13 March 2013 01:43 [Source: ICIS news]
MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Bio-polyethylene terephthalate (bio-PET) resin exports from Mexico to the US are projected to begin in April, as the industry focuses increasingly on green products, a market source said on Tuesday.
PET feedstock ethylene glycol (EG) produced from hydrocarbons can be completely replaced with plant-based EG, the source said on the sidelines of the 18th annual Plastimagen international plastics exposition and conference.
The main source for the bio-EG in Mexico will be sugar cane, but other plant sources can also be used. The bio-EG will make up about 35% of the PET molecule, the source said.
The bio-PET is in the last stages of product trials, according to the source.
Bio-PET is planned to be used in bottles for carbonated and non-carbonated drinks.
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