“This collaboration also illustrates Michelin’s growing interest in “green chemistry”, in line with our sustainable development strategy and our vision of tomorrow’s mobility.”
Swiss speciality chemicals company AVA Biochem has entered into a joint development agreement with tyre specialist Michelin Group in order to develop its bio-based platform chemical which can be used in a variety of materials.
Essentially, platform chemicals are building blocks which can be converted not just into a wide range of materials, but a wide range of chemicals as well.
The AVA Biochem (@AVALON_Ind) and Michelin (@Michelin)collaboration also looks to establish the world’s first commercial-scale production plant of 100% bio-based molecule 5-HMF, and to ultimately bring novel product applications onto the market based on this versatile chemical.
AVA Biochem said that it has developed, patented and piloted a fully water-based process for the conversion of industrial sugars into 5-HMF.
According to the company, this platform chemical is ideally positioned to replace petroleum-sourced chemicals in various mass-market applications like biopolymers (such as yarns, films, bottles and other packaging) as well as resins and adhesives where 5-HMF replaces highly toxic formaldehyde.
These applications are all targeted to improve the performance, economics, sustainability (low-carbon footprint) and safety (non-toxicity) of a variety of both consumer goods and industrial products.
“We are proud to be working together with one of the most innovative players in their industry. The collaboration with Michelin represents a powerful opportunity to develop eco-friendly industrial product,” said Peter Achermann, Chairman and Co-founder of AVA Biochem.
He added: “It is an important step forward in AVA Biochem’s ambition to become a preferred partner and key provider of sustainable chemicals solutions and worldwide licenses to industrial and consumer goods groups.”
Christophe Rahier, Senior Vice President for Strategy and New Businesses of High Tech Materials at Michelin, said: “This collaboration demonstrates the ability of AVA Biochem to master their new process. We will contribute to its know-how in the industrialisation and evaluation of the performance of these products in different applications. This collaboration also illustrates Michelin’s growing interest in “green chemistry”, in line with our sustainable development strategy and our vision of tomorrow’s mobility.”
This is the latest in a long line of sustainability partnership projects that Michelin has committed to of late.
Last October, the tyre giant announced that it was leading a project which was aiming to create a new adhesive resin without any ‘substances of very high concern’ (SVHC) classified compounds.
As well as tyre specialist Michelin, the project called BioImpulse brings together major public and private players, including technological institute FCBA, agricultural research institute INRA and engineering institute INSA, as well as Lesaffre through its Leaf (fermentation specialist) business unit. The BioImpulse project is supported by ADEME under France’s Future Investment Programme.