ERJ staff report (DS)
Burlington Ontario - Canada-based EcoSynthetix has developed a bio-sourced material designed to substitute for styrene-butadiene (SB) latex in the paper coating industry. The company has brought on stream a new 80 million-pound (33 kt/year) line in the United States to make the material, bringing Ecosynthetix annual global capacity to 235 million pounds (100kt).
The company describes its EcoSphere biolatex products as, â€œa complete replacement for petroleum based emulsion polymers like styrene butadiene latex.â€
The company adds, â€œEcoSphere is manufactured via our patented process into a powder, which retains equal or superior performance characteristics as the petroleum-based binders it replaces. EcoSphere biolatex binders can be created pre-dispersed in water or as a dry powder, allowing us to ship product at a fraction of the cost of liquid petroleum-based latex binders. â€œ
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Press release from Ecosynthetix