Furfuryl alcohol, produced by Silvateam, is a clear colourless organic liquid when pure, but becomes amber upon prolonged exposure to light and air. Furfuryl alcohol, produced in Argentina, is produced using a catalytic hydrogenation process at high pressure, starting from furfural. Furfuryl alcohol has a purity of 98.5%.
Furfuryl alcohol reacts with formaldehyde and leads to the formation of resinous condensation products that are widely used in the production of thermosetting resins and is particularly resistant to chemicals and solvents. It is also used for:
- Manufacture of foundry resins, characterised by low viscosity, good mechanical strength at metal melting temperature and low gas emission.
- Production of corrosion resistant resins with a very competitive price.
- Production of abrasive wheels and adhesives based on urea formaldehyde resin due to its wetting - dispersant properties.
- Production of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) used as a solvent in the pharmaceutical industry.
Furfuryl alcohol is delivered by tank-trucks, in 240kg steel drums, in 1,000kg tanks and in isotanks holding 21 to 23t each and by tanker (300 ~ 400t). The packaging used is made of steel and in an inert nitrogen gas atmosphere (N2), oxygen-free to prevent oxidation during transportation.