April 11, 2006 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products' (NYSE: APD) Airflex® EF9100 emulsion and DynolTM 607 surfactant are two key "fluoro-free" products helpful to formulators looking to solve the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) PFOA (perfluorooctanic acid) reduction program challenges. USEPA's global stewardship program invites companies to reduce PFOA releases and its presence in products by 2010 and eliminate them by 2015. Air Products' Performance Materials Division provides alternative additives for manufacturers seeking to achieve the PFOA reduction milestones for a broad array of consumer product applications.
PFOA is a raw material in the manufacture of fluoropolymers and surfactants, which are used in the production of a wide range of non-stick and stain-resistant surfaces, breathable membranes for clothing, and water-repellant products. These fluoro products under certain conditions can break down, releasing PFOA to the environment. USEPA has reported that PFOA is persistent in the environment and has been detected in low levels in wildlife and humans, and animal studies conducted have indicated effects of concern. This has prompted the Agency to ask industry for a 95 percent PFOA reduction by no later than 2010, and work toward elimination of these sources of exposure no later than 2015. The mechanism by which PFOA ends up in the environment is currently unknown. Companies are being asked to meet these commitments in the United States, as well as in their global operations.
"Our Performance Materials area prides itself on providing our customers with answers to the difficult challenges of an ever-changing business and regulatory environment. In this case, we have solutions in products that are more environmentally-friendly and PFOA-free, yet offer comparable performance and cost to provide formulators with several alternatives to meet this new initiative," said Wayne Mitchell, vice president and general manager–Performance Materials Division at Air Products.
Air Products' Airflex EF9100 emulsion is an alternative to fluorochemicals used in grease-resistant packaging. Airflex EF9100 emulsion provides an environmentally-friendly alternative and exhibits all the key performance measures of fluorochemicals, with the added benefits of being a water-based polymer emulsion. Likewise, Dynol 607 surfactant is an alternative for fluorosurfactants for high performance coating applications. Dynol 607 surfactant is a waterborne Gemini surfactant that is inherently biodegradable, fluoro-free and, based upon comparative wetting performance data, may provide a more cost effective non-persistent alternative to fluorosurfactant technology.
Airflex EF9100 emulsion is a barrier coating. Barrier coatings are coatings or finishes that are applied to a surface to prevent penetration of liquids or gases from one side of the surface to the other. A barrier coating can serve two purposes; it can either protect or shield the encased material from substances that will alter the material's properties, or it can prevent components of the encased material from migrating through and altering the graphics printed on the outside of the surface or packaging. The Airflex emulsion product line has been used for over 40 years in disposable wipes, feminine hygiene, and food packaging applications with a proven environmental, health, and safety record.
Dynol 607 surfactant has been developed to meet the growing need for high performance and cost effective surfactants. Dynol 607 surfactant is a low foam wetting agent that provides excellent equilibrium and dynamic surface tension performance, and also demonstrates improved ease of incorporation and formulation compatibility. Dynol 607 surfactant was designed to provide a unique balance of properties and offers superior performance for a wide range of waterborne industrial applications. Air Products has over 30 years' experience in surfactant technology and surface science, and provides the premier hydrocarbon-based surfactants and wetting agents in the industry. Based on Gemini technology, these additives offer multi-functional performance, and increased efficiency and effectiveness compared to competitive surfactants.
More information on USEPA actions and the PFOA stewardship program can be found at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/
More information on Air Products' unique Performance Materials products is available via the worldwide web, by calling the company's Product Information Center at 800-345-3148 (outside the U.S. and Canada: 610-481-6799), by faxing 610-481-4381, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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 $8.1 billion, operations in over 30 countries,and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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