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PET recycling capabilities becomes extensive for Indorama Ventures now

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2018-08-08 14:20:00 – Thailand

Indorama Ventures products serve major FMCG and automotive sectors, i.e. beverages, hygiene, personal care, tire and safety segments. rPET resin is widely used for beverage and food packaging, also has fibre applications in Europe, a sector in which IVL holds a leadership supplier position. The demand for food-grade rPET in Western Europe is can grow at a CAGR of 7% from 2018-2021 and is currently overtaking supply. A growing emphasis on sustainability and circular economy objectives among packaging and consumer product manufacturers is expected to be amongst the key factors driving market growth. Recycled PET is well-known to be hygienic and is approved for food-contact applications in most countries around the world.

Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures commented that, “Indorama Ventures plays a key role in promoting the circular economy and environmental sustainability globally. We believe that the recycling of PET packaging is one of the most responsible solutions for the preservation of resources and the reduction of PET containers in landfills. Indorama Ventures is playing its part and investing in recycling solutions globally,” Also, “With a comprehensive European network for bottle sourcing and good supply chain efficiencies, we feel that this acquisition will contribute as an attractive platform for strong future growth in the sustainable recycling business with the potential to expand globally.”

Indorama Ventures is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The company’s portfolio comprises Necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of polymers, fibres, and packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured Ethylene Oxide/Glycols and PTA.

This acquisition is calculated in line with the company’s objectives of long-term sustainability. The addition of Sorepla will additionally freeze IVL’s position as one of the leaders in recycling in Europe and opens up new opportunities to serve increasing demand for food grade rPET, the chemical producer reports.

While IVL has a significant recycling presence in France through its subsidiary, Wellman France Recyclage in Verdun, the acquisition of Sorepla gives the company additional capabilities to deliver food grade rPET to serve increasing demand among major brand owners for more sustainable packaging solutions. Due to Sorepla’s proximity to IVL’s existing recycling business, synergies of management and supply chain are expected to benefit IVL businesses.

Indorama Ventures (IVL) has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie, a plastics recycling facility in France. Sorepla Industrie is one of the largest recyclers in Europe, founded in 1991. The facility consists of three production lines; Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), Recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE) and food-grade pellets, with a combined capacity of 52,000 tonnes per year. The company employs a total of 58 employees.

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