Since inventing isophorone chemistry during its search for new ways to reuse acetone, Evonik has continued to develop a variety of isophorone-based products at its plants across the globe. Now, sixty years later Evonik has made another important breakthrough for the chemical industry: the world’s first sustainable isophorone products made from 100% renewable acetone.

By using renewable acetone Evonik is now offering isophorone- based products with significantly lower CO2 footprint across all stages of the isophorone production chain. The new eCO products are available under the Evonik Crosslinkers well-known brand families; VESTASOL IP eCO for isophorone, VESTAMIN IPD eCO for isophorone diamine, and VESTANAT® IPDI eCO for isophorone diisocyanate. Further downstream products will be launched in line with future market demand.

Chemically identical to their fossil-based counterparts, Evonik’s new eCO series products have the same characteristics in terms of processing, formulation, and performance. In comparison to conventional isophorone products the new eCO products can help the industry to significantly reduce its Global Warming Potential (GWP) and CO2 footprint. For example, VESTANAT IPDI eCO contains 75% renewable carbon per mass balance.

Based on strict bookkeeping and external auditing, the mass balance approach allows Evonik to adopt large-scale production and provide cost-effective solutions for its customers, while keeping track of each renewable molecule used. 

Due to their mechanical strength, durability, chemical resistance, excellent adhesion and low CO2 emissions, the new VESTA eCO grades are designed to be used as sustainable raw materials in the production of paints, lacquers and binders for modern coating systems. They are also suitable for high-performance composite materials like rotor blades for wind turbines or in automotive interiors to produce higher quality instrument panels and trims as well as the latest chemical synthesis technologies.

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