St Louis, Missouri - The United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff said in a 26 Jan announcement that a total of 28 new soya-based products became reality in 2008, thanks in part to USB funding.
"The US soybean checkoff looks for industry partners to grow demand for our product by partnering with them to research and create new soya technologies," said Todd Allen, chairman of new uses at USB and a soyabean farmer from West Memphis, Arkansas. "We evaluate all of the projects brought to us to see if they have the potential to expand utilisation of US grown soyabeans," he added, in the USB statement.
Twenty-six new products were introduced in 2007 and many continue to see success -- such as the soya foam used in seats for the Ford Mustang.
Ford has since licensed this technology to John Deere, and soya foam has also been used in the Ford Expedition, F-150, Escape and Focus, as well as the Mercury Mariner, Lincoln Navigator and Mazda Tribute.
"The use of soya foam has migrated to many of our platforms quickly - we currently have soya-based seat cushions and backs used on over 1 million vehicles annually," said Dr Debbie Mielewski, technical leader of Ford's Plastics Group, adding that Ford plans to increase uses for soya within and outside the automotive industry.
New soya-based foam and resin introduced to the market this year as a result of checkoff support include:
• Soy foam - An auto headliner containing soya-based foam from Johnson Controls;
• Renuva - Polyols used by Timberland as a shoe sole material in its Mion athletic footwear and also used to make viscoelastic foam mattresses from Dow Chemical;
• BioFoam -- Soya-based polyurethane foam developed by the Woodbridge Group used by Ford Motor Co. for the 2009 Escape SUV model and Chrysler in select models;
• BioFlex - Hybrid foam for furniture and bedding from Cargill BiOH polyols for Flexible Foam Products Inc.
• SoyFoam - Utilises soya polyols from Urethane Soy Systems Company in seating foams for Ford from Lear Corp.
•Various soya-based resins for use in transport, industrial machinery and marine markets from Ashland Inc.
USB also lists many other uses in coatings, printing inks and adhesives.
For a complete list see www.unitedsoybean.org