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Low-VOC 'kickers' for PVC foams.

A new generation of low-VOC "kickers" or activators for foamed PVC is aimed at improving indoor air quality. Launched by Baerlocher (U.S. office in Cincinnati), Baerostab KK-432 has been shown to reduce organic emissions and fogging effects, helping manufacturers of automotive components, flooring, and wall coverings. "Kickers" can raise or lower the decomposition temperature of chemical foaming agents and also serve as stabilizers.

Baerlocher sought to meet demand for new kickers that ensure that the level of exothermic azodicarbonamide in a final product does not exceed the limit of 0.1%. Based on mixed-metals, the new low-VOC kickers help industry to meet requirements set by REACH and ISO 16000 and to conform to national regulations such as Germany's AgBB and France's Emissions dans l'air interieur. Further, they offer the ability to control fogging.

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Title Annotation:ADDITIVES
Publication:Plastics Technology
Date:May 1, 2014
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