Teknor Apex Co. is developing nearly 50 PVC compounds using new bio-based non-phthalate plasticizers and other formula enhancements that address environmental concerns of wire and cable users.
The Pawtucket, R.I., company says the new compounds will be available commercially in the first quarter of 2013 under the brand name BioVinyl. They will be the first wire and cable compounds offered by Teknor Apex that use plant byproducts as plasticizers. Teknor Apex claims they will possess lower greenhouse gas potential than conventional PVC and a carbon footprint smaller than non-vinyl compounds for the applications.
“We have eliminated bromine and antimony additives while still achieving a level of flame and smoke performance comparable to or somewhat better than standard PVC,” claims vinyl industry manager Mike Patel in a news release.
The new compounds reduce volatile organic compounds due to formulation changes and some products will be available to essentially halve acid content to 12 to 13 percent.
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