Imagine a cost-competitive solution to making one of the largest plastics markets more sustainable?
Avantium’s Mekong technology is a highly efficient one-step hydro-genolysis process to produce mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from plant-based industrial sugars.
MEG is a component for making everyday consumer goods, such as PET and PEF plastics and polyester textiles. This means developing an environmentally friendly plant-based version of this component has strong commercial potential. Avantium’s Mekong technology can deliver plant-based MEG competitive with incumbent fossil-based MEG, both in terms of quality and cost, while showing sustainability benefits through significantly lower CO2 emissions.
Avantium is scaling up its Mekong technology by constructing a demonstration plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands which will open in November 2019.
The Mekong demonstration plant is supported by the European Investment Council (EIC) under the SME Instrument (Phase 2); by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (EFRD) through Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland (SNN); and by a subsidy from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program for coordinating the Industry Consortium VEHICLE.