Trinseo sells Mexico plant to Plaskolite

Trinseo sells Mexico plant to Plaskolite

MOSCOW (MRC) -- US chemicals and specialty materials company Trinseo has agreed to sell its plant at Matamoros in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state to thermoplastics firm Plaskolite, it said in a statement.

The sale comes in the wake of Trinseo’s consolidation of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) sheet products from Matamoros into its continuous sheet manufacturing operations in Florence, Kentucky.

Plaskolite will not acquire any portion of Trinseo’s sheet business, Trinseo said. The sale is expected to close within coming weeks. Financial details were not disclosed.

“The consolidation of our sheet manufacturing business helps us optimise our resources and continue to deliver on our transformation strategy,” said Trinseo president and CEO Frank Bozich. “Our sale of the Matamoros assets to Plaskolite will provide an opportunity for the plant to continue to operate and provide jobs for the Matamoros community,” he said. The plant is located on nearly 11 acres in Matamoros City.

We remind, Trinseo reported a Q4 net loss of USD365.3m largely because of a pre-tax, non-cash goodwill impairment charge of USD297m related to its PMMA business and Aristech Surfaces reporting units. The company saw Q4 sales fall by almost 25% compared with the same quarter a year go while costs fell at a slower pace. The following table shows the company's Q4 financial performance. Figures are in millions of dollars.

Covestro completes sale of additives manufacturing business

Covestro completes sale of additives manufacturing business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Covestro has completed the previously announced sale of its additives manufacturing business to 3D printing company Stratasys, the Germany-based polymer company said.

The additives manufacturing business provides material solutions for common polymer 3D printing processes and includes, among others, products of the resins and functional materials business Covestro acquired from DSM in 2021.

In addition to the selling price of about EUR43m, Covestro could receive an “earn-out” of up to EUR37m from Stratasys, subject to the achievement of certain performance metrics, it said.

Included in the sale are employees, research and development facilities and offices across Europe, the US and Asia.

We remind, Covestro has successfully started up a new world-scale facility for the production of chlorine in Tarragona, Spain. It is the first world-scale production plant for chlorine based upon the highly innovative and energy efficient ODC (oxygen depolarized cathode) technology invented by Covestro and its partners.

TotalEnergies Corbion enters partnership in hopes of advancing PLA recycling in South Korea

TotalEnergies Corbion enters partnership in hopes of advancing PLA recycling in South Korea

MOSCOW (MRC) -- TotalEnergies Corbion, POSCO International and ESOL announced a partnership aimed at developing the PLA recycling infrastructure and technology in South Korea, said the company.

Hoping to expand its portfolio by entering the biobased plastic recycling sector, POSCO International will oversee and finance the project. The trading company has been working with bioplastics since 2019 and aspires to fully develop post-consumer recycling technology for PLA by 2026.

While TotalEnergies Corbion is set to contribute its own knowledge and experience of advanced PLA recycling, ESOL will source the PLA waste from post-consumer recycling and work towards advancing the necessary technology to collect, sort, clean, purify, and reuse the PLA. The latter is already producing PLA-based products in Korea and aims to establish recycling infrastructure throughout its supply chain for a more sustainable use of plastics in the country’s growing PLA market.

With the global bioplastic market said to be expanding at an annual growth rate of over 20%, the companies aspire to promote the use of PLA in various foodservice and packaging products, such as bottles and containers, through the mechanical and advanced recycling of TotalEnergies Corbion’s Luminy PLA. Recycling a material that is already biobased is expected to facilitate a low carbon footprint and increased circularity.

We remind, TotalEnergies and Paprec, leader in plastic recycling in France, have signed a long-term commercial agreement to develop a French value chain for advanced recycling of plastic film wastes. The agreement will secure the supply of TotalEnergies' future advanced plastic recycling plant in Grandpuits. Following the terms of this agreement, Citeo, the main organization in charge of end-of-life household packaging in France, will provide a stream of flexible plastic waste sorted from post-consumer packaging.

Frederique van Baarle assumes position on the LANXESS Board of Management

Frederique van Baarle assumes position on the LANXESS Board of Management

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Frederique van Baarle has taken up her position as a member of the Board of Management and Labor Director at Cologne-based specialty chemicals company LANXESS effective April 1, 2023, said the company.

Until the end of March van Baarle headed the High Performance Materials business unit at LANXESS, which was contributed to a joint venture for high-performance plastics with private equity firm Advent on April 1. The 51-year-old had already been appointed by the Supervisory Board in November 2022.

Van Baarle will also assume board responsibility for the Americas region from the second half of 2023. She will perform her new role from Pittsburgh, LANXESS’ U.S. headquarters.

We remind, India’s competition authority granted merger clearance for the planned joint venture for high-performance engineering materials by Advent International and specialty chemicals company LANXESS, said the company. Other relevant competition authorities approved the transaction in the course of last year and lately the EU Commission granted clearance on January 9, 2023. The transaction is therefore ready for closing which is now planned to take place no later than the beginning of April 2023.

Linde signs CO2 off-take agreement with ExxonMobil

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde has signed a long-term agreement with oil and gas firm ExxonMobil for the off-take of carbon dioxide (CO2) from its new clean hydrogen production site in Beaumont, Texas, said the company.

Back in February (2023), the industrial gas giant said it would invest $1.8bn to build, own and operate an on-site complex to supply clean hydrogen and nitrogen to OCI Global’s “world-scale” blue ammonia plant in Texas.
The facility will be integrated into Linde’s existing infrastructure along the US Gulf Coast and will also supply clean hydrogen to other new and existing off-takers across the network.

ExxonMobil has now agreed to annually transport and permanently store up to 2.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 from the production site: the equivalent to the emissions from nearly half a million cars per year. Dan Ammann, President of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, said the project is another significant step towards achieving heavy industry’s decarbonisation and Net Zero goals.

Dan Yankowski, Senior Vice-President Americas at Linde, adds, “Working with ExxonMobil as the CO2 off-taker at our Beaumont project supports Linde’s strategy to decarbonise customer processes while safely and reliably supplying low-carbon hydrogen at scale."

The significance of the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to the project is clear and acknowledged. The IRA was confirmed in August 2022 and includes a significant package of mostly supply-side measures supporting low-carbon energy sources and decarbonising technologies in the US.

We remind, Exxon Mobil Corp's Low Carbon business has the potential to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue and outperform the company's traditional oil and gas as soon as a decade from now, CEO Darren Woods said. The largest U.S. oil producer on Tuesday laid out to investors the aims of its emerging energy transition strategy in a meeting with Wall Street. Exxon is tackling what should be a multi-trillion market in 10 years or more, Woods said.