Toray and Honda Start Jointly Validating Chemical Nylon 6 Recycling for Automotive Applications

Toray and Honda Start Jointly Validating Chemical Nylon 6 Recycling for Automotive Applications

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Toray Industries, Inc., announced it signed an agreement with Honda Motor Co., Ltd., to jointly develop a chemical recycling technology for glass-fiber reinforced nylon 6 parts recovered from end-of-life vehicles, said the company.

The two have begun verifying this technology, which entails depolymerizing with subcritical water and regenerating the materials as caprolactam, a raw monomer.

The two companies focused on such subcritical water characteristics as its high permeability, dissolving power , and hydrolysis effect in resins in developing a technology that successfully depolymerizes nylon 6 with that water. Subcritical water is water at high temperatures and pressures. It is free of catalysts, additives do not affect it, and it can depolymerize nylon 6 in several dozen minutes to create high yields of raw monomer. Separating, refining, and repolymerizing that monomer makes it possible to regenerate nylon 6 that performs like a virgin material.

The Ministry of the Environment adopted this technology for a fiscal 2023 project to establish a decarbonized circular economy system, including to validate recycling systems for plastics and other resources. Toray and Honda look to employ that project to set up a pilot facility with a processing capacity of 500 metric tons annually of raw resin, conducting validation testing with it.

The first step with this work is to recycle used automotive plastic parts into the same automotive materials. The two companies will develop depolymerization and monomer separation and refining technologies by employing intake manifolds as raw materials for engine intake system parts. They seek to apply these technologies for recycling chemicals in automotive resin parts by around 2027.

Down the track, they look to broaden the scope of their chemical recycling technology to encompass apparel, films, and other non-automotive applications. They also envisage inviting other companies to take part in their effort and a set up a chemical recycling scheme for nylon 6 in Japan. This endeavor would help realization a circular economy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

We remind, Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has added two items to its LIVMOA™ series of comfortable, single-use protective clothing. One is the LIVMOA™ 4300AS, a water- and oil-resistant model that offers excellent breathability. The other is the LIVMOA™ 1000AS, an entry-level model that complies with the JIS T 8115:2015 Type 5 (sealed for protection from solid airborne particulates) and JIS T 8115:2015 Type 6 (sealed for protection from mist) standards.

SABIC an highlights its initiatives toward solving global mega trends

SABIC an highlights its initiatives toward solving global mega trends

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SABIC Agri-Nutrients Company (SABIC AN) highlighted its position as an innovative and sustainable leader contributing to solving global megatrends during its participation as a principal sponsor in the 13th GPCA Agri-Nutrients Conference in Doha from September 17 to 19, said the company.

The conference held under the theme ‘Sustainable Transformation in Practice – The Future of Agri-Nutrients’ provided a platform to discuss the triggers for transformation and global challenges and increase the chances of creating a more sustainable and resilient future for agri-food systems.

Delivering a keynote speech, Abdulrahman Shamsaddin, SABIC AN CEO and Vice-Chair of the GPCA Agri-Nutrients Committee, said, “We must all work together with our stakeholders on innovation programs at the local, regional and global levels. Up and down the value chain, we must encourage the exchange of know-how, the securing of financing, and, simply, a willingness to change.”

“If we do these things, then I think it’s entirely possible for us to increase crop yields, reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions of ammonia manufacture, and make crops more resilient to the vagaries of weather,” he added.

On the sidelines of the conference, SABIC AN had a booth to build valuable relationships with customers, share its outlook for the future, showcase its products and solutions, and project its strong position as the national champion and a global leader in the agri-nutrients industry.

SABIC AN highlighted its initiatives toward environmental protection, global food security, and sustainable practices through its theme, “Nourishing sustainable crops with collaborative innovation.”

We remind, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has partnered with three specialists in the field of in-mold labeling (IML) to demonstrate the use of certified renewable polypropylene (PP) resins in high quality mono-PP thin-wall container packaging without compromising quality, processability, safety or convenience.

BASF launches first biomass balance plastic additives

BASF launches first biomass balance plastic additives

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF announced the launch of the industry’s first biomass balance offerings for plastic additives, said the company.

The initial offerings, including Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert, are certified by TUV Nord for mass balance according to the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC PLUS). These industry-first solutions support the use of renewable feedstock to replace fossil feedstock and help BASF’s customers meet their sustainability targets.

The BMBcert offerings contribute to a reduction in fossil feedstock demand. At the beginning of the value chain, fossil-based raw material is replaced by ISCC certified bio-based feedstock and a corresponding amount is attributed to the product according to a mass balance approach. Via the attribution of these sustainably sourced renewable feedstocks, the product’s cradle-to-gate carbon footprint is significantly reduced by up to 60 percent, compared to the global average product carbon footprint of conventional grades.

The certified aemissions andcontribute to sustainable development by saving fossil resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and advancing the use of renewable feedstock. This unique solution enables customers to differentiate their products from the competition and helps them achieve their sustainability goals; all without compromising on performance and quality.

Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert are drop-in replacements for Irganox 1010 and Irganox 1076. These BMBcert offerings are identical to the conventional grades in performance, quality, and product stewardship and regulatory aspects. As a result, customers do not need to requalify the new additives or reformulate their products.

Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert will initially be produced at BASF’s site in Kaisten, Switzerland, with additional availability of Irganox 1010 FF BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert from McIntosh, USA in early 2024.

BASF is the leading innovative global partner for plastic additives and is focused on aligning with customer sustainability goals. BMBcert additives are a part of the VALERAS portfolio to create new value for plastics. BASF will continue to drive sustainable innovation in the plastic additives industry by addressing transformation topics such as climate change action.

ISCC PLUS is an international certification program that ensures the chain of custody along the value chain from feedstock to the final product.

We remind, BASF signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) to purchase renewable electricity for its Zhanjiang Verbund site, which is under construction in Guangdong province, China. The PPA is a further step in the renewable energy partnership between BASF and SPIC following the framework agreement signed in March 2022.

Russia considers temporary fuel export ban due to domestic crunch

Russia considers temporary fuel export ban due to domestic crunch

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Russian government is considering a complete ban on the export of oil products for a certain period of time in order to stabilize domestic fuel prices, said Reuters.

Another option under consideration is an increase in the oil products export duty to USD250 per ton, it said.

The duty will be reimbursed to those companies that comply with the ministry of energy quotas for supply of petroleum products to the domestic market, the Interfax agency said, citing sources.

The domestic fuel shortage in Russia - one of the world's biggest oil producers - has been a result of modernization works at refineries, infrastructure bottlenecks and a weaker rouble following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 that raised borrowing costs.

Market sources told Reuters in late August that the situation may get worse in coming months.

We remind, Russia's United Oil- and Gas-Chemical Co. and China's Xuan Yuan Industrial Development have agreed to jointly invest USD686 MM in construction of a transshipment oil complex in Russia's far east. The complex will facilitate Russia's oil exports to China as Moscow expands its infrastructure to diversify exports of commodities eastward and away from Europe, which it now deems politically "unfriendly".

Origin Materials awarded BioMADE funding to advance the U.S Department of Defense sustainability goals

Origin Materials awarded BioMADE funding to advance the U.S Department of Defense sustainability goals

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Origin Materials, a leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, has been awarded funding from BioMADE, a Manufacturing Innovation Institute catalyzed by the U.S. Department of Defense, said the company.

BioMADE announced a suite of projects that aim to aid in the advancement of Department of Defense supply chain resiliency and sustainability goals, re-shore manufacturing jobs to the United States, and enhance the domestic bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem. Origin Materials is one of nine projects announced by BioMADE, totaling $18.7 million in funding.

As part of its project, Origin will leverage its technology platform to develop samples of bio-based polymers and bio-based carbon black, which can be used to make more sustainable tires and other products, which could support Department of Defense fleet decarbonization efforts.

“This grant reflects the strong momentum for Origin’s technology platform to help solve the greatest sustainability challenges of our time,” said Origin Materials Co-CEO Rich Riley. “We are excited that Origin has been selected to pursue this far-reaching initiative for American manufacturing.”

“These projects will help unlock the benefits of bioindustrial manufacturing for all Americans – from everyday consumers to farmers to warfighters,” said Dr. Douglas Friedman, Chief Executive Officer at BioMADE in a statement. “By creating new products and transforming how we domestically manufacture existing products, these projects – and the bioindustrial manufacturing industry at large – have the potential to positively impact nearly every aspect of our lives.”

“These projects represent the breadth and depth of what can be accomplished with bioindustrial manufacturing,” said Dr. Melanie Tomczak, Head of Programs and Chief Technology Officer at BioMADE in a statement. “These innovations can play a key role in enhancing our military readiness, strengthening domestic supply chains, supporting American farmers, and creating jobs in rural communities.”

We remind, Origin Materials and Husky Technologies announced a milestone in the commercialization of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) incorporating the sustainable chemical FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) for advanced packaging and other applications.