Georgia Gulf, Segetis to collaborate on bio-based polyvinyl chloride in US

Georgia Gulf said Monday that it has agreed to collaborate with Segetis to offer a new flexible vinyl compound based on Javelin technology bio-plasticizers from Segetis.

“This is an exciting collaboration that combines Segetis' proprietary technology with Georgia Gulf’s vinyl compounding expertise to customize formulations that deliver unique performance profiles,” said William H. Doherty, vice president of vinyl compounds at Georgia Gulf.

This is the second collaboration to develop bio-based flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds announced in 2012 by Georgia Gulf, the US-based company noted.

“The addition of the specialty bio-based plasticizers from Segetis expands our sustainable product portfolio and underscores our commitment to offer a range of solutions to our customers that are free of phthalates and heavy metals,” Doherty said.

The Segetis bio-based plasticizers are built on a new platform of cellulosic-based levulinic ketals, which Segetis has branded as Javelin technology.

The plasticizers are compatible across a wide-loading range, are highly efficient with excellent permanence and bring faster processing speeds and elevated temperature performance, the companies say.

Coupled with their ability to be 100% bio-based, all Segetis plasticizers bring low vapor pressure and low extractables, and they are broadly miscible with many resin families.

“We are extremely gratified to have won the confidence of Georgia Gulf and are excited to support Georgia Gulf’s sustainability goals with our performance plasticizers,” said Atul Thakrar, CEO of Segetis.

“New technologies need champions, and Georgia Gulf is in a unique position to drive and influence change toward bio-based compounds in the flexible vinyl supply chain,” he added.

Georgia Gulf says it has begun to introduce these new flexible compounds to manufacturers of toys and decorative construction materials, and the company continues to develop compounds for a growing range of applications.

“The bio-based compounds with the Segetis plasticizers are suitable for a variety of consumer and industrial end products that would benefit from a non-phthalate solution, but won’t compromise on their ability to deliver specific properties,” Doherty said.

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