Renewable 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural First Industrial Production for Renewable 5-HMF in Operating State

Editor: Tobias Hüser

The first industrial production facility for renewable 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) has started its production at the Biochem-1 facility of AVA Biochem in Muttenz, Switzerland. In a first phase, Biochem-1 will produce up to 20 t/a 5-HMF from renewable feedstock.

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5-HMF is made from renewable feedstock in this production facility.
5-HMF is made from renewable feedstock in this production facility.
(Picture: Ava Biochem)

Muttenz/Switzerland – AVA Biochem offers a sustainable new material for a wide range of applications and sectors, from chemicals and plastics to food and pharmaceuticals. The production process for 5-HMF is based on a modified version of the hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC) process. Various levels of purity – up to 99,9 % – are avaiable. Commercial-scale quantities are now avaiable for delivery.

In 2010, 5-HMF was identified as one of the top 10 most valuable platform chemicals by the United States Department of Energy. It is intensively being used in the research and development of new materials and products such as for polymers, resins and additives.


On announcing the start of commercial-scale production, AVA Biochem´s CEO Jan Vyskocil said: „AVA Biochem´s breakthrough HTC technology is opening new markets for renewable 5-HMF. I am convinced that this will push us to the forefront of the bio-based chemical industry.“