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Toray Produces Renewable PET Fiber

6:05 AM MST | December 9, 2011 | —REBECCA COONS

Toray Industries says it has produced laboratory-scale samples of 100% biobased polyethylene terepthalate (PET) fibers. The company, which says it is the first to reach this milestone, used para -xylene produced from isobutanol by Gevo (Englewood, CO), and commercially available monoethylene glycol (MEG). The development follows Toray’s June announcement that it had produced 100% renewable PET resin, also using p -xylene produced by Gevo. Under the terms of an earlier supply contract, Gevo will supply unspecified volumes of biobased p -xylene to Toray in 2012...

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