Fort Wayne, Indiana -- InfiChem Polymers llc (ICP) is claiming to be the first company in North America to use a process that converts polyurethane scrap foam into "new green polyol for polyurethanes," a 7 June company statement said.
Formed by the management of Indiana-based North River Capital llc in February 2009, ICP has trademarked the polyols -- Infigreen Polyols. ICP completed construction of its first production facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in the same year, the statement said.
ICP says its technology is based on a glycolysis process, "which chemically depolymerises polyurethane into liquid initiators," to produce Infigreen Polyols.
Infigreen Polyols, which contain 60 percent recycled content, can be used in applications including spray foam, flexible foam, elastomers, and other PU applications, ICP said, adding that, as such, they are "the first commercially available polyols of this kind," the company claimed.
According to the statement, the process was developed by the founders of ICP, and initial research was funded in part through the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), The Vehicle Recycle Partnership (VRP) of the US Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), and the Automotive Group of the American Chemistry Council - Plastics Division (ACC-PD). (RD)