Industry, Academia Gather To Talk New Soy-Based Adhesive, Coatings and Paper Technology

Experts in using soybean oil and meal to create sustainable — and often better-performing — adhesives, coatings and papers met in St. Louis in early March for the United Soybean Board’s Adhesives, Coatings, Paper and Biorefinery Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) meeting. TAP meetings provide a venue for industry, academia and USB technical consultants to share the latest advancements in soy technology and discuss commercialization efforts for new industrial products.

At the meeting, USB technical consultants gave an overview of current USB-funded projects. Recent projects include industrial uses for soy meal in adhesives, reducing the cost of soybean adhesive and resins and the potential for new discoveries for soy oil in other industrial product technology.

In addition to USB technical consultants, representatives from USB partners presented, including:

  • Arkema Inc.
  • Auburn University
  • Battelle
  • Iowa State
  • Low Mu Tech
  • Materials / Process Connexxions LLC
  • Rice University
  • Rust-Oleum
  • Sanctuary Systems LLC
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Solenis
  • South Dakota Innovation Partners
  • Surface Chemists of Florida Inc.
  • The University of Akron
  • USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Presentations focused on innovative soy inclusion. Topics ranged from soybean meal, industrial uses of soy proteins, such as soy protein in soy flour for wood composite panels, creating valuable products from soy carbohydrate waste, and waterborne coatings that use high oleic soybean oil.

Gregg Fujan, USB Director and soybean farmer from Weston, Nebraska, attended a recent TAP meeting in Detroit, saying, “Soy is making an impact in the industrial product technology space. Goodyear started with the Assurance® WeatherReady™ tires, then created the Eagle® Enforcer All Weather™ tires and is now expanding lines and moving full speed ahead with the new Eagle Exhilarate™ tire. These tires not only cater to those who require high-performance qualities for their jobs, but also to those who drive everyday vehicles, due to expanding these tires in a variety of sizes.”

Fujan also noted the developments in soybean oil used in surfactants and dust control. “Surfactants have been making progress and gaining a lot of momentum, while dust control hasn’t been on my radar as much,” he said. “Attending the meeting gave me a deeper knowledge of how soy is making an impact in these spaces. It is important to continue looking for these new uses.”

Interested in researching soy technology or using soy as an ingredient in a product you’re manufacturing? You can discover new uses for soy in product formulations on soynewuses.org, or contact USB and get in touch with our experts, who can help answer questions you may have about using soybean meal and oil as product ingredients.

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