Uhde Inventa-Fischer is to build a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant for JBF Industries Ltd., a leading producer of polyester granules, in Geel, Belgium. The plant will produce high-quality PET for bottling and packaging applications. Its total name plate capacity will be 432,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year.
Integration of a 54,000-m.t./yr Flakes-To-Resin (FTR) recycling line will allow 25 % of the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) required for the production of PET to be replaced with recycling material. Feedstock terephthalic acid will be produced by BP Chembel N.V. on the same site and supplied.
One of the outstanding features of the FTR process is that it is Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, which certifies that the quality of the PET pellets produced is adequate for food applications.