BASF makes polystyrene beverage containers
BASF has joined forces with ALPLA, one of the world’s
largest manufacturer of plastic beverage bottles, to come up with a bottle
for milk and yogurt beverages using impact resistant Polystyrene. This
will demonstrate that Polystyrene is an inexpensive alternative when
it comes to packaging for this sector.
BASF’s Polystyrene type BX 3580, specially optimized for this application,
can be processed by injection blow molding and injection stretch blow
molding on the same machines used for PET.
The advantage for packaging manufacturers is that the lower density of
Polystyrene in comparison to PET can slash material costs by up to 25%.
Even more energy and money are saved because injection stretch blow molding
uses less compressed air and, unlike PET, the Polystyrene does not have
to be pre-dried.
“We have filed a patent application for this process and will continue
to be involved in this realm,” explains Jaroslaw Michniuk, head of marketing
for standard styrenics at BASF in Ludwigshafen.
Additional information about this new plastic product is available at