Carbios partners Novozymes to advance PET bio-recycling

FRANCE – Carbios, and Novozymes are entering an exclusive long-term global strategic partnership to ensure the production and supply of Carbios’ proprietary PET-degrading enzymes at an industrial scale.

Under the partnership, the companies will build the world’s first biological PET-recycling plant due to start production in 2025 in Longlaville, France, as well as Carbios’ future licensee customers.

The two companies have had a partnership since 2019 to develop enzyme-based solutions and address the sustainability challenge of plastic pollution, both within PET recycling and PLA-biodegradation.

Building on the current Joint Development Agreement (JDA), under the new agreement, Carbios and Novozymes will extend their collaboration to develop, optimize and produce enzymes that will subsequently be supplied by Novozymes to all licensees of Carbios’ technology.

The new agreement grants both parties exclusivity in the field of the partnership.

Emmanuel Ladent, CEO at Carbios said: “We are delighted to expand our partnership with Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, and to build on our existing relationship to provide a sustainable supply solution for our future customers.

“Novozymes’ continued support is a testament to our commitment to achieve a truly circular economy for plastics and textiles that will benefit the environment and be economically viable for all business partners.”

Commenting on the deal, Hans Ole Klingenberg, vice president of marketing agricultural and industrial bio-solutions at Novozymes added: “We are excited to advance our collaboration with Carbios by signing this exclusive agreement and to support the next phase of scaling this new business of biological plastic recycling.

“By providing biological solutions at a large scale, Novozymes is pleased to contribute to bringing Carbios’ bio-recycling of PET-plastics and fibers to market.”

The new facility will have a processing capacity of 50,000 metric tonnes per year once operational.

Meanwhile, Carbios has developed an enzymatic biodegradation technology for PLA-based (a bio-sourced polymer) single-use plastics.

This technology can create a new generation of plastics fully compostable at ambient temperatures, even in domestic conditions, integrating enzymes at the heart of the plastic product.

In 2017, Carbios and L’Oréal co-founded a consortium to contribute to the industrialization of its proprietary recycling technology.

Committed to developing innovative solutions for sustainable development, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe joined this consortium in April 2019.

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