Air Products Introduces New Surfactants for the Coatings Industry

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. (November 1, 2006) - With increasing regulatory attention on coatings ingredients, formulators are becoming more and more careful about what raw materials go into their coatings. Keeping that in mind, Air Products (NYSE:APD) recently introduced Carbowet® 106 and 109 surfactants for waterborne architectural and industrial coatings.

Carbowet surfactants are targeting wetting agents that contain alkylphenol ethoxylates (APE) or nonylpohenol ethoxylates (NPE), which are persistent in the environment and suspected of being endocrine disrupters. In fact, Carbowet surfactants contain no phenolic compounds.

"Carbowet 106 and 109 surfactants are simple drop-in replacements for APEs and NPEs," says Laurie Marshall, marketing manager for Coatings and Adhesives. "Carbowet 106 and 109 surfactants offer excellent surface tension reduction, while also being cost effective and biodegradable."

Carbowet 106 and 109 surfactants are multifunctional, low-foaming, solvent-free additives for pigment and substrate wetting. They are clear, low-odor, low-viscosity liquids that are 100 percent active and easy to use. Carbowet 106 and 109 surfactants differ in their degree of water solubility and are environmentally preferable alternatives to APE and NPE.

The cost-effective APE and NPE replacements are ideally suited for architectural and industrial coatings, adhesives, inks and pigment synthesis and dispersion.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

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