By David Reed, UT EditorWilton, Connecticut-GE Advanced Materials-Silicones, the former OSi Specialties unit, has launched a range of silicone surfactants and catalysts which it claims can help reduce emissions which can cause ‘fogging’ in automotive interiors. The products, offered under the Niax tradename, also improve the quality of moulded foam seat cushions and dashboards, GE added in a press notice. “The technology trend to more ‘environmentally friendly’ automobiles spurred the development of new additives that will lessen emissions from foam. Our new NIAX silicone surfactants are an important step in that direction,” said Louis Muller, the firm’s global technology manager urethane additives molded foam. While the automotive sector is a key target, “we expect our new products to find application across dozens of end products such as foam-backed carpeting, furniture, bedding and appliances,” the technology manager added.Niax silicone surfactants can be easily used in many manufacturing processes and in a variety of formulations that use MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), GE explained. The result is foam with excellent properties such as fine cell structure, comfort and durability, the firm added.Alberto Mellé, global marketing manager urethane additives for GE, added, “moulders and foamers can benefit from this complete system of new additives by offering end products that do not emit by-products into the environment. Niax silicone surfactants L-3415, L-3416 and L-3417 have been tested successfully tested in the marketplace recently and these products are now available to our customers.”This new family of low-fogging silicone surfactants includes complementary Niax catalysts EF-602 and EF-708. These latter amine catalysts are specifically designed for polyurethane flexible moulded foam applications and are effective when used in conjunction with the new family of Niax silicone surfactants.GE Advanced Materials-Silicones is a global business offering silanes, specialty silicones, urethane additives, adhesives, sealants, resins and elastomers for a variety of industries such as personal care, automotive, tyre and rubber, construction, healthcare, electronics, household and institutional, agriculture, textiles, appliances, bedding and furnishings, foam control and consumer.”In Europe and the Pacific, we are known as GE Bayer Silicones and GE Toshiba Silicones, respectively,” the GE statement added. “
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