About the industry

 

Polyurethane is a universal and one of dominating chemical polymer products and is used in many industries - construction (insulation material, foam), shipbuilding, automotive, transport, household production units (refrigerators, water heaters), sports equipment manufacturing (surfboards, etc.), pipe insulation, furniture, design, packaging, and many more applications in a USD 50 billion industry world wide.

The polyols market is growing at a CAGR of 8.94% between 2014 and 2019 and is estimate to generate revenue of $28,362.19 million by 2019. 

The global green and bio polyols market was valued at USD 2.63 Billion in 2015 and is projected to reach USD 4.71 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2016 to 2021. The market size in terms of volume was 1.16 Million tons in 2015 and is projected to reach 1.74 Million tons by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2016 to 2021.

 

 

Bio Polyols

Our Bio Polyols are  high quality bio based polyols synthesized using renewable materials such as rapeseed or tall oils. The best use for these polyols is the production of rigid polyurethane foams for thermal insulation application. Tall oil is a by-product of cellulose production. We use tall oil distilled from crude tall oil; a high quality, raw material, possible to obtain competitive, quality polyols from. We use high quality rapeseed oil produced in the Baltic States.

Our Bio Polyols have high bio crbon content: 70% - 83%. Our Bio Polyols are available in a wide range of hydroxyl values and viscosities.

We obtain polyols from renewable resources by adding hydroxyl groups to fatty acids and resin acids in amidization and esterification reactions of carboxyl groups with alkanolamines. Depending on used alkanolamine, our Bio Polyols contain secondary or tertiary amine groups, making them autocatalytically active. By using these polyols it is possible to decrease the needed catalyst amount in a polyol composition.

The advantage over other polyols is that hydroxyl groups in our Bio Polyols are up to 100 % primary. This means a 3x faster reaction than polyols with secondary hydroxyl groups. Our method of Bio Polyol production insures that all carboxylic compounds in natural oils are transferred into polyols while the other common method of polyol synthesis from natural oils is the epoxidation of double bonds, which introduces hydroxyl groups only to the unsaturated residue in the oils.

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