Avantium and Toyobo join for PEF Films | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 38 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 26, 2016

Avantium and Toyobo join for PEF Films

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased chemicals, packaging, polyester, FDCA

Dutch technology firm Avantium and Japan’s Toyobo will collaborate on producing polyethylene furanoate (PEF) polymers and films at Toyobo’s plant in Iwakuni, Japan. Made from ethylene glycol and carbohydrate-derived furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), PEF has oxygen barrier properties 10 times that of the popular packaging resin polyethylene terephthalate. The partners hope to have films for testing by 2017. Avantium is also planning a 50,000-metric-ton-per-year FDCA plant with BASF in Antwerp, Belgium.

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