Chesterfield, Missouri -- The United Soybean Board (USB) has conducted a study into the market opportunities of soya-based adhesives, a recent statement from the USB said.
According to the USB, current research is focused on developing and commercialising three soya products:
• A soya/phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde (PRF) system for use in orientated strand board (OSB) and plywood;
• A soya meal/flour formaldehyde-free glue to replace UF adhesives, and;
• A foaming glue for plywood.
Applications include wood composite panels and "new or emerging uses," the statement said.
Looking at long-term soya bean potential in wood composite panels, USB estimates the potential size of the market to be around 18.6 million soya bean bushels in the next 4-5 years.
In emerging markets, USB said there appears to be demand for soya in heat-resistant adhesives, biobased composites and enzymatic processing for new soya hydrolysates.
USB said it is supporting research and testing to commercialise new soya adhesives which offer improved performance and economics to the wood products industry and reduce emmissions of formaldehyde.
USB consists of 68 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soyabean checkoff on behalf of all US soyabean farmers.
For more information visit www.soynewuses.org (RD)