Polyester Chain

PTA (purified terephthalic acid), a petroleum derivative, is the main raw material for the production of PET resins and polyester fibers.

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a plastic resin that is widely used in containers for soft drinks and water, as well as in packaging for food and other consumer products.

The Polyester Chain Business produces and markets PTA, PET and polyester fibers. On the basis of installed capacity, we are the largest PTA producer in North America and the second largest PET producer in the world, as well as the leading polyester fiber producer in North America.

In 2012, the Polyester Chain represented 78% of Alpek’s consolidated sales, with net sales of US$5,691 million and an EBITDA of US$531 million.

Our leadership position in North America is underpinned by the efficient, high-tech production processes at our 14 plants in the United States, Mexico and Argentina. These production facilities have a total installed capacity of approximately 5.2 million tons per year and 3,500 employees.