Issue Date: September 1, 2008
BASF Launches BioBased Polyol ...
BASF has unveiled Pluracol Balance, a line of polyols based on nonedible castor oil that it is positioning as an alternative to petroleum-based polyols. Polyols are reacted with isocyanates to make polyurethane foams. BASF says the new polyols have up to 31% renewable content, leading to 20% renewable content in the final foams. The company is targeting furniture and bedding applications. Firms such as Dow Chemical and Cargill have introduced polyols derived from soybean oil.
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