Hercules Inc. and Heartland Resource Technologies LLC have
announced a new research and development venture called H2H Innovations. H2H
Innovations plans to leverage existing soy-based adhesive technologies from
both companies to accelerate the development of new adhesive products for the
wood products industry.
Development efforts will focus on cost-competitive, formaldehyde-free resins
for decorative plywood, wood flooring, particleboard and medium-density
fiberboard markets. The venture will also offer technologies for oriented
strand board manufacturers that allow traditional phenolic resins to be
extended, resulting in lower-cost adhesives with reduced formaldehyde content.
H2H Innovations, which is 51% owned by Hercules, will utilize the technical
resources of both Hercules and Heartland. Wood adhesive products developed by
H2H Innovations will be manufactured and sold by Hercules, and may also be
licensed to third parties.
“This venture is yet another example of how Hercules is committed to developing
environmentally friendly and sustainable chemical products and processes,” said
Paul Raymond, president of Hercules Paper Technologies and Ventures. “The
combined resources of both companies should allow Hercules to quickly
commercialize new technologies that address industry needs.”
Frank Trocino, chief executive officer of Heartland Resource Technologies,
said, “This collaborative relationship is complementary and mutually beneficial
- both strategically and synergistically - for Heartland and Hercules. The
building products industry should expect important developments from H2H Innovations
in the near future.”
Hercules is currently validating several formaldehyde-free technologies at a
number of North American plywood, particleboard and wood flooring plants. Once final formulation adjustments have been
made, Hercules will begin offering the adhesives on a commercial basis. Trials at medium-density fiberboard
manufacturing plants are scheduled for early 2008.
Commenting on the trials completed to date, Don Saylor, global business manager
for Hercules’ Building and Converted Products group, said, “We have made
excellent progress thus far. In addition
to being environmentally friendly and offering excellent moisture resistance,
our adhesives show great promise with regard to cost. As you can imagine, there are many customers
looking forward to our 2008 commercial launch.”
For more information, www.herc.com/ventures.
Robinson accepts the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award on behalf of
SIDEBAR: Hercules Receives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
Hercules Inc., in collaboration with Prof. Kaichang Li of Oregon State
University and Columbia Forest
Products, received a 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in the
Greener Synthetic Pathways category at an awards ceremony at the National
Academy of Sciences in Washington,
D.C., on June 26, 2007.
Established in 1995 and administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognize chemical
technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical
design, manufacture and use. The American Chemical Society convenes the
independent panel of technical experts who judge the award applications.
Hercules received this award for its part in the “Development and Commercial
Application of Environmentally Friendly Adhesives for Wood Composites.” Prof.
Li, Columbia Forest Products and Hercules developed and commercialized a
formaldehyde-free adhesive made from soy flour and Hercules’ unique polymer
“Hercules is pleased to have received this award,” said Paul Raymond,
president, Paper Technologies and Ventures. “Hercules is committed to utilizing
its technologies to promote the use of more environmentally friendly and
sustainable chemical products and processes.”