New PET barrier technology

APPE, the packaging division of LSB (La Seda de Barcelona), has announced a major collaboration with ColorMatrix, a leading supplier of liquid colorants and additives for plastic applications, and specialist mould manufacturer KTW in the development and launch of a unique new barrier technology for PET and other plastic containers. The system, which will initially be targeted at the juice industry and subsequently introduced for wine and food applications, will be unveiled at the World Juice Conference, which takes place in Madrid, from 3rd to 6th October.

The concept of the new barrier technology has been devised by ColorMatrix.   As Europe’s leading convertor and manufacturer of PET preforms and bottles APPE (formerly known as Artenius PET Packaging Europe) has worked with ColorMatrix to develop the system for commercial and industrial use.  This has included the development of a special closure, created in association with KTW that forms an integral part of the barrier.

APPE says the new system will offer a number of important enhancements over existing barrier technologies in terms of clarity of material and recycling potential.  Extensive product shelf life trials have shown that it delivers excellent results in vital areas such as prevention of vitamin C loss and oxygen ingress. APPE is the only company licensed to sell the technology and will initially target a number of market segments, including juice and wine, with food sectors to follow.

APPE, with manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Morocco, Turkey and Greece, is able to offer customers both a localised and pan-European service. APPE is also the European leader in the recycling of PET containers and the largest producer of food grade rPET resin.