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News ReleaseCarbowet® DC01 Surfactant Provides Paint and Coatings Industry with an APE-Free Alternative and Improved Performance

Benchmarking Tests Show Formulators May Find Product Also Provides Cost Savings

October 28, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

It is not always the case that formulators can find an alternative to an existing process or formulation that improves a product's performance and may reduce costs at the same time. However, this is just the case for paint and coatings industry formulators in Europe who have found Air Products' (NYSE: APD) Carbowet® DC01 surfactant as an APE alternative that does provide performance advantages and potential cost savings for their products. Carbowet DC01 surfactant is now being debuted to the United States, Latin America and Asia paint and coatings markets by Air Products this week at the International Coatings Expo being held October 27-29 at McCormick Place North in Chicago, Ill.

"This product has good color acceptance and durability," says Viru Shah, lead development chemist at Air Products, who was instrumental in developing the performance data for Carbowet DC-01 surfactant in architectural coatings. "It has many attributes, but its compatibility with paint formulation raw materials, improved touch-up ability, along with scrub resistance, are highest on the list. When you combine this all with the potential cost savings it provides the customer, it is very understandable that customers are interested in DC01."

Carbowet DC01 surfactant is a synergistic blend of nonionic surfactants and can be characterized as a multi-functional, low-foaming, solvent-free and APE (alkyl phenol ethoxylate) free additive for pigment and substrate wetting. "We developed and benchmarked the product against standard and modified APEs, and this new product showed numerous potential benefits for water-based architectural and industrial coatings," Shah said.

This unique, proprietary product was designed to provide rapid substrate and pigment wetting, as well as better compatibility with associative thickeners and wide compounding latitude. Customers may be able to realize a potential cost savings due to reduced levels of associated thickener. Benchmarking tests also showed increased scrub resistance. The product exhibits enhanced surface tension reduction for improved wetting on pigments and poorly prepared or chalky surfaces. Carbowet DC01 surfactant is a clear, low odor, low viscosity liquid. The product has a lower pour point than typical commercial surfactants used in architectural paints, allowing for better handling in cool temperatures.

More information on this unique product is available via the worldwide web by visiting For samples, please contact Air Products' Product Information Center at 800-345-3148 (outside the U.S. and Canada 610-481-6799); fax 610-481-4381; or

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Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

***NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

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