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MCC to launch world's first biobased high-performance polycarbonatediol

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) announced yesterday that it has developed the world's first bio-based polycarbonatediol and will begin worldwide market development and sales in April of this year. MCC uses proprietary manufacturing processes to produce this new type of high-performance polyol, which is of an entirely different composition than any other polycarbonatediol currently available on the market.

Polycarbonatediol is the raw material that is used primarily to produce resins such as polyurethane, acrylic and polyester. Demand for the product is rising rapidly, as the polyurethane market expands. Polycarbonatediol provides characteristics such as heat and water resistance; as it is extremely durable, it is suitable for use in automotive interior materials such as synthetic leather for seat covers and instrument panels, automotive exterior coatings, and resin coatings for electronic products such as smartphones and PCs. However, MCC also said that it anticipated strong demand for its use in eco-friendly water-borne polyurethane resins.

By using its proprietary technology to create a new polycarbonatediol from renewable biobased raw materials, MCC has paved the way for production of a host of new products with mechanical properties, flexibility at low temperatures, chemical and abrasion resistance and hardness, among other special characteristics, that are difficult to achieve with currently available polycarbonatediols.

MCC currently has the capacity to produce some 1,000 tons per year of the new polycarbonatediol, and plans to expand production capacity as demand increases.

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