"FreshSafe PET technology from KHS presents a viable alternative as it combines product protection with bottle-to-bottle recyclability," said Bjorn von Lengerke, head of PET product support at KHS

Confident of on-going growth in the PET market, filling and packaging systems supplier KHS has revealed plans to increase its global presence over the next four years, whilst still retaining a strong German manufacturing footprint.

New chief executive Kai Acher marked KHS’ 150th birthday at BrauBeviale this week

The company’s newly-appointed chief executive, Kai Acher, told Plastics in Packaging that the PET sector is expected to grow by around 4 per cent until 2022. He was speaking at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany, where KHS hosted a gala dinner to celebrate the company’s 150th birthday.

Ahead of the new German Packaging Act in January, Bjorn von Lengerke, head of PET product support, explained that the company’s technological developments will help industry cope when the fully recyclable PET bottles rule comes into force.

The new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas and will levy higher fees for packaging that is difficult to recycle. This includes non-returnable PET bottles with composite materials for juice and nectar, among other products.

“FreshSafe PET technology from KHS presents a viable alternative as it combines product protection with bottle-to-bottle recyclability. In view of the European Strategy for Plastics and other national legislation in countries outside Germany, KHS’ unique barrier technology is also gaining in significance at an international level,” he said.