Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Avantium starts-up YXY polyester pilot plant
Avantium starts-up YXY polyester pilot plant
29
Apr '11
Avantium announces the successful start-up of its polyester pilot plant at the Chemelot site in Geleen, the Netherlands. The polyester plant is the first part of the pilot plant that Avantium is building at its new site to demonstrate its YXY technology for green materials and fuels. Avantium's monomer pilot plant is scheduled to become operational in the second half of 2011.

The YXY polyester pilot plant will produce bioplastics based on Avantium's YXY technology. Avantium acquired the polyester pilot plant from Johnson Matthey in the United Kingdom, where the plant was used for the production, development and testing of oil-based polyesters, such as PET (polyethylene-terephthalate) in Johnson Matthey's polyester catalyst business. Avantium will use the polyester pilot plant for the production, development and testing of biobased polyesters, such as PEF (poly-ethylene-furanoate).

The operation of the polyester pilot plant is an important step in Avantium's development of PEF, a next-generation biobased polyester that will compete with oil-based polyesters such as PET. Avantium has demonstrated that PEF has numerous superior properties over PET, including barrier properties (oxygen, carbon-dioxide and water) and its ability to withstand heat. The YXY technology makes it possible to produce a 100% biobased and 100% recyclable polyester. Avantium is actively working on the development of PEF bottles for water, soft drinks, fruit juices, alcoholic drinks, food, diary, cosmetic products, soaps and detergents. In parallel, Avantium is developing PEF fibers for textile, carpet and industrial applications.

Tom van Aken, Chief Executive Officer of Avantium comments: "The start-up of our polyester pilot plant is another milestone of our development of our YXY technology for biobased materials. We have successfully produced the first batches of our biopolymer PEF in the pilot plant. It demonstrates that we can use existing PET production assets to manufacture PEF. The compatibility of our products with existing production assets and supply chains will facilitate the adoption of our technology. The YXY pilot plant will make larger volumes of PEF available for application development to commercialize this 100% biobased and 100% recyclable bioplastic."

Avantium has developed YXY - a family of green building blocks for making materials and fuels that can compete on price and performance. YXY is a patented technology that converts biomass into Furanics. It is the perfect solution for today's challenges as it uses carbohydrates as feedstock, enabling the manufacture of green and sustainable products. This fast and cost-effective production process is based on Avantium's catalytic technology. YXY can be implemented in existing chemical production assets.

Avantium is a leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced high-throughput R&D. The company develops and commercializes YXY - its new brand name forchemical building blocks for making green materials and fuels that can compete on price and performance.

Avantium

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Christian Dior

Fashion | On 25th Apr 2017

LVMH to acquire Christian Dior Couture for €6.5bn

LVMH and Christian Dior, which holds directly and indirectly 41 per...

Information Technology | On 25th Apr 2017

Self-repairing fabrics to be the future of fashion

It is the era of smart. Intelligent materials like self-repairing...

Textiles | On 25th Apr 2017

Indonesia revitalising textile sector

With exports of textile and textile products rising in Indonesia, the ...

Interviews View All

Riddhika Shah
SS Homme

'Worsted wool is the ideal fabric for menswear'

Claudia Kersten
Global Organic Textile Standard

‘GOTS is a very efficient supply chain management tool, especially for...

Smarth Bansal
Colorjet India Limited

We would like to venture more companies into the Indian market

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search