DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) on Monday announced the opening of the world’s first biobased “furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME)” pilot production plant in Decatur, Illinois.
FDME is a molecule derived from fructose rather than fossil fuels that’s used to produce plastics. DuPont built the plant to provide a commercial alternative to oil-based plastics, which are used in everything from supermarket bags to electronic equipment.
One FDME-based polymer developed by DuPont is polytrimethylene furandicarboxyate (PTF), which can be used for lighter, more sustainable plastic bottles. DuPont cited research showing that PTF has up to 10-15 times better CO2 barrier performance.