November 15, 2013

Coca-Cola's PlantBottle in Ford Fusion

I am definitely excited to hear Coca-Cola's presentation next week at the Ecochem conference in Switzerland and maybe get an update on the sales of their PlantBottle™ as well as updates on JBF's bio-MEG project in Brazil. For those who are not familiar with PlantBottle™, it is a bio-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin currently made with sugarcane-based monoethylene glycol (around 30% by weight) and the rest with petroleum-based purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

Today, Coca-Cola announced that its PlantBottle™technology is being applied for the first time beyond PET packaging, and is now being used as part of the interior fabric of a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid research vehicle. Scientists and engineers at the two companies co-developed the first-ever fiber that can be woven into durable, automotive-grade PET fabric using the PlantBottle™material. The bio-based PET fabric is used for seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners.

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