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Avantium’s Bio-Plastic For Packaging

Updated : 14-Sep-2020

Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF)

PEF is a 100% plant-based and recyclable polymer with a wide range of applications. It shows improved barrier properties for carbon dioxide and oxygen, leading to longer shelf life of packaged products. Added functionality allows thinner PEF packaging to be produced and in combination with the plant-based feedstock, featuring all the attributes required to become the next-generation polyester.

Company Name

Avantium

Headquarters

Netherlands

Product Launched in

February 2006

Sustainability Benefits

  • 100% biobased.
  • LCA of PEF is 60-70% lower in terms of carbon footprint.
  • Once you’ve made PEF, the energy required to process it is significantly lower than that required to process PET.

USP

  • Barrier properties - 10 times better in terms of oxygen barrier than PET with a CO2 barrier 6 to 10 times better and a water barrier that is twice as good
  • Benefits in terms of its thermal properties - glass resistant temperature more than 10 degrees higher than PET and a melting temperature 30 degrees lower.
  • It also offers higher mechanical strength, which means that thinner PEF packaging can be produced and fewer resources are required.

End user sector

  • Consumer Goods Packaging
  • Food and Cosmetic Packaging
  • Plastic Packaging Manufacturers
  • Flexible Plastic Packaging
  • Speciality Bio-Polymer Manufacturers
  • High Value Industrial Fibre Manufacturers

How does this work?

 

  • The starting material used is fructose syrup which today is made from base materials such as corn, wheat or sugar.
  • A catalytic technology is applied to convert to convert these sugars into furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), which is the monomer building block to make PEF.

About the Company

Avantium is a pioneer in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. The company seeks to take part in the opportunities of the transition towards a circular econo­my. Avantium’s mission is to aid the transition to a fossil-free world by developing sustainable product alterna­tives for fossil-based chemicals and materials include plastic bot­tles for drinks, films for food packaging and electronics, fibers for textiles and even material used in toys.

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