Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact 08-03-2022

Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

-Aquafil S p A : to collect Fishing Gear and Nets in collaboration with Salmon de Chile and Atando Cabos S.p.A. to recycle Nylon 6 Material for reuse

Aquafil to collect Fishing Gear and Nets in collaboration with Salmon de Chile and Atando Cabos S.p.A. to recycle Nylon 6 Material for reuse

Goals of the partnership are to protect the oceans from ghost nets and reduce the carbon footprint of the salmon industry in Chile

ARCO, ITALY, MARCH 4, 2022 – Aquafil S.p.A. [ECNL IM] has entered into an agreement to collaborate with the Salmon de Chile, the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council and Atando Cabos S.p.A, a cleantech organization focused on recycling plastics to help preserve the ecosystem of Patagonia. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

The goal of the partnership is to collect and recycle old aquaculture fishing nets that currently pose a massive waste challenge for the industry.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, salmon aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world, accounting for 70% (2.5 million metric tons) of the market. Southern Chile supplies almost a third of all farmed salmon across the globe. In recent years the government and salmon industry in Chile have made strides to ensure socially responsible salmon farming.

The collaboration with Aquafil is another step to decrease pollution, reduce the industry’s carbon footprint, and ensure that as much material used in the processes are upcycled and not contributing to the waste stream. The partnership is based on a four-year work plan that will include the collection, recycling, measurement, and reporting processes that will make this effort successful.

“At Aquafil we are committed to a more sustainable, circular economy and this partnership is an expansion of our ability to collect, recycle, and regenerate different nylon waste into ECONYL® that will be used to create beautiful products such as swimwear, bags, shoes, clothing, carpets, furniture, automotive parts, and more.

We will be establishing operations in Chile with an investment of €10 million and creating approximately 30 jobs,” says Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and chairman of Aquafil Group. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

“This operation in Chile will be focused on working to recover and recycle all nylon 6 from fishing gear, nets and other waste across Chile and potentially the rest of South America in collaboration with industry and government leaders.”

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-Closed Loop Partners Leads Consortium of Investors in Acquiring Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR)

SMR manages several municipal recycling programs including the largest municipal recycling contract in North America-NYC’s contract.

The Closed Loop Leadership Fund, L.P., a New York City-based private investment fund managed by Closed Loop Partners (CLP), has led a consortium of investors, including the Partnership Fund for New York City, in acquiring a majority stake in Sims Municipal Recycling (SMR). Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

The acquisition is expected to further modernize circular economy infrastructure and service in the New York-New Jersey Metro region and Florida, as well as expand SMR’s best-in-class operations into new markets.

SMR currently operates four recycling facilities across the New York–New Jersey metro region and Florida, including its Brooklyn materials recovery facility (MRF), which is the largest dual stream recycling facility in North America. SMR also manages the long-term New York City residential recycling contract, which is the largest municipal recycling contract in North America.

The investment in SMR is expected to accelerate the recovery of valuable commodities, including plastics, paper, metal and glass, diverting them from landfills and returning them to manufacturing supply chains. In the coming years, SMR’s expansion is expected to create additional local jobs in the recycling and manufacturing sectors. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

Recycled-Nylon6 - Crude-oil-impact

-Pioneer Natural’s CEO estimates oil to hit USD200 per barrel

According to Scott Sheffield, the chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources which is the largest shale oil corporation in the US, if Russian oil and gas are prohibited international crude oil costs might skyrocket up to USD200 a barrel.

According to what a news agency had reported of Sheffield’s statement, he mentioned that, “the only way to stop Putin is to ban oil and gas exports,” further adding that, “[but] if the Western world announces that we’re going to ban Russian oil and gas, oil is going to go to USD200 a barrel, probably – USD150 to USD200 easy.” Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

Sheffield cautioned that the US is going to be incapable of duplicate Russian crude supply in 2022, emphasizing that the additional increase in production would take many months for America’s shale oil patch.

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-Impact of surging international crude oil on PP market

Returning from the Spring Festival holiday in 2022, PP futures and spot market shows a “V” trend, and the inflection point occurs at the time of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

Since late February, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has escalated to military action, international crude oil has continued to soar. On Mar 3, WTI futures rises to $114/barrel, a new high since October 2018, and Brent crude oil rises to $117/barrel, the highest level since June 2012.

Driven by the surge in crude oil, China domestic commodities generally soar. Currently, the PP May futures contract breaks a new high for the year, and spot price also rises. On Mar 3, mainstream traders offer for homo PP raffia at 8,850-8,950yuan/mt in East China. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

Although PP spot price rises, from the perspective of market transactions, there is obvious resistance to the increase in spot price, downstream is reluctant to purchase high-price materials and hedgers procures for arbitrage.

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-NFY demand recovers in order, but hard to expand intensively

After the Spring Festival, nylon 6 industrial chain has quickly rebounded after a short rise, as its upstream CPL processing spread has been compressed to a low level in the past two years. Until the strong rise of crude oil, CPL market has rebounded in the beginning of March 2022. However, players in both upstream and downstream of the industrial chain are still very cautious. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

For nylon textile filament market, the changing geopolitical conflicts have caused more uncertainties of the oil price trend, so the cost side is not clear; the repeated pandemic has also hindered the recovery of production in the textile bases after Spring Festival, and fabric mills see their orders plain ever since. There is no particularly strong driving force from the cost side or the demand side, though the market is recovering step by step.

After the Spring Festival, COVID-19 cases in Suzhou, Jiangsu not only directly paused the resumption of work in the textile centers including Shengze, but also caused a high level of prudence in the resumption of work in nearby regions including Wuxi and Changzhou. It became increasingly difficult in recruiting workers. Combined with the expected slowdown in demand growth in 2022 and the uncertainty of raw materials, the progress of the resumption in various fabric bases has been delayed compared with the same period of previous years. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

Compared with the lunar calendar time, the operating rate of Zhejiang &Jiangsu circular knitting looms, Fujian lace mills, and Guangdong warp knitting mills is 2-8% lower than that of the same period last year, and the run rate of Wujiang water-jet spinning and Guangdong circular knitting loom is 11% lower than last year.

NFY demand recovers in order, but hard to expand intensively

-How do we recycle plastic?

There are three kinds of recycling — biological, mechanical, and chemical. However, most recycling innovations enable a transition to a fully circular model that circulates plastics in an endless loop, where our dependence on fossil fuel resources is continually reinforced.  Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

Plastics were once considered a revolutionary material that would replace natural, scarce products. It wasn’t until the 1960s that plastic pollution was first recorded in the ocean by scientists studying plankton.

— Consumers’ throwaway mentality, individual carbon audits, pledges to curb single-use plastics, upcycling and zero-waste lifestyles are being touted as solutions, while petrochemical industries continue with business as usual.

— In January 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MOEFCC) issued the new Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) rules that specify the quantity of waste to be managed by producers, importers and brand owners who generate plastic packaging waste.

Devayani Khare

Plastics today are blighted, as their impact on the environment has now been exposed. But it was not always so. In 1869, the first synthetic polymer named celluloid – marked the transition from natural, exploitative products such as ivory, tortoiseshell and horn, to inexpensive, human-manufactured materials. In 1907, the first fully synthetic non-flammable plastic, bakelite, was developed.

During World War II, as the availability of metal, wood, glass, and paper dwindled, plastic production increased. Synthetic plastics offered unimagined advantages over traditional materials. Plastics replaced the bonding agent in the plywood construction of military planes and were used for many aircraft parts. Vinyl plastic-based paints and varnishes provided a protective coating for military craft, both in air and on water. Nylon replaced silk in ropes, parachutes, body armour, and helmet liners. Acrylic sheets also known as plexiglass were used instead of glass in aircraft windows. Buttons, batons, radios, razors, toiletry containers and cockpit housings – plastics were everywhere. Recycled-Nylon6 – Crude-oil-impact

How do we recycle plastic?

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-BASF India : to expand its production capacity of Ultramid® polyamide in Panoli, Gujarat

  • Additional capacity to be available in Q4 2022
  • Expansion to meet strong demand for polyamide in India

BASF India Limited will expand the production capacity of its Ultramid® polyamide grades to meet increasing market demand. The increased capacity at BASF’s production site in Panoli, Gujarat, will be available in Q4 2022.

“The additional capacity reaffirms our dedication to being our customers’ supplier of choice for polyamidesand will help us meet the rapidly growing demand for our Ultramid polyamide grades in India. Ukraine-war – Aquafil-recycled-Nylon6

It will accordingly shorten local delivery times and help us to better meet the just-in-time needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs),” said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.

Ultramid is used in automotive applications, electrical & electronics sector, industrial products and consumer goods. Ukraine-war – Aquafil-recycled-Nylon6

Ukraine-war - Aquafil-recycled-Nylon6

-Ukraine war ‘catastrophic for global food’

The war in Ukraine will deliver a shock to the global supply and cost of food, the boss of one of the world’s biggest fertiliser companies has said.

Yara International, which operates in more than 60 countries, buys considerable amounts of essential raw materials from Russia.

Fertiliser prices were already high due to soaring wholesale gas prices.

Yara’s boss, Svein Tore Holsether, has warned the situation could get even tougher.

“Things are changing by the hour,” he told the BBC.

“We were already in a difficult situation before the war… and now it’s additional disruption to the supply chains and we’re getting close to the most important part of this season for the Northern hemisphere, where a lot of fertiliser needs to move on and that will quite likely be impacted.”  Ukraine-war – Aquafil-recycled-Nylon6

Russia and Ukraine are some of the biggest producers in agriculture and food globally.

Russia also produces enormous amounts of nutrients, like potash and phosphate – key ingredients in fertilisers, which enable plants and crops to grow.

“Half the world’s population gets food as a result of fertilisers… and if that’s removed from the field for some crops, [the yield] will drop by 50%,” Mr Holsether said.

“For me, it’s not whether we are moving into a global food crisis – it’s how large the crisis will be.”

Ukraine war 'catastrophic for global food'

BASF-India : to expand its production capacity of Ultramid®-polyamide in Panoli, Gujarat

Ukraine-war ‘catastrophic for global-food

Aquafil S p A : to collect Fishing-Gear-and-Nets in collaboration with #Salmon-de-Chile and Atando-Cabos S.p.A. to recycle-Nylon6 Material for reuse

Closed-Loop-Partners Leads Consortium of Investors in Acquiring Sims-Municipal-Recycling (SMR)

Pioneer-Natural’s CEO estimates oil-to-hit-USD200-per-barrel

-Impact of surging international crude-oil-on-PP-market

NFY-demand recovers in order, but hard to expand intensively

-How do we recycle-plastic?

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Bottle-grade-PET – Carbon-Fiber 07-03-2022

Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine 07-03-2022

Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

-Sulzer : bio-plastic technology selected for Yangzhou Huitong Biological New Material’s latest plant

The plant will be able to produce a large portfolio of PLA grades serving a broad range of end-use applications from food packaging to kitchen utensils or toys. Replacing traditional plastics with non-fossil based plastics directly contributes to an improved carbon footprint.

The versatility of Sulzer’s PLA technology allows the production of a large range of molecular weights and stereoisomer ratios, while meeting product high-quality standards.

To meet Yangzhou Huitong Biological New Material’s requirements, Sulzer Chemtech will design and provide its lactide purification, polymerization, devolatilization and post-reaction proprietary technologies. The licensing agreement framework also includes extensive service support from engineering to technical assistance and field services. Sulzer Chemtech was selected for its proven track record as market leader, delivering scalable production solutions with both improved efficiency and quality for the production of PLA. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Zhang JianGang, President of Yangzhou Huitong Biological New Material, adds: “This new facility will allow us to enter the fast-growing bioplastic market. We consider Sulzer an extremely valuable partner in this project. The company’s comprehensive technical services and cutting-edge production technologies for PLA will help us to effectively produce sustainable plastics and meet our customers’ strategic demands.”

Torsten Wintergerste, Division President of Sulzer Chemtech, comments: “We are excited to support Yangzhou Huitong Biological New Material in their flagship project. Our PLA technologies are currently used in most PLA facilities worldwide.

Sulzer : bio-plastic technology selected for Yangzhou Huitong Biological New Material's latest plant

-Materials firms pulling some business in Russia as Ukraine conflict continues

LyondellBasell Industries will turn down new business opportunities with Russian state-owned entities, and plans to discontinue existing business with those entities as well. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Houston-based LyondellBasell also is donating 200,000 euros ($220,000) to relief efforts in Ukraine.

“We are closely monitoring the Russia-Ukraine situation as it continues to evolve,” officials said in a statement sent to Plastics News. “LyondellBasell condemns the unprovoked attacks on Ukraine, and we are taking action to support the humanitarian efforts as a result of this conflict.

“In addition to abiding by all sanctions, effective immediately, LyondellBasell will not enter into any new business transactions or relationships, and to the extent legally possible, intends to discontinue business relationships with Russian state-owned entities. We are in the process of assessing how this will impact our operations, including feedstocks, utilities, supply chain providers, and customers.”

Officials added that although LyondellBasell doesn’t have operations in Ukraine, the firm has seen the rising number of refugees and dislocated families and is supporting the humanitarian crisis through its global corporate citizenship program, Advancing Good. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Materials firms pulling some business in Russia as Ukraine conflict continues

-SK Ecoplant acquires TES Envirocorp

SK Ecoplant will take over TES Envirocorp and enter the global IT equipment and electric vehicle battery recycling and reuse business. As a result, SK Ecoplant has expanded the company’s business to the recycling market that pursues a circular economy.

SK Ecoplant president, Park Kyung-il, and Rodney Muse, managing partner of Navis Capital Partners, the largest shareholder of TES, will hold a 100 percent stake in TES as a result of the acquisition. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

E-waste refers to discarded electrical and electronic products and is a concept that encompasses all IT devices such as smartphones, laptops, servers and storage devices, waste batteries, waste home appliances, and waste solar power parts that have reached the end of their lifespan.

Currently, TES has 43 treatment facilities in operation in 21 countries, including countries in North America and Europe. The U.S., U.K., Germany, China, and Singapore are major core markets.

SK Ecoplant plans to achieve a circular economy with zero waste of resources and global pollution through recycling and energy conversion of waste. According to the 2020 Global E-waste Monitor report by the United Nations (UN), the amount of e-waste generated worldwide in 2019 was about 53.6 million tons, and it is expected to increase to 74.7 million tons in 2030. Allied Market Research, a global market research firm, predicts that the size of the e-waste industry from about $50 billion (about 60 trillion won) in 2020 will nearly triple to about $144 billion (about 170 trillion won) by 2028. there is. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Bio-plastic-technology - Russia-Ukraine

-Teijin Expands Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Lineup

The company’s move to offer commodity engineering plastic prepregs will boost appeal to automakers.

Until recently, Japan’s Teijin has offered high-performance carbon-fiber prepegs using advanced engineering plastics such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK), polyaryletherketone (PAEK), and polyethersulfone (PSE), as well as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS).  Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

To further its aspirations to expand carbon-fiber composite usage in the auto sector, Teijin is now offering three additional matrix materials: Polypropylene (PP)/polycarbonate (PC), PC, and polyamide (PA).

These are now being used as base resins in new versions of the company’s existing prepreg products, including Tenax ThermoPlastic UniDirectional (TPUD), Tenax ThermoPlastic Woven Fabric (TPWF), and Tenax ThermoPlastic Consolidated Laminate (TPCL). Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Bio-plastic-technology - Russia-Ukraine

-Foam Cycle’s styrofoam recycling technology receives U.S. patent

Foam Cycle, a foam packaging recycling system designed to be placed at outdoor municipal recycling drop-off centers, was recently issued a Utility Patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent outlines a “method and system of recycling polystyrene waste.”  Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Foam packaging, also known as styrofoam, is one of the most plentiful, yet least recycled plastics used today. With packaging waste shifting from retailers to direct home delivery, foam packaging waste is too large to be placed in curbside containers and is not accepted by most single-stream recycling facilities. Foam packaging waste joins a long list of other hard-to-recycle materials that cannot be collected at the curb, such as mattresses, tires, rigid plastics, metals, and electronics. When dropped off at a recycling collection center equipped with a Foam Cycle system, foam packaging is able to be recycled.

The Foam Cycle system is designed as an encapsulated “plug and play” system to collect, recycle and repurpose foam packaging waste.

When foam packaging waste is processed through the Foam Cycle system, 98 percent of the air is safely released and 2 percent of the polystyrene plastic is extruded, resulting in a 90-1 densification. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Bio-plastic-technology - Russia-Ukraine

-World’s first Lyocell T-Shirt from 100% recycled textiles

Due to the superior cellulose properties of cotton in the recycled textiles, the fiber tenacities are even superior compared to wood based Lyocell fibers

At the International Conference on Cellulose Fibers 2022 at 02/03. Feb in Cologne, LIST Technology AG from Switzerland presented world’s first Lyocell T-Shirt from 100% pulp from recycled textiles – made possible by the use of LIST KneaderReactor technology. Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

The recycled textiles came from post-consumer sources. The T-Shirt is fully recyclable. The fiber tenacities are even superior compared to wood based Lyocell fibers. This is due to the superior cellulose properties of cotton in the recycled textiles, which generates pulp which still can be processed at 100% due to LIST’s high viscosities capabilities. The recyclability refers to textiles from cotton or polycotton, but also to textiles from Lyocell fibers from recycled textiles.

Bio-plastic-technology - Russia-Ukraine

Bio-plastic-technology – Russia-Ukraine

Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip 05-03-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals 07-03-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

Bottle-grade-PET - Petrochemicals

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ITEM 28/02/2022 07/03/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +750
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,165 $/ton 1,290 $/ton- +125
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,875 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +625
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +550
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

5,635 yuan/ton 6,400 yuan/ton +765
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 850 $/ton 1,020 $/ton +170
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4.825 yuan/ton 5,610 yuan/ton +785
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 655 $/ton  752 $/ton +97
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,113 $/ton 1,221 $/ton +108
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,093 $/ton 1,201 $/ton +108
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,216 $/ton 1,263 $/ton +47
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 8,550 yuan/ton
+550
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton +500
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton +400
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,425 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton +425
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton +750
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,370 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton
+480
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,070 $/ton 2,130 $/ton +60
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,360 $/ton 2,400 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton +450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

32,500 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,300 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,950 yuan/ton 20,300 yuan/ton- +350
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,400 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton +300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 73,000 yuan/ton 72,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 63,000 yuan/ton 64,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 53,000 yuan/ton 54,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 14,200 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 7,935 yuan/ton 8,810 yuan/ton +875
Benzene overseas  market 1,089 $/ton 1,195 $/ton +106
Ethylene South 1,216 $/ton860 1,260 $/ton +44
Ethylene NWE  market 1,200 $/ton 1,289 $/ton +89
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,300 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals

1,750 $/ton 1,750 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,150 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market
9,420 yuan/ton 10,250 yuan/ton +830
Naphtha overseas market  911 $/ton 1,023 $/ton
+112
Phenol domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 10,800 yuan/ton

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-Waste2Func picks up US$7.4M grant to turn food waste into profit

A project to turn food waste from industry excess into profit has netted a US$7.4 million budget boost. Waste2Func has been awarded the grant to create a platform for converting mixed refuse into bioplastics and biosurfactants. The project is set to increase value from waste “two to tenfold” for participating companies and farmers within Belgium and Europe at large. Bottle-grade-PET – Carbon-Fiber

After being converted, the resulting materials can then be used to create cosmetics as well as household and personal care products, among others.

The EU Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking-backed initiative will collect waste from supermarkets, restaurants, auctions and the food and agriculture industries, turning it into valuable raw materials, says Dr. Sofie Lodens, project coordinator for Waste2Func.

TripleW, an Israeli/Belgian company and Ghent University together with the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant have developed technology to convert mixed batches of food waste into functional ingredients.

“[The process can yield] lactic acid and microbial biosurfactants, that can be used for the production of bioplastics and personal and home care applications respectively.”

The goal of the project is to investigate the potential to establish a biorefinery where functional molecules can be made from the waste in a way that is both environmentally and financially sustainable.

At present, food waste has few profitable end-use pathways. Because of this, unused food, such as substandard fruits and vegetables, rot in fields or get incinerated rather than recovering the profit invested in growing them.

Creating waste recycling infrastructure

Lodens says the project “will build a logistic platform to collect the agricultural and food waste and will demonstrate the conversion technology on a large scale.”

To develop the logistic platform, the project is developing a registration website and app that can be used to register food waste from the food and agriculture industries for collection.Bottle-grade-PET – Carbon-Fiber

So far, Waste2Func has 12 partners from five European countries, including agricultural associations, research institutes, small and medium enterprises and large enterprises such as Evonik, Croda and Ecover.

Waste2Func picks up US$7.4M grant to turn food waste into profit

Bottle-grade-PET – Petrochemicals 

Waste2Func picks up US$7.4M grant to turn food-waste-into-profit

Sulzer : bio-plastic-technology selected for Yangzhou-Huitong-Biological New Material’s latest plant

-Materials firms pulling some business in Russia as Ukraine-conflict continues

SK-Ecoplant acquires TES-Envirocorp

Teijin Expands Carbon-Fiber-Thermoplastic-Lineup

Foam-Cycle’s-styrofoam-recycling-technology receives U.S. patent

-World’s first Lyocell-T-Shirt from 100% recycled-textiles

Bottle-grade-PET – Carbon-Fiber

Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip 05-03-2022

Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip 05-03-2022

Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip

-Microbes that eat seaweed were used to create sustainable plastics

Researchers are developing biodegradable polymers derived from microbes that feed on seaweed. More importantly, it produces no hazardous waste and may be recycled into organic waste. According to the UN, plastic accounts for up to 90% of all toxins in our oceans; nevertheless, there are few counterparts, or environmentally appropriate substitutes for the substance.

“Plastics take so many years to disintegrate,” said Alexander Golberg of Tel Aviv University in Israel. As a result, packaging, bags, and bottles create plastic ‘continents’ inside the waters, endangering creatures and polluting the environment. Furthermore, plastic is made from petroleum materials, which are processed in a way that produces chemical pollutants as a consequence.”

“Our innovative technology generates ‘plastic’ from marine microorganisms that completely reprocess into organic trash,” he added. The researchers cultivated bacteria that feed on seaweed to make PHA, a bioplastic polymer (polyhydroxyalkanoate).  Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip

“Our raw material was multicellular seaweed farmed in the sea,” Golberg explained, “which was devoured by single-celled microbes that also breed in extremely salty water and form a polymer that can be used to make bioplastic.”

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-First Stretch Film Approved for Use in Potentially Explosive Areas

Film maker DuoPlast and BASF collaborate on production of new film that avoids the ignition source electrostatics.  Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip

BASF collaborated with Germany-based film manufacturer DuoPlast to commercially launch what is said to be the world’s first stretch PE blown film approved for use in potentially explosive areas. The newly developed  Duo Ex-Tra multilayer LDPE film avoids the ignition source of electrostatics. As such,  stretched pallet units no longer pose an explosion hazard. Conventional stretch films are not approved for explosive areas due to the static charge and pallets must be repacked before entering.

DuoPlast’s film is made with BASF’s Elastostat, a dissipative polymer-based TPU additive. Available as a pellet masterbatch, this additive’s  antistatic effect is permanent and does not require any specific ambient conditions. It is said to have high compatibility with PE, PP, PS, and ABS at typical use levels of 7.5-15% and, as such, stretch films with Elastostat are particularly suitable for companies in the chemical industry and their suppliers, who can be supplied directly to hazardous areas in the future. The film is color-coded with red flashes. Hence, wrapped pallets can be clearly identified visually and their suitability for the relevant areas can be ensured.  Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip

First Stretch Film Approved for Use in Potentially Explosive Areas

Microbes that eat seaweed were used to create sustainable-plastics

-First Stretch-Film Approved for Use in Potentially-Explosive-Areas

China-PET-bottle-chip -rice hikes to intra-year high

Lenzing opens world’s largest lyocell-plant-in-Thailand

Bio-attributed-PP from Japan

Coveris invests to modernise Montfaucon site

China cools on biodegradable-plastic

EFS-plastics increases access to recyclables with new processing-facility-in-Alberta

Sustainable-plastics – PET-bottle-chip

Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash 04-03-2022

Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle 05-03-2022

Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

-China PET bottle chip price hikes to intra-year high

Affected by the sharp rise in crude oil price, polymerization costs once rose to 6800-6900yuan/mt. PET bottle chip offer is adjusted up 150-250yuan/mt this morning. Talking level for Mar-Jun goods increases to 8000-8250yuan/mt, while for Jul-Aug goods rises to 8220-8355yuan/mt. Export market, mainstream discussion has lifted to $1180-1200/mt FOB Shanghai. Temporarily, as price rises too quickly, downstream customers mainly stand on sidelines, and refilling interest is not much. Deals done are mainly trader restocking activity. Some large plant has sold more than 10kt forward goods. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

Affected by the war, port loading and transportation in the Black Sea region have been paralyzed. Russia crude oil exports have been blocked, and the market cannot see the possibility of other alternative supplies to fill this gap for the time being. At the same time, the shipping stagnation in the Black Sea may not be solved in the short term, and it is entirely possible for the market to continue to trade crude oil.

Therefore, affected by the hiking cost, China polyester industry chain is forced to follow up, the prices of other crude oil-related products are also rising one after another.

Apart from the cost-side, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continued to escalate this week, and we also noted that recently, many transport giants have begun to suspend new bookings for sea, air and intercontinental railways to and from Russia, including Maersk, MSC and Hebrot. According to media reports, other logistics companies, including Seko logistics, have also stopped accepting Russian orders. UPS and FedEx have suspended shipments to Russia. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

China PET bottle chip price hikes to intra-year high

-Lenzing opens world’s largest lyocell plant in Thailand

The Lenzing Group, the world’s leading supplier of wood-based specialty fibres, has today announced the successful completion of its key lyocell expansion project in Thailand.Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

The new plant, the largest of its kind in the world with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tons per year, started production on schedule and will help to even better meet the increasing customer demand for TENCEL branded lyocell fibres. For Lenzing, the project also represents an important step towards strengthening its leadership position in the specialty fibre market and into a carbon-free future.

The construction of the plant located at Industrial Park 304 in Prachinburi, around 150 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, started in the second half of 2019 and proceeded largely according to plan, despite the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recruiting and onboarding of new employees has been successful. Investments (CAPEX) amounted to approximately €400 million, the Austria-headquartered company said.

“We are very proud of this achievement. Our sincere thanks go to the entire Lenzing team and especially to our staff in Thailand but also to many external stakeholders, who joined forces in times of a global pandemic to make this key project reality. To deliver such a huge project in time and at budget is an outstanding achievement given the challenges of the global pandemic, Cord Prinzhorn, CEO of Lenzing Group, said in a press release. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

Robert van de Kerkhof, Member of the Managing Board, agreed with him and added: “The demand for our wood-based, biodegradable specialty fibres under the TENCEL, LENZING ECOVERO and VEOCEL brands is growing very well. In Asia in particular, we see huge growth potential for our brands based on sustainable innovation. With the production start of the lyocell plant in Thailand, Lenzing reached an important milestone in its growth journey, supporting our ambitious goal to make the textile and nonwoven industries more sustainable.

Wood-based-fibres - PET-bottle

-Bio-attributed PP from Japan
Prime Polymer has delivered the first batches of plastic produced with biobased hydrocarbons supplied by the Finnish company Neste and attributed by certified mass balance. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle
Prime Polymr PP plant Osaka Prime Polymer, a Japanese company of the Mitsui Chemicals group, has started production of bio-attributed polypropylene at its Osaka, Japan site.
The raw material, hydrocarbons of biological origin supplied by the Finnish company Neste, is used in the cracking phase and attributed with ISCC Plus certified mass balance to the resins marketed by Prime Polymer as “biobased”, the first batches of which have already been delivered to customers.

Wood-based-fibres - PET-bottle

-Coveris invests to modernise Montfaucon site

Coveris is moving ahead with an investment programme to modernise its site in Montfaucon, France. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

With the recent acquisition of a new extruder, Coveris is improving its machinery and increasing productivity in the manufacture of shrink and stretch hoods for industrial applications.

Coveris, a polyethylene extruder, is further expanding its offering with this new investment and is aiming to meet the growing market demand for recyclable and recycled flexible packaging materials.

The Montfaucon site has undergone a real change over the last few months to accommodate this new machine. It allows Coveris to take a new step forward by modernising its fleet, increasing productivity and capacity, and reducing its environmental footprint. Coveris is thereby able to offer its customers an optimised product range.

This new five-layer coextrusion technology extruder allows the production of polyethylene shrink hoods and polyethylene stretch hoods including recycled materials (PCR – post consumer recycled plastic and/or PIR – post-industrial recycled plastic). Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

This technology makes it possible to offer a standard or non-stick shrink hood with optimised thickness that can incorporate 50% or more recycled material.

Wood-based-fibres - PET-bottle

-China cools on biodegradable plastic

With the official stance shifting from all-in to wait-and-see, the future of biodegradable plastic in China is uncertain

hina’s “toughest ever” drive to reduce single-use plastics has been underway for two years. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

In January 2020, the country announced bans or restrictions on the production or sale of products including single-use plastic bags and cutlery, with an ambitious timetable for their removal from the market. Some single-use products were to be replaced with alternatives in less than a year.

The sudden ban on large quantities of non-biodegradable single-use plastic products triggered a boom in the production of alternatives, particularly biodegradable plastics. Weng Yunxuan, a professor of polymer chemistry at Beijing Technology and Business University, has estimated that by 2025 China’s production of two main types of biodegradable plastic, PBAT and PLA, will have hit 7 million and 1 million tonnes respectively, up from 300,000 and 100,000 tonnes in 2020. That will represent two-thirds of global output.

But some months ago, when the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Ecology and Environment published plans for tackling plastic pollution in 2021–25, there was a notable shortage of content on biodegradable plastics, with no requirement to increase their use. On the contrary: the plans called for more research into the impact and applicability of the materials, and warned against blindly expanding production.

What caused the sudden turnaround?

Fuzzy definitions and standards

The thinking behind the 2020 restrictions was that more environmentally friendly products would replace single-use plastics, with a focus on reusable, recyclable and degradable options. Industry assumed the government would be encouraging the use of degradable versions of plastic bags and of mulching films used to protect fields, and so upped production. Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

Wood-based-fibres - PET-bottle

-EFS-plastics increases access to recyclables with new processing facility in Alberta

EFS-plastics Inc. is opening a new processing facility in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, to increase access to recyclables needed to produce its 100 percent post-consumer resin.  Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

The 70,000 square foot facility will increase EFS’s processing capacity by 10,000 metric tonnes per year, representing a 20 percent increase. Beginning in the first week of April, EFS will accept #3-7 and #1-7 mixed rigid plastic bales from material recovery facilities (MRFs) located in western regions of Canada and the United States. This investment builds on the strong relationships that EFS has developed with Western MRFs since the Chinese National Sword policy limited the export of residential plastics in 2018.

“As we increase the amount of recycled resin we produce, we remain focused on keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible,” said Martin Vogt, EFS-plastics president and CEO. “This new location allows us to cut carbon emissions associated with transportation as we extend the impact of our highly-automated, mechanical recycling operations.”  Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

EFS-plastics increases access to recyclables with new processing facility in Alberta

Wood-based-fibres – PET-bottle

 

Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash 04-03-2022

Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash 04-03-2022

Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash

Crude Oil Prices Trend  

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-UN takes ‘historic’ step toward global treaty on plastic trash

The United Nations on Wednesday agreed to start negotiating a world-first global treaty on plastic pollution in what has been hailed as a watershed moment for the planet.

Nearly 200 nations at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi unanimously agreed to create an intergovernmental committee to negotiate and finalise a legally binding plastics treaty by 2024. Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash

UNEA chair Espen Barthe Eide declared the resolution passed with a strike of the gavel — itself made from recycled plastic — as the assembly hall erupted into cheers and applause.

“We are making history today. You should all be proud,” said Eide, who is Norway’s climate and environment minister.

Negotiators have been given a broad and robust mandate to target plastic trash in all its forms.

Supercritical-water - Plastic-trash

-UK university licenses ‘supercritical water’ technology

Stopford will use the technology in its hydro-thermal process, CircuPlast, to recycle mixed plastic packaging.

The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom has licensed the rights to its “supercritical water” technology to Stopford, a U.K. firm that provides comprehensive services to the petrochemical/bulk chemical, oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy sectors. The company will use the technology to develop a process for recycling mixed plastic packaging that delivers a greater proportion of high-value recycled plastic with less emissions, fewer processing steps than current recycling methods and no solvent residues, according to a news release issued by the university. Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash

The partners have been awarded funding from UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge to enable further development of its process, which Bushra Al-Duri, Ph.D., from the University of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering, initially developed before it was further developed during a collaborative project with Stopford.

Above the critical point of 374.5 C and 220 bars (217 atmospheres), water is described as “supercritical,” meaning its properties and operational behavior are completely different from ambient/hot water, according to the news release. Supercritical water can be a solvent for all organic materials, including plastics. Its gas-like penetration power makes it a superior medium to decompose mixtures of complex end-of-life plastics into value-added material that is feedstock for manufacturing new plastics. Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash

Stopford will further develop and scale the hydro-thermal process, CircuPlast, enabling the conversion of nonrecyclable end-of-life plastics into high-value chemicals for use as feedstock for the plastics industry, the university says.

An advanced recycling technology, CircuPlast is thought to be able overcome the limitations of existing recycling processes by enhancing recycling rates, enabling an increase in the amount of recycled content in plastics and maintaining functionality.

UK university licenses ‘supercritical water’ technology

UN takes ‘historic’ step toward global-treaty on plastic-trash

UK-university licenses ‘supercritical-water-technology’

-The Compound-Company acquires Exxelor™-polymers from EssoDeutschland-GmbH to expand its global reach into new markets

-Scientists Develop an Environmentally-Sustainable-Process to Produce Biodegradable-Plastic

-Prices Firm for Polyolefins, PS and PET

Innovation-in-Frankfurt, suspended operations in Russia

-Limited evidence that chemical-recycling can help tackle the issue of plastic-waste, says WWF

Ampacet-Additive Makes Multilayer-Barrier-Films-Recyclable

Supercritical-water – Plastic-trash

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling 03-03-2022

Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films 04-03-2022

Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

-The Compound Company acquires Exxelor™ polymers from Esso Deutschland GmbH to expand its global reach into new markets

Enschede, The Netherlands, March 01, 2022 – The Compound Company, a leading developer and manufacturer of compounds, announced it has acquired the production site, product portfolio and customer base for Exxelor™ polymer resins from ESSO Deutschland GmbH , ExxonMobil in Cologne, Germany. The acquisition will increase the global production capacity of The Compound Company to about 70 kilotons per year and significantly expand the group’s reach into new markets.

“We are very excited to welcome the Exxelor manufacturing force and portfolio in our organization,” says Frans Haafkens, major shareholder of The Compounding Company. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

“The acquisition adds a new sizeable jewel to our crown and ideally complements our established offering of Yparex® extrudable adhesives and EcoForte® compound families. It provides great synergies to further grow our customer base, with new opportunities in several dynamic application areas such as e.g. e‑mobility.”

Exxelor™ polymer resins are chemically modified polyolefin and elastomers based resins used to enhance the performance of engineering thermoplastics and other polymers. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

As impact modifiers they improve the toughness of compounds. As compatibilizers, coupling agents and adhesion promoters, they increase the bonding strength of non-polar polymers with polyolefins, fillers and reinforcements as well as metals, thermoset rubbers and most polar substrates, including glass.

Biodegradable-plastic - Barrier-Films

-Scientists Develop an Environmentally Sustainable Process to Produce Biodegradable Plastic

Scientists based in Brazil and Portugal have developed an environmentally sustainable process to produce biodegradable plastic using pigment extracted from yeast by “green” solvents. In an article published in the journal Green Chemistry, they show that this biodegradable plastic could in future be used in smart packaging with antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

With similar applications to those of conventional plastics derived from oil, gas and coal, which take hundreds of years to decompose, sustainable bioplastics produced from sugarcane, corn and potatoes are starting to become commercially available.

After more than eight years of research, the scientists demonstrated that eutectic solvents can efficiently extract two carotenoids, astaxanthin and beta-carotene, from biomass of the yeast Phaffia rhodozyma.

Carotenoids are a class of more than 750 naturally occurring pigments synthesized by plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria. They account for the yellow, orange and red colors of many plants. They have commercial applications in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, among others.

According to the researchers, eutectic solvents can be used both to extract the pigments and to produce biodegradable plastic film based on bioactive starch without any need for additional purification. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

Biodegradable-plastic - Barrier-Films

-Prices Firm for Polyolefins, PS and PET

PVC prices have the weakest outlook among commodity resins.

Moving toward the end of the first quarter, the pricing trajectory for the five major commodity resins was a mixed bag, with a potential bottoming-out for PP and PE prices, an upward push for PS and PET, and a downturn for PVC tabs.

Key drivers included the continued impact of higher feedstock costs and global logistics issues—including higher feedstock costs, a dearth of truck drivers, container availability, and some Gulf Coast warehouses at full capacity, delaying exports.

Those are the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), senior editors from PetroChemWire (PCW), CEO Michael Greenberg of The Plastics Exchange, and Scott Newell, executive  v.p.  polyolefins at Spartan Polymers.

PE Prices Flat

Polyethylene prices rolled over in January, with suppliers pushing back their 4¢/lb hike to February. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

However, new price initiative emerged, averaging an additional 4¢/lb for last month, according  to Mike Burns, RTi’s v.p. of PE markets, PCW senior editor David Barry, and The Plastic Exchange’s Greenberg.

Burns ventured that PE prices would hold firm in February as suppliers’ price-hike attempts changed the narrative of slumping prices.

Biodegradable-plastic - Barrier-Films

-Innovation in Frankfurt, suspended operations in Russia

Messe Frankfurt RUS activities on hold until further notice as over 1,000 companies sign up for show in Germany. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

Messe Frankfurt is opening the registration for the Techtextil Innovation Awards 2022, ahead of the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens taking place in Frankfurt, Germany from June 21-24th.

The international events organiser is meanwhile suspending all of its events in Russia and said in a brief statement: “The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an unprecedented threat to peaceful coexistence in Europe. Messe Frankfurt supports all of the federal government’s sanctions. Against this background, the management of Messe Frankfurt decided today to suspend events of its subsidiary Messe Frankfurt RUS until further notice.”

Among other events, this casts uncertainty on the Techtextil Russia event which was scheduled to take place in Moscow from September 20-22.

Registrations

Techtextil and Texprocess 2022 in Frankfurt already have registrations from more than 1,000 international exhibitors and twelve national pavilions.

The deadline for applications for the Innovation Awards is March 25, 2022.

Innovative new products are being sought in the following categories – concept, technology, material, application, product, sustainability and circular economy, sustainable technology and recycling, and technology and digitalization. New, unconventional ideas, concepts and visions are particularly welcome. The Techtextil Innovation Award supports progressive approaches and dialogue between researchers, the manufacturing industry and users.

For the first time, Techtextil will also mark an outstanding development in the field of functional or performing textiles materials for fashion with the Techtextil Performance Fashion Award. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

Innovation in Frankfurt, suspended operations in Russia

-Limited evidence that chemical recycling can help tackle the issue of plastic waste, says WWF

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the potential of chemical recycling technologies to help address the issue of plastic waste by managing plastics that were previously thought of as unrecyclable. But WWF argues that there is currently limited evidence to indicate whether chemical recycling can provide additional benefits to mechanical recycling, or that these technologies are safe to begin with. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

A position paper published recently by the organization states that not only is there not sufficient evidence that chemical recycling will have a positive impact on plastic waste management, but that the evidence that does exist suggests that it may pose hazards to the health of humans and the environment. The paper argues that the available evidence does not yet prove that chemical recycling will provide any extra advantages to existing mechanical recycling systems, and that there is some danger that such technologies could even weaken the systems already in place.

WWF’s No Plastic in Nature strategy aims to address the plastics problem by 2030 through government policy, working with the private sector, and focusing on public engagement. “Through these pillars, we work with all stakeholders over a variety of industries to really reach a common vision, and that’s to reimagine how we source, design, dispose of and reuse the plastics we depend on every day,” said Erin Simon, head of plastics and business at WWF-US Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

Biodegradable-plastic - Barrier-Films

-Ampacet Additive Makes Multilayer Barrier Films Recyclable

New ReVive 311A Compatibilizer earns How2Recycle Prequalification for Store Drop-Off for multilayer films that combine PA6 and EVOH.

Masterbatch supplier Ampacet, Tarrytown, NY, has launched a compatibilizer that boosts the recyclability of multilayer barrier films containing polyamide 6 (PA6) and ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH). Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has granted the new compatibilizer How2Recycle Prequalification for Store Drop-Off. Thus, multilayer barrier films containing the proper combination of PA6 and/or EVOH — with correct compatibilizer loading — may be eligible to display the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label.

Post-consumer and post-industrial films made with the compatibilizer can be disposed of in the polyolefin recycling stream and may be used for film production or other plastics processing.

“ReVive offers the best of all possible worlds in food packaging,” said Doreen Becker, Ampacet sustainability director, in a prepared statement. She noted that although multilayer EVOH/PA6 barrier films have not been recyclable, they are superior to monomaterial polyethylene (PE) films for preserving freshness and preventing food waste.

The new compatibilizer enables plastics processors to meet sustainability goals by boosting their use of post-consumer/post-industrial resin, and it helps consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies deliver well protected foods in recyclable packaging. Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

“ReVive’s How2Recycle Prequalification for Store Drop-Off allows us to show consumer packaged goods [companies] how to use the How2Recycle standardized labeling system in packaging to achieve circular economy goals and help encourage consumers to recycle,” Becker said.

Ampacet Additive Makes Multilayer Barrier Films Recyclable

Biodegradable-plastic – Barrier-Films

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling 03-03-2022

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling 03-03-2022

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

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-Alliance for PHA in France
Five companies in the supply chain join forces to industrialize a fermentation process based on marine microorganisms for the production of bioplastics.
The new Nautilium consortium made up in France of five companies in the sector recalls the sea, underlining both the origin and the biodegradability of the material: Elixance, Europlastiques, Polymaris Biotechnology, Séché environnement and Triballat Noyal. The goal is to promote the development, production and sale of bioplastics based on poly-hydroxy-alkanoate (PHA), a biobased and biodegradable plastic material (in soil and water), still not widespread on the market, but with great potential. PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling
The result of 15 years of research, begun in the laboratories of the Université de Bretagne Sud, the Ecole de Chimie in Rennes and the Gepea of ​​Saint-Nazaire, the fermentation process at the base of Nautilium uses marine microorganisms fed with by-products of the industry food.
The five actors of the consortium operate at every stage of the supply chain, from the production of the biopolymer (Polymaris Biotechnology) to the formulation of the compound (Elixance), to arrive at the injection molding of the products (Europlastiques), in this case mainly packaging and items for agriculture and horticulture, closing the circle with the recovery and enhancement at the end of life (Séché environnement).
The goal is to achieve the industrialization of the process in order to start production on a commercial scale. PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

Alliance for PHA in France

-Aqua Metals produces lithium hydroxide from lithium-ion battery black mass

Aqua Metals  has produced its first lithium hydroxide from lithium-ion battery black mass. Currently, the only commercially proven recycling technology being utilized for lithium-ion batteries is smelting which does not recover the lithium. Lithium is a critical component of the lithium-ion batteries that battery manufacturers need to produce to meet the demand of the fast-growing electric vehicle (EV) and overall energy storage markets. In addition to producing lithium through a patent-pending proprietary process, the company’s research and development program is working to recycle the other key elements of lithium-ion batteries such as cobalt (already plated), nickel, copper, and manganese. PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

“This is an important step in demonstrating our proprietary Li AquaRefining process, which we think is environmentally and economically superior to other metals recycling methods,” said Ben Taecker, Chief Operations and Engineering Officer of Aqua Metals. “Our goal is to produce battery precursor grade lithium hydroxide, and these early results indicate we are on track for meeting this goal. This also confirms that we remain on schedule to start running our pilot-scale unit in the coming months.” PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

As governments and vehicle manufacturers take steps to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles to meet carbon emissions reduction targets, demand for lithium is soaring to the point where lithium shortages are already being forecasted for the near term. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has predicted that there will be deficits of lithium as early as this year. The price of lithium has also been dramatically affected, increasing by more than 300 percent in 2021. It currently stands at approximately $58,000 a metric tonne. Increased mining activity alone cannot mitigate the shortages. Mining is environmentally costly and takes five to seven years to get operational; recycling is critical to meet future demand.

PHA-bioplastics - Battery recycling

-Alliance for PHA-in-France

Aqua-Metals produces lithium-hydroxide from lithium-ion-battery-black-mass

Braskem Grows Circular-Polymer Portfolio with Food-Grade-PCR-PP

Paccor to include RHDPEcontent in UK dairy caps with a minimum 30%

INEOS-Aromatics reduces CO2-emissions and increases capacity with $70 million modernization of PTA-facility in Merak, Indonesia

Biesterfeld-Plastic: distribution of new DuPont™ Delrin® Renewable Attributed grades

Polymers : Producers Slow-Walk Sales in Anticipation of More Price Hikes Ahead

Evonik to Raise Prices of High-Performance-Plastics

PHA-bioplastics – Battery recycling

Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles 02-03-2022

Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics 03-03-2022

Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

-Braskem Grows Circular Polymer Portfolio with Food-Grade PCR PP

Post-consumer recycled (PCR) content polypropylene grades can be used in high-temperature food packaging applications.

The circular polymer portfolio of Braskem S.A., the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas as well as large-scale biopolymers producer, is expanding to include two new polypropylene (PP) grades with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. These PP grades can be used in a wide range of FDA food contact applications consumer packaging, caps and closures, housewares, and a wide range of thermoforming applications. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

“Today’s announcement is another milestone in Braskem’s journey to a carbon neutral circular economy and reinforces our commitment to polypropylene as the PP leader in North America,” states Geoffrey Inch, Braskem North America sustainability director. “Not only will Braskem’s new PCR polypropylene grades help our clients meet commitments for recycled content in FDA food-contact markets where PCR solutions are limited today, these developments will also keep us on track to reach our goals of providing 300,000 tons of thermoplastic resins and chemicals with recycled content by 2025 and one million tons of thermoplastic resins and chemicals with recycled content by 2030.”

Braskem PCR polypropylene for thermoforming.

Braskem’s thermoforming grade contains 25% post-consumer recycled content and meets the requirements for certain FDA food contact applications, including high temperature packaging. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

This grade is best suited for thermoforming applications which can be utilized for a variety of applications including food retail and food service trays, coffee lids and several other packaging products.

Polyolefins - High-Performance-Plastics

-Paccor to include RHDPE content in UK dairy caps with a minimum 30%

In the UK, about 79% of the HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) bottles collected are recycled, of which a high percentage are milk bottles. On average, about 15% of HDPE milk bottles in the UK contain up to 30% recycled rHDPE material. Technical advances in the manufacture of these containers have also led to the use of less material, resulting in a lower weight for the same bottle size.

“The rHDPE produced in the UK is under pressure due to availability and demand,” underlines Andreas Schuette, CEO of PACCOR. “All UK bottle manufacturers are aiming for a minimum share of 30% rHDPE content to avoid plastic tax. However, thanks to our long-term partnership with the supplier, PACCOR has now managed to ensure sufficient material availability and increase the content of the caps up to 40%,” he says. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

The PACCOR procurement team sourced rHDPE material and the site now produces approximately 45 million caps per week. The engineering and technical team tested various extrusion nozzle diameters and cutter holder profiles until a solution was found and trials with up to 40% inclusion rate were successful. Increased machine setup accuracy ensured consistent forming of the cap, with no compromises to customers’ filling process. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

Polyolefins - High-Performance-Plastics

-INEOS Aromatics reduces CO2 emissions and increases capacity with $70 million modernization of PTA facility in Merak, Indonesia

Increases the site capacity by 15% from 500,000 tons to 575,000 tons per annum

Reduces CO2 emissions by 15% per tonne

Demonstrates INEOS Aromatics’ commitment to the growth of the Indonesian polyester industry Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

INEOS Aromatics has completed a $70 million modernisation of its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in Merak, Indonesia, that significantly reduces emissions and increases capacity, supporting the competitiveness and growth of the Indonesian polyester industry.

The installation of a larger oxidation reactor, reconfiguration of the reactor’s heat recovery system and revamp of the process air compressor train will both reduce CO2 emissions per ton by 15% and increase the site capacity by 15%, from 500,000 tonnes to 575,000 tonnes per annum.

PTA is used by the polyester industry to produce items for homes and businesses such as clothes, furniture, food & drink packaging and other industrial uses.

The investment will also improve the reliability and competitiveness of the plant, increasing the availability of PTA for the Indonesian market and the use of local content in fabric produced in the country.

“The INEOS Aromatics facility in Merak has played an important role in the Indonesia polyester industry for some time. This new, multi-million dollar investment shows our commitment to its future growth,” says Frank Yang, President Director, INEOS Aromatics Indonesia. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

“It also continues INEOS Aromatics’ tradition of deploying technology that helps lead the polyester industry to a more sustainable future,” he adds. “It supports INEOS’ commitment to producing essential products while reducing emissions to net zero by 2050.”

INEOS Aromatics reduces CO2 emissions and increases capacity with $70 million modernization of PTA facility in Merak, Indonesia

-Biesterfeld Plastic: distribution of new DuPont™ Delrin® Renewable Attributed grades

The base polymer of Delrin® Renewable Attributed is produced from 100% bio-feedstock from waste, according to ISCC Plus mass balance certification

DuPont is launching five new grades in its sustainable product family Delrin® Renewable Attributed. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

These products can be used in medical and food contact applications. Long-standing distribution partner Biesterfeld Plastic will distribute the POM homopolymers in large areas of the EMEA region as well as in Brazil.

The new grades include Delrin® RASC655 and Delrin® RASC698, both designed specifically for medical requirements and which form part of the Special Control group at DuPont. All products with this designation undergo extensive testing, offer a high degree of production control and satisfy the medical sector’s standard regulatory requirements, for example USP Class VI and ISO 10993. Both grades offer outstanding mechanical properties and an exceptionally low friction coefficient. This makes them ideal for demanding medical applications such as wearables, inhalers, pumps and other products. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

DuPont is also introducing three new grades suitable for food contact in line with EU Directive 10/2011 – Delrin® RAFG511DP, Delrin® RAFG500P and Delrin® RAFG100. All three products have a long lifetime and high fatigue resistance across a broad temperature spectrum, especially at low temperatures. This makes these new materials especially suitable for food packaging and potable water applications.

Polyolefins - High-Performance-Plastics

-Polymers : Producers Slow-Walk Sales in Anticipation of More Price Hikes Ahead

PE commodity grades moved up another penny and PP added two cents in the spot market last week. A harbinger?

In the final week of February, buyers were again the aggressors, trying to rebuild inventories at favorable pricing. Sellers with surplus resin, on the other hand, were slow to dole it out, as it seemed that prices were heading higher, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

The flow of fresh off-grade railcars lightened during the week, bringing mostly homo-polymer polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (PE) for pipe and injection. Several other major commodity grades, including high-flow co-polymer PP, low-density PE, and linear-low-density PE film grades remained fairly scarce.

Completed volumes at the PlasticsExchange trading desk were well above the results seen during the fourth quarter of 2021, but still fell short of the hyper-active trade a year ago following the Texas freeze, which brought production in that region to a halt and sent buyers to the spot market for material. Benchmark prices for Prime PE and PP at the Chicago-based resin clearinghouse were steady to mostly higher, with penny gains for most PE grades and a 2-cent jump for PP. Buyers staved off PE producers’ second monthly attempt to raise contract prices by an average of $0.04/lb, so there will be a third attempt in March. PP contracts increased $0.06/lb in February, aligned with a similar rise in PGP monomer costs.

Russian aggression further strains resin supply chain

There was a lot of market chatter, as participants considered rapidly rising energy and feedstock costs and what it could mean for resins, especially as conflict commenced between Russia and Ukraine, writes the PlasticsExchange. This added geopolitical issue is putting further strain on an already delicate supply chain and logistics constraints that have hampered US resin exports significantly. Warehouses in Houston remain full because of port congestion, limited ship space, and high demand for shipping containers.

More of the same is forecast for much of 2022, along with elevated ocean shipping costs and high freight rates. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

Polyolefins - High-Performance-Plastics

-Evonik to Raise Prices of High-Performance Plastics

Essen/Marl. Evonik’s High Performance Polymers Business Line announces a price increase for its VESTAMID®, VESTOSINT®, VESTAMELT®, VESTODUR®, and TROGAMID® product lines effective April 1, 2022. Product prices will increase by an average of 13 to 25 percent depending on type and region. Customers will be informed of the specific price increases by their account managers.

The last months’ increases in energy, raw material and transportation prices have forced Evonik to take this decision because they reached a level that cannot be compensated by improved efficiency of processes. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

Company information

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €12.2 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €1.91 billion in 2020. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. About 33,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life today and tomorrow. Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

Evonik to Raise Prices of High-Performance Plastics

Polyolefins – High-Performance-Plastics

Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles 02-03-2022

Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles 02-03-2022

Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles

Crude Oil Prices Trend  

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-Plastic bottles — a driver for achieving the European Green Deal

As the European Commission prepares to unveil new policies to tackle plastic and waste, Nestlé Waters outlines how it is encouraging the EU to boost the circular economy.

“Images of discarded beverage bottles have become the symbol of a necessary debate around plastic use, and one of the reasons is that people don’t consider PET valuable” says Muriel Lienau, CEO of Nestlé Waters in Europe.”

Images of discarded beverage bottles have become the symbol of a necessary debate around plastic use, and one of the reasons is that people don’t consider PET valuable” she says.  Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles

“To be very clear: it is unacceptable that any packaging is littered. No packaging should end up in the environment; not in landfills nor oceans.”

“To be very clear: it is unacceptable that any packaging is littered. No packaging should end up in the environment; not in landfills nor oceans” she says, “and it’s up to us in the industry to try to ensure our bottles get returned and recycled, rather than thrown away.”

This has become a core mission for Nestlé Waters, as one of the key ways it is looking to support the environment. The company believes there is value in PET bottles, especially if they are properly collected and recycled.

That’s why Nestlé Waters is paying close attention to the upcoming review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, expected later this year. The European Commission wants to update the law to bring it in line with the EU’s wider circular economy and European Green Deal policies. Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles

Lienau explains what’s at stake and how Nestlé Waters can help make a difference.

Carbon-black - Plastic-bottles

-Orion Engineered Carbons opens new carbon black production line in Italy

Specialty chemical company Orion Engineered Carbons has commenced commercial sales from the first new reactor for carbon black production to be commissioned in the European Union in over 40 years.

Its new 25kt line at the facility in Ravenna, Italy, in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, produces specialty and technical rubber carbon blacks, primarily for the European market.  Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles

“The new line offers customers seeking long-term solutions a unique strategic opportunity to align with a dependable plant that has been operating for more than 60 years in Europe,” said Orion CEO Corning Painter.

Additional investments at the plant include a new co-generation facility to convert waste heat into electricity, generating up to 120MWh of electricity per year.

Orion Engineered Carbons opens new carbon black production line in Italy

Plastic-bottles — a driver for achieving the European-Green-Deal

Orion-Engineered-Carbons opens new carbon-black-production line in Italy

Long-Fiber-Composites Based on Nylon-Reclaimed-from-End-of-Life-Fishing-Nets

Teijin to Partner with Fuji-Design in Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

SAN-and-SMACopolymers Based on Renewable-Feedstocks

Borouge starts up fifth polypropylene-unit in Ruwais

CPL-deficits enlarge, expecting turnarounds in March

-Impact of the escalating Russian-Ukrainian conflict on PE-market

Carbon-black – Plastic-bottles

Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions 01-03-2022

Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling 02-03-2022

Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

-Long Fiber Composites Based on Nylon Reclaimed from End-of-Life Fishing Nets

Avient’s new Complēt R long fiber-reinforced composites incorporate nylon 6 PCR from discarded fishing nets.  A long fiber-reinforced composite based on nylon 6 reclaimed from end-of-life fishing nets is newly available from Avient. According to Avient’s general manager for long fiber technologies Eric Wollan, this is the first long fiber composite material in a planned larger portfolio based on recycled resin. Formulations are available globally in a standard black color at typical weight percentages of long glass fiber, long carbon fiber, or hybrid combinations.

Levels of post-consumer resin content vary within the offerings, which allows end products to meet different performance and sustainability requirements.

Potential structural market applications for Complēt R include next-generation vehicles that go further using fewer energy resources, recycled-content office furnishings that contribute towards LEED certification for buildings, and lighter-weight adventure gear for outdoor recreation. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

The new material is said to provide stiffness, strength, and toughness performance on par with standard nylon 6 long fiber formulations using virgin nylon 6 resin. Using these composites as a metal replacement also fosters significant weight reductions along with the time and cost savings benefits of single-step injection molding.

Nylon6-PCR - Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

-Teijin to Partner with Fuji Design in Carbon-Fiber Recycling

Precision pyrolysis technology will be applied to recycling of composites via removal of matrix resins. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

Teijin Ltd. plans to form a business alliance with Fuji Design Co., Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer of recycled carbon fibers, to establish a basis for the production, supply, and commercialization of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) products made from recycled carbon fibers using a low environmental impact process.

Fuji Design’s proprietary “precision pyrolysis” technology produces high-quality carbon fibers from used CFRP by removing matrix resins. As a green technology, it produces some 90% fewer CO2 emissions than carbon fibers made with virgin raw materials. Fuji Design, which is operating a commercial plant partially subsidized by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, has been looking to expand the business by developing new applications for its technology.

Teijin, meanwhile, has been striving to lower its groupwide environmental impact, including by reducing its fiscal 2018-level CO2 emissions by 30% as of fiscal 2030 and to net-zero by fiscal 2050. Along with efforts to reduce in-house energy consumption, Teijin also has been developing technologies to recycle materials including carbon fibers. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

Lightweight and high-strength CFRP already is used widely in aircraft, industrial, and sporting goods applications. Demand is expected to increase as a solution for improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles and other products.

Nylon6-PCR - Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

-SAN and SMA Copolymers Based on Renewable Feedstocks

Ineos Styrolution’s NAS Eco and Luran Eco product ranges have a carbon footprint reduction of 77% and 99% compared to fossil-based styrenics.

Two new biobased styrenic resin series intended as a drop-in for their fossil-based counterparts have been launched by Ineos Styrolution.

Luran Eco and NAS Eco are transparent styrenics specialty materials based on a mass balance process certified by ISCC Plus. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

The products are based on styrene being produced using renewable feedstock that is not in competition with food production, such as kitchen waste and wood waste. The carbon footprint reduction for the new products varies between 77% and 99% when compared to the respective fossil-based products, depending on the amount of renewable feedstock used to produce a material.

Luran Eco is a SAN (a styrene acrylonitrile copolymer) boasts a well-balanced property profile ranging from good transparency and excellent chemical resistance to high stiffness, extraordinary heat resistance as well as very good dimensional stability. These attributes make these resins a material of choice for a variety of household and cosmetics packaging applications.

NAS Eco is a stiff, amorphous SMMA (styrene methyl methacrylate) copolymer for demanding applications requiring excellent transparency such as water tanks, displays, food containers or boxes. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

Nylon6-PCR - Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

-Borouge starts up fifth polypropylene unit in Ruwais

The new facility will increase Borouge’s polypropylene production capacity by more than 25 per cent to 2.24 million tonnes per year

Borouge, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC and Austria’s Borealis, has announced the start up of its new fifth polypropylene unit (PP5) in Ruwais.

The new unit will boost the UAE’s polypropylene production to meet the growing demand for manufactured products in the recyclable advanced packaging, infrastructure, and other industrial sectors. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

Built within the Borouge 3 plant, the new unit will deliver 480,000 tonnes per year (t/y) and increase Borouge’s polypropylene production capacity by more than 25 per cent to 2.24 million t/y, and its total polymer capacity of polyolefins by 11 per cent from 4.5 to 5 million t/y. The new facility will have the annual capacity to manufacture raw materials to produce enough pipes for the water supply networks for the equivalent of 6,500 Burj Khalifa buildings.

Nylon6-PCR - Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

-CPL deficits enlarge, expecting turnarounds in March

By the end of February 2022, nylon industry players in China have been relatively indifferent to the performance of the crude oil market recently, and their interpretation of crude oil is more about the possible bearish fall in a medium and long term, rather than the short-term rally. This phenomenon is similar in the polyester circle. This also shows that chemical fiber downstream market shares a coldness after the Spring Festival. Players have the concern about high oil prices, and the pandemic situation, and their operating rate and order taking have not fully recovered. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

In nylon 6 chain, the price of caprolactam has fallen below the low rate in January (before the Spring Festival), and has been a relatively weak product among the major chemical fiber raw materials.

But in the author’s opinion, the main problem is still as mentioned in the previous article “Unexpected weakening CPL after the Spring Festival”, that the expectations of each link for the market are too bearish. In a state of general lack of confidence, even if the social inventory is not high, it is not easy to raise prices, unless supply is reduced to a very tight state. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

The weakness in CPL market is mainly due to a weak stance in the supply-demand relationship, while CPL inventory is not high. The reason for a stabilizing market at the end of last week (Feb 21-25) is simple: CPL is under rising deficits.

CPL deficits enlarge, expecting turnarounds in March

-Impact of the escalating Russian-Ukrainian conflict on PE market

On Feb 24, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has escalated to military action. Affected by this, international oil prices soared, with crude oil rising 9% intraday, breaking through $100/barrel for the first time since 2014. So, what effect do the conflict have on the PE market? Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

First of all, seeing from the current market, although PE price has rebounded slightly since Feb 24, it is mainly driven by the high cost of crude oil. Due to the relatively loose fundamentals of PE market, the increase is not obvious. At present, as the oil price is above $90/barrel, the real-time cash flow of PE has hit -800-(-)700yuan/mt. Although the petrochemical group has oil reserves, the impact of high oil prices on the market will be gradually highlighted as time advances. Currently, petrochemical plants are required not to control the overall price trend from the ex-works price link. As for the operating rate, some plants of Sinopec Maoming PC have operated with lower rates under the influence of the conflict, while other petrochemical plants did not reduce their operating rate for the time being. Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

Impact of the escalating Russian-Ukrainian conflict on PE market

Nylon6-PCR – Carbon-Fiber-Recycling

Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions 01-03-2022

Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions 01-03-2022

Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions

Crude Oil Prices Trend  

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-Risk of crude at $135/bbl may have increased on SWIFT sanctions decision

WHETHER OIL PRICES will rise to a high of $135/bbl – the worst-case warning highlighted in the above ICIS chart – was very much up in the air as this blog went to press.

The risk that this could happen, from yesterday’s Brent price of $105/bbl, has increased because of the EU and US decision to remove some Russian banks from SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).

SWIFT is a secure messaging system that makes fast, cross-border payments possible, enabling international trade. Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions

Only on Friday, it seemed as if expulsion from SWIFT wouldn’t happen because of objections from countries such as Germany. But those countries are now onboard. This underlines, as with all major conflicts, the pace at which events move.

“Russian exports of all commodities from oil and metals to grains will be severely disrupted by fresh Western sanctions, dealing a blow to Russia’s economy and hurting the West with a spike in prices and inflation, traders and analysts said,” wrote Reuters in this 27 February article.

The traders and analysts believed a spike in energy costs would happen despite some Russian banks – including Gazprombank, which services large oil and gas payments – having escaped full-blocking sanctions.

But the Reuters article and other media reports say that efforts are being made to minimise the impact of the SWIFT sanctions on energy markets.

On the other hand, we need to consider that Russia is the world’s second largest oil producer – and that OECD crude inventories are at a seven-year low, according to Ajay Parmar, ICUS Senior Analyst. Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions

Russia supplies 2.3m bb/day of oil by pipeline to Europe, including via the Druzhba pipeline, which supplies refineries and petrochemicals complexes in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and the former East Germany.

ICIS data forecast that in 2022, 2.79m tonnes of ethylene (11% of total European capacity) and 2.34m tonnes of propylene (12% of total European capacity) will be reliant on refineries located along the Druzhba pipeline.

Risk of crude at $135/bbl may have increased on SWIFT sanctions decision

-Coca-Cola to recycle 15% pet bottles in 2022, scale up collection in six zones

Towards promoting environmental sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria has revealed plans for the collection and recycling of 15 per cent of its products in the Nigerian market this year.  Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions

To achieve the set target, the Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Amaka Onyemelukwe, said the company, its bottling partners Nigerian Bottling Company and through funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation will increase its investments to scale pet collection across the country and drive the required behavioral changes.

Coca-Cola foundation will be investing over $2 million to scale up collection across the six geographical zones and drive behavioural change projects in 2022. “Our goal is to achieve our 2030 ambitious goal of enabling 100 per cent collection for every packaging we put in the market,” she said.

Onyemelukwe disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos and explained that concerted efforts to stem the tide of environmental degradation has seen the company make huge investments in leadership, by fostering industry collaboration, encouraging investments and attracting international intervention, including funding.

She further informed that through funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation in partnership with a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and a waste aggregator, a mini factory has been set up in Delta State for the conversion of pet bottles into strapping belts, which would be commissioned in the second quarter of 2022. It is expected that this will drive more positive actions as regards environmental sustainability.

She said: “We are aware that more investors have begun to have the confidence to invest in the setup of recycling plants to further drive positive action, which will be commissioned later in 2022. In 2021, over $1.1 million in grants were awarded to various NGO partners and social ventures to drive recycling initiatives in various communities.  Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions

Recycle-PET-Bottles - Russian-Sanctions

-Risk of crude at $135/bbl may have increased on SWIFT-sanctions decision

Coca-Cola to recycle 15% pet bottles in 2022, scale up collection in six zones

-New at K2022: Start-up-Zone

-Big jump in chemical-recycling investment

-Meet the science entrepreneur turning the textiles-industry-green

Chemical-Recycling Is Gaining Momentum

Textile-sector braces for polyester-price-hike

MENA-PET-recycling giant BariQ signs contract for new Starlinger-recycling-system

Recycle-PET-Bottles – Russian-Sanctions

Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts 28-02-2022

K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry 01-03-2022

K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

-New at K 2022: Start-up Zone

A new feature at K 2022, The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics & Rubber, will be the START-UP ZONE, offering young and creative start-ups a dedicated presentation area in Hall 8b to present their innovative products and solutions for the plastics and rubber sector. K 2022 will take place from October 19 – 26, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Currently, young companies can still apply for participation in the START-UP ZONE and take advantage of this unique opportunity to present themselves and their developments and establish international business contacts with a high-caliber expert audience from all over the world  K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

Basic requirements for participation in the START-UP ZONE:

Company less than 10 years old

Number of employees less than 100

Annual turnover less than EUR 10 million

Already registered for the START-UP ZONE are Plastship from Germany, a European marketplace for recycled plastics to promote the circular economy online and offline and HEALIX from the Netherlands, a company that collects nets, ropes and other plastic waste based on synthetic fibers to recycle them into high quality circular polymers for the global production supply chain. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

K2022 - Chemical-recycling - Textiles-industry

-Big jump in chemical recycling investment

A study of the global chemical recycling industry has shown a dramatic increase in the number of plants being developed. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

According to the German consultancy ecoprog, more than 90 projects for chemical recycling of plastics were in various stages of development worldwide at the end of 2021. Currently, only 20 more are in operation, few of which can be considered final commercial plants. Ecoprog, which specialises in in environmental and energy technology, notes in a new report that few topics in the waste management sector polarise opinion as strongly as chemical recycling.

‘For supporters, chemical recycling offers the opportunity to fully recycle plastics in the future without downcycling,’ it says in a press release. ‘In addition, contaminated and mixed waste streams that currently cannot be recycled mechanically should also be possible to be recycled through chemical recycling. Critics, on the other hand, mainly criticise the high CO2 emissions from chemical recycling. They fear that waste streams are being diverted from a more climate-friendly mechanical recycling process in order to be treated in this way.’

The report says the most important driver of the current dynamic market development is the potential of chemical recycling in plastics production, combined with possible recyclable quotas. Those pioneering the technology hope it will be recognised positively in the waste hierarchy although there remain concerns about high energy consumption and uncertain technical issues, particularly the purification of the output from depolymerisation. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

K2022 - Chemical-recycling - Textiles-industry

-Meet the science entrepreneur turning the textiles industry green

Colorifix is a biotechnology company based at Norwich Research Park developing a sustainable method of dyeing fabrics that could drastically reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. CEO Orr Yarkoni explains how his work is turning textiles green. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

What does Colorifix do?

We use synthetic biology to engineer micro-organisms so that they can produce, deposit and fix dyes directly onto textiles. It is a more sustainable dyeing process that reduces water and energy consumption, while completely removing the use of petro and toxic chemicals.

Colorifix was born out of a passion for water quality. In 2012, I joined co-founder Jim Ajioka’s lab at the University of Cambridge to research arsenic contamination in Nepal. We developed a sensor of micro-organisms that would change colour if the water was unsafe to drink. We asked members of the public about how chemicals in the water bothered them. That’s when we were exposed to the impact of the textile industry and how many of the pollutants come from colouring fabrics.

We thought: if we could have micro-organisms that change colour, wouldn’t it be great if we can get them to change the colour of clothing? Instead of monitoring the problem, it could be part of the solution. We’ve taken that concept and applied it in an industrial context.  K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

Meet the science entrepreneur turning the textiles industry green

-Chemical Recycling Is Gaining Momentum

Plastic waste is a problem that the chemical industry can help to address.

One of the most promising solutions provided by the chemical industry is chemical recycling. Chemical recycling means recycling of plastics into feedstock for new chemicals. Using the chemical recycling technology kills two birds with one stone. First, we reduce the amount of plastic waste, and secondly, we improve our resource efficiency, as using plastic waste as a feedstock reduces our dependence on the non-renewable resources such as oil when making new chemicals.

Mechanical recycling is effective in tackling “pure” plastic waste such as, for example, water bottles. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

But when it comes to recycling plastic waste which is made of various layers, is heavily contaminated, or has not been properly sorted, chemical recycling is a most useful option. Combined, both solutions can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste and improve the circularity of plastic.

An increasing number of Cefic members are working on ways to integrate this technology into their production facilities. For example, Dow has recently announced that it will start using plastic waste to produce new chemicals at its production facility in the Netherlands. We expect more companies to follow suit.

Discover new recycling routes and companies concrete examples on chemical recycling

In Europe, about 30 million tonnes of plastic waste is collected every year. But still 85% of that ends up in landfill or is incinerated. This is not only a source of CO2 emissions but is also a waste of valuable resources. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

K2022 - Chemical-recycling - Textiles-industry

-Textile sector braces for polyester price hike

KARACHI: An expected increase in polyester yarn rates on rising oil prices may hit textile exports in the near-term, though the impact may be limited due to a recovery in global demand and competitive pricing, industry officials said.

Javed Bilwani, chairman Pakistan Apparel Forum, said polyester prices were going up not only for Pakistan but for the entire world and an increase in its prices would not affect the country’s textile sector in a significant way as an increase in the cost of doing business would be passed on to buyers. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

“Textile sector mainly uses cotton for producing goods and polyester’s share is less than that of cotton.”

Pakistan exported almost $11 billion worth of textile goods in the first seven months of current fiscal year compared to $8.76 billion in the same period last fiscal, showing more than 24 percent growth. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, textile sector has been staging a recovery following easing local and international restrictions that allowed the industry to resume normal operations amid a rising global demand.

However, the textile sector is expecting an increase in polyester yarn rates due to high oil prices, indicated a study by Pakistan Crediting Rating Agency (PACRA).

Also, according to the report, freight charges have also surged four-fold over the last 12 months. Pakistan produces natural as well as man-made fibers. Among naturally produced fibres, cotton is the most common textile raw material, while polyester is the main synthetic/man-made fiber. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

Textile sector braces for polyester price hike

-MENA PET recycling giant BariQ signs contract for new Starlinger recycling system

Based in Giza, Egypt, the biggest PET bottle-to-bottle recycler in MENA region is expanding and upgrading its existing plant with another Starlinger PET recycling system and an additional solid-state-polycondensation (SSP) reactor.

The new recycling system, a recoSTAR PET 215 HC iV+ including a viscoSTAR 350 SSP reactor, reaches an output of 2700 kg/h and will enable BariQ to increase its total production capacity to 35,000 metric tonnes of food-grade rPET pellets per year. The viscoSTAR 350 SSP reactor – the biggest size of the latest reactor generation – provides extended processing capacity and residence time while it keeps the footprint of the new recycling line compact like the first Starlinger PET recycling line BariQ installed in 2012. K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

BariQ will also upgrade its existing Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 iV+ recycling line with a new melt filter for fine filtration and an additional SSP reactor. This setup not only increases the line’s output, it also allows the production of rPET types beyond the regular bottle-to-bottle grades, guaranteeing best decontamination results and 24/7 production of rPET with highest quality specifications. BariQ’s investment also includes the latest sorting equipment from TOMRA Recycling to ensure optimum quality of the input material.

The contracts for the new equipment were signed during a ceremony held on February 13, 2022, at the BariQ plant located in the CPC Industrial Park, 6th October City, Giza. Besides experts and international brand owners from the Middle East and African plastics and water/beverage sectors and the European equipment suppliers, the guests included also high-ranking Egyptian politicians and ambassadors of several African countries as well as the USA. Members of the management of INTRO, the parent company that acquired BariQ in 2021, and BariQ explained details of the company’s sustainability strategy and drivers for the plant expansion in presentations during the event. The expansion is planned to be finalized in 2023.

According to BariQ, the high variability of the input material and the rising quality requirements of the customers are the biggest challenges the company has been facing since it started operations in 2012.  K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

K2022 - Chemical-recycling - Textiles-industry

K2022 – Chemical-recycling – Textiles-industry

Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts 28-02-2022

Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid 28-02-2022

Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

-Tomra signs deal for PET sorting system in Middle East

Sorting technology firm to supply BariQ in Egypt.

The Tomra Recycling business unit of Norway-based Tomra Group says it has been selected to supply bottle-to-bottle sorting and recycling to what it calls the largest rPET (recycled-content polyethylene terephthalate) producer in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Tomra says it will be working with BariQ for Techno and Advanced Industries after signing on to build a new PET bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Giza Governorate, Egypt, which will feature “the latest plastic sorting systems from Tomra Recycling.”

In mid-February, BariQ welcomed ministers from the Egyptian government, ambassadors, brand owners, equipment providers and local and foreign financial institutes to its expansion ceremony to officially announce and celebrate the construction of a new bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in Giza Governorate.

The event revealed the new plant’s design to produce more than 38,600 tons of food-grade rPET annually, which will have the potential to eliminate some 88,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

The new facility will complement a sorting plant that has been fully operational since 2010 and features four of Tomra’s sensor-based sorting systems that process more than 3.3 tons of PET bottles per hour. To date, the company produces some 16,500 tons annually of food-grade rPET that is compliant with the standards set by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration), Health Canada and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), says Tomra.

Recycled-Plastic - Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

-Recycled Plastic: Important Things To Know

With less than 10 percent of the plastic used across the world recycled, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), here are five things to know about recycling techniques and how they are evolving.

Mechanical Recycling

Sorting, shredding and heating are the three stages of mechanical recycling employed in 99 percent of operations worldwide, France’s IFP Energies Nouvelles institute says.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

After collection and sorting into polymer groups by optical equipment or flotation systems, the plastics are washed and crushed into granulated material. They are then melted down and can be re-used.

The technique does not remove additives, such as colouring, making recycled plastic packaging unsuitable for food. Bin bags are fine.

As a result, manufacturers prefer cheap new plastic over the recycled version that is of lower quality and more expensive. What’s more, a large part of waste plastic from the developed world ends up being dumped abroad, NGOs say.

Today the processes are improving, particularly with PET or polyethylene terephthalate, the most common thermoplastic polymer resin. Poly-condensation allows for the recovery of degraded molecules and the removal of impurities under pressure and heat. Recycled plastic water bottles have recently made their appearance on supermarket shelves in Europe.

A Factory For Each And Every Plastic

Almost every molecule requires a particular type of factory with specialised equipment.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

Out of the dozens of plastic polymers, polyethylene is the most common and is used to make shampoo bottles and plastic packaging for packs of water bottles, which are made of PET. Their tops are made of polypropylene, Marc Madec, a sustainable development specialist for France’s Polyvia Federation of Plastics and Composites, told AFP.

Recycled-Plastic - Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

-Global GDP forecasts slashed on higher crude expectations, energy instability

Economists are cutting back 2022 global GDP projections in the wake of the Russia/Ukraine war and elevated crude oil and natural gas prices. Heightened concerns on energy instability, supply chain disruptions and the potential for crippling cyber attacks – including on infrastructure – will also weigh on global economies.

The economically sensitive chemicals industry will be closely watching developments, especially around supply chain and demand destruction.

On 24 February, Oxford Economics revised its 2022 global GDP forecast lower by 0.2 percentage point to 3.8%, with the eurozone taking the biggest hit of 0.5 percentage points.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

“Russia’s actions clearly show that a prolonged period of instability, with possible large spillovers for Europe and potentially the world, is now more than a tail risk,” said Oxford economists Tatiana Orlova and Innes McFee in a research note.

“We will incorporate higher European gas, oil and food prices over the medium term in our baseline, as well as more financial market disruption and tougher EU and US sanctions on Russia,” they added.

US GDP GROWTH TO SLOW

ICIS senior economist Kevin Swift now expects US GDP growth to slow from 5.7% in 2021 to 3.5% in 2022 – down 0.2 percentage point from his prior forecast – and to a 2.4% gain in 2023.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

Recycled-Plastic - Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

-Are microbes the future of recycling? It’s complicated.

An enzyme-based recycling technology is poised to go commercial, but questions about cost and scalability linger.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

This story was originally published by Undark Magazine and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Since the first factories began manufacturing polyester from petroleum in the 1950s, humans have produced an estimated 9.1 billion tons of plastic.

Of the waste generated from that plastic, less than a tenth of that has been recycled, researchers estimate. About 12 percent has been incinerated, releasing dioxins and other carcinogens into the air. Most of the rest, a mass equivalent to about 35 million blue whales, has accumulated in landfills and in the natural environment. Plastic inhabits the oceans, building up in the guts of seagulls and great white sharks. It rains down, in tiny flecks, on cities and national parks. According to some research, from production to disposal, it is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the aviation industry.

This pollution problem is made worse, experts say, by the fact that even the small share of plastic that does get recycled is destined to end up, sooner or later, in the trash heap. Conventional, thermomechanical recycling — in which old containers are ground into flakes, washed, melted down, and then reformed into new products — inevitably yields products that are more brittle, and less durable, than the starting material. At best, material from a plastic bottle might be recycled this way about three times before it becomes unusable. More likely, it will be “downcycled” into lower value materials like clothing and carpeting—materials that will eventually be disposed of in landfills.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

Recycled-Plastic - Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

-Chemical Recycling Process Breaks Down Polycarbonate in 20 Minutes at Room Temperature

The process is scalable and could be economically competitive with mechanical recycling, according to the researchers.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

Addressing the need to create robust feedstocks of post-use plastics, researchers at the UK’s University of Bath have developed a rapid chemical recycling process that breaks down polycarbonates within 20 minutes at room temperature.

The process uses a zinc-based catalyst and methanol to break down commercial poly(bisphenol A carbonate) beads completely. From there, waste can be converted into bisphenol A (BPA) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC). DMC is a “green” solvent and component of additional industrial chemicals. BPA, a potential environmental pollutant, is isolated and prevented from leaking.

Polycarbonates feature prominently in construction and engineering applications. The catalyst employed in this process is useful with multiple commercial sources of BPA-PC and mixed waste feeds, according to the team at the university’s Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT). For instance, the process can break down PLA and PET, albeit at higher temperatures.

Ultimately, the CSCT’s chemical recycling process leads to the recovery of high-quality constituent components, asserted Jack Payne, first author of a recently published paper, in an exclusive interview with PlasticsToday.

Harvesting virgin-quality resins

“Following reaction completion, crude BPA is easily recoverable via removal of the volatile components,” he explained. “Pure BPA can then be obtained by recrystallization from water followed by drying. DMC should be easily recoverable via fractional distillation of the volatile components; this is necessary to separate it from the solvent, 2-Me-THF, which has a comparable boiling point.

“Following this, we expect both BPA and DMC to be of virgin quality and, therefore, suitable for repolymerization.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

Since fractional distillation is a standard industrial technique and the operating conditions are quite mild — between 80 and 90°C — I would expect most costs to be associated with drying the BPA to remove H2O.”

-Chemical Recycling Process Breaks Down Polycarbonate in 20 Minutes at Room Temperature

-AMI Consulting: European mechanical plastics recycling exceeded 8 million tonnes in 2021 despite feedstock insecurities

The waste plastics value chain is a complex and dynamic sector, with an evolving operating environment. New legislation and targets for the recycling of plastics and the use of recyclate are changing the way the whole plastics industry must operate.  The mechanical plastics recycling industry, therefore, has become the focal point for investments, acquisition, and expansion.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

AMI Consulting: European mechanical plastics recycling exceeded 8 million tonnes in 2021 despite feedstock insecurities

Although the volume of commodity plastic entering the waste stream on a yearly basis is extremely large, estimated by AMI as 35.6 million tonnes in 2021, feedstock availability should not be taken for granted.  Much of this waste is currently uncollected for recycling or ‘lost’ at the sorting stage and ends up in landfill or used by EfW plants. Feedstock is therefore a finite resource, characterised by bail price fluctuations and variable quality and supply.

Plastics recyclate production was 8.2 million tonnes in 2021 and is forecast to grow at a rate of 5.6%/year to 2030. To put this figure into context, one must review it in tandem with the 35.6 million tonnes of commodity plastic entered the waste stream in 2021. This implies that Europe achieved an overall plastic recycling rate of 23.1%, far lower than one might have assumed.  Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on both the volume of waste being collected for recycling as well as simultaneously reducing the demand for recyclate, as factories close or reduce production. However, to date it has not seemed to have had a long-lasting effect, as the industry has in general bounced back.

AMI Consulting: European mechanical plastics recycling exceeded 8 million tonnes in 2021 despite feedstock insecurities

Recycled-Plastic – Nylon66-Adipic-Acid

Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers 26-02-2022

Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts 28-02-2022

Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals 

Recycled-PET - Global-GDP-forecasts

Crude Oil Prices Trend  

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-ICIS expands US recycled PET pricing intelligence

The weekly service will provide benchmarkable pricing and intelligence on PET bales, rPET flakes and rPET pellets.

London-based Independent Commodity and Intelligence Services (ICIS) has announced an expanded market analysis for the growing recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) market in the United States.

The organization says the new weekly US rPET service will provide benchmarkable pricing and intelligence on PET bales, recycled PET (rPET) flakes and rPET pellets to help buyers and sellers transact with confidence and bring transparency into contract negotiations. Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts

ICIS says demand for recycled plastics is growing, but there is not enough material to supply the market. It says there is no U.S.-wide regulation that mandates the use of recycled content, however, several states, such as California, have mandates in place, further driving demand and the need for information.

The company says this rising demand has intensified price risk and the need for indexation in contracts to a reliable index. Even without indexation, the need for reliable pricing is required for negotiation and planning as the U.S. recycled plastics market has limited transparency and is often not well-understood.

“There is a huge requirement for data in the recycling industry to help companies make effective buying and selling decisions, as well as to bring more transparency to the market,” says Helen McGeough, senior analyst and global analyst team lead for plastic recycling at ICIS. “This will allow customers to understand the pricing dynamics for rPET in the US and enable them to make more effective buying and selling decisions. Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts

It will also bring more transparency to a very opaque, growing market and one which many players are unaccustomed to navigating.”

ICIS expands US recycled PET pricing intelligence

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ICIS expands US-recycled-PET-pricing intelligence

Tomra signs deal for PET-sorting-system in Middle East

Recycled-Plastic: Important Things To Know

Global-GDPforecasts slashed on higher crude expectations, energy instability

-Are microbes the future of recycling? It’s complicated.

Chemical-Recycling-Process Breaks Down Polycarbonate in 20 Minutes at Room Temperature

AMI-Consulting: European-mechanical-plastics-recycling exceeded 8 million tonnes in 2021 despite feedstock insecurities

Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers 26-02-2022

Recycled-PET – Global-GDP-forecasts

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals 28-02-2022

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid - Petrochemicals

Polyestertime
ITEM 21/02/2022 28/02/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton +150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,135 $/ton 1,165 $/ton- +30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,700 yuan/ton 6,875 yuan/ton +175
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,000 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

5,345 yuan/ton 5,635 yuan/ton +290
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 830 $/ton 850 $/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4.920 yuan/ton 4,825 yuan/ton -95
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 660 $/ton 655 $/ton -5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,059 $/ton 1,113 $/ton +54
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,039 $/ton 1,093 $/ton +54
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,106 $/ton 1,216 $/ton +110
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
+250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,450 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,700 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,425 yuan/ton +175
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,370 yuan/ton
+70
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,070 $/ton 2,070 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,380 $/ton 2,360 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,100 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,550 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton +450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

34,000 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 18,000 yuan/ton 17,300 yuan/ton -700
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 19,950 yuan/ton- -700
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,400 yuan/ton -400
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 74,500 yuan/ton 73,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 64,500 yuan/ton 63,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 54,500 yuan/ton 53,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 14,000 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton -200
Benzene domestic market 7,790 yuan/ton 7,935 yuan/ton +145
Benzene overseas  market 1,039 $/ton 1,089 $/ton +50
Ethylene South 1,190 $/ton860 1,216 $/ton +26
Ethylene NWE  market 1,259 $/ton 1,200 $/ton -59
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,300 yuan/ton +300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

1,800 $/ton 1,750 $/ton -50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,100 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +100
PP Powder domestic market
9,140 yuan/ton 9,420 yuan/ton +280
Naphtha overseas market  829 $/ton 911 $/ton
+82
Phenol domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton

 

Nylon66-Adipic-Acid – Petrochemicals

Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers 26-02-2022

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-Miami debut for Milliken

Milliken & Company will make its debut at the forthcoming IDEA nonwovens show in Miami Beach, Florida, from March 28-31, to showcase an extensive range of engineered products for the automotive and bedding industries and discuss the potential of its proprietary technologies in many other end-use applications.

Specifically for the automotive sector, the company has developed a patent-pending new rigid underbody shield, based on a new construction of polyester nonwovens.

“Underbodies reduce the road noise coming from the tyres as well as optimising the aerodynamics of the region under the car,” explained Milliken’s VP of Nonwovens, Jeff Stafford. Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers

Many of these trim parts, he added, are moulded into three-dimensional shapes to follow the geometry of the body section they cover, and are often made of a core layer of glass fibres bound by a thermoplastic binder.

“Glass fibres essentially provide the required stiffness but exposure to the fibres during the production of the parts and car assembly, can pose a health issue for those handling the material,” Stafford said.

“Other underbodies are injection moulded plastic parts but both of these solutions are heavier than the industry wants them to be. Our new underbody is significantly lighter, while retaining the stiffness and other functional properties required for this exterior vehicle component.” Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers

Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers

-DSM Engineering Materials strengthens position in EV and E&E industries in China

DSM Engineering Materials has announced the expansion of its high-performance materials production capacity at its Jiangyin plant in Jiangsu Province, China.

Work on an additional compounding line began in February 2022, with completion expected in 2023. The new line will help DSM meet growing demand for high-performance polymers used in a wide range of applications, particularly for electric vehicles and in electrics and electronics. Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers

Ambitious environmental policies have driven demand for sustainable high-performance materials in China. Supplying the automotive, electrics, and electronics markets, China’s specialty engineering materials industry continues to show a healthy growth rate. The new state-of-the-art compounding line will help meet this demand for high-performance specialty materials such as Akulon PA6/PA66, Arnite PET/PBT, Arnitel TPC, EcoPaXX PA410, ForTii PA4T/PPA and Stanyl PA46.

In addition to increasing production capacity for materials enabling sustainable solutions, the expansion project will deliver no increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions upon start-up and will be powered by renewable electricity. The Jiangyin site is already a frontrunner in sustainable manufacturing, using self-generated solar power and sourced renewable electricity to produce high-performance materials.

Caroline Mitterlehner, Vice President Specialties DSM Engineering Materials, said: “China is an important and fast-growing country for DSM Engineering Materials. As such, we aim to strengthen our business partnerships by continuing to invest in key areas of sustainable growth. The Jiangyin site’s new compounding line enables us to further expand our specialty materials offering for customers in China, supporting their growing demand for sustainable electrics, electronics, and automotive products.”  Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers

DSM Engineering Materials strengthens position in EV and E&E industries in China

Miami debut for Milliken

DSM-Engineering-Materials strengthens position in EV and E&E-industries-in-China

Carbios, Indorama to cooperate on French-plastics-recycling effort

Upcycling-plastic-waste into more valuable materials could make recycling pay for itself

Avantium N.V., – Life-Cycle-Assessment shows: Avantium-splantMEG™ cuts carbon-footprint by up to 83% over fossil-based-MEG

-Most Sustainable-Way to Enhance Plastics-Recycling

PET-Import-Duties Squeeze Plastics-Supply-Chain

Autotech-Sirmax-India expands Thermoplastics-Compounding Capacity to 45000 MT

Automotive-nonwoven -Themoplastic-polymers

Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle 25-02-2022

Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties 26-02-2022

Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

-Carbios, Indorama to cooperate on French plastics recycling effort

Plastics producer Indorama to use Carbios “bio-recycling” technology at existing facility.

Thailand-based plastics producer and recycler Indorama Ventures Limited (IVL) has agreed to collaborate with France-based Carbios to install a system deploying Carbios’ polyethylene terephthalate (PET) “bio-recycling” technology at IVL’s PET production site in Longlaville, France. Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

“We are very pleased that Carbios and Indorama Ventures have chosen France to build their first 100 percent bio-recycled PET manufacturing plant,” states Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery.

The capital investment required for the project is expected to be around 150 million euros ($168.6 million) for Carbios technology plus an estimated 50 million euros ($56.2 million) investment to be “allocated for the infrastructure preparation of the site,” according to the two companies.

Carbios says it expects to finalize “strong nondilutive financial support from French government and from the Grand-Est Region” of France, although that will be “conditional on the notification to the European Commission and on contractualization by French authorities.”  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

“We are pleased to implement Carbios’ innovative and transformative technology at our Longlaville site,” says D K Agarwal, CEO of Indorama Ventures. “Bio-recycled PET addresses customers’ growing demand to contribute to a cleaner planet through high-quality plastics while decreasing the use of hydrocarbons.”

Carbios has a demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The firm says the IVL collaboration moves it toward its goal to build and operate in France “the world’s first industrial-scale enzymatic PET bio-recycling plant, with a processing capacity estimated at around 50,000 tons of postconsumer PET [scrap] per year, equivalent to 2 billion PET bottles or 2.5 billion PET trays.”

Plastics-recycling - PET-Import-Duties

-Upcycling plastic waste into more valuable materials could make recycling pay for itself

A new and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature has been developed by a team of researchers at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. The researchers hope the new process will help recycling become more economically viable.

Plastic waste residing in either landfill or the natural environment currently outweighs all living biomass (4 Giga tonnes), culminating in one of the great environmental challenges of the 21st century. Whilst recycling rates are increasing across Europe, traditional methods remain limited because the harsh remelting conditions reduce the quality of the material each time it’s recycled. Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

Now researchers at the CSCT have developed a mild and rapid chemical recycling process for polycarbonates, a robust class of plastics commonly used in construction and engineering.

Using a zinc-based catalyst and methanol, they were able to completely break down commercial poly(bisphenol A carbonate) (BPA-PC) beads within 20 minutes at room temperature.

The waste can then be converted into its chemical constituents, namely bisphenol A (BPA) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC), helping to preserve product quality over an infinite number of cycles. Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

Plastics-recycling - PET-Import-Duties

-Avantium N.V., – Life Cycle Assessment shows: Avantium’s plantMEG™ cuts carbon footprint by up to 83% over fossil-based MEG

Avantium N.V, a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, recently conducted a third party and critically reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study on the environmental impacts of its plantMEG™ (mono- ethylene glycol), from its Ray Technology™. The LCA shows a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction of up to 83% over the life cycle when Avantium’s plantMEG™ is compared with its fossil-based incumbents.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

MEG is a blockbuster commodity intermediate, used for plastic bottles and packaging, polyester textiles for clothing and furniture, and antifreeze applications. Today, more than 99% of MEG is produced from fossil feedstock, such as naphtha, shale gas, natural gas and coal. Avantium’s plantMEG™ is a fully recyclable, plant-based and competitive product while being identical to fossil-based MEG in quality and performance.

Avantium partnered with Sphera to perform a cradle-to-grave LCA for Avantium’s plantMEG™ in its most applicable market (PET bottles) in 2025 with a regional focus on Europe. The LCA takes into account the use of beet sugar from Cosun Beet Companyi, the process based on Avantium’s Ray Technology™, as well as the end-of-life (at which point waste materials are recycled, incinerated or landfilled). The LCA is aligned with European Commission 2025 target setting for PET and plastic bottle collection and recycling in the Single Use Plastics Directive and uses the Circular Footprint Formula for end-of-life allocation. The study compared Avantium’s plantMEG production with current incumbent alternative production routes of MEG (using natural gas, naphtha, shale gas and coal feedstock). For the plantMEG™ production process, electricity from wind, green hydrogen based on wind power and thermal energy from natural gas was assumedii. The plantMEG™ LCA study has been conducted according to the guidelines of ISO 14040/14044 and has been reviewed by an external critical review panel.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

PlantMEG™ Carbon Footprint

The use of renewable feedstock (beet sugar from Cosun Beet Company) for plantMEG™ is the main driver for the reduced carbon footprint, 574kg CO2eqiii/t plantMEG™ compared to fossil-based MEG. The thermal energy used to produce plantMEG™ is the second driver for the carbon footprint.

Avantium N.V., - Life Cycle Assessment shows: Avantium's plantMEG™ cuts carbon footprint by up to 83% over fossil-based MEG

-Most Sustainable Way to Enhance Plastics Recycling

Do we increase the recycling rate of under-recycled polymers or do we turn up the dial on current recycling successes

Media and environmental groups keep telling us that only 9% of plastics are being recycled. In EPA parlance, this means that 9% of the plastics generated annually are recovered and thus available to be reprocessed into post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

What’s the most efficient way to reduce the use of virgin resins and the generation of greenhouse gases? Do we increase the recycling rate of resins that are currently not truly being mechanically recycled — polypropylene, low density polyethylene, and polystyrene, for example?

Or should we focus on turning up the dial on our current recycling successes?

The answer is to do both: But for now, we need to only focus on one resin: PET.

How is it possible to do both? Let’s review the data. Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

Plastics-recycling - PET-Import-Duties

-PET Import Duties Squeeze Plastics Supply Chain

International Bottled Water Association makes a strong case why PET resin import duties collected since 2016 should lapse.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

It’s not a Boston Tea Party type revolt on behalf of a popular polymer, but the International Bottled Water Association wants freedom from import duties placed on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin. It’s a watershed opportunity for 630 group members and numerous others who rely on PET resin, bottles, and other packaging including consumers.

It began in May 2016 when PET resin duties were levied by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and Commerce Department. The ITC’s “sunset review” is underway to determine if the government should continue collecting those fees.

The reasons IBWA wishes to see the duty expire including, among others, troublesome, unintended consequences. For one thing, the group points to duty-dodging loopholes created by foreign companies. That’s aside from the current supply-chain hardships during a period when the availability of PET and other plastics is already constrained.

On January 27, the ITC conducted a hearing to hear from groups both in support and in opposition to the duties. Post-hearing briefs were filed February 7. The ITC is expected to conclude its review process by March 30, when a final decision will be made whether to rescind the order.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

PET Import Duties Squeeze Plastics Supply Chain

-Autotech-Sirmax India expands Thermoplastics Compounding Capacity to 45000 MT

Autotech-Sirmax India Pvt. Ltd. (ASIPL), a JV between Tipco Group & Sirmax SpA, invests INR 90 million and increases its continuous production compounding capacity in latest plant & machinery at its flagship plant in Valsad, GJ, India

Valsad, GJ, 22-Feb-2022 – Autotech-Sirmax announces an increase in its thermoplastics compounding capacity at an investment cost of INR 90 million in modern extrusion plant & machinery at Valsad. The Mumbai-based company is part of Tipco Group. It producesPolypropylene compounds, Engineering Plastics, Long-Glass Fibre Compounds, Bio-Degradable Compounds, Circular Economy Materials, etc. for India & S.E.Asian markets.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

nvestment in latest high-speed, flexible length, multi-port, mega-torque, Co-rotating Twin Screw Extruders having overall annual capacity of 10,000 MT has increased the company’s installed output to over 45,000 MT. According to company’s marketing director, Mr. Ankur Betai, “These new compounding lines will help us cater to rapidly increasing market demand for high-quality Engineering Thermoplastics (ETP such as Polyamide 6 & 6,6, ABS, Polycarbonate, PC/ABS, PBT, Flame retardant compounds) as well as Polypropylene (PP) Compounds, which have grown by 50% and 26% respectively in the recent months”.

Tipco Group

Tipco was established in 1945. It is India’s first plastics raw materials manufacturing company. Tipco was also the first company to begin Polypropylene Compounding in India in 1982 catering to various Automotive OEM’s such as Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Toyota, TATA, etc. In 2018, ASIPL launched the complete range of speciality Engineering Thermoplastics Compounds (ETP) based Sirmax technology for making Polyamides (PA6/PA66/Blends), Polycarbonate (PC), Styrenics (ABS/SAN/HIPS), Polyesters (PBT/PET), Speciality Blends (PC/ABS, PC/PBT, PA/ABS, PPE/PS), POM, PEEK, Electrically & Thermally Conductive

Compounds, Elastomers. Tipco Group was also the first company in India to produce Long Glass Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics Compounds (LFT) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Compounds (CFRP) using latest extrusion-pultrusion technology which is successfully substituting metals with LFTs for several sectors. Autotech-Sirmax has recently launched Bio-Degradable Compounds called BioComp® for films & disposable market.  Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

Plastics-recycling - PET-Import-Duties

Plastics-recycling – PET-Import-Duties

Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle 25-02-2022

Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles 25-02-2022

Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

-Ukraine-Russia, polyethylene and no end to history

FRANCIS FUKAYAMA famously wrote about the “end of history” after the Berlin Wall came down. At that time, it really did feel like that for those of us who had grown up during the constant terror of the Cold War.

But with the benefit of hindsight, the history of major geopolitical divisions hadn’t come to an end, it had merely paused. Evidence of this is Mike Pence’s 2018 speech on China and the cross-party US pivot towards trying to contain the rise of China.

Further evidence that history only paused in 1989 are the Ukraine-Russia tensions. Europe seems to have edged closer to its biggest conflict since 1945 following the Russian decision to move troops into the separatist Ukraine regions of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Vladimir Putin has also endorsed the claims of Russian-backed separatists to the entire Donbas region of eastern Ukraine as new sanctions by the West against Russia are introduced, The endorsement of the claims is seen as moving the crisis closer to a full-blown war between Ukraine and Russia.

Today’s polyethylene pricing, margins and the four megatrends

Geopolitics is just one of the four megatrends that I see shaping global petrochemical markets in the short and long term, the other three being Demographics, Sustainability and the Pandemic – or perhaps Pandemics. A Duke University study in 2021 estimated that the probability of novel disease outbreaks – which could lead to further pandemics – would likely grow three-fold over the next few decades.

“What on earth has this got to do with the price today and next week of polyethylene (PE)?” I can hear sales and purchasing managers asking.

Absolutely everything as the first chart below shows, which details the history of northwest Europe high-density polyethylene (HDPE) injection grade prices premiums over northeast Asia (in effect, China). It is the same pattern in the other grades of PE and polypropylene (PP). Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

China has never been as cheap versus Europe in the history of ICIS price assessments. Or to put it another way, Europe has never been as expensive compared with China.

In this first chart I cover just some of the many aspects of and interconnections between two of the megatrends that are shaping global PE markets.

Biodegradable-technology - Recycled-Bottles

-Vietnam’s NSRP closes PP plant after fire hits refinery

Vietnamese refinery operator Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical (NSRP) has shut its 370,000 t/yr polypropylene (PP) plant following a fire at its 200,000 b/d refinery.

The PP plant, which has been shut since 21 February, is expected to remain off line for around 10 days until early March, according to market sources. The plant has been operating at lower rates of around 60pc since early February, with buyers receiving lesser PP supplies this month. NSRP is expected to increase operating rates at the plant to 80pc after it restarts in March, market sources told Argus, but further details are unclear. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

The 200,000 b/d Nghi Son refinery will be off line for at least a week following a fire resulting from an electrical trip on the night of 21 February, a Vietnam-based source told Argus, although this has not been confirmed by NSRP.

The refinery was grappling with financial issues in January, leading to fears that it would shut down from mid-February to March. But it later said that it had agreed on a short-term proposal with its backers to maintain stable and sustainable operations. “A possibly lengthy shutdown will not be required,” it said.

NSRP’s partners — PetroVietnam, Kuwait’s state-owned KPC and Japanese companies Idemitsu and Mitsui — will make early payments under a fuel products offtake agreement contract to help NSRP improve its cashflow, PetroVietnam said in late January.  Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Biodegradable-technology - Recycled-Bottles

-Symphony Environmental launch nutritional-supplement bottles using d2w biodegradable technology

Symphony Environmental Technologies plc (LON:SYM), global specialists in technologies that make plastic and rubber products “smarter, safer and more sustainable”, are pleased to announce the commencement of a two year exclusive US supply contract for their d2w biodegradable plastics technology in nutritional supplement bottles and the US launch with Better Earth LLC (“Better Earth”) of a new bottle for nutritional-supplements using d2w. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Better Earth has been working with Symphony for the last two years, initially on R&D and then trials to demonstrate a reduction in the environmental impact of discarded plastic bottles. These trials have culminated in the decision to use Symphony’s d2w technology in the manufacture of Better Earth’s bottles.

Better Earth are launching the d2w bottles at the “Natural Products” Exhibition on 8 March 2022 and it is anticipated that manufacturing will commence with approximately 20 million d2w bottles of all sizes, growing to 120 million in the first year of exclusivity.

The owners of Better Earth, Adam Ackerman and James Van Brocklin said:

“We at Better Earth are very much aware of the effect that plastic bottles have on the environment.  They are the best way to package our products, but as an environmentally-responsible company we have been searching for an innovative technology to reduce the environmental footprint of the bottles.  With hundreds of millions of plastic bottles being used and thrown out each year, not to mention labels and caps, this problem has become a serious issue that has been talked about a lot, with no available solution known to us – until now.

“We have decided to use Symphony’s d2w technology in the manufacture of our bottles and caps which from our trials has demonstrated will make them biodegrade up to 90 times faster if they get lost as litter, where they could otherwise lie or float around for decades.  We believe this will revolutionise how plastic bottles and other packaging are manufactured.” Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

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-ERI’s Shegerian pens op-ed on battery recycling

“Newsweek” publishes essay from California-based electronics recycling executive.

The co-founder of one of the largest electronics recycling companies in the United States has urged America to take battery recycling more seriously if it is genuinely committed to putting a ceiling on carbon dioxide (CO2) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

The essay by John Shegerian of Fresno, California-based ERI Inc. was published on the Newsweek.com website in mid-February. “As we tackle one source of environmental degradation, we could sleepwalk into another,” warns Shegerian to readers who may favor the use of electric vehicles (EVs) but may not be aware of the “flood of retired EV batteries [that] is heading toward us.”

Pointing to cardboard as an example of a material with a high recycling rate, Shegerian says a similar type of campaign that boosted paper recycling is needed for batteries. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

The ERI executive also mentions the fire hazards of discarded lithium-ion batteries and refers to them as “100 percent recyclable” if the effort is made.

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-YKK Announces New Collection Of Recycled Zippers Made Using ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon In Europe

Recognizing that trims are one of the biggest challenges for garment recycling, YKK announces a new collection of NATULON® recycled zippers made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon. ECONYL nylon, manufactured by Aquafil S.p.A.and supplied in collaboration with ITOCHU Corp., is made entirely from nylon waste collected all around the world, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps, old carpets and fishing nets from the aquaculture sector. The material can be continuously recycled without loss of quality. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

YKK will offer ECONYL regenerated nylon products in three categories to the European market:

  • VISLON® NATULON recycled zipper made with ECONYL, a fully ECONYL plastic injected zipper;
  • EXCELLA® NATULON recycled zipper made with ECONYL, a top-of-the-range brushed metal zipper;
  • Recycled sew-on button made with ECONYL, a simple button to sew on nylon garments.

“YKK understands circular fashion as a regenerative system where garments are circulated for as long as their maximum value is retained, and then returned safely to the biosphere,” said Hitoshi Yamaguchi, president of YKK Italy. “As a small part of the supply chain, we firmly believe that circularity is the key to building sustainability. This is our motivation when we design the highest quality recycled and recyclable fastener products. Not only do we want to optimize the use of raw materials and increase the recycled content, but we also work to understand the end of life of the garments and verify the compatibility between our proposals and their subsequent recycling.  Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Put simply, our products are designed with the concepts of resource efficiency, non-toxicity, biodegradability, and recyclability in mind. They are also produced giving priority to recyclable sources and ethical practices.”

YKK Announces New Collection Of Recycled Zippers Made Using ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon In Europe

-New report: PET, the most circular of all plastics, is far from real circularity

A picture of the true state of circularity of this material in bottles in Europe – including how much material from bottles is collected for recycling; how much of it is actually recycled; and how much of recycled PET is put into new bottles

New research produced for Zero Waste Europe by sustainability consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting shows that most Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recovered from bottles in Europe does not make its way back into new PET bottles. Significant Improvements in PET design, collection and recycling will be needed to improve circularity. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Published the “How circular is PET?” report presents a picture of the true state of circularity of this material in bottles in Europe – including how much material from bottles is collected for recycling; how much of it is actually recycled; and how much of recycled PET is put into new bottles.

The research finds that:

Most recycled PET recovered from bottles in Europe is being used in other lower-grade PET applications such as trays, film, strapping or fibres – with new bottles placed on the market containing an average of just 17% of recycled PET, despite a recycling rate of around 50%.

Recycled content for all PET product streams – including single-use plastic trays, textile fibres, films and strapping – is sourced from bottles, due to very low levels of recycling for non-bottle PET applications. Of the 1.8 million tonnes of recycled flake output from bottles, only 31% is made into pellets for bottles, with the rest (69%) going into other PET products.

The picture for PET bottle recycling varies across the continent, with some countries achieving high recycling rates mainly due to the presence of Deposit Return Systems (DRS), while others have lower recycling rates when only employing separate collection systems. Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Key EU policy changes and commitments from large brands show an ambition to increase PET circularity. However, the report shows that higher levels of recycled content may be achievable with the implementation of enhanced collections such as Deposit Return Systems (DRS); moving from coloured and opaque bottles to clear bottles; and prioritising bottle-to-bottle recycling to prevent cascade to other non-bottle PET applications. In addition to mechanical recycling, there is potential for chemical depolymerisation technologies to contribute to overall PET circularity – provided they reach full maturity and their full impact is assessed.

With those changes, it may be possible to reach an upper limit between 61% and 75% recycled content in bottles by 2030; but, under current market conditions, this could reach as low as a minimum policy-driven target of 30%.

New report: PET, the most circular of all plastics, is far from real circularity

Biodegradable-technology – Recycled-Bottles

Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling 24-02-2022

Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle 25-02-2022

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-Why throw your water bottle away when you can wear it

Plastic bottles are a source of pollution when thrown away, but they can be a source of new fabric when properly recycled.

A growing number of chemical and textile companies in Korea are finding new opportunities to manufacture environmentally friendly textiles with discarded plastic bottles which are then made into apparel, shoes and bags among others.

These eco-friendly textiles may be more expensive then their chemical-made counterparts, but their quality as well as growing consciousness about the environment among consumers are giving them a greater chance to establish themselves as a substantial business. Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle

According to the Korea Chemical Fibers Association, global production of all types of polyester has showed little growth since 2017. Its output was at 57.1 million tons in 2020 compared to 55.1 million tons in 2018.

Of the total, the portion of recycled polyester continued to grow from 13 percent to 15 percent between 2018 and 2020.

U.S. market tracker Grand View Research also projected the eco-friendly fiber market to reach $700 billion by 2025, expanding at an average rate of 10 percent per year.

In Korea, Hyosung TNC, best known for its spandex product, has been pioneering the market.

In 2008, the company launched a separate brand for eco-friendly textiles — nylon, polyester and spandex — under the name Regen and has been sourcing its products to various fashion labels ranging from outdoor brands like North Face and National Geographic to a trendier handbag brand Pleats Mama.

Hyosung TNC mechanically recycles which means the collected plastic bottles, after being cleaned of residue, labels and caps, are shredded into small rice-sized flakes and melted down to create thread.

Their initial color is white but can be colored into 30 different shades, according to the company. Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle

For a stable supply of plastic bottles, Hyosung TNC is collaborating with city governments including on Jeju Island and in Seoul. Its source of textiles has recently extended to plastic bottles and fish nets collected from the ocean by joining forces with Yeosu Gwangyang Port Authority.

Why throw your water bottle away when you can wear it

-9% of global plastic waste is recycled while 22% is ‘mismanaged’ – OECD

The world is producing twice as much plastic waste as two decades ago, with only 9% successfully recycled, according to a new OECD report.

Ahead of UN talks on international action to reduce plastic waste, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) first Global Plastics Outlook suggests that as rising populations and incomes drive a ‘relentless increase’ in the amount of plastic being used and thrown away, policies to curb its leakage into the environment are ‘falling short’. Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle

Almost half of all plastic waste is generated in OECD countries, according to the Outlook. Plastic waste generated annually per person varies from 221 kg in the United States and 114 kg in European OECD countries to 69 kg, on average, for Japan and Korea.

Today’s OECD report clearly shows the plastic pollution crisis is getting worse

Most plastic pollution comes from ‘inadequate’ collection and disposal of larger plastic debris known as macroplastics, it says, but leakage of microplastics (synthetic polymers smaller than 5 mm in diameter) from things like industrial plastic pellets, synthetic textiles, road markings and tyre wear are also a ‘serious concern’.

OECD countries are behind 14% of overall plastic leakage, according to the report. Within that, OECD countries account for 11% of macroplastics leakage and 35% of microplastics leakage. Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle

The Outlook notes that international co-operation on reducing plastic pollution should include supporting lower-income countries in developing better waste management infrastructure to reduce their plastic leakage.

‘Rebounded consumption’

The report finds that the COVID-19 crisis led to a 2.2% decrease in plastics use in 2020 as economic activity slowed, but a rise in littering, food takeaway packaging and plastic medical equipment such as masks has driven up littering.

As economic activity resumed in 2021, plastics consumption has also rebounded.

Reducing pollution from plastics will require ‘action’, it says, and international cooperation, to ‘reduce plastic production’ – including through innovation, better product design and developing environmentally friendly alternatives, as well as efforts to improve waste management and increase recycling.

Bans and taxes on single-use plastics exist in more than 120 countries but are not doing enough to reduce overall pollution, OECD says.

It says most regulations are limited to items like plastic bags, which make up a tiny share of plastic waste, and are more effective at reducing littering than curbing plastics consumption.

Landfill and incineration taxes that incentivise recycling only exist in a minority of countries. The Outlook calls for greater use of instruments such as Extended Producer Responsibility schemes for packaging and durables, landfill taxes, deposit-refund and Pay-as-You-Throw systems. Global-Polyester-Production – PET-bottle

Most plastics in use today are virgin – or primary – plastics, made from crude oil or gas, it says. Global production of plastics from recycled – or secondary – plastics has more than quadrupled from 6.8 million tonnes (Mt) in 2000 to 29.1 Mt in 2019, but this is still only 6% of the size of total plastics production.

It says more needs to be done to create a ‘separate and well-functioning market’ for recycled plastics, which are still viewed as substitutes for virgin plastic.

Setting recycled content targets and investing in improved recycling technologies could help to make secondary markets more competitive and profitable.

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-Why throw your water-bottle away when you can wear it

-9% of global-plastic-waste is recycled while 22% is ‘mismanaged’ – OECD

Ukraine-Russia, polyethylene and no end to history

Vietnam’s-NSRP closes PP plant after fire hits refinery

Symphony-Environmental launch nutritional-supplement bottles using d2w biodegradable technology

ERI’sShegerian pens op-ed on battery-recycling

YKK Announces New Collection Of Recycled-Zippers Made Using ECONYL®-Regenerated-Nylon-In-Europe

New report: PET, the most circular-of-all-plastics, is far from real-circularity

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Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology 24-02-2022

Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

-Life Cycle Assessment study demonstrates the potential of Avantium’s FDCA and PEF technology to curb global warming

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, has published Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data for its bottles made from PEF (polyethylene furanoate): a plant-based, fully recyclable plastic material with superior performance. nova-Institut GmbH recently completed the ISO[1]certified LCA to assess the potential environmental impact of monolayer PEF and multilayer PET/PEF bottles.

Compared to the incumbent fossil-based PET bottle designs, significant improvements in carbon footprint of around 35% in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be achieved depending on the chosen application.

This is also combined with the biogenic nature of the emissions (from renewable carbon) that a PEF bottle would release at end-of-life, which do not contribute additionally to global warming. Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Once PEF is commercially available, substantial economic, technological, and environmental optimisations are expected within the value chain, leading to further reduction of its environmental impact.

Compared to fossil-based PET bottle solutions, the use of renewable feedstock (high-fructose syrup from wheat) in PEF results in clear reductions in GHG emissions throughout the entire life cycle. A second driver for the lower carbon footprint of PEF bottles is the improved barrier and mechanical properties of PEF, enabling a substantial reduction in material usage compared to PET bottles.

For monolayer PEF bottles, this results in 33% lower GHG emissions, and 37% reduction for multilayer PEF/PET bottles. In addition, as all plants absorb carbon during growth, an inherent advantage of PEF-based products is the temporary storage of carbon dioxide.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

At the end-of-life of a PEF-based product (i.e. when PEF can no longer be recycled and is incinerated), this biogenic carbon re-enters the natural carbon cycle, whereas fossil-based plastics release carbon at the end-of-life that has been locked up in the ground for millions of years, increasing that total carbon amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

Some non-EU companies report carbon-negative climate change results for their bio-based materials, taking this short-term carbon storage into account.

European LCA standards and methods do not allow carbon discounting based on temporary storage and therefore this is not included in this LCAi . Further improvements foreseen This LCA study is the basis for assessing the sustainability benefits of Avantium’s current PEF applications.

It enables identification and quantification of further technology development, as well as opportunities for improvement in the value chain. Further improvements may consist of the use of renewable energy, different feedstock sources, process optimisation and recycling of PEF.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

For instance, in this LCA, the current energy mix of the Netherlands, which still contains a low percentage of renewable energy, was assessed. It is foreseen that the use of both renewable heat and electricity will become the norm in the near future.

Recent energy optimisation work for an FDCA plant at industrial scale has already shown that energy consumption can significantly be reduced, resulting in a further improved LCA. Furthermore, this LCA study still assumes that PEF will initially end up in an open-loop recycling stream with relatively low recycling rates.

Sufficient market growth will enable an individual closed-loop material recycling stream with high efficiencies.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

The PEF process is expected to become much more efficient, in both energy integration and achieved yields. Substantial further GHG emission and other environmental benefits will be achieved when these factors have been realised. Avantium will conduct another LCA study once those improvements are materialised.

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-Quva completes acquisition of PET preform manufacturer

As planned, Belgian investment company Quva (Kortrijk; www.quva.com) has taken over the Dirk de Cuyper family’s block of shares in compatriot PET bottle and preform manufacturer Resilux (Wetteren; www.resilux.com – see Plasteurope.com of 22.12.2021).  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Quvadec, an acquisition entity set up for the purchase, now holds 57.51% of the total of 2 mn shares and plans to pay around EUR 270 mn in the deal.

With this stake, Quva, the investment vehicle of Belgian entrepreneur Pascal Vanhalst, has exceeded the threshold under Belgian law for making a mandatory offer for the remaining Resilux shares. According to the Belgian financial supervisory authority FSMA, such a squeeze-out offer is planned but has not yet been made to the remaining shareholders.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Quva completes acquisition of PET preform manufacturer

-French auto supplier Faurecia sees higher sales in 2022

French car parts group Faurecia , which sealed its takeover of Germany’s Hella in early February, on Monday forecast a rise in annual sales, as it expects semiconductor shortages to ease from the second half of 2022.

Faurecia now sees full-year sales of 17.5 billion to 18 billion euros ($19.89 billion to $20.45 billion), up from 15.6 billion euros recorded last year.

The group said it will release full-year guidance for the combined group with Hella along with first-quarter sales figures on April 28.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

The combined group, which will continue to equip cars under the name of Forvia, is set to become the seventh-largest automotive supplier in the world.

“Our most exciting challenge for 2022 will be the great opportunity to combine our operations and teams with Hella to create a powerful group, which is far more than the sum of the two preexisting companies,” Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller said in a statement, adding that Forvia is now fully on track to deliver on its ambitions.

Faurecia, which supplies car seats, dashboards and fuel systems to automakers, also said it expects its operating margin to be between 6% and 7% in 2022 compared to last year’s 5.5%.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Its full-year net loss shrank to 79 million euros from a year-earlier loss of 379 million euros.

Carbon-fiber - FDCA-PEF-technology

-Teijin releases thinner spread-tow carbon-fiber fabric

Japanese chemicals company Teijin has launched what it says is a lightweight, strong and cost-effective spread-tow carbon-fiber woven fabric.

The new woven fabric is made with 3K (3,000) carbon-fiber filament yarn for applications requiring low weight and design flexibility, such as motorsport, automotive interior materials and sporting goods. Using its in-house tow-spreading technology, Teijin says it has succeeded in thinning the 3K fabric from a molding thickness of 0.2mm to approximately 0.15mm, the same as that of 1K woven fabric when molded. Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Thanks to the flat undulations of the fabric’s intersecting yarns, the company says that CFRP made using the fabric offers superior smoothness, resulting in more stable strength compared with CFRP made with 1K carbon-fiber woven fabric (according to the company’s in-house research). Furthermore, the high efficiency of Teijin’s special tow-spreading technology reduces the fabric cost below that of conventional 1K carbon-fiber woven fabric.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Carbon-fiber - FDCA-PEF-technology

-Asia naphtha strengthens on tight supply; backwardation widens

Asia’s naphtha prices extended gains to stay at multi-year highs on Tuesday, fuelled by rallying crude oil futures on the back of supply constraints.

The product’s intermonth spread for first-half April and first-half May widened to $25/tonne in backwardation, from $8/tonne a month earlier, with prompt-month prices notably higher than forward months – reflecting firm fundamentals.

This is the widest backwardation since December 2019.

At midday, open-specification naphtha indicative prices for first-half April delivery averaged at $895.00/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Japan, up $30/tonne from the previous day’s close.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Spot naphtha prices remain at highs near the $900/tonne levels since early September 2014, ICIS data shows.

At noon, ICE Brent crude oil futures surged above $97/bbl on the back of heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

“Crude oil [prices] is the main issue … fundamentals are strong due to tight supply and a closed [west-east naphtha] arbitrage,” said a northeast Asia-based market source.

Increased naphtha demand for gasoline-blending in Europe is expected to curb naphtha flows into Asia, which may already be happening.

Compounding the tight supply scenario is the prospect of lesser overall supply from the Middle East amid refinery turnarounds. Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

The tight supply is overshadowing stable demand for naphtha in Asia, while downstream producers continue to monitor margins for olefins that remain squeezed.

Asia naphtha strengthens on tight supply; backwardation widens

-Bonding solutions showcase in Miami

Brückner and its US representative Fi-Tech will present new machine concepts and solutions in thermofusion ovens, dryers, coating and heat-setting lines for fabric finishing at the firthcoming IDEA 2022 nonwovens trade fair in Miami, Flordia, from March 28-31.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Nonwovens always require a bonding process after the fabric formation, in which loosely-laid fibres are bonded into resilient composite webs. For this purpose, and depending on the process, different ovens and dryers are used. Brückner offers the specific know-how and supplies the necessary lines for all applications. The company’s production programme also includes different impregnation and coating units, as well as slitting and winding equipment.

Brückner’s customers produce geotextiles, filter media, hygiene and medical textiles and fabrics for the automotive and transport industry. For each customer, an individual solution and a corresponding line layout is designed.

The company has recently realised several new installations in the field of highloft nonwovens and geotextiles. For the production of highloft nonwovens, the Supra-Flow BX double-belt thermofusion oven is used and operates according to the air-through principle.  Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

It can be perfectly adapted to product requirements in terms of flow speed, flow direction and temperature on a field-by-field basis. Typical end products include mattresses, bedspreads, upholstery, wiping cloths, automotive components and insulating materials. The Supra-Flow BX can produce nonwovens up to a thickness of 280mm and basis weights of a maximum 8,000gsm. The available working widths vary between 2.4 and 5.2 metres at production speeds of up to 100 m/min.

Carbon-fiber - FDCA-PEF-technology

Carbon-fiber – FDCA-PEF-technology

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production 23-02-2022

Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling 24-02-2022

Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling

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-Redwood Materials launches new EV battery recycling program in California

Redwood has launched an electric vehicle battery recycling program, beginning in California, to establish efficient, safe, and effective recovery pathways for end-of-life hybrid and electric vehicle battery packs. Ford Motor Company and Volvo Cars are the first automakers to directly support the program, but Redwood will accept all lithium-ion (Li-ion) and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in California. Redwood will welcome other automakers who wish to join the program.

To make electric vehicles sustainable and affordable, pathways for end-of-life battery packs to be collected, recycled, and remanufactured into new battery materials need to be created. Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling

Scaling production of EVs, increasingly from recycled materials, is how  Redwood can create a circular, sustainable, and secure supply chain to meet the US’ electrification plans. While the first major wave of end-of-life electric vehicles is still a few years away, Redwood and the company’s initial partners at Ford and Volvo are committed to creating these pathways now.

Annually, 6 GWh of lithium-ion batteries, or the equivalent of 60,000 EVs, come through Redwood’s doors. The company has been accelerating its processes in preparation for the first wave of these vehicles to come off roads and is ready to support the battery market in identifying and creating pathways to collect battery packs.

California has been at the forefront of the transition to electric transportation and has one of the largest electric vehicle markets. When the first major wave of EVs begins to retire from roads, it will happen in California. Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling

When Redwood first partnered with Ford last, the company shared that its initial workstream was to collaborate to determine how to create pathways together for Ford and Lincoln electrified vehicles to come off the road at the end of their lives and be recycled and manufactured into battery materials to make more locally manufactured electric vehicles. Volvo, while a new relationship, is similarly focused on ensuring responsible and secure pathways for end-of-life batteries.

Recycling-technology - EV-battery-recycling

Braskem: Growth Stock Moving In Line With ESG Commitments

  • Braskem’s share price return outpaced the S&P 500 index at 15% in the 1-year analysis.  Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling
  • Braskem’s investment in an advanced recycling technology by Nexus Circular shows the company’s commitment to fulfil its ESG goals.
  • Recycling of plastic bottles in the US was ranked least as compared to other materials indicating a deficit in the sector despite the overall benefit analysis.
  • Prices of polyethylene are yet to reach their 2017/ 2018 levels when they were more than $1,200.

Global companies dominating the petrochemical market include Arkema (OTCPK:ARKAF), Braskem (BAK), Exxon Mobil (XOM). PetroChina Co. (PTR) and LyondellBasell Industries (LYB). Among the products desired, Polyolefins are the most common types of thermoplastics that form a growth area for petrochemicals. They are versatile with a broad spectrum of end-use applications such as plastic sheeting and pipes.  Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling

They are also used for making bottles, films, pouches, bubble wraps, etc.

Research showed that just 20 publicly-listed companies produce more than half of single-use plastic items thrown away globally. As of 2019, 10 companies out of the 30 publicly-traded companies responsible for producing 58% of single-use plastics (SUP) around the world, produced up to 39% of SUP. With the trajectories of climate change and plastic waste closely intertwined, petrochemical companies will need to break the inaction pattern.

Braskem: Growth Stock Moving In Line With ESG Commitments

Redwood-Materials launches new EV-battery-recycling program in California

Braskem: Growth Stock Moving In Line With ESG-Commitments

Life-Cycle-Assessment study demonstrates the potential of Avantium’s FDCA and PEF-technology to curb global warming

Quva completes acquisition of PET-preform-manufacturer

French-auto-supplierFaurecia sees higher sales in 2022

Teijin releases thinner spread-tow-carbon-fiber-fabric

Asia-naphtha strengthe

Bonding-solutions showcase in Miami

Recycling-technology – EV-battery-recycling

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production 23-02-2022

Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels 23-02-2022

Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

-thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for SASA in Turkey

thyssenkrupp Uhde’s subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer has signed a contract to build three new world-scale polymer plants for SASA Polyester Sanayi A.Ş in Adana, Turkey.

One plant is planned to produce 380,000 tonnes of PET per year for low viscosity applications combined with a Co-PET plant with a capacity of 36,000 tonnes per year. The third plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary patented MTR (Melt-to-Resin) technology to produce 330,000 tonnes per year of resin for the production of PET bottles. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

Dr Mustafa Kemal Öz, GM of SASA Polyester Sanayi A. Ş, said: “We are pleased to choose again Uhde Inventa-Fischer for our new investments. SASA is racing to global leadership in polyester production with its state-of-the-art world-class production facilities. It is an honour to continue our co-operation with UIF who has been always a good business partner of our growth strategy.”

The MTR process eliminates the SSP (solid-state polycondensation) and leads to substantial energy savings.

It reduces investment, operating and maintenance costs, has a higher raw material yield and results in products of superior quality.

The MTR process is based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary 2-Reactor technology which uses the patented ESPREE and DISCAGE reactors to obtain the desired high melt viscosities. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

Biodegradable-plastics - Waste-to-fuels

-PX supply and demand little changed despite PXN spread squeeze

PX price was falling back with PX-naphtha spread squeezed rapidly recently, dragged down by weaker downstream market. As of Feb 17, PX price lost 4% from the high point on Feb 7 to $1,053/mt CFR, and PXN spread narrowed by 19% to $208/mt over the same period. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

However, PX supply was little changed. As expected, with some plants restarted after maintenance and PXN spread recovering losses earlier, some plants planned to raise operating rates. The average run rate was expected to rise gradually before the scheduled maintenance of some plants starting from mid-Mar.

On demand front, PTA price declined drastically recently, and its spread to PX narrowed heavily. As of Feb 17, PTA price lost 460yuan/mt or 8% from Feb 7. However, crude oil price gained slightly, with WTI crude futures up 0.5% and Brent futures advancing 0.3% over the same period.

As a result, PTA-PX spread squeezed fast, to around 284yuan/mt as of Feb 17, new low since Apr 15 2021.

Due to the low processing spread and volatility in crude oil, more PTA plants could mull over shutdowns for maintenance. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

Biodegradable-plastics - Waste-to-fuels

– Dominican Republic has great potential for biodegradable plastics

The production of biodegradable plastics from agro-industrial, municipal, and industrial waste has great potential in the country, but great challenges, according to a study released yesterday by the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD). Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

It highlighted the use that can be made of plantain, banana, cassava, dried coconut, sugar cane, rice, and sargassum to produce biodegradable plastics.

Challenges include the lack of education and research and development centers.

In a webinar, Linette Batista and José Tejada, from DASA, presented the results of the “Analysis to determine the potential for producing biodegradable plastics in the Dominican Republic.” In contrast, Francisco Javier Rodríguez González presented various aspects of this industry in Mexico.

The research sought to determine the potential for replacing fossil-based plastics with biodegradable plastics.

Circe Almánzar, executive vice-president of the AIRD, said that the presence of plastics in the industrial development of nations is indisputable, but that it is increasingly essential that their products be environmentally friendly and that, in addition, local raw materials can be used for their production.

Opportunity for agricultural production

Batista pointed out that the production of biodegradable plastics is an opportunity for the country’s agricultural production, industry, and even for materials such as sargassum. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

He highlighted the use of residues from agricultural production, which do not intervene in the food chain and can be valorized in the production of bioplastics.

One obstacle concerning these inputs is the lack of systems that allow them to be adequately collected.

He regretted that household waste does not serve as an input for the manufacture of bioplastics because it is mixed with other garbage.

Biodegradable-plastics - Waste-to-fuels

-Agilyx, Virgin Group, REG, Louisiana Green Fuels, Circular SynTech, and others advance on waste-to-fuels

Just in the last few days, it’s been all about low carbon, lower carbon, net-zero carbon – and all of it from waste. Virgin Group and Agilyx’s strategic partnership to produce lower carbon fuel from plastic waste. REG’s state-of-the-art pretreatment facility to refine some of the lowest carbon intensity, hardest to convert waste fats and oils for bio-based diesel production. Louisiana Green Fuels’ conversion of forestry waste feedstock into renewable diesel. Circular SynTech’s new waste-to-renewable-chemicals production facility in Missouri. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

In today’s Digest, carbon talk is hot this week and waste to fuels even hotter, so let’s talk about carbon and how converting wastes to fuels will get us to where we need to be, these key projects, and more.

Virgin Group and Agilyx

Let’s start with the news that Virgin Group and chemical conversion technology company Agilyx are forming a strategic partnership in order to research and develop lower-carbon fuel facilities to help address plastic pollution and the global transition to net-zero.

They aim to reuse plastic waste that otherwise would be un-recycled to produce synthetic crude oil that will then be refined into a lower carbon fuel. Virgin Group wants to provide lower carbon fuel solutions to the global-market and expects Virgin Atlantic and other Virgin companies to be early adopters, as part of the Group’s transitional plans of achieving net zero by 2050. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

Biodegradable-plastics - Waste-to-fuels

-Coal-based MEG operating rate stays high temporarily

Coal-based MEG producers showed stronger intentions to restart their units with wider margins. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

Weihe Binzhou Chemical, HNEC Puyang, and Jianyuan Coal Coking have restarted their units. However, with the recovery in some conventional units and the rise of coal-based MEG output, the weakness in MEG fundamentals sustains. Coupled with receding crude oil prices, MEG prices receded as well and the lowest traded price for spot goods was around 4,900yuan/mt last Friday.

Maintenance of coal-based units were mainly in June-September in 2021, and some producers also conducted maintenance in March-May. The unexpected output loss was mainly affected by the cash flow. In the second half of 2021, many units were shut down due to hiking coal prices. The biggest output loss could reach around 160kt per month.

Currently, the operating rate of coal-based MEG units has recovered to a high level. With Jianyuan getting MEG product and Woneng/Tianye restarting units, operating rate of coal-based MEG units would reach around 65%. Then the rate would fall to around 60% with the maintenance of Yankuang Rongxin.

In March, unexpected shutdown may emerge given lower MEG prices, and the operating rate of coal-based units might decrease to around 55%. Many producers are expected to conduct maintenance in the second quarter, but detailed plans have not been issued. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

The decrease in coal-based MEG units was around 20-30% in the maintenance season in 2019-2020, while the decrease was only around 5% in 2021 with more units shutting down for a long period.

Coal-based MEG operating rate stays high temporarily

-India plans to produce 5 mln tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030

India plans to manufacture five million tonnes of green hydrogen per annum by 2030, the power ministry said on Thursday, aiming to meet its climate targets and become a production and export hub for the fuel.

Green hydrogen, produced using renewable energy, has some of the best environmental credentials among cleaner-burning fuels. The zero-carbon fuel is made using renewable power from wind or solar sources to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

India will set up separate manufacturing zones, waive inter-state power transmission charges for 25 years and provide priority connectivity to electric grids to green hydrogen and ammonia producers in a bid to incentivise production, the federal power ministry said.

The five million tonnes production target is half of that of the European Union, which plans to produce 10 million tonnes of hydrogen from renewable energy by 2030.

While green hydrogen is not currently made in India on a commercial scale, the country’s richest men Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani have announced plans to produce it.

India, with a population more than three times larger than the EU, has a much lower per capita energy consumption, but among the fastest rates of energy demand growth in the world. Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

India plans to produce 5 mln tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030

Biodegradable-plastics – Waste-to-fuels

Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers 22-02-2022

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production 23-02-2022

Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

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-Solvay to license technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production

Solvay has entered into an agreement to license its leading-edge hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. for its 500 kilotons per year caprolactam facility with a planned launch by end of 2023, as per the company’s press release.

“This is the first licensing agreement Solvay has allocated for its proprietary hydrogen peroxide mega scale high productivity process technology in China,” said Peter Browning, president of Solvay Peroxides global business unit. “The licensing model provides a process design package for the construction of the H2O2 mega plant by Hubei Sanning Chemical alongside its new caprolactam facility, with access to Solvay’s operating experience and range of services to ensure optimized and reliable H2O2 plant operation.” Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Solvay is the leading global producer and supplier of hydrogen peroxide solutions and a technology leader in the hydrogen peroxide production process operating several H2O2 mega plants. Hubei Sanning Chemical will install a single H2O2 production line providing a capacity of 200 kilotons per year to be utilized entirely as a raw material in the production of caprolactam, the monomer used to manufacture nylon 6 (PA6) products such as yarns and filaments.

Solvay will also provide Hubei Sanning Chemical with its proprietary chemicals for the anthraquinone process, which ensure a reliable and consistent high productivity H2O2 process. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

“We are honored to be awarded Solvay’s first license for its world-renowned hydrogen peroxide production technology in China,” said Wanqing Li, chairman of Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry. “The new H2O2 mega plant in China and Solvay’s collaboration will be key for us to build the new project for caprolactam, PA6 and downstream products.”

Nylon 6 is a versatile polymer used in a variety of industries such as automotive, electrical and electronics, and when extruded as fibers is extensively used in the textile industry for clothing and home furnishings and for nets in the fishing industry.

As MRC reported earlier, in August, 2020, through the acquisition of the Solvay polyamide (PA) business, BASF  enhanced its R&D capabilities in Asia Pacific with new technologies, technical expertise, and upgraded material and part testing services. BASF is planning to integrate the R&D centers from Solvay into its R&D existing facilities in Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. The enhanced capabilities will boost BASF’s position as a solution provider to develop advanced material solutions for key industries.

We remind that BASF shut down an unspecified unit at its 420,000-metric ton/year steam cracker site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, due to a technical defect. Unscheduled flaring started on 13 January, 2021, at the northern part of the Ludwigshafen site and was expected to last until 17 January, 2021. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

Solvay to license technology to Hubei Sanning Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam production

-Chevron Phillips Chemical invests in Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is investing in Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund. The fund, registered in Luxembourg, will invest in advanced recycling businesses, which convert plastic waste back into virgin grade feedstock for the manufacturing of new products, focusing first in Europe with the ambition to expand globally. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Recycling plastic waste enables valuable materials to be reused instead of ending up in a landfill or unintended places in the environment. Recycling is an important part of the solution to create a circular economy for plastics, together with design for circularity, collecting and sorting infrastructures, consumer engagement and guiding policies. Collaboration across the entire value chain is needed to solve the plastic waste challenge.

Infinity Recycling’s circular plastics fund aims to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular plastic economy by investing in advanced recycling technologies. Complementary to mechanical recycling, advanced recycling technologies are expected to play a key role in increasing recycling rates needed for the development of a sustainable, circular economy for plastics. Plastic-recycling – Caprolactam-production

Benny Mermans, vice president of sustainability at CPChem said: “Our company is committed to ensuring plastics continue to deliver much needed societal benefits while also producing our life-enriching products sustainably, leaving behind the lightest footprint and enabling others to do so as well. Plastic waste is a valuable resource and keeping it in the loop as long as possible will contribute to the creation of a circular economy for plastics.

Plastic-recycling - Caprolactam-production

Solvay to license technology to Hubei-Sanning-Chemical for its mega plant fully dedicated to caprolactam-production

Chevron-Phillips-Chemical invests in Infinity-Recycling’s-circular-plastics-fund

thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer-plants for SASA-in-Turkey

PX-supply and demand little changed despite PXN-spread-queeze

Dominican-Repblic has great potential for biodegradable-plastics

Agilyx-Virgin Group-REG-Louisiana-Green-Fuels-Circular-SynTech, and others advance on waste-to-fuels

Coal-based-MEG operating rate stays high temporarily

India plans to produce 5 mln tonnes of green-hydrogen by 2030

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Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers 22-02-2022

Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers 22-02-2022

Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

-Re.Tex technology is used for the first time in Continental tires

As the co-founder, Continental will once again exclusively supply Extreme E this year with a specially designed “CrossContact Extreme E”.

Since the all-electric racing series is not only about the issue of sustainability, the manufacturer presents an additional development for 2022 after the 2021 premiere season: according to the company, not only has performance been improved, but a special focus is on a high percentage of sustainable materials in the composite tread and placed on carcass. Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

The second generation of “CrossContact-Extreme-E” is said to consist of about a third of recycled and renewable raw materials thanks to the use of silica, for example, obtained from the ash of rice husks – leftovers from agriculture.

But the current model could also come with a premiere.

Because for the first time Continental has used so-called “Re.Tex” technology in one of its tires.

This means that in addition to treated steel and soot, polyester yarns made from recycled plastic bottles are now used in the hull for the first time.

As a result, conventional polyester can be completely replaced in “CrossContact Extreme E,” according to the supplier. Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

Re-Tex-technology - Engineering-polymers

-UBC researchers make fabric coating, reducing COVID infection by 90%

Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed an inexpensive, non-toxic coating for almost any fabric that decreases the infectivity of the virus that causes COVID-19 by up to 90 per cent. Further, the researchers believe that in the future, it might also be possible to be able to spray the coating on the fabric. Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

“When you’re walking into a hospital, you want to know that pillow you’re putting your head onto is clean,” said lead author Taylor Wright, a doctoral student in the department of chemistry. “This coating could take a little bit of the worry off frontline workers to have Personal Protection Equipment with antimicrobial properties.”

Researchers soaked fabric in a solution of a bacteria-killing polymer which contains a molecule that releases sterilising forms of oxygen when light shines on it. They then used an ultraviolet (UV) light to turn this solution to a solid, fixing the coating to the fabric. “This coating has both passive and active antimicrobial properties, killing microbes immediately upon contact, which is then amped up when sunlight hits the cloth,” said senior author Dr Michael Wolf, a professor of chemistry.

Both components are safe for human use, and the entire process takes about one hour at room temperature, says Wright. It also makes the fabric hydrophobic, meaning microbes are less likely to stick to the cloth, and doesn’t seem to affect the strength of the fabric. Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

“In addition, the coating can be used on almost any fabric, including cotton, polyester, denim, and silk, with applications in hospital fabrics, masks, and activewear. Whereas other such technologies can involve chemical waste, high energy use, or expensive equipment, the UBC method is relatively easy and affordable. All we need is a beaker and a light bulb. I’m fairly certain I could do the whole process on a stove,” said Wright.

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-NAPCOR: New life cycle assessment shows improved PET numbers

NAPCOR Chairman Tom Busard told attendees at The Packaging Conference in Austin, Texas, that a new life-cycle analysis shows improvements for PET bottles.

Austin, Texas — With plastics continuing to come under attack, the PET industry needs to do a better job at highlighting the advantages of using the material, according to one long-time packaging maker and recycler.

That’s why the National Association for PET Container Resources is putting the finishing touches on a new life-cycle analysis that does just that, NAPCOR Chairman Tom Busard said at the recent Packaging Conference in Austin.

New, put still preliminary data, shows that PET has made improvements in some key environmental metrics since the last LCA was undertaken by the trade group 13 years ago.  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

A lot has changed since 2009 when the last NAPCOR LCA was performed, Busard told the conference crowd.

NAPCOR has been working on an update for two years with the help of consulting firm Franklin Associates.

“The peer review is not done yet. These are all preliminary results. But we don’t expect them to change much,” Busard said.

Updated LCA numbers show a 20-ounce PET bottle, selected because of its popularity, accounts for 18 percent less greenhouse gas, 24 percent less energy, and 31 percent less solid waste than the numbers in the 2009 LCA, he said.

LCA data is in high demand from companies using PET bottles for their products as other substrates such as metal and paper increasingly look to take market share from PET.  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

“We have no time to waste on these things. We need to get the data out quickly,” Busard said. “The point is everybody is struggling on how to have a better story.”

Busard’s day job is vice president of global procurement for Plastipak Packaging Inc. of Plymouth, Mich., and president of the company’s Clean Tech Inc. recycling division.

Numbers from the LCA will allow PET packaging companies and brand owners to do just that. “The information is in high demand, because, again, every customer wants to know: ‘Help me fight back on this stuff and feel good about making a decision on PET,'” he said.  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

NAPCOR: New life cycle assessment shows improved PET numbers

-Walmart reaches Repreve recycling milestone with Unifi

nifi Inc. said that Walmart has reached the threshold of purchasing the equivalent of 1 billion post-consumer plastic bottles worth of Repreve recycled performance fibers. It took Walmart 10 years to reach the milestone.

Walmart becomes the fourth member of what Unifi calls the 1-billion bottle club, joining Nike, Polartec and Target.  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

Repreve, introduced in 2006, is polyester yarn made from chips that come mainly from recycled bottles. Sorbtek is its moisture management yarn. Repreve-based yarns are used to make products for the apparel, outdoor, home textiles and automotive sectors.

Walmart products made with Repreve typically carry the green stripe with Repreve messaging on Walmart tags in Time & Tru denim, Avia footwear, Wonder Nation and Athletic Works socks.

Walmst also sells Repreve-based items that include RealTree fishing shirts, Mossy Oak hunting tees, and Jordache and Justice kids’ denim.

Unifi said the billion-bottle calculations are based on a standard 16.9-ounce-bottle. Unifi said the measuring metrics include how it translates to bottles per pound of recycled polyester, as well as tracked pounds of Repreve yarn, fiber and resin sold to Walmart suppliers for store programs.

Walmart first purchased recycled Repreve products from Unifi in 2012. In 2019, Walmart announced a goal to source 50% recycled polyester fibers for its private brand textiles by 2025.  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

Re-Tex-technology - Engineering-polymers

-Celanese buying DuPont engineering polymers and elastomers businesses for $11 billion

The purchase expands Celanese’s portfolio and broadens its geographic reach

n a deal that will combine two of the world’s leading engineering polymers businesses, Celanese has agreed to acquire the bulk of DuPont’s Mobility and Materials unit for $11 billion.  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

The DuPont businesses, which the company earmarked for sale back in November, had total 2021 revenues of $3.5 billion and profits before taxes of $800 million. The purchase will be a major acquisition for Celanese, which earned $2.8 billion before taxes on $8.5 billion in revenues, and it will more than double Celanese’s engineered materials unit, which had $2.7 billion in turnover in 2021.

Roughly 5,000 employees and 29 manufacturing sites will move to Celanese in the deal, which companies aim to complete around the end of the year.

Included in the transaction are many materials that are used in demanding applications such as automotive and electronics parts. One key material is DuPont’s nylon 6,6 business, which has been a part of DuPont for more than 80 years. In addition, Celanese will get other DuPont engineering polymers such as long-chain and performance nylons and its polybutylene terephthalate and polyethylene terephthalate resins. DuPont’s polyester and ethylene acrylic elastomers and its Mylar and Melinex polyester films are also part of the deal.

“This is a very high quality business,” said Scott Richardson, Celanese’s chief financial officer on a February 18 conference call with analysts.

“A high margin business that very much kind of fits hand and glove with our engineering materials business.”  Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

The new businesses, for example, should complement existing Celanese product lines in polyacetal, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, liquid crystal polymers and polyphenylene sulfide. DuPont’s nylon and PBT polymer production will back integrate Celanese’s compounding operations in those businesses.

Celanese buying DuPont engineering polymers and elastomers businesses for $11 billion

-With a weak lira, Turkey begs for foreign companies

Money changers will count Turkish lira banknotes at the currency exchange office in Istanbul on August 2, 2018. — Reuters pic

Turkey’s currency crisis and global supply chain crisis have a silvery backing. The country is becoming an attractive alternative to foreign companies at the European Gate.

Turkey is taking advantage of its attractive geography as some European companies are reducing their dependence on Asia due to soaring sea freight and pandemic-related disruptions in their supply chains.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose policies contributed to the plunge in Lira, promoted a new slogan for export, “Made in Turkey,” using the national language instead of the internationally renowned “Made in Turkey.” ..

But his vision must overcome concerns about the complex relationship between Ankara and the European Union, and the independence of judicial and political uncertainties ahead of next year’s elections.

Nevertheless, Turkey’s exports reached a record US $ 225.4 billion (RM943.5 billion) last year, with a target of US $ 300 billion by 2023.

“Many international companies are taking action to supply more from Turkey,” Burak Daglioglu, head of the Turkish President’s investment office, told AFP.

He said the country provides automakers and textile companies with “competitive talent pools, sophisticated industrial capabilities, well-developed service industries, perfect geography, and state-of-the-art logistic infrastructure.” I said there is.

IKEA announced last year that it would like to move some of its production to Turkey.

Italian clothing group Benetton told AFP, “We want to increase production in countries close to Europe, including Turkey.”

Re-Tex-technology – Engineering-polymers

Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam 21-02-2022

Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers 22-02-2022

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-Partnership for Plastic Syngas Power Plant Project in South Africa

Kibo Energy PLC, a multi-asset energy development company positioned to address acute power deficits in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, has announced a partnership with Industrial Green Energy Solution( IGES) for the development of a new 2.7 MW plastic syngas power plant project in South Africa.

Kibo Energy will own 65% shares in the project, whose overall goal is to generate greener energy derived from non-recyclable plastics, while IGES will own the remaining 35%.

The waste items will be turned into crucial clean energy after being subjected to high temperatures to manufacture high-grade syngas – a process that drives engines to generate electrical and thermal energy. Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers

Following the company’s coal divestment, Kibo Energy CEO Louis Coetzee expressed his delight at having signed its first waste-to-energy PPA, which coincides with the company’s aim of pushing sustainable energy in the African market. The plastic syngas power plant project in South Africa is the first in a series of waste-to-energy initiatives in the Firm’s pipeline, and the company is happy to have collaborated on it with its partner, IGES.

Implementation and expectations of the project

The project, the financial close and construction of which is scheduled respectively for Q3 and Q4 2022,  will be developed by Sustineri Energy. Lesedi, a South African (Level Three B-BBEE) Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company has been appointed as the projects Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) and Operations and Management (O&M) contractor.

The plastic syngas power plant project in South Africa is expected to be commissioned 11 to 14 months from the day the construction works begin.

An Industrial Business Park Developer will run the power plant, which will provide baseload power over a 10-year take-or-pay Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The thermal energy generated may be sold directly to industrial park clients.

Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers

Bioethanol-production - Engineering-polymers

-Versalis: the production of bioethanol up and running at Crescentino

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, announces today that it has begun the production of bioethanol from lignocellulosic biomass at Crescentino (Vercelli).

The plant, which was acquired in 2018, has been overhauled thanks to major investments and has started the production of advanced bioethanol, in compliance with the European legislation for the development of renewable energy RED II, as it is derived from raw materials that do not interfere with the food chain.

The bioethanol, produced using Proesa® technology, one of the world’s most innovative industrial-scale biomass chemistry technologies, is ISCC-EU* certified and will be used to formulate gasoline with a renewable component.

The plant is capable of processing 200,000 tonnes of biomass per year, with a maximum production capacity of approximately 25,000 tonnes of bioethanol per year. Following an initial test production run in recent weeks, the plant is now working at a progressive speed in order to fine-tune processes. Since July 2020, Crescentino has also been producing Invix® hand and surface disinfectant, a “medical device” made using bio-based ethanol as active ingredient. Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers

The Versalis plant at Crescentino is an example of sustainable initiative and circularity: its energy supply is self-sustaining due to the production of renewable electricity and steam from the thermoelectric power plant, which is fed with short supply chain biomass and the lignin co-produced by the process. A complex water treatment plant also enables the production of biogas, which in turn is used to produce steam. The plant is also able to recycle the water used, thus drastically reducing consumption.

Adriano Alfani, CEO of Versalis, said “Starting with the industrial production of advanced bioethanol using Proesa® technology is an important step for Crescentino, a one-of-a-kind plant that further strengthens our strategy to develop chemicals using renewable energy to improve sustainable mobility, in line with Eni’s energy transition strategy. For Versalis, innovation and technological development are essential components for accelerating the development of increasingly sustainable chemicals.” Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers

Versalis: the production of bioethanol up and running at Crescentino

-Partnership for Plastic-Syngas-Power-Plant Project in South-Africa

Versalis: the production of bioethanol up and running at Crescentino-(Italy)

Re-Tex-technology is used for the first time in Continental-tires

UBC-researchers make fabric-coating, reducing COVID-infection by 90%

NAPCOR: New life-cycle-assessment shows improved PET-numbers

Walmart reaches Repreve-recycling milestone with Unifi

Celanese buying DuPont-engineering-polymers and elastomers businesses for $11 billion

-With a weak-lira, Turkey begs for foreign companies

Bioethanol-production – Engineering-polymers

Recycled-PET – Petrochemicals – Caprolactam 21-02-2022

Petrochemicals – Caprolactam – Naphtha 21-02-2022

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,150 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton -350
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,160 $/ton 1,135 $/ton- -25
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 6,700 yuan/ton -400
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,000 yuan/ton -400
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Petrochemicals – Caprolactam – Naphtha

5,715 yuan/ton 5,345 yuan/ton -370
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 850 $/ton 830 $/ton -20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,160 yuan/ton 4,920 yuan/ton -240
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 682 $/ton 660 $/ton -22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,065 $/ton 1,059 $/ton -6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,045 $/ton 1,039 $/ton -6
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,110 $/ton 1,106 $/ton -4
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton
-350
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,750 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton -300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,950 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton -250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton -250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,880 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton -380
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 13,300 yuan/ton
-800
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,080 $/ton 2,070 $/ton -10
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,380 $/ton 2,380 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,900 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton -800
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,550 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Petrochemicals – Caprolactam – Naphtha

36,500 yuan/ton 34,000 yuan/ton -2,500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,950 yuan/ton 18,000 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,650 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,800 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 75,000 yuan/ton 74,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 66,500 yuan/ton 64,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 55,500 yuan/ton 54,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton -500
Benzene domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 7,790 yuan/ton -110
Benzene overseas  market 1,047 $/ton 1,039 $/ton -8
Ethylene South 1,190 $/ton860 1,190 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,275 $/ton 1,259 $/ton -16
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Petrochemicals – Caprolactam – Naphtha

1,800 $/ton 1,800 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,100 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market
9,270 yuan/ton 9,140 yuan/ton -130
Naphtha overseas market  835 $/ton 829 $/ton
-6
Phenol domestic market 11,480 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton -480

 

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Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle 21-02-2022

Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

-Is chemical recycling making progress?

A recent report from ecoprog has identified more than 90 chemical recycling projects focused on plastics worldwide, with around 20 plants currently operational – mostly for research and development purposes. What progress has the chemical recycling industry made so far?

The report notes that plants it considered operation were mostly being used for further research of chemical recycling technologies, rather than for commercial purposes. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

The majority of projects that remained in the planning stages at the end of 2021 were based in Europe – a trend supported by the European Patent Organisation (EPO), which found that over half of worldwide patenting activity in plastic recycling and bioplastic industries came from Europe and the US.

A number of companies have recently announced plans for and developments in chemical recycling, an industry that is rapidly expanding based on further patent data. In January, for example, Eastman announced that it would invest up to $1 billion on a chemical recycling facility in France, which will use a polyester renewal technology to break down hard-to-recycle waste. Meanwhile, INEOS Styrolution last year confirmed a joint venture with Recycling Technologies aiming to open “Europe’s first” polystyrene advanced recycling facility by the end of 2022, and Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology is reportedly ready to be scaled with plans to begin production alongside Sacyr in 2023. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

RaboResearch, reporting on trends in chemical recycling, suggested that there could be 140 plants worldwide by 2025. Other key players identified in RaboResearch’s report include BP, TotalEnergies, and Shell, with ecoprog’s research also acknowledging that the upward trend “primarily affects the business model of the chemical industry and the mineral oil industry, which produce plastics or provide the raw material for them derived from crude oil”. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottleChemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

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-Flying start to the year for Andritz

New installations in China, Portugal and Russia.

Andritz, headquartered in Graz, Austria, has started 2022 strongly with the announcement of a number of new orders, including the delivery of four needlepunch nonwoven lines to Yanpai Filtration’s plant in Tiantai, China.

Yanpei, founded in 1990, is one of the leading Chinese producers of nonwoven filters for dust and air treatment, as well as woven filter fabrics used in solid/liquid separation, with plants in both China and the USA. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

Its new Andritz lines will consist of cards and crosslappers manufactured at the Andritz Wuxi site in China, including eight PRO 25-80 aXcess profile crosslappers for controlled web weight evenness. Sixteen eXcelle needlelooms will meanwhile be supplied by Andritz Asselin-Thibeau in France, with start-up of the lines planned from the third quarter of 2022.

Spunlace

In a second order for nonwovens production machinery, Andritz is to supply a complete neXline spunlace line to Laboratoire Naturel and the ZetTechnology group of companies based in Kaluga, Russia, with start-up scheduled for the second quarter of 2022. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

This high-capacity line is designed to process various types of fibres, but especially polyester/viscose and cotton blends, and is dedicated to the production of high-end hygiene and cosmetic wet wipes to serve private label clients. The Andritz spunlace line with its CPC design (card-pulp-card) will enable the company to process a multilayer spunlace fabric including wood pulp as a raw material.

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-Switzerland – Nanoplastics travel long distances to the Alps

Researchers from Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands estimate that almost 43 trillion tiny plastic particles, as much as 3,000 tonnes, land in Switzerland every yearExternal link .

For their calculations, the scientists collected snow samples near the Sonnblick ObservatoryExternal link , located at 3,106 metres at the top of a mountain in central Austria, to study how nanoplastic spreads. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

Using a new chemical method, they were able to precisely calculate the quantities and types of nanoplastic deposited at the remote site. European wind and weather data and advanced modelling techniques were then used to determine the origin of the tiny particles and the routes taken across Europe to the Alps, as well as estimates for neighbouring Switzerland.

The scientists believe that about one-third of the nanoplastic measured on the mountain top originates from a radius of 200 kilometres, mainly from cities nearby. However, tiny fragments of plastic from the world’s oceans also get blown into the air via the spray of the waves. They calculate that around 10% of the particles measured in the study were carried by wind and weather over 2,000 kilometres – some of them from the Atlantic Ocean.

Nanoplastic pollution at the Sonnblick Observatory in Austria. Source areas averaged over the whole sampling period, ranging as far away as 2,000 km. Sciencedirect “Most accurate record ever” Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

The exact deposition rate of nanoplastic at the Sonnblick Observatory was 42kg per square kilometre per year. According to the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPAExternal link ), which took part alongside Utrecht University and the Austrian Central Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics in the study published in Environmental Pollution journalExternal link , this represents“the most accurate record of air pollution by nanoplastics ever made”.

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-Unexpected weakening CPL after the Spring Festival 

In the last part of “January caprolactam market report”, we have forecasted that CPL market is likely to be firm in February 2022, as two major supportive factors are quoted: CPL stock may continue falling in February given the supply-demand pattern, and CPL plants are facing evident cost pressure from benzene, liquid ammonia, cyclohexanone, etc.  Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

However, the situation has developed differently after a short bullish tick after the Spring Festival. The expected bullish trend did not last, as prices only jumped up on the first and second trading day after the holiday (Feb 7-8). Then market has started consolidation and then weakened since Feb 14.

We don’t see the reason from CPL or nylon 6 production. CPL plant operating rate has waved down from 79% to 73%, lower than the average rate before the holiday. And nylon 6 chip plants have been running stably as well. With higher run rate in CPL plants and same rate in polymer plants, CPL inventory have been reducing during December 2021 until the end of January 2022. Apparently speaking, the supply and demand pattern in February 2022 should be still balanced. But the actual sales condition reflected from insiders is that CPL spot supply has been evidently longer. “Suddenly, there are CPL spot goods all over the nation”, said by an insider.

Get to the bottom of this, we find the answer in CPL inventory structure. From December 2021 to end-January 2022, nylon 6 chip plants mostly held bullish outlook for CPL market, and they prepared extra amount of raw materials in advance. CPL stocks were smoothly delivered to downstream and there was no sales pressure. During February-March 2022, a lot more downstream plants have switched to a bearish sentiment, and they have stopped purchasing in advance, instead, they stand watching and wait for lower prices. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

CPL plants become passive when downstream stops booking stocks, and this would be more awkward for the liquid product like CPL, since the storage for liquid goods in each plant is limited! CPL plants are more eager to reduce stock before it reaches the limit, and thus the pressure boosts.

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-Coca-Cola in Europe will test a paper bottle prototype with consumers this summer in Hungary for AdeZ, a plant-based drink.

The paper chase in packaging has been on for a while and received a boost in recent months as single-use plastic packaging has gone out of environmental favor globally. Among the packages caught in the crosshairs of that ire is the ubiquitous PET beverage bottle. That negative attention has benefited interest and developments in alternative formats, particularly paper bottles. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

The burgeoning paper bottle market is given an additional boost with Coca-Cola’s announcement that the brand is moving forward with testing a new prototype with consumers this summer.

The development is part of a partnership between scientists at Coca‑Cola’s Brussels Research and Development laboratories and The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco), a Danish startup supported by ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs in cooperation with Carlsberg, L’Oréal, and The Absolut Company. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

The technology developed by Paboco is designed to create 100% recyclable bottles made of sustainably sourced wood with a bio-based material barrier suitable for liquid goods such as carbonated and still drinks, beauty products and more.

The trial of the paper bottle prototype is scheduled to take place in Hungary in the second quarter of 2021 whereby 2,000 250-ml bottles of AdeZ will be offered to consumers by one of Hungary’s fastest growing online grocery retailers, kifli.hu.

“The trial is a milestone for us in our quest to develop a paper bottle,” says Daniela Zahariea, director of technical supply chain & innovation for Coca‑Cola Europe.

Coca-Cola in Europe will test a paper bottle prototype with consumers this summer in Hungary for AdeZ, a plant-based drink.

-HomeNewsLyondellBasell invests in Infinity Recycling venture fund

LyondellBasell invests in Infinity Recycling venture fund

LyondellBasell announced its investment in a circular plastics fund led by global venture fund Infinity Recycling. This investment expands the company’s venture capital activities to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment and advance the circular economy. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

“By investing catalytic capital in funds such as Infinity Recycling’s venture fund, we promote the collaboration required to propel a circular economy for plastics forward,” said Yvonne Van Der Laan, Director of olefins and optimization at LyondellBasell. “We aim to help catalyze an additional five dollars from co-investors for every dollar we invest in venture funds focused on the recovery and recycling of plastic waste.”

With LyondellBasell’s investment, the fund will support early-stage companies deploying and developing advanced recycling technologies with a focus on bringing these technologies to scale in Europe. Chemical-recycling – Paper-bottle

In 2021, LyondellBasell was also a founding investor in Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund, which is focused on accelerating infrastructure development and advanced technologies needed to increase the recovery of plastic waste in North America.

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-TotalEnergies to purchase and convert Honeywell’s recycled polymer feedstock in new agreement

Honeywell and TotalEnergies have agreed to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling. Under this agreement, Honeywell will supply TotalEnergies with recycled polymer feedstock (RPF) using Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology at the Honeywell and Sacyr advanced recycling plant, intended to be built in Andalucía, Spain. TotalEnergies will purchase and convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which could be used for food-grade packaging and other high demanding applications. Recycled-polymer-feedstock – Battery-recycling

The UpCycle plant, which will be owned by a joint venture between Honeywell and Sacyr, is planned to process and convert yearly 30,000 tons of mixed plastic waste into RPF, that may otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The projected startup of the UpCycle plant is expected in 2023, with RPF to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units. With identical properties to virgin polymers, the recycled polymers are expected to be suitable for a wide range of applications including flexible and rigid food-grade packaging containers.

This first planned project represents the start of the collaboration between Honeywell and TotalEnergies in the field of advanced recycling. Recycled-polymer-feedstock – Battery-recycling

Both parties are committed to addressing the issue of plastic waste and helping to build a more circular and sustainable economy in Europe, and the rest of the world.

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-Star Plastics Adds Leistritz Compounding Line

First one—at 58 mm—is the largest in Star’s fleet and was installed at its West Virginia plant in December.  Recycled-polymer-feedstock – Battery-recycling

Star Plastics has installed the first of two new twin-screw compounding extruders at its plant in Ravenswood, W. Va. This new machine marks the first phase of a larger investment that will amount to more than $5 million in 2022 as the company commits to major growth within its current market space to support current and new customers.

The new twin-screw is a 75 mm built by Leistritz and is Star’s largest

to date, improving production rates and tripling capacity in anticipation of continued long-term growth, the company said. The equipment also allows the Star team to increase the breadth of its product offering.

The Leistritz extruder was installed in Star’s Ravenswood facility in December 2021, with trials running throughout January 2022. The new high-torque machine provides improved material incorporation and dispersive mixing during production, and its special screw design can be modified to generate higher quality production outputs, Star Plastics says.  Recycled-polymer-feedstock – Battery-recycling

Star Plastics plans to introduce more product offerings for its customers and become a full-service supplier of compounded engineering-grade resins. When asked about this new investment, CEO Donald Wiseman said, “Our customers asked us to expand our current portfolio and capabilities—they want our quality, service, and delivery on even more material options, and we are going provide them with just that.”

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-Plans for chemical-recycling growing at rapid pace

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-Origin to build $750M PET-plant-in-Louisiana

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-#Association-of-Plastic-Recyclers approval for Neopac’smonomaterial-barrier-tube

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-Plans for chemical recycling growing at rapid pace

Chemical recycling is setting itself up to be a very big player in the future. German consulting firm Ecoprog GmbH says that as of the end of 2021, there were more than 90 chemical recycling projects in various stages of development worldwide.

More than 20 plants were in operation, although, the study said, most were not commercial plants but mainly served to advance the knowledge of this technology.

Chemical recycling is a topic of controversial debate within the waste management sector. Supporters argue that in the future, chemical recycling will allow plastics of all kinds to be recycled without downcycling. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

The element various technologies have in common is that they enable the recovery of contaminated and mixed waste streams that currently cannot be recycled mechanically. That considerably expanda the range of potentially circular plastics.

Critics mainly find fault with the high CO2 emission rates associated with chemical recycling. They also fear that waste streams are being diverted from a more climate-friendly mechanical recycling process in order to be chemically processed.

Controversy aside, the chemical recycling space is a dynamic one, with the overwhelming majority of new projects in planning in Europe. This market development is being driven, said the study, by the potential to recycle a far broader range and quality of plastics combined with the various quotas and targets for recyclability and recycled content use. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Plans for chemical recycling growing at rapid pace

-Sustainable Chemistry Based on Wood

Producing materials for solar cells, light-emitting diodes and other organic electronics applications as sustainably as possible  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Some hikers carry a small solar power plant with them: a foil is attached to their backpack that converts sunlight into electricity. This allows them to charge their mobile phone while on the move. Flexible, thin and lightweight solar panels can also be attached to outdoor clothing or glued to curved surfaces – such as the roofs of mobile homes.

Such solar cells capture the sun’s energy not with crystalline silicon, but with special organic materials. Unfortunately, these materials have so far been made from crude oil or natural gas – and that is not in the spirit of sustainability.

That’s why scientists are looking for alternatives. The team led by chemistry professor Holger Helten from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany, has a focus on the renewable raw material wood. Furans can be derived from wood, and these ring-shaped molecules are very suitable for organic electronics: they can be used for solar cells, light-emitting diodes, displays or electronic circuits. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Boron stabilises furan-based polymers

Crucially, furan-based materials have much better properties for many applications than most materials used in organic electronics to date. Compared to standard thiophene-based materials, they have, among other things, a stronger luminosity and are more soluble – this simplifies their processing and saves solvents. Furans are also biodegradable, which is why such materials can probably be recycled.

Unfortunately, most furan-based materials are very unstable under ambient conditions; they decompose quickly in the presence of oxygen and light. But they can be stabilised by linking them with the element boron. “This produces compounds that can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius and remain unharmed by light for months,” says JMU chemist Maximilian Fest, who is doing his doctoral thesis under Professor Helten.

Environmentally friendly synthesis methods in use

Research into boron-containing polymers is still in its infancy. The Würzburg doctoral student is synthesising various new variants from boron and furans and characterising their properties. In doing so, he relies on environmentally friendly synthesis methods that are being developed in his professor’s working group.

Holger Helten explains why these methods are environmentally friendly: “The polymerisation of boron and furans, but also the synthesis of purely organic polymers, usually produces very questionable waste products.

Often these are organic tin compounds that are highly toxic to humans and the environment. With our approach, no metals are needed and no toxic waste is produced.”  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

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-Origin to build $750M PET plant in Louisiana

Sustainable materials firm Origin Materials plans to build a major plant-based PET resin plant in Louisiana. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

West Sacramento, Calif.-based Origin will spend at least $750 million to build the plant in Geismar, officials said in a Feb. 16 news release. The plant will use sustainable wood residue — sourced partly from Louisiana’s timber mills and managed forests — to make PET for packaging, textiles, apparel and other applications. Hydrothermal carbon, which can be used in fuel pellets, also will be produced at the site.

The plant will use Origin’s patented technology, which reduces the carbon emitted during production of widely used products ranging from food and beverage containers to parts for the auto industry. The project will create 200 direct jobs, as well as almost 900 indirect jobs and around 500 construction jobs. The plant’s annual production capacity wasn’t included in the release.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in the release that Origin’s “unique process of developing PET products from renewable wood fibers is yet another example of how the global shift toward sustainability can be a catalyst for economic investment and job creation in our state.”  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Construction is set to begin in mid-2023, with mechanical completion and operation by mid-2025.

“The demand for ‘net zero’-enabling materials is extremely strong, and we believe this plant will be instrumental in addressing demand for our products in the United States and internationally,” Origin Co-Founder and Co-CEO John Bissell said.

He added that local labor talent “is world-class across refining, forestry and agronomy, feedstock logistics and chemicals” and that the site “sits along the Mississippi River with easy access to barge and rail and plentiful local wood residue feedstock.”  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

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-Plantain-Reinforced Biopolymers

Manufacturing biopolymers from agricultural and industrial wastes is a growing area of research in materials sciences. Exploring the potential for producing commercially viable biopolymers from plantain agro-industrial waste, a team of researchers has published a new paper in Polymers.

Producing Sustainable Biopolymers and Biocomposites

Plastic is one of the most revolutionary materials of the 20th century. They have become an essential part of modern society, finding use in packaging, aerospace and automotive materials, electronic components, and many more applications. Their superior mechanical, physiochemical, and thermal properties have facilitated extensive research into these materials for numerous innovative commercial products.  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

However, plastic manufacturing places a significant burden on both the environment and society. The plastics industry is responsible for a considerable proportion of the carbon emissions and waste produced globally, with polymers taking hundreds of years to degrade within the environment. Additionally, the production and disposal of conventional fossil-fuel-derived polymers leach toxic chemicals into the environment, where they accumulate. Microplastics and chemical by-products also enter the food chain, presenting a risk to human health.

Due to the well-recognized damage that conventional hydrocarbon-based plastics cause, research has focused in recent years on the production of biopolymers and biocomposite materials. Many different renewable, non-toxic, and carbon-neutral biomass sources for plastics have been explored by researchers across the world. To be commercially viable, biocomposites and bioplastics must display comparable properties to plastics conventionally produced from fossil fuel sources.

Studies have mainly focused on a few biomass sources for biocomposite plastics, including hemp, flax, bamboo, and sisal. The search for alternative biomass materials which can be used as fiber reinforcement to improve the physical and mechanical properties of biocomposites has been a key focus in bioplastics research over the past few years. Sources explored include plant species such as Prosopis juliflora and Abelomoschus escuelentus.  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Using Starch as a Bio-polymer Material

Due to their ability to form viable bio-based polymers, organic macromolecules such as proteins and polysaccharides have been widely explored by researchers. These macromolecules are abundant in waste streams, but unfortunately at the moment most are sent to landfills or incinerated, wasting a potentially valuable sustainable source of materials for the bioplastics and bio-composite industry.

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-Association of Plastic Recyclers approval for Neopac’s monomaterial barrier tube

Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of packaging for pharmaceuticals, beauty, and oral care, has been granted approval for its Polyfoil MMB mono-material barrier tube by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

According to Neopac, the tube body is made through a “first-of-its-kind” adhesive laminated process, which differs from the existing blown film and extruded film solutions recently adopted by oral care brands. This reportedly offers advanced barrier and aesthetic options in the tube body.

In addition, Neopac says the tube’s shoulder and cap are made with low MFI HDPE and 2% foreign material. The solution is available with a metallised look and, whe combined with Neopac’s HDPE screw and hinge closures, is allegedly fully ready for recycling in PE rigid streams. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Neopac claims that the Polyfoil MMB tubes can reduce packaging carbon footprints by up to 38% compared with traditional laminated tubes. The tubes also offer “attractive” printing and decorative options, according to the company.

To gain approval from the US-based Association of Plastic Recyclers, a review committee appointed per the APR Recognition Operating Procedures reviewed Neopac’s data submission.

The group concluded that the research was “correctly developed by a qualified laboratory”, as well as certifying that the Polyfoil MMB tubes meet or exceed test conditions and criteria for recyclability in the HDPE bottle stream. The tubes both with and without the thin film metallisation option passed the assessment, according to Neopac.  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

-Aqua Metals’ lithium-ion battery recycling concept closer to completion

Aqua Metals has made progress in moving its lithium-ion battery (LiB) recycling process from concept to execution to meet the growing global demand for lithium-ion battery recycling and supply chain needs. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

The Aqua Metals LiNiCo strategic alliance provides the venue for Aqua Metals to apply its AquaRefining process to LiB recycling in a commercial production facility. Aqua Metals’ preliminary work has yielded promising results, meeting benchmarks and has the potential to achieve end-to-end recycling as early as the end of the year.

LiNiCo is focused on developing and implementing its novel LiB crushing, separation, and extraction processes for lithium and graphite. Aqua Metals plans to process the black mass produced by LiNiCo and others to produce pure nickel, cobalt copper, and other key high-value compounds. The company has already successfully lab-tested cobalt plating, yielding high purity cobalt. Aqua Metals is targeting a pilot circuit that will produce meaningful quantities of critical metals and compounds by late summer or early fall 2022.  Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

The two companies plan to combine their technologies in a 140,000 square foot LiNiCo plant in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, to create a fully integrated recycling and refining operation with commercial production beginning and scaling by late 2022 or early 2023.

To help Aqua Metals define and achieve its rapid growth roadmap, the company has also appointed Dave McMurtry as the chief strategist. McMurtry is responsible for assisting with the development of Aqua Metals’ go-to-market strategy for AquaRefining. His global experience of working in more than 80 countries on five continents will help accelerate the company’s borderless licensing model, partnering with LiB ecosystem players (recyclers, battery manufacturers, distribution, and collection companies) that are looking for sustainable metals recycling that will deliver high-value metals back into the manufacturing supply chain while reducing emissions and toxic byproducts. Plastic-recyclers – Wood-sustainable-chemistry

Aqua Metals' lithium-ion battery recycling concept closer to completion

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-Strong and elastic, yet degradable: protein-based-bioplastics

More than eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year—a serious danger for the environment and health. Biodegradable bioplastics could provide an alternative. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a research team has now introduced a new method for the production of protein-based plastics that are easily processable, biodegradable, and biocompatible, as well as having favorable mechanical properties.

Whether as packaging or toys, mulch films or cars, plastics based on petrochemicals are ubiquitous—demand is rising, and so are the piles of garbage. Bioplastics based on natural materials like starch, or synthetic biomaterials like polylactic acid, have exhibited inadequate durability, biocompatibility, and/or biodegradability in most cases. In addition, they often require complex, energy-intensive processing methods and toxic chemicals. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

A team led by Jingjing Li and Yawei Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China), as well as Bo Wei (First Medical Center of PLA General Hospital) have now introduced novel bioplastics with properties that can be tailored according to need. To do this they developed two lysine-rich proteins and produced them in bacterial cultures: “ELP” is a polypeptide similar to the connective tissue protein elastin. It does not have defined folding, which leads to toughness and elasticity. “SRT” consists of ELP plus crystalline segments of a squid protein with a β-sheet structure.

ELP (or SRT) is crosslinked with a polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivative by way of its lysine amino side-groups. (PEG is used in pharmaceuticals, among other things.) If the crosslinking occurs in water, the material can then simply be dried in a mold. The result is a tough, transparent, solvent-resistant bioplastic. Its mechanical properties can be varied by changing the proportion of PEG. This allows for the production of bioplastics with high mechanical strength at room temperature in any shape desired, and without toxic chemicals or complex processing steps such as liquefaction, extrusion, or blow molding. Their breaking stress exceeds those of many commercial plastics. One problem left is that they swell in water.

If ELP is crosslinked in a water/glycerol solution, the material gels into soft, elastic bioplastics. The team also used wet spinning to produce biofibers that are as strong as some biotechnological spider silks. The natural enzyme elastase completely degrades all of the new protein-based bioplastics. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

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-ADNOC, Borealis hiring banks for IPO of plastics joint venture

Borouge manufactures plastics used in everything from automobiles and food packaging to medicine vials and piping systems

The largest oil producer in the UAE and its Austrian chemicals partner are lining up banks to help arrange a potential listing of their plastics venture Borouge within months, according to people familiar with the matter.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Borealis said on Tuesday they’re considering an initial public offering of a minority stake in the business. They hired First Abu Dhabi Bank and an international lender for the IPO, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

The companies will appoint more banks for a listing that could come as early as mid-year, though timing could shift, the people said.

ADNOC and Borealis are separately arranging $2.75bn in financing from international banks to help fund a $6.2bn expansion to add a fourth production line at Borouge’s facility in Abu Dhabi, according to people with knowledge of the transaction.

Deliberations are ongoing and no final decisions on the timeframe have been taken, they said. Representatives for ADNOC and Borealis declined to comment on Borouge’s borrowing plans. First Abu Dhabi Bank didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Founded in the late 1990s, Borouge manufactures plastics used in everything from automobiles and food packaging to medicine vials and piping systems. Its main plant is in Abu Dhabi. The company employs more than 3,000 people and serves customers across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

It paid about EUR1.2bn ($1.4bn) of dividends in 2020 and about EUR1.5bn in 2019, according to the annual report of Borealis. The plastic maker’s income dropped around 10 per cent to EUR833m in 2020.

IPO Pipeline

OPEC’s third-biggest producer is pushing ahead with plans to list more businesses and raise funds for expansion by using its natural resources to attract investors and broaden capital markets. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

ADNOC already raised about $1.9bn by listing two subsidiaries last year. The state company, which pumps almost all the oil and natural gas in the UAE, is also considering options, including a potential listing, for its transport unit ADNOC Logistics & Shipping as early as this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

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-Novoloop announces plans to advance plastic scrap chemical recycling

The company plans to use $11 million in Series A funding to commercialize its chemical recycling process. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

Advanced recycling startup Novoloop, based in Menlo Park, California, has announced it raised $11 million in Series A financing. The funding will go toward expanding the company’s plastics chemical recycling process, called accelerated thermal-oxidative decomposition (ATOD), and bringing its production process to scale.

“Plastics are not going away anytime soon, so we need to innovate to close the gap between what is produced and what is repurposed,” says Miranda Wang, Novoloop co-founder and CEO. “Our vision is to scale up our technology’s processing ability into the tens of thousands of tons in the next three to four years.”

The round of financing was led by Envisioning Partners with participation from Valo Ventures and Bemis Associates. Earlier investors who joined the round included SOSV, Mistletoe and TIME Ventures. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

The company says ATOD is a proprietary processing technology that breaks down polyethylene (PE) into chemical building blocks that can be synthesized into high-value products. The process will be used to create Oistre, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for use in high-performance applications, such as footwear, apparel, sporting goods, automotive and electronics.

The company says Oistre is the first TPU made from postconsumer PE that matches the performance characteristics of virgin TPUs made from petrochemicals. At the same time, Oistre’s carbon footprint is up to 46 percent smaller than conventional TPUs.

Development for the partnership with Bemis will begin in March. Wang says the product will first be used by Bemis Associates, a brand consultant based in Shirley, Massachusetts, for its Sewfree on Demand line as a possible replacement for virgin petroleum-based thermoplastic polyurethane.

“Novoloop has been a pioneer in the chemical transformation of plastic waste into high-performance chemicals and materials since [it was founded in] 2015,” Bemis says in a news release. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

“By strategically investing in environmentally focused technologies, Bemis will continue to solidify its position as a leader in sustainability and to offer a variety of environmentally friendly products to the market.”

Novoloop announces plans to advance plastic scrap chemical recycling

-Polystar reports sales increase in 2021

The plastics recycling machine manufacturer cites increased demand for larger machines, recycled content and short shipping times for the higher sales.

Polystar, a plastic recycling machine manufacturer based in Tainan, Taiwan, has reported that equipment sales have doubled in 2021. The company says high demand for plastic recycling machines for postindustrial and postconsumer applications globally impacted sales.

According to a news release from Polystar, new regulations in various countries now require producers to use a higher percentage of recycled content in flexible and rigid packaging products. The company says the instability of raw material prices and supplies requires plastic producers to better recycle their byproducts.

In light of the increase in demand, Polystar says by the end of April 2022, more than 110 recycling machines will be shipped within 12 months. That figure is twice as many compared with last year. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

Polystar says several reasons led to the increased drive sales in 2021, including increased demand for larger machines, product reliability and company services.

According to Polystar, the need for larger capacity machines and more machines has increased. The 800- to 1,000-kilograms-per-hour, or 1,700- to -2,200-pounds-per hour, pelletizing extruders have become a standard for postconsumer and some postindustrial recyclers.

Focus also has increased on reusing internally generated scrap by plastic producers, the company says. Businesses including packaging film and woven bag producers now require higher quality recycled content to reduce production costs as much as possible.

Polystar says its Repro-One recycling technology is a combination of shredder, extruder and pelletizer in one machine.

This one-step process produces the best possible pellets quality at the lowest operation cost, according to the company, enabling producers to reuse pellets back in polypropylene tape extrusion lines. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

The company says it can better serve customers with faster machine delivery times and spare parts support by keeping machine components in stock.

Polystar’s manufacturing facility in Taiwan continues to operate at 100 percent during this time, ensuring customers receive the recycling machines within a short time.

Polystar reports sales increase in 2021

-Asahi Kasei Medical to Build New Assembly Plant for Planova™ Filters

-Asahi Kasei Medical has decided to expand the production capacity of Planova™ filters by constructing a new assembly plant in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan.

The new plant will be designed to realize a smart factory by accelerating manufacturing automation and digital transformation in order to enhance quality and production efficiency. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

The construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of the calendar year 2022, with expected completion in early 2024.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the rapid growth of the biotherapeutics market and increased the urgent demand for Planova™ filters, which are indispensable to develop and commercially produce new drugs in pharmaceutical companies. Asahi Kasei Medical has been making significant milestones in expanding production capacity to meet such demands. This new assembly plant follows the investment announced in 2021 for the expansion of the spinning plant for Planova™ BioEX in Oita, Japan.

As for the Planova™ N series filter, all six existing plants, including the spinning plant completed in 2019 in Miyazaki, Japan, have been operating efficiently to meet the increasing demand worldwide. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

Asahi Kasei Medical is the global market leader in virus filtration, with its Planova™ filters having an unrivaled 30-year history of trusted use in the production of biotherapeutics. Asahi Kasei Medical aims to provide “Assurance Beyond Expectation” in the form of innovative yet exceptionally reliable bioprocess consumables, equipment, scientific support, and biosafety testing services to help biologics manufacturers safely and efficiently produce medicines that patients can trust.

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-Compounds made from ‘digested’ molecules feeds appetite for greener pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals

New method developed by University of Warwick scientists uses enzymes to produce indolic amides, carboxylic acids and auxins – vital for use in pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

A method of producing vital chemical building blocks for use in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries that mimics how plants manufacture them has been developed by University of Warwick scientists.

Using enzymes in the same way that plants do, the scientists have created bacteria that ‘digest’ molecules to synthesise new compounds in a process that is reusable and produces minimal waste products. Their results are published in a new study in the journal ACS Catalysis and could help the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries in making their manufacturing process more environmentally friendly.

The scientists were particularly interested in reproducing a process in plants called the indole-3-acetamide (IAM) pathway, that allows the plant to produce compounds such as indolic amides, carboxylic acids and auxins. These compounds have a number of agrochemical and pharmaceutical applications but are difficult for industry to manufacture except by using chemical catalysts, which produce a lot of toxic chemical waste. Protein-based-bioplastics – Chemical-recycling

While scientists have been aware of how nature produces these molecules for decades, until now the technology did not exist that could take advantage of it. Now for the first time, a team based at the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre has developed a process that uses enzymes in a series of cascade reactions to break down molecules and synthesise them into the required compounds, in the same way a plant would.

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-US, China major trading partners of Germany in 2021

The United States ranked first in 2021 among the countries to which Germany exported, followed by China and France, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Germany exported goods worth €1,375.5 billion and imported goods worth €1,202.2 billion last year. Exports were up by 14 per cent and imports by 17.1 per cent over 2020 figures.

Exports last year were 3.6 per cent and imports 8.9 per cent above the level of the pre-COVID year 2019. EV-battery-recycling – Scrap-recycling

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of €173.3 billion in 2021. This means that the German export surplus declined for the fifth year in a row, Destatis said in a press note. In 2020, the surplus amounted to €180.4 billion.

Exports to the United States increased by 18 per cent to €122.1 billion compared with the 2020 figure. Exports to China totalled €103.6 billion (plus 8.1 per cent on the previous year), followed by France with €102.3 billion (plus 12.6 per cent).

Most imports to Germany came from China in 2021. Goods to the value of €141.7 billion were imported from there (plus 20.8 per cent on a year earlier). The Netherlands ranked second among the countries for imports to Germany, accounting for goods worth €105.6 billion (plus 21.4 per cent). EV-battery-recycling – Scrap-recycling

The United States came third with a value of €72.1 billion (plus 6.5 per cent).

Germany exported goods worth €117 billion and imported goods worth €110.0 billion in December last year. Compared with December 2020, exports increased by 15.6 per cent and imports by 27.8 per cent in that month.

In December 2021, German exports were up by 0.9 per cent and imports by 4.7 per cent over November figures that year after calendar and seasonal adjustment. Most exports were to the United States in the month; they increased by 16.7 per cent to €10.7 billion over the December 2020 figure.

Most imports to Germany came from China in December 2021. The value of the goods imported from there was €14.6 billion (plus 42.3 per cent on the same month a year earlier). Imports from the United States rose by 13.6 per cent to €6.4 billion in December 2021.

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of €7 billion in December 2021. In December 2020, the surplus amounted to €15.1 billion. The calendar and seasonally adjusted surplus in December 2021 was €6.8 billion. EV-battery-recycling – Scrap-recycling

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-U.S. Department of Energy to allocate $3 billion in funding to support EV battery manufacturing and recycling

President Biden and the U.S. Department of Energy have issued multiple notices of intent to allocate $2.91 billion in support of EV battery manufacturing as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The DOE shared plans to use the funds to further battery materials refining, production plants, and battery cell manufacturing facilities in addition to battery recycling. EV-battery-recycling – Scrap-recycling

The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy also jointly announced nearly $5 billion set aside to support a national electric vehicle charging network under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program – another program established within President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

U.S. to produce EV batteries to gain energy independence

The latest round of funding in support of U.S. EV adoption came from the Department of Energy in the form of two letters of intent, promising just under $3 billion in funds.

By bringing EV battery manufacturing stateside, the US hopes to increase economic competitiveness in the global EV market and gain energy independence from the battery monopoly China currently operates. Furthermore, the overall manufacturing process will significantly shorten U.S. supply chains and bring new clean energy jobs to US workers. EV-battery-recycling – Scrap-recycling

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said: “As electric cars and trucks continue to grow in popularity within the United States and around the world, we must seize the chance to make advanced batteries — the heart of this growing industry — right here at home. With funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re making it possible to establish a thriving battery supply chain in the United States.”

The aforementioned Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will allow DOE to help fund new, retrofitted, and expanded US facilities for the entire life cycle of an EV battery – from processing materials, producing cells and packs, to recycling batteries.

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-Trinseo’s chemical recycling plant on track

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders announced that plans for a world-class chemical recycling plant in Europe are progressing rapidly. In late 2021, Trinseo contracted with global technology provider Synova and global engineering services company Worley, and is currently working on an engineering package and preparing Trinseo’s Tessenderlo, Belgium site for recycling operations.

Trinseo is targeting to begin construction by the end of 2022. The plant will be dedicated to recycled polystyrene (rPS), meeting increased demand for the material as brand owners seek sustainable options. It will process 15 kilotons of rPS flakes annually that will be converted into high quality recycled styrene to enable further production of polystyrene (PS) and/or a styrene derivative including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and styrene acrylonitrile. Chemical-recycling -Biodegradable-bioplastic

PS is one of the most widely used plastics and can be fully circular. Due to its simple chemistry, it can be converted to its monomer yielding a material with identical properties as its fossil equivalent.

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-Bayer Emphasizes Human Health and Environment with +100 Mil Investment and More

Packaging and beyond: Find out how Bayer is baking sustainability into its business, uniting the concept with global access to medications.

Planetary health may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of Aspirin, but they’re more connected than you might realize.

Bayer AG has initiated several “100 million challenges,” including its recent investment in sustainable health products to advance the company’s 2030 sustainability commitments. Chemical-recycling -Biodegradable-bioplastic

They’re pouring €100 million to further enable sustainable innovation, production, and consumption of Consumer Health products including global brands such as Aspirin, Bepanthen, Claritin, and Elevit.

We’ll get to the packaging details shortly. But first, it’s important to see the connection between human health and the environment. “When you think about the environment and climate issues, we’re talking about the environment as a social determinant of health,” says Daniella Foster, Global Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability for Bayer’s Consumer Health division. “Reflecting on the past 20 years, we know that climate change has been a cause behind a growing number of health concerns, and we also know that underserved populations are particularly vulnerable.” Chemical-recycling -Biodegradable-bioplastic

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the ESG space, and oftentimes when we talk about the environment or climate, we’re usually just talking about the environment. I think one of the key pieces here that we’re really trying to unite and put a focus on is that connection between human health and the environment.”

Data suggests that approximately half of the world’s population does not have access to basic and essential health services, while the same populations are often in communities significantly impacted by climate, resulting in being hit from multiple sides. “Rising temperatures, poor air quality, pollen counts, all these things are increasing… this leads to heart disease, respiratory illnesses, allergies, etc. For people without access to medical care, they’re really having a hard time managing or treating these conditions. Chemical-recycling -Biodegradable-bioplastic

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-Could biodegradable-bioplastic save us from plastic-pollution?

Tekni-Plex Launches Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays

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-Could biodegradable ‘bioplastic’ save us from plastic pollution?

Every year, more than eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, threatening life around the world, but could biodegradable ‘bioplastic’ offer a solution?

A Chinese research team has found a new method for producing bioplastics made from proteins which are biodegradable and biocompatible as well as being easily processed.

The research was published in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

There’s a great deal of interest in ‘bioplastics’ but so far, bioplastics based on natural materials like starch, or synthetic biomaterials like polylactic acid, have failed to deliver, showing off inadequate durability, biocompatibility, and/or biodegradability in most cases.Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

Creating some bioplastics often require complex, energy-intensive processing methods and toxic chemicals.

Read more: Why economists worry that reversing climate change is hopeless

A team led by Jingjing Li and Yawei Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China), as well as Bo Wei (First Medical Center of PLA General Hospital) have created new bioplastics whose properties can be ‘tweaked’ as needed.

The researchers developed two lysine-rich proteins and produced them in bacterial cultures, creating bioplastics which can either be soft or hard.

The team also used wet spinning to produce biofibres that are as strong as some biotechnological spider silks. Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

The researchers believe it could be possible to make toys with this new, nontoxic bioplastic that can be dyed with food coloring.

This material could also be used to seal wounds, the researchers believe.

Plastic pollution now affects almost all species in the world’s oceans, and is set to quadruple by 2050, a report by wildlife group WWF found last week.

The report found that 88% of marine species, from plankton to whales are affected by contamination. Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

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-Tekni-Plex Launches Foam Polypropylene Food Trays

In development for a year, the trays offer a recyclable alternative to the foam polystyrene trays typically used to pack meat and other fresh foods.

Wayne, PA-based Tekni-Plex Consumer Products is expanding packaging options for fresh meat and produce packers with the launch of foam polypropylene (FPP) food trays. Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

The company reports that a major wholesale company is the first customer to use the FPP trays at retail, for meat.

Designed for fresh food products such as meat, poultry, pork, fruits, and vegetables, the foam PP trays are a drop-in replacement for conventional foam polystyrene (FPS) trays. But unlike FPS, which has a poor to nonexistent recycling infrastructure, the FPP trays are readily recyclable.

“All curbside/municipal recycling programs currently capable of processing PP packaging will also be able to process our new FPP trays. Just like regular PP resin, FPP will sort through existing PP sorting processes at materials recovery facilities (MRFs),” Rodolfo Haenni, VP of market and strategy development for Tekni-Plex’s Consumer Division, tells PlasticsToday.

He added that although PP is the third-most-used plastic used for packaging, after polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), PP recycling has become more common only in the past 10 years.

“We’re excited to be on the forefront of the movement.”

“Reclamation is still maturing, compared to PET and HDPE. At the same time, investments in PP sorting and demand by end markets is growing, improving curbside recycling of plastics in the US as a result,” Haenni says.

“We’re excited to be on the forefront of the movement to provide new, alternative material options as well as products that are accepted into curbside/municipal recycling programs.”  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

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-Autefa Solutions at IDEA 2022

With the nonwovens industry looking forward to a celebration of both technical and commercial progress at the upcoming IDEA show in Miami Beach, USA, technology supplier Autefa Solutions will be at the show at booth 4612.

As the company notes, last year, for some applications, markets have skyrocketed worldwide and Autefa Solutions says it is ready to cater for this “huge demand explosion” with its latest systems to be presented at the event.

The spunlace sector is still challenging for product manufacturers. For this key market, Autefa Solutions offers complete lines for the production of direct and crosslapped spunlace products .  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

The web forming process, consisting of the Injection Card and Crosslapper Topliner CL 4006 CL, is the key for high and consistent nonwoven fabric quality while the advanced Spunlace technology with Hydroentanglement Machine V- Jet Futura and Square Drum Dryer SQV offers a quick return on investments.

“We notice a trend in reducing of web weights,” explains Autefa Solutions CMO Marco Fano.  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

“Customers want a homogenous product and high production throughputs. Our unique web-forming technology ideally meets our customers’ needs at this time, and we see the upward trend in order intake being sustained in future, particularly in combined card and crosslapper solutions.

“Our advanced spunlace manufacturing systems are able to deliver high standards of quality and performance, with the all-important advantage of rapid investment payback.”

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-EREMA at Chinaplas 2022: Solutions to meet the needs of the Chinese recycling market

This year, Shanghai is the venue of Chinaplas from 25 to 28 April, making this high-profile trade fair a home game for the EREMA subsidiary in China.

The team from the company’s Shanghai subsidiary will be at the EREMA trade fair stand 2.1F53. Customers and interested parties can also talk to their contacts at the company’s headquarters in Austria in a video call if personal consultation is required. The entire range of services in the areas of PET recycling, post-consumer and in-house recycling solutions will be presented. EREMA has enjoyed a very successful year in China with significant growth in turnover and orders for all of these applications. Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

Strong demand for EREMA recycling solutions

The increase in demand is strongest in the PET recycling sector. Ten VACUREMA® systems and, for the first time, a VACUNITE® system for bottle-to-bottle applications were commissioned during the past calendar year.

There were also three INTAREMA® TVEplus® systems with ReFresher modules for recycling post consumer material. Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

EREMA at Chinaplas 2022: Solutions to meet the needs of the Chinese recycling market

-Plastic Sustainability Movement Needs More Than Recycling Plants

It already looks like 2022 is the year of the recycling initiative.

Just about every day, a new partnership, acquisition, technology, or goal related to recycling, sustainability or the circular economy is announced. Some have been quite creative, such as the recently announced Houston Recycling Collaboration partnership of resin producers ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell, chemical recycler Cyclyx International, solid waste manager FCC Environmental Services, and the City of Houston.  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

The coalition’s goal is to increase that major US city’s recycling rate from a current rate of 15% while providing feedstock for the mechanical and chemical recycling streams.

Also, US recycler Evergreen announced in early February a $200 million in investments to expand its recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) production capacity, with the American Beverage Association and Closed Loop Partners pitching in $5 million jointly for the project.

Just days earlier, Honeywell and Avangard Innovative announced they are collaborating to build a chemical recycling facility at Avangard’s complex in Waller, TX.  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

The list of announcements will continue unabated this year, understandably so with sustainability goals and plastic waste increasingly topping the agendas of corporate boardrooms, investors, and consumers.

However, full realization of a circular economy will require making it easier for consumers to recycle plastics like PET, polyethylene (PE), and polypropylene (PP), and that’s not done currently.

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-Eco Spindles strengthens Sri Lanka’s circular economy for plastic recycling

Eco Spindles (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka’s largest plastics recycler, has announced plans to expand its capacity to manufacture yarn using recycled plastics, as well as innovative new additions to its suite of cutting-edge, eco-friendly products used by some of the world’s leading fashion brands.  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

The company owns one of only two plants in the world capable of creating polyester yarn directly from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic flakes. After the completion of the second phase of its yarn plant expansion program in April 2022, the company expects its capacity to manufacture recycled polyester yarn to increase by 120%, from 100 tonnes of Draw Textured Yarn a month to 220 tonnes a month.

For its third phase of expansion, Eco Spindles is exploring potential opportunities to expand its footprint within or beyond Sri Lanka.

Given that its products, made using recycled PET plastics, are primarily exported, these developments pave the way for the company to generate more export earnings and foreign exchange for Sri Lanka.

It also addresses the improper disposal of plastics, one of the world’s biggest environmental issues. Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplastic

These developments were announced at Eco Spindles’ annual yarn conference held virtually on the 14th February 2022, with the participation of the company’s senior management. During the conference, Eco Spindles also felicitated its top 10 buyers of 2021.

The conference featured keynote addresses from BPPL Holdings PLC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Dr. Anush Amarasinghe, Eco Spindles Yarns CEO – Nalaka Senavirathna and Eco Spindles Yarns Head of Sales – Jerome De Mel. In addition to plans for business improvement, the speakers also shared their insights into the ongoing battle against plastic pollution and offered promising solutions adopted on a national scale with global impact.

“As people who are passionate about the environment, we are painfully aware of the impact plastic materials have on nature since more than 583 billion PET plastic bottles are produced each year with 85% of it going to landfills. We also believe that to resolve this crisis, the solution is social entrepreneurship which seeks to create and support a circular economic model. It is from this understanding that Eco Spindles emerged, and we are fortunate that our customers and partners have supported us in this vital mission. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in the future,” Dr. Amarasinghe said.

Eco Spindles also announced plans to manufacture  Foam-Polypropylene-Food-Trays – Bioplasticrecycled polyester yarn using textile waste during the conference. The company has been working closely and trailing this innovation with leading apparel manufacturers in Sri Lanka and global apparel brands. The first commercially viable product will be launched in May 2022.

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-BariQ for post-consumer PET recycling plans to invests EGP 400m this year

Mostafa Khairat, the CEO of BariQ for the recycling of post-consumer PET — affiliated to the Intro Holding Group — has revealed that the company plans to add two new production lines in the company’s factory, with investments amounting to EGP 400m. Khairat told Daily News Egypt on the side-lines of a conference held by …

Mostafa Khairat, the CEO of BariQ for the recycling of post-consumer PET — affiliated to the Intro Holding Group — has revealed that the company plans to add two new production lines in the company’s factory, with investments amounting to EGP 400m.

Khairat told Daily News Egypt on the side-lines of a conference held by the company to announce its expansions that investments will be pumped during the current year so that the factory will be ready before the United Nations’ Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 27), pointing out that the financing will be provided through international and local banks. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

He explained that the financing will be through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the British CDC, HSBC, and the Commercial International Bank, pointing out that local and international institutions are interested in financing green projects.

Khairat also pointed out that the recently added two lines in the company’s factory increased the maximum capacity from 30,000 tonnes to 60,000 tonnes annually, and that additional lines are expected to be added soon.

Furthermore, he stressed that financing through the issuance of green bonds is one of the company’s plans during the coming period. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

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-A closer look at CEFLEX’s next-generation flexible packaging recycling plant

CEFLEX recently launched plans for a next-generation recycling plant that it hopes will be complete by the end of 2023. This marks the creation of the first commercial waste processing site based around its Quality Recycling Process (QRP).

We spoke to project coordinator Graham Houlder about the prospects for new end market applications, a dedicated polypropylene stream, implications for chemical recycling and more. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

First things first – could you introduce the new project and put it into context in terms of CEFLEX’s wider mission?

A circular economy needs the appropriate quality recycled content and – more importantly – a wide range of sustainable end markets to use it again and again. Improving mechanically recycled household flexible packaging is central to achieving this, which led us to look at getting the best possible quality recycled materials from sorting, washing, extrusion, and deodorization in detail. Along the way, we have developed lots of insights and established a four-step ‘Quality Recycling Process’ (QRP) recommendation. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

If QRP’s four steps were all at the same plant, it could create a more efficient and steadier supply of circular materials for the marketplace. CELEX believes that having such a plant would also send a powerful economic current across the sector and incentivise greater collection for recycling of flexible packaging, providing even more recycled materials in the range of qualities different end markets demand.

For those not yet familiar with the details of QRP, what is it, and who developed it?

A dedicated action team of stakeholders from across the value chain defined our principal objectives for this process as: to increase volume, quality and value – delivering recycled flexible packaging materials to meet a wider range of end-market demand; and improve sorting and recycling, for the right quality outcome fit for purpose of any pathway.

Together, convertors, recyclers, material producers, and an EPR scheme have collaborated to run five semi-industrial trials harnessing new possibilities from existing technologies. During these trials we processed over 150 tons of flexible packaging post-consumer materials and produced “right quality” materials for further testing.

In the QRP project, several CEFLEX stakeholders have collaborated to produce pouches, shrink films and labels using PE and PP recyclates. As a breakthrough, the process also demonstrates that rPP from flexible packaging can be recycled into high-end film applications as with rPE. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Based on these trials and demonstrators, we conclude that the Quality Recycling Process offers a promising way to mechanically recycle a higher proportion of PE film and mixed Polyolefins (PO flexibles) bales than is currently possible or practiced today – with an emerging business case for investment in infrastructure to support it.

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-Australia launches VinylCycle Label to recognise and reward use of recycled PVC

This week marks the launch of the new VinylCycle Label, representing a collaborative partnership between the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) and GECA to verify recycled PVC content claims, encourage uptake of recycled PVC and product design innovation. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Australia launches VinylCycle Label to recognise and reward use of recycled PVC

Australia launches VinylCycle Label to recognise and reward use of recycled PVC

The VCA, in conjunction with GECA and with consultation from VCA members and the broader PVC, or vinyl, industry, has developed ‘The Specifications for the Verification of Recycled PVC Content Claims in PVC Products’. The primary purpose of the specifications is to define criteria for the verification of products claiming to be made wholly or partially from recycled PVC or vinyl.

Claims shall consist of the manufacturer or distributor indicating the minimum percentage of recycled PVC content in a particular product range. VinylCycle is available to applicants claiming at least 10 per cent of the PVC compound (by weight) constitutes recycled PVC. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Vinyl Council CEO Sophi MacMillan said: “We are pleased to be able to work in collaboration with GECA to authenticate claims and we hope the label plays a role in supporting the Federal Government’s ReMade in Australia campaign through providing means for identification and recognition of products with PVC recyclate.”

To verify a VinylCycle claim, a GECA technical specialist checks all documentation to ensure credibility. GECA is widely respected and recognised in Australia and globally by green building schemes, including Green Star, LEED, IS Rating Scheme, theInternational WELL Building Institute, NABERS, and many procurement channels in government, education, hospitality, business, and the consumer sector.

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– Andritz to exhibit at Inlegmash 2022

International technology group Andritz will be presenting its latest solutions for nonwovens production and textile manufacturing at Inlegmash 2022 in Moscow, Russia, which takes place from March 14 to 17 (booth 21F30).

Andritz notes that protecting the environment and conserving natural resources require new technologies. In the textile-related industries, the current challenge is to develop industrially and economically viable solutions to use eco-friendly fibres in nonwovens. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

In this sector, Andritz is focusing on the airlay nonwoven application for hemp fibers (used in mattress production, insulation) and also geotextile end uses.

Andritz Laroche is a leading supplier of fibre processing technologies such as opening, blending, and dosing, airlay web forming, textile waste recycling, and decortication of bast fibers.

One focus of this product range lies on complete recycling lines for post-consumer and industrial textile waste to produce fibres for re-spinning and/or nonwoven end uses. At the show, Andritz will present recycling technologies for end-of-life textile products that can be used in multiple applications, such as automotive, insulation, mattresses, and furniture felts. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Customer awareness and regulations are pushing apparel brands to recycle their textile waste and use the recycled textile fibers in their own products. To support Andritz customers, a team with a high level of knowledge of the process is available to conduct customized trials at the company’s advanced technical center located at the Andritz Laroche facilities in Cours, France.

For the demanding Russian market for technologies based on bast fibres, Andritz will also present innovative products and the valorization of bast fibres, and with hemp in particular.

As a major player in the textile waste recycling sector Andritz Laroche offers airlay nonwoven technologies as well as bast fibre decortication and cottonizing lines.

Andritz to exhibit at Inlegmash 2022

-SPI strengthens its collaboration with Milliken to develop clear PP lid for food packaging

South Plastic Industry Co. Ltd., (or SPI) has leveraged its close, working relationship with additives supplier Milliken & Company to develop a clear, anti-fogging polypropylene (PP) lid for its microwaveable food packaging, according to SpecialChem. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Using Milliken’s Millad NX 8000 clarifier, the two parties have produced an UltraClear polypropylene (PP) resin that delivers on all the performance promises for ready-meal packaging, while also offering additional processing benefits. SPI also recently began using Milliken’s Hyperform HPN performance additives in its PP formulations, as well.

“By using Milliken’s additives, we are able to thermoform our products at a lower processing temperature, which allows us to reduce our energy use,” said Mr Tosho Wang, president of SPI. “At the same time,” he said, “these additives allow SPI to produce a thinner PP lid without affecting rigidity, which in turn helps to reduce plastic usage while increasing output.”

Saving energy during processing is a major plus for SPI, which runs dozens of thermoforming machines in its Taiwan plant. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

The aim has been to replace oriented polystyrene (OPS) in this key application, but it wasn’t easy to find a way to get the highly recyclable PP to meet all the necessary performance requirements while also retaining the clarity and non-yellowing aesthetics that are vital to appealing to consumers on the grocery store shelves.

“Milliken’s additives produce an UltraClear PP that prevents yellowing, reduces oxidation reaction, and extends the shelf life of packaged product,” added Kua Cheng Huat, Milliken sales manager for Taiwan. But its crystal clarity is one of the most important features. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Packaging-recycling - Plastic-additives

-Technip Energies to design commercial unit for Encina to produce circular chemicals from plastic waste

Technip Energies announced it has signed an agreement with Encina Development Group, LLC to deliver the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of the fluidized bed catalytic pyrolysis reaction section for Encina’s commercial plastic fluid catalytic cracking (PFCC) unit to produce circular chemicals from plastic waste in North America. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

Encina utilizes a proprietary process to convert post-consumer scrap plastic to valuable circular chemical products. The process, called PFCC, converts mixed hard-to-recycle plastics into petrochemical feedstock such as light olefins and BTX aromatics. These circular feedstock chemicals can be seamlessly dropped into the fabrication process of new consumer products, reducing the need for virgin materials, and significantly reducing waste plastics.

This FEED will leverage Technip Energies’ industry credentials and know-how in fluidized design, established in the process technology FCC program. Technip Energies has an extensive portfolio of licensed and engineered FCC units, including more than 60 grassroots and 250 revamps, demonstrating its process and mechanical design experience. The company’s development team is committed to ongoing development initiatives in providing technology and engineering solutions to support the industry and its energy transition targets.

Bhaskar Patel, Senior Vice President Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Circularity, commented: “We are very pleased to be working with Encina on this first-ever commercial PFCC. Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

As the industry explores ways to reduce its environmental footprint, this project brings an important circular economy solution to petrochemicals, recycling plastic wastes to create feedstock.”

Technip Energies to design commercial unit for Encina to produce circular chemicals from plastic waste

Packaging-recycling – Plastic-additives

PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip 15-02-2022

Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread 16-02-2022

Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

Crude Oil Prices Trend  

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-PX-naphtha spread recovery and forecast based on supply and demand Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

PX market trimmed some gains after the rise driven by crude oil since Spring Festival holiday. PX-naphtha spread narrowed in tandem, from high point of $260/mt on Feb 8 to around $230/mt on Feb 10. Then, has the recovery of PXN spread come to an end?

On demand front, Yisheng announced plant operating rate cut or maintenance for 3 PTA lines in the week ending Feb 10. Yisheng New Materials reduced the operating rate of its phase I PTA line to 50% on Feb 9; Yisheng Ningbo shut its 2 million mt/yr PTA line on Feb 10 for maintenance; and Yisheng Dalian planned to shut one 2.25 million mt/yr PTA line on Mar 1 for maintenance. The average operating rate of China domestic PTA plants had dropped by 4 percentage points from 84% before the Spring Festival holiday, to around 80%, while further drop could be capped.

Though crude oil and the feedstock for polyester advanced sharply right back from the holiday, downstream polyester sales ratio was lackluster. It averaged 70% on Fen 7, the first trading day after the holiday, but then declined to around 20% for the rest of the week. Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

Besides from slower recovery of end-use demand, market sentiment was cautious with participants unwilling to raise price. When would the end-use demand could recover need further observation, and it could take place as late as in end-Feb or early Mar.

On supply front, PXN spread was recovering rapidly, and spot supply was tight. Discussions for spot PX were at premium to formula price, equivalent to contract price minus $5/mt or minus $6/mt, hence, spot goods were attractive. Several producers in China, including Sinochem Quanzhou, Sinopec Fujian and Fujia Dahua restart their PX plants. Saudi’s Rabigh has also restarted its plant, while the operating rate is low. In addition, the problem that Vietnam’s NSPR had been faced with, which was the driving force to PX market prior to the holiday, has been solved, and regular contract supply from NSPR would be available. Moreover, some other plants in China or South Korea raise PX plant operating rates, and some outside China plan to further increase the run rates in Mar. Plastic-waste – PX-naphth a-spread

Plastic-waste - PX-naphtha-spread

-Apollo Agrees to Buy Novolex From Carlyle for $6 Billion

Apollo Global Management Inc. will buy a majority stake in Novolex Holdings from Carlyle Group Inc.  Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

Carlyle will retain a minority stake in the packaging company, according to a statement Monday that confirmed an earlier Bloomberg News report. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The transaction values Novolex at about $6 billion, a person familiar with the matter said, asking not to be identified because the matter isn’t public.

Novolex develops and manufactures plastic and paper products, including bags, cups and to-go containers, used by the food service industry. Apollo plans to help the company strike more relationships with blue-chip customers, according to the statement. Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

The deal is the latest large-scale packaging company to be purchased by private equity, which likes the steady cash flow. Stone Canyon Industries is considering a sale of Mauser Packaging Solutions that could value the company at as much as $8 billion, while the owners of Five Star Holdings are also considering a sale for the company, Bloomberg News has reported.

Carlyle acquired Novolex in 2016 from Wind Point Partners and TPG Inc.

The firm, led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stanley Bikulege, employs more than 10,000 people and operates 57 manufacturing facilities worldwide with brands including Hilex Poly, Duro Bag and Burrows Packaging.

“We are proud of our partnership with Stan and team, who have nearly doubled the size of the company since we first invested in Novolex in 2016,” Wes Bieligk, managing director at Carlyle, said in the statement. “We’re excited to see the company enter its new phase with Apollo and look forward to our continued partnership as a minority investor.”  Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

Apollo Agrees to Buy Novolex From Carlyle for $6 Billion

PX-naphtha-spread recovery and forecast based on supply-and-demand

Apollo-Agrees to Buy Novolex From Carlyle for $6 Billion

BariQ for post-consumer-PET-recycling plans to invests EGP 400m this year

-A closer look at CEFLEX’s next-generation flexible-packaging-recycling-plant

Australia launches VinylCycle-Label to recognise and reward use of recycled-PVC

Andritz to exhibit at Inlegmash-2022

SPI strengthens its collaboration with Milliken to develop clear-PP-lid for food-packaging

Technip-Energies to design commercial unit for Encina to produce circular-chemicals from plastic-waste

Plastic-waste – PX-naphtha-spread

PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip 15-02-2022

PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip 15-02-2022

PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

Crude Oil Prices Trend  

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) prices quote higher in Asia

This week, LLDPE prices witnessed a rise in Asia. Stronger import offers from overseas suppliers and improved regional demand trends supported the price rise.

Reports of deals concluded at the higher price levels further pushed LLDPE prices higher in Asia.

In Far East Asia, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1190-1230/mt CFR levels, a week on week gain of USD (+10/mt). PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

In China, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1190-1230/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022.

In South East Asia, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1270-1320/mt CFR levels, a week on week increase of USD (+30/mt).

In Vietnam, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1270-1320/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022.

In India, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1300-1330/mt CFR levels, a surge of USD (+40 /mt) from last week.

In India, a producer from Saudi Arabia has offered its LLDPE film grade at the USD 1330/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022. A Middle Eastern producer has offered its LLDPE film grade at the USD 1300/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022.

In Sri Lanka, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1300-1340/mt CFR levels, a week on week gain of USD (+20/mt). PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

In Sri Lanka, a Saudi Arabian producer has offered its LLDPE film grade at the USD 1310/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022. A Middle Eastern producer has offered its LLDPE film grade at the USD 1340/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022.

In Pakistan, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1370-1410/mt CFR levels, a spike of USD (+40/mt) from last week.

In Pakistan, Middle Eastern producers have offered their LLDPE film grades in the range of USD 1370-1410/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022.

In Bangladesh, LLDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1350-1400/mt levels, up USD (+30/mt) from the previous week.

In Bangladesh, a Saudi Arabian producer has offered its LLDPE film grade at the USD 1360/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022. A Middle Eastern producer has offered its LLDPE film grade at the USD 1400/mt CFR levels, for shipment in February 2022. PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

PBAT-project - PET-bottle-chip

-HeiQ AeoniQ “game-changing” decarbonizing yarn endorsed by HUGO BOSS and The LYCRA Company

HUGO BOSS became a front-runner in the race to adopt HeiQ AeoniQ yarns by putting a US$5M equity investment in HeiQ AeoniQ LLC and additional contingent US$4M based on performance milestone arrangements. The LYCRA Company has also become the exclusive distributor for HeiQ AeoniQ yarn by making a significant, undisclosed investment and by committing to develop the technology for broad application in textiles. PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

As part of its ‘CLAIM 5’ growth strategy, HUGO BOSS – one of the leading companies in the global premium apparel market – executed its first sustainability-linked investment for a US$5M shareholding in HeiQ AeoniQ LLC, a fully owned subsidiary of London listed HeiQ Plc . HUGO BOSS is the first company that has joined the race to adopt HeiQ AeoniQ and to have secured its stake in HeiQ AeoniQ equity. The investment is supplemented by an additional US$4M arrangement, which is subject to the achievement of agreed goals. PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

The strategic partnership will help HUGO BOSS meet its ambitious sustainability targets which include the aim for climate neutrality within its own area of responsibility by 2030, and throughout the entire value chain by 2045. In addition, the company puts particular emphasis on establishing an end-to-end circular business model. The investment therefore perfectly fits in with HUGO BOSS’ goal to strongly increase the proportion of more sustainable materials over the coming years. Over the mid to long term, HUGO BOSS is focused on the potential to materially complement and substitute the currently used polyester and nylon fibers with the cellulosic HeiQ AeoniQ fibers. PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

“Our exciting partnership with HeiQ on HeiQ AeoniQ represents yet another important milestone on our journey towards becoming the leading premium tech-driven fashion platform worldwide. Consistent with our bold mission statement ‘We Love Fashion, We Change Fashion’, this game-changing collaboration with HeiQ enables us to further push innovation and sustainability across our brands’ offerings, thereby driving measurable impact for environment and society alike,” says Daniel Grieder, CEO of HUGO BOSS.

Prior to HUGO BOSS’ equity investment, The LYCRA Company agreed to be the exclusive distributor for HeiQ AeoniQ yarn through payment of a milestone-driven technology fee and a commitment to leverage its deep textiles knowledge and market channel access to prepare this new technology for broad use in apparel applications. PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

HeiQ AeoniQ "game-changing" decarbonizing yarn endorsed by HUGO BOSS and The LYCRA Company

Linear-Low-Density-Polyethylene-LLDPE prices quote higher in Asia

HeiQ-AeoniQ “game-changing” decarbonizing-yarn endorsed by HUGO-BOSS and The LYCRA-Company

-With an annual output of 30,000 tons, the largest PBAT-project in Southeast-Asia has started!

Greece to pay about 127 million over poor plastic-recycling record

BB-Engineering-GmbH Delivers Melt-Filter-For-PET-Recycling-System To Indorama-Polyester-Industries

PET-bottle-chip export order intake exceeds 400kt in Jan

Polyester-DTY-machine growth rate change

-The next steps for recycled-polystyrene

PBAT-project – PET-bottle-chip

Petrochemicals – Circular-Economy – rPET 14-02-2022

Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling 15-02-2022

Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

-With an annual output of 30,000 tons, the largest PBAT project in Southeast Asia has started!

Recently, the groundbreaking ceremony of the biodegradable plastic (PBAT) factory project under An Phat Holdings was held in Nam Dinh Vu Industrial Zone, Hoi An County, Hai Phong City, Vietnam.

The biodegradable plastic production plant is the first green raw material production plant in Southeast Asia. It is listed in the list of high-tech projects for priority investment, with an annual production capacity of 30,000 tons. It is expected to be completed in 24 months. Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

The total investment of the project is 120 million US dollars. After it is put into operation, it will be able to meet the demand for raw materials of Anfa Holding Group and export it to the outside world. The project is expected to create employment opportunities for about 200 high-quality workers.

Fan Yingyang, chairman of Anfa Holding Group, said that the project will solve the group’s demand for raw materials, implement raw material autonomy, reduce costs, and deliver products to consumers, thereby replacing traditional plastic products. On the other hand, the group hopes to take the lead in developing this market in Vietnam as the green development trend continues to expand. The group strives to be the first to implement Vietnam’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

The official start of the biodegradable plastic production plant is an important foundation for the Group to further expand and develop green products and raw material projects around the world. Anfa Holding Group strives to become a leading high-tech and environment-friendly plastics group in Southeast Asia, boosting the development of Vietnamese enterprises and enhancing the status of Vietnam’s high-tech and environment-friendly plastics brand. Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

Biodegradable-plastic - Plastic-recycling

-Greece to pay about 127 million over poor plastic recycling record

Greece will have to pay around €127 million to the European Union this year due to its low performance in recycling plastic packaging.

The fine is aimed at increasing the recycling of plastics across the EU.

According to a study on the role of plastics in the circular economy of Greece, prepared by think tank IOBE on behalf of the Association of Hellenic Plastics Industries (SVPE), about 43,000 tons of plastic packaging is neither buried nor recycled each year. Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

Biodegradable-plastic - Plastic-recycling

-BB Engineering GmbH Delivers Melt Filter For PET Recycling System To Indorama Polyester Industries

BB Engineering GmbH (Germany) delivered a melt filter for recycling PET flakes to polyester manufacturer Indorama Polyester Industries (Thailand). Indorama will be using the type NSF38 filter in its recently assembled recycling system in order to produce rPET granulate from flake PET bottle waste.

The NSF38 filter enables continual filtering – in other words, the system switches from one filter to the other during the process without the need for conversion shut-downs. Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

The filter allows the processing of consumer waste – for example, in the form of shredded PET bottles – into new, high-quality rPET granulate. This granulate is subsequently processed into manmade fibers in spinning systems.

The NSF38 is a switchable filter with a filter surface area of ap- prox. 16 m2 on each side, with throughputs of between 1,000 and 1,900 kg/h. The filter inserts each contain 19 pleated filter candles (60 x 1,000mm Ø).

Biodegradable-plastic - Plastic-recycling

-PET bottle chip export order intake exceeds 400kt in Jan

Post-Spring Festival holiday, PET bottle chip price hiked 250-400yuan/mt. Spot discussion for near-term goods have risen to 8300-8500yuan/mt by cash EXW, and prevailing discussion for Apr-Aug goods was at 8235-8370yuan/mt. Mainstream export talks in E. China lifted to $1150-1195/mt FOB Shanghai, up $30-50/mt from pre-holiday level.  Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

In fact, PET bottle chip industry fundamentals are strong, coupled with low factory inventory and tight spot supply, which forms a pattern that is easy to rise and difficult to drop. After the holiday, as raw materials cost hiked, PET market price naturally moves higher. According to CCFGroup statistics, China PET bottle chip export order intake exceeded 400kt in Jan 2022, up nearly 60% from a year earlier, flat from Sep 2021 high. So far, most plants begin to sell Q2 orders. Though the newly online unit is offering materials in Jan, its impact is limited, as its monthly output may not reach 900kt. PET resin export share is expected to reach above 45% in Jan.

So far, it can be basically confirmed that the domestic export delivery volume of PET bottle chip will not be too small in Q1. It is estimated that the export volume will be around 350000 tons in January, 250000-300000 tons in February and slightly above 400000 tons in March. However, it mainly depends on the final arrangement of the shipping schedule. In terms of domestic sales, orders in the second quarter are still on the loose side.  Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

However, precisely because domestic and foreign sales orders have been taken in ahead of time, since the second quarter, if the pace of order intake slows down, PET bottle chip factories are expected to turnaround ahead of schedule. The specific time is not determined now, for example, it was originally scheduled in April, but in view of the tight delivery, it may also be postponed to the end of June. Therefore, it is expected that the total inventory will slip to around 1 million tons by the end of March, nearly 200000 tons lower than that at the end of last year, while it’s of small chance to accumulate in the second quarter, mainly depending on the maintenance plans by then.

PET bottle chip export order intake exceeds 400kt in Jan

-Polyester DTY machine growth rate change

Polyester DTY machine increased by around 2,000 tons in Chinese mainland in 2021, the biggest increment in history, and witnessed 10-year new high of growth rate at 9.9%.  Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

According to the growth rate of DTY machine in recent decade, capacity expansion peak appeared in 2017-2018 and 2021. In 2017-2018, new DTY machine peaked as apparently increasing fabric mills integrated with DTY production. In 2019-2020, small DTY plants were less competitive compared with big plants with falling prosperity. New DTY machine mainly came from PFY plants and some fabric mills. Few small DTY plants expanded capacity. As a result, the growth rate of DTY machine fell back. In 2021, the increment of DTY machine hit historic new high as small DTY plants showed high investment enthusiasm and PFY producers further increased DTY production amid good profit in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Comparing the increase of DTY machine and fabric manufacturing machine in recent 5 years, there are various types of fabric manufacturing machine, which is converted into the consumption of chemical fibers. Downstream capacity expanded intensively in 2017-2018. DTY machine and the consumption of chemical fibers among fabric manufacturing machine both extended higher. However, the profit of DTY and fabrics apparently declined in 2018 after new capacity rose. That meant falling growth rate in 2019 and the reduction of DTY machine was more apparent. In 2020 and 2021, the growth rate of chemical fiber consumption among fabric manufacturing machine was basically flat with that in 2019, while that of twisting machine gradually ascended, especially in 2021.  Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

The growth rate of DTY machine even outpaced that of chemical fiber consumption of fabric manufacturing machine mainly because DTY market witnessed obviously soaring profit since the fourth quarter of 2020.

Polyester DTY machine growth rate change

-The next steps for recycled polystyrene

The value chain initiative, Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), has filed a second application for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approval of mechanically recycled polystyrene based on the Gneuss super-cleaning technology. What does this mean for the polystyrene value chain’s circularity bid?

Fraunhofer IVV has submitted a scientific dossier representing the SCS initiative’s second application for food contact authorisation for mechanically recycled polystyrene (rPS). While both submissions apparently cover the same end-consumer applications, including yogurt pots, beverage containers, and food trays, they are based on two different super-cleaning technologies as part of PET-like food contact recycling processes. Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

The super-cleaning technology

The second application is based on the super-cleaning technology of the plastic recycling machine manufacturer, Gneuss, which the group says has undergone “several successful” challenge tests. The technology used is Gneuss’ Multi Rotation System (MRS) jump extrusion process that allegedly enables highly efficient super-cleaning based on high vacuum, high surface, and melt temperatures.

The initial mechanical recycling process –– where PS is sorted into bales and then ground into flakes, which are subsequently hot washed –– reportedly produces PS with a purity of 96%. Near infrared and high-speed camera technology are used as part of the final sorting process to remove any remaining non-rigid or non-white PS flakes.

This is the point at which the flakes enter the super-cleaning stage. Melted at temperatures of around 240oC, the surface area of the polymer is then enlarged to enhance exposure to the vacuum technology that further removes any remaining impurities before pelletisation. Overall, the group claims that the super-cleaning process produces PS with a purity of over 99%. Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

The initiative claims that, in a standard extrusion machine used to produce PS sheets, the mechanically recycled and super-cleaned PS performs “identically” to virgin PS with unchanged processing parameters and surface quality.

Biodegradable-plastic - Plastic-recycling

Biodegradable-plastic – Plastic-recycling

Petrochemicals – Circular-Economy – rPET 14-02-2022

Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics 14-02-2022

Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

-How does PP market perform after the Spring Festival holiday?

Around the Spring Festival, international crude oil rose rapidly due to geographical politics and local weather. WTI crude oil futures exceeded $93/barrel, hitting a new high since 2014, an increase of more than 6% compared with pre-holiday period. Therefore, on the first working day after the holiday, upstream chemicals all rose to varying degrees. Among them, PP futures rose by more than 4%, and the spot price also rose by 300-350 yuan/mt. In East China, mainstream traders offer for homo PP raffia at 8,800-8,900yuan/mt, and offers for low-MFR co PP are at 8,900-9,000yuan/mt. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

PP has a good on the first working day after the holiday, what is the current situation of each sector?

From the perspective of petrochemical inventory, before and after the Spring Festival in 2022, the increase in petrochemical inventory is within a reasonable range, and in terms of absolute quantity, it is also basically at the medium level, and the pressure is not heavy for the time being.

Judging from the growth rate of the raw material side, the increase in the cost side of PP is mostly stronger than the increase in the spot price of PP, which also means that the sharp increase in the spot price of PP has not improved the efficiency of the industry, and the support of the short-term cost side is still strong.

Battery-recycling - Closed-Loop-Plastics

-Japan’s Kaneka to quadruple plastic that biodegrades at sea

Chemical company spends $130m to expand production of PHBH polymer

Kaneka, a Tokyo-based chemical company, plans to ramp up production of a biodegradable polymer that can be used for a broad array of plastic applications to 20,000 tons per year, four times the current output.

Kaneka’s polymer, dubbed PHBH, is biosynthesized by microorganisms using plant oils as the primary raw material, according to the company. The 100% plant-derived polymer is certified to biodegrade in seawater. If PHBH products are dumped into the sea, microorganisms will eventually digest more than 90% of them into carbon dioxide and water, the company says. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

In Japan, a new law to urge companies to reduce their use of plastics is scheduled to come into force in April. Demand for Kaneka’s biodegradable polymer has been growing as consumers and investors pay increasing attention to companies’ performance on social responsibility and the environment.

Kaneka is shelling out 15 billion yen ($130 million) to expand the capacity of its plant in Hyogo Prefecture. The company has been selling PHBH-based products, including tableware, since 2019. There has been steady demand for these products despite being priced about twice as high as ordinary plastic products. The 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan have been using biodegradable straws supplied by Kaneka since 2019. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

With orders flowing in from a growing list of corporate users, including major foreign hotel chains and food makers, Kaneka President Minoru Tanaka is betting that the trend toward replacing traditional plastic products with biodegradable alternatives will accelerate sharply in the coming years. Starting with the 15 billon yen investment, the company will consider additional spending to boost domestic production capacity further to 100,000 to 200,000 tons annually by 2030.

PHBH is basically produced by a specific microorganism discovered by the company while fermenting plant oil. During fermentation, the microorganism ingests the oil and stores it as a polymer inside itself. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

Battery-recycling - Closed-Loop-Plastics

Umicore boosts battery recycling tech

European firm says its process improves recycled lithium-ion battery metals yields.

Belgium-based Umicore says it has signed an agreement with Automotive Cells Co. (ACC) to provide battery recycling technology at an ACC pilot plant in Nersac, France.

Umicore describes itself as a pioneer in the recycling of rechargeable batteries, saying its battery recycling smelter in Hoboken, Belgium, has an annual capacity of 7,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries and battery production scrap, the equivalent of 35,000 electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

The plant started operations in 2011 to treat portable electronics batteries and early generations of EV batteries. Umicore says it has been continuously improving its processes and underlying recycling technologies so today they “reflect the combined know-how gains that Umicore has made during more than one decade of lithium-ion battery recycling.”

In the course of 2022, Umicore says it will introduce the latest generation of its proprietary recycling and smelting technology. After what the company calls intensive research and piloting activities, the process “is a significant step-up in recycling performance with an optimized operating window for EV batteries,” according to the company. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

It cites a number of upgrades at the site:

a significantly improved metallurgical process with increased extraction efficiency of cobalt, nickel and copper to reach more than 95 percent yield for a wide variety of battery chemistries;

first-of-its-kind technology to recover most of the lithium, addressing a common constraint; and

automated material flow minimizing manual handling to “further increase process robustness and efficiency.”

The recovered metals will be delivered in battery-grade quality at the end of the Umicore recycling process allowing them to be re-circulated into the production of new lithium-ion batteries, the company says.

“This newest generation technology will be available for the market in 2022, and ensures minimal waste and impact on the environment, which will be vital for the surge in EV car adoption,” Umicore states. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

Battery-recycling - Closed-Loop-Plastics

-Textile heating with graphene nanotubes

Available as concentrates that can be added into melted polypropylene or polyamide.

Heating mesh made of the fibres can be integrated into flexible materials or complexly shaped composite elements. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

Amperetex, based in Kaliningrad, Russia, has developed an ultrafine polymer fibre with OCSiAl’s Tuball graphene nanotubes – also known as single wall carbon nanotubes – for the production of flexible textile heating elements.

“A current equivalent to an ordinary incandescent lamp with a power of 75 watts is enough to heat polymer material with a mesh made from such a fibre,” said Pavel Pogrebnyakov, founder and CEO of Amperetex. “The solution is safe for people – the voltage of clothing made from the fabric is only five volts.”

“Graphene nanotubes are one of the highest performing conductors on Earth,” added Dr Christian Maus, development and support leader for thermoplastics at OCSiAl Group. “At the same time, unlike other carbon additives, they are very flexible. Their shape is similar to a human hair, but 50,000 times thinner. Due to their unique properties, the dosage of graphene nanotubes required to modify polymer fibres can be so low that it doesn’t affect filament production or characteristics.”

The graphene nanotubes are available as concentrates that can be added into, for example, melted polypropylene or polyamide. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

Heating mesh made of the fibres can be integrated into flexible materials or complexly-shaped composite elements. Laboratory tests have shown a fibre durability of 30,000 cycles, which is comparable to a 30-year service life. Electrically conductive heating meshes have successfully passed testing in various projects including an anti-icing roof, a bus stop, an anti-slip coating with integrated Amperetex heating elements, and embedded automatic heating sensors.

Textile heating with graphene nanotubes

-LyondellBasell Invests in Infinity Recycling Venture Fund to Advance the Circular Economy

Rotterdam and Houston, February 11, 2022 – LyondellBasell today announced its investment in a Circular Plastics Fund led by global venture fund Infinity Recycling. This investment expands the company’s venture capital activities to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment and advance the circular economy.

“By investing catalytic capital in funds such as Infinity Recycling’s venture fund, we promote the collaboration required to propel a circular economy for plastics forward,” said Yvonne van der Laan, director of olefins and optimization at LyondellBasell. “We aim to help catalyze an additional five dollars from co-investors for every dollar we invest in venture funds focused on the recovery and recycling of plastic waste.”

With LyondellBasell’s investment, the fund will support early-stage companies deploying and developing advanced recycling technologies with a focus on bringing these technologies to scale in Europe. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

In 2021, LyondellBasell was also a founding investor in Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund, which is focused on accelerating infrastructure development and advanced technologies needed to increase the recovery of plastic waste in North America.

These investments align with LyondellBasell’s systemic approach to help end plastic waste in the environment and promote a circular, low-carbon economy. The company is focusing on mechanical recycling, advanced (molecular) recycling and the use of renewable-based feedstocks in its conventional production processes and aims to produce and market two million metric tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030. Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

LyondellBasell Invests in Infinity Recycling Venture Fund to Advance the Circular Economy

-Sealed Air expands range of recycle-ready barrier display films

Sealed Air has introduced two new CRYOVAC Brand ECO BDF films to its range of recycle-ready barrier display films, which are designed for compatibility with LDPE mechanical and chemical recycling processes.

The new range includes ECO BDF20M, which is made from 100% virgin materials, and ECO rBDF20M, a barrier display film reportedly containing 30% Certified Circular Resins (CCR).  Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

According to Sealed Air, both films were developed and tested according to protocols published by the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) (UK) and the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), with practises aligning with those of Plastic Recyclers Europe. The company says that this means the films are RIC4 certified, as well as having been analysed by Cyclos and determined to be recycle-ready.

Arnaud Brunet, food films portfolio director EMEA at Sealed Air, comments: “The APR and PRE protocols are extremely well defined and diligently test the ability to recycle innovative new films alongside pure materials such as polyethylene.

“Recycling strategies are advancing throughout Europe, with infrastructures at various stages of development in different countries.

“Our aim was to develop new barrier display films that would optimise recycling compatibility across this diverse spectrum. It will help food processors, retailers and brands to improve resourcefulness as countries increasingly heads towards a circular economy.”  Battery-recycling – Closed-Loop-Plastics

In addition, the sustainability benefits of the new ECO BDF films are apparently enhanced through an ultra-thin barrier, with both films being 21 microns – making them lighter and thinner than other widely used thermoformable films, according to Sealed Air.

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-Who’s Afraid of a Global Plastic Treaty?

A global plastic treaty is certain to be on the table at the United Nations Environment Assembly at the end of the month. Should the plastics industry be worried?

At the end of this month, the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) will resume live in Nairobi and online.

One of the agenda items, which has been gaining a lot of traction leading up to the gathering, is a global plastic treaty.  Petrochemicals – Circular-Economy – rPET

There is significant interest in a UN treaty, according to Planet Tracker, with 161 countries and some of the world’s largest brand owners and retailers lending support. Largely absent from this list is the plastics industry. That’s a big mistake, writes Helen McGeough, Senior Analyst, Plastics Recycling, at business intelligence firm ICIS. Whether or not you consider the incessant reports on the proliferation of “toxic plastics” to have substance, “the pressure on the plastics industry and call for change will not only continue but intensify at pace,” notes McGeough. She thinks industry should join the party.Petrochemicals – Circular-Economy – rPET

But what if you’re just not welcome?

Major brands call for legally binding treaty on plastic pollution

In advance of the assembly, scheduled for Feb. 28 to March 2, several converters and materials suppliers, brand owners and retailers, waste management firms, and financial institutions have signed on to a Business Statement for a Legally Binding UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution. It calls for the development of an international, legally binding instrument that:

  • Includes both upstream and downstream policies, aiming to keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment; reduce virgin plastic production and use; and decouple plastic production from the consumption of fossil resources.
  • Sets a clear direction to align governments, businesses, and civil society behind a common understanding of the causes of plastic pollution and a shared approach to address them. For companies and investors, this creates a level playing field and prevents a patchwork of disconnected solutions, while setting the right enabling conditions to make a circular economy work in practice and at scale.Petrochemicals – Circular-Economy – rPET
  • Provides a robust governance structure to ensure countries’ participation and compliance, with common definitions as well as harmonized standards applicable to all. This facilitates investments to scale innovations, infrastructures, and skills in the countries and industries most in need of international support.

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