Agthia Group has opened a packaging technology centre for the development of sustainable packaging technologies in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage firm has established the facility as part of an effort to create a positive impact on the food and beverages industry, as well as strengthening its own commitment to sustainability and innovation.

UAE climate change and environment minister Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi officially inaugurated the facility.

He said: “R&D (research and development) is integral to the UAE’s transition to a competitive knowledge-based economy under the guidance of its visionary leadership that aims to build a better future for current and next generations.

“In addition, it is key to addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges we face today, particularly climate change; the greatest threat to the world as we know it.

“To maximise its effectiveness in addressing climate change, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment works relentlessly to promote productive synergies between the public and private sector that drive R&D.”

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Zeyoudi pointed out that the company is using sustainable packaging technologies and smart production processes along with science and innovation to achieve to impact the environment positively.

According to the company, around 99% of its packaging is recyclable and 100% of its secondary packaging across all categories is biodegradable.

Agthia Group is committed to achieving zero landfill waste by next year as well as using 10% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) made from recycled sources and 5% of plant-based sources by 2021.