Cincinnati, Ohio -- Bio-polyol producer Emery Oleochemicals’ new bio-polyol plant has reached mechanical completion, the company has announced.
The $50m (EUR41.9) investment aims to strengthen the company’s position as a supplier to the automotive, furniture and bedding and major appliances industries. The site is the world’s first commercial plant offering both renewable and recyclable polyols for polyurethanes, according to the company.
The site will utilise Emery Oleochemicals’ proprietary ozonolysis technology and integrate its Infigreen technology - aromatic polyether/ester polyols with scrap polyurethane foam as the key raw material, as previously reported at UTECH-polyurethane.com.
Jay Taylor, senior vp, chief manufacturing officer and regional md, North America said: "Once the commercial operation of the first phase begins, the bio-polyol plant will demonstrate unique capabilities of renewable-based polyols that can deliver on both performance and cost.”
The company's specially designed concept car CASP – which stands for concepts for advanced sustainability in polyurethanes and appeared at UTECH North America in 2014, as we reported at the time – will be on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, 12 - 25 January, 2015.
According to the company – which is a 50:50 jv between Thailand's state-owned energy company PTT Global Chemical and Malaysian firm Sime Darby Plantation - full facility commissioning is due for completion in Q2 2015.
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