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Kunststoffe international 2001/10

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

The polyester and PET market has seen dramatic change over the last 20 years. Polyester fibre is among the most preferred fibres for textile applications with growth in share from cotton, wool, acetate, and synthetic fibres, while PET packaging is today’s preferred package for many beverage, food, and household products versus cans or glass. Likewise, equipment and process technologies in polyester, as well as in textiles and bottles, have advanced with scale, lower unit capital and operating costs, and improved efficiencies. Geographically, fibre production continues to migrate to Asia as the high labour component of textile manufacturing favours the low labour costs of that region. Contrary to fibre, PET remains a regional domestic business driven by economics of capital expenditure, low operating and delivery costs, and products designed for specific markets. The inter-regional trade balance for PET is uncertain in the future as Asia and the Middle East continue to build a surplus of capacity in excess of their domestic markets.

Dewey Johnson

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International Polymer Processing

International Polymer Processing, the journal of the Polymer Processing Society, is a discussion forum for the world-wide community of engineers and scientists in the field of polymer processing.

The journal covers research and industrial application in the very specific areas of designing polymer products, processes, processing machinery and equipment.


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