The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with Dutch research and technology company Avantium to develop bio-based PEF bottles for its products.
As part of the agreement, Coca-Cola and Avantium will further research Avantium’s patented technology, called YXY, to produce 100 percent bio-based PEF bottles. PEF bottles are fully recyclable and, when commercialized, can provide a sustainable alternative to PET bottles.
To advance this project, Avantium recently opened a pilot plant in Geleen that will start up the YXY process at scale. The pilot plant, with a capacity of 40 tons per year, produces PEF material for application development.
“We believe that PEF fulfills key criteria to become a next generation bio-based plastic for food, beverages and other applications,” said Avantium CEO Tom van Aken. “We are very excited about the co-development phase we are entering with The Coca-Cola Company to continue the development of PEF and make this new material ready for mass production and recycling.”
PEF can be made from any biomass feedstock containing carbohydrates, such as sugarcane, agricultural residues, plants and grains.