26 September 2012 16:01 [Source: ICIS news]
ATLANTA, Georgia (ICIS)--US-based polyols producer Oxid now carries aromatic polyester polyols that are made with bio-based feedstock, the company said on Wednesday.
Bio-based content can range from 5-30% for applications in flexible and rigid polyurethane (PU), Oxid said on the sidelines of the Polyurethanes 2012 Technical Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oxid said it is not having any issues with odour or colouring, a problem reported in many bio-content products.
The bio-based polyols are produced from soy or corn oil, but raw materials could also include other non-food sources such as castor oils, according to the company.
Price fluctuations of the oils remain a concern in the production of bio-polyols.
In the past during times of significant production of bio-diesel, the prices of natural oils saw significant increases.
Also, the recent droughts in the US midwest may reduce corn and soybean production, which, in turn, would increase prices for the oils.
Despite the pressure on prices, consumer interest in bio-based polyols has been rising.
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