A growing share of bio-based and biodegradable products and circular raw materials

We work together with customers, suppliers, universities, and other partners to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that have smaller footprints or enable our customers to be more sustainable. These include a growing share of bio-based and biodegradable products and recently introduced, circular raw materials.

Megatrends drive growth opportunities with higher performing and more complex solutions

Our end-markets are driven by societal megatrends and the associated trends influencing our customers, among them, increasing demand for: eco-friendly and more-natural, bio-based products; renewable energy and raw materials; biodegradable solutions; reduced carbon emissions, and recycling improvements.

Our sustainability pillars;  Innovating and Growing our Sustainable Solutions

Responding to continued growth in customer sustainability demands with our innovative solutions

Our Eco-Premium solutions are products that offer significant sustainability benefits over mainstream alternatives in the market while providing the same or better functionality. These benefits can apply to several specific criteria (e.g. toxicity, energy use, use of natural resources, emissions and waste, land use, risks, health).

When making comparisons, we ensure that our solution does not have adverse effects on any of the other criteria. Megatrends drive growth opportunities with higher performing and more complex solutions. When developing these solutions, we put special focus on delivering environmental benefits, as well as direct benefits to our customers’ operations. 

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partnerships with universities, customers, and institutes

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of R&D pipeline is focused on solutions with sustainability benefits



individual patents covering key developments in 60 countries

Product innovations - A growing portfolio of sustainble solutions

Our product innovations are increasingly focused on bio-based, biodegradable, and circular solutions, including natural polymers in Home and Personal Care and cellulose-based raw materials in Paints and Coatings. Other innovations include our range of biodegradable and bio-based products, such as chelating agents, surfactants, and polymers based on natural materials.

A closer look....energy saving cool-roof coatings

We combined our Expancel (expandable microspheres) and Levasil (colloidal silica) technologies to create a concept for cool roof coatings. This combination makes it possible for customers to produce coatings that resist dirt and are highly reflective.

The higher reflectivity reduces absorption of heat into buildings, which means less need for cooling, increased energy efficiency, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. These coatings can reduce roof temperatures by up to 15 degrees Celsius and cooling energy used by over 40%.

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Expancel® HP92 microspheres innovation reduces weight, withstands high pressure

Breaking boundaries for thermoplastic microsphere fillers in high-pressure manufacturing processes for the automotive industry

Expancel® HP92 microspheres

A natural alternative paint thickener

Bermocoll® Flow combines the flow and levelling properties of an associative synthetic thickener with...

Bermocoll® Flow

A closer look....sustainable pulp production

We are the largest global supplier of sodium chlorate and the leading supplier of chlorine dioxide generators and Integrated Manufacturing Models to the global pulp industry. We are also committed to continually delivering pioneering solutions to the global pulp and paper industry. Learn more about our pioneering solution for the pulp and paper industry:

  • Sustainable manufacturing processes, reducing environmental footprint
  • Proximity to customer point-of-use reduces transportation, increasing eco-efficiency and safety
  • Energy derives from the pulp mill (biomass)

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First Chinese CID License for Leading PVC Producer

Our customers around the world are demanding more sustainable solutions and are therefore making the shift to CID technology for PVC production. This technology allows customers to increase reactor output, while improving productivity and energy consumption, product quality, and operational safety.

Continuous Initiator Dosing (CID) technology

Anti-viral and environmentally friendly paint

Anti-microbial agents in paints and other materials can play a key role in helping to keep surfaces clean and safe, for example in hospitals. The challenge is to ensure that these antimicrobial agents are not harmful to the environment.


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