Anellotech and its partners produced bio-based paraxylene, a key component in making green PET bottles

Published Date | 2019 February 28

Anellotech, an USA based company, along with business partners, produced bio-based Paraxylene, will fuel the global bio-based paraxylene market over forecast period.
Global: US sustainable technology company Anellotech and its joint development partners IFPEN and Axens have processed bio-based aromatics made at Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant to successfully recover high-purity bio-based paraxylene, which is a key component in making 100% bio-based PET bottles a reality. Anellotech, IFPEN, and Axens will now purify additional paraxylene to create pilot sample 100% bio-PET beverage bottles – as well as sample quantities of bio-based benzene whose derivatives are used in clothing, toys, mobile phones, and laundry detergent. Anellotech has been producing renewably-sourced aromatics for purification by IFPEN and Axens in Europe. Anellotech will begin to make renewable PET resin for prototype bottle manufacture and product trials. This will be the industry’s first major production of bio-PET from continuous, cost-effective processing of non-food biomass. Project planning was now underway for the first commercial process plant, which will use its proprietary Bio-TCat process to produce paraxylene, benzene and other aromatics from sustainably-sourced loblolly pine wood, to be used in bio-based chemicals and biofuels. Apart from bio-paraxylene, Anellotech continues to work on the recovery of bio-benzene and toluene from TCat-8 output. According to BlueWeave Consulting, Paraxylene, also known as PX or P-Xylene, is an aromatic hydrocarbon compound, derived particularly from benzene. Paraxylene is a colourless, toxic, sweet-smelling and highly flammable chemical at room temperature. Bio based paraxylene is made of renewable raw materials, such as glucose, starch, cellulose, and vegetable oils. Bio-based paraxylene allows manufacturers to offer customers 100% renewable, recyclable, PET packaging and polyester fibers. There is a growing consumer demand of bio-based plastics and chemicals among public’s attitude toward environmental responsibility will fuel the bio-based paraxylene industry in upcoming periods. Moreover, bio-based perxylene will provide the renewable chemicals space and pave the way towards offering customers 100% plant-based materials, whether in packaging, automobiles, athletic apparel, or household goods. The growth of bio -based perxylene industry can be primarily attributed to the increasing demand for bio-based paraxylene across several end use industries such as packaging, textile, food and beverage, construction materials and other consumer products. Furthermore, development in process technologies in order to achieve resource optimization while meeting emission standards are set to offer new opportunities for the bio -based paraxylene market. According to BlueWeave Consulting‘s upcoming report, Titled-“Global Bio-based paraxylene market By Product  Type (Bio- terephthalic acid (Bio-TPA),Bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (Bio-PET), Polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and Others), By Application (Packaging, Food and Beverage and  Others), By Region, Size and Forecast 2018- 2025”- Global Bio- based ParaXylene market is expected with grow with a significant rate in forecast period, 2018-2025, owing to rising awareness regarding petrochemical products usage and increasing environmental concern and increasing demand of bio based products & substitutes for conventional products. Moreover, increasing resin prices along with growing concerns regarding non disposable nature of petrochemical based PX has compelled manufacturers to focus on development of bio based paraxylene, key raw material for PET.  The rising demand for bio plastics PET resin (Bio-PET) for the soft drink and mineral water bottles is expected to boost the global bio based Paraxylene market in upcoming periods.