MATERIALS: Flexible PVC Compounds For Indoor Construction With Low VOCs

Teknor's new flexible PVC compounds boast up to 90% lower emission of VOCs.

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A diversified portfolio of new flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction products boasts up to 90% lower emission of VOCs than comparable standard PVC. Developed by Teknor Apex Co., Pawtucket, R.I., they also can help manufacturers meet building codes with increasingly stringent standards for indoor air quality and to comply with FloorScore and UL Greenguard certification requirements.

            These compounds are based on three innovative chemistries developed by the company: additive formulations designed for low VOC emissions; non-phthalate plasticizers, including types that generate lower VOC emissions than conventional plasticizers; and, biobased plasticizers derived from renewable plant byproducts, also including versions with low VOC emissions. Depending on how these chemistries are combined, compounds are available with reductions in VOC emissions ranging from 37% to 90%.  The new compounds are the latest addition to the company’s Apex product range, with the exception of those with bio-based plasticizers, which fall under the BioVinyl brand. They are targeted to extruded, calendered, coated, and molded applications for institutional and residential indoor building and furnishing products, such as office partitions, furniture trim, window treatments and flooring.

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