Uhde Inventa-Fischer to build Europe`s biggest PET plant for JBF Industries Ltd.

The plant engineering and construction company Uhde Inventa-Fischer is to build a PET plant for its Indian customer JBF Industries Ltd., a leading producer of polyester granules. The plant with a total name plate capacity of 432,000 tpa year will be located in Geel, Belgium, and will produce high-quality PET for bottling and packaging applications. Feedstock terephthalic acid will be produced by BP Chembel N.V. on the same site and supplied. Based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer's state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, patented Melt-To-Resin (MTR.) technology, the plant will enable JBF Industries Ltd. to produce top-quality PET pellets that are established in the market. Integration of a 54,000 tpa Flakes-To-Resin (FTR®) recycling line will also allow 25% of the PTA required for the production of PET to be replaced with recycling material. One of the outstanding features of the FTR® process is that it is FDA-approved, which certifies that the quality of the PET pellets produced is adequate for food applications. Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s scope of supplies includes the know-how licence for the MTR®-and FTR® technologies, the basic-and detail engineering, supply of all plant components and supervision of the construction and commissioning activities. The operating personnel will also be trained by Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s experienced specialists. The detail engineering for the project will be carried out by Uhde Inventa-Fischer and Uhde India Private Ltd., thus bearing testimony to international cooperation within the ThyssenKrupp Uhde group network. The MTR process replaces the cost-intensive solid-state post condensation (SSP) process, thus achieving much lower operating and maintenance costs and a significantly reduced CO2 balance with fewer investment costs. Feedstock consumption is also considerably reduced without affecting the high product quality. The MTR process is based on the 2-reactor high-viscosity technology developed by Uhde Inventa-Fischer and uses the patented ESPREE and DISCAGE reactors to ensure production of the required high melt viscosity on a sustained basis.
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