The very large and important chemical industry is struggling to move towards sustainability, which in many cases especially means a shift to biomass based feedstock. For certain chemical products this shift is already possible, however at present there is no commercially available technology to produce biomass-based aromatics (benzene, toluene and xylenes, together also called BTX). Aromatics are indispensable building blocks for plastics such as PET and nylon, polyurethane, coatings and many more. Around 40% of the raw materials used in the chemicals industries are BTX. Yearly 100 million tons of aromatics are being produced. This volume is growing rapidly due to demand, especially in developing countries.
BioBTX B.V. was founded to develop efficient and effective technologies , for the production of biobased BTX (the molecules benzene, toluene and xylene, also called aromatics; high volume chemical building blocks normally made from petrochemicals) as well as bio-oil. In accomplishing this BioBTX will contribute considerably to making the chemical and plastics industry more sustainable.