Bio-based Polyurethanes: Proven Performance Advantages & Renewable Content

BioAmber Inc. Presented at UTECH North America's Polyurethane Automotive & Sustainability Conference last week in Charlotte, NC

June 12, 2015
Bill Coggio, BioAmber

Bill Coggio, Global Applications & Technology Support Manager at BioAmber Inc., presented a paper on Bio-Based Succinic Acid: A Sustainable Building Block in Polyurethane Coatings and Elastomers.

The paper highlighted the utility of BioAmber Inc. bio-based succinic acid in polyester polyols in a range of polyurethane (PU) applications, including water-based polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) for coatings and PU Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE’s) useful in molded industrial components, adhesives and textiles. The paper described bio-based succinate polyester polyols and PU that are useful in these molded PU applications. Key performance advantages of bio succinic acid in PU Coatings and Elastomers, include abrasion, solvent and oil resistance, as well as improved sustainability.

The Automotive Industry is challenged to produce more fuel-efficient, lower weight vehicles to help meet CAFE regulations, which are becoming increasingly strict. Polyurethane materials are proven to offer a number of advantages over conventional metal and polymer components, by offering strength at lower density and faster cycle times, or the ability to create lightweight parts. At the same time, there is a parallel requirement for automakers to increase the amount of renewable content in their vehicles. Polyurethanes offer many solutions that can significantly increase the renewable portion of many components.

The conference was attended by 110 global delegates from PU end users such as Ford to OEM automotive suppliers for foams, PU coatings, elastomers and raw material suppliers.
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