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Flexible Acrylic Resin/PVC Blends Reduce Use of Halogenated Flame Retardants and Plasticizers and Benefit from Excellent UV/Weathering Resistance

Case Study | Supplied by DowDuPont (Dow)

Due to market pressure to offer more environmentally friendly solutions, designers and specifiers want to reduce or even eliminate the use of polymers that contain halogenated flame retardants and/or plasticizers. One such polymer that frequently contains halogenated flame retardants or plasticizers is Polyvinylchloride (PVC). PVC is frequently used in fabrication of building & construction goods such as roof membranes, in automotive protective films, in flexible piping, and in consumer goods such as tool handles and decorative articles. While PVC offers the durability and flexibility required, the fact that it contains halogenated flame retardants/plasticizers makes it a likely target for replacement to meet environmental concerns. The challenge is to find a suitable material that will offer comparable properties and that is halogen-free.

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