Ball Licenses Plastic Oxygen Barrier Technology to INVISTA

Colo., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Ball Corporation(NYSE:BLL)has
granted a license under its oxygen scavenger patents to INVISTA, a
leader in PET barrier packaging and producer of PolyShield(R) barrier

“Ball develops and utilizes a variety of
barrier technologies to provide enhanced packaging solutions for food
and beverage products,” said Mike Vaughn, vice president, packaging
innovation, Ball Corporation. “This agreement represents our
willingness and ability to make this technology available to others.”

resins are modified PET copolymers that provide active oxygen barrier,
carbonation retention and clarity in colored monolayer containers when
blended with up to five percent MXD6 at the preform injection machine.
Containers made from PolyShield(R) resin/MXD6 blends have been shown to
effectively and reliably protect oxygen sensitive foods such as beer,
wine and juice in commercial applications around the world.

is one of the world’s largest integrated fibers and polymers businesses
with a global presence. The company delivers exceptional value for
customers through market insight, technology innovations, and a
powerful portfolio of some of the most recognized global brands and
trademarks in their respective industries. Built on a heritage of
innovation, INVISTA owns more than 700 unique pending or granted U.S.
patents, with corresponding patents in almost all of the countries
where INVISTA has a business presence. INVISTA is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., Wichita, Kan.

Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging
products for beverage, food and household customers, and of aerospace
and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government.
Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people
worldwide and reported 2007 sales of $7.4 billion.