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Battelle Licenses Renewable Polyols to Emery Oleochemicals LLC

Posted on Jun 14, 2011


COLUMBUS, OH., 14 June, 2011—Battelle has written a new chapter in its successful book of creating and commercializing environmentally friendly products derived from soybeans. It has licensed polyols used for intermediates in making foams, coatings and adhesives to Emery OleoChemicals LLC which will be the exclusive producer of the petroleum replacement chemical in North and South America and Western Europe.

Battelle has performed research on alternative uses for soybeans funded by the Ohio Soybean Council and the United Soybean Council for years, with many breakthroughs, such as plasticizers for flexible vinyl products, toner for printers, lubricants, coatings, and many other products that partially or totally replace petroleum-based components.

In this case, Battelle scientists invented a patented process for production of polyols that will be commercialized by Emery OleoChemicals LLC for use in various flexible and rigid foams, polyurethane coatings and adhesives. The technology allows polyols built from renewable resources to replace their counterparts which come from oil on a cost-competitive basis, benefitting the environment and giving farmers an additional outlet for their crops. Polyols are multifunctional alcohols that are reactive oxygen-hydrogen compounds. They are widely used in industry, especially for the production of polyurethanes and polyesters.  They can also be used as a starting point for high-performance ester lubricants. 

“We value our association with both the Ohio Soybean Council and the United Soybean Board and creating new uses for their products means great things for all of us,” said Rick Heggs, Senior Market Manager for Battelle’s Energy, Environment and Material Sciences Global Business. “Our aim is to help everyone reduce their dependence on oil, provide value for our licensees and commercialize great ideas.”
Emery Oleochemicals is one of the largest natural-based oleochemicals producers, with a worldwide distribution. Formed as a 50:50 joint venture between Sime Darby plantation and PTT Chemical International, Emery Oleochemicals is headquartered in Malaysia, with a global presence in three continents with plants in North America, Germany and Malaysia 

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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About Emery Oleochemicals Group

Emery Oleochemicals is one of the world’s largest producers of natural-based oleochemicals. The company’s products, which include fatty acids, fatty alcohols, glycerine, triacetin, ozone acids, plastic additives and oilfield chemicals used in a broad range of home care, personal care and industrial applications that are made from natural oils and fats such as palm kernel oil and tallow. The company has 1,100 employees, and operates production sites and service centers across three continents. Emery Oleochemicals has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining. Emery Oleochemicals is a joint venture between Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd and PTT Chemical International Private Ltd.

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Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544