"It's an honor", said Dirk den Ouden, the director of new business development at Avantium, talking to PlasticsToday about the recently signed partnership agreement with The Coca-Cola Company. Avantium is one of the three biotechnology firms chosen by the company as a partner in the quest to develop a 100% biobased "green" bottle by 2020.
Avantium's PEF material, a drop-in replacement for PET that, according to the company, has excellent thermal properties and better barrier properties than PET, is based on furan chemistry. The two other companies with whom The Coca-Cola Company has chosen to partner are both focusing on the development of biobased PET - albeit via different routes. "It's a competition", Den Ouden added. "A challenge - it's up to us to show that our material can do everything we say it can."...