News - “Aluminum” PET-bottles

The first session was dedicated to problems and growth factors on the present-day market for polyethylene terephthalate. As it was noted by the analysts of Alliance-Analysis, almost all Russian PET-manufacturers are planning to build their own facilities for production of terephtalic acid (TPA). However, the product deficit will be still in place in 2020, reaching 316 thousand tons. The demand for TPA in 2020 will be 1,771 thousand tons, while the supply will amount to 1,455 thousand tons. The domestic demand for mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) is balanced against its supply till 2015; however, in 2017-2019 the product deficit is expected, which will trigger imports; in the next years the supply will exceed the demand. The demand for MEG in 2020 will reach 898 thousand tons, while the supply will amount to 962 thousand tons. The second session was opened by ARPET President Viktor Kernitsky. He gave special attention to two burning issues: recycling of PET-waste and the legislative restrictions imposed on using polyethylene terephthalate containers. In the opinion of Kernitsky, the adoption of the separate garbage collection in Russia will improve the environment and will offer an excellent opportunity to recycle PET-waste for the further manufacturing of readily marketable textile products. He also criticized the prohibitive or restrictive measures that can cause irreversible damage to the efficiently operating PET industry. Andrei Yerin, Director for Corporate Relations of SAN InBev, OJSC, continued discussing the legislative bans. He thinks that the restrictions and bans on using of PET-containers will result in losses ranging from 32 to 64 billion rubles in excise duties payable to regional treasuries. Marko Brusadin, a regional manager for Russia and CIS countries at Pet Engineering, outlined the main trends in the sector of PET-packaging. He highlighted such global trends as reduction of container weight without compromising the container strength and packaging design; the latest trend is designs stylized like aluminum cans (absence of the label and a metal cap). Summarizing the reports made at the conference, we can say that experts speak for the importance of revised attitude towards development of the Russian PET-production. The proposed restrictions on using PET-containers for beer have hardly any grounds and contravene the global practices. In the opinion of the conference participants, such restrictions will have an adverse impact on generating of the demand for PET-granulate and will reduce its output. Besides, the conference participants pointed out the significance of development of fiber PET production.