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New amine neutraliser from Huntsman increases performance and stability of latex-based paints

Published on 2007-05-24. Author : SpecialChem

Huntsman Performance Products - a leading producer of amines, cyclic carbonates, surfactants and surfactant intermediates for industrial applications - has developed a brand new, "easy-to-drop-in" amine neutraliser that can significantly increase the performance of latex-based paints.

APMMEA is a superior, direct replacement for existing amine neutralisers on the market. It is a clear, essentially colourless, low viscosity liquid that is miscible with water, alcohols, ethers and other solvents. With a high flash point and a mild odour, it can be used to neutralise carboxylic-functional polymers, making them soluble in water and can provide added pH control of resulting latex paints.

Offering comparable tint acceptance to industrial standards, and no difference in tinting strength at a reduced dosage of 25 per cent, APMMEA can be used in primary polymer resins including acrylics, alkyds and vinylics. It has a high boiling point and a low freezing point of -40?C making it highly stable and can function effectively as a co-dispersant and a wetting agent. The use of APMMEA in an emulsion may also enable paint formulators to reduce the levels of other commonly used additives, such as thickeners or dispersants.

Commenting on the launch, Katty Darragas, Technical Manager Coatings Polymers Resins at Huntsman Performance Products said, "APMMEA is a robust alternative to ammonia-based solutions. It can replace traditional neutralising amines such as 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP) and as such can facilitate the production of lower odour paints. With a reduced degree of pH drift after 30 days storage at 50?C, and multiple characteristics that can add value in a number of areas, APMMEA is the ideal solution for formulators that want to reduce raw material overheads while maintaining the long term stability and quality of the paints they manufacture."

About Huntsman

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 14,000 employees and over 75 operations in 24 countries. The Company had 2006 revenues from all operations of over $13 billion.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. In addition, completion of transactions of the type described in this release is subject to a number of uncertainties and to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements among the parties and closing will be subject to approvals and other customary conditions. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the transactions will be completed or that the company's expectations will be realized. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. For additional information, please see our current report on form 8-K filed on the date hereof concerning the same subject matter.

Source: Huntsman

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