Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries has commissioned its new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant at Dahej, Gujarat.
Developed with Invista technology for continuous polymerisation and Buhler technology for solid state polymerisation, the plant is equipped with a combined manufacturing capacity of 650 kilotonnes per annum (KTA).
Said to be the largest bottle-grade PET resin capacity at a single location globally, the new plant consolidates Reliance's position as a leading PET resin producer with a global capacity of 1.15 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA).
The PET resin manufactured at the plant will be used in packaging of water, carbonated soft drinks, pharmaceuticals and food and beverages.
In addition, the company has also commissioned its new purified terephthalic acid (PTA) within the Dahej complex which will be forward integrated with the new PET plant for feedstock supply.
The PTA plant will have a capacity of 1,150 KTA and will increase the company's total PTA capacity to 3.2 MMTPA and global capacity share to 4%.
The PET plant will use PTA produced by the PTA plant as feedstock, in addition to monoethylene glycol.
The forward integration of the two plants will reduce freight costs and provide consistent product quality due to in-house raw material linkages.
The PET facility, which is in line with prime minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, will enable further investments in downstream PET bottle manufacturing capacities.
In addition, construction on another PTA plant of similar capacity is currently underway at the same location.