Malama Composites develops and manufactures rigid urethane foams made from sustainable resources. The company's materials enable manufacturers to produce final products that are strong, light weight, less toxic, and far more easily recycled than petroleum-based foams. Malama’s foams are price and performance competitive. They generate no water or air pollution during manufacturing or use. They improve energy and resource efficiency, and enable the creation of safer work places and living environments. SNNLive spoke with David P. Saltman, Chairman and CEO of Malama Composites, Inc. at the PortTech LA Expo 2014 in San Pedro, CA.
Mr. Saltman begins with an overview of the company, “We actually manufacture rigid polyurethane foams that compete directly with petroleum-based foams and are used in the industry for a wide range of industrial applications. So urethanes are actually used in homes as an insulation, automobiles, they’re carved into movie sets and until now those foams have essentially been made out of petroleum chemicals, they’re toxic, very difficult to recycle so we’re making cost-competitive materials that walk, talk and quack just like a real foam, but made from plant-based raw materials.”
He notes that Malama’s foams and the petroleum counterparts are essentially the same other than the materials they are created with. He explains that, “For a long period of time we’ve really looked at petroleum as the feedstock, not just for fuels but for all of industry, for all of our plastics, for all of our building materials and really there hasn’t been a driver, a market driver looking at carbohydrates like plant-based materials, soy, aster, algae even as a feedstock. What we’ve done is enter into markets where we can be cost-competitive.” For more information, check out their website at www.malamacomposites.com
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