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News ReleaseAir Products Introduces High-performance Surfactants and Defoamer for Waterborne Formulations at China Coat 2013

December 03, 2013 Shanghai, China

With consumer awareness of environmental protection on the rise, the demands for eco-friendly coatings, inks and adhesives are increasing.
Air Products (NYSE:APD), a global supplier of high-performance specialty additives for waterborne systems, recently launched two new premium siloxane superwetting surfactants and a new defoamer at the China Coat Show 2013 held on November 20-22 in Shanghai, China to help formulators meet increasingly stringent environmental standards and improve product performance in waterborne formulations.

Designed to maximize wetting of difficult-to-wet substrates for a wide range of aqueous formulations, DynolTM 960 and Dynol 980 superwetting surfactants provide a superior balance of properties including both equilibrium and dynamic wetting, system compatibility and low foam, compared to traditional siloxane surfactants. While bringing the advantages of containing no added hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Dynol 960 and Dynol 980 surfactants provide exceptional performance in high-quality waterborne wood coatings, plastic coatings, metal coatings and printing inks.

Air Products also launched its Airase® 4500 defoamer which is a proprietary organic oil-based defoamer designed to eliminate foam and reduce pinholes and entrapped air in waterborne formulations. As it contains no added HAPs, APEs, VOCs, or mineral oils, the new defoamer is ideal for formulators seeking to minimize surface defects and achieve high performance in a wide range of waterborne applications such as inks, overprint varnishes, adhesives, pigment grinds, coatings, and industrial and architectural paints.

“We are excited to launch these new high performance products to help formulators address increasingly stringent environmental standards and meet consumers’ needs,” said Michael Zhou, Asia marketing manager of Air Products Specialty Additives. “As a pioneer in water-based technology, Air Products continues to drive innovative and sustainable solutions with our extensive experience in surface science and global capabilities to help our customers address challenges in waterborne applications.”

Air Products has more than 40 years’ experience in materials science and surface chemistry and is a pioneer in the shift from solvent to water-based technology in addressing customers’ performance and environmental needs. Air Products’ Specialty Additives Division is dedicated to waterborne development in automotive, inks, wood coatings, adhesives and specialty coatings among other applications.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more information, visit  

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

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