Dr. Kongkrapan Intarajang, group Chief Executive Officer explained that the new facility will enhance US operations into an integrated site to deliver high-performance solutions. "Our expansion project in Cincinnati is a timely addition to our global expansion efforts as we seek to provide the marketplace with a new line of value-added solutions derived from renewable raw materials, he said. The plant will produce high-performance bio-based polyols products for the automotive, furniture, major appliances and various other industries. The company recently acquired production technology from the Batelle Institute to produce NOPs. Emery Oleochemicals already trialled polyols derived from tallow oil in the USA, for use in several applications including automotive seat foam. Although these products perform well, some concern has been expressed among processors about using animal-derived products in polyurethanes, eager not to offend consumer's religious views or dietary preference. The oleochemicals will be derived from plant oils and animal fats which are already widely used in biodiesel and detergent production. The new plant will produce high-performance products for the automotive, furniture, appliance and other industries and add 30 new jobs in chemical processing, research and development sectors. The investment is one of the company's strategic global projects designed to boost its strength in becoming a speciality solutions provider, said Kongkrapan. Emery Oleochemicals is a 50:50 joint venture between Sime Darby Plantation and PTT Chemical International and has presence on three continents, with plants in North America, Germany and Malaysia.