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”).

Valtris is a leading manufacturer of specialty polymer additives and specialty chemicals for a diverse set of end markets. The Company’s products impart critical performance characteristics, including flexibility, stability processability, and flame retardance, to plastics and other materials. Valtris is recognized worldwide for its reliability as a critical global supplier to a diverse customer base with longstanding relationships based on its reliability, quality and product innovation over its 80+ year history. Headquartered in Independence, OH, the Company operates nine manufacturing facilities globally. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

After a successful carve-out transaction from Ferro Corporation in late 2014, H.I.G. collaborated with management to expand the Company’s geographic reach, customer breadth and product portfolio through the acquisition of Akcros Chemicals in the US and UK in 2016 and multiple INEOS Enterprises business units in France, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2018. Additionally, the Company made significant investments in management, sales & marketing and new product development which resulted in EBITDA tripling during H.I.G.’s ownership.

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-Axens, Toray Films Europe to Develop New Pet Chemical Recycling Plant in France

Axens and Toray Films Europe have plans to establish a new Pet chemical recycling facility in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost, France. The new units will make use of Axens’ Rewind Pet technology along with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerization plant to recycle 80,000 tons of Pet plastic waste every year.

Axens and Toray Films Europe have recently announced their collaboration to study a Pet chemical recycling facility at Toray Films Europe production site in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost (Ain, France). New units based on Axens’ Rewind Pet technology will be coupled with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerization plant in order to recycle annually 80,000 tons of difficult-to-recycle Pet plastic waste. Joined efforts of both parties in their domain of expertise will allow the emergence of competencies for chemical recycling circularity. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Post consumers Pet plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently down-cycled, incinerated or landfilled, will be converted into high-quality circular Pet chips, closing the loop for this material with potentially infinite recycling. Rewind Pet process, developed by IFP Energies nouvelles, Axens and Jeplan, involves an optimized – glycolysis based – Pet depolymerization combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste Pet, including colorants and pigments. The product is a purified BHET (BHET: Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer.

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-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

A new enzyme variant can break down PET polyester in just 24 hours.

The enzyme, created by engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, was able to complete a circular process of breaking down the PET into smaller parts (depolymerization) and then chemically putting it back together (repolymerization). It has the potential to supercharge recycling on a large scale that would allow major industries to reduce their environmental impact by recovering and reusing plastics at the molecular level.

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences used a machine learning model to generate novel mutations to a natural enzyme called PETase that allows bacteria to degrade PET plastics. The model predicts which mutations in these enzymes would accomplish the goal of quickly depolymerizing post-consumer waste plastic at low temperatures.

Through this process, which included studying 51 different post-consumer plastic containers, five different polyester fibres and fabrics and water bottles all made from PET, the researchers proved the effectiveness of the enzyme, which they are calling FAST-PETase (functional, active, stable and tolerant PETase).

Mechanical recycling is the most obvious way to cut down on plastic waste. but globally, less than 10% of all plastic has been recycled. Alternative industrial recycling processes include very energy-intensive processes of glycolysis, pyrolysis, and/or methanolysis. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Biological solutions take much less energy. Research on enzymes for plastic recycling has advanced during the past 15 years but until now, no one had been able to figure out how to make enzymes that could operate efficiently at low temperatures to make them both portable and affordable at large industrial scale. FAST-PETase can perform the process at less than 50°C.

“The possibilities to leverage this leading-edge recycling process are endless across industries,” said Professor Hal Alper of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. “Beyond the obvious waste management industry, it also provides corporations from every sector with the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products. Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy. When considering environmental cleanup applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature. This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage for the future.”

Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

-Big divergence between Europe PE and PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

As you can see from the high-density polyethylene (HDPE), linear-low density PE (LLDPE) and polypropylene (PP) trend lines, China price spreads per tonne over tonnes of naphtha feedstocks saw steep declines in March this year.

Spreads had started to weaken in August 2021 on China’s Common Prosperity economic reforms, but in March they, quite literally, fell off a cliff.

Spreads are a crude measure of how much money producers are making.

During March, spreads fell to their lowest levels since our price assessments began in November 2002, on the acceleration of China’s zero-COVID policies and the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Low-density (LDPE) spreads performed much better. But data is nothing without ICIS market intelligence. LDPE spreads have remained relatively strong because of very tight supply as LDPE/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) swing plants swung to more EVA production. The swing to more EVA production began last year because of strong demand, especially in the solar-panel end-use market.

High prices for LDPE relative to the more widely available LLDPE (LLDPE competes in many of the same end-use markets as LDPE), has led to LDPE demand destruction. In Q1 this year, China’s LDPE demand was down by 4% versus the same period in 2021.

There was a slight recovery in HDPE, LLDPE and PP spreads in April, but they remained close to record lows. Spreads declined again during the first two weeks of May.

The spread story, when linked, as I said, with the right market intelligence, tells us what’s happened to the China’s economy.

Until the zero-COVID restrictions are relaxed, and this doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon, it is hard to see how spreads will substantially increase. But we will only know what’s actually happening by analysing spread patterns, using historic ICIS price data.

More major production cuts might, I suppose, strengthen spreads. But China idled some 25% of its PP capacity in March and yet the PP March spread still fell to a record low.

And with the Chinese yuan down this year against the US dollar, some of China’s producers might resort to raising exports as opposed to making further rate cuts – provided container space can found

Big divergence between Europe PE and PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

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-SGR obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA

SGR, the recycling unit of the SGT Group, obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA for its PET bottles recycling process.

This food-grade recycled plastic, named CIRPET for “circular” and “rPET”, has been officially approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Thanks to its state-of-the-art recycling line combining technical and energy performance, the SGT Group can offer its customer base a secure supply of food grade rPET.

With this modern and scalable recycling unit, the SGT Group confirms its commitment to sustainable development by recycling used PET bottles and increasing the percentage of recycled products in the production of new preforms.

“The wheel has thus come full circle, stresses SGT-SGR plant manager Jean-Marc Wiencek. EFSA’s endorsement is veritable recognition of the Group’s efforts and investment to bring to fruition its transition to a circular model.”

With an annual capacity of 12,000 tonnes, SGR produces premium quality rPET equivalent to virgin PET, as evidenced by its manufacturing process, now recognized compliant with Europe’s strictest health requirements.

When SGR takes delivery of PET flakes, it performs 4 additional grading processes: optical, metal, colour and material. Everything is meticulously inspected.

“Our recycling line is at the cutting edge of the latest technologies currently available on the market, enabling us to produce rPET of the highest quality”, explains Mr Wiencek.

The site uses a vacuum-assisted Solid State Polycondensation (SSP) technology that guarantees industrial security at all stages of the thermal process and eliminates all remaining impurities on a molecular scale. SGR also has an extruding machine with underwater cutting and an ultra-efficient decontamination system that produces rPET pellets whose visible qualities (transparency and colour), mechanical qualities (viscosity) and organoleptic qualities match those of virgin PET. The whole process requires little consumption of energy.  PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

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-Trioworld launching PCR film in Sweden

In partnership with supermarket chain Lidl, Trioworld is launching a post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic film in Sweden.

Approved for frozen food packaging, Trioworld has developed a new multi-layer Loop packaging. The project was initiated together with RISE and Lidl Future Initiatives (LFI) with the aim to develop a recyclable food contact material containing PCR.

Trioworld’s solution is powered by a five-layer concept that has met all the required tests and simulations as required by the European Regulations for Food Contact Material.  PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

The packaging is made of 30 per cent recycled PCR and is fully recyclable after use. It will see its first commercial use as a packaging solution for Lidl Sweden’s cinnamon buns and cardamom buns, hitting the shelves this week.

“Evert Paardekooper, Division President Consumer Packaging at Trioworld, said: “With this innovation we can confidently say we’re a leading manufacturer within sustainable flexible packaging. Trioworld’s multi-layer Loop offers Lidl a packaging solution that is not only fully recyclable but made from 30 per cent post-consumer recycled material and reduces their carbon footprint.”

SGR obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA

Trioworld launching PCR-film in Sweden

Europe’s Polycarbonate-Sheet-Extruders Sound Alarm

-Advanced Future-Proof Films for a Circular-Economy

H.I.G.Capital Enters Into Agreement to Sell Valtris-Specialty-Chemicals

Axens, Toray-Films-Europe to Develop New Pet-Chemical-Recycling Plant in France

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET-recycling

-Big divergence between Europe-PE-and-PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

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-Erema Group: Growing revenues, plant sizes and production capacities

The Erema Group, which comprises Erema Group GmbH and its subsidiaries Erema, Pure Loop, Umac, 3S, Keycycle and Plasmac, closed the 2021/22 financial year with a 17 percent increase in revenue. Consolidated Group revenue amounted to EUR 295 million, and the number of employees increased to over 840. The Erema Group remains on course for continued growth.

“This past financial year, we again set several milestones with growth powered by our technology. We are very proud of this, because the prevailing market conditions were once again very challenging due to corona, cost increases for energy and logistics, and interruptions to the supply chain,” is how Manfred Hackl, CEO of Erema Group GmbH, sums up the year.

A total of 220 extruders manufactured in Ansfelden were supplied to customers all over the world. If one includes individual components and modules such as filter systems and ReFresher anti-odour technology in that figure, the total was around 320. Then there are another 53 extruders from Plasmac, the Italian subsidiary. The recycled pellet production capacity of all extrusion systems delivered in financial year 2021/22 adds up to around 1.34 million tonnes per year.

Trend towards large-scale plants

A closer look at the post consumer segment clearly shows a trend towards larger plants, both for PET recycling and for processing polyolefins. For example, the first Vacurema Basic 2628 T machine with an annual capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes was recently commissioned at a customer’s site in Brazil. This plant features a ten-meter-long special geometry screw with a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The screw was developed and manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of Erema GmbH. “The move up to this scale of recycling machines is also clear proof of how much innovative power and know-how there is in our group of companies and the synergy effects this creates,” says Hackl. Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing

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-IPEG pushes Piovan sales
Revenues grew by 66.6% in the first quarter also thanks (but not limited to) to the acquisition of the US company.
Piovan headquarters In the first three months of the year, the Venetian Piovan group generated revenues and other income for an amount of 108 million euros, with an increase of + 66.6% compared to the same period last year, partly linked to consolidation in the financial statements of the IPEG activities, acquired in February.
On a like-for-like basis, thus excluding the revenues made by the US company, the increase is equal to + 14.3%.

Ebitda, in the same period, amounted to 12.9 million euros (+ 42%). The profit for the year was 8 million, up from 5.5 million in the first three months of 2021.
As regards the Plastic Area, in the first quarter the turnover grew by + 16.5% to 53.4 million euros (excluding IPEG), thanks to the good performances in Europe and Asia – the company states -, with the the automotive sector is restarting thanks to the increase in investments in new electric models and the Consumer & Technical and Packaging sectors which are always very solid. Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing

The consolidation of IPEG in February and March 2022 results in approximately 24.7 million more revenues in the Plastic area, with a combined growth of + 70.4%.
Povan The company looks to the future with optimism.

he market situation of the more resilient sectors (medical, flexible packaging) is positive and it is reasonable to expect a rebound in the more cyclical sectors (automotive, construction). For the Group, the overall risk associated with the current geopolitical crisis is mitigated by the plurality of geographical areas and the diversification of sectors. In addition – explains the Venetian manufacturer -, the collection of orders during the first months of 2022 continues to be strong and the backlog of orders as at 31 March 2022 remains at very high values.
The contribution of activities linked to the circular economy and similar is also positive, estimated at around 20% of its revenues. These are the sectors where the use of recycled plastic is relevant, mainly packaging, fibers, recycling and compounding.

IPEG pushes Piovan sales

Erema-Group: Growing revenues, plant sizes and production capacities

IPEG pushes Piovan sales

Chemical-recycling of plastic gets a boost in 18 US states—but environmentalists question whether it really is recycling

-Partnership with Danish-Plastix to market recycled-plastics-waste from fishing-nets

Oceana cites PET-recycling disparity

Oerlikon at Techtextil-2022

Sinowin-Chemical-Fiber starts to construct 80KTA nylon66 industrial product project

Italian-Textile-Machinery: Drop In Orders For First Quarter 2022

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-Chemical recycling of plastic gets a boost in 18 US states—but environmentalists question whether it really is recycling

Some state laws allow incentives to turn plastics into fuels as well as other plastics

lastic pollution is virtually everywhere on earth, and the public is increasingly concerned about the buildup of plastic litter in neighborhoods, parks, and beaches as well as enormous garbage patches in the world’s oceans. Haunting photos of animals entangled in plastic cords or speared with plastic straws appear regularly on social media. And news reports about microplastics contaminating water and food stoke concern about how to keep this ubiquitous and popular synthetic material out of the environment.

In the US, people are asking their elected leaders to reduce plastic pollution.

To that end, environmental advocates are seeking polices to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as beverage bottles and snack bags. They point out that less than 10% of plastic used in the US ends up recycled.

Meanwhile, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the major trade group for the chemical industry, is offering another plan—policies to promote chemically recycling plastics by breaking them down into molecular building blocks for reuse. This process, also called advanced recycling, differs from mechanical recycling. The mechanical method, still in use, chips up used plastic into bits that are blended into virgin plastic, which is made from oil or natural gas, to give it recycled content.

“Policy makers are very interested” in advanced recycling, says Craig Cookson, senior director of plastics sustainability for the ACC. “Their constituents are coming to them and saying they want to see greater amounts and more types of plastics recycled in their communities.” Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Lawmakers in states are responding to the ACC’s efforts. Earlier this year, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia enacted laws that ostensibly promote chemical recycling of used plastic. They joined 14 other states that have enacted similar legislation since 2017.

But environmental advocates say that these laws are the wrong way to go, in particular because existing processes for advanced recycling of plastics are energy intensive and generate pollution. The advocates also question applying the term recycling when the processes are used to generate fuels.

Recycled-fishing-nets - Chemical-Fiber

-Partnership with Danish Plastix to market recycled plastics waste from fishing nets

Braskem (São Paulo, Brazil; www.braskem.com) said it is supporting the efforts by Danish company Plastix (Lemvig; www.plastixglobal.com) to market recycled plastics fibre waste of old fishing nets and other marine debris collected at various ports.

A Braskem press release said it has “joined forces with Plastix to help them optimise the recycling process and accelerate the introduction of this innovative and high-quality circular plastic to the market”. Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

“Plastix is a small company with a very limited sales force. Braskem is lending its technical and commercial teams to help accelerate the uptake of this recycled material and help demand grow faster than it would without the partnership,” a Braskem spokesperson told Plasteurope.com.

Fibre waste from fishing nets and ropes made from various plastics are difficult to recycle but the Danish recycler says it has committed itself to developing industrial solutions to recycle them.

Over the past few years, Plastix has made the sorting and recycling process technically and economically feasible, producing high-quality feedstock for many applications and any various production technologies ranging from packaging to pipes and durable consumer goods, Braskem said.

Recycled-fishing-nets - Chemical-Fiber

-Oceana cites PET recycling disparity

NGO says increased PET bottle collection efforts may not focus on parts of the world where plastic flows into oceans.

Oceana Inc., Washington, says a recent study it commissioned has found targets set by the five largest soft drinks producers “would require collecting an additional 2.57 million metric tons of plastic bottles for recycling each year, [but] “there is no coherent strategy in any global region apart from Europe to reliably increase the supply.”  Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Oceana says its analysis was conducted by United Kingdom-based Eunomia Research & Consulting. It examined recycled content pledges made by Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Nestlé, Danone, and Keurig Dr Pepper and attempted to consider the feasibility of hitting those targets and the potential impact on ocean-bound plastic.

In the latter case, Oceana says it is “calling on major beverage companies to adopt or expand strategies that prioritize refillable bottles,” adding, “refillables have proven to be very effective at reducing waste.”

Oceana’s Strategic Initiatives Director Dr. Dana Miller says, “This report uncovers some worrying realities. It seems improbable that the recycled content pledges by large soft drink companies will be met and regardless, they won’t go far in helping the oceans.”

The five global companies have pledged to increase post-consumer recycled content in their polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles ranging from 25 to 50 percent by 2025. Oceana says Eunomia’s analysis shows that “to reliably increase the supply of recycled PET for the production of bottles [would] likely require significant government intervention.”

Recycled-fishing-nets - Chemical-Fiber

-Oerlikon at Techtextil 2022

At this year’s Techtextil, Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions will be presenting the trade audience with new applications, special processes and sustainable solutions focusing on the production of industrial nonwovens.

Between June 21 and 24, the discussions in Hall 12.0, Stand C60 will also concentrate on airbags, seat belts, tire cord, geotextiles, filter nonwovens and their diverse applications. Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Among other things, the company will be showcasing new technology for charging nonwovens that sets new standards with regards to quality and efficiency. “With our unique, patented Single Filament Layer Technology, we offer a sophisticated and simultaneously gentle high-tenacity (HT) yarn process for manufacturing seatbelts, airbags and other applications made from industrial yarn,” explained Dr. Roy Dolmans, Technology Manager IDY and R&D Filament Processing.

With its hycuTEC hydro-charging solution, Oerlikon Neumag offers a new technology for charging nonwovens that increases filter efficiency to more than 99.99%. For meltblown producers, this means material savings of 30% with significantly superior filter performance. For end users, the consequence is noticeably improved comfort resulting from significantly reduced breathing resistance. With its considerably lower water and energy consumption, this new development is described as a future-proof, sustainable technology.

Also on show will be the company’s offering of low stretch, ultra-high tenacity, high rigidity industrial yarns that are designed to offer outstanding properties for the demanding tasks carried out by geotextiles; for example, as geogrids in the base course system under asphalt. Normally, geotextiles have extremely high yarn titers of up to 24,000 denier. Oerlikon Barmag system concepts simultaneously manufacture three filament yarns of 6,000 denier each. Due to the high spinning titers, fewer yarns can be plied together to the required geo-yarn titer in a more cost- and energy-efficient manner.

Recycled-fishing-nets - Chemical-Fiber

-Sinowin Chemical Fiber starts to construct 80KTA nylon 66 industrial product project

80KTA nylon 66 industrial products project, 20KTA nylon 66 special functional fiber On the morning of May 6 2022, the groundbreaking ceremony of Sinowin Chemical Fiber’s nylon 66 industrial products project was held in Henan Special Nylon Town Industrial Park.

The project, designed with an annual output of 80,000 tons of nylon 66 industrial products, is the second project started in the special nylon town in the year of 2022, and is also the single project with the highest investment intensity and highest output value. Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

The total investment of the project is 3 billion yuan (around 445.5 million USD). The production focuses on high-performance composite materials for vehicles, and products will be mainly used in new energy vehicles, racing cars, aerospace and other fields.

After the project is completed and put into production, the annual increase in profits and taxes is estimated to be 600 million yuan, and more than 200 people will be employed.

On March 1, Sinowin Chemical Fiber has held the groundbreaking ceremony for the 20KTA nylon 66 special functional fiber intelligent demonstration plant project, as an  in Qi County, Hebi City, Henan Province.

Sinowin Chemical Fiber starts to construct 80KTA nylon 66 industrial product project

-Italian Textile Machinery: Drop In Orders For First Quarter 2022

The orders index for textile machinery for the first quarter of 2022, processed by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, shows a slight decrease (-4%) compared to the same period from January to March 2021. In absolute value, the index stood at 117 points (basis: 2015 = 100).

On the domestic front orders shrank by fully 22%, whereas abroad the decline was more contained (-2%). The absolute value of the index in Italy was set at 136 points. On foreign markets, the index scored a value of 114.9 points.

ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi commented that: “The global pandemic and Russian-Ukrainian conflict have accentuated the climate of uncertainty for the whole of the textile industry. Criticalities already present in the past year (such as a sharp rise in prices of raw materials and their scarce availability, as well as increased transport costs) are now accentuated more than ever.

While orders appear to have settled on foreign markets, domestically, following a strong recovery in 2021, we now have to deal with a general negativity permeating the Italian economy.” Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Italian Textile Machinery: Drop In Orders For First Quarter 2022

Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals  16-05-2022

Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis 16-05-2022

Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

-Evonik to invest 8 billion euros by 2030 in high-margin businesses

German chemicals company Evonik plans to invest 8 billion euros (USD8.45 billion) by 2030 to boost growth in its smart materials, specialty additives and nutrition & care units, said Reuters.

The company, which makes ingredients for products ranging from animal feed and diapers to Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, is restructuring to focus on high-margin and high-growth businesses. Evonik’s business in Russia will come to a standstill, CEO Christian Kullmann said. “We are deliberately letting it run down.”

Methionine, an amino acid that Evonik produces in Russia and which is used as an animal-feed additive, is now on the European Union’s embargo list, according to Kullmann.

Half of the investments are planned for Germany, Kullmann said. The money was earmarked for products that are sustainable and generate a margin on earnings before interest and tax of more than 20%. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

The group had decided to sell its 900-staff baby care business next year, and was looking for a partner or a buyer for its C4 Verbund unit, which makes components for car petrol, rubber and PVC plastic, with around 1,000 staff.

Evonik also plans to divest its production site in Luelsdorf, close to the city of Cologne, the CEO said. Evonik has around 600 employees at the chemical site.

As per MRC, Evonik, one the world’s petrochemical majors, is embarking on the next phase of its strategic transformation. Sustainability is being integrated fully and systematically into all elements of the strategy: portfolio management, innovation, corporate culture.

Plastic-packaging - European-gas-crisis

-Braskem taps Terra Circular to form plastic recycling JV

Braskem has agreed with Dutch recycler Terra Circular to enter a joint venture for mechanical recycling, said the company.

Financial details were not disclosed. Terra Circular, through its subsidiary ER Plastics, operates the production facilities, with nominal capacity for mechanical recycling of 23,000 tonnes/year. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

The plant is to process mixed plastic waste.

“With the agreement’s execution and once its conditions’ precedents are fulfilled, Braskem will become the controlling shareholder of the joint venture, with the possibility to expand the technology’s use to other regions. Terra Circular will transfer to the joint venture the shares in its subsidiary ER Plastics,” said Braskem.

Netherlands-based Terra Circular will provide the JV all the shares in its subsidiary ER Plastics, which has a capacity to recycle 23,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

As per MRC, Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, announces the release of three new sustainable 3D printing filament product offerings for the additive manufacturing market. These first of their kind products include 3D printing filaments produced from bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) filament derived from raw sugarcane as well from recycled polyethylene and polypropylene (PE/PP) blended filaments with, or without, carbon fiber.

As per MRC, Lummus Technology announced a partnership with Braskem, the largest biopolymer producer in the world, to license green ethylene technology. Lummus and Braskem will license worldwide technology to produce green ethylene and accelerate the use of bioethanol for chemicals and plastics, supporting the industry’s efforts towards a carbon neutral circular economy.

Plastic-packaging - European-gas-crisis

-Ukraine war – EU proposes phasing out Russian crude oil imports within six months

The EU plans to phase out Russian crude oil imports within six months, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said May 4.

She added that the EU is also considering phasing out imports of Russian refined products by the end of 2022.

“Today we will propose to ban all Russian oil from Europe. This will be a complete import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined,” Von der Leyen said in a speech to the European Parliament.

Europe is particularly dependent on Russian oil and was importing about 2.7 million b/d of crude and another 1.5 million b/d products, mostly diesel, before the Feb. 24 invasion. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

The conflict sparked self-sanctioning by European refiners and independent traders that has seen seaborne flows of Russia’s Urals crude, heavy fuel oil, vacuum gasoil and naphtha into the region drop.

“We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion. So in a way that allows us and our partners to secure alternative supply routes and at the same time be very careful that we minimize the impact on the global market,” she said.

S&P Global Commodity Insights expects to see a loss of nearly 3 million b/d in crude and products exports from Moscow in the coming months, as more buyers shun Russian oil.

The war in Ukraine has resulted in Russia’s key grade Urals trading at significant discounts.

Plastic-packaging - European-gas-crisis

-New fund aims big on plastic recycling – Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Swiss investor announce fund designed to reach $500 million in capitalization.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Singapore, and Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM), Switzerland, have announced their intention to launch what they call a circular plastic fund.

The fund will aim to raise $500 million from institutional and other investors for scalable solutions to remove plastic waste from the environment, increase recycling, and drive the global transition toward a circular economy for the plastic value chain,” the Alliance says. The Alliance also says it will “serve as a cornerstone investor in the fund.” Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

“Our goal in partnering with Lombard Odier in relation to a circular plastic strategy is to grow investments in solutions that can help end plastic waste and contribute to a circular economy,” says Jacob Duer, president and CEO of the Alliance. “The strategy harnesses the collective intelligence of the plastic value chain and connects it with capital, bringing much needed solutions to scale. I am confident this will help focus financial market attention on the investment opportunity that plastic circularity represents, and help to catalyze multiple sources of financing for investments in circular solutions for plastic waste.”

New fund aims big on plastic recycling - Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Swiss investor announce fund designed to reach $500 million in capitalization

-European gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries of state-owned Gazprom a day after Ukraine stopped a major gas transit route, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Gas prices surged, with the key European benchmark gaining 12% as buyers were unsettled by the mounting threats to Europe’s supply given its high dependence on Russia. Moscow has already cut off supply to Bulgaria and Poland and countries are racing to fill dwindling gas reserves before winter.

Russia imposed sanctions late Wednesday mainly on Gazprom’s European subsidiaries including Gazprom Germania, an energy trading, storage and transmission business that Germany placed under trusteeship last month to secure supplies. It also placed sanctions on the owner of the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe pipeline that carries Russian gas to Europe. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said there can be no relations with the companies affected nor can they take part in supplying Russian gas. The affected entities, listed on a Russian government website, are largely based in countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, most of them members of the European Union.

Germany, Russia’s top client in Europe, said some subsidiaries of Gazprom Germania were receiving no gas because of the sanctions. “Gazprom and its subsidiaries are affected,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck told the Bundestag lower house. “This means some of the subsidiaries are getting no more gas from Russia. But the market is offering alternatives.”

The list also includes Germany’s biggest gas storage facility at Rehden in Lower Saxony, with 4 Bcm3 of capacity and operated by Astora, as well as Wingas, a trader which supplies industry and local utilities. Wingas has said it would continue operating but would be exposed to shortages. Rivals Uniper, VNG or RWE could be potential sources of supply to the market. Russian gas flows to Germany continue via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

If sanctioned firms cannot operate, other companies such as gas utilities could take over contracts, which would likely involve agreeing new terms with Gazprom, including for payment, said Henning Gloystein, director at Eurasia Group. “This may be what Gazprom intends here, beyond also sending a retaliatory signal (for EU sanctions),” he added.

Gazprom said it would no longer be able to export gas through Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline after sanctions against EuRoPol Gaz, which owns the Polish section. The pipeline connects Russian gas fields in the Yamal Peninsula and Western Siberia with Poland and Germany, through Belarus, and has a 33 Bcm3 capacity, around a sixth of Russian gas exports to Europe.

European gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

-Repetable by RadiciGroup in the new Yamamay collection
On display at the Adi Design Museum in Milan “On the wave of time – Waves of fashion, history and innovation”: the history of swimwear in a path of evolution between style and sustainability.
The exhibition “Sull’Onda del tempo – Waves of fashion, history and innovation” is open to the public from 13 to 29 May in the setting of the Adi Design Museum in Milan, a project dedicated to the history of swimsuits, born from creative synergy of an Art and Design school, the Aldo Galli Academy of Como – Ied Network and the fashion company Yamamay.
Also on display are the Repetable yarns by RadiciGroup, used by Yamamay in the new sustainable proposal for beachwear: the theme of sustainability permeates the exhibition in which fabrics resulting from a long-term vision are exhibited, which can combine beauty with respect for the planet. and the sea.

Meaning of Repetable

Repetable is an innovative polyester yarn obtained through a post-consumer recycling process of plastic bottles which, compared to virgin polyester, allows to reduce CO2 emissions (-45%) and reduce water consumption (-90%) and energy (-60%), while ensuring high technical performance. It is obtained from the flakes of PET bottles through a process that helps reduce potential waste in the environment. Repetable is GRS certified, a standard that certifies the recycling process, and Oekotex, a scheme that proves the absence of substances dangerous to health.
In the conception and preparation of the exhibition, the students of the two three-year courses of Painting and visual languages ​​and of Fashion textile design of the Aldo Galli Academy have worked in recent months to reconstruct and re-propose the history of the bathing suit, coming to create a real story where eco design represents the most contemporary element, keystone in the design of one piece and bikini made to last over time and use fewer and fewer resources from the planet.

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Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies 14-05-2022

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals  16-05-2022

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals

-Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals 

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-Borealis and Reclay Group establish a unique strategic partnership to tackle the challenge of plastic packaging waste and its recycling

  • The strategic partnership will combine the complementary strengths and capabilities of both players in the plastics recycling value-chain, starting with Germany
  • The agreement secures plastic waste from Reclay for Borealis to convert and revalorise in high-quality recyclate materials
  • EverMindsTM  in Practice: providing circular solutions to meet customer expectations and market demand

Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals and fertilizers, and the Reclay Group, international experts in environmental and material recovery management, announce that they have joined forces to satisfy increasing market demand for the supply of recyclate material for use in high-end plastic applications. This unique partnership will optimise the recycling value chain starting with Germany, one of the largest European recycling markets. The partnership further accelerates the transition to plastics circularity by enabling customers and other value chain partners to meet their own sustainability targets. Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals

New partnership capitalises on strengths of downstream and upstream recycling expertise

The new agreement provides Borealis with access to a secure and steady supply of feedstock in the form of lightweight packaging (LWP) waste collected by Reclay’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme in Germany. The plastic packaging waste is then processed at Borealis’ own state-of-the-art recycling plants, thus extending the range of applications for which recycled plastics can be used. This in turn enables value chain partners, customers, and brand owners to meet recycling quotas and increase the volume of plastic recyclate used in products and applications. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

“The reliable supply of high-quality recyclate is a prerequisite for a functioning circular economy,” explains Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions. “Working together with the Reclay Group is a strategic step towards value chain integration in securing plastic waste feedstock and improving recyclability. This will enable our customers and partners to achieve their circularity goals and reduce their overall carbon footprint, and at the same time underpins our Borealis journey towards more sustainable living.”

Borealis and Reclay Group establish a unique strategic partnership to tackle the challenge of plastic packaging waste and its recycling

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

Borealis and Reclay-Group establish a unique strategic partnership to tackle the challenge of plastic-packaging-waste and its recycling

Evonik to invest 8 billion euros by 2030 in high-margin businesses

Braskem taps Terra-Circular to form plastic-recycling JV

Ukraine-warEU proposes phasing out Russian-crude-oil imports within six months

-New fund aims big on plastic-recyclingAlliance to End Plastic-Waste and Swiss investor announce fund designed to reach $500 million in capitalization.

European-gas-supply-crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Repetable-by-RadiciGroup in the new Yamamaycollection

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies 14-05-2022

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies 14-05-2022

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies

-Microwave Heating Slashes Energy Use in Carbon-Fiber Production

The new process is 50% more energy-efficient than the conventional method, which employs oxidation ovens and carbonization furnaces.

Japanese firms Mitsui Chemicals and Microwave have developed what they call “an innovative, eco-friendly carbon-fiber (CF) manufacturing technology using microwaves.” The new process employs microwaves to heat the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber precursors, both during the oxidation process — the most energy-intensive part of CF production — and during subsequent carbonization.

As well as employing more compact equipment, the new technology cuts energy consumption by approximately 50% and offers a substantial reduction in processing time compared with the conventional method, which utilizes oxidation ovens heated from 200° to 300°C and carbonization furnaces maintained at temperatures of 1000° to 2000°C.

Microwave heating is efficient in that it is direct and selectively focuses on the PAN fibers alone. Conventional heating, on the other hand, is indirect and heats the entire oven or furnace.

Microwave Heating Slashes Energy Use in Carbon-Fiber Production

-EREMA Group Balance sheet 2021/22: New growth in revenues with state-of-the-art recycling technologies

The EREMA Group, which comprises EREMA Group GmbH and its subsidiaries EREMA, PURE LOOP, UMAC, 3S, KEYCYCLE and PLASMAC, closed the 2021/22 financial year with a 17 percent increase in revenue. Consolidated Group revenue amounted to EUR 295 million, and the number of employees increased to over 840. The EREMA Group remains on course for continued growth. Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies

“This past financial year, we again set several milestones with growth powered by our technology. We are very proud of this, because the prevailing market conditions were once again very challenging due to corona, cost increases for energy and logistics, and interruptions to the supply chain,” is how Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group GmbH, sums up the year.

A total of 220 extruders manufactured in Ansfelden were supplied to customers all over the world. If you include individual components and modules such as filter systems and ReFresher anti-odour technology in that figure, the total was around 320. Then there are another 53 extruders from PLASMAC, the Italian subsidiary. The recycled pellet production capacity of all extrusion systems delivered in financial year 2021/22 adds up to around 1.34 million tonnes per year.

Trend towards large-scale plants

A closer look at the post consumer segment clearly shows a trend towards larger plants, both for PET recycling and for processing polyolefins. For example, the first VACUREMA® Basic 2628 T machine with an annual capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes was recently commissioned at a customer’s site in Brazil. This plant features a ten-meter-long special geometry screw with a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The screw was developed and manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of EREMA GmbH. “The move up to this scale of recycling machines is also clear proof of how much innovative power and know-how there is in our group of companies and the synergy effects this creates,” says Hackl. Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies

Demand for previously-owned machines at UMAC also remained high during the past financial year. In addition to the general trend towards plastics recycling, the decisive factor here is that customers are more frequently opting for previously-owned systems available at short notice due to the tense situation on the procurement markets. At the same time, businesses that have so far had little contact with recycling are also becoming increasingly interested in this topic.

Carbon-Fiber - Recycling-technologies

Microwave-Heating Slashes Energy Use in Carbon-Fiber-Production

EREMA-Group Balance sheet 2021/22: New growth in revenues with state-of-the-art recycling-technologies

Heraeus invests for a majority share in PET-recycling firm

Plastics-Recyclers-Europe reports a 13% increase in installed plastics-recycling-capacity

ACE-Green-Recycling to build 400,000 square foot battery-recycling facility

OMV in talks to take over DSM’sengineering-materials

-Another record quarter for Indorama-Ventures

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET-recycling

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging 13-05-2022

PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers 14-05-2022

PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

-Heraeus invests for a majority share in PET recycling firm

Heraeus Holding GmbH, a Fortune 500 corporation, stated that it has invested significant stock in perPETual Technologies, a PET recycling firm situated in Kleinostheim, Germany.

Heraeus chose to rebrand the firm “revalyu Resources GmbH” in order to pursue worldwide expansion under one brand.

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most prevalent thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in textiles, liquid and food packing containers, thermoforming for manufacturing, and many other consumer items.

Revalyu has created a revolutionary, ecologically sustainable depolymerization technique for recycling post-consumer PET bottles into sustainable esters (monomers), which are the basic chemical building blocks for everything polyester-based. Revalyu’s Polymer may be utilized to create high-quality, long-lasting PET goods. In its current production plant in Nashik, India, the firm manufactures filament yarns for the textile industry. It presently employs around 300 individuals.

Jan Rinnert, chairman of the board of managing directors and CEO of Heraeus Holding GmbH, said that revalyu is driven by innovation and fits nicely within their portfolio. According to Rinnert, Heraeus’ worldwide strength will offer the funding, infrastructure, and strategic support required to drive revalyu’s growth. They intend to grow the company into one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated PET recycling firms. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

Dr. Vivek Tandon, founder of perPETual Technologies to be renamed revalyu Resources, said that they were the first to recycle PET bottles. They have built the world’s most innovative, technology-leading, and environmentally sustainable PET recycling plant in Nashik, India, after several years of hard work by the team and support from our shareholders and customers.

Vikram Nagargoje, co-founder and COO, said that they’ll work closely with Heraeus to swiftly grow their production capacity in India and abroad. Their goal is to recycle 100 million bottles of used PET bottles per day by 2026, which will be a significant step toward tackling the PET waste problem.

Revalyu’s technology provides a cost-effective continuous recycling process that successfully eliminates dirt and contaminants, resulting in high purity recycled PET. It also requires 91% less energy and 75% less water than traditional PET polymer production techniques. It may be utilized in any PET manufacturing process.

PET-recycling - Thermoplastic-elastomers

-Plastics Recyclers Europe reports a 13% increase in installed plastics recycling capacity

According to data from Plastics Recyclers Europe, the total installed plastics recycling capacity in Europe increased by 1.1MT in 2020, compared to the previous year, representing a 13% rise. The organisation says that these figures demonstrate the plastics recycling industry’s resilience in the face of challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, supply shortages, and rising prices.

Opportunities and challenges for PET

In 2020, Plastics Recyclers Europe identified over 650 recycling facilities across Europe, with the dataset encompassing the 27 EU countries, as well as the UK, Norway, and Switzerland. This corresponds with an installed capacity of approximately 9.6 million tonnes and an annual turnover of €7.7 billion. Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and France reportedly have the highest capacities for plastic waste recycling.

PET had the highest installed capacity overall with 29% attributed to this polymer in 2020, Plastics Recyclers Europe claims. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

According to another report released earlier this year by Plastics Recyclers Europe, PETCORE Europe, Natural Mineral Water Europe (NMWE), and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the net demand for PET in Europe was 5.1MT in 2020, with consumption of PET across applications increasing. Around 1.3MT of this demand was supplied from recycled PET production. As noted by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), beverage bottles account for 47% of overall PET demand in the EU.

“PET is a valuable resource uniquely positioned to be recycled back into its original form,” claimed Antonello Ciotti, president of PETCORE Europe, in an interview with Packaging Europe earlier this year. While considered widely recyclable, ZWE estimates that only around 23% of all PET placed on the market is recycled in Europe, which suggests a significant proportion is still being landfilled, incinerated, or is entering the environment as pollution.

The challenges facing the beverage industry provide a useful lens through which to understand PET’s struggle for circularity. Representatives from the European beverage industry have expressed concern over the potential downcycling of PET into non-food-contact applications such as textiles, where products are difficult to recycle again and often end up in landfills, incinerated, or in the environment.

The same organisations have called for a “right of first refusal” for food-grade PET to allow the beverage industry to secure enough rPET to meet EU legislation, such as the Single-Use Packaging Directive (SUPD) which will require all bottles to contain 30% recycled content by 2030. As such, despite the installed capacity for PET recycling, there are ongoing challenges in terms of how rPET is distributed across applications and how this impacts its ability to be recycled indefinitely.

PET-recycling - Thermoplastic-elastomers

-ACE Green Recycling to build 400,000 square foot battery recycling facility

ACE Green Recycling (ACE) plans to build and operate an emissions-free and sustainable battery recycling park in Texas, U.S. The 400,000 square foot facility will be able to recycle both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries when fully operational. These batteries are key elements in the automotive, power storage, telecommunications industry, and portable devices like mobile phones and laptops.

The facility is expected to start its first phase of operations in the third quarter of 2023, starting with the recycling of lead-acid batteries using ACE’s proprietary emission-free battery recycling technology and followed by a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in proximity. When operating at full capacity, ACE expects the facility to process and recycle up to 100,000 metric tons of used lead-acid batteries and 20,000 metric tons of used lithium-ion batteries annually by 2025.

Traditionally, battery recycling is done via the smelting process which involves operating at extremely high temperatures – often more than 1,000 °C – with the burning of expensive and polluting fossil fuels, producing significant greenhouse gases (GHG) and exposing workers to hazardous working conditions. Compared to smelting, ACE’s proprietary technologies for both lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling are fully electrified with zero carbon emissions and provide higher battery material yields while providing a safer workplace environment. ACE is also exploring opportunities for operating most of its key plant activities with solar energy to reduce the facility’s Scope 2 emissions. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

ACE has identified Texas to locate its flagship battery recycling facility in the United States. With a growing population and easy access to an abundance of spent batteries from automobiles and other industrial sources, Texas is an obvious choice for ACE’s new plant.

Due to the lack of sufficient recycling capacity, the U.S. is currently exporting a large volume of its scrap batteries to Mexico and Asia while importing battery materials back to make new batteries leading to a major value loss.

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-OMV in talks to take over DSM’s engineering materials

Purchase to expand Austrian group’s chemical portfolio beyond polyolefins

Vienna – Austrian energy company OMV is participating in the second phase of the competitive bidder process currently conducted by DSM for the sale of its engineering materials operations. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

DSM disclosed plans to sell the unit in September last year and has since carved out the business to form DSM Engineering Materials BV.

The division portfolio includes engineering materials, with products such as thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), polyamides and speciality polyesters.

In a statement 6 May, OMV said the potential acquisition of DMS Engineering Materials would allow it to expand its chemical portfolio beyond polyolefins.

OMV expanded its presence in the chemicals industry in 2020 after increasing its ownership stake in Vienna-based Borealis from 36% to 75%.

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-Another record quarter for Indorama Ventures

Building on its strongest-ever annual sales of $14.6 billion in 2021, Indorama Ventures reports a record first quarter 2022, with sales of $4.444 million up 37% on the first quarter of 2021, and 12% up on the last quarter 2021.

EBITDA for the first quarter 2022 was $650 million, up 77% on the first quarter of 2021 and 41% on the last financial quarter.

All three of IVL’s business segments grew as the company’s leading global position benefited in an environment of higher crude oil prices, increased ocean freight rates and a strengthening US dollar, led by resurging consumer demand and global mobility. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

IVL’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD) business is benefiting from a high crude oil price environment, as its shale gas advantage supports MTBE and MEG margins. As ocean freight rates increase, IVL’s PET and Fibers segments are also gaining due to increased import parity pricing in Western markets, where about two thirds of their portfolios are situated. Management’s agile response to hedging and levying surcharges has helped to partially recuperate the surge in energy and utility costs in Europe as a consequence of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The reopening of economies bodes well for demand across IVL’s businesses, but China’s ongoing pandemic lockdowns have impacted downstream polyester demand. IVL’s businesses trade in US dollars and a strengthening dollar has had positive impact, reducing conversion costs in emerging economies where IVL has a strong local presence.

“Our integrated product portfolio continues to play a crucial role in the daily lives of consumers, serving end applications focused on elevating safety and well-being,” said CEO D K Agarwal. “This is the cornerstone of our resiliency and has allowed the company to successfully weather volatility and uncertainty. At the same time, our strong focus on transforming our processes is continuing to yield efficiency gains and drive increased productivity.”

The Hygiene Division of IVL announced price increases of up to 15% on all of its fibres from December 1st, 2021, or as contracts allowed, including on polypropylene, polyester, recycled polyester, polylactic acid (PLA) and bicomponent fibres.

Another record quarter for Indorama Ventures

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

A new enzyme variant can break down PET polyester in just 24 hours.

The enzyme, created by engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, was able to complete a circular process of breaking down the PET into smaller parts (depolymerization) and then chemically putting it back together (repolymerization). It has the potential to supercharge recycling on a large scale that would allow major industries to reduce their environmental impact by recovering and reusing plastics at the molecular level. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences used a machine learning model to generate novel mutations to a natural enzyme called PETase that allows bacteria to degrade PET plastics. The model predicts which mutations in these enzymes would accomplish the goal of quickly depolymerizing post-consumer waste plastic at low temperatures.

Through this process, which included studying 51 different post-consumer plastic containers, five different polyester fibres and fabrics and water bottles all made from PET, the researchers proved the effectiveness of the enzyme, which they are calling FAST-PETase (functional, active, stable and tolerant PETase).

Mechanical recycling is the most obvious way to cut down on plastic waste. but globally, less than 10% of all plastic has been recycled. Alternative industrial recycling processes include very energy-intensive processes of glycolysis, pyrolysis, and/or methanolysis.

Biological solutions take much less energy. Research on enzymes for plastic recycling has advanced during the past 15 years but until now, no one had been able to figure out how to make enzymes that could operate efficiently at low temperatures to make them both portable and affordable at large industrial scale. FAST-PETase can perform the process at less than 50°C.

Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

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Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste 13-05-2022

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-Stora Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French wood processing

Stora Enso invests in ACDF Industrie SAS and becomes a 35% shareholder of the French wood processing company. The investment is in line with Stora Enso’s growth strategy for mass timber building elements, enabling value-added, bespoke CLT (cross-laminated timber) solutions to its long-term French partners.

ACDF Industrie SAS works with all engineered wood products like CLT, Glulam and LVL (laminated veneer lumber) and manufactures them into various value-added products such as walls, floors or roof elements for residential and non-residential buildings, mainly for the French market.

‘France is one of our priority markets for growth, with building regulations favouring sustainable, renewable materials and low carbon property development. This investment builds on Stora Enso’s capacity to produce CLT and LVL near sustainably managed forests, and ACDF Industrie’s readiness to further process our wood products into walls, floors and roofs near construction sites all over France. This partnership strengthens our market reach and position as a leading global provider of sustainable engineered wood products,’ says Lars Volkel, Executive Vice President, Stora Enso’s Wood Products division. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

ACDF Industrie SAS’ investment in a second production line is developing according to plan. It will increase the capacity of mass timber elements and it will be ready in February 2023.

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-Russia’s GDP this year will fall by 12% – Bloomberg learned the forecast of the Ministry of Finance

The Finance Ministry expects Russia’s GDP to fall by 12% this year, Forbes reported, citing Bloomberg.

This is the largest decline in the country’s economy since 1994. If this forecast comes true, it will negate economic growth in about 10 years.

“The main negative factors are the oil embargo, the EU’s refusal of Russian gas, as well as the growing number of foreign companies leaving Russia,” explained Natalia Lavrova, chief economist at BCS. She expects that the negative consequences of current events will be transferred to 2023. If we build a forecast based only on the current sanctions, then the reduction in GDP this year will be 10.8%, and next year – about 5%, she said. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

According to the baseline forecast of the Central Bank, in 2022 GDP will decline by 8-10%, the Accounts Chamber expects a drop in GDP from 8.8% to 12.4%, the World Bank in the April forecast suggested that the Russian economy in 2022 will shrink by 11.2%, and economists believe that the decline will be 10.3%.

If the Treasury Department’s forecast turns out to be accurate, it will negate about a decade of economic growth.

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-CJ Bio launches PHA production in Pasuruan, Indonesia

CJ Bio, a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang, has begun manufacturing PHA biopolyester at a newly commissioned facility located in Pasuruan, Indonesia, the company has announced.

With a rated capacity of 5,000 tonnes, the new facility will exclusively produce ‘amorphous’ PHAs (a-PHAs). Amorphous PHA , which has a low glass transition temperature (Tg), is a soft, rubbery version of PHA that offers fundamentally different performance opportunities than crystalline or semi-crystalline forms of PHA.

This material will be used as a modifier for other polymers and biopolymers to improve functional characteristics and biodegradability.

Polyhydroxyalkanoates are linear polyesters produced in nature through bacterial fermentation of sugars or lipids. They occur naturally in living cells from a 5-10% rate, which gives PHAs their excellent biodegradability. CJ BIO can increase PHA content up to 85% through bacterial strain and proprietary fermentation technology. The company employs advanced downstream technology for the extraction of PHA components and for the manufacture of specific products.

The technology also has the potential to develop building blocks for other performance materials made from non-fossil fuel sources. With the company’s first commercial production facility up and running a, CJ Bio shipped its first material in April of this year. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

This new PHA manufacturing facility in Pasuruan is the culmination of decades of work that started at the company Metabolix in the early 2000s and which CJ Bio has been improving since it acquired Metabolix biopolymer assets in 2016. The company will continue to work of further expansion plans.

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-Stora Enso – Your questions answered: designing food packaging beyond plastics

Consumers have high sustainability expectations for brand-owners’ food packaging, and they are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products. These are two findings from a recent study we conducted among European consumers on their attitudes toward food packaging materials, recycling behaviors, and expectations they have for brand-owners. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

We shared some of these insights during our webinar ‘Designing food packaging beyond plastics: what do consumers want?’ where we brought Stora Enso’s experts together for a conversation on packaging sustainability and design. The discussion is valuable especially for brand-owners who would be interested in improving packaging sustainability by switching from non-renewable materials to renewable, fiber-based alternatives. If you were not able to attend, a recording of the webinar is available here.

We received plenty of thoughtful feedback from viewers, and in this article, we will answer a few of the common questions from you.

We are interested in fiber-based packaging, but we want to ensure that we will have sufficient material supply. How can we be sure that we will have continuous access your products?

The supply situation for our materials remains relatively stable and we are confident there is enough wood fiber for our current uses. We continue to work to ensure the availability of the right kind of wood in different parts of the world, use recycled fibers and optimize our board-making capacity and output from raw materials. Further, we are continuously looking forward to increasing our production capacity to further ensure supply for brand-owners looking to make the switch to fiber-based materials. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

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-Europe’s plastic recycling volume growing, says group

Plastics Recyclers Europe says plastic recycling capacity is growing at an impressive pace in the EU.

Brussels-based trade association Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) says the plastic recycling industry in the European Union (EU) is continuing “fast-paced efforts toward reaching the EU targets,” with “new figures for installed plastics recycling capacities” revealing a 13 percent growth rate.

The total installed plastics recycling capacity in 2020 in the EU27 nations (plus three nations adhering to EU regulations) grew by 1.1 metric tons compared with the previous year’s installed capacity. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

“The new figures show that the plastics recycling industry remains resilient while continuing its path toward making plastics genuinely circular,” states PRE. Growth in the sector, despite the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, was possible “thanks to the booming demand driven, among others, by the new legislative targets,” adds PRE.

Europe’s plastic recycling volume growing, says group

-New York recycling legislation aims to increase collection rates, PCR supply

EPR bill considered toughest in nation

Companies would reduce packaging by 50%

Two plastic packaging bills were recently introduced in New York state that, if passed, would raise the supply of recycled plastics, reduce waste and incentivize companies to use more sustainable packaging.

The first bill, AB A10185, would establish an extended producer responsibility, or EPR, program, which aims to increase collection rates and in turn the supply of recycled materials, by shifting some packaging end-of-life management burdens from consumers and governments to industry. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

“The EPR bill puts the responsibility from cradle to grave on manufacturers as they will take responsibility for the eventual recycling or reuse” of packaging, Englebright said at a May 10 press conference. “[Plastic packaging] goes out the door of the manufacturing facility, and they never think about it again. But we … have higher taxes and compromised health.”

Key features of the bill include requiring companies to gradually reduce their packaging by 50% over 10 years through more sustainable packaging design, switching to reuse/refill systems, and/or eliminating excess packaging altogether

Companies would also be required to transition 90% of their remaining packaging over 12 years to be recyclable, compostable or made from recycled content. In all new packaging, certain materials will be banned, including PFAS, heavy metals, and non-recyclable plastics such as PVC and polystyrene.

Also, packaging producers would be required to pay fees to the program, which will be determined via a structure that provides incentives to producers that seek to reduce waste at the source and adopt more sustainable packaging designs and practices. Charges will also be adjusted based on the percentage of post-consumer content, which producers will be required to specify on packaging products.

The bill specifies that the definition of post-consumer resin should not include any material sourced from energy recovery or “generated by means of combustion, incineration, pyrolysis, gasification, solvolysis, chemical recycling and any high-heat or chemical conversion process.”

Europe’s plastic recycling volume growing, says group

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-Solvay launches new growth platform focused on renewable materials and biotechnology

The fourth growth platform will increase the share of renewable carbon in Solvay’s product offering and open up new business opportunities for multiple markets

Solvay is launching a new Renewable Materials and Biotechnology platform, dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for a range of markets, using renewable feedstocks and biotechnology. The company is already a market leader in some bio-based products, including guar, bio-sourced solvents and natural vanillin, the latter of which is enabled by biotechnology.

The new platform will bring together several Solvay businesses to help meet growing demand for sustainable solutions by increasing the share of renewable carbon1\ in Solvay’s product offering and developing new business opportunities enabled by biotechnology.  It complements Solvay’s three existing growth platforms, Battery Materials, Green Hydrogen and Thermoplastic Composites.

The platform will accelerate the integration of sustainable renewable feedstocks into Solvay products. It will also enable the development of new approaches to manage the end-of-life of these products, which includes biodegradability by design.

This presents enormous innovation potential, which Solvay is well positioned to leverage, both through internal expertise and strong links with customers and external innovation partners.  Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

Through open innovation and strategic alliances, Solvay intends to build new growth businesses that will benefit multiple markets, while also helping to address key societal and environmental needs. This includes providing formulations for agro and personal care, solutions for food and flavors, and advanced materials for transportation and aerospace

Through enabling the development of sustainable solutions based on renewable carbon, the platform will also play a fundamental role in the achievement of Solvay’s 2030 sustainability goals, set out in the  Solvay One Planet sustainability roadmap. These goals include increasing the share of sustainable solutions in Group sales to 65% and more than doubling the share of Solvay products based on circular raw materials or energy in Group sales compared to 2018, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

1 Renewable carbon encompasses carbon sources that prevent or replace the use of fossil carbon. This definition includes carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling.

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-Assobioplastica criticizes CNR study on bioplastic degradation

The association of the compostable plastics industry emphasizes the instrumental significance of the operation and highlights three unique aspects of the research. CNR bioplastics study Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

The premise can be found at the end of the statement released today by Assobioplastica regarding the announcement made yesterday by the CNR on the results of a study on the (slow) degradation of bioplastics in the sea and in the sand (read article): “Sorry to have to talk to means of press releases, where it would be preferable to remain in the context of the scientific discussion, which Assobioplastica considers vital and stimulating and hopes to be able to continue in the appropriate forums with researchers interested in the topic of biodegradation of bioplastics “. Reserving a broader and more in-depth examination from the technical point of view of the study, Assobioplastica not so much criticizes the results, but “the instrumental significance of the operation”; according to the association representing the Italian compostable bioplastics industry: “With this press release some categories of bioplastics are attacked, but in reality a shadow is cast on the entire sector”. Pending a critical review, three “glaring singularities” are reported.

The first is that the “results of the study are disseminated hastily and prematurely, ie on the basis of the first sampling, carried out after only six months in an experiment lasting three years.

In essence, these are preliminary results “. Then there is a methodological aspect, that is, the degradation times have not been measured, although this is the topic of the research: “The article – reports Assobioplastica – does not answer the question ‘What degradation times do bioplastics have compared to conventional? “.

According to the association, in fact, “in the experimental scheme of the test a fundamental element is missing to contextualize the results and make sense of the term ‘significant’ referring to degradation, ‘long’ referring to time and so on: this is the pellet of material lignocellulosic, i.e. a natural polymer composite that is necessary, like the metronome with music, to give meaning to the duration, to calibrate the experiment and understand what ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ means in nature, beyond the subjective expectations of experimenters “.

Assobioplastica criticizes CNR study on bioplastic degradation

Solvay launches new growth platform focused on renewable-materials and biotechnology

Assobioplastica criticizes CNR-study-on-bioplastic-degradation

Stora-Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French-wood-processing

Russia’s-GDP this year will fall by 12% – Bloomberg learned the forecast of the Ministry-of-Finance

CJ-Bio launches PHA-production in Pasuruan, Indonesia

Stora-Enso – Your questions answered: designing food-packaging beyond-plastics

New-York-recyclinglegislation aims to increase collection rates, PCR-supply

Europe’s-plastic-recycling volume growing, says group

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-RadiciGroup closes 2021 with positive results. Continued focus on sizeable investments in innovation and sustainability

Underway in India, the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd. with the objective of keeping up the Group’s global growth trend

With total sales of EUR 1.508 million generated by over 30 production and sales units in Europe, Asia and America, RadiciGroup closed its 2021 financial year with positive results, despite the difficulties due to the lingering effects of the pandemic and the steep increase in the cost of raw materials and energy, especially during the latter part of the year.

The Group – led by brothers Angelo, Maurizio and Paolo Radici – continued to pursue its strategy of focusing on the core businesses considered to be strategic and synergistic, such as nylon chemicals, engineering polymers and advanced textile solutions, while, at the same time,  introducing new products, such as a line of personal protective equipment for medical and industrial use.

EBITDA reached EUR 268 million, and net income for the year was EUR 150 million.

“The figures recorded in 2021 were good, but certainly very difficult to replicate,” Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup, commented. “The reason is that the increase in sales came about more as a result of the ‘price increase’ effect caused by a sharp jump in the cost of raw materials and energy. However, we demonstrated our great ability to react, seizing opportunities that we were able to realize fast and efficiently, with the help of our collaborators at all levels. The year 2022 started off with the entire industrial world facing great difficulties, created by the uncertainties related to the precarious international geopolitical situation. This new state of affairs prevents us from forecasting cost trends, energy and gas in particular, which, in a company like ours, affect both raw materials and processing costs. We entrepreneurs find ourselves dealing with a situation that makes medium- to long-term planning almost impossible. In this context, the second half of 2022 remains a matter of great concern, especially if the negative variables relating to the war  – gas and energy costs – do not change. Nevertheless, we can always count on our people, who, even in such adverse circumstances, have been working with great commitment, flexibility and a spirit of adaptation.”

Despite this situation, RadiciGroup considers it essential to continue making investments.

“In 2021, the Group invested EUR 53 million financed from cash flow,” Alessandro Manzoni, CFO of RadiciGroup, emphasized. “There was no impact on net financial position, which registered an improvement over 2020, as did all our balance sheet ratios.”

Furthermore, in spite of the complexity of the period, in 2022 the Group shareholders have kept on with their significant investment plan aimed at strengthening RadiciGroup’s presence in global markets and improving its competitiveness.

Indeed, the Group has moved forward, according to plan, with the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd., an India-based company engaged for decades in the production of engineering polymers and listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. RadiciGroup’s EUR 35 million investment in this transaction furthers the internationalization strategy of its High Performance Polymers business area.

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-Plastics Recycling Show Europe returns to Amsterdam 22-23 June 2022

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE), the pan-European exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling, returns to Hall 12 at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 22-23 June 2022.

“The free-to-attend Plastics Recycling Show Europe conference and exhibition is the focal point of plastics recycling in Europe,” said Ton Emans, Plastics Recyclers Europe President. “Now in its sixth edition, PRSE is a must-visit event to discover all the latest technical and commercial developments and stay up to date with the legislative landscape of our industry.”  Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe is designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross-section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.

Over 200 companies and organisations from across Europe have already signed up to exhibit at what will be by far the largest PRSE show to date including: Aimplas, Berry Global, Bollegraaf, Ettlinger, Evonik, FIMIC, Kraton Polymers, Krones, Milliken, NextChem, Pellenc ST, Starlinger, Veolia and Zen Robotics. The latest trends in the plastics recycling sector will be explored in depth throughout the free-to-attend two-day conference, which provides a holistic view of the whole plastic recycling value chain, drawing together political leaders, major brands, recyclers and the plastics recycling and manufacturing industry.

Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Environment at the European Commission is the keynote speaker for the opening session, entitled Plastic Recycling – Piece of the Puzzle.

Conference sessions will cover the latest political and legislative developments in plastics recycling in Europe.Materials focus sessions will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for mechanical recycling, covering PET, PVC and Technical Plastics, polyolefin waste streams, PP and PS recycling.

Speakers in the PET Recycling session include Bastiaan Schupp, Legislative Officer, DG SANTE – DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission. He will be joined by Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe presenting Making soft drink packaging fully circular by 2030 and Antonello Ciotti, President of Petcore Europe whose talk is titled PET: a value chain on the forefront of ecological transition.  Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology

Plastics Recycling Show Europe returns to Amsterdam 22-23 June 2022

RadiciGroup closes 2021 with positive results. Continued focus on sizeable investments in innovation and sustainability

Plastics-Recycling Show Europe returns to Amsterdam-22-23-June-2022

Hualu-Hengsheng plans nylon-66-in-China

Trinseo raises May-PS-ABS-and-SAN-prices-in-Europe

-Curbside HDPE-prices rise slightly

EURATEX reaches out to Ukrainian-textile-industry

MOL builds one of the largest capacity green-hydrogen plants in Europe

Amcor’s No-Label-PET-Bottle for Danone Launches in Argentina

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rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology 11-05-2022

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-Hualu Hengsheng plans nylon 66 in China

China’s Hualu Hengsheng Chemical is planning to construct a nylon 66 project as well as a solvent project at Dezhou in Shandong province, the company said.

The nylon 66 project will have two product lines, each at 40,000 tonnes/year of capacity. A 200,000 tonne/year adipic acid plant and other supporting facilities will also be installed.

For the solvent project, the company will build two dimethyl carbonate (DMC) plants each at 300,000 tonnes/year of capacity, a 300,000 tonne/year ethyl methyl carbonate (EMC) plant and some supporting units.

Hualu Hengsheng estimates that investments will be roughly yuan (CNY) 3.1bn (USD464m) for the nylon 66 project and CNY1bn for the solvent project. Constructions are expected to take 24 months for the nylon 66 project and 20 months for the solvent project. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

As MRC informed earlier, Domo, a manufacturer of engineering and high performance materials has announced it will be investing millions of euros in updating and expanding the production capacity for high-performance Technyl polyamides over the coming years. The company said that the investment was necessary to meet growing demand in the automotive, electrical & electronics, and industrial consumer goods industries, and to help build a sustainable future

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-Trinseo raises May PS, ABS and SAN 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 polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of May 4. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

Effective May 1, 2022, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose to reflect current market conditions as follows:

STYRON™ general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) by +90 Euro per metric ton

STYRON™ and STYRON™ A-TECH, STYRON™ C-TECH and STYRON™ X- TECH high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) by +90 Euro per metric ton

MAGNUM™ ABS resins by +60 Euro per metric ton

TYRIL™ SAN resins by +60 Euro per metric ton

We remind, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PS, ABS and SAN grades on 1 April 2022, as stated below:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR430 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR430 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR430 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR430 per metric ton.

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-Curbside HDPE prices rise slightly

Market graph iconThis month has brought relative calm to markets, with post-consumer recyclables bale prices largely flat except for a few modest changes.

The national average price for corrugated containers (PS 11) is down another $2 per ton this month, now trading at an average $129 per ton. OCC was trading for about $93 per ton this time last year.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars leveled off this month, now at an average 39.56 cents per pound, compared to 39.22 cents per pound this time last month. Some regions are trading as high as 50 cents per pound. PET was trading at 15.69 cents one year ago.

The national average price of post-consumer natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from curbside collection programs is up 2%, now at an average 54.81 cents per pound. This compares with 53.72 cents last month. The price was 89.31 cents this time last year. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

The national average price of color HDPE is also up 2%. This grade is now trading at 29.56 cents per pound, compared with 28.94 cents last month. Color HDPE averaged 38.44 cents one year ago.

Notable price increases are being seen across three film grades, however.

The national average price of Grade A film is up 6%, now at 22.50 cents per pound, compared with 21.13 last month and 17.63 cents one year ago. And Grade B film is now 8.13 cents, compared with 6.56 one year ago. Prices for both are the highest they’ve been in recent memory.

Grade C film is now averaging 1.13 cents per pound. That’s the highest price paid for this lower-grade film bale since mid-2020.

Generally speaking, other curbside metal, paper and plastic prices are flat this month.

The national average price for sorted, baled aluminum cans remains steady, at 114 cents per pound. This material was trading at an average 64.13 cents per pound this time last year.

Sorted, baled steel cans have also remained consistent. They are selling for an average $236 per ton. The price was $233 per ton one year ago.

Sorted residential papers (PS 56) remain unchanged, at $100 per ton. This compares with $55 per ton one year ago.

And the same goes for mixed paper (PS 54), which is still selling for $70 per ton, compared with $34 this time last year, and for sorted office papers (PS 37), which are still trading for about $220 per ton, compared with an average $116 one year ago.

Lastly, polypropylene (PP) is still trading at 34.56 cents per pound, the same as last month. PP was 33.31 cents one year ago.

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-EURATEX reaches out to Ukrainian textile industry

EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation has launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. EUTI offers a single contact point for Ukrainian companies who seek support and cooperation with EU counterparts, and vice versa.

The connection will be helpful to match supply and demand (e.g. there are many requests for supplies of fabrics), engage in public procurement, offering company-to-company support. The service will be coordinated by EURATEX in close cooperation with UKRLEGPROM, the Ukrainian association of enterprises of textile & leather industry. Olena Garkusha, an experienced manager coming from the Ukrainian textile industry and now based in Brussels, will act as contact point, EURATEX said in a press release. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

EU exports to Ukraine reached €1.3 billion in 2021 (13th market), whereas imports from Ukraine reached €500 million (21st place). There is potential to expand that relationship, both in the short term – to respond to urgent needs, e.g. in military and medical fabrics – but also in the longer run; as a partner in the PEM Convention, Ukraine can play an important role in Europe’s textile and apparel supply chain. The proposed suspension of tariffs on imported products from Ukraine by the EU will offer further opportunities.

“Supporting the textile industry is our way to help the people of Ukraine. We encourage our European members to connect via EUTI and develop sustainable partnerships,” EURATEX director general Dirk Vantyghem said.

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-MOL builds one of the largest capacity green hydrogen plants in Europe

MOL Group, has teamed up with Plug Power Inc. , a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, to build one of Europe’s largest-capacity green hydrogen production facilities at MOL’s Danube Refinery in Szazhalombatta, Hungary, said the company.

Green hydrogen will reduce the carbon footprint of the Danube Refinery operation and enable emission-free mobility in the longer term.

Utilizing a 10-megawatt (MW) electrolysis unit from Plug Power, MOL’s €22 million facility will be able to produce approximately 1,600 tons of clean, carbon-neutral, green hydrogen annually, removing up to 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide by displacing the currently used natural gas-based production process. As this process represents one-sixth of the carbon dioxide emissions of MOL Group, this investment supports MOL’s carbon neutrality goals and will contribute to energy independence for the region. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

Once operational in 2023, MOL will use the green hydrogen in its Danube Refinery during fuel production of its own hydrogen system. It will be incorporated into the molecules of MOL fuels, lowering the carbon outputs from the production technology and the final product.

The production of green hydrogen does not generate any greenhouse gas emissions. The Plug equipment uses electricity from a renewable source to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas by a process called electrolysis. This process does not produce any by-products that harm the environment. By producing one ton of hydrogen, eight-to-nine tons of pure oxygen is also produced by the equipment, saving nearly 10,000 tons of natural gas consumption in the process. Plug’s electrolyzers, with nearly 50 years of operational experience in applications demanding high reliability, are modular, scalable hydrogen generators optimized for clean hydrogen production.

The company behind the world’s first and most comprehensive Green Hydrogen Ecosystem , Plug is making green hydrogen adoption simple for companies ready to improve both efficiency and sustainability of their operations. Plug’s independent green hydrogen production network is targeting 70 TPD by the end of 2022 and remains on track to have 500 TPD of green hydrogen generation network in North America by 2025 and 1,000 TPD on a global basis by 2028.

MOL builds one of the largest capacity green hydrogen plants in Europe

-Amcor’s No-Label PET Bottle for Danone Launches in Argentina

Lasered molds produce a label-free water bottle with a 21% smaller carbon footprint than the labeled bottle.

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP), Ann Arbor, MI, and Danone, Paris, have launched a fully recyclable, label-free recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottle for Danone’s Villavicencio water brand in Argentina.

The 1.5-Liter bottle is made from 100% rPET and offers a carbon footprint that’s 21% smaller than that of the previous bottle. Eliminating the label also ensures there are no potential contaminants in the recycled resin, which is expected to increase yields of recycled PET resin. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

The new bottle incorporates the same visual elements as the previous bottle, which was made from a blend of virgin and post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins and was decorated with a polyethylene label. The new package was two years in development.

The mold technology for the label-free bottle comes from Moldintec, an independent blow mold supplier from Argentina. Moldintec used laser-based machining to create highly detailed molds for the Villavicencio bottle.

Embossed in the bottle’s surface are brand and product information. The latter includes required data such as “detailed nutrition information and legal information related [to where the product] is produced, consumer contact, expire date,” and the like, Juan Cazes, general manager of Amcor, Argentina, informs us. This information is molded along the middle of the bottle.

Moldintec won a 2022 WorldStar Award from the World Packaging Organisation for a similar label-free bottle for Danone’s Bonafont water, a brand sold in Brazil. The Bonafont bottle is also produced using laser-based molds.

Amcor sources the rPET for the label-free Villavicencio bottle from the leading PCR producer in Argentina, embracing “the local circular economy for PET,” Cazes says.

Amcor’s No-Label PET Bottle for Danone Launches in Argentina

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-Equipolymers and RITTEC announce cooperation

PET manufacturer Equipolymers continues to move towards the circular economy with new Rittec technology

  • The aim is to meet the growing demand for rPET in food quality
  • Significant increase in the proportion of recycled material in PET granules for food contact
  • Fossil raw materials will continue to be replaced

revolPET technology from Rittec provides the basis for recycled raw materials for PET in new product quality

PET manufacturer Equipolymers and technology startup Rittec Umwelttechnik announced their cooperation today in Schkopau. By developing and implementing Rittec’s revolPET process in Equipolymers’ PET production plant, the recyclate content in PET with food contact is to be significantly increased.

Mechanical PET recycling has successfully established itself in the European market over many years. However, the possible input materials for mechanical recycling processes are limited. For example, multilayer materials often used in the packaging sector or heavily coloured PET containers are very difficult to recycle. In addition, while PET is virtually unlimited and 100 percent recyclable, multiple mechanical recycling loops can compromise the optical properties of recycled PET.

Due to the insufficient availability of high-quality post-consumer PET, higher recycling volumes are difficult to achieve with existing technologies. In Germany, for example, the proportion of recyclates is currently only around 26 percent on average (source: IFEU study).

With revolPET, Rittec provides a technology solution to skip these boundaries. The use of this new chemical recycling solution, defined as a back-to-monomer process, enables the reprocessing of PET plastics in new product quality. The continuous recycling process can be used to close cycles of polyester plastics with high throughput rates. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Substitution of virgin monomers within reach

Laboratory-scale polymerization tests have shown promising results. “Confirmed by the laboratory results, the replacement of virgin monomers is within reach for us,” says Olaf Hempel, Head of Development at Equipolymers. That is why the partners are striving for even more intensive cooperation in order to achieve their goals.

“Our revolPET technology can make an enormous contribution to the circular plastics economy,” comments Carsten Eichert, Rittec founder and managing director. “We want to prove that our basic PET components produced from post-consumer waste meet the standards for food contact.”

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-bp supports circular plastics chain with Clean Planet Energy

bp signs 10-year offtake deal with Clean Planet Energy which aims to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks

bp has signed a 10-year offtake agreement with Clean Planet Energy, a UK-based company that is developing facilities to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks and also into ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD).

Clean Planet Energy designs and builds facilities – which they refer to as ecoPlants – that are expected to process plastics typically rejected by traditional recycling centres and so would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration.

Under the new agreement bp will initially receive the output of Clean Planet Energy’s first facility, currently under construction in Teesside in the north-east of England.

The north-east facility is designed to have the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes a year of waste plastics into naphtha and ULSD. The naphtha can be utilised as feedstock into circular plastics value chains, which is aligned with bp’s aim of unlocking new sources of value through circularity, keeping products and materials in use for longer. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Clean Planet Energy will provide bp with the opportunity to expand the relationship by offtaking products from its future plants beyond Teesside.

bp is already leading a series of major hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects being developed in and around Teesside that will support decarbonisation of the region’s industries. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Last November it unveiled plans for a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility that could deliver up to 500Mwe (megawatt electrical input) of hydrogen production ‎by 2030 (click here).

Clean Planet Energy is currently in the process of developing 12 of its ecoPlants globally. From these facilities alone, the company aims to divert 250,000 tonnes of hard-to-recycle waste plastic annually from landfills and the environment, creating more than 700 green jobs in local communities. Clean Planet Energy plans to announce further ecoPlants in the UK, EU, South-East Asia and the Americas later this year.

-Step toward Circular Economy?

Catalytic deconstruction of PET with zirconium metal-organic framework

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most common plastics. Discarded PET most often ends up in landfills or in the environment because the rate of recycling remains low. In the journal Angewandte

Chemie, a research team has now reported a zirconium-based metal-organic framework material that catalyzes the degradation of PET into its monomers. These can then be reused to make high-value PET, allowing for development of a circular economy.

Almost 70 million tons of PET are produced annually. PET is processed to make products like fibers, drink bottles, and food packaging. Although PET can be melted down and reused, the high temperatures employed result in a lower quality of recycled products, limiting this strategy to only a few cycles. Chemical deconstruction of PET into its monomers would provide starting material for the renewed production of high-quality PET products but it requires large amounts of solvents and reagents, high pressures, and expensive separation of troublesome byproducts. Additives and dyed products could also make things difficult. The alternative would be a catalytic process. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

A team led by Omar K. Farha at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA has now reported a catalyst that breaks PET waste down at 260 °C into the building blocks terephthalic acid (TA) and mono-methyl terephthalate (MMT) in yields up to 98 %. The catalyst belongs to a class of materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are porous structures with metals at the nodes and organic molecules linking them.

The researchers chose to use UiO-66, a well-known zirconium-based MOF that can easily be produced on a large scale. UiO-66 consists of clusters containing six zirconium atoms as nodes, which are connected by six terephthalic acid molecules as linkers.

Extensive structural analyses showed that during deconstruction of PET, UiO-66 surprisingly rearranges into a different form with the same composition: MIL-140A, which is a framework of seven-coordinate zirconium oxide chains that are linked to six other chains by terephthalic acid bridges. This rearrangement only causes a slight decrease in the catalytic activity.

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-New scenarios for 2022 Eurozone and UK PE growth as inflation and debt pressures build

The cost of living crisis in the developed world, and today we use the example of the Eurozone and the UK, is so severe that even single-use polyethylene (PE) demand is a risk.

Even before the Ukraine-Russia conflict, PE consumption was facing downward pressure as we moved from the pandemic to the endemic phase of coronavirus. Now, as interest rates rise at a time of worrying levels of public and private debt, we have to consider extent to which governments will be able to provide support for lower-paid workers who are under great pressure to cut back on their grocery spending.

We thus need scenarios for demand to enable the industry to better plan for an incredibly uncertain future. The blog has never known market analysis as complex as this:

The ICIS Supply & Demand Base Case growth for Eurozone and UK PE demand in 2022 over last year is 1%. I see this outcome as likely if the Eurozone and the UK can offset rocketing inflation through significant support for lower-paid workers. This will largely counteract the loss of tonnes resulting from the endemic phase of coronavirus. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Downside 1 envisages limited wiggle room for extra fiscal spending on rising interest rates and further upward pressures on inflation. Here, consumption contracts by 4%.

The worst-case outcome, Downside 2, would see demand falling by 7% on full-blown stagflation and a debt crisis as much- higher interest rates make debt costs unserviceable. The worst-case outcome leaves demand around 900,000 tonnes lower than 2021 and a million tonnes lower than our Base Case for 2022.

Balanced against this should be the possibility that Eurozone and UK demand for imports will be higher than expected because of reduced purchases of Russian oil, naphtha and natural gas.

The decisions that PE exporters make from hereon in will be critical. Every tonne they produce and allocate to the region where the demand is, will of course make them money. And in a time of volatile and high feedstock costs, every tonne they don’t produce, when they correctly assess that the demand isn’t there in a particular market, will be important in preserving cashflow. Cash might be about to become king again, as in 2008-2009.

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-Slowdown in US may affect China’s exports: Experts

The risk of the US economy slowing down and even nosediving into recession could add another layer of uncertainty to export growth and financial stability in China, underlining the necessity for China to strengthen its economy, say experts. Investors doubt whether the US Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening can tame inflation without triggering a rapid decline in economic growth.

“We don’t think it (the recession risk) is a serious near-term concern,” Rob Subbaraman, head of global macro research at Nomura, was quoted as saying by an official Chinese media outlet, citing the cushion provided by high household savings, low unemployment rates and strong corporate balance sheets.

But the risk could increase going forward, Subbaraman said, as the financial services group forecasts that the cumulative probability of a US economic recession from now to the end of 2024 is fairly high at between 35 per cent and 40 per cent, with higher risk in the second half of 2023 and 2024.

He said US economic growth is likely to start slowing in the second half of this year due to factors like tightening monetary and fiscal policies and rising commodity prices that impair demand.  Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

He noted that a possible US slowdown could hurt Chinese exporters because they mostly sell goods to US consumers while consumption of goods could cool more sharply than the whole US economy as spending shifts from goods to services as the omicron wave fades.

“I think China is going to be negatively affected by the US slowdown and probably more so than you would realise just looking at aggregate US GDP growth,” Subbaraman said.

Signs have emerged that China’s export growth could face downside risks. An indicator of manufacturers’ new export orders dropped to 41.6 in April from 47.2 in March, pointing to a deeper contraction in export orders, said the purchasing managers index survey released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Slowdown in US may affect China's exports: Experts

-UBQ’s Sustainable Thermoplastic Incorporated in Hybrid Plastic-Metal Parts

Polymertal will use UBQ in lightweight metal-plated polypropylene parts with key metallic properties for automotive and other applications.

Tel Aviv–based UBQ Materials announced today a partnership with Polymertal, a developer of hybrid plastic-metal parts headquartered in Haifa, Israel. Polymertal will use UBQ’s sustainable thermoplastic, converted from unsorted plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, in its new SPP-50XX material with metallic properties.

Polymertal’s SPP-50XX comprises 20% UBQ and 80% polypropylene. Metal plating composed of copper and nickel in varying thicknesses is placed on top of the plastic substrate, resulting in a lightweight part that exhibits key metallic properties, including durability, stiffness, heat resistance, and electromagnetic shielding, according to Polymertal. Applications include automotive, industrial, and consumer products. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

The inclusion of UBQ in the SPP-50XX base substrate reduces its carbon footprint. Compared with aluminum, for example, it reportedly achieves roughly a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions, as verified by World Watchers, a German organization that says it adapted the “proven WeightWatchers concept to climate protection.”

“Countless applications require materials that are lightweight, withstand high-temperature environments, and are thermally and electrically conductive,” said Polymertal CEO Ran Carmeli. “SPP-50XX exhibits all these features, and the presence of UBQ brings sustainability earlier in the supply chain, making it even easier for manufacturers to reduce the overall carbon footprint of their end products,” said Carmeli.

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-Recyclable 100% rPET Food Tray Debuts in North America

Sustainable, rolled-edge tray from Cascades is designed for optimal rigidity, and no packaging equipment changes are required.

The sustainable packaging offerings of Cascades, based in Québec, Canada, expand with the launch of the recyclable Cascades Fresh Performa rPET rolled-edge tray. The 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) food tray is compatible with existing high-speed packaging equipment.

A life-cycle assessment of the trays conducted by Groupe AGÉCO shows that greenhouse gas emissions are 69% lower when producing the new rPET trays vs. manufacturing virgin PET trays. rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology

In addition, the tray design enables minimal use of materials while ensuring ideal rigidity. Corner ribbing provides stiffness and minimizes the risk of warping.

The design also features rolled edges, which prevent film overwrap from tearing. This, in turn, helps prevent food waste and the need for rewrapping.

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-BPF to explore biobased and biodegradable technology

The first speaker will be Amcor’s Marketing Director, Coffee, Pet Care and Speciality Trevor Vadis, who will provide an analysis of the current situation with bioplastics, predictions for the future, as well as exploring the impact of generation one and generation two bioploymers.

He will be followed by Mariagiovanna Vetere, director at NatureWorks, who will discuss the opportunities in bioplastics as well as reflecting on the current challenges facing the industry. This session will be followed by a presentation from Dr Rachael Rothman from the University of Sheffield, who will give a presentation on the LCA of plastics from non-fossil-based sources.

European Bioplastics Managing Director Hasso Von Pogrell will discuss the size of the bioplastics market, global production trends and land use. Dr Thomas Farmer from the University of York will explore the underlying principles for several pathways to bio-based terephthalic acid/esters and will suggest what he feels are the most promising options.  rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology

The final speaker will be Suez’s Technical Development Director – Recycling and Recovery UK Stuart Hayward-Higham, who will provide insights into dealing with bioplastics from a waste management company’s point of view, exploring the unique challenges and solutions.

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-Step toward Circular-Economy?

-New scenarios for 2022 Eurozone and UK-PE-growth as inflation and debt pressures build

Slowdown-in-US may affect China‘s exports: Experts

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-New pumped hydro and green hydrogen project planned for Queensland, Australia

Australian renewable energy firm Sunshine Hydro has announced details of its plans to build a $2 billion pumped hydro and green hydrogen project within the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone.

The ‘Flavian’ project is expected to start generating from 2028, powering local industry with renewable energy and heavy trucks with green hydrogen to help decarbonise the Queensland economy.

The project will apply Sunshine Hydro’s closed loop hydropower model as part of a Superhybrid™ to generate reliable green power and green hydrogen.  It will be located near Miriam Vale, which has been described as having the ideal topography for the project.

Sunshine Hydro Chair, Michael Myer, said the company are partnering with Energy Estate, an Australian renewable energy and green hydrogen developer, to co-develop and provide green energy to power the Flavian project. It has also put in place valuable partnerships with Burnett Mary Regional Group BMRG, and the traditional owners, the Gidarjil Development Corporation. Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

“Through these strong partnerships, we will deliver one of the world’s most sustainable renewable energy projects, with extensive conservation and biodiversity outcomes across the site,” Myer said. “The Flavian Superhybrid will abate on average 4 million tonnes of carbon p.a., which is around 2.5% of the Queensland’s current level of annual carbon emissions, while generating cheaper energy to place downward pressure on energy prices.”

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-Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, has cut prices from record highs for Asia – but not for the US

  • Saudi Aramco — the world’s top oil exporter — has cut June prices for buyers in Asia and Europe.
  • The move comes amid strict COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in China, a major oil consumer.
  • Oil prices have surged thanks to concerns about supply disruption from Russia due to the Ukraine war.

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Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil exporter, has cut prices for buyers in Asia for the first time in four months, according to reports citing a Sunday pricing document from the state-controlled firm.

Aramco cut its June selling price for its major export grade, the Arab Light crude, to $4.40 a barrel above a benchmark price for cargoes, according to Reuters, Bloomberg and S&P Global. This premium for buyers in Asia is less than half the $9.35 per barrel — an all-time high — it had set in May, the outlets reported.

The price cut comes amid strict COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai. Recent economic indicators out of China — the world’s second-largest oil consumer — show manufacturing and services activity in the country contracting, which is in turn expected to hit energy consumption.

The faltering demand outlook stands in contrast to fears about supply disruption to Russian supply a month ago, which prompted Saudi Aramco to hike crude oil prices for all regions for May.

Aramco also cut its June price for Arab Light crude Europe, pricing it at $2.10 a barrel above Brent crude oil — down from a premium of $4.60 in May, according to the media outlets.

Aramco’s selling price to the US was unchanged. The company declined to comment about the price moves to Insider.

Saudi Arabia accounted for 6% of US crude oil imports in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Canada is the US’ top source of crude oil imports, supplying about 60% of the shipments, per the EIA.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said after a meeting last week that current supply-demand indicators pointed to a balanced market, according to a statement from the group led by Saudi Arabia.

 

-New pumped hydro and green-hydrogen project planned for Queensland, Australia

Saudi-Aramco, the world’s largest oil-exporter, has cut prices from record highs for Asia – but not for the US

Sinochem-International‘s nylon66-HMDA project completes “intermediate handover”

Digital-controlof-yarns for less waste

LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech-T-technology to Jiangsu Hongjing-New-Material Co. Ltd.

Covestro implements sustainability through circular-economy

Pal-Packaging and INEOS-Styrolution to develop food-packaging

BWF acquires Spanish long-term partner

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-Sinochem International’s nylon 66-HMDA project completes “intermediate handover”

On April 6, Sinochem International Corporation announced the completion of “intermediate handover”  for the Nylon 66-HMDA project, invested by Sinochem and constructed by Ruitai Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (subsidiary of Yangnong Chemical Group). The project is about to enter the commissioning stage

The project is designed of an annual output of 40,000 tons of nylon 66 polymer and 25,000 tons of intermediate hexamethylene diamine (HMDA), with a total investment of 978 million yuan  (around 148 million USD). It is about to enter the commissioning stage, and is expected to achieve steady production by June 2022.

The project is based on innovative production technology and will effectively break through the “short board” in nylon 66 and its key intermediates supply in China.

It is expected to provide high-quality nylon 66 materials and key intermediate hexamethylene diamine for the Chinese market, and improve the controlling capability and security of supply of nylon 66 industrial chain in Chinese market.

Nylon 66 has a bright market prospect in China. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

After the project is put into production and effective, it is expected to achieve an annual sales income of 886 million yuan (around 134 million USD), which will bring new growth points for the company.

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-Digital control of yarns for less waste

Apart from many traditionally woven carpets on the RCE+ carpet weaving machine, Vandewiele will also promote the digitally controlled RCF machine with Fast Creel, cut-loop machines, and specific machines for weaving light carpets at the Domotex Turkey 2022. All will be illustrated by carpet samples at the trade fair from May 14-17, 2022 in Gaziantep/Turkey.

The digital control of yarns allows the development of new qualities, a higher production efficiency and a closer follow-up of the machine park. Yarn waste is reduced at the highest production speed.  Combinations of cut pile carpets with flatweave as well as sisal look carpets will be presented.

In tufting, the digital control of pile yarns (active yarn feed, also called IPD) has allowed Vandewiele NV, Marke/Belgium, the development of high definition Colortec 1/10” tufting carpet in 8 colors – or 1/7” gauge, competing with the traditional Axminster carpets.  Solutions for plain carpets, artificial grass and the Myriad machines for tiles and other applications will also be highlighted. The new autonomous shearing machine, ATSH, will be presented in detail. For the back coating the focus will be on energy saving. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

Superba SAS, Moulhouse Cedex/France, a leader in heat-setting with saturated steam under pressure, is now offering the hot-air heat-setting solution with the DHS3 line. This triple-layer heat-setting process provides a very high level of evenness and a highly homogenous fixation characteristic to the yarn, as well as stain resistance or enhanced bulk. The DHS3 line offers a high energy saving process in a reduced floor-space.

To complete their range, Superba, a brand of Vandewiele, is also introducing their new B403 automatic winder. This machine has an individual spindle motorization drive; it enables a constant tension winding process, an accurate bobbin length measuring as well as a unique quality control for each yarn position.

Finally, with the BXE extrusion line from Vandewiele, the MF400 texturizing machine and the MCD3 space-dyeing machine as complementary processes before heat-setting, with Superba lines, the carpet industry is offered all the necessary equipment to produce innovative yarn types.

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-LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co. Ltd.

LyondellBasell announced that Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co. Ltd. will use its Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology at a new facility. The process technology will be used for two 200 kiloton per year (KTA) vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) lines. The facility will be located in the Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, P.R. of China. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

“Demand for both EVA and low density polyethylene (LDPE) remains strong in the current dynamic market. In particular, higher value applications such as for solar panel lamination and encapsulant are in strong demand, driven mainly by the on-going energy transition,” said Neil Nadalin, Director Global Licensing and Services at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added, “The Lupotech T process, offering both lowest operating and balanced investment cost, is the technology of choice for our customers to produce both EVA and LDPE grades”.

Mr. Bai Wei, Chairman of Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co., Ltd stated, “We gained within the Jiangsu Shenghong group companies a very pleasant experience with the LyondellBasell polyolefin technology offer in the field of high pressure technology. This is already the 4th and 5th polyolefin line based on LyondellBasell proprietary technology allowing us to produce superior polyolefin grades in high demand. Therefore, selecting LyondellBasell technology was a natural choice for expanding our production capacity with this additional project.”

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech T process the preferred technology for LDPE/EVA plant operators. High conversion rates, demonstrated high plant availability, and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech T process, designed to ensure this technology’s on-going energy efficiency.

More than 13 million KTA of the Lupotech T process for LDPE/EVA production capacity has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 70 lines around the world.

New licensees can take advantage of LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, product development according to the latest environmental regulations and our knowhow in high pressure design, by optionally joining our Technical Service program.

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-Covestro implements sustainability through circular economy

Roy Cheung from Covestro discusses circular economies and how they apply to plastic production, during his talk on the Sustainability LIVE digital stage

Based on consumer sentiments around microplastics, the plastic production industry has a lot of work to do before it can call itself sustainable. More organisations are looking at ways in which they can adapt their operations—a seemingly impossible task for a plastic producer—and Covestro is one of those that are taking on this challenge. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

At Sustainability LIVE, Roy Cheung, Global Head of Sustainability Solutions, Engineering Plastics at Covestro, joined us to discuss this rather difficult subject, but with the optimistic approach of circularity.

Can plastics be sustainable through a circular economy?

Cheung addresses the precedence that has been set by the use of plastic and the throw-away culture that has arisen as a result of it. After acknowledging the difficulties the industry faces, he explains how Covestro will manage its waste and follow a circular approach to bring plastics back into the manufacturing process.

“80% of the circular model can be contributed with material-related strategies,” says Cheung.

“From material recirculation—recycling and recovering materials—to, what we call, the product material efficiency. How do you choose the right material to make the product or applications more efficient?”

Covestro’s materials have served many industries over the years, which Cheung takes into account during his presentation. This includes the automotive industry, construction, wood and furniture, and electronics.

Cheung also goes into detail about the company’s operations for recycling materials, which can be separated into two different methods to serve varying needs, one of them being the mechanical approach—for non-critical components—and the drop-in solution.

-Pal Packaging and INEOS Styrolution to develop food packaging

Pal Packaging will integrate INEOS Styrolution’s Styrolution PS ECO into its food packaging following successful trials.

Greece-based food packaging manufacturer Pal Packaging has partnered with styrenics supplier INEOS Styrolution to develop styrenics-based sustainable packaging for the food industry. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

As part of the partnership, Pal Packaging will integrate INEOS Styrolution’s Styrolution PS ECO into its new food packaging.

The Styrolution PS ECO solution is made from fully recycled polystyrene (PS) and will initially be used for poultry and mushroom packaging.

Pal Packaging has agreed to implement the new recycled material on its products following successful trials.

The packaging material is designed to be easy to process and complies with food contact regulations.

Palamidis quality and research and development (R&D) manager Konstantinos Roumpos said: “INEOS Styrolution made it a seamless transition for us to offer our customers a sustainable packaging solution.

“We are eager to go ahead with sustainable packaging solutions, starting with poultry and mushroom packaging.”

INEOS Styrolution said the partnership represents a ‘milestone’ towards a circular economy for PS.

It comes after Pal Packaging launched a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production line for use in post-industrial and post-consumer recycled materials in 2019.

A division of Greece-based company Palamidis, Pal Packaging claims to be an ‘innovative’ and ‘reliable’ supplier of packers, processors and supermarkets across Europe.

INEOS Styrolution standard business project specialist Louie Mackee said: “At INEOS Styrolution, we are excited working with Pal Packaging.

“The company is committed to providing high-quality products and dedicated to new sustainable solutions. In fact, our two companies share the same vision in terms of sustainability and innovation.” Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

Pal Packaging and INEOS Styrolution to develop food packaging

-BWF acquires Spanish long-term partner

BWF Envirotec, the filter division of Germany’s BWF Group which specialises in needlepunched nonwoven roll goods, filter bags and filter elements, has this year acquired its long-time partner, ACMA, to further expand its leading market position in the global growth market of air pollution control.

ACMA was established in 1995 and provides individual filtration solutions from Badalona, a Catalan industrial town about ten kilometres north-east of Barcelona.

Filter bags for industrial filtration are produced with a flexible fleet of machinery with an annual capacity of 120,000 units. Services such as the inspection of filter systems, technical advice, filter bag installation and filter exchange are offered by ACMA, as well as filter bag inspections, carried out at an in-house R & D lab. The company’s production portfolio is supplemented by filter cartridges and accessory parts such as supporting cages, valves, hose pipes, pressure tanks, electronic controls or emissions control probes. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

There are solid synergies between the two companies in the supply of materials to equipment manufacturers and operators of flue gas cleaning plants

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-Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

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-PET bottle chip prices continously rise on the back of hiking cost and shrinking supply

During the May Day holiday, oil prices hit a two-week high. Brent oil futures rebounded to $110/bbl, and WTI oil prices also rose to around $108/bbl, significantly driving up domestic petrochemical and polyester raw material costs. At the same time, affected by the epidemic, Jiangyin district turns into controlled area, Zhouzhuang Town and Yunting Sub-District are divided into sealed area. Since Sanfame is located in above areas, the delivery has been seriously blocked. Many contracts are facing force majeure in short term. Driven by a combination of factors, PET bottle chip offer increases 150-200yuan/mt compared with pre-holiday level, while traded price raises by nearly a total 300yuan/mt. Export price also climbs up by $20-30/mt. PET-bottle-chip-prices – Nylon

The Jiangyin epidemic against the industry mainly falls on Sanfame Group. Sanfame PET resin designed capacity totals 2 million tons, accounting for 17% of China total, while the maximum output could reach 2.3-2.4 million tons per year. In 2021, Sanfame domestic sales accounted for 16% of China total, and export sales possessed 31%. Its impact on domestic traders is absolutely second to none, and most enterprises engaged in PET bottle chip trade will basically cooperate with them. The delivery disruption this time is expected to cause some traders to shift part of their Sanfame contract to Yisheng Dalian or Yisheng Hainan, but most of the contracts may be delayed due to force majeure caused by the epidemic. Market participants should pay attention to changes in local epidemic prevention policies in a timely manner.

So far as CCFGroup knows, Sanfame PET bottle chip plants are now maintaining steady run, mainly to ensure normal supply. Previously, there were news saying Sanfame has cut down O/R, this part of shut capacity primarily produces PFY and PSF, and is not because of the epidemic. Due to blockage of roads, Sanfame now considers to ship goods via ship, but traders and downstream players need to book in advance, and export orders are given priority.

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Versalis to launch new food pack made with 75% post-consumer-polystyrene

-Assessing odour-reduction-technology in textiles

Amcor’s PowerPost Technology Lightweights-PET-Bottles, Improves Consumer Experience

Enzyme Breaks Down Waste-Plastic in Days, or Even Hours

-Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste-plastic

Freepoint-Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting-system for Ohio plant

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-Versalis to launch new food pack made with 75% post-consumer polystyrene

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, is expanding its Revive portfolio to include a new product for food packaging made with 75% domestic post-consumer polystyrene, said Packagingeurope. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

The product, referred to as Versalis Revive PS Air F – Series Forever, is the result of the company’s existing collaboration with Forever Plast S.p.A., and has been developed as part of a collaborative project with various players in the polystyrene industry value chain, including Corepla, ProFood and Unionplast.

This collaboration has given rise to a tray that is suitable for food and is composed of recycled polystyrene developed by the companies that are members of Pro Food. According to the company, the solution is also recyclable. The tray consists of an inner layer containing Versalis Revive PS Air F – Series Forever and two outer layers made from virgin polystyrene. This structure, known as the A-B-A functional barrier, ensures food contact compliance.

The functional barrier design and stringent testing were developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), a Germany-based applied research institute that works with industry to develop viable technologies for bringing innovative products to the market.

This new solution is scheduled to be marketed over the next few weeks and is mainly aimed at the meat and fish packaging market.

The Versalis Revive range comprises products made exclusively from mechanical recycling of post-consumer plastics and plastics from the industry supply chain. In addition to Versalis Revive PS, other polymer-based products are available on the market, including expandable polystyrene (Versalis Revive EPS) and polyethylene (Versalis Revive PE).

As per MRC, Versalis confirms the transformation of its activities at Porto Marghera and the implementation of new industrial initiatives in the area. These initiatives complement Eni’s plans in the petrochemical and biorefinery field for a total of more than EUR500 million in investments, and aim to accelerate the energy transition and the development of chemistry from the circular economy. This implementation will see more than 600,000 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions being cut.

As per MRC, Versalis S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese), the chemical company of Italian energy major Eni, has licensed to Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. a Low-Density Polyethylene/Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (LDPE/EVA) swing unit to be built as part of a new Gas-to-Chemical Complex based on MTO-Methanol to Olefins technology to be located in the Karakul area in the Bukhara region of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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-Assessing odour-reduction technology in textiles

Researchers at Microban International have developed a novel strategy for evaluating the success of odour control technologies.

The growth of the global sportswear market is fuelling interest in odour control technologies for textiles.  Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

Among the emerging methodologies that assess odour reduction functionality is a novel procedure that uses a synthetic formulation closely mimicking human sweat and incorporates human perception for assessment. Kate Hawley, Senior Microbiologist, and Dr Glenner Richards, Director of Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry, both from Microban International, explain their newly developed system for testing the efficacy of odour-reduction treatments in sports clothing.

Textile malodour is a major concern in the sports and athleisure wear markets. While wearing any textile article – especially during any physical exertion – body sweat is transferred to clothing.

Being organic in nature, sweat is readily metabolized as a food source by skin microflora, generating chemical substances that are associated with body odour. Chemical components within sweat are hydrophobic and effortlessly bind to the synthetic fibres typically used in sports apparel, so they are not easily dislodged during washing. This adherence leads to long-term malodour retention within the fabric, causing consumers to excessively wash their clothes, so the textile articles wear out faster and end up being prematurely discarded.

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-Amcor’s PowerPost Technology Lightweights PET Bottles, Improves Consumer Experience

The technology produces bottles nearly one-third lighter with a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20-oz bottles.

Just ahead of National Packaging Design Day on May 7, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) has announced the launch of PowerPost, a technology that produces bottles nearly one-third lighter with a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20-oz bottles available today. It also allows for the use of up to 100% recycled materials and reportedly provides a superior consumer experience by eliminating spills from overflow when the bottle is first opened. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

ARP claims that PowerPost is the most advanced lightweighting technology for hot fill beverages on the market today. It is described as an extension of Amcor’s patented, vacuum-absorbing technology, PowerStrap. The PowerPost base incorporates two key technologies — an invertible, central post that actively displaces vacuum and PowerStrap, the flexible ring surrounding the post. After filling, the post is inverted to actively displace vacuum inside the container. As the product cools down, the surrounding ring flexes to passively absorb any remaining vacuum.

By eliminating vacuum panels, PowerPost offers increased design freedom, a premium appearance, and consumer appeal, while addressing sustainability goals, said ARP in the announcement. Eliminating the panels in the body also drives operational improvements at the fillers. Bottle labels are applied more efficiently, said the company.

“Our engineers developed technology that pushes the boundaries of lightweighting in the hot-fill arena to help our customers meet their cost and sustainability needs,” said Terry Patcheak, Vice President of R&D, Sustainability and Project Management at ARP. “This next-generation innovation will improve the consumer experience while addressing widespread commitments to reduce material use and lower greenhouse-gas emissions.”

Amcor has pledged to make all of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025.

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-Enzyme Breaks Down Waste Plastic in Days, or Even Hours

The plastics-eating enzyme can almost completely degrade untreated, postconsumer-PET from 51 different thermoformed products in a week, say researchers.

Why bury plastic in a landfill and wait years for it to degrade when it can break down in days — or even hours?

That’s what researchers at the University of Texas at Austin propose in their study of a plastics-eating enzyme. The paper was published on April 27 in the journal Nature

Their variant of an enzyme called PETase can degrade PET even at low temperatures, making the process even greener by reducing energy usage. By creating a machine learning algorithm, the team was able to engineer its mutated version of PETase, called FAST, which stands for functional, active, stable, and tolerant.

According to the paper, PET accounts for 12% of global solid waste. FAST-PETase has the potential to take a big bite out of that volume. The study found that the plastics-eating enzyme could:

  • Almost completely degrade untreated, postconsumer-PET from 51 different thermoformed products in a week.
  • Depolymerize all of a thermally pretreated water bottle at 50°C, or untreated amorphous portions of a water bottle.

Furthermore, the team demonstrated that PET could be resynthesized from monomers recovered after using FAST-PETase. In some cases, those monomers were generated within 24 hours.

“The possibilities are endless across industries to leverage this leading-edge recycling process,” said Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin, in a press release from the university. “Beyond the obvious waste management industry, this also provides corporations from every sector the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products. Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy.”  Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

With less than 10% of plastic waste around the world being recycled, biological solutions that function at low temperatures offer a portable and less energy-intensive alternative either to burning plastic at high temperatures or employing conversion processes like glycolysis, pyrolysis, or methanolysis. FAST-PETase could be used for environmental remediation of plastics-polluted sites.

“When considering environmental cleanup applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature,” Alper said. “This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage in the future.”

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-Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

Waste company IVAR, chemical recycling company Quantafuel and Geminor have for several months been collaborating in the chemical recycling of waste plastic from the Stavanger region in Norway. The first oil developed from waste plastic in the project is now ready for use in new plastic products.

In the Stavanger region, plastics and metal packaging are sorted at IVAR’s modern sorting plant, where valuable resources are extracted from household waste. In a collaborative project with Quantafuel, waste plastic with the right properties has been sent to the company’s chemical recycling plant in Skive in Denmark, where Quantafuel is upgrading plastic waste to new raw materials. This raw material, or oil, can be used to produce new products that have high-quality requirements in both Norway and the EU, such as food packaging. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

So far in 2022, Quantafuel has received as much as 150 tonnes of plastic for chemical recycling from IVAR.

– We have been processing plastic from the IVAR plant for a few months now, and we find that the quality of the oil that is produced satisfies the requirements of our customer BASF. The oil holds a quality that can be used in products such as transport boxes for fish, food packaging, and thermo boxes for temperature-sensitive medicines, says Quantafuel’s Chief Operating Officer, Terje Eiken.

– This production is an important step toward more efficient material recycling. We look forward to taking greater responsibility in reaching the ambitious recycling goals of the EU, Eiken says.

Increases recycling rate

IVAR’s sorting plant saves the environment 33,000 tonnes of emissions per year through increased recycling of plastic, metal, and paper.

Project leader at IVAR, Rudolf Meissner, sees great opportunities in the collaboration with Quantafuel.

– We have for some time been searching for recycling solutions that provide an even higher recycling rate for our sorted plastic. Quantafuel is able to utilize plastics that cannot be recycled in other ways, says Meissner.

Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

-Freepoint Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting system for Ohio plant

Van Dyk will supply the front-end sorting system for the company’s advanced recycling facility.

Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC, Stamford, Connecticut, is partnering with Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Norwalk, Connecticut, to build a front-end sorting system for the advanced recycling facility the company is building in Hebron, Ohio, roughly 30 miles from the state capital of Columbus in Licking County.

The facility will recycle 90,000 tons per year of end-of-life plastic. The project will employ approximately 200 people during the construction phase and 50 people when fully operational. Commercial operations are expected to begin in 2023.

Brian Schellati, director of business development for Van Dyk, says, “Joining our experience in system design with Freepoint Eco-Systems’ dedication to finding renewable avenues for plastics led to a project that we believe is going to be very successful. The facility will accept postsorted plastics from material recovery facilities. Those materials will pass through an advanced sortation system and then ultimately become pelletized.”

Freepoint Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting system for Ohio plant

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-Xeriant to Capitalize on EU Ban of Toxic Flame Retardants

Non-toxic Retacell® poised to disrupt flame retardant industry

Xeriant, Inc. (OTCQB: XERI) (“Xeriant” or “The Company”), an aerospace company dedicated to Advanced Air Mobility and associated specialty chemicals and materials, announced today a significant regulatory step in the prohibition of toxic flame retardants in Europe, positioning Retacell to become a leading replacement for these chemicals. In the largest ever ban on hazardous substances, the European Union last week unveiled a “Restrictions Roadmap,” a proposal to eliminate up to 12,000 toxic chemicals, including flame retardants, which have been linked to a number of illnesses, including cancer, hormonal disruption and neurological damage, as well as environmental issues. Last month, Xeriant entered into a joint venture with 26-year-old Slovakian chemical company, Movychem s.r.o. (“Movychem”), which acquired exclusive worldwide rights to their groundbreaking eco-friendly Retacell fire retardant technology.

“There has been growing awareness of the adverse environmental and human health effects of toxic flame retardants, and this ban by the European Union will likely become the catalyst for similar initiatives across the globe.

The transition to safer and more sustainable alternatives presents a substantial market opportunity for Retacell, which we plan to exploit,” commented Xeriant CEO, Keith Duffy.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Flame retardants are added or applied to a variety of industrial and consumer products made with combustible materials to prevent or slow the spread of fires. There are generally five categories of flame retardants based on their properties and chemical structure: halogenated (bromine and chlorine), inorganic (aluminum and magnesium hydroxide), nitrogen (melamine and graphite), phosphorous and intumescent coatings, some of which work in synergy.

The most common flame retardant additives for plastics are halogenated.

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-Avery Dennison to invest in capacity expansion and manufacturing efficiency in Europe

Avery Dennison has announced plans to invest €60 million in expanding facilities in France and Luxembourg, with the goal of boosting manufacturing capacity and factory efficiency across its label and packaging material operations.

The company says that it is one year into a three-year expansion of its facilities at Champs-sur-Frac, France, which represents a €45 million investment. These enhancements will reportedly include five new logistical buildings covering more than 8,700 square metres, a new automated warehouse, and an additional high-speed hotmelt adhesive coater, scheduled to come online during 2024.

In addition, Avery Dennison is undertaking a €15 million project at its Luxembourg facility specialising in labels made with acrylic emulsion adhesives. According to the company, this project involves redesigning operational flow and adding a new emulsion speciality coater, which is expected to come online during the first quarter of 2023. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Avery Dennison claims that the expansions at Champs-sur-Frac and Luxembourg will enhance the reliability of service for its customers by strengthening the company’s network of manufacturing plants and distribution centres across Europe.

The expansions will also apparently further help the company to embrace Industry 4.0 practices that increase efficiency, reduce operating costs, and free employees to perform safer, higher-value tasks.

Tim Presto, vice president of supply chain and operations, EMENA, at Avery Dennison, comments: “Our investments at Champs-sur-Drac and Luxembourg will allow us to meet customer demand now and into the future by freeing capacity throughout our European manufacturing network.”

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-Minnesota businesses team up to bring plastic film recycling to state

Myplas is opening a $24 million recycling facility in Rogers next year to process flexible films and other plastics that otherwise would be headed for the landfill.

A Charter Next Generation employee oversees the blown-film process that creates plastic films for food and medical uses. The Wisconsin-based company will be a key initial customer for the MyPlas recycling center coming to Rogers, Minn.

A $24 million plastic recycling plant that will be the first of its kind in Minnesota promises to create a “circular economy” for flexible films and other plastics that typically end up in landfills.

South Africa-based Myplas intends to open its first American facility in Rogers early next year and will put 90 million pounds of recycled plastic back into the supply chain annually when at full capacity. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

“This expansion was born out of two things: Necessity and opportunity,” said Myplas USA chief executive Andrew Pieterse. “Only 5% of films and flexible plastics get recycled in the U.S. This problem is huge.”

The initiative, unveiled Wednesday, has the backing of several major Minnesota companies, who are investing a combined $9.2 million in the Myplas plant and will incorporate the recycled plastic in their products and supply chains.

“This plant alone will not solve the challenge we have with recycling, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” Jeff Harmening, chief executive of General Mills, said in an interview. “And we have a thousand-mile journey ahead to save the planet.”

The state is also contributing $1.4 million in loans and grants for the facility, which will employ up to 300 people.

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-Starlinger recycling technology for Australia’s largest PET recycling plant

The recently opened Circular Plastics Australia PET recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales, is equipped with a recoSTAR PET 215 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line from Starlinger that produces 2.5 tons of rPET per hour.

Circular Plastics Australia (PET) is a joint venture partnership between Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd, Asahi Beverages, and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) aiming to create a circular economy for PET beverage and food packaging. The newly installed recoSTAR PET 215 HC iV+ at the Albury-Wodonga facility turns post-consumer PET flakes into food-contact rPET pellets, starting with a two-stage heating and drying process of the hot-washed flakes for optimum preparation for the extrusion process. After extrusion, thorough filtering and underwater pelletising, the produced rPET pellets undergo vacuum treatment in the downstream SSP reactors for IV increase and highly effective decontamination that readies the pellets for food-contact applications. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Joining forces to close the loop

Circular Plastics Australia (CPA) plans to recycle 30,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET collected via container deposit schemes and kerbside recycling each year and use the food-grade rPET pellets as raw material to produce new beverage bottles and other food and beverage packaging. Each member of the joint venture provides its knowledge and expertise in the project: Cleanaway supplies the plastic to be recycled through its collection and sorting network, Pact operates the facility and provides technical and packaging expertise, while Asahi Beverages, CCEP and Pact buy the recycled plastic from the facility to use in their packaging. The output of the Albury-Wodonga plant will help to increase the amount of locally sourced and recycled PET by two thirds from around 30,000 tonnes to over 50,000 tonnes p.a. and reduce Australia’s reliance on virgin plastic and recycled plastic imports.

The CPA Albury-Wodonga facility was supported by an AUD 5 million grant through the New South Wales Government’s “Waste Less, Recycle More” initiative, with the support of the Australian Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund.

“This joint venture is a major achievement and sets precedence”, said Paul Niedl, Commercial Head of Starlinger recycling technology. “We feel proud that we can support Circular Plastics Australia with our know-how and technology in their commitment to sustainability and help to establish a closed-loop system for plastic packaging in Australia.”

Pact’s Managing Director and CEO, Sanjay Dayal, said: “The opening of this state-of-the-art facility in Albury-Wodonga is a game changer for Australia’s plastic recycling industry.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Working together with our partners, this facility creates a true circular economy by recycling and manufacturing PET beverage bottles and food packaging here in Australia without the need to import plastic material from overseas.”

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-Wigan-based PPE firm partners packaging company to find sustainable solutions

Major Wigan PPE manufacturer Globus Group has teamed up with a specialist environmental polymer company to introduce ground-breaking biodegradable packaging.

Through this collaboration with Aquapak, Globus – which has a major operation in Golborne – has reaffirmed its commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2027.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Over the last three decades, the international PPE firm has consistently used pioneering techniques but this is a first of its kind agreement to help eradicate single-use, non-biodegradable plastics from the company’s supply chain.

With around eight million metric tonnes of plastic going into oceans every year, the new Aquapak product incorporates technology which replaces traditional plastics with a highly functional polymer that allows for multiple end-of-life options and a robust circular economy approach.

Following more than 10 years extensive research and development by Aquapak, the first biodegradable packaging made from HydropolTM, which can be used in the same way as any normal plastic bag, was launched commercially in 2019.

As a water-soluble material, it dissolves at high temperatures and breaks down harmlessly into non-toxic biomass in soil and sea, it passes safely through the water stream and leaves no toxic microplastics in the environment.

Head of quality and sustainability at Globus Group, Pete Lee said: “We are committed to bringing greener solutions into our product range, our manufacturing processes and our distribution network.

“This biodegradable packaging solution will provide our customers with a sustainable alternative when choosing products to protect their workforce.

“Through investment in innovation and technology throughout the supply chain, we also continue to innovate, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact and enhancing sustainability without sacrificing quality.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Wigan-based PPE firm partners packaging company to find sustainable solutions

-SIBUR offers substitution of imported polymers for packaging production

Representatives of SIBUR and its member BIAXPLEN held a meeting with Russian packaging manufacturers at the SIBUR PolyLab research center, Energyland reported.

During the meeting, the main challenges facing packaging manufacturers and suppliers of polymer raw materials were discussed, and a plan of joint initiatives for the further development of the industry was formed.

Average expenditures of the population show a decrease relative to the average indicators over the past year. As a result, in the second quarter it is expected to reduce the demand for packaging by 5-7%, and for its individual types up to 40%.

The current geopolitical situation and the volatility of exchange rates have an impact on the growth of production costs, and also narrow the range of packaging solutions due to the departure of a number of players from the market. Imports of foreign polymer raw materials, BOPP films, paints and solvents also decreased. The transition of manufacturers of packaging and finished goods to new types of materials is limited by the technological features of production lines. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

To maintain production efficiency, processors and packaging manufacturers need not only to reduce costs along the entire production chain, but also to change the approach to production in favor of simpler packaging solutions (abandonment of lids, decorative elements, monochrome printing).

To support packaging manufacturers, SIBUR offers to replace imported analogues with the existing brand range, and also develops new brands based on SIBUR PolyLab that meet customer requirements. At the moment, the demand for import-substituting polymer grades from processors from various industries is more than 140 thousand tons per year.

SIBUR offers substitution of imported polymers for packaging production

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-Is a ‘priority access’ policy needed to close the loop on beverage packaging in Europe?

The European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, along with two NGOs, have renewed calls for the EU to implement a policy framework that would give the “right of first refusal” on food-grade recycled materials to beverage producers. In a new position paper, the organisations say that such a mandate, along with collection and a harmonised definition of high-quality recycling, is necessary to ensure the industry can meet its circularity commitments.

Beverage industry demand for rPET

Based on a recent report produced by Eunomia for Zero Waste Europe, beverage bottles account for 47% of overall PET demand in the EU. The report currently estimates a 50% recycling rate for both beverage and non-beverage PET bottles, determined by measuring the weight of PET post-washing and flaking against the weight of PET bottles placed on the market, which includes caps, lids, and labels.

In addition, the report suggests that, at present, PET bottles are made up of 17% recycled content. This recycled content represents 31% of the total PET flakes derived from bottles annually, with the report noting that the rest is used in other applications like textiles – and “considered a loss from the circular bottle stream”.

The supply situation for rPET seems to be tightening across applications. Earlier this year, ICIS reported “record high” prices for rPET, alongside additional challenges such as increasing contamination of bales. For the beverage industry, this could mean contending with both premium prices and reduced availability of food-grade recyclates due to declining quality.  Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants

In December 2021, AIJN, NMWE, and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe released a statement claiming that while the beverage industry helps to fund the collection and recycling of PET bottles, it does not receive enough of the recycled materials derived from these processes to facilitate bottle-to-bottle recycling, in part due to the downcycling of bottles into applications like clothing and toys that can end up in landfill after use.

At the time, the organisations proposed the solution of a first refusal mechanism in the revised EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) to ensure the beverage industry’s access to food-grade recycled PET. This is ostensibly essential to meeting targets such as the 30% recycled content by 2030 mandate for beverage bottles set out in the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).

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-ALPLA, Vöslauer Develop Returnable PET Bottle for Mineral Water

Bottle’s sustainability benefits include 30% fewer carbon emissions and a nearly 90% weight reduction versus glass.

Two family-run companies, Austria-based ALPLA Group and Vöslauer Mineralwasser, have launched a returnable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle. The 1-L bottle, a first in Austria, is now on store shelves.

ALPLA, a global plastic packaging producer and recycler, worked with Vöslauer, Austria’s market-leading mineral water brand, to develop the returnable PET bottle, which reportedly reduces carbon emissions by about 30%.

With a weight of 55 grams/2 ounce, the returnable PET bottle is nearly 90% lighter than returnable glass bottles. The light weight provides carbon-footprint reduction benefits in production, shipment, and container storage.

Bearing the Austrian Ecolabel, the bottle is made of fully recyclable PET monomaterial with about 30% recycled content.  Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants

“People want to consume sustainably. Although returnable PET is the optimum packaging solution, there wasn’t a single product of this kind in the Austrian market until now,” said Rainer Widmar, ALPLA managing director, Central and Eastern Europe, in a prepared statement. “The returnable PET bottle developed together with Vöslauer illustrates how demand, a sense of responsibility, a hunger for innovation, and technological expertise can reduce the carbon footprint.”

The returnable PET bottle enables Vöslauer to save about 400 tonnes/441 tons of material and 420 tonnes/463 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The new bottle replaces a 1-L PET bottle with a deposit.

Withstanding at least 12 use cycles, the bottles are expected to remain in use for three to four years.

The bottle was unveiled April 20 in the presence of Austria’s Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler and Alexander Egit, Managing Director of Greenpeace in Central and Eastern Europe.

According to Vöslauer Managing Directors Birgit Aichinger and Herbert Schlossnikl, “The majority of Austrians want to see returnable containers on supermarket shelves. PET is the environmentally sensible addition to our product range. As the market leader in the deposit segment, we are the first company in Austria to create a light and practical alternative.”

ALPLA, Vöslauer Develop Returnable PET Bottle for Mineral Water

-Is a ‘priority access’ policy needed to close-the-loop on beverage-packaging-in-Europe?

ALPLA, Vöslauer Develop Returnable-PET-Bottle for Mineral-Water

Xeriant to Capitalize on EU Ban of Toxic-Flame-Retardants

Avery-Dennison to invest in capacity expansion and manufacturing efficiency in Europe

Minnesota businesses team up to bring plastic-film-recycling to state

Starlinger-recycling-technology for Australia’s largest PET-recycling-plant

Wigan-based-PPE-firm partners packaging-company to find sustainable-solutions

SIBUR offers substitution of imported polymers-for-packaging production

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-Voith Composites, V-Carbon to develop closed-loop solution for CFRP used in hydrogen tanks

The Voith Composites and V-Carbon partnership will accelerate growth in sustainability by enabling the reuse and a second life for carbon fiber in the pressure vessels market.

On May 4, Voith Composites (Garching bei München, Germany) announced its intent to partner with V-Carbon (Bad Zurzach, Switzerland). The partnership will reportedly establish and deliver industry-leading innovation to achieve a sustainable and closed-loop solution for CFRP materials for hydrogen (H2) systems.

V-Carbon is an advanced materials technology company, said to be developing the first fully integrated carbon fiber circular economy for use in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy and industrial sectors.

Voith Composites is a tank manufacturer for hydrogen storage and has recently brought to market the Carbon4Tank — a solution for hydrogen storage with the Voith Plug & Drive H2 Storage System — providing Type 4 high-pressure hydrogen CFRP tanks based on 700-bar technology for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

The partnership with V-Carbon will enable Voith Composites to obtain quality recycled carbon fiber and highly aligned structural materials for a second life in H2 tank applications, as well as provide V-Carbon with high-performance CFRP waste from H2 tank production and end-of-life (EOL) tanks. Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

“We are delighted to sign a Letter of Intent to partner with V-Carbon,” Anna Pointner, CEO at Voith Composites, says. Damian Cessario of V-Carbon agrees.

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-Polypropylene (PP) prices drop in Asia

This week, PP prices journeyed southwards across the Asian region. Prices fell mainly on account of weaker regional demand trends and lower import offers from overseas suppliers. The decline in prices was also driven by reports of weaker propylene feedstock values. Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

In Far East Asia, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1150-1200/mt CFR levels, down USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1160-1210/mt CFR levels while BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1160-1210/mt CFR levels, both lower by USD (-10/-20/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1170-1220/mt CFR levels, a drop of USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week.

In China, Middle Eastern producers have offered PP Homopolymer grades in the range of USD 1150-1200/mt CFR levels for shipment in end May/early June 2022.

In Southeast Asia, PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1280-1350/mt CFR levels, a drop of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1300-1360/mt CFR levels while BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1300-1360/mt CFR levels, both week on week lower by USD (-20/mt). PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1310-1380/mt CFR levels, down USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.

A Polymerupdate source in Asia while not wishing to be named informed, “Chinese traders are heard to be re-exporting cargoes to neighbouring countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. However, buyers have adopted a cautious outlook on account of poor demand trends in the region and do not seem to be in a hurry to undertake trading activity even at the competitive prices offered by Chinese traders as compared to rates offered by Middle Eastern suppliers.”

In Vietnam, Middle Eastern producers have offered PP Homopolymer grades in the range of USD 1280-1350/mt CFR levels for shipment in end May/early June 2022.

In India, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1440-1490/mt CFR levels, a drop of USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week.

BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1460-1510/mt CFR levels while PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1460-1510/mt CFR levels, both lower by USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week. Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1490-1580/mt CFR levels, a week on week decrease of USD (-1/-20/mt).

Polypropylene (PP) prices drop in Asia

Voith-Composites, V-Carbon to develop closed-loop-solution for CFRP used in hydrogen-tanks

Polypropylene-(PP)-prices drop in Asia

Intelligent-packaging: A novel frontier for effective plastic-waste management

Pontetorto chooses Q-Cycle by Fulgar

May-contract-price-of-styrene-in-Europe increased by EUR84 per ton

-TOMRA: Breaking bottlenecks of recycled-plastic-content

Composites are also climbing up the slope

May-contract-price-of-benzene-in-Europe increased by EUR45 per ton

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-Intelligent packaging: A novel frontier for effective plastic waste management

How might intelligent packaging emerge as a new frontier for plastic waste management? Aditi Basu, marketing head at Future Market Insights, explores how companies are using blockchain, RFID, and AI to enhance the collection, sorting, and recycling of plastic waste – turning it into a valuable commodity that can facilitate environmental and socioeconomic change.

Many governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alike agree that single-use plastics account for a majority share in issues related to environmental stewardship. Ocean debris, damaged marine life, and congested landfills are all signs of a plastic management issue. Recycled-plastic – Composites

With plastic waste piling up on land and in the ocean, there has been a spike in interest in alternative packaging materials, such as paper, glass, and metals, which plastics have mostly replaced over the previous several decades. However, even when a considerable amount of recycled material is utilized, these plastic-free solutions often have a greater carbon footprint than conventional plastics.

While sustainable packaging is expected to stay at the top of consumers’ concerns in 2022, debates around plastic reusability models and the future of throwaway plastics are likely to heat up.

To address this issue, packaging companies are introducing intelligent packaging that tackles plastic waste management, sorting, and collection issues, promotes circularity, and reduces the carbon footprint of their packaging. According to Future Market Insights’ (FMI) report, ‘Intelligent Packaging Market’, demand for intelligent packaging will reach US$46.7 billion over the next decade.

Do we really need intelligent packaging?

The 21st century has witnessed an exponential rise in the adoption and usage of plastic packaging, thus generating tremendous amounts of waste. Plastic waste is now considered an environmental hazard; microplastics are now found in the deepest point of the ocean. Also, the increased production of disposable plastic items has stressed the world’s ability to recycle and reuse.

As per the FMI’s whitepaper, ‘Intelligent Packaging for Circular Economy’, developed in collaboration with Graham Packaging and Avery Dennison, around 9.2 billion tonnes of plastic have been manufactured globally, out of which only 9% is recycled.

Developing and lower-income countries are severely affected by plastic pollution as their recycling systems are generally low capacity. Developed economies have poor recycling rates and are struggling to recover abandoned plastic packaging. As of 2022, a quarter of worldwide plastic waste is incinerated while 40% is disposed of in landfills.Recycled-plastic – Composites

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-Pontetorto chooses Q-Cycle by Fulgar

First collection of sports and fashion fabrics made with high-tech yarns obtained from end-of-life tyres is now available.

Leading Italian warp knitted fabrics manufacturer Pontetorto, an historical textile group from Tuscany celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and a leading business in the sportswear and fashion world, has teamed up with Fulgar, a leading producer of man-made, innovative and increasingly sustainable yarns. Fulgar was chosen as the ideal partner for a new project aiming at supporting the circular economy in the textiles industry. Recycled-plastic – Composites

Presented for the first time at the upcoming Performance Days show, Pontetorto’s new collection of fabrics for activewear and fashion has been entirely made from Fulgar’s revolutionary Q-Cycle yarn.

Q-Cycle is an eco-sustainable yarn obtained from end-of-life tyres, which are considered to be among the most difficult manufactured items to be disposed of, and also a highly polluting factor at a global level. Each year in Europe alone, 1.37 million tonnes of tyres (40% of total production) are not in fact recycled but are instead mainly incinerated with high CO2 emissions.

“Our commitment towards a sustainable textile industry,” underlines Marco Toccafondi, Head of Pontetorto Sports line, constantly pushes us to both looking for high level partners within the supply chain and finding cutting-edge solutions capable of either accelerating this process and really making the difference for us as a textile manufacturer and for our customers. This is what made Fulgar an interesting partner company while recognizing Q-Cycle as an example of a virtuous story which we hope will be best welcomed by the market.”

Q-Cycle yarn is the result of an innovative chemical recycling technology, the pyrolysis, which is part of BASF’s ChemCycling recycling project and Fulgar’s spinning technology.

Pyrolysis can be applied to any plastic waste that cannot be recycled mechanically such as end-of-life tyres and also allows the material to be returned to its virgin state. This technology is two-fold virtuous by being self-sufficient: the waste portion which cannot be transformed into raw material is pyrolysed into gas and used to generate the energy required for the entire recycling process. The recycled content is allocated to the final product by using a third-party controlled mass balance approach.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Pontetorto chooses Q-Cycle by Fulgar

-May contract price of styrene in Europe increased by EUR84 per ton

The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe has been agreed at EUR2,169 per tonne for May deliveries, up EUR84 per tonne from the previous month’s level amid rising quotations of crude benzene, ICIS said.

The contract price was negotiated on a free-board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) delivery basis.

The rise in styrene prices followed an increase in the cost of natural gas and the contract price of benzene as a feedstock, which reached an annual high this month.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,725 per ton for March deliveries, which is EUR93 per ton higher compared to the level of the previous month amid an increase in quotations of raw materials – benzene. Recycled-plastic – Composites

Styrene is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

May contract price of styrene in Europe increased by EUR84 per ton

-TOMRA: Breaking bottlenecks of recycled plastic content

Brand owners and packaging converters in the plastics industry are facing major bottlenecks in recycled content availability. To overcome this challenge and meet ambitious recycling targets, recyclers and material sorting facilities (MRFs) are using advanced technologies to produce feedstock for high-grade applications, expanding their business opportunities.

As legislation continues to push for a reduction in plastic waste, the demand for high-quality recycled plastics are at a record high. Plastics are durable, efficient, and convenient, which makes them hugely beneficial to consumers and businesses alike. Making plastic products and packaging more sustainable is the challenge of our time. As brand owners look to increase the share of recycled content to reduce their production emissions and satisfy consumer demands, they are met with a new set of challenges. High-grade applications like automotive and packaging require high-quality recycling processes and advanced sorting technologies to effectively source feedstock from post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste.

Demand vs. recycled content availability

In 2020, worldwide plastic production amounted to 367 million metric tons (mt). Europe produced 55 mt of plastic, with 70% of the total market demand coming from the largest countries, using 40.5% of the material for packaging production. In the quest to create a circular economy for plastics, the share of virgin material in manufacturing should be reduced and replaced by secondary raw materials. this, however, is easier said than done.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Plastic recycling has certainly had its share of bad publicity, not least due to downcycling – after all, there is a limited demand for items such as park benches, flowerpots and speed bumps. The recycling industry, working in collaboration with members of plastic value chains, has now made it possible to create virgin-like recycled content with advanced mechanical recycling. Not only does this prove to be an economically feasible and practical alternative to primary materials, it also gives recyclers and MRFs the opportunity to create new revenue streams. Even in the case of highly contaminated plastic waste streams, like municipal solid waste (MSW), it is now possible to source quality feedstock that can be used to create new products.

The S&P Global Platts Analytics predicts that by 2030 more than 1.7 million metric tons of virgin polymers will be replaced by mechanically recycled plastics – compared to 688,000 mt in 2020. To date, only a tiny portion of recyclates have found their way into the production of new materials. Most of the recyclates are used for lower-grade applications. So, how can industries such as automotive, food and beverage, and cosmetics ensure a reliable supply of high-quality recycled feedstock? Bridging the gap of material shortages starts with effective collection of recyclables.

Deposit Return Systems (DRS), for instance, are a global best practice for the recycling of beverage containers in a closed-loop system. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution: to achieve circularity, complementary solutions are needed to capture other products made of plastic, like post-consumer film packaging. Mitigating contamination and increasing the quantities of recovered recyclates across all waste streams is crucial to the future of plastics.

New developments in legislation

A harmonized approach is required to enable greater plastics circularity and provide a long-term supply of recycled content for the market to reduce dependency on primary materials. For instance, many countries consider or already introduced Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes (EPR), which give producers significant responsibility for the product’s lifecycle – from design to the post-consumer stage of its lifecycle. These policies incentivize producers to consider environmental factors when manufacturing packaging and to contribute to a reduction of the products’ environmental impact. Legislation plays a fundamental role in supporting infrastructure investment, including effective collection, sorting, and recycling of plastic waste. Plastic directives and mandatory recycled content targets can establish the proper framework for prioritizing circularity and breaking the bottleneck of feedstock recovery.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Binding frameworks constitute a major and necessary intervention in the market. They support sustainable waste management and stimulate the industry to increase the use of recyclates while securing demand and infrastructure investment.

The Plastic Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, introduced by the European Union in 1994, is among the legislation that defines recycled content targets, creating end markets for secondary raw materials. The directive makes it mandatory for packaging producers to use at least 50% recycled content in the production of new plastic packaging by 2025 and more than 55% by 2030. In 2021, the EU introduced a Single-Use Plastics Directive requiring a minimum of 25% of recycled content in PET bottles by 2025 and a separate collection target of 77%. Countries with DRSs are a best practice: Germany achieves a 98% collection rate for PET and the Netherlands follows closely with 95%.

As much as it seems that we are headed towards a circular economy, we have a long way to go. According to Zero Waste Europe, new bottles only contain 17% of recycled PET (rPET), on average. Meanwhile, 69% of other PET products are made with rPET from beverage bottles – diverting materials from the intended closed-loop process. Ideally, plastic materials should be recycled multiple times in the same application to ensure adequate supply for production for as long as economically feasible.

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-Composites are also climbing up the slope
European production returned to pre-pandemic levels last year, after losing 15% of volumes between 2018 and 2020. The uncertainties of the global scenario weigh on the future.
The German association of composite materials AVK (Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe) has disclosed at JEC World the data referring to 2021 relating to the European market of composite materials and fiber-reinforced plastics, with thermosetting or thermoplastic matrix.
The first positive fact is that the sector recovered its pre-pandemic levels last year, returning to a path of growth that began in 2013 and ended abruptly with the advent of Sars-Cov-2. The European production of composites in fact decreased by more than 15% between 2018 and 2020, but last year the trend reversed, recording a growth of +18.3% and thus approaching the pre- crisis.
In absolute terms, consumption reached 12.1 million tons worldwide last year, with just under 3 million tons referring to the European market (graph below). The rest is divided between Asia (50% of the total) and the United States, which with 25% cover a share similar to that of Europe.Recycled-plastic – Composites
As regards the main applications, over half of composite and fiber-reinforced materials have found use in the transport sector (52.8%), followed by electrical / electronic (18.4%), construction (18.7%) and, distance, sports and leisure (8.5%).
The thermosetting matrix composites represent 1,250,000 tons on the European market, equal to 43%, mainly intended for applications in transport and construction. The thermoplastic composites segment is more dynamic, with 1.66 million tons and two thirds of volumes destined for the automotive and transport sectors.
More details are provided in the table below:
As regards the main European market for thermosetting composites, Germany, last year 242,500 tons were used, equal to 19.4% of the total. In second place the aggregate of Eastern European countries with 226,000 tons (18.1%). Italy and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) go head to head, each with a share of around 14%.
The segment of carbon fiber reinforced composites is also worthy of interest, which last year recorded growth of + 23% over 2020, reaching 147,500 tons worldwide, one third of which referring to Europe (52,000 tons).
Russian oil ban despite shortages Recycled-plastic – Composites

Composites are also climbing up the slope

-May contract price of benzene in Europe increased by EUR45 per ton

The May contract price of benzene in Europe rose to EUR1,175 per tonne, up EUR45 per tonne from April, ACCORDING TO ICIS.

The price was confirmed by three sellers and two buyers, and this is the highest level since May 2021.

The price of the May contract was agreed in US dollars at USD1,232 per tonne and converted to euro at the agreed exchange rate EUR1= USD1,049.

Earlier it was reported that Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of the structure of Eneos Holding, a major producer of petrochemical products in Japan, set the May contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,180 per ton, which is USD15 per ton lower compared to the contract price of April.Recycled-plastic – Composites

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

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Recycled-plastic – Composites

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-May contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for May shipments has been agreed at EUR1,595 per tonne, DOWN EUR70 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS said.

The contract price was approved on the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This contract price has been expressly confirmed by two producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum sufficient configuration necessary to approve the contract price of ethylene.

Raw material prices decreased compared to the peak values observed in March, which increased the profitability of the production of cracking plants. Utility costs also fell slightly, but last week natural gas prices rose again after news that Russia had cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,665 per ton, which is EUR230 per ton higher than the level of the previous month.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

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

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-Flexible Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films. The lighter-weight material actually performs better structurally and improves the potential for recycling.

Flexible packaging is already lightweight, especially compared to rigid containers. But product manufacturers continue to look for ways to reduce their use of plastic in packaging.

The new VO+ masterbatch from VOID Technologies offers another option to minimize your plastic footprint. VOID Technologies’ CEO James Gibson explains how this is possible in this Packaging Digest exclusive.

Give us a short explanation of what VO+ technology is all about.

Gibson: VO+ is about accelerating the transition to more sustainable plastics and flexible packaging. It’s an extensively patented cavitation/voiding technology that engineers nano- and micro-scale voids — air pockets — in plastics to reduce density and material use, enhance performance, and improve recyclability. VO+ is effective in thermoplastics including polyolefins and polyesters and in a range of product forms including film, sheet, fiber, and filament.

And in case you were wondering, we named our company after the voided structure that VO+ creates in polymers. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Today, VO+ technology is most developed in Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) polyethylene (PE) film. By combining the benefits of MDO with VO+ technology, we address the conflict between material reduction, performance, and recyclability. In that sense, VO+ is a breakthrough that presents a unique proposition for packaging manufacturers and consumer goods companies. It reduces polymer density while improving mechanical properties like puncture and toughness, which in turn allows for films to be down gauged, which offers even more material reduction.

Additionally, when the VO+ voided structure is created, light is diffracted by the film creating high levels of opacity without the need for pigments like TiO2 (titanium dioxide). This is an important benefit because it means that VO+ films can be recycled with clear plastics waste streams without causing color contamination.

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May contract prices of paraxylene

Negotiators to agree on May’s contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have failed to reach an agreement for the current month, market sources told ICIS.

According to them, the approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers.

This is the fifth month in a row this year that the contract price of paraxylene remains uncoordinated.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Price offers in Asia for May are in the range of USD980-1,020 per ton, CFR Asia, against counter-bids at USD1,220 per ton, CFR Asia, and above.

Paraxylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

Faurecia will work with the French company Veolia to produce recycled plastics for automotive interiors.

Faurecia  and the French recycling company Veolia have signed a cooperation and research partnership with an aim to use on average 30 percent of recycled plastics in car interiors by 2025, the companies said.

The collaboration, under which recycled plastics will be used in instrument panels, door panels and center consoles in cars across Europe, will reduce Faurecia’s carbon footprint, helping it advance its CO2 neutrality plan, and expand Veolia’s product range to vehicle interiors. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“The use of recycled plastics is one of the key challenges for the ecological transformation of the automotive industry,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, automotive interiors are mostly made of virgin material.”

Automakers are seeking to increase the recycled and sustainable content of their vehicles to meet corporate sustainability goals, and to match the environmental promise of electric cars.

Volkswagen is touting recycled materials  used in the new ID Buzz electric van, including floor coverings, some seat covers and the headliner. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also among automakers seeking to use more recycled materials in cars such as the Mercedes EQ full-electric lineup and the  BMW iVision Circular concept vehicle.

Renault Group is in the process of converting its Flins assembly plant near Paris into a center for refurbishment and recycling.

Expanding plastics recycling

Veolia, which has recently closed the acquisition of its competitor Suez, will start the production of secondary raw materials at its existing recycling sites in France from 2023. The company has activities in waste, water and energy management, and had 2021 revenue of 28 billion euros ($29.4 billion). Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“Veolia is growing its plastic recycling capacities with continuous investment in the industrialization and expansion of our existing recycling sites in France and globally, with the objective to reach 1 billion euro turnover by 2025,” the company’s chief operating officer Estelle Brachlianoff said in the statement.

Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

-Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha olefins capabilities in Geismar

A few years after completing a USD717 MM expansion of its alpha olefins production facility in Geismar, Shell Chemical LP is eyeing another USD1.4 billion project at the site to continue ramping up production, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Shell Chemical on Wednesday won approval from the state Board of Commerce and Industry for an Industrial Tax Exemption Program break for the USD1.4-B project, which the company says will create a “world scale” linear alpha olefin plant at the Geismar facility. Linear alpha olefins are used to make detergents, waxes, plastics and premium lubricants. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

The Geismar expansion will be the sixth time Shell Chemical has deployed its “proprietary technology” at one of its sites to produce linear alpha olefins, according to the company’s application for the ITEP incentive.

Shell Chemical’s ITEP application says project work will include building reactors, heat exchangers and compressors, as well as boilers and turbines to generate steam and electricity. Shell will also build storage tanks, a 12,000-square-foot warehouse for equipment and materials, and a 14,000-square-foot building that will house a cafeteria and safety meeting space.

Shell Chemical will receive a roughly USD17 MM property tax break for the first year of the linear alpha olefins project while paying nearly USD4.3 MM in taxes.

As MRC wrote before, Shell faces writedowns on USD400 MM in Russian downstream assets, it said, having announced USD3 B worth of other projects previously. The oil major announced on Feb. 28 that it would quit its ventures in Russia with Gazprom and related entities including the flagship Sakhalin 2 LNG plant and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

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-Lanxess opened new engineering plastics plant in Germany

Lanxess officially opened a new EUR50m facility for engineering plastics at its site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, said the company.

The compounding plant will provide Durethan ployamide and Pocan polybutylene terephthalate, for use in the automotive and electronic industries, Lanxess said in a statement. Capacity details were not disclosed. The company added that it received support for the project from the North Rhine-Westphalia state government, but it did not provide details.

The state’s minister president, Hendrik Wust, who attended the opening, said the government has kept working to ensure continued energy supply for the state’s many chemical production sites amid uncertainty from the Ukraine war. “The effects of the Russian war on Ukraine on local companies must be cushioned, a production standstill due to a natural gas shortage or a permanent supply stop would have far-reaching consequences, especially for the energy-intensive chemical industry,” Wust said. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

He added that Germany needed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas as quickly as possible and needed to support companies in the “upcoming transformation processes”. Krefeld-Uerdingen, where LANXESS employs 1,900 people, is the company’s second-largest production site globally.

As per MRC, Lanxess said it was suspending its business activities in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Thus, the company had “suspended business activities with Russian customers as far as contractually possible until further notice” and had suspended all investments in Russia. Its sales in Russia and Ukraine made up less than 1% of its global sales, it said.

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Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

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Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging 05-05-2022

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-Recycled carbon fiber takes flight
Cannon Ergos is working with Boeing to produce more sustainable thermoplastic composite panels.
Cannon Ergos, a company of the Italian Cannon group dedicated to the supply of turnkey lines, is conducting molding tests with Boeing to evaluate the use of recycled carbon fiber (rCF) in the manufacture of internal side panels for airplane cabins.
“For several years, together with our subsidiaries Cannon Afros and Cannon Tipos, we have successfully undertaken numerous projects to give new life to recycled carbon fiber – explains Mattia Andolfatto, Cannon Ergos R&D Project Manager -. By combining different technologies and production processes tailored to each application, we were able to effectively process recycled carbon fiber, both impregnated with different resins, or already integrated into a thermoplastic matrix. The project with Boeing demonstrates the feasibility of manufacturing internal side panels with high-performance thermoplastics reinforced with recycled carbon fiber. ”
The last phase of the project – explains the Italian company – involves Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM), a supplier of high-performance reinforced polymers.  Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

For the Japanese group, Cannon Ergos has designed, built and installed a customized thermocompression unit, used to produce prototypes of side panels with Kyrontex, a thermoplastic composite based on high performance resins such as polyamide, polyetherimide (PEI), sulphide polyphenylene (PPS), polyetheretheretherketone (PEEK) and polyaryletherketone (PAEK).
Further insights will be provided on May 4 by Mattia Andolfatto in one of the round tables focused on sustainability: ‘Rethinking Composite Materials Manufacturing: The Path to Sustainable Production’ at JEC World 2022, currently taking place in Paris.

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-Advanced Recycling Is Not Waste Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular Economy for Plastics

Mischaracterization of Advanced Recycling Slows Progress

On Friday Members of Congress sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate advanced recycling technologies as municipal waste combustion units under the Clean Air Act. The following statement may be attributed to Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

“Advanced recycling refers to a set of game-changing technologies that enable a circular economy by transforming used plastics into high quality new plastics. Characterizing advanced recycling as ”waste combustion” or “burning plastics” is scientifically inaccurate and distracts from the real and significant progress being made. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

“The seven commercial-scale advanced recycling facilities, plus those leveraging existing chemical manufacturing infrastructure to make virgin-quality plastic from used plastics in the U.S., are just the beginning of a massive wave of new projects. Since 2017, $7.5 billion in investments have been announced across more than 70 projects capable of diverting 17.5 billion pounds of waste from landfills.

“A recent independent study found advanced recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions 43% relative to waste-to-energy incineration of plastic films made from virgin-resources. In other words, advanced recycling helps reduce plastic waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Another study found benchmarked air emissions from an average-sized advanced recycling facility were often on par with those from common well-regulated facilities such as hospitals and universities, and often too low to trigger key EPA permitting thresholds.

“Regulating advanced recycling as solid waste incineration would be inconsistent with Clean Air Act legal criteria and the 18 states that have passed laws appropriately regulating these facilities as manufacturing operations. Furthermore, it would undermine EPA’s National Recycling Goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50% by 2030. America’s plastic makers will rely on advanced recycling to help EPA meet its goal.

Advanced Recycling Is Not Waste Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular Economy for Plastics

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May-contract-price of ethylene-in-Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

Flexible-Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May-contract-prices-of-paraxylene

Faurecia and recycling-firm-Veolia to collaborate on automotive-interiors

Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha-olefins capabilities in Geismar

Lanxess opened new engineering-plastics plant in Germany

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