ATLANTA (May 21, 4:45 p.m. ET) — Materials firm Georgia Gulf Corp. is producing new flexible PVC compounds using Javelin-brand bioplasticizers from Segetis Inc.
Atlanta-based Georgia Gulf has begun to introduce these new flexible compounds to makers of toys and decorative construction materials, officials said in a May 21 news release.
“The bio-based compounds with the Segetis plasticizers are suitable for a variety of consumer and industrial end products that would benefit from a non-phthalate solution, but won't compromise on their ability to deliver specific properties,” Georgia Gulf's William Doherty said in the release. Doherty serves as the firm's vice president of vinyl compounds.
Segetis – based in Golden Valley, Minn. – makes bioplasticizers using levulinic ketal technology. Levulinic ketals are made by combining levulinic acid from corn cobs or other types of biomass with a bio-based polyalcohol. The firm operates a production plant in Golden Valley and is majority-owned by investment firm Khosla Ventures of Menlo Park, Calif.
Previously, Segetis had worked with North American compounding leader PolyOne Corp. to develop a line of bioplasticizers.
Georgia Gulf ranks as one of North America's largest PVC resin makers and as one of the region's 30 largest compounders and concentrate makers.