The two companies announced they now have an exclusive, multi-year arrangement to develop polyamides (nylon) using Avantium's YXY technology for producing chemicals from carbohydrates, not petroleum. Solvay has a broad plastics portfolio though it does not yet supply polyamide; however it is in the midst of acquiring French supplier Rhodia, which in addition to numerous chemicals also is a leading supplier of polyamide 6,6.
For the Solvay /Avantium agreement, the companies will work to explore the commercial potential of engineering plastics on the basis of YXY building blocks. The goal is to create polyamides with new properties that can serve a range of applications, at a price acceptable to plastics processors.
Avantium is a research and technology company that is developing biobased chemical building blocks, under the brand name YXY (pronounced "icksy"). According to Avantium (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), these can be used to make materials and fuels that can compete on both price and performance with petroleum-based alternatives, but which have a superior environmental footprint. YXY is a patented technology that, via Avantium's catalytic technology, converts carbohydrates (derived from biomass) into Furanic building blocks, such as FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid)....