Cardolite is looking for new applications for ultra-light Cardanol
Cashew nuts are not only a healthy snack. The husks can be used to produce a renewable oil, Cashew Nutshell Liquid (CNSL), which serves as a feedstock for the production of biobased chemicals and polymers. The American company Cardolite, with a European office in Ghent, Belgium, has been using this oil for years to manufacture coatings and brake pads for cars. However, CNSL consists of a mixture of different substances. Cardolite developed a purification technology to purify this oil to form the bio-aromatic compound Cardanol. This paved the way for various more high-quality uses, for example in epoxy and polyurethane coatings and glues.
Cardolite is a pioneer in cardanol-based technologies and created an extensive portfolio of cardanol-based products that cover a wide range of performance attributes and applications in the coatings, adhesives and sealants, foams, composites and automotive markets.