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New resin offers processing energy benefits

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New resin offers processing energy benefits
Pellets can be dried and processed at lower temperatures compared to other PET resins
In Use – This innovation was first announced during the 2012 and the manufacturers expect major global beverage companies to start using it in 2013.

Benefits
Resource efficiency (e.g. filling line efficiency)

Product Categories
Drinks

Relevant Materials
Plastic – rigid

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars

Supply Chain Phase
Production

Details

A chemicals company has expanded its range of resins with the development of a new polymer in the form of a recyclable resin for extrusion blow moulded beverage packaging. The polymer has been specifically tailored for electron beam melting (EBM) processes and packaging applications, such as large-sized bottles, clear handle ware, through holes and other features.
 
The new polymer carries the resin identification code one (PET) and in July 2012 received recognition from the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) for meeting the PET critical guidance protocol. The pellets can be dried and processed at lower temperatures compared to other PET resins, resulting in lower energy usage, improved melt quality and minimised thermal degradation of the polymer.
 
The resin is known as Aspira One and is a product of Eastman Chemical Company.

The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The major benefit of this new resin is that it can be dried and processed at lower temperatures compared to other PET resins, resulting in lower energy usage and subsequently lower carbon impacts from processing. Importantly, the resin is still compatible with existing PET recycling processes.

Intellectual Property

The technology is a proprietary resin from Eastman Chemical Company.

Consultant View

Chemical companies are regularly making improvements to existing resins or launching new ones which provide enhanced processing capabilities. Many focus on reducing the energy required for processing. As well as searching the REID database for other relevant entries, container producers are encouraged to regularly check the polymers trade press and websites for other resin developments.

Contacts and Further Information

Ron Salati, Global Market Development Manager
Eastman Chemical B.V.
Fascinato Boulevard 602-614
2909 VA Capelle aan den Ijssel
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 10 2402 111

Specifications and material data sheets are available at:
http://www.eastman.com/Brands/Eastman_Aspira/Pages/ProductHome.aspx?product=71092766

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