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ADM Adds Isosorbide to its Industrial Chemical Product Line

Published on 2010-08-13. Author : SpecialChem

Archer Daniels Midland Company announced that it has begun offering isosorbide under its line of Evolution Chemicals™. Isosorbide is an industrial ingredient made from corn that is a potential alternative to the petroleum-based chemical Bisphenol A in plastics and other applications. ADM is the first company in North America to offer renewable isosorbide on a commercial scale.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is used in the manufacture of plastics and is present in many products including eyeglass lenses, sports equipment and CDs and DVDs. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health have expressed concern about the potential health effects associated with BPA.

"Today more than ever, people are seeking both consumer and industrial products that are safe and renewable," said Robert Broomham, business director, ADM Industrial Chemicals. "Isosorbide offers manufacturers a renewable alternative to the traditional chemicals found in many products."

Isosorbide is a versatile ingredient with wide range of applications. It can be used in polyesters for inks, toners, powder coatings, packaging and durable goods; polyurethanes for foams and coatings; polycarbonates for durable goods and optical media; epoxy resins for paints; and detergents, surfactants and additives for personal care and consumer products.

"With increased interest in environmental improvement, we see growing opportunity to expand our portfolio of renewable industrial products," said Broomham. "ADM's research and development expertise and our access to agricultural feedstocks enable us to develop innovative ingredients that can serve as replacements for traditional chemicals."

ADM currently offers isosorbide in both a technical grade (97 percent pure) and a polymer grade (99 percent pure).

ADM's Evolution Chemicals line of biobased industrial ingredients is derived from renewable resources like corn and soy. Evolution places ADM's industrial chemicals, such as isosorbide, propylene glycol, glycerin, industrial ethanol and ethylene glycol, under one product line.

ADM has more than 100 years of experience producing industrial chemicals. The first product offered for sale by the Daniels Linseed Company in 1902 was linseed oil, which is still used in industrial applications such as paints and varnishes. Today, ADM's Industrial Chemicals group produces polymers, solvents and starches for industrial and consumer applications like paints, plastics, household cleaners and pharmaceutical excipients.

About ADM:

Every day, the 29,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 240 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world's premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries. Our global headquarters is in Decatur, Illinois, and our net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, were $62 billion.

Source: ADM


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