Industry consortium with BASF receives €25 mn grant from BBI

Industry consortium with BASF receives €25 mn grant from BBI

10:27 AM, 21st June 2017

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: The European Joint Undertaking on Bio-Based Industries (BBI), consisting of representatives from the European Union and the bio-based industry, granted €25 million to “PEFerence”, a consortium of eleven companies.

The grant supports the establishment of an innovative value chain for bio-based raw materials as well as chemicals and materials based on polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). It includes the intended construction of a 50,000 tonnes FDCA reference plant, the main chemical building block for the production of PEF. Synvina will be coordinating the “PEFerence” project.

BBI acknowledges the engagement of “PEFerence” for more eco-friendly materials and end products, resulting in substantial benefits for the environment and society. Based on renewable feedstock, products made of PEF will significantly help to replace fossil-based packaging materials and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, following BBI’s assessment. PEF is an innovative polyester suitable for applications such as bottles, films and polyurethanes.

PEF: benefits for environment and society 

PEF bottles can be recycled and used again as raw material for bottles, as well as for packaging and textiles. Additionally, PEF offers superior product properties in comparison to conventional polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and provides major advantages for end consumers. Improved barrier properties for gases allow to redefine packaging solutions based on PEF.

It also offers a higher mechanical strength, thus thinner PEF packaging can be produced and fewer resources are required. PEF is suitable to produce bottles for carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, foil pouches as well as personal and home care products.

Consortium from raw material producer to brand owner 

Besides Synvina and its shareholders BASF and Avantium, the partners in the PEFerence consortium are:

  • Tereos Participations (France)
  • Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co Kg (Austria)
  • OMV Machinery Srl (Italy)
  • Croda Nederland B.V. (The Netherlands)
  • Nestec Sa (Switzerland)
  • Lego System As (Denmark),
  • Nova-Institut für politische und okologische Innovation GmbH (Germany)
  • Spinverse Innovation Management Oy (Finland)

“The grant of the BBI is a strong signal for Synvina and our partners along the value chain to continue our mutual process to make PEF commercially available. To open up a market for a new plastic based on renewable feedstock is a major challenge that we best meet with strong partners and our combined expertise. We share the common goal to get PEF commercially to the market thereby providing the market materials with superior properties and to establish sustainable and bio-based plastic value chains,” said Patrick Schiffers, CEO of Synvina.

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