China’s Kingfa to start up PPSU/PES project in June 2024

China’s Kingfa to start up PPSU/PES project in June 2024

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China’s Kingfa Science & Technology is planning to start up its 6,000 tonne/year polyphenylene sulfone/polyether sulfone (PPSU/PES) project at Zhuhai in Guangdong province in June 2024, the company said in a statement.

PPSU and PES are special engineering plastics with good resistance to heat and oxidation. Their key applications include electrical equipment, auto and medical industries.

Meanwhile, the company’s 15,000 tonne/year liquid crystal polymer (LCP) plant is expected to come on stream in December 2024.

Its 800,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) project at Ningbo is scheduled to complete construction in June this year, according to the statement.

We remind, China’s Kingfa Science & Technology will step up investments in the recycling business with a target to expand its production capacity of recycled plastics to 1m tonnes/year by 2025 from 400,000 tonnes/year in 2021. The company will add 400,000 tonnes/year of capacity to existing sites in China and another 200,000 tonnes/year with grassroot projects in Europe and southeast Asia, according to Willis Guan, vice president of Sales and Marketing.

LANXESS expands Lewatit range

LANXESS expands Lewatit range

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has grouped together 16 new ion exchange resins and absorbents for the pharmaceutical and bioprocessing industries under its trusted umbrella brand Lewatit, said the company.

They are used in various pharmaceutical and bioprocessing applications to separate and purify biomolecules. Applications of these end products range from food and animal feeds to active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) that are used in medicinal products.

“Typically, our products support the separation of biomolecules from complex biomass mixtures and play a key role in their further purification or stabilization,” explained Dr. Jenny Boettger, Technical Marketing Manager in the Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit at LANXESS. “As one of the leading manufacturers of ion exchange resins, we are hoping that this innovative product range will attract new customers from the pharmaceutical and bioprocessing industries and further strengthen our market position,” added the chemist.

The production of biomolecules derived from natural extracts and biological fermentation processes is strongly supported by a wide range of Lewatit ion exchange and adsorber resins. This resin technology opens up a variety of separation and purification options for all kinds of operation scales. The new types are specifically designed to be used in downstream processing for production of various biomolecules, including products from animal- and plant-sourced natural extracts. All resins are based on hydrophobic (polystyrene-divinylbenzene) or medium hydrophilic (polyacrylic) polymers. They were specifically developed to meet the high demands in industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and food production in order to detoxify, convert, decolorize, or demineralize the respective molecules more easily.

Through ion exchange or adsorption processes, biomolecules such as peptides, antibiotics, vitamins, amino acids, and polysaccharides can be separated and purified more effectively. All these biomolecules are indispensable in today’s world. Antibiotics are essential for the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases. The intake of vitamins and numerous amino acids and proteins supports vital functions of the body. Diverse polysaccharides are found in part in everyday use. In the form of heparin and structure-like polysaccharides, for example, they are used to prevent venous thrombosis. In cosmetics, hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant due to its high water-binding capacity.

We remind, Advent and LANXESS announced the envisaged establishment of an Advent controlled, leading global engineering materials joint venture company with sales of around EUR 3 billion, combining the DSM Engineering Materials business with LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business.

Five Phillips 66 refineries capture AFPM safety awards

Five Phillips 66 refineries capture AFPM safety awards

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Five Phillips 66 refineries have been honored by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers for outstanding safety performance in 2022, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The Sweeny Refinery on the Texas Gulf Coast captured AFPM’s Distinguished Safety Award – the industry’s top safety honor – for a second consecutive year. Bayway Refinery in New Jersey, Borger Refinery in West Texas and the San Francisco Refinery’s Santa Maria Plant notched Elite Gold awards, and Ponca City Refinery in Oklahoma took home Elite Silver honors.

“Safety is at the core of everything we do at Phillips 66,” said Todd Denton, Phillips 66 Senior Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment and Field Operations Support. “Congratulations to our five safety award winners and their employees and contractors. The recognition by AFPM is a testament to their and the company’s steadfast commitment to the safety of our people and safe operation of our assets in our communities each and every day."

Sweeny, which is located approximately 65 miles southwest of Houston, also garnered AFPM’s Innovation Award for the refinery’s Maintenance Area Safety Team’s work to design, test and commercialize the GrateIt No-Touch Hand Safety Tool, which helps users avoid hand- and ergonomics-related injuries.

The Distinguished Safety Award is presented to eligible U.S.-based sites that demonstrate exemplary, long-term safety performance, program innovation and leadership. The Elite Gold Award is AFPM’s second-highest safety honor, and it recognizes facilities with safety performance in the top 5 percentile. The Elite Silver Award recognizes facilities with safety performance in the top 10 percentile.

Sweeny was one of only three sites to earn a Distinguished Safety Award for 2022. Nearly 250 AFPM-member refining and petrochemical facilities were eligible to apply for the safety awards.

Chevron Phillips Chemical, the joint venture between Phillips 66 and Chevron, picked up Elite Gold awards for its Borger and Orange, Texas, sites, as well as Elite Silver honors for its Port Arthur, Texas, and Sweeny operations.

AFPM is a leading trade association for U.S. refiners and chemical manufacturers. The awards are part of a program developed by the AFPM Safety and Health Committee to promote safe operations in the refining and petrochemical industries.

Sweeny’s award marks the seventh year in a row that a Phillips 66 refinery has captured the industry’s top honor.

We remind, in the oldest refining town in the American West, Phillips 66 is promising a greener future as it moves to halt crude-oil processing and build a massive renewable diesel plant, leading a global trend. That plan, announced in 2020, was initially welcomed by residents weary from a history of pollution and toxic leaks. But some have grown skeptical as the project’s details cast doubt on the environmental benefits of revamping the 127-year-old complex on 1,100 acres in Rodeo, California.

LyondellBasell details accelerated momentum in 2022 sustainability report

LyondellBasell details accelerated momentum in 2022 sustainability report

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell published its annual sustainability report titled, Unlocking Possibilities, said the company

The publication offers an in-depth review of the company's 2022 sustainability performance, focused on progress toward ending plastic waste in the environment, taking climate action and supporting a thriving society.

Ramping up circular and low carbon solutions through initiatives including growing the company's plastics recycling footprint globally to meet customer demand for more sustainable products and solutions.

Accelerating interim greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets for 2030, in line with science-based guidance and the Paris Agreement, by increasing scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction target to 42% and establishing a scope 3 emissions reduction target of 30%, relative to a 2020 baseline.

Contributing to a thriving society, including focusing on safety, advancing commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and continuing to contribute to and engage with the communities in which the company operates.

"The need to address climate and circularity has never been greater, and during my first year with LyondellBasell, we took decisive action to advance our sustainability goals and accelerate progress on existing commitments. We see opportunities to capture value from our actions and we are primed to unlock possibilities toward a more sustainable, low carbon future," said Peter Vanacker, CEO of LyondellBasell.

We remind, LyondellBasell NV said it was exploring strategic options for its U.S. Gulf Coast-based ethylene oxide & derivatives (EO&D) business. The company said it was analyzing the potential to retrofit the Houston refinery to build up its Circular and Low Carbon Solutions (CLCS) business.

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, Aekyung Chemical plans to expand its surfactant plant in Vietnam, with the aim of targeting global markets in Southeast Asia. The expansion of the plant, operated by the company's subsidiary AK VINA, will include the addition of high-value-added production lines for eco-friendly, low-stimulus, and natural surfactants.