28 August 2012 18:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Indorama plans to make bottle-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with recycled resin at its plant in Queretaro, Mexico, the company said on Tuesday.
The project will be implemented in approximately 16 months, starting operations in December 2013, to produce up to 99,000 tonnes of PET resin with a 20% recycled material content, the company said. The project allows for the recycling of 670m bottles/year and their transformation into food-grade PETFor the project in Queretaro, recycle material will be extruded and added into a reactor where the non-recycled materials are combined. Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is reacted with a glycol in an esterification reaction to produce PET.
The PET production capacity of the Queretaro facility will not change with the incorporation of recycled PET in the process, the company said.
For the past few years, Indorama has been working with recycling companies that will supply clean PET flakes, securing quality and supply.The technology is already in use in Indorama’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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