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Selenis signs offtake deal for organic feedstock / Wood-based material to be basis of PETG

Selenis signs offtake deal for organic feedstock / Wood-based material to be basis of PETGUPM Biochemicals (Helsinki; and US speciality polyster resin maker Selenis (Fayetteville, North Carolina;, have announced a partnership to produce sustainable polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) resin the pair expects will accelerate the introduction of renewable, sustainable forest-sourced materials into plastic applications.
The source for the feedstock (Photo: PantherMedia/ChiPhoto)
PETG, a highly transparent, FDA-approved material, is used in applications such as packaging for cosmetics and personal care, heat shrink sleeves, and bulk dispensers.
UPM plans to supply Selenis with its BioPura sustainable bio mono-ethylene glycol to make partial BioPETG. The UPM feedstock is made from sustainably sourced, certified hardwood obtained from forests in Germanyâ??s Leuna region, where the company said it is building the worldâ??s first industrial scale bio-refinery to convert woody biomass into next-generation biochemicals.
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The PETG is expected to allow converters and brand owners to customise products to cut their carbon footprint through the addition of bio and recycled content, with no performance trade-offs. Moreover, Selenis said it is investing in self-generated solar energy that will provide fully green energy for polymer production.08.06.2023 [252880-0]

Publication date: 08/06/2023



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870292.