Natural and Renewable Feedstocks

For over a century Pinova has made its portfolio of specialty resins from natural and renewable resources. The concepts of renewable resources and sustainable practices are an integral part of our business philosophy.

Feedstock Sources


Pinova takes pride in the fact that its products are safe and environmentally friendly. We use natural, renewable byproducts generated by other industries as our starting raw materials. We efficiently upgrade these byproducts into value added specialty resins.

Pinova derives specialty resins from four natural feedstock sources:

Wood Rosin

Pinova extracts its natural wood rosin from longleaf and slash pinewood stumps harvested from managed pine forests located throughout the southeastern United States. Removing stumps after the timber has been harvested benefits the landowner and the land by facilitating reforestation. Reforestation ensures our feedstock reserves will extend far into the future. Wood rosin is the basic raw material used to manufacture numerous food and functional resins. Wood rosin and wood rosin derivatives enjoy broad global clearances for use in numerous regulated applications.

Gum Rosin

Gum Rosin is produced by tapping living pine trees and collecting the oleoresin exudate. Oleoresin is exuded by the pine tree as a defense mechanism and can be collected until the tree is harvested. When the gum exudate is flash distilled, the crude sulfate turpentine is volatilized and the gum rosin is concentrated. Gum rosin has numerous uses in a broad range of pine chemical applications.

Crude Sulfate Turpentine

Crude sulfate turpentine is a byproduct of the Kraft wood-pulping process. Crude sulfate turpentine is rich in monoterpenes including alpha- and beta- pinenes. These highly functional monomers are used as the basic raw materials for several lines of specialized polyterpene resins.


d-Limonene is extracted from the peel generated during the manufacture of citrus juice concentrates. Sourced primarily from Brazil and Florida, d-Limonene is another renewable feedstock utilized by Pinova. This pure citrus monomer is used to make a line of food additives as well as several specialty resins. 

Resource Efficiency


Biomass from our wood rosin extraction operations is used as fuel. This minimizes our use of non-renewable fossil fuels. Our wood-burning cogeneration facilities provide steam and electricity needed to run our operations.

Pinova continuously evaluates new and innovative approaches to sourcing, handling and processing feedstocks, as well as, energy conservation, recycling, and waste reduction in order to further reduce our carbon footprint.

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