BOPEF - A new bio-based high-barrier substrate film for the packaging industry

BOPEF - A new bio-based high-barrier substrate film for the packaging industry

Jesper Van Berkel
Material Advances and Their Benefits

Synvina, a Joint Venture of Avantium and BASF, produces and markets FDCA and PEF. Synvina aims to become market leader for FDCA and PEF and to realize this ambition intends to construct a plant at the BASF Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium, with a capacity of up to 50,000 metric tons of FDCA per year. PEF is a 100% bio-based and recyclable polymer which can be used for a wide variety of packaging applications. Synvina’s pilot plant in Geleen, The Netherlands, has been producing FDCA using the YXY® process developed by Avantium since 2011, giving Synvina and its partners ample know-how and experience in effective high quality PEF production as well as its various end-use applications, such as bottles, films and fibers.