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Toray produces world’s first biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre [Registered]

The Japanese company Toray recently announced it has succeeded in producing laboratory-scale the world’s first biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre by using PET derived from sugar-based para-xylene from renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company Gevo. Toray used terephthalic acid (TPA) synthesized from Gevo’s biobased para-xylene, and combined it with commercially available sugar-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) to produce lab scale PET fibre. (PET is made from 30% MEG and 70% TPA (or PTA – purified terepthalic acid). While Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have produced bottles from biobased PET, the production of PET fibre by Toray appears to be industry first. PET has…

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