Petainer, KHS Japan and Mitsubishi Chemical have announced a partnership to bring one-way PET beer kegs to the Japanese beer market.

Like other markets around the world, Japan is enjoying a boom in craft beer and the leading Japanese brands, such as Asahi and Kirin, are becoming increasing influential on the world stage. 

The collaboration includes the development of a new 10-litre keg, which is specifically designed for the Japanese market and which supports the legislative trends aimed at reducing packaging weight limits. It complements the existing petainerKeg range of 15-, 20- and 30-itre kegs, which are now also available in the market. 

Mitsubishi’s DLC barrier technology will be combined with Petainer’s patented petainerKeg technology to create the DLC Keg. This replaces petainerKeg’s existing nylon and polyshield barrier technology and is clear, rather than the traditional amber. The removal of nylon and colour ensures that the keg is recyclable as part of the Japanese recycling stream. Mitsubishi already uses DLC for some of its existing product ranges which it provides to the alcoholic drinks industry, including global brands such as Kirin.  

Chris McEwan, global business development director at Petainer, said: “The partnership between Mitsubishi, KHS Japan and Petainer brings together best of breed expertise and technologies to create a much-needed, cost-effective and sustainable packaging solution for Japan’s beer market.” 



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