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ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs to join forces to pioneer paper bottles for a sustainable future  (Company news)

Plastic packaging solutions provider ALPLA and paper packaging materials- and solutions provider BillerudKorsnäs announced that they will embark on a joint venture. They do so with the vision to develop a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle.

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs announced that they will form a joint venture in the Danish paper bottle company ecoXpac. When the transaction has been completed, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs will own equal parts of ecoXpac. A minority post will be held by the founder family. BillerudKorsnäs is currently the majority owner and has been a shareholder in the company since 2015. BillerudKorsnäs has been a driving force in the ongoing development of a paper bottle, which was started by ecoXpac in 2010 and with Carlsberg Group since 2015.

ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs share the ambition to drive packaging innovation in a sustainable direction. The two companies intend to leverage the development by combining their resources, competencies and strengths to support scaling ecoXpac in the commercialisation of a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle.

In late 2016, Carlsberg Group revealed a first physical prototype of a paper bottle, the Green Fiber Bottle, and the first generation of paper bottles has since then been in a testing phase. The plan now is to continue the development to be able to launch and then scale up production. Following generations will be both fully biobased and have biodegradable barriers thereby fully realising the vision and enabling consumers all over the world to live more sustainably. It is to realise this vision the two companies come together on this journey of innovation.

-“With BillerudKorsnäs we have found an ambitious partner creating a new packaging market segment that offers a complementary consumer experience to our current rigid packaging solutions. ALPLA is sharing the passion for technical challenges and innovation. I want to emphasise the long-term vision of the joint venture to introduce fully biobased paper bottles. ALPLA is contributing capital as well as technical know-how to the joint venture to accelerate the development and market introduction of the paper bottle”, says Günther Lehner, CEO of ALPLA.

-“I believe that with our shared and honest ambition to break new ground, ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs now make an important commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future. The question is not ‘if’ but rather ‘how soon’ this joint venture will introduce a fully biobased and recyclable paper bottle to the market. And when we do, it will enable a significant shift in consumer behaviour globally,” says Petra Einarsson, CEO and President BillerudKorsnäs.

-“EcoXpac was founded with a strong vision for the future. Today we are privileged to have the best players in their fields sharing our vision. It makes me proud of what we have achieved so far. The vision has never felt closer to reality than today,” says Martin Grosen Petersen, CEO of ecoXpac.

The formation of the joint venture is subject to customary regulatory approvals such as merger control clearances. It is expected that the transaction is completed in Q3 2019.
(ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG)

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Insights into the materials cycle of a PET bottle  (Company news)

At the start of October, we welcomed a dozen journalists from Austrian and German industry magazines, as well as premium Austrian newspapers. They had accepted our invitation to the press trip ‘Circular economy: from post-consumer material to PET bottle’. The one-day trip took the attendees to three different locations in the south of Vienna – the stages of a used PET bottle becoming a filled bottle of water again.

Photo: Peter Fröschel, Plant Manager PET Recycling Team (PRT) Wöllersdorf, led a tour through the recycling factory and demonstrated the path for a used PET bottle to become food-safe rPET granulate.

ALPLA believes in recycling
Our colleagues from PET Recycling Team GmbH got things underway. Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA, welcomed the guests and introduced the subject. ‘We have been dealing with recycling for over 25 years. We were already investing in these technologies and processing recyclable materials into new packaging at a time when it was almost being dismissed as nothing more than a hobby. With this in mind, we welcome the current developments. However, we are also calling for suitable measures to allow us to implement the ambitious targets and ideally support our customers,’ he said, to explain his core demand. Thereafter, our recycling experts explained the process and its challenges: from the procurement of post-consumer materials via sorting technology to food-safe recycled material (rPET).

In ALPLA’s two PET recycling factories (Wöllersdorf, Austria and Radomsko, Poland), around 42,000 tons of food-safe rPET is produced each year. Since Wöllersdorf made the changeover to green electricity, the rPET produced there saves around 90% in terms of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to new material. From a technical point of view, almost anything is possible these days, which also applies for the use of recycled materials in the production process.
Insight into the production of sustainable packaging solutions

The group then moved on to the ALPLA Base Plant in nearby Steinabrückl. The journalists found out how items known as ‘preforms’ for PET bottles are manufactured. Plant Manager Werner Rosenberger explained the different technologies and machines, and Regional Manager CEE Rainer Widmar discussed the importance of recycling in Central and Eastern Europe, among other things.

The fact that we were able to present the entire cycle of a PET bottle was thanks to the generous cooperation of our customer Vöslauer Mineralwasser. In Bad Vöslau – the third and final stop on the trip – managing directors Birgit Aichinger and Herbert Schlossnikl welcomed us in the afternoon and presented the sustainability targets of their company. The visit to production showed how the preforms produced in Steinabrückl are stretched and shaped into PET bottles. There was a real highlight for the journalists at the end of the tour: their goodie bags contained the first Vöslauer bottles manufactured from 100% rPET (insert link to Vöslauer site) – in cooperation with ALPLA, of course.

Our summary
The number of attendees, the high level of interest during the factory tours and the animated discussions before and after show that the subjects of the circular economy and recycling are highly relevant at the moment, particularly among journalists.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

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Experts calculated the carbon footprint of rPET: savings of 79 per cent  (Company news)

Study confirms the excellent carbon footprint of recycled PET

Recycled PET (rPET) from PET Recycling Team GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of ALPLA based in Wöllersdorf/Lower Austria – results in 79 per cent lower CO2 emissions compared to new material. This is a significantly higher saving than previously assumed. A study conducted by denkstatt GmbH on behalf of ALPLA came to this conclusion.

ALPLA, a leading international producer of plastic packaging solutions, has been working on PET recycling for over 20 years. Although the economic conditions for the recycling of plastic are currently difficult due to the low price of oil, ALPLA continues to follow this cornerstone of its sustainability strategy. To highlight the value of recycling PET plastic, ALPLA commissioned denkstatt GmbH to calculate the carbon footprint for rPET.

rPET reduces CO2 emissions and conserves fossil fuels
The result of the study exceeds previous assumptions. The rPET produced by PET Recycling Team GmbH in Wöllersdorf has a carbon footprint of 0.45 kg CO2 equivalent per kilogram of rPET. Virgin PET, or new material, accounts for a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram. This corresponds to a CO2 equivalent of 1.7 kg or 79 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions for rPET. Plant manager Peter Fröschel explains: ‘The savings for a single kilogram of rPET are enough to power a 13-watt bulb continuously for twenty days in the Austrian power mix.’

Entire recycling process examined in detail
The carbon footprint was calculated in accordance with ISO 14044, starting with the collection and sorting of used PET bottles, covering transportation to the recycling plant in Wöllersdorf, through to washing, processing and granulating. The analysis is based on the mass and energy balance (electricity and gas consumption) for 2016 at the Wöllersdorf recycling plant in Austria.

ALPLA invests in recycling
ALPLA has decades of experience in the recycling of PET, as well as in the processing of recycled plastics. ALPLA operates recycling enterprises at three sites – a joint venture in Mexico, the wholly owned subsidiary PET Recycling Team in Wöllersdorf and a new recycling plant built in southern Poland in 2013. The annual capacity of these plants is around 65,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET.

‘We are witnessing a clear trend towards PET packaging. And not just in summer, when the beverage industry enjoys a boom due to hot weather,’ says Fröschel. This makes it all the more important to collect used packaging and return recyclable materials to the production process. ‘Our recycling plants play a key role in this regard,’ the plant manager concludes.
(Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG)

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Manchester Drinks, Aptar, Alpla & March Foods team up to launch a new water enhancer solution  (Company news)

Aptar Food + Beverage, a global leader in supplying flow control dispensing closures to the water enhancer market and Manchester Drinks, a UK leading manufacturer of flavored drinks and cocktails, announce a cooperation in the launch of a water enhancer turn-key solution.
Using Micro, Aptar’s exclusive dispensing closure solution, it provides a spill-proof package and a straight directional dispense thanks to the flip-top closure and its flow control SimpliSqueeze® valve system inside.
Micro’s unique design provides an intuitive side opening process whether left or right handed. With each squeeze, consumers are able to customize their beverage to their exact flavor preference.
The bottle is supplied by Alpla, worldwide leader in packaging manufacturing, and filled by March Food, UK’s leading co-manufacturer.
Manchester Drinks has the know-how to offer a premium beverage enhancer which contains natural ingredients. Manchester Drinks aims at becoming the premier provider in the UK water enhancer market.
Whether stock or custom, Aptar has the technical expertise to provide the ideal liquid concentrate dispensing solution
The Manchester Drinks turn-key solution with the Aptar closure and the Alpla bottle is guaranteed to provide added value for distributors’ shelves and consumer’s satisfaction.
(Aptar Food + Beverage)

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ALPLA joins The Coca-Cola Company and Danone in Avantium's PEF bottle development  (Company news)

Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, and ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH, one of the world’s leading plastic converters, announced their Joint Development Agreement for the development of PEF bottles. After The Coca-Cola Company and Danone, ALPLA is the third company to collaborate with Avantium on PEF, a bioplastic based on Avantium’s proprietary YXY technology. The goal of these collaborations is to bring 100% biobased PEF bottles to the market by 2016.
“Avantium is very excited to have ALPLA enter the Joint Development Platform for PEF bottles,” says Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium. “With ALPLA’s extensive and proven know-how in PET conversion, bottle design and bottle manufacturing, ALPLA will be a major contributor to accelerate the commercial roll out and industrialization of PEF. Jointly we can make PEF available for packaging in innovative markets and traditional applications. Together we have taken up the challenge to develop the supply chain for PEF as sustainable biobased packaging material to the beer and alcoholic beverage markets. As one of the world’s most innovative converters, ALPLA will be a key enabler to develop PEF bottles meeting the technical requirements for the market.”
Günther Lehner, ALPLA CEO comments: “By signing this agreement ALPLA once again demonstrates its leadership in innovation in this industry. In the 1980’s ALPLA was the first to introduce the two step PET bottle which started the transition from PVC to PET. Today we are able to take innovation a step further and introduce our customers in the food, home care and personal care area to the next generation of biobased polyester: PEF. Sustainability is a key driver for growth for ALPLA and its customers. We are therefore pleased to collaborate with Avantium to bring the first 100% biobased and recyclable PEF bottles to the market.”

YXY technology
Brand owners are leading the transition from fossil resources based packaging materials like PET (polyethylene terephthalate), to biobased materials. Biobased materials should be compliant with existing recycling solutions. The YXY technology platform is a cost competitive ground-breaking catalytic technology to convert plant based materials into chemical building blocks for bioplastics, like PEF (polyethylene furanoate). PEF is a novel generation of 100% biobased and recyclable polyester which has the potential to replace conventional fossil resources based durable materials like PET. PEF has properties superior to PET such as a significantly higher barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide and water, extending product shelf life and reducing production costs. An independent life-cycle-analysis study by the Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht has demonstrated the carbon footprint of PEF is 50~70% lower than today’s PET.

PEF bottles
ALPLA will develop PEF bottles for Personal Care/ Home Care applications, such as cosmetics and detergents and for Food applications such as sauces, dressings, baby foods and edible oils. ALPLA and Avantium will furthermore work on the development of bottles for beer and other alcoholic beverages. Today Avantium is supplying its development partners with PEF manufactured from material produced at its Geleen pilot plant. Avantium is currently planning a 50,000 ton commercial plant, which is projected to be operational in 2016 to enable the full commercial launch of the first PEF bottles to consumers.

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