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Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) made from PET

CYPET Technologies is set to disrupt the global IBC market with PET IBCs for a circular economy

1:38 min Two step blow moulding systems
CYPET Technologies Ltd. Nicosia, Cyprus

Using its extensive injection stretch blow moulding experience for large PET containers and following an intensive development program, CYPET is announcing the extension of its technology to stretch-blow-mould 1,000 Litre IBC bottles from PET. CYPET is looking to strike a strategic co-operation for a partnership to implement the PET IBC bottle project globally. With this approach, CYPET Technologies aims to change the global market for intermediate bulk containers (IBC).

Converting an IBC bottle from the current HDPE to the new PET has huge environmental and economic benefits, that are expected to disrupt the market.

  • LESS PLASTIC: The PET bottle’s 35% lower weight has the potential to reduce the plastic used in IBCs by 150,000 tons per year.
  • LESS ENERGY (& CO2): Less energy expended to produce and transport the bottles, with the associated reductions in carbon emissions.
  • LESS WATER & CHEMICALS: Low cost PET bottles would make rebottling of used IBCs more attractive than washing, eliminating consumption of water and cleaning chemicals.
  • CIRCULAR ECONOMY: PET bottles can be 100% recycled and used again to make new bottles or other PET containers, for a circular economy.
  • TRANSPARENCY: Unlike HDPE bottles, PET bottles can be produced with glass transparency, providing the capability of visually inspecting the IBC contents.

These advantages make PET bottles ideal for the rebottling of used IBC’s, offering a cost-effective alternative to washing, especially for food contact applications. . CYPET saw the market potential for PET IBC bottles and invested in the design and engineering of a larger, more advanced production system for these containers.

“CYPET’s technology is taking PET where it has never been before. This opens up a new range of opportunities, yet to be explored. We are very excited to see how this leap in PET processing technology will improve the environmental impact, economics and performance of IBCs in the bulk packaging industry”, says Constantinos Sideris, Managing Director, CYPET Technologies.

CYPET Technologies has been known for stretching the limits of PET processing, by using its unique technology to mold very large PET containers. This has enabled PET packaging to enter into new applications, not accessible to it in the past:

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