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Environment Canada Grants VOC-exempt Status to ANGUS’ Specialty Chemical

Published on 2016-06-24. Author : SpecialChem

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- ANGUS Chemical Company, announced that AMP™, a multifunctional specialty chemical that is widely used in paint formulations, metalworking fluids and personal care products is no longer classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) by Canada’s Department of the Environment (Environment Canada).

AMP, an Environment Friendly Specialty Chemical

Following on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) exemption of AMP in 2014, Environment Canada finalized an order to remove AMP from the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 due to the compound’s negligible effect on the formation of ground-level ozone.

Mark Henning, president and chief executive officer of ANGUS Chemical Company said:

As global VOC regulations continue to proliferate, AMP has become an even more powerful tool for environmentally-conscious customers to formulate more sustainable products.

AMP’s Canada VOC-exemption marks a huge win not only for our customers in Canada, who now have broader formulating flexibility, but also for consumers who will benefit from the desirable features AMP imparts in low- and zero-VOC paints, metalworking fluids and personal care products.

Benefits of AMP:

  • Low odor
  • Effective pH control
  • Positive safety and handling profile
  • Helps in avoiding less-favorable neutralizers, such as caustic soda or ammonia

The compound is being used as a key ingredient in a majority of water-based paints.

VOCs are compounds that react with other chemicals and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone, and ultimately, harmful smog. ANGUS submitted a VOC-exemption petition to the EPA in October 2012 after tests performed at an independent lab confirmed that AMP meets or exceeds the agency's zero-VOC benchmarks. The compound has low global warming potential, low ozone-depleting potential, a favorable toxicology profile and is not considered a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) or toxic under other federal rules. The EPA added AMP to its list of exempt compounds in June 2014.

Mike Lewis, business vice president, United States and Canada for ANGUS said:

Environmental impact has become a significant factor in the consumer decision-making process.

It’s no longer enough for a product to perform at a high level; it must provide sustainability benefits as well. AMP’s VOC-exemption satisfies the demand of our increasingly eco-minded customers in Canada without sacrificing functionality.

AMP, a flagship molecule for ANGUS, is used in multiple industries, including paint and coatings, metalworking fluids and personal care. AMP has been the industry standard in architectural coatings for decades, as it yields many process enhancements and product performance benefits that cannot be achieved with other commercial alternatives.

About ANGUS Chemical Company

ANGUS Chemical Company (“ANGUS”) is a specialty and fine chemical company dedicated to the development of novel chemistry that helps customers deliver enhanced product and process performance. ANGUS is committed to constantly improving products and services by mastering science and technology. The company innovates through its unique nitroalkane chemistry, which harbors the reactivity to create complex molecules for use in a wide variety of applications. The innate characteristics of this chemistry enable multifunctional additives which improve performance, reduce reaction steps and cut synthesis costs.

Source: ANGUS Chemical Company


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