Cat Loi products are based on cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL), a natural, annually renewable biomaterial. CNSL is a reddish brown viscous liquid extracted from a soft honeycomb structure inside the cashew nutshell.
This nutshell liquid contains mainly anacardic acid and a smaller amount of cardol and its methyl derivatives. CNSL can be decarboxylated and distilled to yield high purity cardanol, a highly desirable alkylphenolic compound in the chemical industry. The distillation residue can be used to produce resilient friction particles and binders for the automotive brake lining industry.
CNSL technology allows for the production of a wide range of cardanol grades with different purities and colors. Recently developed Ultra LITE technology allows for color Gardner 1 cardanols with good stability over time. Cardanol is used as a primary building block for epoxy curing agents, diluents and modifiers, and polyol and diol resins. This natural alkylphenolic material has an aromatic ring that provides a strong chemical and thermal resistant backbone while the hydroxyl group gives strong adhesion and good reactivity for fast and low temperature cure. A long aliphatic side chain provides excellent water and moisture resistance, good flexibility, low viscosity, extended pot life, and excellent corrosion protection.
With the increased desire in the chemical industry to replace petroleum-based materials and move away from toxic substances, cardanol end-uses continue to expand as a diluent and intermediate for various derivatives and applications.
Cat Loi continues to invest heavily on innovation that leverages the unique properties of CNSL technology. Our advanced research and technical service laboratories use CNSL as a primary building block to develop and evaluate performance of specialty materials with demonstrated advantages over traditional chemistries.