Growing & New Markets
Although the (traditional) furfural industry has been affected by the global economic crisis, however, environmental factors (global warming, environmentally friendly products, etc.) provide a strong basis for a continued market growth . Whilst all the above-mentioned products could be derived from biomass other new uses have been developed or are under development. We have a particular interest in the following areas:
Replacement of Methyl Bromide and (other toxic) Nematicides by furfural based products, with special focus on the treatment of turf.
Modification of wood by furfuryl alcohol based formulations (to substitute Tropical Hardwood or CCA treated timber).
Fuel additives (for biodiesel or ethanol based fuels; furanics).
Biobased performance plastics, Natural Polyurethanes, etc.