Silicone Additive minimizes VOC emissions.

Press Release Summary:

Added to polyurethane flexible foam used in furniture, bedding, and automotive parts, Niax L-590 minimizes volatiles that can impact environment. Based on non-hydrolyzable chemistry, product emulsifies chemicals during mixing, promotes formation of cells, and stabilizes foam during rise stage. It can stabilize range of formulations including hyper soft foams, high-density foams, and low-density foams blown with methylene chloride or liquid carbon dioxide.

Original Press Release:

GE's Niax* Silicone Offers Wide Processing Latitude for Polyurethane Foam While Dramatically Reducing VOC Emissions

WILTON, CONN. - Feb. 16, 2006 - GE - Advanced Materials, Silicones has introduced Niax* L-590 silicone, a silicone additive for polyurethane flexible foam used in applications like furniture, bedding, and automotive parts. The new product provides wide processing latitude in most conventional formulations, while sharply reducing volatiles that can impact the environment. Like its sister product, hydrolyzable silicone, GE's Niax L-590 silicone can stabilize a range of formulations, including hyper soft foams, high-density foams, and low-density foams blown with methylene chloride or liquid carbon dioxide. However, the new GE material drastically reduces solvents, thereby helping manufacturers comply with applicable environmental regulations and meet industry specifications.

"Niax L-590 silicone helps address growing environmental concerns about indoor emissions from polyurethane foam, while it offers higher productivity to foam manufacturers," said Alberto Melle, global marketing manager for GE - Advanced Materials. "Thanks to GE innovation, foam processors gain two key benefits with Niax L-590 silicone - the convenience of one versatile silicone that works in a variety of formulations and greater cost effectiveness."

Niax L-590 silicone plays a critical role in polyurethane foam formulation: it emulsifies the chemicals during mixing, promotes formation of cells, and stabilizes the foam during the rise stage. This unique product is based on non-hydrolyzable chemistry, unlike the older hydrolyzable silicones.

About GE - Advanced Materials
The Advanced Materials business of General Electric Company is part of the Industrial business group and is headquartered in Wilton, Conn. Comprised of Silicones and Quartz, GE - Advanced Materials is a global leader in providing a range of high-technology materials solutions. The GE - Advanced Materials, Silicones' portfolio includes silicone-based products and technology platforms, silanes, sealants and adhesives. The Quartz portfolio includes high-purity fused quartz and ceramics materials. These materials solutions are used as springboards for innovation in hundreds of consumer and industrial applications ranging from car engines and integrated circuits to biomedical devices and cosmetics. Industries served include aerospace, agriculture, appliances, automotive, construction, electronics, furniture and furnishings, healthcare, home care, industrial, lighting, packaging, personal care, plastics, semiconductor, telecommunications, tire, transportation, and water purification. As a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to a successful Games. Experience more at

* Niax is a trademark of General Electric Company.

The Americas
Nancy Pitts
GE - Advanced Materials, Silicones,
Wilton, Conn.
Tel: +1-203-761-1938

Robert Scheib
GE Bayer Silicones, Leverkusen, Germany
Tel: +49 2143040532

Junko Tsuda
GE Toshiba Silicones, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 5772 5345


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