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At Acme-Hardesty, it’s our mission to match customers with bio-based ingredients sustainably sourced from around the globe while providing them with helpful insights to assist in growing their businesses. As one of the largest and most influential castor product, palm derivative and specialty ingredient distributors, we deliver natural solutions that meet or exceed industry standards.

Our ever-expanding inventory of bio-based coating, adhesive, sealant and elastomer (CASE) products is optimized to meet our customers’ individual solution needs. We carry a comprehensive assortment of top-of-the-line ingredients that will add quality and functionality to your end products, helping you stay up to date with relevant industry trends and gain a competitive market advantage.

We carry industry-leading ingredients for CASE products ranging from performance coatings to adhesives to decorative paints and more, giving you the solutions you need to stand out from the competition.

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Castor-Based Polyols

We carry a new line of natural oil polyols that delivers increased moisture protection and versatility in numerous CASE applications and polyurethane products. Our broad array of polyol solutions offers exceptional performance for coatings, foams and other commercial products.

When you choose Acme-Hardesty for reliable polyols, you can expect sustainable, innovative and eco-friendly solutions for even the most challenging CASE formulation demands. Our complete selection of natural oil, castor-based and recycled polyols sets the standard for performance and cost, making these products ideal for any project.

Castor-Based Polyols

  • EcOH® 250
  • EcOH® 280
  • EcOH® 305
  • EcOH® 360
  • EcOH® 400
  • EcOH® 500

Natural Oil Polyols

  • DP 163
  • VerOH™
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Bio-Based Polyethylene Glycols

Our unique bio-based polyethylene glycol (PEG) assortment is ideal for manufacturers dedicated to enhanced sustainability for their product profile. Our polyethylene glycols provide customers with a more sustainable alternative to standard PEGs. While these products are typically derived from petroleum-based sources, our renewable PEGs are fibrous derivatives of sugarcane production. Polyethylene glycols from Acme-Hardesty deliver all the same characteristics and functions of petroleum PEGs with the added advantage of environmentally friendly properties.

Bio-Based Polyethylene Glycols

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We give oleochemicals a new meaning by offering various solutions like fatty acids, fatty alcohols and methyl esters responsibly sourced from leading global manufacturers. We are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which means we carry both palm oil- and palm kernel oil-based ingredients available as RSPO Mass Balance.

As your single source for sustainable, high-quality oleochemical products, we carry nothing less than the finest ingredients from renewable and natural raw materials. We pride ourselves on over seven decades spent supplying eco-friendly resources to manufacturers worldwide, along with over 20 BioPreferred® and RSPO certified products.

No matter what oleochemicals you’re looking for, Acme-Hardesty has the right solutions for your company.

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Acme-Hardesty is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).

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Glycerine & Glycols

  • Bio-Based Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs)
  • Glycerine
  • Glyceryl Mono Stearate 450 V
  • Glyceryl Mono Stearate SE
  • Hydro Lard Glyceride
  • Hydro Marine Glyceride
  • Hydro Soybean Glyceride
  • Hydro Tallow Glyceride
  • Organic Glycerine
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Castor Products

As one of the leading castor oil and derivative providers in the industry, Acme-Hardesty provides customers with various castor oil products optimized for superior performance in CASE applications.

Castor oil is a colorless vegetable oil extracted from castor beans and comprising a blend of triglycerides. This product is the renewable and sustainable choice for CASE products and is ideal for numerous derivative chemistries. Our castor solutions are suitable for many applications, including paints, inks, rubbers and varnishes.

Castor Products

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Amine Catalysts

We provide manufacturers with quality amine catalysts that are ideal for achieving the desired properties for CASE products such as polyurethane foams. Amine catalysts play a vital role in supplying control and balance to blowing and gelling reactions while managing foam formation responses and curing speed. These chemicals reduce activation energy while accelerating reactions at lower temperatures and improving a foam’s surface properties.


  • Fentacat 5
  • Fentacat 8
  • Fentacat B12
  • Fentacat BDMA
  • Fentacat D89
  • Fentamine DMAPA

Low Emissions/Low Odor Catalysts

  • Fentacat 15

Trimerization Catalysts

  • Fentacat 41
  • Fentacat M2
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Performance Additives

We aim to supply our customers with the high-quality technologies and dependable ingredients they need, constantly adding new and improved ingredients to our comprehensive assortment of specialty formulas and performance additives. With these products in your arsenal, you can create unique and groundbreaking solutions that keep up with the industry’s growing demands while improving your end products’ overall function and performance. Acme-Hardesty is here to help you rise above the competition.

Performance Additives

Metallic Stearates

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At Acme-Hardesty, we supply manufacturers with natural emulsifiers that reduce the surface tension of CASE products, such as adhesives and coatings, promoting greater stability. Emulsifiers enable immiscible liquids to establish stable emulsions, or dispersions, with unlike substances. These solutions help blend contrasting ingredients to form homogeneous mixtures. Emulsifiers are vital for the creation of numerous emulsion adhesives such as tape and glue.


  • AcMulse™ C20
  • AcMulse™ C25
  • AcMulse™ GMS 450 V
  • AcMulse™ GMS SE
  • AcMulse™ S2
  • AcMulse™ S20
  • AcMulse™ S21
  • AcMulse™ Wax
  • EnThix™ 6000 DS
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When you purchase our ingredients for your CASE products and applications, you can expect to receive the most environmentally friendly products — and our esters are no exception. We provide our customers with biodegradable esters comprising renewable resources and raw materials for optimal sustainability.

Esters are chemical compounds derived from the substitution reactions of carboxylic acids and alcohols. These substances are considered excellent solvents for various plastics, resins and lacquers.


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We understand the importance of keeping paints and other CASE products protected from harmful chemical changes such as decomposition and microbial growth. That’s why we produce high-quality preservatives for all your chemical preservation needs.

Because most paints and coatings are water-based, preservatives are necessary to safeguard them from contamination by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that can cause these products to spoil. Preservatives conserve paint products and varnishes for longer-lasting use by minimizing the risk of rotting.



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Our surfactants are both versatile and effective, acting as dispersing agents for both water- and solvent-based adhesives and paints. The main role of surfactants is to reduce surface tension between two liquids, a liquid and a solid, or a gas and a liquid. In the case of adhesives formulators, surfactants also improve overall flow and prevent adhesive coating defects without negatively impacting adhesion.

Surfactants enhance a product’s wetting properties, contributing to better fluid performance. Wetting is a liquid’s ability to maintain even contact with solid surfaces, promoting better spreading.


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We carry many thickening agents that are excellent for increasing and controlling the viscosity of CASE products, such as adhesives, coatings and glues. Also called rheology modifiers, thickeners improve the suspension, consistency, volume and application characteristics of these products, increasing stability and performance. In terms of adhesives, thickeners also allow users to adjust flow properties and prevent fillers from settling.


  • Acmepol™ 940
  • Acmepol™ 941
  • Acmepol™ 980
  • Acmepol™ 981
  • Acmepol™ XD 10
  • Acmepol™ XD 20
  • Acmepol™ XD 21
  • Ecomyx THS

The Coatings & Adhesives Market

The CASE industry uses numerous products for construction, industrial and architectural applications. These industries require increased durability, corrosion resistance and execution for products like nonwovens, textiles, printing inks and industrial coatings.

Because worldwide attention has grown toward environmental responsibility and petroleum product concerns, the market interest in sustainable coatings and similar CASE solutions has increased over the past decade, growing between 5% and 10% globally since 2012. Now more than ever, customers are considering sustainable ingredient alternatives and ethically sourced lubricant additives.

At Acme-Hardesty, we can help you achieve your business goals with our extensive bio-based product lineup. We are firm believers in the importance of environmental sustainability, which is why we provide our customers with only the most responsibly derived bio-based products. No matter the industry demand, you can trust that we’ll deliver the natural solutions that meet your individual needs, including fatty acids optimized for several CASE applications.

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Castor Oil

Castor oil is a highly versatile ingredient that has served as a vital addition to countless products for thousands of years. Today, this solution is widely used in many CASE applications, including as a varnish, viscosity modifier, coating additive and emulsifier in industrial sealants. These substances also act as dye and pigment carriers in inks, paints and coatings. Acme-Hardesty is your source for #1 castor oil in numerous varieties, such as dehydrated, pale-pressed, low-acid value (AV) and low-moisture forms. Our packaging choices include isotanks, drums, 5-gallon pails, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and other bulk options.

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Magnesium Stearate

Magnesium stearate, also known as magnesium salt, forms when magnesium sulfate and sodium stearate react. This solution functions as an additive in many industrial products and is used as a neutralizer and lubricant in CASE applications. All of our magnesium stearate products are plant-based and free of common allergens like eggs, dairy, fish and nuts. You can expect our products to come packaged in bags with a shelf life of two years from the manufacturing date.

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Sebacic Acid

Sebacic acid is a castor oil derivative also known as decanediotic or octane carboxylic acid. In the CASE industry, these ingredients are used in the polyester polyols found in hot metal adhesives and also act as intermediate paints and coating additives. Our sebacic acid is sold as a white granular powder with a purity of 99.5% or higher. When you buy from us, you can choose from either bag or super sack packaging to suit your volume needs.

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Zinc Stearate

Zinc stearate, a substance commonly referred to as zinc soap, is a fatty acid ideal for water repellent applications. This ingredient is also insoluble in polar solvents and acts as a lubricant aid in industrial sanding sealants and a flattening agent in coating and paint additives. Our zinc stearate is available in veg- and tallow-based varieties and comes bagged with a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture.

Purchase High-Quality CASE Ingredients From Acme-Hardesty

For manufacturers looking to secure some of the highest-quality oleochemical products on the market, choose Acme-Hardesty. We've spent over 80 years acting as a bridge between global suppliers and North American customers, delivering essential materials needed by manufacturers and consumers alike. We're always working to create renewable, bio-based solutions that reflect our ideals of sustainability and environmental safety.

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