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Table 2

Raw material, trade names and major producers of vegetable oil-based polyols and PUs in 2009 (Shen and Patel, 2009).

Bio-based Product type Trade PU Company Capacity
raw material name applications p.a.

Soybean oil Polyol BiOH TM Flexible foams Cargill ~10 kt c
Polyol Renuva TM Flexible foams Dow n/a
and CASEa
Polyol SoyOyl ® Flexible and Urethane 23–34 kt
rigid foams, Soy
PUR spray foam, System
Polyol Agrol ® CASE, Bio-based n/a
PU Bio-based ® moulded foams Technologies
PU Baydur ® Rigid and flexible BASF n/a
SOVERMOL ® foamsb
Castor oil Polyol Lupranol ® Rigid foams BASF n/a
BALANCE /mattresses
Polyol POLYCIN ® Coating Vertellus n/a
Polyol Flexible and Mitsui 8kt
PU rigid foams Chemicals
Rapeseed Polyol Rigid foams/ IFS ~1kt d
oil refrigerator Chemicals
Sunflower PU RUBEX Flexible foams/ Metzeler n/a
oil NAWARO ® mattresses Schaum
Palm oil Polyol Edenor ®, Foams, Emery
Emersol ®, coatings, Oleo- n/a
Emery ® adhesives Chemicals
Vegetable Polyol RADIA ® Flexible and OLEON – n/a
oil rigid foams Avril Group
Polyol PRIPLAST TM Coatings, adhesives CRODA n/a

CASE: Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers;


for Bayer’s flexible PU foams, SoyOyl polyols from Urethane Soy System are used;




projected data for the next 2–4 years by the company.

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