Gulf PET producers should seek more sustainable options - SABIC

15 June 2010 15:55  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS news)--Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region should look at sustainable production technologies such as fast reheat and lightweight PET resins, said Khaled Abdulaziz Al-Mana, executive vice president, polymers, at Saudi Arabian major Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC).

"The introduction of fast reheat PET resins for CSD (carbonated soft drink) packaging helps to increase bottle chip production by 10-15%," Al-Mana said to delegates at the first Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) Plastics Summit on Tuesday.

The same technology can also achieve a 15-20% energy saving, he added.

SABIC has introduced lightweight technology which reduces the weight of bottle-grade PET chips by 10-13%,  Al-Mana said. "And the PET chips can be fully recycled," he added.

The three-day GPCA conference ends on Wednesday, 16 June.

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