New Product Announcement: Sustainable Isophorone
Specialty chemicals company Evonik has recently announced a new breakthrough for the chemical industry: the world’s first sustainable isophorone products made from 100% renewable acetone.
According to Evonik, with renewable acetone—noted to be chemically identical to their fossil-based counterparts—the company is now offering isophorone-based eCO products with significantly lower CO2 footprint across all stages of the isophorone production chain.
In comparison to conventional isophorone products, the new eCO products can help the industry to significantly reduce its Global Warming Potential. As an example, Evonik reports that its VESTANAT IPDI eCO contains 75% renewable carbon per mass balance—an accounting principle that matches inputs with outputs from production process.
The change in chemistry will enable more sustainable solvents, composites and coatings.
“These latest renewable solutions are helping our customers to address today’s sustainability and environmental regulation challenges, plus our hard work is also paying off by opening up exciting new business opportunities for us,” said Christian Schmidt, Head of Evonik Crosslinkers business line.
“The new VESTA eCO series is the first step on our journey to climate neutrality. As a next step, we will release an updated Life Cycle Analysis for our complete range/portfolio of I-Chain products during 2022, thus offering our customers reliable information on carbon footprints to give them a clear picture of their reduction options.”
Due to their mechanical strength, durability, chemical resistance, excellent adhesion and low CO2 emissions, the new VESTA eCO grades are designed to be used as sustainable raw materials in the production of paints, lacquers and binders for modern coating systems.
The new eCO products are available under the following Evonik Crosslinkers brand families: VESTASOL IP eCO for isophorone; VESTAMIN IPD eCO for isophorone diamine; and VESTANAT IPDI eCO for isophorone diisocyanate.
Further downstream products are slated to be launched in line with future market demand.