French green chemistry company Carbios has signed a contract with TechnipFMC to advance its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) enzymatic recycling process.

With an aim to advance the Carbios PET enzymatic recycling process from laboratory to pilot scale, this partnership will enable the production of pure PET from plastic waste.

The contract also includes assistance to Carbios to enhance its new process, which is useful in the recycling of PET plastics, such as bottles, films and packaging, to ensure industrial competitiveness.

Carbios general manager Jean-Claude Lumaret said: “We are glad to initiate with TechnipFMC this stage of industrial engineering for our technology.

“This agreement is another step in the transition of our PET biorecycling process from the status of disruptive innovation to a leading industrial technology.”

The company claimed that the process enables to overcome all constraints under conventional recycling processes and treat all kind of plastics containing PET to procure high-performance PET directly from plastic waste.

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TechnipFMC Lyon Operating Centre general manager Alain François said: “We are delighted to work with Carbios on this enzymatic recycling process that represents a true revolution in the world of PET.

"We are delighted to work with Carbios on this enzymatic recycling process that represents a true revolution in the world of PET."

“We have gained a solid experience in process engineering and we are very enthusiastic at the idea to assist Carbios in shaping the industrialisation of this innovation.

“It’s a premiere in the world of green chemistry to which we can bring our expertise and know-how in the fields of process industrialisation, engineering and project management.”

The global PET market is currently growing by 4% to 5% annually, with nearly 64 million tonnes of PET produced each year.

In ten years, the annual production of this market is expected to reach 100 million tonnes.

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