Air Products, a leading global supplier of performance materials, has won the 2013 Ringier Coatings Technology Innovation Awards for its new Airase™ Structured Siloxane Defoamer Line (SSDL™ Defoamers).

As a global leader of water-based technology for specialty additives, Air Products has received this prestigious award for the third consecutive year. 

The award-winning Airase SSDL Defoamers are a line of formulated, siloxane-based defoamers consisting of seven siloxane defoamers for applications such as paints and coatings, inks, adhesives and other industrial applications. Each Airase SSDL defoamer in the line has a different balance of defoaming strength and formulation compatibility, as well as predictable performance relative to each other, allowing formulators to take a systematic approach to defoamer selection.

In addition, the Airase SSDL defoamers are free of hazardous air pollutant (HAP) and alkylphenol ethoxylate (APE) and do not contribute volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to formulations (EPA Method 24). These products also have improved pH stability compared to conventional silicone defoamers and can provide excellent stability and persistency for coatings and ink formulations.

“We are honoured to have won the Technology Innovation Award for the third year in a row. It demonstrates Air Products’ leading global role in technology innovation and new products development,” said Min Chong, vice president and general manager of Performance Materials Asia for Air Products, at the awards ceremony.

“Air Products has more than 40 years’ experience in materials science and surface chemistry. As a pioneer in the shift from solvent to water-based technology, we will continue to develop innovative solutions to help our customers address challenges of waterborne coatings in water-based applications.” 


About Ringier Technology Innovation Awards

Launched in 2006, the Ringier Technology Innovation Awards recognise those who have made the most significant contributions for the advancement of industry through technological innovation, increasing productivity, boosting economic efficiency and creating market opportunities. The awards for the coatings industry were set up in 2011. To qualify for the Awards, products must be relevant to China and in the forefront of the international coatings industry, and be judged to have helped take China’s coatings industry to new levels.


About Air Products

Air Products provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2012, Air Products had sales of approaching $10bn.