Industry Trends

July 2022

See what has been happening in Asia’s plastics & rubber industries over the last weeks. What are experts and industry magazines talking about?

What has been happening?

Plastic-munching bacteria offer hope for recycling, New food packaging system reduces spoilage and contamination, New PET Hydrolase, and more. Find out what plastic & rubber journals and industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Plastics & Rubber Articles

Plastic-munching bacteria offer hope for recycling

Our lakes, rivers and oceans are increasingly clogged with plastic, plus trillions of microscopic fragments thereof, from all the useful and disturbingly durable products made possible by the petroleum industry. This deluge of waste has grown exponentially over 60 years.

New food packaging system reduces spoilage and contamination
Harvard Gazette

Inspired by battlefield medicine, scientists have developed an antimicrobial food wrap that reduces food waste and foodborne illness.

New PET Hydrolase

Human saliva may contain an enzyme which can decompose the plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Researchers found the promising enzyme, a hydrolase, in a database containing human metagenome samples. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this newly discovered hydrolase performs bette…

Volume Resin Prices Move in Different Directions
Plastics Technology

Heading into June, the pricing trajectory for volume commodity resins was once again mixed. While prices of PE, PP, PVC, and ABS were trending downward, prices of PS, PET, PC and nylons 6 and 66 were moving in the opposite direction. Key factors contributing to the downward movement included an apparent slowing of demand, higher supplier inventories, and lower feedstock prices.

New styrene production method improves stability, dehydrogenation activity

A team of researchers led by Hongyang Liu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Metal Research, has developed a method of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation under oxygen-free conditions with fully exposed platinum (Pt) cluster catalysts that result in the positive traits of high activity, selectivity and stability, as well as lower energy and financial costs.

Collaboration Creates Recycling Loop for Multilayer PET
Plastics Technology

The European Green Deal requires all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030. The regulation is perceived as particularly challenging for multilayer packaging, since its layers first need to be separated before entering recycling streams. Collaboration throughout the value chain is required for circularity.

Injection moulding explainer video: Why machine maintenance and purging is essential
Interplas Insights

Just like our cars, injection moulding machines undergo heavy use, leading to wear and tear. In this video, Hymid explains how purging the barrel will ensure part quality and consistency.

Injection moulding explainer video: How cooling time affects the final part
Interplas Insights

In injection moulding, cooling time is crucial. Once the molten plastic has been pushed into the mould cavities, time is required to allow the plastic to cool, forming a finished part.

How to Bring Sustainability Messaging into the Packaging Fold

Introducing the Sustainability Value Proposition (SVP), which guides suppliers and brand owners to accurately communicate the packaging’s sustainability message.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Injection Molding

By harnessing the reams of data produced in modern plastics processing facilities, artificial intelligence can improve machine performance.

SRI announces breakthrough in natural rubber bioengineering
Tire Technology International

Sumitomo Rubber Industries has revealed that – through joint research undertaken with Associate Professor Seiji Takahashi of Tohoku University, Associate Professor Satoshi Yamashita of Kanazawa University and Professor Yuzuru Tozawa of Saitama University – its experts have identified the segment of natural rubber synthase that plays an important role in controlling natural rubber polymer chain lengths.

Michelin fully acquires Indonesian sustainable rubber project
Tire Technology International

Michelin has become the sole owner of Royal Lestari Utama (RLU), a joint venture with Barito Pacific Group. The tire maker, which previously held 49% of shares, has acquired a further 51%. The RLU project, which was launched in 2015, aims to create the right conditions for the production of Indonesian sustainable natural rubber over a wide area of 70,000ha in Sumatra, in the Jambi province, and 18,000ha in Borneo, in the East Kalimantan province.

Rubber market ends lower, tracking weaker regional futures market
The Malay Mail Online

The Malaysian rubber market ended lower today, tracking weaker regional rubber futures market and a stronger ringgit against the US dollar, a dealer said. The Japanese futures fell today, in tandem with Thailand’s raw material prices, although a softer yen and China’s demand recovery curbed limited losses.

Save Philippine Seas, Coca-Cola Philippines team up again to fight plastic waste
Manila Bulletin

Reimagine Recycling, an annual program that aims to scale plastic waste solutions and promote a circular economy, is calling on individuals and groups that currently implement community-based plastic waste solution programs to submit proposals that it can support with up to ₱500,000 grant funding. Deadline for submission of entries is on July 15, 2022.

Vietnam tire production & sales project targets $5.5bn sales
European Rubber Journal

Vietnam’s Danang Rubber Joint Stock Co. (DRC) is to increase tire production and implement a sales & marketing programme targeting annual sales of $5.5 billion (€5.2 billion) by 2025.

Curbs on plastics output seen needed

Legislation that will hold plastics producers accountable for managing the life cycle of their products will make companies conscious of the possible legal fallout from acting irresponsibly, but curbs on imports and production may ultimately be needed, environmental advocates said. “If properly and fully implemented the law has significant potential to reduce plastic waste leaking into the environment,” Antonio Gabriel M.

Nestlé PH supports legislation on plastic waste
Daily Tribune

Nestlé Philippines is the first multinational consumer goods company to achieve plastic neutrality, where recovering plastic waste is equivalent to what it puts out in the market. It fully supports the consolidated legislation on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for plastic waste and hopes it will be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Diokno wants single-use plastic tax
Manila Bulletin

The Department of Finance (DOF) would support the imposition of a tax on single-use plastic packaging to combat pollution. Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said that a single-use plastic packaging tax is “worth considering” by the Marcos administration to help address the challenges of the worsening climate crisis.

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