Toray produce bio-paraxylene at Gevo’s pilot plant
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Toray to produce bio-paraxylene at Gevo’s pilot plant

4:26 AM, 29th June 2012
Toray to produce bio-paraxylene at Gevo’s pilot plant

TOKYO, JAPAN/ ENGLEWOOD, US: Toray Industries in partnership with Gevo Inc signed an offtake agreement for renewable bio-paraxylene (bioPX) produced at Gevo’s planned pilot plant. The agreement will enable Toray to carry out pilot-scale production of fully renewable, bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET), of its fibre and films for the first time in the world. Toray also plans to offer samples to its business partners, who are the end-users, in 2013 for market evaluation.

Using terephthalic acid synthesized from Gevo’s bioPX and commercially available renewable mono ethylene glycol (MEG), Toray succeeded in lab-level PET polymerization to produce fibres and films samples in 2011. The companies are able to integrate the supply chain to convert bioPX into bioPET for end users. Since Toray has the priority right to purchase the bioPX produced at the pilot plant, it will be able to gain a head-start in securing scale up technology for bioPET polymerization, fibres and films.

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