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PET reactors meet high melt viscosity requirements for Octal plant expansion

PET reactors meet high melt viscosity requirements for Octal plant expansion
New energy-efficient PET reactors meet high melt viscosity requirements for Octal plant expansion.

Energy conservation is often the most economical solution to materials shortages and rising production costs. Most economists expect continued energy price increases over the next several years. Therefore, conservation not only helps preserve the planet's limited resources, it also makes economic sense at a very fundamental business level. That is why Octal made the decision to expand its capacity using the most energy-efficient technology available: The Direct to Ship and Direct to Sheet process.

The Octal reactors are the world’s largest reactors of Melt-To-Resin technology. Phase two of the complex, which will be commissioned in June 2012, will add an additional 527,000 MTPA of production, making Octal the world’s largest producer of PET resins on one site. Octal is already the world’s largest producer of PET sheet. The completion of its second phase of expansion later this year will put Octal well on the way to achieving US$1.5 billion in annual sales in 2011.

Both rectors have proven to be suitable for the production of PET and have been especially successful for the production of high viscous melts. Additionally, it has proven to be extremely energy efficient.

These new reactors provide Octal with the most advanced technology available, enabling the company to continue to produce high quality PET-material while still maintaining superior energy efficiency. All of these qualities support Octal's mission to produce a superior product and to meet high standards of sustainability. The PET resin and sheets produced are acclaimed by international experts to have the lowest carbon footprint, paving the way for others in the industry to follow the company’s pioneering footsteps.