BiOH® polyols are soy-based, industrial ingredients for polyurethane products such as flexible foam used in upholstered furniture, mattresses, pillows, carpet cushion and automotive seats. Traditional polyurethane foam is derived from petroleum-based chemicals. BiOH® polyols are made from soybean oil and used to replace a portion of the petrochemicals in polyurethane applications.
Polyurethane products are very diverse. Beyond flexible foam products listed above, rigid polyurethane foam is used as insulation for roofs and walls, appliances and coolers. Coatings, adhesives and sealants are used in many applications. Polyurethane elastomers are used in shoe soles. While BiOH® polyols are used mainly in flexible foam today, we envision that our polyol products can be used broadly across many of these applications.
BiOH® polyols leverage Cargill’s existing expertise in vegetable oils to add further value to what farmers grow. Cargill was the first to launch biobased polyols into the flexible foam market in 2005. Since initial launch, we have continued to invest in serving the industry through the construction of a Research and Development facility, manufacturing in Brazil and construction of a world-scale biobased polyol manufacturing facility in Chicago, IL.