IMPROVING PERFORMANCE WITH RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGY
Cardolite offers a variety of cardanol grades that can be used as building blocks in high performance specialty chemicals. Cardanol is a versatile molecule that can be functionalized in many different ways on the phenolic OH, aromatic ring and double bonds of the long aliphatic side chain. Some examples of derivatives from cardanol include epoxy and polyol resins, surfactants, amines as curing agents, benzoxazines, and phenolic and polyester resins among others.
Cardanol is a safer, non-toxic replacement for nonyl phenol and similar petro-based phenols. Cardanol is the main component distilled from Cashew Nutshell Liquid (CNSL), a bio-renewable and non-food chain phenolic resin extracted from the honeycomb of the cashew nut. For years, cardanol and its derivatives have been successfully used in the coatings, adhesives, and friction industries due to their unique properties. In the recent past, the increased concern over the toxicity of nonyl phenol and a new proprietary process technology from Cardolite that produces cardanol with Gardner color one, have helped drive the adoption of cardanol in new applications that can benefit from its performance and safer nature.