Premium Bio Polyols from renewable resources
Why BIO Polyol?
In the last 20 years, the idea of “Green manufacturing” has become increasingly popular at a global scale.
Currently in the polyurethane industry the most commonly used polyol is manufactured from petrochemicals. However, the costing of these petrochemical polyols is highly fluctuating with the unstable global crude oil prices. Furthermore the users can’t benefit from the advantages of green material markets and premium eco labels and they have high CO2 footprint.
We believe the future is in renewable resources. We believe we can change the conventional polyurethane industry. Our research has firmly proven that renewable sources are better suited for high quality polyol production than conventional petrochemical raw materials. Most importantly, these unique advantages do not cost more than the average polyols. In summary – it doesn’t cost extra to work in an environmentally friendly manner.
The PU Industry
Polyurethane is a universally applied polymer and one of the dominating polymer products in the world. It is used in many different industries – construction (insulation material, foam), shipbuilding, automotive, transport, household production units (refrigerators, water heaters), sports equipment manufacturing (surfboards), pipe insulation, furniture, design, packaging, and many more applications worth at USD 50 billion worldwide. Polyols are the building blocks of this giant industry.
The polyols market is growing at a CAGR of 9% and is estimated to generate a revenue of USD 30 billion by 2020.
The global green and bio polyols market is currently 13% of the total but projected to reach USD 4.7 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 9.5%. The market size is projected to reach 1.74 million tons by 2021, at a CAGR of 7%.
Bio polyols by PolyLabs
PolyLab’s bio polyols are high-quality products synthesized by using renewable materials such as Rapeseed (Canola) or Tall oils. Tall oil is a by-product of cellulose production from hardwood.
For the manufacturing of competitive and premium quality polyols, PolyLabs uses high-quality tall oil, distilled from crude oil and high-quality rapeseed oil produced in the Baltic States.
The polyols produced in this manner have a high bio-carbon content reaching up to 83%.
Due to the amphiphilic nature of these bio-based polyols, they can improve the mix-ability with other polar and non-polar components used in PU formulations.
Certain grades of polyols made by PolyLabs also have auto-catalytic properties which would result in reducing the need for additional catalysts used in further steps of PU manufacturing. This would not only lead into cost reduction by minimizing the use of extra catalyst, but also drastically cutting the release of volatile catalysts immigrating from the PU material.
As a building block for manufacturing premium quality Polyurethanes:
- Rigid PU foams for thermal insulation
- Spray foams
- PU system houses
Features & Benefits
- Made from Rapeseed (Canola) or Tall oil
- High bio carbon content up to 85%
- Auto catalytic activity due to tertiary amine functionality
- Up to 50% savings in catalyst usage in spray systems
- 100% primary hydroxyl content
- Stable competitive price vs. petrochemical countertypes
- Closed cell structure (91-96%)
- Very good miscibility with pentanes: solving separation issues
TECHNOLOGY – Though a young company, PolyLabs rely on the abundant knowledge of her founding father the Institute of Wood Chemistry of Latvia, who is presently partnered with the European Space Agency to develop PU insulation materials for new generation of space shuttles.
BETTER CHARACTERISTICS – PU foam, manufactured from PolyLabs bio polyols, has similar or even better physical characteristics than those obtained from petrochemical origin.