Agriculture and chemical giants lobby to weaken European Green Deal

Unearthed | October 12, 2020

Europe’s farming and chemical lobbies attempted to weaken new EU targets to halve pesticide use by 2030, according to documents obtained by Unearthed. At a meeting in March, the European Crop Protection Association – which represents some of the world’s biggest pesticide producers – suggested to European Commission (EC) officials the target was double what could be achieved in the next decade. It came after the influential farming lobby group Copa Cogeca warned the man in charge of the EC’s European Green Deal plan – Frans Timmermans – that its pesticide reduction ambitions were “too high” and would “drive farmers out of business”.

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Natural gas liquids, a key input for plastic production, are hard to transport. Petrochemical producers relying on natural gas liquids or ethane as a feedstock typically cluster geographically near sources of natural gas.

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Natural gas liquids, a key input for plastic production, are hard to transport. Petrochemical producers relying on natural gas liquids or ethane as a feedstock typically cluster geographically near sources of natural gas.

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Advanced Petrochemical signs offtake deals for PP from planned complex at Jubail

Advanced | December 30, 2020

Saudi-based Advanced Petrochemical Company, a vital maker of polypropylene items, said its auxiliary, Advanced Global Investment Company (AGIC), has closed down take arrangements for the offer of polypropylene with two US-based gatherings - Vinmar International and Tricon Dry Chemicals - and Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, said Chemweek. According to the drawn out arrangement, AGIC will supply 250,000 metric tons for every annum of polypropylene each to Vinmar and Tricon Dry Chemicals, while Mitsubishi will get 120,000 MT, expressed Advanced Petrochemical Company in its recording to Saudi Tadawul. The inventory of the whole polypropylene stock will be done from its Advanced Polyolefins Company (APOC) office in Jubail Industrial City set up as a joint endeavor with South Korea's SK Gas Petrochemical, it expressed. When operational, the APOC plant will have the ability to deliver 800,000 metric ton for each annum of polypropylene. As MRC educated before, Advanced Petrochemical Co. said its 85%-claimed auxiliary, Advanced Polyolefins Co. (APOC), acquired a contingent endorsement to make sure about SAR 3 billion credit from Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), as per a bourse proclamation. The credit, which can be dispensed until June 2025, is repayable in 16 semi-yearly portions, beginning July 2026, over a time of eight years. The credit will be ensured by contract on totally fixed resources of APOC to SIDF, notwithstanding giving corporate assurances from the investors of APOC. Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for delivering polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). As indicated by MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's assessed PE utilization totalled 1,760,950 tons in the initial ten months of 2020, up by 3% year on year. Just high thickness polyethylene (HDPE) and straight low thickness polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments expanded. Simultaneously, PP shipments to the Russian market arrived at 978,870 tons in January-October 2020 (determined utilizing the recipe: creation less fares in addition to imports less makers' inventories starting at 1 January, 2020). Supply of solely of PP arbitrary copolymer expanded.

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CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

Basin Water Resources, LLC Enters into Partnership with AFCO 360 to Expand Services in Louisiana

Basin Water Resources LLC & AFCO 360 | October 05, 2021

Basin Water Resources, LLC (BWR) today announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with AFCO 360, LLC (AFCO). The collaboration combines AFCO's market leading service and wastewater solutions with BWR's established Filtration and Separations Packaged Systems and Mobile Water Services to help customers better manage full life cycle industrial water treatment. Under the agreement, AFCO will lead the exclusive sales and implementation of BWR's Filtration and Separations Packaged Systems and Mobile Water Services in the Louisiana Industrial Markets. BWR's established resources provide additional strength to further hi-tech water filtration and purification systems to projects throughout the region. "AFCO's wastewater treatment systems, industry-leading service, and site support in Lake Charles, LA and across the region is a natural fit with BWR's extensive Filtration and Separation Packages and Mobile Water Equipment portfolio,The industrial water business has long been a business of personal relationships and with this a unique opportunity positions BWR and AFCO as leaders in delivering best-in-class customer service for numerous refining and petrochemical clients in the region." -Al Christopher, BWR's Gulf Coast Director of Business Development. "We worked with BWR during the Freeze of 2021 to provide Mobile Reverse Osmosis Systems to chemical processing clients in Lake Charles, LA and we were more than pleased with rapid response, equipment design, and service expertise," said Adrian Logan. "This partnership leverages the resources of each party, allowing more product solutions into new market segments. It's a true win-win partnership that also expands the production and distribution reach of both parties." About Basin Water Resources, LLC From conception, operation, and rapid response, BWR focuses on five main business units: Design & Manufacture, Mobile Water Services, RO Membrane Cleaning & Support, Retrofits & Controls Upgrades, and Chemical Treatment Solutions. We work with a wide range of industries from Refining, Petrochemical, Power, Mining, Gas Processing, and other industrial water users. For more information visit www.bwrgroupllc.com. About AFCO 360, LLC AFCO specializes in equipment and technology that is designed for reduction and waste treatment and is enhanced by our experienced technical support and chemical expertise team. AFCO's approach, from foundation to discharge and disposal, aims to focus on our customer's objectives by tailored equipment, product knowledge, and technical support for prescribed solutions.

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Braskem Launches High Visibility Polypropylene Filaments For 3D Printing

BRASKEM | October 27, 2021

Braskem the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, announces today the launch of its new high visibility polypropylene (PP) filaments (FL105PP), the latest additions to Braskem's 3D product portfolio. Braskem's new high visibility PP filaments are now available in neon yellow and neon pink, making them ideal for safety and construction applications. Braskem is one of the first companies to introduce neon colored PP filament for safety and construction. These products build on the successful roll-out of Braskem's traditional PP filaments including all the same great material benefits such as lightweight, water and chemical resistance, as well as impact resistance, but now all in a highly visible color. In addition to these new high visibility colors, Braskem also launched new polypropylene filaments (FL105PP) in black "As one of the world's largest producers of polyolefins, we are proud to announce this latest evolution of our 3D printing product portfolio with new high visibility polypropylene (PP) filaments. If you are a start-up, university, equipment manufacturer, converter, compounder, or brand owner, Braskem has innovative solutions to fit your 3D printing and additive manufacturing needs," Fabio Lamon, Global Additive Manufacturing Technology Manager, Braskem "What makes this extra special is when we partner with our clients, we are able to deliver products that best address their specific needs and specifications. After the successful launch of our FL105PP 3D printing filament, clients began reaching out to see if our PP filaments could be made available in brighter colors. Working closely with our distribution partners, and with input from our clients, we were able to deliver our high visibility 3D printing product line in near record time," concluded Lamon. Braskem filaments are designed with the end user in mind; they are a great choice for making molds, jigs, and fixtures, prototyping, testing performance improvements for light weighting, optimizing geometries, and designing spare parts. Braskem 3D printing filaments are available in both 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm diameters to fit a wide range of printer applications. Braskem offers solutions for many of the primary 3D printing technologies such as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and High-speed Pellet Extrusion. Through Braskem's decades of expertise in materials science and product development, its state-of-the art 3D printing labs, and its strategic partnerships with industry leaders, Braskem is committed to delivering new and innovative products to the market. To support the sustainable use of polypropylene through the development of, and investment in, the Circular Economy, Braskem America committed to being a founding member and funding partner of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, with a primary focus on increasing U.S. polypropylene recovery and reuse. To learn more about the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, the founding members, and how to join, visit https://recyclingpartnership.org/polypropylene-coalition. For additional information about Braskem's circular economy position. ABOUT BRASKEM With a global vision of the future oriented towards people and sustainability, Braskem is committed to contributing to the value chain for strengthening the Circular Economy. The petrochemical company's almost 8,000 team members dedicate themselves every day to improve people's lives through sustainable chemicals and plastics solutions. Braskem has an innovative DNA and a comprehensive portfolio of plastic resins and chemical products for diverse segments, such as food packaging, construction, manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare and hygiene, among others. With 41 industrial units in Brazil, the United States, Mexico and Germany, and net revenue of R$58.5 billion (US$11.4 billion), Braskem exports its products to clients in more than 80 countries.

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