Manufacturing output grew 0.2% in August, less than expected due to the effects of Hurricane Ida, and total industrial production rose 0.4%, the Federal Reserve reports. Other data shows that manufacturers are facing high prices for processed goods for intermediate demand and a record number of job vacancies.
The American Chemistry Council and other groups oppose Senate Bill 343, a plastic recycling labeling bill that would tighten the state's criteria for attaching the "chasing arrows" symbol to plastic packaging and potentially increase public confusion. "Based on current trends, the only plastics that would likely be allowed to be labeled with a chasing arrows symbol under the considerations of this bill would be PET No. 1 and HDPE No. 2 plastic bottles and jugs," according to a legislative analysis.
Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in Texas on Monday as a category 1 storm and passed through the region, leaving most chemical facilities unaffected. ExxonMobil and Ascend reported normal operations at several facilities, while LyondellBasell temporarily took a facility in Bay City, Texas, offline due to power outages.
The Center of Regenerative Design and Collaboration has secured a $4.8 million loan from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to expand the plastic waste diversion project in Costa Rica and build a new facility in York, Pa. The facilities will capture hard-to-recycle plastics and turn them into a concrete additive known as Resin8.
ExxonMobil is using a process that converts feedstocks such as vegetable oil and animal fats into renewable diesel. The two-stage process involves hydrotreating and dewaxing.
Roquette plans to build a $13 million research facility in France dedicated to developing new plant-based proteins. Meanwhile, food producers are taking varied approaches to creating meat alternatives and pea-based proteins.
Some blood lipid biomarkers associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease are also correlated with a lower risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to analysis of a large British epidemiological database. "This study adds to a growing literature documenting differences in the premorbid metabolic profile of those who eventually develop ALS," says the study, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
A Texas company that uses renewable resources such as corn syrup to create chemicals needed for making industrial products has raised $357 million to expand operations. Solugen's bio-based chemical technology, which involves designing and growing enzymes, eliminates the need for petroleum, phosphates and other ingredients that increase global carbon dioxide emissions, the company says.
A new consensus paper from the International Council of Chemical Associations urges the World Trade Organization to pursue policies and reforms that will facilitate chemical trade on a global scale and make it easier to buy and sell critical materials. "We look forward to partnering with the WTO to help reaffirm its position as the cornerstone of the multilateral, rules-based trading system and help leverage trade to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable world," said Ed Brzytwa of the American Chemistry Council.
Mitsui & Co. and PureCycle Technologies have entered into a memorandum of understanding to develop a polypropylene recycling project in Japan. "By securing plastic waste as the raw material, manufacturing recycled PP resin, and expanding the applications of the material for consumer goods, food containers and automobile interiors, Mitsui aims to make a meaningful contribution to the creation of the more sustainable society," said Mitsui executive Hiroshi Kakiuchi.