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  • Omni Tech Celebrates 31 Years in Business

    On March 6th, Omni Tech will celebrate another year of business.  Thirty-one years ago a few retirees got together to form a business and it is still going strong today.  Happy Birthday Omni Tech!!
  • Omni Tech to attend Papercon

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  • The American Coatings Show to be attended by Lee Walko

    Lee Walko will be attending the American Coatings Show on April 12-14th.  See information below:
     
  • Surfaces and World of Concrete to be attended by Omni Tech

    Omni Tech will be attending the Surfaces and World of Concrete event.  For more information, please visit:
     
     
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  • Lee Walko to Speak on Alternate Uses of Soybeans at Iowa State University

  • Omni Tech Attending the Adhesive & Sealants Council Fall Convention & Expo

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  • 19th Annual ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference to be attended by Omni Tech

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  • Bob Brentin Presents at the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting

    At the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers annual meeting, Bob Brentin gave a presentation on the use of soy oil in the lubrication industry on behalf of the United Soybean Board (USB), a farmer-funded organization working with industry, academia and government to commercialize soy-based technologies. The presentation described the case for using soybean oil as a lubricant, highlighted its uses and supply chain considerations and discussed new developments in chemical processing and soybean agriculture that are leading to more effective biobased lubricants.
  • 2nd Mid-Tech Biobased Materials Commercialization Symposium

    The Symposium, scheduled for November 4, 2015,  was canceled due to an unanticipated issue and will be rescheduled in 2016.

  • Omni Tech to Attend the ASC Spring Convention & Expo

    The United Soybean Board (USB), a farmer-funded organization working with industry, academia and government to commercialize soy-based technologies, will be exhibiting at the 2015 ASC Spring Convention & Expo. The trade show exhibit will be available to answer questions on soy-based product developments. Benefits of soy chemistry include performance, versatility, cost and sustainability.

  • Omni Tech Attending SustPack 2015

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    SustPack 2015

  • New Industrial Uses for Soy Showcased at TAP Meetings

    The 2015 Adhesives and Paper and the Coatings and Inks Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) meetings were held March 17th-19th in St. Louis, where a leading group of researchers and business managers expanded their knowledge base of the latest chemical developments in soy technologies to help them in their efforts to bring new industrial products to market.

     

    Approximately 50 participants attended the meeting, including 15 first-time participants. They represented the value chain from universities to suppliers to manufacturing, and included ADM, Cargill, Bunge, Georgia Pacific, Uniboard, Columbia Forest Products, Solenis, DuPont, Applied Protein Systems, Sherwin Williams, Rust-Oleum, Michelman, and the USDA. The purpose of the TAP meetings are to showcase the latest soy research and commercial development, and to provide a forum for researchers to build their network of resources to help as they pioneer new technologies using soy-based chemistry.

     

    Twenty-two presentations were made, and highlights included the following:

    • The University of Maine is developing a soy-containing barrier coating for packaging applications as well as agricultural mulch applications. In the latter, soy protein has imparted the greatest ease to date in making a low viscosity coating that can emulsify high fractions of oils and waxes. A soy prototype is exhibiting promising barrier performance in a current trial.
    • Applied Protein Systems is developing a cost effective, soy coating binder for paper applications, and prototypes are being evaluated by their development partner.
    • The USB is funding a cluster of research projects towards an Integrated Soy Biorefinery to produce both animal / aquaculture feeds and important bio-based chemicals. A summary of the initial scale up and research activities leading to techno-economic analysis was presented, as well as its fit into industrial biotechnology.
    • North Carolina State University has been working on a project to use soybean meal lipoxygenase to break down stickies in pulping and papermaking. Both pure lipoxygenase and soy flour have been found to prevent deposition of stickies or surrogate artificial lipids to either artificial membranes or cellulosic fiber sheets.  A pilot trial using soy flour and real pulp processing conditions is underway. They are also working on a project with a different approach utilizing synergistic interactions of soy with other components as a de-tackifying agent with an upcoming trial scheduled.
    • Western Michigan University has been working to assess the feasibility of producing chitosan through fungal solid-state fermentation of soybean meal. A presentation describing cultivation and extraction methodologies, end-use properties, and economic analysis was given.
    • The University of Auburn is working to develop a soy-phenol formaldehyde resin combination for use in oriented strand board core applications that is relatively more sustainable, releases less formaldehyde, and is of lower cost than existing resins. Soy prototypes have exhibited similar strength and modulus in the lab, at densities commonly used in the industry, and substitution dosages, resin levels, and density targets are next being determined.
    • Forest Product Laboratories gave an interesting presentation summarizing their work regarding fundamental studies of soy properties in wood bonding. Four of their five basic assumptions in wet film strength were not validated by data, and learnings from these studies were shared.
    • 1st Source Research is evaluating soy oil as an impact modifier in epoxy coatings. The results currently show that soy oil will be able to be formulated into epoxy coatings. Epoxy coatings represent one of the largest coating segments and creates a new coating application for soy based derivatives.
    • Iowa State University reviewed the success seen in developing soy derivatives to replace both paraffin wax in cardboard produce boxes and a new area, carnauba wax substitute.
    • Western Michigan University educated the audience on recyclability based on their many years of experience with their pilot plants built to support the paper industry. They have been a key partner on the Iowa State University project to replace paraffin wax.
    • Rust-Oleum presented learnings on their four USB projects. The soy flour project is entering the commercialization phase and will introduce two formulations in 2015 with soy flour.
    • Battelle reviewed the results from the one-year study to produce a technology route to manufacture a C19 diacid from soy high oleic acid.
    • Sherwin Williams reviewed the novel approach they are exploring with soy isolates in a thermoplastic hybrid formulation.
    • The University of Tennessee discussed the findings of the four-year project to produce acrolein and acrylic acid from crude glycerin.
  • President and CEO, Lee Rouse, receives "Chairman's Award"

    Congratulations to Lee Rouse, President and CEO, on being honored with the Chairman's Award at the Midland's Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on February 12, 2015.
     
  • Omni Tech’s Bob Brentin Served as Editor of the New American Chemical Society Book on Soy-Based Chemicals and Materials

    Biobased products and sources of raw materials are earning their place in the chemical industry. Significant advancements in processing, formulation, biotechnology and chemical modification have enabled biobased materials to be used alongside petroleum hydrocarbon derived materials and provide additional performance capabilities. Significant progress has been made, and is continuing, in developing and utilizing chemicals and materials using plant-based feedstocks as a viable and renewable replacement for petrochemicals. This book provides examples of technology that illustrate the breadth and depth of development that has occurred in the biobased chemical industry by primarily focusing on soybeans. With a long history of industrial use and a variety of active development programs, soy products are being utilized in many established commercial products as well as appearing in new applications using emerging technology. Soybeans are widely available throughout the world and are rich in protein, oil, and carbohydrate fractions, which can each serve as unique renewable feedstocks. Sharing these developments should help the downstream development of soy-based products and create paths that other biobased sources can apply to advance their development.
     
    There is growing interest in biobased products in the scientific community, industry and the public sector due to environmental issues, interest in sustainability and opportunities for new products and processes. The use of renewable raw materials is an important component of green chemistry. The technologies discussed in this book illustrate the significant progress that is being made with soy-based chemicals and materials which can serve as examples for other biobased sources.
     
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  • Omni Tech attends the ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

    Summary

    The theme of this year’s ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference was “Advancing Chemistry, Innovating for Sustainability”. Approximately 400 participants attended this conference which offered six tracks, three poster sessions, two receptions, and sixteen exhibitor booths over three days. Recurrent renewability themes focused on the evolution of sustainability into a prominent driver for innovation were prevalent in many sessions, as were the topics of life cycle analysis, recycling of current wastes, engineering recyclability into consumables, valorization of agro-industry waste, and lignin-related studies.

     

    Some brief highlights are summarized below:

    • The use of soy in industrial applications was referenced in four presentations given by Columbia Forest Products, Nike, Dixie Chemical Co., and the University of Delaware.
    • Columbia Forest Products (CFP) revealed that one of their competitors has started to use soy derivatives, which is consistent with information attained at a conference last year. This confirms that soy use in building board applications is increasing, slowly but surely. CFP, an industry leader who first implemented the use of soy in wood adhesives, is currently working on their first USB-funded project aimed at development of an innovative replacement product.
    • Nike revealed that they have been using soy-derivatives for about 8-10 years now. It is currently being used at relatively low dosages in approximately 80% of the rubber that is used for producing athletic shoes for both performance and sustainability advantages. Though several performance advantages over petrochemical analogs were referenced, the only advantage specified was that “it doesn’t stink like peanut oil”. When asked if they would like to include their relevant footwear products in the Soy Product Guide, they said they would need to check for internal approvals. Nike has engaged all suppliers with green chemistry and thus sustainability is inherent in all of their innovation, product development, production, and work processes versus part of any environmental initiatives. Followup is ongoing.
    • Florida Chemical Co. revealed that soy-derivatives (i.e., methyl soyates) are being used in some fracking fluids at low dosages, i.e. 2 gallons / 1000 gallons of water, resulting in well productivity increases ranging from 20-40%. Soy derivatives are added to d-limonene to effectively increase the flashpoint from approximately 140°C to 160°C (…and also represent relatively lower cost). Thus, this is another example of where soy is imparting sustainability, performance, and lower cost differentiation in industrial applications.

     

    The USB booth experienced consistent traffic throughout the three-day conference.  The visitors were most interested in the USB Project List for current research under way; Soy Products Guide for the types of products that have been commercialized; the Soy Advantages brochure for the price, performance and sustainability information; and the Life Cycle Analysis Report on soy.

     

     

  • Omni Tech Article in "Midland Economic News"

    Omni Tech International has an article in the Spring 2014 Edition of the Midland Economic News... check it out!
     
  • New Soy Industrial Applications Presented at TAP Meeting

    A number of exciting new industrial uses for soy derivatives, including expanding new opportunities for soybean meal, oil and biomass, were reported at the 2014 Thermoset Plastics and Elastomers Technical Advisory Panel Meeting, which was organized by Omni Tech International for the United Soybean Board.

     

    Nearly 80 representatives of industry, academia and government attended the TAP meeting, held April 15-16 in Detroit. Also noted at this year’s meeting was the amount of networking and discussions that happened among the attendees, which opens the door for future opportunities with soy.

     

    The purpose of the TAP meeting is to showcase the latest soy research and commercial development, and to provide a forum for industry representatives to build their network of resources to help as they pioneer new technologies using soy-based chemistry. Omni Tech handled all of the logistics for the meeting including identifying and lining up the speakers, inviting key targets to invite to attend, hotel and meeting logistics and distributing scribe notes for all of the presentations following the meeting.

     

    Among the major companies represented at the meeting were:

    • Ford Motor Company, Hyundai and John Deere - as major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
    • BASF, Biobased Technologies and MCPU Engineering (Honeybee™ Polyols) - major soy polyol and resin manufacturers.
    • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Lear Corp. and Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company - foam seat suppliers and developers for automotive and furniture.
    • Others included Bunge, Cargill, ADM, Ashland, Dixie Chemical, Premix, Rhein Chemie, Galata Chemical, Battelle Memorial Institute and the USDA.

    Fourteen presentations were made at the technical meeting. Among the new uses presented were:

    • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company presented an update on its research efforts to use soy oil in tire tread applications. Tire rubber was successfully produced at one of its major commercial facilities last August, and the trial demonstrated significant processing improvements. Ongoing tire performance results indicate equivalent performance is attainable with minor formulation adjustments. Goodyear is continuing further evaluations towards a technical release of the soy-oil based tire application.
    • BioPlastic Polymers and Composites reported its successes in developing a polyol from soybean meal rather than soybean oil. For the first time, soy polyols can now be made from the low-cost soy meal. These are high functionality polyols used in polyurethane products, such as pour-in-place and spray polyurethane rigid foams.
    • Premix and Agri-Tech Producers made two presentations covering how soybean biomass can be converted by a process known as torrification to create as filler used to make molded thermoset plastics. The product is better than other commonly used and biobased fillers, and results in a lighter weight plastic. Commercialization discussions are under way. The market opportunity could potentially utilize hulls from 110 million bushels of soybeans per year.

    Other topics included: researchers from the University of Akron, Iowa State University and North Dakota State University covering their individual research efforts to use soy in various rubber applications; researchers from Pittsburg State University reported on breakthrough chemistry making non-isocyanate polyurethane adhesives using soybean oil; BioBased Technologies, one of the leading soy polyol manufacturers, discussed new soy polyols that are part of its product line to meet a growing demand; Lear Corporation, one of world’s largest automotive seat manufacturers, provided an update on its global sustainability initiatives and focus on using soy polyols worldwide in its production of seat foam.

     
  • New Industrial Uses for Soy Showcased at TAP Meeting

    Omni Tech International coordinated the 2014 Adhesives, Paper, Coatings, Inks & Solvents Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) meeting held March 18-19 in St. Louis where a leading group of researchers and business managers expanded their knowledge base of the latest chemical developments in soy technologies to help them in their efforts to bring new industrial products to market.

     

    More than 45 participants attended the meeting, sponsored by the United Soybean Board. They represented the value chain from universities to suppliers to manufacturing and included Sherwin Williams, Cargill, ADM, Rust-Oleum, SAPPI and Celanese. The purpose of the TAP meeting is to showcase the latest soy research and commercial development and to provide a forum for researchers to build their network of resources to help as they pioneer new technologies using soy-based chemistry. Omni Tech handled all of the logistics for the meeting, including identifying and lining up the speakers, inviting key targets to invite to attend, hotel and meeting logistics, and distributing scribe notes for all of the presentations following the meeting.

     

    Fifteen presentations were made, and highlights included:

    • Two major coating companies, Reichhold and Celanese, will both introduce soy-based commercial coating products in April. This resulted from USB project support at both companies.

    • Sherwin-Williams and Rust-Oleum are exploring novel ways to use soy meal in coating formulations. These are the first attempts to utilize soy meal in the coatings market place.

    • Neimann & Associates is field testing, with Johnson Controls in Chicago and California, a traffic marker adhesive that contains soy. They are also developing several new soy adhesives for various roofing applications.

    • The University of Maine is developing a soy-containing barrier coating for packaging applications, such as fast-food wrappings, pizza boxes and pet food bags. This is to replace the use of fluorocarbons being phased out due to toxicity concerns. Prototypes are being evaluated at a major forest products producer.

    • Iowa State University has developed two starting soy wax coating formulations for cardboard boxes used to transport fresh produce. The industry is seeking biobased alternatives and is interested in evaluating these new soy-based waxes.

    • North Carolina State University has developed a soy-containing system in paper recycling to address “stickies,” a major processing problem caused by binders and adhesives that results in expensive downtime. Field tests are being planned at Visy, SP Fiber and NewPage.

  • Omni Tech attending PaperCon

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  • Lee Walko attends The Waterborne Symposium

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  • Video - Soy as a Widespread BioFeedstock

    Omni Tech's Jim Martin speaks at the ACS Science and the Congress on "Soy as a Widespread BioFeedstock"
     
     
     
  • Omni Tech Attends Greenbuild 2013

     
     

    The 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world's largest conference dedicated to green construction and building, was held November 20-22 in Philadelphia. The event is the building industry's largest convention devoted to the green movement. The theme for this year’s show was “Greenbuild Nation” to promote its past 20 year history, and inspire attendees for the future—capitalizing on the history of the city as the nation’s birthplace.

     

    Four days of comprehensive educational programming, workshops and an extensive expo provided opportunities for attendees to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products and exchange ideas with other professionals. The convention is hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC community comprises 80 local chapters, 17,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 individuals who have earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Professional Credentials.

     

    It’s predicted that green building will support or create nearly 8 million jobs, add $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product, and contribute $396 billion in wages in coming years. This significance was underscored by the attendance of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was the keynote speaker.

    The show has grown consistently since its start in 2002. This is a testament of the growing movement of green products in home and commercial design and construction, and it underlines the importance of the United Soybean Board attending this show to impact decision makers and trends.

     From spray foam, to paints and coatings, to adhesives, to cleaners, a wide variety of soy-based products attracted attention and discussion at the booth. A wide variety of products were showcased and all of them were discussed at one time or another with attendees. These product samples helped to catch attention, draw people into the booth and give hands-on, tangible evidence of real soy-based products vs. products in research.

     

  • Lee Walko Attending Western Coatings Show

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  • Robina Hogan to Speak at Insight 2013

     
     

    Omni Tech's Robina Hogan will present at the Insight 2013 International Conference on October 15th.  Her talk will be on "Soy Chemistry in Nonwovens"...  for more information please visit:
     
  • Omni Tech Attending World Bio Markets USA

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  • ASC Fall Convention and Expo

    Omni Tech's will be presenting at the ASC Fall Convention and Expo in Minneapolis, MN on October 23rd, 2013. Her presentation is titled “Soy Bio-Based Materials in Adhesives and Paper”. In this presentation, the sustainability, production and chemistry of soybeans as a bio-based feedstock for adhesive applications will be described. Examples of commercial products containing soy-based derivatives for the adhesives and paper industry will also be highlighted. Commercialization activities regarding feasibility assessment of soy-based products for new uses in these applications will be listed - in the context of current industry trends.

     

    Omni Tech International, Ltd. specializes in the rapid commercialization of biobased materials and has helped companies and research organizations create sustainable value by helping to commercialize more than 500 biobased chemical products over the past twenty-plus years.

  • Omni Tech Attending the International Wood Adhesives Conference

  • Lee Walko Attending 4th BioBased Chemicals Conference

  • Omni Tech Presenting at TAPPI PEERS

    Omni Tech's will be presenting at TAPPI PEERS in Green Bay, WI on September 16th, 2013. Her presentation is titled “Soy Bio-Based Alternatives for Petrochemical Polymers in Paper Applications”. In this presentation, the sustainability, production and chemistry of soybeans as a bio-based feedstock for paper applications will be described. Commercial products containing soy-based derivatives for the paper and adhesives industry will also be summarized. Commercialization activities regarding feasibility assessment of soy-based products for new uses in these applications will be listed in the context of current industry trends.

     

    These activities are related to projects that are funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) which contracts out programs to help increase the use of soy in new applications. Omni Tech’s role, on behalf of the USB, is to identify emerging research from industry and academia, evaluate it for funding support and bring together the researchers and those within industry who can bring the technology to market for rapid commercialization. Omni Tech International, Ltd., specializes in the rapid commercialization of biobased materials and has helped companies and research organizations create sustainable value by helping to commercialize more than 500 biobased chemical products over the past seventeen years. We bridge the gaps between knowledge of industry trends and market dynamics, identification of biobased opportunities and meeting customer needs.

  • Green Chemistry & Engineering 2013 Conference

    Attendees at the 2013 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) couldn’t help but think about soy chemistry and the United Soybean Board as they left the conference this year.

    Omni Tech International (OTI) helped the United Soybean Board leverage the most out of its sponsorship at the conference held in Bethesda, MD. Through the planning and execution of OTI, the USB sponsorship package included a number of multi-faceted elements to leave an impression with attendees, including:

    • Sponsoring the opening night reception, which included an opportunity to make a presentation by a USB director about the advantages of soy in green chemistry. In addition, USB was able to showcase soy-based products and promote its brand identity at the reception.
    • USB exhibited at the conference and was one of the most visited booths by the attendees. The booth was staffed by OTI to provide technical expertise to answer questions and, more importantly, to develop contacts and leads for future research projects for USB.
    • OTI coordinated a technical session during the conference to promote opportunities using soy oil and meal. The session was among the top sessions in attendance, further building awareness and contacts.

    The objective for the USB sponsorship, trade show and technical session was to build awareness and understanding of the viability, performance, economics and sustainability of soy as a major raw material feedstock for industrial products. Companies represented at the conference include the Fortune 500, such as DuPont, BASF and Nike, as well as key influencers, such as the EPA.

    The Presidential Green Chemistry Award has been awarded at this conference. In recent years, Sherwin Williams and Elevance Renewable Sciences have been awarded this honor with new technologies they developed using soy and through research efforts funded by the USB and coordinated by OTI.

    In demonstrating its leadership, USB was the only commodity association attending the conference to promote the use of biobased chemistry.

    GC&E is an international technical conference bringing together the cross section of disciplines working on green chemistry and engineering research. Attendees include scientists, sustainability leaders, industry executives, government officials and policy makers, and chemical R&D professionals, who are all shaping the future of sustainable science through green chemistry and sustainability issues.

  • BIO World Congress Conference

    This conference is one of the preeminent meetings in the world for a combination of technical summaries and business connections/deal making in the industrial biotechnology field. The production of chemicals from biological sources is a new industry that is primed for growth as evidenced by the number of startup companies moving from the pilot to commercial plants. Attendance of 1500 along with the number of exhibitors was a record for this conference.  Keith Wing and Dwight Rust staffed a USB table-top exhibit promoting the use of soy carbohydrates to make value added chemicals.

     A boat from Campion Marine located in Kelowna, Canada using Ashland’s soy-based Envirez® Unsaturated Polyester Resin and soy containing foam seats was on display in the exhibit hall to illustrate the uses of soy bio-based materials. This was illustrative of Campion’s continuous journey to become the greenest boat manufacturer in the world. The Enivrez® Resin product was an outcome from USB project funding and Omni Tech International, LTD assistance to gain commercialization.

     

  • Lee Walko Presents Paper for Cleveland Coatings Society

    Lee Walko presented a paper on “Current Trends in Soy-Based Coatings” at the recent Technical Symposium put on by the Cleveland Coatings Society. There were over 100 participants from the Paint and Coatings industry during the two day event. In addition, Lee participated on a panel discussion on “What the HECK is Sustainable Innovation?”

  • Annual Thermoset Plastics Technical Advisory Panel Meeting Held

    A number of exciting new industrial uses for soy derivatives, including expanding new opportunities for soybean meal, were reported at the recent 2013 Thermoset Plastics Technical Advisory Panel Meeting that was coordinated by Omni Tech International. Among the new uses presented were:

    • Troy Polymers/Michigan State University reported its successes in producing rigid polyurethane foams derived from soybean meal –rather than soybean oil. For the first time, soy polyols were made from the low-cost soy meal, and these are high functionality polyols compatible with other polyols used in industrial products.
    • BayerMaterials and Deceuninck presented their research and commercialization work to use soy-based polyols for new polyurethane pultruded insert used to reinforce hollowwindow frames for improved weather performance against wind and cold temperatures. These plastics use up to 20 percent biocontent. Deceuninck is a major global supplier of window components to fabricators, and its products are in more than 5 million homes in the U.S. alone.
    • Ford Motor Company presented promising results on two major rubber projects using soy fillers and oil. It has successfully used soy oil to produce rubber for weatherstripping and for use in tire tread applications, and is moving forward with further development and testing of these soy polyol containing elastomeric products, which would represent a million bushels of soybeans.

    Fifteen presentations were made. Topics included: research from Washington State University on the use of soybean oil to make epoxy resins for high performance thermoset plastics; Pittsburg State reported an update on using soy oil to produce elastomer plastics, and a second research project to develop highly reactive polyols from soy-based glycerin for use in polyurethane products; Iowa State University, University of Akron, North Dakota State University and Akron Labs made separate presentations covering their research efforts to use soy in various rubber applications, including automotive tires.

    Nearly 80 representatives of industry, academia and government attended the meeting, held April 23-24 in Detroit. Among the major companies represented were:

    • Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler and Hyundai as major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
    • Ashland, Dow Chemical, BASF, BayerMaterial Science, Biobased Technologies, MCPU Engineering (Honeybee™ Polyols) and Huntsman, major soy polyol and resin manufacturers.
    • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Lear Corp., Johnson Controls and Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, foam seat suppliers and developers for automotive and furniture.
    • Others included Battelle Memorial Institute, Bunge, CHS, Dixie Chemical, Premix, Rhein Chemie and Galata Chemicals.
  • Omni Tech Presenting at Papercon

    Omni Tech's will be presenting at PaperCon in Atlanta, GA on April 29, 2013. Her presentation is titled “New Uses for Soy in PaperMaking – and Funding Opportunities Thereof”. In this presentation, commercialization activities regarding feasibility assessment of soy-based products for various papermaking applications will be summarized. These activities are just a few examples resulting from the numerous projects that are funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) which contracts out programs to help increase the use of soy in new applications. Omni Tech’s role, on behalf of the USB, is to identify emerging research from industry and academia, evaluate it for funding support and bring together the researchers and those within industry who can bring the technology to market for rapid commercialization.

  • Omni Tech Leads Joint Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting on Behalf of The United Soybean Board

    Omni Tech International led the joint 2013 Coatings/Solvents/Inks and Adhesives/Paper Technical Advisory Panel meeting in St. Louis on March 19-21 on behalf of the United Soybean Board (USB). Nearly 75 attendees from industry, academia, research institutes and government listened to more than 25 presentations describing the latest research and commercialization efforts to find new uses for soybean oil and meal in numerous applications ranging from wood finish coatings, thermally cured coatings, pavements, and waxes to barrier coatings, paper wet end additives, pressure sensitive adhesives and surfactants. Omni Tech is managing these leading-edge research projects and helping to coordinate new commercialization efforts on behalf of the USB.

    Presentations regarding overviews of the coatings, adhesives and sealant markets; powder coatings and printing inks; as well as soybean proteins and government testing programs were also made by various consultants, principle investigators and soybean suppliers. The major soybean suppliers were in attendance as well as representatives from various entities such as Ashland, Colonial Chemical, Sherwin Williams, Rust-Oleum Corp, Henkel, Avery Dennison, Forest Products Laboratory, Eka, ADM, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, The University of Maine and Kansas State University. Numerous discussions and networking led to the identification of several ideas in new applications for future research proposals.

  • 17th Annual ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

    Abstracts from 31 people have been received and reviewed for the USB coordinated session on "Biobased Chemicals and Materials: Growing the Supply Chain" at the 17th Annual ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering conference (June 18-20, 2013). This will fill two speaker sessions and highlight the work of many USB sponsored research programs. In addition, a poster session will be presented on additional developments supporting the research and commercialization of biobased chemicals and materials.

  • 2013 Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

    Everyone is interested in going green... right.  Well, here is an opportunity to learn.  The ACS Green Chemistry Institute presents their 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.
     
    "Explore green chemistry and engineering advancements that will help you meet the challenges of the 21st century and design for a sustainable future during this 3-day conference near Washington, DC.  Join scientists, business executives, government leaders, educators and students focusing on greening from the ground up."
     
  • New Soy-Based Products for 2012

    Omni Tech International, Ltd. has an on-going 18 year strategic relationship with the United Soybean Board (USB), where our team has been involved in the commercialization of soybean derivatives from soy oil and soy meal in over 500 new biobased products in plastics, polyurethanes and unsaturated polyester resins, coatings and printing inks, fibers, pesticides, lubricants, solvents, adhesives and others.  Over 100 patents have been issued as a result of this effort. The following article highlights some of the new soy-based products for 2012:
     
     
  • Lee Rouse Presents at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

    On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, Lee Rouse gave a presentation for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers titled “The Consulting Conundrum – Creating or Transitioning to a Career in Consulting.”

    The seminar focused on how consulting can be a flexible, challenging and rewarding career move if you take the time to understand the business and how your particular skills and assets can be marketed. The presentation addressed:  

    1. common facts and misunderstandings about the consulting industry,
    2. The "consulting landscape" (different types and sizes of consulting firms),
    3. advantages and disadvantages of being an independent consultant vs. working for a consulting firm,
    4. consulting career options - generalist or specialist,
    5. key skills required to be a good consultant,
    6. how to prepare for the transition – realities you need to understand before becoming a consultant,
    7. stupid mistakes that smart people make that are new or inexperienced consultants and
    8. managing a consulting business.
  • Soy OIl Voted Best Coatings Feedstock

    Green Chemical's Blog cites Omni Tech International's "Potential Impact of Rising Petrochemical Prices on Soy Use for Industrial Applications" in reporting on soy oil voted best coatings feedstock.  Omni Tech's report details and updates for specific price changes for a variety of chemicals used to make a wide range of products that either are already being made from soy derivatives or could be made from soy derivatives if affordable technology were available. It also contrasts those changes with the more stable price of soybean oil and soy protein.  This report includes, for the first time, the implications for soy in the fiber and surfactant market areas.
     
     
  • Omni Tech Leads Annual USB Fibers & Thermoplastic Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting

    The latest research developments to bring new products to market using soy in making new fibers, food packaging films and both biodegradable and non-biodegradable thermoplastics were presented at the fourth annual Fibers and Thermoplastics Technical Advisory Panel meeting coordinated by Omni Tech for the United Soybean Board (USB) held August 7-8 in Charlotte.

    Nearly 50 attendees representing industry, academia and government listened to more than 15 presentations made by leading researchers on the latest developments to commercialize products in these new market areas using soy oil, meal and hulls. Omni Tech is managing these research projects and helping to coordinate the new commercialization efforts.

    Presentations were made by: Natick Army Laboratories; Battelle Memorial Institute; Iowa State University; University of Minnesota; Georgia Institute of Technology; Custom Solution Builders; Marvin Technology Associates; Clemson University; University of Tennessee; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and North Carolina State University.
  • Omni Tech Helps Shape Federal Policy

    Omni Tech helps shape federal policy on the revitalization of the nations advanced manufacturing sector by contributing to the President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology Report entitled "Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing"......
     
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  • Omni Tech's Bob Brentin Helps Oversee USB/Goodyear Project

    Omni Tech International, Ltd. has an on-going 18 year strategic relationship with the United Soybean Board (USB).  This is one of the projects that Omni Tech is involved in with Bob Brentin helping to oversee it:
     
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  • American Coatings Show 2012

    Lee Orr, Commercialization Manager with Omni Tech, teamed up with Kent Young, Director of Technology with Sherwin Williams, to present the keynote address at the 2012 American Coatings Show held in May in Indianapolis.  Their presentation, “Bio-based Coatings Technology: Collaborative Research with Supply Chain Partners,” covered the project initiative funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) that earned Sherwin Williams the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2011. Orr and OTI played a key role in arranging and coordinating that award-winning project.

     
    An estimated 1,000 people attended the opening address. Quoting a news release, “Industry experts from coatings manufacturers, their suppliers, universities, and government partners across the nation and beyond gathered to hear the conference’s keynote speakers from the National Science Foundation, the Sherwin-Williams Company and the United Soybean Board underscore the ties between science and industry.”

    The American Coatings Show (ACS) is the leading industry event for the coatings industry in the U.S., and is one of the major events globally. Orr also staffed the USB booth at the trade show, answering questions of the several hundred visitors at the booth about soy-based products and technologies. Visitors included representatives from Dow, Univar, Rust-Oleum, Huntsman, BASF and other industry leaders.

    Sherwin Williams and Lee Orr also presented another opening address at a regional coatings show in June in Ohio—representing another opportunity to promote the effort and leadership by OTI and USB in making a difference in new technologies for the coatings industry.

     

  • Annual Coatings, Inks & Solvents Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting Held

    A number of new industrial uses for soybean-based chemistry used in paints and coatings were presented at the 2012 Coatings, Inks & Solvents (CIS) Technical Advisory Panel Meeting coordinated by Omni Tech for the United Soybean Board (USB) in Indianapolis on May 22-23.

    First-time speakers made nearly half of the 15 presentations at the meeting, showcasing the expanding variety of research projects being funded by USB and coordinated by OTI. It also was one of the largest CIS TAP meetings, as nearly 50 representatives of industry, academia and government attended. Presenters included Rust-Oleum, ADM; SFC Consulting; BioPlastics & Composites; North Dakota State University; Reichhold; and Iowa State University.

    All of the presentations covered leading-edge projects that OTI is managing, and they ranged from coatings now being developed using soy meal, to new soy-based inkjet inks on the verge of commercialization.

    Sherwin Williams, in its presentation, acknowledged Omni Tech for its role in bringing a new paint to market that earned the prestigious 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Award.

    The highly acclaimed award was also the subject of the keynote address at the American Coatings Show (ACS) held in May in Indianapolis. The keynote address was made by Lee Orr, commercialization manager for OTI, and Kent Young with Sherwin Williams. The ACS convention is the premier conference for the paints and coatings industry in the U.S.

    For more information on Soy Coatings, Inks and Solvent Technology.....  Soy-Based Paints and Coatings, Soy-Based Printing Inks, Soy-Based Solvents

  • Annual Thermoset Plastic Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting Held

    Omni Tech International hosted the 2012 Thermoset Plastics Technical Advisory Panel Meeting in Detroit on April 26-27, at which a number of exciting new industrial uses for soy derivatives, including expanding new opportunities for soybean meal, were presented. Omni Tech coordinated the technical update meeting on behalf of the United Soybean Board.

    Nearly 80 representatives of industry, academia and government attended. Among the major companies represented were:

    • Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hundai, Toyota and John Deere, major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
    • Cargill, Dow, Biobased Technologies, Honeybee and Huntsman, major soy polyol and resin manufacturers.
    • Lear Corp., Woodbridge Group and Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, foam seat suppliers and developers for automotive and furniture.
    • Others included Bunge, CHS, Rhein Chemie and Galata Chemicals.

    Among the new uses presented were:

    • Michigan State University and Troy Polymers made two presentations on a new soy polyol for producing rigid polyurethane foams derived from soybean meal –rather than soybean oil.
    • Soybean oil as a replacement for petroleum-based oils used as a process aid and extender for tire tread rubber was presented by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Goodyear noted that tires made with soybean oil could be commercialized within the next two years.
    • Discovery of new epoxy resin made from soy-based polyols was presented by Honeybee Polyols. Epoxy resins are a high dollar value, with a 1+ billion pound market in North America and a 3-4 percent annual growth rate.

     

    For more information on Soy Thermoset Plastic Technology...  Soy-Based Thermoset Plastic
  • Omni Tech holds Annual Adhesives Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting

    More than 30 attendees representing industry, universities and federal research labs attended the annual Adhesives Technical Advisory Panel meeting held on March 14-15 in St. Louis that was coordinated by Omni Tech International.

    Thirteen presentations were made covering the latest research and commercialization efforts to find new uses for soy in adhesives.

    The presentations ranged from using soy oil latex for pressure sensitive adhesives, to using a soy binder for torrefied wood pellets, to implications in papermaking with soy protein adhesion on cellulose and lignin, and development of a craft glue based on soy.

    Among the presenters were Forest Products Lab, Heartland Resource Technologies, e2e Materials, Sherwin Williams, Ashland, Applied Protein Systems, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, Niemann Labs and TensTech.
     

    For more information on Soy Adhesive Technology….. Soy-Based Adhesives

     
  • Omni Tech Celebrates with 26th Annual Shareholder Meeting

    Lee Rouse

    Omni Tech celebrated 26 years in business at the Annual Shareholder's meeting on April 18, 2012.  President and CEO, Lee Rouse, presented highlights from 2011 focusing on the expansion and diversity of projects with both new and existing clients.  The long standing relationship with Smith Bucklin and the United Soybean Board was featured as a strong partnership.  On behalf of Smith Bucklin, Omni Tech has been instrumental in assisting in the commercialization of hundreds of soy-based products.  In addition, she emphasized that the Omni Tech Board of Directors has been focused on managing the succession of shareholders and ensuring a return on investment for investors.IMG screen

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