Isosorbide (IS) is still a low market volume bio-based chemical, but with a high Cumulative Annual Growing Rate of 10.9%. The use of isosorbide (IS) in the manufacturing of intermediate building blocks and high volume polymers, such as polycarbonates, has some drawbacks that could be overcome by using isosorbide bis(methyl carbonate) (IBMC), a barely explored IS secondary building block which is proposed to enhance IS value chain. VIPRISCAR has validated a highly-efficient IBMC production process in an industrially relevant environment (TRL 5) able to be up-scaled and produce, under suitable market conditions, IBMC at a similar price to that of current oil-based monomers used in polycarbonates and polyurethanes. The project also shows a proof of principle for the added value IBMC brings to the market by demonstrating the usefulness of polymers derived thereof in three high-volume market sectors: industrial coatings, hot-melt adhesives, and biomedicine (antithrombotic-antimicrobial catheters).
The New Plastics Economy will not fall from heaven, it will grow from the soil. In the case of Vipriscar it is European soil.
Raw material production
Production of plastic products
Collection/ sorting and recycling
End of life