Eastman partners with Dentis Group Nord Pal Plast to unlock feedstock for facility in France

Eastman partners with Dentis Group Nord Pal Plast to unlock feedstock for facility in France

Eastman announced a long-term agreement with Nord Pal Plast SA part of Dentis Group, a leading Italian multinational company specializing in the recovery and mechanical recycling of PET packaging waste, said the company.

Through their mechanical recycling sites in France (Nord Pal Plast SA), Spain (PET COMPANIA PARA SU RECICLADO) and Italy (Dentis Recycling Italy Srl), Dentis will provide 30,000 metric tonnes per year of rejected PET post-consumer waste to Eastman. These materials, which currently lack a circular solution, will be recycled at Eastman's molecular recycling facility in Port-Jerome-sur-Seine, Normandy (France).

This partnership underscores the importance and complementary nature of both mechanical and molecular recycling processes in creating a more sustainable future. By combining their expertise and resources, both companies aim to achieve true circularity in the recycling process, maximizing the value of waste materials and reducing environmental impact.

“We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Eastman since our group is strongly committed to promoting a continuous transition from a linear to a circular economy in the packaging market,” said Corrado Dentis, Dentis/Nord Pal Plast’s chief executive officer. “This partnership contributes to create a standing valuable platform towards PET waste reduction making mechanical and chemical recycling effectively complementary towards the achievements in European Plastic recycling rates.”

“We are very happy to enter into this agreement with Dentis/Nord Pal Plast, which exemplifies Eastman's commitment to collaboration and our dedication to working alongside mechanical recyclers to tackle the plastic waste crisis,” said Brad Lich, Eastman’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “This partnership is a testament to our shared goal of reducing plastic waste and advancing the circular economy. With over 70% of the feedstock secured for our upcoming recycling plant in Normandy, including materials typically rejected by mechanical recyclers, this agreement represents a significant element of our feedstock availability and reinforces our commitment to sustainable solutions."

Eastman's announced molecular recycling facility in Normandy is set to become the world's largest material-to-material molecular recycling plant. At full capacity, after phase 1 and phase 2, the facility will have the capacity to recycle more than 200,000 tonnes of hard-to-recycle polyester waste annually. This significant investment in France marks a milestone in Eastman's commitment to sustainable solutions and supports the company's efforts to establish a more circular economy.

Eastman's molecular recycling technologies allow for the breakdown of hard-to-recycle waste into its molecular building blocks. These building blocks are then reassembled to create first-quality materials without compromising performance. Eastman's process enables the potentially infinite value of materials, keeping them in production cycle after cycle.

We remind, Rumpke Waste & Recycling (Rumpke) and molecular recycling pioneer Eastman, today announced a groundbreaking partnership to help address the global plastic waste crisis. Later this year, Rumpke will begin collecting and sorting hard-to-recycle and colored PET packaging waste, materials that are largely unaddressed in today’s recycling ecosystem and will provide 100 percent of this waste stream as feedstock to Eastman’s molecular recycling process.

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Former Hyundai plant in St. Petersburg renamed AGR Automobile Plant

The former plant of South Korean Hyundai Motor Company in St. Petersburg, now owned by Russian auto holding AGR Automotive Group, has changed its name to the AGR Automobile Plant (Avtozavod AGR LLC), the Unified State Register of Legal Entities shows, said Interfax.

The general director of Avtozavod AGR LLC is Alexey Kalitsev, who was appointed general director of the AGR holding in January 2024. He has been a senior manager at Hyundai's Russian representative office, Hyundai Motor CIS LLC, since 2010, and was responsible for the development strategies for the Hyundai and Genesis brands in Russia. He served as managing director of Hyundai's Russian subsidiary from 2017 onward. Kalitsev is also the current chairman of the automakers committee of the Association of European Businesses (AEB), and a member of the board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

As reported, in January 2024, the parent company of the AGR auto holding, Art-Finance LLC, closed a deal to acquire 100% of the shares of the former Russian production subsidiary of Hyundai. The company now combines St. Petersburg production sites in Kamenka (formerly produced Hyundai and Kia models) and Shushary (former GM plant).

Art-Finance LLC, headed by the former president of the Avilon dealer holding, Andrei Pavlovich, was registered in Moscow in February last year. In May, it purchased the assets of the Russian representative office of Volkswagen, including its car plant in Kaluga. It became known that Hyundai's Russian assets would also be sold to Art-Finance by the end of 2023.

AGR did not disclose the terms of its deal with Hyundai. South Korea's newspaper The Chosun Ilbo said that the transaction price was approved at a symbolic level of 140,000 won, or approximately 10,000 rubles. Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said in early February that mass production of cars at the former Hyundai plant in St. Petersburg could begin in Q2 2024.

AGR LLC (formerly Volkswagen Group Rus LLC) was the official importer and manufacturer of Volkswagen Group cars from 2003 to 2023. The company changed its name in June 2023, which was the first step in the transformation and restart of the business after the transfer of VW's Russian assets to Art-Finance.

The Hyundai automobile plant in St. Petersburg started up in 2010. Production was suspended in March 2022 due to difficulties with supplies of components. Until the spring of 2022, the enterprise, with a capacity of more than 200,000 cars per year, produced the Hyundai Solaris, Hyundai Creta, Kia Rio and Kia Rio X-Line models. The company's revenue decreased 75.6% in 2022 to 50.3 billion rubles, with an 18.8 billion ruble net loss against 11.2 billion rubles of net profit the previous year.

We remind, sales of new passenger cars in Russia in 2023 increased 69% YoY on last year's low base to 1.06 million units, Interfax reported, citing data from JSC Passport Industrial Consulting, which is a joint venture of the agency and the JSC Electronic Passport manufacturer's certificate of origin operator. The statistics include data for sales of car brands on the official market as well as parallel imports, which made up nearly 15% of the market for the entirety of last year.

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Bashkir Soda Company starts production of new non-flammable plastic compounds

Bashkir Soda Company starts production of new non-flammable plastic compounds

Bashkir Soda Company JSC (BSC, Sterlitamak) has started producing six grades of reduced-fire hazard PVC plastics, said Interfax.

"In accordance with the new Eurasian Economic Union technical regulation "On limiting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and radio electronics products," these newly-developed brands of plastic compounds have been created using safe components. They are distinguished not only by their reduced fire hazard, but also by environmental friendliness. When working with the products, less smoke and hydrogen chloride are emitted," the report says.

The company's own developments are also used in the production of new mass-produced brands. Thus, the product formulation includes metal-containing lubricants.

Currently, the company mass-produces more than 20 types of PVC plastic compounds used in the production of protective shells, insulation and internal filling of cables and wires for operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to +70 degrees Celsius.

The Bashkir Soda Company is the largest producer of soda ash and baking soda in Russia, and one of the country's leaders in the production of PVC, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid. It is part of the JSC Ruschem group of companies (formerly Russian Hydrogen).

Ruschem also combines Berezniki Soda Plant JSC and Donbiotech JSC, as well as a number of enterprises in the South of Russia. Among the industries which use Ruschem products are glass, oil refining, metallurgy, pulp and paper, paint and varnish, tires, agriculture, aviation and others.

We remind, Russian energy company Novatek resumed gas condensate processing at its Ust-Luga complex on Feb. 11, two industry sources said on Wednesday, after the site was damaged last month by a suspected Ukrainian drone attack. The complex processed about 18,000 metric tons of gas condensate over Feb. 11-12, the sources said. Novatek did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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Novatek LNG complex in Kashira nears completion

Novatek LNG complex in Kashira nears completion

Novatek-LNG Fuel Kashira LLC has almost completed construction of a mini liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the Kashira special economic zone in Moscow Region, as per Interfax.

Inspectors have found that the facility is "99%" completed, with experts "finalizing commissioning work on process equipment and engineering systems," Glavgosstroynadzor said.

Construction of the 3,000-square-meter facility began in January 2023 and was scheduled for completion at the end of 2023.

The CEO of Russian LNG producer Novatek , Leonid Mikhelson and Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov signed an investment agreement on the project at the 2022 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. It calls for building a plant with capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes of fuel per year at a cost of about 2.6 billion rubles.

We remind, Russian energy company Novatek resumed gas condensate processing at its Ust-Luga complex on Feb. 11, two industry sources said on Wednesday, after the site was damaged last month by a suspected Ukrainian drone attack. The complex processed about 18,000 metric tons of gas condensate over Feb. 11-12, the sources said. Novatek did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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Russia's Novatek resumes processing at damaged Ust-Luga complex

Russia's Novatek resumes processing at damaged Ust-Luga complex

Russian energy company Novatek resumed gas condensate processing at its Ust-Luga complex on Feb. 11, two industry sources said on Wednesday, after the site was damaged last month by a suspected Ukrainian drone attack, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The complex processed about 18,000 metric tons of gas condensate over Feb. 11-12, the sources said. Novatek did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Novatek was forced to suspend some operations at Ust-Luga, a huge Baltic Sea fuel export terminal and processing complex, due to a fire on Jan. 21 started by what Ukrainian media said was a drone attack.

On Jan. 24, the company resumed fuel loadings at the Ust-Luga terminal, but exported fuel produced before the fire and held in storage tanks as well as gas condensate.

The Ust-Luga complex, launched in 2013, processes gas condensate into light and heavy naphtha, jet fuel, ship fuel component (fuel oil) and gasoil, and enables the company to ship oil products as well as gas condensate to international markets.

Novatek produces mostly naphtha for Asia, including China, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia, as well as jet fuel with delivery to Istanbul for Turkish Airlines THYAO.IS. In 2023, the Ust-Luga complex processed 7 million metric tons of gas condensate, according to Novatek data.

We remind, the tanker Luggati is being loaded at Novatek's NVTK.MM terminal at the Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga, where the company's fuel-producing complex was damaged by fire in January, according to industry sources and LSEG data. The tanker is designed for loading dirty oil products and, presumably, can take on fuel oil from the complex’s storage tanks, the sources added.

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