Perstorp,Sweden -- Speciality chemicals company Perstorp has launched what it claims is the world's first and only renewable pentaerythritol material, which cuts the material's carbon footprint by 63 percent compared to fossil-based Penta and Di-Penta.
Perstorp says it is the leading global supplier of pentaerythritol and derivatives, and that development of the new Voxtar material is part of its aim to develop solutions that combine high performance and low environmental impact.
Based on renewable raw materials and energy, Voxtar has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than conventional fossil-based Penta products. And while Perstorp Penta is a product with a reasonable environmental profile compared to many chemicals, the company has now improved it even further.
The new material helps formulators and producers "capitalise on the growing demand for renewable alternatives, according to Perstorp. The company says it enhances performance and minimises environmental impact in a wide range of end products including high-performance alkyd paints and coatings, synthetic lubricants, cosmetic emollients, adhesives, and printing inks.
Perstorp's vice president for Penta and formates Ulrika Andersson revealed that Voxtar is made using formaldehyde (a methanol derivative based on renewably based glycerol) and acetaldehyde, which in turn is based on ethanol from the fermentation of various agri-products.