With consumer awareness of environmental protection on the rise, the demands for eco-friendly coatings, inks and adhesives are increasing.

Air Products, a global supplier of high-performance specialty additives for waterborne systems, recently launched two new premium siloxane superwetting surfactants and a new defoamer at the China Coat Show 2013 held on November 20-22 in Shanghai, China to help formulators meet increasingly stringent environmental standards and improve product performance in waterborne formulations.

Designed to maximise wetting of difficult-to-wet substrates for a wide range of aqueous formulations, DynolTM 960 and Dynol 980 superwetting surfactants provide a superior balance of properties including both equilibrium and dynamic wetting, system compatibility and low foam, compared to traditional siloxane surfactants.

While bringing the advantages of containing no added hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Dynol 960 and Dynol 980 surfactants provide exceptional performance in high-quality waterborne wood coatings, plastic coatings, metal coatings and printing inks.

Air Products also launched its Airase® 4500 defoamer, which is a proprietary organic oil-based defoamer, designed to eliminate foam and reduce pinholes and entrapped air in waterborne formulations. As it contains no added HAPs, APEs, VOCs, or mineral oils, the new defoamer is ideal for formulators seeking to minimise surface defects and achieve high performance in a wide range of waterborne applications such as inks, overprint varnishes, adhesives, pigment grinds, coatings, and industrial and architectural paints.

“We are excited to launch these new high performance products to help formulators address increasingly stringent environmental standards and meet consumers’ needs,” said Michael Zhou, Asia marketing manager of Air Products Specialty Additives. “As a pioneer in water-based technology, Air Products continues to drive innovative and sustainable solutions with our extensive experience in surface science and global capabilities to help our customers address challenges in waterborne applications.”