Phthalate-free additives to replace the plasticizers DBP and BBP

Specialty chemicals group Lanxess offers a range of products enabling users of phthalate-based additives to switch to alternative safer products. Along with the well established plasticizer Mesamoll, these include the new product Mesamoll TP LXS 51067 and the phthalate-free bonding agent TP LXS 51099. The Functional Chemicals (FCC) business unit will be presenting its products at the K2010. Lanxess has recorded above-average growth at 15% pa with its high-performing plasticizer Mesamoll since 2005. This product is used by many customers as an alternative to phthalate-based plasticizers. Phthalate-free Mesamoll TP LXS 51067 is a fast-solvating product for PVC manufacture - particularly for the production of floor coverings and wall coatings. This additive will help, among other things, to replace the plasticizers: dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP). Both of these are regarded as toxic for reproduction and are subject to considerable limitations on use. Phthalate alternatives are also in demand in the field of PVC bonding agents. To date, isocyanates dissolved in phthalates have frequently been used to ensure optimal bonding of PVC plastisols to technical fabrics made, for example, from polyester fibers. DBP has mostly been used for this.
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