Bio PET may be sustainable over time − Italy M&G official

11 October 2012 20:19  [Source: ICIS news]

ARTIMINO, Italy (ICIS)--Renewable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) could become sustainable and competitive over time, an official with Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) said on Thursday.

"The future is there [for bio PET]. It could be sustainable over time and it could be competitive if we are careful with the selection of biomass," said Mario Barbieri of PET producer M&G.

Barbieri made his comments during a round-table discussion hosted by Global Services International (GSI) at their PET Day in Artimino, Florence.

M&G has created a biochemicals business unit that will handle development of biobased ethanol and bio-polyester feedstocks ethylene glycol (EG), paraxylene (PX) and bio-based purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

However, for now, crude-oil-based chemicals will lead the way and will continue to be marketed, according to Jose Aramburu of Cepsa Quimica.

"We believe in bio resins … but we are not actively promoting it for the time being. We are taking a dedicated approach to recycling," said Christian Mayr of PET converter ALPLA.

It will take 10-20 years, but bio PET will eventually reign, said a member of the audience.

By: Caroline Murray
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