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Our next adventure 2017 is coming up: South East Asia!

In conjunction with the world's biggest beverages technology and equipment show Drinktec, we will set off again for an extensive tour throughout the PET industry of South East Asia – again all by road!

Starting in January 2017, we will be exploring Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia with different Editourmobils. During the tour we will be visiting PET supply companies, bottle producers, bottle fillers, labellers and recyclers on site in their factories for wide-ranging interviews and discussions. In July 2017 we will finally complete the round trip and join the Drinktec event in September where we showcase all results gathered on the route along with the vehicle itself.

Get ready to join us in this dynamic specialist reporting adventure which is absolutely unique in the PET sector!

July 5, 2017 | Finale in Laos

The weekend was over before I knew it thanks to my foreshortened Saturday and all the report writing. As if that were not bad enough, I have no confirmed appointments for Monday despite all my best efforts, meaning that I could end up kicking my heels. All my best laid plans had gone astray. My two appointments planned for Tuesday with the local Sipa representative and the new Asia chief Romain Reyre from Engel had been knocked on the head. Weera Eiamrattanawong, the Bangkok Branch Director of Sipa asked for the appointment to be brought forward to Monday. Angel originally wanted to meet me Tuesday morning, but because of Sipa I had already pencilled him in for Tuesday afternoon. In order to avoid any more confusion, I kept to the appointments as arranged, and made my way over to the city centre near the Sukhumvit road, where Weera was already awaiting me. From here, Sipa manages its service team and handles sales for the whole of South-East Asia. Over an authentic Italian espresso we discuss the challenges of the different markets and Sipa’s development in the region. Once again on the way back in the Editourmobil we get stuck in the traffic. In fact, I shall have to turn back again very shortly, because later in the afternoon I’m meeting up once more with my PETplanet colleague Michael Maruschke. We start off again at the Old German Beer House and from there we continue via a second pub to our favourite Suda restaurant. My tip last week had convinced him. After the meal, since it is still early evening, I deliberately had the taxi drop me a few streets from the hotel and wander through the little food stalls. The variety of foods on offer here has to be seen to be believed. It would take a lifetime or more to sample all the delicacies... ... [ Read more ]

June 26, 2017 | Temples, traffic and terephthalates

The week begins and the first appointments are in-house. I’m meeting up with Indorama, now the world's largest producer of PET. There is plenty to discuss, so Monday and Tuesday have been set aside for our meeting. Today we are going to the Lopburi plant, where the company produces both material and "PETform" preforms, bottles and closures in-house, and these are also exported in large quantities. ... [ Read more ]

June 19, 2017 | The last part has begun: Thailand and Laos

Barely two weeks after returning from the Philippines, I was bidding goodbye again to the PETplanet team and Germany. This time for a month and a half. The last section of the Thailand and Laos tour was ahead of me and after a somewhat turbulent 6 months, I was more and more looking forward to a relaxing holiday. Frankfurt Airport, it occurred to me, was fast becoming my second home. For this final part of the tour I had been building up, over a period of months, a solid list of very interesting contacts and I was pleased to have come up with a busy visit schedule. ... [ Read more ]

May 24, 2017 | The trip to the Philippines or A blog from off the beaten track

A major feature of our worldwide tours is the recurring spontaneity. Often it is forced or in response to unpredictable circumstances, but sometimes it is a very conscious decision. Typical was the decision I took as I was planning for the Chinaplas exhibition. I decided spontaneously to extend the tour to another destination: the Philippines. ... [ Read more ]

April 20, 2017 | The next part: Malaysia and Singapore

Time is simply flying by; I have scarcely arrived in Kuala Lumpur, when I am already packing my bags for the return flight from Singapore. Over a little more than a week I have visited bottlers from the north of the country to the south. All are family-owned businesses, with fathers and sons working hard together. But it all started with a bit of a fiasco. ... [ Read more ]

April 11, 2017 | The Vietnam PET market, a tropical storm and Cambodia

I am on my way to Ngoc Nghia, pretty much the go-to place here for PET processing. The company operates several factories in Vietnam, producing preforms, closures and bottles and boasts a market share of approximately 75% for beverages and 25% food and non-food sectors. ... [ Read more ]

March 29, 2017 | Company visits, cultural life and culinary delights

It is Wednesday and in my “things to do” file, I have an appointment with the RTD tea manufacturer URC, represented by Mr Sunil Pandit. URC has already been featured in the PETplanet Vietnamreport 2010, so I'm obviously keenly interested in seeing what has happened in recent years. URC produces among other products the famous “C2” drink. ... [ Read more ]

March 23, 2017 | The Go with the Flow Tour Stage 2: Destination Vietnam and Cambodia

In stark contrast to the wintry PETplanet headquarters we left behind, here in Ho Chi Minh city, my first stop on this section, we are basking in temperatures of 35 degrees – and with humidity to match. Fortunately, I did bring an extra supply of shirts along with me. ... [ Read more ]

February 22, 2017 | The crossroads facilitator

A constant theme wherever we go on our tours is: what’s the driving like? It is amazing that wherever we go, the locals think their traffic is the worst. It was the same story in Indonesia. OK, on my travels I can’t use the driving standards common in Switzerland as a benchmark, but you can accept that a certain regional individuality is also reflected in driving behaviour. ... [ Read more ]

February 17, 2017 | Go With The Flow - The South East Asia Road Show is underway

Think of Bali, and we think of idyllic beaches, luxury holidays and endless sunshine... But for us, it is also the start of this year’s Editour. Of the 17,508 islands I will only see one, the main island of Java with the capital Jakarta. My first appointments with AJE and Indofood are already behind me, ahead lies a 10 hour drive on crowded motorways and along roads which seem to have more pot holes than actual tarmac. I don’t know which is more painful for my back - a 15 hour flight or a hectic day on motorway. ... [ Read more ]