SINGAPORE - Solvay’s Epicerol® has won the JEC Asia 2015 Innovation Award for bio-based ECH for more sustainable epoxy resins. Both Solvay, owner of the Epicerol technology and trademark, and Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (or ABT), the producer of Epicerol, were recognized in the Raw Materials category.

Epicerol is a 100-percent bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH), a chemical intermediate mainly used in the production of epoxy resins, a key material for a wide range of industries, namely composites, coatings and electronics. A recent partnership with customers saw Epicerol-based epoxy resins being used in the composite matrix of a Belgian solar car, The Punch One, allowing for 45 percent bio content in the resin.

“Solvay and ABT are very proud to have been recognized for Epicerol’s environmental performance benefits,” said Pan-usa Kongmunwattana, Marketing Manager for ABT. “Epicerol is a market-competitive drop-in for petro-based epichlorohydrin and has been used worldwide by our business partners since 2012.”