European PET recycling unit APPE, the packaging division of LSB, has partnered with ColourMatrix and specialist mould manufacturer KTW to develop and launch a new barrier technology for PET and other plastic containers.

According to APPE, the system will offer enhancements over existing barrier technologies in terms of clarity of material and recycling potential and delivers good results in vital areas such as prevention of vitamin C loss and oxygen ingress.

ColourMatrix has devised the concept of the new barrier technology and APPE has worked with the company to develop the system for commercial and industrial use.

KTW has developed a special closure for the system, which forms an integral part of the barrier.

APPE will initially target the juice industry with the new system and subsequently introduce it for wine and food applications.