Epoxidised soybean oil gains as plasticizer in Latin America

20 May 2013 22:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO) is gaining market share over dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and other petrochemical-based plasticizers for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Argentina and other South American countries, an Argentinean producer said on Monday.

Argentina-based Princz is supplying ESBO to the domestic Argentine market as well as exporting it to 14 countries, including Turkey, the Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa, said the company’s sales supervisor, Marcelo Romero. He made his comments on the sidelines of the Feiplastic 2013 exhibition.

The soy-based product constitutes more than 50% of the PVC plasticizer markets in Brazil and Argentina, according to Romero.

However, ESBO plasticizers are formulated with a content of 10% DOP, dioctyl adipate (DOA) or similar, Romero said.

ESBO is made from soybean oil through the process of epoxidation.

Feiplastic continues through Friday.

By: Ron Coifman
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