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What are CARADOL polyether polyols?

CARADOL polyether polyols are derived from propylene oxide. They are organic materials with two or more alcohol end-groups (OH) and sometimes with micrometer polymer particles present in suspension. When polyether polyols and isocyanates are reacted together they form polyurethanes.

CARADOL polyether polyols are available in a wide range of molecular weights and it is this variety which gives rise to a wide range of processing and application possibilities.

How are CARADOL polyether polyols used?

CARADOL polyether polyols, when combined with isocyanates, are used in urethane applications, such as flexible foam, and in Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants & Elastomer (CASE) systems. As a result we may encounter them in a wide variety of goods including furniture, car seating, bedding, paints and coatings, artificial sports tracks, playground surfaces, ski suits and other waterproof leisure wear.

CARADOL polyether polyols are also used in non-urethane applications such as surfactants and oil demulsifiers.

'World of Polyurethanes' animation

To find out even more about how polyurethanes are used in our everyday lives, take a look at the interactive 'World of Polyurethanes' animation, which has also been produced by ISOPA.

View the interactive animation 'World of Polyurethanes' 

What are our key strengths in the polyether polyols sector?

  • High quality essential CARADOL polyether polyols grades that meet the application and processing needs of flexible foam and non-foam (CASE) manufacturers.
  • A reliable and integrated global supply network.
  • Professional customer support teams and specialist technical advice for key customers.
  • Strong HSSE commitment.

They also present papers on polyurethanes at events such as UTECH, API and PFA. Recent titles have included:

  • Physical properties of liquid CO2 mixtures
  • Fire behaviour of polyurethane foams
  • The flexible foam slabstock market in Asia Pacific: challenges and opportunities
  • Meeting the requirements of today's furniture industry through applied polyurethanes technology
  • DBTDL replacement in high resilience slabstock foam
  • TDI-based automotive seating solutions for enhancing foam durability

Copies of these conference papers and other technical content can be accessed by customers in the Shell Chemicals Customer Lounge.

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Currently, Shell Chemicals number among the top four global players in the PO and derivatives sector. This substantial capacity growth has been fuelled by continual developments in our proprietary SMPO technology, and manifested in world-scale, integrated assets that are strategically placed to meet customer needs. It is this same commitment to our customers that drove the establishment of our polyurethanes research and technology centre in Bangalore, India, providing our key clients with practical advice and research findings on the issues that matter to their industries.

Propylene oxide and derivatives: a Shell history
Year Event
1957 First propylene oxide plant acquired in Carrington, UK
1959 First polyether polyols produced in Carrington
1964 New polyol plant starts up in Pernis, The Netherlands
1970 New TDI / MDI joint venture plant starts up in Antwerp, Belgium (halted production in 2003)
1971 Major polyol plant expansion at Pernis, The Netherlands
1980 First SMPO plant starts commercial production in Moerdijk, The Netherlands
1988 New "product" laboratory opened in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
1990 Polyols and SMPO de-bottlenecking in The Netherlands
1997 Shell Seraya Research Laboratory opens in Singapore
1997 SMPO/Polyols/MPG plants start up in Singapore
1998 New rigid polyols facility starts up at Pernis, The Netherlands
1999 New SMPO plant starts up in Moerdijk, The Netherlands
1999 New polymer polyol capacity becomes available
1999 Shell/Huntsman Strategic Alliance on Rigid foam Urethanes
2002 New SMPO/Polyols plant starts up in Singapore
2003 New styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) polymer polyol plant in The Netherlands
2006 SM/PO and derivatives plants come on-stream at CSPCL Nanhai in China
2007 Closure of CARADOL* polyether polyols plant at Carrington UK
2008 Opening of new R&D centre in Bangalore, India. Expansion of polyols plant at Pernis, The Netherlands.
2009 Shell Chemicals celebrates 50 years of polyols (see link to feature article)
2011 Modifications at Pernis increase capacity of CASE polyols

Polyurethanes are all around us. They are innovative and durable and their properties can enhance resource efficiency in applications such as buildings and cars. Discover more about the world of polyurethanes in this animation, which has been produced by ISOPA – the European Diisocyanate and Polyol Producers Association.

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