August 17, 2010

Weekly News Roundup

For those who are subscribers of ICIS Chemical Business (ICB), I hope you'll read my latest article about new glycerin applications, which was just published yesterday.

As any oleochemical insider knows, glycerine is a big potential feedstock for the production of epichlorohydrin (an intermediate in the production of epoxy resins). My colleague Serena Seng noted glycerine-based ECH projects such as Wilmar's 100KT/year plant in China, Vinythai (via Solvay's Epicerol process) in Thailand with 120KT per year, Dow Shanghai's 150KT/year and Samsung Korea with 30KT/year.

For blog readers, more on glycerine here. Enjoy! For now, here are this week's news roundup:

Sales up for soy polyurethane
Elasco reported an increase in sales of its newly formulated “green” polyurethanes made from soybean oil. Orders are reportedly expected to increase further based on contacts with existing clients and potential new customers interested in reducing their carbon footprint and marketing their products as eco-friendly.

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