Clariant, Neste join forces to develop bio-based polymers

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Photo by Clariant AG Partnership to turn renewable feedstock into raw material for hot-melt adhesives, plastics and coatings applications.

Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant AG and renewable fuels specialist Neste have struck partnership in a bid to develop sustainable polyolefin solutions from renewable resources.

The two companies will combine Clariant’s knowhow in applications of adhesives, plastics and coatings with Neste’s knowledge of bio-based materials and experience with the development and production of “drop-in” renewable solutions.

The partnership, Clariant announced 6 Nov, will initially focus on the use of renewable raw materials for manufacturing hot-melt adhesives, plastics and coatings applications.

The raw materials, C2/C3 monomers, are derived from Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons produced from renewable feedstock that originates from waste and residues, such as used cooking oil, and renewable vegetable oils.

The C2 and C3 monomers provide drop-in replacements for those currently used by Clariant to create advanced polyolefin solutions, such as Licocene performance polymers.

“As a result of Clariant’s partnership with Neste, we can progress our goal to become a true sustainable solution provider in the additive market,” said Gloria Glang, vice president, head of global advanced surface solutions business, Clariant.

Clariant maintains that its Licocene performance polymers and waxes already offer “superior sustainability and performance” within the industry. The partnership with Neste, according to Clariant, will make the low-molecular weight polyolefins more sustainable through the use of bio-based feedstock.

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