In France, Roquette, the world’s 5th largest starch processor, has announced the launch of a new industrial unit for the production of isosorbide at its site in Lestrem, Pas-de-Calais, France. The production unit, which has a capacity of 20,000 tons, allows Roquette to offer a range of POLYSORB isosorbide. POLYSORB can be used as a substitute for bisphenol A in polycarbonates, while improving the properties of this polymer, such as optical properties, resistance to ultra-violet (UV) light and better resistance to chemicals and high temperatures.
Pascal Leroy, Vice-President Market Unit Plant-based Solutions, highlights: “Isosorbide and its derivatives illustrate the engagement of ROQUETTE in the domain of plant-based chemistry. These new and innovative products complete the offer to industrial markets (paper, cardboard, detergents, materials, insulation, etc.) in which ROQUETTE already holds a leading position.” The new industrial isosorbide unit, along with the expertise of its dedicated teams, will support the development of innovative high-performance solutions for the global plastics and chemistry industry.