Japan's Teijin halts PET recycling on short supply

03 October 2008 11:50  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Teijin will halt the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles indefinitely due to the difficulty in obtaining used material partly caused by an increase in demand from China, the Japanese chemical producer said on Friday.


Due to an increase in demand for used PET bottles from China, they began to be traded which had caused difficulties in securing supplies, the company said.


Teijin’s subsidiary Teijin Fiber begun the recycling project in November 2003 to produce new PET bottles from used ones at the producer’s Tokuyama factory in Yamaguchi prefecture, the company added.


Teijin Fiber would also halt the extraction of dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and ethylene glycol (EG) which was undertaken during the recycling and converted into to terephthalic acid (TPA) to produce resin for PET bottles, the producer said.


The company, however, planned to continue producing the resin from TPA feedstock it would buy, instead of recycling used PET bottles at its Tokuyama factorym, which had a nameplate capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, the company said/


Teijin Fiber also produces 40,000 tonne/year of PET resins at its Matsuyama factory in Ehime prefecture.


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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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