PET

Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate APET is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family that produced by the chemical industry and is used in synthetic fibers; beverage, food and other liquid containers; thermoforming applications; and engineering resins often in combination with glass fiber. It is one of the most important raw materials used in man-made fibers.


Depending on its processing and thermal history, it may exist both as an amorphous (transparent) and as a semi-crystalline (opaque and white) material. Its monomer can be synthesized by the esterification reaction between terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol with water as a byproduct or the transesterification reaction between ethylene glycol and dimethyl terephthalate with methanol as a byproduct. Polymerization is through a polycondensation reaction of the monomers (done immediately after esterification/transesterification) with ethylene glycol as the byproduct (the ethylene glycol is recycled in production).

The majority of the world's PET production is for synthetic fibers (in excess of 60%) with bottle production accounting for around 30% of global demand. In discussing textile applications, PET is generally referred to as simply "polyester" while "PET" is used most often to refer to packaging applications.



rPET (recycled PET)

rPET contains a minimum of 50% of PET derived from post consumer recyclate (PCR) whilst meeting the approved requirements for direct food contact. rPET is a versatile food packaging material having a gas barrier for increased shelf life, superb clarity, strength and rigidity that makes it the material of choice for retailers. rPET is not only made using recycled post consumer waste, it can itself be recycled through approved material recovery facilities.


Recycled PET packaging that can itself be recycled is our contribution to help reduce landfill waste whilst maintaining the safety and protection of food.

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