New Asahi Glass 'AsahiGuard E-SERIES' Fluorinated Water and Oil Repellent Will Be Free of PFOA, PFOA Precursors and Related Substances

Asahi Glass today announced the introduction of AsahiGuard E-SERIES, a new line of telomer chemicals that serve as fluorinated water and oil repellents for textile and paper.

These new products are free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), PFOA precursors and related substances.

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has asked companies manufacturing telomer chemicals and fluoropolymers to participate in a global stewardship program. Participating companies would commit to reduce and work toward ultimately eliminating facility emissions and product content of PFOA, PFOA precursors and related higher homolog chemicals. These chemicals are now also drawing increasing attention in Japan and other countries. AsahiGuard E-Series products do not include any of these chemicals.

AsahiGuard E-Series products have already been certified in Japan under its Chemical Substances Control Law, and they have been cleared for commercial distribution and use under the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with the company to complete additional required testing. The company is also in the process of obtaining appropriate regulatory clearances for the introduction of AsahiGuard E-Series products in Europe, Canada and other countries. Regulatory clearances are also being sought to enable use in applications that come into contact with food products.

AsahiGuard E-SERIES is the latest incarnation of AsahiGuard, the groundbreaking fluorinated water and oil repellent first launched in 1971. AsahiGuard products are now used in a wide range of fields to treat materials such as paper, non-woven fabrics, leather, textile and many others. Their superior water and oil repellency and durability, compared to paraffin and silicone-based water and oil repellents, have ensured their popularity and marketability.

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Date: 9 February 2006
Source: Prnewswire.com

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