European PET recycler APPE, the packaging division of LSB, has announced the launch of a new barrier technology for the juice industry.

The ActivSeal system, which is reportedly cost-effective for small bottles, combines protection against oxygen ingress and vitamin C loss with improved clarity compared to traditional barrier materials, the company claims.

The technology has been developed in collaboration with ColorMatrix and KTW/Husky, and is based on the HyGuard technology developed by ColorMatrix.

According to APPE, the technology works through the combination of the bottle and closure. A minute amount of the ActivSeal catalyst is present in the container wall, while a hydrogen activator is built into the closure.

ActivSeal containers are 100% recyclable do not use traditional nylon-based barriers and offer the similar clarity as non-barrier PET bottles.

Empty bottles can be stored for longer periods with no loss of barrier effectiveness as the oxygen scavenging process does not start until after filling and capping.

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The company is currently developing the technology for the wine market with a scheduled launch in 2012.