Perstorp launches 2-ethylhexanol from 25% renewable feedstock
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Perstorp launches 2-ethylhexanol from 25% renewable feedstock

Swedish specialty chemical company Perstorp has introduced the world’s first 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) based on 25% renewable raw material. 2 -EH is widely used in the production of plasticizers in flexible vinyl applications, acrylates, lubricant additives and 2-ethylhexyl nitrate, a fuel additive used to increase the cetane number of diesel fuel.

The new product grade, 2-EH Pro 25, is designed to reduce the carbon footprint throughout the value chain to support sustainable sourcing of renewable and recycled raw materials. It is the latest addition to Perstorp’s rapidly expanding ISCC PLUS-certified portfolio of Pro-Environment products. Perstorp’s Pro-Environment Oxo portfolio now includes acids, plasticizers and alcohols.

Based on a mass balance concept applying chemical and physical traceability, Pro-Environment products are chemically identical to their fossil-based counterparts, offering the same quality without trade-off in performance, Perstorp said. 

“The difference lies in the origin of the raw materials, being renewable or recycled instead of virgin fossil-based,” the company said.

“2-EH Pro 25 can therefore be considered a drop-in replacement, ready to be used in existing formulations.”

‘’I am very proud to be able to offer our customers 2-EH Pro 25 with partly renewable carbon content,” said Magnus Hindsö, Perstorp’s business manager, Oxo. ‘’It is truly a step in the right direction, reconfirming our commitment towards sustainability and adding value to Perstorp, our customers and the entire value chain.”

All of Perstorp’s Pro-Environment products are certified according to the sustainability certification system ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification). ISCC PLUS provides companies, brand owners, and consumers the assurance that high sustainability requirements are met. Perstorp’s Pro-Environment products and mass balance method, as well as greenhouse gas-calculations are ISCC PLUS certified.

Last month, Malaysia’s state-owned PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) announced it is acquiring Perstorp Holding AB for EUR1,538.0 million (USD1.6 billion).