Natural Surfactants offer bio-friendly alternative to NPE.

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Derived from palm or coconut oils, natural Tomadol surfactants provide formulators with choice of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants to meet customer demands for bio-based solutions for industrial and institutional cleaning. Providing environmentally friendly alternatives to phenol-containing surfactants such as nonyl phenol ethoxylates (NPE), surfactants also offer solution times and viscosity profiles that help increase asset utilization/productivity for cleaning solution manufacturer.

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Air Products Introduces Bio-based Tomadol Surfactants

Natural Tomadol Surfactants are Derived from Palm or Coconut Oils

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Jan. 29 -- Air Products (NYSE:APD) today introduced a series of Tomadol surfactants based on renewable or bio-based resources. Air Products' natural Tomadol surfactants are derived from palm or coconut oil and provide formulators with a choice of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants to meet their customer's demands for bio-based solutions for the industrial and institutional (I&I) cleaning markets.

"Natural Tomadol surfactants provide formulators with flexibility. If bio-based or renewable resources is their primary concern, then our natural Tomadol surfactants are the answer," said Russ King, marketing manager for Air Products' Performance Solutions.

Besides the use of bio-based oils, these new Tomadol surfactants are also efficient, environmentally friendly alternatives to phenol-containing surfactants such as nonyl phenol ethoxylates (NPE), which have been under scrutiny as being environmentally persistent.

Formulations using Tomadol surfactants also use much less solvent than NPE-containing solutions enabling the manufacturer to meet increasingly strict regulations on total VOC content. Tomadol surfactants also offer much faster solution times and a lower viscosity profile, which can increase asset utilization/productivity for the cleaning solution manufacturer.

"Whether you are seeking a natural source for your alcohol ethoxylates or are looking to replace NPEs, Air Products' Tomadol surfactants offer its customers a true competitive advantage," said King.

More information on Air Products' complete line of Tomadol surfactants can be found at .

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

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