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value chain collaboration
We are family
Collaboration is nothing new. From the estimated 30,000 workers that
built the pyramids to the 'village' we need to raise a child, working together
has long yielded better results than going it alone. For plastic packaging
innovators, collaboration needs honesty, expertise and a healthy dose of
investment to make a sustainable future. Emma-Jane Batey reports.
RETAL facilities
in Lithuania
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o plastic packaging
manufacturer is an
island. Raw materials,
design engineering,
project management,
testing...the list of hoops to jump
through is exhausting and necessary.
The entire value chain
needs to be robust and reliable
so each player can successfully
carry out their role. With the
unstoppable importance of the
circular economy ensuring that
each player must increase their
CSR performance, it shows why
collaboration is king.
Vertical integration within
global manufacturing compaMay/June
2021
nies allows for collaboration
that goes beyond tenders, as
the connected companies can
have speedy communication
and a shared understanding of
common goals. NEO GROUP
is a Lithuania-based PET resin
producer that is part of global
plastic packaging solutions
manufacturer RETAL Industries
Ltd; the sister companies work
closely where necessary to ensure
that a reliable supply of raw
materials is available, bringing
collaboration to life with an innovative
fully circular PET resins
containing 25% of recycled
PET (rPET).
Justina Volcek, Product Development
Specialist at NEO
GROUP, explains, " In talking
to our colleagues at RETAL, as
well as other global customers,
it was clear that a joined-up
approach to developing, producing
and supplying a reliable
rPET resin solution could add
real value to the overall plastic
packaging supply chain. We
have been focused on positively
contributing to closing the loop
for some time and RETAL has
the same goal. In early 2018 we
started seriously talking about
the implications of the EU SUP
Directive, where 25% of recycled
plastic must be present
in all PET beverage bottles by
2025, and this was closely connected
to our research work in
accordance with the Horizon
2020 programme. We were actively
checking what solutions
were available on the market
and we realised that our unique
contribution could be to add
a reliable percentage of rPET
directly into the resins that we
produce, allowing for converters
to use their existing equipment
without investing into new
one and at the same time to
meet the changing regulations. "
These regulations are chang

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