15th GEPET, Greater Europe PET Resin Trade,  Applications & Recycling

20-21 May, 2014 - Dubrovnik, CROATIA

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

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"New planned capacities in the region amidst global oversupply & margin pressures"


Fall in raw materials prices drags the price of PET down
(Survey conducted March 18, 2014) PET Pla.net Pulse


PET raw materials have taken a distinct tumble as supply exceeds demands in Asia and a number of additional capacities, especially PX come into play. How will this pan out in Europe ? It is anticipated that paraxylene prices will be pushed lower by increases in global production capacity, and unless PTA / polyester operating rates improve , paraxylene will drop even further with no resurgence on the horizon, and European producers will be forced to start cutting production.


Meanwhile it is reported that South Korean PET to Europe has been sold out, and PET coming from Oman and Russia are no longer given tariff concessions as it is no longer consider developing countries. Hence most of Russia PET production are channeled to the domestic market.


How about rPET ? Will lower PET prices affect demand for RPET, compounding the problem that collection rates for recycled PET are also not improving and quality is deteriorating. How are countries in this region addressing the collection problems ?


How will the PET industry evolve in Greater Europe ? With La Seda being separated, where will all the separate divisions of LSB end up ?


In September last year, their PET plant in at Volos, Greece, was acquired by Istanbul-based Polisan Holding and has since been renamed to Polisan Hellas. Has the PET plant at Volos restarted ? What are the plans of this Turkish buyer, which has targeted markets in Greece, the Balkans and Turkey.


What will happen to LSB's bouyant APPE packaging operations and it recycling plant ? Despite the troubles of their parent company, APPE continues to be a thriving, growing business and winning new businesses such as Oji. Late last year, Appe worked with Oji and Hero to produce an environmentally friendly 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottle for Oji's 'sustainable' functional fruit drink.


Recently APPE completed a major expansion of their PET recycling plant which now has the capacity to produce 48000 tonnes of rPET per year.




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Why Dubrovnik ?


Dubrovnik, a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea is one of the world's most magnificent walled cities. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and Croatia's most up-market destination, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.


Many flights operate from major European Cities to Dubrovnik during the holiday season (May - October)



CMT's 15th Greater Europe PET delivers exceptional speakers and up-to-date information on the current issues facing the PET industry in the region

  • New Emerging Market - Central Asia & The Caucasus - Perspective of Coca Cola

  • Global Surplus continues and the fate of the European PET industry

  • PX-PTA supplies from Asia

  • Polisan's PET acquisition in Volos Greece and further plans

  • Equipolymer's new PET resin for the bottle water market

  • Availability of rPET and quality material - perspective from Russia, Latvia, Macedonia, Slovakia

  • 100% rPET material from APPE

  • Developments in PET Aerosol cans

  • PET markets in Slovenia and Portugal
    Plus many more

Sign up NOW for this important event. CMT's GEPET annual event , into its 15th year, is recognized as a must-attend event by the industry. Providing you invaluable insights in the current state of the market and the future, this is your chance to network with who's who in the industry.



2013 Event Testimonials


"Great place to be for spot upgrade of the PET world status"


"Very good topics - also for brand owners. You have found a good balance between PET producers, brand owners and recycling industries. You have closed the loop. Very Good!"
Lasko Brewery D.D.


"Eye-opening review of brands in the PET market"
Avantium Chemicals BV


"I've broaden up my view on of the PET market"
Febo Hellas S.A.


"As usual, very nice experience - good presentations, interesting people to meet"
Terrachim 97 AD


Industry News Who Will You Meet Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Sibur subsidiary Polief completes PET capacity expansion


European PET bottle demand on the rise


European polyethylene terephthalate producers eye price recovery after dismal Q4


Dentis relaunches Spanish PET recycler


€10m PET recycling plant opens in Germany


Sidel's Eco Lamps Reduce Energy Use for Pepsico

Feedstock suppliers (PX/PTA/MEG)
PET resin producers & suppliers
Polyester manufacturers
Polymer/Petrochemical traders
Converters & preform manufacturers
Technology providers
Recycling companies
Brand owners

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact cynthia@cmtsp.com.sg 

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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approves 3 PET recycling processes – APPE Supercycle B, LPR and FPR

Posted on : 27 Mar, 2014


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved three processes for recycling post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials namely - APPE Supercycle B, LPR and France Plastiques Recyclage (FPR).

The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) assessed the 3 recycling processes on several safety parameters.

The panel concluded in its report that all 3 recycling processes ensure that the migration of potential contaminants into food do not exceed 0.1 µg/kg food, based on challenge tests and modeled migration.

APPE Supercycle B: In this process, the inputs are hot caustic washed and dried PET flakes from post-consumer PET containers, not containing more than 5% of PET from non-food consumer applications. EFSA in its reports confirms that the crystallization (step 4) and the decontamination in the SSP reactor (step 5) ensure decontamination efficiency of this process with factors like temperature, pressure and residence time that control the performance.

France Plastiques Recyclage (FPR): The recycling process of FPR is based on Starlinger Recostar PET IV+ technology. According to the panel, drying (step 2), extrusion and pelletising (step 3) and the decontamination in continuous SSP reactor (step 4) are the most important steps in ensuring decontamination efficiency.

The panel concluded that for both APPE Supercycle B and FPR, the recycled PET can be used at up to 100% for manufacturing of materials and articles that come in contact with all foodstuffs and that are intended for long term storage at room temperature, with or without hotfill. The trays made of recycled PET under these 2 processes are not intended to be used in microwaves and ovens.

Lorraine Plast recycling (LPR): The third process approved is LPR and the panel concluded that the recycled PET should be used up to 50% in mixtures with virgin PET when it's used for manufacturing bottles for contact with all foodstuffs and should be used at not more 85% in mixtures with virgin PET in the manufacturing of thermoformed trays and containers, that come in contact with all foodstuffs except packaged water. LPR derived recycled articles can be used for long term storage at room temperature, with or without hotfill.

More on post-consumer PET packaging materials for food products will be discussed at 15th GEPET coming up in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 20-21 May 2014.

Visit 15th GEPET website or contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.


Sidel introduces 0.5 litre lightweight PET bottle, promises cost & energy savings

Posted on : 15 Jan, 2014


Sidel, a leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has introduced a new 0.5 litre PET bottle called RightWeight™. The bottle is a lightweight variant that can package still water. Sidel stated that although the bottle weighs less, it does not compromise on product quality and offers better customer experience.


Weighing merely 7.95 grams, the new PET bottle offers top-load performance of 33 kilograms without nitrogen dosing and uses standard 26/22 caps. The new design weighs 34% less than the average commercial bottle. RightWeightTM also promises to save up to EUR 1.75 million of raw-material costs per year.


RightWeight™ bottles are designed in such a way that it doesn't allow 'over squeeze' - an issue often faced by consumers using ultra-light bottles that can lead to content spill.


The new PET bottles scores high on resistance allowing consumers to unscrew the cap and open the bottle while also enabling the bottles to have a longer life in the supply chain. The high resistance means that the bottles will remain intact and retain its original appearance when it appears on the supermarket shelves.


The RightWeight™ bottle is a step in the right direction as it not only reduces plastic but also lowers bottle weight, thus saving energy during production, improving bottle performance across the supply chain while also maintaining product quality, thus guaranteeing a better consumer experience.

RightWeight™ bottles can be used for all Sidel PET packaging solutions which includes the new Sidel Matrix™ system for liquid packaging.


The Sidel team has conducted numerous computer simulations as well as real-world physical tests, so that it can bring to the table the perfect geometrical solution, enabling optimum balance between less weight and strong performance. The team redesigned the standard 26/22 neck finish; thus ensuring an extra 15% savings on weight, at the same time maintaining compatibility of the evolved version with the existing standard 26/22 caps.


More such updates from the PET industry in Greater Europe can be expected at CMT's 15th GEPET on 20-21 May 2014 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.


For more details about the event, visit the official website or contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.