2008-02

SIMOTHERM TO INCLUDE SILVER FORMULATION FROM BIOGATE IN PAINTS

Company press release: January 2008
HyProtect will now be used in paints manufactured by Simotherm GmbH in Germany. Simotherm manufacture the MicroVitan wall paint which will now contain the silver formulation from BioGate. This will allow it to provide antimicrobial protection to Paints and Varnishes. This means that bacteria and other germs are not allowed to spread.
Antimicrobial Paints and Varnishes, especially in areas of high standards of hygiene, such as in hospitals, Senior citizen homes and food establishments, will provide protection against the spread of bacteria and disease.
Simotherm GmbH is part of the ACU group and will supply paint to selected wholesaler and retailers in Europe and Worldwide. They say the increase of infectious diseases, especially combined with the rise of antibiotic resistant germs is a significant problem. Our products provide cost savings and reduce the risk of infection says Simotherm.

ROHM & HAAS ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASE FOR POLYMERS & PRESERVATIVES

Company press release: January 2008
Rohm and Haas announced a global price increase for its personal care polymers and preservatives, effective February 18, 2008. Prices will increase 5 to 10 percent or as contracts permit for selected product lines including NEOLONE™ preservatives, ACULYN™ rheology modifiers, ACUDYNE™ hair fixatives, ACUSOL™ opacifiers, SUNSPHERES™, and ROHMSPHERES™ SPF Boosters and SOLTEX™ waterproofing polymer.
The price increase is necessary due to rising raw material, energy and freight costs as well as ongoing regulatory investments.
Company press release: January 2008
Rohm and Haas announced a global price increase for its personal care polymers and preservatives, effective February 18, 2008. Prices will increase 5 to 10 percent or as contracts permit for selected product lines including NEOLONE™ preservatives, ACULYN™ rheology modifiers, ACUDYNE™ hair fixatives, ACUSOL™ opacifiers, SUNSPHERES™, and ROHMSPHERES™ SPF Boosters and SOLTEX™ waterproofing polymer.
The price increase is necessary due to rising raw material, energy and freight costs as well as ongoing regulatory investments.

AMCO INTRODUCES ANTIMICROBIAL ADDITIVE NANOSILVA

Packaging World Magazine: January 2008
Nanosilva™ from Amco is a new silver-silica-based, antimicrobial additive engineered through proprietary developments in nanotechnology.
It offers an alternative to conventional leaching or migratory-type synthetic organic agents, as well as more recent ionic silver-based technologies. Engineered to provide integrated, environmentally responsible, durable, and effective bio-solutions suitable for use in a variety of consumer, industrial, and medical polymer-based applications, the antimicrobials are commercially available in custom masterbatches. Features include ultra-low silver concentration level, durable and nonmigratory mode of action, and nonvolatile and recyclable nature.

DOW BIOCIDES ACQUIRES IPBC REGISTRATION

Chemweek's Business Daily: February 2008
Dow Biocides, a business unit of Dow Chemical, says it has acquired marketing and registration rights to the biocide 3-iodo-2-propynyl butyl carbonate (IPBC) from Sostram Corp. (Roswell, GA). The acquisition does not include any manufacturing sites. The acquisition will allow Dow Biocides to "accelerate the growth and geographic expansion" of the IPBC molecule to customers who serve the paints and coatings, wood preservation, metalworking fluids, and building materials protection industries, the company says.

VIANCE GETS EPA APPROVAL FOR DCOIT AS WOOD PRESERVATIVE

PRNewswire: January 2008
Viance announces United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of EcoVance(TM) Preservative* -- a high performance, non-metallic preservative with superior environmental benefits for use in wood protection. Viance will first introduce EcoVance Preservative to its wood preservative line in its new Ecolife(TM) Stabilized Weather Resistant Wood.
"Ecolife Wood with new EcoVance Preservative is an industry breakthrough that provides superior performance and environmental benefits compared to other types of treated wood," said Steve Ainscough, president of Viance. "Its unique ability to inhibit surface mold keeps wood looking better longer and with significantly less maintenance than lumber protected with other preservatives. This technology truly is the next generation of wood preservation and provides the industry with an exciting new choice for contractors and consumers who prefer the inherent strength and natural beauty of wood."
According to Alan Preston, Viance vice president of research and development, the patented EcoVance Preservative system offers long-lasting protection that significantly extends the service life of wood.
"During more than 11 years of extreme field testing at our test sites throughout the world," Preston said, "the patented EcoVance Preservative system demonstrated outstanding long-term performance against rot, decay and termites. In addition, when incorporated in Ecolife Stabilized Weather Resistant Wood, it reduced cracking, warping and splitting caused by weathering."
Vance conducted field tests in tropical locations, including Hilo, Hawaii and Tanegashima, Japan, as well as locations in North America, Colombia and Australia.
EcoVance(TM) is Viance's brand name for 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (DCOIT), which is the active ingredient in the EcoVance Preservative system. In 1996, Viance joint venture partner, Rohm and Haas, was awarded one of the first Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards in the "Designing Greener Chemicals Award" category for DCOIT and its use as a novel marine antifoulant that replaced toxic tin-based compounds.
Today, DCOIT is EPA-approved and marketed by Rohm and Haas for use in several applications, including marine antifoulant paints (Rohm and Haas' SeaNine(TM) biocide), architectural coatings (Rohm and Haas' Rozone(TM) and Rocima(TM) biocides) and plastics (Rohm and Haas' Vinyzene(TM) biocides). It is biodegradable and does not accumulate in soil.
EcoVance Preservative is approved and can be used for above ground and in- ground wood applications such as decking, fencing and fence posts, rails, spindles, flooring, trellises, gazebos and wood shingles, millwork and joinery, trim and fascia, and sill plates.
"We are currently engaged in the building code approval process for the new Ecolife(TM) Stabilized Weather Resistant Wood with EcoVance Preservative, which will replace the currently approved Ecolife Treated Wood," said Ainscough.
Ecolife Wood with EcoVance(TM) Preservative can be painted or stained to match any outdoor color scheme. Left uncoated, it will weather to gray following long-term exposure to the elements. Ecolife Treated Wood is quality assured through third-party inspection and is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.