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Industrial-Scale Renewable PP Underway at Borealis' Belgium Plants

New developments in biobased/renewable plastics have been on the increase and typically entail industry collaborations. The most recent example is that of Borealis which is now producing polypropylene based on renewable feedstock produced by collaborator Neste of Finland, at its two production facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium. The company considers this another milestone for furthering its ambitions to advance the circular economy.

“We believe this is the first time that renewable propane dehydrogenation is occurring at an industrial scale….We have the ability to produce PP that is up to 100% based on Neste renewable propylene. Borealis has committed to ensure 100% of its consumer products are recyclable, reusable or produced from renewable sources by 2025. This specific milestone will bring us one step closer to achieving our goal and re-inventing our approach for a more sustainable living,” says a Borealis source.

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You Can Help Combat Covid-19 Today

With his daughter sent home from NYU, Alan Gould was watching CNN from his home in California when the doctor’s plea stirred him to action. Dr. Celine Gounder, a professor at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine who works at Bellevue Medical Center in New York City was describing the critical  shortage of PPE.

“I recalled I had some N95 masks in the garage and thought I would look up her email and see if she wanted them,” Gould told Plastics Technology, adding that he really did not think she would reply. “She replied right away and ask for them to be sent with urgency—the situation is that bad.”

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By: Jim Frankland 3/25/2020

Try This Lower-Cost Purging Method

Try This Lower-Cost Purging Method

Purging is a necessary task for extrusion processors that change polymers for different production runs. There are many approaches to purging, and some are better than others. For extrusion processors that run different materials, the biggest time and polymer savings may not be in some magical purging technique or compound but in the production-planning process.

Ideally, to reduce purging time and cost, processing jobs should be run in the order of increasing viscosity based on their normal range of processing temperatures. Of course, that’s not always practical, as production runs tend to be to be scheduled when orders are received or as requested. That said, when purging can be done this way it can provide an enormous reduction in waste by simply purging one polymer with another.

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Transforming Recycled Plastic into Additives for Industrial and Consumer Products

With a more increased focus on adding more recycled content to products, it’s becoming very apparent that innovation is required in order to meet these demands. During the Plastics Recycling Conference, Canadian cleantech company GreenMantra Technologies accepted the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) Showcase Award, which is given to companies who have a innovative and potentially game-changing idea to advance the recycling of plastics. 

During the conference, Plastics Technology México Editor-in-Chief Natalia Ortega and I sat down with Domenic Di Mondo, Vice President Technology and Business Development, to learn more about this growing company. 

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Blown-Film Processor Quick on its Feet--Now Making Isolation Gowns

Blown film processor Petoskey Plastics has shifted some of its capacity to make non-surgical isolation gowns to support healthcare workers and patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Initial capacity for this new product is 10,000 gowns/day, with plans to increase production at its plant in Petoskey, Mich.

“In less than five days, we’ve gone through conceptual designs, samples, re-tooling of equipment, and now we are ramping up for production to support our medical friends in need,” said Jason Keiswetter, Petoskey Plastics president, in a press release.

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