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ANGUS Trials VOC-Free Multifunctional Amine for Paints and Coatings

Published on 2007-05-16. Author : SpecialChem

Nürnberg, Germany -- ANGUS Chemical Company ("ANGUS"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow"), is introducing an enhanced multifunctional amine for use in the development of water-based architectural and decorative paints containing virtually no volatile organic compounds (VOC).

"European restrictions on VOC content and consumer concerns have led to increased demand for low VOC and VOC-free paints and finishes," explained Liam Doherty, global marketing manager for ANGUS Chemical Company. "The multifunctional amine technology available from ANGUS is already an enabling technology in the move to low VOC paints. Our non-VOC multifunctional amine will help our customers to formulate low VOC and VOC-free paints and finishes without compromising the quality of their product offering."

As well as being virtually free of VOC, the enhanced multifunctional amine acts as an efficient co-dispersant for pigments and adjusts and maintains pH levels. With a boiling point exceeding 255º C, the product also provides more open time for paint. Additional benefits afforded by the non-VOC multifunctional amine include low vapor pressure, low odor, virtually no yellowing, primary amine functionality, increased color acceptance and the ability to reduce dispersants, surfactants and glycols.

The product trials are expected to conclude in the mid-2007 time frame with full product commercialization likely to occur by end of 2007.


As the original industry source for nitroparaffin, ANGUS Chemical Company continues to develop and deliver distinct nitroalkane-based chemistries for customers in applications as diverse as paints and coatings, metalworking fluids, water treatment, biological buffers, solvents and thinners, wood adhesives, pharmaceutical and agricultural intermediates. Aligned as a market-focused, problem-solving specialty chemicals business, ANGUS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company.

About Dow

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000 people worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow

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