EU Starts Project to Establish Supply Chain for FDCA and PEF

SpecialChem - October 26th, 2017
EU has officially launched PEFerence, a €25 million project. Led by Synvina, the project consortium is comprised of 11 partners from 8 European countries.

Innovative Value Chain for FDCA and PEF

The official kick-off for the PEFerence project was held in Geleen, the Netherlands. The consortium consists of 11 companies from 8 countries including:
  • Synvina 
  • Avantium
  • BASF
  • Tereos (France) 
  • Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner (Austria)
  • OMV Machinery (Italy
  • Croda Nederland (The Netherlands)
  • Nestec (Switzerland) 
  • Lego System (Denmark)
  • nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation (Germany)
  • Spinverse Innovation Management (Finland)

The partners will be cooperating for the next five years to establish an innovative value chain for FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid) and PEF (Polyethylene furanoate), including the intended construction of a 50,000 tons reference plant in Antwerp. The “PEFerence” project will be coordinated by Synvina.

FDCA - The Essential Chemical Building Block

  • As background, FDCA is the essential chemical building block for the production of PEF
  • Compared to conventional plastics, PEF is characterized by improved barrier properties for gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen
  • This can lead to longer shelf life of packaged products
  • Due to its higher mechanical strength, thinner PEF packaging can be produced, thus a lower amount of packaging material is necessary
  • Therefore, PEF is particularly suitable for the production of certain food and beverage packaging, for example films and plastic bottles
  • After use, PEF can be recycled

PEFerence has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 744409

Source: Bio-based EU
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