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Avantium and Kvadrat sign PEF offtake agreement

Avantium and Kvadrat sign PEF offtake agreement
Kvadrat has set a goal to reach net zero by 2040, and the company's strategy follows the Greenhouse Gas Protocol´s emission accounting standards and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) target-setting system toward eliminating carbon emissions from all own operations and across the value chain, including purchased goods and services, upstream transportation, and business travel (photo courtesy Kvadrat).

The Netherlands-headed renewable chemistry developer Avantium N.V. has announced that it has signed an offtake agreement with Denmark-headed Kvadrat A/S, a leader in design innovation, producing quality contemporary textiles and textile-related products for architects, designers, and private consumers across the world.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Kvadrat will purchase the 100 percent plant-based and fully recyclable polymer polyethylene furanoate (PEF) from Avantium’s furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) Flagship Plant, currently under construction in Delfzijl, the Netherlands) and with commercial production set to start in 2024.

The offtake agreement gives Kvadrat the advantage of being the first mover in creating PEF-based textiles for both commercial and residential interiors.

We are delighted that Kvadrat has evaluated PEF as a sustainable solution for its high-quality and innovative indoor textile design fabrics. This collaboration highlights the further potential of PEF across different application areas, including textiles, enabling the commercial launch of PEF and introducing it to everyday life, said Tom van Aken, CEO at Avantium.

Last June 2022, Kvadrat, committed to taking a leading role toward a fossil-free future in the textile industry, joined the PEF Textile Community to explore the possibilities of the use of PEF yarns in high-quality textiles.

Since then, the company has done several successful trials with PEF yarns. Following this, Kvadrat and Avantium signed an offtake agreement to further develop sustainable and high-performance PEF-based textiles.

As part of our sustainability strategy ‘Regenerate Together through Transparency’, Kvadrat is focused on the use of renewable materials as a basis for all of our products. Our ambition is to lead the sustainability agenda in the textile industry and the offtake agreement with Avantium to further develop PEF for interior textiles exemplifies this ambition, commented Anders Byriel, CEO at Kvadrat.

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