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PolyOne allies with Archer Daniels Midland to develop bio-based plasticizers

Polymer supplier PolyOne Corporation has joined forces with agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Company (...

September 22, 2008   Canadian Plastics

Polymer supplier PolyOne Corporation has joined forces with agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) to develop bio-based plasticizers for use in polymer formulations.

Used primarily to make plastics softer and more flexible, the global plasticizer market is an $11 billion industry, and is comprised mostly of petroleum-based products. The goal of the alliance, according to the companies, is to develop and commercialize bio-based plasticizers from corns and oilseeds.

“There is clear market interest in renewable technology as an alternative to traditional petroleum-based plasticizer offerings,” said Dr. Cecil Chappelow, vice president, innovation, sustainability, and chief innovation officer at Cleveland, Ohio-based PolyOne. “We are confident that PolyOne’s compounding expertise and global market reach, coupled with ADM’s deep knowledge of agricultural-based chemistries and manufacturing techniques, will lead to a new generation of plasticizers and compounds for our customers and for the global polymer industry.”

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