US firm says soybean oil ‘best natural additive’

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – With the current trend toward replacing petrochemical additives with natural substances, the best natural additive for rubber and thermoplastics compounds has been around at least since the time of Henry Ford, according to the United Soybean Board.

“Ford Motor Co. took the initiative to develop rubber compounds with soybean oil additives, and he did some interesting work,” said Robert Brentin, commercialization manager-rubber for the Midland, Michigan-based USB. “And Ford has the strongest sustainability initiatives of any car maker.”

Brentin represented the USB at the…

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