Avantium is a leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced catalytic research, with groundbreaking innovation as our primary goal. It is our mission to make customers successful by providing smart and fast solutions, based on our unique technology, knowledge and expertise.

Company activities

Research & Development
Avantiumís business unit Catalysis offers solutions ranging from sophisticated R&D systems and services to fully integrated long-term collaborative partnerships. Using its proprietary catalyst development technology, Avantium is capable of accomplishing innovations with superior success rate and speed. Over the last 15 years Avantium (co)invented multiple new catalysts, new chemical processes and realized significant cost savings allowing the customers in the refinery and chemical industries to achieve their business objectives much faster than previously possible.

Towards a biobased future with YXY
Building on its advanced catalyst research technology and industry experience, Avantium develops and commercializes YXY - the brand name for its cost competitive technology platform to catalytically convert plant based materials into biobased chemicals and bioplastics like PEF. PEF is a novel 100% biobased polyester with enhanced barrier, thermal and mechanical properties over existing packaging materials. These properties enable new packaging innovations to make lighter, thinner, smaller and stronger bottles, to extend product shelf life and to provide supply chain benefits. Combined with the 50-70% reduction in carbon footprint (compared to petroleum based PET), PEF fulfils key criteria to become the next generation biobased plastic for bottles, film and fibers.

Groundbreaking technologies
Next to our R&D projects for our customers and YXY, our business unit New Chemistries develops new technologies. Our experience and expertise in the catalytic area give us the opportunity to come up with unique ideas and solutions. We have the capabilities to develop many other breakthrough technologies, next to YXY, that enables other companies to make chemicals, fuels, plastics from renewable resources. In this way we try to make a change in climate change, environment and sustainability.

Company strategy

Avantium's strategy is to bring its development programs to commercial scale and exploit the value of its patented technologies by securing partnerships. Current partnerships for YXY have been signed with The Coca-Cola Company, Danone and ALPLA, demonstrating the potential of its new generation of renewable materials, such as PEF. Avantium is backed by an international group of investors, including Sofinnova Partners, Capricorn Cleantech, Aescap, ING Corporate Investments, Navitas Capital, Aster Capital, De Hoge Dennen Capital and Swire Pacific.


Avantium constructed an YXY pilot plant for further development of PEF at the Chemelot Campus in Geleen, The Netherlands, which is operational since 2011. The ambition is to build and operate an Avantium commercial plant. The company's headquarters and laboratories are located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Avantium has been listed for the fifth year in a row in the prestigious Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, a leading global cleantech research firm and also been selected as European Cleantech Company of the Decade.

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