Trinseo announced a price increase for all PS, ABS and SAN grades

Trinseo announced a price increase for all PS, ABS and SAN grades

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Trinseo, a specialty material solutions provider, and its affiliate companies in Europe announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), ABS and SAN grades, mostly based on raw material cost increases for styrene production, said the company.

Effective February 1, 2023, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below will increase as follows:

STYRON™ and STYRON™ X-TECH general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) by +50 Euro per metric ton
STYRON™ and STYRON™ A-TECH, STYRON™ C-TECH and STYRON™ X- TECH high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) by +50 Euro per metric ton
MAGNUM™ ABS resins by +40 Euro per metric ton
TYRIL™ SAN resins by +50 Euro per metric ton

We remind, Trinseo, a specialty materials solutions provider, is pleased to announce a distribution agreement with Omya, a leading global producer of industrial minerals and worldwide distributor of specialty chemicals. Under the terms of the agreement, Omya will provide high-quality ABS and PC/ABS resins to Trinseo automotive and mobility customers in North America starting February 1, 2023. The materials are offered under Trinseo’s well-known brands MAGNUM™ ABS Resins and PULSE™ PC/ABS Resins.

Trinseo, a specialty material solutions provider, partners with companies to bring ideas to life in an imaginative, smart, and sustainably ility-focused manner by combining its premier expertise, forward-looking innovations and best-in-class materials to unlock value for companies and consumers. From design to manufacturing, Trinseo taps into decades of experience in diverse material solutions to address customers’ unique challenges in a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, mobility, building and construction, and medical.

Aekyung commences mass production of eco-friendly plasticizers

Aekyung commences mass production of eco-friendly plasticizers

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Aekyung Chemical, an affiliate of South Korea's Aekyung Group, has begun mass-producing eco-friendly plasticizers derived from recycled waste plastics, marking a first in South Korea, said Kedglobal.

The company succeeded in developing the plasticizers and built specialized production facilities.

As an essential additive for softening polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, the eco-friendly alternative has the potential to lower carbon emissions compared to traditional petrochemical-based production methods.

Aekyung Chemical's product has received the international "ISCC PLUS" certification, recognizing its contribution to a circular economy in the entire production process.

"Our eco-friendly plasticizer offers a sustainable solution for addressing climate change in the widespread use of PVC materials in daily life," the company said.

We remind, DIC Corp. has reached an agreement with AK Holdings to return its 50% stake in their synthetic resins production and sales joint venture, Aekyung Chemical, to AK and dissolve the joint venture agreement.

As EU bans Russian refined products, Russian fuel oil/VGO are heading east

As EU bans Russian refined products, Russian fuel oil/VGO are heading east

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The European Union's full embargo of Russian oil products came into effect on Feb. 5, but data from traders and Refinitiv show that the bulk of Russia's fuel oil and vacuum gasoil (VGO) is already being shipped to other regions, mostly in Asia, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

In January, less than 5% of Russian fuel oil and VGO was shipped to EU countries, including some 100,000 t to Agioi Theodoroi in Greece, about 80,000 t to the Latvian port of Ventspils and 30,000 t - to the Italian port of Augusta. "No need to say, that`s easy enough to divert those remains to the other destinations," one trader said.

The EU began restricting imports and transit of some fuel oil from Russia six months ago, under custom code 2707, with a full ban coming into force this month, in response to the dispute in Ukraine. The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations has also imposed a price cap on Russian fuel shipments.

In response, traders have diverted cargoes to Asia and the Middle East and increasingly used ship-to-ship (STS) loadings to transport their oil. In December and January total Russian exports of fuel oil and VGO were about 4.2 MMtpy-4.5 MMtpy each month.

According to Refinitiv data, Russia exported more than 0.8 million t of fuel oil in December 2022 to India, which buys the oil products to process at cokers in its refineries. In January 2023, fuel oil shipments from Russia to India totaled at least 0.5 MMt.

STS loadings near the Greek port of Kalamata, which is one of the main destinations for Russian fuel oil and VGO exports, surged to 8.2 MMt in 2022, up from 1.4 MMt in the previous year. In January 2023, Russia sent 0.5 MMt of dirty oil products to STS near Kalamata. Traders also use STS loadings in Skagen (Denmark) and Ceuta (Spain). Large volumes of fuel oil and VGO from Russia were also diverted last year to Singapore, Malaysia, China, Emirates, Turkey, Senegal and South Korea, Refinitiv data shows.

We remind, Russian energy minister Nikolai Shulginov on Friday said there was no reason for a sharp reduction in the country's petroleum products output in response to a European Union embargo. Interfax cited Shulginov as saying that Russia was not considering rescheduling maintenance works at refineries because of the embargo and that the price of Russian gas supplies to Belarus in 2023 would remain at the same level set in 2022.

Recycling must be favored over waste to energy

Recycling must be favored over waste to energy

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The recent announcement of the European Commission’s new EU-wide rules on packaging has divided opinions, said Recyclingtoday.

Starting with “leaked” reports ahead of the announcement last November, we had nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on the one hand pressing for ambitious targets to drive our carbon footprint down and industry cautioning against unachievable goals that would depress rather than drive the sector forward.

It is indeed a fine balancing act, however, the one fundamental goal we need to keep in mind is that we must not, at any cost, exceed our carbon budget. To do so would push our already precarious climate system overboard. According to an assessment presented at COP27, our remaining carbon budget to stay under 1.5 C temperature increase is 380 billion metric tons, or less than a decade of emissions at the present rate. This means emissions must be drastically reduced.

With that in mind, we need to take the macro view and consistently opt for systemic changes across every facet of our lives that are achievable and, vitally, keep us within a safe carbon range.

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive’s (PPWD’s) proposed measures would bring greenhouse gas emissions from packaging down to 43 million metric tons compared with 66 million metric tons if we continue with business as usual. These measures are one of the many transformational steps we need to take as we continue developing innovative technologies to move humanity back from the brink.

PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, which is plastics’ most resounding success story so far, is well within range of these new targets set at 30 percent recycled content by 2030 moving to 50 percent by 2050.

Food-contact plastic packaging’s targets, on the other hand, reflect the belief that these are one of the more challenging materials to recycle back into food-grade resins. Now that we have the technologies to achieve this, however, the 10 percent target set for 2030, shifting to 40 percent by 2040, should be achievable and would mean we will be closing the loop on some 400,000 tons of food-grade plastic per year.

We remind, Repsol has announced an investment of EUR26m to start a new production line (Reciclex range) for recycled plastics at its Puertollano Industrial Complex in Spain. Expected to start in Q4 2024, the new line will have the capacity to manufacture 25,000 tons of recycled plastic per year, which is almost double the current capacity of 16,000 tons.

Lotte Ineos Chemical plans a new VAM plant in South Korea

Lotte Ineos Chemical plans a new VAM plant in South Korea

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lotte Ineos Chemical is planning to build a new 250,000-tpy vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in Ulsan, South Korea, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The company will increase VAM production capacity from the current 450,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy with the addition of a third VAM plant. The new plant is scheduled to start-up by the end of 2025.

VAM is widely used for everyday products such as food packaging, solar panels, windscreens, polarizing films, adhesives and paints. In recent years VAM demand has increased significantly to meet global solar power generation. Lotte Ineos Chemical has purchased additional land next to the existing plant in Ulsan for the construction of the new VAM plant, and has begun the front-end engineering design (FEED) work with Lotte Engineering & Construction.

David Brooks CEO Ineos Acetyls said: "The Ineos Lotte team in Ulsan have a very strong record in delivering projects safely and on time. This investment, using well proven Ineos technology, will support our customer growth plans in North East Asia and globally."

We remind, Lotte INEOS Chemical, a subsidiary of Ineos, plans to shut down production at Vinyl Acetate Plant №1 (VAM) in Ulsan (South Korea) on 23 March for scheduled maintenance works. The maintenance works at this enterprise with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes of VAM per year will last approximately 25 days.