The joint venture will produce plant-based glycols by converting beet sugar into plantMEG™ and plantMPG™ using Avantium’s proprietary Ray Technology™.
MEG (mono-ethylene glycol) is a blockbuster commodity intermediate and plantMEG™ is a fully recyclable, plant-based, high purity product used in applications such as polyester packaging (PET and PEF) and textiles, as well as antifreeze. Almost all MEG on the market today is produced using fossil-based feedstocks (oil, gas, and coal). The plantMEG™ produced by the Cosun Beet Company/Avantium joint venture is expected to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based MEG.
MPG (mono-propylene glycol, also known as 1,2-propanediol) is a non-toxic, plant-based, high purity product used in a wide array of applications, such as unsaturated polyester resins for coatings and compounds, for example in modern windmill blades, as well as a heat transfer fluid in solar panels, and in airport operations for deicing airplanes.
Sugar beet is a 100% natural product, with no additives, which grows well in the Netherlands. Read more about sustainable beet production.
Avantium has developed the Ray Technology™ to efficiently convert sugars, such as Cosun Beet Company’s beet sugar, into plant-based glycols.
Olaf van Baal, Chief Innovation Officer at Cosun Beet Company
Eelco Blum, Vice President, Business Development - Renewable Chemistries at Avantium