MPs restate post-Brexit chemicals strategy concerns after Covid-19 delay

Chemicalwatch | May 06, 2020

MPs restate post-Brexit chemicals strategy concerns after Covid-19 delay
The new chair of a UK parliamentary committee has expressed his concerns over the government's post-Brexit chemicals strategy, after its development was suspended due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter to minister of state George Eustice, Environmental Audit Committee chair Philip Dunne said that given the delays already incurred, the decision to pause work on it in order to prioritise the government's response to the pandemic was "regrettable". The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has not said whether the strategy, currently due in 2022, would be delayed.
Mr Dunne's letter, dated 30 April, raises a number of questions over Defra's approach to chemicals regulation after Brexit, reiterating persistent anxiety among stakeholders about the UK's future relationship with Echa and access to chemicals data. It requests clarity on how the government is using the Brexit transition period to prepare businesses for a new regulatory framework, and guidance on whether a two-year window for UK registrants to submit full data packages would be extended.

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PEAK ROCK CAPITAL AFFILIATE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF XENON ARC

Peak Rock Capital | December 22, 2021

An affiliate of Peak Rock Capital ("Peak Rock"), a leading middle-market private investment firm, announced today that it has completed an acquisition of Xenon arc Inc. in partnership with the management team of the Company. Xenon arc is a leading technology-enabled provider of managed services to food & beverage, industrial, and chemical producer clients. The Company manages its clients' long tails of thousands of SMB customers collectively through its service offering including technical sales, support, technology and distribution services. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, with operations across the United States, Europe and South America, the Company has built a strong reputation in the industry for exceptional service, technical capabilities and driving clients' revenue growth. "Xenon arc represents a unique opportunity to invest in a technology-enabled services platform with a strong leadership position in managed services to materials producers. We are impressed with the Company's track record of growth and look forward to partnering with the Company to accelerate the execution of its business plan, which includes strategic growth investments that would expand Xenon arc's service capabilities, technology offerings and geographic coverage." Steve Martinez, President and Managing Director of Peak Rock Paul Warburg, President and CEO of Xenon arc, commented, "We are excited to partner with Peak Rock as we embark on our next phase of growth. Peak Rock has a deep understanding of our business, and a compelling track record of supporting companies and management teams in driving innovation and building leading platforms. We look forward to our partnership, which will position the Company to accelerate its rapid growth by expanding its service capabilities, geographic footprint, and empower Xenon arc to continue to invest in its technology and leading talent." "This transaction exemplifies Peak Rock's commitment to invest in high growth technology-enabled services businesses. We continue to seek tech-enabled platforms that we believe can benefit from our ability to drive transformational growth through organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions," added Anthony DiSimone, Chief Executive Officer of Peak Rock. ABOUT XENON ARC Xenon arc is a leading technology-enabled services provider of technical sales, support, technology and distribution solutions to clients and their SMB customers across the food & beverage, industrial, and chemical industries. Xenon arc's direct-to-market solutions provide end-customers with direct contact with a customized extension of clients' sales, marketing, and technical capabilities. The Company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Xenon arc also serves South America and Europe through its teams in Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands. ABOUT PEAK ROCK CAPITAL Peak Rock Capital is a leading middle-market private investment firm that makes equity and debt investments in companies in North America and Europe. Peak Rock's equity investment platform focuses on opportunities where it can support senior management to drive rapid growth and performance improvement, with expertise in corporate carve-outs and partnering with families and founders seeking first-time institutional capital. Peak Rock's credit platform invests across capital structures, with a broad mandate to provide flexible, tailored capital solutions to middle-market and growth-oriented businesses. Peak Rock's real estate platform makes equity and debt investments in small to mid-sized real estate assets in attractive, growing geographies.

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Practical concentrate: Ceresana study on the world market for plastic masterbatches

Ceresana | October 02, 2020

Why complicate things when you can make them simple? Colorants and flavors for beverages are often not directly mixed with water and prefabricated, ready-to-use syrup concentrates are used instead. In the production of plastics, too, so-called masterbatches – granules with a high concentration of colorants, other additives, or fillers – are preferred to powders, pastes, or liquid additives. Premixed concentrates with precisely defined properties facilitate processing and increase process reliability: color masterbatches contain pigments or dyes; additive masterbatches specifically modify other properties of plastics. A wide variety of additives can be combined, for example stabilizers, antioxidants, antistatics, or flame retardants. Ceresana is now publishing the second, completely revised edition of its market study on masterbatches: the global demand for plastic masterbatches is expected to rise to almost 4.5 million tonnes by 2027. White Sun Protection and Bright Colors The top-selling type of masterbatch is currently white masterbatches. Global demand for this type has increased by an average of 2.1% p.a. over the last eight years. The most important product is titanium dioxide (TiO2): the plastics industry uses these white pigments to color toys, electrical appliances, automotive parts, furniture, and plastic films on a large scale. Titanium dioxide also absorbs UV rays and thus protects against harmful solar radiation. Color masterbatches with e.g. colorful inorganic, organic, and effect pigments follow in second place. The color black is usually achieved by using carbon black. It is often used for conductive packaging, films, fibers, molds, pipes, and cables. Another well-known end product is waste bags. Carbon Black offers many advantages in plastic applications, especially for technical polymers: it is very resistant to color changes and fading - even under extreme outdoor conditions. Packaging Manufacturers are Main Customers The demand for masterbatches follows the global market for plastics: the most important end applications are packaging, construction materials, transportation, electrical products and electronics, as well as other industrial goods. Packaging constituted the largest sales market in 2019, accounting for 36% of total demand. The construction industry ranked second by a considerable margin, followed by the segments industry and transportation. The category packaging includes all masterbatches for flexible plastic packaging, such as films, bags, and sacks, and for rigid packaging, e.g. yogurt cups, cans, bottles, and lids. The Study in Brief: Chapter 1 provides an overview and analysis of the global market for plastic masterbatches – including forecasts up to 2027: the development of demand and revenues is examined for each region of the world. Demand is broken down into the different types of masterbatches: white, black, color, and additive masterbatches. The different application areas are also examined separately: packaging, construction industry, transportation, electrical goods and electronics, industry, and other applications. Chapter 2 examines the 16 most important countries individually. The study presents demand per country, demand per type of masterbatch, as well as revenues. Demand is also analyzed according to the individual application areas. Chapter 3 offers a useful list of the 52 most important producers of plastic masterbatches. It is clearly arranged according to contact data, revenues, profit, product portfolio, production facilities, and profile summary. Further information: www.ceresana.com/en/market-studies/plastics/masterbatches/ About Ceresana As one of the world's leading market research institutes, Ceresana is specialized in the segments chemicals, plastics, packaging, and industrial goods. Companies have been benefiting from our high-quality industry analyses and forecasts since 2002. More than 180 market studies provide more than 10,000 customers around the world with the knowledge base for their sustainable success. Find more information about Ceresana at www.ceresana.com

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XENDEE Partners with Idaho National Laboratory for Net-Zero Carbon Microgrid Program

XENDEE Corporation and Idaho National Laboratory | January 15, 2022

XENDEE Corporation and Idaho National Laboratory have partnered to build a design platform for Net-Zero Carbon Microgrids. The platform will consider a wide variety of distributed energy and sustainable technologies, including solar photovoltaic, battery storage, electric vehicle fast-charging stations, hydrokinetic power, hydro-storage, traditional combined heat and power systems, and small nuclear reactors to optimize Microgrid designs and minimize environmental impacts while also capturing the best return on investment. Essential to the development of the program was also a strong emphasis on greenhouse gas reductions, since as it stands, traditional generators running on fossil fuels still make up the backbone of most Microgrid implementations. The Net-Zero Carbon platform is based on XENDEE’s Microgrid design and operation software, which will act as the optimization engine, power flow simulation tool, and cloud-based Microgrid operator. XENDEE calculates the optimal time to make investment decisions, accounts for year over year changes in the financial and technological environment and can simulate the operation of the Microgrid at peak efficiency to meet organizational goals and resiliency requirements. “Net-Zero Carbon Microgrids offer an exceptional solution to large public and private energy consumers, lifting the burden of centralized distribution, ensuring long-term energy security, and specifically addressing greenhouse gases as a priority parameter for technical design,” Michael Stadler, CTO of XENDEE As part of INL’s pre-project research, 25 functional requirements were identified as necessary for developing a Net Zero Carbon Microgrid Planning and Design Tool. INL performed extensive pre-procurement market research and XENDEE was identified as the only solution with a comprehensive platform that met all the 25 requirements. XENDEE was also the only platform that offered integrated modeling for greenhouse gas emissions, which was vital to addressing carbon emissions as an essential part of the design process. “XENDEE offered a single comprehensive tool for Microgrid design and modeling that efficiently optimizes design and investment, power flow simulations, and organizational goals to meet resiliency requirements and cost efficiency,” said Tim McJunkin, Ph.D., Distinguished Researcher in Power and Energy Systems. “Additionally, with modeling considerations for greenhouse gas emissions and a variety of energy generation technologies, we can harness a variety of solutions to offer sustainability without sacrificing resiliency and energy security. This is why we selected XENDEE, and now we are partnering with XENDEE.” As part of this partnership, XENDEE will also be enhancing its software to model small modular nuclear reactors. “With the ever-increasing demands on regional utilities, aging infrastructure, and rising fuel costs, Microgrids have a unique opportunity to meet the challenges of climate change and contribute to a carbon-free power delivery system without overburdening energy markets and consumers,” said Ning Kang, Ph.D., Department Manager of Power and Energy Systems at INL. “The addition of small nuclear reactor technology can offer a unique zero-carbon solution while also meeting the load requirements of large industrial facilities and military bases.” To fully realize the new Net-Zero Carbon design tool for microgrids, INL and XENDEE will build upon the XENDEE platform to standardize design, research, investment, and decision support. XENDEE will also provide advanced training and continued project and feature support, including new technologies, as INL continues to verify the design tool through their Hardware-in-the-Loop system and perform onsite verification through public and private participants. INL’s technical report on Net-Zero Microgrids is available on the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information website. About XENDEE XENDEE develops world-class Microgrid decision support software that helps designers and investors optimize and certify the Fight-Through™ resilience and financial performance of projects with confidence. The XENDEE Microgrid platform enables a broad audience, from business decision-makers to scientists, to support investments in Microgrids and maintain electric power reliability when integrating renewable generation sources. About Idaho National Laboratory Battelle Energy Alliance manages INL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development, and also performs research in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and the environment.

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Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies Sign an Agreement for an Advanced Recycling Project in Spain

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies | January 11, 2022

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies have announced a new agreement to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy plans to build a second advanced recycling plant in Sevilla, Spain, in addition to their existing operational plant, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented recycling technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. The plant will process and convert 33,000 tons of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste yearly, that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational in early 2025, with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units, following a successful processing experimentation in TotalEnergies’ petrochemical platform in Antwerp. With identical properties to virgin ones, the recycled polymers will be suitable for use in food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers. Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies are both firmly committed to develop plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste, and to build a circular economy in Europe and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy have announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in 2023. Additionally, Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership in October 2021 for a similar recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A. This plant, which is a joint venture between Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-systems, will have the capacity to recycle 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, and is expected to be operational by mid-2024. Under the agreement, TACOIL will be converted by TotalEnergies in its Texas-based production units. “I am pleased to announce another new Plastic Energy plant in Spain, and a new collaboration agreement with our partner, TotalEnergies. This new large-scale recycling plant will be an impactful addition to our existing portfolio of operational plants in Spain and will allow for an increase in the amount of end-of-life plastics that we can recycle in Europe.” Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy “This new project with Plastic Energy in Spain follows two collaboration projects already announced in France and the U.S. Those projects contribute to addressing the challenge of the circular economy and to our ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers at TotalEnergies. About Plastic Energy Ltd. Plastic Energy is a global leader in chemical recycling, offering a sustainable solution to help prevent plastic waste, transforming previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. Our patented and proven chemical recycling technology converts end-of-life plastic waste into an optimal feedstock (TACOIL) for making virgin-quality recycled plastics. Plastic Energy currently has two chemical recycling plants that are in constant operation in Spain and is one of the few companies worldwide that has sold TACOIL from the conversion of end-of-life plastic waste to replace fossil oils in the manufacturing of new plastics. We are leading our field in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy for plastics. About TotalEnergies TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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