PEF has better barrier, thermal and strength properties than PET. It is also 100% recyclable due to being made from biomass. Not only are bottles made from PEF superior to bottles made from PET, PEF made from Treemera FDCA is price competitive with PET. The improved barrier properties allow for plastic bottles to be used for more than just water as well. PEF bottles would be able to replace both aluminium cans and glass bottles at a fraction of the cost.
Although PEF will initially be used to replace PET in the beverage packaging industry, it has valuable future applications in PEF films. Due to the increased barrier properties, PEF films will have applications in flexible food packaging.
PEF can also be used in apparels, carpets, home furnishing, disposable commodities, fabrics, diapers, filters and industrial fibers.
PEF will be the main initial use of FDCA in the market but there is potential for completely new markets that were once prohibited by cost. One of the expected bigger potential applications include polyamides. Polyamides include things like nylons and engineered plastics.