Creating biobased acrylic acid – an element used for making super-absorbent polymers for diapers and other products – is the aim of a new agreement between Archer Daniels Midland Company and LG Chem.

The companies will collaborate on commercial production of biobased acrylic acid using ingredients from Archer Daniel Midland’s corn-processing system. Although there is increasing demand for products developed from renewable materials, acrylic acid is currently produced almost exclusively from petrochemicals.

Archer Daniels Midland currently produces about 30 different products from corn kernels of corn. It is looking for more ways to diversify its product mix, said Chris Cuddy, president of the company’s carbohydrate-solutions business. Visit adm.com and lgchem.com for more information.

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