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ALPLA joins in PEF bottle development

Plastics converter joins The Coca-Cola Company and Danone to help advance the development of Avantium’s PEF bioplastic technology for bottles.

Green Fields_square_new.jpgAmsterdam-based Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, and plastic converter ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH, of Austria, have announced a Joint Development Agreement for the development of polyethylene furanoate (PEF) bottles. After The Coca-Cola Company and Danone, ALPLA is the third company to collaborate with Avantium on PEF, a bioplastic based on Avantium’s proprietary YXY technology. The goal of these collaborations is to bring 100% biobased PEF bottles to the market by 2016.

“Avantium is very excited to have ALPLA enter the Joint Development Platform for PEF bottles,” says Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium. “With ALPLA’s extensive and proven know-how in PET conversion, bottle design, and bottle manufacturing, ALPLA will be a major contributor to accelerate the commercial rollout and industrialization of PEF. Jointly we can make PEF available for packaging in innovative markets and traditional applications. Together we have taken up the challenge to develop the supply chain for PEF as sustainable biobased packaging material to the beer and alcoholic beverage markets.”

YXY technology
Notes Avantium, brand owners are leading the transition from fossil resources-based packaging materials like PET, to biobased materials. Biobased materials should be compliant with existing recycling solutions. The YXY technology platform is a catalytic technology to convert plant-based materials into chemical building blocks for bioplastics, like PEF. PEF is a novel generation of 100% biobased and recyclable polyester that has the potential to replace conventional fossil resources-based durable materials like PET, says Avantium.

PEF is said to have properties superior to PET, such as a significantly higher barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water, extending product shelf life and reducing production costs. An independent Life Cycle Analysis study by the Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht has demonstrated the carbon footprint of PEF is 50% to 70% lower than today’s PET.

PEF bottles from ALPLA
ALPLA will develop PEF bottles for personal care/home care applications, such as cosmetics and detergents, and for food applications such as sauces, dressings, baby foods, and edible oils. ALPLA and Avantium will furthermore work on the development of bottles for beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Today Avantium is supplying its development partners with PEF manufactured from material produced at its Geleen pilot plant in the Netherlands. Avantium is currently planning a 50,000-ton commercial plant, which is projected to be operational in 2016 to enable the full commercial launch of the first PEF bottles to consumers.

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