Solvay Focused on Sustainable Chemistry with Biobased Range at Plant Based Summit

SpecialChem - May 1st, 2017
LILLE -- Solvay has exhibited at the Plant Based Summit in Lille, France, from April 25 – 27, 2017. The Group stands out as a major player in the area of chemistry from renewable raw materials. As a co-founder of the Chimie du Végétal (plant based chemistry) association that organizes this exhibition focused on the biobased economy, Solvay intended to build a sustainable chemistry model to address global environmental challenges and has thus made sustainable chemistry a main focus of innovation and growth.

Sustainable Chemistry Model

Sergio Mastroianni, Initiative Leader, Solvay Research and Innovation, explained:
“We innovate to create eco-efficient products and processes thanks to our expertise in organic chemistry, catalysis and biotechnology. Our researchers worldwide are focusing on the development of products with unprecedented functionalities from renewable raw materials, and plants in particular.”

The Solvay’s booth was organized around two main themes: first, Solvay’s biobased solutions, in general, and secondly, a close-up look at guar. More specifically, Solvay exhibited a dozen of biobased products in the form of polymers and materials, surfactants, solvents, monomers and flavors under the following brand names: Augéo®, Jaguar® Line, Kalix®, Polycare® Split Therapy, Rhodapex®, Rhodoclean®, Rhovanil® Natural, and Technyl® eXten.

Bio-resources Exploitation

François Monnet, Solvay’s Renewable Chemistry Director and President of ACDV (plant based chemistry association), added:
“We seek to exploit the specific characteristics of bio-resources, from which we create new uses for our customers as cost effectively as possible, while reducing the environmental footprint of their products.”

Biobased Products Exhibited at Plant Based Summit 2017

Biobased Solvents from Glycerol

Augéo® is a solvent produced in Brazil from glycerol of plant origin and used to enhance the miscibility of various liquids. It is found in paints, for example, and in aerosols for cosmetics.

A Flavor/Fragrance for Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals

In 2014, Solvay obtained the FSSC 22000 Food Safety System certification for its Rhovanil® Natural vanillin manufactured at its French production facility in Melle, which is obtained by bioconversion of ferulic acid extracted from rice bran.

A Large Family of Natural Polymers, Surfactants and Rheological Agents


Jaguar® Line, a polymer sourced from Guar seeds is a natural polysaccharide with exceptional properties that can modify the rheology of many cosmetic and personal care products. For the record, Guar seeds have been harvested by the farmers of South Asia for centuries.

Polycare® Split Therapyis a new care for split ends made from Guar polymers, which is easy to use and compatible with shampoos, conditioners and serums.

Rhodapex® ESB 70 NAT, surfactant, sourced 100% from biobased sugar cane, is used as cleansing agent in shampoos, in particular.

About Solvay

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers in diverse global end markets. Its products and solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability. Its lightweighting materials enhance cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 27,000 employees in 58 countries.
Source: Solvay
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