Ford, Coca-Cola teaming up to use Gevo's PlantBottle technology


Gevo's (GEVO +10.1%) strong gains are sparked by news that Ford (F) and Coca-Cola (KO) plan to turn bottles into car parts using Gevo's PlantBottle technology, which is made up of 30% plant-based materials.

Ford's Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle will use PlantBottle interior fabric surfaces covering seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners; the research vehicle marks the first time PlantBottle technology is applied beyond packaging.

PlantBottle essentially uses ethanol derived from sugar cane to create a modified PET which replaces regular petroleum-based PET.

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  • BAHAMAS1
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    KO innovating again !
    15 Nov 2013, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • Jbgoose
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    Integrated Bio-Plastics is a huge market opportunity I've been waiting to catch press for a decade. The demand once the technology is glued down is massive. (Remember dipping a twig in tree sap, throwing it in a pond and watching the chemical reaction self propel it a while .... I was a curiously strange kid) These headlines are anticipated by many well intentioned investors and socially responsible funds. All the big players and numerous start ups are ready. This impacts every industry from packaging as mentioned- cardboard tubing, about all juice and drink boxes, canning, plates/utensils, frozen foods; to the transports including airlines, autos, most children products, furniture, even vitamin manufacturing. If they do have this technology right for autos where temps run extreme one would assume good things to follow elsewhere, this ticker is one to research.
    15 Nov 2013, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • rwbrown.bvf@gmail.com
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    Remember that Henry Ford designed the Model T to run on grain-based ethanol. At the time, gasoline was a waste product from the production of kerosene (lamp oil), and therefore much cheaper than ethanol (without U.S. ethanol subsides, gasoline is still cheaper per calorie). Mr Ford also made car body parts out of soybean oil derived plastic, and demonstrated their toughness by slamming a sledgehammer into a trunklid. Without cheap gasoline, electric cars would have dominated the market. Look up Jay Leno's Garage online to see some early electric cars in action.
    It's amazing how much has to be re-learned!
    15 Nov 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • NOKfan
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    That's great news for GEVO!
    15 Nov 2013, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • Jake. lenihan@gmail.com
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    Gotta make a correction on bullet point #3

     

    This new bioplastic product is synthesized from Gevo's renewable butanol, not ethanol. Butanol and ethanol are two different chemical compounds. Bio-butanol production is a new technology and is the foundation of Gevo's business.

     

    And because Gevo produces butanol in the good ol' US of A, it is derived from corn, not sugar cane.

     

    But you are correct in that this new renewable product will serve as an alternative source to what has traditionally been derived from petroleum.
    15 Nov 2013, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • MordyNYC
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    GO $GEVO!
    15 Nov 2013, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • Fazi
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    I'v bought 10 000 shares yesterday!!!!
    16 Nov 2013, 09:32 AM Reply Like
  • Fazi
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    After hearing the news rushed & bought 10 000 shares!!!!!!!
    16 Nov 2013, 09:42 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Faz - you bought 10,000 shares of Ford for $170,000 and change because they are starting to use old recycled 2L Coke bottles in the seating fabric?

     

    Wow.

     

    The good news is there is an average 3-6 month target of $19-ish and a 1-year target of $21 (maybe even up to $24) so you should see nearly a 25% gain in a year, perhaps even as much as 40%, depending on how investors react to the ongoing news and economic environment and such.
    16 Nov 2013, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • MordyNYC
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    Good for you wish I could leverage that much.
    I see this being a patriotic dividend stock one day.
    16 Nov 2013, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • BAHAMAS1
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    Tdot
    I believe Fazi meant she bought the $1 stock GEVO .
    Good move up 26% Fri.alone.
    16 Nov 2013, 05:54 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Oh well that's cool.
    16 Nov 2013, 06:25 PM Reply Like
  • vreteno
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    If that's all true, why GEVO is dropping again...? Any thoughts???
    18 Nov 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Some Traders saw an unsupported peak, and are selling to take profits before a possible avalanche takes hold? The first ones to sell at a peak or early in the downhill roll make the most money.

     

    http://yhoo.it/1jgMleM
    18 Nov 2013, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • Jbgoose
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    Well, lets remember GEVO is not at all the only firm in this space. Amazon even has a 'bio - plastics' and other industrial supply market. In fact, it is a very unknown or uncovered aspect about $AMZN, the many business services offered - you can even call a human and they will take the time to help find about anything at a decent price with a smile.

     

    Profit taking (should) be natural after such a parabolic move, then add in the extra spring loaded dry powder for any 'new' industrial production norms. I call these events part of our now strongly rooted 'Industrial Ecolution' ; firms (guided by profits and various regulations) continue changing the old industrial complex profit centers within for players big and small. It simply always has needed to occur in a way where money is saved, made; jobs are saved or created; and there happens to be more societal benefit than not. It's a good industrial niche to follow closely as it ties together so many different firms and global rules.
    18 Nov 2013, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • arthurrt
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    No one doubts that Gevo can sell its plant-based paraxylene. The real question right now is whether they can make it. In that context this announcement from Ford shouldn't affect share price since they've had customers lining up for years; Sasol commited to buy the output from their first two plants before the first one was even built.

     

    Unfortunately contamination in their process might sink the whole company. Production is the thing to watch, and share prices wont make a sustainable move up until that question is settled.
    26 Nov 2013, 10:22 PM Reply Like
  • Jbgoose
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    Interesting... To a non chemist, what do you mean by contamination?
    I've been looking into this business model a while, from the financial side, and at one point had began a start up conceptual 'Eco' firm but was way early in the game. All is playing out as thought and will continue. It seems to me that the big players, Siemens, GE, Honeywell, Dow, DuPont et al will continue to drive the market?
    1 Dec 2013, 12:00 PM Reply Like
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