Sidel is conscious of the environmental challenges faced by the beverage packaging industry and wants to be actively involved in environmental initiatives. For these reasons, Sidel has joined NAPCOR (National Association for PET Container Resources), which is the trade association of the PET plastic industry in the United States and Canada.
To promote the use and recycling of PET packaging and to communicate the attributes of PET as an environmentally sustainable material: these are some of the missions that NAPCOR has been pursuing for more than 20 years in the United States and Canada. Today, NAPCOR’s membership includes about 50 companies involved in different stages of the PET container life cycle, from preform manufacturers to packaging equipment makers, food and beverage companies and recycling operators.
“Sidel is committed to sustainability innovation and to making PET recycling easier, through both the design of its equipment and the design of packages,” states Luc Desoutter, Sustainability Manager for Sidel. NAPCOR membership will help the group enhance its dialogue with other companies. “We are aware that the environmental aspects of PET are not widely known, that perceptions about this material are not fully in line with reality, that the concerns that regularly come up are due to a lack of knowledge about PET’s technical characteristics, and that its recycling rate is still too low,” explains Keith Boss, Vice-President for North America, who will represent Sidel within NAPCOR from his base in Atlanta.
The most recent seminar organized by NAPCOR, in late September in Chicago, dealt with production, technologies and demand for recycled PET (RPET). On its end, Sidel recently demonstrated the industrial feasibility of producing bottles from recycled PET during the Drinktec show in Germany. In early September, the company launched its first ECO Services to respond to bottlers’ and bottle manufacturers’ environmental and economic concerns. Sidel is also continuing its work on bottle lightweighting.
About the Sidel Group
With more than 30,000 machines installed in 190 countries and with annual sales of 1.19 billion euros in 2008, the Sidel Group is one of the world’s leaders in beverage packaging solutions: water, carbonated soft drinks, milk, sensitive beverages, oils, beer and alcoholic beverages. Sidel has production sites in 13 countries as well as sales and service offices in 30 countries. Around the world, the Group’s 5,550 employees provide customers with complete bottling solutions, including package design, line engineering, packaging machines and related services. To learn more about Sidel, visit www.sidel.com