The plant will produce 10mn pounds of RPET annually. The compacted resin, dubbed LNOC, is ground into a particlesize powder, heated from friction, and then compacted to compress it into pellets. Teaming with Conair for the drying system, Phoenix plans to license the technology to converters wanting to set up a modular system near existing preform and extrusion lines. The key advantages of the process are the ability to save energy and water discharge by avoiding the melt process for PET. The company is targeting such applications as water and beverages bottles, drink cups, and deli trays. The plant is being tested in March and expects to open April 20.
(United States, Packaging Strategies, 03/2009)

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