22 April 2016

Emery Oleochemicals Opens Technical Development Center and strengthen innovation in sustainable, bio-based polyol solutions

Realization of this project underscores company's commitment to growing its product portfolio in sustainable, high-performance polyol solutions

Emery Oleochemicals, the world‘s leading natural–based chemicals producer and largest oleochemicals manufacturer in North America, has announced the completion of its new 7,500 square foot Technical Development Center (TDC). This center will also serve as the Global Center of Excellence for Emery Oleochemicals‘ Eco-Friendly Polyols business, dedicated to providing the polyurethane and polyisocyanurate industry with innovative bio-based and recycled content polyol solutions.

Currently focused on expanding its reach in the United States‘ bio-based polyols market, the TDC is located at Emery Oleochemicals‘ Cincinnati manufacturing facility – where the company‘s North America headquarters is also located. Realization of this project underscores Emery Oleochemicals‘ commitment to growing its product portfolio in sustainable, high-performance polyol solutions for a broad range of polyurethane applications marketed through its specialized Eco-Friendly Polyols business.

Mark Kinkelaar, Global Business Director, Eco–Friendly Polyols said of the opening, “Our polyols lab housed in the TDC is specifically designed to develop and deliver high performance polyols, from raw materials to final application. We work directly with our customers to develop the right product for their specific application; optimizing performance, improving environmental properties while reducing time–to–market. Backed by a strong team of in–house technical experts, the Eco–Friendly Polyols business is well–positioned to serve the industry’s needs for performance and sustainability.”

The new lab provides Emery Oleochemicals‘ Eco–Friendly Polyols customers with 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.

In addition, the TDC reinforces the company’s global strategy of becoming a key player in the natural-based specialty chemicals market, explains Douglas da Silva Rosa, Chief Technology Officer of Emery Oleochemicals. ”Our continued investments here in the US are integral to Emery Oleochemicals‘ broader research and innovation agenda, allowing us to build a portfolio of differentiated products in the marketplace and drive new growth opportunities. Creative solutions, such as the INFIGREEN® recycled content polyols, will be the cornerstone to the success of our innovation pipeline. By committing to growing our research and capabilities and in–house technical expertise enables us to be more agile in our operations; converting insights into innovative and sustainable products. ”

Emery Oleochemicals’ Eco–Friendly Polyols business will be exhibiting its range of renewable and recycled content polyol solutions for flexible foams, rigid foams, INFIGREEN® recycled content polyols and C.A.S.E. applications in Booth #520 at UTECH North America 2016 taking place on April 6th & 7th at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. The company’s Eco–Friendly Polyols technical experts will also be presenting white papers during the conference portion of UTECH: Day 1, April 6, Theatre 2, 4 pm – “Performance Comparisons of Renewable Resource Polyols in Flexible Slabstock Polyurethane Foam” and Day 2, April 7, Theatre 2, 11:30 am – “Novel High Bio-based Content Polyester Polyols for Rigid Pour–in-place and Spray Foam Applications.”

Source: Emery Oleochemicals, press release, 2016-04-01.

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