Isosorbide Roquette Launches new Isosorbide Production Unit

Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

Roquette, announces the launch of a new industrial unit for the production of isosorbide at its site in Lestrem, Pas-de-Calais, France. A global player in the processing of plant-based raw materials, Roquette confirms its ambition to become a preferred supplier in the performance plastics and specialty chemistry markets.

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The new industrial isosorbide unit will support the development of innovative high-performance solutions for the global plastics and chemistry industry.
The new industrial isosorbide unit will support the development of innovative high-performance solutions for the global plastics and chemistry industry.
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Lestrem/France — The new Roquette unit, equipped with the latest technologies, produces isosorbide of very high purity responding to all quality requirements of its customers. Thanks to this new industrial installation, the company can now reach high capacity of the different grades of isosorbide and satisfy the market expectations.

Based on its know-how, expertise and skills Roquette has developed a unique patented process based on sorbitol. The different steps of purification help obtain isosorbide grades with over 99.5 % isosorbide content. The Research & Development teams, as well as its Application Development Centers, support customers, offering innovative solutions that meet market requirements in terms of quality and functionalities.

The company has also developed exclusive processes of shaping as well as packaging to facilitate handling. Since 2002, the year of its first pilot unit launch, Roquette has always been convinced of the potential of isosorbide in performance materials. After its first industrial unit in 2007, the Group decided to invest in a new production facility to meet future market demands. This new workshop, is now fully operational and benefits from the entire infrastructure of the Group's largest industrial site at Lestrem.

Thanks to its technological benefits, Polysorb isosorbide is a solution of choice for performance plastics such as thermoplastics (polyesters, polycarbonates, thermoplastic polyurethanes) and curable resins (polyurethanes, epoxy resins, unsaturated resins, coatings...).

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