BerdeSol, TBF's VOC-compliant alternative, is now commercially available

 

TBF Environmental Technology Inc., a world leader in the development of environmentally-friendly industrial solvents, announced today that BerdeSol – the company’s latest Volatile Organic Content (VOC)-compliant alternative – is now commercially available. This is the third of three major announcements from TBF in recent months, who late last year, also released two other industry-changing VOC-compliant alternatives available: ShiraSol and KradaSol. 

BerdeSol can replace slow-evaporating conventional solvents like heptane, Aromatic 100, cyclohexane, methyl amyl ketone (MAK), perchloroethylene, and butyl acetate. Not only does BerdeSol perform similarly to these solvents, it also eliminates the emission of VOCs and other toxic pollutants.
 

In its continuing efforts to improve Southern Californian air quality, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has created a new class of Clean Air Solvents (CAS) for solvents which, among other criteria, contain no more than 25 grams of VOC per liter of material.  SCAQMD has certified BerdeSol as a Clean Air Solvent.  In addition, independent ASTM 313-91 testing has confirmed BerdeSol is VOC-compliant throughout the United States and Canada.


“The chemical industry has been waiting a long time for industrial solvents that perform effectively yet meet the VOC content limits of SCAQMD, the EPA and other air quality regulators,” said David W. Rowat, CEO of TBF Environmental. “Our new products provide alternatives, which are effective and compliant,” he added.


“TBF is continuing to develop and commercialize VOC-compliant solvents, which are applicable in a wide variety of industrial applications,” said Mark Riemann, VP of Marketing at Palmer Holland, Inc., TBF`s distributor east of the US Rockies. “With BerdeSol in particular, we see tremendous potential for providing an effective brake cleaner for the market.”

“As the market has moved away from heptane as a brake cleaner it has typically adopted acetone as a replacement. BerdeSol provides significantly improved cleaning with a lower flash point and much less risk of combustion,” said Ryan Yokoyama, VP Sales for Dorsett & Jackson, TBF`s distributor on the US west coast.

 

About TBF Environmental Technology Inc.

TBF Environmental Technology (TBF) manufactures innovative industrial solvents, which reduce environmental impact by reducing or eliminating the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), and greenhouse gases, as compared to conventional solvents. TBF solvents do not contribute to ozone creation or depletion. All TBF solvents reduce the risk to the health and safety of workers by replacing conventional toxic solvents. For more information about TBF Environmental, go to: www.tbfenvironmental.com.

 

BerdeSol™ Technical Data Sheet

 

Advantages of BerdeSol™

 

BerdeSol™ Solvent Comparison Chart

SCAQMD Certifies ShiraSolâ„¢ from TBF

 

VANCOUVER, BC (November 18, 2015) – TBF Environmental Technology Inc., a world leader in the development of environmentally-friendly industrial solvents, will be making three industry-changing product announcements in the coming months. These products each have the potential to make a significant impact on the solvents industry, and the environment as a whole.


In the first of these announcements, TBF today reported that ShiraSol, a Volatile Organic Content (VOC)-compliant alternative to slow-evaporating conventional solvents such as mineral spirits (Stoddard Solvent, White Spirits), Aromatic 100, Methyl Amyl Ketone (MAK), and Butyl Acetate, is now commercially available.


ShiraSol has performance characteristics similar to these solvents it is designed to replace while eliminating the emission of VOCs and other toxic pollutants.


In its continuing efforts to improve the air quality of Southern California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has created a new class of Clean Air Solvents (CAS) for solvents which, among other criteria, contain no more than 25 grams of VOC per liter of material.  SCAQMD has certified ShiraSol as a Clean Air Solvent.  In addition, independent ASTM 313-91 testing has confirmed ShiraSol is VOC-compliant throughout the United States and Canada.


“TBF has been working on an effective alternative to mineral spirits for a number of years,” said David W. Rowat, CEO of TBF Environmental.  “ShiraSol provides companies an effective VOC-compliant solvent alternative that allows manufacturers to meet the VOC content limits established by SCAQMD, the EPA, OTC and other air quality regulators,” he continued.


“We are very pleased to be partnered with TBF Environmental as they continue to expand their leading line of VOC-compliant solvents,” said Mark Riemann, VP Sales of Palmer Holland, Inc., TBF`s distributor east of the US Rockies.  “A large majority of Palmer Holland customers use either mineral spirits or one of its alternatives and the interest level in an environmentally-friendly alternative to this group of slow evaporating solvents has been very strong.”


“There is a strong level of interest in this product within the market we serve and feedback from customers has been positive,” said Ryan Yokoyama, VP Sales for Dorsett & Jackson, TBF`s distributor on the US west coast.  “Whether it’s in formulation or as a thinner or cleaner the SCAQMD certification has given my customers confidence to move forward,” he added.

 

About TBF Environmental Technology Inc.

TBF Environmental Technology (TBF) manufactures innovative industrial solvents which reduce environmental impact by reducing or eliminating the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), and greenhouse gases, as compared to conventional solvents. TBF solvents do not contribute to ozone creation or depletion. All TBF solvents reduce the risk to the health and safety of workers by replacing conventional toxic solvents. For more information about TBF Environmental, visit: www.tbfenvironmental.com


About Palmer Holland, Inc.

Palmer Holland, headquartered in North Olmsted, Ohio, is a premier specialty chemical distributor representing many of the most recognized manufacturers from around the world. Our customers and supplier partners are rooted in the CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers) and friction reducing industrial sectors. The company provides complete solutions for the most challenging technical issues facing industries today. To learn more, visit http://www.palmerholland.com.


About Dorsett & Jackson

Dorsett & Jackson distributes specialty chemicals such as amines, food additives, pigments, plasticizers, polyglycols, resins, surfactants, and thickening agents in the western US. It serves customers in the paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and plastics and rubber industries. To learn more, visit http://www.dorsettandjackson.com.


ShiraSol Tech Data Sheet


Advantages of ShiraShol

Kronos expands territory with Palmer Holland


Kronos Worldwide has announced a new agreement to broaden the distribution of titanium dioxide pigments with Palmer Holland to include the West Coast. The states involved in this expansion include California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


This distribution expansion is an addition to our current territory of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, western New York and western Pennsylvania.

We are very excited to begin distributing another key line on the West Coast as we continue to grow with our principal partners.

TiO2 pigments are used in paints and coatings, plastics, paper, building materials, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, foods and many other commercial products.

 

About Kronos

The KRONOS group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of titanium dioxide. KRONOS has been operating as an international company for more than 90 years. The group owes its significant market position to the quality of its products, innovation, technical experience and reliable customer service around the world. The company's international representation is supported by an effective distribution system.  Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. When ground into a fine powder, it transforms into a pigment that provides maximum whiteness and opacity.

To learn more about Kronos Worldwide visit http://kronostio2.com.

3M provides effective alternative to C8 fluorosurfactants facing EPA restriction.

 

 

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps that will lead to the restriction and possible phase-out of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) substances by Dec. 31, 2015.

However, manufacturers won’t be left without an effective industrial surfactant for wetting and leveling because 3M anticipated the EPA action years ago. “We voluntarily phased out C8 fluorosurfactants in May 2000,” says Judith Dow-Grant, Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Advanced Materials Division. “We developed a family of C4 products with a better environmental profile.”

 
Actions to come
At the very least, the EPA-proposed action will make it very difficult to continue to use C8 fluorosurfactants in the manufacturing process. Users would have to notify the EPA at least 90 days prior to manufacturing, processing or importing the chemical to give the agency time to determine whether the new use presents unreasonable risks to human health or the environment.

Most industry observers feel that the EPA will ultimately go steps farther and fully restrict all use of LCPFACs as of the end of 2015. But because of the foresight of 3M, affected manufacturers won’t have to scramble to find replacement products.


A seamless transition
The 3M C4-based fluorosurfactants aren’t affected by the proposed changes.

The changeover must be initiated as soon as possible, and 3M will make the process as easy and convenient as possible, says Dow-Grant. “With the changes that are coming by the end of the year, the timing is critical to request samples and begin to test and qualify customer products without supply interruption,” she says. “We can lead you through the process and make the transition smooth and easy.”

In addition to providing an effective alternative to C8 long-chain technology, the 3M product family stands up against not-in-kind surfactants. “Although the not-in-kind products sometimes cost less, the cost-in-use of the 3M surfactants is often lower because so much less of the product is required to deliver desired performance,” says Dow-Grant.

The 3M Fluorosurfactant product line is designed for use in solvent-borne and waterborne industrial paints and coatings, including low-VOC formulations. Other 3M advantages are the company’s 15 years’ experience with making C4 replacement products, its fluorosurfactant industry leadership, its global reach, its technical service and the product support it offers.


For more information on 3M fluorosurfactants, visit solutions.3m.com.

Palmer Holland represents the 3M line of fluorosurfactants, available in the Northeast, Central, Midwest and Southeast regions of the country. For samples or to find out more about the 3M fluorosurfactants and how to make your changeover seamless without interrupting your supply, contact John Outcalt, Business Manager for Palmer Holland, at joutcalt@PalmerHolland.com. 3M is a trademark of 3M Company.