After a great deal of price increases for diverse PET materials, also building up of a huge margin not conventional even in the Iran’s free markets for years (200.000 Rials, for a material that legally should be Rls. 65.000/Kg.) many complains started within the Iranian food and beverage industries. The converters of PET preforms and the producers of food and beverage industry expected each other to compromise the case, but finally the last one decided to complain from the first one. This is the story:
A number of beverages and food industry associations, in a letter, published yesterday in the Plastic Industry Magazine (PIME) for the first time, complained to the IMT Minster regarding the non-commitment of the preform producers to provide preforms and bottles to these organizations with official prices. They complained to the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade, in accordance with the last Sunday’s four clauses agreement between them.
According to the report quoted by “Noushonline” some associations like: Dairy Industry, Iran’s Vegetable Oil, Carbonated Soft Drinks, Malta, and Iran’s Mineral and Drinking Water Associations have asked for a direct order of the IMT Ministry to force the petrochemical industries to supply the necessary raw materials of the final product manufacturers directly in accordance with article 8 of the Petrochemical Market Regulation Executive Order.
With continuation of the crisis in supplement of the PET materials and the lack of compliance by the preform manufacturers to the 4-articles agreement with their medium consumers, also rumors about illegal exportation of PET raw materials and preforms to other countries, many Iranian associations of foods and beverages industry had no choice than complaining to the IMT ministry, Mohammad Shariatmadari.
In their letter, they have pointed:
‘Regarding the resolution of the bottlenecks of our production units, unfortunately, not only nothing has been achieved so far, but there is a further deterioration in the process of supplying raw materials by manufacturing units and as a result several food production units have been stopped.”
The associations have also pointed:
“As you know, the minutes were briefed in the form of an agreement signed by the parties, which by now and unfortunately, after a week, not only we are witnessing the lack of compliance of the preform manufacturer with the terms of the agreement, but also they have almost stopped the sale of preforms to customers by different readings and interpretations of the agreement. This obstinacy and failure to comply with the agreement has caused the crisis and closure of many production units.”
Based on PIMI latest report, the IMT Minister has promised to solve the problem where many food and beverage companies have stopped to work.