SuikerUnie is a major sugar producer in Europe and part of the Royal Cosun group. Suiker Unie is looking at opportunities to use sucrose as feedstock to produce bio-based materials. Plastics are important for the modern day life and majority of plastics are produced from fossil resources. High performance bio-plastics will help to reduce to use of fossil resources and hence improve sustainability. With this background Suiker Unie is looking for efficient conversion processes to produce bio-polymers from sucrose.
It is desired that such conversion process is competitive with traditional routes (using crude oil) for producing polymers. Also additional benefits of using sucrose from European sugar beet as compared to glucose from starch will be a great advantage.