Solvay, Avantium jointly develop engineering bioplastics

Solvay, Avantium to jointly develop engineering bioplastics

5:33 PM, 7th July 2011
Solvay, Avantium to jointly develop engineering bioplastics
Solvay headquarters in Belgium.


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM/AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: Solvay and Avantium will jointly develop a next generation of green high-performance polyamides for engineering plastics. The partnership combines Solvay’s leading position in specialty polymers and Avantium’s YXY technology for producing building blocks for green materials. Solvay and Avantium have also entered into a multi-year, exclusive collaboration towards commercialization of the new polyamides.

The companies will work together to explore the commercial potential of engineering plastics on the basis of YXY building blocks. Through the partnership, new polyamides will be developed, produced using renewable, bio-based feedstock. Price and performance of polyamides will be key drivers for the success of the project.

Solvay Specialty Polymers will test these polyamides for engineering applications in areas such as automotive and electronic materials. “We are happy to look at the potential of YXY building blocks in specialty polyamides together with Avantium,” said Antoine Amory, In Charge (renewable based chemistry developments), Innovation Centre of Solvay.

“The polyamides we will develop together will become another novel and exciting outlet for our YXY building blocks. This agreement is another important step to explore high-value added applications for our YXY building blocks, in addition to work we are already doing in a complementary polyamide area,” said Tom van Aken, CEO, Avantium.

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