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AkzoNobel Develops 'Green' Non-Stick Coating for Cookware

Published on 2008-08-12. Author : SpecialChem

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- AkzoNobel, the world's largest paints and coatings company, announced the release of its new environmentally friendly non-stick coating technology NP². Cookware manufacturer Tramontina is using the NP² technology for its Eco-Friendly Cookware™ line of pots and pans, now available in Wal-Mart stores. NP² is the first polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-free coating to be launched via a mass market retailer.

NP² is a patented, polymer-based, silicone-hybrid coating. Traditionally, non-stick cookware is coated with PTFE. Unlike other PTFE-free technologies, NP² is a polymer-based coating, providing a level of durability not available in typical, ceramic-based PTFE-free coatings.

"At Tramontina, environmental sustainability is as important as product quality," said Tramontina president and CEO Antonio Galafassi. "AkzoNobel's NP² technology provides the best quality non-stick surface available while reinforcing the Eco-Friendly Cookware promise."

Unlike many other silicone-based coatings, NP² is a water-based formula that yields less emission in the manufacturing process as compared with similar solvent-based products. As a water-based, volatile organic compound (VOC)-compliant coating, NP² conserves energy in manufacturing by 33 percent and eliminates non-biodegradable components such as PTFE.

"AkzoNobel recognizes that consumers are looking for alternative solutions to PTFE products," said AkzoNobel Non-Stick Coatings vice president of sales Kirk Pigatto. "Our top-notch research and development team is committed to creating high-quality products that help reduce our carbon footprint. Our NP² technology is a hallmark to our dedication to sustainability."

A recent study to determine the ability of a coating to withstand repeated scrubbing showed a pan coated with NP² technology is able to withstand 10 times the number of cycles of other "green pans."

About AkzoNobel:

AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - pro forma 2007 revenue totaled €14.4 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life's essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We're passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That's why our 60,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

Source: AkzoNobel

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