Our Converge® polyols are a vital part of Aramco’s growing chemicals portfolio.
As the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company, we are always looking for new and better technology solutions to real world problems. With Converge polyols, we aim to meet global demand for more sustainable chemicals products while reducing our impact on the environment – and all while providing valuable performance characteristics.
Using a proprietary catalyst, Converge polyols technology takes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and combines it with our abundant hydrocarbon feedstocks, to create high performing polyols for use in everyday applications: coatings for household appliances, consumer and industrial adhesives, insulation, automotive and medical applications, food packaging, and more.
Converge polyols store carbon dioxide during the life of the product, removing harmful greenhouse gas from the environment. This contributes to company-wide CO2 sequestration efforts supporting Aramco’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of operations and global calls for climate protection.
Containing up to 50% CO2 by mass, Converge polyols have a significantly reduced carbon and energy footprint that is unique to the marketplace. When compared to other conventional polyether and polyester polyols, Converge polyols have approximately one third the carbon footprint and an even greater reduction over acrylics, epoxies or conventional polycarbonate polyols.
Leading technology and performance
As an innovator with a renowned research and development program, we see a future for Converge polyols founded on our ability to nurture and grow great ideas into globally scalable products.
Converge polyols offer a unique combination of high performance and renewability, and can be used in in all polyurethane applications, including coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE), as well as flexible and rigid foams.
One of the significant benefits of Converge polyols is superior materials performance, specifically, increased strength. In CASE applications, the addition of Converge polyols in coatings increases abrasion and environmental resistance, and gives adhesives and sealants increased adhesive and tensile strength, and brings higher load-bearing capacity, hardness, tear and tensile properties to elastomers.
For foams, incorporating Converge polyols enables improved mechanical and tear strength, and increases the load-bearing capacity of foam at equivalent density. An additional benefit of Converge polyols is a more than 40% reduction in heat of combustion versus conventional polyols – a benefit in applications where strict flammability requirements must be met.
The Converge polyols’ polymerization process occurs using modest reaction conditions – slightly above room temperature – which takes less energy to produce when compared to other polyols.
A new era in industrial diversification is underway in Saudi Arabia with downstream growth figuring prominently. As part of that strategy, we are planning for full-scale production facilities in Saudi Arabia to support the manufacture of specialty and intermediate chemical products like Converge polyols to supply a wide range of industries. Significantly, the build-up also offers opportunities, for small- and medium-sized in-Kingdom enterprises, to increase their role in producing high value finished and semi-finished products for regional consumption.
Aramco’s proven global operational capabilities and reliability, in addition to our access to dependable feedstock supplies, gives Converge polyols customers a significant benefit in bringing to market the products that are part of modern day lives.
Aramco Performance Materials, LLC.