EcoCortec opens second production plant in Croatia

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Croatian manufacturer and converter of biodegradable films, EcoCortec, has officially started up its second production plant in Beli Manastir, Croatia, as per Plasticsnewseurope.

Part of Cortec Corporation of St Paul, Minnesota in the US, EcoCortec produces corrosion protection films using the parent group’s VpCI (Vapor phase corrosion inhibitor) technology. The new 2,000m? production unit at the existing Croatian facility houses “state-of-the-art” E5 extrusion lines, which include features such as: 6.2m wide film, bags on roll and perforated sheets.

Partly-funded by the Croatian ministry of economy, the expansion doubles production capacity at EcoCortec. Apart from extrusion, the operation also has bag converting and printing facilities to meet the market’s custom product demands.

The company said in a 15 Nov statement that 2018 has been an "especially successful" year for EcoCortec, with the company completing its expansion and entering new projects.

The projects include a “Europe’s first” collection and recycling initiative for used films and plastic bags. As part of the programme, launched late last year, EcoCortec’s customers send their waste material back to the Croatian plant where it is recycled and used for manufacturing a new product.

Over the past few years, the Croatian company has participated in a number of large European-funded projects, such as ‘Marine Clean’ through which it developed its EcoOcean flexible marine biodegradable packaging from biobased PHA polymers.

CGPC eyes maintenance at Linyuan PVC plant

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China General Plastics Corporation (CGPC) is likely to shut its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant for maintenance turnaround, as per Apic-online.

A Polymerupdate source in Taiwan informed that the plant is planned to be taken off-line in January 2019 for a period of around one week. The exact date of shutdown could not be ascertained.

Located in Linyuan, Taiwan, the PVC plant has a production capacity of 400,000 mt/year.

As MRC wrote before, CGPC conducted maintenance at its PVC plant in Taiwan from 20 to 31 July, 2015. Located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the plant has a production capacity of 170,000 mt/year.

Founded in 1964, China General Plastics Corporation manufactures, sells, and services various vinyl products in Taiwan and internationally. The company offers raw materials and fabrication products. Its products include PVC resins for use in various applications, including injection and blowing molding, hollow-vacuum forming, rigid and shrinkable films, general purpose soft and semi-rigid products, rigid pipes, hoses, wire and cable insulation, high impact flexible products, high impact sheets, high voltage wires, and cable insulations, as well as PVC compound products comprising soft and rigid type compounds.

Spanish packaging firm Coexpan commits to 70% recycled content by 2025

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Madrid-based manufacturer of plastic packaging Coexpan SA has pledged to have a mean recycled content of 70% in its PET products by 2025, said Plasticsnewseurope.

The move is in alignment with a PET Sheet Europe commitment to step up its circular economy activities to meet the goals laid down in the EU Plastics Strategy.

Under the new EU plans, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of microplastics will be restricted.

The Madrid-based company says it currently uses 50% recycled material in its rigid PET sheets produced primarily for the manufacture of packaging for foodstuffs, household products, personal hygiene products and other industrial applications.

The figure, according to Coexpan, is already above the European average of 45%.

“Our commitment… is to design optimal and sustainable packaging solutions using the main polymers such as PS, PP, PET and PLA, that guarantee the preservation and protection of products and ensure the responsible use of our natural resources,” added Coexpan’s CEO, Dinis Mota.

Coexpan is the rigid plastics arm of the Madrid-headquartered Grupo Lantero packaging firm. Globally, Coexpan has 13 production plants in Germany, France, Spain Italy, Russia, Chile, Brazil and Mexico, with a turnover of EUR353m.

The European operations of Coexpan includes three production plants in Spain, Italy and Germany, specialised in the extrusion of PET and rPET-based plastic sheet, suitable for food contact. The company also has another two plants in France specialised in thermoformed packaging that produce trays and other rPET-based products for food packaging.

The company’s Italian subsidiary, Coexpan Montonate is one of the founder members of the PET Sheet Europe, representing the ten leading PET sheet manufactures in Europe.

Output of chemical products in Russia grew by 2.3% in Jan-Oct 2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Russia's output of chemical products rose in October 2018 by 4% month on month. However, this figure increased by 2.3% in the first ten months of 2018, according to Rosstat's data.

According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, last month's production of basic chemicals grew by 4% from September 2018, with caustic soda accounting for the main increase. Overall production of chemical products grew in January-October 2018 by 2.3% year on year, with benzene accounting for the greatest increase in the output.

196,000 tonnes of ethylene were produced in October versus 232,000 tonnes a month earlier, Kazanorgsintez, Stavrolen and Ufaorgsintez's production capacities were shut down for maintenance last month. 2,430,000 tonnes of this olefin were produced in the first ten months of 2018, up by 3.8% year on year.

Last month's production of benzene dropped to 96,600 tonnes from 104,000 tonnes in September. However, overall output of this product reached 1,166,400 tonnes over the stated period, up by 4,4%year on year.

October production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) were 109,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 102,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of caustic soda grew to 1,055,500 tonnes in January-October 2018, up by 3.2% year on year.

Last month's output of mineral fertilizers was 1,736,000 tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients) versus 1,760,000 tonnes in September, Russian producers reduced their production of potash fertilizers. Overall, Russian plants produced 18,960,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizers in the first ten months of 2018, up by 1% year on year. Nitrogen fertilizers accounted for the greatest increase in the output - up by 4.3% year on year.

WRAP outlines UK Plastics Pact roadmap

MOSCOW (MRC) -- UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published the UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025, a document highlighting key actions businesses should take to help curb the plastic pollution, as per Plasticsnewseurope.

The actions, published 15 Nov, are in line with the targets of the UK Plastics Pact which was launched in April with the aim of tackling the issue of plastic waste through collaboration across the entire supply chain.

The pact, led by WRAP, proposes to eliminate “problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging” through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery model. It also aims to make 100% of plastics packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Additionally, the Plastic Pact has set a 70% target for effective recycling or composting of plastics packaging with a view to achieving an average of 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging.

The 68 members of the pact are responsible for 80% of the plastic packaging sold in UK supermarkets, and half of all packaging placed on the market.

The roadmap published by WRAP outlines key activities that could be taken by all parts of the supply chain to deliver on all four of the targets.

Some of the activities include defining key terms, such as measurement and reporting; recyclability and developing criteria for “problematic & unnecessary” packaging.

The document also urges the pact members to embed targets and interim milestones in their corporate and organisational objectives; review their portfolios to identify opportunities for improvement and initiate partnerships for innovation.