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ArKay Beverages Gets Approval to Export Soft Drinks to Iran

Published on January 11, 2016 by in PET News

Following the July 14 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers that allows the lifting of sanctions on Iran, the US has granted approval for soft drinks exports to Iran.

A distribution contract signed in September between ArKay Beverages and Sonateb Parsian Ltd was approved by the US recently.

ArKay Beverages that is headquartered in Florida, produces alcohol-free drinks. The approval allows export and re-exports of soft drinks from the US to Iran.

ArKay will export soft drinks to Iran and will benefit from accessing the Iranian market that has about 100 million consumers.

Since the 1990s, when the sanctions were imposed on Iran, US corporations were prohibited from exporting their beverages to Iran.

More on the post sanctions developments in Iranian beverages and packaging sector will be discussed at IRANPET (Iran PET Market, Applications & Recycling) on 11-12 April, 2016 in Tehran.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for more information.

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Mitsubishi Plastics to Supply Plastic Bottles to Kirin for Beer Packaging

Published on November 30, 2015 by in PET News

Japan’s Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. will supply 1 liter plastic bottles to Kirin Co. – Japan’s major brewery.

Wines and sakes in Japan were available in plastic bottles since 2010. But this is the first time a major brewery is using these bottles for beers.

Use of plastic bottles is rare for beers as there is high chance of permeation of gases including oxygen and carbon into the content, which can alter the taste of beer.

Mitsubishi Plastics has used a coating inside the bottles – a thin carbon film that makes them 10 times better at preventing the loss of oxygen, thus preventing deterioration of beers.

However, beer in plastic bottles will not be available in Japan’s supermarket shelves anytime soon.

Kirin plans to use the plastic bottles for a special beer delivery service. The bottles will be sealed inside a package during distribution to avoid sunlight induced changes to its taste.

Mitsubishi Plastics is also planning to produce bottles for small-sized craft beer makers and local brewers. However, the company has to come up with ways to shield the bottles from sunlight before they can be used more widely.

More on PET bottles for alcohol will be discussed at 2nd JPET (Japan PET Resin Trade, Fibers, Applications & Recycling/RPET) on 16-18 March, 2016 in Tokyo.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for more information.

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Reliance Introduces Green Fibre

Published on November 3, 2015 by in PET News

Reliance Polymers – a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, has launched a green fibre that is manufactured from post-consumer PET bottles.

Named Recron GreenGold fibres, it is said to be one of the greenest fibres in the world. The fibre emits less Co2 and reduces dependence on fossil fuels and natural resources as it is produced from used PET bottles that otherwise end up in landfill, oceans or are incinerated.

Reliance has claimed that the fibre’s performance is equivalent to that of virgin polyester fibre.

The GreenGold fibres uses a dry colouring process instead of a wet one. The process avoids an extra dyeing process by adding colours with the raw material itself.

This makes it suitable for both apparel and technical textile players to offer certified green end-products.

More on Reliance’s PET & Polyester market initiatives will be shared by Rakesh Gaur, Sector Head – Polyester with Reliance Industries Ltd at 5th PET Asia Outlook on 18-19 November, 2015, in Bangkok.

For more information email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.

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Mitsubishi Expands North American PET Film Facility, Invests $100 Million

Published on October 20, 2015 by in PET News

Mitsubishi Polyester Film is investing USD100 million to expand its Greer, S.C., facility in North America. The plant is already the largest biaxially oriented PET film facility in the region.

The expansion will involve the installation of a new BOPET stretch film line that is expected to be operational in mid-2017.

The new line will produce specialty products and will have an annual capacity of 55 million pounds.

According to Mitsubishi, PET film demand is growing 3 to 6 percent yearly in the packaging and industrial sectors.

Mitsubishi Polyester collects silicone-coated, spent release films and turns them into pellets. The recycled PET constitutes up to 25% of new PET release film made at Greer.

The silicone-coated PET films are used to hold pressure-sensitive labels on packaged consumer goods.

The Geer plant was built in 1964 by Celanese Corp. In 1991 Mitsubishi Chemical Co. became a joint venture partner in the operation and in 1998 it acquired the entire operation and named it Mitsubishi Polyester Film – which is currently North America’s largest high-performance films manufacturer.

In 2011 Mitsubishi invested $20 million for capacity expansion at the facility.

Mitsubishi also operates PET film plants in Japan, China, Indonesia and Germany.

More on PET films will be discussed at 2nd NAPET North America PET Resin Trade, Recycling & Packaging on 2-4 November, 2015, in Napa Valley, California.

Email hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details of the conference.

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Amul plans Aseptic Line to Package Dairy Products

Published on October 14, 2015 by in PET News

Dairy industry is expected to use more PET packaging for milk and milk products, even though short shelf life of fresh milk as well as cold chain infrastructure issues persist.

In India the demand for PET bottle packaging of milk and milk products is growing at a CAGR of 25-30%. Currently, the beverage sector accounts for 60% of PET consumption in India. Liquor and milk is expected to consume 20% of the PET consumption by 2020.

India’s dairy giant Amul is planning to add aseptic lines at its two sites in Gandhinagar and near Godhra. This will help create an additional 1 million bottle per day capacity at two sites leading to Amul’s total bottling capacity touching 2.5 million bpd.

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) which owns the Amul brand has been the pioneer in introducing aseptic technology in India. GCMMF offers its flavoured milk and certain products in PET bottles already. GCMMF wants to take advantage of PET packaging because it’s handy, comes in multi-serve as well as allows ease of transportation.

Besides GCMMF, there are other dairy producers such as Maharashtra-based Parag Milk Foods that is keen on PET packaging. Parag has already begun a trial for packing liquid milk in PET bottles while its flavoured milk is already available in PET bottles – which is in high demand in metro cities. Meanwhile Parag’s fresh milk brand ‘Farm-to-Home’ is packaged in PET bottles and available in select cities in India.

PET for dairy presents huge opportunities for companies such as Manjushree Technopack that provides bottling for top beverage companies in the country including Pepsico and Coca Cola.

Manjushree is already working with Parag for PET bottle packaging. It has also invested in a high-speed aseptic line in India worth over $5 million that is aimed to tap the diary market.

In southern parts of India, diaries are using PET packaging for products like ghee.

More on PET for dairy will be discussed at 17th MEAPET (Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling) on 26-27 January, 2016 in Dubai.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for more details.

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