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  • Synvina to extend PEF pilot phase


    Synvina, the joint venture between Avantium N.V. and BASF established to produce and market furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and to market polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) announced today that, following a broad feasibility assessment, the company would not yet be scaling up to commercial production just yet.

    bThe decision to extend the pilot phase was made in order to optimize future commercial-scale production of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) in the Reference Plant the company plans to build in Antwerp. FDCA is a 100% bio-based monomer and the essential chemical building block for the production of the polymer PEF (polyethylenefuranoate). PEF is a polyester based on FDCA and bio-MEG (ethylene-glycol).

    The assessment, which looked at product performance, market appetite and technical process, confirmed that product performance and customer demand are strong. In the technical process evaluation, Synvina identified some steps that require improvement. It recommends undertaking additional development work on these steps, to ensure the most efficient process and best product for current and future customers. As a result, Synvina intends to extend the pilot phase, which will in turn extend the timeline to start up the Reference Plant by 24 to 36 months.

    “The confidence of Avantium, BASF and Synvina in the product performance and its market potential has only increased since Synvina was founded. Encountering technical challenges is not uncommon in innovative, ground-breaking technologies of this kind. Synvina is working closely with BASF and Avantium to resolve these challenges. We are all confident that this will result in a production process that runs smoothly and reliably, and a product that is as pure as the market demands. We believe the Reference Plant will be operational in the 2023-2024 timeframe,” says Avantium CEO Tom van Aken.

    Synvina was established in October 2016 with the intent to build and operate the Reference Plant. Worldwide, this will be the first commercial-scale plant to produce FDCA. Synvina currently produces FDCA at pilot plant scale in order to further research on the applications and to sample selected customers. Synvina aims to become the market leader in the production and marketing of FDCA as well as the marketing of PEF.

  • Bioplastics: a growing success

    Bioplastics: a growing success [04-12-17]

    Currently, bioplastics represent about one percent of the about 320 million tonnes of plastic produced annually. But as demand is rising and with more sophisticated biopolymers, applications, and products emerging, the market is continuously growing.  [more]

  • Bioplastics are really making a difference

    Bioplastics are really making a difference [01-12-17]

    The 12th European Bioplastics Conference, which took place on 28/29 November 2017 in Berlin, showcased just how bioplastics are making the difference in driving innovations forward for more sustainability, resource efficiency, and functionality.  [more]

  • Novamont doubles production of biopolyesters

    Novamont doubles production of biopolyesters [30-11-17]

    By the end of the first quarter of 2018, the production capacity of the subsidiary Mater-Biopolymer will have increased from 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes/year of Origo-Bi, the family of high-value polyesters with a high content of renewable raw materials based on biomonomers  [more]

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