ALPLA Joins The Coca-Cola Company and Danone in Avantium’s PEF Bottle Development
AMSTERDAM, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, and ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH, one of the
world’s leading plastic converters, today announced their Joint Development Agreement for
the development of PEF bottles. After The Coca-Cola Company and Danone, ALPLA is the third
company to collaborate with Avantium on PEF, a bioplastic based on Avantium’s proprietary
YXY technology. The goal of these collaborations is to bring 100% biobased PEF bottles to
the market by 2016.
“Avantium is very excited to have ALPLA enter the Joint Development Platform for PEF
bottles,” says Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium. “With ALPLA’s extensive and proven know-how in
PET conversion, bottle design and bottle manufacturing, ALPLA will be a major contributor
to accelerate the commercial roll out and industrialization of PEF. Jointly we can make
PEF available for packaging in innovative markets and traditional applications. Together
we have taken up the challenge to develop the supply chain for PEF as sustainable biobased
packaging material to the beer and alcoholic beverage markets. As one of the world’s most
innovative converters, ALPLA will be a key enabler to develop PEF bottles meeting the
technical requirements for the market.”
Guenther Lehner, ALPLA CEO comments: “By signing this agreement ALPLA once again
demonstrates its leadership in innovation in this industry. In the 1980′s ALPLA was the
first to introduce the two step PET bottle which started the transition from PVC to PET.
Today we are able to take innovation a step further and introduce our customers in the
food, home care and personal care area to the next generation of biobased polyester: PEF.
Sustainability is a key driver for growth for ALPLA and its customers. We are therefore
pleased to collaborate with Avantium to bring the first 100% biobased and recyclable PEF
bottles to the market.”
Brand owners are leading the transition from fossil resources based packaging
materials like PET (polyethylene terephthalate), to biobased materials. Biobased materials
should be compliant with existing recycling solutions. The YXY technology platform is a
cost competitive ground-breaking catalytic technology to convert plant based materials
into chemical building blocks for bioplastics, like PEF (polyethylene furanoate). PEF is a
novel generation of 100% biobased and recyclable polyester which has the potential to
replace conventional fossil resources based durable materials like PET. PEF has properties
superior to PET such as a significantly higher barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide and
water, extending product shelf life and reducing production costs. An independent
life-cycle-analysis study by the Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht has
demonstrated the carbon footprint of PEF is 50~70% lower than today’s PET.
ALPLA will develop PEF bottles for Personal Care/ Home Care applications, such as
cosmetics and detergents and for Food applications such as sauces, dressings, baby foods
and edible oils. ALPLA and Avantium will furthermore work on the development of bottles
for beer and other alcoholic beverages. Today Avantium is supplying its development
partners with PEF manufactured from material produced at its Geleen pilot plant. Avantium
is currently planning a 50,000 ton commercial plant, which is projected to be operational
in 2016 to enable the full commercial launch of the first PEF bottles to consumers.
ALPLA is one of the worlds-leading companies in the packaging solutions sector
producing for renown brands of all categories including the Food and Beverage industry,
Personal & Home Care products and the Oil and Lubricants industry.
ALPLA provides its clients with innovative, top quality products including bottles,
preforms and caps at more than 149 plants in 39 different countries.
With such an enormous presence, every customer encounters an ALPLA product at least
once a day in the form of an unlimited variety of plastic packaging items for the most
diverse contents – from shower gel to engine oil, detergent to lemonade.
Avantium is a leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced
high-throughput R&D. The company develops and commercializes YXY – the brand name for its
technology platform to catalytically convert plant based carbohydrates into chemical
building blocks like Furanics and Levulinics. These chemical building blocks can be
applied for making green materials with superior product properties at competitive
pricing. Currently the focus of the YXY technology platform is on a building block called
FDCA, (2,5- furandicarboxylic acid). FDCA can be polymerized together with ethylene glycol
(EG) to form PEF (Polyethelyne Furanoate), which is Avantium’s lead application. Combined
with the significant reduction in carbon footprint, PEF fulfills key criteria to become
the next generation biobased plastics for bottles, film and fibers. PEF for example has
gas barrier to oxygen, carbon dioxide and water is superior to PET, leading to longer
product shelf life and offering the potential for light weighting of packages. Avantium
has demonstrated the value and commercial potential of its unique technology by
collaborating with leading companies in the energy and chemical industries. Avantium
offices and headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Avantium is running
an YXY pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands.