Repsol, which is Chevron Phillips’ first licensee in this area, will implement the technology in its existing integrated site in Tarragona, Spain, which already uses the latter’s MarTECH SL Loop Slurry Technology.”We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Repsol and to provide them with technology to help optimise their polyethylene product portfolio,” said Pawan Bassi, global director of licensing for Chevron Phillips Chemical.”We are proud to be Chevron Phillips Chemical’s first licensee to implement their technology to produce metallocene-based polyethylene resins, plementing our portfolio for film and packaging solutions” said Esteban Gimeno, polyolefins business director for Repsol’s Chemicals Division. ndustrial packaging producer Greif has received the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award in Sustainability for its DoubleGreen COEX 10-litre plastics jerry can, which it calls one of the first sustainable multilayer 10-litre jerry cans made from a renewable resource, sugarcane, with a stackable design that eliminates the need for a carton during transport.
The jerry can incorporates polyethylene that is derived from sugarcane ethanol and exceeds 50 per cent of the total packaging position. Based upon the main Brazil agrochemical market volume, the use of sugarcane ethanol is estimated to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by 1,390 tonnes annually.
“At Greif we are serious about sustainability and strive to find new ways to use natural resources wisely without promising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” said Eduardo Simoniello, vice president and general manager of Greif Latin America.Greif’s manufacturing process requires less material in the production of the jerry can, reducing its weight for shipping even as it maintains the same pression strength as heavier containers. Its stackable design for shipping directly on transport pallets is said to improve inventory management cost, remove the necessity for printing a duplicate label and optimise the recycling process. The elimination of carton packaging is estimated to save 3,643 trees and avoid 23 tonnes of excess carbon dioxide emissions.The pany has been growing double digit for the past five years and is expecting growth of 25 per cent in 2014.