Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol

ADM’s Propylene Glycol is a versatile product that can be used across a variety of applications to replace traditional petroleum-derived Propylene Glycol.

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A Plant-Based Solution

While our Propylene Glycol is plant-based it offers all the same performance benefits as its petroleum-based counterpart.


Green Chemistry & Sustainability

To produce our Propylene Glycol, ADM uses plant-based Glycerol, a co-product in the production of biodiesel. Propylene glycol feedstock is purified using our expertise in separation technology to yield either industrial-grade or USP-specification-grade.

ADM has estimated the life cycle greenhouse gas emission (GHG) impact for production of plant-based propylene glycol from soybean-derived and canola-derived glycerol. When comparing the plant-based process to the petroleum route, we found that our process has a 61% reduction in GHG emissions.

ADM's applies plant-based Glycerol as the feedstock for producing Propylene Glycol creating a fully plant-based product that can possibly help customers differentiate their formulated products in the marketplace and help them develop products that will meet the standards of the USDA Bio-Preferred purchasing programs.

Advantages of Bio-Based Propylene Glycol

  • Glycerin and Propylene Glycol meet ASTM standard for 100% bio-based carbon content
  • Meets U.S. government bio-preferred specifications for ingredients
  • Reduces dependency on petrochemical feedstocks

Manufacturing Capabilities

ADM manages the sourcing of the raw materials through our logistics network to maintain both plant-based and kosher integrity. ADM’s renewable propylene glycol is primarily derived from soybeans and canola. Soybean or canola seeds are processed through a crushing, dehulling, conditioning, flaking and extraction operation into a crude vegetable oil. This vegetable oil is further processed into refined oil.

The refined oil is then transformed through a transesterification process into crude biodiesel and crude glycerin. The crude glycerin is further processed through several evaporation and distillation steps into a refined, kosher USP-specification-grade Glycerin. This Glycerin is either sold into the market or processed into Propylene Glycol using ADM’s proprietary technology.


Key Products

During manufacturing, ADM's Propylene Glycol is further refined into either an industrial-grade or a USP-specification-grade Propylene Glycol.

Propylene Glycol Industrial Grade (PGI)

Propylene Glycol industrial grade is a colorless, odorless and slightly viscous liquid that can be used in a variety of applications:

  • Aircraft deicing fluid
  • Coolants and antifreeze
  • Heat transfer fluids
  • Liquid detergents
  • Paint and coatings
  • Unsaturated polyester resins

EVO-100 ™ USP-NF/FCC Propylene Glycol (Excipient/Food Use Only)

Propylene Glycol (PG USP/EP) is a pharmacopeia-specifications-grade excipient of monopropylene glycol (PG or MPG) with a specified purity greater than 99.5%. PG USP/EP is tested for compliance with the current United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Applications for pharmaceutical and food-grade PG include:

  • Food-grade functional fluid
  • Fragrance, cosmetics and personal care
  • Food and flavorings
  • Household, industrial & institutional
  • Pet food / animal feed
  • Pharmaceutical excipient
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