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Bio-succinic acid and PDO in polyols

Before I forget this news that came in last month (all the news and information I get, I write it up on Tecnon OrbiChem’s Bio-materials newsletter first), the bio-based polyurethane sector is certainly getting a lot of buzz and developments especially with the use of bio-monomers such as succinic acid, bio-1,3 PDO, bio-BDO, etc.).

I am still trying to comprehend as much as I can the technical aspects of producing polyurethanes since there are so many components involved (polyols, isocyanates, cross-linkers…). In this news, BioAmber and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products announced that the Flokser Group has developed an artificial leather fabric under its Sertex brand using bio-succinic acid and bio-based 1,3 propanediol.

The fabric has 70% renewable content and reportedly delivers improved performance such as better scratch resistance and softer touch compared to current petro-based synthetic leather fabrics. The global addressable market opportunity for these bio-based polyester polyols in artifical leather is estimated at 330 million pounds/year (150,000 tons); a 165 million pound market for bio-succinic acid and a 165 million pound market for bio-PDO.

Tecnon OrbiChem’s Bio-Materials newsletter covers both bio-based and petro-based markets for succinic acid, polyols/polyurethanes, and glycols. My colleague and I will be attending the BIO World Congress next week in Montreal and will be happy to talk about the newsletter in details!

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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