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Origin Materials and Husky achieve commercialization of PET/F hybrid polymer for packaging

Source:Adsale Plastics Network 2023-08-02

Carbon negative materials company Origin Materials and processing technologies provider Husky Technologies achieved a milestone in the commercialization of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) incorporating the bio-based chemical FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) for advanced packaging and other applications.


In the collaboration, Origin successfully polymerized FDCA into the common recyclable plastic, PET, and Husky molded the resulting “PET/F” hybrid polymer into preforms that were then blown into bottles.


The partners used Husky’s commercial-scale injection molding technologies and manufacturing equipment, demonstrating that PET/F can be integrated into existing PET production systems.


Origin anticipates that PET/F will enable longer shelf life with enhanced mechanical performance and excellent barrier properties by adjusting manufacturing conditions and the quantity of FDCA copolymer.

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Recyclable PET polymer incorporating FDCA successfully processed into preforms and subsequently bottles.

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Husky’s technologies and equipment were used to demonstrate that PET/F can be integrated into existing production systems.


Commercial-scale production to come


Origin plans to develop and launch a family of 100% bio-based, low-carbon PET/F polymers, offering full recyclability and superior performance compared with conventional PET.


This innovation demonstrates a pathway for the drop-in market adoption of FDCA to produce superior polymers cost-effectively from biomass using Origin technology. Origin expects to enable the production of FDCA, PEF (polyethylene furanoate), and PET/F at commercial scale using its patented technology platform.


FDCA is a chemical building block with diverse applications including polyesters, polyamides, polyurethanes, coating resins, and plasticizers. It is also the precursor for PEF.


PEF, another product derived from FDCA, offers a combination of sustainability and performance benefits for packaging. Origin’s PEF is expected to be 100% bio-based, fully recyclable, and offer a significantly reduced carbon footprint with superior strength, thermal properties, and barrier properties.

Origin Materials
· OQ Marketing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. 
· FCS-Group 

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