BANGKOK – Solvay subsidiary Advanced Biochemical Thailand Co. Ltd. (ABT) has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for the production of Epicerol®, a bio-based building block for renewable chemicals and resins. The certificate covers the manufacture of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH), using Solvay’s innovative technology, from vegetable glycerol derived from biodiesel and oleochemical production.

ABT is the first bio-based chemical operator in Asia to obtain RSB certification. “We are extremely proud of this evaluation, which is recognized by leading NGOs,” said Bruno Van Parys, ABT Vice-President. “RSB certification validates Epicerol as the leading bio-based ECH for customers because of its outstanding environmental attributes.”

ABT has been operating its manufacturing unit using Solvay’s proprietary technology in Thailand since February 2012.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is an independent and global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials.