ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner, a plastic converter, will collaborate with Avantium on Polyethelyne Furanoate (PEF), which is a bioplastics based on proprietary YXY technology.
Currently the focus of the YXY technology platform is a building block called FDCA, (2,5- furandicarboxylic acid). FDCA can be polymerized together with ethylene glycol (EG) to form PEF.
ALPLA will develop PEF bottles for food applications such as sauces, dressings, baby foods and edible oils and work on the development of bottles for beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Avantium is supplying its development partners with PEF manufactured from material produced at its Geleen pilot plant.
The firm is planning a 50,000 ton commercial factory, which is projected to be operational in 2016 to enable the full commercial launch of the first PEF bottles to consumers.