Lactips | October 12, 2021
Lactips, the French company specialized in producing a 100% biosourced casein-based plastic material that is biodegradable in water and home compostable, has developed a first-generation coating solution that respects the barrier properties of cellulose packaging without impacting its end-of-life.
Lactips has worked with the eco-organization CITEO to develop this cellulose matrix coating solution that ensures the total recyclability of papers and cardboards by combining the thermoplastic developed by Lactips with the papers.
100% biosourced, home compostable and heat-sealed, Plastic Free Paper provides the oxygen, fat and mineral oil barriers that are essential for preserving food products and ensuring compliance with food contact standards.
Tests confirming no impact on the recyclability of the papers and cardboards have been carried out with Centre Technique du Papier (CTP) in France and Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) in Germany for the first applications, which will be available during the first half of 2022:
- Replacing per- or poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) for papers that need to be grease-proof (fast food packaging) in accordance with the regulations in force;
- Replacing the sealable plastic layer for non-food packaging (mailing films or food films for dry or fatty products: tea bags, confectionery, pet chews, etc.).
The Plastic Free Paper solution offers an alternative for manufacturers (processors and brands) in line with the European directive restricting single-use plastics (Directive 2019/904/EC). The material developed by Lactips is a natural polymer, in accordance with European Regulation no.1907/2006 (REACH), exempt from the demands and restrictions set by this directive.
To support manufacturers with their ecological and regulatory transition, Lactips has developed a natural polymer that offers a range of outstanding technical features and is adapted for industrial machines. Aligned with sustainable development challenges in the packaging sector, Lactips pellets are used to produce 100% natural and biodegradable solutions for diverse food and non-food applications. www.lactips.com
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Westlake | November 25, 2021
Westlake Chemical Corporation, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Hexion Inc. to acquire Hexion’s global epoxy business for approximately $1.2 billion. Based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Hexion’s epoxy business is an industry leader in the manufacture and development of specialty resins, coatings and composites for a variety of industries, including high-growth and sustainability-oriented end-uses such as wind turbine blades and light-weight automotive structural components. In the twelve months ended September 30, 2021, Hexion’s epoxy business had net sales of approximately $1.5 billion.
With this transaction, which is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2022 following customary closing conditions, Westlake will significantly expand its integrated business by adding a downstream portfolio of coatings and composite products to its leading chloro-vinyls businesses.
“Light-weighting is a critical feature for the manufacture of structural components for automobiles and for renewable energy, particularly the composite blades used by wind turbines, and epoxies are key ingredients for these sustainable products. The industries served by Hexion Epoxy are very attractive to Westlake and the business is expected to be a synergistic addition to Westlake’s existing businesses. We look forward to welcoming the Hexion epoxy employees to the Westlake family and realizing the tremendous opportunities to grow the combined businesses.”
Westlake President and Chief Executive Officer Albert Chao
Hexion Epoxy is a global leading producer of epoxy resins, modifiers and curing agents for high-performance materials, coatings and composites. The fully-integrated business includes upstream base epoxy resins and intermediates delivered as liquid or solid epoxy resins, as well downstream specialty epoxy resins used in coatings and composites. Hexion Epoxy operates globally on three continents with eight manufacturing facilities and five research and development labs located in Asia, Europe and the United States, as well as tolling sites in Asia.
Westlake is a global manufacturer and supplier of materials and innovative products that enhance life every day. Headquartered in Houston, we provide the building blocks for vital solutions — from building products and infrastructure materials, to packaging and healthcare products, to automotive and consumer goods.
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.