Markets & partnerships
Collaborating with like-minded brands
Our strategy is to collaborate with leading brands and industrial companies the world over to create a strong demand for biobased products based on YXY technology. We are currently in partnerships with Alpla, The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Danone for the development of 100% biobased PEF bottles. Bolstered by these collaborative partnerships, we are actively seeking other like-minded brands and plastic conversion companies to help us challenge the status quo of today’s materials.
Strengthening the value chain
To produce biobased products on an industrial scale using our YXY technology, Avantium is actively seeking out partnerships with brand owners and other parties in the value chain. We have already signed a number of Joint Development Agreements to develop polymers and applications on basis of FDCA.
Wanted: Giant leaps forward
Avantium proudly works with some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies – from household brands like Coca-Cola and Danone. In the last few months we’ve taken giant leaps forward towards the commercializing of PEF bottles.
Here is a quick overview of some of our partnerships.
- The Coca-Cola Company: 100% biobased PEF bottles for TCCC beverages
- Danone: 100% PEF water bottles
- ALPLA: extensive and proven know-how in PET conversion, bottle design and bottle manufacturing
- Wifag-Polytype: leading manufacturer of thermoforming and printing equipment, and the sole company producing the entire range from sheet extrusion, to thermoforming, to coating and printing of thermoformed products
- Mitsui: development and roll out agreement for PEF thin films in Asia and PEF bottles in Japan
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Mitsui is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment, and service enterprises in the world, with 140 offices in 66 countries as of November, 2015. Utilizing our global operating locations, network and information resources, we are multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the following fields: Iron & steel products, mineral & metal resources, infrastructure projects, integrated transportation systems, chemicals, energy, food resources, food products & services, consumer services, IT & communication, and corporate development business. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world. For more information, visit www.mitsui.com.
The Coca-Cola Company
In December 2011 Avantium and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) signed a partnership agreement to develop PEF bottles. The partnership is major milestone to pave the way to the commercial production of PEF in the next three or four years.
The wifag//polytype Group is a global group of companies with 1200 employees. The company is active in the manufacturing of production lines and systems for aluminum/steel containers for aerosols, beverage bottles and tubes, extruded and laminated plastic tubes lines, as well as decorated plastic cups/containers systems, coating lines for flexible packaging and technical films/foils, newspaper/book printing machines and services and in trading and service business for the graphics industry.
With its sales/service and manufacturing network in USA, Brazil, India, Thailand, China/Hongkong and Turkey our customers are supported globally.
In March 2012 Avantium announced its second major partnership, this time with Danone Research. The agreement forms another cornerstone of Avantium’s commercialization strategy to further co-develop the YXY technology for producing PEF bottles. As the world’s second largest bottled water producer, the partnership puts Danone Research at the forefront of developing next generation biobased plastic bottles.
ALPLA products can be found in fridges, kitchens and bathrooms in any of our homes. Still most consumers have never heard of ALPLA. ALPLA makes bottles for leading brand owners in the beverage, food, personal care and home care segments.
In May 2013 ALPLA joined the Coca-Cola Company and Danone in Avantium’s PEF bottle development. ‘ALPLA has extensive and proven know-how in PET conversion, bottle design and bottle manufacturing. So ALPLA will be a major contributor to accelerate the commercial roll out and industrialization of PEF, meeting the technical requirements for the market’ says Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium.
Leadership in PEF
‘By signing this agreement, ALPLA once again demonstrates its leadership in innovation in this industry’, states Gunther Lehner, ALPLA CEO. ‘In the 1980’s ALPLA was the first to introduce the two step PET bottle which started the transition from PVC to PET. Today we take innovation a step further to the next generation of biobased polyester: PEF. Sustainability is a key driver for growth for ALPLA and its customers. We are therefore pleased to collaborate with Avantium to bring the first 100% biobased and recyclable PEF bottles to the market.’
PEF in every home
‘We believe that biobased plastics will replace today’s fossil resource based plastics. We simply have to make a change, if we want to sustain living standards on our planet with a continuously growing population. Therefore we are pleased with this important agreement, widening the application areas for PEF. Soon our PEF bottles will be found in kitchen cabinets and bathrooms in homes all over the world. We have made another step towards a sustainable future,‘ says Tom van Aken.
In our drive to sustain market leadership in the young and thriving field of green materials, chemicals and fuels, Avantium is ambitiously chasing down new opportunities. From plastics and plasticizers to thermosets and coatings, our groundbreaking biobased polyesters and polyamides can form the basis of an infinite number of products and processes.
Polyesters are a fast-growing group of plastic materials. The most important polyester is PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is produced on the basis of two building blocks; purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and ethylene glycol (EG). By replacing PTA with Avantium’s own building block, FDCA, we can now create a 100% biobased PEF (polyethylene furanoate) polyester. This means 100% recyclable PEF bottles, cans, fibers and films – for anything from soft drinks, water, beer and packaging for sauces, soups and shampoos to sports apparel, fleeces, home textiles, car tires, cables, safety belts and air bags. The positive impact that PEF polyesters can have on the global marketplace is immeasurable.
Polyamides are generically known as nylon and were originally developed as a synthetic replacement for silk. Polyamides are applied in textile, yarns, carpets and engineering plastics. A sub-category of polyamides is aramid fiber (aromatic polyamide), used as high-performance fibers for, amongst others, ballistic applications such as bulletproof vests, helmets and cockpit doors. Avantium’s green building blocks represent a significant upgrade in both quality of product and the eco-footprint these industries leave behind.
Thermosets are plastic materials that are irreversibly cured in response to heat, radiation or a chemical reaction. Examples of thermosets include thermoset resins, composites, coating resins, adhesives and epoxy resins. Thermoset applications are many and varied, and include coatings for automobiles and planes, toners for printing applications and high performance engineering materials (composites) in fields such as automotive, aerospace and maritime. Avantium’s green building blocks can be applied to develop new materials with entirely new properties, such as new coating resins with advanced properties or replacing existing materials such as BPA (bis-phenol-A). The replacement of BPA is particular important; while a key monomer for the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonates, BPA is currently under scrutiny because of health concerns and toxicity and is expected to be banned for use in an increasing number of applications.
Plasticizers are additives designed to give plastic materials their desired flexibility and durability. About 90% of all plasticizers are used for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a polymer used in diverse applications such as coatings, plumbing, construction materials and plastic bottles.
A huge variety of chemicals are used as plasticizers, the most common type being phthalates. Phthalates, however, are slowly being phased out of Western markets due to health concerns, opening up the market for alternatives. Avantium’s green building blocks are one of the leading candidates to take its place.