Our Polymer segment’s strategic raw materials are butadiene, styrene and isoprene, which are derived from hydrocarbons. Our SBC polymers are a class of thermoplastic elastomers, which is a plastic material that behaves like rubber, delivering both strength and elasticity. This versatility makes SBC compatible with a wide range of polyolefins, styrenics and resins, offering excellent flexibility, high impact resistance, safety and recyclability. Our isoprene rubber (IR) and IR latex are ideal alternatives to natural rubber in demanding applications requiring high tensile strength and tear resistance without the impurities that cause discoloration, odor and allergic reactions.
Our Chemical segment’s strategic raw materials are crude tall oil (CTO) and crude sulfate turpentine (CST), both byproducts of the kraft pulp industry. Most of our chemical manufacturing facilities are located close to paper mills, but we procure raw materials from multiple sources globally. We refine and upgrade CTO in our bio-refineries into innovative renewable specialty chemicals, producing tall oil fatty acids (TOFA), tall oil rosins (TOR), distilled tall oil (DTO) and pitch. Our biobased chemistry enables numerous industries to replace non-renewable resources with high-performance, sustainable alternatives. Our Sandarne, Sweden manufacturing facility pioneered the process for refining crude tall oil into biobased chemicals in the 1930sSafety Data Sheets