Toyobo, Avantium partner on PEF polymerization and PEF films

September 16, 2016 |

In the Netherdlands, news arrived that Avantium and Toyobo formed a partnership to produce PEF-based thin films, a 100% biobased plastic based on Avantium’s proprietary YXY technology for the production of FDCA.

These PEF films are about 10 micrometer in thickness and can be applied for food packaging, in electronics applications such as displays or solar panels, and industrial or medical packages.

Compared to standard PET films, PEF films have a 10x higher oxygen barrier, 2-3x higher water vapor barrier, improved mechanical strength and are fully transparent. This enables new packaging opportunities, such as transparent pouches for soups, and extends the shelf life when packaging oxygen sensitive products like meat.

The market development of PEF films in Asia will be performed in collaboration with Mitsui and samples for packaging tests will be offered from 2017.

Toyobo and Avantium are also optimizing PEF resin production at Toyobo’s commercial polymerization lines in Iwakuni, Japan, and intend to scale up.

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