Emery Oleochemical completes biobased polyols centre

04 April 2016 21:21 Source:ICIS News

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Malaysia’s Emery Oleochemicals announced on Monday the completion of its new global centre for the company's polyols business, dedicated to providing the polyurethane and polyisocyanurate industry with biobased and recycled content polyol solutions.

The 7,500 square foot Technical Development Center (TDC) is located at Emery Oleochemicals’ Cincinnati manufacturing facility - where the company’s North America headquarters is also located.

"Our polyols lab housed in the TDC is specifically designed to develop and deliver high performance polyols, from raw materials to final application," Mark Kinkelaar, Global Business Director, Eco-Friendly Polyols said. "We work directly with our customers to develop the right product for their specific application; optimising performance, improving environmental properties while reducing time-to-market."

The new lab provides value-add services through its dedicated application testing and development facilities, in addition to a co-research infrastructure to provide differentiated solutions for other business platforms. 

The new lab capabilities include custom polyol development and scale-up of EMEROX (bio-based) and INFIGREEN (recycled content) polyols. 

The lab also includes formulation and applications testing for flexible foam, rigid foam and coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (C.A.S.E.) applications and full service analytical lab support for polyol development and analysis.

The group’s CEO, Ramesh Kana said in an interview with ICIS last year that he remains committed to his commodity business in the US. It still makes money because the market is isolated from overcapacity caused by the Indonesian expansions.  

“The US commodity business is very strong - it suffers from the tyranny of distance as you can’t take palm oil to the US,” Kana said.

In the Kana interview, he said in September 2015, at its US Cincinnati site, Emery would commission a $50m specialty polyols plant with capacity of 20,000-30,000 tonnes/year. 

Once this plant starts up, 40% of the existing production at that site will become captive, he said. He added that product accreditation takes around two years in automotive so he will sell to the packaging industry in the meantime which is not as high margin. 

By Leela Landress de Perez