Anellotech, Suntory on Track to Develop 100% Bio-Based Beverage Bottles
Anellotech and Suntory Holdings have entered into the next phase of their strategic partnership to develop and commercialize cost-competitive 100 percent bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory is one of the worldâ€™s leading consumer beverage companies whose brands include Orangina, Schweppes and Jim Beam.
The Anellotech alliance with Suntory supports the development of bio-aromatics including bio-paraxylene, the key component needed to make 100 percent bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in beverage bottles. As an integral component in the bio-based value chain, Anellotechâ€™s proprietary thermal catalytic biomass conversion technology (Bio-TCat) cost-competitively produces â€śdrop inâ€ť green aromatics, including paraxylene and benzene, from non-food biomass.
Anellotech has completed construction of its development and testing facility (TCat-8); installation is scheduled to begin in late January 2016. The 25 meter-tall unit will confirm the viability and suitability of the Bio-TCat process for scale-up, and generate the data needed to design commercial plants using Bio-TCat technology.
Bio-TCat technology will allow Anellotech and its partners to accelerate the development of bio-based paraxylene and other widely used chemicals including benzene, toluene and other xylenes (commonly known as BTX) from non-food sources. This will allow for the first cost-effective production and commercial realization of 100 percent bio-PET bottles for consumer use.
The partnership began in 2012 under a collaboration agreement that has provided more than $15 million in funding to date.
Approximately 54 million metric tons of PET are manufactured globally each year.Â The global bio-basedÂ PET market is expected to reach 5,800 kilotons by 2020,Â according to aÂ study by Grand View Research.
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