Sabic, Kraton Come Together On Renewable Copolymers

March 15, 2022
The new collaboration with Kraton will deliver certified renewable butadiene from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio for use in Kraton’s certified renewable styrenic block copolymers.

Sabic announces a new collaboration with Kraton, a global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value bio-based products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, to deliver certified renewable butadiene from its Trucircle portfolio for use in Kraton’s certified renewable styrenic block copolymers (SBC).

Sabic’s certified renewable butadiene is derived from animal-free and palm oil-free “second generation” renewable feedstock, such as tall oil, a by-product from the wood pulping process in the paper industry, according to the company. This feedstock reportedly is not in direct competition with human food and animal feed production sources. According to the cradle-to-gate lifecycle analysis, says Sabic, from sourcing the raw feedstock to producing the polymers, each kilogram of the company’s bio-based butadiene reduces CO2 emissions by an average of 4 kilograms compared to fossil-based virgin alternatives. Additionally, each ton of the butadiene also cuts fossil depletion by up to 80%.

“Sustainability in Sabic is embedded across our organization and goes hand in hand with our commitment to helping our customers and their customers meet their own sustainability targets. Developing more sustainable solutions requires partnerships across the value chain,” says Mohammed Al-Zahrani, vice president, chemical at Sabic. “Our collaboration with Kraton for renewable butadiene as feedstock for Kraton’s polymers is another example of working together towards our common goals and confirms the wide interest from the chemicals industry in developing sustainable solutions for the future. After Sabic’s earlier successes in developing certified renewable and circular ethylene, propylene and benzene, we are delighted to add certified renewable butadiene to our Trucircle portfolio.”

Sabic’s certified renewable butadiene will be used in Kraton’s newly launched ISCC PLUS certified renewable CirKular ReNew Series to expand Kraton's existing suite of offerings designed to advance the circular economy. With up to 70% certified renewable content, the ReNew Series offers customers the opportunity to use the mass balance approach and adopt ISCC PLUS certification to produce renewable products, according to Sabic. Kraton reportedly produced CirKular+ ReNew Series Hydrogenated Styrenic Block Copolymers (HSBC) successfully at its Berre, France plant earlier this year using Sabic’s renewable butadiene.

For more information, visit: www.sabic.com

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