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Avantium Renewable Polymers Partners with R&F Chemical To Market PEF in South Korea

This partnership is a further validation of Avantium’s strategy to focus on high-value applications for PEF (polyethylene furanoate) for its 5 kilotons Flagship Plant with a planned opening in 2023, announced on the Technology & Markets Day of Avantium in June 2019.

With the today announced partnership of R&F Chemical with Avantium Renewable Polymers, Avantium has expanded its relationship with R&F Chemical into the area of PEF, a 100% plant-based and fully recyclable performance polymer based on Avantium’s proprietary YXY plants-to-plastics technology.

The Catalysis business unit of Avantium already joined forces with R&F Chemical in 2018 to boost its Catalysis business in South Korea.

R&F Chemical brings a long-standing and excellent network in polymers and chemicals in South Korea, which has a highly-advanced performance materials and chemical sector.

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Through R&F Chemical, Avantium Renewable Polymers expects to enter this market for high-value applications such as electronics and smart packaging.

Marcel Lubben, Managing Director of Avantium Renewable Polymers, comments:

Avantium Renewable Polymers sees fast-growing interest for PEF in high-value markets across the globe. R&F Chemical is highly respected as a leader in the development and marketing of high-performance sustainable plastics. The South Korean industry is deeply committed to innovation. We are therefore very pleased to enter into a partnership with R&F Chemical who brings us access to important market players in South Korea.”

Peter Park, CEO of R&F Chemical, adds:

“We are honoured to work together with Avantium to make Avantium’s PEF available to high-value performance products in South Korea. PEF has the capacity to significantly improve the performance and sustainability of our customers’ end products.”

About R&F Chemicals

R&F is a platform company in the chemical industry that develops and supplies products that customers want with differentiated technology and enthusiasm.

From functional resin to composite film, R&F explores the needs of a variety of customers and creates new values based on R&F’s chemical and polymer expertise and experience. Beyond R&D, R&F operates in a C&D way that ‘C’onnects with the customers to ‘D’evelop the technology.

In other words, R&F identifies the customer trend, and solves the problem through a technical meeting with the customers. Website


Avantium partners with R&F Chemical to market PEF Korea


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