Frequently Asked Questions
Polyglycerol raw materials refer to the basic chemical components used to produce polyglycerol, an important biodegradable and non-toxic industrial chemical. Key raw materials are glycerol, epichlorohydrin, and sodium hydroxide.
Polyglycerol is typically synthesized by polymerizing glycerol using epichlorohydrin under alkaline conditions, often with sodium hydroxide as the catalyst. This produces a range of technical grades tailored to end-use applications.
Polyglycerols are used in manufacturing food emulsifiers, personal and home care products, resins and coatings, lubricants, plasticizers, and antifogging agents, as well as in pharmaceuticals and welding rod binders.
What is driving demand growth for polyglycerol raw materials? Rising utilization of environmentally friendly polyglycerols across many key industries is fueling raw material demand. More stringent regulatory restrictions on rival chemicals also spur adoption.
Major suppliers are Cargill, Solvay, FutureFuel Corp.,VVF LLC, Spiga Nord S.p.A., Lonza Group, Sakamoto Yakuhin Kogyo Co., Palsgaard A/S, and others. Asia-Pacific players are also growing in capacity.