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  • BASF pulls out of Synvina


    BASF has notified Avantium of its exit from their Synvina joint venture, effective 15 January 2019. Avantium continues to disagree with BASF’s interpretation of the joint venture agreement.

    Avantium and BASF are still discussing the terms and conditions of an exit.
    Upon an exit of BASF, Avantium will acquire BASF’s equity interest in the joint venture and Synvina will continue its operations as a fully Avantium-owned company. In addition, the YXY technology, know-how and people will revert to Avantium. This will allow Avantium to pursue alternative routes for commercializing the technology.
    Synvina was formed in 2016 to commercialize the YXY technology developed by Avantium. The YXY technology catalytically converts plant-based sugar into FDCA and plastics, such as the new polymer polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). The intent of the parties was to build the first commercial-scale plant for FDCA, the main building block for PEF, in Antwerp, Belgium.
    “We remain fully confident in our YXY technology and the unique properties of PEF, confirmed by high market interest and existing Synvina partnerships. We look forward to building on the work undertaken within Synvina and being free to pursue further options to reach the full potential of PEF,” said Tom van Aken, Chief Executive Officer of Avantium.

  • Production of PHA bioplastics in Spain


    The strategic co-operation between Bio-on and Acor aims to accelerate the exploitation of the Bio-on technologies around the world for the industrial production of the ultra-green PHA biopolymers valorizing different agro-industrial co- products as raw materials;

    Bologna (Italy)– Valladolid (Spain), 17 December 2018 - Bio-on, listed on the AIM segment of the Italian Stock Market - Borsa Italiana and operating in the sector of bioplastic of high quality, and Sociedad Cooperativa General Agropecuaria, a Castilian-Leon cooperative which produces and markets sugar, food oils, biodiesel, various products for food animal and renewable electric energy, have signed an agreement to begin a technical collaboration, the first in Spain, to study and evaluate the opportunity to exploit at industrial scale the Bio-on technologies for the production of PHA bioplastics from sugar beets processing co- and by-products.

    The two companies will start working together to implement a dedicated and tailored feasibility study for the realization of a PHA industrial plant in Spain, in the factory of ACOR located in the town of Olmedo at Km 153, the selection of this specific production site will guarantee the bioplastic project to benefit from synergies, interconnections and common services with the sugar factory, but without interfering with the latter's production, and specific production capacity will be decided during the project implementation accordingly.

    "We are satisfied to start this important journey – declares J. Carlos Rico Mateo, President of ACOR – that put in its centre the valorization of our sugar beets as raw materials of an innovative green process without interfering with the sugar production. The common view of the companies toward a more sustainable society will allow us to set up the perfect baseline for the realization of the first PHA production plant in Spain".
    In the framework of this agreement, Bio-on grants to ACOR the onerous and exclusive right to exercise in the coming months an option regarding the exploitation of the Bio-on technology in the territories of Spain and Portugal implementing an Industrial Plant for the production and sale of PHAs biopolymers, starting from sugar beets wastes, co- and by-products.

    As is known, all the Minerv PHA bioplastics (polyhydroxyalkanoates) developed by Bio-on are made from renewable plant sources (and now also lipid) without any competition with the food chains. They guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties of conventional plastics with the advantage of being eco-friendly and 100% naturally biodegradable. In addition, they offer application possibilities, even completely unpublished, in sectors where traditional plastics are not used.

    “Bio-on is very happy to start to work in Spain with ACOR, it will be very exciting to study the integration of the PHAs plant with the production process of Olmedo”, explains Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on. “It is a very positive result and a new route of collaboration for the Bio-on company in the fast-growing market of bioplastics”

  • AMT Coffee introduces 100% biocompostable cups & lids across UK


    AMT Coffee has announced the launch of a new 100% bio-compostable AMT coffee cup and lid across its bars across the UK, becoming the first coffee company to launch this environmentally friendly product.

    mmMade from the waste of sugarcane crop, the cup will naturally break down at room temperature and will fully decompose within one year. This is by far the greenest and best alternative to the traditional plastic lined cup and plastic lid, served by many other coffee retailers. The new technology will help reduce an estimated 2.5 billion coffee cups sent to waste entering landfill every year and will help save countless amounts of trees.

    The new 12oz biocompostable AMT cups and lids are lined with BioPBS (recycled sugar cane crop waste) which breaks down entirely in ambient temperatures- in contrast to regular coffee cups lined with PLA or PE.

    “It has taken years of research and development to source a fully biocompostable coffee cup and lid,” said Alistair McCallum-Toppin, A Founder and Managing Director of AMT Coffee. “Thanks to new green-focused technology and our demand for change, we are delighted to introduce our new 100% biocompostable coffee cups and lids across all AMT Coffee bars. We are also excited to be the first to make this important, green improvement to our cups and lids this Christmas. Alongside the festive message, this year we wanted to make a serious statement about the importance of making the change for our blue planet and all who depend on it. We only hope others will follow.
    We hope that our message is heard loud and clear this Christmas and the New Year by both our customers and competitors, who would have a far bigger impact than we will if they help us make the change.”

    The company has also switched its cutlery, napkins, straws and yoghurt pots to either biocompostable or recyclable materials.

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