Polyolefins from bio-based feedstock to be made in Cologne / UPM's "Bio Verno"Ineos
(Rolle / Switzerland; www.ineos.com
) has secured a new supply of renewable feedstock to push forward its burgeoning plans to produce a range of plastics with â??significantly reducedâ? greenhouse gas emissions, an idea it floated late last year â?? see Plasteurope.com of 25.11.2019
.The Swiss-based olefins and polyolefins producer has now signed a long-term agreement with Finlandâ??s UPM Biofuels
) to use the companyâ??s â??UPM Bio Vernoâ? â?? a renewable naphtha made from a residue of wood pulp processing â?? in a dedicated facility at its Cologne / Germany site.
UPM's plant in Lappeenranta / Finland has a capacity of around 130,000 t/y of bio-based fuels (Photo: UPM)Among UPMâ??s materials said to be suitable to make end-products such as food packaging, medical items and pipes, is â??Biovynâ?, which is claimed to be the worldâ??s first commercially available bio-attributed PVC.
No capacity details were provided for the new production, and Ineos also did not disclose a start date. Rob Ingram
, CEO of Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe North, stressed only that the project would support a more circular approach to its olefins and polymers production, and that the group would produce â??drop-in products that have a proven positive environmental impact whilst retaining the same high performance and quality standards expected by customers.â?
Ineos said the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
(RSB, Geneva / Switzerland; www.rsb.org
) has certified each step in the production chain, beginning with conversion of the wood-based residue (crude tall oil) into hydrocarbons and ending with the finished polymer. Commenting on the planned collaboration, Maiju Helin
, head of Sustainability and Market Development at UPM Biofuels, called it â??a great step forward in the bio-economy,â? adding that the future partnersâ?? common commitment to RSB â??creates a strong common ground to build on.â? The Finnish company said its feedstock originates from sustainably managed forests.
UPMâ??s second collaboration with a major chemical producer follows a supply deal inked last year with Dow
(Midland, Michigan / USA; www.dow.com
). Dow plans to manufacture bio-based polyethylene at its plant in Terneuzen / The Netherland â?? see Plasteurope.com of 02.10.2019
. Dow also did not name a planned capacity or start-up date.17.02.2020 Plasteurope.com [244520-0]