New reactive catalyst for low VOCs with good properties available soon
By Liz White
Developing new products is “at the heart of our strategy,” said Steven Hulme, Air Products’ global marketing manager for polyurethane chemicals.
In low-emission products, for example, Air Products is about to launch a new reactive catalyst to give foams based on TDI (toluene diisocyanate) with better emissions.
“This is a significant step change for foamers,” Hulme claimed, and will enable them to meet tough emissions tests such as the Daimler one – VDA 278 270.
Air Products has also made many new amine molecule registrations globally in recent years: “Something we have not seen from any other competitor for multiple years,” Hulme claimed.
But bringing new chemicals to market entails significant costs, Hulme stressed. “One of the largest challenges we face is the time and costs [for testing] associated with global registrations.” For a new molecule, this can be more than $1.5 million. “So we need to be sure of a new molecule’s performance before committing to commercialisation,” he stressed.
“An additives supplier needs to be sure that there is a true market driver there,” to launch a new material, he said in a 7 Sept interview at UTECH Asia in Shanghai, China.
To register a new material under REACH, the EU’s chemical regulation, is time consuming and expensive, and the same applies in China, and Japan.
Air Products is proactive…