EXTON, Pa., June 1, 2016 – Medical products like surgical gowns, masks, drapes and packaging must be able to repel fluids, oil and alcohol, and quickly release stains when laundered. Those properties are achieved by coating nonwoven fabrics with repelling agents before they are fabricated into clothing. However, repelling agents have had a history of sustainability issues because of their potential to break down forming perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). To address this problem, AGC Chemicals Americas developed AsahiGuard AG-E600, a high-performance, PFOA-free* repellent with improved environmental and biological profiles
AG-E600 repelling agents have been evaluated by industry regulators and found to be safe and effective for use in nonwoven medical products. They are based on AGC’s patented short-chain C6 polymerization technology, which is nontoxic and does not break down to form PFOA or Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). In addition, AG-E600 is alkylphenol ethoxylate (APEO) -free and does not contain longer chain length perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) or their precursors.* (*Levels at detectable limits.)
AG-E600 is nonflammable, provides excellent alcohol/oil repellency and water resistance for polypropylene nonwovens, and has high compatibility with auxiliary agents. Medical products formulated with AG-E600 maintain their repelling performance through repeated washings.
“As the first fluorochemical company to convert its entire PFC product line to C6, AGC leads the U.S. EPA stewardship program,” said Tim Johnson, AGC business manager. “When AG-E600 repelling agents are used in medical nonwovens, manufacturers and end-users are assured of high-performance, sustainable products.”
AsahiGuard imposes no danger to humans, animals, materials or the environment. It is based on short-chain C6 chemistry. C6 fluorinated polymers are proven safe for use on stone and tile, contain no perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) or their precursors, at detectable limits, and cannot break down to form PFOA or PFOS. AsahiGuard is formalin-free, non-flammable and non-corrosive. AsahiGuard meets the most stringent regulatory requirements internationally, including the U.S. Toxic Substance Control Act, Japan’s Chemical Substances Control Law, and all applicable European Union standards.
AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AGC, Inc., a $13 billion multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays and chemical products. The company was formed in 2004 through the merging of sister companies Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers USA and AGA Chemicals. Headquartered in Exton, Pa., AGC Chemicals Americas maintains manufacturing operations in nearby Thorndale, Pa., and warehouses located throughout North America.