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26. September 2007

Cargill’s BiOH polyols business opens manufacturing site Brazil

Cargill’s BiOH polyols business has added a manufacturing capability in Brazil.

The according to the company announcement first commercially successful soy-based polyols for use in PU cushioning are now being made at one of Cargill’s existing vegetable oil processing sites in Sao Paulo state.

Derived from natural vegetable oils such as soybean oil, BiOH polyols support flexible PU manufacturers in reducing their environmental footprint and marketing their choice to downstream customers. Manufacturers are currently applying it to make flexible foam for bedding, furniture and automotive uses.

A preliminary life cycle analysis cited by the company indicates that replacement of petroleum-based polyols with BiOH polyols results in 36 percent less global warming emissions, a 61-percent reduction in non-renewable energy use, and a 23-percent reduction in the total energy demand. For every 450 mt of BiOH polyol produced to replace petroleum- based polyols, about 2,200 barrels of crude oil are saved.

Cargill’s BiOH polyols technology won the 2007 President’s Green Chemistry Challenge Award, given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Chemical Society. The Society of Plastic’s Engineers named BiOH Polyols best Emerging Technology at its 2007 Environmental Stewardship Awards. Last year, BiOH polyols captured the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry’s 2006 Technology Innovation Award.

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