New Technology for 100% recycling of PET

Unilever, Indorama and Ioniqa form joint venture

288
Technology
Ioniqa Circular PET Solution Introduction Ioniqa is a cleantech spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) and is specialized in “magnetic smart processes. Photo Ioniqa

Unilever, Indorama Ventures and Ioniqa have announced a new partnership that could see all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) scrap and post-consumer used PET bottles being recycled 100% into fresh PET resins. Indorama is the world’s largest manufacturer of PET resins while Ionoqa is a start-up technology company that is a spin-off from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

The partnership has been formed to exploit Ioniqa’s proprietary new technology that can convert any PET waste, including colored waste, back into transparent virgin grade material. This material can be used by Indorama to produce fresh PET resin grades. The technology has already been successfully tested in a pilot plant and is now set to be tried out on an industrial scale facility.

Although PET is used widely for a number of packaging applications, mostly as bottles for packaging of beverages and other liquid products, less than 20% of this material finds its way back into recycling plants. The rest is incinerated, consigned to landfills or ‘leaks’ into natural environments like oceans and marine habitats, seriously choking them.

Ioniqa’s new technology takes PET waste, including colored bottles, and breaks it down into basic molecules while separating the color and other contaminants. These molecules are converted back into PET granules that are as good as virgin grade resins at Indorama’s manufacturing plants. This is a major milestone in technology development and can lead to a fully circular economy for PET packaging. In 2017, Unilever committed that all of its plastic packaging would become reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now
VIAS Chidambar
Previous articleSibress FlexoControl 3D Plus
Next articleLocal brand – global success
S. Chidambar is an engineer and management consultant, who is one of the India's best known professionals in the Packaging and Plastics industries. He has been the CEO of four leading Packaging companies and his clients include some of the industry's leading organizations both in India and abroad.He writes extensively on Packaging,Plastics,Printing/Conversion and Communications and has been visiting faculty to IIP and several other mangement institutes for many years.He has pioneered the development of several hi-tech materials and applications.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here