PET imports to Russia fell by more than three times

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Importers reduced their supply of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by more than three-fold over the first four months of 2015 compared to January - April 2014. Overall, 25,200 tonnes of PET were imported over the stated period, according to MRC DataScope report.

Imports have been falling at record rates this year. The analysis of the imports statistics by product grades shows that shipments of PET chips decreased by 3.7 times to 22,600 tonnes. Imports of recycled material (PET-flex) rose slightly. Overall, the market received 1,800 tonnes of PET-flex from January to April 2015. Imports of recycled bottle grade PET increased from January to April 2015 by 4.5% year on year. The traditional flex importers remained RB Group and Freudenberg Politex.

Imports of amorphous PET (APET) should also be noted. Over 800 tonnes of APET were importd to the market in April.

Injection moulding grades traditionally dominated in the supply structure of PET chips. Imports of PET for preforms moulding were 19,600 tonnes from January to April 2015, whereas imports of extrusion grades for films production totalled about 3,000 tonnes over the said period.

HY-W01 grade of Shanghai Hengyi Polyester (imports were 4,800 tonnes) and Jade CZ-302 grade of Jiangsu Sanfangxiang (imports were 4,300 tonnes over the stated period) are the most popular injection moulding grades.


Solvay launches new wear-resistant Veradel PESU

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced Veradel 3300 SL 30 polyethersulfone (PESU), reported the producer on its site.

The new Veradel grade is a tough, high-performance resin designed to meet growing global demand for advanced polymers that can improve automotive powertrain efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Formulated to replace metal in automotive applications prone to friction and wear - such as oil pumps and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems - the new resin offers wear resistance, and low coefficient of friction in both dry and lubricated environments.

"Veradel 3300 SL 30 PESU is an excellent example of how Solvay proactively targets the emerging needs of its customers," said Brian Baleno, global automotive business manager for Solvay Specialty Polymers. "Our Veradel polymers are already a mainstay in automotive lighting and electronics. However, this latest addition to our high-performance Veradel line introduces new solutions to improve wear resistance in automotive powertrains, and further support OEMs and tiers aiming to develop leading-edge designs that can help reduce global CO2 emissions."

An injection moldable resin, Veradel 3300 SL 30 PESU is formulated with a ternary anti-friction/anti-wear additive system comprised of carbon fiber, graphite and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). As a result, it offers excellent wear resistance to broaden metal replacement options in oil pumps and EGR systems where thermoplastic parts come into contact with metals.

Veradel 3300 SL 30 PESU complements Solvay’s already extensive portfolio of wear-resistant thermoplastics, which includes Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), KetaSpire polyethetherketone (PEEK), AvaSpire polyaryletherketones (PAEK) and Torlon polyamide-imide (PAI). Other Solvay products used in oil pumps and EGR systems include Tecnoflon FKM fluoroelastomers for sealing systems, and Fomblin® perfluoropolyether (PFPE) fluorinated fluids for lubricants and greases.

As MRC wrote previously, in January 2015, Solvay completed the acquisition of the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based Chevron Phillips Chemical Company for USD220 million, enlarging its high-performance polymers offering and entering a solid growth market.

Solvay S.A. is a Belgian chemical company founded in 1863, with its head office in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels, Belgium. The company has diversified into two major sectors of activity: chemicals and plastics. Solvay supplies over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers - fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds. The group employs about 26,000 people in 52 countries and generated EUR10.2 billion in net sales in 2013.

Clariant launches breakthrough iron sulfide scale inhibitor

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, has introduced SCALETREAT FeS iron sulfide scale inhibitor, which offers a paradigm shift for inhibiting iron sulfide scale, as per the company's press release.

Counter to the standard practice of allowing scale to form and relying on a chelating option or dissolver for removal, the new high-performance SCALETREAT FeS prevents scale formation in the first place, and the resultant damage, at considerably lower dosages than existing chemistries, such as THPS (tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium sulfate) and Acrolein.

"Iron sulfide scale formations cause well failures and, therefore, result in lost production and costly repairs," says Dr. Jonathan Wylde, global head of innovation for Clariant Oil Services. "Our innovative SCALETREAT FeS chemistry controls iron sulfide and other sulfide scales and allows oil producers to reduce their chemical spend, while, at the same time, dramatically increasing running days of their wells and production facilities."

A low-dose, continuous injection iron sulfide scale inhibitor, Clariant Oil Services' patented SCALETREAT FeS also targets and inhibits sulfide scales of zinc and lead. Field-proven, SCALETREAT FeS also slowly dissolves existing iron sulfide deposits at threshold concentrations levels as much as 50 percent lower than the market's benchmark THPS product. Furthermore, the scale inhibitor is effective over a broad range of temperature, pressure and salinity conditions.

As MRC wrote before, in April 2015, Clariant announced that it had acquired the black pigment preparations portfolio of Lanxess, located at Nagda, Madhya Pradesh. This product line of Lanxess manufactures black pigment preparations used for processing of viscose fibre, which goes in the manufacture of mainly viscose-based apparels, knitwear, towels, bed-linen, etc. With this acquisition, Clariant in India gains additional pigment preparation capacity to cater to a larger, wider customer base.

Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.

Celanese raises prices of nutrinova potassium sorbate and nutrinova sorbic acid

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company and a global leader in vinyl acetate ethylene (EVA) emulsions, has announced that it will increase the price of potassium sorbate and sorbic acid sold globally, as per the company's press release.

Nutrinova potassium sorbate and Nutrinova sorbic acid will increase by 10% effective July 1, 2015, or as contracts allow.

This price increase affects all grades and all applications including, but not limited to, food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, pet and animal feed, cosmetics and personal care.

As MRC informed previously, earlier, since March 20, Celanese Corporation, increased prices of vinyl acetate-based emulsions sold in Asia. EVA emulsions increased by Yuan 200/tonne for China and USD30/tonne for the rest of Asia effective March 20, 2015, or as contracts allowed.

This price increase affected all applications including, but not limited to, adhesives, paints and coatings, waterproofing, building and construction, glass fiber, carpet and paper. This increase was attributed to the continued pressures on raw materials, notably ethylene and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM).

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of USD6.8 billion.

Lubrizol introduces innovative polymers

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, an innovative specialty chemical company, is showcasing several of its new and/or expanded polymer solutions at NPE 2015 - The International Plastics Exposition - in Orlando, FL from March 23-27, reported the producer on its site.

A global leader in supplying polymer solutions, Lubrizol will be highlighting its innovative offering including:

- BounCell-X Microcellular TPU Foam: containing Lubrizol’s Estane TPU, BounCell-X is a new microcellular TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) foam that contains highly elastic microcellular parts that excel in energy absorption and cushioning applications. In addition to lightweight, superior long-term compression properties and a fast molding cycle, BounCell-X can provide a high-quality, thin skin layer that adds aesthetic values, as well as the typical advantages of TPU such as outstanding abrasion and cut resistance;

- Bio TPU by Lubrizol: Bio TPU by Lubrizol is a revolutionary line of bio-based TPU that’s made with renewable-sourced material. Bio TPU by Lubrizol provides the same performance and benefits as traditional petroleum-based TPU and can range in hardness from 82 Shore A to 55 Shore D. Both extrusion and injection molding grades are available;

- High-Heat TPU: a new, high-heat TPU, Estane TS92AP7 is not only formulated for superior abrasion and chemical resistance, but also features excellent high heat resistance and low temperature flexibility. With its 125 C rating and UL yellow card certification, Estane TS92AP7 is the next generation of high-heat-resistant TPUs for cable jacketing and injection molded components.

"At our core, the Engineered Polymers business is focused on collaboration with our customers and developing new and innovative solutions to meet their toughest application challenges. Our advanced technologies deliver on these goals," says Arnau Pano, vice president and general manager, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers. "Our wide-ranging portfolio of solutions is unlike anything else available in the market and highlights our continuous investment in new technologies and dedication to future growth."

As MRC informed previously, since 2013 Lubrizol has been implementing four-year, USD400 million global expansion of its chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) resin and compounding manufacturing sites.

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an innovative specialty chemical company that apart from its production develops and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol's advanced polymer technology delivers exceptional performance for the plumbing, fire sprinkler, industrial and other building and construction related applications. Lubrizol is providing innovative solutions for its customers' high-performance application needs and remains committed to ongoing investment in its CPVC capabilities that support future growth.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2014 were USD7 billion.