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PEF to be integrated in European PET recycling

This is big news coming from Synvina (the JV between Avantium and BASF) as the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) – a voluntary initiative of industry organizations representing waste collectors, plastic recyclers, PET material producers and brand owners, gave an interim approval for the recyclability of polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Following EPBP’s assessment, PEF bottles are … Continue reading »

Video: BASF, Avantium discuss the potential of FDCA

Avantium’s Tom van Aken and Stefan Blank, President of BASF’s Intermediates Division, discuss their cooperation regarding the production of a new and bio based raw material using furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). Their Synvina joint venture aims to start construction of an FDCA reference plant by the end of 2018, with sales of FDCA and PEF (polyethylene furanoate) expected … Continue reading »

Avantium IPO raises €103 M on Euronext

Avantium has successfully raised €103 million from its initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Bruxelles, and was reportedly oversubscribed multiple times, according to European venture capital firm, Soffinova Capital IV, the main shareholder after the IPO. Avantium’s market capitalization has now reached €277 million. The funds raised will be used to further … Continue reading »

Avantium acquires Liquid Light

Interesting news from Avantium but in short-to-medium term, this could complete the company’s (and its partners’) goal of sustainable polymers offering (e.g. CO2-based MEG + FDCA = PEF). Avantium announced today that it has acquired the assets of US-based Liquid Light Inc., which has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from carbon dioxide … Continue reading »

BASF, Avantium form Synvina JV

Commercial FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) production will be coming soon as Avantium and BASF formally announced the formation of Synvina, a joint venture to be based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that will produce and market FDCA as well as market the new polymer, polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) based on FDCA. The JV is planning to invest a mid-three-digit … Continue reading »

Toyobo, Avantium on PEF partnership

I am still trying to catch up on blogging before I get very busy again next week for my September Biomaterials newsletter deadline at Tecnon OrbiChem. I am also almost finished with my glycerine presentation for the incoming ICIS Pan American Oleochemicals conference next month. By the way, if anybody is attending EPCA in Budapest … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Polyester Market Overview

So I have been slightly immersing myself in the petrochemicals market here at the American Fuels and Petrochemicals Manufacturers (AFPM)’ International Petrochemicals Conference (IPC), and with the help of my Tecnon OrbiChem colleagues, I’ve been hearing the water bottle market has really been growing faster than GDP growth especially here in North America. This made … Continue reading »

BASF, Avantium plan FDCA JV

BASF and Avantium announced today their intention to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as well as marketing of polyethylenefuranoate (PEF), which is being touted as an alternative to PET but with better gas barrier properties and higher mechanical strength. For those who are not familiar with PET, … Continue reading »

Avantium, Mitsui in FDCA supply deal

Avantium recently announced a signed agreement with Mitsui & Co. where Mitsui has been granted a right to purchase a sizeable volume of FDCA (2,5 furandicarboxylic acid) from Avantium’s planned commercial facility. Capacity, location and time lines are going to be announced in Q1 2016. Avantium is said to be in the preparation stage of the … Continue reading »

Avantium partners with Tereos

For years, major agribusinesses have been partnering (although more muted now in the US) with renewable chemical companies e.g. Bunge with Solazyme; ADM with its previous partnerships with Metabolix and recent investments in Rennovia; Cargill with its NatureWorks subsidiary and investments in Rivertop Renewables;  palm plantation owner, Wilmar, with Elevance; and in Europe, Global Bioenergies has partnered … Continue reading »

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