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Octal joins North America’s Napcor
August 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Octal has taken a significant step towards its goal of increasing visibility and sustainability within the PET packaging industry through its membership in North America’s National Association for PET Container Resources. – Supplied photo

Muscat: Octal, a world leader in PET resin and integrated PET sheet manufacturing, has taken another significant step towards its goal of increasing visibility and sustainability within the PET packaging industry through its recent membership in North America's National Association for PET Container Resources (Napcor).

Founded in the year 1987, the trade association advocates for the recycling and re-use of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) packaging to promote the environmentally sustainable features of the packaging material.

Tom Busard, Napcor chairman and chief procurement officer of Plastipak Packaging said, "We welcome Octal to the Napcor group and look forward to having their unique perspective at the table as we navigate PET's challenges and opportunities."

Rick Moore, the executive director at Napcor, explained that PET's reputation as a highly recyclable resin has been earned through decades of investment and effort. In light of Octal's membership in Napcor, Moore stated, "We are delighted that Octal, a company with a global reputation for sustainability, has joined Napcor and is willing to participate in the organisation's efforts to expand the use of PET in packaging."

William J. Barenberg Jr, chief operating officer at Octal, said, "We view our membership in Napcor as an indispensable way to become involved with other PET industry leaders, collaborating to find new and improved ways to expand PET's competitiveness.  We intend to do our part in amplifying Napcor's message around PET as the most environmentally advantageous clear rigid packaging material."

Octal's partnership with Napcor is part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness of PET as an increasingly sustainable packaging solution. To combat post-industrial PET sheet waste, Octal is commencing commercial operations in the United States by opening a new extrusion facility in Cincinnati, Ohio during the latter half of 2014.

Octal has structured its operational platform to keep the DPET flake stream pure so that it can be reprocessed back into a high-quality sheet. The US facility will focus primarily on recycling PET sheet flake from its customers and other manufacturers to create a new, domestically-available product line composed of both post-industrial and post-consumer flake content, including laminates for modified atmosphere packaging.

Octal's new facility, as well as its membership in an organisation as influential as Napcor, is an opportunity to make a difference in PET packaging sustainability on a global scale. Through a combined effort of leaders in the PET packaging industry leaders, the implementation of innovative ideas and recycling practices will have a positive impact on the continued of PET resin and sheet for clear rigid packaging.

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