New PolyOne PET and rPET Bottle Solution Supports Circular Economy

September 10, 2019

MUNICH – September 10, 2019 – At the 2019 Beverage Packaging Conference in Munich, PolyOne today announced the commercial availability of ColorMatrix™ SmartHeat RHC as part of its circular economy solutions portfolio for recycled PET (rPET) and PET bottles.
SmartHeat RHC is an APR-accredited additive dispersion for rPET and PET preforms. It enables greater recycled content in PET bottles to reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability by improving the thermal stability of PET throughout the recycling process.
Thanks to this new additive, converters and brand owners can use higher concentrations of rPET without compromising packaging aesthetics or performance. SmartHeat RHC improves preform and bottle color, clarity, mechanical strength, and processability.
Providing feedback on APR accreditation test results, senior scientist Dr. Wei Zhang at PTI, a package engineering firm, commented that SmartHeat RHC demonstrated “impressive color performance.” 
Walter Ripple, vice president of sustainability at PolyOne, remarked “This additive changes the game for PET recycling and rPET use. Converters now have a solution to address the issues associated with recycled PET, and can address the root causes of degradation and discoloration that have previously limited rPET’s potential.”
For applications requiring color or toning, SmartHeat RHC is also available as SmartHeat Tint, a range of recycle-friendly colors for preforms and bottles or SmartHeat Tone, toners suitable for use in rPET. To read more about how PolyOne is driving sustainability, visit our website.
PolyOne is a Gold Sponsor at Beverage Packaging Conference 2019, with product manager Andrea Smith delivering a keynote speech on September 10.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), with 2018 revenues of $3.5 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The company adds value to global customers and improves sustainability through formulating materials, such as:

  • Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
  • Breakthrough technologies that minimize wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses.

PolyOne employs approximately 6,900 associates, is certified ACC Responsible Care® and Great Place to Work®, and is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.  For more information, visit


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