In 1922, people of the Quaker Oats Company were able to commercialize furfural production by treating oat hulls from their cereal mill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since decades, annually harvested agro-wastes like corn cobs, sugar cane bagasse,
cereal byproducts or pulping wastes make up a bottomless renewable feedstock for furfural production.
The worldwide leading manufacturer of this renewable chemical, Central Romana Corporation is located in the Dominican Republic. Bagasse, left over from sugar cane processing, is valorized for furfural production.
International Furan Chemicals has the exclusive use and distribution rights of the Central Romana Corporation furfural
output of some 35,000 tons.
Furfural has an aromatic odor reminiscent of almonds. Its exceptional physical properties make from this hetero-aromaticaldehyde a selective solvent for refining lubricating oils. In the manufacture of resin-bonded grinding wheels
and refractory materials this biomass based chemical is used at the same time as a reactive chemical and as solvent.
Furfural is the sole industrial source for furfuryl alcohol, tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol, furoic acid, furfurylamine, methylfuran
and furan. Without hesitation furfuryl alcohol is its principal derivative. Since the sixties and seventies furfuryl alcohol
resins replace oil based binders in the foundry industry.