Coca-Cola Company making investment in Virent bio-based paraxylene

Coca-Cola invests in Virent’s bio-paraxylene development and commercialization

7:51 AM, 10th September 2014
Coca-Cola Company making investment in Virent bio-based paraxylene

MADISON, US: Virent announced that The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in the company’s development and commercialization of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX. This investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX material at their demonstration plant in Madison, Wisconsin, US. Virent and The Coca-Cola Company have been working together since 2011, when they first announced their Joint Development Agreement and a Master Supply Agreement focused on the development of bio-based PX technology.

In the course of their work with The Coca-Cola Company, Virent has progressed their PX technology to commercial readiness, improved the process economics and produced bio-based PX which has been converted by The Coca-Cola Company into 100% bio-based PET bottles. This new investment will allow production of larger quantities of BioFormPX material.

Virent has run its demonstration system to fulfill a number of fuel and chemical orders since it started operation in 2010. This added capability to produce larger quantities of purified PX will be combined with additional system enhancements to increase production capabilities, including larger volumes of bio-fuel and other bio-materials.

“The Coca-Cola Company continues to be a valued partner for Virent. Their intention to use our BioFormPX material in the next generation of PlantBottle packaging is critical in attracting manufacturing partners from the PET supply chain. This – along with the progress we’ve made in our joint development work – moves us closer to seeing the first commercial 100 per cent bio-based PET bottles on retail shelves made using Virent technology,” said Lee Edwards, CEO, Virent.

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