Carbios, a leading green chemistry firm, and Novozymes, a global leader in biological solutions, have recently announced an exclusive long-term global strategic partnership. This agreement ensures the long-term production and supply of Carbios' patented PET-degrading enzymes on a commercial scale for the first biological PET-recycling plant in the world, which is scheduled to begin production in 2025 in Longlaville, France, as well as Carbios' future licensee customers.
Since 2019, Carbios and Novozymes have partnered to produce enzyme-based solutions and address the sustainability challenge of plastic pollution on the environment, both in PET-recycling and PLA-biodegradation. Building on the present joint development agreement (JDA), under the new contract, the deal will see Carbios and Novozymes extend their collaborative efforts to develop, optimize, and produce enzymes that Novozymes will subsequently deliver to all licensees of Carbios' technology. In addition, the new agreement gives both parties exclusive rights in the partnership's field.
The strategic partnership assists the large-scale industrial deployment of Carbios' patented PET-recycling technology, beginning with its upcoming industrial reference unit in Longlaville, France, which will be the world's first biological PET-recycling plant. While the Building and operating permits have been filed with the local authorities, and construction will commence later this year. The plant's production is scheduled to begin in 2025, with a processing capacity of 50,000 tonnes of waste per year.
Established in 2011, Carbios
SA is a green chemistry firm focused on discovering and developing enzymatic bioprocesses applied to plastic and textile polymers. The company develops a new generation of entirely biodegradable plastics with a controllable lifespan, as well as a technique that allows for endless biorecycling of plastic waste (PET) and a new biological pathway for the manufacturing of competitive bio-sourced polymers. By using its unique approach of merging enzymes and polymers, it wants to address changing consumer expectations and the problems of a broad ecological shift by tackling a significant challenge of our time: plastic and textile pollution.