St Louis, Missouri - In 2010, 32 new soya-based products hit the market in 2010. The United Soybean Board (USB) provides funding to industrial partners to research, develop and commercialize products containing soya.
This success was partly due to the promotion programme of the and the US soyabean checkoff, said a 22 Dec statement from USB.
Areas that USB researches include adhesives, coatings, printing inks, lubricants, plastics, fibres, solvents and emerging industrial products, all "representing sustainable, biobased alternatives to petrochemicals," said the association.
"So many soya-based products now replace petrochemicals," commented Bob Haselwood, chairman of the USB New Uses programme and a soyabean farmer from Berryton, Kansas. "Soyabeans represent an abundant, renewable resource. We grow soyabeans every year, so they can fulfill the needs for a renewable feedstock."
USB works to advance sustainability, in part, by developing and promoting soya-based products. Many of the products use soya as a replacement for petrochemicals giving them a renewable, environmentally friendly source material.
Industrial partners of USB continue to produce an assortment of soya-based products "without impacting the world's food supply," the organisation stresses. The food industry uses more than 70 percent of the US supply of soyabean oil and the oil makes up just 18 percent of a soyabean. The remainder consists of protein-rich meal, which goes to feed humans and animals alike across the globe.
A USB study found that industrial demand for soyabean oil for such things as biodiesel and soya-based products increases the supply of soyabean meal, which can be used to produce more food.
The new soya-based products introduced in 2010 with soyabean checkoff support include:
Soyol- Soya polyol used in armrests from Lear for Hyundai/Kia Motors and in elastomeric gaskets for heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC) from Diversified Chemical Technologies for Honda and Mercedes;
Envirez C 15580 Resin- soya and recycle containing products for casting applications from Ashland;
Envirez- soya polyol used in a polyurethane elastomer potting compound from MCP Industries Inc.
Ecopath- an entryway matting from ECS Corp. using a PU backing containing Agrol soya polyol from Biobased Technologies Inc.;
Soythane -- soya-based sealant from Bondaflex Technologies;
Multibond MX 100, MX-200 - CARB compliant soya-based adhesives for hardwood plywood from Franklin Adhesives and Polymers;
Other uses include ones in coatings from Sherwin-Williams, Hexion, abd Rust-Oleum.