BASF makes its first step in chemical recycling

BASF has made its first products based on chemi- cally recycled plastic as part of its ChemCycling project, which aims to feed oil or syngas derived from plastics waste back into the produc- tion chain. The company is develop- ing pilot products, including mozzarella packaging, refrigerator components and insulation panels, with 10 customers. All offer the same properties as products made from virgin polymer, the company said. BASF’s ChemCycling

process uses either oil derived from plastic waste from Recenso in Germany or plastic waste derived syngas. The company said the first batch was fed into the steam cracker at Ludwigshafen in Germany in October last year. Mass balance calculations are used to determine the share of recycled raw material in the final certified product. The next step will be to

make the first products from


Evonik has agreed a new distribution agreement with US-based Compounding Solutions for its Care brands of medical grade polymers in North America. The deal covers Evonik’s Vestamid Care ML PA12, ME PEBA, Trogamid Care clear PA, and Vestakeep Care PEEK medical grades

Above: BASF has produced its first products from chemically recycled plastic waste

the project commercially available. However, BASF said, various technological and regulatory conditions must be addressed first as chemical recycling and the mass balance approach are not recognised in legislation in different regions. n Meanwhile, BASF has signed a framework agreement with authorities in China’s Guangdong province setting out more details of its plan to build a

new ‘smart verbund site’ on around 9 km2

of land at

Zhanjiang. The company said the total investment in the multi-stage project will be up to $10bn and will include a wholly-owned steam cracker with a planned capacity of 1m tonnes/yr of ethylene, plus several plants for consumer-oriented products. It will be it’s second verbund faciiity in China, alongside one in Nanjing. �

SABIC signs Plastic Energy deal

SABIC has signed a memorandum of understanding with Plastic Energy, a UK-based chemical plastics recycling firm, to supply feedstock to its European petro- chemical operations. The two companies intend to build a

commercial scale production plant in the Netherlands, due to open in 2021, that will make Plastic Energy’s Tacoil from low quality, mixed plastic waste that would otherwise go to incineration or landfill. According to Frank Kuijpers, General

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Manager for Corporate Sustainability at SABIC, the facility “is a significant milestone for Sabic towards the company’s commit- ment to establishing a circular economy and, more broadly, its sustainability goals”. Plastic Energy already has two commer- cial plants in operation at Seville and Almeria in Spain using its patented thermo- chemical technology to convert a wide range of end-of-life, dirty and contaminated plastics into usable feedstock. �

Following its initial announcement in April 2017, Ineos Styrolution has confirmed its invest- ment decision to build a new 100,000 tonnes/yr acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) plant at its site in Bayport, Texas. Due to start up in 2021, the new plant will support addi- tional ABS polymer capacity at the firm’s site in Altamira, Mexico.

The European compound- ers and masterbatch producer association EuMBC announced its new board at its General Assembly meeting in Prague in the Czech republic last year. Ampa- cet’s Mark Cornu is appointed to the role of President, Sirmax’s Massimo Veronelli as Treasurer, and Lati’s Cristiano Citterio and Clari- ant’s Gunther Luebke become Vice Presidents. Other board members include Cabot’s Válerie Moise, and A Schulman’s Joan Vuylsteke.


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