ADM, LG Chem develop sustainable technology superabsorbent polymers

ADM, LG Chem to develop sustainable technology for superabsorbent polymers

9:05 AM, 26th September 2019
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CHICAGO, US: Archer Daniels Midland Company and LG Chem announced a joint development agreement to create biobased acrylic acid. It a foundational element required in the manufacture of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) used in a range of hygiene products, including diapers.

Under the terms of this agreement, ADM and LG Chem, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of acrylic acid, will work jointly towards economically viable commercial production of a 100 percent biobased acrylic acid using ingredients from ADM corn processing.

Although there is growing industry demand for products developed from renewable materials, acrylic acid is currently produced almost exclusively from petrochemicals. To support production, LG Chem plans to review the construction of a bio-SAP production plant in North America, and to explore additional bio plastic business opportunities.

Sustainable innovation is not new to ADM. In 2018, ADM and DuPont opened the world’s first production facility for biobased FDME. Using ingredients from ADM corn processing, FDME is a product that both extends product shelf life and reduces the amount of plastic needed in carbonated beverage packaging. In response to consumer demand for environmentally responsible products, many consumer-packaged goods companies have committed to more sustainable packaging, including the use of biobased materials.

“The acrylic acid project is another effort from ADM to create new sustainable materials from renewable resources, and demonstrates our strong commitment to support customer demand through innovation. By tackling this challenge with LG Chem, we can leverage the strengths and expertise of both companies to bring a cost-effective, sustainable solution to our customers,” said Dr Todd Werpy, ADM senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer.

“This joint development agreement with ADM has enabled LG Chem to further expand our business portfolio with eco-friendly products that can achieve sustainable growth. We are excited to drive research and development of sustainable materials based on bio resources, along with our advanced strengths in conventional petrochemicals business.” said Okdong Son, the President of LG Chem.

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