ADM offers bio-isosorbide as BPA alternative

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced today it has begun offering its corn-based isosorbide to the market as potential alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastics and other chemical applications.

ADM said it is the first North American company to offer renewable isosorbide on a commercial scale. Isosorbides can be used in polyesters for inks, toners, powder coatings, packaging and durable goods; polyurethanes for foams and coatings; polycarbonates for durable goods and optical media; epoxy resins for paints; and detergents, surfactants and additives for personal care and consumer products.

“With increased interest in environmental improvement, we see growing opportunity to expand our portfolio of renewable industrial products,” said said Robert Broomham, business director, ADM Industrial Chemicals. “ADM’s research and development expertise and our access to agricultural feedstocks enable us to develop innovative ingredients that can serve as replacements for traditional chemicals.”

The company currently offers isosorbide in both a technical grade (97% pure) and a polymer grade (99% pure) under their Evolution Chemicals line of biobased industrial ingredients portfolio. As far as I know, their isosorbide facility in (??–still have to check this) is still at pilot stage with capacity undisclosed.

Aside from isosorbide, other bio-based chemicals in this portfolio include glycerin-based propylene glycol (which has not been offered for commercial marketing yet), glycerin, industrial ethanol and ethylene glycol.

During ADM’s recent earnings update, the company said it is working through startup issues at its propylene glycol plant in Decatur, Illinois, and that it should be fully operational by the end of the year.

One Response to ADM offers bio-isosorbide as BPA alternative

  1. Ann 2 December, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Isn’t it amazing? Bisphenol-A has been allowed to infiltrate our bodies and the environment for so long and no one seemed to care, although surely its mfg. knew for a long time the extensive ramifications of its widespread use. It’s only shortly after the public becomes aware of the harmful affects of the compound and there was a massive outcry that a substitute is found. Amazing! We can’t say much, though, about the mfg’s of BPA having too much interest in the consumers’ well-being in mind, without being pressured to do so.

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