Haubourdin, France - Cargill, which provides food, agricultural, and risk-management products and services, has opened a new sales office in Europe to serve its growing European customer base, the company announced 29 Sept.
According to Cargill, the new office will manage ordering, customer clearance and delivery logistics for the company's BiOH line of soya-based polyols used in the manufacture of flexible foam for the furniture, bedding and automotive industries.
"The new office provides local contacts to more effectively serve the needs of our European customers," said Yusuf Wazirzada, business unit leader of Cargill Biobased Polyurethanes. "As a result, customers can look forward to faster greater responses and greater security of supply for BiOH polyols. Call it a down payment on our stated commitment to build infrastructure in Europe as our businesses expand in the region."
This announcement comes as Cargill pushes up manufacturing capacity of industrial polyols by opening a $22-million plant in Chicago. The new facility, expected to be fully operational in November, is the world's first "world-scale biobased polyols plant," the company said.
Biobased polyols are used to help manufacturers reduce their environmental footprint and, according to Cargill, produce 36 percent less global warming emissions, a 61- percent reduction in non-renewable energy use, and a 23-percent reduction in total energy demand.