An offtake agreement has been signed by Avantium, a leading technology provider in renewable chemistry, with Kvadrat, a producer of high-performance, design textiles, rugs, window covering and acoustic solutions for both commercial and residential interiors.
Kvadrat will purchase the 100% plant-based and fully recyclable polymer polyethylene furanoate (PEF) from Avantium’s furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) flagship plant, currently under construction in Delfzijl/Netherlands and with commercial production set to start in 2024. The offtake agreement gives Kvadrat the advantage of being first in creating PEF-based textiles for both commercial and residential interiors.
In June 2022, Kvadrat joined the PEF Textile Community to explore the possibilities of the use of PEF yarns in high-quality textiles. Since then, the company has done several successful trials with PEF yarns. Following from this, Kvadrat A/S, Ebeltoft/Denmark, and Avantium N.V., Amsterdam/Netherlands, signed an offtake agreement to further develop sustainable and high-performance PEF-based textiles.
As part of its sustainability strategy ‘Regenerate Together through Transparency’, Kvadrat is focused on the use of renewable materials as basis for all of its products. This collaboration highlights the further potential of PEF across different application areas, including textiles, enabling the commercial launch of PEF.
Avantium is a leading technology development company and develops novel technologies based on renewable carbon sources as an alternative to fossil-based chemicals and plastics. The company currently has 3 technologies at pilot and demonstration phase. The most advanced technology is the YXY plant-to-plastics technology that catalytically converts plant-based sugars into FDCA, the key building block for the sustainable plastic PEF.
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