Russian plastic packaging producers have asked the government to withdraw the ban on PET beer bottles in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which was proposed in May 2011.
The ban, expected to come into force from 1 January 2013, was proposed by the government in an attempt to restrict liquor consumption in the country.
The ban will result in the closure of most production plants in the country, claimed the producers.
Several PET packaging companies including Naberezhnye Chelny, Nalchik, Krasnodar and Saratov have also protested the ruling, according to the Russian RBC business paper.
Russian analysts said that the ban is expected to impact the water and soft drinks businesses negatively, besides hurting local polymer raw materials producers.
The world’s largest beer producers, operating out of Russia, have also warned that the shift to glass containers is expected to cause rise in beer prices by 15% in Russia, which may result in fall in beer sales in the country by two times and the increase in share of strong spirits.
At present, the Russian PET packaging market share is estimated at 50%.