Solvay’s biobased ECH bags innovation award

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Belgian chemical company Solvay’s Epicerol has won the JEC Asia 2015 Innovation Award for ‘Bio-based ECH for more sustainable epoxy resins’. The event was held 20 to 22 October in Singapore.

Both Solvay, owner of the Epicerol technology and trade mark, and Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co, Ltd. or ABT, the producer of Epicerol, have been awarded in the Raw Materials category.

Epicerol is a 100% bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH), a chemical intermediate mainly used in the production of epoxy resins, a key material for a wide range of industries namely composites, coatings and electronics. A recent partnership with customers saw Epicerol-based epoxy resins being used in the composite matrix of a Belgian Solar Car, The Punch One, allowing for 45% bio content in the resin.

“Solvay and ABT are very proud to have been recognised for Epicerol’s environmental performance benefits”, said Pan-usa Kongmunwattana, Marketing Manager for ABT. “Epicerol® is a market competitive drop-in for petro-based epichlorohydrin and has been used worldwide by our business partners since 2012.”


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