TechnoNIKOL will build a second thermal insulation plant in the Ulyanovsk region

TechnoNIKOL will build a second thermal insulation plant in the Ulyanovsk region

MOSCOW (MRC) - TechnoNIKOL, Europe's largest manufacturer and supplier of roofing, waterproofing and heat-insulating materials, has modernized the TechnoNIKOL-Ulyanovsk Plant as part of a large-scale investment program in 2021, the company said.

The set of measures taken made it possible to increase labor productivity by 20%, to increase the volume of products by 25%, as well as to master the production of heat-insulating materials from extruded polystyrene foam with a thickness of up to 500 mm. The volume of investments amounted to Rb262 mln.

Renovation of two production lines of the TECHNOPLEX plant made it possible to increase the processing speed of thermal insulation boards and, as a result, to increase the volume of products by 25%. Also, a planer-grower was introduced to the second technological unit for the production of milled facade slabs.

In addition, the company introduced the technology of thermal bonding, which, due to the layer-by-layer connection of standard plates, makes it possible to obtain materials up to 500 mm thick with high thermal insulation characteristics and low rates of water absorption.

"Now the demand in the thermal insulation segment exceeds supply, and the existing capacity is not enough to meet the growing market needs. The shortage of building materials, which appeared in 2020, continues to grow. Therefore, we plan to increase capacity: we will open new enterprises in Russia and abroad and modernize existing ones. In the next 5 years, we will allocate up to 60 billion rubles for these purposes. In the region, in addition to the planned modernization at the extruded polystyrene foam plant, we are working with the local government to build another plant, "commented Sergey Kolesnikov, co-owner and managing partner of TechnoNIKOL.

"The demand for insulation based on extruded polystyrene foam is constantly increasing. The main points of growth are the increase in energy efficiency standards and the active development of light embankments in road construction, where XPS boards with a thickness of up to 500 mm are used as a thermal insulation layer, which, due to their thermal performance, as well as their ability to withstand long-term loads and resistance to aggressive media can be used in all climatic zones of the Russian Federation, - said Alexey Kasimov, Operations Director of the Polymer Insulation Division of TechnoNICOL Corporation.

Earlier it was reported that TechnoNICOL plans to install two new extrusion lines in Poland and Russia. The Italian company BG Plast (Italy) signed a contract with TechnoNICOL for the supply of two extrusion lines for the production of dimpled sheet membranes with and without a geotextile joint, 2000 mm and 4000 mm wide.

According to MRC's ScanPlast, July total estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics in Russia increased by 4% compared to the same month last year and amounted to 46,540 tonnes. The total consumption of PS in the country amounted to 328,980 tonnes, up 23% year on year in January - July 2021.

The TechnoNICOL production company operates 56 production sites in 7 countries of the world (Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Poland). The company also has 22 representative offices in 18 countries of the world, 20 Training Centers, 6 Research Centers, equipped with high-tech equipment and qualified personnel. The centers regularly develop and implement new products and solutions for the construction industry. The company's products are supplied to 117 countries. TechnoNICOL headquarters are located in Russia, Poland, Italy, China and India.

Versalis acquires full ownership of Finproject

Versalis acquires full ownership of Finproject

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Eni SPA’s E chemical company, Versalis, recently inked a deal to acquire the remaining 60% of the Marche, Italy, based industrial group Finproject, as per the company's press release.

In July, 2020, Versalis had bought 40% of Finproject, which operates in the compounding sector and produces ultralight products.

The subsidiary of Eni exercised the purchase option, the transaction of which is likely to close in the fourth quarter of this year. The move is anticipated to make Versalis a major player in the high-performance formulated polymers spectrum. Products from Finproject are used for making consumer goods. It markets the ultralight expanded materials under the XL EXTRALIGHT brand.

The acquisition will strengthen Versalis’ position in the volatile chemical industry. It is likely to boost the company’s global market reach. Integrating Versalis’ innovative technological solutions to Finproject’s prospects will enable the company to serve sectors like renewable energy, construction, automotive, and fashion and designing. Renewable and recycled raw materials are used in Finproject, which is in line with Eni’s drive toward a sustainable and circular economy.

Eni’s petrochemical product sales are improving. In fact, it increased 12% year over year to 1.14 million tons for the second quarter of 2021. As demand for energy products is expected to further rise in the second half of 2021 and beyond, the Finproject buyout is likely to enable Eni to generate higher profits from chemicals.

As MRC reported before, there is more uncertainty over Versalis’ plans for its Porto Marghera, Italy cracker closure following local media reports that the company has taken the earlier declaration for a Spring 2022 stoppage, off the table, said the company in April 2021.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,396,960 tonnes in January-July 2021, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 841,990 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, up by 29% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

Eni is an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome. It has operations in in 79 countries, and is currently Italy's largest industrial company. The Italian government owns a 30.3% golden share in the company, 3.93% held through the state Treasury and 26.37% held through the Cassa depositi e prestiti. Another 39.40% of the shares are held by BNP Paribas.

NKNK expects an increase in rubber sales and a decrease in plastics sales this year

NKNK expects an increase in rubber sales and a decrease in plastics sales this year

MOSCOW (MRC) - Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNKH, part of TAIF Group) expects an increase in rubber sales and a decrease in sales of plasticscompared to last year, Realnoe Vremya said.

NKNKh expects sales of rubbers in the amount of 686,000 tonnes this year, which will exceed the figure for 2020 by 16.7%. Including in 2021 the company expects to sell 258,000 tonnes of synthetic rubbers (an increase of 31.6%), 211,000 tonnes of butadiene rubbers (an increase of 17.9%), 216,000 tonnes of butyl and halobutyl rubbers ( an increase of 1.4%).

Plastics sales are forecast to decline by 3% - to 714,000 tonnes, including due to a decrease in polypropylene sales by 8.7%, to 188,000 tonnes, against the background of a high base last year. The company notes that the growth in the volume of commercial polypropylene in 2020 occurred due to a decrease in its internal consumption by the plant for commercial packaging.

Sales of other plastics, according to the forecast, will decrease slightly in 2021: polyethylene - to 219,000 tonnes (0.9%), polystyrene and ABS plastics - to 308,000 tonnes (0.3%).

The company expects that this year NKNK's revenue will be generated by 37% from the sale of rubbers, 36% from plastics, and 27% from other petrochemicals. According to the company, the share of NKNK in the global synthetic rubbers market is 36.5%, butyl rubbers - 11.2%, butadiene rubbers - 4.4%.

As per ICIS-MRC Price report, Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNKh, part of TAIF Group) shut its polyethylene (PE) production capacities for a scheduled turnaround on 17 September. According to the producer"s clients, producer started the scheduled shutdown of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) on 17 September. The shutdown will be short and will last for about 10 days. As it was reported earlier, Nizhnekamskneftekhim shut its ethylene production for scheduled turnaround from 14 September to 16 September.

Nizhnekamskneftekhim is one of the largest petrochemical companies in Eastern Europe, occupying a leading position among domestic producers of synthetic rubbers, plastics and ethylene. Part of the TAIF group of companies, Tatarstan. The nomenclature of manufactured products includes more than 120 items. The products of the joint-stock company are exported to 50 countries in Europe, America and Southeast Asia. The share of exports in the total volume of production is about 50%.

Karpatneftekhim shut PE production

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Karpatneftekhim (Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk region), Ukraine's largest petrochemical plant, shut down its high density polyethylene (HDPE) production, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

The plant's customers said the Ukrainian producer was forced to take off-stream its PP production on 23 September due to technical issues. The outage will not last long, and polyethylene (PE) production is planned to resume operations by 28 September The plant's annual production capacity is 120,000 tonnes.

Karpatneftekhim is one of the largest enterprises of Ukraine's petrochemical complex. Currently, the plant can produce annually 300,000 tonnes of PVC, 200,000 tonnes of caustic soda, about 180,000 tonnes of chlorine, as well as 250,000 tonnes of ethylene and 100,000 tonnes of polyethylene.

BASF introduced a range of additives for recycled plastics

BASF introduced a range of additives for recycled plastics

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF has launched IrgaCycle a new range of additive solutions to address the imminent needs in plastics recycling, said the company.

The plastics industry is seeking ways to incorporate higher content of recycled polymeric material in all major applications to meet sustainability goals, while facing growing consumer concerns and stricter regulatory requirements to reduce plastic waste. Hereby a major challenge is to mitigate quality deficiencies of polymers arising from thermal and mechanical stress during the recycling process.

Recycled plastics often contain impurities and polymer contaminants that accelerate polymer degradation, which change the material properties. Consequently, recyclers and plastic converters are facing quality and performance issues while processing recycled polymeric material. Formulated additive packages improving the properties of these recycled plastics can be a solution for this challenge.

The production of plastics from mechanical recycling is expected to almost triple by 2030, driven by improved technologies and regulation. This corresponds to a growth of around 10 percent per year,” says Dr. Thomas Kloster, President of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division. ?With IrgaCycle we are expanding our existing portfolio step by step by specific solutions for recycling to support the circular economy goals for plastics."

The new IrgaCycle range includes additive solutions that can help increase the percentage of recycled content in several end-use applications such as packaging, automotive & mobility, and building and construction. These solutions address specific quality issues associated with recycled resins, such as limited processability, poor long-term thermal stability and insufficient protection from outdoor weathering. At launch, the product line includes a range of different additive formulations, with more to follow in the future.

"We have formulated these solutions based on our extensive experience in the plastics industry, combining the high quality of our antioxidants and light stabilizer systems with our application expertise,” says Dr. Volker Bach, Global Lead Innovation at BASF Plastic Additives. “With our global setup we are able to engage across the entire value chain of the recycling industry, be it with brand owners or converters alike and in all regions."

The IrgaCycle range is offered as part of the VALERAS portfolio. In addition to enabling plastics circularity with IrgaCycle, VALERAS solutions bring significant sustainability value to plastic applications by improving durability, reducing waste, saving energy, reducing emissions, and promoting biodiversity.

As MRC informed earlier, BASF and Natural Machines announced their strategic partnership in developing a technology that enables customized face masks and eye patches produced in 3D printers.

As per MRC, BASF reported a better-than-expected second-quarter net profit as it managed to increase volumes and prices thanks to strong demand. Low commodity prices during the coronavirus pandemic weighed on BASF’s earnings last year, but the German group recorded a rapid recovery so far in 2021 as the global economy picked up faster than expected.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.

BASF's business structure comprises six main segments: chemicals, materials, industrial solutions, surface technologies, nutrition and care, agricultural solutions. At the end of 2020, BASF had sales of EUR59 bn. BASF shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (BAS), on the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange in Russia, and as an American Depositary Receipt (BASFY) in the United States. BASF has been operating in Russia since 1874, is represented in the rating of the 500 largest companies in the country in terms of revenue.