The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) hosts one Ohio Soy 2020 forum each year with a specific theme in mind. At the forum on August 31, 2009, the theme was soy-based bioproducts. On this day, presentations and group discussions were focused on soybeans and their future as a feedstock for the bioproducts industry.
Attendees of the forums usually received a notepad or other giveaway but the opportunity to put a locally made bioproduct into the hands of attendees was intriguing.
Prior to the forum, funded by the OSC, Battelle had developed a process to combine soybean meal and plastics, creating a soy-based polymer. The agricultural plastic was tested using Univenture‘s patented UniKeep design and injection molding process. A binder was produced using the agricultural plastic, affirming commerical success. The collaboration resulted in an R&D 100 award for their combined efforts.
“Battelle scientists have devloped an innovative method and technology of using agricultural co-products to reduce the use of petroleum based products. Univenture has been a strategic resource for us to be able to demonstrate the commercial success of our soy-based polymer and to produce a marketable commodity such as the UniKeep Binder,” commented Barry McGraw, Battelle’s Program Manager.
“The UniKeep Case Binder by Univenture, Inc. came immediately to mind when we were planning this year’s forum, due to the recent announcement that Battelle, OSC, and Univenture had received an R&D 100 award for the soy-based polymer that was used to create the binder,” said Kirk Merritt, OSC director of international marketing and Ohio Soy 2020 project manager. “The binder was a perfect example of how a soy-based, environmentally friendly product can be developed and brought to industry and the marketplace.”
“It’s great to know that there are companies in the state like Univenture who are working to put bioproducts out there in the market.”
-Keith Kemp, OSC Chairman and Soybean Farmer from Preble County
Univenture provided their patented, one-inch UniKeep Case Binder made from soy meal polymer, a byproduct of soybeans. The binder was digitally printed with the OSC and Ohio Soy 2020 logos on the front of the binder.