Neste has entered into a partnership with beverage manufacturer Suntory, petrochemicals player ENEOS and and trading house Mitsubishi Corporation to enable the production of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin made with renewable Neste RE™ on a commercial scale. Neste RE is Neste’s feedstock for polymers production, made 100% from bio-based raw materials such as waste and residues, e.g. used cooking oil, to replace fossil feedstock in the value chain. Japanese beverage company Suntory will utilize the renewable PET resin to produce bottles for its products in 2024.
A new partner for Neste in Japan, ENEOS will use bio-intermediates based on Neste RE to produce bio-PX (bio-paraxylene) at its Mizushima Refinery in Okayama, Japan. The bio-PX will then be converted to PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) and subsequently to PET resin for Suntory to use to manufacture their PET bottles. Mitsubishi Corporation will be coordinating the collaboration between the value chain partners.
A mass balancing approach will be applied to allocate the bio-based materials to the PET bottles.