Construction of the plant is expected to begin in later 2012 with commissioning forecast for 2014. Once the facility starts operations, it will turn out 500,000 t/y of bio-glycol, the US drinks giant said. Commenting on the cooperation, Ronald Lewis, chief procurement officer at the Coca-Cola Company, said the deal would help the US group further expand global “PlantBottle” production. Coca-Cola plans to use its sugar-based ethanol “PlantBottle” packaging in every PET bottle it sells by 2020 – see Plasteurope.com of 10.02.2011.
Since first introducing the “PlantBottle” in 2009 (see Plasteurope.com of 27.11.2009), Coca-Cola has sold more than 10 bn units across the world. The packaging was launched in Denmark and later also marketed in North America, Mexico, Japan and Brazil. In mid-2011, Coca-Cola opened its first African “PlantBottle” operation in South Africa (see Plasteurope.com of 22.07.2011) and the sugar-based packaging is used for all 500ml Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke bottles sold in the UK – see Plasteurope.com of 22.09.2011. Today the packaging is available in 24 countries and used for a wide range of Coca-Cola products.