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August 23, 2022

Industry Roundup


Tech vs. Trees: Israeli company’s ‘deprinter’ erases ink off copy paper, wood panel adhesive uses lignin as bio-based alternative to formaldehyde, Kenyan entrepreneurs turn old newspapers into pencils
Industry Intelligence Inc. (08/19)


Clariant to attend K 2022 event, showcase additive solutions for plastics to meet key e-mobility challenges in automotive industry; company notes trend for electric vehicle charging at higher voltages, necessitating materials with flame retardancy
Clariant AG (08/22)

Azerbaijan exported 186,873.62 tons of polymer products in January-July 2022, down 7.2% year-over-year; total exports of plastic and plastic products surpassed US$209.5M during the period, according to official data
Turan Information Agency (08/22)


University of California and Northwestern University researchers identify method to destroy PFAS or 'forever chemicals' using lye, commonly used in soap, and an organic solvent; method leaves behind fluoride ions that are easy to remove
Axios (08/22)

Building/Construction Chemicals

Nippon Paint introduces sustainable industrial packaging in China for its dry-mixed mortar series products; the paper bags feature BASF's Joncryl High-Performance Barrier water-based acrylic dispersion, which eliminates plastics and improves recyclability
MarketLine (08/22)

Paper & Pulp Chemicals

APP's Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper in China exporting more white cardboard to ASEAN markets, saving on raw materials like woodchips, pulp, starch imported from ASEAN member states since Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership took effect in January
China Daily: Hong Kong Edition (08/22)

Wood Chemicals

PPG to showcase patent-pending ENVIROCRON HeatSense low-temperature-cure powder coating for wood and heat-sensitive materials at International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 23-26; product is ideal for wood and wood composites, can be recycled
PPG Industries Inc. (08/22)


Polyethylene (PE)

SABIC Americas evaluates potential petrochemical facility in the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery Complex in Texas; site would include capacity for 400,000 tonnes/year each of PP and HDPE
PetroChemical News (08/22)

Veolia, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Dobbies Garden Centres launch recycling scheme for plastic compost bags; Dobbies to collect 100 million LDPE bags/year across 81 stores, Veolia to recycle bags into new products such as garden furniture, plastic films, new bags
Veolia Environnement SA (08/19)

Polypropylene (PP)

La Trobe University research demonstrates potential of recycled PP as a component in composites with cellulosic materials; recycled material shows similar property to virgin polymer, shows potential in structural materials
Ecology Daily News (08/22)

The Week in Chemistry: US PE, PP spot prices hold steady for week of Aug. 8, European PE, PP, PVC face bearish near-term outlook amid consumer economic fears; rising supply of butadiene from China sends prices downward to US$1,000/tonne on Aug. 12
Industry Intelligence Inc. (08/19)

Polyesters/Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Hassan II University of Casablanca researchers develop feather-waste nonwoven-reinforced polyester composite as a low-cost, sustainable, lightweight material; biocomposite's biodegradability rates ranged from 62%-92% depending on sample nature: study
Transportation Daily News (08/22)

Polycarbonate (PC)

Covestro to launch mechanical recycling line for PC polymers at integrated site in Shanghai, with capacity for 60,000 tons/year of recycled PC; PCR material will be used primarily for compounding in automotive, consumer goods, electronic applications
Covestro LLC (08/19)


Borealis terminates contracts with IREM for propane dehydrogenation site in Kallo, Belgium, in light of allegations of misconduct by IREM; only minor portion of work will resume, as IREM was responsible for 80% of work
Borealis AG (08/19)


Zapsibneftekhim, an affiliate of Sibur, produces first batch of HD 02604 LS black PE grade; production site is expected to have capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year
ITAR-TASS (08/19)

Indian government grants startup loan of 11,500,000 rupees to TGP Bioplastics to commercialize a compostable plastic that could offer alternative to single-use plastics; officials aim to help address ongoing plastic pollution problems
Bureaucracy Today (08/19)

Polymethyl Methacrylate (Acrylic/PMMA)

Fiberglass mat manufacturer Saint-Gobain ADFORS orders ProJet Power Cleaner for Litomysl, Czech Republic, facility, to be delivered later in 2022; cleaner to remove acrylic binder, fibers on saturator belt line, provide optimum drying performance for belt
Projet B.V. (08/22)


European styrene contracts in July sink 22% month-on-month to €509/tonne; feedstock benzene dropped 37% month-on-month to €1,117/tonne in August: ICIS
ICIS Chemical Business (CBNB Abstracts) (08/19)

US styrene contracts for August sink more than 21% month-on-month to US$0.74/lb, owing to lower cash expenses and falling spot prices; some facilities resumed production in June 2022 after maintenance, adding to availability: ICIS
ICIS Chemical Business (CBNB Abstracts) (08/19)



Southwest University scientists develop antimicrobial nonwoven fabrics for filters, face masks coated with common food industry compounds; levulinic acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate coatings are low-cost, safe, show activity against bacteria, H1N1 flu virus
Chemicals & Chemistry Daily (08/19)


NOK-Freudenberg--a JV of Freudenberg and Japan-based oil seal manufacturer NOK--applies to nominate electrically conductive nonwoven for Chinese automotive industry's Gasgoo Awards; sealing nonwoven grounding component protects e-motor shaft from erosion
Gasgoo (08/22)

Global market for construction sealants projected to reach US$13.8B by 2028 from US$8.6B in 2021; growth drivers include rising demand for green building, encouraged by increasing disposable income, environmental concerns
ReleaseWire (08/19)

 End markets


UK startup Orange Packaging specializes in reusable and recyclable packaging options, tailored to meet unique needs of businesses; up to 250% pre-stretching can be done in pallet stretch films, offering an economical packaging solution, official says
M2 PressWIRE (08/22)

Biodegradable films market expected to cross US$1.78B by 2028, with a CAGR of 7.1% during 2022–2028; key players include BASF, Avery Dennison
ReleaseWire (08/19)


KP Snacks to cut plastic packaging by 25% across its Tyrrells range; the new packaging will save 113 tonnes of plastic/year, will include a flash featuring the message, ‘We’re taking action with 25% less packaging’
Convenience Store (08/22)

Plastic recycling patents hit record high, up eight-fold to 2,149 since 2016, with China leading at 1,970 patents in 2021 alone; industry currently competing to be first to make clear recycled plastic, a potentially £100.00B market: Mathys & Squire
Mathys & Squire LLP (08/22)

Plastic Packaging

China's 2018 National Sword policy restricting plastic, paper waste imports only partially led to US recycling investment increase; companies previously planned expansions with rise of e-commerce, especially for containerboard: Northeast Recycling Council
Waste Dive (08/22)

Environmental advocacy group has been pushing for a proposal to put a US$0.10 fee on single-use plastic bags in Durham County, North Carolina; environmentalists say policies limiting single-use plastics are necessary to curb state's microplastics problem
Independent Tribune (08/22)

Cosmetic & Personal Care Ingredients

Westman Atelier releases Vital Skincare Complexion Drops, new skin tint hybrids available in 16 shades, with four new hues to be added in December; serum-like tints feature Tsubaki oil and pomegranate extract, offer hydration and light to medium coverage
Hypebae (08/19)

Singer Becky G's Tresluce Beauty expands into brow products with two launches; Dual-Ended Micro Brow Pencil comes in six long-lasting and waterproof natural shades, while the Clear Brow Gel boasts conditioning properties with vitamin E and Marney seed oil
Hypebae (08/19)

Food & Beverage Ingredients/Additives

Nutramax Laboratories sues Zesty Paws for allegedly false advertising regarding ingredients, quality, third-party rankings and market performance of their products; company claims testing shows E. Coli contamination and undetectable active ingredients
News Direct (08/22)

IFF opens new Nourish Innovation Lab at company's research center in Union Beach, New Jersey; new flavor and food design lab offers customers full portfolio of ingredients
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) (08/19)

Flavors, Fragrances & Scents

Singer Ariana Grande expands her fragrance portfolio into new product category with launch of God is a Woman Body Line, exclusively with Ulta Beauty; clean, scented products include body scrub, body oil, hand and body cream, deluxe travel spray
PR Newswire (08/22)

Unilever's Lynx brand will launch A.I. Body Spray made with Firmenich; deodorant developed with AI using 46 terabytes of data, 6,000 ingredients and 3.5 million potential fragrance combinations, designed to tap into Gen Z fascination with tech and crypto
Grocer (08/19)

Silicon, Silicone & Silicate

Meyer Burger signs agreement to purchase silicon wafers from Norwegian Crystals for use in solar cell and solar module production; wafers incorporate polysilicon of European and US origin
Meyer Burger (08/22)

Major US legislation in support of solar power component manufacturing will support restart of REC Silicon's solar-grade polysilicon site in Moses Lake, Washington, CEO says; company is negotiating sale of output to solar panel maker Hanwha Solutions
Columbia Basin Herald (08/22)


PFNonwovens orders its eighth ProJet Power Cleaner system for Znojmo, Czech Republic, spunbond, meltblown facility; continuous belt cleaning system reduces nonwovens' web contamination, increases production efficiency of company's face mask materials
Projet B.V. (08/22)

Yazd University researchers determine linear Jeffery's II model can predict compression, recovery behavior of needle-punched nonwoven textiles before being commercially produced; model has high accuracy for dynamic loading of needle-punched textiles
Middle East Daily (08/22)


EcoEnclose launches ReEnclose Mailer, a reusable shipping solution; ReEnclose Mailers are made with 100% recycled fabric, available in various sizes, thicknesses, and colors, and can be sent back to EcoEnclose for recycling when they are no longer usable
EINPresswire.com (08/19)

Henan University researchers develop silk nonwoven fabric modified with conductive carbon nanotubes for use as wearable strain sensor system, electronic skin; flexible sensor can detect real-time motion, strain as low as 0.05%, 'ultra-low' 10 Pa pressure
Nanotech Daily (08/19)


Latest: Aug, 22 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
BASF SE (BAS) :ETR 43.12 43.49 -0.86% -34.58%
Eastman Chemical (EMN) 94.96 98.61 -3.70% -13.59%
Fuller H B (FUL) 68.28 70.64 -3.34% 3.91%
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) 115.25 119.32 -3.41% -23.04%
Lyondellbasell Industries N.v (LYB) 88.05 89.26 -1.36% -10.35%
Ppg Industries (PPG) 127.23 131.94 -3.57% -21.03%