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Equipolymer expands European PET presence

November 21, 2007

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Equipolymer expands European PET presence

Swiss supplier Equipolymer will increase the capacity of its Ottana, Italy polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production site by 150,000 tonnes/yr, bringing total possible output to 485,000 tonnes. The expansion employs Zimmer Technology’s melt-phase polycondensation and will pair with Ottana’s existing Buehler solid-state polycondensation operation.

With that new capacity, Equipolymers, which is a joint venture formed in 2004 between Dow Chemical and the Kuwait Petroleum Corp., the Ottana plant will become the largest PET production operation in Europe, according to a press release. The site also has integrated terephthalic acid (TPA) capabilities, with the PET precursor made in house.

In addition to Italy, Equipolymers has manufacturing in Schkopau, Germany, with company headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland. The Ottana operation, which is located on the island of Sardinia, is the company’s third PET production facility site and will primarily serve customers in Southern European markets. In Germany, the company’s facilities have annual capacities of 160,000 and 175,000 tonnes.

The current leading European supplier of PET, Spanish supplier La Seda de Barcelona, earlier this summer acquired the European PET bottle blowmolding and preform molding operations of Australian packaging group Amcor Ltd. for 425 million euro.—[email protected]

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