Vegetable oils from palm fruits and sunflower or rape seed are the source of a variety of highly useful lipids and acids, which can be transformed into safe, sustainable ingredients and functional agents given the right mindset and the tenacity needed in long, deliberate research efforts. We know this better than most here at Palsgaard - for more than a century we have explored the boundless possibilities of these naturally occuring oils in the development of emulsifiers and other functional ingredients for the global food industry. The same knowledge and open-minded approach to R&D are also the key drivers in our development of vegetable-based functional agents for the polymer industry; a range of products we market under the name Einar®. Market-driven, scientific development The R&D effort at Palsgaard is normally a collaboration between hard market intelligence and pure scientific endeavour. We have decades of experience in dealing with the polymer industry, and just by listening to our customers and partners we are often capable of pinpointing the need for a specific solution to problems that have beset the industry for years. Sometimes we enter into a development programme with our customers to discover solutions for new applications, but more often than not we are simply driven by curiosity. Here, our unique ownership status comes as a fantastic benefit to us. We have the financial and corporate stability to think in long-term solutions and to develop answers to questions few have yet begun to ask - financial gain here and now is all well and good, but market leadership in the long run is far more desirable to us. Often, our research shows us new possibilities which we explore and develop into viable solutions to problems facing the industry. Such basic research regularly leads us in entirely new directions - and to new products, all based on the inexhaustible wealth of natural ingredients. A history of innovation For decades, Palsgaard’s food-grade emulsifiers and stabilizers have contributed to better and safe products for the food industry. With the general trend towards sustainable and safe products across industries, this technology platform offers plenty of opportunities also for other industries. The replacement of polymer additives of concern, like amides and amines, by bio-based and food-grade functional agents for the polymer industry is just one example. Also in other areas where sustainability, functionality, product safety and cost-performance matter, this chemistry makes its contribution, for instance as bio-based functional and process additives for materials, formulations and dispersions.