Product manufacturers are taking note of soy's performance and environmental attributes, says the United Soybean Board, leading to production and commercialization of 38 new soy-based products and ingredients last year.
The list of products developed with soy checkoff support in 2013 includes new additions to some popular soy-based product categories, such as coatings, adhesives and plastics. It also includes soy-based ingredients that could be used in countless new products.
Dale Profit, a soy checkoff farmer-leader and soybean farmer from Van Wert, Ohio, recognizes the value-added prospects of industrial soy use.
"USB is helping discover other products that can be made from soy to add to farmers' bottom lines," says Profit. "These products are good for the farmer, the customer and all the people in between."
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Soybean meal's primary use remains animal feed, while most soybean oil goes to human food, Profit adds. But versatile soy can also help manufacturers replace petrochemicals and possible carcinogens in their products. Soy-based products are more renewable and environmentally friendly and in some cases, perform better.
New soy-based products and ingredients introduced in 2013 as a result of USB support include:
MASEO (Maleinated Acrylated Epoxidized Soybean Oil) – A soybean-oil-based resin used to make plastic. It is made by Dixie Chemical Company, Inc.
Innergy Rigid Thermal Reinforcements – A fiberglass and soy-based urethane insert that slides into window frames for greater support and insulation. It is marketed by Deceuninck North America.
INFIGREEN Recycled Polyols – Produced by Emery Oleochemicals, and are used in foam seats of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
SoBind Balance – By DuPont is used in coatings and adhesives.
Varathane Diamond Floor – A wood-floor coating containing soy flour. It is made by Rust-Oleum.
G.E.T. Biobased Safety Yellow – A zero-volatile-organic-compound coating that contains soybean oil, biodiesel glycerin and soy methyl ester. It is made by Niemann & Associates.
ProClassic – A multipurpose water-based soy acrylic alkyd primer, satin deck and siding product line made by Sherwin-Williams.
Pro-Park – A soy- based parking-lot paint by Sherwin-Williams.
Meta-Tec Products – Soy-based adhesive products for floor-covering installations, including carpet, resilient flooring and wood adhesives. They are made by W.F. Taylor Company.
PSA64MA – A soy-based material by Applied Protein Systems that is used in adhesives on paper cones where yarn and thread are wound.