Visy's Plastics business has a long history of providing quality products in the marketplace. Now, we're one of Australia's largest manufacturers of PET containers, producing more than 2 billion PET bottles and 2.5 billion PET preforms in FY2011-12.
Food plastics is another booming business that's had an impact on Visy - and it's one area where our international partnerships definitely come in handy. We're fortunate to have relationships with selected global packaging companies, who give us access to the latest in plastics technologies from all around the world. That means we can give our customers access to these solutions as well.
In March 2012, Visy acquired HP Industries' PET custom moulding and Plastics businesses. This gives us access to new manufacturing technologies in injection stretch blow moulding and extrusion blow moulding using a range of polymers including High and Low Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC).
Our aim is to become the leading provider of sustainable plastics solutions covering a range of technology platforms in the food, beverage, household, personal care and pharmaceutical categories.
Raw materials and resins:
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
- Polypropylene (PP)
- High-impact polystyrene (HIPS)
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE-2011)
- Ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH)
These raw materials and resins are recognised for their versatility. They help create products that have the capacity to cater to a range of types of filling applications (hot, warm, cold), providing an extended shelf-life. Plus, they're comparatively light-weight, which gives them an edge in terms of logistics too.