A first glance, the global oleochemical market may seem vast, but P&G Chemicals has been navigating this terrain for more than 150 years, gaining the experience necessary to become a supplier of choice in the household and personal care markets, according to company officials.
It all started in 1837, when P&G began producing candles, utilizing stearic acid, and re-selling red oil (olein) as a co-product in Cincinnati, OH. In 1858, the first branded product, Star Glycerin, was produced in Cincinnati. By 1942, P&G Chemicals built its first natural alcohol plant in Cincinnati and over the years the company has expanded its product offerings, R&D capabilities and global network.
“Our customers are looking for innovation, sustainability and value,” explained Tom Nelson, global sales director, P&G Chemicals. “All of these things must be balanced to meet the customer’s needs.”
For example, when customers requested greater use of materials from natural resources, P&G Chemicals expanded its presence in tertiary amines, ingredients that have a wide range of applications in biocidal quats and amine oxides for light duty liquids, detergents and anti-bacterial formulas.
“It’s a four-year trend that gives customers additional sources, flexible choices and alternative feedstock availability to produce the material they need,” said Mr. Nelson.
Of course, P&G Chemicals offers more than tertiary amines. Its product portfolio includes fatty alcohols, methyl esters, fatty acids, alcohol ethoxylates, glycerine and sodium alkyl C10-16 glyceryl sulfonate. One of the newest is Sefose, a line of sucrose esters that is said to be a cost competitive sustainable alternative to petrochemicals. Although it was originally developed for the food industry, most recently P&G Chemicals found Sefose has applications as a solvent in the paints and coatings industry.
“We have a broad, global product range that is unique in the industry,” maintained Mr. Nelson.
At the same time, the company has an extensive R&D staff to work with customers to innovate and formulate to meet their needs.
“We don’t just give customers a basic material and expect them to formulate a specific solution,” explained Ross Holthouse, external relations, P&G Chemicals. “That’s where our unique R&D capability helps set us apart from the competition.”