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Uhde Inventa-Fischer to build Europe`s biggest PET plant  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Uhde Inventa-Fischer (Domat/Ems, Switzerland; www.uhde-inventa-fischer.com) is to build a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant for its Indian customer JBF Industries Ltd., a leading producer of polyester granules. The plant with a total name plate capacity of 432,000 metric tons (m.t.) per year will be located in Geel, Belgium, and will produce high-quality PET for bottling and packaging applications. Feedstock terephthalic acid will be produced by BP Chembel N.V. on the same site and supplied. Based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, patented Melt-To-Resin (MTR) technology, the plant will enable JBF Industries Ltd. to produce top-quality PET pellets that are established in the market. Integration of a 54,000-m.t./yr Flakes-To-Resin (FTR) recycling line will also allow 25% of the PTA required for the production of PET to be replaced with recycling material. One of the outstanding features of the FTR process is that it is FDA-approved, which certifies that the quality of the PET pellets produced is adequate for food applications. Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s scope of supplies includes the know-how license for the MTR and FTR technologies, the basic- and detail engineering, supply of all plant components…
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