Okamura, in collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, launched the company’s first office furniture coated with a biobased powder coating made with Susterra® l,3-propanediol. Susterra® propanediol is a biobased ingredient used in a high-performing powder coating that has a biomass mark from the Japan Organic Recycling Association (JORA).
Susterra® is certified 100 percent biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it attractive for companies seeking to add renewable content to their products. A peer reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) demonstrates that the production of biobased propanediol offers significant environmental benefits including up to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and 40 percent less non-renewable energy used in production vs. petroleum-based glycols.
“Susterra® is an alternative glycol that offers both high performance and sustainability in coating applications,” said Lirys Crawford, market development manager, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “We are proud to work with Okamura, which is leading the industry by offering attractive office furniture that also has a reduced environmental footprint.”
“As a manufacturer, Okamura believes that making efforts to reduce our environmental impact is an extremely important business challenge,” said Mr. Nakamura, president of Okamura. “We are excited to partner with DuPont Tate & Lyle to introduce renewable and more sustainable content to customers seeking high-quality office furniture.”
Okamura has greatly benefited from diversification into new areas and markets since it was founded in 1945. By growing in this way Okamura has accumulated considerable manufacturing know-how which has given it a competitive advantage. Okamura’s vision for the offices of the future is of spaces which consistently promote a high level of creativity and intellectual involvement. Active Offices® are attractive environments which have been designed to act as the strategic hub for intellectually creative work within an office.
About DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont, a global science company, and Tate & Lyle, a world-leading renewable food and industrial ingredients company. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products provides natural and renewably sourced ingredients that enhance product performance.