The versatility of the soybean has helped bring 45 new products made from soy into the marketplace this year with the help of the soy checkoff.
"These 45 products represent 45 new ways of enhancing the market for our soybeans," says Russ Carpenter, a soy checkoff farmer-leader from Trumansburg, N.Y. "All of the products the checkoff helped develop this year and in past years, including some that we can use on our farms, come together to create a valuable market for our soy."
The checkoff provides funding to manufacturers of industrial and consumer products to research, develop and commercialize new products that contain soy. Partnerships like these have helped bring hundreds of new soy products to the marketplace, dramatically increasing demand for U.S. soy oil in the process.
This year's list includes new additions to some popular soy-based product categories, such as foam, candle wax and elevator fluids. But it also includes products in some completely new categories like paintballs, gel mattress filling and nail-polish remover.
Industrial demand, including biodiesel manufacturing, is on a steep upward trend. In the last 10 years, industrial uses for soy have grown almost fivefold.
Manufacturers use soy oil as a replacement for petrochemicals to make their products more renewable and more environmentally friendly while maintaining performance. Soy products are often contain fewer volatile organic compounds than traditional products.
Click here to browse the checkoff's new Soy Products Guide, an online catalog of the thousands of currently available soy-based products, which also includes ordering information.
The new soy-based products introduced in 2012 as a result of soy checkoff support include the following:
BetaFoam Renue – cavity-sealing foam made with 25% renewable soy oil – Dow Automotive Systems
AGROL Prime, Star, Platinum and AO+ – four new soy-based polyurethane products from BioBased Technologies, LLC. – Prime is slated for flexible slabstock formulations
Soypex 100 – soy-based replacement of paraffin wax for candles – Galata Chemicals, Inc.
Drapex Alpha – a primary biobased plasticizer as a replacement for phthalate plasticizers in polyvinyl polymers – Galata Chemicals, LLC
reFlex 100 – a biobased plasticizer as a replacement for phthalate plasticizers
Impact Gel – use of epoxidized soy oil to produce an impact gel for a variety of bedding applications – Impact Gel Corporation
VikoFlex 7010 – phthalate-free soy-based plasticizer – Arkema, Inc.
InnoGreen Polyurethanes – a new family of 30-40% soy-based polyurethane cast elastomer systems – Innovative Polymers, Inc.
Soy Paint and Soy Stain & Varnish – used for creative art products – formulated by New Century Coatings
Beckosol AQ – family of soy-based alkyd latex resins to be used in architectural paints and road markings – Reichhold Chemicals
Ultimate Polyurethane – soy acrylic/polyurethane clear coat for interior wood applications – Rust-Oleum
G.E.T. Biobased Mastic – soy-based zero VOC roof mastic – developed by Niemann & Associates for Green Eagle Technologies, LLC.
RAP 4 Eco Friendly Field Paintballs – soy oil to partially replace polyethylene glycol in paintballs – Real Action Paint Ball, Inc.
Soyanol – soy-based plasticizer for waterborne acrylics – Soy Technologies, LLC
Soyanol Cuticle Oil – soy-based product that is part of a healthy treatment system for nails – Soy Technologies, LLC
Soyanol 1000E – soy-based additive for paints and coatings – Soy Technologies, LLC
Lead Out – soy methyl ester-based paint stripper for safe lead paint removal – Franmar Chemical, Inc.
Soyanol NPR-6 – soy-methyl-ester-based nail polish remover – Soy Technologies, LLC
Soyanol 5000X-TB – soy-methyl-ester-based stain and paint thinner – Soy Technologies, LLC
Timber OXGreen – soy-based wood stain – Timber Ox, Inc.
Greenway – soy-methyl-ester-based printing ink cleaner for UV and air-dried inks – Franmar Chemical, Inc.
Green Again – soy-methyl-ester-based printing screen wash for textile inks – Franmar Chemical, Inc.
Versagen 100 – methyl soyate industrial solvent – Griffin Industries, LLC
Versage 100-D – distilled low-color methyl soyate industrial solvent – Griffin Industries, LLC.
Transform – soy-based wood for fabricating building products such as furniture – e2e Materials
Industrial Grade Propylene Glycol – for use in antifreeze and as a chemical intermediate for plastics, coatings, etc. – Evolution Chemicals from ADM
USP Grade Propylene Glycol – for use in food and pharmaceuticals – Evolution Chemicals from ADM
EAS – sulfate-enhanced soy-oil-based substrate for groundwater bioremediation – EOS Remediation, LLC
VOS – soy-oil-based bioremediation substrate for soils – EOS Remediation, LLC
EOS XR – emulsified soy oil extended-release substrate for groundwater bioremediation – EOS Remediation, LLC
BioPCM – mats filled with hydrogenated soy oil that store and release energy slowly – Phase Energy Solutions
AgriTech Soy Based Elevator Fluid ATSO268 – Bunge North America
AgriTech Soy Based Elevator Fluid ATSO232 – Bunge North America
ZEP Professional Penetrating Lubicant – ZEP Superior Solutions
Bio-Blast Penetrating Lubricant – Renewable Lubricants, Inc.
Bio-Extreme HT – an oven/chain lubricant – Renewable Lubricants, Inc.
Bio-Air Tool Lube, ISO 32 – Renewable Lubricants, Inc.
Sprayon CD 406 Eco-Grade Soy Degreaser– Sprayon
Tri-Flow Superior Soy Lubricant – a bicycle lubricant – Tri-Flow Lubricants
Biokleen Soy Lube SL-100 – a household lubricant – Bi-O-Kleen Industries, Inc.
Nutek Green Simply Soy Lubricating Cloth Wipes Canister – BET-0020 – Nutek Green
For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org.