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The Bio Hub programme has enabled the development and production of new chemicals using renewable agriculture materials, such as cereals which are a sustainable substitute for well-known fossil-based chemicals. The new bio-based forms of polyester have many possible end-user applications, including packaging. The programme was undertaken by international French biorefining group, Roquette, a global leader in the processing of plant-based raw materials, and subsidised by BPI France, the French agency for industrial innovation.

Vincent Le Guen, Sidel's Vice President for Packaging, says: "Our understanding of bio-based polymers through our participation in this open innovation programme brings great value to Sidel's PET packaging expertise in Octeville, France. The close relationships we have with our partners throughout the PET value chain, and also across other industries, are really valuable to Sidel."

The successful completion of the Bio Hub Project - and Sidel's integral role within it - could lead to the production of new bio-based forms of polyester demonstrating excellent transparency and UV resistance and a good resistance to high temperatures. Brands like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Danone and Nestlé, are looking into the possibility of bottles made from fully renewable resources and are said to be already assessing the most promising options to incorporate these next-generation materials into their production lines.

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