In Amsterdam, consumer products giant Henkel has agreed to purchase unspecified amounts of biobased furandicarboxylic acid from Avantium. Henkel plans to use the FDCA to produce polyurethane adhesives for electronics applications.
The five-year offtake agreement will begin in 2024, when Avantium’s first commercial FDCA plant at Delfzijl, the Netherlands begins operations.
Henkel and Avantium have been partners since 2019, when Henkel joined the PEFerence consortium. Coordinated by Avantium, PEFerence aims to establish a supply chain for FDCA and polyethylene furanoate, an alternative for common packaging material polyethylene terephthalate packaging material.
“Henkel is constantly innovating high-quality and sustainable adhesives to support our customers and ecosystem partners in their implementation of a circular economy,” Adrian Brandt, Head of Bio-Renewable materials team at Henkel Adhesive Technologies, says in a press statement. “For us, this is just the start as we see high potential for FDCA in application areas beyond electronics, such as packaging, wood construction or textile lamination.”