Materials firm Selenis has reached full production on glycol-modified PET (PETG) resins with recycled content.
"We are excited to announce we have a stable, reliable supply of nearly all post-consumer recycled bottles from Portugal," U.S. business manager Scott Sergel said in an email.
"Within our organization, we both mechanically and chemically process it for use in all of products," he added. Starting this month, Selenis "will be able to supply real [post-consumer] content in all of our products, including our PETG resins at production levels through our ECO Series Resins."
Selenis began limited production of recycled-content resins at its plants in Portugal and Italy in late 2019. Those materials — under the ECO Series — can have up to 50 percent recycled content. The PETG materials can be used in a variety of applications, such as packaging, cosmetics, personal care, durable goods, and heat shrink sleeves, officials said.
The Selenis chemical recycling process recovers monomers through glycolysis. Officials said the firm's process is unique in that it combines recycled PET with virgin raw material at specific dosages, according to production throughput and desired percentage of recycled content.
Officials added that Selenis "foresees significant global demand. as brand owners are increasingly committing to a closed loop economy supply."
Selenis is owned by investment firm IMG Group of Portalegre, Portugal. IMG also owns global polyester film producer Evertis and is a 50-50 partner with Alpek Group of Mexico in a PET bottle resin plant in Montreal. Alpek handles sales and marketing of material made at that plant.