Posts Tagged ‘energy’

SABIC to invest US$100 mln in new Technology Center in Kangqiao, east of Shanghai

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) yesterday announced a US$100 mln investment to build 60,000 sqm new Technology Center in Kangqiao, east of Shanghai

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Mold operators halve energy costs, improve cycle time using innovative salt water technology

Leading plastic mold operators are turning to an innovative dehumidification and air conditioning technology manufactured by Advantix Systems to reduce their energy use and increase production capabilities in their facilities. The technology, which was recently featured at NPE 2012 in Orlando, FL, is based on liquid desiccant, and offers the plastic mold industry a proven heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solution that can achieve major energy savings and improve molding cycle times by as much as 35%. TSE Industries, Inc., based in Clearwater, FL, is a contract manufacturer of custom polyurethane systems, rubber and plastic products and the worldÂ’s largest manufacturer of millable polyurethane rubber.

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Life cycle assessment shows Hybrid 101 Bioplastic "Superior to All Conventional Plastics"

Cereplast, Inc.

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New process converts polyethylene into carbon fiber

Carbon fibers having unique surface geometries, from circular to hollow gear-shaped, are produced from polyethylene using a versatile fabrication method. The resulting carbon fiber exhibits properties that are dependent on processing conditions, rendering them highly amenable to myriad applications. As reported in physorg.com, polyethylene could be turned into something far more valuable through a process being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Shaw in alliance with Total to jointly market and license polystyrene technology worldwide

The Shaw Group Inc. has announced it has formed an exclusive alliance with Total Petrochemicals to jointly market and license Total PetrochemicalsÂ’ polystyrene technology on a worldwide basis. The alliance is based on a licensing cooperation agreement recently signed by the two companies.

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Dow selects Honeywell UOP C(3) Oleflex? technology for US plant

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by The Dow Chemical Company to provide technology to produce propylene at a Dow production site in Texas. Dow Texas Operations will use Honeywell UOP C(3) Oleflex™ technology in a new propane dehydrogenation unit to convert shale gas-derived propane to propylene, a product used in the production of packaging, adhesives, coatings, cleaners and many other end-use applications. The facility will produce 750,000 metric tpa of polymer-grade propylene

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Biorenewable chemicals market to grow at a CAGR of 22.8% between 2010 and 2015

Increasing environmental awareness on the part of product manufacturers and the desire to reduce dependency on oil are the leading drivers behind the $2.4 billion global market for biorenewable chemicals (BRC) in 2010.

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Sentiment firmer after Diwali holidays in India?s polymer markets

Buying interest in India is reported to have picked up somewhat following theend of October Diwali holidays, as per ChemOrbis. Domestic producers lifted their prices for PP, HDPE and LLDPE this week while players in the PVC market report firmer import prices this week. The demand outlook remains mixed as several converters and distributors continued to complain about lackluster demand, although most players feel that sentiment is firmer these days in line with firming regional trends as well as higher energy prices.

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Thailand?s surplus of light and heavy naphtha reflects ?stagnant? demand for gasoline

Thailand’s surplus of light and heavy naphtha reflects “stagnant” demand for gasoline, according to PTT Energy Solutions Co., as per Bloomberg. “Thailand is more stagnant in gasoline demand,” said Bhawana Suphavilai, president of PTT Energy Solutions Co.

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Single piece standard beverage closures growth in Europe driven by production efficiency review

Demand for plastic caps and closures in Europe grew by 1.6% pa in the review period 2007-2010; a much weaker overall performance than 2004-2007; as a result of market saturation in West Europe as well as the economic recession, as per AMI Consulting. AMI estimates that the total demand for caps and closures reached 222 billion units which was equivalent to 813,000 tons of polymer. The economic pressures of 2008-2010 have forced the whole supply chain to look at costs, which reinforced developments focusing on optimising production efficiencies through three basic elements: • Raw material reduction (lightweighting) – allowing for lower material cost • Cycle time reduction – allowing for higher output at improved speed • Energy reduction – allowing for lower resources cost and efficiencies In light of current trends encompassing lightweighting, cost and energy reduction, commodity grades of polymer are losing share in favour of commercial, innovative grades with superior mechanical properties necessary for light weighted caps and closures

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