Published On: Fri, Mar 23rd, 2012

Danone partners with bio-based plastic supplier to advance packaging materials development

Danone partners with bio-based plastic supplier to advance packaging materials development

Danone partners with bio-based plastic supplier to advance packaging materials development

Danone Research has partnered with Avantium for its YXY technology to produce polyester PEF (polyethylene-furanoate) bottles.

Danone Research and Avantium have entered into a joint development agreement for the development of PEF bottles for Danone, No. 2 worldwide in bottled water business. The agreement forms another cornerstone of Avantium’s commercialization strategy to further co-develop the YXY technology for producing PEF bottles. It already has an agreement with The Coca-Cola Co.

“The agreement with Danone Research is a fantastic step forward on our path to commercialize PEF bottles” says Avantium’s CEO Tom van Aken. “Today, Danone Research is at the forefront in contributing to the development of next generation bio-based plastic bottle. Our YXY solution for the packaging industry creates a new bio-sourced material delivering superior functional properties versus conventional PET technology (for example light weighting potential, barrier and thermal properties). We believe that the process economics and carbon footprint of PEF make it a suitable PET alternative.”

A recent study done by the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University, showed that PEF has a 50 to 60 percent lower carbon footprint than oil-based PET. Finalizing the LCA study is part of the joint development agreement. Avantium is currently validating the use of existing supply and recycling chains, enabling a full transition to bio-based PEF bottles in three to five years from now.

Based on the YXY technology, the Avantium and Danone Research joint objective is to contribute to the emergence of a new renewable material generation which will not be in direct competition with food. YXY is used as a fast and efficient chemical-catalytic technology to convert carbohydrates produced from plants, grains, energy crops, lignocellulosic matter, waste streams, waste paper or agricultural residues, into a variety of bio-based polymers. Based on ongoing R&D programs, Avantium will also continue to develop PEF from renewable feedstock not competing with food.

Avantium has recently opened its pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, with the capacity of producing 40 tons of PEF for application development. Collaborations with Danone and The Coca-Cola Co. are key to secure a smooth transition into the mass production phase of PEF bottles.

Avantium is in active discussion with other leading brand owners to develop PEF bottles, fibers and film. In the longer term Avantium will license its YXY technology to enable large scale, world-wide production and use of its bio-sourced plastic materials.

Source : www.packagingdigest.com