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-Joachim Oberbauer:The use of recycled material is increasingly requested by customers worldwide

Mr. Oberbauer, what contribution does your company make to the circular economy?

We are the pioneer of MDO technology in the blown film world. It is based on mono-axial film stretching and enables the improvement of properties of the end product. By further developing MDO technology, we have succeeded in taking a significant step towards the production of sustainable packaging from blown film.

This further development has made so-called full-PE solutions or monomaterial solutions a possibility, so that this technology makes a significant contribution to the recyclability of plastics.

How does it work?

Full PE solutions are the hot topic in the blown film sector today. Ideally, these films consist of only one raw material, namely polyethylene. With the help of our MDO technology, the blown film world can produce packaging that can replace materials such as PET, for example. A normal stand-up pouch, of which you see thousands throughout supermarkets everywhere, is typically made of different plastics, such as PET laminated against an inner layer of PE blown film for instance. Composites of that nature are not recyclable. You can shred those PET and polyethylene composites, but you can no longer use them in similar applications. By using MDO technology, for example, the PET can be replaced by polyethylene. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

The blown film is stretched again, which allows it to be altered mechanically and optically. This bestows the PE film with improved properties that were previously covered by the PET film, for example. This allows a product to be made solely from polyethylene. Such a monomaterial product can be recycled and used again to produce film.

Is the demand for those types of solutions increasing?

This MDO technology, which enables a full PE solution as an addition to the blown film plant, is increasingly coming onto the market. It is becoming more and more important in the circular economy. Meanwhile, we are involved in multiple projects applying MDO technology. We are now reaping the benefits of working on and perfecting this technology for a long time, even before the circular economy was the topic of discussion. The potential is huge, but ultimately, everything is dependent on political factors, social pressure and the availability of suitable material. We can’t change the world on our own. We can only offer mechanical engineering products that are capable of doing all this. We see it as our duty to make this possible. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Joachim Oberbauer:The use of recycled material is increasingly requested by customers worldwide

-Inflation Reduction Act incentives to accelerate construction of Anaergia biogas facilities

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which provides for historic investment in spending and tax policies to spur the expanded production of clean energy facilities and put the U.S. on a path to 40 percent emissions reductions by 2030. The legislation extends and improves the existing Investment Tax Credit for investments in infrastructure to produce clean fuels.

“The Inflation Reduction Act will do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States than any other legislation in this nation’s history,” says Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO of Anaergia.

“As a business leader with a deep concern for the environment and society’s ability to address the climate crisis, I am profoundly grateful to the elected leaders that passed this act in Congress.” Ultrasonic-technology-injection

This legislation will accelerate Anaergia’s development and construction of biogas facilities in the U.S. with improved economic returns and enable the development of additional pipeline projects thanks to the economic incentives in this bill.

The Act includes several provisions that will benefit Anaergia’s U.S. facilities in development:

The expanded Investment Tax Credit (ITC) includes biogas property constructed prior to the end of 2024. The credit rate could amount to 30 percent of the investment, with a possible 10 percent bonus credit for projects that meet domestic content requirements. Anaergia expects the expanded ITC would directly benefit a number of biogas facilities currently under development in the U.S.

The creation of a new tax credit for domestic clean fuel production starting in 2025. The proposed tax credit could amount to up to $1.00 per gallon of nonaviation fuel and would apply to all transportation fuel sold until the end of 2027. Many of Anaergia’s facilities, both existing and under development, stand to benefit directly from this clean fuel production credit. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

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-Soniplas ultrasonic technology from Matrix Moulding Systems reduces energy use for injection moulder Barkley Plastics

Andy Watts, Commercial Manager, Matrix Moulding Systems Ltd., introduces the Soniplas system, an ultrasonic technology designed to reduce energy use for injection moulders.

A new technology with the potential to transform injection moulding has completed its pilot phase and is now on the market with promising results, including cutting energy use by up to a third.

The Soniplas technology, created by Matrix Moulding Systems (a spin-out of The Technology Research Centre), was first demonstrated by Barkley Plastics over six months in 2021. During this time, it was found to cut energy use by 34 per cent and cycle time by up to 27 per cent, transforming both the profitability and productivity of injection moulding. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

These reductions are important from a sustainability and carbon savings perspective, but increasingly important for regulatory and commercial social responsibility. With spiralling energy costs at the forefront of moulders’ minds, energy reductions are another hugely important benefit.

The Soniplas system, a retro-fit system using ultrasonic energy to enhance molten polymer flow, was recognised with a BPF special commendation (Horners) award and Plastics Industry Award for Best Technology Application in 2021.

The energy and carbon savings are made possible through reduced polymer melt temperatures, which results in lower heating and cooling energy requirements, plus cycle time savings from faster cooling. It enables embodied carbon to be reduced in moulded parts, while also becoming more productive with existing moulding machines.

It applies ultrasonic energy to excite the molten polymer, providing a temporary reduction in viscosity, which enhances the flow as it is injected. The low-power ultrasonic energy is only used to vibrate the molten polymer, with all material heating coming from the barrel heaters.

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-European plastics recycling industry warns of shut down

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), an organization representing European plastics recyclers, has warned that much of its industry is closing production due to market developments caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to PRE, the main drivers behind this slump are the lack of demand due to the closure of converting plants and record low prices of virgin plastics, as well as decreased activity globally. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Ton Emans, PRE president, commented: “If the situation is to persist and no actions are taken to remedy the sector, plastics recycling will cease to be profitable, hampering the attainment of the EU recycling targets and putting in jeopardy the transition towards circular plastics.

“In such a case, recyclable plastic waste will have no alternatives but to be sent to landfill or incineration.”

In the view of PRE, damage to the recycling market would, in addition to grave environmental consequences, have far-reaching socio-economic impacts due to the number of people employed in the waste management value chain. Further, PRE argues that safeguarding the positive developments within this market is essential in terms of Europe’s use of virgin plastics and, therefore, for the survival of the secondary raw materials market, as well as further investments in the sector.

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-Amcor to sell its three factories in Russia

Amcor announced that it will be selling its three factories in Russia, said Polymerupdate.

This announcement is in line with its statement in March regarding scaling down activities and exploring strategic options for its Russia operations. Until completion of the sale, which is currently expected to occur in the second half of its 2023 fiscal year, Amcor remain committed to supporting its employees and customers, while preserving value for shareholders through an orderly sale process.

The guidance Amcor provided for FY23 in its recent year-end results takes into account a number of potential outcomes regarding the sale of Amcor’s factories in Russia. Amcor’s quarterly and year-end financials for FY22 can be found here.

We remind, Amcor, a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, announced an investment to establish new thermoforming capabilities for medical packaging in its Sligo, Ireland, healthcare packaging facility. The multi-million-dollar investment will strengthen Amcor’s leadership in the growing industry for sterile packaging, offering customers in Europe and North America another site with comprehensive healthcare solutions.Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services.

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-Mitsui Chemicals and Teijin to produce biomass-derived BPA and polycarbonate

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) and Teijin Ltd. (Toyko) jointly announced that they will become Japan’s first companies to develop and market biomass-derived bisphenol A (BPA) and polycarbonate (PC) resins, that will support efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout product lifecycles, said Chemengonline. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

The joint initiative follows Mitsui Chemicals’ receipt of ISCC PLUS certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), based on which Mitsui Chemicals will begin supplying biomass BPA produced with the mass-balance approach. In the ISCC PLUS-certified mass-balance approach, materials are verifiably tracked through complex value chains, as in the case of biomass-derived raw materials being mixed with petroleum-derived raw materials to create products.

Teijin also will begin developing and producing biomass PC resin using the same BPA. In May 2022, Mitsui Chemicals acquired ISCC PLUS certification for BPA raw material used in PC resins. Mitsui Chemicals will now become the first Japanese company to produce commercial biomass-derived BPA offering the same physical characteristics as those of conventional petroleum-derived BPA.

Teijin will procure biomass-derived BPA from Mitsui Chemicals to produce biomass- derived PC resins possessing the same physical characteristics as the company’s existing petroleum-derived PC resins, which will allow these new biomass-derived versions to be used in commercial applications such as automotive headlamps and electronic components. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Mitsui Chemicals and Teijin to produce biomass-derived BPA and polycarbonateMitsui Chemicals and Teijin to produce biomass-derived BPA and polycarbonate

-Enhancing fibre-polymer interface adhesion

Michelman will showcase its Unyte technologies for nonwovens and technical textiles and Hydrosize fibre sizing solutions for composites at CAMX 2022, which takes place from October 17-20 in Anaheim, California.

Michelman’s Unyte brand is a versatile family of water-based technologies that help achieve advanced form and function in woven and nonwoven materials used in the design of technical textiles and prepreg fabrics. These solutions enhance the performance of textile products by improving adhesion, binding, processability and chemical and heat resistance. The Unyte Bind series offers multiple solutions that improve fibre-to-fibre adhesion, while Unyte Grip promotes the adhesion between fibres and polymeric matrices, helping to improve various functional or mechanical properties. Unyte Slip is beneficial for fabrics, nonwovens and pre-pregs that need to be stacked or rolled without sticking together. Unyte Resist products are meanwhile designed to provide wet-out and moisture/chemical resistance to fabrics. They impart performance benefits including chemical resistance, water resistance and hydrophobicity under humid conditions to fabrics. Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Hydrosize is Michelman’s range of sizing solutions designed for use in the manufacturing of glass, carbon and natural fibres, including both chopped and continuous formats. They are used as lubricants, film formers, sizing agents and binders during fibre manufacturing and composites processing. This technology allows fibre manufacturers to optimise the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and fibres by tailoring surface chemistry of their reinforcement fibres to the matrix resin’s chemistry. This improved interface adhesion helps fibre producers and composite manufacturers produce stronger, lighter and more durable composite parts.

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-Amway India Turns 100% Plastic WasteNeutral

India’s first FMCG Direct selling company to become pre- and post-consumer plastic waste neutral

Recycles over 50million units of plastic product waste annually

Amway transcends its sustainability imperatives for a positive environmental and societal impact

Key sustainability  practicesaiding significant carbon emission reduction, equivalent to saving47000 treesa year on year  Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Amway India, one of the largest FMCG direct selling companies in the country, has become‘Pre- and Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Neutral’ after having managed100% post-consumer plastic waste based on its Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) collection and recycled 100% pre-consumer plastic waste generated at the Amway manufacturing facility. The company has collected andrecycled 800 metric tons of post-consumer plastic waste , which is equivalent to managing over 50 million units of plastic product waste comprising bottles, tubes, caps, jars, and sachets of different sizes. Additionally, it has recycled and reused 100% hazardous products and plastic waste at its manufacturing plant to achieve pre-plastic waste neutrality. Driving its business through the lens of overall environmental and societal impact, the company has embedded some discernible steps to meet its sustainability ambitions, thereby reinforcing its vision of helping people live better, healthier lives.  Ultrasonic-technology-injection

Commenting on the achievement, Adip Roy, Associate Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Amway India said, “At Amway, our commitment to a healthy planet reflects in our products, processes, and philosophies. Sustainability is not just about compliance but is an intrinsic part of Amway’s culture. Achieving pre-and post-consumer plastic waste neutrality is one of our key milestones.As we move forward, we will continue to explore ways to reduce plastic waste pollution and in line with what we are envisaging by making our product bottles from recycled plastics. We are committed and determined to become a more sustainable company, bringing a positive change in the world, and enabling future generations to thrive.”As a responsible corporate, Amway India was one of the first brand owners in the country to have registered with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for Plastic Waste Management.

Amway India Turns 100% Plastic WasteNeutral

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