Octal has a vision for the future. And that vision is anything but modest.
Deliberate, yes. But modest, no.
The Salalah, Oman-based PET maker believes the pending opening of its initial U.S. facility near Cincinnati is just the first in a series of projects that will see the company expand operations around the world in the coming years.
Eastern Europe, Western Europe, South America and even Asia also are being considered as locations for growth.
Octal was founded in 2006 on a belief that PET is not just a plastic, but the plastic when it comes to packaging.
“We wanted PET to assume its proper place in the packaging universe as a globally supplied preferred packaging substrate,” Chief Operating Officer Joe Barenberg said. “Our view is that PET was really the king of plastics.”
With its headquarters in Oman now cranking out nearly 1 million tons of pellet and sheet PET annually, the company has grown to the point where it's time to look elsewhere for opportunities to build off of success there.
Octal's new Ohio location that will take in flaked skeletal waste from its thermoforming customers and extrude that material into new food-grade sheet.
This closed-loop approach will help Octal manufacture new recycled sheet on a regional basis instead of having to only rely on the company's flagship facility for all of that material.
While West Chester, Ohio, near Cincinnati is the first of these recycling and extrusion facilities planned by the company, it certainly will not be the last, the COO said.
Barenberg and Octal envision a series of similar sites — locations that take in waste from customers and create new sheeting — in key markets around the world.