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PVC JACKETING COMPOUND CONTAINING A BIO-BASED PLASTICIZER ENABLES MAKERS OF PLENUM CABLE TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT

RoHS- and REACH-Compliant Fireguard® FG 910B-01 Compound Contains No Bromine or Antimony Flame Retardant or Phthalate Plasticizer

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., October 10, 2013: A new PVC jacket compound made flexible with a plasticizer based on renewable plant-based resources extends the capability of plenum cable manufacturers to address environmental mandates in the marketplace, it was announced today by Teknor Apex Company, which will introduce the compound at IWCS (Booth 313).

Fireguard® FG 910B-01 plenum compound is recommended for Categories 5e and 6 LAN cable and fiber optic jackets. It incorporates phthalate-free DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers, which are manufactured using plant byproducts by Dow Electrical and Telecommunications (Dow E&T), a unit of The Dow Chemical Company.

Plasticizer typically accounts for a large fraction of a flexible PVC compound, noted Mike Patel, industry manager for the Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex. “By incorporating into Fireguard FG 910B-01 a plasticizer that is based on a naturally occurring renewable resource rather than on petrochemicals, Teknor Apex has made a significant reduction of the carbon footprint in comparison with standard flexible PVC compounds,” said Mr. Patel. “And since PVC resin itself is over 50% derived from seawater, this new compound has much lower greenhouse gas emission potential compared to non-PVC alternatives.”

The RoHS- and REACH-compliant product includes no bromine or antimony flame retardants and has a low VOC content. In tests for acid gas generation, Fireguard FB 910B-01 compound exhibits an acid gas content of 18%, which is below the 24 to 25% range that is typical for standard PVC..

Property data on Fireguard FG 910B-01 appears in the accompanying table.

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The VINYL DIVISION of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of compounds based on PVC, including Apex? flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy? vinyl elastomers, and Fireguard? low-flame, low-smoke compounds for wire and cable. Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., the Division is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries. Parent company Teknor Apex operates manufacturing facilities around the world and sells in 90 countries. Six of the eight Teknor Apex business units focus on plastics compounding, including bioplastics; color concentrates; nylon; thermoplastic elastomers; toll and specialty compounds; and vinyl. Visit www.teknorapex.com.

READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Address all mail inquiries to Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9892. Fax: 1-401-729-0166. E-mail: vinyl@teknorapex.com.

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