Klöckner Pentaplast commits to rPET/PET expansion for food packaging market
Klöckner Pentaplast announced its intention to expand its post-consumer recycled content (PCR) PET capacity in North America, with an investment to grow its sustainable offering in consumer health, pharmaceutical, and food packaging markets.
The expansion will add an extrusion line and two thermoformers, delivering a total of 15,000 metric tonnes of new rPET/PET capacity.
“This investment supports our growth strategy and is a result of our strong commitment to sustainable innovation,” said Scott Tracey, Chief Executive Officer, Klöckner Pentaplast. “The expansion responds to continued demand for sustainable options from our food packaging, pharmaceutical, consumer and label film customers. Working in conjunction with our customers, we will continue to develop solutions that reduce the requirement for virgin raw materials which is essential for our industry’s sustainability targets in the future.”
The extrusion line will support production of sustainable product lines such as kpNext recyclable pharmaceutical blister films, and Smartcycle recyclable label and consumer packaging films. The thermoformers will produce Elite mono-material protein trays, which are made using up to 100 per cent recycled PET.