St Louis, Missouri - Industrial demand for soya has rapidly increased and in the last year alone, the United Soybean Board (USB) partnered with manufacturers to commercialise 45 new soya-based products, many of which are used in polyurethane production.
"We're looking for innovative work that will lead to a great new use for soyabeans," said USB director Russ Carpenter, a soyabean farmer from Trumansburg, New York, in a USB statement. "We collaborate with industry on research projects and form partnerships that add value for everybody, both the manufacturers and soyabean farmers."
USB provides funding to manufacturers of industrial and consumer products to research, develop and commercialise new products that contain soya. Partnerships like these have helped bring hundreds of new soya products to the marketplace and increase industrial use of US soya oil by 482 percent in the last 10 years.
USB says manufacturers use soya oil as a replacement for petrochemicals to make their products more renewable and more environmentally friendly while maintaining or, in some cases, exceeding performance. It also claims that soya products are often more biodegradable and contain fewer volatile organic compounds than traditional products, and also that soya oil can provide excellent solvency, lubricity, strength and other attributes.
The new soya-based products introduced in 2012 as a result of USB support include the following plastics uses.
BetaFoam Renue - new cavity-sealing foam made with 25 percent renewable soya oil - Dow Automotive Systems
AgrolL Prime, Star, Platinum and AO+ - four new soya-based polyurethane products from BioBased Technologies llc- Prime is slated for flexible slabstock formulations
Impact Gel - use of epoxidised soya oil to produce an impact gel for a variety of bedding applications - Impact Gel Corporation
VikoFlex 7010 - phthalate-free soya-based plasticiser - Arkema, Inc.
InnoGreen Polyurethanes - a new family of 30-40 percent soya-based polyurethane cast elastomer systems - Innovative Polymers, Inc.
Many other uses in coatings and adhesives have been developed, and a full list is available on the USB website -- www.unitedsoyabean.org