UK-based PET packaging provider Petainer has partnered with China-based Great Leap Brewing to commence the production of petainerKeg next year.

The partnership aims to cater to the demand for draught beer in the country.

The company will use its blow-moulding plant in Tianjin to serve the local and Asian markets.

Petainer Group CEO Hugh Ross said: “Manufacturing in the world’s biggest beer market is a major step for Petainer and one which allows us to serve the market efficiently and sustainably by bringing the supply chain to the market.”

Great Leap Brewing founder and brewmaster Carl Setzer added: “The Chinese craft beer market is growing, which means the industry has to find a cost-effective, efficient way of transporting beer over long distances. Petainer’s one-way PET kegs meet this need and protect the quality of the beer.”

Great Leap Brewing will support its business development strategy by self-manufacturing kegs at the facility.

“Manufacturing in the world’s biggest beer market is a major step for Petainer and one which allows us to serve the market efficiently.”

The plant will also produce Petainer’s 20l Hybrid keg, Classic, and USD keg. The 20l Hybrid keg is designed for drinks producers such as breweries.

In September, the company started manufacturing operations in Brazil in collaboration with its partner Blue PET.

Petainer has recently made an investment in its existing sites and established a new warehouse at its Aš plant in the Czech Republic.

The company has established a new warehouse at the Lidköping plant in Sweden, as well as invested in injection-moulding capability at its plant in Klin, Russia, in a move to localise supply of preforms for the petainerKeg.