Commercial volumes of plant-derived polyols are now being sold to large producers of flexible PUR foams for the automotive, furniture, and bedding industries. Cargill Industrial Products, Wayzata, Minn., is offering the first three in a new line of biobased polyols that offer customers "green" marketing potential and some protection against the uncertainty of oil and natural gas prices. Cargill's proprietary technology can employ a number of natural oils-including linseed, rapeseed, soy, and sunflower oils-and reportedly overcomes problems of inconsistency and odor that have frustrated previous efforts in this area. Flexible foams made with Cargill's biobased polyols were recently launched by the Woodridge Group of Mississauga, Ont., a global manufacturer of automotive foams; and Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. of Hickory, N.C., a maker of foams and other components for bedding and furniture.
Cargill Industrial Products
15407 McGinty Rd. West Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone (877) 765-9246 Fax (952) 742-6909