Evonik introduces more sustainable polyesters for the adhesives industry with DYNACOLL eCO

Evonik introduces more sustainable polyesters for the adhesives industry with DYNACOLL eCO

MOSCOW (MRC) -- With its launch of DYNACOLL eCO polyesters, Evonik is contributing to the transition from fossil to renewable resources, for which its Coating & Adhesive Resins business line is pursuing the mass balance approach, said the company.

The new line of polyesters enables cost-effective and rapid change of production on a large scale, helping to meet Evonik’s environmental and sustainability targets.

With the new product range, Evonik is addressing the increasing market demand for sustainable products. "Our customers are looked for quick and easy solutions for defossilization and decarbonization. Our DYNACOLL eCO products enabled our customers to reach their targets and strengthen the circular economy," explains Thorsten Marin, vice president of polyesters & polyolefins. "With this product launch, we are expanded our sustainable product portfolio while contributing to Evonik’s sustainability goals."

DYNACOLL eCO features identical physical and chemical properties as compared with the traditional DYNACOLL product portfolio. "Our customers did not have to carry out any additional evaluation, nor did they have to adjust their formulations. Customers who buy mass-balanced products used them in the traditional way and benefit from the same quality," says Dr. Zuhal Tuncay, global senior marketing manager for polyesters.

Since December 2022, the DYNACOLL production facilities in Marl and Witten have been certified by the ISCC organization to operate under the ISCC PLUS certification scheme based on the mass balance approach. This certification ensures full traceability of the sustainable materials used in Evonik’s production plants and confirms that the raw materials used originate from sustainable sources. In addition to strict sustainability principles, high ecological standards and social responsibility are also guaranteed.

DYNACOLL products are well established polyester polyols and copolyesters for hot-melt adhesives used, for example, in wood working, automotive, and textile applications. The brand has been well recognized for its high quality for decades.

We remind, Evonik is expanding its capacity to produce MetAMINO (DL-methionine) on Jurong Island, Singapore, by 40,000 metric tons to around 340,000 metric tons per year. The high double-digit million euro investment in this further technological development is to reach target capacity by the third quarter of 2024. The planned process optimization measures will improve the carbon footprint of MetAMINO® produced in Singapore by six percent.


Dow introduces new FINGERPRINT grade for the micro irrigation market

Dow introduces new FINGERPRINT grade for the micro irrigation market

MOSOCW (MRC) -- Dow announced the introduction of FINGERPRINT DFDA-7555 NT Bimodal Polyethylene Resin, an evolution of its legacy FINGERPRINT Polyethylene Resins, said the company.

Produced using Unipol II process technology, this medium-density bimodal PE resin helps to address the growing need for materials that contribute to reliable, high-performing and sustainable micro irrigation systems that can help increase water productivity, improve crop yields and conserve valuable resources.

FINGERPRINT DFDA-7555 NT offers better performance and tougher tape for thin wall micro irrigation tape applications and profile extrusion applications. Additionally, through the ability to downgauge and incorporate post-consumer resins (PCR) in tape formulation, this product offers the opportunity to make a significant sustainability impact. The tape’s higher stiffness and longevity in long-term and short-term underground tape applications, as well as physical properties enabling the incorporation of materials with reduced properties such as PCR, will play a large role in developing a more sustainable system.

“We are committed to helping our drip irrigation customers and the growers create strong solutions that will benefit their production, bottom line and sustainability efforts for the long-term,” said Stephanie Giles, Customer and Application Development Manager, Dow.

The FINGERPRINT portfolio of products has utility as a premium product line for micro irrigation applications including profile extruded tapes and tubes. This latest FINGERPRINT grade offers micro irrigation tape manufacturers who are looking to meet their customers’ increasing demands several key benefits, including downgauged wall thicknesses with better draw down characteristics for converters when producing tape with a reliable balance of extrusion ease and toughness. Furthermore, the new grade has high tensile and elongation properties, excellent burst strength and better crack resistance.

According to the USDA’s Farm Sector Income Forecast U.S., net farm income – a broad measure of farm profitability – is currently forecasted at USD113.7 B, down 4.5%, from 2021. While 2023 has the possibility for better projections, the industry must adopt innovative solutions that will allow for greater production, at a lower cost. Micro irrigation systems are a crucial component of the farming ecosystem that deliver vital water and nutrients where they’re needed most – plant root systems. This means that it is critical that the system is built to last year-over-year, even in the most extreme conditions from weather to the everyday hardships of the farm.

“Even beyond durability, there is growing worldwide demand for sustainably made irrigation systems, which is a key component for us as we continue to work with the industry to ensure our value chain partners have the solutions and products, they need to meet their customers’ expectations,” said Rachel Anderson, Research Scientist, Dow.

We remind, Dow intends to construct the sector's first net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivatives complex with respect to scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, at its Fort Saskatchewan (Alberta, Canada) site. The project involves a new 'net-zero carbon emissions' ethylene cracker at the site, set for launching by 2027. It would expand Dow's ethylene and polyethylene capacity by over 200% from its Fort Saskatchewan site, while retrofitting the site's existing assets to net-zero carbon emissions.


Polyplastics targets PLASTRON long cellulose fiber reinforced resin for automotive applications

Polyplastics targets PLASTRON long cellulose fiber reinforced resin for automotive applications

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polyplastics Group has announced that its newly developed long cellulose fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) resin, PLASTRON LFT, is being targeted for automotive applications such as door module carriers, center consoles, and armrest cores, said the company.

PLASTRON LFT offers lower density and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than short glass-reinforced resins while delivering the same mechanical properties.

Cellulose is a non-edible biomass raw material derived from organic resources other than fossil resources, and has the following characteristics: negative carbon influence (absorbs carbon dioxide in the air when manufactured) and is sustainable (raw material that can be procured sustainably unlike resources such as natural minerals).

Newly developed PLASTRON LFT long cellulose fiber-reinforced resin incorporates regenerated cellulose fibers made using the Solvent Method which produces hardly any waste. Polyplastics uses a Solvent Method cellulose fiber that emits less greenhouse gas when manufactured compared to typical glass fiber. Since it has nearly 10% lower density than glass fiber reinforced PP resin, its greenhouse gas emissions are also even lower when compared in equal volumes.

By nature, cellulose is extraordinarily difficult to dissolve in solvents. A significant majority of typical regenerated cellulose is manufactured using a complex process which involves modification of the cellulose followed by dissolving in solvent and spinning and finally restoring the original cellulose form. This process results in significant emissions of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide.

In comparison, the solvent method involves a closed process that recovers virtually 100% of the solvent. It generates minimal waste and produces materials that are even more eco-friendly. The company has earned multiple patents throughout the world for resins reinforced with long-regenerated cellulose fiber, including solvent method cellulose fiber.

We remind, Polyplastics Group has announced the launch of a new electrically conductive grade of DURANEX® polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for millimeter wave radar applications for the automotive industry. DURANEX® PBT 201EB provides the benefit of electromagnetic wave shielding as an added effect of electrical conductivity. As a result, the material contributes to reduced assembly work and cuts cost.

Polyplastics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in the development and production of engineering thermoplastics. The company’s product portfolio includes POM, PBT, PPS, LCP, PET, COC, and LFT. The company has the largest global market share of POM, LCP, and COC. With more than 50 years of experience, the company is backed by a strong global network of R&D, production, and sales resources capable of creating advanced solutions for an ever-changing global marketplace.


Saudi Aramco and Linde Engineering to develop ammonia cracking technology

Saudi Aramco and Linde Engineering to develop ammonia cracking technology

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, and Linde Engineering, a global leader in the production and processing of gases, announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new ammonia cracking technology, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The collaboration between the two companies will combine Linde Engineering and Aramco’s experience and capabilities in industrial research and development, lower-carbon hydrogen, and ammonia cracking technology.

A potential differentiator of this new technology is the ammonia cracking catalyst, jointly developed by Aramco and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which will be evaluated against other catalysts.

Through this agreement, Aramco and Linde Engineering plan to build a demonstration plant in northern Germany to showcase this new ammonia cracking technology. Linde Engineering intends to offer this ammonia cracking technology to current and new customers, creating new commercial opportunities within the global lower-carbon energy supply chain. The emerging lower-carbon ammonia business may prove to be key in bridging the gap between a country’s domestic renewable energy production capacity and total energy demand.

Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Aramco, said, “This agreement is part of our ongoing technology and business development efforts to establish a commercially viable lower-carbon hydrogen supply chain. We believe the advanced ammonia cracking technology we are co-developing with Linde Engineering will play a key role in realizing our objectives."

John van der Velden, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Technology at Linde Engineering, said, “Effective ammonia cracking technology supports the world’s urgent need for decarbonization. By completing the missing link in the export chain, cleaner energy can be shipped from regions with high renewable and clean energy potential to those with more limited resources. We look forward to working closely with Aramco to develop and commercialize this important technology, creating new business opportunities for Linde Engineering and Aramco."

We remind, Aramco on Sunday reported a record net income of USD161.1 billion for 2022 — the largest annual profit ever achieved by an oil and gas company. Aramco said net income increased 46.5 percent over the year, from USD110 billion in 2021. Free cash flow also reached a record USD148.5 billion in 2022, compared with USD107.5 billion in 2021.


NOVA Chemicals launches new circular solutions business

NOVA Chemicals launches new circular solutions business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced the establishment of NOVA Circular Solutions, a new line of business focusing on lower-emission, recycled solutions that will help reshape a better, more sustainable world. NOVA Circular Solutions will be home to the SYNDIGOTM brand, the company’s newest portfolio of recycled polyethylene (rPE), said the company.

NOVA Circular Solutions is led by a team of experts in plastics development, recycling technology, additive science, packaging design, and regulatory compliance. It is headed by Alan Schrob, recycling director, who has nearly 30 years of experience in plastics, manufacturing, health, safety, and the environment.

“Plastic products play a critical role in our daily lives, and industry and consumers are placing higher value on products that contribute to the circular economy. They want products that can be recycled, reused, and reimagined,” said John Thayer, NOVA Chemicals senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Today’s announcement underscores NOVA’s commitment to be a leader in sustainable polyethylene production. We are investing time, resources, and world-class technical knowledge into this new line of business and the SYNDIGO brand.”

SYNDIGO rPE is designed to support recycled content and decarbonization goals of converters and brands while setting new industry standards for driving the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. There is a growing demand for recycled products and the SYNDIGO resins are poised to meet those needs in North America.

We remind, NOVA Chemicals, a leading supplier of polyethylene (PE) for food packaging, delivered a commercialized FDA-compliant high-density recycled PE (rPE) resin to market. The new grade is its first mechanically recycled food-contact resin and is part of the Company’s recently announced SYNDIGO rPE portfolio.