California proposes Prop 65 listing for six industrial chemicals

Chemical Watch | July 16, 2019

If finalised, businesses will have to give Prop 65 warnings where there are exposures to these substances above ‘safe harbour’ thresholds. Oehha is proposing to use the ‘labour code’ listing mechanism to make the additions, which are based on 2018 determinations from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Iarc) that the substances are possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals.  Comments on the proposed listing will be accepted until 12 August. However, Oehha has noted that this is a ‘ministerial listing’ process, and it cannot therefore consider scientific arguments concerning the weight or quality of evidence considered by Iarc. "Comments should be limited to whether Iarc has identified the specific chemical or substance as a known or potential human or animal carcinogen," the agency said in a 12 July notice. Reproductive toxicity consultation Separately, Oehha has extended its comment deadline for a proposal related to calculating exposures to reproductive toxicants until 5 August. The request for additional time was submitted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of other interested parties.

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Repeats Group B.V. to Build European Plastics Recycling Platform

Ara Partners | January 10, 2022

Repeats Group B.V. announced its launch and plan to build a pan-European plastics recycling platform focused on producing high-quality recycled low-density polyethylene with a €100 million equity commitment from Ara Partners. Ara Partners is a global private equity firm that specializes in industrial decarbonization investments. Repeats utilizes a best-in-class mechanical process to transform post-commercial plastic waste into high-quality resin suitable for commercial and industrial applications. The company is scaling LDPE recycling capacity throughout Europe to address the shortage of supply compared to the growing demand required to meet industry sustainability and net zero targets, increasing consumer preferences for low-carbon products and stricter regulatory requirements around decarbonization. Operations will be focused on core European markets characterized by dense population and underserved LDPE recycling capacity. Through a combination of greenfield development, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, Repeats and Ara are committed to building a leading LDPE recycling platform in Europe. Repeats is led by Greg Rung and a team of LDPE recycling executives who collectively have over 80 years of experience in the plastics recycling industry. Mr. Rung was a Partner at Oliver Wyman, where he developed growth strategies and implemented integration programs for clients across Europe and emerging markets. The Repeats executive team has successfully built, scaled, and monetized plastic recycling businesses across Western Europe. The team is well versed in the different mechanical and chemical technologies at the forefront of LDPE recycling, and they have strong relationships with European plastic collection agencies, converters and consumer product companies driving growth in the recycled LDPE resin market. "The need for an effective, circular solution to the growing plastic waste problem is tremendous, and European businesses, consumers and governments are aligned in working towards higher utilization of recycled plastic. We seek to partner with leading CPG, petrochemical and plastic packaging manufacturing companies to create a high-quality supply source that is widely available throughout Europe. We are proud to partner with Ara, which shares this ambition and has expertise and resources to help achieve our objectives." Greg Rung, Repeats' CEO "The Repeats management team has the operational experience, strategic relationships, and drive to transform the European LDPE recycling market," said Tuan Tran, a Partner at Ara Partners. "They have an outstanding reputation in Europe and we are thrilled to partner with the Repeats team to build a pan-European recycling leader." "Repeats has the opportunity to facilitate a material reduction in green house gas emissions through replacement of virgin plastic resin with recycled LDPE from its facilities," said Katy Boettcher, a Vice President at Ara Partners. "We believe that the platform will have a meaningful impact on the markets it serves." About Ara Partners Ara Partners is a private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments. Ara Partners invests in the industrial & manufacturing, chemicals & materials, energy efficiency & green fuels and food & agriculture sectors, seeking to build businesses that provide significant decarbonization impact. It operates from offices in Boston, Massachusetts, Houston, Texas and Dublin, Ireland. Ara Partners closed its second fund with approximately $1.1 billion in capital commitments in September 2021. About Repeats Based in the Netherlands, Repeats — Recycled PE AT Scale — is a pan-European plastics recycling platform transforming polyethylene (PE) plastic waste into resin suitable for a variety of commercial and industrial flexible plastic applications.

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Sinopec Successfully Completes China's First Industrial Application of Crude Oil Steam-Cracking Technology

Sinopec | November 24, 2021

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has successfully tested its key project, "Technological Development and Industrial Application of Light Crude Oil Cracking into Ethylene," this month at Sinopec Tianjin. The technology converts crude oil directly into ethylene, propylene and other chemical products and realizes the first industrial application of crude oil steam-cracking technology in China. The milestone is of great significance to the transformation and upgrading of China's petrochemical industry, also contributing to achieve "dual carbon" goals. The crude oil steam-cracking technology is one of the "crude-to-chemicals" solutions which "skips" the traditional crude oil refining process to directly convert crude oil into valuable chemical products like ethylene and propylene – analogous to making bread directly with wheat and eliminating the flour grinding process. This approach will greatly shorten the production process, lower production costs and significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. The technology was developed and engineered by Sinopec's Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry and Sinopec Engineering Group (SEG) and the industrial testing was carried out at Sinopec Tianjin. It has applied for 45 Chinese patents for invention and one international patent for invention. At present, ExxonMobil and Sinopec are the only two companies to successfully achieve industrial application of crude oil steam-cracking technology worldwide. It's estimated that for every 1 million tons of crude oil processed by this technology, nearly 500,000 tons of chemical products can be produced, 400,000 tons of which are high-value products such as ethylene, propylene, light aromatics and hydrogen. Overall, Sinopec's technology has reached an internationally-advanced level and presents huge economic value and potential. A basic raw material of chemical products, ethylene is coined the "mother of the petrochemical industry," and is one of the key benchmarks to measure the development level of a country's petrochemical industry. As people's living standards continues to improve, the global demand for chemical products is also growing, and as basic raw materials, the demand for ethylene and propylene has also increased accordingly. In general, the raw materials needed for producing ethylene and propylene must go through the crude oil refining process at the refineries, the production process of which is not only longer, but also only 30 percent of the crude oil is used to produce the chemical raw materials. Sinopec has always emphasized the R&D and application of "crude-to-chemicals" technologies. In April 2021, the catalytic cracking technology of crude oil independently developed by Sinopec's Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry, another "crude-to-chemicals" solution, also completed industrial application in Yangzhou, which has made China a leader in catalytic cracking of crude oil globally. Similar to the crude oil steam-cracking technology, the chemical yield of catalytic cracking is also about 50 percent, and combining the two technologies is expected to increase the total amount of chemicals produced by crude oil to more than 70 percent, which will become an economically efficient solution for "crude-to-chemicals" conversion in the future. Sinopec is preparing to carry out the development and engineering design of packaged technology for the production of ethylene by steam-cracking 1 million tons of crude oil at its Tahe company in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, building an industrial demonstration plant for the direct production of chemicals from crude oil and establishing a new model for the transformation and development of China's petrochemical industry. For the large-scale ethylene project planned for the future, the crude oil steam-cracking technology will be included in the key technology comparison and selection scheme, which will provide strong support to relieve the contradiction between supply and demand as well as aiding the enterprises' transformation and upgrading, making greater contributions to achieving 'dual carbon' goals.

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FlexCatTM, a New Custom High-Performance Specialty Catalyst Material from Unifrax

Unifrax, Clearlake | April 22, 2021

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FlexCat can be fused into existing plant outflow control frameworks to drive lower carbon impressions and permitting clients to meet harder Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. "FlexCat is a progressive contribution as a lightweight, modified item structure that is amazingly solid in the unforgiving conditions ordinarily experienced in numerous reactors," said Chad Cannan, senior VP of innovative work, Unifrax. "FlexCat furnishes our industry accomplices with the possibility to save a huge number of dollars across their activities in material expenses, capital speculations, and improved quality from existing hardware. From cleaner discharges to satisfying harder EPA guidelines to expanded immaculateness, stream rates, and transformation speeds, the presentation of FlexCat is a genuine natural, social, and administration (ESG) distinct advantage for the business." FlexCat is additionally ready to affect the hydrogen economy. 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