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Emulsion Polymer Products from Arkema See Unexpected Growth

Published on 2010-12-16. Author : SpecialChem

Cary, N.C., USA -- The sales of emulsion polymer products designed to help coatings formulators meet strict environmental regulations have grown faster than anticipated, according to Arkema Emulsion Systems. The company's EnVia™ certification program, first introduced in 2009, now includes ten products that meet specific standards set by the company related to regulatory compliance in finished products. Beginning in 2011, every new latex product introduced by Arkema Emulsion Systems will be EnVia™ certified.

"The quick market acceptance of our EnVia™ certified products is gratifying," said Eric Kaiser, global marketing director for Arkema Emulsion Systems. "While our standards for EnVia™ certified products are strict, our customers tell us that we have targeted the issues that are critical to helping them meet their regulatory and sustainability goals."

Products that meet EnVia™ self-certification guidelines include 100% acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic and vinyl acetate ethylene binders, as well as the company's new SNAP™ 720 Structured Nano-Acrylic Polymer.

The company's EnVia™ certified products meet the following requirements:
  • Have no added alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APEO) surfactants
  • Have no added formaldehyde or formaldehyde donors1
  • Have total latex VOC < 5="" g/l="">
  • Are below regulatory reporting limits for carcinogens, reproductive toxins and ozone depleting compounds2
  • Have low residual monomer levels
    • Total Monomer < 500="" ppm="">
  • Minimize use of Hazardous Substances
    • Green Seal® hazardous components < 0.01%="" per="">3
    • California Prop 65 substances are minimized and documented with data available upon request
    • Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS) < 0.1%="">
    • No known added phthalates, triphenyl or tributyl tins, 1,2-dichlorobenzene

  1. Formaldehyde is a trace material in our environment and there is no accepted regulatory or common definition of "formaldehyde-free"
  2. Defined as less than 0.1% of ingredient by weight of the product (or 1000 ppm)
  3. Defined as less than 0.01% of ingredient by weight of the product (or 100 ppm)

EnVia™ and SNAP™ are trademarks of Arkema Inc.

Green Seal® is a registered trademark of Green Seal, Inc.

About Arkema Emulsion Systems

Emulsion polymer products (latexes) are used in interior and exterior architectural coatings, elastomeric roof and wall coatings, traffic marking paints; sealant and construction products, and pressure-sensitive adhesives for tapes and labels.

A global chemical company, Arkema consists of three businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Arkema reported sales of 4.4 billion euros in 2009. Arkema has 13,800 employees in over 40 countries and seven research centers located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Source: Arkema

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