McDermott awarded PMC contract from IOCL

McDermott awarded PMC contract from IOCL

MOSCOW (MRC) -- McDermott has been awarded a project management consultancy contract from India Oil Corporation Limited for the Maleic Anhydride (MAH) unit at the Panipat Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, located 62 miles from New Delhi, India, said Hydrocarbnprocessing.

McDermott's scope includes project management and consultancy services for the unit, including front-end engineering design (FEED), review of engineering activities, construction supervision services, assistance in start-up, pre-commissioning, commissioning, performance guarantee test run and project closure.

"McDermott has a long-standing relationship with IOCL and is currently executing three large-scale projects at their Barauni and Haldia refineries," said Vaseem Khan, McDermott's Senior Vice President, Onshore. "Our unrivaled project management and execution capabilities, combined with our decades of experience in India, uniquely position us to successfully execute this project."

This is India's first mega-scale MAH plant to manufacture chemical products. MAH is used to make specialty products like polyester resins, surface coating plasticizers, agrochemicals and lubricant additives. Other chemicals that will be produced from the plant include Tetra Hydro Furan (THF), which is widely used in adhesives and vinyl film, and Butanediol (BDO), which is used in engineering-grade plastic and biodegradable fibers.

Work on the project will be executed from McDermott's Center of Excellence in Gurugram, India.

We remind, McDermott has been awarded an engineering, procurement services and construction management (EPsCm) contract from Slovnaft, a.s., for the steam cracker intensification off-gas processing project at its plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Veolia PET Germany to shutter Rostock site

Veolia PET Germany to shutter Rostock site

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Veolia PET Germany has announced plans to close its PET recycling plant in Rostock, in the northeast of Germany, on 31 December 2023 as the rPET market in Europe continues to be characterised by uncertainty and volatility, said Sustainableplastics.

High energy prices and uncertain economic conditions, as well as competition from low-cost Asia-Pacific virgin PET imports have created a challenging market environment for European rPET producers, who have seen both rPET flake demand and prices come under considerable pressure.

Veolia PET Germany is part of the Veolia Umweltservice GmbH corporate Group. The Rostock plant, spanning an area of 12,000 m2, handles over one billion PET bottles a year, annually producing some 32,000 tonnes of food-grade recyclate primarily for bottle production and high-quality recyclate for use in film and thermoforming production.
The company, which has successfully operated on the European PET market for over 20 years, said its decision was the result of the market’s ‘unwillingness to create a sustainable closed loop for PET beverage bottles’.

This is despite the fact that, under the provisions of the Single Use Plastics Directive, all PET beverage bottles will be required to contain 25% R-PET by 2025. Veolia said that failing the security provided by long-term purchasing commitments from the beverage industry and/or retailers, keeping the PET recycling plant in operation was no longer economically viable.

Meanwhile, at the end of March, following a petition lodged by PET Europe to do so, the EU issued a EU’s notice of initiation of an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese PET resin. The product under investigation is PET with a viscosity of 78 ml/g or higher originating in the People’s Republic of China, currently classified under HS code 39076100.

However, it will take at least 13, but not more than 14 months after the date of the publication of the notice for the investigation to be completed and even longer before any measures are implemented. As a result of Veolia’s decision to shut the plant, some fifty employees are set to lose their jobs.

Veolia’s production facilities in Frauenfeld (Switzerland), Fetsund (Norway), Norrkoping (Sweden) and the central marketing company for all plants in Hamburg will not be affected by the closure.

We remind, PET Baltija, one of the largest PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET) recyclers in Northern Europe and part of Eco Baltia, the largest waste management and recycling group in the Baltics, announces the investment of over EUR10 million as part of the development of a new PET recycling plant in Olaine, Latvia. This joint project is being delivered by Eco Baltia, which is backed by the INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund, in collaboration with PICHE, a leading industrial park developer in Latvia. The total investment exceeds EUR35 million.

Joint event highlights the benefits of recycled plastics

Joint event highlights the benefits of recycled plastics

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Wholly-owned BASF subsidiary trinamiX GmbH, a provider of mobile spectroscopy solutions and chemicals company BASF have teamed up with two other businesses to raise awareness about the value of recycling used materials into new products, said Sustainableplastics.

Together with Net Your Problem, a company that works with fishing communities, recyclers and sustainable brands to recycle end?of?life fishing gear, and Grundens, a leading manufacturer of fishing apparel and footwear, the companies organised events in the Puget Sound area around Seattle on 9-10 May demonstrating the potential for circularity of plastics in harbours.

A key part of the event took place at the three participating ports of Bellingham, Seattle, and Port Townsend; here, fisherman could hand in their old fishing and rain gear to be recycled.

Volunteers from different companies collected, identified, and sorted the incoming materials, using a new tech solution developed by trinamiX to identify the different material types in a matter of seconds. This enable the items to be sorted into pure material streams prior to being recycled.

“Sorting is at the crux of a functioning recycling system, and the trinamiX solution allows us to do this on the spot, increasing the purity of the products we provide to recyclers and helping educate fishermen about what is recyclable,” explained Nicole Baker, founder of Net Your Problem. Use was made of local resources to minimise the carbon emissions associated with the event, thus enhancing and safeguarding the sustainability of the project itself.

Not only were many of the participants local volunteers including students from Western Washington University, but after collection, the materials were compressed onsite with balers provided by machinery manufacturers Bramidan Group and Blankenship Equipment. Baling reduces the amount of space materials take up in trucks, resulting in more efficient transport to the nearby recycling facilities.

The multiple material streams generated from the collected fishing gear and apparel will be processed by different companies. The nets provide new raw material for Grundens to create new products such as jackets, boots, and pants. BASF’s Performance Materials business is also looking at applications for the recyclate derived from these products.

“For trinamiX and BASF, the event shows that joint commitment along the value chain and innovative approaches turn recycling challenges into business opportunities,” concluded Brian Schmatz, Business Development Manager at trinamiX GmbH.

We remind, BASF announced that it has received the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS for certain grades of plastic additives produced at its manufacturing sites in Kaisten, Switzerland and McIntosh, Alabama, United States.

Yili Group and Sidel strengthen strategic partnership and drive innovation through installation of versatile Aseptic Lab filler

Yili Group and Sidel strengthen strategic partnership and drive innovation through installation of versatile Aseptic Lab filler

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Yili Group, Asia’s largest dairy company, received support and expertise from Sidel to install a versatile Aseptic Lab filler, which has been designed primarily for research and development and is situated in Yili’s specially constructed facility, said Polymerupdate.

It will enable the regional market leader to launch new products and adapt existing bottles, further enhancing its reputation for innovation.

Already in operation, Sidel’s versatile Aseptic Lab filler has been designed with the customer’s specific needs in mind and will allow Yili to lead the market in innovation and versatility while providing a platform to rapidly develop and launch products more efficiently.

Compact in scale, the versatile Aseptic Lab filler was conceived to enable Yili to research and test product designs, enabling test runs consisting of a small number of bottles with different shapes and sizes. Entirely flexible, the line also allows Yili’s developers to customise any element of the test projects, ranging from the overall product to the specific neck, bottle format or capping. In addition to the several types of aseptic filling processes for both still and carbonated drinks, this lab line can handle other types of filling processes, such as hot filling. Additional benefits include huge flexibility, simplicity of operation, comprehensive maintenance and troubleshooting.

As a provider of healthy food and a strong advocate of a healthy lifestyle, Yili aligns closely to its highest principle belief of quality being as precious as life itself. Yili has been supported by Sidel in meeting new demands for products, helping to maintain its leading position in the dairy market and to develop its presence in the market of other soft drinks.

The delivery of Sidel’s versatile Aseptic Lab filler, along with a new EvoBLOW eHR with six cavities, benefited from a combination of expertise, both in China and across the world. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges during the assembly of the line. However, Sidel and Yili cooperated very closely to ensure the successful completion of the project. The installation and technical assistance were delivered fully through professional guidance, conducted remotely via virtual calls by Sidel, and executed on the ground by experienced engineers based in Greater China.

Sidel and Yili have forged a strategic partnership which commenced in 2017. Sidel’s values of customer excellence, collaboration, innovation, and sustainability align with similar values typical of Yili Group too, who assessed equipment capacity, technical support, ability to innovate, product quality, sustainable development and service across the board in their search for a strategic partner.

Filippo Fu, Sidel Regional Sales Director China, said: “The official launch of the PET versatile Aseptic Lab filler in Yili’s Shanghai innovation centre represents the further deepening of the strategic partnership between Yili and Sidel, from equipment supplying to all-round cooperation in packaging development, product development, resource and knowledge sharing. In relying on Sidel’s new PET versatile Aseptic Lab filler, Yili will not only continue to consolidate and expand its leading position in PET dairy packaging but also lay a solid foundation for further expanding its popularity and influence in the beverage industry. Yili’s choice also proves the value and contribution of Sidel in food safety, packaging innovation and sustainable development."

Innovation and sustainability are of mutual importance to both Sidel and Yili. The ongoing strategic partnership will enable Sidel to support Yili in leading in this area, with the newly-installed versatile Aseptic Lab filler providing the means to develop designs and products which maintain an existing level of sustainability. It will also be able to experiment and attempt breakthroughs in energy conservation, in addition to consumption and emission reduction, which can be shared to enable Sidel to further strengthen its service to customers.

We remind, Berry Global Group, Inc., Peel Plastic Products Ltd., and ExxonMobil are working together to integrate International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) PLUS certified-circular plastics into pet food packaging for household brand names. The collaboration leverages ExxonMobil’s ExxtendTM technology for advanced recycling, which processes plastic waste and attributes it to new plastic for food-grade packaging through a mass balance approach.

Investment in sustainable packaging continues to climb

Investment in sustainable packaging continues to climb

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A new report, ‘Sustainable Packaging in Europe: the drive for change’, launched yesterday at the Rethinking Materials Innovation and Investment Summit in London, shows that the material choices made by the European packaging industry are changing at a rapid pace, said Sustainableplastics.

The report was commissioned by Aquapak, the company behind Hydropol, a water-soluble, biodegradable polymer based on PVOH suitable for various packaging uses, including coated or laminated bags and pouches. To dispose of, consumers can put the packaging into their household paper waste. The Hydropol layer is formulated to ‘wash off’ - dissolve - during the paper repulping process and then either biodegrades in the wastewater system or turned into clean energy if the plant has an AD system.

Based on a survey carried out by research firm Pure Profile among 150 sustainability and packaging experts across the UK, Italy and Germany) in March 2023, the findings show that 62% expect their company to increase their budgets for investing in sustainable packaging material over the next five years, with a further 23% expecting to see budgets increase dramatically.

Over the next five years, the use of multi-material solutions combining paper and plastic, new polymers and paper is expected to rise, whilst the use of polyethylene is set to decline. The majority - 83% - of respondents said they planned to increase their use of multi-material solutions across their product portfolios, while (72%) will make more use of paper over the next five years. 69% and 65% anticipate a greater use of new polymers, such as PVOH and bioplastics, respectively in their packaging material. These trends are similar over a ten-year horizon.

Sustainability, however, must go hand-in-hand with important attributes such as product protection. The respondents indicated that barrier properties, extending the shelf life and functionality – ease of use for the end-consumer - outweighed the importance of recyclability.

As Aquapak CEO Mark Lapping pointed out, the report shows the European packaging industry is moving towards more sustainable materials as they focus on the circular economy.

“However, it is also clear that the job packaging has to do is paramount, with product protection and functionality a priority. The good news is that new barrier film technologies exist, offering both performance and environmental responsibility at scale,” he said.

We remind, According to the Federal Environment Agency, around 3.33 million tonnes of plastic waste were recycled or reused as raw materials in Germany in 2019. More than 38 per cent of this was polypropylene (PP). Yet recycling this PP comes with its own set of problems, caused by the fact that due to the sometimes very long polymer chains, the melt flow index of PP derived from the mechanical pre-sorting of various material streams is often too low to allow for further processing via either injection moulding or extrusion.