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Alpek to Acquire Brazil’s PET producer Petroquimica Suape for $385 million

Published on May 2, 2017 by in PET News

Alpek – a leading petrochemical company – is all set to buy polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer Petroquimica Suape (PQS) for $385 million.

Currently owned by Brazil’s Petrobras, PQS  owns a 700,000 mt/year PTA plant as well as a 450,000 mt/year PET plant in Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil. After the acquisition, Alpek will own all these assets as well as Citepe – a polyester unit.

Alpek already owns Mexico’s polypropylene producer Indelpro and DAK Americas, which produces PET in the US, Mexico, Canada and Argentina.

The deal is awaiting corporate approvals as well as approvals by the appropriate governmental authorities.

Petrobras is divesting assets – except for its core oil and gas exploration and production divisions – and this deal is part of the same divesting drive.

Alpek owns 23 factories in 6 countries and it is Latin America’s largest polyester manufacturer.

More on PET markets in Mexico, Brazil as well as the larger South/Central America, Andean and Caribbean region will be discussed at CMT’s 5th SCAPET scheduled on 7-8 June, 2017 in Medellín, Colombia.

Contact Tanya Tardán at tanya@cmtsp.com.sg or Tel + 52-55 52941423 or + 52-155 3655 0760 or Ms Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9147 for more details about the conference.

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LINPAC launches rigid rPET range for foodservice industry

Published on April 17, 2017 by in PET News

LINPAC – a leading fresh food packaging manufacturer – has launched a range of rigid rPET solutions for the food service industry.

The new range offers the food service industry a choice of hinged-lid and film lidded rigid rPET packs that can be used to package prepared fresh food such as sandwiches, salads, sushi and bakery items.

Distributors as well as customers in the hotel, restaurant  and catering industries can benefit from this new range. With the ability to both hand or machine packed at its on-sale location, the new rigid rPET range offers flexibility, functionality, sustainability and ease of use.

The new addition also complements LINPAC’s current portfolio of EPS Hotpacs, catering trays, plates and bowls.

LNPAC claims that each lightweight, crystal-clear solution is manufactured using high levels of post-consumer recyclate, which has been super-cleaned in-house by LINPAC to ensure compliance with all food safety regulations.

LINPAC is committed to closed-loop recycling process and allows food service customers to contribute to a circular economy by utilising sustainable fresh food packaging solutions.

Learn more about ‘Manufacturing technologies for monomaterial based packaging solutions: a step towards a circular economy’ from Samuel Pardo, Innovations Manager, LINPAC Packaging at CMT’s 18th GEPET on 27-28 April, 2017 in Barcelona.

Email Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147 for details of the event.

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New PET Technology Offers Extended Shelf Life for Yogurts

Published on April 3, 2017 by in PET News

Natural and healthy products in a convenient and appetizing appeal are some of the key aspects consumers are looking for when purchasing food products. Packaging has a key role in ensuring that it protects food contents and keep it safe for consumers. As such PET packaging company Klöckner Pentaplast has recently expanded its Pentafood film line to include ClikPET. A newly-designed PET-based technology for yoghurt packaging, ClikPET can be used on FFS lines, seals, labels and trays.

ClikPET’s unique selling point is its ability to extend the shelf life of yoghurt products by up to ten days. This offers more flexibility to retailers. Plus, the material used in ClikPET reduces cup breakage significantly. As it uses PET technology, ClikPET products are safe and sustainable. It also reduces complexity, risk and price volatility in the supply chain.

Yogurt market is highly competitive and customer orientation is key to succeed. With full polystyrene functionality, complemented by excellent gas and water vapour barrier properties and the ability to bend and click, ClikPET’s technology is ideal for yogurt packaging.

More about PET packaging discussed at CMT’s 5th SCAPET scheduled on 6-7 June, 2017 in Medellín, Colombia.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218 for more details about the conference.

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PET Packaging Specialist for Pharma – Gerresheimer Expands Capacity in Spain

Published on April 3, 2017 by in PET News

Gerresheimer, a provider of specialty products made of plastics and glass for the pharmaceuticals and life science industries, has expanded its pharmaceutical bottle production base at its Zaragoza plant in Spain.

A new 600m2 ISO class 8 clean room equipped with nine high performance injection and injection stretch moulding machines is added to the Spain plant. Further, the clean room has space for another six machines allowing Gerresheimer to expand the facility at a later stage to 15 moulding machine capacity.

The new expansion will enable production of high quality PET pharma bottles. In addition, the plant is also now capable of fitting different types of closure, from simple caps to tamper evident or child-safe closures on the bottles.

Among its range of bottles, the new unit is expected to manufacture PET bottles suitable for medicines and nutritional food supplements.

The Zaragoza facility was acquired by Gerresheimer in 2008. Apart from its Zaragoza plant, Gerresheimer also has a plant in Masalavés, Spain. Besides, it owns over 40 production plants in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Some of its other products include – Insulin pens, inhalers, pre-fillable syringes, other vials, ampoules and bottles for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals. It also serves the moulds cosmetics industry packaging.

More about PET packaging for the European market will be discussed at CMT’s 18th GEPET on 27-28 April, 2017 in Barcelona.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details of the event.

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NGR, KUHNE Develop New System to Produce High Quality Recycled PET Sheets

Published on March 22, 2017 by in PET News

The plastics industry is committed to reduce waste, minimize plastics’ impact on the environment and maintain the target of zero plastics to landfill by 2025. To ensure that plastic waste does not languish in the environment, two PET tech majors – Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen (NGR) and KUHNE are coming together to build systems for producing PET sheets from PET waste. They are aiming to achieve the same quality of PET sheets that are made from virgin raw materials.

NGR and KUHNE aim to raise the quality level of for direct production of high-quality, food-grade PET sheets that are produced using skeleton scrap, sheet production scrap or PET bottle flakes.

A shredder-feeder-extruder combination will produce plastic melt while the P:REACT unit will improve the quality of PET and lastly KUHNE’s sheet system will ensure that PET sheets produced have the tightest tolerances.

The integrated system is likely to be beneficial for both PET sheet producers and thermoformed part manufacturers.

The shredder-feeder-extruder combination has the capability to convert any form of feedstock into high-quality melt. This allows PET scrap such as punch scrap, sheet production scrap, bottle flakes or even fibers to be used too. The second system – P:REACT decontaminates the PET melt to ensure it is 100% food-contact compliant – in accordance with FDA regulations and the IV value is set to the desired level.

The system’s ability to produce high-quality PET sheets from low-cost raw materials and also eliminate one melt step in the process is the technology’s USP.

More about new PET technologies at CMT’s 18th GEPET on 27-28 April, 2017 in Barcelona.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details of the event.

 

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