Canadian Plastics

Low-VOC vinyl meets air quality standards

Whether a product meets air quality standards or not probably isn't foremost on the minds of most people shopping for interior furnishings, but reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has long been...

November 1, 2008   Canadian Plastics



Whether a product meets air quality standards or not probably isn’t foremost on the minds of most people shopping for interior furnishings, but reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has long been a priority for plastics manufacturers — and never more so than now, with anti-plastics agitation reaching new heights.

In home and office environments, emissions of VOCs can come from insulation, carpeting, paints and coatings, adhesives, sealant, and numerous other substances. With this in mind, Teknor Apex Company is now offering a new low-VOC vinyl compounds for use in profiles and molded items, extrusion coated fabrics, and extruded and calendered sheet used in residential furniture and furnishings.

Examples of applications include wall coverings, window treatments, furniture trim, and baseboards.

Supplied on a custom basis, the new compounds exhibit the same processing and end-use properties as similar conventional products and are comparably priced, according to Louis R. Cappucci, vice president of Teknor Apex Vinyl Division.

“In contrast to the all-or-nothing thinking of anti-plastics activists, we continue to develop new flexible vinyl products to meet the changing demands of our customers and their markets,” Cappucci said.

Teknor Apex Company (Pawtucket, R. I.);www.teknorapex.com; 401-725-8000


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