21 September 2005

Amcor and Husky using renewable materials for bottles

The packaging and machinery firms say PLA project is at "advanced stage"

Amcor PET Packaging is working with Husky to develop a European market for compostable PLA bottles for applications such as still mineral water, vegetable oils and dairy products.

Amcor PET Packaging Europe’s marketing communications manager Frans van Dooren said: “The market for PLA bottles is attracting a lot of attention in Europe and consumers are starting to show an interest in packaging made from renewable resources.”

Husky, a strategic partner in the development, demonstrated production of Natureworks PLA preforms on a HyPet 90 moulding system on its stand at last week’s Drinktec exhibition in Munich.

Van Dooren told that Amcor is at an advanced stage of development with a PLA bottle project for at least one major European customer. However, he said that pricing remains an issue.

“PLA price is a bit of a show stopper today but this is temporary,” van Dooren said. He believes that as volumes build the price gap will close, while PLA users will also gain from a more stable pricing structure.

EPN’s Bioplastics conference, the longest established forum for the global biopolymers industry, takes place in Frankfurt in December. For more information visit www.bpevent.com.

Source: PRW.com Sept. 20, 2005.

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