The Journey of PEF towards commercialisation
Our YXY® Technology catalytically converts plant-based sugar (fructose) into FDCA, the key building block for a wide range of plant-based chemicals and plastics such as polyethylene furanoate (PEF). PEF is a 100% plant-based, recyclable and degradable plastic, with superior performance properties compared to today’s widely used petroleum-based packaging materials.
We have ongoing partnerships to develop, scale and commercialize this technology with multiple players throughout the value chain; from feedstock provides to converters and global consumer brands.
A good example is our collaboration is PEFerence, a consortium of organizations aiming to replace a significant share of fossil-based polyesters with the 100% plant-based PEF. Another example is the Paper Bottle Project (Paboco®), an innovation community joining leading brands who wish to develop a paper bottle. PEF will provide the Paper Bottle with the high barrier properties needed for beverages such as beer and carbonated soft drinks.
Our YXY® Technology is the most advanced technology for PEF production across the sector and we expect the first commercial production of FDCA and PEF to begin in 2024, from our FDCA Flagship Plant in Delfzijl. We have built a strong ecosystem of partners throughout the PEF value chain for our Flagship Plant. Avantium has secured five offtake commitments representing over 50% of the total Flagship Plant capacity. Contracts were signed with specialty chemical company Toyobo (Japan), specialty polyester film producer Terphane (US), beverage bottling company Refresco (Netherlands), international rigid packaging supplier Resilux (Belgium), and an undisclosed major global food & beverage brand owner.
Applications and Markets
> $150 billion
PEF has the potential to replace various packaging materials such as PET, glass or aluminium in typical applications like bottles for soft drinks, water, alcoholic beverages and fruit juices. PEF provides improved barrier properties for CO2 and oxygen. The ability to keep out oxygen, for example, results in longer-lasting carbonated drinks and extended shelf life of packaged products.
> $40 billion
We are currently working with industry leaders to explore the future potential of PEF fibers in mainly high-value industrial fibers.
> $8 billion
From baby food pouches and medical fluid bags to transparent wrappers for dried food, Avantium Renewable Polymers is constantly exploring the enormous potential of PEF film. Thanks to its superior barrier properties, PEF film has the potential to have a significant impact on the flexible packaging materials market.
From pilot plant to flagship plant
Avantium has successfully demonstrated YXY® Technology at our pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands. We are now ready for scaling up to a flagship plant, which is slated to start-up in 2024.