Teknor Apex Co. has developed a family of new flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction that can cut emissions of volatile organic compounds by up to 90 percent.
The Pawtucket, R.I., company says the new PVC compounds rely on three innovations to cut VOC emissions: additive formulations, use of non-phthalate plasticizers with low VOC profiles, and use of bio-based plasticizers. These innovations can also address issues of restricted phthalate use and a reduction in PVC's carbon footprint.
The bio-based products are part of Teknor Apex's BioVinyl brand and the others are part of its Apex product line. The firm claims the low-VOC products are suited to extruded, calendered, coated and molded applications for institutional and residential indoor products and furnishing goods.
Teknor Apex developed the low-VOC materials for stringent indoor-air quality standards and to comply with FloorScore and UL Greenguard certifications, notes John Macaluso, industry manager of consumer and industrial products for the Vinyl Division.
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