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Rhodia and Avantium to jointly develop biobased polyamides

Rhodia and Avantium to jointly develop biobased polyamides

News release
January, 24th 2012 – Paris, France and Amsterdam, the Netherlands ----- Rhodia, member of the Solvay Group, and Avantium announced today that they have entered into a partnership to jointly develop a range of new bio-based polyamides targeting a variety of applications. This partnership expands and completes the previously announced development agreement in the field of bio-based engineering plastics between Solvay and Avantium. Building on the newly combined forces of Rhodia and Solvay, the extended relationship offers the partners a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of compositions and applications based on Avantium’s YXY technology in the larger Polyamide field.

In the frame of this joint development, the companies will explore the market potential of polyamide compositions on the basis of YXY building blocks. Produced from renewable and bio-based feedstock, these compositions are expected to exhibit superior environmental profile and at the same time to deliver applicative performances at a competitive cost. Rhodia will test these new polyamides for fibers and engineering applications in various areas such as consumer goods, automotive and electronic materials. Rhodia and Avantium have entered into a multi-year, exclusive collaboration towards commercialization of these new polyamides. 

This collaboration perfectly fits with our strategy to deliver new sustainable products to our markets, and will combine our know-how in polyamides with Avantium’s YXY technology to produce building blocks for green materials. This open innovation partnership is inspiring for our teams and we are confident that it will deliver breakthrough in the development of bio-based competitive polyamides”, explained Louis Neltner, R&D Vice-President at Rhodia.

Tom van Aken, CEO of Avantium, about the new collaboration: “Rhodia is a world leading player in the development, manufacturing and supply of polyamides. We are very pleased to work with Rhodia on developing performing, sustainable and competitive solutions for a broad range of customers. Together with our existing partnerships in polyamides, we are now completely covering all application areas for polyamides on basis of our green building blocks.

* YXY (pronounced icksy) is Avantium’s brand name of a family of green building blocks for making materials and fuels that can compete on both price and performance with oil based alternatives, and which have a superior environmental footprint. Based on Avantium’s patented catalytic technology to convert biomass into furanic building blocks, YXY can be implemented in existing chemical production assets.





About Rhodia

Rhodia, member of the Solvay group
, is a specialty chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Structured around 11 Global Business Units, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets. Rhodia employs around 14 000 people worldwide and generated sales of €5.23 billion in 2010.



About Avantium

Avantium
is a leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced catalysis R&D and process development. The company develops and commercializes YXY – its brand name for chemical building blocks for making green materials and fuels with exceptional product properties at a competitive price. Combined with a significant reduced carbon footprint, the YXY technology fulfils all key criteria to deliver the next generation bio-based materials. In 2011 Avantium opened the YXY pilot plant, an essential step towards commercial production of the YXY technology.
Avantium has demonstrated the value and commercial potential of its unique technology by collaborating with leading companies in the energy and chemical industries. It has a proven track record in offering fast and efficient chemical catalytic development services and systems to market leaders such as BP, Shell and Sasol. Avantium offices and headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Visit our website at: http://www.avantium.com or http://www.yxy.com




Contacts
Rhodia - Press Relations


Lamia Narcisse                        +33 (0)1 53 56 59 62    lamia.narcisse@eu.rhodia.com

Avantium
Janine Kostermann Dohmen      +31 20 586 8132        janine@kostermann.com