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soy-based polyols

The United Soybean Board (USB) was founded in 1991 and has a long history of providing grants to promote soy-based products and to drive high-value commercial products. In 2019, Ashland’s structural adhesives business was selected as a recipient of funding for research on soy-based polyols in the development of sustainable adhesives and sealants. These products will be designed to enable use of light-weight substrates in the transportation market to improve mileage and reduce fuel consumption.

Bio-based polyols are excellent raw materials for Structural Adhesive polyurethane technology. Low modulus structural adhesives and sealants enable dissimilar material bonding in light-weighting vehicle applications. The value-adds include a renewable resource as a raw material, and the potential for a lower cost formulation.

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