Barrier Coatings Approved by Petcore for PET Beverage Containers - News Item

Petcore announces new test results for recyclable barrier technologies.

Petcore’s Expert Evaluation Committee, which includes experts from a number of national collection agencies, gave full endorsement to:

         Plasmax, a SiOx-coated barrier from SIG Corpoplast, for all applications

         ActiTUF, an in-resin barrier technology from M&G, for coloured bottle applications

ActiTUF grades for use in clear and light blue bottles did meet all protocol requirements except for colour and haze in the bottle-to-bottle test protocol. Given low market penetrations and expected improvements in sorting technologies, the Committee decided to endorse such ActiTUF applications for a limited period of two years. “Pass” criteria for the bottle-to-bottle protocol are currently under revision, to include variations seen in today’s virgin PET market.

Karl Schöpf, Petcore’s new Technical Director from 1st January 2005, will also act as Chairman of the Expert Evaluation Committee. Mr. Schöpf: “We continue to see significant growth in PET barrier beverage segments like beer, fruit juices, dairy and small carbonated soft drink bottles. This is why Petcore and its members will actively pursue the development of next-generation sorting technologies while maintaining a high standard on our recyclability test protocols.”


Posted January 28th, 2005


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