By Gary Thomas
Georgia Gulf, an integrated North American manufacturer of chlorovinyls and aromatics, as well as vinyl-based building and home improvement products, has signed a collaborative agreement with Segetis, a technology-enabled green chemistry company, to develop a new flexible vinyl compound using Segetis’ specialty bio-plasticizers.
The agreement represents Georgia Gulf’s commitment to create renewable materials in order to help end-users meet their sustainability objectives. This is the second partnership announced by Georgia Gulf in 2012 to formulate bio-based PVC materials.
William H. Doherty, VP of vinyl compounds at Georgia Gulf, commented that the alliance integrates vinyl compounding expertise of Georgia Gulf with Segetis’ proprietary Javelin technology to produce unique formulations. Doherty added that the use of the Segetis’ bio-based plasticizers help them to expand their sustainable product portfolio and to deliver various products to their clients that are free of heavy metals and phthalates
Segetis’ bio-based plasticizers are fabricated using a unique platform of cellulosic-based levulinicketals, called Javelin technology. These plasticizers are more efficient and offer exceptional durability, faster processing speeds and increased temperature performance. The plasticizers are 100% bio-based and deliver low extractables and low vapor pressure. They can be easily mixed with several resin product lines.
Georgia Gulf has started to launch the new flexible vinyl compounds to toy and decorative construction material manufacturers and will continue to develop compounds for various other applications.