Apetek presents certification for its products ‘Remade in Italy’

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Sekisui Alveo introduces innovative shockpad foam for non-infill systems

Sekisui Alveo, European manufacturer of high-quality polyolefin foams, has expanded its well-known Alveosport product line. Alveosport NUT 3011-14 is a new foam designed especially for use as a shockpad in artificial turf systems designed without infill. The innovative material not only meets the technical and quality requirements for sports fields, it presents an alternative to the questionable rubber infill used in many artificial turf systems.

Various artificial turf systems in use today incorporate rubber infill in order to achieve the desired performance characteristics. Problem is, this ground rubber is a material of concern. It impacts both the environmental and health, and this has been a topic of discussion at the European level. Artificial turf systems designed without the infill appear to be a promising alternative.

New shockpad with enhanced performance

In artificial turf systems without infill, more of the vertical sports performance must be provided by the substructure. The shockpad beneath the artificial turf carpet must be designed for this purpose. Alveosport NUT 3011-14 is a new product specially developed to meet these technical requirements. The chemical composition, in combination with the physical design of the shockpad, results in an excellent balance of shock absorption, vertical deformation, and ball bounce – directly after installation as well as throughout the lifetime of the turf system.

Pioneering installations

Alveosport NUT 3011-14 was used in a new non-infill football turf built this year for DSV Concordia in Delft, the Netherlands. In this system, FieldTurf Ultra 360 non-infill carpet is installed over the shockpad. Rob Heusinkveld, Product Manager at FieldTurf Tarkett Benelux, explains the design: “This system is a real further development in the field of non-infill synthetic turf systems. Because there is no performance infill, most of the performance properties have to be provided by the shockpad. Alveosport is our go-to shockpad for synthetic systems because of its proven technical performance – so Alveosport NUT 3011-14, developed especially for use in non-infill systems, was an obvious choice for this turf.” In addition to this example, four non-infill synthetic turf fields based on Alveosport NUT 3011-14 were successfully installed in Norway last year.

Technical development

These pioneering installations as well as recent studies indicate that by optimizing test methods and standards, non-infill systems will be able to fully meet players’ expectations and the technical requirements of FIFA and other organisations. When this happens, non-infill systems are expected to become a high-performance alternative to football turf systems using performance infill. Sliding performance and shoe grip remain key points of attention as non-infill systems develop. As more clubs opt for non-infill systems, acceptance will grow and the system and components will be further developed. Sekisui Alveo’s leadership role in this trend towards healthier artificial turf systems is fully in line with the company’s mission of Innovation in Foam.

Alveosport: an all-round winner

In terms of installation, technical performance, and environmental impact, Alveosport is an all-round winner. Installing the shockpad is quick and easy. It can be done in one day under any weather conditions and requires neither special machinery nor skilled personnel. The cushioning significantly reduces the risk of injuries. In terms of environmental performance, Alveosport releases no harmful chemicals or gases known to pollute soil, water, or air.
Artificial turf systems without infill are even quicker to install, easier to maintain, and ultimately easier to recycle at the end of their service life.

Sound long-term investment

In many cases, the Alveosport shockpad can be reused when a field is being renovated. When the artificial turf wears out after a number of years, the owner only needs to invest in a new carpet. This saves significant costs. It also saves time, energy, and material – and minimizes the interruption so the players can return to a comfortable, healthy, high-performance field within a very short time.

TotalEnergies, Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-Systems partner on Advanced Recycling Project in the US

Houston/Paris, October 26th, 2021 – Plastic Energy Ltd., Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC and TotalEnergies have announced a strategic partnership in the U.S. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-Systems plan to build an advanced recycling plant in Texas, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging.
The project will process and convert yearly 33,000 tons of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational by mid-2024 with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ Texas-based production units, enabling the creation of items such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers.
Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies are all firmly committed to developing plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste and to build a more circular and sustainable economy in the U.S. and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tons per annum at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in early 2023.
“We are delighted to announce Plastic Energy’s first project in the U.S., which is a region that has enormous potential for the plastic-to-plastic advanced recycling market. Using our patented and innovative technology, this new advanced recycling plant in the U.S. will be able to treat post-consumer waste that would otherwise be incinerated, landfilled or end up polluting the environment,” said Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy. “Working with Freepoint and TotalEnergies, we will be able to recycle more plastics and reduce the depletion of natural resources, which benefits the circular economy.”
“Freepoint Eco-Systems is thrilled to partner with these two like-minded firms in an effort to reduce plastic disposed in landfills and to increase the recycling of plastic that heretofore has been challenging to recycle. The Texas project will reduce the need for fossil feedstocks, which results in carbon left in the ground, a more sustainable economy and a healthier planet,” said Jeff McMahon, Managing Director of Freepoint.
“This strategic partnership in the U.S. following the construction of the first advanced recycling plant in France with Plastic Energy are important steps in the development of the advanced recycling of plastic waste worldwide as well as in the U.S. specifically. It shows our commitment to work with our customers to meet the growing demand for more innovative plastics with ever-higher performance, especially for durable applications. It will contribute to addressing the challenge of the circular economy and to achieve our ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers at TotalEnergies.
About Plastic Energy Ltd. Plastic Energy is a global leader in chemical recycling, offering a sustainable solution to help prevent plastic waste, transforming previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. Our patented and proven chemical recycling technology converts end-of-life plastic waste into an optimal feedstock (TACOIL) for making virgin-quality recycled plastics. Plastic Energy currently has two chemical recycling plants that are in constant operation in Spain and is one of the few companies worldwide that has sold TACOIL from the conversion of end-of-life plastic waste to replace fossil oils in the manufacturing of new plastics. We are leading our field in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy for plastics. Visit our website at www.plasticenergy.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC
Freepoint Eco-Systems is an affiliate of Freepoint Commodities LLC, a worldwide commodity merchant providing supply chain management services to its customers. Freepoint Eco-Systems is in the business of securing supply of waste plastic that is not being recycled and converting that waste into reusable products via advanced recycling facilities in which it has an ownership position. Freepoint Eco-Systems is expanding its recycling asset footprint across North America, Europe and Asia. www.FreepointEcoSystems.com.
About TotalEnergies
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, clean, reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

ProPlay-MP12 delivers a more economical and ecological solution

The ProPlay-MP12 shock pad for play areas, small-sided game areas and multi-game areas facilitates children experiencing the best and safest possible playing moments in the early stages of their lives. It also helps facility owners to improve their sustainability score and facilitates the establishment of more of these early-childhood development areas.

Playing sports and games are essential for early childhood development as they will help to instil essentials playing and exercising, teamwork and dealing with winning and losing. Knowing that budget for these types of areas are always short, Schmitz Foam Products went on a quest to develop a new shock pad. ProPlay-MP12 delivers the required comfort but is more affordably priced and, in line with the Schmitz Foam Products philosophy, is produced with respect for the environment. “Schmitz Foam Products has always valued the various multi-game areas one can find in most urban developments around the world. These are essential to facilitate sports development and instil an enthusiasm to play sports. With more requirements being implemented for these multi games areas, we saw an opportunity to develop a shock pad specifically for these areas, meeting criteria from affordability to comfort and safety,” International Sales Manager Rob Moors explains. “Best of all is that its distinctive puzzle-shape allows for easy installation while the fact that it is made from remnant, high-quality foam material, makes that it also contributes to the environment.”

Sustainable solution

The shock pad is advised for grounds that are smaller than 2500m2 in size. “In the past, we often had customers opting for the ProPlay that we actually advise for use in larger sized sports fields. However, multi-game areas, small-sided sports grounds and play areas don’t require the level of engineering as shock pads for larger sports fields require do.” With this in mind, Schmitz Foam Products engineered the new ProPlay-MP12. “It delivers a comfortable shock absorption while being less demanding on the budget too.”

Closes the gap

The ProPlay-MP12 closes the gap between ProPlay-Sport20 for sports and ProPlay for playgrounds, two main products of the Schmitz Foam Products portfolio. “The requirements for multi-game areas in terms of impact attenuation are less demanding than those set for sports while our playgrounds products aren’t designed for use in this type of grounds. ProPlay-MP12 is certainly more robust, particularly in comparison to other products that are being offered on the market,” Rob Moors continues. The density of ProPlay-MP12 is four times higher,” Chief Technical Officer, Ron Moors points out. “This robustness allows for easy installation but also delivers a comfortable shock absorption. We know from our experience that this is sufficient to facilitate children playing sports like football or hockey.” The new ProPlay-MP12 offers the highest vertical drainage capacity among shock pads available in the market  The pad consists of foam flakes that are thermally bonded on a permeable non-woven. As Schmitz Foam Products only uses foam with a closed cell-structure, the small voids between the various flakes contribute towards the water flow capacity of a panel,“ Ron Moors continues. The water infiltration rate of ProPlay-MP12 still exceeds what FIFA or World Rugby dictate for their artificial turf grounds. “As soon as the rain stops, children will be able to come out again and to continue where they stopped when the rain started.” The speed with which the top-layer dries out, also serves the interest of the artificial turf carpet. “A carpet backing that stays dry will contribute to the lifespan of the artificial turf carpet.”

Facilitating new opportunities

Rob Moors points out that, another group of people who can benefit from the ProPlay-MP12, are the entrepreneurs that convert old industrial buildings into indoor multi-game areas and small-sided sports grounds. “At present they just draw the field markings on the ground which might be convenient but delivers a hazardous field to play on and can see them become liable for injuries. The concrete floor delivers no comfort to the joints or protection to falling or diving players. An investment in the ProPlay-MP12 and an artificial turf surface is relatively small but will deliver a much more safe and attractive multi-game ground.”

With the introduction of ProPlay-MP12, Schmitz Foam Products answers the need for establishing multi-game areas, small-sided sports fields and play areas at an affordable price. ProPlay-MP12 unites the best of multiple worlds: an affordable and sustainable shock and drainage pad. “Multi-game areas all over the world should strive to achieve the 3 Es: an economical, ecological and easy to install multi-game area that delivers the best comfort and cushioning possible,” Rob Moors concludes. The Schmitz Foam Products ProPlay-MP12 is doing just this.

TotalEnergies doubles its Recycled Plastic Production Capacity in France

Paris, October 1st, 2021 – TotalEnergies has inaugurated the extension of Synova in Normandy, the French leader in recycled polypropylene production. TotalEnergies is therefore doubling its mechanical recycling production capacity for recycled polymers, to meet growing demand for sustainable polymers from customers, such as Automotive Manufacturer (Auto OEM) and the construction industry.
Moving the circular economy forward
Plastics are essential to everyday life because of their many properties, including lightness, which allows the automotive industry, for example, to reduce the weight of vehicles and hence also fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. But plastics’ end-of-life is a crucial topic, which is why TotalEnergies is actively involved in plastics recycling as part of its circular economy approach.
In order to increase its mechanical recycling capacity, TotalEnergies acquired in 2019 Synova, the French leader in the production of recycled polypropylene derived from industrial waste plastics, household waste and car parts such as bumpers.
With the installation of two new production lines, Synova will produce almost 45,000 tons of recycled polypropylene per year using mechanical recycling methods, including one range containing fiber glass to produce components with very high mechanical performance.
Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President Polymers at TotalEnergies’ Refining & Chemicals business segment, stated: “After announcing in 2020, at our zero-crude platform at Grandpuits, the first chemical recycling plant and our second bio-based and biodegradable plastic production plant, the Synova extension has now doubled our mechanical recycling production capacity in France. We are perfectly positioned to meet our customers’ growing demand for more efficient and environmentally friendly polymers, all the while providing concrete answers to the challenge of managing end-of-life plastics. This investment will contribute to our ambition for 2030 of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers.”
TotalEnergies and plastics recycling
TotalEnergies has the ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030. TotalEnergies is working on all types of recycling:
• In mechanical recycling with its subsidiary Synova, the French leader in the production of recycled polypropylene for sustainable applications for the automotive or construction industry.
• In chemical recycling, TotalEnergies announced in September 2020 the construction of France’s first chemical recycling plant on its Grandpuits zero-crude platform. This new plant will use Plastic Energy’s patented technology to transform plastic waste that is not generally recyclable into a pyrolysis oil called Tacoil, which will then be used as feedstock in TotalEnergies’ steam crackers to produce polymers with properties identical to virgin polymers.
TotalEnergies is also a world leader in bioplastics. The joint venture between TotalEnergies and Corbion owns a plant in Thailand producing 75,000 tons/year of PLA, a 100% bio-based, recyclable and biodegradable bioplastic. In September 2020, it announced the construction of a second plant with a capacity of 100,000 tons/year on the Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France.
TotalEnergies is also a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which consists of around forty companies invested in the plastics and consumer goods value chain. They have pledged to allocate more than $1 billion, with a goal of reaching $1.5 billion by 2025, to the implementation of solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, particularly in the oceans.