Geno and Aquafil begin pre-commercial production for plant-based nylon-6
Sustainability leader Genomatica (Geno) alongside longtime collaborator Aquafil successfully completed the first demonstration scale production runs for plant-based nylon-6. The material is intended to reshape the $22B nylon industry, enabling brands to meet demand from consumers for sustainable everyday materials from apparel to automotive parts to carpets. Geno and Aquafil have produced the first several tons of plant-based nylon-6 building block caprolactam, have conved it to nylon-6 polymer and are now in the process of transforming it for evaluation in nylon applications - such as yarns for textile and carpet and engineering plastics as part of pre-commercial quantities from demonstration production taking place in Europe. The companies have been collaborating to first produce pilot-scale quantities of plant-based nylon-6 and have now advanced to produce pre-commercial quantities at demonstration scale which will help determine the final design of future commercial plants. The material will go to leading global brands and their value chain partners who are eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers.