Cargill Inc. has broken ground on a $22 million plant in Chicago to make BiOH-brand polyols, the company announced July 8. The facility, expected to be operational in November, will be the first world-scale bio-based polyols plant, according to the Minneapolis-based company.
The new plant will produce Cargill's BiOH soybean-based polyols, which are designed to replace petroleum-based chemicals traditionally used in polyurethane products such as flexible foam.
``Only two years ago we committed to building a world-class renewable polyols business and to bring a more responsible option to the industry,'' said Yusuf Wazirzada, business unit leader for Cargill Biobased Polyurethanes. ``We are rapidly delivering on that promise.''
BiOH polyols ``provide a responsible choice in raw materials for furniture cushioning, bedding foams, automotive seats, and building insulation,'' the company said in a news release. The firm also said that manufacturing BiOH polyols results in 36 percent fewer global-warming emissions and requires 61 percent less nonrenewable energy than traditional petroleum-based polyols. ``For every 1 million pounds of BiOH polyols that replace petroleum polyols, 2,200 barrels of crude oil are saved.''
Cargill claims BiOH polyols can deliver unique performance benefits when used in flexible foam applications, including consistent product quality, low odor and load-bearing capabilities.