Food and beverage manufacturing

Neste to enable PET bottles produced with bio-based materials with Suntory, ENEOS and Mitsubishi Corporation

Neste has entered a cooperation with Suntory, ENEOS and Mitsubishi Corporation to enable the production of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin made with renewable Neste RE™ on a commercial scale.

Neste RE is Neste’s feedstock for polymers production and is made from 100 per cent bio-based raw materials such as waste and residues.

The waste can include used cooking oil, to replace fossil feedstock in the value chain. Japanese beverage company Suntory will utilise the renewable PET resin to produce bottles for its products in 2024.

A new partner for Neste in Japan, ENEOS will use bio-intermediates based on Neste RE to produce bio-PX (Bio-Paraxylene) at its Mizushima Refinery in Okayama, Japan.

The bio-PX will then be converted to PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) and subsequently to PET resin for Suntory to use to manufacture their PET bottles. Mitsubishi Corporation will be coordinating the collaboration between the value chain partners.

Lilyana Budyanto, Head of Sustainable Partnerships APAC at Neste Renewable Polymers and Chemicals business unit spoke about why this development was so important.

“In order to tackle the imminent climate crisis and its consequences, companies are required to take responsibility now,” she said.

“Through partnering along the value chain, Neste can contribute to reducing the polymers and chemicals industry’s dependence on fossil resources as well as to manufacturing of products that have a lower carbon footprint,” Budyanto said.

A mass balancing approach will be applied to allocate the bio-based materials to the PET bottles.

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