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Unilevel to cut virgin plastic use and accelerate recycling by 20259 Oct 2019 / ChemCourier. Polyolefins Market Weekly / company news

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Unilever, which owns Lipton, Dove, Rexona and Baltimore brands among others, aims to halve the consumption of the plastics made from the raw materials it uses for packaging as well as collect and recycle 600,000 t of such goods annually by 2025.

The company plans to invest in multiple use packs, find alternative packaging materials and reduce the amount of plastics in existing packs. Also, company is going to spend its funds on waste collection and plastic processing and increase the use of the recycled plastics in its packaging.

Unilever will become the first major global consumer goods company to commit to an absolute plastics reduction across its portfolio.

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Shintech to commission new cracker in Plaquemine2 Oct 2019 / ChemCourier. Styrene&Benzene Weekly / ChemCourier. Butadiene&C4s Weekly / ChemCourier. PVC Market Weekly / production

Shintech had a flaring related to the launch of its newest 500,000-tpy ethylene production plant in Plaquemine for several days during 9—13 September. Flaring is considered a part of the start-up process, which helps safely burn excess chemicals. It was in May that Shintech’s site was flaring intermittently last.

After four years of construction and hard work, this next phase of flaring means that our new facility is fully constructed, nearly done with initial testing and soon will begin normal operations,’ Shintech director of manufacturing Danny Cedotal said. Although the plant commissioning was initially scheduled for 2018, it will become fully operational in October 2019. The cracker will supply the material to the integrated PVC site also located in Plaquemine.

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BIAXPLEN and Manucor S.p.A. set up joint venture1 Oct 2019 / ChemCourier. Polyolefins Market Weekly / production

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SIBUR has reported that BIAXPLEN has created a joint venture with the European biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film maker Manucor S.p.A, having acquired a 50% stake in the latter. The companies will work together on sales and marketing, R&D, production and technical support under the deal. Joining efforts with Manucor’s sales team, BIAXPLEN will get new opportunities in the European markets. SIBUR intends to consider engaging PolyLab, the Skolkovo-based R&D centre, to develop new products. As a result of their cooperation, the parties expect to create the leading BOPP film producer in Europe.

BIAXPLEN is a subsidiary of SIBUR, a petrochemical company, and Russia's largest BOPP film maker, which is capable of producing around 180,000 tpy of the film in five regions. Its products are exported to 27 countries.

Manucor is one of the leading European BOPP film producers, having a 100,000-tpy production site in Italy. Its goods are exported to 35 countries.

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