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Aluminium China 2018 marks new industry chapter following positive performance indicators
This year’s Aluminium China exhibition and conference in July will provide a platform for China’s rapidly changing and expanding aluminium industry and showcase new state-of-the-art processes and products. Since the launch of the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy more than two years ago, China has made great strides towards becoming the world’s leading manufacturing hub. And it is against this backdrop that the Chinese aluminium industry is shifting its focus from speed to high- quality growth and gearing up for technological advances, driven by demand from global industries such as aerospace, automotive, building and construction, transportation and consumer durables. The success of this strategy is demonstrated by Chinese company Nanshan Aluminum that has started manufacturing high-end aluminum materials for Boeing and Airbus. Aluminium China 2018 will focus on global innovation and put the spotlight on aerospace and automotive materials and new processing technologies, along with innovative, smart and green manufacturing trends, helping to open up a new chapter in the aluminium industry. With overcapacity easing and strong environmental protection measures put in place in 2017, domestic and international aluminium prices have risen sharply, causing demand for new facilities and the need to recover capacity, which currently lies idle. In 2017, China’s electrolytic aluminium output was 36.5 million tons, representing an increase of 12.2%; while downstream processed output, including aluminium sheets, extrusion, foils, wires, powders and casts, was 38.2 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 8.5%. At the same time, aluminium consumption has continued to rise, thanks to new emerging markets. According to Reed Exhibitions China, the organiser of Aluminium China, this year’s event will feature a larger exhibition area than in 2017 and the number of trade visitors is expected to surpass 20,000. International visitors will come mainly from Southeast Asia, with Thailand providing the largest contingent. Reed is working with the Thai government, industry associations and other bodies to invite industry spokespeople to join discussions on industrial policy, in-depth analysis of the aluminium processing and consumption market, as well as putting the spotlight on topics such as the impact of new tariffs imposed on aluminium imported to the US. Aluminium China 2018 will play its part in boosting industry growth as the event continues to attract more and more industry leaders. Confirmed exhibitors include leading local giants such as CHALCO, Zhongwang, Weiqiao, Nanshan, Conglin, Nannan, Zhongfu, Nanping, Lufeng, Mingtai, Mingde, Fenglu, Yunhai, Yuhang, and Hesheng. International players like UACJ, Constellium, Danieli, Pyrotek, Tenova, Fronius, AP&T and Panasonic will also be there. The event takes place in the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) from the July 11 to 13, 2018. Collocated with Aluminium China this year will be Lightweight Asia 2018. This event will feature advanced lightweight auto materials for whole vehicles and automotive parts and combine a one-stop procurement platform for lightweight auto solutions with insights into advanced processing technologies.
Alcantara S.p.A Press Conference on Entry into Korea
On the morning of October 27th, Alcantara S.p.A held a press conference at the K Museum of Contemporary Art in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The event was organized to announce the official launch of Italian material brand Alcantara S.p.A in the Korean market, and was attended by CEO of Alcantara S.p.A, Andrea Boragno. Andrea Boragno, CEO of Alcantara S.p.A, said, "Alcantara continues to explore the unlimited possibilities that Alcantara materials and brands have through collaborations with global brands that want constant innovation." Also, "I hope that Korean companies that are leading the global market in various industries from high-tech to modern lifestyle, such as automobiles, tech devices, fashion and interior, will be able to maximize brand value and create new growth engines through Alcantara." ▲ CEO Andrea Boragno said, "I hope that Korean companies will be able to maximize brand value and create new growth engines through Alcantara." Alcantara S.p.A was founded in 1972 by Italian ENU Group and Toray Group to commercialize the patented Alcantara material invented by Okamoto Miyoshi, a researcher of the Japanese Toray Group in 1970. Alcantara is a silk-like material that only Alcantara S.p.A can produce. It is lightweight and durable. Especially, it can be processed into various colors and thicknesses through customization, and it has flame retardant, antibacterial and waterproof function. Alcantara has also been introduced as an optimal material for consumers looking for a modern lifestyle because it is easy to clean and use. Because of these advantages, Alcantara is already widely used in various fields with its high usability. First, because of its luxurious touch and fire-resistant characteristics, it is used as interior materials for automobiles in cars around the world such as Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley and Lamborghini. In addition to being able to customize as designer wants, also has comfort and practicality, so it is collaborating with fashion brands such as Chanel, Swarovski, and interior companies such as Torre, Renoir Rosé, Leo Lux and Capellini. In addition, it is used in a variety of applications such as headphones and speakers of Sennheiser and Onkyo and high-end consumer devices like Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet, so it is getting good response from consumers. Especially recently, Samsung Electronics has also used Alcantara material in cases of Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, which are flagship smartphones. ▲ Lamborghini's supercar, which uses Alcantara as its interior material, was on display. ▲ Alcantara is widely used in home interiors. ▲ Samsung Electronics also used Alcantara for the case of its flagship smart phone. Alcantara has announced plans to expand its presence in Asia's material markets through its entry into Korea. To do this, it plans to increase its application areas by actively seeking cooperation with Korean and Asian companies in various industries in the future. In addition, the company plans to invest more than 300 million euros in 5 years from now to prepare for the expansion of demand. Alcantara S.p.A, on the other hand, has met the carbon neutrality standard of TÜV SÜD, which is an international certification organization since 2009, based on environmentally friendly mind. In 2011, Alcantara S.p.A went one step further from carbon neutral in the production process, achieving carbon neutrality throughout the entire process of distribution, consumption and disposal. In this regard, CEO Andrea Boragno said, "Alcantara is a future-oriented, environment-friendly material that has received carbon neutral certification since 2009 as a non-animal raw material. Therefore, we expect that Alcantara will meet the needs of trendy and stickle Korean consumers who are interested in environmental protection."
LyondellBasell to Build the World's Largest PO/TBA Plant in Texas
LyondellBasell announced the final investment decision to build the world's largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company's history. At the peak of construction, the project is expected to create up to 2,500 jobs and approximately 160 permanent positions when operational. LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to build the world’s largest PO/TBA plant at its Channelview Complex in Texas. The $2.4 billion project is the company’s single largest capital investment to date and upon completion will produce an anticipated 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually. LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to build the world’s largest PO/TBA plant at its Channelview Complex in Texas. The $2.4 billion project is the company’s single largest capital investment to date and upon completion will produce an anticipated 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually. Once in operation, the plant will produce an anticipated 1 billion pounds (470,000 metric tons) of PO and 2.2 billion pounds (1 million metric tons) of TBA annually. PO is used in the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpeting, coatings, building materials and adhesives, while the TBA will be converted to two ether-based oxyfuels, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE). Both MTBE and ETBE are high-octane gasoline components that help gasoline burn cleaner and reduce emissions from automobiles. LyondellBasell plans to sell the PO and derivative products to both domestic and global customers, while the oxyfuels will be primarily sold into Latin America and Asia. A portion of the TBA will remain in the domestic market in the form of high purity isobutylene which is used in tires and lubricants. The majority of the products will be exported via the Houston Ship Channel. The PO/TBA project will have a split facility design to optimize product balances and realize synergies between LyondellBasell sites. The proposed location for the PO/TBA plant is the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex located in Channelview, Texas. The associated ethers unit, which will convert TBA to oxyfuels, is proposed for the company's Bayport Complex near Pasadena, Texas. The company has completed front-end engineering design work and received the required environmental permits. Site preparation is underway and construction is expected to begin during the second half of 2018. It is anticipated the project will be completed by the middle of 2021. Final site selection is contingent upon final approval of certain economic incentives by the state of Texas. The PO/TBA project is part of LyondellBasell's $5 billion organic growth program taking place on the U.S. Gulf Coast. LyondellBasell recently completed ethylene expansion projects at the company's La Porte, Channelview and Corpus Christi sites in Texas, finalizing a multi-year plan to increase annual ethylene capacity in the U.S. by 2 billion pounds (900,000 metric tons). Additionally, LyondellBasell began construction of a world-scale polyethylene (PE) plant at its La Porte Complex, which utilizes the company's proprietary Hyperzone PE technology and will more than double that site's PE capacity to 2 billion pounds (900,000 metric tons) per year upon completion in 2019.
Dow Chemical ‘LABSense’ Collaboration Model Press Conference
On the morning of July 6, Dow Chemical held ‘LABSense’ collaboration model press conference at COEX Intercontinental Hotel, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The event is prepared for introducing Dow Chemical’s new collaboration model, ‘LABSense.’ Chad Holzer, Global Business Director of Dow Chemical, Suiniaty Basirun, Business Director of Dow Chemical Asia-Pacific area, and Kwon Hyung-jun, Director of Dow Chemical Korea, attended the event. Chad Holzer said, “LABSense provides brand operators the chance to collaborate with Dow’s ingredient scientists and trend experts, and the value more than that.” And “Of course, as well as shaping the concept of complete product based on Dow’s ingredients and using them at demonstration, it is possible to satisfy demand of the market quickly and effectively by responding to the consistent change of consumer trend.” ▲ Dow Chemical held the press conference introducing ‘LABSense.’ ▲ Chad Holzer said, “Various chances and values will be provided through ‘LABSense’.” According to the announcement, ‘LABSense,’ presented from Dow Chemical’s ‘Home, Institutional, Personal Care Solution Department,’ is a collaboration model for personal care brand operators. It is a program where brand operators from each region can consider and share information together at Dow Chemical so that they can accelerate innovation. This model supports related information such as ingredients, components, or combination to let companies manufacturing personal care products, construct the complete product concept that is the closest to the recent consumer trend. Especially, as it is the collaboration process progressed in terms of labs so that it could be progressed on a small scale, it has the advantages that brand operators would feel less financial and scalar burden, and rapidly respond to the trends. In addition, Dow Chemical explained that, in case of finding out the optimal concept of complete product, it is possible to extend the scale through small scale process. Likewise, Dow Chemical named the concept, created through ‘process making the best product by collaborative companies and Dow Chemical putting their heads together,’ ‘Hero Concepts.’ In case of the products created through this ‘Hero Concepts,’ they are connected with deeper collaborative relationships than the concept of ODM, which is well used in the recent cosmetic industry. Therefore, as well as personal care products like lotion and cleanser could maintain luxurious, it will be easier to respond to the recent trend that pursues multifunctional sustainability. Meanwhile, to inform this policy, Dow Chemical participates ‘In-Cosmetics Korea 2016,’ which is held at COEX over two days until July 7, promotes ‘LABSense,’ and argues cooperative plans with personal care brand operators. Moreover, it introduces various complete product concepts for demonstration of main components for personal care products that satisfy demands of domestic and global consumers. ▲ ‘LABSense’ provides scientifically expert knowledge through collaboration with each lab. ▲ Through knowledge about premium ingredients, it suggests improved portfolio. ▲ It is explained that it can satisfy consumers’ demands and more easily respond to the recent trend. ▲ The products related to ‘Hero Concepts’ are introduced. ▲ Suiniaty Basirun demonstrated one of the ‘Hero Concepts’ products.