By Liz White, UT editor
St Louis, Missouri-Funding from the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff unit helped 22 new soya-based products hit the market in the US 2006, said a 15 Jan statement from USB.
Soya-based products continue to find success in five market areas: plastics, lubricants, coatings and printing inks, adhesives and emerging industrial opportunities, said a 14 Jan statement from the St Louis-based grouping.
USB has been "vital in bringing new soya-based products to market each year," said Todd Allen, chair of USB's New Uses Committee, in the statement. "Partnering with industry to carry out research into new soy products is a cost-effective and mutually beneficial means to increase the use of soya in everyday products."
US manufacturers and researchers used more than 750 million pounds (340 kilotonnes) of soya bean oil in 2006-a figure that has steadily risen in the last ten years and "continues to increase as many companies express interest in using soy over petroleum," said USB.
USB cited as a prime example of its successful industrial partnerships, Ford Motor Co.'s recently announced breakthrough in soya-based polyurethane foams for vehicle seat cushions, seat backs, armrests, and head restraints.
"… USB becomes the catalyst for a project by providing the initial funding. That allows corporate partners to invest in projects they otherwise might not have been able to justify funding," Allen pointed out.
Other companies which have gained USB funding in 2006, including Ashland Chemical Co., whose Envirez line has added five new soya-based resins for applications such as agricultural equipment manufactured by John Deere and Case New Holland.
Other examples of soya-based technology created this year include:
* BiOH by Cargill Industrial Oils Division-soya oil-based polyols used in plastics applications.
* Green BMC by Ashland with Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc.-a 100 percent soya-based resin for closed moulding applications targeted at automotive applications.
* SoyMatrix by Urethane Soy Systems-a polyurethane composite system for pultrusion applications.
* Vikol 1 & 2 by Arkema Inc.-polyols based on epoxidised soya oil for polyurethane foams and coatings.
USB is a group of 64 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all US soyabean farmers. "